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Vitamin A | Benefits, Deficiency & Sources

WHAT IS VITAMIN A?

Vitamin A is the name for a group of fat soluble retinoids, biologically active compounds found in both plants and animal tissues.
Dr. Andrew Weil, mentions in one of his articles "Because these retinoids are very bio-available and stored in our tissues, too much animal derived vitamin A can build up in the body and become toxic."
It is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin A is a key for good vision, neurological function, healthy skin, cell growth and immunity.  Like all antioxidants, Vitamin A is involved in reducing inflammation through fighting free radical damage. They are also responsible for building strong bones, gene regulation, maintaining clear skin etc.

Vitamin A is found in two forms mainly : Active Vitamin A and beta carotene. Active vitamin A comes from animal derived food and is called retinol. This can be used by the body directly.
Beta carotene is obtained from fruits and vegetables. These are converted to retinol by the body after the food is…
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Leftover Foods that should not be re-heated

All of us, very often prepare meals for several days and subsequently re-heat them. However, some foods change their composition and lose their nutritional properties, and even become toxic. Here's what some of these are :
Mushrooms

Mushrooms are best consumed immediately after preparation, and if they stay for another day, it is better to eat them cold. This is true for soups, as well as for risotto, which are made with mushrooms. While re-heating mushrooms there is a change in the composition of protein, and even a change of taste in food. They then cause a variety of digestive problems, and lose their health benefits.


Chicken

Just as with mushrooms, with re-heating meat there is a change in the composition of proteins. It is therefore not advisable heating at high temperatures, especially chicken, which contains more protein than red meat. If you heat it, you better put it on a lower temperature and heat it longer.


Potato

Potato is a highly nutritional food which we should not re…

Black Seeds

'Use the black seed because it has a relief of all diseases, except death.' ~ Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Black seeds also referred to as black caraway, black cumin, and Roman coriander are small seeds packed with powerful punch which can protect against Cancer and MRSA.


* It contains iron and phosphate.
* It has anti bacterial properties, carotene and also is an anti-cancer which gives strength.
* Black seed reduces the need for pain killers. Black seeds can relieve a throat pain.
*  It can cause a significant reduce in LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, offering a natural treatment for mild forms of hypertension.
* People often apply crushed black seeds directly onto the skin for joint pain, headache and certain skin conditions.
* It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

Bean Sprouts

The health benefits of beans are at peak when sprouted. They are the richest of proteins, vitamins and minerals.
* Bean sprouts are the richest source of amino acids (protein). 
* They contain all types of vitamins (A, B, C, D, E and K), folate, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and also fiber.
* These are easily digestible.
* Mung bean sprouts are rich in iron. They play a key role in the synthesis of hemoglobin, the protein found in red blood cells.
* They relieve the signs of constipation.
* Mung bean sprouts are beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol levels.
* Bean sprouts help reduce liver fat, thereby preventing fatty liver that can cause liver dysfunction.
* It can also prevent many age-related skin changes including elasticity and moisture.
* These help in fighting signs of mental and physical stress.

Pepper

Wondering why Pepper?


* Pepper is a zero calorie food that can add flavor to food. 
* It has anti-inflammatory properties. 
* It has also been helpful at fighting some cancers because of its anti-cancer effects. 
* It is a rich source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are both powerful antioxidants.
* Capsicum is considered to be an efficient weight loss tool.
* Since it is rich in Vitamin C, it stimulates the white cells to fight infections.
* Capsicum is effective in preventing blood clots with its Vitamin C properties, thus preventing strokes.
* These colorful juices can help reduce cholesterol. 

Don't forget to add one to your salad today.

Tahini

This is something which is found in most of the grocery stores. 

* Tahini is an excellent source of Vitamin B and Calcium. 
* Vitamin B helps in the development of healthy cells in the body, especially red blood cells.
* Its also helps in increasing metabolism and makes our immune system stronger.
* Tahini is also a good source of Calcium, Zinc and Copper.
* The high levels of Calcium helps in keeping bones strong and healthy and might be responsible in fighting certain cancers.
* Tahini has an abundance of fiber (sesamin) which helps in lowering cholesterol.

Herbal Tea | Healthier Body, Skin & Mind

There's nothing better than having a soothing cup of Herbal tea after work. But besides being warming, caffeine free and great in taste it has got amazing health benefits. From soothing a troubled tummy to easing insomnia and even calming a troubled mind. Herbs have different sorts of powers. Herbal teas a great sources of vitamins and minerals. 

Herbal tea actually isn't made from tea. It is prepared from a specific kind of plant. It is an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark in hot water. 
Unlike other teas, Herbal tea contains no caffeine. There are different kinds of Herbal Teas. Nettle, Chamomile, Ginger, Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Rosemary and Cardamon Tea are few of them. 
I drink Chamomile tea with apple or ginger. It calms the mind, helps in dealing with stress, stomach ailment and is a mild sedative. Its the perfect drink before taking a nap. However these should not be consumed by pregnant women, breastfeeding women and anyone allergic to these plants.

Benefi…