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Health benefits of having zucchini

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Want to knock off calories? Then, include zucchini in your diet. The vegetable, 100 gm of which approximately has 18 calories, helps in weight management.

That’s not all. The fibrous vegetable also has other health benefits that we list below…

– Zucchini is high on water content and it helps remove puffy bags around the eyes. Like cucumber, keep a slice of the veggie on your eye to help reduce swelling.

– The vegetable is high in Vitamin C, which protects your cells from free radicals. Having raw or grilled zucchini every day also helps your immune system.

– The potassium and magnesium found in zucchini also help lower blood pressure. This further relieves stress.

Consume it every day in a liquid form this summer as it can prevent dehydration.

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Barley can help reduce appetite, blood sugar level

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Barley can help reduce appetite, blood sugar level

London (IANS): Eating a special mixture of dietary fibres found in barley can help reduce appetite and blood sugar levels, finds a new study.

According to researchers, barley can also rapidly improve people’s health by reducing risk for cardiovascular disease.

“It is surprising yet promising that choosing the right blend of dietary fibres can — in a short period of time — generate such remarkable health benefits,” said Anne Nilsson from Lund University in Sweden.

The study was conducted with healthy middle-aged participants who were asked to eat bread largely made out of barley kernels (up to 85 percent) for three days — at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Approximately 11-14 hours after their final meal of the day, participants were examined for risk indicators of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The researchers found that the participants’ metabolism improved for up to 14 hours, with additional benefits such as decreases in blood sugar and insulin levels, increases in insulin sensitivity and improved appetite control.

The effects arise when the special mixture of dietary fibres in barley kernel reaches the gut, stimulating the increase of good bacteria and the release of important hormones, the researchers said.

“After eating the bread made out of barley kernel, we saw an increase in gut hormones that regulate metabolism and appetite, and an increase in a hormone that helps reduce chronic low-grade inflammation, among the participants. In time this could help prevent the occurrence of both cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” said Anne Nilsson.

The ambition is also to get more people to use barley in meals, for example in salads, soups, stews, or as an alternative to rice or potatoes.

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Walnuts can help to reduce weight and cholesterol

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Walnuts can help to reduce weight and cholesterol

New York (IANS): Eating a walnut-rich diet can be effective in losing weight and improving cholesterol level, finds a new study.

The research also showed that a diet containing walnuts, which are primarily comprised of polyunsaturated fats, positively impacts heart health markers.

“One of the surprising findings of this study was that even though walnuts are higher in fat and calories, the walnut-rich diet was associated with the same degree of weight loss as a lower fat diet,” said lead researcher Cheryl Rock of the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine in the US.

“Considering the results of this study, as well as previous walnut research on heart health and weight, there’s something to be said for eating a handful of walnuts a day,” Rock said.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The research team studied 245 overweight and obese women from 22-72 years old enrolled in a one-year behavioural weight loss intervention.

Participants were randomly assigned to three different diets: a lower fat and higher carbohydrate diet, a lower carbohydrate and higher fat diet and, a walnut-rich, higher fat and lower carbohydrate diet.

Those prescribed a walnut-rich diet consumed 1.5 ounces (42.52 gram) per day.

The walnut-rich diet participants saw comparable weight loss to the other study groups; however, they exhibited the most improvement in lipid levels, especially in those who are insulin-resistant.

Looking at data from the first six months of the intervention, this study found that the average weight loss was nearly eight percent of initial weight for all groups.

In addition to a significant decrease in LDL (bad) cholesterol, the walnut participants achieved a greater increase in HDL (good) cholesterol as compared to the other diet groups.

A walnut-rich, higher fat diet showed comparable weight loss to a lower fat, higher carbohydrate diet among overweight and obese women, the study found.

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Woman Replaces 40 Medications With Raw Cannabis Juice

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Woman Replaces 40 Medications With Raw Cannabis Juice

Although the results may not be shocking to everyone, many people on the planet are just starting to wake up to the tremendous medicinal benefits that cannabis has to offer. A recent study conducted by the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany just discovered that the activation of the brain’s cannabinoid system triggers the release of antioxidants that act as a cleansing mechanism. This process is known to remove damaged cells and improve the efficiency of mitochondria. Mitochondria is the energy sources that powers cells. The study was published in the Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society, B (1).

There is also a large amount of evidence supporting the fact that cannabis can also be an effective treatment, and even a potential cure for cancer. We provided a list of 20 medical studies that prove cannabis can cure cancer(2). We already know that prescription drugs kill over 100,000 people each year and that a plant-based diet can prevent over 60% of chronic disease deaths. It’s time to lose our stigmatism about cannabis, the only reason we’ve been made to look at it in a negative manner is because it would threaten multiple industries (including the pharmaceutical industry). Cannabis along with hemp has over 50,000 uses and could help transform our world.

Cannabinoids have been proven to reduce cancer cells as they have a great impact on the rebuilding of the immune system(2). While not every strain of cannabis has the same effect, more and more patients are seeing success in cancer reduction in a short period of time by using cannabis. Contrary to popular thought and belief, smoking the cannabis does not assist a great deal in treating disease within the body as therapeutic levels cannot be reached through smoking. Creating oil from the plant or eating the plant is the best way to go about getting the necessary ingredients which are the cannabinoids.

Another aspect of smoking the cannabis that must be looked at is the fact that when the cannabis is heated and burnt it changes the chemical structure and acidity of the THC which changes its ability to be therapeutic. Furthermore, anytime you burn something and inhale it, you create oxidation within the body. That oxidation is not healthy for the body and can lead to health issues itself. This is why anti-oxidents are an important part of any healthy diet.

 

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