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Quinoa: The Supergrain Of The Future

Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a household name just yet, but it is set for a starry future – as far as grains go. The Incas have known it all along, for thousands of years regarding it as the ‘mother grain’ as they grew it high up in the Andes.

Unlike wheat or rice, quinoa is a complete protein – containing all eight of the essential amino acids. It has been recognised by the United Nations as a supercrop for its health benefits: packed with dietary fibre, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. It is also gluten-free and easy to digest. The facts suggest it is close to a perfect ingredient as you can get.

Health Benefits of Quinoa:

Quinoa dates back three to four thousand years ago when the Incas first realized that the quinoa seed was fit for human consumption.
Who would not want to reap the benefits of this amazing superfood?

Here are seven health benefits of quinoa:

  1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.
  2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.

  3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron some more of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, aids enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

  4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.

  5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.

  6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.

  7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

Colour coded

Quinoa comes in three different colours – white, red and black. White is most widely available, and also the quickest to cook. Black takes the longest to cook and keeps more of its crunchy texture. Red is somewhere in the middle. Recommended, a blend of all three, if it is available, so you get some texture from the black, but it’s not too crunchy.

Spice trail

Quinoa works brilliantly with Middle Eastern and Indian spices such as cumin, coriander and paprika. For easy flavouring, add a pinch while the quinoa is cooking.

Even better is cooking the quinoa in a similar way to a pilaf, frying onion, garlic, ginger and chilli with the spices first, stirring the grain through the oil for 30 seconds and then adding water or even stock.

For a salad, the quinoa can be dressed after it is cooked.

It’s one of those versatile things where you can make it Moroccan, Mexican, or Indian. It goes really well with cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon. Or Mediterranean flavours like feta, olive oil, lemon, parsley and mint.

Wondering where you can find Quinoa in India? You might not very easily get it in the market. But you can easily shop for Quinoa online in India!

Vedic Delite Quinoa 500Gms: 

– Protein Rich

– High in Dietary Fibre

– Cholesterol Free

  • Easy to digest

QUINOA UPMA RECIPE

Prep time: 10 Mins
Cook Time: 35 Min
Total Time: 45 Min

INGREDIENTS
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tsp organic canola or safflower oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp urad dal (split black gram) or use mung dal (petite yellow lentils)
1 green chili chopped, remove seeds to adjust spice if needed
a generous pinch of asafeotida (hing) – optional (omit to make gluten-free or use certified gf asafetida)
10 curry leaves (fresh or frozen)
½ cup finely chopped red onion
2 Tbsp chopped cashews
½ inch ginger minced, 1 tsp grated
½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup peas, fresh or frozen (thawed)
½ to ¾ tsp salt
2 cups water
cilantro and lemon juice for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
1.Wash the quinoa several times, drain and keep aside.
2.In a medium skillet, add oil and heat at medium. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and urad dal and let them sputter or sizzle for 15 seconds.
3.Add chili, asafeotida and curry leaves and cook for half a minute.
4.Add onions and cashews and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until translucent.
5.Add ginger, carrots, and cook for 2 minutes.
6.Add quinoa and roast for 2 minutes with the veggies.
7.Add salt, water, peas, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Let the quinoa sit covered for 5 minutes. then uncover, fluff and serve. Garnish with cilantro and generous lemon juice. 8.Serve as a side, or as breakfast with hot masala chai.

NOTES
Make this with cooked quinoa:
Use 2.5 cups of cooked quinoa and add to the pan at step 7 with salt, peas and a splash of water. Mix well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes to heat up. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Add currants or other dried fruit along with cashews.

This is what the Quinoa Fields look like:


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The Many Nutritional Benefits of Pulses!!

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Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Pulses grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Pulses are annual crops that yield between one and 12 grains or seeds. The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely as dry grains, which differentiates them from other vegetable crops that are harvested while still green.

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You probably already eat more pulses than you realize! Popular pulses include all varieties of dried beans, such as kidney beans, lima beans, butter beans and broad beans. Chick peas, cowpeas, black-eyed peas and pigeon peas are also pulses, as are all varieties of lentils.

Staple dishes and cuisines from across the world feature pulses, from hummus in the Mediterranean (chick peas), to a traditional full English breakfast (baked navy beans) to Indian dal (peas or lentils).

Between 2010 and 2013, 173 different countries grew and exported pulses.

Pulses are healthy, nutritious and easy to cook with. Growing pulses also promotes sustainable agriculture, as pulse crops help decrease greenhouse gases, increase soil health, 
and use less water than other crops.

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DID YOU KNOW:

Pulses have a long, rich history. The first evidence of pulses comes from 11,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, a region in the Middle East which was home to some of the earliest human civilizations.

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Why are they important crops?

Pulses are essential crops for a number of reasons. They are packed with nutrients and have a high protein content, making them an ideal source of protein particularly in regions where meat and dairy are not physically or economically accessible. Pulses are low in fat and rich in soluble fibre, which can lower cholesterol and help in the control of blood sugar. Because of these qualities they are recommended by health organizations for the management of non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart conditions. Pulses have also been shown to help combat obesity.

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Who should eat pulses?

Everyone can benefit from eating pulses. Pulses are high in fibre, complex carbohydrates and low in fat. These nutrients make pulses an important part of any healthy diet and can help maintain a healthy weight.

Pulses have additional benefits for people who:

  • Are overweight
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood cholesterol levels
  • Tend to be constipated
  • Have celiac disease
  • Are vegetarians

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Pulses are very high in fibre. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibres. Soluble fibre helps lower blood cholesterol levels, while insoluble fibre helps with digestion as well as maintaining regular bowel movements. Fibre-rich foods like pulses are often more filling than other foods, helping to keep you full until your next meal.
Make sure to drink enough water when adding high fibre foods like pulses to your diet!

Everything that glitters is not GOLD!!

Ever wondered how those pulses got their sheen? Well, before getting to the stores these pulses undergo a multi-step process of polishing that involves processing with water, oil, marble powder and leather. The process not only smoothen the surface, but also adds a shiny coating.

Polished dal versus Unpolished Dal

  1. Having lost its outer surface polished dal is inferior to unpolished dal in their taste.
  2. For the same reason polished dal takes longer to cook, thus adding to fuel consumption in a long run.
  3. The polishing agents used can be harmful to our health. The oil coating adds additional fat to the food, the water used comes from unreliable sources thus can contain any kind of impurities, and marble and soapstone powder are undoubtedly harmful to the intestines.
  4. Through the polishing process dal loses a lot of nutrients and fibres, thus polished is not only less nutritious but also harmful.
  5. In cases where dal isn’t sold for a long time, old stocks are usually sent back for re-polishing and then resold. Imagine what such a food would do to your health.

So after knowing what can be beneficial & what can be harmful for your health, you sure must be planning to adapt to the unpolished one’s. So you must even be wondering how & where you can buy them? Don’t worry, here’s the solution. You can buy them online here. You don’t even need to get out of your home, you can just get them to your door step. Checkout a few of the variants that are available online here:-

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This dal is full of Vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. It is often advised by dieticians to replace fatty foods with Moon dal as it is a weight loss food that is rich in proteins and fibre, so one feels fuller after having a bowl of dal for a long time and curbs your cravings. Along with weight loss, moon dal it also benefits the metabolism, immune system and protects against fatal diseases.

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This Tur Dal is very nutritious and has numerous health benefits due to, way it is grown ie it is grown on barren land on mountains slope so that plant absorb all mineral present in mointainous soil . It cures cough, poisoning effect, gas troubles, acidity, stomach pain and piles. It makes a balanced meal, quells swelling of internal organs. It is useful in the treatment of internal organ swelling.

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Chitra rajma is grown in the foothills of Himalayas. They are known as Chitra or picturesque because of the intricate shading/design on these beans. These beans are very famous and special in Kashmiri cuisine. They better then the regular rajma and very soft texture and more subtle taste. These are white in color.

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Deccan Organic Chana dal is high in fibre and helps to lower cholesterol. Apart from having a great taste, it also has a very low glycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes.Chana dal is a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein. So we ensure that our chana Dal is unpolish so that it retain its naturally occuring mineral and rich in flavour and aroma.

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Urad dal, also known as white lentil or black lentil is a kind of bean that is grown in the southern parts of Asia. It is native to India where its cultivation is highly valued due to is numerous benefits. The black lentil is boiled and consumed whole or ground into paste or flour. It is extensively utilized in various culinary preparations such as dosa, papad and vada.

So here is a delicious DIY recipe which i think everyone will surely want to try:

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MIXED PULSES CURRY / DAL

Ingredients:

2 cups Mixed pulses – white and black chana / chickpeas, moong / whole green gram, rajma / kidney beans, dried chawali /blackeyed beans, white and green peas – soaked overnight. Pressure cook with 1/2tsp of turmeric powder till one whistle goes off and then reduce the flame and cook for another 10 minutes. Pulses should be soft.

To grind:

  • 1 tbsp chopped Onion
  • 1/4 inch Ginger – chopped
  • 1 Garlic – chopped
  • 6Green chili – chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tblsp Coriander leaves

To cook:

  • 1 ½ medium Onion – sliced
  • 1 medium Tomato – chopped
  • 1 tsp Dhania / Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi /Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp Lime juice

Directions:

Grind the garlic, ginger, onion, cumin seeds, green chilies and coriander leaves to a paste. Keep aside.
Heat some oil in a pan, and then add the sliced onions. Fry till it is almost golden brown.
Then add the green paste. Fry for another 2 minutes. Now add the tomato and fry till the oil separates.
Add the coriander powder. Fry for another 2 minutes. Now add the cooked pulses and water.
When it comes to a boil add the Garam Masala powder. Boil for another 2 minutes. Pour the lime juice and take off the gas.
Garnish with coriander leaves and some chopped onions.
Serve with rotis

Discover a tasty, nutritious and versatile food…pulses, enjoyed by many cultures around the world for centuries.

 


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Need A Health Boost? Reach For A Soothing Cup Of Herbal Tea

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There’s nothing nicer on a cold midwinter’s day than a soothing cup of herbal tea. But besides being a tasty, warming, caffeine-free pick-me-up, herbal tea has lots of wonderful health benefits. From soothing a troubled tummy to easing insomnia and calming a troubled mind, herbs have all sorts of healing powers. Drinking herbal tea can also be a great source of vitamins and minerals.

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What is herbal tea?
Herbal tea isn’t really made from tea-which is a specific kind of plant. The French use the word tisane, which is a little more accurate, since herbal tea is really just an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark, extracted in hot water. In drinking a well-steeped herbal tea, we get all the plant’s benefits in an easily digestible form.

Reasons for Consuming Herbal Tea

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Herbal teas are loaded with antioxidants that are helpful for neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals and oxidative stress – one of the chief reasons for cancer.

  • Rich source of antioxidants catechins that fight free radicals damage and oxidative stress
  • Fluoride present in herbal tea improves oral health and prevents cavities
  • Vitamin D present in herbal tea improves bone strength
  • Antioxidant EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) recovers heart health after heart attack and stroke

Herbal teas protect our bodies with some much-needed hydration. They also help us to fight against infection and nausea.

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Health Benefits of Herbal Tea

The countless health benefits of herbal tea turn this beloved beverage into far more than a comforting, delicious drink to enjoy with friends or over a good book! From relieving insomnia, to calming an upset stomach, to fighting viruses and infections, and more, herbal teas have so many powerful health benefits.

For centuries, people in every culture have used herbs and spices to enhance the taste of food and drink – and to help and heal their bodies, as well.

Passed from generation to generation, the wealth of information about the healing powers of herbs and spices for our physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual selves continues to hold true today.

These are just some of the many benefits of herbal teas.

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  • Soothes A Common Cold

Herbal teas are great for treating a cold. The elder tree herb is one of the most effective, as it possesses decongestant properties. This helps clear nasal passages, reduce a heavy cough, and may even reduce asthma symptoms.

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  • Anti-AgingBecause herbal teas are so rich in antioxidants, they are effective anti-aging agents. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage and reduce cell aging.

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  • Anti-NauseaPeople who regularly suffer from nausea and vomiting will find herbal teas to be quite beneficial. Because provides almost instant relief from nausea, pregnant women should drink a couple of glasses of herbal tea every day.

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  •  Acts As A Stress BusterFor most people, tea has a comforting effect, which helps reduce stress levels. Studies have shown that certain herbal teas can even help people suffering from insomnia and other anxiety-related conditions. Chamomile tea is one of the best stress relievers.

Find below a few Herbal Tea’s which should be added to your next shopping list:

Whether you love herbal tea for the pleasurable taste alone or you are drawn as well to herbal tea benefits, the many varieties and health benefits of herbal tea provide you with a plethora of choice! Here are some of the more common herbal teas available online and a taste of the benefits they can provide.

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1.  Nettle Tea
Nettle is made with the leaves of stinging nettle, named for the tiny hairs on the fresh leaves which can sting the skin. Despite it’s rough exterior, nettle is one of nature’s best remedies for an assortment of ailments including anemia, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis, coughs and colds, congestion, urinary tract infections, and kidney and bladder problems.

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2.Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is a popular herb that’s used in teas worldwide. Chamomile soothes the stomach and relieves bloating and indigestion. Chamomile also calms the mind and helps people relax and deal better with their stresses. Some people are allergic to chamomile and should avoid taking the tea. People who find it hard to go to sleep should drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed. Chamomile is known to fight insomnia by relaxing the body and the mind, enabling the person to fall asleep naturally.

Buy Chamomile tea online in India:

SOS Organics Chamomile Lemongrass Herbal Infusion

Wood and Petals Chamomile Tea

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3.Ginger Tea
Ginger is an energizer and a stimulator. Drinking ginger tea both stimulates and soothes the digestive system. Ginger has been known to aid people experiencing nausea. Arthritic people have found ginger tea helpful since it has anti-inflammatory properties.

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4.Green Tea
Green Tea comes with such a host of health benefits, that it’s called the ‘wonder herb’ by tea drinkers and medical practitioners alike.
Drinking green tea lowers cancer risk and also inhibits carcinogenic in cigarettes and other compounds when imbibed. Green Tea contains potent antioxidants called polyphenols, which help suppress free radicals. Green tea also stops certain tumors from forming. Green tea lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels and thereby promotes heart health. Green tea also lowers blood pressure, prevents and fights tooth decay and dental issues, and inhibits different viruses from causing illnesses.

Organic India – Tulsi, Jasmine & Green Tea

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5.Rosemary Tea
Rosemary is not only good for cooking but makes a healthful and highly beneficial tea. Rosemary can help your muscles to relax. Additionally, rosemary is an effective digestive aid as well. If you have gall bladder and liver complaints, drinking rosemary tea regularly will greatly help relieve your symptoms. Rosemary tea also relieves cough and mild asthma symptoms.

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  1. Tulsi Green Tea
    Considered as sacred, Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil and is worshipped in India as a sacrosanct plant blessed with therapeutic powers. It is grown in most Indian households and can be used in the preparation of a delightful and energizing tea with miraculous health advantages that strengthen the body’s immune system while removing toxins and worries. It is filled with anti-oxidants and is bereft of caffeine.

SOS Organics Tulsi-Rhododendron Herbal Infusion Tea

Brew a soothing cup and enjoy the many health benefits of herbal tea!

 


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Why Cinnamon Is So Good For You.?

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Cinnamon is a powerful spice that has been used medicinally around the world for thousands of years. It is still used daily because of its widespread health benefits.
According to researchers, out of twenty-six of the most popular herbs and medicinal spices in the world, cinnamon actually ranks #1 in terms of its protective antioxidant levels!
The unique smell, color, and flavor of cinnamon is due to the oily part of the tree that it grows from.
The health benefits of organic cinnamon come from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree. This bark contains several special compounds which are responsible for its many health benefits- including cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and cinnamate.
The health benefits of organic cinnamon can be obtained in the form of its pure bark, essential oils, in ground spice form (which is bark powder), or in extract form when its special phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and antioxidants are isolated. These compounds make cinnamon one of the most beneficial spices on earth, giving it antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting, cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities. Below we will refer to each of these health benefits in depth.

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History of Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been harvested from the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum trees for thousands of years. The use of cinnamon dates back as far as 4,000 years ago to Ancient Egypt. Cinnamon was considered a very valuable and rare spice at this time, frequently being sold at very high costs and given to royalty as gifts or signs of devotion. Once upon a time, cinnamon was more valuable than gold.
To date, approximately 250 species of cinnamon have been identified because the cinnamon tree is grown all over the world, with different species being found on different continents.

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There are two main types of cinnamon spice used today: Ceylon cinnamon (which is sometimes labeled as true cinnamon) and Cassia cinnamon which is more widely available and used. Both kinds of cinnamon have a notable spicy taste and fragrance which is due to the presence of cinnamaldehyde and occurs when cinnamon absorbs oxygen. Both types contain the mentioned health benefits, but one kind (ceylon) is actually considered to have more health benefits than the other.

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Health Benefits

Modern science has now confirmed what people have instinctively known for ages.

Here are a few health benefits of cinnamon that are supported by scientific research.

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1- Loaded With Antioxidants
Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols

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2- Cuts the Risk of Heart Disease
Cinnamon has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease, the world’s most common cause of premature death.

In people with type 2 diabetes, 1 gram of cinnamon per day has beneficial effects on blood markers.

It reduces levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while HDL cholesterol remains stableis-cinnamon-anti-inflammatory-679x441

3-Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Inflammation in the body is incredibly important.

It helps the body fight infections and repair tissue damage.

However, inflammation can become a problem when it is chronic (long-term) and directed against the body’s own tissues.

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4-Improves Sensitivity to The Hormone Insulin
Insulin is one of the key hormones that regulate metabolism and energy use.It is also essential for the transport of blood sugar from the bloodstream and into cells.

The problem is that many people are resistant to the effects of insulin.

This condition, known as insulin resistance, is a hallmark of serious conditions like metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Well, the good news is that cinnamon can dramatically reduce insulin resistance, helping this incredibly important hormone to do its job

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5-Lowers Blood Sugar Levels and Has a Powerful Anti-Diabetic Effect
Cinnamon is well known for its blood sugar lowering effects.

Apart from the beneficial effects on insulin resistance, cinnamon can lower blood sugar by several other mechanisms.

First, cinnamon has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal.
Second, a compound in cinnamon can act on cells by mimicking insulin

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6-Beneficial Effects on Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by progressive loss of the structure or function of brain cells.

Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are two of the most common types.

Two compounds found in cinnamon appear to inhibit the buildup of a protein called tau in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (19, 20, 21).

In a study looking at mice with Parkinson’s disease, cinnamon helped to protect neurons, normalize neurotransmitter levels and improve motor function

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7-Protective Against Cancer
Cancer is a serious disease, characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells.Cinnamon has been widely studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment.
It acts by reducing the growth of cancer cells and the formation of blood vessels in tumors, and appears to be toxic to cancer cells, causing cell death.

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8-Helps Fight Bacterial and Fungal Infections
Cinnamaldehyde, the main active component of cinnamon, may help fight various kinds of infection.

Cinnamon oil has been shown to effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi.

It can also inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella

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9-Helps Fight The HIV Virus
HIV is a virus that slowly breaks down the immune system, which can eventually lead to AIDS if untreated.

Cinnamon extracted from Cassia varieties is thought to help fight against HIV-1

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After knowing the various Health Benefits of Cinnamon, surely you must be planning on buying it. Why not buy cinnamon powder online in India here:

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Secret Detox Drink Recipe

This recipe is one of the best ways to use cinnamon’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties…in a detox! Combined with these other powerhouse cleansing ingredients you can bring down any inflammation and get your body on track fast!

Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 1

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 glass of water (12-16 oz.)
• 2 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
• 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 tsp. Cinnamon
• 1 dash Cayenne Pepper(optional)
Stevia to taste

DIRECTIONS:
1. Blend all ingredients together.

  1. Consume immediately.
  2. Get energized.!!

 


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Beat Diabetes the Natural Way, this World Health Day 2016!

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The World Health Organization (WHO) marked April 7th of each year as the World Health Day to focus on the severity of the ailments that people are increasingly facing in today’s world. Unfortunately diseases like Cancer and Diabetes have topped the charts in affecting people on a large scale.

According to a research, it also suggests that ever since 1980, the number of people living with diabetes has quadrupled to nearly 422 million adults across age groups (right from 10 to 90 years). And this is a clear indication of progress happening in the absolute wrong direction!

The main goals of celebrating The World Health Day 2016 is to promote awareness for Diabetes, and the complementary burden that it causes on the individuals and families. This plaguing situation is observed especially in lesser developed and developing economies, wherein India stands sturdy amongst this number.

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Today, Diabetes is not restricted to a particular age group or to even a section of the society, and it’s not even a disease which cannot be prevented. Diabetes are of two types – Type I and Type II and the latter is more widespread and is usually caused due to the lack of insulin in the body. If proper care is ensured, it is very much possible to refrain from getting diabetic even if the person has a so-called “Hereditary Case”.

The reason why it is necessary to read immensely about the disease, is because, there are suggestive precautionary medications and proper treatment available for diabetes prevention. Also, though most of us might not be realising, Diabetes is actually endangering lives. For instance, in 2012 itself, about 1.5 million people died due to Diabetes being the direct cause.

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And hence, it is essential that we adopt methods to Beat Diabetes which has been the main goal this year for celebrating World Health Day. There are certain basics that we could alter in our daily routine to ensure lesser risk of being prone to Diabetes, such as:

1. Keeping a Check on your Weight:

Excessive weight is a major motivator of contracting Diabetes as it increases the chances nearly 7 fold. Additionally, being obese can make you develop diabetes nearly 20-40 times more than a healthy individual.

2. Don’t be a Couch Potato:

A majority of the population is suffering from diabetes because of inactivity and the lethargic working conditions that people are following, these days. In earlier times, people would be subjected to some form of laborious tasks, either at work or at home.

Today, as one of the comfortable generations, people have forgotten to get themselves good physical activity going, which is also a major cause behind people falling ill and contracting ailments.

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3. Include a Veggies and Fruits in Your Diet:

We know you love your taste buds!

But we are sure you love your health and wealth too. So if you do not want to risk your life to diabetes, make sure you adopt a healthy lifestyle. And the first step, is to have a healthy diet that includes vegetables, greens and fruits as well as good amounts of meat and water. Consumption of whole fruit extract such as Pomegranate and Jamun may help control blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetes, as well as improving the function of beta cells in the pancreas.

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4. Skip the Sugary Drinks, choose Water or Juices instead:

You could be a big fan of beverages, hot or cold. They aren’t any good for your health though. Instead you could opt for Juices or Milkshakes or even a good intake of Apple Cider Vinegar along with water that can do the best to your body and keep it in good health!

5. Keep away from Alcohol and Tobacco:

If you think the high that you get from consuming liquor or by smoking is any good, you are mistaken. It can only temporarily help you out of your problem, by further endangering your life. So it is the best, to avoid any sort of health risks. Exercising regularly can benefit the body and mind well, and intake of supplements for the same, must be consumed with proper advice from the dietician or medical practicioner.

6. How Herbs can help as precautionary tools against Diabetes:

We often forget to consume herbs. And therefore looking at what it could do for our well-being, a good intake of products which contain ingredients such as Amlaki Ghana, Belpatra Ghana, Bivala Ghana, Guduchi Ghana, Haldee Ghana, Karela Ghana generate insulin and help in pancreatic cell regeneration. The corresponding benefits include supporting healthy blood sugar levels and having immunomodulatory activity that work as a therapy against Type I diabetes.

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7. Replace Sugar with Stevia – It delivers lots of Sweetness without the Calories:

When you crave for something sweet, you likely reach for sugar-filled foods. But sugar, and other natural sweeteners, can elevate blood sugar levels. Stevia, which comes from the herb Stevia Rebaudiana, is widely used as a sweetener around the world and is safe for diabetics. It is a perfect substitute because it is an organic sweetener, also having negligible effect on body glucose levels.

8. Elephant Apple Powder: A Natural Remedy for Diabetes:

The common fruit that is an integral part of grandma’s recipe, elephant apple has more to it than just its bitter taste and flavor. Physicians of the Government Ayurvedic College have established that this juicy fruit has the power to control diabetes. It reduces elevated blood sugar level and stimulates pancreas to secrete insulin. Its utilization corrects faulty sugar metabolism and reduces high blood pressure, thus protecting vital organs kidney, liver, heart, limbs, eyes, nerve, against damage due to diabetes.

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These are some simple steps that can affect your health for the good, in the long run! Keeping up to the motto of The World Health Day, 2016; Make certain that you are lean and active with a healthy diet to supplement your health. Lessen the risks of any form of disease, and instead provide the right type of ease that your body demands.

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