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What a wonderful fruit the pomegranate is! With a rounded shape and a hard rind, the fruit of the Punica granatum tree, or pomegranate, is a berry that contains inside its seeds of a beautiful deep red color, juicy and sweet with a slight bitter note. Pomegranate seeds are edible, can be added to yogurt or salads, pasta recipes or desserts, but they can also be used to obtain a fragrant and really healthy juice! Today we are talking about the properties of pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice,...
Acmella, the natural botox
Acmella oleracea, also known as Spilanthes acmella, family of Asteraceae, is a plant native to the Brazilian forest that is attracting much interest in the field of cosmetics. In fact, acmella is considered a natural botox and is increasingly used in anti-wrinkle creams. But let's understand better. Acmella, anti wrinkle remedy - The acmella extract contains an active ingredient, called spilanthol, able to act on wrinkles, both the expression lines and the deepest wrinkles. In fact, this subst...
Food combinations and cooking methods, ginger Part 1
Ginger is a plant, scientific name Zingiber officinale family of Zinziberaceae, whose rhizome, also called root, is used to cook, thanks to its fresh aroma, and to prepare herbal remedies. Ginger is rich indeed in active substances, such as zingiberene, gingerol and shogaol, resins and mucilage. Thanks to these characteristics, ginger shows anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. In addition, ginger is also able to keep at bay blood sugar, triglycerides and chol...
The plant of cocoa, Theobroma cacao, belongs to the family of Sterculiaceae and is native to south America. When the seeds are extracted from the fruits of the tree they are subjected to a multi step process involving fermentation, drying, roasting and grinding in order to obtain, as a final product, the cocoa powder that we can purchase in the shops. A fine, brown and scented powder that is commonly used for cooking, sweets, drinks but also as an ingredient of beauty cosmetics. Let’s see the pr...
Anti-inflammatory lifestyle Part 5, friendship and love for a healthy brain
Aristotle was the first to say it in his work Politics, man is, by nature, a social animal and tends to aggregate with other human beings. But this behavior isn’t just natural, it is also the basis for a healthy mind and an anti-inflammatory lifestyle (Eliana Liotta, Age isn’t the same for everyone, but also articles such as Keicolt-Glaser et al, Neurosci Biobehav rev, 2010). As we have seen in the previous post, an enemy of our physical and mental health is chronic inflammation, that doesn’t gi...
Olive, glycerin macerate
Olive, scientific name Olea europaea, is a tree belonging to the Oleacee family, symbol of peace and wisdom it is the subject of a lot of legends. According to an ancient Greek myth, the first sprig of olive grew from the spear of goddess Athena, after she struck with it the earth and it is always a sprig of olive that, in the Bible, was carried by a dove to Noah to say that the waters had receded from earth. Nowadays olive is considered also an important natural remedy and its glycerin macerate...
Kale belongs to the Brassicacee family like cauliflower and cabbage. It has green leaves, a fibrous stem and is characterized by so important healthy properties that it is considered a true superfood. This vegetable has vitamins, such as vitamins A, B1, B2, B2, C, K and mineral salts such as magnesium, potassium, manganese, calcium, iron and phosphorus. Kale has also a high antioxidant power thanks to the substances contained in it, quercetin and kaempferol, according to the study reported in 20...
The buckwheat, scientific name Fagopyrum esculentum, belongs to the Poligonaceae family, but is considered, from a commercial point of view, a cereal, although it doesn’t belong to the family of the Graminaceae. Buckwheat contains B-group vitamins, mineral salts such as magnesium, potassium, more than all other cereals, manganese, iron and copper, and valuable antioxidants. It is easily digestible, brings proteins and a sense of satiety and, for this reason, it can be inserted into the diets of ...
Olives are the edible fruit of the olive tree, or Olea Europaea. Olives can be eaten after a treatment in order to attenuate the bitter taste of freshly harvested olives or used raw to extract olive oil. Olives are rich in monounsaturated fats, the percentage in black olives is higher, about 25%, than that in green olives, 15%, these fats are important because they help lower LDL cholesterol levels, increase good cholesterol HDL and reduce blood pressure. Olives also bring antioxidants important...
Asparagus officinalis, or asparagus, is a medicinal plant of the Liliaceae family. Its properties have been known since ancient times, in fact the Greek physician Galen recommended it for its diuretic activity, now we know that you can use both the roots than the sprouts, called asparagus with the same name of the plant. The asparagus are diuretics, for this reason they result helpful in cases of water retention, rheumatism or arthritis, gout, edema, kidney stones and to prevent cystitis. But as...
The Chlorella seaweed is a single-cell green micro algae that lives in rivers and lakes of equatorial Africa. Rich in proteins, minerals, including iron and zinc, and vitamins, such as A, group B, C and E, this type of seaweed has detoxifying and cleansing properties for the body, in particular it is helpful to remove heavy metals and toxins that enter in our body with air, food and water. This property has been demonstrated by scientific studies, such as a research published in 2009 on the jour...
Cauliflower is a winter vegetable of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae family. It is rich in fibers and, due to its high satiating power combined with low calories intake, it is well suited to be introduced into the diet of those people who are overweight. In addition to this, the cauliflower contains minerals such as potassium, that results helpful to regulate blood pressure, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, but also vitamins A, group B, C, E, K, J, antioxidants such as l...
The Scotch broom or common broom, scientific name Cytisus scoparius, is a small shrub with golden yellow flowers. This plant has diuretic properties, useful in case of kidney stones, edema, gout, water retention and rheumatism, but scotch broom has also a vasoconstrictor effect, making it a remedy for hypotension because the broom works by narrowing blood vessels and thereby increasing the pressure. There is a cardiotonic action, too, because the plant is able to regularize the heart rate. The b...
Chives, common name of Allium schoenoprasum, are an aromatic plant of the Liliaceae family. The herb contains mineral salts such as potassium , magnesium, iron, calcium, selenium, zinc, and vitamins, vitamin A, group B, C, E, K, that prevents bone demineralization, and J. Chives contain also antioxidant substances such as lutein and zeaxanthin and its sulphur compounds are able to induce the apoptosis, that means the death, of cancer cells, as reported in the book “Anti-Cancer” written by dr. D...
The hawthorn belongs to the family of Rosaceae, it has white flowers in spring and red fruits in autumn. This plant has firstly antiarrhythmic and cardiotonic properties, for this reason it is indicated to treat circulatory problems such as changes in heart rate and high blood pressure. But the hawthorn properties do not end here, in fact, bark, flowers and fruits of this plant can be used to prepare teas and infusions with important healthful properties to counteract problems such as diarrhea ...
Mandarin is a fruit tree belonging to the family of Rutaceae. Its fruit, called Mandarin like the name of the plant, is rich in vitamin C, important to strengthen the immune system and to protect capillaries, but also vitamin A, B group and P, the latter helps in case of water retention and promotes diuresis. Mandarin provides minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, zinc, copper, magnesium and bromine, which promotes relaxation and is helpful in case of insomnia. The mandarin has a...
The fennel is a plant belonging to the Umbelliferae or carrot family, it comes from the Mediterranean basin but now you can find it everywhere. As a remedy, it has been known since the time of Assyro-Babylonian that used the seeds of fennel to treat stomach pain, nowadays we know that fennel has anti-fermentative and diuretic properties, it is also able to stimulate the secretion of breast milk. It can be eaten as a vegetable, in fact fennel is a very easy digestible food and results protective ...
Banana is a fruit rich in fibers and sugars. It provides mineral salts, such as potassium, very important for the cardiovascular system, to regulate the blood pressure and to improve concentration in the periods of mental fatigue, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and selenium, vitamins such as A, group B, C, K and J, but also important antioxidants such as lutein, beta-carotene. The banana is a high-energy fruit and this makes it an ideal snack in case of tiredness and physical and mental ef...
This summer fruit is composed of 92% water and 8% sugars. For this reason watermelon helps to rehydrate during the hottest days by increasing the energy, but with a very few amount of calories. In addition to this, watermelon contains magnesium, potassium, selenium, phosphorus, calcium, vitamins, such as vitamin A, C and of group B, antioxidants, like lycopene and beta-Carotene, that have an anti-cancer action, protect the skin from sun damages and helps to reinforce the immune system and to fig...
Ganoderma (Reishi Mushroom)
Ganoderma Lucidum, called also reishi, is a mushroom with beneficial properties. The mushroom is woody, for this reason it is generally taken in the form of dried powder. Ganoderma has an excellent anti-inflammatory action, it can reduce pain and swelling, it strengthens the immune system against fungus, candida, flu and it has also an anticancer action. This mushroom has also the property to regulate the blood pressure, lower the cholesterol, accelerate metabolism and is helpful to lose weight ...
The pear contains potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, boron, but also zinc, copper and manganese. If consumed with peel, in this case we recommend to choose organic fruits, It has the ability to control bad LDL cholesterol. The pear also contains a lot of fibers, for this reason it is helpful if you suffer from constipation, it gives a sense of satiety, and thanks to the potassium, it helps to regulate the blood pressure. The boron contained in pear helps the body retain the calcium and c...
Citron is rich in mineral salts and vitamins, especially vitamin C, very important against the free radicals. It helps in case of cellulite, water retention but it is also helpful for the blood pressure regulation and can be a remedy in case of cystitis. Citron has a digestive action, can help in case of sour stomach and in case of digestive problems and constipation. In addition to this, citron is also a painkiller and is a low-calorie fruit. It is better to avoid industrial drinks and candied ...
Artemisia has calming, digestive, expectorant and antiseptic properties and is a remedy to treat cough. Artemisia is able to relax the nervous system, has antispasmodic properties, is used against menstrual pain and can be helpful in case of irregularities of menstrual cycles. Moreover it has a diuretic action and can be used also in case of high blood pressure. You can use the herbal tea or the mother tincture of Artemisia. Not use Artemisia in case of pregnancy and not exceed with the dose. ...
The onion can be eaten raw or cooked, you can also drink its herbal tea or prepare compresses. Onion stimulates digestion, is able to purify the intestine and it has a diuretic action, for this reason it is recommended if you suffer from kidney or bladder stones, water retention, gout or rheumatism. Onion helps also remove toxins and it has a powerful purifying and detox action. It is also helpful if you have high levels of blood sugar, cholesterol or if you suffer from high blood pressure. Onio...
The licorice root has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, digestive and expectorant properties. For this reason licorice can be very helpful in case of cough, catarrh, sore throat and sour stomach. According to scientific studies, licorice is supposed to have a protective effect on gastric mucosa, by helping in case of stomach cramps and by preventing and healing ulcers in the stomach. In addition to this licorice seems also to create a protective film for the stomach with an important role in case ...
Hibiscus tea has refreshing properties and it is able to hydrate the tissues. This drink has also a diuretic effect, for this reason it is very useful in case of water retention and cellulite. Hibiscus tea has antiseptic properties for the urinary tract and can be used as a remedy in case of cystitis and other infections. Hibiscus tea is bright red thanks to the anthocyans that have also vasoprotective properties helpful in case of capillary fragility, varices and hemorrhoids. Since the diure...
Tulsi, or holy basil, is very useful in order to fortify the immune system, it has anti-inflammatory properties and can help in case of fever or flu. In addition to this, tulsi is also able to control the level of cholesterol and to lower blood sugar. Tulsi has also adaptogen properties, because it can adapt to the body by harmonizing the processes and by fighting stress and its symptoms. Tulsi is also able to lower blood pressure and improve the levels of energy. You can find tulsi in herbalis...
Dandelion has detoxifying and diuretic properties. Dandelion is useful to stimulate the liver, the kidneys and the skin and help eliminate toxins. It is also a helpful remedy to treat rheumatism thanks to the detoxifying action. It helps also decrease cholesterol and can be used in case of water retention, high blood pressure and cellulite thanks to the diuretic property. In addition to this, dandelion contains also calcium and vitamins A, B, C. Dandelion can be eaten in salads, by using the l...
This particular type of salt is mined until 5000 meters deep below the Himalayan mountain range, for this reason this salt is pure, without pollutants inside it. Himalayan salt is completely unrefined and the quantity of sodium chloride is lower than that in other types of salt. On the contrary Himalayan salt contains also 84 trace elements not contained for example in the common refined salt. Among the minerals contained in the Himalayan salt we find also iron, that causes the typical pink co...
Fresh – The properties of garlic have been known since the time of Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, nowadays these properties have been confirmed by scientific studies. There are a lot of benefits from consuming garlic and they cover a broad range of effects. For example, by eating 1 slice of fresh garlic it is possible to lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of ictus and thrombosis because garlic favors the widening of blood vessels. Garlic helps also control blood pressure and the level of s...
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