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Herbal Nutrition

Herbal Nutrition Info

Basil: Vitamins A, C, protein. Essential oils 1% containing eugenol, pinene, camphor, linalool, and cineole.

Bay leaf:. Bay leaf has also been shown to help the body process insulin more efficiently, which leads to lower blood sugar levels, and to reduce the effects of stomach ulcers. Bay leaf contains eugenol, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Bay leaf is also an antifungal and antibacterial, and has also been used to treat rheumatism, amenorrhea, and colic.

Beetroot:  Specific anti-carcinogens are bound to the red colouring matter, which helps fight against cancer and beetroot also increases the uptake of oxygen by as much as 400 percent. The green leafy part of the beetroot is also of nutritional value containing beta-carotene and other carotenoids, these all function as antioxidants. Beetroot is a rich source of potent nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C, and betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health.

Calendula:    The flowers of Calendula officinalis contain flavonol glycosides, quercetin, saponins, potassium chloride a nd sulphate and calcium sulphate. Also contains beta-carotene and Vitamin E.

Cayenne:  Vitamins, A, B6, C , E , beta carotene and carotenoids , lecithin, calcium, phosphorous, iron, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, manganese, potassium, protein [ 13.9 % / 100gm ], selenium, sodium, tin, zinc.

Chard: high in vitamins A, K and C, with a 175 g serving containing 214%, 716%, and 53%, respectively, It is also rich in minerals, dietary fiber and protein. The stalks are high in iron.

Chicory:  Contains inulin [Inulin increases calcium absorption and possibly magnesium absorption, while promoting the growth of intestinal bacteria]  some Betacarbolines – Harman and noharman. Vitamins B, C, K, P, minerals and trace minerals.

Chickweed:  Protein [21.7% / 100gm ] ,calcium, chromium, cobalt, ferrous phosphate, iron , magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, selenium , silicon, sodium, thiamine, zinc,  Vitamins A, B complex , C .Silicic acid, rutin, coumarins, phytosterols.

Chives:  Contains organic ally sulfides and alkyl sulfoxides. Rich in vitamin A, C traces of sulphur and rich in calcium and iron.

Comfrey: Contains mucilage, allantoin, tannins, resin, steroidal saponins, essential oil, inulin, gum, choline, carotene, vitamins C and E, B12, protein (almost 35% protein), complete glycosides, sugars beta-sitosterol, zinc. Calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, thiamine, tin .

Coriander leaf:  Flavonoids, calcium, coumarins, chlorophyll, oxalic acid, sterols, starch, sugars.

Dandelion Leaf: Contains citric acid, riboflavin, coumestrol, vitamins A, B, C and D (more vitamin A than carrots ) inulin, sugars, pectin, glycosides, calcium, choline, phenolic acid, potassium, iron, lutein, carotenoids.

Dill:   Per 100 gm it contains 20g protein, 4.4g fat, 55.8g carbohydrate, 11.9g fibre, 12.6g ash, 1784mg calcium, 543mg phosphorus, 48.8mg iron, 451mg magnesium, 208mg sodium, 3,308mg potassium, 3.3mg zinc, 0.42mg thiamine, 0.28mg riboflavin, 2.8mg niacin and 1.5mg vitamin B6. Also phenolic acid, coumarins, flavonoids.

Elder Flower:  sterols flavonoids, flavone glycosides, and phenolic acids, including quercetin, rutin (up to 1.9%), pectin; sugar; mucilage, potassium nitrate.

Fennel: Contains calcium, carbohydrates, chromium, cobalt, fibre,  iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 17.3 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A, Vit C and zinc

Fenugreek : Contains calcium, carbohydrates, chromium, cobalt, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 30.6 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A, Vit C and zinc

Garlic:  Natural antibiotic, contains sulphur, calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 17.9 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, selenium, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A .

Ginger:  Contains calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 10 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A , C .

Hibiscus Flowers :  High Vitamin C, mucilage, calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [6 % per 100gm.] riboflavin, selenium, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A, zinc.

Horsetail: Contains calcium, carbohydrates, chromium, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [11.4 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, tin, Vit A, Vit C and zinc

Horseradish : Contains calcium, carbohydrates, chromium, fibre,  iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [25 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, silicon, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A, Vit C [1000mg per 100 gm ] and zinc

Kelp : Contains calcium, carbohydrates, chromium, cobalt, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 6.5 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A, Vit C and zinc

Lemon: Contains Bio Flavonoids, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 6.6 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, sodium, thiamine, Vit A , B1, B2, B3, C [556.6 mg / 100 gm ],citric acid . 

Lemongrass: Contains calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 8.2  % per 100 gm. ] selenium, silicon, sodium, zinc.

Marjoram:   Protein [14% per 100 gm ], saponins, trace minerals.

Nasturtium : Vitamins A, C , D, calcium, chlorine, copper, fluorine, germanium, iodine, iron, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, silica, sulphur, zinc, natural antibiotic.

Onion : Contains calcium, carbohydrates, fibre,  iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 16.2 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, sodium, thiamine, Vit A, Vit C .

Paprika: Very rich in Vitamin C, Protein: 0.96g   vitamin C content is retained in paprika, which contains more vitamin C by weight than lemon juice.

Parsley:   Apigenin, a chemical found in great quantities in parsley, has been found to have potent anticancer activity. It works by inhibiting the formation of new blood vessels that feed a tumour. Parsley is a source of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids, which are known to exert various biological effects. Also contains calcium, carbohydrates, chromium, cobalt, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 24.6 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A, Vit C .

Peppermint :  Contains calcium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 24.8 % per 100gm.] riboflavin, selenium, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A, Vit C .

Roquette:   It is rich in vitamin C and potassium

Rose Petals: Rich in Vitamin C, quercetin.

Rosehips:  Rich in Vitamin C 740 mg per 100 gm. Also contains calcium, carbohydrates, chromium, cobalt, fibre, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 13.3 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, selenium, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A.

Rosemary: Flavonoids, saponins, Beta carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc.

Sage : Contains calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 11.5 % per 100 gm.] riboflavin, silicon, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A,C and zinc

Sorrel :Contains Allantoin, ascorbic acid, citric acid, resin.

Stevia: Contains calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 11.2 % per 100 gm. ] selenium, silicon, sodium, tin, Vit A , C .

Thyme:     Contains calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 9.9 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, thiamine, tin, Vit A and zinc

Turmeric : Contains calcium, chromium, cobalt, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium. Protein [ 10 % per 100 gm. ] riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, thiamine, Vit A, zinc.

 

Mineral Notes

Calcium

Even though only 1 percent of the calcium in the body is found outside of bone, this form of calcium is critical for many functions in the body. Therefore, its level is maintained in a narrow range in the blood and tissues. Consider some of the key non-bone functions of calcium:

  • It’s essential for blood clotting.

  • It stabilizes blood pressure.

  • It contributes to normal brain function.

  • It’s critical for communicating essential information among cells.

Normally, the amount of calcium inside a cell is very low relative to the amount that’s in your blood. Cells let calcium inside in response to a large number of chemicals, such as hormones. This chemical stimulus of calcium rushing into a cell makes them perform all sorts of critical functions. For example, it:

  • Helps insulin open cells to glucose
  • Is needed for the release of chemicals that transmit a signal from a nerve cell to a target cell (for example, when a nerve tells a muscle to move)
  • Facilitates the actual process of contraction of the muscle cell
  • Assists the movement of sperm into an egg to fertilize the egg

Iron
Iron is an essential mineral and an important component of proteins involved in oxygen transport and metabolism Almost two-thirds of the iron in your body is found in hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to your body's tissues. Smaller amounts of iron are found in myoglobin, a protein that helps supply oxygen to muscle, and in enzymes that assist biochemical reactions in cells. About 15 percent of your body's iron is stored for future needs and mobilized when dietary intake is inadequate. The remainder is in your body's tissues as part of proteins that help your body function. Adult men and post-menopausal women lose very little iron except through bleeding. Women with heavy monthly periods can lose a significant amount of iron. Your body usually maintains normal iron status by controlling the amount of iron absorbed from food

  • Iron also is the Main component of haemoglobin, which transports oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the lungs.
  • Supports the action of many enzymes (especially for energy production)
  • Antioxidant
  • May have anti-cancer properties
  • Powerful immune-system booster

Quercitin

It is a flavonoid found in fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains. Research has shown it to be effective for the following : as an antiviral, as  a bronchodilator so useful for Asthma, potential anti cancer applications, as an anti histamine for reducing IgE levels and assisting with Eczema treatment, as an anti-inflammatory, may be effective in the treatment of Fibromyalgia. Quercetin has been found to provide significant symptomatic improvement in most men with chronic prostatitis. Also quercetin was suspected from bioassay test on crude extracts to selectively inhibit mono oxidase.

Zinc

1 Improve Athletic Performance and Strength

2 Support Male Reproductive Health and Fertility

3 Support Female Reproductive Health and Fertility

4 Prevent Cancer and Boosts Immune Function

5 Improve Cardiovascular Health

6 Become More Sensitive to Insulin and Prevent Diabetes

7. Zinc is an excellent antioxidant.

8 Detoxifies The Brain of Heavy Metals and Prevent Alzheimer’s

9 Boosts Brain Function and Treats ADHD

10 Elevates Mood and helps Avoid Depression

  • is necessary to synthesize DNA
  • is essential for wound healing.
  • supports the healthy growth and development of the body during adolescence, childhood and pregnancy.

 

References  : Wikipedia 

Nutritional Herbology - Mark Pedersen

Potters New Cyclopedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations - R.C. & R.W. Wren 

The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants - Andrew Chevallier

 The Energetics of Western Herbs Vol 1 and Vol 2 - Peter Holmes 



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