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CONTENTS 4 Natural Remedies For The Common Cold Nutritional Benefits Of Coconut Water The Three Faces Of Coconut 8 Reasons to Go Nutty Over Pistachios From Star Fruit To Stinking Toe: 4 Exotic Fruits That Will Do Wonders For Your Body 7 Best Herbal Remedies To Heal Your Lungs High Vitamin D Levels Can Help To Prevent And Survive Cancer The Power of Peppermint: 15 Health Benefits Revealed 7 Benefits Of Walnuts Hot Peppers Prevent The Number One Cause Of Death Government Requires Pasteurization Of All Almonds, Even Organic & Raw 3 Types of Foods You Probably Didn’t Know Have MSG Better Than Vitamin D? Revolutionary New Coriander Oil May Be Your #1 Weapon In Your Fight For Better Health AMA ‘Junk Science’ Study Used To Falsely Label Vitamins And Minerals As Dangerous Forget The Headlines - Keep Taking Your Vitamins, Minerals And Supplements The Lack Of Science Behind Mainstream Medicine's Rejection Of Alternative Healing Big Pharma’s War On Natural Supplements For The Elderly Tomato's Powerhouse Antioxidant Lycopene Widens Blood Vessels By More Than 50 Percent All About Dandelions And Their Health Benefits 12 Reasons To Use Lemons 9 Healthy Food Scraps You Shouldn’t Be Throwing Away 7 Natural Antibiotics That Don’t Require A Prescription 14 Reasons Why Witch Hazel Should Be In Every Home Health Benefits Of Onions: 5 Surprising Ways Onions Can Cleanse Your Body To Eliminate Disease 11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa Ten Healthy Fats You Should Be Eating Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs 14 Foods That Cleanse The Liver Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition 12 Proven Benefits Of Avocados Sapota Shown To Stop Cancer And 3-Fold Increase In Life Span Colonoscopy? You Might Want To Try Pineapple Instead Pineapple IS THE Delicious End TO Cancer 13 Health Benefits Of Spinach 10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Onions Study: Tart Cherry Juice Amazing For Joints, Gout And Inflammation 22 Amazing Benefits And Uses Of Bitter Melon/Bitter Gourd For Skin, Hair And Health Bitter Melon (Momordica Charantia) Fats Found in Coconut Oil Boost Brain Function Turmeric: Doctors Say This Spice Is A Brain Health Miracle 10 Food Facts That May Surprise You Raw Milk – Hazardous to Healthcare Industry 5 Things You Didn't Know About Honey National Nut Day 2014: Peanuts, Tree Nuts, And How Each Helps Your Health Dangers Of More Than 3 Glasses Of Milk A Day: Balancing These 10 Minerals Is Crucial To Your Health Benefits of Magnesium Are Far Greater Than Previously Imagined Virgin Coconut Oil – Like Mother’s Milk 22 Powerful Uses Of Frankincense Essential Oil Lime Juice Could Save 100’s Of Thousands Of Lives Each Year Surprising Finding: Gut Microbes Make Dark Chocolate Healthy An Interview with Dr. Beatrice Golomb On Chocolate Curcumin, Compound In Turmeric, Found To Impair Fear Memories And Ease PTSD Symptoms Cleanse Your Lungs With Honey-Water Ginger Ale Recipe for Pain: Reduce Chronic Inflammation, Pain and Migraines No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life And Death 18 Amazing Health Benefits From Honey and Cinnamon
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Research: Pineapple Enzyme Kills Cancer Without Killing You Are You Trading Your Omega-3s For PCBs With Your Choice Of Salmon? Inexpensive Vitamin Treats ‘So Many Diseases’ It Threatens Big Pharma Veganism And B12 Deficiency: One Danger Of Avoiding Meat An Avocado A Day Keeps The Cardiologist Away The 48 Most Essential Healing Herbs Honey & Sugar Outperform Antibiotic Ointments In Treating Wounds And Burns 10 Powerhouse Plant Proteins Go Green: 6 Surprising Health Benefits Of Green Tea Is Garlic Good For You? 7 Surprising Benefits Of Garlic For Optimal Health 1,000-Year-Old Onion And Garlic Remedy Kills Superbugs Better Than Antibiotics The Common Spice That Can Dissolve Deadly Brain Plaques and Prevent Memory Loss Coconut Water: A New Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment? 5 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Backyard Allow Cherries To Relieve You Of Gout Pain 10 Worst Food Companies That Are Poisoning You Daily And Lying About It Eating Dates Produces Powerful Health Benefits, Religion And Science Agree 23 Awesome Uses For Lemongrass Essential Oil The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain What Is Inulin? Why Vitamin D Is Crucial To Your Health 7 Top “Healthy” Foods To Avoid Light-Turmeric Extract Combo Treats Psoriasis Effectively Turmeric Neutralizes Deadly Viral Infections Beet Juice Boosts Cognitive Function In One Dose 8 Foods That Boost Your Immune System Fish Oil Pills: A $1.2 Billion Industry Built, So Far, On Empty Promises The Vitamin Found To Destroy Cancer Cells How Turmeric Supports Weight Loss 70 Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed Harvesting Garlic For Natural Medicine The 4 Main Benefits Of Bentonite Clay Cinnamon Vs. Ibuprofen For Menstrual Pain Is The Cure For Diabetes A Humble Root? 9 Reasons To Stop Drinking Any Kind Of Pasteurized Milk The Truth About Alkalizing Your Blood 5 Foods That Destroy Your Immune System Why It May Be Time To Stop Drinking Milk For Good Wheat Grass Reverses Cataract-Associated Cloudy Lenses 31 Long-Forgotten Native American Medical Cures New Study: Echinacea As Effective As Tamiflu Grapefruit Seeds Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By McDonald’s Coconut Oil Found Effective In Treating Atopic Dermatitis (Dry, Itchy, Scaly Skin) Study: BPA Disrupts Prostate Health Decomposing The Myth That Mushrooms Can’t Produce Vitamin D3 The 6 Best Vegan Supplements Make Your Own Natural QuikClot (VIDEO) The Health Benefits Of Avocados The Benefits Of Resveratrol For Blood Pressure Foods, Vitamins And Herbs That Boost Your Brain Power Open Sesame! 10 Amazing Health Benefits Of This Super-Seed Sugarcane Extract Superior To Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs? Flaxseed: Just An Ounce A Day May Extend Your Life Coconut Oil Improves Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms 8 Natural Remedies for Shingles Essential Oils Amber Oil Angelica (Root) Oil Anise Oil
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Basil Oil Bath Oils Bay Oil Bergamot Oil Bitter Almond Oil Bitter Orange Oil Black Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camphor Oil Carrier Oils Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Cade Oil Citronella Oil Emergency First Aid Kit Eruca – Rocket Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Forsythia (Orchid) Oil Fragonia Oil Frankincense Oil Galbanum Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Berry Oil Lavender Oil Lemon Oil Lotus Oil Marigold (Calendula) Oil Marjoram Oil Mānuka Oil What Is Avocado Oil Good For? 7 Health Benefits Of Organic Peppers The Health Benefits Of Parsley Improve Dental Health With Chocolate 20 Ways To Benefit From Clove Essential Oil 10 Delicious Ideas For Preserving Tomatoes Four Medicinal Mushrooms To Add To Your Natural Pharmacy The Silent Killers In Your Food The Health Benefits Of Antioxidants 10 Best Cancer Killing Phytonutrients To Eat Conventional Ground Beef Is Three Times More Likely To Contain Antibiotic-Resistant Fecal Bacteria Than Grass-Fed Beef How Eating Kimchi Prevents Lethal Cancer 2,000 Reasons It Is Unethical That Turmeric Is Not FDA Approved Heart Benefits Of Cranberry Juice Self Heal Herb Used For Centuries For About Every Ailment Known To Man Research Confirms Probiotics Support Immune System Turmeric’s “Weight Loss Secret”: It Turns Bad Fat Good Turmeric Extract Strikes To The Root Cause Of Cancer Malignancy 17 Lemon Water Benefits That Will Change Your Life The 9 Best Essential Oils For Your Survival Kit How To Make Lavender Lemonade To Get Rid Headaches And Anxiety What To Do About Lactose Intolerance? 25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo And Radiation What Are The Health Benefits Of Tamarind? Why All Diabetics Should Know About Turmeric 10 Food-Medicines That Could Save Your Life Coconut Oil Fights Deadly Yeast Infections, Study Suggests Best Anti-Aging Foods: Health Benefits Of Pecans
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Health Benefits Of Raw Honey Liver Health: The Role Of Turmeric In Fatty Liver Disease Eat Pecans For Cardiovascular Health Water Extinguishes Stomach Acid 175x Faster Than Some Drugs 10 Foods That Detox The Body (VIDEO) The Top 5 Healthiest Nuts 10 Natural Remedies For Athletes Foot Putting The Chicken Before The Egg The Top 5 Healthiest Seeds High Fructose Corn Syrup Now Hidden Under a New Name Avoid Drugs And Surgery For Prostate Issues With Flaxseed The Surprising Link Between Vitamin B12 And Periodontitis New Studies: Coffee Consumption Reduces Risk Of Mortality And Chronic Diseases Study: Vitamin C Kills ‘Untreatable’ Cancer Cells Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Growing Your Own Aloe Vera Research: A Tsp. Of Aloe Daily Reverses Signs Of Skin Aging 5 Powerful Psychedelics That Treat Mental Disorders And Change Human Consciousness By Reorganizing The Brain Grape Seed Extract More Effective Than Chemotherapy In Advanced Cancer 9 Reasons You Need To Be Supplementing With Vitamin D Healthy Nuts: Pecans vs Walnuts 10 Reasons To Choose Grass Fed Dairy Cheese 5 Heart Healthy Foods 6 Horrifying Facts About Chickens: A Wake-Up Call For The Meat Industry (VIDEO) 10 Foods That Won’t Upset IBS Hot Dogs: Questions And Answers Is Fructose As Addictive As Alcohol? Do Onions Help Fight The Flu? What Is Potassium And Why Is It So Important? Got Hemp Milk? The Benefits Of Hemp Milk FDA Has Known Processed Meat Causes Cancer Since The 1970s, But Continues To Cover Up Truth To Protect Meat Industry Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms Explained: The Top 9 Warning Signs Vitamin A: Health Benefits, Best Foods And More Epazote: Discover Its Health Benefits And Uses Yeast Is A Cause Of Cancer And Turmeric Can Kill Both, Research Confirms How Turmeric Keeps You Looking Young What Is Riboflavin And It’s Importance? Scientists Discover Coconut Oil Exterminates 93 Percent Of Colon Cancer Cells In Two Days Combat Iron Deficiency With These 16 Iron Rich Foods Top 10 “Healthy” Foods That Actually Contain Hidden Chemicals Plastic Oils Vs. Saturated Fats: Busting The Propaganda (VIDEOS) Feds Try To Suppress Herbal Molecule That Makes Your Liver Nearly 'Bulletproof' Against Alcohol Damage FDA Responsible For Rapid Rise Of Deadly Pathogens In U.S. Food Supply This Humble Food Extract Puts Bone Drugs To Shame Discover 10 Nutritious Foods That Are High In Phosphorus Broccoli Fights Cancer And Reduces Your Risk Of Developing Arthritis Black Seed Extract ‘Cures’ HIV Patient Naturally
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4 Natural Remedies For The Common Cold By Dr. K.J. Mclaughlin Friday, November 15, 2013 This time of year is cold and flu season. It seems that this health problem affects everyone from time to time. The common cold and flu are causes by viruses which are passed from person to person by respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing or touching your mouth or nose after touching a surface containing the virus.
specifically, white blood cell activity. Echinacea mobilizes white blood cells and increases their production and activity. I recommend taking the two forms of echinacea which are the angustifolia and purpurea varieties. The recommended dosage is 300-500 mg of echinacea extract taken daily.
Most viruses that cause the flu or a cold can be managed quite well without too much of a worry. However, the virus can cause serious harm in older people, very young people or individuals who have a compromised immune system.
Beta-Carotene Beta-carotene is a yellow-orange pigment found in vegetables and various fruits. It has a strong potential to stimulate the immune system and act as an antioxidant. Much like other nutrients, beta-carotene can increase the white blood cell number and function enabling your immune system the enhanced capability to fight off viruses and prevent the cold.
There are a few natural remedies that can help when you have these kinds of viruses—here are the four best natural remedies which can prevent the flu. Green Tea
I recommend taking 200,000-300,000 IU per day with food to prevent the cold.
Green tea contains important chemicals called catechins which are beneficial for the stimulation of the immune response necessary to fight and destroy foreign invaders like viruses. Green tea is also very good to help ward off viruses from the upper respiratory tract.
Selenium This important trace mineral influences the immune system by improving the function of the thymus gland which produces T-lymphocytes and improve white blood cell numbers and function. Selenium, more importantly, is a pivotal nutrient in the formation of a chemical known as glutathione. Glutathione is a very powerful intracellular antioxidant contained within various immune cells throughout your body. Glutathione is essential for destroying viruses that can take up residence inside the cells of your body.
During the cold and flu season, I recommend drinking at least three to four cups of green tea per day. The antioxidants in the green tea will help protect your cells from the inflammation caused from the viruses and help maintain cellular function. Echinacea Echinacea is an herbal remedy commonly used to treat the common cold and flu viruses. The herb works by stimulating various aspects of the immune response, more
The recommended dosage for selenium is 200 IU per day with food.
Nutritional Benefits Of Coconut Water Dr. Ray Peat Dr. Bruce Fife, N.D. Gave Me Permission To Use This Article For My Newsletter I Have Summarized His Article As Best I Can Coconut water is the liquid you find inside a young green coconut. In the tropics it is not only considered a refreshing beverage but a health tonic. Hawaiians call coconut water noelani (no-way lah-nee), which means “dew from the heavens.” Coconut water has a long history of use as both a food and as a medicine. Although a variety of fruits grow in abundance in many tropical locations, coconut water is prized above all other juices. It not only satisfies thirst but invigorates the body and brings about a sense of well-being and renewed health. Women are encouraged to drink it when pregnant and nursing so their milk will provide all the nutrients necessary for a healthy baby. The first food an infant receives as it begins weaning is coconut water and coconut jelly (soft immature coconut meat).
infections, remove kidney stones, and improve sexual vitality. Medical research has shown that the consumption of coconut water can be very effective in dissolving kidney stones. Dr. Eugenio Macalalag, director of the urology department of the Chinese General Hospital in the Philippines, says that coconut water has demonstrated its effectiveness in patients suffering from kidney and urethral stones. He reports that consuming coconut water only 2 to 3 times a week results in a significant reduction in stone size and expulsion, eliminating the need for surgery.1 In Jamaica coconut water is known as a heart tonic and is used to strengthen the heart and improve circulation. Research bears this out. Animal studies show that coconut water consumption reduces plaque formation in arteries, thus reducing risk of heart attack and stroke.
Coconut water contains a variety of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, growth factors, and other nutrients. Coconut water is a good source of the major minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium. It is particularly rich in potassium, an essential nutrient; one 8-ounce cup of coconut water has more potassium than a banana. It also contains a variety of trace elements such as zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, boron, molybdenum, and others. These are derived from volcanic soils and seawater from which the coconut palms are grown. All of these minerals are in the form of electrolytes so they are easily absorbable by the human body. Many of the health benefits attributed to coconut water can be traced to its mineral content.
High blood pressure is one of the primary risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke. The minerals potassium and magnesium are known to help reduce high blood pressure. Human studies show that coconut water, which is a good source of both of these minerals, is effective in reducing high blood pressure and increasing circulation.2 Studies also demonstrate that coconut water consumption reduces the risk of heart failure in heart disease patients.3 The evidence is so convincing that the FDA allows coconut water to carry the claim that it “may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.” Because coconut water improves blood circulation, it is of benefit to diabetics. Coconut water helps dilate blood vessels, improves blood flow, and reduces plaque formation. Coconut water also contains certain forms of dietary fiber and amino acids that help moderate sugar absorption and improve insulin sensitivity.
In the tropics where heatstroke and dehydration are common problems, coconut water is far more effective in relieving symptoms associated with these conditions than either plain water or fruit juice. Over the past two decades coconut water has been used extensively as a treatment for cholera, dysentery, influenza, and other infectious diseases that promote dehydration. Coconut water has saved thousands of lives, especially of children in underdeveloped countries. Ordinary water is not effective in treating severe dehydration caused by vomiting and diarrhea, but because of coconut water’s unique chemical composition it is able to rehydrate the body and give it the strength and energy it needs to fight off the infection. Death rates from cholera are high, but with the use of coconut water survival rates increase to 97 percent.
Some of the most interesting components of coconut water are the plant growth hormones, particularly cytokinins. Cytokinins are a group of hormones that regulate growth, development, and aging. In some respects they are similar to human hormones with a similar name of cytokines. Cytokinins are also known as anti-aging hormones. Cytokinins regulate cell division and influence the rate at which plants age. Depending on the amount of cytokinins present, the aging process in plants can be either accelerated or retarded. One of the active sites of cytokinin production is in the roots. From here the hormone is carried by the sap throughout the plant—much like our bloodstream disperses hormones. Portions of plants that
Coconut water has a therapeutic effect on the urinary and reproductive systems. It is reported to clear-up bladder
are deprived of cytokinins age faster than normal, Conversely, if additional cytokinins are added to a plant, normal aging is retarded.
enzymes, health enhancing growth hormones, and other important nutrients. Because its electrolyte (ionic mineral) content is similar to human plasma, it has gained international acclaim as a natural sports drink for oral rehydration. As such, it has proven superior to commercial sports drinks. Unlike other beverages, it is completely compatible with the human body, in so much that it can be infused directly into the bloodstream. In fact, doctors have used coconut water successfully as an intravenous fluid for over 60 years.
Cytokinins also have an anti-aging effect on human cells and tissues. Normal human cells, as they age, go through a progressive and irreversible accumulation of changes until they reach a stage at which they finally die. Young cells are plump, round, and smooth. As they age they become irregular in shape, flatten out, enlarge, and fill up with debris; cell division slows down and eventually stops, which is ultimately followed by death. When cytokinins are added to the culture medium, cells don’t act their age. The normal sequence of aging slows down considerably. Cells do not undergo the severe degenerative changes that ordinarily occur.4 Although the total lifespan of human cells is not increased much, the cells remain significantly more youthful and functional throughout their lifetime. For example, treated cells after they have reached the final stage of their lifespan and no longer divide, look and function like untreated cells half their age. Treated cells never undergo the severe degenerative changes experienced by untreated cells. In all respects, their youth is extended into old age.
Published medical research and clinical observation have shown that coconut water:
Makes an excellent oral rehydration sports beverage replaces electrolytes from exercise, heat stress and illness Aids in exercise performance Natural isotonic beverage – contains the same level of electrolytes found in human blood Has 15 times the amount of potassium as most sports and energy drinks (264 mg vs 12.5 mg /100 ml) Reduces problems for infants suffering from intestinal disturbances Cardioprotective: helps regular blood pressure (due to high potassium); improves circulation Reduces swelling in hands and feet Prevents abnormal blood clotting Aids in kidney function including those with kidney stones; Nutritional support for those with urinary tract/bladder problems Helps balance blood sugar in diabetics Improves digestion Reported by some people to reverse cataracts Contains nutrients that feed friendly gut bacteria Helps relieve constipation or diarrhea Possesses anti-aging properties Nutritional support for healthy skin: restores strength and elasticity to skin; reduces age spots; reduces wrinkles and sagging Regulates the functioning of the intestine which promotes smoother, more hydrated skin Enhances healing of wounds and lesions Supports good vision and provides nutritional support in those who have a tendency towards glaucoma Contains potent antioxidants Nutritionally supports immune function Provides nutrients important in preventing osteoporosis Where to Find Coconut Water
Because of their effects on human cells, cytokinins have been tested for the possible treatment for age spots, wrinkles, sagging, and dry skin. One of the factors that cause wrinkles and sagging skin is the aging and breakdown of connective tissues in the skin. Connective tissues give the skin strength and elasticity. When cytokinins are applied to the skin, they stimulate cell division of connective tissue which replaces older, damaged tissue with functionally younger tissue. The result is that on the surface of the skin, wrinkles tend to flatten out. Dry, aging skin is replaced with smoother, softer skin. This has led some cosmetic manufacturers to add cytokinins to facial creams and lotions. Coconut water is the richest natural dietary source of cytokinins. Researchers have suggested the possibility that consuming a rich source of cytokinins, such as coconut water, may produce an anti-aging effect on the body, reducing risk of developing degenerative and age related diseases. In regulating cell growth, cytokinins also prevent mistakes that may lead to the development of cancer. Normal cells are kept healthy while cancerous cells are programmed to die, preventing them from growing and spreading. Subsequently, the anti-cancer effects of cytokinins have been well documented.5-6 Summary of the Nutritional Benefits of Coconut Water
Young coconuts are available at many health food stores and at Asian markets. But they don’t look like the brown, hairy ones with which you may be familiar. Young coconuts have only a portion of the husk cut off, leaving
Coconut water contains a complex blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, antioxidants,
about an inch covering the shell. The husk is white and often shaped like a large toy top, with a point on one end and flat on the other. They are perishable so you will find them in the refrigerated section of the store.
www.coconutresearchcenter.org. This article has only touched the surface. For a more complete description along with summaries of medical studies, case histories, news and historical accounts, recipes and references, I recommend Dr. Bruce Fife’s new book, Coconut Water for Health and Healing. For more information on coconut water from Dr. Fife’s newsletters, go to
You can now get coconut water in easy-to-carry bottles, cans, and tetra paks from many health food stores, Asian markets and some grocery stores. Dr. Bruce Fife is a certified nutritionist and naturopathic physician. He is the author of 20 books including Coconut Water for Health and Healing and serves as the director of the Coconut Research Center,
http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/hwnl_4-4.htm. I am now stocking both this excellent book and coconut water for your online ordering convenience.
1. Macalalag, E.V. and Macalalag, A.L. Bukolysis: young coconut water renoclysis for urinary stone dissolution. Int Surg 1987;72:247. 2. Alleyne, T., et al. The control of hypertension by use of coconut water and mauby: two tropical food drinks. West Indian Med J 2005;54:3-8. 3. Shah, N.J., et al. Use of coco-nut water in treatment of congestive cardiac failure. Ind Jour Med Res 1956;44:341351. 4. Rattan, S.I.S. and Clark, B.F.C. Kinetin delays the onset of ageing characteristics in human fibroblasts. Biochem Biophys Res 1994;201:665-672. 5. Adair, W.L. and Brennan, S.L. The role of N-6-isopentenyl adenine in tumor cell growth. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1986;137:208-214. 6. Dolezal, K, et al. Preparation and biological activity of 6-benzylaminopurine derivatives in plants and human cancer cells. Bioorg Med Chem 2006;14:875-874.
The Three Faces Of Coconut By Kimberly Day gets shipped directly to your liver, where it is put to work to help you stay energized and alert all day. Even better, 45 percent of the saturated fat found in coconut is lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that converts in your body to monolaurin. Monolaurin is a compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immune system and helps to promote normal brain development and contribute to healthy bones, as well as protect against viruses and bacteria.1 Plus, coconut is known to have great anti-inflammatory,2 anti-fungal3 and antibacterial benefits.
It’s amazing how the largest seed in the world can trigger one of the longest running health debates. Yes, we are talking about coconut.
So now that the saturated fat debate has been put to rest, let’s focus on more interesting matters, like the three incredible ways this amazing seed can benefit your health.
The Malaysian and Polynesian cultures have revered the coconut for centuries, and the reason is simple—it contains almost every essential nutrient your body needs for optimal health. In addition to a whole host of amino acids, coconut is also a great source of the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, as well as vitamin C and riboflavin (vitamin B2).
Coconut Oil Sometimes called coconut butter, coconut oil is extracted from the dried flesh of the coconut. When it comes to antibacterial benefits, coconut oil is tops.
Good, right? But here’s where the debate comes in. Coconut also contains 90 percent saturated fat, which puts it right smack in the middle of the great fat argument.
According to a double-blind, placebo-controlled study from 2007, coconut oil can help to treat skin infections, specifically atopic dermatitis.1 Researchers divided 26 participants with the condition into two groups. One used virgin coconut oil twice a day for four weeks at two noninfected sites, while the other group used virgin olive oil, also twice a day for four weeks.
All Fat is NOT Created Equal There is no question that saturated fat and its evil cousin trans-fat are bad for your health. However, like most things in health and nutrition, there are good points and bad points with most everything…and the same is true of saturated fat.
When the study started, 20 of the 26 participants tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus. After four weeks, only one person in the coconut oil users tested positive for the bacteria, compared to six in the olive oil group. Plus, the coconut oil relieved their dry skin.
While there is a valid argument to avoid animal-based saturated fats, which are made up of short-chain triglycerides, the fat in coconut oil is actually a mediumchain triglyceride.
And remember that saturated fat issue? Turns out that coconut oil actually appears to be good for your heart. According to a 1981 population study of about 2,500 Polynesians from the islands of Tokelau and Pukapuka, high coconut oil consumption has no effect on cholesterol levels.4 Investigators found that even though participants ate some form of coconut at every meal, their overall health was very good and vascular disease was uncommon.
While most fats are stored in your body’s cells, the fat in coconut oil goes directly to your liver, where it is converted into energy. Think of it this way. That double bacon cheeseburger you ate most likely sits around in your cells waiting to be burned up or stored as fat for later. Conversely, coconut oil
In fact, they did not have high cholesterol. Moreover, coronary heart disease, colon cancer and other bowel disorders were also uncommon.
With such great electrolyte properties, coconut water also makes a perfect alternative to chemical-laden, sugary sports drinks. According to a study published in 2012 in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, coconut water performed as well as a carbohydrateelectrolyte sports drink when it came to markers of hydration and exercise performance.6
And when it comes to weight loss, coconut oil really shines. Farmers in the 1940s unwittingly illustrated this benefit when they attempted to use coconut oil to fatten up their animals. They found it made the animals lean and active instead. Later, animal experiments in the laboratory compared diets that were low or high in total fat, and contained different types of fat. Results showed that animals with more unsaturated oil and less coconut oil in their diet were fatter. This was even more important than the total amount of fat consumed. In other words, the animals that ate just a little unsaturated oil were fat, and those that ate a lot of coconut oil were lean.
This supported a study from 2002, which found that coconut water rehydrated as well as a commercial sports beverage, but also resulted in lower blood glucose levels and better blood volume restoration (post exercise) than the sports drink. This caused researchers to conclude, “Ingestion of fresh young coconut water, a natural refreshing beverage, could be used for whole body rehydration after exercise.”7
Human studies have supported this finding. According to a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized 2009 study out of Brazil, women with clinical abdominal obesity (waist circumference of more than 88 cm) who used coconut oil daily for 12 weeks—in conjunction with a balanced, low-calorie diet and moderate exercise program—enjoyed a statistically greater reduction in waist circumference than those women taking soybean oil. The coconut oil users also had a statistically higher level of HDL cholesterol and a lower LDL:HDL ratio than the soybean oil group.5
Other reported uses of coconut water include digestive upset—gas, vomiting, indigestion and constipation—as well as urinary issues, including acting as a natural diuretic, edema and potential treatment of kidney and urethral stones. While there is scant research to back up the digestive claims, a 2013 study does show promise for kidney stones. Researchers divided rats into three groups. The control group was given normal feed. The second and third groups were both given a substance to trigger nephrolithiasis, a condition that is marked by crystalized urine, which can lead to kidney stones. Only the third group was also given coconut water.
Coconut Water Coconut water is the thin, almost clear juice found inside a raw coconut. It contains nearly all the essential nutrients your body needs, with one cup providing:
After seven weeks, researchers found that those rats given the coconut water had no crystal deposits in their kidney tissue and a reduced number of crystals in their urine. Additionally, the rats were protected against impaired renal function and development of oxidative stress in the kidneys.8
252 mg sodium 2 g protein 60 mg magnesium 48 mg phosphorus 600 mg potassium 252 sodium 2.4 mcg selenium 10% vitamin C (5.8 mg) 6% calcium (58 mg) 4% iron
Coconut Milk Many people incorrectly confuse coconut milk with coconut water. Coconut milk is the diluted cream pressed out from the thick, white flesh of a well-matured coconut. While coconut milk contains similar nutrients to coconut oil and coconut water, including lauric acid, it is prized more for its culinary virtues.
The protein in coconut water comes from amino acids, namely threonine, isoleucine, leucine, valine, serine, proline, glycine, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, phenylalanine and arginine.
Most coconut milk is canned, but not all brands are produced the same way. Good coconut milk has a clean, white color and tastes rich, creamy and mildly sweet with the essence of coconut. It should also have a complexity and depth of flavor that keeps you intrigued and not leave an unpleasant aftertaste. Good brands of coconut milk, therefore, will have thick cream floating on top of the can while the milk on the bottom will be much more watery.
This incredible nutrient profile was put into practice during World War II, when both sides of the war in the Pacific regularly used coconut water—siphoned directly from the coconut—to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. It’s that identical to our own human blood plasma!
Brands that look homogenized tend to have an artificial taste because of additives introduced to make the cream homogenize, or excess processing, which changes the nature of the cream.
You can also add a spoonful to a smoothie or use in place of butter on toast, sweet potatoes or even pancakes! And speaking of smoothies, both coconut water and coconut milk make great alternatives to juice or dairy when making a vegetable and fruit smoothie. With just coconut water, you can just drink right out of the seed itself or choose a bottled variety. You’d do well to avoid the flavored options, however, as they tend to be loaded with extra sugar.
Put Coconut to Use There are many ways to use all three forms of coconut. With the oil, your best bet is to use as an alternative to other vegetable oils for cooking. Because it has such as high smoking point (350°F for unrefined and 450°F for refined), you can sauté and bake with it and not worry about it turning into a trans-fat before your eyes. Plus, coconut oil is very stable. It has a two-year shelf life, and won’t turn rancid, even in warm temperatures. Just be sure to choose organic, unrefined, virgin coconut oil to avoid unwanted heat processing or chemicals.
For coconut milk, it makes a great sauce for chicken or fish. Saute with garlic and ginger for a truly heart-healthy way to compliment any meal. No matter which way you go, you cannot go wrong when it comes to coconut.
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8 Reasons to Go Nutty Over Pistachios Written by MRHEALTH March 1, 2014 (Nicole D’Alessandro) Almonds, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, pistachios… I love them all. Besides their distinctly enjoyable flavors—whether eaten as a midday snack or added to a dish, from salads to a main course to dessert— turns out there are many ways that nuts are a healthful addition to a diet.
Consuming pistachios may aid in the prevention of type II diabetes. This is because 60 percent of the recommended daily value of the mineral phosphorus is contained in just one cup of pistachios. Not only does phosphorus break down proteins into amino acids, it also aids glucose tolerance.
Nuts are a great source of plant-based protein as well as many nutrients and healthy fat. As the Mayo Clinic explains, eating nuts helps your heart. Most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances:
3. Healthy Blood
Pistachios are a very rich source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is essential to make hemoglobin, the protein responsible for bringing oxygen through the blood stream to cells, and is also shown to increase the amount of oxygen carried.
Unsaturated fats Omega-3 fatty acids Fiber Vitamin E Plant sterols L-arginine
4. Healthy Nervous System Vitamin B6, so prevalent in pistachios, has many effects on the nervous system. Messaging molecules called amines require amino acids to develop, which in turn rely on vitamin B6 for their creation. That being said, B6 plays a critical role in the creation of myelin, the insulating sheath around nerve ﬁbers that allows optimal messaging between nerves. Furthermore, vitamin B6 contributes to the synthesis of serotonin, melatonin, epinephrine and gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, an amino acid that calms the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the nervous system. Basically, if you want a nervous system that’s in tip-top shape, eat pistachios.
Nuts also can be beneficial to teeth and gums because they contain powerful teeth-healthy micronutrients such as phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, zinc and calcium. Need more reasons to celebrate nuts? Well, turns out National Pistachio Day was this week. Did you mark the occasion? I will have to do so retroactively with a scoop of my favorite gelato from Sweet Spot. Yes, gelato might be a guilty pleasure, but pistachios do not have to be. As The Green Divas outline, here are eight reasons it’s okay to go nutty for pistachios:
5. Healthy Eyes Pistachios contain two carotenoids not found in most nuts, lutein and zeaxanthin. These guys function as protective antioxidants by defending tissues from damage from free radicals. They have been associated with a decrease in the risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of visual impairments and acquired blindness in the nation.
1. Heart Health Pistachios have been proven to reduce LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol, and increase HDL, or “good,” cholesterol after only a very brief period of chowing down. They are high in antioxidants, like vitamin A and vitamin E. They also fight inflammation, protect blood vessels and ultimately decrease the risk of heart disease. Even a very small intake of these nuts have been linked to increase lutein levels.
6. Immune System Boost Vitamin B6 is essential for a healthy immune system and pistachios have a lot of it. Vitamin B6 found in pistachios also helps the body make healthy red blood cells, and helps maintain the health of lymphoid glands, such as the
2. Diabetes Prevention
thymus, spleen and lymph nodes, ensuring the production of white blood cells that protect the body from infections.
hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans and walnuts. The amount of protein found in pistachios is 6 g per 1 ounce, which is the highest in comparison to other nuts. The fat content in pistachios is also the lowest compared to other nuts. Statistics collected by Thomas and Gebhardt show that the fat content in pistachios is 13 g per 1 ounce. Why not add them to a salad or your next baked-good?
7. Glowing Skin Pistachios are an amazing source of vitamin E, a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant, imperative for maintaining the integrity of cell membranes and often recommended for healthy and beautiful skin. Vitamin E does an excellent job protecting the skin from UV damage, providing daily defense against premature aging and skin cancer. Get lovely skin from the inside out by eating pistachios.
Got a sudden hankering for something delicious and nutty? Try tossing some chopped pistachios, in this chocolate superfood recipe for a healthy bark to snack on. Not sure how many servings of nuts to eat in a day? Check out the new and improved vegetarian food pyramid for guidelines.
8. Extra Protein Pistachios contain a higher amount of protein in comparison with other nuts such as almonds, cashews,
From Star Fruit To Stinking Toe: 4 Exotic Fruits That Will Do Wonders For Your Body By Sabrina Bachai Apr 29, 2014 08:00 AM EDT Trying new foods from around the globe can sometimes be intimidating. However, there are a number of health benefits associated with fruits that many here in the United States have never even heard of. Not only are many of these fruits delicious, but they provide a number of health benefits.
researchers are trying to pinpoint the exact cause. Symptoms of start fruit intoxication can include, “persistent hiccups, nausea, vomiting, agitation, insomnia, mental confusion and convulsions that occur within one to five hours of eating the fruit,” Dr. Weil wrote on his site. 3. Rambutan
1. West Indian Locust: (Stinking Toe) This might have an unappealing nickname, but many Caribbean natives, especially in Jamaica, love this fruit. The name comes from the appearance of the large seed pod, which looks like a big, fat toe. Despite the fruit's foul smell, many claim that this fruit is actually delicious. Its health benefits include iron, calcium, and some even say it’s a natural energy booster.
It’s a close cousin to the lychee, but it’s larger, and the outer skin is red with neon-colored spikes on the outside. However, like the lychee, it is a great fruit to add to a cocktail. Rambutan quenches thirst, helps the human body absorb minerals like iron and copper, and it helps to protect the body from free radicals. In Malaysia and Indonesia, it is also used in managing certain illnesses such as diabetes.
2. Carambola (Star Fruit)
4. Jabuticaba (Brazilian Grape)
This sweet fruit gets its name from its shape after being cut in half. The tangy flavor is native to the Malayan peninsula and is grown in many parts of the world, including Southeast Asia, South America, and China. It’s a lowcalorie food that provides a plethora of antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins. However, according to Dr. Andrew Weil, “start fruit intoxication” can be prevalent in people with impaired kidney functions because of the high levels of oxalic acid and an unknown toxin. Brazilin
Both in texture and color, it resembles a giant grape. It’s native to Brazil and can be eaten in its natural state, or it can be used for wines or jellies. According to Food Research International, fruits with dark skins such as the Brazilian grape contain anti-inflammatory properties and a number of other health benefits, such as treating or preventing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and stroke.
7 Best Herbal Remedies To Heal Your Lungs By Dr. Victor Marchione Tuesday, May 06, 2014 If you suffer from allergies or any number of respiratory ailments, such as asthma, spring doubtlessly puts added pressure on your lungs. You’ve probably searched high and low for remedies to relieve the misery on your nose, throat, and lungs. As a result, you’re likely also aware of the top pharmaceutical medications advertised on television, billboards, radio, and pretty well any other media outlet throughout the spring season. But are you aware of the countless other, natural ways to provide your lungs with relief that don’t involve over-the-counter medications?
Combine it with coltsfoot, mullein, and lobelia for an effective expectorant. Take one teaspoon of the herb in water or up to half a teaspoon of tincture three times a day. Black horehound is best avoided by those who are pregnant or breastfeeding or those suffering from a psychotic disorder. 4. Lobelia Lobelia is an excellent remedy if you’re suffering from any number of respiratory ailments, such as coughs, infections, asthma, and/or excess phlegm. If you’re suffering from bronchial spasms, it can also alleviate the symptoms, which is excellent for anyone suffering from asthma. Because this is an extremely strong herb, you must follow the instructions on the packaging carefully.
Here are the top seven herbs to help you fight respiratory ailments naturally. 1. Coltsfoot This herb is excellent for cleaning mucus from the lungs and bronchial tubes. Additionally, if you’re suffering from a cough due to allergies or even a late cold, coltsfoot (known scientifically as Tussilago farfara) soothes the lungs and mucous membranes. It is also good to take if you are suffering from any number of respiratory ailments, such as bronchitis, whooping cough, and emphysema. For respiratory relief, either steep two teaspoons for 15 minutes for a tea, or use one teaspoon three times a day in tincture form.
5. Lungwort Using lungwort helps to clear catarrh, an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the lungs, nose, and throat, and lessens a cough. It can be combined with lobelia, black horehound, and coltsfoot for an effective way to treat lung infections. Drink one to two teaspoons in an infusion three times a day. Alternately, you can take a quarter to one teaspoon in a tincture three times a day. 6. Mullein
It is important to note that recent findings may suggest coltsfoot could be toxic if taken for a prolonged period; due to its undefined safety classification from the Food and Drug Administration, it is best to take this herb in lower doses for just a short period of time.
Infusions and tinctures made with mullein are effective for clearing the respiratory tract, as well as clearing excess mucus from the lungs. It’s also effective for treating coughs and sore throats. Use one to two teaspoons in an infusion in one cup of water three times a day. Alternately, you can use mullein in a tincture with a quarter to one teaspoon of the herb three times a day.
2. Elecampane If you’re looking to kill bacteria, elecampane (Inula helenium) lessens coughs and expels excess mucus from the lungs. If you’re suffering from any respiratory ailments, this herb alleviates fever and causes the body to excrete any toxins through sweating. Mix one teaspoon of the herb in a cup of tea or take up to one teaspoon in tincture form three times a day. Due to its minor use to bring on menstruation, pregnant women should avoid this herb.
7. Sea Buckthorn In addition to being an effective treatment for lung disorders, asthma, and coughs, sea buckthorn is a littleknown superfood that is also an effective treatment for skin conditions; there is even evidence that it is can be used to treat cancer and weight loss. The plant’s berries are also used in foods, including jellies, juices, and sauces. Before you use any of these herbal methods to treat any ailments affecting your lungs, please consult with your physician first, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a known history of mental illness, are prone to blood clots, or take any prescription medications.
3. Black Horehound While most prefer candies made from this herb, the dried leaves have the best medicinal properties. Horehound relaxes the lungs and encourages the discharge of mucus.
High Vitamin D Levels Can Help To Prevent And Survive Cancer Mae Chan, Prevent Disease - Waking Times May 2, 2014 and vitamin D supplementation,” said Dr. Anthony Petaku who studies the effects of Vitamin D2 and D3 on mutating cells.
The active form of vitamin D essentially shuts down cancer cells by several mechanisms which inhibit proteins involved in metastases. Now Chinese researchers have found breast and colorectalcancer patients with higher levels of vitamin D at the time of diagnosis may have better chances of survival and remain in remission longer those who are deficient, according to a scientific review.
“Physicians need to pay close attention to vitamin D levels in people who have been diagnosed with cancer,” say Chinese researchers.
For the past several years, there has been considerable interest in the role vitamin D plays in improving health and preventing disease. Previous finding show that low levels of vitamin D have been directly associated with various forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Stephen B. Kritchevsky, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Transitional Science at the Wake Forest School of Medicine found a signficant correlation.
Better Chances of Survival In a recent study, author Dr Hui Wang, said: “The results suggest vitamin D may influence the prognosis for people with breast cancer, colorectal cancer and lymphoma, in particular.”
“We observed vitamin D insufficiency (defined as blood levels