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C (vitamin)
Caffeine
Calcium
Camomile / Chamomile
Carbohydrates
Carrots
Carotenoids
Casimir Funk (Dr.)
Catarrh
Celery
Chicken (Free-range)


 

Chocolate
Cholesterol
Chromium
Coenzyme Q-10 / CoQ10 / Ubiquinone
Cold Sores
Coffee
Comfrey
Copper
Cranberry

   
 

 

C (vitamin)
Category: nutrient
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. Take it in combination with vitamin E, selenium, zinc. Vitamin C has a sparing effect on vitamin E (ie. vitamin C has the ability to regenerate vitamin E, making vitamin E reusable. This lessens our bodies requirement of vitamin E, and will need less vitamin E to achieve the same amount of benefits.

Vitamin C is also important for collagen formation and tissue repair, fights bacteria and viruses, reduces the severity and duration of colds, maintains vascular health, increases iron absorption.

Deficiency symptoms include bleeding gums, poor wound healing, bruise easily, nosebleeds, impaired digestion.

>> More info on Vitamin C (immunity booster, male fertility enhancer, cancer fighter)


Caffeine
Category: Chemical element / stimulant – major constituent of coffee
Caffeine is considered a nutrient destroyer. Besides destroying may important nutrients, it also increases blood pressure and stress. Too much caffeine has also been blamed for lower birth weight in newborn babies.

However, there have been some recent reports that coffee/caffeine can lower the risk of: type II diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and colon cancer. Caffeine can also treat headaches, improve mood, and reduce dental cavities.

I am still researching the health effects of coffee, and will update this topic once I have more information to share.

>> Coffee is a nutrient destroyer


Calcium
Category: Nutrient / Mineral
Calcium is a mineral based nutrient important for the formation and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Calcium also assists in normal blood clotting, muscle action, nerve and heart functions.

Deficiency signs include back and leg pain, brittle bones, insomnia, irritability and depression.

>> more info on calcium (the bone and teeth mineral)


Camomile / Chamomile
Category: Herb / flower
The chamomile flower is often taken internally as tea. It has antispasmodic properties and relieves digestive upsets. Other ailments that Camomile can treat: flatulence, gastrointestinal spasms, indigestion, inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Chamomile tea is often used as a bedtime beverage due to its mild sedative effects. Tastes good on its own or with a bit of honey.

Externally, camomile extracts are useful for treating skin inflammations.

>> more info on Camomile


Carbohydrates
Category: Macronutrient
Carbohydrates are our main source of energy. The simplest forms are sugars (eg. glucose, fructose, sucrose). Compounds of several sugars are known as complex carbohydrates. The most common of these are found in starchy foods (eg. Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes).

During digestion, the body splits most carbohydrates into simple sugars and will require insulin to absorb them to use as energy. For good health, nutritionists recommend that starchy foods should supply about half of our daily calorie intake.

Chromium is the nutrient mineral required for proper metabolism of carbohydrates.


Carrots
Category: plant / vegetable / herb / food
Carrots contain carotene, which is good for the eyes and aids in night vision.

The carrot seed is a diuretic and aids in dysentery, gas/wind, scanty urine flow, worms, menstrual irregularity. Carrot seeds crushed into powder and made into tea has been used to relieve colic.

The carrot root is used as a stimulant for indolent ulcers, blood-sugar reducer, treatment for diabetes, gout, heart disease and indigestion.


Carotenoids
Category: nutrient
Carotenoids are converted to Vitamin A in our bodies. Beta carotene is the more common of the carotenoid family. Taking carotenoids instead of straight vitamin A, is a better method of supplementing our bodies. Too much Vitamin A is toxic, but taking carotenoids are not. Our bodies will only convert the vitamin A amount that is needed, so there is a much reduced probability of vitamin A poisoning.

Suggestion: Have a mixture of carotenoids.
Beta carotene: 10,000 – 15,000 IU
Lycopene: 1 – 3 mg
Lutein / Zeaxanthin: 1 – 6 mg
Alpha carotene: 500 – 800 mcg (microgram)


Casimir Funk, Dr.
Category: scientist/individual
Dr. Funk was a scientist in Poland. In 1911, he coined the term “vitamine”. He observed that certain food components were required to prevent nutritional-deficiency diseases (eg. beri-beri was caused by vitamin B1 deficiency, scurvy was caused by vitamin C deficiency, and rickets was caused by vitamin D deficiency).

He assumed (mistakenly) that these food components were a class of organic compounds called amines. Because they are vital to the well being of humans, he coined the term "vitamine" (from the two words: vital amines).


Catarrh
Category: Ailment
Catarrh is mucus in the nose, throat and chest caused by infection, allergy or irritation of the mucous membranes.


Catechins
Category: Flavanoid phytonutrient
Catechins is a group of flavanoid phytonutrients abundant in tea (especially green tea). Catechins is able to prevent certain cancers. Catechins also posseses powerful cell DNA protection properties.

Considered a powerful antioxidant.


 

Celery

Category: Food / Vegetable

Celery has a calming effect on the digestive system, relieving gas and indigestion. It is also reputed to be useful against rheumatism and gout. Celery juice and celery seed extract are good diuretics (ie. promotes urination). Excellent source of vitamin C.

Chinese medicine practitioners have long recognized celery's ability to reduce high blood pressure. Western scientist have recently discovered that celery contains active compounds called pthalides which help relax the muscles around the arteries, allowing these vessels to dilate. With this dilation, the blood flows at a lower pressure. And apart from pthalides, celery also has lots of potassium, magenesium and calcium which also has been known to reduce blood pressure.

Nutritional components (in descending order in terms of amounts):

Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate, Dietary Fibre, Molybdenum, Manganese, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Calcium, Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Magnesium, Vitamin A, Tryptophan, Phosphorous, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Iron.

 

Makes an excellent snack, and is delicious with tomato juice.


Chicken (Free-range)
Category: Animal / Food
If you have a choice, always choose free-range chicken. Free-range chickens have double the living space of mass-produced birds, plus freedom to roam outdoors. They are fed a special diet (according to range chicken breeders), free of antibiotics, animal byproducts, hormones and growth enhancers. Free-range chickens average four and a half pounds and are usually 10-12 weeks old.

 


 
       
 

 

   
  Chocolate
Category: Food
Chocolate contains phenylethamine (a chemical that is usually released by the brain during emotional arousal). Chocolate is also believed to release serotonin and endorphins, that give a natural high feeling.

Research shows that chocolate made form cocoa butter does not affect cholesterol levels. But be wary of vegetable oil and hydrogen, which are combined to produce trans fats. The trans fats are used to solidify and increase the chocolate’s shelf life.

Milk chocolate does not have a long shelf life as compared to dark chocolate. Dark chocolate also tastes better over time. Studies have shown that dark chocolate has antioxidative health benefits and may help to reduce coronary heart disease.


Cholesterol
Category: Fat
Cholesterol is a form of fat that the body needs for several functions (eg. the manufacture of hormones and cell membranes). Cholesterol is also involved in substance transportation in and out of cells, inter-cell communication and the regulation of many other body metabolisms.

Choletserol is found abundantly in our blood stream and other body cells as the waxy and soft, fat-like substance. Our bodies can produce all the cholesterol they need and do not require the additional cholesterol we eat in animal foods. However, 25 per cent of our body cholesterols come from the food we eat.

People with a high level of blood cholesterol have an increased risk of developing a heart attack or stroke. The cause of this high level of blood cholesterol is due to an unbalanced diet (normally a diet high in saturated fat), and an unhealthy lifestyle (eg. smoking, sedentary disposition).

LDL (Low density lipoprotein): the “bad” cholesterol, that encourages cholesterol buildup in the arteries, leading to heart attacks and strokes. This clogging of arteries causes a medical condition known as artherosclerosis - which is the forming of a plaque layer in our blood vessels. The passage way for bloodflow becomes restricted and teh heart needs more effort to pump andget the blood through. This causes undue stress whcih will lead to coronary heart diseases.

HDL (High density lipoprotein): the “good” cholesterol, which is protective to our health by carrying the bad cholesterol out of the coronary arteries.

Slim people can have just as much artery clogging cholesterol as obese people. It is best to have a medical check-up to ensure healthy cholesterol levels.

Lipid Type
Desirable
Borderline High Risk
High Risk
Total Cholesterol
< 5.18 mmol/L
5.18 mmol/L to 6.20 mmol/L
> 6.21mmol/L
HDL Cholesterol
>1.55mmol/L
-
< 1.04mmol/L
LDL Cholesterol
< 3.36mmol/L
3.36mmol/L to 4.12mmol/L
>4.13mmol/L
Triglyceride
<1.69mmol/L
1.69mmol/L to 2.25mmol/L
> 2.26mmol/L

 


Chromium
Category: Nutrient / Mineral
Chromium is a nutrient mineral important for the metabolism of carbohydrates, and glucose intolerance. Chromium increases the effectiveness of insulin. Chromium also stimulates the enzymes in the metabolism of energy.

>> more info on chromium


Coenzyme Q-10 / CoQ10 / Ubiquinone
Category: Nutrient
Coenzyme Q-10 (also commonly known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone) is fat soluble nutrient. It is primarily found in the mitochondria.

CoQ10 is necessary for the production of energy in every cell in our body. Without CoQ10, it is impossible for our cells to generate energy.

When we age, the CoQ10 levels in our bodies decline. Because CoQ10 is also very important for the proper function of our immune system due to the role it plays in the production of energy in the cells of the immune system, our immune system may be compromised. Taking CoQ10 supplements has been shown to enhance our immune system.

A powerful cell antioxidant. CoQ10 has the ability to protect cells against free radical attacks. An abundance of CoQ10 is found in the heart muscle. Studies have also shown that CoQ10 is able to reduce cardiovascular problems related to CoQ10 deficiencies.

Many studies have shown that CoQ10 is very beneficial for a variety of heart/cardiovascular concerns.

CoQ10 is found in food: meat, coldwater fish (mackerel, tuna, sardines), bran, peanuts, dark green vegetables, and soybeans.


Coffee
Category: Food
Many people can’t get their day started without their morning coffee. There is some good news for coffee drinkers. Latest reports have shown that they may lower the risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and colon cancer.

However, coffee is also a nutrient destroyer. So if you take vitamin supplements, it is best not to take them with coffee.


Cold Sores
Category: Ailment
Cold Sores also called fever blisters, are clusters of small red blisters on the lip and outer edge of the mouth. Caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). They are common and quite contagious.

>> More info on cold sores: Prevention, supplementation.


Comfrey
Category: Herb
Scientific/Botanical name: Symphytum officinale.
Comfrey is a healing herb. Comfrey should be used for external purposes only, as recent studies have confirmed that the herb contains pyrrolizine alkaloids (a known hepatoxic compound). Ingestion of comfrey can potentially damage the liver and may also be carcinogenic. The FDA has also warned against consuming comfrey.

Allantoin, is found in comfrey. Allantoin is able to encourage new cell growth. Comfrey, used externally, is able to treat minor wounds, skin inflammations, fractures and sprains. The crushed leaves can be made into a poultice and is able to accelerate the healing of surface wounds and sores.

>> more info on Comfrey


Copper
Category: Nutrient / Mineral
Copper is a nutrient mineral important for the formation of connective tissues and haemogoblin. Copper helps in the absorption and transportation of iron. Copper works together with vitamin C (ascorbic acid) to form elastin.

Deficiency signs include general weakness, impaired respiration and skin sores.

>> more info on copper


Cranberry
Category: Herb / Fruit
Scientific name: Vaccinium macrocarpon


Cranberry – a member of the bilberry and blueberry family, cranberry is one of the most effective home remedy to treat urinary tract infections caused by the e. coli bacteria.

Cranberry juice lines the bladder walls and makes it “slippery”, reducing the capability of the e. coli bacteria to adhere to the bladder walls, making the bacteria easily flushed out from the system.

Cranberry juice is available in many health food stores, but always look for 100% pure cranberry juice. There are many cranberry juices in the market that contain less than 30% juice (the balance of 70% is sugar and water). Sugar is an anti-nutrient or a nutrient destroyer. It destroys vitamin C and other minerals. It is best to avoid refined sugar as much as possible.

 



   
       
 

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