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Health Benefits of Moringa

Moringa is widely found in tropical and sub-tropical belts. It is a medicinal tree used in Central and South America, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, and Africa. This Buzzle
article walks you through the innumerable benefits of this multipurpose tree.



Caution!
Moringa is an abortifacient (a drug that causes abortion) and hence, should be strictly avoided, in any form, by pregnant women.

Moringa, also known as the Miracle Tree, is a multipurpose plant, as the leaves, pods, fruits, flowers, roots, and even the bark of the tree can be utilized. It is also called the Drumstick
Tree by Britishers, while in Philippines it is known as malunggay. The scientific name of this tree is Moringa oleifera. It is a powerhouse of minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.
Therefore, it is widely promoted in poverty-stricken areas, to counter malnutrition. While conventional treatment methods take months to counter this problem, consumption of the
parts of this tree may take just a few days to treat it. Its uses range from being a water purifier to protecting the skin and also, to make perfumes and sprays. The gum of this tree is a
diuretic and astringent and can be helpful in treating asthma.

Health Benefits

Seeds
The powdered form of moringa seeds is very well-known to treat scurvy, a common skin disease caused by bacterial infections.
Crushed seeds are beneficial for purifying and clarifying water to make it available for domestic purposes. The seeds also minimize bacterial concentration of the water, thereby, making
it drinkable.
They can be used as a relaxant for epilepsy.
The seeds consumed in roasted form, encourage urination, thereby, treating urinary problems.
When the seeds are roasted, pounded, and mixed with coconut oil, can treat gout, arthritis, rheumatism, sexually transmitted diseases, etc. You just have to apply the above-mentioned
mixture to the problem area and see the results.
Along with perfumes and sprays the seeds are also useful in manufacturing aromatherapy oils.
Leaves
Our body needs calcium for proper growth and maintenance of bones, to prevent and treat bone-related diseases, like osteoporosis. This calcium is normally obtained from milk through
daily consumption. However, it may come to you as a surprise, that the leaves of moringa tree contain four times more calcium than that is present in milk. Also, the amount of protein
in these leaves is twice the amount present in milk.
Bananas are a rich source of potassium, however, the drumstick leaves contain seven times more potassium than bananas.
The leaves also contain three times more iron than spinach. Hence, adequate consumption of these leaves can be helpful in preventing anemia.
The leaves are extremely beneficial in stimulating metabolism. They are the nutrition boosters, which are known to promote a feeling of well-being in people.
They are well-known to provide non-sugar based energy, which means, you can include these leaves in your weight loss diet. On the other hand, diabetics can also keep their sugar
level under control.
The paste of the leaves beautifies the skin and is, therefore, applied by women to their skin regularly.
Oranges contain a large amount of vitamin C, however, the leaves of the miracle tree contain seven times more vitamin C than oranges.
The leaves are also rich in beta carotene containing three to five times more beta carotene than carrots.
Flowers
The flowers are an effective home remedy for cough and cold. In rural areas, people boil these flowers in water and drink it in the form of tea, for instant relief.
They improve the quality and flow of the breast milk when breastfeeding, if consumed in the form of a juice.
Like other parts of the tree, the flower juice also encourages urination, which helps in treating as well as preventing several urinary problems.
Pods
The pods or fruits of moringa are also known as drumsticks and they taste like asparagus.
These drumsticks, especially the raw peas inside these sticks, are a rich source of fiber, iron, potassium, and vitamin C, which helps in treating problems related to the liver and the
spleen.
High protein and fiber content in pods, helps in treating diarrhea.
These fruits are an excellent source of vitamin A, which is helpful in maintaining proper vision. Consumption of the pods helps in preventing night blindness and other eye problems in
children as well as adults.
Roots
A mixture of pounded moringa roots and salt is made into a poultice, which is extremely beneficial for treating rheumatism, relieving arthritic pain, and minimizing lower back or kidney
pain.
They are also helpful in treating cardiac as well as circulatory problems.
Other Benefits
It can be used as a source of bio-fuel.
Cooking oil can also be produced from this magical tree. The oil can offer several health benefits that one can get from sunflower oil and olive oil.
Moringa contains more than 90 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants. With the endless health benefits, it can be termed as the most nutritious tree on the earth. There are no known
side-effects of this magical tree, till date. However, it may interact with certain medications; for instance, if it is taken with drugs like aspirin or other blood thinners, it can increase the
risk of bleeding. Hence, you can consult your health care professional, even if you have a slightest doubt about its side effects, prior to consumption. Apart from these possible side
effects, it can be easily consumed by children as well as adults, as it is the most natural form of herb without any chemicals, even when consumed as a food supplement. Many people
have already started using it in salads, porridge, pastas, breads, etc., to reap the everlasting health benefits of this extraordinary 'Miracle Tree'.

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10 ways praying actually benefits your health!
By Editorial Team | Health.India.com 19 hours ago
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If you are a religious or a spiritual
person and pray every day, there is now proof that you might be doing your
brain and body a huge favour. According to a new study spiritual or religious
practice may fight off depression particularly in people who are predisposed
to the disease by thickening the brain cortex.
The study conducted by Lisa Miller, professor and director of Clinical
Psychology and director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers
College, Columbia University, included 103 people who were at a high risk of
depression. Their level of risk was based on their family history.
On mapping their brain activity and structure using an MRI, Lisa found that
people who valued their religion more and regularly prayed had thicker
cortices when compared to those who did not. The thinning of the cortice,
especially in certain areas of the brain is an indicator of impending ill health,
particularly due to depression.
Thicker cortices indicated a lesser chance of suffering from depression,
suggesting that prayer and spirituality really does yield some stunning benefits
to the human brain.
This study is just one in a slew of studies that have proved the exact same
thing. When we compared the findings of all the studies, we zeroed in on all
the benefits praying has on your body:
1. Makes you stress free: Praying influences your state of mind, helping you
relax and thereby reducing the effects stress has on various body organs. It is
known to not only help reduce mental stress; it also helps beat physical stress
and evens out your emotional reaction to it. (Read: 5 natural remedies to beat
stress (Gallery))
2. Reduces your chances of suffering from depression and anxiety:
According to a UK based study, published in British Journal of Health
Psychology, praying can reduce your risk of developing depression and
anxiety. It also found that you have a higher probability of being positive and
less depressed if you prayed at a place of worship. (Read: Depression
understanding it is half the battle won)
3. Helps you deal with emotional onslaught: Praying is extremely useful in
giving you the strength to deal with day-to-day stress. It offers you some quiet
time alone, where you can think and gives you the opportunity to focus on
yourself and reduce mental stress.
4. Keeps away common stress related disorders: Chronic diseases
like heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension, ulcers and migraines are all
considered to be a result of too much stress. According to alternative therapies
like Ayurveda, stress is the number one reason for the buildup of toxins in the
body, which not only leads to chronic conditions like diabetes but also certain
cancers. (Read: Ayurvedic detox diet a step-by-step guide to cleansing your
body)
5. Makes you happier: A study conducted by Dr. Andrew Newberg,
Department of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania, found that praying
can actually boost the level of dopamine or the happy hormone in your brain.
Making you happier and more peaceful.
6. Makes you a better person: The same study also found that the practice
helps reduce the level of ones ego by affecting the area of the brain associated
with that emotion. It therefore makes you more humble, less greedy for
material things and a better person.
7. Speeds up post-surgical recovery: Other studies have found that praying
helps in the quicker healing of surgical scars. This is because when your body
is out of sync and stressed, it focuses all its efforts in equalizing itself; thereby
offering less resources to the healing of wounds. (Read: What to expect during
an angiography)
8. Keeps diseases at bay: Praying has been known to improve ones
immunity. One particular study also found that praying also reduces the
symptoms of asthma. The studies on why one sees this reaction is still on.
(Read: Asthma megaguide causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and
complications)
9. Is good for your heart: The practice of praying has shown a lot of benefits
on the functioning of your heart. It is known to speed up the recovery of the
heart after a heart attack and surgery. Apart from that it also helps regulate
your heart beat, makes it stronger and less stressed. (Read: Natural remedies
for heart disease)
10. Helps you live longer: Apart from all the other benefits of praying, one of
the most striking perks is that it helps you live longer. By minimizing all the ill
effects of stress and environmental factors it helps your body heal better and
age more efficiently. All this put together helps the body heal faster and beat
the common ailments that affect you when you get older. (Read: Why prayers
are good for your health)
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HOME REMEDIES:
1. FOR BAD STOMUCH AND DIARRHEA:
1. Tea Decauction (add powdered burnt bread slices)
2. Curds (add pudina paste)
3. Pomegranate
4. 60gms of Aloevera juice three times a day
5. Lemon juice, three times a day
6. Pudina leaves
7. Zinger juice with honey


Natural wonders Ginger
December 25, 2012 By mDhil Editorial Team 0 Comments and 0 Reactions
This native herb has been adding a dollop of flavor and a king-sized serving of health in our diet
for centuries.
Did you know that ginger, turmeric and cardamom come from
the same family? With turmeric and cardamom being loaded with goodness, could ginger be left
behind?
Ginger use was initially restricted to South Asia, but is now cultivated all around the world
because of its rich and pungent flavour. It is an important part of Indian cooking, adding that
dash of spice in our curries and sabzis. Apart from being flavourful, this herb has immense
medicinal properties and is one of the most widely used roots in Ayurveda.
Health benefits of ginger
Great for stomach ailments: Ginger works wonders if you are suffering from stomach ailments
like stomach upsets, diarrhoea, nausea, motion sickness and gas. It is also great for nausea and
vomiting after surgery.
Treating coughs: Adraki chai is a common household remedy for cough. But apart from cough,
ginger is also good for those suffering from bronchitis and respiratory tract infections.
Helps in relieving muscle pain: If you exercise regularly, you must be familiar with muscle
aches. Chewing on ginger regularly can help you! Ginger is known to have anti-inflammatory
properties, which help in easing those persistent aches.
Reduces risk of cancer: Preliminary studies show that eating ginger regularly cuts down risk of
colon and ovarian cancer. Research showed, that ginger eliminates cancer cells while keeping the
surrounding healthy cells alive.
Rich in antioxidants: Ginger is power-packed with antioxidants that help prevent Alzheimers
and cardiovascular conditions.
Lowers diabetes: Gingerol, the compound which gives ginger its distinctive pungent smell is
known to ease diabetes, as it enhances insulin secretion. However, you must check with your
doctor before making any changes to your diabetic diet.
Lowers cholesterol: Some studies have shown that ginger lowers cholesterol levels significantly
and reduces blood clotting.
Treats burns: Pouring fresh ginger juice on the afflicted area helps in treating minor burns.
Caution while using too much ginger
Ginger is generally safe to use by all. However, in certain cases, it is necessary to use precautions
and check with your doctor or nutritionist before consuming it in sizable quantities.
If you are pregnant: Some studies claim that ginger may cause some damage to the fetal sex
hormones. As with any diet change, ensure you check with your doctor before you use ginger to
help with your morning sickness.
If you are breast feeding: Studies have been conducted with respect to this with no conclusive
result. Its better to be safe and stay away from it.
If you are a diabetic: As ginger helps in lowering blood sugar, your doctor may need to adjust
your medications accordingly.
If you have a heart condition: Some conditions get aggravated if you have high doses of
ginger. if you are a heart patient, keep the quantity of ginger consumed small.
If you are taking other medication: Ginger interacts with medication for blood clotting,
diabetes, blood pressure and heart diseases. So be cautious if you find yourself adding lots of
ginger to your food.



Natural Wonders Oats
December 10, 2012 By admin 0 Comments and 1 Reaction
Kick-start your day with a low-calorie, energy giving breakfast to take you through your hectic
morning schedule!

Oats and its nutrients:
Oats is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed. High in fibre, while oats are primarily used as
livestock feed, it is suitable for human consumption in the form of oatmeal and rolled oats. This
grain gains its distinctive flavour from the roasting process it undergoes after its harvested and
cleaned. This process, however, does not strip it off its fibre and other nutrients.
Oats are high in magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, selenium, magnesium and zinc. Its a good
source of carbohydrates and proteins; in addition it is high in dietary fibre content and is also low
fat.
Health benefits of oats:
Lowers cholesterol: One of the biggest known benefits of oats is its cholesterol lowering
properties. Oats contain a soluble fibre called beta-glucans. This soluble fibre helps reduce LDL
(bad cholesterol) and thereby cuts risk of heart disease. One study indicates that a bowl of
oatmeal daily reduces risk of cardiovascular disease by 10%.
Reduces high blood sugar: Oats has a low-glycaemic index and contains high amounts of fibre,
which helps normalise sugar spikes. Type 2 diabetes patients can benefit tremendously by eating
oats daily.
Reduces weight: The soluble fibre in oats forms a gel when digested. This increases the
viscosity in the small intestine and stomach, leaving one feeling fuller for longer thus aiding
weight loss. In addition to that oats is a low-fat food making it ideal for weight loss.
Boosts immunity: Selenium and vitamin-E present in oats strengthens the immune system
aiding its fight against infections. Oats also cinatins zinc, which helps heal wounds and growth
of new cells.
Improves digestion: The high fibre content in oats makes it an ideal food for those suffering
from constipation, colitis and other digestive problems.
Reduces risk of cancer: Phytochemicals present in oats help prevent cancer, especially breast
and colon cancer.
Strengthens bones: Oats are rich in calcium, phosphorous and magnesium which helps
strengthen bones and cut risk of osteoporosis.
Good for skin: Oatmeal makes for a good skin exfoliator. It also helps heal dry and flaky skin,
eczema and other skin conditions.
Energy giver: Oats has a high carbohydrate content, which it makes it an excellent source of
energy. Other nutrients such as phosphorus, vitamin-B, magnesium and iron all of which help
in energy production.


Top foods that reduce cholesterol
December 4, 2012 By mDhil Editorial Team 1 Comment and 1 Reaction
Snack on nuts, drizzle a little olive oil, grab an apple, dine on fish, bite a chocolate. All these
foods can help you lower your cholesterol.

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is made by the liver. It is a part of every cell in the
body and serves many vital functions. However, sometimes our bodies make more cholesterol
than we need, and this excess cholesterol circulates in the bloodstream. High levels of cholesterol
in the blood can clog blood vessels and increase the risk for heart disease and stroke.
Top foods to reduce cholesterol:
Oats: Oats, the sturdy breakfast food is not only a fine way to start the day, but it can
also really bring down your bad LDL cholesterol levels without lowering your good
cholesterol. It is rich in soluble fibre (beta-glucan), a type of fibre, which helps lower
LDL. Soluble fibre appears to reduce the absorption of cholesterol in your intestines.
Fish: Fish are one of the foods that will help lower your cholesterol because they have a
high concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty fish like salmon, lake trout and herring
are the best for lowering your cholesterol. Two servings of fish a week will make a huge
difference on your cholesterol levels.
Beans: Researchers at Arizona State University Polytechnic found that adding a cup of
beans to soup lowers total cholesterol, including LDL, by up to 8%. All thanks to the
high fibre levels in this veggie, which slows the rate and amount of absorption of
cholesterol in certain foods. So, try black, kidney, or pinto beans; each supplies about
one-third of your days fibre needs.
Garlic: Apart from adding that extra zing to any dish, garlic has been found to be highly
effective in lowering cholesterol, preventing blood clots and keeping blood pressure
under check, and offering protection against infections. Pop 2 to 4 fresh cloves daily and
reap its benefits.
Nuts: Certain nuts like almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and pistachios deserve an
honoured spot in the kitchen of every healthy eater. They contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Theyre also a source of fibre and vitamin-E.
Soya: A number of studies show that soy protein may lower bad LDL cholesterol and
triglycerides without lowering good HDL cholesterol. Soya products are high in protein
and fibre, and low in saturated fat, which are additional plusses to this heart-healthy food.
Olive oil: Olive oil contains a mix of antioxidants that can lower LDL cholesterol
without affecting HDL cholesterol level. The Food and Drug Administration, USA
recommends using about 2 tablespoons (about 23 grams) of olive oil a day to get its
heart-healthy benefits. Some research suggests that the cholesterol-lowering effects of
olive oil are even greater if you choose extra-virgin olive oil, meaning the oil is less
processed and contains more heart-healthy antioxidants.
Cinnamon: Plant compounds in cinnamon have been found to be effective in lowering
cholesterol. The results of a study from 2003 in Pakistan showed lower levels of fasting
glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days of cinnamon
use with levels continuing to drop for 20 days after that.
Apple: Eating an apple or two each day may reduce heart disease risk factors, a new
study shows. Apples are rich in fibre, which assists in improving our digestive system
function. Its also rich in polyphenols which stimulate metabolism and fat breakdown in
the blood, thereby considerably reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases like stroke
or heart attack.
Blueberries: Pterostilbene the fat-fighting compound in blueberries is responsible for
regulating lipids and cholesterol in the bloodstream. Antioxidants in blueberries have
been found to lower bad cholesterol and improve cholesterol health in several notable
studies.
Cranberries: Cranberries are rich sources of anthocyanins, flavonols, and
proanthocyanidins, plant chemicals that prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidising, a
process that makes it more likely to stick to your artery walls. These chemicals also keep
red blood cells from getting too sticky. An added bonus: They initiate a complex
chemical reaction that helps blood vessels relax. Plus, they decrease LDL cholesterol and
increase HDL.
Flaxseeds: Flaxseed oil contains the essential fatty-acid alpha linolenic acid, and whole
flaxseed provides fibre and other health-boosting compounds that may contribute to
lowering cholesterol and decreasing cardiovascular health risks.
Chocolate: The powerful antioxidant in chocolate helps build HDL cholesterol levels.
Remember to choose the dark or bittersweet kind. Compared to milk chocolate, it has
more than 3 times as many antioxidants, which prevent blood platelets from sticking
together and may even keep arteries unclogged.
Brown rice: Higher intakes of whole grains such as brown rice are associated with a
lower risk of heart disease and stroke. One cup of cooked brown rice has 4gms of dietary
fibre, which is 14% of the recommended daily value based on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet.
This source of insoluble fibre lowers cholesterol and decreases your chance of heart
disease and may also help slow its progression.


Natural Wonders Ragi
May 28, 2012 By admin 0 Comments and 0 Reactions
The humble ragi, considered an inexpensive staple food, is rich in many nutritional benefits,
making it a truly wonder food we should all incorporate into our diets.

Ragi A humble grain that is a true natural wonder
Ragi the humble grain
Ragi, also called finger millet, is a cereal crop. India is a major cultivator of this crop, with the
state of Karnataka being the largest producer of ragi in the country. Being a cheap crop, it is
widely used by the poorer sections of the society.
The nutritional benefits of ragi
Nutritionally, when ragi is used as a whole grain, it is higher in protein and minerals in
comparison to rice. Red millet is primarily a source of energy in the diet with each serving of
ragi (20g) providing 66kcal. It is also rich in fibre and therefore suitable for people trying to lose
weight. Ragi, unlike wheat does not contain gluten (a protein found in wheat), and can be easily
consumed by people with wheat intolerance.
Ragi is a wonder cereal grain as it has numerous health benefits:
Good source of calcium Amongst cereals, ragi is particularly rich in calcium, a mineral
essential for good bone health. It is a very good source of natural calcium for growing children
and older adults, and helps improve bone strengthening.
Energy for weight watchers Finger millet is a good source of energy for weight watchers, as
it contains the amino acid tryptophan that reduces the appetite. Besides, being high in fibre, it
provides a feeling of fullness when consumed, and keeps the urge to eat frequently under control.
Beats high sugar and cholesterol Ragi is beneficial for diabetics as well as those with high
cholesterol, as the high fibre content of Ragi makes it a food item with low glycaemic index.
That is, it results in slow increase in blood sugar level.
Find out about the glycaemic index of different foods.
Good mix of amino acids Due to a good amino acid mix in ragi, it is beneficial for tissue
repair, relieving migraine, improving the metabolic rate of the body, optimal muscle
coordination, and helps reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol). The amino acids lecithin
and methionine eliminate excessive fat from the liver, and in turn reduce the cholesterol content
of the body.
Source of iron Being a good source of iron, it is beneficial of individuals with low
haemoglobin level.
Excellent baby food As ragi is low in fat, and is gluten free, it is easily digested. It is
therefore, given as first foods to babies in the form of Ragi Seri. Being a good source of calcium
in the diet, it is good for bone development in babies.
Also good for new moms Besides, it is also given to new mother to improve the haemoglobin
levels. Lactating mothers are made to eat green ragi, as it improves milk production.
Ragi mudde is a common preparation of ragi eaten with sambar. Being high in fibre, ragi is
incorporated in multi-grain biscuits and bread to enhance the fibre content of the product. Ragi
can be used to make porridge, upma, cakes, biscuits, dosas and many other preparations.
Though a cheap crop, but it is high in nutritive value and extremely beneficial.


How can I lower my cholesterol levels and
control diabetes?
January 30, 2012 By admin 0 Comments and 0 Reactions
Dr Jyothi Prasad dietitian, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore
answers your diet-related questions:

Eat fruits and veggies to lower cholesterol
Q.
I am 34-year-old man with a family history of diabetes and heart disease. A recent health
checkup revealed I have borderline cholesterol, in addition to high blood sugar. I travel a lot
(small towns and cities) on work and rarely get a chance to eat home food. What kind of foods
should I eat while I am travelling to ensure I dont do more damage to my health.
Ramesh RK, Pune
A.
Dear Ramesh,
First thing you must do is get your weight checked and make sure that it is as per to standards. If
you weigh more than what you should, try and reduce weight. Weight reduction is known to
bring both cholesterol and blood sugar down. Since youre going to have to stay with both these
conditions for the rest of your life, and they have the potential to be disastrous you have to pay
attention to what you eat and exercise.
Though your job involves a lot of travelling, there are some food basics you can incorporate.
Make sure that you eat on time. Instead of 3 big meals, have 6 small meals. Avoid all foods that
have sugar: sweets, pastries, chocolates, cakes. Include a lot of vegetables both raw and cooked
in every meal you eat. The fibre in these vegetables helps bring down blood sugar and
cholesterol. Include fruits too, but avoid sweet fruits like custard apple and chickoo and mango.
Also avoid starchy vegetables like potato, sweet potato, tapioca and yam.
When it comes to grains, there is not much difference between rice and wheat the former has
little less fibre and hence gets digested quicker. It is the quantity which matters. Pick white meat
over red meat, if youre to eat non-vegetarian, preferably not deep fried. Milk and milk products
can be taken, but low-fat. Foods made out of refined flour like pizzas, noodles and pasta are best
restricted.