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The Many Health Benefits Of Coriander Seeds Will Amaze You

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Coriander, commonly known as dhaniya, especially in our Indian kitchen. In India, foods without coriander, which have a broad application in garnishing the dishes, and also in making a special kind of chutney (sauce) out of it, seems to be incomplete. But these uses of coriander are tip of the iceberg, the whole lot of its uses is still left. Though it’s the most commonly used food ingredient in India, but anything used in our kitchen holds many other uses in its hands besides being used in food, and so has coriander seeds. Coriander seeds can make the food a lot tastier but on the same page it can help you get healthier. Coriander seeds are well known for being used as home remedy to cure a disease. It’s a herb which has wide range of benefits in keeping us healthy or to cure a disease.

Coriander seed is an undervalued herb, because of its untaught benefits. It holds an excellent amount of nutrition value. They are rich in iron, manganese, magnesium and dietary fiber and vitamin C and K and protein. They have small yet good amount of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, thiamin, niacin and carotene. Below is the quantitative nutrition chart of coriander seeds:

Energy 404kcal

 

Fat 16.1 g

Protein 14.1 g

Phosphorus 370 mg

Calcium 630 mg

Iron 18 mg

Carbohydrates 54.2 g

Vitamin B1 0.2 mg

Vitamin A 1570 IU

Below are 10 most effective ways, how can consumption of coriander seeds can make you healthier or cure a disease:

1. Weight loss:

Coriander seeds proves to be very effective in losing weight bedicause of being rich in vitamins and minerals. Boil water with coriander seeds soaked in it and keep it for a night and sip water throughout, the next day.

2. Improve thyroid conditions:

Consumption of coriander seeds, like a coriander tea, smoothie, water or direct eating can help people suffering with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Because of its richness in vitamins and minerals help in balancing the hormonal levels.

3. Anti-diabetic:

Coriander seeds help in maintaining insulin level and also reduces the glucose level in the blood. Diabetes can be controlled by soaking coriander seeds in water overnight and drinking it next day.

4. Treats smallpox:

Coriander seeds have antioxidant, antimicrobial and detoxifying properties in abundance. They help in strengthening the immune system and also are well known for reducing pain, itching and creating a soothing effect on the small pox areas. Intake of vitamin C has proven to be beneficial in this situation.

5. Prevents and treats anemia:

It’s a disease which is caused by lack of iron in the blood, and holds the symptoms, such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and decreased cognitive functioning. Coriander seeds can help one cure the disease and also enhances strength and energy and hence targeting the symptoms of anemia directly. Drink coriander tea as often as possible in order to cure anemia.

6. Helps in keeping skin healthy:

Skin problems like dryness, fungal infections and eczema can be cured by using coriander seeds, because of its antioxidant, anti-infection properties. Make a paste of coriander seeds with some water in it and mix it well with honey and apply on the infected areas.

7. Controls cholesterol:

Consuming coriander seeds can help our body reduce bad cholesterol and gain good cholesterol. Presence of vitamin C in coriander seeds helps in reducing bad cholesterol.

8. Improves cardiac health:

Coriander seeds proves to be beneficial in improving cardiac health and preventing the body from other heart diseases. Cardiac health can be improved by drinking coriander seeds soaked in water for at least 2-3 times a day.

9. Prevents abdominal pains:

Abdominal pains caused by menses can be prevented by coriander seeds. Consumption of coriander seed water amalgamated with sugar can help one reduce menstrual pain.

10. Treats and prevents conjunctivitis:

Presence of high antioxidant content in coriander seeds can help in treating red eye and other eye-related infections. By washing eyes as often as possible with boiled coriander water, after cooling down to the room temperature, can help in reducing the eye-related issues.


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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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