I’m always surprised when I find that a common ingredient I keep around the house anyway has an undercover health benefit. In our spice racks, we have many potent flavoring agents – sweet, salty, and bitter – but only one of them, Cinnamon, has been in the news lately as a natural preventative agent against high blood sugar and cholesterol.
Hawthorne (Crataegus) trees are named for their thorny hedged brush and produce a tart, red berry that has been used in folk medicine as a heart tonic since the Middle Ages. The tree, which can grow up to five feet in height, is native to the Mediterranean, but is common in Northern America, Western Asia, and Europe.
At the age of 52, late-night talk show host David Letterman underwent quintuple bypass surgery due to a constricted artery – the result of out-of-control cholesterol levels. Letterman frequently joked about his battle with high cholesterol on The Late Show with David Letterman; he even went on an all oat-bran diet for some time.
Even amidst the hype about links between red meat, cancer and cholesterol, some of us can’t deny those cravings for a good steak. But, we can avoid some of the most harmful side effects of consuming beef, if we’re conscious.