Richard's Health Topics & Recipes

Astragalus

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Botanical Information Native to China, Astragalus has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. A relative of licorice and the pea plant, there are actually over 2,000 species of Astragalus. Teas, capsules and other formulations are made from the plant’s flat, yellowish root. Features & Benefits Used to prevent and treat common colds and…

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Milk Alternatives

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Soy Milk Soy milk is made using a simple, centuries-old process of grinding soaked and cooked soybeans and pressing the dissolved soy milk out of the beans. With its unique nutty flavor and rich nutrition, Soy milk can be used in a variety of ways. Buying & Storing Soy Milk: It is most commonly found…

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Vitamin K

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In the 1930s, researchers in Denmark observed that chicks on a fat-free diet experienced bleeding problems. By 1939, they were successful in isolating an alfalfa-based compound that effectively stopped the bleeding. Because of its ability to help blood clot (called coagulation) this substance was named Vitamin K, for Koagulation. Vitamin K helps to prevent excessive…

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Vitamin E

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Vitamin E is actually an umbrella term for a group of compounds called tocopherols and tocotrienols. Until recently, most vitamin E products contained only tocopherols (alpha-, beta-, delta-, and gamma-tocopherols), with alpha-tocopherol recognized as the body’s predominant and most potent form. Researchers also identified heart-healthy powers in the tocotrienols. Combination products are available, although tocotrienols…

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Folic Acid

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Folic acid, also called folate or folacin, is a B vitamin with a solid reputation for protecting against birth defects and heart disease. With adequate amounts of folic acid, it is estimated that 50,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease could be prevented each year in the United States alone. Moreover, common birth defects could be cut…

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Vitamin B6

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Day by day, there’s probably no nutrient as actively involved in keeping your system running smoothly as Vitamin B6. Technically an umbrella term used to describe three B vitamins (pyridoxine, pridoxal, and pyridoxamine); Vitamin B6 partakes in no fewer than 100 chemical reactions throughout the body. Vitamin B6 helps manufacture the building blocks of proteins…

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Potassium

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Health Benefits With the exception of calcium and phosphorus, no other mineral is as abundant in the human body as potassium. Most people don’t need to take supplements of this mineral because it’s so widely available in foods such as bananas, orange juice, and potatoes. Potassium’s task is a formidable one, primarily because of its…

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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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Hawthorn

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Botanical  Information Hawthorn is a common thorny shrub in the rose family. The berries, leaves, and flowers have all been used since as far back as the 1st century for medicinal purposes. Hawthorn contains many beneficial substances, particularly flavonoids, including OPCs (also found in grapes) and quercetin. Most modern preparations use the leaves and flowers,…

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