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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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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Holy Basil

Overview: Holy Basil has been used for many years as a medicinal herb which brings the body systems into balance and increase resilience (Roizman). Research has shown that holy basil can help to treat certain medical conditions; however, more research still needs to be conducted. Benefits: Research conducted by the “Journal of Medicinal Foods” found that holy basil has detoxifying effects on the body. The detoxifying effects of holy basil protect the liver from damage and prevented the oxid...
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Gymnema Sylvestre

Overview: Gymnema Sylvestre is a natural herbal supplement that is used as a natural way to decrease blood sugar levels, lower triglycerides and help to fight obesity. When taking Gymnema Sylvestre , one has to be very careful of the very serious side effects that can occur so it has to be closely monitored (3 Health and Dietary Benefits of Gymnema Sylvestre). Benefits: Gymnema Sylvestre has been found to help control blood sugar levels in patients with type I and type II diabetes. Research...
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Fenugreek

Overview: Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum, seeds has had application as a cooking ingredient, and has medicinal properties as well (NCCAM). Fenugreek has also been called Bird’s Foot, Greek Hayseed, Trigonella, Bockshornsame, Methi and Hu Lu Ba. Recent studies have shown Fenugreek might have indications in individuals with Diabetes and High Cholesterol since it lowers blood glucose and cholesterol levels (Sloan-Kettering). Benefits: Research has demonstrated Fenugreek lowers blood gluc...
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Cinnamon

Overview: Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to man in the world. The benefits of cinnamon have been documents from as early as 2700 B.C. on the continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa. There are two types of cinnamon: Ceylon and Cassia which is Chinese. Cinnamon has many health benefits ranging from anti-clotting to brain boosting functions. Benefits: In 2003, a study published in Diabetes Care studied people with type two diabetes and the effects that cinnamon had on their blood su...
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