Archive | July, 2013

Health benefits – the humble prune

Health benefits – the humble prune Prunes’ Unique Antioxidant Phytonutrients The fresh version (plums) and the dried version (prunes) of the plant scientifically known as Prunus domestica have been the subject of repeated health research for their high content of unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. These substances found in prunes and plums are […]

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Health benefit – the humble nutmeg

Health benefit – the humble nutmeg ■ Nutmeg and mace spice contains many plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties. ■ The spicy nut contains fixed oil trimyristin and many essential volatile oils such as which gives a sweet aromatic flavor to nutmeg like myristicin, elemicin, […]

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Health benefit – the humble Avocado

Health benefit – the humble Avocado The avocado, also called the alligator pear, is among the royalty of fruits, and it touts a litany of health benefits. Avocado is a useful natural beauty aid. Eating this green fruit also helps reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Consuming avocado can help your body better […]

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Health benefit – the humble peppercorn !

Health benefit – the humble peppercorn !   A pinch of black pepper is added to almost every type of recipe imaginable. Once used as currency and presented to the gods as a sacred offering, it is fortunate that this most popular of spices is available throughout the year. Black pepper comes from the pepper […]

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Health benefit – the humble Tomato

Health benefit – the humble Tomato What’s New and Beneficial About Tomatoes Did you know that tomatoes do not have to be a deep red color to be an outstanding source of lycopene? Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that has long been associated with the deep red color of many tomatoes.  A small preliminary study […]

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Health benefit – the humble radish !

Health benefit – the humble radish ! Since ancient times, Chinese believe that eating radish and other brassica group vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, and napa would immensely benefit overall health. Radishes are very low calorie root vegetables. Fresh root provides just 16 calories per 100 g., nonetheless; they are a very good source of […]

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Health benefit – the humble endive

Health benefit – the humble endive Endive is one of the very low calorie leafy vegetable. 100 g fresh leaves provide just 17 calories; however, it contributes about 8% of daily-required intake (DRI) of fibre.  Current research studies suggest that high inulin and fiber content in escarole help reduce glucose and LDL cholesterol levels in […]

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Health benefit – the humble Chives

Health benefit – the humble Chives Chives are very low in calories; 100 g of fresh leaves provide just 30 calories. Nonetheless, they contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, plant fiber, minerals, and vitamins that have proven health benefits. As in scallions, they too contain more plant-derived dietary fiber than fellow allium members such as onions, […]

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Health benefit – Chocolate

Health benefit – Chocolate Originally posted in March, ( hence the picture of Easter eggs ! ) I felt this article deserved another airing ! So here in July, is a taste of the benefits of chocolate !               1) Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Heart Studies show […]

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Health Benefit – the humble Strawberry

Health Benefit – the humble Strawberry Given their unique combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, it’s not surprising to see strong research support for strawberry health benefits in three major areas: (1) cardiovascular support and prevention of cardiovascular diseases (2) improved regulation of blood sugar, with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, (3) prevention of […]

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