The Power of Plants

The Power of Plants

Plants — Nature’s Wholesome Source Of Nutrition
Nature is a powerhouse of health-enhancing treasures. Natural, wholesome plants such as vegetables, fruits and herbs contribute to our good health and nutrition. They contain essential vitamins and minerals, and enhance the human immune system’s ability to fend off diseases.

Healthy Plants

Nutritional Immunology studies the link between plants and the immune system. This science advocates the use of phytochemicals, antioxidants and polysaccharides to nourish our immune system, thereby protecting our health.

Phytochemicals help plants withstand heat from the sun and ensure their survival. They are also of great benefit to the human body, bolstering the immune system and halting the development of cancer cells. The larger the amounts and varieties of phytochemicals included in our diets, the better their effect on our health.

Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive and unstable molecules that cause destruction in the human body, resulting in chronic illnesses and even cancer. It has been proven that plant-derived antioxidants can eliminate free radicals and help prevent possible free radical damage in our bodies.

Polysaccharides are long chains of sugars commonly found in some mushrooms. Research has shown that mushroom polysaccharides can inhibit tumor growth by activating immune cells. Polysaccharides help to balance the immune system and enable it to destroy existing cancer cells and viruses.

For years, E. Excel has dedicated itself to research in Nutritional Immunology to understand the powerful benefits that each type of plant can bring to the human body. Plants are our most complete and varied source of nutrition to date. However, we are not taking enough varieties of plants to get sufficient phytochemicals, antioxidants and polysaccharides. We must change our dietary habits to obtain sufficient amounts of plant foods, so that we can have healthy immune systems to defend against diseases and maintain our wellbeing.

Calcium Check

Calcium Check

At your next meal, you might want to eat more wholesome, calcium-rich foods. These plant foods are some of the best sources of calcium, which does more than just build bones and prevent osteoporosis.

Researchers think that calcium from wholesome foods may protect the body from cancer, by helping to prevent abnormal cell growth. For example, calcium can help to protect against colon cancer by preventing the growth of colon polyps, growths in the large intestine that are precursors to colon cancer.

In February 2009, a groundbreaking study about cancer prevention and calcium was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Scientists observed 492,810 people over 7 years, and found that those who consumed more calcium had less risk of colorectal cancer and other cancers of the digestive system.

Those who consumed the most calcium from their diets were the healthiest. The men who consumed the most calcium (1,530 milligrams daily) had a 16 percent lower risk of colon cancer than men who consumed the least calcium, while the women who consumed the most calcium (1,881 milligrams daily) benefitted by having 28 percent lower risk of colon cancer than women who consumed the least. This clearly shows that women have a lot more to benefit from calcium-rich foods!

The study stated that in order for calcium to have its protective effects, it should be
consumed from foods, not supplements. This is because the body needs other nutrients to aid absorption of calcium and to work with calcium to prevent diseases. The best nutrients come untouched in wholesome, natural forms—a principle of Nutritional Immunology. Such nutrients are packaged by Mother Nature so that they are safely and easily absorbed into the body.

With such benefits from calcium, it makes perfect sense to take stock of calcium-rich foods in your diet. For your daily calcium intake, try plant foods and herbs such as soy, pearl, broccoli, kale, walnuts and wakame. They are not only good sources of calcium, but also many other nutrients that the body needs for good health. Bon appétit!

1. Linsey Tanner. Calcium Cuts Risk of Some Cancers. AOL News. 23 Feb 2009.

2. Grau MV et al. Prolonged effect of calcium supplementation on risk of colorectal
adenomas in a randomized trial. J Natl Cancer Inst 2007 Jan 17; 99:129-36.

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