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Benefits of Peanuts (Mungfali) And Its Side Effects

It is similar in taste and nutritional value of tree nuts like walnuts and almonds,. Peanuts too are rich and dense in their properties. They consist of many essential nutrients and are an excellent source of manganese, niacin etc. This again is a good source of Vitamin E, folate, fiber, and phosphorus. Peanuts are known for 8 essential nutrient values such as reducing the risk of heart disease, manage weight, stabilize blood sugar levels, increases metabolic rate in the human body etc. In many Indian house-holds, peanuts are consumed as an evening snack.

Benefits of Peanuts (Mungfali) And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Peanuts (Mungfali)
Nutritional Value of Peanuts (Mungfali)
Health Benefits of Peanuts (Mungfali)
Heart & Nerves Diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and Infections:
No Carbs
Skin Care
Vitamins and Minerals
Healthy Bones and Energy Rich Nuts
Fights Depression
Protects Against Neurodegenerative Diseases including Alzheimer’s
Cholesterol
Fights Stomach Cancer
Fights Colon Cancer
Blood Sugar Regulator
Facilitates Fertility
Uses of Peanuts (Mungfali)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Peanuts (Mungfali)
Origin And Cultivation of Peanuts (Mungfali)

Peanuts (Mungfali)

A science of describing, classifying organisms and naming is known as Taxonomy. The classification could include all types of micro-organisms, animals, plants etc. that are present in the world around. It is also known as Leguminosae from the bean, pea, lentils and soy family. In India, the commonly known mungfali is classified under the taxonomical legume crop-growth mainly for its edible seeds. It is called Arachishypogaea in biological terms. They are so common in India that they have different names in different parts of the country. In India, it is used as seed oil. While they are predominantly obtained from the ground, they are also called as groundnuts. ‘Mungfali’ is yet another name which is in the Hindi language. In Telugu and Tamil, it is known as ‘Pallelu’ & ‘Kadalai’ respectively. It is no less a snack which can be missed out from the Northern India. Known as ‘Singdana’ in Gujarati and ‘Shengdaane’ in Marathi. It is supposed to be the most popular nuts in all these regions.

Nutritional Value of Peanuts (Mungfali)

They are low in carbs & rich in nutrients. Mungfali is an exceptionally great source of protein too. Also inclusive of Biotin, Niacin, Folate, Manganese, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Phosphorus, and magnesium all of which are extremely important for a healthy body and mind.

Health Benefits of Peanuts (Mungfali)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Peanuts (Mungfali)
Health Benefits of Peanuts (Mungfali)

Heart & Nerves Diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and Infections:

Peanuts, majorly mainly prevent Cancer, heart disease, Nervous / Neurological diseases and Viral or any kind of fungal infections.Reduces the chances of stroke by the anti-oxidant named Resveratrol which increases the production of nitric oxide in the body.

No Carbs

Women, in general, are more receptive to gaining weight at various stages in life. It could be post pregnancy or hormonal changes, menopause or depression etc. it is studied and observed that females who include peanut butter in their diets to a minimum of twice a week have a lower risk of gaining weight in comparison to those who do not take it at all. To help keep away from obesity, it is advised to have peanuts regularly.

Skin Care

They contain high levels of anti-oxidants present in Peanuts, which become all the more active when they are boiled. There is a four-fold increase in Genistein and the anti-oxidants named Biochanin-A is doubled. These nullify most damages caused by free radicals in the skin resulting in having a healthy skin. So while peanuts help in satisfying hunger pangs, it also makes you look younger.

Vitamins and Minerals

Peanuts skin, are an abundant source of natural antioxidants and have a high content of dietary fiber. Different types of roasted peanut skins, such as dark-roasted or light-roasted contain these in high amounts. Adding foods like peanut butter etc. to your daily diet can increase its nutritious content.

Healthy Bones and Energy Rich Nuts

The abundance of Iron and calcium found in peanut butter are the most important factors in transporting oxygen to the blood and promoting healthy and strong bones. It perfectly fits a bodybuilder’s nutritional needs by supporting intense weights that are lifted. They are energy boosters with loads of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

Fights Depression

The main cause of depression is Low Serotonin levels. The Tryptophan present in peanuts increases the release of such chemicals and thus helps fight depression. It is considered that in order to keep these dangerous diseases at bay, a minimum intake of two tablespoons of peanut butter on a weekly basis helps in staying fit and healthy.

Protects Against Neurodegenerative Diseases including Alzheimer’s

Peanuts contain high quantity of niacin and people who eat food rich in niacin i.e. Vitamin B3 are less likely to develop memory related disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. Niacin which is contained in peanut butter helps in the recovery of such neurodegenerative cells.

Cholesterol

Consumption of 1.5 ounces of nuts everyday, such as peanuts, may reduce the risk of heart ailments. Peanuts are a healthy snack and contain healthy monounsaturated fats, a good source of Vitamin B.

Fights Stomach Cancer

Oxidants like Poly-phenolic are present in high concentrations in Peanuts. The acid P-Coumaric has the ability to reduce the risk of stomach cancer. This is done by reducing the productions of carcinogenic nitrous-amines.

Fights Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer is reduced by 58% in women and 27% in men with the consumption of Peanuts.

Blood Sugar Regulator

Regular intake of Peanuts helps in absorption of calcium, fats and carbohydrates through manganese which is found in peanuts. This further regulates the level of blood sugar in human body.

Facilitates Fertility

The folic acid lowers the risk of babies being born with serious neural disorder or neural tube defects. It is reduced up to 70% if the consumption of peanuts is done during early pregnancy or before.

Uses of Peanuts (Mungfali)

The peanut flour is lower in fat than peanut butter; which has high protein content. The peanut flour facilitates as a flavor enhancer. Peanut flour is used as a gluten-free solution too. A well-known snack in the Southern United States, peanuts are equally popular in countries like China, India, and West Africa. It is sold on the street-side stands in the South US, as a preparation in boiled briny water. They are known to help fight malnutrition. They are supposed to be extremely effective in treating skin problems like rashes, rosacea, and pustules. It is used as a beauty product and is gaining immense popularity in today’s times with the peanut butter facial mask or pack.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Peanuts (Mungfali)

The anti-nutrients that peanuts contain are substances, that usually impair the absorption of nutrients in the body and reduce the nutritional value of the food that is consumed.
The contamination of Peanuts can sometimes lead to producing toxic substances called aflatoxin. This results in loss of appetite and yellow discoloration of the eyes leading to jaundice and all the typical signs of liver problems.

One of the most important allergens can be peanuts. Their allergies can be potentially severe and life-threatening. It is advisable for people who are allergic to peanuts and peanut products to avoid them.

Gallbladder issues such as bile duct problems can be a cause of many other unpleasant side effects. You may also experience a sharp, sudden pain on the right side of the abdomen. This happens mainly due to the contractions of the gallbladder. If people have gallstones or crystallized pebbles of bile, they are advised to stay away from Peanuts. While contradictory to this statement, there have been studies showing that the consumption of peanut butter in moderation actually reduces the risk of gallstones by a good 25%. This is because Peanuts have the ability to lower LDL. And a large percentage of gallstones are cholesterol stones, which are linked to high levels of 'bad' cholesterol.

Origin And Cultivation of Peanuts (Mungfali)

The anti-nutrients that peanuts contain are substances, that usually impair the absorption of nutrients in the body and reduce the nutritional value of the food that is consumed.
The contamination of Peanuts can sometimes lead to producing toxic substances called aflatoxin. This results in loss of appetite and yellow discoloration of the eyes leading to jaundice and all the typical signs of liver problems.

One of the most important allergens can be peanuts. Their allergies can be potentially severe and life-threatening. It is advisable for people who are allergic to peanuts and peanut products to avoid them.

Gallbladder issues such as bile duct problems can be a cause of many other unpleasant side effects. You may also experience a sharp, sudden pain on the right side of the abdomen. This happens mainly due to the contractions of the gallbladder. If people have gallstones or crystallized pebbles of bile, they are advised to stay away from Peanuts. While contradictory to this statement, there have been studies showing that the consumption of peanut butter in moderation actually reduces the risk of gallstones by a good 25%. This is because Peanuts have the ability to lower LDL. And a large percentage of gallstones are cholesterol stones, which are linked to high levels of 'bad' cholesterol.

Popular Questions & Answers

Sir, my sex timing is very less .as a insert inside within 10-30 second I fall. Down .and it takes very long time to become hard for second. Time.Sometimes it doesn't hard for 1 Hr. Please suggest me, what should I do to improve my sex time and my sex life.

MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
Please Reduce frequency of sex for few days Stop masturbation totally Wake up early go for morning walk in greenery daily with relaxed mind Do pranayam and yoga daily Take salads and fruits more Take milk and dry fruits regularly Take Tab confido by Himalaya 22 for 6 mths Lohasav 10 ml Twice a day for 6 mths Ashwagandharistha 20 ml Twice a day for 6 mths Apply Himcolin gel before intercourse Reconsult after 45 days.
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What food should be eat to avoid laziness and sleepy while studying? Tell me some ideas please.

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
You should take more of fruit and vegetable diet. Proteins as in sprouts, soyabean, paneer, or protein shake. Take flax seeds daily. Take green tea.

How I loss weight rapidly and which protein shake is useful to me in gym please make a diet chart for me how I loss my weight rapidly.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Masters in Nutritional Therapy, Certified Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Hi lybrate-user, I would suggest you to follow a diet rich in proteins and fiber (like- animal/plant proteins- chicken, eggs, fish, tofu, soy milk, pulses, soyabean etc and fiber foods like- salad, fruits, vegetables). Also try to keep yourself hydrated the whole day and even during exercises. Also limit the intake of salt after 7 pm and avoid saturated fats and junk foods will you reduce weight. Take protein in natural form from foods and not from the supplements as it will give you the results initially but in the long run once you leave the supplements you may gain back your weight. So try to reduce weight naturally. Good Luck!

How I increase my body weight according to my work I feel same time More Hungary and some time I do not have mood to eat food so tell me some body growing tips.

B.Sc.(Hons), P.G.Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Hello, You need to increase your daily food intake to gain weight in a healthy way. Try to eat something healthy after every 2 hours. Besides a healthy breakfast, add an extra chapati and rice to your lunch and dinner. Add sweet dish after meals. In between have foods like cheese sandwiches, milkshakes, dry fruits, peanuts, namkeens, idlis, dhoklas, aloo chaat, paneer tikkas, boiled eggs, juices, etc.

I hv to loss my weight as my marriage is thr I hv double chin hw shld I reduce tht n my belly fat can you suggest me exercise and diet on it.

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, B.Pharma, MD - Alternate Medicine
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Diet plan Drink 1 litter of warm water with 1/3rd tea spoon mineral salt before fresh Before Breakfast Option no. 1 – Take any three vegetables and any one fruit cut into small pieces. Add two tea spoon malli or olive oil. Option no. 2 – shock one tea spoon Chia seeds in 100 ml water and live for 10 mints. Then add 200 ml curd, add one scoop lipolyzer powder. Lunch (1.30 pm) Option no. 1 -- 2 chapatti (BrownXatta)+ Any Veg or non-veg+ Curd + Salad Dinner (7.30-8.00 pm) Option no. 1 – Veg Soup with Butter Option no. 2 – salad + any veg or non-veg Option no. 3 –paneer tika Option no. 4 - one tea spoon Chia seeds in 100 ml water. Then add 200 ml milk Evening snacks – Green Tea with nuts and seeds like almonds, cashew, pista, walnuts, peanuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds. Eat 28 gm pumpkin seeds daily and 28 gm sunflower seeds daily. Replace your white salt with Mineral Salt Lipolyzer Fat burning Oil for massage Lipolyzer tummy tablets – one tab after lunch and one tab after dinner You have to avoid - Avoid wheat, rice, pulses and sugar and any item made from these items like daliya, poha, corn flakes, oats, biscuits, namkeen etc. These products you have to order from amazon.in Nutroactive Himalaya mineral salt extra fine grain Lipolyzer Fat burning Oil Lipolyzer tummy tablets.
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Allergy - Common Signs You Can Be Suffering From One!

MBBS.DTCD
Pulmonologist, Hyderabad
Allergy - Common Signs You Can Be Suffering From One!

Allergies are the result of the immune system’s response to foreign objects such as pet dander, pollen, certain foods, bee venom etc. In response to the allergen, the immune system produces antibodies, anticipating that the allergen is harmful in nature, even though that might not be the case always. The immune system can inflame the digestive system, skin, airways or sinuses when it comes in contact with allergens. The severity of allergies can vary from anaphylaxis to a minor irritation. In most cases, allergies cannot be fully cured. It, however, can be controlled with medication.

What are the symptoms of allergy?

  1. Various allergies cause different kinds of symptoms.
  2. Hay fever can cause sneezing, fluffy nose, itching of the eyes, nose, and mouth, swollen eyes etc.
  3. Food allergy can cause hives, mouth tingling, anaphylaxis, body itching etc.
  4. Insect sting produces symptoms such as anaphylaxis, cough, swelling on the source etc.
  5. Drug allergy can result in a rash, wheezing, swelling of the face, hives etc.
  6. Atopic dermatitis often lead to flake, itching, and reddening of the skin.
  7. There are other allergies that are triggered either by food or by insect bite. These can lead to a medical emergency known as the anaphylaxis. Some symptoms include skin rash, loss of consciousness, weak pulse, vomiting and nausea, shortness of breath etc.

What are the possible causes of allergy?

  1. Air:  A number of allergies occur from the surrounding air. Examples of such airborne allergies include pollen, animal dander, mould etc.
  2. Food items: Certain foods are known to be causing allergy such as tree nuts, eggs, peanuts, soy fish etc.
  3. Medication: There are medications such as penicillin-based antibiotics that can lead to allergy.
  4. Insect bite: Bite from insects such as wasp or bee can trigger an allergy in adults and kids.

What are the possible complications?
Allergy often leads to complication such as asthma, infection of the lungs, sinusitis, infection of the ear and anaphylaxis. The risk of getting these conditions increase, provided no treatment is done for a long duration.

How is the diagnosis done?
To investigate the type of allergy a person has, the doctor might ask for the exact symptoms that a person is encountering. He may ask questions related to intake of food and the possible triggers. A skin test is often performed, followed by a blood test to confirm the presence of allergy in an individual.

What are the methods of treatment?
Depending on the type of allergy one has, a doctor might prescribe nasal spray, eye drops, and pills to reduce the symptoms. Apart from this, if the allergy is severe in nature, a doctor might suggest going for immunotherapy and emergency epinephrine. Certain lifestyle changes and food habits go a long way in cutting down the symptoms.

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

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10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

PG Diploma in Nutrition & Diabeties, M.Sc.in Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

Navaratri is just around the corner, and it will culminate into Dussehra. Each of the nine days of the festival is dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.

It is a time of fasting, and it is considered to be the best time to cleanse the body and make the body stronger. Most people who undergo fasting do not consume pulse, grain, and meat during this period which would make the body devoid of essential nutrients. It is important to make the most of this time, it’s also important to stay healthy and maintain a diet that helps you get through the coming 9 days of continuous fasting. Hence, here is an insight into how to carry on with the fasting and enjoy the festive spirit healthily.

Tips To Fasting In A Healthy Way!

  1. It is always better to eat small meals instead of complete starvation. This will help in maintaining the proper amount of blood glucose level and ensure that one does not get tired easily.
  2. Unless you are on a 'nirjal vrat' (fast where you don't even have water), keep yourself hydrated. It is always good to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water. Other liquids like coconut water, buttermilk, green tea and lemon water are healthy additions.
  3. As the body is devoid of any regular source of protein during this time, the diet can comprise Amaranth, which is an excellent source of protein. Amaranth porridge with milk or daliya with lots of vegetables can just fuel up the body for the whole day.
  4. High carbohydrate foods like potatoes and sabudana should be combined with fibrous vegetables like cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, bottle gourd, etc.
  5. The vegetables should be roasted, grilled or baked instead of deep-frying them.
  6. To make up for the deficiency of carbohydrates and protein, you can also make chapattis or pooris with the help of Kuttu. Samak rice is also very good for the digestive system during this time. It should be accompanied with lots of vegetables.
  7. The craving for sweet can be met by fruits, apple kheer, Samak rice kheer, and raita. One should not go for food which is deep-fried or those easily available packets of salted snacks. This is because they are high in salt and fat content. Almonds, raisins or walnuts can be taken in.
  8. Refined sugar should never be used and should be substituted with healthy alternatives like jaggery or honey.
  9. During this time, if a heavy lunch is taken, the dinner should be kept light.
  10. While cooking food, rock salt or sendha namak should be the only salt which is used. It helps in keeping the blood pressure levels in control and also helps in better absorption of minerals.

Fasting is an age-old phenomenon, practiced for ages for religious purposes aimed at improving good health if done right. Embrace the joy of festival with the best of fasting recipes. From old favorurites to new ones, indulge in a lot more than just a usual fare-

#Recipe1: Banana Walnut Lassi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat yoghurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3-4 walnuts (or include Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pine nuts)
  • 1 tsp seeds (mix of flax seeds and sesame seeds)
  • 1-2 tsp honey

Method-

  1. Step-I In a food processor, pour yoghurt, whey powder, flax seed, sesame seeds, walnuts, honey and bananas.
  2. Step-II Blend it well till smooth and creamy.
  3. Step-III Transfer into a glass and garnish with chopped walnuts before serving.

#Recipe2: Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sabudana (sago)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (roasted)
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
  • 3-4 sabut lal Mirch (whole dried red pepper)
  • 1 sprig kadhi patta (curry leaves)
  • 2 tsp or to taste sendha Namak (white rock salt)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp hara dhania (coriander leaves)
  • 1 tsp green chillies, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak Sabudana in water for about an hour.
  2. Step-II Drain, then spread over a thick cloth for about 1hour. It is important for the water to drain out very well and there should be no moisture.
  3. Step-III In a bowl, mix sabudana, peanuts, sendha namak or rock salt, and chilli powder very well, so that it is coated well with this mixture.
  4. Step-IV Heat the ghee and add zeera, lal mirch and kadhi patta.
  5. Step-V When mirch darkens a bit, add sabudana mixture and turn around over low heat till cooked through.
  6. Step-VI Take it off the heat, add the lemon juice and mix well.
  7. Step-VII Serve garnished with the coriander leaves and green chillies.

#Recipe3: Sabudana Bhel Recipe
Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup sabudana 
  • 1 medium-sized potato (boiled and peeled)
  • 1 pinch red chili powder 
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts 
  • 1 tablespoon cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • few drops of lemon juice or as required
  • rock salt or sendha namak as required

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak the sabudana in enough water overnight or for 4-5 hours.
  2. Step-II In a pan, dry roast the peanuts till they are browned and crisp. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Step-III In the same pan, roast the cashews till golden. Remove and keep aside.
  4. Step-IV Heat 2 tsp of oil in the same pan. Add the sabudana and continue to stir while sauting them.
  5. Step-V Stir and cook till the sabudana pearls become transparent, softened and completely cooked.
  6. Step-VI Mix the mashed boiled potatoes, peanuts, cashews, coriander leaves, lemon juice, rock salt, red chili powder.
  7. Step-VII Garnish with a few coriander leaves and serve the sabudana bhel in bowls.

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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Navratri Diet Plan!

DNHE
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Surat

Navratri diet plan

  • Breakfast: dryfruit milk shake (take 4-5 almonds n 2 anjeer cut it n boil it with around 50 ml milk till soft, allow it to cool and grind it, pour 200 ml milk more, allow it to cool n drink it)
  • Mini meal: some fruits and makhana 
  • Lunch: rajgira roti n subzi with curd or chhah
  • Around 5 pm: one green tea with some peanuts 
  • Dinner: kuttu or rajgira roti n lauki subzi or you can have fruit juice or milk with dry fruits 
  • Before leaving for garba: provita power mix or one handful of dryfuits ll help you to sustain long during your garba.
  • Wish you all a joyful navratri!
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Seasonal Wheezing - Best Ways It Can Be Controlled!

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Seasonal Wheezing - Best Ways It Can Be Controlled!

Seasonal changes can be very exciting for most people. Each season brings with it a new set of colours and nature takes a new turn. However, for people with seasonal allergies, a seasonal change also comes with a set of allergies. From skin rashes to wheezing to breathing difficulties, the list of symptoms can be quite long. Asthma is the most common problem, and the attacks can be quite bothersome with wheezing attacks and breathing troubles.

With advancements in the field of medicine, there is a lot of relief for asthma patients. A little understanding on how asthma attacks happen will help in understanding how to control it. Asthma is an allergic reaction caused by narrowing of the airway with thick mucus, which makes breathing difficult. During an attack, the person can have a dry cough, face shortness of breath and wheezing.

Asthma is often triggered or worsened by some factors, and being aware of these can help prevent or manage an attack:

  1. Common allergens like pollen, mites, ticks, furs of animals, bird feathers, specific foods (peanuts, milk products, eggs, etc.) and mold spores appear during change of season.
  2. Environmental chemicals like cigarette smoke, car fumes, dust, etc., can also trigger an attack.
  3. Attacks of cold or flu can lead to an asthma attack.
  4. Workout during cold weather can be problematic, but exercise can also help control asthma attacks. Lung function improves sufficiently, but an exercise regime should be drawn up for the patient based on his condition.
  5. Stressful emotions like anger and anxiety can also lead to an attack or make it worse.
  6. Some medications like aspirin, beta blockers, glaucoma drops can aggravate attacks of asthma.

Once you know the triggers, here are some common measures that can help prevent and relieve the wheezing.

  1. The preventers reduce the inflammation in the airway tube and the swelling. While they do not provide immediate relief during an attack, using these in the long term helps avoid attacks. These are low-dose inhaled corticosteroids such as beclomethasone, fluticasone, and budesonide.
  2. Doctors would advise their usage even when there are no symptoms, as asthma attacks can be triggered when they are not taking these medications for a while. Newer drugs include leukotriene antagonists like montelukast and zafirlukast.
  3. Relievers are used for symptom relief and include Salbutamol (short acting) and Salmeterol/Formoterol (long acting). Peak flow meter may be useful in acute attacks, wherein the peak flow rates can be reduced.

A good strategy is to use preventers regularly and rely on relievers during an attack. The first one helps build resistance and so reduces the incidence of attacks. Reach out to a doctor if a severe attack ensues (lasts more than 3 hours).

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

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Rheumatoid Arthritis - Ayurvedic Treatment For It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Advance Diploma in Psychological Counseling, Advance Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, MD - Alternate Medicine, M.A. Sanskrit
Ayurveda, Indore
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Ayurvedic Treatment For It!

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body recognizes the body's own system as foreign and produces an inflammatory reaction. The synovium which is the space between the bones and the joints and contains a lubricating fluid which allows easy movement of the joints.

Inflammation of this space leads to painful, swollen joints that can also turn red and become stiff over a period of time. The joint surfaces can gradually progress to produce deformities (the swan-neck deformity of the hand for instance) and disability.

Because it is an autoimmune disorder, the exact etiology is not known but a lifestyle, stress, cold weather are supposedly predisposing factors. That being the case, it is not surprising that Ayurveda has a variety of options, both in terms of do's and don't be to manage rheumatoid arthritis - both the severity of symptoms and further progression of the disease.

Do's: A well-planned diet will help by supporting optimal functioning of the immune system and nourish the affected joints.

  1. People diagnosed with RA should follow a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Drumsticks, bitter gourd, carrot, papaya, green leafy vegetables, etc., reduce inflammation and hyperactivity of the immune system. The antioxidant properties in these neutralize the free radicals circulating in the body (responsible for increasing inflammation). This helps control the longstanding inflammation of the joints. 
  2. It is also advisable to eat them as whole fruits and not as juices. The fiber in the whole fruits helps digestion. 
  3. Sprinkle pepper powder over cooling food items like cucumber and radish (or completely avoid eating such food). 
  4. Include garlic which is an excellent remedy for RA, can be mixed with buttermilk.
  5. Whole grains such as wheat, brown rice, millet, barley are beneficial for RA, their high fiber content helps in proper digestion and promotes regular bowel movements. 
  6. Aged honey mixed with plain water. 
  7. Drink boiled milk to which dry ginger powder is added; this can replace tea and coffee. 
  8. Milk mixed with turmeric powder is also helpful in controlling inflammation. 
  9. Work at reducing weight.

Don'ts: In addition to adding the above to your diet, there are some things to avoid, which can worsen symptoms of inflammation.

  1. Avoid overall unhealthy and irregular diet habits which affects the immune system and aggravates symptoms. 
  2. Avoid sleeping during daytime and staying awake at nights. 
  3. Avoid deep fried foods and fermented food items. 
  4. Given its autoimmune nature, it is better to avoid regular allergy-inducing foods like dairy products, soy, peanuts, processed foods, artificial additives, etc. These could trigger an enhanced allergic reaction
  5. Avoid alcohol, tobacco. 
  6. Avoid tea and coffee and other caffeinated drinks.

With simple daily food habit and lifestyle changes, the severity of RA can be managed effectively.

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

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Table of Content

Peanuts (Mungfali)
Nutritional Value of Peanuts (Mungfali)
Health Benefits of Peanuts (Mungfali)
Heart & Nerves Diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and Infections:
No Carbs
Skin Care
Vitamins and Minerals
Healthy Bones and Energy Rich Nuts
Fights Depression
Protects Against Neurodegenerative Diseases including Alzheimer’s
Cholesterol
Fights Stomach Cancer
Fights Colon Cancer
Blood Sugar Regulator
Facilitates Fertility
Uses of Peanuts (Mungfali)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Peanuts (Mungfali)
Origin And Cultivation of Peanuts (Mungfali)