Most of us are faced with a burning desire to stamp out morning drowsiness with a cup of coffee. If you love coffee, you don’t just like it, you love it and need it. I am definitely one of these people who treats coffee as necessity. (This is my favorite coffee) People’s love for coffee is special. For many, it develops over years. With age we appreciate coffee even more. There’s been a lot of buzz on the health benefits of coffee: some say it’s good, and some say it’s bad. I personally think those that say the latter just don’t like coffee. So, what should you know about coffee and it’s health benefits?
Cacao – the small evergreen tree grown in South America can be considered the sweetest tree in the world since its fruit creates the most desirable delicatessen in the world. The word “cacao” was invented by the Aztecs who were the first to prepare the cacao drink cacahuatl, which included water, cacao, vanilla, maize, chili pepper and salt. Cacao beans were considered by the Aztec’s as a sacred gift of the gods. Cacao beans were so valued that they were used as currency. When Indians traded with the Spanish conquistadors, the secret of the powerful drink became well known in Europe. Then, Europeans started to grow the cacao trees across the European colonies. Cacao beans (like these) are used for the manufacture of cacao powder and cocoa butter, which are used in cooking, perfumery, cosmetology and even medicine.
Despite their name, pine nuts are not really nuts. They are the edible seeds of pine trees. Pine nuts are actually hidden inside the pine cone, which can be extracted with a heating method. It takes quite a lot of work to remove them which makes pine nuts more expensive then other nuts.
Pine nuts are superior to all other nuts as their composition is truly impressive. Proteins contained in pine nuts possess the ideal composition of amino acids (because of this pine nuts are 90 % absorbed by our body). Only one hundred grams of pine nuts contain the daily recommended amount of such microelements as manganese, zinc, copper and cobalt.
The deep orange, tomato shaped fruit with a waxy texture, persimmon, has been a favorite of mine sine I can remember. As a child, there was nothing more exciting than biting into this delicious fruit. Unfortunately, many people are afraid of this “foreign” fruit with an astringent taste. Is that you? Have you ever given it a try? Besides the beneficial properties of persimmon and the amazing effect it has on the human body, the fruit has many unique uses from cooking and natural remedies, to skin care.
Until recently, I had never heard of Maca powder. It’s sort of a new kid for us Westerners. However, it has been around for centuries and considered by the Incas as a superfood. As one of the legends goes, Incan warriors consumed maca powder prior to battle. It helped increase their fighting spirit, strength, stamina and libido. Maca powder was valued so highly by the Incas, it was used as a form of payment. Maca powder has definitely become popular among athletes as it offers a plethora of nutrients.
Believe it or not, mustard is not just a common condiment that makes your food tastier, it actually improves your health. Mustard is made from the seed of the mustard plant. Mustard is one of the world’s most ancient spices. Long before us, mustard was considered a healing agent rather than a food. Hippocrates used mustard seed for all kinds of ailments. The making of mustard was perfected by the French. By the 9th century mustard was being made by French monks who brought in significant income from mustard preparations.
Is Mustard More Than Just A Condiment?
Mustard not only stimulates the appetite (increasing the production of saliva by up to 8 times), it also promotes digestion. Mustard is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and slightly laxative agent. Small quantities of mustard can neutralize toxins and helps with indigestion. Mustard can be considered a nutritional superstar.
Have you been wasting your pumpkin seeds over the years ? Unfortunately, most of us do. Whether we think its too much work to deal with cleaning and roasting them or we simply don’t see any nutritional value in them, for whatever reason, we’ve been making a mistake. They are one of nature’s perfect foods.
We have all heard of Aloe Vera and its amazing healing properties. We might even grow an Aloe Vera plant to make sure it is always available in cases of an emergency. But do you know that Aloe Vera is not just limited to topical use. It is even more beneficial for our body internally. You might’ve passed by the big, unappealing jar of Aloe Vera juice thinking how gross it was. Well, don’t judge a book by its cover. Forget about the sugary drinks that you are used to buying, give Aloe Vera juice a try! Why? There is a huge number of important reasons to incorporate it into our daily life. Number one, you can detoxify your body naturally with Aloe Vera juice. Thus, drinking Aloe Vera juice should become another healthy habit.
For over 6000 years Aloe Vera has been widely used to treat many health aliments. The Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality” because of its diverse applications for literally everything.
Beets are really unique healing vegetables. Their nutritional value is kept both raw and cooked. In ancient times, Hippocrates viewed beets as a medicinal plant. Throughout centuries beets were used to treat many diseases. Beets have been used in the treatment of blood disorders such as iron deficiency – anemia. Beets contain a lot of iron, of all plant products iron content of the beets is the second to garlic. And the iodine content of the beets is the second to Kale. Beets not only provide your body with important nutrients and stimulate your metabolism but also saturate the body with powerful powerful antioxidants that are prevalent in red beets.
Fig tree is one of the oldest cultivated plants. To various cultures, the fig represents prosperity, fertility, and peace. The first written reference to fig trees dates back to the Sumerian King Urukagina in 2,900 B.C. The fig is believed to be indigenous to Western Asia and then it was spread by man throughout the Mediterranean. In 1520, Spaniards brought figs to America where they were planted by Spanish missionary Priests. These figs are known as the California Mission Figs. Figs and fig trees are mentioned numerous times in the Bible. The Jewish King, Hezekiah, was cured of a life-threatening plague by applying figs to the infected spot ( 2 Kings 20:7). Plato wrote that Greek athletes at Olympia were fed diets of figs in order to improve their overall strength and performance. The Greeks even forbade the export of figs because they were highly valued.