February 21, 2011
When it comes to eating superfoods, perhaps the most popular items are those foods that have aphrodisiac properties. This is a popular concept, as both men and women have been fond of using stimulating foods for thousands of years in every culture. Of course, the history of aphrodisiac foods goes way back to thousands of years. One such popular modern super food with aphrodisiac properties is the famous Peruvian Maca.
It is a raw organic super food that is found in Peru and in nearby South American countries. This special organic substance has various positive benefits to your health. Some of these positive effects on your health include increased energy levels, increased endurance levels, increased stamina, removal of lethargy and chronic fatigue, and increased muscular strength. Some other benefits of Peruvian Maca are improved blood circulation in your body, regulation of your hormonal system and of your various body systems since it is considered an adaptogen which is a special substance that regulates body mechanisms and builds immunity when taken over time.
However, the most popular property is the fact that it helps to increase sexual strength and libido. In addition, fertility is approved for both men and women along with sexual desire. In fact, even legends talk about the aphrodisiac and libido increasing properties. History reports, whenever the ancient Incan warriors invaded a city; the warriors were prohibited from consuming this organic superfood. The reason for this was due to the fact that the Incans were trying to protect the women inhabitants in the city that was invaded. This example clearly shows the aphrodisiac properties of this wonderful super food.
In addition to increasing your sexual prowess, it is a great way to treat hormonal dysfunctions that are associated with men and women. Due to this hormone regulating property of this super food both menopause in women and andropause in men can be treated with the consumption of Peruvian Maca. Another important advantage of Peruvian Maca is the fact that it is non toxic. This allows it to be consumable in great quantities every day by people of all age and sex groups. No discernible side effects are noted making it an ideal super food to consume every day.
Besides increasing your sexual strength and besides increasing your sexual appetite, you will feel healthier after consuming this superfood of Peru, as a nice side benefit your circulation will improve. Also as a result, aches and pains may disappear from your body. Moreover, you will feel better about yourself as your chronic fatigue will dissipate and you will feel more energetic and more alive. Of course, for best results, experts recommend that you consume it regularly either by mixing it with your favorite drink or by consuming it raw by sprinkling it on your salad or on blending in a super smoothie.
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February 14, 2011
Avocados – contain healthy mono-unsaturated fatty acids, helping to lower bad cholesterol. They also contain antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, folate and fibre. Avocados contain many vitamins, mainly the B complex and vitamins A and E, as well as folic acid and iron.
Avocado helps your body to absorb more nutrients from other foods; such as when you eat tomato and avocado together in a salad.
The avocado tree (Persea americana) is an evergreen tree originating from Central America and the West Indies. Their growth habit varies – depending on the variety – from tall and upright to well-shaped and spreading. It is a fast growing tree with deep green, elliptical leaves that tend to drop constantly.
Avocado is frost tender while young, so if you live in a cold climate you will need to grow them near a North facing wall ( in the Southern Hemisphere – South facing in the Northern Hemisphere ) or in a grove of other trees.
Don’t mulch around your avocado trees during winter as you will increase the frost damage on the leaves. Instead grow smaller plants and herbs around them.
You also need to provide perfect drainage as avocado is susceptible to root-rot. Deep, rich soil in full sun, with shelter from the wind are all important factors in deciding where to grow your trees. Water deeply during summer.
Avocados are self-fertile, but if you want good crops it is best to plant at least two compatible trees. If space is limited you could try growing them in the same hole and let the trunks twist around each other.
As avocados are evergreen, you can plant any time of year.
*My own personal tip is to take great care of your young avocado trees by protecting them from direct summer sun and shelter them from the wind for their first few years. Create a hessian shelter for them. You can remove it when your trees are about two metres tall.*
Growing a green mature crop before planting your avocado tree will enrich the soil giving your new plant the best start. Feed young plants with small amounts of organic fertilizer regularly (about every 8 weeks) during the growing season. Spread the fertilizer evenly around each tree going just further out than the canopy drip line.
For mature trees, fertilize with 10 litres of organic poultry manure per tree applied on top of a layer of organic mulch.
Avocados won’t ripen until they are picked or they have fallen from the tree. This is of great benefit as it means you can have a long season. You can start to harvest them when they are quite immature – even fruit as small as a golf ball. They won’t taste as nutty or rich, but you can still enjoy them.
You can leave fruit on the tree until it falls naturally, which will give you a long harvesting time.
If you have the space you might consider growing several varieties that fruit at different times of the year and you will have a year-round supply of this wonderful, healthy fruit.
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