March 21, 2018 § Leave a comment
Among the health benefits of the hibiscus flower (aka rosella), one can include the following: relieves high blood pressure, decreases high cholesterol and inflammation, helps treat hypertension and anxiety, and reduces issues associated with the digestive and the immune systems. It helps heal liver disease and helps reduce the risk of cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in weight stabilization, in a healthy and progressive way. Hibiscus tea is rich in Vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants.
Hibiscus tea is prepared by boiling the hibiscus flower. Hibiscus tea is a very popular drink around the world and is often used as a medicinal tea. However, hibiscus flowers have various local names but can be called by their other, more common name, which is “Roselle”.
A lovely ruby red in color, Hibiscus tea has an acidic taste. Therefore, it is also known as sour tea and has a taste similar to cranberry. This tea is low in calories and has no caffeine. This article examines the various benefits of hibiscus tea, which will help keep your body fit and healthy.
Health Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea
1. Helps Manage Your Blood Pressure
A report from the American Heart Association, published in November 2008, hypothesized that consumption of hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. It also suggests that about 1/3 of adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure. A study conducted by the Odigie IP concludes that the Hibicus flower contains antihypertensive and cardio-protective properties that can be beneficial for hypertension and for those at high risk of chronic cardiovascular disease. According to research done at Tufts University in Boston, Hibiscus tea is able to reduce blood pressure up to 10 points, partly due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In order for this drastic improvement to occur, you need to consume three cups every day for a few weeks. In addition, hibiscus tea has diuretic properties, which increases urination, simultaneously lowering blood pressure.
2. Decreases Cholesterol
Hibiscus tea also has quite impressive antioxidant properties. It helps reduce the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in your body, thereby protecting against heart disease and protecting the blood vessels from damage. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea can be beneficial for those suffering from blood sugar disorders such as diabetes. A study conducted on patients with type II diabetes shows that the consumption of Hibiscus acid lowers cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipo-protein cholesterol, which helps to manage this disease.
3. Protects your Liver
Studies have also shown that the antioxidant properties of Hibiscus tea can help in the treatment of liver disease. Antioxidants help protect your body against disease because it neutralizes free radicals in body tissues and cells. Therefore, we can confidently say that drinking hibiscus tea could increase your lifespan, maintaining good overall health in many of your organs.
4. Anti-Cancer Properties
Hibiscus tea contains protocatechic hibiscus acid, which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at Chung Shan Medical and Dental College in Taichung, Taiwan, suggets that hibiscus slows the growth of cancer cells by preventing apoptosis, usually called “programmed cell death.”
5. Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial Properties
Hibiscus tea is rich in ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. It’s an essential nutrient needed by your body to promote and stimulate your immune system activity. Hibiscus tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. As a result, it reduces the risks of you getting colds and flu. Hibiscus tea is also used to treat the discomfort caused by fever, thanks to its refreshing effect.
6. Menstrual Pains
Among the health benefits of Hibiscus tea is its ability to relieve cramps and menstrual pain. It helps to restore hormonal balance, which helps reduce other menstruation symptoms such as mood swings and depression.
7. Antidepressant Properties
Hibiscus tea contains vitamins and minerals such as flavonoids that have antidepressant properties. The consumption of hibiscus tea can help calm the nervous system, and can reduce anxiety as well as depression, creating a feeling of relaxation through your body and mind.
8. Weight Loss
Hibiscus tea is also beneficial for losing weight. If you eat high carb foods, this means that you’re consuming a lot of sugar and starch, which are associated to weight gain. However, studies have speculated that hibiscus extract reduces the absorption of starch and glucose and may help in weight loss. Hibiscus blocks the production of amylase, which contributes to the absorption of carbohydrates and starch. Drinking hibiscus tea would prevent this absorption from occurring. As a result, hibiscus tea is found in many slimming products.
9. Helps Digestion
Many people drink hibiscus tea to improve digestion. It promotes both urination and bowel movements. Since it has diuretic properties, it’s also used as a treatment against constipation, which promotes weight loss while improving the state of your gastrointestinal system and therefore reducing the chances of you contracting colorectal cancer.
February 25, 2018 § Leave a comment
Ganja, herb, smoke, weed, cannabis, marijuana… The ‘sacred pant’, as it is popularized in some circles, is used by millions of people around the world and its use is enjoying a spike in legalization in the west. Nevertheless, this plant is not without dangers. Actually more dangerous than previously suspected, its misdeeds are clearly being demonstrated… Loss of memory and neurons, increased rates of accidents, cancers, here are the five main dangers related to the consumption of this drug.
A Yahoo News/Marist poll conducted in 2017 demonstrated that approximately 35 million Americans use marijuana every month. The same study concluded that at least 78 million Americans reported having tried marijuana at some time in their lives. Altogether, 55 million US residents reported having used the substance during the past year.
The effect sought by marijuana users may be an escape from its pitfalls, but also the relaxation, euphoria and disinhibition it can provide. Weed is generally used to have a good time with friends and to chase away the dark thoughts, relax. But this sensation has a price, sometimes high, no pun intended.
Marijuana is dangerous. Heavy Cannabis consumption is associated with several dangers that can profoundly affect the health of users, even several years after stopping. A study by Northwestern medical researchers has recently demonstrated its devastating effects on the brain. Back to the top five dangers of marijuana.
MARIJUANA HEALTH ISSUES
It’s important to note that the health issues related to marijuana listed below are associated with its consumption via smoking:
Like any other drug, marijuana can lead to addiction. Not only can they no longer do without this drug, but the more they consume, the more they need. A state of craving with everything that comes with it, such as depression, mood swings or constant irritability, is a possible outcome among regular marijuana users.
Throat and lung cancer
Marijuana smoke has more toxic substances than cigarettes. Like tabacco, marijuana is smoked and can cause deadly cancers, particularly of the throat and the lungs.
The association between cigarette smoke and lung cancer is well-known. Studies over the past decades show that marijuana smoke has several of the same harmful substances found in tobacco. Among the dangerous chemical compounds, we find the following:
• Vinyl chlorides
• Reactive oxygen species
It’s important to note that the consumption habits of cigarettes and marijuana differ. Cigarette smokers usually smoke several times a day, often reaching several dozen cigarettes, while marijuana smokers will smoke less often. Regular marijuana might smoke between 2 and 5 cigarettes per day.
A study conducted by medical researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago has recently revealed the dangers of marijuana use on the brain. To complete their research, they looked at the medical records of 97 people who smoked marijuana daily for three years and started at age 16 or 17. Scientists have realized that the memory structure of the brain has shrunk in these young adults, causing memory loss, but also difficulties in processing information. These results were observed two years after the subjects had stopped using marijuana, proving that this drug has long term effects.
Marijuana causing mental illness?
In addition to memory loss, researchers at Northwestern University have observed a change in the brain structure where the memory is located. The latter collapsed inward causing a loss of neurons. According to scientists, some of these abnormalities had similarities to those observed in the brain of schizophrenics. Researchers also noted that the younger was the age of the user, the more disastrous were the effects.
BENEFITS OF SMOKING MARIJUANA
We can’t discuss the ill effects of marijuana without talking about its benefits. Although there are current researches targeting the medical use of marijuana oil, there’s a consensus amongst the medical community in regards to the benefits of smoking marijuana. They are the following.
• Pain killing properties, especially for chronic resistant pain
• Anti-spasm properties, useful in cases of multiple sclerosis or even partial epilepsy
• Anti-emetic and anti-nausea properties, for patients undergoing chemotherapy or with AIDS
• Appetite stimulant, in case of severe loss of appetite or cachexia in elderly patients or patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or AIDS
• Improves sleep
• Induces a dilatation of the bronchi, but which is insufficient for the treatment of asthma
• Dilation of blood vessels that can improve symptoms of glaucoma
May 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
Most people regard stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, as a bothersome weed and generally try to tidy it away from the environment. You can however make tasty dishes of this plant and you can use it to improve your health.
The plant is composed of a central root system, horizontal and generally hided stalks growing out from the root and vertical stalks growing up from those horizontal ones with leaves and flowers. The leaves sit around the stalks all the way to the top in young sprouts. Eventually there develops a top with a lot of green flowers sitting around. The root and the horizontal stalks live for many years, and the vertical ones grow up each spring.
You should harvest this plant and cook it as a dish and use it as a health remedy in the form of teas or extracts.
HOW TO GATHER AND COOK STINGING NETTLE
Young stalks that are in the process of growing up in the springtime are the best material to use from this plant. You can however also use the soft tops of older stalks and you can harvest only the leaves by gripping around the stalks and pulling the leaves off with an upward movement. When harvesting this plant you must of course use glows on your hands.
You then must flush the material with water to remove sand and soil and cut it up in smaller pieces. Then you can boil it as a vegetable. You must not spill the water from the boiling process since that contains a lot of good nutrients. Use it in your dishes or drink it as a tea. When boiled for some time, the plant do not sting any more.
You can also dry stinging nettle and then store it for later use either as a tea or as a vegetable. You can press the juice out of it or you can make extracts of stinging nettle.
Stinging nettle can also be used as a very well tasting ingredient in soups. To use stinging nettle as a remedy for diseases, it is often best to make teas and extracts from it. By making teas and extracts, you can use much more plant material than you manage to consume as a dish and thereby increase the dose of the effective substances. For this type of use you can also process the vertical stalks.
THE NUTRIENTS FOUND IN STINGING NETTLE
There are much calcium and much iron in stinging nettle and the plant contains more protein than most other vegetables. Fresh stinging nettle contains a high amount of vitamin K, but that content goes down by drying.
There are much trace minerals in stinging nettle because the plant grows in nutritious soils that are not over-exploited. Many of these trace minerals are necessary for a good health. The good effect from the plant upon the health is partly due to the high content of trace minerals.
HOW STINGING NETTLE IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Dishes, teas and extracts made from stinging nettle help to strengthen the health generally and to keep the body young. It has an especially good rejuvenating effect upon the brain functions and for the skin. The rejuvenating effect upon the skin can often be seen after a few days if you consume a good portion of stinging nettle each day.
Stinging nettle promotes a good kidney function and enhances urine production. Stinging nettle is a good remedy for prostate hyperplasia. The improvement of urin production can alleviate water retention and help by heart and circulatory problems.Stinging nettle may also give better milk production for nursing mothers.
Stinging nettle counteracts inflammation and pain, and can therefore be used against inflammatory diseases like rheumatic conditions and allergies. It is a good remedy for respiratory conditions like sinusitis, rhinitis, hey fever and asthma. It is good to sooth irritated skin with, and is a good remedy for eczema, and for these purposes teas and watery extracts of the herb can be both drunk and applied onto the skin.
The plant may help to cure anemia and other blood deficiencies partly due to the iron content. Juices, teas and extracts of newly harvested plants are good against bleeding because of the high content of vitamin K. Remedies made from the dried plant has lost the blood stilling effect. Drugs made from the dried plant are instead good for thinning of the blood.
DOES STINGING NETTLE HAVE ANY HARMFUL EFFECTS?
No serious effects of stinging nettle have been reported. The stinging sensation by touch from the plant at the bare skin is of course the most obvious side effect of stinging nettle. Coming in contact with the fresh plant can also cause eczema that lasts for some days.
Sometimes stinging nettle mildly irritates the digestive tract, and materials from the flowering herb or from plants having flowered may irritate the urinary organs. You should therefore be cautious about the amount you use of the plant after it has begun flowering.
You should be cautious when using the plant as a medicine if you use blood thinners, use medication for high blood pressure or during pregnancy.
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