Good information. Thanks. This fruit is generally used as a culinary vegetable, made into pickles; some time fried and minced up with Butter milk. Pierced all over with a needle and fried in gingelly oil , the fruit is employed as a cure for toothache. It has also been recommended as an excellent remedy for those suffering from liver complaints. Seeds are apt to lead to dyspepsia and constipation.
Very Nice Explanation Subramanyam Sir I like it, roasted brinjal vth little mustard oil very tasty n enhance appetite.. Thanks Sir fr sharing
I liked the information , otherwise also I ralish brinjals in any form,except raw.
Nice post on bringal sir.
nice info..now onwards its intake will definitely increase..
important explanation. there are myths about this vegetable. excellent elaboration . thanks Sir
Informative & useful.
Thank you for posting this sir. This is my most hated vegetable.I generally avoid it.but I will try eating it for its benefits.
Nice information myth wrong regarding this vegetable
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6 Health Benefits of Sugarcane Juice: A Promise of Good Health ndtv.com May 3, 2018 6:22 PM ￼ When I think of sugarcane juice, the first thing which comes to mind are the busy by-lanes of Karol Bagh, Delhi: vendors offering poor imitations of Gucci handbags and Rolex watches, women sprinting through the crowd trying to get from one shop to another, the faint smell of hot pooris and Punjabi chana, the constant high-pitched rings of rikshaw bells and a few dozen sugarcane juice (ganne ka ras) carts parked at every street corner. In the sweltering heat, I'd jostle my way to the sugarcane juice guy and watch him lazily operate an old-world juice machine that takes in one sugarcane at a time and pushes out beautiful green coloured cane juice that isn't just sweet and delicious, but also extremely nourishing and considered to be a real goldmine of health according to doctors, nutritionists and the school of Indian traditional medicine. India is one of the world's largest producers of sugarcane, after Brazil which is possibly why you'll find almost no companies which offer packaged sugarcane juice. It can be priced as low as Rs.10 or as high as Rs.40, but it's available through the country and not limited to one specific region. The top 5 sugarcane producing states are Uttar Pradesh,Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu andAndhra Pradesh. ￼ Sugarcane is one of the main crops used in the production of sugar: 70% of the world's sugar is made from sugarcane and the remaining 30% comes from the sugar beet crop. However, this isn't the case for the sugarcane grown in India which happens to be the second largest producer of sugarcane, after Brazil. A lot of the sugarcane grown in India is first used to make gur (jaggery) followed by khandsari (unrefined or brown sugar), and then sugar which is processed using chemicals and sulphur. The remaining fibrous mass can be used as fuel, or to make paper or sound insulating boards and in some countries its used even to make alcohol. Nutritional value of Sugarcane: The juice Sugarcane per serving (28.35 grams) contain Energy-111.13 kJ (26.56 kcal), Carbohydrates-27.51 g, Protein-0.27 g, Calcium11.23 mg (1%), Iron 0.37 mg (3%), Potassium41.96 mg (1%), Sodium17.01 mg (1%) (According to farmer.gov.in) Benefits of Sugarcane Juice If you search for sugarcane juice benefits, you'll find that it has been attributed as a natural remedy to a score of problems. It's rich in antioxidants so it helps fights infections and boost the immunity. It's rich in iron, magnesium, calcium and other electrolytes so it's great for dehydration. It helps cure the common cold and other infections and also fight fever as it boosts the body's protein levels. Besides these, there are a few more great health benefits of sugarcane juice that you must learn about: 1. Sugarcane juice is a diuretic which means that it helps treat urinary tract infections, kidney stones and ensure proper functioning of the kidneys. 2. According to Ayurveda, sugarcane juice helps strengthen your liver and is thus suggested as a remedy for jaundice. Jaundice is a condition where you find yellow pigmentation of the skin and membrane due to elevated levels of a substance known as bilirubin in the bodily fluids and is triggered by poor functioning liver. What sugarcane juice does is replenish your body with proteins lost and nutrients that it needs to recover quickly. ￼ 3. An Energy Drink - Sugarcane juice is rich in the good kind of carbohydrates, protein, iron, potassium and other essential nutrients that make it the ideal energy drinks. Especially in the summer months, a glass of cold sugarcane juice and really life both your health and your depleting levels of energy. It builds up plasma and body fluids and helps counter dryness and fatigue. 4. Ayurveda also suggests that 'sugarcane juice exhibits laxative properties thereby improving bowel movement and relieving constipation' (Source: ayurhelp.com). Sugarcane juice also has alkaline properties which means it's good for treating acidity and stomach burns. 5. It has a low glycemic index (GI) so it comes highly recommended for diabetics. A study showed that drinking sugarcane juice did not alter the blood glucose levels of diabetics drastically but you should check with your doctor before you start to drink some of this yourself. 6. Sugarcane juice is extremely rich in minerals which helps prevent tooth decayand bad breath. ￼Dr. Tapan Kumar Sau6 Likes13 Answers
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CHICORY also called as beikh kasini and sadabahar buty Chicory is a nutrient rich plant whose flowers, green leaves, and roots have been used for thousands of years to help heal numerous health conditions such as heartburn, jaundice, digestive disorders, liver disease, neurological disorders, and rheumatic conditions such as gout. Roasted chicory root smells and tastes like coffee but has none of the harmful effects of caffeine and instead has several health promoting benefits such as helping to alkalinize the stomach and aid in digestion and assimilation. Chicory root contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties which is highly beneficial for both the immune system and the nervous system. It is well known to help aid in purifying the liver and in cleansing the blood as well as help the body resist gall stones, kidney stones, and liver stones. Chicory also provides a soluble fiber known as inulin which can help to control blood sugar levels as well as feed the good digestive flora in the intestines which can help to prevent constipation and even colon cancer. The inulin in chicory is also known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood. Chicory is excellent for fighting parasites and worms present in the intestines. Chicory also works as a gentle diuretic which can aid in removing excess water retention, swelling, and bloating from the body. Chicory is known to help the body digest fatty foods better and help to flush toxins out of the digestive tract. Chicory leaves and flowers can be consumed in a salad and are a good source of potassium, fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, and vitamins C & A. Roasted chicory root can be found as a coffee-substitute online or at your local health food store. Fresh chicory leaves and flowers can often be found in the produce section next to the lettuce and leafy greens in your local health food store.Dr. Rummana Ansari10 Likes9 Answers
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Ativisha (Aconitum heterophyllum) Medicinal Usage bimbima.com Oct 14, 2017 10:27 PM Ativisha, Indian Atis, Atis, Atees or Aconitum heterophyllum is found in Himalayan region. It is known as Ativisha, Aruna, Shuklakanda, Bhangura, Ghunavallabha, Ghunapriya, Kaashmira, Vira, Visha, and Shishubhaishajya in Ayurveda. Atees or Aconitum heterophyllum occurs in the alpine Himalayas of Sikkim, Nepal and adjoining parts of southern Tibet also from Kashmir to the Kumaun hills at altitudes of 2500-3900 meters. The root and tuber of plant are used in internal prescriptions for fevers, rheumatic conditions and for loss of vitality. The roots are astringent and used in diarrhoea, especially in infants, and in dyspepsia, vomiting, cough, irritability of the stomach and colic. Aconitum heterophyllum root is bitter in taste. It has expectorant, febrifuge, anthelmintic, anti-diarrhoeal, anti-emetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used in diarrhoea, dysentery and gastric pain. It is used as a bitter tonic to combat debility after malaria and other fevers. It is also used against hysteria, dyspepsia, vomiting and cough. Atees is used in Ayurveda for due to scorpion or snake bite. General Information of Ativisha (Aconitum heterophyllum) Plant Description: Aerial parts are annual but the roots are biennial. The stem is clasping and erect. The branches are absent or rarely one or two in number. Leaves are glabrous, sessile, and variable in shape and size. Roots: Conical, fusiform or cylindrical, about 2.0 to 7.5 cm. long and 0.4 to 1.6 cm. or more thick at its upper extremity, gradually decreasing in thickness towards tapering end, externally yellowish to greyish white, external surface wrinkled marked with scars of fallen rootlet and with a rosette of scaly rudimentary leaves on top. Fracture short, starchy, white, fractured surface marked towards center by 4 to 7 concentrically arranged yellowish-brown dots, corresponding to end of fibrovascular bundles. Taste is bitter with no tingling sensation and odourless. Aconitum heterophyllum is classified into white, yellow, red, and black varieties. The white tuber variety, with rapid growth and high yield, is considered to be the best. Flowers: Large, hooded, white–violet in colour and occur in slender racemes or lax leafy panicles. Corolla is hairy. Carpels are five in number, containing 10–18 follicles. Flowering and fruiting occur from August to October in the third year of growth.Part(s) used for medicinal purpose: Dried tuberous rootsPlant type / Growth Habit: HerbDuration: biennial herbDistribution: The species is found in grassy slopes of alpine Himalayan region, between 3000 m and 4200 m altitude, sometimes descending up to 2200 m.Habitat: Sub-alpine and alpine climate.Propagation: Seeds, tuber segments or young leafy stems can be used. Vernacular names / Synonyms of Ativisha Scientific name: Aconitum heterophyllumAssamese: AatichAyurvedic: AtivishaBengali: AtaichaEnglish: Atis rootGujrati: Ativishni Kali, Ativikhani KaliHindi: AtisKannada: Ativisha, AthihageMalayalam: Atividayam, AtivitayamMarathi: AtvishaOriya: AtushiPunjabi: Atisa, AteesSanskrit: Ativisa, Aruna, Ghunapriya, VisaSiddha: AthividayamTamil: Atthiranam, Mathiri, PankuraiTelugu: AtivasaTrade: AtisUnani: AteesUrdu: Atees Aconitum heterophyllum Scientific Classification All plants are scientifically classified into main 7 levels. These levels are Kingdom, Division, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species. A genus comprise of many species and botanical name consists of Genus (uppercase) followed by Species (lowercase). Genus consists of many species which are closely related and have lots of similarities. Species is the lowest level and represents the group of same plant. The botanical name of Atees is Aconitum heterophyllum. It belongs to plant family Ranunculaceae. Below is given taxonomical classification of plant. Kingdom: Plantae (comprising all living or extinct plants)Subkingdom: Tracheobionta (have lignified tissues or xylem for conducting water and minerals)Superdivision: Spermatophyta (produce seeds)Division: Magnoliophyta (flowering plants)Class: Magnoliopsida (flowering plant producing an embryo with paired cotyledons)Subclass: MagnoliidaeOrder: RanunculalesFamily: Ranunculaceae – Buttercup familyGenus: AconitumSpecies: Aconitum heterophyllum Aconitum heterophyllum (Ativisha) Constituents Aconitum heterophyllum roots Atisine, F- dihydroatisine, hetisine, heteratisine, heterophyllisine, heterophylline, heterophyllidine, hetidine, hetisinone and atisenol. Aconitum heterophyllum Ayurvedic Properties and Action Aconitum heterophyllum is known as Ativisha, Sitashringi, Bhangura or Pankura, Upavishaaka in Sanskrit. In Charak Samhita it has been recommended for treating obesity, piles, stomach disorders etc. In Sushruta Samhita it was suggested as a remedy against diarrhea. Aconitum heterophyllum is considered bitter and pungent in taste (Rasa), pungent after digestion (Vipaka), and is hot in effect (Virya). It is an Ushna Virya herb. It is considered bad for sperms and fetus. It has property of digestion, vomiting and purging, and gives feeling of lightness. Rasa (taste on tongue): Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter)Guna (Pharmacological Action): Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)Virya (Action): Ushna (Heating)Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Katu (Pungent) Ayurvedic Actions / Karma of Ativisha Ama nashak: toxin digesterAtisaraghna: Controls Doarrhoea.Deepana: Promote appetite but do not aid in digesting undigested food.Grahi: Inspissants; stomachic, digestive and heating qualities dry the fluids of the body.Jwarahara: Decreases vega of jwara and reduces the burning sensation.Kasahara: Removes cough.Krimighna: Destroys worms.Pachana: Digests Ama but does not increase appetite.Raktadoshahar: blood purifying.Vishahara: Destroyer of poisonCyperus rotundus, can be used as substitute of Aconitum heterophyllum. If ativisa is not available, then in its place Musta should be used. Important Formulations of Ativisha Lodhrasava, Shiva Gutika, Lakshminarayana Rasa, MahaVishagarbha Taila, Rasnairandadi KvathaChurna, Sudarshana Churna, Panchatikta Guggulu, Balachaturbhadrika Churna THERAPEUTIC USES Of Ativisha Jvara, Kasa, Chardi, Amatisara, Krimiroga Important Medicinal Properties of Ativisha Aconitum heterophyllum is rich in medicinal properties. The understanding of these properties will help us to better utilize this herb. These also indicate the conditions in which we should avoid it. Below is given medicinal properties along with the meaning. Antidote: Counteracts a poison.Anti-dysenteric: Relieving or preventing dysentery.Anti-inflammatory: Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms.Antioxidant: Neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals and other substances.Antipyretic/antifebrile/febrifuge:Effective against fever.Aphrodisiac: Stimulates sexual desire.Bitter tonic: Tonic of bitter taste, acts chiefly by stimulating the appetite and improving digestion.Carminative: Preventing the formation or causing the expulsion of flatulence.Hemostatic: Checking blood flow.Hemostatic: Checking blood flow.Hepatoprotective: Prevent damage to the liver.Hepatoprotective: Prevent damage to the liver. Ativisha (Aconitum heterophyllum) Medicinal Uses Aconitum heterophyllum is regarded as nonpoisonous, antiperiodic, anti-inflammatory and astringent. It is used in cough, diarrhea, dyspepsia, as a tonic after fevers, febrifuge, antispasmodic. The roots are bitter tonic, stomachic, digestive, alleviates dysentery and bilious complaints. It helps in periodic and intermittent fevers as a tonic, dyspepsia and cough. It is Non-poisonous plant and used in a variety of traditional medicines. Constipation An equal quantity of powders Atis root Aconitum heterophyllum), Vach (rhizome of sweet flag), Haritaki (fruit rind of chebulic myrobalan), Chitrak (root of leadwort/Plumbago zeylanica), Yavakshara (salt of potassium and sodium), Pippli (Piper longum) fruit, and rhizome of costus (Saussurea lappa) is mixed. This is taken twice/day with warm water at a dose of 3 to 6 g. Mumps, Parotitis Decoction of equal part of roots of Asvagandha (Withania somnifera Linn.), Musli, Atibala (Sida rhombifolia Linn.), Ativisa (Aconitum heterophyllum Wall) and stem of Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) in dose of 14 to 28 ml, is given three times a day. Fever Pulverized Aconitum heterophyllum, (6 Ratis), may be administered three or four times, at intervals of two or three hours. Digestion improvement The decoctions of dry ginger, Cyperus rotundus, Aconitum heterophyllum, and Tinospora cordifolium mixed together, digest all faults of indigested food, and excite the power of digestion. Diabetes, leucorrhoea, as carminative Aconitum heterophyllum root mixed with Ajuga parviflora leaves and Podophyllum hexandrum roots are dried in shade and powdered. The powder is given half teaspoonful twice a day early in the morning and at night after meals up to three months for the treatment of diabetes, leucorrhoea and as carminative. Chronic fever, diarrhea The aqueous extract of the root 5-10 ml is given twice a day, early in morning empty stomach and at night after meals for 7 to 28 days in chronic fever, in diarrhea and as cold efficacy. Loose motions with mucus A mixture of equal parts of Triphala, Cyperus scariosus and Aconitum heterophyllum is taken in Dose 3 g twice daily. Fevers, loose motions, gastroenteritis, vomiting, coughs, colds Make a fine powder of 50 g each of Pippali, Cyperus scariosus, Aconitum heterophyllum and Pistacia lentiscus gall. Give in dose of 1 gram with honey. Aconitum heterophyllum Ativisha Dosage The recommended dosage is 500 mg to 1 gram. Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects and Warnings Some of the species of genus Aconitum, Aconitum ferox and Aconitum spicatum are deadly poisonous due to alkaloid aconitine. However, among the reported ~250 species of Aconitum, A. heterophyllum is the only non-toxic species with therapeutic potential. The pharmacological properties of Aconitum heterophyllum are attributed to the non-toxic active constituents i.e. aconites, including atisine comprise the major alkaloid constituents of this plant species. It was found that while atisine has a hypotensive effect at every tested dose, the plant extract as a whole showed hypertensive property. Hypertension produced by high doses of aqueous extract was attributed to the excitement of the sympathetic nervous system. Aconitum heterophyllum is a nonpoisonous. It does not contain the toxic aconitine group of alkaloids and is safe even for infants, to whom it is often prescribed as an antidote to poisons. It may cause dryness in body.Its heavy dose has narcotic effect.Aconitum heterophyllum has the ability to make the sympathetic nervous system more sensitive to physiological stimuli.Like other Aconitum species for this no purification process is mandatory.Root can be purified by boiling in milk or cow urine before use.Dr. Tapan Kumar Sau5 Likes9 Answers
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Scientific HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN COCONUT WATER (SIXTY) Name- Cocos nucifera Family- Arecaceae Origin- South East Asia Other Names- Nariyal Pani (Hindi), Kobbari Bondam Neeru (Telugu), Tenkay Tannir (Tamil), Karikkin Vellam (Malayalam), YeLeneeru (Kannada), and Narikelera Pani (Bengali) Before we begin with the never-ending tale of coconut water benefits, let’s take a quick look at the biological aspects of this fruit. Ready? Vasco da Gama gave the coconut its name. The inhabitants called it ‘Coco,’ named after a scowling face or hobgoblin (the scary coconut’s ‘eyes,’ remember?). When this ‘coco’ arrived in England, the suffix ‘nut’ was added making it a ‘coconut.’ Interesting, right? But, coconut is not a ‘nut’ as many of us presume. It is actually a stone fruit found on the palm trees that grow well in the coastal tropical environments. This tree usually yields several hundreds of tender fruits every season, depending upon the species and the area. Coconut ‘water’ is actually the juice present inside the endosperm (interior cavity) of the young (about 5-7 months old) and tender coconut. This clear liquid is sweet and sterile and contains various essential compounds such as vitamins, minerals, sugars, electrolytes, amino acids, phytohormones, and cytokine. Each tender coconut may contain around 200 to 1000 ml of water, depending on the size and species. Any fruit that is younger than five months of age will be bitter and without any nutrients. On the other hand, mature coconuts have less water because their endosperm is thick with a white edible kernel. Let’s quickly move on to the interesting part without wasting any more time, shall we? How Can Coconut Water Help You Health Benefits 1. Promotes Cardiovascular Health 2. Improves Lipid Metabolism 3. Prevents Kidney Stones 4. Aids Digestion 5. Prevents And Treats Dehydration 6. Helps With Muscle Cramps 7. Strengthens Bones 8. Reduces Bloating 9. Aids Weight Loss 10. Helps With Diabetes 11. Lowers Blood Pressure 12. Treats Diarrhea 13. As An Electrolyte Replacement 14. As A Detoxifier 15. Beneficial After A Prolonged Workout Session 16. Balances pH Levels 17. Provides Instant Energy 18. Cures Hangovers 19. Relieves Headaches 20. Treats Alzheimer’s 21. Healthy Alternative To Caffeinated Drinks 22. Has Antimicrobial Properties 23. Boosts Immunity 24. Has Anti-tumor Properties 25. Eye Health 26. Relieves Stress 27. Cures Insomnia 28. Boosts Memory 29. Treats Gallstones 30. Fights Depression 31. Healthy Drink For Pregnant And Breastfeeding Moms 32. Helps Battle Free Radical Damage 33. Is Good For Babies 34. Reverses Chemotherapy Damage 35. Treats Constipation 36. Cures Crohn’s Disease 37. Alleviate Ulcerative Colitis 38. Heals A Leaky Gut 39. Reduces Fever 40. Cures Cholera 41. Cuts toxin activity in The Liver 42. Beneficial For Postmenopausal Symptoms 43. Cures Acid Reflux, GERD, And Gastritis 44. Increases Libido 45. Alleviate Glaucoma 46. Treats Hypothyroidism Skin Benefits 47. Moisturizes Skin 48. Reduces Signs Of Aging 49. Helps Reduce Pigmentation 50. Treats Skin Infections 51. Helps Reduce Acne 52. Cures Eczema 53. Works As A Natural Cleanser And Toner 54. Heals Skin Infections 55. Removes Sun Tan Hair Benefits 56. Stimulates Hair Growth 57. Adds Shine 58. Controls Dandruff 59. Treats Damaged Hair 60. Prevents Hair Loss Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Health Benefits Of Coconut Water Image: Shutterstock Did you know that coconut water was able to save many lives during the World War II? You might take this as a far-fetched idea, but there are more than one documented cases that prove coconut water’s importance as an emergency intravenous fluid during the 40s and 50s. The list has just begun. There are many health benefits of coconut water that you will be surprised to know, just like the one above. So, stay tuned. 1. Promotes Cardiovascular Health For a healthy heart, you need to eat nutritious food and exercise regularly. And now, you can add drinking coconut water to the list. Studies have shown that coconut water can reduce the risk of heart attacks, lower blood pressure, and hypertension ( 1 ). Tender coconut water, preferably fresh, can be had once a day to improve cardiovascular health. Caution— Coconut water might be low in calories, but the yield from one coconut can contain about five grams of sugar. Therefore, drinking too much coconut water is not recommended. Back To TOC 2. Improves Metabolism You probably know that improved metabolism means that you end up burning more calories. While there might be many things slugging your metabolism, coconut water isn’t one of them. In fact, it can give your metabolism quite the boost. One of the crucial things required for the proper metabolism of carbohydrates and fats into energy is manganese ( 2 ). This is why coconut water, a good source of manganese , helps improve metabolism. Back To TOC 3. Prevents Kidney Stones Prevention of kidney stones is one of the most effective health benefits of coconut water. Kidney stones can cause a lot of pain and may result in serious health issues. Drinking coconut water can help in preventing them. Kidney stones occur when there is an accumulation of crystals in your kidneys that should have been flushed out through urine. Research has shown that coconut water reduces the amount of crystals deposited in the kidneys, which significantly reduces the occurrence of kidney stones (3 ). Back To TOC 4. Aids Digestion It is common knowledge that ingesting fibers is essential for your digestive system to function properly. Coconut water is rich in fiber, which is why it helps with your digestive system. The water a single coconut yield contains about 9% of the amount of fiber that is required by your body in a single day (4 ). Back To TOC 5. Prevents And Treats Dehydration Dehydration occurs when the water content in your body drops. It is usually a result of not drinking enough water or losing water through excretion. Coconut water keeps you hydrated, which is why a lot of athletes use it as a post-workout drink. When you are dehydrated, you don’t just lose water; you lose essential salts and nutrients as well. Coconut water, which has high water content and is rich in nutrients, helps replenish your body ( 5 ). Back To TOC 6. Helps With Muscle Cramps Image: Shutterstock Muscle cramps can happen due to many reasons, and coconut water helps ease the discomfort. According to studies, potassium deficiency can result in muscle spasms. A diet rich in potassium ensures that your muscles stay in perfect order ( 6 ). Excessive exercising can also cause muscle cramps, which can be eased by the consumption of electrolytes. Coconut water, which replenishes lost water and potassium, can be a perfect substitute for any energy drink ( 7 ). Back To TOC 7. Strengthens Bones Although our bones are made up mostly of calcium, we need some nutrients to maintain bone strength and density. There have been several studies about the impact of coconut water on bones. The results have been favorable ( 8 ). Coconut water contains a significant amount of calcium that is necessary for healthy bones . It also has magnesium that builds bone strength. Back To TOC 8. Reduces Bloating Bloating is usually gas-related. But it can also be caused due to high sodium intake, which coconut water can reduce. Coconut contains a high amount of potassium, which helps counteract the effects of sodium (9 ). Back To TOC 9. Aids Weight Loss Weight loss is one of the most amazing benefits of drinking coconut water. Consuming empty calories is one the main reasons you tend to put on weight. Aerated drinks and other sugary drinks can make you pile on calories and leave you feeling hungry. If you are seeking an alternative, coconut water is an excellent substitute. Coconut water is a good source of dietary fiber (10 ). Fiber does not get digested by your body, so it stays in your system longer and keeps you feeling full. This is why you rarely feel hungry, and eat less. [ Read: Coconut For Weight Loss With 4 Weeks Diet Plan ] Back To TOC 10. Helps With Diabetes Wondering if people with diabetes can have this sweet and delicious drink? Research says yes! Certain studies have concluded that the water from mature coconuts can have an antidiabetic effect (11 ). People with diabetes are very susceptible to excessive blood clotting, which puts them at risk (12 ). Not only does coconut water help reduce blood sugar, but it also prevents the occurrence of blood clots. Caution— With the intake of coconut water, diabetics should monitor their blood sugar for signs of hypoglycemia. Back To TOC 11. Lowers Blood Pressure Coconut water has a direct effect on blood pressure. Studies have shown that it can help in lowering blood pressure and hypertension. It also reduces cholesterol and prevents blood clots. Coconut water exhibits antithrombotic effects, which means it helps prevent blood clots (13 ). It also reduces cholesterol, which can have an enormous impact on your blood pressure by clogging up your arteries (14 ). Back To TOC 12. Treats Diarrhea Coconut water is a must-have liquid for those suffering from diarrhea. It will prevent the need for hospitalization by replacing the fluid loss from the GI (Gastrointestinal) tract ( 15 ). Interestingly, this humble liquid has a higher osmolarity than that of the WHO recommended ORS solution due to the presence of essential chemical compounds such as amino acids, minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids. Being very low in sodium and chlorides, but high in sugars and amino acids also makes coconut water a well-balanced fluid replacement for diarrhea. Back To TOC 13. As An Electrolyte Replacement Coconut water is also a workable short-term replacement for human blood plasma ( 16 ). 100 ml of coconut water contains about 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium that help replenish electrolyte deficiency in the patient’s body. This is the sole reason why coconut water was popular during the World War II. Back To TOC 14. As A Detoxifier Image: Shutterstock We all know that detoxification is an important process for the proper functioning of our body. This process helps flush out harmful components from our organs, making us healthy from inside out. But did you know that dehydration is also a significant contributor to the build-up toxins in our body? Yes, it is, because inadequate hydration leads to hampered functioning of kidneys and livers, the detoxifying organs, thus giving way to the accumulation of toxins in the body. What can we do about it? The solution is all clear, my dear. Stay hydrated. And what can be a better hydration alternative than our precious coconut water? Our body is capable of cleansing and detoxing on its own, provided it has all the essential nutrients and hydration, and coconut water contains every required nutrient including potassium and sodium. Back To TOC 15. Beneficial After A Prolonged Workout Session Image: iStock Replace your energy drinks with coconut to stay hydrated even after a long work-out session. Coconut water is rich in essential potassium, sodium, magnesium, and calcium which helps natural replenishment of lost electrolytes in the body. Also, they assist in maintaining proper fluid balance (17 , 18 ). Back To TOC 16. Balances pH Levels Many toxins and chemical compounds present in the environment and foods make your body pH levels highly acidic which can eventually lead to joint pain, chemical sensitivity, heartburn, weight gain, diabetes, and immune deficiency. This is where coconut water comes into play. Coconut water has an amazing alkalizing effect which helps restore a healthy pH in the body. So, next time you face a disturbing acidity and heartburn, don’t think before sipping on this tasty drink. Back To TOC 17. Provides Instant Energy Image: iStock Are you still relying on that bottled energy drink after a sunny day? Don’t. Because now you have a better reason to switch to coconut water instead. A glass of fresh coconut water contains about 5 mg of natural sugar that has better energy-boosting effects than that of energy drinks, at a much lower price ( 19 ). The same glass is also rich in about 294 mg of potassium, which is essential for energy production in the cells. Back To TOC 18. Cures Hangovers Consume coconut water next time you go overboard with the alcohol. Having coconut water helps settle your stomach, reducing frequent urination and the urge to puke. It also helps provide the much-required hydration and nutrients that are lost courtesy alcohol. Also, the antioxidants present in this revitalizing drink fight oxidative stress that occurs due to too much alcohol in our system (20 ). Make your hangover drink by using coconut water, ripe mangoes, lemon juice and mint. Here’s how: What You Need 2 cups fresh coconut water 2 cups grated ripe mangoes 2 fresh mint sprigs 1/2 cup ice What You Need To Do Make a smoothie by blending all the ingredients and have it fresh to get rid of that annoying hangover. Back To TOC 19. Relieves Headaches Image: Shutterstock Dehydration is one of the major triggers for headaches, and coconut water is touted to be one of the best natural remedies for instant hydration. Migraine patients have low levels of magnesium and coconut water with their high levels of magnesium helps reduce the frequency of migraine attacks ( 21 ). Back To TOC 20. Treats Alzheimer’s Coconut water is being seen as one of the new possible treatments for neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. In one study, it was found that trans-zeatin, a cytokinin present in coconut water, has high prevention powers against brain cell damage. It also helps cure impairments in memory (22 ). Back To TOC 21. Healthy Alternative To Caffeinated Drinks Image: iStock Having fresh coconut water in the place of your regular morning and evening tea is a good option. It keeps you energized for the day without compromising on taste. Containing only 19 calories per 100 grams. coconut water is also high in nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C. So what are you waiting for? Back To TOC 22. Has Antimicrobial Properties Coconut water has natural antimicrobial peptides that are effective in fighting harmful bacteria like E.coli, S. aureus, B. subtilis, and P. aeruginosa (23 ). While E.coli, the multi-drug resistant bacterium, is the universal inhabitant of the human digestive tract, B. subtilis and S. Aureus cause food poisoning. On the other hand, P. Aeruginosa is a potent human pathogen that can be found in milk, milk products, fruits, and vegetables. Back To TOC 23. Boosts Immunity Trust coconut water for an active immune system. Every 100 grams of coconut water contains 2.4 mg of vitamin C that is required for the production of antibodies to fight any foreign invasion. It also helps clean your body of the existent toxins and germs, making you healthy from inside out. Coconut water also successfully beats cold viruses (24 , 25 ). Back To TOC 24. Has Anti-tumor Properties Many researchers have concluded that having coconut water regularly can help in the treatment of a tumor. Coconut water has yet another essential cytokinin gibberellins (GAs) that contain anti-tumor properties (26 , 27 ). Back To TOC 25. Eye Health Image: Shutterstock Coconut water can be your best bet to ensure goog eyesight. Our body needs a significant amount of Vitamin B1 for an improved brain and eye health. It strengthens eye muscles and betters night vision ( 28 ). Every cup of coconut water contains around 0.7 mg of Thiamine (Vitamin B1), so you need to have two cups to meet the recommended daily requirement of 1.4 mg. Back To TOC 26. Relieves Stress Office, traveling, family problems—a number of reasons can cause stress. Drinking a glass of fresh coconut water is a very refreshing method to kill high tension levels. Coconut water contains a fair amount of vitamin B5, B6, and folate, that help reduce stress levels (29 ). Folate (vitamin B9) also helps trigger the release of serotonin, the mood-boosting hormone (30 ). Back To TOC 27. Cures Insomnia Tired of battling sleeplessness? Try having coconut water before going to bed and watch yourself dozing off to sleep. This natural ingredient contains GABA, a neurotransmitter that has a relaxing, anti-convulsive, and anti-anxiety effect on the body, aiding a good sleep (31 ). Back To TOC 28. Boosts Memory Fasten the learning process of your kids with the help of coconut water. Several studies have concluded that coconut water helps increase memory owing to the presence of glutamic acid, an amino acid that is essential for improved memory retention and recall ( 32 ). Back To TOC 29. Treats Gallstones Drink coconut water to flush out the accumulated gallstones from your body. Coconut water is rich in malic acid, which when paired with magnesium helps in the breakdown of gallstones. Back To TOC 30. Fights Depression It might sound surprising, but coconut water is found to be useful in the treatment of depression. Coconut water has a high magnesium content (a whopping 60 mg per cup) that is clinically proven to fight symptoms of depression (33 ). Having this refreshing drink daily promotes a healthy state of mind, uplifting the mood. Back To TOC 31. Healthy drink For Pregnant And Breastfeeding Moms Image: Shutterstock Coconut water plays a crucial role in the overall health and development of the body during pregnancy. Regular consumption of coconut water helps address typical pregnancy discomforts such as fatigue, dehydration, muscle spasms, cramps, poor blood circulation, and blood pressure. Its soothing nature helps calm digestive tract, relieving morning sickness, nausea, acid reflux, and constipation. Coconut water contains a trace of lauric acid, an immune-boosting compound, which is also found in the breast milk ( 34 ). This is why breastfeeding mothers are advised to have a good quantity of coconut water. Back To TOC 32. Helps Battle Free Radical Damage This refreshing drink also contains antioxidants that help scavenge free radicals that cause harm to our organ system (35 ). If left free, these radicals can start chain reactions in the body by robbing electrons which eventually leads to cell death. Back To TOC 33. Is Good For Babies Give your baby essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, iron, and manganese without spending much. The innumerable medicinal properties of coconut water fight microbes, relieving your baby of gastrointestinal problems like ulcer, indigestion, diarrhea, flatulence, and vomiting. This natural water also assists in the treatment of urinary tract infections and bilious fever. You can start giving your baby coconut water soon after you put them on solid foods, i.e. around 6-8 months. Caution—Coconut water is not advisable for infants below six months due to an increased risk of allergic reactions. Back To TOC 34. Reverses Chemotherapy Damage Coconut water helps in the speedy recovery of the damage done by chemotherapy. This natural water is rich in electrolytes that help oxygenate the blood which further helps restore the WBC count, ANC count, hemoglobin, and platelets. The antimicrobial properties of coconut water can kill microbes inside of cancer cells turning them back to normal cells. Back To TOC 35. Treats Constipation Image: Shutterstock Coconut water, being a natural laxative, is touted to be an excellent cure for constipation. It contains a high amount of dietary fiber that ensures stool formation ( 36 , 37 ). Also, the cleansing property of this water regulates the bowel movement in the body. Back To TOC 36. Cures Crohn’s Disease Patients suffering from Crohn’s disease lose a lot of body fluids due to severe diarrhea. Thus, providing them with a healthy dose of added electrolytes is a good option. And what can be better than a glass of coconut water? Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes with added benefits of natural sugars and amino acids sans artificial coloring (38 ). Back To TOC 37. Alleviate Ulcerative Colitis Tender coconut water with its healing properties is highly effective in treating digestive disorders like ulcerative colitis. Regular consumption of coconut water soothes the mucous membranes of the colon and the rectum, reducing the swelling in them (39 ). Here’s how you can consume it to relieve stomach ulcer: What You Need 3-4 drumsticks One glass of coconut water One teaspoon honey What You Need To Do 1. Boil the drumsticks in water for about 10 minutes and extract its juice. 2. Add the extracted juice to a glass of coconut water and mix honey with it. 3. Have this juice once a day for best results. Back To TOC 38. Heals A Leaky Gut Drink coconut water religiously to get rid of a leaky gut. It contains a good quantity of lauric acid that helps heal digestive tract, relieving you of intestinal gas, and the Leaky Gut Syndrome (40 ). Being a carminative, it also helps improve the nutrient absorbing ability of the digestive tract. Back To TOC 39. Reduces Fever Image: Shutterstock One can make use of coconut water’s cooling and calming property to relieve burning sensations due to high fever ( 41 ). It also helps normalize the body temperature that goes up because of fever. Back To TOC 40. Cures Cholera Coconut water is a boon to those suffering from cholera due to the high content of potassium and magnesium. It helps bring back the much-required electrolyte balance in the body ( 42 , 43 ). For best results, squeeze the quarter of a lemon in a glass of coconut water and have it twice in a day till the symptoms subside. Back To TOC 41. Cuts toxin activity in the Liver Many studies have confirmed that the hepatoprotective properties make coconut water an ideal ingredient for liver (44 ). Also, this natural water has powerful antioxidants that reduce the toxin activity in the liver. Back To TOC 42. Beneficial For Postmenopausal Symptoms Having fresh coconut water daily can help cure the postmenopausal symptoms relieving you from the pain and discomfort ( 45 ). Back To TOC 43. Cures Acid Reflux, GERD, And Gastritis For a better stomach health, make sure you have one glass of fresh coconut water every morning and evening. Coconut water, being high in potassium and electrolytes, is beneficial in treating acid reflux, GERD and gastritis. It helps neutralize the excess acid in the stomach, soothing your pain. Back To TOC 44. Increases Libido Did you know that coconut water can help you increase sex drive? Manuscripts and tales from Thailand and the Pacific nations give coconut water the reputation of being a potent aphrodisiac for both men and women ( 46 ). Back To TOC 45. Alleviate Glaucoma Having coconut water is touted to be a natural remedy for glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disorder where small blood vessels and the optic nerve gets damaged due to elevated pressure in the eye. Coconut water helps reduce the production of the aqueous humor by blocking adrenaline-like substances ( 47 ). This, in a way, reduces the pressure in the eye for about 2 and a half hours. Back To TOC 46. Treats Hypothyroidism Coconut water is also beneficial in the treatment of hypothyroidism. It is a natural diuretic, thus supporting the proper functioning of the thyroid gland (48 ). Coconut water, being rich in healthy fats, also increases the body’s metabolic rate and helps in the energy production. All these factors eventually help cure hypothyroidism. With this, we wind up almost all the health benefits of this natural drink. Let’s just jump to the next exciting section without much ado. C’mon. Back To TOC Skin Benefits Of Coconut Water Image: Shutterstock Acne? Wrinkles? Tan? Name any skin trouble and you will find a solution for it in our very own coconut water. Just see how: 47. Moisturizes Skin The key to great skin is proper hydration. The sun, pollution, and harsh soaps can strip your skin of its natural moisture, and leave it dry. Applying coconut water is a great way to hydrate your skin. Coconut water is a great moisturizer for every skin type (49 ). It is lightweight, so it hydrates your skin without making it greasy. How To Use A face mask made out of coconut water and lemon juice can be the perfect non-greasy way to infuse your skin with some much-needed moisture. What You Need 2 tablespoons coconut water ½ teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon honey (optional) What You Have To Do 1. Place the coconut water in a bowl, and add the lemon juice to it. If your skin is dry, add honey. Stir to combine all the ingredients. 2. Soak a couple of cotton balls in the concoction, and massage it into your skin using gentle, circular motions. 3. Keep it on for 30 minutes, and then rinse with cold water. How Often Should You Do This This face mask can be used on alternate days. Caution—Lemon juice may dry out your skin, so make sure you adjust the quantity according to your skin type. Oily skin can get away with more of it, since it helps control oil. But, those with normal or dry skin should use less lemon juice, and add honey to the mask for an extra boost of moisture. Back To TOC 48. Reduces Signs Of Aging Wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots are bound to appear as your skin ages. But with proper care, these signs of aging can be delayed . If you are seeking a surefire way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, you might want to give coconut water a try. Coconut water contains cytokines that help promote cell growth (50 ). This helps your skin repair faster, as well as reduce the damage that has been caused. How To Use Mature skin tends to be dry. The potent combination of coconut water and yogurt exfoliates and moisturizes the skin, and reduces signs of aging. What You Need 1 tablespoon coconut water 2 tablespoons plain yogurt What You Have To Do 1. Place the yogurt in a bowl. Add the coconut water, and stir till the ingredients are combined. 2. Using a brush, apply the pack on your face. 3. Keep it on for 15 minutes, and rinse it with cold water. Yogurt has lactic acid, a gentle but effective exfoliator (51 ). It helps improve the appearance of your skin by removing dead cells and moisturizing it, leaving it smooth and supple. How Often Should You Do This You may use this face pack once or twice a week. Back To TOC 49. Helps Reduce Pigmentation Image: Shutterstock There might be a number of products out there that claim to reduce pigmentation , but they are either ineffective or full of harmful chemicals. If you are seeking a natural alternative, coconut water can help with blemishes, tan, and discolored skin. Research has shown that vitamin C can help remove pigmentation (52 ). This is why coconut water, which is a naturally rich source of vitamin C , works well in reducing tan and blemishes ( 53 ). How To Use Coconut water, when used with the fuller’s earth (multani mitti), can help reduce pigmentation. What You Need 1 tablespoon fuller’s earth 1 ½ tablespoons coconut water What You Have To Do 1. Combine the Fuller’s earth and the coconut water to make a thin paste. 2. Apply the paste on the pigmented areas, or your entire face. 3. Keep it on for 15 minutes, and rinse with cold water. How Often Should You Do This This face pack can be used once or twice a week. Back To TOC 50. Treats Skin Infections Your skin is always susceptible to bacteria and fungi, and they can cause skin infections that may result in rashes or irritated skin. Coconut water can help you prevent and treat them. Tender coconut water has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties, which is why its topical application helps treat skin infections ( 54 ). How To Use The topical application of coconut water over the infected area can help reduce the symptoms and treat the infection. Back To TOC 51. Helps Reduce Acne If acne is the bane of your existence, you have probably tried a number of ways to get rid of it. One ingredient that is easy to overlook is coconut water. Yes, your favorite summer beverage can double up as a treatment for acne. Acne is caused when the follicles in your skin get clogged by oil, which is then attacked by bacteria to cause swelling (55 ). Due to the antibacterial properties that coconut water possesses, its application can help reduce acne ( 56 ). How To Use A toner, made with coconut water and honey, will not only help reduce acne, but will also leave you with smooth skin. What You Need ½ cup coconut water 1 teaspoon honey What You Have To Do 1. Stir the honey into the coconut water. 2. Soak a cotton ball into the potion, and dab it on cleansed face. 3. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wipe it off with a washcloth. Honey is another antibacterial agent ( 57 ). It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling and soothe your skin. How Often Should You Do This You may use this every day as a part of your CTM routine. Back To TOC 52. Cures Eczema Coconut water is a great natural remedy for skin diseases like eczema. Having two to three glasses of this natural drink is a great way to hydrate your skin without running behind all the costly cosmetics. It is rich in essential nutrients like potassium, lauric acid, antioxidants, and cytokinins that helps maintain a youthful skin. Coconut water also helps balance the pH levels of the body. And all these factors indirectly makes coconut water an ideal treatment for eczema. Back To TOC 53. Works As A Natural Cleanser And Toner Image: Shutterstock Hey you! Are you still searching for that perfect toner online? Don’t. I have a natural ingredient that works thousand times better without looting you. Yes, I’m talking about our beloved coconut water which when used as a cleanser and toner helps you get rid of the stubborn dirt and impurities of the day without causing any fuss. You can even add a few drops of lemon juice for added skin lightening effect. Note: Those looking for removal of dark spots should mix coconut water and rose water and use it as a face cleanser two to three times a day. Back To TOC 54. Heals Skin Infections Our skin is prone to the worst damage during the summers and the monsoons. Infections, random acne pop-ups, redness, itching—there are various ways in which our skin takes a hit. What can you do about them? Well, I suggest you make use of the healing properties of coconut water. It has antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties that helps tackle various degrees of skin infections. Simply apply some fresh coconut water on the affected skin with the help of a clean cotton ball. Back To TOC 55. Removes Sun Tan Tired of using every brand available to lighten the dark tan marks? Why don’t you go natural for once? Coconut water when mixed with fuller’s earth (multani mitti) makes the best tan-removal home remedy. Apply it on the affected area and let it dry before wiping it off with warm water. Use it thrice a week for two months and see it for yourself. Back To TOC Hair Benefits Of Coconut Water Image: Shutterstock This might be the last benefit section, but it is no way the least concerned one. Every woman complains on how she has been losing thousands of her beloved strands every day, and how she has been using the best product in the market to no avail. It is time you turned to coconut water. It is cheap, easily available, and highly effective when it comes to hair troubles. Keep reading to know how. 56. Stimulates Hair Growth The state of your hair often reflects the state of your overall health. Lack of certain nutrients can stunt hair growth or cause hair fall. Coconut water, a treasure trove of medicinal properties, helps provide nutrients that can help your hair grow. Potassium is an element that is essential for hair growth ( 58 ). Coconut water stimulates hair growth because it is a rich source of potassium (59 ). How To Use Massaging coconut water into your scalp on a regular basis can help with hair growth. What You Need ½ cup coconut water What You Have To Do 1. Using cotton balls or even your fingers, massage coconut water into your scalp. 2. Leave it on overnight, and wash with a gentle shampoo. How Often Should You Do This You may massage your scalp with coconut water on alternate days. Note: Also, massaging your scalp can be very beneficial in improving the health of your hair. It increases blood circulation to your scalp, which strengthens your roots and reduces hair fall (60 ). Back To TOC 57. Adds Shine If you’re looking for an all-natural way to condition your hair and boost shine, you don’t need to look further than coconut water. Coconut water infuses your hair with moisture and deep conditions it ( 61 ). It leaves your hair bouncier, glossier, and shinier. How To Use The best way to condition your hair with coconut water is to use it as a hair rinse. What You Need 1 cup coconut water What You Have To Do 1. Shampoo your hair as usual, and rinse thoroughly. 2. Dilute the coconut water with three to four mugs of tap water, and use it as your final rinse. How Often Should You Do This You can rinse your hair with coconut water as often as you shampoo. Back To TOC 58. Controls Dandruff Nobody likes a scaly, flaky, white scattered scalp. So it won’t be wrong to consider dandruff one of the most embarrassing conditions; especially when it is quite visible and you are wearing a dark shirt. Thankfully, coconut water has anti-fungal properties that helps reduce the scalp itchiness and dandruff within no time ( 62 ). It also helps soothe the inflamed scalp, making it smooth and hydrated. What You Need 10 teaspoons coconut water 1/2 teaspoon neem oil What You Need To Do 1. Mix the two ingredients and gently massage your scalp with it. 2. Leave it on for at least an hour before washing it off with lukewarm water. 3. Use this treatment twice a week for best results. Back To TOC 59. Treats Damaged Hair Image: Shutterstock Chemically fried hair. Those who like to dye their hair would easily relate to this term. Here, your hair looks as if they have been robbed off their natural moisture making it fried and wiry. Definitely unappealing. But don’t you worry. You can now make your red, brown, or even electric blue hair look natural with the help of coconut water. It helps tame the dry and frizzy hair without causing any more harm to the already damaged hair. What You Need 2 tablespoons coconut water 1 tablespoon yogurt What You Need To Do 1. Mix the two ingredients and massage your hair and scalp with it. 2. Let it stay there for an hour and wash it off using a mild shampoo and conditioner. 3. Use this technique twice a week for best results. Note: Alternatively, you can also use other beneficial ingredients like apple cider vinegar, banana or avocados for a anti-frizz hair mask. Back To TOC 60. Prevents Hair Loss Finding strands of hair circling your hair brush can be quite a painful sight to watch. This is the stage that actually prompts you to act. Thankfully, nature has a solution for every problem. And here, we are talking about the great coconut water. This natural water can also help you address the serious issue of hair loss/alopecia by ensuring proper blood circulation in the scalp. It enhances the density of the hair, further strengthening the hair follicles. This helps stop the bulk hair fall. So don’t forget to add coconut water to your daily routine for healthy and flowing hair.Dr. Tapan Kumar Sau6 Likes8 Answers
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