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    Nettle Leaf


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    Nettles leaves, also called stinging nettles, contain fine hairs that release painful and irritating chemicals when they come in contact with the skin. The heart-shaped leaves have fine teeth surrounding its edges. Nettle leaves are dried and used in extracts, capsules, tinctures and teas.

    Nettle is used medicinally for its anti-inflammatory properties. Nettle extracts help inhibit pro-inflammatory signaling molecules, which can trigger inflammation in the body. Nettle may help to reduce inflammation in the urinary tract, arthritis inflammation and skin inflammation such as eczema.

    Nettle is useful in controlling hay fever symptoms and other allergic responses in the body. Nettle may have antihistamine properties, which helps lower the amount of histamine in the body and can reduce allergic reactions such as sneezing and itching. Traditionally, nettle was used as an expectorant and may help reduce hay fever congestion.

    Stinging nettle may help reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Studies showed that stinging nettle may relieve reduced urinary flow, the constant urge to urinate and the inability to empty the bladder completely, which are associated with an enlarged prostate.

    Nettle leaf can reduce osteoarthritic pain in the base of the thumb when applied to the painful area. Patients' pain diaries and health assessments over the course of 12 weeks showed that pain and disability decreased more with stinging nettle treatment than with the placebo given. Stinging nettle seems to contain an analgesic effect and may interfere with the way the body transmits pain signals.




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    very useful information you have shared Karthiga about Nettles Leaves. thank you

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    Raw Cacao


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    Raw cacao is a rich source of antioxidant flavonoids that promote cardiovascular health and protect against toxins. The antioxidant flavonoids in raw cacao can help improve circulation, regular heartbeat and blood pressure. Additionally, they help the body repair itself and resist free-radical toxins.

    Raw cacao is most known for being a superfood that is a rich source of antioxidants, but it is also filled with a number of other beneficial nutrients. As a rich source of manganese, raw cacao helps oxygenate the blood. Raw cacao is also a rich source of magnesium, which helps in balancing brain chemistry. It is also rich in sulfur, which builds strong nails and hair, and promotes beautiful skin.

    Raw cacao promotes the release of neurotransmitters, which promote a positive outlook and bodily rejuvenation, and release feel-good hormones. It raises levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, and acts as an anti-depressant that can help reduce symptoms of PMS.

    It also stimulates the secretion of endorphins, which produce a pleasurable sensation, and phenylethylamine which is a mild mood booster. It also releases anandamide which promotes elation and helps us feel good longer.



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    Blackberries


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    These berries are very low in calories. 100 g provide just 43 calories. Nonetheless, they are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber (100 g whole berries consist of 5.3 g or 14% RDA of fiber). Xylitol, a low-calorie sugar substitute in the fruit fiber, absorbs more slowly than glucose inside the gut, and thus does not cause rapid fluctuations in blood sugar levels.

    Anthocyanins, which give blackberries their dark color, are an antioxidant shown to reduce inflammation. As an antioxidant, they destroy free radicals in the body that harm cells and lead to cancer. Research has also shown that the ellagic acid in blackberries may have anti-cancer properties. One cup of blackberries contains half of the daily recommendation of the antioxidant vitamin C, which protects the immune system and may lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

    Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant in blackberries and one cup contains half of the daily recommendation of vitamin C. The body uses vitamin C for protection from immune system deficiencies, and may reduce the chances of macular degeneration, a condition in which fine vision deteriorates, resulting in central vision loss and is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50.

    Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring plant estrogens found in blackberries that may help relieve the common symptoms of PMS like bloating, food cravings, and even menopausal symptoms including hot flashes.

    Blackberries are a good source of vitamin K, offering 36% of the daily recommended amount of this nutrient used by the body for the clotting of blood and to aid the absorption of calcium.

    They contain moderate levels of B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of pyridoxine, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as cofactors help the body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.






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    wonderful collection of information you have shared about raw cacao and black berries. thank you Karthiga

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    White Onions


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    White Onions are very low in calories (just 40 calories per 100 g) and fats; however, rich in soluble dietary fiber.

    Phyto-chemical compounds
    allium and Allyl disulphide in the onion convert to allicin by enzymatic reaction when its modified leaves are distorted (crushing, cutting, etc.). Studies have shown that these compounds have anti-mutagenic (protects from cancers) and anti-diabetic properties (helps lower blood sugar levels in diabetics).

    Laboratory studies show that
    allicin reduces cholesterol production by inhibiting the HMG-CoA reductaseenzyme in the liver cells. Further, it also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal activities.

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    Allicin also decreases blood vessel stiffness by releasing nitric oxide (NO) and thereby bring a reduction in the total blood pressure. Further, it blocks platelet-clot formation and has fibrinolytic action in the blood vessels. Altogether, it helps decrease an overall risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and stroke.

    White Onions are rich source of
    chromium, the trace mineral that helps tissue cells respond appropriately to insulin levels in the blood. It thus helps facilitate insulin action and control sugar levels in diabetes.

    They are an also good source of antioxidant flavonoid
    quercetin, which is found to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic functions.

    They are also good in antioxidant vitamin, vitamin-C and mineral manganese. Manganese is required as a co-factor for anti-oxidant enzyme,
    superoxide dismutase. In addition, isothiocyanate anti-oxidants in them help provide relief from cold and flu by exerting anti-inflammatory actions.

    White Onions are also good in B-complex group of vitamins like pantothenic acid,
    pyridoxine, folates and thiamin. Pyridoxine or vitamin B-6 helps keep up GABA levels in the brain, which works against neurotic conditions.



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    The information about health benefits of white onion is really excellent. thank you Karthiga

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    Falsa/Phalsa Fruit


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    Falsa contains anthocyanin flavonoids which are responsible to be protective against cancer.Falsa fruit and falsa juice have been used for centuries to treat liver and gall bladder problems.

    Falsa is such an amazing fruit that it protests the heart, purifies blood and regulates blood pressure and cholesterol levels.It also helps prevent cold and coughs and also relieves them if one gets a cold or cough.

    Falsa juice aids in relieving digestive problems like excess acidity and indigestion.It is also good for sunburn victims and those who suffer from a heat stroke.

    It has a high content of vitamin C which helps in relieving asthma, bronchitis and shortness of breath. Falsa helps increasing energy levels, improves skin and vision and promotes a natural weight loss.

    It helps in building stamina, less insomnia and depression. Falsa juice is a great supplement for people with diabetes.

    The leaves of a falsa tree are use to heal wounds and cuts and also to relieve from irritation and painful.



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    Prawns


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    Prawns fat content is about 1.75 gms, protein is about 20-24 gms and 100 gms mineral content. Prawns are also a good source of vitamin C, and almost 2-3 mg of the same is present in 100 grams of prawn. Apart from this, the carbohydrate content in prawns is around 0.90 - 0.91 gram and selenium content is about 38 - 39 micro gram. It is also very low in the sugar content (sugar is almost absent in prawns!).

    Omega 3 fatty acids in prawn is good for the heart. It prevents the heart from diseases and also circulatory problems. These fatty acids lowers triglyceride level which is why prawns are healthy for the heart.

    Prawns health benefits is also due to its rich content of selenium which prevents the growth of cancer cells therefore protecting the body from cancer.

    The fatty acids in prawns reduces and prevents the body against Alzheimer's disease and dementia.One of the health benefits of prawn is it maintains good cardiovascular health due to its high content in vitamin B12 contributes to better cardiovascular regulation.

    Calcium and vitamin E content in prawns maintains healthy skin, teeth and bones.Proteins in prawns provides body growth and development.


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    The information you have shared about the falsa fruit is really worth. thank you. The benefits of Prawns also very nice.

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