Purple corn is fast approaching classification as a functional food—an integral component of the diet that provides energy and essential nutrients. Researchers in the fields of food and nutrition are intensely searching for functional foods in almost every corner of the world and from a diversity of plants. Examples include purple corn (Zea mays L., Poaceae), … Continue reading The Potential Health Benefits of Purple Corn
Propolis is made by bees from a combination of plant resins, wax, and saliva. It is used in the hive as a building material, disinfectant, and embalming agent. Propolis has many reported health benefits for humans, due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anticancer properties. Multiple factors impact the composition of propolis, including location, the season … Continue reading Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Compounds of Mexican Propolis
A Rich Source of Vitamin C, E, Beta-Carotene, and Other Carotenoids Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) is a herb that many Americans consider to be just a common weed, particularly in areas where blueberries grow. However, its medicinal uses have been known for quite some time. In fact, it has recently received extra attention for its … Continue reading Plant Profile: Sheep Sorrel
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a spice held in high regard for its bountiful health properties and its culinary uses. It’s a favorite herb of Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional medicine, and its therapeutic uses date back thousands of years. Numerous studies have found that turmeric root can have a significant positive effect on neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic, … Continue reading Turmeric and Black Pepper: A Winning Combination
The nopal cactus is more commonly known as the prickly pear cactus. It is native to Mexico and famous for its health benefits due to its high antioxidant, vitamin, mineral, and fiber content. What is nopal? Nopales are the pads of the nopal cactus and can be cooked or eaten raw. Nopales or nopalitos are … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Nopal Cactus
Wheatgrass is a grass that is closely related to wheat. It is a thick, dry grass that looks like hay or straw. It has played a role in natural and holistic medicine for generations.Wheatgrass is harvested early in its development before it reaches full size — usually 7-10 days after sprouting. Grown primarily to make … Continue reading What Are the Health Benefits of Wheatgrass?
Antioxidants are hot topics in the health news these days, and a herbal tea called rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) is becoming popular partly because it is being marketed as a healthy beverage with high levels of antioxidants. The rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis (Burm. f.) Dahlgren, Fabaceae) is a South African flowering shrub used to make a mild-tasting … Continue reading Rooibos Tea: Research into Antioxidant and Antimutagenic Properties
If you haven’t heard of bilberry fruit, you shouldn’t be surprised. The plant is extremely difficult to grow, and since it bears small fruit it is seldom cultivated. The fruit that does exist is primarily from wild plants that grow throughout northern and central Europe where they are more plentiful. In fact, it’s often called … Continue reading Bilberry Health Benefits
Diabetes is a widespread state wherein the intensity of glucose present in the circulatory is permanently excessive than in normal conditions. The disease is among the six main reasons for death in America and is accountable for over 180,000 bereavements in the continent every year. Researchers have found that people suffering from diabetes are two to … Continue reading Managing Diabetes Through Diet
Gluten is a family of proteins found in some, but not all, grains. For many people, a gluten-free diet can be a lifestyle choice. However, for people with celiac disease, it is a medical necessity.Gluten has become a controversial subject. On the one hand, many researchers agree that gluten is safe for everyone except those … Continue reading Grains Explained, Is Rice Gluten-Free?