Grapefruit: The grapefruit first appeared in the 18th century, as a result of crossing a pomelo and an orange. People called it “grapefruit” because it grows in clusters, similar to grapes. The nutrients grapefruit contains may help promote healthy skin and protect against various conditions. They may also play a role in weight maintenance. Grapefruit is low in calories but very rich in nutrients. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Grapefruit is low on the glycemic index. This means that it provides nutrients but does not have a significant negative impact on a person’s blood sugar levels. One study from 2013 describes grapefruit as “significantly associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.” The authors also note that grapefruit contains naringin. They go on to say that naringin appears to have similar properties to an inhibitor that doctors use to improve glucose tolerance in people with type 2 diabetes. grapefruit may help improve blood pressure and lipid (fat) levels in the blood. There is a link between high blood pressure, lipid levels, and obesity. the nutrients in grapefruit have long term benefits for weight control and obesity prevention.
Ginger: Antioxidants and other nutrients in ginger may help prevent or treat arthritis, inflammation, and various types of infection. Researchers have also studied its potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, and other health problems. Ginger is also known to Reducing gas and improving digestion, Relieving nausea, Easing a cold or the flu, Relieving pain, Reducing inflammation, Supporting cardiovascular health,
Cinnamon: Some studies have suggested that the compounds in cinnamon have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial properties, and that they might offer protection from cancer and cardiovascular disease, among other conditions. However, more evidence is needed to confirm cinnamon’s benefits
Cardamom: Cardamom contains phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Some studies suggest that cardamom could help with some aspects of metabolic syndrome.
Star Anise: is rich in a variety of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds that may contribute to its medicinal capacity. Star anise has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and has also been accepted into some Western medicine practices more recently. Its rise in popularity is largely driven by its antimicrobial properties and pharmacological potential.
Lemons: Vitamin C is essential for health, and a deficiency can lead to health problems. The early explorers knew this and took lemons on their long voyages to help prevent or treat scurvy, a life-threatening condition that was common among sailors. Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids, which are antioxidants. Antioxidants help remove free radicals that can damage cells from the body. These nutrients can help prevent diseases and boost health and wellbeing.
MONKFRUIT: Monk fruit is 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. A monk fruit sweetener has several benefits when compared with sugar:
- Zero calories. Monk fruit extract contains no calories, which is helpful for people on diets that restrict a person’s caloric intake.
- Zero carbohydrates. The extract also contains no carbohydrates, which may make it ideal for people on low-carb or keto diets.
- Zero sugar. There is no sugar in pure monk fruit extract, which means that consuming it will not affect blood sugar levels.
- No harmful side effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers monk fruit sweeteners to be generally regarded as safe. There appears to be no evidence that monk fruit sweeteners cause harmful side effects.
Grand-Marnier (cognac): According to an article in Livestrong, there is scientific evidence that Cognac may be good for you in moderation.
- These benefits include:
- -increase antioxidant levels that can prevent risk of clogged arteries, heart disease, cancer and vision loss and may even help the body absorb other antioxidants.
- -may reduce risk for blood clots.
- -may limit risk for type 2 diabetes and gallstones.
- Any of these potential health benefits, however, are negated if Cognac is consumed immoderately – i.e. one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men. Anything more than that increases health risk.