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.
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.
When I was a teenager, it was the trend to diagnose children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD (attention deficit disorder). However, there is still a real need for proper diagnosis and treatment. Past treatment has relied heavily on drug therapy, i.e. Ritalin, but studies are now proving that diet and alternative treatments are also effective.
When a baby is born and begins to feed, colostrum is secreted in the mother’s milk for the first 6 hours. Through this vital substance, rich in antibodies and vitamins, the mother passes on passive immunity to the baby and builds the immunological response. Specifically designed for a growing baby, breast milk is rich in fats, carbohydrates, proteins and endless nutrients.
Native to parts of Europe, Asia and India, the caraway plant belongs to the carminative family containing Dill and Cumin. Carminatives are herbs that help ease gastrointestinal distress, including gas and bowel spasms. Documented since the Middle Ages, caraway seeds and oil have flavored various dishes and been prepared as medicinal remedies.
As a child, I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to try the coveted fizzy drink known as soda. And when I was finally given a taste of the sugary liquid, I gagged. Soda was not what I thought it was going to be and studies are proving that it is definitely not what its manufacturers and advertisers make it out to be.
Lactose is present in more than 20% of prescription drugs and about 6% of over-the-counter medication, especially in birth control pills and, ironically, those that treat stomach acid and gas. Compared to milk and foods measured in grams, medications contain small amounts of lactose measured in milligrams, which is why most pharmacists claim that none or an extremely small reaction will occur.
Drawing their nutrition from the ocean and seas, kelp and seaweed are extremely rich in iodine and calcium, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. Depending on the strain, seaweed can be high in protein (Spirulina) or Vitamin C (red and brown algae). And, although these aquatic plants are low in fat, they have a higher content of essential fatty acids than land plants.
Everyone knows the traditional hangover prevention tips like consume alcohol on a full stomach, drink a lot of water and get plenty of rest. And, there are some strange hangover remedies like taking a wasabi bath or eating deep fried canaries, but I think I’ll stick to the nourishing foods that have been proven to alleviate the symptoms.
According to an article in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, a blue colon was discovered during the autopsy of a 50 year old woman who had been hospitalized and was receiving liquefied food containing FD&C Blue No.1 or “brilliant blue” with a 1:10 ratio (food coloring:food).