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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Have you ever cooked food with coconut oil? I sometimes do and the aroma is quite tantalizing. I had a friend who used to come to drop her kid to play school and guess what? Her skin ‘glowed with health’ and she would often say that she used coconut oil in her cooking.
I think a little bit of history about coconuts would spice up your day. A plant evolutionary biologist by name Kenneth Olson and his team mates examined the DNA of more than 1300 coconuts. They found that coconuts were brought to cultivation in two different regions of the world. One is the Pacific Basin and another is the Indian Ocean Basin. The researchers concluded the study by saying that the coconut DNA is a treasure trove of details regarding human adventure.
The coconut tree is also called as the tree of life. All the parts of the tree are beneficial to the masses. But we are going to discuss only about the health benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil when digested helps to fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay.…

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It was just another mundane day the husband was in the office and the kids were studying and yelling. But the weather was pleasant and there was a gentle breeze. So I kept my kitchen door open. Suddenly I heard a mesmerizing sound, like that of …

What's in Your Cup of Milk?

I was listening to a talk show by a yogi or in other words a saint. He was talking about his travelling experiences in Tibet and told about how they make tea in Tibet. The good quality tea is made by boiling tea leaves in water for about half a day which results in a dark brown colored decoction. Then they add yak butter and salt crystals. The resulting so called tea is about the thickness of a stew or thick oil. Then they serve it in clay tea pots. Under these circumstances the yogi described how he prayed for a cup of tea made with milk.
Milk plays a very important role in human lives so much so we can say that milk is the corner stone of a healthy diet. Drinking milk improves overall health, reduces the risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and colon cancer. Talking about milk you get it from so many sources. But I am talking about the common cow’s milk.
Milk is rich in calcium and also vitamin D which results in healthy bones. It is a very good source of iodine needed for thyroid fu…

Health Benefits of Olives

Sometimes it is quite funny as to how the title of the post keeps haunting you until you write about it. I was preparing for another topic and suddenly I read about olives. From that time onwards which ever side I turned the olives were there to haunt me. I was reading the bible story to my daughter and there it was in Noah’s ark- the dove brought a tender olive leaf. Here goes the post about olives.
These olive trees are native to Mediterranean basin. It is often used in Western literature and is a famous staple of biblical words. Olives has many health benefits it consists of a phytonutrient called Hydroxytyrosol which prevents cancer and bone loss. This reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
Olives contain high amounts of monounsaturated fats and a host of phytonutrients. If I write the entire nutrients you will be a bit bored. But WH Foods says it contains a whole lot of healthy nutrients which is very beneficial for your cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, muscul…

What is Dengue Fever?

I hail from the Southern part of India where mosquitoes and its bites are a day to day matter. But I am specifically allergic to mosquitoes ( shh! it is a secret the husband is very scared of lizards) and always carry a mosquito bat whenever I visit my ancestral home. Coming back to the topic, dengue is caused by dengue virus; it is infectious and is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito.

It occurs in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Dengue causes 25,000 deaths per year. The other name for dengue is break bone fever. According to WHO dengue should be suspected when a person experiences high fever, with severe headache, pain behind eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting and swollen glands. Severe dengue is life threatening due to plasma leaking, fluid accumulation, respiratory diseases, severe bleeding or organ impairment.
There is no specific vaccine for dengue. But recently scientists have tested dengue vaccine on 4000 Thai children. The vaccine was effective agai…

How to Prevent Maternal Mortality in Developing Countries?

Death! You see is a reality which everyone who is born under this sun must face. This struck me when a young church member who was only 32 years old died due to a massive heart attack. He is survived by his wife who is just 25 years old and an one year old son. There may be a serious tone in my post today. But I made it a point to create awareness about the maternal mortality that is silently taking place in the developing countries.

According to the WHO website each day around 800 women lose their lives due to preventable causes related to child birth and pregnancy. 99% of these deaths occur in the developing countries. This is more prevalent in rural areas and amongst the poorer sections of the society. Young adolescent girls suffer more due to risk of complications during pregnancy resulting in death.

The reasons for maternal mortality include severe bleeding, infections after child birth, high blood pressure during pregnancy and unsafe abortions. Researchers found that the infection…

What is so Novel About Snake Venom?

Things are getting really weird these days. I used to wonder whether people do really have the time to read my blog and you know what? Suddenly I am getting lots of twitter followers these days. Now that is great news. To top it all I read an article in which the latest mantra in the beauty world is snake venom, squid’s ink and snail’s slime. These weird substances could enhance your beauty. The article got more interesting as I read this, people in Japan use nightingale droppings to exfoliate and lighten their skin. This has been in practice for centuries.
Now what got me hooked up was this crazy snake venom. If you are interested to know more about this then read on. Snake venom is highly modified saliva and it is a mixture of several thousands of proteins and enzymes. The proteins in snake venom have the biological functions like blood coagulation, blood pressure regulation and transmission of nervous or muscular impulse.
Recently researchers have found that the proteins found in the…

What is Breast Cancer?

Liz Hurley is pretty in pink raising breast cancer awareness. A pink caravan raises breast cancer awareness and screens for breast cancer in the remote parts of UAE. Breast cancer survivors taking part in a fashion show in Dubai to create awareness and as for me I am writing this post and dedicating it as a tribute to all the women of the past, present and the future.
In this post I will be walking you through the risk factors, symptoms and some latest research connected with breast cancer. Breast cancer starts in the breast tissue. There are two kinds of it: Ductal carcinoma and lobular carcinoma. Estrogen plays a role in the development of breast cancer. Some genes can also increase the aggressiveness of this disease.
It is found that one in eight women will be diagnosed with this disease during their lifetime. Women who matured very quickly say before 12 years and got their menopause late say after 55 years are at risk, gene abnormalities, drinking alcohol and women who did not attai…

What Does Camels and Baboons Have to do With Alzheimer's Disease?

I have got some very interesting stuff to write about which I cannot wait to share with you. Living in the land of the sun, surf and sand, I have a special affinity to camels. My heart skipped a beat when I read that camel could help fight Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the loss of brain function that gradually gets worse over time; it affects memory, thinking and behavior. Now you might wonder what the camels have to do with this. See here is the link scientists have found an entirely new class of antibodies discovered from camelids which include the camels, dromedaries, llamas and alpacas.
These antibodies are able to cross the blood- brain barrier, diffuse into the brain tissue and reach the desired target. The specialty is that it does not need any kind of carrier to carry it. These natural antibodies may be a ray of hope for those affected with brain diseases that are poorly diagnosed and healed.
In a study which was unique of its kind examined the relations between so…