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Coconut Milk

 

Coconuts are seen by some as a miracle food, helping protect and cure the body of internal and external ailments. Coconut milk has many uses, most of which build up the immune system and the body's defenses. You can find coconut milk in the ethnic foods section of a local grocery store or make it at home.

    Nutrients

  1. Coconut milk contains many vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, including potassium, calcium and chloride.

    Saturated Fat

  2. The saturated fat in coconut is made up of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids the body quickly turns into energy instead of storing as fat. Therefore, even though it's high in saturated fat, coconut can aid in weight loss.

    Lauric Acid

  3. Half the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut milk are composed of lauric acid, which is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Coconut milk can help boost the immune system.

    Dairy-Free

  4. Coconut milk is a dairy-free alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to animal milk. This vegan drink is also soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free.

    Relief of Ailments

  5. Coconut milk is known to relieve the symptoms of sore throats and ulcers
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  7. Coconut milk is more than just the milky liquid which is derived from coconut fruit. It provides human being with many benefits and you can enjoy it too. What are the health benefits of coconut milk? We will talk about it further on the following explanation.

    Coconut milk has been widely acknowledged as the miracle liquid which help people to build up and support the immune system effectively. Fortunately, you have many options in your hand. You can buy the canned coconut milk from the local grocery store or even trying out to make it at home. However, the homemade coconut juice is fresh and much more beneficial than the canned one.

    Coconut milk contains vitamins, electrolytes and minerals. Those are the essential for human body to support their needs of advantageous substances to live a healthy life. The electrolytes in coconut juice are such as potassium, chloride and also calcium. Besides, the coconut milk provides people with lauric acid which great functions inside the body, from anti-viral, anti-microbial up to anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

    No wonder, coconut milk can boost someone’s immune system. It does not belong to dairy products, thus it is good for everyone who are lactose intolerant. This group of people cannot stand with animal milk and they commonly suffer from particular type of allergy. The fresh coconut milk is a vegan drink with extremely low cholesterol, therefore very recommended for those who look for low fat food products.

    Further, coconut milk is good to relieve the ailments too. If you get the symptoms of ulcers and sore throat, coconut juice/milk is a good alternative to take. Women can enjoy the health benefits of coconut milk too. Most of skin care products add coconut milk into their product lines. The extract of such milk will be perfect for moisturizing your skin. It is awesome to makes your hair shine too.

    The great benefits of coconut milk complete the benefits of other coconut based products. So far, people mostly assume that coconut water is more beneficial than coconut milk. If you talk about the content of substances to remove or detox the toxins from human body, you can rely on coconut water. Hence, coconut milk does not give the benefits in the form of toxin removal, but providing the other substance to let woman to keep their beauty.

    If you wish to get the real extract of coconut fruit, you can use only little water when blending the coconut meat/flesh and finally get the thick coconut juice. If you wish to have the lighter/thinner juice, you can use more water. Anyway, most of coconut milk on local store (the instant coconut juice) is thick and the manufacturers will add some preservatives to make it last longer.

    When someone wants to gain the ultimate health benefits of coconut milk, the fresh homemade one is much better than the readily made packs on local supermarket. The high content of Vitamin A, E and electrolytes are the reasons why it is good and healthy to keep you strong. Vitamins are the essential substances which support someone’s fitness and immune system, thus fulfilling the needs of vitamin is an inevitable thing.

    The health benefits of coconut milk are proven through its rich and advantageous nutrients. The latest researches even bring new facts that coconut milk can lower blood sugar level and lower blood pressure too. Now, do you still think twice to start enjoying the benefits of coconut milk for your health?

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  9. Coconut
    (Cocos nucifera)

    The Tree of Life

    The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means "monkey face" because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey. Nucifera means "nut-bearing."

    The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a

    Harvested coconuts lined up on the beach.

    staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world's population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.


    Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers.

    Coconut In Traditional Medicine

    People from many diverse cultures, languages, religions, and races scattered around the globe have revered the coconut as a valuable source of both food and medicine. Wherever the coconut palm grows the people have learned of its importance as a effective medicine. For thousands of years coconut products have held a respected and valuable place in local folk medicine.

    In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.

    Coconut In Modern Medicine

    Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:

    Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.

    Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.

    Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.

    Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.

    Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.

    Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.

    Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

    Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.

    Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.

    Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.

    Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.

    Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.

    Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.

    Helps protect against osteoporosis.

    Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.

    Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.

    Improves digestion and bowel function.

    Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.

    Reduces inflammation.

    Supports tissue healing and repair.

    Supports and aids immune system function.

    Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.

    Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.

    Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.

    Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.

    Functions as a protective antioxidant.

    Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.

    Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.

    Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.

    Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).

    Reduces epileptic seizures.

    Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.

    Dissolves kidney stones.

    Helps prevent liver disease.

    Is lower in calories than all other fats.

    Supports thyroid function.

    Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.

    Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.

    Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.

    Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.

    Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

    Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.

    Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.

    Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.

    Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.

    Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

    Helps control dandruff.

    Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.

    Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.

    Is completely non-toxic to humans.

    See Research to read some of the published studies regarding the above mentioned uses of coconut products.

    Coconut Oil

    While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, it's the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine.

    Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is a unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health giving properties. It is now gaining long overdue recognition as a nutritious health food.

    Coconut oil has been described as "the healthiest oil on earth." That's quite a remarkable statement. What makes coconut oil so good? What makes it different from all other oils, especially other saturated fats?

    The difference is in the fat molecule. All fats and oils are composed of molecules called fatty acids. There are two methods of classifying fatty acids. The first you are probably familiar with, is based on saturation. You have saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. Another system of classification is based on molecular size or length of the carbon chain within each fatty acid. Fatty acids consist of long chains of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached. In this system you have short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), and long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).

    The vast majority of fats and oils in our diets, whether they are saturated or unsaturated or come from animals or plants, are composed of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Some 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are LCFA.

    The size of the fatty acid is extremely important. Why? Because our bodies respond to and metabolize each fatty acid differently depending on its size. So the physiological effects of MCFA in coconut oil are distinctly different from those of LCFA more commonly found in our foods. The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids. Both the saturated and unsaturated fat found in meat, milk, eggs, and plants (including most all vegetable oils) are composed of LCFA.

    MCFA are very different from LCFA. They do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and help to protect against heart disease. MCFA help to lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease. It is primarily due to the MCFA in coconut oil that makes it so special and so beneficial.

    There are only a very few good dietary sources of MCFA. By far the best sources are from coconut and palm kernel oils.


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Olive Oil

The impact of high blood pressure places millions of Americans at significantly increased risk from cardiovascular disease and sudden death from a heart attack. Big Pharma and modern medicine are quick to prescribe a vast assortment of pharmaceuticals that fill the coffers of the drug giants and have no effect on true cardiac risk. Publishing in the journal Phytomedicine, researchers found that a natural extract from the olive leaf plant can effectively lower blood pressure without the devastating side effects experienced by many placed on a lifetime of synthetic pharmaceuticals.

Hypertension is one of the most devastating conditions that currently affects more than 50 million Americans. High blood pressure slowly and silently degrades the integrity of our vascular network of vessels and arteries, ultimately leading to heart attack, stroke and vascular dementia. Traditional medical practice calls for the administration of multiple pharmaceuticals that further degrade health and carry a long list of damaging side effects.

Researchers found that olive leaf extract taken at a dose of 500 mg twice per day naturally lowered blood pressure in Stage 1 hypertensive patients better than prescription ACE-inhibitor drugs. The study authors noted that extracts from leaves of the olive tree "have been used since ancient times to combat high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and diabetes and for other medicinal purposes."

Additionally, researchers found that the groups of subjects taking the olive leaf extract demonstrated significant improvements in triglyceride levels, a positive benefit not seen with the pharmaceutical group. Although the specific blood pressure lowering action of olive leaf extract is not known, the study designers believe it is related to the active compound in the leaf known as oleuropein. Oleuropein acts synergistically with other chemicals in the plant to "exert both ACE inhibitory and calcium channel blocking activities."

Further scientific evidence supporting the powerful impact exerted by the olive plant is provided by researchers published in the journal Clinical Nutrition. The study found that polyphenol rich, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil boosted levels of an antibody in the blood that neutralizes oxidized LDL cholesterol, which is implicated in the formation of coronary plaque. This significantly reduces the risk from atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries and from the progression of coronary artery disease.

Researchers again found that the antioxidant polyphenols oleuropein and caffeic acid found in olive oil exhibited powerful anti-diabetic, anti-atherosclerotic and anti-inflammatory properties. In response to increased dietary consumption of the polyphenols, the study found that critical immune response mechanisms were stimulated and deadly LDL oxidation was retarded.

Olive oil consumption was shown to yield reduced levels of systemic inflammation and a reduction in arterial plaque formation. Health-minded individuals will want to include 25 ml (just under two tablespoons) of extra virgin olive oil daily to provide maximum cardiac health benefits.

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About the author
John Phillip is a Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your Free 48 page copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.

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  1. Tangerine Peel

  2. Tangerine Peel,Chenpi,Chinese Diet Therapy

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    Benefits of Tangerine Peel
    By Victor Leong, on September 18th, 2010
    What Is Tangerine Peel?

    Tangerine peel is the outermost layer of a tangerine, a popular fruit widely known also as a mandarin. In Japan, it is known as a satsuma, and the general botanical name for a tangerine is Citrus reticulata. It is now known that tangerine peel contains far more flavonoids and anti-oxidants that are beneficial for good health than fruit juices do.

    Tangerine Peel Benefits

    Two major tangerine peel benefits are its cholesterol lowering capabilities and more recently its use in fighting cancer. The disease fighting flavonoids tangeretin and nobiletin are found in higher concentrations in peels that in the juice we commonly drink. Other benefits of tangerine peel are a lower risk or heart disease and obesity.

    The super-flavonoids found in tangerine peels are even thought by some to effectively lower cholesterol as well as some prescription drugs. Tangeretin and nobiletin are easily absorbed into the body and metabolized.

    Tangerine peel is beneficial for treating nervous tension, depression, emotional stress and sleep related problems. It helps to calm and soothe the nervous system, as well as the digestive system. Many digestive disorders are easily remedied by using this natural ingredient on soups, salads and other foods you eat.

    Tangerine Peel Weight Loss

    Nutrients in tangerine peel promote weight loss, and are one of the most effective ways to fight obesity.

    Tangerine peel also helps with absorption, and controls bloating and nausea. It has also been shown to stimulate the lymph system which helps eliminate excess fluid, and help combat obesity.

    Tangerine peel is extremely effective for a multitude of digestion problems, which sometimes interfere with weight loss. This is why it is important to make sure your weight loss supplement contains this natural ingredient. Proper digestion is essential for weight loss.

    Tangerine Peel Supplement

    Tangerine peel supplements commonly contain dried tangerine peel which has not been preserved with sulfur, and is totally natural. By choosing supplements that contain tangerine peel as an ingredient, you are insuring good digestion, less bloating and an increased metabolic rate.

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    Use the dried pieces to make a healthy tea

    Dried tangerine peel is a common addition to different recipes, particularly in Chinese or Asian cuisines. It helps balance the dish’s taste by adding a citrus and fresh flavor to the food. It also has a lot of nutritional benefits, and is a popular cure for stomach upset. Likewise, it aids in digestion and nutritional absorption.

    You can easily buy dried tangerine peel in supermarkets and grocery stores, but you may end up with soem that is so old and dry, that the taste has become bitter. This is the reason why some opt to make their own as you can easily control how much moisture is dried off the peel. If you want to know how to make dried tangerine peel, here are the things you need to do.


    •Get tangerines. Buy your tangerine. You can best get tangerines during winter as the fruit is in season by this period. In addition, you can choose the best ones at a lower price. Get those with a brighter color and a zest that doesn’t have any spots or discoloration. The zest refers to the fruit’s pebbled part. This houses the oils, which are full of aroma.
    •Peel the fruit. Get the tangerines and wash them well before you start peeling them. Use a vegetable peeler or a thin knife to remove the peels. The peels should be clean, healthy and large. As you remove the peel layers, you’ll see a white portion under it, just like the ones you see with oranges. Decide whether you want to remove this portion or not.
    •Dry the peels. Arrange the tangerine pieces into a rack where the pieces fit in a single layer. Look for a dry and well-ventilated location at home, and put the rack there. The tangerine peels will automatically curl as they dry. If you don’t have any available rack, you can put them on top of any surface, as long as it’s clean and isn’t dusty. Check them regularly, and turn the pieces on the other side so the drying process is equal on both sides.
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    Tangerine Peel May Help Fight Cancer
    By Victor Leong, on September 18th, 2010
    (Newser) – UK researchers may have found a natural way to combat certain cancers. In tests, a chemical compound in tangerine peel attacked and destroyed cancer cells. The findings could lead to treatments for cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, and ovaries, Reuters says. “It is very exciting to find a compound in food that can target cancers specifically,” said one chemist.

    The chemist speculated that the results reflected deficiencies in the modern diet, which typically excludes the skin of fruits. “This may be a major contributory factor to the increasing incidence of some cancers in the human population,” he said. Scientists caution that the research is still in an early phase and that more research is necessary.

    And from BBS news also reported this info:

    A compound extracted from tangerine peel can kill certain human cancer cells, research shows.

    A team from Leicester School of Pharmacy found Salvestrol Q40 was turned into a toxic compound in cancer cells, destroying them.

    Salvestrol Q40 is found at higher concentrations in tangerine peel, than in the flesh of the fruit.

    The researchers suggest the modern trend to throw away peel may have contributed to a rise in some cancers.

    It is very exciting to find a compound in food that can target cancers specifically
    Dr Hoon Tan
    Lead researcher Dr Hoon Tan said his work was still at an early stage, but together with his colleagues he has formed a company to investigate further the potential to develop natural anti-cancer therapies.

    He said: “It is very exciting to find a compound in food that can target cancers specifically.”

    Plant immune system

    Salvestrol 40 is a type of phytoalexin – a chemical produced by plants to repel attackers, such as insects or fungi.

    It is converted into a toxic compound by the P450 CYP1B1 enzyme, found in much higher levels in cancer cells.

    As a result, the researchers found, it proved to be 20 times more toxic to cancer cells than their healthy equivalents.

    Dr Tan said Salvestrol was found in other fruit and vegetables, such as the brassica family, which includes broccoli and brussels sprouts.

    However, the compound tends to be produced at higher levels when infection levels among crops are high.

    Therefore, the use of modern pesticides and fungicides, which have cut the risk of infections, have also led to a drop in Salvestrol levels in food.

    Dr Julie Sharp, Cancer Research UK’s science information manager, said: “Many naturally occurring substances have anticancer properties, but while this research shows that salvestrols have an effect on cells in the laboratory, there is no evidence that they have a similar effect in patients.

    “Clinical trials would be needed to tell us if these substances could be developed into a cancer treatment.”

     




 


 
 
 
 
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