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The Many Health Advantages Of Corriander leaves

Coriander leave is also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley. It is always used as a seasoning condiment. In addition, coriander leaves water is beneficial for kidney patients. Therefore it is considered both a spice and a herb.

Beneficial properties

Coriander leave is full of phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. Coriander leaves and seeds contain various essential oils that make this herb useful for usage in traditional medicines. It is anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and is a very good source of vitamins A, C, K.

What’s more, coriander leave has some diuretic and detoxifying ingredients. Coriander leave is a natural cleaner of the kidney. Besides, The properties of anti-oxidants, rich phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins in coriander leaves all work significantly to boost the body’s overall immunity system and protect kidneys from infections.

The health benefits of coriander include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation , high cholesterol levels,diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia,coriander11 indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care.

Coriander, commonly known as Dhania in the Indian Subcontinent and Cilantro in the Americas and some parts of Europe, “Ebolo” in South West of Nigeria, is an herb that is extensively used around the world as a condiment, garnish, or decoration on culinary dishes. Its scientific name is Coriandrum Sativum L. Its leaves and fruits have a recognizable and pleasant aroma and are commonly used raw or dried for culinary applications.

Nutritional Value of Coriander

Its uses in global food preparation is only the tip of the iceberg. Unbeknownst to many people, coriander is packed with potential health benefits that most people completely miss when they toss this garnish into the garbage after eating their meal. It has eleven components of essential oils, six types of acids (including ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin-C), minerals and vitamins, each having a number of beneficial properties. A more complete list is given below.

Health benefits of coriander leaves

Skin inflammation: Cineole, one of the 11 components of the essential oils, and linoleic acid, are both present in coriander, and they possess antirheumatic and antiarthritic properties. They help to reduce the swelling that is caused by these two conditions. For other swelling conditions, such as swelling due to kidney malfunction or anemia, it is also seen to be effective to some extent, because some of the components in coriander help the induce urination and the release of excess water from the body. The reduction in skin inflammation can lead to increased functioning, a reduction in discomfort, and an improvement in skin appearance.

Skin disorders: The disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties of coriander are ideal for clearing up skin disorders such as eczema, dryness and fungal infections.

Low cholesterol levels: Some of the acids present in coriander, like linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin-C) are very effective in reducing the cholesterol levels in the blood. They also reduce the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) deposition along the inner walls of the arteries and veins, which can lead to serious cardiovascular issues like artherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. More importantly, coriander helps to raise the levels of healthy cholesterol (HDL), which works as a preventative line of defense against a number of dangerous conditions.coriander

Diarrhea: Some of the components of essential oils found in coriander such as Borneol and Linalool, aid in digestion, proper functioning of the liver and bonding of bowels, while also helping to reduce diarrhea. It is also helpful in curing diarrhea caused by microbial and fungal action, since components like Cineole, Borneol, Limonene, Alpha-pinene & beta-phelandrene have antibacterial effects.

Coriander is also increasingly popular as a means of preventing nausea, vomiting, and other stomach disorders. Its wealth of bioactive compounds means that new health benefits are always being discovered in this power-packed plant.

In addition to these health aspects of the stomach, fresh coriander leaves are excellent appetizers to get your bowels prepared for a large meal.

Blood pressure: Consuming coriander has been shown to positively reduce blood pressure in many patients suffering from hypertension. The interaction of Calcium ions and cholinergic, a neurotransmitter in the peripheral and central nervous system, more commonly know as acetylcholine. The interaction of these two elements relaxes blood vessel tension, thereby reducing the chances of a number of cardiovascular conditions, including heart attacks and strokes.

Mouth ulcers: Citronelol, a component of essential oils in coriander, is an excellent antiseptic. Additionally, other components have antimicrobial and healing effects which keep wounds and ulcers in the mouth from worsening. They help speed up the healing process of ulcers and also freshen breath. Although not in common use in mainstream products, coriander is often used as an antiseptic component of all-natural toothpastes. In fact, before the invention of toothpaste, people would chew on coriander seeds to reduce bad breath!

Anemia: Coriander is high in iron content, which directly helps people who suffer from anemia. Low iron content in the blood can result in shortness of breath, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, and a decrease in cognitive functions. Iron also benefits proper functions of other organ systems, increases energy and strength, and promotes the health of bones.

Anti-allergic properties: Multiple studies have shown coriander to have strong anti-histamine properties that can reduce the uncomfortable affects of seasonal allergies and hay fever (rhinitis). Coriander oil can also be used to reduce allergic reactions to contact with plants, insects, food, and other substances that may cause allergic reactions on the skin or when consumed. Internally, it can ward off anaphylaxis, hives, and dangerous swelling of the throat and glands. It’s never a bad idea to protect yourself against allergic reactions, especially since it is difficult to know what you might be allergic to, until you come in contact with it for the first time!

Salmonella protection: Salmonella is one of the most dangerous causes of food borne illnesses in the world, so any natural way to protect against it is very important. Coriander has unusually high levels of dodecenal, a natural compound that is actually twice as powerful of an antibiotic than the leading treatment for salmonella-based illness. By adding coriander into your normal diet, you protect your body from horribly uncomfortable, and even fatal, illnesses relating to this deadly bacteria. Coriander is commonly found in salsa to add flavor, so dip a chip and protect yourself from food poisoning, the most common way of describing the effects of salmonella.

Bone health: As a rich source of calcium, coriander is of great value for people who want to protect the integrity of their bones. Calcium and other essential minerals found in coriander are integral components of bone regrowth and durability, as well as in the prevention of bone degradation so commonly associated with debilitating diseases like osteoporosis. Adding even a small amount of coriander to your diet can help to keep your bones healthy and strong for years to come. Calcium is particularly present in the center leaves of coriander, so aim for that part of the plant if bone health is your focus!

Digestion: Coriander, due to the rich aroma from its essential oils, helps in the proper secretion of enzymes and digestive juices in the stomach, thereby stimulating digestion and peristaltic motion. It is also helpful in treating eating disorders like anorexia. Besides the pleasant aroma of coriander, it has certain stimulatory qualities, derived from the minerals and neurotransmitters that are stimulated when coriander is ingested. Studies have shown thatdyspepsia (indigestion)is reduced if coriander is regularly added to the diet. For small children, who have a higher chance of developing abdominal colic than adults, small amounts of coriander in their diet can clear the issue up quickly!

Smallpox: The essential oils in coriander are rich in antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-infectious and detoxifying components and acids. The presence of vitamin-C and iron strengthens the immune system as well. These properties help prevent and cure smallpox, and they can also reduce the pain and have a soothing effect on smallpox patients. In the places left in the world where smallpox outbreaks occur, studies have shown massive amounts of vitamin-C have a definite curative effect on smallpox in hundreds of different cases.

Menstrual disorders: Coriander is a natural stimulant, and it regulates proper secretion from the endocrine glands, and that hormonal impact means that it helps regulate proper menstrual cycles and reduces the associated pain during a woman’s period.

Eye care: Coriander is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin-A, vitamin-C and minerals like phosphorous in its essential oils, which prevents vision disorders, macular degeneration and it reduces strain and stress on the eyes. There is also beta-carotene in the leaves, which prevent a number of other diseases that affect the eye, and can even reverse the effects of vision degradation in aging patients.

Conjunctivitis: As discussed earlier, coriander is a very good disinfectant and has antimicrobial properties that protect the eyes from contagious diseases like conjunctivitis. Coriander oil is one of the fundamental components of a number of eye care products.

Blood sugar and diabetes: Due the stimulating effect of coriander on the endocrine glands, the secretion of insulin is increased from pancreas which subsequently increases the insulin level in the blood. This regulates the proper assimilation and absorption of sugar and the resulting drops in the sugar level in the blood. This property is extremely beneficial for patients who suffer from diabetes and other related conditions, in order to lower their chances of dangerous spikes and drops in their blood sugar levels, and to ensure other normal metabolic functions as well.

Other benefits: Coriander helps cure ulcers, inflammation, spasms, while acting as an expectorant and protecting the liver. It is anticarcinogenic, anticonvulsant, antihistaminic and hypnotic. Coriander is believed to be a natural aphrodisiac and traditionally, it was widely used in certain combinations with other herbs to enhance a person’s libido.

How to make coriander leaves water?

Step 1: Take a bunch of coriander leaves and clean it gently.

Step 2: Cut it into small pieces and put it in a pot.

Step 3: Pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down. Step 4: Filter and pour the water in a clean bottle.

Consumption tips

  1. Wrap cilantro (still with the roots) loosely in a piece of newspaper to keep its moisture.
  2. Store it in a plastic bag in your fridge to preserve it for a longer time.

  3. Put a slice of lemon to get a better taste.

  4. Drink one glass one or two days.

 

Word of Caution: There have been very few dangers associated with coriander, but as with almost any food, there is some danger of allergic reaction to it, and in some cases, it can be irritating to the skin. One of the more unusual side effects is that some patients complain of sunlight sensitivity, and that excessive coriander intake makes them more susceptible to sunburn, which could subsequently lead to skin cancer over the long term.

Coriander leaves (cilantros) contain a high level of potassium. For kidney failure patients with hyperkalemia, they should avoid eating coriander or limit the intake of it.

Pregnant women should not take coriander until more established research is done, although some women have claimed that it increases their production of breast milk flow. It is best to be safe, so speak with a doctor before adding coriander to your diet, and pay attention to the response your body has!

 

source: organicfacts, kidney disease hospital etc

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More facts about EBOLA virus

What’s Ebola?

It’s Bloody

Ebola is what scientists call a haemorraghic fever – it operates by making its victims bleed from almost anywhere on their body. Usually, victims bleed to death from Ebola.

It’s Contagious

Ebola is highly contagious; being transmitted via contact with body fluids such as blood, saliva, semen or body discharges.
Ebola is NOT AIRBORNE!

Really Deadly

About 90% of people that catch Ebola will die from it. It’s one of the deadliest diseases in the world, killing in a few weeks.

Untreatable

This is the sad part – Ebola has no known treatment or cure. Victims are usually treated for symptoms with the faint hope that they recover.

How Do I Know Someone has Ebola?

The symptoms generally take 2 – 21 days to become apparent.
The symptoms are deceptively general – tending to look a lot like malaria or a flu.
One more thing, people aren’t contagious until they display symptoms.

Fever

Headache

Diarrhoea

Vomiting

Weakness

Joint & Muscle Ache

Stomach Pain

Lack of Appetite

 

Protect Yourself

There are a few things to protect yourself and your family.
Don’t mess around with this advice; remember, Ebola has no cure!

Wash Your Hands with Soap

Do this a lot. You can also use a good hand sanitizer. Avoid unnecessary contact!

No Bush Meat & Suya

Bush meat may be carrying the virus. Also avoid suya. Better to restrict yourself to food you prepared yourself.

Disinfect Your Surroundings

The virus cannot survive disinfectants, heat, direct sunlight, detergents and soaps. Clean up!

Fumigate If you Have Pests

Rodents can be carriers of Ebola. Fumigate your environment & dispose of the carcasses properly!

Don’t Touch Carcasses

Dead bodies can still transmit Ebola. Don’t touch them without protective gear or avoid them altogether.

Protect Yourself

Use protective gear if you must care or go near someone you suspect has Ebola.

Report

Report any suspicious symptoms in yourself or anyone else IMMEDIATELY you notice them. Don’t delay!!

Educate Everyone

Tell your neighbours, colleagues and domestic staff. You’re safer when everyone is educated about Ebola.

Spread the Word

We’re all safer when more people know about this so please share this

The Health Advantages Of Salt

Salt is not only critical to your life, but it is one of the basic elements of which your body is made. Like true lovers, the relationship between salt and your health is so intricately involved as to make them impossible to be disentangled or untied. Without salt, you could not exist for a moment. At the fundamental level of the physical body, you are a walking, breathing, salty ocean.

“. . .all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And, when we go back to the sea. . . we are going back to whence we came.” John F. Kennedy

                           

If you are under the impression that salt is just another way to decrease your health and add to your waistline, then you should know there are benefits to adding a little salt to your diet. Salt plays a role in water retention, muscle contraction, and contains nutrients that are vital to your stomach.

The drastic reduction of sodium can be just as harmful as consuming large amounts of it. Too little can cause spasms, irregular heart

rhythms, sudden death and even increase the risk of heart attack in hypertensive patients.

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Understanding the role sodium plays in the body, and the difference between “good” and “bad” sources of sodium, will help you get the bad salt out of your diet while still satisfying your body’s need for a source of high quality sodium.

Salt in moderation is actually very important to your diet. Check out why:

Helps Retain Water in the Body

Our bodies rely on electrolytes, including salt, to help carry out electrical impulses that control many of our bodies’ functions. To keep our bodies functioning as they should, our bodies need the proper amount of electrolytes. Electrolytes trigger thirst mechanism, which cause us to consume adequate amounts of water. With this water, our kidneys are able to keep the appropriate amount of electrolytes in our bloodstream. The amount of water our bodies retain also impact blood pressure. Think about it: a lot of bars and restaurants provide complimentary salty snacks. Why? They make you thirsty and wanting to purchase more drinks!

Stimulates Muscle Contraction

Salt is important to the nerves, as it stimulates muscle contraction; this will also help prevent your muscles from cramping. Salt also keeps calcium and other minerals in the bloodstream. It also stimulates the adrenal glands. Salt is also very important in the prevention of heat prostration and sunstroke, which is very important to remember during hot summer months.

Contains Nutrients Vital to the Digestive System

Salt plays a primary role in the processes of digestion and absorption. Salt activates an enzyme in the mouth called salivary amylase. At this point, the salt allows your taste buds to taste the food. Salt also plays a role in digestion by helping to break down food. Salt also creates hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid is a very important digestive secretion, which lines the stomach walls. Salt actually helps your body digest food, rather than trying to eat itself.

Lack of Salt Is Dangerous

A sodium deficiency is a health condition where a body fails to receive an adequate supply of sodium. Sodium deficiency can become extremely prevalent in excessive temperatures, which cause the body to perspire heavily and patterns of dehydration will set in. Sodium deficiency can lead to shock if the blood pressure is decreased too severely. Salt is important to good nutritional status. Too little can cause disturbances in tissue-water and acid-base balance, which is important to good nutrition.

Remember, diets too high in sodium can lead to high water retention and hypertension. Overall, salt is generally nontoxic to adults, provided it is excreted properly. The maximum amount of sodium that should be incorporated into a healthy diet should range from 2,400-3,000 mg/day.

Aside these, we have come to understand that SALT plays great significant roles in us and our world. I have come to itemize some other benefits of this amazing item in our homes

  • Stabilizes irregular heartbeats
  • Regulates your blood pressure, in conjunction with water
  • Extracts excess acidity from your body’s cells, particularly the brain cells
  • Balances the sugar levels in the blood
  • Generates hydroelectric energy in your body’s cells
  • Increases conductivity in nerve cells for communication and information processing
  • Enhances absorption of nutrients through the intestinal tract
  • Clears mucous plugs and sticky phlegm in the lungs, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis
  • Clears up congestion of the sinuses
  • Provides your body with a strong natural antihistamine
  • Regulates sleep: It is a natural hypnotic
  • Eliminates persistent dry coughs. Put a dash on the tongue
  • Prevents gout and gouty arthritis
  • Helps maintain sexuality and libido
  • Prevents varicose veins and spider veins
  • Provides your body with all essential mineral and every necessary trace mineral it needs to thrive
  • Helps treat emotional disorders
  • Preserves serotonin and melatonin, known antidepressant neurotransmitters
  • Helps the kidney to pass excess acidity into the urine
  • Is a strong anti-stress element for the body
  • Helps maintain muscle tone and strength
  • Stops excess saliva production
  • Strengthens bone structure. Osteoporosis, in many ways, is a result of salt and water shortage in the body
  • Prevents muscle cramps
Nutrition Facts Of Salt
Amount Per 100 grams
 Calories 0
  • Total Fat 0 g 0%
    Saturated fat 0 g 0%
    Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
    Monounsaturated fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
    Sodium 38,758 mg 1614%
    Potassium 8 mg 0%
    Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
    Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
    Sugar 0 g
    Protein 0 g 0%
    Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 2% Iron 1%
    Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
    Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 0%
    *Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

8 Natural Ways To Stabilize Blood Sugar

Blood Sugar Monitor

Blood sugar or glucose is a major source of energy for every cell in your body. Too much or little glucose in your bloodstream can leads to complications such asheart diseasediabetes, fertility problems and memory problems.

Your blood sugar levels associated with the type and amount of foods you eat, and your body’s ability to create insulin – a hormone that regulates energy and glucose metabolism in your body.

Blood sugar or glucose levels need to be regulated as part of metabolic homeostasis because it affects how the body distributes glucose. Normal blood sugar or glucose levels for humans should be about 90 mg/100ml blood or equivalent to 5mM (mmol/l).

While there are many medications available to stabilize blood sugar, you might want to try some natural methods as they don’t have any side effects like hypoglycemia, gastrointestinal discomfort and weight gain.

Here are 8 natural ways that you can take to stabilize blood sugar levels:

  1. Exercise regularly
    Physical activity helps the body control blood glucose. According to a new study conducted by the CDC, brisk walking regularly can prolong the lives of people with diabetes to walk to make the cells more receptive to insulin, which leads to better control blood sugar. Half an hour of walking everyday will help to reduce blood sugar levels. It not only help absorb sugar and blood sugar levels, but also increase your metabolism and overall insulin sensitivity.
  2. Drink Green tea
    Regular consumption of green tea without sugar helps to reduce the glucose from the blood. If you do not drink green tea, then you also can opt for black tea without sweeteners as well. It has same effect as green tea.
  3. Have lemon juice
    Lemon contains vitamin C, that can lower the glycemic index of food enough. Squeeze lemon juice over the food or drink a glass of lemon juice after every meal. Don’t added sugar in it.
  4. Eat smaller portions of food but often
    In order to stabilize blood sugar you should eat small meals and balanced meals every 2-3 hours. This will help avoid blood sugar spikes and a large release of insulin that results after a big meal, and will allow blood sugar to drop a little time in between meals. The size of the food should be reduced according to the total calorie intake has not changed.
  5. Eat high fiber food
    Fiber is the undigested part of fruits, grains, nuts, and vegetables. When eating high fiber foods, glucose is absorbed more slowly, thus lower the blood sugar and preventing the sharp spikes. A diet that includes insoluble fiber has been associated with a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  6. Eat protein-rich foods
    Protein are known to degrade the quality of blood sugar. However, you must choose the white meat. Consuming low-fat dairy products, like low-fat milk and cheese, are also very helpful.
  7. Do not miss Chromium
    Chromium can help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. Chromium is an active component of glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which helps insulin improve its action. Some studies report that chromium supplementation may improve diabetes control. The best source of chromium are eggs, beef and grains.
  8. Laugh
    A study conducted by Japanese researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes who watch comedy shows and laugh immediately after meal blood sugar levels significantly lower than those who attend a boring lecture.

By keeping blood sugar levels within a healthy range you can deduct the risk of developing complications and live a healthy lifestyle.

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5 Best and Worst Drinks for Losing Weight

Best and worst weight loss drinks for losing weightWhen it comes to lose weight, most people only pay attention to the foods they eat but not the beverages they drink. That’s mistake.

In fact, an average person gets a fifth of daily calories from beverages. So what you drink also affect your body weight.

Choosing the right drinks can help you lose weight by increasing your metabolism, curbing your appetite, and reducing your total calorie intake, or vice versa. The following are some best and worst drinks for weight loss:

The Best Drinks for Weight Loss

  1. Water
    Water is definitely the best drink for weight loss. It can help keep you feel full longer and cut down your appetite. A dieter is advised to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.Studies have found that drinking water before a meal causes people to eat less at meals. In addition, new research suggests that drinking plenty of water can have a positive effect on your metabolism.It is estimated that increasing your water intake by two glasses a day can cause a 30% increase in metabolic rate, which in turn increasing the number of calories you burn.
  2. Green tea
    Green tea is the best drink for people who looking for weight loss. Some compounds found in green tea may help in speeding up your metabolism and suppressing your appetite, and thus can lead to weight loss. For optimal benefits, drink green tea twice a day.
  3. Vegetable juice
    As vegetables are naturally low in sugar content and high in fiber, taking the juice can help to suppress the appetite, causing those on juice to eat less.A study has suggests that having one glass of vegetable juice before meals cut down your calorie consumption by about 30 percent.
  4. Green smoothie
    Green smoothie is an ideal weight loss drink as it’s loaded with fiber and low in fat. Making a green smoothie is pretty simple. Just add fresh vegetables, water and some ice into blender, and blend it up. Some of the best ingredients to add into your green smoothies are apples (with skin), blueberries, raspberries, bananascelerycarrotscucumber, and all leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, and kale.It is important to keep your combinations simple. Simple combinations of four or less ingredients are easier to digest.For optimal weight loss benefit, chew your smoothie no matter how weird it feels at first. Because gulping it down without chewing will cause more sugar to enter into your blood stream, making it harder to lose weight.
  5. Coconut water
    Coconut water contains many electrolytes which can increase the rate of metabolism. It is a great substitute for most commercial juices and energy drinks that contain a lot of calories and sugar which can contributes to weight gain.

The Worst Drinks for Weight Loss

  1. Soda
    Soda has a lot of sugar and empty calories. It’s simply calories from sugar. Diet containing too much sugar can lead to weight gain and even obesity.
  2. Energy drinks
    Most energy drinks contain a lot of sugar – about the same amount that’s the soda has. This sugar might give your energy a boost (on top of the caffeine). It’s ok to have sugar–containing drinks once in a while, but consuming too much sugar can cause cavities and weight gain.
  3. Fancy coffeeCoffee with a little sugar and skimmed milk may not be so bad but those with whipped cream give you more calories than a full meal. And this isn’t even to talk about its carb content.If you really want to drink this coffee, make your own at home so you know exactly what is going into it. Use low fat, or even preferably non-dairy milk such almond, and use stevia to sweeten.
  4. Full cream milk 
    This drink is not good for you who want to lose weight as it contains a lot of calories that hinder weight loss.
  5. Alcohol drinks
    Alcohol drinks are loaded with empty calories which may slows your body’s ability to burn fat, making your weight loss goal harder to achieve. So if you want to lose weight, stay away from this drink.

Health Benefits Of Watermelon

The health benefits of water melon include kidney disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart care, heat stroke, muscular degeneration, impotence, etc.

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What’s so much the fuss about this Water Melon? Isn’t it nothing more than a ball full of water? Okay! I know there cannot be a more refreshing thing than a big, chilled wedge of water melon in tropical summers and it sports a stylish scientific name of Citrullus Lanatus. But then there are others too. So, what’s special about it? I am afraid, there are lots of them.

How about having a refreshing glimpse of them? Given below are some health benefits of water melon:

*Kidney Disorders: Water Melon contains a lot of potassium, which is very helpful in cleaning or washing off the toxic depositions in the kidneys. Moreover, it is helpful in reducing concentration of uric acid in the blood, thereby reducing the chances of kidney damages and formation of renal calculi in it. Added to these, being high in water content, it induces frequent urinating, which is again helpful for cleaning of kidneys. Also, the anti oxidants present in ensure good health of kidneys for a long.
*High Blood Pressure: A good amount of Potassium and magnesium, present in water melons, are very good in bringing down the blood pressure. The carotenoids present in them prevent hardening of walls of arteries and veins, thereby helping reduce blood pressure.
*Prevent Heat Stroke: Water melon is effective in reducing your body temperature and blood pressure. Many people in the tropical regions eat the fruit daily in the afternoon during summers to protect themselves from heat stroke. In India, you will find the fruit being sold by vendors in almost every street during summers.
*Diabetes: Diabetes patients, who are supposed to have low energy and low sugar diet, often complaint about starving since they don’t get to eat their staple diet to their full, giving them a feeling of keeping half fed. Water Melons can be a good supplement for them. In spite of being sweet in taste, a thick wedge will give you very few calories, since ninety nine percent of its total 5925136-watermelon-caipirinha--cocktail-with-watermelon-cachaca-rum-sugar-and-lime-isolated-on-white-backgroweight is composed of water and roughage. Moreover, the various vitamins and minerals such as potassium and magnesium help in proper functioning of insulin in the body, thus lowering the blood sugar level. Arginine, another component found in water melons, is very effective in enhancing impact of insulin on sugar. Diabetes patients can also have curries, steaks, salads made from water melon rinds which are even lower in sugar.
*Heart Care: Lypocene, a carotenoid found in abundance in water melon, improves cardiac functions. Beta carotene, known for its remarkable anti oxidant and anti aging properties, also keeps you young at the heart and prevents age related cardiac problems. The roughage in water melon and its very low energy, with help from vitamin-C, Carotenoids and potassium (potassium cuts the risk of a heart attack), help reduce cholesterol and keep your heart safe.
*Macular Degeneration: Leave your worry of eyes on that beta carotene, that vitamin-C and those Lutein and Zeaxanthin. They will ensure protection of your eyes from macular degeneration. They are experts in that. These anti oxidants will protect your eyes from other age related ailments such as drying up of eyes and optical nerves, glaucoma etc.
*Impotence: Arginine, present in water melon, is beneficial in curing erectile dysfunctions.
Other Benefits: Lypocene is found to be effective in preventing cancer, prostrate growth and repair damaged tissues. Water melon seeds are rich in good fats and proteins. Water melons also contain phytonutrients which have very good effect on the health and proper functioning of internal organs, eyes, secretion system etc.

Another benefit of watermelon melon is that it reduces hardening of arteries.

The model used for a study involved mice with diet-induced high cholesterol. One group was just given water to drink while the experimental group was given watermelon juice.

By week eight of the study conducted by the University of Kentucky, mice given watermelon juice had lower body weight than the other group due to decrease of fat mass, according to a varsity statement.

Atherosclerosis occurs when fat, cholesterol and other substances build up in the walls of arteries and form hard structures called plaques. They experienced no decrease in lean mass.

“Melons have many health benefits,” said lead investigator Sibu Saha from Kentucky University. “Our ultimate goal is to identify bioactive compounds that would improve human health.”

15 Health Benefits of Oranges

Oranges are the citrus fruit that belong to the family of Rutaceae, a flowering plant family which also includes pomelo, grapefruit, and tangerine (mandarin orange).

Orange is native to Southeast Asia and now has been cultivated worldwide in warm climate regions. Oranges are classified into two general categories; sweet orange (citrus sinensis)and bitter orange (citrus aurantium). The sweet variety are usually more fragrant, they include Navel, Persian, Valencia variety and blood orange.

Orange is one of the most common and popular fruit in the world. It is well-liked because of its easy availability all year round and it tastes good.

Apart from its delightful taste, oranges are also contain many essential nutrients like Vitamin A, B1, and C. One orange supplies nearly 100% of the recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C. According to calorie count, the nutritional value of one orange (131 grams) is as shown below.

orange nutrition facts

In addition to that, oranges are also a good source of amino acids, beta-carotene, folic acid, pectin, potassium, calcium, iron, iodine, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, chlorine and zinc. An orange packs over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, which have been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and strong anti-oxidant properties.

The combination of the high amount of anti-oxidant (vitamin C) and flavonoids in oranges make it one of the best fruits in helping to promote optimal health. Here are 15 health benefits of oranges:

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  1. Prevent cancer
    A compound found in oranges and other citrus fruits, called D-limonene has been found to be effective in the prevention of some cancers such as, skin cancerbreast cancerlung cancer, mouth cancer and colon cancer. The high vitamin C content also acts as an anti-oxidant that protects cells from damages by free radicals.
  2. Lower cholesterol
    One of the most important flavonoids in oranges is hesperidin. Hesperidin and the pectin in oranges have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. The concentration of hesperidin is considerably higher in the inner peel, rather than in orange flesh. Pectin appears to slow the body’s absorption of fats and lower cholesterol levels.
  3. Lower high blood pressure
    Studies have shown that a flavonoid called hesperidin and magnesium in oranges can lower high blood pressure.
  4. Cardiovascular benefits
    Oranges contains dietary fiber, folate, and herperidin, which are directly promotes the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system. Eating an orange a day helps to keep your cardiovascular system healthy.
  5. Treat arthritis
    Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, oranges help in relieving arthritis pain and stiffness of muscles and joints. In a study at the Arthritis Research Campaign Epidemiology Unit in the UK, suggested that one glass of freshly squeezed orange juice per day is associated with a reduced risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  6. Proper brain development
    Oranges are a good source of folate or folic acid which helps in the proper development of brain.
  7. Keep sperm healthy
    Orange contains folate, an essential nutrient for healthy sperm and protects sperm from genetic damage that may cause a birth defect.
  8. Strengthen immune system
    The strong content of vitamin C in orange stimulates the production of white cells in our body, thus improving the immune system.
  9. Prevent kidney stones
    Regular consumption of orange juice can significantly reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. In a preliminary study involving nine healthy and four participants with kidney stones, it is suggested that orange juice consumption may be more effective than other citrus juice in the prevention of kidney stones. Further studies are needed to evaluate these results.
  10. Promotes weight loss
    Oranges are extremely low in calories. A medium orange contains just 65 calories, making it a good addition to a healthy diet for weight loss. They also have a high fiber content, which can make you feel full longer, so you eat less.
  11. Maintain a healthy skin
    The antioxidants in orange help protect the skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging.
  12. Protects against infections
    Due to the abundance of flavonoid polyphenols, oranges may help protect against viral infections.
  13. Relieve constipation
    A high fiber content in oranges help stimulate the digestive juices, thus relieving constipation.
  14. Maintain bone and teeth health
    Oranges are also rich in calcium, which helps protect and maintain bone as well teeth health.
  15. Prevent ulcers
    Due to its high fiber content, oranges also can help protect against ulcers. Studies suggest that eating an orange a day may help prevent the formation of stomach ulcer.

15 Health Benefits of Cucumber

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a vegetable that belongs to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, which includes gourds, melons, and squashes.cucumber health benefits

Cucumber is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables and is believed to be originated in northern India. Today, cucumbers are the fourth most-widely grown vegetable crop in the world behind tomatoesonions and cabbage. They’re grown worldwide in temperate regions.

There are two types of cucumbers: slicing cucumbers andpickling cucumbers. The pickling varieties tend to be smaller, thicker, and have bumpy skin with black-dotted spines.

Cucumber is often regarded as a healthy food because it is low in calories and fat. Cucumber also contains many vitamins and minerals that make them a healthy choice for cooking and snacking. Here are 15 health benefits of cucumber:

  1. Keep body hydratedCucumber has 96% water content that is more nutritious than regular water, which helps in keeping the body hydrated and regulating body temperature. It also helps in flushing out the toxins from the body.
  2. Skin careThe high water content, vitamins A, B & C and the presence of certain minerals like magnesium, potassium, and silica make cucumbers an essential part of skin care. Facial masks containing cucumber juice can be used for skin tightening. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid present in cucumbers can bring down the water retention rate which in turn diminishes the puffiness and swelling under the eyes. Cucumber skin also can bring relief to the skin caused by sunburn or windburn.
  3. Fight cancersCucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol – three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancerprostate cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer.
  4. Control Blood PressureCucumber juice contains a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber that work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumber good for treating both low blood pressureand high blood pressure.
  5. Beneficial for teeth and gumsCucumber juice is also beneficial for people with teeth and gums problems, especially in cases of pyorrhea. Cucumber is a good source of dietary fiber and this fiber massage in the teeth and gums.
  6. Aid digestionDigestive disorders like acidity, heartburn, gastritis and even ulcers can be cured by the daily consumption of fresh cucumber juice. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumber are very effective in driving away the toxins from the digestive system and hence aid digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.
  7. Promotes Joint healthCucumber is an excellent source of silica, which known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues.
  8. Treat tapewormsCucumber seeds are used as a natural remedy for treating tapeworms. Bruised cucumber seeds mixed with water are also effective in the treatment of swellings of the mucous membranes of the nose and the throat.
  9. Nail careThe high silica content of cucumber also helps to prevent splitting and spoiling of nails of the fingers and toes.
  10. Relieve gout and arthritis painCucumber is rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium, when mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.
  11. Cures diabetesThe cucumber juice has been found to be beneficial for the diabetic patients. This vegetable contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.
  12. Reduces cholesterolResearchers found that some compound called sterols in cucumber may help reduce cholesterol levels.
  13. Stimulate hair growthCucumber contains silicon and sulphur and thus a regular intake of cucumber can help promote healthy hair growth. For best results, mix cucumber juice with the juices of carrot, lettuce or spinach.
  14. Acts as a diureticThe water content of Cucumber acts as a diuretic. It encourages the elimination of waste products from the body through urination. Regular intake of cucumber helps to dissolve bladder or kidney stones.
  15. Aid in weight lossDue to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who looking for weight loss.

When buying cucumbers, choose the ones that are firm to touch and dark green in color. Do not buy overly matured or yellow colored as they are prone to contain more insoluble fiber and mature seeds. Go for organically grown cucumbers to get a rich taste and nutritients content.

Avoid eating chicken wings…..

English: Free range chicken Bahasa Indonesia: ...

Avoid eating chicken wings frequently – ladies, especially; a true story…!

A friend of mine recently had a growth in her womb and she underwent an operation to remove the cyst.

The cyst removed was filled with a dark colored blood. She thought that she would be recovered after the surgery but! she was terribly wrong. A relapse occurred just a few months later. Distressed , she rushed down to her gynecologist for a consultation.

During her consultation, her doctor asked her a question that puzzled her.

He ask if she was a frequent consumer of chicken wings and she replied yes wondering as to how, he knew of her eating habits. You see, the truth is in this modern day and age; chickens are injected with steroids to accelerate their growth so that the needs of this society can be met. This need is none other than the need for food. Chickens that are injected with steroids are usually given the shot at the neck or the wings.

Therefore, it is in these places that the highest concentration of steroids exists.

These steroids have terrifying effects on the body as it accelerates growth..

It has an even more dangerous effect in the presence of female hormones, this leads to women being more prone to the growth of a cyst in the womb. Therefore, I advise the people out there to watch their diets and to lower their frequency of consuming chicken wings!

(Please eat free range or local chicken, those ones are usually allowed to roam and grow at the normal pace. Don’t dismiss the post as one of those things. Have you noticed there’s an increase in gynaecological disorders in women? It all boils down to our imported lifestyle. The things you don’t know might be destroying you. Now that you know, you owe everyone you know the moral obligation to share this info.).

If everyone who reads this post shares it to 10 people, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life. Read this & Send to a friend. It could save a life… So, please be a true friend and share this article to all your friends you care about.

 

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera.

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera or A. Vera is a plant common in most countries during the present era, though its origins can be traced to the northern Africa region. It is a succulent plant with a waxy outter structure and a gel-like inner structure.

Uses:

  • Skin Moisturizing
  • Certain Foods
  • Intake Improves Blood Glucose Levels
  • Sunburn Relief
  • Aloe Plant  aloe

 

aloeleaf

 

Toxicity:

Aloin, a chemical found in the gel of the Aloe Vera plant is a toxic chemical both when ingested or applied topically (to the skin). It has been linked to cancerous behavior in tissues when tested on male and female rats and causes various side effects when ingested or applied in large amounts in humans.

Trivia:

Although Aloe Vera has been treated as the godsend for all cosmetics it’s actually quite weak as both a moisturizer and a conditioner. Aloe Vera gel has water retention properties but when the gel is thinned out or crushed it loses those properties in favor of its stiffness. Furthermore it’s actually quite toxic in large quantities which they seem to brush over quite a bit.

Medicinal Uses

Parts used: resin, gel extracted from the leaf
Constituents: Hydroxyanthracene derivatives of the anthrone type (principally barbaloin); 7-hydroxyaloin isomers, aloe-emodin, chrysophanol and their glycosides; chromone derivatives (aloesin and its derivatives aloeresins A and C, and the aglycone aloesone. Gel: glucomannan (a polysaccharide), steroids, organic acids, enzymes, antibiotic principles, amino acids, saponins, minerals.
Actions: latex: cathartic, laxative, emmanogogue, digestive stimulant
Gel: immune system stimulant, skin healing, anti-irritant, moisturizing, anti-cancer

Indications

Traditionally Aloe Vera gel is used as a soothing topical application for sunburns and minor burns, abrasions, acne, psoriasis, shingles and even cold sores. The gel can be squeezed directly from the fresh leaf and applied directly to affected areas. Its skin repair qualities on burns, and sub burns is truly remarkable – healing occurs quickly and without scarring. In fact, aloe vera is also used to reduce scarring and stretch marks. Aloe vera shows even seems to protect the skin against the immune suppressant effect of ulta violet rays of the sun – thus it is not only an excellent ‘after sun care’ ingredient, but may also be useful as a protective sunscreen lotion. It is an excellent additive for cosmetic preparations as it can moisturize and rejuvenate the skin by stimulating synthesis of elastin and collagen.

External application of aloe gel penetrates the skin directly and produces a soothing, pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect on arthritic joints and tendonitis.

For internal use Aloe Vera latex preparations are usually mixed with antispasmodic herbs to reduce the cramping effect of its laxative action. Used by itself it would produce a rather cathartic and cramping effect. Aloe vera latex also stimulates the uterus and promotes menstrual flow. Pregnant women should avoid the use of Aloe vera as a laxative.

Internally high quality Aloe vera juice preparations can stimulate the immune system. Laboratory studies on mice have shown Aloe to be effective in the treatment of certain types of cancer and HIV, and further studies are on the way.

Aloe juice seems to have an overall healing and balancing effect on the digestive system, improving absorption of nutrients and eliminating toxins. This improves overall cell nutrition and activates the body’s own healing powers. It can relieve gastro-intestinal problems associated with peptic or duodenal ulcers, improve regularity and enhance energy levels. It is also used to soothe colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. In fact many chronic conditions have a prominent digestive imbalance component, which triggers secondary symptoms due to malabsorption and subsequent cellular malnutrition. Aloe vera juice can help to restore balance to the digestive system.

Furthermore, aloe vera juice seems to have a beneficial effect on the liver and kidney. It appears to reduce levels of blood lipids that can clog up the arteries and lead to coronary heart disease. Aloe vera also seems to be able to reduces blood sugar levels, which can make it a useful nutritional supplement for diabetes sufferers.

Caution:

Do not use Aloe Vera based laxative during pregnancy. Aloe Vera juice may also be adulterated or contain levels of aloin above what would be deemed safe during pregnancy.

If you are on prescription medication consult with your health advisor regarding possible interference reactions between internal use of Aloe Vera and other medicines.

The quality of Aloe vera gel or juice very much depends on the production process and some aloe vera products currently on the market have little or no medicinal value. Research your source carefully before spending a lot of money on what may essentially turn out to be an inert substance. Whole leaf extractions are recommended. Look for the International Aloe Science Council certificate for assurance on content and purity.

Grow your own

Everybody should have an Aloe Vera plant growing on their kitchen window sill. It is the best instant burn remedy you can have at hand. Growing Aloe Vera is easy, as it is a very undemanding plant. Just don’t over-water it and protect it against freezing temperatures. It loves the sun, but will grow in semi-shade as well. It does not need particularly rich soil. Well draining, sandy soil will do.

Home-made cosmetics

When making your own skin care preparations and you want to incorporate the healing benefits of Aloe vera, you can use the gel to replace all or a portion of the amount of liquid your recipe calls for. However, be aware that unprocessed Aloe vera gel is not very stable and won’t keep long, so make small batches only, store it in the fridge and use up quickly. For maximum benefit of Aloe Vera as an ingredient of skin care preparations such products should contain at least 20-40% of gel. Or simply cut off a leaf and rub it straight on the skin.

How unripe plantain cures Diabetics and Iron Deficiencies

Boiled Unripe Plantain Served With Red Fish Stew is ideal for Diabetes and Iron

A Plantain tree
A Plantain tree
Unripe plantain delicacy
Unripe plantain delicacy
Unripe plantain stew
Unripe plantain stew

The nutritional value of unripe plantain makes it stand out as a very important addition to any healthy living diet plan. Believe it or not, plantain is one of the healthiest foods in the world in terms of its nutrient content.

It is reach in low GI carbohydrate, dietary fibre, irons, vitamins and minerals.

BOILED unripe plantain served with red fish stew is tasty, delicious and wholesome dish with so many medicinal/ therapeutic properties.  This nutritious food is  ideal  for  diabetics, children and pregnant women.

It is eaten in almost all the parts of Africa and is enjoyed by both children and adults. Unripe plantain (Ogede dudu ) is the main ingredient of this recipe is very rich in iron, potassium, B- complex vitamins and magnesium. Additionally, plantain contains small amount of serotonin which has the ability to dilate the arteries and improve blood circulation.

It’s regular consumption helps to cure anemia (low blood level) and maintain a healthy heart.

A diet of unripe plantain is filling, and can also be a good inclusion in a weight loss diet plan.

Fish, another main item of this recipe is a highly nutritious food commodity. It is an excellent source of protein  with fewer calories. Fish is rich in omega- 3 fatty acid which has been proven to be good for the heart.

Omega -3 fatty acids helps to lower high blood cholesterol, treat depression, anxiety, eye disorder and ulcer.

Also omega-3 fatty acid is good for weight loss, pregnancy or successful pregnancy, fertility and for treating skin disorders. Vegetables (tomatoes, pepper, onions) used in preparation of this dish is rich in vitamins (vitamin A, C, E), minerals (iron, potassium) and fiber which protect against cancer, constipation, cardiovascular diseases, arteriosclerosis (narrowing / blocking of artery walls due to fat and cholesterol deposit) and premature aging.

You can see that, is a good delicacy that is highly nutritional and medicinal; start taking it from today and you will see the kind of boost your health will receive. You are privileged to travel on vacation this festive seasons to a place where this food commodity is produced, don’t fail to get some.

Now, how do we prepare it.

Ingredients

Fish                 1kg

Fresh tomatoes      8 medium size
Tomatoes               1 tin
Fresh pepper (ground)      2 medium size
Onion            1 medium bulb
Olive oil         3 tablespoons
Tatashe (ground)     4 medium size
Known           1 cube
Thyme            1 teaspoon
Curry leaves    1 small bunch
Water         1 litre

  Preparation

Cut the fish and wash thoroughly.
Steam with few slices of onion and salt for about 10 minutes
Pour the olive oil into a pot
Add the ground ingredients (ground tomatoes, pepper, and onion) together with the tomato puree.
Stir and fry for another 10 minutes.
Add the known cube and pour the seasoned fish.
Wash and shred the curry leaves and add to the pot
Simmer for another 5 minutes
Stir and add salt to taste
Remove from heat and serve with unriped plantain (Ogede dudu).
Peel the unripe plantain
Cut into three and wash
Boil water for 5 minutes.
Add the cut plantains to the boiling water.
Boil for about 30 minutes.
Drain the water from plantain.

Now, mix everything together with red fish stew.

Include this banana-like fruit in your menu list today and try out any of its recipe .

Stay Healthy,

Health is Wealth

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