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Artichoke (globe)


This thistle type of vegetable has tremendous benefits for the liver, heart, blood vessels, collagen and bones. Read more


17 January 2018 at 15:57 (Greenwich mean time)


Recreational drug dangers


Side effects, nutrient deficiencies and long term health disorders can be caused by recreational drugs. Some can even cause death the first time of use due to the cheap toxic ingredients and chemicals used to produce them. Often poisonous substances are cut with drugs to make more cash from selling them on the street. Read more


15 January 2018 at 15:57 (Greenwich mean time)



Agave and agave nectar


The agave plant contains polysaccharides which are bactericidal, and saponins and sapogenins that have antibiotic, fungicidal and antiviral properties, however, agave syrup, which has been refined, contains very little nutritional value and very high sugar content. Consumption of refined agave syrup can lead to weight gain and the storage of dangerous visceral body fat due to its exceedingly high fructose content. Read more


14 January 2018 at 23:02 (Greenwich mean time)


The health benefits of apricots


Apricots are one of the most nutrient dense fruits there are and many of these nutrients can help protect the colon, digestive system, eyes and heart and protect the body against and fight off cancer.


Vitamin B17 and its proven ability to fight cancer


The seeds and stones of fruits such as apricots and peaches and some nuts contain high amounts of vitamin B17 and are one of the main courses of food in cultures such as Navajo Indians, Hunzas, Abkhasians and many more. Within these tribes there has never been a reported case of cancer. Some people with cancer have stayed with some of these tribes and their cancer has disappeared after just a few months of eating the same diet as them. Read more




A bioflavonoid with many powerful health benefits. Read more




A nutrient similar to the B vitamins which is vital to life and health. Read more



11 January 2018 at 08:05 (Greenwich mean time)


Natural remedies for chickenpox and shingles


Chicken pox is caused by the varicella zoster virus and mainly affects children and shingles (herpes zosta) affects adults that have been infected by the chicken pox virus and may reoccur many times. Read more




This is a compound found in chillii peppers that has many medicinal and health benefits. Read more


10 January 2018 at 21:41 (Greenwich mean time)


The important of vitamin E


Vitamin E is essential to many body processes including the immune system, hormone production and balance and cell respiration. Read more


Hormones and their function in the body


Hormones are important chemical messengers made by the body from amino acids and various other components, including cholesterol, as and when they are required to coordinate biological processes between different cells, tissues and organs. Read more


The amazing health benefits of tiger nuts


Tiger nuts are not actually nuts but tiny tubers that are grown in crops similar to potatoes but actually resemble grasses. They are poacked with rich nutrients and fibre making them one of the best 'super-foods' there is. Read more


02 January 2018 at 11:09 (Greenwich mean time)


The amazing health benefits of lemons


The abundance of phyto-chemical antioxidants and soluble, as well as insoluble, dietary fibre is helpful in the reduction of the risk for many chronic diseases like arthritis and coronary heart disease and can help with weight loss and obesity. Lemon also helps to regulate blood pressure and can alleviate depression, anxiety and symptoms of stress. There are around10 times more vitamins in lemon peel than in the juice and in citrus fruits, bioflavonoids are found in the white pith material just beneath citrus peel. Read more


Raw juice therapy

When trying to lose weight, people often cut back on food intake whilst increasing their physical activities. Due to this, there is a danger of losing excessive amounts of water-soluble nutrients through perspiration, such as vitamins C and the B complex and important minerals, which they often fail to replace. This can lead to many health disorders including weakening of the immune system, slower repair of tissues, lack of energy, mental problems including anxiety, depression and insomnia, bone and joint issues and so on. This is because these nutrients are absolutely vital to many important processes within the body.

One of the fastest ways to lose weight, but still maintain nutrient levels, is to purchase a powerful (minimum 900 watt) Nutribullet blender which can puree fruit, herbs, vegetables, seeds and spices together. This can provide a highly nutritious and enjoyable way to consume the foods that will not only enable faster weight loss but also help the body cleanse itself of toxins. Think of it like your daily natural medicine in a long refreshing drink that is going to enhance your immune system and metabolism (and hence energy levels) and help to flush waste products from the blood, kidneys and liver especially after the indulgences of the festive season. Read more and see recipes

31 December 2017 at 22:30 (Greenwich mean time)


Natural treatments for colds, coughs and influenza


There is a new powerful strain of the influenza virus that has just arrived in the UK, also known as the Aussie virus as it originated in Australia, which has proved especially dangerous to the elderly, very young and those with compromised immune systems. There are some natural ways to help the body fight off this virus and greatly reduce symptoms. Read more


17 December 2017 at 22:30 (Greenwich mean time)


Tobacco dangers and how to stop naturally


Promoting tobacco smoking was probably one of mankind's biggest mistakes which has cost the health and lives of millions since it was first introduced and yet is still a legal substance to possess, sell and use. There are many natural foods and nutrients that can help the smoker stop and repair their damaged body. Read more


Natural remedies and substances that are toxic to pets


There are many commonly used household products, human foods and plants which are toxic to animals and most people are unaware of them all. When animals are sick natural remedies are especially effective as they do not cause side effects like prescribed medications can. Read more


15 December 2017 at 06:42 (Greenwich mean time)


Gall bladder disorders

The gallbladder organ is a small pear-shaped muscular sack that acts as a storage tank for bile. The bile is made in the liver by liver cells and is sent through tiny ducts or canals to the duodenum (small intestine) and to the gallbladder. The gallbladder stores the bile to have it available in larger quantities for secretion when a meal is eaten. The ingestion of food and especially fats cause the release of a hormone, cholecystokinin, which in turn signals the relaxation of the valve at the end of the common bile duct which lets the bile enter the small intestine. It also signals the contraction of the gallbladder which squirts the concentrated liquid bile into the small intestine where it helps with the emulsification or breakdown of fats in the meal.

Gallbladder attacks can be both very painful and frightening but there are many natural medicinal foods that can manage gallbladder disease to help prevent both surgery and the discomfort of gallbladder colic and to eliminate gallstones. Read more

10 December 2017 at 09:38 (Greenwich mean time)


Adzuki beans


Adzuki beans are particularly useful for weight loss and colon, digestive and heart health and are one of the legumes that will not cause flatulence. Read more


05 December 2017 at 10:52 (Greenwich mean time)


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Isoleucine (amino acid)


Isoleucine has the second most important role in the branch chain amino acids combination. The others being leucine and valine. This amino acid is beneficial to the repair of muscles and increases endurance. Read more


29 November 2017 at 05:00 (Greenwich mean time)



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Bananas are one of the best natural sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since the average banana contains 467 mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis. In addition to these cardiovascular benefits, the potassium found in bananas may also help to promote bone health. Potassium can counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by a high-salt diet thus helping to prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate. Read more


19th October 2017 at 16:21 (Greenwich mean time)


Serotonin (neurotransmitter)


Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter and hormone that plays important roles in regulating memory, mood, learning, sleep, pain sensitivity and blood pressure as well as appetite and body temperature. There are two types of serotonin in the body. Peripheral serotonin and central serotonin and these play opposite roles in the regulation of energy homeostasis. The functions of serotonin in energy homeostasis range from central control of food intake to direct regulation of adipose tissue activity in the periphery. Many studies have shown that there is increased serotonin production and blood serotonin levels when diabetes or obesity are factors. Read more


15th October 2017 at 21:22 (Greenwich mean time)


Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)


Find out the functions, deficiency symptoms and highest natural sources of vitamin D


Vitamin B10 (Pteroylmonoglutamic acid)


Find out the functions, deficiency symptoms and highest natural sources of vitamin D


13th October 2017 at 18:21 (Greenwich mean time)


Pineapple, ginger and cinnamon smoothie


This powerful anti-inflammatory smoothie contains nutrients that will help the body repair itself especially knee joints, ligaments and tendons such as beta-carotene,  bromelain, calcium, copper, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, K and zinc. Read more


Vitamin D (Secosteroids)


Find out the functions, deficiency symptoms and highest natural sources of vitamin D and why levels must be checked between October and April in those that reside in the northern hemisphere especially after the age of 50.


Vitamin K (K1 phylloquinone, K2 menaquinone and K3 menadione)


Find out the functions, deficiency symptoms and highest natural sources of vitamin K and why prebiotic and probiotic foods are vital for bone and heart health. 


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Nat H Hawes

Nat H Hawes SNHS Dip (advanced and sports nutrition) is the author of the 1130 paged book, Nature Cures, and many others in the Nature Cures pocketbook series such as

  1. Air-purifying House Plants - Read more and order yours

  2. Grow Your Own Health Garden - Read more and order yours

  3. Nature's Colour Codes -  Read more and order yours

  4. Let Roots be Your Medicine - Read more and order yours

  5. Recovery From Injury, Surgery and Infection - Due for publication January 2018

She has been researching natural foods and their health benefits since 2003 and adding her findings to this website ever since. Please send an email if you would like to be informed when the new books are published: health@naturecures.co.uk

"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC


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