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How Vitamin F Cured Scaly Skin and a Lot More | ABCs of Vitamins

One of the biggest breakthroughs ever made in nutritional research occurred in 1923 when vitamin F was discovered.vitamin F graphic

Studies of groups of animals fed on experimental diets were going on and it was soon found that lacking this essential vitamin lead the poor animals used in these early experiments to quickly develop skin sores and lesions which were quite different from those caused by other vitamin deficiencies.

In fact the diet had vitamins A, B and D added to make sure that all necessary nutrients were in the diet but in spite of that the animals were losing their health and eventually dying.

Why?

Here is a short quote from the original research, “By the present work the authors have shown that if the young animal is subjected to a complete fat starvation over a period of several months, it develops a disease and soon dies.”

Why were they dying?

“When they were autopsied, the Burrs noted that the animals’ kidneys and urinary tracts bore significant signs of damage. ” http://is.gd/hoRy4w

Clearly something dramatic was going on – something essential to health and life was missing from the diet the animals were being fed…

And then the researchers – the husband and wife team, George and Mildred Burr asked the question, whether a special type of fatty acid is required by the animal which it is unable to synthesize from the diet consumed are unanswered questions.  http://is.gd/hoRy4w

This was the discovery of vitamin F; it was the dawning of a new era in Nutritional understanding and research in which for the first time the positive role of fats in our diet was appreciated and vitamin F was found to be 2 fats – later called omega 3 and omega 6.

Without these fats we sicken and die.

Nowadays we call omega 3 and omega 6 oils EFAs, that is “Essential Fatty Acids” and only rarely use the original name of Vitamin F and although we now know a lot about them we still know that foods containing them must be in our meals or our health will suffer

Choosing the “low fat” or “fat free” diet options may be very bad decisions indeed!

The new research horizons revealed that vitamin F consisted of omega 3 oils based on linolenic acid and omega 6 oils based on linoleic acid where the “lin” part of each name is from linseeds which contain both omega 3 and 6 oils.

The most well known of these is Omega 3 so let's start there.

Omega 3 Oil

Linseeds also called flax seeds have been used as food and for fibre since Babylonian times around 5000 BC. The seeds can be powdered and included in many types of meals – mixed into breakfast cereals, mashed vegetables or smoothies. The seeds and powder can even be baked into bread without any reduction in their health benefits, so it is very easy to get a daily dose of flax / linseed.

The major health benefit is its powerful anti-inflammatory effects which work in different ways to the actions of anti-inflammatory vitamins such as vitamin C.

This allows flax to play a major role in a healthy diet because most chronic disease is inflammatory in nature – including arthritis, diabetes, MS, heart disease and cancer.

When flax seeds are pressed flax oil / linseed oil is produced and that can be used as a salad oil but not to fry with because its delicate structure is damaged by the temperature reached in frying. In addition commercially available flax oil is seldom distributed chilled and I simply do not trust that flax oil is fresh and high enough quality to use.

Nowadays I only use and only advise powdered flax seeds. They not only keep fresh for several months but has a high content of lignans in addition to the omega 3 oil content.

What Are Lignans?

They are anti-oxidants and are similar to the healthy chemicals in tea. They are a major source of phyto-oestrogens / phyto-estrogens which protect us from environmental “Gender bending” chemicals.

And since there is a lot of scaremongering and confusion on the internet about phytoestrogens let's take a minute to clear out the nonsense.

Plant estrogens are very much weaker than the hormones we make in the body ourselves. Both males and females make and use so called male and female hormones – just in differing amounts.

We are all exposed to cancer causing toxins in the environment and we all need the protection that plant estrogens can give us. How they work is to plug into the places in our system which a toxin could find its way into.
So they deny toxins an opportunity to work and since the plant estrogens themselves are hundreds of time weaker than our own hormones they do not cause the same effect themselves.

They deny access to toxins – that is all they do. They are a superb health insurance policy and one we can all male and female, subscribe to daily by eating foods and herbs with plant estrogen content.

Such as flax and soya and red clover!

Omega 6 Oil

This is the other part of “Vitamin F” so it essential for our health. Just as omega 3 foods like Flax help power anti-inflammatory processes in the body omega 6 helps power inflammation itself.

This may seem odd or even crazy because all the major diseases have inflammation as a central feature but inflammation itself is an essential part of the defence system of the immune system and we must be able to respond to parasites with our inflammatory resources.

It is a matter of degree!

In the physical and social environment we have created and especially in our food chain we use a lot more omega 6 fats than omega 3 and alhtough we need both, in practise we need to be vigilant that we get our daily dose of omega 3 foods and we can effectiely ignore omega 6!

Why?

Because it is everywhere. Omega 6 oils pop up in corn oil, sunflower and safflower and thousands of foods with these ingredients.

Just eat flax and green leafy vegetables and walnuts and you are covered!

Last Words on the Omega Oils

As it happened vitamin F turned out to be a discovery of how important it is to get small amounts of special types of oils in our diet. In the average diet nowadays we get a massive oversupply of omega 6 oils and far too little omega 3 oils.

There is no requirement for any other omega oils – omega 7 or omega 9 or others, although these may be useful in particular circumstances

While we can take an omega 3 oil supplement it makes more sense to include omega 3 foods in our daily routine and the outstanding superfood to do that is linseed in the form of powdered linseeds / powdered flax seeds.

Many people think that they need to eat fish to get the omega 3 health bonus but this is a mistake. Yes, fish is a source of omega 3 oils but that is only because the fish feed on greens in their environment! The omega oils come from the greens and not the fish.

Going direct to the greens and to the powdered flax or linseeds cuts out the “middleman” and cuts out both the heavy metals such as mercury and other pollution that fish are exposed to.

How About Frying?

We can't leave any discussion of oils without mentioning frying!

Deep frying is never a healthy option and any recipe that calls for it just needs to be replaced and redesigned!

For shallow frying I advise olive oil and use either butter or olive oil to sauté mushrooms.

All other oils such as sunflower, corn oil, safflower etc. are rich sources of omega 6 and are best avoided since they will tip the balance in our body between omega 3 and omega 6 oils.

Olive oil is neutral and will not upset the balance in your body and comes in a variety of flavours.

It also helps if we avoid using other oils that may unbalance our oil intake. This includes any foods with trans fats which are synthetic, man made imitations of healthy oils.

good source of omega 3 oil - organic ground flaxseeds

We don't need imitation foods when we have the real thing.

Butter is a healthy source of oils and the stigmatisation of saturated fats like butter and coconut oil is out dated, commercially biased and simply wrong.

The health benefits of omega 3 oils whether as foods, supplements or oils are surprisingly deep and widespread, they are easy to use and even taste great.

Using them is one of the biggest and simplest changes we can make for our health.

 

 

Photo credit Roger Ward

 

Fertility, Cholesterol and My Vitamin E Rant

vitamin E graphic Vitamins protect – that's their whole function. They protect us from various diseases – so vitamin C protects us from weak bones and skin by helping the body make stronger collagen and vitamin E protects us from so many health issues that we're going to take this article to go through a few of them.

First of all we have to know what we are talking about – what is vitamin E?

Just like vitamin B is really not one vitamin but is a mix of vitamins B1, B2, B3 and so on…and that's why it is called B complex. Not because it is “hard” simply that it is a whole mix of different natural substances needed by the body.

Vitamin E is a complex too and we truly should call it “vitamin E complex”. For some reason though people still talk and write about vitamin E as if it is one thing and not 8 separate natural chemicals.

What Vitamin E Does

Looking at how a vitamin was discovered often throws a lot of light on its power and how best to use it.

In the case of vitamin E scientists found that when laboratory rats were fed on a very poor diet the rats were often sterile and when wheat germ oil was added to the rats' diet their apparent sterility was cured.

And that is how this vitamin was discovered – an unknown substance was found in the wheat germ and that was called vitamin E.

And that is how it got its reputation as an “anti-sterility” vitamin.

The scientific name was “Tocopherol” pronounced as “Tock”+”Off”+”er”+”ol” because “Tokos” means children and “pherol” means to bear.

So vitamin E made its name, literally as the Child bearing or Fertility vitamin.

8 Varieties of Vitamin E

Later it turned out that there are 4 versions of what was called vitamin E and then another 4 were discovered, so all together vitamin E is a mix or complex of 8 natural substances.

The eight types of vitamin E break down into 2 groups of 4. One group we've mentioned already – they are the 4 tocopherols.

The other 4 are the tocotrienols pronounced as “toco” + “try”+”en”+”ols”

This took a lot of time to work out and researchers got into a habit of just taking one of the 8 parts of vitamin E and doing experiments with it to see what it was capable of.

And calling THAT one “vitamin E” instead of “One of the 8 versions of vitamin E”!

A short rant starts here…

And just in case that seems stupid and even wrong headed, it gets even worse – often they did not even use one of the 8 naturally occurring parts of vitamin E they used a man made, synthetic imitation of vitamin E made by a pharmaceutical company and then publish the results of the research without even being upfront about this “Bait and Switch”.

I have no problem with companies making whatever they like and making a good profit too but when a study is published on Vitamin A or Vitamin E it should be on those exact molecules and not on a different artificial version cooked up in a test tube.

If science is to be taken as real and worthwhile it must be about telling the truth – the full truth.

Like this, “We used a synthetic version of vitamin blah blah supplied by Pharmaceutical company blah blah”.

That's all it takes to be honest.

And the reason I am beating this to death is that nearly all of the discussions of vitamin E are either on 1 of the 8 parts of vitamin E or on a synthetic imitation of vitamin E and no one is being clear about this.

Rant over – for now anyway!

The fact that vitamin E was found in wheat germ oil is important. It does not mean that we all have to use wheat germ oil on our breakfasts or on salads although those sound like yummy ideas to me – what it means is that vitamin E is oil soluble and can be used to reach and protect parts of the body that cannot be reached by vitamins B and C – the water soluble vitamins.

Vitamin E can protect the membrane around each and every cell. Cell membranes have a lipid layer – a thin layer made of a mix of fats and oils. And this layer on the outside of each of our body cells picks up damage from oxidation just like all parts of the body.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and so it protects us from oxidation, from what we might call “rust” on a car! When tissues get oxidised they are damaged and lose function and this is a major way in which we lose function as we get older.

There is nothing special or damaging about getting older – there is no basic reason that we have to lose function. Getting older just means getting more oxidation damage because we do not usually use supplements properly. We can, if we choose, reduce or remove the oxidation damage by carefully using vitamin E and other antioxidants.

So vitamin E protects – not just body cells – but also the cells in the blood from oxidation by heavy metals and chemical pollutants and solvents.

By protecting the white blood cells from damage it can protect the immune system from damage by oxidation during exposure to viral disease.

And now…the bogeyman!

Time now to mention…cholesterol. Truth is that the amount of cholesterol in the your blood does not matter. That was a false trail that was started back in the 1950s and people simply could not chasing Big Foot or Cholesterol, whatever you want to call it.

There is one basic problem in your bloodstream and it is not the AMOUNT of cholesterol but whether your precious cholesterol is OXIDISED or not.

Oxidised cholesterol will damage your arteries, THAT is the fundamental issue and we know already that vitamin E – real vitamin E – protects us against oxidation and that protection includes cholesterol.

So please adjust your view! Your LDL and HDL and all that are not all that important. It is the C-Reactive Protein measurement of your blood that is crucial because that is a measurement of inflammation. If C-Reactive Protein is high then your antioxidant protection is inadequate and you need to consult a Professional to help fill in the gaps in your armour!

By the way, one of the ignored parts of vitamin E is called gamma tocopherol is unique in protecting the body against Nitrogen reactive molecules. This may not sound all that significant but is crucial in the polluted environments in which most of us live.

Blood thinning Anyone?

One of the properties of vitamin E that was found pretty early on in its discovery in the 1940s by 2 Doctors who were brothers was that it was vital for the treatment of many circulation disorders including stroke, retinopathy and Intermittent Claudication.

Part of the healing effect of vitamin E was that it inhibited clumping of red blood cells produced by oxidation and therefore provided a kind of anti-coagulation effect, so that blood could flow easily along the blood vessels. This is also called “Blood thinning”.

Note – be very cautious of taking Blood thinning or anticoagulation medication if you are also taking a high dose supplement of vitamin E or you may get too much blood thinning.

The same caution holds for Aspirin too. If you are taking regular Aspirin for either pain relief or blood thinning I'd advise seeing a Naturopath to optimise your diet, supplements and medication.

The risk is that adding up 2 or 3 blood thinning medicines you may get internal bleeding, perhaps in the brain or the stomach!

Wheat Germ Oil

wheat germ oil as a source of vitamin EIn case you'd like to go back to the original food where vitamin E was discovered then this would be up your street…

Vitamin E Supplement

vitamin E supplement including all 8 parts of vitamin E

As above, most supplements include only 1 of the 8 varieties of the vitamin. Doing this may well be dangerous and I advise avoiding any vitamin E that only has alpha-tocopherol and of course avoiding synthetic forms like dl-alpha-tocopherol.

The best I managed to find is the “Life Extension Gamma E Tocopherol/tocotrienols”. It has ALL 8 of the parts of vitamin E contained in a softgel capsule.

The capsule is my only criticism because it stops those who follow a vegetarian diet or who are simply against cruelty to animals from using the gelatin and glycerine capsule.

For a vegetarian capsule try this “Vitamin Code, RAW Vitamin E” from Garden of Life which has 6 of the 8 types of vitamin E and is actually a multivitamin containing A, D, E and K vitamins!

vegetarian vitamin E supplement

If you know of a better vegetarian version please let me know and I'll update this advice!

Last Words on Vitamin E

We've been looking at some of the health benefits of vitamin E. These health befits can be ours simply by including foods or supplements with Vitamin E in our daily routine.

As an effective antioxidant vitamin E gives us some much needed protection against diseases with inflammation as a central feature. These include arthritis, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

That simple foods such as green leafy vegetables and sunflower seeds can give us so much is a source of wonder. I strongly advise you to include a vitamin E supplement and some vitamin E foods into your daily routine and get that health protection for yourself.

Osteoporosis: Are Your Bones Doomed To Crumble as You Age?

osteoporosis - posture changing with ageOsteoporosis is scary. We know that youngsters get stronger and longer bones as they age and this goes on to some extent right through our twenties. Round about age 30 though we reach peak bone mass and bone strength and our bones are expected to get weaker from then on as we continue to age.

This loss of bone mass and strength is called Osteoporosis and is often regarded as “normal”. And indeed a quick look around in any shopping centre shows a huge number of elderly people with walking sticks and frames if they are walking at all an not being pushed in a wheelchair.

These folk have a mix of disorders but Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis would be prominent along with many other “age related” diseases.

My definition of normal is different because I am a Naturopath and regard bone loss and increased risk of fracture as simply a disease that can be healed with lifestyle adoptions and not something that has to be “lived with”.

In this article we'll look at what you can do to take your health into your hands and get it under control. We'll start with another definition of Osteoporosis and then move into the action points for you to consider adopting.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis or OP, is a progressive loss of minerals, strength and protein from our bones due to inadequate diet and activity.

It is a lifestyle disorder like diabetes and heart disease and like them can be addressed by going to the root of things and not by covering over the symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs.

Risk Factors For Osteoporosis

Those with a smaller stature are more likely to get OP and so are those from Caucasian families. But that just means that extra attention is paid to the diet and other lifestyle factors by those affected.

It is also a risk factor to have worked in industries or occupations that exposed you to heavy metals such as lead and cadmium. Sometimes just living in a polluted neighbourhood may be enough to get exposure. If you have heavy metal contamination that can be tested and treated pretty simply and is well worth doing.

Pharmaceutical medicines can also be risk factors. It is scandalous in my view that drug medicines taken to treat one condition often cause another but pharmaceuticals such as steroids, barbiturates, proton pump inhibitors, heparin amongst others are risk factors for OP.

If you take any of these it may be worth consulting your Physician to see if there are less harmful alternatives.

What We Can Do About Our Bones

Have you heard the Children's song…

”Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones
Now, hear the word of the Lord!”
etc.

                                                 Words here http://is.gd/0w2cKg

If people know anything about their bones apart from the incorrect notion that they get weaker with age it is that bones and dry and bones are white.


All wrong.


You get weaker – both in muscle and bone with lack of exercise not age and bones are pale yellow and are living organs with a blood supply so they are not dry either!
 

Bones are living adapting organs that respond to exercise by strengthening and respond to nutrients like any other of our organs. So we need to nourish them, just like we nourish our muscles, brains and skin.

The Stress Connection

A memory has stayed with me since the early days of my learning clinical nutrition back in the eighties.

A researcher was about to publish a research paper and gave us an early peek into the data his study had found. The study compared the top drugs for Osteoporosis with a particular bone strengthening “exercise”.
 

The exercise was way more effective than the best drugs and now I'll tell you what it was…
 

  1. The researcher showed us by standing so we could see him from the side.
  2. Then he lifted his heels off the ground a little – say half an inch, no more.
  3. He then let his body down to normal standing by letting his heels strike the floor.


That was it – stand up, lift heels off ground and then let them fall back onto the ground.

Why This “Foot Exercise” Works

Having read that you might wonder why this silly little move would work? Why would it beat the best drugs on the market?


Good questions and here's why…


As we walk our hells are the first part of the foot to hit the ground. As it contacts the ground it makes what is called a “heel strike”. What happens with every heel strike is a shock wave travels not just through the foot but right up the legs and throughout the body.


The next bit is the interesting bit so read it very carefully…


The way that bones work is that they get stronger with shock and stress. So every heel strike makes the bones stronger and the shape of the bones will even change to make it even stronger to adapt to your movement and exercise.


Walking makes your bones stronger.


And so will the researcher's silly little exercise.


And so would skipping and lots of other walking, jumping and jogging exercises but only if you do not wear trainers.


No trainers?


No trainers because they cushion the feet and cut down the shock waves and stress and we don't want to do that.


Trainers are for professional athletes with special needs they are not for the average Jane who needs to exercise and get some shock and stress into her skeleton.

Is there a vitamin D connection?

There is another risk factor we face that can turn into an “Action factor” – something we can do to boost our health – and that is vitamin D. It is only in sunny climates that we can get enough natural vitamin D by our exposure to sunshine.

Northern latitudes such as Canada and the UK are at risk and lots of US citizens too unless you live in sunny Florida, Texas or Southern California, for example.

Even in sunny places we may not get enough sun exposure if we indoors too much or completely cover up due to fear of sunburn.

Best advice is to get a simple blood test of our vitamin D and then supplement with the needed dose of vitamin D3. Do take care that you see the actual amount of vitamin D and do not let yourself be told that your level is normal. Ideas of what is normal have changed a lot in the last few years and nowadays the normal level is much higher than it used to be.

A normal level is generally regarded as 50 to 60 ng/ml and anything below that needs fixing with daily D3 of say, 3000 iu tablets or capsules. In fact you can now get a D3 liquid with 5000 iu per tiny drop. You can even get a D3 spray so it is really very easy to get a daily shot of this vital vitamin.

In the Winter it is generally a good idea to increase your dose to make up for less sunshine. And preferably test again after a few months and see how you are doing.

Vitamin K

Another Vitamin we need for bone health and strength is vitamin K. This vitamin we can get from our food but eats lots of green leafy vegetables every day? Not many people do but that is where we find vitamin K so that means that most people should be on a good supplement and the best is vitamin K2. This is easy to take and may be in your daily multi – it is often included in quality multi-vitamin supplements. A daily dose of 100 MICRO grams – millionths of a gram is all need.


Note – those taking Warfarin are recommended to keep their vitamin K supplements at low levels of 100 micrograms. Higher levels may interfere with their anti-coagulant therapy.

How About Calcium?

We have to talk about Calcium at some stage.

There's a lot more in a bone than the mineral calcium – there are other minerals such as phosphorous, magnesium, sodium and bicarbonate as well as structures of collagen, blood vessels – but we do need around 1200 mg a day and most of us do not get it. So a supplement of calcium citrate is recommended or perhaps a mix of various forms of calcium glycinate, malate or a chelated calcium.

Please take note that Osteoporosis is not a calcium deficiency disease – we get oodles of calcium in our water and in milk and yet there is an epidemic of OP. Read on and get the full picture below…

And Magnesium…

I have recommended magnesium as an all purpose muscle relaxant, pain reliever and anxiety reducer but we need it for bones too. We can get plenty of magnesium from our diet but only if we eat plenty of green,leafy veggies…and do you do that?

Silica

Taking silica increases bone mineral density and increases the production of bone proteins. So it's great for healthy bones and as a bonus helps improve the look and health of our skin too!

O Yes And Boron Too!

The last mineral in my Anti-Osteoporosis list is a seldom discussed one called Boron. We need very little but it acts to balance minerals and to reduce inflammation and reduce the loss of calcium in the urine. Only a milligram or two is all we need.

Is there an Osteoporosis Diet?

To fight or fix Osteoporosis we need to oppose the inflammation in the blood stream and elsewhere in the body and act to alkalise the body.

The diet needs to be anti-inflammatory.

A whole grain plant based diet does that and it supplies a lot of the minerals and vitamins we need but it does it in a way that helps the body heal rather than in a way that triggers allergies and inflammation.

Crudely speaking foods may be put into either an inflammatory or anti-inflammatory group.

Inflammatory foods are meat, fish, eggs and dairy products

Anti-inflammatory foods are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, omega 3 plant oils and spices

So a whole grain based vegan diet seems to be the most anti-inflammatory diet which combined with specific OP fighting vitamins and minerals.

If a vegan diet seems too restrictive for you a Mediterranean diet with a strong emphasis of the anti-inflammatory foods and supplements is what I'd recommend.

Osteoporosis is not a disease of ageing or of calcium deficiency. It is a logical result of many years of eating the wrong diet and can be corrected with a few months of eating the right diet – a “plant strong diet” packed with super foods and boosted with powerful anti-inflammatory supplements such as vitamins C and D.

O yes and after one of your plant based meals – take a nice relaxed walk and enjoy yourself Now I'd love to know if OP has been a part of your life? Please comment and share this post if you feel it could help people you know… Thanks

Photo credits Certo Xornal

CoQ10 – The Ubiquitous Enzyme That Powers Your Heart

coenzyme q10I knew something big had happened when I saw that my patient was taking 100 mg of CoQ10.

At the time the normal dose was 30 mg, a number arrived at with cost in mind rather than being the best dose.

So, I thought, the Japanese company who had pioneered the production had ramped up volume somehow and pulled the price down!

This was seriously good news.

Why?

Because CoQ10 is a crucial nutrient with many exciting health building benefits in the body but it was new to the supplement industry and they were struggling with producing the amount needed at anything like an affordable price.

Read more »

Health Benefits Of Pears – Are Pears a Superfood?

2 lovely pears ready to be pickedNo question, munching a juicy pear on a hot day is refreshing but here at naturaldetoxblog we're pretty focused on superfoods and the question today is about the pear that we find in our gardens and shops – is it a superfood and what are the health benefits of pears?

A quick look at the composition of the pear gives us this data

table of the nutrients and  the health benefits of pears

Looking at these numbers and seeing very little of importance reminded me of my  post on Apple Cider Vinegar, ACV, where it turned out that what made ACV a superfood was not even on the label!

So much for consumer information eh?

What the numbers above tell us is that a pear is a low calorie fruit with high water content and quite a decent supply of potassium, magnesium and vitamin C. The other vitamin numbers are a little interesting but nothing to write home about.

So Pears Are a waste of Space Alex?

Not so fast. Let's look at what is behind the bland word, "Fibre".

The reason that it is worth looking closely at fibre is because it is a powerful and rather subtle way to underpin our health

Really!

You see, I am not talking about the odd looking bags of junk fibre found in health shops. Frankly I would not feed that stuff to a dog.

Real Dietary fibre is supplied by all plant food –all vegetables and fruit. Some of it is not digested and acts a bit like a pipe cleaner on the gut, and some of it is digested and this acts as a prebiotic.

Prebiotic Fibre helps the gut maintain a healthy environment so that our so called friendly bacteria can flourish. And it is in the health and good conditions of the bacteria in the colon that our health is rooted. So anything that aids gut flora is good for us and anything that harms it is detrimental.

Pear blossomFor this reason we should be very wary in taking anti-biotics because the anti-biotics cannot usually harm only the disease causing bacteria such as E.Coli or Staph Aureus; they will generally harm our gut bacteria too. Funny enough – it makes sense when taking anti-biotics to also take probiotics for quite some time.

So the pectin in pears has a similar effect as eating yogurt because both help the environement in the colon.

Simply put, pears are a health food for the colon as well as the whole gastrointestinal tract. They are easy to digest and are known to be very unlikely to trigger allergic reactions. For that reason they are often included on special diets designed for people with serious allergy problems.

For the same set of reasons they are often the first fruit fed to a toddler.

A lot of the nutrition is in the skin so to get the most from a pear the skin should be eaten or juiced if you are preparing a juice combo including pears.

Apples and Pears go well together in a juice, just take 2 apples and 2 pears and with a few seconds in a juicer you have a delicious and nutritious juice.

Studies have shown that pears have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that come from several complex nutrients known to be significant anti-inflammatory action and needed to avoid inflammatory diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

So we can say that Pears are a superfood and that the health benefits of pears do not lie in the normal and well known content of vitamins and minerals but in rather exotic and technical anti-inflammatories such as chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid and quercetin.

Pears are easy to digest, have many complex anti-inflammatory ingredients and that since they have more pectin than apples do to boost the health of the colon maybe we should all be eating a pear a day to keep that Doctor away as well as that apple…

Data

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pear

http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/234

Photo pear blossom http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PearBlossomsCalifornia.jpg

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