Richard's Health Topics & Recipes

Vitamin D

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Health Benefits Vitamin D is called the sunlight vitamin, because the body produces it when the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays strike the skin. It is one of the few vitamins the body manufactures naturally and is technically considered a hormone. Essential for building strong bones and teeth, Vitamin D also helps to strengthen the…

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Inositol

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Inositol is necessary for the formation of lecithin and functions closely with another B vitamin, choline. Since it is not essential in the human diet, it cannot be considered a vitamin. Inositol is a fundamental ingredient of cell membranes and is necessary for proper function of nerves, brain, and muscles in the body. Inositol works…

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Magnesium

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Health Benefits Magnesium, a mineral, helps coordinate the activity of the heart muscle as well as the functioning of the nerves that initiate the heartbeat. It also helps keep coronary arteries from spasming. Magnesium plays a part in reducing elevated blood pressure by relaxing the muscles that control blood vessels. It also helps equalize the…

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Calcium

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Health Benefits Most of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth, where it is instrumental in keeping them strong. The small amount of calcium circulating in the bloodstream helps to produce the hormones and enzymes that regulate energy release, digestion and metabolism. Calcium also facilitates the movement of nutrients across cell membranes.…

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Homeopathic Remedies

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Homeopathy Homeopathic remedies are a system of medicine based on three simple principles: Like cures Like: For example, if the symptoms of your cold are similar to poisoning by mercury, then mercury would be your homeopathic remedy. Minimal Dose: The remedy is taken in an extremely dilute form; normally one part of the remedy to…

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Turmeric (Curcumin)

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Botanical  Information A relative of ginger and native to Southern Asia, turmeric has been used for over 4,000 years in culinary and medicinal preparations. The roots, or rhizomes and bulbs, are the parts used for medicinal purposes. It is available in capsules or a tincture. It is used in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic…

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Feverfew

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Botanical  Information Originally native to southeastern Europe, feverfew is now widespread throughout Europe, North America and Australia. Feverfew products usually consist of the dried feverfew leaves, but all parts of the plant that grow above ground may also be used for medicinal purposes. Supplements are available fresh, freeze-dried, or dried and can be found in…

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Cayenne

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Botanical Information Derived from the fruit of Capsicum, a member of the nightshade family. This hot, red chili pepper is used to flavor food and for medicinal purposes. Features & Benefits Principal active ingredient is Capsaicin Applied topically may help reduce pain associated with arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, shingles and muscle pain Used internally, Cayenne may…

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Black Cohosh

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Black Cohosh, a member of the buttercup family, is a plant native to North America. The underground stems and roots of black cohosh are used fresh or dried to make strong teas, capsules, pills, or liquid extracts. Commonly used in Native American medicine, black cohosh was a home remedy in 19th-century America. Features & Benefit…

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Basil

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Basil is considered to be helpful for mental and physical fatigue, aids in mental alertness, concentration. Basil is a good wake up oil, used in moderation. Basil’s also helpful against colds and congestion, and may ease muscular aches and pains including menstrual cramps. It helps ease sinus congestion and headaches. WARNING: Avoid use if pregnant…

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