Weekend Challege: Explore Dr. Duke's Database

Friday, June 7, 2013

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For the last 11 weeks, I have been studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  One of the things I love about this program is the variety of guest lecturers.  Every week we have 5-10 recordings (either audio or video) to review.  One lecture that has really stuck with me was by David Wolfe.  He did an entire lecture about superfoods, which I will go into greater detail in a later post (as I just bought a few of the ingredients today!).  He mentioned a botanical database that shares a vast amount of knowledge about the healing powers of different plants (among other info).

This weekend, I encourage you to explore Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database.    You can search by plant or by a specific chemical.  For example, if you are a woman and want to take more iron during your menstrual cycle, you can search for plants that contain iron and then supplement your diet naturally.

Or if you are a vegetarian or vegan, check out this list of plants with protein.  Keep clicking through as each chemical then links to 'biological activities' which tells you what the chemical does (anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, sedative, sunscreen, fungicide).

Unfortunately, the database isn't full of pretty photographs so it can be a little intimidating.  Set yourself a goal of exploring for at least 15 minutes.  Let me know if you find anything interesting or surprising.  Here is a list of suggested plants to search for:

Spirulina
Aloe
Mallow
Chia
Cacao
Kale
Parsley

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