Sea Kelp - the Low Down

Sea Kelp - the Low Down

Sea kelp has been used for thousands of years for its health benefits, especially in Asia and, in particular, Japan.  The wrapping of sushi is actually sea kelp. What else do you know about sea kelp? Well here is our low down.

Where does it come from? 

Sea kelp comes from the sea - yes it's seaweed. It is an edible seaweed that is rich in minerals and vitamins, especially iodine. Kelp can be eaten raw which is a bit of an acquired taste or taken in supplements - I bought the powder once but to be honest, the smell was so strong, I wished I had bought the supplements. 

Kelp can also be applied topically in skin and hair care products.

Kelp is part of the everyday diet in many cultures, particularly Japan. It is used in soups, in salads, as a garnish, in sauces and in cakes.

What is it? 

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Gac fruit - the Low Down

Gac fruit - the Low Down

We know that consuming fruit and vegetables is good for health but it can be difficult to get enough in your diet.

Did you know that in a major survey of nearly 24,000 individuals (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) only 11% of ached the recommended guidelines tor both fruit and vegetable consumption.

So, one way to ensure you are getting enough is to ensure you have nutrient dense fruit and vegetables or to supplement or to do both.

This week I am going to tell you about Gac fruit - heard of it? It definitely fits the SUPERFOOD description it's given.

What is Gac Fruit?

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Tumeric - The Low Down

Tumeric - The Low Down

Turmeric has been used for centuries, particularly in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is well known as a spice but knowledge of its beneficial qualities is becoming increasingly widespread.

 

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

Tumeric comes from the turmeric plant which is a relative of the ginger family. Turmeric grows in the tropical regions of. Southern Asia, particularly India. It has yellow flowers. The roots and bulbs of turmeric are used in medicine and food and when boiled and dried they are a yellow colour. It is turmeric that gives the yellow colour to curries, and it has also been used to colour mustard and butter.

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