This mono unsaturated oil is regarded as a longevity food. Its use is considered more beneficial for the heart than low-fat diet, which is generally advocated by health experts. Typically, the Mediterranean people eat more fat than Americans, but about three-quarters of all their fat come from monounsaturated fat, mostly from olive oil.
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This important condiment crop has been held in high esteem for its health-building qualities for centuries all over the world. In herbal medicine, garlic has been traditionally used for numerous ailments. Babhet, an eminent Ayurvedic authority, is of the opinion that garlic is good for the heart, a food for the hair, a stimulant to appetite, a strengthening food, useful in leucoderma, leprosy, piles, worms, catarrhal disorders, asthma and cough.
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This popular spice is a brain food. Its use has been found beneficial in the treatment of dullness of memory. Three grams of black cumin seeds should be mixed with 12 grams of pure honey and licked to enhance memory.
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According to Dr. William Kountz, director of Scientific Research of Gerontological Research Foundation, St. Louis Missouri, “Allowing oneself to slip mentally as well as physically is the primary cause of deterioration. Memory loss is not a sign of ageing, but a sign of increasing carelessness.” His advice is to keep the mind going by constant activity and proper diet.
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It is been known for centuries that hot, spicy, pungent foods can help clear the lungs and breathing passages. They do so by thinning mucus and encouraging it to move along. When a person eats a hot food, his eye starts watering and his nose begins to run. The same thing happens in the lungs. It is considered that hot food activate nerve endings in the oesophagus and stomach, causing the watery reactions. These age-old food remedies, passed down for centuries by medical practitioners and grandmothers, have stood the test of scientific investigations, especially inrespect of respiratory problems, like colds and flu.
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Honey is a mucus clearing food. It helps remove mucus and phlegm form bronchial tube. It is said that if a jug of honey is held under the nose of asthma patient and he inhales the air that comes into contact with honey, he starts breathing easier and deeper. The effect lasts for about an hour.or so.
Honey usually brings relief whether the air flowing over it is inhaled or whether it is eaten or taken either in milk or water. It thins out accumulated mucus and helps its elimination from the respiratory passages. It also prevents the production of further mucus.
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This popular herb possess mucus clearing property. It is thus an effective remedy for asthma and bronchitis. A teaspoon of decoction prepared by boiling 6 cloves in 30 ml of water makes an excellent expectorant medicine. It should be taken with honey three times daily for treating this condition. Cloves are used as a table spice. They are mixed with other spices in the preparation of curry powder. They are also used to flavour the betel quid (paari).
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Numerous plants contain phytoestrogens that are similar in molecular structure to that of human oestrogen. They have, however, a weaker and different effect. Plant oestrogen, being thus less powerful, is comparatively slow in generating benefits. But they are safer than synthetic oestrogen, which may produce adverse side effects. Moreover, some foods, notably vegetables of the cabbage family, increase the rate at which body burns up and disposes off oestrogen circulating in the body.
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The juice of orange is an effective expectorant food. It helps clear mucus from the bronchial tube. This juice, mixed with a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of honey, forms an effective food medicine for respiratory systems disorders like tuberculosis of the lungs, asthma, common cold, bronchitis and other conditions of cough associated with difficult expectoration. Due to its saline action in the lungs, it eases expectoration and protects from secondary infection.
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The use of love potions to stimulate sexual power and stamina made from natural foods and other substances are as old as human race. The ancient Chinese healers even before 2000 B.C., were boiling the root of a plant known as jen shen and giving the brew to men whose sexual ambitions far exceeded their sexual capacities. In ancient Babylon, women were munching candy made of sesame seed and honey for sexual health and fertility.
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