health benefits of artichokes

Learn To Love The Health Benefits Of Artichokes

There are many health benefits of artichokes are ignored in many parts of the world. Yet, this is a vegetable that can be grown almost anywhere, and it is even at home in a pot. If, you don’t want to grow artichokes for their health benefits, you should certainly grow them for their beauty – they have the most amazing flower head.

Fortunately, artichokes is one of those vegetables that has a very stabile nutritional content. This means that you can dry the vegetable, and process it into a a supplement. Artichoke supplements are now sold all over the world, and the great news is that they are not expensive. They really do offer great value for money. A daily artichoke supplement can help you to lower your cholesterol by promoting better liver function.

Cooking with artichokes

Artichokes are rather tough little vegetables, and you can also use almost all parts. The leaves of artichokes taste great when they are freshly steamed. All you need to do is to add some butter or olive oil, and scoop up the fleshy part of the leaf. You can also squeeze over some lemon if you find the taste of the leaf a little bit bitter. Continue Reading

health benefits of black tea

The Health Benefits Of Black Tea

The health benefits of black tea were well known to my great grandma. This little Russian lady swore by black tea for all ailments, and I think that she may have been right. She lived to the age of 107 years old. Her black tea drinking mother died at the age of 110 years old, and we should perhaps pay attention to these two ladies diet.

Apart from a serious amount of walking, they drank 8 – 10 cups of black tea every day. Black tea was always present in our household, but it wasn’t until many years later, scientists discovered that it is packed with flavonoids. They are anti-oxidants which can help us to fight cancer and heart disease. The main flavonoid in black tea is called quercetin. This is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants in the world. There is little wonder that both ladies stayed so healthy and active into old age. Along with a diet rich in home made yogurt, apples from the garden, cruciferous vegetables such as kale and plenty of water, they had a very health lifestyle apart from the odd tipple of Vodka.

The gift of black tea

We now know that black tea can help us lower heart disease, and reduce inflammation. The only problem is that it is very high in caffeine, but the health benefits seem to outweigh the negatives. Black tea can help to reduce cholesterol, and interestingly enough it does so much more effectively in men. That doesn’t mean that you have to drink 8 – 10 cups per day. My two nans drank small cups, two or three mugs of black tea will not do you any harm. Continue Reading

health benefits of apples

How To Add The Health Benefits Of Apples To Your Life

Are we beginning to ignore apples? Supermarkets are reporting that they are selling less and less apples. Could that mean that we are not appreciating the health benefits of apples? This once very popular fruit seems to have been replaced by other more exotic and expensive fruits. Most fruits are good for us, but the problem with exotic fruits, is that they have been transported over long distances. Transporting fruit and vegetables over long distances will reduce their nutritional value. The apple farm down the road would probably deliver better nutritional value, and, also, better value for money.

Should we ignore apples? Absolutely not, and did you know that an apple contains more vitamin C than an orange? On top of that, they are also richer in fiber, and one particular soluble fiber, pectin, is very important. Pectin can help us to lower our cholesterol, boost our immune system and sweep away toxins in the body. In other words, it is a natural broom that we ignore at our own peril. Oranges on the other hand are acidic, and can even trigger arthritis and gout. Perhaps you really should consider adding an apple a day to your diet.

Different colors

There are many different varieties of apples, and the home grown varieties are just packed with nutrition. Apples like Orange Pippin grow slower, and are therefore even more packed with nutrition than other apples. The great thing about apples is that they come in many different tastes and sizes, there is an apple out there for anybody. Continue Reading