Getting Your Penny’s Worth of Copper

Copper is a trace mineral that plays an important role in your metabolism, largely because it allows many critical enzymes to function properly. Although copper is the third most abundant trace mineral in the body (behind iron and zinc), the total amount of copper in your body is only 75-100 milligrams, less than the amount […]

Cashing in on Cabbage

The botanical name for cabbage is Brassica oleracea capitata. The English name cabbage comes from the French caboche, meaning “head.” Most of the European and Asiatic names for cabbage can be traced to one of three Celtic or part-Celtic root words. Kopf Kohl (German), cabus and caboche (French), cabbage (English), kappes, kraut, kapost (Tartar), kopi (Hindu), and others, all are related to the Celto-Slavic cap or kap, meaning head.” Kaulion (Greek), caulis (Latin), kale (Scottish), kaal (Norwegian), kohl (Swedish), col (Spanish), are related […]

Getting the Right Amount of Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that you need on a daily basis, but only in very small amounts (50 milligrams or less), which makes it a micromineral. People don’t get sufficient amounts of zinc can have impaired overall growth as well as impaired sexual maturation. Zinc can: Regulate genetic activities: Most of your cells contain a nucleus, […]

Adding Flavor With Thyme

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a perennial culinary and medicinal herb that belongs to the mint (Lamiaceae) family, along with basil, beebalm, giant hyssop, ground ivy, lavender, marjoram, oregano,  perilla, rosemary, sage, savory, skullcap, spearmint, and wild bergamot. The family also (surprisingly) includes chia, and (even more surprisingly) coleus and teak. Garden thyme descends from its close relative, Thymus serpyllum, known variously as mother-of-thyme, wild thyme, […]

Enjoying Tofu

Soybeans (Glycine max) are a species of legume that belong to the the family Fabaceae, along with common beans (green snap beans, pinto beans, heirloom beans, black turtle beans, kidney beans, and navy beans),  edible-pod and mature peas, black-eyed peas, jicama, adzuki beans, lentils, lima beans, peanuts, chickpeas, carob, and licorice. The family also includes broom, gorse, and kudzu. Soybeans can be served in many forms, including a […]

Managing Your Intake of Manganese

Manganese, a trace mineral that your body uses in many enzyme systems, is found widely in nature, but occurs only in trace amounts in your tissues. Your body contains a total of 15-20 milligrams of manganese, most of which is located in your bones, with the remainder found in your kidneys, liver, pancreas, pituitary glands, […]

Ordering Flavor With Oregano

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a perennial culinary and medicinal herb that belongs to the mint (Lamiaceae) family, along with basil, beebalm, giant hyssop, ground ivy, lavender, marjoram, perilla, rosemary, sage, savory, skullcap, spearmint, thyme, and wild bergamot. The family also (surprisingly) includes chia, and (even more surprisingly) coleus and teak. Oregano is native to northern Europe, although it grows throughout many regions of the world, […]

Pumping Iron

Iron is a mineral that is vital to your health. It is in every one of your cells, primarily linked with protein in the oxygen-carrying molecule hemoglobin. Your body contains approximately 4 grams of iron. Iron is vital for: Oxygen distribution: Iron is the core of hemoglobin molecules, which are the oxygen-carrying components of your red […]

Acquiring a Taste for Cilantro

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), or coriander, is in the same family (Apiaceae) as  anise, caraway, carrot, celery, chervil, coriander (including cilantro), cumin, dill, fennel, hemlock, Queen Anne’s lace, parsley, and parsnip. It is native to the Mediterranean and Asia Minor (now Turkey), and it has been used since at least 5,000 BC. . Ancient herbalists used the crushed seeds and leaves […]

Building Strong Bones With Boron

Boron is a trace mineral that is critical to your health. It affects a broad range of biological processes involving macro-minerals, energy molecules such as glucose and triglycerides, amino acids and proteins, free radicals, bone mineralization, prostate health, mental function, estrogen metabolism, and numerous body systems. Boron can: Build strong bones: One of the first recognized […]