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Benefits of Sunflower Oil And Its Side Effects

Sunflower oil has a large number of benefits that help in keeping the body healthy and strong. Though it is included in the list of high fat items, it is gaining popularity as cooking oil due to its wide variety of health-enhancing nutrients. The health benefits of using sunflower oil is such that it helps in providing cardiovascular benefits, prevents Arthritis, prevents of colon cancer and other cancers, lowers Cholesterol, helps in repairing the body, prevents Infant Infection, provides healthy nervous system, reduces inflammation, provides skin care, reduces premature signs of aging, controlls Frizzy Hair and reduces cardiac problems.

Benefits of Sunflower Oil And Its Side Effects

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Sunflower Oil
Nutritional Value of Sunflower Oil
Health Benefits of Sunflower Oil
Helps in providing Cardiovascular benefits
Helps in preventing Arthritis
Helps in prevention of colon cancer and other cancers
Helps in lowering of Cholesterol
Helps in repairing the body
Helps in preventing Infant Infection
Provides healthy nervous system
Helps in reducing cardiac problems
Provides skin care
Reduces Premature Signs Of Aging
Helps in controlling Frizzy Hair
Helps in reducing inflammation
Uses of Sunflower Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sunflower Oil
Cultivation of Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is the non-volatile oil compressed from the seeds of sunflower (Helianthus annuus). It is a monounsaturated (MUFA)/polyunsaturated (PUFA) mixture of mostly oleic acid (omega-9)-linoleic acid (omega-6) group of oils. The oil is of light amber color with a mild and pleasant flavor; refined oil is pale yellow. Refining losses are low and the oil has good keeping qualities with light tendency for flavor reversion. The oil contains appreciable quantities of vitamin E, sterols, squalene, and other aliphatic hydrocarbons. Sunflower oil is commonly used in food as a frying oil, and in cosmetic formulations as an emollient. The world's total production of sunflower oil in 2014 was nearly 16 million tonnes, with Ukraine and Russia as the largest producers.

Nutritional Value of Sunflower Oil

1 cup (i.e. 218g) of Sunflower oil serves 1927 calories of energy. The saturated fat content is 21.3g, monounsaturated fat is 182g and polyunsaturated fat is 8.3g. The total Omega-3 fatty acids is 419mg and total Omega-6 fatty acids is 7860 mg. The oil is a rich source of vitamin and the content of vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) is 89.5mg and Vitamin K is 11.8mcg.

Health Benefits of Sunflower Oil

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

Helps in providing Cardiovascular benefits

Sunflower oil is rich in Vitamin E and low in saturated fat. Besides, it is rich in certain phytochemicals like choline and phenolic acid which are beneficial for the heart. It also contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats along with vitamins that makes it one of the healthiest oils for consumption. High oleic sunflower oils contain 80% or more monounsaturated fats. Thus, sunflower oil helps in lowering cardiovascular diseases and chance of heart attack.

Helps in preventing Arthritis

Sunflower oil is a very good solution for those having worries about developing arthritis. Sunflower oil helps in the prevention of rheumatoid arthritis.

Helps in prevention of colon cancer and other cancers

Sunflower oil contains more Vitamin E than any other cooking oil. Thus, incorporating this oil in our diet provides protection against colon cancer. The carotenoids found in sunflower oil help in the prevention of uterine, lung and skin cancers. The Vitamin E or tocopherols found in Sunflower oil help in neutralizing the cancer-causing free radicals. The free radicals damage the cells and the immune system.

Helps in lowering of Cholesterol

The saturated fats found in other oils are difficult to break down completely during metabolism. As a result, they are carried to different parts of the body by the blood and get deposited, thus increasing the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels. This causes health problems like embolism, atherosclerosis, joint pains and birth defects. Sunflower oil being rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats provides energy besides maintaining an ideal LDL/HDL (good cholesterol) ratio in the body. Sunflower oil also contains lecithin which helps in lowering cholesterol level. This is because it sticks to the nerve and cell linings, thus prevents fat and cholesterol from sticking to the cell.

Helps in repairing the body

Sunflower oil contains proteins, which are vital for building and repairing tissues and the production of hormones and enzymes. A human body requires high amounts of proteins. Since the body does not store proteins, they have to be consumed, and sunflower oil fulfils this requirement.

Helps in preventing Infant Infection

Sunflower oil is useful in reducing the risk of infection in pre-term infants having low birth weight. The infants are more likely to suffer from infections because of underdeveloped immune system and organs such as the skin. Sunflower oil acts as a protective barrier and prevents such infection.

Provides healthy nervous system

The Vitamin B content of sunflower oil promotes a healthy nervous system, proper digestion and is a great source of energy.

Helps in reducing cardiac problems

Sunflower oil contains selenium that is beneficial in reducing the risk of cardiac problems and hepatic degradation. A high level of selenium in your blood is also instrumental in reducing the risk of lung and skin cancers.

Provides skin care

Sunflower oil, rich in vitamin E is specifically related to improving skin health and regenerating cells. This means that the skin is better protected against damage from the sun, as well as the natural degradation of age that occurs when free radicals are present in the body. Antioxidants like vitamin E neutralize free radicals, keeping them from destroying or damaging healthy cells. An increased reduction in scars, quicker healing of wound, and a healthier naturally glowing skin is seen. This is a major reason why sunflower oil is commonly used in cosmetic applications.

Reduces Premature Signs Of Aging

The antioxidant properties of sunflower oil help in preventing premature signs of aging. The exposure to free radicals and sunlight increases the rate of aging of skin, causing the occurrence of wrinkles and fine lines at an early age. The antioxidants in sunflower oil lower the risk of developing premature signs of aging.

Helps in controlling Frizzy Hair

Due to its light texture and mild flavor, sunflower oil softens the hair and adds a delightful sheen to it. Sunflower seed oil helps to control frizz, tackles dryness and damage and makes the hair manageable. This versatile oil maintains the hair’s luster and texture and can be used as a natural conditioner. Sunflower oil can be applied and massaged on the scalp before a bath once a week for maximum benefits.

Helps in reducing inflammation

Asthma affects millions of people around the world, and this respiratory condition can range from mild to life-threatening. Sunflower oil has been positively correlated with a lower amount and severity of asthma attacks because of its anti-inflammatory qualities, which are derived from its vitamin content, as well as the beneficial fatty acids sunflower oil contains.

Uses of Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil, which is pressed from the seeds of sunflower plant, finds its use as cooking oil as well as in medicines and cosmetic products. Sunflower oil is used for constipation and for lowering 'bad' LDL cholesterol. Some people apply sunflower oil directly to the skin for poorly healing wounds, skin injuries, psoriasis, and arthritis; and as massage oil.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is likely safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in appropriate amounts. However, Some side effects of using sunflower oil include allergic reactions among people who are hypersensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Moreover, a diet that is high in sunflower oil seems to increase fasting insulin, blood sugar levels and also increases the after-meal blood fats, which might increase the chances of developing atherosclerosis in people with diabetes.

Cultivation of Sunflower Oil

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) is one of the few crop species that originated in North America (most originated in the fertile-crescent, Asia or South or Central America). It was most likely domesticated by Native Americans around 1000 BC, who the carried it eastward and southward of North America. (Putnam, et al, 1990).Sunflowers were probably first introduced to Europe through Spain. The crop, spread through Europe as a curiosity until it reached Russia, where it was readily adapted. In Russia, selection for seeds that were high in oil began in 1860. This selection for high producer varieties was largely responsible for increasing oil content from 28% to almost 50%. The high-oil lines from Russia were reintroduced into the U.S. after World War II, which rekindled interest in the crop. However, it was the discovery of the male-sterile and restorer gene system that made hybrids feasible and increased commercial interest in the crop. Production of sunflowers subsequently rose dramatically in the Great Plains states because of new niches for the seeds, including oil, snack food, and birdseed. Production in these regions in the 1980s has declined mostly because of low profit margins as well as pests. Sunflower acreage is now moving westward into dryer regions; however, 85% of the North American sunflower seed is still produced in North and South Dakota and Minnesota.

Popular Questions & Answers

I want the suggestion for best diet and best juices to keep the face fair, smooth and glow without any pimples, marks on the face.

General Physician, Mumbai
Dear lybrateuser, -A well balanced diet including all the food groups is the best diet your skin & also face - have more of fruits & vegetables, whole grains, protein foods, healthy fats such as in fish, walnuts, avocado, olive, canola & sunflower oil - avoid deep fried, spicy, sugary, processed & junk foods - have plenty of oral fluids including 7-8 glasses of water for proper hydration - have vegetable juice like carrot, cucumber, avoid fruit juice as it contains more of natural sugars instead have a whole fruit - also wash your face with a mild face wash twice a day or whenever there is excessive sweat - apply a sunscreen on face if moving out in direct sunlight for a long time.

Hi sir good morning what are the benefits of walking after the dinner Ian eating almonds daily 5 in early morning is any cause to high the cholesterol and I am using freedom refined sunflower oil is it good for health because I am becoming fat that's why I'm asking sir.

General Physician, Vizianagaram
Physical activity is important in losing weight. Cut down your calories. Take more veggies and boiled food rather than fries and junk food. Almonds are good for health.
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I am 23 years old and 5'8" long my weight is 85 kg, one month since I started running but not loose a single pound what should I do and what should be my diet.

Bsc Food & Nutrition, Msc Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
You can follow the following tips 1. Eat 2 fruits every day. Keep a fruit when travelling to satisfy those sugar cravings. 2. Add nuts to your diet like almonds, walnuts. They are a good sources of vitamins and minerals. 3. Increase your vegetable intake. Consume minimum 3 servings of seasonal vegetables. They are cheaper and more nutritious. 4. Eat small portions at regular intervals. It will keep hunger pangs at bay. 5. Eat whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat bread, Oats and whole grain cereals. Avoid maida and other refined cereals. 6. Have two servings of low-fat dairy products every day: milk, curd, buttermilk 7. Use cold pressed vegetable oils like mustard oil, olive oil, sunflower oil. 8. Limit saturated fat. Read the labels. And remember that fatty meats or cheeses, butter, and whole milk products have large amounts of saturated fat. 9. Have protein rich foods like eggs, lean meat like chicken and fish ; soya, tofu and quinoa. These sources have high biological value protein. 10. Target 10-12 glasses of water everyday. The best way to judge the water intake is by the colour of the urine. The more yellow it is that means you are dehydrated. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health. Be patient with your weight loss. Your efforts will give results. Seek the help of a professional trainer to guide you with your workouts.
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Sir, I suffering from kidney problem from 2014 .sir I consult nephrology doctor sir due to my kidney size very small doctor told me I can not test kidney biopsy. So sir my creatine level is 2.7 sir I treatment regularly .sir my question is what is the food eat for kidney patient and I want to marriage next year is there any problem in my marriage .sir please tell me the diet chat for kidney patient.

General Physician, Mumbai
Few tips on Diet for kidney disease - have a low protein diet (decrease in milk and its products and also decrease in the intake of pulses and nuts etc)- can use corn oil, sunflower oil, olive oil for cooking -decrease the intake of butter, ghee, cream,coconut etc - avoid farsan food items - whole grain cereals are best for carbohydrate intake - get your blood checked for electrolyte levels regularly and adjust salt in diet as per the report values.
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My age is 41 morbidly obese with hba1c 7.2 should I start taking diabetic medicine. I am on no medicine still now. Should I try with lifestyle changes. I have myth if I start taking medication my body would stop producing insulin. Suggestions needed to avoid medicine and get hba1c between 5 to 6.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Mr. lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. With HbA1c% 7.2, you have confirmed diabetes. It needs to be treated with appropriate medication. Plus with your morbid obesity, there is bound to be strong resistance to insulin action, so treatment is essential. However, if you take steps to reduce weight by about 5 to 8% of present, then there is a possibility of blood glucose going down. Plus there has to be a strict control on dietary intake. Thanks.
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Tooth Decay - 6 Ways Ayurveda Can Help!

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Modern Diagnostics
Tooth Decay - 6 Ways Ayurveda Can Help!

The most common problem affecting the mouth is caries which happens as a result of bacteria acting on the food deposits on the teeth, which produces acid that attacks the tooth structure. The result is loss of tooth structure and formation of pits and cavities which allows more food deposits and causes more decay.

Decay development depends on a number of factors including heredity, tooth structure, oral hygiene habits, food habits, etc. There are certain simple things that can be done at home which can delay the onset of the decay and also reduce its progression and severity.

If that sounds interesting, read on to know more.

  1. Clove and sesame oil: Clove oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties. A few drops of clove oil mixed with half teaspoon of sesame oil can be dabbed on the affected tooth with a cotton ball. This can be repeated every night, both for relief as well as for preventing further decay spread. Alternately, a whole clove can be chewed for some time and then placed under the tongue for continued relief.
  2. Salt: Known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, use a rinse made with salt and warm water and swish around the affected tooth at least 3 times a day. Alternately, make a paste of salt and lemon juice and apply on the affected tooth.
  3. Garlic: A paste with about 4 cloves of garlic and rock salt applied on the affected tooth provides great relief. Raw garlic can be eaten regularly for multiple benefits, including prevention from tooth decay. Rubbing raw garlic on the affected tooth also provides temporary relief from pain.
  4. Neem: Still used as a toothbrush by many rural people, chewing on a tender neem bark yields powerful oils and compounds that help keep the teeth against bacterial attack. The high fiber content is also effective against reducing plaque formation.
  5. Swishing with oils: Sesame, coconut or sunflower oil can be used for this purpose. On an empty stomach in the morning, use a tablespoon of one of these oils to swish for about 10 minutes, take care not to swallow it. This should be done before brushing the teeth. This helps reduce gum disease, bad breath and reduce cavities.
  6. Mustard oil: Two teaspoons each of mustard oil and rock salt can be mixed and applied to the tooth regularly for relief from dental decay pain.

The next time you have a tooth ache, it is not always necessary to rush to the dentist. Try these home remedies to get some relief, which will give you time to go to the dentist.

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

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Eat Right, Sleep Well & Exercise - 3 Mantras To Be Happy!

MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
Eat Right, Sleep Well & Exercise - 3 Mantras To Be Happy!

As we celebrate the Doctors’ day today, I wish to take this opportunity to hand over the 3 mantras to happiness. We all lead a very stressful life. Many of us have medical issues like hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol issues and so on. What should we do or should we have done rather so that we wouldn’t suffer from these lifestyle diseases?

Eat right:

As the maxim goes, you are what you eat. I would like to stress here that, diet is the single most important factor in our life which determines our longevity and disease pattern. Hence, it is important to eat right. Our diet should have a mix of about 40% complex carbohydrates like oats, whole wheat, brown bread, ragi, semolina and so on. High quality proteins should contribute 30% of our diet. Eggs, chicken, fish, meat, dal and pulses are good examples. Fats especially MUFA and PUFA should make 20% of the diet. Classic examples are sunflower oil, olive oil, rice bran oil. Avoid saturated fats, trans fats, margarine, ghee and butter. Pastry, Khari biscuits, toasts, cookies are rich in unhealthy saturated fats; hence best avoided. We should consume at least 3 servings of fruit daily. This is important because fruits are rich in vitamins, fibre and anti-oxidants.

Sleep well:

A rested mind in a rested body is the best state of happiness. We need to sleep at least 7 to 8 hours daily. The body recharges during the rest and makes it ready for the next day aggressions. With the smartphone entering our bedroom, the sleep pattern has been disturbed. We end up sleeping late while checking Whats App messages and so on. As a result the total sleep duration goes down and we get up in an irritable and sleep deprived state. Such a state is not conducive to healthy work the next day. Avoid checking smartphone apps and messages, reading newspapers just before sleeping and avoid tea/coffee/caffeine in any form post 7pm. This will make sure we sleep on time and get up on time.


This is the last and the most important mantra that can lead to ultimate bliss and happiness. We need to exercise at least 30 min daily for 5 days a week. This can be aerobic exercises like cycling, swimming, jogging, running and so on. Weight lifting for 45 min daily for about 5 days a week is ideal to build a well sculpted and muscular beach body that we all want. Exercising keeps our joints mobile, conditions our heart to strain, releases growth hormone and testosterone which keep you young. Endorphins released in the brain during the exercise make you feel good as though you are on the seventh sky.

I hope readers would take these mantras seriously and implement them religiously all through. This will go a long way in keeping our population happy and reach nirvana! If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can ask a free question.

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All About Paleo Diet!

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
All About Paleo Diet!

The paleo diet includes whole, unprocessed foods that resemble what they look like in nature.

Our ancestors were genetically the same as modern humans. They thrived eating such foods and were free of diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Several studies suggest that this diet can lead to significant weight loss (without calorie counting).

A paleo diet meal plan-

The basics

  1. Eat: meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats and oils.
  2. Avoid: processed foods, sugar, soft drinks, grains, most dairy products, legumes, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, margarine and trans fats.
  3. Avoid these foods

Avoid these foods and ingredients:

  1. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup: soft drinks, fruit juices, table sugar, candy, pastries, ice cream and many others.
  2. Grains: includes breads and pastas, wheat, spelt, rye, barley, etc.
  3. Legumes: beans, lentils and many more.
  4. Dairy: avoid most dairy, especially low-fat (some versions of paleo do include full-fat dairy like butter and cheese).
  5. Vegetable oils: soybean oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil and others.
  6. Trans fats: found in margarine and various processed foods. Usually referred to as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils.
  7. Artificial sweeteners: aspartame, sucralose, cyclamates, saccharin, acesulfame potassium. Use natural sweeteners instead.
  8. Highly processed foods: everything labelled “diet” or “low-fat” or has many weird ingredients. Includes artificial meal replacements.

Foods to eat on the paleo diet-

Base your diet on these real, unprocessed paleo foods.

  1. Meats: beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork and others.
  2. Fish and seafood: salmon, trout, haddock, shrimp, shellfish, etc. Choose wild-caught if you can.
  3. Eggs: choose free-range, pastured or omega-3 enriched eggs.
  4. Vegetables: broccoli, kale, peppers, onions, carrots, tomatoes, etc.
  5. Fruits: apples, bananas, oranges, pears, avocados, strawberries, blueberries and more.
  6. Tubers: potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, etc.
  7. Nuts and seeds: almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and more.
  8. Healthy fats and oils: lard, tallow, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and others.
  9. Salt and spices: sea salt, himalayan salt, garlic, turmeric, rosemary, etc.

Try to choose grass-fed, pasture raised and organic if you can afford it. If not, then just make sure to always go for the least processed option.

These are perfectly healthy in small amounts:

1. Wine: quality red wine is high in antioxidants and beneficial nutrients.
2. Dark chocolate: choose one that has 70% or higher cocoa content. Quality dark chocolate is very nutritious and extremely healthy.

What to drink when you’re thirsty -

Glass of water

  1. When it comes to hydration, water should be your go-to beverage.
  2. These aren’t exactly paleo, but most people drink them anyway:
  3. Tea is very healthy and loaded with antioxidants and various beneficial compounds. Green tea is best.
  4. Coffee is actually very high in antioxidants as well. 

A sample paleo menu for one week -


1. Breakfast: eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil. One piece of fruit.
2. Lunch: chicken salad, with olive oil. Handful of nuts.
3. Dinner: burgers (no bun), fried in butter, with vegetables and some salsa.


  1. Breakfast: bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover burgers from the night before.
  3. Dinner: salmon, fried in butter, with vegetables.


  1. Breakfast: meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).
  2. Lunch: sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.
  3. Dinner: ground beef stir fry, with vegetables. Some berries.


  1. Breakfast: eggs and a fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover stir fry from the night before. A handful of nuts.
  3. Dinner: fried pork, with vegetables.


  1. Breakfast: eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil.
  2. Lunch: chicken salad with olive oil. Handful of nuts.
  3. Dinner: steak with vegetables and sweet potatoes.


  1. Breakfast: bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover steak and vegetables from the night before.
  3. Dinner: baked salmon with vegetables and avocado.


  1. Breakfast: meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).
  2. Lunch: sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.
  3. Dinner: grilled chicken wings, with vegetables and salsa.
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Nutrition for Hair and Scalp

Homeopath, Lucknow
Nutrition for Hair and Scalp
  1. Nutrition for Hair and Scalp









Vitamin  A






Vitamin  B





Folic acid











Vitamin C





Vitamin E






Prevents dryness of scalp by ensuring that body produces and controls enough supply of sebum, a natural oil required to keep scalp moist and healthy




Promote blood circulation in the scalp, hair growth; prevent premature graying, augment growth and repair of body tissues



Promotes hair growth by renewing the cells that grow hair. Its deficiency can lead to premature graying and hair loss




Promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness. It also increases the elasticity of the hair’s cortex, thus preventing breakage



Aids in improving scalp circulation. It is important to maintain capillaries that carry blood to the follicles



Increases oxygen uptake; this improves blood circulation to the scalp and growth of hair. Stimulates hair growth by enhancing the immune system



Orange and yellow coloured fruits and vegetables like orange, sweet lime, papaya, mango; green leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek (methi) leaves, also drumstick



Beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybean, nutritional yeast, bran, nuts and eggs



Beans and legumes, citrus fruits, wheat bran, whole grains, poultry, liver, green leafy vegetables




 Brewer’s yeast, brown rice, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds. Walnuts, saltwater fish, egg yolk, milk, legumes and whole grains


Indian gooseberry (amla), guava, citrus fruits, pineapple, tomatoes and green peppers



Nuts and legumes, wheat germ oil, soybeans, sunflower oil, safflower oil











































Essential for hair growth. Amino acids created from proteins can have constructive effects on the look and feel of your hair




Essential for hair structure and pigmentation of hair







Stimulates hair growth by enhancing immune function





Important constituent  of blood (haemoglobin); vital for adequate oxygenation of all tissues






Essential for normal thyroid function



Vital component of hair shaft, stimulates hair growth



Promotes a healthy scalp, regulates sebum production



Stimulates hair growth



Lean meat; pulses like whole moong dal, rajma, chickpeas (kabuli channa), soybeans; nuts, grains, soya, fish, eggs, dairy products



Mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, mustard greens, asparagus, cashews, peppermint, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, ginger, green, beans, potato





Legumes and nuts






Red meat, lever, fish, poultry, leafy vegetables, lentils, beans, dates






Nuts, meat, eggs, fish, lobster, carb


Green beans, cucumber, celery, asparagus, mango, strawberries



Flaxseed, walnuts, cabbage, beans, broccoli, squash, fish oil, olive oil and salmon, sardines, tuna


Evening primrose oil, safflower oil, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, corn and pumpkin seeds

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Ghee - Did You Know It Is Actually Good For You?

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Ghee - Did You Know It Is Actually Good For You?

Many people, particularly the younger generation is absolutely against the consumption of ghee. That is because, they are not informed of the health benefits of this golden tinged, flavorful and nutrient-rich butterfat. The consumption of ghee can be traced back to the tradition of Ayurveda in the ancient India, and it was regarded as a sacred, cleansing, medicinal and nutrient rich food. Here are some of the unknown benefits of ghee.

  1. Ghee is free of lactose: Many individuals are not able to digest lactose, which is a sugar found in milk due to the quality of the dietary product, because of the digestive condition of the person concerned. Do you know, a substantial percentage of the total population of the world is lactose intolerant? In case you belong to that group, you can consume ghee without any worries. The traditional cultures were aware of the ways in which the digestibility of any dairy product can be improved. The process of making ghee helps in the removal of lactose and leaves behind the purest form of butter oil.
  2. Ghee is casein free: Casein is the protein component present in milk which causes milk allergies. When the gut flora gets compromised, the consumption of casein can pave the way for an opiate effect on the brain since it is not well digested. When ghee is made, the milk solids comprising of lactose as well as casein float on the top which aids in their easy removal. In the pure Indian cuisine, ghee used does not contain lactose and casein. This is because the process of culturing removes all traces of these components.
  3. Ghee is a stable source of fat when used in cooking: The polyunsaturated oils such as safflower and sunflower oil contain different types of double bonds and which make them least stable for cooking. On the other hand, ghee is primarily a saturated fat which is highly stable for baking and sautéing.
  4. Ghee is a form of saturated fat: There are many pieces of research which prove that consumption of saturated fats does not cause any cardiac disease. So, if you have high blood pressure and cardiac problems, you can freely consume ghee without worrying about aggravating it.
  5. Ghee contains bio-available Vitamin A in abundance: The dairy products derived from ruminants like goats, cows, and sheep which graze on the grass offers an amazing source of fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A. This type of vitamins is mainly stored ion the fat portion which means that the concentration of vitamin in milk is lower than that of the ghee. Vitamin A plays a considerable role in hormone balance, fertility, liver health, and stamina.

Hence, to reap these benefits, you should consider consuming little amounts of ghee every day. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Table of Content

Sunflower Oil
Nutritional Value of Sunflower Oil
Health Benefits of Sunflower Oil
Helps in providing Cardiovascular benefits
Helps in preventing Arthritis
Helps in prevention of colon cancer and other cancers
Helps in lowering of Cholesterol
Helps in repairing the body
Helps in preventing Infant Infection
Provides healthy nervous system
Helps in reducing cardiac problems
Provides skin care
Reduces Premature Signs Of Aging
Helps in controlling Frizzy Hair
Helps in reducing inflammation
Uses of Sunflower Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sunflower Oil
Cultivation of Sunflower Oil