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Featured News:  Lose Weight with Coconut Oil

Coconut has some of the best health-boosting benefits and is referred to as a superfood by many.

Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of healthy MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids) which is composed of approximately 66% medium-chain triglycerides. It helps the body to absorb more antioxidants and other nutrients from food.

Compared to LCFAs (long chain fatty acids), MCFAs do not require special enzymes to work properly and go straight to the liver where they become converted into energy immediately. Which means they don’t get stored as fat. The MCFAs in coconut oil also help speed up metabolism, which can lead to weight loss.1  Read more…

Rosemary Makes You Smarter

This article may be of particular interest to students.  A study presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Harrogate showed that the smell of the essential oil from the herb rosemary appears to enhance the ability to remember events and complex tasks.

The researchers from the University of Northumbria had 66 adults enter one of two rooms — a room with no scent and a room with a rosemary scent.2 The subjects in the rosemary-scented room performed better on the memory tasks than those in the room with none. Some scientist have even claimed it can improve memory up to 75%.3 Read more…

NFL Pro Embraces Veganism

Griff Whalen, who plays for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, is the latest athlete to adopt a vegan diet.

The 24-year-old, weighs 190-lbs and apparently has one of the most enviable bodies on his team. Whalen ditched meat proteins for a vegan diet in the spring after his girlfriend Katy Osadetz got him started.

“I feel a lot lighter, faster, quicker on the field,” says Whalen. “There isn’t that heavy feeling, that groggy feeling after I eat.”4.  Read more….

History of Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism is no new concept.  Apparently, vegetarianism has an ancient history going as far back as 3,200 B.C. During this era in Egypt, certain religious groups avoided eating meat and would not wear clothing made from animal materials.

Pythagoras argued in 580 B.C. that animals should be treated well, and should not be killed for food. He believed killing animals this way “brutalized” the human soul, and that meat-eating was connected to war-like thinking.

Others, such as Plutarch (c.CE46), many Asian religions, Indian King Asoka (264-232 B.C.) and Benjamin Franklin also followed a vegetarian diet.5  Read more…

 

Sources:

1  http://livingtraditionally.com
2  http://news.discovery.com
3  http://www.herbs-info.com
4  http://www.ecorazzi.com
5 http://www.mnn.com

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