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Benefits of Wheat Germ And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of wheat germ are such that it helps in boosting the immune system, improves the cardiovascular health, helps in cancer prevention, has anti-aging properties, increases athletic performance, improves cellular metabolism, helps in boosting muscle health, supports pregnancy, helps in preventing diabetes, promotes regularity, helps with weight gain, provides natural solution to healthy and glowing skin.

Benefits of Wheat Germ And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Wheat Germ
Nutritional Value of Wheat Germ
Health Benefits of Wheat Germ
Helps in boosting the immune system
Helps in improving the cardiovascular health
Helps in cancer prevention
Has anti-aging properties
Helps in increasing athletic performance
Helps in improving cellular metabolism
Helps in boosting muscle health
Supports pregnancy
Helps in preventing diabetes
Helps in promoting regularity
Helps with weight gain
Provides natural solution to healthy and glowing skin
Uses of Wheat Germ
Side-Effects & Allergies of Wheat Germ
Cultivation of Wheat Germ

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is the small, nutrient-containing centre of a wheat kernel, comprising only about 2.5% of the weight of the kernel, but packing a very beneficial list of attributes. Wheat germ is a concentrated source of several essential nutrients including Vitamin E, folate (folic acid), phosphorus, thiamine, zinc, and magnesium, as well as essential fatty acids and fatty alcohols. It is a good source of fibre. White bread is made by using the flour that has had the germ and bran removed. Wheat germ can be added to protein shakes, casseroles, muffins, pancakes, cereals, yogurt, smoothies, cookies, and other goods.

Nutritional Value of Wheat Germ

One ounce (or 28 grams) of wheat germ contains approximately 101 calories, 14.5 grams of carbohydrate, 6.5 grams of protein, 2.7 grams of fat, 3.7 grams of fibre, 3.7 milligrams of manganese, 0.5 milligram of thiamine, 22.2 micrograms of selenium, 236 milligrams of phosphorus, 3.4 milligrams of zinc, 78.7 micrograms of folate, 0.4 milligram of vitamin B6, 66.9 milligrams of magnesium, 0.2 milligrams of copper, 1.9 milligrams of niacin, 1.8 milligrams of iron, 0.1 milligram of riboflavin, 250 milligrams of potassium and 0.6 milligram of pantothenic acid.

Health Benefits of Wheat Germ

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Wheat Germ
Health Benefits of Wheat Germ

Helps in boosting the immune system

By adding wheat germ to one’s diet, he or she can positively boost their immune system to fight against a number of diseases and conditions like heart disease and cancer. Wheat germ protein, hydrolysates, has been shown to positively increase the antioxidant activity in organic systems. Antioxidants seek out and destroy free radicals and other disease-causing microorganisms in the body, reducing or eliminating the chances of serious illness. It has been shown to naturally contain high levels of these hydrolysates that stimulate the antioxidants within the immune system.

Helps in improving the cardiovascular health

Studies have shown that the regular intake of whole grain wheat and wheat germ can reduce risk factors associated with coronary heart disease and can increase the health of the entire cardiovascular system. LDL cholesterol is the cholesterol that has been oxidized and therefore, swells in the arteries and veins. This is a common sign and risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Including wheat germ in a person’s diet increases the amount of dietary fibre, which has also been scientifically linked to a reduction in heart disease.

Helps in cancer prevention

Adding wheat germ or certain types of wheat germ extracts to a person’s diet can help to reduce the risk factors for multiple types of cancer. It has been shown to interrupt glucose metabolism at a fundamental level and inhibits the expression of various kinases, which stimulate cancerous activity in the cells.

Has anti-aging properties

Wheat germ is packed with nutrients and vitamins in such high levels that it can have significant effects on various anti-aging effects like skin quality and hair loss. As a dietary supplement, wheat germ is a natural way to get these benefits, but some people also choose to go for a more cosmetic approach, using its extract directly or mixing it with other cosmetic materials. Vitamin E is packed into it as well, and studies have shown a wide range of benefits to people who fill their daily requirements of this vitamin. When eaten regularly, the proteins and vitamins within wheat germ can positively affect people with conditions like psoriasis, sunburn, eczema, wrinkles, dull complexion, and receding hairlines.

Helps in increasing athletic performance

Recent researches have shown wheat germ to have high levels of naturally occurring octacosanol, which has certain ergogenic qualities. This means that when taken as a part of a regular diet, it can increase stamina and performance by regulating the biochemical pathways that produce energy, which in effect streamlines the saving of energy reserves in the body.

Helps in improving cellular metabolism

Another beneficial vitamin found in wheat germ is Vitamin B, which consists of a number of other vitamins. The most common types found in wheat germ are Niacin, Thiamine, and folates. These vitamins are vital for cellular metabolism, helping to transform nutrients from carbohydrates, lipids, and glucose into consumable energy for the cells. Thiamine can also fight against metabolic disorders like chronic obesity. A higher functioning metabolism means more natural energy, as well as more successful weight loss, strength, and alertness. B vitamins can be found in many whole grains as well as in wheat germ.

Helps in boosting muscle health

One of the best sources of protein in a diet can come from wheat germ. Protein is integral in maintaining healthy muscles, repairing damaged tissues, regulating energy levels within the body, and aiding in homeostasis and overall system balance. Protein is also an essential dietary requirement for people wanting to get in shape and increase their muscle mass.

Supports pregnancy

Wheat germ is loaded with folic acid, which is an important factor in ensuring a healthy infant for pregnant women. Women who have healthy levels of folates in their system have a greatly reduced chance of their child having neural tube defects and other complications. Adding wheat germ in the diet of pregnant women can be beneficial in many ways, given for its nutrient-packed nature, but the high levels of folic acid make it particularly attractive and popular.

Helps in preventing diabetes

The presence of high level of folic acid in wheat germ has a secondary effect for people at risk of diabetes. Folic acid is negatively correlated with a compound called “homocysteine” in the body, which is closely linked to a number of harmful conditions, like vascular disease, diabetes, and heart disease. Folic acid is present in many whole grains, and in particularly high levels in wheat germ. Therefore, if one adds normal, healthy doses of wheat germ to their diet, it can help to reduce the levels of homocysteine in the body, and reduce the chances of contracting these dangerous or lethal conditions.

Helps in promoting regularity

Adding a dash of wheat germ into a person’s oatmeal, yogurt or smoothie is an excellent way to bump up the intake of dietary fibre and stay regular with minimal effort required on their part. Just one ounce contains a whopping four grams of fibre. When fibre is eaten, it moves through the body undigested and adds bulk to stool to help ease its passage and prevent straining and constipation.

Helps with weight gain

If a person is looking to gain weight, throwing in a few servings of wheat germ may help do the trick. Each ounce contains 101 calories, so a few servings per day could help increase the calorie intake and lead to weight gain over time.

Provides natural solution to healthy and glowing skin

As a rich source of antioxidants, wheat germ provides solution to the healthy cell regenerations. In other words, the body will never lack of stock of healthy new cells, especially the skin cells. That is why consumption of wheat germ gives a healthy and glowing skin. Furthermore, a person can not only consume the wheat germ but can also apply it as masker to get rid of dead cells in the skin surface.

Uses of Wheat Germ

Wheat kernels were used mainly to mill flour, in which case the bran and germ parts were casually thrown away and white flour was produced, which held little or no nutritional value, but now wheat germ is also used to make flour.

When it is extracted from the wheat germ and isolated into natural oils, or when the grain is eaten entirely, the nutritional benefits of the germ can be passed into our body. It is often turned into cooking or baking oil for highly concentrated doses of wheat germ on salads or in pasta sauces, but it should not be used as a frying oil because most of the nutrients are lost when heated to that level.

It can also act as an additive in desserts or smoothies, or even as a replacement for breadcrumbs or flour in many recipes, conferring a wealth of nutritional benefits on those that choose to add it to their diet.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Wheat Germ

Consumption of wheat germ is likely safe. However there are a few side effects associated with wheat germ as well. A growing number of the population can no longer eat gluten, which is a primary component in grains like wheat. This gluten intolerance can often be caused by disease, like Celiac’s disease. Eating gluten can be painful and harmful to the digestive tract, and even fatal in some extreme conditions. So, persons who are sensitive to gluten must avoid the consumption of wheat germ.

Besides being nutrient-rich, wheat germ is very high in calories. The positive benefits of wheat germ can be canceled out if the intake of other daily calories is not monitored because weight gain and subsequent health issues can occur regardless of how healthy the food is, that contributed to your high caloric intake. Some other side effects of having wheat germ include symptoms like nausea, diarrhoea, indigestion or itchiness.

Cultivation of Wheat Germ

Wheat is believed to have originated in south-western Asia. Some of the earliest remains of the crop have been found in Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. Primitive relatives of present day wheat have been discovered in some of the oldest excavations of the world in eastern Iraq, which date back 9,000 years. Other archeological findings show that bread wheat was grown in the Nile Valley about 5,000 B.C. as well as in India, China, and even England at about the same time. Wheat was first grown in the United States in 1602 on an island off the Massachusetts coast. Man has depended upon the wheat plant for himself and his beasts for thousands of years. A global wheat failure would be a disaster that few nations could survive for even one year.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have not proper amount of blood in my body. So could you please tell me I can increase my blood level and m a vegetarian.

MBBS, MD, DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Indore
MANAGEMENT - 1. Eat Iron-Rich Foods - Some good iron-based foods are liver, red meat, tofu, spinach, almonds, dates, lentils, fortified breakfast cereals, almonds 2. Increase Vitamin C Intake - Low hemoglobin levels due to a deficiency of vitamin C can be corrected by eating more foods rich in vitamin C. Iron cannot be fully absorbed by the body without the help of this vitamin. Eat foods rich in vitamin C like papaya, oranges, lemon, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit, tomatoes and spinach. 3. Take Folic Acid - Folic acid, a B-complex vitamin, is required to make red blood cells. So, a folic acid deficiency automatically leads to a low hemoglobin level. Some good food sources of folic acid are green leafy vegetables, rice, sprouts, dried beans, wheat germ, fortified cereals, peanuts, bananas, broccoli and liver. 4. Beetroots - Beetroot is highly recommended to increase hemoglobin levels. It is high in iron, folic acid as well as fiber and potassium. Its nutritional value helps increase the body’s red blood cell count 5. Apples - An apple a day can help maintain a normal hemoglobin level. Apples are rich in iron along with various other health-friendly components that are required for a healthy hemoglobin count. For homeopathic medicine, contact us.
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I am suffering from from hair loss. There are lots of hair in my hand when I oil them. Please suggest me something to stop hair loss.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Hi, I can suggest you some home remedy for hair fall which is troubling you like many others. Hair fall is very common these days and chemical lotions are best avoided 1.Take the white of one egg and mix in a teaspoon of olive oil. 2.Beat to give a paste-like consistency and apply to the entire scalp and hair. 3.Keep it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water and a mild shampoo. Here are some easy tips to help avoid hair loss. Another method is to apply Aloe Vera Aloe Vera gel also works wonders. Massage the scalp with aloe gel, leave in for a few hours and then wash with lukewarm water. Aloe gel, coconut milk and wheat germ oil make a great hair conditioning treatment to help fight hair fall. Massage it on the scalp to reduce hair fall. 1.Wash hair without shampoo. 2.Apply coconut oil and do not shampoo, and leave it to dry. It will not make your hair oily as it will dry up in minutes.. 3.Look at the ingredients to find a mild shampoo. 4.Use a good hairbrush. 5.Try a scalp massage. 6.Test your hair for thinning if you're concerned.

My wife is now 31st week pregnant 23 years old, her hemoglobin level is 9.3 ,dr previously give Lupiheme twice a daily now it changed to RicherCR twice a daily and advised to give two rabipur injection with NS as IV .should give injection of two Revofer? Or the hemoglobin is increased with tablets but earlier days hemoglobin was not increased with tablets? Is it safe to give REVOFER INJ. In pregnancy? Baby is now 1.6 kg, is its growth ok? Please advised us.

MBBS, MD, DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Indore
Medicines along with changes in diet will be equally helpful for increasing haemoglobin level. 1. Eat Iron-Rich Foods - Some good iron-based foods are liver, red meat, tofu, spinach, almonds, dates, lentils, fortified breakfast cereals, almonds 2. Increase Vitamin C Intake - Low hemoglobin levels due to a deficiency of vitamin C can be corrected by eating more foods rich in vitamin C. Iron cannot be fully absorbed by the body without the help of this vitamin. Eat foods rich in vitamin C like papaya, oranges, lemon, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit, tomatoes and spinach. 3. Take Folic Acid - Folic acid, a B-complex vitamin, is required to make red blood cells. So, a folic acid deficiency automatically leads to a low hemoglobin level. Some good food sources of folic acid are green leafy vegetables, rice, sprouts, dried beans, wheat germ, fortified cereals, peanuts, bananas, broccoli and liver. 4. Beetroots - Beetroot is highly recommended to increase hemoglobin levels. It is high in iron, folic acid as well as fiber and potassium. Its nutritional value helps increase the body’s red blood cell count 5. Apples - An apple a day can help maintain a normal hemoglobin level. Apples are rich in iron along with various other health-friendly components that are required for a healthy hemoglobin count. For homeopathic medicine, contact us. Homeopathic medicines, will also increase Hb level.

Age 22 weight 48 kg Sir/Madam I'm facing problem in menstrual cycle for last 5-6 months. In the beginning my menstrual cycle was gradually downward (low bleeding) sometimes hardly one or two days then I got many check ups like hemoglobin level etc but after 2-3 months I feel everything fine without any treatment but in the month December my Periods came between 19 and 25 but after around 5-6 days periods start again 31 Dec. Now I consult again with the doctors they check hemoglobin level again this time and hemoglobin level is 10 right now. What should I do. Could you please give your precious suggestions/ consultations in my case. I'll be obliged to you With regards.

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga, PGDM
Homeopath, Indore
MANAGEMENT - Anemia (low Hb level) 1. Eat Iron-Rich Foods - Some good iron-based foods are liver, red meat, tofu, spinach, almonds, dates, lentils, fortified breakfast cereals, almonds 2. Increase Vitamin C Intake - Low hemoglobin levels due to a deficiency of vitamin C can be corrected by eating more foods rich in vitamin C. Iron cannot be fully absorbed by the body without the help of this vitamin. Eat foods rich in vitamin C like papaya, oranges, lemon, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit, tomatoes and spinach. 3. Take Folic Acid - Folic acid, a B-complex vitamin, is required to make red blood cells. So, a folic acid deficiency automatically leads to a low hemoglobin level. Some good food sources of folic acid are green leafy vegetables, rice, sprouts, dried beans, wheat germ, fortified cereals, peanuts, bananas, broccoli and liver. 4. Beetroots - Beetroot is highly recommended to increase hemoglobin levels. It is high in iron, folic acid as well as fiber and potassium. Its nutritional value helps increase the body’s red blood cell count 5. Apples - An apple a day can help maintain a normal hemoglobin level. Apples are rich in iron along with various other health-friendly components that are required for a healthy hemoglobin count. For homeopathic medicine, contact us you must go for USG especially of pelvis to rule out any pathology present, which is disturbing your menstrual cycle and thyroid profile to be done at once. Do revert back with the reports for further treatment.

Hi, I have Low hemoglobin. Right now it's 7.5. Because of weakness not able to walk much.Please suggest something for gaining strength.

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga, PGDM
Homeopath, Indore
MANAGEMENT - 1. Eat Iron-Rich Foods - Some good iron-based foods are liver, red meat, tofu, spinach, almonds, dates, lentils, fortified breakfast cereals, almonds 2. Increase Vitamin C Intake - Low hemoglobin levels due to a deficiency of vitamin C can be corrected by eating more foods rich in vitamin C. Iron cannot be fully absorbed by the body without the help of this vitamin. Eat foods rich in vitamin C like papaya, oranges, lemon, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit, tomatoes and spinach. 3. Take Folic Acid - Folic acid, a B-complex vitamin, is required to make red blood cells. So, a folic acid deficiency automatically leads to a low hemoglobin level. Some good food sources of folic acid are green leafy vegetables, rice, sprouts, dried beans, wheat germ, fortified cereals, peanuts, bananas, broccoli and liver. 4. Beetroots - Beetroot is highly recommended to increase hemoglobin levels. It is high in iron, folic acid as well as fiber and potassium. Its nutritional value helps increase the body’s red blood cell count 5. Apples - An apple a day can help maintain a normal hemoglobin level. Apples are rich in iron along with various other health-friendly components that are required for a healthy hemoglobin count. For homeopathic medicine, contact us.

Popular Health Tips

Homeopathy And Dandruff

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Homeopathy And Dandruff

HOMOEOPATHY WORKS BEST FOR DANDRUFF 

DANDRUFF [DANDRUFF]


Dry white flakes of skin, on your scalp is known as dandruff.
• It is not a health risk, but is a source of embarrassment.
• Some people have the wrong notion that it is because of bad hygiene or washing the hair often - this is a false belief. It is just that people having dandruff shed more skin then others.
• However some dermatologists suggest that is caused by a yeast fungus that is believed to breed in a combination of sebaceous oil and dead skin cells.
 

CAUSES: • A family history of dandruff.
• Excessive sweating of the scalp.
• Excessive mental and physical stress.
• Use of alkaline soaps.
• Cold dry winter season.
Psoriasis of scalp.
• Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
• Improper carbohydrate and sugar consumption.
• Nutrient deficiencies – B-complex, essential fatty acids, selenium.
 

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:

• Flakes of skin which may be small and white or large greasy and yellow.
• Itching on scalp, eyebrows, nose or ears.
• It can be worse in winters.
 

DIETARY MANAGEMENT: Avoid:
• Avoid fatty and oily food.
• Avoid dairy products (except yoghurt) – cheese, cottage cheese and seafood.
• Avoid sugar, white flour and chocolate
• Avoid excess alcohol.
• Avoid stress.
• Even though dandruff is dry flaking skin do not normally apply excessive oil as it may provide an environment for yeast to breed.


  DO:

• Add one tea spoon of vinegar to the rinsing water after washing your hair.
• Before washing your hair, apply a mixture of 8 table spoon of pure organic peanut oil and 2 table spoon lemon juice and massage into the scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes then shampoo.
• You can replace oil with coconut milk or coconut water; leave it over night and shampoo.
• Wash hair with natural, herbal ingredients rather than chemical – take mixture of amla (Indian goose berri) powder, aritha (sapindus Laurifotius) powder and shikakai (Acacia Concinna) powder, soak it in water over night and wash hair with the mixture.
• Practice yoga, helps in relieving stress and will increase blood circulation.
• Natural live yoghurt is recommended as a natural conditioner.
• Avoid harsh hair dyes and hair creams.
• Softly massage your scalp when you shampoo or oil. This will help blood circulation and prevent skin from drying and cracking.

  CONSUME:

• Drink plenty of water.
• Eat large percentage of your diet as raw fruits and vegetables.
• Consume (3-4) nuts and seeds daily.
• Consume linseed oil – 2 table spoon.
• Consumption of Aloe vera juice is also helpful.
• Consume Kelp and Japanese sea plants frequently as they supply many minerals like iodine which are better for hair growth and healing of the scalp.
• Increase intake of zinc in diet:
– Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, milk and milk products, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea.
• Consume diet rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
• Increase intake of foods that contain PUFA's (poly unsaturated fatty acids): flax / linseed oil is the richest source of PUFA's. Other oils that contain PUFA's are safflower oil, soybean oil, maize oil, sesame oil, olive oil. As all oils are high in fats, its consumption should be limited. The intake of oils should not exceed 20gms a day.
• Sesame oil and almond oil hinders the absorption of LDL (low-density lipoproteins), so it is advisable to use replace other cooking oils by sesame oil.
• Consume lots of Selenium:
– Fish, shellfish, eggs, red meat, chicken, liver, grains, Brazil nuts, garlic, wheat germ and brewer's yeast.
• Consume lots of Vitamin B complex:
– Liver, kidney, pancreas, yeast (Brewer's yeast), lean meat especially pork, fish, dairy products, poultry, egg, shrimps, crabs and lobsters,.
– Milk and milk products, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain cereals.
– Carrots, bananas, avocado, raspberries, artichoke, cauliflower, soy flour, barley, cereals, pasta, whole grains, wheat barn like rice and wheat germ, dried beans, peas and soybeans.

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Food Faddism And Faulty Food Habits

PG Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics, M.Sc.in Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad


Knowledge regarding the food habits of man is provided by many disciplines. the social scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists and cultural geographers have been concerned with man’s culture, social activities and food habits. a number of factors influence the food habits. these include, among others, educational and economic level of the community, availability and cost of foods and social and cultural practices. once the food habits are established, they are handed down from generation to generation. in the present chapter, the following aspects of the problem have been discussed:

  • Geographic
  • Religious beliefs
  • Traditional beliefs
  • Food fads and cults
  • Changing food habits

Early man ate whatever food he could get to satisfy his hunger. the food he could get consisted of what he could cultivate in the locality. soil, climet, water and local agricultural practies determined the types of foods that can be grown in the locality. this may explain the large scale and maize (corn) in many countries of africa, central and south america over the past several centuries. consumption of diets based predominantly on this staple food has given rise to large scale incidence of protein calorie malnutrition among preschool children in this region. pellagra was also widely prevalent among poor maize eaters. rice is the main food crop in the tropical countries where rainfall is high and water is available for irrigation, while millets are cultivated in areas of low rainfall. incidence of beri beri was high among the population consuming highly milled raw rice. wheat is mamly cultivated in temperate regions.

Religious beliefs

the various religions of the word have had some influence on the food habits. for example, muslims are forbidden from eating pork and hindus from eating beef. such religious beliefs have been practiced over the past several hundred years.

Traditional beliefs

traditional beliefs in food habits are still prevalent with a large majority of the population who are illiterate or ignorant regarding the nutritive value of foods. these beliefs influence profoundly the pattern of food eaten. in south pacific islands, it is believed that certain shell fish eaten during pregnancy will cause the child to be born with scales on its head. in ethiopia, pregnant women must avoid roasted meat as it is believed to abortion. eggs are thought to cause baldness and sterility and hence not consumed by pregnant women. in india, consumption of papaya fruit by women is believed to lead to abortion, and consumption of garlic by lactating women will increase milk production. milk, which is an essential protective food in western countries, is disliked in many asian and affrican countries and not even weaned infants and preschool children

  In some part of india (west bengal), it was believed that consumption of milk and fish at the same meal will lead to the development of leprosy and leucoderma. other similar beliefs include the following:

  • consumption of brain will lead to premature greying of hair and baldness of head.
  • consumption of tongue of goat by children will make them talkative,
  • eating goat’s leg by children will lead to improper development of knees and ankle joints
  • consumption of pig’s stomach by girls and young women will darken their completion
  • consumption of meat from the underside of an animal by young married women will prevent childbearing.
  • in some parts of africa, it is believed that eggs, if given to children before the teeth have erupted, will lead to stupidly, fish will produce skin rashes and meat will make children greedy.


hot and cold foods

foods are classified as hot and cold by different cultures in many countries. ‘hot’ foods are believed to produce more heat in the body and lead to the development of boils. ‘cold’ foods are supposed to lower the heat production and lead to the development of cold, sore throat, etc. meat, eggs, legumes, nuts and oilseeds are supposed to be ‘hot’ foods, while fruits, vegetable and milk are supposed to be ‘cold’ foods.

pica

pica is a common practice among pregnant women and children in many countries. pica is the habit of eating mud, clay, chalk, limestone, plaster, ashes, starch, etc. this habit has been reported since ancient times from asia, africa, europe and north, central and south america among pregnant women. there is a belief that the baby will not be normal if one does not eat clay or starch.

food fads and cults

exaggerated claims for some foods: hippocrates wrote of the health value of certain foods. food fads of various kinds have persisted ever since. according to indian ayurvedic system of medicine many foods are reputed to have curative properties for some diseases. for example, bitter gourd is reputed to cure diabetes mellitus, but without any scientific basis. yogurt, wheat germ, black strap molasses, brewers yeast and honey have been widely promoted by some food faddists as possessing extraordinary nutritional and medicinal qualities. fruits and vegetables cultivated using organic manure (compost etc.) are believed to possess greater nutritive value than foods grown with inorganic fertilizers. brown sugar is reputed to possess higher nutritive value than white sugar.

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How To Improve Haemoglobin Naturally?

MD - Internal Medicine, FUPDA, FICP, FIACM, FDI
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faizabad
How To Improve Haemoglobin Naturally?

Haemoglobin is a protein rich in iron and is found in red blood cells. The main function of haemoglobin is to carry oxygen throughout the body. In other words, it carries oxygen from the lungs to the other parts of the body so that the cells can carry on with their basic functions. It also carries carbon dioxide back to the lungs from those cells so that this gas can be exhaled.

Haemoglobin is important for maintaining a healthy life. The normal levels of haemoglobin in human body include:
• 14-18g/dl for adult men
• 12-16g/dl for adult women

Foods that improve haemoglobin

  1. Consume iron-rich food products: According to National Anaemia Action Council, lack of iron is the most common cause behind low haemoglobin levels. To improve iron content in your blood, you can take asparagus, tofu, almonds, oysters, fortified breakfast cereals, liver, red meat, shrimp, spinach, dates and lentils. However, consult your doctor for the right intake, as too much consumption of iron may be harmful for your health.
  2. Improve your vitamin C intake: Absorption of iron is improved if vitamin C is taken in adequate quantities. Lemon, tomatoes, papaya, oranges, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit, etc. are some of the fruits that are rich in vitamin C. In fact, if there is a deficiency of vitamin C in our blood, haemoglobin levels go down. You may also take vitamin supplements to improve haemoglobin in your body, but consult a doctor first.
  3. Focus on food items rich in folic acid: This acid is basically vitamin B complex, which is required to make red blood cells. Food products that are rich in folic acid include rice, liver, breakfast cereals, sprouts, dried beans, wheat germ, peanuts etc. A diet comprising 200-400 milligrams of foliates is enough to supplement your Vitamin B needs.
  4. Include beetroot as a part of your diet: Rich in iron, folic acid, fibres and potassium, beetroot helps in augmenting haemoglobin levels. Drinking beetroot juice daily increases the iron content in your red blood cells.
  5. Have apples: They are rich in iron and if you have an apple daily, then your haemoglobin level will improve significantly. If possible, take a green apple with its skin. Apple juice mixed with beetroot juice has a marked effect on haemoglobin levels. You can also add some ginger or lemon juice to this mixture and have the concoction twice a day.
  6. Eat blackstrap molasses: This food is rich in iron, vitamin, folic acid etc. and improves the haemoglobin level in your blood. Take 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses and apple cider vinegar each, mix them in a cup of water and drink this concoction once a day.

5 Ways to Keep your Eyes Healthy and Vision Sharp

Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), MS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Bangalore
5 Ways to Keep your Eyes Healthy and Vision Sharp

All of us agree that healthy habits are absolutely necessary for a high quality of life. It is another story that whether we put them into practice or not. These healthy habits have to be cultivated since childhood for keeping vital organs like eyes in a perfect condition. One's quality of life is closely linked to how well one see and one can take steps now to take care of one's eyes and preserve vision well into old age. Keep Your Eyesight Sharp and protect your eyesight with the five tips listed below:

Maintain a balanced and healthy diet. It has been scientifically proven that some foods can boost eye health and delay age-related eye changes. One must include eye-boosting vitamins and minerals in diet, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, Vitamin E; zinc and omega-3 fatty acids to keep one's eyes in best shape. Broccoli, corn, squash, peppers, spinach and kale are the best source for zeaxanthin and lutein whereas citrus fruits, melons, tomatoes and broccoli are great source of Vitamin C. Vitamin E can be found in legumes, wheat germ, nuts and seeds while one can get zinc in found in whole grains, 
Salmon are a great source of omega-3.

Reduce Exposure in the sun - Sun's ultraviolet rays can increase the risk of developing cataracts, which is most common cause of age-related vision loss in adults.  It is very essential to take precautions to shield one's eyes from the sun. One should wear UV protective eyewear or wide brimmed floppy hat for protection from sun.

Quit Smoking. Smoking is not only bad for heart and lungs, it can also damage eyesight. Cigarette smokers are at greater risk of developing both macular degeneration and Glaucoma

Regular Exercise. Regular exercise keeps waistline trim and eyes sharp. Latest studies have shown that those who led an active lifestyle were seventy percent less likely to develop macular degeneration. 

Go for Annual Eye Examination. Regular examination of eyes can give a surprising number of clues about ones overall health. Ophthalmologist can detect a broad set of problems ranging from hypertension to diabetes by doing a thorough examination of ones eye.

One only have one pair of eyes, so it is absolutely necessary to take the proper steps to care for them. By nourishing one's body with the right foods, getting regular exercise and going in for regular eye exams, one can keep vision sharp at any age.

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

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Penis Sensitivity & Diet: They Go Together

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Sensitivity & Diet: They Go Together

Penis sensitivity is something most men simply take for granted. They know that when their penis is touched and stroked (whether by a partner or by themselves), their body experiences the tremendous sensations that make sex so exciting and enjoyable. Clearly, penis sensitivity is crucial for a man's sex life and he will want to be sure he maintains excellent penis health in order to help maintain a proper level of penis sensation. And it may be that some surprising factors - such as diet - can have an impact in this area.

Penis sensitivity

  • Why is the penis so prone to extreme sensations anyway? For the same reason that any part of the body demonstrates a tendency to react to stimulation: nerves. The neural network runs throughout the body. Nerve endings are near the surface of the skin and they pick up stimulation - a touch on the arm, a kick in the pants, a stroking of the penis - and send a signal back to the brain that something is going on. The brain sends a signal back so that a man turns around to the touch on the arm, yells "Ouch" to the kick in the pants, and sighs and moans at the stroking of the penis.
  • The penis tends to have many more nerve endings per square inch than other parts of the body. Because penis skin is so thin (especially when the penis is erect and the skin is stretched out), those nerve endings are more receptive to stimulation - thus the higher degree of penis sensitivity compared to other parts of the body.
  • Because of that sensitivity and the pleasure it affords, men really like to have their penis fondled. Sometimes, though, when a man is in pursuit of orgasm through penile stimulation, he may find himself in situations where the all-important friction is a little too much. Perhaps he is engaging in intercourse without appropriate lubrication or he's furiously masturbating with a grip that is extremely tight. Short term, these activities produce the desired result - a tremendous orgasm - but over time, they may "mute" the degree of sensitivity in the organ. When that happens, there's a somewhat "deadened" sensation that can interfere with a guy's sexual enjoyment.

Diet

So why should what a guy eats have any effect on how sensitive his penis is? Basically because what we eat has an effect on all parts of our bodies and lives - including the penis. Research has indicated that diets with vitamins B12 and E, as well as folate, help increase sensitivity all over. So if a man has reduced penis sensitivity, he may want to up his intake of these nutrients.

What foods are good for vitamins B12 and E and folate?

  • Lots of dairy products contain B12, as do many kinds of seafood - and liver is especially high in B12. Meanwhile, spinach is a winner for both folate and vitamin E. Folate is also found in many other green vegetables, as well as citrus fruits. And vitamin E is abundant in many nuts (almonds, peanuts, pine nuts) and oils (olive oil, wheat germ oil, etc.), as well as trout and salmon.
  • Meanwhile, avoiding fatty foods is good for penis sensitivity. Cholesterol dampens nerve endings, so watch those high-fat foods, especially when eating red meat.
  • Diet can help maintain penis sensitivity, but more help may be required. That's where regularly using a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) comes in handy. Select a crème that contains L carnitine, an amino acid with neuroprotective properties and can help restore loss of sensation. It also helps if the crème contains L-arginine, an ingredient which helps produce the nitric oxide that keeps penis blood vessels open and flowing.
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