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Why #Broccoli?

Salads are healthy. You know that of course! And if you add Broccoli to the mix, they taste divine, plus are immeasurably good for you in so many ways!

The goodness of Broccoli

#TopTen Broccoili Benefits

Traditional Indian foods have always included leafy green vegetables. As we reinvent our cuisines, we too find interesting uses for such vegetables.Broccoli works well in salads, stir fries, curries and soups.  It contains nutrients like vitamins A and C, folic acid, fiber, calcium, potassium and magnesium and is rich in sulfur and several powerful antioxidants. Plus, this vegetable is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.Here are the top 10 health benefits of broccoli.

Prevents Cancer

The ‘sulforaphane’ compound found in broccoli helps prevent cancer. Broccoli inhibits the growth of breast, uterus, cervical, prostate and skin cancer.

Regulates Blood Pressure

It plays a key role in improved DNA methylation, which is crucial for normal cellular function and proper gene expression. This is turn helps regulate blood pressure level.

Maintains Heart Health

Certain chemicals in broccoli protect arteries from clogging and causing heart attacks. It reduces your risk of atherosclerosis, heart disease, attacks and strokes.

Supports Detoxification

Broccoli also helps your body in detoxification, eliminating waste products. It helps boost your energy level, increase immunity, improve metabolism, stimulate circulation and improve digestion.

Boosts Brain Power

Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower, and B vitamins that  improve mental stamina and memory.It also reduces your chances of suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s in old age.

Aids Weight Loss

Broccoli is a low-fat and low-calorie vegetable that helps fill you up quickly. Plus, its high fiber and water content add volume to your meal without adding empty calories.

Stops Premature Aging

The antioxidant vitamin C in broccoli fights free radicals and prevents premature aging signs like fine lines, wrinkles and skin spots. It also contains beta-carotene and vitamins E and B-complex that impart natural glow and keep your skin young.

Supports Eye Health

The unique combination of nutrients like carotenoids and vitamin A  in broccoli makes it extremely beneficial for your eyes.

Promotes Healthy Bones

Being rich in calcium and vitamin K, broccoli promotes bone health and helps prevent osteoporosis.

Promotes Hair Health

Broccoli has hair-nourishing vitamins like C, A and B6. These vitamins stimulate the production of sebum, an oily substance that acts as a natural moisturizer and conditioner for your scalp and hair.

Make sure you eat healthy to stay healthy.

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How essential are Essential Oils to your Life?

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What are Essential Oils?

First off, they are not really ‘Oils’!  They are in fact the natural, distilled essence of plants that contain fragrant elements. Plus, they are not even ‘oily’! They are called ‘essential’ because they contain the unique fragrance of the plant they are taken from.

What is most attractive about essential oils, apart from their very obvious perfume, is that they are possibly the most potent source of natural medicinal inputs your medicine cabinet can have! They are also used in cosmetics & foods, but that’s another story.

As a firm believer in holistic living and a healthy lifestyle, you would really benefit from getting to know more about these ‘oils’.

Let’s look at some popular Essential Oils & their Uses

Natural Essential Oils are refreshing and fragrant. They are known to support the respiratory system and to soothe muscles after exercise. Used in potpourris, diffusers or in bath water, they also stimulate the brain and reduce stress and fatigue.

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Lavender Oil is used in perfume and in aromatherapy. It has a calming effect which aids in relaxation and is good in the treatment of respiratory infection.

Used in aromatherapy, Rose Oil has healing properties that include decreasing of blood pressure and breathing rate, which is good for stress and anxiety relief.

The exotic and sweet Jasmine Oil is great for a number of health uses including childbirth, depression, respiration and fertility!

Rosemary Oil is used in perfumes, as food flavoring and improves memory.

Its use as a tonic, tranquilizer and digestive aid makes Cinnamon Oil a very popular essential oil.

Frankincense Oil is a very healing essential oil used for depression, infection and to boost the immune system.

Peppermint Oil is a fresh boost to use in alleviating indigestion, colds, stress, headaches, low energy levels and sore muscles.

The strong, sweet, woody scented Eucalyptus Oil is used in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties uses.

As you can see, the uses of Essential Oils are many. They certainly make life much more painless and easier. If you do not have a good range of essential oil based products in your medicine chest, it’s time you looked to Natural Mantra’s treasure trove.

Check out our wide array of offerings – 15 different brands and over a 100 essential oil offerings & aroma candles at www.naturalmantra.com/!

Healthy Shopping!

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The Fundamental Goodness of Natural Sweetener Stevia – Loaded With Antioxidants, it Protects against DNA Damage

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Good news about Stevia, the #natural #sweetener!!!

Extracts from the leaf of the Stevia plant have been found to be high in #antioxidants that prevent the #DNA damage that leads to #cancer, says a new Indian study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.  (Researched at Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata). #Stevia #Rebaudiana is a South American shrub that grows in semi-arid areas of #Brazil and #Paraguay. The leaves of the plant have been used for decades as a sweetener, originally by the #Guarani people and more recently throughout #SouthAmerica and Asia.

Stevia is a powerful antioxidant

In the research on Stevia mentioned here, researchers found that it contains a number of antioxidants including #apigenin, #kaempferol and #quercitrin. The antioxidant activity of the extracts was tested by researchers who tested the extracts’ ability to protect DNA strands against damage by #hydroxide radicals. It only took 0.1 milligrams per liter of ethyl acetate extract to inhibit DNA strand damage. DNA damage has been linked to a variety of #diseases, especially #cancer,# reproductiveproblems and developmental defects. Halting DNA damage is also a key to longevity.

What is Stevia?

Since #refinedsugar is proved to be harmful, people are looking for healthy alternatives. There are many #low-calorie sweeteners on the market, but most of them are artificial. However, there are a few natural sweeteners out there that taste just as good. One of these is Stevia, a #sweetener that has become immensely popular in recent years. It is a 100% natural, #zerocalorie sweetener with a number of health benefits that have been confirmed in human studies.

In fact, Stevia has been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries. The two major sweet compounds found in stevia leaves are called #Stevioside and #Rebaudioside A. They are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar.

Apart from being a very natural tasting substitute for sugar, the other heath benefits of Stevia are as follows:

  • It is 100% Natural
  • It has no Calories
  • It can lower Blood Pressure
  • It may lower Blood Sugar Levels and help fight Diabetes.

Other health benefits include decreased oxidized LDL cholesterol, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, diuretic and immunomodulatory effects. In fact, Stevia has proved to have an outstanding safety profile with no adverse effects in the human studies and in actual usage too.

How can you use Stevia?

Stevia can be used in many ways. You can add it to your smoothie, yogurt, tea, coffee and other beverages. It is also a good sugar substitute for baking. When you use stevia in recipes, keep in mind that it is incredibly potent. 1 teaspoon of stevia extract can have a similar sweetening power as a whole cup of sugar.

Why Stevia

Stevia is safely consumed by millions of people around the world, with absolutely no adverse health effects. And compared to the dangers of #aspartame, #sucralose, #saccharin, and other chemical sweeteners, Stevia is by far the better choice. It is perhaps the only sweetener that is not just “not harmful,” but has actual health benefits.

Indeed, Stevia is truly the king of sweeteners!

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