Flat-leaved vanilla – Vanilla planifolia – Climbing plant

Flat-leaved vanilla - Seedpods

Flat-leaved vanilla - Vanilla planifolia

Flat-leaved vanilla - Garfield Park Conservatory

Flat-leaved vanilla - Leaf in Botanical garden, Krakow

Flat-leaved vanilla - Flower - Maui, Hawaii

Vanilla planifolia - Maui, Hawaii, USA

Vanilla planifolia - Leaves and green seedpods

Vanilla planifolia - Leaves

Flat-leaved vanilla – Vanilla planifolia – Climbing plant

Flat-leaved vanilla – It is a species of climbing plant from the orchid family (Orchidaceae). The word “vanilla” is automatically associated with a sweet taste and unique aroma. It is used in confectionery, food and perfume industries. The desired seasoning is obtained from pod-shaped pouches collected at the stage of incomplete maturity. Then fermented and dried. This is how the so-called vanilla sticks.

Lemon grass – Cymbopogon citratus – Poaceae family

Lemon grass - Martinique

Lemon grass - Cymbopogon citratus - Brazil

Lemon grass tea - Cymbopogon citratus - (11-06-2014)

Lemon grass - Cymbopogon citratus

Lemon grass

Cymbopogon citratus - Poaceae family

Cymbopogon citratus - Malolos, Bulacan

Cymbopogon citratus - Benin

Lemon grass – Cymbopogon citratus – Poaceae family

Lemon grass – Is an inseparable part of Asian cuisine. It adds spice and a wonderful hint of lemon. And at the same time does not acidify the food. Also known as West Indian lemongrass or simply “lemongrass”, it is native to South – East Asia, but is also abundantly grown in Africa, America and Australia.

Sometimes added to rice, poultry, fish or shrimp dishes, and in fresh form it can be added to salads and tea blends – especially when combined with green tea, it creates an excellent taste. In areas of natural occurrence, Cymbopogon citratus is highly valued for its health-promoting properties. It improves concentration, effectively helps in the treatment of flu, malaria, stomach problems and relieves symptoms of nervous diseases.

Annual pepper – Capsicum annuum – Popular as chilli

Annual pepper - Philippines

Annual pepper - Capsicum-annuum

Annual pepper - Capsicum annuum

Capsicum-annuum fruit - Red Annual Pepper

Capsicum annuum - Red Annual pepper

Capsicum annuum-Red - Ripened and dried

Mexican Capsicum annuum

Capsicum annuum dried - Nanglo, India

Annual pepper – Capsicum annuum – Popular as chilli

Annual pepper – More popular under the name chilli pepper, it is quite a popular plant that gives spice to dishes. It is eaten at virtually any degree of maturity. Its color ranges from dark green, through yellow, orange, red, to dark red or purple. The smaller and darker the fruits are, the sharper they are.

They owe their spicy taste to capsaicin. If we do not overdo it with the amount of peppers added to the dish, we can enjoy many health-promoting benefits. Especially vitamin C and beta-carotene. It aids digestion, appetite, and some believe that it acts as an aphrodisiac. However, if we over-consume it, we can irritate our stomach and urinary tract.

Dill – Anethum graveolens – Vitamins C, B, A source

Dill - Anethum graveolens

Dill - Anethum graveolens - Saarbrucken

Dill - For sale at grocery store

Dill - Anethum graveolens - Saarbrucken, Germany

Dill - Anethum graveolens - Germany

Anethum graveolens - (24-07-2019)

Anethum graveolens - Saarbrucken, Germany - (17-06-2017)

Saarbrucken, Germany - (18-04-2019)

Dill – Anethum graveolens – Vitamins C, B, A source

Dill – Is a plant rich in vitamins C, B, A. It contains a lot of minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and copper. There is a fiber source, an omega-3 fatty acid and a 6 fatty acids, and folic and pantothenic acid. In addition, it can be, above all, it is an extremely tasty plant. Which goes perfectly with vegetables, sauces, soups or as a sprinkle for new potatoes and sandwiches.

You can eat virtually the entire plant, its leaves, flowers, and fresh or dried seeds. Which have a sweet, slightly anise flavor and aroma. Always use fresh shoots and flowers.

Effective hangover cure – Article “Alcohol and Alcoholism”

Effective hangover cure - L-cysteine - 3D-balls

Effective hangover cure - L-cysteine - 3D-sticks

Effective hangover cure - L-cysteine - 3D

Effective hangover cure - L-cysteine

Effective hangover cure - L-cysteine - 3D

L-cysteine - zwitterion 3D-balls

Aminoacid L-cysteine - 3D-balls - (2009)

Aminoacid L-cysteine - 3D-balls - (2007)

Effective hangover cure – Article “Alcohol and Alcoholism”

Effective hangover cure – Article “Alcohol and Alcoholism”. Finnish researchers have published the results of their research in this journal. In which they claim, to discover an effective hangover cure. It is supposing to be the amino acid L-cysteine. Which can take in the form of a pill after chronic drunkenness. There is some suspicion that only 19 males were tested. And the project finance by a producer of cat food. Which also produces the pills in question.

Superfood – Products with high content healthy substances

Superfood - Dish with healthy substances

Chlorella - Unicellular algae

Superfood - Spirulina

Green Barley - Field in Thuringia

Superfood - Barley field - (22-05-2015)

Goji berries - (27-12-2008)

Superfood - Cranberry - Franklin Farm, section of Oak Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA

Flax seed

Superfood - Chia seeds - Germany

Kefir - pouring into the glass

Superfood - Fermented dairy products - Buttermilk

Yoghurt in a steel vessel

Superfood - Oat Products - Oatmeal

Superfood - Red-Beetroot - before bolting

Superfood - Green tea Matcha - (06-07-2017)

Green tea Matcha - powder, leaf

Superfood – Products with high content of healthy substances

Superfood – Products with high content of healthy substances. The balanced diet, adequate physical activity, enough sleep and reduced stress all affect our health. For that reason, new foods are increasingly being sought. To support a healthy lifestyle. Nutritionists support this  kind of meal very often. These foods contain much more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and help the body to increase its immunity.

However, some critics say that there is no evidence that it have any “superpowers”. And even with food, a large amount does not mean a greater effect. Moreover, many of them are imported from abroad, which also entails some environmental burden. Additionally, you pay more for them.

Products list:

Green products:

Chlorella – Freshwater algae have been in the world for several billion years.

Spirulina – Blue-green cyanosis often confused with chlorella, this organism exists on Earth 3.5 billion years.

Green Barley – Cultivated as the world’s first sweet grass. Most often consumed in the form of a drink.

Dried fruits:

Goji berries – Main advantage of these fruits is the large amount of vitamin C and fiber.

Cranberry – It is especially valued for its high content of vitamins C, K and E.

Seeds:

Flax – The positive effects of eating were already known in ancient Babylon and Egypt.

Chia – Valued and liked by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans.

Others:

Fermented dairy products:

KefirEspecially important for the proper composition of the intestinal microflora.

Buttermilk – It protects the intestinal mucosa. From the formation and absorption of toxic substances.

Yogurt – It helps to strengthen the immune system and lower blood cholesterol.

Oat products:

Oat products – The pioneers in its cultivation were probably the Slavs.

Beetroots:

Beetroot – It is one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables. It comes from the Mediterranean basin.

Matcha Green tea:

Matcha Green tea – The oldest Japanese tea that is also used in Buddhist ceremonies.

Flax seeds – Known in ancient Babylon and Egypt

Flax seed

NARA-U.S.-National-Archives-and-Records-Administration

Linum usitatissimum - Osaka Museum of Natural History, Japan - (27-08-2012)

Flax seed - (01-02-2016)

Golden Flax seed - (11-10-2019)

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.

Cranberry – Mainly used in treatment of the urinary tract

Cranberry - Franklin Farm, section of Oak Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia

Dried fruits

Cranberry - Cooking

Cranberry cake - Rosja-Novosibirsk-Olivka Cafe

Cranberry juice in a plastic cup

Cranberry – Mainly used in treatment the urinary tract

Cranberry – The health benefits of eating cranberries are well known and the Indians already knew about them. Who used it to lower fever, treat digestive problems and swellings. Especially valued for its high content of vitamins C, K and E. They also contain many minerals such as manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. They also have a strong antioxidant effect.

Mainly used in treatment and prevention of urinary tract infections. This is because the substances in cranberries make it difficult for bacteria to settle on the surface of the mucous membranes. Thus preventing the infection from spreading further. They also have a very positive effect on our teeth, as they reduce tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontitis. They are also used to prevent certain types of cancer, improve the immune system, and lower blood pressure.

Goji berries – These fruits are very low in calories

Goji berries - (27-12-2008)

Hulled hemp seeds and Goji - (19-12-2015)

Goji berries - Dried wolfberry

Goji berries - Lycium-barbarum

Lycium-barbarum - (06-06-2017)

Goji berries - Lycium barbarum

Lycium_barbarum - (27-10-2017)

Wolfberries - Zhongning-County-Ningxia-China

Goji berries – These fruits are very low in calories

Goji berries – These fruits are very low in calories. Their main advantage is the large amount of vitamin C and fiber. Goji or wolfberry fruits come from China. Where they have been used for many years because of their healing effects. They have a bright red color and a pointed shape, resembling larger raisins. They taste like something between cranberry, cherry and wild rose. These berries are a very valuable source of nutrients, contain a lot of amino acids, dozens of minerals and vitamins. Thanks to these substances, wolfberries have a significant antioxidant effect.

Wolfberries are a natural source of iron and vitamin A. They acquire a red color due to their high beta-carotene content. These foods have a beneficial effect on the liver and lower blood sugar levels as well. It has also been shown to increase sexual appetite. Also used in the production of natural cosmetics.

Kilauea – United States of America, Hawaii

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Kilauea – United States of America, Hawaii

 

  • Location: United States of America, Hawaii
  • Szczyt: 1247 m a. s. l.

 
Kilauea is located on the Hawaiian island of Hawai’i (also known as Big Island) and is one of the volcanoes that form it. It occupies 14% of this island. The mountain, on the slope of which the lava flows, belongs to the most active volcanoes in the world. According to the Hawaiian history, it spits out lava uninterruptedly since 1983, an average of 400,000 m³ per day. The volcano was created as a result of tectonic movements of the Pacific plate. Which in 70 million years resulted in the creation of a chain of 6,000 km long submarine volcanoes.

The testimonies of the first eruptions come from 1750. However, we learn from the Polynesian myth that the mountain spit out lava much earlier. The lava flows covered the area of ​​hundreds of square kilometers and affected the appearance of the whole coast line. The indigenous islanders believe that Pele, the goddess of fire, lives on the mountain. Goddess punishes anyone who dares to steal volcanic stones. Being for her like children. A thief of such a stone can expect bad luck that will never leave him.

Locals, to the honor of the goddess Pele, perform ritual dances. According to tradition, they throw flowers and food into the volcano crater, which is to give them favor.