Nothing says holidays more than the warm, sweet smell of cinnamon. Sadly its often used with sugary high fats foods like rice pudding, sweet rolls and egg nog. That too bad because this popular spice offers a buffet of health benefits:
Cinnamon and Diabetes
Studies published in the peer reviewed Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported that cinnamon added to a routine diet can lower elevated blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon and Cancer
Laboratory reseaarch has demonstrated that cinnamon extract can slow the growth ( or even kill) cancer cells.
Cinnamon and Pain
Athletes who took cinnamon supplements after a tough workout reported less pain after exercising.
Cinnamon and Cholesterol
Doctors have found that people who took cinnamon supplements lowered their triglycerides levels up to 30%. Even better, the cholesterol levels also dropped from 10-30%.
Last month investigated Epsom Salts and discovered that these magnesium salts may have true healing power. My research also raised questions about the benefits of magnesium in general. I discovered it was quite a mineral. It is essential for more than 300 separate activities in the body. Seriously. Its involved protein synthesis, irregular heart rhythm, muscle and nerve function and blood sugar control– just to name a few.
While its clear that it is hugely important to health, its actually hard to measure the levels of this mineral in the body. The published guidelines of The Food and Nutrition Board state that adult women require 325 mg/day while men need a bit more, 400mg/day. Lack of magnesium can cause abnormal heart rates, cramps and … Continue Reading… →
Is seaweed really a superfood? I certainly hoped it was true. Recently I had a bad flu that turned into pneumonia. As soon as I left the hospital, I started to research super foods that could promote healing. Seaweed was at the top of almost healthy food list and its powers seemed endless. I found claims that seaweed could:
Cure cancer Prevent Alzheimer’s Lower blood pressure Reduce risk of stroke Detox the body Lower risk of breast cancer Clear the lungs Soothe a hangover Seaweed 101
There are more than three main types and 10,000 varieties of seaweed, all with varying nutritional profiles. Brown seaweed like Kombu and Wakame are used in soups and stir fry dishes; red seaweed like nori is pressed into … Continue Reading… →
Although I write about health and beauty I need to confess that I rarely manage to eat those 5-7 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. I buy them, search for low calorie recipes, cook them up– and then only eat a bit or two. They just didn’t taste that appealing. French recipes add too much butter and cream, while Asian recipes add lethal amounts of salt. However the Mediterranean style of eating in Italy, Greece and Spain is packed with healthy anti-aging ingredients. In fact the Mediterranean diet is packed with olive oil, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables. I realized that I really needed to up my skills and learn to cook in this … Continue Reading… →
To me peppermint candy canes are the utimate symbol of winter holidays. And it turns out that peppermint is an entire medica chest in a single package. Peppermint for health and beauty is made from the leaves of the peppermint plant that grows widely in Europe and North America. The oil is extracted from the leaves and is helpful in four main areas:
For Your Tummy:
Peppermint oil is an antispasmodic that relaxes muscles in the colon to relieve cramps. Canadian styudies have shown that this tea can very helpful for IBS ( irritable bowel syndrome)
For Colds and Allergies
The menthol found in peppermint is a standard and effective treatment for congestion due to either respiratory infections or allergies. Menthol actually increases production of … Continue Reading… →
It’s that time of year when pumpkins and apples are stacked high on roadside farm stands and cinnamon drenched desserts are on every menu. Turns out that all these three iconic symols of autumn are packed with health and beauty benefits.
Pumpkin– Inside and Out
One cup of cooked pumpkin has three grams of fiber, zero cholesterol and sodium, 100% of vitamin A and 20% of vitamin C, and 10% of potassium, copper, manganese, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B6– and all for just 50 calories.
Most of the pumpkin we eat in the US comes from cans. It retains most of its nutritional payload and is much easier to use. Just make sure that you purchase plain canned pumpkin not canned pumpkin pie filling which … Continue Reading… →
Question: I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about goat’s milk. People are saying its easier to digest and goat’s milk soap is better for your skin. Since its more expensive than regular milk and regular soap, do you think its worth it?
Answer: Goat’s milk is packed with benefits. It has more calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium than cow’s milk. Due to the high fatty acid content, goats milk is easier to digest. In fact 50% of people that are lactose intolorant are able to drink goats milk.
Goats Milk and Your Skin
Goats milk contains twice as much caprylic acid as cow’s milk. This fatty acid is also found in coconut oil and one of the reasons for thecoconuts health and beauty benefits. Goats … Continue Reading… →
Question: My neighbor has diabetes and she puts honey on her foot to heal a cut. How crazy is that?
Answer: Given that sugars like honey should not be part of a diet for diabetics, the idea of honey wound treatment is bizarre, but here’s the shocker– its actually a good treatment option. Honey is a centuries old remedy for a wide variety of skin problems. It contains an astonishing number of beneficial ingredients including carbohydrates, different forms of vitamin B, minerals( eg calcium, zinc, and potassium) antioxidants, lactic acid , and powerful flavinoids. These components give honey powerful antibacterial, antitumor, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers.
Some studies have shown that honey can heal burns, ulcers and wounds while other research has indicated that it stimulates the production of fibroblasts. These are the fibers that go on to become collagen and elastin. Seriously.