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Nutrition, Food and Health

Updated on September 1, 2012

Nutrition and Foods for a Healthier Life

Did You Know?

Fifteen of the world's leading researchers in diet and cancer recently reviewed more than 4,500 studies; vegetables and fruit came out on top as the food most likely to help reduce the risk of cancer?

Nutrition, Health and Healing

The primary role of diet is to provide sufficient nutrients to meet the nutritional requirements of an individual. There is now increasing scientific evidence to support the hypothesis that some foods and food components have beneficial physiological and psychological effects over and above the provision of the basic nutrients.

Today, nutrition science has moved on from the classical concepts of avoiding nutrient deficiencies and basic nutritional adequacy to the concept of "positive" or "optimal" nutrition.

The research focus has shifted more to the identification of biologically active components in foods that have the potential to optimize physical and mental well being, reduce the risk of disease and promote healing.

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The Power of Antioxidants

Fruits and Vegetables are The Best Source of Antioxidants

What is an antioxidant?

According to the National Cancer Institute; "antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.

Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C and E, and other substances. Many of these antioxidant substances come from fruits and vegetables."

Fruits and vegetables contain a powerful array of antioxidants that offer protection for our bodies.

Beta-carotene is found in many fruits and vegetables that are orange in color, including carrots, Some green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale are also rich in beta-carotene.

Lutein, best known for its association with healthy eyes, is abundant in green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, and kale.

Lycopene is a potent antioxidant found in abundance in tomatoes.

Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables such as apples, oranges, pineapple, acerola cherries, papaya, carrots, parsley, kale, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and tomatoes.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli.

Best and Worst Foods

Best and Worst Foods
Best and Worst Foods

It's That Important!

It's That Important!
It's That Important!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      I learned a lot tonight, I thought all kinds of yogurt is good.

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      catherinenbrooks 6 years ago

      This written is perfect for health.Good information...

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      photofk3 7 years ago

      Healthy living is important to me. Healthy nutrition is the most important factor in healthy living. Great lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A really informative lens. I'm a commited healthy eater and your hints and tips are fantastic.

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      the-fitness-guru 8 years ago

      I agree with a lot of tips on this lens! Great information! Check out my similar views on nutrition... and find out what the 8 healthiest foods are... add them to your diet to help you with your general nutrition and fitness! Each has it's own super power!

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      RawFoodDieter 9 years ago

      Great info on anti-oxidants, thanks...five stars!!!

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      sunworld lm 9 years ago

      The valuable information on your lens supports the decision of my wife and I to go vegan.


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      AntioxidantGuyg 9 years ago

      Great info

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      Funflower 9 years ago

      Hey, love to discover more people who are concerned with healthy nutrition. Great job. Check out my lens on Elderberry, the much neglected fruit

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 9 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for adding this to the Month of Thanks challenge.

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      MBradley McCauley 9 years ago

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Great lens, very informative.



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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      I wish that more people would realise what a difference they can make to their own and their family's health my making some better choices about food.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Everything that you have said there is absolutely true! We need to eat more nutritional foods like fruits and vegetables to keep ourself healthy, fit and happy! We need to eat more alkaline foods rather than acidic ones! This is also what dieters need to pay attention! thanks for sharing! here's another place worth reading coz it also talks about healthy living and it's all about Fat Loss 4 Idiots! You can read Fat Loss 4 Idiots reviews from here to know more about it! thank you very much for your 5-star lens!

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      EarlyToRise 9 years ago

      really informative lens, great job!

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      Kyanisunrise 9 years ago

      Great lens! I added it to my favorites.


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      CleanerLife 9 years ago

      Nice Lens, lots of good information, thanks!

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      5 star lens. Thank you for posting this informative lens. Super!

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      religions7 10 years ago

      Great lens.

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      religions7 10 years ago

      Great lens.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Excellent! Welcome to the Natural Medicine Group!