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Your one-stop solution for health problems- Indian Gooseberries

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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

fights obesity

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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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

cancer and grapes

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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bitter gourd

Bitter gourd is not a vegetable that most women are happy seeing on their plates. Some consume it more out of compulsion rather than choice but if you read about the amazing benefits that this little vegetable gives you, it would certainly change your mind. 

 

Bitter Gourd Juice

bitter gourd juice

The humble bitter gourd can be turned into a simple green juice by mixing together cucumbers, green apples, celery, etc. Then just add some ginger and lime and churn in a mixer. This juice should be consumed on an empty stomach everyday because-

 

  • It helps in absorption of sugar for diabetic women. Excess sugar in the body because of AMP-activated protein kinase in the cells is a common problem. But bitter gourd comprises of agents that add like insulin and reduce the blood sugar levels.

 

  • Furthermore, bitter gourd juice is also recommended for fighting and preventing cancer in women, like uterine cancer and breast cancer. There are are lot of antioxidant properties in the bitter gourd, which helps fight free radicals that cause cancer. 

 

For acne and clear skin

bitter gourd clear skin

It also works as a quick laxative agent by cleaning and detoxifying the system. You get rid of impurities in the skin by having more of bitter gourd in the diet. Women coming close to menopause or experiencing changes due to hormones can add it to your soups or even have the above-mentioned juice. The bitter gourd cleanses and purifies the system, which in turn helps in getting rid of issues like acne, pimples, constipation and regularises body functions.  

 

Fresh bitter gourd pods for asthma and respiratory problems

 

The fresh bitter gourd pods are not as bitter and they are ideal for women who suffer from asthma or related respiratory issues. One can just take the juice of the pod and mix it up with some basil juice and honey too. Consume this on an empty stomach everyday. 

 

As a liver tonic

liver tonic

Blanch some bitter gourd pods or vegetable in water and then puree the same. With age, women tend to have more of liver problems due to lack of care. But this simple tonic is easy to make. For additional benefits, add some honey to the same along with ginger. 

 

For losing weight

lose weight bitter gourd

Don’t just think that the crispy bitter gourd fries are going to aid you in weight loss. Think about having this vegetable in juice and soup forms as it contains more of water. Also, it keeps you fuller for longer and is ideal for flushing out fat from the body. So drink up the same everyday. 

 

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coffee

You kickstart your day with a cuppa of this for getting an energy boost, but little do you know that coffee also offers an array of benefits. Do remember that excessive coffee in fact is never good. But when consumed in black forms, with very little milk and sugar, you can benefit tremendously- 

    

Fights signs of infertility

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2 cups of coffee (overindulgence can be counter productive) is a little drink that can actually enhance your overall health. Basically coffee is known for fighting depression, reduces stress and it is also suggested for weight management when consumed in its sugar free forms. In fact, being rich in magnesiums and potassium, it helps in balancing insulin and breaks down cell fat, which otherwise cause infertility issues. With the added energy and happier feeling, you are likely to conceive faster.

 

Fights some forms of cancer

cancer and coffee

Uterine and breast cancer risks can be reduced by drinking coffee on a regular basis. It has been seen that coffee is also rich in antioxidants that are known for fighting off common causes of breast and uterine cancer. In particular, the happy and less stressed feeling that one experiences post drinking coffee is known for boosting immunity too. It is also known to fight signs of skin cancer.

 

Fights postpartum depression

depression and coffee

A lot of women undergo postpartum depression, which is very common after women give birth. During this time, women undergo a lot of fluctuations in their hormonal levels. As a result of this, depression may occur on a temporary basis. Coffee contains a variety of neuro transmitters that include serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. Drinking two cups of coffee during this period helps in fighting this form of depression. Women can also opt for decaf during this period. It also provides energy to the mother and reduces physical exertion.

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blackerry

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

blackberries

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

hamoglobin

 

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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curry leaves

Curry leaves are found in all homes and you will notice their plants are abundantly found in the Indian subcontinent too. The reason for using these leaves is not only about flavour but also the secret health benefits it has. Here are some home remedies using curry leaves-

 

Improves digestive functions in pregnant women

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Pregnant women are rather prone to problems like constipation, morning sickness and nausea - to name just a few. Because of extensive hormonal changes they are susceptible to skin break outs too. Curry leaves are the one stop solution here as they help in easing bowel movements and also control piles or haemorrhoids during this period. Additionally, the subtle flavour of the curry leaves combats nausea and regulates smoother bowel movements. You can take a spoon of ghee or clarified butter with and add some curry leaves to the same. Then use this on top of your veggies, buttermilk, etc. to enjoy the health benefits.

 

Fights cancer and reduces chemo side effects

 

Unfortunately, if you are already affected by cancer then you can increase your curry leaves intake to reduce the side effects of chemo and radiation. As per research curry leaves not only offer protection to the chromosomes from damage, they also help in preserving the bone marrow and minimise the growth of free radicals in the body. Women who suffer from uterine or breast cancer should chew on raw curry leaves. You can also boil them in water to make a tea and drink it up 2-3 times a day.

 

Enhances fertility levels

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A hindrance to pregnancy is obesity. This leads to an array of health problems that include diabetes, increased levels of cholesterol and even reduced flow of blood to different parts of the body. Curry leaves are a rich source of iron no doubt, but also fibre rich. The leaves help in boosting your metabolism, increase the flow of blood and aid haemoglobin production in the body. All in all this, combination helps in fighting obesity and thus enhances your fertility levels. For improving or boosting fertility and fighting obesity, you can add can just puree it and add to your favourite juices. Toasting them slightly reduces its nutrients, though it still has plenty of benefits to provide you. When toasting them, use clarified butter instead of oil for additional health benefits of the latter. 

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