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Healing Qualities of Mint

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Healing Qualities of Mint

Mint is a refreshing herb that offers a cool burst of sweet, peppery and menthol flavours that are enjoyable in teas, salads and desserts. Cultivated for thousands of years for its culinary and medicinal benefits, mint has long been used by many diverse cultures for its calming taste and its healing qualities. While there are around 20 different species of mint, peppermint and spearmint are amongst the most common strains used.

Mint is known for its fresh taste that can eradicate bad breath, for its soothing aroma that can reduce stress and for its relieving ability that can ease GI gastrointestinal symptoms. Mint also has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food making it a powerful immune-boosting, anti-aging and anti-cancer treatment. An antioxidant in mint known as rosmarinic acid has also been studied for its powerful detoxing abilities along with its antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory abilities. The remedies mint has been linked to are substantial, and what an enjoyable herb to better your health.

The germicidal qualities mint possess contribute to good oral health by destroying harmful bacteria and by cleansing the mouth. Destroying the mouth’s stinky bacteria will also help rid the mouth of bad breath. Mints sweet menthol flavours and aroma can further leave the mouth feeling refreshed and smelling great. For these reasons, mint is commonly added to dental hygiene products.

The soothing aroma of mint can reduce stress, anxiety and depression and bring about feelings of calm. Mint’s pleasant aroma can also provide relief to respiratory disorders by clearing blockages of the nose, throat, bronchi and lungs with its cool and calming effects. It reduces inflammation and irritation bringing relief to respiratory channels resulting in reduced symptoms and severity of respiratory conditions and allergies.

Mint’s relieving effects can ease GI gastrointestinal symptoms like cramping, nausea, indigestion and inflammation. The aroma of mint encourages healthy digestion by stimulating the salivary glands and by secreting digestive enzymes. The menthol oil produced in mint can also help to bring about relief to upset stomachs as well can be used for morning sickness or as a travel aid for motion sickness.

Balms made with mint or mint oil  can also be used as a treatment to relieve symptoms of headaches and migraines. Rubbing mint oil or a balm on the forehead and into the temples can immediately reduce temperatures and inflammation associated with headaches. Mint oil rubbed into sore muscles can also bring relief to muscular pain.

Try enjoying dried mint steeped in hot water for a tea or fresh mint served in a salad. Either way can provide for a sweet and soothing way to remedy your ailments and to invigorate your day.

Article written by: J. Marshall

References
•    Mercola: Take Control of Your Health / The Power of Peppermint: 21 Health Benefits Revealed: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/14/peppermint-health-benefits.aspx
•    Mercola: Take Control of Your Health / Mint: Learn More About This Refreshing and Invigorating Herb: http://articles.mercola.com/herbs-spices/mint.aspx
•    Dr. Health Benefits .com / Top 22 Health Benefits of Mint Leaves: http://drhealthbenefits.com/herbal/leaves/health-benefits-of-mint-leaves
•    The World’s Healthiest Foods / Peppermint: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=102
•    Health Benefits Times .com /  Health Benefits of Mint: http://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-mint/
•    Medical News Today / Mint: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks; M.W.16-02-2016: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275944.php
•    Botanical Online / Medical Properties of Mint: http://www.botanical-online.com/mint.htm
•    NCBI: US National Library of Medicine Nationals Institutes of Health / Rosmarinic acid: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12482446

Healing Qualities of Thyme

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Healing Qualities of Thyme

Thyme is popular for its culinary uses, but also has a long history as a medicinal healer and protector. Ancient Egyptians used thyme in embalming because of its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. In the Roman era, thyme was consumed daily to prevent food poisoning, as well was put in baths to reduce the effects of poisoning and as a cleansing agent. Prior to antibiotics, thyme oil was also used to medicate bandages.

Thyme is an antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antispasmodic, a hypertensive and has calming properties. Thyme supports a strong immune system, as well as a healthy respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system and balances hormones. Recent studies also suggest that thyme can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well may help to fight some forms of cancer.

The Romans were correct about thyme’s ability to prevent food poisoning. In fact, studies published in Food Microbiology, researchers found that a solution of 1% thyme oil was able to decontaminate foods laced with infectious organisms.

Have a sore throat? Thyme oil is one of the most powerful natural antimicrobials there is. A study conducted by the Medical and Sanitary Microbiology Department at Medical University of Lodz in Poland tested thymes oil’s response to 120 different strains of bacteria from oral, respiratory and urinary infections and found that it demonstrated very strong fighting abilities against all these strains; even antibiotic-resistant strains.

Thyme oil works as an expectorant, an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial making it an excellent treatment for respiratory issues like bronchitis, chronic asthma, congestion, colds, flus, sinus-issues and seasonal allergies.

Thyme oil’s antiseptic abilities can kill infections on the skin and within the body; as well its antibacterial abilities can inhibit all kinds of bacterial growth. Thyme oil is so potent it can also be used to kill intestinal worms and parasites.

One of the most potent antioxidant herbs there is, thyme protects the body against oxidative free radical damage that contributes to aging and disease. The phenolic antioxidants found in thyme work to neutralize and eliminate free radicals throughout the body.

Thyme oil stimulates blood circulation by relaxing the arteries and veins, reducing stress on the heart, reducing the heart rate and the over-all blood pressure. Regular consumption has also shown to reduce cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL levels (bad cholesterol), while increasing HDL levels (good cholesterol).

Carvacrol, present in the essential oil of thyme, has been found to offer mood-boosting effects. A study conducted in 2013 by the University of Foggie, the University of Geneva and the University of Bari, found that by ingesting low concentrations of carvacrol regularly improved feelings of well-being. Thyme oil can help to reduce stress and anxiety by relaxing the body, allowing it to function more at ease.

Thyme oil can be used to balance hormones by improving progesterone production. By stimulating and bringing balance to the hormones in the body, thyme oil can delay menopause, as well bring relief to menopausal symptoms like mood swings, hot flashes and insomnia.

The essential oil component, carvacrol in thyme, has also shown to have strong anti-tumour and cancer-fighting abilities. A recent study published in Anti-Cancer Drugs found that carvacrol inhibited two colon cancer cell lines making it a potential treatment for both prevention and treatment of colon cancer.

Thyme is considered safe to consume fresh or as a dried herb, but when taken in concentrations like in thyme oil on a regular basis and in large amounts can lead to digestive issues as well could lead to increased blood thinning. Precautions are advised in excessive use for these reasons. Thyme also acts like estrogen in the body, so for those who have hormone-sensitive conditions, thyme may need to be avoided.

This fragrant herb offers a wonderful flavour and aroma to many different types of foods  like: soups, egg dishes, fish, potatoes and pasta dishes. Fresh and dried thyme are  widely available and can easily be substituted for each other. Try thyme in your next recipe and appreciate the healing qualities of this wonderful herb.

Written by: J. Marshall

References
•    Dr. Axe: Food is Medicine / Top 6 Thyme Benefits: https://draxe.com/thyme/
•    Dr. Axe: Food is Medicine / Thyme Oil Kills Infections, Increases Circulation & balances Hormones: https://draxe.com/thyme-oil/
•    The World’s Healthiest Foods / Thyme: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=77
•    Organic Facts / 7 Amazing Benefits of Thyme: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/thyme.html
•    Medical News Today / What are the Health Benefits of Thyme?: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266016.php
•    Food Facts / What is Thyme Good For?: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/thyme.html
•    Health Line / 9 health Benefits of Thyme: http://www.healthline.com/health/health-benefits-of-thyme#1
•    MDPI: molecules / Carvacrol: from ancient Flavoring to Neuromodulatory Agent: http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/18/6/6161/htm

Healing Qualities of Oregano

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Healing Qualities of Oregano

Oregano

Oregano is an excellent source for vitamin K and a good source for manganese, iron, calcium and fiber.

Oregano is an important culinary and medicinal herb that has been used for thousands of years. Oregano, also known as “wild marjoram” in many parts of Europe, belongs to the mint family and is closely related to the herb sweet marjoram.

Oregano leaf is popular in Mediterranean cuisine and for adding flavour to meats and tomato sauces. Whereas, the oils extracted from oregano have a long medicinal history with amazing health benefits. Oregano oil is a powerful antioxidant, as well offers anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial support. Oregano inhibits inflammation, reducing tissue swelling associated with inflammatory conditions, as well has an analgesic effect in reducing the symptoms of pain. Oregano has also shown to be effective in destroying a variety of different cancer cells.

An active ingredient in oregano called rosmarinic acid is a powerful antioxidant, four times more potent than blueberries. Antioxidants support the immune system by protecting the body against environmental damage (free radicals), through encouraging the production of bacteria-destroying white blood cells and by protecting enzymes that repair DNA, allowing the body to rejuvenate itself. Antioxidants block free radical oxidative damage to cells and DNA that causes aging and can lead to a variety of diseases like heart disease, cancer, arthritis and diabetes.

The essential oils from oregano, carvacrol and thymol, provide such powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial support that they are effective in destroying salmonella, e. Coli, listeria and even MRSA staphylococcus, known as the “flesh eating desease”. The Journal of Medical Microbiology in 2007 published a facinating study, “Effects of oregano, carvacrol and thymol on Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilms.”, that demonstrates the promising inhibiting effects the essential oils has on staph infections.

Oregano’s anti-inflammatory properties come from a substance called beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP), which has been found to inhibit inflammation. A study conducted by Swiss researchers at the University of Bonn and the ETH Zurich concluded that the active ingredient E-BCP reduced inflammatory swelling significantly which also reduced pain. The experiments also found E-BCP effective in preventing bone degeneration associated to osteoporosis.

The essential oil carvacrol found in oregano has also been studied heavily for its cancer preventing properties. Research has shown that carvacrol kills cancer cells and protects against a variety of different cancers like breast cancer, colon cancer, leukaemia and prostate cancer.

Oregano oil is a great addition to the natural medicine chest for so many reasons, just as fresh or dried oregano is a must in the spice rack. Enjoy the unique flavour and aroma of oregano in your next mediterranean recipe or tomato-based dish and appreciate the benefits of this powerful herb.

Written by: J. Marshall

References

 

Healing Qualities of Cumin

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Healing Qualities of Cumin

Cumin is an annual plant called Cuminum Cyminum and is a member of the parsley family. Cumin seeds, also known as Jeera, are used in cuisines from around the world, offering a slightly sweet, nutty and peppery flavour. The seeds are oblong in shape, ridged and yellow-brown in colour and are used in cooking whole in form, ground as a powder or as an extracted oil for flavouring.

The uses of cumin date back over 5,000 years and was highly regarded by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans not only for its culinary purposes, but also for its medicinal uses. Traditionally cumin was used as a diuretic, as an aphrodisiac, to reduce food-borne illnesses, to stimulate healthy digestion and to stimulate menstruation.

Today science has validated some of these traditional beliefs as well has found that cumin has many other medicinal benefits. Recent studies have found that cumin can be used to lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels, improve cognitive function, increase bone density, reduce symptoms of IBS, boost immunity, relieve the symptoms of the common cold, can be used as a detox for drug addiction, can help respiratory disorders, can be used to relieve insomnia, can promote lactation in women who are breastfeeding, provide antioxidant protection and may also prevent some cancers.

Cumin seeds are high in iron and dietary fiber as well a good source for many other essential nutrients like manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin B1. Iron plays many vital roles in the body including the promotion of healthy blood, energy production, metabolism and immune support. Iron deficiencies effect 20% of the world’s population and can lead to serious conditions like anemia. One teaspoon of cumin powder contains almost 18% of an adults daily value in Iron.

The dietary fiber and chemical properties of cumin benefit the digestive system by stimulating the secretion of pancreatic enzymes and proteins that assist in digestion and nutrient assimilation. A study published in the Middle East Journal of Digestive Disease concluded that an extract of cumin taken daily for 2 to 4 weeks greatly reduced symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

Antioxidant compounds found in cumin like flavonoids and alkaloids provide protection from free radical damage that cause inflammation and damage to DNA. The antioxidant protection in cumin can improve inflammatory conditions like asthma, improve cognitive function, boost immunity, detox the body, relieve symptoms of the common cold, respiratory disorders and insomnia, as well provide protection against cancer.

Cumin has been found to improve blood sugar control, in one study, by reducing advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which are produced in the bloodstream when blood sugar levels are high. AGEs are believed to be responsible for damage to eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels in people with diabetes.

Multiple clinical studies have found that cumin improved blood cholesterol levels by decreasing unhealthy blood triglycerides. LDL cholesterol levels were decreased by 10% in patients that took a cumin extract for one and a half months.

In a study published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine in 2008, researchers found that a cumin extract taken regularly had a similar effect in anti-osteoporotic to that of Estradiol, a drug taken by menopausal women, as well improved bone density.

A different study published in the journal Neuroscience Letters in 2008 suggests that cumin seed oil reduced the tolerance and dependance of drug addiction and reduced the symptoms of withdrawal.

Antimicrobial properties in cumin have long been used to reduce the risk of food-borne infections and reduce the growth of certain kinds of infectious fungi. Cumin seeds have also been suggested to improve skin conditions including boils, rashes, eczema and psoriasis.

Cumin taken with milk and honey on a regular basis is also said to help breast-feeding women increase their milk supply.

The health benefits of cumin are far-reaching, known throughout ancient times and proven today in many evidence-based studies. Cumin can be enjoyed as a spice in Asian, Middle-Eastern and Spanish cooking but can also be taken as a supplement. When cooking with cumin it is best to use whole cumin seeds or to grind them yourself with a mortar and pestle for optimum potency.

Written by: J. Marshall

References
•    Authority Nutrition: An Evidence-based Approach / 9 Powerful Health Benefit of Cumin: https://authoritynutrition.com/9-benefits-of-cumin/
•    The World’s Healthiest Foods / Cumin Seeds: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=91
•    Organic Facts / 13 Surprising Benefits of Cumin: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-cumin.html
•    Herb Wisdom / Cumin: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-cumin.html
•    Doctors Health Press / Top 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Cumin Seeds: http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/top-10-amazing-health-benefits-of-cumin-seeds
•    Wellness Mama / Cumin Herb Profile: https://wellnessmama.com/5607/cumin-herb-profile/
•    Wikipedia / Cumin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumin
•    NCBI / Cumin extract for symptom control in patients with irritable bowel syndrome: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24829694
•    Neuroscience Letters: The rapid communication journal for the neurosciences: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/neuroscience-letters/
•    Experimental Biology and Medicine: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ebm

Healing Qualities of Garlic

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Healing Qualities of Garlic

“Eat onions in March and garlic in May, and the rest of the year your doctor can play.” Olde Folk Rhyme

A plant from the onion (Allium) family, garlic is grown for both its medicinal benefits and its distinctive aroma and flavour in cooking. The medicinal qualities of garlic has been well known and used for over 5,000 years all around the world. Garlic is low in calories and high in manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C and selenium; as well contains a moderate amount of other essential nutrients and elements.

Garlic has long been prescribed as a remedy for digestive disorders, flatulence, worms, respiratory infections, viruses, skin diseases and stamina to name a few. Garlic is known for its medicinal uses as an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and as a detox.

Studies suggest garlic lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improves energy levels when taken on a daily basis. Garlic has also been found to significantly improve estrogen levels in menopausal women which improved bone health and reduced the effects of osteoarthritis. If that is not enough, new studies also suggest garlic is a powerful cancer blocker.

The chemical compound called allicin found in garlic is highly effective at destroying harmful microorganisms that are responsible for most infections. Allicin can clear up some digestive disorders such as diarrhea and colitis by destroying the harmful bacteria in the intestines. Raw garlic taken daily can also be used to prevent viruses like the common cold.

Garlic contains antioxidants that protect the body against oxidative damage which contributes to ageing and age-related diseases like dementia and Alzheimers. Garlic’s antioxidant protection supports healthy DNA from damage and from producing cancerous tumours. The antioxidant’s in garlic also protect the heart from bad cholesterol levels which are worsened with oxidative stress. Garlic also reduced the accumulation of soft plaque which prevented the formation of new plaque in the arteries.

A study published in 2014 through the US National Library of Medicine, found that garlic has the potential to lower blood pressure similar to standard blood pressure medications. It explains that the polysulfides in garlic promote the opening and widening of blood vessels which in-turn lowers blood pressure.

Eating garlic regularly has also shown to help regulate blood sugar levels. Garlic can increase the amount of insulin that is released and improve glucose tolerance.

According to the National Cancer Institute, several population studies have shown that an increased daily intake of garlic reduced the risk of many types of cancers. Garlic’s antibacterial properties along with its antioxidant ability to block the formation of cancer-causing substances and enhance DNA repair all contribute to its cancer prevention.

Garlic is most effective when taken raw for its microbial properties, although cooked garlic still effective. The anti-oxidative qualities of garlic are not effected by whether it is cooked or not. Garlic is enjoyable in many dishes, raw, sautéed, roasted or baked. The amazing health benefits of garlic are enhanced when the cloves are chopped, activating the allinase enzymes in the vegetables cells. Enjoy garlic in your next dish and may you live a long healthy life.

Written by: J. Marshall

References
•    NCBI: US National Library of Medicine / Effects of Allium sativum (garlic) on systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with essential hypertension: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24035939
•    NCBI: US National Library of Medicine / Potential of garlic in lowering high blood pressure: mechanisms of action and clinical relevance: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4266250/
•    Authority Nutrition: An Evidence Based Approach / 11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic: https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-garlic/
•    WHFoods: The World’s Healthiest Foods / Garlic: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60
•    NCBI: US National Library of Medicine / Comparison of therapeutic effects of garlic in patients with chronic occupational lead poisoning: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22151785
•    NCBI: US National Library of Medicine / The effect of garlic tablet on pro-inflammatory cytokines in postmenopausal osteoporotic women: a randomized controlled clinical trial: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23039014
•    Natural News / Garlic Boosts Overall Antioxidant levels and Blocks Cancer: http://www.naturalnews.com/025821_garlic_antioxidant_cancer.html
•    Dr. Axe: Food is Medicine / 7 Raw garlic benefits for reversing disease: https://draxe.com/7-raw-garlic-benefits-reversing-disease/
•    NIH National Cancer Institute / Garlic and Cancer Prevention: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/garlic-fact-sheet

 

Healing Qualities of Ginger

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Healing Qualities of Ginger

Ginger has a long medicinal tradition of being used for alleviating symptoms of influenza and poor digestion such as; nausea, motion sickness, loss of appetite and pain. This aromatic root also has a long history of offering a spicy zesty flavour to many different types of dishes; as well enjoyed as a tea.

ginger rootModern clinical studies have found that ginger does in fact possess these traditional health beliefs, along with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, strong cancer fighting abilities and anti-diabetic properties.

The main active chemical compound in ginger is called gingerols, it is what gives ginger its distinctive flavour. Gingerols are potent compounds that possess the many healing qualities ginger is recognized for; such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cancer fighting abilities.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that gingerols offers benefits many health conditions by providing pain relief, reducing swelling, improving energy levels, as well as providing strong immune boosting properties. With reduced inflammation also comes reduced pain, which chronic inflammatory conditions are often associated with. The antioxidant effects of gingerols also help to reduce aging and age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Research conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Hormel Institute and presented at the Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in 2003 revealed that gingerols may inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer and had strong chemotherapeutic characteristics. At the 97th annual Meeting of the American Association of Cancer, research conducted by the University of Michigan showed that gingerols also kill ovarian cancer cells quite effectively.

Multiple studies have demonstrated powerful blood sugar stabilizing effects improving symptoms of type II diabetes. The Tehran University of Medical Sciences conducted a study in 2015 that concluded that taking just 2 grams of ginger daily proved more effective than the leading diabetes treatments.

Caution is advised to not stop taking any current medications without consulting a doctor first. If personal blood sugar levels are improved through diet changes, allow your doctor to decrease your prescriptions.

The amazing health benefits of ginger can be appreciated by adding this remarkable spice to the foods you eat. There are many types of dishes from around the world that use ginger in their recipes. Ginger root can be peeled, sliced, steeped and enjoyed as a tea as well. Ginger can also be found in capsule form in your local health food store.

Written by: J. Marshall

References
•    The Worlds Healthiest Foods / Ginger: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72
•    Authority Nutrition / 11 Proven Health Benefits of Ginger: https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger/
•    Medical News Today / Ginger: Health Benefit, Facts, Research: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php
•    Global Healing Center / 10 Health Benefits of Ginger: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-ginger/
•    Superversity / Study Underlines Real World Benefits of Ginger for Type II Diabetes: http://suppversity.blogspot.ca/2015/01/study-underlines-real-world-benefits-of.html

Healing Qualities of Black Pepper

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Healing Qualities of Black Pepper

Aside from salt, peppercorns are the most widely used seasoning in the world. It lends a spicy warmth to otherwise sometimes bland foods. Black pepper provides more than just flavour to foods mind you, it also offers several health benefits.

Black pepper is an excellent source of manganese which is necessary for over 300 chemical reactions in the body; and vitamin K which is essential for strong bones and maintaining healthy blood clotting.

Black pepper improves digestion by stimulating hydrochloric acid secretion, discourages intestinal gasses from forming, and promotes overall good intestinal health. Low hydrochloric acid production will slow digestion allowing food to sit in the stomach and intestines longer which leads to heartburn, indigestion, gas cramps and even diarrhea or constipation. Black pepper can also work as a diuretic, promoting urination and as a diaphoretic, which promotes sweating.

Peppercorns have been used for centuries for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial effects. They are a good source for vitamin C, vitamin A and flavonoids; all compounds that help the body to remove free radicals and protect from cancers and other diseases.

Written by: J. Marshall

References
•    The Worlds Healthiest Foods – http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php
•    Food Facts presented by Dr. Mercola – http://foodfacts.mercola.com/black-pepper.html
•    Nutrition and You – http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/black_pepper.html

Healing Qualities of Cinnamon

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Healing Qualities of Cinnamon

For thousands of years cinnamon has been used medicinally around the world for its powerful healing properties. In fact, researchers have concluded that the health benefits of cinnamon far surpass that of any other spice or herb in the world. The unique beneficial compounds in cinnamon make it a potent antioxidant, with anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, anti-cancer, lipid-lowering and immunity-boosting abilities.

Cinnamon has over 40 different protective compounds that all provide protection against free radical damage, which contributes to the aging process and leads to disease. The various antioxidants present in cinnamon reduce many forms of oxidative stress, including the ability to reduce nitric oxide build up in the blood and lipid per-oxidation; which contributes to brain disorders, cancers and heart disease.

Cinnamon has been found to contain several types of flavonoid compounds which are highly effective in reducing serious full body inflammatory conditions. With reduced inflammation and swelling will also come ease of pain which is usually associated with this type of condition. Flavonoids have also been found to be beneficial with easing age-related pains, PMS pains and reducing the severity of allergic reactions.

The anti-diabetic effect of cinnamon is accomplished through the blocking certain enzymes with allow sugar to be absorbed into the blood, in-turn lowering blood sugar levels which  improves the sensitivity to the hormone insulin. Insulin is a vital hormone needed for keeping blood sugar levels balanced. Diabetes occurs when an insulin resistance develops and there is an inability to manage how much sugar enters the blood stream.

The essential oils found in cinnamon have strong anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral abilities that fight infections and viruses and boost the immune system. Cinnamon’s essential oils also protect against bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath, tooth decay, cavities and mouth infections.

Cinnamon’s antioxidant abilities also contribute to its ability to protect against cancer. A compound found in cinnamon called cinnamaldehyde inhibits cancer tumour growth, causes cancerous cells to self-destruct and protects DNA from damage. Studies have shown an especially significant improvement to colon cancer and is currently being investigated as a natural anti-cancer agent.

Cinnamon protects the heart by reduces several risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels and high blood pressure. Compounds in cinnamon are able to reduce bad cholesterol levels (LDL) while keeping good cholesterol levels (HDL) stable. Cinnamon further improves heart health through better blood health by assisting in coagulation functions and increasing circulation which promotes the bodies ability to heal.

Recent research has found cinnamons antioxidant properties also help to protect against neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Cinnamon does this by activating neuro-protective proteins that protect brain cells from damage or mutation.

Candida overgrowth is a far too common yeast condition that can cause serious multiple digestive and autoimmune symptoms and disorders. It is a fungus that can cause the break down of the intestinal lining and penetrate the bloodstream; releasing toxins throughout the body. The powerful anti-fungal properties in cinnamon have been found to be effective in stopping or curing this condition.

Allergies and asthma attacks can also be improved through cinnamon’s ability to fight histamine reactions in the body and reduce inflammation. Cinnamon’s immune boosting abilities also contribute to reduced allergies by helping the body to digest and better defend against common food allergens.

Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of a tree species know as the Cinnamomum and is available in either stick or powder form. Cinnamon is commonly used in many different dessert recipes as well is enjoyed in coffee, tea and hot cocoa.

Written by: J. Marshall

References
•    Medical News Today / Cinnamon: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266069.php
•    The World’s Healthiest Foods / Cinnamon, ground: http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=68
•    Authority Nutrition / 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon : https://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon/
•    Dr. Axe / Health Benefits of Cinnamon & Nutrition Facts: https://draxe.com/health-benefits-cinnamon/
•    Organic Authority / 7 Health Benefits of Cinnamon You Need To Know: http://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html
•    NCBI / U.S. National Library of Medicine / Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003790/
•    Superfoodly / ORAC Values / Ground Cinnamon Spice: https://www.superfoodly.com/orac-value/spices-cinnamon-ground/

Healing Qualities of Parsley

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Healing Qualities of Parsley

Parsley SprigParsley has taken on a role as a table garnish, and though curly parsley is quite pretty, this herb truly offers so much more. Parsley is absolutely delicious in recipes and is packed full of nutrition and powerful healing properties. Parsley contains several healing volatile oil components, flavonoids and is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate; as well a source to many more.

Myristicin, one of the volatile oils in parsley’s composition has shown to inhibit tumour formation, particularly in the lungs. The presence of this volatile oil has shown to activate an enzyme that oxidizes molecules that would otherwise cause damage to the body. This qualifies parsley as a “chemoprotective” food, neutralizing particular types of carcinogens.

Eugenol, another essential oil present in the herb is used as an anesthetic and antiseptic in the dental industry, to protect against gum disease. Eugenol has also been found to reduce blood sugar, assisting in the fight against diabetes.

The flavonoids in parsley are strong antioxidants, attaching themselves to oxygen-based free radicals preventing oxygen-based damage to cells. Parsley has also shown strong antioxidant support in the blood.

Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and offers excellent support to a strong immune system.

Parsley is a good natural source of folic acid which is critical to cardiovascular health. Folic acid also plays an important role in cell division, making it an important nutrient in cancer prevention.

Parsley is also a good source of vitamin K, which supports strong bones and reduces the risk of fractures.

The rich green leaves of the parsley plant contain high amounts of chlorophyl, which has also shown to be effective in protecting against cancer and other infectious diseases. Chlorophyl protects against harmful bacteria which prevents infections and improves wound healing. It is believed that chlorophyl can stop the development of cold sores and even protect the skin from shingles. Digestion is improved as well by chlorophyl’s ability to speed up waste elimination.

Parsley is a sweet aromatic herb that can offer a fresh spicy flavour to many different types of dishes. Parsley is widely used around the world adding colour and flavour to potato dishes, salads, tomato-based dishes, poultry dishes, seafood and egg dishes.

Written by: J. Marshall

References
•    Whole Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=100&tname=foodspice
•    Medical News Today: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284490.php
•    Nutrition and You: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/parsley.html
•    Self Nutrition Data: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2513/2
•    Dr. Axe/Food is Medicine: https://draxe.com/chlorophyll-benefits/

Healing Qualities of Cilantro / Coriander

Spice Rack Remedies

Healing Qualities of Cilantro / Coriander

cilantroCilantro is an annual herb closely related to parsley, whose leaves and seeds are commonly used in cooking. In the United Kingdom the plant is often referred to as coriander, but in Canada and the United States the leaves of the plant are called cilantro and the seeds are called coriander.

Cilantro is a powerful cleansing agent especially for metal detoxification. We are constantly being exposed to heavy metals through our environment, water and food. These metals accumulate in the body over time and can cause devastating damage to all of the bodies systems.

They can embed themselves in the endocrine system, in muscle tissue, in the organs and even in the bone. Heavy metals toxicity can lead to serious conditions like anemia, impaired organ function, brain dysfunction causing memory loss and mood disorders; as well hormone imbalances.

Compounds in the cilantro leaf bind to these harmful heavy metals and helps them to be removed from the body. Cilantro can chelate these heavy metals so that they no longer circulate in the body and cause health problems.

Cilantro also offers strong antioxidant support which lays the foundation for a healthy immune system and  protects the body against free radical damage. The antioxidant properties of cilantro come with essential oils that possess anti-rhematic and anti-arthritic properties; that also help to reduce skin inflammation.

Oil compounds found in the leaves of the cilantro plant are so powerful that they protect against several types of harmful organisms; as well providing an antibacterial effect against Salmonella that is more efficient than medicinal antibiotics.

Cilantro is an excellent source for many essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients.  Especially high in vitamin A which helps maintain healthy vision, vitamin K which supports strong bones and vitamin C which offers strong antioxidant support.

Cilantro leaves are used in the preparation of many Asian, European and Spanish dishes. It is used in the preparation of soups, sauces and pestos; as well is enjoyable in salads, sandwiches and pastas. When added with other spices It can also enhances the flavour of vegetables and of different meat dishes.

Written by: J. Marshall

References

•    The World’s Healthiest Foods/Cilantro and Coriander Seeds: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=70
•    Global Healing Center: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-cilantro/
•    Medical News Today: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/277627.php
•    Nutrition and You: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cilantro.html
•    National Organization for Rare Disorders: https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/heavy-metal-poisoning/
•    Natural Society: http://naturalsociety.com/proper-heavy-metal-chelation-cilantro-chlorella/