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Limelight On Lemons

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Rich in vitamin C, lemons can give a powerful boost to your immune system.

Though they are extremely acidic, lemons are rapidly converted to an alkaline pH in the digestive tract. As such, the fruit makes a powerful healing agent for those whose diets are rather acidic.

Some Ayurvedics believe that lemons help stimulate the digestive ‘fire’ and are both cleansing and nourishing. Drinking lemon juice in the morning is believed to cleanse the liver.

Lemons are rich in vitamin B6, potassium, and folic acid. Potassium in lemons can help regulate your blood pressure and can offset potassium loss from the use of blood pressure medication.

The pith of this fruit (i.e. the white part beneath the yellow peel) contains phytochemicals limonin and limonene, which are found to have cancer-fighting properties. Lemons have also been shown to be helpful in preventing stomach cancer.

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The lemon pith and peel also contain high levels of bioflavonoids that help strengthen capillaries. As such, lemon peels are sometimes recommended for those with collapsed veins (e.g. varicose veins or spider veins).

As lemon peels are high in oxalates, lemon peels and zest should be avoided by those suffering from gout or 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.


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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String Bean Special

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

When it comes to string beans, the pods are just as edible as the beans themselves. In fact, the pods are picked before the inner beans reach maturity, which greatly increases the vitamin C content of this bean vegetable.

String beans are a rich source of vitamins A and K, as well as folate, potassium, iron and manganese.

The richness in vitamin K makes string beans beneficial to your bones. This is because vitamin K is a co-factor in the production of osteocalcin, a protein found to be important in bone mineralization.

With its antioxidants, vitamin C and beta-carotene, string beans are also great for dealing with inflammation.

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

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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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Grapes: Small In Size By Gigantic In Nutrients

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Grapes are a rich source of manganese, potassium, vitamins B6 and C, thiamine and riboflavin.

Grapes contain a phytoalexin, resveratrol, which protects the fruit from environmental stressors. In your body, this compound server as a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer agent.

Resveratrol reduces plaque buildup in your arteries, and hence supports cardiovascular health. This compound has also been found to prolong the lifespan of mice in laboratory studies.

Grapes with darker skin contain more flavonoids, while grapes with seeds contain more variety of flavonoids that support vein health. So go for darker grapes with seeds if you can.

The water content in grapes can help you quench your thirst on a hot summer day, while the potassium found in grapes can help you control your blood pressure.

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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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Zucchini daZe

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

In the hot summer days, zucchini (with over 75% water content) hydrates your body and can help you deal with the heat.

Rich in fiber and is a good addition to your raw salad, zucchini contains plenty of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and iron.

The phytonutrients found in this green cucumber-like vegetable can build your defenses against many degenerative diseases, especially cancer.

References
[1] 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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