When it comes to your cholesterol, higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) - the "good" cholesterol - not only helps keep your arteries plaque-free, but can prevent heart disease and stroke as well. Foods that can help raise HDL levels include - olive oil, beans, legumes, soy, whole grains, fish, avocado, nuts, seeds, and all-time favorite dark chocolates too.
Pomegranates pack a punch into their refreshing seeds, juice, and peel. Pomegranates reduce blood pressure, prevent inflammation whether inside arteries or in arthritic joints, ai in digestion, detoxify the liver, prevent memory loss and Alzheimer's, and can even help with erectile dysfunction. And though a sweet fruit, it has benefits for diabetics too. It has also shown promise in prostate and colon cancer.
Apple seeds contain amygdalin which, when ingested, releases the toxic chemical, cyanide. But it takes thoroughly chewing at least 165 apple seeds to kill a 50 kg person instantly, but even lower doses can cause symptoms like dizziness, nausea, brain damage, and impotency. There's no risk in swallowing the seeds, and apple seed oil and apple juice, after removing the seeds, are harmless.
The mucilage in flaxseeds can have a strong laxative effect and can significantly increase the number of bowel movements you have in a day. Their estrogen content can alter the menstrual cycle, interfere with sexual development, and fertility if taken in excess. Flaxseeds are also known to cause mild rhinitis/asthma, nausea, allergic reactions during pregnancy.
Avocado seed decoctions are popular in South American cultures to treat diabetes, diarrhea, kidney stones, and even snakebite. Add the antioxidant-rich seed powder to your smoothie to lower BP and cholesterol, manage diabetes, and protect kidney and liver tissues. Start with 1/2 tsp and limit daily consumption to half a seed. Apply the seed paste on your skin to prevent UV damage and to cure fungal infections.
They say that we need to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. And in all honesty, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what’s more important is what you have for it. Breakfast is essentially filling your body with[.....]
Tomatoes, a rich source of antioxidants and a delicious staple in most cuisines, are under the scanner for possibly causing kidney stones. Rumor has it that the oxalates in them (which could crystallize to form stones) may be concentrated in the seeds of this luscious red fruit. But before you give up on this nutritious food, take a closer look at the evidence.
Go for regular screen tests if you're 50 or have a family history of polyps, cancer, or IBD. Avoid red meat or processed meat. Load up on fibrous and colorful veggies and antioxidant-rich berries. Eat dairy products for calcium and spinach and sprouts for folic acid. Exercise in the sun for vitamin D and to keep obesity at bay. Go easy on the booze and stop smoking altogether.
Here are 6 natural anti-aging oils to be included in your skin-care regimen; to get rid of age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and other common signs of skin aging.
If you're struggling with insomnia or have chronic pain that's keeping you from sleeping well, it's time to try poppy seeds! With a mild tranquilizing effect, this nutrient-rich food can soothe anxiety, ease pain, relax the muscles, and help you get a good night's rest. Safe dosage for a blissful sleep includes a spoonful of poppy seeds with a glass of warm milk before bedtime.
Though chia seeds keep blood sugar levels steady, improve heart health, cut cravings, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and control blood pressure, their influence on weight loss is still medically unproven. They are free of carbs and contain fiber and protein that keep you feeling satiated longer. Consume along with oats, nopal, and soy protein to enhance their nutritional benefits.
Nuts and seeds are super healthy and most of us aren’t eating enough of them! They are important additions to our daily food consumption. You can incorporate small amounts of a combination of the following 10 nuts and seeds in your diet to enjoy their health benefits. 1. Almonds Many people consider almonds[.....]
Papaya seeds contain nutrients that help heal cirrhosis of the liver and improve kidney health, preventing renal failure. Its anti-inflammatory properties help treat arthritis and joint disease. It contains an alkaloid called carpaine that kills intestinal worms and amoeba parasites. Papain, in papaya seeds, helps in effective digestion of protein. Avoid if pregnant.
The tiny chia seed can help with weight loss, diabetes, and hypercholesteremia. Each serving gives you a healthy dose of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Unfortunately, it may bring on constipation, flatulence, diarrhea, and an allergic reaction. Chia seeds can also cause thinning of your blood. They could even be a choking hazard if you don't prep the seeds correctly.
A cup of fennel tea, made from the seeds, fresh leaves, or the bulb, after a meal can treat digestive issues like heartburn, flatulence, bloating, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. As fennel has estrogen-like chemicals, the tea can reduce menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause and may increase milk flow in lactating moms. It also cleanses the blood, helps the heart and kidneys, balances hormones, and treats respiratory problems.
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