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Healing Properties of Fruits

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Healing Properties of Fruits
Fruits are naturally good for our bodies, however, there are some fruits that have amazing healing properties. They are: grapefruit, pineapple, watermelon, cherry,lemon, papaya, pomegranate, kiwi, cranberry, elderberry, coconut, plantain and strawberry.

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Fresh fruits are good for our bodies, because they are jam packed with vitamins and minerals. Even many doctors and healthy specialists, encourage their patients and clients to eat much fruits daily. In general, fruits are good for us, but, did you know that some fruits have amazing healing properties?
1) Coconuts- are good to help in the fight against gastric ulcers. The milk and the water of the coconut have anti-ulcerogenic properties.

2) Cherry- helps in the fight against inflammation and pain. Anthrocyanins is a compound found in cherries, that is effective in pain and inflammation reduction.

3) Cranberry- the cranberry extract, is effective in the prevention of urinary tract infesction in women.

4) Elderberry- this fruit is used as remedy to anti-respiration, this is due to its active compound, "flavonoids".

5) Grapefruit- this fruit, including the seeds, have been known to be effective in the fighting against urinary tract infections.

6) Lemon- lemonade has been known to be effective with persons who has kidney stones.
7) Kiwifruit- this fruit has been known to lower cholesterol, when used with hawthorn.

8) Papaya- new research shows that unripened papaya, when applied to skin ulcers, has a positive effect rate of 72%.

9) Pineapple- the compound bromelain, when extracted from the pineapple, has been shown to be effective in some cancers.

10) Pomegranate- this fruit contains potent plant estrogen, and may function as a regulator for hormones.

11) Plantain- this fruit has been known to be effective in the treatment of diarrhea, clinical research confirms that plantain is valuable in its management.

12) Strawberry- this fruit is good in the help of cardiovascular health, it has also been shown to relax the lining of the blood vessels. This works to help to reduce blood pressure.

13) Watermelon- this fruit contains amino acids, which helps with the natural dilation of the blood vessels and the reducing of blood pressure.

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, August 1, 2014 11:46 AM

Who doesn't love the delicious satisfying sweet taste of fruit?  Fruit has amazing medicinal benefits. Are you aware that humans cannot like animals,, produce vitamin C from glucose? We have a biological dependence on obtaining vitamin C from external sources.

 

Read this interesting article on the Amazing Healing Properties of 13 Common Fruits. And be sure to eat a few pieces of fruit (organic preferable) every day to get all the health benefits and to add sweetness into your meals. A good idea is to try a new fruit every day or at least once a week So what's your favorite fruit?

 

This www.scoop.it/t/zestful-living site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for healthy food tips and wisdom @http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

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Spring Detox Smoothie

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SPRING DETOX SMOOTHIE

 

Since we’re now into spring I thought it was time to create a new smoothie using all the fresh greens available. This smoothie is a slightly spicy blend of arugula, kale, pea shoots, and micro greens, combined with avocado, cucumber, lemon, and a little coconut water for sweetness. It’s low in sugar, high in fiber, and the perfect way to add more greens into your diet this season. Hello spring detox smoothie!


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SPRING DETOX SMOOTHIE


The first step to making an amazing green smoothie, is hitting the farmers market.
If you have a local farmers market, they’re likely to be loaded with fresh greens this time of year. If you can’t find arugula and microgreens, feel free to substitute with what you have. Spinach, chard, baby kale, mizuna, dandelion greens, and collard greens are all wonderful in this smoothie.
For a sweeter version, you can also add (organic) frozen blueberries, but there is a zesty-ness with the arugula.

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Author: Sonnet
Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 1
INGREDIENTS
½ organic cucumber, chopped
½ avocado, pitted and peeled
1 cup organic, raw kale
½ cup organic, raw arugula
½ cup microgreens and/or pea shoots
1 cup coconut water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 ice cubes


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Power up your diet

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Power up your diet

 

According to David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, "FOOD", if it's chosen well, can reshape our medical destinies for the better. It can also improve our mood, focus, energy, skin, and metabolism. Here's how to supercharged you.


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Eating well to look, feel, and perform our very best is important. This is not just about choking down foods because they're good for you, it's about filling your plate with delicious fare. These include: Asparagus and Walnuts, which are good for your mood. Spring Garlic and Legumes are good for weight loss. And Spinach is good for energy.


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The alkaline diet: does the pH of your diet really matter?

The alkaline diet: does the pH of your diet really matter? | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it

The alkaline diet: does the pH of your diet really matter?


The alkaline diet is popular and claims many benefits, but scientists question the theory behind it. Although the diet's high intake of "alkalizing" vegetables and fruit and lower intake of "acidic" animal foods claims to slow down ageing, boost energy and mood and reduce the risk of diseases such as osteoporosis, there's not much evidence to support these claims so far.

 

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The alkaline diet: does the pH of your diet really matter?

 

Many scientists argue that, the alkaline theory doesn't make sense because the body already has a system for keeping its acid/alkaline balance tightly regulated.
However, you can't argue with any diet favoring vegetables and fruits over highly processed foods. It's well known that a high intake of veggies and fruit helps reduces blood pressure, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, and Australian research has also linked diets higher in plant foods to less skin wrinkling.
If you are interested, you can make simple soups.


Day 1. Load your biggest saucepan with water and vegetables like onion, celery, potato, carrot, sweet potato, parsnips or fennel. Simmer 30 or 40 minutes.

Day 2. Reheat half the remaining soup, add some greens and let them wilt. Maybe stir in some yoghurt and fresh herbs.

Day 3. Heat remaining soup, adding cooked grains like barley, brown rice or bulgur and/or rinsed canned legumes like chickpeas or cannellini beans.


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What can strawberries do for your health?

What can strawberries do for your health? | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it
he health benefits of strawberries include improved eye care, proper brain function, relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout and various cardiovascular diseases. The impressive polyphenolic and antioxidant content of strawberries make them good for improving the immune system, preventing against various types of cancers, and for reducing the signs of premature aging.

These berries, with their tempting looks and spectacular taste, secured their place in the list of favorite fruits a long time ago. Strawberries have the common scientific name of Fragaria, but there are different suffixes for different varieties, such as Fragaria Vesca for wild strawberry, and Fragaria Orientalis for Eastern Strawberries, among others. Strawberries grow in bushes and are one of the most delicious seasonal fruits that also boost your health.
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I love strawberries especially on my smoothies. Did you know that this exotic looking fruit has a lot of benefits including eye care improvement, proper brain function, lower blood pressure and a lot more. It can also help in diseases like gout and cardio related problems. Strawberries are also good in improving immune system and can reduce the sign of aging. I love strawberries. It grows in bushes. This is a great seasonal fruit.

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Are fruit juices healthy?

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Are fruit juices healthy?

 

Fruit juices marketed at children as being healthy can contain as much sugar as a glass of Coca-Cola, according to a new study.

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Are fruit juices healthy?

 

According to a research carried out by a group, they found that fruit juices made from concentrate contains 13g of sugar per 100ml. This is as much as a glass of soft drinks

The survey looked specifically at juices that were aimed at children or marketed as lunchbox-friendly. “It is a complete scandal that these drinks are marketed to children and parents as if they are ‘healthy’; this has to stop,” said Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of Action on Sugar.

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Pomegranates

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The Health Benefits Of The Pomegranate ~ Natural And Healthy Life Guide With Natural Remedies

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The pomegranate is one of the many fruits for which we may not know enough about its health benefits.We know that because of its taste,many people eat or drink the pomegranate juice whenever they have the opportunity.

The pomegranate is a good antioxidant that is highly recommended for kidneys.In fact,a research has shown that the pomegranate protects the kidneys from the harmful toxins.

Also,experts say that the pomegranate protects and regenerates the liver,and also improves the immune system.The pomegranate is packed with vitamin C,so it is mostly recommended in the cold winter days.Of course the pomegranate is very useful for many other health problems too.Watch the following video for more 

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Lemons improve oxygen uptake and brain function

Lemons improve oxygen uptake and brain function | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it
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Lemon juice can help people with a wide variety of health conditions, such as, asthma, colds, coughs, sore throat, diphtheria, influenza, heartburn, liver problems, scurvy, fevers and rheumatism. In addition, the high content of potassium in lemons can help nourish nerve cells and brain function. 

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Organic foods found to have less toxic cadmium than conventional crops

Organic foods found to have less toxic cadmium than conventional crops | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it
Fertilizers used in conventional farming are exposing us to higher levels of this heavy metal.
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Wow! It keeps getting better and not only is this chemical if exposed to your body can lead to  Symptoms after the exposure include cough, dryness and irritation of the nose and throat, headache, dizziness, weakness, fever, chills, and chest pain.

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Ten Vegetables You Need in Your Kitchen

Ten Vegetables You Need in Your Kitchen | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it
You know a diet rich in vegetables is beneficial to your health. Veggies are low calorie, fiber-rich and an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some veggies, however, are more ...
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A consumption are 3,000 IU for men and 2,310 IU for women. Carrots and sweet potatoes both keep well in cold, dark places. Use them in soups, stews, casseroles and pastas or eat them on their own after baking, boiling or steaming.

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Human Health Benefits of Eating Organic Foods

Human Health Benefits of Eating Organic Foods | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it
More recently, an increase in production of genetically modified foods and the lack of labeling of these foods is causing many concerned Americans to choose organic foods. 
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78 percent of American families purchase organic foods.This percentage is steadily increasing as more consumers are becoming aware of the many health benefits conferred by organic foods.

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Health Benefits of Spices

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The health benefits of spices are almost too extensive to list, since between all of the spices available in the world, they encompass almost every element of health, and have been shown to protect 

the body include their ability to fight infection, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, improve heart health, induce sweating, keep skin healthy, regulate the metabolism, detoxify the body, lose weight, increase appetite, strengthen bones, reduce stress, increase digestion, protect against dozens of dangerous diseases, cure colds, protect oral health, contribute to a healthy diet, balance the hormones in our body, and countless other important benefits! Spices are monumentally important, and tremendously delicious, so let’s learn a bit more about them.

 

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Spice up your life with these amazing new facts about some old favorites and new unexpected spices. You be surprised at the amazing properties they hold.

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Flambeed Vanilla-Poached Pears with Apricot Sauce

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This is a great dessert for a fancy party or a girl's night in! I love pears, and I love this recipe, because lighting the rum on fire caramelizes the sugar, and pulls out the flavor of the pears. I served this dish to a rich couple and got a hefty tip back, so I figured it must have been good!
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1 1/2 cups water

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 Bosc pears - peeled, halved and cored

1 cup apricot preserves

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup rum

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40 minsDirectionsBring 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, and vanilla extract to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add 3 or 4 pear halves, reduce heat to medium, and simmer gently until the pears have just turned tender, about 5 minutes. Remove cooked pears to a warm chafing dish or metal serving dish, and continue to cook the remaining pears.Increase heat to medium-high, and boil the syrup until it has reduced to 1 cup. Stir in apricot preserves and return to a boil. Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of water and stir into the simmering syrup. Cook and stir until thickened and clear, about 30 seconds.To serve, pour the hot sauce over the pears, and sprinkle with the rum. Carefully ignite the rum tableside with the lights turned low. Let the alcohol burn out before serving.
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The compound vanillin is a polyphenol which is a powerful antioxidant which fights against free radicals that causes cancer so eat this scrumptious meal and be ware of too much sugar its only a treat!

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Health Benefits of Selenium

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Selenium is an essential trace mineral that has a wide array of health benefits, including its ability to protect against certain heart diseases, boost the strength of the immune system, maximize t...
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Apart from boosting your immune system, selenium also protects your body from wearing down and feeling older than it really is. Selenium has been shown to reduce oxidative stress that often occurs around joints and bones, manifesting as inflammation and various inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, sporiasis, lupus, eczema or associated pain and weakness. By reducing the inflammation at these vital hinges of your body, you can remain active, healthy, and pain-free for many years.

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Spring clean your diet

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Spring clean your diet

 

Do you want to replenish your supply of foods for the spring season, ask yourself if the foods will add or detract from your nutrition goals, like weight loss or healthier meals for your family.
“If the foods you are considering restocking don’t meet the criteria you have set, then out they go,” says Mueller.Think color, “Just like the explosion of colors as things come in to bloom, add a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables,” Mueller says.


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Want to eat healthy, try blending foods such as flax seeds and nuts. Make a switch, by eliminating white foods from your diet, such as: white rice, white bread and refine cereal. Instead use brown rice, whole grains and cereals.
Also, increase the consumption of water daily.

 


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Best Foods To Stave Off Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

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Best Foods To Stave Off Seasonal Allergy Symptoms


Its Spring, and our senses are bombarded with grass, mold, and flower pollen that have infiltrated the air. They create inflammatory responses in the nasal airways and sinuses that leads to the onset of spring allergy symptoms, including sneezing, coughing, and itching. Although there is no cure for allergies, allergy relief first begins with a healthy diet before medications.

 

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Best Foods To Stave Off Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

 

Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide, with symptoms ranging from making you feel miserable to putting you at risk with life-threatening reactions. Many times, we are fed up and frustrated with our allergy conditions. However,there are steps you can take to limit your exposure to pollen or molds, which trigger the onset of symptoms. It all starts with a healthy and well-balanced diet, that includes:
Apple
Broccoli
Fatty Fish
Garlic
Nuts
Turmeric
Yogurt


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Fruits can help us to have clearer skin

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Fruits can help us to have clearer skin

 

Have a healthy appetite? Well, lets ditch the processed foods, such as:sugary foods and anything that can spike your blood sugar, like white breads and flours, which can clog up your internal organs and cause a spike in blood sugar, which can lead to breakouts and dull skin. Stick with whole foods, avoid processed foods and go with colorful fruits and vegetables.

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Fruits can help us to have clearer skin

 

To help to have clearer skin for the spring season, try natural foods, for they are plentiful this time of year, and helps for optimum health and glowing skin. Generally, for better skin you want natural foods that are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, so when I think of spring I think of berries. They’re super rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and they have a low glycemic index, which means they won’t raise your blood sugar.

 

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Great Mediterranean vegetables top tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and cucumbers -

Great  Mediterranean vegetables  top tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and cucumbers - | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it

Check out some great  Mediterranean vegetables to buy and sow early. These veggies can be easy to grow and taste great. 


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This article points out several great veggies to try to grow this year or at least to add into your diet. A wonderful one to try are the special variety of cherry tomatoes. Small, sweet and easy to get your kids to eat!

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National Eating Healthy Day promotes fruits, veggies - WZZM

National Eating Healthy Day promotes fruits, veggies - WZZM | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it
The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day.
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National Eating Healthy Day promotes fruits, veggies

 

Having a fixed daily diet of fruits and vegetables, are good for your health all around.

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Great news: Fruits and veggies actually destroy cancer cells

Great news: Fruits and veggies actually destroy cancer cells | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it

Cancer, second only to heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans, Fruit and Vegetables actually destroy cancer cells!

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Nature has reserved the brightest colors in her palette to ornament those foods that do the most to protect us from cancer and other diseases. Unlike the protocol of traffic lights, the colors red, yellow and green – when found in fresh, organic fruits and vegetables – all signal “Go.” 

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6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers! | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it
Fruit is the perfect compliment to your other savory plantings. Six delicious fruits that want to become part of your next organic gardening endeavor.
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Enough with all of these fruits that require so much patience. Strawberries are an extremely popular fruit for home gardening because they produce fruits very quickly, and require a relatively small amount of space. Strawberries have a very high vitamin C content and are well suited to freezing and processing as jams. 

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Do Colors in Fruits & Vegetables Play an Important Role?

Do Colors in Fruits & Vegetables Play an Important Role? | Fruit for Health | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends eating at least five to nine servings per day of fruits and vegetables. However, the amount of vegetables you eat isn't the only thing you need to ...
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The same way we believe that color and texture plays an important role in fashion and art we come to question ourselves with our food. Are we proud of color scheme is it colorful or is it full of reds, yellows and browns with little to no greens purples and oranges?

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Fruits That Boost Iron

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Iron is an integral part of hemoglobin, the component of red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen to all body cells. It’s available in a wide variety of foods and comes in two basic ...
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oranges and kiwifruit are still useful foods for enhancing iron absorption. legumes are excellent sources of iron. legume you cn eat are lima beans, black eye peas and of course soy!

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Damson Plums

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Some of the most important health benefits of damson plums include their ability to improve the digestive system, lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease, strengthen the bones, increase energy, optimize your sleeping patterns, decrease your risk of certain types of cancer, and boost the immune system.

 

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Aside from their high sugar content, which isn’t necessarily a great attribute, damson plums are very high in vitamin C and riboflavin, as well as dietary fiber, but their real value comes in their minerals, including significant levels of potassium, phosphorous, copper, manganese, and magnesium. Furthermore, damson plums have certain antioxidant compounds that contribute other healthy benefits on those who eat them.

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Minerals

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Different minerals have different benefits and no mineral can be termed as more beneficial or less beneficial. All minerals are critical for proper functioning of the body. Most of the minerals aid in body metabolism, water balance, and bone health, but they can participate in hundreds of other small ways to effectively boost health as well.

Calcium: This vital mineral also boosts bone health (prevents osteoporosis), relieves arthritis, improves dental heath, and relieves insomnia, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, and cramps. Furthermore, it is important in preventing or treating obesity, colon cancer, acidity, heart diseases, and high blood pressure.

Phosphorus: This mineral is integral in reducing muscle weakness, improving bone health, boosting brain function, correcting sexual weakness, aiding in dental care, and optimizing body metabolism.

Copper: This common mineral improves brain function, soothes arthritis, helps in skin care, eliminates throat infections, corrects hemoglobin deficiency, prevents heart diseases, and boosts immunity. It is commonly associated with the uptake of iron and the facilitation of a properly functioning circulatory system.

Iron: This is a key element of hemoglobin formation, body metabolism, muscle activity, anemia, brain function, immunity, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and the regulation of body temperature. Iron’s primary role in the body is in regards to theformation of hemoglobin, which guarantees circulation of the blood and oxygenation of various organ systems. Without iron, anemia sets in, which is manifested in muscle weakness, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, and cognitive malfunction.

Boron: This mineral plays an essential part in Bone health, brain function, anti aging practices, sexual health, preventing cancer, treating Alzheimer’s disease, and reducing muscle pain.


Iodine: This often overlooked component of health can alleviate goitre, fibrocystic breast disease, skin conditions, and cancer, while improving hair care, protecting pregnancy, and improving body metabolism.

Iodide: This is a secondary form of iodine, but is very important in terms of bodily function. It is similarly involved in the overall thyroid function, and without it in the body’s system, goiter will develop. Iodide is vital for producing thyroxine (T4), without which, the body can experience a fall in metabolic rate and increase cholesterol levels.


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Which fruits and vegetables have the highest mineral content?

 

Among others, bananas for potassium and magnesium, kiwis for magnesium, citrus fruit and berries for calcium. Leafed vegetables provide valuable quantities of magnesium, potassium, iron, copper and calcium.

In some vegetables with a high concentration of oxalic acid (spinach, sorrel, beetroot and rhubarb…) little or none of the calcium is absorbed.

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Vitamin K

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The health benefits of Vitamin K include reduced risk of blood clotting, osteoporosis, relief from menstrual pain, internal bleeding, biliary obstruction and excessive menstrual flow.

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It is around the ages between 20 and 30 that an individual’s bone mass decrease starts occurring. This is the time when bones start reaching their maximum strength and density. After this peak time, bone building starts to wane. For women, maximum bone loss starts occurring after menopause, when the estrogen levels decline. The intake of leafy vegetables, collard greens, broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts and lettuce, all of which are rich in Vitamin K, is essential for the body. Even cow milk is good and rich in Vitamin K

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