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    Red Lentils - Red Lentils help to reduce blood cholesterol since it contains high levels of soluble fiber. Lowering your cholesterol levels reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke by keeping your arteries clean.

    Several studies have shown that eating high fiber foods like Red lentils reduces your risk of heart disease. Red Lentils are also a great source of folate and magnesium, which are big contributors to heart health. Folate lowers your homocysteine levels, a serious risk factor for heart disease. Magnesium improves blood flow, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Low levels of magnesium have been directly associated with heart disease, so eating lentils will keep your heart happy!

    Insoluble dietary fiber found in Red lentils helps prevent constipation and other digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis.

    Adding to the many benefits of fiber, soluble fiber traps carbohydrates, slowing down digestion and stabilizing blood sugar levels. This can be especially helpful for those with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.

    Of all legumes and nuts, Red lentils contain the third-highest levels of protein. 26 percent of lentil’s calories are attributed to protein, which makes them a wonderful source of Proteins

    Red Lentils increase steady, slow-burning energy due its fiber and complex carbohydrates. These Lentils are also a good source of iron, which transports oxygen throughout your body and is key to energy production and metabolism.

    Although Red lentils include all these beneficial nutrients like fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins, they are still low in calories and contain virtually no fat. One cup of cooked lentils only contains about 230 calories, but still leaves you feeling full and satisfied.



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    Peppermint - Mint contains numerous plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties. Total
    antioxidant strength (ORAC) of fresh peppermint herb is 13978 µmol TE/100 g.

    The mint herb contains no cholesterol; however, it is rich in essential oils, vitamins and dietary fiber, which helps to control blood cholesterol and blood pressure inside the human body.

    The herb parts contain many essential volatile oils like menthol, menthone, menthol acetate. These compounds effect on cold-sensitive receptors in the skin, mouth and throat, the property which is responsible for the natural cooling-sensation that it initiates when inhaled, eaten, or applied on the skin.
    The essential oil, menthol also has been analgesic (painkiller), local anesthetic and counter-irritant properties.

    Peppermint-herb is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium. 100 g fresh herb provides 569 mg of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper works as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide-dismutase.

    Further, it is rich in many antioxidant vitamins, including vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin-C and vitamin E. The leaves of mint also contain many important B-complex vitamins like folates, riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6); and the herb is an excellent source of vitamin-K.


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    Purslane / புருப்புக்கீரை - This wonderful green leafy vegetable is very low in calories (just 16 kcal/100g) and fats; nonetheless, it is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

    Fresh leaves contain surprisingly more omega-3 fatty acids (α-linolenic acid) than any other leafy vegetable plant. 100 grams of fresh purslane leaves provide about 350 mg of α-linolenic acid.

    Research studies show that consumption of foods rich in ω-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and help prevent the development of ADHD, autism, and other developmental differences in children.

    It is an excellent source of Vitamin A, (1320 IU/100 g, provides 44% of RDA) one of the highest among green leafy vegetables. Vitamin A is a known powerful natural antioxidant and is essential for vision. This vitamin is also required to maintain healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin A is known to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

    Purslane is also a rich source of vitamin C, and some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids, as well as dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese.

    Furthermore, present in purslane are two types of betalain alkaloid pigments, the reddish beta-cyaninsand the yellow beta-xanthins. Both pigment types are potent anti-oxidants and have been found to have anti-mutagenic properties in laboratory studies.


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    Honeydew Melon/ முலாம்பழம்- One cup of cubed honeydew provides 34 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Free radicals are the natural byproduct of normal chemical processes, but they damage cells if they’re not neutralized by an antioxidant such as vitamin C.

    Honeydew melon contains soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps keep blood sugar balanced by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates. It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber is the type of dietary fiber that keeps food moving through the digestive tract, preventing constipation and some types of gastrointestinal disease.

    One cup of honeydew melon has a total of 1.4 grams of fiber. Men need 38 grams daily, while women need 25 grams, so men get 4 percent of their recommended daily intake and women gain 6 percent.

    Like other B vitamins, vitamin B-6 functions as a coenzyme, which means it must be present for enzymes to activate chemical processes. It’s used by more than 100 enzymes, many of which metabolize protein. Vitamin B-6 must be present for the creation of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and sleep. It also converts an amino acid, homocysteine, into other beneficial substances, which is important because high levels of homocysteine are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. You’ll gain 12 percent of the recommended daily intake from 1 cup of honeydew melon.



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    Puffed Rice - One cup of puffed rice contains 56 calories consisting of 1 percent fat. The protein content in puffed rice is 6 percent by volume, It contains no cholesterol or sodium. The carbohydrate content is equal to 12.57 g, which is 4 percent daily value based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

    One cup of puffed rice supplies many minerals, including 16 mg potassium, 4.4 mg iron, 14 mg phosphorus, 1 mg calcium and trace amounts of zinc, copper, manganese, fluoride and selenium. B vitamins found in puffed rice include thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, B-6 and folate.

    The 2.3 grams of fiber you'll get in each cup of rice puffs is a nutritional benefit. That's almost 10 percent of the 25 grams of fiber women should include in their daily diet and 6 percent of the 38 grams men require each day. It's wise to include plenty of fiber in your diet because it helps you digest your food more efficiently and normalizes your bowel movements, too. That lowers your chance of becoming constipated. Getting enough fiber is a good way to decrease your risk of heart disease, too.


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    Re: Health Tip of the Day!!

    Excellent informations... Thank you all for so many helpful tips.

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    Pearl Millet(Bajra)/கம்பு - Besides being gluten-free, millets have higher nutritional value than wheat, especially phosphorus and iron. Therefore, these grains are widely advised to people suffering from constipation, stomach ulcers or colitis.

    The grain is easily digestible and has the lowest probability of causing allergic reactions.It is also rich in starch and this makes it a great source of energy and an excellent source of protein and fiber.

    It is rich in minerals like phosphorus, iron.It helps in lowering the cholesterol levels. This is due to the presence of phytic acid and niacin.It is also believed to be associated with bringing down the risk of cancer.

    Being rich in fiber content, bajra works very well in diabetes. Gradual release of blood sugar in the bloodstream helps to keep the glucose levels normal.The wholegrain supports weight loss. The high fiber content leads to a feeling of fullness for a prolonged period and this controls your hunger. You tend to eat less and this aids in your weight loss process.


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    Ragi - Ragi is rich in calcium, fiber, protein, iron and different minerals.Fibers in Ragi lessens overabundance longing, gives you a feeling of completion, and the slower processing rate of the grain permits you to take less calories. This backings the procedure of Weight Reduction.
    The cereal is advantageous for developing kids and more advanced in years individuals who require a consistent supply of calcium for sound development and upkeep of bones. Utilization of Ragi can decrease the dangers of cracks and osteoporosis to a significant degree.

    It functions as an amazing common relaxant and serves to battle fidgetiness, a sleeping disorder and discouragement. Additionally assists in treating headache cerebral pains.

    Consumption of Ragi based eating regimen is supportive for individuals with diabetes in light of the higher strand substance as contrasted with rice and wheat. Also additionally diminishes starch absorbability and ingestion.

    The key amino acids exhibit in Ragi, serve to decrease cholesterol by evacuating abundance oversized from the liver, anticipates the framing of oversized in the liver and this, in turn, cuts down the cholesterol level in the form.



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    Kale/Borecole - Kale is a very versatile and nutritious green leafy vegetable. It is a widely popular vegetable since ancient Greek and Roman times for its low fat, no cholesterol but health benefiting anti-oxidant properties.

    Kale provides rich nutrition ingredients that offer protection from vitamin A deficiency, osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and colon and prostate cancers.

    Borecole is very rich source of ß-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. These flavonoids have strong anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activities. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body.

    Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions. Thus, it helps prevent retinal detachment and offer protection against "age-related macular degeneration related macular degeneration disease" (ARMD) in the elderly.

    It is very rich in vitamin A, 100 g leaves provide 512% of RDA. Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision. Foods rich in this vitamin are known to offer protection against lung and oral cavity cancers.

    It is one of the excellent vegetable sources for vitamin-K; 100 g provides about 700% of recommended intake. Vitamin K has potential role bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role in the treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

    This leafy vegetable is notably good in many B-complex groups of vitamins such as niacin, vitamin B-6(pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid, etc., that are essential for substrate metabolism in the body.

    It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for cellular oxidation and red blood cell formation.


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    Re: Health Tip of the Day!!

    Very useful information about Ragi, pearl millet, puffed rice, honeydew melon, borecole, peppermint, purslane and red lintel. thank you Karthiga

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