Like most citrus fruits, tangerines are rich in vitamin C, which is good for your immunity. Vitamin C works to boost your immunity by acting as an antioxidant that protects your cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive atoms that are produced when the substances in your body react with each other. This process is called oxidation, and the free radicals that oxidation produces can trigger cell death. Vitamin C's antioxidant power comes from its ability to scavenge free radicals and disarm their propensity for damage.
When I was little I used to watch Popeye make himself super strong by eating spinach, but you may be surprised to learn that he may also have been helping to protect himself against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers at the same time.
Research studies on basil have shown unique health-protecting effects in two basic areas: basil's flavonoids and volatile oils.
The unique array of active constituents called flavonoids found in basil provide protection at the cellular level. Orientin and vicenin are two water-soluble flavonoids that have been of particular interest in basil, and in studies on human white blood cells; these components of basil protect cell structures as well as chromosomes from radiation and oxygen-based damage.
While pears are not an unusual source of conventional antioxidant or anti-inflammatory nutrients (for example, vitamin E or omega-3 fatty acids), the phytonutrient category is where this fruit excels. For example, in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (1,638 participants, average age range 62-69 years), the combination of apples/pears ranked as the second highest source of flavonols among all fruits and vegetables - partly due to the epicatechin richness of pears. Average flavonol intake in the study was about 14 milligrams per day, and one pear can provide about half of this amount all by itself.
Phenolic compounds in watermelon—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 watermelon on the map, that nutrient would be lycopene. Alongside of pink grapefruit and guava, watermelon is an unusually concentrated source of this carotenoid. Whereas most fruits get their reddish color from anthocyanin flavonoids, watermelon gets it reddish-pink shades primarily from lycopene.
Chamomile is useful for treating inflammation in the body, including respiratory infections, inflammation of the eyes or skin, intestinal inflammation, mouth ulcers, or inflammation of the gums. The tea can make us relaxed sleep. Drinking chamomile tea about 30-45 minutes before bed. The aroma can make you relaxed. Until chances are you can sleep soundly. Also can defuse any anxiety you have. It contains natural stress away, and it will calm your nerves. Helps digestive health. Chamomile can be freed from bloating and gas formation and discomfort of irritable bowel syndrome. Use chamomile tea or mixed with peppermint.
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