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47 Amazing Benefits Of Chamomile

 

Chamomile

 

Chamomile Tea (Asteraceae/Compositae) is the oldest medicinal herbs known to man. There are 2 types of chamomile tea which are German Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman or English Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Chamomile contains various bioactive phytochemicals such as flavonoids, coumarins, sesquiterpenes and polyacetylenes which are considered the most important constituents.

For many years chamomile has been sipped as a tea and is known for aiding in stomach aches and for its relaxing effects. There is much more that chamomile combats with its medicinal ingredients. The Medicinal ingredients are extracted from dry flowers by using a  water ethanol or methanol as solvents and corresponding extracts are known as aqueous, ethanolic (alcoholic) and/or methanolic extracts.

The traditional use of chamomile has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, mildly astringent and healing medicine.

Chamomile Aids in:

  1. Wounds
  2. Ulcers
  3. Eczema
  4. Gout
  5. Skin irritations
  6. Bruises
  7. Burns
  8. Canker sores
  9. Rheumatic pain
  10. Hemorrhoids
  11. Neuralgia
  12. Sciaticamastitis
  13. Diaper rash
  14. Eye infections
  15. Cracked nipples
  16. Chicken pox
  17. Ear disorders
  18. Eyes from blocked tear ducts
  19. Conjunctivitis
  20. Nasal inflammation
  21. Poison ivy
  22. Inflammation of the skin
  23. Inflammation of Mucous membranes
  24. Bacterial infections of the skin
  25. Orally for gums and cavities
  26. Respiratory
  27. Calm nerves
  28. Treat hysteria
  29. Reduce anxiety
  30. Nightmares
  31. Insomnia
  32. Digestive Relaxant
  33. Aids in gastrointestinal issues
  34. Flatulence
  35. Diarrhea
  36. Indigestion
  37. Motion sickness
  38. Nausea
  39. Vomiting
  40. Colic
  41. Croup
  42. Fevers in children
  43. Uterine Tonic
  44. Back pain
  45. Bedsores
  46. Stomach cramps
  47. Arthritis

Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Herbal Tea has been used by myself for many years. It really does help stomach aches and is helpful to me for getting to sleep at night. If you’d like to purchase some you are more than welcome to click here. It is USDA certified organic and is very tasty.

http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=107&pid=33&gid=000232

http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/german-chamomile

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030881461201309X

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232810746_Nutrients_phytochemicals_and_bioactivity_of_wild_Roman_chamomile_A_comparison_between_the_herb_and_its_preparations

 

 

 

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Paradise Herbs Orac Energy Protein Greens 100% Vegan and Organic

Paradise Herbs Orac Energy Protein Greens

Clinical studies show that taking super greens for cardiovascular health can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressures in a case studies for 90 days.   Most people don’t eat nearly enough nutrient-packed dark-green vegetables. This doesn’t allow your body to get the nutrients it needs. Super greens can provide you a myriad of health benefits. They are helpful with reducing inflammation, maintaining proper acid-base balance in your body and detoxifying your body. Consuming super green supplements enables your body to get the greens you need. They come in juice, capsules, and powders.

What are super greens?

Super greens consist of wheat, barley, alfalfa, young cereal grasses, algae(s), such as spirulina and chlorella.

Green products are made from grasses and algae harvested when they are at their peak nutritional state. After they are picked they are then dried at low temperatures and then are put into powder form. When they are in juice form, they are picked a peak nutritional state, as well.

Paradise Herbs Orac ((Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) Energy Protein Greens contain over 42 certified organic and pesticide free ingredients including highly bioavailable juice powders, freeze-dried berries/veggies and ecologically wild crafted or naturally grown True Full Spectrum herbal concentrates. They are gluten free, dairy free, yeast free, wheat free and vegan. You can purchase them here.

If you aren’t or are questioning if you are getting enough greens, you may want to try these super greens.

 

 

 

 

Iron

Iron Deficiency and Your Health

 

Spinach-Iron

We’ve all heard that if you don’t have enough iron in your body, you can get anemia. You can get anemia when your red blood cells decrease from lack of iron. Iron is an essential mineral your body needs. Your body needs it to carry oxygen throughout your body. Did you know that iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world? Without sufficient iron, your body cannot produce enough hemoglobin, a substance in your red blood cells that allow your body to carry oxygen to your body’s tissues. When eating iron it is absorbed through the upper part of the small intestine.

  1. Anemia if mild, usually doesn’t cause complications. However, if you leave it untreated, anemia caused by iron deficiency can cause some severe health problems.
  2. A study showed that iron has relevant biological functions, for example, the formation of haemoglobin, myoglobin and numerous enzymatic groups. And without it, iron deficiency increases with the severity of heart failure.

Iron deficiency symptoms:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Inflammation or soreness of your tongue
  • Brittle nails
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain, fast heartbeat or shortness of breath
  • A headache, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch
  • Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia

 

Who’s at risk?

Frequent blood donors – Giving blood lowers the iron in your body. The Red Cross now recommends that frequent blood donors should take a multivitamin containing iron or an iron-only supplement to replace the iron lost with each donation.

Vegetarians – Micronutrients of special concern for the vegan include vitamins B-12 and D, calcium, and long-chain n–3 (omega-3) fatty acids. Unless vegans regularly consume foods that are fortified with these nutrients, appropriate supplements should be consumed in order to get the nutrients needed.  In some cases, iron and zinc status of vegans may also be of concern because of the limited bioavailability of these minerals.

Woman – Woman who are pregnant showed higher levels of iron deficiency than those who weren’t because their bodies are producing more blood to provide nutrients for the baby.

Infants and children – Mothers who are iron deficient transfer the iron deficiency to their children before they are born.  A study showing insufficient intake of iron in children is pretty common because of low iron intake, especially in older children.

There are 2 types of iron, heme and nonheme iron. Our bodies are less efficient at absorbing nonheme iron. Plants and iron-fortified foods contain nonheme iron only, whereas meat, seafood, and poultry contain both heme and nonheme iron.

Examples of foods that have heme iron:

  • Beef or Chicken liver
  • Mollusks
  • Mussels
  • Chicken
  • Halibut
  • Haddock
  • Perch
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Ham
  • Veal
  • Canned sardines (in oil)
  • Oysters

 

Examples of foods that have nonheme iron:

  • Breakfast cereals enriched with iron
  • Cooked beans
  • Quinoa
  • Turkey
  • Tofu
  • Pumpkin
  • Whole eggs
  • Sesame
  • Squash seeds
  • Cooked split peas
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Roasted almonds
  • Roasted cashews
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Raw spinach
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Rice
  • Enriched Rice
  • Dried apricots
  • Baked potato
  • Egg noodles
  • Wheat germ
  • Canned lima beans
  • Canned red kidney beans
  • Canned chickpeas

 

References:
http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/guide/glycated-hemoglobin-test-hba1c
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-HealthProfessional/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202643/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4462328/
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/89/5/1627S.full
http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-concerns/anemia-during-pregnancy/
http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/iron-and-blood-donation/iron-info-frequent-donors
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3798931/
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/71/5/1280s.full

 

 

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9 Hand and Body Lotions that are Organic and Fabulous

Desert Essence Coconut Hand and Body Lotion

I am always purchasing new products to find what works best with my skin and of course, it needs to be organic.  With that in mind, my latest try was the Deserts Essence products.  One, in particular, being the Coconut Hand and Body Lotion. It was absolutely fabulous and thought I’d share it with you.

What I really enjoy about this lotion is it doesn’t give me that oily feeling and its light in consistency. My skin is dry which makes this cream ideal for people with dry skin. It absorbs really well, leaving my skin moisturized and soft.

It has a nice coconut aroma to it, which I like. For those who don’t like the scent, Desert Essence has another hand and body lotion you may enjoy Desert Essence Pure Hand and Body Lotion Unscented. The unscented lotion doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily either. And with no coconut scent, it might just be the right choice for you.

 

Below is a list of others they carry that you may enjoy:

  • Island Mango Hand and Body Lotion
  • Italian Lemon Hand and Body Lotion
  • Tropical Coconut Hand and Body Lotion
  • Coconut Lime Hand and Body Lotion
  • Bulgarian Lavender Hand and Body Lotion
  • Spicy Vanilla Chia Hand and Body Lotion
  • Sweet Almond Hand and Body Lotion

They also have a hand and foot repair cream:

  • Pumpkin Spice Hand Repair Cream
  • Perfect Pistachio Foot Repair

Other reasons I love their products are:

  • All our products are 100% vegetarian
  • No animal testing
  • Most of all their products are gluten free. Please read all labels to determine if that particular product is or is NOT gluten free.
  • They are a Certified B Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-aging foods, Beauty

12 ways to slow the aging process with food, fewer calories and exercise

 

Young WomanBeauty isn’t just skin deep. Total body wellness is just as important as skin deep. I realize cosmetic surgery is a fast way of completing the exterior process, but you need to help the inner as well. If you want your muscles, cells, and organs to function properly, nourishing them is just as important. Foods rich in antioxidants prevent oxidative stress and get rid of aging free radicals.

New studies have shown that also eating less can slow the aging process by cutting calories which slows down the aging process in our cells. Cells make proteins which when slowed down ribosomes have time to repair themselves.

  1. Green Tea – Rich in antioxidants helps with free radicals that can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging.
  2. Lemon Juice – Removes marks from your skin and can aid in helping your nails look brighter and whiter.
  3. Fruit – Citrus fruits are full of antioxidants
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar – For acne and scars, it cleans your skin when rubbed on the face gently.
  5. Nuts– Cell membranes are rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which are essential fatty acids.
  6. Bell Peppers – Full of Vitamin A, a huge contributor for healthy and glowing skin.
  7. Cinnamon – Helps in burning fat in the body.
  8. Cruciferous vegetables – Such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are rich in sulfur and antioxidants.
  9. Grains – Oats, brown rice, and quinoa – are not stripped of their nutrient-rich germ and bran layers in the way refined grains have.
  10. Tomatoes – Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant (it’s also found in carrots, watermelon, and other red vegetables and fruits).
  11. Fish – Mackerel, sardines, and salmon (oily fish) contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help combat inflammation in the body.
  12. Exercise regularly – Almost any amount and type of physical activity may slow aging deep within our cells, a new study finds.

I always say that eating healthy is the answer to not giving the Big Pharma our hard earned money and you can look beautiful as well. Couldn’t hurt, right?

 

Bloating

20 Natural Ways to get Rid of Bloating

Bloating

Many people complain about intestinal gas, but what one person complains about, may not mean what the other person is complaining about. To understand how the gastrointestinal tract works and how you are being affected is important to make the necessary changes to improve or prevent this in the future.

When you eat or drink, a small amount of air is carried into the stomach. When you eat food, it is then churned into small fragments, which then go into the intestine. After your stomach empties the small intestine it contracts moving everything south. And when it goes south is when you absorb food’s nutrition, such as minerals, calories, and vitamins. The liquid that becomes indigestible waste then goes into the large colon (bowel). Water from the liquid fragments is then reabsorbed and this is how stool formed.

If you follow a simple diet and lifestyle changes you may be able to reduce gastrointestinal gas and relieve symptoms.

Females are more likely to get intestinal bloating after eating than men. Aren’t we lucky!  Bloating is caused poor or disorganized contractions. Also, if the muscles are too relaxed, this can cause bloating as well.

A condition in which there are disorganized movement and spasm of the bowel is called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Your stomach can bloat from eating too quickly and your stomach not being happy with what you just fed it.

We already know that beans and milk cause bloating, but I’ve compiled a starter list below to give you a little knowledge on what foods can trigger bloating.

Vegetables

  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kohlrabi
  • Asparagus
  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips
  • Garlic

Fruits

  • Prunes
  • Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Fatty Foods
  • Pan-fried or deep-fried foods
  • Fatty meats
  • Cream sauces
  • Gravies
  • Pastries

Liquids

  • Carbonated beverages
  • Powders
  • Medications
  • Dairy Products

Natural ways to help bloating

  1. Let the gas leave the body. Yes, fart!
  2. Drink Peppermint Tea
  3. Eat ginger
  4. Eat some caraway seeds
  5. Drink some chamomile tea
  6. Take some activated charcoal
  7. Eat pumpkin
  8. Drink warm lemon water
  9. Chew your food thoroughly
  10. No talking while chewing
  11. Exercise
  12. Eat anise seed
  13. Take probiotics
  14. Don’t drink cold beverages while eating
  15. Reduce salt
  16. Do not eat fruits after a meal
  17. Eat digestive enzymes
  18. Treat constipation
  19. Eat smaller amounts of food
  20. Meditation

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16143143

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3388350/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3264926/

 

 

 

Argan Oil

10 WONDERFUL and BENEFICIAL uses of Argan Oil for your hair and skin (3 minute read)

argan tree

Argan oil is from the Argan (Argania spinosa) tree endemic to southwestern Morocco. The fruit from the tree has an oleaginous kernel that has “argan oil” in it. I’m sure you’ve heard that it is known as “liquid gold” or “Moroccan miracle oil” and there are reasons for that. It has been used for centuries in Morocco as a cosmetic oil to maintain a fair complexion, to cure skin pimples and chicken pox scars. It is also used for culinary reasons to add a nut flavor. However, keep in mind that for cosmetic uses, it needs to be cold pressed versus roasted.

Argan opil

In this day and age and after many studies, we have found that there are many other uses for the “liquid gold”  or “Moroccan miracle oil,” as well.

Reasons to use Argan Oil

Acne – The triterpenoids naturally found in Argan oil have amazing health benefits for skin including the treatment of mild acne and acne-related scarring.

Psoriasis – Argan oil’s hydrating effects can make psoriasis feel better by adding much-needed moisture.

Eczema – Rubbing this into the skin after a shower will help lock in moisture and stop the itching.

Sun – Applying Argan oil can regenerate cells caused by UV damaged skin. It fades sun spots and heals dry skin that looks dry and leathery. Cancer – Compounds in Argan Oil are called triterpenoids. Triterpenoids are phytochemicals also known as isoprenoids. These are secondary metabolites. Many studies conducted have shown that metabolites are toxic to tumor growth.

Arthritis – Found to be particularly helpful with those that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis from the oil when massaged into the skin.

Hair – Argon Oil is well known to help dry hair. Use it overnight as an intense hair treatment or use it as a leave-in to help moisturize, during the day. It is great for split ends.

Skin – Argan Oil has approx. 80% fatty acids, which have been proven to erase crow’s feet and wrinkles by using it regularly which increases elasticity and by increasing the regenerative rate of healthy skin cells. So for an older woman for example, who have had your insides removed, it protects you from the sun, gives you elasticity, which promotes smoother skin and protects you from free radicals.

Burns and wounds – In a clinical study on rats, argan oil showed significant aid in burns and wounds.

Brittle fingernails – Rub some into your cuticles and fingernails to moisturize.

Antioxidant – Argan Oil has flavonoids and vitamin E which is incorporated into cell membranes, which protects them from oxidative damage. Flavonoids have shown potential in the treatment of breast, colon, prostate, pancreas, lung, and other related cancers.

argan nuts

What makes Argan oil so effective?

Tocopherols (Vitamin E) – organic chemical compounds

Fatty Acids – A large group of monobasic acids found in animals and plants.

Polyphenols / Ferulic Acid – Organic compounds containing more than one phenol group; responsible for the color and flavor of some fruits and vegetables; may have antioxidant properties.

Phytosterols – Plant sterols and stanols that inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the small intestine and, in effect, lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in humans.

Triterpene – Any of various unsaturated hydrocarbons, C10H16, found in essential oils and oleoresins of plants such as conifers and used in organic syntheses.

Squalene – A hexaisoprenoid (triterpenoid) hydrocarbon; intermediate in the biosynthesis of cholesterol and other sterols and triterpenes; found in shark oil and in some plants.

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723062/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4321565/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723062/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17524128

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3182282/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/26978857/

 

Copper

Interesting facts about copper and the human body

Copper CuCopper is one of the essential minerals needed by all humans. It maintains blood volume, produces energy in cells and builds tissues in the body.

Health Benefits of Copper

Bones and tissues – Copper is essential for the formation of strong and flexible connective tissues. Cuproenzyme, lysyl oxidase, two important structural proteins that cross-link collagen and elastin to form strong and flexible connective tissues. Lysyl oxidase helps in maintaining the integrity of connective tissue in the heart and blood vessels and plays a role in bone formation.

Antioxidant protector – Studies have shown that dietary intake in most people is insufficient. Taking copper with iron builds red blood cells. Copper neutralizes free radicals and may reduce or help prevent some of the damage they cause.
Balances cholesterol – Copper has shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (bad) and increase HDL cholesterol (good).

Boosts energy – When you speed up the molecular oxygen (O2) to water (H2O), cytochrome c oxidase generates an electrical gradient used by the mitochondria to create the vital energy-storing molecule, ATP.

Brain Stimulator – Food with more copper in it, is known as “brain food”. A study showed that there are higher thought processes, enables neural pathways and enables us to think creatively.

 

Copper deficiency can be inherited or acquired from malnutrition, malabsorption, or excessive zinc intake. Copper deficiency is most common caused by gastrointestinal surgery, such as gastric bypass surgery, due to malabsorption of copper, or zinc toxicity.

Deficiencies of copper could include:

Anemia
Low body temperature
Bone fractures
Osteoporosis
Low white blood cell count
Irregular heartbeat
Loss of pigment from the skin
Thyroid problems

Foods rich in Copper
Oysters
Soybeans
Lentils
Walnuts
Tempeh
Garbanzo Beans
Sunflower seeds
Mushrooms/Shitake

I always say the best way to get enough copper or other minerals is through your diet. For your body to use copper, you need to have a balance of zinc and manganese. The following lists provide the recommended daily dietary intake of copper for children and adults from the Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine.

Pediatric
For infants from birth to 6 months: 200 mcg daily
For infants 7 to 12 months: 220 mcg daily
For children 1 to 3 years: 340 mcg daily
For children 4 to 8 years: 440 mcg daily
For children 9 to 13 years: 700 mcg daily
For children 14 to 18 years: 890 mcg daily

Adult

For adults 19 years and older: 900 mg daily
For pregnant women: 1,000 mcg daily
For breastfeeding women: 1,300 mcg daily
If you take a copper supplement, you should also take a zinc supplement.  Speaking to your doctor is always best.

References:

http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=7526434
http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/copper
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9587142
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/minerals/copper
https://www.omicsonline.org/copper-and-zinc-biological-role-and-significance-of-copper-zincimbalance-2161-0495.S3-001.php?aid=3055
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8364505
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3690345/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17367269
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925443911001426

 

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10 Interesting Health Benefits of Phosphorus (2 minute read)

phosphorus

Phosphorous is one of the most abundant minerals in your body, next to calcium. These two minerals work together to building strong bones and teeth. Did you know that 85% of phosphorus is found in your bones and teeth? Phosphorus is a key mineral that helps filter out waste through the kidneys and plays an essential role in how the body uses and stores energy. It is also needed for the production of our genetic building blocks, RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), maintenance, repair and growth of our cells and tissues.

Taking a calcium supplement could interfere with the absorption of phosphorus. So it is important to understand the RDA. According to the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research, the RDA of Phosphorus is:

  • Adults need 1000 milligrams of phosphorus daily
  • Children between the ages of 9 and 18 need 1,250 milligrams per day because bone development and formation is rapid at this stage of life
  • Children ages 4 to 8 need 500 milligrams per day
  • Children ages 1 to 3 need 460 milligrams per day
  • Children ages 7 to 12 months need 275 milligrams per day
  • Infants 0 to 6 months should have 100 milligrams per day

Health Benefits of Phosphorus

  1. Helps the production of bone by helping with phosphorylation, which is a chemical process linked to amino acids signaling proteins which stimulate the growth of bone.
  2. Helps in stimulating glands to balance the hormones.
  3. Filters out waste in your kidneys
  4. Helps with digestion
  5. Is an electrolyte
  6. Maintain, grow and repair tissue and cells
  7. Help with muscle contraction
  8. Helps maintain a regular heartbeat
  9. Urination and excretion
  10. Aids in proper brain functioning and cognitive growth

It is important to speak to a nutritional specialist to find out what foods are high in phosphorus, but here are a few foods rich in phosphorus. Meat, legumes, nuts, peanut butter, tuna, pork, sunflower seeds, rice, white bread, potatoes, peas, broccoli and dairy products are a few foods that are rich in phosphorous.

Health conditions such as diabetes, starvation, and alcoholism can cause levels of phosphorus in the body to fall.

Crohn’s disease and celiac disease make it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients.

Symptoms of phosphorus deficiency include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety,
  • Bone pain
  • Fragile bones
  • Stiff joints
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular breathing
  • Irritability
  • Numbness
  • Weakness

Studies suggest that too much phosphorus in your body (which is more common), can do more damage than having too little phosphorus in your body. If you don’t consume enough calcium with phosphorus it can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. “There is a very delicate balance between calcium and phosphorus is necessary for proper bone density and prevention of osteoporosis”, according to a study at the University of Maryland Medical Center

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2486454/

http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/phosphorus

 

Pistachio

9 Surprising Facts About The Pistachio Nut

Pistachio

 

 

Pistachio Nuts were a common food since 6750 BC. They are a member of the cashew family and originate from Asia and the Middle East.

Pistachios are eaten whole, salted, roasted or fresh.  Pistachios are also used in ice cream, butter, and a paste.

Pistachios not only taste great but have nutrients carbohydrates, proteins, fats, dietary fiber, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin B-6, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin K.

Out of all the nuts out there, pistachios contain the highest amounts of potassium, γ-tocopherol, vitamin K, phytosterols, and xanthophyll carotenoids.  Clinical studies suggest that pistachios help maintain healthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, glycemic control, and endothelial function. When consumed in moderation, pistachios may help control body weight because of their satiety and satiation effects and their reduced net metabolizable energy content.

In another study pistachios (roasted) have a lower fat content than any of the other nuts out there.

Health benefits of pistachios include aiding in

Type 2 diabetes – Pistachio nuts as a snack has beneficial effects on glycemic control, according to a study.

Heart Health – Pistachios have been studied for many years in reference to cardiovascular disease. Studies show a significant drop in cholesterol when consuming pistachios. Five published randomized cardiovascular trials have shown that pistachios promote heart-healthy blood lipid profiles.

Blood Pressure – Pistachios are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which may reduce hyperglycemia and improve metabolism.

Weight loss – Researchers found that pistachios have satiety and satiation effects. Another study with individuals in a weight loss program demonstrated lower body mass index and triglyceride levels who consumed pistachios versus pretzels. Epidemiological studies have failed to find any association between nut or pistachio consumption and either weight gain or an increased risk of obesity

Cancer – Pistachios have vitamin E and other antioxidants in them may reduce the risk of cancer.

Absorbing Iron – A study conducted found that pistachios are high in copper, which helps the body absorb more iron therefore helping in not getting anemia.

Improved Digestion – In a study, they suggest pistachios have prebiotic characteristics and contain non-digestible food components such as dietary fiber, which remains in the gut and serve as food for naturally occurring bacteria.  Pistachios also contain phytochemicals that could modify microbiota composition. Foods with prebiotic properties may enhance the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.

Fiber – A serving of about 1 ounce or 30 grams of pistachios contains about 3 grams of dietary fiber, more than enough to get your digestive tracts working at excellent capacity.

Erectile Dysfunction – Turkish researchers revealed results from a study that eating 3-1/2 ounces of pistachio nuts a day for 3 weeks led to improved sexual function in men with ED.