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Licorice : Health Benefits & Precautions

Licorice RootContrary to what people think, licorice isn’t just the delicious black candy that comes in the form of chewy ropes or jelly beans. It’s also an important plant that’s used herbally for a number of illnesses. Furthermore, this plant produces blue flowers perennially and adds color to a garden.

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Ghee: Health Benefits

Ghee: Clarified ButterEvery culture has it’s special cuisine, the different herbs being used, different vegetables and different oils.

Yet when you compare ingredients from different cultures, you’ll find that certain foods are used in every cuisine, albeit in a different manner.

Cabbage can be found in Korea in the form of Kimchi, in Europe in the form of sauerkraut and in the middle east in the form of marinated cabbage. All those societies have figured that the cabbage has nutritional benefits and combining it with spices produces a healthy dish.

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What is Ghee? Clarified Butter

Ghee: Clarified ButterGhee is the Sanskrit name for clarified butter which has been in use for many years in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Ghee is made of real butter, usually buffalo or cow’s milk, but it can be made from any other milk producing animal. The milk is churned into butter then cooked at medium to high temperatures.

The butter melts and begins to boil, releasing most of the moisture in the butter. Solid matter sinks to the bottom and the top becomes frothy with the evaporating water. A thick layer of fat forms in the middle – that is the ghee.

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Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne PepperCayenne pepper, this hot and spicy ingredient which add zest to many dishes is a member of the Capsicum family, which is commonly known as chili pepper.
The name Cayenne was attached to this pepper because it was grown in a place the bears the same name, in French Guiana, South America.

The history of the cayenne pepper is well documented and reads like the discovery of the new world; Columbus brought it first to Europe from the Caribbean Islands. Magellan is said to have brought them to Africa and Asia, places that have incorporated the pepper in their cuisine, in their rituals and in medicine.

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Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon SticksWhich one of us did not pass by a bakery and smelled the wonderful aroma of fresh baked goods mixed with the smell of sweet cinnamon? There is nothing more salivating than that.

But we immediately feel the pings of guilt. The calories in the dough, the sugars and the cinnamon. Empty calories that will add only pounds…

Stop right there. It turns out that cinnamon is actually very good for you.

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Health Benefits of Turmeric Spice

TurmericTurmeric, the deep orange/yellow spice used in curries and other South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines, comes from the same family as the ginger.

Native to tropical climates, it needs temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius (68-86 Fahrenheit) to thrive.

What we eat comes from the rhizomes, those tubular shapes in the root. If not eaten fresh, the rhizomes are boiled for hours, dried then ground to a powder. The active ingredient in the turmeric is curcumin and it has an earthy, slightly bitter, slightly spicy taste, with a touch of orange/ginger smell. It was once called Indian Saffron and was used to replace the more rare and much more expensive saffron.

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Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green TeaWe have been hearing a lot about the health benefits of green tea, and with over a decade of research the jury must be in with the verdict…

Does green tea have health benefits and is it really good for you? Read on to find the answer…

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About Garlic and Health Benefits of Garlic

GarlicFor thousands of years garlic has been used in food and medicine in various cultures around the world. It is a known fact that garlic was used in Egypt at the time the pyramids have been built. Garlic is mentioned in the Bible and Talmud, and by Hippocrates, Galen and Pliny the Elder. All mention the garlic as having properties that help in combating many conditions such as parasites, respiratory problems, digestion, and low energy.

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Healthy Food Guide for Pregnant Women

Pregnant Woman with FruitsIf you are pregnant your eating plan needs to change because you have nutritional needs that you do not have when you are not expecting. Remember everything you eat, drink and are exposed to also affect your baby. Your unborn child gets all of its nutrients from the things you eat and if you do not have enough of a nutrient, your body may begin to supply it from its reserves. Enjoy reading our healthy food guide for pregnant women.

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Foods to Improve Immune System

Healthy FoodsYour immune system protects your body from disease, bacteria, viruses and toxins that you are exposed to from day to day.

Your skin is the first defense in your immune system. It is there to protect your body and if there is a breech in this protection a powerful chain of reactions is set into motion to protect you.

The main organs and systems that come into play in your immune system are your spleen, thymus, the lymphatic system, bone marrow, white blood cells, antibodies and your endocrine system which controls your hormones. All of these organs and bodily systems work together to fight infection and combat disease.

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