Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Health Benefits of Mangoes

Mango is a fleshy stone fruit belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The mango is native to the Indian subcontinent from where it spread all over the world. It is one of the most cultivated fruits of the tropical world.


Discover how Mangoes can improve your health.. Here are 10 great reasons to include this super fruit in your diet.

Prevents Cancer: Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.


Lowers Cholesterol: The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff)


Clears the Skin: Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangoes clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples.


Eye Health: One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.


Alkalizes the Whole Body: The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.


Helps in Diabetes: Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.


Improved Sex: Mangoes are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the popular connection between sex drive and vitamin E was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, further research has shown balanced proper amounts (as from whole food) does help in this area.


Improves Digestion: Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangoes also helps digestion and elimination.


Remedy for Heat Stroke: Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm tothe body. From an ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles. The kidneys then become overloaded with the toxins from this process.


Boosts Immune system: The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangoes, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Health Benefits of Tomato

Tomatoes, which are actually a fruit and not a vegetable, are loaded with all kinds of health benefits for the body. They are in fact, a highly versatile health product and due to their equally versatile preparation options, there’s really no reason to neglect the tomato as a part of a healthy diet.


Health benefits of tomato have been known to mankind since ages. Tomato is a rich source of antioxidants that have been proven to be effective against many forms of cancer. Some of the other health benefits of tomato are as follows:


Abundant Source of Antioxidants: Tomato contains large amount of lycopene, an antioxidant highly effective in scavenging cancer causing free radicals. This benefit can be obtained from even heat-processed tomato products, including ketchup. The lycopene in tomato fights against cancer and has been shown to be particularly effective in fighting prostate cancer, cervical cancer, cancer of the stomach and rectum as well as pharynx and oesophageal cancers. It also protects against breast cancer and cancer of mouth according to studies published by Harvard School of Public Health.


Reduces Cholesterol and Protects Heart: The lycopene in tomato prevents serum lipid oxidation, thus exerting protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. The regular consumption of tomato has proved to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. These lipids are the key culprits in cardiovascular diseases and lead to deposition of fats in the blood vessels.


Rich Source of Vitamins and Minerals: A single tomato can provide about 40% of daily vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant which acts against cancer-causing free radicals. It also contains abundant vitamin A and potassium as well as iron. Potassium plays a vital role in maintaining nerve health and iron is essential for maintaining normal blood health. Vitamin K which is essential in blood clotting and controls bleeding is abundant in tomatoes.


Counters the Effect of Cigarette Smoke: The two main components of tomatoes, coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid, fight against nitrosamines which are produced in the body and are the main carcinogens found in cigarette smoke.


Improves Vision: Vitamin A, present in tomato aids, aids in improving vision, preventing night-blindness and macular degeneration.


Keeps Gut Healthy: Tomato keeps the digestive system healthy by preventing both constipation and diarrhoea. It also prevents jaundice and effectively removes toxins from the body.


Lowers Hypertension: Daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the risk of developing hypertension.


Alleviates Diabetes: A study conducted by Journal of the American Medical Association shows that daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes.


For Healthy Skin: Tomato aids in maintaining healthy teeth, bones, hair and skin. Topical application of tomato juice is known to cure severe sunburns. Daily consumption of tomato protects the skin against UV-induced erythema. Tomato ranks high in preparation of anti-aging products.


Prevents Urinary Tract Infections: Tomato intake also reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections as well as bladder cancer.


Prevents Gallstones: Regular consumption of tomato can also dissolve gallstones.


There have been various studies to prove the efficacy of tomato against many chronic diseases and cancers. The antioxidant properties of tomato can also be derived from processed foods which include tomato such as ketchup and puree. Daily consumption of tomato fulfils the daily requirement of vitamins and minerals and exerts protective effect on the body.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Health Benefits of Banana

If an Apple a day keeps the doctor away.. well, eating Banana everyday keeps Stroke away!


A recent study suggests that eating three bananas a day cuts the risk of stroke by 21 percent. So what’s in a banana? The miracle ingredient is potassium, which reduces blood pressure, thus combating a leading cause of stroke.


Banana contains three natural sugars (sucrose, fructose and glucose) combined with fiber, gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.  Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.  No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.  But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.  Bananas can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.



Here are great reasons to include banana in your daily diet!


As an excellent source of potassium, bananas help maintain proper blood pressure and heart health. In addition, the potassium in bananas will give you a much-needed energy boost while minimize muscle cramping.


Adding a banana to your diet each day can help prevent illnesses such as heart disease, while also preventing a thinning of the bones due to a high-salt diet.


The real standout nutrient found in bananas is vitamin B6, which reduces swelling that can lead to many obesity and diet-related illness that include heart disease, type II diabetes and even obesity. Vitamin B6 protects your body against infection and disease by aiding the production of white blood cells.


Add one banana a day to your diet to improve brain functioning and ensure a properly functioning nervous system.


The fiber content in bananas contribute to good health by aiding regular digestion and keeping blood sugar low so you don’t choose a high-calorie snack when hunger strikes. Finally, because fiber is so satisfying, enjoying a banana prior to a meal can prevent overeating that leads to weight gain.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

10 Health Benefits of Eggs

10 Health Benefits of Eggs


1. Eggs are great for the eyes. According to a study, an egg a day may prevent macular degeneraton due to the carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin.


2. Researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, also because of the lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs.


3. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.


4. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.


5. Eggs are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.


6. They contain the right kind of fat. One egg contains just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated fat.


7. New research and recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a person's lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol rather than dietary cholesterol.


8. Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.


9. Eggs may prevent breast cancer. A study says, women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44%.


10. Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Guyabano: The Natural Cancer Cell Killer

Guyabano: Fights Cancer Cells, Lower Blood Pressure, Increase Immune System, make you Feel Stronger, and can Improve Health & Energy.




According to Guyabano.com and multiple online sources, the Soursop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer - 10,000 times stronger than Chemo.


Why are we not aware of this? Its because some big corporation want to make back their money spent on years of research by trying to make a synthetic version of it for sale.


The truth is stunningly simple: Deep within the Amazon Rainforest grows a tree that could literally revolutionize what you, your doctor, and the rest of the world thinks about cancer treatment and chances of survival. The future has never looked more promising.


Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to:


* Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss


* Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections


* Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment


* Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life


The source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of America's largest drug manufacturers, the fruit of over 20 laboratory tests conducted since the 1970′s!


Spread it and let everyone know!


ref: guyabano.com


Note: Amazing Earth team is skeptical about the idea, but there maybe truth in this report. Try it! Maybe this can cure cancer after all.  Besides this tropical fruit is very abundant and widely available in Southeast Asia as well as in some Pacific islands, particularly in Philippines and Mexico.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kawasan Falls in Cebu

The Kawasan Falls is a popular travel destination when visiting Cebu or Moalboal, its located in the town of Kawasan, municipality of Badian, on the province/island of Cebu. The Kawasan Falls are not only popular among tourist crowds but also the locals go here for their relax and enjoyment.


The Kawasan Waterfalls is a three level cascade of crystal clear mountain springs, enjoy a fine picnic with on the background the plashing Kawasan Falls as you’re dining in a tropical forest, go for a fresh swim even snorkeling is recommended to see all different fish kinds hidden beneath the surface.








How to get there?


Kawasan Falls is located in Barangay Matutinao in the Municipality of Badian, Cebu. To get to Badian, you can take a bus at the South Bus Terminal for a three-hour ride that will directly take you to Badian. From there, you can take a tricycle that will take you to Barangay Matutinao.


If you are taking a private vehicle, drive past the Municipality of Carcar, and upon reaching the Municipality of Badian through a cross-mountain road, drive to Matutinao village. You can always ask for directions from people along the way if it is your first time to go to Kawasan Falls, so you won’t get lost.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Mount Pinatubo 21 Years Ago

This is Mount Pinatubo exactly 21 years ago.




Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located on the island of Luzon, near the tripoint of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga.


The eruption of Mount Pinatubo on June 15, 1991 produced the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century after the 1912 eruption of Novarupta in the Alaska Peninsula.


Up to 800 people were killed and 100,000 became homeless following the Mount Pinatubo eruption. Millions of tons of sulfur dioxide were discharged into the atmosphere, resulting in a decrease in the temperature worldwide over the next few years.


Following the climactic eruption, activity at the volcano continued at a much lower level, with continuous ash eruptions lasting until August 1991 and episodic eruptions continuing for another month. Activity then remained low until July 1992 when a new lava dome started growing in the caldera. Volcanologists suspected that further violent eruptions could be possible, and some areas were evacuated. However, the eruption was only minor and since that episode, the volcano has been quiet.


Now, the caldera formed and Lake Pinatubo has since become a tourist attraction with the preferred route through Barangay Santa Juliana in Capas, Tarlac.


Below are the stunning views from Pinatubo Lake, more photos here! Like and Share if you find it amazing!








Thursday, June 7, 2012

Asik-Asik Falls in Alamada North Cotabato


Newly discovered Asik-Asik falls in Barangay Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato attracts tourists which became one of the main attractions in the province.


Unlike any common water falls where water descends from a river or spring, Asik-Asik waters pours out from the rocks on a cliff as if curtains of water falling from the wall of rocks.


How to get there?


Alamada is one of the municipalities in North Cotabato, Philippines and it is roughly three hours and thirty five minutes continuous travel from Manila, the capital of the Philippines – about two hours by airplane plus one hour and thirty minutes by car. This is in Mindanao, Southern Philippines.


Here are some stunning photos taken from the amazing Asik-Asik spring falls.


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