Monday February 17, 2020

Here’s How Ginger Reduces Bad Breath

The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, also suggested that citric acid increases the sodium ion content of saliva, making salty foods taste less salty

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Ginger is great for your health and body, ginger offers a cure for most ailments. Pixabay

Ever thought how ginger helps reduce bad breath? A pungent compound present in the spice may be an answer to it, a new study suggests.

The study found that the pungent compound — 6-gingerol — stimulates enzymes contained in saliva that breaks down foul smelling substances in the mouth ensuring fresh breath and better aftertaste.

The pungent principle of ginger makes the level of the enzyme sulfhydryl oxidase 1 in saliva increase 16-fold within a few seconds, the researcher said.

The saliva and breath analyses carried out on human volunteers showed that the enzyme breaks down malodorous sulpher-containing compounds.

“As a result, our breath also smells better,” said lead author Thomas Hofmann from the Technical University of Munich in Germany.

The researchers mentioned that many food components contribute directly to the characteristic taste of food and beverages by means of contributing their own particular taste, scent or spiciness.

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Ginger. Pixabay

To find out more about food components, the research team investigated the effects of food components on the molecules dissolved in saliva.

The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, also suggested that citric acid increases the sodium ion content of saliva, making salty foods taste less salty.

Citric acid influences our perception of taste through a completely different mechanism, the researchers said.

As everyone knows from personal experience, sour foods such as lemon juice stimulate salivation. The amount of minerals dissolved in saliva also increases in proportion to the amount of saliva, they added.

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The sodium ion level in saliva rises rapidly by approximately a factor of eleven after stimulation with citric acid. This effect makes us less sensitive to table salt, the researcher said.

“Table salt is nothing other than sodium chloride, and sodium ions play a key role in the taste of salt,” Hofmann said.

“If saliva already contains higher concentrations of sodium ions, samples tasted must have a significantly higher salt content in order to taste comparatively salty,” he added. (IANS)

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These Kitchen Items Can Aid Weight Loss

Fast track your weight loss with these kitchen essentials

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Here are some kitchen items that can aid your weight loss by boosting your metabolism. Pixabay

Looking to lose some extra kilos? Look no further than some easy-to-find items in your own kitchen.

“Diet and exercise can help to lose weight in a healthy way but how well one knows their kitchen and its items, makes a world of difference to someone who has an urge to shred some extra pounds. Incorporating some food items from the kitchen in a day to day diet can have a big impact on one’s ability to lose weight,” says Dr. Partap Chauhan, noted ayurvedacharya and Director, Jiva Ayurveda.

His weight loss suggestion? Embrace Ayurveda!

He points to five kitchen items that aid weight loss by boosting metabolism and digestion at your best convenience.

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Including lemon in food, sprinkling on salads or just making lemonade helps in rapid weight loss. Pixabay

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon has been used in Ayurveda for its disinfectant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. When it comes to weight loss, this sweet fragrant spice boosts metabolism, lowers blood sugar levels and cholesterol. Drinking cinnamon infused water first thing in the morning helps to suppress appetite, lower bad cholesterol and boost metabolism.

Black Pepper:

According to Ayurveda, black pepper is considered to be an effective agent for weight loss. It decreases blockages in the body, improves circulation and digestion while stimulating the metabolism. It also helps the body detox and inhibits it from accumulating fat.

Ginger:

This magic spice of Ayurveda boosts metabolism by 20 per cent, helps improve gut health, melts fat and flushes out toxins. It’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties aid digestion, while its appetite suppressant properties ensure that you don’t gorge on your favourite treats. Regular intake of these spices can not only help to lose weight but can dramatically improve overall health.

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The antioxidant properties of ginger can aid digestion and weight loss. Pixabay

Lemon:

Including lemon in food, sprinkling on salads or just making lemonade helps in rapid weight loss. Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C and soluble fiber that give them a number of health benefits. Lemons may reduce your risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues and cancer. The most important part is to eat it wisely and one won’t be far from one’s ideal weight.

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Honey:

Consuming honey right before hitting the bed, can help burn more calories during the early hours of sleep. Essential hormones in honey suppress appetite and aid weight loss in much easier way. It also helps in reducing belly fat, which is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. (IANS)