Although it seems the medical community is advancing by leaps and bounds in today’s world, the fact remains that people are dying younger and living unhealthier lifestyles. Many spend a large portion of their lives suffering from illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. These illnesses are often treated with medications that make them feel worse and often cause them to become even sicker. Rather than focusing in so much on treating illness, cost and suffering could be prevented quite often if people became proactive in their quality of life and focused more on preventing the illness to begin with.
One of the main reasons that disease is running so rampant today is due to lack of nutrition and the dangers of free radicals. Free radicals constantly attack our organs and tissues. These highly reactive molecules are produced in our bodies by normal metabolic functions. Unfortunately, they are also produced by a huge number of toxins that enter the body like cigarette smoke and other pollutions in the air and water. Free radicals can cause great damage to our cells which in turn and lead to organ and tissue damage. Free radicals can be stopped. Antioxidants absorb free radicals to help prevent diseases such as chronic fatigue, heart disease, arthritis, cancer and many others.
Many of our living foods are filled with super antioxidants called phytonutrients. Monoterpenes phenol is an important cancer fighting phytonutrient that is found primarily in citrus peels and oils. If you have ever noticed the lemon scent when you are dusting with furniture polish, you are smelling the odor of limonene that is a powerful monoterpene. Limonene has actually shrunk tumors in lab animals. It does this by blocking proteins that are known to promote cell growth in some types of cancer.
Another common source of monoterpenes phenol is grapes and therefore wine. Monoterpenes start forming early in the grape’s growth cycle and contribute to the pungent aroma of many wines.
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