Vitamin E is found in foods like vegetable oils, meat, eggs, milk and leafy vegetables, according to Drugs.com. Supplemental forms of vitamin E, such as capsules, can be ingested to treat a vitamin E deficiency when recommended by a health care professional. In addition, applying vitamin E directly to facial skin has potential benefits for your skin’s appearance and texture.
Bergamot oil is extracted from the fruit of the bergamot tree, which is grown in Italy, Morocco and Corsica. According to “The Aromatherapy Bible” by Gill Farrer-Halls, the oil is taken from the peel of the fruit when it is nearly ripe. Bergamot oil has a citrus aroma and is used in aromatherapy. Many holistic practitioners also believe that it has medicinal benefits. Consult with a physician before ingesting bergamot or applying it to the skin.
Yogurt is nutrient-dense, containing high amounts of protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B-12. Women who eat yogurt regularly generally have a better overall diet quality than those who don’t consume yogurt, according to a study published in 2013 in “Nutrition Research.” Several specific benefits exist for women who regularly consume yogurt.
Reduced Disease Risks
The plant Borago officinalis is the source of star flower oil. While the blue star-shaped flowers can be eaten as a vegetable, oil pressed from the seeds is a nutritional supplement and herbal remedy. The borage plant grows throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, and the seeds are high in the omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid. GLA is particularly beneficial because it reduces inflammation in the body, while some other omega-6 fatty acids increase inflammation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Because of its GLA content, star flower oil, also called borage oil, provides important health benefits.
Essential Fatty Acid Content
Zucchini serves as a good source of vitamin C. A water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C dissolves in your body fluids and protects your cells from free radicals, which are highly reactive compounds that oxidize your DNA, lipids and proteins, causing cellular damage. Getting enough vitamin C in your diet also aids in nerve cell communication, helps your body metabolize cholesterol and keeps your tissues strong. A cup of chopped zucchini contains 22 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 24 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 29 percent for women, set by the Institute of Medicine.
LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN
Zucchini also provides you with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytonutrients that belong to the carotenoid family, which is the same nutrient family that includes beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A. Lutein and zeaxanthin promote healthy eyesight. They filter light rays as they enter your eye, helping to ensure that harmful rays can’t damage your eye tissues. While, as of September 2013, the Institute of Medicine has not set a recommended daily intake for lutein and zeaxanthin, the American Optometric Association notes that intakes of at least 6 milligrams per day can reduce your risk for age-related macular degeneration, an eye disease that causes blindness. A cup of chopped zucchini provides 2.6 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, or 43 percent of this intake goal.
Consuming zucchini also boosts your intake of manganese, an essential mineral. Like vitamin C, manganese protects your tissues from harmful free radicals. It supports the function of glycosyltransferases, a family of proteins that promote healthy bone tissue development. Manganese also helps your body produce collagen essential for efficient wound healing. Each cup of chopped zucchini boasts 0.22 milligram of manganese. This provides 12 and 10 percent of the Institute of Medicine’s recommended daily intake for women and men, respectively.
CONSUMING MORE ZUCCHINI
Zucchini is as tasty eaten raw as it is cooked. Try cutting raw zucchini into sticks, and pair it with healthy condiments, like hummus or guacamole. Use a vegetable peeler to cut zucchini into long, thin strips, and mix them with lemon juice, olive oil and pepper for an easy-to-prepare but flavorful salad. Saute zucchini in vegetable broth, then add flavor with freshly chopped basil or mint, or brush zucchini strips with olive oil and then grill until cooked.
Black fungus, or Auricularia polytricha, is sometimes known as wood ear, cloud ear, Judas ear or tree ear. It is a mushroom that is dark brown to black and native to Asia and some Pacific islands with humid climates, according to the Mycological Society of San Francisco. It is edible and often used in Asian cooking. It is a beneficial herb in helping with health issues by treating the lungs, stomach and liver, according to the Institute of Chinese Medicine.
According to Cabrillo College, the Ohlone Indians used rose hips for compresses to treat skin wounds and scabs. You can make a rose hip compress by adding 4 Tbsp. of cut rose hips (minus the seeds) in a small pot of boiling water, letting them simmer gently for at least 10 minutes. Soak a cotton rag in this liquid and use directly onto affected skin. You can also soak your rose hips directly in a carrier oil such as almond or olive oil for four weeks to make a soothing oil for the face.
According to herbalist David Hoffmann in his book “The New Holistic Herbal,” rose hips are one of the best sources of vitamin C, which will help treat infections and boost the body’s immune system. Vitamin C is an antioxidant as it scavenges free radicals that are harmful to all cells in the body.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin C is responsible for collagen production in the body, which is an important element in the structure of bones and muscles.
Iron produces red blood cells, which oxygenate the body and is lost many times during menstruation. Vitamin C is responsible for the proper absorption of iron, making it a helpful ally for overall health.
To make a syrup with rose hips, Hoffmann suggests removing the seeds from the hips and pouring one pint of boiling rose hip liquid onto 3/4 lbs. of sugar, stirring gently until sugar is dissolved. Store your rose hip syrup in the refrigerator and use as a cough medicine, as well as a tonic or throat gargle.
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SYMPTOMS
A study performed by the Institute for Social Medicine in Berlin concluded that the use of rose hip powder can reduce symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis. The results were published in the International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology on February 1, 2010.
Most people are aware that consuming olive oil has health benefits. Using olive oil topically, in the form of soap, has benefits, too. Olive oil is moisturizing to the skin and when used an an ingredient in soap, can keep skin healthy and nourished.
When it comes to favorite health foods, peanut butter ranks quite low on many lists because of the perception that it is fatty or too high in calories. The truth is that in terms of our diets, especially those of athletes, peanut butter is nearly a perfect food. It’s tasty, nutritious, full of good fats and protein and is relatively inexpensive.
Brazil nuts come from a tree that is grown in many parts of the Amazon, not just Brazil. They are large, in comparison to other nuts, and are often included in nut mixes. Just six nuts comprise a 1 ounce serving. Brazil nuts offer many nutrients, but are dense in calories and fat.