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No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training...what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.

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Haritaki, the Wonder Fruit

Haritaki or Terminalia chebula is a wonder drug, finding its place in a wide range of therapeutic usage in the Ayurveda system of medicine. It is a very large tree growing throughout the deciduous forests of India and Sri Lanka, growing up to 2000m. Haritaki is described as the ‘remover of diseases’. Hara is also the name of Lord Shiva, thus reflecting the sacred nature and exalted position of the plant. It literally means ‘green’. It is also ‘abhaya’ or ‘fearless’ of any disease. It is said to have originated when a drop of immortal nectar (amrita) fell from heaven to earth. It is considered to be the best herb for the digestive system and lungs.

HEALTH BENEFITS

The Fruit

The fruits of Haritaki are one of the main ingredients in many Ayurvedic formulations. Eg: The popular ‘Triphala’. Haritaki fruits are highly nutritious for human health as they contain various vitamins, minerals and proteins. They are an excellent source of vitamin C. These fruits are also rich in several minerals including selenium, potassium, manganese, iron and copper.

The fruits are also proved to have strong antibacterial and cardiotonic properties. They prevent the growth of many harmful intestinal bacteria.
These fruits are beneficial for the five senses as they improve their receiving powers.
A half tsp. of fruit pulp powder when ingested every night followed by a little warm water is used for healing ulcers (of both mouth and stomach) and wounds.
It is used as an eyewash, for relief from various eye-infections.
Gargling with a decoction made from the fruits is very good for fighting oral ulcers, stomatitis and sore throat.
Haritaki fruit, mixed with dry ginger powder and hot water, is used for treating asthma and hiccups.
This fruit is used for fighting many diseases including leprosy, chronic as well as intermittent fever, narcosis, diarrhea and anorexia.
It is a good nervine. It is used in nervous weakness, nervous irritability. Its fruit pulp increases the oxygen levels of the blood, thereby promoting longevity of tissues.
These fruits are used for fighting many digestive disorders such as flatulence, distention and parasitic infections.
A decoction of this fruit is used to fight against hepatitis and obesity.

The Powder

A paste of Haritaki and water is found to be anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Its decoction as a lotion is a surgical dressing for healing wounds.
It reduces lipid deposits in the blood and liver. When consumed with honey, it helps reduce cholesterol.
Its powder is a good astringent for loose gums, bleeding and ulceration in gums.
Powdered Haritaki is used along with ghee and honey for curing anemia.
It is good for chronic cough, sore throat and asthma.
It is useful in skin disorders with discharges, like allergies.
It is used to treat chronic fever.
On long term use, it is helpful in gaining weight in the emaciated persons and in losing weight in obese persons.
When taken with meals it sharpens the intellect, increases strength, stimulates the senses, expels the urine, stool and other waste materials from the body. It saves the person from the vitiating effects of bodily humors.
Haritaki reduces the ill effects of fat rich, creamy and oily food. Haritaki is the definite aid for persons who habitually overeat.
Haritaki is reputed for its alterative, adaptogenic and tonic effect when used throughout the year with different substances in different six seasons of the year. If we review all the herbal formulations in Ayurveda’s all classical texts, we will find haritaki to be one of the most frequently used ayurvedic herbs. In Ayurveda, haritaki is the best for purifying the channels of the body.

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The body is the soul's house. Shouldn't we take care of our house so that it doesn't fall into ruin?

- Philo of Alexandria, Wise Philosopher, 20 BC

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Whatever occurs in the mind affects the body and vice versa. The mind and the body cannot be considered independently. When the two are out of sync, then both emotional and physical stress can erupt.

- Hippocrates, The Father of Medicine

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Fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within.

- Paracelsus, 15th century physician, father of body chemistry

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If you believe that you are at the mercy of your genetic code, great news, you're not. According to the science of epigenetics (the study of how environmental factors outside of DNA influence changes in gene expression), stem cells and even DNA can be altered through magnetic fields, heart coherence, positive mental states and intention. Top scientists around the world agree: genetic determinism is a flawed theory.

The DNA we are born with is not the sole determinant for our health and well-being. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., discusses the important difference between genetic determinism and epigenetics in an interview with SuperConsciousness magazine:

"The difference between these two is significant because this fundamental belief called genetic determinism literally means that our lives, which are defined as our physical, physiological and emotional behavioral traits, are controlled by the genetic code. This kind of belief system provides a visual picture of people being victims: If the genes control our life function, then our lives are being controlled by things outside of our ability to change them. This leads to victimization that the illnesses and diseases that run in families are propagated through the passing of genes associated with those attributes. Laboratory evidence shows this is not true."

Lipton's theory is confirmed by Carlo Ventura, M.D., Ph.D., professor and researcher at the University of Bologna in Italy. Dr. Ventura has shown through lab testing that the DNA of stem cells can be altered using magnetic field frequencies.

"It's like a time machine. You're reprogramming somehow backward with these cells to an uncertain state in which any kind of decision is somehow possible; even the decision to become virtually any kind of cell of the organism. And just think about the tremendous potential of this discovery."

He adds that two Nobel Prize-winning scientists discovered even "nonstem adult cells can be epigenetically reprogrammed backward to a state where they can eventually give rise to neural cells, cardiac cells, skeletal muscle cells or insulin-producing cells."

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5 Must-have Medicinal Spices
1. Cardamom

Cardamom is famous for its ability to improve digestion, help with stomach cramps and provide relief to those suffering from flatulence. Cardamom is an Indian seed that is known to give Turkish coffee its distinctive flavor. When crushed with a mortar and pestle or ground up in a grinder, it can be added to coffee, ginger tea with raw honey, or to a rice dish to release its ability to aid with digestive issues.
2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a staple spice in just about every kitchen. I love it sprinkled on my oatmeal. As I’ve posted in a previous post, make sure you use Ceylon cinnamon to avoid the liver-damaging effects of the coumarin found in Cassia cinnamon. Compounds in cinnamon, such as eugenol and cinnamaldehyde have pain relieving and sedative properties. Add cinnamon to healthy recipes that do not have inflammatory sugars and hydrogenated oils. Cinnamon is very healthy and healing, but eating it with refined sugars and hydrogenated oils, defeats its purpose.

Many have used cinnamon for diabetes for a long time. Cinnamon increases insulin sensitivity, thereby helping the body to regulate blood glucose.

Cinnamon is a natural cancer fighter and studies have shown it to kill cancer cells. Check out this resource for more of the benefits of cinnamon.
3. Cloves

Cloves (Syzygium Aromaticum) are the best natural antioxidant. Cloves contain high levels of phenolic compounds, which contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-clotting properties. Since cloves are so high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties, it is a great ingredient to add into home remedies for arthritis, congestion, indigestion, and toothache, even Athlete’s foot. Brew clove tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of cloves in boiling water for several minutes. Add honey, milk, and/or lemon juice to taste.
4. Turmeric

Known for its ability to positively influence over 586 diseases according to peer-reviewed research from leading universities, turmeric is possibly the king of spices. In various studies and continuously conducted research, turmeric has been shown to be a powerful fighter of cancer, possessing both preventing and healing properties. One study shows that curcumin, a powerful active compound in trumeric, is a naturally powerful anti-cancer compound that has been shown to decrease brain tumor size in animals by 81 percent in more than 9 studies. Researchers at UCLA have even found that curcumin is able to block cancer growth.

Turmeric has also been shown to:

Positively effect diabetes
Prevent breast cancer
Promote healthy fat loss
Act as a natural painkiller
Detox the liver

5. Ginger

A close cousin of the famed turmeric, ginger’s own fame dates back thousands of years to Asia and India. For centuries, ginger has been used as an effective cure when it comes to common cough and cold. Even when the symptoms become severe, using this as tea will alleviate sore throat, itchiness, coughing and even blocked nasal passages. But on a more serious note, its many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties also make it a possible treatment for cancer. Ginger also calms upset stomachs and nausea, so drink ginger tea with honey and milk (try coconut milk for a vegan option) to help with morning sickness, motion sickness, and hangovers. The health benefits of ginger are truly abundant, and should not be overlooked.
- See more at: http://villagegreennetwork.com/5-must-medicinal-spices/#sthash.OqZsLCsL.dpuf

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'Fig' contains, the ancient tradition holds, a subtle essence which is capable of producing "spiritual quietude". I had read in 1960s in the Russian Government magazine, "SPUTNIK " that Russian scientists had done research on 'Figs' and had discovered that it did contain a chemical which in human system was found in between the eye-brows. And that, this fluid helped one to concentration and meditation, with one-pointed attention !

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I’ve been trying to find a drug that will reduce brain inflammation and restore cognitive function in rats for over 25 years; cannabinoids are the first and only class of drugs that have ever been effective. I think that the perception about this drug is changing and in the future people will be less fearful. – Gerry Wenk, Professor of neuroscience, immunology and medical genetics at Ohio State University

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Quinoa


The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as "The International Year of the Quinoa." Proposed by the government of Bolivia and receiving strong support from many Central and South American countries, quinoa has now been singled out by the FAO as a food with "high nutritive value," impressive biodiversity, and an important role to play in the achievement of food security worldwide. We realize that quinoa remains unfamiliar to many people, especially in the practical sense of cooking and recipes. But we hope that situation will change, given the remarkable nature of this easily-prepared, nutrient-rich food.
Researchers have recently taken a close look at certain antioxidant phytonutrients in quinoa, and two flavonoid—quercetin and kaempferol—are now known to be provided by quinoa in especially concentrated amounts. In fact, the concentration of these two flavonoids in quinoa can sometimes be greater than their concentration in high-flavonoid berries like cranberry or lingonberry.
Recent studies are providing us with a greatly expanded list of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in quinoa. This unique combination of anti-inflammatory compounds in quinoa may be the key to understanding preliminary animal studies that show decreased risk of inflammation-related problems (including obesity) when animals are fed quinoa on a daily basis. The list of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in quinoa is now known to include: polysaccharides like arabinans and rhamnogalacturonans; hydroxycinnamic and hydroxybenzoic acids; flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol; and saponins including molecules derived from oleanic acid, hederagenin and serjanic acid. Small amounts of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), are also provided by quinoa.
In comparison to cereal grasses like wheat, quinoa is higher in fat content and can provide valuable amounts of heart-healthy fats like monounsaturated fat (in the form of oleic acid). Quinoa can also provide small amounts of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Given this higher fat content, researchers initially assumed that quinoa would be more susceptible to oxidation and resulting nutrient damage. However, recent studies have shown that quinoa does not get oxidized as rapidly as might be expected given its higher fat content. This finding is great news from a nutritional standpoint. The processes of boiling, simmering, and steaming quinoa do not appear to significantly compromise the quality of quinoa's fatty acids, allowing us to enjoy its cooked texture and flavor while maintaining this nutrient benefit. Food scientists have speculated that it is the diverse array of antioxidants found in quinoa—including various members of the vitamin E family like alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-tocopherol as well as flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol—that contribute to this oxidative protection.

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I’ve been trying to find a drug that will reduce brain inflammation and restore cognitive function in rats for over 25 years; cannabinoids are the first and only class of drugs that have ever been effective. I think that the perception about this drug is changing and in the future people will be less fearful. –
Gerry Wenk, Professor of neuroscience, immunology and medical genetics at Ohio State University

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GINGER

Ginger is Better than Drugs for Pain, says Study

A new study published in the journal Arthritis compared ginger extract to the common drugs betamethasone (cortisone) and ibuprofen for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

While ibuprofen is a popular pain remedy (such as Advil or Motrin), in this study it showed no effect on cytokine production. Cytokines are immune-regulating substances that can have inflammatory effects on the body, and are therefore linked to pain. In this study, both betamethasone and ginger extract reduced cytokines in comparable amounts. The authors of the study indicate that,n “ginger extract was as effective an anti-inflammatory agent as betamethasone in this in vitro model.”

While betamethasone has been used for decades to relieve pain, it is also linked with many serious side-effects, including: vision problems, weight gain, swelling, shortness of breath, depression, seizures, pancreatitis, heart arrhythmias, muscle weakness, high blood pressure, severe headaches, anxiety, chest pains, sleep problems, acne, slow wound healing, and more. Ginger, however, is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is safe for use. For more information, consult Arthritis-Proof.

Other research by Dr. Krishna C. Srivastava, a world-renowned researcher on the therapeutic effects of spices, at Odense University in Denmark, found that ginger is an effective and superior anti-pain remedy. In one study, Dr. Srivastava gave arthritic patients small amounts of ginger daily for three months. The majority of people had significant improvements in pain, swelling, and morning stiffness by eating ginger daily.

Dr. Srivastava also found that ginger was superior to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Tylenol or Advil because NSAIDs only work on one level: to block the formation of inflammatory compounds. Ginger, on the other hand, blocks the formation of the inflammatory compounds–prostaglandins and leukotrienes–and also has antioxidant effects that break down existing inflammation and acidity in the fluid within the joints.

Further research in the Journal of Pain also report that ginger is an effective natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce pain and inflammation. Both raw ginger and heated ginger were used in the study with similar effectiveness. The scientists specifically explored ginger’s effects on muscle pain.

Keep reading to discover how to reap the anti-pain benefits of ginger.

Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine in India as a natural anti-inflammatory food.

How to Reap the Anti-Pain Benefits of Ginger (adapted from Arthritis-Proof):

-Add chopped, fresh ginger to soups, stews, stir-fries, and other recipes. Ginger is delicious in many savory and sweet dishes alike.

-Add fresh ginger to a juicer while making juices. It combines well with many other vegetables and fruits, such as carrots or apple.

-Ginger capsules (Zingiber officinale) are available for supplementation. Follow package directions.

-Chopped, fresh ginger can be added to water and boiled in a pot for 45 minutes to an hour. Drink warm or with ice, as a tea. Add a few drops of stevia to sweeten (stevia is a naturally-sweet herb).

-Ginger is available in alcohol tincture form. A typical dose is 30 drops three times daily. Avoid the alcohol extract if you are an alcoholic, suffering from liver disease, or diabetic.

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(NaturalNews) The health benefits of beet juice aren`t well known, but they are profound. Beet juice is best known as a blood purifier and blood builder that helps in the creation of red blood cells. Russian longevity researcher, Mikhail Tombak, Ph.D., tells us that beet juice improves blood structure and cures diseases of the circulatory system, large intestine, and digestive system. Tombak also shares that beet juice dissolves stones in the liver, kidneys and bladder. Not bad for a common item found in most grocery stores.

Researchers have found that a glass of beet juice each day beats high blood pressure - and according to the American Heart Association, one in three adults has high blood pressure. In the 1950`s, Dr. Ferenczi of Hungary had his cancer patients drink a quart of beet juice each day, which was effectively breaking down and eliminating tumors. Beets have been found to increase the body`s production of glutathione, which helps the body detoxify cancer-causing poisons.

Sherry Rogers, M.D. tells us that glutathione can grab onto hundreds of different kinds of environmental chemicals and pull them into the colon where they can be flushed down the toilet. However, if you`re depleted in glutathione this process won`t work for you. And that means many environmental chemicals will remain inside your body, causing what they so often cause: cancer and other health problems.

In studies, animals with chemically-induced high cholesterol were fed beet fiber. Compared to the control group, the beet fed animals experienced a total cholesterol drop of 30%, while their triglycerides dropped 40%. Essentially, the beets significantly dropped the animals` risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The animals` HDL (beneficial cholesterol) also increased significantly, offering protective benefits.

Beets have also been found to increase the number of CD8 cells in the colon, which are cancer-destroying cells. Colon cancer is the third most diagnosed type of cancer in the U.S. and the third leading type of cancer related death. Sounds like quite a few people could benefit from drinking some more beet juice.

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Foods that strengthen the liver
· Organic foods supply nutrients without pesticides and chemicals
· Vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage increase liver enzymes to flush carcinogens
· Beets and carrots promote increased liver function with beta-carotene
· Healthy fats such as olive, coconut and flax seed oils protect against gallstones
· Garlic and onions activate liver enzymes flushing toxins
· Dark chocolate -- 85 percent cocoa or better -- provides antioxidant protection against cirrhosis
· Drink half your weight in ounces daily in filtered, fluoride-free water
· Avocados and walnuts provide glutathione to cleanse toxins
· Apples are high in pectin removing toxins from the digestive tract, protecting the liver
· Two tablespoons of lemon juice daily with water alkalizes the blood and detoxifies
· Non-GMO lecithin supports the liver and gallbladder in fat digestion
· Leafy green vegetables stimulate the flow of bile

What damages the liver?
Some foods and additives flood the liver with chemicals, interfering with its ability to adequately clear the body of toxins.

· Genetically modified foods (GMOs)
· Trans fats and hydrogenated oils
· High fructose corn syrup
· Sodas loaded with chemicals and artificial sweeteners
· MSG, a food additive and flavor enhancer found in almost all processed foods
· Alcohol, especially if you have liver disease
· Processed and fast foods devoid of adequate nutrition
· Soy-based foods, unless fermented
· Medicines that can overload the liver causing long-term damage.

Lifestyle
Lifestyle changes support the digestive system, helping to strengthen liver function and lessen the burden on detoxification.

· Regular exercise stimulates digestion
· Chew food well to release digestive enzymes
· Encourage sweating to remove toxins through the skin, relieving the liver
· Maintain intestinal health by avoiding toxin buildup in the bowel
· Avoid smoking cigarettes
· Use chemical-free, cleaning and personal care products
· Avoid chemical yard and bug sprays

Liver treatments
Herbs, supplements and homeopathic remedies repair damage and maintain liver health. Consult a natural health practitioner for dosing guidelines.

· Milk thistle fights oxidation and free radicals, reversing cirrhosis
· Burdock root cleanses the liver and assists detoxification
· Green tea is high in catechins that support liver function
· Dandelion is a natural detox flush
· Turmeric reduces inflammation relieving symptoms of cirrhosis
· Cinnamon reduces blood levels of glucose and fructose slowing development of fatty liver disease
· Aloe vera is a digestive tonic and pain reliever
· Alpha Lipoic Acid possesses antioxidant properties; supporting healthy liver function
· Activated charcoal protects the liver by absorbing toxins
· Ayurveda suggests cleansing the liver with highly alkaline sugarcane or pomegranate juice
· Mix turmeric powder with milk and drink daily
· Chewing fennel seeds after meals aids digestion
· Avoid supplementing with iron unless under medical supervision

Homeopathic remedies

· Nux vomica -- Indicated for enlarged livers due to alcohol abuse
· Carduus marianus -- Indicated for jaundice, headache, nausea, vomiting and a white tongue. Relieves gallstone colic.
· Natrum Sulphuricum -- Dissolves gallstones and relieves hepatitis
· Ammonium muriaticum -- Used for pinching, shooting pains in the upper right abdomen
· Taraxacum -- Indicated for hardened livers, accompanied by jaundice, bilious diarrhea, and gastritis
· Chelidonium -- Indicated for an enlarged live, sharp stitching pains worse on the right side extending to the right shoulder blade
· Rumex Crispus -- Stimulates digestion and cleanses the gallbladder and bile ducts
· Bryonia -- Relieves stitching pains in the right side of the abdomen made worse with movement. Relieves jaundice brought on by anger.
· Podophyllum -- Used to increase the flow of bile and relieve congestion and jaundice accompanied by diarrhea

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/039201_live_health_detox_home_remedies.html#ixzz2LgZ3T0ck

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HEATH BENEFITS OF PAPAYA:


Papaya contains the digestive enzyme papain and therefore valuable for aiding digestion.

The unique protein-digesting enzymes; papain and chymopapain have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns in addition to helping in digestion of proteins.

The antioxidant nutrients found in papaya, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, are also very good at reducing inflammation.

The ripe fruit is easily digestible and prevents constipation.
Case studies indicate that this food taken alone for two or three days has a highly beneficial tonic effect upon the stomach and intestines.

The juice of the papaya aids in relieving infections of the colon and has a tendency to break down pus and mucus reached by the juice.

May help prevent cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue (ripe papaya). Papaya’s fiber is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon and keep them away from the healthy colon cells. In addition, papaya’s folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E have each been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer

Prevents nausea (includes morning sickness and motion sickness)

The seeds are antihelmintic, for expelling worms and they are given with honey. Chew and swallow two teaspoonfuls of seeds after each principal meal (three times a day).

Papayas may be very helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin E and vitamin A (through their concentration of pro-vitamin A carotenoid phytonutrients), three very powerful antioxidants.

Papayas are also a good source of fiber, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels.

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The Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds:

Promote Healthy, Beautiful Skin – Sesame seeds are full of zinc, an essential mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to sooth burns and prevent skin related disorders.

Great for High-Protein Vegetarian Diet – Sesame seeds offer 4.7 grams of protein per ounce, giving them a perfect place in a high-protein vegetarian diet.

Sesame Seed Oil for Oral Health – One of the most prominent benefits of sesame seeds and sesame oil revolves around removing dental plaque and boosting oral health. By engaging in an activity known as oil pulling, which involves swishing oil around in your mouth, you can boost oral health and even whiten your teeth. One study showcases the oil pulling benefits on the oral level, where oil pulling with sesame oil was shown to reduce the amount of streptococcus mutants in both teeth plaque and mouth saliva, and boost overall health. (Click the next link to find out what oil pulling is and learn of oil pulling benefits).

Helps Prevent Diabetes – Thanks to magnesium and other nutrients, sesame seeds, and especially sesame oil, has been shown to combat diabetes. One study, published in 2011 in the Clinical Journal of Nutrition, found that sesame oil “improved the effectiveness of the oral antidiabetic drug glibenclamide in type 2 diabetic patients”. Another study concluded that “substitution of sesame oil as the sole edible oil has an additive effect in further lowering BP and plasma glucose in hypertensive diabetics”.
Reduces Blood Pressure – As the above study concludes, sesame oil has been shown to lower blood pressure in hypertensive diabetics. Additionally, magnesium has been shown to help lower blood pressure – and sesame seeds are loaded with magnesium.

Promotes Heart Health - Further adding to the health benefits of sesame seeds, sesame seed oil can boost heart health by preventing atherosclerotic lesions. An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound known as sesamol, which also harnesses anti-atherogenic properties, is thought to be one reason for the beneficial effects. According to GreenMedInfo, sesamol has been shown to “possess over two dozen beneficial pharmacologically active properties, many of which may contribute to improving cardiovascular health”.

Protects Against DNA Damage from Radiation - Sesamol, a compound found in sesame seeds and sesame oil, has been shown in some studies to protect against DNA damaged caused by radiation. Further, sesamol has been shown to extend life in mice treated with radiation, partly by preventing damage to the intestines and the spleen.

Prevents Cancer – Not only do sesame seeds contain an anti-cancer compound called phytate, but the magnesium in sesame seeds also harness anti-cancer properties. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the risk of colorectal tumors decreased by 13% and the risk of colorectal cancer decreased by 12% for every 100 mg of magnesium taken in.

Boosts Bone Health - In addition to promoting healthy skin, zinc has also been shown to boost bone mineral density and bone health as a whole. One study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found a correlation between zinc deficiency and osteoporosis in the hip and spine area. What’s more, sesame seeds are a great source of calcium – a known trace mineral that is essential for bone health and preventing related conditions.
Boosting Digestive Health, Relieving Constipation – Sesame seeds are rich in fiber, which is known to pave way for a healthy digestive system and a healthy colon.

Provides Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis – A mineral that is important for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant enzyme systems, copper is known for reducing pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Additionally, this mineral helps provide strength to blood vessels, bones, and joints.

Promotes Respiratory Health, Prevents Asthma – Thanks to the magnesium, sesame seeds are able to prevent asthma by and other respiratory disorders by preventing airway spasms.

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Health Benefits of Mint – Peppermint Tea Benefits
The calming and numbing benefits of peppermint are responsible for many of its medicinal uses. According to the University of Maryland, the mint has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties—making it a powerful plant.

Most commonly, mint is used to calm the digestive system. It is effective in relaxing the muscles of the stomach and intestines, and has therefore been used to treat:

*Gas and bloating
*Indigestion
*Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
*Nausea
*Diarrhea
*And even hiccups
*It’s also said to be effective at treating tension headaches when applied to the forehead and temples.

Finally, the active component within, called menthol, can actually thin mucous. This makes it a good treatment for a stuffy nose, chest congestion, and the soothing of coughs related to colds or the flu.

In aromatherapy, mint is said to increase alertness and focus. It reportedly calms the muscles, especially those of the digestive tract. Inhaling the vapors can relieve headaches and clear sinuses

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The Lemon Peel: The Cheapest Investment In Your Health? What we’ve been wasting: >It gives you more vitamins - Lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. To name a few: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta carotene, folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium

It helps in fighting cancer - Lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body. This means that lemon peels help rid the body of carcinogenic elements. Lemon peels consists of components known as salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which are known to fight against cancerous cells in the body. Also, the flavonoids present in the peel are known to be effective when it comes to curbing the division of cancerous cells Therefore, consumption of lemon peel is known to be a preventive measure against development of various types of cancers including breast cancer, colon cancer, and skin cancer. A study revealed that consumption of hot tea with lemon peel has proved to be beneficial in preventing the development of cancer cells

It improves bone health - Lemon peels have lots of calcium and Vitamin C. Consuming lemon peels will help prevent osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory polyarthritis, and other bone conditions

It decreases cholesterol levels - Digesting lemon peels will help lower the LDL cholesterol, or the bad cholesterol through its polyphenol flavonoids. Vitamin C and vitamin P help in clearing the blood vessels, preventing or minimizing the risks of developing the interrelated conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetic heart disease

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While conversion of high fructose corn syrup in the liver can result in negative consequences throughout the body, the most severe damage appears in the liver itself. This is especially true of a diet high in both fat and high fructose corn syrup. A recent study conducted at St. Louis University, in which mice were fed such a diet for 16 weeks, surprised researchers with the speed and severity of the development of health problems. After only four weeks, the livers of the mice resembled those of alcoholics: they were full of the fat deposits characteristic of “fatty liver” and had developed cirrhosis. Similar studies conducted in both the United States and Europe point to a diet high in fat and high fructose corn syrup as the cause of the increase in liver disease among children and teens

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While conversion of high fructose corn syrup in the liver can result in negative consequences throughout the body, the most severe damage appears in the liver itself. This is especially true of a diet high in both fat and high fructose corn syrup. A recent study conducted at St. Louis University, in which mice were fed such a diet for 16 weeks, surprised researchers with the speed and severity of the development of health problems. After only four weeks, the livers of the mice resembled those of alcoholics: they were full of the fat deposits characteristic of “fatty liver” and had developed cirrhosis. Similar studies conducted in both the United States and Europe point to a diet high in fat and high fructose corn syrup as the cause of the increase in liver disease among children and teens

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While conversion of high fructose corn syrup in the liver can result in negative consequences throughout the body, the most severe damage appears in the liver itself. This is especially true of a diet high in both fat and high fructose corn syrup. A recent study conducted at St. Louis University, in which mice were fed such a diet for 16 weeks, surprised researchers with the speed and severity of the development of health problems. After only four weeks, the livers of the mice resembled those of alcoholics: they were full of the fat deposits characteristic of “fatty liver” and had developed cirrhosis. Similar studies conducted in both the United States and Europe point to a diet high in fat and high fructose corn syrup as the cause of the increase in liver disease among children and teens

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Clove & Cinnamon Essential Oils

Clove and cinnamon essential oils are the greatest antioxidant density. Two drops of essential oil of clove and 4 drops of cinnamon oil have the anti-oxidant capacity of 5 lbs of carrots, 2.5 quarts of carrot juice, 10 oranges, 20 ounces of orange juice, 2.5 lbs of beets, 1 pint of beet juice, 4 cups of raspberries or 2.5 cups of blueberries.

Cinnamon is known for its ability to enhance insulin receptor site activity. This is especially important because it reduces the amount of insulin in the bloodstream. This strongly contributes to stable blood sugar, enhanced fat metabolism and decreased cellular inflammation. These oils are also known for their powerful anti-microbial effects, immune boosting properties and enhancing brain function.

These oils can be consumed by simply putting a drop or two in water. Some of these such as clove oil are extremely harsh and therefore challenging to consume. Be sure to add plenty of water to dilute the volatile components and make it easier to swallow. They can also be put on the skin to nourish the skin and provide anti-oxidants into the microcirculation just below the skin surface. Finally, these oils can be used as a form of aromatherapy by smelling and breathing in their fragrances

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Clove & Cinnamon Essential Oils

Clove and cinnamon essential oils are the greatest antioxidant density. Two drops of essential oil of clove and 4 drops of cinnamon oil have the anti-oxidant capacity of 5 lbs of carrots, 2.5 quarts of carrot juice, 10 oranges, 20 ounces of orange juice, 2.5 lbs of beets, 1 pint of beet juice, 4 cups of raspberries or 2.5 cups of blueberries.

Cinnamon is known for its ability to enhance insulin receptor site activity. This is especially important because it reduces the amount of insulin in the bloodstream. This strongly contributes to stable blood sugar, enhanced fat metabolism and decreased cellular inflammation. These oils are also known for their powerful anti-microbial effects, immune boosting properties and enhancing brain function.

These oils can be consumed by simply putting a drop or two in water. Some of these such as clove oil are extremely harsh and therefore challenging to consume. Be sure to add plenty of water to dilute the volatile components and make it easier to swallow. They can also be put on the skin to nourish the skin and provide anti-oxidants into the microcirculation just below the skin surface. Finally, these oils can be used as a form of aromatherapy by smelling and breathing in their fragrances

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Because some of the same chemicals, which have identifiable carcinogenic impact in cigarettes, are also found in cannabis smoke, many believe that the cancer-causing potential of cannabis is proportionate to the amount of these chemicals. The fact that cannabis contains four times more tar (or oil) than cigarettes sparked the 1990s claim that smoking a joint was as bad for the lungs as smoking four cigarettes. This extrapolation makes perfect sense at face value, but doesn't hold up when compared to actual cancer rates.

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The results of a new government-run research program are now forcing medical authorities to overturn these beliefs. The study has been ongoing for the past twenty years, following the smoking habits of over 5000 people. Researchers found that, contrary to popular belief, smoking cannabis, does not interfere with lung function or capacity. This holds true for ongoing regular -even including daily- and long term consumption. Curiously, as a general rule, cannabis smokers had better lung function than nonsmokers, which researchers attribute to the smoking action itself, rather than the cannabis. Pot smokers inhale deeply and hold those breaths to make the most of their supply, expanding the lung's capacity.

Dr. Tashkin found that, in almost all instances, cannabis consumers had rates of cancer that were no different from those who didn't smoke cannabis. The one exception to this rule was between cannabis smokers and individuals who didn't smoke anything (including tobacco), in which marijuana smokers actually had lower levels of lung cancer.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035980_cannabis_smokers_cancer.html#ixzz1wBq9PZhl

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Some comparisons between beef and kale:
Organicauthority.com's Jill Ettinger had these reasons to try kale:

1. Sustainability. Kale grows to maturity in 2 months. Meat cattle mature between 18 - 24 months of age. One pound of beef takes 2400 gallons of water and 16 pounds of grain.

2. Anti-inflammatory. The consumption of animal proteins is a major cause of autoimmune disease, heart disease and arthritis. The nutrients in kale make it anti-inflammatory. It is so nutrient-dense is can actually reverse some of these conditions.

3. Iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef.

4. Fiber. Needed daily, few Americans get enough. Ongoing fiber deficiency is linked to many diseases, including digestive disorders, cancers, and heart disease. Most Americans get their protein from animal sources, which provide no fiber. Kale provides about 5% of the RDI per serving, along with two grams of protein.

5. Calcium. Despite high consumption of beef and dairy products in this country, we still have some of the highest rates of bone loss and bone health problems (such as osteoporosis) in the world. Kale has a more bio-available form of calcium than dairy, and contains more calcium per calorie than milk. It also has magnesium, which is necessary to use calcium.

6. Omegas. Mainstream meat products do not have the essential fatty acids we need for good health. Each serving of kale has more than 120mg of omega-3 fatty acids and more than 90mg of omega-6 fatty acids.

7. Immunity. Kale is a rich source of vitamins and minerals that nourish and support the liver, aid digestion and help to naturally detox the body. Factory farm meats and dairy products only lend to the scary and growing problem of Superbugs and resistant bacteria.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035986_kale_beef_plants.html#ixzz1wBZzGnWd

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Here are Some Top health benefits of RED KIDNEY BEANS that may make you want to include them in your diet on a regular basis.

♥ Cancer Prevention
Manganese, in which kidney beans are abundant, is one aspect of the antioxidant defense they provide. The crucial oxidative enzyme superoxide dismutase, responsible for disarming free radicals in mitochondria (the powerhouses of the cells), needs manganese. On top of that, the vitamin K in kidney beans has been shown to protect cells from oxidative stress, reducing chances of cancer.

♥ Brain Function
The vitamin K in kidney beans offers outstanding benefits for the brain and nervous system. The myelin sheath, or the outer wrapping around nerve, needs a fat called sphingolipids to form properly. Vitamin K is known to be essential for the synthesis of the sphingolipids, and therefore proper brain and nervous function. Kidney beans are also a good source of thiamin, which is critical for brain cell and cognitive function. This vitamin is needed for the creation of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter used for memory and the lack of which is a significant factor in senility and Alzheimer's disease.

♥ Blood Sugar
The soluble fiber in kidney beans decreases the metabolism rate of the bean's carbohydrates, which prevents blood sugar levels from rapidly spiking after a meal. The kidney bean's high protein content also contribute to this effect.

♥ Sulfite Detoxification
Sulfites are a preservative typically added to prepared foods such as delicatessen salads and salad bars. Like other beans, kidney beans contain high levels of the trace mineral molybdenum, a key component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, whose job is to detoxify sulfites. This is important for people with sulfite allergies who are experiencing symptoms such as headache or rapid heartbeat.

♥ Digestive Tract Health
The insoluble fiber in kidney beans helps to maintain bowel regularity by increasing stool bulk. The fermentation of dietary fiber in the large intestine also helps to maintain good bacteria in the digestive tract. Regular bowel movements are associated with a lower risk of colon cancer.

♥ Cardiovascular Benefits
The high fiber content of kidney beans is responsible for their cholesterol-lowering power. The folate they contain helps in lowering levels of homocysteine, which is associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and peripheral vascular disease. The high content of magnesium found in kidney beans contributes to a healthy cardiovascular system.

♥ Energy Booster
Kidney beans are high in iron, which helps increase your energy levels. Iron is required for the body's metabolism and energy production and helps move oxygen throughout the body. The manganese in kidney beans is also an important contributor to the body's energy production.

♥ High in Protein
IKidney beans are a great source of protein, providing a level of protein comparable to that found in meat or dairy. When beans are combined with rice, they form a complete protein.

♥ Bone Strength
The manganese and calcium in kidney beans work hand in hand to maintain strong bones and along with other trace minerals may help prevent osteoporosis. Kidney beans are also a great source of folate. Research has shown that low amounts of folic acid in the diet lead to an increase in homocysteine levels and significantly decreases risk of osteoporosis-related bone fractures, particularly hip fracture in both men and in women. Vitamin K has also turned out to be a critical nutrient for bone health. People who are vitamin K deficient have a greater risk of suffering bone fractures. Vitamin K has been also been shown to help stop fractures in women who have passed through menopause and have already started to experience bone loss.

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