Phytochemicals and Health: A Deep Dive into Food-Based Plant Compounds and How They Impact Your Health

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Throughout our evolutionary history, humans have utilized various edible plants. The ingestion of plants provided our bodies with valuable nutrients when meat was scarce, as well as with an array of phytochemicals. (1) Research indicates that the latter component of plant foods, phytochemicals, played a pivotal role in shaping our physiology. Continue reading

My Top Five Superfoods

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Seasonal change brings a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables, but a few botanical powerhouses stand out for their exceptional nutrition

Tomatoes, avocados, berries, cucumbers, and leafy greens top my list for overall health benefits, Continue reading

Salk Scientists Say: It’s not an Apple a Day after all – It’s Strawberries

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A recent study from scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies suggests that a strawberry a day (or more accurately, 37 of them) could keep not just one doctor away, but an entire fleet of them, including the neurologist, the endocrinologist, and maybe even the oncologist.

Investigations conducted in the Salk Institute’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory (CNL) will appear in the June 27, 2011, issue of PLoS ONE. The report explains that fisetin, a naturally-occurring flavonoid found most abundantly in strawberries and to a lesser extent in other fruits and vegetables, lessens complications of diabetes. Previously, the lab showed that fisetin promoted survival of neurons grown in culture and enhanced memory in healthy mice. That fisetin can target multiple organs strongly suggests that a single drug could be used to mitigate numerous medical complications.

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