Researchers in the UK have recently released their findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, of a study into the possible benefits and differences of a vegetarian diet, with some very interesting, and amazing results.
A study carried out with a group of 44,500 people in England and Scotland revealed that vegetarians were 32% less likely to die or need hospital treatment as a result of heart disease. It seems very evident that to ditch meat and fish in favour of a vegetarian diet can have some dramatic effects on the health of your heart. The noticeable health boosts and benefits of the change were differences in cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body weight.
Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, heart disease is a major blight in pretty much all Western countries. It kills 94,000 people in the UK each year - more than any other disease, and 2.6 million people live with the condition. The heart's own blood supply becomes blocked up by fatty deposits in the arteries that nourish the heart muscle. It can cause angina or even lead to a heart attack if the blood vessels become completely blocked – and yet the condition of a sufferer can be helped with simple changes.
This study was no simple task. It took dedicated people much time and analysis. During the research, scientists at the University of Oxford analysed data from 15,100 vegetarians and 29,400 people who ate meat and fish. Over the course of 11 years, 169 people in the study died from heart disease and 1,066 needed hospital treatment - and they were more likely to have been meat and fish eaters than vegetarians.
Dr Francesca Crowe said: "The main message is that diet is an important determinant of heart health, I'm not advocating that everyone eats a vegetarian diet.” But he says, "The diets are quite different. Vegetarians probably have a lower intake of saturated fat so it makes senses there is a lower risk of heart disease." The results showed the vegetarians had lower blood pressure, lower levels of "bad" cholesterol and were more likely to have a healthy weight.
Tracy Parker, from the British Heart Foundation, said: "This research reminds us that we should try to eat a balanced and varied diet - whether this includes meat or not. “But remember, choosing the veggie option on the menu is not a shortcut to a healthy heart. After all, there are still plenty of foods suitable for vegetarians that are high in saturated fat and salt. If you're thinking of switching to a vegetarian diet, make sure you plan your meals carefully so that you replace any lost vitamins and minerals, such as iron, that you would normally get from meat.”
~Information sourced from bbc.co.uk/news/health, 30 January 2013
Although it is unclear who started the green revolution, the world seems to be recognizing the powerful effects of green foods in helping individuals live longer and healthier. Scientific researchers, health nutritionists, and other experts including the author of the Green Foods Bible, David Sandoval emphasize the power of Chlorophyll in treating several diseases including diabetes, ulcers, open wounds, skin diseases, body odor and even the big "C." The phytonutrients content of green foods possess a synergistic effect that not even synthetic drugs and supplements combined can match. Among the most widely recognized green foods with excellent healing powers are broccoli, spinach, guava, green tea and cabbage.
Broccoli is one of the green vegetables that cannot be missed. Since Johns Hopkins University released its research, studies about the cancer preventive effects of this vegetable with its component sulforaphane, it has become a widely recognized powerful and essential green in the diet. Aside from the big "C," broccoli can also help prevent birth defects, improve the immune system and strengthen bones. It proves to be an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C, E and K as well as iron, calcium, potassium and manganese.
Another green food equipped with healing power is a leafy vegetable that is rich in fiber, folic acids, and vitamins A and C. It offers a great solution for constipation because of its rich fiber component. The eyes and the digestive tract also benefit from this leafy green. Spinach is powerful enough to prevent several diseases involving the heart and cancers in the prostate and breast. This leafy green is also equipped with anti-inflammatory properties.
The tropical fruit guava is not only effective in weight management; it also helps relieve constipation and diarrhea. It possesses properties that fight off cancer, prevent heart disease and diabetes, including skin problems. The fruit also makes an effective solution to fertility problems in men.
Well known as an antioxidant, green tea has the ability to reduce inflammation, aid in digestion, improve compromised immune system, enhance endurance and protect cell membranes. It is a proven treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and reduces the risks of heart disease and skin cancer.
Cabbage is more known for its rich vitamin K and C content. Several studies have demonstrated the ability of a cabbage-rich diet to reduce the risk of cancers in the bladder, lung, colon, breast and ovaries. It can treat allergies, constipation, colds and cough, arthritis, bedsores, varicose veins and peptic ulcer as well as depression.
As results from different research studies spring up, the list of super green foods is only expected to grow further.
~naturalnews.com, Sandeep Godiyal, 9 February 2013
Recipe of the Month
2 c pineapple juice
1 small bunch parsley
2 - 3 large handfuls spinach leaves
1-2 T flaxseed oil
Blend well and enjoy. Ideal before meals.
Variation: add guava or mango juice for flavour.