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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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Herbs to Help Quit Smoking Naturally

Lobelia FlowersQuitting smoking is a very important decision which usually gets a lot of support from close friends and family.

We all know that quitting cigarettes has to come with a firm decision and conviction from within. Without that solid determination the quitter is bound to fail.

There are numerous ways to help the addict get rid of the craving for the nicotine in the cigarettes. Most of the popular ones deal with replacing the cigarette with another form of nicotine transmittal – through the skin in patches or orally with gums and lozenges, all with the intent to reduce the amount of nicotine absorbed slowly, weaning the body until it doesn’t need the nicotine anymore.

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Herbs to Strengthen Immune System

Chamomile FlowerIf you have problems caused by weaker immune system or you are not in “full strength” or you are in winter’s melancholy mood, it’s time to reach for herbs and soon you will come back to natural balance.

Winter is time when you should take special care of your immune system. Big differences in temperatures may cause many infections and diseases. Using herbal mixtures, you can prevent diseases before they reach you.

If you have less energy and not “best mood” lately it’s a sign that you should use herbs and soon enough you will be full of life!

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