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Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

By Michael Greger M.D.
February 28, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Natural Remedies, Spices, Vegan

Historians from all around the world have produced evidence to show that apparently all primitive peoples used herbs, often in a sophisticated way.[1]

Quinine from Cinchona bark was used to treat the symptoms of malaria long before the disease was identified, and the raw ingredients of a common aspirin tablet have been a popular painkiller for far longer than we have had access to tablet-making machinery.

Indeed, today many pharmacological classes of drugs include a natural product prototype that we originally discovered through the study of traditional cures and folk knowledge of indigenous people.

There’s a plant in South Asia called Adhatoda (from adu meaning “goat,” and thoda meaning “not touch” because it’s so bitter even the goats won’t eat it). It has compounds that help open one’s airways and as such, Adhatoda tea has been used traditionally to treat asthma, with the leaves steeped with black peppercorns. …read more of Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels here

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Using a Plant-Based Diet to Prevent Cancer

By Neal Barnard M.D.
February 8, 2015
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Vegan

A new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) shows that most Americans have only a vague notion about what causes cancer. Only 35 percent know that red meat is linked to an increased cancer risk, and fewer than half of Americans realize that a plant-based, high-fiber diet can actually reduce their odds of getting cancer. According to the AICR, nearly 340,000 cancer cases per year are preventable with lifestyle changes.

My colleagues at the Physicians Committee and I developed a set of recommendations that everyone can follow to reduce their cancer risk. These six easy dietary guidelines were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition to increase the focus on prevention. …read more of Using a Plant-Based Diet to Prevent Cancer here

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Super Healthy, Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
January 28, 2015
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan

Photo: Juan Carlo

Pizza, salsa, dips  and chips are typical game day munchies, but there’s something really special about a hearty bowl of spicy chili on Super Bowl Sunday.

Chili is a universal favorite, an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd and is easy to make in advance. This is especially true in Texas, where the dish was born well over a century ago.

Chili Con Carne means pepper with meat, traditionally a dish of highly seasoned beef, slow cooked with chili peppers. Records discovered by Everette DeGolyer (1886-1956), a Dallas millionaire and chili enthusiast, indicate that chili was first invented around 1850 by Texas cowboys. …read more of Super Healthy, Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili here

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Chambers Farms’ Outstanding Harvest and Unique Roasted Soy Flour

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
January 20, 2015
File under: DIY, Food Production, Gluten-free, GMO, Healthy Eating, Saving Money, Vegan

The Chambers Family has been farming on the same fertile land in Iowa near the Minnesota Border for 131 years.

Samuel Chambers, a veteran of the Civil War and his wife, Elenora settled just outside Corwith Iowa in 1883.   The couple had traveled from Ohio and lived in the upper portion of the barn they built on the land until a house could be built. Wild hay was the cash crop at this time.

The family built a granary in which one room was lathed and plastered to serve as a school.  Some students traveled long distances and would stay at the Chambers house, if a storm came in.  …read more of Chambers Farms’ Outstanding Harvest and Unique Roasted Soy Flour here

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Delicious Gingerbread ~High Protein, Low Fat and Fabulous

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
December 29, 2014
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Vegan

And I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread. ~William Shakespeare, “Love’s Labor’s Lost”

While Ginger originated in Southeast Asia, it has a long history of being cultivated in other countries and has been considered a therapeutic root for more than 5000 years in India and China.

In Sanskrit the root was known as srigavera, which translates to ‘root shaped like a horn’ – a fitting name for ginger’s unusual appearance.

Ginger imparts warming and stimulating properties that stimulate circulation and enhance blood flow in the body. Ayurveda, the ancient healing science of India and modern science concur in recommending ginger for a wide range of ailments from joint pain and motion sickness to enhanced digestibility.

The origins of gingerbread date back to the ancient world and an early form of gingerbread can be traced to the Greeks and Egyptians who used it for ceremonial purposes. The ancient Romans used ginger extensively and the Arabs took over the trade when the Roman Empire fell. …read more of Delicious Gingerbread ~High Protein, Low Fat and Fabulous here

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