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8 Antivirals That Fight Disease, Memory Loss, Cancer

Friday, 29 October 2010 08:03 AM

“Antivirals are the newest substances to be found in nature, possessing even more disease-fighting power than antioxidants,” says Tosca Reno, author of the “Eat-Clean Diet” series and “Your Best Body Now.” Antivirals are immune boosters that can be used on a daily basis to treat various ailments, or when you’ve been exposed to disease-causing viruses.

“You can’t get enough of these incredible antivirals,” Reno says. “They should be on the top of your radar every day, at any age, because of their strong disease-fighting, age-proofing, and immune-system-boosting properties.”
Check out these eight antivirals. You can enjoy them as a part of your daily diet, or buy them as supplements and follow directions on the label. Either way, Reno says, you’ll be giving your health a boost.
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1. Turmeric

The spice turmeric contains the antiviral curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and helps to prevent many deadly diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and Parkinson’s. One study at the University of California, Los Angeles, found curcumin may treat Alzheimer's by slowing the build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain.

Laboratory studies at the University of Texas found that turmeric appeared to prevent the development and spread of many types of cancer, including breast, colon, and melanoma. Additional studies have found a link between a reduced risk of leukemia and colon cancer in populations whose diets include large amounts of turmeric.

One recent study published in Gut, a publication of the British Medical Journal, found that turmeric delays liver damage that eventually causes cirrhosis.
Turmeric can be purchased as a spice and used in Indian dishes or in supplement form. Follow the directions on the bottle.

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2. Rosemary

This herb improves brain function and circulation, and also lowers the risk of developing cancer, according to several studies. Researchers in California and Japan found that rosemary contains carnosic acid, which protects the brain against damage by free radicals, helping prevent strokes and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. And a study conducted in the United Kingdom found that the scent of rosemary boosted memory. Volunteers in work cubicles scented by rosemary had better long-term memory than those in unscented cubicles.

In addition, researchers recommend adding rosemary extract to ground beef to reduce the cancer-causing chemicals that can form when meat is cooked, especially at high temperatures. Add rosemary to favorite dishes or buy as a supplement and follow directions on the label.

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3. Garlic

According to Cancer.gov, studies have found that garlic lowers the risk of pancreatic cancer by 54 percent, prostate cancer by 50 percent, colon cancer by 50 percent, and stomach cancer by 52 percent. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina found that sulfur compounds in garlic are effective against glioblastoma, a fatal type of brain tumor. Garlic has also been found to lower the risk of esophageal, breast, bladder, and skin cancer.

A British study found that people taking a garlic supplement containing allicin each day reduced their chances of catching a cold by more than half when compared to those taking a placebo. In addition, those who caught colds recovered more quickly, and their chances of an infection following the cold were significantly reduced. Garlic is also a potent ally in the fight against cardiovascular disease.
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4. Green tea

Catechins, found in green tea, are powerful disease-fighters that fight cancer and lower cholesterol. A Taiwanese study found that drinking green tea daily reduced the risk of developing lung cancer by 66 percent, and smokers who didn’t drink green tea increased their risk 13-fold. Other studies link green tea with a lower risk of numerous other cancers, including breast, stomach, skin, oral, esophageal, prostate, uterine, pancreatic, and colorectal, as well as leukemia.

Green tea may be the key to reducing the risk of dying from heart disease. Researchers at Japan’s Okayama University found that senior citizens who drank large amounts of green tea slashed their risk of dying from heart disease by as much as 76 percent.

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5. Coffee

Researchers are discovering coffee is much more than just an eye-opener. It’s an ally against developing diabetes. The Iowa Women’s Health Study observed 23,000 menopausal women over 11 years and found that those who drank more than six cups of coffee (including caffeine-free) a day lowered their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 22 percent when compared to those who didn’t drink coffee. And a meta-analysis of 500,000 people found a 7 percent reduction in diabetes risk for every cup of coffee drunk each day.

Scientists have found that coffee lowers the risk of developing several cancers, including kidney, breast, prostate, liver, ovarian, and head and neck.

Drinking moderate amounts of coffee during middle age — classified as three to five cups daily — can decrease the risk of dementia by 65 percent, according to a 2009 study by Swedish and Finnish researchers.

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6. Resveratrol

This component of grapes is present in much higher amounts in wine than in grape juice and may be responsible for the “French Paradox” — the apparent ability of the French to eat high-fat diets and drink copious amounts of red wine and still have low rates of heart disease and cancer.

An avalanche of studies show that moderate drinking, which is considered two glasses of wine each day for men and one for women, can aid your body from head to toe, including helping you fight cancer, lose weight, and maintain a sharp intellect.

Some studies show that moderate amounts of wine lower the risk of heart attack by 30 to 50 percent, and regular wine drinkers reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's by 80 percent. Wine also appears to reduce the risk of some cancers: A study done at New York's Stony Brook University found that people who drink at least three glasses of red wine each week cut their risk of colorectal cancer by almost 70 percent. But be wary; heavy drinking can increase the risk.
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7. Gingko biloba

Gingko increases circulation in the brain, thus enhancing memory and brain function. A study at UCLA examined the effects of gingko biloba in patients aged 45 to 75 who complained of mild age-related memory loss, but did not have dementia. One group received 120 mg of ginkgo biloba twice daily and one group received a placebo. Verbal recall, measured by cognitive tests, improved in volunteers taking ginkgo biloba. An animal study at Johns Hopkins found that ginkgo prevented or reduced brain damage after an induced stroke.
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8. Coconut oil

This oil has been used in traditional medicine around the world to treat a wide range of ailments. Modern research shows its healing ability is powered by lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid, which kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi by causing their cell walls to collapse. According to the Coconut Research Center, it has the ability to kill viruses that cause flu, measles, herpes, and hepatitis C as well as many types of bacteria, including heliobacter pylori — the most common cause of stomach ulcers. Use it as a butter, margarine, or cooking oil substitute.

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