Coconuts are rich in numerous minerals and vitamins as well as antioxidants and fatty acids that fight various diseases. They can be consumed in various ways, and offer countless health benefits.
Coconut water is the juice inside the young, green and undamaged coconuts, and it is a clear, sweet liquid rich in sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, and cytokines, and low in calories. Depending on the variety and size, each coconut contains 200 to 1000 ml of water.
Here are the benefits you will experience if you drink coconut water daily:
-- Coconut water lowers the risk of having a heart attack, as it lowers total cholesterol triglyceride levels, and LDL cholesterol, specifically the cholesterol found in the heart
-- Coconut water will help you improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, protect the liver, and stimulate the burning of fat, especially in the belly area
-- This drink is rich in potassium which will rehydrate the cells, and thus treat fatigue, relieve stress, detoxify the body, and soothe pain
-- Being high in dietary fiber, coconut water will lower blood sugar levels, prevent diabetes, and improve blood health
-- Coconut water is high in cytokines, which are plant hormones, that have been found to possess strong anti-cancer properties.
-- Coconut water contains lauric acid which destroys fungi, viruses, and bacteria, and treats infections
-- It energizes the body and is an incredibly potent post-exercise drink that will rehydrate the body
-- Calcium in coconut water will improve bone and teeth health
-- Some of the electrolytes in coconut water, such as calcium and magnesium, lower stress levels and reduce muscle tension
-- Coconut water is rich in saturated acids that strengthen the skin, boost the collagen production, and thus improve skin elasticity and prevent stretch marks, wrinkles, and other skin issues
-- Due to their small molecular structure, the fatty acids in coconuts easily penetrate the cell membrane of the hair, so coconut water will regenerate the hair and make it healthy and shiny
-- Coconut water is high in copper, which delays the cognitive decline due to aging, and protects the nerve cells from protein plaques that have been found to contribute to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
Therefore, start consuming this amazing and versatile healthy beverage, and reap all its health benefits!
Onions are believed to originate in central Asia, in modern-day Iran and Pakistan, and they have been among the earliest cultivated crops.
They were grown in Chinese gardens as early as 5,000 years ago, and are referred to in the oldest Vedic writings from India. As early as the sixth century B.C., a medical treatise, the Charaka Sanhita, celebrates this popular vegetable as a potent natural medicine, a diuretic, and remedy for the eyes, joints, and digestion.
In Egypt, onions were planted as far back as 3500 B.C. and they were worshiped as symbols of eternity due to their circle-within-a-circle structure. There were numerous paintings of onions on the inner walls of pyramids and other tombs.
Onions were buried with mummies, as people believed their strong scent had magical powers that would prompt the dead to breathe again.
Onions are also mentioned in the Bible, and the Greeks used them to fortify athletes for the Olympic games. The Romans consumed these vegetables regularly as well and used their countless medicinal properties. Romans used onions to treat mouth sores, dog bites, poor vision, sleep issues, toothaches, dysentery, and lumbago.
By the Middle Ages, they were among the three main vegetables of European cuisine, together with beans, and cabbage, and were used to treat headaches, snakebites and hair loss.
Onions were brought by the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, but they found that Native Americans were already using wild onions in various ways.
Onion is an incredibly healthy vegetable and a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Onions belong to the Allium genus, together with garlic, scallions (green onions), leeks, and chives.
This vegetable can be of many varieties, and all of them are highly beneficial. The onion bulb can be red, white, or yellow, and the taste can range from mild and sweet to sharp and pungent.
The yellow variety is the most common in cooking, and white onions have a milder and crispier flavor. Red onions are also referred to as purple onions, and they aren’t as sharp and astringent as the yellow ones but are the highest in antioxidants.
The three varieties also differ in their nutritional value, but they are all rich in vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial micronutrients. They all have 40 calories per 100 grams, and a medium-sized onion contains nearly 2 grams of fiber. 100 grams of onions contain 9.3 grams of carbs and 4 grams of sugar. They all contain trace amounts of vitamins C and B-group vitamins, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, and magnesium.
Onions contain decent amounts of several vitamins and minerals, and these are the main ones:
Vitamin C- which strengthens the immune function and improves skin and hair health
Vitamin B6- It is essential for the formation of red blood cells
Potassium- This essential mineral lowers blood pressure and improves heart health
Folate (B9)-- This water-soluble B-vitamin is vital for cell growth and metabolism, and is especially important for pregnant women
Onions are abundant in amino acids, such as lysine, threonine, leucine, and phenylalanine which are important for the metabolic processes in the body.
Scallions are sometimes referred to as green onions, and a large one provides 52 mcg of vitamin K (65% RDI), 4.7 mg vitamin C (8% RDI), and all the essential amino acids other onions contain.
Onions are high in unique antioxidants and dietary flavonoids. A kilogram of fresh yellow onions contains between 270 and 1187 mg flavonoids, and red onions contain even more, between 415 and 1917 mg per kilo. Red onions are also rich in anthocyanins which prevent numerous diseases.
Onions also contain quercetin, which has powerful antimicrobial properties and lowers blood pressure. The sulfur-containing compounds in onions also have potent anticancer properties. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants and pigments that give onions their reddish color, while thiosulfinates are sulfur-containing compounds that may inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms and prevent the formation of blood clots.
Onions are incredibly versatile, so take a look at their numerous health benefits:
When it comes to the recommended daily dosage of onions, average daily doses of 50 g of fresh onion, 50 g of fresh onion juice, or 20 g of dried onion have been suggested.
When it comes to their adverse effects, onions can lead to stomach pain, bad breath if consumed in high amounts, odorous gas, and contact dermatitis if the juice irritates the skin.
Additionally, people have used onions as folk natural remedies in the following ways for centuries:
Goya, or otherwise known as Karela, is a “bitter-melon” fruit that has been used for health benefits in countries all over the world for a long period of time. It grows well in humid and hot climates and can be mostly found in South America and Asia. It is a common traditional medicine in China, India, Asia and some southeastern parts of US.
This healthy melon has an extremely bitter taste, and its shape resembles a bumpy cucumber. However, the natural components in it were found to be able to treat patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
To be more specific, the founder of the effects of this amazing fruit was Dr. Frank Shallenberger M.D. who specializes in Anti Aging treatments and Alternative Medicine at the Nevada Center of Alternative & Anti- Aging Medicine.
Dr. Shallenberger always advises his patients to trust nature and use natural products and substances in treating any kind of sickness. He states that this miraculous fruit inhibits cancer cell growth effectively.
Namely, according to his latest findings, a 5% solution of bitter melon juice can fight pancreatic cancer.
This fruit destroys cancer cell lines by 90 and 98% percent. Its effect was further examined at the University of Colorado, and the results showed a reduction of 64% in the size of pancreatic tumors.
Therefore, this research only confirmed the benefits and powerful action of the bitter melon. Furthermore, it also plays a great part in the treatment of skin infection, diabetes symptoms, asthma, stomach problems and hypertension.
These are the most important health benefits of the bitter melon:
The breakfast is the most important meal in the day, and should never be skipped.
There are many people who believe that they support their health by omitting breakfast, and according to the Association of UK Dieticians (BDA), only two-thirds of adults in the UK eat breakfast regularly, and around three-quarters of Americans.
Some maintain that the importance of this first meal in the day is wisely included in its name: we’re advised to eat it to break our overnight fast.
According to dietician Sarah Elder, the body uses a lot of energy stores for growth and repair through the night, so a balanced breakfast helps to boost the energy levels, as well as the amounts of protein and calcium used throughout the night.
It energizes the body, improves concentration, and helps the body to burn calories. Studies have shown that breakfast is linked to improved memory, and a lower risk of heart disease, obesity, disease, and high cholesterol.
When we skip breakfast, we experience increased cravings as the sugar levels in the body are low, and we end up overeating during the rest of the day.
The following breakfast recipe is a healthy option to start the day. It will support the calorie-burning process, lower cholesterol and glucose levels, and help you lose excess weight.
Its main ingredients are oats and chia seeds. Chia seeds are abundant in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and the powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties improve heart health and fight arthritis, and diverticulosis. An ounce of chia seeds contains 27 % phosphorus, 18 % calcium, 30 % manganese, as well as smaller levels of copper and potassium.
On the other hand, oatmeal is a rich source of beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that lowers bad cholesterol. Oats are also high in manganese, selenium, zinc, magnesium, iron, thiamin, phosphorus, etc. A cup of cooked oatmeal contains 150 calories, 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.
Here is how to prepare your delicious breakfast:
Pour the water in a pot, add cinnamon, and as soon as the water starts boiling lower the heat and add the oats. Boil for 5 minutes, and remove the pot from heat. Cover it, and leave it aside for 5 minutes.
Stir, add chia seeds, honey, and salt, and enjoy!
Papaya is a delicious tropical fruit, packed with numerous nutrients. This yellowish orange fleshy fruit contains lots of seeds and according to the book “Healing Foods” by DK Publishing House, the fruit is “known to have antibacterial properties and promotes good digestion and almost every part of the plant can be used.”
While the fruit is high in vitamins and beta-carotene, its seeds have a sharp peppery flavor and are abundant in fatty acids and papaya oil. Yet, only a few probably knew that papaya leaves are also incredibly nutritious and can provide numerous health benefits.
Just like the fruit, the leaf is high in enzymes like papain and chymopapain, which help digestion, and prevent digestive disorders, while the strong alkaloid compounds like karpain significantly improve hair health.
Papaya leaves contain more than 50 ingredients, including vitamins (A, B1, C, and E), water, calories, protein, carbohydrates, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, and manganese.
Researchers have found that the phytonutrient compounds in papaya leaves act in synergy to display a powerful antioxidant and immune enhancing impact in the bloodstream. Papain, alkaloids and phenolic compounds are responsible for their positive biological effects.
Therefore, papaya leaves strengthen health in various ways. First of all, these leaves increase platelet count.
Platelets (thrombocytes) are blood cells which are in charge of the blood clotting process. They stick one to another when a blood vessel is damaged, and the platelet ball is strengthened with collagen, calcium, and a few other blood components.
If the number of platelets is low, the body cannot stop the bleeding after any damage. The normal range of platelets is 150 to 450 thousand cells per microliter of blood, and everything below 150 thousand cells is considered a low platelet count.
The most common causes of low platelet count include vitamin B12 deficiency, liver failure, severe dehydration, autoimmune diseases, some medications, dengue fever, and Zika virus.
Most studies on the effects of papaya leaves on platelet count are done in the case of dengue fever, as the disease is widely spread in the same parts of the world where papaya is easily accessible.
This tropical infection is caused by the dengue virus and transmitted by mosquitoes, and every year, 50 to 528 million people get diagnosed with it and 20 thousand people die from it. It is a self-limiting disease, but it can cause life-threatening complications, such as platelet destruction, which quickly leads to low platelet count, generalized bleeding, and death.
However, a 2013 study has found that 50 ml (less than 2 ounces) of papaya leaf juice once daily for 3 days straight significantly raised the level of platelets of all 114 subjects.
The following year, it was found that the use of papaya leaf juice for 5 days led to a five-five-fold increase in platelet count (from 28 to 138 thousand per microliter of blood) in a young man suffering from dengue.
Also, a 2016 study showed that papaya leaf extract capsules were highly effective as well, starting from the third day of administration, and caused no side effects. Additionally, papaya leaf extracts were found to be effective in the treatment of any case of low platelets, including the dreadful immune thrombocytopenic purpura.
Yet, these miraculous leaves have numerous other medicinal properties as well:
-- Studies have shown that this extract can lower blood sugar, improve blood cholesterol, and boost the function of the liver and pancreas
-- Being a potent antioxidant, the papaya leaf extract protects the lining of the stomach from free radical damage, heals peptic ulcers, and treats colon inflammation due to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). These leaves also contain karpain, which destroys bacteria that cause problems like gastritis, while papain, protease enzyme, and amylase enzyme in their content break down proteins, carbs, and soothe the gastrointestinal (GI ) tract
-- A 2008 study showed that a papaya leaf extract taken in low to moderate doses has anti-inflammatory properties, particularly in reducing joint swelling due to arthritis
-- Papaya leaf juice improves insulin sensitivity, regulates blood sugar levels, lowers oxidative stress, and decreases secondary complications of diabetes like fatty liver, and kidney damage
-- Vitamins A and C in papaya leaf juice improve skin health and treat a variety of skin conditions and infected cuts, burns, ringworm, bed sores, acne, rashes, bug bites
-- Papaya leaf extracts protect the brain from abnormal changes in the balance of signaling molecules and might be able to treat conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
-- The extract of papaya leaf stimulates hair growth, prevent balding and thinning of hair. It is commonly added to anti-dandruff shampoos due to the presence of the karpain compound, an alkaloid component that removes dirt and oil from your scalp, and restores the shiny and vitality of the hair
-- You can use this extract as a mouthwash to soothe gum inflammation and treat gum bleeding
-- Papaya leaf juice eases the menstrual flow and treats the pain. Its potent healing properties balance hormones, and regulate menstruation cycles.
Make sure you follow these guidelines in order to reap most of the benefits of these leaves:
-- You can juice them in a juicer, and store away a small bottle of the juice in the fridge to be consumed within 4-5 days
-- You can crush 10 leaves and put them in the blender with a cup of pure drinking water. Blend, and strain afterward using a cheese or muslin cloth. Note that the juice is extremely powerful and bitter, so you can start with only one tablespoon daily and work up to a maximum of two tablespoons. You should not drink water (or other fluids) immediately after. To increase the blood platelet count, just about 50ml (less than 2 ounces) a day of the juice is enough.
-- For health maintenance, consume just one tablespoon of papaya leaf juice daily
-- You can prepare a tea infusion, by adding 3-5 medium-to-large leaves to about two liters of water. Boil the leaves until the amount of tea has reduced to about half. Leave it to cool, remove the leaves, and consume the tea as needed. You can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.
-- You can purchase papaya leaf extracts are available in the forms of capsules, tea leaves, and tincture, but make sure they are non-GMO and organic
Therefore, incorporate these miraculous leaves into your daily routine and enjoy their healing properties!