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Phenomenal Malunggay to boost the immune system

Health officials are promoting the lowly Malunggay leaves as among the various vegetables (and fruits) to help boost the immune system (especially in time of the current health crisis).

The World Health Organization considers it as a low-cost health enhancer as it can be planted anywhere. Malunggay, scientifically known as Moringa oleifera, is dubbed as a miracle vegetable and nature’s medicine cabinet.

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Malunggay is rich in Vitamins A, C, E, protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus, phytochemicals, and fiber which makes it a perfect aid in boosting one’s immune system.

Earlier, Health Secretary Francisco Duque recommended to public to add malunggay in their diet to have a stronger immune system.

“Drink fruit juices rich in Vitamin C. Put malunggay in your soup,” he said in an interview. Source: gmanetwork.com

Here’s some helpful information about the lowly yet phenomenal Malunggay:

  1. Malunggay leaves helps strengthens the immune system.
  2. Malunggay can help restores skin condition like acne treatment, controls blood pressure, relieves headaches and migraines.
  3. Malunggay tea can help strengthen the eye muscles.
  4. Malunggay tea can help heal inflammation of the joints and tendons.
  5. Malunggay tea can prevent intestinal worms.
  6. Malunggay can help increase semen count.
  7. Malunggay help normalize blood sugar level therefore preventing diabetes.
  8. Malunggay has anti-cancer compounds (phytochemicals) that help stop the growth of cancer cells.
  9. Malunggay helps relax and promotes good night sleep.
  10. Malunggay tea is used to treat fever and asthma.
  11. Malunggay help heals ulcers.
  12. Malunggay is high in calcium (four times the calcium in milk), therefore lactating mothers are advised to consume malunggay leaves to produce more milk for their babies. The young malunggay leaves are also boiled and taken as tea.
  13. Malunggay contains three times the potassium in bananas.
  14. Malunggay contain four times the vitamin A in carrots.
  15. An ounce of malunggay has the same Vitamin C content as seven oranges.
  16. Malunggay leaves contain two times the protein in milk.
  17. Malunggay seed is used to clean dirty or polluted water.

Source: http://www.yamikitchen.com/phenomenal-malunggay-leaves/

You can check my recipes with Malunggay ingredients from the links below:

The Flavors Of Turkey Burgers

Although turkey is a healthy food to eat, burgers that are made with the meat might not taste as good as those that are made with beef. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can make frozen turkey burgers taste delicious without taking away from the healthy qualities that they offer. Keep in mind that turkey burgers have high levels of protein and low amounts of sodium and fat compared to beef.

An option that you have for making a delicious sandwich with healthy bread is to put the burger on an English muffin instead of using white bread. Wheat bread is an option as well. You can use the English muffin with an egg and cheese to make a turkey sandwich for breakfast. A classic idea would be to put the turkey burger on a traditional bun with your favorite toppings, such as lettuce, cheese, and a tomato slice. Swiss cheese pairs well with turkey instead of cheddar or American cheese.

Pesto is a healthy option for turkey burgers. You can put mozzarella on the burger along with sun-dried tomatoes for a refreshing sandwich that is filled with flavor. If you want to make a turkey burger with a little spice, then turn it into a Mexican burger by adding salsa, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, and a few crushed tortilla chips. You can also add a few slices of peppers if you want added heat.

Sometimes, you need a healthy option on the days that you exercise. Instead of using bread, eat your turkey burger with only the toppings that you like so that you don’t have the added carbohydrates. You can also use a large piece of lettuce as a wrap with the turkey burger chopped in small pieces. Add a few slices of avocado and mustard for a healthy treat that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner.

Tips to Protect Our Bones Through Proper Food Intake

It is a normal fact of life: as you grow older, your bones are going to become thinner and they would start to become brittle. You need to consume the right food products to ensure that you will be able to protect your bones effectively. If you do not do this, you will become more prone to injury.

You are what you eat. If you eat the right food products, you are not only going to improve the quality of your bones, you are also going to improve your overall body health. Here are some tips to remember to improve overall bone health:

Eat food products that are rich in calcium.

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You can find calcium in dairy products but if you are lactose intolerant, you can also find calcium in some types of fish such as salmon and sardines. You can also get calcium from rich, leafy greens. Consuming yogurt is also ideal especially if you are going to eat a cup every day because this also contains probiotics that can aid the body in releasing toxins that may weaken the bones and the body overall.

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Here are some other tips to remember so you can effectively protect your bones:

  1. Get more Vitamin D. This is a type of Vitamin that you can only get from the sun. You have to get adequate sun exposure by going out of your house before 10 AM. 15 minutes of sun exposure every day will be enough to provide you with the proper amount of Vitamin D.
  2. Try exercises that will compress your bones. Are you familiar with compression exercises? You can try running, jogging, aerobics, and even dance. There are also some types of sports that will make your bones compress effectively. If you already have some bone problems, chiropractors may recommend specific treatments in order to improve your overall bone health.
  3. Stop smoking. Smoking is known to be bad for the body overall but even though people are aware of this, they still continue smoking because they cannot break the habit anymore. You can always try to stop little by little until you do not want to smoke anymore.

Take a look at your present diet. Are you eating the right food products? Make some changes little by little and you will start reaping the rewards by having healthy bones.