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Raw Foods, Superfoods, Medicinal Plants: A to C

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ACACIA

Many Acacia species have uses in traditional medicine. Most have a scientific basis.In Ayurvedic medicine, Acacia nilotica is considered a remedy that is helpful for treating premature ejaculation … MORE on Acacia.

ACAI

The latest rain forest berry touted as a superfruit, acai may be receiving more accolades then it really deserves. It has excellent nutritional properties, but its price variance over other superfruit extracts may not be warranted. Most products contain little acai in them and are mixed with other fruits. Acai in your diet is beneficial. Just don’t buy into all the hype it is receiving MORE on Acai.

AGUAJE

Aguaje is another edible fruit from South America’s Peruvian rainforest, best known for the Acai berry. Aguaje is an edible fruit on a palm tree that contains a higher concentration of beta-carotene (Vitamin A), a potent anti-oxidant, than most known superfruits … MORE on Aguaje.

ALGAE

Although Chlorella and Spirulina are well known algae genus, algae are numerous in specie with different amazing nutritional benefit … MORE on Algae – a major league superfood.

ALOE VERA

The Aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. It is grown in most subtropical and tropical locations, including South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today. Oral use of aloe for constipation is no longer recommended although oral use of aloe vera juice for one to several weeks as part of cleansing is increasingly common … MORE on Aloe.

ANNATTO

Annatto originates from tropical regions, mostly in central and South America, where the Achiote tree grows. Indigenous South American tribes have used young shoots of the tree to make a tea that works as an antidysenteric, aphrodisiac, astringent, to treat skin problems, fevers, liver disease and hepatitis.  These tribes also used annatto as an acid reducer to treat heartburn, for digestion, as a mild laxative, to increase urination, liver health, to reduce blood pressure and as an expectorant and cough suppressant … MORE on Annato.

ANTLER

Until recently, the nutritional and healing properties of antler has been unknown in western medicine despite part of Chinese, Indian, Russia and other medicine systems for 2000 years. Modern research confirms elk antler in particular helps reduce inflammation, regenerative joint and ligament properties, helps metabolism, supports immune function, and has other anti-aging properties. Antler nutritional profile  including essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, minerals, and other micro nutrients. More soon …

APPLE

An apple a day keeps the doctor away is a well deserved accolade. Apples do so much but are best known for helping your heart, lowering bad cholesterol, normalizing blood pressure and preventing digestive disorders … MORE on Apple.

APRICOTS

Super healing fruit? Many think so. The book super healing foods started controversy suggesting apricots, not apples, were the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden story! One of the oldest living persons areas in the world are the Hunzas in the Himalayans. Known as Khubani to the Hanza, apricots are a significant part of their diets … MORE on Apricots.

ARTICHOKES

We have not yet completed our artichoke research, but to read a short post on artichokes by one of our members, click here.

ASHWAGANDA

Ashwaganda is the most well known Ayurvedic botanical. It rejuvenates nervous system, immune boosting, anti anxiety and anti depression, anti-inflamatory and anti-aging. mind power herb. Hasphytonutrients, aminos and vitamins like choline in it. Scientists have discovered that the Indian herb ashwagandha counters some of the oxidative damage generated by nervous tension.ashwagandha shows great promise for being effective in reducing inflammation, decreasing stress, increasing mental activity, invigorating the body, and as an antioxidant … MORE on Ashwaganda.

ASPARAGUS

Cool grandmothers take young grandchildren wild asparagus hunting (and wild mushroom hunting) because a child’s eyes can spot asparagus shoots and flowers long off. Over 100 varieties of asparagus exist in the world. For at least 2000 years it has been known as a healing food and used therapeutically for disorders from toothaches to infertility to cardiovascular disease. More on … MORE on Asparagus.

AVACADO

There are 13 vitamins that the body absolutely needs: vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate). Avocados naturally contain many of these vitamins … MORE on Avacado.

BANANAS

Because of their impressive potassium content, bananas are highly recommended by doctors for patients whose potassium is low. One large banana, about 9 inches in length, packs 602 mg of potassium and only carries 140 calories. That same large banana even has 2 grams of protein but there is a lot more to know about this valuable fruit … MORE on Bananas.

BARLEY

This supergrain is rich in niacin (helps hair and skin) and cancer-fighting lignans. This soluble fiber also is believed to keep your cholesterol levels healthy, reducing your risk of heart disease.

BEANS

Beans are referred to as beans, as legumes, as pulses or grams. They come in over 1000 varieties globally and are good protein sources, helpful for the heart, aid healthy blood sugar levels, improve digestion and support immune system performance. They rank as a superfood … MORE on Beans.

BEE PROPOLIS

The Honey Bee is one of the most highly organized insect in nature. Honey is not the only noteworthy product of these amazing insects. Propolis, also called ‘bee glue,’ is a sticky resin that is found in the bark and buds of certain trees such as evergreens or other conifers. Bees collect this resin and take it back to the hive where it is used as insulation- to pack up holes and cracks. It is also used as an antiseptic which lines the walls of the hive, creating a sterile environment. This substance helps protect the hive against disease and infection … MORE on Bee Propolis. Propolis is composed of around 50-70 percent resin, 30 percent wax, 10 percent oils and 5 percent pollen. It is very rich in amino acids, carotene, vitamins, bioflavonoid, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus … MORE on bee nutrition bounty.

BEETS

Beets are amongst that rarity of plants, a root vegetable with a second super healing leafy green vegetable attached. Beets are a rejuvenative  food for nearly every organ in the body according to the American College of Clinical Nutrition and an effective healing agent for many disorders … MORE on Beets.

BERRIES

The health and healing benefits of berries are well known. As new berries from around the world are discovered by the health industry, many time exaggerated claims are made and old well known berries like blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and raspberries are taken more for granted. Individual berry types are covered in this library but [CLICK HERE] for information on the nutritional and health benefits of berries as a specie.

BILBERRY

Bilberry is a relative of blueberry, cranberry, and huckleberry, and its fruit looks and tastes much like the American blueberry. The key nutrient compounds in bilberry fruit are called anthocyanosides having potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties … MORE on Blueberries.

BLACK CURRANT SEED

Plant super seeds like chia, flax, hemp and lesser known black current seeds have amazing nutritional profiles and are a sustainable sources of essential fatty acids. Black currant seed (BCSO) oil is the most chemically stable of the plant-based fatty acid oils. Its profile includes Omega-3 stearidonic acid and Omega-6 alpha-linoleic acid (LA) and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA).  This makes it the Omega 6 & 3 fatty acid oil of choice for those suffering from dry eye disease and other silent inflammation-based diseases, particularly mucosal tissue inflammation. Stearidonic acid is also found in hemp seed oil and the blue-green algae Spirulina. These plants are not dependent on Omega 3 ALA delta-6 desaturase metabolic activity to produce SA, as is Flax Seed Oil, which has been used as a fairly successful treatment for dry eye systemic inflammation for years, in spite of limited conversion to Omega-3 EPA. This is probably not nutrition science that makes fish oil sellers happy. More on black currant seed and other plant oils can be found here.

BROCCOLI

Broccoli is widely considered a superstar vegetable with anti-aging benefits and helps prevent many disorders including cancer, cardiovascular disease, ulcers, and diabetes.Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable. Broccoli helps detox your body and nourishes all tissue and organs including the brain … MORE on Broccoli.

BURDOCK (Arctium lappa)

Key Attributes: antiseptic, detox, diuretic, cleansing tonic

Burdock is most famous for its blood cleansing abilities.  It is widely used to treat skin conditions caused by an overload of toxins, like eczema, psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis.  As a powerful detoxifier with mild bitter properties, it is useful to maintain liver and digestive health as well. The burdock root is the most commonly used part in formulations targeting cell cleansing of waste and toxic products. MORE on Burdock including photos and recipes.

CANNABIS (Hemp) SATIVA OR INDICA

Hemp, or Cannabis (sativa or indica), is an annual plant in the Cannabaceae  family. Humans have cultivated this herb throughout recorded history as a source of industrial fiber, seed oil, and food. Humans have long used parts of the plant as a medicine and spiritual tool. Each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use … MORE on Hemp-Cannabis

CARROTS

Carrots are widely known for helping eye health. What is not so widely known is they fight cancer and many other diseases as well. Carrots even help your skin. Carrots are nutrient rich and improve your overall health and wellbeing [MORE on carrots].

CAYENNE (Capsicum annuum, frutescens)

The spicy flavor of cayenne pepper is familiar to all, and it is easy to imagine that a food with so much kick has powerful medicinal benefits.  Cayenne is used to relieve pain and to stimulate circulation in the body. It is added to lotions and salves to draw nutrition to and waste away from the tissue it contacts. Cayenne is an excellent source for vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidant carotenoids such as beta-carotene.  Cayenne pepper is used in cooking to add intense flavor to cuisine all over the world, and its medicinal benefits are recognized by herbalists everywhere. The smaller, redder and hotter the pepper, the more beta-carotene … MORE on Cayenne.

CELERY

Ever wonder why celery is part of Bloody Mary’s? It is not because they are tall and garnish the glass well. It is because celery has been used since the Roman empire to balance acidic levels and dehydration after overindulgence. Celery is 90% water yet is a protective alkaline food, neutralizing acidosis, increasingly shown by research to cause all manner of degenerative conditions and inflammation … MORE on Celery.

CHAMOMILE

For thousands of years people have used chamomile tea and oils for their calming effects and for insomnia relief. Multiple tea bags steeped for 10 minutes or more may be needed to aid relaxation.

CHASTE TREE

Chaste Tree is possibly the most well known hormone balancer for women.  It is found in formulas made to address PMS, dysmenorrhea, menopause, and is useful to treat any type of imbalance caused by a disturbance in hormonal activity.  It is indicated when treating hormonal acne, during the period of rebalance experienced after discontinuing use of birth control pills, and also when trying to become pregnant, as it can increase fertility. Read more about Chaste Tree.

CHIA SEEDS

One tablespoon of these edible seeds has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal, plus bone-building calcium and heart-healthy omega-3s. Chia is also a good source of iron.

CHIRETTA (Andrographis Paniculata)

Native to India, Chiretta stimulates digestive and liver function. It is used historically primarily as a digestive and liver processing aid in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Western herbal medicine uses primarily emphasize its immune support function. Key Actions: Anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant and liver function [MORE].

CHLORELLA

Chlorella is one of nature’s undisputed superfoods along with Spirulina. In fact, it is thought that chlorella contains every nutrient needed by the body.  Some of the things that can be found in chlorella include protein, all of the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, minerals including calcium, zinc, magnesium, and potassium, trace minerals, omega 3 fatty acids, nucleic acids, and chlorophyll. Click on MORE to learn all about Chlorella.

CILANTRO (also known as Coriander)

Cilantro (also called Coriander), is a flat-leaf green herb closely resembling Italian Parsley in appearance and because of the similarity, is sometimes called Chinese Parsley. Cilantro is used to enhance flavor while providing an abundance of nutrients.  It contains the phytonutrients carvone, geraniol, limonene, borneol, camphor, elemol, and linalool.  Flavanoids found in this nutritious herb include quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, apigenin. Phenolic acid compounds caffeic and chlorogenic acid are provided as well.  Cilantro also harbors the dodecenal compound, giving it an antibacterial effect.  Studies have shown this powerful herb can be twice as effective in the treatment of Salmonella when compared to the common antibiotic drug gentamicin. Read more about Cilantro/Coriander.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon has been a popular spice popular amongst royalty since antiquity. Modern research confirms cinnamon offers many medicinal benefits including helping diabetes, weight loss and immune system boosting. Read more on Cinnamon.

CLOVER (Trifolium)

Clover is a wild plant that is a primary food source for grazing cattle and other animals. It has also been used medicinally to treat a number of conditions and is high in vitamins and minerals. Traditionally, these have included cancer, whooping cough, respiratory problems, and skin inflammations, such as psoriasis and eczema. Red clover, particularly its flower, is commonly used medicinally. It was thought to “purify” the blood by acting as a diuretic (helping the body get rid of excess fluid) and expectorant (helping clear lungs of mucous), improving circulation, help cleanse the liver, menopausal symptoms, and to treat skin conditions. It can be a mild laxative. Read more to learn more about nutrition and medicinal uses of clover and watch our selected video.

COCONUT

Coconuts have been found to be a very valuable plant source particularly due to their “good” medium chain fats. More people are cooking with coconut oil and coconut water and oil supplements have gained in popularity during 2010. There is some evidence coconut oil supplementation can quickly improve memory and brain function (watch this video). Our Essential Fatty Acid pages has much more related information.

COFFEE (read this intro article)

CORIANDER (See Cilantro)


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