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Healthy Food Lover's Newsletter, Issue #30 - Antioxidant Rich (Oneness Raw)
March 31, 2015
|Hello Healthy Food Lovers,
Antioxidant Rich (Oneness Raw)
Antioxidant rich diets like the Oneness Raw Diet not only provide ample amounts of antioxidants, but avoid creating a lot of free radicals due to being a "primarily" raw food diet.
In general, free radicals are produced from metabolic processes that go on in your body every day and by exposure to toxins.
The primary job of an antioxidant is to take out or neutralize a free radical before it can inflict harm on your body and antioxidants can do this by donating one of their electrons.
What most people do not understand is that a lot of free radicals are created just by cooking your food and most antioxidants will be destroyed by cooking at very high temperatures.
The Bottom Line: The secret to staying younger is that you must consume an ample amount of antioxidants and reduce the amount of free radicals that you are exposed to each day.
What Produces Free Radicals.......
Free Radicals Can ......
Free radicals are missing an electron and will try to steal one from other molecules in your body. Free radicals will travel throughout your body causing damage to important enzymes and proteins.
If this process is not stopped by an antioxidant, it can start a chain reaction that will destabilize your cells and eventually result in a full blown disease like Cancer.
Types of AntioxidantsPhytochemicals - Carotenoids - found in red, yellow, or orange colored fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids - found in green tea, chocolate, and citrus fruits. Resveratrol - found in grapes and red wine.
Vitamins - Vitamin C, D, E, A (beta-carotene)
Minerals - Selenium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium
Enzymes - Catalase, Superoxide Dismutase
Master Antioxidant - Glutathione is considered one of the most powerful antioxidants and also has the ability to detoxify harmful toxins from your body.
Glutathione can be produced by every cell in your body and is a small protein molecule made up of 3 amino acids - cysteine, glutamate, and glycine.
The power of this antioxidant cannot be expressed in such a short time. Basically, Glutathione recycles antioxidants like Vitamins C and E. Glutathione also has the ability to fill in for other antioxidants missing in your diet.
Unfortunately, too many toxins can deplete glutathione levels which will make it very hard for antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E to do their job correctly.
Foods that help provide the highest amount of glutathione are fresh (raw) meats, sushi or raw fish, raw eggs, raw milk and non-denatured whey protein powder. Meats that are cooked rare are also high in this antioxidant.
Moderate amounts of this antioxidant will be found in raw avocado, asparagus, cabbage, onion, garlic, kale, and walnuts.
BTW, cooking reduces glutathione levels (many times to zero) and so does storing food.
The Master HormoneMelatonin is a hormone produced by your Pineal Gland -usually at night time. Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant and has the ability to increase antioxidants like Glutathione.
Melatonin is powerful because it has the ability to pass from your blood to your brain which will then enable it to fight free radical damage in your brain - immediately.
When reacting with free radicals Melatonin will be reduced to several stable endpoints until it is used up which makes it a terminal antioxidant.
Sour cherries have a good amount of Melatonin and foods that contain the amino acid Tryptophan will help to make more Melatonin.
However, if your pineal gland has been calcified - it will no longer be able to produce this amazing antioxidant.
As you can see many substances are considered an antioxidant, but not all antioxidants are created equal!
Some antioxidants can become free radicals themselves and will need to be stabilized.
Antioxidants as Free Radicals???You see antioxidants like Vitamin E that use their electrons to neutralize a free radical will become a pro-oxidant. Pro-oxidants can induce oxidative stress and become a type of free radical.
For example, Once Vitamin E becomes a free radical itself, Vitamin C can help Vitamin E to regenerate back into its stable form.
By helping Vitamin E, Vitamin C then becomes a free radical and can be regenerated back into its stable form by the antioxidant Glutathione of which the antioxidant Melatonin can increase.
There is a special dance or balance that must be kept between the various antioxidants as you can see.
And antioxidants such as Melatonin and Glutathione are superior to antioxidants like Vitamins C or E because they have the ability to stop free radicals dead in its tracks. They also have the ability to fix your DNA.
Antioxidant Rich DietFruits: Avocado, Apricots, Red Apples, Berries (Wild Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Goji Berry, Cranberry, Logan Berry), Tart Cherries, Dates, Dried Fruit (Raisins, Prunes, Pears, etc.), Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Oranges, Pineapple, Plums, Tomatoes
Vegetables: Asparagus, Artichoke, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Red Cabbage, Garlic, Kale, Onion, Potato (Russet, Sweet), Pumpkin, Seaweed, Squash, Spinach
Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, Coconuts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Pistachio, Walnuts, Flax Seed, Yellow Mustard Seed
Legumes: Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Peanuts, Red Beans, Soybeans
Animal Foods: Bison, Grass Fed Meats, Free Range Eggs, Grass Fed Dairy Products
Seafood: Wild Caught Fish (Salmon, Tuna, etc), Shellfish (Oysters, Clams, etc.)
Misc: Basil, Ground Cinnamon, Cilantro, Ground Cloves, Chocolate, "Raw" Cacao Powder, Dill, Raw Ginger Root, Green Tea, Fermented Foods, Kombucha, Maca Root, Noni, Oregano, Organic Coffee, Parsley, Raw Honey, Reishi Mushroom, Red Wine, Sage, Thyme
The Earth is an Antioxidant!Earthing or Grounding is another way to receive electrons that will help to reduce the amount of free radicals inflicted on you every day.
You see the earth is a source of antioxidants and may be the easiest way to get more electrons into your body.
Studies have shown that earthing or grounding helps to improve sleep, blood viscosity, inflammation, and cortisol dynamics.
Basically, walking around barefoot on sand, grass, dirt or even concrete will help to deliver electrons from the earth into your body.
It is a great way to "ground" yourself and get more antioxidants into your body.
As a note, before the age of rubber soles and plastic shoes - people wore leather shoes more often. Leather will not block electrons from the earth like most shoes we wear today.
Providing your body with a constant supply of electrons from the earth and antioxidant foods will give you an ample amount of antioxidant protection every day.
Oneness Raw Recipe - Steak TartareThis is the meal I eat when I need some "Mojo". It is high in Tryptophan and Glutathione.
My Steak Tartare Recipe
Press the chopped or ground meat into a cylinder form or shape into a patty. Make an indention in the middle of the meat and add the raw egg yolk.
Add mustard, capers, and pickles on the side of the meat patty.
There are many variations to this recipe. You can use onions or shallots, sweet or sour pickles, dijon mustard or spicy mustard, parsley, garlic, Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco sauce, anchovies, and olive oil to make this dish.
Some people like to mix a lot of ingredients in with the raw meat and some like to put them on the side along with lemon wedges or french fries (preferably baked).
You can be as creative as you want when making a steak tartare and even add an Asian flare to this dish by using soy sauce for example - just make sure it's a traditionally prepared soy sauce.
To "Being" Young Again,
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