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Health benefits of Pears

Health benefits of Pears

pears
pears

Pears have always been around and come in different shapes and sizes. Pears have a lovely, crunchy feel and are considered as a healthy snack. It has numerous health benefits and is frequently used in various cuisines. It is used in salads and desserts widely. Lets have a look at its health benefits.

Benefits of Pears

  • It is really good for digestion because of its high fiber content.
  • It has cancer preventing properties not only because of its fiber content but also because of  the various antioxidants such as flavanols, carotenoids etc present in it.
  • Its fiber content helps in reducing the cholesterol levels.
  • It has a low glycemic index and is beneficial to diabetics.
  • It can be stewed and used as baby food as well as for convalescing patients.
  • It is said to be an immune booster because of its vitamin C content.

Although the pear shape which denotes lower body obesity is not desirable, but this fruit prevents one from becoming pear shaped and helps one to be overall healthy. Do not forget to add this fruit in your shopping cart and get ready to bear its goodness.

Amla – A ‘Vitamin C’ Power House

Amla – A ‘Vitamin C’ Power House

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amla

These days one sees a lot of Amla, differently called as Amalika or Indian gooseberry, stacked in the vegetable shops. Before the season is over and the stocks get exhausted, it would be in the interest of every one to buy and consume as much as possible this exquisite little spherical greenish and amazing vegetable, fit to be weighed in gold, as a part of his or her daily diet.

Amla contains Vitamin C in high doses which can have a dramatic effect in improving allergy symptoms particularly Hay fever and asthma, due to its ability to counteract the inflammatory responses that are part of such conditions. Amla contains the highest natural source of vitamin C and has been traditionally used to promote immunity.

A few wonderful qualities of  amla

  • Amla contains 720 mg of vitamin C for every 100 grams of fresh pulp or up to 900 mg of vitamin C for every 100 grams of pressed juice.
  • The Vitamin C in amla is of a heat-stable form which does not lose its value through processing . This is one of the main reasons it is an essential ingredient in the preparation of the very popular Ayurvedic medicine Chyavanaprash.
  • The edible amla fruit tissue has three times the protein concentration and 160 times the ascorbic acid concentration of an apple.
  • Since amla also comtains tannins, its dried form retains most of the vitamin contents
  • Amla fruit juice is said to contain nearly 20 times as much vitamin C as orange juice.
  • Amla fruit also contains considerably higher concentration of most minerals and amino acids than apple.
  • Amla fruit has also Chromium, Zinc and copper.

No wonder in olden days, elders in the family used to buy Amla in large quantities during the season, and prepare pickles out of it and keep them properly, so that all through the year they could consume Amla and  enjoy the various benefits of Amla.

When to drink up H2O…

When to drink up H2O…

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Waking up to wrong fluids can affect the rate of hydration in the body. Anyways, you are dehydrated at night with your body going though a lot of repairs and not only is your body not  getting any food, but also water. So drinking coffee, tea can further dehydrate you.

300ml-500ml of water in the morning is great to ward off dehydration. If you find it queasy to drink plain water, you can add lemon to it. This will give you your quota of Vitamin C too.

Drinking water half hour before your main meals is great as it helps to absorb all the water-soluble vitamins such as all B group vitamins, Vitamin C which will be absorbed better from the food.

Add another 500 ml of water if you are exercising.

Last but not the least, Keep sipping water through out the day. This will keep you hydrated and refreshed.