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The Heath Benefits of Pomegranates

 

Pomegranates are thick-skinned dazzlingly red beauties brimming with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, calcium, ellagic acid, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, phytochemicals, polyphenols, punicalagins, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin and zinc

WELLNESS

These historically revered fruits have innumerable health benefits including but not limited to protect against and treatment of the following

Anemia Pomegranates are filled with iron and can cure anemia by elevating hemoglobin levels

Anti-cancer properties Pomegranates can prevent breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and prostate cancer, and can inhibit tumor growth and even, in some cases, induce apoptosis or cell death.

 

Anti-inflammatory abilities Vitamin C helps control arthritis and asthmatic symptoms such as coughing and wheezing

 

Bone health Calcium is crucial for strong, healthy bones.  Manganese helps form bone structures.  Pomegranate juice can also deter cartilage damage, which, in turn, prevents osteoporosis

 

Depression Pomegranates contain vital phytochemicals that stimulate serotonin and improve mood

 

Diabetes Pomegranate juice does not increase blood sugar levels, which is great news for diabetic folks

 

Digestive health Pomegranate juice aids in digestion and can help ease nausea.  The white membrane of the pomegranate is often used as a cure for diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids and intestinal worms

 

Eye health Pomegranates are a great home remedy for conjunctivitis

 

Heart health Punicalagins (anti-oxidant compounds) lower cholesterol and blood pressure and increase the rate at which atherosclerosis (arterial blockages) dissolve.  Pomegranate juice has also been shown to improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart.   Magnesium normalizes blood pressure.  Potassium controls a healthy heart rate and also lowers blood pressure.  Pomegranate seeds actually prevent blood platelet aggregation, which can lead to hazardous blood clots

 

Immune system health Vitamin A and Vitamin C are extraordinary immune system boosters, which help fight off a wide variety of diseases, infections and viruses ranging from the common cold to the flu to HIV

 

Men’s health Studies indicate that pomegranate juice may be a natural, progressive treatment for ED, or erectile dysfunction

 

Menopause Pomegranate juice has been shown to relieve “hot flashes

 

Pregnancy Most doctors highly recommend folic acid to expectant moms as it increases blood flow to the unborn baby and can prevent neural tube birth defects

 

Women’s health Pomegranate juice can alleviate a UTI, or urinary tract infection

 

BEAUTY

 

Anti-oxidant properties Vitamins A, C and E are all powerful anti-oxidants that promote healthy hair and strong nails.

 

Skin health Pomegranate protects the skin from harmful UV rays, promotes cell regeneration, repairs tissues and speeds up wound healing.  The anti-oxidants in pomegranate juice will also prevent the signs of premature aging including age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.  Pomegranate can also sooth painful acne outbreaks and diminish scars

 

WEIGHT LOSS

 

Fibre A cup of the arils aka juicy pomegranate seeds actually contains a bountiful 7 grams of fibre.  As a snack, they will keep you feeling fuller longer and less likely to reach for empty calories.  They will also keep your body flushed out, which results in more consistent weight loss

 

Cooking / Consumption

 Fantastic in salads, yoghurt, sorbet, mix through vegetable dishes and curries to finish for colour, texture and zing

Marinate Meats in the juice , grill or just eat raw, naturally sublime

A wonderful compliment to your Sunday morning Belgian-style waffles or short stack of whole-wheat pancakes is this unique and sublime pomegranate syrup that is oh so easy to make.  All you need to do is combine 12 cups of pomegranate juice, 1.5 cups of sugar and 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Turn the mixture down to medium-low and allow it to reduce into syrup for about 50 minutes or so.  Let the syrup cool for a good half an hour and pour into pretty glass Ball jars

 

Interesting fact about pomegranates:  The pomegranate is one of the world’s oldest fruits and some scholars believe that it was actually the pomegranate, not the apple, which tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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Onions on a neutral, mostly white background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Health Benefits of Onions

 

Onions are filled with vitamins, minerals and nutrients including Vitamin B, Vitamin C, chromium, flavonoids like quercetin, fibre, folic acid, iron, phytochemicals, which magnify Vitamin C’s effectiveness, polyphenols, potassium, and sulfur compounds

Onions may make you weep, but those tears should be ones of joy, for these potent veggies in the allium family have remarkable health benefits including but not limited to

 

Anti-cancer properties Due to powerful anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and quercetin, consuming onions on a regular basis can reduce your risk of breast cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, gastric cancer laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, oral cancer and ovarian cancer.  Quercetin has also been found to stall tumor growth

Arthritis Vitamin C and quercetin are both anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants, which can alleviate the uncomfortable inflammation often associated with osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Bites & Bee Stings Applying onion juice directly on a bee sting or mosquito bite is said to relieve the pain, itching and burning

 

Bone and teeth health Onions have been studied and shown to ward off the age-related progression of osteoporosis, or loss of bone mineral density, which can make bones fragile and more prone to fractures.  Vitamin C also repairs cartilage, ligaments and tendons, and is a must-have for healthy gums

 

Brain health Some findings have indicated that eating onions regularly may prevent memory loss as we age

 

Digestive health Consistently consuming onions can lessen your chance of developing stomach ulcers.  Onions also improve the digestion process as a whole by increasing the secretion of important digestive juices

 

Heart health Raw onions, in particular, stimulate the production of HDL aka “good cholesterol” and reduce LDL aka “bad cholesterol.”  Vitamin C helps to lower high cholesterol and combat atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Potassium prevents arrhythmia and can lower and regulate high blood pressure.  Onions are a cholesterol-free and fat-free food item

 

Immune system health Onions have powerful antibiotic, antimicrobial and antiviral properties that can help you steer clear or lessen the symptoms of everything from infections to the flu to food-borne illnesses to the HIV virus.  Onion juice combined with honey is a not-as-widely known home remedy for assuaging fever, relieving a cough and soothing a sore throat

 

Type 2 Diabetes Chromium helps regulate blood sugar levels

 

Women’s health Purportedly, consuming onions a few days before your menstrual cycle can help relieve some of the painful and uncomfortable symptoms

 

BEAUTY

 

Anti-oxidant properties The anti-oxidants in onions (namely flavonoid quercetin and Vitamin A) fight off cell-damaging free radicals and protect our bodies from the oxidative stress that often causes premature aging including fine lines and wrinkles.  These anti-oxidants also strengthen the hair and nails

WEIGHT LOSS

Fibre One medium-sized onion has 2 grams of fibre and any added fibre to your diet will help flush out your system and lead to more regular weight loss

Nutritional Intake One medium-sized onion is only an approximate 44 calories and is virtually devoid of fat, which makes it a terrific veggie to use in a wide variety of recipes, guilt-free

COOKING

 

A tantalizingly tasty appetizer sure to please health-or-weight conscious guests  is a batch of oven-fried onion rings.  Simply set your oven on high and cut 2 large sweet onions (such as Vidalia or Walla Walla) into 3cms thick slices.  In a bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of paprika and 2 teaspoons of salt.  In a second bowl, mix together 2 cups of buttermilk and 4 eggs.  Add 1 cup of the flour mixture into the buttermilk and egg mixture.  In a third and final bowl, whisk together 3 cups of Panko breadcrumbs, 4 tablespoons of EVOO and 2 teaspoons of salt.  Dredge the onion slices first into the flour and seasoning bowl, then into the buttermilk, and finally into the Panko mix.  Arrange them in a single layer on a cooking-spray coated baking sheet and bake in oven for 15 to 20 minute until golden brown.

For a rich, deeply satisfying and yet healthier version of a classic French Onion Soup, just saute 8 cups of red and/or yellow onions in 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.  Spoon in a ½ teaspoon of sugar, a ½ teaspoon of pepper, and a ¼ teaspoon of salt.  Bring heat down to medium now and let the mixture cook for a good 25 minutes, stirring often.  Add ¼ cup quality white drinking wine (preferably something dry) and let the alcohol burn off for one minute.  Then add 8 cups of lower sodium, reduced-fat beef broth and a ¼ teaspoon fresh chopped thyme, cover and put on a slow simmer for 2 hours.  When the soup is up, ladle one cup each into oven-proof crockpots, top with a thin slice of French bread, a 1 ounce slice of reduced-fat Swiss cheese and broil for a few minutes until the cheese is all bubbly and browned.

 

Or as  snack marinate in rapardsa sugar and cider vinegar, mix in your salads on just eat raw  Voila!

“It doesn’t matter how precisely the onion is cut as long as the person chewing it is happy.”  ~Padma Lakshmi

 

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Good things come in small packages. Quail eggs have almost three times as much Vitamin B1 as chicken eggs, over double the amounts of Vitamin A and B2. They are calcium rich, have 5 times more potassium and iron than from chicken eggs.With the rates of high cholesterol in today’s society fertile quail eggs have plenty of good cholesterol

With loads of  positive health effects which include

Allergy Free Ovomucoid protein is the main ingredient that you will find in many anti-allergy drugs these eggs are almost totally hypo allergenic

Brain Health assist memory retention and brain power

Heart Health help to strengthen the heart muscles

Digestive Tract disorders  the healing of ulcers and gastritis have been found after consuming quail eggs

Anemia quail eggs increase the levels of hemoglobin in the body from their high calcium content helping stave off this illness

Sexual Stamina These little gems can help give you the zing you had when you were young with important vitamins, phosphorous and proteins. The eggs mineral content help nourish the prostate

They also assist the nervous system and reducing bronchial asthma, vegetative-vascular dystonia, diabetes, and tuberculosis.The removal of  heavy metals and toxins from the blood, liver stones, bladder stones and kidney stones

Weight loss

Low Calories one standard size quail egg is only 1 percent of the recommended daily calorie intake

High in protein A proven fact that foods high in protein assist in keeping you feeling fuller for longer 3 to 5 is the recommended amount as a breakfast serving

Beauty

Many skin and hair care products contain quail eggs to improve  hair and skin condition.

hair and skin improve, colour, volume and condition, make your own hair and face masks

Anti Aging Consumption helps to combat the effects of aging by increasing the efficiency of your immune system

Cooking

you can eat them raw, unlike chicken eggs there is no risk of salmonella poisoning as the quail’s body temperature is much higher than that of a chicken.There is absolutely no risk of infection or contamination as they contain lysozyme which kills bacteria

A Fantastic Quail egg Omlette to share with your loved one

Quail egg, asparagus and parmesan Omelette for two love birds xx

Ingredients

10 quail eggs

8 asparagus spears ( with ends trimmed and washed)

1 tablespoon of  grated parmesan

pinch of salt

pinch of pepper

5 ml Canola spray

Method

Preheat a heavy based frypan on a medium heat and spray lightly with canola spray

Gently saute asparagus spears until just under cooked and reserve

Break the quail eggs into a bowl carefully, add salt, pepper and parmesan lightly
re spray the pan and gently pour the egg mixture onto the pans surface. Gently grill the top for even cooking  . The omelette will take 2 to 3 minutes to cook, place the asparagus to one end of the pan, roll the omelette with the asparagus in the centre , cut in the centre on the oblique, place on two plates or on one to share and serve

“So go on try them, do your self a favour, Spice your life up, put some sizzle back in it today “

 

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Eggplant

Eggplant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They contain minerals, phenolic compounds like chlorogenic acid, calcium, copper, folic acid, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, phytonutrients, potassium, proteins, zinc, and vitamin B1, B3, B5, B6 and C

Wellness

This voluptuous vegetable is revered globally for its outstanding health benefits including but not limited to

Blood sugar The abundance of fibre in eggplants helps balance the body’s blood sugar

Brain health The phytonutrients in eggplant protect the brain cell membranes from cell- damaging free radicals. Its natural antioxidant powers help prevent brain cancer and tumors

Cancer prevention The flavonoids inherent in eggplant have cancer-fighting properties. The vast amount of fibre in eggplants is especially effective in preventing stomach and colon cancer

Diabetes Eggplants are great tools for diabetes type 2 management as they contain low soluble carbohydrate content and are rich in fibre

 Digestive health There are 2.5 grams of fibre in one eggplant alone and this abundance of fibre aids in healthy digestion and toxin and waste removal. Regular ingestion of eggplant can prevent and ease constipation

Smoking cessation A little known fact is that eggplants actually contain small amounts of nicotine, which can help alleviate cravings for those trying to break the habit

Stroke Higher potassium intake, as can be achieved by regularly eating eggplant, has been said to reduce the likelihood of suffering a stroke

Beauty

Antioxidant properties The wealth of phytonutrients and flavonoids in eggplant do wonders in combatting cell-damaging free radicals

Healthy hair, skin and nails The eggplant is comprised of a large amount of water which is crucial in obtaining and maintaining shiny, supple hair, radiant skin and strong nails

Weight Loss

Fibre This delicious, low-calorie, fleshy food can assist in healthy weight loss by keeping your stomach feeling full and make you less likely to grab the “wrong” snack between meals. This fibre will also help keep you regular and promote waste removal and weight loss

Cooking

Eggplant can be eaten raw, sautéed, baked, pureed and juiced

Eggplants should only be purchased when their skin appears glossy and deep purple in color. The height of their season generally falls between August and October

Whip up a batch of creamy Babaganoush and serve with warm whole-wheat pita bread or soft, pliable Indian naan bread as an appetizer before the tantalizing main course of middle eastern moussaka, or creamy eggplant casserole

Eggplants are wonderful substitutes for meat and pasta products. Dip a few eggplant slices in egg substitute and tempura flakes, pan fry them in cooking spray and place them on a whole-wheat roll with some part-skim mozzarella and marinara sauce. Presto! You have a healthy version of a parmigiana sandwich

Make sumptuous vegetable lasagna or a ricotta-stuffed rollatini by replacing traditional pasta noodles with long thin slices of eggplant

You can even season them up to taste and throw them directly on the outdoor grill for a delicious and healthy backyard BBQ alternative

“How can people say they don’t eat eggplant when God loves the color and the French love the name? I don’t understand.”

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This amazing superfood has a component that makes them blue is called Anthocyanin, wild berries have over 40 percent more power busting ability so if you can grow your own even better. Its one of the many antioxidants in blue berries and they also contain truckloads of Vitamins A,B,C,K, selenium, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and plenty more, not only is it great for weight loss, anti aging and cancer fighting, it can help reduce belly fat the hardest fat to move read on for how

Wellness

Depression its known to reduce the affects of this debilitating illness

Anti inflammatory high antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals attribute to this success

Cancer in particular of the colon, liver and ovaries due to Ellargic acid and pterostilbene, anthocyanin, copper & vitamin c

Heart Health  The dye released from the pigments in the skin of the blueberry, called anthocyanin is the source of powerful antioxidants used by the body to fight off high blood pressure and help strengthen blood vessels, leading to healthier blood pressure levels

Urinary tract infections Epicatechin works to prevent bacteria from attaching to the lining of the bladder tissue. This causes the bacteria to be eliminated through your urine rather than attaching to the bladder wall, where they start multiplying and ultimately causing infection.  Fructose, the sugar found naturally in fruit, may also be beneficial by interfering with bacterial adhesion

Eye Health degeneration can be delayed or prevented due to the antioxidant properties carotenoids, lutiens and zeaxanthin.Flavonoids such as resveritol, quertin and rutin. Anthocyanosides is excellent in the slowing of macular degeneration, cataracts, myopia and hypermetropia

Alziemers disease and brain health  The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of blueberries build a protective coat around the brain to fight signs of aging and deterioration. There is also evidence that blueberries may help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders

Constipation the vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion and fiber eliminates constipation

Weightloss

Belly Fat In one animal study of rats that consumed two percent of their diet as blueberries had dramatic results after 90 days in they had significantly less belly fat

Low Calories & High Fiber only 78 calories in one cup and 3.8 gms of fiber a great choice for weightloss

High Antioxidant consumption New research from the University of Florida found that people who consume more antioxidants weigh less, even when they don’t eat fewer calories. The researchers developed an index that ranks the number of calories consumed from plant-based foods compared with overall daily calorie intake called the phyto chemical index, or PI score. A totally plant-based, vegan diet (excluding hard liquor and refined sugars)

Beauty

Anti Aging due to Anthocyanin it’s believed to be the most powerful of all

Healthy Nails & Scar reduction by rubbing in blueberry oil every evening

Cooking

No need to cook they are fantastic raw, however if you get your hands on them when they are plentiful and in season

You can freeze them and snack on them as they are

Roast them and mix with some wilted spinach, pan fried salmon fillet, chilli, almond flaxseed oil dressing to speed up the metabolism

Blueberry and maple syrup ice cream, maple syrup is full of good stuff too

Make a yummy summer blue berry trifle with ricotta, chai seed & spelt sponge, lemon myrtle jelly

Whiz them in your favorite smoothie

Blend some with watermelon and mint, top with greek style yoghurt and whole berries for a fantastic summer soup

With Facts that they achieve anti aging, reduced belly fat and depression, you can’t afford not to eat blue berries today, so go on treat yourself to these tasty morsels and get some and give yourself a fighting chance