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Saw Palmetto/Seronoa
Scurvy
Selenium
Shingles
Silica (Silicon)
Skin
Slippery Elm
Soy
St. John's Wort
Styes
Sugar

Sweet Potato

 

     

 


 
 

 

Saw Palmetto / Seronoa
Category: plant / herb
Scientific name: Seronoa serrulata

Saw palmetto is a herb traditionally used by American Indians for hundreds of years. Recent research has shown that saw palmetto (or seronoa) extract is able to relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.


Scurvy
Category: Ailment
Symptoms include: bleeding gums, hair loss, general weakness.

Treatment: Take vitamin C supplements, or foods rich in vitamin C (eg. Oranges, lemons, papayas ..).


Selenium
Category: Nutrient / Mineral
Selenium is a nutrient mineral. Selenium works together with vitamin E and is an important antioxidant. Selenium preserves tissue elasticity, helps defend the body from oxidative stress and free radical damage.

Deficiency symptoms include premature aging, loss of stamina, impaired male sexual function.

>> more info on Selenium and its health benefits


Shingles
Category: Ailment
The word “shingles” comes from the Latin root word cingulum”, meaning belt or girdle. Shingles is the common term for herpes zoster. A painful infection caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. (This virus is called varicela zoster.)

>> More info on Shingles,and what vitamins to take ...

 


 
 
   
     
 

Silica (Silicon)
Category: Nutrient / Mineral
Silica/silicon - the main component of sand, and is one the most abundant substance on earth (second only to oxygen). You might be surprised that it has also some health benefits.

Silicon may help to prevent hair loss and osteoporosis.

>> more info on silicon and its health benefits


Skin
Category: human organ
The skin is the largest organ in the body. It defends our bodies against disease and infection, regulates body temperature and also aids in vitamin production.

Vitamin D is produced when our skin is exposed to sun rays. However, too much sun exposure has a detrimental effect on the skin, and has been blamed for skin cancer, uneven pigmentation and premature aging of the skin.

Nutrients important for skin health:
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Chromium, Calcium, Selenium, Potassium.


Slippery Elm
Category: Herb / Plant
Slippery Elm is a soothing herb, often used to relieve heartburn, minor stomach upsets, stomach or intestinal ulcer, gastritis, and lung or throat inflammation.

External applications: soothing inflamed wounds, boils, warts, and ulcers.


Soy
Category: Plant / Food
One of the main source of plant based protein. Clinical studies have shown that soy and isoflavones (from soy) are beneficial for cognition. One study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology (2001) showed that youg adult men and women who ate a high soy diet experienced substantial improvements in short and long term memory and in mental flexibility.


St. John’s Wort
Category: Herb / Plant
St. John’s Wort is a natural remedy for improving depressive symptoms such as anxiety, apathy, insomnia.

Caution: Hypericin in St. John’s Wort may cause skin to become photosensitive. Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight, tanning lights or other UV sources when taking this herb.



Styes
A stye is an abscess in the tiny gland at the bottom of each eyelash (which is caused by bacterial infection). The stye comes to a head on the outside of the eyelid and can cause extreme inflammation of the eyelids. Pain may become severe, and the stye may discharge pus. Infection may spread to the eye, so treat the stye seriously.

Styes tend to be more common in people with low resistance and in poor general health.

A stye will often get better in a few days, without treatment. Pain relievers can be taken as required. If the stye does not get better, a course of antibiotics may be necessary.

Since styes generally afflict those who are in low health, a high-dose supplement of vitamins and minerals to raise natural immunity would be beneficial: vitamin A (preferably in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc.

Cold compresses may also soothe the afflicted area. Compresses can be made from used teabags. Dipped the used teabag in cold water, gently squeeze out excess water and rest it on the closed eye for 5 to 10 minutes.

Styes are infectious: Do not share towels. Wash hands after touching it.


Sweet Potato
Category: Food
Scientific name: Ipomoea batatas
Sometimes called yam in the southern and western parts of USA. But it is only distantly related to true yam. The flesh is orange in colour. Savoury sweet. It has high nutrient value: vitamin E, antioxidants, and minerals.


Sugar
Category: Food
Although sugar contains the same calories (3.75 calories) per gram as other carbohydrates, it is the only food that contain no fibre, no vitamins, no minerals or any other useful nutrients.

Not only does white sugar contain no nutritional value whatsover. Consuming too much sugar actually depletes our bodies of important nutrients. You could almost consider sugar a nutrient destroyer.

For a healthier alternative, try muscovado sugar. It is the unprocessed sugar where white sugar is processed from.


   
       
 

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