Month: November 2016

Ginger, The Tonic Spice You Need To Have At Home!

The term ginger is derived from Sanskrit shringavera , which means “shaped deer wood”. This plant comes from tropical Asia ( Zingiber Officinalis ) is composed of two parts: an aerial part and an underground part, the famous rhizome used in the traditional Asian kitchens for its piquant taste slightly lemony. Grown in tropical areas and on moist soils, it is found in India, Malaysia, China and Nepal.

Ginger is from the same family ( Zingiberaceae ) as turmeric, with which it marries very well.

Rich in multiple virtues and renowned for its tonic and aphrodisiac effects, it has been used for millennia! Some 3,500-year-old manuscripts mention its use, which goes back as far as 5,000 years. It is one of the first oriental spices to have been imported into the Mediterranean basin and was then used by the Greeks and Romans. It met with success in France from the Middle Ages.

The composition of the rhizome

The ginger rhizome contains essential oil (1-3%) as well as an oleoresin that is the source of its pungent flavor. The latter contains 15% gingerol, a major component of fresh ginger.

Also rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium or iron and copper (for raw ginger), the rhizome contributes to the proper functioning of the body and the fight against free radicals.

Finally, it contains the vitamins B1, B2 and B3, known to stimulate vitality.

Its Benefits

With a warm and powerful flavor, powdered ginger, offered by the Route des Comptoirs ,Guayapi or Vidya Ayurveda , accompanies soups, curries or other cooked dishes.

Ginger is widely known for relieving digestive problems, including nausea and indigestion. Thus, the ginger capsules can be used in case of gastrointestinal infestations, for nausea in early pregnancy or post-operative nausea and finally in case of sickness.

In the form of essential oil , ginger is also used in case of indigestion, flatulence but is not advised them pregnant women. Excellent tonic, it is also advisable in cases of sexual fatigue and impotence, thanks to its energizing effects. The essential oil can be taken orally (1 to 2 drops in honey or olive oil 3 times a day in case of digestive disorders). When diluted in a vegetable oil, it masses on the abdomen in case of constipation.

Ginger also showed promising results on pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis pain, demonstrating anti-inflammatory effects.

For its vitalising side, it is sometimes associated with other stimulants, such as guarana and ginseng.

For slightly stressed men who also want to boost their sexual form, Toni Men uses three herbs: ginger, red ginseng and schisandra, the latter helping to regain physical and intellectual well-being.

For A Good Vision, Eat Colorful And Vitamin!

Besides the good quality of our genes, good vision is also on the plate! Some foods are beneficial for the good health of our eyes. This is the case of foods rich in antioxidants, omega 3 and vitamins A, E and C.

If needed, dietary supplements can help limit deficiencies.

Vitamin A, the indispensable!

Vitamin A is essential because the retina needs it to perform its functions!

It is essential to rhodopsin, a pigment of the cells of the retina that gives the eye its sensitivity to light. This vitamin also helps to maintain a cornea in good condition.

A vitamin A deficiency may cause symptoms such as dry eyes, decreased visual acuity … and promote age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as well as cataracts.

Where to find it in its diet? Egg yolks, butter, fatty fish and cheeses (parmesan, roquefort, camembert …) are a good source of vitamin A.

Foods rich in beta-carotene (which is part of the carotenoid family) must also be part of the menu since the body transforms beta-carotene into vitamin A. Bet on carrots and all fruits and vegetables yellow- orange: mango, pumpkin, tomato, apricot, sweet pepper …!

Note: zinc, besides its role in immunity, contributes to the good absorption of vitamin A. The best source: oysters! But there are also cheese, yogurts and seeds.

Antioxidant carotenoids

In the family of carotenoids, some are antioxidant pigments essential for vision: this is the case of lutein and zeaxantin. The latter are particularly concentrated in the central part of the retina, called macula lutea, very rich in photoreceptors. They form the macular pigment, which would play a protective role against the risk of AMD and cataract.

These antioxidants are found in yellow / orange fruits and vegetables: carrots, citrus fruits, peppers, corn, and some green vegetables such as spinach and cabbage.

In addition to beta-carotene, the Oemine Vision dietary supplement provides these antioxidants with a tagette extract.

Vitamin C

The vitamin C also helps limit the effects of free radicals (in part responsible for cellular aging), thanks to its antioxidant action. It has a protective role for the cornea and the lens and reduces the risk of AMD.

To consume, head for fresh citrus and vegetables: orange, lemon, kiwi … but also spinach and parsley!

Vitamin E

In the same way, the antioxidant action of vitamin E protects the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. It helps prevent cataracts and AMD.

They are found in abundance in certain oils (such as sunflower), in margarine, and in dried fruits (almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts).

For proper absorption of this vitamin, consider selenium, a trace element essential to the body (but not synthesized by the body). It is present in abundance in Brazil nuts. Canned tuna, chicken or turkey offal and marinated herring are also well stocked.

The omega-3

Champions of cardiovascular health, these polyunsaturated fatty acids also play a role in the proper functioning of nerve cells in the eye.

Fatty fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel) and vegetable oils (flax, nuts, rapeseed) are preferred for a satisfactory supply of omega-3.

Blueberry berries

Rich in anthocyanosides, blueberry berries are known to improve vision, especially in restricted light and at night, and fight against eye disorders.

Dietary supplements that combine vitamins, pigments and trace elements include VisioBronzfrom Naturège, VisioNut , the Vision Complex and Optimum Vision from Orgono – each with specific compositions.