Category Archives: Health

Is it Best to Eat Before or After a Workout?

By MCNS Staffimages

Should you eat before or after a workout? This question is even more important if a person exercises first thing in the morning. Nutrition and exercise are very important factors for a person’s overall health and proper nutrition can fuel your exercise as well as aid the body in recovery.

So what’s the verdict? According to, it depends on multiple factors, and perhaps the dominant consideration is your personal preference. For further detail, click here.

Pollen, Nature’s Natural Steroid

By The Swahili Scientists

Bee pollen helps build muscle along with many other health benefits.

Bee pollen helps build muscle along with many other health benefits.

Bodybuilders, as the name suggests, focus upon building muscle, however this can be done in a healthier way. The most effective way to achieve this is by weight training combined with a healthy diet. Therefore, bee pollen and weight training are considered by many body builders to be an excellent combination to increase muscle while adding excellent nutrition to their diet at the same time.

It is fairly easy for people to obtain enough protein to be healthy, given that protein is present in legumes, beans, peas, grains, nuts seeds, spirulina and many vegetables. However, bodybuilders need considerably more protein than other people because again their focus is to build muscle. Weight training increases a person’s need for protein, which is the key nutrient for body builders. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and they are essential for building and repairing muscle tissue.

Bee pollen is a superfood that contains all 22 amino acids, enzymes, coenzymes, B vitamins, fatty acids and minerals. At a basic level, it is pollen from flowers that is collected by bees and then mixed with their saliva to form granules.

Bee pollen is also a powerful source of nutrition as it has a high protein content of around 40% and contains more than 96 different nutrients necessary for human life. It is comprised of approximately 55% carbohydrates, 35% protein, 2% essential fatty acids, 3% minerals and vitamins which include vitamins A, C, D, E and B-Complex, enzymes, co-enzymes as well as lecithin (fat burner) selenium and beta carotene. Bee pollen also contains 3 BCAA (Branded Chain Amino Acids), which are directly absorbed and metabolized in the muscles.

Bee pollen also increases energy and stamina and balances the metabolism, which in turn stabilizes a person’s appetite as well as their weight. So a person can not only build muscle but also control their appetite and weight in order to develop a lean, muscular, healthy body.

Pine pollen can also be used to build muscle. The key word here is pollen. Pine pollen is not a stimulating drug nor does it contain stimulants, however it is more energizing than caffeine. Pine pollen also aids in recovery time from exercise as well as in building lean muscle. Therefore, a person will need less sleep and wake up feeling more refreshed.

If a person is allergic to pollen or spores, it is recommended that they try local bee pollen. Additionally, it is used to relieve respiratory problems such as bronchitis, sinusitis and colds. It helps balance the hormones, which helps address menstrual problems in women and prostate problems in men by reducing BPH inflammation and improving urine flow.

Also, there are no known side effects from taking pine pollen, however adolescents (under 20) should avoid using pine pollen powder given their increasing hormone levels. Some people are allergic to pollen. This is usually a sign that their liver needs cleaning and that their adrenal glands need to be strengthened. Therefore, it is recommended that someone with this concern start by take a very small amount first, then observe how their body responds.

Rose Fruit and Its Many Healing Properties

Rose apple fruit comes in many colors yet they have the same astounding medicinal effects.

Rose apple fruit comes in many colors yet they have the same astounding medicinal effects.

By MCNS Staff

Rose apple juice is considered to be one of the healthiest natural remedies because it possesses unique healing properties. It has been linked to helping with diabetes, cleansing the liver, and aiding in digestion among other properties.

The fruit has been juiced and consumed for a long time, particularly in Asia however it is just now being used for the last few years in the US. For more on the rose fruit and its healing properties, click here.

21 Year Old Vegan Serves Low-Income Brooklyn Community

By MCNS Staff

Francesca "Sol" Chaney in front of Sol Sips.

Francesca “Sol” Chaney in front of Sol Sips.

In so-called inner-city communities, particularly in those that are lower income, access to healthy food options is very limited. Largely, what we see in our communities around the country are food deserts. Even in communities that aren’t low-income, it is oftentimes easier and much cheaper to find a fast food hamburger, especially when a healthy smoothie costs $10.

Twenty-one-year-old Francesca “Sol” Chaney, a black woman, was clear was clear about this inequality and felt that it was altogether unfair. Therefore, she created Sol Sips in Brooklyn which provides nutrient dense beverages and foods. Whole meals are offered on a sliding scale that can run from $7-15 which include a beverage (and that’s New York prices).

She has plans of expanding her business and has begun seeking outside capital through Gofundme. For more on Chaney and Sol Sips, click here.