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Foods That Form Alkaline Ash

by Robert Shifko

About Robert Shifko

Robert Shifko has more than 17 years' experience in the health care industry. Throughout his career, he has gained experience in pharmacologic research, clinical nuclear medicine, and most recently radiation health physics. He has obtained several certifications in nuclear medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics and as a medical radiation safety officer. He has always supported LIVESTRONG.



Every food that you consume and digest leaves a residue called ash. The ash can either be acidic, neutral or alkaline. According to Life Research Universal, the ideal diet for humans to maintain optimal health is approximately 80 percent alkaline to 20 percent acidic, or 4 to 1. If this ratio drops from 4 to 1 to 3 to 1, it can negatively affect your health. Over-acidity in your body is a cause of several medical conditions, such as arthritis and rheumatism. Proper body pH can be achieved simply by adjusting your diet to include more alkaline ash food.


Figs are one of the most highly alkaline foods you can eat -- they produce the highest amount of alkaline ash of any fruit or vegetable. According to EveryNutrient.com, figs are also a source of fiber, calcium, potassium, copper and iron. Consumption of figs nourishes and tones the intestines because of their high fiber content. The potassium concentration in figs is beneficial for regulating blood pressure. The highly alkaline nature of figs has also been proven to decrease the symptoms of diabetes.


Soybeans produce a significant level of alkaline ash when metabolized. According to Toronto Public Health, the proteins contained in soybeans are beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol levels, which offers a preventive effect against heart disease. The hormones contained in soybeans are called isoflavones. Soy isoflavones have preventive effects against several cancers, such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. In addition, consumption of isoflavones slows the progression of osteoporosis and reduces the hormonal symptoms of menopause in women.


Apricots also produce a significant alkaline ash when metabolized. According to ApricotFacts.com, apricots contain high concentrations of lycopene and beta carotene, which have antioxidant effects on your body. Consumption of lycopene and beta carotene can offer protection against some forms of cancer and also reduce the formation of cholesterol in the blood stream, which offers protection against heart disease. Apricots are also a dietary source of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, which can reduce the risk of macular degeneration.


Spinach produces the greatest amount of alkaline ash of any green vegetable. According to EveryNutrient.com, spinach is also a dietary source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, vitamin B6 and several other essential vitamins and minerals. Spinach is a source of lutein, which promotes optimal eye health and offers protection against macular degeneration and cataracts

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