Ginger

April 28, 2017

GINGER

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant that is popularly used as a spice or medicinal herb. This plant grows about a metre tall, with narrow green leaves and yellow flowers that originated in the tropical rainforest of Southern Asia. This herb no longer grows wild but is commonly found in India. Indian ginger also has the largest amount of genetic variation. Ginger was exported to Europe in the first century AD and was used extensively by the Romans. The rhizome (root cluster) is the main part of the plant that is harvested and used.   HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Stimulates the production of saliva, making swallowing easier
  • Alleviates nausea caused by seasickness/ motion sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Alleviates arthritis
  • Decreases the risk of cancer and destroys ovarian and colon cancer cells
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Aids digestion
  • Aids with heartburn and acid reflux
  • Eases headaches and sore throats
  • Helps with the cold or flu
  • Aids with asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and other lung/throat disorders
  • Alleviates colic, loss of appetite, heart palpitations, and diarrhoea
  • Reduces menstrual pain
  • May lower cholesterol levels

April 5, 2017

B VITAMINS B Vitamins are a group of 8 water soluble vitamins that are essential for certain bodily functions, such as metabolism, energy production, and nervous system function.  

  • Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin): Aids with cellular energy production and is important for protein metabolism. It also affects the metabolism of iron in positive ways, and produces important antioxidants which help to prevent free radical cells. It is also needed to change Vitamin B-6 and folate into forms the body can use. Food sources include: almonds, brewer’s yeast, wholegrains, wheat germ, mushrooms, soy beans, wild rice, dairy, eggs, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, beet greens, asparagus, turkey, beef liver, salmon, and lamb. Riboflavin is destroyed by light so foods containing the vitamin should be stored away. It can also be lost in water when foods are boiled or soaked. It is best absorbed when taken in between meals. Riboflavin is considered safe, even at high doses. Possible side effects include: itching, numbness, burning or prickling sensations, bright yellow urine, and sensitivity to light. Taking only certain vitamin B supplements at one time can upset the balance of the other important B vitamins. This vitamin can interact with other medications so it is best to seek medical advice before taking any supplements.

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January 18, 2017

Mango Tango Healing: Packed full of carotenoids, flavonoids and glucosinolates, this infusion has immense cancer prevention potential.  It contains key nutrients in the protection of our body from problems related to oxidative stress, problems which are factors in bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.   Focus on: Prostate Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer.   While kale forms the superfood base for this risk-reducing infustion.  It’s the combination of mango, fresh lime and coconut that elevates its health-giving goodness.  This tropically flavoured elixir would be quite at home at your favourite resort.   1 cup mango ½ lime – peeled 2 cups kale ¼ cup shredded coconut 1 ½ cups coconut water.   Mango – Vitamin A, and C, Niacin, Dietary Fibre, Copper, Carotenoids Kale – Vitamins A, B, C and E, Dietary Fibre, Iron, Calcium, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Copper Lime – Vitamin C, Limonene, Flavonoids, Carotenoids, Potassium Coconut – Protein, Manganese, Molybenum, Copper, Selenium, Zinc   Reference: Discover the Healing Power of Nutrient Infusion reference:  http://nutriinfusion.com.au/products/recipe-book/

January 5, 2017

  Ginseng is any of the eleven types of short, perennial plants with fleshy roots belonging to the genus Panax of the Araliaceae family. There are three main types of ginseng: Panax ginseng (Asian), Panax quinquefolius (American), and Siberian ginseng and these are commonly found in Eastern areas of Asia, and North America. Siberian ginseng is cheaper and less potent than Panax ginseng, and while both types are adaptogenic herbs, Siberian and Panax ginseng have different active compounds (Siberian has eleutherosides rather than ginsenosides).   HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Improves concentration and brain function (and therefore protects against Alzheimer’s)
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improves mood and combats depression
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Has adaptogenic properties
  • Aids with weight loss by boosting the metabolism and working as an appetite suppressant
  • Improves lung function
  • Treats sexual dysfunction
  • Prevents cancer by inhibiting tumour growth
  • Treats Hepatitis C
  • Alleviates menopausal symptoms

  WARNINGS: Ginseng can cause mild anxiety and insomnia especially in people who are predisposed. Other side effects include headaches, stomach aches, dizziness, and poss

March 19, 2016

Prostate cancer, also known as carcinoma of the prostate, is the development of cancer in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. Most prostate cancers are slow growing; however, some grow relatively quickly. The cancer cells may spread from the prostate to other parts of the body, particularly the bones and lymph nodes. It may initially cause no symptoms. In later stages it can lead to difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, or pain in the pelvis, back or when urinating. A disease known as benign prostatic hyperplasia may produce similar symptoms. Other late symptoms may include feeling tired due to low levels of red blood cells.   Factors that increase the risk of prostate cancer include: older age, a family history of the disease, and race. About 99% of cases occur in those over the age of 50. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia and the third most common cause of cancer death.   In 2012, 20,065 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in Australia. This represents 30% of all cancers diagnosed in Australian men. The risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer by age of 85 is 1 in 5 men.   In 2013, there were 3,112 deaths caused by prostate cancer, accounting for 13% of all cancer deaths in Australian men.   Having a first degree relative with the disease increases the risk

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February 28, 2016

 About 1% of all diagnosed breast cancers are in men, which means that up to 30 men a year in New Zealand and 120 men in Australia are diagnosed with what is generally regarded as a woman’s disease.

Unfortunately, when men find a breast lump or a change in their breast tissue, breast cancer is usually not the first thing that they consider, and neither do their doctors.

This means men are often diagnosed later than women with the same symptoms, and some have poorer outcomes as a result. 

Men need to be just as vigilant as women regarding the changes to their breast tissue (and elsewhere in their bodies), and get things checked out by a doctor…earlier rather than later.

 

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