A couple of new studies reveal the benefits of eating greens. In the January 15th issue of Cancer Research, a study found that eating collards, kale, spinach, and similar veges offer nutrients that appear to protect the lungs. The study looked at current and former smokers, and found that those who ate more of those greens had far fewer cellular changes that are associated with lung cancer.

Additional research has found that the flavonols found in kale, broccoli, apples, onions, and garlic, protect your pancreas from the advances of cancer. First, they ramp up your body’s detox ability, ridding the body of carcinogens. Additionally, they also prevent cancer cells from splitting and dividing. Sounds good to me….

I’ve worked with several cancer patients, and the big C is definitely something I don’t want. Including those foods in my diet is a small price to pay….. Remember, food is very powerful medicine with NO side-effects!

Speaking of cancer, in the December 14th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine has found that exercise improves survival among people with colon cancer. The researchers looked at 668 men with the cancer, and concluded that those who exercised were 53% less likely to die from it over an average follow-up period of 8.6 years. Men who exercised the equivalent of at least 6 hours of walking/week fared the best. What’s not to like about those odds?

Stay well, eat well, John R Blilie, M.S.