Fenugreek, commonly known as ‘methi’, has been used as traditional medicine in many parts of the world, especially in China, Egypt, India and Middle Eastern countries. Their bitter taste imparts a peculiar flavour Read More »
Although cholesterol has been treated as a cuss word due to its linkage with the life-threatening heart diseases, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that not all cholesterol is bad. There is the good cholesterol called HDL cholesterol which needs to be high so as to Read More »
Oat was actually discovered as a weed in barley and wheat crops in late prehistoric period. So what was being fed to horses and poultry came to be used extensively used by humans when we realized its profound health benefits attributable to its fiber quality and quantity. Its overall nutritional composition is very similar to that of barley. Barley can be considered as a desi equivalent of oats but remains an underdog to less aggressive marketing and research by natives.
Nevertheless, the nutritive value of oats makes it a Read More »
Walnuts were called Juglans regia, “Jupiter’s royal acorn” by the Romans. English walnuts seemed to have originated in Persia and is often known as Persian Walnut. With its unique nutritional profile and ability to reduce heart disease risk, walnuts have definitely gained center-stage as a quintessential therapeutic health food!
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 »
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 »
As we age our responsibilities, expectations and demands increase. The age between 30 to 50 years is supposed to be the most productive age for most and also the most demanding. Its paramount that we keep ourselves fit to be able to cope with the pressures of life. Most of the studies across the world indicate that the incidence of life style diseases such as Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension has been growing at an alarming rate. Burden of these diseases has adverse effects both financially and emotionally on the individual and his family. The only cure for these is prevention.