Beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and colorful vegetables. The name beta-carotene comes from the Greek "beta" and Latin "carota" (carrot). It is the yellow/orange pigment that gives vegetables and fruits their rich colors. H. Wachenroder crystallized beta-carotene from carrot roots in 1831, and came up with the name … Continue reading What is Beta-Carotene? What Are The Benefits of Beta-Carotene?
Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. You were probably told to "eat your carrots" by your parents and you probably tell your kids the same thing, and when asked why, you explain, "Because they're good for you!" But how did the carrot get such a good reputation and why exactly are … Continue reading Carrots: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information
The tomato plant (botanical name Solanum Lycopersicum) is a member of the nightshade family. Usually, plants of this species grow to a height of anything between one and three meters (3 to 10 feet) and have a very delicate stem that generally spread out over the ground as well as climbs like vines on other … Continue reading Medicinal Rich Tomatoes
History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum, Solanaceae) is, botanically, a fruit. Nevertheless, in the 1893 Nix v. Hedden decision, the United States Supreme Court classified tomatoes as a vegetable, which created an economic advantage for US producers, because taxes were levied on vegetables, but not fruits, imported into the US.1 The … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum, Solanaceae)
Antioxidants are natural molecules found in certain foods that help neutralize free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are byproducts of metabolism and our environment. Internal factors such as inflammation and external factors such as pollution, UV exposure, and cigarette smoke can increase free radical production. Free radicals can damage cells all over the body … Continue reading Antioxidants: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information