Monday, 26 March 2012

Health Benefits of Avocado

Avocados are rich in vitamins A, C, and E and are full of other nutrients like potassium. They contain folate, monosaturated fats and antioxidants. Regular consumption of avocados helps us in many ways. They are as follow :
  • The monosaturated fats in avocados not only help in reducing LDL cholesterol but are also good for the heart. Avocado also lowers the triglycerides in the blood and thus is useful for diabetic patients.
  • Avocado contains 30% more potassium than banana. The high potassium content helps in regulating blood pressure and prevents circulatory diseases.
  • Avocados are good for pregnant women since the high folate content in them helps in the development of brain and other tissues of the baby. The B6 vitamin in these fruits may help in reducing nausea that is associated with pregnancy.
  • Avocado contains carotenoid lutein. Lutein keeps the eyes safe from oxidative stress, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
  • Avocados have numerous phytonutrients which not only prevent prostate cancer but also repair the damaged cells.
  • Many studies have shown that avocado can inhibit the growth of cancerous cells without damaging the healthy cells. The oleic acid in this fruit is effective in preventing breast cancer.
  • It is a powerhouse of vitamin E which protects our skin from free radicals.
  • Avocado is very effective in stopping bad breath. It also reduces the risk of oral cancer.
  • Being rich in antioxidants, avocado is helpful in preventing aging symptoms. The glutathione in avocado boosts immune systems, slows the aging process, and encourages a healthy nervous system.
  • The nutrients and enzymes in avocado soothe the condition of inflamed mucous lining in the stomach and small intestines. It also improves the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.

Friday, 9 March 2012

What is Hair Transplant?

Hair transplantation is slowly and steadily becoming a very popular and even cost effective way of regaining youth. But as it is a surgical process, people thinking of going for it have several common doubts regarding the process.

1. How does hair transplantation work?

Answer : Hair transplantation is really about transplanting the bald resistant hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head.

2. Does it work for a lifetime?

Answer : This process mostly works for a lifetime because the hair follicles taken from the back of the head are genetically resistant to baldness.

3. How long does hair transplantation take?

Answer : It depends on the extent of baldness or to be precise the number of grafts that needs to be planted. A typical session involves a full day of surgery with several breaks.

4. Will my hair transplant results look completely natural?

Answer : Completely. No one can tell by any means that you have undergone the surgery.

5. Does it hurt?

Answer : Patients are given local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas. Most patients find that once the anesthesia is given that they feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Following surgery patients will typically feel some amount of soreness and numbness, with some mild discomfort. Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how minimal the discomfort from the surgical procedure is.

6. What is the recovery time?

Answer : With today’s technology, process is very less intrusive and thus healing is much faster. Most patients feel fine within a day or two following surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following surgery.

7. Can hair be transplanted from one person to another?

Answer : A hair transplant between individuals can only be performed on identical twins, since they are genetically the same. In all other cases, including non-identical siblings, the transplanted hair will be rejected. We are often asked how it is that one can perform kidney transplants from one person to another, but not hair transplants. The reason is that the skin is more antigenic than a kidney, i.e. it is more likely to be rejected. The reason is complex, but this makes sense considering that the skin is the first line of defense against foreign organisms.

8) When will my newly transplanted hair start to grow?

Answer : Normally it takes between three to five months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patient’s transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for a life time.

So while the options are aplenty, one should do a bit of research about the processes, facilities and surgeons before zeroing onto one clinic. 

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine – also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine – refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treatment and preventing disease.

History of Herbal Medicine

Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants. Indigenous cultures (such as African and Native American) used herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems (such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) in which herbal therapies were used. Researchers found that people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.

In the early 19th century, when chemical analysis first became available, scientists began to extract and modify the active ingredients from plants. Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds, and over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs.

Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care. In Germany, about 600-700 plant-based medicines are available and prescribed by some 70% of German physicians. In the last 20 years in the United States, public dissatisfaction with the cost of prescription medications, combined with an interest in returning to natural or organic remedies, has led to an increase in herbal medicine use.

What is herbal medicine good for?

Herbal medicine is used to treat many conditions, such as asthma, eczema, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia and other degenerative diseases, among others. Herbal supplements are best taken under the guidance of a trained health care provider. Be sure to consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any herbs.

Who is using herbal medicine?

Nearly one-third of Americans use herbs. Unfortunately, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly 70% of people taking herbal medicines (most of whom were well educated and had higher-than-average income) were reluctant to tell their doctors that they used complementary and alternative medicine. Many herbs can interact with prescription medications and cause unwanted or dangerous reactions. Be sure to consult your doctor before trying any herbal products.

How can I find a qualified herbalist in my area?

For additional information, or to locate an experienced herbalist in your area, we recommend contacting the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) or visiting a professional herbalist website. 

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Foods for Improving Brain Memory

With the increasing popularity of personal computers, people become more and more dependent on computer and their own brain functions recede such as decreased memory. Some foods in daily life could promote the operation of brain, develop intellectual intelligence, and thus enhancing memory.

Milk : Milk is almost perfect for the brain, because it contains various amino acids required for brain and vitamin B1 which is beneficial to nerve cells. Drinking milk before going to bed is very conducive to sleep, which can relieve memory loss and other issues caused by insomnia.

Eggs : Studies have shown that brain activity and memory function are closely related with acetylcholine content in the brain. The egg yolk is rich in lecithin, and it can produce large amount of acetylcholine after decomposition and rapidly increase acetylcholine content in brain tissue, thereby protecting the brain and improve memory.

Fish : High quality protein and calcium are essential nutrients for the brain, and unsaturated fatty acids contained in freshwater fish could protect blood vessels and promote the development of brain cells.

Peanut : Peanut is rich in lecithin and cephalin, which are important materials to compose brain nerve system and they can improve blood circulation and slow brain function decline.

Garlic : Vitamin B1 is very useful for brain cells, and garlic can enhance that function. Garlic and vitamin B1 can produce garlic amine, whose functions are much stronger than vitamin B1.

Walnut and Sesame Seeds : Both of these two foods contain a lot of unsaturated fatty acids. So it could supply adequate linoleic acid, linolenic acid and other unsaturated fatty acid molecules to brain; it helps to clear the impurities in blood and improve brain function to enhance memory. Among them, the rich vitamins in walnut are very effective in the treatment of neurasthenia, insomnia and memory loss.

There are some tips for improving Memory :  

  • People should not rely on computers too much and try to solve problems by themselves.
  • We should do exercise to stimulate the blood circulation of whole body and supply enough blood to brain.
  • We have to do some training to use your brain more frequently and effectively and improve your logic ability.
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