Michael van Straten
Michael van Straten
australiaphen375.com

Eating Organic Food Keeps You Healthy

A new study has shown, yet again, that organic fruit and veg are better for your health, but as an advocate of organic growing for five decades, I am not surprised.

Without a shadow of doubt organically produced crops are richer in nutrients than their commercially grown counterparts. The organic farmer uses traditional methods of crop rotation, green manure planting, composting and organic fertilising to keep the soil in good heart and to replace nutrients taken up by previous crops. Intensive commercial cultivation relies on artificial fertilisers, which replace only the nutrients essential to grow the plants, with scant regard to their nutritional quality.

Intensive livestock producers have to use feed supplemented with minerals and vitamins to replace those missing from their own feed crops, and in human terms non-organic produce has a much higher water content and contains less of these essential vitamins and minerals.

Studies consistently show higher contents of vitamins A and C in organic fruits and vegetables and whether it’s eating organic or avoiding the chemicals isn’t certain, but a European study of organic farmers found their sperm count was double the average.
Now new research led by Prof Carlo Liefert at Newcastle University has shown that Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food, and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date.

Even these eminent scientists say that going organic could be as beneficial as adding another couple of portions of fruit and veg to you five a day. They found substantial increases - between 19% and 69% in the antioxidant content of organic food and say this is the first study to demonstrate clear and wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals.

We have long known that these plant chemicals have a protective effect against many chronic illnesses including heart and neurological diseases and some types of cancer. As if this were not enough, the study also discovered pesticide and toxic residues, especially the heavy metal cadmium in non-organic crops.

I know that some, but not all, organic food is more costly so most of us have to make choices. If you are pregnant, breast feeding or have young children I think that organic dairy products, eggs and poultry are most important. For the rest of us the more organically we eat the healthier the diet. BUT do not become obsessive as any fruit and vegetables are far better than none. I have seen “chemophobes” who are so scared of the chemicals that they avoid fresh produce for them and their children if they can’t find or afford organic food.

 

Some of my books...

Sign up for my e-mail newsletter:

 » Privacy Policy.

» View my latest newsletter.

10 Day Detox With Kim WildeMichael Van Straten's 10 Day Detox With Kim Wilde

"In this video, we will take you through a series of easy to follow and achievable steps. You too can safely and effectively lose weight as well as significantly increase energy levels".

Migraine Misery?

MigraHerb

MigraHerb® Feverfew capsules.

MigraHerb® is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the prevention of migraine headaches exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the label.

tickLessens frequency and severity of migraine attacks

tickFor people who have a doctor's diagnosis for this condition

MigraHerb® 30 one-a-day capsules.
Normally £8.16
NOW £5.50
Save £2.66.

» For more information visit www.migraherb.co.uk

De-stress and Energise!

Vitano

Vitano® Rhodiola rosea tablets.

Vitano® is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress, such as fatigue, exhaustion and mild anxiety, based on traditional use only. Always read the label.

tickHelps revive both mental and physical performance

tickBalances a hectic lifestyle... naturally!

Vitano® 30 tablets normally £13.27
NOW £10.60 - Save £2.67.
Multi-buy deal also available.

» For more information visit www.vitano.co.uk

Not Sleeping?

NiteHerb

NiteHerb® Valerian tablets.

NiteHerb® is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances due to symptoms of mild anxiety exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the label.

tickA natural solution to a good night's sleep

tickWake up revived - not groggy!

NiteHerb® 30 tablets normally £6.12
NOW £3.00 - Save £3.12.
Multi-buy deal also available.

» For more information visit www.niteherb.co.uk