The Home Remedy: Eating raisins soaked in gin every day reduces the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
I had never heard of this home remedy until I joined Health Central. But this is a popular topic on the website and many people have tried it, so I wanted to look into the subject more.
There are several versions of the recipe listed on this site , but they all require a bowl of yellow raisins and gin or sloe gin. The raisins are placed in a bowl and gin added until it just covers the raisins. The raisins become saturated with the gin and the bowl is left uncovered until the extra gin evaporates. While the amount of raisins to be eaten varies depending on website and author, most recipes and comments I have read recommend eating nine raisins per day.
From what I have read, this home remedy has been around for about 50 years and, like many folk remedies, periodically becomes popular and then falls out of favor. I have bee...
The Home Remedy: Drinking tart cherry juice or eating tart cherries helps reduce arthritis pain and inflammation.
The tart or sour cherry is also known as the pie cherry, Montmorency cherry or Balaton cherry. These are different from the sweet cherries commonly sold at grocery stores like Bing, Ranier and Lambert cherries. According to research studies, eating tart cherries may also be beneficial for people with gout, diabetes, muscle pain, back pain or neurodegenerative diseases.
Why does it provide some relief for people?
Unlike for gin-soaked raisins , there has been a growing body of research in the last decade or so about the positive health benefits of eating tart cherries. The first study, published about 50 years ago, found that eating cherries daily helped to relieve attacks of gout and the symptoms of arthritis. Since then, in mostly laboratory studies on animals, cherries have been shown to contain high concentrations of compounds called anthocyanins 1 and 2 - ...
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In my quest to get fit again and boost my overall health, I’ve made a conscious effort to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet, and there is no better time than now to take advantage of all that Summer has to offer. I love scouting out the local farmer’s market to see what’s in season, and when I come home with a bounty full of fresh, healthy foods, I feel like I’ve just struck gold. The trick is making sure I use them all before they go bad, and making sure that I prepare them in healthy ways. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite recipes here in case anyone is looking for some fresh ideas, or some fresh motivation to eat healthier.
Shrimp tacos with cilantro slaw
For the slaw:
½ head of cabbage, chopped into slivers
1 cup of red onion, diced
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tsp. olive oil
juice of 2 limes
salt and pepper to taste
If you have a food processor, you can do all the chop...
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