Richard's Health Topics & Recipes

Biotin

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Health Benefits Although biotin is one of the lesser known B vitamins, it plays an essential role in a number of important body processes. This nutrient assists the body in metabolizing protein, fats and carbohydrates from food. It plays a special role in enabling the body to use blood sugar (glucose). Biotin also helps produce…

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Zinc

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Health Benefit Zinc is believed to promote a strong immune system by, among other things, revitalizing the thymus gland and its production of white blood cells. In addition, autoimmune diseases (chronic ailments linked to the improper functioning of the immune system, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia) may also benefit from zinc supplementation. By…

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Amino Acids

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The body uses chemical substances called amino acids to build the exact type of protein it needs. There are two types of amino acids: essential and nonessential. While the body must get the essential amino acids from foods, it can manufacture the nonessential amino acids on its own if the diet is lacking them. Of…

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White Willow Bark

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Botanical  Information The use of willow bark dates back thousands of years, to the time of Hippocrates (400 BC) when patients were advised to chew on the bark to reduce fever and inflammation. The willow family includes a number of different species of deciduous trees. The willow bark sold in the US is typically a…

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Bilberry

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Botanical Information Bilberry, a relative of the blueberry, has been used for nearly 1,000 years in traditional European medicine. It grows in North America, Europe, and northern Asia. The fruit are rich in astringent compounds called tannins. The fruit can be eaten or made into extracts. Similarly, the leaves can be made into extracts or…

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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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Ashwagandha

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Botanical Information Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng or Winter Cherry, is a plant in the nightshade family native to the dry regions of India, northern Africa and the Middle East. Traditionally used in ayurvedic medicine, the root of this small shrub is used for a variety of ailments and is considered an adaptogenic herb.…

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Bergamot

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Bergamot has a green, light citrus/floral note, fruity and warm. Encouraging and balancing to the spirit, bergamot combats fatigue due to stress, tension and anxiety. Bergamot is reputed to strengthen the immune system. It’s the flavoring in Earl Grey tea. Some authorities recommend bergamot as a treatment for herpes, shingles, eczema and psoriasis, although much…

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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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