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Cayenne pepper is a hot chili pepper named from the Cayenne region of French Guiana. Whether to complete cajun food or to add some heat to vegetarian chili, cayenne pepper is one of my favorite peppers for spicing up a dish. The heat is from a phytochemical known as capsaicin. More than just a catalyst for a four alarm fire in your mouth, capsaicin has undergone quite a bit of laboratory and clinical testing to determine its benefits – as well as a few caveats. The next ten facts about […]

Eating foods that can help you maintain a healthy heart, lower your cholesterol, and balance your blood pressure is important to preserving a high quality of life. Nutrient-dense nuts like walnuts, chestnuts, and pecans are recognized as an important component of any heart-healthy diet. And while these three nuts may help prevent heart disease and keep low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol low, pecans may be the best. Here’s why… (more…)

Organic pomegranate seeds or refreshing pomegranate juice is a delicious, refreshing snack! This slightly peculiar fruit has been thought to hold legendary powers for centuries. Persians believe Eve actually ate a pomegranate when she plucked from the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden, not an apple. Ancient Egyptians buried their dead with pomegranates because they believed it offered eternal life. This fruit is also featured in mythology and tradition as a symbol of good tidings. Greeks break open a pomegranate at wedding celebrations and the Chinese eat candied […]

Dietary zinc is a widely used essential mineral that is commonly found in a wide range of foods, over-the-counter health products and supplements. There's a large body of scientific evidence which suggests that consuming the adequate amount of zinc daily helps supports the human body's natural immune function [1] [2]. (more…)

You've probably heard the terms "fatty acid" and "omega 3" before, but do you know what a fatty acid is or why your body needs it? What about the different types of fatty acids, what foods you can naturally find them in and how much your body needs to live a long, healthy life? Fatty acids are important for all systems of the body to function normally, including your skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, brain and organs. There are two fatty acids, termed essential fatty acids (EFA) that your body […]