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Donald Trump has refused to step back from his ban on
arrivals to the US from predominantly Muslim countries despite protests around
America, chaos at US airports, global condemnation and a stand-off between his
administration and its own legal system.
His policy, which immediately banned all citizens from seven
countries in the Middle East and Africa from entering the US, left Theresa May
facing a revolt among her own MPs who questioned her failure to condemn the
The president’s measure is thought to have directly affected
the travel plans of thousands of people inside and outside the country, and was
challenged in the US courts within hours of being enforced.
Trump did not acknowledge the decision by a federal judge on
Saturday night to partially block the executive order and a senior White House
official said: “All stopped visas will remain stopped. All halted admissions
will remain halted. All restricted travel will remain prohibited.”
As global condemnation of the ban spread, British
Conservative figures joined the Labour party in questioning Theresa May’s
decision to push ahead with a state visit that would see Trump courted by the
UK government and royalty.
The backlash against May’s failure to condemn the move
gathered pace amid fears that British citizens holding dual nationality could
be affected. The government said they had been assured by the US that those
citizens would not be affected by the ban as long as they weren’t travelling
from one of the seven countries involved.
Boris Johnson was still expected to face questions about the
ban in the House of Commons on Monday. The foreign secretary, who used Twitter
to call the policy “divisive”, will be pressed on why Britain took longer than
others to receive assurances from the US and why May did not condemn the policy
in the same way as other European leaders.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said she “regretted”
Trump’s measure and described it as an unjustified “general suspicion against
people of a certain origin of religion”. François Hollande, the French
president, said Trump had opted for a “dead end response” to an “unstable and
After May declined three times on Saturday to condemn the
executive order during a press conference in Turkey, Downing Street released a
statement overnight saying the government “does not agree” with this approach.
On Sunday and under pressure, Downing Street said that May had convened a
conference call with Johnson and Rudd to instruct them to speak to their
equivalents in the State Department and Department of Homeland Security.
But MPs from the prime minister’s own party have gone
further, opting for a markedly different tone in condemning the president, with
some questioning her decision to cosy up to Trump in Washington with a joint
press conference before the ban was announced this week.
Writing in the Guardian, Sarah Wollaston said photographs of
Trump grasping May’s hand as they walked through the White House “smacked of
the unwelcome infantilising of a strong female leader”.
The Totnes MP wrote: “A shameful curtain of prejudice and
discrimination is drawing across the land of the free and, if we are truly in a
special relationship, true friends should be frank in saying so.”
Wollaston said that while the state visit would be likely to
go ahead, how it was done would provide an important “symbol”. She said
Westminster Hall ought to be reserved for leaders who had made a lasting and
positive difference to the world. “That does not include Mr Trump. No doubt
there will be those who wish to fawn over him but that must not be from the
steps of our nation’s greatest hall.”
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, also
said state visits were intended to “celebrate and entrench the friendships and
shared values between their respective countries … A state visit from the
current president of the United States could not possibly occur in the best
traditions of the enterprise while a cruel and divisive policy which
discriminates against citizens of the host nation is in place. I hope President
Trump immediately reconsiders his Muslim ban.”
The impact of the ban on Britons was brought home as one
Conservative MP, Nadhim Zahawi, who was born in Baghdad, said he feared he and
his wife could no longer visit their twin sons, who are studying in the US.
Sir Mo Farah, who came to the UK as a child from Somalia,
warned that what he called a policy “of ignorance and prejudice” could see him
separated from his US-based family.
On the question of British citizens, Johnson spoke to
Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his chief strategist,
Stephen Bannon, according to a source.
The foreign secretary – who took to Twitter to condemn
Trump’s policy, saying it was wrong to stigmatise people on the base of
nationality – faced pressure to make a statement to the Commons or face an
urgent question from Labour and the SNP.
A statement released after Johnson’s call with Kushner and
Bannon said: “The only dual national [British citizens] who might have extra
checks are those coming from one of the seven countries themselves – for
example a UK-Libya dual national coming from Libya to the US. The US has
reaffirmed its strong commitment to the expeditious processing of all
travellers from the United Kingdom.”
Trump travel ban: airport detainees released following court
It was unclear what revisions of the ban had been passed
from the White House to border officials to guarantee these assurances that
Britons would not be affected.
A Labour source said: “Whatever happens, we will be
demanding to know why the Canadian government was able to provide assurance to
its nationals on Saturday evening that they would be unaffected by the ban, at
the same time that No 10 was only just getting round to looking into [its]
Labour is also expected to ask whether May knew of Trump’s
order during her talks with him on Friday. The US president signed it the same
day, after she had left.
Jeremy Corbyn told the Guardian that Trump “should not be
welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values … Theresa May would be
failing the British people if she does not postpone the state visit and condemn
Trump’s actions in the clearest terms. That’s what Britain expects and
With Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, also calling
for the state visit to be cancelled, a petition to downgrade Trump’s trip
gained almost a million signatures by early Monday morning, meaning it will be
considered for debate in parliament. Separately, a Facebook-organised call for
people to protest outside Downing Street at the policy on Monday evening
prompted more than 17,000 people to say they would attend.
However Downing Street said there were no plans to amend or
call off Trump’s state visit, expected in the summer. Asked if there were any
second thoughts, a spokesman said only: “We extended the invitation and it was
Farron said: “Any visit by President Trump to Britain should
be on hold until his disgraceful ban comes to an end. Otherwise Theresa May
would be placing the Queen in an impossible position of welcoming a man who is
banning British citizens purely on grounds of their faith.”
Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader, said May should
contact Trump directly to seek an end to the ban. “You’re the prime minister,”
he tweeted. “Get on the phone to the president and tell him the ban cannot
stand. And do it today.”
Suddenly, Muslims are
Heidi Allen, the Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire,
told BBC1’s Sunday Politics that she wished May had spoken out on the issue during
her visit to see Trump this week. “Given that she had built clearly an
excellent relationship with President Trump and convinced him that Nato was the
right thing to support, I felt she had the strength of relationship that she
could have been firmer at the time,” Allen said.
The presidential order places a 90-day ban on travel to the
US for those from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen, seemingly
including those with dual nationality. Trump has also banned refugees from
entering the country for 120 days and those seeking asylum from Syria have been
Nicola Sturgeon said May should make her intentions plain,
adding that she would raise the issue with the prime minister at a
Brexit-focused meeting of leaders from the devolved nations in Cardiff on
David Gauke, chief secretary to the Treasury, told BBC1’s
The Andrew Marr Show that the ban was “divisive” and it was “a particular
concern” that UK nationals such as Zahawi could be caught up in it. Asked why
it had taken May so long to respond, he said: “The prime minister is not a
shoot-from-the-hip type of politician. She wants to see the evidence. She wants
to understand precisely what the implications are.”
Speaking on the same programme, Zahawi, who came to the UK
as a child, said he and his wife were worried they would not be able to travel
to see their twin sons, who are studying at Princeton University, despite
holding 10-year US visas. “For the first time in my life, last night, I felt
discriminated against,” Zahawi said. “It’s demeaning. It’s sad.”
Let’s start with what President Trump actually said about
banning people from seven countries known to have identifiable ties to radical
“To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is
falsely reporting. This is not about religion — this is about terror and
keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that
are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.”
He reiterated that the country would resume issuing visas to
all countries “once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most
secure policies over the next 90 days.”
This is not the impression one would get from the ensuing
demonstrations and media stories generated in a matter of days. As I wrote
earlier, the media are doubling down on their attempts to create false and mass
hysteria about anything and everything President Trump does, says or even
The liberal media and Democrats totally overlook the part
about illegal. They want people to believe it’s against a religion. No it’s
Here’s how Martha Raddatz posed a question to a Trump
official on Sunday morning. “Why should Christians get preferential treatment
entering this country?”
Earth to Martha and all liberals who think that way: No
Christians have chopped of people’s heads and driven into defenseless tourist
areas, or killed innocent people in a shopping center, or blown up people
running in a marathon to raise money for someone in need!
That kind of leading question and rhetoric causes the
gullible to morph into a state of fear and outrage against a new administration
trying to protect us.
I can remember my grandmother sifting ground flour to make
sure there are no lumps in the flour. Usually, there were some lumps.
The Trump administration is trying to make sure no illegal
(radical Islamic terrorist) lumps get through the system. But that’s not the
narrative you hear from the liberal media.
They have doubled down on irrational reporting and fear with
the help of paid protesters. But it’s not going to work. As I said earlier,
move on, snowflakes. The rest of America already has.
Most of us are rejecting the rhetoric.
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Federal judge halts Trump’s immigration order — but only for
those already here
The Trump administration can’t deport the people it’s
currently holding in airports.
Federal Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New
York has handed an early victory to the lawyers challenging President Donald
Trump’s executive order barring immigrants and travelers from seven
majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.
Judge Donnelly announced during an emergency hearing
Saturday night that she was granting a stay that would prevent the government
from deporting immigrants currently detained in airports around the country.
You can read the stay in full here.
Now, let’s be clear: The stay does not strike down the full
executive order. It does not allow people to come to the US who are currently
abroad. What it does is “preserve the status quo” for people who came to the US
in the immediate aftermath of the executive order, after having been granted
visas allowing them to legally come to the US (before the order was signed).
That means it prevents the hundreds of people detained at
airports Friday and Saturday from being deported, while the court system susses
out whether Trump’s executive order was in fact legal.
Donnelly ordered that the federal government was restrained
nationwide from “in any manner or any means removing” people with previously
approved refugee applications, holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant
visas, and other individuals from the seven countries named in the executive
The judge seemed very skeptical of the Trump
Several reporters and activists were tweeting from the
hearing, and according to their accounts, Donnelly — who was nominated by
President Barack Obama and confirmed to her judgeship in 2015 — seemed
unimpressed by the government’s arguments against granting a stay.
It should be made clear that this is a temporary measure
halting part of Trump’s order, rather than a judicial finding that the order is
And again, the bulk of the sweeping immigration order
remains in effect for people who aren’t already in transit to the US or on
The refugee admissions program won’t be approving new
refugees for at least four months, and new Syrian refugee approvals are blocked
There has been confusion over the treatment of lawful
permanent residents of the US (like green card holders) from those seven
countries and preapproved refugees who are currently abroad. Early on, it
appeared they did not have “permission” to come back to the US. On Sunday, the
Department of Homeland Security said that the legal permanent residents in
question would be readmitted to the country, subject to security checks.
The various other changes Trump made to immigration policy,
such as cutting the yearly refugee target in half and favoring “religious
minorities” for those spots, are also untouched.
We’re still in the very early stages here
The events that unfolded as reports of immigrants and
traveler detentions spread on Saturday were remarkable. Thousands of protesters
poured into international airports nationwide to express opposition to Trump’s
orders and support for refugees.
“The folks who are there, the family members who are there,
you can see the fear in their eyes,” says Sirine Shebaya, a civil rights
attorney who traveled to Dulles Airport with other lawyers to try help refugees
and travelers detained there. “‘Is my family member going to be let out?’ It’s
just unbelievable the chaos this executive order has sown.”
Shebaya said that airport authorities weren’t allowing
lawyers to go in to see the people being detained at Dulles, claiming that they
weren’t yet on American soil. (Later Saturday, a second judge ruled that
lawyers should have “access to all legal permanent residents” being detained at
Throughout the day, condemnations of Trump’s order from
Democrats rolled in — and many went to join airport protests themselves.
Republican members of Congress, however, stayed mostly silent, except for a few
idiosyncratic dissenters who criticized the move — showing they aren’t yet sure
how the politics of this move will play out.
Overall, we’re still at the very early stages of this legal,
political, and policy fight. Still, Judge Donnelly’s stay makes for a
remarkable turnabout from how the situation looked throughout the day on
Saturday, and hands the new president his first setback in the judicial system.
Carol Costello of CNN apologized on air for her network lying about the Milwaukee situation via a quick on-air story they did on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016. The story, which was either done by or featured CNN reporter Ana Cabrera, portrayed the sister of the man who got shot by police in Milwaukee as calling for peace. Sylville Smith's sister, Sherelle Smith, actually said that violent "protesters" should not riot and destroy the neighborhood in which they lived, but should take the mayhem and destruction into the suburbs and "burn that shit down" instead. She also said "we need our weave" in reference to the stores which carry hair weave that should be preserved. But I digress. There is a chasm as deep as the grand canyon between those two stances. On one hand, CNN may have a benign motive. Maybe they just want to portray the situation in Milwaukee as having some positive people "on the ground" that do not want to see any violence. Media often gets accused of adding fuel to the fire, so the story could be their way of trying to chip away at that methodology of thinking. However, the reality is that in the process of trying to present a good image for the media, CNN made up a big lie, which just serves to further entrench people's negative feelings about the media. Ana Cabrera, the reporter from the original on-air broadcast of the brief story about the Milwaukee riots, issued a written apology that she shared via twitter, shortly before or after Carol Costello issued hers on national TV. The story may have gone unchecked, the lie unnoticed, if not for social media. Many people began to share video from the scene which shows Sherelle Smith's full unedited comments, which CNN then had to respond to. This actually comes on the heels of a greater movement to distrust mainstream media, especially the "liberal media." People have shown up to live events where mainstream media broadcasts from, with large "don't believe the liberal media" signs. Cases like this just fuel the distrust of mainstream media, while fueling those of us doing so called "underground media" ... which is really just the evolution of information dissemination. It's new media. Which, of course, will survive, while the big giant old media dinosaurs, will not. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– If you want to support me to continue to crank out these videos, please visit my website http://www.anthonyblogan.com/contact/ and click on that donate button for me! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– You can catch me micro-blogging on a near 24/7basis on my social media platforms:http://www.twitter.com/anthonyblogan http://www.facebook.com/lcs.flyers Please take a moment and subscribe to my YouTube channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/aloge?sub... Stay tuned to my website http://www.anthonyblogan.com for more updates as they come in!
Why is the Clinton charity shutting down now? Financial analyst Charles Ortel, who has analyzed the Clinton Global Initiative charity for more than two years, says, “I think, in part, because nobody wants to contribute to it. That’s one reason. Unfortunately, they are going to learn the hard way the way charity laws actually work. You can’t simply shut something down and not answer any questions. . . . The laws are such that before you liquidate, and that is what they have to do here, you must make full disclosure, and they have never made proper disclosures here. . . . Going back to the Clinton Global Initiative, narrowly, what the (Clintons) tried to keep from public view are all the crooked side deals. . . . There are multiple private deals concocted out of the CGI, and every single one of them is what’s called ‘illegal private gain.’ . . . What they don’t seem to understand is, with charity fraud, the burden falls on the targeted charity to prove that it was lawful. . . If you destroy these records, which is what I fear they are doing, you are only compounding your problems. . . . Many countries are looking into this, and I think what you are going to find is a cascading mountain of new evidence. . . .This is a text book case of charity run amuck. . . . I think the case is overwhelming.” Join Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com as he goes One-on-One with financial analyst Charles Ortel. All links can be found on: http://usawatchdog.com/clinton-charit... http://usawatchdog.com/donations/
The Clinton Foundation: Largest Unprosecuted Criminal Global Charity Fraud and Conspiracy Ever -Lionel Nation
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15 Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin
According to Science Jen Reviews
Turmeric is the golden colored spice that gives curry its
bright yellow color. Most people that use turmeric are unaware of its health
benefits, and the fact that it can be used in the treatment and management of
different ailments. Several scientific studies have been carried out to
investigate the healing properties of turmeric. It was discovered that turmeric
contains a multitude of active compounds that have medicinal qualities. The
most important of these active compounds is curcumin.
The curcuminoids (the active
compounds) only make about 3% of the weight of turmeric that is available
commercially1. Thus, despite being the most active ingredient in turmeric,
curcumin is lowly concentrated in turmeric. Curcumin makes up 77% of the weight
of the curcuminoids in turmeric, while desmethoxycurcumin accounts for 17%,
bisdemethoxycurcumin comes in at 3%, while Cyclocurcumin accounts for the
you want to benefit as much as possible from curcumin, it is recommended that
you take its supplements, as they have higher concentrations of the active
curcuminoid. In addition, curcumin is usually poorly absorbed into the
bloodstream. To avert this problem, try combining black pepper and curcumin in
your food. Black pepper contains piperine that enhances the absorption of
curcumin by 2000%2. Furthermore, it is also advisable to take curcumin with a
fatty meal once in a while because it is fat soluble.
This article will provide you with scientific-backed reasons as
to why turmeric and curcumin need to be a staple in yoursuperfooddiet as
well as some turmeric-infused recipes you should try out.
1.Curcumin helps fight against autoimmune
Scientists have discovered that curcumin can be an effective
weapon against several autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis,
myasthenia, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and type 1
diabetes among others3. The turmeric compound was also found effective in maintaining
remission in incidences of ulcerative colitis among patients4as well as blocking the spread of
It is believed that curcumin inhibits these diseases by
controlling the amounts of inflammatory cytokines found in our bodies6. Inflammation is extremely important in the body as the
process is key in fighting foreign pathogens and repairing damages.
Inflammation becomes a problem when it becomes chronic and is inappropriately
used against the body’s tissues. Curcumin is thus used to guard against this
Bottom Line: Curcumin is an
effective tool against many autoimmune diseases that afflict the human body. It
prevents these autoimmune diseases by regulating the amount of inflammatory
cytokines in our bodies. These pro inflammatory cytokines are responsible for
the development of autoimmune diseases by attacking the body’s healthy tissues.
Thus, curcumin helps in preventing chronic inflammation, and by extension many
common diseases found in the Western world.
2. Curcumin is good for your
Extensive research has shown that curcumin induces the
contraction of the gall-bladder, which leads to the release of healthier levels
of bile juice7. In addition, curcumin has been known for protecting the
stomach when one has chronic gastric ulcer and it is essential in halting the
development of gastric ulcers8. It is believed that the curcuminoid manages to effectively
deal with stomach ulcers by inhibiting the levels of pepsin in the stomach as
well as other acid secretions in the gut.
Bottom Line: Curcumin helps in
the fight against stomach ulcers and can regulate the amount of bile and other
stomach acid secretions in the gut.
3. Curcumin Improves Brain
Function and Brain Health
An acute deficiency of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is believed to
be a significant cause of several neurological disorders including anxiety
among others. The body derives DHA from our regular diet. Scientists have found
that curcumin, the most active ingredient in turmeric, helps in increasing the
amount of DHA in the brain by significantly improving the synthesis of the acid
from our diet9. Studies have also shown that curcumin increases the number
of enzymes that are used in the synthesis of DHA.
The discovery of the correlation
between curcumin and DHA has very important implications for people across the
world, especially for those who rely on a plant-based diet and do not consume
fish, which is an essential source of DHA.
Curcumin has also been shown to help in the prevention of tissue
damage in the brain, otherwise referred to as cerebral reperfusion. Reperfusion
occurs when blood rapidly returns to the brain after an injury, resulting in
cell death. The compound has exhibited both anti-inflammatory, and
anti-oxidation properties, as well as activity against cell death, which are
all integral for the prevention of tissue damage and cell death after a brain
When used as a bioavailable
compound, curcumin can help to improve neurological function and reduce water
content in the brain when brain hemorrhaging occurs. The compound has shown
great promise in improving spatial memory and learning in adults and aged
Bottom Line: Curcumin can elevate
the levels of DHA in the brain, a compound that is essential in the prevention
of neurological diseases. People who do not include fish in their diet should
increase their intake of curcumin in order to have balanced levels of DHA. Curcumin
is also crucial in the prevention of tissue damage and abnormal cell death in
4. Curcumin is Beneficial for
Paracetamol is the most common pain reliever used by millions of
people around the world. However, one major side effect of using paracetamol to
treat headaches and reduce fever, is that it can lead to toxicity/ overdose.
Paracetamol toxicity can cause severe damage to the kidneys, and it is one of
the most common reasons for emergency admissions in several parts of the world
owing to how popular it is as a painkiller and fever reliever11.
Research conducted on the effect of curcumin on affected and
non-affected kidneys shows that the curcuminoid reduces the toxic effects of
paracetamol on the kidney as well as increase the effectiveness of the drugs
used to treat paracetamol overdoses11.
Bottom Line: Curcumin can help
prevent kidney damage that is caused by paracetamol overdose as well as
increase the efficacy of the medication used to treat the overdose.
5. Curcumin is Also Good for
In several promising eye studies done on rats, scientists have
found that curcumin can help prevent or fight against formation of cataracts in
the eyes. Curcumin does this by suppressing the free radicals found in the eye
that are responsible for the formation of cataracts in animals and human beings12. Scientists hope that the same results can be replicated in
human studies involving the treatment of cataracts.
In addition, curcumin, due to its anti-inflammatory properties,
can also be used in the treatment of dry-eyes. Elevated levels of tear
osmolarity has been found to be a distinct feature of dry-eyes. Tear osmolarity
increases due to the presence or increased production of specific
pro-inflammation cytokines12. Curcumin comes into play in this condition due to its
anti-inflammation properties. It inhibits the production of the cytokine,
thereby reducing tear osmolarity12. Consequently, the occurrence of dry-eyes is minimized.
Bottom Line: Curcumin’s
anti-inflammatory properties can be beneficial in the prevention and treatment
of common eye-problems that include dry-eyes and cataracts.
6. Curcumin Prevents and Protects
Scientists have discovered that curcumin has the potential of
destroying cancer cells in both animal and human models. Sufficient scientific
evidence has shown that curcumin reduces the growth of blood vessels in tumors,
as well as inducing expected cell death in brain cancer cells, T-cell lymphoma
cells, oral cancer cells, melanoma cancer cells, brain and bone cancer cells13,14,15,16,17.
Evidence also shows that curcumin is toxic against the
mitochondria of the cancer cells. Mitochondria provide the much needed energy
for these cells to continue developing, and by attacking the mitochondria,
curcumin is killing off the energy supply to the cancer cells18. Without energy, the cancer cells die off rapidly.
Curcumin plays specific roles in
the destruction of certain types of cancer cells. Below are the specific ways
that curcumin tackles specific types of cancers.
It has been determined that curcumin prevents the development
and growth of breast cancer by inhibiting the self-renewal of breast stem cell19. Researchers believe that breast cancer arises in the stem
of the concerned tissue through the process of self-renewal19. Thus, the prevention of the process of self-renewal will
aid in the prevention and management of breast cancer.
Studies have also shown that the intake of curcumin by patients
with metastatic or advanced breast cancer improves their response to
chemotherapy and reduces the toxicity of the treatment plan20.
Studies and experiments have shown that curcumin is an essential
compound in the prevention of, and the destruction of Glioblastoma multiforme,
a highly aggressive brain cancer. Curcumin acts effectively against cancer stem
cells, which are a major cause of the resistance shown by glioblastoma towards
Research has shown that curcumin is responsible for the
activation of a receptor that is responsible for prevention of cancer in the
colon23. Thus, an increase in the levels of curcumin in the body can
help prevent colon cancer.
According to scientists, a daily dose of curcumin of about 3.6 g
will not be distributed outside your gut, and it achieves effective levels in
the colorectum24. In addition, when combined quercetin, curcumin can reduce
the number of tumors in the colon that usually lead to colon cancer25.
Several studies have conclusively shown that bioavailable
curcumin helps block metastases and tumor growth in pancreatic cancer26. Bioavailability implies that the compound is found in
higher doses than how it occurs in its natural state in turmeric. To make
curcumin bioavailable, it needs to be synthesized and concentrated. Supplements
are an excellent example of bioavailable curcumin because they have
significantly higher doses of the compound than is usually found in nature.
Studies have found that leukemia cells are extremely sensitive
towards curcumin because it is toxic to such cells. The same studies have also
shown that curcumin, while highly toxic to leukemia cells, does not harm or
interfere with the functioning of normal, healthy cells27.
Further studies have indicated that when combined with the green
tea extract known as Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), curcumin encourages the
cell death of leukemia cells28.
Extensive research on prostate cancer has revealed that curcumin
is an effective inhibitor of tumor cell growth in the prostate29. It is believed that curcumin is the most potent plant-based
estrogen available when it comes to regulate prostate cancer cell growth. It
has also been discovered that curcumin-induced toxicity to prostate cancer
cells is due to the compound’s ability to attack the mitochondrial bodies of
the cancer cells.
Cancer experts theorize that curcumin acts as an
anti-inflammatory agent in lung cells by inhibiting unnecessary inflammation in
the lung30. Curcumin is also known for activating or stimulating the
body’s own antioxidant enzymes that may have gone dormant owing to disease or
Curcumin also promotes the natural
death of lung cancer cells, like it does in other parts of the body. It also
attacks the mitochondrial pathways of these cancer cells, thereby inhibiting
their growth by depleting them of energy to function.
In addition, the dietary intake of curcumin is known to increase
the effectiveness of radiotherapy treatment on lungs. Curcumin prevents
radiation-induced lung disease without impairing the ability of radiotherapy to
kill the tumor cells31.
Bottom Line: Curcumin has been
extensively investigated for its role in the prevention and management of
different types of cancer. The studies conclusively show that curcumin is
highly effective in battling different types of cancer as well as increasing
the efficiency and reducing the toxicity of chemotherapy.
7. Curcumin Protects Your Liver’s
Due to its antioxidant properties, curcumin can protect your
liver from chronic-alcohol induced injury as well as atherosclerosis. Excessive
levels of alcohol in the blood stream is deemed responsible for increased risk
of developing fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, and liver injury32. Curcumin helps increase the level of glutathione thereby
protecting the liver against the harmful effects of chronic ethanol.
Studies have also shown that curcumin can be effective against
the harmful effects of the carcinogen Aflatoxin on the livers of rats. It is
hypothesized that curcumin will have the same effect on human liver33. The studies indicate that curcumin helps to prevent and
reduce the damage caused by aflatoxin on the liver.
Bottom Line: Curcumin is an
effective guard against the damage that alcohol can cause on the liver. It is
also significantly useful in protecting the liver from aflatoxins.
8. Curcumin Eases Joint
One clinical experiment found that curcumin can help in the
management of osteoarthritis34. The researchers observed that mobility in patients with
osteoarthritis increased after a curcumin complex was introduced into their
diets. The patients could walk for longer on the treadmill and inflammation in
the joints that causes joint pain significantly reduced during the period of
Another study carried out in Belgium found that a curcumin
supplement known as Flexofytol rapidly improved the quality of life for
patients complaining about joint problems. The extract improved articular
mobility in the patients as well as reduced the pain involved in joint problems35. Most of the patients in the study were noted to prefer the
curcumin supplement over anti-inflammatory and painkiller treatments.
Bottom Line: Curcumin is effective
in managing joint problems as well as reducing the pain that often comes with
the problems. It is especially effective and safe for patients with
9. Curcumin Protects against
Viruses, Bacteria, and Fungi
In numerous tests, curcumin has been shown to have anti-viral
capabilities against the major viruses of our time including influenza, human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus, and adenovirus36.
Researchers also found that curcumin can act as an
anti-inflammatory agent in the case of lung infections such as pneumonia. It
uses its anti-inflammatory property to act against the bacteria that attack the
lungs and cause inflammation in the lung tissue37. Other researchers have concluded that curcumin can be an
effective antimicrobial agent against numerous fatal bacterial infections in
the body including the often fatal cholera38.
It has also been determined that the turmeric compound possesses
antifungal properties. For instance, the compound has been shown to be
effective against Candida albicans, which when out of control leads to the
development of candidiasis39.
Bottom Line: Curcumin is an
effective treatment against mild and chronic fungal, bacterial, and virus
infections. It is useful in treating a wide range of infections from mild influenza
to chronic pneumonia and cholera.
10. Curcumin Promotes Women’s
Curcumin has been shown to ease the pain and discomfort
associated with premenstrual syndrome symptoms40. The turmeric compound decreases the severity of these
symptoms enabling women to lead normal lives before and during their
menstruation. It is hypothesized that the anti-inflammatory properties of
curcumin as well as its neurotransmitters are responsible for reducing the
severity of PMS symptoms.
Studies have also conclusively shown that the antiviral and
anticancer activities of curcumin can be extremely helpful in treating and
managing cervical cancer that is as a result of infection by the human papillomavirus
(HPV)41,42. In one such study, the
researchers found that bioavailable curcumin inhibited the growth of the cancer
cells, induced cell death, and arrested the cell cycles of the cervical cancer
Bottom Line: Curcumin helps
reduce the severity of the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome.
Studies have also proven that curcumin can help in the treatment of cervical
cancer, especially in cases where the cervical cancer developed as a result of
When it comes to overweight individuals, bioavailable forms of
curcumin have been shown to significantly reduce weight loss, enhance the
reduction in waistline, enhance the percentage reduction in body fat,
significant reduction in BMI, as well as remarkable hip circumference reduction43. The turmeric compound has also proven to be effective in
inhibiting inflammation that is as a result of the complications that obesity
Water-soluble curcumin has been shown to improve erectile
function in mice that suffer from erectile dysfunction. There is much hope that
the same results can be replicated in men that suffer from erectile dysfunction44.
Many experiments have been done to investigate the effect of
curcumin on diabetes and its associated disorders. Majority of the studies
concluded that curcumin acts favorably against insulin resistance, and other
conditions that lead to the development of diabetes. It has thus been concluded
that curcumin, in either its free or bioavailable form, can effectively prevent
the detrimental complications that stem from diabetes45.
In addition, further studies have shown that the turmeric
compound has the ability to induce pancreatic regeneration, which is crucial
for the effective management of diabetes46. Furthermore, curcumin significantly lowers the chances of
prediabetes developing into Type II diabetes, while at the same time improving
the functioning of the pancreas47.
Other studies have demonstrated that curcumin stimulates muscle
regeneration after an individual undergoes a traumatic injury. This is
especially the case for skeletal muscle that undergoes most injury after trauma
or disease. Thus, curcumin can be used to treat muscle diseases and injuries by
supporting regeneration of healthy muscles48.
Bottom Line: Curcumin is
effective in weight management and reduction in overweight individuals. It also
helps protects against the debilitating effects of diabetes and related
concerns. Curcumin can help improve libido by fixing erectile dysfunction, and it
is effective in improving skeletal muscle regeneration after injury, trauma or
disease destroys muscle tissues.
12. Curcumin has Anti-Aging
It is a well-known fact that the aging process is exacerbated by
inflammation in the body. If inflammation is reduced, then the aging process
will slow down49. That is why curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties are
used to decrease the speed of aging.
In addition, age-related diseases such as metabolic disorders,
atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s are usually caused by oxidative stress and
chronic inflammation. Curcumin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
work effectively at eliminating oxidative stress and inflammation and thereby
stopping the development of these age-related diseases49. For instance in the case of Alzheimer’s, curcumin supports
the creation of new brain cells in adults as well as improve cognitive vitality
in patients with the disease.
Bottom Line: Curcumin is an
effective anti-aging agent and also helps prevent majority of the diseases
associated with old age including Alzheimer’s and atherosclerosis.
13. Curcumin is an Effective
Millions of people including teenagers suffer from different
forms of depression. Many of these people are on prescription medication to
combat their depression. However, these medications have serious side-effects.
Fortunately, curcumin, which is a naturally occurring compound, is able to
treat depression and stress without the side effects posed by pharmaceutical
drugs. Curcumin has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to
manage stress and reduce depression and depression-related disorders in
How does curcumin treat depression? Studies show that curcumin
stimulates the production of new cells in the brain. Scientists have also shown
that the compound helps improve mood, memory, and attention in individuals.
Furthermore, the compound when combined with piperine enhances the effects of
SNRI and SSRI antidepressants in animal models, and it is hypothesized that the
same results can be replicated in human beings50. Scientists now believe that curcumin is as effective as
prozac in curing, and managing depression.
Bottom Line: Curcumin has
numerous promising positive effects against depression and stress without the
side effects presented by manufactured medicines. The natural compound can be
one of the most effective ways ever discovered of battling the depression
pandemic around the world.
14. Curcumin Prevents Toxicity
Metal toxicity is a significant health hazard to the population
and it is important for scientists to find natural ways of preventing and
managing metal toxicity. Curcumin, due to its anti-inflammatory properties,
decreases inflammation in rats that suffer from copper overload. Studies have
also shown that the turmeric compound reduces inflammation caused by aluminium
Other studies have shown that dietary intake of cucumin helps
reduce mercury concentrations in tissues, protects DNA from damage due to high
levels of arsenic, and increases antioxidant activities throughout the body52.
Further studies on mercury toxicity have shown that curcumin is
an effective pretreatment to mercury intoxication in the brain, the kidneys,
and the liver53. This is especially the case if it is ingested daily as part
of a person’s dietary regimen.
Curcumin has also been effective in diminishing the
neurotoxicity caused by fluoride poisoning. This is because of its antioxidant
property54. Curcumin has the ability of destroying the
neurodegenerative effects that fluoride has on the human brain. It has also
proved to be effective against selenium, and iron toxicity in the brain, the
liver, and the kidneys.
Bottom Line: All the studies
indicated above have proven that curcumin is an effective antioxidant that can
guard against different types of metal toxicities that are currently plaguing
the human population due to destructive environmental practices.
15. Curcumin can Help Lower
Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease continues to be the biggest cause of death across
the world. Examples of heart diseases that cause the greatest mortality include
obstructive lung disease, lower respiratory functions, stroke, and ischaemic
heart disease. Scientists, while investigating the different properties of
curcumin, found that the polyphenol can be an effective agent against disorders
in the cardiovascular systems55.
For instance, studies have shown that curcumin can prevent the
cardiovascular complications that arise from diabetes and related concerns.
Scientific experiments on animals have also demonstrated that the turmeric
compound is effective in disrupting the development of cardiac hypertrophy
(thickening of the heart muscles) as well as heart failure. Furthermore,
curcumin helps in the prevention of ventricular arrhythmia as well as guarding
the cardiovascular system from the effects of atherosclerosis55.
In addition, curcumin has been shown to be highly effective
against endothelial dysfunction. This type of dysfunction is a major
contributor to the development of the heart disease56. The dysfunction arises from the endothelium’s inability to
regulate blood clotting, and blood pressure. Scientists found that curcumin
improves endothelial function, and that it works as well as exercise in
preventing heart disease that arises from endothelial dysfunction.
Bottom Line: Curcumin has been
shown to be extremely beneficial in combatting heart disease. Its
antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties are crucial in protecting the
cardiovascular system from disease and damage. In addition, the turmeric
compound has the ability of improving endothelial function, further lessening
the risk of contracting heart disease. Tasty and Healthy Turmeric Recipes Now
that you have learnt the benefits of curcumin, and by extension turmeric, it is
time you learnt how to incorporate the compound into your diet. As mentioned
before in this article, curcumin is poorly absorbed in the bloodstream. To
enhance its absorption, ensure you include black pepper when you try out the
recipes below. See: https://www.jenreviews.com/turmeric/
15 Health Benefits of Juicing, According to Science (+8
Delicious Recipes) https://www.jenreviews.com/juicing/ Anyone interested in achieving and maintaining optimal
health and wellness has no doubt heard some of the benefits that you can gain
from incorporating fresh juice into your diet. Juicing is the process of
extracting the liquid from fresh vegetables and fruit – leaving behind most of
the fiber so you can consume the majority of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients
found in these foods. When done properly, juicing can be a fantastic way to
supplement your diet and ensure you’re giving your body everything it needs to
work efficiently and stay healthy. Remember, drinking fruit and vegetable juice
isn’t a replacement for these foods – you should still try to eat at least two
fruits and four servings of vegetables each day.
A brief history of juicing
While the modern philosophy of juicing wasn’t introduced
until the 1930s, people have been taking advantage of the health benefits of
juicing for thousands of years. Early juicers used grinders and linens to crush
and strain produce or herbs for ceremonial practices or medical applications.
With the invention of the first hydraulic press-style juicer, Dr. Norman Walker
developed the technology to bring this traditional health supplement to the
When the first masticating juicer was invented in the 1950s,
it introduced the possibility of juicing nearly all kinds of vegetables –
including leafy greens, which had been virtually impossible to juice with the
hydraulic press. However, due to the friction caused by the high speed at which
this juicer functioned, the heat generated can compromise the quality of the
resulting liquid. As live enzymes are destroyed by heat, many of the nutrients
contained within the produce were destroyed during this juicing process.
However, by the 1990s, technology had evolved to allow
juicers to operate efficiently and effectively – extracting a maximum of juices
from fruits and vegetables without the loss of nutrients caused by these previous
juicing methods. Thanks to this important evolution, people around the world
can enjoy the benefits of juicing in their own homes.
What do I need?
If you don’t have a juicer, you can use your blender to
achieve a similar result – just be sure to add a little water to keep your
juice from getting too thick. However, to fully enjoy the many benefits of
juicing, you might want to invest in a new appliance for your kitchen.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a good juicer, but
the more expensive ones do come with some added conveniences. Since they can
often process the entire fruit – including the rind, core, and even seeds –
they can spare you having to chop up your produce before running it through the
juicer. Check out the width of the juicer’s chute to get an idea of how what
size of produce the machine will be capable of processing.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your juicer
should be easy to clean. A good juicer should have removable parts that are
simple to assemble, so you can quickly take it apart and clean it out after use
– and put it back together easily before you use it again. Although some models
claim to be dishwasher safe, the heat from the dishwasher can cause the plastic
pieces of the juicer to become distorted and impossible to fit back together.
Speed is only a concern for people who want to store juice.
A faster machine is perfect if you plan to consume your juice immediately after
making it, but if you want to keep juice in the fridge for several hours, you
may want to invest in a slow juicer. This will mean your final product will
obviously take longer to make, but because the slower process lets in less air,
your juice won’t be as oxidized – meaning you can store it a little longer and
it will likely taste a bit more fresh.
The three most common types of juicers are masticating,
centrifugal, and triurating. Each of these comes with their own pros and cons,
so it really comes down to finding a juicer that fits your lifestyle. There
really is no one best juicer to suit everyone.
Masticating juicers work slowly, with a rotating auger that
crushes produce into a mesh screen. Juice is released through this screen, and
pulp is collected in a separate container. This process results in less
oxidation, meaning that juice created through this machine doesn’t need to be
These can be found in two styles – with a horizontal auger
or a vertical auger. This type of juicer will require some pre-cutting,
especially for more fibrous greens or dense vegetables like carrots or beets.
They do have a bit more of a learning curve, but will yield a lot of juice.
Centrifugal juicers work similarly to the spin cycle on your
washing machine – produce is shredded and spun to separate the juice from the
pulp. While some machines do come with a container to catch the extracted pulp,
if you plan to make a large batch of juice you will likely have to take it
apart to remove the pulp at least once during the process. The juice produced
from this machine will also be quite oxidized, meaning you will need to drink
it within fifteen minutes of making it.
While this process doesn’t extract much juice from leafy
greens, it is a great option for people who don’t have a lot of prep time to
chop veggies and fruits before running them through the juicer. There are also
fewer pieces that need to be cleaned after use.
Triurating juicers, or twin gear juicers, function more like
a car’s transmission – two gears interlock and work together to shred and
squeeze the juice from your produce. These machines struggle with softer fruits
and vegetables, and require a bit of force to push produce through the two
gears, but provide a maximum yield – allowing you to make the most out of each
vegetable or piece of fruit.
However, these juicers are capable of making more than just
juice. Thanks to this unique process, they can make sorbets, nut butters, and
even baby food – making this a great option for someone who doesn’t want to
purchase a specific appliance just for juicing. Juices made with a triurating
juicer can also be stored in the fridge for up to three days.
No matter what kind of juicer you decide to buy, if you plan
to make juicing an important part of your healthy lifestyle, a good juice
extractor is worth the investment. The best juicer you can buy is the one that
best suits your specific needs and will be easy and fun for you to use on a
Benefits of juicing
One: Juicing gives you more energy.
When your body isn’t forced to spend so much time and energy
processing the fibers contained in fruits and vegetables, it is better able to
absorb these key nutrients – which can help lower your risk of cancer, detoxify
your body, promote healthy digestion, stimulate your immune system, and aid
with weight loss.
Juicing can help boost your metabolism, encouraging your
body to work effectively and efficiently. It also increases your fluid intake,
and staying hydrated is a great way to get your energy up. However, be sure you
are also drinking enough water – no matter how nutrient-rich it is, juice is
not a replacement for water, which is responsible for the delivery of all these
nutrients to the other parts of your body.
Two: Juicing aids digestion.
The amount of fiber in fruits and vegetables can make it
difficult to eat large quantities of these foods, and juicing them can make it
much easier to incorporate them into your regular diet. Two cups of fresh
pressed juice contains the same number of vitamins and enzymes as eating two
pounds of carrots, eight pounds of spinach, or almost twelve apples – it just
Juicing is also a great option for people who don’t normally
eat fruits and vegetables, because they don’t enjoy the taste of the texture.
With tons of different juice recipes available, it’s easy for anyone to find a
healthy and delicious way of ensuring your diet contains all of the nutrients
you might miss out on if you don’t eat enough produce. It can also help you
incorporate some new types of produce into your diet, which is helpful since
often, we end up eating the same familiar foods every day.
Three: Juicing gives you tons of antioxidants.
Studies have shown that when people eat more fruits and
vegetables, they end up feeling happier, calmer, and more energetic than when
their diets contain more starches, breads, and processed foods. Many
researchers attribute this boost in mental well-being to the amount of
antioxidants contained in produce – and it’s easy to add more antioxidants to
your diet by juicing. High amounts of antioxidants are found in kale, spinach,
pomegranates, concord grapes and blueberries.
Antioxidants can limit or prevent the oxidation of
molecules, and counteract some of the damaging effects of free radicals in the
body – which can contribute to a range of illnesses and diseases.
There are tons of antioxidants in food sources, and each
antioxidant provides different benefits to impact various parts of the body.
It’s important to get a wide variety of these antioxidants in your diet to
protect against eye problems, memory issues, compromised immune system, heart
concerns, and even mood disorders.
Four: Juicing detoxifies your body.
Toxins in your body can impact your ability to burn fat,
fight infection, and think clearly – and drinking fresh juice is a great way to
help your body in the natural detoxifying process. As an additional perk,
clearing these toxins will improve your body’s ability to absorb nutrients,
which will ensure that you are making the most out of every glass of juice.
However, it is important to note that there is no scientific
evidence to support going on a juice cleanse as a way to boost your health.
Juice is not a substitute for food or water – it’s a supplement, to help you
get the minerals and vitamins you need to keep your body functioning
The weight you may lose as the result of a juice cleanse
will likely come back as soon as you resume your regular diet – but
supplementing your diet with fresh juice can help support healthy weight loss, if
Five: Juicing can help you lose weight.
Since juicing helps stimulate your metabolism and remove
toxins from your fat cells, it’s no secret that drinking juice can help you
lose weight, too. Having a glass of fresh juice instead of snacking on empty
calories is a great way to stay on track and ensure that you’re fueling your
body in an effective way.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that there are still
calories in juice – and many fruit juices not only contain lots of calories,
but also a lot of sugar. These can raise your blood sugar levels and contribute
to weight gain if you aren’t careful. The more fruit juices you use, the higher
the calorie count of your juice.
If cutting calories is a priority for you, focus on juicing
vegetables and use just one or two pieces of flavourful fruit to add a sweeter
taste. Beets, carrots, and red cabbage also have some great natural sweetness
that you can take advantage of when you’re juicing.
Six: Juicing saves you time.
Depending on the type of juicer you use, it can take just
minutes to extract the juice from your produce and enjoy a glass of fresh,
nutrient-rich liquid. Even if you need to do a little prep by chopping
vegetables and removing cores and pits from your fruits, it’s nothing compared
to the amount of time you would spend cooking and eating the same amount of
produce - and juicing them means you can preserve some of the nutrients that
are lost when these foods are processed.
You can save even more time by doing some advance prep on
the weekend. Figure out which juices you want to make, and after you’ve
purchased the ingredients, wash and prep them for juicing. Store them in
containers or bags to make them super easy to toss into the juicer whenever
Seven: Juicing can lower your bad cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol is an important part of keeping your body
functioning well, but too much cholesterol can lead to cardiac health concerns.
Juicing with vegetables that have plenty of beta carotene, like carrots,
peaches, spinach, broccoli, and cantaloupes, and that are rich in sterols can
help maintain a healthy blood cholesterol level. You can avoid taking
medication to treat your high cholesterol by managing this condition with diet
and exercise – and juicing is a great way to get started.
Eight: Juicing helps regulate blood sugar levels.
While drinking more fresh fruit and vegetable juice helps
provide your body with the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients it needs to
help keep your blood sugar levels under control, mixing in a bit of the
extracted pulp can give you the fiber you need to make sure these levels remain
steady and balanced. Naturally stabilize your blood sugar levels by juicing
with pomegranates, apples, spinach, kale, nuts, and legumes.
Nine: Juicing gives you clearer skin.
Many of the vitamins you can easily absorb through fresh
juice can help keep your skin looking great. Depending on the ingredients you
use, your juice can help balance hormones, repair and strengthen collagen,
reduce the appearance of acne scars, ease stress, and stimulate circulation.
Look for fruits and vegetables that produce red, blue, purple, orange, and
green juice to maximize these benefits.
Ten: Juicing can boost your athletic performance.
The potassium and nitrates found in some fruit and vegetable
juices can aid your body in recovering after a workout – helping you build
stronger muscles and repair damaged tissues. Bananas, tart cherries, and beets
are some of the produce you can juice to help prevent prolonged inflammation
following a workout and ensure you can return to your activity sooner.
You can also add extra protein to your fresh juice to make
sure your post-workout drink has an appropriate balance of calories by throwing
in ingredients like nuts, almond milk, peanut butter, seeds (like hemp or
chia), or Greek yogurt.
Eleven: Juicing can help you achieve a healthy pH balance.
The ideal pH level for a healthy body is between 7.0 and 8.0
– slightly alkaline. An unbalanced pH can lead to health issues like kidney
disease, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, fatigue, osteoporosis, and even
mental health concerns. Fortunately, this is easy to prevent by supplementing
your diet with alkaline-forming foods like fruits and vegetables. To balance
your system, fortify your juice with citrus fruits and berries.
Twelve: Juicing will improve the quality of your sleep.
A healthy diet can be a valuable tool when it comes to
battling insomnia, and the nutrients found in fruit and vegetable juices are
key in achieving a solid dietary balance. Sleeping less than the recommended
amount can contribute to a wide variety of health concerns, as sleep is
necessary to help maintain important systems within your body – your immune
system, nervous system, muscular system, and skeletal system. Supplementing
your diet with juice and incorporating some other tips like avoiding screens
before bed, eating a smaller evening meal, and keeping to a regular schedule
will help you ensure you’re getting the sleep you need to stay healthy.
Thirteen: Juicing puts you in a better mood.
Antioxidants aren’t just important for your physical health
– they’re great for your mental health, too. The antioxidants found in fruits
and vegetables can boost dopamine, serotonin, and endorphin levels, which all
work together to give you a natural way to improve your mood. Usually, we will
indulge in sweet carbohydrates to raise these levels, but by balancing your
hormonal system with fresh, healthy juice, you can avoid these harmful cravings
and keep to a nutritious diet.
Fourteen: Juicing supports your brain health.
There are several nutrients found in vegetable juices that
have been proven to promote healthy brain function – so take advantage of it
and include these in your regular diet. Potassium, lycopene, vitamin K, and
vitamin C can help prevent damage to your DNA, brain cells, lipids, and
proteins. High levels of these nutrients have proven to reduce the risk of
stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and even seizures.
Fifteen: Juicing can help you live longer.
All of these health benefits contribute to one ultimate goal
– longevity. Drinking fresh juice, and getting all the important nutrients
found in fruits and vegetables, can keep your body functioning effectively and
efficiently for years into the future. Some of the earliest proponents of
juicing as a healthy dietary supplement lived exceptionally long lives – in
fact, the inventor of the first hydraulic press-style juicer, Dr. Norman
Walker, died in 1985 at the age of 99
What do I do with the pulp?
If you don’t want to miss out on the benefits of the fiber
that gets left behind, you could consider mixing some back into your juice before
drinking it. Another suggestion is to use a blender to process certain
ingredients and toss them in with the juiced ones. These options will leave you
feeling much more satisfied than simply drinking juice – although you won’t be
giving your digestive system as much time to rest.
Another way you can use up some of the pulp that remains
after the juice has been extracted from your fruits and vegetables is in your
cooking. Add it to muffin or cookie batter, or as a broth to cook soups or
grains. That way, not only are you creating less waste, you’re also adding some
extra fortification to your other meals.
What should I buy?
You can juice anything – but there are some fruits and
vegetables that will provide a greater nutritional value than others. You can
also try combining some of your favorite fruits and vegetables to create a
customized juice to suit your taste, but pay attention to the vitamins and
enzymes in each ingredient to make sure you’re getting all of the great
benefits of juicing in each recipe.
However, if you are juicing to treat or prevent specific
issues, pay attention to the vitamins and minerals contained in the produce you
plan to juice. Choose fruits and vegetables that are rich in those nutrients to
create a juice that will fit your needs.
- Vitamin A
This can be found in bell peppers, oranges, carrots, and
apples, and is a vital part of ensuring the growth of healthy retinal cells in
your eyes. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant full of anti-aging properties and
stimulates immune system function.
- Vitamin B complex
Thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), nicotinic acid (B3),
pyridoxine (B6), and cobalamin (B12) are all important parts of the vitamin B
complex, which are primarily important for blood health. Find high levels of
vitamin B complex in spinach, broccoli, bananas, plums, and asparagus.
- Vitamin C
Citrus fruits are a wonderful source of vitamin C, which is
an important part of maintaining the health of your immune system. You can also
find vitamin C in peaches, kiwis, bell peppers, and tomatoes
- Vitamin D
This vitamin is difficult to get from food sources, but you
can find vitamin D in leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, and mustard
greens. Keep in mind that this vitamin requires sunlight to promote synthesis,
but it is vital to maintain the health of your teeth and bones.
- Vitamin E
Another important antioxidant, vitamin E keeps your cells
and tissues working properly. This vitamin is a key part of promoting healthy
skin, thickens hair, balances hormones, and even improves vision. You can find
it in peaches, corn, mangoes, blackberries, avocadoes, and tomatoes.
- Vitamin K
Leafy greens are full of vitamin K, but when these
vegetables are exposed to heat via cooking or steaming, this important nutrient
is lost. Vitamin K promotes healthy blood clotting and prevents excessive
bleeding, as well as helps increase bone strength and density. Juice kale,
spinach, mustard or collard greens, and parsley to up your intake of vitamin K.
Juicing can get expensive, since you go through large
amounts of produce to fill just one cup of juice. Here’s a sample grocery list
for a juicer on a budget, to maximize your yield and get as many nutrients as
- Sweet potato
- Swiss chard
- Romaine lettuce
- Citrus (lemons, oranges, grapefruits, limes)
- Melon (especially watermelon)
Ingredients with a higher water content, like watermelon,
cucumber, celery, and zucchini, are a great, low-cost base for any juice. Start
with these and add other ingredients to build up a balanced blend.
Keep in mind that you can buy your produce in bulk –
whatever you won’t use right away can be kept in the fridge or in the freezer,
so you can use it later on. You can also save the scraps of vegetables and
fruits that were used to prepare other meals, making sure you aren’t wasting
any leftovers that could still provide some great nutritious benefits.
Tips for beginners
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to taking on a
new challenge like juicing – but there are some tips you can keep in mind to make
it an easy lifestyle change that you can stick to. Juicing isn’t just a fad, or
something you’ll want to do occasionally. This is something you want to make an
important part of your daily life, to continually promote your own health and
- Keep your juicer in a prominent spot.
Don’t let your juicer get lost in a cupboard with other
kitchen appliances. If you keep it somewhere you can see it, you’ll be much
more likely to use it on a regular basis.
- Read the instructions.
If you’ve never used a juicer before, get familiar with your
machine and make sure you know how to take it apart and put it back together
before you start running produce through it. You also need to know how big each
piece of produce can be so you don’t overwhelm or damage the machine. It may
seem daunting to read through the entire manual, but you’ll be much more likely
to use your juicer if you’re confident that you know how to do it properly.
- Shop smart.
Purchase fruits and vegetables in bulk whenever you can, and
try to choose organic options whenever they are available. Keep in mind that
fruit juices will add sugar and calories, so try to stick to the 80/20 rule –
80% vegetables with only 20% fruit. It can be tough to adjust to the more
bitter taste of juiced vegetables, but using herbs like mint and less sugary
fruits like lemons and limes, you can achieve a nicely balanced juice with a
- Prep your produce right away.
Instead of just stuffing your fruits and veggies into the
fridge after a trip to the store, clean it and chop it and separate it as you
put it all away. You’ll be much more inclined to use your fresh produce if it’s
ready to go when you are. Washing your produce is important to avoid E. coli,
so be sure to remove any dangerous bacteria, pesticides, and dirt from your
fruits and vegetables before running them through your juicer.
- Wash your juicer immediately.
Cleaning dried-on pulp and sticky dried juice is a lot of
work, but if you take a few minutes to clean each piece of your juicer as soon
as you’re done using it, you’ll save yourself the effort. Get into the routine
of cleaning your equipment right away so that it becomes a habit, and then
you’ll never have to deal with the pain of dealing with a dried-out mess. This
juicer is an investment you’ll want to maintain for years, so take care of it!
- Drink your juice right away.
While some types of juicers prevent excessive oxidation,
fresh juice can develop dangerous bacteria if it’s not consumed immediately.
Without preservatives, juice has a very short shelf life, so unless you have a
slow juicer you will need to drink your juice right after making it.
- Make juice you like.
If you don’t like the taste of juiced broccoli, don’t drink
it! Find another source of those vitamins and minerals, or mix it in with a
bunch of vegetables and fruits you do like. You’re much less likely to continue
juicing if you try to force yourself to consume juices you don’t enjoy, so
stick to blends that you’ll want to drink again and again.
However, keep in mind that one of the benefits of juicing is
that you can supplement your diet with a wider variety of different types of
produce. Even if you stick to a particular recipe you like, rotate through some
extra ingredients to keep your diet varied and benefit from as many different
vitamins and minerals as you can.
Pioneering research from the Land Down Under shows you how
to get out from under your depression!
Felice Jacka PhD is a trailblazing researcher at Deakin
University in Australia who is calling the world’s attention to the powerful
impact of food on mood. On January 30, 2017, the journal BMC Medicine published
her new randomized controlled study called The SMILES Trial. This
groundbreaking research demonstrates for the first time that people with
moderate to severe depression can improve their mood by eating a healthier
You may be surprised to hear that this kind of study has
never been done before, probably because you have read headlines in the past
proclaiming that healthier diets decrease risk for depression. We have
Professor Jacka and her team to thank for many of those hopeful headlines. Over
the past seven years, she published numerous epidemiological (survey-based)
studies suggesting that people who report eating an unhealthy diet are more
likely to be depressed. However, since these studies were based on
questionnaires and weren’t actual diet experiments, they didn’t have the power
to PROVE that unhealthy diets CAUSE depression, and couldn’t prove that healthy
diets could TREAT depression. These were simply educated guesses that hadn’t
been tested in the real world yet. Until now.
Professor Jacka boldly went where no one has gone before:
she tested her theories on actual people with clinical depression…and emerged
Professor Jacka’s team recruited 67 men and women with
moderate to severe depression who reported eating a relatively unhealthy diet.
Most were taking antidepressants and/or were in regular psychotherapy.
They put half of these depressed people on a modified
Mediterranean diet (aka the “ModiMed” diet—more details below) and required
them to attend dietary support sessions with a nutritionist.
The other half continued eating their usual unhealthy diet,
but were required to attend social support “befriending” sessions.
Before and after the 12-week study, everyone’s depression
symptoms were graded using several different tests. The test this research
group chose to focus on was the MADRS scale (Montgomery–Åsberg Depression
Rating Scale), which rates mood on a scale of 0 to 60, with 60 being the most
Adapted from Jacka FN et al 2017.
Source: Adapted from Jacka FN et al 2017.
After 12 weeks, people in the ModiMed diet group saw their
MADRS scores improve on average by about 11 points. Thirty-two percent (10 out
of 31 completers) had MADRS scores so low that they no longer met criteria for
People in the unhealthy diet group improved by only about 4
points on the MADRS test and only 8% (2 of 25 completers) achieved remission.
More happy details:
Calories were not restricted and body weight stayed about
the same for everyone in the study, so people didn’t have to lose weight to
Surprisingly, the ModiMed diet cost about 19% less than the
standard unhealthy diet.
The diet plan was apparently easier to stick to than the
social support plan, since more people in the diet group (31 out of 33) made it
all the way to the end of the study, compared to only 25 out of 34 people in
the support group.
What is the ModiMed diet?
(Chart by Suzi Smith)
Encouraged foods: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes,
low-fat/ unsweetened dairy, raw unsalted nuts, lean red meat, chicken, fish,
eggs, and olive oil
Beverages: maximum two sugar-sweetened beverages per week
and maximum two alcoholic drinks per day, preferably red wine.
So, what is so special about the ModiMed diet?
Well, THAT is the $64,000 question, and the answer is? We
It could be that this diet was higher in some potentially
magical ingredient like olive oil or nuts.
It could be that this diet was lower in some potentially
evil ingredient like processed meat or refined carbohydrates.
It could be both.
My opinion, based on everything I know about food and the
brain, is that this diet is better than the average diet because:
(1) It is extremely low in refined carbohydrates (sugar, flour,
refined cereals, etc). These non-foods put your blood sugar, insulin, hormones,
and neurotransmitters on a dangerous invisible roller coaster. This
destabilizes mood and increases risk for insulin resistance, which causes brain damage over time.
(2) It contains plenty of natural fat and cholesterol, which the
brain needs to function properly [in my opinion the ModiMed diet unnecessarily
limits saturated animal fats].
(3) It is low in processed oils from seeds such as cottonseed,
safflower and corn. These industrially-refined oils are very high in omega-6 fatty acids, which tilt the brain towards inflammation and away from healing.
(4) It contains animal sources of protein, which are rich in key brain nutrients such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B 12, and free of
anti-nutrients, which interfere with protein and mineral absorption.
(5) It is based primarily on whole foods, which humans are
well-adapted to eating.
Real Hope for the Real World
I LOVE this study, because it proves that the human brain
cares deeply about what we eat. I wish ALL of all of my patients would try a
healthy diet before trying a prescription medication. Don’t get me wrong—I
prescribe medications every day and I have seen them work wonders. But clearly
the most powerful way to fundamentally change your brain chemistry is through
food, because that’s where the brain chemicals come from in the first place! I
believe a healthy diet can in many cases reduce or eliminate the need for
With the exception of crisis situations and special barriers
to dietary change, why not start by improving the quality of your diet? What do
you have to lose? Healthy diets have no co-pays, no side effects, and are good
for the whole body, not just the brain.
The bottom line is this: the ModiMed diet is clearly
superior to a junky standard diet loaded with fast food, processed foods, and
refined carbohydrates. It is also affordable and manageable in the real world!
Take a Bite Out of Your Depression!
For those of you who eat a low-fat, vegan, vegetarian,
low-carb, or Paleo diet, this study cannot tell you whether or not the ModiMed
diet is better for depression than your diet. Until we have studies that
compare these diets to each other, the only way for you to know which diet
works best for your mood is to compare them yourself.
For those of you who have tried a Mediterranean diet without
success, there is still tremendous hope. There are other healthy changes worth
trying—my two favorite recommendations being:
For those of you who don’t care to try the ModiMed diet,
there are MOUNDS of evidence incriminating the refined carbohydrates and
industrially-produced foods that form the basis of our American diet. So,
regardless of what is IN your favorite diet, make sure you get the junk OUT.
Your brain, your metabolism, and your whole body will be
happier and healthier.
Thank you, Australia!
Watch this 1-minute ABC News video to hear commentary about
the study from Professor Jacka herself, and to meet Sarah Keeble, one of the
real people who went through the clinical trial and saw improvements in her own
Healthy lifestyle can double chances
of being healthy in 70
A new UK government initiative is encouraging middle-aged
people to exercise and eat well after a study found that healthy living in
mid-life doubles your chances of being healthy when you are 70 Rex Middle-aged
Britons are being urged to get off their couches and cut down on unhealthy food
as part of a government-backed drive to make people look after themselves.
Stark warnings about
the risks of drinking and obesity form part of a new Public Health England
(PHE) campaign, called One You, which has been billed as the biggest national
health drive since Change4Life, independent.co.uk wrote.
evidence shows that living healthily in mid-life can double a person’s chances
of staying well aged 70 and older.
percent of all deaths in England are related to poor lifestyles, such as
smoking, drinking too much and being sedentary.
spends more than £11 billion a year on treating illnesses caused by the effects
of diet, lack of exercise, smoking and drinking alcohol.
cost to the NHS of obesity and people being overweight is estimated to be £6.1
billion a year, while lack of exercise costs around £900 million a year.
Alcohol misuse costs the NHS £3.5 billion a year.
initial cost of £3.5 million, PHE’s One You campaign urges people to do more to
look after themselves by eating better, taking exercise and shedding pounds.
across the internet, TV, social media and in public places will urge people to
test how healthy they are via a new quiz.
results will be fed back to them and ‘behavioral changes’ suggested, such as
signing up to a slimming club or downloading an app to take more exercise.
chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said: “We all have the
power to shape our future health by making changes now. One You campaign
acknowledges that this can be difficult and is there to help make these changes
Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser for the One You campaign, said: “Many diseases
that impact people’s health and shorten their active lives can be prevented.
42 percent of adults in mid-life are living with at least one long-term health
condition which increase their risk of early death and disability.
has been customary to blame people for their lifestyle, we now appreciate that
we need to take into account the environmental pressures that make it difficult
to make healthy choices, having to sit eight hours a day at work for example.”