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Benefits of Mulberry And Its Side Effects

“The mind and body are not separate. What affects one affects the other”. Mulberries are filled with numerous health benefits. Mulberries help to improve digestive health, lower cholesterol, control blood sugar level, regulate blood pressure , reduce cancer risk, improve blood circulation, cure anaemia, improve vision, help to maintain a better heart health, promote brain health, enhance immune power and build bone tissue.

Benefits of Mulberry And Its Side Effects

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Mulberry
Nutritional Value of Mulberry
Health Benefits of Mulberry
Aids digestion
Lowers cholesterol
A support to immune system
Helps to control blood sugar levels
Improves blood circulation
Better vision
Promoting brain health
Rich source of antioxidants
Reduces cancer risk
Uses of Mulberry
Side-Effects & Allergies of Mulberry
Cultivation of Mulberry

Mulberry

The structure of mulberries is very similar to that of blackberries or loganberries. They taste like grapefruits. They are the juiciest of all members of the fruit family. They are fleshy, delicious and succulent.They possess a mild sweet flavour. Mulberries are related to figs and breadfruits. Mulberries are not single berries. They are actually concentrated fruits where each mulberry is a concentrated one. The fruits occur in a cluster and are arranged concentrically around a central axis. They can be consumed both in fresh and dried forms. Mulberries are obtained from the silkworm tree. Though there are more than hundreds of species three species are mostly recognised- white mulberry (Morus alba), red mulberry (Morus rubra) and black mulberry (Morus nigra).

Nutritional Value of Mulberry

These berries are less in calories (43 calories per 100 grams). They are composed of health enhancing phytonutrient compounds which include polyphenol pigment antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, lipids, protein, dietary fibre , high water content etc. Nutritional profiles of various mulberries are pretty much same. Mulberries are rich source of Vitamin K and Vitamin C and contain small amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin E. They also contain Riboflavin. They are an excellent source of iron. They are good source of minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and zinc. They have significantly high amounts of anthocyanins. They also contain resveratrol and zeaxanthin.

Health Benefits of Mulberry

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

Aids digestion

As mulberries contain dietary fibre, they can help to improve digestion by bulking up stool and facilitating movement of food through digestive tract. As a consequence , they help in relieving constipation, bloating and stomach cramps. Healthy digestion is a necessary requirement for maintaining optimum weight. Thus, they are excellent for weight lose programmes.

Lowers cholesterol

Berries help to lower the level of bad cholesterol and thus prevents cardiovascular diseases.

A support to immune system

Mulberries contain alkaloids which are helpful in activating macrophages which in turn stimulate immune system keeping it alert against health threats. Vitamin C contained in these berries is also an immunity strengthening nutrient.

Helps to control blood sugar levels

White mulberries contain certain chemicals which are similar to those used in treating type 2 diabetes. These compounds help to keep a check on blood sugar levels by breaking down the sugar and allowing them to get absorbed into the blood.

Improves blood circulation

Antioxidants contained in the berries help to enhance the functioning of blood vessels by keeping them supple and dilated. Consequently blood flow is not hindered and there is a free blood flow to heart and other parts of the body. As they are an excellent source of iron , they increase the red blood cell production and help to cure anaemia. Polyphenols in these berries keep the blood vessels healthy. Minerals like potassium present here lowers the blood pressure.

Better vision

Mulberries contain zeaxanthin, which helps to reduce oxidative stress in cells that form our eyes. It also protects the retina from harmful ultra violet rays. The carotenoids present assist in preventing cataract and diseases like macular degeneration.

Promoting brain health

The calcium needs of the brain is met by the mulberries keeping it healthy. Mulberry is also an excellent treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Rich source of antioxidants

Mulberries contain a high concentration of powerful antioxidant named resveratol, which is known to be a natural antibiotic which helps to reduce heart risks.

Reduces cancer risk

Animal studies indicate that antioxidants in mulberries are effective in reducing oxidative stress, potentiallt decreasing the risk of cancer.

Uses of Mulberry

Mulberries are excellent ingredients for preparation of delicious smoothies, jams, snacks. Mulberries are also effective skin and hair care agent. They help to reduce blemishes and dark spots. Mulberry root extracts soothe irritated skin. They also promote hair growth and help to retain hair colour. Mulberry is a food for silkworms, making it an economically important plant for silk production.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Mulberry

Eating mulberries on a moderate basis is beneficial for health. But as per a test conducted by the American Diabetes Association, it was found that eating too many mulberries can be fatal. It can drop blood sugar level to a dangerously low level. There is also a risk of using mulberries extract on skin. They contain Arbutin which is believed to possess carcinogenic side effects. They have been reported to hinder the absorption of carbohydrates and triacylglycerol. It has been seen that mulberries increase the risk of hypoglycaemia.

Cultivation of Mulberry

Mulberry is a deciduous woody perennial plant and has a deep root system. Mulberry fruit has its origin in different parts of the world. The red mulberry is native to United States whereas black mulberry is native to western Asia. White mulberry is considered to have originated in China and is mainly grown in countries with a tropical type of climate. White mulberries grow well in every type of soil. Soil acidity can range from acidic to alkaline. It is generally drought tolerant but prefers moist and well drained soil. It is highly salt tolerant. It grows thirty to fifty feet tall. The red mulberry trees grow thirty five to fifty feet tall with an upright and spreading canopy. These trees grow best in rich soil. Black mulberries grow thirty five feet tall and are salt tolerant in areas with mild climate. They prefer warm, moist and well drained soil. Mulberries can be grown from seeds.

In India, total acreage of mulberry is around 282,244 ha. States where mulberry tree are grown are as follows- Andhra Pradesh (highest area under mulberry cultivation) , Assam, Jammu Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and others.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am 18 years I am too black to see I don't like my colour I want to look fair please suggest me.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
First of all, I want to tell you to embrace your dark skin. Its beautiful and many people find it attractive these days! But if you really want to lighten your skin, there are lots of options you can try. Avoiding too much sun exposure is the best place to start. Typically, the skin darkens when exposed to sunlight because it produces a substance, called melanin, to protect itself from the harmful solar radiation. Melanin is the pigment that gives color to our hair, eyes, and skin. And the more melanin your skin makes, the darker your skin becomes. Its also great to use sunscreen every time you go outside. As far as lightening products, you can try creams and soaps that contain kojic acid, glutathione, aplha-arbutin, licorice extract, mulberry extract, and Vitamins C, E, and B3. You can also go for lightening creams containing hydroquinone, but make sure that the concentration does not exceed to 2%.Only use products that contain 4% hydroquinone if its prescribed by your dermatologist; and make sure to follow the instructions strictly as wrong use of these products can cause serious complications. If you wd like to go for a more natural approach, you can try lemons. Just get a piece of fresh lemon, squeeze the juice, dip a cotton ball into the juice, apply it on your face, then rinse off after 10-15 minutes. If you do not have a lemon, try potato. The procedure is almost the same. Peel the potato, cut it into small pieces, then apply the juice on areas you wish to lighten. Just keep in mind, though, that the effectiveness of the treatments mentioned depends largely on your skin problem and skin type. Some products and procedures may work, but some may not.
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I'm 18 year old. With a dusky complexion. Suggest me the best fairness cream for my body.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
You should consume carrots. Eggs,mangoes, cheese,spinach, tomatoes,apricot, plums and peaches, tender coconut, buttermilk.The food rich in antioxidants will add a natural glow to your skin .Avoid too much sun exposure is the best place to start or use a sunscreen with spf 25-30 every time you go outside. You can try creams and soaps that contain kojic acid, glutathione, aplha-arbutin, licorice extract, mulberry extract, and Vitamins C, E, and B3.
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I am suffering from dark skin (सांवलापन) kindly advise me cream or any others so I become fair.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Avoid too much sun exposure is the best place to start or use a sunscreen with spf 25-30 every time you go outside. You can try creams and soaps that contain kojic acid, glutathione, aplha-arbutin, licorice extract, mulberry extract, and Vitamins C, E, and B3. You can also go for lightening creams containing hydroquinone, but make sure that the concentration does not exceed to 2%.If you wd like to go for a more natural approach, you can try rubbing the slices of lemons, potato, tomatoes, cucumber which are also found to be beneficial in clearing the complexion. Just keep in mind, though, that the effectiveness of the treatments mentioned depends largely on your skin problem and skin type. Some products and procedures may work, but some may not. Its best to consult your dermatologist to find out which of these options is best for your skin type.

Hello ma'am, My complexion is light brown and I have taken one chemical peel which didn't affect much. I want to go for glutathione or any treatment which can rejuvenate my lost skin under tanning.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
First of all, I want to tell you to embrace your dark skin. Its beautiful and many people find it attractive these days! But if you really want to lighten your skin, there are lots of options you can try. Avoiding too much sun exposure is the best place to start. Typically, the skin darkens when exposed to sunlight because it produces a substance, called melanin, to protect itself from the harmful solar radiation. Melanin is the pigment that gives color to our hair, eyes, and skin. And the more melanin your skin makes, the darker your skin becomes. Its also great to use sunscreen every time you go outside. As far as lightening products, you can try creams and soaps that contain kojic acid, glutathione, aplha-arbutin, licorice extract, mulberry extract, and Vitamins C, E, and B3. You can also go for lightening creams containing hydroquinone, but make sure that the concentration does not exceed to 2%.Only use products that contain 4% hydroquinone if its prescribed by your dermatologist; and make sure to follow the instructions strictly as wrong use of these products can cause serious complications. If you wd like to go for a more natural approach, you can try lemons. Just get a piece of fresh lemon, squeeze the juice, dip a cotton ball into the juice, apply it on your face, then rinse off after 10-15 minutes. If you do not have a lemon, try potato. The procedure is almost the same. Peel the potato, cut it into small pieces, then apply the juice on areas you wish to lighten. Just keep in mind, though, that the effectiveness of the treatments mentioned depends largely on your skin problem and skin type. Some products and procedures may work, but some may not.
3 people found this helpful

Hai sir/mam I am mohammed sohail I want to get my black skin get into light colour any tablet is to get the black skin to fairness skin not full fair.

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
The skin can lose its glow and get dull and discoloured. Sun exposure, Chloasma, freckles and scars due to acne are just a few reasons. Although not a life-threatening issue, people with dull and darkened facial skin usually consider it a life-altering one, leading to feelings of inadequacy and decreased self-confidence. This, in most cases, leads to the haphazard use of cosmetics and medicated ointments. However, only temporary results are usually found and in some cases injudicious use of such products may even aggravate the condition. This brings us to the scope of Homeopathic treatment in such cases. We can confidently say that homeopathic remedies for clear and glowing skin are totally free from any side effects and are extremely effective in treating this problem. The medicines used are all natural and, thus, free from any harmful components. Consult me by clicking on consult option for homoepathic treatment without side effects.
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Popular Health Tips

Enhance Your Immunity

BHMS
Homeopath, Haldwani
Enhance Your Immunity

A miraculous fruit_ noni
Fruit of a tropical evergreen plant (popularly known as indian mulberry. The fruit of thr noni has been used medicinally to boost the immune system and detoxify the body form thousands of years. It is rich in powerful antioxidants such as vitamin c, vitamin b, vitamin b3 (niacin) and iron.

Benifits:
1. Treats arthritis
2. Lowers risk of gout
3. Boosts energy
4. Moisturises skin
5. Fights aging
6. Treats scalp irritation
7. Prevents cancer
8. Boosts immunity
9. Reduces stress
10. Treats fever 

How to use?

  • 10_15ml of noni juice (concentrated) mix with half glass water.
  • 2 times a day (on empty stomach)
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Diabetes - Can It Be Cured With Ayurvedic Medicine?

BAMS
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Diabetes - Can It Be Cured With Ayurvedic Medicine?

Diabetes is a condition that cannot be completely cured. It can be regulated and brought under control. Once you maintain your usual level of diabetes within the prescribed normal amount, you can be referred to be as non-diabetic. Surging levels of diabetes over a long span of time might negatively affect some organs in your body and also deteriorate your immune powers. Here is where the role of Ayurvedic medicines becomes imperative. One of the most potent and competitive ways of to deal with diabetes and bring it under control, while deleting the chances of any side effects is with the use of Ayurvedic medicines and therapy.

Symptoms of Diabetes:
There is a long list of common symptoms related to diabetes. Some of the most common symptoms out of the lot are-

  1. Disproportionate and varied levels of thirst,
  2. Frequent and uncontrollable urge for urination,
  3. Sudden hunger sprang,
  4. Sudden weight loss for some,
  5. Sudden weight loss for some,
  6. Thinning hands and legs,
  7. A constant feeling of irritation,
  8. An increased level of fatigue,
  9. Blurring vision,
  10. Itchy and spotty skin,
  11. Slow healing of scratches and cuts,
  12. Increased chances of infection,
  13. Swollen gums, loosening teeth, pulling of gums away from the teeth,
  14. Deterioration in sexual activities amongst men,
  15. Tingling sensations and numbness in your hind and fore limbs, etc.

These symptoms only keep on increasing, till the time they start affecting serious organs of your body. This can be protected by a visit to Ayurvedic doctors in the initial days of detection of the disease.

How to Detect Diabetes?
Diabetes can be detected with the help of a blood test or urine test. Both these tests are competent enough to detect the level of sugar in your blood and also whether it is controlled or not. Visiting a doctor can also help you to put your finger on the fact, whether the symptoms you are facing are related to diabetes or not.

When Should You Consult a Specialist?
You should visit a doctor as soon as you notice a couple of symptoms of diabetes mentioned above or for that matter have had your monthly medical tests done, and they show an uncontrolled level of glucose in your blood. Consulting a doctor will lead to a proper diagnosis of the condition and the prescription of best Ayurvedic medicines and treatments for speedy recovery.

Ayurvedic Medicine for Diabetes:
Though diabetes can be regarded to as a modern ailment, Ayurveda has surfaced as one of the best cures for the condition. The aim of Ayurveda is to control the level of glucose in the blood, with the use of all natural medication, which poses no additional harm or side effects to the patients. Some of the best Ayurvedic medicines for diabetes are-

  1. Coccinia Indica,
  2. Neem or Azadirachta Indica,
  3. Mulberry or Morus Indica,
  4. Bitte Gourd or Momordica Charantia,
  5. Eugenic Jambolana,
  6. Fenugreek or Trigonella Foenum, etc.

While these Ayurvedic medicines might not cure the condition 100% but they control the level of glucose to a level where a patient becomes almost normal.

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

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Mulberry Fruit Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - शहतूत के फायदे और नुकसान

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Mulberry Fruit Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - शहतूत के फायदे और नुकसान

वैज्ञानिक नाम मोरस अल्बा वाले शहतूत को सबसे पहले चीन में उगाया गया था. लेकिन अब स्वाद में मीठा लगाने वाले इस फल को दुनिया भर के विभिन्न समशीतोष्ण क्षेत्रों में उगाया जाता है. अपने देश में यह पंजाब, कश्मीर, उत्तराखंड, उत्तर प्रदेश और उत्तरी पश्चिमी हिमालयी क्षेत्रों में उगाया जाता है. ये अलग-अलग क्षेत्रों में लाल, काले और नीले रंगों में पाया जाता है. इन सबमें अमेरिकी शहतूत और काले शहतूत का स्वाद बेहतरीन होता है. शहतूत के पेड़ की पत्तियां रेशम के कीड़े के लिए एकमात्र खाद्य स्रोत है. ये तमाम पोषक तत्वों जैसे लोहा, राइबोफ्लैविविन, विटामिन सी, विटामिन K, पोटेशियम, फास्फोरस और कैल्शियम आदि से भरपूर होता है. इसके साथ ही साथ इसमें आहार फाइबर और कार्बनिक यौगिक जैसे रिवेस्ट्रैटोल, एंथोकायनिन, ल्यूटिन और कई अन्य पॉलीफेनॉयलिक यौगिकों की भी मौजूदगी होती है. शहतूत के अन्य फायदे और नुकसान भी हैं.

1. रक्तचाप को नियंत्रित करने में
शहतूत में मौजूद रेस्वेराट्रोल एक बहुत ही जरुरी फ्लैवोनॉइड एंटीऑक्सीडेंट है. ये सीधे रक्त वाहिकाओं में कुछ तंत्र के कार्यों को प्रभावित करने की क्षमता रखता है जिससे कि रक्त वाहिका में संकुचन पैदा हो सकती है. दरअसल रिवेराट्रोल नाइट्रिक ऑक्साइड के उत्पादन में वृद्धि करके रक्त वाहिकाओं को आराम पहुंचाता है. इस प्रकार ये रक्तचाप को नियंत्रित कर सकता है.
2. हड्डियों के लिए
इसमें पाया जाने वाला विटामिन K, कैल्शियम, लोहा, फास्फोरस और मैग्नीशियम हड्डियों के ऊतकों के निर्माण और रखरखाव के लिए बेहद फायदेमंद साबित होते हैं. ये हड्डियों में मजबूती बनाए रखते हुए, उपचार की प्रक्रिया में तेजी या हड्डियों के क्षति को ऑस्टियोपोरोसिस को रोकने के साथ ही अन्य आयु से संबंधित हड्डियों की विकार को रोकने के लिए जरुरी होता है.
3. पाचन में
शहतूत में आहार फाइबर भरपूर मात्रा में पाया जाता है. जो कि पाचन में सुधार करके भोजन की गति बढ़ाकर कब्ज, ब्लोटिंग और ऐंठन की समस्या को कम करता है. इसके अतरिक्त फाइबर कोलेस्ट्रॉल के स्तर को नियमित करने में भी मददगार होता है. नियमित रूप से इसका सेवन हृदय स्वास्थ्य को बढ़ावा देता है.
4. रक्त संचार के लिए
इसमें लोहा की प्रचुरता होती है. ये शरीर में लाल रक्त कोशिकाओं के उत्पादन को काफी बढ़ाने में सहायक होता है. इससे शरीर महत्वपूर्ण ऊतकों और अंग प्रणालियों के लिए ऑक्सीजन के वितरण में वृद्धि होता है और चयापचय एवं ऑप्टिमाइज़ कार्यक्षमता को बढ़ावा देने में भी मदद मिलती है.
5. कैंसर के उपचार में
कैंसर जैसी गंभीर बिमारी से मुकाबला करने के लिए इसमें एंथोकायनिन, विटामिन सी, विटामिन ए और अन्य पॉलीफेनोलिक और फ़यटोनुट्रिएंट्स यौगिकों की भरपूर मात्रा पाई जाती है. एंटीऑक्सिडेंट मुक्त कणों के खिलाफ हमारी रक्षा करते हैं, जिससे कैंसर होने का खतरा होता है.
6. आँखों के लिए उपयोगी
शहतूत में पाए जाने वाले कई तत्वों में कैरोटीनॉइड भी है जो कि ज़ियेजैंथिन रेटिना मैक्यूला ल्यूटिया सहित कुछ ऑकुलर कोशिकाओं पर ऑक्सीडेटिव तनाव में कमी लाती है. इसके अतिरिक्त ज़ियेजैंथिन एंटीऑक्सीडेंट के रूप में कार्य करते हुए रेटिना को होने वाले नुकसानों को को भी कुछ हद तक रोकता है.
7. प्रतिरक्षा तंत्र के लिए
इसमें मौजूद विटामिन सी हमारे शरीर के प्रतिरोधक क्षमता को बढ़ाने का काम करता है. इसके अलावा इस फल में मौजूद खनिजों और विटामिनों के साथ मिलकर यह बीमारी के खिलाफ हमारी रक्षा करने में भी महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाता है.
8. त्वचा के लिए
शहतूत में विटामिन ए और विटामिन ई भी भरपूर मात्रा में पाया जाता है. इसके अलावा इसमें लोटिन, बीटा कैरोटीन, ज़ा-एक्सथिन और अल्फा कैरोटीन जैसे कैरोटेनोइड घटक भी उपलब्ध होते हैं. ये सभी तत्व एंटीऑक्सिडेंट के रूप में कार्य करते हुए त्वचा, ऊतक, बाल और शरीर के अन्य क्षेत्रों को प्रभावित करते हैं. शहतूत त्वचा को मुलायम रखने में भी मदद करते हैं.
9. बालों को स्वस्थ बनाने में
बालों की विभिन्न समस्याओं के लिए भी शहतूत के गुण उपयोगी साबित होते हैं. ये बालों के विकास को बढ़ावा देने के साथ ही बालों के झड़ने को भी रोकने का काम करते हैं. शहतूत मुक्त कणों के ऑक्सीडेटिव कार्यों को रोककर बालों को चमकदार और स्वस्थ बनाता है.
10. मधुमेह में
शहतूत में मौजूद ग्लूकोज इंसुलिन प्रतिरोध को कम करता है जिससे कि टाइप 2 डायबिटीज रुक सकता है. इसका रस प्लाज्मा ग्लूकोज में वृद्धि या भोजन के बाद रक्त शर्करा को रोकता है. इससे मधुमेह की प्रगति कम होने की संभावना बनती है.
11. वजन कम करने में
वजन घटाने का ये सबसे मजेदार तरीका हो सकता है. क्योंकि सफेद शहतूत की मिठास आपको स्वाद के साथ वजन घटाने में मदद कर सकते हैं. एक शोध के अनुसार इसमें भूख को दबाने की भी शक्ति पाई जाती है.
12. मस्तिष्क को दुरुस्त करने में
शहतूत का अर्क ग्लाइफोसेट से मस्तिष्क की सुरक्षा करता है. यह यौगिक ऑक्सीडेटिव तनाव का कारण बन सकता है. ये पार्किंसंस रोग से भी जुड़ा हुआ है. काले शहतूत में सीखने की कमी में सुधार और मेमोरी रिटेंशन जैसे अनुकूल प्रभाव भी पाए जाते हैं.

शहतूत के नुकसान

  • यह त्वचा के कैंसर का कारण बन सकता है.
  • शहतूत अत्यधिक पोटेशियम से भरपूर होते हैं जो गुर्दे की बीमारियों और पित्ताशय के दर्द से पीड़ित रोगियों में जटिलता पैदा कर सकते हैं.
  • शहतूत के अधिक सेवन से बचना चाहिए.
  • शहतूत से सिरदर्द, भूख, धुंधला दृष्टि, चक्कर आना, अत्यधिक पसीना आना, भ्रम, झटके आदि समस्याएं उत्पन्न हो सकती हैं.
  • शहतूत कार्बोहाइड्रेट अवशोषण को बाधित करके ट्राइसीलेग्लिसराल और कार्बोहाइड्रेट अवशोषण को रोक सकते हैं.
  • किमोथेरेपी के तहत आने वाले रोगियों को शहतूत अर्क से बचना चाहिए, जब तक कि डॉक्टर इसे विशेष रूप से अनुमति न दें.
  • शहतूत लेने के बाद कुछ लोगों को एलर्जी प्रतिक्रियाओं का अनुभव हो सकता है.
  • लिवर की समस्याओं वाले रोगियों में, अधिक शहतूत के सेवन से लिवर पर भार हो सकता है और आगे चलकर अंगों को नुकसान पहुंच सकता है.
  • गर्भवती और स्तनपान कराने वाली महिला को शहतूत से बचना चाहिए. क्योंकि इससे उन पर हानिकारक साइड इफेक्ट हो सकते हैं.
     
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Melasma and it's Management

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Dermatologist, Nashik
Melasma and it's Management

Melasma is one of the most common forms of hyperpigmentation .It commonly appears as brow or gray -brown patches on the face . These patches are usually symmetrical and visible on cheeks,forehead,bridges of nose,above the uper lip and chin .

CAUSES OF MELASMA

Melasma is more common in women than men.

1) Sunexposure

2) A change of hormonal level ( pregnancy)

TREATMENT OF MELASMA

1} Sunprotection -is the key factor for decreasing melasma.

2} Depigmenting agents

a} Hydroquinone- the most common used agent ,works to inhibit a melanin -producing enzyme . It has potent antioxidant abilities.Topical hydroquinone creams comes in 2% and 4% concentrations alone or with tretinoin.Creams containing hydroquinone is intended for short-term use. A dermatologist recommendation is very important .

b} Arbutin -natural source of hydroquinone ,is considered to be much safer . It is dervided from the leaves of bearberry,cranberry,mulberry or blueberry shrubs .It too has the ability to ihibit melanin production.

To enhance skin-lightening ,the following ingredients may also help .

  • Retinoic acid
  • Azelaic acid
  • Kojic acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Low mid-potency steroids

Pocedures fr Melasma

Chemical peels - eg. glycolic acid ,tricholroacetic acid )work well in treatment of melasma . These exfoliate the superfical layers of the skin and increase the cell turnover,which triggers the fading of unwanted pigmentation . The number of sessions depend on the level of pigmentation and skin sensitvity.

Lasers- escpecially the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser ,have a positive effect on early melasma . These are also relatively safe o Indian skin.The laser light beam acts on the pigment(melanin) clumps within the skin and fragments them.Once fragmented ,these are easily cleared by body's immune system . It is done in a gap f 15 to 20 days for a minimum of 8 to 10 sessions.

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Want to get rid Of ill effects of Smog / Fog / Pollution?

BSc Home Science, M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Want to get rid Of ill effects of Smog / Fog / Pollution?

Your diet is missing in multiple nutrients hence not able to protect itself from dis-eases. Your body does not get enough supply of nutrients and due to pollution (environmental, water, food, air quality, soil, chemicals used outside and inside home etc.) the nutrients are exhausted faster and the requirement increases multifolds.

The remedy is to eat as many fruits and veg in a day - fresh, juiced (but un-strained) or as mixed fruit bowl, mixed salad etc. all uncooked. Remember the antioxidants (protective nutrients – protect our body from diseases, valuable for preventing sicknesses, beneficial for protecting the body from further damage, if taken in sufficiency even reverse certain symptoms) are mostly present in foods which are in the natural form. So consume the foods the way nature produces for us.

Vitamins A, C, E & Omega are major antioxidants and should be taken in dietary and supplemental form along with Echinacea (herb) to boost the immunity, making you strong enough to fight the infections and diseases.

Therefore consume foods:

1. Rich in omega3 to counteract the inflammatory allergic response such as wall nuts, pecan nuts, flex seeds, chia seeds, mildly roasted or lightly cooked soya beans, canola oil, etc.

2. Rich in antioxidants such as all kinds of all kinds of berries strawberries, black berries, blue berries, bilberries, gooseberries, cranberries, raspberries, mulberries, etc.

3. Rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients - fruits such as oranges, apples, quince, pears, custard apple, kiwi, pineapple, papaya, pomegranate, sweet lime, lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, banana, apricot, lychees, rambutan, toddy fruit, plums, peach, avocado, amla, olives, cherries, watermelons, muskmelon, fig, guava, grapes etc.

4. Good food sources of other protective nutrients in different color vegetables like baby corn, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, bell peppers / capsicum, cucumber, cabbage, kale, parsley, cauliflower, spinach, green onion, lettuce tomatoes, onions, radish, and more - eaten as raw - as salads....

5. Herbs such as ginger, turmeric, mint, coriander, celery etc

6. Uncooked sprouts of all the lentils. Some nutrients missing in the lentils or legumes are synthesized during the process of germination and available best in uncooked form especially for 4 from Vitamin B group, Vitamin C and many others

7. Warm decoctions such as green tea, herbal tea, tulsi tea, jeera tea, ajwain tea, methi tea, etc.

However, when you already got the health concern, your body requires more antioxidants then it would require on a regular basis. If your lungs and liver are affected then you should undergo a nutritional therapy for a certain period of time to get your health back.

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Table of Content

Mulberry
Nutritional Value of Mulberry
Health Benefits of Mulberry
Aids digestion
Lowers cholesterol
A support to immune system
Helps to control blood sugar levels
Improves blood circulation
Better vision
Promoting brain health
Rich source of antioxidants
Reduces cancer risk
Uses of Mulberry
Side-Effects & Allergies of Mulberry
Cultivation of Mulberry