Olive trees as well as its leaves, fruits and oil have been used over the ages as a metaphor for peace and good health. Olives are native to the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa. Olives are harvested in the fall and winter. When picked, they range in color from light green to dark purple. Black olives packed in cans owe their color to the ferrous sulfate they are packed with. The…
Kale (Brassica oleracea) is an amazing vegetable recognized for its nutrient richness and medicinal benefit.  This super vegetable is high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and the important eye antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin. Kale is also rich in sulfur containing phytonutrients as well as calcium. Kale, like cruciferous vegetable and other members of the Brassica family contain sulforaphane, a phytochemical with strong anti-cancer activity.  Sulforaphane is believed to block the growth of cancer…
  Yam is the common name for two plant species. One belongs to the genus Dioscorea.  Dioscoreaceae produce edible tubers. These yams are native to Africa and Asia. Dioscoreaceae vary in size and medicinal activity. Wild Mexican yam is used by many women for its hormonal activity and effects on menopause.   Dioscorea tubers, taken as a dietary supplement, are thought to promote human health by improving hormonal and immune-type…