The Natural Color of Whole Food and Its Healing Power
Black Color Prunes Strengthen Bones!
Red Color Cayenne Pepper Can Stop A Heart Attack!!by Marty Eisen, Ph.D.
Dr. Bahram Arjmandi is a nutrition researcher at Florida State University (FSU) and also the Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging. He and his team have performed five studies of nutrition on bone mineral density (BMD). The first was conducted on lab mice.
The latest study appears in the British Journal of Nutrition. The research team set up a year-long study looking at women who were in post-menopause for 1 to 10 years. They divided the women up into two groups. Both groups were given daily calcium and vitamin D supplements.
But one group was supplemented with 100 mg of prunes.
At the start of the study they took bone mineral density (BMD) measurements and blood samples to assess bone biomarkers. They did this again at three, six and 12 months intervals. Women who ate the fruit had significantly higher BMD in the ulna and the spine.
Dr. Arjmandi has tested numerous fruits and states that none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density of prunes. It not only prevents bone loss, but reverses it.
Dr. Bernard Halloran, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, has reviewed these findings and conducted his own studies into the same fruit obtaining similar results.
“Don’t wait until you get a fracture or you are diagnosed with osteoporosis,” says Dr. Arjmandi, “start eating two to three dried plums every day.” Once your body is used to regularly eating plums increase your consumption to six or more.
The effect of prunes may be partly due to the fact that they contain boron, which is necessary for calcium uptake by the bones.
In Chinese food therapy black colored fruit affects the Kidneys. Bones are produced from Kidney Jing.
Dr. Christopher claimed that in 35 years of practice, he had never, on house calls, lost one heart attack patient. He used 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of hot water, or one teaspoon of cayenne tincture, every 15 minutes until the crisis passed.
If you currently have heart problems or know someone who does, take a few minutes and put some cayenne in a capsule or put a teaspoon or two in a small baggy and keep it in your purse or wallet. You may save a life.
Cayenne pepper is red. According to Chinese food therapy red foods affect the heart and its vessels.
In the September 2009 edition of the journal Circulation, Keith Jones, Ph.D. and a group of researchers from the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics at the University of Cincinnati announced findings which shed new light on capsaicin’s relationship to heart function. This information gives credence to Dr. Christopher’s anecdotal report, since capsaicin is a major ingredient in cayenne pepper.
The above researchers found that an over-the-counter pain salve containing capsaicin, rubbed on the skin during a heart attack can prevent or reduce heart damage while other interventions are administered. Dr. Jones’ team found that applying capsaicin to the stomachs of mice caused sensory nerves in the skin to trigger signals in the nervous system which activate cellular “pro-survival” pathways in the heart, reducing cardiac cell death by 85%. Apparently skin has evolved to protect animals, including humans, in a variety of ways.
The researchers also found that a small incision made on the abdomen triggered an 81% reduction in cell death. This effect might be explained by the stimulation of Ren 14, the Mu heart acupoint. Similar results might have been obtained by needling this point.
Topical capsaicin has no known serious adverse effects and could be easily applied in an ambulance or emergency room setting [or by anyone present including the victim] well in advance of coronary tissue death. If proven effective in humans, this therapy has the potential to reduce injury and/or death in the event of a coronary blockage.
Both this and the capsaicin effect are shown to work through similar neurological mechanisms. This is a form of remote cardio-protection, using a skin stimulus that activates cardio-protection long before the blocked coronary artery is opened. All of the current interventions require the vessel to be opened before doctors can act, since it takes time to perform this conventional treatment, tissue dies.
By activating these sensors in the nervous system, via skin, the researchers think that a protective signal to preserve and protect the heart is triggered. This may be similar to the way certain acupuncture treatments work by stimulating the nervous system.
There are also other studies, on the cardio-protective effects of capsicum / capsaicin.See: http://tinyurl.com/5tmww69
However, there are some papers suggesting that heavy use of capsicum / capsaicin can result in heart-attacks.See:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18280595 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20098047 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9733366
Thanks to Dr. Phil Rogers for the additional references on capsicum.Dr. Eisen is a retired scientist, who constructed mathematical models in medicine. He has studied and taught Judo, Shotokan Karate, Aikido, Qigong, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, and Tai Chi in different places. He took correspondence courses in Chinese herbology and studied other branches of Chinese medicine with a traditional Chinese medical doctor. He was the Director of Education of the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Institute in Upper Darby, P.A.