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The Fruit That Fights and Heals

Few fruits have garnered as much attention in the health research literature as we are about to see. Part of the reason may be these super fruits widespread presence in diets worldwide. With the exception of Antarctica, this powerhouse of a fruit is cultivated on all of the earth's continents, and researchers from many different countries have been especially interested in this food. But an even greater part of the reason involves the amazing nutrient composition of grapes themselves. Every year, it seems like the list of health-supportive grape nutrients grow longer, and it can be challenging just to keep up with the many phytonutrients provided by this popular food.

A Powerful Detoxifying Vegetable

This vegetable is known to help detoxify the body, especially the skin. Occasionally it’s known as a yellow superfood, it gives rise to your veggie intake for the entire day, which can be between 2 and 3 cups, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The plant, a mixture of a turnip along with a cabbage, originated from Russia however grows through the entire United States and provide health benefits because of their important nutrient content. What most people don’t realize is that Rutabaga is really a cruciferous veggie.

The Fruit That Reduces Blood Pressure and Increases Physical Performance

Phenolic compounds in this superfruit—including flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids—make this fruit a choice for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. If you had to pick a single nutrient from this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant category that has put this fruit on the map for physical performance and prevention, that nutrient would be lycopene. Along with prevention, this fruit helps support blood pressure and other vascular support. Alongside of pink grapefruit and guava, this superfruit is an unusually concentrated source of this carotenoid.

Getting Our Kids To Eat Healthy by Dr. Asa Andrew

One of the challenges that bother me the most is seeing our kids overweight and unhealthy. Each day on the radio and television broadcasts I discuss a variety of topics and latest health news. When I started seeing the trends in our young people such as 1 out of 3 of kids under the age of 11 being diagnosed with diabetes. Or even worse that 17% of our children are now considered overweight. With this information I started thinking, where are we going wrong? What can we do as parents and leaders to make an impact?

How Green Peas Impact Our Health

Given their exceptionally strong nutrient composition, we've been surprised at the relatively small amount of research specifically focused on green peas as a health-supporting food. Green peas have been largely overlooked in research studies on legumes, which have tended to concentrate only on beans. In studies where the health benefits of green peas have been directly examined, it's usually been in their dried versus fresh form. These research trends are ones that we would really like to see reversed! Due to the lack of wide-scale health research on green peas, many of the connections that we would expect to see need further research substantiation.

The Benefit of Walnuts

We have long learned how nuts can benefit our overall health. Many studies have been done to show us how just a handful a day can help keep the doctor away in so many areas of our health and well-being. Let’s take a look at why walnuts may be the most powerful of all the nuts for impacting our overall health from everything to heart disease to reversing the clock on aging.

Sesame Seeds

Sesame Seeds pack a powerful punch in the health category. They may be one of the best sources of minerals in all of the nuts and seeds. Look at some of the amazing benefits of what sesame seeds can bring to your health. Not only can they help with reducing inflammation, they also can increase the overall immune system.They are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin.

The Spice of Life by Dr. Asa Andrew

It has been used for ages and claimed as the ultimate spice for just about every condition you can think about. From high blood pressure to blood sugar issues to one of the most potent antioxidants in our food supply, this spice has many therapeutic properties that can support your health in so many ways. Lets’ take a closer look into what cinnamon can do to support our health.

The Amazing Benefits of Fennel

If you are into herbs and spices as part of your healthy eating routine, you will be amazed at the benefits of fennel. Used for centuries for its healing benefits, fennel can help restore the body to a higher level of function both with our metabolism and immune system. The fennel bulb has unique health features that can help take your wellness to the next level. For example, fennel's aromatic taste is unique, strikingly reminiscent of licorice and anise, so much so that fennel is often mistakenly referred to as anise in the marketplace. Fennel's texture is similar to that of celery, having a crunchy and striated texture.

The Healing Benefits of Oregano In Our Everyday Diet

You may have seen a bottle marked "oil of oregano" in a health food store. There are good reasons why!  The volatile oils in this spice include thymol and carvacrol, both of which have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Ancient cultures have used oregano to be a major part of their health lineup. Oregano has been known for it’s anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties that have been used both externally and internally.

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