Crops with Roundup Ready plants can be sprayed with Roundup Herbicide and not kill Genetically Modified plants. Sounds too good to a farmer that struggles with weeds. The problem is what really happens. Roundup, the herbicide, has apparently been linked to birth defects and reportedly banned from use in provincial areas in Argentina where GM soy is grown.
That’s right! The spice that makes cinnamon rolls exquisite and oatmeal cookies rock can also help lower your high cholesterol – without the pastries of course! Cinnamon is a natural antioxidant, an antimicrobial, and has been used from everything from colds to protecting against heart disease. But research has shown its true hidden powers.
The UN once declared Spirulina the “best food of the future”. Is it just sensationalism? After all, it’s only a microscopic, blue-green algae. Used by the Aztecs and Mesoamericans since the 16th century, few know that its history goes even further back to 9th century Chad. Presently, it is cultivated and eaten in over 70 countries as a dried powder or pill.
Apple cider vinegar is a combination that many use when they’re trying to drop a few pounds. What you might not know, however, is that this sweet and sour combo is a remedy for many conditions of the body. The wide-range effects of apple cider vinegar can be attributed to its abundance of nutrients.
Yellow verbena or lemon verbena, native to South America, has quite a few health benefits packed into this pungent herb. The plant looks very similar to your average mint plant — perhaps like the common lemon mint — and a tea can be made out of its leaves just like any other mint plant.
Jamaican Callaloo is a green leafy plant that has been culturally consumed in the West Indies, namely Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, etc. Callaloo is more or less like spinach, though people will swear that it’s totally different. It does have a distinct taste and is very savory.
But are hot peppers actually good for you? Something so hot, even dangerously hot to some, is bound to raise questions. Hot peppers are actually good for us. Hot peppers contain capsaicin, the component that actually makes hot peppers hot. Capsaicin has been linked to numerous health benefits.
The name Sea Buckthorn doesn’t readily roll off my tongue, but this fruited plant is definitely aesthetically pleasing to my eye. The plant, which is very rich in Vitamins C and E and essential fatty acids, was written about by ancient Greek scholars and Tibetan physicians. It is touted for its environmental benefits and its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties.
The Holy Basil plant, also known as Tulsi, is a bountiful herb, entrenched in the culture of India as an Ayurvedic healing wonder and a Hindu object of prayer. It lives with tradition in India and has been a physical and spiritual cure-all. Tulsi is a nutrient rich herb that also conducts improved absorption of nutrients into the body from other foods and herbs as well.
When I started doing research on resveratrol, a polpyphenic compound mostly found in grapes and red wine, it was hard to know what to focus on. There is a large amount of studies on this plant compound and its effect on preventing cancer, reducing the risk of heart disease, repairing organ injury, prolonging cell life and much more.