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Watercress: A Wonderful Vegetable

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Watercress is a refreshing vegetable to add to your meals.

It is a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, as well as vitamins A, C and K.

It aids in digestion and can act as a diuretic.

It contains lutein and beta-carotene, and can protect smokers from lung cancer by inhibiting a potent carcinogenic compound in tobacco.

Watercress can be eaten raw (after thorough washing), or consumed after light steaming or a quick sautéing.

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


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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Cinnamon Cure

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Cinnamon is actually the bark of the cinnamon tree. The bark curls into quills when it is peeled off the tree.

With methylhydroxy chalcone polymer as its main active ingredient, it is found that the essential oils found uniquely in cinnamon are what give cinnamon its special and diverse medicinal properties.

Studies have found cinnamon’s ability to help control blood sugar. It seems that adding ground cinnamon to your diet can help reduce your fasting blood sugar levels by up to 25%.

Cinnamon has also been used traditionally in the treatment of arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, diarrhea, heart diseases, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, and muscle cramps.

Cinnamon is also found to be effective as a muscle relaxant, digestive aid, antibiotic and antiulcer food.

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Rich in manganese, cinnamon can help you in regulating your blood pressure.

Cinnamon can either be ground and sprinkled on food, or you could actually place a stick in your drinking water. The water will absorb both the flavor and healing properties of the medicinal bark. Note that when the stick uncurls, its time to change a new stick.

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


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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Perfect Peaches

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Fresh peaches contain large amounts of potassium, carotenes, flavonoids, and natural sugars.

A medium-sized peach weighing 100g provides 49 calories, 0.9g of protein, 0.3g of fat, 9.5g of carbohydrate, 1.5g of fiber, and 8.4g of natural sugars (sucrose, glucose and fructose).

Phytochemicals like lutein and lycopene found in peaches can protect you against mascular degeneration, heart diseases and 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.

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Life-giving Lettuce

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Lettuce comes in many varieties – there’s the iceberg, romaine, butterhead and more.

Whatever the type of lettuce, they are a good raw food addition to any diet as they can help offset acid-forming foods like meat and dairy.

All lettuce also contain life-giving chlorophyll – the darker the colour of the leaves, the greater the nutrient intensity.

Different types of lettuce are then rich in different nutrients. For example, iceberg contain choline, while romaine are filled with significant amounts of folic acid, vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, as well as manganese and chromium.

One thing to be aware though, lettuce falls under the list of “dirty” vegetables and fruits that tend to have higher pesticide load as the chemicals are absorbed by the edible portions of the plant. As such, it would be best to seek out organic lettuce as much as you can.

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


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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