The beneficial properties of this medicinal plant go more than skin deep
If you’ve ever squeezed the gel from an aloe vera leaf onto a burn, you’ve experienced the topical benefits of this common plant. Aloe’s healing properties extend to internal ailments as well. Aloe juice, derived from the fleshy pulp inside aloe vera leaves, may aid people with digestive disorders and type 2 diabetes, and may help boost the immune system. Aloe contains small amounts of digestive enzymes, such as amylase and lipase; antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, catalase, and superoxide dismutase; B vitamins; chromium; magnesium; and all eight essential amino acids. One other thing to know: aloe seems to increase the absorption of what you consume with it, whether nutrients or medications.
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If you are put off by the sour, slightly unripe flavor of aloe juice, add a splash of fruit juice, and stir in a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of agave or honey the way they do in China.
A great VT article on Chia Seeds:
What they do and how to use them to improve your overall health
The word is spreading fast of chia seeds’ rich supply of heart-healthful omega-3s
Popular as a novelty product to the tune of Ch-ch-ch-chia!, the seeds of the Salvia hispanica plant are also becoming known as a functional food. Chia seeds are full of inflammation-fighting antioxidants and heart-healthful omega-3 fats and fiber. Factor in the bone-building trio of calcium (about six times the amount in milk), magnesium, and phosphorus, and you’ve got an amazing seed worth singing about.
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Refrigerate chia seeds to keep them fresh, and eat 1 to 2 tablespoons daily: mix into yogurt, salads, smoothies, or veggie burger patties; or substitute chia powder for one-quarter of the flour called for in a muffin recipe or baked goods.
I just came across a wonderful product that was just DELICIOUS and wanted to share.
It is BLACK RICE by Hinode and it happens to be a natural SUPER FOOD.
If you haven’t already tried it I encourage you to try it at your first chance. It cooked very quick at 35-40 minutes.
It has a wonderfully rich, sweet and nutty taste that pairs perfect with your favorite veggie, entree or salad.
This beautiful Black colored rice turns purple once cooked, and is naturally low in fat, free of gluten, cholesterol and sodium.
Although Black rice has been around since ancient times, it is just recently becoming known as a superfood.
HINODE Black Rice is an exotic variety of 100% whole grain rice once reserved for emperors and royalty. Often referred to as a “superfood” for the beneficial nutrients found in its black grain, Black Rice is naturally gluten free and contains fiber, iron, niacin, magnesium, thiamin and antioxidants.
Black Rice provides a beautiful contrast when presented with colorful fruit, vegetables and salads. Its nutty texture and slightly sweet flavor are coveted by professional and home chefs alike.
Black Rice is Naturally:
- Whole Grain
- Gluten Free
- Cholesterol Free
- Sodium Free
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A wonderful tropical fruit with amazing health and healing properties. Enhancing digestion,
calming inflammation, and aids in prevention of heart disease and arthritis.
Papaya is the only food source rich in the healing papain enzyme. Papain is an an anti-inflammatory enzyme that breaks down proteins.
Papain is wonderful for aiding digestion, easing burns and stings. Papain is very helpful in treating wounds, slowing down clotting and
improving circulation. It has an amazing way of delivery healing nutrients to the inflamed areas. Papain is also rich in vitamin A, folate,
vitamin E. Papaya is a wonderful source of vitamin C providing 33 percent more vitamin C than oranges. Papaya is loaded with healthy
Carotenoids, antioxidants that give papaya its orange color. Combine the rich antioxidant carotenoids with vitamin C to prevent heart
disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Papaya is also loaded with hypertension fighting potassium and magnesium.
Papaya is a low calorie fiber-rich fruit that is great to aid in weight loss.
Papaya contains 59 calories each providing a wonderfully filling snack rich in nutrients without the fat, carbs or high calories.
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Another great attribute of this amazing healing fruit is that you can get it year round. The perfect picked papaya should be reddish yellow and ripe to the touch. They store well and will last fresh in the refrigerator up to one week.
When picking up your perfect papaya steer away from the shriveled, bruised and fruit with dark spots. If there are no reddish yellow papaya available a green one will ripen left out at room temperature.
Great Papaya Uses:
Papaya goes great in salads, dressing, salsa, in baked goods, as a marinade or topping for rice, veggies or protein.
It also goes nicely on top of desserts, yogurt, cereals and more.
Be sure to get this healing food into your diet.
The Many Health Benefits of Almonds
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same healthy fats found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. ((http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20.))
A recent Nurses Health Study has shown researches that substituting nuts for a carbohydrate in an average diet provides a 30% reduction in heart disease risk. Researchers further found that when nuts were substituted for saturated unhealthy fats (meat and dairy fats) the diet provided 45% reduction in heart disease risk.((http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20.))
The high concentration of the antioxidant vitamin E aids in lowering cholesterol, reducing heart disease risk, as well as lowering LDL.
(LDL is the form of cholesterol that has been linked to atherosclerosis and heart disease).
Almonds contain a very important mineral magnesium and potassium.
In just 1 cup of almonds you can reach your daily needed amount of these very important minerals.
Almonds decrease after-meal rises in blood sugar, while providing amazing antioxidants to scavenge up free radicals.
Almonds have a wonderful effect on the skin and complexion, while also aiding in digestion moving the food through the colon reducing the risk of cancer. ((http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almond.))
Research has recently shown almonds elevating the blood levels of HDL (high density lipoproteins) ,
while lowering LDL levels ( low density lipoproteins) reducing the risk of heart disease.
The British Journal of Nutrition has shown eating almonds reduces the glycemic index (GI) of the meal. The research has shown the more almonds consumed, the lower the meal’s GI and the less the rise in subjects’ blood sugar after eating.
Gene Spiller, Ph.D., director of the Health Research and Studies Center in Los Altos, California explains its the combination effect of all the properties in almonds working together. “It’s the fiber, the unsaturated fats, the arginine, the plant sterols and other phytochemicals.
They all work together to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.”
Components of Cider Vinegar
Cider vinegar contains many nutrients, such as beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, calcium, riboflavin and thiamin; vitamin B6, C, and E; and fruit acids and pectin. Beta Carotene, potassium, and pectin are especially important for the heart, skin, and digestion.