Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Super Fruits and Their Amazing Health Benefits

Apples: A good example of a complete healthy fruit is the apple. It helps in digestion, strengthens bones, provides relief from asthma, lowers blood cholesterol, prevents cancer and helps in reducing weight. 

Pears: Another beneficial fruit is the pear, which is a good source of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, Copper and Potassium. Pears are an excellent source of pectin and fiber that effectively controls cholesterol levels. Pear is usually prescribed for infants as it is believed to be a hypoallergenic fruit that is completely safe for young children to ingest.

Grapes: Grapes are also a common fruit that can be easily included in your regular diet. Grapes alleviate indigestion, constipation, fatigue, kidney disorders and eye problems. They are rich in several vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium. 

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Berries: Blueberries, cherries, and blackberries prevent cancer and keep your heart protected. If you include cherries or cherry juice in your diet, you can eliminate the associated pain from arthritis, gout and joint inflammation. Berries have the capability of curing arthritis naturally. Blueberries with high silicon content aid in the functioning of the pancreas and is good for diabetic conditions. Blackberries can naturally control diarrhea and form new blood cells, but can also have the adverse reaction of promoting constipation. If you mix blackberries with cherries or prune juice, they will not eliminate that constipation. 

Mangoes and Papayas: Mangoes and papayas are rich in beta carotene. Papayas act as powerful antioxidants with an abundance of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D and vitamin A that all aid in the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. This prevents the formation of dangerous plaque that can result in atherosclerosis, heart attacks, or strokes. You get good amounts of vitamin C from papayas, oranges, guavas and Indian gooseberries.

Tomatoes: You might be surprised to know that tomatoes are actually fruits and not vegetables, although we typically consider them to be vegetables. Tomatoes have a high vitamin content and they are an excellent blood cleanser.

Citrus Fruits: Fruits rich in Vitamin C like oranges, limes, lemons, and grapefruits are excellent for your overall health.  Oranges are consumed widely for healthy skin, teeth, gums, and to keep the lymphatic system healthy. Lemon, the bitter yellow fruit, has been used for vision issues for thousands of, and it also treats disorders ranging from common colds to epilepsy. Lemon juice helps people lose weight as well. Grapefruit lowers cholesterol and has antioxidant properties. Limes help prevent disorders like scurvy, piles, and gout, as well as respiratory and urinary disorders

Dry fruits: Dry fruits like apricot, dates and raisins are extremely beneficial for your health. Apart from being excellent laxatives, apricots are a great natural remedy for anemic conditions. Raisins effectively treat anemia, acidosis, fever, and sexual weakness. It helps you to gain weight, promotes eye, teeth and bone health. Dates have abundant fiber that helps to prevent constipation.

By: Umaru Maryam Hadejia 

Health Benefits of Garden Eggs

Garden Eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They come in two shades, the cream and green colours. There are so many health benefits of garden eggs that make them exceptional for our body.

Nutritionists recommend garden eggs as a perfect food option for those interested in losing weight because of its high fibre content. It fills up the tummy quickly, and this subsequently reduces consumption of other high calorie options. When it comes to weight loss, the green garden egg works better.

The fibre content in the eggplant also helps to lower cholesterol levels in the human body, protecting the heart in the process.

It is a great dietary option for diabetic patients because of its ability to reduce glucose absorption in the body, and to lower blood sugar levels. It also possesses low soluble carbohydrates which assist in this regard.

It improves digestive system, beneficial for constipation and ruling out bloating totally.

The cream-colour flesh has a pleasantly bitter taste (due to the presence of small amounts of nicotinoid alkaloids) and spongy consistency for protection from poor vision due to glaucoma.

This natural fruit is rich in vitamins! Garden egg provides the body with both soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins; they are rich in thiamin (vitamin B1) required for normal growth and proper functioning of the heart and Nervous system, Niacin (vitamin B6) needed for cellular respiration. Garden egg has the power of reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and other heart diseases.

Finally, garden eggs are cheap and widely available.

By: Umaru Maryam Hadejia 

Healthy Drinks for the Heat

Lemonade is one of the healthiest drinks to keep the body hydrated and cool. Just squeeze out some lemon juice, add water, sugar and pinch of salt to have the healthy refreshing drink which is loaded with vitamin C.

Mint Juice is another cool drink which detoxifies the body, aids digestion and is a rich source of vitamin C and B, calcium, phosphorus, zinc and other nutrients. It can be prepared by blending mint leaves with jaggery (coarse brown sugar) or sugar, water, cumin powder and lemon juice to a smooth paste, and straining it.

Tender coconut water is being promoted as a sports drink in many developing countries as it contains high amount of potassium and mineral. The nutritious wholesome cool water of coconut is low in calories, carbohydrates and fats, but is rich in antioxidants.

Mangoes are the seasonal fruits of summer. The mango pulp can be blended smoothly and mixed with iced water to get fresh glass of mango juice. Better still; blend it with yogurt and castor sugar to prepare the delicious mango lassi, which is delectable rich food that can provide energy for children to enjoy in these hot days!

Apple milkshake is an extremely tasty and healthy drink that not only quenches the thirst but provides the body with much required nourishment, with the natural goodness of apple and milk. Add a dash of vanilla to perk up the flavour.

Watermelon, the favorite fruit of summer can be blended with lime juice and sweetener to not just quench thirst, but also to improve blood circulation, get sufficient amount of nutrients and prevent dehydration during the summer heat.

The sweet sugarcane juice can be a heavenly drink to the parched throat; in addition it has great health benefits. Consisting of healthy unrefined sugar, it can be consumed even by diabetics without any adverse effect on their health. Full of nutrition, it can supply the body with energy to keep going in the sweltering heat.

Iced green tea can keep the body hydrated by reducing perspiration. Along with antioxidants, green tea provides EGCG which can increase the metabolism of the body to a great extent, which aids in weight loss.

Pineapple juice comes with great aroma, taste and flavor that endear it to all. A glass of pineapple juice can meet nearly half the requirement of vitamin C by our body. Pineapple juice is also a rich source of manganese, potassium, calcium and vitamin B6.

By: Umaru Maryam Hadejia