The is a growing demand for more empirical evidence that ‘naturally grown’ fruit and vegetables play a major role in healing the body of basic to chronic ailments.
Common sense tells us that when we eat right our body reacts positively but in the production of ‘concentrated nutrient’ products we cannot say that the beetroot for-instance aids in the healing of the body of cancers or other dis-ease known to bring about cellular degradation.
However we can direct you, the informed and conscious reader to studies which support the notion that ‘good natural food=good natural health’. I posted the following study findings some time ago but feel its worthy now to update and repost.
Here are the details which supports that beetroot IS GOOD for you!!
A study undertaken by Austrian academics supports the role beetroot can play as an anti-inflammatory when treating the affects of cancer.
The study entitled : In vitro Effects of Beet Root Juice on Stimulated and Unstimulated Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells attributed to :
1Christiana Winkler, 1Barbara Wirleitner, 1Katharina Schroecksnadel 2Harald Schennach and 1Dietmar Fuchs 1Division of Biological Chemistry, Biocentre, Innsbruck Medical University, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of AIDS-Research, Innsbruck 2Central Institute of Blood Transfusion and Immunology, University Hospital.
Results of this study arrived at the following statement of conclusion:
Intake of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants can reduce the incidence of cancer and coronary heart disease in humans. Exceptional antioxidant activity of beetroot extracts has been reported. Likewise in animal models, e.g., extracts of red beetroot Beta vulgaris var. rubra revealed significant tumour inhibitory effects. Red beetroot concentrate is universally permitted as a food ingredient. In this study, effects of a commercially available beetroot juice on freshly isolated human peripheral blood mononuclear cells stimulated with the mitogens phytohaemagglutinin and concanavalin A were investigated in vitro. Tryptophan degradation and neopterin formation were monitored in culture supernatants to determine effects of test substances on immunobiochemical pathways which both are induced by the pro-inflammatory cytokine interferon-g. Compared to unstimulated cells, the mitogens induced significant formation of neopterin and degradation of tryptophan which is reflected by increasing concentrations of kynurenine together with diminished tryptophan levels in supernatants. Addition of beetroot extracts significantly suppressed these mitogeninduced changes, e.g. the rate of neopterin production as well as tryptophan degradation was dosedependently suppressed.
Our data shows that beetroot extract is able to counteract pro-inflammatory cascades in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Because inflammation is strongly involved in the development and progression of several clinical conditions including coronary heart disease and cancer, beneficial effect of beetroot extract may relate to this anti-inflammatory capacity.
An independent study undertaken in the US also showed the following in regards to the consumption of juice concentrates:
“In this study, using a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled design, of 117 healthy individuals, we showed that a fruit and vegetable concentrate resulted in an elevation in micronutrients (as measured by beta-carotene, vitamin C, and alpha-tocopherol) and reduced systemic inflammatory load,” wrote the researchers.
“Although the long-term implications of these findings are currently unknown, the close relationship between chronic inflammation and poor human health, suggests such a juice concentrate is a beneficial addition to the habitual diet in support of human health,” they added.
After 60 days of consuming the fruit and vegetable capsules, the researchers report a reduction in levels of Monocyte Chemotactic Protein-1 (MCP-1) of about 35 per cent, Macrophage Inflammatory Protein 1-beta (MIP-1b) of about 16 per cent, and Regulated upon Activation, Normal T cell Expressed and Secreted (RANTES) levels of about 21 per cent, compared with placebo.
“Systemic inflammatory load in humans is suppressed by consumption of two formulations of dried, encapsulated beetroot juice concentrate”
Authors: Y. Jin, X. Cui, U.P. Singh, A.A. Chumanevich, B. Harmon, P. Cavicchia, A.B. Hofseth, V. Kotakadi, B. Stroud, S.R. Volate, T.G. Hurley, J.R. Hebert, L.J. Hofseth University of South Carolina.
Australian based iLifeFoods.com has developed the VegeShot - Daily Wellness Drink containing beetroot, carrot, kale, mango and Australian Rain plum, itself a source of high levels of detectable anthocyanins also known to assist in reducing inflammation within the cellular structure.
While these overseas studies appear conclusive in their findings it is important to way up the benefits by adopting a regime of personal use which may support these findings.
CLICK HERE to buy the iLifeFoods VegeShot with Mango and Australian Rain Plum. Personally I take two sachets a day in 100mls of clean water. I notice the difference, especially in my energy levels and the distinct lack of pain in my body – obviously no inflammation.
Scott Mathias is a Certified Integrative Nutritionist and Professional Health Coach. Based in Noosa, Queensland he consults to clients around Australia including conducting seminars, public speaking engagements and corporate health groups. His special area of interest is the digestive function and eating food which promotes LIFE!! He is also the creator of an all Australian range of 100% PURE Superfoods from www.ilifefoods.com.
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