Health Benefits of Dandelion

Dandelion - EatHealthyLiveFit.comAs this is a medicinal plant, you should always consult your health-care practitioner, when choosing to use it as a herbal remedy.
Dandelion is not just a weed you see in your garden. The pretty yellow flower along with the root and leaves a used for herbal remedies which are greatly beneficial for the body.
Dandelion has many blood-cleansing and detoxifying properties, and for this reason is it is great for many conditions relating to the health of blood.

Dandelion‘s Health Benefits include;
1. Diuretic
Consuming a herbal tea which contains Dandelion will increase urine production and flow. This is great for helping to eliminate toxins and infections of the urinary tract and overall circulatory system within the body.
2. Contained in Weight Loss Teas and 3. Coffee Substitute
Because of it’s Diuretic properties mentioned above, Dandelion is contained in many weight-loss teas. This is because it flushes out nasties which may be holding you back from losing weight and it also just flushes a lot of water weight and fluids out of you, which may be causing you be bloated.
Dandelion tea can also be used as a substitute for coffee. It has a milder taste than coffee, and is a great healthy alternative.

4. Alleviates Gout Conditions
Gout is the build-up of uric acid in the body. The diuretic properties of Dandelion mean that excess uric acid can be flushed out the body.
5. Assists with Anaemia
Dandelions are full of Iron, B Vitamins and Protein. This is important for healthy blood; Iron for the production of haemoglobin, and the B Vitamins and Protein for the protection and production of healthy blood cells.
6. Fights Skin Infections
The sap (Milk) of the Dandelion is known to treat skin diseases and infections, which are caused by microbes and fungus. It can be used to treat itchy skin, ringworm and eczema.
7. Reduces Acne
Dandelion can also assist the skin by reducing acne. The detoxifying properties of Dandelion can clear skin and prevent more build-up of oils under the skin, in pores, which cause acne.
8. Reduces High Blood Pressure
Urination can lower a high blood-pressure. As Dandelion is a diuretic, it is great for lowering blood-pressure. The Fibre in dandelion prevents a build up bad cholesterol in the body which would attribute to high blood-pressure. The potassium in Dandelions replace sodium in the body, which is another way it helps with lowering blood-pressure.
9. Good for Eye-Sight and Night Vision
By Supplying the body with a good dose of Vitamins A and B, which is great for eye-sight, Dandelion, can improve day and night vision.
10 Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Dandelion can stimulate the production of insulin from the pancreas, which naturally lowers blood-sugar levels. It also removes excess sugar/glucose from the body, by eliminating it through urine.

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Health Benefits of Cumin

Cumin - EatHealthyLiveFit.comAs this is a medicinal plant, you should always consult your health-care practitioner, when choosing to use it as a herbal remedy.
Cumin‘s Health Benefits include;
1. Aids Colds/Flues
2. Alleviates Coughing & Congestion
3. Anti-Bacterial
4. Boosts Immune System
5. Anti-Microbial
6. Disease Preventative
Many of Cumin’s benefits
are associated with Immune Boosting power. It rids colds/flues and associated respiratory congestion from them. Many diseases are caused by microbes and bacteria, which can be assisted with consuming Cumin.

7. Appetite Stimulant
8. Digestive
9. Treats Piles (Haemorrhoids)
Cumin can assist with digestive problems such as stimulating appetite and relieving constipation, which can help in the treating of Piles (Haemorrhoids).

10. Anti-Diabetic
Along with many other herbs and spices, cumin has been know to assist with diabetic issues such as hypoglycemia. It has also been used to decrease glucosuria, a high concentration of glucose in the urine.

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Health Benefits of Coriander/Cilantro

Coriander - EatHealthyLiveFit.comAs this is a medicinal plant, you should always consult your health-care practitioner, when choosing to use it as a herbal remedy.
You either love or loath Coriander/Cilantro. And it’s genetic too! Some people have a genetic trait that makes them experience a soapy taste when eating Coriander/Cilantro. And for others it taste delicious.

Coriander/Cilantro’s Health Benefits include;
1. Anti-Microbial
Coriander/Cilantro has high levels of Dodecenal which is a natural compound that is a powerful antibiotic. It has double the strength of a salmonella treatment. Coriander/Cilantro protects you and your body from the uncomfortableness and potentially fatal bacterium. It is added to food, not just for flavour but to protect you from food-poisoning.

2. Assists with Toothaches and Mouth Ulcers.
As well as being anti-microbial, it is also an antiseptic. This can help with ulcers and freshening of the breath. If infections are gone, the pain of the gums and teeth can be alleviated. This is the reasoning for it in natural toothpastes. And before toothpastes, people would chew on the seeds of Coriander/Cilantro.

3. Relieves Colds & Flues
Coriander/Cilantro can be used as a reliever of colds and flues, as it is filled with immune boosting nutrients, that fight infections and viruses, such as the common cold and flues.

4. Pain Killer
Coriander/Cilantro is a pain killer for many issues in the body. It can reduce the pain and have a soothing effect on the pox viruses. It can also reduce the severity of pain in women during menstrual cramping.

5. Regulates Blood-Sugar
Coriander/Cilantro stimulates the secretion of insulin in the blood, from the pancreas and lower in blood-sugar levels. This ensures no dangerous spikes and drops of blood-sugar levels, therefore it is a herb that can be used for diabetes and other similar problems.

6. Lowers Cholesterol and Regulates Blood-Pressure
The acids in Coriander/Cilantro are effective in reducing Cholesterol levels, including the bad cholesterol which can deposit on the inner arterial walls. The Calcium Ions and Cholinergic found in Coriander/Cilantro, when interacting, help to relax blood-vessels and therefore the tension and blood-pressure.

7. Detoxifies Heavy Metals
A great health benefit of Coriander/Cilantro is its ability to rid the body of Heavy Metals. The chemical compounds in Coriander/Cilantro bind to the heavy metals (such as mercury) and pull them out of organs and tissues and push them out of the body.

8. Sedative and 9. Assists Anxiety and Stress
Coriander/Cilantro can help regulate your sleep or rid insomnia as it has a sedative effect. This may be due to the anti-anxiety effects it has. Coriander/Cilantro extract has been found to have the same effects as the prescribed pharmaceutical drug Valium.

10. Anti-Oxidant
Coriander/Cilantro’s contain strong anti-oxidant properties. These help to protect against free-radical cell damage.

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Health Benefits of Comfrey

Comfrey - EatHealthyLiveFit.comAs this is a medicinal plant, you should always consult your health-care practitioner, when choosing to use it as a herbal remedy.

Comfrey Health Benefits include;
1. Anti-Inflammatory and 2. Pain Killer and 3. Assists Mending Damaged Bones and 4. Aids Arthritis Sufferers
Comfrey is commonly used to heal bones and skin, when used topically in a poultice. It has properties that can help to heal pain associated with inflammations, sprains/strains, bruising and pulled muscles and ligaments.

5. Antiseptic and 6. Relieves Burns
Comfrey can be used to heal/mend and clean skin. It heals burns, rashes, cuts and insect bites, when used topically in a poultice.

7. Relieves Indigestion and 8. Assists Asthma & Coughs and 9. Relieves Sore Throats and Colds and 10. Treats Gingivitis & Bad Breath
Used internally, Comfrey can relieve indigestion and stomach and bowel problems. It can also aid respiratory issues including Asthma and coughs and other cold symptoms, such as sore throats. And along with sore throats, it can also be beneficial orally for treating Gingivitis and Bad Breath.

Comfrey has had bad publicity in the past, but when taken properly and with proper supervision from a health-care professional, and if you follow their instructions, it can be quite helpful for the body.

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Health Benefits of Cloves

Clove - EatHealthyLiveFit.comAs this is a medicinal plant, you should always consult your health-care practitioner, when choosing to use it as a herbal remedy.

Clove Health Benefits include;
1. Improves Immune System
The compounds in Clove assist a health immune system, by increasing the white blood-cell count.

2. Pain Killer and 3. Anti-Inflammatory
The presence of Eugenol in Clove, reduces pain and inflammation in the body.

4. Anti-Bacterial and 5. Anti-Microbial
Tests done on Human Pathogens have shown that Clove is potent enough to kill these pathogens. Clove is also an Anti-Microbial which is used for oral health – fighting infections in the mouth.

6. Treats Digestive Issues
Clove can assist the digestion, calming flatulence and restoring the appetite. Clove stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes.

7. Treats Skin Issues
Clove oil is used by Natural Health-care Practitioners and Beauticians for skin issues. These include; treating and removing acne, curing blemishes and scaring and treating rashes and wounds.

8. Assist Cancer Prevention
The Chemo-Preventative and Anti-carcinogenic properties of Cloves mean that it is of high interest in the medical/healthcare community. It has been shown that Clove has been helpful in controlling cancer, such a lung cancer in early stages.

9. Anti-Oxidant
The Anti-oxidants in Clove protect organs from free radicals, especially in the liver. Overtime the metabolism will increase free-radical production and decrease of anti-oxidants in the liver. Clove is great for counteracting this problem.

10. Nutrient Dense
Cloves are full of Nutrients. It contains;

Vitamins       % of Daily Value per 100g
B6                       30%
C                         135%
E                         43%
K                         177%

Minerals       % of Daily Value per 100g
Calcium               65%
Iron                      48%
Magnesium        66%
Manganese         1502%

Nutrients        % of Daily Value per 100g
 Calories                16%
 Carbs                    20%
 Dietary Fibre      137%
 Fat                        31%


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Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon - EatHealthyLiveFit.comAs this is a medicinal plant, you should always consult your health-care practitioner, when choosing to use it as a herbal remedy.

Cinnamon’s Health Benefits include;
1. Anti-Inflammatory
The anti-oxidants in Cinnamon, have Anti-inflammatory properties which is beneficial for all throughout the body where inflammation/swelling may occur.

2. Blood Clot Preventing
Cinnamon has blood-thining properties, which is why it is a blood-clot preventer. Because of this fact, cinnamon should always be had with caution if a person is already on any blood-thining medication, or naturally has thinner blood.

3. Assists with Candida
A few studies were completed a few years back on sufferers of intestinal candida, using cinnamon oil. The result of using the oil was the candida was nearly all eradicated after 2 weeks. This is most likely due to its anti-fungal properties. More research is still being done.

4. Assists with Dandruff
When used topically on the scalp/hair, Cinnamon, along with an oil base, such as olive oil, can assist with getting rid of dandruff.

5. Lowers Cholesterol
Cinnamon can reduce the levels of Bad (LDL) Cholesterol. A studies has shown that it can increase the good (HDL) Cholesterol Levels.

6. Relives Colds/Coughs/Flues and 7. Fever Suppressant
Cinnamon has been used for centuries as a remedy for the common cold, cough or flu. Mixed with boiling water, and any herbal or green tea of choice (or by itself in the water), it can make a great medicinal tea for colds its symptoms, such as coughs and sore throats and a high temperature/fever.

8. Relieves Stress
As Cinnamon can reduce blood pressure, it can also reduce stress, in the body and in mind. The scent of Cinnamon can also relieve migraines, as well as frustration.

9. Regulates Blood-Sugar and assist with Diabetes
Cinnamon can reduce insulin resistance in Type 2 Diabetes sufferers and thus the insulin can bring down sugar levels to a “regular” level. Cinnamon can also decrease the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream in the first place.

10. Improves Cognitive Function
Further studies are being made, however Cinnamon can help with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Cinnamon can help Alzheimer’s sufferers as there are 2 compounds which inhibit tau (a protein) in the brain from building up. Cinnamon can assist with Parkinson’s as it helps protect neurons and improve motor function.

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Health Benefits of Chives

Chives - EatHealthyLiveFit.comAs this is a medicinal plant, you should always consult your health-care practitioner, when choosing to use it as a herbal remedy.

Chives’ Health Benefits include;
1. Assist Digestion and 2. Calming
Similar to garlic, Chives can ease and calm digestive issues. They are also a form of natural antibiotic, so they will eliminate a range of bad bacteria which further assists with the digestive function.

3. Slows Bowel Movement
Chives are known to be effective in treating diarrhea and intestinal infections.

4. Expels Mucus
Chives reduce inflammation and expel mucus from the body. They are filled with Vit C and K, which are 2 natural anti-inflammatories.

5. Antiseptic and 6. Disinfectant
The compounds found in Chives, have great antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

7. Pain Killer
As Chives have strong Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties, they make for a great pain killer, for things such as sore throats and burns.

8. Counteract Anaemia
Chives are a great source of Iron, as well as many other nutrients, making them great for combating Anaemia.

9. Very Potassium Rich
Chives are rich in Potassium. The Potassium and Allicin (which reduces bad cholesterol), combined are beneficial for heart health.

10. Diuretic
Chives are great at detoxification. The Diuretic properties as well as the anti-bacterial and anti-free-radical properties make a great combination to get rid of unwanted material and waste from the body.

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Health Benefits of Chaste Tree

Chaste-Tree - EatHealthyLiveFit.comAs this is a medicinal plant, you should always consult your health-care practitioner, when choosing to use it as a herbal remedy.
Chaste Tree has been used for many centuries. It has been used commonly in natural medicine for many female health issues. This is because of its effects regulating hormonal functions. Below are all the great effects that Chaste Tree can have for females.

Chaste Tree Berry’s Health Benefits include;
1. Reduces PMS Severity
2. Increases Breast Milk Production
3. Treats Infertility
4. Assists Fighting Breast Cancer
5. Balances Progesterone & Oestrogen Levels
6. Reduces Breast Tenderness
7. Reduces Headaches
8. Reduces Bloating
9. Assists with Fatigue
10. Regulates Menstruation

NOTE: As you can see this herb is very useful for females. It is rarely used by males because of its reduction of their sex drive.

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Health Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile - EatHealthyLiveFit.comAs this is a medicinal plant, you should always consult your health-care practitioner, when choosing to use it as a herbal remedy.

Chamomile’s Health Benefits include;
1. Improves Sleep
Chamomile has an overall calming affect on the body. It soothes the nervous system. Because of this, it has been used for centuries to improve sleep and rid insomnia.

2. Soothes Stomach Aches

Chamomile tea can sooth a stomach ache, and an upset stomach. It can help calm the muscles in the digestive tract and therefore assist with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) sufferers.

3. Reduces Severity of Menstrual Cramps

Because Chamomile calms muscle spasms, it is great for reducing the severity of menstrual cramps.

4. Helps Haemorrhoid

Topically, most commonly in an ointment, Chamomile can be used to relieve haemorrhoids.

5. Helps Fight Colds
Chamomile
is a great fighter of infections, including coughs, cold etc.

6. Heals Wounds

Chamomile
disinfects cuts, wound and lacerations, and makes a great Antiseptic.

7. Assists Diabetes Management

Research has shown that people suffering from Diabetes and Hyperglycemia, can be assisted with Chamomile.

8. Lower Cholesterol
Chamomile can reduce high cholesterol levels, because of its Choline content, which eliminates fats from the arteries.

9. Anti-Histamine/Anti-Inflammatory
The Anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties of Chamomile make it great for allergies.

10. Inhibits Tumour Growth
Studies have found anti-cancer properties in chamomile. The positive effects of chamomile can stop cancerous tumor growth and therefore act as a natural cancer treatment. This is due to its antioxidants called apigenin. These have been shown to help fight cancers such as skin, breast, ovarian and prostate.

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Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper - EatHealthyLiveFit.comAs this is a medicinal plant, you should always consult your health-care practitioner, when choosing to use it as a herbal remedy.

Cayenne Pepper’s Health Benefits include;

1. Antiseptic
Cayenne pepper disinfects cuts, wound and lacerations, and makes a great Antiseptic.

2. Aids digestion and is an 3. Anti-spasmodic
Cayenne has anti-spasmodic properties, which make it great for easing upset stomachs and coughs.

4. Anti-Histamine/Anti-Inflammatory
The Anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties of Cayenne makes it great for allergies.

5. Pain Killer
Cayenne can trick the brain into thinking that there is pain somewhere else in your body and therefore the original pain you may have, such as a migraine, can fooled into disappearing.

6. Fights Infections
Cayenne Pepper is a natural antibiotic, therefore it is a great fighter of infections, including coughs and colds etc.

7. Anti-Fungal and 8. Assists Scalp Problems
Cayenne Peppers have anti-fungal properties, which also mean they are good for assisting with Scalp Problems.

9. Assist Diabetes Management
The capsaicin in Cayenne Pepper, can be used in the treatment of diabetes.

10. Assists with Ulcers
Cayenne is also an anti-irritant. It can assist with relieving Ulcers as well as Sore Throats.

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