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Honeydew Melon For The Holidays

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Honeydews make great snacks this holiday season. Not only are they rich in nutrients, they can also help your body with some cleaning up after the holiday feasting.

Honeydews are rich in B and C vitamins, as well as copper. In addition, its high water (95%) and potassium content can actually help you in controlling your blood pressure.

The melon contains plenty of soluble fiber which can help to remove toxin and excess cholesterol from your colon.

Honeydews also have a natural diuretic ability.

When purchasing your honeydews, go for freshly cut ones. Precut melons usually contain less nutrients as they break down when exposed to light.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

Cashews For Christmas

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Cashew nuts make a great snack gift this Christmas. They are not only tasty as a snack, they are also nutritious. And they can make you feel really good!

This is because cashew nuts are high in the amino acid tryptophan, the primary building block of serotonin, which is in turn a neurotransmitter responsible for calming and feel-good moods. This makes cashew nuts a great alternative to chocolates!

What’s more, cashew nuts are lower in fats and higher in proteins compared to most other nuts. And the fats that cashew nuts contain are actually healthy fats (go for raw, unheated nuts for maximal healthy fatty acids). So there’s less concern about putting on the fats with cashews.

With a slightly sweet flavor, cashew nuts are rich in oleic acid, a mono-saturated fat that can protect you against heart diseases and cancer.

In addition, cashew nuts are also a good source of biotin, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.

Note however that cashews contain oxalates and should not be taken in excess by those with kidney and gallbladder problems.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

Precious Jems In Pumpkin Seeds

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Pumpkin seeds may be small, but they are highly packed with nutrients. They are especially good for guys, and here’s why.

Pumpkin seeds are extremely rich in zinc, magnesium, manganese, protein, omega 3, iron, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins E and B (especially niacin), as well as phytosterols.

Pumpkin seeds contain as an important phytosterol known as beta-sitosterol, which has been shown through studies to improve prostate health as well as improve symptoms of benign prostate enlargement. Similarly, the zinc found in the seeds are also beneficial to prostate health.

Phytosterols in pumpkin seeds have also been shown to reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels. Pumpkin seeds are also found to help in reducing inflammation, such as in instances of arthritis.

Pumpkin seeds are used traditionally as a remedy for intestinal parasites.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

What Purple Eggplants Can Do For You

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The eggplant (sometimes known as brinjal) is an unusual fruit vegetable because of its vibrant purplish color. But it is this color that gives the vegetable its unique health property.

The skin of purple eggplant contains a powerful antioxidant called nasunin. Animal studies found that this compound is especially protective of brain cells when it comes to free radical damage. Nasunin also clears away excess iron when they build up to toxic levels in the body, which may occur in some men and post-menopausal women.

It seems that other phytonutrients in the eggplant may also work together with nasunin to lower unhealthy blood cholesterol and improve blood circulation in the body.

In addition, eggplants are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins B1 and B6, folic acid, potassium and other minerals.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

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