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All In One Almond - A Cool Nut Known For Healthy Food And Nutrition

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
by Sck

Almonds are a very useful food. This nut packs in quite a punch. Mineral-Rich almond nuts are good for bone and cardiovascular health.
What’s the connection between almonds and good health? Almond nuts are a nutritionally dense food making them a good dietary choice. Almonds in fact are a nutritional powerhouse and a natural source of most of the rare nutrients the human body needs for optimal health. As well, almonds are high in fiber which has been shown to play a protective role in relation to heart disease and diabetes.
Almonds are one of the world’s oldest cultivated and rare fruit that is available throughout the year and can be eaten all the times. A sheer variety in which almonds can be consumed and used makes it a fruit for all the seasons.

Over the years, almonds have proved their nutritional attributes and socio-cultural importance. From Rome to Sweden and US to India, almonds have been referred to as symbol of fortune, happiness and health.

How Can You Use Almonds?

For one, it enhances any dish it is added to. But more importantly this cool nut is a hit with most health conscious people in all seasons. According to researchers at Tufts University in US, a 28 gram serving of almonds packs same level of flavonoid antioxidants as a serving of cooked broccoli or brewed green or a black tea. Just a handful of almonds can provide an individual with heart healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, protein, fiber, potassium, magnesium and iron.
Almonds

There is nothing like a good breakfast to kick start a day and adding almonds in your breakfast would be the right option. The brown covering of the almond nut should be removed before eaten by small children, old people or those with a weakened condition. This covering is difficult to digest unless thoroughly chewed, but can be removed by dipping the nuts briefly in boiling water (process is called blanching).
Health Benefits of Almonds

Almonds and Minerals - Almond nuts offer a unique blend of minerals, calcium, potassium, magnesium that are beneficial to bone health. Additional nutrients in almonds are copper, zinc, and iron.
Almonds and Vitamin E - Almonds are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that can cut risk of certain cancers, cataracts and heart disease.

Almonds and Folic Acid - Almond nuts are a source of folic acid, which helps in making red blood cells and in protecting against heart disease and stroke.
Almonds and Phytochemicals - Almonds also contain phytochemicals that may render protection against heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

“FDA Gives Almonds Heart Health Nod,” in a clinical trial conducted at the University of Toronto, test subjects who ate one ounce of almonds per day lowered their LDL cholesterol by 4.4% from baseline. Subjects who doubled their almond intake saw a greater drop in LDL.

Eating Almonds for Good Health

  • You can make your own nutritious almond nut butter, blending almonds with a little oil in a food processor until smooth. Use as a spread on toast or crackers or as a sandwich filling.
  • Mix ¼ cup of blanched, ground almonds with 1 cup of water in a blender for creamy almond milk, which is delicious over cereal. Almond milk can be sweetened with vanilla or honey to taste.
  • Dress up steamed green beans with a little butter, Parmesan, and slivered almonds
  • Add chopped almond nuts to soups for extra goodness
  • Toss a green salad with slivered almonds
  • Coat chicken with chopped almond nuts for delicious almond chicken
  • Add chopped almonds to granola or oatmeal
  • Add blanched, ground almonds to shortbread cookies, replacing ¼ cup of flour with ground almonds

Mesothelioma and Homeopathy

Monday, September 1st, 2008
by Sck

Author: Shreya Deshpande

Mesothelioma is a dreaded lung cancer caused due to asbestos exposure. Though the symptoms of lung cancer do not occur immediately, the person may develop cancer after may be a few decades. It is the malignancy affecting serous membranes of the body. Though the prime site of affection is lung, other sites like abdominal peritoneum or pericardium may also be affected.
Though the cancer is very rare, the symptoms and signs leave patients restless and in agony. No definitive cure has yet been found by medical experts. In the earlier stages, surgery in the form of resection is helpful but chances of recurrence are high. In later stages, chemotherapy and radiation are carried out. But nowadays doctors emphasize on undergoing clinical trials for patients of Mesothelioma because numerous trials are being carried out in reputed cancer institutes. However the results are uncertain and the process may be excessively expensive.
Considering all the options, many doctors nowadays suggest the alternative therapies like Homeopathy for the dread called Mesothelioma. The homeopaths all over the world are contemplating various possibilities for the treatment of Mesothelioma. Though they do not boast to cure Mesothelioma totally, they do have very good results in terms of alleviation of symptoms of Mesothelioma. The excessive cough, chest pain, and constitutional symptoms like malaise, fever or weakness can be effectively dealt with by different Homeopathic remedies.
One of the definitive treatments in Homeopathy for Mesothelioma is mistletoe therapy. It is an immuno-augmentative therapy in which an herb called Iscador is extracted from mistletoe and administered to the patient in the form of injections or tablets. As the name suggests, the therapy aims at boosting the suppressed immune system and thus giving relief to the troubled patient.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/cancer-articles/mesothelioma-and-homeopathy-539569.html

About the Author:
Dr. Shreya Deshpande is a well-known Homeopath of India and treats her patients online too. For knowing more about homeopathy and Dr. Shreya’s services, please visit-  www.drshreya.com

Know the great supplements for hair

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

I hope that you aren’t expecting some miracle solution that will help you grow ten inches of hair in a month. Unluckily, growing hair takes time and lots of patience. If you hear someone claim that they can do it otherwise, I’d be very cautious before taking their advice. However, there are several things that you can do to attain healthy hair and speed up the growing process - if you’re willing to pay the price.

You may have noticed that women from the same family often have the same hair growth patterns. If you should see a woman that grows hair well, the chances are that the other women in her family grow hair well too. The same is true for women who cannot grow hair well. This is because heredity many times plays a big role in how our hair grows.

You may be saying, “My family members just aren’t hair growers, so I’m stuck, right?” Not necessarily. Many times family traits are inherited because nutritional habits are also passed down. Nutritional deficiencies can be inherited just the same as hair color. The good news is the cycle can be broken, but it takes patience. With proper nutrition, deficiencies can almost always be reversed, but sometimes it takes several months or even years to completely reverse.

Even if you don’t have a deficiency, proper nutrition and supplements can be used to boost you hair’s growth rate. If you want to add foods to your diet that will help hair growth here are a few you may want to try:Barley

Barley: This nutritional grain is good for a number of things, but its high content of niacin, a B vitamin, is essential for healthy hair.

High protein foods: Without enough protein, hair is forced into the resting phase, and is shed prematurely. Try adding more lean meats, beans or lentils to your diet. Protein is composed of the amino acids necessary to grow new cells - including hair. (Have you ever noticed how beautiful a Hispanic woman’s hair is? It’s because of the high protein from the beans in their diet).Avocado

Avocados, nuts and seeds: These contain high vitamin E, necessary for healthy hair.

Raw oats and bean sprouts: These contain silica, a very important mineral that is a must for growing healthy hair.

Sufficient fat: Many people automatically turn their noses up when fat is mentioned, but certain amounts of fats are necessary for health in general and for healthy hair. The key is finding the right kinds of fats. EFAs (essential fatty acids) found in foods such as fish, and pumpkin, are extremely important for healthy hair. Also, find a good balance from other plant and animal sources.

Luckily, modern science has made it possible to get proper nutrition very easily without having to eat several pounds of the foods that contain the nutrients we need. This is through nutritional supplements. Even when taking nutritional supplements, make sure that you’re getting ones of a good quality, or they just won’t benefit. Make sure the supplement manufacturer has a reputation for good quality.

Here’s a list of the supplements that will help you grow great hair:

VITAMINS: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Biotin, Inositol, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12.

GET GREAT VITAMIN SUPLEMENTSVitamins and minerals

MINERALS: Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Iodine, Selenium, Copper, Silica, Zinc, Sulfur, Chromium

BUY COLLOIDAL MINERALS

HERBS: Sage, Chamomile, Catnip, Burdock Root, Horsetail

If you have very curly hair, you may have a hard time growing hair. Curly hair rarely grows long, so this doesn’t mean that you have a deficiency.Herbs Curly hair is beautiful in its own way, whether it’s long or short.

There are several health situations that can keep your hair from looking its best. Thyroid problems, gastrointestinal issues, and even hormone imbalances. If you don’t notice at least some improvement in your hair’s quality after several months, you may consider an underlying health problem.

Know about a wonderful remedy

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Does your work necessitate sitting for hours before the computer -something that causes eye irritation? Are you suffering from acidity? Or, have you caught a bad cold or a bout of asthma? Well, there is a single remedy to all the complaints - honey Taking honey regularly improves eye sight, cures acidity and coughYou have been keeping a hawk’s eye on your body weight and are a regular at the gym.

You also drink lots of water and fiber-rich diet. You even follow experts’ advice on taking care of your hair and skin. But what about those eyes? How do you protect them from the stress that is caused by working long hours before the computer? Well, here’s an easy answer to that: Take the traditional route add a little honey to your daily diet.

Yes, whether it’s your grandmother, or the neighborhood doctor, everybody will agree toHoney this fact that honey not only helps protect the eyes, but also help improve your eyesight. While there are plenty of home remedies from honey, we bring you a few here:

Perry Kharpuri is a researcher based in Shillong, a place well-known for it’s large-scale honey production. Perry’s advice is, “mix two teaspoons of honey with carrot juice and consume regularly”, to improve your eye sight and cure problems such as watering of eyes.

Now, Swapan Debnath, a homeopath says that honey can help control your BP as well. According to him, two teaspoons of honey should be mixed with one teaspoon of garlic juice and taken on a regular basis.

Honey and Ginger JuiceMaheep Kohli owns a bee farm in Moga, Punjab and she has a few honey-based remedies up her sleep as well. One of them is a mixture of honey, ginger juice and black pepper powder, mixed in equal quantities. When consumed thrice daily helps to relieve symptoms of asthma.

However, here are also a few words of caution from Maheep: Always make sure that the honey you are taking is not heated, avoid taking honey when you are exposed to high temperature.

In cold, cough and congested chest, two teaspoons of honey with equal quantity of ginger juice should be consumed frequently. This is one of the oldest and most popular remedies that millions of Indians already follow. The other such popular remedy is to take one spoon of fresh honey mixed with the juice of half a lemon in a glass of lukewarm water in order to get cured of constipation, hyperacidity and obesity.

And last but least, never ever mix honey with hot and spicy foods and fermented beverages like whisky, rum, brandy, etc. Honey includes nectar of various flowers some of which may be poisonous and when it is mixed with hot and spicy foods, the poisonous properties get enhanced, sometimes to the extent of being fatal.

Is garlic harmful to your health?

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Garlic has been around as long as the pyramids, maybe longer. For millenniums, it’s been a staple remedy in folk medicine. It’s also a key ingredient in Mediterranean cooking (Eating a Mediterranean Diet Reduces Mortality). Now we’re starting to find out, once again, that grandma knew her stuff. Garlic is packed full of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only good for you, but vital to health and wellness!

During World War I, soldiers were given garlic to avoid dysentery. In WWII, it was used against gangrene. Even before that, some say that Louis Pasteur (the scientist famous for making germ theory broadly accepted) accepted its benefit as an antibacterial agent.

Garlic gets its strong flavor from its sulphur content. The stronger the flavor, the more sulphur it contains. Now sulphur is used in the production of amino acids — those little things that protein is built from. Protein is what cells are made of. Without protein, cells weaken, without amino acids, the body can’t construct its protein, and without sulphur, certain proteins don’t get made. Because of it’s sulphur content, science is beginning to think it may be helpful for preventing cancer.

Another element of garlic is allicin — a compound antibiotic and antifungal properties. It’s what gives fresh garlic a hot, burning taste. Allicin doesn’t become active in garlic until it is chopped up or crushed. Unfortunately, allicin loses a lot of its potency when you cook it, so for use as an antibacterial or antifungal, you’re better off going with a garlic oil supplement. But this compound is excellent for dissolving fats within the body, and so helps against arteriosclerosis by keeping plaque build-up down.

Raw garlic is also high in the minerals calcium, iron, potassium, selenium and zinc, and in vitamin compounds that include beta-carotene (a vegetable source of vitamin A), rutin (a strong antioxidant sometimes used in managing hemophilia) and quercetin, a flavonoid very effective against pollen allergies, such as hay fever. And this list is just scratching the surface of the garlic clove!




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