If you are over 40 and workout regularly, you know that eating healthy is vitally important. We usually get busy and forget to prepare fresh foods for nutrition and instead eat for convenience. One of the issues we are concerned about as workout fanatics is cell repair and cellular damage and free radicals.
Free radicals are not a terrorist group at least not in the political sense, these cellular buggers are produced by everything from elevate metabolism to pollution, cigarette smoke to chemicals in our homes. They cause cellular damage and lead to disease and premature aging.
What researchers have found is that anti-oxidants are nature’s cellular force fields that protect cells from excess damage by free radicals. That is one reason we are prompted to take vitamin and mineral supplements daily to ensure that our cells can combat our chemical and polluted environment.If you put additional stress on you body through exercise, you might be doing good for your muscles and joints but it is still a process of breaking down your cells in order to rebuild them into stronger and better shape.One of the keys to adding antioxidants to your diet is to make fresh foods for your daily meals. Many of us realize that it is not easy to eat fresh but it is vital to do so. Fresh vegetables and fruits are important for our common defense. Basil is one of my favorite seasonings and contains a great deal of antioxidants and other health benefits. Two key ingredients in basil, orientin and vicenin help to protect chromosomes and cells from free radicals, and even radiation.
The ancient herbalists and housewives used the oil as an antibacterial before they knew what bacteria were. As an anti-inflammatory, many herbalists recommend daily consumption of oil of basil as a means of curbing arthritis symptoms, avoiding vascular headaches and even preventing cholesterol buildup.
A study done by the University of Baroda in India found basil to help to lower fasting blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels significantly. That means Type 2 diabetics can use basil in their methods to control diabetes.
This simple plant that originated in Asia is now one of the most popular spices in the world. If you love Italian food, you probably love recette pesto . This tasty paste is not only good on home made bread, it’s good for you.
The basic ingredients in pesto:
1 large bunch of basil, leaves only, washed and dried
3 medium cloves of garlic
one small handful of raw pine nuts
3/4 cup Parmesan, loosely packed (freshly grated is best)
2-3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
If you work it by hand with a sharp knife you will get an amazing range of flavors from your pesto, I still use food processor when I’m in a hurry.
The amazing thing about pesto is that each ingredient (ok, maybe not the cheese) had amazing health benefits. Pine nuts have the highest concentration of oleic acid. That’s a monounsaturated fat that aids the liver in eliminating harmful triglycerides from our body. That helps protect our heart.
The garlic contributes to the healing ache to managing high cholesterol levels. I could go on about garlic but I’ll run out of space.
The olive oil kicks the snot out of LDL (the bad cholesterol level) while raising the HDL (the good cholesterol level). The high level of oleic acid helps to protect the heart as well as the stomach.
Go for the Extra Virgin Olive Oil when you go to the market. It has all the right stuff for your health.