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Cashew Nut, A Nutty Way Of Growing

The sweet, meaty cashew nut is a popular addition to snacks and trail-mixes across the world. But did you know that the cashew nut is actually a potent source of health benefits? Modern research has found that cashew nuts can help stabilize blood sugar levels, heal wounds, fight against bacterial and parasitic infections, and even kill cancer cells—all while still tasting delicious. What a mighty nut the cashew is! Anatomy of a nut Many people think that a cashew is a typical Read More...

Goji Berries, From Longevity To A Sharp Mind

Walk into any Chinese medicine store and you will be greeted by packages filled with dried red lozenge-shaped berries. These are the goji berry, berries used in Chinese traditional medicine for over five thousand years which are said to help people live longer and strengthen overall health. While only a relatively recent addition to Western herbal medicine, their strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have gained recent popularity, and now they can be found lining the shelves of popular health food stores far Read More...
Chia seed in heart shape

Chia Seeds, A Transformative Jelly Good For Your Heart

Over the last few years, bags of tiny black seeds have started cropping up at health food stores across the country. These are chia seeds, the seeds of a mint-like plant native to South America, and are billed as the next miracle weight-loss product. Unfortunately, science has yet to prove chia seed’s efficacy in promoting weight loss, but don’t let that put you off! Chia seeds are actually great for cardiovascular health overall, and may even have some good Read More...

Spinach, From Persia To Popeye

Spinach may well be the most popular vegetable in the world today. It seems as though everyone is familiar with its dark-green leaves, and spinach dishes are found in cultures world-wide. But how many people think of spinach beyond the dinner table? It turns out that spinach, in addition to its delicious flavor and multiple vitamins and minerals, packs quite the punch of health benefits. Those dark-green leaves hint at spinach’s high concentration of flavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant properties Read More...

Neem, The Divine Tree

The neem tree might be unknown to many Westerners, but in its native India it is one of the most revered trees of all. Nicknames for this evergreen relative of maple and mahogany include “divine tree,” “nature’s drugstore,” and “village pharmacy.” In fact, the name “neem” comes from the Hindu nimba, meaning “bringer of good health,” and the tree’s ancient Sanskrit nickname, sarva roga nivarini, translates to “one that cures all ailments and illnesses”. The source of these extravagant nicknames Read More...

Myrrh, Not Only Religiously Significant

To much of the Western world, myrrh is synonymous with the Three Wise Men and their gifts to the Baby Jesus soon after his birth. Fewer people may know just exactly what myrrh is—a rock? a plant? an oil?—and fewer still may be aware of its strong medicinal qualities. Turns out myrrh is a resin gathered from small thorny trees native to the Middle East and North Africa, and can also come as an oil extracted from the resin. Myrrh Read More...

Lemongrass, Healthy For Humans But Not Mosquitos

The light, bright, citrusy, refreshing flavor of lemongrass is almost synonymous with Southeast Asian cuisine, and for good reason—lemongrass is one of the principal ingredients in Thai curries and Vietnamese soups, and the pale-green stalks can be found perfuming the air at spice markets and open-air bazaars throughout the region. But did you know that lemongrass is good for far more than flavoring your curry? Known as “fever tea” in India, it has a long history of use in Ayurvedic Read More...

Gotu Kola, Fountain Of Youth After All?

In the cool forests of highland China and the Himalayas grows gotu kola, a little plant named after its horseshoe-shaped leaves. It certainly doesn’t have the most imposing profile, but this plant has been revered among people from China and India for millennia for one simple reason: eating the plant regularly is supposed to promote eternal life. Of course, unfortunately eternal life remains nothing more than a legend, but that doesn’t mean that the plant is useless! Far from it, Read More...

Elderberry, Mysterious & Magical

The elderberry tree, or elder, has a long and rich history in Europe, where it is strongly associated with folk magic and fairyland. But it turns out that, in addition to their supposed magical qualities, the berries of the elderberry tree have potent medical qualities as well! Packed with antioxidants, elderberries have a stimulating effect on the immune system and are a common folk remedy for treating colds and the flu. Native to Europe, North America, and Asia, elderberry isn’t Read More...

The Rise Of Broccoli

Broccoli, with its fleshy stem and bright-green head full of thousands of tiny flower buds, must be one of the most recognizable vegetables in the Western world today. A favorite of the Western hemisphere since the time of the Romans, broccoli is a perennial visitor to the dinner table. But while broccoli was thought for centuries to be nothing more than a delicious side dish, modern research is uncovering the numerous health benefits of its unique chemical compounds, including anti-cancer Read More...