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Food Fitness to Nourish Your Body

Natural sources of antioxidants, such as Vitamins C and E and beta carotene, are some of your best defenses against coronary-pulmonary aging. Choose from these foods when eating at least five servings per day of fruits and vegetables, better yet nine servings:

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Red pepper, Brussels sprouts, papaya, orange, chestnuts, butternut squash, kiwi, strawberries, cantaloupe, kale, pink grapefruit, sweet potato, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. (The latter three also help the liver detoxify poisons and "bad" estrogens (16-hydroxyestrone) that promote breast, colon, cervical and prostate cancer.)

If it is difficult for you to eat a lot of those fruits and vegetables, consider a supplement such as Vitamin C 1000 with Rose Hips.

Vitamin E

Almonds, spinach, parsnips, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, asparagus, sweet potato, wheat germ, brussels sprouts, peanuts, pecans.

Beta carotene:

Carrot, butternut squash, cantaloupe, sweet potato, kale, watercress, apricot, red pepper, turnip greens, mango.

A good rule of thumb: Eat from the fruit and vegetable "color palette" each day and include red, green, orange, blue (blueberries) and yellow.

Eating lots of antioxidants keeps your lungs strong! According to an article in the FASEB Journal, people who ate the most antioxidants were able to exhale almost 1/2-cup more air in one second than people who ate much less. The ability to inhale and exhale volumes of air is called "Vital Capacity" and is perhaps the best physical exam indicator of life expectancy!

Reminder: Lung cancer is the number-one cancer killer and that over 18-percent of victims never smoked. And those numbers will keep changing. New studies show that HPV is now linked to tongue, throat and lung cancer, as well.

Do try to eat your nine servings of a rainbow variety of fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables. Then take a professional quality multivitamin daily. As iron is a pro-oxidant, it should not be included usually except in the anemic, childrens formulas and for menstrating or pregnant females.

Antioxidants for Muscle Soreness

While antioxidants flex their muscles on these serious ailments, they also help not-so-serious problems. An example is muscle soreness. One study found that folks who are sedentary most of the time and then suddenly exercise intensely may find relief from aching muscles with vitamin E. It appears that vitamin E may reduce free radical damage that can lead to muscle soreness.

Because of a growing concern about the potential health hazard of synthetic antioxidants, there is renewed interest in the increased use of naturally occurring antioxidants. Because they occur in nature and in many cases are derived from plant sources, natural antioxidants are presumed to be safe.

Study Says...

Prevent Sun Damage with Foods
Scientists in Australia have discovered, by measuring sun damage to the back of the hand, that those who followed a healthy diet high in antioxidants, enjoyed protection from the sun's worst skin damage. Experts say that oxidative damage from frequent sun exposure is the culprit behind most skin wrinkling. High SPF (Sun Protection Factor) foods include legumes (beans, peanuts, peas), olive oil and vegetables. Low SPF foods include butter, full-fat dairy foods and meat.

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