What are Coffee Berries?

Coffee berries are also known as ‘Coffee cherries’. They are small round fruits, the size of a grape and they grow in clusters along the branches of the coffee plant. There are two main shrubs that produce coffee cherries around the world they are: coffea arabia and coffee robusta.

The fruit surrounding the coffee cherry is well known for its benefits, and has been consumed by many cultures for centuries. “Qishr” is a tea made from coffeeberries and is very popular in the Middle East. Some cultures even consume the fruit raw, or after boiling and drying. 

Coffee berry seasons

They have two seasons: spring and summer months.

How coffee berries looks like

The coffee bush is a shrub in the Rubiaceae family, it has long and dark green leaves with beautiful white flowers and a scent similar to jasmine. Coffee berries are the fruit of the coffee bush and consists to the fruit pulp and two coffee beans wrapped in a silvery film and a husk. The skin of the fruit is smooth and shiny with a bitter flavor, while the flesh is sweet, tender and juicy. In the center of the fruit are two blue-green seeds, which are fresh form of coffee berries. Sometimes from a natural mutation the coffee berries will have only one bean inside, which is called a ‘Peaberry’ and is said to produce a sweeter and more flavorful coffee.

How to grow coffee berries

Coffee bushes from the age of 3 or 4 are ready to bear fruit. The berries reach maturity after 9 months and have a dark-red colour. The bushes are mainly grown in the shadow of other plants, like banana trees that protects the bush from sun and wind.

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What is Melatonin?

What is melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. It is also called “hormone of sleep” or “hormone of darkness”. It is primarily released by pineal gland which is a pea sized gland found just above the middle of your brain. Your body makes more melatonin at night, the levels start to go up in the evening once the sun sets and it drops in the morning when the sun goes up. Melatonin also plays a role in the body’s antioxidant defenses and helps regulate blood pressure, body temperature and cortisol levels, as well as sexual and immune function.

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What does melatonin do? How does it work?

Its main job is to regulate night and day cycles or sleep-wake cycles. Darkness causes the body to produce more melatonin, which signals the body to prepare for sleep. Light decreases melatonin production and signals the body for being awake. It is thought that adding melatonin from supplements might help them sleep. If you take melatonin supplements it is best to take them during the evening. Experts do not recommend the use of melatonin on children and adolescents until further research has been made. Melatonin is transferred into breast milk, breast feeding mothers should keep it in mind, it might cause daytime sleepiness in the child.

Benefits/uses of melatonin

Melatonin is commonly used for insomnia and improving sleep in different conditions.

For example: Jet lag, adjusting sleep-wake cycle for people whose schedule changes, insomnia and anxiety.

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Ask a doctor if you take medications and want to start taking melatonin. Melatonin supplements have not been linked to any serious side effects, even at very high doses. However further research is needed for long-term safety.

Irish Moss and its benefits

Since diagnosed with Endometriosis ( a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain, especially associated with menstruation), I am doing some research to calm the pain and try to remove the lesions without getting a surgery and I found that eating foods which are good for resolving blood stasis will help me. It includes kelp, vinegar, lemons, limes, onions, Irish moss and bladder wrack (the last two are seaweeds). Being in Jamaica, Irish moss is quite inexpensive and easy to find, so I decided to include it in my diet. Irish Moss has many benefits also.

 

A little history:

The Irish Moss is a seaweed that was original found near Ireland hence the name. The Irish consumed Irish moss during the famine of the 19th century in Ireland.

Irish moss or Chondrus crispus is a type of red algae harvested from the Atlantic coastline of North America, Great Britain, Iceland, and, as the name suggests, Ireland. The seaweed also grows on rocks in Jamaica. Irish migrants to Jamaica brought the tradition of the Irish Moss to Jamaica. ​

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Irish moss is usually harvested in the summer and then dried for
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The principal constituent is a mucilaginous body, made of the polysaccharide carrageenan, which constitutes 55% of its weight. The organism also consists of nearly 10% protein and about 15% mineral matter, and is rich in iodine and sulfur. When softened in water it has a sea-like odor and because of the abundant cell wall polysaccharides it will form a jelly when boiled, containing from 20 to 100 times its weight of water.

Irish moss is so rich in a certain polysaccharide called carrageenan, it is widely used as a thickening agent, stabilizer and lubricant in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

Gelatin is a very common binder in a variety of foods, however, it isn’t vegetarian/vegan friendly as it comes from the collagen within animal bones and skin. As a substitute, Irish moss is used as a vegan gelatin agent.

Instead of the animal based gelatin, the carrageenan extract from the seaweed is used in vegetarian packaged and frozen foods, milk, ice cream, and yogurt.

It’s not only used for food, it is a common ingredient in organic/vegan/cruelty-free makeup, toothpastes, lotion, and shampoos.

 

How do I prepare the Irish Moss that can be added to my meals?

Popularized in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, the Irish moss drink is a beverage made from boiling the alga for an hour while adding flavorings, sweetened condensed milk, rum and spices. It is believed to be an aphrodisiac.

I don’t prepare it as a beverage but I keep it full in the fridge once it is done:

  1. Wash the Irish Moss to remove sand and other matter.
  2. Place the Irish Moss in a pot and bring to a boil. ( at least 1 hour)
  3. Add gum arabic (or acacia gum) , isinglass (kind of gelatin)
  4. Boil for another 10 min
  5. Drain it and let it get cold before putting the Irish Moss in the fridge.

I use at least 1 spoon for each meal. It can be blended in a smoothie, or in a soup, or I even put it in my food. I find that it has no taste.

 

Its Benefits

Irish Moss is being used to thicken smoothies and milks, and even in custardy desserts; but it has also multiple health benefits:

  • The Iodine, more concentrated in sea moss than any other food  is a serious fuel for the Thyroid. Selenium is also present in abundance and is a necessary factor in thyroid hormone production.The thyroid relies on regular iodine intake in order to convert the iodine into hormones.
  •  Potassium is very important to our body to support our mental/emotional health. Adding high-potassium foods like Sea Moss to the diet can significantly improve behavior and mental functioning (especially for ADD children!). High potassium foods can relieve many symptoms of anger, irritability, anxiety disorders, depression, and fibromyalgia.
  • Irish Moss also contains Algin. This phytonutrient has therapeutic value as a heavy metal detoxifying agent which means that it helps pull heavy metals out of the tissues of our bodies. Additionally, Sea Moss is a healing agent to all mucous membranes (great for external skin health and internal digestive tract health) and has a mild laxative effect.
  • Irish Moss is great to support our Immune system, it helps relieve and prevent symptoms of colds and flus. Irish moss is a source of potassium chloride, a nutrient which helps to dissolve the inflammation and phlegm in the mucous membranes, which cause congestion. It also contains compounds which act as natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents, helping to get rid of any infections.

 

 

DISCLAIMER:

I am not a physician or qualified medical professional. The information in this article, including my comments below, are for reference only and are not meant to take the place of medical advice you receive from your doctor. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

 

What is Kombucha and its benefits

I got introduced to Kombucha not long ago. I got sick and had to take 2 rounds of antibiotics and if you know me well I don’t like taking medicines so I checked what I could do to cleanse my liver. Antibiotics help fighting infection but also harm good bacteria in your body.

 

What is Kombucha?

Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese and originating in the Far East around 2,000 years ago, Kombucha is a beverage with huge health benefits extending to your heart, your brain and especially your gut.

Kombucha is a traditional fermented drink made of black tea and sugar and contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Kombucha also contains antioxidants, can kill harmful bacteria and may help fight several diseases

How is it made?

Kombucha is a sweetened tea that is fermented with a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to become a nutrient-rich beverage. SCOBY is a collection of microbes responsible for turning sweet tea into a probiotic beverage. Essentially, it is a living colony of beneficial organisms that turn sugar into healthful acids and probiotics.

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I know it doesn’t look very appetizing

The fermentation process takes 7-12 days depending on temperature and the strength of the SCOBY. Once fermented, Kombucha becomes slightly effervescent, with a vinegary smell and tart taste

If properly taken care of, a SCOBY can last for many years as it is the parent culture that creates the tea. SCOBYs are often called “Mushrooms” and are the reason Kombucha is sometimes called “Mushroom Tea.”

The benefits:

Kombucha has a high concentration of beneficial enzymes and acids, including  Gluconacetobacter, Lactobacillus, Zygosaccharomyces and Acetobacter that helps fighting against liver diseases:

  • Improve digestion: It can provide relief from problems like IBS, diarrhea, and constipation. Stress, alcohol abuse and antibiotics can contribute of loss of gut bacteria.
  • Boost the immune system: Probiotics can strengthen our natural defenses against harmful microbes and some forms of illnesses.
  • Help with joint pain and arthritis: Kombucha help preserve collagen so it can assist with healing, repairing, and preventing joint damage
  • Help maintain healthy diabetes and cholesterol
  • Increase energy: It contains iron that may increase hemoglobin in the blood, thereby enhancing oxygen flow.
  • Improved mood: Kombucha contains B vitamins (mainty B1, B6, B12) that may help battle depression, stabilize mood, and enhance concentration
  • Weight loss: When consumed before meal, Kombucha increase metabolism like the apple cider vinegar.

To avoid any negative side effects, it’s recommended that you start by drinking very small amounts of kombucha and work your way to larger quantities.

How do you get Kombucha?

Kombucha has gained popularity and is now available in many stores. You can either buy it or start making your own brewage like I do.

If you decide to make it yourself, you can find a SCOBY disk in health food stores or online for relatively inexpensive amounts or get it from someone you know.

Other Flavoring Ideas and Combinations

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 Flavoring Ideas and Combinations

  • Blueberries and cinnamon
  • Berries and fresh or candied ginger
  • Strawberries and basil
  • Cherries and almond extract
  • Pears and almond extract
  • Apple juice and cinnamon
  • Lemon or lime juice and fresh ginger
  • Pineapple juice, coconut water, and coconut extract

DISCLAIMER:

Like with any raw/fermented product, those with any health condition or who are pregnant/nursing should check with a doctor before consuming.

I am not a physician or qualified medical professional. The information in this article, including my comments below, are for reference only and are not meant to take the place of medical advice you receive from your doctor.

How to live a healthier life

When I talk about healthy, it is not always about food intake. You need also to be mentally healthy which will bring you more energy, creativity, vitality and you will experience better mental clarity.

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Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.

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1- Stay away from toxicity

Your body works hard to stay in balance. The Ph of the body is 7.35 so slightly alkaline. If your intake of food is too acidic, you will exhibit symptoms of imbalanced. You need to stop eating too many process food, sugar, sodas, alcohol but instead eating more vegetables and fruits to help to maintain an alkaline state.

Pollution has a huge impact on the body and causes many chronic diseases. The effects of air pollution vary according to each person’s level of sensitivity.

Toxicity is not only about your food intake or pollution but also your environment, the people you spend time with. Negative people will bring you down and should be removed from your life. Remember, we are the average of the five people we hang with most. The reason being is because we are products of our environment. Focusing on the negativity in life is making people feel depressed. Surround yourself with positive people that will encourage you to fulfill your dreams.

(Little tip: stop watching the news, and I guarantee you, you will feel much better)

2- Connect more with Nature

It has been proven that connecting with nature could improve our health, happiness, and well-being. Being in nature reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it also plays a part in your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.

Hiking has many psychological benefits and impact on our brains and behavior which will help reduce anxiety, stress and increase our attention, capacity, creativity and our ability to connect with people.

Going to the beach as well will bring you many benefits, Sea air is stocked with healthy negative ions which accelerate the ability to absorb oxygen which will relax your mind and help you to get better sleep. The sand is a natural exfoliant, you can take that opportunity to shed dead skin on your body.

Nature sounds such as seaside waves, a crackling fireplace, crickets during a summer night or the gentle sound of water are very powerful sounds to create a calm, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Nature sounds help to sleep better, longer and more peacefully. These noises are very helpful to fall asleep or while sleeping, and they can actually lead to better relaxation and enhanced sleep quality.

3- Do something other than work ~ Pick up a hobby or work on something you are passionate about

Routine kills people and relationships. If all you do is wake up, work, home, dinner and sleep; you are going to start feeling as if you are drowning. As for mums or dads at home that are minding children and staying home most of the time, this is crucial that you have something else other than your daily activities. You need to get out and find something else to do with adults.

Put some sparkles in your life, and having a passion or an interest outside family life, or work is going to make you feel more satisfied. A hobby may be just the activity you need to enhance your life. It can even stop mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and stress. Having a physical activity also is another way to improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases. Make sure your workout time is adding to your self-esteem and your self-care.

Exercising helps depression and may block negative thoughts. Exercising with others provides an opportunity for increased social contact. It will lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns.

So what to do? You could prepare a vacation and involve your family. Or have a side project that you can do during your spare time. Maybe there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, like learning to garden or play an instrument. Maybe there’s something you used to love that you’ve stopped doing. Perhaps you could reach out to a new organization: a community association, a sports club, or book club. So many things to do! Just take time for yourself!

4- Find your spirituality

Spirituality is a highly personal matter and will likely result in different outcomes. This journey is going to look different for every single one of us.

You can find your spiritual path and finding happiness through different religions, beliefs or meditation. Everyone is on the same journey but we are all taking different roads to get there. There is no right or wrong way to do it and everybody can choose who they want to call their “Creator”.

One of the most beautiful aspects of spirituality is that it can be experienced differently by everyone. For some people, spirituality is about devotion to religious faith. Others seek out a more personal connection with their spiritual side by engaging in activities such as yoga, meditation, spending time in nature or creative expression. Some keep a gratitude journal, where they can write down the positive people, events and things they are thankful for.

Keep seeking for your greatest you. You are unique and you will find happiness once you find your spiritual journey. Discovering your spirituality is discovering what you believe in. No one can tell you what to believe in. It is something you will have to find for yourself.

Spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being.

ELIZABETH LESSER, The New American Spirituality

Thank you for reading and would love to hear your feedback. Which area are you struggling the most?

Kathy

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Coral Calcium

What is coral?

Coral is made up of thousands of tiny animals called polyps, which are marine animals in the class Anthozoa. A coral polyp is an invertebrate that can be no bigger than a pinhead to up to a foot in diameter. Each polyp also has a saclike body and a mouth that is encircled by stinging tentacles. The polyp uses calcium carbonate (limestone) from seawater along with minerals which are secreted by reef-building corals, to build a hard, cup-shaped skeleton. This skeleton protects the soft, delicate body of the polyp.

When coral dies all is left is the hard shell, and this shell is a rich source of at least 74 naturally balanced organic coral minerals. Coral minerals are highly absorbable due to their natural ability to become ionic upon contact with moisture. This natural ability to ionize, combined with the full spectrum of trace minerals present, makes coral a desirable form of calcium.

Close up of Coral

Where do we get our coral calcium?

Our coral minerals are taken from above-sea area from the U.S. Virgin Islands, these coral deposits have been reduced into an ultra-fine powder, keeping the natural balance of the many minerals. This is important, because each mineral relies on each other to provide maximum productivity. Thousands of years ago, this coral was a thriving, live coral reef. Over time, this coral was naturally pushed above sea level, before the oceanic pollution of the industrial era occurred.

Harvesting involves collecting this ancient coral and removing the protective layer of soil that has been collecting over the years. Only the clean white coral heads are harvested. After the coral is collected, it’s ground into fine powder. The ground coral is purified in a vacuum ozone chamber and then shipped. This harvesting method safeguards living coral reefs and ocean environments from the negative effects of ocean floor vacuuming, which is an unpleasant and unsustainable method of harvesting coral calcium.

How do coral minerals work?

Minerals are pertinent to optimal health, calcium and other naturally occurring minerals in coral support the delicate pH balance of body fluids and tissues, calcium is also the most abundant mineral in the body. Coral calcium contains mostly calcium carbonate, though the presence of other trace minerals is important to the action of this mineral supplement. Coral calcium is often used to increase the alkalinity of blood and other bodily fluids.

Many people today have mineral deficiencies because the soil has become depleted through harmful farming practices and the constant consumption of processed foods. When minerals are supplied naturally, in an absorbable form, your health will improve.

Coral Calcium has many benefits such as helping in treating multiple sclerosis, treating and/or preventing cancer and in treating heart disease. There is only a little bit of research on the benefits of Coral Calcium, so there is little evidence in supporting these benefits. However in the little research about this calcium does say that there is anti-inflammatory properties, anti-cancer properties, bone repair, and neurological benefits of coral.

People with shellfish allergies may develop allergic reactions after ingesting coral calcium supplements.

IF YOU HAVE SHELLFISH ALLERGIES DO NOT INGEST CORAL CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS WITHOUT CONSULTING A DOCTOR.

SHIELD Daily Spray may help to:

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Aloe Vera

How Aloe Vera plant looks like.

Aloe Vera is a very versatile ingredient, that contains many health benefits. It is a cactus-like plant that grows and thrives in hot, dry climates. It can be taken either topically and/or orally. It is native to North Africa, Southern Europe and the Canary Islands. Aloe Vera is typically grown in tropical climates, It is grown in tropical climates worldwide! Aloe Vera has many benefits and uses, Benefits and uses such as:

Aloe vera gel is widely known to relieve sunburn and help heal wounds. Did you know that this plant can be used for so much more than sunburn relief and household décor?

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The coating of aloe vera on vegetables and fruits may prolong freshness, A study looked at tomato plants coated with aloe gel, the report showed evidence that the coating successfully stopped the growth of many types of harmful bacteria on the vegetables. Similar results were found in another study with apples, which means aloe gel could eliminate spoilage and eliminate the need for pesticides and other dangerous chemicals that extend the shelf life of produce.

What the inside of aloe vera looks like
  1. An alternative to mouthwash

In a study researchers found that aloe vera extract is a safe and effective alternative to chemical-based mouthwashes. The plant’s natural ingredients, including a healthy dose of vitamin C, can block plaque, and also provide relief if you have bleeding and/or swollen gums. Aloe vera is an ingredient in some oral products like toothpastes and mouthwashes. If you use these products on a regular basis it can prevent or treat gum disease. Drinking aloe juice can also be a way to include aloe vera to your dental hygiene.

  1. Reducing your blood sugar

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), people with type 2 diabetes can’t regulate blood sugar levels on their own, and people with the health condition must count on many things such as: diet changes, exercise, stress management, sometimes oral medications and insulin. According to a study ingesting two tablespoons of aloe vera juice daily can cause blood sugar levels to drop with people that have type 2 diabetes. This means that aloe vera can be in diabetes treatment one day.

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  1. Skin Care

Aloe vera is probably one of the most widely used herbal remedy for topical skin conditions. It can be used to keep your skin clear and hydrated. This could be because the plant thrives in dry, unstable climates and in order to survive these conditions, the plant’s leaves store water. These water-dense leaves with gel-like components make aloe an effective face moisturizer and pain reliever. However your face is very sensitive and aloe vera must be used correctly and in a controlled environment. Which means do not apply the raw aloe onto your face often it can be dangerous, use a face cream that professionals created and also research each product before purchasing.

If you have diabetes, consult a doctor before taking any aloe vera products

Shield Spray

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Description:

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The 15 Benefits of Mangoes

In Jamaica it is Mangoes season, we have various types of Mango trees and I am very blessed to have a few trees in my garden.

Mango trees are one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. Beyond the sweet, luscious taste of mangoes, they also contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that assure your optimum health.

Here are a few benefits:

  1. Mangoes contain enzymes for breaking down protein and are rich in Fiber, so if you have at least one mango every day, you are almost guaranteed to prevent constipation, piles, and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  2. Mangoes are rich in Potassium (4% in 156 mg) and Magnesium (2% in 9 mg) and are a great remedy for high blood pressure.
  3. Mangoes can prevent Cancer; research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruits have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.mangoes
  4. Mangoes are closely related to Skin Care. Other than bringing a healthy glow to your face, they also help to lighten skin color and treat acne by opening the clogged pores of the skin. Unclogging the pores of the skin is the most effective way to eliminate acne. You don’t need to eat them every day; you can remove the pulp and apply it on the skin for around 10 minutes, then rinse it off.
  5. Mangoes Alkalize the whole body; Remember that cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment. Mango is rich in tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid that primarily help in maintaining the alkali reserve of the body.
  6. Mangoes lowers Cholesterol; the high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels
  7. Mangoes can help with your Sex Drive; the vitamin E content in these fruits can even help boost your sex life by triggering the activity of your sex hormones.
  8. Mangoes improves Eyes Health; one cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
  9. Mangoes delay Aging; they contain high amounts of vitamin A and C, which help produce collagen proteins inside the body. Collagen helps protect blood vessels and the body’s connective tissues, thereby slowing down the natural aging process.
  10. Mangoes promote Brain Health; they have abundant quantities of vitamin B6, which is vital for maintaining and improving the brain’s function and contribute to help with mood and sleeping patterns. The glutamine acid content in mangoes also improves concentration and memory.
  11. Mangoes may help with Diabetes; mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood ~ boil mango leaves in water, soak through the night and then consume the filtered concoction in the morning~  Mangoes also have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
  12. Mangoes are providing Iron for women; they are rich in iron, hence it is a great natural solution for people suffering from anemia. Menopausal and pregnant women can indulge in mangoes as this will increase their iron levels and calcium at the same time.
  13. Mangoes can be part of a weight loss aid; they have a lot of vitamins and nutrients that help the body feel fuller. Also, the fibrous fruit boosts the digestive function of the body by burning additional calories, helping in weight loss.
  14. Mangoes can boost your Immune System; mangoes are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful carotenoid. This element helps to enhance the immune system and make it resistant to bacteria and toxins.
  15. Mangoes can avoid Asthma; beta-carotene can lower your risk for developing asthma.

 

Nutrition of one cup of mango with Daily Value:  

  • 105 calories
  • 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
  • 25 percent vitamin A  (antioxidant and vision)
  • 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
  • 9 percent healthy probiotic fiber
  • 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
  • 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
  • 4 percent magnesium

Mangoes also provide calcium; iron; and powerful antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, quercetin, astragalin and beta-carotene.

 

How to use Mangoes?

Mangoes keep relatively well. Unripe fruit can be left to ripen at room temperature; a fruit that is still green will ripen in a week, or faster if it is placed in a paper bag. Mangoes taste best when eaten at peak ripeness. Ripe mangoes can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks. Mangoes can be frozen, cooked in syrup or puréed; sugar and lime or lemon juice may be added if desired.

 

Cautions when using mangoes:

Since mangoes are of the same family of pistachios or cashews, if you have an allergy to pistachios or cashews, then you should probably avoid mangoes.

If you have a latex allergy, a reaction is possible with mangos, particularly green mangos. This reaction develops because of anacardic acid

Mangos are ripened by some dealers using calcium carbide, which can cause serious health problems (one more reason to buy organic). If you do have inorganic mangoes, wash them properly before consuming or soak overnight in water.

Mango peel and sap contain urushiol, the chemical in poison ivy and poison sumac which can cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals.

 


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Are You Using Chia Seeds?

What are chia seeds?

Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, they are related to the mint and are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are black in color and they have a mild, nutty flavor. They are a whole-grain food, usually grown organically and are also non-GMO and naturally gluten free. They have become one of the most popular superfoods in the health community. They’re easy to digest when prepared properly and is a very versatile ingredient that can be easily incorporated to recipes. I love them in my porridge and salad! If you mix some seeds with water they can replace eggs in vegan cooking.

Yogurt with blueberry and chia seeds

Chia Seeds history

Back in the day chia seeds were also a very important food for the Aztecs and Mayans, they also prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. The word “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, only recently chia seeds became recognized as a modern-day superfood. In the past few years, they have exploded in popularity and are now consumed by health aware people all over the world.

Don’t be fooled by their size, these tiny seeds are packed with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. Chia seeds benefits are plentiful.

Chia seed ice-cream
  1. They are one of nature’s high-antioxidant foods which speed up the skin’s repair systems and prevent further damage or aging
  2. High fiber- One ounce (28 grams) of chia seeds contains 12 grams of carbs, 11 of those grams are fiber, which your body doesn’t digest. Fiber neither raises blood sugar nor requires insulin to be disposed of. Although it belongs to the carbohydrate family, its health effects are drastically different from those of digestible carbs like starch and sugar. The digestible carb content is only one gram per ounce (28 grams), which is very low. This makes chia seeds a low-carb friendly food. Fiber also feeds the friendly bacteria in your intestine, which is important. keeping your gut flora well fed is very crucial for your health. Chia seeds are 40% fiber by weight, making them one of the best sources of fiber in the world. A high fiber diet also reduces rick of constipation and promotes for a healthy digestive tract.
  3. Can help treat diabetes and several chronic deceases- High fasting blood sugar levels are a typical symptom of untreated type 2 diabetes, also consistently high fasting blood sugar levels are associated with an increased risk of several chronic diseases, including heart disease. Temporary spikes in blood sugar levels after meals may also have harmful health effects when excessively high on a daily basis. Animal studies have found that chia seeds may improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control, stabilizing blood sugar levels after meals. Also a few human studies support this by showing that eating bread that contains chia seeds lowers the post-meal rise in blood sugar compared to bread that doesn’t include any chia seeds.
  4. Chia seeds are among the top plant-based protein which helps you build muscle and lose weight. Chia seeds have a good balance of essential amino acids, so your body should be able to make use of their protein content. Protein has various health benefits and is by far the most weight loss friendly dietary nutrient. A high protein intake lowers appetite and has been shown to reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60% and the desire for night time snacking by 50%. Chia seeds are an excellent protein source especially for people who eat little to no animal products.
  5. High in nutrients which are important to bone health- Chia seeds are high in several nutrients that are important for bone health. This includes calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. The calcium content is particularly impressive 18% of the recommended daily intake in a single ounce (28 grams). Gram for gram, chia seeds are higher than most dairy products. As a result, chia seeds may be considered an excellent source of calcium for people who don’t eat dairy or are lactose in tolerant. However, chia seeds also contain phytic acid, which reduces calcium absorption to some extent.

It is very important that you mix chia seeds with another food or liquid. DO NOT swallow dry chia seeds, because when the seeds are mixed with water or any liquid they form a thick gel.

Are you using Chia seeds? And how do you like to take them?

Kathy

Coriander And Its Healing Power

Coriander germinating

About Coriander

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an aromatic Mediterranean plant, which comes from the  Apiaceae family which contains 3,700 species, including parsley, carrots, and celery. All parts of the Coriandrum sativum plant are edible, its seeds and leaves taste different. While coriander seeds have an earthy flavor, the leaves are pungent and citrus-like, some people find that they taste like soap.

For those cilantro-haters for whom the plant tastes like soap, the issue is genetic. These people have a variation in a group of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to strongly perceive the soapy-flavored aldehydes in cilantro leaves. This genetic quirk is usually only found in a small percent of the population, though it varies geographically (To those of you who were cursed with the DNA-coded dislike for cilantro, don’t worry, most of cilantro’s health benefits can be found in other herbs as well.)

The word coriander can be used to describe the entire plant: leaves, stems, seeds, and all. But when speaking of coriander, most people are referring to the spice produced from the seeds of the plant. The leaves of the plant are commonly called cilantro, which comes from the Spanish word for coriander, or Chinese parsley, the roots also appear in culinary use as a pungent addition to Thai curries. Coriander grows as a native plant around the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa and in the Americas. 

The plant produces a slender hollow stem 1 to 2.5 inches high with fragrant bipinnate leaves. The small flowers are pink or whitish and are borne in umbel clusters. The fruit is a small dry schizocarp consisting of two semiglobular fruits joined on the commisural, or inner, sides, giving the appearance of a single, smooth, nearly globular fruit about 0.2 inch in diameter. The yellowish brown fruits have a mild fragrance and has a taste similar to a combination of lemon peel and sage.

Coriander seeds have a pleasing lemony flavor and floral aroma. The flavor goes very well with cumin and many recipes include equal amounts of the spices together. The plant’s leaves and ripened seeds taste different and they cannot be replaced for each other. Fresh cilantro tastes pungent, and to some people, it tastes soapy.

How is cilantro cooked?

The whole seeds are sometimes used in pickling and brining. Coriander seeds are usually toasted and ground before used; otherwise, they can have a hard texture to chew. Ground coriander is used as a spice in dishes like curry and baked goods. Dry roast them in a pan or in the oven at a low temperature, then use a spice grinder to produce the ground coriander.

Uses of cilantro:

  1. Helps lower blood sugar- Coriander seeds, extract and oils might help lower blood sugar. People who have low blood sugar or take diabetes medication should practice caution with coriander because it’s so effective in lowering blood sugar. A study in rats with obesity and high blood sugar found that a certain dose of coriander seed extract decreased blood sugar which is similar to the effects of the blood sugar medication glibenclamide (gylburide). Animal studies suggest that coriander seeds reduce blood sugar by promoting enzyme activity that helps remove sugar from the blood.
  2. Immune-boosting antioxidants- Coriander offers several antioxidants, which prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals. Its antioxidants have been shown to fight inflammation in your body, compounds such as; terpinene, quercetin, and tocopherols, which could have anticancer, immune-boosting, and neuroprotective effects, according to animal studies
  3. Benefits heart health- Coriander extract appears to act as a diuretic, helping your body flush excess sodium and water. Which will aid in lowering your blood pressure. In populations that consume large amounts of coriander, among other spices, rates of heart disease tend to be lower, especially compared with people on the Western diet, which packs more salt and sugar.
  4. Promotes digestion and gut health- Oil extracted from coriander seeds may accelerate and promote healthy digestion. A 8-week study in 32 people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) found that 30 drops of a coriander-containing herbal medication taken three times daily significantly decreased abdominal pain, bloating, and discomfort, compared with a placebo group.
  5. Protects your skin- Coriander has several skin benefits, including mild rashes like dermatitis. In one study, its extract failed to treat diaper rash in infants on its own but could be used alongside other soothing compounds as an alternative treatment. Other studies note that the antioxidants in coriander extract help to prevent cellular damage that leads to accelerated skin aging, as well as skin damage from ultraviolet B radiation. Furthermore, many people utilize coriander leaf juice for skin conditions like acne, pigmentation, oiliness, or dryness.

Kathy

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