Argan Oil

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

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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.

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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.

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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
Children should get copper from foods. DO NOT give copper supplements to children.

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)

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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.

MInt

9 Healing Benefits of Mint

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Mint also is known as Peppermint (Mentha x Piperita) It is used in many culinary dishes, as well as, in soaps and cosmetics for aromatic reasons. It is grown throughout Europe and North America.

Mint has been used for thousands of years for many health purposes. Peppermint leaf is available in teas, capsules, and as a liquid extract.

Today researchers know that it aids in many things.

  1. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – A study found that taking peppermint enteric-coated capsules, may help in reducing pain associated with IBS (thought to relieve flatulence, abdominal pain, and distension).
  2. Digestive problemsStudies have shown that peppermint taken with caraway oil may help relieve indigestion. You can also drink peppermint tea, as many people do for indigestion.
  3. Asthma and the common cold – cold – Rubbing mint on your forehead, under the nose, and on your chest can relieve bronchial and respiratory disorders from the scent of peppermint. Rosmarinic acid is found in peppermint leaves which are helpful with inflammatory issues with people suffering from asthma.
  4. Headaches – Peppermint oil is also used topically for tension headaches (applied to the scalp) for fast headache relief.
  5. Reducing spasm during gastrointestinal procedures – A study conducted as a consequence of its relaxing properties on smooth muscle, peppermint oil has given, via enema, has been examined in two trials as a means to reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal spasm during the administration of barium enema and possibly during colonoscopy.
  6. Prostate Cancer – Peppermint contains menthol, which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
  7. Stress – Peppermint oil is used in the bath (few drops) or as aromatherapy to have almost instant stress relief.
  8. Muscle Pain – Rub some peppermint oil on your sore or painful muscles or you can add some to your bath (few drops).
  9. Nausea – Peppermint oil can effectively help with nausea in general and people undergoing chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Cautions:

Possible side effects of peppermint oil include heartburn and allergic reactions like a headache, nausea, blurred vision and mouth sores. I mentioned above about enteric-coated to reduce the likeliness of heartburn. Do not take with antacids, as the coating on the enteric-coating can break down.

When taken orally peppermint oil appears to be safe in common doses. If you overtake peppermint oil, it can be toxic, so just be careful and make sure you know common doses.

Recommended daily allowance Adults: 0.2 to 0.4 mL of oil three times daily in enteric-coated capsules

Children older than eight years: 0.1 to 0.2 mL three times daily according to American Family Physician.

Like other essential oils, peppermint oil is highly concentrated. When the undiluted essential oil is used for health purposes, only a few drops are used.

Side effects of applying peppermint oil to the skin can include skin rashes and irritation. Peppermint oil should not be applied to the face or chest of infants or young children because serious side effects may occur if they inhale the menthol in the oil.

No harmful effects from studies of peppermint leaf tea have been reported. However, the long-term safety of consuming large amounts of peppermint leaf is unknown.

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10 Health Benefits from Potassium

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Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body.  It is also an electrolyte, a substance that conducts electricity in the body, along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function. Potassium is one of the seven essential macro minerals, along with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride, and sulfur.

The Oregon State University recommends an intake of 4700 milligrams per day in adults. They also state that people do not get nearly the recommended amount daily. Humans use to consume a diet high in potassium, until recently with the increasing consumption of processed foods, which potassium is removed from, humans are not receiving the daily recommended amount. If you are eating a lot of processed foods, you may consider supplements, but always ask your doctor first.

Medical News Today says that for individuals with healthy kidneys, excess amounts of potassium are efficiently excreted in urine with no adverse side effects. There have been a small number of reports of potassium toxicity associated with an extremely high intake of potassium supplements. No potassium toxicity has ever been reported related to food consumption. Medical News today also stated that consuming too much potassium can be harmful to those whose kidneys are not fully functional. Some sports supplements and salt substitutes contain high levels of potassium, which have been linked to two cases of cardiac arrest. If your kidneys are unable to remove excess potassium from the blood, it could be fatal due to the effects of potassium on the heart.

A studies conducted at the Cardiac and Vascular Sciences, St George’s, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, UK., and the Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA., state a diet rich in potassium has shown health benefits in lowering blood pressure in individuals with both raised blood pressure and average population blood pressure, increasing potassium intake reduces cardiovascular disease mortality. The study also stated that a high-potassium diet may also prevent or at least slow the progression of renal disease. Reduced serum potassium increases the risk of lethal ventricular arrhythmias in patients with ischemic heart disease, heart failure and left ventricular hypertrophy, and increasing potassium intake may prevent this. The best way to increase potassium intake is to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Bone Health – Studies on bone health have shown that a diet rich in potassium may play a role in preventing osteoporosis in an elderly woman.  A study showed that an increased potassium intake lowers urinary calcium excretion and plays an important role in the management of hypercalciuria and kidney stones and is likely to decrease the risk of osteoporosis

Hypokalemia – Having low potassium is called Hypokalemia, which includes weakness, lack of energy, muscle cramps, stomach disturbances, an irregular heartbeat, and an abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram, a test that measures heart function). Hypokalemia usually happens when the body loses too much potassium in the urine or intestines.

Heart Disease – There have been studies in heart disease that have shown that people with a higher sodium-potassium ratio have a higher risk of heart disease.

IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) – People with IBD (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn Disease) often have trouble absorbing nutrients from their intestines, and may have low levels of potassium and other important nutrients. If are suffering from IBD, your doctor may recommend a supplement after checking your potassium levels.

Brain Function – UC Davis did a study showing that potassium channels play a key role in maintaining the electrical conductivity of the brain and dramatically affect brain function. And that brain cell activity is diminished when potassium channels are open. Closed channels lead to an increase in neuron excitability.

Electrolytes – Potassium has electrolytes which are great for keeping healthy levels of fluids in the body which is critical for your body to function. Electrolytes help to transmit electrical charges from the nervous system and brain.

Nervous System – Potassium helps to boost the efficiency of nerve reflexes that transmit a message from one body part to another.

Metabolism – Potassium helps the metabolic processing of various nutrients like fats and carbohydrates. Which means potassium is great at extracting the energy from the nutrients that are consumed.

Anxiety and Stress – Potassium can help regulate hormones in the body including stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.

Diabetes – Low serum potassium is strongly related to glucose intolerance, and increasing potassium intake may prevent the development of diabetes that occurs with prolonged treatment with thiazide diuretics.

Foods that are rich in potassium

Potato

Sweet potato

Avocado

Cantaloupe

Mushrooms

Beet greens

White beans

Tomatoes

Soybeans

Lima beans

Winter squash

Banana

Spinach

Yogurt, low fat, plain

Pear

Mango

Orange

Pistachio

Raisins

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Cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet

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Did you know conventional cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet? It contains pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxins. More toxins are used on cotton than any other crop in the world.

Cotton is found in numerous daily uses such as beds, clothing, sanitary products, home furnishings, towels, bathrobes, bedding and more.

Conventional cotton contains:

  • Synthetic fertilizers to add nutrients to soil
  • Sewage sludge as fertilizer
  • Most synthetic pesticides for pest control
  • Irradiation to preserve food or to eliminate disease or pests
  • Genetic engineering used to improve disease or pest resistance or to improve crop yields

 

Reasons to use organic cotton:

  • Made without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides
  • No bleach
  • No GMO
  • Free of allergens and nasty chemicals
  • Does not cause any allergy or irritation in people with sensitive skin
  • 100% plant-derived
  • Soothing
  • High absorbent properties

The methods used for organic crops are:

  • Crop rotation
  • Cover crops
  • Organic fertilizers
  • Beneficial insects
  • Human labor for weed control
  • Replenish and maintain soil fertility
  • Reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers
  • Build biologically diverse agriculture

By purchasing organic cotton you are lessening the impact on our environment. Organic farming enables us to:

  • Promote a self-sustaining cycle of resources on a farm
  • Enhance soil and water quality
  • Reduce pollution
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Health Benefits from Bay Leaves

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Bay leaves(Laurus norbilis) refer to an aromatic smell from a few plants. Laurus nobilis is the most commonly used bay leave and is actually an evergreen tree or shrub and is native to the Mediterranean Region. It is important when using bay leaves, since there are many, to stick with the Laurus noblilis. Laurus noblilis is the only accepted bay leave that is used for medicinal purposes and the others could be toxic, according to experts. They state that is can cause damage the central nervous system and could ultimately cause respiratory distress.

Bay leaves contain a good source of folic acid, iron, and vitamin B6, nutrients that play an important role in the production of red blood cells and metabolism. Bay leaves also contain vitamin A, a nutrient necessary for the maintenance of normal vision, a healthy immune system, and cell growth.

The Laurus nobilis is one of my favorite things to use in stews and soups. If you were to eat it, it would be a very bitter taste, so remember it is more for the aromatic smell and is taken out of dishes before served.

Health benefits of bay leaves

DiabetesThe National Center of Biotechnology Information found that after a 30 day period, bay leaf decreased fasting serum glucose in people with type 2 diabetes ranging from 21 to 26% (Table1) after 20 days of eating 1-3grams per day.

They also found that bay leaves decrease serum cholesterol 32 to 40% in people with type 2 diabetes (Table2) after 30 days and more significant in people after 20 days.

In another test, the NCBI found that bay leaves decrease serum LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes (Table3) and positive effects from bay leave increasing HDL cholesterol (Table4). Serum triglycerides were decreased in people with type 2 diabetes (Table5), as well.

Anti-microbial and Antioxidant-Bay leaf essential oil from white wormwood, rose scented geranium on fresh produce showed anti-microbial and antioxidant activity against Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli according to a study done by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Breast Cancer-A study conducted on breast cancer cell models when induced with bay leaf and fruit extracts showed cell death. Making bay leaves a potential natural agent for breast cancer therapy.

Colorectal Cancer-By incorporating Laurus nobilis into food has shown to protect against early events in Colorectal cancer according to a study from the CSIRO Preventative Health National Research Flagship, Food, and Nutritional Sciences, Werribee, Victoria, Australia.

Respiratory Health– A study found that the essential oil extracted from bay leaves and mixed into a salve and then rubbed on your chest can help clear up sinuses by loosening up phlegm.

 

 

 

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8 wonderful benefits of beets

Beets

 

Beetroot is rich in valuable nutrients and fiber-like protein, fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin C phosphorus, zinc, potassium, copper, and manganese, calcium, iron and high in nitrates. Beetroot is also rich in phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, phenolic acids, flavonoids, and carotenoids. Beetroot also has highly bioactive pigments, known as betalains. Beets are known for having the most betalains in any vegetable. There are 2 categories of betalains.

  • Betacyanin  pigments are a red-violet color
  • Betaxanthin pigments are yellow-orange in color

Recent studies at the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), have compelling evidence from studies that beetroot ingested offers beneficial physiological effects for improving hypertension, atherosclerosis dementia, and type 2 diabetes. Beets also are known for aiding in the list below:

  1. Lower blood pressure – Studies have shown that drinking the juice from beets lowers blood pressure in a matter of hours. The nitrates in beets turn into nitric oxide reduce and dilate your blood vessels enabling them to relax.
  2. Anti-cancer properties – The nitrates in the beets turn into nitric oxide(NO). clinical trials on NO show that it has antiproliferative properties that have a lot of potential in cancer therapeutics, which you can read more about here.
  3. Antioxidant – Betalains are potent as an antioxidant
  4. Detoxing – Betalains are shown to help in detoxing the body.
  5. Anti-inflammatory –  Betalains and beetroot extracts are potent anti-inflammatory agents.
  6. Boost Stamina- the NCBI conducted a test on 11 men and it proved that beetroot boosts stamina.
  7. Help your liver – In a study done beetroot juice has shown to decrease levels and activities of the majority of tested biochemical parameters, elevated by DMBA(carcinogen).
  8. Cognition – By increasing blood flow in older adults beet, high nitrates in beetroot have shown to improve cognition in the elderly.

 

 

 

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Sunscreen information and guidance

Sunscreen

Ultraviolet rays are responsible for a wide variety of effects on the skin. Acute responses to UVR are photo-damage, erythema, mutation, immunosuppression, synthesis of vitamin D and tanning. And chronic responses are photo-aging and photocarcinogenesis.

There are 3 types of ultraviolet (UV) rays, UVA, UVB, and UVC.

UVA rays are the ones that cause premature aging and photo-sensitivity. This UVR is not life threatening, but excessive time in the sun can lead to wrinkles, a leathery texture to your skin, hyperpigmentation (liver spots and aging spots) and sagging.

UVB rays are the rays that are out from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and are the ones most responsible for sunburn and skin cancer year round. At higher altitudes and reflective surfaces can increase UVB intensity.

UVC rays are the most damaging of the UV rays and are protected by the ozone layer and do not reach the earth’s surface.

Studies have shown that skin cancer is more prevalent in lighter skin individuals it does not discriminate on darker skin individuals. You should determine your skin type and what SPF you need.

There are 4 types of skin cancers.

Actinic Keratoses (AK) – Look like dry scaly patches.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) – Look like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump or a pinkish patch of skin.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) – Looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then reopens.

Malignant melanoma (deadliest) – Looks like a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin.

  • Reasons to wear sunscreen:
  • Decreases your risk of getting skin cancer
  • Protects your skin from sunburn
  • It sets an example for children
  • The ozone layer is depleting
  • Keeps your skin tone even
  • Keeps you looking young

Skincancer.org suggest applying sunscreen frequently, not going out into the sun with certain medications and many other interesting facts.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2671032/#R5

https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/types-of-skin-cancer

http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/the-skin-cancer-foundations-guide-to-sunscreens