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Mustard Greens are one of the most nutritious green leafy vegetables and are packed with health promoting and disease preventing properties. They are exceptionally high in vitamins A, K, & C as well as minerals such as zinc, selenium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Mustard greens are very beneficial for arthritis, osteoporosis, anemia, asthma, and cardiovascular disease.
They are also essential for aiding cognitive disorders such as brain fog, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease. Mustard Greens contains compounds called dithiolthiones which have strong anti-cancer properties and are particularly beneficial in the protection against breast, colon, prostate, lung, bladder, and ovarian cancers.
Mustard greens also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are an ideal food for helping auto-immune disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Endometriosis, Graves disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. Due to their incredibly high vitamin A content, mustard greens are amazing for eye and vision problems including age related macular degeneration, blurry vision, weak nighttime vision, and dry, itchy eyes.
Mustard greens can also help in preventing hair loss and strengthening the roots of your hair. They are also great for keeping your bones and muscles strong. Mustard greens are often used as a detoxifying food and as an overall tonic for the body, specifically the liver. Mustard greens have a spicy, rich flavor and are great juiced with celery and/or cucumbers or added to salads, wraps, nori rolls, soups, stews, or stir-fry.
They are also wonderful steamed. Mustard greens are available in several red and green varieties and can range from mild to spicy hot. They can be found are your local supermarket, farmer’s market, asian market, health food store, and specialty produce stores.
Schizandra is a medicinal berry that has been used for thousands of years for its exceptional health promoting benefits. Schizandra berries contain special adaptogenic properties which means they help balance the body’s stress hormones and normalize organ function during times of mental, emotional, physical, or environmental stress.
This unique ability protects the body from intense stress damage and helps to provide a more resilient endocrine, immune, and central nervous system. Schizandra berries are also phenomenal for sharpening mental focus, enhancing memory skills, and increasing clarity and concentration. The berries are particularly good for adrenal fatigue, heart disease, cardiovascular issues, autoimmune disorders, macular degeneration, neurological disorders, and for keeping blood sugar stable and balanced.
Schizandra berries contain both glutathione peroxidase and gomison-A which are compounds that are highly beneficial for the liver and can help prevent liver inflammation and tissue destruction making it an excellent herb for hepatitis, jaundice, HIV/AIDS, and other viral conditions. In chinese medicine, schizandra is often used to soothe respiratory illnesses such as chronic coughs, bronchitis, pneumonia, COPD, and respiratory infections.
Athletes often depend on schizandra berries to help increase their physical endurance and stamina. Schizandra berries are also revered around the world for their ability to provide a clear and glowing complexion that defies the aging process. Dried schizandra berries make a wonderful tea and tonic drink, simply soak a handful of berries in several cups of water overnight and sip throughout the day. Schizandra can be found online or at your local health food store in tincture, capsule, extract, and tea form.
Tangerines may be smaller than oranges, but they are several times higher in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as vitamins C & A, calcium, magnesium & selenium, and beta-carotene & luteins. Tangerines contain anti-viral and anti-cancer properties and are particularly beneficial for colds, fever, flu, arthritis, epstein barr, shingles, constipation, age related macular degeneration, bone repair, neurodegenerative diseases, heart disease, and breast, colon, lung, stomach, ovarian, and prostate cancer.
Tangerines are an excellent food to help boost the immune system and keep it functioning at optimum levels. Their high fiber content also helps to lower cholesterol and protect the heart and cardiovascular system from illness and disease. Tangerines are high in pectin which can significantly improve digestion and elimination.
Tangerines are also a great weight-loss food that can help to keep you full, satisfied, and full of energy. They are also a perfect food to eat after working out as they can deeply hydrate and replenish the body on a cellular level. Tangerines are typically easy to peel and are sweeter and juicier than oranges which makes them easy to eat out of hand and enjoyable for adults and children alike.
Tangerine peels can also be added to water and/or tea to provide additional anti-bacterial and medicinal benefits. There are several varieties of tangerines on the market today including clementines, pixie, fall-glo, ponkan, sunburst, and murcott honey. Tangerines can be made it into a delicious fresh juice that is fortified with an amazing array of nutritional and health benefits.
Tangerines combine well with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries and are wonderful added to smoothies and salads. Tangerines can be found in the fresh produce section of your local supermarket and health food store.
Brussel sprouts are an incredibly nutritious vegetable that are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins C, A, and E, and alkalizing minerals such as calcium, iron, and manganese. They are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K which are essential for proper brain and nerve function and are vital for aiding cognitive issues such as brain fog, memory loss, lack of concentration, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Brussel sprouts are also known to help stabilize the DNA within white blood cells which creates a stronger, more resilient immune system. Brussel sprouts also contain powerful anti-cancer compounds which are shown to particularly help fight and prevent colon, breast, prostate, lung, bladder, liver, endometrial, and ovarian cancer.
They can help stimulate the kidneys to release more water, which can reduce bloat and edema and make it easier for dislodged fatty wastes to be flushed out of the body. Brussel sprouts are also good for stimulating sluggish glands and for promoting a cleaning effect on adipose cells and tissues making it an ideal weight loss food. Brussel sprouts are a star ingredient in the Liver Cleanse in my book Liver Rescue because they are so incredible at purifying the liver.
They contain high amounts of glucosinolates which can significantly reduce inflammation and is excellent for prevention and relief from rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, strokes, heart attacks, arteriosclerosis, and bursitis. Brussel sprouts are excellent for helping to lower cholesterol, prevent constipation, stop overeating, and decrease H.pylori in the digestive tract.
To obtain the most health benefits from brussel sprouts, consider eating them raw (they can also be juiced) or steamed until soft. Try making a delicious salad with chopped romaine, arugula, tomato, avocado, onion, steamed brussels sprouts, fresh lemon juice and minced garlic. It is a nutritious and satisfying dish that will nourish your body, mind, and soul.
Star anise is a powerful culinary and medicinal spice that has been used for thousands of years and is rich in vitamin C, calcium and iron. It contains potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and is particularly good for treating the flu. In fact, star anise contains a compound called shikimic acid which is used to make the common anti-viral drug Tamiflu.
Star anise is known to effectively remove mucus and congestion from the body due to its strong expectorant properties. It is also commonly used as a digestive aid and can help to relieve gas, constipation, cramping, bloating, heartburn, and indigestion. Star anise is highly beneficial in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, back pain, shingles, herpes, halitosis, and sinus infections.
It also has sedative properties and is helpful to take before bed to ensure a good night’s sleep. Star anise is known to support the health of the female reproductive system and is often used by lactating mothers to increase the flow of breast milk. Star anise has a flavor similar to that of licorice and cloves and is often used as a flavor enhancer to both sweet and savory meals including smoothies, deserts, soups, and stews.
Star anise tea is a wonderful and healing medicinal beverage that can significantly boost the immune system and help ward off any viral or bacterial infection. Star anise oil can be found in creams and lotions as is an excellent topical remedy for insect bites, eczema, psoriasis, acne, scabies, and lice. Star anise can be found in whole, powder, capsule, tea, extract, oil, and cream form online or at your local health food and grocery store.
Fennel is considered both a vegetable and a herb due to its wide ranging nutritional and healing benefits. Fennel is rich in folate, vitamin C, magnesium, cobalt, iron, and essentials oils that contain powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is excellent for indigestion and is commonly used as a natural antacid in order to help reduce acidity and inflammation in the digestive tract and to facilitate proper absorption and assimilation of nutrients from food.
Fennel has potent anti-flatulent and carminative properties which means it is able to prevent and stop the formation of gas in the stomach and intestines. It is also known to be highly beneficial for sinus congestion, bronchitis, renal colic, anemia, hypertension, macular degeneration, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome. Fennel is used to help protect against both cardiovascular disease and cancer.
It contains an important anti-inflammatory phytonutrient called anethole that blocks both inflammation and carcinogenesis, which is the mutation of regular cells into cancerous cells. Fennel also has the ability to ease and regulate menstruation by regulating hormonal action properly in the body. Fennel is used amongst nursing women to help stimulate consistent milk flow for their babies.
It is also known to help strengthen hair, prevent hair loss, relax the body, and sharpen the memory. Fennel seeds can be chewed after a meal to aid in digestion and to remove bad breath. Fennel seeds can also be made into an effective medicinal tea by steeping the seeds in hot water for 10 minutes or more. Fresh fennel juice can be combined with fresh celery, cucumber, and/or apple juice for a healing and medicinal drink.
Fresh fennel juice can also be used topically to swollen or inflamed eyes to reduce irritation, swelling, and fatigue. Fresh fennel has a crunchy, slightly sweet licorice flavor and is a wonderful addition to fresh salads, smoothies, soups, stir-fry, potatoes, and other vegetable dishes. Fresh fennel and fennel seeds can be generally found at your local supermarket or farmer’s market. Fennel tea, capsules, tincture, and extract can all be found online or at your local health food store.
Watermelon is an excellent fruit that effectively hydrates, detoxifies, and cleanses the entire body on a cellular level. It is rich in vitamins A and C as well as lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which are excellent for providing protection from lung, mouth, pancreatic, breast, prostate, endometrial, and colon cancer.
Watermelon is also known to significantly reduce inflammation, help flush out edema, aid in weight loss, and alleviate depression. Watermelon can also boost the immune system as well as strengthen vision. Watermelon is not nearly as high in sugar as most people think as it has half the sugar than an apple.
Watermelon is loaded with antioxidants that have the ability to neutralize free radical molecules and aid in the prevention of chronic illnesses. The rind of the watermelon is equally beneficial as it is one of the highest organic sodium foods in nature and one of the best sources of chlorophyll and can be juiced for a delicious and healing drink.
And, if you are lucky enough to get a watermelon with black seeds, even better! Crunch those seeds up too, they have an amazing effect on the nervous system, aiding in relaxing the body and lowering blood pressure and contain helpful amounts of iron, zinc, and protein.
California Poppy is a medicinal herb and flower that is rich in vitamins A, C, and E as well as minerals such as calcium and magnesium. California poppy contains sedative properties that make it highly beneficial for relieving anxiety, stress, panic attacks, insomnia, hypertension, colic and bedwetting in children. It is also useful for behavioral disorders such as OCD, Bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s, ADD, and ADHD.
California Poppy is good at sharpening cognitive skills such as memory and concentration which makes it a great herb for students and adults alike. California Poppy is known to be a phenomenal natural pain reliever and is a safe alternative to prescription medication. It contains analgesic and antispasmodic properties which is useful in providing relief from acute nerve and muscle related pain.
California Poppy is also known to help reduce high fever, rapid pulse, and spasmodic coughs. California Poppy contains antimicrobial properties which makes it excellent for applying to cuts, wounds, and skin ailments. California poppy powder can be mixed with coconut oil as a natural treatment for the elimination of head lice. California Poppy tea is wonderful to drink before bed to help prepare the body for a full and restful night’s sleep.
Add 2 tsp of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and let steep for at least 10 minutes, sweeten with raw honey and/or lemon if desired. California Poppy can be found in tea, tincture, extract, capsule, and cream form online or at your local health food store.
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