Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Iceberg lettuce 

Iceberg lettuce is a variety of lettuce with crisp leaves which grows in a spherical head resembling cabbage. Iceberg lettuce has a mild flavor and firm, crunchy texture, making it a good choice for salads and sandwiches. When used in combination with other varieties of lettuce, iceberg lettuce will contribute a pleasant crunch to salads. Moreover, its uniform, pale-green leaves make iceberg lettuce an easy product to work with, making it a good choice for sandwiches. Another positive aspect of iceberg lettuce is that it lasts a long time in the refrigerator, making it an economical choice since it minimizes spoilage and waste.

Iceberg lettuce is regarded as being a food that doesn't offer much in the way of nutrition, but this is somewhat of a misconception. Iceberg lettuce is a good source of fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron. Even so, iceberg lettuce has relatively few calories by weight because of its high water content.

Sirukurinjan (Gymnema sylvestre)

 Sirukurinjan (Gymnema sylvestre)

From Rigveda period, plants play a major role in treating diseases. Herbal drugs were used as household remedies from our ancestors till now. It was reported that, India's exports for medicinal plants have elevated to 137% and stands second next to china. Gymnema sylvestre (Sirukurinjan) is a potent antidiabetic herb used in ayurvedic and homeopathic systems of medicine. It is also used for the treatment of cough, fever, snake bite, stomach problems, breathing troubles, dermatological ailments, etc. It posseses antimicrobial, anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, anti-hypercholesterolemia and anti-sweetener properties. It has the ability to restore pancreatic function by increasing the number of β-cells and insulin release. There is a growing demand in pharmaceutical trade for G. sylvestre leaves. It has the ability to eliminate the taste of sweetness; hence, it is known as destroyer of sugar from ancient time. From 1930, G. sylvestre was found to have promising therapy for type 1 and 2 diabetes with minimal side effects. It has the propensity to decrease the body weight; prevent triglycerides and fatty acid accumulation in muscle and liver, and in circulation respectively. Hence, there are several studies still being carried out on these plants on their other aspects, such as toxicity and delivery methods with suitable formulation.

Medical Uses

  • Its use in snake bite as a remedy was well known to the natives of the Konkan in India and the natives of Southern India.

  • This reduces the blood sugar and also the urinary sugar. These action are obtained by using the leaves only and not by using extracts.
  • Gymnema sylvestre is useful in amenorrhoea, typhoid fever, general debility
  • castor oil is useful in glandular swelling, hepatitis and splenic enlargement.
  • This herb also has a positive effect on triglycerides and cholesterol levels as well. It is of interest to dieters as well.
  • Its extract can help decrease the calories and cholesterol levels in your body and thus minimize high blood pressure.
  • Gymnema sylvestre/ Gurmar extract is recognized to diminish all infections of your lung area which exist in bronchitis and in addition all problems in connection with respiration anytime Asthma takes place.
  • Another usage of this botanical herb is it may reduce the excess calories in the body and burn off off the sugar that remains untouched.
  • Suppresses the intestinal absorption of saccharine, which prevents blood sugar fluctuations. Corrects metabolic activities of liver, kidney and muscles.
  • Gymnema sylvestre/ Gurmar  fits well into a weight management program because it complements exercise and dietary reform by curbing sugar appetite.
  • In type II diabetes, gymnema improves insulin’s effects and can even substitute for oral sugar-lowering drugs.
  • Gymnema sylvestre is an herb from India that has a long and varied history in traditional medicine, including its use as a Diuretic, Laxative, Anti-inflammatory, Circulatory system stimulant, Diabetes treatment, Weight loss aid.

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Indian Borage / Plectranthus Amboinicus / Coleus Amboinicus

Plectranthus Amboinicus / Coleus Amboinicus

Indian Borage / Plectranthus amboinicus/ Coleus amboinicus is a large succulent herb, fleshy and highly aromatic.The leaves have  many traditional medicinal uses, especially for the treatment of coughs, sore throats and nasal congestion and for a range of other problems such as infections, rheumatism and flatulence. It is also used to treat malarial fever, hepatopathy, renal and vesical calculi, cough, chronic asthma, hiccough, bronchitis, helminthiasis, colic, convulsions, and epilepsy. It is used as a medicine as for skin ulcerations, scorpion bite, skin allergy, wounds, diarrhoea and to promote liver health