Cardamom’s Amazing Benefits

This spice from India is often called the Queen of Spices. The seeds are aromatic and add a unique, spicy flavor to any food or drink. Cardamom is a versatile spice for culinary purposes. It has amazing health benefits as well.

Cardamom’s Amazing Benefits

What is Cardamom?

This warming spice originated in Southern Asia and India. A member of the ginger family, it is the seed pod that provides the spice. The plants were introduced to North America in 1670 by British colonial settlers. Guatemala is currently the largest producer.

Cardamom is rich in manganese, iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. It also provides protein and fiber.

Cardamom’s Amazing Benefits

Health Benefits of Cardamom

Cardamom is a natural remedy for the following conditions:

• Eliminates bad breath. Chewing on cardamom seeds is effective for cleansing the breath, plus its antiseptic properties kill bacteria that cause cavities in teeth and infections in the mouth.

• Increases bile production and rejuvenates a sluggish, stagnant, overheated liver.

• Inhibits, delays or reverses cancerous tumors.

• Antioxidant properties lower blood pressure and support heart and kidney health.

• High manganese content prevents the onset of diabetes.

• Soothes gastrointestinal disorders such as acidity, flatulence, stomach aches and stomach cramps. Studies have shown that cardamom also has gastroprotective effects that help to prevent stomach ulcers.

• Dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, increasing airflow to the lungs. Cardamom helps to make breathing easier, which benefits anyone suffering from asthma or shortness of breath.

Cardamom’s Amazing Benefits

How to Use Cardamom

This spice may be purchased as seed pods or in powdered form. Most recipes that call for cardamom specify ground cardamom, which is readily available in the spice section at the grocery store.

Cardamom seeds may be purchased in health conscious grocery stores or online. See link below.

I keep both ground cardamom and the seed pods in my kitchen. Tonight I created a cardamom tea to enjoy.

In a small saucepan add 1 cup of water, 2 teaspoons organic honey, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 6 cardamom seed pods (or 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom) and simmer for 10 minutes. While tea simmers, warm 3/4 cup non dairy milk, such as almond or coconut. Strain tea into a large mug. Add warmed milk and sprinkle cinnamon on top.

This is a wonderfully warming drink with just the right amount of spiciness, making it perfect for cold winter evenings. Enjoy the aroma and the flavor…and all the healing benefits!

Cardamom’s Amazing Benefits

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Top 7 Dragon Fruit Benefits

I’ve heard of this tropical fruit, exotic in its strangeness. I’d read about the amazing health benefits. Until today, however, I’ve never eaten one before. I’m glad I remedied that!

Top 7 Dragon Fruit Benefits

What is Dragon Fruit?

Also called pitaya or cactus fruit, dragon fruit is a member of the cactus family and originated in Southeast Asia. The fruit is oval or pear shaped. The inside is white or red…more like a purplish pink…with seeds that resemble sesame seeds. Dragon fruit has a mild, sweet flavor or sometimes a sour flavor, depending on the variety.

Today it is grown primarily in south Florida, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Dragon fruit supplies protein and fiber, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C, iron, niacin, phosphorus and calcium.

Top 7 Dragon Fruit Benefits

Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit

This delicious superfood delivers support and healing to the body in the following ways:

• Boosts the immune system. Dragon fruit is one of the top vitamin C foods. It also ranks high in antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals in the body.

• Improves cardiovascular health by lowering bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol. Plus the little black seeds inside the dragon fruit provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These omegas can decrease triglycerides, lowering the risk of heart disease.

• Can prevent cancer. Dragon fruit contains phytoalbumin, which when combined with its vitamin C, minerals and lycopene, makes the fruit highly valued for cancer preventing qualities. Lycopene, also found in tomatoes, creates the vivid color, and studies show that it may contain chemo-preventive effects for prostate, breast, lung, liver and skin cancer.

• The red pigment in red fleshed dragon fruit rejuvenates the liver by helping it to produce cells faster. It also slows liver aging and helps to prevent liver disease.

• Creates youthful skin. The high vitamin C content keeps the skin healthy, tight and firm, while the phosphorus repairs skin cells and prevents premature aging.

• Aids digestion. The fruit’s prebiotics improve gut health and digestion while the fiber helps to eliminate constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

• Prevents diabetes. The high fiber also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and maintain normal blood sugar. And dragon fruit prevents  sugar spikes after eating high glycemic index foods.

Top 7 Dragon Fruit Benefits

Top 7 Dragon Fruit Benefits

How to Use Dragon Fruit

Look for dragon fruit in the produce section at the grocery store. Or check the frozen food section, especially for the red dragon fruit, which can be more difficult to find. Dried or powdered dragon fruit is available as well.

It’s simple to prepare dragon fruit. Slice in two, lengthwise or across the fruit, and scoop out the soft insides using a spoon or melon baller. Eat plain, include with other fruits, or add to fruit smoothies.

This was my smoothie this morning:

2 bananas • 1 dragon fruit • 1 cup wild blueberries • 2 inch section of fresh aloe vera gel • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds • 1 teaspoon Hawaiian spirulina • 1 teaspoon Atlantic sea dulse

It was wonderful!

Top 7 Dragon Fruit Benefits

Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise

I love it when I find an excellent plant based product that I can use…and share about. Since going plant based, I make most of my own sauces and salad dressings. They add extra flavor to veggies and salads, and I know what the ingredients are.

I’ve tried several different vegan mayos that are egg and sugar free. Recently I discovered a wonderful vegan mayo that meets ALL of my dietary restrictions AND brings all the flavor and versatility of a traditional mayonnaise.

Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise

What is Fabanaise?

Sir Kensington’s vegan mayo is unique among others that I have tried. Like the other vegan mayo products, it is egg and sugar free. It’s also non-GMO and soy and gluten free.

What makes the Fabanaise different is that it’s made with aquafaba.

Aquawhat you say?

Aquafaba is the water that chickpeas have been cooked in. Due to its ability to mimic egg whites in cooking, aquafaba can be used as a replacement for them in some cases, including making meringues and marshmallows…or mayonnaise.

Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise

Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise

How to Use Fabanaise

Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise taste like regular mayo, with none of the “bad stuff”. Including aquafaba doesn’t impart a chickpea or bean flavor at all. The mayo is light in taste and creamy in texture.

Use it as you would regular mayo.

Add a couple of spoonfuls to freshly chopped apples and celery and stir in a few walnuts for a wonderfully healthy Waldorf Salad. Or use as a base for homemade salad dressings and sauces.

Here are my two favorite quick sauces, using fabanaise:

Spicy Mayo

Combine 3 tablespoons of Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise with 1 teaspoon of sugar free sriracha sauce. Taste and adjust level of spiciness, as desired. Add more fabanaise for less spicy flavor or more sriracha for more snap.

I use this simple sauce on veggies, salads, for oven roasted potato wedges or black bean burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves. It’s good with everything!

Garlic Lemon Dill Aioli

For a non-spicy sauce, that’s just as versatile, combine 3 tablespoons of Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise with 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1 – 2 garlic cloves, minced, and a teaspoon of fresh dill, finely chopped. Chill before serving.

This sauce is wonderful served with fresh or roasted veggies, a plain baked potato, in a nori wrap or as a dressing for salads.

When I’m feeling really wild, I use both sauces with the same meal!

Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise

Where to Purchase Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise

I buy this yummy mayo at my local Natural Grocers, in the refrigerator section. Check out their website Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise for availability in your area.

This company has other products as well. So far I’ve only tried the vegan fabanaise and used it as a base.

A delicious, healthy, good-for-me mayo product made out of chickpea water? I know, it sounds crazy! It’s amazing, I promise.

Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise

Benefits from Cherries

These sweet little fruits, often associated metaphorically with a phrase that means “something special added”, are not only fun to eat, they are packed with nutrients that enrich health. The benefits from cherries range from cleansing the liver to aiding sleep to relieving pain.

Benefits from CherriesWhat are Cherries?

Both varieties of cherries, sweet and sour, grow on trees native to the United States, Europe and Asia. They are one of the first trees to bear fruit in the spring. The fruits can be susceptible to damage from rain and hail, making cherries slightly higher in price at the market, however their delicious flavor and healing properties are well worth the cost.

Cherries are a high fiber food, rich in potassium, carotenoids and melatonin. They also contain vitamin C and the trace minerals zinc and iron. In the produce section at the store, look for cherries that are dark red in color, as they have the most healing benefits.

Benefits of CherriesHealing Benefits from Cherries

Add cherries to the diet, in small daily amounts, to benefit in the following ways.

  • High source of antioxidants, easing inflammation and reducing pain. Sour cherries have been shown to inhibit tumor development. They are especially effective against non-Hopkin’s lymphoma, melanoma and glioblastoma.
  • Cleanse the digestive tract, relieving constipation, and cleanse the bladder too, alleviating spastic bladder and bladder prolapse.
  • Boost the endocrine system, stimulating or suppressing the appetite, making them beneficial for weight loss or weight management.
  • Reduce the risks for cardiovascular disease.
  • Treat gout, a painful arthritic condition of the big toe, and provide symptom relief for osteoarthritis.
  • Regulate the sleep-wake cycle and promote a better night’s sleep.
  • Protect the brain from Alzheimer’s, dementia and brain tumors.
  • Phytochemical compounds in cherries remove radiation and repair myelin nerve damage. Remove toxins from the reproductive system, reducing fibroids and ovarian cysts.
  • Cleanse and rejuvenate the liver, drawing out petrochemicals and toxins from deep within the organ.

Benefits from CherriesEnjoying Cherries

When in season, add fresh cherries to salads, smoothies and fruit bowls. They can be eaten alone as well. Easily remove the pit by slicing the cherry in two.

Cherries freeze well and can also be purchased dried, which are great to include in home made granola. Add cherries to healthy treats such as frozen banana nice dream, or drop into freshly made, sugar free lemonades and limeades. Cherry juice is also available. Look for brands without added sugar.

I enjoy adding cherries to fruit smoothies. The rich, sweet or tart taste blends perfectly with other fruits. However, my favorite way to snack on cherries is to grab a handful…and savor each delightful cherry.

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Manganese

This essential trace mineral is needed by the body, in small amounts. Manganese is connected to iron and other minerals, and plays an important role in numerous chemical processes, including the synthesis of nutrients like cholesterol, carbohydrates and proteins. Also manganese supports the formation of bone mass and helps to naturally balance hormones, which has a positive affect on nearly every aspect of health.

Manganese

What is Manganese?

Manganese is a mineral that is found in foods such as nuts, legumes, seeds, tea, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables. It is also found in fruits and other vegetables, although whole grains are usually considered the best natural source. Wherever manganese is found, iron is usually present since these two work closely together. This mineral is stored in the body’s bones, kidneys, and pancreas.

Manganese is needed for many vital functions, including nutrient absorption, production of digestive enzymes, bone development and immune-system defenses. It also helps balance levels of calcium…fighting calcium deficiency…and phosphorus, all of which work together in many crucial ways.

Manganese

Health Benefits of Manganese

Manganese most often works in connection with other minerals to keep the body operating at a healthy level. The mineral provides these health benefits:

• Supports the thyroid and pituitary gland.

• Improves bone health and prevents osteoporosis.

• Necessary for antioxidants that lessen inflammation, and for enzyme function, which aids bone development and digestion.

• Helps to maintain cognitive function, easing mood swings, depression, and mental illness.

• Lowers high blood sugar levels that contribute to diabetes.

• Supports lung and respiratory health.

• Reduces inflammation in the joints and tissues, especially the knees and lower back, easing pain and discomfort.

• Reduces PMS symptoms.

• Aids in weight loss by improving digestive enzymes and balancing hormones.

• Speeds up the healing of wounds.

• Prevents anemia by helping the body use iron.

• Helps to treat infertility by balancing hormones.

Manganese

Taking Manganese

The best way to get enough manganese is by eating foods that are rich in it. Since the body only needs small amounts, including short grain brown rice, oats, legumes, spinach and other dark leafy veggies, nuts, seeds and fruits such as berries and pineapples to the diet is usually adequate. Using black pepper, cinnamon and cloves to season foods is beneficial. Black tea is also high in manganese, however the tannin in black tea can inhibit its absorption.

For those who are deficient in manganese, taking a daily supplement is helpful. Those with liver disease or anemia should consult a doctor before taking additional manganese.

This mineral is one of those vital nutrients that I was unaware of before becoming more health conscious. My favorite way of including manganese is by being aware of the foods that I eat. It’s simple to add pineapple, strawberries and raspberries to morning smoothies and create salads with spinach and other dark green leafy veggies. Hummus is a great way to include chickpeas in my diet and I add cinnamon sticks and cloves to a wonderful hot cider drink.

Higher awareness, and a little planning, keeps me at optimal health.

Manganese

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Milk Thistle Benefits

I have a fondness for any type of thistle plant, with it being Scotland’s national flower. Milk thistle not only reminds me of that bonnie country, it also offers powerful properties that benefit my body.

Milk Thistle Benefits

What is Milk Thistle?

This flowering herb is native to the Mediterranean region and it is a member of the Aster plant family, which includes sunflowers and daisies. Milk thistle has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides was the first to describe milk thistle’s healing properties back in the year 40 AD.

Milk thistle gets its name from the milky-white liquid that beads up on the plant’s leaves when they’re crushed. The leaves have a spotted white pattern as well that makes them look as if they’ve been dipped in milk.

Silymarin, the active ingredient in milk thistle, is an antioxidant that protects against the depletion of glutathione, which is a “master antioxidant” that’s extremely important in preventing disease. Glutathione helps fight oxidative stress that can lead to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases.  It also prevents damage caused by free radicals to important cellular components.

The typical American diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all affect liver function and also deplete glutathione in the body. Milk thistle increases glutathione levels by improving liver detoxification. Milk thistle also strengthens the liver cell walls, protecting them from toxins, and supports liver regeneration and glutathione formation.

Milk Thistle Benefits

Benefits of Milk Thistle

This herb offers the following health benefits:

• Detoxifies the liver by rebuilding liver cells while removing toxins from the body that are processed by the liver.

• Aids the function of the gallbladder, kidneys and spleen and helps to prevent gallstones by ridding the body of metabolic wastes.

• Controls blood sugar, which can help prevent diabetes.

• Slows the aging process due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to prevent heart disease, cancer, liver and kidney disease, and age related vision problems. Milk thistle nourishes the skin and eases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

• Lowers high cholesterol.

• Boosts the immune system and fights DNA damage

Milk Thistle Benefits

How to Take Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle is available in capsule form, as seeds, or dried for tea. To make tea, brew dried thistle in very hot water for at least 15 minutes. Sweeten with raw organic honey if desired.

Milk thistle is available in health food stores and health conscious grocery store and online. See links below.

While milk thistle is excellent for detoxing the liver and fortifying the immune system, it does my heart good as well. It’s very name transports me back to a country I dearly love. More thistle tea, please.

Milk Thistle Benefits

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The Benefits from Eating Hemp Seeds

I’ve heard of hemp seeds for years. Until I shifted my diet, I was never quite sure what the benefits were or whether hemp seeds were even safe for consumption. If you’ve wondered about hemp seeds as well, read on!

The Benefits from Eating Hemp Seeds

What are Hemp Seeds?

For a long time, hemp seeds were ignored for their nutritional benefits because of hemp’s botanical relationship to medicinal varieties of cannabis. It is a variety of the cannabis plant. However, hemp seeds don’t cause any psychotropic reactions, nor will they cause you to get high. Instead, they provide significant health benefits.

Hemp is one of the most widely utilized and diverse industrial crops in the world. Its fibers are considered the longest and most durable of all natural fibers, and it can be grown without deadly herbicides and pesticides.

Hemp seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which support cardiovascular health. They are high in GLA, an essential omega-6 fatty acid that’s been proven to naturally balance hormones. And hemp seeds are considered the perfect protein, containing all 20 amino acids, and also each of the nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce.

The Benefits from Eating Hemp Seeds

Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Eating hemp seeds brings these benefits:

• the GLA aids people suffering from ADHD, breast pain, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, obesity, premenstrual symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis and skin allergies.

• relieves joint pain and arthritis symptoms

• natural appetite suppressant that creates a feeling of being full longer and reduces sugar cravings

• provides enough bulk to keep the gastrointestinal system regular and feeds the probiotics in the gut, helping to support a healthy immune system

• improves dry, red, flaky skin, easing eczema and psoriasis

• lowers inflammation and combats cancer

• lowers blood pressure, reduces LDL cholesterol, raises HDL cholesterol and improve triglycerides

• improves heart health

How to Use Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, are readily available in grocery stores, health food stores, and online. The seeds have a slightly nutty flavor.

Add one to four spoonfuls of hemp seeds to smoothies or sprinkle over smoothie bowls, salads, gluten free pasta bowls or any other plant based meal. I add hemp seeds to my morning smoothies. And I like to sprinkle them over salads and cooked greens or use them in place of grated cheese. Yesterday I topped raw lettuce tacos with hemp seeds. They were delicious.

I no longer question whether to include hemp seeds in my diet. My only question is…what else can I add them to?

The Benefits from Eating Hemp Seeds

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Parsley Tabbouleh

Day 3 of the 7 Day Raw Food Cleanse and I am feeling great! Much of my afternoon was spent restocking my supply of fresh fruits and veggies, visiting various stores to get the best deals. And, I picked up the ingredients for a recipe, one from Life Changing Foods by Anthony William…Parsley Tabbouleh.

Parsley Tabbouleh

Parsley Tabbouleh

Ingredients:

1/4 cup almonds

4 cups parsley, tightly packed

1/8 cup mint leaves, loosely packed

2 cups tomatoes, cut into chunks

2 cups cucumbers, cut into chunks

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 lemon, juiced

Instructions:

Pulse almonds in food processor until roughly chopped. Set aside.

Pulse parsley in food processor until finely chopped. Set aside.

Combine remaining ingredients in food processor and pulse until chopped and well combined. Transfer mixture into a large bowl. Add parsley and almonds and stir together. Makes 2 – 4 servings.

Use flat leaf parsley, if available, for maximum health benefits.

Alkalizing Parsley

I’ve been craving alkalizing foods this week, as I enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. So I’ve added lots of green leafy veggies to my meals.

As it turns out, parsley is one of the best foods for alkalizing all of the systems of the body. Its mineral salts bind onto unproductive acids in the body and drive them out, making parsley helpful for preventing all types of cancers. It also keeps bacteria, parasites and fungus at bay.

It’s important for me to listen to my body and give it what it needs. Apparently, I required this aromatic herb this week. I’m happy to oblige, as I have wanted to try parsley tabbouleh. This salad is perfect as a side dish partnered with other healthy foods or enjoyed on its own.

I loved the flavorful tabbouleh, and intend to make it often…anytime my body lets me know I need alkalizing food!

Parsley Tabbouleh

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Day 1: What Did I Eat?

In a departure from sharing about different supplements on Sundays, today I began a 7 Day Raw Food Cleanse. For the next week I’ll be sharing menus and recipes, health tips and what did I eat days, and report on how I am doing.

I did a 28 day healing cleanse in 2016, which ultimately launched me into a plant based lifestyle that brought great healing to me. I’m looking forward to experiencing this 7 day raw food cleanse, eating only uncooked fruits and veggies.

Day 1 What Did I Eat?

Why a Raw Food Cleanse?

Fruits and vegetables in their raw state provide the body with the highest level of nutrition in the form most easily absorbed. Nutrients flood the body, cleansing, nourishing and strengthening every system.

The digestive system processes uncooked fruits and vegetables quickly. These foods also contain live enzymes which smooths digestion even more. When the body isn’t expending energy processing heavy fats, proteins, additives, chemicals and allergens, it is free to rebuild itself, on a cellular level.

A raw food cleanse allows me to get to know myself in a deeper way. I discover how my body reacts to certain foods, and even more important, how it responds when other foods are eliminated.

Day 1 What Did I Eat?

Day 1 Morning

I stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies yesterday, making meal prep today simple.

Pre-breakfast

8 oz lemon water, using freshly squeezed lemon juice

16 oz celery juice (1 bunch of celery through the juicer)

Breakfast

20 oz fruit smoothie (1 banana, fresh aloe vera gel, 2 cups of frozen fruit that included strawberries, wild blueberries, blackberries and dark cherries)

Snack Apple slices

Day 1 What Did I Eat?

Day 1 Afternoon

Lunch

Spinach Soup (from Anthony William)

Ingredients

2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes

1 stalk celery

1 garlic clove, minced

1 orange, juiced

4 cups fresh spinach

2 fresh basil leaves

1/2 avocado (optional)

Blend tomatoes, celery, garlic and orange juice in blender, until smooth. Add spinach, a handful at a time, blending well. Add basil and avocado, if desired, and blend until creamy. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

Top with raw mushrooms, fresh herbs, or zucchini or cucumber noodles.

I added fresh dill to my spinach soup and topped it with raw mushrooms and more dill and basil. It was delicious. I like that the recipe can be changed up simply by adding different herbs or veggies.

Day 1 What Did I Eat?

Day 1 Evening

Dinner

Zucchini Noodles

Raw Marinara Sauce

Run 1 – 2 zucchini through a spiralizer, creating zoodles.

I tried adapting a marinara recipe, making it raw. It was good, however I want to adjust it. I’ll post the recipe when I perfect it! I used two small zucchini and that made a HUGE pile of zoodles. One zucchini would have been sufficient.

Snack

Bowl of mixed berries (fresh strawberries and blackberries, frozen wild blueberries)

16 oz hot herbal tea (immune support tea from Yogi)

The first day is completed. I’m full, and satisfied, with no hunger or cravings. I drank plenty of water, to keep hydrated. I’m looking forward to trying new recipes this week and giving my digestive system a break while nourishing my body at a cellular level.

My intention is to complete a 7 day raw food cleanse and then decide whether to continue for another week…and so on. I’m excited to see how my body responds.

Day 1 What Did I Eat?

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Hibiscus Tea

I was reminded recently about the powerful health benefits of hibiscus. There are hundreds of species of this herbal flower however Hibiscus sabdariffa is most commonly used to make hibiscus tea. As I happened to have a container of dried hibiscus, I’ve enjoyed refreshing cups of hot tea this week and renewed my appreciation for this healing plant.

Hibiscus Tea

What is Hibiscus?

This herbaceous plant is a member of the flowering mallow family. Also known as a rose mallow, the hibiscus plant produces showy flowers in a range of colors and can be either an annual or a perennial, depending on location.

Several species are widely cultivated as ornamental plants. The tea made from hibiscus flowers is known by many names around the world and can be served hot or cold. The beverage is known for its deep red color, tart flavor, and high vitamin C content.

Hibiscus Tea

Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

There are many known healing benefits associated with hibiscus tea.

• Rich in powerful antioxidants, the tea helps to prevent damage and disease caused by the buildup of free radicals.

• Contains hibiscus protocatechuic acid which has anti-tumor properties. Research suggests that hibiscus slows down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis, commonly known as programmed cell death.

• Boosts and supports the immune system by providing anti-inflammatory properties.

• Rejuvenates the liver and helps to treat liver disease.

• Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.

• Lowers the absorption of starch and glucose which may aid weight loss.

• Relieves cramps and menstrual pain. It helps to restore hormonal balance as well, which can reduce the symptoms of menstruation like mood swings, depression, and overeating.

• Satiates thirst and improves digestion.

• Calms the nervous system, and helps to reduce anxiety and depression by creating a relaxed sensation in the mind and body.

**Do not drink hibiscus tea while pregnant or if low pressure is a problem.

How to Prepare Hibiscus Tea

The tea is easy to prepare. Steep 2 – 3 teaspoons of dried hibiscus in very hot water for 15 minutes. The tea is a beautiful deep magenta color and has a tart taste similar to cranberry juice. Sweeten with raw organic honey if desired.

The tea can be chilled after brewing and served over ice for a thirst quenching cold drink as well. Add lemon or lime juice and a spoonful of honey. I appreciate sour and tart flavors more than sweet, so I don’t add honey to my tea. I love iced hibiscus tea with just fresh lemon juice added.

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I’ve just enjoyed a cup of hot hibiscus tea as I wrote about its health benefits!

Hibiscus Tea

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