What if there was a common household spice that could rebuild the gut wall to improve digestion, destroy cancer cells, stop a heart attack in its tracks and was useful for weight loss? I’m assuming you’d want to know more about it, right?
The hot fruit of the cayenne plant (“capsicum annuum”) has been used as a superb culinary spice for centuries and may be the most valuable medicinal herb in the entire plant kingdom for many of the reasons mentioned above !
High in vitamins A, C, B complex, calcium and potassium, studies have shown that cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines. Moreover, cayenne acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs and alternative cancer treatments.
Have you ever gone after the chips and salsa with gusto and then felt flushed while your nose started to run a little bit? Cayenne warms the body and stimulates the release of mucus from the respiratory passages. If you’ve ever eaten a fresh hot pepper, you know it clears the sinuses and causes sweating.
Maybe you don’t know that avocados are already considered a super-food, meaning it is exceptionally nutrient dense compared to other foods. The myth of fat dangers has held them in a bad light until that 50 plus year old medical myth began eroding recently
It is not only nutrient dense for daily nutritional requirements, a super-food can have disease deterring qualities and even contribute to reversing certain diseases. (more…)
Celery has been is a traditional Asian folk remedy for many ailments for thousands of years. If you think celery is just a crunchy, low-cal vegetable, it’s time to bring it more into your daily nutrition as a key part of your health support. Recent research has greatly bolstered our knowledge about celery’s anti-inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against inflammation in the digestive tract itself.
James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds, including a substance called apigenin, which is powerful in its anti-inflammatory action. Adding celery seeds to soups, stews or as a salt substitute in many recipes can boost the flavonoid content of these preparations.
The antioxidant support we get from celery is largely due to its phenolic nutrients that have been shown to help protect us against unwanted oxidative damage to our cells, blood vessels, and organ systems. (more…)
Spices are a delicious way of adding a sumptuous richness to many recipes. Could there be more to these tasty spices and herbs than meets the tongue? Research is now showing that many of the world’s most commonly-used spices are also chock full of health-promoting antioxidants. While most people commonly think of pomegranates, berries and leafy greens as holding the most antioxidants, knowing that spices have antioxidant levels comparable to many popular “super foods” will allow us to season our foods with more awareness. This article offers a “best of” list of the world’s healthiest antioxidant spices, as well as some quick ideas on how to incorporate them into your next meal.
The Best Antioxidant Super Spices for Improving Your Health
Cinnamon– Quite possibly the world’s most powerful antioxidant spice, cinnamon’s unique protective properties stem from the essential oils found in its bark. Cinnamon inhibits unhealthy clumping of blood platelets, lessens inflammation, and acts as an “anti-microbial” food.
You’ve probably heard of natural cold remedies like echinacea, garlic, and goldenseal. But here is a remedy that may be even better! So just what is this miracle remedy? It’s an ancient Chinese herb called huang qi, which means “yellow leader,” but you probably know it by its more common name… astragalus.
Native to China, Mongolia, and Korea, astragalus is a herb that grows up to three feet tall. Known botanically as “astragalus membranaceus,” the yellow root has various medicinal uses.
Even your great-grandmother knew fiber was the secret to keeping you “regular.” But fiber has many other surprisingly powerful health benefits. Here are nine other excellent reasons to bulk up on fiber.
Even your great-grandmother knew fiber was the secret to keeping you “regular.” And science has proved it time and again. Studies show fiber can help improve constipation, incontinence, and even bleeding hemorrhoids. So no news there.
But fiber has many other surprisingly powerful health benefits you may not have suspected. Whether you get yours as grains, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables or even bamboo shoots[i], here are nine other excellent reasons to bulk up on fiber.
There is, perhaps, no other food source surrounded by such mystery and magic as mushrooms. In the videos above, leading mycologist Paul Stamets gives a glimpse into some of the roles medicinal mushrooms play in health, such as activating your immune system and potentially fighting cancer.
Mushrooms may even help to save the world by:
Restoring habitat that’s been devastated by pollution
Naturally fight flu viruses and other diseases
Killing ants, termites, and other insects without using pesticides
Recently, CTV reported that data from a clinical trial was misrepresented, and now the research community is renewing their resolve to have the true findings of thousands of abandoned or misrepresented studies published.
The study in question was a 2011 osteoporosis study performed at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. In the study, researchers had concluded that nitroglycerin can help osteoporosis. However, recent findings have proven that data for the study was systematically manipulated. The head researcher, Dr. Sophie Jamal, has since resigned her clinical privileges and stepped down as research director at the Centre for Osteoporosis and Bone Health. The CTV article goes on to list several other studies that have provided false or misleading results.