In today’s news, I report on HIBISCUS TEA. Hibiscus is a beautiful, flowering plant that ranges in colors from stunning crimson to exotic pink. It has several species, but it is the Hibiscus sabdarifa species that is the most medicinally significant. I first became familiar with the tea 11 years ago when I was helping a client enhance her nutrition after she reported that she had high blood pressure. Rigorous studies have shown that hibiscus tea has several health benefits, including naturally supporting efforts to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol. As an antihypertensive agent, it is most helpful to those who have mild to moderately high blood pressure due to its diuretic properties. It is without side effects and may be greatly helpful in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Because hibiscus tea contains several potent antioxidants, including a group called anthocyanins, it may help reduce the oxidation (damage caused by free radicals) of LDL cholesterol and thus reduce the risk of clogged arteries- formally known as atherosclerosis. There’s more! Hibiscus tea is an effective aid against the fungus that promotes frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), is helpful in speeding up the metabolism for gradual but steady weight loss, improves the strength of the immune system, fights inflammation and may induce apoptosis, or programmed cancer cell death.
Here is how to enjoy or support health with hibiscus tea:
In today’s news, I report on TURMERIC and its most active constituent, CURCUMIN. This aromatic golden yellow spice is ground from the roots of the turmeric herb which is native to Southeast Asia and to India. Within the roots of whole turmeric are volatile oils and active compounds, called curcuminoids. Each of these constituents has its characteristic health benefits. Curcumin, the plant nutrient that is the most active of turmeric’s curcuminoids and thus, best-studied, has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. Curcumin is extracted and consumed as a supplement since it is difficult to get meaningful amounts of it from turmeric spice alone (curcumin makes up only 3% of turmeric powder by weight). Additionally, curcumin is fat-soluble and should be taken with other foods that contain fat or with absorption enhancers such as lecithin, turmeric oil, vitamin E, or piperine (black pepper; and the one I least prefer due to the irritation that can be sustained by GI tract as a result of the piperine) within the supplement. I re-iterate that curcumin is not the only health-promoting substance in turmeric but it is the most active and the most studied, therefore, when many articles tout the benefits of turmeric, they are often referencing curcumin.
Here are examples of health benefits that turmericpowder and curcumin exert:
In today’s news, I will be reporting to you about GHEE –the healthy clarified butter. Some people actually call it liquid gold! It is made by boiling unsalted butter and then separating all the residual milk solids and water until only the beautiful, bright yellow oil remains. This oil can either be refrigerated so that it can solidify or it can remain at room temperature for several hours until a solid. Since the milk solids have been separated, the lactose (milk sugar) and casein (milk protein) content is little to none, making ghee tolerable to most people who have dairy sensitivities. Here are some health benefits of using ghee:
In today’s news, I will highlight the benefits of making hemp seeds a part of your eating style.
If you need more protein in your dietary regime because you don’t eat meat, have difficulty taking in enough protein, or simply want an option for a plant-based protein, know that Hemp seeds contain significant amounts of the amino acids, including all the essential amino acids, making it a perfect protein and excellent for those who need to consume other sources of protein. Like the complete plant-based protein, quinoa, hemp protein is highly digestible.
I want to welcome and thank all the new readers from our recent (and yearly) Montgomery, Alabama seminar and from the first Trinidad-Tobago webinar! I’m grateful for you and hope the information and insight you receive from these letters and the blog will benefit you often!