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Feeding on Gond Laddoos & wondering what’s so special? Here are the amazing benefits of Gond

When you start to travel there are so many things that you get to learn and see things you never knew existed. During my travels especially in remote villages, it never ceases to surprise me that the old people are so much healthier and energetic than those who live in the cities and so-called urban areas. This has often been a frequent question that gets me wondering and often the answer is in the difference in the lifestyles and the eating habits. Somewhere as a part of this modernization, we have lost touch with our roots.

Today, we tend to turn to doctors for the smallest problems or the slightest signs of sickness; however, what we fail to understand is nothing but the kind of foods and lifestyles that we follow that make us sick and unhealthy.

 Tragacanth GumThe universe is balanced and everything that you need is present in nature.

Ayurveda has been part of our culture since ancient times. Today there is extensive research that is being done in this field even outside India. The amount of herbs and nutritional substances that can be found in nature is beyond measure.

Let’s today introduce ourselves to one such ayurvedic ingredient available in nature, “Gond Katira”. I am pretty sure many people would relate to Gond ka laddoo that their moms would make at home. I guess we should all today thank our moms for feeding those gond laddoos at home. However, I don’t know how many of us know how it is obtained or the reason for these laddoos being so famous.

Gond Katira is also commonly known as “Edible Gum” or “Tragacanth Gum” or “Acacia Gum”. It is naturally obtained in the form of the sap of the thorny shrub tragacanth or acacia plants.  Tragacanth is a thorny and low-growing shrub and commonly found in the mountainous regions of the Middle East. Iran is the highest producer of this tree gum, which is also called Gond Katira in Hindi. The Tragacanth gum is majorly used in Ayurveda for its digestive properties. Some basic facts about Gond Katira are listed below –

  • Name: Tragacanth gum (“gond katira”)
  • Obtained From: Species of Astragalus
  • Plant Part Used: Root sap (dried)
  • Common Name: Shiraz, Shiraz gum, gum dragon
  • Sanskrit Name: Galgal
  • Native Region and Geographical Distribution: Middle eastern region of the world.

Nutritional facts about Tragacanth gum or Gond Katira

Like all our products, let’s look at the nutritional information for Gond Katira.

 

Nutrients Value (per 100 g)
Energy70 kcal
Carbohydrates35 g
Fiber30 g
Hydrates5 g
Fats0 g
Mineral(s)
Sodium9 g

 

How to use Gondh?

For people like me who are new to Gond Katira should know that it is water-soluble and hence can be used as an ingredient in a variety of preparations. Also due to its nutritional value, it is used in the treatment of a variety of ailments.

It is a tasteless and odourless and swells when soaked in water or turns crunchy when fried in ghee. Due to this texture of gond, it is used in the food and pharmaceutical industry as a thickening and binding agent. The other uses of gond include being used as an emulsifier, a stabilizer, and a texturant additive. Gond is very commonly found in commercial items, like bakery items, beauty products, fizzy energy drinks, ice creams, etc.

However, most of these don’t even exploit the benefits that gond has to offer when consumed in the form of laddoos.

Benefits of Gond

The benefits of Gond are truly limitless. No part of the body is not benefitted by the consumption of Gond, for both males and females. So let’s talk about the benefits of Gond –

1. Cooling effect on the body

If you spend too much time in the hot climate in the peak summers, having a milkshake or sherbet infused with Gond might be just the thing that you need. Gond is known for its cooling properties, which helps to reduce the temperature of the body. Thus preventing heat strokes.

2. Energy Booster

Gond acts as an instant energy booster. Also if you tend to get tired very easily or finding there is some sort of weakness in the body, consuming gond in the morning with milk and sugar can keep you energized throughout the day. Also, it works as a source of energy for kids too.

3. Laxative

benefits of gond for constipationGond acts as a natural laxative and helps in regulating bowel movements. Thus preventing constipation.  Also, some of the chemicals present in gond are known for helping with the digestion also.

4. Pregnancy

Gond laddoos during pregnancy

Gond laddoos have been an ancient recipe giving to women during pregnancy. During pregnancy, it helps provide the mother and child with the necessary nutrients. And post-pregnancy it is given to lactating mother to help increase the production of breast milk. Also, there are a lot of other positive effects that Gond has on women during the post-pregnancy period. It also helps in building immunity after delivery.

5. Treatment for mouth ulcers

Gond helps in reducing the redness and pain of mouth ulcers. A finely ground paste of Gond can be applied to the mouth ulcers for quick relief.

6. Weight loss

If you check the nutritional information of Gond, Gond is very high in fiber and also helps in increasing the metabolism of the body. Also due to the high-fiber content, you will feel more satisfied and lesser hunger pangs. Also, the high metabolic rate ensures that you have the necessary amount of energy for the complete day. And the final result is a weight management diet and weight loss.

7. Benefits for the Skin

benefits of gond for skin

The soluble fiber in Gond is known to have a lot of beneficial effects on the skin. It helps detoxify the system and thus helps in improving the complexion along with providing a healthy glow on the skin. Besides, Gond consumed regularly can help in the prevention of wrinkles, by improving the elasticity of the skin.

8.  Good for bones and pain

The high calcium and magnesium content of Gond helps in strengthening and nourishing the bone tissues. Thus improving the overall bone health. Also, Gond is known to be a natural analgesic and works on certain receptors in the nervous system for reducing the pain.

9. Improves Libido in men

Gond is known to highly effective in increasing libido and also for treating various sexual inadequacy or weakness in males. The long-term consumption of gond can cure other sexual issues like erectile dysfunction, low semen count, and other sexual issues in males. Other than this celery also has surprising health benefits for men.

10. Natural Breast Enhancer

Gond is one of the ingredients for the herbal treatment of the enhancement of breasts. It is known to be a natural and effective breast enhancer, through the balancing of hormones in the body. The effects are more easily seen after prolonged use of Gond.

Conclusion:

The list of benefits of Gond is endless. Due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-aging properties. It is used in a very wide variety of treatments, including the treatment of cancer.

As far as the side effects are concerned, in moderate quantities there are no side effects; however, it is advisable to have adequate consumption of water.

So the next time your mother gives you Gond laddoos, relish the same.


References

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I am Sheetal Makhija aka Crazy Pulchritude, as most of the handles say. Currently, a trainer and a Kriya Yoga Practitioner and personally on a mission to be able to add values to people’s lives and just tell everyone out there that “No matter how hard it gets there is always hope. You don’t have to give up.” My mission and motto in life remain – Even if I can give hope to people, my life has been a success.

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8 Health Benefits Of Dry Dates That You Should Know About

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The small and nutritious fruits of the raw date palms grown in tropical dry regions, Dried dates have earned quite a reputation for being extremely beneficial for health and skin. Dates are best consumed when dry, with a shrunken, wrinkly appearance. Dates are sweet and delicious fruits, with a small size and high fiber content. Dates range from brown and bright red color to a rich yellow color.

Some of the most beloved varieties of Palm dates include Medjool, Deglet, and Barhi dates that are soft, rich, and sweet in flavor. Dry dates are packed with many essential nutrients and have numerous advantages. Let us take a look at the

Benefits of dry dates

1. Provides nutrients:

There are many uses of dates for maintaining a healthy body and skin. The primary benefits of dry dates include dates being the highest source of polyphenols. Polyphenols help in increasing metabolism and improve digestion. They are also known to prevent diseases, including cancer. The benefits of dry dates also include dates being a rich source of proteins, Vitamin C, calcium, and fiber. They are also rich in nutrients like potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, and vitamin B6.

2. Rich in fiber:

One of the biggest benefits of dry dates is their high fiber content. It is essential to consume fibers daily to ease the process of digestion, and dates can easily increase your fiber intake and keep your guts happy. This fiber intake also reduces the risk of constipation and irregular bowel movements. Another huge benefit of dry dates is that the fiber intake in turn relaxes the digestive process and decreases speculations of sugar level fluctuation in the blood. Hence they also help in regulating the level of sugar in the blood.

3. Antioxidants:

The benefits of dry dates not only include numerous nutrition and fiber but are also known to contain many antioxidants that fight against bacterias and microorganisms. They are known to have the highest antioxidant content in all dry fruits and helps fight against harmful diseases. The uses of dry dates also include a high content of flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acid which reduce inflammation, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disorders, and risk of certain types of cancer.

4. Bone Health:

Bone healthSince the dry dates, the nutritional value is very high and they are rich in phosphorus and calcium, dry dates are especially essential in strengthening bones and overcoming calcium deficiency in the body. Compounds like Magnesium, Potassium, and Manganese also increase the bone density in the body and result in stronger bones and muscles.

5. Reduce Inflammation:

There are many uses of dates for health improvement also include the presence of proteins that reduce inflammation in the body and reduce the levels of interleukin in the brain. This refuses the risk of many neuropsychological disorders and also helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. These beneficial factors ultimately reenergize the brain and increase its metabolism and health. Consumption of dates can also help reduce the formation of plaques in the brain and increases its power.

6. Potential to ease labor pain:

The benefits of dry dates are not reduced to their nutrient-packed composition but are also known to ease and initiate labor in pregnant people naturally. Eating dry dates throughout the third trimester can induce labor during pregnancy and can result in easy dilation of the cervix. Studies have found that people are more likely to go into labor after the consumption of dry dates. Dry dates result in the secretion of Oxytocin in a person’s body, which is known to reduce pain and indeed labor in pregnant people. Oxytocin also eases labor pain and contractions and offers slight relief from pain.

7. Anti-aging Benefits:

Dried date’s benefit for skin include quick repairing of the damaged skin barrier and repairing the broken skin cells. Dry dates are rich in Vitamin C and B6 which provide nourishment to the skin and add a natural glow to the skin. They help retain the elasticity of the skin and also help fight signs of aging. The anti-oxidants present in dry dates also help in keeping your skin healthy and clear.

However, there are many other anti-aging foods to nourish our bodies and keep us young.

8. Natural Sweetener:

Dates are an excellent source of healthy sugar and fructose, which gives them a sweet and fruity taste. This makes dates a healthy alternative to sugary snacks and can be used to substitute sugar with dry dates in many recipes. Even though dates are also rich in calories and carbohydrates, it is still a healthier option than white sugar and provides a caramely and dense taste. Dry dates are either used in a paste form or are chopped finely.

If you’re wondering how many dates to eat in a day to get the maximum nutrients, we have the answer for you. Eating 100g of dry dates every day is enough to provide you with all benefits and nutrients and helps in digestion.

 

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9 Fantastic Cinnamon Tea Benefits That You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Several times we get more sincere towards our health and start adding some new items in our food diet that are not suitable for health, and we ignore the essential Or main food ingredients, which can be the significant factor to stay healthy. For example, Cinnamon, as we all know, is a great ingredient and is used in several foods items for taste. Not only for taste but if you are going to try cinnamon tea once a day, it’s going to be an extraordinary factor and will be great for your health.

Sometimes people say that cinnamon tea is full of disadvantages or doesn’t have any definite advantage for staying healthy and ignoring some fantastic benefits that here I am going to tell you.

Let’s look at 9 Cinnamon Tea Benefits

1. Perfect Antioxidants

If you are going to drink cinnamon tea once a day, it will add a source of antioxidants to your body. In general, antioxidants are the substance that helps to prevent damage at every part of your body. So it’s just great to drink cinnamon tea for this benefit.

Cinnamon is the only spice rich in antioxidants, and sometimes it increases your body’s ability so frequently, which is just amazing. So if some antioxidants will go into your body, it’s sure you will live a healthy life with damage-free cells in your body.

2. Improves heart

Another great function of drinking cinnamon tea is that it helps to improve your heart in all terms and makes your heart more strong to deliver more pure blood all over the body.

3. Prevents inflammation

Reduction of inflammation is a significant task that helps in fighting various harmful diseases. You always have to perfect which means, adding extra or less cinnamon tea daily in your diet can cause you some severe illness, so try to take it in the right amount. Sometimes excess Cinnamon may cause you more bleeding as well as reduces liver capabilities.

Cinnamon always contains a rich amount of heart-healthy compounds, which will be excellent for the prevention of your health diseases and reduce inflammation in the body.

4. Weight loss

No doubt, Cinnamon tea is one of the best and natural products for weight loss. Several people have started their business by mixing some ingredients with Cinnamon and then selling it as a weight-loss tag. But taking cinnamon tea a day can make your body fit and fine with a proper adequate diet.

It is often successful in reducing weight as well as very effective in making you fit and fine. Try to research it so that you can take an adequate amount and know how many calories you are taking with cinnamon tea. Or else, one can follow intermittent fasting for weight loss.

5. Fight skin and aging

Cinnamon tea for aging

The best thing I like about drinking cinnamon tea is that it helps fight against skin bacteria which gives you clean, glow up and fresh skin, and it’s all with the help of cinnamon tea. It not only protects skin bacteria, but sometimes it also helps preserve brain functions that are great at times.

Here are some more benefits

  • Preserve brain injuries-it is one of the best natural homemade products to prevent brain injuries.
  • Helpful against bacteria- cinnamon tea acts very successfully against all the bacteria and fungus, which affects your body.
  • Reduces menstrual cramps- Cinnamon tea acts very well in preventing problems like menstrual cramps.
  • Lesser blood sugar- Cinnamon tea is again one of the best products for reducing or decreasing blood sugar levels in an individual’s body.

FINAL WORDS

Try to drink a cup of cinnamon tea once a day without any laziness. The spice of Cinnamon is going to show you some great results after two weeks. Drinking cinnamon tea is perfect, or an adequate amount is always a pleasure.

 

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8 Potential Benefits Of Poppy Seeds & Side Effects

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What are poppy seeds?

Poppy seeds benefit as a rich source of fiber that helps keep your tummy full for an extended period. Poppy seeds also include magnesium that helps to enhance bone health and even recover blood clotting. The calcium included in them also plays a vital role in increasing bone tightening and health. Poppy seeds are also pressed out to make out the poppy seed nutrition oil with all the facts of omega-6 and omega-9 healthy fats that can help improve overall health and lower the risk of any cardiovascular disease.

8 amazing benefits of poppy seeds

1. Improves Fertility

Poppy seeds play a very fundamental role in boosting up female fertility. Poppy seeds are also well-known to remove the mucus present in the fallopian tubes and thus, aids in achieving a healthy pregnancy. They even enhance all the sexual desire and thereby improve your sexual health by boosting up libido.

2. Combats Insomnia

Opium Poppy seeds are very effective for inducing your sleep. Poppy seeds benefit by creating a very calming effect, and they also help bring down your stress levels, thus enhancing your sound sleep. But the real question is how to use poppy seeds for inducing sleep? The answer is that they can be used or consumed with tea, or you can make a paste well-mixed with a glass of warm milk at night to enjoy blessed inertia.

3. Strengthens Bone

As mentioned before, there are many benefits of poppy seeds like they are rich in copper and calcium, which mainly help improve and strengthen bone health. In addition, the manganese present in the seeds helps in the fabrication of the protein collagen to protect the bones from any severe damage.

4. Improves the Digestion

Poppy seeds are a very nutritious source of insoluble fiber that helps strengthen your immune system and the digestive system and treat constipation problems very effectively.

5. Good in Thyroid

Helps ThyroidZinc presentation in these seeds is a pivotal element in treating thyroid glands, and all thanks to a prosperous source of zinc content present in poppy seeds that plays a vital role in the proper functioning of thyroid glands.

6. Treating diabetic problems

Poppy seeds are much occupied as an integral place with any diabetic’s diet suggested by the doctors. This is because the manganese found in the poppy seeds mainly helps in treating diabetes.

7. Natural Analgesic

Poppy seeds for generations have been tried and also tested as an option to relieve any pain. Many primordial medical practitioners have suggested using the palliative properties of the Poppy seeds to relieve their patients from any discomfort. The pain-relieving property of poppy seeds is very significant and high in the Opium modified of the Poppy seeds.

8. Helps in Dandruff treatment

The prepared mixture of soaked Poppy seeds with white pepper and hung curd and applied to your hair will treat the dandruff problems. For this treatment to affect, you need to leave the paste for half an hour and then wash it off. Use this treatment regularly to prevent the manifestation of dandruff.

Poppy seeds side effects

Small quantities of codeine and even morphine might sometimes show up during urine drug tests after one has had consumed the poppy seeds. But with the cleaned and washed poppy seeds, they might not naturally contain the opium compounds. Unwashed poppy seeds can sometimes cause problems if they were visible to opiates while they had harvested. With dirty poppy seeds or the teas prepared with them are sometimes promoted instead of healing the sleep aids or pain, they are specifically not safe with the large quantities. They might as well contain enough opioid compounds that could lead to overdose or withdrawal. Hence, they might even be proved as potentially life-threatening.

Conclusion

The poppy plants are inborn to the Eastern Mediterranean, but they are ultimately spread out to all the other temperate parts of the world. Poppy seeds might be very tiny, but they are many benefits of poppy seeds. Poppy seeds or khus-khus seeds depending on their cultivation region might vary in color, though you will usually find these seeds in black color.

Also read, our previous blog on how you can improve your eyesight

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