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Benefits of Sunflower And Its Side Effects

The sunflower seeds are one of the most popular seeds in the world because of the number of benefits it has to offer. It is a mild seed, which is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Additionally, when consumed in moderate amounts, it can enable weight loss, good skin and hair, and better digestion. Furthermore, it is effective in treating and preventing debilitating diseases such as cancer, arthritis, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and hypertension, among others.

Benefits of Sunflower And Its Side Effects

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Sunflower
Nutritional Value of Sunflower
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Sunflower
Better Epidermal Health
Reduces Weight
Assists in Hair Care
Controls Cholesterol Levels
Balances Hormone Levels
Improves Gastrointestinal Health
Prevents Cancer
Treats Anxiety and Depression
Treats Insomnia
Aids Growth and Development of body
Treats Hypertension
Relieves the Symptoms of Arthritis
Uses of Sunflower
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sunflower
Cultivation of Sunflower

Sunflower

As the name suggests, the sunflower seed is the fruit of the sunflower plant. The term seed, is actually a misnomer. Since the ‘seed’ is contained inside the pericarp or hull, technically it is a cypsela. However, the hull is inedible. The edible portion is inside the hull, and is technically its heart or kernel. Nevertheless, in layman’s terms it is referred to as a ‘seed’. Botanically speaking, there are three varieties of the sunflower seed. The most common and most popular is the linoleic variety. The other two are known as high oleic and NuSun, the latter of which is developed uniquely for extracting sunflower oil. The classification of the seeds is based on the different levels of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids in them. From a commercial perspective, however, the classification is based on the husk’s pattern. Seeds with a solid black husk are called oil sunflower seeds, and as the name suggests, these seeds are pressed to extract oil. Seeds with a striped husk are used for culinary purposes and may be called confectionery sunflower seeds.

Nutritional Value of Sunflower

The benefits of consuming sunflower seeds are many, in fact a 100 gram serving can provide the body with 584 kcal of energy. Its most impressive properties include a 51% of daily value of fats, of which monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids make up the most part. Additionally, it is also abundant in vitamins and minerals. They can give anywhere between 23% and 129% of daily value of the vitamin B family and 234% daily value of vitamin E. Further, they are also abundant in minerals like manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron, and phosphorous, which can comprise between 40% and 94% of daily value. Sunflower seeds contain 36% daily value of fiber and they can give the body 20% of the daily required intake of carbohydrates and a similar value of proteins as well.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

584 Calories
51 g Total Fat
9 mg Sodium
645 mg Potassium
20 g Total Carbohydrate
21 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

1 % Vitamin A
0.07 Calcium
2 % Vitamin C
29 % Iron
65 % Vitamin B-6
81 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Sunflower

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

Better Epidermal Health

As mentioned earlier, sunflower seeds are extremely abundant in vitamin E. Just one-fourth of a cup, can give the body 80% of vitamin E that the body needs on a daily basis. Since vitamin E is super rich in antioxidants, they prevent symptoms of aging from showing in the body. Vitamin E increases the circulation of blood in the body. Therefore, it rejuvenates the skin by providing it with optimum levels of oxygen, and prevents signs of aging such as wrinkles from showing.

Reduces Weight

It is a common misconceptopn that the high fat content and the high calorie count in sunflower seeds is detrimental to those who are trying to lose weight, and instead increases weight. The thing to note about these seeds is that they are high in unsaturated fatty acids, which are essential to the body, and they also are abundant in dietary fiber. The unsaturated fatty acids contribute to improving the good cholesterol in the body while reducing bad cholesterol. This fiber can assist the body’s natural digestive process by enhancing nutrient absorption. It also bulks up waste matter, so that it is passed more easily through the body. The fiber also makes the body feel full for an extended period of time, thus minimizing the chances of overeating.

Assists in Hair Care

Vitamin E is not only beneficial for skin but also for hair. Regularly consuming sunflower seeds ensures that the hair repairs itself and gets a great texture. Along with antioxidants, sunflower seeds also contain minerals such as iron. Iron oxygenates the blood and facilitates better circulation. It drives blood flow into the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth. It is a great nutritional supplement during autumn, when a lack of moisture in the environment can cause problems like hair fall and dandruff.

Controls Cholesterol Levels

While good cholesterols are crucial for the body to function normally, bad cholesterol can cause many health problems such as heart diseases. Consuming sunflower seeds can prevent such problems. Sunflower seeds and pistachios are known for their abundance of a compound called phytosterols. This compound regulates bad cholesterol levels in the body. Additionally, it also reduces plaque deposition in blood vessels and arteries.

Balances Hormone Levels

The secretion of hormones in the body is regulated by the thyroid gland. Dysfunction in this gland is known to cause a condition known as thyroid diseases. This dysfunction is detrimental to health because it causes many other symptoms. Studies have shown that consuming sunflower seeds leads the thyroid gland to function at its optimum. There are more studies being conducted to understand the exact chemical cause and effect of this benefit.

Improves Gastrointestinal Health

As mentioned, sunflower seeds are high in dietary fiber. This fiber bulks up the stool and facilitates the peristaltic movement of the intestines, thus optimizing the digestive process. Another benefit of consuming this seed is that it makes uptake of nutrients more efficient in the gut by improving bacterial balance.

Prevents Cancer

Sunflower seeds are one of the few known sources of selenium, a trace mineral that prevents the occurrence and spread of cancer, according to some studies. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant. It therefore reduces oxidative stress and neutralizes the effects that free radicals can have on the body.

Treats Anxiety and Depression

Sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium in moderate amounts. A healthy serving of these seeds everyday can provide some part of the daily requirement of magnesium to the body. Studies have shown a direct link between the consumption of magnesium with an improvement in mood. Therefore, those who suffer from depression and anxiety should definitely consider adding sunflower seeds to their daily diet.

Treats Insomnia

All sleep specialists assert that the secret to a good night’s sleep is a relaxed body. An unrelaxed body will not get the required rest, irrespective of how many hours you sleep every day. The chemical compound that relaxation can be attributed to, is known as serotonin. This ‘feel good’ compound is generated by the conversion of tryptophan. The latter is found in abundance in sunflower seeds.

Aids Growth and Development of body

Although sunflower seeds are not abundant in protein, they still provide a number of essential amino acids, which the body cannot produce on its own, and that facilitate the growth and development of the body.

Treats Hypertension

Magnesium plays a critical role in the calcium channels of the body, which in turn can impact blood pressure and electrolyte balance. Just one-fourth of a cup of sunflower seeds can provide the body with 30% of its required intake of magnesium. Magnesium is key in treating the symptoms of hypertension, i.e. blood pressure and electrolyte levels.

Relieves the Symptoms of Arthritis

As we already know, sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, which has many antioxidant properties. Research shows that vitamin E has a direct impact on reducing inflammation in the body, including arthritis.

Uses of Sunflower

Sunflower seeds are one of the most popularly consumed seed varieties in the world today, especially in the United States. They are available as shelled as well as unshelled, and they are said to have a mild, nutty taste with a medium to firm texture. They can be eaten in a variety of ways, from raw and sprouted to roasted and toasted. Recently, there has been a spike in their use to create sunflower seed butter, as it is less likely to cause an allergy as compared to say, peanuts or almonds. Their mild flavor makes them an ideal garnish for a salad, or even to be mixed in stronger flavors like vegetable patties.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Sunflower

Although sunflower seeds are clearly very beneficial, they do have a number of side effects. Consuming large amounts of these seeds can lead to many health problems. For instance, it can impact the functioning of the kidneys. Sunflower seeds contain high levels of phosphorous, which when consumed excessively, can impact kidney function. The daily intake of these seeds should be limited to a maximum of half a cup, which ensures that all the required nutrients and benefits are realized without harming the body in any way. Further, excessive consumption can also result in weight gain. These seeds are absolutely delicious, so one can overeat them while being under the impression that they are a healthy snack. While they are healthy, excessiveness can undo their potential benefits and cause problems, instead. Just one-fourth of a cup of these seeds contains 200 calories, so consuming more than that increases calorie intake significantly. Additionally, these seeds can also cause rashes on the skin. As we know, sunflower seeds contain a trace mineral known as selenium. While selenium, in moderation, can prevent cancer, when consumed in excess it can produce a number of symptoms apart from skin rashes, including chronic fatigue and mood swings. Lastly, it can elevate blood pressure when consumption isn’t controlled. It elevates the level of sodium in the blood, which in turn can increase blood pressure and the risk of heart conditions.

Cultivation of Sunflower

Archaeological evidence suggests that the sunflower plant is native to North America. The evidence suggests that they were cultivated by Native Americans as long ago as 3000 BC. However, they were commercialized as a crop for the first time in Russia, and used to extract oil. Only in the 1800s were they re-imported by North America and used for their oil, seeds, and aesthetic properties.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 32 years lady. Unknowingly I used sonaderm gm on my face since 4 years. I tried to stop it but after stop to use this cream on my face many types of skin problem occurs on my face. Howi should I control it?

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Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Monitor your weight, please. Take, plenty of water to hydrate your body & skin. Go for meditation to reduce your stress to nourish your skin. Your diet be easily digestible on time to check gastric disorder. Take, homoeopathic medicine:@.Berb acqua Q-10. Drops, thrice with 2tsfl of water. @ Echinecea Q -20. Drops mix with 1/4 cup of water and wash your face, thrice. Take, Sunflower ,almonds, Mustured greens, spinach, turnips greens, Broccoli, Avocados, Papaya, Take, care.

How to control blood pressure. High BPor low BP how to control it. What are the foods that control the BP. How to confirm BP whether it low BP or high BP.

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Homeopath, Rajkot
It is depends upon person to person because there is no ideal figure for normal blood pressure but it varies according to type of person and its nature and food habits but for controlling blood pressure you have to live your daily habits very timely and early waking regular timings of meal and exercise with perspiration will help you regards.
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Hello, I'm 24 years old. I have allergy problem last 4 months. I had medicine but not improvement. In blood report it's clearly showing allergy but don't know which allergy. Doctor I have truncal acne, Anxiety disorder, Photo dermatitis. When I go outside, red rashes come to my body and now even I sit in room or while sleeping it's happening. And one more thing I have scalp dryness even we can say dandruff last 7 years. Scalp itching and hair fall. 40 % hair last 7 years please help. For that I had lot of medicine (Allopathy, Homeopathic and Ayurveda) but no improvements. please kindly revert Thank you.

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Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Tk plenty of water to hydrate and detoxify your body. Go for meditation to reduce your stress to nourish your body making your skin more flexible. Tk, Wheat ,Sunflower ,almonds, Mustured greens, spinach, turnips greens, Broccoli, Avocados, Papaya to compensate vit 'E' Tk, homoeopathic medicine:@Azadirechta Q-10. Drops with little water, thrice. Avoid, junkfood, alcohol and Nicotine. Tk, care.
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Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Men are advised to follow a sexual exhaustion diet along with homoepathic treatment to increase their stamina on a regular basis, which includes - Foods like fresh fruits, especially strawberries, quince, plums, peaches, mangoes, figs, coconuts, bananas, apples, raspberries, pomegranates, pears, papayas, grapes, dates, cherries and apricots. Vegetables that have an aphrodisiac effect on the body, some of which can include eggplant, cucumbers, celery asparagus, carrots and corn. Other vegetables that are also highly recommended in a diet for sexual erectile dysfunction include garlic, avocadoes, tomato, beans, garlic, onions, parsley, spinach, turnips, soybeans, watercress, peppers and leeks. Nut and seeds, being good sources of protein, help boost sex drive and therefore, pine seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts are all good for sexual health. Apart from following a healthy diet, it is important for people to make certain lifestyle changes too, which can help improve their sexual health. Stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga as also massage therapy are all great for increasing sexual drive and performance. People should make it a point to get an adequate amount of rest, sleep and relaxation, to decrease sexual problems. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the major contributors to sexual problems, in men and women. Hence, getting an adequate amount of exercise each day can be very useful in improving overall health, which also includes sexual health.. consult me for homoepathic treatment without side effects. .recommend me by clicking on recommend option and leave feedback..

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Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Vegetable Oils are the oils that are obtained from various plants and their sources. They comprise of different types of oils which are procured from sources like seeds, herbs, nuts, legumes and fruits. Common examples of vegetable oils are olive oil, soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil and peanut oil.

Mustard oil is also, in fact, a vegetable oil as is extracted from the seeds of the mustard. Mustard oil is used a lot in traditional cooking. However, today, most people like to use new varieties of vegetable oils. But how healthy is this trend?

Mustard oil is a vegetable oil obtained from mustard seeds. It is dark yellow in colour and has a pungent odour. Its main benefits are

  1. Mustard oil contains good unsaturated fats. These fats don't get deposited in your blood vessels.
  2. It contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that reduce blood cholesterol levels.
  3. Mustard oil also contains ‘Glucosinolate’, a substance that has antimicrobial properties. Thus, the oil is effective against infections.
  4. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, mustard oil is very good for people with irritable bowel syndrome as it helps reduce inflammation along the lining of your stomach.

Vegetable oils

  1. In comparison to mustard, vegetable oils are tasteless and are known to adapt to the food’s natural taste, due to which consumers often pick them up over mustard.
  2. Almost all vegetable oils are cholesterol-free, but they do contain some saturated and unsaturated fats and saturated fats, as we know, do play a role in blood cholesterol level.
  3. Each one of the vegetable oil such as olive, sunflower and groundnut have some benefits and negatives. Let’s take a quick look at the oil profiles of these three common vegetable oils before you select the oil for cooking in your kitchen.

Oil profile

  1. Groundnut: It is high in MUFA or monounsaturated fats and PUFA or polyunsaturated fats, and both of these help in lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Groundnut is also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant with anti-cancer properties and skin benefits.
  2. Sunflower: What’s perhaps the best thing about this oil is its light flavor that doesn’t overpower other ingredients. It also contains a protein that helps regulate blood glucose levels.
  3. Olive: It’s high in MUFA, so it’s linked to lower risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Extra virgin oil is rich in natural plant antioxidants and these can protect against damaging free radicals. The oil is reasonably high in saturated fats, so it should be used sparingly.

You can choose the oil for yourself keeping the above guidelines in mind, as no oil is best for all. You need to match the oil with your cooking style and health needs to get the best out of it. We recommend that you mix two oils and cook. This way you get the best of the best.

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

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Amazing Health Benefits Of Different Type Of Sprouts

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
Amazing Health Benefits Of Different Type Of Sprouts

Types of sprouts and their benefits:

Bengal gram: Also known as chola or kala chana, bengal gram is available in dried as well as canned form. It is frequently and creatively used in various curries in the indian cuisine and notably, it contains zero percent alcohol. One cup of bengal gram contains 45 grams of carbohydrates that constitute about 65 percent of its total calorie content.
Types of sprouts bengal gram
 
Benefits of sprouted bengal gram:

  • It has a high amount of dietary fiber which reduces the risk of diabetes, coronary disease, obesity, cancer, and digestive disorders.
  • It is a rich source of vitamin b-6 or thiamin which plays a vital role in energy metabolism and the synthesis of neurotransmitters and hormones.
  • It is rich in minerals, such as phosphorus, iron, manganese, and copper, which reduce the risk of anemia, arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
  • An adult who takes a 2000-calorie diet needs 56 to 77 grams of protein daily and bengal gram can supply the required amount of protein to him/ her satisfactorily.

Green gram: Also called “mung”, these species belong to the legume family and is mainly grown in india, south east asia, and china. It is used in both spicy and sweet recipes.
Benefits of sprouted green gram:

  • These sprouts have high amount of iron, fiber, and vitamins k, b, and c.
  • Vitamin k prevents cardiovascular disease and maintains bone density. The vitamin also regulates bone mineralization and the process of blood clotting.
  • Vitamin c is an antioxidant which preserves cell health by neutralizing the effect of free radicals. Vitamin c promotes skin health and reduces the risk of stroke, cancer, and common cold.
  • Iron promotes immune health by promoting the growth of immune cells. Dietary science suggests that men should consume 8 milligrams of iron on a daily basis while women need 18 milligrams of iron to maintain a healthy red blood cell count. Green gram supplies adequate iron that helps to fulfill men’s and women’s dietary needs.

Bean sprouts: Bean sprouts are rich sources if vitamin c, proteins, and folate, and most importantly, they are low-calorie foods. Medical research suggests that men must consume 90 milligrams of vitamin c and women should consume 75 milligrams of the vitamin on a daily basis.

Benefits of sprouted bean gram:

Folate promotes the development of red blood cells. Folate also supports other functions such as dna synthesis, cell repair, cell maintenance, amino acid metabolism and the creation of erythrocytes and leukocytes.
Folate also reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, and various types of cancers including colon cancer.
 

Alfalfa sprouts: Alfalfa sprouts are rich sources of vitamins c, k, and a, folate, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.
Benefits of sprouted alfalfa bean:

  • Alfalfa sprouts are rich sources of calcium and potassium which promote bone growth and muscle health and help the body to maintain a normal heart beat.
  • Alfalfa sprouts have high amounts of phytoestrogens which reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.
  • Alfalfa sprouts contain saponins which reduce the level of ldl cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and boosts immune strength.
  • The vitamins, present in alfalfa sprouts, promote good vision and cell growth.


Sunflower sprouts: Sunflower sees have now gained visibility in the health world due to its essential fatty acids, vitamins and mineral content. It is widely used as a snack by weight watchers.

Benefits of sunflower sprouts –

  • Sunflower sprouts contain high amount of essential amino acids which promote muscle tissue repair.
  • Sunflower sprouts are rich sources of b vitamins and vitamins d and e, minerals and phytonutrients, and folate which promote the health of pregnant women and their growing embryos.
  • Sunflower sprouts are packed with antioxidants that support heart health, promote cellular recovery, and bring down the rate of the aging process.
  • What is more appealing is that sunflower sprouts have very low calorie content and that is why, they can be a vital part of a weight loss diet.
  • Sunflower sprouts contain minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and copper which help the body to fight against a number of diseases.

Radish sprouts: These sprouts are noted for their high essential amino acid content and they are rich sources of vitamins a, b, c, e, and k as well.

Types of sprouts radish sprout:

Benefits of radish sprouts:

  • Radish sprouts contain lignan which is an anti-carcinogenic substance.
  • Radish sprouts support weight loss and boost the health of the immune system.
  • They also promote the functions of the liver and the gall bladder.
  • Radish sprouts provide relief to those who are suffering from jaundice by eliminating excess bilirubin from the blood.
  • Radish sprouts also help to reduce the pain associated with constipation.
  • Radish sprouts have a special role to play on women’s health as they relieve hot flushes and other menopause-related symptoms.

 
Red lentil sprouts (masoor): Red lentil sprouts are rich sources of protein and have a low calorie content compared to non-vegetarian sources of proteins such as meat and poultry. Hence, they form an essential part of a weight-watcher’s diet.
Benefits of red lentil sprouts:

  • They contain high amounts of vitamin c, folate, and potassium.
  • Vitamin c protects skin from pre-mature aging and reduces the risk of cancer, stroke, and common cold.
  • Folate supports red blood cell development and supports many bodily functions such as cell repair and maintenance, amino acid metabolism, dna synthesis, and the development of leukocytes and erythrocytes.

Chickpea sprouts: Also known as “chana” in india, chickpea sprouts are rich sources of protein, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and carbohydrates.

Benefits of chickpea sprouts – 

  • Dietary fiber promotes digestive health and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and constipation.
  • Chickpea sprouts form a great weight loss food for their high protein percentage and low fat content.
  • They supply a high amount of vitamins and minerals to the body.
     

Kidney Stones - Dietary Precautions You Must Take!

MBBS, M.S. (General Surgery), MBA (Healthcare), M.Ch - Urology/Genito-Urinary Surgery
Urologist, Gurgaon
Kidney Stones - Dietary Precautions You Must Take!

Do you know that if you are obese, or frequently dehydrated or if you have a family history of kidney stone you at risk for developing the same as well? Furthermore, if you had kidney stone previously, you may develop one again. But there is no need to panic as you may follow certain simple measures to prevent the formation of kidney stone and avoid the accompanying discomfort.

Important precautionary measures
When it comes to improving the health of your kidneys, drinking an adequate amount of liquid, mainly water is of utmost importance. Unless you are suffering from kidney failure, urologists recommend having around 6 to 8 glasses of water in a day. Since studies also indicate that being overweight puts you at a higher risk of developing kidney stones, consult an experienced dietitian who can aid you in planning meals for helping you lose weight. And, if you already had a kidney stone in the past, adopt the following measures to avoid recurrence.

  1. Calcium oxalate stones: It is essential to reduce the amount of oxalate in the diet to reduce the level of oxalate in the urine. For instance, you should reduce the consumptions of nuts, peanut legumes, spinach, rhubarb, and wheat bran. You should also reduce the amount of sodium and animal protein in the diet. You should also aim to get enough calcium from your diet.
  2. Calcium phosphate stones: Regardless of what type of stones you are likely to be affected with, taking too much of sodium increases the risk of having kidney stones. You should also limit animal protein which includes eggs, fish and shellfish, beef, chicken, pork, milk, cheese and other dairy stuff. You should also consult an expert about what are the best sources of calcium for your specific condition.
  3. Uric acid stones: Even though you have to limit the amount of animal protein in your diet, you should ensure to get enough protein in the diet. You may consider replacing some amount of animal protein with some of the plant-based foods such as soy foods, legumes, nuts and nuts products and sunflower seeds. If you are overweight, you should consider losing the required weight for preventing the occurrence of uric acid stones.
  4. Cystine stones: To avoid cysteine stones, drinking enough water is the most significant lifestyle alteration that you can make. You should also check if the foods you are eating are sources of hidden sodium. For instance, you must limit the intake of baking soda, baking powder, disodium phosphate, sodium nitrate or nitrite and monosodium glutamate.

As can be seen, no one shoe fits all concept when it comes to kidney stones.

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

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Rheumatoid Arthritis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

MBBS, MD-Medicine, DM - Clinical Immunology
Rheumatologist, Jaipur
Rheumatoid Arthritis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disorder which induces inflammation in the joints. What causes the condition is not exactly clear, but a lot of studies have been done to establish a connection between various factors such as, diet, exercise, etc., with this condition. These studies have come up with correlation between foods and rheumatoid arthritis. There are some foods which should be a part of your diet, and some that should definitely be avoided if you have to keep the joint inflammation under control. Read on to know the top 5 foods to eat and to avoid.

What to eat?

  1. Soy: Being rich in protein and fiber and low in fat, soy is a great food for RA. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vegetarians especially should ensure they get enough soy in their diet.
  2. Fish: Salmon and tuna are fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and these are proven to be natural anti-inflammatory agents. Therefore, it is highly recommended that people with RA eat fish about 3 to 4 times per week.
  3. Oils: While an oily diet is definitely to be avoided, some healthy oils should be included. These include sunflower oil, walnut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. These are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are beneficial in people with RA.
  4. Green tea: Known for their polyphenols and antioxidants, green tea reduces damage caused by inflammation in RA. People with RA are recommended to have at least 2 servings of green tea daily.
  5. Beans and legumes: The high content of fiber, protein, folic acid, zinc, iron, potassium, and other minerals makes beans a must-have for RA patients. The red and kidney variety of beans are the preferred ones.

What to avoid?

  1. Grilled foods: Grilled chicken or red meat have high levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which are known to worsen inflammation. So, while they are good for weight watchers, not so if you have RA. These also contain higher levels of saturated fat, which is again not advisable for RA.
  2. Fried foods: These contain 6-omega fatty acids, which have been proven to worsen inflammation. They are also high in saturated fats, which is a strict no-no for inflammation.
  3. MSG: Monosodium glutamate which is used generously in various Oriental dishes including soups, salad dressings, etc. should be avoided as it affects liver health and worsens inflammation.
  4. Salt: Reduce overall salt intake. Limiting the intake of pickles, salad dressings and processed foods, etc., which contain high amounts of sodium.
  5. Alcohol: This again increases inflammation and should be avoided in RA.

A healthy lifestyle improves not just the overall quality of life, but also reduces the severity of symptoms of RA.

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

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Coconut Oil (Nariyal Tel) - Is It Better Than Vegetable Oil?

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Ayurveda, Jaipur
Coconut Oil (Nariyal Tel) - Is It Better Than Vegetable Oil?

In today's scenario, it's a general notion that people who eat oily and greasy foods are more likely to suffer from problems such as diabetes and obesity. And, use of oil in our daily routine is a necessity not only because of the flavor it adds but also due to the fact that they fulfill the requirement of essential fatty acids of our body. Thus, it is important that we must be very careful while selecting our cooking oil. 

Considering our changing health requirements, a number of studies have been carried out over the past few years to determine, cooking oils that are better than others and one such oil is coconut oil. It is due to the presence of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil, which makes it better for consumption than a number of other cooking oils available in the market. Also, research has shown that instead of the regular vegetable oil (like sunflower and groundnut oil), switching to coconut oil can help in reducing the risk of diabetes.  

Read on to know more about coconut oil, its benefits, and why it is less likely to cause diabetes when used as a cooking medium.

Coconut oil is extracted from coconut and people who are habituated to using a lot of coconut oil are relatively healthy. Take Keralites for instance, who are known for their lean frames, smooth and shiny complexion, and quality of hair and skin. Their diet contains a high amount of coconut oil, which is used in different ways, right from sautéing vegetables to deep-frying fishes. As, the coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, is rich in antioxidants and contains lower amounts of saturated fat. In comparison to other vegetable oils, coconut oil is a complete contrast and is very healthy.


Difference between coconut and vegetable oils

  1. While vegetable oils contain long chain fatty acids, the coconut oil has medium chain fatty acids. The former gets stored as fat around our belly or buttocks. The latter, however, is used more readily for energy. The chance that coconut oil can get stored as fat is reduced and therefore the risk of diabetes decreases. 
  2. Using vegetable oils also reduces the chance of binding with insulin which in turn can affect the glucose absorption of our body. It also helps in improving glucose tolerance, insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity.
  3. Polyunsaturated fatty acids present in vegetable oil also promote the release of free radicals. These are the main drivers of chronic inflammation, of which diabetes is definitely a result. Thereby, switching to coconut oil will lower the chance of chronic inflammation, which in turn is helpful in reducing the risk of diabetes. 
  4. Vegetable oils also increase insulin resistance, which means that the body’s sugar is not metabolized, and is eventually converted and stored as fat. Coconut oil, in addition to preventing storage, also improves the metabolism of these and so does not promote fat accumulation.

Coconut Oil – A superfood

  1. Coconut oil is a superfood which is known to provide instant energy without shooting up the blood sugar levels.
  2. It contains medium chain fatty acids that are instantly used up for energy which reduces the chance of these fatty acids being converted to fat.
  3. Use of coconut oil as the cooking medium is better for weight management.
  4. It is also beneficial for managing overall skin and hair issues.
  5. Also as mentioned above, the presence of medium-chain triglycerides in Coconut oil prevents the development of organisms causing atherosclerosis, which leads to artery blockage, unlike other fats or oils.

So, switch to coconut oil today and reap the benefits without any delay. In case of a concern or query consult an expert & get answers to questions!

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Table of Content

Sunflower
Nutritional Value of Sunflower
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Sunflower
Better Epidermal Health
Reduces Weight
Assists in Hair Care
Controls Cholesterol Levels
Balances Hormone Levels
Improves Gastrointestinal Health
Prevents Cancer
Treats Anxiety and Depression
Treats Insomnia
Aids Growth and Development of body
Treats Hypertension
Relieves the Symptoms of Arthritis
Uses of Sunflower
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sunflower
Cultivation of Sunflower