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What is Black Garlic?

Is It Better Than Raw Garlic?

Black garlic has a long history of use as a prized medicinal and culinary superfood in several Asian countries, primarily Korea, Japan and Thailand. Utilized today for its distinct flavor and texture as a gourmet ingredient, it is also becoming popular for its exceptional nutritional value that in some aspects supersedes the raw garlic it was created from. Made from whole unpeeled Allium sativum bulbs, it is allowed to age for a period of time, eventually darkening the bulbs and turning the cloves a dark black licorice-like color.

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Golden Milk Recipe

A Spiced Turmeric Tiger Nut Milk

Golden milk, or also sometimes referred to as "turmeric tea" is a delicious warming beverage. Blending together the three main superfood spices commonly found in most kitchen spice racks: cinnamon, ginger and turmeric, this milk recipe is a naturally stimulating combo and perfect for those trying to reduce daily caffeine consumption. We often enjoy a mug full in the mornings or as a tasty mid-day pick-me-up. It's creamy sweet and full of flavor plus all the benefits that turmeric can offer.

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Aphanizomenon flos-aquae Blue-Green Algae

Are AFA Supplements Toxic?

Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, or AFA for short, is a dietary microalgae supplement currently sourced primarily from Upper Klamath Lake, located in the western U.S. state of Oregon. Here on this page, we present information according to our personal investigation into Upper Klamath Lake derived AFA and its potential cyanotoxin content. We hope our gathered findings may be of value to you if you are either a current blue-green algae consumer or are considering dietary supplementation.

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How to Fillet Aloe Leaf

For Blended Drinks or Making DIY Aloe Gel

Why would you want to learn how to fillet aloe leaf? Most people are familiar with aloe's topical applications for the skin and hair, but aloe is also quite beneficial when consumed as a dietary food source. Known for its potent polysaccharide-rich gel, or thick translucent gelatinous fiber, it is one of our top superfoods for its cleansing, moisturizing, soothing and hydrating influence. Using fresh aloe leaves is a superior and often inexpensive way to make your own aloe vera gel that you can use immediately or freeze for later use.

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Chia Seeds Benefits for Weight Loss

Top 4 Reasons Why

Chia seeds benefits have long been utilized by ancient and present-day cultures of Mexico and Central America, where they grow wild and are now extensively cultivated. After the "chia pet" phase in the 1970's, the seeds continued to become more well-known worldwide as an edible variety in the late 1990's among small health-conscious communities, particularly those adhering to a raw vegan diet. Today, they have become increasingly popular as a dietary adjunct to those seeking to reduce unwanted body weight. This is because the use of the whole raw unheated seeds, especially when soaked and blended, provide an ideal food source for most any weight loss protocol.

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Bamboo Tea and Supplement Extracts

Are They a Good Source of Silica?

Most people are familiar with bamboo shoots, a common canned, fermented and boiled vegetable, but bamboo from a nutritional standpoint, is also becoming more well-known these days for use as a nutritive tea and supplement extract. Here on this page, we will discuss bamboo and its modern-day preparations, in addition to its traditional uses as an herbal substance. And also, what is silica and is bamboo a good source of this very useful mineral?

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Lacto-Fermented Green Beans

A Raw Homemade Cultured Vegetable Recipe

This is our basic recipe for making lacto-fermented green beans using a brine pickling method that does not involve high heat or canning methods. These are fermented or "cultured" using a pink salt water brine and a probiotic culture starter rather than vinegar. The beans, after being fully submerged within this liquid for about 4-7 days (depending on room temperature), produce a crisp dill-pickled green bean. This technique, in our opinion, is a much healthier option over home-canning as nutrients, enzymes and valuable probiotics for healthy gut flora are not destroyed in the process.

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Benefits of Tongkat Ali

A Top Male Libido Enhancer

Tongkat ali, or sometimes referred to as "longjack" or "pasak bumi", is a prized male tonic particularly famous for its potential libido enhancing influence. The longjack species, Eurycoma longifolia, is a small exotic shrub-like tree indigenous to Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia and regions of Indonesia. It is the long deep roots of the plant that have been utilized in traditional folk remedies and now in modern-day powdered extracts for their potent therapeutic value.

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Chaga Mushroom Benefits

As An Immune Supporting Superfood

Chaga, Inonotus obliquus, is a rather unusual looking medicinal mushroom species that's not your typically polypore but one that grows as a black sclerotium or conk on the side of living trees. The birch tree, being its preferred tree of choice, is believed to hold the most nutritional elements needed for the mushroom's growth and condensed amount of beneficial myconutrients. Consumed as a decocted tea, hot water extract or liquid solution, the mushroom is considered a nourishing "superfood" and medicine for its transferred immune-modulating and protective influence.

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Non-Cruciferous Green Leafy Vegetables List

Other Options for Thyroid Conditions

Don't want to drink green juice because you have an underactive thyroid? While this might limit you from eating the wide assortment of greens and sprouts from the family of cruciferous vegetables, there are fortunately other options.We have put together a list of non-cruciferous green leafy vegetables to refer to when making your homemade green juices or other juicing recipes. Although the cruciferous types are considered to be highly nutritious, with a number of studies indicating their protective influence, large quantities when consumed in their raw state have been shown to be potentially health diminishing to someone with a thyroid disorder.

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How to Make Date Sugar

Using a Dehydrator Instead of an Oven

Want to learn how to make date sugar using a dehydrator not an oven? Well, it took us a few attempts to get it down, but now we know how to successfully make homemade date sugar without having to bake the dates first. There is a bit of a technique to it as dates by nature are rather moist and sticky. Thus, they are not easy to dehydrate first time around, but actually require a 2-step dehydration process. While it might take a little bit longer, the end result produces a fine powdery sugar that is very similar to the consistency of coconut sugar.

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Benefits of Drinking Green Juice

Reset, Restore and Revitalize

A green juice is the concentrated liquid created from cold-pressing raw low-sugar vegetables and leafy greens through a juicer. While the initial concept of consuming green juice started way back in the 1930's as a therapeutic treatment for many chronic illnesses, in the past several decades "green juicing" has become an increasingly popular trend amid health-conscious communities worldwide.The specific types we are referring to are raw and unpasteurized, preferably homemade or freshly pressed using organic high-quality produce.

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How to Make a Chaga Coffee Alternative

Using Two of Our Chaga Tea Recipes

A chaga coffee alternative is basically a bitter-sweet tasting drink made with, you guessed it... the chaga mushroom! Chaga is a medicinal variety that when simmered in water for a period time turns into a dark rich tasting liquid that is full of health enhancing potential. For those of you who'd like a less caffeinated, yet energizing, hot morning beverage to start your day, a chaga coffee alternative might be just the thing for you.

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Longan Fruit

Renowned Women's Beauty Herb and Love Tonic

Longan fruit is one of the elite fruits of the Chinese herbal system, respected alongside schizandra and goji for its tonifying attributes. The Chinese name, long yan rou, translates "dragon eye" or "dragon eye flesh." This is because the sliced open fruit surrounds a dark shiny pupil-like seed, thought to resemble an eye of a dragon. Despite its long-time popularity in the Orient, reported to date back to the Han Dynasty, the longan is considered to be a relatively new fruit to other parts of the world.

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How to Make Juice with a Blender

Using A Basic Green Juice Recipe

Want to learn how to make juice with a blender? It's a super easy and practical way to make juice if you don't happen to have an electric juicer. Even if you have one, this process is a great alternative when traveling. It also makes a nice secondary option if you're in a rush and not into cleaning a bunch of juicer parts. While blenders are typically utilized to make green smoothies or raw soups, here you will be separating the pulp fiber from the liquid much the same way that a juicer does.

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Top 4 Benefits of Ginger Root

The Universal Super Spice

Ginger is a medicinal root-rhizome as well as a popular culinary spice indigenous to tropical locations ranging from India to Southern Asia. It was in fact one of the first spices exported from the Orient during the spice trade and famed routes of world exploration. Consequently, most all cultures are familiar with its use as a dried powder or a fresh root. Ginger, however, is not just useful as a dietary condiment for flavoring dishes but is also a pungent potent herbal ally to have in your superfood treasure chest as well as your spice rack.

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Key Lime Pie Recipe

Raw Vegan Using Superfoods

Our vegan key lime pie recipe is a no-bake pie made with non-customary ingredients plus, as always, a few superfood surprises, like moringa powder. In this recipe we use raw vegan "uncooking" methods that are frequently employed when making live food desserts, like cheesecake, pudding and pies. We had to play around a bit with the different ratio of ingredients, but finally got it just right and the recipe below is the end result. While conventional key lime pie is similar to lemon meringue pie, ours is more like a cross between a custard and a cheesecake.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Its Benefits Over Other Varieties

The use of apple cider vinegar has deep roots in American history and was once a popular homemade ferment created from hard apple cider. Often claimed to be the age-old remedy elixir prescribed by Hippocrates himself, "the father of modern-day medicine", its cultured use can be found worldwide wherever apple trees are abundant. But, what exactly is it and why is it more beneficial than other types of vinegar?

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Mucuna Pruriens Benefits

The Ayurvedic Dopamine Bean

Mucuna pruriens is a well-known Ayurvedic herb used extensively in one of the oldest health care systems in the world, the traditional Indian medicine of Ayurveda. As a highly valued rasayana or rejuvenating plant-based substance, it is acknowledged for its potential as both an aphrodisiac and nervine tonic. It has likewise been utilized therapeutically for centuries to provide balance to reproductive and nervous system functions. Sometimes referred to as the "dopamine bean", it is also valued as a high-yielding source of L-DOPA or levodopa, a precursor to the mood-uplifting neurotransmitter dopamine.

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The Vegetable Spiralizer

Our Top Favorite Plus Other Best-Selling Models

What is a vegetable spiralizer? Most health-conscious chefs today have heard of these very handy and inexpensive specialized slicers that, with some hand cranking involved, can basically create gluten-free, vegan, low-carb pasta-like noodles. Whether you're looking for creative, colorful and/or nutritious ways to add more vegetables into your diet or trying to eliminate refined grains, a vegetable spiralizer can be a simple way to add flair and texture to your meals. Learn about some of the top-rated brands as well as our own personal favorite vegetable spiralizer model.

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Wild Dandelion Greens

A Weed or Nutritious Superfood?

Wild dandelion greens are the young or mature leaves of the dandelion plant, probably one of the most famous wild edible foods known worldwide. Often considered by gardeners or lawn owners alike to be a type of troublesome "weed", to the typical herbalist or forager dandelions are viewed as a highly nutritious food source and medicinal herb. Growing in abundance in spring and fall seasons, learn more about their benefits and how to safely identify and harvest your own.

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Special Announcement for RSS Feed Subcribers

New Feed URL Coming Soon

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Date Fruit and Date Sugar

Why They Can Be A Healthier Choice

Date fruits from date palms are one of the oldest cultivated food crops, dating back to ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley, regions historically referred to as the "early cradles of civilization". One of the rare "fruits of the desert", date palms are a symbolic icon of paradise or the "Garden of Eden", representing growth, vitality and abundance. Dates are also hardened, usually via dehydration methods, ground and sold as a "date sugar" available as a natural sugar substitute for use in various foods and drinks.

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What About Tiger Nuts?

Our Review Plus Nutritional Benefits

Tiger nuts, also called earth almonds or chufa, are a relatively new and trendy food recently introduced on a larger scale to worldwide health food enthusiasts in 2013. Claimed to be a wild foraged food source gathered by Paranthropus boisei or the "nutcracker man", the early ancestor of modern-day humans, they are frequently marketed as a "paleo" food. Evidence also suggests that they were a popular crop cultivated in ancient Egypt thousands of years ago. Although they are grown and have naturalized to moderate climates around the globe, the nuts are native to the Eastern hemisphere, mainly Africa, the Middle East, India, Madagascar and Mediterranean countries in Southern Europe.

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How to Make a Tincture

Using Organic Fo-ti Root

Learning how to make a tincture is a fairly simply process that doesn't require a whole lot of skill or fancy equipment. In this recipe we'll show you the basics when preparing tinctures from herbal roots. In this case, we utilize one of our often-made favorites that we always like to have on hand in large quantities, our fo-ti root tincture! Tinctures are a very convenient and therapeutically effective way to take herbs. They are very potent, usually more so than teas or tablets, and are readily available for dropping into drinks, teas or just plain water.

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Pink Himalayan Salt

A Mineral-Rich Table Salt Alternative

Pink Himalayan salt is a natural salt that has only recently gained popularity among health-conscious consumers in the last 15 years. Also referred to by the names pink salt, Himalayan crystal salt and occasionally Himalayan sea salt, it is primarily used as a table salt alternative. Like little "mini crystals", it is known to contain a rich source of trace minerals that exist within a unique crystalline form. Shades may vary from rosy salmon-colored pinks to sheer white or translucent, with darker pigments usually indicative of its mineral concentration and iron content.

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Raw Gingerbread Cookies

A Dehydrated Recipe Using Fo-ti and Fresh Ginger

A good raw gingerbread cookies recipe in your arsenal of healthy holiday treats is a nice thing to have when you want to splurge and celebrate this traditional food-feasting time of year. And, just because you want to try to maintain good dietary practices that won't cause weight gain, fatigue or digestive issues, doesn't mean you can't enjoy customary dessert or food alternatives. Most all Thanksgiving, Xmas, or other cultural-specific recipes have their healthier substitutes. This recipe is our raw vegan version of the gingerbread cookie, a common treat served at Christmas in the U.S.

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Beetroot Juice and Powder

Potential for Enhanced Exercise Performance

Beetroot juice is a concentrated vibrant magenta colored liquid that has in the last several decades been shown to have numerous health-enhancing properties particularly beneficial to athletes as well as aerobic workouts. Today it is often sold commercially as a sports drink or performance boosting energy supplement for this reason. Studied in recent years for its positive effects on the cardiovascular or circulatory system, red beetroot is known to be one of the richest sources of naturally occurring nitrates as well as betaines and other antioxidants like the betalain pigments, particularly betacyanin and betanin which give beets their deep red-purple color.

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What are Kelp Noodles?

How to Prepare Them for Best Results

Kelp noodles, a semi-transparent spaghetti shaped noodle, are a gluten-free low-calorie alternative to grain based pastas. We bought our first package way back in 2005 when they first started appearing at many California-based natural food co-ops. At the time, not many people were using them or even knew they existed. Today, they are much more popular among health-conscious consumers, especially individuals with gluten allergies or food sensitivities. They are also widely used by those adhering to a raw vegan diet, along with spiralized zucchini, as a pasta replacement.

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Top 2 Benefits of Holy Basil

A Sattvic Herbal Rejuvenating Rasayana

Holy basil, also called "tulsi" in Ayurvedic herbalism, has been one of the top herbs utilized in East Indian therapies for centuries. Known for its versatile and potent medicinal qualities as well as its tasty flavor, it is most commonly prepared as a tea infusion. Now also becoming increasingly popular here in the West, it is definitely one of those "rasayanas" or rejuvenating tonics that is worth testing out for yourself. It makes a delicious hot morning beverage and offers a broad spectrum of benefits suitable for most body types.

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How to Cook Quinoa for Best Results

Three Recipe Options Plus Our Favorite

This basic quinoa recipe is one of our favorite ways to steam this alternative gluten-free variety. Although it deviates a bit from most standard grain to water ratios, in our opinion it produces a more fully cooked end result with a much better consistency. While those new to quinoa might be put off by the undercooked quality that is typically advocated by most online recipes, we feel adding in a bit more water can make a big difference to the palate as well as digestive system. We actually give three alternate ways to make quinoa, so you can pick and choose from any of these options, depending on your own personal preferences.

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What is Nutritional Yeast?

Clearing Up Some Misconceptions

Nutritional yeast is a form of dried deactivated yeast that is most well-known as a cheesy tasting food topping, particularly popular among those adhering to a vegan or vegetarian diet. Acting as a fortifying dietary supplement, a tasty topping sprinkled on foods as well as a versatile recipe ingredient, it has been used extensively by health enthusiasts around the world for decades. But, what is nutritional yeast exactly and are all brands created the same way? Here on this page, we will answer these and other commonly asked questions.

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Easy Cultured Vegetables Recipe

Plus Some Full-Proof Success Tips

This cultured vegetables recipe is one of our go-to favorites that blends the wonderful chopped cabbage leaf with some basic but colorful vegetables: red pepper, broccoli, carrot, kale, red onion as well as the spicy daikon radish root. Although the color will fade some after the fermentation process, the end result provides a nice blend of textures and pickled sweet flavors.

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Lion's Mane Mushroom

Supportive to Brain and Nerve Functions

Lion's mane mushroom, Hericium erinaceus, is an immune enhancing medicinal species that has become particularly well-known in the last several decades for its health-supporting effects on the brain and nervous system. The subject of much scientific analysis, its specific neuroprotective attributes have been shown to far supersede any other edible variety known today. Not exactly your typical cap and stem looking mushroom, lion's mane has distinctive white cascading tendrils that, as the name implies, somewhat resemble the mane of a lion.

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List of 5 Wild Herbs

To Harvest for Herbal Preparations

Here's a list of some common wild herbs you might want to look for when out in the woods, coast, desert or high mountain elevations. Once safely identified, you can harvest them for use in homemade wild herbal preparations, like teas and tinctures, or dry and store them for later use. Some of these herbal plants listed have cleansing qualities whereas others contain nutritious and immune enhancing compounds. A varied intake of wild edible greens, as well as herbs, can be a great way to get a broader spectrum of other phytonutrients not typically found in cultivated foods.

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Simple Flaxseed Crackers Recipe

A Crunchy, Dehydrated and Low Fat Snack

Flaxseed crackers are a handy healthy snack to have on hand for dips, hummus, seed cheese, soups or are delicious all by themselves. They are low fat, gluten-free and completely raw vegan. These are a basic recipe that only require a bit of prep work. Mostly that involves soaking your flaxseeds in enough water to create a gelatinous consistency similar to egg whites. This is usually achieved by soaking them the night before (or at least 4 hours) before you want to use them.

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