Sunday, February 28, 2016

What Fresh Turmeric Root Can Do for You

What Fresh Turmeric Root Can Do for You: In recipes and for its anti-inflammatory potential, turmeric is hot! Learn how to store and use fresh turmeric root, instead of the ground variety found in curry powder.

Let's face it, turmeric is hot! I remember the first time I heard about this spice at a nutrition conference several years ago. A nutrition researcher was discussing its anti-inflammatory potential in the fight against disease. Flash forward to today and it seems everyone is putting this yellow spice in supplements and recipes. 
Ground turmeric is usually available in most grocery store spice sections, and it's a key component of Indian curry powder — it gives curry powder that gorgeous amber-orange shade and warm flavor. Increasingly, you now can find fresh turmeric root in markets today, too. But, what do you do with turmeric root? 
Fresh turmeric root can last in a fridge for a few weeks. When you're ready to use the root in a recipe, peel it before chopping or grating it.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

7 Astonishing Reasons Why Eating Chocolate Is Good for You - Herbs Info

7 Astonishing Reasons Why Eating Chocolate Is Good for You - Herbs Info

#1: Chocolate Is Heart-Healthy
The cocoa/cacao bean is an extremely rich source of many essential minerals, including magnesium, copper, potassium and iron. Most of these minerals may affect vascular health and function, improving cocoa’s nutritional effects. Studies published in 2012 and 2014 have demonstrated that consuming dark chocolate helps improve blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels as well as reducing the risk for heart failure and improving blood pressure – all positives in keeping a healthy heart. [1][2]
#2: Chocolate Can Actually Help You Lose Weight
Another myth debunked by science! Chocolate does not cause weight gain and strangely, it may even help you shed those unwanted pounds. Gaining weight is associated with control problems, and interestingly chocolate has been demonstrated by scientific research to improve control in the long-term, with periodic consumption of chocolate while a person is on a diet. Think of it as positive reinforcement. This technique has been found to contribute to better weight loss and maintenance. [3]
#3: Chocolate May Reduce Diabetic Risk
One of the biggest no-no’s in managing diabetes is sweets. Chocolate consumption has however been shown to be inversely related to diabetic risk, as well as having the ability to improve tissue health and reduce oxidative stress caused by high blood sugar levels[4] According to a 2011 review of studies of chocolate and human health, the antioxidant effects of the cocoa components may beneficially influence insulin resistance and in turn reduce the risk for diabetes. [5]