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Posts Tagged ‘lower LDL’

Funny Name For Tea With Oregano

Posted by terrepruitt on October 23, 2014

I was looking around WordPress one day to see what other blogs I could read – besides Nia blogs – in the areas that I am interested in.  To me the way to peek around and search for other blogs used to be much easier.  I used to be able to go to a WordPress home page and the page would come up with options to search.  Now when I go to that URL it takes me to one of my admin pages.  I imagine that if I signed out I might end up at a page I could search, but the whole reason I am searching WordPress blogs is because there has to be ones I would be interested in and when I am signed in it is so easy to comment.  I have to go to a URL that I have bookmarked because it is not one that is easily remembered just to get a search field.  Anyway . . . I was looking at different blogs and I came across a post with a title that caught my eye and made me laugh so I clicked on the blog to check it out.  The post was about tea with oregano in it.  That got me thinking about the benefits of oregano.

First, the title that caught my eye was Sick People Tea.  Ha, ha, ha.  I thought that was very funny.  Sounds pretty accurate to me.  It is tea people drink when they are sick.  Still makes me laugh.  The recipe consists of lemon slices, fresh ginger, fresh or dried oregano, and water.  The instructions are found on Ali Does It Herself (click here).

I have not tried the tea.  I am not a fan of oregano.  But more importantly I have not been sick since I discovered the recipe a few days ago.  If I can remember (one reason I post things) when I do feel under-the-weather I will give this a try.  Even though I don’t really think of oregano as an herb I like.  I like its relation; sweet marjoram.

Oregano contains very high concentration of antioxidants – according to an article published in the Journal of Nutrition about the assessment of “the contribution of culinary and medicinal herbs to the total intake of dietary antioxidants”.  As a reminder, antioxidants help keep other molecules from oxidation (which can produce free radicals).  Further reminder from WebMD: “Free radicals” is a term often used to describe damaged cells that can be problematic.  Because oregano is an antioxidant it can help boost your immune system.

Many sources state the oregano is a good source of Vitamin K (needed for blood and bone health).

WebMD states that Oregano might possibly help lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol).  The site states there was clinical research that showed this occurred after taking oregano after each meal for three months.  The same page states that oregano oil killed parasites in the intestines after taking it for six weeks.

Many sites claim that oregano is helpful in the treatment of  asthma, allergies, bronchitis, colds and flus, coughing, acne, dandruff, toothaches, bloating, indigestion, menstrual cramps, arthritis, headaches, among other things, but more research is needed to prove treatment with oregano and/or its oil is effective.

There are so many variable when using herbs and things, I think it could help for some people for some issues and not others.

You may have seen the “life-hack” that states oregano oil will help deter insects.  I have haven’t tried it but it sounds great if it works.

Do you like oregano?  Do you think of Italian Food when you think of oregano?  Do you cook with oregano?  Doesn’t the Sick People Tea sound interesting?

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Pecans – A Rich Treat

Posted by terrepruitt on October 15, 2011

PNia Teacher, Nia San Jose, San Jose Nia, Cardio Workoutecans are so rich they are like a pastry.  Full of fat and sweetness.  As you can see the nutritional facts are:

(for) About a ¼ cup

200 Calories
20 g of saturated fat
0 g cholesterol
0 mg sodium
4 g carbs
2 g dietary fiber
3 g protein

So as a dessert they are great, with 0 cholesterol, 2 g of saturated fat, and 0 sodium.  One fourth cup makes a great treat.  They have a natural sweetness that could assist in curbing the desire for sugar.

According to Power Your Diet, pecans contain monounsaturated fatty acids (which are said to assist in the reduction of  low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol).  They are a source of antioxidants.  Antioxidants are thought to help in the fight against certain diseases.  Studies have shown that antioxidants help protect against cell damage.  Cell damage is thought to be the cause of diseases such as some cancers, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and Parkinson’s.

Pecans have many phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are presently believed to help reduce the risk of cancer.  As with many foods it has to do with fiber and their anti-inflammatory properties.  Medical research is proving that chronic inflammation is associated with many diseases.  It is not good for the body to remain in a state of chronic inflammation.  Foods that have anti-inflammatory properties can serve as a great addition to many diets.

Pecans have a large group of the B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, Folate, and pantothenic acid) and also contain minerals such as iron, calcium, iron manganese (which is different from magnesium), magnesium, zinc, potassium, and selenium.

Also, pecans have proved in studies to help lower total cholesterol by over 10%, and the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) by OVER 15%.

And I don’t know about you, but I love pecans.  I can eat them plain, just a handful all by themselves.  Or they make a great addition to a salad.  The salad can be a combination of sweet and savory or just full of veggies.  They also make a great addition to cookies.  Lately – since I have a huge bag of them (I bought a wholesale bag . . . two pounds) I add them to cookie recipes that call for walnuts.  I actually think of them as interchangeable and use them in place of walnuts when I have a bag of pecans and not walnuts.

Pecans with a salty soft cheese makes a great appetizer.  The mixture can be spread on crackers, bread, or can be used to fill celery.  If you mix some chopped nuts with a crumbled cheese you can put it in lettuce boats.

They can add their buttery goodness to any recipe.  Because they add a flavor of buttery richness it is possible to cut down on the butter or added fat when you add them to a recipe where butter is just used as flavor.  They can be chopped and used as breading for chicken or pork  I like to use a mixture of shredded parmesan cheese and pecans to bread pork.  It can be cooked in the oven or cooked in a pan.  Either way, the butter taste from the pecans adds a decadent richness.

In their chopped form they can also be added to a chicken salad.  Than can be added to your regular chicken salad recipe or substitute, pecans and apple for the celery and onions.  Sometimes I crush some to coat the outside of the sandwich when I am making chicken/pecan sandwiches for a tea.

Nuts contain a high amount of fat but all of the additional health benefits they supply make them the perfect desert.  A little cheese and honey or jam — ahhh.  So much more satisfying than a package dessert full of chemicals.

Do you like pecans?  What do you do with them?

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