folic acidKnown as vitamin B9 or folate, folic acid is undoubtedly one of the most important nutrients essential for normal function of our body. This nutrient is widely recognized as very useful but yet quite controversial one. Many experts agree that folic acid is a key nutrient for pregnant women, and according to Pamela Egan, FNP-C CDE, a folic acid deficiency in the first two weeks of pregnancy significantly increases the risk for developing spina bifida and other birth defects. For all of us, folic acid plays an important protective role and can help us lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases, depression and similar psychological disorders, inflammatory bowel condition, osteoporosis, blood vessel disease, as well as other serious health conditions. By adding natural sources of folic acid, primarily fresh fruit and vegetables, to our daily diet we get an opportunity to enjoy protective benefits of this nutrient. Read the rest of this entry »

benefits of thymeUndoubtedly, thyme is a kind of spice which is not too often used in our kitchens, unless we see how advantageous and interesting becomes the taste of meat and poultry after adding some thyme. I have a few friends who use thyme extensively after visiting the countries of the Mediterranean region like Spain, Italy, or Greece, where thyme is an ingredient of a huge number of daily meals. And all of them say that it is hardly possible to find the kind of thyme they tried there in the UK. Fortunately, they find in opportunity to buy high quality thyme from Italy or Turkey online.  Actually, lemon thyme and common thyme plant have thousands years of history of being used as a primary culinary spice and a valuable medicinal herb in the Roman Empire and Ancient Greece, and in modern time’s Mediterranean region both wildly growing and cultivated thyme is highly valued for its amazing health benefits. Below, check out some useful information on benefits of thyme. Read the rest of this entry »

Pomegranate ExtractThose who want to lose weight by using a considerate and effective approach know that they need to take into account a few important factors and not just blindly use the notorious simple formula “eat less, exercise more”. In particular, it is essential to get focused on reduced calorie consumption and develop a strategy of controlled eating. Such a technique as learning the basics of appetite control and using known appetite suppressants can turn into a very powerful tool in the hands of those who want to lose weight and never gain it back anymore.  Here, you can check out some useful tips on effective appetite control which can assist every one of you. Using natural appetite suppressants like tomatoes and tomato juice, ginger tea, pine nuts or almonds (used in very small doses), oatmeal, leafy greens, and other natural foods can be a great step to consuming less calories and preventing extra fat deposit formation, thus preventing weight gain. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mediterranean DietThe Mediterranean diet is considered among the healthiest and the most beneficial diets on the planet. Traditional eating habits of Greece, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Morocco, South France, and other countries of the region, known as the Mediterranean diet, include consuming plenty of dietary fiber from fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy oil from fish and olive oil, as well as lower amounts of sugars, saturated fat and carbs, thus, decreased amounts of calories compared with traditional European or North American types of diet. The most important Mediterranean diet benefits include very effective natural protection against such common health conditions as cardiovascular diseases, most types of cancer, skin problems, digestive disorders, and some others. In addition, according to the recent findings, using this type of diet can assist in decreasing type 2 diabetes and even help fight depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Lower Cholesterol NaturallyLately, health benefits of red wine have become a focus of great public attention and a center of serious public discussion. Traditionally, red wine is used as a part of healthy Mediterranean diet and for centuries it has been highly valued for its high concentrations of natural antioxidants to provide our body with plenty of benefits, starting from rejuvenating effects for our skin and ending up with reducing the risks of many common types of cancer as well as lowering cardiovascular disease risk. At the same time, according to the findings of some recent studies, including the research of Washington University experts, drinking a glass of red wine, even the highest quality wine, may not lead to any positive health effect especially in young and middle-aged healthy women. You can find detailed information about the conclusions of Washington University researchers regarding the effects and health benefits of red wine in this article, or read more about other health effects of red wine. Read the rest of this entry »

coffee consumptionSuch common condition as urinary incontinence in men (meaning unexpected release of urine)  is understood as a symptom of early urinary problems and is usually linked to prostate problems.  There are a few physical reasons which bring to such health condition, including excessive bladder squeezing, damage of weakening of urethra muscles, urethra blockage and overfilled bladder, overactive bladder, and so on. In medical science, there are a few types of urinary incontinence in men and women, mainly defined by causes of this ailment: functional incontinence, overflow incontinence, urge incontinence, stress related incontinence, and some others. According to the WebMD experts, urinary incontinence is becoming more and more common in modern men, caused mainly by bad habits like smoking or alcohol abuse, prostate problems, taking certain medications, stresses, a lack of sleep, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »