Wheatgrass

Overview: Wheatgrass is prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant. It is a green plant similar to grass. It could be sold either as a juice or powder concentrate. Wheat grass contains no wheat gluten. Wheat grass juice is commonly found in juice bars, mixed along with vegetables or fruits. You could also buy wheat grass seeds and grow it yourself in your own home. Wheatgrass Benefits: Wheat grass provides chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. 1 oz of whea...
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Eggplant

Overview: This deep purple vegetables has been described to have a pleasant bitter taste with a spongy texture. The eggplant is also available in many other colors like lavender, jade green, orange, and yellow-white. Eggplants are great sources of vitamins, minerals, and important phytonutrients. Benefits: The phytonutrient, nasunin, found in the eggplant skin, has been shown to be a potent antioxidant. It gets rid of free radicals in the body and protects the cell membranes from damage. It...
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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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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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Pear

Overview: A distant member of the apple family, the pear has been found to be a great source for many vitamins as well as dietary fiber. Most of the vitamins are contained in the skin of the fruit, so it is important to not peel the fruit. Pears are a delicious healthy way to keep the body regulated. Benefits: Pears are high in fiber. In a medium-sized pear, there are about six grams of fiber (20%-24% of daily requirement). A diet high in fiber can prevent colon cancer as well as keep chole...
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Zinc

Zinc Overview: Zinc is a metal/element that helps wound healing. It provides protection against cell death. According to WebMD, “Zinc is used for treatment and prevention of zinc deficiency and its consequences, including stunted growth and acute diarrhea in children, and slow wound healing”. Zinc topical ointments can be used for psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Also it can help improve infections and increasing wound healing. There are also many other uses for Zinc. Zinc supplements are used f...
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Marshmallow

Overview: Marshmallow is found naturally in the marshes of Europe. The marshmallow plant has been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes because of its natural compounds such as amino acids, selenium and vitamins (Hughes). Benefits: Marshmallow is a soothing herb that is often used to treat gastrointestinal ailments as well as irritations in the bronchi and urinary tract tissues because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also help to allevia...
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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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