Monday, June 3, 2013

Watercress(Sai Yeong Coy 西洋菜) - MIRACULOUS HERB

UK Scientists say watercress is the new super food, able to prevent certain types of cancer. According to a study published this week in The British Journal of Nutrition, the consumption of a three ounce portion of watercress reduced the presence of a key tumour growth factor six to eight hours after eating the watercress in healthy patients who had previously been treated for breast cancer.

The study was conducted by the Cancer Research Centre at the School of Medicine, Southampton General Hospital in the United Kingdom and concluded watercress is as therapeutic as traditional drug treatments with tamoxifen & herceptin, commonly used chemotherapy drugs.
The study also said that through regular consumption, watercress" has the potential to confer valuable protection against cancer in general.

" "Watercress has the ability to turn off HIF1, a signal sent out by cells calling for blood supply," said noted aging scientist Dr. Nicholas Perricone.
When HIF1 becomes incorrectly regulated, otherwise harmless precancerous clusters of cells have the opportunity to grow to form invasive tumours. "Scientists have been looking for anti-angiogenesis agents for years because if we can turn off the blood supply, we can kill the cancer," said Perricone. "And it looks like watercress can do that."

Another study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in February of 2007 showed that, in addition to reducing DNA damage, a daily dose of watercress increased the ability of cells to further resist DNA damage that may be caused by free radicals.

In the study, 60 men and women, half of whom were smokers, consumed their usual diet plus 85-grams of raw watercress daily for 8-weeks. Blood samples were analyzed for plasma antioxidant status and DNA damage in lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. 

Watercress consumption significantly reduced lymphocyte DNA damage. In the time of the Romans, Greeks and Persians watercress was used as a natural medicine, prescribed for migraines, anaemia, eczema, kidney and liver disorder and tuberculosis(TB).

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Effective Treat that Relieves Arthritis Pain

 I just received the following message:

This is the best e-mail I have received, I tell you why.

 Some of you know that I have osteoarthritis stabalised by knee exercises
 and Glucosamine and Controntin for the last 8 years while a few of my peers
 had knee replacement during this time. Last November I went to Hanoi Bay
 and did quite a bit of climbing that aggravated the pain in my right knee
 and started the pain in the left. Still I persisted with my medication and
 knee exercises. It gave relieve up to 70%.

 One of my favourite fruits is pineapple. I realize that for weeks since my
 trip to Hanoi I have not eaten any pineapple. I really missed that so went
 out to purchase one. Walloped one big piece heartily. Lo and behold, next
 morning when I started my exercises, the pain was nearly gone. There was
 around 95% relieve. Thinking it was the benefit of the exercises I
 increased the momentum another 5 to 10 minutes.

 Later in the day I began to think how could the pain decrease so much
 overnight. Aha. only difference was the pineapple that I ate. Yes you
 guessed it, I went and walloped some more and obtained more relieve . Back
 to before I went to Hanoi Bay. Happy but too shy to tell anyone until my sister rang up to inform of her
 back ache and unable to stand straight. Rebuked her for not doing anything
 like rubbing ointment or seeing a Dr. Jokingly informed her of my pineapple
 experience. Laughingly she said she was going to try that. A week or so
 later she came over and proudly showed me that she could walk straight
 without any pain. With thumb up she informed that the pineapple worked.

 So friends if you or anyone you know have arthritis pain, pineapple is
 worth the try. I dare to inform you after receiving this e-mail.

 In Christ love,
 * The Effective Sweet Treat that Relieves Arthritis Pain*
 By Jim Healthy On  October 19th, 2012

 Did you know that there are certain kinds of foods that actually help
 reduce or even stop arthritis pain?
 These "superfoods" are usually easy to find and inexpensive.
 Of all the foods that help fight against arthritis -- delicious, sweet
 pineapple comes up close to the top of the list.

 For generations, people around the world have used fresh pineapple to ease
 their arthritis inflammation.
 Loaded with joint-protecting vitamin C, pineapple is undoubtedly a superior
 arthritis-healing food.
 Its anti-inflammatory ingredient -- bromelain -- is so potent that many
 boxers drink the juice after fights to heal their bruises.
 A 1960 study compared boxers who took bromelain with those receiving a
 placebo. In just four days, an amazing 78% of those taking bromelain were
 inflammation-free, while only 14% of the control group had recovered.

 Other than bromelain, pineapple also contains manganese, which strengthens
 bones and protects joints.
 Here are 5 reasons you should be indulging in this delicious fruit if you
 struggle with joint pain and arthritis:

 *Reason #1: Joint Protection*

 Higher intake levels of the antioxidant vitamin C is essential for people
 with arthritis...And just one cup of pineapple has a whopping 94% of the
 recommended daily allowance (RDA)!
 Research published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that
 vitamin C-rich foods protect against inflammatory polyarthritis, a type of
 rheumatoid arthritis in which two or more joints are affected.
 If you have osteoarthritis, you may be concerned by warnings that you
 should not increase your vitamin C intake. But know that those warnings are
 based on a 2004 study on guinea pigs!
 Studies on humans show vitamin C actually reduces pain, cartilage loss and
 disease progression.

 *Reason #2: Healthier Joint Tissue*

 Pineapple is a great source of the trace mineral manganese.
 Manganese is absolutely essential for building healthy joint tissue and
 dense bones. One cup of pineapple provides 128% of the RDA for manganese.
 Research shows that manganese tackles free radicals that can damage joint
 Tip: It's best to eat your pineapple raw. Fruit skewers alternating fresh
 pineapple chunks with strawberries is a great way to do that. Grilled and
 cooked pineapple is extraordinarily tasty too.

 *Reason #3: Smoother Joint Movement*

 Pineapple's enzymes literally clean up "rusty" joints. When you eat
 pineapple on an empty stomach, the enzymes go right to work on your joints.
 Tip: If you eat pineapple with other foods, the enzymes divert their
 activity to digesting the rest of your meal instead of the gunk in your
 So keep pineapple around for between-meal snacks. Juice the hard inner core
 as well to take advantage of the concentrated bromelain located there.

 *#4: Pain Relief*
 For optimal arthritis pain-relief, eat fresh pineapple. The bromelain in
 pineapple is destroyed by heat, so fresh pineapple will give you the most
 Frozen pineapple retains active enzymes, but canned fruit and commercially
 processed juice don't provide the anti-inflammatory benefit of fresh fruit.
 It's important to note bromelain causes anti-clotting activity...
 So you should consult with your physician before combining pineapple with
 blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, or aspirin.
 Tip: If the fruit needs to ripen, keep it on your kitchen counter for a
 couple days. You'll know it's sweet and ready to eat when the bottom
 softens a bit.

 *Reason #5: Protection from Inflammation*
 Pineapple's bromelain halts inflammation. The sulfur-based enzyme bromelain
 in fresh pineapple is one of the best-researched natural anti-inflammatory
 agents around.
 Bromelain clobbers inflammatory agents that trigger joint pain and
 cartilage degeneration.
 A 2006 study cited in Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology found that
 supplemental bromelain is effective in easing discomfort from hip arthritis.
 The Arthritis Foundation stated that pineapple's bromelain produces effects
 comparable to NSAIDs for relieving pain and inflammation.
 UK researchers reviewed ten studies on osteoarthritis and bromelain. They
 found that every single one confirmed bromelain's benefits.

Tip: Most of the bromelain in pineapples is found in the core and the stem.
 So don't throw away that tough, fibrous core!