Broccoli

Overview: Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family. It is a man-made plant, created from the breeding of cultivated leafy cole crops in the Northern Mediterranean in the 6th century BCE. Although many claim that they do not like to eat broccoli, there is no denying that it surpasses countless of other healthy foods in health benefits. It is essential to incorporate broccoli into one’s diet. Benefits: Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body creates into the anti-cance...
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Pumpkin

Overview: For most Americans, the pumpkin has been associated with Halloween and fall desserts. Not only are pumpkins delicious, but they are also packed full with healthy vitamins and other beneficial nutrients. These nutrients and vitamins are found in the seeds as well as the pumpkin itself. Benefits: Pumpkins are plentiful in Vitamin A. This Vitamin is essential for vision, especially vision in dim light. They are also rich in carotenoids, which makes the pumpkin orange. This includes b...
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Sweet Potatoes

Overview: This naturally sweet vegetable is packed with healthy nutrients that provide a plentiful amount of health benefits. Although many group sweet potatoes with yams or potatoes, the sweet potato belongs to its own group and because of this, they show different health benefits. Sweet potatoes come in a variety of colors. The skin and flesh can be anywhere from white, cream, and yellow, to orange, pink, or even deep purple. Benefits: Sweet potatoes provide a sizable amount Vitamin A, Vi...
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Reishi Mushroom

Overview: There are over 200 types of mushrooms that have medicinal benefits. A common mushroom is the reishi mushroom, also known as the lingzhi mushroom. It looks like a large brown and white flower made of wood. It is one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used for medicinal purposes. Benefits: Mushrooms are the only fruit and vegetable that provides a source of Vitamin D. They are also packed with B vitamins, specifically Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and Vitamin B3 (niacin), which wi...
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Nopal Cactus

Nopal Cactus Overview: Nopal cactus, also known as Opuntia ficus-indica and more commonly known as prickly pear cactus, has recently been gaining popularity for its health benefits. The prickly pear cactus is a perennial plant and found native in the Sonora Desert in Arizona, California, and New Mexico as well as in Mexico and Latin America. It has been used by humans for thousands of years as food, beverages, and medicine. After removing the strong, sharp thorns on a young plant, it can be e...
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Turmeric

Overview: Turmeric, Curcuma longa, is native to Southern Asia, and is mostly grown in India. The Roots and Bulbs of Turmeric are used in medicine, and are available as a Capsule, Fluid Extract, or as a Tincture (UMMC). Turmeric is also known as Indian Saffron, Curcumin, and Jiang Huang. It has Circuminoids, which have Antioxidant Activity and Inhibit Inflammation Mediating Molecules. Antioxidants protect Cells and DNA in our bodies against Oxygen Free Radicals (Sloan Kettering). Benefits: ...
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Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle : Milk Thistle, Silybum marianun, is native to the Mediterranean region. Milk Thistle gets its name from the milky white sap which comes out of the leaves when they are crushed. Milk Thistle has also been called St. Mary’s Thistle. It is available as a capsule, liquid extract, and tincture. It is thought that Milk Thistle has liver protecting activity. Benefits: This plant is useful in protecting the liver in Alcohol-Induced Liver Damage, Hepatitis, Mushroom Poisoning, Acetamin...
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Lycopene

Lycopene Overview: Lycopene is found in tomatoes, ketchup, sauces and ingredients with tomato products. Lycopene is also found in watermelons, pink grapefruits, apricots, and pink guavas. Lycopene is especially effective at quenching a free radical called singlet oxygen (Whfoods.com). Therefore, it protects cells against damage and increases resistance to disease. It plays a major role as an antioxidant and research have shown it to reduce the development of cancerous tumors (Whfoods.com). ...
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Kiwi

Overview: Kiwis are surprisingly rich in vitamins and minerals, in particular Vitamin C, potassium and beta-carotene. Kiwis also are an excellent source of flavonoids (Health Benefits of Kiwi Fruit). Benefits: Studies published by the Archives of Ophthalmology have found that consuming kiwis along with other fruits can reduce the risk of developing ARMD (age related muscular degeneration) by 36% (Health Benefits of Kiwi). The high levels of Vitamin C, A, and E are responsible for protecting...
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Goldenseal

Overview: Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis, is a small plant which is found growing in the northern regions of the United States. Many of Goldenseal’s medicinal properties are derived from the plant’s root. Goldenseal’s active compounds are berberine, hydrastrine, and canadine, Studies have shown that Goldenseal might have numerous indications including treatment of heart conditions, high cholesterol, cancer, and as an anti-microbial. Benefits: Studies have shown, berberine, one of the acti...
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