Asparagus is one of the first vegetables you may see available at the grocery store or local farmers market. In a way, it signals that spring has arrived, the time for new beginnings and it has the same effect on your body by signaling the growth of new cells. It is packed with vitamins A ,C, E and K and it is a great source of folate, fiber and chromium, a trace mineral that helps insulin to transport glucose from your bloodstream into cells. One of the most amazing benefits of asparagus is that it is loaded with folic acid, which helps to prevent brain degeneration as well as keep your overall nervous system healthy. Another benefit is its ability to help fight cancer. It is extremely rich in glutathione, a detoxing compound that breaks down carcinogens and it has the ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. The most common type of asparagus is green, but it is also available in white and purple. Whether you decide to roast, stir-fry or grill your asparagus, your damaged cells will thank you.
Seeds such as hemp, flax, perilla and chia are high in alpha-linolenic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fat as well as plant sterols that are provide amazing anti-inflammatory properties.
Seafood and Fatty Fish
Fatty fish and seafood contain omega-fatty acids, which truly benefit every single cell in your body by helping them do their best work. When the cell membrane has enough omega, its structure prevents the cell membrane from beginning overly rigid, allowing nutrients and waste to come and go like they are supposed to. Research has shown that one particular type of omega 3’s, docosahexanoic acid, has the ability to shrink the size of tumors as well as enhance the positive effects associated with chemotherapy. Another amazing benefit of omega-3’s is it has been shown to help promote bone growth by increasing the production of compounds associated with bone loss and reducing the number of osteoclasts, which are bone destroying cells. Eicosapentaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid found in seafood is a powerful anti-inflammatory and it may help to rebuild damaged cells in the brain and heart.
Mushrooms, such as shiitake, cordyceps and maiitake, have been medicinal staple for hundreds of years. They are extremely high in polyphenols, which are nutrients that are effective in protecting liver cells from damage. Supporting your liver is important for fighting inflammation in the body, because the liver is where your body filters out toxins and breaks down your hormones.
If you hear the word broccoli and think back to your childhood when you mom’s favorite words were “eat your broccoli”, she was on to something. Broccoli is rich in sulphoraphane, an essential chemical that increase the amount of active, phase 2 enzymes in your liver. These enzymes work to neutralize harmful toxins that you breathe in and the sulphoraphane found in broccoli has been shown to kill cancer stem cells, which are the root of tumor growth. Sulforaphane normalizes DNA methylation, which is a process that attachment a group of atoms, known as a methyl group, which are part of a DNA molecule. DNA methylation is a critical part of normal cell function, by allowing cells to “remember” who they are, which is essential for regulating genes. Broccoli also contains a compound known as glucoraphanin, which boosts the cell enzymes responsible for protecting against molecular damage.
Berries, especially blueberries, may have the power to reduce or perhaps even reverse, declining brain function. Berries are rich in antioxidants which help protect your brain cells from free radical damage and oxidation, which means these antioxidants may help slow down brain aging and prevent disease. They are also rich in flavonoids that help reduce inflammation and repair cellular damage. Although blueberries are thought to contain the highest amount of antioxidants, most berries contain some level and are good for various cells throughout your body. Some of the most healthiest berries include:
- Goji berries
Fresh herbs are not only used to flavor foods, but certain herbs can also be significantly beneficial for your health. There are a number of benefits that your body can reap when you use certain herbs, such as turmeric, rosemary, garlic, basil and thyme. For example, turmeric contains curcumin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory that reduces the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. It may also help prevent colon cancer and alzheimers disease. Rosemary may help prevent carcinogens that enter your body from binding with DNA, which is the first step in the formation of tumors.
An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, but it may also help to keep wrinkles away. As you age there is a reduction in cell turnover, when means you lose control over how your skin ages. Epidermal stem cells, which are necessary for creating healthy new skin become reduced and function less efficiently. The stem cells of certain apples may be able to rejuvenate aging skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Apples also contain calcium D-glucarate, a phytochemical increase glucuronidation, which is essential for liver detoxification and estrogen balance.
Ginger root does a lot more than add flavor to your tea or settle an upset stomach. It also has the power to knock out painful inflammation by inhibiting the effects of arachidonic acid, which is a fat responsible for triggering inflammation and pain. There are two powerful ingredients found in ginger root; terpenes and oleo-resin. These two ingredients and other active ingredients found in the root stimulate circulation, provide relieve for constipation, help with lymph cleansing and induce perspiration which is effective at cleansing your system of toxins. It has also been shown to suppress cancer cells.
True regeneration of your cells occurs when you indulge in eating all colors of the food rainbow. For example, beta carotene, which is the orange pigment in carrots, yams and squash, converts to Vitamin A, which is critical for healing your lungs, skin and gastrointestinal tract. Green foods, such as green beans and asparagus are rich in vitamin B complex that nourishes your nervous system and increases absorption of omega-3’s. Your red blood cells are replaced every four months, your skin cells in 30 days and the lining of your small intestines can renew itself in less than one week. Each day your body will turn over between 50-70 billion cells.