Curcuminoids are the bright orange pigments of the herb turmeric. They belong to the family of polyphenols that includes all bioflavonoids. Renowned for its free-radical scavenging and antioxidant activity, turmeric has been traditionally used in India to relieve jaundice, arthritic conditions, allergies, liver disease, digestive and urinary disorders, skin problems, and aid wound healing. Check out these 3 outstanding ways turmeric can benefit your health!
I am always surprised when I tell someone I don’t eat dairy or meat that they still ask: “Where do you get your calcium and protein from?” or “Do you eat a lot of beans and rice?” My answers nowadays: “I get those nutrients from almost every single piece of food I put in my mouth. Virtually all foods in nature have calcium and protein as part of their make up” and “I love beans and rice and eat many varieties of both fairly regularly, but maybe not anymore often than you do.”
Cilantro and coriander have two very different flavors, but come from the same plant. Cilantro refers to the fresh leaves used as an herb, and coriander to the seeds used as a spice. The medicinal and nutritional qualities are very different as well. Also called Chinese parsley and Mexican parsley, cilantro is a fragrant mix of parsley, sage, and citrus, and is the focus of this post.
This carrot coleslaw recipe was taken from the book Grub, written by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry. Grub is part organic handbook/part cookbook and there are some really great tips on living an organic lifestyle. The recipes are organized by season and even include music ideas to make cooking even more fun!
Here is a hint: anywhere you would use, raisins, cranberries, or currants.
In a salad, ANY kind of salad. Fruit salad, greens salad, chicken salad
On hot or cold cereal
In trail mix
In cookies (replace raisins or chocolate chips)
As a tea, or in addition to another tea, like green tea and goji
In water (Spa Water)
In ice cubes, a decorative and healthy addition
Or keep it simple and just grab a handful out of the bag and enjoy!
Finding good goji berries
When you purchase goji berries, they shouldn’t be hard as a rock. Purchase a high quality brand, and you won’t have that problem. Feel the berries in the packaging before buying and if they are not “soft” like raisins, skip that brand. Of course, there should be no additional ingredients, additives, or preservatives to keep them soft, so make sure to read the label!
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Although resveratrol occurs naturally in grapes (especially Muscadine), nuts and other fruits, buying resveratrol as a supplement means that it is extracted from the herb Polygonum cuspidatum. The resveratrol from Polygonum cuspidatum is just like that of grapes and other sources of resveratrol, but unfortunately, Polygonum cuspidatum is known to be a toxic herb when consumed over time.
This smoothie has a couple of unique ingredients, but they are readily available at your natural foods market. Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry found in the Amazon Rainforest. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and omegas. Baobab (pronounced bay-o-bob) is a tree native to Africa and it produces a “super fruit” especially high in vitamin C and electrolytes.
You just quit smoking – Yay!! Or maybe you are still “planning” on quitting, but you just haven’t made that full commitment. Either way, your intention is to improve your health, so congratulations! Let’s look at what you could put in your mouth instead of a cigarette.
As you read through these bullet points keep in mind that most of them could apply to conditions inside and outside of the body! Aloe can be used directly from the plant, or purchased as juice and gels. Always make sure you are consuming and using the highest quality products to give yourself the maximum nutrition that aloe has to offer.
Smoothies are a great way to keep you going strong all day long. The protein, fat, and fiber in this recipe give you sustained energy, and the super fruit concentrates keep the immune system boosted when you may be most susceptible to “coming down with something”.
If you have been following us for a while now, you know we love supplements. Huge fans! But, as much as we love supplements, we always look to food first, then super foods and herbs, and then to high quality vitamins and minerals when needed. Potassium sits on the supplement shelf for purchase, but this a mineral you should easily be able to get from food, or super food concentrates.
Mushrooms are one of the most economical, readily available, and over looked super foods! We should all make an effort to include them in our daily diet! But here is the catch, for optimal nutritional benefit, they should be consumed cooked! Historically they are rarely consumed raw, so mushroom soup is the perfect solution.
What is the capacity of your diet to absorb free radicals and prevent oxidation in your body? It’s probably pretty good if you are eating foods with a high ORAC value. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This is all fancy talk for antioxidants, a term you are probably more familiar with.
What is a sea buckthorn berry? It is a small orange berry, and like most berries, they are extremely nutrient dense. What makes this berry unique is that it is the world’s richest source of omega 7. Like the goji berry, when harvested from the pristine mountainous land of the Himalayas, you get a superior product. Foods that grow and flourish in areas of high altitude, where temperatures and seasons can be extreme, have to be hearty, and always seem to have extra magical, nourishing powers.
If you are prone to the dreaded cold sore, below is a shopping list of supplements you may want to look into that can really help discourage the appearance, and/or support the disappearance of them. These supplements can be taken all year long or as needed seasonally.