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Tomatoes: Too Good To Miss

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Tomatoes are so commonly found that many may not think much about them. But they are actually very nutritious. In fact, tomatoes are sometimes considered a super-food. Here are the reasons why.

Tomatoes are high in phytonutrient lycopene, which has been shown to reduce the risk of many types of cancer, especially prostate cancer. Lycopene is also good for the heart and can help prevent heart diseases.

Tomatoes are filled with a wide variety of nutrients. It is rich in vitamins C and B (e.g. B6, thiamine, niacin, folate, and pantothenic acid). It is a good source of minerals like potassium, chromium, biotin, lutein, zeaxanthin, as well as nutrients like carotene. Together, the entire package of nutrients and antioxidants packed in tomatoes can offer you superb protection against sunburn. This means that you can get to enjoy the health-promoting benefits of sunlight without incurring the cancer-causing risk of sunburn.

Cook your tomatoes for more easily absorbed lycopene. Do keep the skin on, as that’s where the nutrients are most dense. And if you can, choose cherry tomatoes when they are in season, as they have the most skin and nutrients.

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.

Terrific Tempeh

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Tempeh is a hearty-tasting staple food used in Indonesia for over 2000 years. Made by fermenting soy beans, this food is high in nutritional value.

Tempeh is rich in proteins, and hence makes a tasty meat replacement for vegans or vegetarians. Since this fermented food is rich in dietary fiber, it also makes a good source of protein for those with diabetes, some of whom have problems dealing with animal proteins. The antibiotic agents and enzymes that tempeh contains also help make the food more easily digestible.

Tempeh also contains isoflavones and soy saponins that can help reduce your risk of heart diseases and cancer. For those who believe that unfermented soy products are harmful to health, tempeh is an alternative way of getting your nutrients from soy, without the problems associated with unfermented soy.

Tempeh is also a good source of minerals like manganese and magnesium.

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.

Pay Attention To Papayas

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Tropical fruit papaya is not only sweet to taste, it also brings many health benefits. It is definitely a fruit worth knowing, especially if you often encounter digestive issues.

This is because the fruit contains a powerful enzyme known as papain, which aids in digestion, especially proteins. Often used in digestive dietary supplements, this enzyme is sometimes also used as a meat tenderer. The enzyme is more concentrated in unripe papayas than ripe ones, so for a higher dose of the enzyme, consume your papayas when they are still green, such as in Thai-styled papaya salads.

Rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, carotenes, flavonoids and others, papayas can give you much protection against cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

In addition to antioxidants, papayas are also a good source of potassium, folic acid, vitamin A and dietary fiber.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.
[2] Murray, Michael, ND., Pizzorno, Joseph, ND., and Pizzorno, Lara, MA, LMT. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New York, NY: Atria Books, 2005. 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.

Pomegranates Are Powerful

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Pomegranates and their juices are rich in antioxidants that can protect you against many diseases, including atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases, as well as cancer.

If you suffer from arthritis, pomegranates and their juices can help you find relief from your symptoms.

A study suggests that pomegranate juice can help stop the buildup of harmful proteins implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. Hence, if you wish to keep dementia at bay, it might be good to start including pomegranates in your grocery list.

In instances where you have diarrhea, you can use pomegranate juice to alleviate your condition. Of course, this means that under normal conditions, pomegranate juice could make you a little constipated. So you might have to couple your consumption of pomegranates with something that encourages bowel movements, such as prunes (i.e. dried plums).

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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