Thursday, August 20, 2009
Foods that may have medicinal properties...
I came across this and thought I'd share it. This isn't a joke like one of the nutritional posts I did in the past. This one is for real! I eat healthy and have raised my family to the best of my ability with good health and nutrition. So I offer you this...
"News flash! Mom was right! Some foods really can cure what ails ya.
Sneezing? Sniffling? Head for your refrigerator instead of your medicine
The best way to prevent a cold is to wash your hands regularly and
thoroughly, but beyond that there are numerous scientific studies that
show certain foods really can help fight the severity and duration of a
cold. Special recognition and thanks to the Orange County Register, WebMD,
HealthScoutNews, and Reuters Health for the following food tips:
Chicken Soup: At the first sign of a scratchy throat or the sniffles, make
a pot of chicken soup. "It works every time," Jyl Steinback, author of
"Superfoods: Cook Your Way to Health," told the Orange County Register.
But you have to eat it on the first day of the cold--just as you start to
feel sick. Chicken soup has been used for more than 2,000 years as a
medicine for respiratory disorders, including colds, flu, and asthma.
According to Dr. Irwin Ziment, a pulmonary specialist at the University of
California, Los Angeles, the magic ingredient is most likely cysteine, an
amino acid that is abundant in chicken soup. It works much like the
chemical acetylcysteine that is used in medicines prescribed to combat
congestion. The Orange County Register also notes that chicken soup may be
a mild antibiotic that could help the body fight infection.
Broccoli, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Tangerines, and Avocados:
These very colorful foods have one thing in common: They are packed with
vitamins A, C, and E which give these foods a supercharged boost to help
fight the severity and duration of colds. They are also rich in antioxidants, which may slow down cold and flu viruses.
Wine: One to seven glasses of wine a week--and red wine is best--could
prevent you from coming down with a cold, reports HealthScoutNews of a
research study from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The protective effects are even stronger with eight to 14 glasses a week. But it has to be wine; beer and spirits don't have the same protective effect.
Garlic: Garlic not only boosts the immune system, but also contains a
substance that kills the rhinovirus that causes colds and flu. It has
anti-inflammatory powers as well.
Onions: They're rich in sulfur compounds, which have antiviral properties.
Citrus Fruits: They're packed with vitamin C, which can help fight the
Yogurt: Eat just 6 ounces of yogurt a day to help reduce your
susceptibility to colds by 25 percent, reports WebMD of several scientific
studies. Why? The bacteria in yogurt might stimulate production of immune
system substances that fight disease. Yogurt can also minimize the
symptoms of hay fever.
Jalapenos: Some like it hot enough to make their eyes water! And when
they're that hot, jalapenos and other peppers can help break up
congestion, as well as boost the immune system.
Almonds, Pistachios, and Cashews: These nuts are good sources of protein
and omega-3 oils, which will boost your immune system.
Ginger: This spice is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can also soothe
nausea and vomiting.
Apples: Yeah, an apple a day really can keep the doctor away.
Apples--including the peel--have a protective effect on the lungs. They're
rich in antioxidants and vitamin C."