Healthy Tidbits

 

Edible Flowers

Need some extra Vitamin C in your diet? Well, mosey out your back door and much on some daylilies! Daylilies, marigolds, dandelions, pumpkin flowers, pansies, and nasturtiums are appearing in mainstream food centers. Can you believe it?!

According to Elaine Glusoe in “Petals on a Platter”, may of these petals contain high concentrations of vitamins and minerals, such as phosphorus in dandelions and potassium in pumpkin flowers. She says that the most vibrantly colored types, like nasturtiums and marigolds, boast free radical fighting antioxidants. Press a few posies into soft cheese, put them in salads, or float your favorite blossoms in chilled soup.

Now you have an alternative to popping all of your vitamin pills!!!

Relieve PMS Symptoms

Chaste-Tree Berry

  • Helps balance the hormones estrogen and progesterone
  • Reduces bloating
  • Can be used safely

Reported by M. Castleman

Magnesium

Harvard University Researchers say “the more magnesium in your diet, the less likely you are to develop type 2 diabetes”.

Foods rich in magnesium are:

  • Avocados
  • Almonds
  • Whole grains
  • Shrimp

* Taking extra magnesium tablets is also recommended. Taking higher levels than recommended is best!

Two-Minute Stress Buster

  • Sit in a straight-back chair, feet resting comfortably on the floor. Close your eyes, and breathe in through your nose in 4 equal breaths. Hold the breaths for a few seconds, then exhale out, through the nose or mouth, with two strong exhales. Repeat four inhalations and 2 exhalations for one to two minutes. Then relax and breathe normally.
  • Using your thumb, block off your right nostril and breathe in and out in slow equal breaths through your left nostril only. Reverse the process and breathe only out through your right nostril. Repeat three to four times on each side for 20- to 30-second cycles. Relax breaths, and breathe normally.
  • Relax in a comfortable chair and put your feet up on a stool. With your feet hanging, slightly off the stool, draw the alphabet in the air with both feet. Carefully outline each letter – A through Z – using large circular movements.
  • Natural face lifts!! (Repeat ten times.) Squint your face, close your eyes tightly, and tighten our jaw – hold for 6 seconds. Then quickly open your mouth wide, open your eyes as far as possible, and stretch your tongue out as far as possible – hold for 6 seconds. Repeat this series four to six times, then relax your face.

Enjoy and use your Two-Minute Stress Busters as often as needed.

FYIs

  • “400 IU of Vitamin E and 200 mcg of selenium daily can significantly reduce the incidence of prostate and other cancers.” – S. Marks, MD
  • “For digestive problems, chew a fresh slice of ginger or make ginger tea. Eat good organic yogurt daily – it replenishes bacteria in the colon.” – A. Minocha, MD
  • Fish that are high in mercury include tuna steak, swordfish, shark, and king mackerel.
  • “Women ages 50 to 79 who walk briskly for at least an hour most days have 18% lower risk of breast cancer.” – A. McTierman, MD

Wonder Drug

by Mary Jo Ruggieri

Steep it, boil it, use it as a cream. It prevents tumors from forming, reduces high cholesterol, helps digestion, inhibits the growth of prostate cancer, enhances the function of the immune system, and even promotes weight loss. It has thousands of years of use without any adverse effects and is one of the most researched substances in modern medical history! It comes from the camellia sinensis plant and its anti-carcinogenic effects come from the group of polyphenols called catechins.

If you haven’t a clue what “it” is by now, read on.

Long used in China as a medicine, this wonder drug called green tea has been a source of great health benefits for centuries.

The monk Eisai who founded Zen Buddhism in Japan in 1211 wrote a book on the wondrous benefits of drinking green tea. He believed that green tea was a miraculous medicine with extraordinary power to heal and prolong life.

Thousands of years later, medical research centers, including The Ohio State University, have lined up their grants and research teams to study every possible aspect of the healing qualities of green tea. The major focus is how the “catechins” in green tea prevent cancer. Imagine cancer prevention in a tea cup!

In 1990, the Japanese Journal of Cancer Research reported that consumption of green tea lowered the risk of colon cancer. Other studies have clearly shown that two or more cups of green tea per day decrease the risk fo pancreatic cancer by 60 percent. Laboratory studies reveal that the flavonoids of green tea (polyphenols or catechins) are primarily responsible for green tea’s antioxidant properties. Green tea’s antioxidant activity – more effective than the combination of vitamis C, E, and beta carotene – is the key to all the cancer prevention data.

Nadine Taylor, in her book Green Tea, explained ways in which the catechins in green tea may prevent cancer:

  • Lowering the toxicity of certain carcinogens, reducing their cancer-causing potential.
  • Interfering with the binding of cancer-causing substances to the DNA of healthy cells
  • Antioxidants protecting the body against free radical damage
  • Working with antioxidants and enzymes in the small intestine, liver, and lungs to prevent tumors from starting or activating.

The May issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine included an extensive research review on green tea. In this review, evidence was derived from data indicating that long-term consumption of green tea is without any adverse effects and may be associated with significant health benefits.

Because of its popularity, finding green tea is not a problem. Becoming a well-informed connoisseur of green tea is another story.

  • Higher quality teas preserve their polyphenols. Choose one that includes tea leaf tips or whole leaves. If the leaf fragments are broken, the quality of the tea declines.
  • Most high-quality green tea is yellow-green in color. Light green tea may have a more mellow taste.
  • Specific names for specialty teas are Hyson, Gunpowder and Dragonwell. Sencha is a common green tea from Japan. Using organic tea eliminates any pesticides and toxic qualities.

Brewing a good pot of green tea is an art and essential to the quality of the process.

  • Start with fresh, cold spring or bottled water and bring the water to a high boil.
  • Place one teaspoon of loose tea per cup of water, or one tea bag, in a warmed tea pot.
  • Pour the water over the leaves. Steep two to three minutes.
  • When using a tea ball, only fill it half way; the leaves will swell during steeping.

Don’t throw the used tea leaves away! Place the leaves around your plants, use as a mulch, for washing your face, as a disinfectant for minor cuts, soaking your feet, or, in your spare time, make a mixture of green tea and organic cream for facials.


Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment. For medical needs, consult your Medical Doctor, Dietitian, or Mental Health Practitioner.