All About Organics – OCA’s Organic Resource Center

Why We Should All Eat More Organic Food Organic Food is More Nutritious Organic foods, especially raw or non-processed, contain higher levels of beta carotene, vitamins C, D and E, health-promoting polyphenols, cancer-fightingantioxidants, flavonoids that help ward off heart disease,essential fatty acids, and essential minerals. On average, organic is 25% more nutritious in terms of vitamins and minerals than… Read More

How to Stay Healthy and Fit on the Road

Eat right and stay healthy while on the road or in the air. BACKGROUNDAccording to the Travel Industry Association of America, there are 44 million business travelers and 93 million recreational travelers. What all of us have in common is leaving – leaving the comfort of familiar surroundings for the… Read More

Healthy Eating Plate and Healthy Eating Pyramid

      A picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s why nutritionists use symbols and shapes to answer the question, “What should I eat?” For nearly two decades, the U.S. government distilled its nutrition advice into pyramids. These efforts didn’t accurately show people what makes up a healthy… Read More

The 8 Healthiest Drinks

By Tamar Schreibman Sip your way to a stronger immune system and a better mood, and reduce your cancer risk with these 8 healthy drinks. Green Tea   When you think of good-for-you beverages, water immediately comes to mind, but there are others worth adding to your diet. “Some drinks… Read More

The top 25 healthy fruits

The top 25 healthy fruits: Blueberries, apples, cherries, bananas and 21 more healthy picks By Cara Rosenbloom, RD Take your pick of the 25 most nutritious, fibre-filled, disease-fighting healthy fruits for sale at your local supermarket. And they’re delicious too! This story was originally titled “A Glossary of Healthy Fruits,”… Read More


I INTRODUCTION Chianti GrapesChianti grapes were developed from the European grape, Vitis vinifera. Despite the European grape’s widespread distribution, many botanists believe that it originated in the Caspian Sea region of Asia and was subsequently transported by wind, water, and birds to other areas. Cultivated for thousands of years, it… Read More

Diseases of Plants

I INTRODUCTION Diseases of Plants, deviations from the normal growth and development of plants incited by microorganisms, parasitic flowering plants, nematodes, viruses, or adverse environmental conditions. In the United States alone, known plant diseases attributable to these causes are estimated to number more than 25,000; the estimated annual losses therefrom… Read More

Multiple Sclerosis

I INTRODUCTION Multiple Sclerosis (MS), chronic, unpredictable, and often progressive disease of the central nervous system that attacks and destroys tissues in the brain and spinal cord. There are several forms of MS, but all forms affect nerve function, resulting in problems ranging from mild numbness and difficulty walking to… Read More


I INTRODUCTION Pneumonia, inflammation of one or both lungs. In people with pneumonia, air sacs in the lungs fill with fluid, preventing oxygen from reaching blood cells and nourishing the other cells of the body. Sometimes the inflammation occurs in scattered patches in the tissue around the ends of the… Read More


I INTRODUCTION Sources of VitaminsVegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts constitute a rich source of vitamins. Most vitamins come from plant foods, but a few are found only in animal products.Charles D. Winters/Photo Researchers, Inc. Vitamin, any of the organic (carbon-containing) compounds that the body requires in small amounts to maintain… Read More