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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,...
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
Bacopa monnieri, also called brahmi or waterhyssop, is a perennial herb whose fame is growing fast all over the world as a remedy to improve memory. It belongs to the ancient Ayurveda and, nowadays, it is the subject of several scientific studies to test the properties that, according to tradition, brahmi should show. Beyond the advertising catchphrases, often without a true basis, that consider bacopa a remedy able to heal quite any disorder, from heart diseases to anxiety, brahmi shows a real ...
Iron is an essential element for the human body since it plays a pivotal role in several life processes. Iron indeed participates in the formation of the red blood cells, in addition to this, it is a component of many enzymes such as that responsible for energy production. This trace element should be introduced though diet but not all the ingested iron is then absorbed by the body. In fact, the percentage of iron absorbed by the small intestine ranges from 5 to 35% on the basis of the condition...
How is it possible to protect, or even improve, eyesight? Today we’ll see some eye exercises with the aim to increase ocular mobility, attention and memory. In fact, in the brain similar areas are dedicated to attention and ocular movements and, for this reason, by acting on a domain we may obtain benefits also in the other one (Di Noto et al, PLoS One, Mar 2013). A first exercise, developed by the American physician William H. Bates and described in his book The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treat...
Lesser Periwinkle, mother tincture
Lesser periwinkle, scientific name Vinca minor, also known as dwarf periwinkle or myrtle, is a plant of the Apocynaceae family characterized by beautiful small, blue-violet flowers. As a remedy, the periwinkle has a proven hypotensive effect (Quevauviller 1955) thanks to a substance, the vincamine, which is able to lower the blood pressure and induces peripheral vasodilation. Moreover, this substance contained in the plant also has the ability to promote the supply of oxygen to the brain and thu...
Ghee, or clarified butter, is a type of butter where the proteins and the water have been removed. Ghee is an ingredient of traditional Indian cuisine and is used in place of butter and oil for cooking and frying because it is characterized by a high smoke point, comparable with that of olive oil, it doesn’t burn and resists at high temperatures. But ghee has also an interesting therapeutic use thanks to the revitalizing and digestive properties, in addition to this is considered to act against ...
Silver birch, also known as Betula pendula or warty birch, belongs to the Betulaceae family, it is a very resistant tree about 20 meters tall with a white and smooth bark. From this type of plant two glycerin macerates with different applications are prepared, one obtained from the buds, with anti-inflammatory properties, while the other, obtained from the seeds, is used as a support for cognitive functions. But let's see better in detail. Buds - Silver birch buds stimulate the activity of the...
Water – Why it is essential
There isn’t a simpler and more efficient natural remedy than water. Water can be easily found everywhere, it flows from the taps at home, it can be bought in bottles but we often don’t give enough importance to it. Water is essential for the health of the body, this so precious liquid plays a role in carrying the nutritive substances to the cells and the toxins and wastes outside the body, water regulates the body temperature through sweating, is a shock absorber for organs such as the eye or t...
Evergreen magnolia, or Magnolia grandiflora, is a medicinal plant of the Magnoliaceae family of ancient origin, since traces of this plant date back more than 95 million years ago. The magnolia bark is used to obtain a highly appreciated anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant remedy used in traditional Chinese medicine to counteract diarrhea, cough and problems of the urinary tract. Moreover, according to a research carried out in 1997 by a team of scientists from the Gunma University ...
Jujubes are the fruits of the jujube, or Ziziphus jujuba, a plant of the Rhamnaceae family also known as the Chinese date. Jujubes help to regulate blood pressure, have laxative properties but have also a digestive, disinfectant and antioxidant effect against free radicals. These fruits are rich in vitamins A, B and C, useful in protecting and strengthening the immune system, bring mineral salts such as potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, improve brain performance and help to fig...
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...
The Eleutherococcus, or Siberian ginseng, is a medicinal plant from the Araliaceae family with tonic, invigorating and anti-stress properties. The Eleutherococcus does not present toxicity, on the contrary, it is able to adapt and modulate its activity against issues and diseases without having a specific action on a single organ. You can use this remedy in cases of physical and mental fatigue, low energy and strength, in order to fight irritability and anxiety, to deal with stressful situations...
Mate, also known as yerba mate, is a South American traditional infused drink. This herbal tea is rich in caffeine, for this reason it results a good choice in case of tiredness or if you need high concentration. In addition to this, mate has also antioxidant properties, it has a diuretic effect by helping the kidneys to work, it is a remedy in case of water retention, cellulite and to prevent stone formation, it improves blood circulation and stimulates the metabolism. But mate has also a weigh...
The bee pollen is collected by the bees from the flowers and brought to the hive, where it is picked to become a powerful supplement for humans. The granules of bee pollen are generally yellow and contain, in fact, proteins, essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, sugars, vitamins, including vitamin A, group B, C, D, E, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, copper, zinc and magnesium, and antioxidants. Bee pollen strengthens the body, by helping to deal with stress and ph...
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 ...
There are different types of green tea: in fact, whereas the plant, the Camelia Sinensis, is the same, the collection period, the region and the processing method change. One of the best green tea is matcha tea: the matcha tea doesn’t look like the other green teas that consist of leaves to be infused, matcha tea is instead a green powder that should be dissolved in water. The matcha tea powder, obtained from the best qualities of Gyokuro, one of the most valuable Japanese green tea, is drunk t...
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 ...
Ginseng is a plant from the Araliaceae family and is known for its stimulant, tonic and energizing properties for the body. Ideal against stress or in cases of debilitated and tired body, it helps the body to adapt himself, it fortifies the immune system and improves memory, reflexes and concentration. Ginseng has also an hypoglycemic action, which helps to keep your blood sugar under control, and aphrodisiac properties. You can find the ginseng as mother tincture, in this case you can take 30 d...
Wakame seaweed is a brown seaweed native to Japan but also cultivated in Europe. This type of seaweed is the most important ingredient of the miso soup and is a very healthy choice because it is rich in proteins, vitamins, such as A, D, of group B and mineral salts such as magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and iodine, the latter important for the proper functioning of the thyroid. The wakame seaweed contributes to the purification of the liver and intestine, and is helpful in case of tiredness...
Spirulina is a green-blue microalgae that lives in lakes, therefore it contains little iodine. This algae is rich of healthy substances and nutrients, so much that it is counted among the “super foods”. Spirulina is reach in chlorophyll, an antioxidant that helps against free radicals, is able to strengthen the immune system and can also purify the body from heavy metals. Spirulina contains also vitamins, such as vitamin A and those from group B, C and E, mineral salts such as iron, magnesium, m...
Pomegranate contains vitamins, such as vitamin C, K, of group B, but also potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. This fruit has remarkable antioxidant properties, it protects arteries, prevents arteriosclerosis and is helpful to reduce the bad cholesterol LDL. In addition to this properties, pomegranate improves concentration, increases mental clarity, acts as an anti-inflammatory on cartilage and, according to scientific studies, it protects the prostate and the breast with an anticancer actio...
Black tea is obtained from the leaves of Camelia Sinensis, the same plant as that of green tea, the difference between the two types of tea is in the production process: in black tea indeed the leaves are oxidized and fermented, in this way they become dark with a stronger taste. Black tea is naturally richer in caffeine than green tea, for this reason black tea is the perfect drink in the morning, but it is better to avoid it in the evening. Black tea contains also polyphenol and tannins, very ...
If you enjoy eating dark chocolate you will be happy to know that it has also healthy properties. But you should choose dark chocolate, this means chocolate that contains high amount of cocoa, at least 70%, because milk increases calorie and fat and cancels the effect of the molecules inside the chocolate and, as a consequence, the healthy action. Cocoa contains polyphenols, the same quantity as a cup of green tea. Polyphenols have a protective action against cancer and cardio-vascular illnesse...
Maca is a plant native to Peru. The most important part of maca is the root, also called Peruvian ginseng, with important healthy properties and used also by Incas. The properties of this plant are probably due to the fact that maca lives in the high Andes with important temperature range, this forces the plant to develop a mechanism of auto-protection. First of all, maca is rich in iron, zinc, calcium and vitamins A, C and of group B. Maca is also energetic and can be very helpful in case of s...
Klamath blue green algae
Klamath blue green algae comes from Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon. You can find capsules of this algae in chemist’s or herbalist’s shops. Why is this algae so important? First of all it is a source of vitamin B12, a very important vitamin for our body because plays a role in the formation of red blood cells and determines the health of the nervous system. Klamath blue green algae contains also chlorophyll and omega 3 fatty acids, with anti-cholesterol, antioxidants and anti aging properties. Th...
Astragalus has been known for millennia and used by ancient Chinese medicine, it is first of all a tonic for the body, very helpful in case of stress. Astragalus gives energy, improves concentration and memory. According to recent studies, astragalus is able to fortify the immune system. For this reason, the root of this plant results very useful in case of flu or cold. Astragalus can also protect the liver by helping it restore its functions in case of illness or medicines. Even though astraga...
Like all dry fruits, also walnuts are rich in healthy properties that make them a perfect snack in the morning, especially in case of stress or after illnesses. Walnuts indeed contain minerals, such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium, and vitamins such as vitamin E and vitamins of group B, with anti-aging properties. In addition to this, this dry fruit is also a valuable source of omega 3 fatty acids, very important for the health of brain and able to lower cholesterol, accord...
Schisandra contains lignans, substances very important in order to protect and purify the liver. In addition to this schisandra can help increase memory, reflexes, concentration and brain efficiency and is useful against insomnia caused by stress. Schisandra can be found as dried berries, that can be added to breakfast yogurt or that can be eaten as snack, or as tablets or herbal tea. tablets – For one month, before bed and against insomnia, stress and anxiety, try one tablet of 500 mg dry sc...
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...
As herbal tea – Add one teaspoon of rosemary leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let it stand for 10 minutes, strain and drink. The obtained herbal tea has a liver detoxifying effect. Steam Facial – Boil water, when water is boiling add a couple of rosemary sprigs. Wait for some seconds then remove from heat. Expose your clean face to steam for about ten minutes. Then, use a wipe with skin tonic. In case of acne and oily and blemish-prone skin . Essential oil - if you breathe the aroma this is...
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