The Wine Guy: Blueberries, broccoli pack a punch

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The Wine Guy
with Anthony Scarano

Two weeks ago I wrote about the benefits of certain fruits, and I will continue in that vein this week. Keep in mind fruits and vegetables are packed to the hilt with vitamins and minerals; good sugars that provide long-lasting energy; and other compounds that do wonders to keep the body free of sickness and disease. If you eat at least a couple cups of fruit and vegetables every day, you are highly unlikely to get sick, and if a virus or bacteria does get a foothold the duration of the sickness will be reduced.

One fantastic fruit is the blueberry, which is a good blood purifier and antiseptic. It can also help treat anemia, constipation, poor complexion, diarrhea, dysentery, obesity and menstrual disorders.

Nuts are not a fruit, but fruit comes from nuts, and an extremely powerful nut is the Brazil nut. It may be one of the most nourishing foods on the planet, unfortunately, some people have trouble digesting them. For those who can eat nuts these are loaded with protein and thus are great muscle-builders. They are also good for strengthening teeth and bones.

Another of nature's most powerful foods is broccoli. This vegetable is high in fiber and as such excellent for keeping the bowels moving regularly. Children should eat broccoli often because of this, and also just because it is really good for them. It is indicated to help regulate blood pressure and is high in iron and many essential vitamins and minerals. It is also loaded with antioxidants, which ris the body of the biological pollutants known as free radicals that can damage cells and cause terrible diseases such as cancer.

Cabbage should also be eaten, raw by those who can digest it without difficulty. This is a truly marvelous food that contains vitamins A, B1, B2, C and K (potassium). It is a good musclebuilder and blood cleanser, and is good for the bones, teeth, hair and nails. It may also help keep your vision strong and can treat asthma, gout, scurvy, constipation, kidney and bladder disorders, skin eruptions and poor complexion.

One method of getting your vegetables and the nutrients they contain is by eating soup. Dice some onions, carrots, celery and garlic and let them simmer in a pot of broth for about 20 minutes. You can add rice, tomatoes, beans, herbs and pretty much whatever else you want to soup, there is no right or wrong and whatever you put in it is bound to be good for you. No salt is even necessary because the flavors of the vegetables will be enough. Eat this soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner all year long - it is so good you won't even mind eating it during the hot summer months.

As always, I recommend drinking wine with your meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will keep the blood flowing, the mind relaxed and alert, and the immune system clipping along at full speed.