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Green Spaces Have The Potential To Reduce Violence and Criminal Activities, Says Study

Conversely, green space that is poorly designed and inadequately maintained can help crime take root and spread, the researchers said

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The research sought to synthesize the findings of many previous studies that looked at the effects of various forms of green space on crime and criminal behaviour. Pixabay

As north-east Delhi witnessed three days of deadly violence, which took over 40 lives in the capital, a new study suggests that properly designed and maintained outdoor green space has the potential to reduce violent crime and gun violence, to make communities safer and keep residents healthier.

Conversely, green space that is poorly designed and inadequately maintained can help crime take root and spread, the researchers said.

The findings, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, come from a team of scientists that has assembled a big-picture review of research on the complicated relationship between nature and crime in urban areas.

They identified several patterns that can help inform public policy, guide urban design and promote neighbourhoods that are safe and pleasant to live in.

“How to control violent crime is a polarising issue. We are interested to see, as designers whose work is to shape the physical environment, if it’s possible for us to contribute to this conversation and to take some actions to see if we, personally, can contribute to reducing crime,” said study researcher Hessam Sadatsafavi from University of Virginia in the US.

The research sought to synthesize the findings of many previous studies that looked at the effects of various forms of green space on crime and criminal behaviour.

The researchers initially considered more than 14,000 papers but ultimately winnowed those down to 45 done in the US, which offered the most relevant insights into how access to nature might improve public safety.

According to the researchers, the initial review was challenging because the topic is vast and can be approached from many angles.

“You might talk about community gardens, you might talk about people’s lawns,” Sadatsafavi explained.

“People who do the studies might go out and count the number of trees on sidewalks, or examine satellite images. Or look at the number of vacant lots that were turned into green space,”he said.

That, combined with the wide variety of crime examined and how it was reported, made it difficult for the researchers to draw specific conclusions.

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Properly designed and maintained outdoor green space has the potential to reduce violent crime and gun violence, to make communities safer and keep residents healthier. Pixabay

“But, there are definitely patterns,” Sadatsafavi said.

For example, nine studies looked at the effect of green space on gun violence. Six found that such interventions reduced crime, while three were inconclusive.

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“There is evidence that greening interventions at the urban level reduces violent crime, specifically gun violence,” he said.

“By looking at all these studies, we were able to propose possible pathways (to reduce crime and) put together an overall picture of why this is happening, both in terms of gun violence and in terms of overall crime rate,” he concluded. (IANS)

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Virgin Coconut Oil: The Oldest and the Healthiest Superfood

The power of virgin coconut oil

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One such superfood is a old standing tradition known to all Indian households, and commonly found in every kitchen-- Virgin coconut oil. Pixabay

A common misconception is that one must invest in exotic food to help boost your immunity levels and ensure good health.

One such superfood is a old standing tradition known to all Indian households, and commonly found in every kitchen– Virgin coconut oil. While the craze for superfoods has evolved rather recently, Virgin Coconut Oil is the oldest superfood that is trusted by every Indian.

Researchers have found that coconut oil is recommended for its myriad health benefits. Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil is extracted using natural means or no heat process from the fresh and matured kernels of the coconut. This extraction process preserves all the natural goodness of the oil that naturally helps to boost the immune system in the long run.

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Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oils that contain MCTs (Medium Chain Tryglyceride Fats) which is used by the liver as a cleanser. Pixabay

Nutritionist Sheryl Salis underlines the incredible benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil:

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The important MCFAs present in Coconut Oil is lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid.

The MCFAs in coconut oil principally destroy microbial organisms by disturbing their membranes, thus interfering with virus assembly and maturation.

Lauric acid and its monoglyceride found in coconut oil are effective in obliterating a wide variety of lipid-coated bacteria by disintegrating their lipid membranes.

The function of Monolaurin is that of an antivirus that targets enveloped viruses (viruses encased in a protective layer of lipids and phospholipids). It kills the virus by dissolving the protective lipids surrounding it.

Studies show that monolaurin markedly reduced the viral count on patients with HIV, herpes, measles, and vesicular stomatitis, among other viruses

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While the craze for superfoods has evolved rather recently, Virgin Coconut Oil is the oldest superfood that is trusted by every Indian. Pixabay

Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oils that contain MCTs (Medium Chain Tryglyceride Fats) which is used by the liver as a cleanser. This fat is one of the healthiest saturated fats because the body is able to easily absorb it.

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Food plays an important role in deciding our health, which in turn affects the body’s immune system. A weaker immune system can be detected when a person falls sick easily and quite often. The intake of Virgin Coconut Oil enhances the metabolism while also strengthening the immune system. Virgin Coconut Oil can be included in the diet in several ways.

Cooking with VCNO: coconut oil can be used in everyday cooking due to its high smoke point. It can also be used for sauteing and baking desserts.

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It is recommended to consume 2 spoons of virgin coconut oil every day to boost the immune system.

Virgin coconut oil is not a miraculous cure for any illnesses and therefore eating a balanced diet that comprises of healthy fats, grains and leafy vegetables adds to the process for a healthier body and mind. (IANS)