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January Issue Of Natural Alternatives
January 07, 2008
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IN THIS ISSUE:
1) AFTER THE HOLIDAYS: 7 FOODS THAT CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
2) NATURAL MEDICINE IN BLACK RASPBERRIES FOUND TO EFFECTIVELY KILL LEUKEMIA CELLS
Dieting can be such a struggle. Many people think that in order to lose weight, they need to stop eating. And while it is important to cut back on sweets and other high calorie foods, itís just as important to eat more of the foods that promote weight loss. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Organic Citrus Fruits:
Citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tangerines, and limes are foods that promote weight loss as they contain high concentrations of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. This vitamin is an excellent fat burner. Vitamin C reduces the effectiveness of fat by reducing it content and liquefying or diluting fat. Vitamin C also helps to reduce the levels of harmful cholesterol in the blood. Boost the vitamin C in your diet by adding one or two citrus fruits to your diet every day. This will not only help you break down fat, it will also help reduce your cholesterol level.
2. Whole Grains:
Whole grains are high in fiber have a low glycemic index. This means that they raise blood sugar levels relatively slowly after eating. Foods with a low glycemic index can help curb the appetite and help you to feel full for longer. Whole grain foods that promote weight loss include whole wheat bread, fortified whole grain cereal, and brown rice.
3. Organic Non-GMO Soybeans:
Soybeans contain a chemical called lecithin that can shield your cells from accumulating fat. Lecithin prevents fat from forming on your cells and breaks down fat before it can accumulate in your body. Try adding soybeans to your diet once or twice a week. You can find soybeans at most health food stores or even in the frozen foods section of your local market.
4. Organic Apples & Berries:
Apples and many berries promote weight loss because they contain large amounts of pectin. This chemical is found in the cell walls of these fruits. When it enters the body, it helps to limit the amount of fat that the cells can absorb. Pectin is a soluble fiber that provides bulk and digests slowly, helping you to feel full.
Pectin also has a water binding property that allows it to absorb watery substances and carry them directly to the cells. These watery substances then bombard the cells and cause them to release fat deposits. You can get more pectin in your diet by eating loads of fresh apples and berries as well as applesauce. You can also try starting your day with a homemade smoothie that includes apples and berries to get your day started right.
5. Organic Garlic:
Garlic oil helps to protect the cells from the accumulation of fatty deposits. Garlic is also has a potent antibiotic that can be used to strengthen the immune system. You can add garlic as a flavor enhancer to a wide variety of foods that you normally eat.
6. Organic Black Beans:
Like most legumes, black beans are low in fat and packed with fiber. Black beans actually contain 15 grams of fiber per cup. This fiber fills you up and takes longer to digest so you feel fuller longer, which means you are less likely to snack.
7. Spicy Foods:
Many spicy foods, such as peppers, contain a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin has been shown to increase your body's ability to burn fat and curb your appetite.
There are many foods that promote weight loss by filling you up so you feel satisfied, regulating your blood sugar levels, and stimulating your metabolism to help you burn fat. Boost your intake of these foods and you'll have a better chance of losing the weight you need to lose.
Along with a healthy weight loss plan rich in foods that will help your body to shed excess fat more quickly, you may want to consider a weight loss supplement such as Slimirex to give yourself an extra edge.
2) NATURAL MEDICINE IN BLACK RASPBERRIES FOUND TO EFFECTIVELY KILL LEUKEMIA CELLS By David Gutierrez
A naturally occurring antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables selectively kills leukemia cells without harming healthy cells, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published their findings online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The findings promise an effective, nontoxic approach to treating leukemia.
"Current treatments for leukemia, such as chemotherapy and radiation, often damage healthy cells and tissues and can produce unwanted side effects for many years afterward. So, there is an intensive search for more targeted therapies for leukemia worldwide," said corresponding author Xiao-Ming Yin, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Yin and his co-workers isolated a naturally modified anthocyanidin, known as cyanidin-3-rutinoside or C-3-R, from black raspberries and observed its effects on human leukemia and lymphoma cell cultures. The researchers found that low doses of C-3-R caused about half of the human leukemia cells to die within 18 hours of treatment. When the dose was more than doubled, all of the leukemia cells died; the research team noted the same response in lymphoma cells.
Yin and his team focused on one of the most common anthocyanidins, which are forms of anthocyanins -- water-soluble flavonoids that give fruits and vegetables their color, and are thought to aid in attracting honeybees to plants. The authors noted that previous studies have demonstrated the antioxidant benefits of anthocyanidins.
The researchers reported that C-3-R induced an "oxidative stress" in tumor cells but not in healthy cells. According to Yin, these results indicate that C-3-R is highly selective against cancer cells and offers "a very promising approach for treating a variety of human leukemias and, perhaps, lymphomas as well."
Both leukemia and lymphoma are types of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, 44,000 cases of leukemia will be diagnosed in the United States in 2007 and some 22,000 leukemia-related deaths will occur in 2007. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society reported that more than 66,000 new cases of lymphoma were diagnosed in 2006.
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