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Pure food, wild food, potent food; these, not drugs, prevent and cure disease.
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Ginger and Orange Pickled Beets Recipe - Good Food Life

Ginger and Orange Pickled Beets Recipe - Good Food Life | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
This is a delicious way to make use of those extra red beets hiding in the dark corner of your pantry. For an extra citrus zing, add a few strips of orange or lemon zest to the simmering syrup. These beets will keep for at least two ...
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Everyone should increase their beetroot intake.  It's fantastic for detoxing the liver and we all need that with the levels of toxins we ingest daily.

 

For more information on using beetroot in your diet, go to http://powerfoods.wikispaces.com/Beetroot

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Turmeric Tea Recipe - My Yoga Online

Turmeric Tea Recipe - My Yoga Online | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
Turmeric Tea Recipe. This is an amazing liver detoxifier and stomach acid regulatorCayenne helps to ward off colds, sinus infections and sore throats. This beverage is most soothing when drunk warm. It is also great for ...
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A Recipe for Turmeric Juice: A Powerful Healing Beverage

A Recipe for Turmeric Juice: A Powerful Healing Beverage | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
Turmeric's also a natural liver detoxifier and a kidney cleanser, and it speeds metabolism and aids in weight management. Plus it heals and alleviates conditions of depression, psoriasis, damaged skin, arthritis and more.
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City food chain role on table - Otago Daily Times

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City food chain role on table
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The Dunedin City Council is being asked to take a more active role in Dunedin's food chain by supporting community food initiatives and even helping protect wild food sources.
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Research Confirms Herbal Medicines Inhibit Influenza

Research Confirms Herbal Medicines Inhibit Influenza | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
New research from Japan and China have confirmed that certain medicinal herbs and their constituents have the ability to directly inhibit influenza as well as stimulate the body's own immune system in order to counteract the flu virus.
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Research keeps proving what we alreay know and have known for generations, so why does medicine keep insisting that these plant based medicines don't work at all?

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Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death'

Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death' | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death'.
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Worth a try if you can get it, but can be hard to source.

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The benefits of delightful ginger and 5 delicious ways to eat it. - Babble

The benefits of delightful ginger and 5 delicious ways to eat it. - Babble | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
The benefits of delightful ginger and 5 delicious ways to eat it.
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The wonders of ginger are boundless.
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It's hard to indentify which of the superfoods is at the top of the list; there are so many of them.  It's more than 12 or 15.  Maybe it's 30.  If we all ate them all, how many of us would be sick?  Ginger is certainly up there.

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Evolutionary Psychiatry: Cocoa and Cognitive Decline

Evolutionary Psychiatry: Cocoa and Cognitive Decline | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it

The author of this article implies that there is only one study, done by Mars, which of course, taken in isolation, we might decide not to trust. But this is not an isolated study. It is in good company.

 

Go to the link below to see a site that has collected 72 peer reviewed medical articles on the value of cocoa.  Let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater - just because one study was done by a company with a vested interest in the outcome. 

 

Image attribution Zimbres / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

 

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/greenmed/display/substance/c?sort=desc&order=AC you

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Of course, we must realise that whilst the natural substances in unprocessed cocoa may be good, the stuff we put with them to turn them into chocolate may be much less desirable. Health purists go for totally natural powdered chocolate and make it up themselves into tasty treats using only other beneficial natural products.

 

This material is suitable for SITHCCC307 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements. For teaching resources about cocoa and how to use it, go to http://powerfoods.wikispaces.com/Chocolate
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Hot Chocolate Tastes Better in Orange Cups, Study Says

Hot Chocolate Tastes Better in Orange Cups, Study Says | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
Like hot chocolate? According to a new study, you'll like it even more if you drink it from an orange mug.
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Something for the cafes to think about.  Are your hot chocolate mugs orange?

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Love it or Loathe It: The polarization of cilantro - La Jolla Light

Love it or Loathe It: The polarization of cilantro - La Jolla Light | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it

Love it or Loathe It: The polarization of cilantro

 

An anti-oxidant phyto-nutrient powerhouse, this mighty herb warrior boosts the immune system fending off various viruses, has diuretic properties found to control mild cases of...

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If you also loathe cilantro - otherwise known as coriander - I have a recipe in my cookbook and on my website for a coriander pesto, where the coriander is totally overwhelmed by the lemon, garlic and other potent ingredients.  These big bullies of the kitchen seem to play really well together and the result is delicious. 

 

http://www.christine-margaret.com/

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Could white chocolate compounds also benefit heart health?

Could white chocolate compounds also benefit heart health? | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
The potential heart health benefits of dark chocolate may be only partly linked to the flavanol content, with white chocolate - devoid of such compounds - also offering potential cardiovascular benefits, says a new study. ...
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This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon...

This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon... | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it

This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dying beta cells with the diabetic's pancreas, and yet too few even know it exists.http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/black-seed-remedy-everything-death

 

 

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Can be tricky to find in Australia, but well worth the effort.

 

To find out more about this seed go to http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/nigella-sativa-aka-black-seed.  You will find 34 articles covering a very wide range of illnesses.  This seed seems to have a potent detoxification effect.

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Pine nuts nutrition facts and health benefits

Pine nuts nutrition facts and health benefits | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
Pine trees grow in the wild cold and taiga forest regions of the northern hemisphere, particularly of Siberia and Canada. They straight erect trees with large ...
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Somewhat too expensive in Australia to use to any great extent, but its nice to know that the sprinkle we get in our basil pesto really is good for us.

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Spice up your Dog&Cat's life | Turmeric | Paws for the News | Paws ...

Spice up your Dog&Cat's life | Turmeric | Paws for the News | Paws ... | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
The Dog Food Industry and Turmeric: Many commercial dog food manufacturers are now putting turmeric in their dog kibble...www.pawsforthenews.tv.
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Beat Inflammation With Turmeric - To Your Health

Beat Inflammation With Turmeric
To Your Health
Historically, turmeric has been prescribed to treat a wide range of conditions, from skin diseases and constipation to poor vision and rheumatism.
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Turmeric or Haldi - health benefits galore! - India.Com Health

Turmeric or Haldi - health benefits galore! - India.Com Health | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
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Turmeric or Haldi - health benefits galore!
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Barefeet In The Kitchen: Creamy Crock-Pot Cocoa

Barefeet In The Kitchen: Creamy Crock-Pot Cocoa | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
Rich, creamy hot cocoa can be made from scratch with barely two minutes work. You might be asking yourself why anyone would want to use the crock-pot to make hot chocolate. As it turns out, it's kind of nice not to hover over ...
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Purple Carrots Boast Ancient Roots

Purple Carrots Boast Ancient Roots | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
Carrot in the English lexicon has become a synonym for bright, vibrant orange. But that wasn't always the case. Back a few millennia, calling someone a "carrot top" might have conjured more of a dark Goth image.
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Fortunately, these carrots are becoming more readily available.  As they are easier to grow and have more nutritional value than an orange carrot, it is perhaps surprising that we forgot about them in the first place.

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Activist Post: Turmeric Extract Puts Drugs For Knee Osteoarthritis To ...

Activist Post: Turmeric Extract Puts Drugs For Knee Osteoarthritis To ... | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
I have used turmeric myself and noticed a difference in my joints within a couple of days. I have recommended to others who were surprised at the ability of this herb to work so quickly, and produce such amazing results.
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Sayer Ji who wrote this article is behind the fantastic web resource on healing foods, http://www.greenmedinfo.com/

 

Think of something you have wrong with you, or perhaps a family member, go to this site, run a search, and see what foods will help.

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Tasty Turmeric Smoothie

Tasty Turmeric Smoothie | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it

Get all the wonderful health benefits of turmeric, in particular antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, by incorporating it into a delicious and easy to make smoothie. 

 

For more details on why you should be adding turmeric to your diet whenever you can, look up curcurmin, curcuminoids and turmeric on www.greenmedinfo.com, in the Substances area of the site.

 

Christine Kent's insight:

This smoothie might well work.  I use fresh turmeric root whenever I juice.  It doesn't change the flavour much at all.  I wonder if fresh root could go into this smoothie recipe?  Will have to check some time.

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Down on the Allotment

Down on the Allotment | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
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Turmeric, the queen of all healing plants.  Got someting wrong with you.  Don't worry, just take turmeric.  It helps with everything.  You can buy the dried spice in bulk and pack your on capsules if you are seriously ill and want to take a steadily high dose.  There are no known contra-indications.  Check out the articles on http://www.greenmedinfo.com/  if you are nervous about using plants medicinally.

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Vitality Cuisine: Kale is No. 1 on the nutrient chart - Sturgis Journal

Vitality Cuisine: Kale is No. 1 on the nutrient chart
Sturgis Journal
Kale's health benefits are primarily linked to a high concentration of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K — and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.
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I do wish I could persuade myself to eat my green.  But if I was to do so, this would be the one to really work on.

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Post-Holiday Detox Dining Can Be A Tasty Surprise - NPR

Post-Holiday Detox Dining Can Be A Tasty Surprise - NPR | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
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Post-Holiday Detox Dining Can Be A Tasty Surprise
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Ginger is a frequent ingredient in the fad market detox blends. The spicy, pungent root is thought to alleviate a variety of ailments.
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My approach to food here - add superfoods to everything you eat, and some great looking recipes.  I haven't tried them yet, so let me know if you decide to give them a go...

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Study: Saccharin And Sugar Found More Addictive Than Cocaine

Study: Saccharin And Sugar Found More Addictive Than Cocaine | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
Sugar and Saccharin More Addictive Than Intravenous Cocaine?
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Now wouldn't that be interesting - legalise cocaine and ban sugar?  It could never happen, but why?  Cocaine is manufactured from a plant, marijuana is manufactured from a plant, sugar is manufactured from a plant, tobacco is manufactured from a plant - they are all derived from natural products (except saccharin) but the key is in the word "manufactured".  Once you isolate a single plant chemical away from its ecosystem - that is, all the other chemicals it normally lives side by side with, it causes trouble in the body.

Some plants contain a balance of phytochemicals that is very good for humans, and we are learning more about these every day. but some contain a balance that will kill us.  It is really a good idea to know which is which before you eat it.  The folklore is to watch and see if animals or birds consume the plant before you try, but that doesn't work.  Many creatures on the planet have evolved to tolerate quite serious toxins that would kill us.  In the same way, most of us can tolerate the theobromine in chocolate but it will kill a dog. 

 

Always check out a new food or plant before you eat it, and never forage for wild food without an expert showing you all the nuances.  But do, do, do grow food that goes wild.  It's the best food there is.

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Soup lovers rejoice!

Soup lovers rejoice! | Super Food Matters with Christine Margaret | Scoop.it
Soup lovers rejoice!
Gazpacho could help to lower blood pressure, says study
www.nutraingredients.com
Regular consumption of cold gazpacho soup can help to battle high blood pressure and cut heart disease risk, say researchers.
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Common foods, uncommon benefits

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