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Benefits of Cayenne Pepper And Its Side Effects

Cayenne pepper, also known as Mirchi in India comes with great health benefits apart from adding spicy flavor to the food. Today, people actively search for the health benefits of cayenne pepper on the Web, and we hope this article will share insights on this subject. Cayenne pepper facilitates digestion, blood circulation, weight loss, eradicates headaches, controls dyspepsia, and maintains heart’s health.

Benefits of Cayenne Pepper And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Cayenne Pepper
Nutritional Value of Cayenne Pepper
Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
Boosts Immunity
Enhances Blood Circulation
Prevents Nasal Congestion
Tackles Arthritis
Boosts Metabolism
Lowers Bad Cholesterol
Heals Bad Throat
Helps in Digestion
Weight Loss
Lowers the Risk of Asthma
Prevents Cancer
Heals Headaches
Uses of Cayenne Pepper
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cayenne Pepper
Origin And Cultivation of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper belongs to the family of capsicum and its botanical name is Capsicum annuum. This pepper is used for flavoring cuisines across the world. Cayenne pepper offers high nutritional value. It is a rich source of Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Additionally, it contains generous amounts of potassium, calcium, and manganese, and fiber. It is widely used in the Indian households and is a staple food for many people in the rural parts of India.

Nutritional Value of Cayenne Pepper

About 100 grams of Cayenne pepper contains 30mg sodium, 2014mg potassium, 17g fat, 318 calories, 12g protein, 57g carbohydrate and 0mg of cholesterol. Each of these nutrients play a vital role in keeping us healthy. Read on to find out more.

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cayenne Pepper
Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Boosts Immunity

A strong immune system easily fights infections and maintains healthy body. People with a weak immunity system often get knocked down off their energy levels even when affected by a mild fever or a headache. And what do they do afterwards? They use tablets and synthetic vitamins to power up their immunity. Do you know – eating generous amount of mirchi keeps you healthy? Cayenne Pepper contains generous levels of Vitamin A (beta-carotene) that boosts the immunity system and prevents pathogens from entering your body and making you sick.

Enhances Blood Circulation

For the optimal functioning of your body, good blood circulation is vital. Cayenne pepper does not allow the blood to coagulate with age and facilitates healthy blood flow.

Prevents Nasal Congestion

People suffering from respiratory tract infection or congestion should regularly consume cayenne pepper. Studies reveal that the chemical called “capsaicin” in this pepper stimulates secretions, which makes it easier for mucus to pass out from lungs and nose, and thus reduce the possibility of sinus infection. Subsequently, in many parts of rural India, cayenne pepper is used for treating cold and flu.

Tackles Arthritis

The disease of the joints -Arthritis- is one of the most dreaded diseases that affects millions of people, worldwide. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis if not treated properly may lead to life-threatening situation. Some of the symptoms associated with arthritis include inflammation, swelling and severe pain in joints. Though many people opt for laboratory prepared medicines, but do you know cayenne pepper has been found to help fight against arthritis? The presence of “capsaicin” in this power food has the potential to soothe joint pains. Though when applied on the affected area, the pepper produces a burning sensation, but it gradually relieves pain.

Boosts Metabolism

Cayenne pepper when used responsibly, can enhance your metabolism by increasing your body’s heat, thus helping you burn more calories than usual. It usually grows and improves the process called diet-induced thermogenesis to help boost your metabolism. However, its effect is minimal compared to the other health benefits produced by cayenne pepper.

Lowers Bad Cholesterol

Bad cholesterol (LDL) thickens the walls of the arteries and puts a stress on the heart to perform optimally. Slowly, LDL impairs heart health and causes heart attacks and eventually death. Subsequently, doctors recommend cayenne pepper to increase the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) or decrease LDL. Research indicates with regular consumption of cayenne pepper, a balance between good and bad cholesterol is maintained and dissolve fibrin which is responsible for the formation of blood clots, which thus reduces the risk of heart diseases.

Heals Bad Throat

Studies reveal that a mixture of cayenne pepper and water can clear a sore throat. This combination, when gargled can effectively treat a sore throat, as it contains Vitamin C.

Helps in Digestion

Some people widely use cayenne pepper for a healthy digestion. Cayenne pepper, when included in your diet, often helps in preventing the stomach aches and cramps. Mirchi also stimulates the production and flow of saliva and other secretions in the stomach, thus helping the overall process of digestion.

Weight Loss

Often we consume supplements and pills that claim to shed weight in a few days. Please do not get carried away by these pills. They not only produce some side effects, they eventually fail to produce any significant results. Thus, you should seek and try natural remedies for weight loss. How many of you know cayenne pepper could help in shedding extra flab in your body? Cayenne pepper contains suppressants that significantly reduces the appetite, and increases your water consumption capacity. The feeling of “full stomach” significantly controls your diet and facilitates in weight loss and its maintenance.

Lowers the Risk of Asthma

Studies reveal the presence of beta-carotene in cayenne pepper helps to reduce the symptoms of respiratory illness like asthma. Beta-carotene improves the optimal functioning of the lungs and the breathing tract.

Prevents Cancer

Cancer is one of the deadliest disease known to man, and the very sound of that word can frighten people. Though people around the world are always finding new ways to treat and cure cancer, but do you know cayenne pepper too can help? Research reveals that cayenne pepper has the potential to help fight cancer. The presence of beta-carotene which is a good source of anti-oxidant prevents the damage caused by the free radicals, and thus protects the body against colon and atherosclerosis cancers.

Heals Headaches

If you suffer from frequent headaches, you should regularly consume cayenne pepper. The chemicals present in this pepper offers anti-analgesic capability that cures headaches. Thus, you should stop using tablets like aspirin, and rather smell cayenne pepper when your head throbs.

Uses of Cayenne Pepper

By the time you have completed reading this article, you would have understood the methods of including cayenne pepper in your daily diet. Cayenne pepper, being rich in vitamins can be used in treating a variety of conditions including arthritis, cancer, weight loss, sore throat, headaches, congestion and blood circulation. It also treats cholesterol and heart illnesses.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cayenne Pepper

As the adage goes, “Too much of good things can be harmful,” and cayenne pepper is no different. Consuming excessive amounts of cayenne pepper can cause gastrointestinal disorders (irritation or a burning sensation in the stomach), in many respiratory problems, irritation to the skin and eyes. If you develop such allergic reactions to Mirchi, you should limit its use. It is also recommended to reduce and restrict the intake of cayenne pepper during summers, as it can increase your body heat beyond your ability to sustain the heat. Overheating of the body can cause bleeding in the nose.

Origin And Cultivation of Cayenne Pepper

As the adage goes, “Too much of good things can be harmful,” and cayenne pepper is no different. Consuming excessive amounts of cayenne pepper can cause gastrointestinal disorders (irritation or a burning sensation in the stomach), in many respiratory problems, irritation to the skin and eyes. If you develop such allergic reactions to Mirchi, you should limit its use. It is also recommended to reduce and restrict the intake of cayenne pepper during summers, as it can increase your body heat beyond your ability to sustain the heat. Overheating of the body can cause bleeding in the nose.

Popular Questions & Answers

Sir how can I lose my weight to 64 kg in a week with no muscle loss can you guide me with my diet.

M. Sc. Foods, Nutrition & Dietetics, B.Sc-Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Visakhapatnam
Build a better breakfast, Aim to eat anywhere between 400 and 500 calories for your morning meal, and make sure you're including a source of lean protein plus filling fat (e.g. eggs, beans, unsweetened greek yogurt, nuts or nut butters) and fiber (veggies, fruit or 100% whole-grains). Prioritise real, whole foods, means filling up on fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein. Know your limits with salt Skip sugary beverages Ignore the gimmicks/weight loss hypes Eat your H2O Munch on mineral-rich foods Resist the urge to skip a meal Take a hike or a walk Go to bed/ no sleep deprivation Eat spicy foods seriously cayenne peppers/jalapeños Buy a set of 5-pound weights, strength training builds lean muscle tissue which burns more calories.
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I am suffering from lower back pain and knee joints pain and sometime this pain flows up and down in bones from shoulder to feet.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, Using natural treatments for joint pain and stiffness can make a big difference in the amount of medication you need to take. We’ve outlined some great herbal remedies to relieve stiffness and pain. 1. Cayenne - Known for its spicy-hot taste, cayenne makes an excellent topical ointment that relieves joint pain. Rubbing cayenne on the affected area causes a mild irritation, which in turn “distracts” the nerves from the more severe joint pain. Repeated topical applications of cayenne pepper can reduce arthritis pain significantly. To make a topical paste, mix 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper with 1/2 cup of cocoa butter, lanolin, or coconut oil. Apply it directly to the sore joint. You can also mix 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and soak sore hands or feet for 20 minutes to reduce pain and inflammation. 2. Fruit Pectin & Grape Juice - The combination of pectin, which is found in the cells of many plants, and grape juice can be of great use to people suffering from inflammation and joint pain. Grape juice is loaded with antioxidants, among them, anthocyanins, which are noted for their effect on reducing inflammation. Pectin is also believed to relieve fluid buildup in the joints of arthritis sufferers. It’s best to purchase pectin from a health or natural foods store for the best quality. You want to make sure to select pectin that is free of MSG and other additives. Mix 1/2 cup of grape juice with 2 tablespoons pectin. You can add water, if needed. Drink it twice daily for 6 weeks, and then reduce the frequency as symptoms disappear. 3. Flaxseed: Omega-3s are important for a strong immune system, but did you know they also help fight inflammation? Flaxseed is one of the best vegan sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it even more important for arthritis sufferers. Animal fats can often lead to more inflammation, so making the choice to incorporate flaxseed into your diet will help you get the important Omega-3s without adding the animal fat. Try to include two tablespoons of flaxseeds or flaxseed oil in your daily diet. You can add ground flax to cereals, yogurt, and even sauces and stews. 4. Exercise: Light weight training and cardiovascular exercise are very important to relieve joint stiffness and pain. While the first thing you may want to do is curl up and lay down when joint pain strikes, it’s a great idea to get up and get moving. I find that a hot shower and some gentle exericise like yoga, Pilates, or light weight training really helps get your joints in motion and reduces the stiffness and pain. Light weight training can also strength the muscles surrounding your affected joint, thus providing it with more support. Another great form of exercise to get relieve joint pain and stiffness is aquatic exercise. This non-impact workout allows you to slowly moving your joins through their range of motion. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

Having a neck pain since 4-5 year's. Plz suggest me what can I do to free from neck pain???

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, Neck pain is probably one of the most discomforting of all pains, that’s probably why the phrase ‘pain in the neck’ has become one of the most used ones in the English language. 1. Ice Pack - Ice cubes have a cooling effect that soothes the painful areas. The area that is cooled by an ice pack gets better blood circulation, especially the underlying tissue and muscle, which helps get relief from the neck pain. Applying a cold compress helps bring down the temperature surrounding the neck area and causes a temporary numbness that helps get immense relief from the pain almost instantly. It also prevents the blood from clotting in the region and helps gain immense relief. An ice pack is one of the best home remedies for neck pain. 2. Neck Exercises - Giving regular exercise to the neck muscles helps remove the stiffness in the neck region and helps get relief from neck pain. In addition to strengthening the muscles in the neck region, exercising helps enhance blood circulation as well. While strengthening the neck muscles, exercising simultaneously works on the back and shoulder muscles, and removes all stiffness and helps get relief from the pain. Neck exercises are one of the easiest home remedies for neck pain. 3. Cayenne Pepper - Applying Cayenne pepper powder on the affected areas inhibits the Substance P which transmits the pain signals to the brain. When these signals are stopped, the feeling of pain is subdued. Cayenne pepper powder is hot in nature and should be applied only on the areas where there is severe pain. If applied on non-painful areas it can cause irritation. Cayenne pepper powder is one of the best home remedies for neck pain. 4. Ginger - Ginger is a wonder herb root that has amazing medicinal properties. Apart from being a very effective antibiotic, it also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used in folk medicine for ages for treating cough, colds, stomach disorders and aches and pains in the body. Moreover, ginger enhances the blood circulation and promotes blood flow in the affected areas to give instant relief from the neck pain. Ginger is the best natural neck pain treatment at home. 5. Turmeric - Turmeric is a wonder medicinal spice that is very potent and has excellent antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Ginger is also a great anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce the swelling and also helps by easing the pain in the neck. The curcumin content in Turmeric gives it healing properties that help keep neck pain in control. Thus Turmeric makes an excellent home remedy for neck pain. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

When I am in AC room, my both hand's screen become whitish and rough. What is the solution?

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, Cold hands are the result of the natural response of your body to maintain the temperature, but in some cases, it may be an indication of some underlying health problem. 1. Hot Spice Bath - To keep yourself warm, the best way is to take a hot spice bath every night. Mix 1 tablespoon each of crushed cumin, ginger, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, sage, and rosemary. Fill the bath tub with hot water and put all the ingredients in it through a strainer. 2. Cayenne Pepper - Sprinkle about a ½ teaspoon of crushed cayenne pepper in your gloves and socks and wear them. The presence of capsaicin compound in it improves the blood circulation in the body and helps keep hands and feet warm. Alternatively, use cream that contains cayenne pepper. Note: Wear a thin pair of gloves and socks before putting on the sprinkled one. 3. Ginger Root - Ginger root not only enhances the flavor of the food and prevents the blood clots, but also provides warmth to the body. It can be used in 2 ways to treat the cold hands and feet – first is to bathe with the warm ginger water and, second, drinking hot ginger tea. 4. Garlic - Garlic is one of the most trustworthy remedies to get relief from cold feet and hand. Consume 4-5 garlic cloves regularly to get the desired results. 5. Self-Acupressure - The acupressure therapy will help unblock the blood stasis. Find the acupressure point in your hand and feet which help release energy. On the hand, it is found between the thumb and index finger, whereas the acupressure point of feet is located between the big and second toes on the top of your right foot. Apply pressure with your hand’s thumb for about 2-5 minutes. Repeat the process for the other hand and feet. 6.Omega-3 Rich Food - Omega-3 fatty acid is very helpful in cleaning the arteries and keeping the blood circulatory system in good condition. Try eating more and more food rich in it like fish, etc Hope this helps. Good luck.

My weight is high. I do exercise in every morning .but my weight doesn't low. I am mentally felt down with that problem. What should I do?

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, we will sharing some tips on how you can lose weight the natural way. Some of our tips may require a little effort at first. However, a lot of it is all about forming new eating and lifestyle habits and establishing routines. 1. Drink Water - In the beginning you have to be consciously aware and give yourself reminders to drink that glass of water before every meal, for example. However, after a few weeks the new behaviors should become more automatic. All the tips here involve how to achieve healthy weight loss the natural way and you may find a few other hidden health benefits too. 2. Eat Naturally, No Processed Foods: Most processed foods are packaged in a box, packet, bag or bottle and have high refined carbohydrates. And sugar content and should be avoided at all costs, not just for effective, quick weight loss, but to improve general health and well being. 3. Know your limits with salt. When it comes by buying snacks, a "low sodium" product has to be 140 mg or less per serving — so if you're REALLY in a bind, you can follow that guideline for what to put in your card. 4. Have Morning Tea - Tea is also a natural diuretic, and types of herbal tea such as dandelion or fennel root can also lend a hand. In fact: When a recent study compared the metabolic effect of green tea (in extract) with that of a placebo, researchers found that the green-tea drinkers burned about 70 additional calories in a 24-hour period. 5. Eat spicy foods — seriously! - It can actually help you cut back on calories. That's because the compound capsaicin, a compound found in jalapeno and cayenne peppers, may (slightly) increase your body's release of stress hormones such as adrenaline, which can speed up your metabolism and your ability to burn calories. 6. Go to bed. - As funny as it sounds, sleep deprivation may make you fat — and not just because you're susceptible to cases of the late-night munchies (although there's that too). There's tons of research that demonstrates getting less than the desired amount — about 7 hours — of sleep per night can slow down your metabolism. Plus, when you're awake for longer, you're naturally more likely to nosh (you'll physically feel hungrier!) So don't skimp on your ZZZs, and you'll be rewarded with an extra edge when it comes to shedding pounds quickly. 7. Resist the urge to skip a meal - Listen up: Skipping meals will not make you lose weight faster. If a hectic day makes a sit-down meal impossible, stash an energy bar or a piece of fruit in your car or tote; stash snacks in your office desk-drawer and make a point of getting up to grab a nosh — anything that will keep you from going hungry! Going long periods of time without food does double-duty harm on our healthy-eating efforts by both slowing down your metabolism, and priming you for another binge later in the day. (Think: You've skipped breakfast and lunch, so you're ready to takedown a whole turkey by dinner!) Make it your mission to eat three meals and two snacks every day, and don't wait longer than 3 to 4 hours without eating. Set a "snack alarm" on your phone if needed. 8. Go for a walk - exercising at any time is good for you. But evening activity may be particularly beneficial because many people's metabolism slows down toward the end of the day. Thirty minutes of aerobic activity before dinner increases your metabolic rate and may keep it elevated for another two or three hours, even after you've stopped moving. What that means for you: You're less likely to go back for seconds or thirds. Plus, it'll help you relax post meal so you won't be tempted by stress-induced grazing that can rack up calories, quickly. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
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10 Best Things That Boost Your Metabolism!

Diploma in Dietetics, Health and Nutrition (DDHN), B.Sc Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
10 Best Things That Boost Your Metabolism!

Foods that you must eat to gear up your metabolism and they will help you lose weight:

  1. Protein-rich foods: Protein-rich foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes, nuts and seeds, could help increase your metabolism for a few hours. They do so by requiring your body to use more energy to digest them. This is known as the thermic effect of food (TEF). The TEF refers to the number of calories needed by your body to digest, absorb and process the nutrients in your meals. Research shows that protein-rich foods increase TEF the most. Protein-rich diets also reduce the drop in metabolism often seen during weight loss by helping your body hold on to its muscle mass. What’s more, the protein may also help keep you fuller for longer, which can prevent overeating.
  2. Iron, zinc and selenium-rich foods: Iron, zinc and selenium each play different but equally important roles in the proper function of your body. However, they do have one thing in common: all three are required for the proper function of your thyroid gland, which regulates your metabolism. Research shows that a diet too low in iron, zinc or selenium may reduce the ability of your thyroid gland to produce sufficient amounts of hormones. This can slow down your metabolism. To help your thyroid function to the best of its ability, include zinc, selenium and iron rich foods like meat, legumes, nuts and seeds in your daily menu.
  3. Chilli peppers: Capsaicin, a chemical found in Chilli peppers, may boost your metabolism by increasing the number of calories and fat you burn. Capsaicin may have appetite-reducing properties.
  4. Coffee: Studies report that the caffeine found in coffee can help increase metabolic rate by up to 11%. Furthermore, caffeine may also help your body burn fat for energy and seems especially effective at boosting your workout performance. However, its effects seem to vary from person to person, based on individual characteristics such as body weight and age. 
  5. Tea: According to research, the combination of caffeine and catechins that’s found in tea may work to boost your metabolism. In particular, both oolong and green tea may increase metabolism by 4–10%. This could add up to burning an extra 100 calories per day. In addition, oolong and green teas may help your body use stored fat for energy more effectively, increasing your fat-burning ability by up to 17%. Nevertheless, as is the case with coffee, effects may vary from person to person.
  6. Legumes and pulses: Legumes and pulses, such as lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans and peanuts, are particularly high in protein compared to other plant foods. Studies suggest that their high protein content requires your body to burn a greater number of calories to digest them, compared to lower-protein foods. Legumes also contain a good amount of dietary fiber, such as resistant starch and soluble fiber, which your body can use to feed the good bacteria living in your intestines. Legumes are also high in arginine, an amino acid that may increase the amount of carbs and fat your body can burn for energy. In addition, peas and lentils also contain substantial amounts of the amino acid glutamine, which may help increase the number of calories burned during digestion.
  7. Metabolism boosting spices: Certain spices are thought to have particularly beneficial metabolism-boosting properties. For instance, research shows that dissolving 2 grams of ginger powder in hot water and drinking it with a meal may help you burn up to 43 more calories than drinking hot water alone. This hot ginger drink also seems to decrease levels of hunger and enhance feelings of satiety. Similarly, adding cayenne pepper to your meal may increase the amount of fat your body burns for energy, especially following a high-fat meal. However, this fat-burning effect may only apply to people unaccustomed to consuming spicy foods. 
  8. Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar may increase your metabolism. In one study, mice given vinegar experienced an increase in the AMPK enzyme, which prompts the body to decrease fat storage and increase fat burning. In another study, obese rats treated with vinegar experienced an increase in the expression of certain genes, leading to reduced liver fat and belly fat storage. Apple cider vinegar help you lose weight in other ways, such as slowing stomach emptying and enhancing feelings of fullness. If you’d like to give apple cider vinegar a try, be careful to limit your daily consumption to two tablespoons (30 ml).
  9. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is experiencing a surge in popularity. That may be partly because coconut oil is high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). This is contrary to most other types of fats, which usually contain higher amounts of long-chain fatty acids. Unlike long-chain fats, once MCTs are absorbed, they go directly to the liver to be turned into energy. This makes them less likely to be stored as fat. In addition, researchers report that a daily intake of 30 ml of coconut oil may successfully reduce waist size in obese individuals. 
  10. Water: Drinking enough water is a great way to stay hydrated. Additionally, it seems that drinking water may also temporarily boost metabolism by 24–30%. About 40% of that increase may come from your body trying to match the water’s temperature to its own. Yet, the effects only seem to last for 60–90 minutes after drinking it and may vary from one person to another.

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

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Natural Ways To Cure Brain Hemorrhage

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
Natural Ways To Cure Brain Hemorrhage

Natural ways to cure brain hemorrhage

1. Herbal plants

Cayenne pepper, a kind of red pepper can stop external bleeding like brain hemorrhage. Frequent use of this spice will protect and prevent the risk of a stroke as it improves the blood movement in the body, including the brain. A daily inclusion of this spice in your cooking will work as a great medicine to your brain. This herbal cooking formula can be applied for one to two-weeks time to get rid of the brain haemorrhage.

2. Ginkgo biloba

The extracts from ginkgo biloba, one of the oldest species of trees can effectively treat brain hemorrhage. It can improve blood circulation and thin of the blood, allow more oxygen to our brain tissue. It is taken to repair brain damage after a stroke. It has been proved that it can minimize the effects of a stroke; hence the person affected with brain haemorrhage can be suggested to apply this remedy.

3. Fish oils

Fish oil helps in the thinning of the blood and improves circulation. For those who are vegetarian can consume dha, a kind of omega-3 fatty acid, a structural component of our brain. Krill oil, a kind of fish oil which is highly expensive is also known to be good for the brain as it contains omega-3 fatty acids and other necessary compounds help in the functioning of the human brain. Daily consumption of fish oil for a period of two weeks can help in solving the problem of a brain haemorrhage.

4. B vitamins and stroke

Daily intake of vitamin b supplement can reduce the risk of a second stroke. The vitamin b supplement is a combination of vitamins b9, b6, and b12, which can reduce the level of amino acid in the blood, a contributing factor to heart disease. Vitamin b can prevent any sort of cardiac attack, including a stroke. Also it helps the patients to get rid of depression. Vegetables contain vitamin b can also significantly prevent a brain hemorrhage.

5. Healing crystal

Magnet therapy is believed to be very powerful when it comes to recovery after a stroke. It helps in the proper circulation of blood flow in the body by allowing minerals to spin in the blood. The crystal melanite, a great remedy for stroke can be used as a liquid or can be applied to the forehead.

6. Take up yoga

Yoga needs no introduction, it is an age-old remedy for all types of diseases. Post-stroke, a person should perform yoga regularly and do the deep breathing exercises as much as he can. These are the ayurvedic techniques which will tremendously help in blood circulation as well as oxygen flow in all parts of our body including the brain. Performing yoga on a regular can increase your brain power and solve the problem related to a brain haemorrhage.

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Ayurvedic Tips To Survive Air Pollution

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), PGCRCDM, PDCR, MBA
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
Ayurvedic Tips To Survive Air Pollution

There are herbal preparations, which adsorb pollutants and may also help detoxify the effects." One must wash the skin, hair with neem leaves boiled in the water. It will clear the pollutants stuck to skin and mucosal membrane. If possible, also try to eat three to four leaves at least twice a week. It helps to purify blood and lymphatic tissue.

  • Tulsi (basil) should be planted at every house to absorb the pollution. In addition, one should drink 10-15 ml of tulsi juice as it helps clear pollutants from the respiratory tract
  • Turmeric powder half teaspoon with 1 tablespoon of ghee or honey, should be taken empty stomach in the morning
  • One can put 2 drops of cow ghee in each nostril every day in the morning and at bed time to stay clear from pollutants., "It is important to have two to three teaspoon of homemade ghee daily. It is very much useful to chelate the toxic effects of metals like lead and mercury and does not allow them to accumulate in bones, kidneys and liver.
  • Pippali is one of the super herbs for purifying lungs that enable easy breathing. It's very effective against lung infections due to its rejuvenative properties. A simple way to consume this is ¼ teaspoon Ginger, ¼ teaspoon turmeric and 1/8 teaspoon Pippali powder mixed in 1 tbsp honey and washed down with warm water. This should however be taken for maximum of seven days and not used in infants.
  • Pollution causes imbalance in tridosha and Triphala helps restore the same, thus, bolstering immunity. One tablespoon of Triphala with 1 teaspoon of honey at night is the recommended dosage
  • Drink pomegranate juice as it is known to purify blood and is also a brilliant cardio protective fruit.
  • Dr Piyush Juneja, suggests a daily full-body warm oil massage aka Abhyangam, therefore, acts as a powerful recharger and rejuvenator of mind and body.
  • Luke Coutinho, holistic healing expert recommends taking steam with 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil or a drop of peppermint oil. This should be done for five minutes twice a day.
  • Dhoop (smoke created in earthen bowl) of Guggulu and Aguru, which are Ayurvedic herbs can be used to prevent dampness in the house, which is a leading cause of allergic cold and breathlessness
  • Eat home cooked, warm food instead of eating out at restaurants. Incorporate herbs like turmeric, cayenne pepper, carom seeds, ginger etc in food. Add some pepper, and basil leaves to your regular cup of chai.
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14 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar And Common Mistakes to Avoid

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Dermatologist, Begusarai
14 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar And Common Mistakes to Avoid

Apple cider vinegar is a kitchen ingredient with a multitude of uses, from home remedy to DIY fruit fly trap. It is made from apple cider that is fermented with yeast and bacteria.

While emerging research suggests that apple cider vinegar (also known as ACV) may offer certain benefits, it’s touted as a solution for everything from pimples to a sore throat. Some remedies might help, but others can be harmful if used incorrectly.

Here are the top uses and benefits of apple cider vinegar:

1. Help Control Blood Sugar and Prevent Diabetes

Acetic acid, the main component of all types of vinegar, appears to block enzymes that help you digest starch, resulting in a smaller blood sugar response after starchy meals such as pasta or bread. A study published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism in 2010, for instance, found that adding vinegar to a high-starch meal helps to decrease fluctuations in blood sugar after the meal.

Although you can add a splash of apple cider vinegar in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, and sauces, be sure to consult your doctor if you’re considering using it in larger amounts for diabetes. There haven’t been the clinical trials needed to confirm that it’s effective and you could be putting yourself at risk if you delay or avoid treatment.

If you take diabetes medication, vinegar could cause unwanted effects, like low blood sugar or potassium.

Also, you shouldn’t use apple cider vinegar if you have gastroparesis, as it can further slow gastric emptying.

2. Aid in Weight Loss

If you’re trying to lose weight, apple cider vinegar is sometimes said to help. While preliminary research suggests that vinegar may increase fat oxidation, a study found that the effect appears to be very modest (one to two pounds total weight loss in 12 weeks).

People tend to consume greater than normal amounts of apple cider vinegar when using it for weight loss, with some even taking it in tablet form. There’s a risk that pills can injure the gastrointestinal tract. According to one report, for instance, a woman had an ACV tablet lodged in her throat for 30 minutes and developed pain and tenderness in the throat area and difficulty swallowing that lasted for six months.

3. Get Rid of Dandruff

For pesky dandruff, some people find that lightly spritzing an apple cider vinegar and water solution onto the scalp (and leaving it for 15 minutes before rinsing) helps with persistent flakes, itchiness, and irritation. It’s typically used once or twice a week.

Vinegar’s acetic acid may alter the scalp’s pH, making it harder for yeast (one of the main contributors to dandruff) to grow.

Just don’t get apple cider vinegar in your eyes or ears. Use eye protection if needed, and use it in very small amounts. If you have color-treated hair, consult your color technician as it may alter your color.

4. Stop Itchy Bug Bites and Stings

If you have mosquito bites, poison ivy, or jellyfish stings, a weak apple cider vinegar solution dabbed onto bites and stings may help.

5. Freshen Hair in Between Washings

If you’re between hair washings or are active, spritzing some apple cider vinegar solution on your roots may help control the oil. Experts recommend adding five drops of apple cider vinegar to five ounces of water in a spray bottle and spritzing your roots several times, one or two times a week.

Be careful not to get it on your face, eyes, or ears. If your hair is color-treated, it’s a good idea to consult your colorist before using it.

Although apple cider vinegar is sometimes recommended as a hair rinse to remove shampoo build-up and clarify dull hair, the solution has to very dilute because it is harder to prevent it from getting in your face, eyes, and delicate skin area when washing it out at home.

6. Relieve Minor Sunburns

While the more common recommendation for a mild sunburn is a cool water compress or bath, aloe gel, or moisturizer, some people swear by apple cider vinegar. It can be added to a cool bath or mixed with cool water and lightly spritzed on affected areas (avoiding the face) to relieve pain and discomfort.

Apple cider vinegar shouldn’t be applied at full strength or in strong concentrations to the skin, as the acidity can further injure skin. It also shouldn’t be used for more serious burns, so be sure to consult your health care provider for help in determining the severity of your sunburn.

7. Clear Acne and Pimples

Apple cider vinegar may help to dry out pimples when a solution is dabbed onto pimples. It should be diluted before applying it to the face as it can cause skin injury or chemical burns if it’s not dilute enough.

Although apple cider vinegar is suggested as a skin toner, it isn’t recommended because the acetic acid concentration in ACV varies widely.

8. Soothe a Sore Throat

A time-honored throat elixir, apple cider vinegar drinks and gargles are said to alleviate the pain of a sore throat. Although there are many different recipes and protocols, a basic drink recipe calls for a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of honey, and a small pinch of cayenne pepper stirred in a cup of warm water.

Although some proponents claim that apple cider vinegar has germ-fighting properties and capsaicin in hot peppers alleviates pain, there hasn’t been any research on apple cider vinegar’s ability to fight sore throats.

Some sources recommend a stronger solution or even taking apple cider vinegar by the spoonful, however the acidity may cause mouth and throat irritation or chemical burns.

While most sore throats are minor, if you have other symptoms or are concerned, you should contact your health care provider.

9. Ease Heartburn and Indigestion

Apple cider vinegar is said to ease some types of heartburn, acid reflux, and digestive conditions like constipation or diarrhea. For heartburn, apple cider vinegar is thought to work because it is acidic, and too little stomach acid is believed to cause heartburn in some people.

Still, the more widely used heartburn diet involves reducing acidic foods, so it's a good idea to speak with your health care provider before trying it.

While some sources recommend taking it by the spoonful, apple cider vinegar's acidity may result in mouth, throat, or esophageal irritation or burns. A more moderate guideline would be to have an amount you would normally eat in a meal (typically one teaspoon or less) diluted in one cup of water or taken in food.

10. Cure Hiccups

To stop hiccups, proponents suggest eating one teaspoon of sugar with several drops of apple cider vinegar added to the sugar. The sugar’s grainy texture and the vinegar’s sour taste may trigger nerves in the throat and mouth responsible for controlling the hiccup reflex.

If hiccups are a regular occurrence for you, be sure to see your doctor. You don’t want to regularly rely on added sugar in your diet to get rid of hiccups. Also, hiccups can be a sign of an underlying condition, like GERD or a hiatal hernia.

11. Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apple cider, and fruit flies are attracted to the smell of ripe, fermented food. To trap fruit flies, put some apple cider vinegar in a small, shallow dish, add a drop of dish soap, and set it out on the counter near your fruit bowl, garbage can, or sink. The fruit flies will fly to the vinegar and the dish soap breaks the surface tension, trapping them.

Be sure to label the dish and keep the solution out of the reach or children or pets.

12. Stamp Out Foot Odor

To help keep smelly feet under control, try using apple cider vinegar, which proponents claim may help to balance the skin’s pH and fight the bacteria that causes foot odor. Typically, a bit of apple cider vinegar is mixed into water. Baby wipes, cotton balls or pads, small towels, or cotton rags can be dipped into the solution, wrung out, and used to wipe the bottom of the feet. Wipes can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container.

Although a vinegar scent will be noticeable, it should dissipate when the vinegar solution is dried. Avoid wearing shoes made from materials that could be damaged by the acidity (like leather).

13. Swap Out Your Deodorant

An apple cider vinegar solution may help to neutralize odor-causing armpit bacteria. Typically, cotton pads, towelettes, or cotton rags are lightly spritzed with a very weak solution and swiped in the armpits. Any vinegar smell should dissipate as it dries.

It's a good idea to test it in a smaller area first and to avoid using it if you're wearing delicate fibers, like silk.

14. Clean Countertops and Other Home Surfaces

Although an apple cider vinegar solution is sometimes suggested for cleaning kitchen and bathroom countertops, mirrors, windows, toilets, and showers, white distilled vinegar is the more popular choice and is less expensive.

If you’re using any type of vinegar solution at home, don’t mix it with commercial cleaners as it can produce harmful chemicals when combined. Also, vinegar shouldn’t be used on certain surfaces, like marble, wood, or some types of grout. If you’re not sure of whether it’s safe to use, consult the manufacturer (or avoid using it altogether).

Types of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is available filtered or unfiltered. Filtered apple cider is a clear light brown color. Unfiltered and unpasteurized ACV (such as Bragg's apple cider vinegar) has a dark, cloudy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Known as "mother of vinegar" or simply "the mother," this sediment consists mainly of acetic acid bacteria. 

Apple cider vinegar is also available in tablet form. A 2005 study, however, compared eight brands of apple cider vinegar supplements and found that the ingredients didn't correspond to the ingredients listed on the label. What's more, chemical analysis of the samples led researchers to question whether any of the products were actually apple cider vinegar or simply acetic acid.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Although most suggested uses involve diluting apple cider vinegar before applying it to body, the safety of different vinegar-to-water ratios isn't known. A 1:10 ratio has been suggested when applying it directly to skin, however, it should be weaker (or avoided entirely) on weak or delicate skin.

Although a teaspoon to a tablespoon mixed into 8 ounces of water is often suggested as a reasonable amount for internal use, the safety of various doses isn’t known. 

You can try to use it highly diluted, but the amount of acetic acid in commercial apple cider vinegar varies (unlike white vinegar, which is 5 percent acetic acid) making it impossible to be sure of the true strength.

Side Effects and Safety

  • Apple cider vinegar is a popular household ingredient, which may lead you to believe that it's completely safe. While there may be no cause for alarm if you are generally healthy, there are some potential effects to be aware of, particularly if the concentration is too strong or is in contact with your body for too long.
  • Apple cider vinegar, for instance, may cause chemical burns. There have been case reports of chemical burns after apple cider vinegar was used for warts and a skin condition known as molluscum contagiosum.
  • Although apple cider vinegar is widely touted as a home remedy to whiten teeth or freshen breath, exposing your teeth to the acidity may erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities.
  • When taken internally, ACV may result in decreased potassium levels, hypoglycemia, throat irritation, and allergic reactions. It is an acid (a pH less than 7 is an acid, and many apple cider vinegars have a pH of 2 to 3) and can cause burns and injury to the digestive tract (including the throat, esophagus, and stomach), especially when taken undiluted or in large amounts.
  • A case report linked excessive apple cider vinegar consumption with low blood potassium levels (hypokalemia) and low bone mineral density.
  • Apple cider vinegar may interact with certain medications, including laxatives, diuretics, blood thinners, and heart disease and diabetes medications.
  • If you’re considering using apple cider vinegar for any health purpose, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider to see if it’s right for you, rather than self-treating and avoiding or delaying standard treatment. People with certain conditions (such as ulcers, hiatal hernia, Barrett’s esophagus, or low potassium) may need to avoid apple cider vinegar entirely.
  • Apple cider vinegar shouldn’t be used as a nasal spray, sinus wash, or in a neti pot, and it shouldn’t be added to eye drops. Vinegar won't help in the treatment of lice.

A Word From Verywell

  • A splash of apple cider vinegar can brighten many dishes (not just salads) and add wonderful flavor to your cooking.
  • There are many anecdotal uses and some preliminary evidence suggesting that it may help certain conditions. While you might find that you benefit from its properties, large-scale clinical trials are needed before it can be recommended as a treatment.
  • If you’re still considering trying it, be sure to speak with your health care provider first and remember to only use it in small, highly diluted amounts.
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10 Effective Home Remedies For Veins!

MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Gorakhpur
10 Effective Home Remedies For Veins!

Some of the most effective home remedies for varicose veins include the use of olive oil, garlic, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, parsley, horse chestnut, grapeseed oil, pine bark, marigold, and various lifestyle changes.

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are the unsightly and uncomfortable veins, most often occurring in the leg, that have become twisted or enlarged, preventing proper blood flow to extremities and forcing your cardiovascular system to work harder to achieve proper unidirectional blood flow. As people age, or if they have professions that make them stand for long periods of time, the veins can often become tangled in this way, preventing the normal leaflets of our veins from directing blood in one direction. When blood begins flowing in opposite directions, it can become extremely painful, whether one is standing or not. While varicose veins rarely result in life-threatening complications, it can still manifest in the form of leg swelling, edema, venous eczema, skin thickening, and visible vein knots in the legs or affected area. While this affliction most commonly affects the legs, as that is where the body must work hardest to overcome gravity and pump the blood back to the chest, it can also occur on other parts of the body.

Symptoms of varicose veins include aching legs, swollen ankles or knees, unexplained fatigue in the legs, slow healing time on small wounds or cuts on the legs, cramps, and skin discoloration or irritation on the calves or feet. If you believe that you are suffering from varicose veins, there are some in-hospital treatments that can alleviate some of the symptoms, but these are often temporary, expensive, and, as with all surgeries, carry a degree of risk. Instead, there are dozens of herbal remedies that have been developed, tested, and relied on for years to eliminate varicose veins, treat its symptoms, or keep them under control in a healthy, effective way. Let’s take a closer look at some of these treatments below.

10 effective home remedies for varicose veins

1. Horse chestnut: the extract from horse chestnut seeds is considered extremely effective against varicose veins, as horse chestnuts are astringent in nature and contain a powerful compound called aescin, which inhibits the destructive enzymes that damage capillary walls. Patients suffering from varicose veins can experience a reduction in swelling and pain when the extract is consumed. However, only the extract can be consumed, as raw horse chestnuts contain other compounds that are actually toxic.

2. Grapeseed oil: grapeseed is a very powerful type of natural oil that has long been used to relieve inflammation and muscle pain when applied in a topical manner. Grapeseedextract can also be consumed, but the unpleasant taste often makes people prefer the topical application of the oil. The proanthocyanids contained in the oil can strengthen the capillary walls and resist degradation, while also reducing inflammation and even promoting healthy blood flow to the extremities.

3. Marigold: marigold is rich in antioxidant compounds and vitamin c, both of which are essential for protecting the skin and maintaining the health and strength of veins and capillaries. You can eat marigold petalsdirectly, but that isn’t considered as effective as boiling the petals and then dipping a hot cloth in the boiled water, which should be infused with the beneficial compounds and chemicals. Apply that cloth to the affected area of your leg to experience reduced swelling, an elimination of pain, and and important collagen transfer that can help your body rebuild damaged capillaries and veins to prevent varicose veins from spreading.

4. Pine bark: the proanthocyanid compoundsfound in grapeseed are also present in the bark of pine trees, in addition to other unique compounds in the extracts that strengthen capillary walls, bind collagen to veins, promote elasticity of the veins, improves blood circulation, and even lowers blood pressure. Pine bark extract is widely available and can be used safely for long periods of time if the problem persists.

5. Parsley: this common herb is another popular home remedy for varicose veins, as its high level of vitamin c promotes the creation of collage and subsequent repair of damaged blood vessels. Rutin is the powerful organic compound in parsley that directly affects capillary strength, making it a key herb to add to your diet if you’re suffering from unsightly varicose veins.

6. Apple cider vinegar: as always, it seems like almost any condition can be improved somehow by this magical cure-all. In terms of varicose veins, consuming apple cider vinegar has been shown to detoxify the blood, while also promoting circulation and reduce inflammation. These three factors together make it an ideal tonic for varicose vein conditions. The easiest remedy is mixing two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drinking it two times a day. You can also get undiluted apple cider vinegar and combine it with your normal lotion and apply it to the affected areas. Both remedies are highly effective.

7. Cayenne pepper: the bioflavonoids and vitamin c found in cayenne pepper are able to promote healthy blood flow to the extremities and ease the pain of swollen or aching joints and leg muscles. The pain of varicose veins is often worse than the appearance, and consuming or topically applying a paste of cayenne pepper can definitely help alleviate those uncomfortable situations.

8. Olive oil: as with grapeseed oil, olive oil is able to significantly improve your health. You can rub olive oil on the affected area and allow the rich mixture of organic compounds so the inflammation and pain, and also stimulate repair on injured or degraded capillaries and blood vessels.

9. Garlic: as another apparent cure-all, garlic can break up toxins in the body and stimulate their release, in addition to reducing inflammation and increasing healthy circulation throughout the body. Adding garlic to your diet or regularly applying a garlic paste to the varicose veins can quickly reduce their appearance and discomfort.

10. Lifestyle changes: a number of lifestyle habits can exacerbate varicose veins, including standing for long periods of time, impact exercises or sports, being overweight, wearing high heels, sedentary lifestyle where you don’t walk or move your legs for periods of 30 minutes or longer, excessive alcohol intake, and smoking, which slows down circulation throughout your body. Eliminate or change some of these lifestyle factors and you will see a definite improvements in your varicose vein symptoms.

Table of Content

Cayenne Pepper
Nutritional Value of Cayenne Pepper
Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
Boosts Immunity
Enhances Blood Circulation
Prevents Nasal Congestion
Tackles Arthritis
Boosts Metabolism
Lowers Bad Cholesterol
Heals Bad Throat
Helps in Digestion
Weight Loss
Lowers the Risk of Asthma
Prevents Cancer
Heals Headaches
Uses of Cayenne Pepper
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cayenne Pepper
Origin And Cultivation of Cayenne Pepper