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Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet.

It is loaded with antioxidants and bioactive compounds that can have powerful effects on the body.

This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits.

Here are the top 10 health benefits of green tea that have been scientifically proven to be true in human studies.

1. Green Tea Contains Various Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Beneficial Effects

Green tea is more than just green liquid.

Many of the bioactive compounds in the tea leaves do make it into the final drink, which contains large amounts of important nutrients.

It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants (1).

These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.

One of the more powerful compounds in green tea is called Epigallocatechin Gallate(EGCG), which has been studied in isolation to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties.

Green tea also contains some substances with a mild stimulant activity, which are responsible for its boost in brain function and physical performance:

    • Caffeine: tea contains some caffeine, but much less than coffee, making it a good alternative to coffee for those who are caffeine sensitive.
    • Theobromine: Also found in chocolate, theobromine can have a mild diuretic effect and improve blood flow, leading to a net reduction in blood pressure (2).
  • Theophylline: Found in small amounts in tea, theophylline can mildly stimulate the heart and relax the airways (3).

Then it contains a unique amino acid called L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. It can have mild anti-anxiety effects and may help to improve brain function (4).

Because of L-theanine and the smaller dose of caffeine, green tea can give you a much milder “buzz” than coffee.

Green tea also has small amounts of minerals that are important for health, including manganese.

Try to choose a higher quality brand, because some of the lower quality versions can contain excessive levels of fluoride (5).

That being said, even if you choose a lower quality version, the incredible benefits still far outweigh any risk.

Bottom Line: Green tea is loaded with bioactive compounds that can have various beneficial effects on health. These include powerful antioxidants and mild stimulants.

2. Green Tea Improves Brain Function and Makes You Smarter

A Cup of Green Tea

Green tea does more than just keep you awake, it can also make you smarter.

The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant.

It doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the “jittery” effects associated with too much caffeine.

What caffeine does in the brain is to block an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. This way, it actually increases the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine (67).

Caffeine has been intensively studied before and consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory (8).

However… green tea contains more than just caffeine. It also has the amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier (9).

L-theanine increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. It also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain (101112).

Studies show that caffeine and L-theanine can have synergistic effects. Thecombination of the two is particularly potent at improving brain function (1314).

Bottom Line: Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.

3. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance

Tea Plant

If you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplement, chances are that green tea will be on there.

This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate, in human controlled trials (15).

One mechanism may be caused by the EGCG inhibiting an enzyme called Catechol-o-methyl transferase, which breaks down norepinephrine.

By inhibiting this enzyme, EGCG increases norepinephrine activity, which functions as a signal to fat cells to break down fat.

Caffeine on its own can also increase the metabolic rate, but green tea boosts the metabolic rate more than can be explained by caffeine alone.

In one study in 10 healthy men, green tea increased energy expenditure by 4%. Another study showed that fat oxidation was increased by 17%, indicating that green tea may selectively increase the burning of fat (1617).

A combination of caffeine and EGCG has also been shown to increase metabolism, in one study making individuals burn an additional 179 calories in one day (18).

However, I’d like to point out that some studies on green tea don’t show any increase in metabolism, so the effects will depend on the individual (19).

Caffeine itself has also been shown to improve physical performance by mobilizing fatty acids from the fat tissues and making them available for use as energy (2021).

In two separate meta-analyses, caffeine has been shown to increase physical performance by 11-12%, on average (2223).

Bottom Line: Green tea contains moderate amounts of caffeine and large amounts of a bioactive compound called EGCG, both of which can boost the metabolic rate.

4. Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer

Green Tea With Pot And Cups

Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It is one of the world’s leading causes of death.

It is well known that oxidative damage contributes to the development of cancer and that antioxidants can have a protective effect (24).

Green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, so it makes perfect sense that it could reduce your risk of cancer, which it appears to do:

    • Breast cancer: A meta-analysis of observational studies found that whomen who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer, the most common cancer in women (25).
    • Prostate cancer: One study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men (26).
  • Colorectal cancer: A study of 69,710 Chinese women found that green tea drinkers had a 57% lower risk of colorectal cancer (27).

Multiple other observational studies show that green tea drinkers are significantly less likely to get various types of cancer (282930).

It is important to keep in mind that it may be a bad idea to put milk in your tea, because it can reduce the antioxidant value (31).

Bottom Line: Green tea has powerful antioxidants that may protect against cancer. Multiple studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of various types of cancer.

5. Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Elderly Man And Woman Holding Cups of Tea

Not only can green tea improve brain function in the short term, it may also protect your brain in old age.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in humans and a leading cause of dementia.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and involves the death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain.

Multiple studies show that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons in test tubes and animal models, potentally lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (323334).

Bottom Line: The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.

6. Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection

Green Tea in a Wooden Spoon

The catechins in green tea have other biological effects as well.

Some studies show that they can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infections (35363738).

Streptococcus mutans is the primary harmful bacteria in the mouth. It causes plaque formation and is a leading contributor to cavities and tooth decay.

Studies show that the catechins in green tea can inhibit the growth of streptococcus mutans. Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of caries (394041424344).

Another awesome benefit of green tea… multiple studies show that it can reduce bad breath (4546).

Bottom Line: The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can lower the risk of infections and lead to improvements in dental health, a lower risk of caries and reduced bad breath.

7. Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes

Iced Tea in a Glass

Type II diabetes is a disease that has reached epidemic proportions in the past few decades and now afflicts about 300 million people worldwide.

This disease involves having elevated blood glucose levels in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.

Studies show that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood glucose levels (4748).

One study in Japanese individuals found that those who drank the most green tea had a 42% lower risk of developing type II diabetes (49).

According to a review of 7 studies with a total of 286,701 individuals, green tea drinkers had an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic (50).

Bottom Line: Some controlled trials show that green tea can cause mild reductions in blood glucose levels. It may also lower the risk of developing type II diabetes in the long term.

8. Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Powdered Green Tea

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the biggest causes of death in the world (51).

Studies show that green tea can improve some of the main risk factors for these diseases.

This includes total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (52).

Green tea also dramatically increases the antioxidant capability of the blood, which protects the LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation, which is one part of the pathway towards heart disease (535455).

Given the beneficial effects on risk factors, it is not surprising to see that green tea drinkers have up to a 31% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (565758).

Bottom Line: Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

9. Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Becoming Obese

Cup of Green Tea With Leaves

Given that green tea can boost the metabolic rate in the short term, it makes sense that it could help you lose weight.

Several studies show that green tea leads to decreases in body fat, especially in the abdominal area (596061).

One of these studies was a randomized controlled trial in 240 men and women that went on for 12 weeks. In this study, the green tea group had significant decreases in body fat percentage, body weight, waist circumference and abdominal fat (62).

However, some studies don’t show a statistically significant increases in weight loss with green tea, so this needs to be taken with a grain of salt (63).

Bottom Line: Some studies show that green tea leads to increased weight loss. It is particularly effective at reducing the dangerous abdominal fat.

10. Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of Dying and Help You Live Longer

Glass And Bag of Tea

Of course, we all have to die eventually. That is inevitable.

However, given that green tea drinkers are at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, it makes sense that it could help you live longer.

In a study of 40,530 Japanese adults, those who drank the most green tea (5 or more cups per day) were significantly less likely to die during an 11 year period (64):

    • Death of all causes: 23% lower in women, 12% lower in men.
    • Death from heart disease: 31% lower in women, 22% lower in men.
  • Death from stroke: 42% lower in women, 35% lower in men.

Another study in 14,001 elderly Japanese individuals aged 65-84 years found that those who drank the most green tea were 76% less likely to die during the 6 year study period (65).

11. Anything Else?

Many of the studies mentioned above are so-called observational studies. Such studies can only show association, they can not prove that green tea caused the effects.

However, these results make perfect sense given the powerful effects of all the bioactive compounds.

If you want to enjoy all these incredible health benefits of green tea, then you can either drink a few cups of green tea per day or take a green tea extract supplement.

Interestingly… all of this is just the tip of the iceberg. People have been using green tea for all sorts of things with amazing success.

Feel free to add to the list in the comments below!

Natural Health, What Berries Work Best?

The news – that most people (still) need to hear – is that recent advancements in nutritional science have clearly shown that the food we consume can act as a powerful disease fighting tool. Scientists unanimously agree that the best protection one can get against diseases is by consuming a diverse range of fruits and vegetables.

Berries, in particular, have been a topic of interest due to their anti-aging, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Anthocyanin – the key to berry power

Berries are a nutrient-powerhouse to an array of vitamins including vitamins A, C, E and folic acid; minerals selenium, magnesium, calcium and antioxidant polyphenols and anthocyanins. The unique disease-fighting ability of the berries is due to the presence of the antioxidant anthocyanin. This particular type of antioxidant is dominant in the berry family, hence the superior health potency.

Anthocyanins are basically the blue / purple pigments that impart a bright color to the berries. Many studies have directly linked anthocyanins to powerful health benefits including decreased oxidative stress, cancer prevention, decreased inflammation during allergies, diabetes prevention, blood pressure reduction, lower cholesterol and a stronger heart. Examples of anthocyanin rich berries include blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, acai berries, goji berries, tart cherries, cranberries and elderberries – to name a few. Other non-berry foods that are also good sources of anthocyanins include organic kale, brussel sprouts, blue corn, alfalfa sprouts and bell peppers.

Top 5 berries and their specific health properties

Cranberries: They are widely used in treating urinary tract infections. Again, the anthocyanin compounds give this fruit its powerful health benefits.

Tart cherries: Studies showed that anthocyanins and cyanidin compounds in cherries inhibited the inflammatory pathways and hence were beneficial in treating arthritis and gout.

Blueberries: Blueberries are among the most researched berries for their high antioxidant capacity. It is particularly significant in protecting against age-related brain deterioration and maintaining nerve health.

Blackberries: Rich in anthocyanin compounds namely cyanidin-3-O-beta-D-glucoside. Also called as C3G, this is one of the potent antioxidant with high ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) values. Blackberries are recommended for promoting heart and blood vessel health.

Strawberries: They are rich anthocyanin compounds like cyanidins, perlargonidins, procyanidins, and host of other antioxidant chemicals. They are touted for their anti-cancer effects.

The more colorful your plate, the greater the disease protection

A growing body of evidence indicate that diverse and vibrant hues offer the best protection against numerous degenerative conditions like heart problems, diabetes, stroke, dementia, cancer, hypertension plus much more. This is simply because the natural pigments present in the berries impart the color and are also responsible for the health benefits.

The pigments differ in their therapeutic effects ranging from anti-inflammatory to antioxidant to anti-aging effects. Generally speaking, researchers suggest that more deeply colored a fruit or vegetable are higher in disease-protecting ability.

Are we consuming enough of these disease fighting foods?

The answer for this question can be obtained by scanning our plates for colors. If your plate does not boast of rainbow-colored fruits and vegetables, you are probably not consuming enough of these powerful disease preventing agents. If you find this difficult to do – then try having fruit as a snack – during the day.

Obviously, we are not suggesting that anyone become a ‘fruitarian’ – although, some people (in the short term) can benefit greatly from that way of eating. We are suggesting that the regular consumption of fresh, organic berries is a delicious way to help boost your immune system and stay healthy.

What’s your favorite fruit? (post your comments below)

References:
Seeram NP. Berry fruits for cancer prevention: current status and future prospects. J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Feb 13;56(3):630-5
Lala G, Malik M, Zhao C, et al. Anthocyanin-rich extracts inhibit multiple biomarkers of colon cancer in rats. Nutr Cancer. 2006;54(1):84-93.
Seeram NP, Adams LS, Zhang Y, et al. Blackberry, black raspberry, blueberry, cranberry, red raspberry, and strawberry extracts inhibit growth and stimulate apoptosis of human cancer cells in vitro. J Agric Food Chem. 2006 Dec 13;54(25):9329-39.

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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Kombucha

 

Kombucha Health Benefits

Have you heard of Kombucha, the beverage the ancient Chinese called the “Immortal Health Elixir?” It’s been around for more than 2,000 years and has a rich anecdotal history of health benefits like preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.

Made from sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (a SCOBY, a.k.a. “mother” because of its ability to reproduce, or “mushroom” because of its appearance), Kombucha didn’t gain prominence in the West until recently.

In the first half of the 20th century, extensive scientific research was done on Kombucha’s health benefits in Russia and Germany, mostly because of a push to find a cure for rising cancer rates. Russian scientists discovered that entire regions of their vast country were seemingly immune to cancer and hypothesized that the kombucha, called “tea kvass” there, was the cause. So, they began a series of experiments which not only verified the hypothesis, but began to pinpoint exactly what it is within kombucha which was so beneficial.

German scientists picked up on this research and continued it in their own direction. Then, with the onset of the Cold War, research and development started being diverted into other fields. It was only in the 1990s, when Kombucha first came to the U.S., that the West has done any studies on the effects of Kombucha, and those are quite few in number. As is typically the case in the U.S., no major medical studies are being done on Kombucha because no one in the drug industry stands to profit from researching a beverage that the average consumer can make for as little as 50 cents a gallon.

Thanks to it’s rising commercial popularity in the last decade, the older Russian and German research has been made available in English to Westerners, and a few wide-spread anecdotal surveys have been sponsored by Kombucha manufacturers, but that’s about it. While there are limited amounts of research done on the beverage, there has been lots of research done on many of the nutrients and acids it contains in large quantities (such as B-vitamins, antioxidants, and glucaric acids).

Regardless of the “lack” of scientific evidence, the fact remains that this beverage has 2,000 plus years of tradition behind it and an ardent and addicted following.

What are the health benefits of Kombucha?

Kombucha Health Benefit #1 — Detoxification

Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention. One of kombucha’s greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the body. It is rich in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids your body produces and/or uses to detox your system, thus reducing your pancreatic load and easing the burden on your liver. Kombucha is very high in Glucaric acid, and recent studies have shown that glucaric acid helps prevent cancer. I know 2 people in my immediate circle of friends who have had cancer (pancreatic and breast) and fought it into remission without any chemo or radiation therapy. Instead, they warded it off by detoxing their lives (going 100% organic, removing chemical cleaners and agents in their home, changing their diet to be at least 80% raw or fermented, etc.) Central to the detoxification process was drinking Kombucha regularly. Even Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the recently deceased Russian author and nobel-prize winner, in his autobiography, claimed that kombucha tea cured his stomach cancer during his internment in soviet labor camps. (And because of this testimony, President Reagan used Kombucha to halt the spread of his cancer in 1987. You’ll note he didn’t die until 2004, and that was from old age, NOT cancer.)

Kombucha Health Benefit #2 — Joint Care

Kombucha contains glucosamines, a strong preventive and treatment all forms of arthritis. Glucosamines increase synovial hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid functions physiologically to aid preservation of cartilage structure and prevent arthritic painwith relief comparable to NSAIDs and advantage over glucocorticoids. Hyaluronic acid enables connective tissue to bind moisture thousands of times its weight and maintains tissue structure, moisture, lubrication and flexibility and lessens free radical damage, while associated collagen retards and reduces wrinkles.

Kombucha Health Benefit #3 — Aids Digestion and Gut Health

Because it’s naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probioticbeverage. This has a myriad of benefits such as improved digestion, fighting candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, mental clarity, and mood stability. As such, it’s noted for reducing or eliminating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, etc.

Kombucha Health Benefit #4 — Immune Boosting

Kombucha is extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich, and you all know the benefits of anti-oxidants forboosting your immune system and energy levels.

Where can you learn more about kombucha health benefits?

Here are a few articles on the health benefits of kombucha:

http://www.kombu.de/val-gwf.htm
http://www.gaiaresearch.co.za/kombucha.html
http://www.acupuncture.com/herbs/kombucha1.htm
http://www.gokombucha.com/health_benefits.html

Are the health benefits of kombucha for real?

When I first read about the panacea of benefits, I was skeptical. How could one beverage do so many things? But then I realized that it’s not so much that the beverage does something to our bodies, like a medicine targeted at curing specific symptoms. It’s more that this beverage promotes health. It gives your body what it needs to heal itself by 1)aiding your liver in removing harmful substances, 2)promoting balance in your digestive system, and 3)being rich in health-promoting vitamins, enzymes, and acids.

The general consensus seems to be that with regular, daily consumption, you’ll notice improvement in immune system functioning and energy levels within about a week, the healing of more minor ailments within a month or so, and the healing of more radical illnesses within a year or so.

Source:
http://www.foodrenegade.com/kombucha-health-benefits/

7 Easy Ways To Heal with Ginger

Ginger is a wonder root. Its healing power is inversely proportional to how knobbly and unattractive it looks. Its role in easing digestive problems and healing painful joints is undisputed. It brings relief from coughs and colds and strengthens your immune system. And those are only a few of ginger’s amazing health benefits.

I cannot imagine my kitchen without a handful of young, pink-tipped, robust ginger root. Try these easy and health-boosting  ideas, and you’ll be a ginger lover, too!

For your tummy: Slice fresh ginger into matchsticks. Squeeze a whole lemon on it. Place in a small glass jar. Suck on those matchsticks or eat it as  pickle. Lovely punchy taste, and great for digestion.

For your throat: Grated ginger, mixed with a big spoonful of honey, brings instant relief to a sore throat.

For an Antioxidant bounty: A fresh tomato-ginger relish for your table: 1 tomato, finely chopped, tossed with finely chopped or freshly grated ginger, a little salt, some cilantro or parsley leaves.

For power soups: Stir a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger into your soups, for a dramatic burst of flavor and all the health-giving goodness of this wonder root.

For a guilt-free but delicious bite: Boil 4 potatoes. Cut them into cubes, and toss them with a teaspoon of finely chopped garlic, a teaspoon of finely chopped ginger, 1 green chili, salt and fresh herbs.

To wake up your sleepy grains: Grate some ginger and squeeze some lemon over freshly boiled rice, couscous or pasta for a tasty kick and loads of antioxidant benefits.

For an energetic day: Grate ginger and stir it into a cup of plain yogurt. Place them in a blender with ½ tsp roasted and powdered cumin seeds, a little sea-salt and  2 cups of ice-cold water and give a good whizz. This lassi is a supremely refreshing and digestion-friendly summer drink to kick start your day!

So off I go, to stir up some gingery lassi. Hope you’ll try some, too! Learn more about the incredible goodness of ginger here.

 

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-exciting-ways-to-heal-with-ginger.html#ixzz2f3CQrvJr

The Health Benefits of Goji Berries

Himalayan Goji Berries

gojiGoji berries (Lycium barbarum) are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. They are a member of the nightshade family (Solonaceae), which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper, as well as some poisonous plants like belladonna and deadly nightshade. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry can now be grown in many other countries as well.

Although they have only been introduced in Western countries in recent years, gojis have been used for thousands of years in Tibet and China, both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally.
Unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, goji berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.
This amazing little superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system. It’s no wonder then, that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the goji is said to act on the Kidney and Liver meridians to help with lower back pain, dizziness and eyesight. They are most often consumed raw, made into a tea or extract, or as an ingredient in soups.
Gojis are most commonly available in dried form, and make a great snack eaten as is, added to trail mix, muesli or oatmeal. They can also be soaked for a couple of hours in enough water to cover them. Then the soak water can be drained off and makes a delicious drink, or both water and berries added to smoothies.
Please note that there can be adverse interactions if you consume goji berries while also taking medication for diabetes, or blood pressure, or take the blood thinner warfarin. So be sure to consult your health care provider if that is the case.
Gojis can often be found in Asian food stores, but most of these come from the commercial growing regions of China and Tibet, and contain high levels of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Even some brands which claim to be organic may not be, so be sure to source your goji berries from a reputable source.

Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai-BerriesYou may well of recently heard of the current tend of branding certain fruits and vegetables as ‘Super foods’ one of these in particular that has been receiving a lot of attention is the ‘Acai Berry.’ Native to South America the berries are actually the fruit of the Acai Palm Tree (Euterpe oleracea), each berry is around an inch long and is purple in color.

There are thought to be a huge number of possible health benefits related to this natural fruit but most of the scientific research that has been carried out so far has been looking into its uses as an antioxidant. Being an anti oxidant means that by eating these berries you can help your body rid itself of harmful toxins.

It is said by many people that Acia berries have the highest nutritional composition of any fruit in the world, this means it can offer your body many nutritional requirements that may be hard to find elsewhere

Acai Berries and Acai Berry Juice can be put into everything from salad dressings, smoothies, even cocktails. It may take a little time to become accustomed to the taste. It is often described as a kind of combination of chocolate and cranberry. There are lots of ways to incorporate the health advantages of Acai as part of your nutrition plan. Acai aids in increasing your energy level and your metabolism so your body will use more calories naturally, you will discover this helps you to lose weight and to feel a lift in energy levels. Imagine what you could do if you had a boost in your energy level and a body that not only feels more youthful but appears younger too?

So why not join the craze and go grab some Superfruits today, it is also worth looking into the health benefits of Goji berries but we will cover them in another article coming up soon.

If you know of any cool uses for Acai fruits please leave us a comment bellow.

The Amazing Healing Benefits of Stinging Nettles

The Healing Benefits of Stinging Nettles

nettlesThe common stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) has got to be one of the most commonly used herbal remedies worldwide, found on every continent except Antarctica these plants have been used to help fight against harmful organisms, combat swelling and redness as well as improve prostate health in men and helping to balance blood sugar levels for people suffering from diabetes.

Health benefits include:

  • Arthritis, Nettles can be boiled into a tea and drank daily this had a powerful alkalizing effect on the body and can help to release uric acid from the joints helping to eliminate pain.
  • Anemia, Nettles are one of the top sources of iron found in nature this can be of great benefit to women as they also help to process extra estrogens helping to relief symptoms of the menopause.
  • Urinary track, Nettles can be used to improve bladder health for both sexes this is due to its action as a natural diuretic; also nettles can help to break down kidney stones in a similar way to apple cider vinegar.
  • Hair loss, when used as a hair rinse it can not only help to stimulate new growth, but also combats your grays but helping to return your hair to its original color.
  • Eczema, The leaves and stem of the plant are covered with tiny hairs that release chemicals when touched. This is what is referred to as the nettle’s “sting.” These same chemicals, when ingested or applied topically, may reduce the inflammation in the body that causes eczema
  • Acne, Stinging nettle tea works to cleanse your skin by addressing the problems that may be occurring in your blood. The chemicals in stinging nettle tea work to remove excessive toxins in your blood stream, allowing your skin to more effectively cleanse itself, thus preventing acne in the early stages.
  • Warts, Nettles can work miracles at fighting nasty warts simply apply a cotton bud soaked in cold nettle tea to your problem warts several times a day for around a week. In no time at all you will see them shrink and disappear.
  • Diabetes, There are very mixed reports when it comes to the use of nettles to treat diabetes although there have been some scientific papers proving curtain benefits there are still many people who don’t recommend their use. So we suggest doing your own research before starting any treatment.
  • Hay fever, A recent study shows that that nettle capsules can help to reduce itching and sneezing in people suffering from hay fever.

What are the health benefits of stinging nettles?

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Hi there folks it’s Andrea Cox here for the healthy haven.

Thanks you so much for being here with me in my kitchen today and boy oh boy do I have a surprise for all of you. I’ve got something that all of you email me about whenever I post a photo of my juices or salad, sometimes I even make this into a pesto and these are “stinging nettles” I’ve got them wrapped up in a plastic bag right now, this is due to the painful sting they can leave you with if they come into contact with your skin.

So I’m just going to take them out and show you, stinging nettles are so incredibly balancing for a woman’s hormonal system especially around the time of her menstrual cycle. The best thing to do is boil them down to make a nettle tea. This is great for all you guys who don’t like to get into the herbs that I put into capsules etc but want some of the great health benefits on offer.

As I said before you must be careful when handling nettles and they will sting you and can cause some bleeding and rashes. In order to ingest nettles raw they have to be blended or juiced. You cannot just eat them as they are in a salad as your mouth will break out in hives. I actually make a nettle pesto with a few other great ingredients including hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, stinging nettles, a little olive oil and some salt and pepper. Trust me this stuff tastes absolutely amazing!