Researchers with Newcastle University’s School of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Development found that rats who ate feed with falcarinol equal to the amount in carrots were one-third less likely to develop “full scale tumors” than those who didn’t have facarinol. These were rats who already had pre-cancerous tumors.
While reducing fat intake and eating a more balanced diet is the first step in preventing kidney disease, researchers recently found that grapes could play and important role in reversing the kidney damage that is already done.
Beta-carotene is just one of several phytonutrients in carrots, including lutein and alpha-carotene, and it’s in these phytonutrients that we find heart-protecting properties. Several epidemiological studies have linked beta-carotene levels with reduced heart attack and heart disease risk.
For years, the sugar industry has had to fight negative publicity – and for good reason. Sugar and all its sweet goodness has been blamed for childhood hyperactivity, cavities, diabetes, obesity, and cancer, among other things. But fought back the industry did, and they were largely successful.
Looking at sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, scientists found that it can work to not only suppress tumor growth, but also stop the spread or onset of cancer.
According to a recent study published in Nutrition Journal,eating avocados is associated with a lower body weight, lower BMI and waist circumference (a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes), higher “good” cholesterol, a lower intake of added sugars, better diet quality overall, and higher nutrient intake levels.
If you haven’t noticed lately, the western world is on a bit of a coconut oil kick. It’s in all the popular blogs—from nutrition to hair care—and it’s no longer difficult to find a few different varieties of the oil in normal grocery stores. This is a good thing. Coconut oil should have never been demonized, as it was, and deserves a top spot in the natural health world.