Why is Calcium required in our body?

Consuming too much calcium, especially in the form of calcium supplements, can lead to constipation and kidney stones.

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In the context of nutrition, a mineral is a chemical element required as an essential nutrient by organisms to perform functions necessary for life.  Most of the minerals in a human diet come from eating plants and animals or from drinking water. As a group, minerals are one of the four groups of essential nutrients, the others of which are vitamins, essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids. The five major minerals in the human body are calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and magnesium.

Calcium makes up approximately 2 percent of your total body weight and contributes to many basic body functions, including disease prevention and absorption of other nutrients. Consuming enough calcium — between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams per day for healthy men and women — is a must for optimal nutrition and health. Calcium is key for the health of your bones and teeth, but it also affects your muscles, hormones, nerve function, and ability to form blood clots.

Calcium in periodic table

Calcium performs a number of basic functions in your body. Your body uses 99 percent of its calcium to keep your bones and teeth strong, thereby supporting skeletal structure and function.

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Diseases due to Calcium deficiency

Low blood calcium levels and the lack of calcium may lead to the following low calcium symptoms:

  1. Fainting
  2. Heart failure
  3. Chest pains
  4. Numbness and tingling sensations around the mouth or in the fingers and toes
  5. Muscle cramps, particularly in the back and legs; may progress to muscle spasm ( tetany)
  6. Wheezing
  7. Difficulty swallowing
  8. Voice changes due to spasm of the larynx
  9. Irritability, impaired intellectual capacity, depression, anxiety, and personality changes
  10. Fatigue
  11. Seizures
  12. Coarse hair
  13. Brittle nails
  14. Psoriasis
  15. Dry skin
  16. Chronic itching
  17. Tooth decay
  18. Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  19. Muscle weakness
  20. Cataracts
  21. Osteoporosis symptoms (a backache; a gradual loss of height and an accompanying stooped posture; fractures of the spine, wrist, or hip)

What happens if you consume too much Calcium?

Consuming too much calcium, especially in the form of calcium supplements, can lead to constipation and kidney stones. The Institute of Medicine recommends healthy men and women limit their daily calcium consumption to 2,000 to 2,500 milligrams. Taking too much calcium may also lead to side effects such as dry mouth, a continuing headache, increased thirst, irritability, loss of appetite, depression, a metallic taste in the mouth, and fatigue.

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Everything You Need To Know About Taurine!

Take a pass on the “crash and burn” high from caffeine and sugar – and taurine. The ingredients of these drinks, both mysterious and some not too mysterious, are a recipe for disaster. They may “give you wings,” but you’ll soon come tumbling down – and in the long run, crash really hard.


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC), food, beverage and environment testing laboratory has constantly been working on developing test methods of various new and complex parameters that are present in food we eat and drinks we consume. In a recent development, FRAC’s technical team has developed testing facility for analysis of Taurine, am amino compound found in every energy drink that is out there in the market.

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Here is everything you need to know about Taurine

Taurine is an amino sulfonic acid, but it is often referred to as an amino acid, a chemical that is a required building block of protein. Taurine is found in large amounts in the brain, retina, heart, and blood cells called platelets. The best food sources are meat and fish.

Some people take taurine supplements as medicine to treat congestive heart failure (CHF), high blood pressure, liver disease (hepatitis), high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), and cystic fibrosis. Other uses include seizure disorders (epilepsy), autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), eye problems (disorders of the retina), diabetes, and alcoholism. It is also used to improve mental performance and as an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells of the body from damage that results from certain chemical reactions involving oxygen (oxidation). (Source: WebMD)

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Because taurine is utilized by the body during exercise and in times of stress, it’s become a popular ingredient in energy drinks. Taurine shows an anxiolytic effect on the central nervous system, causing a possible reduction of anxiety symptoms associated with caffeine intake. While this may sound beneficial, perhaps its not the best thing to intake when seeking energy for your daily tasks.

Side Effects of Taurine

Since taurine produces high level of anxiety symptoms, over consumption of energy drinks may cause a cardiovascular problem. Studies have implicated energy drinks in illnesses ranging from high blood pressure to strokes and seizures to heart disease. For these reasons it’s been banned in some Scandinavian countries after being linked to the deaths of three consumers. (Source: GlobalHealing)

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Take a pass on the “crash and burn” high from caffeine and sugar – and taurine. The ingredients of these drinks, both mysterious and some not too mysterious, are a recipe for disaster. They may “give you wings,” but you’ll soon come tumbling down – and in the long run, crash really hard.

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All you need to know about Cholesterol!


What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a compound of the sterol type found in most body tissues. Cholesterol and its derivatives are important constituents of cell membranes and precursors of other steroid compounds.

Why do we need Cholesterol in our body?

  1. Balances hormones that can prevent heart diseases.
  2. Cholesterol is needed by the body to make all the sex hormones including andogen, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA.
  3. Liver bile is produced using cholesterol. Bile juices are important for digestion.
  4. Cholesterol is used by serotonin receptors .. serotonin is the body’s natural “feel-good” chemical.
  5. Helps repair damaged cells.
Narrowing of artery due to cholesterol deposits
Narrowing of artery due to cholesterol deposits

Then how come it is bad for us?

Cholesterol affects the flow of blood in our body. It hardens up and forms a layer in the arteries. This clogs up the vessels in heart and is the prime cause of heart strokes.

This is how Cholesterol affects the blood flow.

This is how Cholesterol affects the blood flow. Source: The Healthy Home Economist

Lifestyle changes to improve Cholesterol

  1. Quit smoking
  2. Excercise daily
  3. Improve diet, reduce deep fried food, increase intake of fibres
  4. Shed the extra pounds
  5. Consume alcohol responsibilyDid you know you could predict your own heart-attack??

Eat More Of These To Have Less of Cholesterol

  1. Soy: It includes tofu, soya milk, soy nuts and soy flour. FDA recommends getting at least 25 grams of soy protein each day. Consuming 25 grams of soy protein daily lowers high cholesterol.
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  2. Beans: It is a high fiber solution. Beans are especially high in cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. Eating a cup of any type of beans a day—particularly kidney, navy, pinto, black, chickpea, or butter beans—can lower cholesterol by as much as 10% in 6 weeks.
  3. Salmon: The heart friendly fat is an excellent source of protein because it is high in omega-3 fatty acids called EPA and DHA that are good for your heart while low in cholesterol and saturated fat.  American Heart Association now recommends eating at least two servings of fish every week, preferably fatty fish, by far the richest sources of fish-oil omega-3s.
  4. Avocado: These delectable green orbs pack more of the cholesterol-smashing beta-sitosterol (a beneficial plant-based fat) than any other fruit. Beta-sitosterol reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed from food. So the combination of beta-sitosterol and monounsaturated fat makes the avocado an excellent cholesterol buster.
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  5. Tea: In our recent posts, a lot of health benefits of tea have come up. Tea can fight ArthritisFlavonoids, the major antioxidants in tea, have been shown to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol that leads to plaque formation on artery walls. These powerful antioxidants may even reduce cholesterol and even lower blood pressure.
  6. Go Nuts: A moderate-fat diet that’s rich in the healthy monounsaturated fats found in nuts may actually be twice as good for your heart as a low-fat diet. Nuts also have vitamin E, magnesium, copper, and phytochemicals that have been linked to heart health. And walnuts are also rich in omega-3s. People who eat nuts regularly have less heart disease and other illnesses than people who don’t. The heart-healthy monounsaturated fats they contain are also better for your joints than the polyunsaturated fats found in corn and safflower oils. However, they are rich in calories! So moderation is the key!

Other foods include chocolates, margarine, spinach!

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25 Fruits To Combat Diabetes


If you already follow a healthful meal plan filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein, congratulations! You’re on your way to a long, healthy life and are taking a major step in controlling your weight and blood sugar levels. Plus, you’re probably already eating a bunch of the foods on this list.

Additionally, you may try these simple changes to your lifestyle to fight type II diabetes!

For those who have not yet committed completely to a diet plan, this is a small step in the direction of doing so:

  1. Apples – lowers bad cholesterol ; contains high amount of fiber.
  2. Asparagus
  3. Avocados
  4. Beans
  5. Blueberries
  6. Broccoli
  7. Carrots
  8. Cranberries
  9. Fish
  10. Flaxseed
  11. Garlic
  12. Kale

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  13. Melon
  14. Nuts
  15. Oatmeal
  16. Quinoa
  17. Raspberry
  18. Red Grapefruits
  19. Red onions
  20. Red Pepper
  21. Soy
  22. Spinach
  23. Green Tea
  24. Tomatoes
  25. Yogurt

 

Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they’re also familiar and easy to find. That means you don’t have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.

Fresh juice of raw fruits and vegetables are also known to control many diseases. Learn more…

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5 benefits of Aamla अमला!


Everything that is not tasty, ends up being healthy! Isn’t it true? Be it as bitter as bitter gourd or as sour as Gooseberry (or known as Aamla अमला in Hindi).

Let’s look at Aamla then! How is this notoriously sour fruit going to benefit our health? This humble fruit, also known as the Indian gooseberry, is one of the most important foods in Ayurvedic medicine and is a storehouse of good health. It has almost twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and about 17 times that of the pomegranate. Use this inexpensive wonder fruit to stay well this winter. (Source : India Today)

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  1. Cures Sore Throat and Cold – Containing good amount of Vitamin C, Aamla has been known to cure bad throat. How to use it? Simple! Mix 2 teaspoons of aamla powder with 2 teaspoons of honey. Have it three to four times a day for immediate and effective results.
  2. Relief from Constipation – Tough mornings? Let this fibre rich fruit help you with it! Dried and powdered form of Aamla is easily available in the market, and having it before sleep with lukewarm water smooths the bowel movements!
  3. Helps in Curing Painful Mouth Ulcers – If taken in liquid form, aamla can also cure mouth ulcers. Dilute aamla juice in half a cup of water, gargle and you’re set.
  4. Anti-inflammatory properties – Aamla helps in reducing arthritis-related pain. Snack on dried aamla or have it fresh and raw. Both work.

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  5. Weight loss – Are you working out hard to reduce your weight? Including aamla in your diet will achieve amazing benefits as it improves metabolism and aids in faster digestion.

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Benefits of Tulsi (Basil leaves)


Have you ever wondered why tulsi leaves are traditionally put in the mouth of a dying person? It is said to guide the departed soul towards heaven. It is also believed to be a ward against evil spirits and ghosts. While Hindu mythology is replete with various legends woven around this sacred plant, tulsi holds a special place in Ayurved as its medicinal uses are phenomenal.

According to Ms. Sandhya Gugnani, a famous nutritionist:

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties which help in purifying the blood and keep skin and hair healthy and glowing. The holy basil is packed with antioxidants as well as immune-enhancing qualities, the phytochemicals present in tulsi protect the body from damages caused by free radicals thus, delaying the aging process. Tulsi helps in increasing the metabolism which aids in weight loss when coupled with increased physical activity & a healthy diet. It also increases sensitivity to insulin, lowering one’s blood sugar & treating diabetes

How to benefit from Tulsi

– Having fever? Have tulsi and cardamom boiled in water. It helps bring down the fever.
– Tulsi is a germicide and disinfectant. It protects us from infections.
– Tulsi with honey and ginger is an effective remedy against bronchitis, asthma, influenza and cold.
– Eating tulsi empty stomach, is known to relieve one from kidney stones.
– Tulsi reduces blood cholesterol levels.
– Tulsi contains Vitamin C and other antioxidants such as eugenol which protects the heart from harmful effects of free radicals.
– Warm tulsi juice gets rid of stomach worms.
– Foul breath is such a big turn off! Guess what! Tulsi fights with bad breath, pyorrhoea and cavities and other dental problems.
– Tulsi has been traditionally known to cure night blindness.
– A large group of researchers believe that it has the potential to fight cancer, as it scavenges free radicals in the body.

(Source: The Times of India)