Papaya: Rich in enzymes which help you digest food better, this fiber-rich fruit was liked so much by Christopher Columbus that he called it the “fruit of the angels”. Papayas are also rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and heart-friendly potassium.
Pears: Pears are a great source of dietary fiber and also has Vitamin C and potassium. The fiber content is mainly insoluble fiber which acts like a “broom” in the body.Pears are a good source of the all-important insoluble fiber and vitamin C.
Pears (Wood Apples):Similar to Asian Pears which is the oldest known cultivated pear variety. These pears are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber and also has lots of Vitamin C and potassium. The fiber content in these pears is mainly insoluble fiber, an important type of fiber which acts like a “broom” in the body.
Pine nuts: (edible nutritious seeds of specific pine tree varieties). Not only do pine nuts contain pinolenic acid, which is a natural appetite suppressant but they’re also loaded with antioxidants and nutrients like high-quality protein, heart-friendly

vitamin E, K & vitamin B3 (niacin). Pine nuts are also high in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats, the same healthy fats which make olive oil famous.

Pineapple: Loaded with vitamin C and the vital trace mineral manganese, without which no human (or animal) can survive, and also in smaller quantities – most of the B-group vitamins. Pineapple also contains a potent mixture of enzymes

called bromelain. Bromelain have shown a lot of promise in being able to reduce inflammation and fight arthritis and may even interfere with growth of cancer cells. Bromelain is also a natural anticoagulant and works by breaking down the blood-clotting protein fibrin, thus helping to resist heart disease. Bromelain, for these reasons, is one of the most popular herbal remedies in Germany. Bromelain may also enhance the effect of certain antibiotics. In a recent study involving people with urinary tract infections, 100% of the participants who were given antibiotics in combination with bromelain and trypsin (another enzyme) were cured of their infection, compared with just 46% who received just the antibiotics alone.

Pomegranate: Not only are pomegranates delicious, they are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. There are studies in journals such as Clinical Nutrition and Preventative Cardiology, which show that pomegranates are great for heart health and blood flow.

They have also shown, in studies, to counter prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. The antioxidants and phytonutrients in pomegranates also destroy excess free radicals, which is one of the causes of premature aging, inflammation, DNA damage and other problems. Additionally, some of the types of phytonutrients found in pomegranates are the same ones which green tea and red wine are famous for!

Poppy Seeds (white): Poppy seeds are not only an excellent source of protein, 20% by weight, but are also loaded with polyunsaturated fats which flax seeds and fish oils are also so famous for. There are many studies which clearly show that

polyunsaturated fats are very important for heart health. Not all fats are created equal and poppy seeds and other food which is rich in polyunsaturated fats (in contrast with saturated fats) prove that! They’re also a great source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus – all of which are important for healthy bones.

Porcini Mushrooms:Highly regarded by chefs around the world, this wonderfully flavorful mushroom is also loaded with all sorts of nutrients. It’s a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin C and A, iron & calcium. It’s also very rich in potassium.

That’s important because the potassium to sodium (salt) ratios in our bodies is one of the keys to cutting our risk of death from heart disease by 50%, and thus obtaining more potassium from our diets is very important. Porcini mushrooms are also an excellent source of various plant sterols and other phytonutrients which have a proven positive affect on improving cholesterol levels or keeping them in healthy ranges. These phytonutrients have also been extensively studied in Japan and US for their ability to improve immunity, have an anti-aging effect and even their anti-cancer and cancer-preventative activity along with other mushrooms which also have medicinal qualities to them.

Potatoes: A staple food of many cultures, potatoes are loaded with nutrients. Forget the common myth – potatoes are actually a diet food since 1 full potato is only 110 calories yet very filling and can therefore actually lead to weight loss and/or

weight maintenance rather than weight gain. It’s so nutritious, one could almost live on potatoes alone as they provide you with almost every nutrient you need! This includes protein, fiber, and most of the major vitamins and minerals. Potatoes have twice as much potassium as bananas and studies clearly show that if you get twice as much potassium in your diet as sodium, you decrease the risk of dying of heart disease by 50%. Unfortunately, for most people in India and most people in the West, that ratio is reversed, they get twice as much sodium as potassium because of all the salty foods, packaged foods, etc.

Pumpkin: Pumpkin is low in fat and calories but very rich in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), potassium and magnesium. Pumpkins are rich in both alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, very powerful antioxidants, which the

body converts into vitamin A. Antioxidants are good at neutralizing excess free radicals in our bodies which leads to DNA damage, faster aging of the body and even cancer. The carotenoid antioxidants in pumpkin is what gives pumpkins the rich orange color.

Pumpkin Seeds: A great source of not only zinc, protein and B-vitamins, but is also one the world’s best sources of a trace mineral manganese which is vital for keeping your bones strong and healthy and, along with calcium, helps to prevent osteoporosis

(loss of bone density over time resulting in easy bone fractures and bone pains). It is also very important for maintaining normal blood sugar levels and to properly process many vitamins, EFA’s (essential fatty acids). It also promotes a proper functioning of your thyroid gland and your nervous system. Manganese is considered an important antioxidant which inside our bodies which fights excess free radicals, one of the causes of premature aging, heart disease, cancer, inflammation, arthritis, osteoporosis, wrinkles, DNA damage (from diet, pollution, toxic exposures, etc.) and other health challenges. Pumpkin seeds is one of the richest sources, among all the foods, of phytosterols (plant sterols), are a great way to also lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol and thus reduce your chances of heart disease

Purple Aronia Berry: This extremely valuable but not-much-talked-about berry, is one of 4 berries with the world’s highest ORAC scores (along with acai berry, black raspberry and goji berry). Aronia berries are particularly rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and

phenolic phytochemicals, especially anthocyanins. Incidentally, these health-giving & disease-fighting anthocyanins are those pigments in berries & fruits which account for their rich dark blue, red and purple colors. Aronia berries are also rich in antioxidants called epicatechins which green tea is so famous for. ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a score used to compare foods high in antioxidants which fight, inside us, excess free radicals, one of the causes of prema-ture aging, heart disease, cancer, inflammation, arthritis, osteoporosis, wrinkles, DNA damage (from diet, pollution, toxic exposures, etc) & other health challenges.

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