Blue-green algae are microscopic plants which are more closely akin to bacteria than to seaweed. The popular blue-green algae, spirulina, is currently cultivated and harvested on an industrial scale in the ocean and lakes of several countries. It is commonly sold as a general nutritional supplement or weight-loss agent.
Spirulina (including Spirulina maxima and S. platensis) contains a variety of nutrients, such as protein, a variety of B vitamins and minerals, the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin E, and phycocyanin.
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While the common rose originated in Iran, cultivation of the fragrant flower took off in Europe in the 1800’s with the introduction of roses from China that had an amazing ability to bloom repeatedly throughout the summer and into late autumn. Rose bushes have become one of the most popular garden shrubs, bearing flowers in a variety of colors: red, white, pink, yellow, orange, and burgundy. Currently, there are thousands of rose varieties and hybrids that have been developed for their bloom shape, color, size, and fragrance. Some even lack thorns.
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There are about 350 species of thyme. Since they readily hybridize (blend with other species) in cultivation, their classification is quite complex. Many produce good garden plants, which are easy to grow and exhibit fragrant foliage and small pink or lilac flowers. Although the flowers are small, they’re numerous and produce copious amounts of bee-pleasing nectar. Some of the finest-flavored honey comes from thyme plants.
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Rich in color, flavor, and medicinal value
Red raspberries are a popular fruit commonly used in fruit juices, fruit salads, jams and preserves, fruit syrups, breakfast bars, tarts, and other foodstuffs. Red raspberries also contain many health-promoting properties.
The versatile red raspberry, along with the strawberry and blackberry, is loaded with vitamin C and many potent phenolic antioxidants, such as flavonoids, tannins, and anthocyanin pigments. The anthocyanins in the berries have anti-inflammatory activity. The berries also exhibit antiviral and antibacterial activity against a number of viruses and bacteria.
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For better eyesight and improved circulation
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a low-gro wing deciduous shrub that is native to northern Europe. Bilberries belong to the heath family, and are very closely related to blueberries and other small fruits of importance such as cranberries and huckleberries. The bilberry plant is also known by other names, including European blueberry, huckleberry, hurtleberry, and whortleberry.
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There is more to it than the sting
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is one plant you learn about quickly when you walk into it. The serrated leaves and stems are covered with stinging hairs that contain histamine, serotonin, and acetylcholine. When the stinging hairs are touched, they can cause local irritation and a burning sensation that may last for several hours. Fortunately, the stinging hairs on the plant are inactivated by drying or cooking the plant.
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For Prostate Problems
About 10 million American men are thought to suffer from the effects of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. This condition, seen in men over 45 years of age, causes diminished urinary flow that results from the nonmalignant enlargement of the prostate gland. About one in every two men over age 70 is thought to have symptoms of BPH.
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