You may know already how important it is to have fruits and vegetables in your diet. Did you know though how antioxidant fruits and vegetables can be? I think the more you know about something, the more you will be inspired to keep up with your vegetarian path.
Last updated: September 7, 2013
“Fruits and vegetables are rich in many helpful antioxidants. Antioxidants stop the free radical chain reaction by accepting renegade electrons into their own structure and hiding them away, rendering them harmless.”
We live in a world of many toxins, being them in the air, water and our food.
Once we have to much of them in our body, we do get sick. So to keep things in balance in our body it is very helpful to ad antioxidant food to our diet, best on a daily bases.
The benefits of fruits and vegetables
“Among the many antioxidants supplied by fruits and vegetables are vitamin E and the carotenoid beta-carotene, which defend cell membranes from free radical damage. Vitamin C protects the body’s watery components. It seems especially adept at neutralizing free radicals from polluted air and cigarette smoke, and it can also restore oxidized vitamin E to its active state. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale contain lutein, another powerful antioxidant.”
Adding spinach and kale to your Healthy Vegetarian Diet should be something without question.
“…a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified spinach as the food most apt to prevent cataracts in a group of elderly people. Some reports suggest an inverse relationship between DNA damage and vegetable intake–that is, more vegetables, less damage.”
Don’t worry, there are many recipes that make these vegetables really tasty.
“We would all do well to follow the advice in Jean Carper’s book (via Amazon) Stop Aging Now: ”Eat all the various fruits and vegetables you can. Nowhere will you find the anti-aging properties you get in fruits and vegetables. They possess countless known and unknown agents that transform your cells into fortresses against the free radical forces of aging. Much of what we call aging is really a fruit and vegetable deficiency.” (Carper J. Stop Aging Now. Harper-Collins Publishers, New York, NY, 1996. via Amazon)”
Now isn’t that interesting? – “… much what we call aging is really a fruit and vegetable deficiency.” You can actually extend your life with fruits and vegetables!
“From an analysis of 4,500 scientific studies and papers on the relationship between cancer and diet, the American Institute for Cancer Research concluded that 40 percent of cancer cases worldwide could be prevented if people ate a low-fat, plant-based diet of fruits and vegetables.”
40% less cancer worldwide, just by eating a bit different!
“Dr. Gladys Block, after reviewing 170 studies from different countries, stated similarly, “Eating fruits and vegetables regularly can slash your chances of getting cancer in half.””
“Epidemiological studies have also shown that people with high intakes of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables have lower rates of cancer. More specifically, vegetables in the cruciferous family-cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and others–have been shown to contain phytochemicals (compounds found specifically in plants) that speed the removal of harmful estrogen from the body when it’s fighting off breast cancer.”
The studies have not been finished in this area. There is still so much to learn.
That fruits and vegetables can be so powerful and helpful in the aging process and in cancer prevention, may seem as something simple, but many studies have shown that this is just a simple fact.
As much as you can, include these in your Healthy Vegetarian Diet and reap the positive effects.
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