7 Amazing Benefits Of Tamarind

7 Amazing Benefits Of Tamarind

The health benefits of tamarind have been well-studied and include the ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body, improveeye health, boost respiratory health, heal skin conditions, improve the digestive system, relieve pain, increase the strength of the immune system, reduce fever, lower cholesterol to improve cardiovascular health, treat piles, prevent cancer, and even protect children against parasites and worms.

Tamarind is a delicious, sweet fruit that has a wide variety of uses and applications, both for medicinal and culinary purposes. It is a medium-sized bushy tree with evergreen leaves and fruit that develops in pods characterized by long, brown shells. Inside is a sticky, fleshy, juicy pulp, which is the tamarind fruit. This is where the nutrition and taste reside! It is both sweet and sour in taste, and people tend to either immediately like it or have a natural disposition against it!

It is a member of the Fabaceae family, and its full scientific name is Tamarindus indica. The tamarind tree is indigenous to tropical regions of Africa, particularly the Sudan, but its cultivation has since spread to almost all tropical areas of the world, since it is such a useful and desirable source of nutrition and unique flavors. It has been cultivated for thousands of years, and likely made its way to Asia about 5,000 years ago. It wasn’t until 500 years ago that it made its way to the Americas via Spanish explorers, and South America and Mexico remain both the largest consumers and producers of tamarind in the world.

It can be consumed as a raw fruit, added to desserts once it is fully ripe, or it can be dried and ground into a spice. It is often used in jams and sauces, and is even dried and processed into candy in some parts of the world. It is a normal ingredient in soups and various dishes throughout Asia and South America, owing to the wealth of health benefits this unassuming little seed pod contains. Let’s find out more about what components make tamarind such a powerful and essential part of your diet!

Nutritional Value Of Tamarind

Tamarind is a very valuable commodity in the world because of its many nutritional components that add to its healthy impact. These include a significant level of vitamin C, as well as vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. There are also a number of organic compounds that make tamarind a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. The health benefits of tamarind are explained in greater detail below.

Health Benefits Of Tamarind

Digestive Health: Tamarind has long been considered a natural laxative, and its dietary fiber content probably has something to do with it. Eating tamarind as a fruit or as a spice can increase the efficiency of your digestive system, while the fiber can bulk up your stool, making it move through the smooth muscles of the intestinal tract easier. Tamarind is also a bilious substance, meaning that it stimulates the activity of bile, which can help dissolve food faster, and the fiber also stimulates gastric juices to speed up digestion. All of this together means that things run through your digestive tract faster, making it a powerful laxative if you are suffering from chronic constipation. Oddly enough, the fiber can also reduce loose stool, and studies have shown tamarind to be effective against chronic diarrhea as well!

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Coffee: Health Benefits and How To

Coffee: Health Benefits and How To

Mmm… coffee. If you’re like most Americans, you like it. A lot. More than half of us drink at least one cup of coffee every single day.

It seems there’s often conflicting information in the news about whether or not coffee is actually good for you. So, let’s take a look at the nutrition data and see what we find!

Nutrition Data for Coffee

1 cup (8 fl oz) of black coffee contains:

  •     Calories: 2
  •     Fat: 0 g
  •     Carbohydrates: 0 g
  •     Protein: 0 g
  •     Fiber: 1 g
  •     Glycemic Index (GI): Low (below 55)

Health Benefits of Coffee

Coffee’s main health benefit is its antioxidant content. In fact, according to researchers from the University of Scranton, coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet. Decaf coffee appears to provide as much of an antioxidant punch as regular coffee. Coffee’s ORAC score is 15,000 to 17,000 – one of the highest levels of any food.

The caffeine in coffee may help reduce the chance of developing Parkinson’s Disease and protect against gallstones. Regular coffee drinkers will not be surprised to know that caffeine has also been shown to increase alertness, enhance mood, temporarily improve physical stamina, and relieve headaches.

Moderate coffee consumption has also been associated with a reduced rate of type 2 diabetes and a lowered risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Of course, moderation is important. Too much caffeine can cause sleep troubles and may cause fertility difficulties for women who are trying to become pregnant.

How to Choose Coffee at the Store

If possible, buy whole beans and grind them at home to get the freshest cup. You’ll maximize the antioxidant content, plus your coffee will taste better, so you won’t have to add as much milk and sugar to make it palatable. Dark roast coffee appears to deliver more antioxidants than light roast coffee.

Bottled iced coffee drinks tend to contain loads of added sugar, so avoid these and stick to hot coffee – or make your own iced coffee at home – instead.

Ways to Include Healthier Coffee in Your Diet

You probably don’t need help including more coffee in your diet, so let’s look at ways to include healthier coffee in your diet instead.

  • Use less sugar: Adding sugar to coffee ups its calorie content quickly. Artificial sweeteners are loaded with chemicals and are not a good alternative. Try adding a little cocoa or cinnamon to your coffee instead.
  • Use real milk or cream: Artificial creamers are full of unpronounceable ingredients, and the flavored versions often contain sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Watch the coffee shop drinks: Be careful what you order at specialty coffee shops. Some of their drinks have as many calories as you should consume in an entire meal. Drip coffee or an Americano is your best bet.

SOURCE: http://www.healthcastle.com/

 

Cancer is Man-Made (Part II)

A recent study by University of Manchester scientists has strongly suggested that …cancer is a modern, man-made disease caused by environmental factors such as pollution and diet.

mummyIn the extensive study conducted at the University’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology, scientists examined hundreds of mummies and found … no signs of cancer—except for one isolated case.

Professor Michael Zimmerman said: “In an ancient society lacking surgical intervention, evidence of cancer should remain in all cases.”  Therefore, the virtual absence of tumors and malignancies in mummies must necessarily be interpreted as evidence that cancer was indeed rare in ancient times.

The 17th Century Ushers Cancer In

It wasn’t until the 17th century that the first reports of cancer appeared in scientific literature—such as cancer of the scrotum (found in chimney sweeps in 1775, caused by soot particles); and nasal cancer found in users of snuff (finely ground tobacco) in 1761.

The University of Manchester study indicates that cancer-causing factors exist only in modern, industrialized societies—and cancer is fueled by the excesses of modern life.

The food you eat … the air you breathe … the clothes you wear … the water you drink … the personal care products you use … the medications you take … the water you bathe in … virtually everything you consume, and everything you do—or are exposed to—causes cancer these days!

Here are Just a Few Factors Present in 
Modern Life That Cause Cancer:

  • Tobacco (including second-hand and third-hand smoke)
  • Genetically modified food
  • Most laundry detergents
  • Commercial hair dyes
  • Air pollution (including carbon monoxide, methylene
    chloride, and acrolein)
  • Granite countertops (which emit radon)
  • Rancid peanuts and seeds
  • Canola oil
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Food laced with pesticides
  • Chemicals from aerosol cans
  • Mammograms
  • X-Rays
  • Food microwaved in plastic containers (including
    plastic wrap, the plastic trays that come with frozen
    TV dinners, and even plastic baby bottles)
  • Environmental pollutants (such as asbestos, benzene, and
    formaldehyde)

Professor Rosalie David, at the Faculty of Life Sciences, said: 

There is Nothing in the Natural Environment That Can Cause Cancer … So It Has to Be a Man-Made Disease

Given the prevalence of cancer-causing factors in the modern world, what can you do to escape cancer?

Many scientists agree that a healthy diet … regular physical activity … and maintaining a healthy weight can prevent about one-third of the most common cancers.

But … eating healthy is not a guarantee that you’ll never get cancer.  Even those who think they have a healthy diet are not immune to cancer.  Consider the case of Linda McCartney, the late wife of Beatle Paul McCartney.  She was a life-long vegetarian, who also wrote a book on vegetarian cooking and produced a line of frozen vegetarian meals.  Yet, despite her healthy eating, she died of breast cancer at the age of 56.

Regular physical activity—although definitely a healthy thing to do—is not a guarantee either.  Consider Lance Armstrong, 7-time Tour de France cycling champion.  He engaged in more physical activity than most people, and yet he was diagnosed with Stage 2 testicular cancer.

Maintaining a healthy weight also does not assure you of immunity from cancer.  Many physically fit celebrities have fallen prey to cancer—Patrick Swayze, Jaclyn Smith, Robert Urich, Suzanne Somers, Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O’Neal, to name a few.

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According to the American Cancer Society, 41% of all adults will develop cancer in their lifetimes … or die from it!  That’s 4 out of 10 … or 2 out of 5 people.  ==>

In fact, you might already have undiagnosed cancer right now … and not even know it.

Here’s the inspiring real-life stories of those who have successfully used this amazing food supplement that contains 12 amazing mushrooms and other blend of herbs therapies to cure their cancer.

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