Life After Kale
The Martial Art of Wellness
Volume 14 – February 2015
Welcome to this month’s BioNews. We must learn to free ourselves from the control that others exert over us. As we learn we become FREE, we become powerful. This pursuit of self defense in wellness, I call “The Martial Art of Wellness.” And as we practice we become Wellness Ninjas.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
” Eat food, not too much, mostly plants ”
THIS ISSUE’S TESTIMONIAL: Nothing but BAC
“ I entered a convent at 21 years old. One year later I contracted Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and have suffered for the last 7 years. I had to leave the convent twice because the CFS symptoms were so bad. My doctors thought they had it all figured it out with chiropractor care, supplements and thyroid medication but no, I had a meltdown 1 year ago and had to leave the convent again. A Sister in the convent was using bio-algae concentrates to eliminate tumors on our German Shepherds. It worked so well she suggested I try balancing my body too. My CFS symptoms included extreme fatigue, bodily heaviness, labored breathing, ‘flu-like’ symptoms, pain and being depressed all the time. I have been taking Bio-Algae Concentrates f3 for 9 months now. Nothing has given me what this stuff has done. After spending a ton of money on supplements with only partial results, I take nothing else now but Bio-Algae Concentrates f3, not even my thyroid medication. I was at 20% functionality when I started Bio-Algae Concentrates f3 and now I feel I am at 80%. Thank you so much and thank God!!! May God Bless you abundantly. ”
THE MARTIAL ART OF WELLNESS: Life After Kale
(Article contributed by Maureen Murphy, NC)
Kale has played a starring role in any number of recipes and has been the subject of thousands of Facebook posts for quite some time, its celebrity status hard to ignore… But did you realize that there are at least 15 other green foods that can boast higher nutrient density, according to one recent CDC report? With this study’s scoring method and a potential of 100 points, kale scored a “measly” 49.07 points – with dandelion greens and red peppers lagging only slightly behind, and edged out by chives, endive, mustard greens, turnip greens and several other (mostly) green leafy powerhouse foods. Read on and find out more about some of them…
We humans are always curious, always learning, always quantifying and questioning, always innovative. We quest for bigger, better, faster and easier – searching for shortcuts through our daily lives. We examine, scrutinize, dissect, extract, and study everything from human cells to galaxies, and from foods to frogs. When we “discover something new and improved” – never mind if it was there all along – then we hurry to commodify it and plant our flag on yet a new mountain of potential wealth and fame.
Indeed this curiosity of ours has led us to many worthwhile advances in medicine, technology, tools and – arguably – in our overall quality of life. But how often do we remember to take our eye away from the microscope – to see that proverbial forest? The picture was painted for us long before we started learning about it, after all…
This goes for food as much as for anything else. Why always dissect it in search of what makes it food, and/or which vitamin or other nutrient makes this food better for us than that? Why extract lycopene from the tomato and proclaim that this is THE champion nutrient, THE cancer-fighter – the tomato’s claim to fame? As good as Michael Jordan was, it’s doubtful that he alone could’ve won 6 NBA championships – it takes a team – and so it is with the nutrients in food as well. A single nutrient can’t save the day alone. It acts in concert with other players on the nutritional team.
So let’s look through a “super-macroscope” and try to envision FOOD as a single entity – the whole enchilada – and not just the sum of its parts. And by food, I’m talking about real, natural food – the sort that existed back 100 years ago or more – and not the nutritionally bankrupt, sugared-up, packaged and processed facsimile of food that we see in those middle aisles at American supermarkets. What if REAL FOOD is meant to be eaten as a whole, including the full spectrum of fresh available foods and its wide variety of tastes, textures, forms and colors, limited only somewhat by regionality and seasonality.
What if we stop trying to pick and choose which parts of this thing called food are better for us than others and instead strive to eat some of every form of leafy green and other veggie, every fruit, every nut & seed that is available to us.
Certainly, with today’s knowledge we can postulate that certain foods are more nutrient-rich than others. The operative phrase there is “with today’s knowledge”…but what will we discover tomorrow?
Ultimately, something that is unlikely to change is that consuming food is about consuming energy. Energy for our cells and from one ultimate source: sunlight. Hands down, algae and plants are the most efficient source – the producers – of a bioavailable form of this energy, through the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the means by which solar energy enters our ecosystem. These life forms have the unique capability of converting the sun’s electromagnetic energy into chemical energy in the form of specific sugar molecules that the rest of earth’s species can then consume and use. Without algae and plants, there would be no food for the rest of us within the ecosystem.
See this earlier BIONEWS article for a more complete discussion of the food energy pyramid and its principles.
It is true that leafy greens are denser and more complete than many other foods in their photosynthetic energy-yielding nutrients such as chlorophylls, minerals and carotenoids. They are also a rich source of many other health-supporting vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, flavonoids and Omega-3 fatty acids. They are high in fiber, low in calories, easily digested and eliminated, and leave hardly any mucus/acidic debris; thus making them particularly good for the intestinal tract.
Kale is a good one, then there are many others
Take Popeye’s fav, SPINACH, for example. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and K, folate, niacin, potassium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, copper and zinc. It is also loaded with flavonoids/antioxidants that can act as anti-cancer substances. It’s heart-healthy, beneficial for gastro-intestinal health, an excellent source of iron, anti-inflammatory, and extremely supportive of eye health (vitamin A, lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin).
Most of us are likely guilty of ignoring PARSLEY – the diminutive leafy “garnish” on our plate. Perhaps we simply regard it as a decorative nuisance. But parsley not only helps to freshen your mouth/breath after a meal, but it may help curb your appetite too! (Hmmm…so do you eat it before or after your meal?) And just that one rather decorative sprig of parsley can provide much of your body’s daily requirement of bone-healthy vitamin K.
Perhaps a lesser-known, small, round purplish-red leafy vegetable, radicchio is the most famous member of the family of herbaceous plants with bitter-tasting leaves called chicory.
Chicory is one of the best dietary sources of polyphenols – powerful micronutrients that serve a role in preventing disease. Chicory also contains inulin, a powerful probiotic which is used to combat a number of intestinal and digestive concerns and has been shown to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol in the body. Chicory extract is also being studied for its apparent link to a reduction in tumor growth in various cancer studies.
According to the afore-mentioned CDC report, even ROMAINE and LEAF LETTUCE scored more points in terms of nutrient-density than KALE. Romaine is considered to be a heart-healthy veggie due to its vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium and fiber content; and, racking up a mere 15 calories or less, two generous cups of Leaf lettuce provides 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement for strong, healthy bones.
One of the family of cruciferous vegetables known as Brassica oleracea that includes broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale – Collard Greens boast incredible cholesterol-lowering benefits, especially when steamed.
CHINESE (NAPA) CABBAGE
Cruciferous vegetables like the sweet, crunchy, and celery-flavored leaves of CHINESE (NAPA) CABBAGE provide your body with the ability to “turn off” inflammation markers thought to promote heart disease.
You surely know that beets are among nature’s most healthful foods, but did you realize that BEET GREENS – or the tops of the beets that many of us have been known to discard – offer far more nutrients even than the bulbous, bleeding red root, and are very low in calories too? Beet greens supply a good amount of vitamins A & C, calcium, iron, protein, phosphorous and zinc. They are also high in antioxidants, B6, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese; and are an excellent source of fiber and of the phytochemical compound, glycine betaine, which has the capability of lowering homocysteine levels in the blood.
Chard, more commonly referred to as SWISS CHARD contains a minimum of at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including anthocyanins – anti-inflammatory compounds that make this leafy powerhouse one of the best edible weapons in the fight against Type 2 diabetes. Research has shown promising results that those with the highest dietary intake of anthocyanins had better blood glucose regulation and lower insulin resistance. Regular inclusion of chard in the diet has also been found to prevent osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, and vitamin-A deficiency; and it’s believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and colon and prostate cancers.
Watercress containing four times more beta-carotene than an apple, more vitamin C than many other fruits and vegetables, and an impressive 238 percent of the daily recommended dose of vitamin K per 100 grams, this tender, small-leafed and peppery-tasting green may be useful in maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Watercress leaves and stems are also an important dietary source of PEITC (phenylethyl isothiocyanate), which research suggests can help the body fight cancer.
So…which food is “better for you”?
We firmly espouse the virtue of eating a variety of healthful and colorful whole foods, and there are many foods with health-giving qualities – not just those mentioned in this article. Do you want to have to choose between lowering your cholesterol, protecting your heart, strengthening your bones, steering clear of Diabetes, and fighting cancer? Why not do your best to invite the whole team of available nutrient warriors to help you stay at your healthy best?
There are many different varieties of lettuce, cabbage, greens, of root veggies, berries nuts and seeds – and different varieties can vary widely in their nutritional value. Nutrients can also vary depending on when, where and how the plant is grown, how quickly it is consumed after harvesting, and how it is prepared and/or paired with other foods. For this reason, we recommend regular and frequent consumption of a variety of these and other powerhouse fruits and veggies as your best insurance of getting the most complete nutritional value.
And then there is Bio-Algae Concentrates.
Bio-Algae Concentrates (BAC) with its nutrient density so high, its off the charts! No other food possesses such a powerful, wide-ranging and diverse group of nutrients and phytonutrients as BAC. Through these nutrients, BAC provides the body with the energy needed to increase the body’s own innate ability to prevent and reverse the course of disease and to increase physical and mental performance from the cellular level up, affecting virtually every metabolic function.
BAC’s extraordinary ability to energize the hypothalamic region of the brain translates to the body’s increased assimilation of the nutrients in your daily diet, as demonstrated in Dr. Kiriac’s extensive studies. (visit at www.themagicisbac.com for detailed descriptions of these studies.)
– Awakening The Genius Within at http://www.awakeningthegeniuswithin.com/
– The Magic is BAC at www.themagicisbac.com