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Butter is Better

==>>Are you still shunning butter from your diet? You can stop today because butter (Ayurveda butter) can be a very healthy part of your diet.

Butter is known as “Navaneeta”  or “Ghrit” in Sanskrit.  Butter is usually made from cow’s or buffalo’s milk.Butter prepared out of cow’s milk contains saturated fats, monosaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, plenty of Vitamin A, Vtamin D, Vitamin D and Cholesterol.

Texts of Ayurveda consider butter prepared from milk of cow, buffalo and sheep for medicinal use. The health benefits of butter are very well explained in Ayurveda.

Butter prepared from cow’s milk has the following medicinal properties.

  • Use of Ghee in Ayurveda:

In Ayurveda,most of the important Medhya aushadhi (Psychotropic Drugs) have been used in the form of ghrita or ghee .The best examples being Unmada, Apasmara and certain syndromes involving CNS like balagraha like Skanda ,Skandapasmara etc. The main clinical features of these diseases being altered sensorium, behavioral changes, seizure manifestations and partial or total loss of higher functions of brain. The extensive use of ghee in such conditions in Ayurveda compels us to think why this dosage form in particular was selected.

  • Qualities of Cow’s Ghee:

Ayurveda has indicated the use of cow’s ghee i.e go-ghrita, whenever the reference of ghee arises in the treatment. A brief glance at the qualities of go-ghrita shows that it has been described as Buddhivardhaka-augmenting intelligence, Smritivardhaka-enhancing memory, Deepana-improves appetite and is useful in the treatment of unmada, apasmara, murccha and mada. Again its worth noticing that all these are the diseases affecting the nervous system in particular.

  • Chemical composition of Ghee (Cow’s Ghee):

Ghrita is abundant in saturated fatty acids. It contains approximately 8% saturated fatty acids which make it easily digestible. The digestibility co-efficient or the rate of adsorption is 96% which is better than any other animal or vegitable fat. It contains triglycerides, diglycerides, monoglycerides, phospholipids, contains beta carotene 600 IU and Vitamin E which are known anti oxidants.

Why Butter is Better???

  • Vitamins …

Butter is a rich source of easily absorbed vitamin A, needed for a wide range of functions, from maintaining good vision to keeping the endocrine system in top shape.Butter also contains all the other fat-soluble vitamins (D, E and K2), which are often lacking in the modern industrial diet.

  • Minerals ..

Butter is rich in important trace minerals, including manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium (a powerful antioxidant). Butter provides more selenium per gram than wheat germ or herring. Butter is also an excellent source of iodine.

  • Fatty Acids …

Butter provides appreciable amounts of short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which support immune function, boost metabolism and have anti-microbial properties; that is, they fight against pathogenic microorganisms in the intestinal tract.

  • Butter also provides the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Arachidonic acid in butter is important for brain function, skin health and prostaglandin balance.
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) …

When butter comes from cows eating green grass, it contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound that gives excellent protection against cancer and also helps your body build muscle rather than store fat.

  • Glycospingolipids …

These are a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastrointestinal infections, especially in the very young and the elderly. Children given reduced-fat milks have higher rates of diarrhea than those who drink whole milk.

  • Cholesterol …

Despite all of the misinformation you may have heard, cholesterol is needed to maintain intestinal health and for brain and nervous system development in the young.

  • Wulzen Factor …

A hormone-like substance that prevents arthritis and joint stiffness, ensuring that calcium in your body is put into your bones rather than your joints and other tissues. The Wulzen factor is present only in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization.

 Butter and Your Health

Is butter really healthy? Let us count the ways …

  1. Heart Disease
    Butter contains many nutrients that protect against heart disease including vitamins A, D, K2, and E, lecithin, iodine and selenium. A Medical Research Council survey showed that men eating butter ran half the risk of developing heart disease as those using margarine.
  2. Cancer
    The short- and medium-chain fatty acids in butter have strong anti-tumor effects. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in butter from grass-fed cows also gives excellent protection against cancer.
  3. Arthritis
    The Wulzen or “anti-stiffness” factor in raw butter and also Vitamin K2 in grasss-fed butter, protect against calcification of the joints as well as hardening of the arteries, cataracts and calcification of the pineal gland. Calves fed pasteurized milk or skim milk develop joint stiffness and do not thrive.
  4. Osteoporosis
    Vitamins A, D and K2 in butter are essential for the proper absorption of calcium and phosphorus and hence necessary for strong bones and teeth.
  5. Thyroid Health
    Butter is a good source of iodine, in a highly absorbable form. Butter consumption prevents goiter in mountainous areas where seafood is not available. In addition, vitamin A in butter is essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
  6. Digestion
    Glycospingolipids in butterfat protect against gastrointestinal infection, especially in the very young and the elderly.
  7. Growth & Development
    Many factors in the butter ensure optimal growth of children, especially iodine and vitamins A, D and K2. Low-fat diets have been linked to failure to thrive in children — yet low-fat diets are often recommended for youngsters!
  8. Asthma
    Saturated fats in butter are critical to lung function and protect against ashthma.
  9. Overweight
    CLA and short- and medium-chain fatty acids in butter help control weight gain.
  10. Fertility
    Many nutrients contained in butter are needed for fertility and normal reproduction.

Why You Should Avoid Margarine, Shortening and Spreads

There are a myriad of unhealthy components to margarine and other butter imposters, including:

  • Trans fats: These unnatural fats in margarine, shortenings and spreads are formed during the process of hydrogenation, which turns liquid vegetable oils into a solid fat
    Trans fats contribute to heart disease, cancer, bone problems, hormonal imbalance and skin disease; infertility, difficulties in pregnancy and problems with lactation; and low birth weight, growth problems and learning disabilities in children.A U.S. government panel of scientists determined that man-made trans fats are unsafe at any level. (Small amounts of natural trans fats occur in butter and other animal fats, but these are not harmful.)
  • Free radicals: Free radicals and other toxic breakdown products are the result of high temperature industrial processing of vegetable oils. They contribute to numerous health problems, including cancer and heart disease.
  • Synthetic vitamins: Synthetic vitamin A and other vitamins are added to margarine and spreads. These often have an opposite (and detrimental) effect compared to the natural vitamins in butter.
  • Emulsifiers and preservatives: Numerous additives of questionable safety are added to margarines and spreads. Most vegetable shortening is stabilized with preservatives like BHT.
  • Hexane and other solvents: Used in the extraction process, these industrial chemicals can have toxic effects.
  • Bleach: The natural color of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is grey so manufacturers bleach it to make it white. Yellow coloring is then added to margarine and spreads.
  • Artificial flavors: These help mask the terrible taste and odor of partially hydrogenated oils, and provide a fake butter taste.
  • Mono- and di-glycerides: These contain trans fats that manufacturers do not have to list on the label. They are used in high amounts in so-called “low-trans” spreads.
  • Soy protein isolate: This highly processed powder is added to “low-trans” spreads to give them body. It can contribute to thyroid dysfunction, digestive disorders and many other health problems.
  • Sterols: Often added to spreads to give them cholesterol-lowering qualities, these estrogen compounds can cause endocrine problems; in animals these sterols contribute to sexual inversion.

How to Purchase Butter

The BEST butter is raw butter from grass-fed cows, preferably organic. Next is pasteurized butter from grass-fed cows, followed by regular pasteurized butter from supermarkets. Even the latter two are still a much healthier choice than margarine or spreads.

Read about Indian Cow – A holy Cow with Medicinal Qualities 

Coconut as a home remedy to improve your health naturally

Coconuts are a versatile superfood providing nutrition, health benefits, and amazing medicinal properties all wrapped in one delicious package. Coconuts are totally natural, easily available and affordable; and every part of the fruit is useful.

Green coconut water uses:

–Natural, healthy source for hydration, energy and endurance, making it the perfect sports drink.
–Restores electrolytes after exercise, vomiting, diarrhea.
–Antiseptic properties provide antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents to purify blood — killing measles, herpes, influenza, AIDS, SARS, hepatitis C…
–Useful for emergency transfusions due to being close in composition to human plasma.
–Used to prevent vomiting, nausea and replace lost fluids in cases of malaria, typhoid, influenza…
–Dissolves kidney stones alkalizing urine pH.
–Used as a natural cleanse, coconut water mixed with olive oil eliminates intestinal parasites

Coconut oil medicinal uses:

 

Virgin coconut oil tastes and smells like coconut. Expeller pressed oil has no scent or taste and both types can be used medicinally.
–Kills bacteria causing urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, gum disease, staphylococcus, MRSA…
–Destroys fungus causing candida.
–Kills viruses causing flu, infectious disease, typhoid, HIV…
–Inhibits parasite growth such as tapeworm, liver flukes, giardia…
–Eases acid reflux, relieves gallbladder disease.
–Enhances proper bowel function and lowers incidence of hemorrhoids when oil is consumed.
–Relieves and heals intestinal disorders, ulcers, colitis, IBS, and Crohn’s disease.
–Stabilizes blood sugar and insulin production.
–Eases neuropathies and itching from diabetes.
–Protects against osteoporosis and reduces problems from cystic fibrosis.
–Enhances pancreatic function, enzyme production and reduces pancreatitis.
–Improves magnesium and calcium absorption, promoting stronger bones.
–Reduces joint and muscle inflammation, supporting repair of tissues.
–Regulates thyroid function.
–Protects against cancers of colon, breast, and digestive tract.
–Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) protect against development of Alzheimer’s disease.
–MCFA strengthen heart and circulatory system protecting against artherosclerosis and heart disease.
–Prevents oxidation of fatty acids.
–Provides antioxidants to fight free radicals slowing aging and degenerative diseases such as arthritis.
–Relieves symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.
–Reduces incidence and intensity of epileptic seizures.
–Stabilizes female hormones reducing hot flashes and vaginal dryness during menopause.
–Lessens symptoms associated with prostate enlargement.
–Strengthens the liver and protects against degeneration.
–Soothes earaches when mixed with garlic and olive oil.

 

Topical uses for coconut oil:

 

–Forms a chemical barrier on skin to protect and heal infections.
–Topical applications relieve pain and swelling from hemorrhoids.
–Moisturizes and softens dry skin.
–Reduces bags, puffiness and wrinkles under eyes.
–Lessens occurrence and appearance of varicose veins.
–Preps skin before shaving.
–Mixed with baking soda, coconut oil makes an effective toothpaste.
–Soothes sunburned skin and promotes healing of burns and blisters.
–Heals psoriasis and eczema lesions.
–Stops pain, burning, and itching of bug and snake bites.
–Prevents itching from poison ivy, oak, and sumac.
–Promotes firm skin tone, preventing age spots, sagging and wrinkles.
–Eliminates head lice.
–Removes makeup easily.
–Heals nail fungus under finger and toenails.
–Prevent nosebleeds by applying light film inside nostrils.
–In combination with cornstarch and baking soda, coconut oil makes an effective deodorant.
–Makes an excellent massage oil, a natural personal lubricant, and great sunscreen.
–Conditions hair, prevents split ends, reduces frizz, controls flaky scalp and dandruff.
–Removes scars and stretch marks.
–Repairs cracked, sore, dry nipples from nursing.
–Heals diaper rash and removes cradle cap on babies.

 

Nutritional uses for coconut oil:

–Enhances absorption of nutrients and improves digestion.
–Provides a quick energy source and stimulates metabolism.
–Produces immediate, usable energy source rather than being stored as fat.
–Increases metabolic rate, stabilizes body weight, and controls food cravings.
–Enriches milk supply for breast-feeding women.
–Doesn’t form harmful by-products during cooking when used at high heat.

Pomegranate Fruit : Health Tips

Lets see some useful health tips abt Pomegranate fruit.

Family: Lythraceae Genus: Punica Species: P. granatum
Binomial name: Punica granatum Local: Dadim, Marathi : Dalimb.
L. Synonyms : Punica malus

Nutritional value per 100 g :

  • Energy 346 kJ (83 kcal)
  • Carbohydrates 18.7 g –
  • Sugars 13.7 g –
  • Dietary fiber 4.0 g
  • Fat 1.2 g
  • Protein 1.7 g
  • Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.07 mg (6%)
  • Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.05 mg (4%)
  • Niacin (vit. B3) 0.29 mg (2%)
  • Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.38 mg (8%)
  • Vitamin B6 0.08 mg (6%)
  • Folate (vit. B9) 38 μg (10%)
  • Vitamin C 10 mg (12%)
  • Calcium 10 mg (1%)
  • Iron 0.30 mg (2%)
  • Magnesium 12 mg (3%)
  • Phosphorus 36 mg (5%)
  • Potassium 236 mg (5%)
  • Zinc 0.35 mg (4%)

1. Rich in Disease-Fighting Antioxidants
Pomegranate juice may contain close to three times the antioxidants as green tea or red wine. Antioxidants fight against free radicals — unstable molecules that can damage DNA and cell membranes. This cellular damage has been linked to all kinds of diseases including cancer.

2. Protect Your Heart:
A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that pomegranate juice combats hardening of the arteries and related diseases like heart attacks and strokes. It seems to limit the genetic tendency toward hardening of the arteries.
“The protective effects of pomegranate juice were higher than previously assumed,” said Claudio Napoli, the study’s author and a professor of medicine and clinical pathology at the University of Naples, Italy.
Another study in the September 16 issue of the Journal of Cardiology found that after patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) drank pomegranate juice every day for three months:
• Blood flow to the heart improved by about 17 percent in the pomegranate group.
• Blood flow declined by 18 percent in the placebo group.
“In conclusion, daily consumption of pomegranate juice may improve stress-induced myocardial ischemia in patients who have CHD,” researchers said.

3. Fight Osteoarthritis:
Pomegranate extract may be useful in fighting osteoarthritis, according to a study at Case Western Reserve University, published in The Journal of Nutrition. In lab tests, the extract:
• Cut levels of an inflammatory chemical called interleukin-1b (IL-1b).
• Stopped enzymes that erode cartilage.
Researchers said their findings “indicate the pomegranate fruit extract or compounds derived from it may inhibit cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis and may also be a useful nutritive supplement for maintaining joint integrity and function.”

4. Keep Prostate Cancer From Returning
A study found that pomegranate juice may help fight the return of prostate cancer among men who have had surgery or radiation for the disease. In fact, among 48 such men who drank 8 ounces of pomegranate juice each day until their prostate cancer progressed:
• The juice significantly lengthened the time it took for the men’s average PSA levels (a gauge of prostate cancer progression) to double.
• None of the men developed cancer that spread beyond the prostate during the study.”Pomegranate juice contains antioxidant chemicals that may have cancer-preventing benefits,” the researchers said.

5. Help Lower Bad Cholesterol
Antioxidants in pomegranates have been found to reduce the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol in mice, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

6. Lower Blood Pressure
A study also found that pomegranates help lower blood pressure among people with hypertension.

7. Get Your Nutrients
One pomegranate has about 40 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C requirement for adults, along with folic acid, fiber, potassium, niacin and vitamins A and E.

8. Protection for Newborns
A study published in Pediatric Research found that drinking pomegranate juice during pregnancy helped protect newborns’ brains during traumatic births.

9. Fight Breast Cancer
Israeli researchers found that pomegranate seed oil causes breast cancer cells to self-destruct, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
In addition , pomegranate juice also inhibits the formation of new tumors by inhibiting the function of cellular proteins.

Uses of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gel is used for sunburns, eczema, burns, insect bites, wounds, and for treating fungal infections.

Its anti fungal properties means that it is good for treating acne, athlete’s foot,and mouth sores.  It also aids in the stimulation of cell regeneration. The juice that is gotten from the whole leaf is helpful for healing a number of digestive disorders.

Aloe vera is most well known for its soothing effects on sunburn.  Aloe vera gel is antibacterial and helps to heal the burns. Its stimulates the immune system also.  Pure aloe vera gel can be obtained from health food stores, and there are various products that you can use in the event of a sunburn, such as creams, liquids, ointments, and lotions that all contain aloe vera.  Aloe vera has a moisturising effect.

If you have gotten burnt, bathe as soon as possible and apply the aloe vera product you have chosen to the selected area.  This will help to relieve the pain and inflammation.

On the skin, aloe vera has a number of benefits.  These include:

• helping dry, cracked skin
• for frostbite, burns, insect bites, blisters, and allergic reactions
• contains high numbers of healing agents
• helps create smooth, glowing skin
• aloe vera oil is very helpful for dry skin
• has excellent moisturising properties as it gives oxygen to the cells, in turn increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue
• helps to remove dead skin cells
• transports healthy substances through the skin
• helps to prevent ageing of the skin
• improves the appearance of skin lesions
• lightens dark spots on the face and reduces the intensity of skin pigmentation

Generally speaking, aloe vera is safe to use but there may be some side effects.  Long term usage of aloe vera can result in a fluid imbalance in the body, a potassium deficiency, hematuria, and albuminuria.  These are rare side effects, however.  Aloe vera should not be taken or used in the following circumstances:

• by children
• by pregnant women or those attempting to become pregnant
• if you are feeling abdominal pain
• if you are menstruating
• if you are breastfeeding
• if you have inflamed intestinal disease or appendicitis
• if you are taking licorice, diuretics, or corticosteroids
• if you have to take medication that contains cardiac glycosides
• if you have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
• if you are taking anti-arrhythmic medication
• if you are having surgery such as a laparotomy

Always follow you doctor’s advise.Seek Ayurveda Doctor’s advise before taking any Herb or Ayurveda medication. Self medication always creates big problems for your body.This information are just for information.

Ayurveda Management for High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is medical condition in which there will be increased cholesterol levels in the blood. Cholesterol is beneficial for the body. However, an excess of it can clog the arteries and also lead to various heart diseases.

Cholesterol is available to us in two forms. High density cholesterol (HDL) and low density cholesterol (LDL). HDL is otherwise known as good cholesterol as it helps in carrying LDL to the liver where it is disposed of from the body. LDL in excess on the other hand, causes the arteries to get clogged and is also known as bad cholesterol. It is important to keep our cholesterol in check so that heart diseases can be kept in check.

 

for most people, a high-fat diet, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, bad life style habits  are the main causes.

One of the most common effect of high cholesterol is heart diseases which results due to blockage of the arteries of the heart.

Apart from taking medications for high cholesterol you need to have a diet which is low in saturated fat, high in fiber content.

  • Foods to avoid:

-Avoid fatty foods like milk products like ghee, butter, cheese,paneer.  

-Avoid oily foods like deep fried foods.

-Avoid bakery products like puffs.

-Avoid fast foods like pizzas, burgers.

-Avoid desserts like pastires, ice creams and sweets.

-Avoid use of ghee, vanaspathi.

-Fatty (saturated) foods- butter, cheese, curd, ghee and others

-Junk foods (oily and spicy foods) and carbonated drinks

-Red meat (lamb and beef) and yellow portion of boiled egg

  • Foods to take:

-Include lot of vegetables, greens and fresh fruits which is rich in vitamins and minerals.

-Include foods which have whole grains like brown breads, chappathis.

-Take more of fruit juices.

-If you are non vegetarian you can have lean meats like chicken, fish. Avoid mutton, kheema, pork.

-Whole wheat bread, corn, cereals, whole grains (millets, hominy)

-Fat free skimmed milk

-Vegetable oil- canola, olive and sunflower oil

Apart from medicines and dietary changes, ayurvedic remedies for cholesterol also hint at the fact that a healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy heart.

Therefore, in order for the ayurvedic diet and medicines for cholesterol to work, one must quit smoking and drinking, get adequate sleep and finally exercise daily..

Exercises

– Yoga such as padmasana, shalabhasana, and vajrasana

– Pranayam is very very helpful.

-Fast walking and aerobic

-The more physical activity you engage in, the more fat you burn and more reduction in cholesterol.

Ayurveda Panchkarma Therapy

– Panchkarma therapy of Ayurveda science in very useful in such cases.  If Proper therapy according to your body constitutes is done under Ayurveda doctor, surely it will lower your bad cholesterol.

Panchkarma is not a simple procedure, One have to follow Ayurveda doctor’s advice as per your Prakruti. Vaman, Virechan, Basti and Abhyang- Swedan is very beneficial. Though selection of herb and medication plays important role in such therapies.

Ayurveda Medications according to body constitutes internally can be very helpful.

So many herbs are there in ancient text which can eradicate bad cholesterol and make ur heart healthy.

  • Home made remedies

– Drinking coriander in water everyday helps in the reduction of cholesterol in the body. This regime must be continued for about a month. Then the cholesterol levels must be checked again.

– Boil a glass of milk with a piece of garlic in it. This will reduce the cholesterol and take care of cardiac pains. It has to be continued for a few days before the method begins to show its effects.

– Have cold hipbaths twice daily. These have been shown to have positive effects in the reduction of cholesterol when taken on a regular basis.

– A simple remedy is to have a single piece of garlic every morning. This takes time to show results, but the results are positive.

– Consume some almonds and walnuts on a daily basis.

As these are just a health tips, following the advise of your doctor in diet  is essential. Every body is unique Constitution and according to it one must consume herbs and medications.