TAG: Antioxidants

Try Coconut And Grapefruit For The Skin And Hair

Try Coconut And Grapefruit For The Skin And Hair

Things that are beneficial for the skin and hair don’t always have to come in a package. Coconut and grapefruit are seemingly simple ingredients, but they are both packed with nutrient rich properties that offer an all-natural boost. Coconut is moisture-rich and grapefruit is loaded with antioxidants that can remove dead skin cells, brighten and tone. For exfoliation, this homemade scrub uses coconut oil and palm sugar, ground coffee and cinnamon. These ingredients work together to exfoliate, reduce inflammation, moisturize and effectively cleanse the skin. This recipe for grapefruit sugar scrub comes with free printables including labels and a grapefruit… read more

Benefits Of Blueberries

Blueberries

Colorful fruits and vegetables tend to be the richest sources of antioxidants, and blueberries, with their intense, dark color, have a higher antioxidant content than most foods (including most other berries), as well as being a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. There are many reasons why blueberries are usually listed among the superfoods (foods with the most significant health-protective effects). In addition to promoting heart and urinary tract health and protecting against cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests that eating blueberries may improve general cognitive function and memory. Blueberries also have a low… read more

More Reasons Its Ok To Love Chocolate

More Reasons Its Ok To Love Chocolate

There have been numerous research studies conducted revolving around the health benefits of chocolate. And many of them have pointed to some pretty good reasons to occasionally indulge in the go-to favorite of many. A few years ago, results from research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that a group of surveyed chocolate eaters who reported that they consumed more levels of chocolate had on average a lower body mass index. Another study concluded that dark chocolate rich in polyphenol can actually enhance sensitivity to insulin and may offset some of the issues that stem from fats in… read more

Could Climate Change Alter Your Cup of Tea?

Could Climate Change Alter Your Cup of Tea?

As we learn more about climate change and its effects, there is one area that may not readily come to mind: the tea industry. Supposedly, a cup of tea in some areas in China may begin to taste a little different. Climate change and its difference in temperatures and rainfall levels is said to be responsible for altering some agricultural systems, and tea fields may also be susceptible. Other significant changes like antioxidant levels, and even the scent of the tea leaves, are reportedly subject to variances. Researchers from Tufts University are looking into how this favored beverage might be… read more

Surprising Celery

Celery

Apium graveolens, more commonly known as celery, has been around since at least the 9th century when it was written about in a poem. It was described for medicinal use, and was not used for cooking until about 1623 in France when it was mainly employed as a seasoning. Around the 17th and 18th centuries it was discovered that celery could be made to taste better if plants were grown later in the season and could be stored for winter food. It has slowly crept into kitchens, and now remains a somewhat forgotten side of the vegetable family. It gets stuck… read more

Best Eat Your Oats

Eat Your Oats

  Oats are among the health-promoting superfoods. Study findings reported by the Whole Grains Council and the George Mateljan Foundation suggest that oats reduce the risk of many different illnesses, as well as helping to maintain a healthy weight. Weight control: A study of 204 overweight adults found that eating whole-grain oat-based cereal twice a day helped subjects to reduce their waistlines. A control group eating the same number of calories did not achieve the same waist-circumference reduction. Other research has found that whole grains create a greater feeling of satiety than white bread (which reduces the likelihood of food… read more

Organic Skincare With Cantaloupes

Organic Skincare With Cantaloupes

A popular skincare ingredient in many high end brands, cantaloupes are packed with nutrients and have hydrating properties. They are full of vitamins A and C, antioxidants that have been found to have regenerative effects. Ideal for dry skin types as they are comprised mostly of water, they can actually increase the skin’s collagen production. Homemade skincare blends are easy to do and don’t require many ingredients, though organic cantaloupes are preferable for topical applications. Cantaloupe can be smashed and applied to the skin for about 10 minutes and rinsed for a lush, natural vitamin mask. The juice from the melon can… read more

Properties of Peanuts

Benefits of peanuts

Whether shelled, salted or ground up in its beloved peanut butter form, peanuts are a food product that is consumed worldwide. It is thought that they were originally grown in South America and made their way across the globe by distribution from trading travelers. Peanuts contain many nutrients and have quite a few health benefits, including bioactive properties. They provide a good source of heart helpful flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are protective antioxidants. Especially high levels of these can be found in their skins. Peanuts are high in fiber and protein, and are loaded with useful types of carbohydrates… read more

Oregano Health Benefits

Fresh oregano

Oregano has the highest antioxidant content of all the herbs, as well as being a source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin E, and other beneficial nutrients. Oregano also has anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it may be beneficial for those with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Although oregano is a nutritional powerhouse, consumers should be wary of inflated or false claims. For example, a company in Canada got into trouble recently for claiming that oregano supplements were a proven treatment for whooping cough and encouraging people to forgo the vaccine in favor of the company’s remedy. Oregano… read more

Spelt Flour

Spelt flour

Spelt is considered to be an ancient grain because it has been cultivated for 7,000 years and modified very little by humans. This means that it is less inbred than standard wheat flour and more nutritious as well. Spelt offers a broader range of nutrients than those found in the more commonly used wheat flour. It is a good source of manganese, fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B3, magnesium, and copper, and provides 30% more protein per serving than standard wheat. Whole grains such as spelt provide a broad array of health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, certain cancers,… read more