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The wonderful benefits of cumin seeds

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Cumin seeds or jeera is a humble spice that is used in almost all meals in countries like India. A pinch of jeera in buttermilk or even its roasted seeds in dal add tons of flavour. But along with this flavour, it also provides many health benefits for a woman. These include-

 

Fights anemia

 

Research reveals that 100 grams of jeera has about 11.7 milligrams of iron. This is one of the most crucial components for production of haemoglobin. With higher red blood cells in the body, you are also able to supply more oxygen through out the body - this fighting anaemia. And all of this the natural way without much fuss! You can use cumin seeds in various ways including powdering the same and mixing it with either buttermilk, using it in your vegetables or even mixing it with some breads. There are no excuses for consuming the same.

 

Protection against tumours and cancer

Another benefit of the cumin seeds is that it offers protection against a wide range of cancers, especially ones that are aggravated because of tumours like breast cancer and uterine cancer. As per the researches carried out by the Cancer Research Laboratory of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, cumin seeds contain an active compound called cuminaldehyde. This aids in minimising the growth of tumour. In particular, this anti-cancer property is seen in abundance in the black cumin seeds that are called kala jeera. 

A simple home remedy using black cumin seeds would be toasting them and chewing on a spoonful every morning and night. Alternatively, you can also make cumin water by boiling a litre of water with a cup of black cumin seeds. Strain and then drink up the same every morning.

 

Aids lactation 

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One of the century old remedies using cumin seeds is for lactation. Post delivery countries of South Asia, give a lot of emphasis on giving pregnant women a diet rich in  cumin seeds. It enhances supply of milk for the lactating mother and because it also aids in healing menstrual issues, it helps in faster recover. Another benefit here is that the herb also helps in smoother bleeding, which happens post delivery. Just have tea made of cumin like mentioned above or you can also chew on the raw seeds of cumin. Increase intake by adding more cumin to your diet as a seasoning on whatever you eat.

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papaya

Papaya in both ripe and unripe forms comes with its share of benefits for women. But there are some people who believe that ripe papayas may lead to abortion or cause the woman to miscarry during the early stages of pregnancy. However, there is medical or scientific proof of the same. Along with this, there are multiple benefits that the papaya can give you-

 

Fights obesity

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One of the biggest reasons for women to indulge more in this fruit is because it helps fight obesity. Made mostly of water, with natural sweeteners, ripe papaya has enzymes that are known to melt fat. In fact, women who are trying to conceive but are unable to because of obesity would benefit largely here. 

 

Improve lactation

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Some women suffer from problems post childbirth with lactation. In many cultures both ripe and raw papaya are served to women in form of salads, vegetable or even as a soup. Papaya helps in stimulating hormones that secrete milk in the breasts and enhance lactation. Also remember that women who feed or nurse their kids for a longer period of time are less prone to getting breast cancer as compared to women who don’t.

 

Regulate menstrual cycle

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A common problem that women across the world these days suffer from is irregular menstrual cycles. You can blame it on excessive stress, lifestyle changes, exertion, etc. But if there’s a quick and humble remedy that can resolve this issue without much fuss is Papaya. Research shows that women who consume a bowl of ripe papaya fruit everyday have more regular cycles as compared to women who don’t. Since papaya flushes out toxins and cleanses the stomach and digestive tract, it also boosts your uterine functions, thus facilitating healthier periods. Additionally, it also combats obesity which is a hurdle when it comes to getting your periods on time.

 

Reduces risk of cervical cancer

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Being a rich source of rich source of beta-cryptoxanthin, Papaya has been known for fighting persistent HPV infection. But additionally, it also helps in reducing your risks of cervical cancer. Some lesions and infections are known to cause cancer in women. Papaya consumption on a regular basis, both ripe and unripe helps in fighting off that infection. As a result, women eating the same on a regular basis are less prone to getting cervical cancer as compared to women who don’t eat papaya.

 

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A spice that is known for its sharp and pungent taste, carom seeds or Ajwain is perhaps the best friend, when it comes to the food sector for a woman. Carom seeds or ajwain are easy to consume and can be added to your food, chewed on their own or even powdered. Here are the amazing health benefits you get from the same-

 

Boosts lactation and reduces swelling

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For centuries, women in India are given carom seed infused water everyday post delivery. It is said to boost lactation and also helps post pregnancy bleeding, which can be painful for the new mother. 1 cup of carom seeds are boiled in a litre of water. Post boiling, this water is then kept covered for about 1-2 hours. The entire lot should be consumed the same day. This helps the mother get a healthy dose of carom seeds' goodness that increase milk production.

Also, if you had a c-section, then the uterus and other organs may be inflamed post surgery for a a few days, the carom water helps in reducing this swelling and helps in neutralising your bleeding post pregnancy too.

 

Pregnancy indigestion and nausea

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A lot of pregnant women suffer from bloating, indigestion, gas and other related digestive problems during pregnancy. Carom seeds have anti-inflammatory properties along with enzymes that boost digestion. The sharp taste not only helps in getting rid of morning sickness, but it also fights pregnancy constipation. If you are having too much of belching and burping, chew on toasted carom seeds. About a coin-sized portion is enough. You can also make a carom seed powder and mix it up with some black pepper, rock salt and mango powder and a dash of Asafoetida. Have this every morning and night to alleviate the above-mentioned symptoms.

 

Increases Libido

 

Hormonal changes, stress, etc. are major causes of lost libido. Carom seeds are known for reviving your sexual hormones and increases libido. For this remedy you have to roast some carom seeds along with ghee or clarified butter and some tamarind kernels. Once roasted, grind them up and have this with a cup of milk and spoon of honey. This will help in enhancing your sexual functions. Ideally you should consume this at night to get optimal benefits. The natural aphrodisiac helps in easing muscle tension and products hormones essential for sexual drive.

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asafoetida

The amazing to taste and flavoursome Asafoetida is one of the potent spices beneficial for the health of women. It does have a sharp taste but also provides you with the goodness of health by combating many problems that includes sexual and menstrual issues. So here are some easy home remedies using Asafoetida-

 

Alleviates menstrual cramps and regulates cycle to boost fertility

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One of the most common problems that women suffer from is menstrual cramps and irregular periods. This spice is known for improving your uterine health and helps in minimising period pain. Furthermore, it is also known to induce periods and regulate them. For making this remedy, you need to mix a spoon of asafoetida with warm water and a dollop of clarified butter or ghee. It is this combination that helps in flushing out a lot of toxins from the body and also boosts progesterone secretion. In fact, the duo is also known to clear minor cysts and clots from the uterine area. Have one cup on empty stomach in the morning and one at night.

 

Another remedy that you can try here for light or irregular bleeding would be mixing heating a spoon of ghee and then adding a pinch of asafoetida, with some fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds. Now pour this over some salted buttermilk. Mix well and drink. This way you also get a calcium boost and the combination of these spices helps in getting you a healthy and regulated menstrual flow, which in turn boosts fertility. 

 

Protection against uterine cancer

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Asafoetida is known for cleansing the body and this also includes the uterine area. Furthermore, it has rich anti-oxidants and cancer fighting properties, which works really well for uterine cancer. Research shows that women who consumed asafoetida on a regular basis not only showed protection against uterine cancer but it was also found that it also restrained or restricted the growth of the malicious cells.

 

Treats pregnancy morning sickness and nausea 

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Be it morning sickness or nausea, asafoetida is known for healing acute indigestion problems, even constipation and releases bile juices that helps in getting rid of the feeling of uneasiness. You can just mix up some asafoetida with rock salt and some carom seeds. Then have a small pinch of this when you wake up in the morning or even drink it up with some warm water to get rid of both nausea and morning sickness.

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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