We usually think of the word vitamin in conjunction with good
health. They’re nutrients you body needs to function properly. But
some vitamins are more beneficial than others and work harder in
promoting good health.


Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. You
want it to stay strong – especially considering that heart disease
is the number one killer in the United States. There are vitamins
that can specifically promote heart health.

Vitamin B6 – Vitamin B6 is a vitamin that your body needs in order
to produce hemoglobin, which is what carries the oxygen throughout
the blood to reach your body’s organs efficiently. Vitamin B6 can
help maintain a normal range of blood sugar levels, too.

Foods that are rich in Vitamin B6 are chicken breasts, oatmeal,
pork loin, ready to eat cereals and roast beef. Some vegetable
choices are Avocados, soybeans, lima beans and Garbanzo beans.
Bananas are another choice for vitamin B6 consumption.


Vitamin B12 – Vitamin B12 is necessary for the synthesis of the red
blood cells and the maintenance of the nervous system. Low vitamin
B12 levels can result in anemia and neuropathy. Neuropathy is the
degeneration of the nerve fibers, which can cause various forms of
nerve damage.

Vitamin B12 is necessary for proper blood flow and making sure each
organ (including the heart) receives what it needs. The heart can’t
pump blood efficiently without red blood cell production. Foods
rich in vitamin B12 are meat, dairy products and eggs. Lesser-known
items are soy products, seaweed and algae products.


Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a vitamin that protects your body’s cells
from free radicals, which is what contributes to certain types of
cancer. It’s also good for helping lower cholesterol so that blood
can flow freely to and from your heart.

Foods that are rich in vitamin E are almonds, sunflower nuts,
sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and peanut butter. Vegetables that are
high in vitamin E are spinach and broccoli. Fruit choices would be
kiwi and mango.


Recommended intake of vitamin E for both men and women is 15 mg. a
day. This is what’s needed for the development of a healthy heart.
Children should consume about 7mg. daily for 4 year olds and up and
6mg. for the toddlers that are 1-3 years old.

Eating a healthy diet and exercising can promote a healthier heart.
Sometimes, they aren’t quite enough to get your heart going.
Vitamins can help kick start it so that it can function longer and
you can live a longer healthier life.


Best wishes,


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Spice up your life

Healthy spices and what they can do for you:

Cayenne Pepper – This is known as a spice with a zing to it. Many
hot, spicy dishes contain cayenne pepper, so some tame tastebuds
shy away from it. But actually, you should embrace it and use it
more often. It’s known to increase your fat burning metabolism so
you help shed pounds by as much as 25%.

Ginger – Ginger is well known for its ability to help people with
their nausea. It calms the stomach down and helps your acid
reflux. It’s good for helping women through the days of morning
sickness during pregnancy and for the dreaded motion sickness that
some sailors and cruise-ship travelers suffer from.

Cinnamon – This is an excellent spice to help aid in diarrhea
attacks and in upset stomachs. It can also help boost your
metabolism a little, which is why many people recommend sprinkling
it on your oatmeal to help you rev up your body’s calorie-burning
furnace for the day.

Garlic – Garlic can help keep your cholesterol levels in check and
it can decrease your blood pressure. It’s also reported to be
helpful to those who suffer diabetes.

Allspice – Allspice is another healthful spice. It’s a stimulant
that can help relieve problems with indigestion and gas.

Mustard – This is an excellent spice for those who suffer from
respiratory problems. It’s another stimulant that is a helpful aid
in squashing respiratory ailments.

Peppermint – This is a pleasure-filled spice that is tasty and
helps with insomnia. As an added benefit, it can help with
digestive disorders and also bouts of tension.

Turmeric – This is an antioxidant that defends against free
radicals. It makes for an added asset to fight off certain types
of cancer.

Spices are more commonly known as methods used to liven up our food
dishes. What most don’t realize is that there are certain spices
that actually help you lead a healthy life while making your food
taste good. The next time you’re planning your dinner menu, think
to yourself, “What can I be doing for my health when I spice up our
favorite recipes tonight?”

Have a nice life, until next time!



14a Norland Square, London, London W11 4PX, UNITED KINGDOM

Stop the slaughter of dolphins


I just signed the petition “International Whaling Commission: Stop the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan” on

It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:



Julia Child

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.

– Julia Child


born in Pasadena, California, The United States August 15, 1912
died: August 13, 2004
gender: female
genre: Cooking, Food & Wine, Biographies & Memoirs

Julia Child was a famous American cook, author, and television personality who introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream through her many cookbooks and television programs. Her most famous works are the 1961 cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and, showcasing her sui generis television persona, the series The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.

10 foods that have special powers

All whole foods are self-healing, but I’ve zeroed in on 10 foods that have special powers. I’ve compiled this list after consulting nutrition experts and reading hundreds of studies. I call these foods the strengtheners. All of them fight disease, promote a strong immune system, and provide nutrients you need to feel great. Try to include as many as possible in your diet. Simply put, when you eat well, you feel well.

Add these to your daily diet:

1 . Apples

They are high in fiber for a healthy digestive system. They also reduce the risk of stroke and chances of dying of a heart attack.

2. Artichokes

They protect the liver against toxic build-up. They also reduce levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, because they are rich in antioxidant.

3. Avocados

They are loaded with the powerful antioxidants which helps the body get rid of cancer-causing substances 
 They also help reduce total cholesterol.

4. Beets

They are loaded with folic acid, an important B vitamin that protects against heart disease and cancer. It also appears to help prevent the formation of LDL cholesterol.

5. Blueberries

They help your brain produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory, coordination, and feelings of well- being. They also may prevent the growth of breast cancer cells.

6. Broccoli

They help fight cancer and are loaded with vitamin C to boost the immune system. They also help normalize blood pressure and are rich in fiber for a healthy digestive system.

7. Cherries

They help kill cancer cells which shrink pancreatic, breast, and liver They are also high in melatonin, a hormone that helps normalize sleep cycles. Melatonin also acts like an antioxidant that protects cell membranes from damage.

8. Chicory

Toss some chicory in your salads. This cousin of endive and escarole has more vitamin A than any other salad green. Just a quarter cup of raw chicory greens provides all you need daily. Vitamin A is another potent self-healer, vital for a healthy immune system and protecting your vision. Most of the vitamin A in chicory comes from beta- carotene. This is a cancer-fighting carotenoid that your body converts to vitamin A.

9. Coconut Oil

For years, we’ve been cautioned to avoid tropical oils because they’re high in artery-clogging saturated fats. But often yesterday’s nutritional bad guy is today’s nutritional hero, and that’s the case with coconut oil. It has immune-stimulating properties, thanks to lauric acid, a fatty acid in the oil. Lauric acid fights viruses and bacteria in the body. Like most oils, coconut oil is high in calories, so don’t overdo it. A teaspoon or two a day is all you need.

10. Cranberries

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This Thanksgiving dinner staple doubles as a natural remedy for many ailments. One of the most common is urinary infections. Cranberries work by keeping harmful bacteria from sticking to the lining of the urinary tract. The active ingredient in cranberries is a group of phytochemicals called proanthocyanins. If you suffer from recurrent bladder infections, try drinking about eight ounces of cranberry juice that contains at least 27 percent juice. This recommendation is based on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The self-healing power of these little gems doesn’t end there.

Cranberries contain more “phenols” than red grapes and 18 other fruits, according to a study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry in 2001. Phenols are plant chemicals that help prevent the formation of LDL cholesterol in the arteries.

– Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Dear friends, …

Dear friends,

Fin whales are magical giants of the sea. But in days, over 180 of these endangered species are set to be slaughtered by one tycoon and his buddies whose summer hobby is to harpoon them, chop them up and ship their meat through the Netherlands to Japan for dog food!


There is one way to stop the hunt before it starts — you can’t dock a boat full of illegal whale carcasses just anywhere. German and Finnish authorities have shunned the shameful trade. Now, the Dutch are the linchpin. They care deeply about their reputation as environmental leaders, and are hoping this bloody trade won’t get any global attention. But if we expose it now and demand the Dutch authorities refuse the transfer of whale meat in their port, we can stop the whale massacre!

We have to act fast — the whaling ships are due to start the hunt in days. Sign now and tell everyone to join — let’s build a one million strong campaign to Prime Minister Mark Rutte now warning him that we will create a media storm with giant whales on his doorstep unless he stops the transfer in Dutch docks:

These majestic creatures are the second largest animal on earth, they can grow to be as long as three buses and move through water like lightning. Their incredible combination of sleek, elegant power and speed earned them the nickname “greyhound of the sea”.

Tragically, whalers like Kristjan Loftsson have slaughtered hundreds of thousands and over 70% of the global population was wiped out. But since the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and the International Whaling Commission bans were instated, their population has significantly increased. We could help them back from the brink if we can stop them being butchered for dog food!

Getting the Dutch to refuse Loftsson’s bloody cargo in Rotterdam is the best way to stop the hunt before it starts as it will set a precedent for other European ports. So far the Dutch have allowed him to get away with this mass murder. Let’s expose them now and put an end to this slaughter. Sign the petition and tell everyone — let’s stop the trade before the first harpoon is fired:

Avaaz members have achieved tremendous things for biodiversity, from opposing the ivory trade to winning a ban on pesticides that were killing record numbers of bees. In 2010, Avaaz members were central to keeping the international moratorium on commercial whaling intact — now let’s stop this horrific hunt and keep marching toward a more humane world.

With hope,

Pascal, Lisa, Oliver, Alice, Ricken, Allison, David, Alaphia and the whole Avaaz team

PS – Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community! Start yours now and win on any issue – local, national or global:


Iceland is killing fin whales for Japanese pet treats (EIA)

Iceland to resume disputed fin whale hunt in June (Yahoo News)

For Iceland’s whale king it’s “just another fish” (AFP)

Ceaseless Pressure on Whales (NYT)

Iceland’s creation of an endangered species trade (Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society)