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It’s difficult to imagine that any fruit or vegetable could actually be bad for you, but the unfortunate fact is that conventionally grown produce is virtually drowned in pesticides which cannot be removed even with careful washing and peeling – a process which changes these nutrient-packed natural gifts into nothing more than poison dispensers.
Strawberries, with their delicious flavor and low sugar content, are a favorite with many people, especially those watching their weight. What many of us are unaware of, however, is that conventionally grown strawberries top the list known as the “dirty dozen” year after year because of all the neurotoxic pesticides they are sprayed with.
This year is no exception, and once again, the dirty dozen list released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) places strawberries in the number one position for produce most contaminated with pesticides.
Strawberries are doused in pesticides
Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) tests 38,000 samples of fresh produce for the presence of toxic pesticide residue. The EWG then uses the data collected by the USDA to compile its “dirty dozen” report. Regarding strawberries, this year’s report noted:
One strawberry sample contained an astounding 22 pesticide residues. One-third of all conventional strawberry samples contained 10 or more pesticides.
And this appears to be a global problem. The Australian group, CHOICE, noted that strawberries have been flagged as being of “high concern” for pesticide contamination in the United States, while in the U.K., 67 percent of all strawberries tested were contaminated with pesticides, and in France, tests revealed that at least 20 percent of strawberries in that country contain pesticide levels that exceed the legal limit. (MORE)
Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates said that food should be the medicine. Recent developments mirror that ancient saying when it comes to cancer therapy. An Indian study indicated that nutritional therapy possessed certain advantages over chemotherapy as a means of treating the disease.
Cancer comes in many forms that attack various parts of the body. Whatever its appearance or location, it always involves the runaway growth of cells that invade and infect healthy cells.
Most cancers are treated using chemotherapy. Synthetic drugs are applied to the tumorous region to stop the growth of cancer cells or kill them outright.
These anti-cancer drugs are expensive and painful to apply. They also have serious side effects that often undermine the already fragile health of patients.
Researchers have sought out alternative means of treating the increasing number of cancer cases in the world. They set their sights on plants, which have provided both food and medicine since the dawn of time.
Essential oils and botanical tinctures are plant-based remedies that are often interchanged with each other. The main difference between these two lies in the process through which they are produced. Production of essential oils involves a distillation process that separates the oil from the plants. Meanwhile, tinctures are prepared by submerging the plants in alcohol for some time and then removing them. Basically, tinctures are like tea but instead of water, alcohol is used. Although they are different, both essential oils and botanical tinctures have been used against fungal infections.
In its virulent form, C. albicans can infect the mucosal membranes and squamous epithelia of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the skin. Additionally, C. albicans can also cause blood infections known as candidaemia. This can spread to different organs, causing Candida peritonitis. The mortality rate for these blood infections is estimated to be at 50 percent, which is very troubling.
As previously mentioned, C. albicans is not normally harmful. In fact, it’s a commensal organism typically found in human flora. However, the presence of serum, environmental temperature, and pH levels can cause it to transition into it virulent forms. In its non-virulent form, C. albicans is just a single-celled yeast. It only becomes virulent and invasive in its multicellular forms, which includes round budding spores, filamentous pseudohyphae, and hyphae. (MORE)
Recent research has shown that vitamin D supports overall brain health, and that this vital nutrient can even help relieve depression. Estimates suggest that at least one billion people struggle with vitamin D deficiency worldwide, and another 350 million suffer with depression. While it may not be a cure-all, ensuring that you are getting enough vitamin D can help take the edge off of a depressed mind — and can help support better overall health, too.
Multiple studies have shown that there is a direct link between vitamin D deficiency and depression, but vitamin D is needed for much more than that. The “sunshine vitamin,” like other nutrients, plays multiple roles in the human body. For example, vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, as well as a healthy brain.
Understanding vitamin D and depression
As Be Brain Fit reports, ensuring your brain is healthy is the “first line of defense” when it comes to keeping depression at bay. Vitamin D is essential for brain health across the lifespan. It’s essential for proper brain development in the womb and early childhood, and it helps keep your brain healthy as you age by fending off cognitive decline. The benefits of vitamin D can be felt regardless of age.
In seniors, the benefits of vitamin D are especially notable. As sources explain, vitamin D deficiency in older adults is linked to multiple brain disorders including depression, dementia, borderline disorder and schizophrenia.
Conversely, studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin D can boost mood, improve memory and support overall brain function. (MORE)
A natural part of life, aging is often linked to the accumulation of damages “at the molecular, cellular, and organ levels.” Damage like this causes a decline in overall bodily functions, and can also cause age-related disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is the most common neurodegenerative disease, and its symptoms include gradual memory loss and impaired cognitive ability in older patients. The accumulation of beta-amyloid toxicity or beta-amyloid-like proteins in the brain is a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is now a major public health concern around the world, and because of this, the study authors set out to determine if cranberry extract could be used to treat or halt the progress of the condition.
Since Alzheimer’s is linked to aging, the development of the disease can be managed via genes that regulate lifespan and healthspan. The researchers posited that in the same vein, cranberry extract may be used to prove if supplementation at various stages of the subject’s life can prevent Alzheimer’s. (MORE)