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Amino acids

There are 20 amino acids that humans need.  12 of which your body can produce or “synthesize” on their own from the foods that you ingest.  The other 8 are known as the “essential Amino Acids” because your body is not able to make them on its own, and thus you must ingest them through your diet. It was once believed that you needed to obtain all 8 of those essential amino acids within one food.  Foods that contained all 8 essential amino acids were called “complete proteins” and those that contained only a few of the 8 essential amino...

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Plant proteins - How much protein you actually need. Where does our information about protein and our daily needs for it come from?

The levels of adequate intake for nutrients were set by the government in 1847, and were then updated again in 1974. These levels were set to be adequate for 99% of the population. (Pregnant women, The elderly and the ill will require amounts outside of the RDA) These levels were set by finding the levels that our bodies needed, and then by adding a “margin of error” to those values. This means that they determined the amount of a certain nutrient that the average person needed to avoid a disease state, and added a percentage to that number to allow...

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The Magik of Blue Spirulina

Spirulina is among the world’s most popular supplements.It is loaded with various nutrients and antioxidants that may benefit your body and brain.This tiny alga is packed with nutrients. A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains Protein: 4 grams Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the RDA Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA Copper: 21% of the RDA Iron: 11% of the RDA It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that you need.Its main active component is called phycocyanin. This...

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Health Benefits of Saffron

Health Benefits of Saffron

Saffron is a small, bulbous, perennial spice, a member of the lily family. To produce saffron, the stigmas [the part of the flower, which catches pollen] must be painstakingly handpicked, cut from the white style and then carefully laid on a sieve and cured over heat to deepen the flavor- a process so labor intensive that saffron is the most expensive spice in the world.  

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Ayurveda and Holy basil.

Ayurveda and Holy basil.

Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential. By Deepak Chopra.   Prepared in a vast range of methods, Ayurvedic herbs can be taken internally - in powders, tablets, teas, and jams,...

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