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Benefits of Iceberg Lettuce And Its Side Effects

Iceberg lettuce does not have as much nutritional and health benefits as other vegetables but there are some good effects. It is low in calories and do not add to your body weight when it is consumed. Due to the presence of good amounts of folate, this vegetable helps to prevent birth defects and other pre-natal conditions. It also contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C which have a lot of beneficial effects.

Benefits of Iceberg Lettuce And Its Side Effects

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Iceberg Lettuce
Nutritional Value of Iceberg Lettuce
Health Benefits of Iceberg Lettuce
Protects your heart
Helps to strengthen body immunity
Provides you with a healthy body
Helps to prevent anemia
Helps in digestion
Helps to cure insomnia
Helps to prevent birth defects
Nourishes the cells of the body
Helps in blood clotting
Helps to fight male problems
Uses of Iceberg Lettuce
Side-Effects & Allergies of Iceberg Lettuce
Cultivation of Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg lettuce is often referred as a ‘useless’ vegetable and there is also a joke stating that this vegetable will provide as much nutrients as a cardboard. Despite the fact that the iceberg lettuce has far less number of nutrients when compared to other green vegetables, it is not altogether ‘useless’ and has a few benefits. It was called the ‘crisphead lettuce’ when it was first introduced in the market in 1945. It later came to be known as iceberg lettuce as the vegetable had to be carried in large trucks covered with ice from one place to another. It is crunchy in nature and is often included as one of the key ingredients in any salad.

Nutritional Value of Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg lettuce is low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol. However, it is rich in potassium and manganese and also contains iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It is also a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6 and thiamin.

Health Benefits of Iceberg Lettuce

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Iceberg Lettuce
Health Benefits of Iceberg Lettuce

Protects your heart

The potassium content in iceberg lettuce helps to check blood pressure and heart rate and thereby takes care of your heart. Iceberg lettuce also contains essential nutrients that help to harden the arteries while the dietary fiber in this vegetable regulates the blood flow rate to the heart.

Helps to strengthen body immunity

Iceberg lettuce has essential minerals like manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus and calcium that help to strengthen our body’s immunity. These mineral compounds tend to act against the harmful free radicals in our bodies and protects from viral infections and related diseases.

Provides you with a healthy body

Iceberg lettuce provides you with a healthy body as it contain Vitamin A. This vitamin helps to keep your eyes healthy, bones stronger and also helps to strengthen the immune system.

Helps to prevent anemia

Iceberg lettuce is rich in iron which helps to form red blood cells. Iron also helps to transport oxygen to various parts of our body. Presence of optimum number of red blood cells in our body is essential for the prevention of anemia.

Helps in digestion

Iceberg lettuce helps to digest food. It helps to break down heavy carbohydrates and proteins and enables your stomach to function properly. Thus it allows for smooth movement of bowels and helps to cure constipation and acid reflux.

Helps to cure insomnia

Iceberg lettuce relaxes eyes and body and helps you to get a sound sleep. Thus it can prove beneficial for people with insomnia to incorporate this vegetable in your diet.

Helps to prevent birth defects

Folate is present in rich quantities in iceberg lettuce. Birth defects like spina bifida and anencephaly can be avoided if pregnant women include iceberg lettuce in their diet. It also reduces risks of neural tube defects in pregnant women.

Nourishes the cells of the body

Iceberg lettuce helps to keep the cells of the body nourished by maintaining the fluid balance in the cells. This vegetable contains potassium which is one of the most important components of cell body fluids and helps to maintain the fluidic motion of cells.

Helps in blood clotting

Vitamin K helps in the production of proteins which are required by the body for normal clotting of blood. Iceberg lettuce, which is rich in Vitamin K, thus helps in blood clotting.

Helps to fight male problems

Uses of Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg lettuce is a favorite choice for use in sandwiches and salads due to its mild flavor and firm, crunchy texture. It adds a pleasant crunchy flavor to salads. The uniform, pale-green leaves of this vegetable make it easy to be used in sandwiches. This food can last a long time in the refrigerator and thus allow you to consume it at your own convenience without worrying about it getting rotten.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Iceberg Lettuce

As iceberg lettuce is mostly made up of water, harm to your health can only be caused if you consume a lot of it. Excessive consumption of this vegetable can lead to carotenodermia as it contains beta-carotene. However, iceberg lettuce contains a high percentage of pesticide residues which are very harmful for our health.

Cultivation of Iceberg Lettuce

It is recommended to start growing iceberg lettuces indoors so as to provide time for the lettuce to mature before the hot weather sets in. This vegetable is generally a cool weather crop that requires a long growing season. This crop requires 80-90 days to mature. It requires moist soil and it is essential to cover the seeds lightly with a fine starter soil.

Popular Questions & Answers

My father is having shrinkage in Lt. Kidney and irregular in outline. What precautions and diet is suggested.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Recommended Avoid Skim or fat-free milk, non-dairy creamer, plain yogurt, sugar-free yogurt, sugar-free pudding, sugar-free ice cream, sugar-free nondairy frozen desserts* *Portions of dairy products are often limited to 4 ounces due to high protein, potassium or phosphorus content Chocolate milk, buttermilk, sweetened yogurt, sugar sweetened pudding, sugar sweetened ice cream, sugar sweetened nondairy frozen desserts Breads and starches Recommended Avoid White, wheat, rye, sourdough, whole wheat and whole grain bread, unsweetened, refined dry cereals, cream of wheat, grits, malt-o-meal, noodles, white or whole wheat pasta, rice, bagel (small), hamburger bun, unsalted crackers, cornbread (made from scratch), flour tortilla Bran bread, frosted or sugar-coated cereals, instant cereals, bran or granola, gingerbread, pancake mix, cornbread mix, biscuits, salted snacks including: potato chips, corn chips and crackers Whole wheat cereals like wheat flakes and raisin bran, oatmeal, and whole grain hot cereals contain more phosphorus and potassium than refined products. Fruits and juices Recommended Avoid Apples, apple juice, applesauce, apricot halves, berries including: strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries and blueberries, low sugar cranberry juice, cherries, fruit cocktail, grapefruit, grapes, grape juice, kumquats, mandarin oranges, pears, pineapple, plums, tangerine, watermelon, fruit canned in unsweetened juice Avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, dried fruits including: dates, raisins and prunes, fresh pears, honeydew melon, kiwis, kumquats, star fruit, mangos, papaya, nectarines, oranges and orange juice, pomegranate, fruit canned in syrup Starchy vegetables Recommended Avoid Corn, peas, mixed vegetables with corn and peas (eat these less often because they are high in phosphorus), potatoes (soaked to reduce potassium, if needed) Baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, baked beans, dried beans (kidneys, lima , lentil, pinto or soy), succotash, pumpkin, winter squash Non-starchy vegetables Recommended Avoid Asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, frozen broccoli cuts, green beans, iceberg lettuce, kale, leeks, mustard greens, okra, onions, red and green peppers, radishes, raw spinach (1/2 cup), snow peas, summer squash, turnips Artichoke, fresh bamboo shoots, beet greens, cactus, cooked Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, rutabagas, sauerkraut , cooked spinach, tomatoes, tomato sauce or paste, tomato juice, vegetable juice
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Sir recently I did a hemogram test in which lymphocytes is 55 required is (85-100). Please advice what to do next.

MBBS, MD, DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Indore
Your immune system and white blood cells work together to fight infections. You can naturally increase your white blood cell count, which in turn improves your overall immune system. Foods that stimulate growth of lymphocytes are - 1. Vitamin E - It’s one of the most important antioxidant and immune boosters around. Vitamin E naturally stimulates the production of what are known as “killer cells.” These are cells that seek out and kill off germs and cancer cells 2. Zinc - This mineral is vital for the production of white blood cells that fight infection. Zinc also helps them fight much more aggressively. Zinc increases the number of killer cells and allows white blood cells to release more antibodies in their fight against infections. 3. Green Tea - Green tea is absolutely packed full of antioxidants ,that makes it a great detox tea as well. It supports the immune system and helps your body fight infection. 4. Vitamin C - Vitamin C improves your immune system by increasing your body’s production of white blood cells and antibodies that fight viruses and bacteria 5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids- Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, along with flax oil, improve your immune system by increasing something called phagocytes. These are white blood cells that literally eat up bacteria 6. Vitamin A and carotenoids - Increasing your daily intake of vitamin A will increase the number of lymphocyte white blood cells in your body. These cells attack and kill foreign invaders as well as cancer cells. 7. Yogurt - Over and over studies show that persons who consumed probiotics, such as the kind in yogurt, had stronger immune systems than those who did not. Probiotics appear to improve and boost your white blood cell count 8. Garlic- Garlic promotes the ability of white blood cells to fight off the bad guys and stimulates other immune cells into action. Garlic is also an antioxidant that cuts down on the build-up of free radicals in the blood. If above things doesn't help, then contact us for homeopathic treatment.

Hi, blood ki kami dur kaise kre or health bhi nhi ban rhi. Blood ki kami h, pet m stone h, appendix infection h, .to family planning kre to koi problem to nhi aayegi.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
First correct blood ki kami do Spinach, beet root, tomato, pomegranate, apple, (green) dates,soybean, egg, whole grain atta, honey, nuts, raisins ,almond lemon sprouts, pea nut Beet root juice+ apple juice + ginger + lemon medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat.

What is the reason that my rate of haemoglobin are stable at 7.4 and not increasing?

Homeopathy, BHMS, Msc dietitics & food service management, PG DHA
Homeopath, Delhi
Dear lybrate-user, In India mostly females are anemic due to poor diet. However anemia can be due to more causes. It might be vit. B 12 deficiency, iron deficiency or any chroNic disease. You need to consult your nearest doctor to see the reason in your case. Do let me know then.

Doctor mere w.b.c cells high aaye the test me w.b.c cells ka sperm cell se koi concern he mujhe ye laga he ki w.b.c cells high matlb sperm cell high he mere? Please advice

Homeopathy, BHMS, Msc dietitics & food service management, PG DHA
Homeopath, Delhi
Dear lybrate-user, WBC has no direct connection with sperm count. WBC rises if you have any infection. If have any problem. Consult doctor. Or share problem at this portal.

Popular Health Tips

How to Build a Healthy Salad?

PG Dip Diet, B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
How to Build a Healthy Salad?

Not all salads are healthy. Making a salad loaded with potatoes and cream is definitely not going to make you healthier or help you lose weight. The healthiest salads are the ones you make at home. Salads in restaurants are often as calorie heavy as anything else on the menu. If you want to make a healthy salad, here's what you need to do.

  • Put in plenty of greens: Greens like romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, spring green and baby spinach are filling, full of fiber and very low in calories. This also makes your salad very rich in nutrients. Slice these leaves in ribbons or roughly tear them into small pieces to form the foundation of your salad.
  • Use lots of fresh vegetables: A salad is the ideal way to enjoy vegetables. While vegetables like cucumber, onion, carrots, beets and tomatoes can be eaten raw, others like mushrooms, corn and broccoli will need to be steamed or lightly sautéed before being added to a salad. Avoid frying any vegetables in lots of oil. This negates the concept of a salad and makes it rich in calories instead of being rich in nutrients.
  • Add some protein: Whether you're vegetarian or non vegetarian, do not forget to add a portion of protein to your salad. Beans, chickpeas, tofu and cottage cheese are ideal options for vegetarians while non vegetarians can choose between eggs, chicken, fish, proscuitto etc. Along with being necessary for nutrition, this also makes your salad filling and keeps you feeling full for longer.
  • Limit the extras: Everything is good in small quantities. If you want to add flavouring agents like cheese, nuts, avocado, croutons etc to your salad limit it to one flavouring agent or extra. This gives your salad a different taste while not making it too fattening.
  • Dress carefully: Dressing is where a salad can go from healthy to unhealthy. A light vinaigrette salad dressing is the best way to finish your salad. If you like your salads creamy, use fresh or hung yogurt instead of mayonnaise. When ordering a salad at a restaurant, ask for your dressing on the side so that you can limit the amount used. Adding a splash of vinegar is an easy way to make a heavy dressing lighter without losing too much flavor.
  • Add some crunch: Lastly, sprinkle toasted seeds or air popped popcorn over your salad to add an element of crunchiness to your meal. Chia, hemp and sunflower seeds add to the overall flavor of the salad and are also packed with vitamins and minerals. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.
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DIET FOR SKINCARE

MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Pathanamthitta
DIET FOR SKINCARE
Green leaves and vegetbles are rich in chlorophyll. Romaine lettuce is as good as spinach and ten times more potent an antioxidant than iceberg lettuce. Include them in sandwiches and salads.
Orange colour fruits and vegetables like orange, carrot, papaya and pumpkin are rich in beta carotene and vitamin c. These act as systemic sunscreens and anticancer agents.

4 Recommended Natural Sex Boosters

MBBS
Sexologist, Panchkula
4 Recommended Natural Sex Boosters

Viagra doesn’t boost your libido, it simply works when the man is sexually aroused, by giving him the power to perform and enjoy a passionate stance. Instead of depending on an external drug, go natural by adopting the following means by not only increasing your libido but also enhancing performance.

4 powerful ways to make your sex life better

1) Natural Nitric Boosters - They are a must have if you want a better sexual health. Nitric oxide is one of the main reasons behind an ‘erection’ and therefore, it can be directly taken in the form of food or as a supplement. It helps in preventing blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and improves the blood flow. There are certain foods that can boost nitric oxide naturally, such as dark chocolate, walnuts, pomegranate, watermelon, brown rice, beets and garlic.

2) Exercise - It is important to exercise and stay fit if you want a healthier sex life. You shouldn’t have to do furious strength training. Instead, simply opt for cardio exercises, do strength training or weight lifting if you like. 

3) The greens - There are several greens that, when combined with the bacteria in your gut can help in transforming nitrites to nitric oxide. This includes cabbage, iceberg lettuce, parsley, spinach, celery and collard greens.

4) Sunlight - Sunlight provides us with Vitamin D and also gives the skin an opportunity to synthesize more nitric oxide. 
 

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Boost Your Sex Drive With These 7 Foods

FRAS, MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Ernakulam
Boost Your Sex Drive With These 7 Foods
There are phases in life when you do not feel energetic enough to engage in sex. It could be due to stress, long work hours or other biological reasons. A healthy, active sexual life helps in reducing a number of health issues, keeps you de-stressed, happier and most importantly, helps in keeping the relationship's spark alive! Certain foods are known to address just that and help in running your libido.

Try these boosters to get the spark back in your life.

1) Black Raspberries - They will get you into mood. Snack on it as it helps in increasing your sexual endurance. Consume at least 10 black raspberries an hour before getting busy.

2) Figs - Figs are considered excellent stimulants of fertility, enhance the secretion of pheromones. Try feasting on a few figs every day to notice a difference.

3) Cloves - Cloves are sex-superfoods. In fact, they have been used as a natural treatment for sexual dysfunction for years. They possess aphrodisiac qualities. Having a few will naturally up your libido.

4) Watermelon - Watermelon is known for boosting serotonin and endorphin levels, both of which are linked to improved sexual performance. Have the fruit regularly.

5) Eggs - Poach them, scramble them, make an omelette or do a sunny side up. There are just so many ways to eat an egg. But no matter how you eat it, the results will be the same - your libido will rocket up. It is used for heart ailments and erectile dysfunction as well.

6) Ginger - A little bit of ginger every day boosts circulation and so enhances your libido.

7) Lettuce - Lettuce is a libido booster for both men and women. Have iceberg lettuce with little salad or just nibble it and you will be good to go!

If you have any questions on improving sexual health, please click on 'Consult.

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High Antioxidant Fruits & Vegetable

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Chennai
High Antioxidant Fruits & Vegetable

Antioxidant substances in plants help maintain health and repair cellular damage. They protect other compounds from oxidation by being oxidized themselves. Antioxidants act as preservatives that prevent the fats in foods from becoming rancid and prevent other damage to food caused by oxygen, according to Eleanor Whitney and Sharon Rolfes in “Understanding Nutrition.”

In the body, smoking, sunlight and pollution increase oxidation, according to Kansas State University researchers. Antioxidants protect against the free radical molecules that are produced by the breakdown of food in the body and by environmental exposure to tobacco smoke or radiation.


Fruits and Vegetables


The level of antioxidant capacity in foods measured in ORACs, Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, allows comparison of antioxidants in various fruits and vegetables. According to testing of fruits and vegetables at Kansas State University, prunes had the highest level of antioxidants at 57,701 ORACs. The next highest were raisins at 2,830, blueberries at 2,400 and blackberries at 2,036.

Next in descending order of ORACs came garlic at 1,940, Kale at 1,770, strawberries at 1,540, spinach at 1,260 and raspberries at 1,220. Fruits and vegetables with between 1,000 and 500 ORACS were Brussels sprouts, plums, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli flowers, beets, oranges, red grapes, red bell pepper, cherries, kiwi fruit and pink grapefruit. Fruits and vegetables with increasingly smaller antioxidant capacity included white grapes, onions, yellow corn, eggplant, cauliflower, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, leaf lettuce, string beans, carrots, yellow squash, iceberg lettuce, celery and cucumbers.

Beverages


Green and black teas tested by Kansas State University had a much higher antioxidant capacity than the vegetables tested. Of the fruit juices tested, grape juice had the highest antioxidant level, followed by grapefruit, tomato, orange and apple juice, in that order.

Benefits


Many fruits and some vegetables contain high levels of carotenoids, vitamins, phenols, flavonoids and glutathionine. These antioxidants, according to the USDA Agricultural Research Service, can act as free radical scavengers, decompose peroxide, quench singlet and triplet oxygen as well as inhibit some enzymes. By decreasing the high levels of free radicals generated by metabolism, antioxidants decrease oxidative stress and prevent biochemical and physiological injury that can lead to functional impairment or cell death.

Considerations

Various free antioxidants have been associated with lower cancer and heart disease mortality rates, according to the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Kansas State University research suggests that eating plenty of foods high in antioxidants helps slow the processes associated with aging and protect against many chronic diseases. 

Most people would benefit by eating more fruits and vegetables. Eating generous amounts of fruits and veggies helps the body fight disease, according to Whitney and Rolfes.” Adults should choose 2½ cups fruit and 2 to 3 cups vegetables each day from among colorful plant groups that are high in antioxidants.

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Table of Content

Iceberg Lettuce
Nutritional Value of Iceberg Lettuce
Health Benefits of Iceberg Lettuce
Protects your heart
Helps to strengthen body immunity
Provides you with a healthy body
Helps to prevent anemia
Helps in digestion
Helps to cure insomnia
Helps to prevent birth defects
Nourishes the cells of the body
Helps in blood clotting
Helps to fight male problems
Uses of Iceberg Lettuce
Side-Effects & Allergies of Iceberg Lettuce
Cultivation of Iceberg Lettuce