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Concentrating on Carotenoids

A group of phytochemicals called carotenoids play a vital role in bone growth, reproduction, and healthy immune, detoxification, and inflammatory systems. They help your skin and mucous membranes repel bacteria and viruses more effectively. They are essential to healthy vision, and may slow declining retinal function in people with retinitis pigmentosa.  They are also important […]

Eliminating Toxins

Enzymes in your body use many of the minerals, vitamins, and other phytochemicals  to catalyze chemical reactions inside your cells. In interdependent series of such reactions, called metabolic pathways, particular chemicals are modified, either by breaking them down or synthesizing them into new molecules. Your body uses metabolic pathways to maintain homeostatic balance. Toxins are […]

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Balancing Essential Fatty Acids

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are found mostly in plant-based foods. PUFAs help your body to maintain the membranes of all cells, and they help it to make prostaglandins, which regulate many body processes, including inflammation and blood clotting. Eating foods rich in PUFAs improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease. PUFAs may also help […]

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Acquiring Essential Amino Acids

Protein molecules are composed of amino acids, which contain nitrogen and sometimes sulphur. Your body uses amino acids to produce new proteins and to replace damaged proteins. Your body can synthesize most of the 21 amino acids that you need to make protein, with the exception of nine essential amino acids (histadine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, […]

Mustard Greens

Mustering Enthusiasm for Mustard Greens

Mustard greens originated in the Himalayan region, where they been grown and consumed for more than 5,000 years. Mustard greens are popular in many different cuisines, ranging from Chinese to Southern American. Like turnip greens, kale, and collards, they became an integral part of Southern cuisine during the times of slavery, serving as a substitute for […]

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Fighting Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury: it’s an attempt to stop the damage and start the healing process. When you get a cut or other injury, you can see inflammation in action. When an injury happens, your body releases chemicals and white blood cells into your bloodstream, ready to attack and kill invading bacteria, viruses, […]

Collards

Connecting With the Soul of the American South: Collards

Collards originated as a primitive non-head-forming cabbage, the wild Brassica oleracea plant, in the Mediterranean region, over 2000 years ago. Ancient Greeks grew kale along with collards, and the Romans grew several kinds of collards before the Christian era. Julius Caesar is said to have eaten a generous serving of collards as an indigestion preventive after attending royal banquets. It’s […]