A Plateful of Health?

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1. BERRIES : Although berries are well known for their Vitamin C and Phytochemical content, they have been best studied for their Anthrocyanins (the pigment that gives berries their distinctive color). Research on rats shown that Anthrocyanins may have anti-cancer properties and may help prevent age-related Neurodegenrative diseases.

2. POMEGRANATE JUICE: Second most important food. High in anti oxidants; nutrients that protect the cells in our body from damage by free radicals-formed not only by our own metabolism, but also by certain environmental factors like smoking and pollution. There is increasing evidence that pomegranate juice may have anti-cancer properties, as well as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

3. CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES:Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower contain high levels of a group of phytochemicals known as glucosinolates. Some studies have shown that eating three to five servings of cruciferous vegetables a week can reduce the risk of colon, prostrate and breast cancers.

4. TURMERIC: Turmeric is a rich source of curcuminoids, which gives turmeric its vivid yellow color, and acts as an antioxidant. Curcumin is thought to have anti-cancer and anti-tumour properties, and may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque build-up in the brain.

5. GARLIC:  Garlic when crushed, one of garlic’s sulphur compounds known as alliin becomes allicin- the chemical that gives garlic its pungent smell and taste. Research has found that alliicn is responsible for garlic’s therapuetic qualities. It may help in lowering cholestrol and blood pressure and offer protection against strokes and heart disease. It is also thought to give a certain degree of protection against some cancers.

6. WHEATGRASS:It has been claimed that wheatgrass and barley grass provide a wide range of vitamins and minerals, plus all essential amino acids. There is anecdotal evidence in support of claims that wheatgrass can improve digestive health, and prevent cancer and heart disease.

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