Thursday, 16 October 2014

Adding Green Tea to Your Diet Chart

Today, Tea is one of the commonly consumed drinks in the world, and its curative properties have been widely revealed. Camellia sinensis is the plant whose leaves and leaf buds is used to produce this common brew, (black and green tea). Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than green tea. Unlike black tea, green tea production does not engage oxidation of tea leaves.  Black tea mostly, has stronger taste than the green tea. Whereas green tea usually goes down in its taste within a year, black tea holds its taste for more years. Hence, black tea has for a long been an object of business.  Even if green tea has newly seen a revival due to its alleged health benefits, black tea still accounts for majority of all the tea sold in the India and the West.
Balanced Diet Plan

Green tea is produced from steaming fresh leaves at high temperatures, the chemical i.e. “polyphenols” found in the tea contain 30-40 % of the extractable particles of dehydrated green tea leaves. The green tea has epicatechin, epicatechin 3 gallate, epigallo-catechin, and epigallo-catechin 3 gallate (EGCG), as key catechins with the latter having the most concentration. Green tea polyphenols has proven noteworthy anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cancer inhibiting, probiotic properties in numerous animal and human studies.

Clinical Suggestions

Cancer Prevention and Inhibition
A number of studies have verified green tea polyphenol’s defensive and inhibitory effects against formation and growth of tumor. Whereas the studies are not decisive, green tea polyphenols (mainly EGCG) may be useful in averting cancer of prostate, breast, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and colon. There is also some indication that green tea poly phenols may be chemo preventative. Regular use of green tea in the lung, skin, and liver cancer, bladder and ovarian tumors inhibits the mutation of cancer cells.

Antioxidant for Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease
Many chronic disease condition and inflammation are a consequence of oxidation stress and generation of free radicals. These comprise heart disease (consequence from oxidation of LDL), several types of cancer, renal disease, damage because by ultraviolet rays on skin, as well as aging related diseases. Green tea polyphenols are potent free radical scavengers. It bonds with free radicals and neutralize them, averting the succession of the illness process.

Weight Management
Green tea extract’s thermogenic effects may play a role in weight management. Recent studies on thermogenic effects have found that the green tea increases the metabolic rate. A human study of green tea extract concluded that men taking the green tea burned additional 200-300 calories per day than did those in the placebo group, hence may be added as a food supplement in diabetic diet.

Supplementing Green Tea in Your Diet Chart

The exceptional antioxidant activity of Green tea is very promising in achieving optimal health may it be in non-communicable diseases or eliminating caused of high blood pressure. Almost all forms of green tea when tested inhibited the growth of, and partial weakening of established tumor, offered protection against sunburn, nutralised free radicals. Supplementing green tea with your healthy diet is a noble practice you can perform to live optimal health. Green tea is a very good cholesterol lowering food. It improves immunity, and excellent drink for glowing skin.

Suggested Use:

For Healthy people:
  • 1 Cup Green Tea (from a tea bag) may have a typical Green Tea Polyphenols (GTP) concentration  of 100 mg. Hence may be taken 5-6 times a day for optimal result
  • 1 scope protein powder with green tea (available from a leading food supplement brand) taken with 1 glass water – may contain GTP concentration of around 500 to 600 mg. May be taken one time a day for optimal result.
For people with chronic diseases:
  •  As suggested by your health adviser.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Pillars Of Optimal Health – Sound Sleep And Balanced Diet

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Poor dietary habits may contribute to the risk of death, either in their own right or together with problematic sleep. A study concluded that sound sleep may assist men live longer while women may only gain if they pursue a varied balanced diet. 

 The study explored the way a healthy diet contributes to the connection between sleep quality and death among elderly men and women. Women, who munch a diverse healthy diet, including food loaded with vitamin B6, could still survive longer notwithstanding the poor sleep habits. The study also learned that sleep played an important role in men's death than women's.

 Poor sleep is linked with greater morbidity and death, including causes of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It is learned that for both genders, poor sleep was highly linked with reduced appetite, poor health, less able to chew, and less physical activity. These characteristics could add to lower overall nutritional quality and less food and nutrient intake, especially for vegetables, high protein diet, and vitamin B-6.

There is considerable interface between sound sleep and nutritional diversity. Poor sleep in men is not linked with a greater risk of death unless there was also unsatisfactory varied diet. However for women, sound sleep only offer a survival advantage if they had a varied diet.

The study, found women almost sleep badly twice as likely as men do. Women who used to have poor sleeper are learned to be deficient in iron and vitamin B6 than those whose who used to sleep better. However, both men and women could recover their position by eating a more Varied Balanced Diet.
Sufficient nutritional diversity to an extent in men could offset the adverse effect on mortality of poor sleep while women need to make sure they are eating foods high in vitamin B6. Healthy dietary habits in elderly people could improve their sleep quality and may provide them a improved health,"

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Use of Multivitamins and Multiminerals is Good Memory Booster

Giving a balanced diet sufficient in multivitamin and multi minerals to your son/daughter is not only significant during his/her examination but continuing such balanced diet also helps them in long term intellectual performance.

As per a study in France, people who took multivitamin and multiminerals supplements for longer period tend to perform better on a particular memory test than those who didn’t take the supplements.

The researchers affirm that receiving adequate nutrients could support thinking and recall skills as people get elder – mainly those deficient in multivitamin and multi minerals – may get a memory advantage from improving their nutritional status.

The researchers concluded the answer for the link between intellectual performance and the nutritional status.  They also learned that people who have better reasoning and thinking ability might pay closer attention to what they’re eating.

In 1994, this study was conducted on elder French men and women, but nobody knew they were part of study. For eight years, half of them took an everyday food supplement that included vitamins C and E, selenium, zinc, and beta-carotene. The other half took placebo every day.

After eight years, researchers closed this dosage to the respective participants. Six years after that, they were invited back to the lab for memory tests. The tests included word and number problems to measure different types of memory and “mental flexibility.”

The two groups performed equally on the majority tests, but the participants who took multivitamin and multiminerals raced ahead against their counterparts on long term memory in which they had to recollect words in different category. The conclusion hold a positive effect of balanced intake of antioxidants to maintain intellectual performance, especially oral recollects.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Balanced diet Vs Junk food

“Diabetes is the metabolic disorder where body can’t utilize blood glucose either completely or partially. In Diabetic patient it always seen that Glucose concentration is raised in the blood.”



Diet Guidelines for diabetic patients:
  • Increase the intake of Fiber and protein in your Diet chart it will help to improve the insulin sensitivity.                                                                                                    

    Source- Pulse, egg White, Milk (in moderate amount), Fish (2-3 times a week)         

  •  Reduce the intake of Fat especially saturated fats such as Coconut oil, Ghee, animal fat. Increase the intake of Omega 3 Fatty acid which helps to reduce the LDL cholesterol and triglycerides’.
  • Increase the intake of vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Vitamin A. It will help to reduce the free radical damage. So increase the intake of Fruits and vegetables.
  • Include daily Fenugreek seed (Methikadana) and Flaxseeds (Alsi) in your Diet chart.
  • Always rotate cooking oil, never stick on one brand oil. 
  • Maintain your body weight.
  • Exercise daily minimum 30-45 min.
  • Don’t skip your meals.
  • Avoid fried food
  •  Add chromium rich food in your diet chart as chromium is beneficial in insulin sensitivity.
  • Note- Supplementing chromium (in a dose dependent manner) in the natural form improves blood glucose, insulin, cholesterol, and hemoglobin inpre-diabetic and people with Type 2 diabetes. 
      Source - Nutmeg fruit (Jayfal), cashewnut, almond, walnut and spices

  • One of the important things for Diabetic diet is food and its glycemic index.
    “The Ability of the Food item to raise the blood sugar is measured in terms of glycemic index”
    Higher the glycemic index of the food, more strain on insulin receptors and rapid rising in the Blood Sugar.Lowerthe glycemic index of the food, lower strain on insulin receptors thus controlled blood sugar.

  •   Consider following Low glycemic index food in your diet chart.

    Wheat flour
    Bottel gourd
    Black gram
    Cashew nut