Terrific Turmeric

The spice turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a tuber grown mostly in India. Turmeric has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes, especially in China and India. Curcumin, the major ingredient of turmeric, is what gives the spice its yellow color, and it has very strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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Surprising Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. It comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree, and is grown in many tropical areas, including Java, Burma, China, Southern Asia and throughout South America.

There are two main types of cinnamon:

  • Ceylon (Sri Lanka) known as “true” cinnamon, from Sri Lanka
  • Cassia (Chinese), from southern China

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Tips to reduce blood pressure, hypertension

Lower Your High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers—the systolic pressure (as the heart beats) over the diastolic pressure (as the heart relaxes between beats).

The measurement is written one above or before the other, with the systolic number on top and the diastolic number on the bottom. For example, a blood pressure measurement of 120/80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) is expressed verbally as “120 over 80.”

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Take a Nap!

Infants do it. Toddlers do it. The elderly do it. Cats and most in the animal kingdom do it.

Taking a daily nap is important no matter what age you are. Most people don’t get the recommended 8 hours of sleep at night, so a nap can recharge your battery. Besides, who wouldn’t want to take a nap?

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