Superfruit Cranberries

The cranberry plant is indigenous to North America and the Native Americans were the first to use the cranberry as food. A cousin of the blueberry, half the US production of cranberries comes from Wisconsin.

Cranberry juice cocktail, commonly available at supermarkets, contains a teaspoon of sugar per ounce, more than sugary soft drinks that have been linked to obesity. Not only that, the solid part of the cranberry left behind after being pressed for juice, is what contains the best parts of the cranberry from a health perspective.

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Wonderful D

Vitamin D, considered by some to be a nutrient or hormone, is becoming popular as a wonder supplement.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain strong bones, preventing rickets in children. And not only does it have a role in preventing osteoporosis and bone fractures, it helps in preventing heart and infectious diseases as well as breast and colon cancer, viruses and autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and multiple sclerosis, and lessening the symptoms of asthma.

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Lovin’ Lemons

When a Turkish friend of mine was finished squeezing a lemon, she rubbed the cut side of a fresh lemon over my hands. The result was great – my hands were so soft and scented wonderfully.

Lemons contain cleansing enzymes which when rubbed on your skin after being cut, remove dead skin and make your skin feel smoother. The juice is also a cleansing astringent, so when applied to the face, it reduces pore size, gets rid of excess oil, and tones down blackheads.

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