Public release date: 16-Jun-2004
Michael Bernstein, 202-872-6042,
American Chemical Society
Largest USDA study of food antioxidants reveals best sources
Artichokes and beans may not be at the top of your list of favorite foods,
but when it comes to antioxidants, these veggies earn a coveted place. They are
among a growing variety of foods found to contain surprisingly high levels of
these disease-fighting compounds, according to a new USDA study, which
researchers say is the largest, most comprehensive analysis to date of the
antioxidant content of commonly consumed foods.
In addition to confirming the well-publicized high antioxidant ranking of
such foods as cranberries and blueberries, the researchers found that Russet
potatoes, pecans and even cinnamon are all excellent, although lesser-known,
sources of antioxidants, which are thought to fight cancer, heart disease and
Alzheimer's. The study appears in the June 9 print edition of the Journal of
Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a peer-reviewed publication of the American
Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.
"The bottom line is the same: eat more fruits and veggies," says Ronald L.
Prior, Ph.D., a chemist and nutritionist with the USDA's Arkansas Children's
Nutrition Center in Little Rock, Ark., and lead author of the study. "This study
confirms that those foods are full of benefits, particularly those with higher
levels of antioxidants. Nuts and spices are also good sources."
The new study is more complete and accurate (thanks to updated technology)
than previous USDA antioxidant data and includes more foods than the previous
study, the researchers say. They analyzed antioxidant levels in over 100
different foods, including fruits and vegetables. In addition, the new study
includes data on spices and nuts for the first time.
Among the fruits, vegetables and nuts analyzed, each food was measured for
antioxidant concentration as well as antioxidant capacity per serving size.
Cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries ranked highest among the fruits
studied. Beans, artichokes and Russet potatoes were tops among the vegetables.
Pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts ranked highest in the nut category.
Although spices are generally consumed in small amounts, many are high in
antioxidants. On the basis of antioxidant concentration, ground cloves, ground
cinnamon and oregano were the highest among the spices studied.
Prior says that the data should prove useful for consumers seeking to include
more antioxidants in their diet. But he cautions that total antioxidant capacity
of the foods does not necessarily reflect their potential health benefit, which
depends on how they are absorbed and utilized in the body. Researchers are still
trying to better understand this process, he adds.
Currently, there are no government guidelines for consumers on how many
antioxidants to consume and what kind of antioxidants to consume in their daily
diet, as is the case with vitamins and minerals. A major barrier to such
guidelines is a lack of consensus among nutrition researchers on uniform
antioxidant measurements. Scientists will soon attempt to develop such a
consensus at the First International Congress on Antioxidant Methods, held June
16-18 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, Fla., with
the ultimate goal of developing better nutritional data for consumers. ACS is
the principal sponsor of the meeting.
For now, USDA officials continue to encourage consumers to eat a variety of
fruits and vegetables for better health.
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Best Sources Of Food Antioxidants
Top 20 fruits, vegetables and nuts (as measured by total antioxidant capacity
per serving size)
||Total antioxidant capacity
per serving size
||Small Red Bean (dried)
||Red kidney bean (dried)
||1 cup (whole)
||1 cup (hearts)
||Red Delicious apple
||Granny Smith apple
||Russet potato (cooked)
||Black bean (dried)
Consider Exsula Iridesca as your source
of vital anti-oxidant supplement.
Inositol and IP6
Macrobiotic food has inositol, which lowers cancer and heart attack rate. IP6
(contains inositol molecule), when added to cultures of human breast cancer
cells, within 3 hours, IP6 started to arrest the growth of cancer cells and the
effect stayed for 48 hours.
IP6 also increases calcium inside the cell in 57%, it means it helps the cell
to cell communication. IP6 works with leukemic cells, sarcomas, colon, breast,
lung, prostate. It redifferentiates and slows the growth within hours.
What food it's in: Macrobiotics- brown rice, millet, oats, barley, lentils,
navy, chickpea, adzuki, lima. (or a product- Cell Forte) In fact, eating
macrobiotics is found to extend the patient life expectation 4 times more. It
has the power of eliminating metastasis.
Carcinogenesis 16;5:1055-8, 1995 ; 16;8:1975-9, 1995.
Shmsuddin AKM IP6: An anti cancer agent and more, Natural Medicine 1; 5:9-15,
Please see also mega vitamin therapy, it also helps to get rid of cancer.
Hans Nieper, M.D.
Dr. med. (as they call it in Germany) Hans Nieper is an oncologist now
practicing in Hannover, Germany. He applies various metabolic therapies in his
own unique way, using many of the approaches already mentioned. He terms his
approach "eumetabolic therapy." He employs the usual vegetarian/fruitarian
approach along with, among other things, vitamins, minerals, BCG, laetrile,
squalene for chromosome repair and bromelain (600 to 1200 mg. per day) to
dissolve the membrane around cancer cells allowing T-lymphocytes (which he
builds up with thymus extract and zinc orotate) to attack them. While Dr. Nieper
is an admirable example of a doctor who uses the metabolic approach, there is no
need to rush off to Germany for therapy. Many good doctors in the North America
use the metabolic approach with equal effect.
My sister's sister-in-law had pancreatic cancer diagnosed 5 years ago. Met a
practitioner from Norway, who recommend that she puree in 1 quart of water 1
pound of mung bean sprouts and drink it throughout the day. Her condition was
terminal at the time. Her cancer went into remission after 3 months on this
regimen, with no allopathic intervention. CT scans have not revealed any cancer
up to this day.
Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer.
He gave me a photocopied copy of an article, entitled, `Asparagus for cancer'
printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it here, just as it
was shared with me:
"I am a biochemist, and have specialised in the relation of diet to health for
over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R.
Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked with
him on his project, and we have accumulated a number of favourable case
histories. Here are a few examples.
Case No. 1, man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the
lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the
asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he
was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.
Case No. 2, a successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of
the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation
without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations
revealed that his bladder tumour had disappeared and that his kidneys were
Case No. 3, a man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971 he was put on the
operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was
inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April
5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By
August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He
is back at his regular business routine.
Case No. 4, a woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She
finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by a skin
specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin
specialist said that her skin looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman
reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which started
in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving
government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition.
She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.
I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of materia medica', edited
in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus
was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments,
in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones. We would have other
case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining
some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good
news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm
the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.
For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned
asparagus is just as good as fresh. I have corresponded with the two leading
canners of asparagus, Giant Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these
brands contain no pesticides or preservatives. Place the cooked asparagus in a
blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Give the
patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually
show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used
as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience,
but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.
As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent'.
Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a
beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our
taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers
cold. For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part
of our regular checkups.
The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specialises in the
nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all
categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing
but the asparagus drink. As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all
aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced
that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.
Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed
to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus
can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normaliser. That
accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic. In any
event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless
substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much
good." It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus
is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of
the body's most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.
Hundreds of Collected Cancer Testimonials at:
Essiac in capsules or in tea bags do not have the effectiveness as the
properly brewed tea. It takes several hours and is well worth your time and
effort even, if you do not have a devastating disease. I now get the blend from
Ameriherb in Ames, IA 800-267-6141 they do not have a website. Their blend is
$18.00 for 1.4 pounds.