Kale as a Superfood

July 25, 2018

Kale is a leafy vegetable from the cabbage (Brassica oleracea) family, that is related to other vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. It can come in many different colours and varieties, with one of the most common being curly kale, or Scots kale, which is distinguished by green, curly leaves, and a hard, fibrous stem. Kale grows best in cooler climates, especially Mediterranean regions, but is also found in many other areas of the world. Kale leaves can be flat or curly, and grow up to 6 feet in height, with colours including green, purple, white, and lavender. It is an extremely nutrient dense food, full of important vitamins and minerals that the body requires to function on a cellular level. It also contains very low amounts of calories and fats, with a large portion of the fat amount being the healthy omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha linoleic acid.   When it comes to buying

June 3, 2018

Health Benefits of Wine

Wine is an alcoholic drink many people enjoy dinner or to relax. It is an alcoholic beverage made from grapes which have been fermented without the addition of acids, sugars, enzymes, or other nutrients. In this process, yeast consumes the sugar in the fruit and converts it to ethanol and carbon dioxide. Different strains of yeast and different varieties of grapes produce different styles of wine. There are some varieties of wine that are not made from grapes and these include rice wines, and fruit wines such as plum, cherry, pomegranate, and elderberry. Red wines are made from the dark coloured grape varieties and involve the extraction of colour and flavour components from the grape skins. White wines, on the other hand, are made from the fermentation of non-coloured grape pulps, with the process not allowing any colouration from the skins. Because the skin of the grapes contains most of the antioxidants, red wines generally contain higher amounts of these antioxidant compounds. 

November 4, 2016

CHAMOMILE

This herb has been used for centuries to calm the nerves and induce sleep. It is from a daisy-like family of plants called Asteraceae, and while there are many different types of chamomile, the most common are German Chamomile (Marticaria recutita), and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Chamomile is known to be used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and was also popular throughout the middle ages.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Calms the nerves
  • Reduces internal inflammation
  • Reduces bloating and flatulence
  • Aids with teething pain
  • Reduces nasal congestion
  • Soothes skin irritations such as eczema, and psoriasis
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps
  • Aids with sleep
  • Reduces fever
  • Treats colds

August 22, 2016

28 HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS THAT AID WITH ARTHRITIS

  • Ginger: Gingerol, (the active ingredient in ginger), has anti inflammatory properties, making it effective in reducing symptoms of arthritis. It has also been found to reduce the action of T cells (which can add to systemic inflammation). Best used for Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  • Turmeric: Turmeric not only has anti inflammatory properties, but anti-cancer, and antibacterial properties as well. It works by blocking inflammatory cytokines and enzymes. Best used for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Green tea: The polyphenols in the tea are rich in antioxidants, and have been known to suppress the inflammatory immune response common in arthritis
  • Cinnamon: This herb also has high anti inflammatory properties
  • Garlic: Not only has garlic got powerful anti inflammatory properties, it also prevents the production of cytokines which is a pro inflammatory substance
  • Black pepper/Capsaicin: This herb has anti inflammatory properties and is often the active ingredient in gels and creams used in arthritis treatment. Best used for Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Willow bark: Also an anti inflammatory herb

July 7, 2016
  • Tulsi or Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum): Holy basil is a powerful antioxidant. It also has strong antibacterial, antifungal, and anti inflammatory properties. This herb is used to treat anxiety and stress due to its ability to decrease the body’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It is also an adaptogen, which means it will not alter mood, but rather helps the body function optimally during times of stress. Holy basil is also used to treat: the common cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis, headaches, stomach upsets, fever, heart disease, and tuberculosis. Studies suggest it may also be effective in treating certain types of cancer.
January 9, 2016

Scientifically known as Cymbopogan citrates, lemongrass is a herb that is used for its culinary and medicinal uses.       USES:

  • Pesticide/insect repellent
  • Antifungal/antibacterial
  • The oil is used to treat ringworm
  • Used to treat fever by inducing sweating
  • Calm upset stomachs/diarrhoea
  • Alleviates headaches
  • Treats lice, athlete’s foot, and scabies
  • Alleviates cold symptoms
  • Perfumes and soaps
  • Aids with insomnia
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Aids with stress and anxiety
  • Relieves muscle pains
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Good source of vitamins A and C, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and manganese
  • Some studies say lemongrass has anti-cancer properties
  • Aids with arthritis and gout
  • Used to treat skin problems such as acne

   CAUTION: Undiluted lemongrass oil can cause skin irritation, rashes, and burning sensations. Not recommended for children, pregnant women, and nursing women. People with liver or kidney disease should consult a doctor before using this herb.   REFERENCES: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/lemongrass.html , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,