Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spirulina, vegan source of Iron and Protein

So what is Spirulina?

Its is an extract from Algae. It is available in various forms in the market such as powder, tablets, drinks,  etc. If  harvested correctly from non-contaminated ponds and bodies of water, it is one of the most potent nutrient sources available. 
They occur naturally in tropical and subtropical lakes with high pH and high concentrations of carbonate and bicarbonate.

History :

In 1974, the World Health Organization described Spirulina as "an interesting food for multiple reasons, rich in iron and protein, and is able to be administered to children without any risk," 

Spirulina was a food source for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans until the 16th century; the harvest from Lake Texcoco and subsequent sale as cakes were described by one of Cortés' soldiers. The Aztecs called it "tecuitlatl".

Nutrition : 

Dried spirulina contains about 60% (51–71%) protein. Also Spirulina has a very high concentration of bio-available iron and is excellent during pregnancy and for those with anemia and will not cause constipation.

Health Benefits : 

  • Good for treating allergies and allergic reactions.
  • Spirulina can increase fat burning during exercise.
  • Very good anti oxidant, 4x more antioxidant than blue berry
  • Very good for patients having radioactivity exposure or radiation therapy.
  • Spirulina can bind with heavy metals in the body and help remove them.
  • Useful in treating  diabetes and high cholesterol

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Indian gooseberry, the god of vitamin C

Being  from Indian subcontinent, I have been consuming the Indian Gooseberry from very early day's of my childhood. It is a part of Indian diet in the form of pickles, tonics, oils, etc. 

This article would discuss Indian gooseberry's medicinal benefits. 

History : 
The tree is considered sacred by Hindus as the Vishnu is believed to dwell here. The tree is worshipped on Amalaka Ekadashi.
In other Hindu myths, Amla is said to have originated from the drops of Amrit which spilled on earth accidentally, due to the fight of Gods and Demons after ksheera sagar manthan. And hence also this religious belief makes claims that it almost cures every disease and is also good in extending the longevity of life.

Nutrition : 

Indian gooseberry stands out as it is the richest source of the antioxidant vitamin C. Every 100 gm of fresh Indian gooseberry provides nearly 700 mg of this vitamin which is 20 times higher than what is found in an orange. Indian gooseberry when tested recently for its chemical composition was seen to contain 470 - 680 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams fresh fruit. The vitamin value increased further when juiced. The dry and dehydrated berry was seen to contain 2428-3470 mg of vitamin C per 100 g

Potential Health Benefits : 
  • High cholesterol. Early research suggests that taking Indian gooseberry for 4 weeks decreases lower density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.
  • Cancer.
  • Indigestion.
  • Eye problems.
  • Joint pain.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Obesity.
  • Diabetes.
  • Other conditions.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Flax seed, best vegan source of omega-3 fatty acids

If you are a vegan/ vegetarian, there is a high probability that your diet lacks essential quantities of omega-3 fatty acids 

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most critical nutrients in any diet as they are important for normal metabolism. 

In nature most of the sources of Omega-3 fatty acids are primarily Animal based such as fish, krill, eggs meat, etc. 

But that does not mean that vegans/ vegetarians can not include these fatty acids in their diet.  One of the best source of  omega-3 fatty acids for Vegans is Flex seed. Two tablespoons of ground flaxseed have 75 calories, 2.6 g protein, 5.9 g fat, 4 g carbohydrate and 3.8 g fiber. The high fiber content of ground flaxseed can make it helpful for regulating digestion. In addition, ground flaxseed has significant amounts of calcium and magnesium, important minerals for bone health.

Nutrition : Flax seeds contain high levels of dietary fiber as well as lignans, an abundance of micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids,

Suggested Benefits : 

  • Fight Hypertension
  • Fight Skin Cancer
  • Fight Depression
  • Supports Liver function 
  • Reduces Cholestrol
Good Source of : (Source)

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy2,234 kJ (534 kcal)
28.88 g
Sugars1.55 g
Dietary fiber27.3 g
42.16 g
Saturated3.663 g
Monounsaturated7.527 g
Polyunsaturated28.730 g
18.29 g
Thiamine (B1)
1.644 mg
Riboflavin (B2)
0.161 mg
Niacin (B3)
3.08 mg
0.985 mg
Vitamin B6
0.473 mg
Folate (B9)
0 μg
Vitamin C
0.6 mg
Trace metals
255 mg
5.73 mg
392 mg
642 mg
813 mg

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bitter Apricot Kernels.. The Cancer Killer

In the middle of a peach or apricot is a hard shell. If you break open the hard shell with a “nut cracker,” pliers or hammer, you will find a small seed/kernel in the middle that looks like an almond. However, it is much softer than an almond and certainly does not taste like an almond. It is this seed that is rich in natural laetrile or Vitamin B17.

Laetrile (i.e. amygdalin or Vitamin B17) therapy is one of the most popular and best known alternative cancer treatments. It is very simple to use and is very effective if used in high enough doses and if the product is of high quality and if it is combined with an effective cancer diet and key supplements (in other words, you need to do your homework to maximize its benefits).
Laetrile works by targeting and killing cancer cells and building the immune system to fend off future outbreaks of cancer. It uses two different methods for killing cancer cells. It involves a strict diet (as do all cancer treatments) and several supplements.

Most experts will recommend a dailydose of apricot kernels from between 24 kernels a day up to 40 kernels a day, spread throughout the day. For a person in remission, 16 apricot kernals a day should be used as a minimum.