Pineapple is native to warm climates and contains an enzyme known as bromelain. Pineapple and its extracts have been used clinically as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of arthritis, soft tissue injuries, colon inflammation, chronic pain and asthma (Tochi et al., 2008).
Bromelain has also shown protective properties against tumor cell growth (Batkin, 1988). Queensland Institute of Medical Research reported the discovery of two proteins in bromelain that could block the growth of a broad range of tumor cells including breast, lung, colon, ovarian and melanoma. Earlier experiments of feeding mice bromelain made them more resistant to UV rays (Goldstein, 1976).
While bromelain is most present in the stems of pineapple, Hale et al. (2010) set out to see if pineapple juice from the fruit would also act as an anti-inflammatory agent. They found that mice with colon inflammation who were given fresh or unpasteurized frozen pineapple juice decreased their inflammation...
I just had a delicious salad for lunch, and except for the olive oil and lemon dressing, it was all fresh from my garden. My salad included baby Chinese cabbage, baby collard greens, red amaranth, baby Swiss chard, some dark red oak leaf kind of lettuce that is tender like Boston, and some purslane. The Chinese cabbage and red lettuce I bought as plants, and they’re really beginning to take off. In fact, I’m wondering how I can eat that much Chinese cabbage, as it seems to grow faster than I can eat it. I use the small leaves in salad and boil or stir fry the larger leaves. The Swiss chard I planted as seeds. I don’t really like mature Swiss chard, but it always grows well and it’s good when it’s tiny. The collards I planted about three years ago, and they keep coming up on their own, scattered throughout the garden. Collards will survive a strong frost, so they’re nice to have in the fall. The amaranth I last planted about six years ago, and like the collards, it keeps r...
Just because having diabetes means watching what we eat, doesn’t mean that we don’t care about food. Most of us in fact probably care too much.
The trick is to increase the quality so we can decrease the quantity. Getting the tastiest and freshest foods is the way to go.
And going to our local farmers market is the trip to make. Here in northeastern Colorado, where we are more than a mile high, fresh local fruit and vegetables are just now coming into season.
We haven’t had a farmers market here for almost half a year. So I am very much looking forward to the first one of this spring in a couple of days.
The Boulder farmers market is like other farmers markets around the country. They provide locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, gourmet cheeses and wines sold by the farmers who produce them.
Besides the good food, this weekly outdoor market is great entertainment. I generally don’t like crowds, and this the place where you will find the biggest crowds in Boulder. B...
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