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Avocado

19 Nov

Avocado

The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Central America, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. Avocado or avocado pear also refers to the fruit (technically a large berry that contains a large seed) of the tree, which may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped or spherical.

Avocados are a commercially valuable fruit and are cultivated in tropical climates throughout the world (and some temperate ones, such as California), producing a green-skinned, pear-shaped fruit that ripens after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit.

Health benefits

Avocados are loaded with nearly 20 essential nutrients such as dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins, magnesium and folic acid. They are also cholesterol and sodium free, and an excellent source of monosaturated fat. Avocados represent one of the few fruits that provide “good” fats, that can help reduce blood cholesterol levels and decrease risk for heart disease.

Its creamy consistency makes it the first fruit that a baby can eat.

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Raspberry Leaf Tea

3 Dec

Recently, a friend who returned from her vacation in New Zealand, bought me a pack of “Raspberry Leaf Tea”, let me emphasize this word, it’s “leaf tea”, not those fruit tea you usually see. I was curious about the smell and taste of the tea. Frankly speaking, when you first saw the tea packaging, which wasn’t really that  attractive (let’s just say, I wouldn’t buy it, upon the first look).

Anyway, I read the ‘synopsis’-like label of the Raspberry Leaf Tea‘s packaging and guess what? It’s actually also a special herbal tonic for women.

Now, are you curious? How does it helps?

Here’s the story: In the last century, herbalists helped ease the discomfort of menstruation by giving women raspberry leaves steeped in hot water. They also served the tea to women during the middle to latter stages of pregnancy to help tone the uterus ready for labour. The tea may also be use as a digestive tonic for men and women. To add on, its also naturally caffeine free.

Important Note: Please consult doctor for more information. This post is just for sharing purposes.

The tea leaves contain several high concentrations of vitamins and minerals because of the plant’s secondary compounds.

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A intake in the form of the carotenoids of red raspberry leaf  which can aid the women’s immune system as well as facilitate healthy skin and bone development for the baby.
  • Vitamin B-Complex.
  • Vitamin E promotes better circulation in the mother who is dramatically increasing her blood volume during pregnancy.
  • PhosphorusPotassium,
  • Calcium is able to increase the availability in controlling nerve response to pain during childbirth and in aiding bone development in the fetus.
  • Fragrine is an alkaloid which help tone the muscles of the pelvic region including the uterus. This allows the uterus to contract more powerfully and effectively during labor.

The benefits are as follow:

  • The leaves of red raspberry plant has astringent properties, for which it can constrict the intestinal tissues to provide relief in diarrhea and soothe inflammation of the intestine.
  • The astringent properties of the leaves also makes them ideal for treating skin irritation and improve skin firmness.
  • Red raspberry leaf tea can be an effective herbal remedy for sore throat, irritation of the oral cavity and gum diseases.
  • It can also help to prevent dehydration, and lower the level of blood sugar in diabetic patients.
  • Apart from these, red raspberry leaf tea can be used to treat flu, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, fever and rubella.

(Source of information)

Radish

15 Oct

Radish is well known as Japanese Radish as “Daikon”, which belongs to the Brassicaceae family. It can be found in varieties of colour, i.e. white, red, purple or black. Also, shape either it’s in long cylindrical or round shape. Parts of the radish can be eaten, i.e. the leaves, flowers, pods and seeds. It contains about 95 percent of water in proportion, making it an excellent source of hydration.

One of the major health benefits of radish are detoxification and digestion, as it increases the flow of gall to improve digestion. Another suggestion to aid digestion is to make a tea from the radish leaves. Put a handful of leaves in boiling water, then remove the pan from heat, cover it, and let the leaves simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the liquid into a cup, add honey if so desired, and drink.

Besides, the radish also has laxative properties, likely because of many vitamins found in it. Some of them are:

  • Anthocyanins
  • B6
  • Calcium
  • Folic
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin A, B, C, D, E
  • Zinc.

Below are the benefits of radish that can help certain ailments and on certain body parts:

  • Asthma, Bronchitis and Respiratory Disorders: Radish is an anti congestive, i.e. it relieves congestion of respiratory system including nose, throat, wind-pipe and lungs, due to cold, infection, allergies and other causes. It is a good disinfectant, which protect respiratory system from infections.
  • Cancer: Radish helps many types of cancer, particularly those of colon, kidney, intestines, stomach and oral cancer.
  • Fever: It brings down the body temperature and relieves inflammation due to fever. Drink radish juice mixed with black salt. Being a good disinfectant, it helps to fights infections which cause fever.
  • Insect Bites: It has anti pruritic properties and can be used as an effective treatment for insect bites,stings of bees, hornets, wasps etc. Its juice also reduces pain and swelling and soothes the affected area.
  • Jaundice: Radish is miraculously useful in jaundice as it helps removing bilirubin and also checks its destruction of red blood cells during jaundice by increasing supply of fresh oxygen in the blood. The black radish or radish leaves are more preferred in jaundice treatment.
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