Barking Up the Right Tree: Cinnamon A Medicinal Bark of Autumn

Today cinnamon is considered a common spice. We use it in so many ways, yet we don’t see cinnamon as being very special anymore. This is unfortunate. But in antiquity, it was a valued commodity deemed to be as precious as gold.  Cinnamon ranked in value with gold, ivory, frankincense, and was among the most costly offerings in the Temple of Apollo in Miletus and 243 BC.  Cinnamon may just be the miracle you need this Autumn and Winter season. (1)


Nevertheless, in spite of the many healing and health benefits of Cinnamon and its popularity worldwide, and it still maintains popularity from its ancient past, I fear we have become too familiar with it and have lost the respect it deserves.

WARNING:  Do you remember the cinnamon challenge?  It went viral in 2001, and increased in popularity in 2007, peaking abruptly in January 2012 and falling off almost as sharply through the first half of that year, then tapering off almost to its previous level by 2014. Most of the participants were aged from 13 to 24 years.

Why is the Cinnamon challenge so dangerous?

The stunt can be dangerous and accidental inhalation of Cinnamon can seriously damage the lungs by causing inflammation and leading to infection. The cinnamon is remarkably effective at drying out your mouth. Add in its spicy burn, and you’ve got trouble.  The cinnamon coats and dries the mouth and throat, resulting in coughing, gagging, vomiting, and inhalation of cinnamon, leading to throat irritation, breathing difficulties, and risk of pneumonia or a collapsed lung. The risks can be worse, even fatal.  In the first three months of 2012, American poison control centers had received over a hundred phone calls as a result of the cinnamon challenge.

While one of the benefits of cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory response by our body, too much of a good thing can create an inflammatory response.  As with all herbs and spices, we must treat them with respect.  After all, they are powerful medicine.


SO, What is Cinnamon?  It is Sweet, Delicate, and Powerful


type of cinnamonCinnamon is an evergreen tree characterized by oval-shaped leaves, thick bark, and berry fruit.  Cinnamon sticks are not natural branches of the tree but are created when the bark is stripped.  When harvesting the spice, the inner bark and leaves are the primary parts of the plant used. The stems must be processed immediately after harvesting while the inner bark is still wet. The processed bark dries completely in four to six hours, provided it is in a well-ventilated and relatively warm environment. Once dry, the bark is cut into 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 in) lengths for sale. It can be enjoyed in stick form, as a powder, pre-ground, or even in essential oils.  Watch it here.

Cinnamon is believed to come from the Hebrew word kinamon, or the Phoenician word “kinnámmon”.  The Greek word ‘Kinnamon’ which means “sweet wood” is Cinnamon, from a type of tree, is a powerful spice that has been used medicinally around the world and has been used for over 4,000 years.

This bark contains several special compounds that are responsible for its many health-promoting properties.  It is referenced in Egypt and in the Bible. Egyptians used large quantities of this spice when embalming mummies.  Bundles of cinnamon were heaped onto funeral pyres, partly as a ritual but also to ward off odor.  It is part of the Holy Anointing Oil of Moses that was given to him by God in Exodus (Exodus 30: 22-33).  If someone was sick, they would mix cinnamon, cassia, calamus, myrrh, and olive oil and poured it over their heads.

22 Moreover the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, 24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.

  • During Shakespeare’s time, cinnamon was valued as a preservative for meat.  It was thought that phenols, one of the properties of cinnamon, inhibit the growth of bacteria responsible for spoilage.
  • Cinnamon is a multipurpose herb providing numerous health-enhancing properties most notably helpful for the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. This mixture has incredibly therapeutic benefits. It is still used daily in many cultures because of the widespread cinnamon benefits.
  • Cinnamon is recorded in Ebers Papyrusan Egyptian medical papyrus of herbal knowledge dating to circa 1550 BC. It is among the oldest and most important medical papyri of ancient Egypt.
  • As a matter of fact, cinnamon ranks No. 1 out of 26 of the most popular herbs and spices in the world in terms of its protective antioxidant levels. Cinnamon grows in tropical and subtropical climate zones and is indigenous to regions of China, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka (2)
  • Although cinnamon is mostly used in sweets and desserts in the western world, the spice is popular in savory dishes in several cuisines, including Indian, Mexican, and Greek.cinnamon facts - mummification
  • The Greeks also used cinnamon for their embalming process because of a chemical called Cinnamaldehyde.  It rhymes with formaldehyde. The chemical that gives cinnamon its characteristic smell and zing is known as cinnamic aldehyde, or cinnamaldehyde. This means there’s a part of the chemical that acts like formaldehyde that binds and has the potential to “fix” human tissue.(3)(4)(5)
  • Cinnamon was worth more than 15 times its weight in silver.
  • Cinnamon was one of several prized spices that Christopher Columbus tried. (He and his crew had actually discovered was a completely different plant, Canella winterana, better known as white cinnamon or wild cinnamon.)

Its special phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and antioxidants have been isolated. These compounds make cinnamon one of the most beneficial spices on earth, giving it anti-oxidant (Anthocyanins), anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting and potential cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities.


 TWO FORMS OF CINNAMON


Although, we in the US use two forms of Cinnamon, Ceylon or Cassia, there are others: Cassia, Saigon, and Korintje. Cinnamon are also classified under the Cassia Cinnamon category because they are very similar to each other with only slight variations in color, taste, shape, and Coumarin content.(6)

  • difference-between-ceylon-and-cassiaCeylon, Cinnamomum verum (Sri Lanka cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon), is Latin for the word “true.”

This is one of the reasons it was originally referred to as “true cinnamon.” Ceylon is typically more expensive than cassia because it is sweeter and less pungent tasting.  Ceylon is sweeter than cassia, a sweet, almost floral aroma.

  • C. cassia (Chinese cinnamon) it has 80% cinnamaldehyde, cinnamon flavor, and odor.

Aldehydes are known to be calming. Cassia cinnamon types are a darker red-brown color.  It is believed to be harmful in large doses due to the coumarin content. Cassia’s flavor is spicy-sweet with a mild scent. The cheaper Cassia has made inroads and has come to dominate the market.

  • C. burmannii (Indonesian cinnamon or Korintje)

It is the predominant cinnamon retailed to the worldwide market and is less sweet with higher amounts of coumarin than Chinese cassia.

  • Malabar cinnamon (Cinnamomum citriodorum the characteristic smell of lemongrass)

It has 45% cinnamaldehyde, cinnamon flavor, and odor.

  • C. loureiroi (Vietnamese cinnamon or Saigon cinnamon)

The most prized member of Cassia family.

One of the major differences between C. verum and varieties such as C. burmannii and C. cassia is that the latter types contain much higher levels of coumarin, a naturally occurring phytochemical with blood-thinning properties.


Cinnamon’s Main Nutritional Profile (7)


Manganese (245%) – with one teaspoon providing about .46 mg of this important mineral. While that might not seem like much, men only need 2.3 mg of manganese per day on average and women just 1.8 mg. Manganese plays a vital role in collagen production, making it especially important for wound healing and bone health, as collagen is an important component of bone.  Manganese also regulating blood sugar and improving brain function, among other benefits.

Calcium (28%) – Calcium is not only important for keeping your bones strong and healthy, but calcium is also needed for your muscles to contract and your blood to clot properly.

Iron (13%) – is a trace mineral needed to make hemoglobin, the protein needed to carry oxygen throughout the body. Hemoglobin gives red blood cells their color, and stores most of the body’s iron supply.  Iron is also stored in muscle tissue, and helps supply the muscles with the oxygen needed to make them contract.

Vitamin K (11%) –  is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important for blood clotting and bone health. Increased amounts of vitamin K in diet might lower the risk of hip fracture; over time, a shortage of vitamin K could lead to osteoporosis. Vitamin K is now being studied for its effectiveness as a cancer treatment.

Copper (5%) – is the third most abundant trace mineral in the body, and helps protect the cardiovascular, skeletal, and nervous systems. It is needed to make an enzyme that keeps your arteries from hardening and possibly rupturing, and for the production of phospholipids, which help form the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves. The body also has to have copper to produce the powerful antioxidant, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) an enzyme that repairs cells.

Magnesium (4%) – is a mineral that is essential to a wide variety of body processes, including energy production, protein formation, DNA production, and nerve conduction. It helps maintain normal levels of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, adrenaline, and insulin and keeps the bones strong and the heart-healthy. helps to relax the heart muscles to maintain a regular heartbeat, and thus prevent sudden changes in blood pressure. protects the heart by discouraging the aggregation (clumping) of red blood cells, which can lead to the formation of blood clots, and by raising HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Cinnamon ranks as #7 on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score of 131,000 for an herb/spice. ORAC measures the in vitro antioxidant capacity in biological samples.  That is an incredible benefit.


Cinnamon comes with a power pact package of benefits(8)(9)


1. Supports the Immune System – High in Antioxidants, Antibacterial, and Antiviral Properties(Manganese)

Cinnamon is packed with a variety of protective antioxidants, such as polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids that work to reduce by helping to neutralize harmful free radical damage fighting oxidative stress, and aid in the prevention of chronic disease, which in turn slows the aging process down, therefore aging gracefully.  In fact, researchers have currently identified at least 41 different protective compounds found within cinnamon to date.  I don’t know about you, but I prefer to choose to age gracefully.  (Cinnamon is the antioxidant bang for your buck)

In a 2015 comprehensive scientific data review, it was suggested that cinnamon might serve as an “alternative to synthetic antibiotics, especially for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.”

Furthermore, Cinnamaldehyde is also utilized as a natural fungicide applied in alternative agriculture because of its low toxicity levels compared to synthetic alternatives.

  •  Treats Certain Types of Cancer – Cinnamon’s antioxidant abilities may protect against DNA damage, cell mutation, and cancerous tumor growth through its cinnamaldehyde compound. This is especially true in the colon; studies show that cinnamon can improve the health of the colon, which could reduce the risk of colon cancer. Some recent studies have shown that cinnamon also contains anticarcinogenic effects and could treat certain types of cancer like melanoma, leukemia and some types of tumors.(10)
  • Acts as Anti-Inflammatory – Inflammation is a response of the human body to pain, though this kind of response is completely natural but the pain could be really hard to deal with and cinnamon contains properties that could ease up the pain.

1. The Anti-oxidants in cinnamon can help relieve inflammation, which may help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline and more. Many different types of flavonoids in cinnamon are highly effective at fighting dangerous inflammation levels throughout the body: lowering swelling helps with pain management, reducing muscle soreness(CAL), decreasing menstrual pain, etc.  Chronic inflammation plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Instead of taking a medication to reduce an inflamed area of the body, wouldn’t it be more fun to include anti-inflammatory foods and spices like cinnamon in our diet?

2. Coumarin is a natural plant substance and aromatic compound. Coumarin exhibits anti-inflammatory actions and also possess strong anticoagulant properties and are thus the bioactive constituents found in certain medical drugs such as “Warfarin” or “Coumadin” which are synthetically derived.

3. Coumarin is moderately toxic to the liver and kidneys, so even with consuming the true coumarin in cinnamon, you will want to use this spice in moderation. To stay within the safety zone of well below 6 grams (5 grams=1 tsp), taking a break after about 4 to 6 weeks.  Please keep reading for safe dosages of this wonderful spice stated below in a recipes.

For those of you sensitive to coumarin intake or the harsher more overpowering flavor of cassia cinnamon, Ceylon might provide a better alternative. (11)

NOTE: Inflammation is part of the body’s inherent immune response, and it isn’t always bad. When it’s acute and not dangerous, it’s the body’s natural defense against damaged cells, viruses, bacteria, etc. It aims to remove these harmful or foreign invaders and heal itself. Without inflammation, wounds would just fester and infections could be deadly.

NOTE:  Cinnamon is safe to consume during pregnancy if it is consumed in normal food amounts, say as flavoring or seasoning. It’s best to avoid the supplements and cinnamon-laden goodies. Cinnamon should be avoided by pregnant women because of its stimulating effects.  It could disrupt blood glucose levels which could cause complications during childbirth, especially C-Section.  It could increase your risk of bleeding, stimulating menstrual flow, which makes it an abortifacient agent causing miscarriages.  If you are on blood-thinning medication, be careful, especially during or after surgery.

  • Fights Infections and Viruses – Cinnamon is nature’s germ killer.  It is used in many cultures to naturally help fight harmful infections and viruses. It contains natural antimicrobial, antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties and its essential oils contain powerful immune-boosting compounds as well.
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders – Cassia cinnamon, which contains more cinnamaldehyde than the Ceylon variety, is “widely employed for gastrointestinal disorders such as dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhea and vomiting.” dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is relieving of abdominal pain and will dissolve mucus, clearing excess mucus from the body and helps resolve irritating coughs.
    1. Treats Diarrhea Effectively – Ceylon cinnamon contains antimicrobial agents that could kill all the bacteria and viruses that caused the conditions in the first place.
    2. Fights Nausea Naturally – Improves Metabolism Inside the Intestine – Cinnamon is relatively high in fiber and it is a perfect solution to improve metabolism inside the intestine and optimize the absorption of the nutrient.
    3. Natural Enemy to Salmonella – Got a problem with salmonella?  This bacteria sometimes is hard to avoid but the effect could be really painful that leads to food poisoning conditions. Well, consider it is lucky because cinnamon is a natural enemy to salmonella.
    4. Battles Stomach Flu – Stomach flu is well known as gastroenteritis medically which caused by bacteria or viruses and cinnamon could battle stomach flu with its antibacterial properties.
    5. Eases Up IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS occurs in the large intestine and the symptoms could be really painful. As anti-inflammatory cinnamon will ease up the pain and as anti-bacteria will remove the bacteria that cause the condition.
  • Using Cinnamon in Gardening – Cinnamon is one of the best-kept secrets of organic gardeners. Because of its antifungal properties, you can sprinkle it on the soil around your plants to discourage the growth of fungus, mildew, and mold while conveniently warding off annoying fungus gnats and other flying pests like mosquitoes. It can also be used to encourage a seedling’s growth by gently covering the roots with cinnamon, which will also help prevent root rot.  Ants hate walking over ground cinnamon, so simply sprinkle some wherever you don’t want ants to cross, such as outside your front door or windows.(12)(13)(14)
  • Prevents Candida(B6) – The powerful anti-fungal properties in cinnamon could be effective in treating and preventing Candida overgrowth in the digestive tract.
  • Benefits of Skin Health(B6) – Cinnamon’s antibiotic and antimicrobial properties can help protect skin from irritation, rashes, allergic reactions and infection. Using both honey, raw honey or Manuka honey, and cinnamon together can boost skin health even more and may be beneficial for acne, rosacea and skin allergies.
  • Optimizes Oral Hygiene – Cinnamon benefits oral hygiene and could protect against certain strains of bacteria that cause bad breath, tooth decay, cavities, and mouth infections.

3. Protects Heart Health(Vitamin K)

  • Lowers the Cholesterol Level – Cinnamon has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure to keep your heart healthy and strong.
  • Effective as Anti-coagulant – Cinnamon is a helpful blood coagulant and can stop excess bleeding by helping the body to form blood clots. Perhaps switching it to the natural solution by replacing it with Ceylon cinnamon is a good idea.  If you are currently taking anti-coagulant medication, you should discuss this with your doctor.
  • Promotes Healthy Blood Flow – Cinnamon promotes healthy blood flow means less pressure for your heart to work.  It improves tissue repair, especially helpful for regenerating heart tissue.  This means a lower risk of stroke and heart attack, stroke, and heart disease conditions.
  • Promotes Proper Blood Clotting – It is a common knowledge that cinnamon is a natural anticlotting tool, that’s why it promotes only proper blood clotting and reduces the risk of the accumulation of blood clot in the wrong places.

4.  Diabetic Friendly – cassia cinnamon which is not recommended for diabetic patients because it is higher in coumarin.

  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar – Cinnamon is well-known for its anti-diabetic effects, which is why it’s considered one of the best foods for diabetics. It can lower blood sugar levels and improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which helps transport sugar from the bloodstream to the tissues to keep blood sugar levels balanced.
Ceylon gets the green light for safety in blood sugar control.

Cinnamon for diabetes can help block the activity of several digestive enzymes to slow the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream after a high-carb meal. There’s a growing incidence of illnesses that, when traced back to the source, appear to be linked to nutrient malabsorption due to a lack of digestive enzymes. Digestion is a complex process that first begins when you chew food, which releases enzymes in your saliva.  So it is important to CHEW well to activate these enzymes in the fats, carbs or protein foods we eat.(B6)

  • Reduces the Insulin Resistance – Ceylon cinnamon works both sides, by normalizing the insulin level and at the same time is reducing the resistance.

According to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BFR), who currently set the strictest standards for the use of cassia cinnamon in food products, “Cinnamon capsules have been on the market for some time now as food supplements or as dietetic foods to reduce blood sugar in type 2 diabetes mellitus. The taking of these capsules in line with the indicated amounts leads to exposure (up to several grams cinnamon a day as continuous administration) which is far higher than the amounts of cinnamon normally consumed as a spice.”

  • Assists Glucose Metabolism in the Liver – Glucose metabolism is the key in all diabetic conditions, when its metabolism is disturbed, the spike of the blood sugar level is the direct effect of this condition. Cinnamon could be effective in reducing complications, morbidity, and mortality in metabolic syndrome, including reducing blood pressure, plasma glucose, obesity, and dyslipidemia.  But more studies are needed for a true conclusion on this matter.

5. Preserves Brain Function(manganese) – Because cinnamon is rich in antioxidants, research shows that it may boost brain function and can help defend and protect against the development of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Cinnamon is metabolized into sodium benzoate. Eating cinnamon significantly elevates the level of sodium benzoate in your brain.

Cinnamon may be fragrant medicine for the brain.  Simply smelling cinnamon is enough to wake you up and improve your cognitive function. This means that things like focus, memory, and concentration will come easier to you. If you find that you feel anxious when you need to take a test or go to a big meeting, cinnamon can help you to calm down and find your focus. (15) 

6. Acts as a Natural Preservative – For centuries humankind has been using preservatives to extend the shelf life of various foods, making them last longer and keeping their color, taste, and nutrients intact.  Today, processed foods come with a lot of artificial preservatives, but there are several natural preservatives that you can use to preserve food as well.

I have heard of salt, sugar, lemon (citric acid), vinegar, but it is a first for me to learn about cinnamon as a preservative.  it does not protect food from all bacteria and microbes from decay.  It is more organism-specific. Cinnamon kills a wide variety of micro-organisms. Cinnamon is lethal to Escherichia Coli 0157 H7 causing outbreaks of food poisoning.  Cinnamon inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella.  Cinnamon oil in the range of 50 to 500 ppm showed activity against certain fungi such as Colletotrichum coccodes, Rhizophas, Stolonifer Botrytis cinerea, Cladosporium herbarum, Aspargillus niger (common fungus). (16)

A recent study reported that when pectin from fruit was coated with cinnamon leaf extract, it yielded high antioxidant and antibacterial activities and stayed fresh for longer. Cinnamon also possesses antityrosinase activities, which can be useful in stopping the discoloration of fruits and vegetables as they oxidize and begin to rot.

7. Pain Killer (Cinnamon vs Ibuprofen) – In a Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial, a clinical trial that is conducted that neither the patients nor the researchers know who is getting a placebo and who is getting the treatment, that was given found that it actually reduced the severity of menstrual bleeding in women, making it a win-win as far as difficult or inconvenient menstruation symptoms go. A reason for its effectiveness is that the cellulose matrix of tree bark acts as a sustained-release medicine. Yes, cinnamon for menstrual pain beats ibuprofen.

Why is cinnamon superior to ibuprofen? Considering the well-known dangers of ibuprofen, which is estimated to kill several thousand a year from its cardiovascular side effects alone, cinnamon’s potential role as a natural alternative to this drug is highly promising. Ibuprofen is a petrochemical-derivative and has been linked to a significantly increased risk of heart attack with over two dozen serious adverse health effects of an inflamed Default Bodily State.  Some are listed below. It is estimated that a thousand people every year die from cardiovascular side effects that were caused by Ibuprofen.  It is known to have both blood pressure-lowering and blood sugar lowering properties, both of which may confer protection against cardiovascular disease. (17)(18)

    1. Anemia   2. DNA Damage   3. Hearing Loss   4. Hypertension   5.  Influenza Mortality   6.  Miscarriage

8.  Infection and Diabetes-Fighting Properties

Cinnamon’s medicinal potential is as rich and complex as its flavor and aroma. 

Anecdotal evidence going back generations suggest that gargling with a cinnamon mouthwash can alleviate the pain of mouth ulcers and clear throat infections. Millions of people drink cinnamon and honey tea regularly as part of their general health routine.  Honey mixed with cinnamon can help relieve a sore throat or fight off infection, few realize it has been confirmed to have extensive anti-infective properties against a wide range of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.  Find a recipe below.

Cinnamon has an impressive range of pathogens that appear to resist the following: (19)

  •         Aspergillus niger – fungus
  •         Campylobacter Infections – causes abortions and poisoning
  •         Candida Infection – fungus
  •         Coronaviridae (SARS-associated) Infections – viruses
  •         Escherichia coli Infections – bacteria
  •         H1N1 Infection
  •         Head Lice
  •         HIV Infections
  •         Insect Bites: Repellent
  •         Klebsiella Infections – a bacterium that causes respiratory, urinary, and wound infections.
  •         Legionnaires’ disease – a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of bacteria producing signs and   symptoms that include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches
  •         MRSA
  •         Pseudomonas aeruginosa – infection
  •         Staphylococcal Infections

RECIPE


Cinnamon is a natural herbal stimulant. A cup of cinnamon tea can be a nice mid-day “pick-me-up” for preventing fatigue, boosting the mood and increasing mental alertness. Cinnamon’s warming qualities are complimented when consumed as a tea, this attribute is known to coat and soothe the throat as well as help expectorate any thick mucus that may adhere to bronchial passages.
The ultimate cinnamon stick tea is made with Ceylon Cinnamon which is mild yet has an amazing flavor and taste profile when brewed properly. Using cinnamon as a tea or spice seasoning can be helpful for stimulating the appetite, increasing hydrochloric stomach acid (HCL) known as digestive fire, alleviating indigestion as well as PMS, bloating and flatulence.  Using Ceylon Cinnamon as it has ultra lower coumarin levels.  It does not damage the liver like Cassai Cinnamon does
1 1/2 cup
1 Ceylon Cinnamon Stick
Add a cinnamon stick to water and bring the water to a boil on medium-low heat for 15 – 20 minutes.  Let cool for 15 minutes.  Add raw honey or Manuka for a powerful healing combination.

How much of cinnamon is it safe to take?

  • Ceylon cinnamon bark oil – 1-3 drops per day in 8 oz hot water, ginger, or black tea.
     Black Tea – 1-2 tea bags per day
     (Go slowly. Start with one drop. Take too much and drop your blood sugar levels too low)
  • Take one 3 inch stick 3 times a day Do not take straight powder because it is corrosive on the stomach.  Take 1.2 tsp. powder with food.
  • Take cinnamon only for 5 days and take a rest for 2 days
     (This prevents body heat and toxicity build-up. Yes, too much of a good thing can be bad for you if taken in access.)
Are you allergic to Cinnamon?  Several spices share a similar flavor profile to cinnamon are Allspice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Cardamon.

Conclusion:

In the end and for all their differences, Ceylon and Cassia are actually pretty similar. They both have potent pharmacological benefits. There are valid concerns with the amount of coumarin in Cassia, making daily usage of therapeutic doses questionable.  Be safe, be sweet, and have fun spicing up your life using this amazing spice!
I am curious about how you use cinnamon.  What is your favorite way to use it?

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Tumeric / Curcumin

Turmeric [TER-muh-rihk] is a tropical plant.  It is a tropical plant that has been given a variety of titles because of its powerful benefits to us.  Here are some of those titles:

“The Golden Spice of Life” because Turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs out there.

“The Magic Bullet” Tumeric is as close to the ‘magic bullet’ in foods and herbs responsible for reproducing the whole plant’s healing power as one may get.  It may be one of the most studied spices to date with 12,000 peer-reviewed published Studies with over 800 potential preventive and Therapeutic applications, as well as 250 distinct beneficial physiological effects.  

“The Wonder herb” – because of its long list of health benefits.  For over 5,000 years, turmeric has been used throughout India and Asia for culinary purposes and perfume. Historically, both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have celebrated the healing benefits of turmeric, also.  

“The Most Powerful Medicine”Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties that has proven to be a medicinal staple that has stood the test of time.

A powerful flavonoid in Turmeric is Curcumin.   Curcumin is the most prominent constituent in Turrmeric and is the primary polyphenol.  It is a revered king of anti-inflammatories.

CURCUMIN – carries all the anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities that are needed by the body to sustain overall health.  Curcumin affects your fat-metabolizing hormone, adiponectin (which is a hormone released by adipocytes or fat cells fat cells. It helps regulate tissue inflammation and responsiveness to insulin Insulin is made by beta cells of the pancreas.)  This connection helps your body utilize fat for fuel.  Low Adiponectin levels are highly linked with insulin resistance and diabetes.  It delivers the following benefits: This connection helps your body utilize fat for fuel. 

Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs.

Why is turmeric getting undivided scientific attention?

Turmeric roots

The density of research performed on this remarkable spice suggests that it compares favorably with a variety of conventional medications in use.

Furthermore, according to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric contains a wide range of powerful anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, pain reducer, anti-oxidant, cleanser/detoxifier, anti fungal, and an anti-Inflammatory agent that helps support the body’s natural response to inflammation.

TURMERIC IS AN INCREDIBLY POWERFUL ANTI-OXIDANT

Oxidation is a natural occurrence where our bodies age.  Just like bananas, apples, and avocados that brown while they are exposed to the air, our bodies experience the same type of browning through sun, air, sugar, processed foods, and toxic chemicals.  Turmeric has a potent antioxidant properties helping prevent oxidative stress.

Calms Brain Inflammation – With over 2000 study abstracts on turmeric’s healing properties indexed thus far, research shows of it’s Brain-Saving power.  Let’s take a look.  Curcumin’s polyphenol reduces inflammation and keeps the left and right hemispheres in sync leading to higher cognitive functioning, the ultimate higher thinking!  Lipophilic function where it crosses the blood brain barrier to enhance our cognitive function. and help us to stay active and mobile.  In New research published in Stem Cell Research and Therapy, says Turmeric may boost your brain proliferation or its power to repair itself. A study published in paid 2009 journal, vitamin D 3 improved the efficiency of Curcumin clearing out amyloid-beta plaque.  Supports brain function and cognition as you age and is associated with preventing Alzheimer’s. Your brain is the fattest organ in your body and may consist of at least 60 percent fat.  In other words, it improves metabolism and fat utilization.  No wonder it is good for your brain, having properties for good fat-metabolizing.

Blood Purifier – It is known for blood purification or opening up three body meridians (liver, lungs, and heart).  Cleans Arteries to Lower Cholesterol Levels.

Immune Booster – lipopolysaccharide in Turmeric helps stimulate the body’s immune system.

Psoriesis (skin conditions) – The wound healing properties of turmeric heal the rashes, blood spots, and scaly skin allergies caused due to psoriasis.  Sprinkle Turmeric on cuts or burns to speed up the healing process.

How to use Aloe Vera and Turmeric:

  1. Take a cup of turmeric powder and a fresh Aloe Vera leaf or (For Smaller dose – 1Tbsp Turmeric & 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera)
  2. Cut and open the Aloe Vera leaf and take the gel outside with the help of a spoon
  3. Add the Aloe Vera gel to the cup containing turmeric powder
  4. Make it as a thick paste and apply it on the affected area
  5. Massage in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes
  6. Wash it off with cool water after 15-20 minutes
  7. Do this on a daily basis on the affected skin regions

CAUTIONS:

Boil the water to apply on your skin or psoriasis affected regions and be precautious with the temperature.

Large amounts of turmeric consumption might lower the testosterone levels in male and can decrease the sperm movement if consumed orally. Hence, the turmeric must be used in with caution in people who try to have a baby.

How much is enough?  For a healthy inflammatory response, you need about 500 – 1,000 mg of curcumin per day for an “effective dose”.

Arthritis comes from the Greek word arthron, which means joint, and the Latin word itis, which mean inflammation. Therefore, arthritis literally means “inflammation of the joint”.  Over 250 million are affected by Arthritis worldwide. Turmeric is helpful in reducing pain for both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Scientists have discovered that turmeric can reduce inflammation similar to multiple blockbuster prescription drugs.

Manages/Controls Diabetes – helping maintain blood sugar balance, it helps you utilize carbs in the body, which makes it 500-100,000 times more potent than, and diabetes medications. It is associated with preventing diabetes.

Spectacular Support for the Liver – Turmeric has strong hepatic properties, acting to support the normal functioning of the liver in multiple ways. Studies show that it may also be effective in the prevention and treatment of liver damage and cirrhosis.  Furthermore, turmeric can also aid in treating people with hepatitis, and jaundice as it is said it can shrink inflamed hepatic ducts.

Cleans Arteries to Lower Cholesterol Levels – If you have plaque in your arteries, the curcuminoids in turmeric have proven to be effective in lowering both cholesterol and blood pressure.  For this reason, it lowers the chances of blood clotting, keeping your blood vessels safe and lowering the risk of developing heart disease as well.  Turmeric also is believed to invigorate and improve blood circulation.

Aids in Weight Management – Turmeric in the diet increases the production of enzymes that digest fats (because of its cholagogue properties, which is responsible in increasing our liver’s bile production and promotes bile excretion through the gallbladder.) and sugars, and stop cholesterol from forming gallstones. 

Healthier Digestive System – Curcumin in Turmeric brings down the swelling in the Gut.  

  • Adding turmeric to your diet can calm the swelling associated with many symptoms, particularly dairy intolerance and a leaky gut.  
  • People with colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diarrhea could surely benefit from using turmeric.
  • This herb could help in improving intestinal flora or as a follow-up supplement when you have undergone an antibiotic treatment.
  • If you often experience menstrual and digestive cramps. As it contains antispasmodic agents, this herb can soothe contracted muscles that cause cramps.  Try taking it 2x a day, two days before your expected monthly period.

Prevents Cancers  – Turmeric can prevent cancerous tumors from forming and if they are already in the body.  The powerful herb can help eliminate it.  It helps fight cancer cells and prevents them from metastasizing. It reduces carcinogenic heterocyclic amines that are formed when meat is cooked by up to 40 percent.  It is one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.

How much is enough?  For a healthy inflammatory response, you need about 500 – 1,000 mg of curcumin per day for an “effective dose”.

  • Eating lots of Indian, Thai, and Indonesian foods will help you get plenty.
  • Turmeric has a gorgeous, deep orange/yellow color and adds a much needed “warmth” to many boring soups and other dishes.  It is extremely easy to incorporate into your diet.
  • Supplementing turmeric into your diet is an effective way to prevent future problems and mend the above already existing dilemmas.
  • You can add turmeric in powder form to curries, stir fried dishes, smoothies, warm milk and even to spicy salad dressings.

Golden Milk/Latte (Turmeric Tea Latte – click to watch video)

  1. 1/2 c. Water
  2. 1/4 c. Turmeric
  3. Cook about 7 minutes.
  4. Add water if it gets thick.
  5. 2 c. Coconut Milk
  6. 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp. Coconut Oil
  8. 1 tsp – 1 Tbsp. Turmeric Paste
  9. 1 tsp. Chopped Ginger
  10. 4-6 Black Peppercorns or *White Pepper 
  11. 1 Pinch Stevia

Optimizing Turmeric (Curcumin) Absorption:  *White Pepper Boosts Curcumin Absorption, by 30-200% and sometimes higher, because it contains 4.8% to 10.0% that is fermented piperine compared to its counterpart Black pepper @ 4.6% to 9.7% piperine-not fermented.  In terms of antioxidants, white pepper demonstrates about 20% higher activity. Its ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units, a unit of measurement for antioxidant content) is 40,700 versus 34,000 for black pepper.


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Purple – Royal Nutrition

The Royalty of Purple

Purple was called a “royal color” because it was very rare in nature and expensive to make.

The color dates back to the ancient world of kings and queens.  The Persian King Cyrus adopted a purple tunic as his royal uniform, and some Roman emperors forbid their citizens from wearing purple clothing under penalty of death.

The reason for purple’s regal reputation comes down to a simple case of supply and demand. For centuries, the purple dye trade was centered in the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre in modern-day Lebanon. The Phoenicians’ “Tyrian purple” came from a species of sea snail now known as Bolinus brandaris, and it was so exceedingly rare that it became worth its weight in gold. To harvest it, dye-makers had to crack open the snail’s shell, extract a purple-producing mucus and expose it to sunlight for a precise amount of time. It took as many as 250,000 mollusks to yield just one ounce of usable dye, but the result was a vibrant and long-lasting shade of purple.

Clothes made from the dye were exorbitantly expensive—a pound of purple wool cost more than most people earned in a year—so they naturally became the calling card of the rich and powerful.

“Purple is . . . the most powerful wavelength of the rainbow – and it’s a color with a powerful history . . . purple symbolizes luxury, romancemystery, spirituality, the sub-conscious, creativity, dignity, royalty – and it captures all of these meanings more so than any other color.” (ColorMatters.com)

Long associated with royalty, purple creates an air of luxury, even decadence. Using a purple dominantly is a quick way to create a sense of elegance or high-end appeal.

Lighter shades of purple – especially lavender – bring to mind spring and romance. Darker shades add more mystery, and can even symbolise creativity. Darkening the shade will also turn the romantic elements more sensual.

Purple fits in the realm of food in its “royalty” regarding nutrition.

Purple is the new trend in food.  Why?

The Pantone predicted purple foods to trend in 2017.  Throughout 2017, purple foods seemed to come out of hiding and showing up everywhere.  Chef’s menus elaborated on these richly trend setting recipes colored purple foods which include:  Berry & Beet Smoothie, Roasted Baby Purple Cauliflower, Roasted Beets, Baked Purple Sweet Potato, Purple Cabbage, Eggplant parmesan. Other foods including Blackberries, Purple Asparagus, Elderberries, Acai, Purple Carrots,  Pomegranate, Purple sweet potatoes, Concord Grapes, Blueberries, Darker Skinned grapes, Plum’s, Purple Corn, Black rice (has more anthocyanins per gram than blueberries).

The Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color trends, has chosen Ultra Violet as the color of 2018.  For a second year in a row, purple is at the top of food trends.

What is so special about purple food?

In a nut shell, the color purple is a protector of the outer nervous system of brain, eyes, and skin, and inner nervous system how of our digestive system.  This vibrant color often indicates nutrient density and antioxidants.

Purple Foods are “superheroes” of nutrition

Purple foods harbor some of the most royally amazing nutritional benefits possible fit for a king, but are there for each one of us. Imagine a drug that could fight cancer, reduce cholesterol, improve blood sugar and protect against cellular damage that was also safe, without side effects and taste great!

A government report sharing how “nearly 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough produce from this color family [purple], which is linked to a slew of health benefits, from protecting memory, slowing the aging process and safeguarding your heart, to warding off Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.” This article was written by a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health.

1. Purple foods kill cancer

2. Purple foods are ulcer-fighters

3. Purple foods are good for your liver

4. Purple foods are good for the heart

5. Purple foods prevent urinary tract infections

Many purple foods contain anthocyanidins and anthocyanins:

Anthocyanins are colored water-soluble pigments belonging to the phenolic group. The pigments are in glycosylated forms.   Glycans serve a variety of structural and functional roles in membrane and secreted proteins. It is the enzymatic process that attaches glycans to proteins, lipids, or other organic molecules. Anthocyanins are responsible for the colors, red, purple, and blue, are in fruits and vegetables.  Anthocyanins are particularly found in fruits such as grapes, purple grapes, black berries, strawberries, raspberries and some tropical fruits.  They are powerful antioxidants that also possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties. In acidic condition, anthocyanins appear as red but turn blue when the pH increases.  Anthocyanins are water-soluble pigment in the Plant Kingdom that, depending on their pH, may appear red, purple, or blue.  An anthocyanidin is a steroid molecule.  Vacuolar is a small cavity or space in tissue.

Anthocyanins possess the following health benefits:

  • antidiabetic
  • anticancer
  • anti-inflammatory – inflammation is at the root of all major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and immune dysfunction.
  • antimicrobial
  • anti-obesity effects
  • prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Anthocyanins have been credited with capacity to modulate cognitive and motor function, to enhance memory, and to have a role in preventing age-related declines in neural function.

Anthocyanins have demonstrated marked ability to reduce cancer cell proliferation and to inhibit tumor formation.

Human clinical trials, show that anthocyanidins and anthocyanins possess antioxidative and antimicrobial activities, improve visual and neurological health, and protect against various non-communicable diseases.

  • Purple is associated with calm and relaxing.
  • Purple has the property to restore capillaries.
  • Purple has antibacterial properties to help treat UTI’s.
  • Purple helps with eye strain and prevent deterioration of other eye health issues such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma,

Resveratrol

Harvard University scientist and professor David Sinclair is an Australian biologist and Professor of Genetics best known for his research on the biology of lifespan extension and driving research towards treating diseases of aging. A resveratrol formulation that Sinclair became known for making, states resveratrol like: “(It’s) as close to a miraculous molecule as you can find…. One hundred years from now, people will maybe be taking these molecules on a daily basis to prevent heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

  • Resveratrol is typically known as an antioxidant, an anti-cancer agent, and a phytoestrogen.  It is Anti-aging & Anti-cancer effects, Neuroprotective, contributes to heart health, Helps Protect the Brain and Cognitive/Mental Health.
  • Resveratrol is shown to have cancer chemopreventive activity in assays representing three major stages of carcinogenesis.
  • Resveratrol was found to act as an antioxidant and antimutagen
  • Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreases the pressure in the arteries and allows better circulation.
  • Resveratrol responds to injury or, when the plant is under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi.  It helps relax the arterial walls, decrease arterial pressure and promote healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.

Betalains

Like anthocyanins, betalains have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Eating more purple food is really critical when it comes to fighting the age process, preventing diseases such as cancer, and also helping to fight inflammation.  It helps relax the arterial walls, decreases arterial pressure and promotes healthful blood circulation. It has been shown to prevent cancer, lessen inflammation, improve blood sugar control, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels and boosts immunity in healthy middle-aged adults.  Cholesterol levels significantly dropped and the walls of their blood vessels relaxed, to improve circulation and blood flow and reduce stress on the heart. Decreases oxidative stress.

No wonder they are at the top of the list of foods to be consumed for the second year in a row.

https://www.theholisticingredient.com/blogs/wholesome-food/10369150-berry-delicious-ice-cream-with-macadamia-crunchIt helps to have a high-powered blender to make this ‘ice cream’, you will simply need a little more patience without, that’s all. If you are without maqui berry, never fear, it’ll be very scrumptious with blueberries alone.  * Maqui berry can be purchased online or via many health food stores.  Recipe by The Holistic Ingredient.

2 bananas, frozen
1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
1/4 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
1 heaped tablespoon maqui berry *


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Power & Passion


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RED

The color red is a powerful color.  Red is a color of extremes.  It is the color of love and hate.  We blush with embarrassment or get red in the face from increased blood flow when we are angry.  Red is primarily associated with blood. Red is the color of our blood and a vivid reminder of life and death.   It is the universal color for danger.    Red is energizing.  It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action. It stimulates the deeper passions within us, such as sex, love, courage, hatred, or revenge.  Can’t you just see the color red in these emotions?  What is the first thing that comes to your mind with the color red?

Our society reflects how the color red stimulates us psychologically.

  • Dominance – athletes wearing a red in combat sports had a bigger chance of winning. Red makes the person feel more aggressive and more powerful, boosting testosterone, but it also changes the perception others have.
  • Danger – Red captures attention. It is one of the most visible colors, second only to yellow – which explains why it is used on fire engines and stop signs to trigger alertness.  No wonder it’s so often used in warning signs.  Red has to do with the body’s fight-or-flight response, so too much red leaves the person feeling not just alert, but also stressed out.
  • Stimulates In light therapy treatment as a holistic or alternative treatment, red is used to stimulate the body and mind.  Wearing red can even change your physiology and balance of hormones.
  • Passion/Love – People wearing red are consistently rated as more attractive by others.  Red is often used to express love, as in Valentine’s Day.  The color red can stimulate the appetite, often being used in restaurants for this purpose. It also increases craving for food and other stimuli.  If you notice this about you, let me know?  Passion, is in all of us!  How do you express yours?
  • Life – Leviticus 17:14 says, For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:

serveimage-6Things that effect us psychologically are expressed physiologically and visa versa.  Two emotion theories integrate the physiological component: the James-Lange theory of emotion holds that we perceive a stimulus, our body responds, and we interpret the body’s reaction as emotion.  The Cannon-Bard theory suggests that we experience an emotion and bodily changes simultaneously. The amygdala is a part of the brain that controls our experience of fear receives danger information and sends out instructions to prepare the body. The amygdala is involved in memory and it is believed to be an important brain structure in explaining the long-term effects of extreme fear experiences.  The left hemisphere is associated with emotions such as happiness, while the right hemisphere is more linked to emotions such as disgust.  Red relates respectively to the body, the mind, the emotions and the essential balance between these three.

There are a variety of red hues in foods under the chemical pigments Lycopene, Betanin, Anthocyanins that work to benefit us on a physiological level.  

  • Red stimulates the body and mind and to increase circulation. It energizes heart and blood circulation, it builds up the blood and heightens a low blood pressure. Energizes all organs and the senses hearing, smell, taste, vision and touch.
  • Red reduces the risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness for older folks.
  • Red foods help you to shed weight and are active in drawing toxins from the cells. If you are subject to frequent colds and flu or you feel tired and depleted, they will boost your resilience greater protection against heart disease.
  • Vitamin C is found in red foods

One of the red colors in plants is a pigment called Lycopene.  Lycopene is one of over 600 known carotenoids – a color pigment), resized_300x225_lycopene2the color red, is a powerful antioxidant, which means that, among nutrients, it has a greater-than-average ability to “quench” the fiery darts of free radicals that cause damage to cells.

  1. It has been associated with a reduced risk of some cancers, especially prostate cancer, and protection against heart attacks. Look for tomato-based products for the most concentrated source of this phytochemical.
  2. Red fruits and vegetables are also sources of flavonoids, which reduce inflammation and have antioxidant properties.
  3. Antioxidants prevent cancer.  Antioxidants can be vitamins, minerals, or other phytochemicals (plant chemicals). Antioxidants help keep you young and prevent disease.  Antioxidants always work better in combinations.
  4. Lycopene is a fat-soluble carotenoid color, therefore it needs a type of fatty food to eat along with it.  Intake of fat along with carotenoids greatly helps to improve their absorption.  Lycopene is more easily absorbed by the body when heated. Lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals. Lycopene does not convert to vitamins A in the body but it is more available to act as a potent antioxidant.
    • Lycopene is more easily absorbed by the body when heated. It is tightly bound up in sound walls and fibers
    • Lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals.
    • Lycopene does not convert to vitamins A in the body but it is more available to act as a potent antioxidant.
    • It tends to collect in certain organs of the body: stomach, pancreas, esophagus,: mouth, breast, cervic, lungs, prostate.
    • It has been observed to reduce levels of cancers in these parts of the body.

The terms oxidative stress and free radicals are terms that describe the total burden placed on our bodies from our environment from toxins in air, food, and water.  Substances in our diets (such as vitamin C and vitamin E) can “quench”these flaming darts so that we can cope with the oxidative stress over time.  They help provide longevity.

Betacyanins exist as betanidin, betanin, amaranthin, isobetanin, isobetanidin and iso-amarathin depending upon substituents, position in a molecule chemical compound.

Betanin absorbs well from the gut and acts as an antioxidant. Betanin is usually obtained from the extract of beet juice.  The color of betanin depends on pH; between four and five on the pH scale it is bright bluish-red, becoming blueviolet as the pH increases. Once the pH reaches alkaline levels betanin degrades by hydrolysis, the chemical breakdown of a compound due to reaction with water, resulting in a yellow-brown color. Betanin has nearly no potential as an allergen.  Betalains are water-soluble phytochemicals (plant chemicals) synthesized from amino acid tyrosine.

Betalains  are classified into 2 groups:

1. Betacyanins (RedPinkPurpleViolet)

2. Betaxanthins (Yellow – Orange)

Other dietary sources of betanin and other betalains include the opuntia cactus (round flat cactus), Swiss chard, and the leaves of some strains of amaranth.

Anthocyanidin comes from two Greek words which mean “blue flower”.  In fact, they can be purple (e.g. concord grapes), or even blue (e.g. blueberries). The differences in color are caused by differences in the pH (that is, the acidity/alkalinity) of the plant tissues. But, Anthocyanidin contains two main sugars that produce the red color found in strawberries called pelargonin and cyanidin.  Red is quite acidic.  Since strawberries are somewhat acidic, their anthocyanins, pelargonin and cyanidin reflect red light (the acid in strawberries, at a pH below 3, gives them their sourness), whereas the more alkaline fruit of blueberries causes their anthocyanins to reflect blue light (the alkalinity of a blueberry’s skin, pH higher than 11, is what makes it slightly bitter-tasting). Anthocyanins are also a good source of tannins, which prevent bacteria from attaching to cells,” says Kasik-Miller of more reasons to relish red.  Tannins are astringent or boldly bitter in flavor. Their main characteristic is that they bind and precipitate proteins. They can have a large influence on the nutritive value of many foods

Here is a small list of Red Food Sources and their health benefits from the red in them:  (please be sure to complete the poll at the end)

  1. serveimage-7Cherries fight inflammation
  2. serveimage-8Pomegranates help to reduce the buildup of plaque in arteries and lower blood pressure
  3. serveimage-9Beets for 19% of the growth of healthy new cells
  4. serveimage-10Red chiles an antioxidant in chiles protect blood vessels and  increases the body’s metabolic rate and may stimulate brain chemicals that help us feel less hungry
  5. serveimage-11Red peppers – fight bacteria
  6. serveimage-12Tomatoes rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that fights skin aging and may be beneficial against cancer and heart disease.
  7. serveimage-13Watermelon An enzyme called nitric oxide synthase (NOS) is a muscle relaxant. For example, when nitric oxide (NO) tells the smooth muscles around our blood vessels to relax, the space inside our blood vessels can expand, allowing blood to flow more freely and creating a drop in blood pressure
  8. serveimage-14Apples – combat free-radical damage to artery walls
  9. serveimage-15Cranberries have anthocyanins, not lycopene – prevent yeast infections in some women.
  10. serveimage-16Kidney beans – combat free-radical damage to artery walls
  11. serveimage-17Strawberries – reduce the risk of cancer, antioxidants in strawberry may also help to retard aging of the brain, and is an effective dental cleaner
  12. serveimage-18Red raspberries – protect against heart disease and age-related mental decline. Eating red raspberries may prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells and promoting the normal death of healthy cells.
  13. serveimage-19Guava – lycopene found in pink-fleshed guavas may further reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and protective effect against exercise-induced asthma
  14. Pink and serveimage-20Ruby Red Grapefruit – responsible for disease and age-related cell damage.
  15. serveimage-21Red grapes – resveratrol results in a dramatic reduction in heart-attack risk factors.

Have you noticed the most the red foods deal with the blood.  Life is in the blood.  Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood:…”

How much life in these red hued fruits and vegetables is a part of your diet?

Putting it all together:  The color red is the color of energy, passion, and action.  Red is a warm and positive color associated with our will to survive.  It also stands to reason that since red is primarily associated with blood that it would be closely linked with our most physical need for heart protection, to cardiovascular health, and to protecting us on the deepest cellular levels.  Red is life or death.  Which will you choose?  Life is truly in the blood.

the_blood_of_jesusOn a Spiritual note:  Red is known as the color of passion and action.  The creator of red displayed the ultimate passion and action through His love on the cross.  His cleansing blood was given for all mankind once and for all.  Romans 5:9 shares “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”  If you have not already given your life to Him, it is not too late.  Will you let Jesus stimulate your heart into action by trusting him with it and live with him throughout eternity?  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only b
egotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Make it your mission in life to not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Remember you cannot do this with Jesus the true life-giver.  John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:…” 

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  3. http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2011/02/10/eating-by-color-red/
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Broccoli

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One of the good mood foods is broccoli which has stress-relieving vitamin B6. It also contains folic acid which is important in fighting depression.  These little trees also have 2 days’ worth of vitamins C and K in each serving.

1. Cancer prevention: Broccoli has cancer fighting, immune boosting properties. A combination of anti-flammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties, work together in cancer prevention.  Research is strongest showing a decrease in prostate cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer and ovarian cancer.

2. Cholesterol reduction: Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.

3. Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Known to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body.  Broccoli has a phytonutrient (flavonol) called Kaempferol, helps lessen allergy-related substances. Broccoli has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as an anti-inflammatory.

4. Powerful antioxidant: Of all the cruciferous (cross bearing) vegetables, flowering vegetables with four equal petals arranged crosswise, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids (colorful pigment chemicals) necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively.

5. Bone health: Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

6.  Heart health: The anti-inflammatory properties may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.

7. Diet aid: Broccoli is a good carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.

8. Detoxification means cleaning the blood.  Thorough chewing of raw Broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables increases metabolism, protects against oxidative stress, neuroinflmmation, and cell death, which may benefit neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease.  Isothiocyanates helps to enhance the removal of dangerous toxins that threaten our cells.

Extra information:  The compounds glucosinolate (secondary metabolites necessary for metabolism) contact with plant myrosinase (an enzyme) and increases the amount of isothiocyanates (compounds against oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and cell death) when absorbed.

9. Alkalizing– a healthy alkaline balance where our bodies internal fluids affect every cell in our bodies.  Germs are less likely to get a foothold and cause problems with yeast, fungus, and molds.

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.