Genomics link to Ayurveda tenet.

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Can marijuana use lead to heart failure?

Medical marijuana may be a great source of treatment for patients suffering from various conditions and illnesses living, but the plant may also be a cause of a very serious and life-threatening medical condition: heart failure.

Researchers at Philadelphia’s Einstein Medical Center said there is a connection between marijuana use and increased cardiac risks, such as strokes, according to findings from a new study released Thursday. After reviewing patients’ health records from 1,000 hospitals, researchers discovered people who use marijuana had a 26 percent greater chance of suffering a stroke, compared to those who did not use marijuana. People who used cannabis also had 10 percent higher risk of heart failure.

Health records reviewed included patients ages 18 to 55 that visited hospitals between 2009 and 2010.

The study was scheduled to be released in full by March 18.

Einstein cardiologist, Dr. Aditi Kalla, who worked on the study, told CBS News marijuana appeared to have a direct impact on the heart.

“When cannabis affects human heart cells those cells are less able to squeeze and therefore the heart as a whole is not able to pump as well,” she explained.

The study did not consider the quantity or frequency of cannabis consumed by patients, and because the research was heavily based on hospital discharge records, Kalla suggested that the findings may not actually be conducive to the general population.

However, Kalla said more research needed to be conducted to learn more about marijuana’s side effects just as doctors have learned about the side effects of other drugs and medications that are prescribed as a form of treatment.

“As cannabis becomes legalized across the country I think both the medical and general community will need to become more aware of potential cardiovascular complications that can arise from cannabis use,” she said.

Marijuana has also been linked to various other ailments, including memory loss. A 2016 study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal said people who smoked marijuana on a daily basis for five years or more were more likely to suffer from cognitive disabilities in their middle ages, including lack of memory focus and the ability to make quick decisions.


The Hazard Over Our Heads: Energy-Saving Bulbs are Poisonous to the Brain, Nervous System.

Many of us in the effort to save energy and money, replaced our old standard light bulbs with environmentally-friendly new generation energy saving light bulbs.  However, the new generation of energy efficient light bulbs are so toxic that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created an emergency protocol you need to follow in the event of a bulb breakage, due to the poison gas that is released. If  broken indoors, these light bulbs release 20 times the maximum acceptable mercury concentration into the air, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klauditz Institute for German’s Federal Environment Agency.


Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Can Cause:


-Cluster headaches




-Inability to concentrate


1. Energy saving bulbs contain mercury. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to children and pregnant women. It is especially toxic to the brain, the nervous system, the liver and the kidneys. It can also damage the cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems. It can lead lead to tremors, anxiety, insomnia, memory loss, headaches, cancer and Alzheimer’s .

2. Energy saving bulbs can cause cancer.

A new study performed by by Peter Braun at Berlin Germany’s Alab Laboratory found these light bulbs contain poisonous carcinogens that could cause cancer:

Phenol, a mildly acidic toxic white crystalline solid, obtained from coal tar and used in chemical manufacture.

Naphthalene, a volatile white crystalline compound, produced by the distillation of coal tar, used in mothballs and as a raw material for chemical manufacture.

Styrene, an unsaturated liquid hydrocarbon, obtained as a petroleum byproduct.


3. Energy saving light bulbs emit a lot of UV rays.
Energy saving lamps emit UV-B and traces of UV-C radiation. It is generally recognized that UV-radiation is harmful for the skin (can lead to skin cancer) and the eyes.  The radiation from these bulbs directly attacks the immune system, and furthermore damages the skin tissues enough to prevent the proper formation of vitamin D-3.

In conclusion, these bulbs are so toxic that we are not supposed to put them in the regular garbage. They are household hazardous waste. If you break one in a house, you are supposed to open all of your windows and doors, and evacuate the house for at least 15 minutes to minimize your exposure to the poisonous gas. Unfortunately, soon consumers won’t have the option to buy incandescent lights because they won’t be available. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) mandates the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, and favors energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.

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Bayer won’t fight EPA ban on pesticide

Bayer CropScience will give up its fight with federal regulators over their ban of a pesticide commonly used on almonds, alfalfa, tomatoes and other California crops.

The company said in a statement Wednesday that it was too risky to take its case to a federal appeals court or to reapply for approval of the chemical, flubendiamide, marketed by Bayer under the brand name Belt and by Nichino America as Tourismo and Vetica.

The companies have stopped selling those products, although stockpiles they already shipped can be sold and used, according to a recent decision by an appeals panel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Pressing the fight might have allowed Bayer to renew its scientific claims that the chemical poses no serous threat to freshwater animals, such as snails, worms, and mussels, but “that opportunity was far from certain,” said Charlotte Sanson, Bayer’s director of registrations.

Further appeal, Sanson said, “carried a fair amount of risk, including the potential that some of the gains we made … would be lost.”

Among the gains were a decision by the EPA’s appeals board to modify the cancellation of flubendiamide to allow distributors and retailers other than Bayer and Nichino to sell or distribute existing stock. Neither the agency nor Bayer revealed how much of the product is still available to growers, who have applied it to more than 200 crops on nearly 2.5 million acres.

Bayer and Nichino received conditional approvals in 2008 for flubendiamide, provided they agreed to voluntarily cancel the agency’s registration of the chemical if EPA scientists later determined that its further use posed “unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.”

That provision was created by Congress in part to allow chemical companies to receive more rapid approval of novel pesticides while further studies are underway. It included a provision for the EPA to likewise revoke the approval rapidly and ban any further use if agency scientists found the chemical caused harm.

EPA earlier this year concluded that the chemical posed an unreasonable threat and gave the companies a week to surrender their registration. The companies balked, arguing that the condition of the registration — including the rapid termination — was unlawful, and that the EPA’s scientific review ignored additional data that Bayer had gathered while the chemical was in use.

An administrative law judge upheld the termination, and the appeals board agreed, but reversed the judge regarding whether stocks of the chemicals shipped by the companies before the cancellation could be sold or distributed.

EPA officials told the review board that the agency didn’t intend to use similar conditions to approve other chemicals, a decision Bayer hailed as a victory.

California growers applied 42,495 pounds of flubendiamide to 521,140 acres in 2013, the last year for which complete data were available, according to the state Department of Pesticide Regulation.

More than a third of that was applied to almonds — 14,693 pounds on 125,557 acres, according to the department. Growers applied 6,002 pounds of it to 91,828 acres of alfalfa, and 3,684 pounds to 78,348 acres of processing tomatoes, which are used in paste and other products.

Earlier this month, Germany-based Bayer AG, the parent company of Bayer CropScience, announced a $66 billion acquisition of U.S.-based Monsanto Co. The deal is under review by regulators.

Antibiotics resistance could kill 10 million a year by 2050

A British government-commissioned review has found that resistance to antibiotics could account for 10 million deaths a year and hit global gross domestic product by 2.0 to 3.5 percent by 2050

A British government-commissioned review has found that resistance to antibiotics could account for 10 million deaths a year and hit global gross domestic product by 2.0 to 3.5 percent by 2050

London (AFP) – A British government-commissioned review has found that resistance to antibiotics could account for 10 million deaths a year and hit global gross domestic product by 2.0 to 3.5 percent by 2050.

The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance said surgeries that have become widespread and low-risk thanks to antibiotics, such as caesarean sections, could become more dangerous without urgent action.

The review announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron was led by Jim O’Neill, former chief economist at US investment bank Goldman Sachs, and included British senior public health experts.

It found the region with the highest number of deaths attributable to antimicrobial resistance would be Asia with 4.7 million, followed by Africa with 4.1 million, while there would be 390,000 in Europe and 317,000 in the United States.

For comparison, the review estimated that the second-biggest killer, cancer, would account for 8.2 million deaths a year by 2050.

“The damaging effects of antimicrobial resistance are already manifesting themselves across the world,” the report said.

“Antimicrobial-resistant infections currently claim at least 50,000 lives each year across Europe and the US alone,” it added.

The calculations were based on existing studies by the think tank Rand Europe and the consultancy KPMG.

It warned drug resistance was not “a distant and abstract risk” and called for “a major intervention to avert what threatens to be a devastating burden on the world’s healthcare systems”.

The review emphasised the economic advantage of investment in tackling the problem early.

It said that three types of bacteria — the Klebsiella pneumonia, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus — were already showing signs of resistance to medicine.

Treatment of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis were broader public health issues in which resistance “is a concern”, the report said.

In the United States, antibiotic-resistant infections are associated with 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses each year.

The economic costs annually are as high as $20 billion (16 billion euros) in excess direct health care costs and $35 billion (28 billion euros) in lost productivity.

No one knows how many patients are dying from superbug infections in California hospitals

Many thousands of Californians are dying every year from infections they caught while in hospitals. But you’d never know that from their death certificates.

Sharley McMullen of Manhattan Beach came down with a fever just hours after being wheeled out of a Torrance Memorial Medical Center operating room on May 4, 2014. A missionary’s daughter who worked as a secretary at Cape Canaveral, Fla., at the height of the space race, McMullen, 72, was there for treatment of a bleeding stomach ulcer. Soon, though, she was fighting for her life.

On her medical chart, a doctor scribbled “CRKP,” an ominous abbreviation for one of the world’s most lethal superbugs, underlining it three times.

Doctors tried antibiotic after antibiotic. But after five weeks in the hospital, mostly in intensive care and on morphine because of the pain, McMullen died.

Her death certificate does not mention the hospital-acquired infection or CRKP, however. Instead, her doctor wrote that McMullen had died from respiratory failure and septic shock caused by her ulcer.

The doctor’s conclusion outraged Shawn Chen, McMullen’s daughter.

“It should say she died of an infection she got in the hospital,” said Chen. “She was so hardy. She would have made it through if it wasn’t for this infection.”

Dr. Yasmeen Shaw, who treated McMullen in the ICU and filled out the death certificate, said she was following directions from health officials by recording the underlying cause of death, which in her opinion was the perforated ulcer.

An epidemic of hospital-acquired infections is going unreported, scientists have found.

University of Michigan researchers reported in a 2014 study that infections – both those acquired inside and outside hospitals – would replace heart disease and cancer as the leading causes of death in hospitals if the count was performed by looking at patients’ medical billing records, which show what they were being treated for, rather than death certificates.

“Even if one person dies from a hospital-acquired infection, it’s one too many,” said Dr. Chesley Richards, who oversees the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Health Statistics and who met recently with a group of families to discuss the misleading death certificates.

California does not track deaths from hospital-acquired infections. And unlike two dozen other states, California does not require hospitals to report when patients are sickened by the rare, lethal superbug that afflicted McMullen, raising questions about whether health officials are doing enough to stop its spread.

McMullen’s daughter Chen said she called the Los Angeles County public health department to report that her mother had been diagnosed with CRKP, which stands for carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, at Torrance Memorial. When the bacteria gets into a patient’s blood, it kills as many as half its victims.

A county employee told her it was not a reportable infection. “She said, ‘It’s everywhere,’” Chen said.

Torrance Memorial declined to answer questions about the accuracy of the death certificate or other questions about McMullen’s care. In a statement, the hospital said it “takes patient safety, particularly as it relates to infection control, very seriously.”

“We, the community of physicians, had been watching these patients die and trundling them off to the morgue for years,” said Dr. Barry Farr, former president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, who is now retired. “Now we’re in the eighth verse of the same song.”

Federal health officials call CRKP and other species of pathogens in the broader family known as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, one of the nation’s most urgent health threats.

Because of the danger, the CDC recommends that local health officials require hospitals to report CRE cases. And if that’s not possible, according to agency guidelines, health departments should still survey hospitals and nursing homes for the presence of the superbug to make sure facilities are trying to halt its transmission.

Chen said that at first the nurses at Torrance Memorial had taken extra precautions to keep the bacteria raging through her mother’s body from spreading by wearing disposable gowns and posting a sign on the door warning others from entering.

But Chen said she was stunned when her mother was moved to another floor where no such precautions were taken. “There was a bedpan of urine sitting on a chair,” Chen said.

Chen said she worries that other patients may have been infected.

Torrance Memorial declined to comment on Chen’s report of a gap in safety precautions.

County health officials explained that they had stopped requiring health facilities to report CRE infections in 2012 “due to resource limitations,” though some hospitals voluntarily submit bacterial samples from patients diagnosed with the superbug.

Infection cases gathered between 2010 to 2012 showed that Los Angeles County was “a high-prevalence region” for the superbug, county officials said.

County officials said they were working to prevent the infections, including by sending public health nurses to hospitals to consult on potential outbreaks and proper infection controls. They said they had no record of a complaint about a CRE case at Torrance Memorial.

The CDC estimates that 75,000 Americans with hospital-acquired infections die during their hospitalizations each year. Since California provides between 10% and 12% of the nation’s hospital care, state officials used the agency’s analysis to estimate that 7,500 to 9,000 Californians die each year from infections from hospital germs.

But these numbers may be underestimated, perhaps by a great degree, experts say.

“It’s fair to challenge that number,” the CDC’s Richards said of the estimate of 75,000 deaths.

Sepsis can cause death when an infection spreads to the blood, triggering an inflammatory response that damages the body’s organs and causes them to fail.

In March, the CDC estimated that the actual number of deaths from sepsis were as much as 140% higher than those recorded on death certificates, or as many as 381,000 deaths a year. According to another study, 37% of hospitalizations for sepsis were caused by infections caught in hospitals or other health facilities like nursing homes.

That suggests that as many as 140,000 Americans are dying each year from healthcare-acquired sepsis, just one subgroup of the infections.

McMullen came to Torrance Memorial for an elective hernia surgery in late April 2014. A week later, her husband rushed her to the emergency room because she was suffering from abdominal pain and weakness.

ER doctors suspected she was losing blood from a perforated ulcer in her stomach. Their suspicion was confirmed through two procedures with an endoscope. She had surgery to stop the bleeding on May 4. By the next day, doctors had diagnosed her infection and sepsis.

McMullen’s medical records, which her family provided to The Times, detail how doctors became frustrated as the drugs they prescribed — including colistin, known as the antibiotic of last resort — did not help. Soon McMullen was in critical condition.

The CDC advises hospitals that have a patient with CRE to test other patients nearby and those who have shared the same medical equipment to ensure others are not infected.

The Times asked Torrance Memorial officials whether any other patients were infected with CRE in 2014 or 2015 and if any of those cases may be linked to the bacteria that sickened McMullen. Officials declined to answer those questions.

Without mentioning McMullen, Torrance Memorial officials said that during 2014 the bacteria “seem to have contributed to the death of one patient, who likely acquired CRE while hospitalized.”

Yet they ruled out the endoscopes – the source of recent superbug outbreaks at three other Southern California hospitals –  as the cause of McMullen’s infection. Officials said “following an extensive investigation” they had “determined that there have been no known cases of CRE transmission by endoscope” at the hospital.

One reason doctors are reluctant to report in public records that patients have died from hospital-acquired infections, experts say, is the possibility of malpractice lawsuits.

CDC officials warned in October that they had discovered that some hospitals had tried to stop their infection-control staff from reporting certain types of hospital-acquired infections to a national database as required.

In a 2010 survey published in a CDC medical journal, 49% of New York City medical residents said they had knowingly reported an inaccurate cause of death on a certificate.

Nile Moss, 15, unexpectedly died a couple days after having an MRI at Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Orange in 2006.

An autopsy showed that he died from a rare superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, which the CDC says is a leading cause of healthcare associated infections.

His parents say they believe the pad patients lay on in the MRI machine was contaminated with the bacteria. The teen was hit with flu-like symptoms soon after having the outpatient test. He was hospitalized after his fever reached 104 degrees and he struggled to breathe.

The doctor did not list the bacteria on Nile’s death certificate. Instead he wrote the teen had died from “adult respiratory distress syndrome.” Contributing causes, the doctor wrote, were septic shock and pneumonia.

“Doctors have the ability to write whatever they want,” said Nile’s mother, Carole Moss, one of the people who attended the CDC meeting on inaccurate death certificates. “Many people are angered by this. They cause the harm and then cover it up.”

Ed Winter, assistant chief in Los Angeles County’s medical examiner-coroner’s office, said that any case in which a patient is suspected of dying from an infection acquired from hospital procedures should be sent to the medical examiner for review to determine whether county officials rather than hospital doctors should determine the cause of death.

“If there is a question, we will look into it,” he said.

If the autopsy and facts of the case conclude a patient died from the infection, the death certificate would state “acquired infection after surgical procedure,” Winter said.

In May, Dr. Martin Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, called on the CDC to add a line to all death certificates where doctors would be asked if the death was caused by a preventable complication from medical care.

Makary estimates that infections, errors and other cases of “medical care going wrong” would be at least the third-leading cause of death among Americans if they were properly recorded.

“We need an open and honest conversation about the problem,” Makary said.

Hospital satisfaction depends on patent gender for hip replacement surgery, study says

Women focus on responsiveness and clear communication from staff, while men favor pain management.

When it comes to total hip replacement surgery, hospital satisfaction scores can hinge on different points depending on gender, according to a new study from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

For women, responsiveness and clear communication from nurses and doctors dictate satisfaction. For men, it’s optimal pain management, the study found.

Researchers examined survey results from 692 patients who had undergone total hip replacement surgery from November 2009 through January 2015, including 277 men and 414 women. Both groups had a mean age of 62 years old.

Results showed men and women had similar mean hospital satisfaction scores, and both groups graded similarly on nurse communication, staff responsiveness, doctor communication, hospital environment, pain management and communication about medication.

However, researchers found a gender bias when it came to what influenced men’s and women’s perceptions of care.

Results suggest hospitals may want to tailor their care to the gender of the patient, in order to optimize a patient’s satisfaction with their care.

Teaching hospitals have high C. diff infection rates, Consumer Reports says

Just two teaching hospitals with at least 500 beds earned top C. diff prevention scores.

Clostridium difficile (Source: CDC)

Clostridium difficile 

Clostridium difficile, a deadly bacterial infection that sickens a half-million people every year and kills some 29,000, has become more common and more deadly, according to Consumer Affairs. And teaching hospitals in particular seem to be suffering from high infection rates.

While the tools needed to fight the bug are inexpensive — soap, gloves, disinfectants and antibiotics are the most common — C. diff in certain hospitals is on the rise, even while other hospital-acquired infections are on the decline.

About one-third of the 31,000-plus hospitals evaluated by Consumer Affairs received a low score for C. diff infection control, which meant their infection rates were lower than the national benchmark. Nineteen of the country’s largest teaching hospitals were on the list.

They include Aurora St. Luke’s Medical center in Milwaukee; Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas; Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles; the Cleveland Clinic; Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; Indiana University Health University Hospital in Indianapolis; Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia; Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City; Orlando Regional Medical Center; University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky; University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor, Michigan; University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida; UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside in Pittsburgh; Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.

Their low rankings are based on data hospitals reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between October 2014 and September 2015.

Just two teaching hospitals with at least 500 beds earned top C. diff prevention scores, meaning their infection rates were 50 percent better than the national benchmark. They were Maimonedes Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.

Some hospitals have argued that negligence is not the predominant factor in these high infection rates. Several, according to Consumer Reports, have argued that teaching hospitals tend to see sicker patients than non-teaching hospitals, and that many of these patients are already infected when they walk through the door.

Still, many of the facilities are taking steps to lower those rates. Baylor, for example, has said that it’s developing new protocols to ensure that antibiotics are being prescribed correctly; and it now isolates any patient showing symptoms of the bug, even if they haven’t yet tested positive.

According to the CDC, 94 percent of C. diff infections take place in hospitals or other healthcare settings, primarily because it attacks the intestinal tracts of people with compromised immune systems.

Something as simple as keeping things clean can help with these infection rates, said Consumer Reports. Rooms should be cleaned with EPA-approved germ-killing agents, and healthcare workers’ hands should be gloved as much as possible, and washed thoroughly once the gloves are removed. While those steps seem basic, a 2014 University of Iowa study found that less than one-third of workers in intensive care units always washed their hands.

The proper use of antibiotics can also keep infection rates down. In addition to killing off deadly bacteria, “broad spectrum: antibiotics like ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin can also kill off the “good” bacteria in one’s stomach, leaving conditions in which C. diff can thrive.

The CDC has reported that, so far, only 39 percent of all hospitals have antibiotic stewardship programs in place.

Why Broccoli Sprouts Are More Powerful Anti-Cancer Foods Than A Full-Grown Broccoli

There is no doubt that broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetables. But, did you know that you can find a food that has a similar taste with broccoli, but it is cheaper and healthier than broccoli itself and you can even grow at your own home?

Well, we are talking about broccoli sprouts. Sprouts are known for being extremely healthy due to their high content of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. What is more, you only need some seeds which are easy to grow at home.

 So, keep reading to find out more how the broccoli sprouts can fight cancer, prevent the development of ulcers and improve your overall health.

Sprouts can be grown from different foods, and every type of sprout has a unique nutritional value. The best thing about sprouts is that they get healthier after you pick them off the plant.

 Health Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts

Anti-cancer properties: Many studies proved that broccoli sprouts are abundant with compounds and nutrients that have the ability to fight cancer. Sulforaphane is the main compound in broccoli sprouts. Even though this same chemical is found in broccoli, the broccoli sprouts have 100 times higher content of Sulforaphane compared to broccoli itself.

Fight ulcers:  We all know that ulcers can be very painful, and can damage your digestive system. Broccoli sprouts are a great source of glucoraphanin which can act as an antibiotic in the digestive tract, thus preventing H. Pylori, an infection that can cause ulcers.

 Juicing: You can also use broccoli sprouts for juicing. By juicing them, you can get even more of their health benefits. This juice has a high content of antioxidants and will remove the toxins from your body

How to grow broccoli sprouts at home

Growing broccoli sprouts isn’t a complicated process. You only need seeds for the first growing cycle then it is easy to grow your sprouts from a current batch.

You should add 3 tablespoons of broccoli sprout seeds in a bowl. Add cool water at a ratio of 1 tablespoon broccoli seeds to 3 tablespoons water. Soak the seeds and leave them to stand for 12 hours. Drain off the water and place the seeds and a small amount of water in a suitable drainage.

Make sure to place the container in a cool place. You should rinse and drain every 12 hours for 4days. The sprouts should have opened after the fifth day. Remove seed hulls and transfer the sprouts to a bowl. Make sure to cover with water. After 8-12 hours, your sprouts will be ready. Keep them in a sealed container in your refrigerator.

The Fat-Burning Sweet Potato Muffins You Can Eat For Breakfast (100% Gluten-Free!)

When talking about muffins, probably the first thing that crosses your mind is that they are bad and full of calories, sugar and fat. But, if you are a muffin lover and you don’t want to put extra pounds, we have the perfect solution for you. We will present you a muffin recipe that not only is delicious but also is nutritious and loaded with health benefits.

Sweet potato is the main ingredient in this recipe, giving the muffins a unique taste that goes well with the sweetness of maple syrup. Do not forget to mention that it offers a wide range of health benefits as well.

Why You Should Eat More Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are considered as one of the oldest veggies on the planet. 80 million tons of sweet potatoes are grown in China annually, with the USA producing 1 million ton, Africa 14 million tons, and Central and South America 2 million.

Sweet potatoes are abundant with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that has the ability to fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals can damage the DNA of the cells and cause mutations in the cells, thus leading to a development of various cancers. They are known for their relatively low-calorie value and high nutritional profile. They are packed with vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6, vitamin C, and minerals like magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, copper, biotin, and iron.

This vegetable can provide numerous health benefits. Due to its rich content of vitamin B6, it can reduce homocysteine levels in the body and lower the risk of heart attack. It can also help to heal wounds, deal with stress, produce collagen to keep the skin healthy, prevent flu and cold due to its abundance of vitamin C.

The high content of vitamin D plays an important role in energy levels, supports the thyroid gland, and helps build healthy bones, skin and teeth. Magnesium, on the other hand, is essential for healthy artery, bone, blood, and heart health, while iron increases resistance to stress and boosts immunity. Furthermore, sweet potatoes have potent anti-inflammatory properties that can fight chronic and severe inflammation.

Sweet Potato Muffins

Needed Ingredients:

1 organic sweet potato, roasted (1 cup, packed)
½ cup of pure organic maple syrup
2 tablespoons of organic olive oil
¾ cup of organic canned coconut milk
¼ cup of organic coconut flour
1 cup of organic brown rice flour
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
⅛ teaspoon of ground cloves
⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

Pre-heat the oven to 400 ℉ and oil the 12-hole muffin tray. When the oven reaches the appropriate temperature, you should poke small holes in the sweet potato and put it on the middle rack of the oven. Cook it for 1 hour, or until it softens.

When cooked, you should take it out from the oven and let it cool. When cooled, you should remove the flesh and place the pulp in a mixing bowl. You can eliminate the skin, or eat it as a snack because it possesses the same vitamins as the veggie itself. Add the milk, olive oil, and maple syrup to the potato and mix well in order to make a homogenous mixture. Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl and pour them into the rest of the sweet potato.

You should pour the batter into the muffin tray, place it on the middle rack, and cook for half an hour.