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Vitamin K is a type of fat-soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver. There are actually two types of vitamin K, vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. Let's try to understand their function, their dietary sources and what is the daily requirement. Vitamins K1 and K2, food sources and functions - Vitamin K1 plays a role in blood clotting processes, it is the most abundant vitamin K in the diet but also the least active. Vitamin K1 is mainly contained in leafy greens, especially kale (145 micrograms in 1...
Calcium is one of the most important components of the human body and is found mainly in the skeleton and in the teeth, about 99%, while the remaining 1% is circulating in the blood. Bones and teeth are made up of strong and resistant tissues thanks to calcium but they also have a very precise function, they are in fact a reserve and a source of calcium for the organism that uses this precious element, once it has entered the blood flow, in different biological processes. Calcium, properties a...
Plums, fresh and dry fruit
Plums are the fruit of the Prunus domestica of the Rosaceae family. Plums are harvested from June until October but can also be enjoyed throughout the year in the dried version. Fresh and dried plums have slightly different properties since the drying process changes the content of some substances, but let’s see better in detail. Fresh plums - Soft and tasty, plums are the fruit of summer. Fresh plums bring few calories, around 35 Kcal per 100 grams, but different mineral salts, such as copper...
Cimicifuga racemosa, commonly known as black cohosh or fairy candle, is a plant of the Ranuncolaceae family, it grows spontaneously in North America but in all the herbalist’s and chemists’ shops it is possible to find its extract. Black cohosh and its beneficial properties in menopause - The cimicifuga, so called because the plant releases an unpleasant smell to insects, is a very interesting natural remedy that is useful in menopause thanks to the substances contained called triterpenes gluc...
Dwarf mountain pine, herbal medicine
Dwarf mountain pine, also known as creeping pine, mountain pine and mugo pine, scientific name Pinus montana, is a plant belonging to the Conifer family. From its gems a glycerine macerate is obtained with interesting properties especially for what concerns the bone health. Mountain pine glycerine macerate, properties - It seems that this natural remedy is able to sustain and support the state of good health of cartilages and bones by counteracting any degenerations. This action is due to subs...
Yellow dock, also known as curly dock, scientific name Rumex crispus, is a plant of the Polygonaceae family. The extract obtained from the roots of this plant is a remedy with purifying and diuretic properties, it stimulates the activity of the liver, is laxative, thus helping in case of constipation, and is useful in case of anemia as it provides iron. Moreover, rumex extract is characterized by a well demonstrated antioxidant effect, therefore useful to counteract oxidative stress and the dama...
Borage, scientific name Borago officinalis, is a spontaneous plant characterized by hairy leaves and small flowers of a beautiful blue-violet color. In a previous post we saw how this plant was used for cooking, today we will see in detail the properties of the oil obtained by pressing borage seeds, both for internal and external use. The seeds are in fact rich in gamma-linolenic acid with a powerful antioxidant action, able to counteract the aging processes and inflammations and helpful in case...
In ancient Egypt the sun, represented by the god Ra, struggled every night against the snake god Apofi, the incarnation of chaos and darkness that wanted to prevent him from rising. Every night the priests prayed that Ra would win the fight and the sun would return to shine the next day and guarantee life, wellbeing and prosperity. Beyond the myth the central point is that the sun is essential to life, the sun in fact activates the chlorophyll photosynthesis of plants, which in this way take nou...
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an essential substance to life, it is water-soluble and should be introduced in our body with diet or through supplements because the body isn’t able to produce it. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, according to scientific studies (Vojdani et al, Cancer Detect Prev, 2000 or Padayatty et al, J Am Coll Nutr, 2003), supports immune system and protects the cells from the dangerous action of the free radicals. Vitamin C is able to lower the blood pressure by promoti...
Schuessler salts are part of a therapeutic method introduced in the second half of the nineteenth century by the German physician Schuessler. The method uses 12 preparations based on diluted inorganic minerals that, according to the studies of Schuessler, are always present in human blood and tissues. Each of these preparations may be able to influence different body functions on the basis of the consideration that the mineral salts are indispensable for a proper functioning of the organs and, a...
Arame algae, scientific name Eisenia bicyclis, is an edible brown seaweed of Japanese origin. Its fronds can be 30 cm long and, after harvesting, are cut into thin strips, cooked and then dried in the sun. This seaweed contains mineral salts such as iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, copper and zinc, and vitamins, including vitamin A. The arame gives fibers, that give a sense of satiety and improve, at the same time, the intestinal function. In addition to this, the arame algae contain...
The silver fir, Abies Alba, belongs to the Pinaceae family and is characterized by a silver gray bark that has small cavities containing turpentine, a resin with balsamic and anti-inflammatory properties, used in case of cough, bronchitis but also gout and rheumatism. It is also used in the industrial field for the preparation of paints. From the silver fir buds, a glycerin macerate with beneficial properties for the body is obtained. The glycerin macerate of silver fir helps indeed to fight off...
Sulfur is a chemical element with important beneficial properties. This mineral was already known in ancient times as a method to purify the environments. It is the sulfur that Ulysses, in the Odyssey of Homer, uses to purify the house before he meets Penelope after the massacre of the suitors. Today we know that sulfur has an energetic action since it has a role in converting carbohydrates into energy, but it has also a detoxifying action by promoting the elimination of toxins that accumulate i...
The term vitamin was introduced in 1913 by C. Funk and indicates substances that the body cannot produce by itself but that have to be introduced with food or by having certain behaviors such as, for example, sun exposure, as required by vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin that is produced through the skin after the exposure to sunlight or thanks to special foods. Sun exposure is the main source of vitamin D, hands, arms and face should be exposed to the sun for about fifteen minutes, a little more...
The maitake mushroom, Grifola frondosa, is a mushroom that grows in Japan, Europe and North America and is well known and appreciated for its medicinal properties. In Japanese, maitake means dancing mushroom because, according to a legend, people danced when they could find this mushroom, according to another tradition the name would come from the shape of the mushroom that is like a cloud of butterflies. The maitake mushroom mainly plays two roles, first it is able to strengthen the immune syst...
Hordeum vulgare, or barley, is a plant belonging to the Graminaceae family that has been cultivated and known since prehistoric times. Barley has very interesting nutritional properties, it is, in fact, rich in minerals such as phosphorus, important for memory and cognitive functions, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, manganese and copper, by resulting, for this reason, a cereal with a protective action on the bones and with remineralizing properties. In addition to this barley contain...
Green beans are legumes belonging to the Fabaceae family. Green beans are the immature pod of Phaseolus vulgaris plant, the bean that is commonly used in a wide range of recipes. First of all, green beans are a low-calorie food, only 18Kcal for 100 grams, are rich in vitamins such as A, some vitamins from group B, C and K, important for the healing processes of wounds, and mineral salts, such as potassium, silicon, selenium, fluorine, magnesium and iron. Green beans contain also folic acid, impo...
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...
Oolong tea is, together with green, white and black tea, a variety of tea obtained from the Camelia Sinensis plant. The Oolong tea, called by Chinese people Wulong or blue tea, is a semi-fermented tea, indeed, the fermentation process is stopped with different mechanisms such as shaking the leaves in boxes. This tea is between black and green tea: it has the healthful properties of the green tea but the sweet taste of black tea. According to a scientific study performed by the University Chung-H...
The sesame, like all oilseeds, can be considered an excellent supplement: it brings calcium in significant quantities, a tablespoon of sesame contains 100 milligrams of this mineral, but also iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc and selenium, and vitamins , especially the group B and E. Thanks to the large amount of calcium contained, eating sesame becomes very important for the health of teeth and bones and to prevent osteoporosis. The sesame helps to control cholesterol, by avoiding th...
The millet, or Panicum miliaceum, belongs to the Gramineae family. It is often underestimated and considered a food suitable just for birds and poultry but this grain, originating from Central and East Asia, has important healthy properties also for humans. Millet is a gluten-free grain, for this reason it can be eaten also by those people who are gluten-intolerant, millet helps to warm the body and this property makes the cereal very important in autumn or winter, it contains mineral salts suc...
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...
Courgette flowers ( Zucchini flowers)
Courgette flowers are characterized by a deep yellow color. They are rich in phytohormones, with an energizing and tonic action, carotenoids and vitamins, in particular vitamin A and C, able to protect DNA. The zucchini flowers contain also vitamins of group B and mineral salts such as calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Thanks to the contained substances they have anticancer properties, reinforce the immune system, are diuretic, helps digestion and reinforce the bones: these effects make zu...
The poppy seeds are oilseed used to make more tasty bread and sweets, they can be white or black, but the properties are the same. They are a source of vitamin B, vitamin E, manganese and calcium and are for this reason very useful to reinforce bones, teeth and during the menopause. In addition to this they have calming properties for the nervous system and, thanks to the contained phytosterols, are able to regulate the blood cholesterol, by reducing the bad cholesterol LDL and by increasing the...
Moringa oleifera is a tropical plant, its leaves are rich in vitamins, in particular vitamin C, A, useful for the health of eyes and skin, K, group B, calcium and potassium. Moringa oleifera is also important to fortify the immune system and in case of flu or colds. In addition to this, moringa oleifera protects also the bones, revitalizes the brains and has an anti-aging effect by protecting from mutations of the DNA. Finally, moringa oleifera has aphrodisiac properties. You can find dried mori...
Almonds are a perfect snack: 5 almonds every day can satisfy hunger and bring a lot of benefits for your health. Almonds contain oleic and linoleic acids, useful to control blood cholesterol, by lowering bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol. Almonds are not only a healthy snack for your hearth but have also minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium, and vitamins, in particular vitamin E and vitamins of group B. Almonds are also helpful in case of anemia and stress. In addition...
Chia seeds are small dark seeds from Central and South America. Chia seeds are rich in calcium, for this reason they are very important for the health of teeth and bones, and contain also vitamin C, iron and potassium. Chia seeds contain Omega 3 fatty acids, too. As a consequence, chia seeds are able to control the cholesterol in blood, by lowering bad cholesterol and at the same time by increasing good cholesterol. According to recent studies, chia seeds are also able to stabilize the quantity...
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