Alpha-Carotene for Heart Disease and Cancer Protection

Alpha-carotene

The antioxidant carotenoid alpha-carotene is found primarily in orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkins and many leafy greens.

While often found alongside the more well known beta-carotene, new research is showing alpha-carotene to be an even more powerful antioxidant for cancer prevention and protecting your cardiovascular system.

Heart Disease and Cancer Studies Using Alpha-Carotene

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What Is Lycopene Good For? Skin, Heart and Cancer Protection with Tomatoes

Health benefits of lycopeneLycopene is a potent antioxidant that gives foods like tomatoes, goji berries, watermelon, red bell pepper and guava their red color.

Tomatoes, and in particular processed tomato products like tomato sauce, tomato soup and ketchup, are by far the biggest sources of lycopene in the American diet.

There has been a lot of interest in the strong protective properties and potential health benefits of lycopene in recent years. Consequently, it is one of the most studied and researched of all the antioxidant carotenoids.

Here’s how getting more lycopene into your diet can help protect your body against many life-threatening diseases, like cancer and cardiovascular disease and even slow down the visible signs of aging.

Lycopene is a Powerful Antioxidant

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Lactose Sensitivity and Why Milk Gives You Gas

Why milk causes fartingLactose sensitivity is a very common cause of digestive problems. A person who is sensitive to the lactose in milk will often experience symptoms such as bloating, intestinal cramps and excessive gas after consuming dairy products.

Ahead is what causes lactose sensitivity and intolerance, how to know if it’s affecting you, what foods and drinks contain lactose and how to greatly reduces symptoms if you do have milk or one of the many other sources of lactose.

What Is Lactose Sensitivity?

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How to Use Fennel Seeds for Gas, Cramps and Bloating

Fennel for flatulenceIn herbal medicine fennel seeds are recognized as a powerful carminative — a herb that assists in expelling gas from your intestinal tract.

Here’s how these powerful little seeds reduce gastrointestinal problems and flatulence, a few potential precautions to be aware of and two ways to use fennel seeds to help prevent or treat intestinal cramps, bloating and embarrassing gas.

How Fennel Seeds Help Digestive Problems

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Fennel Seed Tea — The Quickest Remedy for Digestive Problems

Benefits of fennel teaFennel is an important herb that has been used safely for many thousands of years in various cultures around the world.

Fennel seeds are traditionally used both as a cooking spice and as an aid to digestion.

Fennel tea is prepared from crushed or ground fennel  seeds steeped in very hot water.

These seeds are rich in volatile oils like anethole, fenchone and estragole that are responsible for its antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Here’s just what fennel tea is good for and how it can help with gastrointestinal problems like bloating, IBS and flatulence.

Bloating and Flatulence

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3 Healthy and Delicious Pineapple Juice Recipes

pineapple-juice-recipesFresh pineapple juice is not only delicious, it’s also very good for you. So beneficial in fact that it can even be used therapeutically for health problems like arthritis, digestion problems and to provide a potent nutritional boost for better skin.

The many health benefits of pineapple juice are covered in more detail in what makes pineapple healthy.

In fact, minus the fiber, the juice of pineapples is an even more concentrated form of all of the bromelain enzymes, vitamin C and other antioxidants, manganese, copper, B vitamins and other nutrition found in pineapple.

Ahead are 3 different pineapple juice recipes using pineapples blended with other healthy fruits and vegetables.

You can use these recipes for treating digestive issues, arthritis and other joint problems and as a great tasting way to improve your skin and enhance your body’s antioxidant protection.

3 Pineapple Juice Recipes for Beautiful Skin, Better Digestion and Arthritis

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How to Pick, Ripen and Prepare Pineapples

Prepare pineapplesHere’s how to choose a good pineapple at the market, an unusual tip for pineapple ripening and how to prepare pineapples for juicing and other healthy recipes.

How to Select a Pineapple

When you’re looking to pick a good pineapple start with the size a color.

The best pineapples to choose should look quite wide and deeply colored rather than pale. The spiky leaves on top should not be wilted and instead be fresh, firm and green.

Make sure the pineapple feels firm to the touch and have a look at the base to check that there’s some orange color there. This is very important when selecting your pineapple.

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