Arrowroot Nutrients and Health Benefits

Arrowroot Preparation Photo provided by Noblevmy at Wikipedia.

Arrowroot is pretty much a starch (or carbohydrate) which is typically obtained from the rhizomes (or rootstocks, or creeping rootstalks, or mass of roots). These rhizomes come from multiple tropical plants like: Manihot esculenta, Zamia pumila, or Maranta arundinacea.

Arrowroot must be washed and cleansed very thoroughly before use. Arrowroot is suppose to be pretty popular in British cuisines. People enjoy Arrowroot in many different forms like: cakes, jellies, puddings, biscuits, and hot sauces. Some people prefer to use Arrowroot flour instead of the wheat flour because of the lack of gluten, but on the other hand, it lacks other important ingredients that wheat flour contains. The Nutrients in one cup (or 120 grams) of Raw Sliced Arrowroot are: Continue reading

Poppy Seeds Nutrients and Health Benefits

Poppy Seeds

In this article I’d like to let GenuineAid’s readers know more about the very popular baking ingredient called Poppy Seed. Poppy Seeds are derived from a plant called Opium Poppy (or Papaver somniferum). Until I took a close-up picture of a Poppy Seeds myself I never knew that they actually have an interesting shape to them. Poppy Seeds have a kidney shape to them with little dimples all over them. Continue reading

Roselle – Hibiscus Nutrients and Health Benefits

Roselle - Hibiscus Drink.In this article I would like to talk about a very unique plant called Roselle, or Rosella Fruit, or Binomially speaking Hibiscus Sabdariffa. This annual or perennial herb is one of the species of Hibiscus. The fruit of Roselle plant become mature in about six months and that is when it gets beautiful bright red color. While still immature, this plant can have whitish or yellowish colors with a dark reddish spot at the bottom of each petal. The stem of the Roselle plant is cultivated for the production of Bast Fiber or Skin Fiber which is then used to make burlap (Woven Fabric, Gunny Cloth, or Coarse Fabric).

Roselle plant has been and still is considered as an AntiHypertensives (used to treat hypertension or high blood pressure), Mild Laxative (used to induce bowel movements), and Diuretic (used to elevate the rate of urination to treat drug overdose or poisoning). The Red Calyces or Sepals of this plant are used by some countries for food colorings, for flowers, for syrups, for jams, or for many different kinds of drinks. And the green leaves of Roselle can be used for salads, for curry, for teas, for lotions, for wounds, and for sores. Continue reading

Epazote Nutrients and Health Benefits

Epazote Herb and Leaf VegetableHave you ever heard of Epazote plant? Well, I didn’t, until I did this little research :) Epazote is sometimes called Wormseed, Mexican Tea, Jesuit Tea, or Binomially speaking Dysphania Ambrosioides which formerly had a name of Chenopodium Ambrosioides. Epazote plant can grow as tall as 3.9 feet or 1.2 meters. Epazote can be used as a herb with a strong flavor or as a leaf vegetable. The leaves of Epazote plant can grow as long as 4.7 inches or 12 centimeters. People use Epazote for Agricultural, Culinary, and Medicinal needs. The Nutrients of Raw Epazote in one ounce or 28 grams are: Continue reading

Dandelion Nutrients and Benefits

Yellow Dandelion Flower
Dandelion is an edible weed or herb which is usually considered as an unwanted and annoying plant that must be destroyed and disposed of. But, after reading my research article about Dandelion Plant, you are most likely going to think Positive thoughts about it instead of Negative. Dandelion’s name is taken from French dent-de-lion which means Lion’s Tooth. Dandelions don’t need pollination, because they produce seeds asexually by apomixis. Also, just so you know, I’m talking about the good, healthy, fresh, and natural Dandelions, and NOT about the poisonous and chemical treated Dandelions that are dying in your yard because you have been trying to kill them your whole life.

Dandelions have very strong and long roots that can go very deep under the ground which may support the growth of weaker plants that grow near by Dandelions. The leaves on Dandelions can grow as long as 25 cm or 9.8 inches, and usually stay at the very bottom of the plant. Dandelion’s stem is hollow and can be longer than 10 cm or 3.9 inches, and when it gets broken then the milky bitter sap comes out. Dandelion’s flower heads are usually yellow or orange and they consist of many skinny long petals. After a while Dandelion’s flower heads become white and full of little parachutes and each one of these light and little parachutes hold on to its own seed.

Dandelion weed herb is extremely health beneficial, but it is often unappreciated especially by “Perfect Green Lawn Addicts”. Dandelion flower buds, leaves, and the roots have all been used for Medicinal and Food purposes throughout the world. Just one cup of Raw Dandelion Greens contain 535 percent of Vitamin K. People can either eat the dandelion leaves boiled or raw depending on person’s opinion and taste. Some people and cultures use Dandelion’s Roots for a natural caffeine-free dandelion coffee. The Nutrients in one cup (or 55 grams) of Chopped Raw Dandelion Greens are: Continue reading

Nutrients and Health Benefits of Amaranth Grains and Leaves

Amaranth LeavesAmaranth Herb is also called Amaranthus consists of about 70 species. Different species of Amaranth are used for different needs like leaf vegetables, grains, cereals, herbs, and ornamentals. Amaranth Grains are very similar in flavor and in cooking to Quinoa Grains and they are both called Pseudograins. Cooked Amaranth Grains and Raw Amaranth Leaves are full of Amazing Nutrients and in impressively large amounts. Some doctors recommend Amaranth Leaves for people who are very low on Red Blood Cells. So, if you are diagnosed with cancer then you should definitelly be adding Amaranth Vegetable and Grains to your diet. Below, I will provide you all with the Nutrients and Benefits of Amaranth Grains and of Amaranth Leaves. Anyway, the Nutrients in a cup or in 28 grams of Raw Amaranth Leaves are: Continue reading

Nutrients and Health Benefits of Borage or Starflower

Borage Flower HerbToday I would like to introduce you all to an amazing and beautiful Annual Herb Flower called Borage. Some people refer to it as Starflower or Borago officinalis. If you take a closer look at this beautiful herb, you’ll be able to see lots of unique and amazing details of this plant. Originally Borage Herb was grown for its medicinal and culinary benefits, but today it is mostly used in commercial cultivation as an oilseed. In stores this oil from Borage would be labeled either Starflower Oil or Borage Oil.

Some people claim that Borage tastes like a cucumber when eaten as a fresh Vegetable. Borage Flower tastes like honey and is often used for decorating desserts. When people use Borage as a Vegetable, they can use it for salads, soups, and sauces.
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Nutmeg Butter and Spice Nutrients and Benefits

Nutmeg in Red MaceDid you know that Nutmeg is the only tropical fruit in the whole world that is used as a source for two different spices? Well, now you do. The first spice that people use Nutmegs for is the Nutmeg itself, because it is the actual seed of the Nutmeg tree. The second spice that people use Nutmegs for is the Mace, it looks like a red or pink lace that covers the Nutmeg seed, a very beautiful and unique design Continue reading

Cumin Spice Nutrients and Benefits

Cumin Seeds or sometimes spelled Cummin Seeds come from a flowering, herbaceous, and annual plant called Cuminum cyminum. Did you know that in these days Black Pepper spice is the most popular in the whole world and the Cumin is the second most popular in the world? Well… now you do :) People around the world use ground cumin as a spice or herb for many different dishes, some of them include, chili, soups, stews, and curries. About one table spoon (6 grams) of cumin seed spice has these Nutrients:
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin B1, Thiamin
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
– Vitamin C
– Vitamin E
– Protein
– Calories
– Carbohydrates
– Dietary Fiber
– Natural Fats
– Calcium
– Iron (good amount)
– Magnesium
– Manganese
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Zinc
– Copper

The Benefits that you could get from these Nutrients in cumin seeds are:
– Improves Oxygen distribution
– Improves Immune System
– Provides Healthy energy
– Reduces fatigue
– Reduces weakness
– Improves concentration ability
– Lowers chance of infections
– Supports healthy hair
– Reduces Dizziness
– Lowers chances of headaches
– Strengthens nails
– Protects from apathy
– Lowers risks of depression
– Supports strong bones
– Supports healthy bones
– Normalizes blood sugar levels
– Supports healthy thyroid gland
– Improves Nerve health
– Protects from free radicals
– Helps protect from nausea
– Reduces vomiting
– Reduces skin rashes
– Maintains Hair color
– Normalizes Cholesterol levels
– Helps prevent dizziness
– Helps prevent hearing loss
– Supports healthy reproduction

Clove Herb Nutrients and Benefits

cloves dry herbToday we will introduce you to a very nutritional and flavorful herb called Cloves. Cloves look like dried flower buds. Clove herbs come from an evergreen clove tree. Cloves are usually dark red or brown because when people dry them that’s the color they turn to. The Nutrients in dried and ground cloves of about 2 tea spoons are:
– Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
– Vitamin B9, Folate
– Vitamin C
– Vitamin K
– Manganese (large amount)
– Magnesium
– Omega 3 Fatty Acids
– Dietary Fiber
– Calcium
– Natural Fats
– Iron
– Potassium

The Benefits of Cloves are pretty important for human bodies:
– Protects from Toxins
– Protects from Environmental pollution
– Protects from Digestive Tract Cancers
– Protects from Joint Inflammations
– Helps protect from Bacteria
– Helps relieve gum pain
– Supports Oral Health