Posted by: godshealingplants | February 26, 2015

CORIANDER / CILANTRO – Healing Benefits

GHP Cilantro

HISTORY

The use of coriander can be traced back to 5,000 BC, making it one of the world’s oldest spices. It is native to the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions and has been known in Asian countries for thousands of years. Coriander was cultivated in ancient Egypt.

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It is also mention in the Old Testament – “And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.” (Exodus 16:31)

It was used as a spice in both Greek and Roman cultures and early physicians like Hippocrates used coriander in cooking as well as medicine. 

ABOUT

Coriander also known as cilantro (Coriandrum), and this herb belongs to the aromatic Apiaceae family.

Cilantro grows to 20 inches tall and has tiny white flower clusters at the ends of stalks.

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The fruit of the coriander plant contains two seeds which, when dried, are the parts that are used as the dried spice. When ripe, the seeds are yellowish-brown in color with longitudinal ridges. They have a fragrant flavor that is reminiscent of both citrus peel and sage. Coriander seeds are available in whole or ground powder form. 

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

Cilantro is full of an unusual array of healing phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. Its leaves and seeds contain some amount of various essential oils that makes this herb useful for use in traditional medicines. It is anti-septic, analgesic, helps with digestion, and is a natural stimulant.

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It is a very good source of vitamins A, C, K and has traces of the B vitamins.  In the minerals department, it provides high amount of calcium and potassium.  It also provides iron, manganese and sodium. 

HEALTH BENEFITS

Coriander has been used as a folk medicine for the relief of anxiety and insomnia. Coriander seeds are used in traditional Indian medicine as a diuretic by boiling equal amounts of coriander seeds and cumin seeds, then cooling and consuming the liquid. In holistic and traditional medicine, it is used as a carminative and as a digestive aid.

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Coriander has been documented as a traditional treatment for diabetes. Acts as a diuretic; eases seasonal allergies.  Helps cure ulcer, inflammation, spasm and acts as an expectorant, protects and soothes the liver. It is anti-carcinogenic and anti-histaminic. Coriander is helpful with many ailments here are a few additional ones: 

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AnemiaCoriander is good in iron content which directly helps curing anemia. 

Anti-cancer - The anti-oxidant properties from cilantro coriander2include beta carotene, vitamin C and E, ferulic, caffeic acid, kaempferol, and quercetin. This broad spectrum of anti-oxidant helps to lower the risk of oxidative stress in the cells that are carcinogenic (cancer-causing). 

Anti-microbial properties –  Cilantro contains volatile oils that have antimicrobial properties, making it a very useful herb that can be used for fungal, bacterial or yeast infections. 

cilantro leaves 3Blood Sugar – A study that was done on mice confirmed that this herb has an anti-diabetic effect and can control blood sugar. When juiced and consumed regularly, cilantro can help stimulate the secretion of insulin, thereby lowering blood sugar. 

Bone Health - Cilantro is an excellent source of calcium. Calcium is a vital nutrient that is required for formation and maintenance of strong bones. 

Cholesterol Lowering Ability – Cilantro when juiced and cilantro bunch 2consumed on a regular basis can help reduce the amount of damaged fats (lipid peroxides) in the cell membranes. Studies have shown that cilantro can lower bad cholesterol level and increase the good cholesterol level. 

DigestionCoriander, helps in proper secretion of enzymes and digestive juices in the stomach, stimulates digestion and peristaltic motion.  

coiander 12Eyesight – The high beta-carotene and anti-oxidants in cilantro make it one of the best herbs that helps alleviate eye problems thus improving eyesight. In addition, it also help reduce the threat posed by age; associated with vision disorders such as macular degeneration, and cataract. 

Heavy Metal Detox – Cilantro is one of the very few herbs that is used as a heavy metal detox agent, to detoxify mercury, aluminium and lead among others.  

Immune Booster - The presence of anti-oxidants, rich coriander2phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins in cilantro all work synergistically to boost the body’s overall immunity system against infection. 

Insomnia – Due to the various phytonutrients and medicinal values of cilantro, it helps rebalance the internal chemicals, providing a calming effect to the nerves that enable sleep to come easier. 

Kidney stones – Cilantro has a diuretic and detoxifying effect that can help lower the risk for kidney stones.

CilantroLeavesMouth UlcersCitronelol, a component of essential oils in coriander, is an excellent antiseptic. In addition, other components have anti microbial and healing effects which do not let wounds and ulcers in the mouth to get worse. It aids in healing and freshen the breath. 

SwellingsCineole, one of the 11 components of the essential oils, and linoleic acid, present in coriander, possess anti-rheumatic and anti-arthritic properties, which are very beneficial for relieving swelling caused by these ailments.

SELECTION AND STORAGE

Fresh cilantro leaves as well as the seeds can be readily available in the markets as well as health stores year around. Always buy fresh leaves over the dried herb-powder since it is superior in flavor and rich in many vital vitamins and anti-oxidants like beta carotene, vitamin-C, and folates. While buying, look for vibrant green color leaves with firm stems. It should be free from any kind of spoilage or yellowing.

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Try to buy fresh leaves from the local organic farms since the herb has an intense refreshing flavor in addition to that it will assure you of superior quality and will be free from pesticide residues.

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Once at home, wash in clean water, discard the roots, and any bruised leaves. Fresh cilantro (coriander) should be stored inside the refrigerator in a zip pouch or wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel. Use as early as possible since it loses flavor and nutrients quickly if kept for longer periods.

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Coriander seeds and coriander oil are also available in the markets, groceries and health food stores. The seeds are basically used as spice.

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You can also freeze cilantro in ice cube trays with water and they will be ready to add to any dish you will be preparing.

HOW TO USE

Every part of coriander, not just the leaves and seeds are edible. The stems are where most of the flavor lies, and the roots are crushed and used in Thai curry pastes.

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Even the small, lacy pinkish-white flowers add elegance to summer salads. The seeds are used whole or ground, and are often lightly toasted to enhance their flavor.

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Coriander seeds are widely used in Europe, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, India and south Asia. They’re added to soups, stews, vegetables, marinades, cakes, breads, pastries, pickles and many other Asian foods.  

In Latin America, especially Mexico and Peru, coriander leaves are often added to fish, meat, poultry, salads, soups, stir-fries, casseroles and including salsa dishes.

HOW TO ENJOY 

Fresh leaves should be washed thoroughly in the water in order to remove sand and dirt and to rid off any residual pesticides. It is generally used just before preparing recipes in order to keep the fragrance and aromatic flavor intact.

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Cilantro is used in the preparation of soups, and sauces and many other dishes. Here are a few of them.

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Add them to tacos

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Make a delicious chutney

 pico de gallo with cilantro

Use it in your favorite salsa

 Cilantro quinoa salad

Add it to a quinoa, tomato, beans, avocado salad

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Coriander seed powder is one of the main ingredients used in the preparation of curry powder.  

SOURCES 

Several including, http://wikihow.com

REFERENCES

Ensminger AH, Esminger M. K. J. e. al. Food for Health: A Nutrition Encyclopedia. Clovis, California: Pegus Press; 1986. 1986. PMID:15210.  

Fortin, Francois, Editorial Director. The Visual Foods Encyclopedia. Macmillan, New York. 1996. 

Wood, Rebecca. The Whole Foods Encyclopedia. New York, NY: Prentice-Hall Press; 1988. PMID:15220. 

DISCLAIMER

  1. God’s Healing Plants is not licensed as, or designed to be, a healthcare facility; therefore we do not diagnose conditions, offer medical advice, or prescribe or administer medication.
  2. The nutrition and health information resented at the God’s Healing Plants Web Site is based on Scripture, research and personal experience, and is offered for educational purposes only.
  3. There can be risks involved when changing diet and lifestyle; therefore, as each guest chooses to make these types of changes, we at God’s Healing Plants cannot be held responsible or liable for any adverse effects or consequences that may result from your personal choices.
Posted by: godshealingplants | February 13, 2015

BROCCOLI FOR YOUR HEALTH

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HISTORY

Broccoli has its roots in Italy. In ancient Roman times, it was developed from wild cabbage, a plant that more resembles collards than broccoli. It spread through out the Near East where it was appreciated for its edible flower heads and was subsequently brought back to Italy where it was further cultivated. Broccoli was introduced to the United States in colonial times, popularized by Italian immigrants who brought this prized vegetable with them to the New World.

ABOUT

Broccoli is a hardy vegetable of the cabbage family that is high in vitamins A and D. It develops best during the cool seasons of the year.

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The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, which means “the flowering crest of a cabbage” 

NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

Broccoli nutrients provide many health benefits. It is a great source of vitamins A, K and C, in addition to fiber, folate, lutein and potassium.

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Vitamin A – helps vision and is required for the immune system and production of red blood cells.

Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals.

Vitamin K – essential for the functioning of many proteins involved in blood clotting

Fiber – diets high in fiber promote digestive health. A high fiber intake can also help lower cholesterol.

Folate – is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells in the body.

Lutein – may slow progression of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Potassium – a mineral and electrolyte that is essential for the function of nerves and heart contraction.

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According to NutritionData.com, broccoli is a five star choice for weight loss, while containing high nutrition content. Check their informational page on broccoli right here: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2356/2  

HEALTH BENEFITS

Research has found that broccoli is good for:

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Alkalizes Your Body – Like many vegetables, broccoli helps keep your whole body less acidic, which has a host of health benefits.  

Blood Pressure – Along with a high amount of potassium, Broccoli also contains magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure.  

Bone Health – Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.  

Immune System – One cup of broccoli bolsters the immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defense actions. 

Nervous System – Broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promotes regular muscle growth.  

Prevents Cancer – Broccoli is rich in glucoraphanin which can be processed by the human body into a kind of compound capable of preventing cancer. It works by eliminating H. pylori from a human body which is known as a bacterium that triggers gastric cancer. The vegetable is also rich in indole-3-carbinol which is an extremely powerful antioxidant. Anti-carcinogen properties are also present in broccoli and these are effective in hindering the development of prostate, cervical and breast cancer while also improving liver health. 

Reduces Cholesterol – The vegetable contains a huge amount of soluble fiber which is proven to be effective in drawing out cholesterol from the body. 

Sun Damage – Broccoli is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to detoxify and repair itself. 

Vision – Studies have shown that the carotenoid lutein helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as possesses anti-cancer effects. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin A that is needed to form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and color vision. 

ADDITIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS

Additionally, the health benefits of broccoli have been linked to preventing and controlling the following medical concerns: Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, calcium deficiencies, stomach and colon cancer, malignant tumors, lung cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and even the aging process.

 A wooden bowl of fresh, steamed broccoli.

Broccoli is also high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation and curbs overeating.

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The health benefits of broccoli are so vast that it is one of those foods that should be a regular addition to your menu.

 

HOW TO SELECT AND STORE

SELECTING

When you are selecting broccoli tops you will notice that some appear purpler than others, this is a sign that they have a higher level of carotenoids (Vitamin A).

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Buy heads with tightly clustered dark green or purplish florets and with no signs of yellowing or flowering. Stalks should be firm and fresh looking with healthy green leaves. Do not buy broccoli with tough or woody stems. The stalks of young, tender broccoli are slender, while those of older broccoli are thick and have hollow cores. Although it is available year-round, fresh broccoli is at its best from the fall through the spring and usually is inexpensive. Frozen broccoli is also readily available. Many markets sell only the florets, fresh or frozen, and these can be convenient for a quick weeknight dinner. 

STORING

Refrigerate broccoli as soon as you get it home. It will keep for 5 days in a perforated plastic bag. Do not wash broccoli before storing because exposure to water encourages spoilage.

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To freeze broccoli, trim the leaves and peel the stalks if they look a little woody. Cut the stalks and florets into small strips 1 to 3 inches long. Blanch the broccoli for about 5 minutes, plunge into cold water, drain and freeze in freezer bags. Frozen broccoli keeps for about 1 year. 

TIPS FOR PREPARING AND COOKING

Rinse broccoli under cold running water. Cut florets into quarters for quick and even cooking. Be sure to enjoy the stems and leaves of broccoli; they provide a good balance of flavors.

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Trim the leaves on the broccoli stalk only if they appear discolored or unhealthy, and cut away any tough portions on the bottoms of the stalks. If the stalk seems tough, peel it with a vegetable peeler or paring knife.

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Florets cook more quickly than stalks, so split the stalks lengthwise only to the flower heads to cook them intact. Broccoli that is cooked until soft does not reheat well, but broccoli cooked until crisp-tender can be reheated. 

Broccoli provides vitamin, minerals and protein. When preparing the vegetable, it is important to remember that overcooking broccoli equals to reducing the vital nutrients.

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Cooking methods can impact the nutrient content and health benefits of broccoli. Boiling can leach up to 90% of the valuable nutrients from broccoli, while steaming and stir-frying tends to preserve the nutrients.

Eating broccoli raw is still the best way to benefit from all its nutrients.

HOW TO ENJOY

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Make a delicious broccoli dip and enjoy with carrots and red peppers.

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Toss pasta with olive oil, pine nuts and steamed broccoli florets. Add salt and pepper to taste.

R3 - Broccoli soup

Purée cooked broccoli and combine with seasonings of your choice to make a simple, yet delicious, soup.

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Add raw broccoli florets carrots, apples, raisins and nuts to make a delicious salad.

 Broccoli bowl

With a little imagination broccoli is a very versatile vegetable that can be used to make many delicious dishes.

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CAUTION

In general, broccoli is safe to eat, and any side effects are not serious. The most common side effect is gas caused by broccoli’s high amounts of fiber.  

People taking blood-thinning medications should watch their broccoli intake, since the vegetable’s vitamin K content may interfere with the medication’s effectiveness. Those with hypothyroidism should also limit their intake of broccoli. 

SOURCE

http://naturalnews.com

http://mercola.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broccoli

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/dietandnutrition/broccoli

Posted by: godshealingplants | January 29, 2015

TURMERIC – Healing Benefits of Spices

1 Turmeric GHP

HISTORY:

Turmeric is native to Indonesia and southern India, where it has been harvested for thousands of years. It has served an important role in many traditional cultures throughout the East. While Arab traders introduced it into Europe in the 13th century, it has only recently become popular in Western cultures. Much of its recent popularity is owed to the recent research that has highlighted its therapeutic properties. The leading commercial producers of turmeric include India, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Haiti and Jamaica.  

ABOUT 

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh.

Turmeric Plant

Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. Turmeric was traditionally called “Indian saffron” because of its deep yellow-orange color and has been used throughout history as a condiment, natural healing remedy and textile dye. 

NUTRITIONAL PROFILE:

Turmeric is an excellent source of both iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber and potassium. For an in-depth nutritional profile click on the following link Turmeric. This profile includes information on a full array of nutrients, including carbohydrates, sugar, soluble and insoluble fiber, sodium, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and more.

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ACTIVE COMPOUNDS:

The active constituent is known as curcumin. It has been shown to have a wide range of therapeutic effects. First, it protects against free radical damage because it is a strong antioxidant. Second, it reduces inflammation. It accomplishes this by reducing histamine levels and possibly by increasing production of natural cortisone by the adrenal glands. Third, it protects the liver from a number of toxic compounds. Fourth, it has been shown to reduce platelets from clumping together, which in turn, improves circulation and helps protect against atherosclerosis.  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Turmeric is a potent, yet safe anti-Inflammatory and reduces inflammation (joints, airways); it also detoxifies the liver.

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  • Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Cardiovascular Protection
  • Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
  • Help for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers
  • Improves Liver Function
  • Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Metastases
  • Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
  • It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
  • It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
  • Relieves the pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Speeds up wound healing and damaged skin.
  • When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer. 

HOW TO INCREASE THE BIOAVAILABILITY OF CURCUMIN

Mix Turmeric With Black Pepper

Piperine is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper. This compound inhibits certain enzyme metabolism functions, which normally cause the disposal of what the body considers to be excess curcumin (this effect is not limited to curcumin, black pepper can increase the absorption of other supplements, too). Curcumin absorption increases up to 2,000% or more with just a small amount of piperine.

Consume Turmeric with Beneficial Fats

Curcumin is fat-soluble. Without fat, the compound doesn’t dissolve properly, and then curcumin has a tough time getting into the gut and being absorbed into the bloodstream and then into the cells that needs the compound.

Try consuming turmeric with healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil.

Eat Turmeric With Quercetin

Quercetin is a plant flavonoid that inhibits the enzyme that deactivates curcumin.

Foods high in quercetin include red grapes, onions, green tea, apples, cranberries, blueberries, black plums, red leaf lettuce, raw kale, chicory greens, raw spinach, sweet peppers, snap beans and raw broccoli. The best whole food source of quercetin is capers.

HOW TO SELECT AND STORE

Even through dried herbs and spices are widely available in supermarkets, explore the local spice stores or ethnic markets in your area. Oftentimes, these stores feature an expansive selection of dried herbs and spices that are of superior quality and freshness than those offered in regular markets.

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Just like with other dried spices, try to select organically grown turmeric since this will give you more assurance that the herb has not been irradiated. Since the color of turmeric varies among varieties, it is not a criterion of quality.  

HOW TO USE:

Cooking Tips – Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it’s fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. One of the favorite ways to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue. 

HOW TO ENJOY:

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  • Add turmeric to a cream sauce and mix it with eggs to give it an even bolder yellow color.

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  • For an especially delicious way to add more turmeric to your healthy way of eating, cut cauliflower florets in half and healthy sauté with a generous spoonful of turmeric for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

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  • Give salad dressings an orange-yellow hue by adding some turmeric powder to them.

Recipe 2

  • Mix brown rice with peas and season with turmeric, cumin and coriander.

Recipe 4

  • Turmeric is a great spice to complement recipes that detoxify the body. 

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SOURCE

Various including

http://www.naturalnews.com/048579_turmeric_curcumin_bioavailability_cancer_remedy.html

DISCLAIMER

  1. God’s Healing Plants is not licensed as, or designed to be, a healthcare facility; therefore we do not diagnose conditions, offer medical advice, or prescribe or administer medication.
  2. The nutrition and health information resented at the God’s Healing Plants Web Site is based on Scripture, research and personal experience, and is offered for educational purposes only.
  3. There can be risks involved when changing diet and lifestyle; therefore, as each guest chooses to make these types of changes, we at God’s Healing Plants cannot be held responsible or liable for any adverse effects or consequences that may result from your personal choices.
Posted by: godshealingplants | January 21, 2015

FANTASTIC LIVING GREEN SALAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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Living Green Salad Ingredients:

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1 cup of uncooked quinoa

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1 cup of uncooked green lentils

Diced Zucchini

1 large zucchini, diced

Avocado-Diced

1 avocado, diced

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2 large handfuls of spinach

1 garlic cloves

2 cloves of garlic

Himalayan salt

Pinch of Himalayan salt and black pepper

lemon

1 lime

basil

1 handful of basil

Olive-oil

3 tb spns of extra-virgin olive oil

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook quinoa and lentils separately.
  2. When the quinoa and lentils are almost done cooking, sauté the garlic zucchini in a skillet with butter or coconut oil, salt, and pepper for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add a few handfuls of spinach into the skillet and cook until wilted.
  4. Toss the quinoa and lentils together and mix with sea salt, pepper, olive oil, and chopped basal.
  5. Top with the zucchini and spinach mixture, avocado, and fresh lime juice.

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This salad is loaded with nutrients from four main players:

  1. Detoxifying vegetables.
  2. Healing greens and herbs.
  3. Cleansing starches.
  4. Nourishing fatty acids.

Super simple to throw together and will load your body with that green life.

This is a great delivery system for high quality alkaline fats such as olive oil and avocado.  It also provides powerful greens in spinach and basil and the anti-microbial power of garlic. 

It tastes amazing and has many great health benefits!

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SOURCE:

Megan Kelly – A Licensed Esthetician specializing in holistic nutrition. http://renewingallthings.com

Dr. Jockers – http://drjockers.com

THANK YOU MEGAN AND DR. JOCKERS FOR THIS GREAT RECIPE

Posted by: godshealingplants | January 12, 2015

LEMON, TURMERIC, CINNAMON, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY RECIPE

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This lemonade drink is anti-inflammatory and is loaded with very powerful anti-oxidants, electrolytes and trace minerals.   Cinnamon is #2 on the anti-oxidant list for nutrient density while turmeric is #4.  Adding ginger gives the drink a slight bite and gives it extraordinary benefits for improving stomach acid production and reducing inflammation.

This tasty drink can and should be consumed by everyone young and old throughout the day.  It has powerful liver and kidney detoxifying abilities.  It has a net alkalizing effect after the ingredients have been digested due to the extraordinary amount of anti-oxidants and potassium that are highly bioavailable in this drink form.

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Ingredients:

1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice: (4-6 lemons)

4-6 cups of filtered water

1 tsp. of ground turmeric

1 tsp. of cinnamon

Pinch of pink salt (Redmond’s or Himalayan Salt)

½ tsp. of liquid Stevia (or to taste)

Servings: 4-6

Optional:  1 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger

Instructions:

Put all of the following ingredients in a blender and turn on medium mode until everything has dissolved and mixed.  Drink this regularly.

This is a fantastic drink and it definitely brings results.

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SOURCE:

Thank you Dr. Jockers for this great recipe.

http://drjockers.com

Pictures courtesy of Dr. Jockers

Posted by: godshealingplants | January 5, 2015

BROWN RICE HEALTH BENEFITS

brown rice GHP

HISTORY

Rice is believed to have been first cultivated in China around 6,000 years ago. 

For the majority of its long history, rice was a staple only in Asia. Not until Arab travelers introduced rice into ancient Greece, and Alexander the Great brought it to India, did rice find its way to other corners of the world.

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Subsequently, the Moors brought rice to Spain in the 8th century during their conquests. Rice was introduced into South America in the 17th century by the Spanish during their colonization of this continent.

The majority of the world’s rice is grown in Asia, where it plays an incredibly important role in their food culture. Thailand, Vietnam and China are the three largest exporters of rice. 

ABOUT

There is an abundance of different types of rice—over 8,000 varieties.  

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Rice, is normally grown as an annual plant, although in tropical areas it can survive as a perennial and can produce a ratoon crop for up to 30 years. The rice plant can grow to 1–1.8 m (3.3–5.9 ft) tall, occasionally more depending on the variety and soil fertility. It has long, slender leaves 50–100 cm (20–39 in) long and 2–2.5 cm (0.79–0.98 in) broad. The small wind-pollinated flowers are produced in a branched arching to pendulous inflorescence 30–50 cm (12–20 in) long. The edible seed is a grain 5–12 mm (0.20–0.47 in) long and 2–3 mm (0.079–0.118 in) thick. 

Brown rice is chewier as compared to white rice and has a nutty flavor. 

NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

Brown rice is an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, and a good source of selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and niacin.   

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HEALTH BENEFITS

Health benefits of brown rice include better functioning of cardiovascular system, digestive system, brain and nervous system. It is loaded with powerful antioxidants which provide relief from a range of ailments such as hypertension, unhealthy levels of cholesterol, stress, mental depression and skin disorders. High nutritional content in brown rice proves effective in various medical conditions such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders and insomnia. It has anti-depressant properties and helps maintain healthy bones and stronger immune system. 

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Baby FoodBrown rice cereal or brown rice itself is the perfect baby’s first food due to the dense natural nutrition and fiber it contains. This is a much better choice than refined white rice cereal products as rapidly growing babies and toddlers require nutrient rich diets to help maintain rapid growth cycles. 

Bone HealthBrown rice is a good source of magnesium, a mineral that is essential to bone health. Just one cup of brown rice contains 21 percent of the recommended daily value of magnesium. Most of the magnesium in the body is stored on or in the bones, so to keep a high level of magnesium in your bones, and to reap the other health benefits, eat plenty of brown rice each week.

Candida Yeast InfectionsBrown rice is the perfect adjunct for candida yeast infection treatments given that high glycemic and otherwise sugary/starchy foods are prohibited during most candida treatment protocols. The natural digestibility of brown rice coupled with the high fiber content can help sensitive digestive systems heal from an overgrowth of candida organisms.

Cardiovascular Benefits – Studies have shown that brown rice can have many cardiovascular benefits for postmenopausal women, including slowing the progression of atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of plaque in the arteries, as well as slowing the progression of the narrowing of the arteries. But postmenopausal women aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the heart-healthy compounds in this whole grain. Brown rice also contains plant lignans, which can protect against heart disease and certain types of cancer.  

Childhood AsthmaAsthma is a very common condition among children and causes many children to miss numerous days of school. But children who eat plenty of whole grains along with fish can lower their risk of developing asthma by 50 percent.  

CholesterolThe oil in brown rice has been shown to lower levels of LDL cholesterol, also known as the bad cholesterol, by up to seven percent. At the same time, a diet high in whole grains can increase the level of the good cholesterol HDL. 

High in FiberBrown rice is high in fiber and on top of the list for foods that can help prevent colon cancer. This can be attributed to the high levels of fiber naturally contained in brown rice. These fibers attach to substances that cause cancer as well as to toxins in the body, thus eliminating them and keeping them from attaching to the colon wall. 

Releases Sugar SlowlyBrown rice helps stabilize blood sugar levels; therefore, it’s an excellent food choice for those suffering from diabetes. Studies show that those who consume one half cup of brown rice daily reduce their risks of developing diabetes by 60%. On the other hand, those who consume white rice regularly increase their chances of developing diabetes one hundred-fold. 

Weight Loss - The fiber content of brown rice keeps bowel function at it’s peak since it makes digestion that much easier. Brown rice is the perfect addition to the daily diet for those seeking bowel regularity. In addition, brown rice also makes the tummy feel full which translates to smaller meal portions.

HOW TO SELECT AND STORE

Rice is available prepackaged as well as in bulk containers. If purchasing brown rice in a packaged container, check to see if there is a “use-by” date on the package since brown rice, owing to its natural oils, has the potential to become rancid if kept too long.  

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Research recently published suggests that some non-organic U.S. long grain rice may have 1.4 to 5 times more arsenic than rice from Europe, India or Bangladesh. For this reason, select organically grown rice whenever possible.  

Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the rice are covered and that the store has a good product turnover so as to ensure its maximal freshness. Whether purchasing rice in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture.  

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Since brown rice still features an oil-rich germ, it is more susceptible to becoming rancid than white rice and therefore should be stored in the refrigerator. Stored in an airtight container, brown rice will keep fresh for about six months.  

The storage of cooked rice should be in the refrigerator in a tight sealed container for not more than 4 days.  

TIPS FOR PREPARING

Brown rice takes longer cooking time and requires more water because of its outer fiber coating. For one cup rice, you may use two and a half to three cups of water. Prior soaking of brown rice cuts down the cooking time. Soaked brown rice would take about 35-40 minutes to get ready. 

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Like all grains, before cooking rice, especially that which is sold in bulk, rinse it thoroughly under running water and then remove any dirt or debris that you may find. After rinsing brown rice, add one part rice to two parts boiling water or broth. After the liquid has returned to a boil, turn down the heat, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes.  

HOW TO ENJOY

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  • Heat up cooked rice with any nut milk. Add in cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and honey for a delicious rice pudding.

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  • Make homemade vegetable burger.

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  • Use rice leftovers for cold rice salads that are great for on-the-go lunches.

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  • For a simple yet delicious lunch or dinner entrée, serve beans and rice accompanied by the vegetables of your choice.

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  • Rollup some delicious rice balls with your favorite ingredients.

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  • Make a vegetable casserole with your favorite vegetables.

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  • A quiche made with rice and asparagus tastes delicious.

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SOURCE

Various including

http://mercola.com

http://wikipidia.org

 

 

Posted by: godshealingplants | December 18, 2014

MULBERRY HEALTH BENEFITS

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HISTORY

The first documentation of mulberry trees reports them as originating in China. The Chinese discovered that silkworms loved to eat the leaves of this fast-growing tree. The more the silkworms ate the mulberry leaves, the more silk they produced.

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The Chinese were the first to cultivate mulberry trees in rows for increased production of silk.

ABOUT

Mulberries are delicious and nutritious berries that are enjoyed by people all over the world. Mulberries are produced from Morus Alba Tree. It is a naturally sweet fruit that looks quite similar to blackberry and tastes like grapefruit. Mulberry grows on trees and is cultivated in warm regions of Asia, Africa and America. There are several varieties of Mulberries which include, white, red, black and blue versions of the fruit.

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Mulberry trees are a fruit-bearing tree that can grow up to 10 feet per year and reach full maturity at 30 feet tall. The leaves of this fast-growing tree are a favorite food of silkworms. The sweet, plump, juicy berries of the mulberry tree provide a delicious snack for birds, deer and other wildlife, as well as for humans.

The trees lose their leaves in the winter but come back the following season even lusher than the previous year. The berries become ripe in May.

Mulberry blackThe mulberry fruit is, 2–3 cm (0.79–1.18 in) long. Immature fruits are white, green, or pale yellow. In most species, the fruits turn pink and then red while ripening, then dark purple or black, and have a sweet flavor when fully ripe. 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Mulberry is a powerhouse of nutrients and is an excellent source of protein, of iron, calcium, Vitamin A, C, E and K, Folate, thiamine, Pyridoxine, Niacin and fiber.

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Resveratrol, an antioxidant, is found plentiful in mulberries. It helps to promote heart health and overall vitality. 

Mulberry is also rich polynutrients like anthocyanin, flavonoids, lutein, zea-xanthin, B carotene and A carotene. 

HEALTH BENEFITS

Ageing: Ageing is caused due to cell damage caused due free radicals. Free radicals are produced due to oxidative stress. The antioxidants leutin, zea-xanthine, carotene and phytonutrients which it contains neutralize free radicals and protect from ageing.  mulberry-fruit

Anemia: Mulberries are rich in iron which protect against anemia. It is effective to cure anemia. 

Blood Clots: Mulberries are known to improve blood circulation and are beneficial as an anti-inflammatory that helps to lower the blood pressure and makes you less susceptible to blood clots and strokes.  

Blood purifier: Mulberries are a great blood purifier. It also improves blood circulation. 

Brain: Mulberries are good to increase memory and promotes a healthy brain. 

Cancer: Mulberries are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients which protect from cancer. It is also effective to stop the growth and spread of tumor cells. 

Cholesterol: Eating mulberry on regular basis will keep the Mulberry 1cholesterol level within limits. 

Constipation: Mulberries are rich in fiber which improves digestion thus prevent constipation. 

Diabetes: Flavonoids present in mulberries proves best food to prevent sharp rise and fall of sugar level in the patient. 

Hair: Eating mulberries strengthen, nourishes and promote hair growth. It is used to prevent early graying of hair. 

Heart Health: Eating mulberries prove beneficial to the heart. It strengthens the nervous system and reduces bad cholesterol thus preventing blockage in the flow of blood. So it is effective to prevent heart attack and stroke. 

Immune System: Mulberry is rich in Vitamin C which Mulberry 1 aincreases immunity to fight against common disease like cold, flu or any infections. 

Liver:  Mulberries are well-known to cleanse the liver.

Vision: Eating mulberries improve eye vision. It also protects the eye from free radicals which is the cause of eyesight loss and retina degeneration. 

HOW TO SELECT AND STORE

Mature white and red mulberries can be found during the later part of spring or during the early stage of the summer season. Black mulberries mature only at the end of summer. Once the berries are ripe, it is best to harvest them as it is well-known that birds will get to them quickly. If you are buying them from a store, you should make sure that they are plump and have a rich color. Unless you are getting white mulberries, make sure to avoid mulberries that are pale in color as this shows that they have not ripened yet.

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If you have a mulberry tree, it is not a hard task to harvest the fruits. All you need is a tarp to cover the ground under its branches and shake them to make the berries fall on the tarp. You will need to repeat the process every other day.

Once you have collected the berries, put them into baskets.

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Remember not to make the baskets too full as the ones at the bottom will get crushed, ruining them. The next step is to store them in containers that are airtight.  

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You can wash the berries before storing them or wash them before you use them. These fruits can be stored in your refrigerator for about 3 days. If freezing them after harvest is better for you, you can wash and dry them gently by patting them with a soft cloth or tissue and store them in a sealed bag. You can leave mulberries in your freezer for about 3 months. 

HOW TO PREPARE 

After cleaning, gently pat them dry using a soft cloth. Take care not to squeeze or press the berries, else they will spoil, and stain cloth, hand, etc.

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Then, trim away its stem end by simply pinching off with fingers or either using a small scissors or paring knife. 

HOW TO ENJOY

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Mulberries and their leaves can be used to make teas and other beverages.

 Mulbery Pie

They make great fillings for pies as well as a wide range of delicious desserts.

 mulberry smoothie

Mulberry smoothies taste sumptuous.

 Mulberry Jam

Mulberries are also used in jams, jellies, tart syrups, etc

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They are used in ice-creams and yogurt

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Fresh mulberry juice is healthy and delicious. 

CAUTION

Since mulberries are highly dense with potassium it creates discomfort to the kidney patient. Therefore these patients need to avoid eating large quantities of mulberries. Always take the advice of your physician or dietician.

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REFERENCES

 

 

Posted by: godshealingplants | December 11, 2014

CAYENNE PEPPER, LEMON, MOLASSES DETOX DRINK

Cayenne Pepper detox drink

This popular cayenne pepper, lemon and molasses detoxifying drink cleanses the body of toxins, speeds up your metabolism and is used to lose weight.  

HOW IT WORKS: 

CAYENNE RED PEPPER (Capsaicin)

The cayenne pepper helps to increase your metabolism, promotes blood circulation and exerts some powerful antioxidant effects.  The small amount of cayenne gives this drink a little “energy” without experiencing a hot, unpleasant taste.   

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LEMONS

The citric acid in the lemons breaks down fat molecules to assist your body in its natural cleansing process.   

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ORGANIC BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES

This contains a large amount of potassium, followed by calcium, iron, vitamina B6 and magnesium.  It is a natural sweetener.  

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FRESH FILTERED PURE WATER 

Tap water contains impurities.  Purchase fresh spring water or use filtered water from your home drinking water filtering system, if you have one. 

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TO MAKE AN 8 OZ GLASS MIX 

Mix these 3 ingredients in 8 oz of fresh filtered pure water.

  • 1 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon. Use real fresh lemons only or some you have squeezed and frozen yourself. DO NOT use store bought since it contains preservatives.

This Detoxifying Drink provides the body with a nutritional, natural and healthy way to rid your body of both toxins and excess weight.  It should not be taken more that for 3 to 7 days.  

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LEGAL DISCLAIMER

  • God’s Healing Plants is not licensed as, or designed to be, a healthcare facility; therefore we do not diagnose conditions, offer medical advice, or prescribe or administer medication.
  • The nutrition and health information presented at the God’s Healing Plants Web Site is based on Scripture, research and personal experience, and is offered for educational purposes only.
  • There can be risks involved when changing diet and lifestyle; therefore, as each guest chooses to make these types of changes, God’s Healing Plants Web Site, cannot be held responsible or liable for any adverse effects or consequences that may result from your personal choices.
Posted by: godshealingplants | November 27, 2014

SPINACH FOR YOUR HEALTH

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HISTORY

Spinach is native to ancient Persia (Iranian regions). Arab traders carried spinach into India and China. Traders also brought this green leafy vegetable to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and eventually to the US.

ABOUT

There are three primary types of spinach on the market. The most popular style on the market today is baby spinach, while one could also get smooth-leaf and savoy (which has curly leaves).

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NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Spinach is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. 

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HEALTH BENEFITS

Anti-Calcification - Vitamin K is a crucial component of the process called carboxylation, which produces the matrix GLA protein that directly prevents calcium from forming in tissue. Eating one cup of spinach contributes to this process that fights atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke.  

Anti-Inflammatory – Neoxanthin and violaxanthin are two anti-inflammatory epoxyxanthophylls that play an important role in regulation of inflammation and are present in unusual amounts in spinach.

Antioxidants –  Vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium present in spinach all serve as powerful antioxidants that combat the onset of osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.  

Blood – Spinach is extremely rich in blood purifying chlorophyll. This chlorophyll is easily metabolized and used to build new red blood cells and pull out carcinogenic substances from the body. Chlorophyll also provides magnesium which acts to strengthen the blood-brain barrier and protect the neurological system from environmental toxins. 

Blood Pressure – By inhibiting the angiotensin I-converting enzyme, peptides within spinach have been shown to effectively lower blood pressure.  

Bones –  One cup of boiled spinach provides over 1000% of the RDA of vitamin K that can prevent excess activation of osteoclasts (the cells that break down bones), as well as promote the synthesis of osteocalcin, the protein that is essential for maintaining the strength and density of our bones.  

Brain and Nervous Function – The abundance of vitamin K incut spinach spinach contributes greatly to a healthy nervous system and brain function by providing an essential part for the synthesis of sphingolipids, the crucial fat that makes up the Myelin sheath around our nerves. Spinach is also rich in the powerful carotenoid anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. These phytonutrients are extremely important for brain function. 

Cancer – Spinach contains an abundance of  flavonoids, a phytonutrient with anti-cancer properties. It  has shown significant protection against the occurrence of aggressive prostate cancer.

Diet – One cup of spinach has nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.  

Digestive Track – Spinach is an amazing source of glycoclycerolipids that protect the digestive tract from inflammatory damage. These glycoclycerolipids are the main fatty acids that makeup the cell membranes of light-sensitive organs in chlorophyll containing plants.  

Immunity – One cup of spinach contains a large amount of vitamin A that not only protects and strengthens “entry points” into the human body, such as mucous membranes, respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts, but is also a key component of lymphocytes (or white blood cells) that fight infection. Additionally, spinach is an important source of copper, zinc, and selenium which are another minerals that boost immunity.

Skin -  The high amount of vitamin A in spinach also promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention in the epidermis, thus fighting psoriasis, keratinization, acne and even wrinkles.

Vision –  Both antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin are especially plentiful in spinach and protect the eye from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.  

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BUYING SPINACH

When purchasing spinach be sure to get it organic as the non-organic commercial varieties are considered one of the most heavily sprayed edible plants in the world. Also, look to get it fresh to avoid chemical preservative agents and aluminum found in the cans.

Choose spinach that has vibrant deep green leaves and stems with no signs of yellowing. The leaves should look fresh and tender, and not be wilted or bruised. Avoid those that have a slimy coating as this is an indication of decay.

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Do not wash spinach before storing as the exposure to water encourages spoilage. Place spinach in a plastic storage bag and wrap the bag tightly around the spinach, squeezing out as much of the air as possible. Place in refrigerator where it will keep fresh for up to 5 days.

Freezing spinach diminishes its health benefits. The way to get the best from the leaf is to buy it fresh and eat it the same day.

TIPS FOR PREPARING

Spinach should be washed very well since the leaves and stems tend to collect sand and soil. It is best to buy organic since non-organic are heavily sprayed with pesticides that don’t come off with normal washing.

Before washing, trim off the roots and separate the leaves. Place the spinach in a large bowl of tepid water and swish the leaves around with your hands as this will allow any dirt to become dislodged.

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Remove the leaves from the water, empty the bowl, refill with clean water and repeat this process until no dirt remains in the water (usually two to three times will do the trick). Do not leave spinach soaking in the water as water-soluble nutrients will leach into the water.

Spinach sold in bags has been pre-washed and only needs to be rinsed. If you are going to use it in a salad, dry it using a salad spinner or by shaking it in a colander.

HOW TO COOK SPINACH

Spinach is only one of three vegetables that should be boiled to free up acids and allow them to leach into the boiling water; this brings out a sweeter taste from the spinach. Discard the boiling water after cooking; do not drink it or use it for stock because of its acid content.

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Use a large pot with lots of water and bring to a rapid boil. Add spinach to the boiling water and boil for 1 minute. Begin timing as soon as you place the spinach in the pot.

Do not cover the pot when cooking spinach. Leaving the pot uncovered helps to release more of the acids with the rising steam. Research has shown that the boiling of spinach in large amounts of water helps decrease the oxalic acid content.

Remove spinach from pot, press out liquid with a fork, place in a bowl, toss with your favorite dressing and serve.

HOW TO ENJOY

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Add layers of spinach in your vegetable lasagna recipe.

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Use spinach in a quiche.

Spinach - Avocado Smoothie

Use it smoothies with avocado and grapes.

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Make a spread with spinach and cashews.

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    Spinach salads are a classic easy and delicious meal or side dish.  

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SOURCES

http://naturalnews.com/

http://wikipedia.com

 

Posted by: godshealingplants | November 18, 2014

CUCUMBERS FOR YOUR HEALTH

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HISTORY

Native to India, cucumber has been grown as a food source for over 3000 years.   

Cucumbers were cultivated and eaten in ancient Egypt as evidenced by the Bible.  Numbers 11:5 reads: “We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.” 

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The Greeks also cultivated cucumbers as (later) did the Romans.  And today cucumbers are cultivated in many parts of the world. 

ABOUT

Cucumber is easy to grow and is a vegetable that belongs to the gourd family.  Different varieties, varying in size, shape, and color, are cultivated all around the world. In general, the fruit features dark green skin, crispy moisture rich flesh, and small edible seeds concentrated at its center.

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Like other squash members, cucumbers should be harvested when they are young, tender and just short of reaching maturity, at a stage when they taste sweet and have a unique flavor. If left alone, the fruit continues to grow in size, its skin become tough and turns yellow, and seeds become hard and inedible. Fresh cucumbers are available throughout the season and can be eaten raw as is or in vegetable salads or in the form of juice. 

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There are two types of cucumbers: slicing cucumbers and pickling cucumbers. The pickling varieties tend to be smaller, thicker, and have bumpy skin with black-dotted spines.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Cucumbers are a great anti-aging food, as they contain essential vitamins and minerals to slow the aging process down, both internally and externally. 

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Cucumber is low in calories and fat that makes them a healthy choice for salads and snacking. 

HEALTH BENEFITS

Here are some of the benefits of the cucumber: 

Acts as a DiureticThe water content of Cucumber acts as a diuretic. It encourages the elimination of waste products from the body through urination. Regular intake of cucumber helps to dissolve kidney stones. 

Aids digestionAnother important benefit of cucumber juice is it can treat digestive ailments like ulcer, gastritis, heartburn and acidity. This juice improves digestion by flushing toxins out of the digestive system. Patients suffering from chronic constipation can benefit by eating cucumbers daily.  

Aids in Weight LossDue to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who looking for weight loss. 

An AntioxidantAccording to studies, free radicals are the number one cause of aging, including the appearance of wrinkles. The powerful antioxidant vitamins contained in the cucumber, such as vitamins A, C and E, help to clean the body of free radicals and dead skin cells. This stimulates the growth of new cells, and the end result is softer, smoother and more radiant skin. 

For immediate results, apply grated cucumber to your face and skin and leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes, before rinsing. 

Beneficial for Teeth and GumsCucumber juice is also beneficial for people with teeth and gums problems, especially in cases of pyorrhea.  

Controls Blood PressureCucumber juice contains a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber that work effectively for regulating blood pressure.  

DiabetesThe cucumber juice has been found to be beneficial for the diabetic patients. This vegetable contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin. 

Fight CancersCucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol – three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reducing the risk of several cancer types. 

High in Dietary FiberCucumbers are high in dietary fiber which helps to improve your digestive system so that your body can eliminate waste in a timely manner. This is essential if you want to look and feel young, as it increases your energy levels and helps to reduce the overall wear and tear on your body. A healthy digestive system will also boost your immune system to help you ward off most age related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and fibromyalgia. Glass of cucumber juice and slice of a cucumber on a white background

Keeps body hydratedCucumbers are about 90 percent water, which helps to moisturize your body from the inside out. It contains vitamin A, which also acts as a natural moisturizer to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. Cucumber juice helps in keeping the body hydrated and regulating body temperature. It also helps in flushing out the toxins from the body. 

Reduces StressStress is a major contributor to the aging process. It can cause insomnia, weight gain and other health problems that can cause you to look tired and worn out. Cucumbers can help to reduce your levels of stress due to an amino acid called tryptophan. When the tryptophan reaches your brain, it is able to produce two essential hormones known as serotonin and melatonin. These hormones help you to relax and feel good so that you can stay calm in tough situations. These hormones are also essential for helping you to fall into a deep sleep at night so that you can wake up feeling fully rested. 

Relieve gout and arthritis painCucumber is rich in vitamins A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium, when mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels. 

Skin, Joint and Nail careFacial masks containing cucumber juice can be used for skin tightening. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid present in cucumbers can bring down the water retention rate which in turn diminishes the puffiness and swelling under the eyes. Cucumber skin also can bring relief to the skin caused by sunburn or windburn. 

Besides the high water content, vitamins A, B & C and the presence of certain minerals like magnesium, potassium, cucumbers contain silica, which is a trace mineral, and it is essential for maintaining a healthy body structure and a youthful appearance. It not only helps your muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones to stay strong, but it also helps to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. 

Silica increases the production of collagen in the skin to help maintain its elasticity. This, in turn, helps to reduce wrinkles, as well as stretch marks resulting from pregnancy or from being overweight.  

Stimulates hair growthCucumber contains silicon and sulphur and thus a regular intake of cucumber can help promote healthy hair growth. For best results, mix cucumber juice with the juices of carrot, lettuce or spinach. 

HOW TO BUY AND STORE

Fresh cucumbers are readily available in the stores all around the season. Different varieties are available depending upon the region.  

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In the store, buy fresh ones that feature bright green color, that are firm and stout in texture. Look for spots, cuts or breaks over its surface. Do not buy overly matured or yellow colored since they tend to contain more insoluble fiber and mature seeds. Also, avoid those with wrinkled ends as they indicate old stock and state of de-hydration. Buy organic products when you can, which are better for your health. 

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Once at home, they should be washed thoroughly in clean water to rid off dust and pesticides (therefore it is better to BUY ORGANIC). The skin comes in a variety of colors and often with tiny spikes that should be rubbed off easily. Do not discard the peel as it has vital minerals, phyto-chemicals, and fiber. 

To store, keep them at room temperature for a day or two, but better stored inside the refrigerator set at high relative humidity where they stay fresh for several days.  

HOW TO ENJOY

They are tasty by themselves

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You can add them to salads with onions and tomatoes

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Or to freshly squeezed vegetable juices or smoothie

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You can also stuff them with your special mixture

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Or roll thin sliced cucumber with your special mixture

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They can also be sliced or grated and applied as a topical cleanser or moisturizer.

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 SOURCE

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumber

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 DISCLAIMER

  1. God’s Healing Plants is not licensed as, or designed to be, a healthcare facility; therefore we do not diagnose conditions, offer medical advice, or prescribe or administer medication.
  2. The nutrition and health information resented at the God’s Healing Plants Web Site is based on Scripture, research and personal experience, and is offered for educational purposes only.
  3. There can be risks involved when changing diet and lifestyle; therefore, as each guest chooses to make these types of changes, we at God’s Healing Plants cannot be held responsible or liable for any adverse effects or consequences that may result from your personal choices.

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