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A Taste For Tamarind

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The brown fruit pod of the tamarind has been used in traditional cooking in many parts of the world. It gives food a sour, acidic flavor, like what you might experience with a Tom Yum soup or a Thai-styled pad thai noodle dish.

Besides adding a unique flavor to food, which can make it rather appetizing, tamarind also has some medicinal properties.

Its vitamin C content can help protect you from colds. It is often also used for reducing fever, or for its mild laxative effects.

Containing fiber, potassium and magnesium, tamarind also has an array of antioxidants that can help protect you against cancer.

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.

Why Xylitol Is Often Found In Natural Toothpastes

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

A naturally occurring compound extracted from the fiber of plants like the birch tree, raspberry, plums, born and other fruits and vegetables, xylitol is tooth-friendly yet sweet to the taste bud.

Confirmed by research to reduce plaque, it appears that this substance attracts and then starves microorganisms like yeast and bacteria, at the same time also prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the sinuses and upper respiratory tract.

Since xylitol is sweet in taste, it is often used as a natural sweetener for diabetics and those with blood sugar issues, as it has a significantly lower glycemic index than sugar.

Some Finnish research suggest that xylitol could potentially be used to treat osteoporosis, as it was able to increase bone density in rats that consumed the substance.

Be careful not to use xylitol when yeast is needed, as the yeast-killing sweetener could keep your bread from rising.

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.

In Awe of the All-purpose Aloe Vera

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Aloe vera has been used for centuries for such a wide variety of medicinal purposes that it is sometimes known as a miracle plant.

When used externally, aloe vera can help your wounds heal faster as well as alleviate your sunburn pains. It is sometimes even used in anti-aging creams.

When consumed, aloe vera brings even more benefits.

As a natural antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent, aloe vera can help with many ailments and conditions.

Aloe vera has traditionally been used for treating diseases of the intestinal tract, including ulcers. It can help improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients from the digestive tract. The gel of the plant has also been processed for use as a commercial laxative.

Aloe vera juice can help in stabilizing blood sugar levels and improving immunity. In fact, it was said that Gandhi was sustained on aloe vera juice during periods of long fast.

Rich in plant sterols, amino acids and polysaccharides, aloe vera is often used as a detoxification herb and a liver cleanser. This makes the plant food a useful weight loss aid. As a liver cleanser, aloe vera can help alleviate menopausal symptoms aggravated by a sluggish liver.

There is some suggestion that aloe vera is not suitable for pregnant ladies, nursing mothers and children. Hence, these groups should use the plant food with caution.

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.

Kale: Green Food Power

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Kale is a green food that has much nutritious value to offer.

A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, kale is rich in phytochemicals like indoles, glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, as well as antioxidants like carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help reduce your risk of cancer.

Rich in chlorophyll which helps oxygenate blood, increase red blood cell counts, as well as improve cell circulation and respiration, kale is especially beneficial for children and pregnant ladies, or those who need that extra blood.

In addition, kale contains more calcium than a glass of milk, and this calcium (and mineral balance) is more easily absorbed than that from milk. This gives more reason for children, pregnant ladies and those with osteoporosis to increase their intake of kale.

Kale can be eaten raw, juiced or cooked.

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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