Health & Well Being

Wild Samoan Turmeric

Within Samoa's volcanic soil and lush rainforest lies a natural treasure that is a kick start to good health

The turmeric root or ago which grows abundantly in Samoa has been used as a natural Smaoan remedy for centuries with its healing benifits being handed down through the generations.

Etu Tusitala is the creator of the Wild Samoan Turmeric Drink to maximise the goodness of these tumeric roots into a health tonic that has several known benefits to for good health.  Turmeric is also traditionally applied topically for cuts and bruises.
 
 
With strong anti inflamatory and anti oxidant properties, Turmeric is hot property as a popular health booster along with other natural Pacific products like Coconut Oil and Nonu Juice. 
Etu hopes that his organic natural product from Samoa will take off in the same way that our Virgin Samoan Coconut Oil and Koko beans have in NZ.…more

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Minnesota Research Shows Potency of Kava Against Lung Cancer

Sometimes the most simple and elegant solution to a problem has actually been known for a very long time. We saw an example of this last year in the University of Minnesota’s pancreatic cancer drug, derived from the traditional Chinese tea ingredient known as the Thunder God Vine. This year, University of Minnesota researchers explore another ancient plant’s capacity to solve modern-day problems.

Source: Biotech Calendar

The plant in question is formally named Piper methysticum, though many know it as kava. Kava roots are a common ingredient in traditional beverages on the islands of the South Pacific like Vanuatu, Fiji, and Western Samoa. Kava has been linked previously to the prevention and treatment of lung cancer, and with good reason: although smoking rates in the South Pacific islands are comparable to those of the United States, lung cancer rates are 90 to 95 percent lower in the islands.

ground kava root

(Ground kava root, ready to be mixed with water to create a traditional South Pacific beverage.…more


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The Top 10 Health Benefits of Guava

Despite being a tropical fruit with distinctive flavor and fragrance, the guava is also known for the various health-improving properties. What isn't common knowledge is that the bark and leaves are also useful to improving our health.

Source: Health Adore

The guava fruit is one of the least chemically treated and sprayed fruits, and is now easily available around the world. It's packed with vitamins and minerals - 4 times the Vitamin C of an oranges and 10 times more Vitamin A than a lemon. And that is not all; it also contains Vitamins B2, E and K, Calcium, Folate, Fiber, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Manganese and Phosphorus.

All around the world, it is used in cooking both sweet and savory dishes. Guava juice is also a refreshing beverage, and is also used in sauces, candies, jams and jellies.

Here are the top 10 health benefits of guava and guava leaves.

  1. Maintains Oral Health

With dental plaque being the principal factor in many oral health problems, guava comes as the solution.…more


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The benefits of Breadfruit, long time Poly super food!

Is this the new wonder food? Breadfruit is high in protein and has the potential to feed the world, experts say

  • Breadfruit has lumpy green flesh and a potato-like texture
  • It is widely eaten in the Pacific Islands and scientists are encouraging the planting of trees in countries with poor food security
  • One breadfruit, which weighs around 7 lbs (3kg) provides the carbohydrate portion of a meal for a family of five
  • It can be can be ground into flour and used to make pancakes
  • The fruit is rich in vitamins and is a source of carbohydrate and protein 
  • The protein in the fruit has a higher proportion of aminio acids than soy

It may not be a fruit that you automatically reach for in the supermarket, but the large and exotic breadfruit is being touted as a wonder food.

Known by its Latin name, artocarpus altilis, the fruit has lumpy green flesh and a potato-like texture so that it can be served as part of a main meal or turned into sweets.…more


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HEALTH BENEFITS OF TARO

The health benefits of taro include its ability to improve digestion, lower your blood sugar levels, prevent certain types of cancers, protect the skin, boost vision health, increase circulation, decrease blood pressure, aid the immune system and prevent heart disease, while also supporting muscle and nerve health.

Taro root, which is the thick, tuber stalk of the taro plant is an extremely important part of global cuisines and diets, as it has been for thousands of years.

In fact, taro is considered one of the first cultivated plants in human history. Its scientific name is Colocasia esculenta and it has a truly fascinating history.

It is believed to be native to Southeast Asia and southern India, but it is cultivated and used in many places all around the world. Fascinatingly, it seems as though every culture uses taro in a slightly different way, depending on how it is prepared and the variety of the crop that is grown.…more


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Virgin Coconut oil effective in treating diabetes!

Can Virgin Coconut Oil be the superfood that everyone is saying it is?

Source: Health Impact News

25.8 million children and adults in the United States, 8.3% of the population, have diabetes.

The current rate of people becoming diabetic in the United states is doubling every 10 years. This has resulted in a windfall for pharmaceutical companies capitalizing on this “disease” with drugs designed to treat type 2 diabetes, but not deal with the underlying cause. These drugs have serious side effects.

One of the most popular diabetes drugs, Avandia, was pulled off the market in 2011 after a number of studies showed that the drug increased the risk of heart attacks among type 2 diabetes patients. The manufacturer of the drug reached a $3 billion settlement in December 2011 over its fraudulent marketing of the drug, the largest federal criminal drug-company settlement to date.

Information that is finally making its way into the mainstream media is that type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle and diet issue that can be reversed without drugs.…more


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Calling all Supa Suga's and Mamas to be!

Get some tips and tricks for all you Supa Suga's out there for the health of you and your child!

For more info and tips, check out http://bestforbaby.co.nz!


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Breadfruit may aid in feeding 9.6 billion!

The humble breadfruit is fast becoming the answer to the world's growing population!

The Breadfruit Institute is attempting to tackle hunger and deforestation by working with non-profit groups to plant breadfruit trees in such countries as Kenya, Rwanda, Pakistan and Zambia.

A healthy source of carbohydrates and antioxidants, calcium, iron and fiber, breadfruit provides better and quality nutrition - The starchy breadfruit can replace potatoes , and can be boiled, steamed or fried to make chips.

The Institute began at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii in 2003 and launched the global Hunger Initiative to respond to global food security issues about five years later.

In collaboration with other organizations, the privately funded institute has sent about 60,000 plants to around 32 countries. 

Check out more info on the project here!


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Pacific Islands becoming the fattest place in the world?

A recent scientific study has shown that the people within the Pacific region are amoung the most obese in the world.

This has been linked to a life based on mostly imported food, little exercise and remote access to healthcare.

Of the top 10 most obese countries or territories in the globe, nine of them are from the Pacific region - according to the World Health Organisation; thus making it the fattest region in the world.

 

 "Up to 95% of the adult population are overweight or obese in some countries," says Temo Waqanivalu, program officer with the WHO's Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases department.

As a Fijian, Waqanivalu has seen this epidemic continually grow for over a decade, and hasn't been helped by the culutral acceptance of bigger bodies is beautiful.

"In Polynesia the perception of 'big is beautiful' does exist," he says. "[But] big is beautiful, fat is not.…more


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Eczema - the 'Neglected Disease of Children'

Almost one in five of the world’s children and one in ten of adults suffer from Eczema, which is why Dr Joe Williams has dedicated over 50 years of his career researching and effectively treating Eczema.

In his new book, Dr Joe Williams provides an in-depth look at the curse of eczema first described 25 centuries ago in Ancient Greece, shedding light on the root causes, symptoms and signs. The extensive worldwide research into eczema which has produced little by way of cure.

Dr Joe is the Medical Director and a GP at the Mt Wellington Integrated Family Health Centre. His career spans a period of over 50 years in medical practice, public health, health management, medical research, international health and politics.  He is a Cook Islands Maori of Polynesian, Chinese and English ancestry.