Thursday November 23, 2017

Health Benefits of Almonds attributed by Traditional Hindu Medicine Systems- Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha Literature

 A recent review by TDU scholars on published Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani texts gives scientific proof of some already known health benefits of almonds and revealed many other lesser known benefits of almonds.

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  • Almonds have a therapeutic effect on lifestyle conditions such as gastric irritation and debility in diabetes patients.
  • Almonds play a crucial role in promoting skin and hair health in addition to being an aphrodisiac

New Delhi, July 25, 2017: Ayurveda, an ancient and traditional Hindu system of medicine aims for wholesome growth of an individual on a physical, mental and spiritual level. It is primarily based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

This form of medicinal treatment has its roots steeped in Indian culture, as is the tradition of almond consumption, Dr. Padma Venkatasubramanian and Dr. Subrahmanya Kumar of Trans-disciplinary University (TDU) reviewed published Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani texts and documented the usage and health benefits of almonds.

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Dr. Padma is a firm believer that natural foods and traditional practices have the power to treat simple illnesses. “Almonds have been considered beneficial to health for many years now. It is understood that it stems from a strong belief in the nutritional properties of almonds. However, with the progress made by modern medicine, people tend to move towards lab produced medicines even for simple illnesses or conditions that that may be improved, by natural foods and traditional practices like Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani,” said Dr. Padma Venkatasubramanian, Lead author of the review Trans-Disciplinary University (TDU). She added, “For example, according to Siddha, a main function of almonds is to tone up all body tissues, especially the reproductive. According to Siddha practice, almonds are also thought to have a therapeutic effect on lifestyle conditions such as gastric irritation and debility in diabetes patients.”

She adds further, “one of the most fascinating discoveries through this review was that according to both Ayurveda and Unani, almond consumption also has a therapeutic effect on male infertility and decreased sexual performance, a condition growing at a fast pace in today’s world.”

There is an increased awareness of lifestyle diseases today, people are more willing to take steps and are making desired changes in lifestyle to lead a healthier life. Ritika Samaddar, popular Delhi based nutritionist said, “I have been recommending daily snacking on a handful of almonds (30 grams/ 23 almonds) to my patients, to stay energized through the day and for its heart health, weight and diabetes management, benefits that are supported by scientific literature.” Our Indian medical traditions have stressed upon health benefits of almonds since long in addition to those supported by existing scientific evidence.   Samaddar added, “It is interesting to see these texts speak about almonds’ role in promoting skin and hair health in addition to being an aphrodisiac, an area rarely ever spoken about with regards to almonds.”

Namrata Shirodkar, actor and celebrity said, “I have always believed in natural foods and their goodness. Since I have grown up hearing about the multiple benefits of almonds, I ensure my entire family eats a handful of these nuts every day. This review echoes what I have grown up hearing and believing about almonds. What is most satisfying for me as a mother is that the Ayurveda and Unani texts suggest that consumption of almonds nourishes the brain, nerve tissues and promotes intelligence. This is a big reason I include almonds in my child’s daily diet and would continue to do so”.

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The aim of the review was to see how almonds fit into traditional health or medicine practices and belief systems in India by reviewing traditional texts. For this purpose, TDU reviewed texts from the three traditional medical practices, all published texts approved by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy), Government of India.

Texts from the three traditional medical systems referred to almonds frequently and spoke about the varieties, parts used, functional properties, pharmacological actions, therapeutic indications and usage of almonds. In addition, the texts refer to multiple compound formulations using almonds as an ingredient.

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The interesting part is that while these traditional Indian medical texts already acknowledge the health benefits supported by modern scientific research, many other benefits of almonds which were not known to people earlier have also been mentioned.

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– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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7 popular Flavors of Green Tea and Their Benefits

Here are 7 popular flavors of Green Tea you must taste once in life.

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  • Green tea is a natural antioxidant and has many health benefits.
  • The tea leaves do not undergo any oxidation process which makes much healthier than other teas.

It is made from unoxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea (with white tea the least) and therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols. Its consumption is also known to facilitate healthy hair and clear skin.The extracts of this tea have been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine for a variety of uses

Here are 7 Popular flavors of green tea and their benefits-

Tulsi 

Tulsi Green Tea and its benefits
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Tulsi or Basil comes the rich tradition of Ayurveda and herbal remedies. Tulsi in tea gives it a refreshing flavor and helps to protect the body from damaging free radicals. It also works as a stress buster and boosts Stamina and helps to maintain better digestion and metabolism.

Mint

Mint Green Tea and its benefits
Mint Green Tea and its benefits.Wikimedia Commons

Mint green tea is the most refreshing one and its aroma will make your day brighter. It is a rich antioxidant and has unique energizing benefits, which can lighten up your mood and improve your digestion power.

Matcha 

Matcha Green Tea and its benefits
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Matcha tea is in powdered form and is made up of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It is a rich antioxidant and burns fat in the body. It helps in relaxing body and lowers the cholesterol level. It is loaded with catechins and has a  rich herbaceous flavor

Chamomile 

Chamomile Green tea and its benefits
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Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. Tea infused with chamomile flowers in hot waters gives it perfect aroma.It gives a relief from stress and aids migraines.Chamomile tea also gives relief from stomach cramps and helps in proper digestion.

Jasmine 

Jasmine Green tea and its benefits
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It is simply tea that has been flavored with jasmine flowers. It gives relief from stress and helps in reducing inflammation caused by arthritis. Its refreshing aroma gives relief in stress and reduces the level of high blood pressure.

Honey lemon 

Honey lemon green tea and its benefits
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It is the best antioxidant and helps in reducing weight quickly. It freshens up your mood and energizes your body. The concoction also helps in attaining smooth and glowing skin.

Himalayan

Himalayan green tea and its benefits
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Organic tea leaves picked from the roots of the mighty Himalaya.Himalayan Tea helps to aid fatigue and also serves as an excellent detox. In addition to this, it also aids digestion, weight loss and helps reducing blood pressure.

Here are 7 refreshing and highly beneficial green teas that you can try out. Stay tuned for more health tips.

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Poor Dental Health can Lead to Obesity in Children

The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

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  • Worried about your child’s obesity problems? It’s high time you curbed his love for sugary drinks and junk food. A little focus on dental care may also prevent your child gaining excess weight, says a new study.

The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

“Weight can be a sensitive subject, but if you talk about eating behaviors alongside dental health, you are looking at the issue from a different angle,” said Louise Arvidsson, a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

“The question is whether a healthy diet can have the effect also in young children. There has been a lot of focus on physical activity and mental health in children, but diet is an increasingly recognized aspect.”

The researchers reviewed the eating behavior, body fat and dental health of 271 small children. The height, weight and food intake of the children were kept under observation for one day and then checked for the prevalence of cariogenic microorganisms in saliva.

The results found that the children who had a higher amount of carries bacteria also had higher BMI and worse eating habits.

The children were suggested to consume whole grain products, 400-500 grams of fruit and vegetables per day, fish two to three times a week and a low intake of sugar and saturated fat.

Arvidsson mentioned in the thesis, conducted at the University’s Sahlgrenska Academy, that with good food comes increased self-esteem, better relationships with friends and fewer emotional problems

Rather, parents who try to change the regime of their children by asking them to eat less during childhood can see serious repercussions of overweight problems in later life.(IANS)

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Here is all you need to Do to Get a Perfect Figure

Simple steps you can take to get a perfect figure in few days.

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New Delhi, November 8: Do you turn green with envy when you see Miss India’s hourglass figure? Here is a diet chart and workout regime that you must follow to attain that perfect figure and fit body.

Arushi Verma, Co-Founder, FITPASS, and celebrity nutritionist Nmami Agarwal, who is the fitness guru of Miss India World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, suggest how to have a fit body:

* Don’t skip breakfast: Skipping breakfast increases hunger pangs by the end of the day.

* Eat regular meals and use smaller plates: Eating regular meals helps to reduce the temptation to snack on food that is high in fat and sugar.

* Avoid sugar, especially refined sugar.

Sample menu

* Early morning: Water two to three glasses (warm with or without lemon squeezed)

* Breakfast: Plain/unflavoured yogurt with oatmeal or wheat flakes and fresh fruits and seeds or two to three egg whites with avocado, carrot, beets and sweet potato.

* Mid-meal: Coconut water followed by fruits.

* Lunch: Quinoa/rice/chapati with a bowl of vegetables and shredded chicken/lentils.

* Evening: Unsalted nuts followed by fruit or banana and fig smoothie.

* Dinner: Chicken/fish (grilled/roasted) with sautéed vegetables (broccoli/carrots/beans/mushrooms/beets).

Many models have to travel and, hence, are forced to eat out.

While traveling, make healthy diet choices. Order foods such as grilled chicken or fish and avoid having a creamy sauce along with it. Instead of the main course, opt for an appetizer. Always order a salad along with your meal, but choose only low-fat dressings.

* Practise yoga regularly: Yoga is a great form of exercise to maintain a fit body posture and keep muscles toned. Apart from providing a slim figure, yoga is also beneficial for increasing flexibility and core strength of your body.

* Twisting: For an over-all body warm-up and fit body, core twisting is the most effective exercise to lengthen, strengthen, detox and tone your entire body. Being an effective cardio workout, core twisting also helps to eliminate pain, inflammation and internal scar tissue formation.

* Squats: This is one exercise which should be part of everyone’s workout routine — regardless of age, gender or fitness goals. They’re not just for legs; they benefit the whole body in a multitude of ways. Apart from toning and maintaining thigh and bottom muscles, squats also help in increasing entire body strength and muscle, improving circulation, getting rid of cellulite etc.

* Run or just dance: The best way to de-stress your body is to go for a run or just start dancing to your favorite tunes.(IANS)