Carrot Juice and Keffir Spicy Shake

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Try this smoothie to soothe the stomach and digestive tract. For one serving you will need: 2-3 large carrots Small knob of fresh ginger 3 tablespoons Keffir (or natural yogurt) 1/2 banana Optional: 1 teaspoon of PURE maple syrup (Do NOT use maple syrup substitutes.) Pinch of cinnamon Pinch of nutmeg Method: Juice fresh carrots [...]

What’s to Love about Tomatoes?

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Getting your 2 plus 5 or just eating pizza again?  When it comes to stroke prevention, the story starts to get interesting. “A diet high in fruits anad vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke”, according to Dr Jouni Karppi of the University of Eastern Finland. However, Karppi’s group particularly extols the virtues [...]

Ginger Reduces Chemo Nausea

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Car sickness is not the only form of nausea where the common herb, ginger, might come to your aid. Research also shows it to be better than placebo when used to treat seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). Nausea and vomiting are the most significant influences on quality of life in patients [...]

Older Vegetarians Take Note

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Do you eat tofu and drink soy milk?  Good for you, right?  Less allergenic, right? Soy products have been promoted as health smart, with Japanese statistics for breast cancer, etc used as evidence. Some even go so far as to list tofu in their personal collection of “superfoods”. Before you throw another tofu kebab on [...]

Pomegranate: Ancient Superfood Rediscovered

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Jewel of autumn, ruby treasure – pomegranates are hot news these days, and not just in the culinary world.  Extract of pomegranate may be the next best natural anti-inflammatory. You may have noticed that the pomegranate has been making restaurant headlines for quite a while. More and more we see these small, shiny dark red [...]

Seaweed: Superfood or Reggae Aphrodisiac?

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Both actually. Irish Moss, named after its major ingredient, was said to be Bob Marley’s favourite drink, and prized for its aphrodisiac qualities.   It’s made of seaweed, condensed milk,  and flavoured with vanilla, cinnamon or nutmeg.  It also goes more than a little heavy on the sugar, so please send us your healthier version [...]

Happy Easter for Chocoholics

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The research hasn’t been done yet into a direct link between chocolate consumption and longevity. But both the anecdotes and the science are appealing. Sarah Knauss, who lived to 119, enjoyed a kilo of chocolate each week.  So did Jeanne Calment, who lived to 122.  Seems Jeanne was persuaded to give up chocolate by her [...]

Save the Beetroot

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Save the Humble Beet! Beetroot, we need you!  This purple vegetable is said to fight cancer, lower blood pressure, fight dementia and some are starting to think it’s as good an energy drink as a Red Bull. Purple superfoods are the way of the future, or at least we hope they will be. Australian entrepreneur, [...]