The ABC of Healthy Foods (S, T, U, V)
Category : Healthy Food
Sage – The herb is a known memory enhancer and has been shown in some lab studies to protect the brain against certain processes that lead to Alzheimer’s disease. In at least one human study, a sage-oil concoction improved the mood of participants, increasing their alertness, calmness, and contentedness. In a British study, healthy young adults performed better on word recall tests after taking sage-oil capsules. Like so many other herbs and spices, sage has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as anticancer actions. Today sage shows potential as a diabetes treatment. It appears to boost the action of insulin and reduce blood sugar. As a result, sage is sometimes called nature’s metformin since it performs like the common antidiabetes drug. Some researchers have already suggested that sage supplements may help prevent type 2 diabetes. (Source from Rider’s Digest)
Salmon – A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to a reduced risk of depression, heart disease, and cancer. A 3-ounce serving contains almost 50 percent of your daily dose of niacin, which may protect against Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. Salmon is in the list of the 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet.
Spinach – Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two immune-boosting antioxidants important for eye health. Recent research found that among cancer-fighting fruits and veggies, spinach is one of the most effective. Spinach is in the list of the 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet.
Tumeric – The spice that gives curry powder its yellow hue, is used in Indian medicine to stimulate the appetite and as a digestive aid. It’s also known as holy powder in India – used on burns, as a sun cream, beauty treatments and treatments of echini. Lab studies show turmeric helps stop the growth and spread of cancer cells that do form. Research suggests that it may protect against colon cancer as well as melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey are investigating a combination of curcumin and phenethyl isothiocyanate (the anticancer compound in cruciferous vegetables) as a possible treatment for prostate cancer. Studies have also linked turmeric to reduced inflammation in a number of conditions, including psoriasis. In animal studies, curcumin decreased the formation of amyloid, the stuff that makes up the brain deposits characteristic in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Thyme – Thyme is known for its culinary benefits, but it has been recognized as a medicine since the Middle Ages. In the ancient Egypt, Thyme was used for embalming. Thyme contains thymol, one of the important essential oils. Thymol has been found scientifically to have antiseptic, and anti-fungal characteristics. The other volatile oils in thyme include carvacolo, borneol, and geraniol. Rich in Vitamin A that is a fat-soluble vitamin and an antioxidant essential for healthy mucus membranes and skin, thyme promotes healthy vision. Thyme contains antiseptic and antibiotic properties that make it a great remedy when you have a cold, cough or sore throat. According to a study, the herb is known to treat bronchitis and coughs. A cup of thyme tea is recommended for those with cold. Thyme is also known to cure acne, prevents hair loss, controls blood pressure levels, Improves bone health and aids digestion.
Ugli Fruit – Sometimes called uniq or unique fruit. It is a hybrid citrus fruit, combining the healthy antioxidant benefits of grapefruit, Seville orange and tangerine. Ugli fruit is also high in fiber and vitamin C, which helps boost immunity and prevent cancer. It contains similar nutrients to other citrus fruits with one important difference: Furanocoumarins. Furanocoumarins are generally found in grapefruit (and which many doctors believe may interfere with some medications). They do not appear in the ugli fruit, thereby providing the benefits of citrus while avoiding potential drug interactive properties known to occur with grapefruit.