Is Vitamin C Really Good For You?

Chances are good that we have all heard about the benefits of vitamin C in the diet. This water-soluble vitamin, also known as ascorbic acid, is a primary antioxidant that is essential in the prevention of scurvy. It is also necessary for tissue growth and for blood vessel health, for the formation of collagen (the connective tissue in skin, ligaments, and bones), and wound healing. Additionally, vitamin C assists in the absorption of calcium and iron, the utilization of folic acid, and gives antioxidant protection to the eye. In short, it is a pretty phenomenal vitamin that we just cannot do without.

Although vitamin C can do a lot, there are still some gray areas as to its full capabilities. For instance, the idea that vitamin C can assist in prevention of the common cold is still undergoing debate. According to Mayoclinic.com, scientific studies generally indicate that, as far as the prevention of the onset of cold symptoms, that vitamin C may not be fully up to the task.

What many of us may not be aware of, however, is vitamin C’s role in memory and concentration. Since vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, it provides protective support for the body against free radicals, even those that can adversely affect the brain.

The fact is that vitamin C plays an important role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, which are critical to brain function. Vitamin C specifically has an effect on the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which affects parts of the brain where attention and response actions are governed.

Great sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits and their juices; papayas; hot chili peppers; bell peppers; broccoli, potatoes, dark leafy greens; kale; red cabbage; cauliflower; cantaloupe; sweet potatoes; and Brussels sprouts.

With all the amazing benefits from vitamin C, be sure that you get sufficient amounts in your diet.

And don’t forget, it can also help your memory and concentration!

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Ten Reasons to Buy Local Food

Brenton Johnson, an organic farmer and owner of Johnson’s Backyard Garden, came up with this list of top 10 reasons to buy local food, based on his philosophy to live in harmony with the land.

1. Locally grown food tastes better. Food grown in your own community is usually picked within the past day or two. It’s crisp, sweet, and loaded with flavor. Produce flown or trucked in is much older. Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles.

2. Local produce is better for you. Fresh produce loses nutrients quickly. Locally grown food, purchased soon after harvest, retains its nutrients.

3. Local food preserves genetic diversity. In the modern industrial agricultural system, varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen simultaneously and withstand harvesting equipment. Only a handful of varieties of fruits and vegetables meet those rigorous demands, so there is little genetic diversity in the plants grown. Local farms, in contrast, grow a huge number of varieties to provide a long season of harvest, an array of eye-catching colors, and the best flavors.

4. Local food is GMO-free. Although biotechnology companies have been trying to commercialize genetically modified fruits and vegetables, they are currently licensing them only to large factory-style farms. Local farmers don’t have access to genetically modified seed, and most of them wouldn’t use it even if they could.

5. Local food supports local farm families. With fewer than 1 million Americans now listing farming as their primary occupation, farmers are a vanishing breed. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middle man and get full retail price for their crops.

6. Local food builds a stronger community. When you buy direct from the farmer, you are re-establishing a time-honored connection between the eater and the grower.

7. Local food preserves open space. As the value of direct-marketed fruits and vegetables increases, selling farmland for development becomes less likely. The rural landscape will survive only as long as farms are financially viable.

8. Local food helps to keep your taxes in check. Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas suburban development costs more than it generates in taxes.

9. Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife. A well-managed family farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued. Good stewards of the land grow cover crops to prevent erosion and replace nutrients used by their crops. Cover crops also capture carbon emissions and help combat global warming.

10. Local food is about the future. By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, so that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful, and abundant food.

Sources:

Green Right Now October 14, 2008

Why raw milk?

From RealMilk.com

“Back in the 1970s, a couple of blokes were sitting in an English pub, bemoaning the consolidation of the brewing industry in England and the decline of British beer and ale. A commodity that represented the soul of Britain carefully brewed lagers from countless small-scale manufacturers, each with a distinctive color and taste had been edged out by the insipid canned beers of a few large monopolistic breweries. What was needed, they decided, was a return to traditional brewing methods. They launched A Campaign for Real Ale, which soon became the force that turned back the mega-brewers and reinstated varied and delicious ales to English tables and pubs.

Back in the 20s, Americans could buy fresh raw whole milk, real clabber and buttermilk, luscious naturally yellow butter, fresh farm cheeses and cream in various colors and thicknesses. Today’s milk is accused of causing everything from allergies to heart disease to cancer, but when Americans could buy Real Milk, these diseases were rare. In fact, a supply of high quality dairy products was considered vital to American security and the economic well being of the nation.

What’s needed today is a return to humane, non-toxic, pasture-based dairying and small-scale traditional processing, in short . . .”

Empty?

If you are anybody who knows anything about fast food you know how bad for you it really is. Let me give you an example, one french fry from McDonald’s has less nutritional value than a cigarette! I know that is really crazy, but it is true and the same goes for a hamburger from any fast food place.
If you take into account the amount of effort that goes into sterilizing our food you will understand that anything bleached, sprayed with chemicals, or pasteurized, is like eating nothing. Negative empty calories go no where, it is like you are eating paper, only greasier.
So where do those negative calories go? Well they end up stored in fat cells for later digestion because the body will always digest that which is raw or whole first because it needs the energy. What this does is causes your body to be in starvation mode even though you are eating food and gaining weight. Pretty crazy huh?
So if you are eating alot of processed food you are starving your body of its nutrients it needs to digest the food stored which in turn makes your body run more tired and sluggish.
Without the nutrients from food rich in vitamins and minerals you will have more body pain such as but not limited to arthritis, joints popping, headaches, backaches and lack of sleep.
Not to mention you are now heavier than you have ever been. The problem that most people have is that when they finally decide to do something about it, their metabolism is shot and their bodies can’t regulate their glucose levels. Thus stripping you of the energy needed to reach any goal that pertains to weight loss.

Years and years of bad food stored up like your body is never going to eat again, thats obese America!

Raw Honey

Raw honey is a preferred sweetener (raw meaning it has not been heated over 117 degrees and is loaded with amylases, enzymes that digest carbohydrates.) Honey is one of the most powerful healing foods we have at our disposal. Generations of grandmothers prepared hot honey drinks to soothe sore throats, calm nerves, and ensure a good night’s sleep. Raw honey wipes out bacteria that cause diarrhea and honey may eliminate such disease-causing bacteria as salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, and cholera.

Unheated honey contains 18 amino acids. Proline is the most highly concentrated amino acid in honey and is the primary component in collagen (the main structure in bone). Two forms of calcium and eleven other valuable minerals are found in honey. It has the ability to permeate cell membranes and is a natural antibiotic. Always look for high-quality honey produced locally and sold in its raw and unheated form‚ this preserves its rich storehouse of naturally occurring enzymes and bee pollen.