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Powerfoods
3 years ago
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I LIKE POWERFOODS! DO YOU?

I like the word powerfood better than superfood. Superfoods have been talked about so much that it now is commercialized.

The idea of Powerfoods reminds people that there are unique benefits, unique qualities, and unique 'powers' to many foods of the world.

Powerfoods usually have high concentrations of certain nutrients. We usually just don't know about them or appreciate them.

You may have powerfoods in your kitchen right now.

What do you consider powerfoods?

What are your favorite powerfoods?

Diana Herrington just wrote a Care2 article on Raspberries but there are other powerfood articles as well. The raspberry article is at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/raspberry-summer-powerfood.html



This post was modified from its original form on 01 Sep, 10:11
3 years ago

Thank you Randy! I am a great Powerfoods fan which is why I write about them. Love to hear what Powerfoods others like here and more about them.

3 years ago

I love walnuts! My mom loved to cook with them because they add flavor and crunch to any meal. Now I know that walnuts are also highly nutritious, so much so that I consider them a powerfood.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-benefits-of-walnuts.html#ixzz1Xx1NuyZj

3 years ago

I consider powerfoods as almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, raspberries and apples.

3 years ago

I consider my green smoothies a powerfood. They give me energy, provide plant based healthy protein and lots of vitamins and minerals.

Poerfoods
3 years ago

Thanks Cathy and Cindy for YOUR powerfoods. I eat all the foods you do and consider them powerfoods. For myself the powerfood I eat/drink evey single day is Green Tea!

goji berries
3 years ago

are my powerfood, an ounce a day keeps you smiling away benefits,increased energy easier time in the bathroom , the next day there are a million other claims I also like quinoa,azuki beans, buckwheat noodles,hemp seeds seaweeds,kombucha, and acai tonic

3 years ago

By eating powerfoods everyday you can energize and balance your body without costly vitamins and medical bills. Foods affect us on many levels and understanding these factors can help you make better health choices.

Before understanding the power of the foods around me, I was unhealthy, unhappy and confused. Constant visits to doctors and health food stores had little effect on my deep fatigue and constant hunger. That was 30 years ago when Western nutritional science was not as advanced as it is now.

Read more: 5 Ways Powerfoods Help Us: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-ways-powerfoods-help-us.html#ixzz1YdJuoY8u

Powerfoods
3 years ago

Thanks Diana for another great powerfood article in the healthy living article section. This one is on apples. (link included) 10 Reasons Why To Eat An Apple A Day. I don't eat a whole apple every day but pretty close! I particularly like crab-apples which are still available in Canada right now! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-reasons-to-eat-an-apple-a-day.html

Zucchini
3 years ago

ANOTHER powerfood article by Diana. This one was originally called Zucchini Love. There have been times in my life I think I lived on zucchini. Here is the Care2 link. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/why-i-love-zucchini.html

3 years ago

Guess I must like Powerfoods! Thank you Randy for being a big fan.

3 years ago

I LOVE Powerfoods! I sure wish I lived where I could buy more of them regularly! I consider all Raw fruits and veggies Powerfoods, and especially Organic ones without all the chemicals and poison's added! Another of my fav Powerfood's is Organic Raw, Unpasteurized, unfiltered, Apple Cider Vinegar. I believe it is of great benefit to our bodies. It helps with acid reflux, arthritis, allergies, and gout, to name a few! Wishing you all a blessed and Powerfood filled day!

powerfoods
2 years ago

Newest powerfoods post is on PUMPKINS: the Scary Powerfood. 
I personally LOVE pumpkin pie.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/pumpkin-the-magical-superfood.html 

2 years ago

That link did not work even tho it looks correct: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/pumpkin-the-magical-superfood.html

Weird as they look exactly the same but only this one works.

This post was modified from its original form on 23 Nov, 22:27
Pears: Gift of the Gods
2 years ago

Pears: Gift of the Gods

Homer, famous author of the Odyessy, called pears “gift of the gods.” That was in 800 B.C. Thousands of years before and thousands of years later, there are many (including me) who would agree.

Did you know?

  • Pears were cultivated in 5000 B.C. in China by Feng Li, a Chinese diplomat as a commercial venture.
  • The Chinese believed that the pear was a symbol of immortality. (Pear trees live for a long time.)
  • In Greek and Roman mythology, pears are sacred to three goddesses.
  • Pears are members of the rose family.
  • There are more than 5,000 varieties of pears! (When I was at the farmer’s market a guy showed me 5 varieties last week; I was impressed.)
  • Pear trees can produce fruit for up to 100 years.
  • Pears were cultivated to become the sweet juicy taste we know today.
One of my favorite Powerfoods: Onions
2 years ago

Onions for Better Health, says World Health Organization

Everyone loves onions but few recognize how good they are for you! They are full of protective phytonutrients, vitamins, trace minerals, and unique anti-inflammatory compounds. Onions are one of my favorite powerfoods.

6 Health Benefits of Onions:

1. WHO recognizes that onions help relieve symptoms such as coughs, congestion asthma and respiratory infections.

  • Early American settlers used wild onions to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects.
  • In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems.
  • Sugar and onion juice form syrup, much used in domestic practice, for cough and other affections of the air-tubes among children.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/onions-for-health.html#ixzz1qRhvUprR
2 years ago
10 Health Benefits of Mangos

Mangos taste so good that people forget they are also healthy! Discover how the “king of fruits” can help you, plus fascinating trivia and a few mango cautions and concerns.

Health Benefits:

1. Prevents Cancer:

Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.

2. Lowers Cholesterol: The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff)

3. Clears the Skin: Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. (Read more on page 5.)

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-mangos.html#ixzz1rfIzJIKH

cruceferous vegetables
2 years ago

broccoli,cauliflower,and brussel sprouts. all supposedly specific cancer fighting,hence the name.

Powerfoods
2 years ago

Thank you everyone for your healthy food.  I am in a hurry, I have to come at night at a Coffee Depot... with my laptop.  I was coming to the group for many years and I had to quit.  I am staying in a shelter, hoping to find a studio, before going back to Brooklyn NY.  It is not easy to eat.  To give you an example at Easter dinner, was fat pork with too cooked veges etc...  I think I will buy my food, but the way to eat it is to cook it on their microwave, the one I am against.  There is a Market I know where I can buy organic but it will be only in small quantity and as I am tired the way I eat, I can't imagine to go to the Market, it is far from that Shelter, but what is the choice to be healthy? 

I am diabetic, arthrose and tonight I have a big headache. 

I have to go to meet the borders at the PET  (Pierre Elliot Trudeau)  Airport on the 12, this Thursday, someone is coming with me it is enough to cause headache too. 

So, one thing at the time.  It is so mix on my head right now.

Thank you everyone, Diana, I think you remember me, and I have problem to go to Yahoo.  My life is not easy. 

I will come back to look for the solutions I know you can help me.

Thank you! 

Marie C

small fruits
2 years ago

Good Evening everyone.  Nobody answered?  I think that I will write to Diana personnally.

I am not going back to Brooklyn, my decision.  I have to think about me first.

Thank you for all the good stuff I can found here.  I know a lot too. But leaving in a Shelter you can't do what you want.  I'll try to ask what I need, as a Juicing Machine, you can prevent, heal and learn how to eat to be healthy.

Hugs

we are all.

MariE C

2 years ago

thanks everyone for your kindness

Marie

powerfoods
2 years ago

Diana has posted yet another powerfood on Care2 - this time asparagus!  Thanks!
8 Health Benefits of Asparagus8 Health Benefits of Asparagus


It is asparagus season and that means it is spring!

“Keep bees and grow asparagus, watch the tides and listen to the wind instead of the politicians …if you want to live the good life.” – Miriam Waddington, Driving Home, “Advice to the Young”

Health Benefits:

1. Feeds friendly bacteria: Asparagus is one of the few vegetables containing a carbohydrate called inulin. Inulin promotes the growth and activity of these friendly bacteria in the intestines making it difficult for unfriendly bacteria to grow.

2. Anti-carcinogen: Asparagus is the food highest in glutathione, an important anti-carcinogen according to the National Cancer Institute.

3. The root is used to treat urinary issues as well as kidney and bladder stones.

4. Help with a hangover: Researchers say amino acids and minerals in asparagus extract may ease hangovers and protect liver cells against the toxins in alcohol. “These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells,” said lead researcher B.Y. Kim, Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in South Korea.

5. Is used as a tonic in Ayurvedic medicine.

6. Excellent source of folacin which has been shown to help in the prevention of neural tube defects that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year.

7. Has many medicinal properties, according to the ancient Romans.

8. Easy Weight Loss: Like many vegetables, asparagus has very low sugar content, zero fat, a low glycemic index, smart carbs and lots of fiber.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-asparagus.html#ixzz1tp0I5VRX
2 years ago

My powerfood, without question is asparagus. Sometimes if I'm without it in my food rotation, I crave it desperately. Hated it as a child, love out today. We are also big on cranberries, blueberries and tart cherries. Salads are not complete without a handful of the berries and seeds By the way, I'm new around here so it's likely just me but, I found this a particularity difficult thread to follow.

yams
2 years ago

while unable to chew ,I relied on huge yams to satisfy my hunger. they are nutritious and considered one of the top ten foods,amongst oatmeal,salmon,blueberries,etc because they help fight inflamation in the body. also,they are delicious also let's not forget apples,I eat one daily,applesauce when I couldn't chew. the pectin is good for the stomach,my biggest source of grief.

powerfoods
2 years ago

There is another powerfood post by Diana on MILLET. 
Millet is one of my favorite grains, along with rice and quinoa.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-health-benefits-of-millet.html  

2 years ago

One more Powerfood for you!

9 Health Benefits of Broccoli

1. Cancer Prevention

Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body of H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.

Broccoli shares these cancer fighting, immune boosting properties with other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.

2. Cholesterol Reduction

Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.

3. Reducing Allergy Reaction and Inflammation

Broccoli is a particularly rich source of kaempferol and isothiocyanates, both anti-inflammatory phyto nutrients. Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. Broccoli even has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well know as an anti-inflammatory.

4. Powerful Antioxidant

Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants.

5. Bone Health

Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

6. Heart Health

The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, one of the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in broccoli, may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.

7. Detoxification

Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin are special phytonutrients that support all steps in the body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminants. These three are in the perfect combination in broccoli. Broccoli also contains isothiocyanates (which you read about in inflammation) which help control the detox process at a genetic level.

8. Diet Aid

Broccoli is a smart carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

9. Alkalizes Your Body

Like many vegetables, broccoli helps keep your whole body less acidic, which has a host of health benefits. Read the dangers of an over acid body at: Balance Your Body.

Next Page: Interesting Trivia & Tips for Use

Get to Page 3 to see 2 very funny videos about broccoli.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/love-it-or-hate-it-broccoli-is-good-for-you.html#ixzz1wTne7WmI

powerfoods
2 years ago

Another amazing powerfood article I enjoyed by Diana.

13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds: 
Pumpkin seeds are the only seed that is alkaline-forming; in this world of highly acidic diets, that is a very good thing.

Pumpkin seeds taste so good that I add them to many of my meals. They are easy to make highly digestible by soaking for only six hours. I have added a video of this soaking process for you to watch on the last page.


powerfoods
2 years ago

Happy Independence Day Everyone
I know that has nothing to do with the most recent powerfood post by Diana but I just had to say that.
This week it is one LEMONS. - the most alkaline food there is.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-health-benefits-of-lemons.html  

enjoy

Almonds are a Powerfood!
1 year ago

9 Health Benefits of Almonds


9 Health Benefits of Almonds

1.  They reduce heart attack risk.

Those who consume nuts five times a week have about a 50 percent reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.

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2.  They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels, according to a clinical study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc.

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3.  They protects artery walls from damage.
It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease (Research at Tufts University).

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4.  Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.
The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.

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5.  They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss:

  • Although nuts are high in fat, frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (Data from the Nurses’ Health Study)
  • Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31 percent less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom ate them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds)

6.  Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.

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7.  They help provide good brain function. 

Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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8.  They nourish the nervous system.

According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.

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9.  They alkalize the body.
Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.

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Did you know?

  • Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches.
  • 2.51 million tons of almonds were produced in 2010 according to Food and Agriculture Organization.
  • United States is the largest producer of almonds. Unfortunately, it also demands that almonds are pasteurized or irradiated. Read more at:  The Killing of California Almonds
  • From ancient Egypt to modern times, almonds have always been a popular ingredient in lotions and potions.

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Next Page:  Almond Nutrition, almond concerns and 8 great ways to use almonds.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-almonds-king-of-nuts.html#ixzz2ECaDPWpp

ALMONDS
1 year ago

It is always great to know about varies foods that power health, and I learned that almonds protect teeth. A good thing to incorporate in green salads and in fresh fruit salads and for the holidays, dressing and turkey.

1 year ago

You may not believe but seaweed is a powerfood too!

Amazing Benefits of Seaweed: (part of the benefits from: Seaweeds)

  • Has important antibacterial and antiviral effects.
  • Reduces cholesterol levels in the blood, high blood pressure, and arteriosclerosis.
  • Helps discharge other radioactive elements.
  • Macrobiotic doctors & patients in Nagasaki, survived the atomic bombing in August of 1945. They protected themselves against lethal doses of radiation on a diet of brown rice, miso soup, seaweed, and sea salt.
  • Contains B12 (rarely found in vegetables).
  • Is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese and 60 trace minerals.
  • Provides a substance called aliginic acid that helps the body eliminate toxins. (Study at McGill University in Montreal)
  • When the body is saturated with natural iodine from seaweed, it will more readily excrete radioactive iodine taken in from the air, water, or food.
  • Contains 14 times more calcium by weight than milk.
  • Is high in protein, low in fat, and contains little or no carbs.
  • Has components that lower blood pressure.



Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-favorite-seaweed-recipes-their-benefits.html#ixzz2UlM9SrHJ

5 Ways Powerfoods Help Us
1 year ago

1. Broad chemical influences on the body.

These include:

  • Alkaline-forming vs. acid-forming
  • Organic vs. chemical-infused
  • Raw vs. cooked
  • Gluten-free vs. gluten-containing foods
  • Complex carbohydrates (smart carbs) vs. simple sugars (dumb carbs)
  • Whole vs. processed

Each of these factors has multiple influences on the body and a person will respond to these differences depending on their predisposition and levels of health.


Powerfoods are almost always whole but not necessarily gluten-free, raw or alkaline.

2. Specific Chemical Needs: The GAP Theory

Each food has different levels of specific nutrients. If a person has a particular need for a nutrient it will affect them greatly. Powerfoods tend to have very high levels of certain nutrients.

For example: suppose a person has a strong need for vitamin C.  It is winter and she is not eating enough fruits and vegetables.  An orange has vitamin C, so mandarin oranges that are popular around Christmas, have just the right chemistry to feed her immune system and prevent a cold.

3. Genetic Influences of Food

Scientists have been debating for years what is more important: your genetics given to you by your parents or your upbringing.  It turns out that the two are combined.  Your environment activates the expression of your genes. This is very powerful.


For example research has shown that a diet high in omega-3 fats reduces the expression of the Alzheimer’s gene APOE4.  We can sidestep bad genes by eating healthy.



4. Subtle Influences of Food

Many healthy systems around the world have different ways to conceptualize health with very powerful results.  Instead of interpreting food in terms of vitamins and minerals and proteins they talked about principles like heat, cold, fire, water and air, which they could directly perceive.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-ways-powerfoods-help-us.html?page=1



This post was modified from its original form on 11 Jun, 7:43
Strawberry
1 year ago

Another great article about another great powerfood - Strawberries

The Strawberry is called ‘the queen of fruits” In Asian countries because it’s packed with health benefits.

10 Health Benefits of Strawberries

1. Helps burn stored fat
The red coloring contains anthocyanins, which stimulate the burning of stored fat. When a group of animals was fed a high-fat diet along with anthocyanins, they gained 24 percent less weight than the animals eating the high-fat diet without added anthocyanins.

2. Boost short term memory
The anthocyanins boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks.

3. Low in Calories – High in Fiber
One cup contains only 54 calories.

4. Ease Inflammation
Strawberries lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. In a study, women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of CRP.

5. Lower cardiovascular disease
Flavonoids — which are responsible for the colour and flavour of strawberries — lower the risk for heart disease.

6. Promote bone health
Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health.

7. Prevent oesophageal cancer
Studies show freeze-dried strawberry powder may help prevent human oesophageal cancer.

8. Anti-aging properties
Strawberries are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which protects the elastic fibers in our skin to prevent sagging.

9. Good for weight loss
The compound nitrate found promotes blood flow and oxygen in our body, which is great for weight loss.

10. Promote eye health
Eating three or more servings of fruit like strawberries may lower the risk of macular degeneration, a condition resulting in vision loss.

If you go to the ORIGINAL ARTICLE - there is also information on:
How to Buy ( organic - for maay reasons)
How to Store:
How To Enjoy


My favorite recipes:

Strawberry Jam Sugar and pectin free.

Strawberry Crumble Sugar free, gluten free and dairy free

Strawberry MilkShake A classic!

powerfoods
1 year ago

This is another care2 article by Diana on PEACHES!

Who doesn’t love a juicy, tasty peach?

Peaches have been grown for centuries. They were first cultivated in China where they are considered a symbol of immortality and friendship.

16 Ways Peaches Fortify Your Health

1. Peaches are the perfect snack food for losing weight. A peach makes you feel full and keeps you from overeating. The bonus: one peach only contains about 35-50 calories and no fat!

2. Fight obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

3. Keep the skin healthy. 

5. A healthy stress-reliever that helps reduce anxiety. Peaches are often referred to as the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ in Hungary.

6.  Helps prevent cancer with selenium — a mineral with antioxidant properties that may help protect cells from damage.

7. Peaches can help remove worms from the intestines.

8. Have a diuretic effect which helps cleanse your kidneys and bladder.

9. Peaches can calm an upset stomach.

10.  Compounds in stone fruits could help with “metabolic syndrome,” 

11. Those suffering from gout and rheumatism are recommended by dieticians to eat peaches because peaches tend to have a diuretic and a light laxative effect.

12. Peaches are thought to be an aphrodisiac.

13.  Peach flowers have sedative properties .  A remedy for restlessness includes boiling peach flowers in water along with some honey.

14.  Inhibit tumour growth activity. Peaches have excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant activity according to research.

15.  Chronic bronchitis, coughs and gastritis are relieved with the medicinal tea of the leaves and bark of peach trees.

16. Peach tea is used as a kidney cleanser in China.


Note: Detailed nutrition can be found at Peach Calories and Nutrition.


Dont Miss Out!

Peaches are so delicious and nutritious that you will want to get the most from them.
Read How To Buy, Store and Cook Peaches.

Peach Recipes

Creamy Peach Vegan Ice Cream – This sugar free ice cream is easy to make without a ice cream maker.

Strawberry Peach Green Smoothie

Anonymous
1 year ago

I love peaches.

11 months ago

Wow! What a wonderful bunch of information.  I would call these Superfoods.

 

Are there a lot more of these and if so what are they?

 

Oh yes, thank you Randy, Diana and Irene for all of this.

8 Health Benefit of Kale + Cautions
10 months ago

Discover the newest superfood of the stars, its health benefits AND cautions.

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“Every leaf of kale your chew adds another stem to your tree of life.” Ancient Turkish Saying

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Kale was once called the poor people food’ but now it’s the new trend. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Woody Harrelson, and Gwyneth Paltrow are all eating kale to feel better and keep the ‘sleek physique’ needed for stardom.

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It is one of the my top Powerfoods!

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Did you know?

  • There are over 50 varieties of kale
  • National Kale Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday of October.
  • Kale plants continue to produce late into winter. It is the perfect green for seasonal eating in fall or winter.
  • Kale needs a frost to become sweeter. The frost converts some of plant’s starch into sugar.
  • In Scotland, an invitation to “come to kale” was an invitation to dinner.
  • An adult hippopotamus at Washington D.C.’s National Zoo eats 10 pounds of kale a day!

In this collection of various greens - kale is now considered 'the queen'

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8 Health Benefits of Kale:

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1. Can help lower cholesterol levels.
The fiber fiber in kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s best when kale is cooked instead of raw.

2. Kale is a detox food.
It’s filled with fiber and sulfur which are great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

3. Low in calories
A cup of chopped kale has..

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefit-of-kale-diet-cautions.html#ixzz2kNEq0z2E 

9 months ago

Great article Diana!

Thank you for so much good information and I will now make sure to include kale in my meals.

Top 10 Medicinal Herbs For You to Grow
9 months ago

Herbs are one of the best and easiest things you can grow yourself at home. You don’t need a large space to do so, and by having herbs on tap you’ll be able to pick them fresh for all of your juices, smoothies, salads and other dishes. Plus, growing your own is way cheaper than buying them and you won’t end up with a fridge full of wilted left over herbs.
Here’s a list of top 10 healing herbs and their medicinal properties.
1. Coridander (aka Cilantro): Coriander is an awesome chelation herb, which means that it helps the body to detoxify heavy metals and supports the liver in this process. I add this herb to salad, stir fry, curry, green juice and green smoothies.
2. Sheep’s Sorrell: This herb is fantastic for anyone healing from cancer. It has a diuretic action and can be used to remove excess fluid from the body, and as a tonic for the urinary tract and kidneys. The leaves are also rich in vitamin C. The bite size leaves are great to add to a salad, they add a sour lemony taste. The leaves can also be added to sauces and soups.
Growing tip: Sheep sorrel prefers a moist but well drained soil, which is slightly acidic. Grow in an area with a little sun and partial shade. It will not do well in super hot weather.
3. Rosemary: Rosemary contains caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid, both of which are potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory agents. Rosemary is also a good source of antioxidant vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) and other important antioxidants. Adding rosemary to your cooked meat will help reduce carcinogens. Rosemary is a hardy perennial that copes well with drought and poor soils, but it prefers slightly alkaline soils.
4. Mint: This is such a versatile herb. I love it in salads, stir fry, smoothies, juices, and desserts. Mint is awesome for digestion and is a great mouth freshener. Mint grows like wildfire, so always keep it in a separate pot to your other herbs. I also love other herbs I the mint family like peppermint and choc mint.
5. Basil: Basil leaves contain essential oils that have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Basil is also a great source of iron and vitamin A. Add to salads and stir fry.
6. Parsley: Out of all of the herbs, parsley is the one I’m least fond of when it comes to taste. However, I eat it because it’s so good for you. It’s great for the immune system, helps flush excess fluid from the body, heals the nervous system and tones the bones. It’s also a powerful breath freshener.
7. Sage: Sage is anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Plus it helps cleanse your blood and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Lemon balm: Great in salads, this herb soothes nervous tension and anxiety, promotes sleep, and speeds the healing of cold sores.
9. Mother Of Herb: Containing vitamins A, B, C and minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron. This herb powerful when it comes to healing the digestive system
10. Herb Robert: Herb Robert works to increase the immune response and the body’s ability to regenerate. It has a very unique ability to oxygenate the cells, making it another awesome herb for those of us healing from cancer. Drink as a fresh herbal tea.
This article is from The Wellness Warrior.
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Anonymous
9 months ago

Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

9 months ago

Ok I did it! I bought some kale and made your Steamed winter vegetables from the link at the bottom of the kale article and it was good. Better then I expected.

9 Surprising Health Benefits of Cabbage
7 months ago

9 Surprising Health Benefits of Cabbage

If you want beautiful glowing skin, and an immune system powerful enough to fight off just about anything, don’t forget this highly nutritious but common vegetable.

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Cabbage is powerful. Ancient healers declared it contained moon power because it grew in the moonlight. Modern nutritional science understands its power comes from its high sulfur and vitamin C content. Either way – it’s worth adding this Powerfood to your weekly diet.

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9 Healthy Benefits of Cabbage:

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1. Ideal for weight loss!
It has only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage, is low in fat and high in fiber. It is definitely a smart carb.
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2. It is a brain food!
It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevent nerve damage, improving your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Red cabbage has the highest amount of these power nutrients.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-suprising-health-benefits-of-cabbage.html#ixzz2sNiLhDAu

Another Powerful Powerfood
3 months ago

20 Huge Health Benefits of Sesame

20 Huge Health Benefits of Sesame

Sesame seeds may be tiny, but they have huge health benefits. They were worth their weight in gold during the Middle Ages, and for many good reasons.

The more I learn about this precious seed, the more I want to share it with other people. I’m an enthusiastic eater of all sorts of seeds, but sesame seeds in the form of tahini and oil are favorites of mine.

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20 Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

1. Full of Great Protein 
Sesame seeds are full of high quality protein making up 20 percent of the seed with 4.7 grams of protein per ounce.

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2. Helps Prevent Diabetes

Sesame seeds contain magnesium and other nutrients. Sesame oil has been shown to prevent diabetes, and it can also improve plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics.


For the rest of the 20 go to: 

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-health-benefits-of-sesame-you-wont-believe.html#ixzz32HByFkXx



This post was modified from its original form on 20 May, 10:11
SORRY,should have posted this here
3 months ago

does apricot involved in this list of powerfood
3 months ago

hi thanks for the suugestion i wanna know wether apricot is involved in this list or not


Mzondi Lungu

powerfoods
3 months ago

I would definitley consider apricots a powerfood.  

Besides all  the nutrients they are one of the few HEATING fruits.

Avocados are a Powerfood!
3 weeks ago

10 Health Benefits of This Incredible Superfruit

Some people avoid avocados due to their high fat content. Most of us know by now that avocados have the kind of fat that actually help you lose weight!

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Avocados are bursting with of other health benefits too, and are so strongly associated with fertility and aphrodisiacs that the Aztecs would lock up virgin daughters during avocado harvest time to keep them safe.  Read the details and check out the infographic below on this Powerfood.

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“Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Or you eat guacamole.” John Rohn

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10 Avocados Benefits

1. Nutrient dense fruit

Yes, they are actually a large berry with one seed. One avocado contains approximately 1/3 of the daily requirement of vitamin K and folate, lots of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C. 

Avocado has twice the potassium of a banana. It also contain vitamin E, niacin, and riboflavin. That is definitely nutrient dense!

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2. A Source of Healthy Fat

They help increase good cholesterol. Avocados are full of fat, but adding avocados to the diet can increase HDL and decrease triglycerides.

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3Help Cure Cancer

The glutathione found in avocados has been found to help prevent some kinds of cancers.

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Researchers found extracts from Hass avocados kill or stop the growth of pre-cancerous cells that lead to oral cancer.  Avocado extract was found to inhibit prostate cancer.

4. Excellent as a First Baby Food

Dr. William Sears puts it as #1 on the top ten list of fruits for babies because avocado nutrition is well-suited for a baby’s growing development.

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5. Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

Avocado slows digestion which keeps blood sugar from spiking after a meal.

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6. Avocados can Protect Unborn Babies

One avocado provides one third of your recommended daily intake of folate, which helps form a baby’s brain and nervous system. The USDA recommends avocados as one of the best sources for some of the nutrients needed when pregnant.

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For the rest of the article and the infografic: 
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-this-incredible-superfruit.html#ixzz38hJP3QXD

2 weeks ago

So happy to hear how good avocados are for me. TY

thanks
2 weeks ago

good to know