Selenium is a trace mineral that works as an antioxidant in the body.  Selenium is incorporated into glutathione peroxidase, an antioxidant enzyme that plays a critical role in reducing free-radicals and oxidation in the body.  Free-radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that are a byproduct of metabolism.  Diet and lifestyle also impact the amount of free-radicals… Continue Reading

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(Vitis vinifera)   Grapes are round or oval berries that grow on woody vines in clusters ranging from about fifteen to nearly three hundred. Grapes feature semi-translucent juicy flesh encased in a smooth skin and may contain edible seeds.   Categorized as either “white” (green in color) or “black” (crimson, dark blue, deep purple, and… Continue Reading

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(Vaccinium corymbosum)   Blueberries are fruits of a shrub belonging to the heath family. Other members include the cranberry, bilberry, azalea, mountain laurel and rhododendron. There are more than 30 different species of blueberry. Popular varieties include Highbush, Lowbush and Evergreen.   Blueberries grow in clusters and range in size from that of a small… Continue Reading

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(Vaccinium macrocarpon)   An evergreen dwarf shrub that grows in acidic soil in the Northern Hemisphere, cranberries are related to bilberries, blueberries and huckleberries.  Cranberries are one of a handful of fruits including Concord grapes and blueberries that are native to North America.   Cranberries were originally called craneberries because their pink blossoms resembled that… Continue Reading

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(Salvia officinalis)   The Latin name for sage is salvia which means to heal so given to sage because of its medicinal properties. Sage has been used for centuries as a medicinal due to its antiseptic, astringent, and irritant properties. Often tea made from sage is used to treat sore throats and mouth irritations.  … Continue Reading

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(Petroselinum crispum) Curled parsley (Petroselinum neapolitanum) Italian parsley   The two most common varieties of parsley include curly leaf and flat leaf (Italian). With its dark leaves, clean, crisp taste, curly leaf parsley is added to soups and stews and commonly used as a garnish. The lighter green, flat leaf parsley has a less intense… Continue Reading

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Curry is not a single herb but a blend of spices. Although curries can differ by color (red, yellow, green) and spice mix, the primary ingredient is turmeric. Other common ingredients include ground cumin, coriander and cardamom.   Health Benefits Curcumin is what gives turmeric its distinctive yellow color and is associated with the health… Continue Reading