Ripe papayas are often sold more widely in the fruit market as compared to their raw counterparts. However, you must know that raw papayas are loaded with numerous health benefits. Green in colour, raw papayas are not pulpy and they are often white in colour from the inside. Raw or green papayas are not as popular as the orange or ripe ones since the latter are better to taste and can be consumed raw easily. But did you know that raw papayas are loaded with important enzymes, phytonutrients and vitamins like potassium, magnesium and Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and B Vitamins.
In this article we talk about some health benefits of raw papayas which you simply cannot miss:
1. Some common health benefits of papayas are that they aid digestion and converts proteins into essential amino acids. Raw papayas also work towards reducing nausea, cleansing the colon and even reducing constipation.
2. Raw papayas can help in giving a boost to the immune system. Vitamin A, C and E rich green papayas can help in preventing infections, cold and cough.
3. Green papayas offer protection from urinary tract infections.
4. Green papayas are rich in enzymes like papain and chymopapain. These enzymes are great for the stomach. Green papayas have more papain than orange papayas and are thus good for getting relief from constipation.
5. Green papayas are great for lactating mothers. Breastfeeding mothers can benefit from raw papayas as it helps in increasing production of breastmilk.
6. Green papaya, being low in calories, can also help those who are trying to lose weight.
7. Green papayas are great for skin health. Including them in your diet can give you a healthy and glowing skin as they help in dissolving dead cells from the skin.
So, the buy some green papaya the next time you head to the supermarket for its amazing health benefits!
Late afternoon is prime time for calorie-burning, reveals study
Most people believe we tend to burn maximum calories during the early hours of the day or when we sleep at night. But researchers reporting in Current Biology have an interesting revelation – when at rest, people burn approximately 10 per cent more calories in the late afternoon and early evening than in the early morning hours or sleep hours.
According to this recent research, the number of calories people burn while at rest, changes with the time of the day. Suggesting the important role of the circadian clock in the way our body’s metabolism functions, the researchers pointed out that people with irregular eating or sleeping habits are more likely to put on weight.
“The fact that doing the same thing at one time of day burned so many more calories than doing the same thing at a different times of day surprised us,” says Kirsi-Marja Zitting of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, lead author of the paper, as reported by ScienceDaily.
For the purpose of the study, the researchers examined seven people in a special laboratory. The people who participated in the research were not given any access to phone, internet or even windows – making it impossible for them to find out what time it was or keep track of the day. This was done to determine changes over the course of the day in metabolism.
“Each night, those times were adjusted four hours later, the equivalent of traveling westward across four time zones each day for three weeks”, the ScienceDaily reported.
“Because they were doing the equivalent of circling the globe every week, their body’s internal clock could not keep up, and so it oscillated at its own pace,” co-author Jeanne Duffy, also in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains, as reported by ScienceDaily. “This allowed us to measure metabolic rate at all different biological times of day.”
The data showed that resting energy expenditure was highest “at circadian phase ~180°, about 12 hours later, in the biological afternoon into evening.”
“It is not only what we eat, but when we eat – and rest – that impacts how much energy we burn or store as fat,” Duffy said. “Regularity of habits such as eating and sleeping is very important to overall health.”
As long as burning calories is concerned, looks like it takes a lot more than just eating clean and hitting a gym.
4 Amazing Benefits Of Cinnamon For Skin You Cannot Miss
For thousands of years, cinnamon has been used for aroma, its distinct flavour and its medicinal properties. Antioxidants in cinnamon helps in fighting damage caused by free radicals in the body, which are responsible for diseases like arthritis, dementia, diabetes and age-related macular degeneration. There are four different types of cinnamon – Indonesian cinnamon, Saigon cinnamon, Cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon. In this article, we talk about how cinnamon affects skin and how you can use the spice for a glowing and radiant skin.
Health benefits of cinnamon for skin
1. Cinnamon is great for treating acne: Antibacterial properties of cinnamon can be really helpful for people with acne. Including cinnamon in your diet can help in eliminating bacteria which increases acne. Also, you can use cinnamon for getting rid of acne by preparing a cinnamon face mask at home. You can mix 3 tbsp of honey in 1 tsp of cinnamon to make a thick paste. Apply it on your face for around 10 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water. It will help in reducing redness and will also restore skin’s moisture.
2. Cinnamon has skin lighting properties: You might not believe this but cinnamon has skin lightening properties. It works towards fading away acne scars, blemishes, marks and dark spots.
3. Cinnamon brings blood to skin surface: This property of cinnamon can help in getting rid of fine lines on the face. Mix essential oil of cinnamon in petroleum jelly and apply on the face.
4. Cinnamon can be helpful in giving you plump lips: No one like lips that are too thin. For some girls, it is a real struggle to get the perfect pout. For getting plumper lips, you can apply petroleum jelly on your lips, followed by a pinch of cinnamon. Rub the mixture on your lips for a few seconds and let it sit for a minute or so. A tingling sensation would be felt initially. In case of irritability, apply more of petroleum jelly.
A word of caution for using cinnamon on your skin: never apply the spice directly on your skin as it is likely to cause skin irritation.
Singing may reduce stress, improve mood for people with Parkinson’s disease
Singing may reduce stress and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, say scientists who found that the benefits of musical therapy were similar to taking medication.
Researchers from Iowa State University in the US measured heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels for 17 participants in a therapeutic singing group.
Participants also reported feelings of sadness, anxiety, happiness and anger. Data was collected prior to and following a one-hour singing session. “We see the improvement every week when they leave singing group. It’s almost like they have a little pep in their step. We know they’re feeling better and their mood is elevated,” said Elizabeth Stegemoller, an assistant professor at Iowa State University.
“Some of the symptoms that are improving, such as finger tapping and the gait, don’t always readily respond to medication, but with singing they’re improving,” said Stegemoller.
This is one of the first studies to look at how singing affects heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol in people with Parkinson’s disease. All three levels were reduced, but Stegemoller said with the preliminary data the measures did not reach statistical significance. There were no significant differences in happiness or anger after class. However, participants were less anxious and sad.
The research builds upon the team’s previous findings that singing is an effective treatment to improve respiratory control and the muscles used for swallowing in people with Parkinson’s disease.
Researchers said that therapeutic singing has the potential to provide an accessible and affordable treatment option to improve motor symptoms, stress and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease.
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