Do You Believe Everything “Green” Is Good for You? Benefits of Green Food
Do You Believe Everything “Green” Is Good for You? Benefits of Green Food – “Green” is the heart of America and it means money and wealth, although in the last twenty years, green has come to mean conservation of our environment. The symbolism of “GREEN” is global. Globally “Green” means hope, life, growth and the ability to move forward like the message of a green traffic light. Most citizens of other countries want a Green Card (Tarjeta Verde) to come to America for a better life. China produces the most green vegetables for global distribution. Along with other countries, the economics of green vegetables tantamount to 84 million dollars. Green landscapes empowers us with “life” mean lots of Oxygen for us to breathe in for energy processes. Most shades of green have a long wavelength which is relaxing. The Wizard of Oz lives in Emerald City, with green symbolizing wisdom, while children love the Mermaid with green eyes, which they believe is magical. Recall, Popeye, the cartoon who got a lot of energy after eating spinach. Since green vegetables have most of the nutrients for our bodies, and they are cheap commodities, do you realize how much money can be saved per household?
On the other hand, green can symbolize envy, ignorance, jealousy, and sickness. Shakespeare wrote about “The green-eyed monster.” Olive green color is thought to have adverse effects on our brain waves. The green skin of apples do not have chlorophyll, it has Cyanide! Some green leaves have poison, excess medicinal compounds, or psychedelic drugs. There is Cannabis and the Deadly Nightshade plants to name a few examples.
Any object that cannot absorb green reflects it. This object can absorb yellow and blue and other colors of the spectrum, while reflect green. For example, our plants have chlorophyll, a chemical that absorbs all wavelengths of white light, except green, which it reflects. The structure of Chlorophyll is similar to Vitamin B12 and Heme in the blood. These three compounds have a circular structure called porphyrin, a natural occurring substance, with a metal at the center.
Let us recall, Vitamin B12 has a circular Porphyrin structure, called Corrin with Cobalt metal ( attached to Cyanide) at the center, which appears pinkish-red. Chlorophyl, too has a circular porphyrin ring with Magnesium metal at the center and it appears green. In the future, we will discuss Heme, a portion of hemoglobin in the blood stream, which also has a circular porphyrin structure, with the metal Iron at the center. This Iron gives the blood red color and when it is bound to Oxygen, it is called Ferric Oxide. Therefore, to increase your awareness, most ( not all) red color products contain Ferric oxide. Ferrous sulfate is green.
Let us connect Chlorophyll to Heme in our bloodstream. Some believe that because the chemistry is of Chlorophyll and Heme is so much alike, all the body does is to replace the Magnesium of Chlorophyll with Iron. As a result when we eat green vegetables., the magnesium moves out of the vegetables and the iron moves into the porphyrin. It must be emphasized that Magnesium in vegetables is one of the vital minerals for the body. If the vegetables are eaten unwashed, the bacteria will make more Vitamin B12 in the gut. Vitamin B12 increases the production of Red Blood Cells from the bone marrow, which transport heme in hemoglobin with oxygen. Therefore all processes are connected.
The power of green is that green plants in the environment give us the Oxygen we need in the body. The oxygen intake can be increased by aerobic exercises. At the same time, we excrete Carbon Dioxide. The plants absorb this Carbon dioxide from us, and with the aid of sunlight make nutrients for our bodies.
The importance of eating green vegetables is: (1) the chlorophyll decreases toxin (2) Vegetable protein comes in the form of enzymes which is necessary for digestion. Enzymes are compounds that break down carbohydrates, proteins, fat and other nutrients, so that it can be absorbed by the body. It is necessary to eat green vegetables at lunch time. This is because this the time that the body’s elimination process is finished and we need more enzymes for the food to be ingested that day. (3) The Magnesium present in vegetables will work with Calcium and other Vitamin B to prevent osteoporosis. (4) Vegetables have water and hormones and can keep our bodies cool. Now that Summer is here, this is a good time to eat more green vegetables.
Green vegetables contain most nutrients and Vitamin F (Bio-flavanoids). Potassium is greater in vegetables than Sodium, which is more inprocessed foods. One can find Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Cobalt, Copper, and all B vitamins except B12 and Vitamin D. However if we eat unwashed vegetables, the bacteria present will start B 12 synthesis in the gut. All B vitamins are good for energy and the immune system to decrease infections. There is also folic acid. Vitamin A occurs as carotene and is an antioxidant and to improve vision. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. An antioxidant is a chemical that binds Oxygen to remove excess amounts from the body. Vitamin D is generated when we go into the sun. There is also Vitamin E, another antioxidant, vitamin K for clotting and Bio-flavanoids.
Green vegetables have fat, only as Linoleic, and Alpha- Linoleic Acid that are important for cell membranes and the immune system. Furthermore, green vegetables have protein in the form of enzymes, which immediatelyspeeds up chemical reactions like digestion, absorption and elimination. Green vegetables have fiber, which provides the bulk force that pushes the food along the digestive tract. Green vegetables also have healing and cleansing compounds. Allow me to review the action of a few vegetables: Celery and Dandelion are diuretics. Aloe Vera heals wounds and Mint is good for gas. Lettuce contains a calming compound, called Lettucine, (which was thought to be similar to opium), the best effect comes from eating the bitter stem areas.
The best green sources are bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, celery, green peas, thyme and parsley. Of course there are cucumbers, but they are classified as fruit. Cucumber has all the nutrients of a vegetable, including phosphate for energy. Cucumbers keep you cool in the summer. It is also good to be, “As cool as a cucumber, meaning “imperturbable.” It is really enlightening to know that plant structures resembles that of our bodies.
Now there is one green fruit that is popular, but toxic. Green apples have cyanide in the skin and also in the seeds. Cyanide is a poison to our eyes. It is also a poison to children. The inside of the apple contains pectin, which can be used medicinally to make an antidote to diarrhea known as Kaolin-Pectin.
Hippocrates stated, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” For example, when copper replaces magnesium in the porphyrin structure, it is believed that it can heal cancer. Green is available globally; it is economically priced, as well as physiologically and psychology good for you.
After her childhood in rural Jamaica, Donna Tillery was awarded a full scholarship to Alpha Academy in Kingston, and then a full Bristol-Myers scholarship to Columbia University in New York City. She earned undergraduate degrees in both Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences from Columbia, completing a six-year program in four years. Later she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, worked in pharmaceutical research in New York and at the Scientific Research Council. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including one from South Florida Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the Jamaican Nursing Association, and Community Health Awareness. Dr. Tillery was twice nominated for the Miami Herald Spirit of Excellence Award and she has been featured in The Miami Beach Sun Post, The Miami Herald,Miami Times, Caribbean Today, WLRN Cable Magazine, and The American Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ Journal. Having served numerous hours of community service, Dr. Tillery has lectured locally and nationally, producing and hosting local cable TV Shows. She coordinated programs with local physicians, nurses, students and many health care workers and founded two health organizations: Community Health Awareness, Inc. and Community Education services. Dr. Donna Tillery is currently is a registered hospital pharmacist in Miami as well as a health activist in her community.