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Health-packed goodness of Blackberries

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Blackberry is a bush fruit that is packed with all kinds of goodness for your health. For centuries, blackberries have been catering to healing a lot of problems related to women health. In particular, they are known for boosting immunity. Here is how blackberries can provide you with a boost-


Managing your weight for enhancing fertility

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Obesity is the biggest hindrance to fertility. Women struggle with shedding off those extra kilos to ensure they maintain a good BMI. Consumption of blackberries in fresh form, at least a cup a day, is known to provide you with fibres that keep you filler along with a low-calorie sugar called Xylitol. This sugar is known for boosting energy and also steadies your existing sugar levels.

 

Fights free radicals causing uterine and breast cancer

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Studies revealed that blackberries are rich in promoting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants. These include Lutein, zea-xanthin and many others, which are known for preventing many different kinds of cancer. ORAC value or the oxygen radical absorbance capacity of this fruit is quite high. This measure of anti-oxidant strength is almost 5347 µmol TE per 100 grams.

In particular, women with family history of breast cancer should increase their blackberry content in daily diet. You can mix it up with smoothies or even salads and as desserts. Other elements found here that are known for restricting cancer growth and even preventing the same include phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals like anthocyanins, ellagic acid and tannin). 

 

Improves levels of haemoglobin

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Being rich in different kinds of nutrients, this fruit is also known for its high mineral content. These include potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper. On the whole, these are minerals, which are a crucial part of producing both white and red blood cells. In particular, red blood cells that reflect your haemoglobin levels and with additional benefits like pyridoxine, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and folic acid, you get the best of both worlds. These minerals are needed for enhancing the process. With higher haemoglobin levels, your menstrual cycle is regularised, especially absence of cycles in highly anaemic women can be treated through regular consumption of these blackberries.

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posted Jun 2, 2016 by Shahid R

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grapes

The easy to consume grapes are probably one of the best health fruits around. In particular,  you can pick from a range of types like black, red or green grapes to suit your palette. Though some nutrient differences can be there based on colour or type, grapes on the general provide you with these health benefits-

 

Prevention against breast and uterine cancer

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Increasing rates of uterine and breast cancer in women is alarming and often owed to lack of intake of foods, which contain rich antioxidants. Grapes are rich in different kinds of vitamins, especially C and K, which is known for your blood vessels health. The antioxidants found here protect the body against different kinds of free radicals, which make you risk-prone to diseases like cancer. As per research, about 1 cup of green grapes contain at least 5 milligrams of vitamin C and K. So go ahead and have a bowlful.

 

Mineral-rich for boosting fertility health

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One of the most crucial components found in grapes is potassium and iron. Basically potassium provides you more than just healthy muscle and cell function. In particular, women who tend to suffer from irregular cycles, poor haemoglobin levels, etc. should consume grapes on a regular basis as it increases RBC levels in the body and regulates menstrual cycles. In fact, 18 milligrams of potassium is suggested for women on a daily basis and grapes contain about '.55' milligrams of the same.

 

Some of the other benefits that you get from the mineral rich fruit towards fertility and menstrual heath include-

  • Magnesium-rich grapes are known for reducing cramps. Not just during period but also enhances fertility levels and reduces cramping during natural birth. 
  • It flushes out toxins from the uterine area, which is known to prevent risks of cysts and tumours.

 

Pregnancy health

Grapes are rich in fibres and hence a good source to keep bowel movements regulated during periods. Along with this, it boosts immunity being rich in tannins and flavonoids. But it its also known for reducing stress and hypertension thanks to its high potassium content. Hence, it gives you an overall boost and manages healthy hormonal levels too, which keeps you happier during this period. Vitamins E and K found in grapes are known to aid blood congeal, which is useful for inducing labor. Consumption of grapes has anti-inflammatory benefits too, which is known to fight swelling and pain during pregnancy.

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spinach

Spinach is one of the most versatile foods that we can have. It is easily used in soups, salads, smoothies, etc. without much fuss. You can have it raw but cooking the same increases your benefits. Since the iron is more easily absorbed in cooked spinach.So here are some more reasons for adding spinach to your diet-

Reduced risks of cancer

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Loaded with flavonoids, which double as antioxidants, Spinach is known for protecting the body from free radicals. Cancer is often the result of these free radicals and in particular, especially for skin cancer in women. In fact, it has been seen that there are at least 13 different flavonoid compounds in spinach that act as anti-cancer substances and it also includes reduction of breast cancer risks.

 

Vitamins to maintain weight and boost fertility

There are an array of vitamins in spinach like C and A, which are essential for the body and are known for reducing cholesterol and boost metabolism. Additionally, being rich in fibre, it also helps in triggering weight loss. Women are prone to facing fertility issues because of obesity. Spinach helps manage weight. 

 

Rich in Iron

iron rich spinach

A lot of women suffer from poor blood count or anaemia due to the lack of red blood cells. Iron is one the most contributory factors here that boosts RBC and thus combats anaemia. Spinach is a food rich in folate that boots your RBC count. Women suffering from anaemia are recommended to have more of spinach in their diets. 

 

Reduces risk of arthritis and osteoporosis 

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A common problem that women face apart from the above is weak and poor bones, which is caused because of lack of calcium. No, spinach might not be very rich in calcium, but it is rich in minerals like iron, which facilitate the absorption of calcium in the body. Furthermore, there are nutrients in spinach that contain anti-inflammatory properties, which are known for healing and alleviating the pain caused because of these two. So rather than complaining, start eating that bowl of spinach. 

 

Improves uterine health

uterine health

Iron found in spinach is known to boost the health of women, especially uterine functions. The iron found in spinach is a vital part of haemoglobin, which takes oxygen to different parts of the body cells. Lack of blood in the body is a major cause for irregular periods and even stoppage of periods altogether. Eating spinach boosts blood count and transfers oxygen to the uterus too, thus regulating your menstrual cycle. 

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indian gooseberries

Found easily in both fresh and dried forms, the many wonders of Indian gooseberries are not restricted to just outer beauty. An array of health benefits comes from within the body as the Indian gooseberry is a fruit that is very much sought after in Ayurveda too. And here’s why-

 

Aids fertility by fighting obesity

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Cleansing and purifying the blood is the foremost reason for the gooseberry being so popular. It boosts your metabolic activity and is also rich in proteins. As a result, fat is burnt at a much faster pace as compared to regular foods. Also, converting protein into usable forms requires a good deal of calorie burning. It has amino acids that are broken down by the enzymes for cellular growth, whilst using up stored fat. Fighting off this fat from the digestive and uterine area helps in boosting metabolism and thus enhances chances of fertility. 

 

Reduces menstrual cramps and fights uterine cancer

 

So many women suffer menstrual cramps, which can be rather excruciating and especially if it happens on a regular basis. The minerals and vitamins found in the gooseberries are known for reducing the impact of these cramps. However, for best results, the gooseberries should be consumed on a regular basis, especially since it takes some time for the body to integrate the same. Drink Indian gooseberry juice or even chewing on the fruit for 2-3 weeks prior to your periods is known to have impact on reducing cramps.

 

Additionally, the berries are also sources of rich flavonoids and antioxidants, which are known to offer protection against many kinds of cancer, especially uterine cancer. Improvement in immunity and fighting the harmful oxygen free radicals in the body are some of the benefits found in the same.

 

Prevents swelling and pregnancy constipation

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During pregnancy swelling is rather common. But being a diuretic fruit, Indian gooseberries are known for flushing out unwanted waste and toxins from the body, along with high levels of salt and uric acid. These are the primary causes of swelling during pregnancy. Also, the high fibre gooseberries boost your digestive function with increased fibre intake. Thus it aids pregnancy related constipation and regulates smoother bowel movements. As a result, risks like biles during this tenure are reduced drastically. Considering that pregnant women are now allowed many medicines, the nutrient-rich Indian gooseberries also give you an immunity boost.

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flaxseeds

Women are often burdened with everyday tasks and homemaking duties, restricting their intake of healthy food. Adding flaxseed to your diet is highly recommended because of the many benefits it provides. Here are some of the home remedies using these-

Prevents breast and uterine cancer risk


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High concentration of lignans (useful chemical compounds in plants) found in flaxseeds are known to prevent both uterine and breast cancer. Women who consume at least 1-2 spoons of flaxseeds are known to have lower risks of breast cancer as compared to women who don’t. With the high concentration of these elements, there is a reduced risks of both tumors and cancer.

Improves fertility

One of the biggest hurdle in fertility is obesity. It has been noted that women tend to suffer from an array of diseases, especially irregular menstrual cycles, increased blood pressure, etc. which are a hindrance when trying to conceive and also in carrying out pregnancies successfully. Flax seeds are known for lowering cholesterol in the body and also boosting metabolism, which helps in managing weight. Also, flax seeds have a tendency to expand when consumed, which keeps you fuller for longer, thus reducing appetite and helps fight obesity.

Improves pregnancy health 

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During pregnancy, constipation is one of the biggest problems that women face. This happens because the body is undergoing a lot of hormonal changes. There are soluble fibers found in the flax seed that are known for getting rid of constipation during pregnancy. Pregnant women can just have a small spoon of flaxseeds every morning to ensure smoother bowel movements. Also, women also suffer from bone loss issues post pregnancy. The consumption of flaxseeds helps prevent this bone loss with high fatty acid concentration. Thus keeping you healthier during and post pregnancy too. Furthermore, it also keeps many pregnancy diseases problems like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia at bay. But make sure you have the same just once a day.

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