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Burdock Root Benefits

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Burdock root is used by many cultures (eg. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indians, Hawaiians) both as a food and as a medicine.

Burdock root contains phytochemicals, known as polyacetylenes, which have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

The root also contains hyaluronic acid, which promotes eye and joint health.

Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic practitioners often use burdock to deal with fever and congestion brought about by flu.

According to Ayurvedics, burdock root is an excellent blood cleanser and detoxifier. This is probably because burdock helps break up fatty deposits in the blood stream, protecting one against arteriosclerosis. This herb-food also helps remove toxins from the blood, liver, kidneys, gallbladder and lymphatic system. In fact, some studies have found that animals who consumed burdock were protected from the effects of poisonous chemicals fed to them.

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Burdock root can potentially be used in the treatment of cancer. For example, it is found that a compound found in burdock, known as arctigenin, slows down tumor growth. Cancer research on burdock is still on going.

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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Mangosteen Madness

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Mangosteens are tropical fruits with a hard purple-brown shell and soft white inner flesh. Though not particularly known for containing high levels of vitamins or minerals as compared to other fruits, mangosteens are nonetheless prized – for their other health benefits.

Mangosteens contain over 40 different xanthones – polyphenols with antibiotic, antiviral, anti-tumoral, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties.

As such, this tropical fruit has often been used in Southeast Asia to cure many ailments, including infections, dysentery, skin problems and pain.

Do be aware when you eat mangosteens. The purple juice from the shell of the fruit could stain your clothes permanently. So it is best to avoid wearing your favorite best if you are eating this fruit.

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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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Raspberry Rush

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Raspberries are fantastic fruits because they are full of vitamin C and anti-cancer compounds.

Raspberries contain ellagic acid, which is a powerful cancer-fighting phytonutrient. The berries, which may come in colors other than pink, like yellow, also contain anthocyanins – plant pigments that can protect you against cancer, heart diseases and many degenerative diseases.

That is not all. The insoluble fibers found in raspberries can help you with constipation, while the soluble fibers in the berries, in the form of pectin, can help you lower your unhealthy cholesterol.

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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Fantastic Fennel

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Fennel is a very popular herb among healers of different cultures. It is rich in nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, folate, magnesium, manganese, iron, calcium and molybdenum.

Eating fennel or drinking fennel tea can help if you have an upset stomach. Gripe water which is used to calm colicky infants often contains fennel. Breastfeeding mothers can also help calm their babies’ intestinal spasms by drinking fennel tea. The phytonutrients (such as anethole and terpenoids) from the tea passes over to the infants through breast milk.

Terpenoids in fennel can also help you fight cancer and inflammation.

Phytoestrogens found in fennel have also been found to have a balancing effect on the levels of female hormones. When estrogen levels are low, fennel seem to raise them; when estrogen levels are high, the phytoestrogens in fennel have been found to compete with the excessive estrogen for receptor sites, as such blocking the action and harmful effects of the excessive estrogen.

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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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