Health Benefits of Fenugreek

Fenugreek is one of the oldest cultivated medicinal plants. It contains choline, which is believed to slow mental aging, ease symptoms of menopause, and calm PMS. Fenugreek seeds are rich in magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, and copper. They also contain vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as folic acid and riboflavin.*

To reduce bitterness, dry roast fenugreek seeds in a skillet on low-heat until they give off a sweet smell. Shake the pan while roasting to avoid burning the seeds, and then sprinkle a tablespoon over your favorite dish.

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*http://foodfacts.mercola.com/fenugreek.html
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Health Benefits of Basil

More than just a flavorful herb, basil is packed with iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C. The antioxidants in basil help to protect your cells from free radical damage. This protection of your cell’s lining will help keep cholesterol in your blood from oxidizing, reducing your risk of heart attack or stroke.*

Although parsley and cilantro do well in the refrigerator, basil does best when stored at room temperature. To keep your basil fresh, trim the stems and place them in a glass of water, just as you would care for fresh flowers.

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=85
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Benefits of Donating Blood

Naturally, your body has a hard time excreting iron, and iron buildup can eventually damage organs like your liver, pancreas and heart. Donating blood helps you avoid the health risks associated with iron overload because for every unit donated, you rid your body of one-quarter of a gram of iron. Donating blood also helps improve your blood flow, and can reduce your risk of arterial blockages by limiting damage to the lining of your blood vessels.*

The night before you donate blood, be sure to get sufficient sleep. On the day of your donation, drink an extra 16 oz. of water and eat a healthy meal to keep you feeling strong.

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*http://www.oneblood.org/media/nancys-news/20376-Health-Benefits-of-Donating-Blood.stml
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Check Out Chickpeas

It does not matter if you call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans, there is no denying that these legumes are a yummy and healthy treat! Chickpeas are excellent sources of magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and folic acid. The high fiber and protein combined with a low glycemic index makes chickpeas a solid addition to any weight loss diet plan.*

Try chickpeas in salads, soups and stews. For a simple snack, enjoy a ½ cup of chickpeas for a low calorie nibble that will keep you feeling full.

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*http://www.naturalfoodbenefits.com/display.asp?CAT=2&ID=86
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Amazing Health Benefits of Jicama

998Jicama is a white, starchy root that thrives in tropical regions. In addition to providing your salads with a tasty crunch, jicama can also provide your diet with healthy doses of Vitamin C, iron, calcium and phosphorus. The nutrients in jicama promote heart health and weight loss all while lowering your cholesterol and giving your immune system a boost.*

For a fresh salad idea, add one cup of equal parts: chopped mango, strawberry and jicama into a bowl. Squeeze three tablespoons of fresh lime juice and top with some freshly chopped cilantro. Gently mix all of the ingredients together, serve and enjoy!

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*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/jicama-recipes_n_4018561.html
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How to Pick Sweet Potatoes

812If you are looking for a food packed with iron, fiber and protein, look no further than the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are also delicious sources of vitamins A and C. When purchasing sweet potatoes, make sure your choices are smooth, firm and without cracks.*

Enhance the shelf life of your sweet potatoes by keeping them out of the fridge. Save an already-purchased bruised one by cutting off the bruise quickly before it has a chance to spread.

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*http://home.howstuffworks.com/sweet-potatoes2.htm
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Regrow Your Hair with Iron

809 copyJust like the rest of your body, your scalp needs oxygen; with oxygen your scalp can maintain healthy hair. Iron is what transports oxygen to all areas of your body. Paired with 40 years of research, the Cleveland Clinic has declared that enhancing one’s iron intake can maximize the potential to regrow hair.*

You can help regrow hair with more iron; foods like lentils, spinach, red meats, poultry, beans and fish are all excellent sources of it. Before you start taking an iron supplement, be sure to check your levels with your doctor first.

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*http://dailyhealthpost.com/how-to-regrow-your-hair-naturally-with-these-herbs-and-foods/#axzz2VCJ8bZ3r
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Watch Out for Non-stick Cookware

1344When heated to 500 degrees, non-stick cookware becomes dangerous because it releases perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA has been linked to development issues, infertility, and thyroid disease. Identified as a likely carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency, PFOA can cause flu-like symptoms for humans, and is proven lethal for birds.*

For alternatives to non-stick cookware, seek out iron cookware, stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic cookware. If you want to keep using your non-stick cookware, just stick to low-medium temperatures. It’s the high temperatures that release the unsafe toxins from non-stick cookware.

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*http://www.mercola.com/Downloads/bonus/dangers-of-nonstick-cookware/report.htm
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Protein for Seniors

1268Protein provides your body with essential B vitamins and iron. It also acts as building blocks for your muscles, bones, cartilage, and skin. Protein is particularly important for people over 50 years old because as your body gets older, you skeletal muscle mass decreases. We should all make an effort to give our body the protein it needs. This is especially true for seniors.*

The average woman should have 46 grams of protein a day, while the average man should strive for 56 grams per day. For comparison, one chicken breast has approximately 30 grams of protein. Seek out protein in fish, lean chicken, lean beef, beans, and tofu today!

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*http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/increase-protein-diets-elderly-2557.html
Photo | Justin Smith | Grilled Chicken Breast, Curried Vegetables, Asparagus & Red Peppers | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license

Health Benefits of Basil

basil plantsMore than just a flavorful herb, basil is packed with iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C. The antioxidants in basil help to protect your cells from free radical damage. This protection of your cell’s lining will help keep cholesterol in your blood from oxidizing, reducing your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Although parsley and cilantro do well in the refrigerator, basil does best when stored at room temperature. To keep your basil fresh, trim the stems and place them in a glass of water, just as you would care for fresh flowers.

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=85
Alice Henneman | Basil plants | Creative Commons Attribution License