Wonderful walnuts

Walnuts are a wonderful health-giving and nutritious snack. They provide protein, slow-release energy, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and vitamins B6 and E. The oil contained in walnuts is very special. There is seven times more polyunsaturated fat than saturated fat. This in conjunction with the antioxidant properties of walnuts makes them an ideal treatment for anyone with heart, circulatory, high blood pressure and cholesterol problems.

Spanish and American scientists have discovered that eating a handful of walnuts a day significantly lowers cholesterol levels.

Engraved clay tablets dating from 2,000 B.C. showed walnuts growing in the hanging gardens of Babylon! And the Greeks and Romans treated them as a royal food. The most widely grown variety is the English walnut. I well remember my dad cracking walnuts at Christmastime, when I was a little girl. Add them to your shopping list this week…

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Turmeric

Indian Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe turmeric for eyesight, rheumatism, arthritis and liver problems. It is a spice which should be in daily use as it provides substantial amounts of highly protective and immune-boosting antioxidants. Research has shown that one of its natural constituents, curcumin, is very powerful in cancer prevention and treatment.

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. It is grown for its root, and is used extensively in curry recipes. Make sure you have this wonderful medicine in your spice rack!

Strawberries

There is an old wives’ tale that strawberries are bad for anyone with joint problems. In actual fact, they have an ability to increase the body’s elimination of uric acid, which aids arthritic joints and inflammation.

Tiny, wild strawberries grow in our garden. Until the early 1600s, these were the only strawberries known in Britain and Europe. 100g of this delicious fruit contains almost twice your daily requirement of vitamin C. They also contain a little iron. They alleviate fatigue and anaemia, and eliminate cholesterol. Strawberries keep the heart and circulation in tip-top condition as they contain antioxidants. They are believed to have antiviral properties, too.

Strawberries are always associated with the tennis championship at Wimbledon. A bowl of delicious strawberries. eaten on a sunny day, is a complete tonic for mind, body and spirit! (Do buy organic…)

Organic Rooibos Tea

As it says on the packet, ‘Rooibos Tea is just the tonic’. ┬áIt continues, ‘Our fair trade is an honest and equal exchange. You enjoy the world’s finest organic and natural products, the farmer gets a better life.’

Rooibos tea, often known as redbush, is naturally caffeine free. It’s full of free radical-busting antioxidants. It is helpful for anyone with insomnia, anxiety or high blood pressure. I drink mine with soya milk, but many people prefer it black with, perhaps, a slice of lemon. Try a refreshing, rejuvenating cup of rooibos!

It’s also great for making sun-tea. On a lovely summer’s day, put two rooibos tea-bags into a clear glass jar or jug. Cover and then place on a sunny table. After an hour, bring it in and allow to cool. Serve it in glasses with a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint. Delicious, and full of solar prana…

Extending the olive branch

The olive tree has been cultivated for at least 5,000 years. In Ancient Greece, it was sacred to the goddess Athena. The olive branch is traditionally a symbol of both peace and fertility, while a crown of olive leaves is a mark of tribute to a victor.

Olives are a good source of vitamin E, and they supply natural antioxidants. Oil obtained from olives may help to lower blood cholesterol levels. They are not as calorific as many people suppose, but they are high in sodium. Best to eat them in moderation, therefore, if you have high blood pressure. They make a lovely snack!