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Nutritional Value Of Drumstick And Its Leaves

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Nutritional Value Of Drumstick And Its Leaves

Out of all green leafy vegetables available, drumstick leaves (Moringa Oleifera) contains 23791.91mcg total carotene and highest β-carotene content 16165.33 mcg/100gm FW and can be a suitable protocol for dietary diversification/improvement strategy especially to eradicate vitamin A deficiency.

Apart from β-carotene content they are also a good source of ascorbic acid, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and has low levels of oxalates. They are a rich source of protective nutrients essential for healthy vision, bones, blood and skin. The are also rich in various polyphenols, which act as antioxidants and are recommended for protecting against (Cardio Vascular Diseases) CVDs.

Epidemiological studies have consistently shown that high intakes of vitamin A/ carotenoids present in fruits and vegetables are associated with reduced risk of several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, age-related macular degeneration and some cancers.

Medicinal properties

Juice is used for treating insect bites and rheumatism. Leaf paste  has healing properties when applied to wounds. Seed oil is used to treat gout and flowers are used as a tonic.
(Excepts from Dr Vanisha Nambiar’s presentation Nov 2006)

What is Drumstick?

Botanical Name :: Moringa oleifera
Indian Name :: Sanjana
Drumstick tree called the “Power house of minerals” is the most common tree in India. Its leaves,fruits, flowers, barks and seeds have medicinal values and are used in various manners in all dishes. Invaluable in preventing cardiac diseases; researchers have stated that the nutritional value of the leaves is equivalent to 7 times the Vitamin C in oranges plus 4 times the calcium in milk plus 3 times potassium in bananas plus 2 times the protein in milk plus 4 times the vitamin A in Carrot.

It is an exceptionally nutritious vegetable tree with a variety of potential uses. It is antibacterial and a wonderful cleanser.It is considered one of the world’s most useful trees, as almost every part of the Moringa tree can be used for food or has some other beneficial property. In the tropics, it is used as forage for livestock, and in many countries, Moringa micronutrient liquid, a natural anthelmintic (kills parasites) and adjuvant (to aid or enhance another drug) is used as a metabolic conditioner to aid against endemic diseases in developing countries.

A traditional food plant in Africa, this little-known vegetable has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and support sustainable landcare.

The leaves are highly nutritious, being a significant source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, protein, iron, and potassium. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach. In addition to being used fresh as a substitute for spinach, its leaves are commonly dried and crushed into a powder, and used in soups and sauces. Murungakai, as it is locally known in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, is used in Siddha medicine. The tree is a good source for calcium and phosphorus

Moringa leaves and pods are helpful in increasing breast milk in the breastfeeding months. One tablespoon of leaf powder provide 14% of the protein, 40% of the calcium, 23% of the iron and most of the vitamin A needs of a child aged one to three. Six tablespoons of leaf powder will provide nearly all of the woman’s daily iron and calcium needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It is commonly said that Moringa leaves contain more Vitamin A than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas,” and that the protein quality of Moringa leaves rivals that of milk and eggs. However, the leaves and stem of M. oleifera are known to have large amounts of their calcium bound in calcium oxalate crystals, which is not a form of calcium available to the body. Whether the claim of “more calcium than milk” includes this non-bioavailable calcium needs to be addressed.

Food Value of Drumstick

Nutritionaly, drumstick pods and leaves are of great value as sources of acrotene, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C. The leaves, flowers and fruits of drumstick which are used as vegetable have great nutritional value. The tender fruit is used in samber and most dishes in South Indian homes. The leaves and flowers are used to prepare curry and cake.

Drumstick (Pods)

Food Value
Minerals and Vitamins
Moisture – 86.9%
Calcium – 30 mg
Protein – 2.5%
Phosphorus – 110 mg
Fat – 0.1%
Iron – 5.3 mg
Vitamin C – 120 mg
Fibre – 4.8%
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex
Minerals – 2.0%
* Values per 100 gm’s edible portion
Carbohydrates – 3.7%
Calorific Value – 26

Drumstick (Leaves)

Food Value
Minerals and Vitamins
Moisture – 75.9%
Calcium – 440 mg
Protein – 6.7%
Phosphorus – 70 mg
Fat – 1.7%
Iron – 7 mg
Vitamin C – 220 mg
Fibre – 0.9%
Small amount of Vitamin B Complex
Minerals – 2.3%
* Values per 100 gm’s edible portion
Carbohydrates – 12.57%
Calorific Value – 92

Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of Drumstick

Almost all parts of the drumstick tree have therapeutic value. The leaves are especially beneficial in the treatment of many ailments due to their various medicinal properties and their rich iron content. They are used as food also.

Tonic for Children:- The leaves serve as a tonic for infants and growing children. For better results, juice should be extracted from leaves, filtered and mixed with milk. This mixture becomes an excellent tonic for healthy and strong bones and for purifying bloodstream.
Pregnancy and Lactation:- Taking this tonic regularly by expectant mothers will provide them with necessary calcium, iron and vitamins. It will also help them overcome sluggishness of the uterus, facilitate easy delivery and reduce post delivery complications. A vegetable prepared from leaves increases breast milk after child birth. The vegetable is prepared by boiling the leaves with salt and water. The water is then drained off and they are smeared with ghee and eaten.

Respiratory Disorder:- A soup prepared from drumstick leaves is highly beneficial in the treatment of respiratory diseases like asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis. This soup is prepared by adding a handful of leaves to 80 ml. of water and is allowed to boil for five minutes. It should then be allowed to cool. A little salt, pepper and lime juice may be added to this soup

Infections:- Drumstick soup made with leaves and flowers as well as boiled drumsticks are highly valuable in preventing infections of all kinds such as that of the throat, chest and skin. This is because drumstick has antibacterial properties very much like penicillin and other antibiotics.

Sexual Disorders:- A soup made with drumstick flowers boiled in milk is very useful as a sexual tonic in the treatment of sexual debility. It is also useful in functional sterility in both males and females. The powder of the dry bark is valuable in impotency, premature ejaculation and thinness of semen. About 120 gm. of the powder of the dry bark should be boiled in 600 ml. of water for about half an hour and 30 ml. of this. mixed with a table spoonful of honey, should be taken three times daily for a month to cure these conditions.

Digestive Disorders:- Drumstick is also valuable in digestive disorders. A teaspoonful of fresh leaf juice, mixed with honey and a glassful of tender coconut water, is given two or three times as a herbal medicine during the treatment of cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, colitis and jaundice.

Urinary Disorders:- A tablespoonful of coagulated fresh leaf juice, mixed with a glass of fresh juice of cucumber or carrot, is an effective medicine for scanty urination and constant burning in urethra due to high acidity of urine. A teaspoonful of the juice with 10 gm. of rock salt once daily, is used to cure excessive urination of non diabetics.

Beauty-Aid:- Fresh leaf juice applied with lime juice is useful in the treatment of pimples, black heads and keeps one’s face fresh.

{Source: Various reference materials. Photo courtesy – Arjun. Inspiration : KBG Menon}

Information – Health + : Magic of VicksVapoRub

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Our foot soles can absorb oils and medicaments very easily and spreads it around our body . A very good example can be seen by putting garlic on our feet. Within 20 minutes you can ‘taste’ it.
Some of us have used Vic’s VapoRub for years for everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in between. It works 100% of the time, although the scientists who discovered it aren’t sure why. To stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vic’s VapoRub generously on the soles of his/your feet, cover with socks, and the heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. It will work 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.

If you have Children or grandchildren, pass this on. Try it yourself and you will be amazed at how it works.

I am sure there is no harm in trying this remedy.

Source: received by email


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Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted food entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments and how are we going to overcome this?

It is very easy, first take a bunch of Cilantro (MALLI Leaves)KOTHIMBIR (DHANIYA)and wash it clean. Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside refrigerator to cool.

Drink one glass daily and all salt and other accumulated poison will come out of your kidney by urination. Also you will be able to notice the difference in your health, which you never felt before.
Parsley is known as a good cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural! 

Visa medical centres witness big rush

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Visa medical centres witness big rush
By Dina El Shammaa, Staff Reporter GULF NEWS Published: January 07, 2009

Abu Dhabi: Disease Prevention and Screening Centres in Abu Dhabi and Musafah under the Abu Dhabi Health Services (SEHA) are experiencing long queues of applicants after announcing that medical checkups for visas will be done by them only.

They will offer extra services to keep up with an average of 3,000 people a day since they opened on January 5, Gulf News was told.

The first day witnessed a long queue of approximately 3,000 visa seekers and the number increased the next day to 3,200.

Dr Zainab Khazaal, the centres’ manager, said that new and important steps are underway to ensure a smooth and fast experience for applicants.

One step is an express line for an extra Dh100 which will enable applicants to move rapidly through the process and this is due to begin in a few weeks.

Mobile clinics

“The procedure of taking the blood test, an X-ray and a general examination shouldn’t take more than half an hour in the express line,” she said.

Mobile clinics will also be introduced between June and September which will perform medical tests at a person’s doorstep.

The long queues in the last few days were due to the time of the year, said Zainab. “It’s the beginning of January, the beginning of the week and after a long vacation when both private and public companies were off, the large volume numbers were expected.”


Before introducing medical checkup options for visa applicants, the centre operated from 7am to 3pm five days a week.

The timings increased from 7am to 6pm by November and again an extra hour was introduced in January (from 7am to 7pm six days a week, and on Saturdays by appointment only).

Ramesh Menon, who works in his company’s paperwork legalisation process, said one of his co-workers arrived at the centre at 9am on Monday and waited in line without success.

“The next day she made it a point to reach the centre at 6.30am…she managed to finish everything by 11am, which given the pressure the centre is undergoing, is perfectly understandable,” Menon said.


List of personnel

Staff members in the Abu Dhabi and Musafah Disease Prevention and Screening Centres:

– 15 screening physicians

– 13 X-ray technicians

-32 blood collection and laboratory staff

-30 clerks

Asanas for reconditioning the nervous system

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Asanas for reconditioning the nervous system

Express Features : 20 Dec 2008

The brain & the spinal cord along with the nerves emanating constitute the nervous system of the body.

The nervous system is divided into two main systems; the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). Central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord.

The brain keeps the body in order. Its main job is to get the information from the body and send out instructions.

Peripheral nervous system consists of all other neural elements. Cranial nerves, spinal nerves & many other micro nerves start in the rear of the backbone & spread through a nerves net work & terminate in the brain.

A healthy central nervous system (brain and spine), healthy glands and healthy internal organs are the secret of vitality and rejuvenation & enable one to remain level headed in stressful situations.

The power & activeness of the body depends on the power & activeness of the brain.

Yogasanasa, Pranayama & Meditation contribute a lot for maintaining a healthy, active & powerful brain.

The following sets of four Asanas are very helpful to pump in blood to the brain & the spinal cord in extra quantity & add energy for all round development of the body & the mind.

UTTANPADASANA 30 DEGREES Lie flat on your back on the mat with legs straight. Place the arms close to the body with the palms facing downwards. Make sure the whole body is relaxed.

Inhale & raise your legs off the floor to 30 degrees, just two feet above the floor.

Hold it there for minimum ten counts or according to your body capacity. Then while exhaling, bring the legs back to the floor.

NAUKASANA (Same lying down position) Now extend your arms over the head. Take deep breath & lift your arms, shoulders and head from one side and lift both the legs right from thighs from the other side just few inches above the floor. Raising the body from both sides should look like the shape of a boat. Hold it there for some time.

URDHVANAUKASANA Now from second Asana (Naukasana), you are coming into Urdhvanaukasana.

Without any jerk or sudden force, inhale; gently sit up on your hips with arms up in the front. In this position, you are extending the arms in the front & legs are upward. Hold it there for some time.

DRONASANA From the third Asana you are coming into Dronasana. Just hold the legs & try to touch the knees with the forehead. Hold it there for some time. Then relax. Repeat the set of these four Asanas 3-5 times.

NOTE If you feel shakiness in the legs or your nervous system is weak, you can take support of the wall for all these Asanas. Those suffering from hypertension, heart disease, spondilitis & people who have been operated on abdomen should consult an expert before practicing it. In case of any query, contact: Dr Rita Khanna Mobile: 09849772485 Ph:-040-65173344 Email:

Awareness campaign on unsafe injections

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Awareness campaign on unsafe injections

Express News Service First Published : 19 Nov 2008 03:15:00 AM IST KOCHI:

SafePoint Trust, a UK-based charity organisation, has launched an intensive campaign to inform the next generation by raising awareness on the dangers of unsafe injections.

The unique multi-pronged media-blitz will have a gamut of communication tools like public awareness messages, films on television and in cinema halls, radio spots and leaflets. The campaign in Kerala which started on Sunday will conclude on Thursday.

Paul Mallins, an independent consultant in Injection Safety and Emergency Response, told reporters here that the campaign in India was unique in many ways as it was comprehensive, tactical and highly visible. The total amount spend for the campaign in India was 7 lakh Euros.

The organisation will be airing a 3-minute film three to four times a day in over 300 cinema halls across the country.

A television commercial of one minute and 30 seconds will also be broadcast on the leading channels and 160 primary radio stations have been booked to broadcast the awareness spots.

The aim of this campaign is to give the next generation a chance, empower them, give them a voice and ensure that all injections are administered safely.

A report of the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveal that 50 percent of all the injections in the developed world are unsafe which would mean that they are performed with reused or non-sterile equipment.

It is unfortunate that at the all-India level, three fourths of the total number of injections delivered are administered with plastic syringes.

Honey can help heal burns faster

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Honey can help heal burns faster

ANI First Published : 11 Oct 2008 WASHINGTON:
Honey can help heal burn wounds more quickly than some standard dressing treatments, a new study has found.

The systematic review by Cochrane Researchers concluded that honey can help speed up healing in some burns.

“We’re treating these results with caution, but it looks like honey can help speed up healing in some burns,” says lead researcher Dr Andrew Jull, of the Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Honey has been used in wound treatment since ancient times. The mechanism of action is unclear. While honey may help the body remove dead tissue and provide a favorable environment for the growth of new, healthy tissue, current interest in medicinal honey focuses largely on its antibacterial effects.

The review brings together data from 19 clinical trials involving 2554 patients with a range of different wounds. Honey was more effective in reducing healing time compared to some gauze and film dressings that are often used to treat moderate burns.

However, the researchers were unable to show any clear benefits for the healing of grazes, lacerations, surgical wounds and leg ulcers.

The researchers don’t advise using honey to treat other types of wounds.

“Health services should invest in treatments that have been shown to work,” says Dr Jull.

“But, we will keep monitoring new research to try and establish the effect of honey,” the expert added.

Thousands join Pink Walkathon in Dubai

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Thousands join Pink Walkathon in Dubai
By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter GULF NEWS published: October 17, 2008

Dubai: Over 5,000 people from all walks of life were up at dawn on Friday to take part in the 5th BurJuman Pink 3.6km Walkathon to raise funds and awareness of the fight against breast cancer

BurJuman and its surroundings were dressed in pink, with happy people dancing to the rhythmic beat of Dubai drums.

The mood was upbeat as participants posed for photographs and rushed inside the mall to get registered for the walk. Some of them even brought along their pet dogs. Almost everyone sported pink ribbons. Thousands of pink balloons went up the air as the walk began at 8am.

Some of the participants said they lost friends and family members to breast cancer. “I am taking part for the first time in this walkathon. Last year I lost my beautiful wife Laura. She had breast cancer. We were together for 17 years. By taking part I wanted to do something for her. I am sure she will be very happy,” said Jim Collins, a Dubai resident.

Sabina Khandwani, Head of PR and Marketing of BurJuman, said the walkathon also serves to keep people updated on how to protect women from breast cancer.

“Breast cancer has evolved from a family-centric issue to one which affects businesses and the larger economy,” Khandwani said.

This year’s Pink Walkathon was supported by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai Healthcare City, Barclays Bank, , MD Anderson Cancer Center, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft.


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According to research done by a University of California , the car
dashboard, seats, air freshener will emit Benzene, a cancer-causing
toxin (carcinogen). In addition to causing cancer, it poisons your
bones, causes, anemia, and reduces white blood cells.

Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer.
It may also cause miscarriage. Acceptable Benzene level indoors is
50 mg per sq. ft. A car parked indoors with the windows closed will
contain 400-800 mg of Benzene. If parked outdoors under the sun at a
temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to
2,000-4,000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level. The people inside the
car will inevitably inhale an excessive amount of toxins.

It is recommended that you open the windows and doors to give time for
the interior to air out before you enter. Benzene is a toxin that
affects your kidney and liver, and is difficult for your body to

Change in mindset key to diabetes treatment

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Change in mindset key to diabetes treatment
By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter GULF NEWS
Published: October 15, 2008

Dubai: Doctors and diabetics in the UAE need to introduce insulin early on in the treatment and also need to change their mindset to ensure an effective solution to the problem, a specialist said.

Conventional treatment of diabetes involves changing lifestyle first, such as more exercising and adopting a healthy diet, before taking oral medicine, such as metformin. Insulin is prescribed when other options have not been able to lower blood sugar levels enough.

Professor Julio Rosenstock, director of the Dallas Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, told the press that insulin should be considered early on.

“Doctors use insulin as a threat – ‘If you don’t exercise, I’ll put you on insulin’ – as the last resort. But they get put on insulin after 10 years, after all the complications and that is the wrong approach,” he said. “They should be considering insulin as the first line of treatment,” he added.

Previous studies on diabetes treatment, which have included insulin along with other forms of medicine, have found that early aggressive treatment after diagnosis were better at lowering blood sugar levels, to the American Diabetes Association-recommended ideal of seven per cent A1C. A1C is the average blood sugar level for the past three months.

A study of 12,000 subjects is currently on to determine whether introducing insulin soon after diagnosis and changing dosage according to daily blood glucose levels would control their diabetes better, compared to the standard protocol.

The findings are expected to be released next year.

After the press conference, Rosenstock told Gulf News that patient education was also an important part of the mindset change so they could monitor their condition and administer insulin themselves.

The UAE has the highest rate of diabetes in the world after the South-Pacific Island of Nauru. Diabetes, mostly Type 2 diabetes, affects approximately one in five people, according to the International Diabetes Federation.

The Emirates Diabetes Foundation estimates the diabetes prevalence among Emiratis can be as high as one in five, according to 1998 statistics.

World Health Organisation warns diabetes could affect 70 per cent of UAE residents.

The event also saw the launch of Solo Star, a disposable insulin pen by Sanofi-Aventis, that promises to administer insulin with minimal discomfort.

Abu Dhabi is preparing to mark this year’s World Diabetes Day on November 14 with the staging of the second Diabetes walkathon.

More than 10,000 people are expected to join the annual event, dubbed WALK UAE 2008 and held in partnership with the Emirates Foundation, according to organisers at the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC). ICLDC’s Medical & Research Director and Consultant Endocrinologist, Dr Maha Taysir Barakat said walking has proved effective in the management and the prevention of diabetes.

“Thirty minutes of moderate physical activity daily helps the body improve the use of its own insulin and wards off Diabetes,” she said.