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HERBS – WHY BOTHER?  improve your health, diet and culinary skills.

Use herbs or spices for flavouring instead of salt or artificial chemical flavourings. According to the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, herbs have a higher antioxidant content than most plant foods. Antioxidants benefit our bodies by strengthening our immune system, and help to fight toxins (also called free radicals or poisons). Antioxidants protect the body from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more. We are exposed to many poisons. Through our diet: preservatives, artificial flavourings and chemicals. We inhale fumes, smoke and other pollutants. Toxins are found in household cleaning products, cosmetics, toiletries, perfumes, and so on.

Good news for calorie counting and weight loss – herbs are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and contain only a few calories. Herbs are nutrient dense super foods with proven health benefits. Buy fresh, dried, or grow your own to use in cooking or make herbal remedies.

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BASIL is delicious, especially in Italian dishes; the main ingredient in most Italian Pesto sauces. Used for centuries for health benefits and to season food; contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.  A Mediterranean herb that needs plenty of sunshine and water to grow.

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CORIANDER is also called Chinese Parsley or Cilantro. Coriander is often used in Indian dishes; contains a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamins A and C.

Prefers sunny spots, and well–drained soil.  The seeds can also be eaten. The seeds should be dried and crushed before added to dishes.

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PARSLEY is one of the most popular garnishes. High in vitamins K, C, and A. Rich in enzymes and anti-oxidants that boosts the digestive and excretory system (aids digestion).  Parsley helps cleanse the kidneys and sweetens the breath; contains a good source of flavonoids (especially luteolin), beta-carotene, folate and iron.

Needs plenty of light, and prefers well-drained moisture retaining soil.

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ROSEMARY is wonderful for seasoning vegetables and meat.  Rosemary contains Vitamins B-1, B-3, and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.  Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb, which needs plenty of sunshine.  In colder climates, it is best to grow indoors, or in containers that can be moved indoors during winter.  The leaves can be turned upside down and hung to dry for about two weeks before grinding into a powder.

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sage | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

SAGE, or Salvia, is delicious popular seasoning, which is often added to stuffing.

High in vitamin K. Held as a great tonic, and an antibiotic, an anti-fungal, an astringent, and an antispasmodic. Sage is a Mediterranean herb that needs plenty of sunshine and space.  Sage needs well-drained soil. In wet climates it is best to grow sage in raised beds or in containers.

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Natural Diet | Mesh ball, or spice ball a handy gadget for adding herbs or spices to green tea, herbal tea or to cooking (like cloves to apples or pears)

 

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PLEASE READ  The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies and should only be taken with approval from your physician.

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Why bother?

Seeds contain nutrients for new plant life, and are packed with nutrients.  Frequently categorized as super foods. Most seeds are rich in minerals and fibre and good for health and weight management.  Health professionals recommend eating seeds as part of a varied diet.

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LINSEED, also called flax, flaxseed, or lint, are high in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 and calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, and a good source of fibre and protein. Contains Omegas 3, 6 and 9, and Lignan, an antioxidant.  Linseed is used to help relieve atherosclerosis (ASVD, or hard arteries), constipation, diabetes, gastritis (stomach), gastrointestinal tract (GI), high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), osteoporosis (bones), and weight loss.

A natural remedy for constipation – place two tablespoons of flaxseed in warm water, steep for a minute before drinking.  Drink remedy twice a day, or add seeds to cooking or cereal. To avoid dehydration drink extra water.  Note: Natural remedies or the information we provide does not replace medical treatment or advice.

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poppy seeds | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

POPPY seeds are highly nutritious, high in fibre, and a good source for calcium and manganese. They contain protein, thiamin, copper iron, and Vitamin B9. A good source for energy and minerals. Used by ancient Greek athletes for their health benefits.  Beneficial to the digestive system, and helps treat insomnia.  A word of caution: Poppy seeds should be taken in moderation, and they may trigger a positive opiate result on drug tests.  Poppy seeds are banned in Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

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pumpkin seeds | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

PUMPKIN seeds – Native American Indians prize pumpkinseeds for their medicinal benefits. Pumpkinseeds are packed with nutrients; they are high in manganese, tryptophan magnesium, phosphorus, copper, protein, zinc and iron.  Enhancing the immune system, reducing cholesterol, and helping maintain bone density (and reducing the risks of osteoporosis caused by low levels of zinc).

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sesame seeds | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

SESAME seeds are high in nutrients and beneficial minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and zinc.   Sesame seeds contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidants and cholesterol lowering properties.  Helps prevent high blood pressure, colon cancer, and reduces the symptoms of PMS and migraines, and helps maintain bone density.

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sunflower seeds | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

SUNFLOWER seeds are high in vitamin E; contains selenium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.  Several athletes use sunflower seeds for their collection of minerals, protein and energy building properties. Contains high levels of tryptophan, which increases the brains production of serotonin; high levels of serotonin has a relaxing effect on the brain.

PLEASE READ  The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies should only be taken with approval from your physician.

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SUPER HEALTHY SPICES

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WHY BOTHER?

Spices add flavour, aroma and they help us stay healthy.

Spices contain powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and immune boosting properties. Harvard School of Public Health recommends using herbs and spices – a savoury strategy to lower your salt intake – “take the most delicious approach to sodium reduction”. Try adding herbs and spices to your diet and reduce cravings for harmful fats, salts, sugars and artificial flavours and enjoy the aromas, flavours and health benefits.

 FIVE TOP SPICES

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CHILLI: Chili or Chile peppers are technically a fruit but once dried they are considered a spice. Apart from their eye watering flavours, they give a powerful healthy punch. Used in several medicines: wards off infections, and good for diabetes.  Most peppers are extremely high in vitamin C, and high in vitamin A. Excellent for your heart and your mood: believed to release happy endorphins, speed up metabolism, and stimulate circulation. The most common varieties include bell peppers, paprika, jalepenos, cayenne, tabasco, Dutch, Thai, Santa Fe, Rawit, Fresno, and the hottest: Scotch Bonnet and Habanero.

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CINNAMON: The bark of the cinnamon tree is precious – high in antioxidants. Good for normalising and lowering blood sugar/glucose levels; may help those with type 2 Diabetes. The anticoagulation properties may clear blood vessels and reduce heart disease. The anti-inflammatory properties may relieve joint pain, eases cold, cough and flu symptoms. Good for dieters or those who want to reduce their sugar intake, as cinnamon may reduce sweet cravings. Use cinnamon in place of sugar adding cinnamon to cooking and baking, top cereals, carrots, pastries, and so on.

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CLOVES: Used for centuries for their nutritional benefits. The flower buds of the clove tree contain high anti-inflammatory properties (Eugenol); high in calcium copper, iron, potassium, zinc and vitamins A, C and K.  The anti-inflammatory properties may relieve arthritis and rheumatism. The strong antiseptic qualities may reduce bad breath, tooth decay, acne and ulcers.  Cloves help relieve indigestion, gas, bloating, coughs and asthma. Purifies the blood, helps prevent blood clots, improves circulation, and stabilises blood sugar levels. Cloves go particularly well with cooked apples, pears, and rhubarb – add them to your mesh ball (see image below ginger).

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GARLIC: A supreme health preserving gem. The antibiotic, anti-fungal antiviral and anticoagulation properties are powerful. Used to improve immune system, treat digestion, cystitis, colds and chest infections. Garlic cleanses the blood, which aids circulation, and regulates blood cholesterol levels.Garlic may lower blood pressure, hypertension and stress levels. The anti-coagulation properties may prevent heart disease. The antiviral agent may reduce herpes, and mouth ulcers. The anti-fungal agent may reduce yeast infections.

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GINGER: High in antioxidants, and inflammatory properties. Well-known for relieving digestive disorders. The health benefits of consuming ginger are many, briefly: relieves and prevents joint pain, prevents colon cancer, contributes to a healthy digestive tract, prevents and treats colds, flu, and motion sickness. Ginger tea is often used to relieve flu symptoms, soothe sore throats, reduce excessive mucus, reduce nausea and settle the stomach.

 

PLEASE READ:  The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies and should only be taken with approval from your physician.

 

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nuts: almonds, brazil, cashew, hazelnuts and walnuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Nuts provide a good source of antioxidants, fibre, vitamins, and minerals.  Great for your heart – may reduce the risk of developing blood clots.  According to the Harvard School of Public Health, eating nuts and beans, in place of red meat or processed meat can lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Plant-based, suitable for vegans and vegetarians.   Almond milk or other nut milks are healthy alternates to dairy milk.

To maximise the health benefits, avoid sugar coated, salted or roasted nuts, and eat in moderation. A recent health publication recommends eating 4-5 servings of mixed nuts a week.  One serving is approximately ¼ cup, or 1oz, or 28 grams. Include nuts as part of a varied diet.

CAUTION: a small percent of the population, less than 2%, may be allergic to nuts.

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almonds | plantbased diet |plantpowerz

Almonds have the highest levels of fibre and vitamin E. Contains high levels of alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, and is a good source of vitamins B1 and B2.  Highly revered in Kashmir, India, believed to enhance the brain.

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brazil nuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Brazil nuts are a good source for fibre, magnesium, selenium, calcium, iron, Vitamins E and Vitamins B1, Manganese, Phosphorus and copper; they are particularly high in selenium, an antioxidant, and polyunsaturated fats, particularly Omega-6.

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cashew nuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Cashew nuts provide a good source of copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium (antioxidant), tryptophan and zinc. High in vitamins B1, B6, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.  Benefits blood, bones teeth, digestion and metabolism.

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hazelnuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Hazelnuts are a very good source of vitamin E and manganese.  High in fibre, vitamins B1 and B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium phosphorus, zinc and antioxidants

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walnuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

High praise for walnuts: one of the highest sources for antioxidants. Walnuts provide unusually high levels of vitamin E and Ellagic acid, a natural phenol antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, reducing the risk of premature ageing. Walnuts are the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.  Provides a rich source of minerals including calcium, copper, chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, omega-3 and numerous tannins.

PLEASE READ  The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies should only be taken with approval from your physician.

 

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HOW TO MAKE A NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS DRINK

Three Ingredients: 1.   One tablespoon of fennel seeds (5.8 g ~ 20 calories; only seven calories from fat) 2.  One cup of boiled water 3.  Juice of one lemon

Process: Steep the fennel seeds in boiled water for at least 15 minutes (until lukewarm/tepid).  Add the lemon juice.

FOR OPTIMUM RESULTS  Best to drink on an empty stomach, and don’t eat for 30 minutes after drinking.

WHY ARE FENNEL SEEDS GOOD FOR YOU?

Not only are they tasty, liquorice flavoured and aromatic, the seeds have numerous health benefits.  Fennel seeds, along with licorice root and nettles, are historically revered for their health benefits. They are low in fat and calories, 1 tablespoon, or 5.8g ~ 20 calories, ~ only 7 calories from fat, and high in antioxidants and minerals, particularly high in manganese.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Besides being a well-known remedy for bad breath, fennel seeds have been used in traditional and preventative medicine. Helping:

~ Acidity ~ Bones (iron content) ~ Bloating ~ Blood ~ Bronchitis ~ Colon ~ Constipation ~ Coughs ~ Cramps ~ Digestion ~ Flatulence ~ Halitosis (bad breath) ~ Heartburn ~ Nausea ~ PMS (pre-menstrual symptoms) ~ Toxins (helps to remove toxins / free radicals) ~ Respiratory tract ~ Weight management ~ Water retention

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

The anti-inflammatory properties for natural pain management like arthritis.

CARMINATIVE

Fennel helps expel gas naturally, combating flatulence and heartburn.

FENNEL FOR LONGEVITY

The antioxidant content helps remove harmful toxins, or free radicals, thereby protecting the body from infections and degenerative and ageing diseases.  Fennel is a natural diuretic. Fennel is used in traditional medicine as a natural tonic/cleanser for the kidney liver and spleen. The antioxidant and fibre content help to rid the body of potentially toxic chemicals; acting as a preventative medicine.

HEALTHY BONES

Fennel seeds could potentially prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.  The Journal of Molecular Medicine published a study that showed fennel seeds had a beneficial effect on bone density and mineral content.

HEALTHY BLOOD AND CARDIO VASCULAR SYSTEM

The folate and potassium found in fennel seeds help promote a healthy cardiovascular system, and promote healthy red blood cells.

HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS

Fennel seeds – are nutrient filled detoxification herbs – loaded with minerals and vitamins: vitamins A,  B1, B2, B3, C, and E, calcium, copper,  iron, zinc, potassium, manganese, pyridoxine, riboflavin and niacin.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Fennel is low in calories and acts as a natural appetite suppressant and a diuretic purging the system of toxins by increasing perspiration and urination, which also helps with excessive water retention and aids weight loss.  The high fibre content and antioxidants help to clean the system and prevent constipation and weight gain.

WHAT ARE FENNEL SEEDS?

Fennel seeds are usually considered herbs; they are actually the fruits of the sweet fennel plant.  Unlike Florence Fennel, Sweet Fennel has no bulb and is used like a herb instead of a vegetable (like the Florence fennel bulb).   Fennel grows well in hot climates, and often used in Indian, Italian and North African dishes to season food.

WHY LEMONS?

Curbs your appetite, boosts your metabolism, and helps clear your body of toxins.  Lemons are very high in vitamin C, a great antioxidant, promotes healing, and boosts the immune system.  Lemons are also natural appetite suppressants that help reduce the appetite.

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The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice. Never delay seeking medical advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies should be taken with approval from your physician.

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