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Dietary changes can help improve symptoms in patients with Gout. Tea is best avoided.

Cherries are good.

New Delhi: The most common inflammatory arthritis in men and older women is the Gout. This excruciatingly painful condition is caused by the crystallization of uric acid within joints. Following proper remedies can make one come out of experiencing such inconvenience.

Not many people know that purine intake of animal origin increases the odds for recurrent gout attacks by nearly five-fold. Another major cause is heavy alcohol consumption. So, strictly stay off organ and other meats, fish, seafood, sugar and alcohol (particularly beer, which contains purines). People are scared of purines of vegetarian origin also but the risk from them is almost negligible.

One item which most people don’t associate with gout is tea. Tea addicts pass three times more urine than a healthy person. Yet, the toxic substances in it do not go out and instead form the uric acid that causes gout and arthritis. So dispense with your daily cuppas.

The standard medicines include Prednisone, Cortisone and anti-inflammatory drugs. Initially, these help but cause serious side-effects if continued for long.

Fortunately, this debilitating condition can also be tackled with the help of certain food items. The most useful being cherry. Eating just 45 cherries per day for a month brings about a dramatic reduction in this chronic inflammatory disease. Not only that, residual anti-inflammatory benefits can be felt even a month after one stops this cherry treatment.

According to research at East Lansing’s Michigan State University, anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red colour, are anti-inflammatory and 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin.

If cherries are not in season, you can go for the frozen ones. Even cherry juice concentrate helps control the pain but is no patch on the actual fruit.

Cherries bring down uric acid levels as well. A significant drop can be noticed within five hours of eating a big bowl of cherries. Not only that, antioxidant levels in the blood go up as vitamin C levels start to rise.

Several other fruit like grapes, strawberries and kiwi fruit have been tested but none of these significantly lower uric acid levels. The cherries can come in handy for those who cannot afford prohibitively costly gout drugs. Not only that, uric-acid-lowering drugs like allopurinol have rare but serious side-effects which include the worst of them all called Stevens-Johnson syndrome in which one’s skin gets detached from the body.

Our lowly ‘dhania’ (coriander leaves) too is a saviour for gout patients. Properly clean a bunch and boil it in a glass of water for 5-6 minutes. Drink this concoction for a month to see the difference. This is also good for kidney patients.

Those who don’t like the taste of dhania can instead blend cucumber, celery and ginger and drink it twice a day with a dash of lemon. Even those on a medicine can try these complementary therapies.

Another surefire remedy is to take two to three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with half a teaspoon of aluminium-free baking soda thrice a day, about half an hour before every meal. (Amar Chandel, IANS) (Image source: sportsmedicinebayarea.org)

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Prepare these Amazing Cocktails for a tipsy Winter

Best Cocktail recipes you can prepare easily at home in winters

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Cocktail Recipes for winter
Cocktail Recipes for winters.Wikimedia commons
  • From wintery matcha, cherry punch to a cinnamon affair, there are many different cocktails that you can try to warm up this winter, say experts.

Karan Vasani, Chief Winemaker at Sula Vineyards, and experts at Hennessy list some cocktail recipes to try out this winter:

* Mulled Wine

Ingredients

Shiraz wine – 3 glasses

Star anise – 3

Cloves – 5

Orange peel

Cinnamon flavoured sugar syrup

Method — Boil the above ingredients till the wine reduces to half. Add 60 ml Janus wine and serve warm garnished with a vanilla pod.

* Wintery matcha Cocktail

Ingredients

Green tea – 1 tea bag

Green apple syrup – 10 ml

Ginger – 15 gm juiced

Lime juice – 30 ml

Sula Seco

Method – Brew the green tea as per packet instructions. Let it cool. Fill one-third of a sparkling wine glass with green tea. Add the green apple syrup, ginger and lime juice. Top it off with Sula Seco. Serve with a thin slice of green apple.

* Cherry punch Cocktail

Ingredients

Cherry puree -60 ml

Ginger – 100 gm

Water -150 ml

Riesling wine – 3 glasses

Method – Muddle the ginger and cherry puree together. Add water and bring it to a boil. Boil it till it reduces to half. Top it off with the Riesling wine. Serve cool garnished with a cherry.

* Magic Spritzer Cocktail

Ingredients

Ginger – 50 gm

Eclipse – 60 ml

Zinfandel red wine – 2 glasses

Martini Rosso – 60 ml

Method – Grate the ginger and juice it. Stir all the ingredients together. Serve at room temperature in a wine glass garnished with orange peel

* Cinnamon affair Cocktail

Ingredients

Green tea – 1 tea bag

Cinnamon – 2 stick

Lemon juice – 15 ml

Janus wine – 30 ml

Brut wine

Method – Brew the green tea as per packet instructions along with the cinnamon. Let it cool. Fill one-third of a sparkling wine glass with the green tea and cinnamon mix. Add lemon juice and brandy and give it a stir. Top it off with Brut wine. Serve cool.

* Mixed story Cocktail

Ingredients

Cognac – 4 cl (1.5oz)

Acacia honey – 0.5 cl (0.2oz)

Hot water – 4 cl (1.5oz)

Lemon -1 slice

Method – In a glass, add cognac, honey and hot water. Stir to dissolve the honey. Garnish with a lemon slice.

* Sugary winter Cocktail

Ingredients

Cognac – 4 cl (1.5oz)

Hot water – 4 cl (1.50z)

Sugar cane syrup – 0.5 cl (0.2oz)

2 lemon supremes (wedges without the peel, pith and skin)

1 thin slice of ginger

1 orange twist

Method – In a glass, add cognac, sugar, lemon, and ginger. Stir. Top with hot water and garnish with orange twist.

* Spiced orange smash Cocktail

Ingredients

2.5 parts of cognac

½ part Averna

½ part simple syrup

2 dashes of Angosutra Bitters

1 tablespoon of Orange marmalade

0.75 part Fresh Lemon Juice

Method – Add all liquids to a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Fine strain. Pour over ice in a glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): Health, Skin & Hair

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Apple cider vinegar. Wikimedia

Sep 27, 2017: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is widely used by people in myriad ways and purposes, notably because of the vitamins and mineral content. ACV contains ‘mother of vinegar,’ a complex structure of beneficial acids. Cider Vinegar is unrefined and unpasteurized due to the mother factor and has a variety of benefits that are lost when it is filtered and heated.

From the ancient times, ACV has proven to be the elixir of life, carrying benefits from health to skin and hair. ACV is also used in salad dressings, vinaigrettes, marinades, chutneys, and food preservatives.

How is Apple Cider Vinegar formed?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar. Wikimedia

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used as an ingredient in the home remedies from ages. ACV is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the juice. The juice is then fermented by adding bacteria and yeast, which converts the fruit sugar into alcohol. In the second stage of the fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by the acetic acid-forming bacteria.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Digestion Support

Apple cider vinegar improves digestion by increasing stomach acid. It also fights constipation since the cider vinegar incites digestive juices that help to break down food in the body. Pectin found in ACV helps to soothe intestinal fits. Mix one or two tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water and consume before a meal for best results. 

Lowers Cholesterol

A study published in the British Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that consuming one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in the morning lowers the cholesterol as it increases bile production and supports the liver.

Detox Body

Drinking ACV in warm water in the morning helps to flush out toxins from the body.

Weight Loss

Apple cider vinegar increases metabolism rate and supports weight loss because it contains acetic acid, which is responsible for improving metabolism.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Acetic acid present in ACV helps in reducing high blood pressure and triglyceride.

Urinary Tract Infection

Dr. Earl Mindell, Author of Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar, cited: Daily consumption of apple cider vinegar aids urinary tract in maintaining a slightly acidic environment. The acid represses the growth of UTI-causing bacteria. Mindell warns that one should refrain from consuming ACV after infection, mentioned Livestrong.

Kidney Stones

ACV enables to flush out stones naturally from the Kidney. The highly acidic nature of ACV dissolves the crystals that form into stones in the body. Mix two tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water and drink it twice a day for better results.

Skin Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Prevents acne problems

Apple cider vinegar prevents acne problems by killing bacteria, removing excess dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin and dissolving dead skin cells.

Skin toner

ACV toner helps normalize your skin’s pH balance and ward off bacteria. It sheds dead skin cells so that the pores do not get clogged and your skin remains salubrious.

Soothes sunburn

ACV relieves stinging sensation caused by sunburns. Dilute ACV with water and dab a wet cloth onto the sunburn. It will give you instant relief. Do not apply ACV directly onto your face, as it might burn your face.

Fights allergy

Diluting Apple Cider in water and rubbing it over the rashes with a cotton ball helps in curing inflammation, reducing itching and healing the sensitivities.

Pedicure

The acetic acid in Apple cider vinegar works as an exfoliating agent. Put half a cup of ACV into 10 to 15 litres of water. Dip your feet and hands in this solution. You will notice dead cells coming off after the scrub.

Aftershave

ACV can also be used as an aftershave. It acts as an antiseptic to clean out any cuts and moisturizes the skin. It also closes the pores and soothes razor burn.

 Healthy skin

Apply mix of ACV and water on your face for best toning effect, bright and spotless, healthy and youthful skin. It minimises pore size, which is a giveaway of skin aging.

Hair Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Prevent split ends & breakage

ACV smoothens hair’s cuticle, which helps block split ends and breakage. Add ACV to your hair regimen by mixing it with filtered tap water. Rub it onto the split end and wash your hair after 30 minutes.

Stimulate hair growth

Massage ACV mixed with water gently over the scalp to stimulate blood circulation that also promotes hair growth.

Prevent hair loss

Hair breaks out easily because of deprivation of oil on the scalp. This happens when hair follicles are clogged, which leads to crusty flakes on the scalp formed by bacteria. Rinsing your scalp with ACV and water mixture can help you prevent causes of hair loss.

Lustrous and voluminous hair

The acetic acid in ACV removes residue from the product buildup and helps in maintaining shiny, lustrous locks.

Detangle hair

ACV is a fabulous natural detangler that is used as an alternative to conditioner. The acid in ACV helps to soften the hair cuticle allowing knots and tangles to slip out through brush.

Reduce frizzy hair

Frizzy hair is caused by lifted cuticles on the hair. Apple cider vinegar smoothes down the cuticles to give you frizz-free hair.

Eliminates Dandruff

ACV removes dandruff by eliminating the flaky skin on the scalp. Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse with mild shampoo.

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Why Tea is so popular Worldwide? India’s Tea Genome sequencing project will not replicate work done by Chinese

Genome mapping helps to decode the genetic controls linked to different characters of tea that govern its yield, quality and other attributes

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  • Genome is the complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism
  • Chinese researchers announced on May 1 they have successfully sequenced the genome of the evergreen shrub Camellia sinensis, known as tea tree
  • Genome mapping helps to decode the genetic controls linked to different characters of tea that govern its yield, quality, and other attributes

Kolkata, June 5, 2017: India, which recently launched its tea genome sequencing project, is not going to replicate the work done by the Chinese but instead aims to develop climate-smart tea plantations with the genomic boost, an official here said.

We launched the project in the first week of April and a Chinese group published a paper on their work a month later. Many are of the opinion that India has, perhaps, missed the bus. We are not replicating the work that China has done. Our target cultivar is Assam type (Camellia assamica) and that is Indian-origin tea, Biswajit Bera, Director (Research) at Tea Board of India, Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry said on Monday.

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Once the project is completed, we are going to have a climate smart tea plantation wherein we will target development of tea cultivars according to our own need, he said.

In a study that offers clues why tea is so popular worldwide, Chinese researchers announced on May 1 they have successfully sequenced the genome of the evergreen shrub Camellia sinensis, known as tea tree, for the first time, Xinhua reported.

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The genus Camellia contains over 100 species, but the most popular varieties of tea, including black tea, green tea, Oolong tea, white tea, and chai, all come from the leaves of the evergreen shrub Camellia sinensis.

India’s tea genome mapping project involves six institutes — three Tea Research Institutes, National Tea Research Foundation (NTRF), ICAR, CSIR. This exercise will help in the development of superior tea cultivars using genome sequence information, Bera said.

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This will be a two-phased programme. We will generate huge genetic resource information which will be co-related with field data specifying different traits or characters. Like, for Darjeeling, we are targetting the disease blister blight. For different areas of tea plantation in India, we are targetting different traits which will be co-related with this genome sequencing. In addition, the genetic data will also aid in developing package and practices to overcome adverse climatic stress, Bera said.

Genome is the complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism. Genome mapping helps to decode the genetic controls linked to different characters of tea that govern its yield, quality and other attributes.

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Bera, a botanist, said there are three main tea varieties: India tea (Assam), China tea and hybrid tea.

Bera was speaking at a workshop on ‘Sustainable Development of Tea-Gardens and Issues of Urban Wetland’ organised here by IIT Kharagpur and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Around 40 students and faculty from both institutions, who are jointly researching the tea gardens in North Bengal, participated in the event. (IANS)

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