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Fenugreek or Methi


Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), known as methi in Marathi, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Nepali [16], is an annual plant from the same family as the lentils, beans, peas and peanuts, the Fabaceae. In spite it is well known in America and Europe, it is a common ingredient in many Indian dishes, as Methi Malae Mater a rich Indian vegetable dish.

But the uses and health benefits of Fenugreek are not limited to its culinary use, Fenugreek has traditionally been used as a source of galactagogue, a substance that increases the production of milk promoting lactation in human and animals, being traditionally used as a natural way to increase breast milk production in postpartum mothers. Image: See credits below [16].


Family: Fabaceae

Genus: Trigonella

Common name: Fenugreek, Methi

Banana TNF anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties



Musa acuminata and Musa paradisiac are two types of bananas adapted to warm and humid tropical climate, needing more than 2,000 mm of rainfall per year and rich soils to grow.

Bananas have been present in our diets since long time ago, they are rich in potassium, a mineral that plays a very important role in mass bone formation and regulation of blood pressure, magnesium, selenium, phosphorous, iron, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc (very important to regulate sleep cycles and enhance male reproductive functions)...etc. 

In spite most of us believe in the health benefits and multiple properties of Kela fruit (Bananas), not many people knows about their most valuable active constituent, a lectin named BanLec (from Banana Lectin), that is known to exert anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties and that has been recently the subject of scientific study for its potential pharmaceutical use in future medicines. Image: Banana tree by Melvin "Buddy" Baker under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0). 


Family: Musaceae

Genus: Musa

Common name: Banana


5 benefits of green tea


Green tea has many benefits for health. Several studies have linked green tea consumption with anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and many other health benefits. Do you want to know more about other properties and health benefits of green tea? Image left: See credits under ref. [23] below.


Family: Teaceae

Genus: Camelia

Common name: Green tea


Is ripe fruit healthier?


If you ever asked yourself the question “Is ripe fruit healthier?” Almost everyone would agree that in some sense we all think it is. The ripe fruit is attractive, delightful, refreshing, it's full of sweet juices and has an incredible flavour that lets your senses come alive showering them with the sensation of flavour perceived by your mouth.

Yes, ripe fruit invites you to see, smell, touch and taste, it awakens your senses, but is it really healthier? Let's have a look. Image: See credits under ref. [12] below.

Your new tyres may be made of dandelion rubber


Around 25 million tonnes of rubber is produced each year to cover the world needs of that substance [1]. Approximately 42 percent of this amount corresponds to natural rubber [1], being the rest synthetic rubber.

Now a group of scientists and researchers seem to have found a solution for it in dandelion. Image: See credits under ref. [5] below. 


Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Taraxacum

Common name: Russian dandelion