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Relaxing with L-Theanine


L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea.  It is a great sleep aid with no side effects.  Its calming effects mimic that of melatonin-the neurotransmitter responsible for helping you sleep.  It is not only good for promoting a better nights sleep, but also helps with stress and anxiety.  The best form of green tea is in an extract form (green tea extract capsule) or as a capsule sold as L-Theanine.  It is all natural and won't add any anxiety when it comes to reliance or addiction.  Can't sleep? Stressed out?  Try an all natural powerful amino acid L-Theanine.   




Power Foods: 


The following foods are recommended as part of your food choices from the food pyramid.  Do not limit your intake to just these power foods mentioned.  These foods are very potent in protection and health of the immune system.  They need to be eaten everyday in order to receive the powerful protection they offer.  Everyday we are bombarded by free radicals, so we need to have these foods ready to protect our cells and bodies. 

Recommended Power Foods:

Tomatoes:  One of the healthiest vegetables of all the veggies, tomatoes are rich in p-coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid.  These compounds latch themselves onto nitrates in the foods we eat and delete them from our system before they team up with amines to form cancer-causing nitrosamines.  If that were not potent enough, they also contain lycopene.  This powerful antioxidant protects against cancers of the colon and bladder.  Tomatoes are also rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, and potassium, which help protect against heart disease. 

Garlic:  Most people do not like to eat garlic for its strong oder.  The oder is from a chemical compound called allium, which have naturally occurring enzymes that detoxify potential carcinogens.  Allium compounds may also help to stimulate cancer-fighting immune cells.  Garlic has also shown promise in fighting against heart disease by reducing the stickiness of blood platelets, which can cause irregular heart beats or heart attacks, reducing the the risk of hardened arteries, and lowering cholesterol.

Soybeans: Genistein is a substance found in soy that protects against cancer.  It plays the same role as estrogen and that is good news for women seeking protection against ###### cancer.  During a women's cycle soy protein helps lengthen it a day and a half, which reduces exposure to estrogen.  Soy is a great source of protein

Grapes: another powerful cancer fighter grapes have ellagic acid, which blocks the body's production of enzymes that cancer cells need for growth.  Grapes also have phenols, antioxidants to prevent blood clots and resveratrol, a natural fungicide that prevents the buildup of bad cholesterol (LDL). 

Oranges - Lemons: What makes oranges, lemons and limes do powerful is a substance called limonene.  Limonene helps boosts levels of naturally occurring enzymes which have shown promise in breaking down cancer causing carcinogens.  Limonenes also stimulate cancer-killing immune cells.  Citrus fruits contain glucarase.  Glucarase inactivates carcinogens and helps take them out of the body. 

Licorice Root: Licorice has an ingredient called glycyrrhizin which makes it fifty times sweeter than table sugar.  Glycyrrhizin has protective properties against prostate cancer and damage to DNA.  It may also proteact against ulcers.  This root should be eaten in moderation.

Artichokes:  Loaded with fiber, they help take toxins and carcinogens out of the system quicker.  These funny looking vegetables have lots of folic acid, which has been shown to protect against cervical cancer.  Artichokes are especially important for expecting mothers.  The folic acid they provide helps prevemt neural tube defects.  If that isn't enough protection, artichokes also help lower cholesterol.  Cynarin found in this veggie is what is used in cholesterol lowering drugs. 

Green Tea: Fast becoming a commercial beverage green tea is full of polyphenols, which can prevent the kind of damage to DNA that leads to cancer.  Polyphenols are antioxidant and have powerful cancer fighting properties.  Instead of soda try cold green tea.  It is much better for you.

Hot Peppers: Peppers have a substance called capsaicin that help tackle carcinogens before they do damage.  Capsaicin is an antioxidant and can prevent nitrites and amines from forming into nitrosamines.  The hotter the better.

Broccoli and Cabbage:  These are cruciferous vegetables that contain powerful cancer fighting compounds.  Brassinin and sulforaphane help increase the body's production of enzymes that fight harmful carcinogens.  They are helpful in flushing these dangerous carcinogens out of the body.  In addition they help against ###### cancer. 

Beans: Such an inexpensive source of protein, most people do not realize the power and importance of beans.  Beans are an important source of fiber and play a role in lowering total blood and LDL cholesterol.  They are a good source of iron, magnesium, zinc, are easy to prepare, and are easy on blood sugar for anyone diagnosed with diabetes.  Not only are they good for fiber, they are also powerful for PMS and menopause.  Beans conatin compounds similar to estrogn in a woman's body.  They help with symptoms of hot flashes, moodiness and insomnia.  It's no wonder most ##### woman do not have severe bouts with hot flashes. 

Low-Fat Milk: The obvious nutrient in milk is calcium, but what makes low-fat milk even more potent is the additonal benefits.  Low-fat milk can help lower blood pressure (the calcium in milk), can decrease water retention, and can help with menstrual cramps as well as moodiness.  The body needs 800 milligrams for a child or adults, and pregnant, young adults and adolesecents need 1,200 milligrams per day. 

Onions: Two big words diphenylthiosulfinate and quercetine, both are in onions and are excellent at fighting inflammation and hay fevers.  Next time you shed a tear around onions you may not being crying over the onion but instead for how helpful it really is. 

Orange Juice: Who doesn't know that this drink is the popular choice for breakfast the world over, but you may not be aware that orange juice does not only contain vitamin c to ward off cancers and respiratory problems.  The power in OJ is vitamin c and it is a powerful antioxidant.  This vitamin helps to combat not only certain cancers, but also bronchitis, asthma, as well as the common cold. 

Chicken Soup: Grandma and mom are right when it comes to chicken soup being good for you.  Chicken soup relieves nasal congestion.  Cysteine is an amino acid found in the chicken and has powerful decongestant properties.  Cysteine resembles acetylcysteine, which is a drug prescribed by doctors for patients who have bronchitis or respiratory infections. 

Rice: A very inexpensive food, rice is eaten by just about every culture known to man.  Brown rice in particular is rich in vitamins, especially B vitamins, and contains important fiber.  Rice has been shown by researchers to aid in digestion and relieve diarrhea.  Brown rice may also help lower LDL cholesterol because of the fiber found in rice. 

Ginger: Good for motion, vertigo or morning sickness, ginger is another ancient power food that has been touted for centuries for being a wonder food.  Ginger also shows promise for arthritis, migranes and pain.  It has similar properties to that of an aspirin: anti inflammatory.  Next time you order the pepsi or coke, put it aside for ginger ale

Yogurt: Yogurt is one of the most stomach friendly foods one can eat.  It contains the good bacterias our immune system needs.  It can help fight yeast infections, diarrehea, and also cotains protein.  Lots of power for your money.

Prunes: Prunes are by far the best laxative known to man.  Don't believe it?  Try eating a handful.  A great source of fiber and for the person on a diet to help give you that satiaited feeling.  It can also take the place of sweets for the sweet tooth in you.

Bananas: Wow! What else can be said for the bananna.  One of the most complete fruits all around.  In one bananna comes potassium and magnesium for prevention of high blood pressure.  Banannas are also good for upset stomachs or ulcers.  Bannanas have also shown promise in fighting oral cancer.  Stop monkeying around and eat a bannna.

Fish: The fishy story of fish lies with the Greenland eskimos.  There is virtually no heart disease in greenland and one of the biggest factors for this is the anti-inflammtory effects of fish.  Fish contain omega 3 fatty acids, which help protect the arteries, heart and brain.  For years now fish oil has been used to combat the effects of joint pain and stiffness.  Fish oil is to the arteries what oil is to your cars engine. 

More is not better here though.  Once or twice a week is the recommended amount.  Research does recommend the actual fish over capsules.  Salmon, mackerel, whitefish, shad, swordfish, herring, and rainbow trout are some of the best sources.  No more swimming around for heart protection and joint relief.  Catch a fish and eat it today!

Mushrooms: They contain lentinan, which helps stimulate the imuune system.  Specifically they help increase levels of T-cells.  These cells help fight off bacteria and viruses.  In particular shiitakes and enoki mushrooms are the two that are rich in lentinan. 

Cranberries: A sister of the antioxidant family cranberries are one of the most popular of all the power foods listed.  They prevent urinary tract infections, fight bacteria in cells and is a great source of vitamin C.  Join the family of berries by drinking cranberry juice once a day.