Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Money / Top Stories-Philamlife to acquire 51% of Ayala Life

Joint venture with BPI to boost operations
By Doris Dumlao
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:14:00 08/26/2009

Filed Under: Company Information

PHILIPPINE AMERICAN Life and General Insurance Co. (Philamlife) has entered into a deal to acquire a 51-percent stake in the Ayala Group’s life insurance business to form a formidable bancassurance venture with local banking giant Bank of the Philippine Islands.

The biggest and most profitable insurance company in the country, a crown jewel that was earlier put up for grabs by the American International Group, has turned into an acquirer of a majority stake in BPI subsidiary Ayala Life Assurance Inc. (Ayala Life).

Under an agreement announced yesterday, Ayala Life will serve as the platform for BPI and Philamlife’s strategic bancassurance partnership.

“This partnership is a direct result of our strategy to focus on the core life insurance and wealth management business. Philamlife and BPI are strong and trusted brand names in the industry. This is an exciting and positive development that will significantly increase our distribution footprint and offer a substantially wider selection of quality life insurance products to BPI’s customers,” Philamlife president and chief executive Trevor Bull said in a statement.

BPI president and CEO Aurelio Montinola III said the joint venture was fully in line with BPI’s vision to offer a full range of financial products and services to its customers.

“We believe that there are significant cross selling opportunities on both sides. We feel that in the same way that Philamlife will have access to our customer base for life insurance products, BPI will have reciprocal access to Philamlife’s customers for banking products, ” Montinola said.

BPI Capital and ING acted as financial advisers to BPI while Deutsche Bank acted as sole financial adviser to the Philamlife group for the transaction. The joint venture is subject to regulatory approvals. The value of the deal was not disclosed.The joint venture is seen benefiting from the combined synergies, high quality resources and strength of two leading companies in the Philippines’ financial industry. Philamlife is expected to bring insurance distribution, product development, and innovation to the joint venture, particularly in the area of bancassurance, while gaining exclusive access to BPI’s customer base via its extensive branch network.

With 158 years of experience in the local banking industry, BPI is the most valuable Philippine bank with P146 billion in market capitalization as of yesterday.

Copyright 2010 Philippine Daily Inquirer. All rights

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Avocado : World’s Most Nutritious Fruit

Avocado : World’s Most Nutritious Fruit
Considered a complete food, this fruit has so many benefits that one can imagine.

Avocado is often said to be the most nutritious fruit in the world – and it is! The fruit provides more than 25 essential nutrients such as protein, iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium, just to name a few.

Nutritionists claim avocado contain goodly amounts of Vitamin C (necessary for the production of collagen needed for the growth of new cells and tissues, prevents viruses from penetrating cell membranes, and also a powerful anti-oxidant), thiamine (converts carbohydrates to glucose to fuel the brain and nervous system), and riboflavin (helps the body to release energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fat).

Avocado also has 60% more potassium than banana. Potassium is a mineral, that helps regulate blood pressure. As such, adequate intake of potassium can help guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke. III addition, avocado also provides calories for energy and beneficial phytochemicals such as glutathione.

In recent years, most people avoid eating avocado like the plague. The reason: avocado is high in fat. In fact, 75% of its calories come from fat (which is why avocado is a good source of energy). But what they don’t know that the fat it contains is the healthful monotulsaturated fat, which has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

“Avocados aid in blood and tissue regeneration, stabilize blood sugar, and are excellent for heart disorders,” says Dr. Ed Bauman, director of Bauman College. They’re loaded with fiber. (11 to 17 grams per fruit) and are a good source of lutein, an antioxidant linked to eye and skin health.” Unsaturated fats are those found in dairy and animal products.

Another reason for eating avocado: It helps in the absorption of nutrients that are fat-soluble such as beta-carotene and lutein, when foods containing these nutrients are eaten with avocado.

Overall, avocado is considered a complete food: it has vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, calories and fiber, no cholesterol, and is sodium free. As such, avocado is ideal for growing up children, adults and even for babies, especially when blended with other fruits. For athletes, avocado is a nutritious energy booster to rev up the body’s strength.

In the past, avocado has been considered to be an aphrodisiac. In fact, the Aztecs used the avocado as a sex stimulant and its name for the fruit as ahuacatl, which means “testicle.” Because of this well-entrenched reputation for inducing sexual prowess, avocado wasn’t purchased or consumed by any person wishing to protect their image from slanderous assault.

Although edible by themselves, avocados are commonly used as a base in dips. In areas where the fruit is commonly grown, a common breakfast is avocado on toast. This is made by mashing the avocado with some lemon ‘juice, salt and pepper and spreading on hot freshly toasted bread.

Actually, the avocado fruit is not sweet, but fatty, distinctly yet subtly flavored, and of smooth, almost creamy texture. In Brazil and Vietnam, avocados are frequently used for milkshakes and occasionally added to ice cream and other desserts. In Indonesia, a dessert drink is made with sugar, milk or water, and pureed avocado.

In the Philippines, ripe avocado is often eaten as a snack by scooping from flesh from the skin then mixed with some sugar and milk or cream. Most Filipinos simply find the taste so delicious!

In Australia, avocado is commonly served in sandwiches, often with chicken. In Mexico, avocado is served mixed with white rice, in soups salads, or on the side of chicken and meat. In Peru avocados are consumed with tequenos as mayonnaise, served as a side dish with parillas, used in salads and sandwiches, or as a whole dish when filled with tuna, shrimps, or chicken.

There are many health benefits you can get when rating avocado. Recent studies have shown that high avocado intake has effect on blood serum cholesterol levels. Specifically, after a seven day diet rich in avocados, hypercholesterolemia patients showed a 17% decrease in total serum cholesterol levels. These subjects also showed a 22% decrease in both LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad cholesterol”) and triglyceride levels and 11% increase in HDL (high-density lipoprotein or “good -cholesterol”) levels.

Researchers have also discovered that avocados are rich in beta-sitosterol, .a natural substance shown to significantly lower blood cholesterol levels. In a review article published in the December 1999 issue of the American Journal of Medicine, researchers pointed out that beta-sitosterol was shown to reduce cholesterol in 16 human studies.

But before you pile avocados onto every dish, remember that when it comes to calories, avocados have lots of them -because of all that fat. Fat of any type has double the calories of the same amount of carbohydrates. “Avocados add great variety to a well balanced, low-fat diet, but you have to eat them in moderation,” reminds Melanie Polk, a registered dietitian and director of nutrition education at the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C.

A recommended serving size is 2 tablespoons, or roughly one-sixth of a medium-sized avocado. Each serving provides 5 grams of fat and 55 calories. Still, compared with butter or mayonnaise – which each pack 22 fat grams and 200 calories in a 2-tablespoon serving – they don’t seem so bad.

Avocado is also an excellent remedy for dry skin. Rub the inside of the skins against clean skin. For a face mask, mix 1/4 cup each of avocado puree and sour cream. Gently rub on face and neck, avoiding the sensitive areas around the eyes, and let it soak in about 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water. Then gently massage the invisible oil into the skin with an upward and outward motion.

However, here’s a word of warning: There is documented evidence that animals such as cats, dogs, cattle, goats, rabbits, rats, birds, fish and horses can be severely harmed or even killed when they consume the avocado leaves, bark, skin, or pit. The avocado fruit is poisonous to some birds.

The reason for this is that avocado leaves contain a toxic fatty acid derivative known as pe’rsin. The symptoms include gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the tissues of the heart and even death. Birds also seem to be particularly sensitive to this toxic compound. Negative effects in humans seem to be primarily in allergic individuals.

Avocado has a long history of cultivation in Central and South, America. It was introduced into the Philippines in 18yo by the Spaniards through seeds coming from Mexico. However, it was only from 1902 to 1907 that avocado was introduced successfully into the Philippines by the Americans.

According to a report from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the country had a total area of 4,753 hectares planted with avocado from 1990-1997. The Average annual production was estimated at 45,864 tons.

Leading producing regions of the country are the Cagayan Valley, Central Visayas and Southern Tagalog, while the leading producing provinces are Bohol, located in Central Visayas and Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Cagayan which are located in the Cagayan Valley.

The FAO report said most regions of the country, however, have low productivity since avocado is grown mostly as a backyard tree or as a component of a mixed orchard with little or no- care at all.

“Avocado has a bright potential for development in the country,” says Rachel C. Sotto in a position paper published by FAO. For one, avocado can be grown anywhere in the country. “This is due to the introduction of several varieties belonging to the three different avocado races, giving the crop a wide range of soil and climatic adaptability,” she writes.

For another, the avocado has a long fruiting season. “In the Philippines, the peak of the fruiting season is from May to September, although some trees in certain localities fruit from January to March.”

Sotto is batting for the growing of avocado in the country because the fruit has a big potential for generating dollar revenues for the country. In the United States, avocado is sold at a very high price. Although avocado is listed as a fruit in the Philippines, it is considered a vegetable in the US.

“Avocados are often put on hamburgers and ham sandwiches,” reports the Philippine News Agency. “They are also used on carne asada tacos. In South Texas, peanut butter and avocado sandwiches are popular lunch box items, most commonly associated with Mexican-Americans. Avocados are also combined with eggs, in scrambled eggs, and in tortillas or omelettes.”

By Henrylito D. Tacio

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Is Watermelon Good for You

Watermelon Nutrition Facts
Watermelons serve as a perfect summer delight with its sweet and refreshing taste. But not many are aware of the various health benefits it offers. Scroll down for watermelon nutrition facts...

Watermelons are found in all parts of the world and are relished by one and all. Although they are seen in the markets all throughout the year, summer is the perfect season that brings out the real taste of the watermelon. The crunchy and watery flesh of watermelons is highly refreshing and thirst quenching. Native to South Africa, watermelons, have traveled all around the world, and today are cultivated in many countries with a temperate or tropical climate. Scientifically known as Citrullus lanatus, watermelons belong to the Cucrbitaceae family, along with pumpkins, squashes and cucumbers. There are different varieties of watermelons that differ in colors as well as sizes, such as yellow crimson watermelon, Carolina cross, Orangeglo. Melitopolski, etc. Apart from its thirst quenching property, watermelon is packed with loads of health benefits. Let us have a look at watermelon nutrition facts.

Watermelons Nutrition Facts and Information

The following table states the watermelon nutrition facts and values, per 100 grams of edible portion.
Nutrient Nutritional Value
Carbohydrate 7.55 gm
Protein 0.61 gm
Fats 0.15 gm
Total Dietary Fiber 0.4 gm
Sugars 6.20 gm
Calcium 8 mg
Iron 0.17mg
Potassium 116 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Magnesium 11 mg
Phosphorus 9 mg
Fluoride 1.5 mg
Vitamin A 569 IU
Vitamin B1 0.033 mg
Vitamin B2 0.021 mg
Vitamin B5 0.221 mg
Vitamin B6 0.045 mg
Vitamin B9 3 mcg
Vitamin C 9.6 mg
Water 91.45 gm
Energy 30 kcal

Nutritional Value of Watermelon
The nutritional value of watermelon is something that health enthusiasts swear by. So, to know all about the exact nutritional benefits health benefits, scroll down.

Watermelon Nutritional Facts

Member of the Cucurbitaceae family, the watermelon is related to squash, cantaloupe, etc. and like its cousins, grows on vines on the ground. There are a variety of types of watermelons one can choose from.

Nutritional Value per 100g of Raw Watermelon Fruit
Nutrients Nutritional Value
Water 91.45 g
Carbohydrates 7.55 g
Phosphorus 11 mg
Magnesium 10 mg
Potassium 112 mg
Calcium 7 mg
Iron 0.24 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Folate 3 mcg
Vitamin A 569 IU
Vitamin C 8.1 mg
Calories 30. 0 calories

Nutritional Value of Watermelon Seeds

The seeds of watermelon are eaten in many parts of the world, some eat them raw and dried, while some prefer them roasted. Many add them to their soups and salad, to increase their foods nutritional quotient. Watermelon is high in proteins; essential and non-essential amino acids,and dietary fiber. Besides that, it is a rich source of many nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, etc. Also, preserving watermelon seeds is easy. As you consume the fleshy fruit, remove all the seeds with a small teaspoon and wash them well under running water. Dry them and store them in an air tight container.

Nutritional Value of Watermelon Juice

Watermelon juice is extremely refreshing and hydrating. One glass of watermelon juice per day will keep the body well hydrated, as just 100 ml of it contains; 93% water, 8% sugar, and approximately 50 calories! Full of cancer fighting anti-oxidants, and vital minerals and vitamins, watermelon juice will always ensure good health for you and your kids!

Watermelon Health Benefits

Carotenoids: Watermelon is a concentrated source of carotenoids; lycopene, lutein, phytofluene, phytoene, beta-carotene and neurosporene, with lycopene present in maximum quantity. Carotenoids are antioxidants in nature, which is essential for controlling free radicals. Unchecked free radicals can cause diseases such as cancer, and increases the risks of various cardiovascular diseases.

Bone Health: As watermelon is high on calcium, it helps build up strong bones. Watermelon also contains vitamin C and beta-carotene, which helps in the production of collagen, a substance that holds together muscles and bones. Together, these nutrients not only help alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but prevent its occurrence too.

Heart Health: The antioxidant properties of watermelon strengthen and boost the immune system, and help the body in fighting off various infections. Medical studies also indicate that watermelon nutritional value is unchallenged when it comes to reducing the risk of heart attack, and other coronary diseases.

Hydration: Watermelon is not called the queen of fruits during summer time for nothing. With 93% of its weight being water, this fruit can not only quench thirst but provide the body with adequate amount of hydration and internal lubrication, thus saving the body from ill effects of dehydration.

Potassium: Adequate potassium in the body inhibits an unprecedented rise in blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk for hypertension, stroke and occurrence of kidney stones, and promoting smooth functioning of the heart and kidneys.

Weight Watcher: Low on calories and high on all other nutrients, watermelons are a weight watcher's favored food. Eating it regularly in your diet, as a mid day snack, or as part of the main meal gives a feeling of fullness, with the right mix of health! Read more on:

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Monday, September 20, 2010

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Health Benefit of Sea Salt

We all know already that our body is 75% water. Well, maybe not all of us know is that this water contained in all of our tissues, cells, blood, etc. is a salty water solution, very similar to the seawater...

So, why are we often told that salt is not good for our health?

Is salt good or bad for us?

As seen on the health benefit of drinking water page, our body needs water in order to insure life.

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD, the author of "You are not sick, you're thirsty!" explains that salt has many other important functions than just regulating the water content of the body. Here are only a few of it's invaluable benefits:

First, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD explains that salt is not bad for you. It does not raise the blood pressure. It is the insufficiency of other minerals that normally hold on to and keep water inside the cells that causes a rise in blood pressure. Given in conjunction with other minerals, salt will actually lower blood pressure to normal levels.

Salt can be very effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats and, contrary to the misconception that it causes high blood pressure (in conjunction with water and the other essential minerals).
- One or two glasses of water with a little salt will quickly and efficiently quiet the racing and "thumping" heart and, in the long run, will reduce the blood pressure.
- Talk with your doctor about the right balance of water and salt for your diet.

Salt is a strong antihistamine.
- It can be used to release asthma. Put it on the tongue after drinking a glass or two of water. It is as effective as an inhaler, without the toxicity.
- it can also stop persistent dry cough and clear the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma, emphysema and cystic fibrosis sufferers.
- Salt is a strong antiseptic

Salt is vital for extracting excess acidity from inside the cells, particularly the brain cells.
- if you don't want Alzheimer's disease, don't go salt-free and don't let them put you on diuretic medications for long!

Salt is vital for the kidneys to clear excess acidity and pass the acidity to the urine. Without it the body will become more and more acidic.

Salt is a strong anti stress element for the body. It is essential in the treatment of emotional and effective disorders.
- Lithium is a salt substitute that is used in the treatment of depression.
- It also essential for preserving the serotonin, melatonin and tryptamine levels in the brain - essential antidepressant neurotransmitters.

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj MD also believes that salt is vital for the prevention and treatment of the cancer. Cancer cells - he explains- cannot leave in an oxygenated environment. When the body is well hydrated and salt expends the volume of blood circulation to reach all parts of the body, the oxygen and active immune cells in the blood reach the cancerous tissue and destroy it.

Salt is also important for sleep regulation - it is a natural hypnotic
- If you drink a full glass of water, then put a few grains of salt on your tongue and let it stay there, you will fall into a natural, deep sleep.

Salt is a vitally needed element for diabetics.
- It helps balance the sugar levels in the blood and reduces the need of insulin.


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Breast Milk Cures!

Breast Milk Cures Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
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Two nights ago my preschooler complained that her right eye hurt and felt itchy. Sure enough, the inner corner of the eye was red and swollen with pus. Those are typical signs of bacterial conjunctivitis, commonly called “pink eye.”

Fortunately, one treatment for pink eye is painless and free: breast milk! With clean hands and my nipple rinsed with plain water (no soap), I simply hand-expressed some milk into my daughter’s eye. That sounds complicated and looks a bit ridiculous, I admit, but it’s a lot easier and cheaper than going to the doctor for prescription eye drops.

The trick is to have the child lean back with her head in your lap. Have her close her eyes. Express a few drops of milk onto the affected eye, then briefly and gently open the child’s eye or have the child blink to get the breast milk in the eye. Of course, you can always use a sterile cup and eye dropper rather than expressing directly into the child’s eye. Continue this treatment three or more times per day until the infection clears up, and seek medical attention if the condition worsens. There are several different causes of pink eye–a virus, bacteria, an allergy, a foreign object in the eye, a plugged tear duct or a scratched eye. Breast milk works on bacterial conjunctivitis, and improvement can be seen within hours of starting treatment.

Pink eye is quite contagious. I treat the child’s unaffected eye and even preventatively treat my other child’s eyes too. There’s no harm in doing so, and I’d much rather spare each child another infection. We also wash hands frequently to prevent the spread of the infection.

My child’s pink eye cleared up in less than two days, allowing her to go to back to preschool yesterday without missing any days.

Don’t take my word on treating pink eye with breast milk though! Consult your doctor, and check out this link which explains the healing powers of breast milk:

A particular antibody in the breast milk, called immunoglobulin A, prevents the pink eye bacteria from attaching to the mucosal surface of the eye. This limits the growth of the bacteria, helping to end the eye infection.

See my follow-up article for more medical evidence to support this natural remedy for pink eye and blocked tear ducts: “Using Mother’s Milk to Treat Eye Conditions.”

That’s yet another advantage of breastfeeding!

Do any of you swear by this remedy too?


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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Health Benefits of Calamansi:

The lime is the smallest and probably most widely used fruit amongst the family of citrus. Lime comes from Southeast Asia. The name is of Arabic origin and it is believed that the Arabs most likely introduced it into India and Persia from where it was taken to Europe. Today it is cultivated in many tropical countries such as Florida, Brazil, Mexico and Egypt.

The lime is a small citrus fruit, like a small orange, with skin and flesh that are green in color. The pulp of the lime taste sour, and the fruit contains twice the amount of juice as the yellow, larger lemon. The juice, as a drink, makes one of the best thirst-quenchers. The acid content of lime is known to slow down the oxidation of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, thus preventing discoloration and acting as a preservative.

Nutritive Values: Per 100 gm.
Vitamin B: Thiamine .04 mg;
Riboflavin: trace
Niacin: .1 mg
Vitamin C: 27 mg.
Calcium: 40 mg.
Iron: 6 mg.
Phosphorus: 22 mg.
Fat: .1 gm
Protein: .8 gm
Calories: 37

Health Benefits:
Lime contains by far more vitamin C than the lemon. A glass of warm water with lime juice and a teaspoonful of honey is an ideal remedy for cold and dry cough.
Lime juice is a pep-up in cases of listlessness and a rundown feeling due to vitamin deficiency.
The pectin content in fruit pulp is said to be beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol.
The vitamin C content in lime increases the body's resistance to disease, aids the healing of wounds and prevents damage to the eyes.
Vitamin C is also helpful in maintaining the health of the teeth and other bones of the body. It prevents decay and loosening of the teeth, dental caries, toothache, bleeding of the gums and fragility of bones.
The rind of the fruit also has medicinal properties. It contains a volatile oil which is used in medicine for improving digestion and removing wind
Lime is considered highly beneficial in the treatment of digestive disorders.
The lime juice is of great value in constipation, when it is taken first thing in the morning in a glass of warm water.
The citric acid in limes has an alkaline reaction in the system which can relieve peptic ulcers.
Few drops of warm lime-juice diluted with water should be instilled in the eyes in case of conjunctivitis. Its regular use with pure rose water in the ratio of 1:4 is helpful in preventing old-age cataract.
Lime juice diluted in warm water was proven valuable in cystitis. It gives relief to burning sensation and also stops bleeding in cystitis.
The lime juice is also excellent for weight reduction. Fresh juice' of a lime mixed in a glassful of water and sweetened with honey should be taken every morning on empty stomach in case of obesity.
Lime contain limonene, this phytochemical are potent detoxifiers with anti-biotic effect that is protective against bacterial poisoning.
The potent anti-viral properties in lime can kill cholera bacilli within a very short period of time. Drink one part juice and one part water regularly.
Lemon peels when rub on dry or scaly skin can restore softness and add moisture to the skin.


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How can make calamansi deodorant?

i just tried using calamansi as deodorant two weeks ago and it's working perfectly well. no smelly armpits since then and the good thing is, i have whiter underarms. what i do is very simple: i cut the calamansi in half and just remove the seeds and apply it raw under my armpit. It's sticky at first but it will eventually be absorbed by the skin and you'll never notice that the sticky feeling is no longer there. try it during weekends first if you want to experiment. but I'm sure you wouldn't regret.

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Kalamansi Juice Good for the Kidney

Kalamansi Juice Good for the Kidney & Eliminates Foul Urine Odor

Kalamansi (no English term) is a small citrus fruit that appears as cross between a lemon and lime, is a native and widely cultivated in the Philippines and does not occur naturally outside of the country. This small oval citrus fruit family is popular among the locals because of its many useful benefits not only in food servings but also to the human body itself.

The locals usually use kalamansi juice in different varieties of foods like raw fish, half cooked meat, vegetables, some cold dishes and as drinks. Aside from food, kalamansi juice is effective in treating illness or sickness in different ways. For one, kalamansi juice is actually a natural and effective kidney enhancer and even eliminates foul urine odor.

Ten or more pieces of kalamansi fruit in a glass of water at any given time are definitely effective to keep your kidney healthy. Not only that, it eliminates foul urine odor and lighten urine color.

The juice of kalamansi is also good as a natural mouthwash. It eliminates what we called morning breath. Kalamansi has an anti-bacterial property which is more effective than the expensive mouthwash sold in stores. It is also a remedy for cough, itches and hangover. In this time of crisis and skyrocketing prices of fuel, basic necessities and medicines, we have no other choice but to go green and natural. Health is wealth and so we need to consider kalamansi juice in our growing list of alternative sources of health concoctions.


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Friday, August 27, 2010

What is Organic Food?

 Organic food r refers to food items that are produced, processed and packaged without using chemicals. Organic food is increasingly becoming popular due to its perceived health benefits over conventional food. The industry is growing rapidly since the past five years and has caught the attention of farmers, manufacturers and, above all, consumers.

According to Datamonitor, the global organic food market was about USD 36.7 billion in 2006, USD 43.5 billion in 2007 and USD 52 billion in 2008 according to Datamonitor. In 2006, over 30 percent of the global organic demand scame from the US, which has a market of about USD 13.6 billion, according to Nutrition Business Journal. In spite of global recession, the organic food industry showed double digit growth in 2007 and 2008. According to Datamonitor, the industry grew by 10.9% and 13.7% in 2007 and 2008 respectively.


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Health Benefits of Fish Oil

 The health benefits of fish oil include its ability to aid in treatment of heart diseases, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, AHDH, low immunity, cancer, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, IBD, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, macular degeneration and ulcers. It is helps in weight loss, pregnancy, fertility and skin care (particular for disorders such as psoriasis, acne).


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Health Benefits of Green Tea

 The health benefits of green tea make it a good beverage for treating cancer, heart problems, cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol levels, rheumatoid arthritis, infection, tooth decay, etc. Green tea contains an antioxidant epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) which is helpful in treating a variety of diseases.


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Organic Certification Agencies in India

 Organic Certification is necessary to prove that your produce is organic in nature. There are no tests to distinguish between organic and non-organic food and hence a certificatoin remains the only way of proving that your produce is organic. In such a scenario, it is necessary to know which agencies provide organic certifications.

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Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper or Mirchi

 The health benefits of cayenne pepper or mirchi include weight loss, good digestion, strong immunity, good blood circulation, treatment of heart diseases, dyspepsia, inflammation, headache, and throat congestion.

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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

 The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.

How is Lauric Acid Used by our body?
The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. As a result of these various health benefits of coconut oil, though its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system.
Before we move on to the benefits of coconut oil in detail, let us understand its composition.

Composition of Coconut Oil: Coconut oil consists of more than ninety percent of saturated fats (Don’t panic! First read to the last word. Your opinion may change), with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Virgin Coconut Oil is no different from this. Let us have a bit detailed study of this.
The Saturated Fatty Acids: Most of them are Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well. Lauric Acid is the chief contributor, with more than forty percent of the share, followed by Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic.
The Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Linoleic Acid.
The Monounsaturated Fatty Acids: Oleic Acid.
The Poly-phenols: Gallic Acid, which is phenolic acid. These poly-phenols are supposed to be responsible for the fragrance and the taste of Coconut Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in these poly-phenols.
Certain derivatives of fatty acid like Betaines, Ethanolamide, Ethoxylates, Fatty Esters, Fatty Polysorbates, Monoglycerides and Polyol Esters.
Fatty Chlorides, Fatty Alcohol Sulphate and Fatty Alcohol Ether Sulphate, all of which are derivatives of Fatty Alcohols.
Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron.

Let us now explore the benefits of coconut oil in detail:

 Hair Care: Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair providing them a shiny complexion. Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. It is therefore used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.

Stress Relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage helps in removing mental fatig

Skin Care: Coconut oil is excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skins including dry skin. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil. Further, unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin with the application of coconut oil. Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. Therefore coconut oil forms the basic ingredient of various body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc., used for skin care.

Premature Aging: Coconut oil helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.

Heart Diseases: There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as it happens in case of other vegetables oils. It does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.

Weight Loss: Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Pancreatitis: Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.

Digestion: Internal use of coconut oil occurs primarily as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Immunity: Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

Healing: When applied on infections, it forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil is most effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.

Infections: Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.

Liver: The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases as they substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing work load on the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Kidney: Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps in dissolving kidney stones.

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones: As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for development of bones. Thus coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Dental Care: Calcium is an important element present in teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in getting strong teeth. Coconut oil also stops tooth decay.

HIV and Cancer: It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing viral susceptibility of HIV and cancer patients.

Finally, coconut oil is often preferred by athletes and body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this being that coconut oil contains lesser calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.

This article is written by Kiran Patil

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Red Wine - Heart Health benefits?

(HealthCastle.com) Does red wine protect against heart disease? Maybe. Many studies investigated the benefits of red wine suggested that moderate amount of red wine (one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men) lowers the risk of heart attack for people in middle age by ~ 30 to 50 percent. It is also suggested that alcohol such as red wine may prevent additional heart attacks if you have already suffered from one. Other studies also indicated that red wine can raise HDL cholesterol (the Good cholesterol) and prevent LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) from forming. Red wine may help prevent blood clots and reduce the blood vessel damage caused by fat deposits. Indeed, studies showed that people from the Mediterranean region who regularly drank red wine have lower risks of heart disease

What's in Red Wine that are good for heart?

Red wine is a particularly rich source of antioxidants flavonoid phenolics, so many studies to uncover a cause for red wine's effects have focused on its phenolic constituents, particularly resveratrol and the flavonoids. Resveratrol, found in grape skins and seeds, increases HDL cholesterol and prevent blood clotting. Flavonoids, on the other hand, exhibit antioxidant properties helping prevent blood clots and plaques formation in arteries.

Should I start drinking more red wine now?

The answer is No. Studies showed that alcohol drinking may increase triglycerides (another Bad blood lipids) and result in weight gain due to its empty calories. Other studies also suggested that alcohol consumption is associated with cancer risk. Read Alcohol and Cancer. The American Heart Association cautions people NOT to start drinking if they do not already drink alcohol. If you already drink alcohol, do so in moderation. AHA recommends one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. (A drink is one 12 oz. beer, 4 oz. of wine, 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz. of 100-proof spirits.)


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Guyabano Cancer Cure

 Guyabano, The Soursop Fruit has cancer curing abilities. The Sour Sop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than Chemo. The taste is not bad after all. It’s completely natural and definitely has no side effects..

Guyabano is a tree called graviola in Brazil , guanabana in Spanish and has the uninspiring name “soursop” in English.

The fruit is very large and the subacid sweet white pulp is eaten out of hand or, more commonly, used to make fruit drinks, sherbets and such.

The principal interest in this plant is because of its strong anti-cancer effects. This plant is a proven cancer remedy for cancers of all types. Besides being a cancer remedy, graviola is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders.

Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to:

* Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss
* Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections
* Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment
* Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life
* Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer..
* The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug!
* What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells.

 Various parts of the Graviola tree–including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit-seeds–have been used for centuries by medicine men and native Indians in South America to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis.

Going on very little documented scientific evidence, the company poured money and resources into testing the tree’s anti-cancerous properties–and were shocked by the results. Graviola proved itself to be a cancer-killing dynamo.

The National Cancer Institute performed the first scientific research in 1976.

The results showed that Graviola’s “leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells.” Inexplicably, the results were published in an internal report and never released to the public. Since 1976, Graviola has proven to be an immensely potent cancer killer in 20 independent laboratory tests, but as of now, no double-blind clinical trials.

A study published in the Journal of Natural Products, following a recent study conducted at Catholic University of South Korea stated that one chemical in Graviola was found to selectively kill colon cancer cells at “10,000 times the potency of (the commonly used chemotherapy drug) Adriamycin…”

The most significant part of the Catholic University of South Korea report is that Graviola was shown to selectively target the cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched.

Unlike chemotherapy, which indiscriminately targets all actively reproducing cells (such as stomach and hair cells), causing the often devastating side effects of nausea and hair loss in cancer patients.

A study at Purdue University recently found that leaves from the Graviola tree killed cancer cells among six human cell lines and were especially effective against prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers.

Note By Tom Coghill. This research looks good but cancer is never that easy to heal. It would be great to put this to the test. The juice would have to be fresh. The seeds have to be removed before blending or juicing.


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Why the Body Requires Minerals - Essential Nutrients

Minerals such as sodium and potassium help balance fluid levels, calcium keeps bones healthy and selenium protects the immune system.

As with vitamins, the body also requires a range of minerals in order to function properly and maintain good health. Minerals come from the earth and are nutrients which work individually and in combination with other substances to create specific reactions in the body.
Where to Source Essential Minerals

Essential minerals needed by the body to perform a variety of functions may be sourced from salt and different foods, such as vegetables. In Nutrition in Essence, Bearden (2006) highlights where essential minerals may be sourced, to include the following:
sodium - common table salt, sea salt
potassium - dark green vegetables, milk, meat
calcium/magnesium - nuts, seeds, legumes, dark green vegetables, seafood, meat
zinc - oysters, red meat, nuts, seeds, fish, whole-grains, sea salt
iodine - sea vegetables, sea salt, seafood, dairy products
selenium - Brazil nuts, seafood
chromium - brewer's yeast, liver, nuts, whole-grains
iron - eggs, fish, liver, meat, leafy green vegetables

For those who find it a real struggle to eat a health balanced diet, it is well worth discussing mineral supplements with the family doctor. A referral to a nutritionist or dietitian may then be offered, if deemed appropriate. Sufferers of certain health conditions, such as the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, are also likely to benefit from taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement, particularly in the early stages of recovery.

Mineral Health Benefits - Why the Body Requires Minerals

Just as with vitamins, the body is in need of the minerals found in foods and salts in order to function properly, making it important to ensure one is maintaining a healthy, nutritious dietary intake. In The Essential Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Supplements, Brewer (2010) identifies health benefits associated with minerals, as follows:
sodium - passes nerve/brain cell messages, helps heart muscles contract
potassium - flushes excess sodium from body, balances fluid levels
calcium - builds strong bones, healthy teeth, reduces osteoporosis risk
magnesium - maintains healthy tissues, strong bones/teeth
zinc - boosts immune system, improves fertility
iodine - vital for producing thyroid hormones
selenium - normal cell growth, immune function
chromium - improves glucose tolerance, slimming aid
iron - essential for healthy blood cells

While the above are just some of the various ways the body uses essential minerals, there are many more healing properties associated with such nutrients. This is why nutritionists have for many years been recommending the five a day of fruits and vegetables, in order to stand the best chance of obtaining both essential minerals and vitamins required for optimum health.

As highlighted above, minerals such as calcium, selenium, potassium and iron are essential for health and may be sourced from a diet which is rich in nuts and seeds, seafood, whole-grains and leafy green vegetables. Those not obtaining sufficient nutrients through their diet, such as those at risk of osteoporosis or suffering with anorexia nervosa, may benefit from taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement.

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Why the Body Requires Protein - Different Protein Sources

 The body primarily requires protein to grow and repair any parts which have been damaged; it is also essential for the heart muscles and brain.

Along with fats and carbohydrates, protein is a macro-nutrient which is an essential component to any healthy balanced diet. Protein differs from the other macro-nutrients as it is the only one which contains nitrogen atoms.
Why the Body Requires Protein

Protein is necessary for a whole range of different body functions and must be included to form a core part of dietary intake. In The Essential Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Supplements, Brewer (2010) highlights why the body requires protein, to include the following:
Proteins play a structural role in the body.
They are vital for immune defences.
They are basic building blocks.
They help muscle growth. Bodybuilders often use protein supplements to bulk up.

Further health benefits and properties associated with protein, identified by Bearden (2006) in Nutrition in Essence, include the following:
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Different Protein Sources – Animal, Vegetable and Dairy Proteins

There are three main sources used to obtain protein, which include animal sources, vegetables sources and dairy sources. A recognised by Bearden (2006), protein sources include the following:
animal protein sources: beef, game, lamb, pork, poultry, fowl, fish, eggs
vegetable protein sources: grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds
dairy protein sources: cheese, milk, yogurt

Due to the fact that meat is such a rich source of protein, it is important that those following a vegetarian diet or who consume very little meat are able to gain sufficient amounts of protein required for health from alternative sources. A simple way to add extra protein to salads is to simply sprinkle some nuts or seeds, or add mixed beans.
Organic Protein Sources

While the media would like us to believe that the only way to be healthy is to follow whichever celebrity's fad diet and spend a fortune on special foods, this is simply not the case. Organic sources of protein do not have to cause one's shopping bill to sky-rocket. As identified by Bearden (2006), simple ways to include more organic protein in the diet include the following:

adding a small piece of organic meat in one dish
including organic eggs in a meal
using some organic vegetables a few times a week

Protein is an essential part of any balanced diet, and it can be sourced from animal, vegetable or dairy produce. The body requires protein for healthy growth, repair and to create antibodies

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Why the Body Requires Fibre - Different Fibre Sources

 As anyone who has suffered from episodes of constipation will know, dietary fibre is a very important part of maintaining a healthy body and remaining regular. However, these days more refined foods are being consumed than ever before, which have fibre removed during processing, making it likely that many are not getting sufficient fibre in their diet.
Health Benefits of Fibre Consumption

Unlike vitamins and minerals, fibre is not a nutrient, but a part of plant food which the body is unable to digest. In The Essential Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Supplements, Brewer (2010) highlights key health benefits and healing properties associated with fibre, to include the following:
Aids digestion/absorption of other foods
Helps stomach, upper intestines function
Reduces rate blood sugar levels rise after meals
Encourages muscular contractions, propels digested food forwards
Absorbs water, bacteria, toxins
Bulks up faeces
Hastens stool excretion
Relieves irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diarrhoea/constipation
Reduces flatulence
Improves cholesterol levels
Relieves some ulcerative colitis symptoms
Helps ease menopausal symptoms

In 1,001 Home Health Remedies, Browne et al. (2007) identify further health benefits related to fibre, as follows:
Reduces breast tenderness
Relieves hemorrhoid symptoms and pain
May help reduce peptic ulcers
Helps premenstrual symptoms – removes excess oestrogen
Soluble Fibre and Insoluble Fibre

There are two main forms of fibre found in plant foods, which include soluble fibre and insoluble fibre. In Nutrition in Essence, Bearden (2006) explains that while soluble fibre helps keep blood sugar levels stable, lowers cholesterol levels and makes one feel fuller, insoluble fibre keeps stools moving and reduces the build-up of toxins in the large intestine.

It is relatively easy to increase fibre intake, through simply making a few adjustments, such as the following:
Switch from white bread to wholemeal bread
Change from eating sugary cereal to muesli, All-Bran or Branflakes
Increase intake of legumes, vegetables, fruits
Snack on nuts, seeds, fruit, rather than sugary snacks
Switch to brown rice, wholemeal pasta
Avoid ready-meals as much as possible
Eat high fibre fruits for dessert

For those who regularly struggle to eat a healthy balanced diet, it may be worth considering taking a fibre supplement. Fibre supplements may be prescribed by the family doctor or purchased from either health food stores or health care pharmacies.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

SAY THIS MIRACLE PRAYER DAILY & It will change Your Life!

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Papaya Nutrition

Papaya is the pear shaped fruit of the plant Carica papaya. The papaya fruit is regarded as one of the most nutritious fruits due to its high vitamin and mineral content. Discover some of the interesting papaya nutrition facts with this article.

Papaya Health Benefits
Know about numerous papaya health benefits which you can make use of and add healthy years to your life. This fruit is not only delicious, but it is also attributed as a power house of nutrients...
Everyone is well aware of the fruit papaya and I guess, I need not give you the description of how does it look like, taste and where it is found. However, you may not know that papaya was attributed by the name "The Fruit of the Angels", by Christopher Columbus [an Italian navigator who discovered the New World in the service of Spain while looking for a route to China (1451-1506)]. Before we head on for the papaya health benefits, here is a brief insight on the nutritive value of the fruit, per 100g. Papaya contains 56 mg of vitamin C and 20 mg of calcium. Carbohydrates in the fruit is of the quantity 10 g and vitamin A, 1750 I.U. 16 mg of phosphorus is present in papaya and 470 mg of potassium. Apart from containing vitamin E and K, papaya has a calorific value of 39. Now, let's study about the many papaya health benefits that you can avail.

Papaya enzyme health benefits come from papain and chymonpapain, the two very important enzymes of the fruit. These enzymes aid in the digestion of protein in the body. Out of the two, papain is the most abundant and most active. One important fact to take a note of is that, these two enzymes gradually vanish as the fruit ripens. So, in order to avail the benefits, pick your fruit when it is still green. Apart from aiding to the digestion process, other papaya enzyme benefits include treating edemas, inflammation and wounds. The antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene also aid to reducing any inflammatory symptoms. Thus, people with asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis would find great relief with an increase in the consumption of this fruit. The enzymes, papain and chymonpapain, also prevent cornea scar deformation and help in treating insect stings.

Talking about papaya seeds health benefits, they include protection against E. coli, Salmonella and Staph infections and certain kidney diseases. Papaya seeds extract are also known to get rid of intestinal parasites and they also help in detoxifying the liver.

Treating constipation is one of the well known papaya fruit health benefits. Infections of the colon can be addressed by drinking papaya juice and ripened form of the fruit may help prevent cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue. Other papaya health benefits include managing nausea including morning sickness and motion sickness and producing a tonic effect in the stomach and intestines. Papaya's content of folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene and vitamin E are also associated with reduced risks of colon cancer.

Lowering cholesterol level and preventing the development of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease are also among the well known papaya health benefits. Apart from these, papaya's richness in vitamin A, has earned it the reputation to be an ideal home remedy for lung protection. People who are in a risk of lung cancer should consider adding this fruit to their daily diet.

Boosting the immune system is yet another one among the other papaya benefits. Richness of vitamin C and vitamin A in the fruit, strengthens the immune system and keeps one from illnesses and recurrent infections like cold and flu and like that of the ear.

Macular Degeneration (eye disease caused by degeneration of the cells of the macula lutea and results in blurred vision; can cause blindness) is an age-related illness and is the primary cause of vision loss in older adults. According to researches, adding papaya to the diet can provide a great deal of benefit in reducing the risk of developing this eye disease. Read more on pampering the papaya

To conclude this piece of information on papaya health benefits, according to different surveys, people who took papaya along with green tea, were found less prone to develop prostate cancer than others. Thus, with so many benefits in store, a healthy diet must comprise of this 'wonder fruit' as one of its key ingredients!

Source: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/papaya-health-benefits.html

Friday, August 20, 2010

Why Wine is Good For You!

 If a vinter were to tell you, in one of his advertisements, that you ought to drink wine because it is the best of all tranquilizers—one product of nature that relaxes you gently with no harm to your system—he would be promptly taken to task by the United States Government, which has the power to revoke his license and put him out of business. There is a certain federal regulation, ambiguous in its language but backed up by some unambiguous bureaucratic rulings, that effectively prevents him from advertising this important truth.

It is high time that someone came forth with that best of all reasons (there are plenty of others!) why tension-tormented America should include wine in its daily diet! Before anyone asks "Aren't beer, whiskey and gin the same as wine?" and "Are you advocating that we all become alcoholics?" lets address both questions.

Wine is essentially a natural product; malt and distilled beverages are manufactured. The grape is the only fruit that will preserve itself naturally, without anything being added or taken away. This is because it contains fermentable sugars and because the dust like "bloom" on its skin contains natural yeasts that can ferment those sugars into alcohol. If we crush a handful of grapes and leave the juice in a cup, it will turn into wine.

There is a great deal more in wine than mere alcohol. It has been medically substantiated that wines, depending on their type, contain not only fruit sugars valuable in the human diet, but in addition are the only common alcoholic beverages containing significant quantities of the B vitamins, plus all of the thirteen mineral elements recognized as essential to maintain animal and human life. They also have the ability to improve appetite and promote digestion. A glass of Malbec a day can actually improve your health.

It is their non-alcoholic components, not found in spirituous beverages that make wines behave differently in the human body. Somehow, in ways not yet fully understood by medical researchers, the organic acids, esters, and nitrogen-bearing compounds in wines slow down the rate at which the alcohol in wines enters your blood stream. The slow rate of absorption is important. Your blood-alcohol level, when you drink wine, reaches a plateau instead of a peak; the alcohol circulates at low levels through your body, where it lulls and helps to relax your jumpy nerve centers; you feel a pleasant glow. The pleasant feeling from wine lasts longer than that from other drinks. Alcohol from the others gets into your blood more quickly; its effects are more sudden and more pronounced.

In other words, don't drink wine for a "kick," because if it's a kick you want, you will get it fastest and hardest from vodka. Wine's alcoholic effect is more gradual. If you haven't already discovered for yourself the relaxing quality of a fine glass of Petite Sirah, ask a few of your friends if wine doesn't make them sleepy more readily than a stronger drink does.

Some noted medical authorities have said that wine could well supplant 90% of the drugs used to induce sleep. There is also reason to wonder whether Americans would be gulping well over 65,000,000 aspirin tablets every twenty-four hours to reduce pain if more people used wine.


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11 Good Reasons Why Coffee Grounds are Worth Keeping

 After brewing coffee, coffee grounds are often tossed into the trash bin. Some people regard the group of squeezed coffee beans as worthless items. If they only knew the alternative uses for coffee grounds, they would probably store the used beans in their cupboards.

Coffee grounds have many other uses aside from producing coffee. They can be used for gardening, repelling insects, and even as pet grooming products. Just by using these supposed waste products, the need to buy some household products can be instantly eliminated. Best of all, the use of coffee grounds is environment-friendly. You better think twice if you plan to throw away your next batch of coffee grounds. Here are 11 of the best reasons why used coffee grounds are worth keeping:

Compost Material – Coffee grounds fit the standards set by gardeners for compost materials. The grounds, when mixed with soil, release nutrients that make the ground richer and more acidic. Plants that flourish in acidic soil will be healthier since they can get the needed nourishment from the ground. If you have a good supply of coffee grounds, just spread them evenly in your garden. Your plants will reward you by producing robust blooms.
Pet Grooming Solution – Mix coffee ground extract with some water and the result is a nice grooming solution for pets. After a few rubs, the solution softens your pet’s fur, giving it a nice sheen. Some people even claim that the solution keeps fleas and other parasites off your pet, though it still needs testing for it to be considered a fact.

Fridge Deodorizer – Storing different types of food inside the fridge can produce a nasty mixture of odors. Remove those pungent smells with a bowl filled with coffee grounds. Place the bowl inside your fridge and your coffee ground deodorizer will gradually absorb all unwanted scents. If your fridge is packed with stored food, just add more grounds and a few drops of vanilla to your deodorizer so that it can absorb more odors.
No Place for Pet Litter – You can keep your pet from defecating in your garden if you spread a mixture of coffee grounds and orange peels around the area. Your pets will find the scent of the mixture too exotic for their defecating standards.
Skin Exfoliant – Rubbing your skin with coffee ground extract seems silly but it is actually a good idea. The extract removes dead skin cells, which results in better-looking skin. It can save you hundreds of dollars since this simple product can practically replacesseveral pricey sessions with your dermatologist.
Shoe Deodorizer – Active people and smelly feet are often associated with each other. Break away from the norm by placing used coffee grounds in your shoes. It will not relieve you of foul-smelling feet, but it will certainly get rid of the evidence. Now, if you want to truly remove foot odor, you can always wash your feet with water and coffee ground extract.
Hair Shine Solution – Let’s face it, everyone wants to have shiny and bouncy hair. Some people spend significant amounts of cash just to make their hair look better. You can look no further than your supply of used coffee grounds to give you softer and shinier hair. Just wash your hair with the coffee byproduct and rinse. You will soon sport your favorite celebrity hairstyle after a few strokes.

Ant Repellent – Ants can be annoying, especially if they manage to make their way to your bath towel or clothes. You can avoid these tiny pests by rubbing coffee grounds on your closet. For some reason, ants dislike the scent and the properties of coffee ground extract.
Fireplace Dust Regulator – Fireplace dust is always a big obstacle for someone who cleans the fireplace. Large dust formations can sting your eyes and irritate your sinuses. They can also make the surrounding areas dirty. To properly regulate dust, you can toss a handful of wet coffee grounds in your fireplace after operation. The wet grounds will hold the dust in place, lessening the appearance of dust clouds when cleaning the fireplace.

Coloring Ingredient – If you combine coffee ground extract with hot water, you can create brown dye for fabrics, art works and other applications. You can also mix the extract with henna to produce brown-colored henna tattoos.
Scratch Remover – Coffee ground extract can erase scratches after several forceful scrubs. Its thick slippery base, when coupled with a rug, topples the foundations of most scratches. The scratches eventually fade in the process.

You can use coffee grounds as unconventional product substitutes for many household activities. With their wide variety of uses, you can say that they’re even more useful than their ungrounded counterparts.

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Powdered Turmeric Yellow Ginger For Sale

We process and distribute re-packed turmeric yellow ginger powder spice (called hama in batanes) used for cooking and food coloring. perfect flavor. we distribute wholesale. packed in sachets. Can be sold in stores, perfect for restaurants. This is rare and a little bit hard to find.

Please contact us if you are interested thank you.

Used in Batanes as a Delicacy - Yellow rice cooked with pork and seasoning. try it you will love it. Also used as dye and added to curry foods for that ecstatic flavor. Also used indian cuisine.

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One of the five spices that make up curry powder, turmeric (also called yellow ginger and curcumin) is often used to add a deep yellow color to dishes. It is more than a coloring agent though since it imparts a distinct peppery flavor of its own. Unpeeled, it looks like a small ginger. Peeled, the flesh is a deep yellow (almost orange) in color. Fresh turmeric is prepared in much the same way as ginger. It is peeled then ground (traditionally, with a mortar and pestle) before it is added to food.

Turmeric is cultivated primarily in Bengal, China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Java. Peru, Australia and the West Indies, and is used extensively in Asian and Middle Eastern cooking. As a herbal medicine, it is said to be a potent yet safe anti-inflammatory, an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease, a relief for rheumatoid arthritis, a help for cystic fibrosis sufferers, and an inhibitor of cancer cell growth and metastases.

While some quarters admit that turmeric is “an interesting home remedy with a lot of promise,” others warn that there is “little reliable evidence to support the use of turmeric for any health condition because few clinical trials have been conducted.”

Just last year, however, a study conducted by researchers at the Medical College of Georgia yielded more than promising results. They found out that curcumin significantly decreases the size of a blood clot which led them to believe that turmeric might lower chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease and may even reduce the size of a hemorrhagic stroke.

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Momordica Charantia
Ampalaya is a vegetable grown throughout the Philippines. It is mostly cultivated, although wild forms can be found. It grows wild in the remote areas of Mt. Banahaw. As the English name suggests (bitter melon), the melon has a bitter taste due to the presence of momordicin. There has been much research done on the effectiveness of using Momordica Charantia in the treatment of diabetes. It has been shown to increase production of beta cells by the pancreas, thereby improving the body’s ability to produce insulin. It has been recommended by the Department of Health of the Philippines, as one of the best herbal medicines for it's ability to help with liver problems, Diabetes and HIV. It is a common herb used in Chinese herbology. In the Philippines, the leaves are often used for children's coughs. It is also used in the treatment of skin diseases, sterility in women, as a parasiticide, as an antipyretic, and as a purgative.


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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sweet Potatoes: The Anti-Aging Food

Sweet Potato has Anti-aging
Sweet potatoes exert powerful anti-aging effects and also check the formation of wrinkles successfully. 

The sweet potato is actually not a member of the potato family. There are about 400 varieties of the sweet potato, some are round and shaped like potatoes, while others are long and have tapering ends.

This root vegetable has been touted as the next anti-aging solution, that fights wrinkle formation and keeps the skin soft, supple and youthful.
Sweet Potato and Anti-Aging

The sweet potato contains unique root storage proteins. These proteins exercise significant anti-aging and anti-oxidant effects. They are potent free radical scavengers that avert damage to the DNA of the cells and hence, prevent a host of diseases and also decelerate aging.
Laboratory assessments state that these proteins show 1/3rd the anti-oxidant activity of glutathione, one of the body’s most important anti-oxidants.

These proteins, along with a generous dose of vitamin C and carotenes, have a highly beneficial effect on the skin. They boost the body’s anti-oxidant levels, which in turn halts the onslaught of aging.

These proteins check the formation of wrinkles, improve the skin’s texture and prevent sagging. Vitamin C and carotenes nourish the skin and keep it looking fresh and radiant.
Health Benefits Offered by the Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes supply loads of carotenes. Characteristically, the darker the sweet potato, the larger is the concentration of the carotenes in them.

In addition, the root provides vitamin C, biotin, copper, vitamin B6 and B2 and dietary fiber.

Unlike other starchy foods, sweet potatoes have been classified as anti-diabetic food. Research says that sweet potatoes stabilize blood glucose levels and enhances the response to insulin.
Quick Serve Ideas for Sweet Potato

While buying sweet potatoes, select those which are firm. Stay away from those which are wilted, leathery or discolored.

Also, darker the color of the root, higher is the concentration of the anti-oxidants.
Slice a few sweet potatoes thickly. Brush the slices with olive oil. Add any favorite seasoning: pepper, oregano, basil, etc. and bake until they turn golden brown and crispy. This makes a wonderful mid evening snack.
Sweet potatoes can be added to sandwiches. Boil sweet potatoes. Mash them. Add salt and pepper. Spread peanut butter over whole wheat bread, fill in the mashed sweet potatoes and grill for 10 minutes.
Cubed sweet potatoes could be added to any vegetable stir fry.

100 grams of sweet potato provides 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and loads of vitamin C and carotenes. Adding this root vegetable to the daily menu is definitely recommended.

Phytochemistry, Anthocyanins in Callus Induced from Purple Storage Root of Ipomea Batatas L., Terahara, N., I. Konczak-Islam, M. Nakatani, et al., 2000.

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