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Benefits of Capsicum And Its Side Effects

Earlier mostly used as a spicing and aromatic ingredient, Capsicum has now become a larger focus of research due to its naturally inducing health benefits. Capsicum helps relieve stomach aches, prevents skin-aging, muscle spasms and aches, is beneficial for women undergoing menopause and people with arthritis. In addition to these, Capsicum prevents psoriasis, peptic ulcer and lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases due to its analgesic properties.

Benefits of Capsicum And Its Side Effects

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Capsicum
Nutritional Value of Capsicum
Health Benefits of Capsicum
Prevents Cancer
Helps alleviate Crohn’s disease
Gives a healthy heart
Improves overall health
Cures Yellow Fever
Helps eradicate gastrointestinal disorders
Alleviates menopausal symptoms
Gives glowing skin
Reduces arthritic pain
Useful in preventing Diabetes
Cures food poisoning
Uses of Capsicum
Side-Effects & Allergies of Capsicum
Cultivation of Capsicum

Capsicum

Capsicum is an evergreen plant that grows in tropical climates. The plant comes in variants of yellow, green, orange and red colours. In addition to being an ancestral culinary spice, Capsicum provides with an array of health benefits when consumed; essentially cancer and arthritis. It is a highly aromatic plant with an acrid taste. Capsicum has its origin in South America with wide plantations in Australia, Asia, North America, South America and Europe currently. Other common names used for capsicum are cayenne pepper, bell pepper, Mexican chilies, Tobasco Pepper, Paprika, etc.

Nutritional Value of Capsicum

Capsicum is used as a spicing agent owing to the high level of capsaicin present. Capsaicin is a phytochemical responsible for producing the spice heat, and is tasteless and odorless. Different variants of the pepper contain capsaicin in different ratios thus making them more or less hot/sweet depending on the capsaicin level present. Capsicum contains high levels of vitamin A and vitamin C. Capsicum also contains bioactive components like tannins, flavonoids and Alkaloids - responsible for its analgesic properties.

Health Benefits of Capsicum

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

Prevents Cancer

Owing to the presence of tannin in capsicum, it is also known to prevent cancers caused by malignant tumors; specifically gastric cancers. Research continues to prove the plant is beneficial in treating and preventing prostate cancer and other hormone related cancers.

Helps alleviate Crohn’s disease

Capsicum with its anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of potential phytochemical constituents helps lessen pain in patients suffering from Crohn’s disease which is a disease of the bowel causing extreme inflation.

Gives a healthy heart

The warming properties of capsicum enable it to alleviate hypotension and an abnormal heart rate. Capsicum has a vasodilative effect on the body when consumed which helps in enhanced oxygenation of organ tissues and improves blood flow.

Improves overall health

Stimulating the production of gastric juices, capsicum improves the appetite, lowers triglyceride levels and cholesterol, boosts metabolism, strengthens the immune system and enhances resistance to sinus, cold and sore throat. It also helps in weight loss, regulating blood pressure and enhancing athletic performance.

Cures Yellow Fever

Capsicum acts as an analgesic and relieves pain/soreness in the throat and improves resisting capabilities of the body. When consumed in a soup, it helps alleviate the symptoms and strengthens the immune system of a patient suffering from yellow fever.

Helps eradicate gastrointestinal disorders

The tannins present in capsicum perform the role of an astringent and benefit inflammation and other problems of the gastrointestinal track such as dysentery, diarrhea and other microbial disorders. It also acts as an agent of gastric mucus formation ensuring peptic ulcers do not develop.

Alleviates menopausal symptoms

Owing to the presence of flavonoid in them, capsicums have been instrumental in reducing symptoms associated with menopause in women.

Gives glowing skin

Capsicums have been forever known for their anti-aging properties. However, the vitamins present in them act as an antioxidant on cell tissues leaving you with improved skin appearance and feel.

Reduces arthritic pain

The anti-inflammatory properties of capsicum are believed to relieve pain arising due to arthritis. The phytochemicals present in the plant act upon the peripheral nerve endings deadening them and thus relieving the pain.

Useful in preventing Diabetes

Research suggests that capsicum enables insulin production thus, leveling the blood-glucose level in the body. This would mean that capsicum is highly efficient in preventing type II diabetes. Green capsicum in particular have rich hypoglycemic benefits.

Cures food poisoning

Capsicum has analgesic and antiseptic properties which help in treating food poisoning. It reduces cramps and alleviates stomach spasms and pain. It also helps repair the damaged tissues in the stomach and the gastro-intestinal tract.

Uses of Capsicum

Capsicum’s beneficial uses are numerous. It is used to prevent cancer, alleviate - muscle cramps, sore throat, diabetes, hypotension, heart problems, gastro-intestinal problems, food poisoning, asthma etc. It also is a very efficient plant to use for enhancing metabolism, immune system skin health and treat menopausal symptoms. It can be used as an edible ingredient dried or fresh in salads, soups, gravies, in powder form as chilli/paprika powder and as analgesics in the form of ointment.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Capsicum

Though there are no fatal or chronic side-effects associated with the use of capsicum it is advisable to use the plant on the advice of a trained medical practitioner pertaining to your condition. It is advisable for children, pregnant women and breast feeding mothers to keep their regular consumption of capsicum to a bare minimum. Known side-effects due to unguided consumption are diarrhea, heartburn and upset stomach.

Cultivation of Capsicum

Capsicum is a plant that requires a cool sunny climate and moist soil for growth. It is planted in rows in a zig-zag manner. The highest producers of Capsicum are China, India, Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia and Spain with China recording the highest cultivation consistently.

Popular Questions & Answers

Please suggest a veg diet to do away with love handles and could also take care of indian cooking style.

MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Hi lybrate-user, here is a sample diet chart for you. Early morning - Drink 2 glasses of warm lemon honey water early in the morning on an empty stomach. Go for fast walking or jogging. Warm Lemon honey water will reduce body fat and remove harmful toxins from the body. Breakfast – Brown bread with milk, oats or corn flakes, 1 bowl of boiled sprouts or fruit salad. But if you are vegetarian then you can have Upma, idli and skimmed milk and fruits Morning snack – Tea or coffee with some biscuits or almonds or walnuts. Lunch – Chapatis without oil, Brown rice, dal or curry, vegetable, salad and curd Evening snack – Tea/coffee with biscuits, or one apple, cucumber or nuts Dinner – Chapatis without oil, rice without starch or brown rice, dal or curry, vegetable, salad. But you should eat less than at lunch you have.
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Sir I have suffering from PCOS. Please help some remedies to control my PCOS. And patanjali which can help in reducing my PCOS. My height is 5.0 and weight is 49. Doctor please give me a ayurvedic remedies to fight with this PCOS disease. Allopathy does not work good for it. I have tried it when I take the medicine I feel better my period are regular. Once I stop my Allopathy medicine again I have to face irregular periods and pain in lower abdomen. Please help.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), C.R.A.V
Ayurveda, Delhi
Dear lybrate-user Chauhan, There are some Ayurvedic Medicines in Kerala tradition which are very effective and helpful in curing PCOS and related difficulties. By taking a detailed online consultation with us, we can help you by giving a medical prescription for curing this problem. In the meantime you can go through some diet tips which is helpful for curing this problem along with the medications Wishing you a speedy recovery. Try to reduce the following things from your diet. - White rice, Potatoes, Refined flour And Bakery products. Milk Soy products Red meat, Dairy products Repeatedly Cooked Oil, Processed Foods Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Other Addictive Agents. Follow these more _Whole grain- Eg. Ragi, ShashtIka shaali (red rice) etc. Green leafy vegetables Apples, Pears, Grapes, Oranges, Plums, Prunes Dry Fruits- Dates, Figs And Raisins. Carrots, Capsicum, Beet, Salads Etc. Sprouts Nuts, Olive oil, Oily fish etc. Small, Frequent and Healthy Meals with Plenty of Daily Water Intake. You can also have Vit B12 supplements.

I am 24, How to increase the sperm quality and quantity in natural way, Please suggest me some remedies what to do.

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga
Homeopath, Indore
To increase sperm quality and quantity - 1. Oxidative stress may lead to infertility in men. Some evidence indicates that taking antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin C, may improve fertility. Foods that are rich in vitamin C (and should be eaten raw) are papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, kiwifruit, cauliflower 2. Exercising regularly can boost your testosterone levels and improve your fertility 3. Stress can reduce sexual satisfaction and fertility. Stress management and relaxation should be high on your agenda 4. Taking vitamin D supplements may boost testosterone levels in vitamin D-deficient men with low testosterone levels. 5. A few studies examining the use of fenugreek to improve sexual performance and libido have shown promise. However, most studies used a fenugreek seed extract supplement. 6. Taking zinc supplements may increase testosterone levels and improve fertility in men with low zinc status or deficiency- sources of zinc are sesame seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, and green peas 7. Folic acid- folic acid (in the B vitamin family) can boost sperm health. Folic acid is found in lentil beans (1 cup provides almost your entire daily needs.), asparagus, spinach, black beans, kidney beans. 8. B12- Has been shown to increase sperm counts. Many people are deficient in B12; Some foods rich in B12 are dairy and animal products 9. Eat only organic, Avoid soy foods, Eat one dark leafy green vegetable a day, Eat one dark leafy green vegetable a day, take NUTS daily 10. Drink plenty of water 11. Avoid dairy products or at least keep it to a minimum- You can replace milk with nutrient and protein rich nut milks. 12. Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb that may increase testosterone levels and improve male fertility By incorporating these tips into your daily diet you will begin to have more energy, create a stronger immune system as well as promote healthy fertility and increase the sperm count if these doesn't help then contact us for homeopathic medicines.

Hello doctor .i have very very low count of my cum (sperm. Doctor I shake my penis a few times after throwing out 2 times only throw my cum. Very low. How to do and get continuously throwing cums and huge load .without and medicine.

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
A healthy diet helps breed healthy sperm. Increase your intake of the following: Zinc: It makes up 90 per cent of sperm tails and helps sperm swim straight. "It's also important for hormone health, Eat oysters to boost your levels. Selenium: Sperm are susceptible to heat and oxidative damage. The antioxidant selenium is a defence. It is present in top soil, but due to erosion is now difficult to find in foods. Try a supplement. Vitamin C: Another effective antioxidant. Kiwifruit and red capsicum are rich sources. Essential Fatty Acids: Found in foods such as fish, avocado, nuts and seeds, they help strengthen cells, giving protection against oxidative damage. Brassica Vegetables: Vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage cleanse the liver. "They help the liver detoxify, and lowering your toxic load improves sperm health.
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Hello, I am 39 years old.In march I had done my ligation operation after that my weight gain .so what can I do to lose weight.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hi I am so happy that you are concerned about your weight Let me share few tips and techniques which will help you to reach your goal of losing weight "In Order to achieve this its important to focus on 2 things 1. Food 2. Physical Activity/ Exercise" "Lifestyle modifications 1. Start some sort of exercise walk 45 mins/day or 10 mins after everymeal 2. Eat every 3hourly 3. Climb stairs instead of going by lift 4. Walk during ad breaks on TV 5. Park your car far away and walk to the entrance 6. Avoid eating outside foods, fried, oily, sugary foods, papads, 7. Avoid skipping meals 8. While shopping in supermarkets, buy healthy products to keep in your kitchen pantry 9. Avoid keeping tempting high calorie foods in front of you, or in house. 10. Keep your fork or spoon down between bites. "Food Options that can we taken as much as we want Green salads (capsicum, lettuce leaves, cabbage, tomato, cucumber etc.), clear vegetable soups, very thin buttermilk, jaljeera and lime water without sugar in between or along with the meals Do you have any questions for me? "Breakfast Options 1. 1 cup tea/coffee (no sugar or you can use Stevia which is easily available in any medical shop its a natural sweetener 2. 30gms or 1 Fist (Muthi) Poha / Upma / Oats / Wheatflakes / Museli / 2 Idli (Avoid coconut chutney) 1 Dosa /small Uttapam/1 brown bread sandwhich (no butter, cheese, aloo)/2 Eggwhite omelette sandwhich/1 bowl sprouts/1 bowl curd. "Midmorning/ late evening snacks • 1 bowl popcorn/1 bowl kurmurabhel/1 bowl roasted Chana/ 2- 3 Marie biscuits/2 digestive biscuits/ sprouts/ fruits /vegetable soup/salads. "Lunch and Dinner- Oil- 3-4tsp /day. • Start with 1 big bowl of salad • Roti Options - 2 chapati /1 bajra/ 1 jowar roti /1 cup brown rice • Lentil Options - 1 cup dal/ curd/ kadhi/ pulses/rasam / sambhar/ 2-4 pcs low fat paneer/chicken /fish • 1 vati Vegetables (no potato)" "Exercise: A Must • Combination of cardio vascular exercises and weight training can bring effective weight loss with the diet. • Running, jogging, cycling, swimming and dancing are some best forms of cardio vascular exercises which burn fat instantly. • Working out with dumbles, oushups, pull-ups, weight lifting are the exercises which help to firm he lose muscle and shape up our body" "A Big No No to these Food items I know you can do it • Sugar, honey, jaggery, sweet items (confectionary, barfis, chocolate, ice cream, puddings etc.) Fried foods (Wada, bhajiya, wafers, samosa, farsan etc.). Thickening agents like corn floor and maida in soups. Soft drinks (cola, Pepsi, limca, thums up etc.) and alcohol. • Reused oils and hydrogenated fats (dalda, vanaspati). Fruits like mango, banana, chickoo, jackfruit and grapes. Follow this for 2 weeks and incase you have any queries in between feel free to message me back and book my appointment.
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Popular Health Tips

Hair Fall & Premature Gray Hair - Ayurvedic Tips That Can Help!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD(Ayurveda)
Ayurveda, Guwahati
Hair Fall & Premature Gray Hair - Ayurvedic Tips That Can Help!

Are you looking for a natural and effective treatment for hair fall and premature graying of your hair? You should consider Ayurveda for dealing with these conditions without the fear of harmful side effects on your body. Hair fall refers to the condition in which excessive hair loss is experienced from your scalp. According to Ayurveda, these conditions are said to arise from ‘pitta dosha’ imbalances. The continuous disturbance of pitta can lead to hair loss and graying of hair. Consuming substances that enhance your pitta dosha results in premature gray hair. There are various Ayurvedic remedies for dealing with these conditions. The most important ones are as follows:

Panchakarma therapy

  • Panchakarma therapies such as Nasya, Virechana, and Shirodhara are effective for dealing with gray hair.
  • Virechana helps in balancing your vitiated pitta diosha.
  • Shirodhara using certain medicated oils also helps in reducing hair fall and hair graying.
  • You should use neem, shadbindu, and yashtimadhu oil for Nasya.
  • Regular hair massage using til oil that is made of amla and neem is essential for hair loss prevention.
  • You may apply ghee at the bottom of your feet with a bronze vessel before going to sleep. This is useful in converting your gray hair to black.

Diet

  • You have to avoid oily, spicy, and heavy food, along with coffee and tea.
  • Keep away from refined foods, junk food, carbonated drinks, alcohol.
  • Increase your intake of fresh fruits, vegetables.
  • You should prepare and drink a vegetable juice from lettuce, capsicum, alfalfa, and carrot.

Massage

  • Massaging your scalp is ideal for maintaining healthy hair, and preventing hair fall.
  • While massaging, the thumbs should be placed at the back of your ears, and the scalp should be rotated under your fingertips. Your scalp has to be moved along with your fingers.
  • After this, you should apply pressure against your scalp with your palms.
  • This is important for proper blood circulation, and the blood supply to your hair roots gets increased.

Yoga

  • It is considered that the nerve endings present under your fingernails are connected to the roots of your hair.
  • Rubbing your nails against each other helps in improving the blood circulation on your scalp.
  • The Prasanna mudra involves keeping hand near on your chest and rubbing your nails of eight fingers against one another for about 10 minutes. This should be undertaken regularly for 30 days. This helps in slowing down hair fall, reduces gray hair, and split ends.

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

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10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

PG Diploma in Nutrition & Diabeties, M.Sc.in Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

Navaratri is just around the corner, and it will culminate into Dussehra. Each of the nine days of the festival is dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.

It is a time of fasting, and it is considered to be the best time to cleanse the body and make the body stronger. Most people who undergo fasting do not consume pulse, grain, and meat during this period which would make the body devoid of essential nutrients. It is important to make the most of this time, it’s also important to stay healthy and maintain a diet that helps you get through the coming 9 days of continuous fasting. Hence, here is an insight into how to carry on with the fasting and enjoy the festive spirit healthily.

Tips To Fasting In A Healthy Way!

  1. It is always better to eat small meals instead of complete starvation. This will help in maintaining the proper amount of blood glucose level and ensure that one does not get tired easily.
  2. Unless you are on a 'nirjal vrat' (fast where you don't even have water), keep yourself hydrated. It is always good to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water. Other liquids like coconut water, buttermilk, green tea and lemon water are healthy additions.
  3. As the body is devoid of any regular source of protein during this time, the diet can comprise Amaranth, which is an excellent source of protein. Amaranth porridge with milk or daliya with lots of vegetables can just fuel up the body for the whole day.
  4. High carbohydrate foods like potatoes and sabudana should be combined with fibrous vegetables like cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, bottle gourd, etc.
  5. The vegetables should be roasted, grilled or baked instead of deep-frying them.
  6. To make up for the deficiency of carbohydrates and protein, you can also make chapattis or pooris with the help of Kuttu. Samak rice is also very good for the digestive system during this time. It should be accompanied with lots of vegetables.
  7. The craving for sweet can be met by fruits, apple kheer, Samak rice kheer, and raita. One should not go for food which is deep-fried or those easily available packets of salted snacks. This is because they are high in salt and fat content. Almonds, raisins or walnuts can be taken in.
  8. Refined sugar should never be used and should be substituted with healthy alternatives like jaggery or honey.
  9. During this time, if a heavy lunch is taken, the dinner should be kept light.
  10. While cooking food, rock salt or sendha namak should be the only salt which is used. It helps in keeping the blood pressure levels in control and also helps in better absorption of minerals.

Fasting is an age-old phenomenon, practiced for ages for religious purposes aimed at improving good health if done right. Embrace the joy of festival with the best of fasting recipes. From old favorurites to new ones, indulge in a lot more than just a usual fare-

#Recipe1: Banana Walnut Lassi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat yoghurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3-4 walnuts (or include Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pine nuts)
  • 1 tsp seeds (mix of flax seeds and sesame seeds)
  • 1-2 tsp honey

Method-

  1. Step-I In a food processor, pour yoghurt, whey powder, flax seed, sesame seeds, walnuts, honey and bananas.
  2. Step-II Blend it well till smooth and creamy.
  3. Step-III Transfer into a glass and garnish with chopped walnuts before serving.

#Recipe2: Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sabudana (sago)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (roasted)
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
  • 3-4 sabut lal Mirch (whole dried red pepper)
  • 1 sprig kadhi patta (curry leaves)
  • 2 tsp or to taste sendha Namak (white rock salt)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp hara dhania (coriander leaves)
  • 1 tsp green chillies, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak Sabudana in water for about an hour.
  2. Step-II Drain, then spread over a thick cloth for about 1hour. It is important for the water to drain out very well and there should be no moisture.
  3. Step-III In a bowl, mix sabudana, peanuts, sendha namak or rock salt, and chilli powder very well, so that it is coated well with this mixture.
  4. Step-IV Heat the ghee and add zeera, lal mirch and kadhi patta.
  5. Step-V When mirch darkens a bit, add sabudana mixture and turn around over low heat till cooked through.
  6. Step-VI Take it off the heat, add the lemon juice and mix well.
  7. Step-VII Serve garnished with the coriander leaves and green chillies.

#Recipe3: Sabudana Bhel Recipe
Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup sabudana 
  • 1 medium-sized potato (boiled and peeled)
  • 1 pinch red chili powder 
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts 
  • 1 tablespoon cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • few drops of lemon juice or as required
  • rock salt or sendha namak as required

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak the sabudana in enough water overnight or for 4-5 hours.
  2. Step-II In a pan, dry roast the peanuts till they are browned and crisp. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Step-III In the same pan, roast the cashews till golden. Remove and keep aside.
  4. Step-IV Heat 2 tsp of oil in the same pan. Add the sabudana and continue to stir while sauting them.
  5. Step-V Stir and cook till the sabudana pearls become transparent, softened and completely cooked.
  6. Step-VI Mix the mashed boiled potatoes, peanuts, cashews, coriander leaves, lemon juice, rock salt, red chili powder.
  7. Step-VII Garnish with a few coriander leaves and serve the sabudana bhel in bowls.

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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Sore Throat - Homeopathic Remedies For It!

BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Sore Throat - Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Homeopathy is considered to be an untested medicine for many. This is why so many patients who have a sore throat immediately turn to tablets, hot water or even syrups to relieve the pain. Different causes of a sore throat will have different remedies.

Here are the some of the homeopathic remedies for different causes of a sore throat.

  1. Belladonna: This is the best medicine when there is any difficulty swallowing. It is also very readily available.
  2. HeparSulph: Heparsulph is generally used when there is a sensation in your throat, which feels like there is some sort of splinter.
  3. Phosporus: Phosphorus is a more widely used homeopathic remedy. It is used to treat what is called as 'clergyman's' sore throat. This is when there is a tickling sensation in the larynx.
  4. Lachesis: This is also a very uncommon and rarely required medicine. However, sometimes our throat feels sore only when we take liquids. In this case, lachesis is the ideal remedy.
  5. Bryonia: Bryonia is a much more common homeopathy. It is used when there is a cough accompanying the sore throat.
  6. Merc sol: Tonsilltis is generally considered to be a condition too serious to cure with homeopathy. However, Merc sol does do this effectively. Belladonna is also pretty good at it. They also help with a sore throat.
  7. Arsenicum album: This medication is most commonly used when a sore throat is accompanied by a cold.
  8. Aconite: Aconite is considered even better than arsenicum album in treating a sore throat which is also accompanied by a cold.
  9. Capsicum: This is a great homeopathic rememdy for a pain in the throat which goes all the way to the ears.
  10. Argentium metallicum: Argentium Metallicum is used when the soreness of your throat worsens with the use of the voice. Professional singers and public speakers are especially in need of this medicine as they frequently use their voice.
  11. Chamomilla: This remedy is especially great for helping cure sore throat in children. 
  12. Baryta carbonicum: This is a remedy used for a very similar reason to what chamomilla is used for.

15 Do's And Don'ts About Diet For High Uric Acid Levels!

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
15 Do's And Don'ts About Diet For High Uric Acid Levels!

High uric acid: 15 dos and don'ts about diet for high uric acid levels

High uric acid levels in the blood stream can lead to a common form of arthritis called gout.

To prevent gout, it is essential to maintain good eating habits and have proper medication. To reduce the uric acid levels in blood, you may need to limit intake of alcohol, sugary foods and reduce purine rich foods like meat, poultry, seafood and pulses. Vegetables such as cauliflower, asparagus, spinach, peas and mushroom also contain a lot of purines. Digestion of purine leads to the formation of uric acid. If uric acid is not eliminated normally which is seen in gout sufferers, it can build up in the blood stream leading to joint inflammation and pain.

1. Water
Water flushes out toxins including excess uric acid from the body. Have at least 10- 12 glasses of water daily. 

2. Cherries
Cherries have anti - inflammatory substances named anthocyanis that help reduce uric acid levels. It prevents the uric acid from crystallizing and being deposited in the joints. Cherries also neutralize the acids and help prevent inflammation and pain. 200 gms per day is very effective in bringing down uric acid.

3. Berries
Berries especially strawberries, and blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties so include them in your diet.

4. Apple
Malic acid in apple neutralizes uric acid and thus provides relief to the sufferers. You should consume one apple daily after a meal.

5. Lime
The citric acid found in lime is a solvent of the uric acid. The juice of half a lime squeezed into a glass of water should be taken twice daily.

6. French bean juice
Another effective home remedy for gout is french beans juice. The healthy juice can be consumed twice everyday for treating gout or high uric acid.

7. Celery seed
This is a popular home remedy to lower uric acid levels in the body. Have celery seeds extract to get best results.

8. Apple cider vinegar
Drink apple cider vinegar. Add 3 teaspoons of vinegar to 8 ounces of water and have it 2-3 times every day to treat uric acid.

9. Pinto beans
A diet rich in folic acid can help lower uric acid naturally. Folic acid rich foods like pinto beans, sunflower seeds and lentils should be included in your diet.

10. Vegetable juices
Carrot juice in combination with beet and cucumber juice is also very effective. 100 ml each of beet juice and cucumber juice should be mixed with 300 ml carrot juice and taken daily.
Low fat dairy products like milk, curd help lower uric acid level.

11. Foods rich in vit c
Include vitamin c rich foods & supplements in your daily diet to reduce uric acid in the body. It disintegrates uric acid and forces it out of the body through urine. Good sources of vitamin c are awla, guava, kiwi, sweet lime, oranges, capsicum, lemon, tomato and green leafy veg.

12. High-fibre foods
According to the university of maryland medical center, adding foods high in dietary fibre may help lower uric acid levels in your blood. Dietary fibre may help absorb uric acid in your bloodstream, allowing it to be eliminated from your body through your kidneys.

 Increase the consumption of dietary soluble fibers such as isabgol, oats, broccoli, apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, celery, and carrots, barley.
Bananas are also beneficial in lowering uric acid.

13. Green tea
Consume green tea on a regular basis to control hyperuricemia (high uric acid levels) and lower your risk of developing gout.

14. Eating grains that are more alkaline such as jowar, bajra are helpful.

15. Vegetables
Tomatoes, broccoli, and cucumbers are some of the veggies that you need to start including in your meals. Tomatoes are one of the best vegetables that you could have for lowering uric acid. Fresh tomato is alkaline by nature and when it is exposed to the blood stream it increases the alkalinity of the blood. Raw vegetables like potatoes or corns are effective to reduce uric acid in the body. Have them raw or steam these vegetables.

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Burning Pain or Tingling Sensation in Hands or Feet. What it is?

MBBS, MD - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Pain Management Specialist, Jaipur
Burning Pain or Tingling Sensation in Hands or Feet. What it is?

If you are suffering from burning pain or tingling sensation in hands or feet; sharp shooting pain in legs; numbness in hands or feet, then you might be suffering from Neuropathic pain.

What is neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain is a special type of pain which occurs when there is damage to nerve fibers,which produces tingling or burning type of pain.It is of two types:

1. Peripheral Neuropathic pain: It occurs when there is injury to peripheral nerve fibers (A-delta or C-fibers)which carries pain sensation to brain (Thalamus) for interpretation. 

2. Central Neuropathic pain: It occurs due to sensitization of central pain interpreting mechanisms (Thalamus) to falsely feel pain, when peripheral nerve fibers are no longer sending pain impulses to them.

Worldwide-estimates of prevalence of neuropathic pain are 7% i.e. 7 persons out of 100 people are suffering from different types of neuropathic pain.

Symptoms:

a.Tingling sensation or feeling of ants crawling under skin

b.Burning sensation

c. Sharp shooting pain or electric current-like sensation 

d. Stabbing pain

e. Dull pain with numbness or heaviness

Reasons for neuropathic pain:

1. Diabetes mellitus: Most common cause worldwide due to uncontrolled blood sugar levels, causing damage to nerve fibers.

2. Alcohol consumption/Cigarette smoking: Damage to nerve fibers or damage to blood vessels supplying nerve fibers.

3. Neck pain/Low Back pain/ Glutei pain

4. Vit. B12 deficiency

5. Chemotherapy for cancer patients

6. Post-Herpes virus infection

7. Post-Spine surgery

8. Post-Amputation

9. Diseases like Spinal cord injury,multiple sclerosis, HIV, Lead toxicity, etc.

Special Neuropathies:

a. Carpal tunnel syndromeTingling, burning sensation in hand which occurs due to compression of median nerve in wrist area. It occurs in women especially due to pregnancy, hypothyroidism,diabetes, etc. and in men due to improper position of wrist during working on computers.

b. Cervical Radiculopathy: Pain in neck and shoulder region (which increases with neck movements), along with sharpshooting pain radiating from neck to hand occurs in cases of cervical radiculopathy. This is due to compression of cervical nerve root by disc prolapse, facet subluxation, muscle spasm, trauma,etc.

c. Lumbar Radiculopathy: Pain in lower back or glutei region with sharp shooting pain radiating from hip to leg/foot region, occurs in cases of Lumbar radiculopathy or Sciatica. This is due to compression of lumbar nerve root or sciatic nerve by disc prolapse, facet joint, trauma, hypertrophied ligamentum flavum, piriformis syndrome, etc.

d. Meralgia paresthetica: Tingling or burning sensation in front of thigh, occurs due to compression of lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh, near waist region. Usual causes are tight or constrictive clothing at waist region, prolonged sitting, protuberant abdomen,etc.

Prevention of Neuropathy:

a. AVOID Alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking.

b. Maintain ideal body weight / BMI (Body mass index)

c. Life-style changes: Daily exercises (>30 minutes per day) or brisk walking or swimming; Avoid prolonged sitting or standing (>30 minutes).

d. Food/Diet should have following components:

  • Green vegetables e.g. spinach, fenugreek leaves (methi), radish,etc.
  • Coloured vegetables e.g. Tomato, carrot, Capsicum (green/red), ladies-finger (bhindi).
  • Milk products e.g.Milk, buttermilk, curd, cheese (paneer)
  • Protein-rich foods e.g.  Fish, egg, chicken, pulses(daal)
  • Fiber-rich foods e.g. Bran, oats, Brown-rice.
  • Fruits e.g. Apple, orange, guava, papaya, pomegranate, Berries.

e. Blood sugar control (in diabetics)

f.  Care of feet:

  • Regular inspection of feet (with mirror).
  • Comfortable,well-fitted shoes.
  • Regularconsultation with podiatrist.
  • Treatmentof wounds, foot deformities

g.  Adequate sleep

h.  Warm water bath (increases blood flow to affected area)

Treatment:-         

  • Consult Pain medicine specialist.
  • Neuropathic pain killers e.g. Amitriptyllline, Pregabalin, Gabapentin, capsaicin,Duloxetine, etc.
  • Vit.B12 supplements, Anti-oxidants, multi-vitamins.
  • TENS
  • Acupuncture
  • Relaxation,Yoga
  • NeuralProlotherapy
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Capsicum
Nutritional Value of Capsicum
Health Benefits of Capsicum
Prevents Cancer
Helps alleviate Crohn’s disease
Gives a healthy heart
Improves overall health
Cures Yellow Fever
Helps eradicate gastrointestinal disorders
Alleviates menopausal symptoms
Gives glowing skin
Reduces arthritic pain
Useful in preventing Diabetes
Cures food poisoning
Uses of Capsicum
Side-Effects & Allergies of Capsicum
Cultivation of Capsicum