Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. Take it in combination
with vitamin E, selenium, zinc. Vitamin C has a sparing
effect on vitamin E (ie. vitamin C has the ability to regenerate
vitamin E, making
vitamin E reusable. This lessens our bodies requirement
of vitamin E, and will need less vitamin E to achieve the
same amount of benefits.
Vitamin C is also
important for collagen formation and tissue repair, fights
bacteria and viruses, reduces the severity and duration
of colds, maintains vascular health, increases iron absorption.
Deficiency symptoms include bleeding gums, poor wound healing,
bruise easily, nosebleeds, impaired digestion.
info on Vitamin C (immunity booster, male fertility enhancer,
Category: Chemical element / stimulant – major constituent
Caffeine is considered a nutrient destroyer. Besides destroying
may important nutrients, it also increases blood pressure
and stress. Too much caffeine has also been blamed for lower
birth weight in newborn babies.
However, there have been some recent reports that coffee/caffeine
can lower the risk of: type II diabetes, Parkinson’s
disease and colon cancer. Caffeine can also treat headaches,
improve mood, and reduce dental cavities.
I am still researching the health effects of coffee, and
will update this topic once I have more information to share.
>> Coffee is
a nutrient destroyer
Category: Nutrient / Mineral
Calcium is a mineral based nutrient important for the formation
and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Calcium
also assists in normal blood clotting, muscle action, nerve
and heart functions.
Deficiency signs include back and leg pain, brittle bones,
insomnia, irritability and depression.
info on calcium (the bone and teeth mineral)
Camomile / Chamomile
Category: Herb / flower
The chamomile flower is often taken internally as tea. It
has antispasmodic properties and relieves digestive upsets.
Other ailments that Camomile
can treat: flatulence, gastrointestinal spasms, indigestion,
inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Chamomile tea
is often used as a bedtime beverage due to its mild sedative
effects. Tastes good on its own or with a bit of honey.
Externally, camomile extracts are useful for treating skin
info on Camomile
Carbohydrates are our main source of energy. The simplest
forms are sugars (eg. glucose, fructose, sucrose). Compounds
of several sugars are known as complex carbohydrates. The
most common of these are found in starchy foods (eg. Bread,
pasta, rice, potatoes).
During digestion, the body splits most carbohydrates into
simple sugars and will require insulin to absorb them to
use as energy. For good health, nutritionists recommend
that starchy foods should supply about half of our daily
is the nutrient mineral required for proper metabolism of
Category: plant / vegetable / herb
Carrots contain carotene, which is good for the eyes and aids
in night vision.
The carrot seed is a diuretic and aids in dysentery, gas/wind,
scanty urine flow, worms, menstrual irregularity. Carrot
seeds crushed into powder and made into tea has been used
to relieve colic.
The carrot root is used as a stimulant for indolent ulcers,
blood-sugar reducer, treatment for diabetes, gout, heart
disease and indigestion.
Carotenoids are converted to Vitamin
A in our bodies. Beta carotene is the more common of the
carotenoid family. Taking carotenoids instead of straight
vitamin A, is a better method of supplementing our bodies.
Too much Vitamin A is toxic, but taking carotenoids are not.
Our bodies will only convert the vitamin A amount that is
needed, so there is a much reduced probability of vitamin
Suggestion: Have a mixture of carotenoids.
Beta carotene: 10,000
– 15,000 IU
Lycopene: 1 – 3 mg
Lutein / Zeaxanthin: 1 – 6 mg
Alpha carotene: 500 – 800 mcg (microgram)
Casimir Funk, Dr.
Dr. Funk was a scientist in Poland. In 1911, he coined the
term “vitamine”. He observed that certain food
components were required to prevent nutritional-deficiency
diseases (eg. beri-beri was caused by vitamin
B1 deficiency, scurvy was caused by vitamin
C deficiency, and rickets was caused by vitamin
He assumed (mistakenly) that these food components were
a class of organic compounds called amines. Because they
are vital to the well being of humans, he coined the term
"vitamine" (from the two words: vital amines).
Catarrh is mucus in the nose, throat and chest caused by infection,
allergy or irritation of the mucous membranes.
Category: Flavanoid phytonutrient
Catechins is a group of flavanoid phytonutrients abundant
in tea (especially green
tea). Catechins is able to prevent certain
cancers. Catechins also posseses powerful cell DNA protection
Considered a powerful antioxidant.
Category: Food / Vegetable
Celery has a calming effect on the
digestive system, relieving gas and indigestion.
It is also reputed to be useful against rheumatism
and gout. Celery juice and celery seed extract are
good diuretics (ie. promotes urination). Excellent
source of vitamin
Chinese medicine practitioners have
long recognized celery's ability to reduce high
blood pressure. Western scientist have recently
discovered that celery contains active compounds
called pthalides which help relax the muscles around
the arteries, allowing these vessels to dilate.
With this dilation, the blood flows at a lower pressure.
And apart from pthalides, celery also has lots of
which also has been known to reduce blood pressure.
Nutritional components (in descending
order in terms of amounts):
Folate, Dietary Fibre, Molybdenum,
B6 (pyridoxine), Calcium,
B1 (thiamin), Magnesium,
A, Tryptophan, Phosphorous,
B2 (riboflavin), Iron.
Makes an excellent snack, and is delicious
with tomato juice.