White food - immunity
White food contains organic compounds, such as allicin, which have antitumor activity (prevent the formation and development of tumors). White foods also contain antioxidants such as flavonoids and potassium. White foods protect the heart and maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels.
The best representative of this group would certainly be garlic or garlic.
Garlic reduces fats in the blood, prevents narrowing of blood vessels (arteriosclerosis), lowers blood pressure. Garlic use reduces the development of cardiovascular disease by lowering high cholesterol, reducing high LDL-bad cholesterol, reducing blood cell sticking and preventing blood clots, and reducing two other markers of cardiovascular disease, homocysteine and C-reactive protein. Garlic prevents colds and is used in its treatment, and its effectiveness in colds has been scientifically proven.
How does garlic work?
Garlic increases the body's defenses and helps the body fight various pathogens. Some labor research suggests that garlic also has anti-cancer effects. It also shows antiparasitic action, if applied in large quantities. Fresh garlic contains allicin, which has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, ie. acts against virus viruses and fungi. Garlic is best known for its antibacterial (destroys bacteria) antihyperlipidemic (reduces blood fat levels) and antiplatelet (prevents blood clots) effects. Fresh garlic has been shown to be effective in combating strains of E. coli, methicillin-resistant Staph aureus, Salmonella enteritidis and Candida albicans under laboratory conditions.
Green food - detoxification
This group includes mainly plants from the crusader family. The crucifers include broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and watercress.
Although they are of different shapes, cauliflower and broccoli also belong to this plant family. The nutritional composition of these valuable plants includes carbohydrates, vitamins (vitamin C, folate, tocopherols, provitamin A), minerals (iron, calcium, selenium, copper, magnesium, zinc) and some protein. Crusader plants are characterized by the fact that in addition to the flavonoids anthocyanins and carotenoids, they also contain compounds with sulfur (glucosinolates and methyl cysteine sulfoxide). Sulfur compounds have been found to have fungicidal and antibacterial activity, and recently their anticarcinogenic activity and chemotherapeutic activity have been increasingly proven. In order to exert their beneficial effects, glucosinolates need to be converted into isothiocyanates with the help of the enzyme myrosinase. Heat treatment inactivates myrosinase, which reduces the power of this vegetable in defense against disease. This problem can be overcome by consuming fresh cabbage salad with broccoli at the same time.
Isothiocyanates are very reactive due to their structure and easily interact with phase 1 and 2 of the body's carcinogen detoxification mechanism. The way they prevent the development of cancer is by metabolizing carcinogenic compounds and accelerating their excretion from the body. Most beneficial compounds are found in 3-day-old broccoli sprouts. Germs contain 10 to 100 times more sulfur compounds compared to a mature plant.
Yellow and orange food - beauty and protection against cancer
According to a study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, people with high levels of alpha-carotene in their blood have a lower risk of early death and are more likely to live longer. 318 persons over 20 years of age. Between 1988 and 1994, blood samples were taken from the participants and medical tests were performed, and they were followed up until the end of 2006. The study gave the following results: • • 3810 study participants died
• people who had 2-3 µg of alpha-carotene in a deciliter of blood had a 23% lower risk of death compared to those in 0-1 µg of alpha-carotene in the same blood volume.
• people who had 4-5 µg of alpha-carotene in a deciliter of blood had a 27% lower risk of death compared to those in the same blood volume had 0-1 µg of alpha-carotene.
• people who had 6-8 µg of alpha-carotene in a deciliter of blood had a 34% lower risk of death compared to those who had 0- 1 µg of alpha-carotene.
• people who had 9 µg of alpha-carotene in a deciliter of blood had a 39% lower risk of death compared to those who had 0-1 µg of alpha-carotene in the same blood volume .Apart from boosting immunity, orange and yellow foods also preserve your eyesight.
Foods: yellow apples, apricots, nectarines, tangerines, lemons, pears, pineapples, peaches, melons, grapefruits, oranges / carrots, yellow peppers ika, pumpkin, potatoes, sweet corn.
Red food - Heart and blood vessel health
Foods: red apples, oranges and pears, cranberries, cherries, cherries, raspberries , strawberries, watermelon, pomegranate / red peppers, beets, radishes, tomatoes, beets
Blue and purple - Health and longevity
Resveratrol has been shown to prevent the growth of cancer cells in animals. It also increases the longevity of animals such as worms, fruit flies, fish and mice. However, it is not yet known whether this ingredient will have the same effect on humans.
Purple fruits and vegetables bring with them a variety of flavors. The list of purple foods includes eggplant, purple carrots, beets, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, purple cabbage, black raspberries and currants, plums, elderberries, purple figs, raisins and pomegranate. Acai and Goji berries also belong to the purple family. Acai berries grow on palm trees in Central and South America.
Blueberries contain a large amount of antioxidants. Researchers have proven that consuming this fruit can help with weight loss by reducing the craving for food. People who consumed blueberry extract for the study reduced their food intake by eight percent.Blueberries have also been shown to lower cholesterol In addition to cranberries, blueberries help prevent urinary tract infections due to the ingredient proanthocyanidin. Tests have also shown that consuming blueberries helps with memory loss caused by aging.
Purple cabbage contains as many as 36 different types of antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which are crucial for health. There is evidence to suggest that purple cabbage helps build a healthy brain and heart, and is also excellent at burning fat.
Figs have been used as a sweetener since ancient times. This purple fruit is full of nutrients, including calcium, magnesium and fiber. The Japanese use figs to lower high blood pressure and blood sugar.
Purple food has shown its power in defending the body from stress and self-renewal of the organism. Future research is yet to reveal the full potential of purple food that heals.