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Curcumin + Black Pepper

Friday, March 26, 2010

Curcumin is known for its anticancer properties, but this compound (found in the spice turmeric) is also making waves in Alzheimer's disease research. A study found that, compared with those who got a placebo, Alzheimer's patients who took 1 g of curcumin either as a supplement or mixed with food reduced the buildup of plaque in their brains. Howerer, curcumin tends to be poorly absorbed, so you'll need to mix it with black pepper to increase its absorption up to 2,000%.

Spice Up Your Palate: Turmeric has been used for centuries in Indian curries, but it may taste strong to an American palate. Start with 1/2 tsp daily. Once you get used to the flavor, mix it with black pepper to make a rub for fish or chicken.

Source: Prevention "Fit Over 40"

Green Tea plus Lemon

In a study of more than 40,500 Japanese men and women, those who drank five or more cups of green tea every day had the lowest risk of dying of heart disease and stroke. Researchers attribute the protective effect to catechins, powerful antioxidants. Trouble is, less than 20% of these relatively unstable compounds survive digestion. To get more out of every cup, squeeze in some lemon juice. The vitamin C in lemons helps your body absorb 13 times more catechins than it can obtain from plain tea alone, according to a Purdue University study.

Sip to Your Heart's Content with the catechin boost from vitamin C, you can help your heart by drinking just one or two cups daily, If lemons make you pucker, squeeze in some orane, lime, or grapefruit juice; they increase antioxidant absorption, too, though to a lesser extent. Just skip the milk-it actually interferes with absorption-and stick to freshly brewed tea, hot or iced.

Source: Prevention "Fit Over 40"

Berry-Banana Smoothie

1 banana, cut into chunks
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1 tsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp honey

Place banana, milk, blueberries, strawberries, peanut butter, and honey in blender. Process until well combined and smooth. Enjoy

Your Complete Guide to Beans and Other Legumes

Friday, March 12, 2010

The versatility of beans and other legumes makes them a flavorful side dish or addition to soups and salads. Beans and other legumes are a good source of protein and fiber and can be eaten fresh, dried, frozen, or canned (without sugar). Start with 1/3 to 1/2 cup serving. Avoid canned beans or other legumes that contain brown sugar, lard, or molasses.

Beans and other legumes are also extremely nutritious and can help improve your health. Here's how:

1. All legumes are a major source of soluble fiber, which helps to remove cholesterol from the body before it's absorbed.
2. The fiber in beans and other legumes also slows digestion and, as a result, prevents a sharp rise in blood-sugar levels, which helps prevent cravings.
3. In addition to fiber, legumes are high in protein, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, and B vitamins. And they contain no unhealthy fat.

There are an abundance of legume varieties including:

Adzuki beans, Black beans, Black-eyed peas, Broad beans, Butter beans, Cannellini beans, Chickpeas, Garbanzos, Edamame, Fava beans, Great northern beans, Italian beans, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Mung beans, Navy beans, Pigeon beans, Pinto beans, Refried bean, fat free, canned, Soybeans, Split peas,

Toenail or Fingernail Fungus Remedy

Oil of Oregano has been very effective in treating toenail or fingernail fungus. Look for oregano oil in softgel capsules. Usually about 150 mg per capsule. When the skin is affected, it's good to topically treat it but also to treat it internally. Take two capsules of oregano oil three times daily for about a week to 10 days. Additionally, pierce a capsule with a pin and squeeze the oil around the area affected by fungus. You may also want to use a q-tip saturated with oregano oil so that you can apply it under the toenail or fingernail. There has been excellent result with this treatment.

Rosemary Oil

Friday, March 05, 2010

Rosemary Oil is both a physical and mental stimulant, which makes it a good oil to have in the morning bath, while also being excellent in the treatment of all muscular conditions, making it the perfect oil for a bath after a long, tiring day. This antiseptic oil is used in the treatment of muscular sprains, arthritis, rheumatism, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine, headaches, coughs, flu, and diabetes, among other conditions. It is also very useful in beauty treatments, being used in hair care and acne and cellulite remedies. For the sportsman, cook, and gardener, rosemary is invaluable.

Exercise Lowers The Prostate Cancer Risk

A recent study conducted through Duke University clearly demonstrated a reduced risk of prostate cancer in men who exercise. Exercise has been shown to have numerous health benefits and now reduction of prostate cancer risk can be added to the list.
The latest research found that in men who exercised moderately, the equivalent of three or more hours of brisk walking a week, were two-thirds less likely than their sedentary counterparts to have prostate cancer. Of interest also was that among men who did have cancer, those who exercised at least one hour of walking a week, were less likely to have aggressive, faster growing cancers. In other words, men who exercised were less likely to get prostate cancer and if they did get cancer it was easier to cure.

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