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Wheatgrass Juice Powder Vs Wheatgrass Powder

Difference Explained

Wheatgrass was one of the original "green foods" that became popular in the 1970s as a type of juicing microgreen used for its nutritive benefits when juiced. Containing almost all minerals, many vitamins and amino acids, the juice is not only a nourishing drink it also supports the body's cleansing processes. For modern-day lifestyles, wheatgrass is conveniently available as a green superfood powder for making an instant wheatgrass shot. Here we will discuss the main differences between wheatgrass powder vs wheatgrass juice powder and our opinion about which form we believe to be the most nutritious.

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Benefits of Eating Lentils

Top 5 Assets

Lentils have been utilized as a food source by many diverse cultures ever since their domestication in the Fertile Crescent and Middle East region thousands of years ago. Still today they are a staple part of the diet in a number of countries around the world such as India, Africa, Morocco and Turkey. Valued for their high amount of PROTEIN content, the benefits of eating lentils are making a comeback in recent times as the trend for consuming plant-based protein sources continues to rise. Learn more about the top reasons to include more of them in your diet.

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Cold Brew Coffee Vs Regular Coffee

Is It Better?

Coffee is the second most popular drink next to water that many people drink every day all over the planet. The question of whether it is good or bad is not always an easy one to answer. Yes, traditionally prepared hot coffee is a source of antioxidants but for some, it can be too overstimulating to the nervous system and cause unwanted side effects over long-term use. Being one of the top caffeine sources, it can also be quite addictive. Since the cold brew coffee trend in recent years, avid coffee drinkers often ask us, "Is it better than regular coffee?" This is our research on the pluses and minuses of each as well as a bit of personal experimentation to compare the two.

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Propolis Benefits

What Makes It a Prized Superfood

Propolis (Resina propoli) is a resinous material made by honeybees (Apis mellifera) and some stingless bees to seal and protect the beehive from the elements, pests and harmful microbes. It has been highly valued by healers and herbalists alike for its many profound properties to humans when consumed or used topically. On the list with other prized bee superfoods like bee pollen, royal jelly and honey, it has been utilized in the folk tradition of apitherapy for a very long time and for several main uses we will discuss.

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List of Star Anise Uses

Is It a Source of Shikimate?

Star anise, recognizable by its unique star shape and very robust aromatic fragrance, comes from the fruit of the tree species Illicium verum. It is not actually related to anise seed (Pimpinella anisum) but does contain one major overlapping compound and that is ANETHOLE. This is one of the main flavorings in anise seed as well as licorice root and fennel seed, known for its distinctly sweet taste. Star anise is from the Schisandraceae family more closely related to schizandra than anise seed.

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5 Pineapple Pros and Cons

Truths About Bromelain

Pineapple is famous from a nutritional perspective for its reported high bromelain content. Bromelain is a "protein-digesting" proteolytic enzyme first extracted from pineapple juice in 1891. It became available on a larger scale in the late 50s as a nutritional supplement. While it is present in all parts of the Ananas comosus pineapple species, the inedible stem or the pedestal-like stalk that the fruit grows from is very concentrated. It is the primary part utilized to make bromelain dietary extracts. The question is, does eating pineapple increase dietary bromelain intake?

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What is Kimchi Made Of?

And What Is It Good For?

Kimchi, also spelled "kimchee" or "gimchi", is the iconic Korean side dish or "banchan" consumed for centuries as a staple condiment eaten with most meals. While unfermented kimchi called geotjeori is sometimes prepared as a type of quick-pickled coleslaw, most kimchi is aged via fermentation techniques. This is the one we are referring to here on this page because of its health-promoting potentials we discuss below. Aged kimchi, known as mugeun-ji, is created using the traditional "gimjang" wintertime preparation and vegetable preservation methods.

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An Up Close Look at Saw Palmetto

And Its Main Use for Men

Saw palmetto is a type of dwarf fan palm that grows in subtropical sandy soils. It is prevalent in the Southeastern U.S. especially Florida where it grows in hardy dense thickets as a long-living species. A single shrub reaching an age of 500 years is not uncommon in the Mid-Florida Ridge region. Serenoa repens (or Serenoa serrulata) gets its name "saw" due to the sharp-toothed edges of the main stalk or petiole that has a saw-like appearance. The part of the plant that has been of botanical interest to herbalists throughout the ages is the fruit. This is a single-seeded berry that ripens to a bluish-black color

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5 Benefits of Almonds and Almond Milk

Healthy Almond Attributes

The almond comes from the Prunus dulcis species which produce both sweet and bitter almonds. Sweet almonds are the common edible variety most widely used since they don't contain high amounts of the potentially toxic cyanide compound. Almonds are often considered a healthier choice over other types of nuts because, when raw and unroasted, they are higher on the alkaline side of the pH spectrum. Being much less acidic, they are a better nut option for those healing from a yeast overgrowth and/or trying to balance an overly acidic diet.

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Saffron, Why It's Called "Red Gold"

About Adulteration

Saffron is the stigma of the domesticated purple crocus flower species Crocus sativus, a member of the iris family. After harvested and dried, the long trumpet-shaped stigmas are often referred to as "threads". They are the most potent when they have reached a deep orange-red color. We will discuss more on the hot topic of saffron adulteration, how to select the best quality and what saffron is good for from a health perspective, but first, why is saffron called the "gold of spices" or "red gold"?

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What is Bee Pollen Good For?

And Not Good For?

Bee pollen is created by one of the master pollinators of the earth, the honeybee. It has been collected from beehives and used by many ancient civilizations for its nutritive healing attributes and energizing influence on the body. In the folk tradition of apitherapy, the old-time practice of using bee products as alternative medicine, a bee's pollen is considered a "gold mine" of nutrition. Often valued the caviar of top superfoods, it is a complete and concentrated supplemental food comprised of a full spectrum of nutrients and can be one of the best natural multivitamins available, even when taken in very small doses.

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Dandelion Root Tea and Supplements

For Detox Support

Whole dandelion roots have a dark brown color with a somewhat unattractive rugged appearance. When fresh they have a medicinal milky juice that gives the dried root its white center, evident sometimes in the dried root pieces. Often, the tasty bitter-sweet tea decoctions are a popular way to enjoy its many benefits. So, what's so "dandy" about dandelion root tea and supplements? They are one of the top herbs most commonly utilized because of two intertwining aspects that can assist the body's own natural cleansing processes.

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Top 7 Reasons to Use Dulse Seaweed

Why It's Our Favorite

Dulse is a type of seaweed that grows primarily on the Northern Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, including Iceland, Canada and regions of the UK like Ireland where it has been used as a medicinal food for centuries. Dulse comes from the leaf-like fronds of the red marine algae Palmaria palmata species that's actually more of a mauve-purple than a red color. It is often acknowledged that one of the main benefits of seaweed is its high content of minerals and that is no overstatement.

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Peanut Butter Nutrition Facts

Pros and Cons

Peanut butter is a spreadable paste made from grinding dry-roasted peanuts. Peanuts come from the species Arachis hypogaea, also called "groundnut" because the nut-like legume pods grow underground. The domesticated peanut we are familiar with today once came from tropical and subtropical regions of South America where many related species were first developed by ancient civilizations. Today, peanut variations are cultivated all over the world and in the Southern United States, they have a long history spanning over two centuries.

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5 Uses of Dill

Things About Dill Weed Vs Dill Seed

Dill is one of the common herbs utilized for its feathery green leaves as well as its small flat oval seeds. The term "dill" can refer to both. Dill leaves and hollow stems, often called "dill weed", are frequently used fresh because of their wide availability. Dill weed is however also a typical dried kitchen spice rack variety. The dill plant (Anethum graveolens) comes from the celery or parsley family as do other spices such as coriander, fennel, cumin and caraway that also have umbrella-shaped lacey flowers or umbellifers that produce edible seeds.

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Benefit of Shilajit

A Top Ayurvedic Superfood

Shilajit is a thick brown-black substance that is naturally compressed over hundreds of years from plants and other organic matter trapped between rock layers at high altitudes usually over 10,000 feet (3048 meters). After this tar-like material exudes from the rocks in the warmer seasons and hardens, it is collected, purified and processed as a powder or resinous paste. While the dark resin is considered the purest form of shilajit, powders are still a very potent variety.

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Miso Paste and Miso Soup (Misoshiru)

The Top 11 Basics

Miso (pronounced mee-so) is a type of salty fermented bean paste customarily made with soybeans, salt and a culture starter called "kōji". While it is a popular condiment staple in Japanese cuisine, it is also used extensively in all parts of East and Southeast Asia especially China, Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia. After a fermentation period, usually between several months to one year, the cooked beans develop a robust umami flavor and earthy shoyu-like aroma.

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Red Jujube Fruit

Secret Tonic for Sleep Support and Insomnia

Jujube fruit comes from the jujube tree species Zizyphus jujuba. The ripe oval fruits are a yellowish spotted red-brown color that eventually turns a deep red-mahogany with a wrinkled appearance when dried. Commonly referred to as "red dates", dried jujubes are about the size of a date and also contain a single stone pit. Jujube is sometimes pronounced joo-joob, however, many Westerners often use the name "ju-ju-bee." That's the one we are most familiar with from our own personal experiences

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About Clarified Butter or Ghee

Top Uses and Ayurvedic Traditions

Ghee is a type of butter that has been "clarified" by simmering unsalted butter on low heat until all the water evaporates and the milk solids sink to the bottom of the cooking pot. This produces a golden yellow liquid that solidifies at cooler temperatures. The term "ghee" is often used interchangeably with the term "clarified butter" because of this "clarification process" which removes the alleged impurities. When it hardens slightly it becomes an easy-to-use spreadable condiment that is highly utilized in Indian cuisine as a type of cooking fat. It is likewise a staple must-have in almost every Ayurvedic kitchen as well as herbal apothecary for reasons we share below.

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Buckwheat Groats

A Multipurpose Gluten-Free Grain Option

Buckwheat groats are the triangular-shaped grain-like seeds of the buckwheat plant. The two main species are Fagopyrum esculentum and Fagopyrum tataricum. Whole seeds straight from the plant have a dark brown-black hull surrounding the inner seed. While buckwheat hulls are used for a number of different industrial purposes when removed the buckwheat groat is what is cooked as a type of grain. In the U.S., they are not as popular as other types of grains and whole groats can be hard to find in many mainstream markets. You may be more likely to find buckwheat flour than the bulk groats themselves.

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Rhodiola Rosea Root

Its Top Benefit for Stress

Rhodiola rosea is a succulent herb with fleshy leaves and yellow flowers that naturally grows in Arctic regions of the world. Believed to be native to Siberian climates, it has been utilized for many centuries in the traditional pharmacopeia of Russia, Scandinavia and other Northern European countries. Although other parts of the rhodiola plant can be used, the hardy salmon-pink colored roots are the element most prized for its botanical qualities. Rhodiola rosea, also called "roseroot", is derived from the Greek word "rhodon" meaning "rose", likely making reference to both the rosette pattern of leaves associated with rose blossoms as well as the rose-like fragrance of the roots.

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Health Benefits of Eating Apples

9 Facts About this Humble Fruit

Apples are one of the world's most popular fruits with over 7,500 different cultivars grown from the modern domesticated species Malus domestica. Apple trees can grow all over the globe and therefore many types have been cultivated in varied regions. For example, the Fuji apple comes from Japan, the Granny Smith from Australia and the Red Delicious from the United States. The apple has more varieties than any other fruit known.

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6 Things About Nutmeg

Is It Really Psychoactive?

Nutmeg is the seed of a small fruit that grows on the Myristica fragrans evergreen tree species. When the fleshy husked fruit is mature, it splits to reveal the hard brown unshelled seed kernel wrapped within an orange aril. Nutmeg is full of essential oil compounds, channels that are visible when cut in half, which give its spice powder a very strong perfume-like fragrance and unique pungent nutty sweet taste. Trees usually grow between 16-49 feet (5–15 meters) tall but in prime nutmeg-growing habitats can reach close to 98 feet (30 meters).

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Rejuvelac Recipe and Benefits

Easy DIY Probiotic Drink

Rejuvelac is a drink made by infusing already-sprouted grains in pure water for about 1-3 days. The strained fermented liquid is rejuvelac. Healthwise, it is known for its "rejuvenating" properties, hence the name. It’s essentially like making a combination liquid probiotic and enzyme supplement. Rejuvelac is not commonly found in stores, like kombucha or kefir, it must be made at home. One of the best parts to making homemade rejuvelac is that it is VERY easy to do, requiring minimal supplies.

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Benefits of Spirulina and Chlorella

Which One Should You Take?

The benefits of spirulina and chlorella have been widely advertised and promoted in the last decade. Yes, both are nutritionally dense plant-based superfoods, but how are they different? Here we will discuss the main distinctions between spirulina and chlorella so you can make the most informed decision based on your own unique health objectives.

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Cashew Nuts

4 Benefits and 2 Interesting Facts

Cashew nuts are curved half moon-shaped kernels typically a light yellow or ivory color when unroasted. Native to the tropical Amazonian climates of Brazil and Venezuela, they have long been grown and utilized throughout Latin America. The cashew tree was introduced by the Portuguese colonists in the 16th Century to parts of India, especially Goa. It was then spread across the Indian Ocean to regions of Africa such as Mozambique, which was once a leading producer.

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Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

What About Vitamin D?

Shiitake mushrooms are by far one of the world's most popular edible mushrooms second only to the common white mushroom.Lentinula edodes (formerly Lentinus edodes), known for their rich and robust umami flavor and meaty texture, are utilized extensively in East Asian foods and cherished as a gourmet variety by chefs around the globe. Besides the delicious savory and earthy taste that shiitake provides to any meal, from a health perspective there are other major reasons why you might want to include them in your diet.

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Asparagus Nutrition Info

Potential Health Advantages

Asparagus comes from the young tender shoots of the Asparagus officinalis species harvested before the buds open and start to "fern out". After this period the asparagus shoot, commonly referred to as a "spear" will soon become too woody to eat. Asparagus species were once classified in the Lily family, along with Allium vegetables, but now find their new botanical place in the asparagus family called Asparagaceae. Agave and yucca, both of which can look like a giant asparagus stalk, are also found in this category of plants.

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Top 3 Maca Root Benefits

Why It's Called Peruvian Ginseng

Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is a hardy turnip-like tuber native to the highlands of the Peruvian Andes in South America. As one of the world's highest altitude-growing crops, it is naturally prolific at elevations between 11,000 to 14,000 feet (3353-4267 meters). It is a type of cruciferous vegetable from the Brassica family, but is also considered a potent herbal tonic and top superfood that has earned the title "Peruvian Ginseng". Known to be one of the staple food crops dating back to the Incan Empire, Peruvians like the Quechua people traditionally prepare it as a cooked vegetable. The dried root was also frequently ground and utilized as a kind of flour.

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What is Allspice?

About Allspice and Its Cultural Uses

What is allspice? Allspice, despite its name, is not a blend of herbs but is a unique spice all on its own. Typically found growing in the same tropical climate zone as coffee, it is actually a type of berry that comes from the evergreen shrub or tree species Pimenta dioica. It is native to the Caribbean and regions of Southern Mexico and Central America. The spice got its English name "allspice" in the 1600s due to its special combination of tastes that closely resemble other spices especially cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon with subtle hints of juniper and black pepper.

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Mormon Tea or Ephedra

Wild Harvesting and Folk Traditions

Mormon tea is the term often used to describe certain wild Ephedra plant species that grow in the Southwestern U.S. It is likewise the name used when referring to the beverage made from the dried stems. The plant is said to have received its title from Mormon pioneers who harvested and used the herb for a number of purposes. One specifically was as an energizing substitute for coffee or caffeinated tea, which are technically banned in this religion. When most people make reference to "Mormon tea", or sometimes called "Brigham tea", they usually mean the varieties native to southwestern deserts of the Great Basin and Four Corners region. Some of which are locations where Mormons first settled.

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Jackfruit, The World's Largest Fruit

And What It's Good For

What is jackfruit? Jackfruit is a unique exotic fruit known for its unusually big size and abundant bright yellow sweet fruit pods when ripe. It is in fact the world's top largest tree fruit variety. On average, whole fruits are around 1 to 1 1/2 feet (30-46 cm) long, 20-25 inches (50-64 cm) in diameter and usually weigh between 10-25 pounds (4.5-11 kg). However, they can be much much larger. The heaviest jackfruit on record, documented in the Guinness Book of World Records, weighed close to 95 pounds or 42.72 kilograms but we have also found reports of jackfruit weighing close to 120 pounds (55 kg).

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What are Capers?

#1 Health Benefit and Best Prep Hack

What are capers? A caper is a small olive-green unopened flower bud that is pickled to bring out its unique taste. Because of its strong flavor, it is used in moderation as a recipe ingredient or served as a garnish topping. Also known as flinders rose, the caper plant species (Capparis spinosa) and its culinary use is often considered indigenous to islands and countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. This is a habitat in which caper tenaciously grows wild as a vine-like shrub. Consequently, it has been utilized for centuries as a staple seasoning of many Mediterranean diets in these culturally diverse regions.

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Benefits of Oatmeal

Reasons to Eat It for Breakfast

What are the benefits of oatmeal for the average person? Here we'll discuss the top reasons you might want to add this type of hot creamy cereal to your list of breakfast possibilities. Oats are traditionally utilized in many desserts like apple crisp and the famous oatmeal cookie. Baked oats are also an ingredient in muesli and granola cereals. But, by far the most popular way to consume oats is as the breakfast food called oatmeal. This is a thick type of porridge usually made by heating oats in water. Learn more about the differtent types of oats used to make it, plus the top 4 benefits.

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Black Seed Oil Benefits

For Respiratory Support

Black seed oil comes from black seeds (Nigella sativa), also called black cumin seed. The seeds are rich in many nutrients and unique phytochemicals which is what is proposed to give them such a wide range of uses. Nigella sativa is in fact probably one of the most highly respected nutraceutical plants, especially in communities extending from the Middle East to South Asia. The oil extracted from black seeds has become a highly prized medicinal oil and popular modern-day dietary supplement for use in small quantities.

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Bacopa Monnieri or Brahmi

Why It’s a Top Ayurvedic Herb

Bacopa monnieri is a creeping perennial with thick succulent oblong green leaves and white or pale purple flowers. As a water-loving species, also called water hyssop among other names, it grows in many tropical and semi-tropical locations often in marsh-like habitats around the world. It is believed to be native to India and Sri Lanka. Bacopa is one of two Ayurvedic varieties that go by the name "brahmi". The other is gotu kola which has similar but different properties.

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11 Things About Parsley Leaves

Named Herb of 2021

Parsley leaves are a popular universal seasoning and culinary herb that comes in two main types, curly leaf and flat leaf.French or curly leaf parsley, with its ruffled course bright green leaves, is the one most commonly used as a garnish to savory meals. Italian or flat leaf usually has a stronger flavor and sometimes a darker green color. Parsley was named Herb of the Year for 2021 by the International Herb Association because of its versatile use as a culinary as well as medicinal species.

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Health Benefits of Blueberries

Wild Vs Cultivated

Blueberries are a small round blue berry with a white, purple to light yellow-green colored flesh and are related to cranberry, bilberry and huckleberry. The wild blueberry species is native to the colder climates of North America. Indigenous cultures in these regions used the entire blueberry plant from leaves to roots and called the berries "star berry" because of the flared five-pointed star-like pattern on the top of the fruit. This is the location where the white bell-shaped blossoms once formed.

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What is Tofu?

Top 3 Common Concerns About Soy

Tofu is coagulated soymilk that is pressed into blocks, producing a firm yet soft sliceable texture that takes on the rectangular shape of the mold. Tofu is often called "bean curd" because it's made by a curdling method similar to cheese-making which involves separating the curds from the whey. However, it is not fermented, ripened or aged. Here we will cover the top 3 most frequently asked questions about tofu and soy products in general and their debated health concerns.

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Coriander Seeds

10 Ancient Uses

Coriander seeds are the dried fruits of the cilantro plant species Coriandrum sativum which comes from the celery, carrot and parsley family along with other popular spices such as caraway, dill, fennel and cumin. Coriander is considered one of the ancient spices cultivated by early Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations located in an area identified as the Fertile Crescent. As such it has had a long cultural history of herbal and culinary use. Here is our top 10 list of traditional coriander seed uses known throughout the ages.

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Juicing for Beginners

Benefits Summary of Top 3 Juices

In recent times, juicing raw fruits and vegetables has gained popularity among many health seekers worldwide as a way to increase general nutrition as well as aid detoxification processes. As far as "mono juicing" goes, there have been three trend-setting juice varieties that have become especially well-known for their distinct health-enhancing potentials. These are celery juice, cucumber juice and beet juice. Here we will be discussing the main positive attributes of these three varieties.

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What is Mesquite Powder?

Top Nutritive Properties

Mesquite powder comes from Prosopis genus of mesquite trees most commonly known for their mesquite wood, a type of firewood used to impart flavor to barbecued and smoked foods. One of the other prized treasures of the mesquite tree is also its edible seed pods which have been utilized as a food source by humans for a very long time. These are the sweet "fruits" of the tree that when ripe are ground whole and sifted into a fine flour-like powder.

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American Ginseng

Why You Might Want to Consider It

There aren't many people in the world who haven't heard of ginseng, even the one native to the North American hemisphere known as American ginseng. Although related to the popular Asian ginsengs, generically referred to as Panax ginseng, the American variety (Panax quinquefolius) holds very different attributes. The American type, true to its name, is indigenous to eastern parts of North America, where wild plants once grew in abundance in deciduous forests of Canada and the United States.

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Types of Avocado Oil

Uses According to Smoke Point

What is avocado oil? Avocado Oil is derived from the ripe fatty yellow/green flesh surrounding the large pit of the avocado or Persea americana species, a tree native to regions of Mexico and Central America. The Hass cultivar is often the main one selected for oil extraction due to its high oil content and good flavor profile.Nutritionally speaking, avocado oil is comparable with olive oil because it's high in monounsaturated fats, mostly in the form of oleic acid. It also has good heat stability, antioxidant compounds and some polyphenol content.

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Thyme Leaves

12 Things About and Unique Uses

Thyme is an herbaceous woody-based perennial that comes from the same mint family as other popular herb and spice varieties such as sage, oregano, rosemary, basil and lavender. The thyme plant, with its very tiny oval-shaped leaves, has the smallest leaf size of all these herbs. Learn more about this culinary favorite and how it can be used for other purposes.

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What is Natto?

Nutritional Benefits of a Japanese Superfood

Natto is boiled soybeans that have been fermented with a starter culture for a short incubation period.During this process, as the culture feeds on the bean substrate, it produces a wispy thread-like biofilm that has a rather slimy sticky texture. Hence natto's common name "sticky beans." Its distinct flavor and gooey texture is an acquired taste and mouthfeel to many Westerners, however, natto has long been a popular everyday food in Japan and other parts of Asia for centuries. Not only is natto a probiotic-rich food source to add to the diet, it is also famous for two health-promoting substances we discuss on this page.

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Learn About Pistachios

Top Fun Facts and Big Benefits

Pistachios, commonly consumed raw or dry roasted, are probably one of the most popular tree nuts to snack on for their buttery-sweet texture and taste. Believed to be native to the Middle East region near Persia or present-day Iran, they're regarded as a type of culinary nut though botanically they are actually seed kernels. They come from the Pistacia vera tree species of which there are many different cultivars. Here, we'll take a brief look at other facts and benefits of pistachios, one of the world's most favorite nuts!

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What are Mushroom Supplement Formulas?

Adaptogenic mushrooms of the "medicinal" variety and their prepared supplements are very popular these days as people reach for ways to maintain healthier lifestyle practices. Medicinal supplement formulas are typically available in different forms as a powder, liquid or capsule, these are supplemental options that concentrate myco-nutrients into a convenient to take and easily absorbed format.

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Benefits of Coconut Water

Should You Drink It?

Coconut water is the juice produced from immature young green coconuts of the tropical Cocos nucifera coconut palm species. Typically harvested fresh from the tree when 5-7 months old, this is the ideal time frame that the clear slightly cloudy water is most abundant as well as when it’s the sweetest and most nutritive. The liquid water is packaged for distribution and has only in the past several decades become a trendy export product. Read our page for a summary list of four things coconut water might be good for...

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