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    Vegetable Cure!

    Post by Princessa on Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:24 am


    The health benefits of spinach are numerous and its ability to help prevent disease is well known. Spinach is at the top of many super food lists.

    Spinach Nutrition

    Spinach and other dark leafy greens like kale, collards, Swiss chard, turnip greens and bok choy are loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron.
    Spinach is also rich in vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids. Add its lutein and bioflavanoids and spinach is a nutritional powerhouse.
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    Just what makes garlic so good?

    Known scientifically as Allium sativum, garlic contains more than 100 biologically useful chemicals, including substances with strange names as alliin, alliinase, allicin, S-allycysteine, daillyl sulfide, ally methyl trisulfide. In fact, garlic has been used medicinally for at least 3,000 years, but until recently, its benefits were considered little more than folklore.

    Garlic protects you against Heart Disease.
    Garlic can lower blood levels of “total” cholesterol and, particularly, of the dangerous low-density lipoprotein (LDL) form. Garlic is also an anticoagulant – a natural blood thinner. Doctors in Germany, recently found that garlic could help patients suffering from peripheral arterial occlusive disease, characterized by blood clots in the legs.

    Garlic also protects against cancer.
    Researchers have identified three ways garlic protects against cancer: by directing inhibiting tumor cell metabolism, by preventing the initiation and reproduction of cancer cells, and by boosting a person’s immune system to more efficiently fight cancer cells. Several studies have also shown that garlic reduces the risk of stomach cancer.

    Garlic fights microbial and fungal infections.

    One way garlic works is by promoting phagocytosis, the ability of white blood cells to fight infections. Another way is by stimulating other immune cells, such as macrophages and T-cells to fight bacterial and viral infections and to scavenge for cancer cells.


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    Nutritional Benefits
    There is considerable variation in composition between different varieties and they also vary with the stage of maturity and the length of storage.

    Onion is a powerful anti-septic that is rich in vitamins A, B and C. It is a potent source of folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, chromium, iron and dietary fiber.
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    Post by Princessa on Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:49 am




    Note: Even though bell peppers exhibit great nutritional benefits, they are not a complete food.
    Bell peppers are packed with several nutrients. They are a good source of vitamin C,
    thiamine, vitamin B6, beta carotene, and folic acid. Bell peppers also contain a large
    amount of phytochemicals that have exceptional antioxidant activity. Those
    phytochemicals include chlorogenic acid, zeaxanthin, and coumeric acid. When
    comparing the nutrient values of the different bell peppers, studies have shown that red
    bell peppers have significantly higher levels of nutrients than green. Red bell peppers
    also contain lycopene, which is a carotene that helps to protect against cancer and heart
    disease.

    Possibly due to their vitamin C and beta carotene content, bell peppers have been shown
    to be protective against cataracts. Just like other nutrient-dense vegetables, bell peppers
    contain many different powerful phytochemicals. Bell peppers have also been shown to
    prevent blood clot formation and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes probably
    due to their content of substances such as vitamin C, capsaicin, and flavonoids.
    Although chili peppers contain a higher amount of those substances, bell peppers should
    still be promoted especially for individuals with elevated cholesterol levels.
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    Post by Princessa on Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:54 am

    Mint



    Known from antiquity, mint is a herb with curative properties. It is also used in the specific Arabian cuisine as a spice.

    Treatments
    Because of its menthol, mint has a very good action over the digestive system, causing a small anesthesia of the gastric mucous membrane. It also stimulates digestion.

    Mint can treat diarrhea, gastric fever or toxic infections. It stimulates the biliary secretion and helps the digestion of fats.

    It is recommended in cases of asthma, bronchitis and the flu because of its antispasmodic and sedative properties. Sinusitis can be treated with mint also, because menthol is a vasodilatator of the nasal mucous membrane. It can be used as an inhalation in small amounts as well as for chest massages.

    Mental fatigue, stress, depressive states and headaches can be ameliorated if mint oil is applied over the temples and backhead. Mint oil is a powerful stimulant and tonic. Mint is recommended for the treatment of rheumatism, for disinfection of the oral pocket and in cases of ear inflammation. Due to the fact that it has an antibacterial action it can cure acne and blackheads.

    Mixtures
    Mint can be used to make tea, mouth rinse or mint oil.
    To make tea, you must boil one mint spoon of leaves in 200ml of water. The tea must be drunk cold, three times a day.

    Mouth rinse is made out of 5g of mint oil dissolved in 95g of concentrate alcohol. This drink is refreshing, antiseptic and it can remove the unwanted smell or taste. Mint oil mixed with hot water is used to treat the flu, laryngitis and hoarseness. The product obtained from 5g of mint oil and 95g of alcohol can be used to treat rheumatic pains and itches.

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