Wednesday, 30 April 2014

5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Intelligence

1. Minimize Television Watching – This is a hard sell. People love vegetating in front of the television, myself included more often than I’d like. The problem in watching television is it doesn’t use your mental capacity OR allow it to recharge. It’s like having the energy sapped out of a muscle without the health benefits of exercise.
When you feel like relaxing, try reading a book instead. If you’re too tired, listen to some music. When you’re with your friends or family, leave the tube off and have a conversation. All of these things use your mind more than television and allow you to relax.

2. Exercise – I used to think that I’d learn more by not exercising and using the time to read a book instead. But I realized that time spent exercising always leads to greater learning because it improves productivity during the time afterwards. Using your body clears your head and creates a wave of energy. Afterwards, you feel invigorated and can concentrate more easily.

3. Read Challenging Books – Many people like to read popular suspense fiction, but generally these books aren’t mentally stimulating. If you want to improve your thinking and writing ability you should read books that make you focus. Reading a classic novel can change your view of the world and will make you think in more precise, elegant English. Don’t be afraid to look up a word if you don’t know it, and don’t be afraid of dense passages. Take your time, re-read when necessary, and you’ll soon grow accustomed to the author’s style.

Once you get used to reading challenging books, I think you’ll find that you aren’t tempted to go back to page-turners. The challenge of learning new ideas is far more exciting than any tacky suspense-thriller.

4. Early to Bed, Early to Rise – Nothing makes it harder to concentrate than sleep deprivation. You’ll be most rejuvenated if you go to bed early and don’t sleep more than 8 hours. If you stay up late and compensate by sleeping late, you’ll wake up lethargic and have trouble focusing. In my experience the early morning hours are the most tranquil and productive. Waking up early gives you more productive hours and maximizes your mental acuity all day.

If you have the opportunity, take 10-20 minute naps when you are hit with a wave of drowsiness. Anything longer will make you lethargic, but a short nap will refresh you.

5. Take Time to Reflect – Often our lives get so hectic that we become overwhelmed without even realizing it. It becomes difficult to concentrate because nagging thoughts keep interrupting. Spending some time alone in reflection gives you a chance organize your thoughts and prioritize your responsibilities. Afterwards, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s important and what isn’t. The unimportant stuff won’t bother you anymore and your mind will feel less encumbered.

I’m not saying you need to sit on the floor cross-legged and chant ‘ommm’. Anything that allows a bit of prolonged solitude will do. One of my personal favorites is taking a solitary walk. Someone famous said, “All the best ideas occur while walking.” I think he was on to something. Experiment to find the activity that works best for you.

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Source: Natural Health US 

Saturday, 26 April 2014

HIV Viral Load Testing

The HIV viral load is the number of copies of the human immunodeficiency virus in your blood and other parts of your body. The HIV viral load test involves taking a blood sample from a vein in your arm. The amount of HIV in your blood is then measured. Along with other tests, the HIV viral load test helps monitor your disease, guide HIV therapy, and predict how your disease may progress. Keeping your viral load low can reduce complications of HIV disease and extend your life.

Two common test numbers you will want to know are your viral load and your CD4 count. Because the viral load measures the amount of virus in your body, you want a low viral load number. The CD4 or Tcell number, measures the strength or your immune system, thus you want a high CD4 or Tcell number.

When to Have an HIV Viral Load Test

The different times you need an HIV viral load test include:

Right after diagnosis. This gives what's called a baseline measurement. Future results can be compared to it.
Every two to eight weeks at the start of treatment or with a change in treatment. This helps to evaluate how well medication is working.
Every three to six months or as your doctor directs if treatment is effective

How HIV Viral Load Is Measured

There are several different methods for measuring your HIV viral load. It is best to stay with the same method each time because different tests can produce slightly different results. New, more sensitive methods are constantly being developed. These are the three common tests currently used to detect HIV viral load. All work well.

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) uses an enzyme to multiply the HIV RNA in the blood sample. (RNA is the part of HIV that knows how to make copies of the virus.) This makes it easier to measure the amount of HIV RNA in the blood sample. A new ultrasensitive PCR test can measure down to 20 copies of HIV RNA. This is the most common test used.

bDNA (branched-chain DNA) creates a light signal whose brightness depends on the amount of viral RNA present.

NASBA (nucleic acid sequence based amplification) amplifies the viral proteins, making HIV viral load easier to measure.

What HIV Viral Load Test Results Mean

The HIV viral load test measures the number of HIV copies in a milliliter of blood.

If your HIV viral load is high, HIV is reproducing and the disease may progress more quickly. A high HIV viral load is 50,000 to 100,000 copies. It can be as high as 1 million or more.
If your HIV viral load is low, HIV may not be actively reproducing and the disease may progress more slowly. A low viral load is between 20 and 500 copies. However, what you want is an undetectable  viral load
If your HIV viral load can't be detected, this does not mean you are cured. The level of HIV virus may be so low that the test can't pick it up. A more sensitive test may be able to detect it. It's important to also know that the HIV viral load test does not measure HIV in other parts of the body where HIV may be present. Only about 2% of HIV is in the blood. For most patients, the goal of treatment is to reach an undetectable viral load, which is currently defined as less than 20 copies.
Remember: Even if your HIV viral load is undetectable, you can still infect others.

Source: Web Md
Retreived from

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Even nature has ‘cure’ for HIV!

Nigella sativa, commonly called black seeds or cumin) has been documented to possess many medicinal uses. But the least expected is in the treatment of HIV to ensure a low HIV load in the body which is very rare despite extensive therapy with highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART).

In a new study, scientists reported the case of an adult HIV patient that lost his HIV-specific antibodies or ‘seroreversion’ after six months of treatment with Nigella sativa and suggested the possibility that it might effectively control HIV infection
Nigella sativa is a popular herb that has been in use in many forms (root, leaf and seed) for many centuries.

Called Kamansulum in Kanuri or Habbatussauda in Hausa, black seeds have found its usefulness in the treatment of various ailments including infectious to non-infectious diseases, wound healing, as a worm expeller, reducing blood pressure, treatment of arthritis, stroke and asthma.

The 2013 study documented in the latest edition of the African Journal of Traditional Complement Alternate Medicine the complete recovery and sero-reversion of an adult HIV patient after treatment with Nigella sativa concoction for a period of six months.

The study was entitled “Nigella sativa concoction induced sustained seroreversion in HIV patient”. It was carried out by Abdulfatah Adekunle Onifade from the Immunology unit, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Andrew Paul Jewell from St George’s University of London & Kingston University, London, UK in collaboration with Waheed Adeola from the Clinical Pharmacology Department, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

The 46-year-old patient presented to the herbal therapist with history of chronic fever, diarrhoea, weight loss and multiple papular pruritic lesions of three months duration. Examination revealed moderate weight loss, and the laboratory tests of ELISA (Genscreen) and western blot (new blot 1 & 2) confirmed the man had HIV infection. His HIV viral load and CD4 count were 27,000 copies/ml and 250 cells/ mm3 respectively.

The artisan was taking 10mls of Nigella sativa concoction twice daily for six months. He was monitored daily and visited regularly to ascertain the effectiveness of the herbal concoction. But the man was not on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) before, during or after the Nigella sativa concoction therapy.
The researchers documented that fever, diarrhoea and multiple pruritic lesions (Severe itching patches), disappeared on 5th, 7th and 20th day respectively on Nigella sativa therapy. The CD4 count decreased to 160 cells/ mm3 despite significant reduction in viral load (d”1000 copies/ml) on 30th day on N. sativa. Repeated ELISA and Western blot tests on 187th day on Nigella sativa therapy was sero-negative. The post therapy CD4 count was 650cells/ mm3 with undetectable viral (HIV-RNA) load.

They wrote: “Nigella sativa concoction is likely to be virucidal (an agent that deactivates or destroys viruses) because viral load reduced significantly and symptoms and signs associated with HIV infection disappeared despite reduction in CD4 count at early phase of treatment in this patient.”

They declared that the sustained sero-reversion caused by Nigella sativa might be due to complete absence of HIV infected cells from the body, adding that “the sustained sero-reversion induced by Nigella sativa concoction in this HIV patient means that all HIV cells at all stages in infected cells in the body must have been lysed(destroyed).”
But they suggested that there is need to further study more HIV patients on Nigella sativa therapy and its ability to deactivate or destroy viruses such as HIV.

Previously, several herbs have been documented to have ability to deactivate or destroy virus such as HIV. Also, many herbal remedies had played many roles in treatment of HIV/AIDS ranging from opportunistic infections to the prevention of HIV replicating itself in the body. For instance, some Chinese medicines have been reported to cause sero-reversion in HIV patients (Kedi healthcare  A Traditional China Medicine provider  has access to those Traditional Chinese Medicine which can be effective for such cases withing 6 months- contact us for the product).
Aloe Vera, St. Johnswort, echinacea, licorice, and ginseng are just a few of the herbs used to treat HIV/AIDS. Taking immunity-boosting herbs (such as astragalus, echinacea, and ginkgo) may help revive an ailing immune system, and certain herbs (such as garlic) may help battle bacteria and viruses.

In addition, two principal African herbal compounds used for HIV/AIDS treatment in sub-Saharan Africa include Hypoxis hemerocallidea (common name: African potato), and Sutherlandia. These two herbal remedies are currently recommended by the South African Ministry of Health for HIV management.

Increasing more research on alternative medicine is being done but many when used alongside HIV drugs can affect their potency. For example, studies have shown that garlic and St. John’s wort interfere with HIV therapy.

Source: Nigerian Tribune...Retrieved from

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Ebola Virus Infection

                                                                                                                                                                  Ebola Virus Infection

Ebola is a rare but deadly infection that causes bleeding inside and outside the body. Although popular movies and books describe major outbreaks of ebola-like disease in the U.S., they're just works of fiction. Ebola strikes mainly in remote villages of Central and West Africa, but it has spread to some African cities, too.

The disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus disease, kills up to 90% of people who are infected.

Could People in the U.S. Ever Get Ebola?

So far serious Ebola cases have only shown up in Africa.

Ebola can spread from country to country when people travel. So it is possible for Ebola to reach the U.S. if someone who is infected travels here on a plane. But there are safety measures in place to prevent people from coming to U.S. airports with the disease.

Airline crews are trained to spot the symptoms of Ebola in passengers flying from places where the virus is found. Crews are told to quarantine anyone who looks infected.

How Do You Get Ebola?

You can get Ebola by coming into contact with the blood or body fluids of an animal or person who is infected.

People often get sick with Ebola when they care for or bury a person who has the disease. Someone also can catch the virus by touching contaminated needles or surfaces.

What Are the Symptoms of Ebola?

Symptoms of the Ebola virus show up 2 to 21 days after someone is infected. As the virus spreads through the body's cells, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, Ebola causes levels of blood-clotting cells, called platelets, to fall, which can lead to severe bleeding.

Many of the early symptoms of Ebola look like the flu or other mild illnesses. They include:

    Muscle aches
    Sore throat

As the disease gets worse, people who are infected may develop:

    Bleeding inside and outside of the body
    Trouble breathing

How Can You Tell if Someone Has Ebola?

Sometimes it's hard to tell if a person has Ebola from the symptoms alone.

Doctors may first test for other diseases that have the same symptoms as Ebola, such as:

    Typhoid fever

Tests of the blood and tissues, such as the ELISA test, also can help diagnose Ebola.

If someone might have Ebola, they should be isolated from the public immediately to help prevent the spread of Ebola.

How Is Ebola Treated?

Right now there is no real treatment or cure for Ebola. Doctors try to manage people's symptoms by giving them:

    Fluids and electrolytes through a vein

How Can You Prevent Ebola?

There is no vaccine to prevent Ebola. People can avoid catching the disease by not traveling to areas where the virus is found.

Health care workers can prevent infection by wearing masks, gloves, and goggles whenever they come into contact with people who may have Ebola.

What Causes an Ebola outbreak?

Usually an outbreak starts when someone comes into contact with the body fluids or waste of infected animals, such as monkeys, chimps, or fruit bats. Once a person is infected, he or she can then spread it to others.

There are five different types of Ebola virus that cause the disease. Four of them are known to cause the disease in humans.

The Ebola virus first appeared during two 1976 outbreaks in Africa.

Ebola gets its name from the Ebola River, which is near one of the villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the disease first appeared.

Source- WebMd

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Nutrition-Rich Juice Recipes

Turnip fennel juice: It has a great source of  vitamin C and manganese.It has rich nutrients 
of beta-carotene.It lowers the cholesterol,detoxifies the liver,prevent kidney stones.It can also 
reduce the risk of cancer and improves the eyesight.


1/2 turnip(cut away the outer skin if turnip has coated with wax)
3 carrots
1 apple
1/4 fennel bulb

Apple pomegranate  & tomato: Apple and pomegranate are rich in iron and potassium nutrients and 
also rich in fiber.Tomato has good source of vitamin A.

1 tomato
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 apple
crushed ice cubes

Parsnip carrot juice: It has good source of vitamin C and also contain manganese, folate,pectin. 
Parsnip carrot juice can improves the eyesight and reduce the risk of skin cancer and soothes the 
nervous system.

1 celery stalk
3 carrots
3 parsnip ( sweeter than carrots)
1 apple

parsley energy explosion: Parsley is rich in micro-nutrients and high amounts of chlorophyll which able 
to oxygenate the blood.By adding parsley to any type of juice it  can give more energy.Nutrients 
present in these are iron,potassium,vitamin C,A,calcium,copper,magnesium etc can help to 
improving the body odor,energy, fresh breath and nerves activity in the body.

2 carrots
bunch of parsley

Sweet lime & pineapple: Both are rich in vitamin C and also good source of fiber.IT contains lot of
 micronutrients such as zinc,potassium and magnesium.It helps in the development and growth 
of human body.

1 sweet lime
4 pineapple slices
crushed ice

Red pepper beauty juice: Red pepper is good source of vitamin C and beta-carotene and also 
rich supply of carotenoids.It can improves the skin tone and reduces the swelling from the arthritis.
It can reduces the bad cholesterol and protects the cardiovascular system.

1 broccoli spear
2 carrots
2 red peppers(grind the whole red pepper,seeds and all)
1 orange

Swiss chard kale juice: It is fully loaded with minerals & vitamins.It helps to prevent the cancers 
of the digestive tract.The nutrients present in Swiss chard are copper,manganese,vitamin B6,E,chlorophyll 
etc..It protects from coronary heart diseases,colon cancer and maintain good bone density.

1 1/2  cup of Swiss chard
1 cup of kale
2 carrots
2 apples
2 celery stalks 

Source: Natural health US 

How to Relieve Constipation Quickly and Naturally

Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaints which are found among 
people all across the globe. There are more than two million patients who visit  doctors 
for the treatment of constipation. There are a number of people who do self-medication 
in order to treat the problem of constipation. The constipation could prove to be very 
uncomfortable for the person. The person would suffer from chest pain, pain in the abdomen; 
you may develop stomach cramps and also nausea at times. The constipation is caused when 
the food taken is not digested and it remains in the large intestine leading to building up of 
waste products in the stomach. It can be caused because of poor diet intake, irregular timings 
of the diet, any illness or it could be an allergy of any medication.
The relief for constipation is available in various forms – you can take allopathic medicines 
for relieving from constipation, there are various herbal and natural treatments in order to 
treat constipation. It has been always advised and proved by the experts that natural remedies 
are the best since they do not cause any side effects.

1. Take more of fresh fruits and vegetables – this is the first step towards treating constipation. 
When you take more fresh fruits and vegetables then the fiber intake increases in the body 
thus helping to digest the food easily and helps you pass the stool faster. There are many fruits a
nd nuts which are considered as natural laxatives – they are almonds, dates, figs, papaya, 
flaxseed, grapes, mangoes, avocadoes, chicory, pineapples, prunes, turnips and walnuts.

2. If possible one should take the flaxseed on a regular basis. If possible you should have them along 
with mangoes. The mangoes are a seasonal fruit hence flaxseed should be take on a regular basis. 
One should have a limit for the junk food as this might increase the constipation problem; hence 
having more of green vegetables and fibrous food can help you remove the constipation on a
permanent basis.

3. In case you are suffering from some illness and in order to remove the side effects of the 
medicines it is advisable to take vitamin C tablets which help the person to fight the disease 
better; besides this you also develop a good immunity system.

4. Drinking eight glasses of water in a day. The ideal number is eight; if you are able to take that
much of water then you shall never face constipation problem in your life.

Source: Natural health US 

Prevention and 4 Simple cure for cracked heels

Cracked heels are formed as a result of lack of foot care. It is caused if the foot is overexposed 
and also if there is lack of moisture on the foot; they start to crack. In medical terms the cracked 
heels are known as heel fissures. These fissures are the regular linear cut wound which affects 
the surface level of the foot which contains the epidermis. In certain cases the wounds would 
get deep into the dermis and they are more painful. Due to the pain there is excessive pressure 
on the pads of the feet and hence they expand to the sideways. The cracked heels also appear 
if there is a deficiency of zinc and omega – 3 fatty acids.


You should have lots of food which is loaded with Vitamin E – have lots of green vegetables, nuts, 
wheat germ and whole grain products. Foods loaded with Calcium, iron, zinc and omega – 3 fatty acids. 
Besides this you should keep your feet clean from any kind of dirt and exercise regularly.

Following are the 4 cures:-

1. You can apply the hydrogenated vegetable oil on the feet. You should wash your feet clean and dry it. 
You should then supply the oil and then leave it to dry for few minutes. It is preferable to wear a pair 
of thick socks in order to prevent the oil leave from the feet. You can apply this medication for 
few days for overnight and be sure you can get the best positive results.

2.  Ripe bananas also are the best healing medicine for cracked heels. Apply the pulp of the ripe
banana on the cracked area of the heel. Once you apply it make sure you leave it for 10 minutes 
and then rinse and clean it. This is a simple remedy and can be used on a daily basis.

3. Avocados and coconuts are very rich in vitamins and hence the best medicine for healing the 
cracked heels. You should blend the avocado and the coconut to form a thick creamy paste. 
This helps the feet to remain moisturized and soft. Your feet shall get the essential vitamins 
and oils which helps in keeping the feet soft.

4.  Lemon juice is another well known remedy for healing the cracked heels. Soak your feet for 
10 minutes in the lemon juice; this therapy has to be done on a weekly basis. It is a mild natural 
acid which helps in removing the dead cells of the skin and heel the cracks in the feet. 

Source: Native health US 

Health Benefits of Apple Juice

1. Reduced Risk of Heart Diseases

Apple juice prevents cholesterol to form in your blood vessels and arteries. High cholesterol level 
and plaques in the arteries are one of the major causes of heart diseases. By drinking apple juice 
you reduce the risk of heart diseases.

2. Cleaner Organism and Improved Digestion

Apple juice (especially raw apple juice) helps to clean the liver and kidneys from harmful toxins. 
As a result, you have a cleaner organism and you are better protected against liver and kidney diseases.

3. Apple Juice is Great for Weight Loss

This health benefit of apple juice is loved by weight conscious persons. Cholesterol and calories 
are two major causes of extra weight. Apple juice is basically free of calories and fat + it protects 
you from cholesterol.

4. Excellent Source of Energy

Apple juice is packed with different vitamins – A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B6 and Folate, so it is an 
excellent source of energy. As a result, it is a great drink to restore your energy after 
a physical exercise.

5. Lower Risk of Dementia

Some studies have shown that apple juice lowers the risk of dementia in older people. Apple juice 
slows brain aging and helps to keep it sharp for longer time.

6. Improved Vision and Eye Health

Apple juice contains vitamin A, which is good for your eyes. Vitamin A helps you to protect your 
eyes from eye diseases and keeps your sight sharp.

Those were the most important health benefits of apple juice. As a conclusion there is one advice 
we can give you – drink apple juice and enjoy good health. 

Source: Natural health US 

5 Home Remedies For Hair Growth

Although hair is not essential to life,it is of sufficient cosmetic 
concern to provoke in anyone when it starts thinning,falling.
To a woman ,the sight of a comb or brush covered with lost 
hair can cause mental strain..

Hair is formed in minute pockets in the skin called follicles.An up growth 
at the base of the follicle called papilla,actually produces hair when 
a special group of cells turn amino acids into keratin(type of protein 
which hair is made).The rate of these protein 'building blocks' 
determines hair growth.The average growth rate is about 1.2 cm 
per month,growing fastest on women between 15-30 years....

Home remedies for hair growth:

Coconut milk: Coconut milk is very beneficial to promote the hair growth.
Applying coconut milk all over the scalp and massaging it into the hair 
roots.Coconut milk is prepared by grinding coconut shavings and 
squeeze them well.

lettuce: A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is found beneficial 
to help the growth of hair,if taken to the extent to 1/2 liter daily.

Mustard oil & henna leaves: mustard oil boiled with henna leaves,
is useful for healthy growth of hair.About 250 ml of mustard oil 
should be boiled in a tin basin.About 60 grams of henna leaves should 
be gradually put in this oil till they are burnt in the oil.Oil should be 
filtered through a cloth and stored in a bottle.Regular massage 
with this oil will produce abundant hair.

Indian gooseberry: Gooseberry oil is prepared by boiling dry pieces 
of gooseberry in coconut oil,is considered as valuable hair tonic 
for enriching hair growth.

Onion: Onion is also found beneficial in the treatment of patchy baldness.
It boosts the production of collagen tissues and thus help in the regrowth 
of hair.

Source: Natural remedy US 

Home Remedies For Common Cold and Cough

The common cold is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory 
tract which affects primarily the nose. There is no exact reason for the 
cold and cough . Its causes can vary from allergy,influenza or a viral infection.

Main Causes of Cold and Cough:

Exposure to cold or dust
Low immunity
Other irritating inhalations

Here we list some effective home remedies for common cold and cough

Turmeric powder (haldi) : Turmeric is the most effective home remedy 
in treating throat irritation during colds. Mix fresh turmeric powder and 
carom seeds in a glass of warm milk and drink it twice a day. It works well.

Ginger Tea : Take 10 grams of Ginger and cut into small pieces and boil 
in a cup of water.Strain, add a teaspoon of sugar and drink it while hot.

Vitamin C rich fruits : Vitamin C fruits like oranges,lemons,strawberries 
are most effective in treating common cold and cough. The vitamin C in 
these citrus fruits increase the body's resistance to virus and decrease 
the duration of the illness. Another easy way to get relief from cold is 
to drink warm lemon water, sweeten with a teaspoon of honey. 
Drink this at least thrice a day.

Garlic : Garlic boost the immune system. Finely chop 2 to 3 cloves 
of garlic and swallow it like any other medicine.

Foods You should avoid during cold and cough :

Deep fried foods, milk and milk products
aerated drinks and ice-creams,cold beverages
confectionery and mithai
Source: Health world US

Home Remedies For Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and is a chronic disease. There are over 100 types but 
most common are two types.

1. Osteoarthritis : which is a degenerative disease occurring in old age.
2. Rheumatoid : which is very serious as it effects the joints of fingers,knees,wrists,hips 
and also muscles.

In addition to pain, some common symptoms are swelling and redness around the joint, limited 
movement in the affected body parts, and stiffness.Arthritis can vary from mild to severe cases.

Here we list top home remedies for Arthritis

* Apple Cider Vinegar helps in relieving joint pain as it contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, 
potassium, phosphorous. Add one teaspoon of each apple cider vinegar and honey in a warm cup of 
water and drink it daily in the morning.

* Mix 10 grams of dry ginger powder with 15 ml of castor oil and apply on the joint for relief from joint pains.

* Turmeric is very effective for arthritis, especially for Rheumatoid Arthritis. The curcumin in the 
turmeric helps to reduce the inflammation. Drink a glass of milk mixed with one tablespoon
of turmeric powder before going to bed.

* A teaspoon of black sesame seeds soaked in a quarter cup of water at night and taken early
next morning. It prevents frequent joint pain.

* Drinking water kept in a copper container overnight accumulates traces of copper which strengthens 
the muscular system.

* Massage the affected parts with eucalyptus oil.

* Epsom salt reduces the pH levels in the body as it contains a good source of magnesium. 
Mix Epsom salt and fresh lemon juice in equal amounts to half a cup of warm water. 
Swallow one teaspoon of the mixture twice daily, one in the morning and one at night.

* The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body and can 
help reduce pain. Consume one or two teaspoons of fish oil daily. Include foods like 
cold-water fish, flax seeds in your daily diet.

* Take plenty of vitamin C because the antioxidant in it prevents the breakdown of bones 
by destroying the free radicals. Include lemons, oranges and other citrus fruits in your diet.


Do plenty of physical exercise to keep the joints mobile
Maintain a normal weight.
Walk over different kinds of terrain to prevent stress on the same joints every day.

Source: Natural health US 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Health & Nutrition Benefits Of Eating Green Beans 

• Mung bean sprouts contain rich quantities of Vitamin A, B, C and E. They are also known to be an excellent source of many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium.

• The bean is popular as the perfect food for reducing weight. It is recommended as a food replacement in many slimming programs, as it has a very low fat content. It is a rich source of protein and fiber, which helps one to lower the high cholesterol level in the blood system.

• The high fiber content of mung beans yields complex carbohydrates, which aid digestion. Complex carbs are also effective in stabilizing blood sugar and prevent its rapid rise after meal consumption, apart from keeping body’s energy at a balanced level. Those who suffer from diabetes or high cholesterol are recommended frequent consumption of mung bean.

• In Chinese medicine, mung bean sprouts are considered as a cooling food, containing anti-cancer properties. Herbalists use them for all hot, inflammatory conditions, ranging from systematic infections to heat stroke and even hypertension.

More informations on Green beans

Green beans nutrition facts

green beans
Tender, flexible green beans are a delight of vegetarian lovers for their wholesome nutritional qualities. They are unripe or immature pods obtained from the bean plant belonging to common Fabaceae family, and known scientifically as Phaseolus vulgaris.

Broadly, tender beans are classified depending on their growth habits as "bush beans" which stand erect without support and "Pole Beans" that need climb supports. The other varieties of unripe fruits of bean family include shell beans, Pinto or mottled beans, White beans, Red or kidney beans, Black beans, Pink beans and Yellow wax beans. All most all the varieties are available year around across the world.
Fava or broad beans (Vicia faba) are large, flattened light green pods usually eaten shelled for their delicious beans. Lima beans (Phaseolus lunatus) are large, plump, pale-green pods with kidney-shaped seeds.

Health benefits of Green beans

  • Fresh green beans are very low in calories (31 kcal per 100 g of raw beans) and contain no saturated fat. Nevertheless, the lean vegetables are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micronutrients.
  • They are very rich source of dietary fiber (9% per100g RDA) which acts as a bulk laxative that helps to protect the mucous membrane of the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Adequate amount of fiber has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing reabsorption of cholesterol-binding bile acids in the colon.
  • Green beans contain excellent levels of vitamin A, and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and ß-carotene in good amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
  • Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid in the beans, selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it thought to provide antioxidant and protective UV light filtering functions. It is, therefore, green beans offer some protection in preventing age-related macular disease (ARMD) in the elderly.
  • Snap beans are a good source of folates. 100 g fresh beans provide 37 µg or 9% of folates. Folate along with vitamin B-12 is one of the essential components of DNA synthesis and cell division. Good folate diet when given during preconception periods and during pregnancy helps prevent neural-tube defects among the offspring.
  • They also contain good amounts of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), and vitamin-C. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  • In addition, beans contain healthy amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, which are very essential for body metabolism. Manganese is a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

Selection and storage

green beans
Raw fresh green beans, also called as snap beans or French beans, should be tender, long, stiff, but flexible and give snap sound when broken. Buy them from organic stores for their rich “beany” flavor.
Avoid limp or overly matured beans with tough skin.
To store, place them in a perforated plastic bag and keep inside the refrigerator set at high relative humidity. They keep well for up to a week.

Preparation and serving methods

Wash raw beans in cold water. Just before using, remove the strings and trim the ends.
Here are some serving tips:
  • Green beans are among the most-favored vegetable items in stir-fry, stews, grilled-salads, Steamed along with carrots, cauliflower, peas, tomato...etc.
  • They mix well with cheese, nuts, mushroom, seafood, meat, etc.
  • In Asian region, they are used in curries, soups, stir-fry with rice (rice pilaf) etc.

Safety profile

Green beans contain oxalic acid, a naturally-occurring substance found in some vegetables, which, may crystallize as oxalate-stones in the urinary tract in some people. People with known history of oxalate urinary tract stones are advised against eating vegetables belong to Brassica and Fagaceae family. Adequate intake of water is, therefore, advised to maintain normal urine output to minimize the stone risk. (Medical disclaimer).

Source: Healthy world US, Natural remedy US