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Kalonji Seeds For Weight Loss: 4 Best Uses

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Kalonji seeds, Nigella seeds or black cumin; this spice has many names and likewise, it has many benefits too. The little seeds of this spice usually go unnoticed, while discussing the healthiest of all herbs and spices. But once you know what kalonji seeds are capable of, you will never miss mentioning them in a list of the healthiest spices ever! One of the most popular benefits of kalonji seeds is weight loss. These seeds can help you shed oodles of weight in no time, but only if used the right way

But before you dig into the weight loss benefits of kalonji seeds, let’s take a look at the other health benefits of these seeds:

Improves memory and concentrationRegulates blood sugar levels, thereby controlling diabetesReduces bad cholesterol levelsKeeps hypertension in checkImproves heart healthNatural painkiller for joint pains and headachesStrengthens immune systemAlso read: 10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Kalonji (Nigella Seeds)
How kalonji seeds promote weight loss?

 

Kalonji seeds are very helpful when it comes to inducing weight loss. Just a handful of these seeds can work wonders in cutting body weight, belly fat to be more specific. These seeds are high in terms of fiber and prevent you from over-eating. Adding just a spoonful of these seeds to food increases the nutritional value of food and also induces satiety.

We have lined up some simple remedies using kalonji seeds which will help you lose weight in no time.

  1. Kalonji with water, lemon and honey

Add some lemon juice to a glass of warm water and drink it. Now take some kalonji seeds and swallow them with a glass of warm water. Eat a spoon of honey at the end.

  1. Kalonji with lemon

Take some kalonji seeds in a bowl and squeeze lemon juice over it till it is covered with lemon juice. Now keep it out in the sun till the seeds dry out. This may take a day or two. Consume 8 to 10 seeds twice a day. After a week, you will notice some reduction in belly fat.

  1. Kalonji with water, lemon and honey (another way)

Squeeze the juice of a lemon is a glass of warm water. Now add a few crushed kalonji seeds to it. Add only 3 or 4 at a time. Too much can disturb your digestive tract. Now add a spoonful of honey to it and drink this concoction. This will cut belly fat easily and will help you get the flat abs you always hoped for.

  1. Kalonji in your food

Add kalonji seeds to grilled vegetables, chutneys and salads and make the most of its health benefits. Just a spoonful of kalonji seeds can promote weight loss in a safer and natural way.

A word of caution

While using kalonji seeds, you must follow a rule of thumb; never use more than three to five seeds at a time. This can cause Pitta and three doshas on the body. Pregnant women, too, need to be careful while using these seeds. They are likely to induce excess heat in the body, thereby leading to an abortion.


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Can Garlic Help In Controlling Cholesterol? Our Expert Has The Answer

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High levels of bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol in your blood can increase risks of heart disease. It is thus important to ensure that your cholesterol levels are under control at all times. Low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL) are the two kinds of cholesterol , where the former is referred to as the bad cholesterol and the latter as good cholesterol. While cholesterol is made in the liver, there are certain foods that can increase cholesterol levels. These foods are primarily those high in saturated and trans fat. Similarly, there are foods that lower your cholesterol levels, and one such food item is garlic.

Garlic is a spice which is popular for its benefits on digestion, high blood pressure and inflammation to name a very few. However, there are some studies which talk about cholesterol improving properties of garlic as well.

WebMD says that garlic may reduce total cholesterol in the body by a few percentage points. This however, may only be for the short term. It further adds that garlic may prolong bleeding and blood clotting time. Thus, intake of garlic should be avoided before surgery or intake of any blood thinning drugs.

 

We ask clinical nutritionist Dr Rupali Datta about garlic and its cholesterol-reducing properties. She says, “Allicin is the active compound in garlic, which may be contributing to lowering cholesterol. However, it is more effective in controlling heart diseases vis a vis blood thinning and its anti-inflammatory properties. There are some studies which have talked about minor effect of garlic on cholesterol,” she says.

Foods that help in lowering cholesterol

1. Legumes:

Legumes are rich in minerals, fibre and protein. Some studies say that including legumes in your diet can lower bad cholesterol in the body.

2. Vegetables:

Healthline mentions that some vegetables contain soluble fibre that can help in reducing cholesterol levels in the body. Vegetables like eggplants, carrots and potatoes can all be included in your diet to keep cholesterol and weight under control. They are good for heart health.

3. Berries and fruits:

Fruits are rich in soluble fibre that help in lowering cholesterol levels in the body. Berries and grapes contain plant compounds that can increase good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol in the body.

4. Almonds and walnuts:

Including nuts in your diet can be good for heart health. Nuts contain monounsaturated fats. Walnuts contain omega 3s and almonds contain L-arginine, which is an amino acid that helps the body make nitric oxide. This helps in regulating blood pressure.

5. Fatty fish:

Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and tune are rich sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are good for heart health as they reduce inflammation and stroke risk, and increase levels of good cholesterol in the body.

(Dr Rupali Datta is Consultant Nutritionist at Fortis Escorts)

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Most hip and knee replacements ‘last longer than thought’

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Eight out of 10 knee replacements and six out of 10 hip replacements last as long as 25 years, said a large study from the University of Bristol.

This is much longer than believed, the researchers said, and the findings will help patients and surgeons decide when to carry out surgery, BBC reported.

To date, there has been little data on the success of new hips and knees.

 

But this Lancet research looked at 25 years’ worth of operations, involving more than 500,000 people.

Hip and knee replacements are two of the most common forms of surgery in National Health Service (NHS), but doctors often struggle to answer questions from patients on how long the implants will last.

Nearly 200,000 of the operations were performed in 2017 in England and Wales, with most carried out on people between 60 and 80 years old.

Dr. Jonathan Evans, orthopedic registrar, lead study author and research fellow at Bristol Medical School said, “At best, the NHS has only been able to say how long replacements are designed to last, rather than referring to actual evidence from multiple patients’ experiences of joint replacement surgery.

“Given the improvement in technology and techniques in the last 25 years, we expect that hip or knee replacements put in today may last even longer.”

As the aging population grows, and life expectancy rises, this becomes even more important, Evans added.

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Chronic inflammation can lead to memory problems: Study

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Acute inflammation, that results from injury and does not heal or is recurring, might lead to thinking problems, say experts. The report, which has been published in Neurology, further states that psychological stress and nagging infection can also trigger chronic inflammation.

In order to arrive at this result, blood tests on 12,336 men and women who were of the average age of 57, were conducted. These reports were then segregated and given a “inflammation composite score” based on factors like clotting, white blood cell count, and other tests. The cognitive facilities of the participants were also assessed through routine tests of verbal fluency, memory and processing speed. The study has been quoted in The New York Times.

After controlling for factors like age, blood pressure, heart disease, education, and many others, it was deduced that more the number of inflammatory factors, greater the chance of cognitive decline over 20 years of follow-up. Decline in memory seems to be strongly associated with inflammation.

 

“We know that dementia starts earlier than the appearance of symptoms,” Keenan A Walker, lead author and a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins said. “We’ve shown that levels of inflammation matter for dementia risk. Reducing chronic inflammation involves the same health behaviors that we already know are important for other reasons — regular exercise, healthy diet, avoiding excessive weight gain and so on,” Walker added.

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