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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:49 pm 
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Rooibos tea, like green and black tea, has been found to be rich in anti-oxidants and flavonoids. In fact, Rooibos tea has been found to have as much as 50 times more SOD than Green Tea. It also has other anti-oxidants not found in other teas.

The effect of free radicals (a by-product of normal cell function) in the process of aging and declining of the immune system is limited by the anti-oxidants in Rooibos tea.

Rooibos tea is completely pure and natural, as it contains no additives, preservatives or colorants. It is a soothing drink for people on a calorie-restricted diet, without adding kilojoules.

Rooibos tea is also strongly recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression or hypertension. Rooibos tea contains no caffeine and therefore has a soothing effect on the central nervous system. Rooibos tea is also low in tannin and therefore does not have a negative effect on the absorption of iron and proteins into the body.

Rooibos tea has anti-spasmodic properties, thus relieving stomach cramps and colic in infants. Rooibos tea also relieves stomach and indigestive problems like nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation.



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Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has been used for 2,000 years as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, particularly liver and gall bladder problems. Several scientific studies suggest that substances in milk thistle (especially a flavonoid called silymarin) protect the liver from toxins, including certain drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), which can cause liver damage in high doses. Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it may help the liver repair itself by growing new cells.

Although a number of animal studies demonstrate that milk thistle can be helpful in protecting the liver, results in human studies are mixed.

Liver disease from alcohol

Milk thistle is often suggested as a treatment for alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. But scientific studies show mixed results. Most studies show milk thistle improves liver function and increases survival in people with cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis. But problems in the design of the studies (such as small numbers of participants and differences in dosing and duration of milk thistle therapy) make it hard to draw any real conclusions.

Viral hepatitis

Milk thistle is widely used in the treatment of viral hepatitis (particularly hepatitis C). But studies show mixed results. Some found improvements in liver function, while others did not. None of the studies compared milk thistle with interferon or other medications for viral hepatitis.

Mushroom poisoning

Based on traditional use, milk thistle has been used as an emergency antidote to poisoning by deathcap mushroom (Amanita phalloides). Animal studies have found that milk thistle extract completely counteracts the toxic effects of the mushroom when given within 10 minutes of ingestion. If given within 24 hours, it significantly reduces the risk of liver damage and death.

Cancer

Early laboratory studies also suggest that silymarin and other active substances in milk thistle may have anti-cancer effects. These substances appear to stop cancer cells from dividing and reproducing, shorten their life span, and reduce blood supple to tumors. More studies are needed, however, to show whether milk thistle has any effects in the body (not just test tubes).

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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
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Health Benefits of Dandelion Tea

• Dandelion tea is particularly helpful in treating liver problems (due largely to a substance known as taraxacin). It can improve liver function, reduce inflammation of the bile duct, and may help prevent gallstones. It has been used to treat disorders such as jaundice and hepatitis.

• Dandelion tea is one of the most effective herbal diuretics. It increases urine output and also replaces potassium lost in the urine.

• Dandelion tea contains antioxidants and can help boost the immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses.

Other benefits of dandelion tea include helping with weight loss, improving blood circulation, reducing blood cholesterol, and decreasing inflammation related to rheumatism and arthritis. It is also thought to help bladder and kidney stones.

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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
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Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body can' t make them -- you have to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafood including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. They have also become popular because they may reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) at least 2 times a week.

Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.

It is important to have a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 (another essential fatty acid) in the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, and most omega-6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation. The typical American diet tends to contain 14 - 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids.

The Mediterranean diet, on the other hand, has a healthier balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Many studies have shown that people who follow this diet are less likely to develop heart disease. The Mediterranean diet does not include much meat (which is high in omega-6 fatty acids) and emphasizes foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, garlic, as well as moderate wine consumption.

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Starflower Oil is extracted from the seed of the starflower plant (borage officinalis), a pretty blue flower that grows in parts of Europe and North Africa. Starflowers have long been known for their medicinal properties,and starflower oil is one of the secrets of blossoming health for today’s woman.

Starflower oil is the most concentrated plant source of GLA (gammalinoleic acid) known to man. This is why starflower oil capsules are an ideal source of this essential nutrient and are one of the most popular and acclaimed nutritional supplements for women.

GLA is well known for its beneficial effects on the immune system, and is considered to be a powerful regulator of metabolism and the hormonal system.

It’s no surprise then that starflower oil capsules are often used as an essential remedy for PMS, mood swings, menstrual cramps, breast tenderness and other menstrual problems as well as menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes. GLA also has anti-inflammatory properties and may be indicated to alleviate the symptoms of colds, bronchitis, and respiratory infections in general. Starflower oil can also prove beneficial for eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, and even high blood pressure.

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 Post subject: Acai Berries
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Source: Ginger Root

Ginger has long been renowned for its use in cooking and for its aromatic smell, but did you know that there are also many health benefits of ginger root such as curing nausea and helping with digestion.

What is Ginger?
Ginger is a plant that comes from southeast Asia, and is now also cultivated in Jamaica and other tropical areas. The ginger herb root is used for culinary and medicinal purposes.

Ginger is a natural spice and is known world wide for its smell and pungent taste. Ginger has been used by Chinese herbalists for more than 2,500 years as flavouring in food and also as a medicine.

What are the Health Benefits Of Ginger?
There is a wide range of benefits of ginger such as nausea, digestive problems, circulation and arthritis. Nausea caused during pregnancy or by travelling is one of the benefits of ginger root. Ginger is also known to have the ability to calm an upset stomach and to promote the flow of bile. Stomach cramps can be eased and circulation can also be improved. Ginger supports a healthy cardiovascular system by making platelets less sticky which in turn reduces circulatory problems.

Ginger oil used for massage can help relieve painful arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is often included in many herbal decongestants and can help to minimise the symptoms of respiratory conditions, colds and allergies.

With all the benefits of ginger and continuing research, the ginger root is fast becoming a very popular medicinal herb. Ginger can be freshly grated and used in cooking. It is also available as a supplement which can be taken on a daily bases.

Grated ginger root mixed with diluted lime juice can help to soothe the digestive tract and reduce flatulence. It can be made into oil and used to massage areas of localised chronic pain. It can also be taken in an extract form to reduce inflammation.


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 Post subject: Health Corner. Buckwheat
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Buckwheat

Buckwheat can be regarded as a superstar nutrient food, for the numerous health benefits that are there to its credit. The versatile food is possible prebiotic (a carbohydrate that prompts the growth of “friendly” bacteria in the digestive tract). This golden and precious food was first cultivated in Southeast Asia and from there; it spread to Europe, Central Asia and Tibet. It can easily be used as an alternative to rice, porridge or wheat and is a boon for people who suffer from an allergy to the first three, as it has all the essential nutrients required by the body. Today, buckwheat is widely produced in Russia and Poland, where it plays an important role in their traditional cuisines. Other countries where buckwheat is cultivated commercially include the United States, Canada, and France, the country famous for its buckwheat crepes. With this article, we will help you explore the benefits of Buckwheat in detail.

Health Benefits Of Buckwheat

* Buckwheat is high in fiber, as 1 cup of cooked buckwheat groats contains over 4 grams of dietary fiber, which is essential to keep the bowels moving.
* The protein in buckwheat is the best known source of high biological value proteins in the plant kingdom. It contains the eight essential amino acids (eight proteins that body cannot manufacture), making it closer to being a "complete" protein.
* Buckwheat is also a good oil source of an essential fatty acid, Alpha-Linolenic Acid that is important for the body to stay healthy. It is also high in lysine.
* It contains 75% complex carbohydrates, which satisfy our appetite and fuel our cells. It is also good for people who struggle with wheat allergies and gluten intolerance.
* Owing to the quantity of magnesium contained in buckwheat, it has a relaxing effect over blood vessels, helps improve circulation, decreases blood pressure and reduces cholesterol.
* As it contains plenty of vitamins with B complex, buckwheat is recommended in case of liver disorders and illnesses where it is advisable to restrict the quantity of sugary substances consumed each day.
* Due to a good mineral list (phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese) and high flavonoid content, it's traditionally used to fix low hemoglobin and frequent colds and flu.
* Buckwheat helps lower glucose levels and is beneficial for managing diabetes.
* Due to the presence of inosit, it is regarded as a well-balanced and low-calorie diet that helps in reducing fat accumulation and adjusts metabolism as well as lipo-soluble vitamins.
* Buckwheat contains rutin, a medicinal chemical that strengthens capillary walls, reduces hemorrhaging in people with high blood pressure, prevents heart attack and increases microcirculation in people with chronic venous insufficiency.
* It also helps the liver in processing hormones, medicines, and glucoses, with a protective hepatic effect.
* Buckwheat has phytonutrient plant lignans, which are converted into mammalian lignans by friendly flora in our intestines, including one called enterolactone that is thought to protect against breast cancer as well as against other forms of cancer dependent on hormones and even heart disease.
* Buckwheat is an antidote for X-ray irradiations or other forms of irradiation, as it contains antioxidants.
* Eating foods high in insoluble fiber, such as buckwheat, can help women avoid gallstones. It is also protective against childhood asthma.
* Eating a serving of whole grains, such as buckwheat, at least 6 times a week is good for postmenopausal women with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, post menopausal breast cancer or other signs of cardiovascular disease.


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 Post subject: Health Benefits Of Broccoli
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Broccoli
Relatives: Romanesco, Broccoflower, Cauliflower, Kale, Raab, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Collards and Kohl Rabi.
(Don't over boil or even boil at all)


Health Benefits Of Broccoli

Broccoli provides a high amount of vitamin C, which aids iron absorption in the body, prevents the development of cataracts, and also eases the symptoms of the common cold.

The folic acid in broccoli helps women sustain normal tissue growth and is often used as a supplement when taking birth control pills and during pregnancies.

The potassium in broccoli aids those battling high blood pressure, while a large amount of calcium helps combat osteoporosis.

The vegetable is also fiber-rich, which enhances the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, as well as aims to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

In recent years, broccoli has made the headlines regarding three components found in the vegetable. For instance, indole-3-carbinol has captured the attention of those looking to prevent hormone-related cancers, such as breast- and prostate cancer.

I3C promotes "good" hormones, while working against destructive ones. The sulforaphane in broccoli also helps to increase the level of enzymes that block cancer, while the beta-carotene in broccoli transforms into vitamin A within the body, providing an effective antioxidant that destroys free radicals (responsible for weakening the defense of cells).

Additionally, the health benefits of broccoli have been linked to preventing and controlling the following medical concerns: Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, calcium deficiencies, stomach and colon cancer, malignant tumors, lung cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and even the aging process.

Cooking With Broccoli

While it may take some a bit of time to get used to eating raw broccoli, the use of French onion, ranch, or other dips help bring broccoli to life.

My personal favorite is to shread the broccoli stems and make broccoli slaw. Just use your favorite cole slaw recipe and substitute the broccoli for cabbage.

Some people avoid eating the stems of the vegetable, but peeling away the tough outer skin, slicing then into small pieces, or cooking them whole tastes great with a little teriyaki sauce. Overall, to get the health benefits of broccoli, it can be boiled, steamed, eaten raw, and baked with great-tasting accompaniments, such as a good tasting creamy cheese.

Broccoli also decorates casseroles, rice dishes, and is an excellent addition to a salad.

This versatile vegetable is also used to make delicious soups, including the Broccoli Cheese and Cream of Broccoli options commonly served at high end restaurants.

When preparing the vegetable, it is important to remember that overcooking broccoli equals a reduction in vital nutrients (especially when boiling in water). To savor every last drop of vitamins and healthy components, you should try steaming, microwaving, or preparing broccoli in a tasty stir-fry.

Also, the next time you're shopping for vegetables, note that some broccoli tops appear purplier than others, meaning they possess a higher level of carotenoids, which is better for your health.

The health benefits of broccoli are so great that it is one of those foods that should be a regular addition to your menu.


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Hot Peppers and Chili pepper

Originating from Central and South America, the hot pepper is nowadays cultivated worldwide for its food and therapeutic qualities. It is a 30-60 cm high annual herbal plant. It has got different variants, both with a sweet taste and especially with a hot taste.

The fruit is red or yellow coloured, with many seeds on the inside. The ripe fruit of the plant is used both for culinary and therapeutic purposes. In a document appeared in 1493 together with Columbus' travels, the hot pepper is said to be a spice. In naturist medicine the most used variety of hot pepper is "cayenne".

Pharmacologic action: antiseptic, vitaminizing (it contains a large amount of C vitamin and of beta-carotene), it regulates the blood circulation, it strengthens the heart, the arteries and the nerves, it has an excellent anti-flue action, it eliminates pains and abscesses, it is an excellent remedy against alcoholism.

Caution! when cooked alongside other spices it is likely to give birth to burns, irritations of the digestive system and even to ulcers.

The dried up hot pepper has got exceptional healing qualities. As a powder, the hot pepper is used for quickly healing wounds. A thin layer of pepper powder cleans the wound, destroys the germs and hastens its healing process.

Another external application is the one related to sinus decongestion. On adding a little hot pepper powder in a glass of water and stirring it well, when the mixture is slowly breathed in each nostril, this one will unclog fast and the infection will be gone. Still externally, the hot pepper is an exceptional remedy for healing the infections appeared at the level of the tooth gums as well, eliminating the pains and the abscesses.

The simplest treatment is to apply hot pepper powder on the toothbrush and to gently brush those respective areas.

In order to treat alcoholism, the hot pepper tincture made from 2-3 broken up peppers macerated in 100 ml of alcohol for 15 days is used. 5-10 drops of tincture in one litre of alcohol, preferably the patient's favourite one, should be taken.

Ingesting the alcohol with the hot pepper tincture will shortly give that alcoholic person repulsion toward drinking. If during the treatment three mugs of toad's tail tea cure is additionally introduced, the alcoholic patient will quit drinking himself.

The hot pepper tincture used in frictions may re-establish the blood circulation and relieve the pains due to rheumatism, neuralgias and frostbites.

For an internal use, the tincture should be taken 20-25 drops 30 minutes before the main meals. The treatment is recommended in flus, colds, and cough.


Caution! Consuming hot peppers is not advised in various disorders of stomachs, liver or urinary ways and in hemorrhages, because they worsen the effects of the diseases, seeing that they are irritating.

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