Sunday, July 20, 2014

Watercress herb for mental health

The watercress is a perennial, aquatic herb, with hollow angular stems, and many branches. It has dark green, shining leaves divided into several leaflets. It has a pleasant and pungent flavor and is used in salads.

The Greeks regarded watercress as a psychic stimulant and the Romans used with vinegar as a remedy for mental disorders. Old English physicians recommended its use as a remedy for headaches and biliousness.

Watercress is a native of Europe. It is widely distributed in a wild state in Great Britain, South and Central Europe and Western Asia. This plant is now cultivated in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hawaii, West Indies and East Africa and grows in the Himalayas.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

12 babies born using 'safer' IVF treatment

Use of hormone kisspeptin 'removes deadly threat' to healthy women

A dozen babies have been born using a pioneering fertility treatment hoped to spare thousands of women from potentially life-threatening complications in early pregnancy.

Traditional IVF treatment sees mothers injected with the hormone human chorionic gonadotrohin to induce ovulation, but this is known to cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) which can lead to fatal kidney failure in around five per cent of patients.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lionel Messi: Diet plan for football player

Lionel Messi is a professional footballer and belongs to Argentina. He plays for the national team of Argentina as the captain and the soccer club Barcelona. He holds various titles and records to his name and has achieved huge name in the sport. He has been associated with the sport from the age of 5 and has never looked back. At a very young age he has become a popular name around the globe. He is a health acquainted person and follows a different kind of workout routine and diet plan.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Few healthy diet habits

Quit processed foods
A diet heavy in processed foods can lead to numerous problems. As well as the better-known obesity, cancer and heart disease, it causes rotten teeth, bad skin, bad breath, constipation, digestive problems, headaches, poor concentration, depression, tiredness and anemia. Need any more impetus to give them up?

Go back to the original source
For each pre-packed item of food you buy and serve, try to make it a rule to add at least one food from its original source. For instance, if you buy coleslaw from the supermarket and you own fresh carrot, tomato or spring onions, for a healthy boost. Or if you buy ready-prepared pasta, serve it with a fresh spinach salad.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Eggplant: Key facts, health benefits and risk

The eggplant, also known as aubergine, garden egg, guinea squash, melongene and brinjal, is usually distinguishable by its signature egg-like shape and vibrant purple color.

No matter the name, shape, or color, all eggplants contain many beneficial nutrients and phytochemical compounds that benefit human health. This article will focus on the nutritional benefits of the traditional purple eggplant.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Handy tips for freezing & reheating meat

Meat-freeze zone
If you want to freeze raw meat at home, make sure you do it before the “use by” date, and preferably as soon as you get it home. Defrost properly, try to use within one day of defrosting and make sure it’s cooked right through before serving.

Use the right setting
If you’re defrosting meat or fish in the microwave, choose the defrost setting or use low power to stop the outer edges of the food cooking before the middle defrosts. Arrange loose pieces of fish or meat in a single layer with thickest parts or largest pieces towards the outside.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Diabetes: Canola oil-enriched diet helps lower diabetes

Switching to a diet low in simple sugars and high in healthy fats, like the types found in canola oil, could help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar, according to a new study.

People with type 2 diabetes who were advised to follow a diet with a low glycemic index supplemented with extra canola oil had lower blood glucose levels and greater reductions in heart risk than those who ate a diet high in whole grains, researchers found.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vaccination: kids get whooping cough

Despite most being fully vaccinated for whooping cough, the infection is still present in about a fifth of UK children visiting their doctor with a persistent cough.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is one of the most common diseases that can be prevented by vaccine. Worldwide, nearly 300,000 children die from whooping cough each year.

There is also a significant socioeconomic burden attached to whooping cough. In the US, it has been linked with a mean medical cost of $242 and shown to cause school absences in 83% of adolescents for a mean of 5.5 days over a 2-year period.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Memory skills that will make your brain smarter

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."

"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues ... If you're good at learning, you have an advantage in life."

And to learn something is to be able to remember it, say the authors, two of whom are psychology professors at Washington University in St. Louis.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cumin Seeds: helps in treatment of various disorders

Cumin is an annual herb, with a smooth surface and long, slender root It grows up to a height of 35 to 45 cm. It produces a stem with many branches which bear long, finely divided, deep green leaves and small flowers, white or rose in color. The plant has aromatic seed-like fruit, commonly known as cumin seed. It is oval-shaped, approximately 6mm long and light yellowish-brown in color. It has a peculiar, strong and heavy odour. The dried seeds form an essential ingredient of curry powder.

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