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Top 10 Herbs For Weightloss

Herbs can be beneficial to weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. They are used as appetite suppressants, to increase metabolism and have also been known to reduce fat tissue.  

Ginseng- Known for its energy boosting properties, it can actually help increase metabolism and helps combat fatigue.
Green Tea- Helps with digestion, boosts metabolism and helps reduce fat.
Cinnamon- Has the ability to balance blood sugar levels. It can also keep cholesterol in check. 
Cayenne Pepper- Decreases calorie intake, helps the body to rid fat naturally.
Ginger- Ginger helps with weight loss by cleansing the digestive system. Removing waste and toxins from the digestive tract will help prevent further weight gain.
Dandelion- Packed full of fiber, beta carotene, vitamin K and many more minerals. They are liver cleansing, reduce blood sugar and cholesterol. They slow digestion and can make you feel full for longer.
Black Pepper- Blocks the formation of fat cells. When combined with cayenne pepper can burn calories equivalent to taking a long walk.
Turmeric- One of the superfoods, it has been shown to stop the production of fat cells.
Cumin- Great for digestion. Has energizing properties and can help improve type 2 diabetes.
Cardamom- Can help burn fat and boost metabolism.

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10 Herbs and Spices For Smoothies + Health Benefits of Each

Here are 10 herbs and spices that you should be adding to smoothies for maximum health.
Thanks to Dave Sommers and for this image.

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1.)*Rosemary - is a great cancer fighter and antioxidant -

2.)*Cayenne Pepper - 
Rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines.
- Boosts circulation and increases heart action.
- Enhances cardiovascular performance.
- Helps with stiff arthritic joints.
- Helps with lower back pain.
- A natural way to treat fibromyalgia.
- Good for arthritis prevention and symptoms.
- Helps with nerve pain from shingles and sciatica.
- Strengthens digestion.
- Helps with psoriasis. 

3.)*Turmeric - 
The health benefits of turmeric include:
Helps prevent gas, Helps prevent cancer, Natural Antibiotic, Aids in weight management, Natural antiseptic, Reduces the side effects of chemo, Natural analgesic, Improves skin conditions, Speeds up wound healing, Anti-arthritic, Lowers cholesterol, Improves asthma, Heals stomach ulcers, Helps coughs and is a good Blood Purifier.

4.)*Mint - 
Is a powerful healer:
Digestive:  Indigestion, cramps, and morning sickness are all treatable with fresh mint juice.  It can also be used to treat irritable bowl syndrome.  Mint is also effective at treating diarrhea when the oils from the plant are used.
Skin:  Mint oil can be applied to pimples, skin rashes, sunburn, and bug bites.  The oils from mint leaves can also relieve hemorrhoid pain.
Respiratory:  Fresh mint clears out the sinuses and even helps with asthma and bronchitis.  Mint is an ingredient in many cough drops and cough medicines because it helps relieve a soar throat.
Women's Health:  Mint extract can be taken prior to and leading up to menstruation to lessen painful cramps.
Joints:  Mint oil can be applied topically to relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
Mint oil is an effective antiseptic!

5.)*Cilantro - 
Prevents urinary tract infections, Protects against salmonella, Fights nausea, Rich in phytonutrients, iron, and magnesium and Good source of fiber. It's also a great Anti inflammatory, Lowers blood sugar, Reduces menstrual cramping and hormonal mood swings. Helps remove heavy metals from the body and Lowers cholesterol.

6.)*Cinnamon -
Cinnamon has been known to beat acne when applied as a mask with some raw honey. Cinnamon and honey are a huge healing duo.  Thought to be a brain simulating spice, many claim that eating cinnamon or candy containing cinnamon before and during an exam will help to boost brain function and memory while also reducing nervous tension.  Cinnamon is believed to help prevent heart disease by aiding lowering bad LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.  Cinnamon may help to naturally relieve migraine headaches as well.  Women can benefit from cinnamon, which helps to treat discomfort associated with menstruation.  If you have diabetes or need to lose excess weight, cinnamon may be a helpful natural remedy.  It has been shown to naturally balance blood sugar levels while stimulating increased insulin production.  Cinnamon is believed to also battle various types of cancer cells in the body.  Cinnamon can be added to food as a natural preservative due to it's antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.  In fact, cinnamon is believed to be able to kill e-coli bacteria in unprocessed fruit juices as well.  Cinnamon has been used by the Chinese for centuries for treating multiple illnesses and to increase energy and vitality, and is considered as nothing short of a wonder spice! 
Skin: Cinnamon can be taken internally and or applied topically to the skin, often combined with raw honey, to make an effective and natural acne fighting mask.
Natural Preservative: When added to your meals, cinnamon helps prevent bacterial growth and prolongs the life of your leftovers.
Feminine: Cinnamon has been shown to reduce the discomfort associated with menstrual cramps.
Mind: Easing nervous tension and reducing memory loss are added benefits, boosting brain activity while tasting amazing!
Nutrition: Packed with manganese, fiber, calcium and iron.
Cinnamon is also a great Anti-inflammatoryAntifungalAntiparasitic Antibacterial:

7.)*Ginger -
A few ways ginger impacts your health (video)


1. In Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Ginger is a powerful weapon in the treatment. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
2. Colon Cancer Prevention: A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
3. Morning Sickness: A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
4. Motion Sickness Remedy: Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.
5. Reduces Pain and Inflammation: One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammato ry properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
6. Heartburn Relief: Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
7. Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment: Ginger has long been used as a naturaltreatmen t for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in thecase of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
8. Migraine Relief Research: has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
9. Menstrual Cramp Relief: In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.
10. Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy: A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).


Most spices are excellent sources of antioxidants, but cloves are the richest source of them all. The numerous   health benefits of cloves have been known for centuries. Cloves have antiseptic and germicidal properties that help fight infections, relieve digestive problems and arthritis pain. Cloves can also help with - High cholesterol - Cough and Cold - Muscle Spasms - Toothaches - Indigestion - Labor pain - Infections - Diarrhea - Nausea - Bloating - Ulcers - Sores or even Colic. Read more at 

9.)*Vanilla -
Regulates menstruation:  Adding vanilla extract to your diet could help if you have irregular menstruation cycles.
Reduces stress and anxiety:  Adding vanilla extract to a glass of water or milk can help calm you and reduce stress.  Since stress causes other health problems, reducing stress is getting at the cause.  Vanilla has even been used as a treatment for depression.
Helps with nausea:  One of the more popular applications for vanilla is as a natural stomach settler.  Again, put a few drops of vanilla extract in a glass of water and slowly drink it down when your stomach is upset.  It is also believed that vanilla extract can be used to treat fevers.
Helps with losing weight:  Some studies point to even just smelling vanilla extract as possibly helpful with losing excess weight, though nutrition is the foundation to weight loss.

10.)*Nutmeg -
Aides with sleep,  adds flavor and immune boosting effects to food and smoothies. Add Nutmeg, water and honey into a paste and use to clear your skin. Helps with digestion, anti-bacterial, protects teeth and gums (nutmeg oil),  Combined with cinnamon, it makes a powerful antiseptic, antimicrobial paste. Nutmeg helps keep the brain sharp. It contains a natural compound (myristicin) which is known to protect your brain against diseases such as Alzheimers. The essential oil of nutmeg helps relieve muscular and joint pain. *Apply  to area of swelling and discomfort. In holistic medicine, nutmeg is often prescribed to improve blood circulation and treat kidney infection. Traditional healers believe it also strengthens the liver.
A note of caution:  All you need is a tiny dusting of it to get the taste and health benefits.  Overuse of nutmeg is known to cause palpitations, sweating, hallucination and other discomforts, so do use this wonder spice in moderation.

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Interview With Monsanto

Monsanto's CEO Presents at Sanford Bernstein 29th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference (Transcript)

We have taken this small segment out of the transcript that Monsanto CEO recently had with Jeremy Redenius. We feel this is very important as it is a glimpse into the mind of the man behind Monsanto and their plans for the next few years.

May 29 2013, Hugh Grant - Chairman, President and CEO of Monsanto:

"Thank you, Jeremy. Thank you. Good morning. I’m really grateful to the Sanford Bernstein team for the invitation to come back this year. It’s a conference I look forward to and I look forward to because a focuses on strategic decisions and how those are made, and I’m going to spend a bit of time today looking our strategy and looking forward. So Monsanto is in growth mode. We see significant growth in the years ahead. We are a technology company. We are technology play and we apply a range of technologies on a range of platforms to increase yield in agriculture that’s kind of what we do everyday. Today, particularly in the last five years we are operating on more platforms, so more crops on more global markets than ever before. And we are in the midst of strong year, where we confirm that momentum this morning, and we see as we looking the end of this year, we see the opportunity for another year of 20% year-on-year growth. And even at this early point, as we wrap up the third quarter or come up at the end of third quarter, as we look into the coming year, we see the opportunity for good mid-teens growth next year as well. So we are optimistic about the growth in this segment. So today I’m going to take a little bit time and look at layers of growth and how they play out across our key crops and increasingly across our key geographies. So I will be looking forward that’s my intention and I’m as we always there is non-GAAP reconciliation in our, at the end of this presentation and also in our press release that came out this morning. So let me begin, what this, yeah, just move on the slide, yeah. Thank you. Let me begin with a snapshot of this year. We are now in the last days of Q3, so third quarter is getting close throughout up, this morning we increased guidance again to $4.50 to $4.55. So we are on track for another year of 20% year-on-year growth and the sources of that growth, if you look at this year, there is two or three key sources of growth in cotton, which is our lead platform. We see another year of record volume and we will project mid-teens sales growth in our cotton platform this year and we also saw a nice contribution in our crop protection businesses particularly in Roundup and that’s the platform is really solidifying compared to few years ago. So good growth and Roundup. If you look at the quarters and there is going to be bit of shift this year, I would expect, our third quarter will be a little bit smaller, our fourth quarter will be a little bit bigger. But the bottom line if you look at the year in its totality even certain year in the Roundup for the closing this third quarter and it’s going to be phenomenal year. And in 2014 we see the continuation of growth despite closing this year on bigger numbers. So we see the layers have been build this year playing through ’14 and through ’15, I think, that’s a good set out for the conversation today." - 

Read the full mind blowing transcript. (sorry for the investment ads on their page)

So Monsanto thinks it's in growth mode. They say they are having a great year. Their leading product is GMO cotton and best selling product is Roundup. So there you have it. Read the full transcript to see their full strategy plans for this year to 2015. Keep your friends close....


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