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Cruciferous Cauliflower For Cancer … And Others

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that contains phytochemical sulforaphane, which helps the liver produce anti-carcinogenic enzymes. This makes cauliflower an important anti-cancer food to eat.

Filled with stress-relieving B vitamins, the cauliflower is one of the best vegetarian sources of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid).

In addition, the vegetable, which could be found in purple, yellow/orange, green or white forms, is full of vitamin C, folate and biotin, as well as fiber.

And research is suggesting that cauliflower could help reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

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.

Chayote Craze

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The chayote is widely eaten in many parts of the world.

Native to Mexico, but is now found in many countries including India, Philippines, Indonesia and Hawaii thanks to early explorers, the chayote plant offers a variety of culinary and medicinal value.

The green apple-gourd looking fruit of the chayote plant (as well as its edible seed) is a good source of vitamin C and amino acids.

The tuberous part of the chayote root is starchy and is eaten like yam.

The leaves, fruit and root of the chayote plant are considered to have diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties, and are protective of the cardiovascular system. For example, a tea made from the leaves of the chayote plant has traditionally been used in dealing with arteriosclerosis, hypertension, and even to dissolve kidney stones.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chayote


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.

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.

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