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Brilliant Bananas

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

As one of the richest natural food sources of potassium, bananas can help protect you against heart diseases as well as stroke.

Besides potassium, bananas are also great sources of vitamin B6 and C, riboflavin, magnesium, biotin, silicon, and phosphorus. Bananas also contain trace amounts of minerals such as copper, chromium, iron, fluoride, manganese, selenium and zinc.

Some people have used bananas to improve their children’s bowel movements and prevent constipation, while others have used bananas to help their children recover from diarrhea.

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.

Amazing Amaranth Grains And Greens

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The Amaranth grain is a highly nutritious grain. The ancient Greeks believed that this seed bestowed the gift of immortality, and hence named it “amarantos”, which meant “unfading”.

World health workers found that in areas of Africa and Latin America where the plant grows, there is little incidence of malnutrition. Amazingly, even though this plant is able to strive in conditions of poor soil and drought, the grain is highly packed with proteins, vitamin C and minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, lysine and silicon.

A gluten-free and high-fiber grain, the amaranth makes an excellent source of food for infants, children, pregnant and nursing ladies, especially those who are vegetarians.

Regular consumption of this grain also appears to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

In turn, the greens of the amaranth plant are extremely rich sources of B vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, manganese, potassium, iron and magnesium.

Studies have found that consuming amaranth greens significantly increases liver enzyme 7 alpha-hydroxylase, which helps break cholesterol down into bile acids. This means that the regular consumption of amaranth greens can help you to lower unhealthy cholesterol in your body.

Note however that amaranth greens contain high levels of oxalic acid. Hence those with kidney disorders may need to avoid this green.

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.

Bitter Can Be Bad For Illnesses

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Bitter foods are sometimes good for health and battling illnesses. An example is the bitter melon.

This melon has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes in India, South America, Japan, China and Philippines.

Amazonian healers and Ayurvedic physicians have been using this gourd-like vegetable for dealing with diabetes for thousands of years. The ability of the bitter melon in rectifying hypoglycemia has also been established via studies.

It seems that phytochemical, Charantin, found in bitter melons have extremely powerful blood sugar lowering properties (more powerful than some commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs!). In addition, the Polypeptide-p found in the melon also mimics the effects of insulin, and hence the melon has in fact been used as an alternative to insulin shots in some parts of the world.

Traditionally in the Amazon, bitter melon juice or tea has also been used for dealing with diarrhea, wounds, infections and parasites. The bitter melon contains antiviral proteins that have been shown to be useful for dealing with HIV and tumors. There is also some proof of the benefits of bitter melon in dealing with 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.

Alluring Adzuki Beans

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Often used for making red bean paste, the dark-red colored adzuki beans are not just nutty and sweet in taste. They are also highly nutritious.

These beans are rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. They also contain large quantities of dietary fiber, folic acid, B vitamins, as well as trace minerals such as copper, manganese and zinc.

Adzuki beans are filled with molybdenum, a trace mineral, which is needed for the production of sulfite oxidase – one of the most important enzymes in sulfoxidation (a liver detoxification pathway). Poor sulfoxidation is linked to the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple chemical sensitivities and diet-responsive autism.

Often a part of the macrobiotic diet, it is considered one of the easier-to-digest legumes.

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.

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