Archive for the ‘Health From Nature’ Category
Saffron is a spice from the dried stigmas of crocus plants flowers. It is used in cooking and has played an important role in traditional Persian medicine. Saffron supplements are not widely available, but using some in your cooking may yield important health benefits. Saffron has uses for asthma, cough, as an expectorant, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, insomnia, atherosclerosis, intestinal gas and many other uses.
There is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence that saffron possesses antidepressant activity, and a series of tests conducted in Iran found that the spice performed surprisingly well in the treatment of mild to moderate depression. It was given in 30 milligram doses per day and performed better that placebo, and at least as well as conventional antidepressants.
Italian researches recently found that saffron may help shield the eyes from the damaging effects of the sun (thus helping to prevent cataracts). Furthermore, they found that saffron may be effective against macular degeneration and that it might help preserve the retina.
Saffron is a plant which can be grown in certain climates, and so you might be able to grow some yourself and harvest the flower stigmas when in bloom. I personally order some of the red stigmas online (ebay etc), as I have found that a cheaper option than buying it in the grocery stores.
Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family with the botanical name ‘Curcuma longa.’ Though it has Indian origins, it has become increasingly popular as a cooking spice, and ‘curcumin’ is the active ingredient in tumeric, and is what also gives the yellow color to Indian curry. It is the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin which provide most of the highly touted health benefits. I will try to outline most of the benefits as follows: Read the rest of this entry »
It has been a long time since I posted but that is a long story in itself! Anyhow, a very recent study on hibiscus tea should be of interest to those looking for natural means to control their high blood pressure (hypertension). A control study showed that those who drank 3 cups of the tea daily, cut their systolic pressure by an average of 7 points. Read the rest of this entry »
In an earlier article, I discussed the many health benefits of elderberry - especially as it relates to treatment of the flu. In the past couple of years, I have purchased the expensive elderberry syrups (Sambucol) and these seemed to work well when I felt like I was coming down with a cold or flu. This time I decided to try and save a little money and make my own. Read the rest of this entry »
Here is another good reason to start growing your own greens. The CDC has concluded that disease causing bacteria, viruses, and other contamination (mostly human transmitted) is definately on the rise. The exact cause is not clear but many of these pathogens are not easily eliminated from these foods via conventional means. Here is a link to the article.
If you are looking for a super health food, you most certainly want to consider broccoli sprouts. You have probably heard of the wonderful health benefits of mature broccoli heads, but did you know that three-day-old broccoli sprouts contain 20-50 times the concentration of compounds like sulforaphane glucosinolate and glucoraphanin? Read the rest of this entry »