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Broccoli – A superfood full of vitamins

Broccoli – A superfood full of vitamins

Broccoli has numerous health benefits and is often named as one of the superfoods. This “superfood” should form part of the staple diet for many of us. Broccoli is full of nutritious vitamins, fibre and has powerful antioxidant properties. It is widely available throughout the year, and is very often grown locally. Broccoli is very versatile, as it can be steamed,...

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Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Health Benefits of Cucumbers

The humble cucumber is one of the most abundant vegetables and is cultivated all over the world. Cucumbers have many health benefits that are often not as publicised as other vegetables. Unfortunately cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides, so it is important to buy organic and thoroughly wash the skin. You can even grow them at home. In traditional medicine,...

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Can Curcumin Prevent Diabetes?

Can you prevent diabetes? There has recently been further research which supports the health benefits of curcurmin (the active component of turmeric). This study looked at the effectiveness of curcurmin in the prevention of diabetes. The trial was conducted at Srinakharinwirot University in Nakornnayok in Thailand, involved 240 adults with pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes...

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Watermelon Reverses Atherosclerosis

Watermelon juice has been found to reverse atherosclerosis in an animal study. The fruit juice demonstrated positive effects after just eight weeks. The study, which was conducted at the University of Kentucky was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. The trial involved mice with diet induced high cholesterol. The control group was given water to...

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Health Benefits of Fenugreek

  Fenugreek, also known as Methi, Greek Clover and Methika, is a widely used plant that is grown widely in South East Asia. Fenugreek greens and seeds are widely used in Indian cooking. This food has a wide number of health benefits ranging from treating mouth ulcers to increasing the production of breast milk. Fenugreek seeds have been used in both Chinese and...

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What are the nutritional benefits of avocados

Delicious and often used in healthy eating plans, there are many nutritional benefits of avocados. Read on to find out more… Avocados are a rich source of vitamin E, which is essential for heart and skin health. This fruit is a very good source of monounsaturated fat omega 3 fatty acids, beta-sitosterol and oleic acid, which helps to lower cholesterol levels....

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Health Benefits of Chillies

Chilli peppers are one of the most consumed spices around the world. Many national dishes contain a form of chilli. Apart from giving food spice and heat, chillies also have a wide range of medical benefits. These health benefits are a major factor why this spice was used in ancient Indian and Oriental cooking.  Before the advent of modern medicine, food was used...

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The Power of the Nut!

Newspapers and magazines in January are usually full of health tips telling us to avoid foods that we enjoy, but scientists have discovered that walnuts are extremely healthy as they are loaded with antioxidants. They claim that snacking on as few as seven walnuts a day could help to ward off many diseases and help to lower cholesterol levels. Walnuts are much...

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Health Benefits of Pumpkins

With the start of autumn upon us, Pumpkins are now fully in season. This fruit is traditionally used to decorate houses during Halloween, although they have many more benefits than this. Pumpkins are also known as Squash, and these names are generally interchangeable. “Squash” is the general family name for this fruit family. Other members are Butternut Squash,...

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Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice that is widely used in cooking as well as in traditional medicine. The spice is grown in South East Asia and the Middle East. Cinnamon is one our oldest spices and several different species exist. The two most popular types are Ceylon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia). The Cassia cinnamon is generally darker in colour and the...

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Can The Health Benefits of Turmeric Help Prevent Infection?

  Research from the U.S has found that curcumin, the active component of the popular spice turmeric, can boost the immune system and help the body fight off bacteria and viruses. Turmeric is a fundamental spice in Asian cooking. The popularity of turmeric has grown in recent years, and it is now available in most groceries, but what are it’s health...

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Ginger – A Winter Warmer

Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) is a universally used spice. It is used equally both in Eastern and Western cooking. Ginger has been used as a health food for centuries. Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Aruveydic Medicine has used the medical qualities of this spice. Today, ginger is marketed as a remedy fortravel sickness, morning sickness and digestive...

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