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Friday, August 21, 2015

ALL ABOUT ALOE VERA

ALOE VERA: USES, HEALTH AND MEDICINAL BENEFITS

Aloe Vera is respected for its potential healing properties by those who believe in naturopathy. Aloe vera helps to prevent cancer by destroying any free radicals in the body that can lead to abnormal growth of cells or tumors in the body. It contains high level of anti-carcinogenic properties that hinder the growth of tumours. Those who undergo regular radiopathy treatments can protect their body from the side effects of radiation by drinking aloe juice and applying aloe gel to the affected area to cure radiation burns.
Aloe gel has a very soothing effect on the skin. It cures skin dermatitis, gives you voluminous hair and a fit body. So make aloe vera your daily companion to get a holistic health care at the comfort of your home. You don’t need to rely on harsh chemicals when you have a natural option to stay fit and look glamorous always.
Although Aloe is about 99% water, the remaining 1% is extremely powerful and it is thought this is because the close to 100 ingredients work extremely well together (synergistically). Aloe vera contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body's systems. Aloe vera consist as much as 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 200 active enzymes. Aloe vera contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and B12, Vitamin C and E, folic acid and Niacin. Minerals found in aloe vera include copper, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, potassium, chromium, magnesium and manganese. The nutrients naturally present in aloe vera makes it a potential herbal product that can be safely used both internally and externally.
Aloe vera when taken internally aids in digestion and effectively cleanses the digestive system. Aloe vera works as a laxative which makes it easier for the food particles to pass through the intestine and improves daily bowel movements. Aloe Vera helps to detoxify and cleanse your body system. Aloe juice helps to treat ulcers and detoxify the digestive system.
Aloe Vera is full of antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals in the body and so boosts immune system and helps you to stay young and fit. It is very useful for those who get frequent attacks of cold, flu, bronchitis herpes, running nose and other respiratory disorders. Aloe Vera is rich in magnesium lactate that works as an antihistamine which helps in reducing the problem of sinus and chest inflammation due to various allergies.
Aloe vera has been used in traditional medicine and general home remedies to cure cuts, wounds, burns, abrasions, inflammations and skin breakage. Aloe vera contains plant steroids which help in reducing inflammation naturally. Aloe vera also contains salicylic acid and its salts salicylates; it helps to curb inflammation by inhibiting the production of hormones like prostaglandins. Salicylic acid is like aspirin and has the potential of reducing inflammation by destroying the bacteria that cause inflammation. You can use aloe vera to reduce inflammation without the fear of side effects. Drinking aloe vera juice regularly eases swollen and painful joints and reduces the stiffness of bones. Aloe Vera’s anti-inflammatory property helps to reduce acne greatly. It does not completely cure the acne; however, it reduces inflammation and redness of the skin to a great extent.
Aloe Vera tonic is wonderful for the female reproductive system and helps to rejuvenate the uterus. It is very beneficial in painful menstrual cycles.
The dried gel of aloe vera is used to treat diabetes as it helps to lower blood sugar level by decreasing insulin resistance and also lowers the triglyceride levels in the liver and plasma. Aloe vera helps to improve the blood quality naturally by decreasing the levels of cholesterol and triglyceride so it prevents cardiovascular disease.
Aloe vera juice also increases energy level and helps to maintain a healthy body weight. Drinking aloe vera juice regularly stimulates the metabolism and helps the body to burn calories more quickly. So aloe vera keeps you slim naturally.
Aloe vera juice also helps in maintaining healthy gums and oral hygiene. Its natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial actions promote cell growth and healing. Its antifungal properties help greatly in the problem of denture stomatitis, apthous ulcers, cracked and split corners of the mouth.
Aloe vera has several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions like flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, and hair and scalp problems. The anti-allergic property of aloe vera is useful in the treatment of various skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, itchy skin and other allergic reactions. Aloe vera helps to remove dead cells and replenishes it with new ones, giving the skin a radiant glow.
Axim and Gibberellins hormones found in Aloe Vera have wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera helps to treat sun burn at the epithelial level of the skin. It acts as a protective shield for the skin and heals the skin quickly. Aloe vera also helps to reduce stretch marks by healing the wounds. Aloe vera refreshes the skin and makes it vibrant and young and healthy looking. Aloe vera lightens the skin and helps to alleviate sun tanning and hyper pigmentation. Aloe Vera helps in minimizing the swelling of the lips. Aloe vera foot scrub can give you a peacock feather soft foot.
The proteolitic enzymes found in aloe vera help to eradicate dead skin cells on the scalp. Aloe Vera’s keratolic action breaks down the sebum and dead scalp cells. Aloe Vera’s alkalizing properties balances the pH level of the scalp and hair which results in further hair growth and retains moisture in the scalp. It also alleviates pruritic ailments like psoriasis and eczema of scalp. Aloe Vera’s enzymatic properties enable it to destroy excessive dead skin cells of the scalp. It helps to reduce the redness, scaling, itching and inflammation of scalp which directly benefits the hair. Aloe vera is also used in dandruff treatment. Aloe vera is a great conditioning agent that restores the hair’s shine and luster, and leaves the hair silky and smooth. The amino acids present in aloe vera add strength and luster to the hair.
Aloe vera gel is a perfect rinse for oily hair without making the hair brittle. Aloe vera gel also repairs dry and damaged hair in a short span of time. Aloe vera contains a good amount of protein which is necessary for maintaining the good health of the hair.
Alopecia or male pattern baldness is a common hair problem faced by men. This is a kind of hair loss that occurs at a particular part of the head or leads to full hair loss. This scalp condition can be reduced by regular usage of aloe vera.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease which affects the entire body. The immune system attacks the body tissues, especially, the membranes lining the joint. There is inflammation and stiffness. There is fluid buildup in the joints that makes the matter worse. Aloe Vera juice can help reduce inflammation in the body like rheumatism, inflammation of ears and eyes and arthritis. The plant sterols function like the steroid painkillers, without causing any harm to body. Applying the gel externally can ease muscle and joint pains. But do not forget to use freshly prepared gel.

NUTRITIONAL VALUES OF ALOE VERA


Thursday, August 13, 2015

MACA (Lepidium Meyenii)

MACA: BENEFITS, MEDICINAL USES AND SIDE EFFECTS

According to ancient Incan history, the Wonder Food Maca root was known to have special properties which were believed to enhance energy and stamina. It is also believed to increase the sexual desire and endurance. Maca is often termed as Peruvian Ginseng due to its natural stimulating qualities that are similar to the benefits found in the commonly known ginseng-related herbs. Culturally, the ancient Peruvians ingested this powerful root to boost the potency of the male libido. Its natural properties help to create an aphrodisiac-like response in men who have suffered from impotency, low sex-drive, and fertility problems. Legend says that the ancient Peruvians ate maca root to ensure their dominance in battle.


In addition to its rich supply of essential nutrients, maca contains alkaloids, tannins, and saponins. Maca's main plant chemicals include: alkaloids, amino acids, beta-ecdysone, calcium, carbohydrates, fatty acids, glucosinolates, iron, magnesium, p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, phosphorus, potassium, protein, saponins, sitosterols, stigmasterol, tannins, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.


Maca comes highly recommended as a time-tested source of health. Maca has the ability to enhance the immune system.
Maca is used for “tired blood” (anemia); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility. Women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and symptoms of menopause. Maca is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression, stomach cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction (ED), to arouse sexual desire, and to boost the immune system.


This superfood is an adaptogen meaning it normalizes the body and keeps things in homeostasis (at normal levels). Adaptogens allow the body to better respond to internal and external environmental factors such as anxiety and physical injuries.
The root or tuber is high in protein, natural sugars, iron, potassium, iodine, magnesium, calcium, and fiber. Due to maca’s high nutritional content, it is often referred to as having “superfood” properties.
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass.


Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility. The maca root is known to improve the quality and quantity of sperm in men who have lower than normal sperm counts, which helps to increase the level of fertility. Maca is a proven natural aphrodisiac, as it increases sexual desire.
Maca relieves fatigue, menstrual issues and menopause. Menstrual problems that often plague women of child-bearing age such as cramping, heavy or irregular periods, as well as PMS, have found that the maca root alleviates many of the uncomfortable symptoms like: cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression.
The most troublesome symptoms of menopause is hot flashes. Use of Maca root helps to lessen the severity and frequency of hot flashes that occur due to hormonal changes in a woman’s body as they reach middle age. Maca root helps to bring back into balance the body’s natural hormone levels without the use of synthetic hormone replacements that are typical treatments for menopausal symptoms. In their postmenopausal age women found relief from anxiety, mental confusion, decreased memory function, depression and sexual dysfunction when they took maca root.
Note: If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca. But be very cautious if you have a cancer related to hormones like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before taking maca.
If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms, though of the evidence is anecdotal. Some have reported an increase in mental energy and focus. Common treatments for depression are antidepressant medications which tend to have uncomfortable side effects such as weight gain, fatigue, and dulled senses. Maca has none of the side effects that are found in pharmaceutical antidepressants. In fact, the active ingredients in the maca root boost energy and lift depression naturally. Maca may help reduce the number and severity of migraine headaches by helping balance estrogen and progesterone levels in the body.
Maca is also taken for skin issues, as it helps to clear acne and blemishes and also benefit in decreasing skin sensitivity and acne. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures.
Maca is well known for its ability to regulate hormones. It does not contain hormones itself but encourages the body to produce or decrease its own hormones by nourishing the master glands of the body (hypothalamus and pituitary). Through its adaptogenic qualities maca is able to increase the production of a hormone the body is low in. Maca can have the opposite effect if the body is high in a hormone.
Properties/actions documented by research:
·       Aphrodisiac
·       Fertility enhancer
·       Increases sperm count/motility
Other properties/actions documented by traditional use:
·       Hormonal
·       Immunostimulant
·       Stimulant
·       Tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions)
Main Actions (in order):
·       Tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions),
·       Nutritive
·       Fertility enhancer
·       Endocrine function support
·       Anti-fatigue
Main uses:
·       As a natural source of nutrients (amino acids, minerals, etc.)
·       To support endocrine function
·       To reduce fertility problems (both male and female)
·       To support erectile function
·       As an aphrodisiac
Athletically speaking, the main ingredients and naturally occurring substances in maca are becoming widely used by today’s amateur and professional athletes alike. Within days of using maca your energy level may increase. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost. The main action of this powerful superfood is to strengthen endurance and energy levels, which gives the athlete a natural advantage. Testosterone also seems to be increased as well.
One of the very great things about Peruvian Maca root is that it is not “gender specific” and works equally well for both men and women.
MACA (Lepidium Meyenii)
Nutrient (Aproximates)
per 100 g
Unit
Protein
10–14
g
Carbohydrates
60–75
g
Fats (lipids)
2.2
g
Fiber
8.5
g
Ash
4.9
g
Calories
325
kCl
From Carbohydrate
250
Kcal
From Fat
17.9
Kcal
From Protein
 57.1 
Kcal
From Alcohol
0
Kcal
Total Carbohydrate
71.4
g
Dietary Fiber
7.1
g
Starch
~
~
Sugars
 32.1 
g
Sucrose
~
~
Glucose
~
~
Fructose
~
~
Lactose
~
~
Maltose
~
~
Galactose
~
~
Vitamins
Vitamin A
0
IU
Retinol
~
~
Retinol Activity Equivalent
~
~
Alpha Carotene
~
~
Beta Carotene
~
~
Beta Cryptoxanthin
~
~
Lycopene
~
~
Lutein+Zeaxanthin
~
~
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
1
mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
 390
mcg
Vitamin B6
1.14
mg
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
 286
mg
Niacin
35
mg
Vitamin D
~
~
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
0
IU
Beta Tocopherol
~
~
Gamma Tocopherol
~
~
Delta Tocopherol
~
~
Vitamin K
~
~
Folate
~
~
Food Folate
~
~
Folic Acid
~
~
Dietary Folate Equivalents
~
~
Vitamin B12
~
~
Pantothenic Acid
~
~
Choline
~
~
Betaine
~
~
Minerals
Boron
5
mg
Calcium
250
mg
Copper
6
mg
Iron
25
mg
Iodine
520
mcg
Manganese
8
mg
Magnesium 
104
mg
Phosphorus
220
mg
Potassium
2.05
g
Selenium
20
mg
Sodium
17.9
mg
Zinc
12
mg
Fats/Lipids
Linoleic
720
mcg
Palmitic
520
mcg
Oleic
245
mcg
Amino Acids
Alanine
631
mg
Arginine
994
mg
Aspartic acid
917
mg
Glutamic acid
1.565
g
Glycine
683
mg
Hydroxyproline
26
mg
Histidine
219
mg
HO-Proline
260
mg
Isoleucine
474
mg
Leucine
910
mg
Lysine
545
mg
Methionine
280
mg
Phenylalanine
553
mg
Proline
  5
mg
Sarcosine
  7
mg
Serine
504
mg
Threonine
331
mg
Tryptophan
49
mg
Tyrosine
306
mg
Valine
793
mg
Sterols
50–100
mg
Brassicasterol
9.1
%
Ergosterol
13.6
%
Campesterol
27.3
%
Ergostadienol
4.5
%
Sitoserol
46.5
%
Note: ~ Value not known