(PRWEB) February 27, 2000

Whole Foods, Fruits and Vegetables Preferred as Source of Phytochemicals

WILMINGTON, DE – Scientists believe that consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods is a preferred way to protect against disease. Such a diet provides an abundance of health-protective substances, called phytochemicals. These plant chemicals, together with other nutrients and dietary fiber, may slow the aging process and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cataracts, osteoporosis, and urinary tract infections.

An increasing number of people are consuming phytochemicals for optimal health. Some people prefer the disease-fighting power of whole, plant-based foods, while others turn to dietary supplements to provide specific, individual food components. As a part of Produce for Better Health’s “Nature’s Functional Foods: Arey They Here?” Symposium, a group of distinguished researchers recently addressed the issue of whole foods versus individual components.

“One of the most powerful sources of disease prevention comes from eating whole plant-based foods,” said Elizabeth Pivonka, President of the Produce for Better Health Foundation. “Fruits, vegetables and nuts contain a variety of phytochemicals and other nutrients which work together to help prevent disease. In contrast, a supplement contains only one or a few phytochemicals, which if consumed in excess could actually cause harm. The truth is that the whole is greater than the parts. Everyone wants a magic bullet, but, in the end, it all points back to the whole plant food, which has far more to offer than any supplement.”

Pivonka said that the lines between foods, functional foods, nutraceuticals, medicinal foods and supplements are blurred. (See Figure 1 below.) For example, it may be difficult to distinguish when a food is functional and when it is medicinal. “Consumers can overmedicate when taking herbs or dietary supplements. They often are not aware of the dangers of self-medication. We don’t know all the drug-nutrient interactions with supplements, especially in high doses.” Researchers do not know the risk/benefit on high doses of phytochemicals at this time. “Because herbal products can act like drugs, physicians today recommend to their patients that they refrain from herbal products for a month prior to surgery because of their potential interaction with anesthetics,” Pivonka said.

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The manuka leaves are harvested December through May on New Zealand’s South Island. A cutter can harvest up to 1 tone of manuka leaves a day. 150 kg of manuka leaves (331 pounds) will yield 1 liter (a little bit more than 1 quart) of precious manuka oil. To extract the oil from the manuka leaves, the leaves are steam-distilled.

Manuka Honey versus UMF10 Manuka Honey also called Active Manuka Honey:

According to Dr. Molan all honey’s are antibacterial to various degrees but can vary in their potency. When honey is applied to fresh wounds, minor cuts or scrapes, any honey that has not been pasteurized will be ok to use as a dressing to prevent infection. Regular manuka honey is used very effectively for sore throats, colds, canker sores, fever blisters or simply enjoyed on toast for breakfast.

UMF10 manuka honey (umf = unique manuka factor, a natural occurring anti-

bacterial factor in manuka honey) is used by people suffering from stomach ulcers.

1 Teaspoon of UMF10 manuka honey is taken

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and scaring and there was no need for skin grafting whereas some patients of the

other group, needed skin grafting.

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