Eating 75 grams of walnuts/day improves vitality, motility, and morphology of sperm in healthy men aged 21 – 35. Walnuts are high in α-linolenic acid (ALA), a natural plant source of omega-3. Also fewer chromosomal abnormalities present after the 12-week dietary intervention. The control group experienced no changes.
Plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, whole-grain, beans, legumes) contain fibre and most contain soluble and insoluble fibre. Both types have specific health benefits: soluble fibre is contained inside plant cells and absorbs water, forming a gel-like substance that slows down the process of digestion. It also slows down the absorption of glucose and reduces absorption of LDL (unhealthy) cholesterol. Insoluble fibre is found in the cell walls of plants. Although it absorbs water, it cannot be dissolved. Acting like a natural laxative by adding bulk, insoluble fibre aids the passage of stools through the intestines, useful in the prevention of constipation and diverticulosis.
“The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.” David Fairchild (1869-1954), an American botanist and plant explorer who supervised the introduction of over 20,000 exotic plants and varieties of established crops into the US.
Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme extracted from the stem of the pineapple plant, is capable of digesting protein when eaten directly after a meal. It has also been used in sinusitis as an anti-inflammatory and mucolytic agent when taken an empty stomach between mealtimes. It appears to thin nasal secretions and reduce inflammation of the nasal mucosa.
For breakfast or a snack, all you need is an avocado and a spoon…
“The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.”
David Fairchild (American botantist, 1869 – 1954)
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