Cranberry: Health Benefits
Cranberries are loaded with unique antioxidants and other phytonutrients that may protect against heart disease, cancer and variety of other diseases. Cranberries have also been shown to prevent or reduce urinary tract infections. The proanthocyanidins (PACS) in cranberries prevent the adhesion of certain bacteria, including E. coli to the urinary tract wall. The anti-adhesion properties of the cranberry may also inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers.
Blackberry Leaf: Health Benefits
Blackberry leaf is approved in Germany for treating mild inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat. This makes it beneficial for relieving sore throat, mouth sores and gum inflammation.
Blackberry leaf has been found to be an effective treatment for diarrhea.
A laboratory study published in the July 2009 issue of the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents evaluated the effects of Rubus ulmifolius, or elmleaf blackberry, on Helicobacter pylori bacteria, using leaves and isolated polyphenols. H. pylori is a common cause of gastrointestinal ulcers and stomach inflammation. The leaf extract and all of the polyphenols had antibacterial effects against H. pylori.
Raspberry: Health Benefits
Raspberries are rich in phytonutrients, which provide many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The phytonutrients in raspberries help lower our risk of chronic diseases that are associated with chronic oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. These chronic diseases include obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. These same antioxidants have anti-cancer properties as well.
Apple: Health Benefits
Apples are rich in polyphenols. Apples help decrease the oxidation of cell membrane fats, which leads to improved cardiovascular health. Apples’ strong antioxidant benefits are also related to their ability to lower risk of asthma in numerous studies, and their ability to lower risk of lung cancer.
Hibiscus and Your Health
Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rosemallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἱβίσκος (hibískos), which was the name Pedanius Dioscorides (ca. 40–90) gave to Althaea officinalis.
Hibiscus tea is a natural source of vitamin C. It delivers a variety of beneficial organic acids, which include tartaric, citric and maleic acids. It also has the active flavonoids cyanidin and delphinidin, which gives the tea its red color. Every 100 g of hibiscus contains approximately 49 calories — 0.1 g of fat, 12.3 g of carbohydrates, 14 mg of vitamin C, 57 mg of iron and 1.7 mg of calcium. It is also rich in beta-carotene, about 300 mg per cup and 57 mg of iron.
Rose Hips, A Natural Tonic
Rose hips contain vitamins C, E, and K, calcium, citric acid, iron, niacin, phosphorus, tannin, vitamin A, B1, B2, and P. As a natural stimulant it gently allows movement of the bowels, as diuretic rose hips cleanse the urinary system, as a pectoral hips are a remedy for pulmonary and other lung diseases, and as a tonic the rose hips strengthen organs.
Rose hips benefit skin, the immune system, as well as the bladder. Studies have shown that rose hips can help prevent the development of kidney stones and prevent diarrhea. Additional studies have proven rose hips are helpful to the circulatory system, respiratory system, the thymus gland and as a blood cleanser.