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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Owing to the presence of flavonoid in them, capsicums have been instrumental in reducing symptoms associated with menopause in women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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
#Recipe2: Sabudana Khichdi Recipe
#Recipe3: Sabudana Bhel Recipe
If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.
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.
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.
Water flushes out toxins including excess uric acid from the body. Have at least 10- 12 glasses of water daily.
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.
Berries especially strawberries, and blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties so include them in your diet.
Malic acid in apple neutralizes uric acid and thus provides relief to the sufferers. You should consume one apple daily after a meal.
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.
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.
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:
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.
a.Tingling sensation or feeling of ants crawling under skin
c. Sharp shooting pain or electric current-like sensation
d. Stabbing pain
e. Dull pain with numbness or heaviness
Reasons for neuropathic pain:
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
6. Post-Herpes virus infection
7. Post-Spine surgery
9. Diseases like Spinal cord injury,multiple sclerosis, HIV, Lead toxicity, etc.
a. Carpal tunnel syndrome: Tingling, 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:
e. Blood sugar control (in diabetics)
f. Care of feet:
g. Adequate sleep
h. Warm water bath (increases blood flow to affected area)