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Nature’s Super Foods:

         Edible Flowers For Your Good Health

It’s no secret that flowers are incredibly versatile plants. They’re beautiful, can be used as ingredients in lotions and perfumes, work well in art, can be used for colours and pigments, and so much more.

However, did you know that plenty

of flowers are edible as well?

That’s right—edible flowers and some weeds are a great way to get an extra kick of Vitamins A and C in your diet and can be grown in your own backyard.

The petals and greens of some flowers and weeds can have wonderful effects on your health, and generations of people have been eating these edible treats for years. It is important to note that not all flowers are edible; in fact, some can be poisonous if consumed, so knowing which flowers you can eat, and which you should not can definitely come in handy.

The following is a list of edible flowers, their benefits, and some reasons why you should add them to your diet.

Edible Flowers List

Different flowers, weeds, and greens have different health benefits. Some groups are rich in vitamins and minerals while others aid specific bodily systems such as the digestive tract, cardiovascular systems, and others. The following are edible flowers grouped by their health benefits:

Edible Flowers High In Vitamins and Minerals:

Marigolds, Portulacas, Purslanes, Roses, and Chives are all highly rich in vitamin C.

Edible weeds such as dandelion flowers are also high in Vitamins A and C and the greens are chocked full of healthy minerals phosphorous, calcium, and iron. These help build strong bones, reduce cholesterol and inflammation, and regulating weight and metabolism.

Digestive Aids:

Elderberry blooms and calendula blooms are the leading flowers that help with digestion. Common stomach problems such as bloating, cramping, constipation, and irregularity can be aided by adding these blooms to your diet.

Goldenrod blooms also help with digestion in addition to their work to sooth urinary tract infections and even relieve allergies. They can be added in salads, with baked goods, or used as garnish for full courses. If used to make teas, they can be excellent for reducing fevers and stimulating the immune system. 

Stress and Sleep Aids:

Vibrant California poppies, soft chamomile blooms, and lavender flowers are well-known sleep and stress aids. They come in oils, teas, lotions, drops, medications, and even bath soaps. They are a delicious and natural way to unwind at the end of the long day and promise a restful night’s sleep.

 Detox Aids:

The Hibiscus flower contains a number of antioxidants that can prevent cholesterol deposits and even helps liver problems and disorders. Antioxidants are effective anti-aging nutrients that also reduce the risk of cancer and inflammation because they cleanse the body of toxins that build up every day from the foods we eat, stress, dirty air, and some everyday household products. When the body is cleansed of these, you feel better, more alert, lighter, and even happier.

Pain Relievers:

Honeysuckle and hyssop flowers are excellent edible flowers for relieving respiratory problems as well as soothing pain in the stomach and colon. Mullein flowers help with these problems as well as headaches and other common body aches.

Antibiotic and Anti-inflammatory Aids:

Nasurtiums are useful little flowers that contain natural antibiotic properties and are great when fighting an infection or bacterial illness.

Red clover blooms are even more useful as they are an effective blood purifier and can be consumed through a great tasting tea.

Violets and violas contain anti-inflammatory properties as well, which helps with relaxation and soothes the worst symptoms of fevers and colds.

Look for Recipes

Once your garden is in bloom, you can begin exploring natural recipes for your edible flowers, weeds, and greens.

Salads, teas, baked goods, jellies and jams, breads, stir-fry, roasts and a number of other dishes can include these delicious and natural additions, and your family will enjoy the health benefits that come along with them.

These blooms and more are a wonderful way to get to nature and brighten up your diet. There are some flowers such as apple, pea, lemon, orange, begonias, tulips, and more that are perfect just for flavouring, so begin your garden and see what you can really do!

 

Consume Responsibly

The best place to buy edible flowers is at your local farmers' market. They will have a large selection and you can make sure they are organic and not sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals.

You can also check your grocery store’s produce section, not the floral section or order them online with websites that ship overnight for optimal freshness. You can even grow your own, just be sure to learn the proper method of food safety.

While turning to nature is a smart and effective way to get into your best health, you should keep in mind that many of these natural remedies are not always backed by doctors or even approved by the FDA.

Alternative health shops and websites may offer glowing reviews of these edible flowers and the natural remedies they offer but it is up to you to do thorough research before adding these to your diet.

Once you’ve ensured that the flowers, greens and weeds you want to consume are indeed safe, you can begin to use them to enhance the flavour of your food and your health.

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Anatomy of Broccoli: Nature’s Perfect Food.

Anatomy of Wheatgrass - Cucumber - Legumes

Benefits of Carrots - Beans - Asparagus - Artichokes

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The Rich History of Fermented Foods

The Healing Power of Honey - An Anatomy of Spirulina

Nutrition & Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Herbs - Nuts - Almond Milk; Warning - Onions 

Yogurt - Bananas - Berry Good! - Figs - Think exotic

Healthy Fats & Oils - Oil in Your Diet - Benefits of Fish Oil

Omega 3 and 6 - Coconut Oil

Water - Consequences of Dehydration

Tea - Coffee

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You Say Tomato -

                          I Say Superfood

Want to help your body stay healthy? Eat a tomato! 

The tomato has been called many things throughout history: Peruvian apple, love apple, and even, by Americans at least, a vegetable.  Today, however, this lovely fruit is fast becoming known as Superfood!   

While not able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, this super hero of the nutrition world is able to do some pretty amazing things. For example, some studies show the tomato may help decrease the risk of prostate cancer, as well as breast, lung and stomach cancers.  And the Herald Sun reported in 2003 that the yellow jelly around the seeds have yet another benefit:  They may stop blood cells from clumping together, which sometimes leads to strokes and heart attacks.   

What is it about this little red fruit that makes it so amazing?

Lycopene.   

Okay, so the word lycopene doesn’t sound very appetizing, but this powerful antioxidant is the chemical in tomatoes that not only is responsible for its red colour, but also responsible for its disease-fighting powers.  

Just ask an Italian. Italian cooking relies very heavily on tomatoes and tomato products.  And, some studies have suggested that this heavy intake of tomatoes by Italians has resulted in a lowering of cancer of the digestive tract.   

Now, you’re probably thinking you have to consume tons and tons of fresh tomatoes to enjoy any health benefits. Not true.  In one research study it was reported that people who ate tomatoes at least every other day had greater lung capacity. And, the tomatoes don’t even have to be fresh!  Again, research shows that the lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by the body if processed into ketchup, sauce and paste.  So, not only are tomatoes a superfood, they’re an easy superfood to include in your diet.    

Of course, fresh tomatoes are still beneficial, and packed with wonderful nutrients (not to mention delicious). Just remember the one rule of fresh tomatoes:  don’t put them in the refrigerator.  The refrigerator destroys not only the flavour, it also destroys the nutrients. 

So,

go ahead,

do something good for your health tonight.

Have a

Tomato or Two.

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