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The most common reason people take maca root is to boost their energy, libido, and to balance emotions related to hormonal issues as well as a nutritional supplement. Maca root works with the hormonal system of your body to balance your testosterone, progesterone and estrogen.

Why is maca root so powerful?

It is a superfood containing carotene, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), ascorbic acid, niacin, and other vitamins. It has high levels of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and, potassium, as well as minor levels of copper, zinc, manganese, iron, selenium, and boron. It also has 11% per gram of protein and fatty acids. Because of its 18 amino acids, it is a complete form of protein for vegans and raw-foodists.

Peruvians do not need any scientific studies to prove the powerful effects of maca as it has been one of their traditional food for thousands of years. This root is consumed in various ways in Peru and ingrained deeply in the culture. It is used in baking, smoothies, and various other foods.

Maca can be taken in capsule form (with the powder in the capsule) or as a powder or as a concentrated extract. The capsules generally contain 500 mg of powder. Most people take it in powder form by blending it in smoothies or simply taking it by dissolving in water. I recommend in powder form so that your body absorbs it immediately. It does have a unique nutty flavor, a bit of an aftertaste but it’s not strong and OK for most people. If you are sensitive to the taste then taking it in capsule form would be a better option for you.health benefits of maca root powder

How much maca powder should you take?

It is different for everyone. I suggest if you take capsule form, try starting with 2 capsules per day, and do it consistently for a few days and then adjust from there. If taken in powder form, start with 2 teaspoons a day and adjust from there. Each individual is uniquely different and since this is a natural medicinal plant product, each person will need different amounts. I also suggest taking it in the middle of the afternoon around 2 pm when your hormones tend to be the lowest.

You should take a little precaution when you start taking maca. Some people have reported experiencing elevated heartbeat and insomnia from having excess energy (similar to taking too much caffeine). As mentioned before, take the recommended dosage of 1-3 teaspoons of powder daily and listen to your body and adjust accordingly.

Just as in any other medicinal plants, quality does matter. Make sure you buy organic and from a company that is committed to bringing the best organic fair-traded, sustainably produced Maca root product.

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Bananas are such an amazing fruit. These bright yellow fruits are also packed with some great vitamins and nutrients .

health benefits of bananas Bananas are elliptically shaped fruits “prepackaged” by Nature, featuring a firm, creamy flesh gift-wrapped inside a thick inedible peel. Banana is the ultimate symbol of a sweet fruity  snack  .I used to find bananas tasteless and bland, but that was because I was so hooked up on sugar and cakes. Now to me banana is a sweet tasty treat. It is amazing how being vegan transforms they way you see  even a banana. So I sometimes do go bananas about banana. :-) What makes bananas so tempting is the fact that they consist mainly of sugars(glucose, fructose and sucrose). But this is not what makes them so great . Here are a few reasons to go bananas about bananas.

Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to improved mood.

Bananas are very high on fiber. They help restore a normal bowel function. In
addition, diarrhea usually depletes your body of important electrolytes (of which the
most important is potassium, contained in high amounts in bananas). They also contain
pectin, a soluble fiber (hydro-colloid) that can help normalize movement through the
digestive tract.Potassium helps normalize the hearth beat and regulate the body’s water balance. During periods of high stress, our body’s potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted: eating bananas is a healthy way to re balance them without using drugs.health benefits of bananas

They also contain
pectin, a soluble fiber (hydro colloid) that can help normalize movement through the
digestive tract.

Bananas are an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound
that nourishes pro-biotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon. These beneficial bacteria
produce enzymes that increase our digestive ability and protect us from unhealthy
bacteria infections. Thanks to fructooligosaccharides, pro biotic bacteria can increase
both in number and functionality, increasing our body’s ability to absorb calcium.


In addition, green bananas contain indigestible short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are
very nutrient to the cells that make up the mucosa of the stomach. These cells, when
healthy, absorb calcium much more efficientlyhealth benefits of bananas

Bananas are high in B vitamins that have been shows to improve nerve function.

I love putting a banana or two in our morning smoothie-the riper the better. Recently I also learned from a very inspired friends at the beach house kitchen , that if you put a banana near fruits or vegetables, that you to become ripe , the banana will speed up the process.

So next time you are wondering what to have as a snack reach out for the banana and go bananas about banana ;-)

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Yesterday I was waiting at the bank to get served and there was  woman in front of me with  her two kids. We started a small talk. You know how it’s like in these situations .Its very easy for as a  mother in me to relate to another mother and start to chat about the kids and everything , that goes with it.

One of them was in a pram , even if she has passed the age to be in a pram  a few years ago and was possibly un-developed for her age. So I looked at her and saw in her hands a drink . In that moment I felt very strong urge to say something to the mother about the drink, as I know it contains aspartame in it. This was a drink, that I would never give to my boys . Its one of them cleverly colored orange or purple and for the so called “healthy” options stated “no added sugar”.According to Wikipedia this is the best selling children’s drink since their launch in the year 2000. food labeling

So we talked about the weekend , then about how good the kids are and her older douther showed me her toy and we all smiled .side effects of aspartame

So after we both got served I approached her again and said ” Hope you don’t mind saying me this, but look into aspartame, I wouldn’t give it to my kids because its really toxic. ” Well, at this moment I realize I’ve  crossed the line. The lady didn’t say a word and just walked off, so I knew it wasn’t appropriate, but at the same time I couldn’t help myself wanting to help her .

I know how important is as a mother to know when people mean well. I am still guilty of taking some advice or constructive criticism  very personally when people want to help because they mean good, but I  take it as a personal insult.modern parenting

So again I related to that and in as she was walking of I sent her love. This experience, took not more than 5 minutes, but it was a great lesson. Modern parenting also means that you have to make sure you keep your sanity while everything is falling apart around you.

It is so true when they say, that everything and everyone is  your teacher if you want to learn. So my lesson is to stop giving strangers advice, unless they bring it up first, which is highly unlikely.

 

side effects of aspartame  My first step now is to share with you the dangers of aspartame and why it is so toxic.

Aspartame is a synthetic chemical combination which is comprised of approximately 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid, and 10% methanol. Aspartame is found in thousands of foods, drinks, sweets , gum, vitamins, health supplements and even pharmaceutical drugs. Research has linked the sweetener to diabetes, fibromyalgia and certain forms of cancer. Here are some of the dangers of excessive aspartame consumption.side effects of aspartame

 

Studies have found a dangerous connection between aspartame consumption and the development of brain tumors. When aspartame breaks down it produces a substance called DKP. As your stomach digests DKP, it produces a chemical that induces the growth of brain tumors.

 Similar to the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis, Aspartame’s  side effects long list includes dizziness, headaches, behavioral changes, hallucinations, depression, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, fatigue, irritability, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain. Also, many illnesses can be worsened by ingesting Aspartame, including chronic fatigue syndrome, brain tumors, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, and especially diabetes.

Aspartame consumption is extremely harmful to people with diabetes.It makes it more difficult to control sugar levels and aggravate diabetes-related conditions such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy and gastroparesis. The sweetener also has been known to cause convulsions often mistaken for insulin reactions.

Emotional and mood disorders have been linked to aspartame. Studies suggest that people with certain emotional problems are more sensitive to aspartame.  High levels of aspartame cause changes in the serotonin levels which can lead to behavioral problems, depression and other emotional disorders. In some cases, the side effects were so dangerous that doctors were forced to put an end to the studies.

Research indicates that the sweetener increases your hunger and can actually impede your weight loss. Phenylalanine and aspartic acid can cause spikes in insulin levels and force your body to remove the glucose from your blood stream and store it as fat. Aspartame also inhibits the production of serotonin and prevents your brain from signalling to your body that you are full. This can lead to food cravings and make it more difficult for you to lose weight.

Aspartame can change the chemistry of the brain. Formaldehyde, a product of methanol, gathers in certain areas of the brain causing degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s . Aspartame consumption can also trigger seizures in both epileptics and other individuals without a history of epilepsy.

side effects of aspartame As few as one diet soda daily may increase the risk for leukemia in men and women, and for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men, according to new results from the longest-ever running study on aspartame as a carcinogen in humans.You can read the details of this study here . 

Regardless of all the scientific evidence and research aspartame is still present in most snacks and nearly every so called diet drink.Please read the label and stay away from Aspartame.Aspartame is a poison. Do not consume! 

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Iron sources for vegans

Ivelina  —  November 7, 2012

Iron is an essential nutrient because it is a central part of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood.

Iron is found in food in two forms, heme and non-heme iron. Heme iron, which makes up 40 percent of the iron in meat, poultry, and fish, is well absorbed. Non-heme iron, 60 percent of the iron in animal tissue and all the iron in plants (fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts) is less well absorbed. Vegan diets only contain non-heme iron. Because of this, iron recommendations are higher for vegetarians (including vegans) than for non-vegetarians.vegan iron sources

The Food and Nutrition Board has established Recommended Dietary Allowances, or RDAs, for iron and other nutrients. The RDA for iron is 8 mg for adult men, 18 mg for adult women age 50 and under, 8 mg for women over 50, 27 mg during pregnancy and 9 to 10 mg per day for women who are nursing. Lactating women under 19 years old require 10 mg of iron and adult lactating women require 9 mg of iron per day.

Here is a list with some vegan sources of iron.It is very easy to consume sufficient amounts of iron on the vegan diet. One of the best ways to consume foods high in iron is when is consumed with Vitamin C. The simplest tip is when eating spinach is to add some lemon juice with it . In that way you will make the most of your spinach.

Spinach

vegan sources of iron -spinach

Is possibly the most popular source of iron , not just for vegans. Here is some other sources , that you can easily add to your vegan diet.One cup of raw spinach contains 8 mg of iron but if you saute a big batch, one cup of cooked spinach contains 6.4 mg of iron.

 Flax seeds are known for being high in Omega-3s  but it’s also an excellent source of iron. Two tablespoons of flaxseed offers 1.2 mg of iron, and two tablespoons ground flaxseed offers .8 mg.

Soybeans are a great source of fiber and protein, but they also offer iron. Eat a cup of edamame  (in the pods) to get 3.5 mg of iron .

Quinoa -This ancient whole grain is a great source of protein,  but it’s also a top vegan iron source   Cook up a 1/4 cup for 3.6 mg or iron.

 

vegan sources of iron

“Green leafy vegetables and legumes (beans, peas, and lentils) are
rich in a form of iron that is more absorbable if your body needs more iron and less absorbable when your body already has plenty of iron.
Avoiding dairy products helps, because they contain virtually no iron and can actually inhibit iron absorption.” Neal D. Barnard, M.D.

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Vitamin B12 sources

Ivelina  —  September 24, 2012

Vitamin B12 is a controversial topic among vegans.There is a lot of misunderstanding about the sources and needs of the Vitamin B12.I have done a research and I decided to share it with you today.

Nutrition professionals are very clear that :All vegans need to take Vitamin B12 supplement or consume foods, that are fortified with this nutrient. Registered dietitians and long-time vegan Jack Norris shares his insights and an amazing knowledge and research in his book “Vegan for Life”, which I am enjoying at the moment. This book explains everything, that you need to know about going vegan and I am sure I will be sharing some other topics from it.

Vitamin B12 is needed for cell division and formation of healthy red blood cells.

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It is also needed to produce myelin. Myelin is the protective sheath around nerve fibers. Vitamin B12 is also involved in metabolism of fat and protein, a marginal intake may increase the risk for certain chronic conditions like heart disease.
All of the Vitamin B12 in the world is made by bacteria and that includes bacteria living in the digestive tracks of animals and humans.We absorb Vitamin B12 in our small intestine; the bacteria that produces it lives in our large intestine. Be warned that there are Vitamin B12 analogues which are inactive and provide no nutritional value. Some companies may claim , that foods like fermented soy products, tofu, sourdough bread and some sea vegetables are a source of Vitamin B12. Studies have shown, that in reality they contain inactive analogues, which can actually block the activity of the true vitamin B12.

Currently, the only way to know if a food contains active Vitamin B12 is is to feed it to humans and look for vitamin B12 activity.All plants have no need for Vitamin B12 and that’s why they do not contain any.Most humans get Vitamin B12 by eating animal products.Humans evolved to get by on very little intakes of Vitamin B12 as we have a complex physiological way of recycling it and we also can store relatively large amounts in our livers.

Never the less Vitamin B12 is an important issue and it needs looked into it if you are vegan and have been eating mostly a plant based diet. The symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency are typically tingling in the hands and feet and often those symptoms can be reversed.So according to Dr. Jack Norris all vegans should use a supplement of B12 or fortified foods. In that light vegans actually have an advantage when it comes to vitamin B12-as people age, no matter what type of diet they follow , their ability to absorb Vitamin B12 found naturally in foods begins to decline .As well as that Vitamin B12 in animal foods is bound to protein and the decrease in stomach acid makes it harder to release Vitamin B12 , so it can not be absorbed.vitamin b12 vegan

The conclusion made by Dr. Jack Norris is that all vegan should take a supplement of B12 and fortified foods.There are two very important things to keep in mind about supplementing with B12.

1.Supplements should be either chewable or sub-lingual(dissolving under the tongue)

2.The body is used to getting little bits of Vitamin B12 here and there , so when confronted with a big dose it absorbs just a tiny fraction of the whole amount.The RDA for the Vitamin B12 is just 2.4 micrograms for adults , but if you are getting your daily dose from supplement, you may need as much as 25 to 100 micrograms. And if you supplement just two to three times a week you may need 1000 micrograms each time.

Plant foods are reliable sources of active vitamin B12 only if they are fortified with it. Nutritional yeast is a popular choice with vegans . It’s flavour is great mixed into bean and grain dishes.

I am truly enjoying the vegan lifestyle and reading “Vegan for Life ” provides reliable information on vegan nutrition and why vegan. You can look inside the book here .

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How toxic are you?

Ivelina  —  August 13, 2012

We live in a toxic world.The only way to avoid any toxicity in your life is if you live in a stone or wood house away from electricity , but you still might have to wear a gas mask as there are airplanes flying above us all the time and most crops are poisoned and sprayed from helicopters, so wind caries all sorts of chemicals and toxins.

natureBeing surrounded by some sort of toxicity is a part of living in the 21st century. May be this is what makes me toxic? As I am writing this post I am receiving radiation from the laptop and the wireless Internet, my dishwasher is washing the dishes with some chemicals and I am sitting on a sofa, not made of tree leaves and wood. At the same time I look outside at the blue sky and feel immediate comfort, at any time I can go out on my bare feet on the grass and earth my body, which will eliminate all the radiation and bring calmness again. I can hear some cars in a distance, but at the same time i can feel the wind and hear the tree leaves and some birds singing.comforts of the 21st century

I love the 21st century comforts and feel so grateful and blessed to be living now.To be honest I do not really see myself blogging unless I had the help of all the robots in my kitchen . If i was a mother even 30 years ago I would be doing well to have a typing machine at home ,never mind Internet and laptop sitting comfortably on the sofa.

By simply not focusing so much on what is toxic you are freeing your mind to focus on what feels good.

It makes sense not to buy house hold cleaners if you see that there is label on them saying that is harmful. We are blessed to have the choice in the supermarket unless you want to make some alternatives yourself.

Another big way to avoid toxins is not to put on  your skin something, that you would not eat. i have found this amazing website where you can see what is safe to buy and use and by educating yourself you can make a difference in your life.

When it comes to toxins in food you have to be more careful because you are what you eat . Reading labels is a good habit to adopt and sometimes you might not have access to organic fruits and vegetables and just washing them in  a water mixed with a bit of apple cider vinegar.

When you are reading the labels there are some extremely toxic substances which you should when possible avoid !!! All these substances are chemicals and have proven record of causing cancer and auto immune diseases.Here is a list with some of the worst toxins, that are being sold by the food and drink industry. It is a sad reality of our toxic life, but once you learn and start avoiding them you will definitely reduce the toxins in your life .

avoid aspartame 1. Aspartame is widely used in so called “sugar free” and “diet” foods and it’s also known as E951 -Aspartame is a neurotoxin and is cancerogenic.Known to erode intelligence and affect short term memory, the components of this toxic sweetener may lead to a wide variety of ailments including brain tumor, diseases like lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis,Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue,depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches,nausea, mental confusion and seizures. Consuming aspartame is a very very bad news and incredibly toxic for your body

2.Mono-sodium Glutamate MSG -MSG is used as a flavor enhancer but also effects the neurological pathways of the brain and disengaged the “I’m full” function which results, for many, in weight gain. MSG is an excito-toxin, and regular consumption may result in depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches, and obesity.

avoid trans fats 3.Trans fats -Partly hydrogenated oilsmostly found in backed goods, fast foods and biscuits . Trans fat increases LDL cholesterol levels while decreasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol, increases the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes, and contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes and other health problems.

4.Common Food Dyes:Blue #1 and Blue #2,Red #3 and Red #40,Yellow #6 and Yellow, Tartrazine (E133,E124,E110,E102)-Artificial colorings, may contribute to behavioral problems like ADD and ADHD in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ.  Those kind of problems open another door of chemicals prescribed by the medical doctors to cure the disorder , which is a complete and utter waste of time and only breeds sick humans, that are dependant on drugs . Avoid them .

5.BHA and BHT-E320-used as a preservative in potato chips, gum, cereal, enriched rice, shortening, candy, jelly -This common preservative keeps foods from changing color, changing flavor or becoming rancid. Effects the neurological system of the brain, alters behavior and has potential to cause cancer. BHA and BHT are oxidants which form cancer-causing reactive compounds in your body.

no preservatives 6.Sulphur Dioxide-E220-used as a preservative in beers,soft drinks, dried fruit, juices,cordials, wine, vinegar, and potato products-Sulphur additives are toxic. Adverse reactions include:bronchial problems, asthma, hypo tension, flushing tingling sensations or anaphylactic shock. It destroys vitamins B1 and E in the body. Not recommended for consumption by children.

7.Potassium Bromate (E924)  used to increase volume in bread-Potassium bromate is known to cause cancer in animals.Even small amounts in bread can create problems for humans.

Those are just some of the toxic substances in your food. Do your best to consume whole foods and read all the labels-in most cases if you can not read or pronounce the ingredient is very likely to be toxic .

 

There is one more ingredient in our life that can contribute to our toxicity. And that is feeling low and stressed. When you are in a low state your immune system is using its resources to keep you awake and it is quite tiring to be depressed and worried. By saying that I do not mean that you have to smile 24/7 or be positive. The most important part of life is to be yourself . When you are being yourself you reflect that and that shines on people around you. Just be You!

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P.S This is day 87 of Word press Challenge to make a post every day. There are 140 days left of 2012.

I am writing this blog post with hands, stained from the beetroot , that I put in my salad this evening. I do not know what I would do without salad.Making a salad like cooking is an art. When you decide to become a vegan you realise, that you can make a salad practically every time you open the fridge. What I tend to do when I am hungry I tend to just see what I have and improvise. So far I hardly have made 2 same salads.The main reason for that is the fact that I like to experiment with herbs and spices and different oils. To add all those wonderful ingredients and season them is a real pleasure to me.

Growing up in Bulgaria salad had it’s special place. Every meal time regardless of the season we would make a salad of whatever was in season and in the winter of whatever we conserved as well. I love love salad. I can make a salad of anything.Sometimes I would have just raw vegetables and sometimes I would add some cooked vegetables.Coming to think about it when it’s raining I cook more, like today for example I made a salad with bolied potatoes, cooked beetroot  and the rest was raw-onions, yellow pepper , lettice ans some onion.Then seasoned it with walnut oil, salt pepper and a bit of basil.

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Very satisfying combination :-)

Very tasty as always. As I was eating it I felt inspired to share with you some information about the health benefits of beetroot, as some people believe, that the juice of that vegetable is actually a super food. I eat it nearly every other day .I also made a vegan chocolate cake with it. Here are some of the health benefits of beetroot and what is so good about it.

1.Beetroot is great for boosting stamina  , it also contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid. Beetroots  also contain carbohydrates, protein, powerful antioxidants and soluble fibre.

2.According to the British Heart Fondation  beetroot can help reduce blood pressure as well as its associated risks such as heart attacks and strokes. This is because the high content of nitrates in beetroot produce a gas called nitric oxide in the blood which widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. A daily dose of 250ml of beetroot juice or 1 to 2 cooked beetroot (approx. 100g) can help dramatically reduce blood pressure and its associated risks.health benefits of beetroot

3.Beetroot contains folic acid which is essential for normal tissue growth. Folic acid is crucial to the development of a baby’s spinal cord during the first three months of pregnancy and can help prevent spinal cord defects such as spina bifida.

4.Beetroot also contains iron so is a great source of energy  for mums-to-be suffering from fatigue during pregnancy. Expectant mums must remember though that cooked beetroot has lower levels of folic acid than raw beetroot.

5.Beetroot Is Your Liver’s Friend The beta cyanin in beetroot can help detox your liver, having a knock-on effect for your bloodstream, by helping the body to eliminate toxins and potentially preventing the build-up of fatty deposits.

Overall Beetroot is a very versatile vegetable. Since I have it regularly in my vegan diet I feel great from it. It is also nice for breakfast as a energy boost with some hummus or rocket salad.

Salads are at the core of my easy vegan recipes. I am looking forward to share more with you.

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P.S This is day 76 of Word press Challenge to make a post every day. There are 152 days left of 2012.

The Beautiful Truth 2008 Gerson Cancer Therapy
This documentary contains many not so beautiful truths about Mercury, Food additives, GMO and Vaccinations .

Never underestimate the power of plants when it comes to healing of the human body.

The Beautiful Truth 2008 Gerson Cancer Therapy

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Spirulina ! Today I would like to talk about spirulina. One of the oldest life forms on Earth, spirulina is a blue-green microalgae that helped produce the oxygen in our atmosphere billions of years ago so that other life forms could appear.

This is one of the most amazing creations of Mother Nature. It is ranked as high as oxygen as you can survive on spirulina and water alone !!!

I would like to share with you some the amazing benefits this plant has. I got introduced to spirulina just over an yaer ago and ever since I have a constant supply of it in my kitchen cupboard. The best way to take it and especially to give it to kids is when is added to a smoothie. Even if it has quite a strong taste when mixed with all the other goodies it is hard to notice. Always get the organic 100% pure algae.Very simple tip is to always read the label on anything, that you are buying .
The reason I picked it is because I felt uncomfortable and I needed something to make myself feel light and better again. So just took a glass of filtered water and added about a quarter of a tea spoon of spirulina  in it .  Whit in minutes I felt like I had a internal shower. This is a very easy way to give yourself an energy  boost as well if you feel low .

 spirulina

Spirulina

Here are some of the amazing properties that plant has and why you should add it to your diet.

1.Spirulina is a source of good quality plant protein.It has 60-70% complete protein, meaning it has all 8 essential amino acids and 10 non-essential ones that support good health  . That’s more protein than beef, chicken or soybeans.

2.Spirulina also contains all the   B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin E, calcium, chromium, copper, iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.

3.Spirulina is one of the   foods that  removes  harmful radiation. It protects the organs and helps detoxify the radiation out of the body

4.It has various antioxidants, phytonutrients and carotenoids. It protects the brain and detoxifies the liver and kidneys. It balances pH to reduce inflammation, the root of much disease spirulina

5.It balances the immune system, including calming an overactive one, which is significant because overactive (or inflamed) immune systems are responsible for autoimmune diseases

6.Spirulina has been known to increase energy. It may also be useful in helping diabetics to control their food cravings

7.It also has been used to help with weight loss/treat obesity, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, hay fever, stress, anxiety, fatigue, depression, and premenstrual syndrome

8.Spirulina is a  rich natural source of vitamin B12


Spirulina, literally is  the most nutritious foodknown to human kind. Spirulina is a powerhouse of nutrition. This conclusion is supported by well over 400 studies conducted in various scientific institutions around the world.

So there you have it . I hope  this information helps and you can start taking this amazing “super food”.

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P.S This is day 48 of Word press Challenge to make a post every day. There are 188 days left of 2012.

Spinach is one of the most nutrient  foods on the planet. Spinach its on the top of the list of many super foods list. It is also in season now so its at its best. The time when I really experienced the power of this amazing leafy vegetable was whenever I was expecting my second child. I was told, that the iron levels in my blood are very low, so I would need to take some iron. So by instinct at the time I knew that spinach contains lots of iron and I started to take spinach 2-3 times a week.By the time it was time to check my blood again I have increased the iron levels in my blood by 5 times.

I have always loved spinach- growing up in Bulgaria, where during this time of the year there was an abundance of it in my granny’s garden. Now transferring to a vegan lifestyle I love it even more-raw, lightly cooked or juiced. I love it all.health benefits of spinach

Today I made one of my favourite treats-spinach with rice with olive oil and lemon juice. I will give you the recipe but first I would like to share with you some of the health benefits of spinach and why it is a good idea to add more of it in your diet.

1. One cup of spinach contains  vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement.

2.It is a  very good  source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein.

3.The vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium present in spinach all serve as powerful antioxidants that combat the onset of osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure

4.Spinach contains its own type of plant based steroids called phytoecdysteroids. Phytoecdysteroids are similar to insect molting hormones and have been shown to dramatically increase glucose metabolism. This keeps blood sugar levels stable and minimizes the need for the critical fat-storage hormone insulin.

5.Spinach also contains kaempferol, a strong antioxidant that prevents the formation of cancerous cells. Women who have a high intake of this show a reduced risk of ovarian cancer, likely because of kaempferol’s ability to reduce cancer cells proliferation.

6.Spinach is a source of glycoclycerolipids that protect the digestive tract from inflammatory damage. These glycoclycerolipids are the main fatty acids that makeup the cell membranes of light-sensitive organs in chlorophyll containing plants.

7.Spinach is an important source of copper, zinc, and selenium which boost immunity.

I am sure you do not any more convincing how vital is to consume spinach. Here is a simple and tasty recipe.

You need

1 cup of washed rice

2 cups of organic spinach

2 onions

3 cups of water

salt, pepper

oregano

olive oil

lemon juice health benefits of spinach

Cook the chopped onion in olive oil, salt , black pepper and oregano till the onion turns golden. Then add the rice and mix well. Add the spinach and mix. Then add the 3 cups of water and let is simmer for 10 -12 minutes till all the water is absorbed by the rice. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Enjoy hot or cold.

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