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26 compelling reasons why you’ll want PULSE as part of your daily diet
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(1) DATES Phoenix dactylifera Dates have been found to reverse the progression of prostate cancer. Cancer 1989/Aug. 1, 64 (3): 598-604
(2) OATS Avena sativa L. Two studies presented at the American Heart Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions confirmed the healthful benefit of oats. They found that frequent consumption of oats and nuts were linked with a low risk of coronary heart disease. A 12-year study examining more than 22,000 male doctors showed that with daily consumption, the risk of total cardiac death and sudden death fell. Food Ingredient News 1998 Dec; Vol. 6, No. 12
(3) RAISINS Vitis vinifera Like grapes, raisins have a protective effect on the heart. They have also been known to “play a role in sustaining normal blood sugar levels.” Total Health, Dec 1995 Vol. 17, No. 6, p. 38 “A once obscure fruit acid, commonly found only in grapes and raisins, is now being looked at closely as a new source of health benefits for the colon.” This acid slows down the development of colon cancer. Total Health, April 1996 Vol. 18, No. 4, pg. 47
(4) SESAME SEEDS Sesamum indicum Reduce susceptibility to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been named one of the
major contributors to increased cancer risk. Sesame seeds are also very rich in thiamin. Plant Foods and Human Nutrition. 1984 May, Vol. 22, No 5: pp. 337-44
(5) SUNFLOWER SEEDS Helianthus annuus Improve the health and shine of the hair. Reduce the chance of dry scalp, lackluster strands and split ends. (see also, almonds) Vegetarian Times, April 1999, p. 96 Sunflower Seeds are related to mood stability. Agricultural Research, Oct. 1995, Vol. 43, No. 10, .19-21
(6) AMARANTH Amaranthus spp. Aids functions of the liver. Food-Chem-Toxical, May 1984, Vol. 22(5): pp. 337-44
Associated with lower cholesterol. Nahrung, April 1999; Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 341-349
(7) BUCKWHEAT Fagopyrum esculentum Moench-Consumption is associated with lower serum cholesterol and blood pressure values.-Nutrition Research Newsletter, May 1995, Vol. 14, No. 5, pp. 60-61
(8) QUINOA Chenopodium quinoa Willd. “Quinoa is one of the world’s most perfect foods. Grown and consumed for thousands
of years on the high plains of the Andes Mountains in South America, the Incas dubbed quinoa the ‘mother grain’ because of the plant’s ever-bearing quality. Vegetarian Times, June 1999, p. 32
(9) MILLET Panicum miliaceum L. High in Lysine, an essential amino acid, which the body doesn’t produce. High in protein, phosphorus, B vitamins and iron. Easy to digest. Vegetarian Times, Feb. 1997, No. 234 p.94
(10) EINKORN Useful for treating several diseases such as colitis, ulcerosa, allergies, coeliac disease, and high blood cholesterol. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Nov. 1997, Vol. 48, No 6, p. 381
(11) BARLEY Hordeum vulgare L. Dietary fiber found in barley has been found to yield significant health benefits specifically in helping to regulate cholesterol levels and hypoglycemia. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Jan. 1998, Vol. 49, No. 11 . 71-78
(12) BROWN RICE Oryza sativa L. Consumption has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Consumer Reports on Health, Aug. 1999, Vol. II, No. 8, pp. 1-5
(13) FLAX SEED Linum usitatissimum Flax seed contains many nutritional components. They include fiber and ligands, which inhibit cancer, such as breast cancer. They also contain alpha-linolenic acid, which helps ward off heart attacks. Flax seed helps inhibit autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, severe menstrual cramps, and perhaps even depression. Prevention, April 1997, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 81-85m Flax seed oil contains omega-4 fatty acid found in some meats. Important news for vegetarians. Vegetarian Times, July 1997, No. 239, pp. 92-95
(14) CARROT POWDER Vitamin A or retinoic acid, found in carrots may block cancer in the body University of Texas in Houston reported finding strong evidence that vitamin A can fight cancer by making tumor cells self destruct…” Cancer Weekly Plus, April 27,1998 (15) WALNUTS Beneficial effects in health and in the control of chronic disease. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Sept. 1999, Vol. 70, Iss. 3, p. 560 Walnuts contain essential unsaturated fats that are good for the brain. A scientific study performed by John T. Bernert Jr. Ph.D. and Waren S. Browner, M.D., studied 192 men with incident stroke. The phospholipid fatty acid levels were measured as a percentage of total fatty acids to weigh their association with incident
stroke. The results suggested that higher serum levels of linolenic acid found in walnuts and walnut oil significantly reduced the risk of stroke in middle-aged men who were originally at high-risk for cardiovascular disease. Stroke, 1995, Vol. 26: pp. 778- 782 Key Vitamins in Walnuts include thiamin, vitamin B6, and folic acid.
(16) CASHEWS Anacardium occidentale Cashews contain a high level of selenium (as do sunflowers). Studies have proved that “selenium can lift the spirits.” Agricultural Research, Oct. 1995, Vol. 43, No. 10, pp. 19 consumers Reports on Health, Nov. 1997, Vol. 9, No. 11, .121-124
(17) ALMONDS Prunus dulcis Almonds improve the health and the shine of the hair. They reduce the chance of dry scalp, lackluster strands, and split ends. (See also, sunflower seeds) Vegetarian Times, April 1999, p. 96 (1) “Phytochemicals in Almonds inhibited tumor cell growth in culture, and two phytochemicals, the flavonoids, quercetin and kaempferol, were found to suppress lung and prostate tumor cell growth. Food Ingredient News, May 1998, Vol. 6 No. 5 Almonds can help lower total cholesterol. Natural Health, Jan 1999, Vol. 29, Iss. 1, p.
(18) PECANS Carya Illinoensis Like almonds and filberts, pecans are effective in fighting heart disease and have been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels. Science News, Nov. 21, 1998, Vol. 154 Iss. 21, pp. 328-331
(19) FILBERTS or HAZELNUTS Corylus spp. Like almonds and pecans, filberts are effective in fighting Heart disease and have been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels. Science News, Nov. 21, 1998, Vol. 154, Iss. 21, pp. 328-331
(20) FIGS Figs contain 3.2 times more calcium than other fruits – enough, they say, to promote strong, healthy bones. U.S. News & World Report, April 27, 1998, Vol. 124, No. 16, p. 10
(21) BEET POWDER
Beet sugars help cultivate friendly bacteria in the intestines and fight cholesterol. Food Ingredient News, Dec. 1998, Vol. 6, No. 12
(22) ACEROLA CHERRY Malpighia punicifolia Acerola cherries, also know as Barbados cherries, grow in tropical climates and are a rich source of vitamin C. They contain a higher level of vitamin C per serving than an other fruit.
(23) CAROB POWDER
Helps in avoiding digestive problems. Carob is an astringent herb especially helpful in
treating diarrhea in children. Carob is one of the very richest non-meat calcium sources. It is said to be the food that sustained John the Baptist in the desert for 40 days.
(24) CHERRY According to researchers at Michigan State University, adding cherries to hamburger meat retards spoilage and reduce the formation of suspected cancer causing
compounds known as HAAs (heterocyclicaromatic amines). Cancer Weekly Plus, Dec. 28, 1998
(25) RASPBERRY Raspberries are being studied for their help in the prevention of cancer. According to Dr. Daniel Nixon, head of the raspberry research at the Hollings Cancer Center “our initial study shows some tantalizing results.” Cancer Weekly Plus, Jan. 18, 1999
(26) BLUEBERRY Studies conclude that a diet rich in blueberry extract reversed some loss of balance and coordination, and improved short-term memory (experiment done on rats).
Blueberries are being studied more closely by researchers for their documented antiaging
potential (experiment on humans). Food Ingredient News, Sept. 1999, Vol. 7,
No. 9 Blueberries and cranberries have been proven to help in protecting the urinary tract against infections. Food Ingredient News, Nov. 1998, Vol. 6, No. 11