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AMPALAYA

Diabetes. Ampalaya or bitter gourd is a widely used


herbal remedy to lower the blood sugar levels for
diabetic patients.
Analgesic. The juice of Amplaya is used to alleviate
symptoms of fever, headache and body pains.
Eye problems. Amplaya juice is also used to treat
eye related problems that include sty and sore eyes.
It is thought to improve eyesight and prevents the
development of cataract.
Respiratory ailments. The juice from amplaya fruit
and leaves are used to treat various respiratory
problems that may include, asthma, wheezing
cough, bronchitis and pharyngitis.
Hair and scalp problems. Ampalaya or bitter gourd
has been used to treat various hair and scalp
problems that may include hair loss, dry scalp, lice
and pimples on the scalp.
Weight loss. Ampalaya is also used to promote
body metabolism and the burning of fats thus it is
valued as a weight loss supplement.
Source of energy. The vitamins and mineral found
in ampalaya is considered as a stamina builder that
combats fatigue.
Antioxidant. Amplaya is also considered as a
potent anti-oxidant acitivity that counters the
oxidation of free radicals that is the cause of cancer.
Stomach problems. Ampalaya leaf extract is a
folkloric remedy for various stomach ache and
problems that include indigestion, dyspepsia,
parasite infestation, diarrhea and constipation.
Hepatoprotection activity. Ampalaya is used as a
herbal remedy to protect the liver from damage due
to intake of alcohol and other harmful substances.
Skin problems. Ampalaya is crushed or rubbed
over the skin to alleviate symptoms of psoriasis,
ringworm, athlete’s foot, wounds, burns and ulcers.
Boosts the immune system. Ampalaya is also
used to boost the immune system and as a
supplement to build body resistance during
sickness.
HIV virus. Ampalaya is also being considered as
treatment ot viral diseases that include HIV, malaria,
chicken fox and measles.
Menopause. Ampalaya tea is taken as a remedy for
pain and discomfort associated to menopause.
Anti-inflammatory activity. Ampalaya leaf extract
combined with coconut oil is used to alleviate
inflammation and pain associated to gout, arthritis,
rheumatism and other body pains.
Cholesterol control. Ampalaya is also widely
consumed to lower the cholesterol level in the blood
that helps to prevent the build up of plaque along the
arterial walls.
Hemorrhoids. Ampalaya is used as astringent to
treat hemorrhoids.
Contraceptive. Ampalaya has been used in folkloric
medicine as an abortificient and as a contraceptive
to prevent pregnancy.
PASSION FRUIT
It's a Rich Source of Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect your body from free


radicals, unstable molecules that can damage
your cells when they are present in large
numbers.
Passion fruit contains a lot of antioxidants.
In particular, it's a rich source of vitamin C,
beta-carotene and polyphenols.
Polyphenols are plant compounds that have a
range of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
effects. This means they may protect against
chronic inflammation and diseases like heart
disease and cancer.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that you
need to get from your diet. It helps support a
healthy immune system and healthy aging.
Beta-carotene is also an important antioxidant.
In your body, it is converted to vitamin A, which
is essential for preserving good eyesight.
Diets that contain lots of beta-carotenes from
plant foods have been linked with a lower risk of
some cancers. These include prostate, colon,
stomach and breast cancer.
It's a Good Source of Dietary Fiber

A single 18-gram serving of passion fruit


contains around 2 grams of fiber, most of which
is soluble fiber.
This is quite a large amount for such a small
fruit.
Fiber is important for keeping your gut healthy
and preventing constipation, yet most people
don't eat enough of it.
Soluble fiber helps slow the digestion of your
food, which can prevent blood sugar spikes.
Diets that are high in fiber are also associated
with a lower risk of diseases including heart
disease, diabetes and obesity.
SQUASH
Boosts Immunity
Squash is an important source of many nutrients,
including vitamin C, magnesium, and other
antioxidant compounds. These vitamins and minerals
are important antioxidant components in the body,
which help to neutralize free radicals throughout the
body.
Manages Diabetes
Proper, regulated metabolism of sugar in the body is
the best way to manage the symptoms of diabetes, a
disease which afflicts millions of people all around the
world. Squash is a great source of B-complex
vitamins, all of which are essential in that metabolic
activity. Furthermore, certain types of squash contain
good amounts of dietary fiber, including the
polysaccharide known as pectin.
Anti-inflammatory Capacity
Although talking about inflammation usually includes
a discussion of arthritis or gout, inflammation can
occur throughout the body, and is often a symptom of
other conditions, like a fever that is a signal of an
infection attacking the body. The anti-inflammatory
activity of squash is due to the presence of omega-3
fatty acids, carotenoids like lutein, zeaxanthin, and
beta-carotene, as well as somewhat unusual anti-
inflammatory polysaccharides called
homogalacturonan.
Antiseptic, Antimicrobial, Antifungal Activity
The natural immune-boosting ability of squash is
great for general illnesses, but specific toxins and
foreign bodies can also cause serious health issues.
However, as we mentioned in the introduction, the
seeds of squash can also be eaten or chewed to get a
number of health benefits. These seeds have
been directly connected to antiparasitic, antimicrobial,
and antifungal activity within the body, protecting us
from a wide variety of terrible diseases, including
tapeworms and other intestinal parasites.
Improves Lung Health
The vitamin in highest quantities within squash is
vitamin A, and studies have linked vitamin A to a
reduction in emphysema, particularly for those people
who are consistently exposed to carcinogens like
cigarette smoke.
Treats Neural Tube Defects
Squash has significant levels of folate, which has long
been known as an essential vitamin for pregnant
women. Folic acid, or folate, is integral in developing
the neural aspects of infantile health.
Cardiovascular Health
The magnesium and potassium present in squash
combine to form a very effective defensive line
against cardiovascular issues. Potassium is a
vasodilator, which means that it relaxes the tension of
blood vessels and arteries, thereby increasing blood
flow and reducing the stress on the heart.
Treats Asthma
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of
squash have been linked to a reduction in
asthmatic conditions, primarily because the irritation
that causes asthma can be eliminated by eating a diet
high in squash.
Regulates Blood Circulation
Many varieties of squash have high levels of iron and
copper, both of which are essential components of
red blood cells. What this means is that with enough
squash in your diet, you can reduce your chances of
developing anemia(iron deficiency) and you can
generally increase circulation within your
bloodstream, which can increase oxygenation, brain
function, and overall energy levels.
Improves Vision
It may be hard to believe, but a single serving of
squash can contain more than 400% of your daily
requirement for vitamin A, due to the massive
amount of beta-carotene that is found in it.
Strengthens Bones
The high levels of essential vitamins found within
squash make it a very important part of developing
bone matter and bone mineral density. Squash is a
valuable source of zinc, calcium, manganese, and
other very important trace elements.

Words of Caution: There are so many wonderful


benefits of squash, but it is important to recognize
some of the potential problems. As a strong agent to
reduce blood pressure, someone with hypotension
should avoid vegetables like squash, since it can
lower your blood pressure to a dangerous level.
CHAYOTE
High in Fiber
A high-fiber diet helps treat constipation and
normalize bowel movements. Eating chayote is a
good way to increase your fiber consumption.
One chayote contains 3.5 grams of fiber, which
contributes 14 percent of your daily value of 25
grams. Fiber also helps control blood sugar
levels -- particularly helpful for diabetics -- and
lowers cholesterol, which promotes a healthier
cardiovascular system.
Aids Weight Loss
A whole chayote only has 38.6 calories and 0.1
grams of fat. The high water content and fiber
help keep you fuller for longer without taking in a
lot of calories. You can eat chayote as a snack to
keep hunger at bay and stay within your daily
calorie intake. Due to the fruit's soft texture, you
can use chayote to bulk up a salad or add it to a
smoothie.
Provides Essential Vitamins
Chayote is an abundant source of folate and
vitamin C. Folate is a water-soluble vitamin that
is essential for female fertility and cancer
prevention. Taken before and during pregnancy,
it reduces the risk of neural tube birth defects. A
whole chayote contributes 189 micrograms of
folate to your diet, which amounts to about 50
percent of your recommended daily allowance.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps
fight free radicals, which may increase the risk of
heart disease and some forms of cancer. A
chayote contains 15.6 micrograms of vitamin C,
which amounts to 26 percent of your RDA.
Source Of Trace Minerals
Trace minerals are required in small amounts on
a daily basis to help maintain a healthy
metabolism, immune system and strong bones.
Chayote contains the trace minerals zinc,
magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and
potassium. Trace minerals make up part of the
body's hormones and enzymes. A chayote
provides 1 milligram of zinc -- 7 percent of your
daily value. Zinc plays a role in wound healing
and supports proper sense of taste and smell.
Calcium and magnesium keep bones strong, and
potassium supports nerve and muscle function.

PEPINO
Quick pick me-up - Cucumbers are a good
source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas
and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.
Rehydrates body and replenishes daily
Vitamins - Cucumbers are 95 percent
water, keeping the body hydrated while
helping the body eliminate toxins.
Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the
body needs in a single day.
Skin and hair care - If you don't like to eat
the skin, it can be used for skin irritations
and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place
a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-
inflammatory properties help reduce
puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in
cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.

Fight cancers - Cucumber are known to


contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and
secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have
a strong history of research in connection with
reduced risk of several cancer types,
including breast cancer, ovarian cancer,
uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
Home care - Eliminates a foggy mirror.
Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice
along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror
fogging up.
Relieves bad breath - Take a slice of
cucumber and press it to the roof of your
mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the
phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your
mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
Hangover cure - To avoid a morning
hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber
slices before going to bed. Cucumbers
contain enough sugar, B vitamins and
electrolytes to replenish many essential
nutrients, reducing the intensity of both
hangover and headache.

Aids in weight loss and digestion - Due


to its low calorie and high water content,
cucumber is an ideal diet for people who
are looking for weight loss. The high water
content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are
very effective in ridding the body of toxins
from the digestive system, aiding digestion.
Daily consumption of cucumbers can be
regarded as a remedy for chronic
constipation.
Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and
controls blood pressure - Cucumber juice
contains a hormone which is needed by the
cells of the pancreas for producing insulin
which has been found to be beneficial to
diabetic patients.
Promotes joint health, relieves gout and
arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent
source of silica, which is known to help
promotes joint health by strengthening the
connective tissues.

GYNURA
PRECUMBENS
It lowers your blood pressure
Hypertension can be fatal and keeping it
untreated isn’t wise. But are you uncomfortable
with popping tablets for hypertension? If yes, try
100% organic methods. Gynura Procumbens
has been used as a therapy for lowering high
blood pressure for decades. iScientific research
has proven its efficacy as an effective anti-
hypertensive remedy.
It protects you from viral disease
“herpes”
Herpes is a viral infection caused by herpes
simplex virus. It is mainly characterized by
blisters around mouth, fever and cold sores.
Herpes simplex virus stays low profile in your
body and may cause recurrent infections. But
here Gynura enters into the picture and rescues
you from these deadly viral infections. Yes, with
many other beneficial effects, this miraculous
plant can stop herpes virus too.

It lowers blood sugar levels


Diabetes has emerged as one of the
commonest diseases in the last few decades.
Generally speaking, diabetes occurs due to low
levels of insulin in the body, which leads to high
glucose levels in blood. Not being able to lower
blood sugar level is crippling because your
body becomes vulnerable to metabolic
damages.
It has powerful anti-oxidant effects
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Research shows that Gynura Procumbens has
strong anti-oxidant potential. This miraculous
plant has phenol compounds trapped in its
leaves. These phenolic compounds scavenge
free radicals in your body. When free radical
clutter of your body is under control, aging stays
away.
Gynura is highly anti-cancer in nature
Cancer surfaces due to uncontrolled
proliferation of cells and humanity is still
struggling with its treatment. However, Gynura
Procumbens is an emerging herbal anti-cancer
remedy. Proteins extracted from its leaves
include miraculin, peroxidase, thaumatin-like
proteins.

It has anti-hyperlipidemic effect


Diabetics are particularly monitored for their lipid
profile because they are vulnerable to
hyperlipidemia. It has been established above that
longevity spinach has anti-diabetic effects. But,
here is another wonderful effect of this plant i.e.
lowering cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the
body. Yes, anti-diabetic and anti-hyperlipidemic
effects go hand in hand. So, Gynura is a gateway
to brighten up your lipid profile.
It protects you from stomach ulcers
Many herbal plants have always been used for
gastrointestinal ailments. You might have seen
your great grandmother asking you to take an
herbal powder for heartburn. Gynura is also one
of those gastro-protective plants. However, the
good news is that it does something bigger than
heart burn or acidity. It alleviates ulcers of
gastrointestinal tracts.
It enhances wound healing
Wound healing is a physiological process that
starts right after the injury occurs. It’s like your
body uses its resources to perform self-healing.
When it gets completed, a scar forms as a
souvenir of injury and efforts made by your body.
However, you can manipulate this whole process
into speeding up and leaving less prominent scar.
Out of many natural and pharmacological
dressings, one of the best, scientifically backed is
Gynura.

Inflammation stays at a distance from


you
Science has proved its capabilities in keeping
inflammation at bay. It contains many bioactive
constituents, alkaloids and steroids. These
alkaloids play vital role in warding off
inflammation.
It’s an effective remedy for
rheumatism
Alternative practitioners have used Gynura for
rheumatism for ages. And owing to the anti-
inflammatory effects of this plant, it seems
logical enough. So, make this plan a part of
your life and you’ll see these effects for
yourself!
It modulates immune system
Gynura is one of those medicinal plants that
have immune modulating effects. They
stimulate growth of human lymphocytes- cells
of immune systems. Consuming these plants
also impacts growth of natural killer (NK) cells-
another variety of immune cells.
Gynura protects your heart
To protect your heart, you have to make sure
two things are right in your body. Blood
pressure at its normal measurement and lipids
under control. Gynura ensures achievement of
both these therapeutic goals.
It’s good news for your kidneys
Gynura is your kidneys’ long lost friend and
science has discovered it again. xiResearchers
have found that Gynura has healthy impacts on
progressive kidney disease. Bioactive
compounds present in its leaf extract inhibit
proliferation of mesangial cells (cells present in
kidney).
It boosts reproductive health
Speaking of reproductive health, this plant is
mainly concerned with diabetic males. Diabetic
males have more oxidative stress in their body,
which affects sperm quality and motility. In such
cases Gynura can help you in keeping sperm
quality intact. It clears away toxins- oxidative
stress- from your body and produces nutrition
for sperm.
It wards off skin diseases
Going natural for skin treatments isn’t new. Our
elders have always advised us to use natural
products for beautifying skin because they have
minimal side effects. But surprisingly, story
doesn’t end here. Some organic plants can not
only give glowing effect to your skin, but also
treat skin cancer. Topical application of Gynura
can do this for you.
It is used in medicines for covering
bitter taste
This is a benefit loved by pharmaceutical
industries because it solves their one of the
biggest problems. Gynura has a protein
miraculin which makes up more than 0.1% of its
protein extract. Miraculin protein is used to
make taste of bitter medicine, better and
useable.
Gynura has antifungal effects
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Among many medicinal plants found in
Malaysia, Gynura is one of those which have
high anti-fungal activity. So, it can be claimed
that besides having anti-viral effects, longevity
spinach also wards off fungal infections.
It is used as a medicinal tooth paste
Having teeth troubles? Make herbal toothpaste
for you. Gynura is used to make a medicinal
tooth paste with 1-20% extract of it. It also
contains compounds like glycol, diglycol,
abradant, carboxymethyl cellulose and others in
various concentrations.
Your liver stays protected
Flavonoids present in Gynura extract scavenge
free radicals and protects your liver. They act
like a detox therapy, freeing your body from
poisons and giving your liver a break!

PAPAYA
Better Digestive Health
Papayas are commonly used to aid digestion.
The presence of papain, a digestive super
enzyme, improves digestion by breaking
down proteins and also cleanses the digestive
tract. This ensures a reduced conversion of
protein into body fat. If the protein in our diet is
not digested properly, it may cause arthritis,
constipation, diabetes, high blood pressure and
other related health conditions.
Promotes Weight Loss
Papayas are also good for people who are
trying to lose weight naturally. Having a bowl
full of papaya as a mid-evening or mid-morning
snack is good for health.
Prevents Infections
Papayas are effective for killing intestinal
worms, thereby avoiding infections and
complications associated with them.
Relieves Toothache
A paste of fresh papaya roots can be massaged
onto the teeth and gums to get relief from
toothaches. The bark of the tree, primarily the
inner bark, is also an excellent remedy.
Anticancer Properties
Researchers have discovered that papayas are
effective against breast, pancreatic and other
cancers. A papaya leaf extract obtained from
dried leaves produced anti-carcinogenic effects
against tumor cells that were grown in the
laboratory.
Skin Care
Papayas can be great revitalizing agents, which
is why they are used in many cosmetics. Also,
papayas are used in homemade face masks by
many women. Papain kills dead cells and
purifies the skin. The beneficial properties and
the healing enzymes present in papaya help
treat sunburn and irritated skin. A good
facial massage using papaya is a fabulous
remedy to remove the dead cells.
Improves Heart Health
The seeds of papayas are good for a healthy
heart. Having three powerful antioxidant
vitamins, namely vitamin A, vitamin C
and vitamin E, means papayas are helpful in
preventing problems such
as atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.

Reduces Acne and Burns


The latex obtained from papayas is used to
treat the areas on the skin affected with acne.
The fleshy side of the papaya skin can be used
as a mask to cure acne. A diet which includes
papayas will help cure the condition internally,
making the skin clear. Got a burn? Use papaya.
When the latex from the fruit is applied on burnt
area, it helps in reducing the marks caused due
to the burn.
Anti-Inflammatory Effects
The enzymes present in papayas, especially
the papain and chymopapain, reduce the
inflammation in different parts of the body.
CELERY
Helps Lower High Cholesterol
Benefits of celery include its cholesterol-
lowering power that make it useful for
improving or maintaining heart health.
Lowers Inflammation
Celery contains antioxidants and
polysaccharides that are known to act as
anti-inflammatories, especially flavonoid
and polyphenol antioxidants.
Helps Prevent or Treat High Blood
Pressure
Celery seed extracts have anti-hypertensive
properties that help reduce high blood
pressure, one of the important risk factors
for coronary heart disease that is the
largest cause of mortality in industrial
countries.
Beneficial for Weight Loss
Celery is extremely low in calories and can
be a valuable food to help you lose
weight because of its ability to provide vital
nutrients and to help regulate lipid
(fat) metabolism.

Helps Prevent Ulcers


Here’s one of the benefits of celery you
may not have known about: It can help
prevent or reduce the formation of painful
ulcers. A 2010 study published in the
Journal of Pharmaceutical Biology found
that celery contains a special type of
ethanol extract that is useful in protecting
the lining of the digestive tract from ulcers.
Protects Liver Health
When researchers from the Department of
Nutrition and Food Science at Helwan
University in Egypt fed rats celery (along
with chicory and barley), these rats
experienced a reduction in the amount of
dangerous fat buildup within the liver.
Boosts Digestion and Reduces
Bloating
Celery seeds contain an odorless and oily
compound known as NBP that has a
diuretic effect and helps the body to detox.
In studies involving rats, urine volume was
significantly greater when rats were given
celery extract compared to a control group.

Contains Anti-Microbial Properties


That Fight Infections
Celery seeds have actually been used for
centuries as an herbal medicine with
reported antibacterial effects. A 2009 report
published in the Journal of Pharmacy and
Pharmacology shows that celery contains
special anti-microbial components found in
the seeds of the celery plant.
Helps Prevent Urinary Tract
Infections
Because celery helps to reduce uric acid
and stimulates urine production, it’s
beneficial for fighting bacterial infections
within the digestive tract and reproductive
organs.
May Help Protect from Cancer
Another one of the important benefits of
celery? It’s in the same plant family as
cancer-protective vegetables like carrots,
celery, fennel, parsley and parsnips, which
all contain chemo-protective compounds
called polyacetylenes.

GINGER
Digestion
The phenolic compounds in ginger are
known to help relieve gastrointestinal (GI)
irritation, stimulate saliva and bile
production, and suppress gastric
contractions as food and fluids move
through the GI tract.
At the same time, ginger also appears to
have beneficial effects on the enzymes
trypsin and pancreatic lipase, and to
increase motility through the digestive tract.
This suggests ginger could help
prevent colon cancer and constipation.
Nausea
Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea
is a common home remedy for nausea
during cancertreatment.
Taking ginger for motion sickness seems to
reduce feelings of nausea, but it does not
appear to prevent vomiting.

Cold and flu relief


During cold weather, drinking ginger tea is
good way to keep warm. It is diaphoretic,
which means that it promotes sweating,
working to warm the body from within.
To make ginger tea at home, slice 20 to 40
grams (g) of fresh ginger and steep it in a
cup of hot water. Adding a slice of lemon or
a drop of honey adds flavor and additional
benefits, including vitamin C and
antibacterial properties.
This makes a soothing natural remedy for a
cold or flu.
Pain reduction
A study involving 74 volunteers carried out
at the University of Georgia found that daily
ginger supplementation reduced exercise-
induced muscle pain by 25 percent.
Ginger has also been found to reduce the
symptoms of dysmenorrhea, the severe
pain that some women experience during a
menstrual cycle.

Inflammation
Ginger has been used for centuries to
reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory
conditions.
A study published in Cancer Prevention
Research journal reported that ginger
supplements reduced the risk of colorectal
cancer developing in the bowel of 20
volunteers.
Ginger has also been found to be "modestly
efficacious and reasonably safe" for treating
inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
Cardiovascular health
Other possible
uses include reducing cholesterol, lowering
the risk of blood clotting, and helping to
maintain healthy blood sugar levels. More
research is needed, but if proven, ginger
could become part of a treatment for heart
disease and diabetes.

TURMERIC
Anti-inflammatory Capacity
One of the most well-known applications of
turmeric is as an anti-inflammatory agent. The
active ingredients in turmeric are extensive, but
a particularly crucial compound is curcumin.
This substance has received considerable
attention in the medical community due to its
potent anti-inflammatory abilities.
Treats Menstrual Issues
If you suffer from severe menstrual discomfort,
cramping, bloating, excessive bleeding, or
mood swings, turmeric may be precisely what
you’ve been looking for. The anti-inflammatory
and soothing nature of the herb’s natural
compounds can relieve most symptoms of
menstruation.
Prevents Cystic Fibrosis
Although this crippling, fatal disease is not
discussed as often as cancer or disheartease,
this particular condition attacks the lungs with
thick mucus, as well as the pancreas. The
curcumin found in turmeric has been shown to
correct the protein-folding mutation that
can cause the development of this deadly
disease.

Prevents Cancer
It seems that the whole world is searching for a
cure for cancer, as well they should be, and
turmeric is one of the best herbal approaches to
the treatment or prevention of various types of
cancer. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant
agent that has been directly linked to a
reduction in colon cancer cells and is also a
direct inhibitor of a protein that is essential for
tumor growth.
Detoxifies the Body
Turmeric and its active organic compounds
have also been found to improve
liver function and reduce the levels of toxicity in
the body by stimulating the lymphatic system
and ensuring that toxins are removed efficiently.
This is to say that the antioxidant activities of
turmeric are an ideal solution for liver ailments
or toxicity.
Improves Heart Health
There are a few different angles by which
turmeric can boost your cardiovascular health –
curcumin and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 can
efficiently inhibit the production of
homocysteine, which is a negative bodily by-
product that seriously damages cell walls.

Cognitive Abilities
In traditional medicine, turmeric was often relied
on to boost cognitive abilities,
increase concentration, and boost memory
retention. Many of those traditional beliefs have
ended up being legitimated by research, and
turmeric is still considered a brain-boosting
herb.
Treats Depression
Curcumin truly is a versatile substance, and
the research has even stretched into its effects
on the hormonal balance in the body. Studies
have shown that curcumin has a similar effect
as Prozac on patients suffering from
depression, mood swings, anxiety, and stress.
This makes it a powerful alternative to
pharmaceutical routes, which often have
dangerous or addictive side effects.

SPINACH
Diabetes management
Spinach contains an antioxidant known as
alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to
lower glucose levels,
increase insulin sensitivity, and prevent
oxidative stress-induced changes in patients
with diabetes.
Cancer prevention
Spinach and other green vegetables contain
chlorophyll, which has been shown to be
effective at blocking the carcinogenic effects of
heterocyclic amines, which are generated when
grilling foods at a high temperature.
Asthma prevention
The risks for developing asthma are lower in
people who consume a high amount of certain
nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-
carotene, of which spinach is an excellent
source.

Lowering blood pressure


Due to its high potassium content, spinach is
recommended for people with high blood
pressure; it can help reduce the effects of
sodium in the body. A low potassium intake
may be just as big of a risk factor for
developing high blood pressure as a high
sodium intake.
Bone health
Low intakes of vitamin K have been associated
with a higher risk of bone fracture.
Adequate vitamin K consumption is important
for good health, as it acts as a modifier of bone
matrix proteins, improves calcium absorption,
and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium.
Promotes regularity
Spinach is high in fiber and water, both of which
help to prevent constipation and promote a
healthy digestive tract.
Healthy skin and hair
Spinach is high in vitamin A, which is necessary
for sebum production to keep hair moisturized.
Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all
bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

MALUNGGAY
1. Normalize Blood Sugar Level
(Diabetes)
Malunggay leaves have many potential in
managing health especially for diabetes.
Hyperglycemia is one of the most important
symptoms of diabetes. The study used
Malunggay leaves tea in lowering the blood
sugar levels. The research involved some
participants and they were asked to have
breakfast before they drank Malunggay tea.
2. Combating Malnutritions
Malunggay leaves have been known in medical
field as the effective way to combat malnutrition
especially among infants or new born baby and
nursing mothers. In order to combat
malnutrition, Malunggay leaves are consumed
by mothers in feeding programs. The
drumsticks are similarly to green beans while
the seeds are taken out from the mature pods
and it is cooked like roasted nuts.

3. Anti-infectious, Antibacterial and


Antifungal
The medical field has proved the miracle
benefits of Malunggay leaves for some
treatments including the herbal medicine for
anti infectious, anti bacterial and antifungal
since Malunggay leaves contain iron, thiamin,
calcium, beta-carotene, phosphorous, vitamin
A, B, C and E and lipoprotein.

4. Anticancer (Phytochemicals)
Phytochemical is chemical compounds
produced by plants and the study analyzed that
Malunggay leaves were particulary rich in
potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin A
and D, Essential amino acids as well as known
as antioxidants such as β-carotene, vitamin C
and flavonoids. Furthermore, this miracle plant
is rich in compounds containing simple sugar,
rhamnose and unique group or glucosinolates
and isothiocyanates which categorized as
hypotensive, anticancer and antibacterial
activities. Benzyl isothiocyanate which is found
in Malunggay leaves can prevent cancer cells in
our body. cells activities.

5. Anti-inflammatory
The Malunggay leaves are loaded with various
vitamins and minerals which can effectively
prevent againts many kind of sickness. A recent
reseach analyzed that Malunggay 4-(4′-O-
acetyl-α-L-rhamnosyloxy) benzyl isothiocyanate
and 4-(α-L-rhamnosyloxy) benzylisothiocyanate
could significantly decreased gene expression
and production of inflammatory markers in
RAW macrophages.

6. Produce more Milk for Breast-feeding


Breast-feeding mothers need to give the best
milk for their baby in order to prevent
malnutrition. Natural nutrition of breast-feeding
can produce more milk if the mothers consume
Malunggay leaves. Moreover Malunggay leaves
is believed to have an aphrodisiac that
enchance or stimulate the sexual activity.
Malunggay young can increase the flow of milk
lactating mothers.

7. Strengthen the Immune System


Malunggay leaves help to boost immune
system about 10x more than the commercially-
made vitamins and other supplements.

8. Helping to Restore Skin Condition


Eating fresh and young Malunggay leaves can
reduce the skin problem such as irritated skin
and reddened skin. The seed oil is also the
main agent to prevent inflammatory.
9. Relieves Headache
Malunggay leaves are not only used for serious
illness, but also used to treat another diseases
such as headache where by the leaves
enriched by vitamin A and C. Malunggay fried-
leaves are useful for cold and fever while the
juice of its leaves is used in cases of headache
10. Strengthen the Eye Muscles
Another benefit of Malunggay leave juice is also
applied in the eye in fainting fits due to nervous
debility. Malunggay’s vitamins and minerals is
essential for preventing general micronutrient
disorders. Vitamin E which is contained in
Malunggay leaves can strengthen muscle
weakness including eye muscles.
11. Prevent the Intestinal Worms
(Anthelmintics)
Malunggay leave contain important nutrient
called anthelmintic which can prevent againts
parasitic or worms and may able to kill the
intestinal worms activities in the body.

12. Increase Semen Count


Malunggay leaves tea have been proved as the
multi-advantages tree. While Malunggay fruits
may bring the solution for men’s problem. For
those who has the semen problem, Malunggay
is the best way to increase semen count. It can
effectively help men to produce more fluids in
which they protect and enriches sperm.
13. Relax and Promote Good-Night Sleep
For those who is lack of sleep can use
Malunggay as natural sleep aid to make good-
night sleep very well. The various nutrients from
Malunggay leaves make people can get relaxed
and freshed brain and prevent nervous
disorder.
14. Treat Common Cold, Fever and
Asthma
When cold, fever or asthma occur in our body,
the effective herbal medicine such as
Malunggay is the best way to heal naturally.
Malunggay has more vitamin C than other fruits
which can strengthen immune system and
attact diseases such as cold, fever and even
astma. Besides its young root can treat fever as
well as its leaves. While for Asthma, scientists
suggested Malunggay seeds and juice of the
young root mixed with milk for treatment of
Asthma.

15. Heal Ulcers


Another benefit of Malunggay leaves is proved
in healing ulcer or gastritis. The amino acid
histidine of Malunggay can be used in healing
ulcer and glutamic acid.
16. Clean Dirty or Polluted Water
Malunggay is not known only as the medical
herbal but in many countries, the seeds of the
Malunggay tree are used to purify and clean
dirty-polluted water.
17. Treat Rheumatism
Malunggay leaves is known as useful medicine
to heal aching muscles and it is also effective to
reduce rheumatism since Malunggay has
amino-acid histidine used in treatment of
rheumatoid arhtritis. Malunggay leaves can
work together with its seed and they are
roasted then it is applied in painful area of
rheumatism. Vitamin B1 of Malunggay is also
preventing rheumatism.
18. Hypocholestemia or High
Cholesterol
Malunggay leaves contain calcium, potassium,
protein, iron and vitamin A, B, and C in which
they contribute and balance the cholesterol
level in the body. It is the same when
Malunggay leaves were tested to measure
blood sugar levels.

OKRA
Improves Digestion
Perhaps, the best part of adding okra to
your diet is the significant increase it can
have on your total fiber intake.
Mucilaginous fiber found in okra can help
move food through your digestive tract by
adding bulk. This means that bowel
movements are more regular and there is a
reduction in gastrointestinal issues such as
bloating, cramping, constipation, and
excess gas. Oddly, it also helps
prevent diarrhea, because it adds bulk to
watery stools. Further, its fiber content can
help to clear out excess cholesterol in the
body and controls the rate at which sugar is
absorbed into the body.

Improves Vision
Okra contains a very high content of vitamin
A, as well as antioxidant components like
beta carotenes, xanthein, and lutein.
Antioxidants are powerful compounds that
destroy or neutralize free radicals, which
are the dangerous byproducts of
cellular metabolism. Free radicals are
responsible for cell degradation in the body,
including those responsible for vision. With
high levels of okra in your diet, you can
protect your eyes against macular
degeneration and cataracts.

Skin Care
Vitamin A antioxidants are also able to
protect skin health, by promoting quicker
healing, reducing the appearance of scars
and acne, and eliminating wrinkles. This is
because the antioxidants are able to
neutralize the free radicals which may have
damaged those skin cells.

Boosts Immunity
The various antioxidant components of okra
make it very beneficial to fight off free
radicals, but the high vitamin Ccontent also
means that the body’s immunity is boosted.
This vitamin can stimulate the immune
system to create white blood cells, which
can combat the other foreign pathogens
and materials in the body that can weaken
the immune system.

Lowers Blood Pressure


Okra is a good source of both vitamins and
minerals, including potassium, which is an
essential aspect of human health.
Potassium is necessary to maintain proper
fluid balance in the body because it
balances sodium. Furthermore,
potassium helps to relax the blood vessels
and arteries, which therefore reduces blood
pressure and lessens the strain on the
cardiovascular system. This means that
clotting and atherosclerosis will be greatly
reduced.
BANANA
1. Potassium
Potassium is an essential mineral which maintains
proper heart function and regulates your blood
pressure. Potassium-rich foods such as bananas
actually offset the effect of sodium (salt) in raising
your blood pressure.

2. Increased Energy
Bananas make a great work snack to combat that
mid-afternoon slump. They’re a good choice for
weight loss too - a small banana contains about 100
calories and will satisfy your sweet cravings.

3. Improved Digestion
Most of us don’t get nearly enough fiber in our diets.
Fiber is needed to help food travel smoothly through
the digestive tract. It also improves your bowel
movements. Bananas are a great source of dietary
fiber.

4. Cure for Ulcers & Heartburn


Bananas are a known cure for heartburn. They help
balance your stomach’s pH and enhance the
protective mucus layer, relieving pain. The fiber
content also moves food through your digestive tract
faster - preventing reflux.

5. Vitamin B6
Bananas are particularly high in vitamin B6. This
vitamin is important for creating hemoglobin for
healthy blood.
B6 is also involved in maintaining proper blood
sugar levels, synthesizing and breaking down amino
acids and producing antibodies for a stronger
immune response in your body.
Just one banana has a full fifth of your recommended
daily intake of vitamin B6. And they taste much
better than vitamin pills too!

6. Skin Conditions
Even the banana’s skin has its uses. It is great for
treating skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
Rub the freshly peeled inside of the banana skin
gently over the affected area and leave the residue to
be absorbed. The fatty acid content of the banana
skin helps relieve a variety of skin conditions, as well
as having a strong moisturising effect.

7. Other Vitamins & Minerals


In addition to the high levels of potassium and
vitamin B6 mentioned above, bananas also have high
levels of vitamin C, magnesium and manganese.
They are also a source of most of the other B
vitamins and smaller amounts of trace minerals like
iodine, iron, selenium and zinc.
8. A Cancer Fighter?
Recent Japanese animal research linked bananas that are
fully ripe (with dark spots) to production of a compound
called TNF–a. This is a cytokine believed to have the
potential to increase white blood cell count, thus enhancing
your immunity and combating cancerous cell changes.

9. Improves Mood and Reduces


Stress
Bananas are a good source of the amino acid tryptophan
which your body converts to serotonin.
Amongst many other things, proper serotonin levels help
improve your mood, reduce stress and enhance your
general outlook and happiness levels. It also helps regulate
your sleep patterns.

10. Hangover Cure


Bananas are a great choice for mornings when you’ve
overdone it a bit the night before. A couple of bananas
blended with ice, berries and coconut milk or cow’s milk
makes a really good hangover recovery drink.