The Health Benefits of Endive

This bitter plant that looks a lot like lettuce is a member of the chicory family.     It is a nutritional power house containing vitamins A, B, C, and K along with the minerals calcium, copper, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc. Endive also contains a flavonoid called kaempferol that may help reduce your risk of ovarian cancer.     Endive’s bitter taste comes from a plant chemical called intybin which acts as an appetite stimulant and digestive aid. Endive contains many medicinally important compounds such as sesquiterpene lactones, and plant sterols. Lactones such as lactucopicrin contained in endive have been found to have anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory properties. As mentioned above, endive contains significant…
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Is Salt Really Bad?

Salt has been accused of being one of the main causes of high blood pressure – but is that really true?  The reality is that several other causes play a much bigger role including high sugar diet, processed food diet and your sodium to potassium ratio. In fact salt deficiency is fairly prevalent and can cause a range of problems including muscle fatigue, spasms, cramps an heart palpitations. Keep in mind that in the 1600’s the typical person was eating up to 100 grams of salt per day coming from salty fish and meats.   Today people get 10 grams of salt per day or less, but at the same time…
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The Health Benefits of Endive

This bitter plant that looks a lot like lettuce is a member of the chicory family.     It is a nutritional power house containing vitamins A, B, C, and K along with the minerals calcium, copper, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc. Endive also contains a flavonoid called kaempferol that may help reduce your risk of ovarian cancer.     Endive’s bitter taste comes from a plant chemical called intybin which acts as an appetite stimulant and digestive aid. Endive contains many medicinally important compounds such as sesquiterpene lactones, and plant sterols. Lactones such as lactucopicrin contained in endive have been found to have anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory properties. As mentioned above, endive contains significant…
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Is Salt Really Bad?

Salt has been accused of being one of the main causes of high blood pressure – but is that really true?  The reality is that several other causes play a much bigger role including high sugar diet, processed food diet and your sodium to potassium ratio. In fact salt deficiency is fairly prevalent and can cause a range of problems including muscle fatigue, spasms, cramps an heart palpitations. Keep in mind that in the 1600’s the typical person was eating up to 100 grams of salt per day coming from salty fish and meats.   Today people get 10 grams of salt per day or less, but at the same time…
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