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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

My age is 37, Weight 60 kg. I have thyroid 100. Total cholesterol 315. Bad 169. Good 60. trigger 150. Doctor prescribed 100 mg thyronorm. Rosove f 10. Now control thyroid normal. Cholesterol 150. Good 60. Bad 130. Tryger 130. Why weight loss. Also taken vestiges supplement flexed oil vestiges calcium. Always regular morning and evening walking 1 hour. Can I stop medicines. Please advise. Can I take thyronorm 100 mg reduce 50 mg.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Hypo thyroidism ,often cause weight loss. If your thyroid level touches 100, of course you need to take 1 tab dly of 100 mcg. You should restric ,intake of Cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peanuts, linseed, pine nuts, millet, cassava, and mustard greens in your dietary regulation. Go for a.walk in the morning /evening for 40 mnts. Tk,  plenty of water to hydrate your body. Go for meditation to condition your thyroid gland. Your diet be non-irritant, easily digestible on time. Tk, care.
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My child is having bronchospasm .only asthma patient have bronchospasm or any one can have bronchospasm? Asthma or bronchospasm both are same?

PG Diploma in Clinical Research, Diploma in Acupuncture, MBBS, College Of Physicians & Surgeons
General Physician, Mumbai
Bronchospasm is allergic response to allergen. Anything under the Sun and including Sun. ALL allergic response may vary from urticaria of skin to allergic bronchospasm to anaphylactic shock. AIR POLLUTION. Chemical preservative. Pesticides usage. Various causes. Immunotherapy and allied therapy or usage of nebulizer whenever required.

Please tell me medicine to increase sex stamina and increase penis size with no side effects.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Banana Peanut Butter Beetroot Juice Red Grapes Coffee Beans Citrus Fruits Brown Rice Maca Dry Fruits Pumpkin Peanuts garlic

Hi Doctor, I need a advice a tablet for sex time increase. I confusing that they are many in market but they will be side effects .so please suggest me a tablet.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Banana Peanut Butter Beetroot Juice Red Grapes Coffee Beans Citrus Fruits Brown Rice Maca Dry Fruits Pumpkin Peanuts garlic.

Popular Health Tips

Health Benefits Of Peanuts

FRHS, Ph.D Neuro , MPT - Neurology Physiotherapy, D.Sp.Med, DPHM (Health Management ), BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
Health Benefits Of Peanuts

Regular consuming of peanuts of 30 to 50gm per day along with balanced diet and hydrated has lot of heath benefits, such as 

  1.  Good for heart 
  2.  Prevents diabetes 
  3.  Prevents gallstones
  4.  Prevents cancer
  5.  Improves memory 
  6.  Help fight depression 
  7.  Beneficial in pregnancy 
  8.  Beneficial for children
  9.  Aids weight management 
  10.  Prevents alzheimer's 
  11.  Clear skin 
  12.  Anti ageing benefits 
  13.  Good for biotin 
  14.  Prevents hair loss 

 

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Lohri Special - Let's Celebrate it the Healthy Way!

M.sc- DFSM, B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Lohri Special - Let's Celebrate it the Healthy Way!

In India, we move from one festival to the next. Lohri is the first major festival of the year and is celebrated in most parts of North India to mark the waning of winter and the harvest of Rabi crop. Lohri celebrations are characterised by blazing bonfires, folk dance and songs and trays filled with rewri, peanuts, popcorn, gajjak, sarson ka saag and makki ki roti. Unlike traditional mithais that go along with all other festivals, these foods are in fact healthy. Here are a few of their health benefits.

  1. Rewri and Gajjak: Rewri is a hardened toffee like sweet made from jaggery and sesame seeds. Jaggery helps regulate digestion and internal temperature, cleanses the blood and helps prevent problems like acne, joint pains and menstrual problems. It is also a rich source of iron and has anti-allergenic properties.
  2. Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds are rich in copper, zinc, iron, calcium, phosphorus and manganese. These nutrients help promote healthy bones, boost immunity, reduce stress and fight free radicals. This can help reduce chances of osteoporosis and slow down the ageing process. Sesame seeds are also said to have the ability to reduce the risk of many types of cancer.
  3. Peanuts: Peanuts are a rich source of folate, manganese and essential amino acids like tryptophan. This helps regulate blood sugar, metabolise fats and carbohydrates and helps the body to absorb calcium and promote healthy joints. Pregnant women can benefit from peanuts as the folic acid in them can help reduce the risk of giving birth to a baby with congenital defects. Peanuts can also help prevent gallstones and help regulate mood swings. Peanuts are also great for the brain as the vitamin B3 and niacin in them helps boost memory. These nutrients also help reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels. Hence, peanuts reduce the risk of heart disease.
  4. Popcorn: Unlike the popcorn you enjoy at a movie hall, popcorn that is eaten at Lohri celebrations is free from butter and added flavouring. On its own popcorn is a rich source of fibre and has a very low calorific value. This makes popcorn a good snack to eat between meals. Popcorn is a whole grain snack and is rich in anti-oxidants called polyphenols. This can help protect the body against cancer, heart disease and other diseases caused by free radicals.

To make your Lohri even healthier, don’t just sit around the bonfire and warm your hands, Get up and dance to the beat of the dhol and burn all the calories you’ve been eating.

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Obesity And Cancer

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
General Physician, Bangalore

Obesity and wellness

How obesity could lead to increased risk of cancer?

Local inflammation or organ inflammation

People who are obese are more likely than normal weight individuals to develop chronic local inflammation affecting organs which over time can cause dna damage and lead to organ cancers.

Insulin and cancer

People who are obese over time are often found to have increased blood levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factor-1 (igf-1). High levels of insulin and igf-1 may promote the development of colon, kidney, prostate, and other endometrial cancers. Insulin resistance due to obesity is a risk factor cancer.

Hormones play havoc

Fat cells produce what are called as adipokines, which are hormones that may stimulate or inhibit cell growth. An adipokine called leptin, which is responsible for promoting controlled cell proliferation in the blood increases with increasing body fat which could over time trigger uncontrolled cell proliferation. 
Higher amounts of estrogen produced by fat tissue, can drive the development of some cancers, such as breast and endometrial cancers

Here are the immediate steps to be taken by people who have been obese for over years now to reduce risk of cancer.

1. Immediately stop consumption of any processed food (processed dairy derivatives, processed cold storage food, canned food, sodas, ready to eat packs, instant noodles all fast food).

2. Your diet should consist of green leafy vegetables as they have anti-carcinogenic and blood purification properties, pules bell peppers, broccoli, sweet potato and peanuts for balanced intake of proteins, healthy fat which is essential for regulated cell functioning and complex carbohydrate rich in nutrients. Depending upon your metabolic type it is always better to develop a diet that best suites you in consultation with your nutritionist.

3. Add turmeric to your daily diet, (anti-inflammatory properties) refer to my postings on turmeric to have a complete understanding of how it helps and simple every day recipes to include turmeric into your diet.

4. Stop using processed oils for making your dishes and start using virgin coconut oil or virgin olive oil

5. Go for 21 days (minimum) detoxification program by carving out a diet (completely natural diet) that will flush out oxidants, toxins from the body.

6. Periodic fasting helps in reducing obesity as well as decreasing the risk of cancers.

This when followed consistently for at least 2 months, will reduce the risk of cancer in people who are obese for over years now. Consequently it is required to make certain lifestyle changes a must and a priority through out your life. You could refer to my previous postings on obesity for this.

Homeopathy And Eczema

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
ECZEMA OR DERMATITIS [ECZEMA]

It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin causing a distinctive pattern of symptoms such as itching, scaling, thickening of skin and discoloration of skin.
 
CAUSES:
• Heredity.
• Can be associated with asthma.
• Allergic – dust mites, detergents, rubber, nickel plated jewellery.
Stress – physical or emotional.
• In babies diaper rash or napkin eczema is possible.
 
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:
• Intense itching.
• Dry thickened skin usually on wrists, face, knees, and elbows.
• Small eruptions and blisters that may ooze fluid.
• Occasional redness and scaling.
• Rash.
• Dry leathery skin areas.
• Skin is abnormally dark or light in color than the normal skin.
• Raw areas of the skin from scratching.
 
DIETARY MANAGEMENT:
• Do not scratch especially with long nails. It may lead to secondary infection.
• Avoid foods you are allergic to.
• Avoid nickel plated jewellery, cosmetics, and other articles that give you skin complaints.
• Do not self medicate.
 
DO:
• You can apply non-medicated ointments like petroleum jelly to soothe the irritation.
Yoga will help to relax and de-stress yourself.
• When washing or bathing, use less soap than usual. After bathing, apply lubricating cream on the skin while it is damp.
• Avoid eggs, fish, peanuts and soy.
• Avoid dairy products, sugar, white flour, fried foods and processed foods.
• Avoid the excess fat from meat – buy lean and preferably organic.
• Avoid sugar, gluten (wheat, barley, rye and oats) and raw eggs.
• Avoid soft drinks and oranges (if allergic to oranges).
 
CONSUME:
• Drink plenty of water.
• Consume lots of fresh and raw fruits and vegetables.
• Eat healthy diet, including five portions of vegetables per day, brown rice, millet, oily fish and a little fruit (no oranges).
• Consume diet rich in vitamin A and zinc, helps in regeneration of the skin.
• Diet rich in vitamin A:
– Liver oils of fish, egg, milk and milk products,
– Yellow orange colored fruits and vegetables; green leafy vegetables are good source of - carotene.
• Foods rich in zinc:
– Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea plants.
• Increase intake of vitamin C, it helps maintain healthy skin:
– Milk and milk products, citrus fruits, green vegetables
– Fruits and vegetables when fresh have maximum of vitamin C.
• Have coriander leaves frequently, its high in vitamin C and helps to maintain healthy skin.
• You can have 3-4 strands of saffron in milk, it is beneficial for skin.
• Basil leaves (tulsi) are said to be helpful in skin ailments, eat 3-4 fresh leaves daily.
• Breast feed your child; breast milk increases the immunity of your child and helps preventing eczema in future.
 
CONSULT PHYSICIAN:
• In case of prolonged duration or change in rash pattern take physicians opinion immediately.
• If symptoms get worse or if you see any Signs of infection (fever, redness of the affected area, pain) occur, see your physician immediately.

Chronic Urticaria - 7 Tips To Deal With It!

MD - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Bhubaneswar
Chronic Urticaria - 7 Tips To Deal With It!

Are you looking for ways to deal with chronic urticaria? This is an uncomfortable skin health condition which is featured by red, itchy welts appearing on any part of your body. The cause of this condition is unknown to us most of the times. When the cause of chronic urticaria cannot be determined, the condition is called chronic idiopathic urticaria. There are several ways of dealing with this condition.

Here is a list of the top ways to deal with chronic urticaria:

  1. Try to Avoid Known Triggers: Avoiding known triggers is the best way of controlling chronic urticaria. You should consult an allergist for determining the triggers which might affect you. The most common triggers include foods such as eggs, shellfish, peanuts, and several food additives. Several pain medications, physical stimuli like temperature, exercise, pollen, and certain bacterial infections and viral infections are common triggers.

  2. Take Your Medicines Regularly: You should regularly take your medicines prescribed for dealing with chronic urticaria. Antihistamines are commonly used. The use of corticosteroids or epinephrine infections may also be required.

  3. Soothe Your Skin: Scratching is bad for your chronic urticaria and should be avoided to prevent the hives from being aggravated. Dry skin triggers scratching and so you should keep your skin well moisturised. Take frequent baths, and use moisturising creams and ointments.

  4. Wear Loose Clothes: Friction and pressure on your affected skin may worsen the hives. You should abstain from wearing tight belts, constricting clothes, and shoes which do not fit well. Choose soft fabric material clothes.

  5. Vitamin D Supplements: Adding vitamin D supplements may help in reducing the symptoms of chronic urticaria. You should consult your dermatologist before taking vitamin D supplements on your own.

  6. Alternative Therapies: Stress accounts for worsening this health condition. You should practice techniques which relax your mind and soul, such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing. These are effective in stress relief. Some studies state that acupuncture may also be associated with decreasing the symptoms of chronic urticaria.

  7. Manage Your Symptoms: If you are suffering from chronic urticaria, all your efforts will be directed towards managing all the visible symptoms. However, you must also deal with the invisible symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Living with this condition is a challenging and painful task, which often results in depression, and emotional imbalance. Emotional stress, fatigue, and emotional distress are triggered by chronic urticaria.

It is important for you to consult a dermatologist if you experience any symptom of chronic urticaria. Early diagnosis and an early treatment will prevent the condition from worsening further. 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)