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Benefits of Onion

Onion is being used for centuries not just to add flavor to foods but also for its therapeutic properties. Onion have an antibacterial and antifungal properties. Some people mixed vinegar with onion juice and apply it in their freckles and warts, it is believed that it can remove/reduce this skin problems.

Nutritive Values of Onions : Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin A : 50 I.U.
  • Vitamin B :
  • Vitamin C : 9 mg.
  • Calcium : 32 mg.
  • Phosphorus : 44 mg.
  • Potassium : 300 mg.
  • Carbohydrates : 10.3 gm.
  • Protein : 1.4 mg.
  • Calories : 45

Onion is Benenificial in the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Influenza
  • Colds
  • Tuberculosis
  • Insomnia
  • Pneumonia
  • Antiallergy
  • Obesity
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Slightly laxative
  • High Blood Pressure

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Prolong longevity
  • Helps destroy worms and other parasites.
  • Bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchial tube)
  • Neuritis (inflammation of the nerves)
  • Vertigo (inflammation of nerves)
  • Diuretic (increases the secretion of urine)
  • Diabetes mellitus – lowers blood sugar.
  • Valuable for the hair, nails of the fingers and toes, and for the eyes.
  • Sinus conditions – helps to drain mucus from the cavities and loosen phlegm.
  • Whether fresh or cooked onions have antiplatelet, adhesiveness, thus preventing thrombosis.
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Okra – The wonder vegatable today

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health, Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Vegetables by Erineus on March 5, 2009

The world’s most beautiful women, Cleopatra of Egypt and Yang Guifei of China loved to eat okra in their diets according to the history record.

When we visited the world’s most productive land of okra, Kami rural area in Kowchi Prefecture, Japan, young and old are all in smile and look very healthy. When we asked the secret of their beautiful smile and good health in that area, their answers were great grace of okra.

The history of okra seems to be very old and it was cultivated in Egypt before the time of Cleopatra. The okra plant spread to many parts of the world during the Atlantic slave trade. During WWII, the shortage of coffee beans made them use okra seeds as a substitute for coffee. This incident made the word “okra fever”. Since then, okra’s popularity never disappeared from local markets to convenience stores throughout the world and throughout the year.

Okra contains vitamins A and C and is a good source of iron and calcium. It also contains starch, fat, ash, thiamine and riboflavin. No wonder, Cleopatra and Yang Guifei maintained their beauties. Probably, you want to know more specifically. Here it is:

For 1/2 cup sliced, cooked okra For 1 cup raw okra
Calories 25
Dietary Fiber 2 grams
Protein 1.52 grams
Carbohydrates 5.76 grams
Vitamin A 460 IU
Vitamin C 13.04 mg
Folic acid 36.5 micrograms
Calcium 50.4 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Potassium 256.6 mg
Magnesium 46 mg
Calories: 33
Fiber: 3.2g
Total Fat: 0.1g
Protein: 2.0g
Carbohydrate: 7.6g
Vitamin A 660 IU
Vitamin C 21mg
Folate 87.8mcg
Magnesium 57mg

BENEFITS OF OKRA

  • The superior fiber found in okra helps to stabilize the blood sugar by curbing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
    Okra’s mucilage binds cholesterol and bile acid carrying toxins dumped into it by the filtering liver.
  • Okra helps lubricate the large intestines due to its bulk laxative qualities. The okra fiber absorbs water and ensures bulk in stools. This helps prevent and improve constipation. Unlike harsh wheat bran, which can irritate or injure the intestinal tract, okra’s mucilage soothes, and okra facilitates elimination more comfortably by its slippery characteristic.
  • Okra binds excess cholesterol and toxins (in bile acids). These, if not evacuated, will cause numerous health problems. Okra also assures easy passage out of waste from the body. Okra is completely non-toxic, non-habit forming, has no adverse side effects, is full of nutrients, and is economically within reach of most unlike the OTC drugs.
  • Okra fiber is excellent for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics). This contributes to the health of the intestinal tract.
  • Okra is a supreme vegetable for those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression.
  • Okra is used for healing ulcers and to keep joints limber. It helps to neutralize acids, being very alkaline, and provides a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract.
    Okra treats lung inflammation, sore throat, and irritable bowel.
  • Okra has been used successfully in experimental blood plasma replacements.
  • Okra is good for summer heat treatment. Okra is a supreme vegetable for those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression.
  • Okra is good for constipation.
  • Okra is good in normalizing the blood sugar and cholesterol level.
  • Okra is good for asthma. Okra’s vitamin C is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which curtail the development of asthma symptoms.
  • Okra is good for atherosclerosis.
  • Okra is believed to protect some forms of cancer expansion, especially colorectal cancer.
  • Eating okra helps to support the structure of capillaries.
  • Some information shows that eating okra lowers the risk of cataracts.
    Okra is good for preventing diabetes.
  • Okra protects you from pimples and maintains smooth and beautiful skin. We understand the reason why Cleopatra and Yang Guifei loved to eat okra.
  • There are other medicinal uses of okra, like its protection against trans fats.

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Mulberry

Nutritional & Herbal Properties

Examples of mulberry’s medicinal properties are reducing blood serum glucose, lowering blood cholesterol and lipids levels, fighting arterial plaques and antiphlogistic, diuretic and expectorant effects. Various compounds present in mulberry that attribute to such therapeutic benefits are GABA, phytosterol, DNJ, flavonoids, alkaloids, steroids, etc. The nutritional values of 100g dry mulberry leafs are: Ca 2,699mg., Fe 44mg., Na 3.4mg., K 3,101mg., beta carotine 7.4mg., vitamin A 4,230 IU, vitamin B1 0.6mg., vitamin B2 1.4mg., vitamin C 32mg., and fiber 52g.

Mulberry Facts

Mulberry has been cultivated and used for around 5,000 years. There were four main varieties: black, red, white, mountain or wild mulberry. Over centuries, there have been over a hundred varieties and many hundreds more local sub-varieties. Because of its diversity, you can find a mulberry tree in almost any altitudes and climates in the world.

For thousands of year, mulberry trees have been cultivated for silk production because silk worms are fed on mulberry leaves. Often, human beings and animals also appreciate mulberry for its fruits and leaves. The berries are consumed fresh, in juice or preserves (like mulberry jam). Mulberry young leaves and stems are yummy vegetable. It also has medicinal properties in infusions such as mulberry leaf tea. Not until the past few decades, scientists started to pay great attention to the medicinal and nutritional qualities of mulberry plants.

There have been researches studying the components and benefits of mulberry leaves for human and animal consumption and pharmaceutical purposes. Studies found that mulberry leaves contain 15%-28% of protein, with essential amino acids, depending on varieties. Studies find that the leaves and young stems are high in mineral content and have no anti-nutritional factors or toxic compounds. Mulberry leaves have typical calcium content around 1.8-2.4% and phosphorus 0.14-0.24%. The values of potassium in leaves are 1.90-2.87% and 1.33-1.53% in young stems, and magnesium 0.47-0.63% and 0.26-0.35% in leaves and stems respectively. Indian scientists have suggested the use of the powdered of white mulberry leaves as a nutritious ingredient for paratha, one kind of Indian breads. In Korea, Japan and Thailand, mulberry fruit and leaves are used as functional food such as ice-cream and noodles, containing powdered mulberry leaves as an ingredient.

The use of the mulberry-leaf powder in ice-cream showed reducing of blood glucose level in consumers, instead of rising. Hence, mulberry-leaf powder could be used in a food item that contains a sugar content in order to maintain the blood sugar level. Reducing the blood serum glucose is only one of the healthy properties of mulberry mentioned in several traditional herbal books like the ‘Shin Nou Honzou Gyou’ (the Chinese original academic herbal book) ‘Kissa Youjouki’ written by Eisai Zen Monk in Japan, and the old Latins and folk medicine scripts.

Indigenous medicinal practitioners, for centuries, have used different parts of mulberry plant for treating diseases and symptoms such as high-blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and lipids levels, arterial plaques, diuresis, diabetes, constipation, cough-phlegm, cold, anemia, etc. Scientific researches have confirmed these healing qualities of mulberry plant. Several clinical studies found that mulberry leaf contains GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid), phytosterol, DNJ (Dioxiogirimycin), vitamins and minerals. GABA helps maintain the normal blood pressure. Phytosterol helps reduce cholesterol in blood vessels. DNJ helps reduce sugar in the blood stream: lowers the risk of getting heart disease. DNJ also stimulates the blood circulation and increases the fluid in the body.

A 5-year research conducted in Kanagawa, Japan found that mulberry leaves have various preventive effects on adult diseases. Some of the effects are:

  • Suppressing hypertension
  • Lowering cholesterol level
  • Preventing cancer (liver)
  • Reducing level of blood sugar
  • Suppressing mutagenesis of carcinogens.
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Being healthy is a lifestyle

Posted in Health by Erineus on March 5, 2009

Updated December 23, 2008 12:00 AM

Getting medical attention shouldn’t mean waiting in line for hours for your turn to see the doctor. This only brings unnecessary stress to patients and makes them more uncomfortable than they already are.

Providing the most efficient health care involves prompt attention in providing premium-quality health care by leading professionals .

This is just what patrons can expect from a most trusted outpatient health care facility in the metro: Patient First Medical Center that offers fast and complete health care that puts patients’ needs in the center of attention.

Located inside Glorietta, the busiest mall in Makati City, the outpatient clinic eliminates boring waiting time for the patients and their family. The convenient and accessible location gives its ever-growing number of clients the ease and comfort they deserve.

Imagine this: While Mom is having her mammogram checked or consulting her ob-gyne and Dad is consulting his doctor about his high blood pressure, yaya can take the kids to the mall’s playground in the activity center — an instant bonding time for the whole family.

Going beyond the convenient and comfortable, the clinic provides WiFi service for individuals who may need the Internet connection to finish work but at the same time could not afford to miss his/her doctor’s appointment.

What’s more, the clinic’s close proximity to a drugstore (Mercury Drug sits one floor below Patient First) allows patients to purchase prescribed medicine right after consultation with the doctor.

The first ambulatory health care center in a mall (it first opened at SM Megamall in 1994 before moving its full operation to Glorietta in Feb .1996), Patient First has come a long way in providing patients with a one-stop medical center.

The health service provider has pooled together a staff of highly-trained professionals totally dedicated to maintaining the highest quality and widest range of services that includes diagnostic services (x-ray, laboratory, ultrasound, etc); medical services (pre-employment and annual physical exams, executive checkups, emergency medicine, etc); and dental services (includes orthodontics), among many others.

For more information, visit Patient First at 3/F Mercury Drug Bldg, Glorietta 3, Makati City. The clinic is open Monday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or call 840-2218 .

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Focus on healthy eyes

Posted in Eyes, Health by Erineus on March 5, 2009

Updated March 03, 2009 12:00 AM


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Up close and personal: An indigent patient gets personalized service from Dr. Edward Uy of Advanced Vision Laser as part of its free clinic for the less privileged.

MANILA, Philippines – Dr. Rory King Go, US-trained vitreous and retinal disease specialist of Advanced Vision Laser Center in Makati City, recommends eye examinations by age six months for infants and toddlers, at age three for preschoolers, every year for school-aged children and young adults, every year or every two years for adults, 20 to 64 years old, and every year for older adults, 65 years and up.

But given the hard times, most Filipinos are apprehensive about the consultation costs. Advanced Vision Laser Center ensures that this should not be a roadblock.

“We intentionally made our consultation fee affordable because we want to encourage more people to have a regular eye checkup. By giving patients practical information on eye care practices, we can help more people have healthier and more productive lives,” says Dr. Go.

Advanced Vision Laser Center also joins health programs of local governments to extend its services to indigent patients.

The good doctor adds that good eye care habits must be developed beginning in childhood. Here are some tips:

• Avoid rubbing your eyes. If you have to rub them, use a disposable tissue paper and always wash your hands when you do.

• If you’re in the habit of reading while lying in bed, it is ideal to keep a 30-centimeter distance between the book or reading material and your eyes. Or sit upright so you will not strain your neck or eyes.

• Watching television with the lights turned off will tire the eyes because of the blinking TV light. Keep your eyes approximately two meters away from the TV screen.

• In the office, take a break from the computer monitor every 30 to 40 minutes to let your eyes rest.

There are times when the eyelid moves or twitches involuntarily, which could be due to fatigue. Take a break and massage it a little.

• Use UV-ray protection sunglasses when going out. Like the skin, the eyes can also be damaged by the sun.

Toxic elements brought about by air pollution or whatever we are in contact with can impair our vision. “Use lubricant-based eye drops to clean the eyes because these are preservative-free and can wash away any dirt in the eyes,” Go prescribes.

Equipped with the most modern and comprehensive instruments and the latest in laser technology while providing world-class techniques and very personalized diagnosis, Advanced Vision Laser Center is run by Dr. Rory King Go together with Dr. Edward Uy, a cornea and external disease specialist. Both are US-trained and highly regarded cataract and refractive surgeons in the country.

Advanced Vision Laser Center is the only eye center in the country to date that can correct hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness) and presbyopia (reading problem) through LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) using the state-of-the-art Nidek Advanced Vision Excimer System EC-5000 CX III and the latest Pseudo-Accommodative Cornea (PAC) software.

Advanced Vision Laser Center is located at Suite 1004-1006, Medical Plaza Makati, Amorsolo corner Dela Rosa Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City. For more information, call 844-3500, 845-2656 or 845-2714, e-mail jso@pldtdsl.net or log on to http://www.advancedvision.com.ph.

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Drinking ionized water is healthy

Updated October 28, 2008 12:00 AM

As a natural antioxidant, alkaline ionized water protects cells from destructive free radicals before they cause the cell tissues to break down. This means that it can be effective in combating aging and other degenerative diseases like diabetes, asthma, cancer, and kidney diseases. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, but when taken in ionized liquid form, they become much more effective and powerful. The water also converts free radicals before they have a chance to damage healthy cells. Alkaline water seeks out free radicals and de-activates them.

Alkaline ionized water is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium that help prevent the negative effects of over-acidic health conditions.

Drinking Aquahealth alkaline ionized water over a long period, will enable you to enjoy continuous health benefits. The water will remove the accumulated toxic acid wastes (due to stress and poor eating habits), and provide a rich level of oxygen in your blood. Many health writers maintain that the key to health, longevity, and lowering your biological/energetic age is the management and disposal of acidic waste products.

Aquahealth alkaline ionized water possesses excellent absorption, energizing and hydrating abilities. Alkaline water is more absorbable by the body and the cells. It is also easier to drink — you can drink more alkaline ionized water than other types of water, before you will feel full.

For more information visit www.aqua-health.com.ph.

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