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Uses And Health Benefits Of Lemon Juice

21 Uses Of Lemon Juice
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Boosts Immune System: Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants that can help the immune system.

Aids In Digestion: Drinking lemon juice may work as a mild laxative, helping avoid constipation.

Increases Concentration: Lemon water mixed with hot water may help keep you focused and concentrated.

Flushes Liver And Kidneys: Lemons are a good source of citrate that is believed to prevent the formation of kidney stones [1].

Suppress Appetite: Lemon water may help suppress appetite and is often employed by weight loss programs.

May Help Prevent Heart Failure: According to one study, lemon juice lowers the levels of cholesterol in the body and this may help prevent atherosclerosis. [2]

May Help Wounds To Heal Faster: One study found that wound healing times were shortened with the use of lemon juice extract. [3]

Help The Body To Remove Toxins: Fresh lemon juice in lukewarm water is often employed in detox regimens in order to help eliminate toxins from the body.

Infection: One study has found lemon with green tea to be effective in the prevention of urinary tract infectious agents [4].

Cough And Cold: Lemon juice combined with honey can be used as a herbal cough suppressant. [5]

Asthma: Lemon juice is rich in antioxidants that boost the immune system and may help reduce allergic reactions in the body.

Nausea, Vomiting, And Travel Sickness: Lemons contain citric acid that can help in digestion and soothe the stomach.

Bone-Related Diseases: High amount of calcium and vitamin C keeps the bones strong and healthy.

Acne Spots And Pimples: The topical use of lemon juice on acne spots may help remove them.

Hair: Vitamin C in lemon juice strengthens the hair and avoid hair loss.

Sore Throat (gargle): Lukewarm water mixed with lemon juice may help alleviate sore throat pain.

Further Reading On The Health Benefits Of Lemons:

5 Reasons To Drink Lemon Water In The Morning: https://herbshealthhappiness.com/5-reasons-to-drink-lemon-water-in-the-morning/

Uses And Benefits Of Lemon Essential Oil: https://www.herbs-info.com/essential-oils/lemon-essential-oil.html

How To Grow A Lemon Tree From Seed: https://herbshealthhappiness.com/how-to-grow-a-lemon-tree-from-seed/

References:

[1] Goldfarb, G., How To Heal From Kidney Stones With Diet–6 Steps. Kidney, 2018. https://www.theguerrilladiet.com/how-to-heal-from-kidney-stones-with-diet-6-steps/

[2] Khan, Y., et al., Evaluation of hypolipidemic effect of citrus lemon. Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 2010. 6(1): p. 39-43. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rafeeq_Khan/publication/261276322…/.pdf

[3] Oguwike, F. and D. Onubueze, Evaluation of Efficacy of Lemon Juice Extract (Citrius Lemoni Risso) on Wound Healing and Haemostatic Mechanism of Albino Wister Rats. International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), 2013. 2(9): p. 190-193. https://www.ijsr.net/archive/v2i9/MTkwODEzMDI=.pdf

[4] Jaafar, Z.S., The antimicrobial effects of green tea and lemon juice on Escherichia coli isolated from patients with urinary tract infection in holy Karbala city. International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, 2016. 18(1): p. 318. https://search.proquest.com/openview/2228f068911bcf74d5c405df7a40f951/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=2031961

[5] Sultana, S., et al., Cough suppressant herbal drugs: A review. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science Invention, 2016. 5(5): p. 15-28. http://www.ijpsi.org/Papers/Vol5(5)/D0505015028.pdf

Eating Mangoes Could Benefit Your Cardiovascular And Bowel Health

Eating Mangoes Could Benefit Your Cardiovascular And Bowel Health
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This tropical fruit has more benefits than being a prime ingredient for shakes and desserts. While this fruit is already quite popular because its delicious, recent studies have shown that not only are mangoes yummy, they are good for you as well. So, the next time you order (or make your own!) mango shake or parfait, think about these benefits.

There are several studies that have focused solely on the benefits of mangoes. On a side note, there has been some bad rep surrounding mangoes because of high sugar (fructose) content, but in moderation, its benefits definitely overweigh the disadvantages. Mangoes are rich in antioxidative compounds called polyphenols. These antioxidants help clear out free radicals from the blood stream, which damage cells and cause oxidative stress. However, the bioavailability of these antioxidants vary from person to person; a factor involved is body weight.

Mangoes And Cardiovascular Health

In the 2017 Experimental Biology Conference, lead researcher Dr. Susanne Mertens-Talcott presented findings from their research on mango benefits on cardiovascular health. Focusing on the absorption, metabolism, and excretion of gallic acid, galloyl glycosides, and gallotanins (which are antioxidants), Dr. Mertens-Talcott and Dr. Talcott found that consuming mango over a course of six weeks had significant anti-inflammatory benefits compared to sporadic consumption of the fruit. However, the researchers reported that there was no significant difference in absorption between lean and obese individuals after six weeks of eating 400 grams of frozen mango pulp. While gut microbiota was much lower in obese individuals, after six weeks the benefits of consuming the mangos were the same in both groups, lean and obese. The same study yielded results that showed that obese individuals benefited more because of a significant decreased risk in atherosclerosis, thrombosis, and inflammatory markers associated with cardiovascular disease. [1]

While Dr. Mertens-Talcott touched on the subject of gut microbiota and the absorption of the tannins from mangoes, a randomized pilot study was conducted by lead researched Dy. Hyemee Kim, focusing on the role of mangoes in changes in the gut microbiota. Gut microbiota plays a big role in the absorption of nutrients from food. Dr. Kim found that intake of frozen mango pulp, the same as the previous study, was able to significantly reduce inflammation in the gut, which affects gut microbiota and nutrition. Because of the antioxidant effects of mangoes, inflammation was reduced and the gut was able to absorb the nutrients better, which paints a better picture for people suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases like gastric ulcers. [2]

The third significant study was published by lead research Dr. Fang (also with Dr. Mertens-Talcott and Dr. Talcott) in the same year, 2017, and focused on mango intake and how it affects metabolism and inflammation in both lean and obese individuals. The researchers report two significant results: (1) mangoes are able to reduce systolic blood pressure significantly in lean individuals (but not in obese individuals) and (2) improved glucose control in obese individuals (but not lean individuals). The study was conducted over 42 days and involved a consumption of 400 grams of frozen mango pulp. [3]

Another study was also presented in the conference by lead researched Dr. O’Hara and also focused on glucose response, specifically post-prandial responses. The study included young adult males aged 18 to 25 years old and assessed their post-prandial glucose levels after taking freeze-dried mango pulp. One hour after the meal, post-prandial glucose was significantly lower in the individuals who had mango included in their diet than individuals who didn’t. These effects were reported as modest and the researchers suggested that further studies be done to see what benefits mangoes have. [4]

The health benefits on mangoes still need to be studied further but the ones that were presented in the 2017 Experimental Biology Conference suggest that there may be more to this fruit than its role as a drink or dessert ingredient. If possible, include mango in your daily diet; fresh mangoes are the best choice over processed drinks and snacks which are much too high in sugar.

References:

[1] Mertens-Talcott, S. & Talcott, S. (2017). Human Bioavailability and anti-inflammatory
properties of Mango Polyphenols. http://www.mango.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Human_Bioavailability_antiinflammatory_Mango_Polyphenols_Eng.pdf

[2] Kim, H. (2017). Mango Polyphenolics Reduce Inflammation in Intestinal Colitis—Involvement of the miR-126/PI3K/AKT/mTOR Axis In Vitro and In Vivo. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5053910/

[3] Fang, C., et. al. (2017). Daily Mango (Mangifera Indica L.) Consumption for 42 Days Differentially Modulates Metabolism and Inflammation in Lean and Obese Individuals. https://www.fasebj.org/doi/abs/10.1096/fasebj.31.1_supplement.431.3

[4] O’Hara, C., et. al. (2017). The Effects of Acute Freeze-Dried Mango Consumption with a High-Fat Meal on Post-Prandial Responses in Healthy Young Adult Males. https://www.fasebj.org/doi/abs/10.1096/fasebj.31.1_supplement.166.3

Top 8 Home Remedies for Dandruff

Top 8 Home Remedies for Dandruff
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Dandruff is a common scalp condition wherein the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp happens in an unusually large amount. Those people with dandruff experience skin cell shedding on the scalp every 2-7 days (skin cells are supposed to mature and be shed around a month). [1]

Although it is rarely harmful, dandruff is a nuisance and can be embarrassing. Itchiness may occur too. However, dandruff can be controlled. More than shampooing, a wide array of effective home remedies exist to help you eliminate the dandruff problem:

1. Water And Fluids: One of the most common causes of dandruff is simply a dry skin or scalp. Suchdryness may come, for instance, from winter or an overly warm area. Drink plenty of water and fluids to rehydrate your skin. Fruit juices are noteworthy since they provide not only water for replenishing but also vitamins such as vitamins A and C that promote skin health.

2. Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, And Grapefruit: All of these citrus fruits are effective against dandruffbecause of their antifungal activities. The juice from these citrus fruits can also moisturize the scalp to help prevent further flaking. The essential oils of lemon, orange, mandarin, and grapefruit have been established as well to exert antifungal activities against certain kinds of fungi. [2] Slice citrus fruits into slim pieces, squeeze out the juice, and massage the juice on the scalp. Let the juice stay on the scalp for half an hour before washing. Do this once or twice a week. One can also mix some drops of diluted essential oils of lemon, orange, mandarin, and grapefruit with some mild shampoo.

3. Lemongrass: Lemongrass is a perennial grass that doesn’t find difficulty in getting a place in the kitchen or Asian dish, especially in soups and curries. Its subtle citrusy flavor provides a nice touch to tropical cuisines with poultry, fish, beef, or seafood. But lemongrass doesn’t just stay useful in cooking. It is also utilized as a traditional medicine. A 2011 study from Mahidol University, Thailand, found that lemongrass oil may help reduce dandruff: It showed significant antifungal action against Malassezia furfur, which is an opportunistic yeast associated with dandruff formation. Even at 2%, lemongrass oil is regarded as effective against dandruff. [3]

4. Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is largely employed medically for its antibacterial and antifungal therapeutic properties. In a study published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, tea tree oil was evidenced to inhibit the growth of all clinical fungal isolates evaluated. These included 26 strains of diverse dermatophyte species and 54 yeasts. [4] Incorporating tea tree oil inshampoo has been demonstrated to be effective against dandruff. In a randomized, single-blind Australian study that involved 126 patients, 5% tea tree oil alleviated the scaliness, itchiness, and greasiness associated with dandruff per patient’s self-assessments. In addition, 5% tea tree oil was well tolerated and provided no adverse effects. [5]

Add tea tree oil to your shampoo. For every eight ounces of the shampoo, add around ten dropsof tea tree oil in the bottle. Shake the shampoo bottle in order to evenly distribute the tea tree oil. Use this shampoo plus tea tree oil mixture during your shower. For better results, allow the tea tree oil shampoo to be on the hair for three to five minutes to let the tea tree oil do its thing on the scalp

5. Black Pepper: Black pepper contains a rich amount of zinc and selenium, two minerals that are known to control dandruff. Black peppers are commonly mixed with some yogurt and are massaged thoroughly on the scalp. The black peppers aid in pulling the loose dandruff, while theyogurt keeps the flakiness in reduced quantity. The black pepper and yogurt mixture is to be kept on the scalp for an hour or more before washing the hair with a mild shampoo.

6. Neem: Neem is a tropical tree widely grown for its medicinal properties. Both the aqueous extract derived from the different parts of neem and neem oil pressed from the fruits and seeds have been studied for their antifungal activities. The leaves of neem can be crushed to form a paste; apply this paste directly on the scalp for half an hour to treat dandruff and then rinse off with water afterwards. Another means to use neem leaves is to mix two handfuls of neem leaves with four or five cups of water. Let the mixture stand overnight, strain the liquid the next morning, and then use the neem liquid to rinse the hair.

7. Aloe Vera: Aloe vera possesses antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent and remedy dandruff. The gel that comes from the central core of A. vera leaves has a moisturizing effect on the scalp too, which will reduce the flakiness associated with dandruff. It can also minimize the irritation that sometimes happens with dandruff and help repair the damaged skin.

Cut some A. vera leaves and obtain the gel from the leaves. One can use a spoon to scoop the gel from the leaves. Apply the gel generously on the scalp and let it stay for about 15 minutes. Alternatively, cut the leaves crosswise and directly rub the gel on the scalp.

8. Minimize The Use Of Some Styling Products: Dandruff may arise as an allergic response to some chemicals that few hair gels, sprays, shampoos, and hair oils contain. Furthermore, hair sprays, styling gels, and hair waxes tend to build up and accumulate on the hair and scalp. Theseproducts can thus only make the scalp oilier and the dandruff worse.

References:

[1] Dandruff. Wikipedia. Retrieved 27 July 2013 from [1] Dandruff. Wikipedia. Retrieved 27 July 2013 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandruff

[2] Viuda-Martos M., Ruiz-Navajas Y., Fern·ndez-LÛpez J., & PÈrez-¡lvarez J. (2008). Antifungal activity of lemon (Citrus lemon L.), mandarin (Citrus reticulate L.), grapefruit (Citrus paradisi L.) and orange (Citrus sinensis L.) essential oils. Food Control, 19(12): 1130-1138. Retrieved 27 July 2013 from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713507002629

[3] Wuthi-Udomlert M., Chotipatoomwan P., Panyadee S., & Gritsanapan W. (2011). Inhibitory effect of formulated lemongrass shampoo on Malassezia furfur: a yeast associated with dandruff. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 42(2): 363-369. Retrieved 27 July 2013 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21710859

[4] Nenoff P., Haustein U. F., & Brandt W. (1996). Antifungal activity of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil) against pathogenic fungi in vitro. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 9(6): 388-394. Retrieved 27 July 2013 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9055360

[5] Satchell A. C., Saurajen A., Bell C., & Barnetson R. S. (2002). Treatment of dandruff with 5% tea tree oil shampoo. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 47(6): 852-855. Retrieved 27 July 2013 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12451368