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Four reasons to add more kale to your diet

Kale is a form of wild cabbage with purple or green leaves and was one of the commonest green vegetables in Europe until the latter part of the Middle Ages. It grows well into winter, and some growers even claim that it tastes sweeter when subjected to frost. Cooked kale is a popular addition to potato and meat-based dishes; though - like all leafy green vegetables - it can also be eaten raw.

The many health benefits of Fall's healthy harvest

With the cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and the holidays in full swing it is time to bring fall's healthy harvest to the table. Many of the foods typically grown in the fall season are packed with nutrients. However, we may need to find alternative ways to enjoy them instead of smothered with cheese or underneath whipped topping. Here are some of the stars of the fall season.

Coconut Oil: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown

Not long ago, coconut oil was branded one of the most toxic fats of all. Nowadays, it’s a featured ingredient on spa cuisine menus and a popular seller at health food stores. But is coconut oil really deserving of its new, superfood status – and if so, why the change of heart?

Quinoa's nutritional benefits

Known as the "gold of the Incas" or the "supergrain of the future", quinoa is a superfood with a plethora of health benefits. While quinoa is growing in popularity and becoming more well known throughout the world and in the United States, many still do not understand the unique and significant health benefits that come from eating quinoa.

Health benefits of cinnamon and ginger

Ginger and cinnamon are regarded and used as spices and herbs to make meals more flavorful. But they are also found to be rich in medicinal properties. Among the many benefits of cinnamon and ginger include aid in digestion, anti-viral properties, toothache relief, diabetes prevention, cold, flu, and pain relief among others.

Surprising whey protein benefits include cancer prevention

Whey protein benefits are not exclusively intended for athletic people. The truth is whey protein appears to be able to halt a host of pathologies including cancer and HIV. Whey, the major protein found in milk, is also known for restoring and sustaining cellular energy.

Rosemary is linked to enhanced brain performance and other health benefits

Rosemary's delightful fragrance combined with its pungent taste has convinced many avid cooks to use it in various dishes, including soups and sauces. It is historically known to improve memory by increasing blood flow to the brain and head, which by extension also helps improve concentration. Rosemary also has the ability to improve digestion and seemingly reduce the severity of asthma attacks. In ancient Greece, it had such a formidable reputation to improve memory that students would often put rosemary sprigs in their hair when studying for exams.

Maca root improves libido, boosts stamina, and lowers cholesterol

Maca is a plant that is native to the Andes mountains of Peru, and which is characterized by its fleshy taproot. This taproot (which is usually what is meant when people speak of 'maca') has been used by the indigenous Peruvians for centuries as a vegetable and medicinal herb, and it remains prized today for its nutritional value and rejuvenating properties.