Articles on flora

Ever Thought (Figs) Anjeer Could Be So Beneficial to Your Health?

Ms. Ankita Gupta Sehgal, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Figs, as popularly known as “Anjeer” in India, is one of the oldest fruit grown on this planet.  It is a seasonal fruit.  Fresh figs are not available throughout the year, but dried figs are available anywhere and in every season.This fruit possesses numerous health benefits as it is loaded with a lot of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, etc.A few of the health benefits of figs are discussed below:Relieves constipation:  It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, which promote healthy and regular bowel movement and prevents constipation. Lowers cholesterol:  It contains phenol, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids.  These fatty acids lower down the bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels and thereby preventing the person to suffer from heart diseases. Weight loss:  Dried figs apart from their fiber content are also low in calories.  It is a satisfying fruit and gives a fuller feeling for a longer time. Prevents Hypertension: Hypertension occurs due to high sodium intake and less potassium intake.  Fig contains more amount of potassium and less sodium, which keeps a check on blood pressure levels. Strengthen bones:  Its high calcium content makes your bones healthy and strong, thus preventing osteoporosis. About 8-10 figs contain as much as calcium as one glass of milk. Prevents diabetes:  It’s high potassium content stabilizes the blood sugar levels. Fig leaves given in the breakfast daily to the diabetic patients reduce the amount of insulin needed in the form of injections.  So this fruit should be added to the diet of a diabetic patient.But as they say, an excess of everything is bad.  It can cause diarrhea or rashes if eaten too many, so enjoy this fruit in moderation.

The Magical Benefits of Tamarind

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
The tamarind fruit is encased within a brown pod. Inside the pod of the tamarind is a soft, brown pulp with hard-coated black seeds.It is this pulp that people eat to get all the nutritional and health benefits of the tamarind. The pulp of the tamarind has a very sour taste while it is young, but as it ripens the pulp gets sweeter. Though the pulp will sweeten with age, the tamarind generally has a sour, acidic taste.Due to the rich source of potassium, magnesium, fiber and vitamins found in tamarind, food becomes not only healthier but also tastier. One of the many benefits of tamarind if that it fights against vitamin C deficiency and helps in reducing fevers while fighting against cold infections.Tamarind Nutrition’s 1. Tamarind leaves are extremely useful in treating burns. The soft tamarind leaves are kept in a pot, covered and then warmed over fire. The burnt leaves are then finely powdered and sieved to remove any gritty particles. This paste is then mixed to gingili oil and applied all over the burnt area. The mixture is very effective over the burnt areas and provides relief from the wound within few days. 2. It is also very useful for the skin. A poultice prepared out of the tamarind leaves crushed in water is quite helpful in healing inflamed parts of the joint and ankles. When applied to the joints, it helps in reducing the swelling and pain.Tamarind has been used to cure sore throats since ages. Read about quick relief tips for cold and cough.3. Gargle of tamarind water is highly beneficial in treating a sore throat. Tamarind is used as a water pill to cure bilious disorders, and jaundice.4. The juice extracted out of the tamarind flowers is consumed for cutting bleeding piles.Tamarind fights against cancer. It is an excellent source of antioxidants thereby preventing and curing cancer.Read more about antioxidants rich foods.5. Tamarind helps in reducing the cholesterol levels in the body, thereby promoting a healthy heart. Get more information on  heart-friendly foods.6. Tamarind juice acts as a mild laxative. The juice extracted from tamarind is effective in curing and treating bile disorder.7. Consumption of tamarind assures smooth functioning of the digestive system of the body. The pulp of the ripe tamarind is very useful in treating the digestive problems and constipation problems.8. Tamarind pulp is softened in water and consumed to improve the loss of appetite Tamarind is rich in vitamin C and therefore its pulp proves out to be valuable in preventing and curing scurvy conditions.9. Tamarind pulp, leaves and flowers when applied on swollen and painful joints, in many combinations, promises instant relief.The juice of the tamarind pulp helps in curing conjunctivitis. Eye drops, made out of tamarind seeds, are recommended to treat dry eye syndrome. Tamarind is a rich source of vitamins, fiber, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients necessary or good health. The pulp is rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine and riboflavin and a good source of niacin. You should try adding tamarind to your daily diet because tamarind has many health benefits that are sure to keep you healthy and improve you overall health.

Health Benefits of Red Onion

Ms. Ashu Gupta, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Some love it, some hate it because of the smell that stays behind. However, it is advisable to eat a lot of onions, as they are very good for your health.Cooking the onions kill their medicinal properties. That is why red onions should be eaten raw and untreated. There are a lot of combinations, and if you're brave enough, you can eat it as a side dish almost every lunch. Today, we'll give you 7 reasons to add red onions to your diet.Stops cancer cell growthOnions are rich sulfur compounds that protect the body from stomach cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer. They are also effective in fighting off bacteria in the urinary tract.Controls diabetesRaw onions increase the production of insulin. If you are a diabetic, you have a good reason to regularly eat fresh raw onions.Cures constipationFibers found in raw onions can help you in the fight against constipation. They force out toxins and hard food particles from your intestines.Help for a sore throatMake onion juice. It's great for healing colds and sore throats.Nose bleedingIf you are tormented by nosebleeds, red onions can stop the bleeding. You can also smell onions for healing nose bleeds.It protects the heartOnions can help protect the heart from coronary disease. Onions can also control high blood pressure.Controls cholesterol levelsRaw onions control cholesterol levels and lower bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood.

Colds and Coughs in Children

Dr. Murali Gopal, Pulmonologist
This is one of the most common issues in kids of preschool age. Almost all toddlers would have had at least one episode of common cold (runny nose) and cough before they turn 2. It is commonly caused by viruses and mostly seen in winter months or during weather changes.  These viral infections are self limiting illness, where the child will get better by two weeks from onset of symptoms.It is usual to have fever when kids develop these respiratory tract infections. Some children especially preschool children can develop wheezing following viral upper respiratory tract infections. These can repeat with further infections. Most of these preschool wheezers out grow their symptoms by the time they reach 6-8 years of age. Some of them may require inhaler therapy during episodes. Few children with allergic symptoms may develop asthma as they get older. There is advancement of inhaler therapy over the last few years both for children and adults. There is misconception that inhalers are ‘addictive’. It is best way to give the medicine directly into the lungs as it is breathed in to where it is needed and it reduces the chance of side effect from oral medicines given for wheezing. These medications when given by mouth as syrup or tablets can cause undesired side effects compared to inhalers.Cough is a worrying symptom for most parents. Cough is a natural, protective reflex we have to expel the irritant,phlegm in the breathing tubes and lungs. Cough lasting for more than 3 weeks needs attention especially if it sounds moist. Cough medications may reduce the cough and makes the secretions thicker making it harder to cough up. Some cough medicines available in the market can lead to serious side effects and some are not licensed to be used in children. When do we worry about child’s respiratory symptoms? Cough in newborn baby and unvaccinated babies in the first 4 months of age.Child has persistent cough for more than 3 weeks which sounds moist.Sudden onset of cough following choking and breathing difficulties.Child has breathing difficulty like breathing faster, working hard to breath.Coughing up greenish sputum or blood.Do not self medicate children as their symptoms may vary with episodes. Always consult your child’s doctor before giving medicine to your child, even if medicines are prescribed for similar symptoms in the past.

Amazing Benefits of Amla - the Indian Gooseberry

Dr. D S Rathi, Ayurveda
Emblica officinalis (Amla) is an Ayurvedic herb and is considered as one of the most precious gifts of nature to mankind. It is an important ingredient of some of the famous ayurvedic formulations mainly Chyawanprash, Trifala powder and Amlaki rasayan. It is widely used in Ayurveda and is believed to increase defense against various diseases. It has been traditionally used for a number of purposes including enhancing general ability, improving digestion, wellness of eyes and overall longevity of life.Medicinal Properties of Amla Amla, either as a single herb or in combination with other herbs has been successfully used to treat many health ailments including Digestive Problems, Acidity, Baldness, Common cough and cold, Constipation, Chronic Headache, Dark Circles of Eyes, Dryness in the Body, Diabetes, Dysentery, Premature Ejaculation, General Debility, Gout, Hoarse Voice, Hair-Loss, High Blood Pressure, Indigestion, Itching on the Body, Impure Blood, Eruptions, Jaundice, Loose Motions, Menstrual Disturbance, Migraine, Nose Bleeding, Obesity, Pimples, Piles, Poisonous Insect-bite, Rashes, Skin Diseases etc. The list is exhaustive but following are some main uses of Amla - Amla : Whole body RejuvenatorIt acts as Rasayana. Rasayana is defined as any herb, food, or activity which gives youthfulness and cures diseases. If taken in a proper way, Rasayana prevents early ageing and keeps the person young and active, both physically and mentally. It promotes strength and immunity against diseases. Amla : Nutritional PowerhouseIt contains almost all the nutritional elements and used to boost immunity and body's vitality. It is considered to be the richest source of Vitamin C. Due to its high content of vitamin C and polyphenols, amla is a potent antioxidant. Amla - Natural RefreshnerVitamin C present in amla is one of the main factors that can help to retrieve  or  refill  the  energy  lost  by  body.  So, the  replenishment  of new energy causing by amla is considered as a natural refreshner. Amla - Fights with AcidityThe irregular food habits and abnormal intake of sweet, sour, spicy and oily food may cause acidity, and also tea, coffee and smoking are causing that  trouble.  The  physiological  factors  are  anger,  grief  and  depression. This  problem  is  overcome  by  taken  of  one  gram  of  amla  powder  and small amount of sugar mixed with milk or water twice a day. Amla - Controls DiabetesDue to its high vitamin C content, Indian gooseberry proves to be very effective in controlling diabetes. The juice obtained from its fruit, when consumed regularly, stimulates the pancreas and capacitates them to secrete insulin. This reduces the sugar level in blood. Amla - Best Friend for HeartAmla decreases bad cholesterol level in blood and keeps the heart and all vessels healthy.  It nurtures the heart, blood and circulation. It supports the cardiovascular system. Amla - Kills Cancer CellsAmla contains gallic acid, ellagic acid, pyrogallol, some norsesquiterpenoids, corilagin, geraniin, elaeocarpusin, and prodelphinidins B1 and B2. All these chemicals helps in prventing cancer and inhibiting existing cancer cells. Amla - Helps in Urinary troubleThe fresh juice of amla acts as a diuretic which normalize acidic urine. It is helpful in burning urinary infection. It has a natural diuretic action, but does not force water from the body like diuretic tablets. In other words, it helps in elimination of wastes from the body but does not overstimulate or overstarin the urinary system. Amla - Improves AnemiaIt helps in absorption of iron in the body and improves hemoglobin level. Amla - The Best DermatologistAmla helps in maintaining healthy skin because Amla strengthens digestive power, helps the liver detoxify and is rich in Vitamin C and minerals, it is very good for the complexion. Amla moisturizes the skin, cleanses the tissues of toxins and supports immunity of the skin against bacterial infection. It makes the skin glow and look beautiful and healthy. It enriches hair growth and pigmentation. The oil prepared by using this herb is excellent for hair health and prevents graying. Amla - Keeps the Eyes HealthyIt is excellent in preserving eyesight. It is also beneficial in treating conjunctivitis and glaucoma, by reducing intraocular tension. Amla - Treats LeucorrhoeaThe  major  problem  of  females  is  the  discharge  of  white  mucous material, often  an  indication  of  infection. This  problem is overcome by taken of  3  gms of  powdered  amla  with  6  gms  of  honey  everyday for one month can cure this problem. Amla - Imroves Body WeightIt  assists  in  balancing  nitrogen  levels  and  increasing  protein  levels very  well,  which  helps  in  increasing  your  weight.  Amla  contains minerals   including  chromium,   zinc,   and  copper,   which   helps   in maintaining  proper  functioning  of  the  metabolic  activities  of  the body. Amla - Maintains Overall EquilibriumAccording to Ayurveda, amla balances all three doshas. It serves to tone all the vital organs of the body and builds health by eradicating the harmful disease-causing elements from the body.

5 Super Fruits to Keep You Healthy

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Ayurveda
Amla or Indian gooseberryScientifically known as Emblica Officinalis ,Amla grows wild or can be easily cultivated. This wonder fruit is highly valued by nutritionists and doctors.its fruit is sour and astringent and is mostly eaten raw,it has a sweet after taste.It is also used in making jams pickles and jellies.It is a rich source of vitamin c the fruit pulp contains a chemical which prevents the oxidation of vitamin in has been used to treat scurvy in many has a laxative combination with iron, Amla is used as a remedy for anemia ,jaundice, and dyspepsia.2. AppleIT is said that there are thousands of variety of the Apple in the world and you can never taste them all.Apple is a good source of fibre. Fibre is a term used to the indigestible carbohydrates in our diet.It is also known as roughage.Roughage protects from various digestive disorders and it gives bulk to the diet.3. BananaThe banana is the most valued  food item.Its energy content makes it a very advantageous and filling staple.Ripe banana can augment the diets of small children and convalescents with many beneficial effects. The banana fruit has 20% sugar.It is well digested and nutrients are easily absorbed.The ripe banana has 1.2 g protein,0.4 g fibre,88 mg potassium.The fruit is a fair source of vitamin B and calcium.4. Jack fruitOnly 30% of the Jack fruit is edible,the fruit contains a large number of seeds and the three fourth of the edible portion is contributed by moisture.It has a little protein and fat,19.8% carbohydrates and it yields 88 Kcals of energy.It provides some carotene,thiamine,riboflavin,niacin and vitamin C.5. JamunThe Jamun fruit is attractive purple color,sweet in taste and healthy.It has glucose and fructose as the principal sugars.It is a good source of vitamin C and Minerals. Jamun is believed to be beneficial in the treatment of Diabetes.

Amla and Its Many Benefits

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
The Amla or Neelikkai (Phyllanthus Embilca) is also called Amalka in Hindi. In Sanskrit its name is Amalaki, which translates as ‘the sustainer’ or ‘the fruit where the goddess of prosperity presides’. It is a small tree with leathery leaves and a fleshy fruit. Amla is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C, its fresh juice containing nearly twenty times as much vitamin C as orange juice. A single tiny Amla is equivalent in vitamin C content to two oranges. Amla is the fruit of a deciduous plant, of the same name, grown in many states of India. Its English name is ‘Indian Gooseberry’ and it has been associated with a number of health benefits. Amla is very good source of Vitamin C and has been found to have great antioxidant properties. Apart from helping in curing a number of ailments, it also boosts the immune system of an individual.In fact, Amla is regarded as a widely-used herb, in case of ayurvedic medicines, owing to its high nutritional value. In the following lines, we have provided information on the nutritional benefits of eating Amla/Indian gooseberry.Amla (gooseberry) nutrition’sVitamin C is an excellent anti-oxidant and as Amla is so rich in Vitamin C, it has strong anti-oxidant properties and helps combat free radicals. Free radicals are unstable ions in the body, responsible for ageing and cell degeneration.Amla stabilizes these free radicals and is believed to be the most powerful rejuvenating agent known to man. Just like most berries, it is low in sugar and has high fibre content, making it an ideal daily fruit for almost anyone.However, if you have a heart condition, you may want to check with your doctor before taking Amla regularly. This is because Amla stimulates the heart.Amla strengthens the body, expel toxins from the body and improves defense mechanism of the body. It is an essential vitamin to improve eye sight Weakness of body, heart and mind shall be dispelled by taking fresh Amla juice in between meals. Massaging the head with Amla oil induces sound sleep and is good for hair.Prevents premature graying of hair.Wash eyes daily, in the morning with Amla water, soaked in water and drink the water to improve the eyesight and remove constipation. Insert 2-4 Amla juice drops into each nostril to cure bleeding for nose. Regular use of pain killers, antibiotics and medication, regular intake of alcohol, all cause toxin build-up in the liver. Amla helps strengthen the liver, and rid the body of these toxins. It thus helps purify and clean the blood. This is why Amla is good for the skin, and if taken in combination with neem, it can help clear out pimples that are caused due to impure blood. Amla calories100 gm of Amla contains:Calories: 96(energy)Carbohydrate: 6.9 gmIron: 1.2 gmProtein: 0.9 gmFat: 0.1 gmFiber: 3. 4 gmIndian Gooseberry has also been found to be low in Saturated Fats, Dietary Fiber, and Vitamin C.Amla contains good amount of Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene, Vitamin B Complex, Protein, Carbohydrates, Cholesterol and Sodium, making it good for health. Health tips for AmlaAmla is considered a powerful food for the brain. It nourishes the mind, improves memory power and enhances intelligence. Drinking Amla juice twice a day can do wonders to your body. It is better to drink it before food.