Ever since my fit tip, of several weeks ago, on the pain relieving benefits of gin soaked raisins, I have paid more attention to other foods that either by folk medicine reputation, or by proven science, tout the ability to relieve pain.
Botanist James A. Duke, PhD, and author of The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods. says, “Almost always, if we find pharmaceuticals doing the trick (that is relieving pain), we’ll find a plant doing the same trick − and doing it more safely.”
Essential to good health, especially women’s wellness, cholesterol should not be something that is feared and revered when eating a nutritious diet. It is a naturally occurring product found in the body which is made by the liver. It is vital to normal cell function and is the parent molecule for such major hormones as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It is critical to the immune system and the brain. Even if you did not consume any cholesterol at all, you would still find it present in your body. Your diet is actually secondary when it comes to looking at cholesterol levels, but this is often ignored by doctors.
DID YOU KNOW
Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.
There’s a reason you’re confused. Years ago, butter was a no-no. Vegetable-oil-based margarines surged in popularity as doctors began to understand the dangers of saturated fat. But the butter-versus-margarine debate is a slippery subject. Some margarines have unhealthy Tran’s fats, while others have confusing health claims. Meanwhile, some say butter is an “all-natural” choice.
DID YOU KNOW?
At the turn of the century, folk medicine was viewed as a practice used by poverty stricken communities and quacks. However the rejection of synthetic or biomedical products has become a growing trend in Western society and allowed for a rise in the demand for natural medicines. When less developed countries are taken into account it is estimated that over 50% of the world’s population relies on folk medicine practices. The prevalence of folk medicine in certain areas of the world will vary based on cultural norms. Chinese herbology, for instance, has very much taken traction in the NY area. Much of today’s modern medicine though is previously based on plants that had been long used in folk medicine.