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

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

Watercress Nutrients and Benefits

Watercress Vegetable, Herb, or WeedWatercress is considered differently around the world because some people consider it as a Herb, some consider it as a Weed, and some people consider Watercress as an Aquatic Vegetable. Other names for the Watercress Herb are Nasturtium or Rorippa. Watercress are cute, little, perennial, very healthy, and semi aquatic leaf vegetables. Sometimes they can grow as high as 120 cm or 47 inches. If you let this plant produce its flowers, then Watercress will become bitter. Watercress Herb is also considered as one of the oldest vegetables that are being used by people. Some people claim that after eating bigger amounts of Watercress Herb they produced Temporary symptoms of Cystitis (an inflammation of Urinary Bladder). Also, Watercress contains high amount of iodine which strengthens and improves the function of your thyroid gland. Watercress contains a great amount of Nutrients and a very good variation of Nutrients. From about one cup or 34 grams of Raw Fresh Watercress we get these Nutrients: 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

Sage Nutrients and Benefits

sage herbToday we would like to tell you some interesting information about a culinary and at the same time medicinal Herb called Sage. Because of its properties and benefits Sage Herb is very popular around the world. You could enjoy Sage Herb with tomato sauce, omeletes, frittatas, pizza, salads, and meat dishes. The Nutrients that you could find in Dried and Ground Sage Herb are:
- Vitamin A
- Dietary Fiber
- Calcium
- Iron
- Volatile Oils

Looks like the list of nutrients is pretty small. Now, lets see what kind of benefits Sage Herb delivers for our bodies:
- Anti-Oxidant Protection
- Reduces Inflammations
- Improves Metabolism
- Helps Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Helps Reduce Bronchial Asthma
- Helps Reduce Atherosclerosis
- Improves Brain Function
- Enhances Memory
- Helps Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Oregano Nutrients and Benefits

oreganoOregano Leaves can be used as a herb and as a spice. People can enjoy chopped Oregano Leaves with Pizza, Salad Dressing, Garlic Bread, Omelets, Frittatas, and with Soups. Oregano oil or oil of Oregano can be used to improve your health dramatically. The Nutrients in dried and ground oregano leaves are:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B3, Niacin
- Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
- Vitamin B9, Folate
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K (good amount)
- Manganese
- Magnesium
- Iron
- Dietary Fiber
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Calcium
- Copper
- Potassium

The Benefits of Oregano Oil are pretty important for your health too:
- Protects from Bacteria
- Anti-Oxidant Protection
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Reduces Risk of Colon Cancer
- Protects from some Cancers

Thyme Herb Nutrients and Benefits

thymeThyme is a very good and healthy herb for us to add to our bean, vegetable, fish, and egg dishes. Not only does it have great flavor it also has good and important Nutrients:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K (large amount)
- Iron (good amount)
- Manganese
- Calcium
- Dietary Fiber
- Folate
- Copper
- Magnesium
- Zinc

This Thyme herb also has good and healthy benefits:
- Helps Protect From Coughs
- Helps Protect From Bronchitis
- Helps Protect From Respiratory Problems
- Anti-oxidant benefits
- Helps Protect From Bacterias
- Helps Protect From Fungi

Basil Nutrients and Benefits

basilNice smelling Basil herb leaves are usually used as seasoning for different kinds of dishes. Try adding basil seasoning at the end of cooking, this way you will save its unique smell and its nutrients. When you cook a soup or some kind of macaroni or spaghetti, then you could try adding the basil leaves to make your dish taste better. Here are the nutrients, vitamins and ingredients of a dried basil leaves:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Iron
- Calcium
- Dietary Fiber
- Manganese
- Magnesium
- Potassium
- Folate
- Phosphorus
- Amino Acids

When you cook something with basil leaves you are actually adding a very healthy and beneficial seasoning to your dishes, because it provides these kind of benefits:
- it is an anti-bacterial herb
- protects DNA
- it is an anti-inflammatory herb
- relieves rheumatoid arthritis
- relieves bowel inflammations
- improves cardiovascular health
- protects from free radicals
- helps prevent atherosclerosis
- helps prevent heart attack
- helps prevent stroke
- improves blood flow