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Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for May 20, 2006


Bearing Fruit

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”It’s a saying you’ve heard hundreds of times, but a recent study has added extra weight to the old adage.

Health specialists have long been advising people to add more fruits and veggies to their diet and researchers in California have discovered that Eve’s fruit contains important agents that fight off cancer and heart disease.

Many fruits contain flavonoids, which have the ability to modify the body’s response to allergens, viruses and carcinogens, but now researchers know how the antioxidant protects your body through studying apple extract.

The team at UC Davis found that the flavonoids in apples actually shield cells from damage by interfering with communication between them.

Researchers took human cells and exposed them to an apple mash made from different varieties. Those cells were then exposed to a compound called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) that triggers cell death – a process that requires communication chemical signaling between cells, but the fruit blocked the exposed entity from death.

Flavonoids are found in other fruits and in vegetables and green tea, but the method in which apples protect cells is different than in other foods. Apples also contain another antioxidant called phenolics, which help to ward off heart disease. They prevent fat-like substances from clogging your arteries.

How Your Favourite Apple Ranks In Anti-Oxidant Levels:

  1. Fuji
  2. Delicious
  3. Northern Spy
  4. Fortune
  5. Gala
  6. Liberty
  7. Rome Beauty
  8. Golden Delicious
  9. Jonagold
  10. Idared
  11. Cortland
  12. Empire

Other Anti-Oxidant Fruits (from highest levels to lowest):

  1. Cranberries
  2. Apples
  3. Red Grapes
  4. Strawberries
  5. Peach
  6. Lemon
  7. Pear
  8. Banana
  9. Orange
  10. Grapefruit
  11. Pineapple

Courtesy of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

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May 20, 2006 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

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