Superfoods?

by Polly N on August 17, 2010

It seems like every other week the media are extolling the virtues of yet another “superfood” but what actually IS a superfood?

According to Wikipedia “superfood is the term sometimes used to describe food with high pyhtonutrient content that may confer health benefits as a result”

It’s often reported that we need lots of antioxidants in our diet in order to keep illness away but do we know why? Well in short, antioxidants fight oxidants (otherwise known as “free radicals”) which contribute to many illnesses including cancer and heart disease.

Foods like blueberries, beetroot, almonds and apples are often listed as some of the superfoods that help fight cancer and other illnesses but in my opinion, these are just foods that we should be consuming on a regular basis to maintain optimum health. To class them as superfoods deems them as almost “extra special” and infers that we should only turn to them when we are in need of an energy or health boost. My advice to anyone wanting to have more energy, feel lighter and brighter, improve skin, hair and nails as well as getting rid of the mental fogginess we often find ourselves stuck in, INCREASE YOUR RAW INTAKE. Living foods = Energy

Here is a list of the foods I believe are absolutely vital for someone faced with cancer.

*Apoptosis = When the cancer cell decides to end its own life = Cancer cell suicide =  GOOD!!!!

Green tea

It is a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier and its catechins promote apoptosis. Green tea must be steeped for at least five minutes – ideally ten minutes – to release the catechins.

Mushrooms

Portabello, oyster, shiitake, maitake, enoki, thistle and crimini mushrooms contain polysaccharides and lentinian, which stimulate the reproduction and activity of immune cells.

Turmeric

Turmeric is THE most powerful natural anti-inflammatory source available. It helps stimulate apoptosis in cancer cells and inhibits their growth. It has also been shown to enhance the effects of chemotherapy and reduce tumour growth. For it to be effectively assimilated by the body, turmeric must be mixed with black pepper and ideally, dissolved in oil such as olive, canola or linseed.

Cancer-fighting Turmeric

Garlic

The compounds found in garlic promote apoptosis in colon, breast, lung, prostate cancer as well as leukaemia.  This compound also exists in onions, leeks, shallots and chives. Garlic is much more easily assimilated by the body when crushed and dissolved in a drop of olive oil.

Ginger

Ginger is brilliant at alleviating nausea. It also acts against certain cancer cells and helps reduce the creation of new blood vessels (which the cancer cells use for their own growth). For nausea, try drinking half an inch of peeled ginger either whole or grated steeped in warm water.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which has been proven to improve survival rates for men suffering from prostate cancer. However, the tomato must be cooked for the lycopene to be released.

Seaweed

The principal edible seaweeds available to us are nori, (used more commonly for sushi), wakame, dulse, kombu, arame and kelp. These seaweeds contain molecules that slow cancer growth, especially colon, breast, prostate and skin cancer.

Omega 3’s

Omega 3’s can be found in fatty fish or high-quality fish oils. Be conscious that the bigger the fish you eat, the higher it is in the food chain and therefore more likely to have been contaminated by mercury, PCB’s (Polychlorinated biphenyl) and dioxins, which pollute the ocean floor and when consumed, toxify the body!

Berries

Berries contain ellagic acid as well as polyphenols which stimulate the elimination of cancerous substances and inhibit cancer call growth. Found in strawberries raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries.

Citrus fruit

Anti-inflammatory flavenoids are found in oranges, tangerines, lemons and grapefruit. These are said to stimulate carcinogenic detoxification by the liver. Tangerine skin also contains flavenoids that penetrate brain cancer cells promoting apoptosis. Grate tangerine skin into a cup of warm water and drink. (Choose organic tangerines to avoid ingesting any pesticides the fruit may have been sprayed with)

Watermelon

Contains more cancer-fighting lycopene than tomatoes. Leave 30 minutes between eating melon and other fruits as their digestion times differ and could leave you with a gurgling tummy!

Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate juice is extremely anti-inflammatory and is a potent antioxidant . It has also been proven  to substantially reduce the development of prostate cancer.

Vitamin D

Sunshine! Vitamin D has been shown to considerably reduce the risk of several types of cancer so make sure you get 20 minutes a day for your Vitamin D injection.

Source

Obviously this list is not exhaustive as there are many other things that can be done, aside from choosing your food wisely to boost happiness and health. I would recommend that everyone, whether facing illness or not, to eat “consciously” and in doing so consider whether what you are about to eat is going to nourish you and give your body what it needs to work efficiently.

I shall blog soon on what I call “Real Superfoods“.

Until then, try introducing some of the above into your diet. Even if you are not faced with an illness, they can all be used as preventative methods. Don’t wait til it’s too late!

xx

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Jane upchurch August 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Hi Polly.
Have just read about you in the local Town Crier(part of the Cambridge Evening News group) and saw your article was written by Alice Ryan. She also interviewed me during my recovery from breast cancer. Your web site is an inspiration- good on you girl!! I am also on a healing journey and presently finding out about the Gerson diet and juicing veg. I have 2 questions for you – what make of juicer do you use? ( I have been recommended Champion and Greenstar but they are both quite expensive) also do you drink tap water or do you filter or buy distilled?
Sending you Love, Joy ,Health and Peace
Kindest regards
Jane Upchurch
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polly August 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Hi Jane

Thank you for your email and your kind words. Alice is lovely and I am very grateful to her for writing such a wonderful article!
I’m sorry to hear you have had breast cancer but am very happy to hear that you are into juicing – that is one of the best things you can do!

Re juicers – there are 2 types; centrifugal and masticating.
Centrifugal juicers tend to be cheaper because basically they don’t do the job as well. The blade spins at a high speed forcing the juice out and the pulp into the collector at the back. There tends to be a lot of wastage with these juicers as it does the job so quickly, it doesn’t actually extract as much as the masticating juicer so you end up with a lot of pulp. It also thought that the heat from the machine can damage the enzymes in the juice making it less nutrient-dense. The juice also tends to separate and shouldn’t be left to sit. The centrifugal machine is also very noisy.

The ones you have been recommended, Greenstar and Champion, are masticating juicers and work by chewing the fruit slowly and quietly taking more enzymes, nutrients and juice from whatever is being juiced. They literally squeeze the juice out so there is very little pulp and what pulp there is, is bone dry. Masticating juices don’t tend to separate either and last longer and most can juice wheatgrass which centrifugal juicers dont. Greens such as kale and spinach also get wasted when juiced in a centrifugal as the blade spins too fast for it to extract the juice. On the whole, masticating are much better and although expensive are worth it as you get a higher yield of juice, with more nutrients, can juice greens effectively, (and some make nut butters although the manufacturers don’t advertise this but it is possible) whereas the centrifugal, while cheaper, is likely to burn out its motor with a lot of use.

I have the Omega Vert 330 which is from http://www.eujuicers.com
This guys video will also give you more info http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR0JfJBEO0A

Re water I drink filtered water but tend to steer clear from bottled water where possible as the plastic contains chemicals. I will do a blog post on this soon. I have an Aqua Filter Machine which I love and would definitely recommend as tap water is full of chemicals and hormones. Reverse-osmosis is another option you could look into if you want your whole house to carry only pure water.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brita-Fountain-Water-Filter-Chiller/dp/B000GJI1O2/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1282580503&sr=1-16

I hope that helps Jane and I wish you all the very best health and happiness on your healing journey. I’m sending an angel to look after you.
Light and Love
Polly x

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Deborah A November 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Hello Polly
I watched you on the wright stuff this morning and was so pleased to hear all your positive messages and you truly are an inspiration to me. I have a friend who has been fighting her cancer for many years and she is never fails to surprise me with her spiritual strength, courage and her ability to keep the belief she can self heal and may I add with the support of some orthodox treatment, she is still shining brightly. she tells me she truly believes in the power of prayer and she finds the strength on that alone. I truly believe that. I would like ask you a question if I may. Have you read the book. Soul Workers Through the Veil by Heather Pedley. That is another book that is so inspiring and very comforting. Just like you and your knowledge, its like coming home.

I wish you all the all the very best and a HUGE Thank you

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