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Yogurt, the superfood with unthinkable properties
Vitamins, minerals, probiotics and proteins, supports the immune system, the microbiota, helps to keep body weight and visceral fat under control, protects the heart and fights type 2 diabetes, strengthens muscles and bones, makes the body more resistant to fatigue.
Delicious, creamy and fresh, yogurt is a food that everyone really likes. Produced from the fermentation of milk by bacterial cultures, yogurt is also versatile. In fact, it lends itself to being eaten alone, for breakfast or as a snack, to accompany desserts or to make delicious sauces, such as the Greek tzatziki sauce, of which you can find the recipe in the Healthy Food section. Today let's talk about the properties of yogurt! In this article we will limit ourselves to talking about yogurt ob...
Proso millet, the rediscovered cereal
Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and proteins, supports the health of the nervous system, counteracts water retention, protects the heart and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, is anticancer and strengthens bones, does not contain gluten.
Proso millet, scientific name Panicum miliaceum, is one of the oldest cereals but is often, wrongly, neglected. Several scientific studies have brought attention to this cereal, because, in fact, millet is a precious source of properties for health. Proso millet, nutrients - Millet is easy to digest, provides energy and protein in higher quantities than rice, wheat or oats. Not only that, millet is a source of easily assimilable amino acids, but also of vitamins, such as B vitamins, especia...
Food combinations and cooking methods, sweet peppers
Vitamins, mineral salts, proteins and antioxidants, peppers are a truly beneficial food for health, characterized by anticancer, anti-obesity, neuroprotective and diuretic properties as well as useful for bone health. Let's find out how to make them more digestible and what are the best cooking methods and food combinations to maximize their properties.
They can be of different colors, red, yellow or green, some are small and elongated, others larger and square, we are talking about sweet or bell peppers. Peppers bring joy to any dish but are also a precious source of healthy substances. First of all, they are characterized by a high antioxidant, anti aging, antitumor, anti diabetes and neuroprotective power. Peppers strengthen the immune system and contain vitamins, such as C, group B and P, provitamin A but also proteins and mineral salts (Ch...
Foods generally provide all the phosphorus the body needs, let's see the properties of this mineral and which foods contain it.
Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the human body. It is estimated that phosphorus represents about 1% of body weight! So let's try to understand what phosphorus is used for, in which foods it is contained and why, in general, it is better to avoid phosphorus supplements. Phosphorus, properties - Phosphorus is one of the basic components of bones and teeth. Not only that, phosphorus participates in all those biological processes that aim to produce and store energy but also in v...
Cow's milk, is it good or bad?
Milk is a very useful food during childhood, it strengthens bones also for the following years, provides vitamins, minerals and proteins, but in adulthood it should be limited, let's see why.
Is milk good or bad? Can it be part of a healthy and balanced diet or should it be limited? As we will see, milk can be an interesting food for children but should be limited in adulthood. But let's try to understand better. Milk during childhood - Milk of animal origin and its derivatives have always been considered nutritious and well balanced foods. Milk is the first food in mammals, it contains all the nutrients needed by the calf to grow and develop, such as vitamins, like vitamins A and ...
Vitamin D, dietary sources and its action to boost the immune system
Vitamin D protects bone health but also plays a very important role on the immune system. Let's see what are the main food sources of vitamin D.
According to scientific research, it is clear that vitamin D performs several important actions. Beyond the known effect on calcium metabolism, and therefore on bone health, vitamin D also plays an essential role in modulating the immune system (Aranow et al, J Investig Med., 2012). A deficiency of vitamin D is connected to a greater risk of infection, but that's not all. In fact, as the latest research dedicated to the novel coronavirus is making it clear, vitamin D would also help to avoid an ...
Essential element that takes part in different vital processes in the body, a varied diet guarantees its correct intake.
Manganese is an essential chemical element found in trace amounts in the human body and mainly concentrated in the liver, kidneys, bones and pancreas. It is estimated that in the body of an adult man of about 70 kg there is about 20 mg of manganese. However, even if manganese is present in such small quantities, its presence is essential, so let's see in which vital processes it is involved, the daily requirement and the food sources of manganese. Manganese, what is it for? - In the body, mang...
Blood clotting, bone, heart and brain health, reduces risk of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
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...
Food sources, properties and benefits of calcium as an essential mineral for body health, we will also talk about calcium supplements.
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
Vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidant substances, protective action on the brain, on bones but also an aid to fertility, able to counteract constipation.
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...
Useful against hot flashes and other symptoms related to menopause.
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
Protects the health of bones and cartilage, as demonstrated by scientific studies.
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...
Purification of the liver, diuretic action, useful in case of rheumatism and constipation, remedy for skin problems such as dermatitis, hives, psoriasis or eczema, according to scientific studies antioxidant effect and able to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
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...
For internal use it protects the heart, counteracts inflammations, reduces symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome, improves bone health, for external use results useful as an anti-aging skin.
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...
The sun stimulates the synthesis of vitamin D, the release of beta endorphins, the hormones of well-being, and that of nitric oxide, able to lower blood pressure.
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...
Antioxidant action against free radicals, helpful to keep under control the levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure with benefits on the cardiovascular system, able to keep under control the body weight, support for the immune system, able to promote the production of collagen for the health of skin, bones, teeth and cartilages.
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...
Method developed by a German physician in order to treat problems such as skin diseases, digestive problems or problems related to the bones as well as to the nervous system, without scientific basis.
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...
Vitamins and mineral salts, high iodine intake, helpful to support thyroid function, accelerates metabolism, helps the body to absorb calcium and thus is a remedy against osteoporosis, antioxidant power.
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...
Against recurrent airway infections such as bronchitis, rhino pharyngitis, tonsillitis and otitis, also in combination with dog rose glycerin macerate, the remedy has also a remineralizing effect, helps in case of rickets, osteoporosis, fragile bones.
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...
Detoxifying and energetic action, a support for skeleton and muscles, useful in case of allergic affections of various types such as asthma, rhinitis or hives, dermatitis, psoriasis, it has exfoliating, antiseptic, healing and disinfectant properties useful to treat very oily skin, acne, blackheads, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis.
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...
Skeleton benefits, support for the immune system, improves mood and brain functions, protection against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer, reduces nervous hunger.
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...
Promote calcium absorption which is beneficial against osteoporosis, strengthen the immune system and result to have anti cancer properties, improve metabolism, lower blood glucose, reduce absorption and accumulation of fat in the liver, help to lose weight in case of overweight.
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...
Vitamins and mineral salts, remineralizing action, benefit for the bones, helpful to keep under control cholesterol and blood glucose levels, fibers for the intestinal health, anti-inflammatory action to treat problems of the digestive tract, in the form of decoction remedy for constipation, bad digestion, colitis, stomach pain, cystitis, but also inflammation of the oral cavity and, if applied locally, skin inflammations.
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...
Mineral salts, antioxidants, skin and eyes protection, helpful to strengthen the immune system, to protect the health of bones and to prevent osteoporosis, remedies in case of constipation they improve the intestinal transit, are very digestible and are a low-calorie food, for these reasons, green beans are good to be integrated into diets.
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...
Digestive properties, against abdominal bloating, diuretic, purifying, antioxidant and anti cancer action, helpful to control cholesterol levels, vitamins and mineral salts, able to prevent bone demineralization.
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...
Vitamins and mineral salts, able to control weight and blood sugar, important antioxidants against free radicals and aging processes, remedy for eczema, helpful for the health of teeth and bones and to prevent osteoporosis.
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...
Source of calcium, vitamins B and E, other minerals such as iron, manganese, selenium, zinc, healthy for teeth and bones, preventing osteoporosis, LDL cholesterol control, able to strengthen the immune system and to provide energy, useful in periods of convalescence and tiredness.
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...
Vitamins and mineral salts, tonic and energizing action, able to warm the body and to fortify bones, nails and hair, alkalizing properties useful in case of sour stomach.
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...
Courgette flowers ( Zucchini flowers)
Vitamins and mineral salts, anticancer properties, reinforce the immune system, helpful in case of osteoporosis, help digestion, diuretics.
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...
Source of calcium, manganese, vitamin B and E, mild sedative and calming action for the nervous system, able to regulate the cholesterol, thanks to the high level of fibers are useful in case of constipation by regularizing the bowel function..
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...
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