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. 

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

August 11, 2016

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of several trees called Cinnamomum. Its medicinal benefits have been used throughout history, as far back as the Ancient Egyptians. There are two types of cinnamon: first Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum): known as true cinnamon, and Cassia or Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum): which originates from China and is generally less expensive.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Has loads of antioxidants
  • Anti inflammatory properties
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Dramatically reduces insulin resistance, allowing the hormone to do its job and therefore reducing blood sugar levels
  • Therefore cinnamon has and anti-diabetic effect by lowering blood sugar, reducing insulin resistance, and the presence of a compound in cinnamon acts by mimicking insulin
  • May help prevent Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting the build up of protein called Tau in the brain
  • May help prevent Parkinson’s disease by protecting neurons, normalizing neurotransmitter levels, and improve motor functions
  • May help prevent cancer
  • Helps to prevent and treat bacterial and fungal infections due to the presence of Cinnamaldehyde which is a strong antibacterial/antifung