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Did You Know How Fenugreek Leaves Can Benefit You? Know The Amazing Health Benefits

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Aren’t methi aloo one of your most favourite dishes during winter? Well, you’re not alone! Fenugreek leaves are in season during winter and are used widely in Indian households in the form of sabzi or paranthas. We have previously talked about the many health benefits of fenugreek seeds and how they help in weight loss and even digestion. Nutritionally speaking, fenugreek is rich in fibre, protein, iron, manganese and magnesium. In this article, we elaborate on the many health benefits of fenugreek and why it is ideal to include them in your diet, this time of the year.

Health benefits of fenugreek you simply cannot miss

1. Beneficial for diabetics

 

Fenugreek can be beneficial for people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. It can be helpful in improving carb tolerance in non-diabetic people as well. Fenugreek seeds can improve functioning of insulin. These benefits can be credited to the fibre content in fenugreek.

2. Natural cholesterol reducer

Fenugreek leaves can help in improving intestinal cholesterol absorption and production of cholesterol in the liver. It reduces cholesterol in people suffering from Atherosclerosis and diabetes. Some studies also show that fenugreek can increase production of good (HDL) cholesterol and reduce production of bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides.

3. Breastmilk production

Breastmilk is known to be the best source of nutrition for child’s development. Mothers who are face issues with breastmilk production can benefit from fenugreek. You can either have it in the form of vegetable or as a herbal tea, and it can give a boost to production of breastmilk. However, issues with breastmilk production must be consulted with a doctor.

4. Can help with gastrointestinal issues

Antioxidant properties of fenugreek and its fibre content can help in improving digestion, thus reducing several gastrointestinal problems. Consuming fenugreek in the form of tea can help in reducing incidence of constipation, gastritis, indigestion and stomach pain. Fenugreek leaves are good for gut health, colon and stomach ulcers, intestinal inflammation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. They can also help in improving liver function and reducing acidity and diarrhoea.

5. Boost testosterone production in men

Fenugreek can boost production of testosterone hormone in men. Some studies show that it can also help in boosting libido. More research is required in watching out for benefits of fenugreek in boosting testosterone production in men.

6. It is good for heart patients

Regular consumption of fenugreek seeds or fenugreek leaves can be beneficial for your cardiovascular health. Fenugreek can reduce risks of heart disease. Cholesterol improving properties of fenugreek are further beneficial for heart health. Fenugreek is a herb which reduces risk of heart attack and blood clots induced by stroke.

7. Reduces inflammation

Fenugreek can reduce inflammation levels in the body, helping with issues like chronic cough, boils, bronchitis and various skin conditions including eczema. Fenugreek can also be helpful in dealing with boils, body pains, kidney ailments and swelling in lymph nodes.

This winter, load up your kitchen with fenugreek leaves and avail the many benefits of this herb!


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Hepatitis A Causes and Symptoms

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Generally speaking, hepatitis A is more common in parts of the planet that are developing. It’s for the fact that sanitation and food handling practices are by and large poor. However, medical experts say that living in developed countries can also put you at risk of having hepatitis A, but it’s really a rare occurrence.

Just like what’s mentioned earlier, hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus or HAV. It can be spread around by someone who has hepatitis A because he or she is a carrier of the virus behind it. It is said that a person with hepatitis A is most infectious about 2 weeks before he or she begins to experience signs and symptoms.

Here are some of the ways that hepatitis A is spread around:

 

Consumption of food that is prepared by a person who has hepatitis A. This is most especially true if he or she has not properly washed his or her hands.

Drinking of water that is contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.

Intake of raw or undercooked seafood obtained from contaminated water.

Close contact with someone who has hepatitis A. This includes having sexual intercourse with an infected person, especially when the rectal or anal area has been touched with the fingers, mouth or tongue.

Using illegal drugs, especially when paraphernalia contaminated with the hepatitis A virus are used.

Symptoms

Medical experts say that it may take a while before the various signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A show up. They say that someone may experience them about 4 weeks after getting infected. It’s even possible for someone with hepatitis A to not experience any sign and symptom at all.

Some of the initial signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include:

Tiredness and malaise
Achy muscles and joints
Pain in the upper right section of the abdomen
Loss of appetite
Mild fever
Headaches
Sore throat
Diarrhea or constipation
Hives or raised rash that’s itchy

These initial signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A can last anywhere from a few days only to a couple of weeks. Afterwards, as the infection of the liver progresses, the following may be experienced by the individual:

Jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin as well as the whites of the eyes (sclera)

Pale colored stools
Dark colored urine
Skin itching

Tenderness and swelling of the upper right section of the abdomen

Although it rarely happens, hepatitis A can cause liver failure. When such develops, the person who is infected may experience severe vomiting, frequent bruising, bleeding of the nose and gums, drowsiness and confusion.

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Busting myths around blood donation

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As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

Contrary to the myth about blood donations making a person weak or anaemic, the body replenishes the lost blood in a matter of a few days, say experts.

“A healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets, so there is no question of becoming weak, much less anaemic. It is a myth and should not deter people from donating blood,” says Dr RK Singal, chairman, internal medicine department, BLK super-speciality Hospital.

 

The donors can give either whole blood or specific blood components, as there is sophisticated equipment available these days that extract relevant components from blood and the rest of the blood can be transfused back to the donor.

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

About 65% of India’s population is young and if this section donates blood regularly, chances of the country facing blood shortage will be remote. Hence, there is all the more reason for people, especially youngsters, to come forward and be regular blood donors.

How to prepare

Have enough fruit juice and water in the night and morning before you donate

Have a full meal 3 hours before donation; never on an empty stomach

Have some rest for about 10-15 minutes after donation

Have some snacks or a juice with high sugar content after donation

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Erectile dysfunction’s connection with lifestyle

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By Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal

healthy-lifestyle-can-reverse-effects-of-hypertensionAll over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED).

All over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED). From my research, I have found a strong link between ED and stress. Other major causes include smoking, drinking, diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. My advice to these patients is — do not get even more stressed over this situation. Instead, focus on taking the right medication and making some changes to your lifestyle, so you can once again enjoy a satisfactory sexual life.

 

DIAGNOSIS OF ED

We normally diagnose ED and its underlying causes by asking the patient a few questions about his medical and sexual history. This is sometimes done by sharing a questionnaire with the patient. The questions that we ask are designed to help us understand the cause of ED in the particular patient.

We also do a physical exam, ask for certain blood tests to rule out other medical conditions responsible for erectile dysfunction, and recommend imaging tests (if required) to determine whether the person is physically able to have an erection or not.

SHORT-TERM SOLUTION, LONG-TERM CURE

Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol levels) can cause ED. In these cases, ED can be reversed once the patient starts treatment.

In my experience, many men suffer from ED because of work stress, family pressure and anxiety. So, changes in lifestyle with regular exercise, yoga, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and proper counselling help in treating ED. Along with this, medicines for ED are usually prescribed for about 3 to 6 months by which time lifestyle changes start to take effect and the patient is physically and mentally healthier, which helps resolve the problem.

An estimated 16% to 25% of men experience ED at some point in their lives. I would urge them not to be embarrassed about it. Seek medical help from a urologist or andrologist; get the necessary advice/medication; and go on to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling sexual life.

The author of this article is Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal, head, andrology, department of urology sciences, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, Saket

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