Bad genes do not necessarily land you with heart disease

Often we find excuses for not living a healthy life. Especially individuals with a strong family history of diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease think that they are bound to inherit the disease due to genetic predisposition and can’t do much to change it. But actually, not all is determined by the DNA and investing in a healthy diet and lifestyle definitely yields long term rewards.

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DHA & EPA – Omega 3 fatty acids as the panacea for all illnesses

DHA- panacea for good health.pngIn our last blog , we discussed the origin of omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. We have suggested that it is undoubtedly one of the most vital nutrients to be included in daily diet. DHA has a positive effect on diseases such as hypertension, arthritis, atherosclerosis, depression, adult-onset diabetes mellitus, myocardial infarction, thrombosis, and some cancers.Read More »

DHA from Algae or fish : sources of valuable omega 3 fatty acids

algae DHA.pngHeard about DHA fortified infant formulas or DHA for the developing toddler’s brain? DHA seems like an alien term although most of us are quite familiar with Omega 3.Well, DHA is a type of omega 3 fatty acid, so often these terms are used interchangeably. What we want to highlight today is the fact that the whole hype around DHA ……. is actually true. Yes, it is panacea or cure-all and its claims are backed by strong scientific evidence seen in humans and not just laboratories.Read More »

Utilizing the waste to the fullest- wheat bran

In continuation with our post on best out of waste, we present to you – Wheat bran! Wheat is the second highest consumed grain in India after rice. The bran fraction of wheat is rich in fiber, minerals, vitamin B6, thiamine, folic acid and vitamin E and some phytochemicals. These multiple nutrients are available only when we utilize or retain the bran layer of the wheat instead of milling it to produce the refined wheat flour being used rampantly in processed foods. Read More »

One of the best oils made from waste – Rice bran Oil !

Often thrown away as waste product of milling, bran is the part of cereal grain which is particularly rich in dietary fiber, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Especially, the essential fatty acids or oil present in the bran layer of rice is being touted as one of the  most superior oils with ideal ratios of fatty acids desirable for good health and prevention of heart diseases.Read More »

Decoding lipids – The good, bad and ugly

The lipid profile throws some numbers and jargon at you that are often confusing. The total cholesterol is still understandable but we often think what is LDL and HDL. LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol or simply the one that clogs the arteries supplying oxygen to vital organs causing heart diseases and stroke while the HDL is good cholesterol which carries the excess cholesterol to the liver for excretion. So, obviously LDL should be low and HDL should be high. The total cholesterol reflects a sum of LDL and HDL cholesterol and although maintaining normal range is important, within the total – the ratio of HDL should be higher than LDL. We can call total cholesterol as the ugly one as high numbers are not appreciated as they hardly ever due to an elevated HDL. Read More »