Chia Seeds: The Health Benefits

Chia is a flowering plant belonging to the mint family. Its seeds are cultivated and respected around the world thanks to their high nutritional content. These seeds were consumed for hundreds of years, and were possibly a staple in the diet of the Aztec and Mayan people...

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon balm is a perennial herb that smells like lemon. Likely Safe: Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) in the US Native to: Southern Europe. Also used in Portuguese and Cuban folk medicine. One of the most frequently used herbs in Brazil and Bulgaria as noted from...

Move Over Quinoa

It's hard to believe, but quinoa's day in the sun is starting to sunset. Food trend experts aren't agreeing whether millet (yes, bird food!) or amaranth (like quinoa, a seed and not a grain) is next to have time in the limelight, but both are nutrient dense, vitamin-rich...

Common Colds: Can You Prevent Them by Changing How You Eat?

Zinc Hand washing and zinc may be best method for preventing the common cold. Zinc may work for children (and possibly adults); at least two randomized controlled trials indicated that children who took 10 or 15 milligrams (mg) of zinc sulfate daily had lower rates of colds...

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Scientific name: Lavandula angustifolia, L. officinalis, L. vera, L. spica, L. dentata, L. latifolia, L. pubescens, L. stoechas Also known as: Spanish/English/French lavender, spike lavender, true lavender Used for: Orally: Restlessness/nervousness, insomnia, depression,...

Honey Q & A: How Much Do You Know About This Functional Food?

What is honey? Honey is the sweet nectar of honeybees, who work tediously year round to produce the syrupy goodness. It was the go to food sweetener up until sugar became popular and widely available in the 1700s. 

Flaxseed: Is It a Superfood?

Flaxseed has been high-profile in recent years. Its touted benefits include reducing the risk of heart disease and preventing cancer. So what is flaxseed and what makes it so great? 

Functional Food Fact Sheet: Olives

Olives are small fruits that grow on a trees belonging to the Olea europea family, which are native to the Mediterranean region as well as parts of Asia and Africa. They are considered “drupes,” which is a fruit that contains a pit at the core, surrounded by the fleshy part...

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