Flax seeds – Known in ancient Babylon and Egypt

Flax seed

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Flax seeds – Known in ancient Babylon and Egypt

Flax seeds – The positive effects of eating flaxseeds were known in ancient Babylon and Egypt. Where they were added to food and medicines. They believed so much in the healing effects that they even gave him a royal seal and enacted law ordering regular consumption of linseed. Little is known that it contains more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Significantly contributes to lowering the level of harmful cholesterol in the body, protecting blood vessels and maintaining a healthy digestive tract.

The main reason people consume seeds is because of unsaturated fatty acids and phytoestrogens called lignans. Which are very similar to human hormones and support hormonal balance mainly in women. Especially during menstruation or menopause. Flaxseed is recommended to be used before childbirth, because they relax the birthing canals and help to start proper lactation. They can suppress fatigue, help with stress, and even lower cholesterol and thus the risk of stroke.

Chia seeds – Valued by ancient Aztecs and Mayans

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Chia seeds - Germany

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Chia seeds - Salvia hispanica - Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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Chia seeds - Salvia hispanica - (18-02-2016)

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Salvia hispanica - (31-08-2017)

Chia seeds – Valued by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans

Chia seeds – Valued by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. Even the ancient Aztecs and Mayans liked to use the beneficial effects of chia seeds, which provided them with energy. Named by the Maya for “seeds”, which is an expression of strength. They are valued mainly for the high content of antioxidants that fight the effects of free radicals. They contain significant amounts of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and iron.

Because they contain a large amount of fiber, people with weight problems use them. At the same time, they must maintain an appropriate level of hydration so that the seeds can swell. Thanks to this, they reliably remove hunger. They also contain a large proportion of proteins and essential amino acids from which the body draws its energy. The seeds stabilize blood sugar and influence the activity of the intestines. Due to the high content of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, they affect the heart, blood vessels and nerves and improve brain function. They can therefore prevent Alzheimer’s disease, psoriasis, osteoporosis and cancer.

Great Sphinx in Giza – Egypt

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Great Sphinx in Giza – Egypt

Great Sphinx in Giza – Egypt – Archaeologists discover centimeter by centimeter of the Sphinx itself and its surroundings. Ramps appeared before their eyes, from which through the gate entered the corridors of monumental temples . One of them is directed directly towards the Chefren Pyramid. The pharaoh’s funeral scene suddenly becomes clearer. Did they carry the mummy before the Sphinx? Did they bring before the death gate to the Sphinx Temple for the last goodbye? That’s what most scientists assume.

The canals dried up, and Giza was covered with sand.

It is not clear where the corridors leading from the temple end. Most of them are covered by sand. Just like the Sphinx 150 years ago. After the last funeral in the Giza necropolis, the real end of the world took place here. Workers left the construction site in the middle of work. The canals on which the boats previously sailed dried up. According to geologists, the sphinx sank into the swamp a few meters. The rest did the sand.

Curiosities:

  • To this day, it was not possible to determine what the ancient Egyptians called the Sphinx.
  • The ancient sphinx was invented by ancient Greeks. Apparently it comes from the Egyptian word “szesepankh”, meaning “living image”.
  • Egyptian Arabs used the term “Abul-Hol” for the Great Sphinx in Giza, which means “Father of fear”.

Mount Etna – Italy, Sicily

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Mount Etna – Italy, Sicily

 

  • Location: Italy, east coast of Sicily
  • Peak: 3350 m a. s. l.

 
Mount Etna – Is the highest active and the second most powerful volcano in Europe. It lies on the east coast of the island of Sicily, near the cities of Messina and Catania. The age of the volcano is estimated at 700,000 years. The mountain changed with subsequent eruptions, its present appearance was formed about 5000 years ago. Its height is not constant – in 1981 Etna measured 21 meters more. The reduction was caused by eruption and lava flow.

Etna’s volcanic activity is the longest documented of all volcanoes. The oldest eruptions took place in antiquity (135 A.D.). The ancient Greeks called the volcano Mount of Fire and were convinced that one of the Titans was buried beneath. The explosions were meant to mean that he was trying to escape. The most powerful explosion occurred in 1669. When the lava got to Catania, which it partially destroyed. The potential danger lies in the fact that the volcano is located in a densely populated area.

From the beginnings of written historical sources, we know in total about 140 Etna explosions. The most devastating eruption in 1669 was preceded by a three-week earthquake. The volcanic eruption lasted four months.

The Etna volcano explodes on average once every 1.7 years.

Mount Fuji – Japan, Honshu

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Mount Fuji – Japan, Honshu

 

  • Location: Japan, Honshu island
  • Peak: 3776 m a. s. l.

 
Mount Fuji is the highest Japanese peak. Located on the island of Honshu, 100 kilometers southwest of the capital – Tokyo. It is a stratovolcano that was created by repeatedly throwing lava and ash. The mountain, which has a perfectly symmetrical shape and a snowy peak, has become the symbol of the whole of Japan. The first documented eruption took place in the year 800 BC. Since then, there have been several of them – the last known explosion occurred in 1707, when the ash covered the whole city of Edo (Today’s Tokyo).

The Japanese have been worshiping the mountain since prehistoric times, they were gaining it by courageous priests and pilgrims, mainly followers of Shintoism and Buddhism. Supporters of shinto with the mountain combine many deities and legends. Above all, the female deity Konohana-no-sakuyahime. She is a beautiful woman who stops the volcano from erupting, and on the orders of which sakura blossoms in spring. From 1558 there is even a religious sect dedicated to this mountain.

The first to climb Mount Fuji was an unknown monk in 663. From 1868, access to the summit was allowed only for men. Currently, around 200,000 people visit the mountain each year.

Beetroot – Healthiest and most universal vegetable

Red Beetroot - Superfood - before bolting

The healthiest and most universal vegetable

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Beetroot – The healthiest and most universal vegetable

Beetroot – The healthiest and most universal vegetable. A team of British researchers found that beetroot significantly lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension. It contains large amounts of inorganic nitrates. In the human body, they turn into nitric oxide (NO), which relaxes and dilates the vessels.

It is native to the Mediterranean basin and was eaten very often in ancient Babylon. The Romans are mainly responsible for its expansion around Europe. In the middle of the last millennium, it began to be cultivated practically throughout Europe, with the exception of the Nordic countries. It contains vitamins B and C, carotene, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, silicon, iron, folic acid or silica.

Some say that beetroot should be eaten to prevent cancer. They also serve as an aid in overcoming cancer and later recovering from recovery. All because of its ability to neutralize harmful substances in the body and promote their subsequent excretion. Especially from the brain and gut. It also improves heart function, lowers blood pressure, and helps in proper digestion and excretion.