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Cherry Tasty

By on May 27, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Sometimes it’s not all about taste; you have got to see what is present inside the food you are putting inside your mouth. We all hear how good fruits are for us. But have you ever tried to find out what they have in stored for you? What is so good about cherries that you love to eat? I’m sure you’d love to find out.

A cup of full of cherries has:

Calories 87

Protein 1.46 gm

Fiber: 2.9gm.

Vitamins present in cherries:

There are many vitamins present. Some which are present in minute amounts are not mentioned.

Vitamin A – 88 IU

Vitamin C – 9.7 mg

Folate – 6 mcg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.037 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.068 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.046 mg

Vitamin E – 0.1 mg

Vitamin K – 2.9 mcg

Niacin – 0.213 mg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.275 mg

Minerals present in cherries:

There are many minerals present. Some are in small amount.

Potassium – 306 mg

Iron – 0.5 mg

Calcium – 18 mg

Phosphorus – 29 mg

Zinc – 0.1 mg

Magnesium – 15 mg

Copper – 0.083 mg

Manganese – 0.097 mg

Cherries offer following health benefits:

  • Possess anti-inflammatory property and hence help in different inflammatory conditions. This is due to anthocyanins that it contains.
  • These possess the power to fight off cancer.
  • Possess a hormone, melatonin which regulates circadian cycles.
  • These are excellent for arthritis patients..
  • These are good for heart health.
  • These are good for your memory.

 

 

Banana; what’s so special?

By on May 27, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Banana is said to be a very nutritious fruit in comparison to others. You will be surprised to know about the beneficial content present in it. The best part about bananas is that they taste great and are loved by almost everyone. A normal sized banana has:

Calories: 105

Protein: 1.29 gm

Fiber: 3.1 gm

Minerals:

Potassium – 422 mg

Sodium – 1 mg

Calcium – 6 mg

Iron – 0.31 mg

Phosphorus – 26 mg

Zinc – 0.18 mg

Magnesium – 32 mg

Manganese – 0.319 mg

Selenium 1.2 mcg

Copper – 0.092 mg

There are also other minerals in minute amount..

Vitamins:

Vitamin A – 76 IU

Vitamin K – 0.6 mcg

Niacin – 0.785 mg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.394 mg

Folate – 24 mcg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.037 mg

Vitamin E – 0.12 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.433 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.086 mg

Vitamin C – 10.3 mg

There are other vitamins also present in minor amounts.

Health benefits of Banana:

  • Bananas play a great role in boosting your brain function.
  • You can use banana peels as fertilizers in your garden.
  • This fruit can get your blood glucose level back to normal.
  • Banana can replenish the vitamins in your body.
  • Banana peel can surprisingly relieve itching when you rub it on mosquito bites.
  • Bananas are a natural antacid and they quickly relieve heartburn.
  • Bananas are high in iron and are therefore good for anemic people for it promotes hemoglobin synthesis.

Vitamin B2

By on May 25, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Vitamin B2 or riboflavin has quite an influence on your growth, red cell synthesis and reproductive system. It also helps produce energy from carbs you eat..

Requirement:

Adult males require 1.3 mg

Women require 1.1 mg whereas pregnant or lactating women require 1.5 mg

Children need .6 to .9 mg of B2/riboflavin every day.

Assortment of fresh vegetables and fruit

Sources:

Following sources of Vitamin B2 should be added in you daily routine:

Fruits:

Banana

Grapes Avocado

Mango

Cherimoya

Passion Fruit

Pomegranate

Mulberries

Prickly Pear

Lychee

Dates

Veggies:

Lima Beans

Amaranth Leaves

Asparagus

Peas

Bok Choy

Pumpkin

Brussels Sprouts

Chinese Broccoli

Artichoke

Squash – winter

French Beans

Swiss chard

Mushrooms

Sweet Potato

Spirulina

Nuts and grains sources:

Oats

Rye

Wheat – Hard Red

Chestnuts

Almonds

Buckwheat

Wheat – Durum

Quinoa

Wheat – Hard White

Protein sources:

Herring

Cottage Cheese

Beef

Eggs

Cheddar Cheese

Turkey Breast

Goat Milk

Salmon

Chicken (dark meat)

Ground Chicken

Hamburger

Yogurt

Ground Turkey

Caviar

Roast Duck

Soy Milk

Sardines

Beef Sausage

Tuna

Goat Cheese

Lamb

Pork

Soy Beans

Turkey Bacon

Veal

Pollock

Sour Cream

Turkey Leg

Navy Beans

Winged Beans

Lowfat Yogurt

Soy Beans

Fava Beans

Adzuki Beans

Edamame

Garbanzo Beans

Pinto Beans

Mung Beans

All those food items that are rich in vitamin B2 are not only highly nutritious but also great in taste. So this means there is no reason why you should skip it from meals. Make a habit of eating fruits every day. Fruits keep you full and at the same time keep the body full of nutritious vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Vitamin B1

By on May 25, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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Just like every other vitamin, Vitamin B1 also known as thiamine is important constituent in the synthesis of energy. The conversion of carbs into energy requires thiamine. It is also good for functioning of heart, muscles, and nervous system. Thiamine deficiency makes you tired and fatigued.

Requirement:

Adult males require 1.2 mg and

Adult women require 1.1 mg while lactating ones require 1.5 mg

Children require.6 to .9 mg of thiamine every day

Sources of Vitamin B1 are:

Fruits:

Most fruits as well as vegetables don’t supply a significant amount of thiamine though. But let us have a look:

Grapes

Avocado

Boysenberries

Breadfruit

Guava

Cherimoya

Dates

Butternut Squash

Grapefruit

Orange

Mango

Pomegranate

Pineapple

Watermelon

Corn

Veggies:

Potatoes

Lima Beans

Brussels Sprouts

Parsnips

Asparagus

Peas

Sweet Potato

French Beans

Spirulina

Okra

Grain or nut sources:

Millet

Chestnuts

Oats

Pecans

Cashews

Pistachios

Flax Seed

Quinoa

Rice Brown

Wheat – Hard Red

Peanuts

Rye

Spelt

Buckwheat

Brazil Nuts

Wheat – Hard White

Macadamia Nuts

Filberts/Hazelnuts

Wheat – Durum

Pine Nuts/Pignolias

Protein sources:

Salmon

Herring

Tuna

Beef

Lowfat Yogurt

Soy Beans

Catfish

Goat Milk

Pork Sausage

Soy Milk

Roast Duck

Bacon

Cow’s Milk

Pork

Kidney Beans

Ground Chicken

Black Beans

Winged Beans

White Beans

Navy Beans

Black Eye Peas

By adding these food substances in your diet, you can keep yourself healthy and prevent yourself from getting weak and tired. With a busy schedule when people find no time to take care of what they eat, it becomes difficult to add every vitamin in diet. But if you care for yourself and your family, you have got to take care of it.

Vitamins for gorgeous looking skin

By on May 17, 2013 in Diet, General, Health with 0 Comments

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Understanding the role played by vitamins that help your skin look younger and better is important. Make sure you get in a lot of fruits and veggies because they are full of anti-oxidants and vitamins useful for healthier skin.

  • Vitamin A:

Softens and smoothens the skin, decreases dark spots and wrinkles. Has anti-aging properties.

  • Vitamin B3 for redness.

Hydrates the skin by promoting f.a and ceremides synthesis.  It is great for dry and sensitive type of skin and it strengthens the quality of the skin.

  • Vitamin C

Best free radicals fighter not letting radical produce aging signs such as wrinkles and saggy skin etc. It smoothens the roughness of the skin making it firm and soft to touch and also lightens spots.Also improves discoloration and damage caused by sunlight exposure.  Vitamin C may sound more like Vitamin A because both work to alleviate the skin complexion and texture.

  • Vitamin E

Acts as a pretty amazing natural moisturizers which stops dryness of skin and hence decrease damage caused by dry skin. Also acts as a potent anti-oxidant chemical which does not let free radicals cause any disturbance is cellular function.

  • Vitamin K

Much popular for its ability to lighten the dark circles under the eyes. Dark circles may be due to lack of sleep or they may be hereditary, but if you wish to get rid of those ugly dark circles around your eyes, and possess beautiful eyes then you better trust Vitamin K for this purpose. Vitamin K has a role in clotting of blood and therefore, because dark circles are caused by leaking of minute blood capillaries under the eyes, vitamin K can be of huge help.

WHICH VITAMINS ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?

By on March 6, 2013 in Diet, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

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Antioxidants are essential in helping our body neutralize any free radicals that form in our body as a result of processes such as stress, cigarette smoking, radiation as well as alcohol. As a matter of fact, our body usually goes through metabolism every time and as a result of this, some gases and sometimes free radicals could develop and so it is crucial for our bodies to have these antioxidants that will help neutralize the effects of the free radicals that potentially are able to destroy cells. In this blog we will look at some of the vitamins that possess this anti-oxidising property:

1. Vitamin c; a water soluble vitamin also known as ascorbic acid. It is mostly found in citrus fruits, spinach, cabbage, strawberry and kiwi. Vitamin toxicity is possible with too much consumption of the same vitamin C and so you need to be careful with that as well.It is important for one to know that vitamin C is important for boosting our immune system, promoting wound healing as well as helping the body absorb iron. As far as the levels of vitamin C consumption are concerned, it is arguably true that some people will need more levels than others and a good example is smokers, pregnant women, postoperative patients and those who are victims of burns.

2. Vitamin E; a fat soluble is mostly found in vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish oils as well as whole grains. The recommended daily allowance is 15 IU for men and 12 IU for women. Vitamin E also plays important roles in metabolism and in your immune system as well and people with liver diseases and crohn’s disease will need more levels of vitamin E.

3. Beta carotene; found mainly in liver, fish, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, yams, grains, etc, is a precursor of vitamin A.

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Therefore, by consuming appropriate amounts of such vitamins as mentioned above can help boost one’s defense mechanisms against cell damage and other disease causing factors

 

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