Health Benefits of Some Minerals and Herbs:

Manganese is a trace mineral. It is vital for the human body, but people only need it in small amounts. Manganese contributes to many bodily functions, including the metabolism of amino acids, cholesterol, glucose, and carbohydrates. It also plays a role in bone formation, blood clotting, and reducing inflammation.

The human body cannot produce manganese, but it can store it in the liver, pancreas, bones, kidneys, and brain. A person usually obtains manganese from their diet.  Health benefits include providing antioxidants, supporting bone health, reducing blood sugar and healing wounds.  Small amounts of manganese are present in a variety of foods, including raw pineapple, pinto beans, pecans, lima beans, spinach, navy beans, black and green teas, sweet potato, almonds instant oatmeal, raisin bran, whole wheat bread, peanuts and brown rice. 

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Phosphorus: The body uses phosphorus to keep the bones strong and healthy. Phosphorus also helps remove waste and repair damaged tissues.  Most people get enough phosphorus through their diet. However, people with certain health conditions, such as kidney disease or diabetes, may need to adjust their phosphorus intake. Phosphorus also plays a role in how the body processes carbohydrates, or sugars. In addition, it contributes to bodily functions that involve the nervous system,kidney function, muscle contraction and heartbeat regulation.  Most protein-rich foods are excellent sources of phosphorus. These foods include chicken, turkey, pork, seafood, seeds, low fat dairy products and nuts.

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Turmeric — Curcumin an Anti-Inflammatory Superfood was written by Amanda Filipowicz for Medium/Food, 2 September 2018. 

Turmeric, the earthy herb of the sun, the golden spice of life this perennial root is native to Southeast Asia it is one of the most precious gifts from nature, used as a spice, food preservative, colouring agent and cosmetic. It is peppery, pungent, earthy, warm and bitter and today it is grown around the world, in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, South America and throughout the Carribean. Curcumin is the main active medicinal component in turmeric and is most plentiful in the root of the turmeric plant. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for a number of ailments. Health benefits include:

    • Curcumin is a main component in turmeric
    • Anti-inflammatory properties help with joint and oral pain
    • Increases anti-oxidant capacity
    • Lowers risk of certain brain diseases — including Alzheimer’s. Improves overall brain function
    • Helps relieve joint pain for arthritis patients
    • Helps regulate hormones which can aid with depression
    • Anticancerous — Reduction in free radical damage helps reduce risk of cancer
    • Helps reduce cholesterol
    • Helps reduce gingivitis
    • Helps in the reduction of inflammation as caused by acne

Be aware however that turmeric may interact and/or interfere with blood thinners, drugs that reduce stomach acid and drugs for diabetes.

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