Thursday, July 06, 2006


Effective against Cancer Cells, Kidney Toxicity and Memory Loss By Dr. Baruch

D.C.-Imagine a little red berry that fights cancer, age-related diseases likeloss of memory, heart disease, ulcers, and even cavities. Sound to goodto be true? Allow us to introduce our friend, the Cranberry! In 1996 laboratory studies conducted by University of Illinoisscientists and published in Planta Medica demonstrated the potentialanti-cancer properties of cranberries. More recently researchers at theUniversity of Western Ontario demonstrated, in animal models, that humanbreast cancer cells showed significantly lower incidence of tumordevelopment when the experimental group's diet was supplemented withcranberries. USDA scientists at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at TuftsUniversity have been finding promising results associated with dietshigh in antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Preliminary studiessuggest that diets containing fruits and vegetables with high ORACvalues may provide protection against chronic age-related afflictionslike loss of coordination and loss of memory. ORAC stands for OxygenRadical Absorption Capacity which is a measure of the antioxidantactivity for a particular food. Cranberries score very high on the ORACscale at 1750 ORAC units per 3.5 oz. serving. A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Associationreported that a unique cranberry juice component, ahigh-molecular-weight nondialysable material (NDM), has the ability toreverse and inhibit the coaggregation of certain oral bacteriaresponsible for dental plaque and periodontal disease in vitro.Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition reported on apreliminary clinical trial using a mouthwash containing cranberry NDM. Saliva samples of the experimental group showed a two order ofmagnitude reduction in Streptococcus Mutans compared with the placebogroup. This is exciting news because a large percentage of cavities canbe attributed to Streptococcus Mutans. Flavonoids have been shown to function as potent antioxidants both invitro and in vivo and may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis (cloggedarteries). Cranberries contain significant amounts of flavonoids andpolyphenolic compounds that have been demonstrated to inhibit LDL (badcholesterol) oxidation. Ongoing research continues to suggest thatcranberries may offer a natural defense against atherosclerosis. Peptic ulcers are increasingly being attributed to infection byHelicobacter pylori bacteria, as opposed to stress and/or stomachacidity. A high-molecular-weight nondialysable constituent of cranberryjuice has been shown to inhibit the adhesion of H. pylori to humangastric mucus in vitro. These preliminary results suggest thatcranberry may be beneficial in the prevention of peptic ulcers throughthe inhibition of H. pylori adhesion to gastric mucus and stomachtissue.You can find cranberries in Wholefood Farmacy foods such as, Phi Plus,Fruitalicious, and Fruitalicious Plus. Cranberries are also an awesomeaddition to a smoothie made from any of our fruit based Farinas such asBeautiPhi, ClariPhi, ElectriPhi, FructiPhi & GloriPhi. Here’s an ideato try – in blender, add 2 tbsp of your choice of Farina, a little icewater, a couple of ice cubes and a handful of cranberries. Blend onhigh for about 30 seconds and enjoy! You can find Wholefood Farmacy onmy Website

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