Turmeric

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The beautiful bright orange spice turmeric is the powdered root of the turmeric plant, a member of the Zingiberaceae or ginger family. Turmeric is as important a player in the kitchen for therapeutic and preventative health as its close cousin. … Continued

Spinach

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Spinach contains good levels of many minerals including magnesium, needed for muscle and brain function – this is a macromineral, needed in high amounts from our diets. Magnesium is depleted by stress and low levels can cause anxiety, insomnia and … Continued

Pineapple

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We often associate pineapples with the island of Hawaii, but they only arrived there in the 1700s. It was the Spanish who actually had the good idea of carrying pineapples on long sea voyages to avoid scurvy, a disease caused … Continued

Garlic

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Garlic’s long-lived use as a medicinal plant across the world is due to its various sulphur compounds, each with slightly differing properties. Garlic is a natural antibacterial, antiparasitic and antifungal so keeps the gut clean and supports the immune system, … Continued

Coconut

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A native plant of the Pacific, the coconut features in Indian writings from as far back as 2,000 years ago. There has been much debate about this, it so commonly being associated with the image of the Tropics. What is … Continued

Cinnamon

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This truly amazing spice is used in many traditional herbal systems, helping to balance blood sugar and reduce the ill-effects of sweet foods, whilst actually tasting sweet. It has long been used to treat high blood pressure and improve circulation … Continued

Avocado

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The avocado is a true superfood, packed with nutrients that protect and renew fatty areas of the body. It is also an extremely versatile fruit, being not only a fabulous salad ingredient, but also excellent for dips, and as a … Continued

Almonds

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Almonds are a terrific source of vegetarian protein and fibre, helping to regulate blood sugar and hunger levels, making them a perfect snack for energy, mood, concentration and natural weight control. Almonds contain a good dose of the omega 6 … Continued