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Health Benefits of Banana

Health Benefits of Banana

by: Arlene Gentallan

        Banana is a popular fruit around the world. It's available year round. Perfect to be eaten raw, but with a wide variety of culinary application.

Based on USDA, here is the nutritional content of Banana:

1 medium Banana (118g) = 422mg Potassium
             = 1mg Sodium
     = 105 calories
    = 3.1g Dietary fiber
    = 0 mg Cholesterol
    = 1.3g Protein
  = 14g Sugar
   = 0.4mg Vitamin B-6
   = 76 IU Vitamin A
  = 10.3mg Vitamin C

1. High Blood Pressure
        Banana is an excellent source of potassium while very low in sodium. Foods high in potassium has been shown to benefit cardiovascular health since it lowers blood pressure and aids in the removal of excess sodium from the body. Too much sodium can pull water into the circulation thus further increasing blood pressure so it's crucial to take this mineral in moderation.

2. Minimize stroke Death
        In a study by Barrett-Connor and Kay-Tee Khaw published on New England Journal of …

Health Benefits of Fiber

Health Benefits of Fiber

by: Arlene Gentallan

What is Fiber?
        Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that humans are unable to digest. It provides us zero calories but it is essential to our digestive system since it forms the bulk. Soluble and insoluble fiber are it's two types. Here are the health benefits we can get fiber.

1. Reduces cholesterol
Water soluble fiber dissolves easily in water forming a viscous solution. This decreases the absorption of cholesterol.

2. Steadies blood sugar
        Water soluble fiber also reduces your absorption of sugar. This is important especially to those people suffering from diabetes.

3. Loose weight faster
Water soluble fiber decreases the speed at which food empties from the stomach into the small intestine. This means that you'll stay full longer. This will minimize overeating and craving. Plus, fiber has zero calories and no fat. It's a perfect companion with your weight loss diet.

4. Constipation
Insoluble fiber absorbs water and forms the…

13 Health Benefits of Lemongrass

13 Health Benefits of Lemongrass
by: Arlene Gentallan

        Lemongrass is an aromatic plant which tastes like lemon. It's an all purpose grass used for it's culinary, medicinal, aromatic, cosmetic and ornamental properties. Here's a list of lemongrass' many benefits and uses:

1. Cancer Fighter & Antioxidant In as study by Dudai, Weinstein, Krup M, et al, it was found out that "Citral", a component of the lemon-scented essential oils induces natural programmed cell death in several cancer cells.
Lemongrass is rich in antioxidant that helps the body counteract the harmful effects of free radicals we get from the environment and the foods we eat.

2. Insomnia If you're having trouble sleeping, then lemongrass can work wonders for you. Just drink 1 cup lemongrass tea before sleeping to facilitate relaxation. Lemongrass has a sedative like effect on the body.

How to make lemongrass tea?
2 tablespoon dried or fresh lemongrass leaves or stalk1 cup boilin…

How to Get Rid of Wrinkles?

How to Get Rid of Wrinkles?
by: Arlene Gentallan
It's a common consensus that wrinkles comes as a natural part of aging. It's an inevitable part of life. But that does not mean that we can do nothing about it. In fact, studies have given us insight that our habits and lifestyle does an impact as to how soon these line will appear on your faces and betray our age.

1. Use Sun Protection In studies involving identical twins, it was identified that the twin who prefers going out under the sun had more wrinkles compared to the other twin. Sun exposure is the leading cause of wrinkle so you'll have to make sure you are protected against the harmful ultraviolet rays.
Using sun protection not only helps combat premature wrinkle but it prevents  skin cancer as well.

What is the difference between sunblock and sunscreen? Sunscreens provides chemical protection by absorbing ultraviolet radiation, as opposed to bouncing it off, which prevents it from reaching below into your skin. Sunscreen …

12 Health Benefits of Peppermint

Health Benefits of Peppermint

by: Arlene Gentallan

Peppermint is known for it's distinctive refreshing aroma and cool blast. There's more to this mint that meets the eye. Here are a list of health and medicinal benefits of peppermint:

1. Memory Enhancer
        In a study by Moss M, Hewitt S, et al., just the simple aroma of essential oil peppermint is revealed to enhance both alertness and memory. what an amazing aroma!

2. Stress Reducer (Anti-anxiety / anxiolytic)
Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid that inhibits GABA transaminas leading to decrease anxiety. Enjoy a cup of peppermint tea to help you soothe your nerves and go through your day.

3. Relieves Tension Headache
In a study by Göbel H, Fresenius J, Heinze A, et al., it is revealed that topical application of peppermint oil into the temple and forehead alleviates tension-type headache (which is the most common headache.) It also gives us insight that peppermint's oil effect in reducing headache is comparable to acetaminop…

Exercise to Fight Cancer!

Exercise to Fight Cancer!
by: Arlene Gentallan

        Cancer is one of the most dreaded condition worldwide. It comes with the popular notion that when you are diagnosed with "CANCER", you'll only have 6 months to live. For some people, it entails the end. But this is not the case because your see, there are cancer survivors out there.
What is Cancer?
        Under normal condition, old and worn out cell die and new healthy cells replace them. But cancer cells do not. They grow and proliferate uncontrollably. Cancer cells are abnormal and interfere with the normal functioning. They are destructive and have potential to spread to other areas of the body.

What is the difference between tumor and cancer?         A tumor is a simply a mass or a lump, which can either be cancerous or not. There are two types of tumor: benign and malignant. A benign tumor is localized to a certain area of the body. It stays there and do not spread to other areas of the body. On the other hand, a ma…

L-carnatine: Fat Burner?

L-carnatine: Fat Burner?

by: Arlene Gentallan


        You may have already heard about L-carnatine. It's a popularly commercialized fat-burner. But did you know that your body can produce it on it's own. So, why is there a need to take l-carnatine supplement?

        L-carnatine is an amino acid that our kidneys and liver can normally produce from  amino acids "lysine" and "methionine." That means, your body is able to produce all the l-carnatine it needs. But there are times when it's production does not meet our body's requirement, such as during periods of strenuous exercises, renal failure, and certain genetic defects. Premature babies are also unable to produce enough l-carnatine.


        L-carnatine burns fat by transporting long-chain fatty acids found in the blood into the "power house" of cells called mitochondrias. Inside the mitochondias, these fatty acids are processed to produce energ…


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