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seeds| plant-based diet | vegan | protein | iron | calcium

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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 | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

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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spices | plant-based diet | vegan | health benefits

SUPER HEALTHY SPICES

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spices | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

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 peppers | plantbased |plantpowerz

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 | plantbased diet |plantpowerz

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 | plantbased diet |plantpowerz

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 | plantbased diet |plantpowerz

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 | plantbased diet |plantpowerz

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.

FIVE TOP 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.

brazil nuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

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.

cashew nuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

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.

hazelnuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

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

walnuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

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.

 

nettle for health a plantbased diet antioxidant

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nettles | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Detox naturally with stinging nettle leaf (Urtica Dioica L.)

We poison our bodies by consuming alcohol, artificial additives, coffee, fats, nicotine, preservatives, soda, sweets; using toxic cosmetics, toiletries and cleaning products, inhaling toxic fumes, etc. Most toxins (free radicals) are filtered by our kidneys and land up in our urine others remain and poison our bodies. You may need to detox if you are unusually tired, bloated, constipated, have bad skin, bad breath, dull eyes, or headaches.

Natural diet antioxidants: To help rid your body of toxins turn to nature for fennelherbs, licorice, nettles, nuts, seeds and spices.

Why nettles?  The wonder weed is highly nutritious, nettles have numerous health benefits, more nutritional than spinach: a higher iron, calcium and fibre content. Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica L. or nettles, is one of the most valuable herbal remedies. Nettle is high in antioxidants, vitamins A, thiamine (B1) and riboflavin (B2), C, D, E, and K, and loaded with minerals: calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sulfur and zinc

Stinging nettle has several therapeutic properties for which there is no equivalent synthetic drug.  For decades stinging nettle has been used to treat anaemia, arthritis, painful joints, gout, urinary tract infections and prostate problems.

Nettles – a natural diuretic.  The plant enhances the excretion of waste, a kidney stimulant that helps prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections like cystitis and nephritis.  Helps clear skin conditions, such as eczema. Nettle increases metabolism so it could aid weight loss, and purifying the blood by stimulating the kidneys to excrete more fluid.  To help weight loss, see how to  make your own easy weight loss drink – only three ingredients: water, fennel seeds and a lemon.

Nettles a natural remedy for snoring. Netttle leaf remedy for snoring (remedy #6).

Nettles have a high iron content, which helps anaemic patients, those suffering from iron deficiency. Nettles help disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism and symptoms of gout by cleansing the system of toxins. Nettles increase the excretion of uric acid. Helps treat gout patients, who have excessive uric acid in their blood stream, which lodges in joints and causes pain.

Nettle infusions, combined with large amounts of fluids, are used as an irrigation therapy for urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

Help the body detox and lose weight by drinking plenty of water and cutting down on toxins, and incorporating nettles as part of a varied diet.

According to extensive placebo controlled studies nettle roots have been found to relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)* (or enlarged prostate). Nettle roots are also used to treat incontinence and male urinary tract problems, frequent urination, painful urination, inability to urine and an irritable bladder. Nettle root is also used to relieve joint pain, as an astringent and as a diuretic.

* World Journal of Urology 2005.

According to the World Health Organisation, nettles are used in pharmacopoeias (medicine) as a diuretic and for the treatment of rheumatism and sciatica.

Nettle leaves dried or fresh can be used like herbs to make tea, or steamed liked spinach or added to dishes. Handle fresh stinging nettle with gloves. Fresh nettles lose their sting once they are dried or steamed.

Nettles are used in many beauty product.  Nettle extract is used as an ingredient by several major companies in their hair and skin products.  For example, Clairol, DIAL, Alberto Culver Nexxus, Burt’s Bee, Schwarzkopf, and more. Nettle is often used to control dandruff.

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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 only be taken with approval from your physician.

 

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