BLACK PEPPER HEALTH BENEFITS

Health Benefits of Black Pepper.

Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family and is used as both, a spice and a medicine. The chemical piperine, which is present in black pepper, causes the spiciness. It is native to Kerala, the southern state of India. Since ancient times, black pepper is one of the widely-traded spices in the world. It is not considered a seasonal plant and is, therefore, available throughout the year. When dried, this plant-derived spice is referred to as a peppercorn. Because of its antibacterial properties, pepper is used to preserve food. Black pepper is also a very good anti-inflammatory agent. Taken together with turmeric black pepper increases the bioavailability of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. It can increase the absorption of curcmin with up to 2000%. Therefore it is advisable to ingest these spices together to get the full benefit of curcumin.

 

Improves Digestion
Consumption of pepper increases the hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach, thereby facilitating digestion. Proper digestion is essential to avoid diarrhea, constipation, and colic. Pepper also helps to prevent the formation of intestinal gas, and when added to a person’s diet, it can promote sweating and urination. Sweating removes toxins and cleans out the pores of the foreign bodies that may have lodged there and it can also remove excess water. In terms of urination, you can remove uric acid, urea, excess water, and fat, since 4% of urine is made of fat. A good digestion helps in weight loss, makes your overall body function better, and prevents severe gastrointestinal conditions. As black pepper is carminative in nature, it easily expels the gas out of the body in a downward motion, which is healthy, as upward moving gas can be dangerous because it can strain the upper chest cavity and other vital organs.

 

Weight Loss
The outer layer of peppercorn assists in the breakdown of fat cells. Therefore, peppery foods are a good way to help you shed weight naturally. When fat cells are broken down into their component parts, they are easily processed by the body and applied to other processes and enzymatic reactions, rather than settling in your body and making you look overweight.

 

Skin Care
Pepper helps to cure vitiligo, which is a skin disease that causes some areas of skin to lose its normal pigmentation and turn white. According to researchers in London, the piperine content of pepper can stimulate the skin to produce melanocytes pigment. Topical treatment of piperine combined with ultraviolet light therapy is much better than other harsher, more chemical-based treatments for vitiligo. It also reduces the chances of skin cancer due to excessive ultraviolet radiation.

 

Provides Respiratory Relief
In Ayurvedic practices, pepper is added to tonics for treating cold and cough. Pepper also provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion. It has an expectorant property that helps to break up the mucus and phlegm depositions in the respiratory tract. Its natural irritant quality helps you expel these loosened materials through the act of sneezing or coughing, which eliminates the material from the body and helps you recover from infection or illness that caused the deposition in the first place.

 

Antibacterial Quality
The antibacterial property of black pepper helps to fight against infections and insect bites. Pepper added to the diet helps to keep your arteries clean by acting in a similar way to fiber and scraping excess cholesterol from the walls, thereby helping to reduce atherosclerosis, the condition highly responsible for heart attack and stroke.

 

Antioxidant Potential
Antioxidants in pepper can prevent or repair the damage caused by the free radicals and thus help to prevent cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and liver problems. Free radicals are the byproducts of cellular metabolism that attack healthy cells and cause their DNA to mutate into cancerous cells. Antioxidants neutralize these harmful compounds and protect your system from many conditions and even premature aging symptoms like wrinkles, age spots, macular degeneration, and memory loss.

 

Enhances Bioavailability
Black pepper helps in transporting the benefits of other herbs to different parts of the body, maximizing the efficiency of the other foods we consume. That is why adding it to food not only makes it delicious but also helps to make the nutrients more available and accessible to our system.

 

Improves Cognitive Function
Piperine, one of the key components of black pepper, has been shown in numerous studies to reduce memory impairment and cognitive malfunction. Chemical pathways in the brain appear to be stimulated by this organic compound, so early research demonstrates the possibility of pepper to benefit Alzheimer’s patients and those suffering from dementia and other age-related or free radical-related malfunctions in cognition.

 

Treats Peptic Ulcers
A number of studies have shown that black pepper may have beneficial effects on gastric mucosal damage and peptic ulcers, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Prevents Asthma
Pepper is a good treatment for respiratory conditions due to its properties as an expectorant, as well as its strong anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Word of Caution: Pepper may cause sneezing. Patients who have undergone abdominal surgery should not add excessive pepper to their diet because it can have an irritating effect on the intestines. Black pepper should not be taken in high concentration, and if you see signs of an allergic reaction, discontinue its use and consult a doctor.

 

Black pepper is included in the following variants of Evina Naturals Healtea:

  • Turmeric & Cinnamon
  • Turmeric & Lemongrass
  • Turmeric & Citrus (Kalamansi)

TURMERIC HEALTH BENEFITS

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been used in Asia and particularly India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Turmeric comes from the root of the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food, either alone or as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the turmeric root is also used widely to make medicine. The most important active component in turmeric is curcumin, a bioactive substance that fights inflammation and is also a strong antioxidant. Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. Many high quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain.

 

Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties

These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high… it’s around 3%, by weight. Most of the studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages usually contain 1 gram or more per day. This is equivalent to about 30 grams of turmeric powder*. Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine… a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal.

 

Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation is incredibly important. It helps the body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage. Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us. Although acute (short-term) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body’s own tissues. It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions. Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases. It turns out that curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory, it is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. Curcumin actually targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level. Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases. Without getting into the gory details (inflammation is extremely complicated), the key takeaway here is that curcumin is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level. In several studies, its potency has compared favorably to anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs… except without the side effects.

 

Increases The Antioxidant Capacity of The Body

Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. It involves free radicals, highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons. Free radicals tend to react with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins or DNA. The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial, is that they protect our bodies from free radicals. Curcumin happens to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure. But curcumin also boosts the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. In that way, curcumin delivers a one-two punch against free radicals. It blocks them directly, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant mechanisms.

 

Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases

Earlier it was believed that neurons weren’t able to divide and multiply after early childhood. However, it is now known that this does happen. The neurons are capable of forming new connections, but in certain areas of the brain they can also multiply and increase in number. One of the main drivers of this process is Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain. Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone. This includes depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Interestingly, curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF. By doing this, it may be effective at delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function. There is also the possibility that it could help improve memory and make you smarter. Makes sense given its effects on BDNF levels, but this definitely needs to be tested in human controlled trials.

 

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world. It has been studied for many decades and researchers have learned a lot about why it happens. It turns out that heart disease is incredibly complicated and there are various factors that contribute to it. Curcumin may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process. Perhaps the main benefit of curcumin when it comes to heart disease, is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels. It is well known that endothelial dysfunction is a major driver of heart disease and involves an inability of the endothelium to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors. Several studies suggest that curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function. One study shows that is as effective as exercise, another shows that it works as well as the drug Atorvastatin. But curcumin also reduces inflammation and oxidation (as discussed above), which are also important in heart disease. In one study, 121 patients who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery were randomized to either placebo or 4 grams of curcumin per day, a few days before and after the surgery. The curcumin group had a 65% decreased risk of experiencing a heart attack in the hospital.

 

Cancer

There are many different forms of cancer, but they do have several commonalities, some of which appear to be affected by curcumin supplementation. Researchers have been studying curcumin as a beneficial herb in cancer treatment. It can affect cancer growth, development and spread at the molecular level. Studies have shown that it can reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors), metastasis (spread of cancer), as well as contributing to the death of cancerous cells. Multiple studies have shown that curcumin can reduce the growth of cancerous cells in the laboratory and inhibit the growth of tumours in test animals. Whether high-dose curcumin (preferably with an absorption enhancer like pepper) can help treat cancer in humans has yet to be tested properly. However, there is some evidence that it may help prevent cancer from occurring in the first place, especially cancers of the digestive system (like colorectal cancer). In one study in 44 men with lesions in the colon that sometimes turn cancerous, 4 grams of curcumin per day for 30 days reduced the number of lesions by 40%. Maybe curcumin will be used along with conventional cancer treatment one day. It’s too early to say for sure, but it looks promising and this is being intensively studied as we speak.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world and a leading cause of dementia. Unfortunately, no good treatment is available for Alzheimer’s yet. Therefore, preventing it from showing up in the first place is of utmost importance. There may be good news on the horizon, because curcumin has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier. It is known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. As we know, curcumin has beneficial effects on both. But one key feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a buildup of protein tangles called Amyloid plaques. Studies show that curcumin can help clear these plaques. Whether curcumin can really slow down or even reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease needs to be studied properly.

 

Arthritis

Arthritis is a common problem in Western countries. There are several different types, but most involve some sort of inflammation in the joints. Given that curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory, it makes sense that it could help with arthritis. Several studies show this to be true. In a study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug . Many other studies have looked at the effects of curcumin on arthritis and noted improvements in various symptoms.

 

Depression

Curcumin has shown some promise in treating depression. In a controlled trial, 60 patients were randomized into three groups. One group took prozac, another group took a gram of curcumin and the third group took both prozac and curcumin. After 6 weeks, curcumin had led to improvements that were similar to prozac. The group that took both prozac and curcumin fared best. According to this (small) study, curcumin is as effective as an antidepressant. Depression is also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory. Curcumin boosts BNDF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes. There is also some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.

 

Age-Related Chronic Diseases

If curcumin can really help prevent heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s… then this would have obvious benefits for longevity. For this reason, curcumin has become very popular as an anti-aging supplement. But given that oxidation and inflammation are believed to play a role in aging, curcumin may have effects that go way beyond just prevention of disease.

 

Turmeric is included in the following variants of Evina Naturals Healtea:

  • Turmeric & Cinnamon
  • Turmeric & Lemongrass
  • Turmeric & Citrus (Kalamansi)

We also highly recommend this link for additional information on the benefits and uses for turmeric: https://lyfebotanicals.com/health/turmeric-benefits/

 

 

* Each serving (cup) of these herbal teas contain equivalent to 10 grams of fresh turmeric root. 3 cups provide approximately 1 gram curcumin.

LEMONGRASS HEALTH BENEFITS

Benefits of lemongrass (as herbal tea)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a tall, perennial grass in a class of about 45 species of grasses native to the tropical and sub-tropical climates of Asia, Australia and Africa. In food and beverages, lemongrass is used as a flavoring. For example, lemongrass leaves are commonly used as “lemon” flavoring in herbal teas. In manufacturing, lemongrass is used as a fragrance in deodorants, soaps, and cosmetics. Lemongrass is also used in making vitamin A and natural citral. Lemongrass has long been used as a folk remedy to promote sleep, relieve pain, and boost immunity. One of the most popular ways to enjoy lemongrass is in tea. Keep reading to learn how drinking lemongrass tea may help deliver these potential health benefits.

Good for Digestion
Lemongrass has a cooling energy which helps to soothe your stomach and keeps your digestive functions in check. It contains a component called citral that helps to digest food. Therefore, it is mostly served after dinner. It has been used as an ancient remedy for all stomach problems in Chinese medicine like bloating, constipation or indigestion.

Full of antioxidants
Lemongrass tea is your detox tea. It is packed with antioxidants that help in detoxing and cleansing you from within. It helps in removal of toxins from the body by relieving fluid retention.

Regulates High Blood Pressure
Lemongrass is nature’s formula for taming high blood pressure. It is rich in potassium which increases the production of urine in our body, which in turn stimulates blood circulation and lowers blood pressure. By increasing blood circulation, it also helps in purifying the liver. Lemongrass is also known to limit cholesterol absorption from the intestines, thus promoting overall heart health.

Boosts Metabolism and Burns Fat
Lemongrass tea is a great option for your weight loss diet plan as it helps in boosting your metabolism which makes digestion quicker and helps in burning more calories. A report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2013 showed that polyphenols found in natural plant compounds and the caffeine content in tea increases the use of energy and enhances the oxidation of fatty acids in the body.

Cold and Flu
Lemongrass has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help you cope with cold, cough and flu. Plus, it is loaded with Vitamin C that strengthens your immunity. Boil some fresh lemongrass along with some cloves, a pinch of turmeric and tea leaves. This simple concoction is effective for breaking down mucus and phlegm build-up caused by congestion. A hot mix of lemongrass, tulsi leaves and cardamom is also a common Ayurvedic cure for cold.

Menstrual pain
Lemongrass tea is considered excellent for women’s health. It provides relief from hot flashes and helps in reducing menstrual pain due to its soothing effect.

A word of caution. Lemongrass tea is known to lower blood sugar levels. Therefore, diabetics should consult their doctor regarding its consumption. Similarly, pregnant or breast feeding women are advised to avoid lemongrass due to the workings of certain chemical compounds.

Benefits of lemongrass with ginger (as herbal tea)
Ginger and lemongrass are two herbs you can use to brew tea with several possible health benefits. Research on animals and in petri dishes has shown ginger and lemongrass may have the potential to lower your risk of chronic diseases, including cancer, but these effects have not been verified in humans. Both herbs have anti-inflammatory properties, and ginger has been found to reduce appetite. Consult your doctor before drinking ginger and lemongrass tea if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, taking medications or taking other herbs.

Reducing Inflammation
Both ginger and lemongrass are anti-inflammatory herbs. An article published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” in 2005 notes that ginger shares the same properties as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs but has been found to be more effective and have fewer side effects. A study published in “Microcirculation” in 2010 showed that a compound called citral found in lemongrass inhibits the formation of acid that causes inflammation. In the study, scientists administered lemongrass to mice with inflammatory bowel disease and found that it reduced their inflammation both in the short term, after two weeks, and in the long term, after six months.

Protection With Antioxidants
A study published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” in 2005 found that lemongrass contains antioxidants. Antioxidants work by eliminating free radicals in the body, and consuming antioxidant-rich foods and herbs regularly can lower your risk of developing several chronic diseases. A study published in 2002 found that ginger has a very high antioxidant content compared with other plants. In a 2008 study published in “Fitoterapia,” ginger was found to protect against alcohol-related liver toxicity in rats due its antioxidant qualities.

Weight Loss Efforts
In a study published in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” in 2007, rats were administered a dose of lemongrass extract every day. After six weeks, they had lowered glucose levels, total cholesterol, triglycerides, the bad LDL and VLDL cholesterol levels, and increased levels of good HDL cholesterol. The effects of lemongrass tea on the lipid profile of humans are still unknown. Ginger has been shown to reduce appetite, which could play a role in helping you achieve weight loss goals. In a 2012 study published in “Metabolism,” ginger lowered food intake and feelings of hunger while increasing feelings of fullness in men who consumed it, in comparison to the control group that did not.

Lemongrass is included in the following variants of Evina Naturals Healtea:

  • Premium Ginger & Lemongrass
  • Turmeric & Lemongrass

STAR ANISE AND FENNEL SEED HEALTH BENEFITS

  

Health benefits of Star Anise

Star Anise (Illicium verum) is a common healing herb that is also used as spice in numerous dishes. This herb which is native to China is scientifically called as Illicium Verum which originates from the Latin word Illicio. This plant is known to have a flavour almost identical to anise seed, however this isn’t related to that plant in any way. Also, it is one of the more exotic spices that is used in numerous Chinese as well as Indian cuisines. But what people don’t know is that this herb apart from being an active flavouring agent in numerous dishes does possess a good number of health advantages. Some of these advantages are mentioned under. Star anise is a star-shaped spice which is of a rich brown colour with eight corners. In traditional Chinese medicine, star anise is prescribed as a digestive aid, promoting health of female reproductive organs and for lactating mothers to increase breast-milk secretion.

 

Anti-fungal and antibacterial
Studies have found that extracts from the star anise plant showed significant promise as a natural anti-fungal. When your body’s internal balance of bacteria and fungi is disturbed, a certain type of yeast — Candida albicans — can grow unchecked. If this happens, it can cause candidiasis, a serious complication. Candida albicans is found naturally in your intestinal tract, mouth and throat. Star anise is very helpful in yeast infections, especially candidiasis, commonly known as candida. A weakened immune system is often unable to fight this fungal infection on its own. Star anise could handle the symptoms of the problem, eradicating the fungus from the mouth, throat, intestines, and genitals effectively. It is mostly used as an essential oil to treat fungal infections for the most potent results. Bacteria can also be killed using star anise essential oil. It can be used for common bacterial infections very effectively. Some species of bacteria have become immune to antibiotics over the years. Scientists have tried to eradicate these bacteria with the help of star anise extracts, and the results have been promising.

 

Antioxidant Properties
Antioxidants target free radicals atoms or molecules with unpaired electrons – that can cause disease and cellular damage. Free radicals can damage cellular DNA and initiate carcinogenesis – the beginnings of cancer. Statistical studies have shown that populations of South-east Asia, that use large amounts of this combination of spices, have a much lower rate of gastric, intestinal and lung cancer.

 

Stimulates Pancreas
For the control of the insulin plus some hormones, pancreas is a crucial organ. Anise seeds assist to promote the pancreas. You’ve got decreased chance for diabetes along with other hormonal difficulties once your pancreas is within great health.

 

Helps in fighting influenza and cough
The active component in star anise Shikimic acid is one of the rarest compounds which is used in anti-flu medicines. Shikimic acid when combined with an plant antioxidant quercetin works as a very effective treatment against influenza and cough. It helps in boosting immunity and it fights against the viral infections.1 cup of star anise tea during cough helps in soothing the symptoms.

 

Improving digestion
Boiling star anise in water with little honey and consuming it after the meals helps in getting rid of bloating, abdominal cramps, indigestion issues and constipation. A cup of star anise tea after every meal would work great! Regular consumption of the spice can help in keeping your gut healthy and aiding better absorption of nutrition in your body.

 

Women’s health
In traditional Chinese medicine, star anise is given to lactating women to increase the milk production. Researchers have found that star anise has estrogenic effects because of the presence of anethole which helps in improving the hormonal disorders in women. It helps in reducing the occurrence of illnesses (Boosts the immune system) during pregnancy. Consumption of star anise for pregnant women should be completely under doctor’s supervision.

 

Insomnia
In traditional Chinese medicine, star anise is given to provide good night’s sleep.It is shown to have mild sedative effects.1 cup of star anise tea before bed helps in giving good sleep.

 

Star anise is included in Evina Naturals Healtea – Anise & Fennel

Health Benefits of Fennel Seed

Fennel seed (Foeniculum vulgare) is a perennial, pleasant-smelling herb with yellow flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean, but is now found throughout the world. Dried fennel seeds are often used in cooking as an anise-flavored spice. But don’t confuse fennel with anise; though they look and taste similar, they are not the same. Fennel’s dried ripe seeds and oil are used to make medicine.

Prevents Anemia
Iron and histidine, an amino acid found in fennel, are both helpful in the treatment of anemia. Whereas iron is the chief constituent of hemoglobin, histidine stimulates the production of hemoglobin and also helps in the formation of various other components of the blood.

Treats Indigestion
It is a common practice, particularly in the Indian Subcontinent, to chew fennel seeds after meals. This is done to facilitate digestion and to eliminate bad breath. Some of the components of the essential oils in fennel are stimulants and they stimulate secretion of digestive and gastric juices while reducing inflammation of the stomach and intestines, and facilitating proper absorption of nutrients from the food. Furthermore, it can eliminate constipation and, thereby, protect the body from a wide range of intestinal troubles that can stem from being blocked up. It also has anti-acidic (basic) properties and is extensively used in antacid preparations. In culinary applications, it is also used as an ingredient of a focal point in many appetizers.

Removes Flatulence
Fennel is very popular as an antiflatulent, due to the carminative properties of the aspartic acid found in fennel. Its extract can be used by everyone, from infants to the elderly, as a way to reduce flatulence and to expel excess gas from the stomach. It is commonly used in medicines to reduce symptoms of non-ulcer dyspepsia and flatulence in infants and young children.

Treats Constipation
Fennel seeds, particularly in powdered form, can act as a laxative. The roughage helps clear the bowels, whereas its stimulating effect helps maintain the proper peristaltic motion of the intestines, thereby helping promote proper excretion through the stimulation of gastric juices and bile production. Fennel is also commonly found in medicines that treat abdominal pain, diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and other intestinal issues.

Reduces Heart Diseases
Fennel is a great source of fiber, as mentioned above, but besides the advantages to digestion that fiber provides, it also helps to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream. This means that it can stimulate the elimination of damaging LDL cholesterol, which is a major factor in heart diseases, atherosclerosis, and strokes.

Prevents Cancer
The raw vegetable of fennel itself hasn’t been extensively studied in regards to cancer protection, but the fennel seed extract has, and the findings regarding cancer protection are quite impressive. It shows that the extract can not only inhibit the growth of tumors, thanks to its concentrations of flavonoids, alkaloids, and phenols but that it can even be somewhat chemo-protective against the harmful effects of radiation during cancer treatment. Fennel seed extract has been found to be preventative of various breast cancer and liver cancer strains.

Regulates Blood Pressure
Fennel is a very rich source of potassium, which is an essential nutrient in our bodies and is vital for a number of important processes. One of the attributes of potassium is its quality as a vasodilator, which means that it relaxes the tension of blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure. High blood pressure is connected to a wide range of health issues, including heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis. Also, for diabetic patients, blood pressure issues can make management of their insulin and glucose levels very difficult and can be the cause of many potentially lethal complications. A cup of fennel bulb in your daily diet will pump you full of potassium and all the benefits that come along with it.

Improves Brain Function
Potassium, found in high levels in fennel bulbs and seeds, is an electrolyte, which means that it facilitates increased electrical conduction throughout the body. This includes connections within the brain, which is a veritable switchboard of electric currents. Potassium can help increase brain function and cognitive abilities through this quality. Also, fennel is a vasodilator, which means more oxygen reaches the brain and neural activity can work at optimal functionality.

Treats Diarrhea
Fennel is helpful in curing diarrhea if it is caused by bacterial infections because some components of the essential oil in fennel such as anethol and cineole have disinfectant and antibacterial properties. Some amino acids, such as histidine, can aid in digestion and the proper functioning of the digestive system, thereby helping to eliminate diarrhea due to indigestion. Fennel has long been used by indigenous cultures as a way to eliminate diarrhea.

Treats Colic
Polymeric and heavy molecules are useful in the treatment of Renal Colic. Such polymers, also called Phytoestrogens, are found in Anethole, a component of the essential oil in fennel. This attribute of fennel makes it quite helpful in the treatment of Renal Colic. Fennel has certain antispasmodic qualities which also help it relax smooth muscles and reduce the discomfort associated with the condition.

Boosts Immunity
1 cup of fennel bulb contains almost 20% of the daily requirement of vitamin C, which makes fennel quite a rich source of this beneficial element of our diet. Vitamin C improves general immune system health, produces and repairs skin tissue, helps to form collagen, and also protects the blood vessel walls as an antioxidant against the harmful effects of free radicals that can frequently lead to heart disease.

Regulates Menstruation
Fennel is also an Emenagogue, meaning that it eases and regulates menstruation by properly regulating hormonal action in the body. Furthermore, fennel is used in a number of products to reduce the effects of PMS, and it is also used traditionally as a soothing pain reliever and relaxing agent for menopausal women.

Promotes Breast Enlargement
The flavonoids present in fennel seeds increase the amount of estrogen thereby acting as a stimulant and tonic. Fennel seeds help increase the size of the breasts as they increase the formation of new cells and tissues in the breast.

Eye Care
Using fennel in food helps protect the eyes from inflammation, as well as helping to reduce disorders related to premature aging and macular degeneration. This is due to the high abundance of antioxidants (vitamin C and amino acids like Arginine are very beneficial for rejuvenation of tissues and the prevention of aging), detoxifiers and stimulants. They are more specifically found in fennel essential oil, as well as minerals like cobalt and magnesium. Finally, the juice of fennel leaves and the plant itself can be externally applied to the eyes to reduce irritation and eye fatigue.Fennel is also a rich source of flavonoids, which are very useful in protecting against pigment cells dying due to oxidative-stress-induced death. By protecting against this destruction of the pigment cells, fennel can safely be classified as effective in eye health for numerous reasons.

Treats Respiratory Disorders
Fennel is useful in respiratory disorders such as congestion, bronchitis, and cough due to the presence of Cineole and Anethol, which are expectorant in nature, among their many other virtues. Fennel seeds and powder can help to break up phlegm and prompt loosening of the toxins and buildup of the throat and nasal passages for elimination from the body and quicker recovery from respiratory conditions.

Other Benefits & Uses
Fennel is diuretic, which means that it increases the amount and frequency of urination, thereby helping the removal of toxic substances from the body and helping in rheumatism and swelling. Fennel also increases production and secretion of milk in lactating mothers and since this milk contains some properties of fennel, it is an anti-flatulent for the baby as well. It strengthens hair, prevents hair loss, relaxes the body, sharpens memory and has a marvelous cooling effect in summer. This can be achieved if the pale, greenish-yellow water, in which it is soaked, is ingested with a bit of sugar and black salt.

Fennel seed is included in Evina Naturals Healtea – Anise & Fennel

GINGER HEALTH BENEFITS

Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is said to have originated in South-East Asia. Its long tradition as an exotic spice as well as an herbal medicine has made this root very popular around the world. In traditional Chinese medicine ginger has been prescribed over 2500 years. Ginger is also widely used in Ayurvedic medicine in India. Ginger has generally no side effects, however it should be avoided in late pregnancy, as it may stimulate the birthing process.

Helps Calm Nausea and Vomiting
Clinical studies have proven ginger’s effectiveness in calming nausea and vomiting. Research has also confirmed its potential against chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The majority of studies found a positive effect against this side effect of aggressive therapies. Ginger may be a powerful option for those suffering from toxic medical procedures like these. Sailors have long used ginger root to fight seasickness, and with good reason. One study divided naval cadets (who were inexperienced with sailing in rough seas) into three different groups. The first received anti-nausea medicine, the second a placebo, and the third ginger root. The researchers found that the group who’d had ginger experienced fewer symptoms of nausea and vertigo than the placebo group. Ginger doesn’t just work better than a placebo, either. A comprehensive review of six different studies concluded that ginger was “equally effective” as over-the-counter nausea remedies. So you get all the benefits – without the potential for negative side effects.

Prevents Bacterial and Fungal Infections

Ginger isn’t just a great spice to turn to when you’re nauseous and sick. It can keep you from getting sick in the first place! Its gingerol compounds lower your risk of multiple infections. Just how good is ginger at strengthening your immune system? A group of Nigerian researchers found that ginger was even more effective at killing Staphylococcus aureus (staph infections) and Streptococcus pyogenes than conventional antibiotics! This has important implications if you’re recovering in a hospital after an illness or surgical procedure, where bacterial infections are extremely common among the immune-compromised. Don’t fear the dentist: a bit of ginger will help keep gum disease at bay. Ginger also promotes a cleaner, healthier mouth. It inhibits the growth of oral bacteria linked to gum diseases, like periodontitis and gingivitis. Besides preventing bacterial infections, ginger has also been proven effective against fungal infections, like Candida albicans, and others resistant to antimicrobial treatments.

 

Anti-Inflammatory

Ginger’s most remarkable compound, gingerol, has a potent anti-inflammatory effect. That makes ginger a great choice if you’re experiencing pain in your joints, no matter the severity. Numerous studies found ginger effective even for people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, resulting in less pain and better mobility. Got arthritis? Try a little ginger. The anti-inflammatory properties will go a long way! These benefits are long-term and very real. One year-long study of people with arthritis pain in the knees compared a control group to those taking ginger every day. The ginger group reported much less subjective pain. But the circumference of the knees was also measured, and it began to drop in the ginger group by week 12! This offers an objective metric that ginger lessened the swelling. Researchers are still working to understand just how ginger’s anti-inflammatory effect works. However, a 2005 study revealed a plausible explanation: ginger suppresses cytokines and chemokines, pro-inflammatory compounds produced within the lining of joints, joint cartilage, and immune cells.

 

Clears Congestion

We’ve already touched on ginger’s incredible infection-fighting abilities. But if you still end up sick, you can rely on it for another reason. Ginger is a natural expectorant, which means it loosens up phlegm in your lungs and air passages and helps you cough it up. It’s helpful for a host of respiratory issues. Columbia University researchers found that ginger helps relax the muscles surrounding your body’s airways, which can constrict and make breathing difficult for those with allergies or asthma. Next time you’re dealing with stubborn chest congestion or a persistent cough, try whipping up some warm ginger and lemon tea and having it a few times a day. You’ll find yourself breathing easier in no time.

 

Digestive Tract Protection
Ginger has also been historically used for flatulence, constipation, bloating, and other digestive complaints. In addition to these gastro-protective effects, researchers have found ginger to be effective for stress related ulcers.

 

Brain Health
Ginger contains compounds that have demonstrated protective effects for the brain. One of them, known as 6-Shogaol, inhibited the release and expression of redness-causing chemicals known to cause damage to neurons in both in vitro and in vivo models. The other, 10-gingerol, when sourced from fresh ginger, similarly impacted production of nitric oxide and other chemicals that lead to redness and swelling in the brain.

 

Protection from UV Rays
Research data has shown ginger possesses UV absorbing capabilities that protect against DNA damage related to UVB (ultraviolet-B) light. Extracts from ginger stimulated antioxidant production, suggesting protective effects against potentially damaging UV light.

 

Supports Stable Blood Sugar
Ginger has repeatedly demonstrated powerful blood sugar balancing effects. It acts on insulin release and sensitivity, and supports the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. In one study, insulin levels were noticeably lowered with ginger supplementation. In addition to its effectiveness as a blood sugar stabilizer, ginger has also demonstrated powerful protective effects against diabetic kidney, eye and liver complications.

 

Promotes Healthy Blood Pressure
Thai medical practitioners have traditionally used herbs such as ginger to support healthy blood pressure. Extracts from ginger and other herbs used in Thai therapeutic recipes were evaluated for their effectiveness against hypertension. The ginger extract was the most effective.

 

Helps with Muscle Aches and Discomfort
A recent 2013 study has evaluated ginger for use in relieving muscle discomfort in female athletes. Over the course of this 6-week trial, participants taking ginger reported a significant decrease in muscle soreness as compared to the placebo.

 

May Benefit Cardiovascular Function
One of the active compounds in ginger, 6-gingerol, has been isolated, tested and determined an active factor in regulating blood pressure and supporting cardiovascular health. Based on the results, researchers are exploring the potentials of ginger as a remedy for cardiovascular problems.

 

Ginger is included in the following variants of Evina Naturals Healtea:

  • Ginger Strong
  • Ginger Original
  • Premium Ginger
  • Premium Ginger & Lemongrass
  • Ginger & Citrus (Kalamansi)
  • Cardamom & Spice
  • Anis & Fennel

CLOVES HEALTH BENEFITS

Health Benefits of Clove

Clove is a spice made from the flower buds of an evergreen tree called, appropriately enough, the clove tree, also known as Syzygium aromaticum. Clove flower buds are harvested in their immature state and then dried. Ancient Romans used cloves for culinary and medicinal purposes. In fact, they were one of the most expensive spices in Europe in the Middle Ages. Found in both whole and ground forms, this versatile spice can be used to season pot roasts, add flavor to hot beverages and bring spicy warmth to cookies and cakes. You may know cloves as one of the main ingredients in gingerbread baked goods or a staple spice in Indian cuisine. In addition to their sweet, aromatic flavor, cloves are known for their potent health properties:

 

Fights inflammation

Studies have shown that the eugenol in clove works as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This is also true with clove essential oil, one form of clove that is widely available. Clove also fights inflammation of the mouth and throat. In yet another study by the University of Florida, subjects who consumed cloves on a daily basis had reduced levels of a specific pro-inflammatory cytokine in just seven days. Lowering these cytokines can significantly reduce the likelihood of arthritis and joint pains. In fact, long-term inflammation can lead to arthritis – and taking clove regularly could be a good step in preventing that.

 

Helps fight cancer

One study showed how clove extract could prevent tumor growth and induce cancer cell death. The anti-cancer properties of clove can be attributed to eugenol, which had even shown to benefit in the case of esophageal cancer.

 

A good source of antioxidants

Half a teaspoon of ground clove contains more antioxidants than half a cup of blueberries. Antioxidants fight inflammation and protect us against cancer.

 

Helps control blood sugar

Studies have shown that daily eating of cloves may boost the insulin activity by three times, keeping the blood sugar under control. Adding cloves in your diet can assist in even delaying the starting point of diabetes. Volunteers in a study reported lower glucose levels after regularly taking cloves. Another animal study showed how cloves could moderate blood sugar spikes in diabetic mice. Cloves contain another compound called nigericin, which was found to improve insulin secretion and the health of cells that produce insulin. This means that cloves, when taken as a part of a balanced diet, can keep your blood sugar levels in check.

 

Promotes digestive health

Certain compounds in cloves can reduce stomach ulcers, as per some research. The oil from cloves can increase the thickness of gastric mucus, and this protects the stomach lining and prevents peptic ulcers. The fiber in cloves can also aid digestion and might prevent constipation.

 

Aids in overcoming flatulence

Flatulence is caused due to the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal. This not only causes uneasiness in the body, but it also leads to pain in the lower abdomen. Not to mention the embarrassment caused by flatulence. One of the less-known health benefits of cloves is the fact that it can help reduce the amount of flatulence that accumulates throughout the day to alleviate pain and give you a much-needed boost of confidence.

 

Improves oral health

The eugenol in clove is known to provide relief. The substance is an anesthetic and has antibacterial properties, and this helps you deal with the pain. One simple way to get rid of a toothache is to place a few whole cloves in your mouth and moisten them with your saliva – after which you can crush them with your teeth. The oil that is released fights the pain. You can use a whole clove for 30 minutes, before discarding it and repeating the process with a new one. If you have a much severe toothache, such that grinding cloves with your teeth is not possible, you can use crushed cloves. Crush the whole cloves and place the powder on the affected tooth. An Iranian study also speaks about the analgesic affects of clove, which can help relieve toothache.

 

Bad breath

Bad breath can be cured by consuming the buds of clove daily. Its bud releases necessary enzymes that kill the bacteria in the mouth that causes bad breath. Clove can be consumed as a powder or as a whole bud. To eat the bud, simply soak them in water for about 10 minutes before adding them to your favorite soup or salad.

 

Relief  from respiratory infections

Ayurveda recommends making a clove tea to reduce, or prevent, flu and colds. It is utilized as a medicine also, making it much easy to coughing up phlegm. The Cloves are a natural painkiller and fight bacteria, so they’ll help you to get relief from sore throat.

 

Improves metabolism

By increasing blood flow, cloves promote proper circulation of nutritional vitamins and air throughout your body, which improve the body metabolism. They are also found to hinder the blood clotting therefore assisting keeping up cardiovascular health.

 

Stress relief

It helps ease senses and ease stress. Blend cloves with cardamom, basil, and mint and add hot water to make a nice flavored tea. Take this with honey to get rid of stress.

 

Cloves is included in Evina Naturals Healtea  –  Cardamom & Spice.

NUTMEG HEALTH BENEFITS

Health Benefits of Nutmeg

Nutmeg is the seed produced by the Myristica fragrans evergreen tree, widely found in tropical areas of the world. While the seeds may be small in size, their nutritional profile is very impressive and offers an abundance of health as well as beauty benefits. This delicate, slightly sweet spice is used in cuisines around the world, and you don’t have to use large quantities of it. Just a dusting of nutmeg adds aroma and enhances the taste of food. It’s available in ground or whole form for cooking and as an essential oil for other purposes. Some of its beneficial components include potassium, iron, manganese, thiamin, folate, magnesium, copper and vitamins including B1, B6 and others. It is also rich in carminative, stimulant, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, psychoactive and aphrodisiac properties. All these factors give this aromatic spice a long list of health benefits. The best part is that it’s incredibly easy to use nutmeg in natural health remedies.

 

Fights Depression and Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, nutmeg is a great natural treatment. The compounds myristicin and elemicin in nutmeg offer mild sedative and antianxiety benefits by activating the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain. This also helps the body and mind cope with stress. A 2012 study published in the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine highlighted for the first time the potential antidepressant activity of nutmeg. It found that the antidepressant-like activity might be due to nutmeg’s modulatory effect on central monoamines.

 

Boosts Brain Power

Nutmeg is very beneficial for keeping your brain sharp and boosting your brain health. In fact, ancient Roman and Greek civilizations used nutmeg as a type of brain tonic. The compound called myristicin in nutmeg aids in improving memory by stimulating the nerves in the brain. It also improves concentration and the ability to focus. Furthermore, it inhibits an enzyme that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology found that black wild nutmeg offers benefits for the brain and nervous system. To ensure good brain health, add a pinch of nutmeg powder to a glass of lukewarm water and drink it once daily before going to bed.

 

Fights Insomnia

If you have difficulty sleeping at night, nutmeg can help you enjoy sound sleep. Its sedative and calming properties work as a natural sleep aid. Plus, this spice is rich in magnesium, which helps reduce nerve tension. Magnesium also stimulates the release of serotonin, hence creating a feeling of relaxation or sedation. Drink a cup of warm milk mixed with a pinch of nutmeg powder daily before going to bed. Alternatively, you can mix 2 drops of nutmeg essential oil in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and massage on your forehead before going to bed.

 

Relieves Joint and Muscle Pain

Nutmeg has many essential volatile oils that have anti-inflammatory properties, such as myristicin, elemicin and eugenol. This makes it useful for treating joint and muscle pain. In a 2016 study published in Food and Nutrition Research, researchers injected rats with nutmeg oil to test its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects on chronic pain. The findings showed that nutmeg oil can alleviate joint swelling and pain associated with chronic inflammation. To get relief from painful joints and muscles, mix a little nutmeg oil with carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil on the affected areas a few times a day. Also, adding a little nutmeg in your cooking can help reduce inflammation and related pain.

 

Improves Digestion

Nutmeg is good for the digestive system. In addition to easing common nausea, vomiting, indigestion, bloating, gas and diarrhea, it can also aid in managing symptoms of Crohn’s disease. It helps increase the secretion of gastric and intestinal juices, thus improving digestive health. Also, the essential oils in it have a carminative effect on the digestive system.

 

Prevents Tooth Decay and Cavities

Nutmeg is also beneficial for your oral health. Because of its antibacterial properties, it can effectively destroy harmful bacteria inside the mouth to help prevent cavities and tooth decay. It is also effective at preventing and treating bad breath, which is usually caused by a buildup of bacteria in your mouth. Simply grate some nutmeg and mix it with a little oregano oil. Use it to brush your teeth a few times a week. To fight bad breath, put a few drops of nutmeg oil in a glass of lukewarm water and use it as a mouthwash.

 

Boosts immunity

Nutmeg can also give your immune system a boost. It enhances your immunity due to the presence of minerals and vitamins that contribute to its antioxidant action. Antioxidants help protect your body from free-radical damage, which can otherwise have a negative impact on your immunity and make it hard for your body to fight off illnesses. Also, nutmeg is rich in potassium, calcium, iron and manganese that play a key role in improving your body’s immunity. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Al-Nahrain University reports that ethanol and acetone extracts from nutmeg exhibited antibacterial activity against the gram-positive bacterial species Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus. Crust extract showed antibacterial activity more than the pulp extract. Consume a little nutmeg daily by adding it in your milk, tea or soup to keep your immunity strong.

 

Aids Detoxification

Proper detoxification is important for good health. To aid detoxification and improve the function of your liver, nutmeg is very beneficial. Nutmeg helps cleanse the liver and kidneys of toxins as well as strengthen their functioning. Its high antioxidant content helps activate enzymes in the liver that help remove toxic compounds. Also, the magnesium in it is required for detoxifying cells. It also helps detoxify metals from the body.

 

Antibacterial Agent

Nutmeg powder has strong antibacterial properties and thus can help treat several types of bacterial infections. It contains a type of oil known as myristic acid, which has inhibitory effects on several types of bacteria. In a 2006 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that all of the constituents isolated from nutmeg powder to have antibacterial properties. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology reports that nutmeg contains about 32 compounds that are possible contributor for antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of nutmeg. To enjoy the antibacterial properties of nutmeg, just add a pinch of nutmeg powder to a glass of lukewarm water or milk and drink it once daily.

 

Nutmeg is one of the ingredients in Evina Naturals Healtea – Cardamom & Spice.

CINNAMON HEALTH BENEFITS

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a highly delicious spice. It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Modern science has now confirmed what people have known for ages. Here are 10 health benefits of cinnamon that are supported by scientific research.Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of trees scientifically known as Cinnamomum. It has been used as an ingredient throughout history, dating back as far as Ancient Egypt. It used to be rare and valuable and was regarded as a gift fit for kings. These days, cinnamon is cheap, available in every supermarket and found as an ingredient in various foods and recipes. There are two main types of cinnamon:

Ceylon cinnamon: Also known as “true” cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon: The more common variety today and what people generally refer to as “cinnamon.” Cinnamon is made by cutting the stems of cinnamon trees. The inner bark is then extracted and the woody parts removed. When it dries, it forms strips that curl into rolls, called cinnamon sticks. These sticks can be ground to form cinnamon powder. The distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon are due to the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde. Scientists believe that this compound is responsible for most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on health and metabolism.

 

Loaded With Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking “superfoods” like garlic and oregano. In fact, it is so powerful that cinnamon can be used as a natural food preservative.

 

 Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Inflammation is incredibly important. It helps your body fight infections and repair tissue damage. However, inflammation can become a problem when it’s chronic and directed against your body’s own tissues. Cinnamon may be useful in this regard. Studies show that this spice and its antioxidants have potent anti-inflammatory properties .

 

Heart Disease

Cinnamon has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, the world’s most common cause of premature death. In people with type 2 diabetes, 1 gram or about half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day has been shown to have beneficial effects on blood markers. It reduces levels of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while “good” HDL cholesterol remains stable. More recently, a big review study concluded that a cinnamon dose of just 120 mg per day can have these effects. In this study, cinnamon also increased “good” HDL cholesterol levels. In animal studies, cinnamon has been shown to reduce blood pressure. When combined, all these factors may drastically cut your risk of heart disease.

 

Cinnamon Can Improve Sensitivity to the Hormone Insulin

Insulin is one of the key hormones that regulate metabolism and energy use. It’s also essential for transporting blood sugar from your bloodstream to your cells. The problem is that many people are resistant to the effects of insulin. This is known as insulin resistance, a hallmark of serious conditions like metabolic syndrome and type  2 diabetes. The good news is that cinnamon can dramatically reduce insulin resistance, helping this important hormone do its job . By increasing insulin sensitivity, cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels, as discussed in the next chapter.

 

Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar Levels and Has a Powerful Anti-Diabetic Effect

Cinnamon is well known for its blood-sugar-lowering properties. Apart from the beneficial effects on insulin resistance, cinnamon can lower blood sugar by several other mechanisms. First, cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters your bloodstream after a meal. It does this by interfering with numerous digestive enzymes, which slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your digestive tract. Second, a compound in cinnamon can act on cells by mimicking insulin. This greatly improves glucose uptake by your cells, though it acts much slower than insulin itself. Numerous human studies have confirmed the anti-diabetic effects of cinnamon, showing that it can lower fasting blood sugar levels by 10–29%. The effective dose is typically 1–6 grams or around 0.5–2 teaspoons of cinnamon per day. For more information on how you can lower your blood sugar levels, check out 15 easy ways to lower blood sugar levels naturally.

 

Cinnamon May Have Beneficial Effects on Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by progressive loss of the structure or function of brain cells. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are two of the most common types. Two compounds found in cinnamon appear to inhibit the buildup of a protein called tau in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. In a study in mice with Parkinson’s disease, cinnamon helped protect neurons, normalized neurotransmitter levels and improved motor function. These effects need to be studied further in humans.

 

Cinnamon May Protect Against Cancer

Cancer is a serious disease, characterized by uncontrolled cell growth. Cinnamon has been widely studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment. Overall, the evidence is limited to test-tube and animal studies, which suggest that cinnamon extracts may protect against cancer. It acts by reducing the growth of cancer cells and the formation of blood vessels in tumors and appears to be toxic to cancer cells, causing cell death. A study in mice with colon cancer revealed that cinnamon is a potent activator of detoxifying enzymes in the colon, protecting against further cancer growth. These findings were supported by test-tube experiments, which showed that cinnamon activates protective antioxidant responses in human colon cells. Whether cinnamon has any effect in living, breathing humans needs to be confirmed in controlled studies.

 

Cinnamon Helps Fight Bacterial and Fungal Infections

Cinnamaldehyde, one of the main active components of cinnamon, may help fight various kinds of infection. Cinnamon oil has been shown to effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. It can also inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella. However, the evidence is limited and so far cinnamon has not been shown to reduce infections elsewhere in the body. The antimicrobial effects of cinnamon may also help prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath.

 

Cinnamon May Help Fight the HIV Virus

HIV is a virus that slowly breaks down your immune system, which can eventually lead to AIDS, if untreated. Cinnamon extracted from Cassia varieties is thought to help fight against HIV-1, the most common strain of the HIV virus in humans. A laboratory study looking at HIV-infected cells found that cinnamon was the most effective treatment of all 69 medicinal plants studied. Human trials are needed to confirm these effects.

 

It Is Better to Use Ceylon (“True” Cinnamon)

Not all cinnamon is created equal. The Cassia variety contains significant amounts of a compound called coumarin, which is believed to be harmful in large doses. All cinnamon should have health benefits, but Cassia may cause problems in large doses due to the coumarin content. Ceylon (“true” cinnamon) is much better in this regard, and studies show that it’s much lower in coumarin than the Cassia variety. Unfortunately, most cinnamon found in supermarkets is the cheaper Cassia variety. You may be able to find Ceylon in some health food stores, and there is a good selection on Amazon. The cinnamon extract used in Evina Naturals Healtea is from the Ceylon (“true” cinnamon) variety.

 

At the end of the day, cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet.

 

 

CARDAMOM HEALTH BENEFITS

Health benefits of Cardamom

Cardamom, also known as the “Queen of Spices,” is the world’s most expensive spice after vanilla and saffron . It is a perennial plant of the family of Zingiberaceae, which also includes ginger and turmeric .

The plant produces pods or capsules that contain 15 to 20 seeds each. These seeds are often ground to a fine powder before use in cooking or medicine .

Good For Digestion

Due to its strong aroma, it helps in activating our taste and sensory elements and thus, aids digestion. This enables the secretion of enzymes effective for digestion especially if consumed after heavy meals. Cardamom is good for curing stomach problems like indigestion, gas and constipation. Cardamom contains chemicals that are known to increase the movement of food through the intestine. According to Ayurveda, cardamom tea has been shown to aid in proper digestion after meals. Stomach acidity is common and occurs from having spicy foods and junk foods that can bother the intestines. It can create gas and acidity, so to reduce the gas and acidity, consume cardamom tea after meals.

Dental Treatment

Cardamom has a natural antibacterial quality that can help neutralize dental bacteria. Right after you finish your meals, consume a cup of cardamom tea for dealing with bad breath and other oral health issues. Cardamom is good for your teeth, as it helps to whiten them and the powerful and fragrant fragrance lingers in your mouth for many hours.

Prevents bad breath

The floral and sweet aroma of cardamom makes it a natural breath freshener. A major component of cardamom oil called cineole is known for its antimicrobial properties that promote oral hygiene and it also fights bacteria that cause bad breath.

Congestion

If you are suffering with cold and flu, drink a cup of cardamom tea to ease your sore throat, coughing and congestion. It will help in clearing out the congestion within the throat and respiratory system. Cardamom tea can also clear out the phlegm or mucus in your respiratory pathway.

Antibacterial

It is a little known fact that cardamom tea holds numerous antibacterial qualities too. This makes it a great astringent whenever utilized externally on the skin to heal wounds, cuts and scrapes. Drinking cardamom tea can help to cure minor wounds too.

Destroys Free Radicals

Numerous antioxidants present in cardamom tea have the ability to destroy the free radicals in your body that trigger damage to the cells. Cardamom tea also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can cure arthritis, headaches or to recover from an injury.

Improves Blood Circulation

Cardamom is known to increase the blood circulation in your body and especially to your lungs and so, is often used as a natural remedy for respiratory disorders. It maintains vitality and keeps your energy levels up. Having 1-2 cups of cardamom tea will improve the blood flow in your body and this gives your skin a glowing look. It also works well for maintaining your other organs and restores their function. The iron content in cardamom will increase your red blood cells number, thus boosting your overall health.

Heart Health

Cardamom tea is excellent for people suffering from hypertension. The high levels of potassium found in cardamom is also very effective for high blood pressure patients. Potassium is a vasodilator that can reduce the strain on your arteries and blood vessels, thus lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Detoxification

Detoxification is required to boost up your immune system. Many people drink cardamom tea because it acts as a detoxifying agent that can stimulate liver function and promote the release of toxins from the body.

Weight Loss

Cardamom contains numerous vitamins, which help to stimulate the metabolism and allow the body to work more efficiently. This helps in burning the fat faster and provides more energy to the body. Cardamom tea is beneficial for weight loss.

Relieves Headache

Having a painful headache? Sip a cup of cardamom tea, as it will help in relaxing the muscles as well as de-stress the body. After drinking the tea, you will realise that your headache has vanished in no time.

Promotes longevity

According to Chinese tradition, drinking cardamom tea is known to be the secret to longevity. Cardamom tea helps in flushing out toxins and keeps your internal systems clean.  Ayurveda Expert Dr. Ashutosh Gautam suggests that cardamom is one such spice that must be consumed on a daily basis in order to stay healthy and increase your life span.

Good for sleep

Inhaling the sweet and soothing aroma of cardamom may help in treating sleep issues such as insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety.

PEPPERMINT AND SPEARMINT HEALTH BENEFITS

Health Benefits of Peppermint

Peppermint tea is more than just plain delicious. It has been proven to have some fairly amazing health and beauty benefits too. From the tips of your hair to the tips of your toes and everything in between, peppermint tea benefits can be varied and powerful.

Relieve Stress

When it comes to stress and anxiety, peppermint tea is one of your best allies. The menthol that is naturally present in the herb is a known muscle relaxant; this physical manifestation of relaxation can translate to stress and anxiety relief as well.Try sipping a cup of peppermint tea and listening to your favorite song for a five-minute break during a hectic afternoon to get the most out of this benefit.

 

Can’t Sleep? Try Peppermint Tea

Drinking peppermint tea before bed has been proven to give you a more restful sleep; this peppermint tea benefit actually stems from the menthol content of the herb as well. Not only does the relaxation of the muscles lead to more restful sleep, the tea has properties that can even help you dream more vividly.

Try having a cup of peppermint tea while you read a chapter of a book in bed, far from television and phone screens. Reading can help your imagination get to work, and being away from screens will help you become calmer and able to rest.

 

Peppermint Tea for Concentration

Having a hard time concentrating? Peppermint may be a solution. A study in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that peppermint tea can increase focus and concentration. What’s more, a study at the University of Cincinnati found that the scent of peppermint was even more important than the actual consumption of the tea. Peppermint diffused in a room full of test-takers boosted their alertness and concentration, as the smell of menthol stimulates the hippocampus, which is brain’s memory center.To take advantage of this benefit, brew peppermint tea and sip it slowly, or make a homemade peppermint humidifier by bringing a pot of water to a boil, adding the peppermint and covering the pot. Bring the pot into the room you want to humidify and open the pot; the scent of peppermint will fill the room.

 

Weight reduction

When it comes to weight loss, it seems we’re always searching for a miracle, but while there isn’t one problem-solving ingredient, peppermint tea can definitely help. Peppermint tea is a proven appetite suppressant, and the naturally sweet flavor of peppermint means that a cup of the infusion can stand in perfectly for dessert, making it easier to stick to your healthy eating goals.You could also drink a blend of peppermint tea and green tea first thing in the morning to increase your metabolism. The catechins in green tea are proven to help boost metabolism, and the two working together will make it easier to shed extra pounds.

 

Sinus Relief

The consumption of any warm liquid, from tea to hot water with honey, can help with congestion, but peppermint tea boasts a specific benefit, and once again, we have menthol to thank. Menthol is a natural decongestant, providing relief from sinus pressure, related to colds and allergies, and the hot liquid can also soothe a sore throat that accompanies seasonal cold symptoms too.When you’re suffering from a stuffy nose and scratchy throat, combine peppermint tea, lemon and honey for a soothing drink.

 

Soothe Stomach Problems

Peppermint tea is also a great natural remedy for certain stomach ailments, including bloating, gas, and constipation. Archeological evidence has shown that peppermint has been used as a medicine and supplement for over 10,000 years, and even today, peppermint oil is used by some medical professionals to soothe symptoms associated with intestinal issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Peppermint tea contains carminative elements, which allow gas to move through the body as it forms instead of remaining in one place, causing discomfort. It is also an antispasmodic, which means that nausea and vomiting are reduced, even just by inhaling the scent of peppermint. It’s no surprise that so many over-the-counter treatments for diarrhea, constipation, and gas are flavored with mint. Having a cup of tea when you suffer from these symptoms can help reduce them, and if you suffer from regular gas, constipation or bloating, sipping a cup in the evening before bed can help soothe these problems, making it easier to digest and fall asleep.Bearing all of these benefits in mind, don’t forget that peppermint tea can also have a few side effects. Some people are allergic to menthol; make sure that this is not the case with you. Also, some people experience heartburn when they ingest peppermint though this is usually mild. Pregnant women should also be aware that drinking peppermint tea can cause uterine relaxation, which can increase miscarriage risk.

 

Reduces Fever

This might be a bit surprising, but peppermint tea is also beneficial for fever. Menthol (the decongestant), the main component in the tea, cools the system and hence, lowers the temperature of our body, both internally and externally. This leads to excessive sweating, reducing the fever and the related inflammation and discomfort(8).

 

Cures Respiratory Disorders

Peppermint tea has antiseptic and anti-spasmodic effects that help in reducing mucus and relieving coughs, and clearing out sinuses, throat infections, colds, flu, asthma, and bronchitis (9). Hence, it keeps your respiratory system clear and free from any hindrances. So, calling this wondrous tea an elixir is no exaggeration.

 

Controls Anxiety And Stress

A prescribed dose of warm peppermint tea can reduce stress and anxiety. Stress is one of the most common problems prevalent in today’s time and has been effecting youth and elderly alike. Rushed lifestyles, pressure, competition – there are a lot of reasons why people fall prey to stress. Herbal teas have been proven to be the best in such circumstances. The menthol in peppermint soothes and calms us down (10). So, whenever you feel stressed, have a cup full of warm peppermint tea, and you will feel good again!

 

Treats Cough

Feeling all troubled because of the troublesome coughing bouts? Peppermint tea has been cited as one of the best weapons against all types of coughs. It is stomatic, tonic, refrigerant, anodyne, stimulant, and carries menthol, a great soothing element for clearing phlegms and clogs inside our throats (11).

 

Clears A Sore Throat

Having a sore throat is a nuisance, especially when you have an important event ahead. Anyhow, not able to express your ideas verbally is irritating, and you can’t help resorting to over–the-counter medication. Instead, go for a warm cup of peppermint tea, which will clear your throat. The steam from the tea soothes the nasal passage, and the warm liquid flowing down the oesophagus makes you feel better (

 

Controls Diabetes

Warm peppermint tea has been found to be effective in controlling diabetes. The phenolic compounds found in the mint plant and their antioxidant properties help in controlling type 2 diabetes. They even contribute to sustaining the plasmatic antioxidant levels and preventing vascular diseases that accompany type 2 diabetes (13).

 

Controls High Blood Pressure

Stretched work hours and no time for personal leisure have made us all susceptible to high blood pressure. It isn’t even surprising nowadays to stumble across a few teenage high BP patients as well! Opting for medicines all the time is not preferred, especially with such young cases. Peppermint tea to the rescue, again! The relaxing properties of menthol in peppermint tea help in making our body tension-free, hence controlling high blood pressure. It has been proven that the oral administration of menthol can reduce the 24-hour mean arterial systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

 

Relieves Headache

A long and tiring day can lead to an uncontrolled and unmanagable headache. To counteract this, we tend to indulge in a strong dose of caffeine, which has even more adverse effects.I suggest you go for peppermint tea that will satisfy your need to have tea, without having to consume caffeine.

 

Lowers Cholesterol levels

We all relate to the ‘low cholesterol’ cooking advertisements, which become much more relevant when there is a risk of high cholesterol to one of our beloved family members. But, is that a safe method to opt? Definitely no, it’s still commercial. Opt for peppermint tea. Various research shows that peppermint reduces the glucose and cholesterol levels in our body.

 

Treats Irritable Bowel Syndrome And Functional Dyspepsia

Another side effect of having untimely and unhealthy food that has become really common in today’s world. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is much more evident in the American cities, and is affecting women at a fast pace. This ailment results in either the uncontrolled flow of bowels (motions) or restricted stools (constipation). The uncomfortable quenching in the upper digestive tract indicates functional dyspepsia, which leaves us in undeniable pain.Both these stomach-related diseases can be cured by taking up the regular dosage of hot peppermint tea, which is known to soothe and cure them (21). So, the next time you have discomfort in the tummy, make your way to the kitchen to make a soothing cup of peppermint tea.

 

Strengthens Immunity

There are many among us who fall sick even with slight exposure to a change in weather, or if they come in contact with someone who is sick. Yes, I’m talking about those people who have a really weak immune system. Warm peppermint tea has antibacterial properties that cure fevers, coughs, and colds. Having this soothing drink regularly will not only kill the germs causing different ailments, but it will also prevent bacteria from entering your body, hence preventing future diseases. The vitamin B, antioxidants, calcium, and potassium present in the peppermint leaf extract work as antibodies to fight off serious ailments and keep you healthy and happy.

Peppermint is included in Evina Naturals Healtea –  MintFresh

Health benefits of spearmint

Spearmint, (Mentha spicata) is an aromatic herb of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and is widely used for culinary purposes. Spearmint is native to Europe and Asia and has been naturalized in North America and parts of Africa. The leaves are used fresh or dried to flavour many foods, particularly sweets, beverages, salads, soups, cheeses, meats, fish, sauces, fruits, and vegetables. The essential oil is used to flavour toothpaste, candles, candies, and jellies; its principal component is carvone. Spearmint is a perennial plant that aggressively spreads by creeping stolons. The simple fragrant leaves are sharply serrated and arranged oppositely along the square stems. Spearmint has lax, tapering spikes of lilac, pink, or white flowers.

 

Prevents Bad Breath and Gum Disease

Spearmint is often an ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwashes that helps to fight off the bacteria that cause bad breath. It can keep your breath smell better and prevent halitosis. Even gum disease can be caused by bacteria, so it will work to control the bacterial population in your mouth and inside your gums that can lead to bad gum disease.

 

Helps Fight Cold and Flu Bugs

It can also help to protect your mouth and throat from infections. The natural properties of spearmint will also work to help prevent your body from succumbing to cold and flu bugs. It will work to sooth sore throats and any tightness you’re feeling in the upper chest. The menthol will help to loosen chest congestion and help make coughing easier. The aroma can help to clear out your sinuses. Even the strong aroma can help to make you feel more alert.

 

Soothes Upset Stomach & Digestive Issues

Most people suffer digestive upsets on a regular basis. Often the over-use of antacids can cause stomach upsets in themselves, including diarrhea. A more natural way of calming stomach upsets is by drinking spearmint tea. It can also help when you’re suffering from gas, cramping, and bloating, especially if you eat some of the gas-causing vegetables, such as broccoli or cabbage. It’s also been proven helpful for people suffering IBS—irritable bowel syndrome. It can also be taken as a preventative right after dinner, to bypass any issues you may have with a big meal. It can help when you have constipation or when you have a stomach flu bug that causes diarrhea.

 

Controls Abnormal Hormonal Imbalances

The organic compounds in spearmint tea inhibit certain hormones in the body and stimulate the endocrine system in other ways. This will help to keep your hormonal system in balance. One such benefit it to control excessive testosterone and androgen levels in women that can lead to excessive hair on the face and body, such as in conditions of hirsutism. Controlled studies have been done where it’s been effective in helping women to reduce these abnormal male hormonal levels.

 

Benefits the Circulatory System

Spearmint can naturally benefit the circulatory system. It has a high amount of iron in it, which is necessary for the body’s production of red blood cells and hemoglobin. A higher boost of iron in the blood will help to prevent anemia. Your body’s circulation will also increase after consuming spearmint. There are also additional benefits when you improve the circulatory system in your body, including boosting your energy levels and having a well-functioning wound healing abilities.

 

Helps to Maintain Good Blood Pressure

Besides the iron which helps the circulatory system—which the heart is part of—spearmint also contains high levels of potassium. Potassium is essential for maintaining healthy blood pressure in the body, and is also a vasodilator. This means that it helps the blood vessels and arteries to naturally function. Heart conditions, such as heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis, will be prevented when blood can freely flow through vessels and arteries.

 

Provides Natural Stress Relief

Most people suffer stress at some point in their lives. But reaching for a bottle of pills only masks the problem and doesn’t provide a solution. Drinking spearmint tea can not only help in soothing issues in your body, but it also has a soothing and almost sedative-like effect on your mind. This leads to a calm and relaxed state. Drinking warm to hot tea also helps you to relax. Spearmint tea helps you with natural stress relief as it contains menthol, one of the active ingredients in spearmint. Drinking a cup of spearmint tea can help reverse the damage that stress can cause in your body.

 

Neutralizes Free Radicals That Lead to Disease

Free radicals are foreign substances that enter your body and disrupt its systems. They can attack healthy cells in the body and increase the production of cancerous cells that lead to cancer. There are many chemical compounds found in spearmint that can fight off free radicals, including cineole, pinene, and limonene. There are also natural vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, and vitamins A and C. Together, these antioxidants will neutralize these free radicals and eliminate them from your body.

 

Prevents Morning Sickness

The tea is good at prevent morning sickness in pregnant women, and can ease nausea and vomiting. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties that can help the stomach to settle down. This is beneficial when hormonal imbalances due to pregnancy can cause digestive upsets and nausea.

 

1Helps Relieve PMS Symptoms

Women can suffer bad PMS due to an imbalance of hormones. The spearmint tea not only can help decrease the hormones, it can also help to stop painful cramps during a menstrual period. It will soothe an upset stomach and provide a boost of energy for when women are feeling exhausted during these times of the month. It can also help to improve mood when you’re not feeling your best at this time of the month.

 

Relieves Depression

Many people suffer from short-term depression and don’t want to take prescription drugs that only mask the problem. Short-term depression is caused by an event and is different from longterm clinical depression. If you’re sad about a loss or failure in life, drinking spearmint tea can help to give you a boost of energy and improve your mood. The tea will help to clear your mind and help you think clearly. It can even help you to work through a problem that may be troubling you. And the natural compounds will work at your stomach upsets, which often trouble people who are sad.

 

Gives a Boost to Memory

Spearmint tea is beneficial to students who are studying for an exam, or for helping aging seniors to retain cognitive function and memories. There is a compound in the spearmint that is called limonene. This has been found to counteract the negative effects that free radicals in the body can cause to your brain’s neurotransmitter activities. This can lead to improved memory, focus, and concentration, so you can remember facts more easily, and solve problems better. Drinking a cup of spearmint tea right before study time is best.

 

Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation in the body can lead to many diseases and conditions. Over time, it can have a cumulative effect. Drinking spearmint tea can reduce something as simple as a bad headache. It can also help to soothe aches and pains in your body, including the joints. There are anti-inflammatory compounds in this plant that can also decrease inflammation that leads to skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis.

 

Rehydrates Without High Calories or Caffeine

Many soft drinks today contain a high number of calories. But to get the recommended number of glasses of water per day, we need to consume plenty of fluids. Many people don’t want to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day, as that gets tedious. Drinking tea is a solution for when you don’t want to drink sugary pop or juices. And there are so many different teas and tea blends to choose from. Spearmint tea is a natural herbal tea that contains no caffeine, yet still gives you a natural boost of energy. But you’ll never experience a sudden drop in energy like you would after that caffeine boost from coffee drinks.

 

Beneficial for Weight Loss

While spearmint tea doesn’t burn fat, drinking it can help your stomach to feel fuller and keep you from being tempted from drinking soft drinks. It works as a natural appetite suppressant. Since it calms and soothes the digestive system, it will better aid the body in absorbing nutrients, which is at a time when you may be reducing your consumption of food. It also works as a natural remedy replacement for many prescription drugs that can lead to additional weight gain.

 

Precautions & Warnings When Drinking Spearmint Tea

Some people can be sensitive or allergic to mint and find that its beneficial effects are actually reversed. For these people, they can suffer upset stomachs from drinking spearmint tea. It can also cause skin rashes, throat irritations, headache and dizziness. If you suffer any of these and feel that spearmint tea is to blame, discontinue usage and try a different herbal tea.

 

Spearmint is included in Evina Naturals Healtea –  MintFresh