Pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits on this planet. They are loaded with multiple nutrients and are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, protein, fibre, folate and potassium. In order to further elaborate on the health benefits of pomegranates, health coach Luke Coutinho went live on Facebook recently. For thousands of years, pomegranates are used as medicine in different civilisations across the world. This is not to infer that fruits like pomegranate can replace medicines for treating health problems. The idea is to say that any disease is multifactorial. And to treat it, there are many things which people need to do so as to eliminate its root cause, along with its symptoms.
Pomegranate is a fruit which is grown in abundance and is also extremely tasty. Including pomegranate in your diet can be helpful for everyone.
Health benefits of pomegranate which will surprise you
1. The fruit is a rich source of beneficial antioxidants. It has antiviral and anti-tumour properties. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and even folic acid.
2. Pomegranate is good for your skin, hair and helps in boosting immunity. A strong immunity is important for prevention and quick healing of diseases.
3. Pomegranates have almost 3 times the antioxidants of green tea and red wine. These antioxidants help in fighting damage caused by free radicals in the body.
4. Pomegranate has a property which can help in thinning of blood. This is the reason the fruit is recommended for heart patients.
5. It is a great fruit for people who have arthritis, knee pain or have cartilage that are getting weaker. Pomegranate plays a huge role in protecting our cartilage by neutralising the enzyme which breaks down cartilage.
6. Pomegranate is good for people with diabetes as well. It helps in improving your insulin sensitivity and is thus beneficial for diabetics.
7. Pomegranate helps in regulating cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure levels. It is a heart-friendly fruit and can be eaten every day. Opt for whole fruits instead of pomegranate juice, recommends Luke.
8. The fruit is also great to be given to children. It can stay fresh for 6 to 7 hours and doesn’t need refrigeration.
9. Pomegranate is great for improving memory and brain health. People with Alzheimer’s and dementia can benefit by including pomegranate in their diet. The fruit is excellent for generation of neurons in the brain.
10. Pomegranate is a great fruit for improving sexual performance and fertility. This is because it helps in improving blood flow in your reproductive organs – which is an essential requirement for good sexual health. The fruit also helps in improving fertility.
11. Ellagic acid in pomegranate is great for hormonal balance in the body. This is especially for people who have more production of oestrogen in the body. Men suffering from prostate cancer can benefit by including pomegranate in their diet.
(Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach – Integrative Medicine)
How eating veggies, fish can keep your heart healthy, lower heart disease risk
Your diet should be high in fresh vegetables, fish, and seafood in order to keep your heart at its healthiest.
If you are suffering from high blood pressure, consuming fish, seafood and a primarily vegetarian diet may help reduce hypertension-related heart disease symptoms, a study suggests.
Intake of fish, seafood and vegetarian food increases levels of a compound called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), known to boost heart health, said researchers from the Medical University of Warsaw in Poland. The study showed that low-dose treatment with TMAO reduced heart thickening (cardiac fibrosis) and markers of heart failure in an animal model of hypertension. “Our study provides new evidence for a potential beneficial effect of a moderate increase in plasma TMAO on pressure-overloaded heart,” the researchers said.
For the study, published in the American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology, researchers analysed the effect of TMAO on rats, which have a genetic tendency to develop high blood pressure. One group of hypertensive rats were given low-dose TMAO supplements in their drinking water, and another group received plain water. They were given the TMAO therapy for either 12 weeks or 56 weeks and were assessed for heart and kidney damage as well as high blood pressure.
It seems that a fish-rich and vegetarian diet, is associated with a significantly higher plasma TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) than red meat-and egg-rich diets, considered to increase the cardiovascular risk.
The results showed that TMAO treatment did not affect the development of high blood pressure in any of the spontaneously hypertensive rats. However, condition of the animals given the compound was better than expected, even after more than a year of low-dose TMAO treatment. In addition, four- to five-fold increase in plasma TMAO does not exert negative effects on the circulatory system. This is in contrast to the previous research that showed TMAO blood plasma levels — and heart disease risk — rise after the consumption of red meat and eggs, the researchers said.
“It seems that a fish-rich and vegetarian diet, is associated with a significantly higher plasma TMAO than red meat-and egg-rich diets, considered to increase the cardiovascular risk,” the researchers noted.
“However, further study is needed to assess the effect of TMAO and TMA on the circulatory system.”
5 skin care rules for men this winter
Men nowadays have become equally conscious and cognisant of their skin. However, it is important to take steps wisely. Karan Gupta, Director and Men’s Grooming Expert of Qraa Men, and Dilip Kundlia, Director and Skin Care Expert at Oshea Herbals, have shared tips for men to look prim and proper in winter.
* Never step out of your house before applying sunscreen on your skin. Sunscreen is an essential product and something most men often tend to ignore and neglect.
Therefore, men must incorporate sunscreens that have high moisture content in them to have dual benefits on their skin.
* Men are usually very protective and insecure about their beard and take exceptional care of it. The beard of a man enhances his mystique thereby making him look more attractive and charismatic. Beard vitalizers, beard conditioning spa and beard oils shall be their saviour this winter.
* It is time to get into some serious skin care business and indulge in some charcoal face washes, scrubs and face packs. The presence of activated charcoal sucks out the impurities and detoxifies the skin while soothing it.
* For your skin to be smooth and supple throughout the winters, go in for handmade cleansing bars which are rich in shea butter, neem extracts, blackberry extracts, charcoal and papaya. These handmade bars reinstate the natural moisture content in the skin.
* For healthy skin, it is important to give up on all the bad habits like drinking and smoking. Such habits have a direct impression and control over looks of a person. Instead, start drinking more water to stay hydrated.
Social jet lag and it’s dangerous consequences
Results show that Social Jet lag which occurs when you go to bed and wake up later on weekends than during the week, is associated with poorer health worse mood and increased sleepiness and fatigue. Each hour of Social Jet Lag also is associated with an 11 percent increase in the likelihood of heart disease. These effects are independent of sleep duration and insomnia symptoms, which are related to both Social Jet Lag and health.
We know that sleep deprivation has consequences such as poorer performance and furthermore we know that chronic Social Jet Lag leads to unhealthy patterns of Nicotine, Caffeine, and alcohol consumption and to an increased BMI.
In this project we are seeking to understand how can we adjust the biological clock do that it is closer to the Social one. If we push the internal clock to an earlier time then the mismatch will be less. Leading to less sleep deprivation. We are implementing new devices of data collection and are using light and the timing of light exposures as our main tools for shifting internal time.
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