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How does Gulkand help in Pregnancy?

This universe is a magical wonderland of creations, that has carefully curated a balanced ecosystem, to offer everything needed by the dwellers in it. The treasure hunt for the best quality food was started by the human race ever since its origination. Modern science has proved that traditional cooking ingredients were loaded with nutrition and each had its unique benefits to the human body. One such vital ingredient used for flavouring purpose in several dishes globally, especially in South Asia, was gulkand. This sweet preserve of rose petals was even used in many Ayurvedic medicines. Gulkand has numerous health benefits to offer your body, but did you know that this specific product can help pregnant women in various ways?

That’s right, this rosy relish can be your best friend during pregnancy, by not only taking care of some of the vital nutrition needed by your body but also by satisfying your sweet cravings.

Here are seven reasons why you should consume gulkand during pregnancy.

  • Helps relieve constipation: Expecting mothers come across new body issues every day, and the most common problem is of constipation, which can also lead to haemorrhoids or piles. The sugar content in gulkand draws liquid in the intestine, helping fight constipation. It also reduces the swelling of the haemorrhoids by providing mild laxative action, lowering the pressure in the lower section of the large intestine. This allows easier passage of the stools and is highly effective for bleeding piles.
  • Helps cool down your body: Gulkand has cooling properties that can protect us from intense heat, better manage the perspiration system of the body, and keep body odour at bay.
Gulkand
An authentic rose experience
  • A huge source of antioxidant: Due to the presence of a high amount of antioxidant properties in it, gulkand act as a great powerful rejuvenator by inhibiting oxidation and counteracting the stored food products.
  • Natural acidity treatment: Consuming gulkand moderately every day may reduce stomach acidity, stomach heat, stomach ulcers and swollen intestines to improve your appetite and digestive system.
  • Soothes menstrual pain: Gulkand is beneficial for menstrual pain and is also a great energy booster because of the sugar content in it.
  • Acts as a natural purifier: Gulkand has antibacterial and antiviral properties that can remove toxins from the body to purify the blood, which is very important during pregnancy. Moreover, toxin-free blood can give you glowing and acne-free skin. It can boost the gut bacteria and help get rid of acne marks as well.
  • Best natural stress-buster: Pregnant women can experience high anxiety issues and gulkand eliminates stress by providing a calming effect on the nervous system, helping pregnant women get a sound sleep.

So if you are an expecting mother, grab few jars of pure and fresh gulkand for a guilt-free yet nutritional sweet ride. Just mix two teaspoons of Gulabo with milk or water and drink it daily after a couple of hours post-meal twice a day.

Disclaimer: All being said and done, I must also state that diabetic patients must avoid gulkand since it is high in sugar content and it is advisable to consult your doctor before you start consuming gulkand during pregnancy.

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Chocolate is Healthy!

Yes, you read that right. For all you chocolate lovers, here is good news, several kinds of research have proved that chocolate consumption in moderation is beneficial for your health. But that does not mean that you have been fooled all your childhood with the information that chocolate can cause acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. Just that nobody told you, only dark is good for health and you can never replace it with any other variant.

Did you know, Theobroma Cacao, the Latin name for chocolate, means ‘Food of the Gods’? A small amount of high-quality dark chocolate with at least 70 per cent of cocoa can actually be called that. Apart from the heavenly taste, chocolate is packed with nutrition, much needed by the human body.

The right dose of dark chocolate can improve memory, reasoning, and attention as it has cocoa flavanols, unlike milk chocolate. It can also help protect against mood disorders and is considered to be one of the best sources of antioxidants due to the presence of polyphenols, flavanols and catechins. Dark chocolate can also lower the risk of heart disease as the flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium to produce nitric oxide. And for those who really care about fitness, and had been avoiding chocolate, this is for you… dark chocolate boosts oxygen availability during fitness training, enhancing the release of nitric oxide in the body. Moreover, it contains the right amount of stimulants like caffeine and theobromine to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.

Oh! It is good for your skin as well. The bioactive compounds in dark chocolate increase skin density and hydration protects against sun damage and improves blood flow to the skin. And cacao can enhance mitochondrial biogenesis in the human body that works an anti-ageing element.

So next time someone warns you against acne problem due to chocolate, you can hand them a bar of dark chocolate. Also, dark chocolate has fat, but the fats are mostly saturated and monounsaturated, with small amounts of polyunsaturated fat. So the consumption of dark chocolate in moderation is no reason for obesity. It has many more benefits such as the reduction in appetite for a healthy diet, reduction in complications during pregnancy, and reduction of damaged cells as well to protect against cancer.

5 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

  • Improves memory, reasoning, and attention capability
  • Protects against mood disorders
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease, improve blood flow, and maintain blood pressure
  • Boosts oxygen availability during fitness training
  • Protects against sun damage, improves blood flow to the skin, and acts as an anti-ageing element

Drooling already thinking of chocolate? Now that you know the benefits of dark chocolate, take a guilt-free trip across our range of chocolaty products and pick your favorite.

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Lick it or Munch It, Your Brain Needs Almond!

As the saying goes…you are what you eat. If you are concerned about your health and keep a check on your regular diet, almond must be part of your food intake. I can sit and keep on blabbering about the health benefits of almond on regular consumption. But in this article, let’s discuss the positive effects of almond on the most important part of your body- brain. It is no secret that almond is packed with nutritional goodness which boosts memory skills and improves overall brain function. Maybe this is the reason why you were asked to eat almond as a kid so that you do well in academics and work environment. But almond is equally beneficial for elderlies. And if you are sick of munching on regular almond, prepare yourself a spread with 100 per cent pure almond butter since it has equal benefits.

5 Benefits of Almond Butter on Brain:

  • boosts memory skills and improves overall brain function
  • helps combat inflammation
  • helps delay age-related brain decline
  • fight conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and enhances memory
  • improves cognitive functions

Almond contains folate and fiber and vitamin E that release phytochemicals which act as antioxidants in the brain to combat inflammation. Moreover, the presence of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in almond helps delay age-related brain decline. Almond also controls the levels of ACh acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps fight conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and enhances memory.

Almonds are most important nuts for your brain

Almonds are also loaded with vitamin B6 that acts as pyridoxine that helps aid the metabolism of proteins, which is then released for brain cell repair and improve cognitive functions. Vitamin B6 also promotes the production of neurotransmitter chemicals that improves communication between brain cells and reduces the rate of neurodegenerative diseases.

Zinc in almond prevents bacterial and viral infections that can damage the brain cells by boosting the immune system and thiamine helps the brain and nervous system convert glucose to energy.

So, if you had ever made the habit of munching a hand-full of almonds every day, never let it go. Or maybe replace it with a spoon full of pure almond butter, but make an effort to not miss it because no matter what you age is, your brain needs the goodness of almond.

Now only inside, you would be surprised how Almond Butter can handle the outside of your head very as well. To read more about it, please Click Here.

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Hair Problems? Here is a delicious solution

How often do you come across snacking options that are not only delicious but also healthy?

Well, let’s make it easy for you with just one ingredient – almond. We all are aware of the numerous health benefits of almonds and raise hands all those who consume five almonds regularly and follow it as a ritual. But now, it’s time to make this healthy habit even more scrumptious, while you keep flaunting your lustrous hair.

5 Benefits of Almond Butter on Hair

• It helps stimulate hair growth.
• Reduces hair fall due to breakage.
• Makes hair glossy by maintaining the keratin level.
• It helps treat scalp infections like dandruff and itchy scalp.
• Prevents hair from premature graying.

That’s right. Several studies made in the past have proved that almond butter is the best cure for almost all hair problems. It contains healthy elements such as magnesium, iron, vitamin E, biotin, potassium, zinc, magnesium, omega 3 and 6, fatty acids and is loaded with protein which helps stimulate hair growth.

Almond Butter by Masala Monk
100% natural almond butter

I understand almond butter tastes yum, but you won’t mind sparing a spoonful or two to apply on your scalp in return of healthy hair. As healthy as it is to consume almond butter, you can also massage it on your scalp to penetrate the goodness of almond into your hair follicles and strengthen them. This reduces hair fall due to breakage and makes your hair glossy by maintaining the keratin level.

And if you have dandruff issues, just add a few drops of lime juice to almond butter and apply the mask on the scalp. Almonds have anti-fungal properties that help treat scalp infections like dandruff and itchy scalp by fighting against yeast multiplication.

Moreover, almond butter is the best solution for regenerating and repairing tissues. Also, good news for those who are apprehensive about greying of hair at an early age. Almond butter also contains catalase, a form of antioxidant and copper which helps prevent loss of hair pigments and building up of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle.

Take it from the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra or from Meghan Markle, almond butter (in its purest form) if used and consumed in moderation, can defeat the best of cosmetic brands.

A healthy dessert spread
A quick solution of add a twist to your regular dessert

Note: Almond butter should not be overused as it can lead to greasy skin by developing excess oil. Moreover, only pure almond butter can give you the best result. Mass-produced almond butter available in local markets generally contain additives that are rather harmful. Check out Masala Monk’s 100% Natural Almond Butter to enjoy the goodness of pure almond.

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Ever tried Butter made from Almonds or Cashews? Here are 10 reasons that you MUST

Almond Butter by Masala Monk

Going nuts about how to make your vegetarian diet equally nutritious as non-veg diet?

It is true that since vegetarians avoid meat and egg, it limits their intake of certain nutrients. But we have got you covered, in a rather delicious way! Did you know that 1-oz (28-gram) serving of nuts contains 5–12 grams of protein, which is as good as meat infused diet? So how about including the oh-so-delicious range of nut butters in your regular diet? Well, we are lucky to survive in an era when nut butters need not necessarily be the good old peanut butter, but we have options like cashew butter, almond butter, and hazelnut butter.

Need more reasons to convince yourself? Here are 10 reasons why you should include nut butter in your diet:

  1. Nuts butters are nutritious and are rich in protein, folic acid, niacin, copper, potassium, iron, fibre, zinc, selenium, vitamin E and B6 and contain a good amount of antioxidants, making them a good alternative to protein-rich animal products.
  2. Nut butters can make for a perfect filling snack for vegetarians if combined with fruits or toast and can fuel your body for hours. Say goodbye to unhealthy snacking.
  3. Almond butter is a good source of calcium, healthy fats and protein, which helps your body to absorb certain vitamins. It is a great source of vitamin B7 as well, which is essential to help your body process the fat, sugar, and protein intake. It also helps keep your blood sugar stable and your skin healthy.
  4. The high protein and fibre in nut butter keep you full and active, helping you consume lesser calories and lose weight. It can be used as a post-workout snack as well.
  5. A good dose of flavonoids, phenols, polyphenols, and other substances in nut butter help protect your cells, keep your heart healthier and protect against colon cancer.
  6. Nut butter aids in cholesterol control, eliminating health issues such as hardening of arteries that lead to stroke.
  7. Nut butter contains a great amount of magnesium which is good for your nerves, muscles, bones, blood sugar, blood pressure, and even your genetic material, or DNA.
  8. Peanut butter helps decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Moreover, iron and folate in it help prevent anaemia which is extremely important for a healthy pregnancy. It contains potassium which is good for your muscles, magnesium for your bones, vitamin E for your skin and to fight cancer, and vitamin B6 and zinc for your immune system. Also, it helps you to sleep well!
  9. If you have a sweet tooth and often suffer from guilty sweet consumption, switch to a spoon full of cashew butter instead. The naturally sweet-tasting nut butter acts as a great dessert along with all its nutritional goodness. It is one of the best sources of monounsaturated fatty acids, essential amino acids, and magnesium which are beneficial for blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol control, bone health, the immune system, and metabolism. Also, put an end to your hunt for eggless desserts.
  10. In a high-pressure environment, peanut butter can be turned into diamonds. Imagine what wonder it can do to your body!

With all being said, you must also note that overconsumption of heavily processed nut butter can have an adverse effect on your body. Here is little information for you:

FAQs

Why are nut butters good for you?

Nut butters are loaded with minerals like selenium and manganese, phenols, polyphenols, vitamins C and E, flavonoids and more, which work as a team to help protect human cells.

Which nut butters are the healthiest?

All nut butter are good if consumed at proper amount, based on the needs of individual body needs. Find out yours from the list of nutritional facts from our range of nut butters (of serving size of 30 g).

Peanut Butter

Energy (kcal): 241 
Protein (g): 11.5
Carbohydrates (g): 7.5
Sugar (g): 2.4
Total Fat (g): 18.3

Almond Butter

Energy: 190.3 kcal
Protein: 7.3 g
Carbohydrate: 6.5 g
Sugar: 1.3 g
Total Fat: 15 g

Hazelnut Butter

Energy (kcal): 220.9
Protein (g): 6.7
Carbohydrates (g): 13.2
Sugar (g): 0.8
Total Fat (g): 15.6

Cashew Butter

Energy (kcal): 110.6
Protein (g): 3.6
Carbohydrates (g): 6
Sugar (g): 1.2
Total Fat (g): 8.8

Is nut butter healthier than peanut butter?

Well, peanut butter is the oldest form of nut butter consumed. But then some suffer from allergies. Almond butter has more vitamins, minerals, and fiber but peanut butter has more protein than almond butter. While both the nut butters are roughly equal in calories and sugar. So it is completely up to your body needs.

Are nut butters bad for cholesterol?

Wait for it… The answer is NO. Because not all delicious food needs to be unhealthy. Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, and hazelnut butter is loved by all and also good for all. As long as the nut butters don’t contain hydrogenated fat, you are good to go. But keep a check over the quantity.

Is it okay to eat peanut butter everyday?

I know it is hard to keep off your hands from the jar full this heavenly deliciousness. So here is a win-win condition…how about a very small portion now and then?

Is almond butter inflammatory?

It is actually the opposite.

Also, unblanched and unroasted nut butter is ideal as a great portion of the nutrition gets diffused while roasting or blanching them. Thus, always look for natural nut butter.

Where can you find 100% Natural Nut Butters?

In our quest to find delicious and healthy nut butters we realised that most of the products that we buy from the shelves have high levels of added sugars, fats and god knows what. Instead of the goodness and benefit from the nut, by consuming those products you might end up doing more harm to yourself than benefit.

When our creator’s frustrations level rose up, we asked him to design perfect nut butters minus all the artificial things that popular brands were adding to them. The results were awesome and now we have an array of delicious and healthy nut butter, right here at Masala Monk.

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

The name itself gives it away. The goodness of almonds combined with all-natural cocoa powder makes for a perfect snacking partner. It has no added fats, colour enhancers or preservatives. Spread on pancakes, use as a topping or for baking, blend in shakes, pair with fruits, or just lick off a spoon.

Home-Made Cashew Nut Butter

Your gluten-free dessert partner! Be it on a well-toasted slice of bread, in your favourite smoothie bowl, on top of your favourite oatmeal, or your before gym snack, this cashew butter packs flavour and will tingle your taste buds with its nutty flavour.

100% Natural Almond Butter

Use it as a topping on oats, parfaits, or flavoured yoghurt. This KETO friendly, vegan and gluten-free nut butter is made using only one ingredient – almonds. There is no added sugar, no added oil and of course and no added preservatives. A jar full of just homemade love and nutrition.

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Made using just Turkish Hazelnuts and the best quality cocoa powder, this nut butter spread can be one of the most delicious healthy condiment you can add to your diet. With no added sugar, fat or preservative, this product is apt for KETO or vegan-friendly diet.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

The good old peanut butter with a chocolaty twist! Made keeping in mind chocolate lovers, this jar of deliciousness has all the goodness of peanut butter with just the added taste of chocolate. Spread it on a well-toasted slice of any bread, use it as a dessert sauce, spread on pancakes, cakes, and of course just pick a spoon and lick!

Peanut Butter

We all love peanut butter. But while some like it creamy, some like it chunky. We don’t want to disappoint any. Thus we have the option for both. This home churned stuff has a very simple ingredient – peanuts and nothing else. Blended to suit your preferred texture, this jar of peanut butter will take care of your health and taste both.

And did we tell you how good all of these actually taste? So go away and enjoy those nut butters while helping yourself build a better yourself.

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A dash of ajwain or a pinch of healthy miracle?

The Indian cuisine goes as vast as you are capable of exploring and mostly because of its exposure to a wide array of spices. It’s an art or rather a learning to understand and decide which spice goes with which dish and why. Each spice has a distinct aroma, flavour and nutritional benefit, and if you take a look at the traditional Indian recipes, you will find them all. There may be hundred different types of spices, but ajwain, also known as carom seed, has been scientifically proven to have the maximum number of health benefits along with its spicy fresh flavour and exotic aroma. Extracted from a herb called Bishop’s weed, ajwain has also played a major role in Ayurveda.

Bishop’s Weed

Time has witnessed the usage and benefits of ajwain when nature used to be the only source of medicine in India. According to an ancient Indian practice, ajwain water reduces the water retention and swelling for women post-pregnancy. But even though we have evolved with science and technology, Indian recipes still swear by the essence and health benefits of spices and ajwain goes in a lot of them.

Carom seed contains thymol, an essential oil, which is an antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties. The chemical in the oil increases the secretion of gastric juices helping in better digestion, metabolism, and provides relief from abdominal gas. Ajwain is also considered as a natural antioxidant, and regular consumption in the right quantity removes toxic substances from the body, helping lose weight.

And it does not end here. Carom seeds can do wonders to the human body and how! From treating toothache and bad odour to curing liver and kidney malfunctions, menstrual cramps, joint pains, piles, cold and flu, to dissolving kidney stones, cleaning uterus and increasing milk production, the list seems never-ending. This common Indian spice is also considered to be rich in fibre, minerals, nutrients and cancer prevention matters.

Carom seed, has been scientifically proven to have innumerable health benefits

If you are already planning to incorporate ajwain in your daily diet, here are few tips from my side. Boil it in water and drink it away or stuff your parathas with it or just look for the below items in Masala Monk’s range to add this magic weed to your diet…

Winter Comfort by Ammiji:

One just for the sake of good health during winters. Personally speaking, winter is my favourite season and the last thing I want is to fall sick during a span of time when I get the best chance to explore, both in terms of food and places. Keep a jar of this healthy mix handy and say goodbye to all the winter blues. Ajwain, along with other healthy ingredients in this product will shoo away all the health issues this beautiful season brings with it.

Instant Batata Vada Mix:

We Indians can’t imagine batata vada, or for that matter, any kind of pakoda without the aroma of ajwain in it. Keeping in mind every specific flavour that needs to go in for the perfect batata vada mix, we have curated this instant batter.

Shahi Mukhwas – Digestive Mouth Freshener:

How about a post-meal mouth freshener that is digestive as well? Shahi Mukhwas has a mix of several exotic ingredients along with ajwain that not only helps you cleanse your palate after a heavy meal, but also boosts your digestion.

Instant Pakoda Batter:

Your love of pakodas is unmatchable, yet you can’t relish a plate full of pakodas because…digestion issue? Well, a dash of ajwain in the batter can save the day. And the Instant Pakoda Batter has the right blend of ingredients for a quick, delicious and healthy portion of Indian fritters.

Well, as much as we love eating and curating delicious items for our consumers, we focus equally on the health factor. There is nothing that beats being naturally healthy and that is all about introducing the best ingredient in the right quantity in your daily diet.

Sounds challenging? No more, eh?

Oh! Did you know that though it is known as carom seed, awjain is actually the fruit of the herb? To sum it up…

Top 5 Ajwain Benefits:

  • Reduces the water retention and swelling for women post-pregnancy
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties, helping in better digestion and metabolism
  • Removes toxic substances from the body, helping lose weight
  • Helps reduce pain like menstrual cramps, toothache, and joint pains
  • Cures liver and kidney malfunctions
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14 Reasons to have Raw Turmeric in your daily diet

While turmeric has long been part of Indian Diet and culture, the raw turmeric itself is considered super therapeutic in nature and some research on google will throw the following benefits..

  1. Boosts Digestion : the most famous component of raw turmeric, curcumin is said to trigger bile production, which then aids smoother movement through the tracts.
  2. Stomach Issues : As per Ayurveda a lot of our issues start from stomach, and curcumin is said to work in situations like indigestion, heartburn, irritable bowl syndrome, stomach ulcers and general irritation.
  3. Anti-inflammatory properties : Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis – raw turmeric is said to help with both, white they say it also is used to treat inflammation due to eye infection.
  4. Skin friendly: It’s been used since ages to cure a variety of skin issues.  It also boosts general skin health.
  5. Excellent Antiseptic : Though we are sure that our pickle would serve this purpose however it’s traditionally been used as ointment for cuts and injuries. Just in case you know 😛
  6. Pain Reliever : Yes it is consumed as a pain reliever as well, however it is recommended to with warm milk for best affects. Can also be applied as paste on affected area.
  7. Blood Purifier : Raw turmeric regulates blood clot formation, several studies and experts have vouched for its blood cleansing abilities.
  8. Studies Show That Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits Against Depression

    Curcumin has shown some promise in treating depression.

    In a controlled trial, 60 patients were randomized into three groups (45).

    One group took prozac, another group took a gram of curcumin and the third group took both prozac and curcumin.

    After 6 weeks, curcumin had led to improvements that were similar to prozac. The group that took both prozac and curcumin fared best.

    According to this (small) study, curcumin is as effective as an antidepressant.

    Depression is also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory.

    Curcumin boosts BNDF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes (46).

    There is also some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine

    Source : HeathLine

  9. Curcumin May be Useful in Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world and a leading cause of dementia.

    Unfortunately, no good treatment is available for Alzheimer’s yet.

    Therefore, preventing it from showing up in the first place is of utmost importance.

    There may be good news on the horizon, because curcumin has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier (39).

    It is known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. As we know, curcumin has beneficial effects on both (40).

    But one key feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a buildup of protein tangles called Amyloid plaques. Studies show that curcumin can help clear these plaques (41).

    Whether curcumin can really slow down or even reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease needs to be studied properly.

    Source : HeathLine

  10. Curcumin Leads to Various Improvements That Should Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

    Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world (27).

    It has been studied for many decades and researchers have learned a lot about why it happens.

    It turns out that heart disease is incredibly complicated and there are various things that contribute to it.

    Curcumin may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process (28).

    Perhaps the main benefit of curcumin when it comes to heart disease, is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels.

    It is well known that endothelial dysfunction is a major driver of heart disease and involves an inability of the endothelium to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors (29).

    Several studies suggest that curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function. One study shows that is as effective as exercise, another shows that it works as well as the drug Atorvastatin (3031).

    But curcumin also reduces inflammation and oxidation (as discussed above), which are also important in heart disease.

    In one study, 121 patients who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery were randomized to either placebo or 4 grams of curcumin per day, a few days before and after the surgery.

    The curcumin group had a 65% decreased risk of experiencing a heart attack in the hospital (32).

    Source : HeathLine

  11. Reduces Menstrual PainAccording to one Iranian study, curcumin in turmeric was found to reduce the severity of PMS symptoms. This effect could be attributed to its anti-inflammatory effects (57).As per a report by the Evergreen State College, turmeric can be used to treat menstrual pains – as was used by the ancient Chinese and Indian healers (58).Source : Stylecraze
    Raw Turmeric Pickle is consumed for medicinal purposes.
  12. Other Possibilities : The University of Maryland Medical Center says that turmeric stimulates the gallbladder to release bile, helping your digestive tract digest fatty nutrients. Because of this effect, it may be beneficial for indigestion and other types of gastric upset. The legislative body in Germany that regulates herbal remedies, called Commission E, has approved turmeric as a general digestive aid. UMMC also reports that turmeric might lower your risk of heart disease, possibly through its ability to prevent clumping of platelets, involved in clot formation. It also says that laboratory studies suggest turmeric might kill bacteria and viruses, but these possibilities still need confirmation in clinical research.Source : SF Gate
  13. Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases

    Back in the day, it was believed that neurons weren’t able to divide and multiply after early childhood.

    However, it is now known that this does happen.

    The neurons are capable of forming new connections, but in certain areas of the brain, they can also multiply and increase in number.

    One of the main drivers of this process is Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain (20).

    Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone. This includes depression and Alzheimer’s disease (2122).

    Interestingly, curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF (2324).

    By doing this, it may be effective at delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function (25).

    There is also the possibility that it could help improve memory and make you smarter. Makes sense given its effects on BDNF levels, but this definitely needs to be tested in human controlled trials (26).

    Source : HeathLine

  14.  Preventing Cancer : Curcumin from turmeric is an antioxidant, helping your body rid itself of free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage cellular membranes and DNA and raise your long-term risk of cancer. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that, based on laboratory research, turmeric might help prevent or treat several types of cancer, including cancer of the prostate, breast, skin and colon. For example, a 2015 study published in Cancer Letters found that curcumin helped inhibit cancer stem cells in cells taken from people with colorectal cancer that had metastasized to the liver. The researchers further concluded that curcumin supplementation was safe when combined with chemotherapy. Although large clinical studies of turmeric and cancer are still lacking, the National Institutes of Health had several active clinical trials involving curcumin as of 2014, including one involving women at high risk of breast cancer.Source : SF Gate

How much raw turmeric to take?

If you want to include raw turmeric as part of your diet on a daily basis then 6-7 gms is a good.

This in grated form turns out to be around 1.5 tsp. There should be no harm even if you take 2 tsp.

All the standard precautions we take with turmeric powder apply here too e.g. – stop 2 weeks before surgeries, do not take too much during pregnancy, consult doctor in case of confusion, etc. etc.

Lastly, start low and increase gradually.

Source : Turmeric for Health

Why Raw Turmeric is Better than Powdered one

Firstly, it is made using raw turmeric. Now the processing of turmeric into powder does take away some of its constituents. Thus raw turmeric is indeed the “best package” if you are looking for turmeric benefits.

Secondly, when you use raw turmeric you eliminate the processing cycle of making a powder. That means you also eliminate things which can go wrong there like adulteration, irradiation, additives, artificial colour, etc.

Source : Turmeric for Health

How much turmeric pickle can I eat?

As we are using raw turmeric and not powder you can easily include 10-15 gms of turmeric pickle. Great thing is as it is “pickle” you will actually make it part of your diet.

It is integral part of lunch and dinner of so many people in India. I am sure after you make this one, it will become at your house too

So what are you waiting for, try it today!

Source : Turmeric for Health

Shot by : Simon A. Eugster

Once again to remind you – we use Organic Raw Turmeric grown in Himalayas using high quality water and away from pollution. While eating the turmeric in different forms is said to have different benefits, however its key component is fat soluble and eating it in pickled for ensures some fat goes with the turmeric as well.

We julienne the turmeric, air dry it, then use it in the pickle, which preserves the natural oil inside this precious herb as well.

Delivery – Our usual delivery time is 2 to 3 weeks. Thanks for patience.

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Hardneck Garlic vs Softneck Garlic – Why Hardneck Garlic is Better?

With a smell that’s so appetizing and strong flavor, there’s no wonder that garlic has been a good kitchen companion for ages. However, some don’t know that there are 2 primary types of garlic and these include softneck and hardneck. There’s a significant difference between these two and its important to know their differences first before you choose any of these garlic.

Hardneck Garlic

It also renowned as a top-selling garlic and got its name because it has hard neck literally. The neck also refers to the flowering stalk or stem, which grows through the bulb’s center. Its firm stalk makes it a bit impossible for the harvesters to braid the hardneck garlic. In addition to that, this kind of garlic has distinct spicy flavor and it’s easy to peel due to its large cloves and thick skin. It also grows well in places with cold climates. It has a short shelf life of four to ten months.

Softneck Garlic

Artichoke garlic or softneck garlic has soft stalk that makes it simple to braid and cut. It has mild flavor that’s why this variety is used commonly for processed products like the seasonings. It’s also the same kind of garlic sold in the grocery stores. Moreover, this type of garlic thrives in warmer places. Upon maturity, a bulb could hold up to 20 cloves. This is why it is typically irregular and big in shape. Softneck garlic has also tight, thin skin around every clove. This is why it’s an ordeal to peel one. When compared to hardneck garlic, softneckk has long shelf life.

How Beneficial Hardneck Garlic Over Softneck Garlic?

The potential advantages of taking hardneck garlic include reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. It has been studied in different conditions such as atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, CAD or coronary artery disease, and heart attack. The daily flexibility of blood vessels has shown to enhance with intake of hardneck garlic. The likelihood of damage in blood vessels because of chronic inflammation has been shown to reduce when this vegetable is taken regularly.

Hardneck garlic has also a rejuvenating effect on one’s blood circulation and support the defenses of the body against flu or cold virus. It could be due to the reason that it has high concentration of vitamin B6, allicin, and vitamin C, which helps boost immunity and improve circulation. Research also indicated that some qualities of hardneck garlic can help in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol, which will keep your heart healthy.

Hardneck garlic’s anti-fungal properties makes it useful for people that suffer from the fungal infections. It can also useful for skin blemishes because it helps purify blood.

We have sourced Organic Himalayan Hardneck (red) garlic, which is grown using spring water, better quality air and much cleaner environment in general. Its a garlic hard to come by and is generally sold at high premium in commercial market. There is a distinct difference in taste as well as the size of the cloves compared to what we see in the normal garlic. We are currently accepting orders for Chutney as well as Pickle made out of the same. While we dispatch a batch of chutneys almost every week, the pickling process of Garlic takes a while and do see the expected delivery date range before ordering.

Real picture of Garlic we source

 

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7 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic

Himalayan Hard-neck Garlic

If you think that garlic is perfect to add a zing to your mashed potatoes, bread or pasta, you better think again. The truth is that this pungent vegetable offers a lengthy list of health benefits that will surely convince you to eat more garlic every day. Its has been recognized all over the world and in various healing systems as one of the best natural healers known to mankind and after reading these benefits, you definitely would want to add more of this super food in your diet. Research shows that processing and eating garlic in different ways has different benefits to the body as its compounds change their properties according to the way they are processed. 

1. Garlic is Rich Anti-inflammatory Properties .

Garlic contains four compounds which can make a significant difference in fighting off inflammation. Some of the compounds found in garlic may even reduce irritation and pain the natural way through mimicking how pain medications work as revealed by studies that looked into the effects of garlic consumption.

2. Keep the Colds Away with Garlic

A certain study has tracked 146 adults who were healthy enough during the flu season to see if garlic will be able to keep those sniffles at bay. The participants were then divided to two groups, the first half being administered with a garlic supplement while the other half received a placebo pill. The second group that was given the placebo pill suffered from 65 colds during the period of the study while the other group that takes garlic supplements just came down with 24 cases of cold. Even though this sounds promising, there is still a need for further research before garlic can be hailed as the all around cure for colds.  

3. Fight Off Certain Types of Bacteria and Fungus

If you belong to 15 to 25% of humans suffering from athlete’s foot, you can get rid of this smelly problem by having your feet soaked in the bath with some crushed cloves of garlic.

4. Avoid Food Poisoning with Garlic

A certain study has revealed that a garlic compound is 100 times more effective compared to common antibiotics as far as fighting off Campylobacter is concerned. This is a kind of bacteria that often thrives in raw chicken which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. While it is not a guarantee that you will not get sick when you eat garlic, this compound can be very useful when it comes to clean areas where food is prepared and even help in preserving packaged foods such as coleslaw, deli meats, pasta, and potato salads.

5. Preventative Measure for Heart Disease

It has been revealed that consuming garlic every day can help with heart diseases and even lower cholesterol levels. Garlic contains a lot of antioxidant properties which can also be useful in cleansing the different systems of the body.

Garlic contains allicin which can regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels. To make the most out of the allicin content of garlic, it is best to consume it semi-raw or raw. Once cooked, allicin tends to lose its medicinal properties so going raw is more advisable.  

6. Garlic May Help in Cancer Prevention

There are some studies that reveal the relationship between consuming garlic and lowered risks of specific kinds of cancer. This vegetable can help prevent colon and stomach cancer. One more study discovered that middle-aged ladies have 35% lesser risks of developing colon cancer when they ate vegetables, fruit, and garlic as part of their well-balanced diet.

7. Garlic can help detoxify heavy metals in Body

When consumed in high doses, it has show to prevent organ damage due to heavy metal toxicity.

A 28 day study in workers of a battery plant (major exposure to lead) found that garlic reduced lead levels in the blood by 19%. It also reduced many clinical signs of toxicity, including headaches and blood pressure amongst many others.

Three doses of garlic each day even outperformed the drug D-penicillamine in symptom reduction.

Conclusion

Though it has been used as a common ingredient in cuisines and dishes all over the world, it seems our ancestors knew how magical properties of this humble vegetable produced when consumed in different methods and styles. Its just that modern research is now agreeing with what mankind has known for a lifetime. So its a great idea to include more garlic in your diet in whatever shape, form or size as it would definitely have some benefit or the other to our body.

We now have available Chutney and Pickle made from Hardneck garlic, grown in Himalayas, which we are shipping all over India. While the chutney is cooked on almost weekly basis and is shipped out in 7-10 days of your order, the garlic pickle might take 40 days to get ready. Do check the expected delivery date of pickle before you order.