While technically a berry, pomegranate "fruit" may be nature's answer to turning the tide against the #1 cause of death in the industrialized world: heart disease. Let's start with what it tells us simply through experiencing it...
Pomegranate has a remarkable astringency, giving your mouth and gums that dry, puckering mouth feel. This cleansing sensation is technically caused, as with all astringents, by shrinking and disinfecting your mucous membranes.
Anyone who drinks pomegranate juice, or is lucky enough to eat one fresh, can understand why it is so effective at cleansing the circulatory system. Nature certainly planted enough poetic visual clues there for us: its juice looks like blood, and it does resemble a multi-chambered heart, at least when you consider its appearance in comparison to most other fruits.
But sometimes the obvious (in appearance and effect) is not compelling enough – certainly not for the hyper-rational, "evidence-based" folks in positions of medical and regulatory power today – so we have science to lend additional support and credibility, and perhaps even keep some of us from being fined or going to jail for stating the obvious, e.g. "This juice may be beneficial to your health."
Indeed, your mouth and your arteries are lined with the same cell type: epithelial cells. Together, they make up the epithelium, one of four basic tissue types within animals, along with connective tissue, muscle tissue and nervous tissue, and which comprises the interior walls of the entire circulatory system. So, when you feel that amazing cleansing effect in your mouth, this is in fact akin to what your circulatory system – and the epithelium/endothelium lining the inside of your veins and arteries – "feels" as well. How do we know this for sure?
Pomegranate actually has been studied to possess therapeutic properties in over 80 diseases or disease symptoms. You can view the entire spectrum of studies on our ("our" meaning yours too, as we are open access) Pomegranate Research Page.
Here are some additional highlights for cardiovascular health
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): One of the identified mechanisms behind pomegranate's blood-pressuring lowering properties is its ability to inhibit Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme, at least in the diabetic rat model.  But obviously, reversing the plaque build-up in the arteries is one way to disburden the heart, as well. Another is its ability to increase nitric oxide production in the artery (eNOS), which results in improving its ability to dilate – effectively, reversing endothelial dysfunction.
- Fighting Infection: While it is commonly overlooked, cardiovascular disease, and more particularly atherosclerosis, is connected to infection. Dentists know this, which is why they often prescribe antibiotics following dental work which releases bacteria into systemic circulation. Plaque in the arteries can also harbor viral pathogens. Pomegranate happens to have potent antiviral and antibacterial properties relevant to cardiovascular disease initiation and progression. It has been studied to combat the following infectious organisms:
- Reduces Oxidative Stress: Pomegranate has potent antioxidant properties, which reduces the likelihood that LDL will oxidize, becoming the atherogenic/cardiotoxic form known as ox-LDL, which can injure the lining of the arteries and deposit there as plaque. These antioxidant properties have also been identified to have potential anti-platelet implications, potentially reducing the risk for an obstructive clot.
Strawberry is a fruit which is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, milkshakes, and chocolates.
Growing strawberries depends on the type of garden we have, if there is a lot of room, then strawberries can be grown in a special strawberry bed. If there is not enough room, the seeds are grown in large pots or hanging baskets. Add compost or fertilizer after removing any grass or weeds from the soil. Strawberries spread as they grow, so allow at least 30 cm between plants. Border them with a 5 cm layer of straw. This keeps their roots cool and moist, and also keeps future fruit away from direct soil contact.
With regular watering your strawberry plants will grow vigorously and be flowering in three to four months. The main crop is produced through spring and early summer. Keep a watchful eye for slugs, snails and birds.
Here are some tips for sweetness and flavor if your homegrown or shop-bought strawberries aren't sweet enough;
- Wash them before removing the green stalk (that is the green top of strawberry).
- Cut strawberries up and they’ll taste sweeter.
- To store strawberries, take them out of their box and place them in the fridge on paper towel.
Turmeric is a widely cultivated tropical plant of Indian Subcontinent, having yellow flowers and an aromatic, somewhat fleshy rhizome. Turmeric is a spice that has been used for over 2500 years in the South Asia where it was first used as a dye. Nowadays turmeric is one of the main ingredients in South Asian countries that is used in curries. The medicinal and healing assets gifted by nature through turmeric have been revealing themselves slowly. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.
Here are some health benefits of turmeric:
- Turmeric is a natural clean and antibacterial agent; if you've got cuts or burns you can use turmeric to clean your wounds instead of using a spirit.
- When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
- Studies have shown that turmeric prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
- Turmeric may prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
- Turmeric reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
- Turmeric is a natural liver detoxifier.
- It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
- Turmeric is a natural painkiller
- Turmeric may help in weight management.
- It has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
- Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
- Turmeric has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
- Turmeric speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
- Turmeric may help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Cautions: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
Source: Health Dairies
Source: Health Dairies
Cucumbers plant is grown in large spaces because of it vine structure that cover a lot of area on ground. The space has to be maximized to allow the plant grow freely if you want to grow the plant in a small space or indoors.
Cucumber seeds need a heated environment to grow comfortably. First of all take regular soil and compost and mix them together. This will create a rich nutritional environment for the seeds to grow. Seeds should be planted about half to one inch deep in the mixture. Put the mixture in a sunny place where they are able to get at least six hours of daily sunlight. Keep the soil damp but not soaked. Cucumber plants like wet soil but seeds can drown.
Let the plant grow to about two inches before transferring it to a large pot. When the plant has grown to about two inches, gently pull it by the base, make sure you get the roots of the plant with it to transfer it into a large pot.
Set the bucket with the open end up. Flatten out and tape a coffee filter over the holes in the base and underside of the lid. Fill the bucket to the brim with a 50/50 mix of soil and compost or mulch. Put on the lid and secure it tightly. Flip the bucket upside down again. Use the knife to cut a hole in the coffee filter large enough to put two fingers through. Dig into the soil up to your knuckles. Remove the dirt and set it aside. Insert the roots of a cucumber plant until the plant base meets the dirt. Replace the dirt you took out and use it to cover the roots. Water the soil until it's damp. Allow the plant seven days to establish itself in the bucket.
Secure the hanger for the bucket in the desired location. Use south-facing windows when possible; use windows without shading otherwise. Set up heavy-duty hooks or hangers in the ceiling to support the buckets; they will be hanging from the hooks. Turn the bucket right side up. Hold the bucket by the handle. Cut an "X" in the filter paper and fold the paper under. This will give you clear access to the soil and the ability to water the plants. Hang the buckets on the hooks. Water the plants daily to keep the soil damp.
Tomato Ketchup, the most famous sauce in the world is made from tomatoes as the name suggests. Tomatoes originated from Mexico and then spread throughout the world during the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Tomato is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks.
To grow tomato you will need some tomato seeds which you can take out from the fruit itself and sow it in soil and compost mixture to grow into a plant, it will take from 2 days to about a week for the stems to be 2 inch tall.
Relocate from starter mix into potting soil when stems are about 3 inches tall. Fertilize regularly, but lightly, beginning about two weeks after transplanting. Water plants thoroughly, but not too frequently.
When plants bloom, help Mother Nature along: Tap the main stem and larger side branches with your finger. This moves the plant slightly and encourages pollination. As you tap the plant, you might see a small cloud of pollen falling from the open flowers.
Turn plants occasionally, so all sides get a fair share of sunlight. After each plant has provided a bumper crop and has become unproductive, cut it off at the base, saving the potting soil for future transplants. Toss the old plant in the compost pile.
This video explains a little about how the plant should be grown by a different method: