Spinach Cancer Fighter
Spinach, the big-time cancer fighter, has many
Popeye the Sailor Man smoked a pipe. Lucky for him,
he also ate lots of spinach.
We can only hope he downed the juice as well. Of all
the vegetable juices, spinach juice is said to be the best for the
prevention of cancer cell formation.
Spinach also boasts an extraordinarily high vitamin C
content. It is rich in riboflavin, vitamin A, folate, magnesium,
potassium, and vitamins E, B6, and thiamin.
Like other greens, it shrinks a lot when it's cooked.
A pound of leaves can be reduced to about a cup. The water can be added
A treat for your heart, the folate and vitamin B6 in
spinach helps to control homocysteine levels. Studies at Tufts
University in Boston and the Framing Heart Study show that high
homocysteine levels are a big heart attack risk. Microwaved spinach,
they say, is your best bet for managing homocysteine.
Eating spinach and other dark leafy greens throughout
your life will protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration
in later life. A study by the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in
Boston compared the diets of people with macular degeneration and an
equal number of people who did not. They found that people who ate more
green vegetables, particularly spinach and collard greens, were 43
percent less likely to have macular degeneration.
Experts say antioxidants in spinach and other dark
greens neutralize tissue-damaging free radicals before they harm the
macular region of the eye.
Viruses, Lead Added to Carcinogen List
The government's new list of suspected cancer causes
includes viruses for the first time including hepatitis B and C and
sexually transmitted viruses.
Dr. Christopher Portier of the National Toxicology
Program, which prepared the update, says the list was expanded to
include things in the environment that people should be aware of.
X-rays made the list, but the American College of
Radiology says they shouldn't be there. The list is for substances and
items people may be exposed to in their daily lives. Because people
aren't exposed to X-rays every day, placing them on the list could
prompt patients to avoid getting needed care.
Lead, used to make lead-acid storage batteries,
ammunition and cable coverings, and lead compounds used in paint, glass,
and ceramics, and as a fuel additive also were new on the list.
Authorities from the American Council on Science and
Health say the list should include information on the types of exposures
and dosages that could cause cancer as well as the health benefits of
some of the items named.
To Burn More Fat, Build More Muscle
Forget fad diets, weight-loss pills, and supplements
that are supposed to create muscle growth. The path to better health and
a leaner body lies in eating a proper diet and exercising to build
The more muscle you build, the more you perk up your
metabolism to burn more calories. For each pound of muscle, you burn an
extra 12,000 calories a year. Nutritionist and author Miriam Nelson says
muscle burns more calories when you walk, when you exercise, and even
when you sleep.
Building muscle becomes even more important when you
realize that people lose about a fourth of a pound of muscle per year
and replace it with fat. That means that during a 12-year period of
middle life, the average person will lose three pounds of good, solid
muscle. How can they get it back?
Researchers at the University of Arizona at Tucson
say strength training is one of the best ways to build muscle, but it
also builds strong bones. Their studies back up findings from the
Nurse's Health Study which shows that women who walked at least four
hours per week lowered their risk of hip fracture by about 40 percent.
Strength training doesn't have to include huge
dumbbells and weight machines at the gym. It can be done with
handweights, exercise bands, and even your own body weight when you do
pushups or squats.
When you eat right and do regular strength training,
you'll find you will soon have a stronger, leaner, and more attractive