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How to Buy Psyllium Seed and Psyllium Husk

Psyllium seed is an ancient medicinal plant also known by its botanical name, Plantago ovata. While its appearance is relatively unspectacular, the positive effects of this plant are remarkable.  The swelling effect of psyllium seeds contributes to a balanced digestive process and increases the feeling of satiety (see also our article “Psyllium seeds and slimming“). …

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Is sugar bad for you

Sugar and Health. What to Know About Sugar

Today, our dependence on sugar leads to obvious outcomes, like obesity. But sugar also contributes to deeper health problems.  In the western world, refined sugar finds its way into almost every meal. Whether added to our coffee or tea, included in our breads, cookies, and cakes, or simply consumed directly, in the form of snacks,…

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Quince Fruit

Quince, A Healthy and Almost Forgotten Fruit

Germany loves to celebrate its plants, trees, and fruits.  So, except for the fact that quince fruits are relatively unknown in America, it should come as no big surprise that the quince fruit was celebrated in Germany as the official fruit of 2017. Its pink and white flowers possess a scent reminiscent of citrus and…

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Buckwheat Benefits Nutrition

  Buckwheat used to be known as a peasant’s meal. It met the basic need of filling the stomach, while being easy to grow and full of valuable nutrients. Buckwheat arrived in Europe as a cereal plant by way of introduction from the Mongolians in the 14th century. Today, it shows-up around the world as…

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Benefits of Chickpeas

Chickpeas, a healthy nutrient bomb

The many health benefits of chickpeas should come as no surprise. For over 8,000 years chickpeas have appeared in cuisines spanning all cultures.  As a food, chickpeas or chick peas (Cicer arietinum) are ancient,  and they contain lots of proteins, minerals and trace elements. They are rich in B vitamins and fiber, making them a perfect choice…

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How to cook chestnuts

How To Cook Chestnuts And Why They Are Healthy

You can not help singing about chestnuts over open fires during Christmastime.  If you weren’t singing before, we suspect you are now.  Sweet chestnuts also come to mind, because this healthy meal received the honor of Tree of the Year 2018 in Germany. Let’s take a closer look at the edible sweet chestnut and the…

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Golden Berry health benefits

Health Benefits of Golden Berry (or, Winter Cherry)

Almost 1000 years ago Hildegard of Bingen described the health benefits of the Golden Berry aka Physalis (Physalis Alkekengi, p. peruviana also known as Winter Cherry). “Anyone suffering from a deafening ringing in the ear, smear the Winter Cherry on a felt and put it over the ears to the neck and attach it to a…

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Ginger Root Health Benefits

Ginger root health benefits have been recognized for thousands of years. In Germany, ginger was once considered a “fringe” food. Recently, ginger has been elevated to “superfood” status. Ongoing research continues to confirm the numerous health benefits of ginger. Ginger root is truly a healing plant. We will explore the history of ginger root as…

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Bitter Spices

24 Bitter Spices for the Kitchen

1. Chervil The fine sweet taste of chervil gives soups, sauces, and salads a favorable aroma that we often associate with springtime. Served fresh, this kitchen herb is full of vitamins, stimulates circulation, and has a detoxifying effect. 2. Ginger Ginger and galangal are classic Hildegard herbs that simultaneously serve as kitchen spices and effective…

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health benefits of Oats

Health Benefits of Oats

The history of oats for health benefits goes back to antiquity, as far as the first century in Greek and Roman medical literature. In this post we explore the many health benefits of oats in detail.

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Food as Medicine: Heal with Food

The principal of food as the foundation of healing is not unique, and the idea of food as medicine is ancient. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be they food.”

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Are Carbohydrates Bad for You?

Over the past 20 years, carbohydrates and health have entered the crosshairs of our health-industrial complex.  Carbs have devolved into a culprit of ill health and the growing catastrophe of lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

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