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“Date” – the healthiest fruit


Dates have a wide range of health and nutritional value  that is why is considered the healthiest fruit on the earth. They are an excellent source of natural fiber that are essential to the body’s good bowel movement. The natural sugar found in dates is the perfect alternative to ordinary sugar. It is easy to digest and reduces hunger. By its composition, dates rights are natural multi-vitamin “pills” which can be used by children and adults. There is almost no disease that cannot be cured by dates: from anemia high blood pressure cholesterol to all kinds of cancer and so on.

Excellent source of iron, as well.

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Excellent source of iron

Anemic patients should eat more of dates, because they are an excellent source of iron. 100 gr of dates contain about 0.90 g of iron, which is about 11% of the recommended daily value. The iron determines capacity of oxygen in the blood. The biggest demand for iron have children going through puberty and pregnant women.

Vitamins for the eyes

Considering that contains lutein and zeaxanthin, dates are called “vitamins for the eyes.” Lutein and zeaxanthin are especially important for eyes, because the promote epithelial cells for good vision and can prevent damage to the macula, which occurs in old age.

Stops diarrhoea

Dates contain potassium which is useful in inhibiting diarrhoea. In addition, dates help to gut flora as quickly renew.

The cure for constipation

Cure for constipation Just as stopping diarrhoea, dates can help the food faster and easier to digest in the body. It is necessary to take a couple of dates and put them in clean water overnight. During the night, dates will release their juice, which is an excellent laxative, which will stimulate the sluggish bowels.

Makes childbirth easier 

Eating dates 4 weeks before the childbirth can ease labor pains and reduce bleeding. Women who ate dates before childbirth, gave birth more easily and more quickly, than those women who did not use this fruit. Moreover, dates help women to produce enough milk for the baby.

Regulates body weight

Due to the high share of nutrients, if you take on empty stomach dates, it will regulate the bowel movements and give body the necessary sugar. Dates do not have cholesterol, but have a lot of sugar, so you would gain weight if you take excessively. A kilogram of dates contains nearly 3,000 calories which is the minimum daily requirement of man who is active all day.

Reduces cholesterol

Dates have the ability to reduce the level of the unwanted LDL cholesterol in the body . So this is an excellent food for people with high cholesterol, which causes fatty deposits in the arteries that lead to the formation of blood clots and other heart diseases.

Strengthen the heart

People with weak hearts can use this incredible fruit. During the night soak dates with seeds in water. In the morning, remove the seeds from them; grind them in a blender along the water they have been in during the night. This medicine should be taken several times a day in order to strengthen the heart.

Reduce blood pressure

Dates are very suitable food for people who suffer from high blood pressure. They contain very little sodium and are rich in potassium. Standard portions of five or six of dates give about 80 milligrams of magnesium, an essential mineral that contributes to the spread of blood vessels. Research shows that 370 milligrams of magnesium a day can lower blood pressure.

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Protects from stroke

One of the key benefits of this wonder fruit is its ability to regulate the healthy nervous system, thanks to the rich content of potassium. Studies have shown that a higher intake of potassium (400 mg) can reduce the risk of stroke by 40 percent.

Brain food

Dates contain phosphorus, and it plays an important role as food for the brain. For this reason it is recommended in the diet of people who are engaged in intellectual work.

Energy stimulant

Dates are a great energy booster as they contain natural sugars such as glucose, sucrose and fructose. The maximum energy output from of date you could get if you mix them with milk. This nutritious meal has very few calories and a lot of energy value.

Increases sexual stamina

Handful dates soak in goat milk and let it stay overnight. In the morning, grind them with milk; add honey and cardamom (kind of spice) and drink. This syrup can drink both men and women, because it strengthens the body and increases energy levels.

Baby food

Sugar in dates is a type of sugar that is most easily absorbed and digested, so it is suitable for newborns. Dates should be chewed or soaked in water before giving the child, to make them easier for eating. Modern dietary institute recommends that children suffering from a natural nervous or hyperactivity should be given dates.

The ideal food for those who are fasting

Since we know dates contain a high percentage of sugar that is easily absorbed, then it is clear that the dates and water are best food for people who are fasting.

Strengthen tooth enamel

Dates contain fluoride, which is an essential mineral in the fight against tooth decay, it prevents further tooth decay. Dates can be given to little baby whose teeth are growing, to lick it . This will reduce the pain in babies in the gums.

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Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) – Uses and Benefits


Haritaki

Botanical Name: Terminalia Chebula,

Family Name: Combretaceae

Popular Name(s): Black Myrobalan, Chebulic Myrobalan, Hardh, Ink Tree, Harar, Hardad, Indian Gall Nut

Parts Used: Fruit, Root, Bark.

Habitat: Grown throughout India

Description

The deciduous Haritaki tree grows at an altitude of 1,800 meters. The round tree is crowned and branches spread out, with a diameter of 1.5 to 2.5 meters. The long ovate leaves are acute, in opposite pairs about 10 to 20 cm long. The flowers are dull white with spikes and can be found at the end of the branches. The fruit is hard and yellowish green in color. Each fruit has a single seed that is light yellow in color. The tree can be found in the sub Himalayan tracks, from Ravi to West Bengal and in the deciduous forests of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Maharashtra. It is known as haritaki, abhaya and pathya in Sanskrit; harad in Hindi; hirada in Marathi; alalekaayi in Kannada; kadukkai in Tamil; horitoky in Bengali; xilikha in Assamese and karakkaya in Telugu.

Uses & Benefits of Haritaki

  • Haritaki has laxative, rejuvenative, purgative, astringent and dry properties.
  • The paste of its fruit is effective in reducing swelling, hastening the healing process and cleansing the wounds and ulcers.
  • The paste gives relief to the eyelids, in case of conjunctivitis.
  • Gargling with haritaki decoction helps in stomatitis, oral ulcers and sore throat.
  • It serves as a good astringent for loose gums, bleeding and ulceration in gums.
  • The herb is used in preparing ‘Triphala’ that is used for hair wash, brush teeth in pyorrhea and treat bleeding gums.
  • Regular consumption of haritaki powder, fried in ghee, promotes longevity and boosts energy.
  • It responds well to gastrointestinal ailments, tumors, ascites, piles, enlargement of liver-spleen, worms and colitis.
  • Powdered haritaki, mixed with jaggery, works well in gout.
  • Its powder, when mixed with honey and ghee, is an effective remedy for anemia.
  • Haritaki is combined with sunthi powder and given with hot water to lighten asthma and hiccups.
  • Its decoction, when taken along with honey, is of great help in hepatitis and obesity.
  • The herb improves memory and is salutary in dysuria and urinary stones.
  • Haritaki helps in improving appetite and helps in digestion.
  • It is a good nervine and helps in nervous weakness and nervous irritability and promotes the receiving power of the five senses.
  • Since it is anti-inflammatory and astringent, it is helpful in urethral discharges like spermatorrhea and vaginal discharges like leucorrhea.

Caution

  • Haritaki should be sparingly used by lean individuals and pregnant women.
  • It should be avoided in severe debility, mental depression, while fasting and vitiated pitta conditions.

via Haritaki – Uses & Benefits of Haritaki, Terminalia Chebula.

Neem: “The drugstore of nature”


Scientifically known as Azadirachta indica, the neem tree belongs to genus azadirachta and family meliaceae of Mahogany trees. The tree is revered in the Indian subcontinent for its medicinal properties and that is where it was first planted. Did you know that the neem tree is called “nature’s drugstore” in its native land? Yes, it is rightly called, because it is indeed one. It has medical properties you would have never imagined; and this article will make you aware of these properties. Scientific experiments have also confirmed that the various ingredients in neem leaves do have miraculous effects for overall body health.

How is Neem Useful?

The use of neem being very popular in India, it were Indian scientists who first began the research to discover the compounds in neem that have healing effects. There are over 135 compounds in neem that are classified into two broad categories – isoprenoids and non-isoprenoids. Some of the chief identified ingredients in neem leaves are – nimbin, nimbidin, ninbidol, gedunin, quercetin, salannin, azadirachtin and sodium nimbinate. All these compounds collectively impart neem leaves its blessed healing powers. As far the medicinal properties of neem leaves are concerned, they have remarkable anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-carcinogenic properties. These properties and others have been discussed in the coming paragraphs.

Neem leaves have commonly been used in Indian households since time immemorial.

  • Regularly applying a paste of neem leaves on the face keeps it clean and fresh looking.
  • Dried neem leaves can be added into grains to protect them from the attack of pests.
  • The anti-inflammatory and antifungal effects of chemicals nimbin and nimbidin in neem leaves helps in treating skin infections and diseases.
  • A massage with its oil reduces the inflammation that arises as the result of joint pain from disorders like arthritis.
  • Neem has the power to treat common skin ailments like acne, ulcers, vitiligo and skin infections to complex skin diseases like psoriasis and leprosy. In the olden days neem was used for chickenpox and smallpox treatment in India.
  • Neem based products for hair effectively cure dandruff and other hair worries. Beauty skin products with a neem base lighten marks on the face and also have a moisturizing effect on the skin.
  • It also has properties that cure cough and cold in the person.
  • The chemicals in neem leaves also have properties that work against diseases like malaria, rheumatism, anorexia, epistaxis, biliousness and arthritis.
  • The leaves also possess anti-pyretic properties, that is they can take the body temperature down from a high raised level.
  • Degenerating lifestyle has left many people susceptible to heart disorders. Extracts of neem will make your heart strong, and keep it protected from blood pressure fluctuations, bad cholesterol and changes in the heartbeat.
  • Diabetes is a serious disease which affects many people the world over. People who suffer from diabetes depend on insulin injections for maintaining the normal sugar levels in the blood. The tablets prepared from various extracts of neem leaves reduce the insulin requirement of a person to a huge level. Neem is thus, a natural hypoglycemic; and it is believed that chewing a neem leaf every morning reduces the dependability of a diabetic person on the hypoglycemic drugs.
  • Chemicals in neem also are bestowed with anti-carcinogenic properties, that is they reduce the risk of cancer to a certain extent. Research is still in progress to find ways to utilize these magnificent benefits of the leaves in cancer treatment.
  • Neem leaves can also be used to prevent tooth decay and gum problems (this is the reason it is used in many teeth care products).
  • In the Asian continent, since centuries neem leaves have been consumed by people for treating intestinal worms,
  • Neem is also used  for conditions like eye problems like conjunctivitis and infection. The water distilled from boiling fresh neem leaves can be used as an effective eyewash for treating these eye problems.
  • Neem leaves also have cooling effect and neem water can be used as a natural astringent. Chewing 10-20 neem leaves daily morning with water reduces the heat in the body.
  • Neem also purifies the blood and safeguards the body from resulting injuries.
  • A juice prepared from its leaves is recommended for curbing thirst.
  • It is thus a natural anti-diuretic. the leaves are safe for daily consumption and will keep you away from urinary tract infections and liver disorders.
  • It is advised that pregnant women should consume the leaves under the supervision of a physician (this is because, some studies suggest that neem has contraceptive effects, thought the effects have not been proved).
  • The neem tree is also an excellent tree for the environment, as it absorbs carbon dioxide. Each important part of the neem tree is blessed with benefits, be its bark, stem, twig, seeds or leaves. Though the properties are much concentrated in the bark, the leaves too have same effects. So, harness the benefits of this ‘sacred tree’ and its leaves for a trouble free life ahead.

via Medicinal Properties of Neem Leaves.

Garlic: a friend of heart


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Fresh garlic can significantly lower LDL cholesterol levels without hurting beneficial HDL cholesterol levels. Garlic appears to act by blocking the liver from making too much LDL cholesterol.

Garlic helps support the body’s anti-clotting mechanism in arteries and veins. It helps in reducing  heart disease.

Garlic can mildly lower blood pressure by dilating or expanding blood vessels. And garlic helps prevent blood clots and therefore reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by decreasing the stickiness of platelets.

Garlic helps in the treating  high cholesterol. Garlic ensures smooth coronary function.

Garlic has also been shown to reduce pain and other symptoms in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Garlic has  anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties and hypoglycemic action.

Garlic rejuvenates a tired liver and promotes its normal functioning.

Garlic helps in boosting weight of babies destined to be too small.

Garlic is used as a aphrodisiac, expectorant, and stimulant.

Garlic possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, hypolipidemic and anticoagulant properties.

Garlic regulates metabolism and assist in the discharge of toxic food residuals.

Garlic helps in better breathing process and improves lungs activity, especially if you are asthmatic.

Garlic is observed to be a very efficient vessel dilator for improved blood vessel health and performance for human vital senses.

Functions of garlic are the same way as Vitamin E, which is known to improve blood circulation, to cleanse the blood, to increase red corpuscles, and to refresh cells by promoting the circulation of oxygen throughout the body, by its antioxidant activity.

Garlic reduces the size of some cancerous tumors and helps prevent some cancers, particularly those in the intestines.

One of the oldest uses of garlic, however, is as an antibiotic. Garlic kills a range of microbes, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, and can be effective against such conditions as athlete’s foot, thrush (a fungal infection of the mouth), viral diarrhea, and the ulcer-causing bacteria Helicobacter pylori

Foods That Can Improve Your IQ


IQ means intelligence quotient. It tells about your ability to grasp new things and learn them. Different people have different IQ levels. These levels determine how well you react to challenging and difficult situations. There are various factors that influence the IQ of a person including regular exercise and diet. This article will discuss some foods that can help you improve your IQ.

Walnuts

1 ounce of walnuts contains 2.6 grams of omega-3 fatty acids and one tablespoon walnut oil contains 1.4 grams of polyunsaturated fats. These omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats are not obtained by the body naturally, they are obtained by food. Walnut oil increases the brain’s memory acuity and benefits the body in other different ways.

Raw eggs

Raw eggs are one of the best and least expensive nutrition-packed foods and are important for a developed IQ. Raw eggs contain protein and healthy fats that critical for brain development especially in young adulthood. One study also found that the less you cook the egg, the more its nutritional value remains. The best way to consume eggs for brain development is to boil them and eat the whites.

Antioxidants

Foods rich in antioxidants like green tea are beneficial for the development of IQ. Antioxidants have the ability to fight and defeat free radicals in the body which improves problem solving and logical reasoning. Other foods rich in antioxidants are kidney beans, cranberries, and artichokes.

Blueberries

Apart from being tasty food blueberries are effective for brain health. This small food is densely packed with a wide range of potential phytochemicals directly associated with the development and growth of your brain. This food has also been credited to reverse aging effects on the brain. Blueberries can be added to your favorite smoothie or cereal to make it more tasty and beneficial to your health.

Avocado

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English: Avocado with its cross section. Pictured in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. App 18 cm (7 inches) long. Français : Un Avocat entier et en coupe. Photo prise à Dar es Salaam, en Tanzanie. Longueur 18 cm environ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

40% of Avocados are oil made of oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fat. Our brain cells are covered with a layer called myelin which is enriched by the oils in avocado. Any damage to this protective layer deteriorates the brain’s capacity to send information signals to different parts of the body which leads to a decline in skills and cognitive abilities.

Fish

Fish is a food consumed in almost every part of the world. As mentioned the omega-3 fatty acids are important for sound mental health, fish are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Some varieties of fish such as salmon, trout, and sardines are known for having omega-3 acids in the form of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. These acids already exist in our brain and eating fish reinforces them. Per University of Maryland Medical Center these acids increase memory sharpness and improve mental function.

Green vegetables

A lot has been said about the health benefits of green leafy vegetables. Apart from being good for heart health these green roots are also beneficial for your brain. They are a rich source of vitamin E which is essential for a healthy brain. Vitamin E also puts a check on the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. You can also enjoy kiwi and nuts to get required vitamin E.

Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s important for the brain. Studies have shown that having a healthy and nutritious breakfast daily leads to a more creative and focused you.

via 8 Foods That Can Improve Your IQ – PositiveMed.

Foods which Purify Blood Naturally


Blood is an important component of our body that performs various functions like circulation of important nutrients in the body, providing oxygen to various parts of the body which is vital for proper functioning of other organs like the liver and kidneys. The overall health of a person is dependent upon the blood of that person.

It is essential to keep your blood free from toxins and impurities. This can easily be done by following a diet plan that is natural and easy to follow.

Here are some foods that can help remove toxins and impurities from the blood stream:

Green vegetables

Fruits and green leafy vegetables green-vegetables-posterare a rich source of essential nutrients and have numerous health benefits including blood purification. Green vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and spinach have the ability to detoxify blood and act as cleansing agents for the blood. Having a glass of cauliflower juice in the morning when you wake up is a good idea.

Fruits

Juicy fruits such as melons, fruits1oranges, raspberries, apples, kiwis, and pineapple are excellent blood purifying agents. These fruits can be added together in small quantities to create a fruit platter that can replace your regular afternoon meal. Pomegranate juice is also effective at replenishing and purifying the blood.

Garlic

Apart from being a natural antibiotic,garlic-07 garlic is also an effective blood purifier. Adding garlic to your diet removes fat from blood which results in decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It contains phytochemicals which help in liver detoxification. You can chew a few pieces of raw garlic for best results or sprinkle garlic powder on your food which will add to the flavor.

Herbal tea

Tea when mixed with certaingreen-tea_650x379_51430317406 herbs can become an excellent blood cleansing beverage by removing toxins from the body. Some commonly used and easy to make types of herbal tea are ginger, peppermint, and dandelion.

Herbs

Studies show that naturally developing herbs are the best blood purifying food. Many blood purifying herbs are available at health stores and can be consumed in various different ways. Some of the best herbs for blood purification are mentioned below.

Alfalfa– Regulates pH levels in the blood and helps in detoxification of the body. It balances hormones, reduces cholesterol levels, and eases inflammation along with acting as a diuretic.

Dandelion– Supports liver cleansing by stimulating the flow of bile. Also beneficial in solving digestive problems like bloating and constipation.

Red clover– Excellent for peoplered-clover suffering from any sort of infection or any other health problem. It is an effective blood cleansing herb and is easy to find.

Echinacea– Commonly considered one of the most effective blood cleansers.

All the above mentioned foods are blood purifying agents and can be consumed without worrying about side effects because they are natural foods and do not contain harmful ingredients. If anything triggers undesirable symptoms immediately consult your physician.

via Foods that Can Purify Blood Naturally – PositiveMed.

Til oil (Sesame oil) and its benefits


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Sesame Oil (ごま油) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The history of  plant of til is very old, about five hundred years old when there were few variety of plants found on the earth. This plant has many medicinal properties. Its seeds are rich source of magnesium and calcium which are very useful for human body. The oil extracted from its seeds is very much health beneficial in many aspects.

According to Ayurveda some health problems which are cured by  Til oil (Sesame oil) are as below:

Controls blood sugar: sesame oil is very effective in type II diabetes. The sesame oil should be taken orally to cure diabetes. This should be used for cooking food for diabetic patients. It reduces the glucose level in blood and reduces the blood pressure as well.

Hypertension: due to the antioxidants properties of Til oil (Sesame oil), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure are reduced. This oil also decreases the oxidation activities that worsen the condition of the hypertensive patients.

Kidney damage: due to its antioxidant properties til oil considerably controls and reduces the damage of kidneys which is caused by the fluctuating oxidation levels in human body. Til oil (Sesame oil) should be used to cook the food for this damage.

DNA damage: sometime DNA gets damaged due to radiations specially spleen and intestines. It mostly effect those people who are working in radiation chambers. As compare to other antioxidants it is studied that Til oil (Sesame oil) has proved to be 20 time more efficient in treating DNA damage.

Cancer control: The cancer cells grow very rapidly as compare to other body cells. Til oil (Sesame oil) contains certain properties which slow down the growth of these cancer cells. Colon cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, and cancer of pancreas and prostate are the main cancers where his oil has shown good results to restrict them.

Multiple sclerosis: Due to some reasons the immunity of our nervous system become weak. The properties of Til oil (Sesame oil) help in regenerating the immunity and prevents nervous breakdown which occurs in this condition.

Infant massage: It is now proven that Til oil (Sesame oil) is  the best oil for the massage of body of young, old and infants. Til oil (Sesame oil) helps in strengthening the bones and is good for growth and development of babies. Due to rich source of minerals it is much better than other oil for massage.