Wasabi Root Nutrients and Health Benefits

Wasabi Root.Many people are used to seeing wasabi in a form of a green paste and usually by sushi dishes. But in real life Wasabi is pretty much another Vegetable plant that is also known as Japanese Horseradish, or Wasabia Japonica, or Cochlearia wasabi, or Eutrema japonica. Wasabi is a member of the Brassicaceae family, in other words, it’s in the same family as Mustard, Horseradish, and Cabbage. Typically Wasabi is used as a condiment, especially for sushi and/or rice. Since it’s pretty difficult and expensive to grow and keep wasabi plants, people began to make a very similar tasting product called Western Wasabi which consists of Western Horseradish, Mustard, and Green Food Coloring.

Usually people can buy the Wasabi roots, Wasabi leaves, or Wasabi paste. The root should normally be grated, ground, or sliced before consuming it. When you decide to enjoy some of the Wasabi Paste with your sushi or other foods, then make sure that you don’t wait for too long before eating it because the flavor of Wasabi in Wasabi paste begins to evaporate after about 15 minutes. Also, remember to take just a little at a time of Wasabi Paste into your mouth, because if you take too much then you’ll feel it burn your tongue and maybe your nose. Continue reading

Jerusalem Artichoke Nutrients and Benefits

Jerusalem Artichoke - Sunroot - Sunchoke - TopinamburJerusalem Artichoke is a Herbaceous and Perennial Plant. It can also be called Sunroot, Sunchoke, Earth Apple, or Topinambur. Jerusalem Artichoke plant looks like a skinny and tall sunflower and it actually is a specie of the sunflower. Jerusalem Artichoke can have yellow flowers on top of it and green leaves on its body, but the root is very similar to the ginger root. Overall, the Jerusalem Artichoke can grow up to almost ten feet or three meters. The Raw Root of the Jerusalem Artichoke has a crisp texture and taste to it, similar to potatoes, and it can be either White, Red, Purple, or Brownish in color. You probably noticed the Jerusalem part in one of the names of this plant, but to tell you the truth, people really don’t know why it is called Jerusalem Artichoke, because as far as we all know this plant has nothing to do with Jerusalem. Also, you see the Artichoke part of the name for this plant, and again as far as we know there is no reason for this plant to be called an artichoke, except that some French explorer noted that the dish that was made with this Jerusalem Artichoke resembled the real Artichoke Vegetable. Somewhere in Europe in the year 2002 this Jerusalem Artichoke was named as The Best Soup Vegetable. Some people more prefer the Jerusalem Artichoke to be steamed than boiled. A cup or 150 grams of Raw Jerusalem Artichokes can contain these Nutrients: Continue reading

Turmeric Nutrients and Benefits

turmeric spiceTurmeric Spice has been used by many people as a food, health remedy, and even as a dye. Turmeric comes from a root of the Curcuma Longa. Turmeric Spice has a bright yellow color. The nutrients in Turmeric Powder are:
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
– Vitamin C
– Manganese
– Iron
– Dietary Fiber
– Potassium
– Copper
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Zinc
– Omega 3 Fatty Acids

The Health Benefits that you could very possibly get from the Turmeric Spice are:
– Reduces Inflammations of flatulence
– Reduces Inflammations of jaundice
– Reduces Inflammations of colic
– Reduces Inflammations of chest pain
– Reduces Inflammations of menstrual difficulties
– Reduces Inflammations of bloody urine
– Reduces Inflammations of hemorrhage
– Reduces Inflammations of toothache
– Reduces Inflammations of bruises
– Relieves Rheumatoid Arthritis
– Protects from Free Radicals
– Reduces Joint Inflammations
– Helps with Cystic Fibrosis
– Prevents some cancers
– Helps prevent colon cancer
– Reduces chances of Prostate cancer
– Reduces Risk of Leukemia
– Improves Liver Function
– Supports Cardiovascular Health
– Lowers Cholesterol
– Protects from Alzheimer’s Disease

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Sweet Potatoes Nutrients and Benefits

yam sweet potatoesSweet Potatoes are very beneficial for our health, and no they do not have the same nutrients as the regular potatoes. Sometimes Sweet Potatoes are called Yam, but they really aren’t Yam. Sweet Potatoes is considered to be a root vegetable. Sweet Potatoes have these important nutrients:
– Vitamin A (extreme amount)
– Vitamin B1, Thiamin
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
– Vitamin B6, pyridoxine
– Vitamin C (good amount)
– Iron
– Potassium
– Dietary Fiber
– Copper
– Manganese (good amount)
– Protein
– Carbohydrates
– Natural Sugar
– Water
– Folate
– Calcium
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Zinc
– Amino Acids

The Benefits of Sweet Potatoes in other words are sweet too:
– Antioxidant benefits
– Eliminates Free Radicals
– Helps Protect from Atherosclerosis
– Helps Protect from Diabetic Heart Disease
– Helps Protect from Colon Cancer
– Helps Protect from Asthma
– Helps Protect from Osteoarthritis
– Helps Protect from Rheumatoid Arthritis
– Helps Protect from Heart Attack
– Helps Protect from Stroke
– Helps Protect from Emphysema
– Supports Lung Health
– Supports Vision