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Drumstick Health Benefits-1

 

Drumstick – the stems, leaves and seeds are a favorite to all and are known to have numerous therapeutic qualities:

Lowers blood sugar levels:

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  • Drumstick contains a very high amount of Vitamin A and oleic acid, which significantly reduce blood glucose levels in the body and help in controlling diabetes

  • enhance gall bladder function, controlling cholesterol levels

Helps in digestion:

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  • B-complex vitamins (such as niacin, riboflavin, folic acid and pyridoxine) helps in the breakdown of complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats into their simpler forms enabling efficient digestion.

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Foods That Affect Our Moods-1

Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated Drinks

• These make you feel high on energy instantly, due to the carbohydrates that are quickly absorbed into your bloodstream.
• But, this raised sugar-level crashes down as fast as it goes up, hence giving you a mood swing.

 

TIP:

Fruit Juices

Go for fresh citrus fruits juices.

Surge your brain power-Spinach

Brain boosting foods

Feeding the mind with the correct food can improve brain performance, as the brain uses carbohydrates for energy; omega-3 fatty acids for forming its cell structure and B vitamins play an essential role in brain function. Therefore foods rich in these nutrients must be incorporated in your diet to boost your memory and brain power.

Spinach

This leafy green is packed with nutrients like folate, vitamin E, and vitamin K which prevent dementia. Just 11/2 cup of cooked spinach packs a third of the folate and five times the amount of vitamin K you need in a day. Spinach is also high in potassium, which helps to maintain the electrical conductivity of the brain. This conductivity helps produce fast signals between neurons that make us think more clearly and respond more quickly.

Include: Take at least 1 cup of spinach in a day, in the form of porial, gravies, sambar in your meal.

White Potatoes vs. Sweet Potatoes

White Potatoes:

  • Potatoes are rich sources of carbohydrates and also contains high amount of starch which would result in increasing of weight.
  • Potatoes also have a high glycemic index which has an impact on blood sugar resulting in type 2 diabetes and its complications.
  • Potatoes might trigger gas, gas pain and bloating, particularly if you are prone to gas and sensitive to the sugars that occur naturally in starch. Also might trigger inflammation and joint pains.

 

Sweet Potatoes:

  • Sweet potato is high in Vitamin B6 which helps in reducing homocysteine in our bodies and also helps in prevention of heart attacks.
  • They are good sources of Vitamin C & D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth and it supports the thyroid gland.
  • Sweet potatoes contain iron which plays an important role in increasing red &white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning and magnesium in sweet potato acts as a relaxation and anti-stress mineral.