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Herbs at Food Market

The Importance of herbs and spices to your well being
Most people are very unaware of the benefits of herbs in the every day diet and what benefits they have
Natural Health researchers say that most health problems today are caused by what we eat.

Poor eating habits with little consideration for poor nutrition being linked to half the death statistics, herbs gives pleasure, satisfaction and physical exercise
The Aroma of herbs delights the senses which revitalizes the body
 Aids digestion many herbs stimulate the digestive juices Support the self healing process by giving the body what it needs
 Detoxing, herbs can assist greatly in removing the toxins from the body
Rich in Chlorophyll which is the green colour in plants, it promotes rejuvenation of old cells, building blood, good intestinal flora, regular bowel elimination and increased circulation of blood and oxygen. All the above boost the immune system and energy levels
 Alkalize the body too much acid food and beverage the body causes acid build up. This causes excessive pain and lack of well being, aswell as stress. Many herbs are alkaline assisting to balance the body
Taste great and reduce the need to add sugar, salt and fat to make a meal appetizing
 Full of Antioxidants which help the body rid free radicals, impurities which can cause serious illness if allowed to build up in the body
 Natural Antibiotic some herbs have antibiotic properties such as aloe vera, burdock, Comfrey, Echinacea, Herb Robert, Indian ginseng, Lovage, Milk thistle, Nasturtium and Watercress, avoiding commercial ones are important they can eventually weaken our immune system
 Pain relieving properties Agrimony, Indian ginseng and mullein are some, some herbs work as an inflammatory to reduce pain
Electro magnetic functions which help harmonise the vibration and efficiency of the cells, a highly complex system of the body
Speed up the metabolism  ginger, chili , black pepper, fennel, dandelion tea and green tea
They can be administered in a number of methods
 Tea by infusion
 Maceration
 Oils
 Liniments
 Ointments and Creams
 Aromatherapy

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Passionfruit, Granadilla, Passiflora edulis ‘s a half of fruit with skin, flesh and seeds ….Trái Chanh dây cắt nửa với vỏ, cơm và hạt … (Photo credit: Vietnam Plants & The USA. plants)

The Health Benefits of Passion Fruit

 

This native South American fruit is chock full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, calcium, carotenoids such as Beta-carotene and lutein, choline, copper, fibre, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium

WELLNESS

The passion fruit has inspired amorous passion in many a health-minded individual as it is sublime in flavor and innumerous in health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Passion fruit juice, with pulp and seeds intact, is very high in fibre and serves as a powerful laxative, which will keep your colon clean and in less contact with cancer-causing toxins.  This means you are far less likely to develop colon cancer.  Vitamin A maintains healthy mucous membranes and can stave off lung cancer and oral cancer.  Vitamin C, as anti-oxidant, combats the oxidative stress caused by cell-damaging free radicals, repairs tissue and wards off quite a few forms of cancer including that of the cervix, esophagus, oral cavity, pancreas, rectum and stomach.  Lutein may also decrease your risk of developing cancer.

Arthritis The important carotenoid Beta-carotene can reduce one’s chance of developing arthritis.  Anti-oxidant champion vitamin C does battle against cell-damaging free radicals that often cause inflammation in those suffering from osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Asthma Vitamin C is effective as an anti-histamine and can calm an asthma attack

Blood health The passion fruit contains a healthy dose of iron, and iron increases blood production.  Vitamin C works in tandem by preventing the loss of iron in one’s body

Bones / Teeth Mighty vitamin C is a must-have for healthy gums.  Vitamin A and beta-carotene are both crucial for strong teeth.  Potassium helps preserve calcium in the bones and increases their density and strength.  Calcium, in turn, prevents bone loss and osteoporosis

Depression Consumption of Beta-carotene, aka “Pro-Vitamin A,” can reduce one’s risk of suffering from depression

 

Digestive health Passion fruit makes for a highly effective laxative that can ease constipation.   It also shows promise in relieving hyperacidity and gastric ulcers.  B vitamins maintain healthy mucous membranes in the digestive tract

 

Eye health Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Beta-carotene and flavonoids all protect the eyes from free-radical damage and promote proper moistness of the eyes and higher visual acuity, especially at night

 

Heart health Adequate amounts of fibre can actually reduce cholesterol.  Potassium regulates the heart rate and blood pressure.  Magnesium regulates the pumping of the heart and also relaxes the blood vessels.  The B vitamins inherent in passion fruit juice can also lower cholesterol and stimulate proper blood circulation.  The many anti-oxidants in passion fruit inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the body.  And as luck would have it, passion fruit is a low-sodium food, which is always good news for those tending to their hearts

 

Immune system health Vitamin A, Vitamin C and over a dozen varying carotenoids found in passion fruit royally boost your immune system and can fend off a gamut of ailments ranging from the common cold to the flu to the HIV virus

 

Sleep disorders & Stress relief Vitamin B-6 is absolutely crucial in producing GABA, an extremely influential amino acid that serves as a neurotransmitter in the nervous system and results in a general calming effect and feeling of overall well-being.  Drinking a glass of passion fruit juice before bed can expedite a restful night’s sleep for the frustrated insomniac

 

BEAUTY

 

Anti-oxidant properties Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, copper and potassium all play a strong role in maintaining healthy, lustrous hair that is less prone to breakage.  The anti-oxidant abilities of vitamins A & C do wonders in combatting cell-damaging free radicals and oxidative stress and preventing pre-mature aging

 

WEIGHT LOSS

 

Fibre One cup of passion fruit juice with pulp and seeds intact, provides an astounding    grams of fibre, which will fill you up and keep you flushed out on a regular basis, both which contribute to a more consistent and organic weight loss

COOKING / CONSUMPTION

 

Passion fruit curd is a wonderfully exotic spread for your Sunday morning scones, biscuits or short stack of pancakes and all it requires is ten passion fruits, a couple of eggs, some sugar, a bit of unsalted butter and a little stirring over low heat until thickened.  The curd can be poured into pretty glass jars and kept in the fridge for some time to relish when the mood strikes you

 

Passion fruit frozen yogurt or sorbet is downright delightful during the hot summer days and super simple to make.  But if you really want to get impressive with dessert, make a luscious passion fruit cheesecake.  The secret to extra creamy goodness is the combination of lite cream cheese and lite sour cream or Greek yogurt.  In order to truly reap the greatest benefits from this tropical fruit, use the pulp to make a simple syrup to pool on your finished cheesecake.  The black seeds make for a visually striking edible garnish with a lovely contrasting crunch

And a batch of Passion Fruit Mojito’s will go over well at any cocktail party.  Combine freshly strained passion fruit juice in a pretty rock glass or martini glass and mix in 2 TB.’s fresh lime juice, ½ teaspoon granulated sugar and some torn fresh mint leaves.  Muddle well, add ice, pour in 2 ounces of quality white rum and top off with club soda

History tell us that Spanish explorers saw the brilliant blooming flower of the passion fruit as a symbol of Christ’s crucifixion, or, the “Passion of the Cross.”

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മലയാളം: പാഷൻ ഫ്രൂട്ട് (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Health Benefits of Limes

 

These zesty little fruits contain anti-oxidant liminoids, a high vitamin C count, calcium, citric acid, fibre, folate, rich potassium content and the flavonoid, hesperidin

WELLNESS

The lime has long been celebrated for its bright, tropical punch of flavor and outstanding health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Liminoids are strong anti-oxidants known to help prevent blood, colon, stomach and prostate cancer and can even induce apoptosis, or cell death, in those already combatting cancer.  Vitamin C in its role as anti-oxidant, combats cell damage potentially caused by free radicals, repairs cell tissue, and staves off various forms of cancer including those of the cervix, esophagus, oral cavity, pancreas, rectum and stomach

Arthritis Citric acid helps to eliminate uric acid and buildup, which can cause the painful inflammation commonly associated with arthritis.  Vitamin C, in its role as superpower anti-oxidant can override the cell damage caused by free radicals and reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms of osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, in particular

Constipation As a result of their high acid content and reasonable fibre content, limes help clear out our excretory tracts

Digestive health The natural acidity of limes coupled with their flavonoids, aid in the digestive process by breaking down food molecules and increasing acid, bile and digestive juice secretions

Eye health Anti-oxidant vitamin C protects our eyes from suffering age-related macular degeneration and eye infections

Healthy bones, healthy teeth Vitamin C is essential for healthy gums, and calcium is critical for strong bones and teeth

Heart health The flavonoid hesperidin can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  Anti-oxidant Vitamin C slows down atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and lowers blood pressure.  Potassium regulates the heartbeat and lowers blood pressure, as well

Hemorrhoids Vitamin C and flavonoids help treat painful hemorrhoids and can even prevent cancer in that region

Immune system health As an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids, limes can do wonders to boost your immune system and have reputed anti-bacterial capacities and disinfectant properties.  Limes can fight off everything from the common cold to cholera and have a fever-reducing capacity, as they tend to lower the body’s internal temperature

Kidney stones Lime juice contains a wealth of citric acid and can prevent the development of kidney stones

Men’s health Lime’s disinfectant properties have been shown to half prostate growth

Scurvy Limes are wildly known and long revered as a cure for scurvy, which is caused by a vitamin C deficiency

Urinary tract health Potassium disposes of the toxins, which sometimes get stuck in the bladder and kidneys, and thus successfully prevents urinary infections

Women’s health Calcium and folate, both in abundance in limes, are vital to women who are in the post-menopausal stage of their lives and women who are of the childbearing years

BEAUTY

 

Anti-aging abilities The lime’s peels contain a melanin inhibitor, which prevents melanin from building up in the skin and causing spots and discoloration.  The juice and oils in limes contain a huge amount of vitamin C and flavonoids, both powerful anti-oxidants in their own right, which can help exfoliate the skin if used topically, and keep it wrinkle-free and radiant looking

WEIGHT LOSS

With 2 grams of fibre in just one medium lime, and an enormity of citric acid, the lime is a terrific weight loss tool as it reduces sugar absorption and keeps our bodies flushed out on a consistent basis.  Also, Vitamin C absorbs calcium in fat cells, which can help with losing weight, as well

 

COOKING

 

The lime is the sweeter relative of the lemon, with a tropical flair, and this twist of tangy effervescence has infused thousands of tantalizing culinary creations

Stir up a big pitcher of homecrafted limeade, perfect to quench your thirst on a hot summer’s day or give you a quick delicious immune-boosting shot of vitamin C in the winter.  Just combine a half cup fresh lime juice, the zest from those squeezed limes, four cups of water, simple syrup made of sugar or even honey, pour into a large pitcher, refrigerate for at least an hour and serve in festive glasses garnished with mint sprigs

Peel the skin, blanch and keep in olive oil in the fridge, use in cooking soups, stews, salads and curries for fantastic beauty benefits and flavour

A really lovely appetizer that highlights limes is a Thai Coconut Coup lavished with fresh lime juice, lime leaves, Thai chills, garlic cloves, chicken stock and unsweetened coconut milk, to name a few of the main ingredients in this sumptuous starter that can either be served warm or chilled

Chili-lime rubs are all the rage these days and are quite simple to make at home.  Really, they are just a combo of lime juice and rinds, minced garlic, quality EVOO, and a plethora of awesome and easy to find in the supermarket aisles spices including chili powder, coriander, cumin,

cinnamon, oregano and good ol’ salt and pepper.  This rub is perfect massaged into pre-grilled skinless chicken breasts of even a whole oven roasted chicken

Lime juice and lime zest can be incorporated with some fish sauce, curry paste and a variety of exotic spices of your choosing such as coriander and made into an outrageously delectable broth on which to rest your gently seared Salmon fillet

 

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Container of lime juice with cut limes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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stock-photo-side-view-of-a-stuffed-turkey-on-a-bed-of-italian-flat-leaf-parsley-being-carved-61453081Health Benefits of Turkey

Just one mere serving of turkey has over half the daily recommended intake of protein. In addition, turkey meat is laden with B-complex vitamins, biotin, choline, copper, folate, folic acid, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, tryptophan and zinc

WELLNESS

The grand news about this beloved and historical poultry product is that it isn’t just a tasty staple protein; it also has a slew of terrific health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Tryptophan produces T-cells, which in turn, fight off cancer cells. Selenium is a vital anti-oxidant that combats cancer-inducing free radicals in the body. Recent studies have shown that a portion of turkey eaten daily, minus the skin, lowers the risk of pancreatic cancer, in particular

Anti-inflammatory properties Turkey meat has a marked amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help alleviate arthritis and asthma

Blood sugar/Insulin Vitamin B6 is in abundance in turkey meat and helps regulate and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. High protein foods like turkey can help keep insulin levels within a preferred range

Heart health White skinless turkey meat is quite low in saturated fat. It is also pretty low in sodium, which is great news for folks with high blood pressure. Turkey has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol

Immune system health Selenium aids in the healthy functioning of the immune system. Tryptophan is a serotonin-producing amino acid that generally strengthens the immune system

Insomnia Tryptophan produces the neurotransmitter, serotonin, which calms mood, promotes overall well being and makes one far more likely to fall asleep with ease

Mood Tryptophan produces serotonin, an important neuro-transmitter that does wonders to elevate mood

Muscle health As turkey meat is rich in protein, moderate in carbs and low in calories, consuming it in conjunction with healthy exercise, can build strong and healthy muscles

Protein Turkey actually provides more protein per ounce than chicken! There are, in fact, 32 grams of protein in one 4 ounce serving, and protein-rich foods help regulate digestion

Thyroid health Selenium is crucial to healthy functioning of the thyroid

BEAUTY

Anti-oxidant properties Selenium is an anti-oxidant that combats cell-damaging free radicals that can result in premature aging.  Anti-oxidants help promote smooth, elastic skin, shiny hair and strong nails

WEIGHT LOSS Since turkey is a terrific source of protein, and relatively low in calories, it will award guilt-free, healthy nourishment that will keep you feeling full and satisfied, and far less likely to reach for empty snacks during the course of your day

Energy Turkey meat is a great source of B6 and niacin, both of which are vital for energy production

COOKING

When you are able to do so, buy an organic turkey as it generally has a higher nutrient content

Also, contrary to widespread belief, cooking turkey with the skin on is perfectly fine and recommended. The fat will NOT seep into the meat, and the skin will keep the meat from drying out.  However, you will want to remove the skin before actually consuming it

For a super juicy and tender American style Thanksgiving centerpiece, try one of the many “brine recipes” out there.  I did so a few years ago and my family still raves about how amazingly “un-dry” the bird was

But remember, turkey isn’t just for the holidays or the occasional reduced-guilt deli sandwich, the sky is the limit as far as creative recipes go…

Make a turkey and asparagus frittatta with egg  and several low fat cheeses of your liking. Fold and mold together a gourmet ground turkey meatloaf and serve it with whipped polenta and a side of garlicky sautéed spinach.  Or how about a tantalizing low-fat turkey tetrazzini made with whole quiona, low salt chicken broth, light cheese and low fat milk, or even a sumptuous turkey pot pie bubbling in a healthy, earthy crust made of brown rice and spinach?

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“I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases. ~Harry S. Truman

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The benefits of Avocado

Fresh Avocado contains more fibre, folate, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin than any other commonly eaten fruit per gram. They contain more than 25 essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B (including B6, niacin and riboflavin), C and E, Copper, magnesium, potassium and zinc.

 

Wellness

Lower Cholesterol They regulate blood pressure due their concentration of Potassium.

Heart Health They can guard against stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

Mouth  Cancer Defense certain components in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.

Breast Cancer Protection Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.

Eye Health Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.

Better Nutrient Absorption Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.

Regulate the blood sugar levels The monounsaturated (good) fats in avocados can assist steady blood sugar levels and reverse insulin disorders.

 

Other benefits include

Reduced risk of stroke

Anti Fungal

Anti Bacterial

Inflammation

Weightloss

Satiety FreshAvocados provide a feeling of fullness because of their water and fibre content which can assist weightloss

Increase Fat Burning by adding avocado to other Fat burning foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients

Beauty

Reduces Puffiness around the Eyes Its an anti inflammatory

Facial Moisturising Mask

Hair Creating an avocado hair mask will strengthen and fortify your hair.  They are rich in fatty acids that are a real must in your daily diet, especially when it come to your hair.  Your hair will go from brittle to being soft and shiny. Avocado oil can also be used as a hair treatment for dry hair and scalp

Humectant Avocado peel is actually valuable. Using gentle upward strokes, lightly massage your face with the inside of the peel. Let the oil residue remain on your skin for about 15 minutes. At that time you may either leave the oil on your skin leaving it on over night, if you intend to put on make-up, wash your face gently with three or four rinses of tepid water and pat dry. The oil will be invisible but it is there, ready to hold your foundation or powder in place for hours.

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Cooking

Avocado Oil

Smoothies  Add avocado to banana and strawberry for a really creamy meal replacement

Tempura Avocado and serve on a salad for a Savvy new idea

Summer Soup Add lime, basil and chicken stock drizzle with olive oil Yum

Avocado Oil to salads and drizzle on pistachio crusted goats cheese and rocket salad

So Lots of reasons to Have an Avo Today