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Macronutrient - food category
Micronutrient
- food category
Magnesium
- mineral
Majakani/Manjakani
- herb/plant
Manganese
- mineral
Manuka Honey
Mitochondria
-our human "power cell"
Measles - ailment
Melanin
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skin pigment

Milk Thistle - herb, liver tonic
MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
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food enhancer/additive
Muscovado Sugar -
food

Mumps - ailment

 

   

 

   
 

Macronutrient
Macronutrient is a category of food needed by our body in substantial amounts to produce energy. Macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

 

Micronutrients
Micronutrient (on the other hand) is a category of food needed by our body in much smaller amounts for maintaining optimum health. These are: vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. However, medical scientists have found a host of other micronutrients that are also very important, and are grouped under flavanoids, and phytochemicals.


Magnesium
Category: Nutrient / Mineral

>> more info on Magnesium and its health benefits


Majakani / Manjakani
Category: Plant / Herb
Majakani (manjakani), also known as Oak Gall, is found on the twigs or leaves of the oak tree (specifically dyer’s oak or quercus infectoria). It is a small tree indigenous to Asia Minor and Persia.

Majakani (manjakani) has natural antiseptic properties, and is used to treat female vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea). In written records as far back as 100 A.D., the Roman gynaecologist, Soranus has used this plant to treat his patients.

In Asia it is widely believed that majakani (manjakani) can rejuvenate the vaginal muscular cells, resulting in tighter vagina muscles. Many Asian women consume majakani (manjakani) after childbirth to tighten their vagina. Majakani (manjakani) is also available as a topical cream. Majakani (manjakani) is a very powerful astringent herb and is believed to firm and tighten the vaginal wall, restore elasticity, and improve muscle tone.

 


Manganese
Category: Nutrient / Mineral
Manganese is a nutrient mineral important for skeletal development, and maintains sex hormone production.

Deficiency symptoms include convulsions, dizziness, hearing loss.

>> More info on Managanese and its health benefits


Manuka Honey
Category: Food nutrient
Manuka honey is mainly gathered in New Zealand from the Manuka bush, which grows uncultivated throughout the country.

Manuka honey contains an additional component not found in normal honey (called UMF or Unique Manuka Factor), which exhibits strong antibacterial and wound healing properties.

Used externally, Manuka honey is effective in sterilizing wounds and preventing it from infection. Manuka honey provides a fast rate of tissue regeneration and suppresses inflammation, edema and malodour in wounds.

Taken internally, Manuka honey is a good source of energy, vitamin B and some minerals.


Mitochondria
Category: human “power cell”
The mitochondria is the body’s cellular “power house” that produces energy for the body. The mitochondria produces 95% of our total energy needs. An essential material for this energy producing process is CoQ-10 (coenzyme Q-10, or ubiquinone).


Measles
Category: Ailment (viral infection) a.k.a. Rubeola

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that causes a rash and attacks the respiratory system. Measles is characterized by small red spots with white centres that first appear in the mouth, later erupting into brownish-red spots starting at the face and spreading to the body.

Patients with measles must be isolated. The infectious period lasts from the first symptoms (catarrh, conjunctivitis, high fever) until 5 days after the first appearance of the rash. It can take up to 3 weeks to develop measles symptoms after been in contact with someone who has measles.


Melanin
Melanin is a protective skin pigment, produced when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays. The production of melanin in our skin is what makes us tan. When we are exposed to the sun, the UVB rays will penetrate the upper layers of our skin, causing the stimulation of melanocytes. Melanocytes are the skin’s melanin-producing cells. The more we are exposed to the sun, the more melanin (dark pigment) is produced, that is why our skin gets more tanned when we are exposed for longer durations under the sun.

When sun rays reach tanned skin, the melanin will absorb the UVB rays, thus minimizing its damaging effect to the skin.


Milk Thistle
Category: Herb
Milk thistle, has been used as an herb for more than two thousand years - as a liver tonic. In the 70s, German scientists conducted research on milk thistle and discovered many encouraging health benefits on this plant, particularly related to the liver.

Milk thistle contains a substance from a flavanoid group, called silymarin. Milk thistle (or rather the active substances in milk thistle) is able to protect the liver in more ways than one:

Milk thistle helps to reduce liver damage, and protects the liver walls from toxins.
Milk thistle has strong antioxidant properties. In a recent study, researchers found that when lab animals’ skin was treated with milk thistle extract, it was highly resistant to tumour development.

Milk thistle helps to stimulate the regeneration of liver tissue.

Milk thistle is best taken as an extract. The reason being, there is insufficient silymarin to be beneficial, by just taking milk thistle as a tea.


MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
Category: Chemical / Flavour Enhancer

MSG or monosodium glutamate, is the sodium salt of L-glutamic acid. Interestingly, L-glutamic acid is a major component of almost every protein in the human body. It also is found naturally in plants and animals, as part of enzymes and protein structures. Most protein found in plant and animals consists of 5 to 25 percent L-glutamic acid. MSG is generally regarded as safe by the FDA. A 1995 report by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found no convincing evidence that MSG posed any serious threat to public health.

However, due to the complaints by a large number people, that they felt uncomfortable (ranging from numbness, general weakness, headaches, to chest pains and heart palpitations). MSG may have harmful side effects. Long term consumption to MSG may cause: obesity, reproductive disorders, learning impairment. Learning impairment may only become obvious after puberty, having their origins in neuroendocrine dysfunction caused by exposure of infants and small children to MSG.


Muscovado Sugar
Category: Food

Muscovado sugar (also known as Barbados sugar) is pure, unrefined natural cane sugar. Muscovado sugar takes its name from the spanish word 'mascabado' (meaning unrefined). Muscovado sugar is high in nutritional value because all teh nutrients were not stripped off during the production process, it has comparable nutritional value to honey.

>> More info on muscovado sugar


Mumps
Category: Ailment (viral infection)

Mumps is a viral infection that is highly contagious. It mainly affects children between 4 and 14 years old. The virus attacks the salivary glands located on each side of the face just below and in front of the ears.

Home remedies for the treatment of mumps have included using aloe vera, asparagus, ginger, or margosa leaves.


 
       
       
       
       
 

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