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The Impressive Anti-Cancer Power of Berries

The Impressive Anti-Cancer Power of Berries

For disease prevention and health maintenance, berries of all colors have “emerged as champions.” Research has focused mainly on cancer prevention and treatment. Studies show that the anticancer effects of berries are partially mediated through their abilities to counteract, reduce, and also repair damage resulting from oxidative stress and inflammation. Berries may also have many other positive effects, such as boosting detoxifying enzymes.

One of the more remarkable effects is that of blueberries on natural killer cell counts. Natural killer cells are part of our immune system’s rapid response team against cancer cells, eliminating cancer cells through the activation of cancer cell suicide via death receptors. They’re called natural killers because they don’t require activation by prior exposure. We don’t want to wait until our second tumor before our immune system starts fighting.

We have about two billion of these soldiers circulating in our blood stream at any one time, but we may be able to get a troop surge with blueberries. Researchers had athletes eat about a cup and a half of blueberries a day for six weeks to see if that would reduce the oxidative stress of long-distance running. They indeed saw a blunting of the spike in oxidant stress. But that’s not what sets that study apart.

The number of natural killer cells in the blood typically decreases after prolonged endurance exercise, dropping by half to only about one billion—that is, unless we’ve been eating lots of blueberries. If you click on the video on the next page, you can see a graph comparing natural killer cell numbers with and without blueberries.  Those who ate blueberries retained close to the standard two billion cells. This is because six weeks of blueberries had doubled the resting number of natural killer cells up to over four billion. This has never before been demonstrated in humans. There was a study on goji berries, but despite a cup a day for a month, there was no significant change in the number of natural killers.

Another study, though, showed a significant increase in natural killer cell activity thanks to the spice cardamom. (Cardamom and blueberries—I never thought we’d be fighting cancer with blueberry muffins!) When researchers took some lymphoma cells in a petri dish and added cardamom, nothing happened. However, if we add some natural killer cells, about 5% of the cancer cells are wiped out. Add a little more cardamom, and our troops do better still. And then if we add more and more spice, then all of a sudden the natural killer cells are killing cancer like crazy—the same number of natural killer cells, but they’re now able to kill off ten times more cancer cells. While cardamom alone had no effect on cancer cells even at the highest dose, it seemed to enhance our natural killer cells’ killer instincts.

The same thing was found for black pepper: Black pepper alone, nothing, but when combined with natural killer cells, there seemed to be a boosting effect up to around 30 or 40% cancer cell clearance. If cardamom and black pepper are combined, they synergize and their individual effects are doubled. The researchers conclude that “Taken together, these data strongly suggest that black pepper and cardamom have the potential to markedly enhance the anti-cancer activity of natural killer cells.”

Exercise itself can improve immune function in general, but the blueberry finding is so far unique.

It is true that the blueberry study was funded by the North American Blueberry Council and the North Carolina High-bush Blueberry Council. However, just because the study was funded by blueberry councils doesn’t necessarily mean the science is suspect, but we would want to see the study independently verified, especially one so dramatic.

(For a convenient way to enjoy your berries, Leesa recommends you enjoy Chews4Health every day! Chews4Health is made with Goji, Noni, Mangosteen, Acai, Dulse, Kelp, Bladderwack, Nori, Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Resveratrol,  Pomegranate, Blueberry, Cranberry, Raspberry!)

By Michael Greger, M.D.

A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available


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5 Seaweeds That Enrich Your Diet and The Most Convenient, Tasty Way to Enjoy Them!

5 Seaweeds That Enrich Your Diet


Discover the amazing health benefits of this ancient PowerFood. Sea  vegetables have a broad range of   medicinal uses and have been used in spas and therapeutic baths for ages.

Popular misconception: Seaweeds are fishy tasting.

Properly harvested, dried, and stored seaweeds do not acquire a fishy  taste.

Seaweeds  are high in nutrients and in general contain more minerals than vegetables,  meat, milk or eggs.

MINERALS: Sea vegetables are excellent sources of most   minerals, especially potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur,  nitrogen, iron, zinc, boron, copper, manganese, chromium, selenium,  bromine,  vanadium and nickel.

VITAMINS: Most sea vegetables are excellent sources of the   known vitamins (A, Bs, especially B12, C, D, E, and K) as well as essential  fatty acids.

I will introduce 5 wild seaweeds that we harvest in our area of  North Coastal BC Canada.


1) Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana)

Nereo: Greek meaning mermaid  Cystis: Greek meaning bladder

Common names: Bullwhip Kelp, Ribbon Kelp, Sea Kelp

Taste: when dry it has fresh salty ocean taste.

How to use in food:

Bull Kelp (once dried) is one of the tastiest seaweeds. It’s fine and   tender, easy to eat, and no cooking or soaking is required. It is usually used  as a seasoning, sprinkled into foods such as salads, soups, quinoa, rice, pasta etc.  Also, try enjoying kelp as a salty  snack. It is on my list of favorite condiments.


Rich in calcium, magnesium, sodium, iodine, potassium, bromine, phosphorus,  iron, bulk fiber, vitamin B complex, and vitamins A, C, D, E, and K.

Medicinal uses:

Treats Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), hyperactivity, insomnia, depression,  hostility, schizophrenia, mineral depletion, heartburn, and improves electrical  nerve flow and fibromyalgia.

Baths and Spa uses:

Place a handful of kelp in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath.  Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (algin) will be released in bath water. Add gel  to face for a Seaweed facial.


3) Kombu (laminaria spp.*) includes L. digitata

Laminaria means thin leaf, digitata means finger

Common names: broadleaf kelp, devil’s apron, horsetail kelp,  finger kelp

Taste: When dry kombu has a salty, natural monosodium  glutamate taste. It is tough and once you chew it, it becomes slimy. Kombu  tastes best when cooked.

How to use in food:

Chop into bite size pieces and cook with your rice, quinoa, stews, and beans  (improves digestibility), shred and pickle, or roast and crumble on food.

Add a peace of Kombu (or Wakame) to beans at they cook.  This will make the beans easier to digest and  stop gas.


High in iodine, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, sodium,  chromium,  protein, mannitol, phosphorus, alginate, fucoidan, laminarin, carotene,  phytohormones, vitamin A, C, D, E, K and B complex vitamins.

Medicinal Uses of Kombu:

Anti-viral, relieves sore joints and muscles, lowers high blood pressure,  improves sleep, heals tissue, treats certain thyroid problems, aids weight loss,  and inhibits tumors.

Baths and Spas uses:

Place a handful of Kombu in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath.  Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (Algin) will be released in bath water. Add gel  to face for a Seaweed facial.


3) Bladderwrack (Fucus spp.*) includes F. gardneri F.  Vesiculosus

Fucus: greek for seaweed. Bladder, because the seaweed’s air filled bulbs  resemble “bladders.” And, wrack comes from the Old English meaning:  seaweed

Common names: pop weed, rock weed.

Taste: when dry it has a fresh oyster taste with a hint of  iodine. Very flavorful.

How to use in food:

Make a mineral and iodine-rich broth, cook into rice, quinoa, seafood  chowders, soups, and stews. Or, soak, chop, and cook into stir fry.


Rich in iodine, calcium, potassium, protein, mannitol, phosphorus, alginate,  fucoidan, phytohormones, laminarin, vitamins A, C, D, E, K and B complex  vitamins.

Medicinal Uses of Bladderwrack:

Stimulates the thyroid, detoxifies, aids in weight loss, helps fibromyalgia,  reduces fatigue, strengthens bones, and reduces inflammation. Bladderwrack also improves  mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, and improves memory.

Baths and Spas uses:

Place a handful of Bladderwrack in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot  bath. Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (Algin) will be released in bath water. Add  gel to face for a Seaweed facial.

pacific kelp seaweed benefits

4) Giant Kelp (Macrocystis integrifolia), Greek meaning  Macro large cystis bladder

Common names: Pacific kelp, brown kelp

Taste: when dry, mild salty taste

How to use in food:

Cook into soups, rice, quinoa, stews, beans, fish chowder. Or, cut into thin strips  and add to stir frys. For a snack, toast kelp in a hot frying pan with no oil.  It takes only seconds and you can eat it like a chip!


High in algin, mannitol, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur,  nitrogen, iron, zinc, boron, copper, manganese, chromium,  selenium, bromine,  vanadium, nickel, vitamin A, B vitamins (especially B12), C, D, E, and K, as  well as essential fatty acids.

Medicinal Uses of Macrocystis:

Supports a healthy thyroid, regulates hormones and metabolism, supports the  immune system, provides antioxidants, and keeps your heart healthy.

Baths and Spas uses:

Place a handful of macro in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath.  Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (algin) will be released in bath water. Add gel  to face for a seaweed facial.

5) Wakame (Alaria spp.*) includes (Alaria marginata)

Alaria is Greek for wing and wakame is Japanese for young girl.

Common names: winged kelp

Taste: when dry, salty, savoury taste

How to use in food:

Eat as a snack right out of the bag. Chop and cook into rice and quinoa,  soups, casseroles, stews, beans, and toast. Or, grind with a coffee mill and  sprinkle flakes on salads, sandwiches, rice, etc.

Nutrition: high in calcium, protein, iron, magnesium,  sodium,  phosphorus, potassium, chromium, zinc, iodine. Rich in B complex  vitamins, vitamin A, C, and K.

Medicinal Uses of Wakame: Discourages tumors, Detoxifying,  Aids  congestion, Lowers blood pressure, Nourishing to the liver, Purifies the   blood, Prevents arteriosclerosis, Healthy for the skin and hair etc.

Baths and Spas uses: Place a handful of Wakame in a piece  of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath. Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (algin)  will be released in bath water. Add gel to face for a Seaweed facial.

Enjoy your Sea Vegetables! This article is meant for information  only. Consult a medical professional regarding medical problems and before  making any major  changes in your diet.


Ryan Drum, PhD, AHG Website:

Valerie Cooksley, RN, Author of Seaweed

(Nature’s Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease and  Revitalizing Body & Soul)

Louis Druehl, Professor and Author of Pacific Seaweeds (a  guide to common seaweeds of the West Coast)


By Louise Gaudet/ Certified Wildcrafter and Owner  of BC KELP (wild sea  vegetables)

Would you like to know the most convenient was to eat your Sea Vegetables?  Leesa recommends a tasty and convenient way to eat and benefit from Sea Vegetables … Chews4Health! Chews4Health contains Dulse, Kelp, Bladderwrack, and Nori!  Chews taste like a raspberry sweet tart to me! So delicious and so good for you! 

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The 8 Most Nutrient-Dense Foods on Earth

The 8 Most Nutrient-Dense Foods on Earth

We  all know  which foods to avoid (right?). Despite the alluring  appeal of Oreos, Mountain  Dew or McAnything, processed foods provide  little nutrition and a whole lot of  risks. But when it comes to the good  stuff — what are the best foods to put  into our bodies? While experts all  agree we need a variety of foods for a  healthy diet, do you know which  are the healthiest of the bunch? The answers  may surprise and delight  you.

1. Spirulina: While the thought of eating lake algae  might  gross you out, spirulina is actually pretty tasty, especially  blended into a  smoothie or hidden in a chocolate bar. It has more  antioxidants than any other  food on earth and is loaded with protein and  minerals, making it the most  nutrient dense food.

2. Kale: According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, kale is the  most  nutritious food, loaded with minerals, vitamins, fiber and amino  acids, as well  as important antioxidants that reduce inflammation and  can prevent cancer. It’s  also delicious and an easy  to prepare,  versatile food.

3. Hemp Seeds: What do you get when you combine  protein,  fiber, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids,  vitamins and minerals?  Hemp, of course. This easily digestible seed is  versatile, easy to use and  extremely tasty, too.

4. Chocolate: Yes, you read right. Cacao beans are so nutrient-dense that scientists haven’t even begun to identify all the  benefits  in the little bean yet. Don’t grab a Snickers though—the good  stuff is found  only in raw cacao beans or nibs (or really, really dark  chocolate). Minerals,  vitamins and tons of antioxidants are great for  your heart, skin, and release  chemicals in the brain that make you feel  like you’re in love. (Leesa recommends Vivani 85% organic dark chocolate!

5. Broccoli: Mom was right, you should eat your  broccoli if  you want a healthy digestive system and to decrease your  risk of cancer.  Broccoli has a wide range of yumminess too, from soups  and stews to stir  fry.

6. Spinach: Popeye was onto something with that spinach   fixation. But skip the canned stuff and stick with fresh or frozen for  an  antioxidant, protein and fiber-rich burst of healthy goodness. Fresh  or cooked,  spinach’s sweet and hardy flavor brightens any meal.

7. Chia: The Aztec warriors may have died out, but  their  legacy is alive and strong in the chia  seed. This yummy,  unassuming ancient favorite is loaded with omega fats,  protein and  fiber. Dr. Weil says it’s a better choice than flax because “chia  is so  rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored   for long periods without becoming rancid.”

8. Berries: Unlike other fruit, berries tend to be less  sugary and full of vital vitamins, minerals and those free-radical  avenging  antioxidants. Wild berries are always a great choice,  especially black  raspberries.

(Leesa recommends Chews-4-Health™!  Chews-4-Health™ Chewable Dietary Supplement is a delicious tasting, doctor formulated, natural chewable dietary supplement derived from the most nutrient-rich sources from around the world!  (Goji, Noni, Acai, Mangosteen, B12, Resveratrol, Folic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Dulse, Kelp, Bladderwrack, Nori, Raspberry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Pomegranate.)  Chews-4-Health™ brings together 16 ingredients from land and sea, uniting the antioxidant powers of exotic, life-enhancing super fruits with mineral-rich sea vegetables.  Fruits and berries offer tremendous health enhancing qualities and contain hundreds of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, essential fatty acids, fiber phytonutrients. The 4 “Super Fruits” contained in Chews-4-Health™ are considered by many experts to be the most nutrient rich fruits the world has to offer. Our carefully selected super-fruit complex gives you the power of all 4 in one supplement.*

Antioxidants work by neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals, rendering them harmless to your body. This helps protect your skin and body from the ravaging effects of premature aging*.  Chews-4-Health™ can be taken by the entire family, including children and pregnant women.  Chews-4-Health™ helps fill that empty nutritional void for those that don’t eat the recommended 4-9 servings of fruit/vegetables per day.   *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. )

Written by Jill  Ettinger, Contributor to Holistic  Nutrition on

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Top 12 Detox Superfoods

Top 12 Detox SuperfoodsTop 12 Detox Superfoods

Even if you don’t plan on doing a detox program, your health will benefit from adding more  detox superfoods to your daily diet. There are many great superfoods with  detoxifying properties, but here are my top 12 picks.  And, they’re  delicious too.

Almonds—are high in fiber, calcium, magnesium, and useable protein that helps stabilize blood sugar and remove  impurities from the bowels.

Avocados—lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels while  blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called  glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the  liver detoxify synthetic chemicals. Researchers at the University of Michigan  found that elderly people who had high levels of glutathione were healthier and  less likely to suffer from arthritis.

Beets—contain a unique mixture of natural plant chemicals  (phytochemicals) and minerals that make them superb fighters of infection, blood  purifiers, and liver cleansers. They also help boost the body’s cellular intake  of oxygen, making beets excellent overall body cleansers. Aphrodite, according  to legend, ate beets to retain her beauty. She was definitely on to a good thing  since beets, in addition to all the benefits listed above, also help stabilize  the blood’s acid-alkaline balance (pH), which in turn supports healthy  detoxification.

Blueberries—contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the  tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain. Blueberries also act as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in  the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. They have antiviral  properties and are loaded with super-detoxifying phytonutrients called  proanthocyanidins.

Cabbage—contains numerous anti-cancer and antioxidant  compounds and helps the liver break down excess hormones. Cabbage also cleanses  the digestive tract and soothes the stomach, which could in part be due to its  antibacterial and antiviral properties. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage  (kale is another excellent choice—see below) demonstrate powerful detoxification  activity, including neutralizing some of the damaging compounds found in  cigarette smoke (and second-hand smoke). They also contain a compound that helps  the liver produce adequate amounts of enzymes for detoxification.

Cranberries—have powerful antibiotic and antiviral  substances to help the body cleanse harmful bacteria and viruses from the  urinary tract.

Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil— are loaded with essential fatty  acids, particularly the omega-3s. They are essential for many cleansing functions  and maintaining a healthy immune system. They are also critical to maintaining a  healthy brain. The health of every cell in your body is dependent on getting  adequate amounts of essential fatty acids.

Garlic—helps cleanse harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites,  and viruses from the body, especially from the blood and intestines. It also  helps cleanse buildup from the arteries and lowers blood pressure. Garlic has  anti-cancer and antioxidant properties that help detoxify the body of harmful  substances. It also helps cleanse the respiratory tract by expelling mucous  buildup in the lungs and sinuses. I am referring to fresh garlic, not garlic  powder, which has virtually none of the above properties.

Kale—contains  powerful anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds that help cleanse the body of  harmful substances. It is also high in fiber, which helps cleanse the intestinal  tract. Like cabbage, kale helps neutralize compounds found in cigarette smoke  and contains a substance that jump-starts the liver’s production of cleansing  enzymes.

Legumes—are loaded with fiber that helps lower cholesterol,  cleanse the intestines, and regulate blood sugar levels. Legumes also help  protect the body against cancer.

Lemons— are superb liver detoxifiers. In addition, they contain high amounts of  vitamin C, a vitamin needed by the body to make a substance called glutathione.  Glutathione helps ensure that phase 2 liver detoxification keeps pace with phase  1, thereby reducing the likelihood of negative effects from environmental  chemicals. Vitamin C and other antioxidants found in lemons are integral to ward  off cancer, fight the effects of pollution and cell damage. Fresh lemon juice  contains more than 20 anti-cancer compounds and helps balance the body’s pH  levels.

Seaweed—could be the most underrated vegetable in the  Western world. Studies at McGill University in Montreal showed that seaweeds  bind to radioactive waste in the body so it can be removed. Radioactive waste  can find its way into the body through some medical tests or through food that  has been grown where water or soil is contaminated. Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them  from the body. In addition, it is a powerhouse of minerals and trace  minerals.  (For those who don’t like the taste of seaweed, Leesa recommends Chews4Health which is a delicious fruit tasting antioxidant that contains Dulse, Kelp, Bladderwack and Nori.

by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD

Adapted with permission from The 4-Week Ultimate Body  Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.  Subscribe to my free  e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News to get more health tips, news, and  recipes.

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