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The tasty, nutritious asparagus falls under the category of super foods in my books.

Asparagus photo

Here’s what I learned about asparagus.

Asparagus is:

* Rich in proteins

* High in fibre low in carbohydrates and calories

* An excellent source of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C and A as well as many other minerals and B vitamins.

* Calcium and magnesium are found in the idea ratio of 2:1.

* Good for your heart

* Good for your gastrointestinal tract and colon

* Good food to help with depression

* Considered a diuretic

* Has anti-inflammatory effects

* Helps detoxify the body

* Good for nursing mothers – stimulates milk production

* Has anti-fungal and antiviral qualities

* Helps prevent bladder and urinary track infections

* Great for your capillaries – helps with preventing bruising and varicose veins

* Suppose to help stop hair loss

Almost too good to be true? That is an impressive list. And that’s not all I found. I left plenty of the supposed health benefits out – because it did sound just a bit too good to be true and would require that I spend a lot more time researching.

Having said that, I think we’ve got the picture.

How to best prepare asparagus. Lightly steamed is the most nutritious. This only takes a few minutes so don’t walk away from the stove. Use glass or stainless steel pots. When done, the stems should be a bright green color and still have a crispness to them. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt or Mrs. Dash and serve with a meal – or eat it all by itself as a snack.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family. Other vegetables in the lily family include leek, onions, and garlic.

I think you would agree that Asparagus is an excellent food to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis. Sometimes people avoid eating asparagus because of the smell excreted in the urine subsequent to ingestion. An amino acid called asparagine found in abundance in asparagus, is the reason behind this. Asparagine helps the body to cleanse itself of waste material.

A couple of good resources:

http://bit.ly/m2Bhv

http://bit.ly/2VrK7x

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

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Bumble Bee

Bee Propolis – What is it?

Bee Propolis is the sticky resin-like substance found in the beehive. The bees gather resin from trees and plants. They use this mixture to stick the hive together, and seal it.  This substance also protects  them from bacteria and disease.

As my dentist friend once said – “You don’t see any Kleenex flying out of a bee hive, do you?” No colds or viruses in that bee hive.

Bee Healthy - Bee Happy

Bee Healthy - Bee Happy

Propolis is well known to have a natural antibacterial effect. More specifically, Propolis has antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties to promote helpful bacteria, and kill harmful bacteria.

Propolis is dark in color, and is a rich source of minerals, amino acids, fats, trace minerals and bioflavonoids.

“…It is high in B-complex and contains vitamins C,E and Provitamin A. It is rich in amino acids, fats, and is a source of trace minerals such as zinc, manganese, copper and iron.

A rich variety of flavonoids are present in propolis. Research has shown that flavonoids are responsible for the major antibacterial effects of propolis“.

http://www.bodyenergyclub.ca/shop/bee-happy-propolis-650mg-200caps/product_info.php/products_id/3115

I’ve been using Bee Propolis for years now. Our natural medicine cabinet is never without a supply of Propolis.

I started using Propolis when the kids were little. Our daughter had so many ear infections. That stopped entirely. When I had a cold, it would last for weeks. Never again. I have had a cold or two  since but they lasted for a few short days.

Here’s some really GOOD NEWS

From  the National Institutes of Health

A study using the MRSA (ATCC 33591) strain…

shows Propolis to be effective against MRSA. 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17931063

Propolis has no known side effects (apart from some cases of allergic reactions to bee products)

Propolis can also be used in conjunction with antibiotics.

More Good News:

Bacteria and viruses do not develop a resistance to Propolis.

Propolis has been found to help:

“Fight many diseases

Regulate blood cells that clump together

May help reduce strokes
Control free radicals
Prevent damage caused by heavy metals (lead, mercury, caladium)
Enhance immune system
Promote healing
Reduce pain, inflammation, and fever
Act as an antibiotic without side effects
Speed cell growth
Stimulate cells that destroy invading organisms
Skin irritations
Cuts and burns
Psoriasis and eczema
Acne
Absorption of certain nutrients”

http://www.bodyenergyclub.ca/shop/bee-happy-propolis-650mg-200caps/product_info.php/products_id/3115

http://www.hiveproducts.com/Hive/Propolis_Home.html

http://www.infiniteunknown.net/tag/mrsa/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17931063

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.


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