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The prunum mume, also called the Japanese plum, is a fruit tree halfway between the plum tree and the apricot tree. The plant is native to China and produces fruits that, in shape and appearance, remind of an apricot. The fruits are dried and pickled for several months together with shiso leaves, or Laminaria Purpurea, which gives to the fruits their typical reddish color. After this process the fruits take the name of umeboshi plums. The umeboshi plums are the most common form with which people...
Mu tea is not a particular type of tea but a mixture of herbs and roots able to tone the body, to stimulate the immune system and digestion, to protect the liver and the kidneys, to counteract water retention, fever, hemorrhoids and acne. This blend was formulated in the 50s by the Japanese Georges Ohsawa, considered the father of macrobiotics, and includes from 9 to 16 ingredients. Each ingredient of this special tea brings important healthy properties for different problems and all act in syne...
Potassium, symbol K, is a mineral element present in our body where it plays a very important role. Potassium, functions - Potassium is present in intracellular fluids, helping to maintain cell function and determining the amount of water within the cell itself. But potassium also affects the activity of the muscles and, therefore, also that of the heart by carrying out a protective action on the cardiovascular system and reducing the risk of heart attack and heart disease. Moreover, a high in...
The blood plums, also known as Japanese blood plums, are the fruits of the prunus salicina tree, and should not be confused with the plums, which instead are the fruits of the European plum or prunus domestica. The blood plums make their appearance on the market shelves at the beginning of the summer and, unlike the plums, can be eaten only fresh and are not dried. These fruits have a soft pulp, a color ranging from yellow to red or deep purple and a round shape, not as elongated as the plums, w...
Giant Sequoia, herbal medicine
Giant sequoia, also called giant redwood or big tree, scientific name sequoia gigantea, is a plant belonging to the Cupressaceae family. From its young shoots a glycerine macerate is obtained, able to protect the tissues, with a stimulating action on the organism, a tonic effect but also antidepressant properties. Therefore, this macerate is suitable to be used as a natural remedy in case of fatigue, osteoporosis, even in menopause, apathy, loss of appetite and depression, even in the elderly. M...
Food combinations and cooking methods, asparagus
The edible parts of asparagus, scientific name Asparagus officinalis of the Liliaceae family, are its young shoots. These vegetables bring important healthy substances, such as rutin, with a protective action on the heart, brain and blood vessels, quercetin, an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant substance, but also fibers, beneficial for the gut, vitamins A, B, C, K and E, zinc and folic acid, namely vitamin B9, (Nishimuro et al, Nutrients, Apr 2015 - Ganeshpurkar et al, Saudi Pharm,...
Chestnuts are the fruits of the chestnut tree, Castanea sativa, and can be tasted in different ways and preparations, from boiled to roasted chestnuts or even in soups. Today we’ll see another use of chestnuts, the flour, obtained by drying and grinding chestnuts. This flour is naturally sweet and can be used to thicken puddings, smoothie, soups, to prepare desserts such as cakes, biscuits and plum cakes or the famous castagnaccio, you can find the recipe in the Healthy Food section. Chestnut fl...
Amla, scientific name Phyllantus emblica, is a plant of the Fillantaceae family and is known mainly for its fruits, similar to green plums, which have the same name. The fruits of amla are considered an elixir of long life, able to promote longevity and there is plenty of scientific studies supporting the Ayurveda tradition that considers amla one of the essential ingredients for good health. These berries have in fact a special protective action on the liver. In particular, amla, according to s...
Cherry is the fruit of plant Prunus avium and delights us with its sweetness for a fairly limited period of time, from the beginning of June until the end of July. But cherries are not just delicious, they also have interesting healthy properties. They are in fact a source of vitamins, such as A, C, B1, important for the proper functioning of muscles and the nervous system, B2, useful for the health of skin, nervous system and vision, and mineral salts such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron...
The Kola nut is the fruit of several species of plants belonging to the genus Cola but it is also the ingredient of a famous drink known all over the world, the cola, although nowadays can be replaced by artificial flavors. The Kola nut is characterized by interesting properties, is indeed rich in tannins, caffeine and theobromine, substances that are released gradually and that are able to stimulate the nervous system, improve blood flow but also boost the metabolism. Therefore, the kola nut pr...
Magnesium is a very important mineral for the health of our body. It is absorbed through diet, in fact this trace element can be found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach but also in whole cereals, dried fruits such as almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, legumes, such as beans, soybeans and lentils, dark chocolate and banana and has a role in balancing the nervous system and in energy production, in the health of bones and teeth. Sometimes, the amount of magnesium introduced with the die...
Kudzu, scientific name Pueraria montana, is a plant of the Fabacee or Leguminosae family that includes also soy, beans, fava beans, peas and lentils. Native to Asia, it is used for cooking, in fact kudzu root powder works as thickener and gelling agent, but also as a natural remedy. Kudzu, in fact, contains isoflavones, natural compounds with a structure similar to human body estrogens, which help to soothe menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis, as reported in the study published in the Evidence-...
Apricots are the fruits of the apricot tree, or Prunus armeniaca, of the Rosaceae family. Fresh apricots contain vitamins A and C and mineral salts such as potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, they are also rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant with a protective role in heart disease, cataracts and stroke and inhibition of tumor cell growth, as reported in the guidelines of the American Institute for cancer research about phytochemicals and their effect on human health. Apricots ar...
Papaya, also called papaw or pawpaw, scientific name Carica papaya, is a tree of the Caricaceae family that can reach a height of 10 meters. The fruit, which has the same name as the plant, is a very large, orange-colored berry with a sweet and juicy pulp that contains many seeds in the form of black grains. Rich in vitamin C, A and E, but also potassium, magnesium, zinc and antioxidants, papaya fruit helps to fight free radicals and counteracts aging processes. It is useful to restore health an...
Velvet bean, scientific name mucuna pruriens, is one of the Fabaceae or Leguminosae family tree. It is a legume native to tropical Africa and Asia. The seeds of mucuna pruriens contain the amino acid L-dopa, a precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is important in many physiological processes since it helps to regulate mood, movement and the sphere of sexuality. You can take velvet bean in the form of dry extract of seeds, 10-50% L-Dopa, 1 -2 capsules daily in the morning with a glass...
Copper is an essential trace element, it facilitates the transport and the use of iron from the intestine and is therefore useful in case of anemia, asthenia and convalescence. The copper has also an antiseptic effect, it fortifies the immune system, it is used in case of fever or inflammatory and infectious processes of the joints and of the respiratory tract, especially if recurrent, it is important for the production of melanin, the natural pigment that gives color in hair and eyes. Natural s...
Chestnuts are the fruit of the chestnut tree, are rich in nutrients and until a few years ago represented the staple food of mountain populations and in times of famine, hence the name "bread of the poor". Chestnuts are also rich in vitamins, especially vitamin B and C, folic acid, very important during pregnancy, and are ideal for convalescents, in the elderly and in case of fatigue and chronic fatigue. These fruits are energetic, contain minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, calcium, magnesi...
Royal jelly is a substance that is produced by worker bees to feed the larvae and the queen bee, it contains sugar, proteins, vitamins, such as vitamin B9 or folic acid, and other vitamins of group B, including vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid useful for skin health, against dandruff and aging processes, mineral salts, such as iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, silicon. Royal jelly is a very energetic food, able to improve the immune system defenses, with anti-inflammatory ...
Rhodiola is a plant that grows at high altitudes, in high mountains. It has antioxidant properties and it is used in case of physical and mental weakness, apathy, listlessness. Rhodiola is indeed an adaptogen plant, it helps the body to adapt to stress and it improves strength. It is able to enhance memory and concentration and, in addition to this, rhodiola helps reduce excess fat by acting on metabolism. In case of high blood pressure or if you are taking drugs it is always better to ask your ...
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