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An Ultimate Guide to Sunnah Foods & Healthy Eating

An Ultimate Guide to Sunnah Foods & Healthy Eating

There are at least a thousand myths and facts that surround nutrition and diet. And when it comes to these two, everyone seems to have an opinion of their own. 

While some say that all carbs are bad for you, others are completely in favor of eating the good carbs. While for some fats are a complete no no, others say eating fats is very beneficial for amazing skin and hair. And this list of contradictions can go on and on. 

If you listen to all of this at the same time, you might feel your head spinning and losing your mind. You might feel completely confused thinking ‘who do I actually listen to?’

Well, that’s why you have Sunnah- the best health advice from the Prophet. Sunnah doesn’t just guide you on eating healthy but also on staying mentally and physically fit, keeping diseases away and feeling great about yourself. The Sunnah foods or the foods that Prophet Muhammad liked and ate need to be a part of your everyday life.

Here, we will talk about the general guide and rules for healthy eating as per Sunnah. While you obviously do not need to follow each and everything as mentioned, try to start with one and then follow as many as you can.

So, without any more delay, let us get to know what Sunnah foods a healthy Muslim usually eats.

Ultimate Guide to Sunnah Foods & Healthy Eating

We will take a look at the right food combinations for each meal and the benefits the food has.

Sunnah Foods to Have in the Morning

Foods to have: Lemon/ vinegar and honey on an empty stomach

  • Have a glass of warm water with either half or one freshly squeezed lemon and 1 teaspoon of honey.
  • Or you can also dilute a spoonful or two of vinegar/ apple cider vinegar in a glass of water with a teaspoon of honey.

After you have it, wait at least for half an hour and let the Sunnah foods detoxify and cleanse your body.

Its Health benefits: Having the above Sunnah foods on an empty stomach are known to aid in weight loss, completely detoxify your body, aid in digestion, prevent kidney stones and a lot more.

Honey holds a lot of importance in the Quran as well as in many Prophetic narrations. The Prophet himself loved drinking honey and has recommended its intake for several ailments.

Sunnah Foods to Have for the Breakfast

Foods to have: Barley, oatmeal, milk, black seed/ kalonji

  • Have a glass or two of water about 10 minutes before your breakfast.
  • For your breakfast, you can have any of the following

– Omelette with vegetables

– Barley porridge with dry fruits added to it

– Oatmeal along with milk

– Muesli along with milk

– A brown bread sandwich with black seed/ kalonji

  • You can have one cup of either tea or coffee along with your breakfast.

Its Health Benefits: Barley helps with weight loss, is a high source of fiber, lowers cholesterol, improves digestion and protects against heart diseases. Oats, too, lower cholesterol, are rich in antioxidants, help control blood sugar level and promote weight loss. Whereas, milk is a rich source of calcium, protein, vitamin D, phosphorus and potassium. Black seed is packed with antioxidants, boosts immunity, is good for digestive health and has anticancer properties.

Aisha has said that whenever a member of the Prophet’s family fell sick, he would order barley soup to be made for and fed to that person. Milk too, finds its mention in the Quran which says that in the description of paradise, there are rivers of milk whose taste never changes.

Sunnah Foods to Have in the Mid-Morning/ Afternoon

While the mid-morning/ afternoon meal is optional, it is a good time to have some fruits and dry fruits.

Foods to have: Cucumber, watermelon, olives, dates

  • You can have a bowl of yogurt with some seasonal fruits.
  • A cup of green tea with a few dates.
  • Watermelon and dates.
  • Cucumbers with dates.
  • A small bowl with dry fruits and nuts.

Its Health Benefits: Seasonal fruits are a rich source of several vitamins and minerals, giving you a boost of health. Dry fruits and nuts are good for the heart, brain, digestive system and boost your immunity.

In Abu Dawood and At-Tirmidhi, it is narrated that the Prophet used to eat watermelon along with dates. In Surah al-An’am and Surah An-Nahl, the date palm and its ripe fruits and grapes and fruits of all kinds find its mention.

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Sunnah Foods to Have for Lunch and Dinner

Foods to have: Vegetables, meat, vinegar

  • It is suggested that you have a glass or two of water about 10 minutes before your meals.
  • Have a fresh salad with some vinegar in your lunch and dinner.
  • As per Sunnah, you need to eat wholesome foods in your meals.
  • Give preference to vegetables over meat and have them everyday while you should have meat 3 to 4 times a week. 
  • Have more organic bird meat and chicken, fish and other seafood and lesser red meat.
  • Eat a lot of protein like nuts, beans, lentils, green peas etc.
  • Have lesser carbohydrates like white rice, potatoes etc.
  • Make use of ginger and turmeric while cooking.
  • Choose the correct food combinations like carbs with vegetables or meat with vegetables.

These were some suggestions for having your lunch and dinner as per Sunnah. Following these will give your body the right combination of nutrients that are required everyday.

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Conclusion

Here, we shared some healthy eating guidelines as per Sunnah along with some Sunnah foods. Although the Prophet fasted a lot, but he did point out to some beneficial foods. Follow these guidelines to stay physically as well as mentally fit and keep diseases at bay. Not just that but you will also feel better about yourself and your body by having these foods.

So, which of these Sunnah foods do you like the best?

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The Kashmiri Gushtaba: How to Cook at Home?

The Kashmiri Gushtaba: How to Cook at Home?

Just like its culture, heritage, history and nature, Kashmir’s delectable food is also unmissable. With a majority of the dishes here being meat-based, Kashmiri cuisine is nothing short of a paradise for all the non-vegetarians. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing for the vegetarians.

Kashmir is a paradise for all kinds of foodies. Rogan Josh, Dum Aloo, Modur Pulao, Yakhni Lamb curry, Aab Gosht, Kahwa- the list of dishes to try here is truly endless. The food here is a beautiful amalgamation of the cuisines influenced by the Persians, Mughals, and other Central Asian Muslim cultures.

And when we are talking about Kashmir’s grand gastronomic affair, how can we not talk about the Gushtaba? ‘Gushtaba’ or gostaba is a flavorsome dish made from minced mutton meatballs in a curd-based gravy. This traditional dish is full of authentic Kashmiri flavors. It  is so good that it’ll leave you wanting for more.

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In fact, the Kashmiri Wazwan – a grand feast with a whooping 36 courses is incomplete without the gostaba. And this dish is mostly served towards the end of the wazwan before the dessert. Refusing this dish is considered as an insult by the hosts. The gostaba is also a very special dish prepared for various occasions and celebrations.

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Gushtaba Served in a Restaurant in Kashmir

If you have been to Kashmir and tried this dish, you probably know why it is so special. And if not, you should still definitely try it out at home.

Want to cook the wonderful gushtaba at home? Then, read on! In this article, we tell you how to cook this authentic Kashmiri Gushtaba at home. So gather all the ingredients and begin your prep for this mind-blowing dish that is sure to be a treat for your tastebuds!

Kashmiri Gushtaba Recipe:

The recipe can be divided into three steps: preparing the meatballs, cooking the meatballs and preparing the gravy. So, without any more delay, let’s get into the recipe.

Ingredients:

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need for the gushtaba recipe:

For the meatballs:

  • 500 grams minced mutton
  • 100 grams mutton fat OR 1 egg
  • 1 small piece of ginger OR dry ginger powder
  • 2 green cardamoms finely crushed
  • Salt to taste
  • Saffron to Garnish (Optional)

For cooking the meatballs:

  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Gushtaba gravy:

  • 1 ½ cup curd
  • 2 medium sized finely chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dry ginger powder
  • 1-2 black cardamoms
  • 3-4 green cardamoms
  • Ghee (clarified butter) – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt- as per taste

Now that we know the ingredients, let’s get into the Kashmiri Gushtaba recipe.

Step by Step Gushtaba Recipe:

  1. First, we need to ensure that the mutton is very finely minced. For this, you can either use a stone pestle or even a mixer grinder works fine. Add the minced mutton to the grinder/ food processor and grind it for about 2 minutes. Then add the salt, ginger, crushed cardamom and either mutton fat or egg (whichever one you are using) and grind this for about 2 more minutes.
  2. Now, take the finely minced mutton and transfer it to a bowl. Keep it aside for some time while we prepare the other things. 
  3. Take a large vessel and add 2 cups of water to it and heat it on a medium flame. Add salt and all the whole spices (bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves) to it. Let the water boil.
  4. As the water is boiling, take the mutton paste and start making medium-sized balls out of it. Use a little water to wet your hands for making the meatballs.
  5. After you have shaped all the meatballs, add them to the boiling water to cook them. Cook these balls in the water for a good amount of time or till they become a little tender. It should take about 10 to 15 minutes for the meatballs to cook well.
  6. While the meatballs are cooking, heat sufficient oil in a kadhai. Now, add the finely chopped onions to the oil. Cook these onions till they become slightly brown. Let the onions cool down.
  7. Meanwhile, take the 1.5 cups curd and whisk it very well. Use a little water if needed. Add a little salt to it while whisking. Now, open the green and black cardamoms and add its seeds to the curd. Also add the dry ginger powder and fennel powder and mix well. Keet the curd aside.
  8. The onions would have cooled by now. Put these onions in a mixer grinder and make a very fine paste of it.
  9. To make the gushtaba, take a heavy bottomed pan or vessel. Now, add the prepared curd to this and cook it very well until it starts boiling. But, you also need to be very careful when cooking the curd and keep stirring it continuously.
  10. Now, add the onion paste to the curd and mix well. Also add the two tablespoons ghee to it and keep cooking it. 
  11. When the curry appears to be well cooked, add the meatballs to it. You can also add the water that the meatballs were boiled in to adjust the consistency. This is not just to adjust the consistency but it will also add a good taste to the curry.
  12. Let everything cook well for a while till it starts to boil.
  13. Voila, you are done! Your Kashmiri Gushtaba is ready to serve.
  14. Optionally, you can garnish it with some fresh or dried mint leaves.
  15. Serve the hot gostaba with some steamed rice or naan/ some other bread. Indulge in and enjoy!

Over to You

Here, we shared the Kashmiri Gushtaba recipe. Even though it might seem like a long process, trust us, the gushtaba is definitely worth it. This marvelous dish is sure to leave your taste buds wanting more. Do try out this recipe for tasting a bit of the heavenly Kashmiri cuisine. Also, do let us know how you liked it!

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Everything You Need to Know About Kashmiri Tea

Everything You Need to Know About Kashmiri Tea

Along with its breathtaking beauty, Kashmir is also popular for its lip-smacking delicacies all over the world. Not just the food but Kashmir is also home to some very special and heart-warming beverages like the Kahwa and Kashmiri Noon Chai.

Kashmiri tea, or what is also known as the ‘pink tea’ is an integral part of the Kashmiri hospitality and the Kashmiri way of life. It goes by many names- Kashmiri chai, pink tea, noon chai or namkeen chai. Known as ‘Noon chai’ in the local language, the word ‘noon’ literally means salt. This tells us that this unique tea isn’t exactly the ‘sweet chai’ that we all know.

And yet, it is incredibly special and loved. Not just by the Kashmiris but also by the countless travellers who’ve tasted it; for it carries the true essence of this heavenly place and its people.

Even though this chai can be enjoyed at all times and during all kinds of weather, there is nothing quite like a cup of hot Kashmiri chai on a cold day. It is often consumed two to three times in a day.

What is Kashmiri chai or pink tea?

The pink tea or Kashmiri tea is indigenous to the Kashmir valley. It is known for its salty taste and the pretty pink color that it has. Now you might wonder what is it that makes this tea pink? Is it a spice? No. Is it any artificial food color? No! Rose petals? Um, no!

Noon Chai

What actually makes this tea pink is a pinch of baking soda. The soda reacts with the tea leaves to give it that beautiful pink color. Sounds pretty interesting, right? Well, it certainly is.

It is made using special Kashmiri green tea leaves, water, milk, some spices, salt, a pinch of baking soda, and then topped with some chopped dry fruits and nuts for a richer taste. The pink Kashmiri chai is then served with some homemade bread, salted cookies, and some other traditional snacks for a complete tea-time experience.

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Traditionally, the noon chai is made in a kettle called ‘samavar’. However, it can also be easily made in a regular pot. In fact, the traditional kettle is now getting replaced with everyday pots.

The chai has a rich, creamy, buttery and nutty taste and it is slightly thick.  This tea feels like a warm hug; especially on a cold day. 

Not only is this chai delicious but it is also believed to be good for your health. It is beneficial for the heart, good for stomach ailments like heartburn and bloating and the tea is also believed to help in the reduction of stress and anxiety. The tea is also quite refreshing and energizing and prepares you for the long day that lies ahead.

Although the origin of this tea is unclear, one thing is for sure- the Kashmiris love this chai.

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Samawar & Kahwa

Now that you know what the Kashmiri chai is, let’s take a look at how it is made.

Kashmiri Tea Recipe/ Pink Tea Recipe:

Before you head out to make the Kashmiri tea recipe, you must remember that it takes time to master the art of making this tea. You may not get it right in the first attempt but it is definitely worth the time and energy.

Also, this tea is best made with the Kashmiri tea leaves. You will only get the best and the original taste with the Kashmiri leaves. However, if you don’t have it, you can use regular green tea leaves. 

Now, without any further ado, let’s get into the pink tea recipe.

Kashmiri Tea Recipe Ingredients:

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need for making the Kashmiri chai.

  • 7 to 8 cups of chilled water
  • 3 teaspoons of Kashmiri tea (or green tea)
  • Some spices (about 3 to 4 green cardamoms, a small piece of cinnamon and 1 star anise)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • Sugar as per taste (optional)
  • Some chopped almonds and pistachios for garnishing

Kashmiri Tea Recipe Instructions:

This tea requires efforts to make. So, follow the steps very carefully.

  1. Take about three cups of chilled water in a pot. Add all the spices and tea leaves to it and put it on the stove.
  2. Bring this to a boil and add the baking soda and salt at this stage. Keep cooking it until the water has reduced to almost one cup. You will see that the tea will thicken eventually.
  3. After the water has reduced to almost one cup, add two more cups of chilled water to it. Keep stirring it continuously.
  4. Again, you need to keep cooking this until the water has reduced to one cup again.
  5. After it has reduced to one cup, add the remaining 2-3 cups of chilled water to it and again keep cooking it until the water reduces to one cup.
  6. Thus, the base of our Kashmiri chai is now ready. Take it off the heat and strain the tea. This tea base can be refrigerated for about 4 to 5 days after it is made.
  7. Now, to make the pink tea, boil the milk. If you want it to be sweet, add some sugar to it.
  8. After the milk starts to boil, add the tea base that we had prepared.
  9. Stir it nicely and let it boil for a few more minutes.
  10. Our Kashmiri tea is finally ready!
  11. Take 2 cups and pour tea in them. Then garnish the tea with the chopped almonds and pistachios.
  12. Voila! Now, enjoy! You can have it with some naan/ bread or cookies.

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This is basically how the Kashmiri pink tea is made. The recipe might sound complicated but the end result is definitely worth it.

Next time you visit Kashmir, don’t forget to indulge in a warm cup of this unique Kashmiri tea. But, until then, try out this wonderful recipe!

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Top 21 Benefits of Dry Fruits [Science Backed]

Top 21 Benefits of Dry Fruits [Science Backed]

The crunchy nuts and naturally sweet dry fruits make for excellent snacks, accompaniments for breakfast or just something to eat in-between meals. They also make for amazing additions to several recipes including a host of delectable desserts as well as non-veg dishes. In fact, dry fruits and nuts are very widely consumed in India in various forms. This isn’t only because of their delicious taste but also because of the incredible benefits of dry fruits.

If you are in the habit of eating them daily, you are doing something amazing for your body. If not, in this article, we give you 21 reasons why you need to add them to your diet.

Top 21 Benefits of Dry Fruits

1. Dry Fruits are loaded with several essential nutrients

What makes dry fruits and nuts a must-eat is the fact that they are full of several essential nutrients. They are loaded with proteins, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants as well as several vitamins and minerals. 

Hence, eating a handful of these on a daily basis won’t just give you a boost of health but also fulfill your daily requirements of certain nutrients.

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2. Dry Fruits help boost energy and stamina

One of the best benefits of dry fruits and nuts is that they give you a boost of energy and stamina. Running low on energy or feeling a bit tired? Eating a few of these will give you energy instantly.

Since dry fruits are rich in natural sugars and nuts help you feel satiated, they are the best food that you can eat for an energy boost. 

3. Are good for building immunity

As dried fruits are loaded with numerous essential nutrients, they help in building overall health and immunity.

Most dry fruits and nuts are a very good source of fibers, proteins, calcium, iron, antioxidants etc. and all of these nutrients come together to help build better resistance against diseases. This is one of the most important reasons why you must include them in your daily diet.

4. Help maintain a healthy weight

Dry fruits are usually associated with weight gain but did you know that eating them can help you lose weight too? Well, dry fruits are basically superfoods that when combined with the right diet, they can help you maintain a healthy weight.

So, no matter what your weight goals might be, including dry fruits in moderation in your diet is always a good idea.

5. Promote a healthy gut and keep your stomach happy

Dry fruits and nuts like anjeer and almonds are very good for your stomach and overall digestive health. Since they are a very good source of fiber, they promote healthy bacteria and boost your gut health.

They also keep the stomach happy by keeping issues such as constipation at bay. Almonds, walnuts as well as dried figs work as excellent natural laxatives.

6. Help maintain heart health

Another one of the benefits of dry fruits is that they are very good for maintaining your heart health. Whether it is almonds, walnuts or raisins, they are all very good for your heart.

Almonds are known to reduce the ‘bad cholesterol’ or LDL in your body while maintaining the levels of good cholesterol. Whereas, walnuts are known to keep your arteries clear. All in all, dry fruits and nuts are extremely beneficial for your heart health.

7. They are also good for your brain

How can we possibly leave behind the benefits of dry fruits and nuts for the brain? Almonds as well as walnuts are excellent brain foods. 

They don’t just help improve your memory but also enhance other cognitive functions and keep your brain working well. Hence, to stay sharp, add a few nuts and dry fruits to your daily diet.

8. Are good for your bone health

Did you know that nuts and dry fruits can also aid your bone health? Almonds, dried figs as well as cashews are actually very good for your bones.

Eating them regularly won’t just improve your bone density but also prevent diseases like osteoporosis. 

9. They are also a pretty good source of antioxidants

Antioxidants are essential substances that your body needs to fight off and prevent the damage caused by free radicals. The damage caused by free radicals to your cells can often lead to severe diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

The good thing is that dry fruits and nuts like dried figs, almonds and walnuts are loaded with these antioxidants. Moreover, antioxidants also help delay the signs of ageing.

10. Are good for diabetics

What’s more is that dry fruits and especially nuts are also good for diabetic people. Since nuts contain essential fats, fiber and minerals such as magnesium and potassium, they are very good for diabetes.

Almonds, walnuts and cashews are excellent for diabetes patients. Dry fruits, too, in moderation, are beneficial for them. Isn’t this one of the best benefits of dry fruits and nuts? Just to mention that pure Himalayan Shilajit is also a good food that helps in improving the condition of diabetics.

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11. Are helpful in fighting anxiety and depression

Dried fruits and nuts are also anxiety reducing foods. They are loaded with nutrients that can help ease down bouts of anxiety as well as depression.

All dried fruits and nuts, especially walnuts, almonds and cashews work very well for this purpose. Whether you suffer from anxiety in general or feel stressed out at times, don’t forget to add these dry fruits to your diet.

12. Help fight and prevent anemia

One of the best benefits of dry fruits is that eating them is effective in the prevention as well as treatment of anemia. Since they are a rich source of iron as well as potassium, eating them helps increase haemoglobin and blood absorption in the body.

Have walnuts, almonds, cashews, raisins and dried figs for this purpose.

13. Are good for hypertension

Another benefit of eating dry fruits is that they are good for hypertension as well. Nuts as well as dry fruits are known to lower blood pressure levels as they contain high levels of magnesium and potassium.

For this purpose, eating almonds, cashews, raisins and dried figs regularly can help.

14. Eating them can also reduce the risk of certain types of cancers

Several studies have shown that regular intake of dry fruits and nuts is linked with lower risk of certain types of cancers. 

Having almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios and other dry fruits and nuts can significantly reduce your risk of colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer as well as some other cancers. Also, pure organic saffron is also known to reduce the risk of cancers, so you must try adding that to your regular diet as well.

15. Are very good for pregnant women

Did you know about the benefits of dry fruits for pregnancy? Since dry fruits and nuts are a storehouse of vitamins, minerals and several other essential nutrients, they are extremely beneficial for pregnant women.

Being rich in iron, proteins, calcium, fibre, magnesium, manganese, potassium, healthy fats and antioxidants, a handful of mixed dry fruits and nuts daily can give pregnant women a boost of health. 

16. They are also good for the eyes

What’s more, benefits of dry fruits and nuts also include them being good for the eyes. Since most nuts and dry fruits are rich in antioxidants, they can prove extremely beneficial for eye health.

Since they are a very good source of omega 3 fatty acids as well as vitamin E, nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews are excellent for your eyes. Eating them regularly can protect your eyes from several diseases.

17. Thyroid can get in control

Another amazing benefit that eating nuts has is thyroid control. Since nuts like walnuts, almonds are a very good source of healthy fats, they help with thyroid control.

Black raisins are also helpful when it comes to better thyroid function.

18. Are amazing for your skin

Did you know about the benefits of dry fruits for skin? Well, there are many! Dried fruits and nuts are loaded with all the essential nutrients that are needed by the skin.

Walnuts help with skin nourishment, almonds provide sun protection, cashews help prevent and fight acne and raisins help you achieve flawless skin. Moreover, since most dry fruits and nuts are rich in antioxidants, they help keep your skin looking youthful.

19. They are excellent for your hair

Along with your skin, dry fruits and nuts are also excellent for your hair. Most nuts are full of proteins as well as healthy fats, both of which help with great hair.

By including almonds, walnuts and pistachios in your daily diet, you can improve your hair health. They help strengthen your hair, prevent hair fall and make hair shiny.

20. Delay signs of ageing

This is one of the most amazing benefits of dry fruits. Since almost all dried fruits and nuts are a very rich source of antioxidants, they help delay the signs of ageing.

Along with helping in fighting free radical damage, antioxidants are also known to delay the signs of ageing. This means delayed wrinkles and youthful skin for longer.

21. Benefits of dry fruits with honey

To reap more benefits, you can also have dry fruits with honey. The goodness of honey combined with the goodness of dry fruits will ensure more antioxidants, better immunity, better cardiovascular health and digestion.

Over to You

Here, we saw 21 health benefits, benefits of dry fruits for skin, benefits of dry fruits for pregnancy and benefits of dry fruits with honey. Considering these amazing 21 benefits, make sure to add some delicious nuts and dry fruits to your daily diet.

This piece was written after consulting various nutritionists and reading medical research on the benefits of dry fruits.

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Saffron During Pregnancy: Benefits, Uses, Side Effects & More

Saffron During Pregnancy: Benefits, Uses, Side Effects & More

Taking saffron during pregnancy has been advised by doctors as well as elders since ages. Saffron or ‘Kesar’, as it is popularly known in India has numerous wonderful medicinal properties. The spice has always been held in high regard in Ayurveda and used since ancient times not only in cooking but also for cosmetic and healing purposes.

Saffron is actually the dried stigma of a purple colored flower that goes by the name of ‘Crocus sativus’ or simply the saffron flower. Its rarity and the painstaking process that goes behind harvesting it is what makes saffron the most expensive spice in the world.

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The spice is extensively used in Indian, Iranian, Spanish as well as some other cuisines of the world. Just a hint of saffron makes several dishes taste and look resplendent along with helping you reap its many benefits.

Now talking about pregnancy, it is believed that if pregnant women have saffron, it can improve the complexion of their baby. However, it is a myth as the complexion of the baby is determined by the genes and not the food that the mother eats. But leaving this myth aside, there are actually several ways that women can benefit by having saffron when they’re pregnant. 

Want to know what they are? Then, keep reading to know more about what saffron’s benefits, uses and side effects are during pregnancy.

Benefits of Saffron during Pregnancy

Saffron is highly beneficial for pregnant women to have saffron as it has many amazing medicinal properties and can provide a number of benefits during the gestational period. Let us find out what the benefits of saffron in pregnancy are.

1. Controls Mood Swings

Mood swings are extremely common during the nine months as pregnancy triggers a lot of hormonal changes in your body. From feeling emotional at one moment to irritated at the next, these drastic mood swings are extremely common.

Saffron has antidepressant effects that can help in calming down the mood swings. Intake of this spice boosts the blood flow to your brain. It also produces a hormone called ‘serotonin’ that is known to elevate your mood and keep all those annoying mood swings at bay. Not just that, the intake of saffron is also known to reduce the secretion of a stress hormone called ‘cortisol’.

2. Regulates Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is yet another common issue that pregnant women face. Pregnancy is known to speed up a woman’s heart rate thus causing fluctuations in the blood pressure levels.

If it is ignored, it can lead to some severe complications. Saffron during pregnancy is excellent for blood pressure as it contains potassium, crocin, crocetin as well as safranal.

These wonderful substances work very effectively in combating hypertension and reducing blood pressure. Just a very small quantity of saffron when you are pregnant can prove extremely beneficial in managing blood pressure.

3. Better Digestion

A host of digestive issues ranging from constipation and bloating to heartburn and stomach aches are very common during pregnancy. Persisting digestive disorders can be very annoying and make you feel uncomfortable.

Thus, you must eat foods that ease down the digestion process and make it smooth. Saffron contains wonderful properties that help increase blood flow to the digestive organs, enhancing digestion as well as improving your metabolism.

Intake of saffron can also relieve as well as prevent acidity thus helping you feel better. This is one of the reasons why saffron during pregnancy is very beneficial.

4. Relief from Cramps

Pregnant women are very likely to experience mild to severe cramps during the course of their pregnancy. Depending upon how severe the cramps are, they can cause major discomfort and pain.

In order to accommodate the growing baby, the muscles stretch causing pain and cramps in the stomach and pelvic area. Well, saffron to rescue here as well.

Saffron works amazingly well to naturally fight the pain thus providing relief from the cramps. It soothes and relaxes the muscles, reducing the muscular pain and helping you feel good and comfortable again. So, if you haven’t already, you need to add saffron to your pregnancy diet.

5. Eases Morning Sickness

Dealing with morning sickness everyday can take away your joy and help you feel sick and lethargic not just in the morning but all the time. If you are annoyed and irritated because of your morning sickness, we have some good news for you. This wonderful spice called saffron can provide you major relief against your morning sickness as well.

Having some saffron-infused tea works quite effectively in keeping the nausea and other symptoms of morning sickness away. Isn’t that one of the best benefits of saffron in pregnancy?

6. Helps you Sleep Better

Pregnancy is just the beginning of many sleepless nights that are ahead of you. As you progress in your pregnancy and your belly grows, it can get more and more difficult to fall asleep and it may become a challenge to get a good night’s sleep.

If you’re tired of tossing and turning at night or want to prevent that from happening, you need to have saffron. After all, to stay in the pink of your health during your pregnancy and afterwards, you need to get good rest. 

Saffron is known to contain some amazing sedative properties that can make you relaxed and help you to sleep better. 

7. Helps in Reducing Congestion as well as Allergies

Pregnancy is also a time when you are more prone to infections as well as allergies as your immune system can get weakened. 

However, saffron has some incredible anti-inflammatory properties that can protect you from all these infections. Intake of this spice will provide you better protection against nasal congestion, colds, coughs as well as other allergies and infections.

Here, we talked about the top 7 benefits of saffron during pregnancy. Now, let us take a look at it in more detail.

Saffron during pregnancy during first trimester

Although it is safe to start taking saffron any time during your pregnancy, it is believed that saffron should be avoided in the first trimester. 

While a few strands won’t do you any harm, it is better to consult your doctor before you begin saffron consumption in your first trimester.

Saffron During the Second Trimester of Pregnancy

It is completely safe to start having saffron from the second half of your second trimester i.e. beginning from the fifth month.

Although safe to start having it from the beginning of your second trimester, it is recommended that you begin the intake of saffron from your fifth month of pregnancy.

Saffron During the Third Trimester of Pregnancy

It is totally safe to consume saffron in your third trimester of pregnancy and having it can give you optimum benefits.

Saffron in 9th month of Pregnancy

Saffron is quite beneficial in the 9th month of pregnancy as it works as a muscle relaxant and prepares your body for labor and childbirth.

Saffron in 8th month of Pregnancy

You should also be having saffron in your 8th month of pregnancy as it can help you sleep better, provide relief against cramps and keep you in a good mood. 

Saffron during pregnancy according to Unani Medicine

Saffron in pregnancy is also given a lot of importance in the traditional medicine systems practiced in India, including Unani medicine.

An expecting woman is encouraged to have it owing to the many benefits that saffron has.

Some points to remember before having saffron in pregnancy

  • Although saffron is amazing for you, it should only be had in moderation as excess saffron can prove harmful. You should not have more than 2 to 3 strands of saffron (around 250mg) daily.
  • Make sure that the saffron is of highest quality as cheap quality or fake saffron can be harmful too. So, be very careful and particular about where you source your saffron from.

Saffron During Pregnancy: Side Effects

Excess of anything, no matter how good, can be harmful. And that includes saffron too. Although saffron is very good for pregnant ladies, you only need a very small quantity of it to reap its benefits.

Excess intake of saffron can lead to contractions and even lead to preterm labour or a misscarriage.

Saffron during Pregnancy: Uses

  • A glass of saffron milk daily is the best way for pregnant ladies to get their daily dose of this spice. 
  • Saffron can also be added to various dishes like biryani, rice, pasta, desserts and a lot more to enhance their taste.

How to prepare saffron milk for pregnant ladies?

  • Soak about three strands of saffron in a tablespoon or two of milk for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Heat a glass of milk in a pan and also add the saffron-infused milk to it. Add a pinch of turmeric and a spoonful of sugar (if you prefer it sweet) to it and let the milk heat well.
  • Let the milk boil well and then transfer it to a glass.
  • Additionally, you can also add some finely chopped dry fruits like almonds and pistachios or dry fruit powder to it for an enhanced taste.
  • Enjoy!

A glass of saffron milk at night is the best way to enjoy saffron during pregnancy.

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I hope my research and experience as a student of nutrition helps you in knowing more about the use of saffron during pregnancy. You can connect on the comments section to ask specific questions.

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How to Consume Dry Fruits During Pregnancy?

How to Consume Dry Fruits During Pregnancy?

Dry fruits and nuts are always a must for a healthy and fit life and more so when you are pregnant. What you eat largely determines the growth and health of your baby. Being rich in essential nutrients like proteins, fiber, and several vitamins and minerals, dry fruits during pregnancy are an absolute necessity.

Having certain dry fruits throughout your pregnancy won’t just ensure proper nourishment to your growing baby but also fulfill your requirements of certain nutrients and ensure a smooth and happy pregnancy.

So, in this article, we talk about everything that you need to know regarding consuming dry fruits when you’re pregnant.

Best Dry Fruits for Pregnant Ladies

1. Almonds

Almonds are one of the healthiest of dry fruits and you should definitely add them to your pregnancy diet. When added in moderate quantities to your diet, almonds are very beneficial and aid a healthy pregnancy.

These protein-rich nuts help in the healthy development of muscle mass in your growing baby. Eating them is also essential for the mother to gain strength to cope with the labour pain.

Almonds also provide folic acid, which is crucial for the brain and neurological development of the baby. Being a good source of the healthy fats, almonds also reduce the oxidative stress and inflammation and reduce the chances of the baby developing metabolic disorders later in its life.

These nuts are also an excellent source of Vitamin E, manganese, calcium, fibre, riboflavin as well as magnesium which are extremely essential for both the mother and her baby.

The best way to consume almonds would be by soaking around 6 to 8 almonds overnight and having them in the morning after removing their skin. You can also have almond milk or eat a few raw ones with other dry fruits.

2. Walnuts 

When talking about dry fruits for pregnancy, walnuts are essential too. They’re a very good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, a nutrient extremely beneficial for both the mother and the baby. These fats are essential for the development of brain activity in the baby.

Walnuts too, are rich in folic acid and all pregnant women are advised to have enough folic acid during the course of their pregnancy. It not only aids brain and neurological development but also reduces the risk of neural tube defects and congenital malformations in the baby.

Eating walnuts during pregnancy also helps maintain the lipid profile. Pregnancy is also a time when you can feel emotional, sad or depressed. However, eating walnuts can help you ward off these feelings.  

Walnuts also contain copper, a mineral that ensures proper growth and development of the baby.

These healthy nuts are full of essential nutrients that are required by an expecting woman. You can add walnuts to your pregnancy diet in many ways. Have a few of them (around 5) everyday as snacks. You can even chop a few walnuts and add them to other dishes like salads, soup, cereals, desserts etc.

3. Dried Apricots

Dried Apricots are one of the healthiest dry fruits during pregnancy. Pregnant women are always advised to have enough intake of iron rich foods. And dried apricots are one such superfood that can up your iron intake. Thus, having them can also prevent and treat anemia.

Being a rich source of fiber, these dried fruits also keep digestive issues at bay during pregnancy. 

Many women also suffer from gestational diabetes. However, eating dried apricots is also known to maintain the blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes during pregnancy.

These nutritious dried fruits can also prove effective in treating swelling during pregnancy as they are a rich source of potassium.

Eating dried apricots isn’t just beneficial for the expecting mother but for the baby as well. The nutrients present in them help with foetal bone development, prevent congenital disabilities and are essential for their overall growth.

All in all, dried apricots are one of the best dry fruits for pregnant ladies. And there are many ways you can add this delicious food to your diet.

To give in to your sweet cravings, have some dried apricot. Blend some dried apricots with milk and make a delicious and filling shake. You can also chop them up and add to your cereal, desserts etc.

4. Dried Figs

Dried figs are also a very healthy dried fruit that pregnant ladies must have. They are a rich source of calcium, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium and phosphorus along with A, E, K, D and B vitamins and fiber.

Containing good amounts of fiber, dried figs act as laxatives and help in dealing with digestive issues. The calcium content in them helps strengthen the bones of both the baby as well as the mother.

They are also a good source of folate and Omega 3 that help in brain development of the baby.

They are also beneficial for you in many ways. Eating dried figs during pregnancy is known to lower the risk of anaemia, regulate blood sugar levels, ease out morning sickness and keep cravings under control.

All of these reasons make dried figs one of the best dry fruits for pregnant ladies. However, these should only be had in moderation. Around 1 to 3 of them daily are enough to reap the benefits. 

You can have one dried fig with your breakfast, as a dessert or even during your snack time. You can even add it to milk to make milkshake or smoothie, sprinkle over your cereal or salad or add to other recipes.

5. Raisins

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Raisins are also among the best dry fruits during pregnancy. They are a very good source of fibre, iron, calcium, magnesium as well as other essential nutrients.

The fibre content in raisins helps deal with constipation and other digestive issues during pregnancy. Being a rich source of iron, they boost your blood cell count and haemoglobin levels. More iron also means that your chances of being affected by anaemia are significantly reduced. 

Swollen gums or gingivitis is also a very common issue that women face during their pregnancy. Well, raisins to the rescue here as well. Since these dry fruits are rich in calcium and oleanolic acid, they promote dental health by protecting your teeth and gums.

As raisins are naturally sweet, they are a good source of glucose and fruit sugars. This means that eating raisins can give you instant energy and help fight tiredness or fatigue.

What’s more, eating raisins is beneficial for your baby too as it helps with eyesight development and makes the bones stronger.

A handful of raisins daily is sufficient to give you its incredible benefits. One way you can consume them is by soaking a few of them in water for about an hour. After they are soaked, eat them with some hot milk before you sleep.

You can also have some raisins after your meals as a dessert. They can also be mixed with other dry fruits and nuts and some honey and be eaten as snacks.

6. Cashews

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If we talk about the healthiest dry fruits during pregnancy, cashews cannot be left behind. Cashews can provide you with all the essential nutrients that you need during your pregnancy. They are a very good source of calcium, zinc, folic acid, iron, fiber, magnesium and Vitamin K.

Cashews, being rich in fiber, are excellent for overall digestion and fighting issues like constipation and diarrhoea. Being a very good source of iron, they help prevent and fight anemia and increase your haemoglobin levels. 

These nuts are also a very good source of calcium and magnesium and hence they are known to promote bone health in both the mother as well as the baby. The magnesium present in them also helps in lowering high blood pressure and relieving fatigue.

Eating cashews also helps prevent gum and tooth decay in pregnant women. They are also known to maintain lipid levels. 

Being a good source of Vitamin K, cashews prevent blood clotting during pregnancy.

Even though they are very good for you, make sure that you have cashew nuts in moderation. You can have them raw or roast and season them before eating. You can also mix them with other dry fruits and nuts and make a wholesome snack.

Now that we have taken a look at some of the best dry fruits during pregnancy, let us take a look at how you can consume them trimester-wise.

Dry Fruits during First Trimester of Pregnancy

You should start eating dry fruits and nuts early on in your pregnancy. A handful of almonds, walnuts, raisins, dried figs are very good during pregnancy. Studies have suggested that women who start eating nuts and dry fruits early on in their pregnancies have brainier kids.

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Dry Fruits during Second Trimester of Pregnancy

Even in your second trimester of pregnancy, you should continue eating dry fruits in moderation. A handful of these throughout the day will go a long way in ensuring that you have a healthy pregnancy.

Dry Fruits during Third Trimester of Pregnancy

Dry fruits are also very essential in your third trimester. Make sure you eat a variety of them daily and especially walnuts. You might have trouble falling asleep in your third trimester and that’s where walnuts come handy.

Eating them is known to maintain the levels of melatonin and thus induce sleep. Hence, make sure that you do not miss out on walnuts in your third trimester.

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Here, we talked about the amazing benefits of dry fruits during pregnancy and the best way to consume them. So, if you haven’t already, make sure to add them to your daily diet.

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7 Anjeer Benefits that Make it a Must-Have Dry Fruit

7 Anjeer Benefits that Make it a Must-Have Dry Fruit

The importance of having dry fruits has always been stressed upon in Indian households owing to their many health benefits. Whether it is an accompaniment for breakfast, a snack or just to munch on something, dried fruits are always a great choice. Dried figs or what are popularly known as ‘Anjeer’ is India is one such amazing dry fruit. Just like other dry fruits, ‘anjeer benefits’ are many in number.

Anjeer/Fig is a pear-shaped fruit that is dried out naturally to make it storable for a long term. Since during the drying process, the water content gets removed from the figs, dried figs or anjeer contain nutrients in concentrated form. This means that eating anjeer has several outstanding health benefits. 

Dried figs are an excellent source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin A, E & K and minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and selenium- among many other nutrients. They are your go-to for a boost of health, for staying fit, managing numerous disorders and keeping several diseases at bay.

Here, in this article, we will talk about 7 benefits of anjeer that make it a must have dry fruit. But first, let us take a look at how to consume it.

How to eat Anjeer?

Anjeer or dried fig can be had several ways. The best way would be to have one or two every morning that have been soaked overnight. There are many benefits of anjeer soaked in water. However, if you prefer them without soaking, you can have them as they are.

Anjeer along with other dried fruits and nuts also make for excellent snacks. They aren’t just nutritious but are also quite filling.

Anjeer can also be added to several dessert recipes, oatmeal dishes, your daily cereal, milkshakes, healthy bars etc. Basically, you can use these dry fruits in as many creative ways as you may like.

Top 7 Anjeer Benefits

Even though anjeer has a lot of benefits, here we’ll only be talking about the top 7 scientifically proven ones. 

1. Helps in weight management and weight loss

Anjeer works excellently well for weight management as well as weight loss as it is a very good source of dietary fiber. Being rich in fiber, dried figs keep you feeling satiated, curb your appetite and help you in maintaining your weight.

Consumption of a high fiber diet is also linked with weight loss and hence if you are trying to shed a few kilos, make sure to add anjeer to your daily diet. However, moderation is the key and you should not have more than 2 to 3 dried figs daily. 

Interestingly, these same figs can also help those trying to put on weight. Figs, when had with milk can help you gain some weight.

So, whether it is trying to lose weight, gain weight or maintain a healthy weight, dried figs work amazingly well for all of these. Doesn’t this sound like one of the best anjeer benefits? 

2. Helps treat constipation

Today’s lifestyles combined with the easily available junk food have made constipation a very common problem, especially among youngsters. Eating too much junk or fast food, drinking excessive tea or coffee, sleeping late at nights, extreme stress or depression are the most common causes of constipation.

However, one of the best health benefits of anjeer is that it helps relieve constipation. It is one of the best foods that you can have to treat constipation. Since anjeer acts as a natural laxative, it is excellent for treating this condition. Isn’t this one of the best anjeer benefits?

The dense fiber content in anjeer helps in normalizing your bowel function. So, next time you feel constipated, remember to eat a few dried figs. Eating anjeer also helps in easing other digestive disorders. For keeping your overall digestive system in the best health, anjeer is one of the best things you can have.

3. Helps in keeping blood pressure levels in check

Another excellent one of the anjeer benefits is that it helps in keeping blood pressure levels in check. This is because of the high amount of potassium in dried figs.

Potassium is extremely essential when it comes to controlling blood pressure as it refutes the negative impacts of sodium.

Controlled blood pressure levels means dilated blood vessels, improved blood circulation and less stress. 

Since we also tend to constantly consume fast food, which is often high in sodium, it is extremely essential to have a diet that is rich in potassium. So, one of the best foods that you can have is dried figs. 

Whether you suffer from high blood pressure or not, anjeer should be a part of your daily diet to stay healthy.

4. Dry Figs are good for the heart

One of the best benefits of anjeer is that they are very good for the heart. Eating anjeer in moderation daily can help boost your heart health.

Several studies have shown that eating dried figs helps in reducing the level of triglycerides in the body. High triglycerides in the body is a sign of increased risk of heart diseases, stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, too much fat around the waist as well as several other conditions. Hence, it is extremely important that the triglycerides in your body are low. The good thing is that dried figs help in reducing them.

Moreover, since anjeer has high content of antioxidants, eating it regularly can help in eliminating free radicals from the body; meaning that it can help prevent blockage of coronary arteries and thus prevent coronary heart disease.

What’s more, eating anjeer has also been linked to lower cholesterol levels in the body. Cholesterol too, is the root cause of several deadly diseases. Hence, it is important that your cholesterol levels are in check and one of the anjeer benefits includes lowering the cholesterol in your body.

All in all, dried figs are extremely good for your heart.

5. They are good for your bone health

Did you know that eating anjeer also promotes bone health? Yes, that’s correct! Dried figs, along with other essential nutrients, are also a very good source of calcium.

Calcium isn’t produced by the body and hence, you get it from the foods that you eat. We often fail to fulfil our body’s daily requirement of this mineral despite having milk daily.

Hence, it is essential to include other foods that are rich in calcium in your diet. And anjeer is one such superfood. Eating anjeer regularly will help in strengthening your bones. Being rich in calcium and phosphorus, anjeer promotes the formation of bones as well as stimuli regrowth of bones. It means that, if there is any injury or deterioration of bones then eating anjeer can help with that.

Since anjeer is so good for your bones, its consumption helps in preventing osteoporosis as well. For stronger bones, don’t forget to add anjeer to your diet. Isn’t this one of the best anjeer benefits?

6. Is good for diabetic people

Looking at more health benefits of anjeer, it is also very good for diabetic people. So, if you suffer from diabetes or your blood sugar tends to be on the higher side, anjeer will make an excellent addition to your diet.

Again, this is because of the rich potassium content of this dried fruit that it helps in regulating blood sugar levels. A high potassium diet is extremely beneficial for diabetics. 

Research and studies have found that chlorogenic acid that is present in figs is of benefit for those suffering from type 2 diabetes as it helps lower blood sugar levels and control blood glucose levels.

For maintaining diabetes better, don’t shy away from adding dried figs or anjeer to your daily diet.

7. Boost sexual as well as reproductive health

Did you know that dried figs are considered to be a natural aphrodisiac? This is yet another one of the best anjeer benefits. 

Being rich in minerals like zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron and potassium, they are great for boosting sexual as well as reproductive health. 

Dried figs are excellent for reproductive health. Also, to prevent hormonal imbalances, regulating menstrual cycles and to overcome PMS issues, dried figs are a great remedy. 

To boost fertility, add dried figs to your daily diet. These dried figs or anjeer also work amazingly well for those suffering from sexual dysfunctions. For this purpose, dried figs have been extensively used and recommended since ancient times. 

Anjeer

Here, we discussed 7 incredible anjeer benefits. You can reap these amazing benefits of anjeer soaked in water. The above mentioned 7 benefits make anjeer an all-rounder dry fruit. While we shared only the top 7 here, there are many more wonderful things that eating anjeer can do for your body.

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So, if you haven’t already, make sure that you add anjeer to your diet for optimum health. But remember that moderation is the key and do not consume more than 2 or 3 of these everyday. Make sure that you only buy high-quality dried figs as they are the best for your health. Let me tell you anjeer benefits are too many to ignore.

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Top 11 Benefits of Shilajit {Research Based}

Top 11 Benefits of Shilajit {Research Based}

Found on the rocks of the Himalayas, Shilajit is a sticky substance that forms as a result of the slow decomposition of plants. Black colored, shilajit is a tar-like resin. This resin is also commonly known by the names Mumio, Mummiyo or Mumijo.

Owing to the excellent benefits of shilajit, it has been used as an Ayurvedic medicine for as many as thousands of years. Shilajit has gained a lot of popularity and being relatively safe to consume, people consume it for a variety of reasons.

Want to know more about shilajit, how it works, how to eat shilajit, shilajit doses and shilajit benefits? Then, you are at the right place. In this article, we share everything that you need to know about this substance.

But first, let’s take a look at its benefits.

Top 11 Benefits of Shilajit 

1. Helps with chronic fatigue

A long term condition, chronic fatigue syndrome is when a person experiences extreme fatigue or tiredness. This syndrome can make it difficult for a person to even perform normal everyday activities like going to work. And this condition can worsen with exertion.

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One of the best shilajit benefits includes that it is quite beneficial for this, the chronic fatigue syndrome. Various studies have been conducted to prove the effectiveness in CFS or chronic fatigue syndrome. Consuming Shilajit regularly can help you relieve its symptoms as well as to naturally boost your body’s energy levels.

Did you know that in Ayurveda, shilajit is known as the destroyer of weakness? So, even if you don’t suffer from this condition but still feel tired or fatigued on a regular basis, shilajit can prove to be quite beneficial for you.

2. Works Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Shilajit is an effective medicine for those suffering from Alzheimer’s as well. Taking shilajit can reduce your chances of getting this disease and for the ones already suffering from it, its progression is greatly slowed down.

Since shilajit is mostly composed of fulvic acid, it works quite effectively for Alzheimer’s. Research has been able to prove how fulvic acid can be very beneficial for Alzheimer’s; making Shilajit an excellent medicine for the same. It is believed to be a cognitive as well as memory enhancer, thus improving the condition to a great extent. A study on this had been published in the International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

3. Helps to Prevent Premature Ageing

Want to know more about the impressive benefits of shilajit? It can slow down the ageing process and delay its signs.

The fulvic acid that is present in shilajit acts as an antioxidant and fights the damage caused by free radicals in your body. Antioxidants are also quite powerful and beneficial when it comes to delaying the signs of aging. That makes shilajit your go-to to keep signs and symptoms of aging at bay.

Aside from its nutritional facts, shilajit also holds quite a lot of importance in India. It is believed to be nectar that helps you to live your life youthfully.

4. Helps with high altitude sickness

Traditional practitioners and Ayurvedic doctors believe that Shilajit is also the most effective in treating sickness caused by high altitudes. 

As you move upwards towards higher altitudes, it can cause various acute mountain illnesses including tiredness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath etc. Since the atmospheric pressure and temperatures are low at higher altitudes, it can cause a person to feel sick. Sometimes these issues may only be for a short period of time and go away but in some cases these can prove to be life threatening. 

In such times, consuming shilajit can help you overcome tiredness, lethargy and handle altitudinal stress.

5. Effective for treating anaemia

Suffering from anemia or an iron deficiency? Well, shilajit to your rescue here as well. One of the other benefits of shilajit is that it is very effective in treating anemia.

Consuming Shilajit regularly can improve your levels of hemoglobin as well as the red blood cell count. This could be because of the presence of humic acid in this wonder from the Himalayan mountains.

Your red blood cells as well as hemoglobin won’t just improve but you will also get great relief from anemia symptoms which include fatigue and weakness, headache, etc.

So, to keep anaemia at bay and treat iron deficiency, taking shilajit can be a great idea.

6. Boosts male fertility

If you are wondering what are the uses of shilajit for man and how it can benefit a man, this is it. 

It has been found out that for men suffering from infertility, shilajit works excellently well as a medicine. When consumed regularly for about 90 days, it has been found effective to boost the sperm count as well as sperm mobility. This has been proven by a study conducted on 60 infertile men.

Shilajit is also believed to significantly increase testosterone levels. Shilajit is a very safe supplement for male infertility.

7. Fights Against Obesity

Did you know that shilajit uses and benefits of shilajit extend in treating obesity as well? Yes, that’s correct! Obesity has become a global health issue and severe obesity can prove to be harmful for your overall health.

Shilajit contains various compounds that are known to have anti-obesity effects. 

A study that was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food indicated that people who suffered from obesity and consumed shilajit were found to respond better to exercise than those who didn’t. Their bodies easily adapted to workout regimen and they felt less fatigue and had a lot of strength.

Another study also indicated that people with obesity who consumed shilajit saw a 7.72% reduction in their body fat.

8. Good for heart health

Yet another one of the excellent shilajit benefits is that it is good for your heart as well. 

Shilajit is known to improve your cardiac function. Researchers used rats to test the cardiac performance of shilajit. This study concluded that the rats who were given shilajit before a cardiac injury, had much less damage to their heart as compared to those who weren’t given shilajit.

Overall, shilajit acts as a protectant for your heart health.

However, it has been advised that you should not consume shilajit if you have an active heart condition.

9. Enhances brain function

Want to know what else can shilajit do? Then, here’s yet another one of the amazing benefits of shilajit. Shilajit contains all the necessary minerals needed for healthy brain functioning. 

The human brain contains Acetylcholine, a natural chemical that helps to send signals to the other cells. Thus, it is important for memory, attention span and other brain activities. However, stress and age factor can affect this. And that’s where shilajit is very useful in preventing this.

Shilajit also works as a brain detoxifier and keeps the brain healthy and in the best possible shape.

10. Regulating menstruation and other benefits for women

Did you know about this impressive one of the benefits of shilajit? When it comes to women’s health, shilajit is an excellent supplement.

Regular consumption of this supplement that is highly regarded in the Ayurveda can prove to be quite effective in treating irregular menstrual cycles. It doesn’t just regulate menstrual cycles in women but also eases the discomfort caused during menstruation. Moreover, it is also quite effective in relieving the PMS or premenstrual syndrome symptoms.

It also regulates the hormonal imbalance and acts as a mood enhancer. This supplement is also very beneficial for treating a calcium deficiency.

This wonder supplement is also known to boost reproductive health in women. All in all, shilajit has many wonderful benefits for women.

11. Immunity and overall health

Let’s talk about one of the best shilajit benefits. The benefits of shilajit aren’t just limited to specific health conditions. In fact, shilajit is a great supplement for everyone to boost immunity and health.

Shilajit is commonly consumed for building immunity. This supplement naturally increases your energy levels. Not just your energy levels but over a period of time, shilajit also builds strength, power as well as vitality. You will notice that you feel less tired and your energy levels are up.

Shilajit naturally improves your body’s response to fighting diseases. Shilajit, a natural substance works far better in building your body’s immune response as compared to the contemporary medicines available these days.

All in all, shilajit is quite effective for boosting your immunity and your overall health.

Shilajit Doses and How to Eat Shilajit

Now, after taking a look at the benefits of shilajit, let us know more about its dosage and how to use it.

It is best to consume shilajit on an empty stomach. 

  • To consume shilajit in its pure and natural form, take a pea sized amount. Dilute it in a glass of water. It can also be diluted with some milk or tea. You can take this about twice daily.

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Now that you know about shilajit doses and how to eat shilajit, it is important to note that even though it is very safe to consume it, you must check with your doctor once before you start taking shilajit.

In this article, we shared the top 11 benefits of shilajit. To reap its benefits, get your hands on pure shilajit today!

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Top 11 Benefits of Honey {Science Backed}

Top 11 Benefits of Honey {Science Backed}

Pure Honey has been extensively used in India both as a medicine and a sweetener for thousands of years now. This sweet nectar is often used as a substitute for sugar, in various beverages as well as desserts and other savory recipes too. Due to the great benefits of honey, every household must have a bottle in stock.

The taste, flavor, and looks of honey majorly depend on the flowers that it has been extracted from. The packaged honey which is found in stores is often adulterated and thus, not in the purest form.

The purer the honey, the better it is. So when we talk about the benefits of honey, we can only expect them from the the pure unadultered version of it.

Honey has been used as a folk remedy owing to its wonderful medicinal properties. You might have heard about the many health benefits of honey. But here we go in detail about the benefits of nautral honey that are backed by science.

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But before we get into the benefits of eating honey, let us take a look at the honey nutrition.

Honey Nutrition

A lot of environmental conditions and processing techniques can affect nutrition in honey. However, honey mainly consists of carbohydrates as it is basically 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Along with carbohydrates, honey also contains some minerals, trace elements, vitamins, and proteins but in very small amounts.

Honey is a much better substitute for sugar. Refined sugar has no nutrition while honey has a superb nutritional value and added benefits. Honey also has a much lower GI or glycaemic index.

Honey Nutrition Chart

Now that we have taken a look at the honey nutrition, let us now take a look at honey health benefits.

Top 11 Benefits of Honey

1. Honey contains antioxidants

Pure and high-quality honey is a good source of antioxidants. It contains a lot of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. 

Your body needs antioxidants to fight off and prevent the damage caused by free radicals. The free radical damage is often linked to increased risk of heart diseases, cancer as well as several other diseases. Free radicals also contribute to the ageing process. Antioxidants also help delay the process of ageing and make you look young for longer.

The better quality that your honey is, the more its antioxidant content will be. Thus, this is one of the best benefits of honey provided that you are using unfiltered, superior quality honey only.

2. Honey helps to reduce cholesterol

Did you know that honey health benefits include lowering your cholesterol? Yes, honey can help improve your cholesterol levels by reducing the levels of LDL or the ‘bad’ cholesterol.

High amounts of LDL or bad cholesterol in your body can be a huge risk factor for heart diseases. 

Several studies have shown that intake of honey can improve your cholesterol levels by reducing the levels of the LDL while also improving the HDL or the ‘good’ cholesterol in your body.

To keep your cholesterol levels regulated, consider adding honey to your diet. In colder places, honey forms an important ingredient of the cuisine, especially for children.

3. Honey is a great remedy for cough and cold

One of the best benefits of honey is that it is an extremely effective remedy for cough and cold. Do you remember your mom giving you some honey mixed with ginger as a kid when you had a cold or cough? Well, she was right for doing so. 

This is why you see Kashmiri Cuisine full of ingredients such as honey, almonds, walnuts, and saffron; natural foods that are known to have amazing health benefits.

Honey, when mixed with a little ginger or some warm water works amazingly well for curing cough, cold and a sore throat. What’s better is that it is a completely natural remedy and often works better than cough and cold medicines with no side effects.

Try this once and we are sure that you will feel instant relief.

4. Pure Honey has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

Honey contains hydrogen peroxide and this substance could be the reason for honey’s antibacterial properties. 

Studies and research have suggested that pure and raw honey is quite efficient in killing unwanted bacteria and fungus. 

So, this sweet nectar can be taken internally to kill certain internal infections. 

In fact, the use of honey as an antibacterial and antifungal agent is quite prevalent in India and is being used for thousands of years now. Honey is traditionally used as a medicine since centuries and centuries. 

Isn’t this one of the best benefits of eating honey?

5. Organic Honey can help treat and heal wounds

Organic Honey is quite an effective germ killer and its antibacterial properties can be linked to faster healing of wounds.

Applying honey to wounds and burns can help them to heal faster. This remedy has been used in India as well as several other countries like Egypt for thousands of years now. 

It has some amazing anti-inflammatory properties as well, making the treatment event faster and more effective. Several studies have shown the effectiveness of honey in treating many kinds of wounds and burns. Honey is also quite effective in treating diabetic ulcers.

Having said that, it is important to note that to get this benefit from honey, the honey needs to be in its purest form for it to work. 

6. Pure Honey is good for your heart

One of the most amazing benefits of honey includes that it is good for the heart. Honey is quite rich in phenols as well as other antioxidants. The presence of these substances in honey make it good for your heart health.

It can help increase blood flow to your heart. Honey can also help in preventing the formation of blood clots thus reducing the chances of heart attacks.

In fact, a new research has suggested that the natural sugars that are present in honey can remove the plaque from your arteries by 30%.

7. Honey can help lower blood pressure

The health benefits of honey also extend to help in lowering blood pressure. Honey contains antioxidant compounds that can be linked to a lowered blood pressure.

Honey is known to soothe your blood vessels thus helping to reduce the pressure from the heart resulting in a lower blood pressure.

That’s why honey is excellent for all those suffering from elevated blood pressure. Time to replace your regular everyday sugar with honey.

8. Honey is a better option for diabetic people

As compared to the everyday white sugar, honey is a much better option for diabetics. 

As much as diabetic people should avoid the consumption of any kind of sugar, if they still wish to indulge in sweet treats occasionally, honey is definitely better as compared to the everyday sugar.

It is much safer to consume given its antioxidant content and other honey health benefits.

9. Honey is great for treating acidity or acid reflux

Acidity or acid reflux is a very common issue faced by people everywhere these days. Consuming honey can provide relief from heartburn and other symptoms of acidity.

Honey contains antioxidants, some vitamins and minerals and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. All of these wonderful properties can together be effective in treating acid reflux. Honey also reduces inflammation in the food pipe, giving you an instant relief.

The viscosity of honey can help in lining the esophagus, thus resulting in relief from acidity or acid reflux.

For this, you can either consume about a spoonful of honey directly or mix it with some warm water for treatment.

This is definitely one of the best benefits of honey.

10. Raw Honey helps in treating diarrhea as well as other digestive issues

Did you know that honey could also help in treating diarrhea and other digestive issues? Well, yet it does! This is yet another one of the effective benefits of eating honey.

Raw honey has a soothing effect on digestion.

A study found out that those who consumed honey recovered better and faster from diarrhea. Not only the duration of diarrhea is reduced but with the consumption of honey, its severity is also reduced. 

So, next time you suffer from diarrhea, you know what to do to treat it. For this, you can either consume raw honey as it is or you can also mix it in something.

11. Honey has some nutrients and is often better than refined sugar

Unlike the refined white sugar, honey has many more nutrients. So whether you are health conscious or not, honey is often a better option as compared to the everyday table sugar.

Honey contains some specific nutrients that can make it a healthy addition to your diet. The sugar content in honey is also natural.

Moreover, it is easy to swap your daily sugar with honey. Honey can easily be added to several beverages for sweetening them. It can also be easily used in an array of recipes. 

All these reasons make honey a healthier option.

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Here, we shared the top 11 benefits of honey. However, to reap these benefits, it is important that you consume only the pure and unrefined honey. The honey that is easily available in stores often fails to give you these awesome health benefits. Hence, to get the best out of your honey, try to get your hands on the purest, naturally harvested and unadulterated honey only. 

Honey, when consumed in moderation can prove to be a boon for your health.

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How to Prepare Kashmiri Kahwa? The Best Way to Consume Saffron

How to Prepare Kashmiri Kahwa? The Best Way to Consume Saffron

We had been getting lots of queries on the best way to consume saffron. While we are not in a position to offer medical advice on the matter, we still decided to share the manner in which Kashmiris have traditionally used saffron to achieve health benefits. 

So, in comes the famous tea from Kashmir, ‘the kahwa’. The word kahwa/qahwa should not be confused with the Arabic equivalent of the word; which is a dark coffee. 

Kashmiri Khawa is an amazing drink infused with cinnamon, green cardamom, and served with a touch of saffron and garnished with chopped almonds. It is sweetened using organic honey from the valley itself. In ancient times, saffron, almonds, and Kashmiri green tea were the only 3 ingredients used. 

A traditional Kashmiri Cup with Kahwa

Refreshing and warming, kehwa is a popular beverage of Kashmir. It is especially used in the winters to keep flu, cough, infections, and similar illnesses away. Kahwa is a soul-warming classic drink that resonates with the power of Kashmiri spices.

Kahwa is one of the most exciting drinks that you will love to smell, and sip again and again. It will instantly perk you up with its nice aroma and amazing flavour. 

Kashmiris usually have it as a post-breakfast beverage or sip it before sleeping at night. Traditionally, it was made in a copper kettle called samovar and is served in tiny, shallow cups. Nowadays the kahwa is made in normal pans and vessels.

Health Benefits of Kahwa 

  1. Kahwa is a very healthy drink that aids in digestion.
  2. It is said to be a fat burner that helps in decreasing weight. 
  3. This energetic drink also reduces the risk of heart disease by keeping the deposition of cholesterol in check.
  4. It is also rich in vitamin B12 and boosts immunity due to the use of saffron in this beverage.
  5. It is the best treatment for cold and cough. 
  6. It improves skin health.

In our estimation, the best way to consume saffron is sipping it with a cup of kehwa, although a lot of people prefer taking it with milk. 

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Kashmiri Kahwa Recipe – How to Prepare Kashmiri Kahwa?

Ingredients used for making Kashmiri Kahwa: 

  1. 4 cups of water 
  2. 1 large piece of cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  3. 6 cardamoms (elaichi), slightly crushed
  4. 15 almond kernels finely chopped
  5. Few strands of saffron (kesar)
  6. Honey according to taste

Procedure of Making Kashmiri Khawa

  1. Boil 4 cups of water in a saucepan. 
  2. Add some crushed cardamoms, one cinnamon stick, and one tablespoons of honey.
  3. Cook the mixture on a medium flame for 10-15 minutes.
  4. In the  meantime, put some saffron strands in one tablespoon of lukewarm water in a small bowl. Mix well and keep aside.
  5. Add the saffron-water mixture to the saucepan. 
  6. Put some finely chopped almond kernels to it. It is preferred to remove their outer covering. 
  7. Mix well and boil on a slow flame for about a minute. Keep stirring it continuously.
  8. Serve it hot immediately.

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Top 15 Benefits of Walnuts {Scientific Research}

Top 15 Benefits of Walnuts {Scientific Research}

Walnuts are extensively used in baked goods, desserts, savory dishes or eaten as they are in almost every part of the world. But, do you know what makes these nuts so popular in almost every world cuisine? Well, apart from their deliciously crunchy taste, there are many health benefits of walnuts. 

Walnuts have been a part of our diets for a very long time. These round nuts that look almost like a brain grow on huge trees. The walnuts that we eat are enveloped in a hard shell, which when removed, reveals these brown-colored nuts.

Do you remember your mom handing you a few walnuts every day when you were a little kid, saying that they were good for your health? Well, she was right as these walnuts have quite an impressive nutritional profile.

If you find yourself thinking; are walnuts good for you? The short answer is, YES, they certainly are!

But if you are wondering why then we are here to tell you the benefits of walnuts. Here, in this article, we share some of the most amazing benefits of eating walnuts and why you need to include them in your diet.

Top 15 benefits of walnuts

1. Walnuts are an excellent source of antioxidants

If you didn’t already know then let us tell you that antioxidants help fight the damage caused by free radicals in your body. Hence, antioxidants are integral for staying healthy. 

As compared to other nuts, walnuts are the richest in antioxidants. Vitamin E, melatonin and polyphenols present in walnuts bring about the antioxidant activity. Needless to say that this activity is very healthy.

Antioxidants are vital as they reduce the risk of many diseases including cancer, heart diseases and various other diseases. Moreover, antioxidants also delay the signs of aging and make you look youthful for longer.

And one of the best walnut benefits is that these are naturally rich in this substance. So, grab a few walnuts to get your antioxidant dose!

3. Walnuts are an amazing source of Omega-3 fatty acids

Another one of the excellent benefits of walnuts is that they are rich in omega-3s. Walnuts are one of the few foods that are extremely rich in this substance. If you consume a plant-based diet only, walnuts are your best source of omega-3.

Omega 3 is an essential fat that you need to include in your diet for numerous benefits including fighting depression, inflammation,  improving eye health, brain health and a lot more.

3. Walnuts are good for your brain health

When talking about the health benefits of walnuts, how can we leave this one out?!

This nut, which resembles a human brain, is extremely good for this body part. Regular consumption of walnuts will help you improve memory and your cognitive function. The nutrients present in walnuts help keep your brain running smoothly.

Walnuts promote a better brain function and are also great for those suffering from Alzheimer’s.

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4. Walnuts are good for the heart

One of the best benefits of eating walnuts is that they are good for your heart. Consuming these nuts (akhrout) regularly can reduce the chances of getting a heart disease.

Studies have suggested that walnuts help in lowering blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels. So, walnuts basically keep your heart healthy. 

To lower your chances of getting a heart disease, it is a good idea to have a few walnuts daily.

5. Walnuts aid in weight management

Yet another one of the amazing walnut benefits is that eating them aids in weight management. So, if you are trying to lose some weight or maintain it, don’t shy away from popping a few walnuts in your mouth.

It has been found out that walnuts can control your appetite and prevent you from giving in to unhealthy food cravings. Moreover, walnuts also tend to keep you full for longer; thus preventing you from overeating/ munching on unnecessary food. So, when you feel like snacking on something, go for some walnuts!

6. Walnuts decrease inflammation

Inflammation can be the cause of many diseases. But, the good news is that walnuts can help decrease inflammation and reduce your chances of getting these diseases.

The polyphenols that are present in walnuts are known to fight inflammation. If you suffer from any inflammation related issues, remember to add some walnuts to your diet.

7. Walnuts promote a healthy gut

Wondering what else are walnuts good for? Benefits of eating walnuts includes a healthier gut.

Eating walnuts is a great way of supporting your gut health, some studies have suggested. Consuming these nuts regularly will increase the health-promoting bacteria in your body. A healthy gut means good health overall and better protection against many diseases.

So, grab a few walnuts and keep your gut health in the best shape!

8. Walnuts help prevent certain types of cancer

Another one of the amazing benefits of walnuts includes prevention against certain types of cancers. Consuming walnuts regularly can reduce the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.

This can be because of the presence of polyphenols in walnuts and a few studies have been conducted to support this. 

Include walnuts in your diet to reduce your chances of getting cancer.

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9. Walnuts help reduce blood sugar levels and manage diabetes

Did you know this one of yet another one of the amazing walnut benefits? Eating walnuts in moderation regularly can help you control your blood sugar levels.

So, if you are a diabetic or on the verge, walnuts are great for you. Walnuts are known to help build insulin resistance. They are also rich in dietary fibres, meaning that these nuts take longer to break down and digest and this ensures the slow release of sugar in the bloodstream.

Walnuts also have a low glycaemic index (GI), making them ideal for diabetic people. So, if you have diabetes, a few walnuts regularly should be good for you.

10. Walnuts are good for male reproductive health

The many benefits of walnuts includes them being great for the male reproductive health too. Walnuts are known to help improve sperm vitality and motility. 

These nuts can boost male fertility. A study conducted found out that men who included walnuts in their diets had better sperm vitality and motility at the end of three months as compared to men who didn’t consume these nuts. 

11. Walnuts prevent and help depression

Are you suffering from depression? Then walnuts may be very good for you. 

Being rich in omega 3 fatty acids, walnuts are great for your brain and can also help with the signs of depression. Various studies conducted found out that people with depression who ate walnuts had lower depression scores as compared to those who didn’t. Hence, researches and nutritionists everywhere suggest that you eat walnuts to relieve your symptoms of depression and feel better.

Doesn’t this sound as one of the best benefits of eating walnuts?

12. Help in lowering blood pressure

If you are still wondering are walnuts good for you then here’s another one of walnut benefits to prove it.

If your blood pressure tends to be on the higher side then you can start eating some walnuts daily. 

Walnuts contain a good amount of magnesium and magnesium can be good in lowering your blood pressure. A study conducted concluded that walnuts have been efficient in reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure as well as in people who saw a spike in their blood pressure when under stress. 

13. Walnuts are great for your skin

Want to know yet another one of the amazing health benefits of walnuts? They are great for your skin. 

We already saw that walnuts contain a very good amount of antioxidants. And antioxidants are extremely good for your skin. These substances help you look younger by delaying the signs of ageing. By consuming walnuts regularly, your skin will look more youthful, supple and moisturized. Not just antioxidants, walnuts are also rich in Vitamin E and this vitamin is also very beneficial for your skin.

So, for better skin, pop some walnuts in your mouth daily.

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14. Walnuts are amazing for your hair

Just like your skin, walnuts are amazing for your hair as well. This is also because of the Vitamin E content in them. Consuming walnuts will nourish your hair and make them shiny and look more moisturized. Eating walnuts will also reduce hair fall along with strengthening your hair and keeping your scalp healthy.

So, for better hair, don’t forget to add some walnuts to your diet.

15. Walnuts are amazing for maintaining your health overall

Walnuts are loaded with a lot of nutrients and are considered to be one of the healthiest of nuts and foods on the planet.

Consuming walnuts regularly will give you a boost of health. Their rich nutrient content is good for your overall health. So, as long as you are not allergic to them, walnuts are amazing to keep you healthy, fit and fine.

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There are many benefits of walnuts. And from the above 15 points it can be concluded that walnuts are an all-rounder nut. So, including them in your daily diet is only going to prove beneficial to you. But, remember that every good thing should only be had in moderation, including these fantastic nuts.

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Top 11 Benefits of Almonds {Backed by Science}

Top 11 Benefits of Almonds {Backed by Science}

Almonds or ‘badam’ as we popularly know it in India are one of the most popular tree nuts in the entire world. People everywhere consume them not just for the crunchy taste but also for the amazing benefits of almonds. 

As long as you are not allergic to these nuts, almonds make a great addition to every kind of diet. Versatile in nature, these are easy to incorporate in your everyday diet and are tasty as well. 

Need another reason to add almonds to your diet?

Well, almonds are extremely healthy and full of important nutrients that your body needs on a daily basis. 

In this article, let us explore some of the top benefits of eating almonds.

Top 11 Benefits of Almonds 

The benefits of badam or almonds are many. Here, we will discuss the top 11 benefits that they have.

1. Almonds are a powerhouse of nutrients

Almonds grow on a species of tree called the ‘Prunus dulcis’. These are a powerhouse of nutrients as they contain many essential nutrients including protein, fiber and carbs. 

Around 24 almonds contain about 6 grams of proteins, 3.5 grams of fibre and 14 grams of fat. Almonds are a very good source of the healthy fats. The fats in almonds are good for your heart, for your cholesterol as well as for your overall health.

Being the perfect blend of nutrients, almonds are great for building muscles too. This makes them a great snack for all those weight lifters and exercise aficionados. 

Almonds are also a rich source of Vitamin E and about 28 grams of almonds will give you 37% of the necessary Vitamin E RDI. It is also rich in minerals like manganese and magnesium.

All in all, almonds are loaded with nutrients making these nuts a superfood.

2. Almonds are full of antioxidants

Almonds are also a pretty good source of antioxidants. This is one of the best almond benefits.

Antioxidants prevent or slow down the damage caused to your cells by oxidative stress/ free radicals. The damage caused by oxidative stress can lead to cancer, inflammation and aging.

Antioxidants also delay the process of aging and work as anti-aging agents. This gives you another reason to eat more almonds. 

In a study conducted it was found out that consumption of almonds significantly reduced oxidative stress biomarkers in a group of 27 people.

3. Almonds contain a good amounts of Vitamin E

Yet another one of the top benefits of almonds is that it is a rich source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a group of antioxidants that your body needs for protection against oxidative stress.

About an ounce or 28 grams of almonds will give you approximately 50% of the daily value of Vitamin E.

Various studies have suggested that a good vitamin E intake lowers your chances of getting cancer, cardiovascular diseases as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

Along with protecting your body from various diseases, vitamin E is also excellent for your skin and hair. 

4. Almonds are known to reduce cholesterol

One of the best badam/almond benefits is that it reduces your cholesterol. High levels of the ‘bad cholesterol’ or LDL in your body put you at a higher risk for heart related diseases.

However, you can control the levels of LDL with your diet. And one of the best ways of doing this is by eating almonds. These nuts naturally reduce the bad cholesterol in your body.

Quite a lot of studies have suggested that the benefits of eating almonds includes lowering your LDL or bad cholesterol while also maintaining the good cholesterol in your body.

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5. Almonds are also known to lower blood pressure

One of the best benefits of almonds includes that these nuts aid in reducing blood pressure.

This is due to the fact that almonds are rich in magnesium. Many researches that have been conducted around the world found out that people who took magnesium supplements daily lowered their blood pressure significantly.

But, why take supplements when you can find magnesium easily available in foods? Thus, being a good source of magnesium, one of the many benefits of almonds includes a reduction in blood pressure. 

So, almonds are great for you if you have a high blood pressure. Even if you don’t, eating almonds regularly will slim your chances of getting a high blood pressure.

6. Almonds can also help lower blood sugar levels

Good news for those having high blood sugar levels or diabetes! Almonds are extremely beneficial in this regard as well. 

Since these nuts are low on carbs but high in fiber, fats and proteins, almonds make a great snack for those with diabetes. 

The high content of magnesium in almonds can also be linked to reduced blood sugar levels. Magnesium is involved in over 300 bodily processes and blood sugar control is one of them.

It has also been found out that at least 25% people who have diabetes are deficient in magnesium. 

So, it is a good idea to have a handful of almonds daily to keep your magnesium levels and hence, your blood sugar levels in check.

7. Almonds are beneficial for a healthy heart

One of the best almond benefits is that it promotes a healthy heart. 

We already discussed that eating almonds helps keep your blood pressure levels in check and also helps in reducing the LDL or bad cholesterol in your body.

But, almonds do much more than that. The oxidation of LDL or the bad cholesterol can lead to various heart diseases. And almonds help to prevent that. The brown colored skin of the almonds is a rich source of polyphenol antioxidants and prevents the oxidation of cholesterol. One study conducted at the Aston University in Birmingham, UK concluded that people who ate almonds regularly had improved blood flow, lower blood pressure and thus, reduced risk of heart diseases.

8. Almonds keep you feeling full for longer

Another one of the wonderful health benefits of almonds is that almonds keep you feeling satiated for a long time.

Proteins are known to keep you full for a long time and almonds are a rich source of protein.

Since you feel full for longer periods of time, you don’t feel the need to munch on food all the time and your overall calorie intake gets reduced.

So, if you are a weight watcher then almonds are the ideal snack for you.

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9. Almonds promote healthy brain function

Remember as little kids when your mom would make you eat almonds every day for better memory? Well, she was right as one of the benefits of badam includes improving your brain function.

According to researchers and medical and nutrition experts, almonds contain properties that help enhance your memory and brain function.

This is because almonds are rich in Vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, Vitamin B6 and all these nutrients present in almonds come together and help in improving your brain function. So, consuming almonds will help you memorize things better and may also reduce your chances of getting Alzheimer’s. 

Yet another reason to go and eat some almonds, right?

10. Almonds are good for weight regulation and may help with weight loss

One of the top benefits of almonds is that it is good for keeping your weight in check and may also help with weight loss.

Since almonds keep you full for longer, your hunger pangs are reduced and you tend to consume fewer calories. This is one reason how almonds could help with weight management and weight loss.

A study conducted on 100 women concluded that the women who consumed almonds lost more weight than those who didn’t. Various other studies and researches too, have backed this theory.

So, if you are keeping your weight in check, eating almonds is a good idea.

11. Almonds are excellent for your skin and hair

Did you know that the benefits of eating almonds include great skin and hair? Well, yes!

Almonds are full of healthy fats and we know that these fats are essential for getting a supple and more moisturized skin. Also being rich in antioxidants, almonds help your skin look youthful by delaying the signs of ageing. Being packed with nutrients, almonds help you to achieve glowing skin.

Along with your skin, Vitamin E is also very essential for your hair. Consuming almonds regularly can help you to get shinier hair. If your hair feels brittle and dry there’s no better food for it than some almonds. Apart from Vitamin E, almonds are also a rich source of proteins and the basic structure of your hair is keratin, which is a type of protein. 

So, for better hair and skin, get a handful of almonds daily.

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Top 13 Benefits of Saffron [Scientific Research]

Top 13 Benefits of Saffron [Scientific Research]

 

Did you know about the amazing benefits of saffron or kesar – the marvellous bright red colored spice? This spice, indigenous to Kashmir, Iran, Greece, Spain and some other countries of the world is extensively used in various cuisines. Right from Indian biryani and ras malai to Spanish paella to Italian risotto to the Persian saffron rice, saffron adds an exotic taste to all of these dishes.

In India, saffron has been in use for thousands of years now. It isn’t just used in Indian cuisine for its rich taste and vibrant color but also for its impressive health benefits. 

But some might think that it is high in price. But there are three factors that contribute to its price tag – the labor-intensive process behind its harvesting, its rarity, and its wonderful health benefits.

So, saffron isn’t a world-famous spice only for being the costliest spice but for its incredible properties as well. Want to know about saffron benefits? Then, read on, as in this article we share with you why this spice needs to be a part of your spice rack.

Top 13 Benefits of Saffron

Benefits of Saffron are many, but we will stick to only a few that are established by science and accepted by medical professionals. In Ayurveda, Unani Medicine and other traditional forms of treatment, saffron is a very popular substance.

But in this post we stick to the benefits seen through the prism of modern day science.

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#1. It is a Powerful Antioxidant

Crocen, picrocrocin, crocetin, safranal and kaempferol are some of the antioxidants present in saffron. 

Antioxidants are basically substances that protect your cells from the damage caused by free radicals. If excessive damage is caused by these free radicals, it can lead to various diseases including cancer, Parkinson’s, inflammatory diseases etc. Antioxidants help to prevent these diseases and saffron is full of them. 

That makes this one of the best kesar benefits, doesn’t it?

#2. Relieves the Symptoms of Depression and Elevates Mood

One of the most impressive health benefits of saffron includes that it relieves the symptoms of depression and helps boost your mood. Often, saffron is also referred to as the ‘sunshine spice’. 

Some studies that were conducted found out that saffron supplementation daily worked as effectively as other medicines that were conventionally used for depression. A study even found out that in women who suffered from postpartum depression, saffron supplementation worked better than other conventional medicines.

Saffron is quite effective in relieving the signs and symptoms of anxiety as well. 

So, if you suffer from bouts of anxiety or depression, try to add saffron to your diet to feel better.

#3. Relieves the Symptoms of PMS and Menstrual Cramps

Did you know that saffron could help reduce the signs of PMS as well as menstrual cramps? Yes, that’s true. 

It has been discovered that saffron can help relieve these symptoms significantly. It is because saffron reduces a stress hormone called cortisol, thus reducing the effect of PMS. It is also known to reduce the severity of cramps to a great extent.

#4. Has Cancer Fighting Properties

Another one of the amazing saffron benefits includes that it has cancer fighting properties. Researchers have discovered that saffron contains compounds that can inhibit human malignant cells. 

In test-tube studies too, saffron collectively killed colon cancer cells. Saffron can also be effective for breast, skin, bone marrow, lung as well as prostate cancers.

Saffron’s cancer fighting properties could be due to the presence of an antioxidant named ‘crocin’ in it. 

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#5. Improves Heart Function

Studies have found out that saffron can also be quite effective in maintaining healthy heart health. 

The substances present in saffron can be effective in lowering cholesterol. The substances present can also prevent the arteries and blood vessels from clogging. 

What’s more, the presence of kaempferol in saffron can be beneficial in increasing your heart’s pumping capacity. 

Researchers have also found that saffron improved conditions of patients who suffered from heart-related diseases.

So, to have a healthy heart, consider including saffron in your diet. 

#6. Is Effective in Improving Vision

Saffron has also proven to be quite effective in patients suffering from AMD or age-related macular degeneration. Studies have shown that daily saffron supplementation of about 20 mg resulted in a significant improvement in their eyesight. 

Saffron is known to be beneficial for improving your vision. This effect is likely because of the presence of crocin. This makes it one of the most impressive health benefits of saffron.

#7. Can be Effective in Reducing Blood Sugar Levels

Did you know that one of the kesar benefits includes having an effect on blood sugar levels as well? The presence of kaempferol in saffron has been linked to the reduction of blood sugar levels.

This has also been shown with the help of test tube studies. These test tube studies revealed that saffron lowered blood sugar levels and increased insulin sensitivity. 

So, if you suffer from type 2 diabetes or are on the verge of it, saffron is definitely worth a try.

#8. Can be Effective in Improving Memory

The many benefits of saffron also includes improving memory. This makes saffron especially amazing for those suffering from Alzheimer’s A study conducted found out that saffron extract improved the cognitive function and reduced dementia in Alzheimer’s patients. 

Saffron extract is also extensively used for treatment of memory loss. The effect on improved memory could be due to the presence of crocin in saffron. 

#9. Is Effective in Reducing Blood Pressure

What’s more, the many health benefits of saffron also include reduction in blood pressure. A study conducted on adults found out that the adults who consumed saffron had significantly reduced their blood pressure over a period of time.

Saffron, when consumed in small amounts could help reduce blood pressure significantly after a certain period of time.

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#10. Can be Helpful in Boosting Immunity

Looking for ways to enhance your immunity? Add a dash of saffron to your recipes, not  just to make them tastier, but also as an aid for a better immune system.

A study conducted on 45 healthy adults revealed that saffron increased their white blood cell count, thus increasing their immune response without any adverse effects. So, saffron can be quite effective in enhancing immunity.

This sounds like one of the best saffron benefits, doesn’t it? Add saffron to your diet for this amazing health benefit.

#11. May Aid in Weight Loss

Yes, you read that right. Saffron can be effective in weight loss. So, if you are trying to lose weight, you might want to add this spice to your diet.

It has been observed that saffron can curb your appetite and hence help reduce unwanted cravings and snacking. Saffron has also been observed to slow down fat absorption and the digestion process. Saffron might also improve glucose and fat utilization for energy. All of these factors can contribute to a significant weight loss.

So, saffron can be quite effective in weight management.

#12. Protects Your Brain

Want to know one more of the top benefits of saffron? It can be quite helpful in protecting your brain. 

We already saw that saffron is extremely rich in antioxidants and this antioxidant activity can reduce the damage caused to the brain. Along with it, saffron also reduces inflammation in the brain. Saffron can also prevent cell death in the brain and helps the cells against progressive damage.

All in all, saffron is quite effective in maintaining your brain health.

#13. Is Good for Your Skin

Did you know that saffron is also quite beneficial for your skin? Yes, that is true! And that is also the reason that saffron is used as the main ingredient in many beauty and cosmetic products around the world.

Studies have also suggested that saffron can be quite effective in protection against the harmful UV rays. This could be because of the presence of kaempferol in it. This is also why saffron is used in many sunscreens. 

Not just for internal use, saffron can also be used externally for better moisturization and a better complexioned skin. It can be used in reducing pigmentation, removing tan, improving complexion as well as for a glowing skin.

How to Eat Saffron for Maximum Benefits?

Now that we know about the amazing benefits of saffron, let us now take a look at how to intake saffron.

Using saffron is very easy. You just need to soak a few strands of saffron in some milk/ water before using them. Only a small amount of these saffron strands is needed.

After soaking them for at least 10 to 15 minutes, you can use saffron for the following

  • In masala milk or turmeric milk
  • For making biryani
  • For making saffron rice and some other rice dishes
  • As an addition to sweets like ras malai, gulab jamun, kulfi, halwa etc.
  • For using it in curries like lamb curry, chicken curry etc.

You can also mix some saffron with the malai from milk/ turmeric powder/ basil leaves etc. to treat certain skin issues.

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All in all, saffron has some amazing health benefits. But, remember that you only need a very small quantity of saffron as that is enough to give you its benefits. Also to reap the amazing benefits of saffron, it is crucial that the saffron you use is pure and of high quality and not the cheap quality, adulterated saffron.

So, what are you ordering today?

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Why is saffron expensive?

Why is saffron expensive?

People often wonder; why is saffron expensive?

In this article, I am going answer your ‘why’!

Masala milk, biryani, malai kulfi; all of these dishes are truly incomplete without a hint of saffron added to them. Saffron is added to many more dishes in India, as well to those as around the world.

That touch of saffron immediately gives an exquisiteness to the dishes; along with giving them a beautiful color and a distinct flavor.

But, this exotic spice also comes at a price. In fact, saffron is the most expensive food in the world! Yes, even 100 grams of this spice costs thousands of rupees.

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What is it that makes saffron so special?

I understand it is difficult to understand why would a spice be so expensive. Just as it is called, it comes at the price of gold. You see, ‘red gold’.

In this article, I will give you a detailed answer to what makes saffron the costliest spice. Or in clearer terms, I will answer, why is saffron expensive?

So, without further ado, let’s go deep into the question, why is saffron expensive?

Why is saffron expensive?

There are basically three reasons why saffron gets that pricey tag; its rarity, the harvesting process, and the medicinal and nutritional values that it holds.

The Rarity of Saffron

Saffron can only be obtained from one species of flower in the whole world. It is called ‘crocus sativus’. No other type of flower bears this spice. To make things tougher, this flower also does not grow everywhere.

It only grows in some specific parts of the world; including some parts of Kashmir in India. What makes it even rarer is the fact that this flower blooms only during the fall season. Meaning that saffron can only be harvested during those 6 to 10 weeks in an entire year!

Additionally, there are only three strands of saffron in every flower. This is one of the reasons that answer’s for, why is saffron expensive.

The Process of Harvesting Saffron

Harvesting saffron isn’t an easy task. It takes a lot of manpower. And every step needs to be done by hand only. The saffron flower is purple in color. It has three red-colored stigmas inside. These red colored stigmas are what exactly is ‘saffron’.

First, these purple flowers are handpicked with caution. These are usually picked only in the morning. After this, the flowers are laid out carefully. The next step in the process of harvesting is to separate the stigmas from the petals.

This, again, needs to be done very carefully as the stigmas are quite delicate. All of the hard work that goes into harvesting saffron is the reason why saffron is so expensive.

This isn’t all. After the stigma (or saffron) gets separated from the flower, the strands that are obtained then need to be dried out.

Thus, the harvesting process is very, very labour-some. About 150 to 200 flowers are required to yield just one gram of saffron!

The Medicinal and Nutritional Values it Holds

After all the processes that go into obtaining it, saffron is definitely worth it. Consuming saffron has an array of benefits. It also holds medicinal significance.

It is rich in substances like crocin, safranal and picrocrocin. These substances are the reason why saffron is good for you. This is yet another factor why saffron is so expensive.

This spice has various health benefits. They include

  • Cures cough and cold
  • Helps in reducing high blood pressure
  • Relieves menstrual cramps and pain
  • Has anti-cancer properties
  • Improves memory
  • Is also great for your skin and hair health 
  • Helps with anxiety and depression
  • Gives you a good night’s sleep
  • And much more…

Saffron also needs to be stored with utmost care. This is yet another task for saffron-growers since it requires some very specific conditions.

Thus, the people who work to get to us the priciest spice in the world toil very, very hard. The process right from the beginning to the end requires a lot of effort. All of these factors are the reasons why saffron is so expensive.

How to find real saffron?

Owing to all of the points mentioned above, finding real saffron is rare. Since the spice has become so popular across the world, its demand has increased. And to give in to the increasing demand, sellers all over the world make a business out of selling fake saffron to customers.

After all the hard work that goes into producing saffron, you must always remember to buy only authentic quality saffron. Authentic and high-quality saffron only comes at a price and hence, stay away from vendors selling it at a doubtingly low price.

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We must respect the people who work so hard and buy saffron only from genuine sellers. When you buy saffron from a genuine source you don’t just support the local farmers but also don’t support the fake sellers making a profit out of duping customers.

We hope this article cleared your doubts on why is saffron expensive.

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What is the Best Saffron Brand in India?

What is the Best Saffron Brand in India?

When it comes to saffron, you should only trust the best saffron brand in India. But the irony is that, nowadays, finding authentic quality saffron has become quite a task. And with no clear established ‘brand’ in the country, the effort to find pure saffron multiply.

The demand for saffron is huge, but as you know the supply is scarce. Much because saffron grows only in Kashmir, Iran, and Spain. And out of the three, Kashmiri Saffron is more liked and preferred. That’s because of the quality of the saffron found in the valley.

To bridge the gap between the supply and demand of saffron, a lot of vendors have started making a business out of selling fake saffron. Fake saffron made out of corn fibers, which are then colored with artificial colors is common in markets all over India, as well as online. This adulterated/ unnatural saffron isn’t good for your health and it can’t be.

Whereas, real and authentic saffron holds medicinal values. Real saffron is also known to have a lot of health benefits. It is good for treating colds, anxiety, high blood pressure, improves memory, relieves menstrual discomfort and much more. Hence, while buying saffron, you must ensure that you buy it only from the best saffron brand in India.

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But, how to determine which brand is the best?

Here is how you can tell whether a brand is selling authentic saffron or not;

  • If the brand is selling it at a very low price, it’s most likely fake.
  • Look at the other products sold by the brand. If the brand is selling an array of various products that are easily available anywhere, refrain from buying saffron from that brand. Whereas, if a brand is selling products that are rare to find elsewhere and are unique, the brand is most likely to sell authentic products.

But, here are a few factors that set authentic saffron apart from fake saffron. And they must be your criterion to trust any brand that sells saffron.

How to Determine Real Saffron from a Cheap Fake?

1. Cold Water Test

Put the saffron in a glass of cold water, or for that matter, water at room temperature. It will start emitting a golden yellowish color in a few seconds. Within 10-15 minutes the whole water will turn golden yellow. If such a thing happens, it is original & authentic.

On the other hand, fake saffron will start giving out color rapidly. The color would be reddish with no golden hues. Never use such ‘saffron’ as this is full of chemicals.

A point to note is that the original saffron keeps the reddish color while fake saffron strings lose all color.

2. The Rubbing Test

After putting the saffron threads in cold water, you can pick up a few strands and start rubbing them between your fingers. If the threads become liquid or break apart, they are fake. Pure saffron will keep itself intact under light rubbing.

3. The Taste Test

Real Saffron does not taste sweet. It does not have a very good taste if used raw. If your saffron tastes sweet, it is fake for sure.

4. The Smell Test

Real Saffron smells like a mixture of tobacco, dry earth, husk and honey. It may seem to use that you are smelling a light chemical. This is because original saffron has high levels of Safarnal & Picocrocin in it.

5. The Baking Soda Test

You may put baking soda in a cup of water and then push some saffron into it. If the final outcome is yellow colored water, you are looking at true authentic saffron.

6. The Price Test

Saffron is called Red Gold, and it is the most expensive spice in the world. You cannot trust anyone selling it for 200-250 per gram. According to CNN, a gram of pure saffron costs around $9. So, don’t be deceived by cheap fakes in the market.

Keeping all of the above factors in mind, it can be said that Kashmirica is the best brand in India to buy saffron from.

What makes Kashmirica the best saffron brand in India?

Here are all the reasons that make Kashmirica a go-to destination for buying saffron:

  • It is a brand born in Kashmir:

Kashmiri is a brand based out of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. And Kashmir is also the place in India where the ‘crocus sativus’ (the saffron flower) grows. This makes the saffron sold by Kashmirica the best; as it is cultivated and sold right from where it originates.

Not only that. The saffron sold by Kashmirica comes from the fields in Pampore, Kashmir which is the best place to grow saffron. All the saffron sold by Kashmiri is sourced directly from the farmers of Pampore, meaning right from the source. It cannot get any more authentic than this, can it?

  • Kashmirica sells the highest quality saffron:

Basically, there are four types of saffron: Mongra, Lacha, Zarda, and Choora. Mongra is the most premium quality of saffron that is available. And Kashmirica only sells the Mongra saffron. This variety of saffron is known to have a gorgeous red color and a very pleasant aroma. The pledge to sell only genuine premium products is another factor that makes Kashmirica the best saffron brand in India.

  • Handpicked and neatly stored:

The saffron sold by Kashmirica is carefully and very delicately handpicked by experts. It is also stored in a way that its aroma and originality remain intact. Kashmirica takes the utmost care to not let it get affected by any kind of external factors. The saffron is also very neatly packed so that it reaches safely to its designated customer. Herein, we pack the saffron only on demand.

  • 100% natural:

The fact that we cannot stress enough is that Kashmirica’s saffron is 100% natural There are absolutely no edible colors or other chemicals added to it.

  • Dedicated to selling authentic and exclusive Kashmiri products:

Another reason that makes Kashmirica the best saffron brand in India is that the brand is dedicated to selling only exclusive Kashmiri products. This means that our products are unique and are rare to find elsewhere. We wish to bring our products to the global audience. And authenticity is, of course, always guaranteed!

  • Kashmirica is helping local artisans:

Every time you buy something from Kashmirica, you support the local Kashmiri artisans who work hard to keep their legacy going. Artisans are often forced to sell their products to distributors at low prices; which is unjust to all the hard work that they put in.

However, we at Kashmirica, help the local artisans by directly buying goods from them and then listing them on our website. This also makes Kashmirica the best saffron brand in India which is impacting the lives of artisans directly.

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Saffron is an exotic spice that doesn’t just add a great flavor but also adds great color to all the dishes that it is added to. Saffron is great for pregnant women, as it has many health benefits. While it also grows in Iran, Spain and Greece, the place where the best saffron grows in India is Kashmir.

The distinct aroma and flavor of saffron set apart and add a hint of exquisiteness to every delicacy. One point to always remember – buy only original saffron from genuine vendors.

Now that you know about the best saffron brand in India, are you ready to buy it?

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11 Unknown Health Benefits of Kalonji

11 Unknown Health Benefits of Kalonji

Kalonji, or Nigella seeds, are one of the most beneficial seeds that mother nature has given us. They just don’t add value to the food, but they have tremendous benefits for the human body.

Whether you consume it in solid form like seeds, or the in a liquid form as an oil. Kalonji has many good effects on the body. But the irony is that many people do not know the health benefits of Kalonji. By the way, kalonji is also called black cumin in some cultures.

 

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What is Kalonji? 

Kalonji or black cumin is a spice that is not just meant for adding flavor to your dishes, but is one that can have a heavy positive effect on your health. Particularly Muslims are very fond of this spice. It is because, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has highly praised Kalonji. 

 

Kalonji

Kalonji or Black Cumin Seeds

 

The Prophet exactly said that, there is healing for every disease except for death. That’s the obvious reason that kalonji or black cumin seeds have seen great popularity in the Muslim medications. You will find a mention to it in details in the book, ‘The Prophetic Medicine’ by a medieval scholar Ibn al-Qayyim.

Digressing, Muslims love some foods and believe them to have serious health benefits. Honey, olive, fig, milk, talbina etc. Similarly, Hindu traditions show special affinity to shilajit. 

Anyways, coming back to the topic of discussion, here are the following 11 unknown health benefits of Kaloji.  I have called them unknown because most people are ignorant of this spice and thus are unaware of its benefits.

Let’s get started!  

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Benefit #1 – Controlling Blood Pressure

Kalonji has been proven to be very useful in controlling blood pressure/hypertension, drinking half a teaspoon of kalonji oil mixed with warm water followed by an effective diet regime has proven to keep blood pressure under control.

 

 

Benefit #2 – Weight Loss

Kalonji helps in speeding up your body metabolism and promotes a faster weight loss. When added to your everyday routine with daily exercises and a healthy diet kalonji helps lose weight in rapidly and constantly. Half a teaspoon of kalonji oil with two teaspoons of honey and in lukewarm water is an effective weight loss recipe

So, if you are serious about weight loss, this is nigella seeds are your go to super food. Nigella seeds is the English name of Kalonji Seeds. 

Benefit #3 – Preventing Hair Loss

Hair loss is a problem which earlier effected people, mostly men. But now it has spread to an epidemic degree. Hair loss has spread its roots effecting both men and women of all ages. There are many remedies available for battling hair loss and one of the most effective solutions is the oil of black cumin seeds known for preventing hair loss and stimulating hair growth.

So from the benefits of Kalonji oil is that it provides hair with moistness that it needs. This helps in the nourishment of hair tissues and reinforces strength to the roots of your hair. In this case, the benefits of kalonji oil supersede those of kalonji seeds. 

Benefit #4 – Boosts Memory

Kalonji is known to treat weak memory. Boosting of memory is from the benefits of kalonji that are rarely known. Kalonji has properties that can boost memory power, concentration, and alertness. Mixing kalonji seeds with mint leaves or honey in water and also adding half a teaspoon of kalonji oil to it works like a charm. This mixture helps in regaining memory and makes it sharper. From other benefits of kalonji are that it increases concentration and prevents forgetfulness. It is effective on all age groups, but is of particular benefit to people of an old age.

Benefits of Kalonji

Benefits of Kalonji

Benefit # 5 – Battles Asthma

Another disease that has crept its way into the lives of people of all ages is Asthma. Asthma is growing  with the increasing levels of pollution. It has started reaching dangerous levels in the last 5 years. Asthma has started targeting large populations and severely affecting both young and old people. There are many home-made therapies that battle asthma and kalonji is one of the most powerful remedies. Drinking a mixture of Kalonji oil and honey in some warm water brings instant and prolonged relief from asthma.

Benefit #6 – Antioxidant Nature

Kalonji seeds and kalonji oils act as antioxidant that prevents oxidative damage to cells and protects the human body against several types of chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. It consists of composites like thymoquinone, carvacrol, t-anethole and 4-terpineol which have powerful antioxidant properties.

Benefit #7 – Improves Liver Health

Liver ailments can be treated properly with proper medical care and under professional guidance and kalonji can be used as a supplement to fasten the recovery. Kalonji oil when used with the approval of a doctor reduce the toxicity of the chemicals in your body. Kalonji oil has a strong tendency to protect the body against liver and kidney damage.

The antioxidants present in kalonji reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. That’s the reason why both kalonji seeds and kalonji oil can be used every day as a supplement to fight liver damage.

Benefit #8 – Lowers Cholesterol

High amounts of cholesterol in your blood increase your risk of heart disease, as is known widely. But what is not known is that, a natural remedy can help you against cholesterol.  Kalonji has been proven to be effective in lowering cholesterol. Kalonji decreases the bad LDL cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides.

Although in this case, kalonji oil is much more effective than kalonji seeds but seeds can also increase the levels of good HDL cholesterol much more effectively. Some experiments suggest that taking 2 grams of kalonji daily for 12 weeks reduces both total LDL cholesterol and also increases the good and total HDL cholesterol.

Benefit #9 – Fights Cancer

Like already mentioned, kalonji has antioxidant properties. That help in fighting many chronic ailments. The most dangerous among them is cancer. Studies have revealed that kalonji has some characteristics which can potentially be used as an anti-cancer weapon.

This is because kalonji consists a compound called thymoquinone which is said to fight and kill harmful cells causing blood cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer prostate cancer, cervical cancer, and skin cancer.

Benefit #10 – Normalizes Blood Sugar

Kalonji helps in keeping the blood sugar normalized. It also prevents dangerous adverse side effects of diabetes like increased thirst, unintentional weight loss, fatigue, nerve damage, vision changes and slow wound healing by improving levels of fasting, average blood sugar and insulin resistance.

Benefit #11 – Eases Joint Pain

Lastly, since ancient times kalonji seeds have been used for treating multiple ailments. The oldest use of these seeds has been to ease the pain in the joints. When kalonji seeds are mixed with essential oils like mustard oil etc, and applied all over the joints, the mixture is effective in reducing pain, inflammation, and stiffness. This helps in making the joints stronger.

Concluding Note  

Kalonji is used as a natural supplement to boost the body’s immune system and help fight diseases. That’s what kalonji should be used for. Its benefits go hand in hand with the actual medical procedures and should not be mistaken as a replacement for a medicine. When taken alongside a medicine or other medical treatments it also enhances the benefits of the treatment and provides quicker recovery.

Author: Rohwa Kitab 

The Shilajit Story – Its Composition, Uses & Benefits

The Shilajit Story – Its Composition, Uses & Benefits

Shilajit has been used as medicine both by Ayurvedic and Unani (Greek) treatment methods. Generally, both these treatment practices have suggested that shilajit has multiple uses and can cure various ailments. And the use of shilajit as medicine has historically been giving satisfactory results. 

Shilajit is believed to be a natural energy booster and its consumption been seen as completely harmless.

In the present scenario,  the amount of diseases we witness is worrisome. Undoubtedly, we have a huge well-developed health care sector but relying upon Allopathy is not always the right option.

Shilajit

Shilajit

Often times research and experience have found allopathic medicines to be ineffective and hazardous. This is because of the composition of these medicines. These medicines are composed of synthetic chemicals which are tested under specific temperature and environmental conditions. This leaves loopholes which may at times cause negative effects.  

In such a situation, many people resort to more natural medications. Remedies like Shilajit that almost have no side effects can prove to be more effective and may even help in eliminating the root cause of diseases.

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How is Shilajit Formed?

Basically, shilajit is a tar-like substance obtained from the Himalayan mountains. It is formed as a result of decomposition of plants.

Hold on, the decay is not an ordinary one, rather it is a decay has been going on for centuries.

For over centuries, due to slow decomposition of plants, the product derived is rich in Fulvic acid. Fulvic acid and Humic acid both are present in Shilajit. These substances are the components of Humus as well. Humus has a tendency to retain nutrients, water, oxygen for plant growth and probably this is the reason why the substance derived from it is considered to be one which rejuvenates one’s health.

Why do People Use Shilajit?

People, especially in the Indian Subcontinent, have an affinity to natural remedies. They believe if these remedies were good for their forefathers, they must be good for the current day as well. And often this analogy is quite true as well. 

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Shilajit is not another common Ayurvedic remedy. It is a trusted medication. It’s usage since ages is vibrant proof of its effectiveness. The difference lies only in the form of consumption which gradually changed with time.

The Benefits of Shilajit 

Shilajit plays a vital role in either suppressing or eradicating different ailment from their roots. Since ages, it has played an important role in:

  • Giving an Energy Boost
  • Strengthening the Memory
  • Absorption of Nutrients from Food
  • Increasing Potency
  • Maintaining Blood Sugar Levels
  • Body Detoxification

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Shilajit Benefits

Shilajit Uses – A Thorough Account

There are a number of ailments related to different organ systems, hormones, ageing etc, against which the shilajit has shown remedial effects. Some commonly known diseases which shilajit can cure or at the least restrict are :

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people. This disease affects cognitive functioning like memory, decision making and memory. The power of thinking and recognizing is also affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Although it starts at a slow pace, gradually there is a strong detrimental effect on the human body. So far there is no ascertained reason, but it is believed to be caused by the accumulation of some proteins inside and between the neurons which form plaques and tangles.

Fulvic acid which is an important component of Shilajit helps to prevent the proteins from getting accumulated.

  • Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is basically related to change in air pressure and level of oxygen as we move to higher altitudes. When people are not used to such conditions and they encounter such a phenomenon, they find it difficult to breathe. Shilajit can be used in this case.

Apart from this, use Shilajit when you encounter;

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Loss of energy

Besides altitude, this sickness may sometimes cause fatal diseases of the brain and the lungs. Shilajit which is rich in minerals and fulvic and humic acid helps in enhancing one’s immune system. Since shilajit is an energy booster as well, it lets the fatigue go off.

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS) 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a kind of illness wherein a patient feels extreme fatigue even after continuous rest. According to research women are more prone to this type of illness than men. CFS is very difficult to diagnose because no tests are conducted for its diagnosis. The duration of the illness also cannot be ascertained. It may last for 6 months to 1 year, or at time be a life long affliction.

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CFS has some symptoms associated such as:

  • Extreme fatigue even after complete rest
  • Muscle ache
  • Unrefreshing sleep even after sleeping for hours
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Unable to concentrate or memorize things.

Many patients have gotten rid of this disease through the conscious use of shilajit. Shilajit is considered as an energy booster because of it’s constitutional properties. It can help to improve the metabolism of the body, reduce fatigue and increase energy levels naturally.

  Benefits of Shilajit for Some Known Health Issues

  • Heart Ailment

Heart diseases also known as Cardiovascular diseases is an umbrella term that covers a large number of diseases like Angina, Heart failure, Stroke etc. Some of the heart-related diseases are Congenital or some are induced because of stress. It is a form of a tension which causes high blood pressure and in turn affects the heart. Many of the heart diseases are also related to obesity, lifestyle and daily routines.

Consuming Shilajit helps to keep the heart in good condition. If one has some cardiac ailments, they are likely to be controlled. Shilajit also keeps control of the blood pressure because of its constitutional properties.

  •  Anaemia

When the count of red blood cells (RBC’s) or Haemoglobin in the blood is very less than the required count, it is termed as Anaemia. Haemoglobin is the carrier of oxygen in the bloodstream. If the level of red blood cells in the blood is insufficient, then the required amount of oxygen cannot be circulated within the body.

Anaemia as such is caused by a deficiency of iron in the body. Because of the presence of a high concentration of Fulvic acid and Humic acid, Shilajit helps in maintaining the iron levels in the body. Hence, Shilajit can nip the disease in its bud.

  • Ageing

Ageing is a natural and irreversible process of getting older gradually. As people begin to age, they get to have many problems like weakness, forgetfulness besides health issues. With age, our body organs also begin to age leading to flawed functionality. Ageing enhances the chances of developing many diseases like cardiac ailments, dementia, diabetes, blood pressure, obesity etc.

Fulvic acid present in shilajit acts is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. As such, it may help in the reduction of free radicals and cellular damage in the body which may slow down ageing.

  • Obesity

When an excessive amount of fat gets accumulated within our body, such condition is termed as obesity. The fat accumulation can be because of overeating or consuming foods rich in sugar, carbohydrates, and proteins. Limited or no physical exercise to burn off the fats are also an important cause in case of obesity.

Many other health issues are interrelated to it such as unstable BP, high cholesterol level, high blood sugar, many cardiac issues etc. Obese people usually get tired in less time and therefore show less interest in the workout also. Shilajit consumption boosts up the genes which overall effects the skeletal muscles to get adapted to fitness and gain more strength.

 Shilajit Benefits For Men

Traditionally Shilajit has been believed to have some great health benefits for men. Being rich in minerals, energy radiants and antioxidants, it plays a vital role in the well-being of men.

It helps in maintaining the testosterone level which is a male hormone. Low level of this hormone often leads to hair fall, mood swings, less interest in intercourse, fatigue and insomnia.

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This remedy also plays a pivotal role in regaining fertility and potency in men. Infertility refers to the inability to conceive a baby. There can be a number of causes associated but in the case of men, the most common one is low sperm count or sperm motility. 

Shilajit Benefits for Men

Shilajit Benefits for Men

Other Uses of Shilajit 

The combination of a variety of minerals, humic and fulvic acids, amino acids, plant-based antioxidants all formed by the decomposition of plants for ages together distinguishes Shilajit from any other supplement.

Shilajit has a perfect integration of uncontaminated essential nutrients which is harmless to consume, thus making it one among the best natural supplements. Shilajit’s uses include:

  • Healing up wounds, burns and bruises
  • Making our bones stronger
  • Remedial effects on joint dysfunctioning 
  • Maintaining blood circulation
  • Boosting up energy even after a workout
  • Reducing physical weakness
  • Building up one’s immune system
  • Removing heavy metals and other toxins from the body.

           

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Because of the presence of antioxidants in Shilajit, it has humungous health benefits. And the good part is that, since its price is pretty low, you can always test it for a few months to sense its benefits. Being a natural agent, you can stay relaxed about the side effects. There aren’t any.

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Kashmiri Wazwan: A Non Vegetarian Delight

Kashmiri Wazwan: A Non Vegetarian Delight

Kashmiri Wazwan, the 36-course meal wonder that’s responsible for the peeping bellies of Kashmiris, and the answer to the oft-repeated question, ‘Why do Kashmiris love mutton so much?’

Yes, for all these Kashmiri Wazwan is guilty as charged!

Among other attraction of Kashmir such as beauty, the landscape, the kangri, pashmina, paper mache, the kahwa and the pheran, Kashmiri Wazwan is a world-renowned cuisine.

It is one of the most loved and cherished offering of the valley. Kashmiri Wazwan has mesmerized everyone who has ever tasted it. It is prepared and served by a team of professionals called waza in large copper pots, commonly called a deygh. Needless to say that it is prepared with a lot of hard work, skill, precision and lastly immense love.

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We Kashmiris are obsessed with our culture, we just love it. And we love our food. Why shouldn’t we? Such tasty food is seldom found in any other culture. 

Kashmiri Wazwan
Kashmiri Wazwan

 

The History of Kashmiri Wazwan

Kashmiris are predominantly non-vegetarians. The special banquet meal that all of us cherish is the Kashmiri Wazwan. It is prepared on special occasions like marriage ceremonies and even on professional and business events. 

Predominantly prepared with Mutton, you might find chicken and fish along with a multitude of vegetables and dry fruits as key ingredients. Some accounts suggest that Wazwan came to Kashmir in the 14th Century when a Mongol invaded India. 

Some historians say that this Mongol invader was Taimur. He was instrumental in making some skilled professionals like artisans, carpet weavers, pashmina experts and cooks migrate from Samarkand to Kashmir. This is why the culture of Kashmir resembles that of Kashmir to a great degree.

The main reason for the popularity of Kashmiri Wazwan in the valley was due to the influence of Persian and Central Asian immigrants to Kashmir. Even today a large portion of the population of Kashmir draws its roots back to Central Asia. 

Map of Silk Route
Map of Silk Route

   

The Preparation of Kashmiri Wazwan 

The word wazwan, although generally used as a name for the traditional Kashmiri 36-course cuisine, is actually a mixture of two separate words. Waz (pronounced as waze’) meaning ‘cook/chef’ and wan meaning ‘shop’. A team of Wazas comprises of a head chef, called the Wouste Waze along with a number of junior chefs.

The main ingredient of Kashmiri Wazwan is freshly-slaughtered lamb meat. Remember, it needs to be freshly slaughtered for the Wazwan to taste right. In many cases, you can’t just cook some dishes of Kashmiri Wazwan without the mutton being fresh.

If the people who are to be served are more in number like at weddings and similar occasion, Wazas start preparing the dishes a day before. Kashmiris cook Wazwan all night and spend their day preparing and eating Wazwan.  

Prepration of Kashmiri Wazwan
Preparation of Kashmiri Wazwan

All the spices used in preparing the Wazwan are processed at home by the Waza himself. Wazas are very specific about the brands of creme, yoghurt, ghee, butter, oil and rice they would use. They argue that in order to get the perfect taste of wazwan, the ingredients need to be extremely precise.

The mutton obtained is grouped on the basis of its origin. Different parts of the body of the animal taste different and each has to be differently cooked in wazwan. So, the waza groups the mutton and starts some initial preparations.

Some of the mutton is minced on a stone with the help of a wooden hammer while another lot is minced with a sharp knife on a wooden table. Once the mutton is prepared at a basic level, the wazas then go on to process it further. 

The Seven Important Dishes of Kashmiri Wazwan  

Although Kashmiri Wazwan comprises of 36, there are seven main dishes that stand out. Whenever you would order Kashmiri Wazwan in a restaurant, or even in a 5-star hotel, the serving will be based on these 7 dishes only.

These majestic 7 dishes are:

  • Tabakh Maaz
  • Koshur Kabab
  • Riste
  • Aab Goash
  • Rogan Josh 
  • Naate Yakhin  
  • Goshtabe  

Manner of Serving the Kashmiri Wazwan 

Kashmiri Wazwan is cooked to precision. It is not like any other food in the Indian Subcontinent which is deeply fried. Rather, Kashmiri Wazwan is cooked at a low flame for hours together. The general preference is that it is cooked in an open area and not in a kitchen, and personally, I find the taste of the Wazwan cooked in an open area to be very different from that is cooked in a restaurant’s kitchen.

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Below are some short descriptions of the main dishes that are pre-placed on a Kashmiri Wazwan platter:

  • Seekh Kabab – A long tasty kababs roasted to perfection.
  • Tabak Maaz – Crispy ribs of lamb simmered in yoghurt till tender, then deep fried turning the fat hard and crunchy.
  • Meethi – Small servings of finely chopped mutton bits mixed with a spice containing dried methi leaves.
  • Daen – Medium shaped very soft full piece of mutton which is said to have been eaten by the Prophet Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) himself.
  • Chicken – There are two types of chicken dishes on the platter (trami). The much loved spicy red chicken made with the red sauce and the sweet and tender white chicken made in the white sauce.

We enjoy eating our food while sitting down on the floor in groups. You would need to sit in groups of 4 to enjoy this delicacy. Before eating there is a ritual of the washing of hands in a mobile basin called the Tash-t-naer, which is taken around by attendants, this ritual is called Dast-Paak.

Once, the platter full of these delights comes to you, you may get started with eating. Then one by one the waza brings in more dishes that are a cure for the growling tummy and a treat for the tasting buds.

These dishes are:

  • Rista – A juicy meatball prepared in a paprika-saffron-fennel spice gravy coloured with dyer’s alkanet.
  • Rogan Josh –  Tender lamb cooked deeply in spices, it is the patriarch of the meaty items.
  • Daniwal Korma – Exquisite lamb roasted with yoghurt, spices and onion puree, topped with coriander.
  • Mushroom – It is one of the vegetarian items of the trami cooked with onions and special Kashmiri spices.
  • Waze’ Palak and Baby Ristas – Spicy spinach cooked with small meatballs.
  • Martsewagun Korma – A spicy and hot version of the Rogan Josh.
  • Paneer – Soft pieces of juicy cheese squares cooked with a spicy tomato gravy.
  • Al – Strips or pieces of sweet pumpkins cooked to balance the spicy and sourness of the meaty items.
  • Lahab Kabab – Flattened sour and spicy mutton kababs cooked in yoghurt.
  • Quince Apple–Another vegetarian delight cooked to add some sour flavour to the platter, part of an elaborate variety.
  • Doudh Ras – A big lamb chunk cooked with a fennel-based spice mixture, cardamom and partially evaporated milk.
  • Yakhnee – The most loved and savoured gravy of the trami made of cooked milk with a perfect blend of salt and mint giving a perfect end to an exotic meal.
  • Goshtaba – A big meatball cooked in a spicy yoghurt gravy mixed with the yakhnee.

These are the main dishes that are served usually with the Kashmiri Wazwan, but there are some items that are a part of the grandeur but not served as frequently as the above-mentioned food items. These items are the shami kabab, nadru, dum aloo, tsok wangun (sour brinjal) etc. They are served on request.  Sometimes the trami is covered with a rumali roti to enjoy the vegetarian delights.

Over to You 

The old saying “the way to someone’s heart is through his stomach” is best suited when the food in question is the ever tempting Kashmiri Wazwan. The wholesome meal fills the stomach and the heart with lots of joy. Its taste remains in the mouth hours after relishing it and the impact remains forever.

This is the story of Kashmiri Wazwan. I am excited to know if you have ever tasted the Kashmiri Wazwan or if you would like to taste it in the future? Catch you in the comments below : ) 

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