Researchers Are Brewing Up Medicines From Beer Hops

While beer connoisseurs have mixed and heated opinions about the trend of ever-more hoppy beers, some researchers just can’t get enough of the bitter buds.

Source: Researchers are brewing up medicines from beer hops

There’s stuff in hoppy beer, but it’s not in the volume necessary to be considered medicinal.

“Beer. The cause of, and solution to, all of man’s problems.”

–Homer J. Simpson

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Prunes: 5 Reasons to Eat More

Not a fan of prunes? You’re not alone. In fact, women ages 25 to 54 react so negatively to the idea of prunes that the California Prune Board pressured the Food and Drug Administration to change their name to the more appealing ‘dried plums’ (which they technically are), and it worked! Sales of this super-healthy purple fruit have hit new heights.

Beyond the benefits to your digestive tract, and the fact that they offer a sweet hit for only 30 calories, plums and prunes have many other wonderful health properties.

Source: 5 healthy reasons you need to eat more prunes

There’s a recipe at the end for plum-quinoa salad.

What the article doesn’t mention is that plums/prunes increase the absorption of iron.  Ladies, are you listening?  Because as prunes/plums are good for weight loss too.  But be aware that there is a reasonable amount of vitamin K in them, so mind how much you consume.  For more information on plums/prunes, see this link.

Cranberries: How They Get to Your Table

…cranberries, a native North American fruit, “magical,” but he easily talks up a lot of their “neat qualities.”

The health benefits of the berries rich in antioxidants have been well-known for years, and range from anti-inflammatory properties to the ability to help fight urinary tract infections and, some believe, cancer.

The physical structure of cranberries is also a boon for the way they are harvested in bogs or marshes that have been flooded.

Source: Cranberries: How this tangy treat gets to your Thanksgiving table

Did you know that Canada & the US account for 98% of global cranberry production?

In addition to being suited to growing in marsh/bog areas, water harvesting is believed to produce cranberries that are better for us:

If berries floating on top of water get exposed to increased amounts of natural sunlight (in comparison to other growing and harvesting conditions), they are likely to develop greater concentrations of anthocyanins. These greater concentrations of anthocyanins are likely to provide us with stronger health benefits.

Caveat: There’s concern for warfarin/coumadin and cranberry juice – be careful, consult your doctor and/or monitor your levels to see if it’s a concern for you.