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AmpalayaThe health benefits of karela (bitter-gourd) are greater than those of many vegetables. Karela’s bitter taste is generally attributed to the quinine it contains. Cooked bitter gourd stimulates the appetite, cleanses the liver, purifies the blood, and provides many other benefits.

Grown in the Indian subcontinent and parts of Asia, Africa, and South America, karela (aka bitter-melon, kaakarakaya) is unsavory yet very nutritious and healthy. Karela comes in many different varieties and is similar in shape to a cucumber. In the Indian grocery stores in the US, you’ll find the the Indian, dark green, spiky variety, while in the Asian stores, you’ll find the lighter-green bitter-melons that are larger with a bumpy peel.

A really delicious type of karela is kantola or kakrol (aa-kaakarakaya). These are small, round or oval with tiny, prickly spikes, and are not bitter at all or only slightly bitter. These taste great sliced into thin chips and either stir-fried or deep-fried. Fresh kantola are a rare sight in the US but are widely available frozen.

In South India, karela and kantola, are soaked overnight in brine or buttermilk and sundried, and then deep-fried as needed, and like pappadums, served as crunchy accompaniments or added to soups and stews. These vadiyams or vadams are available in Indian grocery stores.

Karela and Health—-Quick Facts

In Indian medicine, such as ayurveda, bitter-gourd juice (from the gourd or leaves) has long been used as a remedy for diabetes and liver problems. Karela juice is also used to treat skin problems like psoriasis, and is generally good for skin health as it purifies blood.

Ayurvedic doctors also prescribe bitter-gourd juice for digestive problems and to boost immunity. A glass of karela juice with a dash of lemon, taken on an empty tummy, is supposed to improve general health as well as skin health.

Karela contains a chemical called charantin which reduces high blood glucose levels, and hence the best home remedy for diabetes (as a curry or juice).

Pregnant women are advised to avoid this vegetable as it can cause miscarriages.

Along with fiber, karela contains several vitamins, minerals, and trace elements like vitamin C, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. Like most vegetables, karela is low in calories, and as such great for weight-loss. Studies show that bitter-melon extract can help prevent breast cancer.

It makes sense to include karela in your diet as it offers so many health benefits.

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The 12 Health Benefits of Ampalaya Leaves (Shoots)

Posted on December 12, 2010 by marvin

My father is growing ampalaya vine. He usually gather the young shoots – only those that grow near the plant base. Young ampalaya leaves are popular as vegetable dish ingredients. It’s more than just leaves, anyone can get more benefits out of these bitter commodity:

1) The decoction of the leaves is used as a stomachic – relating to stomach problems e.g.diarrhea. The recommended intake is one teaspoon of ground ampalaya leaves three times a day.

2) The leaves is used as antipyretic – medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever

3) The whole plant, pulverized, is a good when externally applied in leprosy and malignant ulcers. Malignant – dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth.

4) The leaves are pound and apply to certain skin diseases. Can also be applied to burns and scalds.

5) The leaves are applied as a poultice for headaches. Poultice – a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation. Pantapal from albularyo term.

6) Watt says that an infusion of the leaves acts as a febrifuge – lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever.

7) The leaves are administered as an anthelmintic – capable of expelling or destroying parasitic worms.

8) The juice of the fresh leaves acts as a mild purgative – stimulates evacuation of the bowels – for children.

10) Aids in treatment of diabetes. As researched and published by Dr. William Torres, amplaya contains polypeptide-P, an insulin like substance present only in this bitter plant.

11) Boiled leaves and a decoction of the plant itself is recommended to promote lochiae. Lochiae (lochia) substance discharged from the vagina (cellular debris and mucus and blood) that gradually decreases in amount during the weeks following childbirth.

12) The sweetened decoction of the leaves is considered a powerful emmenagogue (promotes menstrual discharge), and an effective vermifuge (causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms).


Uses and Benefits of Ampalaya Seeds

Posted on May 7, 2011 by marvin

The ultimate use of ampalaya seed is for propagation. Propagators need to secure good quality seeds for the next planting season. It can be bought from seed companies to ensure the breed purity. However, an excess seeds can be use for other purposes.

Uses and Health Benefits:

1) Crevost and Petelot stated that the seeds with oil can be employed as a cosmetic.

2) Dalziel reports that the root is sometimes used as an ingredient in aphrodisiac prescriptions and, along with the fruit or seeds, is also used as an abortifacient, as well as a remedy for urethral discharges.

Warning!: Abortifacient – a drug (or other chemical agent) that causes abortion. Pregnant women should never take it.

3) Perrot and Hurrier mention that in Indo-China the seeds are employed with success in dysentery – an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea.

4) Stuart reports that the seeds benefit the breath and invigorate the male principle.

5) Dalziel quotes Freise [Aoth, Zeit. 44 (1929) 1480], who says that the seeds are used in Brazil as an anthelmintic. Watt and Breyer-Brandwijk state that the anthelmintic action of the seeds is to reside in the embryo. Anthelmintic – a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms.

6) Can be used as purgative. The seeds yield 32 per cent of purgative oil. Purgative – a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels.

7) According to Yumiko Yasui ampalaya seeds has linolenic acid that can  kill color cancer.

8) The seed also contain Polypeptide-p, a plant insulin that helps diabetic patients.

9) For production of coffee and polvoron.

items 1-6 are compiled by bureau of plant and industry



(MOMORDICA CHARANTIA), Also known as “bitter ground” or “bitter melon” in english. It is most known as a treatment of diabetes (diabetes mellitus) for the non-insulin dependent patients. Has been proven to be an effective herbal medicine for many ailments. The effectiveness of ampalaya as an herbal medicine has been tried and tested. Ampalaya is an alterantive medicine to help alleviate various ailments including diabetes liver problems and even HIV. It enhances immune system and fight infections.

Preparation: For coughs, fever, worms, diarrhea, and diabetes; juice the ampalaya leaves and drink a spoonful everyday. For further ailments; the fruit and the leavescan both be juiced and taken orally. For headaches, wounds, burns and skin diseases; apply warmed leaves to affected area. In large doses, pure ampalaya juice can be a purgative and abortifacient.



Ang ampalaya ay may siyentipikong pangalan na Momordica Charantia at kilala din bilang bitter melon o bitter gourd sa wikang Ingles. Ito ay isang tropical at subtropical na halaman na kapamilya ng Cucurbitaceae. Ang bunga nito ay kilala sa pagkakaraoon ng mapait na lasa dahil nagtataglay ito ng momordicin.


  • 1 Bilang Halamang-Gamot
    • 1.1 Preparasyon
  • 2 Bilang Ulam
  • 3 Sanggunian
  • 4 Pagkilala

Bilang Halamang-Gamot

Ayon sa mga pananaliksik, ang ampalaya ay mabisang panglunas sa sakit na diyabetes. Sa wastong pagkain at dosi ng ampalaya, ito ay makatutulong sa pagtaaas ng produksyon ng beta cells ng lapay (pancreas). Bilang resulta, pinagbubuti ang abilidad ng ating katawan na gumawa ng insulin, ang pumipigil sa pagtaas ng blood sugar ng mga diyabetiko.

Ang ampalaya ay nairekomenda ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan bilang isa sa mga pinaka-epektibong halamang-gamot dahil sa kakayahan nitong makapagbigay-lunas sa sakit sa atay, diyabetes at HIV. Ito ay isa sa karaniwang halamang-gamot na ginagamit sa bansang Tsina. Sa Pilipinas, ang mga dahon nito ay kadalasang ginagamit na panglunas sa ubo, sakit sa balat, pagkabaog ng mga babae, pamurga, at pampababa ng lagnat.

Maliban sa pagkakaroon nito ng kakayahang makapagpagaling, ang ampalaya rin ay nagtataglay ng maraming bitamina at mineral, sa humigit-kumulang isang tasa (93 grams):

Vitamin A 9%
Thiamine 2%
Riboflavin 2%
Niacin 2%
Vitamin B5 2%
Vitamin B6 2%
Vitamin C 130%
Folate 17%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%
Magnesium 4%
Phosphorus 3%
Copper 2%
Zinc 5%


  • Uminom ng isang kutsara ng katas ng dahon ng ampalaya para sa mga may ubo, lagnat, nagpupurga, at nagtatae.
  • Itapal ang mainit-init na dahon ng ampalaya sa bahagi ng balat na may sugat, paso at iba pang sakit sa balat gayun din sa noo kapag masakit ang ulo.

Bilang Ulam

  • Ang ampalaya ay kadalasang isinasahog sa mga ulam tulad ng pinakbet, isang bantog na luto ng gulay sa Pilipinas na may kasamang ibat’t-ibang gulay tulad ng okra, talong, sitaw, kamatis, kalabasa at bagoong.
  • Ginagamit din ang ampalaya bilang ensalada–ibinababad ang bunga sa suka at asin kasama ang sibuyas at kamatis.
  • Ang ginisang ampalaya na may itlog ay isa rin sa mga paboritong ulam ng mga Pilipino. Iginigisa ang maninipis na hiwa ng ampalaya sa bawang, sibuyas at kamatis at pagkatapos ay inihahalo ang binating itlog sa ginisang ampalaya.


  • (hinango noong Agosto 15, 2008).
  • Traditional Medicine. (hinango noong Agosto 15, 2008).
  • Ampalaya: Herbal Medicine. (hinango noong Nobyember 20, 2008).

Ampalaya (Momordica charantia)

Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) with a scientific name Momordica charantia, is a climbing vine and the tendrils of which grow up to 20 centimeters long. This herbal plant belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae, and it is a tropical as well as a subtropical vine. Ampalaya leaves are heart-shaped, which are 5 to 10 centimeters in diameter. The fruits of the ampalaya vine are fleshy green with pointed ends at length. It can never be mistaken for any other variety because its ribbed and wrinkled surface had always been ampalaya’s distinct physical structure. The bitter taste of the ampalaya fruit had also been the distinguishing factor from the rest of the fruits with medicinal value, and this is due to the presence of a substance known as momorcidin.

Ampalaya has been a folkloric cure for generations but has now been proven to be an effective herbal medicine for many aliments. Most significant of which is for Diabetes. The Philippine variety has proven to be most potent. Ampalaya contains a mixture of flavanoids and alkaloids make the Pancreas produce more insulin that controls the blood sugar in diabetics. Aside from Ampalaya’s medicinal value, it is good source of vitamins A, B and C, iron, folic acid, phosphorous and calcium.

Ampalaya has been for used even by the Chinese for centuries. The effectively of Ampalaya as an herbal medicine has been tried and tested by many research clinics and laboratories worldwide. In the Philippines, the Department of Health has endorsed Ampalaya as an alternative medicine to help alleviate various ailments including diabetes, liver problems and even HIV. Aside from these, ampalaya also helps treat skin diseases and cough. Its herbal value extends to increasing the sterility of women, in parasiticide, antipyretic, and has purgative functions, as well. Note: In large dozes, pure Ampalaya juice can be a purgative and abortifacient.

Herbal Benefits of Ampalaya: Preparation & Use of Ampalaya:
• Good for rheumatism and gout
• And diseases of the spleen and liver
• Aids in lowering blood sugar levels
• Helps in lowering blood pressure
• Relives headaches
• Disinfects and heals wounds & burns
• Can be used as a cough & fever remedy
• Treatment of intestinal worms, diarrhea
• Helps prevent some types of cancer
• Enhances immune system to fight infection
• For treatment of hemorrhoids
• Is an antioxidant and parasiticide
• Is antibacterial and antipyretic
• For coughs, fever, worms, diarrhea, diabetes, juice Ampalaya leaves and drink a spoonful daily.
• For other ailments, the fruit and leaves can both be juiced and taken orally.
• For headaches wounds, burns and skin diseases, apply warmed leaves to afflicted area.
• Powdered leaves, and the root decoction, may be used as stringent and applied to treat hemorrhoids.
• Internal parasites are proven to be expelled when the ampalaya juice, made from its leaves, is extracted. The ampalaya juice, and grounded seeds is to be taken one spoonful thrice a day, which also treats diarrhea, dysentery, and chronic colitis.



Lowers sugar levels & helps fight Diabetes
One of the most studied benefits of bitter gourd is its effectiveness in lowering blood sugar levels. High blood sugar leads to diabetes, which in turn may cause high blood pressure, heart disease, blindness, high cholesterol and stroke. Researchers at Lucknow University in India examined the effects of the pulp of bitter gourd on blood sugar levels. The results of their study, published in the August 2010 issue of the “Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics,” show that not only does bitter gourd lower blood sugar, its antioxidant activity also protects the body’s organs from damage caused by diabetes. Trigonella foenum graecum seed powder, or fenugreek herb, was also used in the study and is reported to have antidiabetic benefits as well.

Fights Cancer
It can play an important role in the prevention and treatment of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Researchers at the University of Hawaii, reporting in the June 2010 issue of “Pharmaceutical Research,” state that bitter gourd may stop the growth of cancer cells and initiate cancer cell death. Bitter gourd effects differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells, as they leave normal cells intact.

Treats Psoriasis
Regular consumption of this bitter juice has also been known to improve psoriasis condition and other fungal infections like ring-worm and athletes feet.

Improves circulation, helps fight Obesity
Bitter gourd can help fight the battle of the bulge, whether you have a little to lose or a lot. Weight gain and obesity may lead to serious health consequences such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. In the June 29, 2010, issue of “BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” researchers report that when tested on human fat cells, bitter gourd juice exhibited the ability to stimulate the breakdown of fat cells and prevent new fat cells from forming. Researchers conclude that bitter gourd should be considered as an alternative therapy for obesity treatment.

Fights High Cholesterol
High cholesterol is a primary risk factor for heart disease, heart attack and stroke. The two types of cholesterol are LDL, known as bad cholesterol, and HDL which is good. LDL builds up on arterial walls and can cause blockages and hardening of the arteries. HDL sweeps through the arteries, preventing LDL from building up. You can increase your HDL levels through exercise and nutrition, and research shows that bitter gourd is a dietary component that can help increase those levels. The September 24, 2007, issue of “BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine” reports that bitter gourd not only has antidiabetic activity, it also lowers triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, while raising HDL cholesterol levels.

Alleviates Eye problems and Improves Eyesight
The high beta-carotene and other properties in bitter gourd makes it one of the finest vegetable-fruit that help alleviate eye problems and improving eyesight.

Prevents Jaundice, Strengthens Liver, Treats Hangover
Bitter gourd juice can also prevent jaundice by strengthening the liver. By detoxifying and nourishing liver, bitter melon juice may be beneficial in the treatment of a hangover.

Good for patients who are suffering from Piles
Mix three teaspoonfuls of juice from bitter melon leaves with a glassful of buttermilk. Take this every morning on empty stomach for about a month and see an improvement to your condition. To hasten the healing, use the paste of the roots of bitter melon plant and apply over the piles.

Excessive consumption may cause mild abdominal pain or diarrhea. Diabetics taking hypoglycemic drugs will need to alter the dosage of their drugs if they consume bitter melon on a regular basis. Please consult your doctor.

Pregnant women should avoid taking too much bitter gourd or its juice as it may stimulate the uterus that may lead to preterm labor.

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Scientific name: Portulaca olearacea L.

English: Purslane
Tagalog: Alusiman

alusiman01Portulaca, common name for a family of plants in the pink order, comprising a small, widespread group of more or less succulent herbs and subshrubs, with concentrations of species along the Pacific coast of North America and in southern Africa, and for its representative genus. About 21 genera and 400 species make up this family. The leaves are opposite or alternate and bear stipules (appendages, usually leaf-like, at the leaf base) that are often modified into membranous scales or hairs. The usually small flowers characteristically have only two green sepals, four to six petals and stamens, and a single ovary borne above and free from the other floral parts. The common purslane has long been used as a pot-herb and in salads. Several other species are used as ornamentals.

Scientific classification: Portulaca plants make up the family Portulacaceae. The representative genus is Portulaca. The common purslane is classified as Portulaca oleracea.



Scientific name: Portulaca olearacea L.

Ang katas ng dahon ng alusiman ay mainam sa sunog-araw (sun burn) o mahapding-init sa balat.

Katasan ang mga naturang mga dahon, ipahid sa balat pagkatapos maligo.


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Scientific name: Basella rubra Linn

Scientific name: Basella rubra Linn
English: Malabar Night Shade
Tagalog: Alugbati

AlugbatiA succulent, branched, smooth, twining herbaceous vine, several meters in length. Stems are purplish or green. Leaves are fleshy, ovate or heart-shaped, 5 to 12 cms long, stalked, tapering to a pointed tip with a cordate base. Spikes are axillary, solitary, 5-29 cm long. Fruit is fleshy, stalkless, ovoid or spherical, 5-6 mm long, and purple when mature.

Demulcent, diuretic, emollient, laxative, rubefacient.

Found in settled and cultivated areas, in hedges.

Common market product, a popular leafy and stew vegetable, a good substitute for spinach. The green and purple cultivated varieties are preferable to the wild ones.
Both the young shoots and stems are eaten. Excellent source of calcium and iron; good source of vitamins A, B, and C, with a high roughage value. Roots are employed as rubefacient. Poultice of leaves used to reduce local swelling. Sap is applied to acne eruptions to reduce inflammation. Decoction of leaves used for its mild laxative effects.
Pulped leaves applied to boils and ulcers to hasten suppuration.Sugared juice of leaves useful for catarrhal afflictions. Leaf-juice, mixed with butter, is soothing and colling when applied to burns and scalds.


Uses and Health Benefits of Alugbati / Malabar Spinach

Posted on February 25, 2011 by marvin

My friend asked me if I know something about alugbati plant. I replied, “Nope”. I heard about alugbati several times before but I was completely clueless about it. So I listed it on my priority list – a search for alugbati.

Picture results after googling were familiar. I have seen this plant before, in fact I have a picture of it. I took a shot when I saw this plant in school garden without knowing that it was the alugbati.

The vegetable is also known as Malabar Spinach, Ceylon Spinach or the red vine. The stem is purplish (shade of red) and succulent with heart shape leaves. It bears green to dark red fruits (correct me if I am wrong).

The young leaves are popular vegetable stuff. It can be boiled (boil until cooked and discard water), used as salad ingredient and other dishes like ginisa.

The plant is also popular for its medicinal properties. Growing it in your garden is a nice idea.

1)  A good source of essential nutrients. Excellent source of calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and iron.

2) Contain saponins that act as phytochemicals. Fights cancer and other diseases.

3) Roots are employed as rubefacient – a medicine for external application that produces redness of the skin.

4) Roots are also used as poultice to reduce local swellings.

5) The sap can be applied to acne areas to eliminate irritation.

6) The sap has a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin.

7) A diuretic.

8) A mild laxative.

9) Pulped leaves are applied to boils, ulcers and abscesses.

10) Leaf juice with sugar is effective for inflammation of the nose and throat with increased production of mucus. Also used to treat gonorrhea and balanitis

11) Leaf juice with butter has a soothing effect on burns and scalds.

12) Stem and leaf extract can cure habitual headache.

13) Fruits maybe used as cheeks and lips make-up and dye.

14) Good source of fibers.


A Stem and Several Leaves of Alugbati

Posted on July 2, 2012 by marvin

It was my fourth visit to this scrap wood store. My company were busy selecting good scraps while I was sitting near the rear exit. It was the only time I noticed the reddish vine with big shiny leaves.

I am familiar with the vine but I cannot remember its name clearly. I asked the warehouse keeper about it. She is also familiar with the vine but cannot remember the name for a while. She finally recalled it was alugbati after a quarter of an hour. Her memory is obviously sharper than mine.

I came out of the rear door and saw about three meters wide network of alugbati plant on trellis. It seemed inviting me to get one and bring home.

Why is alugbati there? She planted a single alugbati stalk and it grow well in just short time frame. It grows fast that regular trimming is necessary.

How to cook it? Get young stems and leaves and mix it with favorite vegetable dish. She was preparing cut stems and whole leaves while I was talking to her. It was intended for ginisang sardinas.

I asked for a stem and she gave me one gladly. I planned to plant it as soon as I got home.

raw. It has a very faint spicy odor, mildly bitter taste clinging to mouth for about 15 minutes and an oily smooth texture similar to gumamela leaves and okra mucilage. The succulent stem has the same properties with a fibrous outer portion. I think it should be cooked before consuming.


Eating The Fresh Alugbati Shoots

Posted on December 24, 2012 by marvin

The alugbati stalks I planted months ago has been growing well. It almost cover the 1/4 part of the bamboo fence. The fence is becoming reddish from afar. Still a chicken’s favorite but they are too lazy to fly over and feed to higher portions. Flowers begin to show. Many shoots are elongating outwards and seem talking to me. They seem begging, wanting me to pick and eat them raw.

Every alugbati stalk as long as open palm is succulent. Slightly pungent when chewed but can be tolerated with practice or dipping in plain mayonnaise before taking in.

What are you waiting for? Open that palm of yours. Measure and cut alugbati stalks. Wash it under running water. Rinse well. Take your favorite dip and start the enjoyment.

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Aloe-Vera – An Effective Medicine

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By John Gibb

Aloe veraAloe vera is a very useful plant. It is very often used as a medicine to treat skin conditions such as burns and eczema, where it can help to stop the pain and reduce swelling. It is also very pleasant and soothing in its smell, which is likely why you will have heard of it: it is very often used in soaps, shampoos, and similar products.

This is not the only way to buy aloe vera, however. It is also available in capsule and gel form, as well as in juices and drinks, creams and lotions.

However, scientists are not altogether in agreement on the effectiveness of aloe vera as a medicine. It is difficult to research the effects of aloe vera properly, because it is such a complicated herb. Aloe vera contains 75 different nutrients, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, sugars and acids. Supposedly, it can help with muscle growth, be anti-bacterial, aid digestion, heal wounds, and much more – but then alternative medicine always tends to claim too much when it comes to its remedies. It is widely believed that aloe vera is effective against the common cold, although no medicine has ever been proved to cure it.

You should also be aware that aloe vera, although it is a traditional remedy, can have side effects. Reported side effects include liver dysfunction, burning sensations, allergic reactions, nausea, strangely-coloured urine, and dermatitis, although all of them are rare. Some studies have shown that, while the aloe vera does relieve pain, wounds treated with aloe vera can take longer to heal than usual, making it an undesirable treatment in many situations.

There are also many conditions you can have which mean that you shouldn’t take aloe vera. If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, allergic to garlic or onions, or have kidney or heart disease, you should avoid aloe vera. It should never be given to children or animals, as it can be poisonous to them.

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Aloe Vera Benefits❥Vitamins A, B1, B12, C, E

Ancient Sumerian tablets which dated as far back as 2200 BC suggest that Sumerians during that time used Aloe vera as a laxative. There was also evidence that the Ancient Egyptians used Aloe Vera. Aloe vera was ground up, mixed with other medicinal herbs and boiled. This was used in
12 healing formulas which were included in the Ancient Egyptian’s Ebers Papyrus (1550 BC). At around 400 BC, the Aloe vera’s sap was boiled down and was exported via Arabian traders which spread it throughout the Asian continent. In India, on the other hand, Aloe vera has been used as a healing agent both internally and externally and was called ‘sient healer’.

Aloe Vera Cautions for Use❥Aloe vera should be avoided by those who are allergic to the onion family. Also, pregnant women and lactating mothers should avoid taking Aloe vera orally. Chronic use of Aloe may also lead to potassium deficiency. It can also reduce the absorption of drugs. People with Diabetes should also consult their doctors first before taking Aloe as it may lower blood glucose levels.

Thanks❥Dr. John K. Char, DDS DHM LMT PhD


Aloe Vera Juice and its wonders

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Sharib Azmi

Aloe Vera is a common plant found in the garden of each and every Indian house, also it is famous only for the moisturizing abilities which is why it forms the main element of several beauty products across the world. There are many people who surely know that the secret for beautiful women in the world Cleopatra is said to be goat milk but there are very few people who know that even Aloe Vera is the secret for her beauty.

It is a known fact that aloe vera grows perfectly in climate which is warm and dry hence there are many botanists who believe that this plant has its origins from deserts of Africa where the climate suits this plant’s growth. Apart from this the reason for availability of this plant across entire world so much is its ability to adapt to any nature apart from this people also have taken up the duty of carrying this plant from one place to other in order to gain advantages from this plant even in various other areas.

Though there is no duty taken up by anyone to officially promote this plant it can be surely said that aloe vera still stands to be hugely getting recognition across the world for being the main ingredient in healing any burns and bruises. However this does not mean that aloe vera has to be applied externally instead the juice extracted from aloe vera has to be included in the diet though it might leave the mouth with bitter taste.

However with the several advantages it has to offer it can be surely said that there are people who are willing to leave this bitter taste in their mouth for some time. For all those who are aware of cocktail might be happy to know that taking aloe vera juice will be something similar to a cocktail of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, Niacin and Folic acid. Well this is not the end to advantages since there are even minerals like Sodium, Iron, Copper, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Chromium and Manganese along with 19 other amino acids among which 8 of which cannot be produced by the body on their own.

Also taking in aloe vera juice before meal will make help the body in getting all the necessary nutrients from the food being consumed, further it also increases the absorption of several vitamins which are taken daily. However it is not necessary for a glass of juice to be consumed but it will be sufficient to take 80gms of juice 3 times in a day to do its work on the body.

Here we are to give you detailed benefits that can be gained from this plant and its juice:

  • Helps in weight loss: Presence of an element named collagen in Aloe Vera is the one responsible to feeding those cells present in hair and skin, also it is not easy to digest hence needs lot of energy for digestion resulting in losing lots of weight. For all those who have tried several weight losing methods should once give a try to aloe vera juice.
  • Boosts immunity: Anti-oxidants present in aloe juice are found to provide full support to the immunity system which helps in fighting free radicals and environment pollutants throughout the day. This juice also is said to regulate the process in which our body’s immune system works.
  • Treats constipation: People suffering with constipation can drink aloe vera juice after which it is necessary to wait for about 10 minutes to see the result, also this juice is known to help in bowel movement and treating chronic constipation. However it is also suggested to see that this juice will not be taken in larger quantities which otherwise will cause damage to the intestine lining.
  • Anti-inflammation: Aloe Vera is found to have 12 substances which constrain inflammation apart from this it is also being considered best medicine for people suffering with arthritis, therefore reducing any swelling or pain in the joint.
  • Improves digestion: Aloe Vera juice helps our digestive system by ensuring that the body takes in all the necessary nutrients by increasing bowel movements. This juice also lessens the development of bacteria and yeast in the gut, apart from which it helps in lessening the heartburns and any other problems in digestive system.
  • Treat diabetes: If aloe vera juice is taken for 3 continuous months it has been proved that this will help in treating diabetes by having a check on the sugar levels. Apart from controlling diabetes it is also known to increase blood circulation and taking a reverse turn of sludge blood.
  • Get beautiful skin: As informed in the start of this article presence of collagen is enough to help in keeping a check on the skin health, collagen is the main element which provides nutrition to the skin also preventing skin ageing. Aloe vera also is best medicine to cure minor cuts, burns or any skin irritation.

    It is better to add aloe vera juice in the diet however it has to be taken care that this juice should not be consumed more than 2 to 4 oz daily which when crossed with result in allergic reactions or nausea which is also felt when vitamins are taken in huge quantities.


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Benefits of Almond Milk

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Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk.
Weight Management,
Plain almond milk without added sugars or flavoring contains 60 calories per each 8 oz serving size. This option works well for people looking to lose or maintain weight.

The low caloric content of almond milk causes less of an impact on our totally daily consumption of food calories. Some milk varieties contain more sugars than the cereal that they get combined with.

Heart Health,
Almond milk contains no cholesterol and only 5 mg of sodium per serving. Consuming foods low in sodium and cholesterol help us to maintain better heart health and normal blood pressure.
Without cholesterol, almond milk also decreases our chances of gaining bad cholesterol levels, all while increasing the good cholesterol levels. Almond milk also contains 150 mg of potassium in every serving. This mineral works to promote healthy blood pressure.

Blood Sugar Friendly,
Unlike other milk alternatives, the plain almond option contains only 8 grams of carbohydrates per serving. The 7 grams of sugars that make up the carbohydrate content have a limited affect on our blood sugar levels. When we consume simple sugars, our metabolic functions tend to miss the nutrients, storing much of the carbs as fat.
Instead, the low amount of sugars in almond milk have a low glycemic nature, meaning our bodies fully digest them and use them as energy. Diabetics benefit from this characteristic as well.

Bone Health
Almond milk contains 30% of our recommended daily value of calcium and 25% of Vitamin D. These nutrients work together to build strong bones in men, women, children and infants.
Vitamin D also helps improve immunity and cell function. Some studies have shown that Vitamin D helps decrease osteoporosis and even Alzheimer’s disease. The magnesium in found in almond milk helps absorb more of the calcium provided by the nutritious beverage.

Skin Care
Every serving of pure almond milk contains 50% of our recommended daily value of Vitamin E. This powerful nutrient has antioxidant abilities in that it helps regulate Vitamin A use and availability.
More importantly, Vitamin E acts the primary regulatory nutrient that improves skin health.

Eye Health
The moderate levels of Vitamin A found in almond milk helps keep our eyes functioning properly. Vitamin A directly influences the eye’s ability to adjust to differences in light.

More Muscle Power
Even though almond milk only contains 1 gram of protein per serving, it does contain B Vitamins in the form of riboflavin, plus other muscle regulating nutrients like iron. Each serving of almond milk contains about 4% of our recommended daily intake of iron, which helps muscles absorb and use protein for energy, growth and repair.

With Dua
Aliwale Hussainwale

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AlagawAlagaw is a tree that is only found in the Philippines. It grows wild on Mt. Banahaw and in many other places in the Philippines. For many years now, Alagaw has been considered a drug in the Philippines, being used to loosen phlegm and relieve coughs. It is also claimed to benefit tuberculosis and headaches. Its other properties are carminative, parasiticide, sudorific, and pectoral. Alagaw is one of the great medicinal herbs of the Philippines.

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