Healing Properties of Fruits: Mulberry

Mulberries
Mulberries have cooling thermal nature, sweet flavor. They have the property to build the fluids and blood; moistens the lungs and gastrointestinal tract; strengthens the liver and kidneys; treats wind conditions, including vertigo and paralysis. They are useful for blood deficiency signs such as anemia, prematurely gray hair, irritability, insomnia, and constipation from fluid dryness; also is used in treating stomach ulcers, diabetes, dry cough, ringing in the ears, and poor joint mobility. At one time in the West, mulberries were highly appreciated for the general tonic for the whole system, which corresponds to some degree with the Chinese view of their tonic action on the kidneys, liver, and blood.
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Corn Oil


Corn OiI

Corn oil comes from the whole corn (Zea mays L.), an annual herbaceous plant which is native to Central America. The oil makes up about 5 percent of the whole corn. Corn can be either wet milled to produce corn starch, corn sweeteners, and corn oil, or it can be dry milled to produce grits, flakes, meal, and oil. The crude corn oil that is obtained from the corn germ is supplementary refined by deodorization and removal of free fatty acids. It is yellow in color with a mild but usually individual odor. Refined corn oil is used as a salad and cooking oil or in making margarine. The refined oil has good flavor constancy, and it resists rancidity quite well even though it is highly unsaturated. Almost half of the world's corn oil is produced in the U.S., corn oil ranks above all domestically produced oils except soybean oil. Corn oil has been promoted as a food oil for at least 75 years in the U.S.

A typical fatty acid composition for corn oil is 12 percent palmitic acid, 2 percent stearic acid, 28 percent oleic acid, 57 percent linoleic acid, and 1 percent a-linolenic acid. Typical tocopherol levels in unrefined corn oil average 112 mg/kg a-tocopherol, 50 mg/kg p-tocopherol, 602 mg/kg ү-tocopherol, and 18 mg/kg б-tocopherol for a total of 782 mg/kg.
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Eat to Boost Your Energy (Part 2)


Marmite (yeast extract) is a rich source of the B vitamins that are required to release energy from food. It's also high in salt, and this is why you must limit its consumption.. You can also get B vitamins from meat, fish, eggs, whole grains, beans and lentils.
Energy Boosters

Avocado: Fat is more calorie-dense than either carbohydrates or protein, which makes it the strongest energy source. The flip side is that too much fat can make you pile on the flab, and eating the wrong kinds of fat (saturated and trans fats) furs up your arteries. Avocados are rich in heart-healthy, artery-smoothing unsaturated fats, giving you the best of both worlds - energy, plus less risk of a heart attack.
Energy Boosters

Bananas are power snacks for many of us. Pre-wrapped by the nature and ready to unzip, they're packed with natural sugars and starches, providing a combination of instant and slow release energy. They're also a great source of potassium, which helps keep your blood pressure in check.
Energy Boosters

Kidney Beans: Like nuts, beans such as kidney beans contain that winning mixture of protein and carbohydrates that keeps you fuelled for longer. But pulses (beans and lentils) are higher in fiber, which slows down the release of energy even more, making beans a true ‘slow-burn' fuel. Cook up some lean mince with a tin of kidney beans, a tin of tomatoes, some chopped onion and as much chilli as possible, for a no-fuss chilli that will keep you going for hours
Energy Boosters

Coffee: Unlike the foods above, this isn't great nutritional advice - but it works. Caffeine aims the release of adrenaline. It revs you up, gives you a boost of energy, and makes you temporarily more alert. A strong coffee could be just what you need before an significant presentation. But be warned - the energy effect won't last, and when it wears off you'll probably feel more tired than ever.
Energy Boosters
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Cucumber For Weight Loss


Cucumber

Cucumber is an important and efficient vegetable when it comes to weight loss. Here are some options on how on you can use it in your meals:

For Breakfast: Blueberry and cucumber smoothie
Refuel by chucking a chopped cucumber, a fist of berries, a few mint leaves, ice cubes and 350g natural yoghurt into a blender for a fast post-exercise shake. The yoghurt’s calcium is a powerful fat burner.

For Lunch:Feta Pitta breads
Mix a sliced cucumber with 100g feta cheese, 1 tbsp natural yoghurt, 100g black olives, fresh mint and mixed seeds. Stuff it all into wholemeal pittas for a light lunch. The feta is a rich source of riboflavin which will fuel your workouts

For Dinner Hot cucumber soup
Scrape out the seeds, slice and fry the cucumber for 2 minutes. Add chopped spring onions, 500ml chicken stock and chilli powder to increase your metabolism. Simmer and serve with yogurt and fresh mint.

For Side dish: Tzatziki
Grab a grater and shred a whole cucumber. Mix with two handfuls of chopped mint and two crushed garlic cloves, and combine with sour cream. Share as a dip or on the side with poached salmon. Garlic’s whiff comes from allicin which is a proven fat-burner.
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Fat as a Factor for Satiety


It is already a known fact that that fat is digested slowly. This means there is a slow release of the fat molecules from the food, with a slower emptying of both the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine than there would be if no fat was present in the food. As a result of the presence of fat storage in the small intestine, special hormones are produced and they avoid the hunger contractions. This role of delaying the inception of hunger is thought to be helpful for dieters; thus, a careful balance of fat in the diet becomes vital for someone trying to lose weight. Too much fat in the diet and the loss of weight is thwarted; too little and the hunger pangs play havoc with good intentions and frequently lead to overeating carbohydrates.
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Green Tea for Weigth Loss


Green Tea

Giving up beer will help your lose weight and not just because of the high calories content. According to the Food Research Institute in Norwich, when we drink a skinful we feel an outpouring of insulin stimulated by the ethanol in beer. This causes hypoglycemia, a reduction of sugar in the blood, which stimulates the sense of hunger, leading to a desire for high-carb foods Try drinking green tea for a month. Its catechins (antioxidants) stimulate the body's metabolism. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition men who drank green tea daily had significantly smaller waist measurements than those in the control group. Four cups a day should see you benefit from the rub of the green tea.
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