Category Archives: Anti-Cancer

Anti-Cancer Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Apigenin

Foods with ApigeninLast year I wrote two blog posts about the compound, Apigenin. We covered the latest research about this bioflavonoid, (actually a flavone) and how it was showing very promising anti-breast cancer results. Because the information surrounding apigenin is mounting, in this post I wanted to dig a little deeper and present more findings about some of the results other studies are showing. Also I’ll list more of the plants where this flavone is found so you can put them to use in your daily juices and salads.

Reduced Breast Cancer Tumors And Cell Progression

As I mentioned above, apigenin was shown to cause the development of less breast cancer tumors and also significant delays in tumor development compared to rats that were not given this compound. In another study Apigenin was shown to reduce breast cancer cell progression with mice. In addition this compound also shrank existing cancer tumors for even stronger evidence to suggest further research as an alternative to chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer.

Exhibits Anti-Inflammatory Properties

As more studies are undertaken to look further into the benefits of consuming plants that contain this valuable compound, recent studies show apigenin to possess anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties separate from well-known anti-oxidant effects. One study concludes these in vitro studies provide further evidence to suggest that this compound “may have neuroprotective/disease-modifying properties in various neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD).”

High Concentrations Available From Plants

Apigenin can be found in a number of vegetables, herbs and fruits. It’s most concentrated in parsley, celery, grapefruits and oranges. It’s also found in herbs such as thyme, tarragon, cilantro, foxglove, coneflower, licorice, flax, passion flower, horehound, spearmint, basil and oregano. Chamomile tea provides an especially abundant source as well.

Juice Combo

It’s easy to see how valuable the compound apigenin can be to our well being with it’s health-enhancing, cancer protective and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also very easy to get these benefits simply by consuming plants that are rich with this flavone. Include parsley and celery in your daily juices as Jay Kordich has been recommending for decades. Use our highly efficient PowerGrind Pro juicer to make a fresh glass of vegetable juice and put these nutrients to work for you every day.

Here is one of Jay’s favorite recipes of all time:
- Handful of Parsley
- 5 or 6 Carrots
- 2 Celery stalks
- 1 Apple

 

 

9 Foods For Weight Loss

We’ve all read about this or that vegetable, fruit, fish, bean, nut, seed or tea that is purported to speed up the process of losing weight. After going through the research, I’ve prepared a list of the foods reported to have special properties when it comes to helping us with our weight loss goals.

All of these foods by the way, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. This is also an indication that these foods are disease fighting as well as weight loss promoting foods. Research is showing lower inflammation as one of the keys to good health and it’s a subject I’ll cover in a future blog post.

Avocados for weight lossAvocado – Can help satisfy your hunger with valuable mono unsaturated fat, similar to olive oil. Also contains fiber, protein and twice as much potassium as bananas. Good for skin and hair. Supplies vitamin E and B vitamins and folic acid.

Pears – Loaded with fiber, one pear has up to 15% of daily recommendation. It’s filling and helps to lower cholesterol. Eat with the skin on. That’s where much of the extra fiber resides. Anti-oxidant and phytochemical rich.

Wine –  Studies show people who drink wine have less belly fat than liquor drinkers. Red wine contains the anti-oxidant resveratrol which is purported to stop fat storage for 90 minutes after drinking. No alcohol consumption at all is also associated with weight loss however. Therefore don’t drink to lose weight but if you do drink alcohol, wine is reported to be a better choice.

Grapefruit can help you lose weightGrapefruit – Helps to steady and lower insulin production which can lead to less fat storage especially around the belly. Studies show eating grapefruit before a meal can help with weight loss.

Apple – High in anti-oxidants and fiber. Helps steady insulin production for less belly fat storage. Eaten before a meal, it has been shown that people will eat fewer calories overall. Eating an apple a day turns out to be a great idea.

Sardines - Nutrition powerhouse and great bargain. High in protein to help normalize blood sugar and promote less betty fat through better insulin sensitivity. High in omega 3s for cardiovascular health and help balance omega 6 intake. Because they are small and in the sea for such a short time, they pose less of a mercury contamination concern than salmon and other larger fish.

Green Tea daily alternative to coffeeGreen Tea -  Studies show people lost weight drinking multiple cups per day. Loaded with anti-oxidants. Long history of health-promoting properties.

Almonds – Research is showing they can help with weight loss, calorie for calorie, in place of eating crackers or other high carb snacks. Also a handful is a great appetite suppressant.

Oranges to juice or eatOrange –  Jam-packed with nutrition and can aid in weight loss as well. Flavonoids to decrease inflammation. High levels of folic acid and phytochemicals to help prevent cancer and heart disease. Vitamin C for the immune system, eye health, heart health, blood vessel strength and blood pressure. Whether you eat or juice oranges or tangerines, keep as much of the white as possible. It contains herperidin which decreases inflammation, opens up blood vessels and normalizes cholesterol levels.

We also wanted to mention our new Jay Kordich 7 Day Jumpstart to Healthy Weight Loss Program. You can read more about it in last week’s blog post by clicking here.

 Jay's Weight Loss Program

 

 

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Eleven Mean Green Juice

This is Day Eleven of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.  Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Eleven – Mean Green Juice

This is a powerhouse drink that combines antioxidants from high nutrient greens with potassium from celery and apple, bioflavonoids from lemon and the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger.

Mean Green Juice Recipe
6 kale leaves
1 cucumber
2 green apples
4 celery stalks
1/2 lemon with the skin
1/2 inch ginger or to taste

Watch Jay Kordich make this recipe with his PowerGrind Pro juicer

 

 

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Nine Cantaloupe Juice

This is Day Nine of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.  Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Nine – Cantaloupe Juice

One of the best fruits to make into juice is cantaloupe. It has an amazingly different, more creamy and vanilla shake taste when juiced. The way to get that extra taste is by juicing with the skin and all, cut into strips and run through your juice machine. If it’s a conventional melon, you may want to consider removing the skin to avoid pesticide residue.

The orange-yellow color of the flesh of a cantaloupe tells us it’s full of beta-carotene. We know from years of nutrition research that this provides many anti-cancer benefits as well as helping to give our skin a healthy glow. It also contains high levels of potassium that works synergistically with sodium and is important in regulating nerve and muscle activity.

At first it looks like the antioxidant levels are lower than other fruits but when you juice cantaloupe this will concentrate those nutrients and actually provides more polyphenol concentration than many other fruits. Therefore juicing cantaloupe is an easy way to add all of these valuable nutrients to the body.

Lower Inflammation Indicated by Research

A study involving hundreds of women has shown cantaloupe to be effective at lowering the risk of metabolic syndrome in those who ate the most fruit. The five fruits that contributed most to total fruit intake were apples, grapes, cantaloupe, watermelon, and bananas. The indicator most used to show lower inflammation levels, C-Reactive Protein, (CRP) was at healthy levels in the group that ate the greatest amount, approx. 12 oz per day. It’s indicated that the anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in cantaloupe and other fruits helped the women have lower, healthy CRP levels as well as less risk for metabolic syndrome.

Here’s Jay making cantaloupe juice with his PowerGrind Pro juicer.

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Two Potassium Broth

Today is Day Two of 12 consecutive days of posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. We will also include nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.
Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Two – Potassium Broth

- Handful of parsley
- Two or three carrots
- Handful of spinach
- Two or three celery stalks

A recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research demonstrates how a compound found in parsley, when given to rats with breast cancer, caused the development of less tumors and also significant delays in tumor development compared to rats that were not given this compound. It’s called apigenin, commonly found in many plants but more highly concentrated in parsley.

Salman Hyder, the Zalk Endowed Professor in Tumor Angiogenesis and professor of biomedical sciences in the University of Missouri-Columbia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, gave the substance apigenin to rats with a particular form of breast cancer. Apigenin is not only found in parsley but also lower concentrations in celery, apples, oranges, nuts and other plants.

Some are calling this groundbreaking research because it shows how an easy to obtain, natural substance can stop certain breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing without the negative impacts associated with drugs and hormone replacement therapies.

Dr. Hyder found apigenin blocked new blood vessel formation and therefore slowed and sometimes totally stopped the development of tumors. “We don’t have specific dosage for humans yet,” Dr. Hyder said in a media statement, “However, it appears that keeping a minimal level of apigenin in the bloodstream is important to delay the onset of breast cancer. It’s probably a good idea to eat a little parsley and some fruit every day to ensure the minimal amount.”

Jay Kordich has been a huge proponent of parsley based on research going back decades, long before all the recent cancer research studies. If you have attended one of Jay’s live seminars over the last 30 or 40 years, you may recall Jay teaching about the power of parsley juice.

Exciting new information was just released. Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered a substance in celery called Apigenin that is shown to reduce breast cancer cell progression in their studies with mice. In addition, celery apigenin also shrank existing cancer tumors for even stronger evidence to suggest further research as an alternative to chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer.

This is exciting to us juicing fans because we already know how to put concentrated amounts of substances from celery into our bodies by simply running stalks of it through our PowerGrind Pro juicer. Also celery juice is great tasting, especially when mixed with carrot, greens and apple. What could possibly be a simpler way to help insure your protection against cancer?

Apigenin, while most prevalent in celery and parsley, it’s also in many other vegetables and fruits such as apples, beets, brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, grapes, cherries and herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano and peppermint.

Over and over again we see evidence of amazing health giving properties from plants. What Jay Kordich has been saying and teaching us for many decades is confirmed through study after study. If you own a juice machine, start using it on a daily basis to get these nutrient-rich elements into your body.  Don’t Wait.  Start Juicing Today!

Here is Jay making Potassium Broth.

 

Cucumber Anti-Inflammatory Anti-Cancer Properties

One of the best vegetables to use in your juicing recipes is cucumber. As research becomes available we are learning more about how important it is to consume cucumbers and make them a part of your juices on a regular basis.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Why cucumber? Phytonutrients like cucurbitacins, lignans and flavonoids provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They are a valuable source of vitamin C and beta-carotene.

In animal studies cucumber exhibits increased scavenging of free radical activity and high overall antioxidant capacity. Cucumber has been shown to inhibit the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), which in turn prevents the overproduction of nitric oxide that could increase the likelihood of inflammation.

Studies Show Cancer Pathway Blocking

Early stage cancer research is showing how cucurbitacins, a group of phytonutrient compounds in cucumber, may block signaling pathways required for cancer cell development. It’s exciting to see these results in the lab and more studies from many pharmaceutical companies are underway.

Juice Cucumbers For Added Benefit

One of the great things about cucumber is their large water content. It contains many trace minerals the body needs. Juicing them is one of the easiest ways to utilize the cucumber for it’s mineral and vitamin content. Vitamins A, C, K, niacin and folate. Minerals like potassium, manganese and magnesium. The water and potassium in cucumbers helps remove excess uric acid through the kidneys, an added benefit to juicing them.

Cucumbers work great in many juice combo recipes. Here is one of Jay’s favorites.

The Body Cleanser:
4 carrots
1/2 cucumber
1 beet

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Almond Spice Drink

Here’s a recipe that uses pumpkin in the form of fresh juice, yes I said juice.  We juice fresh pumpkin, add requisite sweetness with apples, add fresh almond milk for creaminess and soaked spices to round out the flavor. Umm Good!

It seems like everywhere you turn another food item is adding pumpkin to it’s name and some amount of pumpkin taste, if not actual pumpkin. What we wanted to accomplish with this recipe was a drink with the taste of pumpkin pie and also deliver a nutritional punch unmatched in pumpkin pie itself.

 Give Your Body A Boost with Powerful Pumpkin

You may not be aware of the powerful pumpkin when it comes to nutritional value. It’s chocked full of beneficial nutrients like vitamin A in the form of carotenoids that the body converts to the usable form. It provides anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer effects that boost immune response, is great for eye health and slows the aging process. Vitamin C for immune support, tissue growth and repair. Minerals like potassium for calming blood pressure, magnesium for teeth, bones, heart health and more.

Almond Milk In One Easy Step with the PowerGrind Pro

Of course almonds are also of great benefit to the body and the Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro is the only juice machine that can make almond milk in one easy step. Simply add soaked nuts and water at the same time you are juicing the rest of the ingredients. Almonds are packed full of vitamin E, B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium plus protein and high in monounsaturated fats that helps lower inflammation.

Watch Linda Kordich make our tasty fall recipe, Pumpkin Pie Almond Spice Drink. Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments section below the video.

Ginger Found To Inhibit Breast Cancer Cells

More good news about plants for prevention and treatment of disease. A recent study published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology has shown ginger to inhibit growth of breast cancer cells, while simultaneously not prohibiting the growth of health cells nearby. As we know, this behavior is not typical of conventional cancer treatments and it’s one of the reasons this research is exciting.

Breast Cancer Cells Killed Using Ginger

The study terms can get pretty arcane, but here goes some of the quotes from the research:
Ginger treatment suppressed the proliferation and colony formation in breast cancer cell lines, MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231. Meanwhile, it did not significantly affect viability of nontumorigenic normal mammary epithelial cell line (MCF-10A). Treatment of MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 with ginger resulted in sequences of events marked by apoptosis, accompanied by loss of cell viability, chromatin condensation, DNA fragmentation, activation of caspase 3, and cleavage of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase.

Still with me?  I know it’s technical stuff and if you read even more of the study, you very clearly understand that the scientists had discovered something important. The properties of ginger had shown ability to selectively kill cancer cells while not significantly affecting the non-tumor cells. This anti-cancer activity was positive enough that the scientists made this statement:
These findings suggest that the ginger may be a promising candidate for the treatment of breast carcinomas.

No Need To Wait For More Studies. Juice Ginger Now!

Of course more studies are coming. More universities and researchers will be looking into these new findings and expanding on them. In the mean time the rest of us have the ability to use this information right now, every day when we make juice with our Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro juicer by simply adding 1/4 to 1/2 inch slice of fresh ginger root to whatever juice combo we are making.

Don’t own your own juice machine?  Grate some fresh ginger root into your salads and over that nice piece of grilled salmon you might be enjoying in tonight’s dinner.  There is no need to wait for more research. Enjoy the benefits of these health giving plants right now!

Check out the video below with Linda Kordich as she makes a very tasty smoothie recipe that uses ginger and also Jay’s Complete Protein powder. We call it The Gingerbread Cookie Smoothie.

Broccoli Studied for Cancer Prevention

As we have written previously, broccoli has been shown in numerous studies to help in the prevention of many different types of cancer. The properties being studied are in the group of cruciferous vegetables that include not only broccoli but also brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. They can contain significant quantities of glucosinolates, which are metabolized into isothiocyanates (ITCs). The ITC sulforaphane (SF) is now being studied for the strong connection of it’s ability to destroy cancer cells in lab experiments.

We are seeing more and more evidence that increased dietary consumption of SF-containing cruciferous vegetables is showing a reduction of chronic and degenerative disease. Science has suggested a number of possible mechanisms for the relationship between less disease and the larger amount of SF in the diet but the strongest evidence continues to be the vehicle of SF’s role in metabolizing antioxidant enzymes.

Also of particular interest are the sprouts of broccoli which have been observed to include 10 to 100 times the amount of enzyme inducers that protect against carcinogens. Just like you have the ability to make your own glass of great tasting vegetable juice at home that includes broccoli or cabbage, it’s also easy to grow your own sprouts as well.

Here’s a tip for using broccoli in your green juices. While it’s true the florets of broccoli are higher in beta-carotene, the stalks provide large amount of the researched nutrients mentioned above. Use the stalks when juicing with your Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro juicer because they are sometimes not easy to consume in raw salads. If you also were to grow your own broccoli sprouts and add them to your salads and sandwiches, this would provide optimum levels of all the cancer-preventing nutrients of the resent studies.

Here’s Jay making a green juice combination. Simply add half a stalk of broccoli to the recipe in this video for a great tasting and nutritious glass of juice.

Parsley Fights Breast Cancer

A recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research demonstrates how a compound found in parsley, when given to rats with breast cancer, caused the development of less tumors and also significant delays in tumor development compared to rats that were not given this compound. It’s called apigenin, commonly found in many plants but more highly concentrated in parsley.

Salman Hyder, the Zalk Endowed Professor in Tumor Angiogenesis and professor of biomedical sciences in the University of Missouri-Columbia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, gave the substance apigenin to rats with a particular form of breast cancer. Apigenin is not only found in parsley but also lower concentrations in celery, apples, oranges, nuts and other plants.

Some are calling this groundbreaking research because it shows how an easy to obtain, natural substance can stop certain breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing without the negative impacts associated with drugs and hormone replacement therapies.

Dr. Hyder found apigenin blocked new blood vessel formation and therefore slowed and sometimes totally stopped the development of tumors. “We don’t have specific dosage for humans yet,” Dr. Hyder said in a media statement, “However, it appears that keeping a minimal level of apigenin in the bloodstream is important to delay the onset of breast cancer. It’s probably a good idea to eat a little parsley and some fruit every day to ensure the minimal amount.”

Jay Kordich has been a huge proponent of parsley based on research going back decades, long before all the recent cancer research studies. If you have attended one of Jay’s live seminars over the last 30 or 40 years, you may recall Jay teaching about the power of parsley juice. Add a handful of parsley to your favorite vegetable juice recipe or make Jay’s recipe for Potassium Broth:
Spinach
Parsley
Celery
Carrot

Here’s Jay making his Potassium Broth which includes parsley.