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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Chickpeas

Chickpeas Overview: The chickpeas are known by a variety of different names, such as the garbanzo bean, ceci bean, sanagalu, chana, hummus, and Bengal gram. It is a legume, which is the fruit or seed of a plant from the Fabaceae family. Although widely known as being beige in color, there are other varities that are black, green, red and brown. They are common ingredients in Middle Eastern and Indian dishes and have the taste of a nut and a buttery, starchy texture. Chickpeas Benefits: Chic...
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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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Cilantro

Overview: Cilantro is from the leaves of the coriander plant; cilantro has a strong health supporting reputation and is high on the list of healing spices. All over the world the effects of cilantro are known; in parts of Europe cilantro is known as the anit-diabetic plant while in India cilantro has been used for years for its anti-inflammatory properties. Benefits: A Moroccan study found that when given cilantro to hyperglycemic patients as a single oral dose for 30 days that cilantro...
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Cayenne Pepper

Overview: Cayenne pepper is part of the Capsicum annuum plant family. Capsaicin is the active compound in cayenne pepper that is responsible for a majority of its health effects. Capsaicin has been found to relieve pain by reducing substance P which is found at nerve endings. Substance P is involved in transmitting neurologic and arthritic pain signals to the brain. Pain is not stopped immediately after ingesting capsaicin, but rather from the depletion of substance P overtime (Nagan) Bene...
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Bilberry

Overview: Bilberry Fruit comes from the Bilberry Tree, Vaccinium myrtillus. Bilberry Fruit looks very similar to a blueberry, and is actually one of its close relatives. Bilberry has also been called Dwarf Bilberry, Bog Bilberry, European Blueberry, Huckleberry, and Whortleberry (Sloan-Kettering). Bilberry Fruit is available as fresh and dried fruit, tea, and as an extract (UMMC). Benefits: Bilberry Leaves have applications in the management of Diabetes. Before Insulin, Bilberry was used ...
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Acai Berry

Overview: Acai Berry contains antioxidants which protect the body from the damaging effects of chemical reactions that occur naturally in the body. Research has shown that the Acai Berry has a higher antioxidant content than cranberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries (Health Tips and Lifestyle). Benefits: Because of its antioxidant properties, there are many benefits to eating Acai Berries. Some of these benefits include helping relieve arthritis pain, lower cholesterol, increas...
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