Carrots

Antioxidant Carrot
Overview: Carrots are packed full of a variety of vitamins and minerals that improve overall health throughout the body.  Carrots act as effective antioxidents because of their high beta-carotene content.  More antioxidant properties exist in carrots due to the high potency of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, and B8, as well as biotin, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Benefits: Carrots are also high in fiber, which aids in the digestive tract.  In additi...
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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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Rosemary

Overview: Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, is a plant which is native to the Mediterranean, which has been used as a spice. However, Rosemary has many medical applications as well. Rosemary’s Leaves and Twigs are made into Dried Whole Herb, Dried Powdered Extract, Tinctures, Teas, Liquid Extracts, and Oils. Rosemary has been called many different names, including Compass Plant, Compass Weed, and Polar Plant. Research has shown that Rosemary might have applications in Improving Memory, Hair ...
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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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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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Green Tea

Overview: Green tea (Camellia sinesiss) is one of the oldest beverages in the world. Originating from different parts of Asia, it has now spread across many parts of the world and has become the second most popular beverage to drink. Unlike other teas, green tea is processed from unfermented leaves, which help the tea leaves maintain the full amount of antioxidants. (UMMC, 2011) Benefits: The high measures of polyphenols ( a kind of cell reinforcement that contains catechis) found in ...
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Cranberry

Overview: The use of cranberries (scientifically referred to as Vaccinium macrocarpon) dates all the way back to the Native Americans. Their uses ranged from everyday consumption to medicinal purposes. Due to the high amounts of antioxidants that these berries contain, the Native Americans were successful in treating different types of bladder infections. (UMMC, 2011) Benefits: Cranberries are very rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants play a vital role in keeping the body protected from...
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Celery

Overview: Celery is a biennial plant that is part of the Apiaceae species. Celery is known for its tall leafy stalk and crunchy texture. The fruit and seeds of celery is dried and pressed into oil which is then used to treat common medicinal illnesses (WebMd). Benefits: One of the many benefits of celery is that is can help to lower blood pressure. Celery contains the natural compound phthalides. Phthalides have been found to relax the muscle around the arteries which dilates the blood ve...
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Apples

Overview: Inside the most recent 20 years numerous studies have been directed with respect to the medical advantages of pieces of fruit. Numerous don't understand the medical advantages that fruits have and how profitable they are in the well being support and sickness anticipation. Benefits: Studies have demonstrated that when ladies consume pieces of fruit there is an abatement in the danger of growth by 21%; this affiliation is not seen in men (Boyer, and Lu 1-15). This reduction results...
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Allspice

Overview: Allspice is produced from the fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant and originates primarily from Jamaica, the West Indies and South America. The fruits are picked when they are green, then dried in the sun or in a kiln and sold as either whole dried fruit or in powdered form (Allspice) Benefits: Research has shown many benefits to taking allspice. It has been found that allspice has anesthetic effects due to the tannin compounds found in allspice. Tannins are responsible for a wa...
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