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Plant Food

Infants know plants provide food, but need to see they’re safe to eat

Posted January 31, 2014

Infants as young as six months old tend to expect that plants are food sources, but only after an adult shows them that the food is safe to eat, according to new research.

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More evidence regarding the efficacy of plant foods for improving health

Posted July 20, 2013

A recent study that appeared in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology discussed the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables to combat excess acid buildup in the kidneys of sufferers of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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Stinging Nettle is effective in treating BPH, arthritis, and aids post-partum mothers

Posted April 30, 2012

Many people can relate to the experience of brushing up against a stinging nettle plant in a pasture or meadow. The unforgettable chemical burn creates mean welts which can sting for a week. However, stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) has such healing capabilities that many of the newer green super-food manufacturers add it to their compounds. Nettle is high in vitamin A and C, and is chock full of minerals, especially calcium and iron.

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Omega-3s may reduce diabetes risk: 3 studies compare plant & marine sources

Posted April 30, 2012

Increased blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids from plant or marine sources are associated with reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, according to three new studies in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Two studies in Chinese populations and one in the US reported that intakes or blood levels of omega-3 from plants, seafood, or both were associated with reduced risks of developing diabetes.

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Plants can be natural medical wonders

Posted April 30, 2012

Gardeners are fond of plants — that’s no secret — but often for their beauty or taste. However, many plants also contribute to the medical needs of humans. Traditionally, plant concoctions generally were in the category of folk medicine or herbal medicine and lost respect throughout time as reliable healers even though many people still continued to use them.

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Largest-Ever Map of Interactions of Plant Proteins Produced

Posted April 30, 2012

An international consortium of scientists has produced the first systematic network map of interactions that occur between proteins in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. (Arabidopsis is a mustard plant that has 27,000 proteins and serves as a popular model organism for biological studies of plants, analogous to lab rats that serve as popular model organisms for biological studies of animals.)

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6 House Plants That Improve Air Quality According to NASA

Posted April 30, 2012

In addition to the dangerous chemicals used to make carpets, couches, paint and dry wall, our homes can be filled with chemicals from everyday household items and products. Things like pressed wood, facial tissue, paper towels, plastic and rubber (to name a few) also frequently contain traces of chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

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Bulbs in Traditional African Medicine

Posted April 30, 2012

It is estimated that 60% of South Africans use plants for traditional medicine and over 300 000 traditional healers support a multi-million Dollar hidden economy. Traditionally the gathering of medicinal plants was restricted to trained healers who had undergone years of training. Some received strict instruction to dig for plants just before winter and after seeds had matured and seldom were medicinal plants ring-barked or uprooted.

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The Medicinal Use of Griffonia simplicifolia

Posted April 30, 2012

Griffonia simplicifolia is a medicinal plant native to tropical Africa. Considered a shrub of the Caesalpiniaceae family, it flourishes in the wild throughout Central and West Africa. The plant may be expected in grassy savannas, scrub thickets, and disturbed areas of secondary growth.

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Marijuana Genetic Code Unlocked, New Treatments Underway

Posted April 30, 2012

A company called Medicinal Genomics has published the genetic code for the marijuana plant, specifically the cannabis species Cannabis sativa and C. indica. This advancement opens the door to new treatments using the highly controversial plant, which has been legalized in 16 states for medicinal purposes.

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