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Weight Reducing Wakame

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Wakame is a brown sea vegetable that is rich in nutrients.

This seaweed is rich in calcium, iron and natural sodium. It also contains a bit of vitamin C.

More importantly, wakame contains fucoxanthin. This compound, a carotenoid, has been shown to help animals lose 10% of their body weight. It seems that fucoxanthin helps increase the rate at which abdominal fat is burnt.

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.

Terrific Turnip

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Turnip, a member of the cruciferous family, has the wonderful health properties of cancer-preventing cruciferous vegetables.

Sometimes eaten as a starchy vegetable, turnip root contains only a-third the calories of a baked potato, and so much more dietary fiber, which is important for healthy bowel movements and blood sugar control.

In addition, turnip roots are also rich in vitamin C, folic acid, pantothenic acid and manganese.

Turnip greens are extremely dense in nutrients, such as vitamins C, B6, E and folic acid. They are also very good sources of minerals such as calcium, copper and manganese

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.

Grapefruits Are Great For Inflammation

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Grapefruits are citrus fruits that can be very beneficial to you if you are suffering from inflammatory problems.

Patients suffering from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other inflammation-related problems have reported a decrease in symptoms after consuming grapefruits daily. Scientists suspect that the link lies in plant compounds found in grapefruits that block the functions of prostaglandins which contribute to inflammation.

In addition to inflammation, grapefruits are also great for preventing cancer and heart diseases. Their peels are found to be rich in plant compounds known as bioflavonoids.

As a citrus fruit, the grapefruit is rich in vitamin C and potassium, but low in calories and hence is great for those on a diet.

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.

Wondrous Wolfberry

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Small but one of the most nutrient-dense plant foods around, wolfberries originated from the ancient soils of inner Mongolia and Tibet.

These bright-colored berries are extremely high in antioxidants (in fact, their antioxidant values are off the charts!) and considered one of the richest sources of beta-carotene.

Containing 500 times more vitamin C by weight than oranges, wolfberries are also rich in vitamin B1, B2, B6 and E. In addition, they contain 18 amino acids, as well as all of the 21 trace minerals (e.g. zinc, iron, copper, calcium and phosphorus).

Because the wolfberries can aid in improving vision and skin health, the berries have been used by the Chinese and easterners for anti-aging. The berries have also been used for dealing with conditions such as dizziness caused by blood deficiency, and deficiencies of the “Liver” and “Kidney” based on traditional Chinese medical theories.

References
[1] Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.
[2] Lu, Henry C. Chinese Natural Cures. New York. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc., 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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