Health benefits of coffee

COFFEE EXPRESSO

We all have heard about the risks of having too much coffee, it can have some detrimental effects in our health if we suffer for example from blood pressure, hypertension...etc. But as everything in life anything in excess is bad, and coffee is not exception for that, however recent studies on the health benefits of coffee may help us change our minds about the risks of having coffee.

Let's have a look at some of the claimed health benefits of coffee and the scientific evidence supporting those claimed health benefits of coffee. Image: See credits under ref. [10] below.


COFFEA ARABICA

Family: Rubiaceae

Genus: Coffea

Common name: Coffee


 

Other benefits of walnuts

WALNUTS AND ACORNS

Many are the properties and health benefits of walnuts, among some of them walnuts are known to lower cholesterol levels, they are also a rich source of vitamin E, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, phytosterols, polyphenols, carotenoids, and melatonin. Another important role of some active constituents found in walnuts is the fight against neurodegenerative disease...etc. Walnut consumption was also linked to a significant reduction of tumor incidence on MDA-MB 231 human breast cancers. 

However, it wasn't until now that a study by UCLA School of Nursing shows walnuts improve sperm quality. As the study shows, eating two handfuls of walnuts a day may improve men fertility as walnuts improve semen quality in men consuming a western-style diet, as published in the Journal of Biology of Reproduction. Image: See credits under ref. [4] below.


JUGLANS REGIA

Family: Juglandaceae

Genus: Juglans

Common name: Persian walnut, English walnut, common walnut, Juglans duclouxiana, Juglans fallax, Juglans kamaonica, Juglans orientis, Juglans regia kamaonica, Juglans regia orientis, Juglans regia sinensis, Juglans sinensis.


HOW TO Make your own organic Dead Sea mud mask

DEAD SEA MASK

The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It is known to produce one of the most reknown therapeutic muds around the world, used to produce soaps and cosmetic products as well as to serve as base for the production of many others.

Dead Sea mud has some amazing properties such as keeping the skin radiant and healthy looking. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. According to researchers of the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, treatment with mineral-rich mud compresses can be used to augment conventional medical therapy [1]. Image: See credits under ref. [2] below.

Jatropha gossypiifolia

POISONOUS PLANTS

JATROPHA

Jatropha gossypiifolia, widely known as "bellyache bush, black physicnut or cotton-leaf physicnut" [1,5], is an erect perennial shrub and multi-purpose medicinal plant largely used throughout Africa and America. The name “Jatropha” is derived from the Greek words “jatros,” which means “doctor” and “trophe,” meaning “food,” which is associated with its medicinal uses [1,3].

Jatropha gossypiifolia belongs to the Eurphorbiaceae family, which members are commonly known as spurges [5]. This family is one of the largest Angiosperms families with more than 7,800 species, distributed in 300 genera [1] from which most spurges are herbs but that it also have shrubs or trees in the tropics [2]. Castor oil plant (Ricinus communis) is a remarkable example of these family, being easily confused with Jatropha sometimes, in spite Castor oil plant is slightly taller. Image: See credits under ref. [7] below. 


JATROPHA GOSSYPIIFOLIA

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Jatropha

Common name: Bellyache bush, black physicnut or cotton-leaf physicnut


 

Broccoli and Brussels sprouts derived compound effective against triple negative breast cancer

BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Not so long ago we published an article about Broccoli and how one of the active constituents found in Broccoli, namely diindolylmethane (DIM), exerted anti-cancer properties that were, to say the least, quite promising. DIM is a compound that is produced naturally during the digestion of indole-3-carbinol, a molecule found in Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables of its family, the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae. Image: See credits under ref. [9] below.


BRASSICA OLERACEA

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Brassica

Common name: Broccoli