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- Make the most of what our ancestors already knew – eat yourself healthy
Have you ever seen a celery stick run into a phone box, don a cape, then take to the skies to fight crime…? (or fight ill health at least…)
Well, that could soon be about to change, because according to some interesting research, celery could soon be classed as a ‘superfood’.
Celery has long been on a dieter’s menu because it’s one of those rare foods that actually burns more calories than you consume.
(Contrary what many people think, it’s NOT the chewing and swallowing that burns off the calories it’s the effort that goes into digesting the tough fibre of the celery).
However, researchers have recently discovered that when eaten (how else would you use celery?), celery creates the natural chemicals luteolin and diosmin, both of which fight Alzheimer’s and CJD by blocking the inflammation that causes the brain to start misfiring.
But Dr Terrence Town, of the CedarsSinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, said that the research into the effects of celery on Alzheimer’s was in its early stages.
So far, everything’s been based on animal studies.
Mice to be precise.
Mice who were treated with luteolin and diosmin saw their levels of amyloid beta drop.
And as amyloid beta causes sticky deposits that clog up the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers, the less of this substance the better.
The studies are promising, but nothing conclusive yet.
And that’s the thing that bugs me…
You don’t need a PhD to work this one out…
Well, maybe a PhD in common sense would be handy, because this little story highlights one of the most irritating (and in my opinion damaging) traits of mainstream medicine…
Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, has to be proved, double and triple-proved, analysed, stamped, verified by panels and pass an obstacle course worthy of the Krypton factor before there’s even the slightest chance the authorities may clear their throats and state something obvious.
Something like ‘eat celery, it’s good for you.’
Of course, I’m not suggesting that they should announce’ celery cures Alzheimer’s’.
That would be ridiculous and irresponsible.
But why not just come out and say that it seems celery contains two vital chemicals that could help fight Alzheimer’s? That would surely make front page news.
As it is, this little article was pushed way down the pecking order – somewhere between ‘Man finds bus ticket in pocket’ and ‘Kate Moss wears hat’.
I mean, people who suffer from this terrible illness need this information now, not in fifteen years time when all the right papers have been completed and filed correctly.
It’s not as if recommending celery is taking a risk is it? It’s not like saying sticking your head in a bucketful of cobras could fight heart disease.
In my opinion, the link between celery and blocking Alzheimer’s is there – and if you suffer from Alzheimer’s that’s a good enough reason to up your intake.
Natural remedies don’t need a stamp of approval – do they?
Don’t wait for scientists to prove fruit and vegetables are great for you – we have thousands of years of evidence already.
Anybody who takes the time to look at the history of medicine and healing knows that man has always sought out the health benefits of the natural world.
Berries, fungi and roots were the building blocks of the caveman’s medicine chest, and that knowledge has been passed down over the ages.
What we eat and how we eat it are also widely known to influence health and well being, and even the best of the world’s scientists have to accept that they don’t know everything…
…and often can’t explain everything.
Doing nothing is never an option so why not put some of the ancient wisdom into practice – maybe celery is not THE answer to Alzheimer’s but it can be a part of the story.
Dr Suzanne Sorensen of the Alzheimer’s Society had the best response to this research…
‘We know a healthy balanced diet can reduce dementia risk. This work reinforces the need to eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.’
Brilliant. Common sense over calculators.
You don’t need scientists to prove that: X+(e5/cv2-Y)>mx5-(b-5/a-5)/3.12/x = eat more carrots
You just need to make sure you eat a varied diet of ALL types of fresh, whole food.
Because what scientists say is bad for you today, they’ll prove is good for you tomorrow.
Of course, if they say they’ve found a link between celery and fighting Alzheimer’s – great. But really, you should already be eating celery, and every other vegetable out there. Because they can all help protect your health and beat disease.
3 health challenges and the foods that help
Here’s a quick rundown of three common health horrors, and the vegetables that can fight them…
– Heart disease… eat carrots, broccoli and greens. Make sure you don’t overcook them and lose all the powerful caretenoids. They should still have some crunch to them when you eat.
I’ve highlighted three foods here, but the truth is all fruit and vegetables contain anti-oxidants that can protect you against all disease, including heart disease. Fruit and vegetables also give your body a great dose of folate, which helps keep your homocysteine in check – a vicious amino acid that’s strongly linked to heart disease.
– Diabetes… again, when you start delving into the best ways to protect yourself against this illness, one remedy crops up again and again…
Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
Simple isn’t it? And I didn’t even need to test this in lab conditions to know this is good advice.
Just bear in mind to cut down on starchy foods. Spinach, broccoli, carrots and green beans are all low in starch.
– Cancer… boost your intake of three potent anti-oxidants: beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene.
Orange foods such as sweet potatoes, mangoes, pumpkin, squash and carrots will sort out your beta-carotene intake.
Green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale are packed with lutein.
Tomatoes, watermelon, apricots, and blood oranges are packed with lycopene.
I’ve only scratched the surface here.
These tips are just a handful of the hundreds of ways food can protect your health and in some cases – reverse symptoms of illness.
Choosing to take natural remedies for medical conditions isn’t being irresponsible, which is what many drug company executives would have you believe, it doesn’t even mean that you avoid taking the drugs as well.
Using a bit of common sense alongside the natural wisdom of our forefathers should be what we all do – after all since when did you hear of anyone suffering from an overdose of celery…
…eat well and stay healthy.
Editor, The People’s Doctor