Common Specialities
{{speciality.keyWord}}
Common Issues
{{issue.keyWord}}
Common Treatments
{{treatment.keyWord}}

Overview

Benefits of Acorns And Its Side Effects

Acorns have a high beneficial value due to its rich constituents essential for the body. It helps to improve digestion and promotes bine and heart health, lowers asthma and diabetes mellitus. It also checks the invasion of bacteria and viruses with its anti bacterial and anti-viral properties.

Benefits of Acorns And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Acorns
Nutritional Value of Acorns
Health Benefits of Acorns
Improve Digestion
Prevents asthma
Diabetes prevention
Heart health
Boost Bone Health
Anti-Bacterial Property Of Acorns
Anti-viral activity
Promotes healing and growth
Improve Metabolic Activity
Prevents Alzheimer's disease
Uses of Acorns
Side-Effects & Allergies of Acorns
Cultivation of Acorns

Acorns

A nut of an oak tree is called acorn. It is in the family named Quercus or Lithocarpus genera. Acorns are mostly consumed by squirrels and they help in the dispersion of acorn seeds as these are not dispersed by air.

Nutritional Value of Acorns

Acorns contain high nutritions that help in maintaining a healthy body. Tannins and flavonoids, along with the essential vitamins, protins, fibres and mineral contents help to boost an overall health. The antioxidants and unsaturated fats help to control the metabolism and thus promote better health.

Health Benefits of Acorns

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Acorns
Health Benefits of Acorns

Improve Digestion

Acorns have a significant amount of fiber, which helps in improving digestive health. Fiber helps to regulate the bowel movements by adding bulk to the stools and eliminate both constipation and diarrhoea. Acorns are ideal for people suffering from irregular bowel movements, cramping, bloating, and other gastrointestinal distress.

Prevents asthma

Acorns contain three strong antioxidants namely, gallic acid, ellagic acid and tannic acid. These antioxidants possess anti-asthmatic effect and help reduce asthma smptoms. Gallic acid, ellagic acid and tannic acid reduce the secretion of compounds in the body that otherwise increase inflammation of airways which further makes breathing difficult. Reactive oxygen species,narrowing the airways of the respiratory tract are neutralized by the antioxidants present in acorns and thus helps in the management of asthma.

Diabetes prevention

Compounds present in acorns inhibit the action of an enzyme called 'alpha-glucosidase', delaying the digestion of carbohydrates and slowing down the conversion of carbohydrates into simple sugar or glucose during digestion. This further prevents spike in the blood glucose levels. Thus, acorns can contribute to the management of diabetes mellitus. The fiber content and relatively complex carbohydrates found in these nuts help in the regulation of proper health.

Heart health

Acorns are considerably higher in unsaturated fat compared to saturated fat and this helps improve cholesterol levels and even protect against heart diseases like atherosclerosis.It also helps to protect obesity and other heart diseases caused due to saturated fats.

Boost Bone Health

The abundant minerals found in acorns, like phosphorous, potassium and calcium, help to boost bone health and prevent the onset of osteoporosis. Calcium is one of the most important minerals for bone mineral density, and is found in high concentrations within acorns. Thus, consumption of acorns can boost the bone health.

Anti-Bacterial Property Of Acorns

Acorns, with a high abundance of tannins, have a tremendous potential as an anti-bacterial agent against different bacteria Tannins also help in wound healing due to its astringent property. They also inhibit the development and spread of bacteria and microbes, and thus prevent further spread of bacterial infection.In other words, consumption of acorns can help in eliminating the bacteria from the body.

Anti-viral activity

Herpes viruses are the most frequent cause of viral infections in individuals with poor immune system. Acorns are a promising anti-herpetic herbal medicine and possess anti-viral activity due to the flavonoids and tannins. Healthy compounds present in acorns protect the cells of the body by preventing the contact between the virus and the cells. They further inhibit the multiplication and replication of virus and thus, they prevent the spread of virus to different parts of the body.

Promotes healing and growth

Proteins are key components to a healthy body, and acorns contain a high proportion of protein in it. This assists the creation of new tissues and cells, as well as the repair of damaged areas and rapid healing following injury or illness. With increased proportion of protein in the body, the cell growth and development process in enhanced.

Improve Metabolic Activity

Acorns are packed with B vitamins, which include niacin, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B12. Acorns can help regulate the metabolic activities and also a number of enzymatic processes in the body that are crucial for overall health.

Prevents Alzheimer's disease

Antioxidants present in acorns inhibit cholinesterase (an enzyme present in the brain) which further lowers the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease such as confusion, memory loss, inability to think, and concentration. These antioxidants further cause a declination in the level of oxidative stress and prevent the death of brain cells. Gallic acid present in acorns possess brain-protective property, thus preventing Alzheimer's disease.

Uses of Acorns

The tannin rich water extracted from the acorn seeds can be applied topically to skin to reduce the inflammations and rashes. It also helps in treating aches and cuts.The complex carbohydrates present in acorns help in boosting up the nergy level of individuals.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Acorns

Acorn poisoning, or oak toxicity, occurs when too many acorns or buds are ingested, and the gallotannin in oak foliage creates gastrointestinal and kidney problems.Excessive consumption of these nuts can cause nausea and stomach upset due to the tannin content.

Cultivation of Acorns

Oak trees were commonly seen in the Northern part of the globe such as in Europe and the United States of America.Today, acorns are widely used in China, Japan and Korea.Acorn comes from the oak tree and is also known as oak nut.Acorn nuts are single seeded and is protected by shell.

Popular Questions & Answers

Please suggest. Is there any case in India whose diabetes is cured completely. If yes then approx how many cases there are. Is it really so difficult to find the cure of diabetes with such technologies.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Endocrinology, MBBS
Endocrinologist, Delhi
Diabetes is disease of lifestyle. It can't be cured but only controlled. There are lakhs of people who controlled their diabetes without medicines. It can be kept under control for years. But it usually happens only in those who have mild diabetes.
2 people found this helpful

Hi, My Mom is 47 years old and Diabetic patient. Her sugar level is under control. For Constipation sometimes she takes Madiphala rasayana with lemon (almost 2 times in a week). This gives her relief. Is it good if diabetic patient's have that syrup?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Madiphala rasayana is not good for diabetic patient madiphal is citrus fruil but process in syrup base .which is sweet in nature. Triphala powder is good for her constipation.

M a diabetic patient and bp patient too. Can I take 300 mg of eltroxin daily. Wat does it happen.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Hello, Thanks for the query. I have gone through the details given In that there is no mention about how is your blood glucose and BP controlled, what are the drugs being taken for those conditions and their dosage. Plus no mention about weight, diet and exercise etc. Plus I am unable to understand why are you asking about taking 300 mg of Thyroxine. That is a hormone, only used in treating hypothyroidism. It is used in microgram strength. Thanks.

Popular Health Tips

Diabetes and Your Pancreas: Things You Should Know!

D ( Diabetology), AFIH, DNB (F.MEDICINE), MBBS
General Physician, Pune
Diabetes and Your Pancreas: Things You Should Know!

You pass by that cake shop and happen to glance at a sumptuous chocolate cake, and then realization dawns on you that you are not allowed to eat simple sugar. Why? The answer to it is diabetes, for which you only have your pancreas to blame. Situated behind the stomach in your body, the pancreas is an organ whose role is to produce hormones and enzymes that aid in the digestive process. One of the hormones that the pancreas produces is insulin which is required by the body to metabolize sugar that is present in various foods.

So, if your pancreas does not produce the required amount of insulin or fails to utilize insulin effectively, it leads to accumulation of glucose in your blood. The improper functioning of the pancreas leads to diabetes. There are four types of diabetes and they are classified with respect to the manner in which the pancreas mal-functions:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes: In this type, the immune system of the body wrongly attacks the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas. This impairs the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, thus leading to Type 1 diabetes. However, even after extensive research in this field, the exact triggers haven’t been found yet.
  2. Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin. It can either mean that the pancreas is producing less than normal insulin or the body is not being able to utilize the produced insulin effectively. Factors such as a poor diet and lack of exercise increase the risks of Type 2 Diabetes.
  3. Pre-diabetes: Pre-diabetes is a condition wherein the blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered as ‘diabetes’. It can again occur due to a reduced secretion of insulin or the inability of the body to utilize the insulin effectively.
  4. Gestational Diabetes: This type of diabetes can develop only during pregnancy. This occurs primarily as the placenta, that connects the fetus with the body’s blood supply, produces hormones that impair the functioning of insulin. This type of diabetes can affect both the mother and the child.

Another common link
Pancreatitis is a condition that is marked by an inflammation of the pancreatic cells. This inflammation can damage the beta cells that produce insulin, thus resulting in diabetes. Factors that contribute to it are a poor diet, lack of exercise, presence of excessive calcium in the blood or excessive alcohol consumption.

How can you avoid the same?
It is best that you incorporate lifestyle changes if you have any of these disorders, and talk to your doctor about a treatment plan. Making a few simple lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, avoiding smoking and exercising on a regular basis can reduce the chances of you suffering from both diabetes and any other pancreatic problems. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

3090 people found this helpful

Best Homeopathic Medicines for Treatment of Diabetes!

BHMS, MD-Homeopathy, PGPC - Preventive Cardiology
Homeopath, Delhi
Best Homeopathic Medicines for Treatment of Diabetes!

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition wherein the body doesn’t metabolise sugar properly. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is responsible for carrying the sugar or glucose, from the bloodstream to the individual cells. When the pancreas fails to produce insulin, glucose builds up in your bloodstream and enters your urine. Homeopathy focuses on the overall health of the individual. Homeopathic medicines for diabetes include:

1. Abroma Augusta: This homeopathic medicine is best for diabetics who have weak muscles, increased appetites and frequent urination.
2. Phosphorus: If symptoms include weak vision, Phosphorus is the best remedy for it.
3. Syzygium Jambolanum: This is one of the best homeopathic remedies for diabetes mellitus. It acts efficiently and promptly in lowering sugar levels.
4. Phosphoric acid: If you feel exhausted or weak all the time, either physically or mentally, then Phosphoric acid is beneficial. Weak memory, forgetfulness and numb feet are also treated with Phosphoric acid.

5. Gymnema Sylvestre: Sometimes, diabetics drastically lose weight and have low energy levels. Gymnema Sylvestre is an excellent remedy for such symptoms.

Sometimes one or more homeopathic medicines may be combined to treat symptoms. Some common combinations include:

1. Lachesis, Arnica, Belladonna and Phosphorus are combined in a treatment to treat retinopathy, which is damage to the eyes caused by diabetes.
2. Serum Anguillae, Arsenic Album and Lycopodium are used together to treat kidney damage (nephropathy) in diabetics.
3. Helonias, Sulphur and Phosphoric acid are taken to deal with neuropathy or nerve problems such as numbness in feet and hands.
4. Syzygium Jambolanum is combined with Secale Cornutum to treat skin ulcers, which is a common problem among diabetics.
5. For people suffering from constipation due to diabetes, Natrum Sulph, Defloratum and Carlsbad are the best medicines.
6. To improve weak memory, Phosphoric acid, Nux Vom and Kali Phos are the best remedies for diabetics.
7. Sometimes diabetics complain of extreme, incapacitating weakness. To improve energy and boost overall health, Carbo Veg, Phosphoric acid, Phosphorus and Arsenic Album are recommended.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

6629 people found this helpful

Health Benefits Of Gram Flour/Besan

"N.D/N.M.D"
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Delhi


1. Helps lower cholesterol: 
Gram flour contains healthy unsaturated fats which help in lowering the cholesterol level of the body. 

2. Controls diabetes: 
It is a great food for diabetics. Use it in your rotis, paranthas as a replacement for flour. 

3. Helps improve health of the heart: 
Besan has high soluble fiber content which is beneficial for the health of the heart. It is also endorsed by the heart care foundation. 

4. Helps getting rid of iron deficiency: 
Being rich in iron, consumption of besan on a daily basis can help your body recover from iron deficiencies like anaemia. 

5. Useful in pregnancy: 
Gram flour is rich in folate, a vitamin which takes care of the foetus’ brain and spinal cord development and ensures a healthy well developed baby. 

6. Helps during fatigue: gram flour is a good source of the vitamin thiamin which helps the body in converting food into energy. 

7. Helps regulate mood and appetite: besan is rich in vitamin b6. Vitamin b6 is an important component involved in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin plays an important in mood and appetite regulation. 

8. Helps regulate blood pressure: 
The magnesium content of besan helps in maintaining vascular health and it also helps in the regulation of blood pressure. 

9. Helps in strengthening of bones: 
The phosphorous in gram flour combines with calcium in the body to help in the formation of bones. 

10. Very. Effective for skin care and hair care.

2 people found this helpful

Preventive Care - Keep Your Health On Track!

MD - Medicine , MBBS
General Physician, Vadodara
Preventive Care - Keep Your Health On Track!

Most of us today live a hectic life be it pressing deadlines or tiring social engagements, but in all this hustle and bustle we tend to often neglect our health. Do we know that today for all of us there is a great need for preventive care, especially in today's world where the threats are magnified. This also includes being able to get the proper guidance to imbibe a healthier lifestyle with regular tests and health checkups that will help us in knowing our present state of health and will help is in identifying risks and threats well in advance.

  • Did you know, that almost seven out of ten fatalities or deaths are caused due to chronic disease and that half these cases do not recognise the early symptoms and risks with proper screening and regular
  • check ups. Sounds familiar, are you also one of those who have never cared for preventive healthcare check ups?
  • These preventive health checkups are actually life saving, as they update you on how fit and healthy you are. Preventive health care basically deals with the prevention of diseases and conditions that may be caused due to environmental factors, genetic predisposition of the patient, lifestyle choices as well as disease agents. In this field, constant check ups and preventive action equips people to deal with and ward off these causes so as to prevent the onset of a number of disease and ailments. Here is everything you need to know about preventive healthcare.
  • In today's time it is very simple to get a preventive health check up done, all it takes is a simple blood and urine test at a lab and you will be able to know all you need to know about your health. Further, if there has been an outbreak of an epidemic where you live, then preventive health care will help in getting the right tests done at the right time so as to ensure that you get the proper vaccinations. With preventive healthcare, you can also get genetic testing done on a regular basis so as to learn more about preventing diseases like asthma, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and many others that one might inherit genetically.
  • It is time that we take care of ourselves by booking a full body check up today and live a healthy and stress free life.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

5962 people found this helpful

Ways To Help You Manage Diabetic Hypertension!

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Ways To Help You Manage Diabetic Hypertension!

Hypertension is commonly witnessed among patients suffering from type 2 diabetes as compared to those who do not have diabetes. Studies have revealed that arterial hypertension among patients suffering from type 2 diabetes is in the vicinity of 40-50 percent. What’s more, a patient suffering from hypertension and diabetes has an increased risk factor for certain other diseases such as left ventricular hypertrophy, dyslipidemia, elevated fibrinogen and hyperuricemia.

The measurement practice:
It is important to measure blood pressure in a person who is suffering from type 2 diabetes with or without hypertension and renal diseases. Blood pressure measurement should be repeated within a month, if the measurement is 150/190 mm Hg. BP should be measured within a couple, of months if BP is greater than 140/80 mm of Hg.

Lifestyle practices:
If a person is consistently suffering from type 2 diabetes and has a BP range of 140/80, the following life style practices should be maintained always:

  1. A daily exercise schedule: Hypertension coupled with diabetes can be a dangerous combination. To ensure that a person remains healthy it is imperative to maintain a daily exercise schedule for at least half an hour. Exercise consumes extra calories and helps a person maintain a steady blood-sugar level.
  2. Food habits: Food habit is yet another important criterion to maintain good health for a person suffering from diabetic hypertension. Avoiding starch, glucose, and food with high carbs should be a mandate. Refraining from processed food with a high density of condensed fat, sugar and oil will go a long way in maintaining good health. Consulting a nutritionist is the best way to go.
  3. Stress is yet another factor that drives diabetic hypertension: A person suffering from regular stress has a greater tendency to fall prey to cardiovascular and renal diseases. The only way to stay away from stress is to ensure that good lifestyle choice are made. A stress -free life can pay rich dividends to a person suffering from diabetic hypertension.

Drug treatment:
A doctor’s first line of treatment hovers around ACE inhibitors. A pregnant woman suffering from diabetic hypertension is typically prescribed a calcium blocker. This is an antihypertensive drug that helps to stabilize the pregnancy and keep complications at bay. For a person who is resisting to ACE Inhibitor, a doctor might subscribe angiotensin 2 receptor. If the BP is not reduced after the first line of treatment, a doctor adds a thiazide-related diuretic along with the ACE inhibitor to expedite the treatment process.

Even after a triple therapy if a person continues to suffer from high blood pressure, a doctor might prescribe an alpha-blocker, potassium blocker or a beta blocker.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

4186 people found this helpful

Table of Content

Acorns
Nutritional Value of Acorns
Health Benefits of Acorns
Improve Digestion
Prevents asthma
Diabetes prevention
Heart health
Boost Bone Health
Anti-Bacterial Property Of Acorns
Anti-viral activity
Promotes healing and growth
Improve Metabolic Activity
Prevents Alzheimer's disease
Uses of Acorns
Side-Effects & Allergies of Acorns
Cultivation of Acorns