TAG: Vitamins

Raw Is For Vitamin C

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Although there are vitamin supplements available, it’s always best to get nutrients from whole foods whenever possible because vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients work together synergistically to create their health-promoting effects. The findings of various studies suggest that vitamin C reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, gout, and possibly other medical problems. Some studies have shown beneficial effects purely from supplementation, but others have found health benefits only in those who eat whole foods rich in vitamin C. When people think of vitamin C-rich foods, they tend to picture oranges and perhaps other citrus fruits, but there… read more

Grow Winter Greens

Grow Winter Greens

The cold winter months can actually lend to a versatile growing season for many hearty plants. A winter garden does not require too much space and many herbs and vegetables can also be grown in containers. However, many cold weather plants need to be rooted in the ground in order to flourish. Plants will need to be well covered under a protective barrier, such as cold frames or row covers, in the winter months. An encasing helps to shield delicate leaves from frosting and traps in heat. A good multipurpose herb to have around is wintergreen. Its oil, which also… read more

Do You Take A Multivitamin?

Do You Take A Multivitamin?

If so, it is possible you may be wasting your money, according to recent research. 52% of Americans take a multivitamin, and sales are expected to reach over 11 billion in the upcoming year. However, the vitamin industry is probably scrambling to vamp up their marketing and public relations efforts, as 3 new studies recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine have all concluded that taking a daily vitamin provides practically no benefits for the majority of those who take them. The studies all concluded that routine vitamin use has little or no effects against the risks of cardiovascular… 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

Top 10 Vitamin B12 Rich Foods

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B-12 is the most complex vitamin. A slight deficiency of vitamin B-12 can lead to anemia, fatigue, mania, and depression. Whilst a long term deficiency can potentially cause permanent damage to the brain and central nervous system. Vitamin B-12 can only be manufactured by bacteria and can only be found naturally in animal products, however, synthetic forms are widely available and added to many foods like cereals. Vitamin B-12 can be consumed in large doses because excess is excreted by the body or stored in the liver for use when supplies are scarce. Stores of B-12 can last for up to… read more

We’re Right To Be Crazy For Coconuts

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The coconut is one of the world’s most nutritious and health-promoting foods. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it has traditionally been used as both a food and a medicine to treat a broad array of illnesses. According to the Coconut Research Center (2004), recent research suggests that coconuts do indeed have many health promoting benefits, including: Helping to protect against disease-causing organisms (viruses, bacteria, and fungi); improving digestion and nutrient absorption; reducing the risk of osteoporosis, certain cancers, bladder and kidney problems, liver disease, and dental disease; reducing seizures among epileptics; supporting thyroid function; reducing skin problems associated with… read more

VaVa Voom from Vitamin A

VaVa Voom from Vitamin A

Rather than packing your system with artificially made vitamins, the best way to nourish your body is to absorb vitamins through food. Vitamin A is an essential vitamin required for vision, gene transcription, boosting your immune system, and skin clarity. As a general rule, foods that are red or orange in colour or dark green are packed full of this useful vitamin. Paprika, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Chilli Powder Cayenne powder proves to contain the highest amount of Vitamin A with just one tablespoon providing well over the recommended daily dose. A teaspoon of any red powder provides you with almost… read more

Natural Diet Foods For All

A Natural Diet

Many people are conscious about their bodies and the way they look. This is especially true when the New Year rolls around and everyone is promising themselves that they will eat better and get into the gym more often. If you are a dieter, consider a natural diet. Nutrients should come from natural foods. Each food group contains diet foods that provide many nutrients that benefit our overall health. Vegetables People who consume more vegetables have less chance of developing disease, according to NaturalFoodBenefits.com. These diet foods contain vitamins A, E and C, which promote health. They contain few calories… read more

Kale: A Certain Superfood

Kale: A Superfood

Kale is a dark leafy green vegetable that belongs to the brassica family, a group that includes Brussels sprouts, collards, and cabbage. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, and its rich antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory compounds make it a potent health-promoter. Research indicates that eating kale regularly may help to protect against certain cancers and to lower cholesterol (a risk factor for heart disease), as well as supporting the body’s natural detoxification system. According to the George Mateljan Foundation (2012), Kale is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C; a very good source of fiber, calcium*, and potassium; and… read more

Eating A Rainbow

Eating A Rainbow

Health-promoting antioxidants called anthocyanins give certain foods their blue, violet, or reddish-purple coloring. Evidence suggests that eating purple and blue fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, gum disease, stomach ulcers, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, urinary tract infections, age-related memory loss, and obesity. Choosing blue and purple foods may provide other benefits as well. For example, research has shown that blue corn chips are higher in protein and lower in starch than white corn chips, and they also have a lower glycemic index, which means that they may be better for those with diabetes and dieters…. read more