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Figs Are Fine

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Figs have long been used in the Mediterranean for their healing and nutritional benefits.

Figs are rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper and manganese.

Great as a healthy energy-giving snack, figs can help those with constipation (just like prunes!).

The potassium in figs can help those with high blood pressure manage their health condition.

And like dates, figs have an alkalizing effect on the body, and as such can help protect you from diseases believed to be caused by an excessively acidic body.

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.

More Than Just Sweetness In Dates

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Dates are more than just a natural, unprocessed alternative to sugar. Dates are highly nutritious and can be very much beneficial for your health.

Unlike many sweet foods which are acidic to the body after consumption, dates actually leave an alkalizing effect on the body.

In addition, with its rich content of fiber, B vitamins and tannins, dates have a cleansing effect. They can help your body remove toxins from both accumulated wastes and exposure to unhealthy substances.

Dates are useful for those trying to lose weight, since the type of fiber they contain (i.e. polysaccharide fiber beta-D-glucan) passes through the intestinal tract more slowly and gives the feeling of fullness for a more prolonged period.

Dates are rich in antioxidants, and hence are great for protecting you against free radical damage in the body and the risk of 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.

Greatness In Guava

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

If you are looking for a fruit that would give you high-impact goodness in many ways, then you need to try the guava.

The guava is rich in vitamin C (5 times as much as an orange) and high in fiber (it contains more fiber than an apple, apricot, banana and nectarine combined). With 9g of dietary fiber per cup of the fruit, the guava is great for helping to lower blood cholesterol and reducing your risk of heart diseases and Type 2 diabetes.

Guavas also contain a very powerful antioxidant known as lycopene, which is a major protective factor against the growth of tumors, especially lung, breast and prostate cancers.

In addition, guavas are also rich in vitamin A, as well as minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium (calcium is rarely found in fruits).

References
[1] Yeager, Selene, et al. The Doctors Book of Food Remedies. New York, NY: Rodale, 2007. Print.
[2] 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.

Little Known Goodness In This Fuzzy Fruit

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

The fuzzy fruit kiwi is a rich source of vitamin E and A, folic acid, minerals (like magnesium, copper, phosphorus), pectin fiber and potassium (20% more than bananas).

Highly packed with vitamin C, eating this fruit daily can give your immunity a great boost. Consumption of the fruit has also been associated with less respiratory problems like shortness of breath, wheezing and night coughing.

The kiwi fruit also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are linked in the prevention of macular degeneration.

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.
[2] 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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