Dark red fruit and vegetables

The study or studies below found some significant facts regarding health effects of certain food.  This is an attempt by us to interpret the findings so that it could be implemented in everyday health practices.  It has to be understood that good eating habits are necessary for optimal health and that means that a variety of good foods have to be consumed every day.  We do believe that some food has medicinal value and could be used to help in the prevention and support of treatment in certain illnesses.  However, if it is not part of a good nutritious diet, it might lose its value.    Although we do believe in the power of natural food, we absolutely do not claim to cure any disease through the consumption of specific food.

McAnulty, LS, Collier, SR, et al. Six Weeks Daily Ingestion of Whole Blueberry Powder Increases Natural Killer Cell Counts and Reduces Arterial Stiffness in Sedentary Males and Females. Nutr Res 34(7)577-84.

This study was done on sedentary men and woman.  It showed that six weeks of ingenstion of blueberries increases the mechanism where cancer cells are killed off in the body.  It also reduces arterial stiffness and consequently high blood pressure and the risk of stroke and cardiac disease.

 

Holcombe, R, Martinez, M, et al. Effects of a Grape-Supplemented Diet on Proliferation and Wnt Signaling in the Colonic Mucosa Are Greatest for Those over Age 50 and with High Arginine Consumption. Nutr J. 2015; 14: 62. 14(62)PMC4472174

 

This study showed that the consumption of grapes protects against colon cancer, and even more so in people over the age of 50 and at risk for the development of the disease

Biesinger, S, Michaels, H, et al. A Combination of Isolated Phytochemicals and Botanical Extracts Lowers Diastolic Blood Pressure in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Hypertensive Subjects. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2015 Jun 10. Epub 2015 Jun 10.

This was a randomized control trial.  The data support the theory that this combination of polyphenols (combination of extracts from grape seed and skin (330 mg), green tea (100 mg), resveratrol (60 mg)) reduced diastolic pressure by potentiating eNOS activation and nitric oxide production. Such supplements may have clinical relevance as stand-alone or adjunct therapy to help reduce BP.