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Pomegranate Juice for Prostates

The tart fruit is not only trendy, but it’s quickly advancing to the forefront of new research aimed at tackling prostate cancer cells. According to a new study published by the American Chemical Society, pomegranates are rich in a special class of antioxidants called ellagitannins, which break down during metabolism into compounds known as urolithins, which seek out and destroy prostate cancer cells. Although the chemo-preventive action of pomegranates needs further study, researchers are hopeful that the fruit may play a vital role in treatment.

Vitamin C fights tumors

After years of controversy, vitamin C is back on the A-list of anti-cancer research, thanks to a new study at John Hopkins Medical Institutions. The research found that vitamin C can indeed inhibit the growth of some tumors – just not in the manner that formerly was believed. According to conventional wisdom, antioxidants such as vitamin C prevent cells from becoming cancerous by grabbing up free radicals, thus preventing damage to our DNA. The Hopkins study, however, describes the discovery of a new mechanism by which the vitamin appears to prevent cancer. Vitamin C, it was found, inhibits a protein that feeds tumors with oxygen. Without oxygen, tumors die. "By uncovering the mechanism behind antioxidants, we are now better suited to maximize their therapeutic use, "say the researchers, who will continue to put vitamin C to the test.

Flaxseed for Hot Flashes

A small preliminary study performed by the Mayo Clinic suggests that flaxseed can help quell hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms for women who are not on hormone replacement therapy. The study participants who ingested 40 grams of crushed flaxseed per day reported a 50 percent reduction in the frequency and severity of the hot flashes. They experienced improved mood and a decline in joint or muscle pain and in chills and sweating -  common symptoms associated with menopause. As an increasing number of women decline hormone therapy, which has been linked to an increased risk in breast cancer, flaxseed therapy shows great promise as a natural and effective alternative.

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About Olive Oil

Although the olive tree originated in Asia, it has been cultivated for over 3,000 years in the Mediterranean countries, where much of the olive crop is used to make olive oil. In this process, olives are pitted and ground to a thick pulp. The pulp is then pressed to remove the juices, which are placed in a centrifuge to separate the water from the oil. One tablespoon of olive oil contains 120 calories and 14 grams of fat, but the fat is mostly monounsaturated; it has a beneficial effect on blood cholesterol levels and is easily digested. In those countries where olive oil is consumed extensively, such as Greece, Italy and Spain, there is a low incidence of cardiovascular diseases. The mild vegetable mucilage in olive oil protects the body’s digestive tract. Ancient civilizations used olive oil to help heal wounds. Today, it is considered a good remedy for skin problems and an effective moisturizer. 

Choose the highest quality olive oil

Use only olive oil that is labeled “extra virgin”. This guarantees that the oil has been cold-pressed from freshly harvested olives and does not contain chemicals. Extra virgin olive oil supplies the best flavor and oil supplies the best flavor and oil that is golden-yellow in color is of higher quality than green.

Therapeutic Effect:

Taken internally, olive oil stimulates metabolism, promotes digestion and lubricates mucous membranes. It can also be applied externally to treat dry skin.

Components

Olive oil contains 77 percent monounsaturated fatty acids, 14 percent saturated fatty acids, and 9 percent polyunsaturated fatty acids, plus vegetable mucilage and vitamin E.

Help for the digestive tract

Take 1 tbsp. of olive oil on an empty stomach to stimulate digestion and relieve upset stomach, flatulence and heartburn.

Olive oil for constipation

In the morning, take 1 tsp. of olive oil mixed with lemon juice on an empty stomach. Or try an enema made from 5 oz. of olive oil in 20 oz. of boiling water, cooled to lukewarm.

The antioxidant benefit

The vitamin E in olive oil is an antioxidant. In addition, monounsaturated fatty acids are less easily damaged by oxygen than other types of fat. They are therefore less likely to produce free radicals, which damage cell membranes and contribute to several diseases.

Extra Tip

Olive oil can help build strong fingernails and soften cuticles. Before bed, soak your nails in a mixture of lukewarm olive oil and lemon juice. Put on soft cloth gloves and let the oil penetrate overnight. Your nails will gradually become more resistant to breaking and chipping.

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Excerpt from “The Complete Guide to Natural Healing”

About Parsley

Parsley | Petroselinum crispum

Now grown all over the world, parsley originated in the Eastern Mediterranean region. For more than 2,000 years, it has been known as a medicinal herb. The ancient Greeks valued the seeds and roots of the plant for their soothing, diuretic effect on those with kidney and bladder ailments. Today, parsley is still used primarily as a diuretic. In addition, it strengthens the digestive system and helps alleviate stomach and liver problems. In folk medicine, parsley is recommended for women who have irregular menstrual periods. As a diuretic, it may also ease the bloating that some women experience before their periods. in addition, parsley leaves are a good source of many vitamins and minerals including iron, which is important for the proper formation of red blood cells, potassium and vitamin C. 

A Parsley Tonic to aid circulation

Medieval German herbalist Saint Hildegard of Bingen prescribed parsley wine to improve blood circulation. It was believed to help heart conditions. To make parsley wine, combine 10-12 large springs of parsly with 1 quart of red or white wine and 2 tbsp. of white-wine vinegar. Boil for 10 min., then add 9 oz. of honey. Strain the mixture and pour into bottles. Take 1 tbsp. three times a day.

Therapeutic Effect

Parsley is a diuretic that purifies the blood and accelerates the excretion of toxins. It stimulates appetite and aids digestion and metabolism. The herb can also ease bloating, stomach cramps and nausea, as well as relieve arthritis symptoms. Eaten regularly, it reduces heart rate and lowers blood pressure. To keep your breath fresh, chew on fresh parsley leaves. And for treatment of kidney stones, brew up some parsley tea.

Components

This herb supplies important vitamins and minerals. For instance, just 1/4 cup of fresh parsley provides a third of your daily vitamin C requirement. Its high vitamin C and A content also help fight cancer. Parsley actually ranks higher than most vegetable sin bistidine, an amino acid that inhibits tumors. In addition, parsley is an excellent source of potassium, which is important in lowering blood pressure, and folic acid, which may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Finally, it contains some calcium, manganese and iron.

Extra Tip

Parsley contains essential oils; the most important one, apiole, is a kidney stimulant. Because these essential oils can stimulate uterine contractions, pregnant women should avoid eating large quantities of it. But, after the baby is born, parsley can help tone the uterus and promote lactation.

Kitchen Hints

  • Don’t cook parsley, because heat destroys its valuable vitamins and minerals. To reatin parsley’s flavor, chop the herb just before using and add it to hot foods at the last minute. 
  • Avoid dried parsley: it is far less tasty and healthful than the fresh herb.
  • Try the flat-leaf variety, also called Italian parsley. It has more nutrients and a better flavor than curly parsley. Chop the herb just before using, then sprinkle the pieces over the dish.
  • Add parsley to complement a dish, such as potatoes, pasta and vegetables.
  • Freeze fresh parsley to save preparation time in the kitchen. Wash, dry and chop the parsley leaves, then freeze them in a plastic container or zip-seal plastic bag. You can then remove just the amount you need for each recipe.
  • Keep parsley fresh by sprinkling it with water, wrapping it in paper towels and refrigerating it in a plastic bag. Of, place parsley stems in a glass of water (like a bunch of flowers) and refrigerate.
Excerpt from “The Complete Guide to Natural Healing”