In this Issue:
Maca Root: Ancient Superfood of the Andes
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Antioxidants for Endurance
Should You Get Screened for Cancer?
This month, I've added two entirely new sections to antioxidants-for-health-and-longevity.com! One is on maca root, and another on dark chocolate, two powerful superfoods that offer many benefits.
What's that, you say? Chocolate is a superfood? Yes, actually, chocolate (in its purest form) has more antioxidants, ounce for ounce, than any other food on earth! You'll discover the different types of chocolate and which ones offer the most health benefits.
Maca root has been used by native tribes of the Andes Mountains since the 1400's and has been praised as having magical powers. I reveal what lies behind the myths and what benefits you can get from this amazing traditional root.
Maca Root for Energy, Stamina
and Relief from Female Hormonal Problems
Maca is considered to be one of the most potent "superfoods" around. Maca root contains many nutrients that fuel your brain, ease hormone irregularities, and enhance your libido. Maca is a particularly powerful and balanced food for athletes and those who are looking to increase their strength and stamina
What is Maca Root?
Maca root is a highly nutrient-dense whole food; it's packed with vitamins, plant sterols, many essential minerals, amino acids and healthy fats.
Grown in the mountains of Peru at altitudes of 7,000-12,000 feet and higher, it's the highest-altitude-growing plant in the world. Maca has been used by the native Peruvians as early as the mid-15th century as an aphrodisiac and as a powerful herb that can treat many different illnesses. Recently, maca has become popular among athletes as a healthy alternative to anabolic steroids.
Women find that the benefits of maca root include relief from the symptoms of PMS and menopause. Users tend to notice a dramatic decline in hot flashes and night sweats from consuming maca powder.
Discover More of the Benefits of Maca Root
Facts about Chocolate:
One of the World's Healthiest Foods!
What is it about chocolate that capture's everyone's interest? Are there any facts about chocolate that explain why no other food offers so much sensual pleasure and elevation of mood? Do you know anyone who doesn't get excited about chocolate?
If that wasn't enough, chocolate (specifically the dark varieties), is beginning to be recognized for its amazing health benefits. Dark chocolate is known for its exceptionally high antioxidant content, and offers all of the antioxidant benefits of foods such as green tea and red wine.
Dozens of clinical studies have demonstrated the health benefits of dark chocolate. These include benefits for your cardiovascular system, prevention of osteoporosis, cancer prevention, and improved mental alertness. Dark chocolate also possesses powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
Discover More of the Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Are You an Endurance Athlete?
Take a Tip from
Migrating Birds and Salmon.
Researchers have found that some birds radically change their diets just before their winter migrations, gorging themselves on antioxidant-rich berries to prepare for their long journeys.
"[The] results support the hypothesis that some migratory birds may actively select deeply-pigmented fruits as a signal for meals that are rich in antioxidants," researcher Navindra Seeram of the University of Rhode Island said. "These disease-fighting antioxidants may help the birds combat stress and inflammation that they experience during long flights."
The phenomenon is particularly striking because sparrows, thrushes, warblers and other birds with beaks highly specialized for eating insects suddenly begin using them to pick berries instead. A single bird can consume up to three times its weight in berries per day, the equivalent of a human being consuming more than 300 pounds-worth of food.
The birds' absolute favorite berry was arrowwood, which researchers found to be highest in antioxidants and pigments of all the berries tested. The fruit contained 650 percent more pigment than the average of the other 11 berries put together, and 150 percent more antioxidants.
"We know that a diet rich in antioxidants, like those found in fruits and vegetables, is good for human health," Dr. Seeram said. "As a chemist, I think it's fascinating to learn that migratory birds also seek out foods that are richest in antioxidants."
Salmon Use Antioxidants for Endurance as Well!
The same phenomenon can be observed in migrating salmon, who endure incredibly long journeys upstream, against vicious currents, to spawn every year. Their diets are rich in the antioxidant astaxanthin. It's this carotenoid that gives salmon its distinctive pink color and provides them the stamina to complete their mission.
Discover how you can add astaxanthin to your diet!
Read the full article about migrating birds here:
Birds fuel up on superfoods before long migration flights
Should You Get Screened for Cancer?
Mainstream medicine frequently dismisses the idea that medical imaging tests from mammograms and CT scans could play much of a role in causing breast cancer.
At the same time, it's well-established that exposure to ionizing radiation can trigger mutations and other genetic damage that can cause normal cells to become malignant.
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have recently discovered that radiation exposure can alter your cells' microenvironment and greatly raise the odds future cells will become cancerous.
Before you go in for your annual breast exam, you owe it to yourself to investigate the risks and (alleged) benefits. Don't rely on the CDC and the cancer industry for unbiased information -- they have a huge financial investment in continuing to perform regular mammograms, and profits are a primary concern for them.
Just examine the statistics -- they show that undergoing regular breast cancer screening starting at age 40 only decreases a woman's risk of dying from cancer by 0.05 percent -- that's 1 in 2000. It increases to 0.2 percent for women in their 50's -- that's 1 in 500. This might be considered worthwhile, if there were no downsides -- but there are plenty.
Read the Article on Berkeley Labs' Study
Do Regular Cancer Screenings Really Prevent Cancer?
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