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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.

Don’t Despise Durian Just For Its Smell

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Some people find durian a put-off because of its smell. But many of those who have actually tried this thorny Asian fruit often cannot put it down.

Tasting like rich delicious custard, durians are actually rather nutritious.

The fruit is rich in minerals like potassium, copper, manganese and iron (needed for blood production). It also contains high levels of vitamins B, C and E. The fruit is also a good source of essential amino acid, tryptophan, which is crucial in the production of serotonin (a neurotransmitter crucial for emotional calmness and stability).

Rich in healthy fats and dietary fiber, durians are also thought to lower unhealthy cholesterol.

The richness of the fruit can make it a satisfying food for raw-foodish, or anyone who needs an energy boost.

But beware, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine consider durians to be rather “heaty”. As such, if you are suffering from a sore throat or other symptoms where you experience excessive heat in the body, it is best to limit your intake of durians.

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://www.nutrition-and-you.com/durian-fruit.html


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.

Consume Pears To Keep From Constipation, Clogging Cholesterol And Cancer

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

As sweet and juicy fruits, pears can offer you a whole lot of goodness.

Rich in soluble fiber, a single pear can provide you with a quarter of the dietary fiber you need each day. In turn, high fiber intake can help you reduce your risk of colon cancer.

Its high fiber content makes pears a good food remedy for constipation. The soluble fiber in pears can also help absorb unhealthy cholesterol in your gut before it reaches your bloodstream, as such helping to keep your unhealthy cholesterol levels in check.

In addition, pears can also provide you with vitamin C, potassium and some amounts of folate.

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 Asparagus For All

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Asparagus is a health-promoting food for many groups of people.

Rich in proteins, potassium, vitamins A, B6, C and K, as well as folate, riboflavin and thiamine, here’s the health benefits this non-leafy green brings.

The high folate levels in asparagus make this vegetable a great choice for pregnant and nursing mothers.
In addition, the folate could also help protect all (including you and I) from cardiovascular problems and reduce our risk of cancer.

As an alkalizing food, asparagus can also help rebalance your body’s systems, especially if you have been consuming too much acidic foods such as meats, grains and junk foods.

Asparagus have also traditionally benefited those who suffered from arthritis.

Many ayurvedic medicine practitioners consider asparagus to strengthen the kidney, have aphrodisiacal properties and have an overall tonifying effect on women.

Read more about the benefits of asparagus.

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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