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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Beating Illness with Beets

Does your daily diet pass muster for building better blood pressure, a stronger immune system and a smoothly functioning  liver and gall bladder? If beets aren't on it, maybe not.  Beets have a rich supply of beta carotene to speed tissue repair, detoxify the bloodstream and fight brain fatigue.They are also high in betaine, a vitamin-like substance that aids in brain function plus  folate, the anti-depression B vitamin. Beets supply vitamin C and rank among the top 5 sources of anti aging antioxidants.To benefit the most, juice both the beet root and the leaves and combine with other carotene-rich foods such as carrots, spinach or squash.
Read more in my book SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Throwaway Nutrition

Don't neglect the butt. A cup of broccoli stalks (pare away the tough outer skin and you can julienne or cube the insides for salads or use as crudites with a creamy dip) has slightly  more calcium than a cup of ice cream, with zero fat. Broccoli leaves offer more  vitamin  A than the stalks and this is the only part of the plant supplying vitamin E.  Likewise the core of the cauliflower is rich in vitamin C and the cauliflower leaves we often discard supply more calcium, iron and vitamins and C than the flowery heads we usually opt for.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Pickled Pepper Pain Relief

Put away the Aleve. Reach for Capsicum frutesceus  (common garden peppers) to oust aches.  the capaicin in peppers helps with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by increasing DNA synthesis and triggering production of pain-depressing collagenase and prostaglandin.. As a cream, pepper-derived capsaicin can relieve the itch of psoriasis and the pain of the shingles.Got a cold? Loosen phlegm with a cocktail of  red ad green peppers juiced with carrots.