Saturday, 23 December 2017

Drumstick Leaves: 22 Health Benefits of Moringa leaves

Welcome back... In my last post, I shared the benefits of drumsticks and informed that I would be soon sharing health benefits of Moringa(Drumstick) leaves which are numerous. Here come the health benefits of Moringa leaves. Moringa oleifera plant is one of nature's marvelous medicine plant with every part of it is used for something. Moringa oleifera tree is also known by other names like Drumstick tree, Ben oil tree, Horseradish tree.

1. Improves eye power

Vitamin A deficiency is prevalent in developing countries like India and accounts for major mortality. Interestingly, Moringa leaves contain 4 times more Vitamin A  than a carrot. Enhances the vision power with its regular consumption.

2. Increase bone density

As per the study, Moringa leaves contain essential minerals which are associated with increased bone density and integrity. Minerals in leaves alleviate arthritis, helpful in Becker's dystrophy and aids in other bone conditions.

3. Reduces risk of heart disease

Researcher studied that effect of Moringa leaves on lipid level and it was reported that there was very well reduction in levels of bad cholesterols (LDL and VLDL) and significant increase in good cholesterols(HDL)

4. Fights cancer

Moringa leaves are rich in anti-oxidants that acts against the free radicals and prevent the formation of carcinogens. Moringa leaves not only contains Vitamin C and Beta-carotene for its anti-oxidants property but also contains Quercetin and Chlorogenic acids which are powerful anti-oxidants and highly effective in fighting with carcinogens.

5. Reduce Headache

Grind leaves and apply the decoction(remaining of leaves) to the temples to relieve a headache.

6. Best for Lactating mother

It plays an important role in the lactating mothers. Consumption of Moringa is reported to cause a dramatic increase in breast milk.

7. Slows down aging process

Beta-carotene is an effective protector of skin against the damaging effects of the sun. As a rich source of antioxidants, moringa leaves has a powerful function as anti-aging. Using moringa leaves for skin treatment(external or internal) could help you slow down the anti-aging process and degeneration of skin cells.

8. Boosts Immunity

Maintaining a healthy immune system is essential for helping our bodies stave off infections and illnesses.

9. Helps in blood purification

Due to its antibacterial properties, Moringa leaves act as a natural detoxifier and blood purifier. Removes all build toxic from the blood and detoxifies the blood.

10. Nutrient-packed

Moringa leaves are full of nutrients including minerals which is hard to find all nutrients in one vegetable. Moringa supplements are better than most of the multivitamins available in the market. Moringa supplements are prepared from leaves and pods which are natural sources of multivitamins and calcium.

11. Increase the appetite

Moringa roots are used in traditional medicine for stimulating appetite and to improve the functioning of the digestive tract.

12. Helps in lowering blood pressure

Minerals like potassium which is present in moringa leaves can help blood pressure be under control. Quercetin, the powerful anti-oxidant present in Moringa leaves which helps in lowering of blood pressure.

13. Prevents hair loss

Minerals like iron and vitamins like B6 and vitamin C present in moringa leaves are crucial for hair growth. Moringa leaves provide these nutrients to prevent hair loss. You can drink moringa leaves juice or apply directly to the scalp.

14. Improves brain health

Moringa supports brain health and cognitive function because of its anti-oxidant and neuro-enhancer properties. The high content of Vitamin C and E fights oxidation that leads to neuron degeneration, improving brain function.

15. Antibacterial and Antifungal

Moringa has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it fight infections.

16. Wound healing

Moringa leaves possess blood-clotting properties, which reduces clotting time, that means it takes less time to stop bleeding from scratch and wounds. This helps to cure minor injuries like bruises, cuts, and burns.

17. Treats diarrhea, dysentery, and colitis

Mixed with honey and followed by a drink of coconut milk twice or thrice a day, leaves are used as the remedy to treat diarrhea, dysentery, and colitis.

18. Helps to treat arthritis

Moringa leaves show anti-inflammatory properties, it relieves pain from joints and helps treat arthritis.

19. Fights acne problem

Moringa is considered as a powerful herb to fight acne due to the antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The use of Moringa leaves for acne treatment could be internal or by the external way. External way, you could grind the fresh leaves and use it as a face mask on another side internally, you could consume moringa leaves in form of the supplement as your daily diet.

20. Promotes good sleep

A proper good sleep is most important for your skin to look healthy and glowing. Dark circles and skin wrinkles are the main signs of your bad or not enough sleep. Moringa leaves are the good source of amino acid like tryptophan which supports immunity to fight insomnia and provide you deeper and better sleep.

21. Prevents diabetes complication

Diabetes is the metabolic ailment, as old as mankind and its occurrence is considered to be far above the ground at all over the world. Diabetes is habitually accompanied by hyperglycemia and with the large amplification of reactive oxygen species as well as an impaired antioxidant defense system.
The high content of Vitamin C in Moringa leaves prevents damage to blood vessels in diabetic person(Type I diabetes mellitus) and which may prevent the development of diabetic cataract.

22. Glowing skin

Moringa leaves contain almost all amino acids in which one is Methionine has the main function is producing healthy collagen for flawless skin. Collagen gives powerful properties for wrinkle-free, younger, fairer and healthier skin. I would like to share one easy and less time-consuming face mask for skincare routine which I use.

Moringa leaves Facemask

Ingredient: One cup of fresh Moringa leaves, Half lemon, and rose water.
Method to prepare: Grind moringa leaves and make a smooth paste with rose water, add 5-6 drops of lemon. Mix it well. Apply this mask evenly in your face for 10-20 minutes. Wash off with normal water. Get your instant healthy and glowing skin.

Some amazing facts about Moringa Leaves

  • Moringa contains 18 of 20 amino acids required by the human body, including all eight of the essential amino acids found in the meat product. These eight essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body itself but we can get these amino acids from the food we eat. Moringa is one of the very few plants which contains all eight essential amino acids.
  • Moringa oleifera seeds contain 35-40 percent by weight and yields more oil per hectare than sunflower or peanuts. Oil from moringa seeds called as Ben oil. Ben oil has a special property that it won't turn rancid and get spoil. Hence, Ben oil is used as a preservative and machinery lubricant.
  • As per the USDA, One cup of chopped fresh Moringa leaves (21 grams) contains Protein(1.97 grams), Calcium(39mg), Iron(0.84mg), Energy(39kcal).
  • Compared to the leaves, the pods are generally lower in vitamins and minerals. However, it contains the significant source of Vitamin C.
  • Daily consumption of Moringa as a part of your daily diet found that it increases your natural defense mechanism. For AIDS patients it is often recommended to boost immunity.



Monday, 11 December 2017

Drumstick - 11 Surprising health benefits and drumstick curry recipe

Drumstick! Many of you know this tree and many of you don't. But in fact, it is a plant which seems to be a tree and Drumstick plant is filled with full health benefits. Today, I will share health benefits of Drumstick. So without testing your more patience, let's proceed.

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Drumstick has been the subject of numerous health experts. It is one of the plants in which all parts of the plant or whole plant can be used for some or other way.  Drumstick plant is native to India and other parts of Asia and Africa. In the north of India, it is also known by the name of "Shajan".  Drumsticks are most commonly used in the preparation of soups, curries, and sambhars in most part of southern India. Its Botanical Name is Moringa oleifera.

Moringa Olifera plant is the evergreen, slim, medium-sized tree. The flower of this plant develops into long slender, dark green pods.  Moringa seeds are present in the slender pods which are called Drumsticks. Drumstick useful in either of ways nutritional and medicinal purposes since ages. In Ayurvedic system of Medicines, it is said to cure or prevent more than 300 diseases.
Drumstick Pods

The following are the reasons why you must include drumstick in your diet

#1 Relieves Cold, cough, and sore throat

Drumsticks are pretty high in content of vitamin C, which helps to combat cold and flu. Add cooked drumstick pods in your diet to get relief from a sore throat. As well as Drumstick pods help in reducing headache.

#2 Strengthen bones

Due to its excellent sources of Calcium, Vitamins and Iron drumsticks are recognized to offer strong bones. Calcium and Phosphorus found in drumstick help in keeping your bones healthy.If you take this in form of juice or with milk regularly, it is seen that these pods help elevate the bone density and also improves bone health in children. This is especially good for the growing children.

#3 Enhances sexual health

Drumsticks have been advised to include in the diet on regular basis in patients with decreased libido(libido is sex drive) by many doctors. There can be many causes of decreased libido like the change in hormone levels, anxiety, and depression. So drumstick seeds help men as a sexual virility drug.

#4 Boosts immune system

This veggie cum herbal plant is excellent in dealing immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis as it contains Vitamin C, B1, B6 and oleic acids. The body develops immunity against the infectious pathogens. This keeps our immune system strong enough.

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#5 Best for pregnant women

I've been heard that many women have confusion regarding include drumstick in our diet is safe or not... Study relieved it is safe and in fact, it proved to be quite healthy in your pregnancy. During pregnancy, drumsticks help in controlling the sluggishness of uterus thus ensuring smooth delivery and eases labor pain. This also helps in prevention of post-delivery complications. Since drumsticks are an excellent source of calcium, it is recommended during the lactation period.

#6 Improves digestion

Drumstick has four times more fibers than oats. Due to its rich source of fiber and calcium, it is very useful in maintaining the proper function of the digestive enzymes and supporting bowel regularity.

#7 Eases Asthma

Taking steam of water in which Drumstick pods are boiled, this helps to ease asthma. Drumstick also helps in easing various respiratory problems.

#8 Provides glow to the skin

Consumption of the juice of drumstick pods is extremely useful in improving the glow of skin due to it's antioxidant properties and high content of vitamin C. Big beauty brands make an acne treatment by extracting oils from drumstick seeds and used in facial masks and body masks to nourish skin, prevents skin from acne and give it a healthy glow to the skin.

Usually, it is combined with lime juice and particularly quite effective in getting rid of dark patches, acne, and wrinkles.

#9 Blood purification

Drumsticks have a superior content for antibiotic qualities and hence removes the impurities from the blood. It is proven a good blood purifier.

#10 Promote healthy digestive systems

This magical plant contains the rich source of vitamin B-complex like niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acids and folic acids, they promote healthy digestives systems. Drumstick can also supply dietary fibers to the body.

#11 Treats Malnutrition

Drumsticks are a good source of dietary fibers, Minerals, Vitamins, and Proteins. Add Drumstick pods to your daily food to treat Malnutrition.

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Drumstick side effects

Drumstick is a herbal product and which is free of chemical additives. No side effects have been reported till date if used in moderation.

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Drumstick recipe

Here is a rustic drumstick curry recipe which is delicious and tasty.


2 chopped onions and tomato, 8-9 curry leaves, 2 slant chopped potatoes, 3 long drumsticks, cumin, green chili, mustard, garlic, red chili and coriander powder, cooking oil, and some coriander


1. Add oil to a pan and heat it, add mustard, cumin, fine chopped onions and saute.
2. After onion becomes a light brown shade, add green chili and curry leaves and saute.
3. Add drumsticks and slant chopped potatoes, fry for two to three minutes to remove the raw smell from the drumstick.
4. Add fine chopped tomatoes, some salt, and turmeric. Fry in open pan, do not cover with the lid and fry till tomato turns soft.
5. Add red chili, coriander, and garlic powder and saute for two minutes.
6. Pour water just enough to cover the drumsticks and cook on a medium flame till it turns little dark in color.
Your tasty delicious drumstick curry is ready to serve with steamed rice.
Image credit: @rishabahuja

Did you enjoy having delicious drumstick curry? How did you benefit from it? Tell us. Share your experience about the review of a drumstick. Leave a comment.
Also, I would like to add here that besides their therapeutic and nutritional benefits, other edible parts of drumstick are leaves, flowers, and seeds are also very beneficial for humans. In the next article, I will bring health benefits of  Moringa leaves along with its medicinal uses. So stay connected with me and my articles by subscribing to it by email.



Monday, 4 December 2017

Magnificent Mary Kom's life story

Magnificent Mary Kom, very well known an Indian Boxer who has won five times World Boxing championship. She received 6 gold medals(recently received in World's Boxer Championship and defeating Sonia Chahal which taken place in New Delhi), recently won a gold medal at Vietnam for the light-flyweight category in ASBC Asian Women's Boxing Championship on 8 November 2017. Let's see Mary Kom's life success journey and how she made India proud.
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Mary Kom born on 24th November 1982, Her full name is Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte. She was born and brought up in a poor Manipur family. She has two siblings- one younger brother and one younger sister. She belongs to the tribal community of India's northeastern state, Manipur.

Her passion for Boxing has commenced since childhood by watching videos of Mohammad Ali boxing on television. She got more inspiration from the male boxer, Dingko Singh who lived in Manipur. The success of Dingko Singh in the 1998 Asian Games ignited the passion of boxing in the Mary Kom's life. She started her boxing training in 2000, under M Narjit Singh, Manipur State Boxing Coach. Mary Kom tried to keep her boxing interest secret from her family, as her family was in oppose to her boxing. Her family was in solicitude that boxing is not a woman sport. She won the State Level Championship in 2000 itself. When her father saw pictures of her winning State-level Championship in the newspaper, he was still unhappy and showing the disapproval of her boxing interest. Days later Mary made her mind and finally she able to convince her family. After that, there was no looking back.

Mary Kom started boxing at the international level at the age of 18. In 2001, she won the silver medal in her first AIBA World Women's Boxing Championship at Scranton, USA. But she won the gold medal in the second AIBA World Women's Senior Boxing Championship in 2002, Antalya, Turkey.  Her determination to succeed in the world of boxing won her many medals including a bronze medal in 2012 Olympics.

"I still remember I was castigated by my father who said with battered and bruised face, I should not expect to get married. He was furious that I took to boxing - a taboo for women- and he did not have the slightest idea about it. But my passion for the sport had got the better of me and I thank my cousins who coaxed and cajoled my father into eventually giving his nod. I'm happy that I did not let anyone down." she told the Deccan Herald in September 2004.

Mary Kom got many titles

  • MC Mary Kom
  • Magnificent Mary
  • Mary Kom
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Mary Kom married early in the year 2005 to her longtime friend Karung Onkholer Kom. Now they have twins as their children. It was then everyone thought that her career is over in sports. But it was never like that. Mary Kom made a classic come back with the great willpower to win and show her talent. She proved that everything is possible if you set your body, mind, heart, and soul into your dream. She started training again and rebuilt her body, stamina, and strength. She silenced the skeptics by winning the Silver medal in the year 2008, Asian games and gold medal at China's AIBA World Women's Boxing Championship.
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Mary Kom went on to represent India in Boxing, 51Kg for the first times at the Olympics on 1st October 2014. Kom was only to qualify and she went on to win the Bronze for India. She did not stop here, she won her fifth gold medal in the light-flyweight category of the Asian Women's Boxing Championship held at Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam on 8 November 2017. It was a proud moment for every Indian. Mary Kom had become an Inspiration to many.

She co-authored her autobiography "Unbreakable", with Dina Serto and published by Harper Collins in 2013. If you wanted to buy this book, her is the link-

In 2014, biopic movie based on Mary Kom's life realized on 5th Sep 2014, which is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Priyanka Chopra played the main role of Mary Kom in Mary Kom movie.

On this Saturday, 24th November 2018 Mary Kom wins her sixth Gold medal in Women's World Boxing Championship by defeating Ukraine's Hanna Okhata which takes silver. Kom said "I would like to dedicate this win to my country" and she become the most successful boxer in tournament's history, albeit won the gold medal exactly 16 years after she had won it for the first time.

Awards and Recognitions

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  • Arjuna Awards (Boxing) in 2003
  • Padma Shri (Sports) in 2006
  • People of the Year- Limca Books of Records in 2007
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2007
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon in 2008
  • CNN-IBN & Reliance industries' Real Heroes Award in 2008
  • 'Magnificient Mary' from AIBA(International Boxing Association) in 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2009
  • International Boxing Association's Ambassador for Women's Boxing in 2009
  • Padma Shree Sportswoman of the Year 2010, Sahara Sports Award
  • Padma Bhushan Award in 2013
  • Big Star Most Entertaining Sportsperson of the year in 2014
  • Mary Kom Wins sixth gold medal in Women's World Boxing Championship in 2018.
Mary Kom always wanted to prove that women can do equally what men can. Today she makes sure she help other girls to achieve their dreams and assist them to fight against the odds. Mary Kom runs an academy in Manipur that teaches self-defense. Success can never materialize from fear.

For success in your career, one needs to be determined and confident enough. If you wanted to achieve certain goals and abilities, you should take up the challenges and pursue them. 

Share your inspirational story with us, we will make publishing article. Thank You for reading!!

Monday, 27 November 2017

10 Amazing Things Happen When You Eat Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit, the strange name but its benefits may surprise you. Yes, Today, I will be sharing 10 Amazing health benefits you can get from Dragon fruit.

Dragon fruit belongs to a cactus family, considered indigenous especially white fleshy, scientifically called Hylocereus undatus.
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Dragon fruit is oval or pear-shaped scaly outer of bright pink color and encloses a white or red super bland part with black tiny seeds. Dragon fruits comes in three varieties, namely, red skin with red flesh, red skin with white flesh and yellow skin with white flesh. Not so sweet not so sour in taste, but very wholesome fruit. It's usually found in the tropical and subtropical region, the dragon fruit is one of those exotic fruits that offers ample of health benefits. It has limited availability in the market. Basically, it is native to Mexico and now its cultivation has spread to South-Eastern Asia. It is now common fruit in countries like China, Thailand, Australia, Isreal, and Vietnam.
Other names of dragon fruit are- Pitaya, Moonlovers, Belle of the night, Cactus fruit, Dragon pearl fruit, lady of the night.

Nutritional Values

Dragon fruit has a surprising number of nutrients. Dragon fruit is loaded with essential mineral, but particularly Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium, and calcium. Rich in antioxidants, a great source of vitamin C, full of polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids(omega-3 and omega-6-fatty acids), several Vitamin B as well as carotene and proteins. Lycopene present in dragon fruit which is responsible for its red color.
Moreover, it has low calories and low in cholesterols. Do you know there is 1 gram of fiber per 100 gram of fresh dragon fruit? Let's take look at how Dragon fruit benefits the human body.

Health Benefits

1. Improves immune system

Since dragon fruit is a great source of Vitamin C and also has many antioxidants, which helps in strengthening immunity. Keeps the body clear and boosting hemoglobin owing to its high antioxidant properties. If you like you're frequently getting sick, feeling under the weather, dragon fruit might be the answer for you.
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2. Promote blood and tissue formation

Dragon fruit has tissue forming property owing to its high fiber content. Also, phosphorus in this fruit helps to blood and tissue formation. Phosphorus, an important mineral found in your every cell of the body. Phosphorus needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.

3. Increase platelet count

Dragon fruit helps in improving platelet counts due to its antioxidant properties. Therefore, Dragon fruit is recommended for the Dengue patients. The benefit of increasing platelet count reduces the fever or also helpful in hemorrhagic fever.
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4. Strengthen Bones and teeth

As dragon fruit is a good source of minerals like potassium, which helps to build strong bone mineral density. This exotic fruit is very beneficial for growing children to help to have strong bones and teeth.

5. Anti-aging

Dragon fruit is packed with antioxidants, which are very necessary to keep your skin tight and glowing. For ageless skin, you should include this fruit in your diet or at least once a week. This exotic fruit is used in natural remedies for many skin problems for centuries. Ancient beauty practices from southeast Asia believe that making a paste of dragon fruit flesh and using as face pack can help in slowing down the aging process.

6. Reduce risk of Cancer

Phytonutrient in Dragon fruit helps in reducing the risk of Cancer. Phytonutrients like phytoalbumin, Vitamin C and minerals make this fruit highly valued for its cancer-preventing properties. Antioxidants help in fighting free radicals which are responsible for damage to the cells and even leads to cancer. Lycopene, in dragon fruit which helps protect against cancer.

7. Reduce risk of Cardiovascular diseases

The phytochemical captin present in dragon fruit, used as a medication to treat heart problems. The study showed that dragon fruit may help in lowering bad cholesterols. Because dragon fruit loaded with antioxidant and fibers, they both contribute to keeping the heart healthy and young.

8. Lowers blood sugar

Dragon fruit is low in calories yet offers numerous nutrients and high fibers. Fibers stabilize blood sugar levels and maintain normal blood sugar level.
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9. Improves eyesight

Dragon fruit is good source of Vitamin A. This helps your skin to maintain healthiness and improves vision power.

10. Helps to heal bruises and wounds

Promotes faster healing of bruises and wounds. Dragon fruit possesses anti-bacterial properties, which found that it stimulates cell regeneration and speed up the healing, so wound and bruises heal at the increased rate.


Consume Dragon fruit in moderation, as it containing fructose which may be harmful to your health if consumed in an excess amount.

Author's take

As you can see, dragon fruit offers amazing health benefits that people are still not aware of. You should definitely include this fruit in your diet and experience the benefits. Share your experience in the comment box below.


Friday, 24 November 2017

5 Brilliant ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV)

Apple Cider Vinegar (a.k.a. ACV) has a really unpleasant smell and sour taste but believe it or not it's a sure fire way to improve your health and your life. In this article, I will share 5 brilliant ways to use Apple Cider vinegar (ACV) that I am using it currently.

Apple cider vinegar has become my health obsession and I keep talking about it all the time. Apple cider vinegar is made from apple juice and its twice fermentation turns out Apple cider vinegar. Today I will share healthy ways to incorporate Apple cider Vinegar into your daily life and there are plenty of benefits to be gained on getting this magical drink.

Brilliant Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV)

I recommend using 'Unfiltered Mother ACV' to get it's total health benefits. Mother ACV you can identify by cloudy strings present at the bottom which is full of beneficial enzymes, proteins, and minerals. It's worth shaking the bottle each time before using ACV.

1. Used as a Face toner

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid. Acetic acid is acidic in nature but shows the alkaline effect on the body. The pH of apple cider vinegar makes it an excellent remedy for skin problems. Apple cider vinegar reduces the pore size and gives even toning to the skin. Antioxidants found in Apple Cider Vinegar helps to reduce free radicals in the body.

Take 1/2 cup water and add 1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar. Mix the mixture. Magical elixir is ready to use. With the help of cotton ball rub the mixture on your face. Then apply essential oils to the affected area to support further care. This also can be used as astringent for dark spots treatment which fades your spots. Apply apple cider vinegar directly on the spots on regular basis for two weeks. You will see ACV lightens your dark spots.

2. Used for shining your hair

Rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar twice a week, it makes hair stronger and shinier.
Take 500ml of water and add two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and place it into the bottle. After you've washed your hair in the shower, pour the mixture over the head, make sure to avoid getting it into the eyes. Massage it into your scalp for a minute or two to stimulate blood circulation and hair growth, and then rinse well. Use this twice a week for better results.

3. Used to remove stains from teeth

Apple cider vinegar is used for whitening your teeth.
This Apple Cider Vinegar is also a natural alternative to OTC  mouthwashes. Some Dentists suggest doing gargle with one part of ACV and three part of water for total one minutes which help them to evade with bad breathe.

4. Used to help weight loss

For centuries, Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for weight loss. Apple Cider Vinegar brings satiety which makes you feel full just like after meal you feel and aids weight loss. The acetic acid in Apple Cider Vinegar helps to slow down the fat accumulations. This way it burns out belly fat and helps in weight loss.
In 2005 study revealed vinegar helps to lower blood sugar level which in turn contributes to abdominal fat loss, waist fat loss and lowers the risk of diabetes.

5. Used to detox body

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is my top natural health remedy that I use every day to detox my body and helps in digestion of food. It helps balance your body's pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation and lymphatic drainage. ACV detoxifies the liver. Also, Apple Cider Vinegar has the ability to kill dangerous 'bad' bacteria and promote the production of good bacteria.

Every morning I consume Apple Cider Vinegar in the form of morning ACV tea. ACV has an antibacterial property which kills the bacteria from our mouth and stomach and makes us feel fresh and free from germs.

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ACV tea

Apple cider vinegar is delicious as a tea. I really don't like the original taste of ACV but to get its health benefit I discovered one good recipe which has hidden it's pungent taste: Apple Cider Vinegar tea

Boil a cup of water, add one pinch Cinnamon powder, add 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon Raw Apple cider vinegar and finally one tablespoon of raw honey. Boil it for 5 min. ACV tea is ready. Bring it to lukewarm and then consume it on empty stomach.


  • Never drink apple cider vinegar straight as it can burn your esophagus.
  • It is possible to have an allergic reaction to Apple Cider Vinegar, so first check if its allergic to you than stop using it.
  • To avoid the risk of side effects or allergic reactions, start with the smaller amount of ACV (even 1/2 teaspoon may be of benefit) and gradually increase the quantity.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

OTC Drugs and Their Side Effects

Have you ever taken medication without doctors permission?? (I know your answer here 'Obviously Yes')or Have you ever bought drugs without the prescription??(I know your answer here too 'Yes')
But many of us don't know how these OTC drugs can be harmful too.

"Over The Counter" (OTC) drugs are the drug you can get without prescription at chemist or drugstore. Basically, OTC drugs are safe to use and which are intended to treat short-term illnesses. The reason people prefer OTC drugs are- easy to understand it's mode of action, readily available at groceries or pharmacies, less expensive than going to the doctor and paying his checkup fees plus less costly than prescribed medication. That's all to the good if OTC drugs are used correctly for a particular condition and in proper dosage and for no longer than the recommended time. Over the counter(OTC) drugs are most often used to treat ailments like heartburn, headaches and other pains, fever, cold and cough. As per FDA (Food Drug Administration) till date, there are more than 300,000 Over-The-Counter drugs on the market. This number will continue to grow if more prescription drug moves to OTC lists.

In some cases, even if OTC are taken correctly, there can be some problems because patients with the certain health condition are needed to be aware of it's side effects, drug-drug reactions, drug-food reactions. For example, people with heart disease or hypertension people are warned not to take aspirin without doctor's permission.

A study of 500 people carried at Northwestern University in Chicago by Dr, Micheal Wolf and published in 2012  for "Risk of unintentional overdose with the non-prescription acetaminophen products" which revealed OTC medication containing acetaminophen could lead to acute liver failure.  The potential for side effects and adverse events due to unintentional misuse of these OTC products is substantial, particularly among heavy users of acetaminophen and those with limited literacy.

If  you or anyone you know have taken OTC with incorrect dosage or unintentional overdose, here are the symptoms which need immediate attention
Rapid heartbeat
Blurred vision
Any kind of sudden change in your body after taking medications, you should see your doctor and find out manifestations of your symptoms.

How OTC drugs are harmful

It's hard to say. As far as form and dosage of OTC are unknown it's difficult to say harmfulness of OTC drug. It's not easy to determine the fatal dose of Over-the-counter drugs, I will explain you with an example of Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is an active ingredient in Tylenol, Panadol, Percocet and many others. Acetaminophen in general term is also called as Paracetamol(generic name). Acetaminophen work is to reduce fever and give relief from pain (pain of mild to moderate scale). Studies of humans have reported 'liver failure' as a side effect of Acetaminophen when it exceeds the optimal dose(dose of a drug that will produce desired effects). Drug acceptance rate varies widely on factors including the condition of the liver, ingested drug dose, whether the pill is taken in conjunction with alcohol, etc. Acetaminophen has narrow safety margin as compared to other Over-the-counter drugs. Doctors have reported liver failure if consumed Acetaminophen 2.5 grams in a day. Approved dose limit is 1.5 grams or less.

Another of these OTC's is Dramamine, the popular name brand for motion sickness pill. If abused, Dramamine side effects may include hallucinations, restlessness, blurred vision, dizziness, and rapid heartbeat. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.

Diet pills sold over the counter carry their own risks when abused; the negative side effects often include heart palpitations. In some cases, individuals become addicted to OTC diet pills within weeks of the first dose.

Other OTC medications of cough suppressant and cold medicines containing dextromethorphan(DXM) can be safe and effective when taken as recommended, but they can also be abused and can lead to serious adverse health consequences. Some of it's side effects include double or blurred vision, impaired physical coordination, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, numbness, and disorientation. Similarly, cold medicines containing active ingredients like Pseudoephedrine which is a stimulant. Abuse of this medication can cause you hallucinations and intense 'body high'.

Scenarios for adverse reaction of OTC drugs

Older adults often use many medications at the same time, including prescriptions and OTC medicines. Their body process medicines differently than younger adults. There might be chances of adverse reaction between drugs or between drug and food.

Duplication of drugs leads to overdose

Many patients get catch hold of the drug overdose, sometimes they don't realize how much of drug they are taking. For an example, if you take OTC medication Ibuprofen (Brand names- Advil, Motrin) along with the prescribed anti-inflammatory drug Aspirin( Brand name- Ecosprin) by your doctor, then this will cause damage to your kidney.

Food-drug reaction

Food may alter how your body processes medications. Medicines taken by orally must be absorbed through the lining of the stomach or small intestine. But at the same time nutrients from food, you eat also needs to be absorbed through the lining of the stomach. If you take medicine with the food when it's not recommended, a possible interaction is that your body might not be able to absorb the medicine as it should.
Similarly, abusers of OTC medications, who mix alcohol with it, can put users at risk for internal bleedings, heart problems, and difficulties in breathing.

List Of Harmful OTC drugs

Not Only Acetaminophen but there are many other OTC drugs with its improper use or overdosage it will be harmful.
1. Codeine(Codectuss)
2. Aspirin(Ecotrin)
3. Dextromethorphan(Robitussin)
4. Dimenhydrinate(Dramamine)
5. Ibuprofen(Motrin)
6. Nimesulide(Nice)
7. Cetirizine(Zyrtec)
8. Diphenhydramine(Benedryl)
9. Propylhexedrine
10. Oxymetazoline(Afrin)
11. Diethyl ether
12. Caffeine

People have committed suicide by overdosing on certain OTC drugs. People who rely on OTC medications often fail to read instructions and warnings on the labels and cartons.


  • Studies have shown that 15% of young adults in high school admitted that within a year they had abused some sort of over the counter drugs at least once.
  • Severe harmful effects of  OTC medications include Brain damage, seizure, ruptured blood vessels, stroke, coma or even death.

Author's take-

It is important to take medicine correctly and be careful when giving them to children. Especially parents with teenagers should be aware of the potential for abuse of these medications and side effects of these OTC's when taken in large quantities, which should signal concerns and the possible need for intervention and treatments. When you start a new medication either it may be prescription or OTC, make sure you understand how to take it correctly. Every allopathic drug has it's pros and cons after it exceeds optimal dose. If any confusion arises please ask your primary care or pharmacies regarding usage of medication correctly.


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

10 Powerful Ways to Supercharge Your Immunity

Do you fall sick often?? Does your immunity weakens with seasonal or climatic change?? Then you really need to read this article and get supercharge your immunity by following these natural ways.

What is Immune system??

The immune system is a system of group organs, cells and proteins that protect our body from viruses or bacteria which are foreign material to our body in short, our defense system. The cells of the immune system are originated in bone marrow and then migrate to the peripheral tissues, circulating in the blood and in the vessel system called lymphatic system. The overall immune system in your body works together to defend the body from foreign invaders.

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Now winter is on and many people look for the ways to prevent winter cold and flu, so your first step should be head towards local grocery store to collect some home remedies stuff and take some kitchen help with the ingredients which boosts immune. Scientifically, there are no direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function. But that doesn't mean the effects of lifestyle on the immune system aren't intriguing and shouldn't be studied. The study showed that 70 percent of your immune is indirectly dependent on your guts and what you eat, which forms the foundation of your health. Studies also proved that various micronutrients deficiencies- like deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron, vitamin C, D, E, K, B6,  alter the immune function and leads to more prone to diseases. Let's learn powerful ways to supercharge immunity.

Powerful Ways to Supercharge Immunity

1. Green Vegetables

Green vegetables like Broccoli, Spinach, and cabbages are loaded with essential nutrients which boost our immunity.
Green leafy vegetables containing Vitamins A, B6, and E which are particularly useful in building and maintaining the immune system. Vegetables are some of the good sources of other nutrients too. Overall including green vegetables in your daily diet boost your immune system.

2. Yogurt/ Probiotics

Yogurt or Probiotic with "live active culture" is fully packed with good and healthy bacteria, which helps in good digestion and in fighting harmful infections. Yogurt also best source of Vitamin D, which helps regulate your immune system.

3. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits like orange, kiwi, lemon contain ample amount of Vitamin C. They are also rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in boosting immune systems.

Other fruits like apple, peaches, plums, sweet pineapple and mangos also enhance immune power because they contain soluble and insoluble fibers and also antioxidants which contribute to enhancing immune response and cleanse the bowel.

4. Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are full of nutrients like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B6. Sunflower seeds are also the rich source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps you resist the flu and infections by boosting the production of T-cells, that fights infection.

Recommendation: Pumpkin Seeds Benefits For the Health 

5. Ginger

Ginger helps to relieve throat pain and congestion. Ginger possesses antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property. A cup of ginger tea every day helps to improve immunity.
Ginger also has fever and pain reducing, that's why you might have heard when you have a headache or fever elders or grandmother said one ginger tea can give you relief from both.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is considered superfood for a good reason. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and rich in antioxidants. Turmeric has an immune-modulating effect because it detoxifies and enhances the intelligence of immune cells. The researcher suggests these qualities of turmeric makes strong defense action against cold, cough and congestion.

7. Papaya

Papaya has anti-inflammatory properties just because of papain enzyme, this also helps fight infections. A papaya after lunch enhances digestion and enhance immunity. Papaya also contains Vitamin C which helps in absorption of iron from plant-based, thus protecting immune system against diseases. 

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8. Garlic

Cloves of Garlic are the natural immune-boosting agent which possess the antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties which protect our body against the variety of illnesses.
An optimal dose of garlic should include two raw cloves of garlic a day and include crushed garlic in your cooking.

9. Green tea

The amino acids called L-theanine which is abundant in green tea, this is responsible for an immune boost. Flavonoids like epigallocatechin gallate, that fights bacteria and viruses and stimulates the production of immune cells. For good result, 2-3 cups of green tea a day is required.

10. Chicken soup and shellfishes

Fishes are the excellent sources of omega-3-fatty acids and zinc, both responsible for the improved immune system. These omega-3-fatty acids give antioxidant property and enhance immunity.

Last but certainly not least, chicken soup when cooked releases cysteine, the amino acid which resembles bronchitis drug acetylcysteine and relieves cold and cough. Adding to this ingredient like garlic and onion further increase soup's immune-boosting power.

Apart from above natural foods, you should also do few other things namely, exercises, get proper sleep, stay happy and last but not least keep the body hydrated.

Exercise daily

Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves blood circulation, cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, helps in improving immune response and these all keep us disease free. Many people can't find time to indulge in a full-fledged exercise then you can start with daily 20 minutes walk a day. This will strengthen your body's disease-fighting capabilities.

Stay happy

As it said, 'laughter is the best medicine' and this medicine is also effective in improving your immune system. Stress, anxiety and depressed mood affect your immune strength. Stress response makes a major risk factor for suppression of immune functions, which in turn increases susceptibility to colds and other illnesses. Ageing process somehow leads to a reduction in immune response, which in turn contributes to more infections, more inflammatory diseases, and much more health complications. A hearty laugh decreases the number of stress hormones in the body and increases white blood cells that fight infections. So stay happy always and boost your immunity which ultimately makes you healthy.

Get proper sleep

From all busy day, your body needs a good sound sleep which relaxes your brain and body muscles. After a proper sleep, you will feel refreshed and energetic. Improper sleep can cause a rise in inflammation. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation lowers your white blood cells which in turn reduces body's ability to fight off disease-causing pathogens. 

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Keep the body hydrated

In addition to consuming healthy foods, it's also critical to stay hydrated in order to help keep your respiratory tract clear. Try to avoid sweetened beverages, cold drinks instead, try real fruit juices or preservative free juices, which will keep you hydrated. Drink plenty of water, this is the best tips to keep your immune system healthy. Ensure drinking eight glasses of water every day.

So that's it, I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and if you really need to supercharge your immunity, you will apply above mentioned powerful ways to boost your immunity.


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Exclusive natural ways to remove sun tan

Every woman desires flawless clear and perfect complexion. But factors like a suntan, free radicals, hormonal changes, hyperpigmentations, etc reduces it's glow. Today, I will tell you natural ways to remove suntan. A day out in the sun makes your skin tone go down from fair to brown to dark. A suntan can cause many other skin problems like fine lines, acne, premature aging, skin burn, dark spots and much more. Instead of spending lot of money on buying cosmetic products try some natural treatment. Natural remedies have proven true friend in removing sun tan. Here are some of the exclusive ways to remove suntan.

1. Papaya and Honey face pack

In this pack, papaya contains helpful enzyme papain, which helps in skin whitening and renewals of skin cells. Honey makes the skin supple and soft.

Take ripe papaya, cut into pieces. Mash 3-4 pieces. Add a tablespoon of honey and blend them well. Apply this paste to affected areas. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. You can use this twice or thrice a week for a good result.

2. Green tea and rice flour

Antioxidants in green tea replenish the skin cells and remove skin tan and blemishes. Rice contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) which help to rejuvenate the skin, remove pigmentations due to tan and soothes the skin.

Take a tablespoon of rice flour. Add two tablespoon of fresh and cold green tea. Mix it well. Apply to tanned areas. Let it dry and wash off with cold water. In this, you can add used green tea leaves and follow similar steps. Regular use of this pack, you will definitely get rid of tanned skin.

3. Aloe

Aloe has anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, cooling and refreshing properties. This plant is called the magic plant by mother nature. With regular use of aloe for 2-3 months, you can get rid of your tans.

Cut its spike structure from the side. Split the skin of leaves lengthwise. Take out the pulp either by scrapping or with the help of a spoon. Beat it with the spoon till it becomes frothy. Use this on tanned areas and leave it for 15 min. Cleanses with water.

4. Tomato scrub

Tomato contains lycopene- a carotenoid antioxidant, fatty acid derivatives, flavanols like rutins, all this helps in rejuvenating the skin. Tomato in beauty world is known for its depigmentation and anti-puffiness properties.

Cut the tomato in half, collects it's juice into a bowl. Scrub to the affected areas. If this mixture is too watery or difficult to scrub than you can add rice flour. Rice flour helps us to scrub well and give a fair look than before.

5. Cucumber

Cucumber extract is very effective in removing tanning and in the sunburnt skin. Cucumber extract gives cooling effects.

Shred the cucumber and extract the juice from it. Using a cotton ball apply the extract on the skin and let it dry. Wash it off after 5-10 minutes.

6. Lemon and Sugar

A lemon slice can do wonders in removing tan. Glycolic acid fro sugar will rejuvenate the skin and bleaching property of lemon clears out your skin.

Cut a full lemon into the half. Take a tablespoon of sugar and half tablespoon juice of a lemon. Mix it well. Use this mixture to any part of your body affected with the suntan.

7. Red Lentil 

Red lentils(masoor dal) are an outstanding source of vitamins, essential proteins, fibers, iron, etc. Red lentils possess anti-ageing properties. 

Soak red lentils in water for about 2-3 hours. Strain it. Grind that soaked red lentils and make a thick paste. Add tomato juice into it. Apply to the affected areas.

8. Tomato and yogurt

Tomato has the citric properties and also lycopene present in tomato helps in removing tan. If you wish to remove dark spots and pigmentations, this pack is worth a try. The tomato extract also works as a toner.

Take a tablespoon of plain yogurt. Take a tablespoon of tomato extract in a bowl. Mix both the ingredient well. Apply the paste to suntan area. Let it dry for half an hour and wash off with normal water.

9. Potato

Potato has been used since ages to lighten the skin tone and under eye dark circles. Potato juice is also a potent bleaching agent.

Make a juice of raw potato strain it and apply on affected areas to get rid of tan. Keep this for 10-12 minutes. Wash off once it dries.

10. Turmeric and gram flour

Gram flour is always available at every other home. Gram flour is very helpful in removing dead skin cells and giving a natural glow to the skin. Turmeric powder adds a natural glow to the skin by removing tan.

Take 2 tablespoons of gram flour, add a pinch of turmeric powder and add rose water to form a thick paste. Apply to the affected areas. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Very helpful in removing tan.

As we know, prevention is always better than cure. Healthy glowing skin gets from inside and unless your skin is getting the required nutrients and care, then it simply looks it's best. Applying this packs can heal you from outside but not from inside.

I am suggesting these natural ways to remove tan because I have already been gone through suntanning, I have tried a lot of chemical, beauty and skin care products but nothing worked out and all my money invested in those products gone in vain and failed me to retain the naturally clear and glowing skin for a long term. You can use chemical products for short-term resolution but they won't work for a long-term solution. So brought these natural ways to remove tan and save your money. For more such tips on health and beauty, subscribe to my blog with your email.


Monday, 30 October 2017

12 Powerful Health Benefits of the Egg

Eggs are high in Protein, low in fat and incredibly healthy and tasty. Eggs in breakfast give the feeling of satiety and also has so many nutrients which perfectly fits for your daily requirement of body and mental strength. Eggs contain essential fatty acids which help the body to function properly. According to 'Health Center', if the body lacks these essential fatty acids, you may experience chronic fatigue, poor skin, and hair, loss of muscle strength and weakened the immune system.
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White and brown eggs are identical or different?

Many people have the questions like why eggs color differ? What is the difference between white and brown color egg? So answer given by Aside from the color of eggshell, there is a little difference between white and brown egg. The eggshell color depends on the breed of the hens. Nutritionally, both brown and white eggs are identical unless the feed has been enhanced.

Nutritional value of Egg

Each large egg contains 6 gram of protein and 14 essential nutrients like Vitamins A, D, E, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc. Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be complete protein because they contain all 9 essential amino acids. To keep its nutritional value high or constant, store eggs in the refrigerator because of egg age more in a room temperature. One egg meets 11 percent of the daily requirement of these vitamins. Let's look at the twelve powerful health benefits of the egg.

Powerful Health Benefits of the Egg

1. Promote Weight Loss

Egg in breakfast helps to regulate appetite, lowers the risk of overeating, and helps to avoid food carving. Eggs give the feeling of satiety which helps to maintain weight and prevents from being obese.  One large boiled egg weighs 5 grams of fat. One or two eggs helps in weight loss and perfect for a busy day.

2. Packed with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Our body produces 11 Essential fatty acids which are necessary for proper body functioning. You will be glad to know that Egg contains these 9 out of 11 Essential fatty acids. Eggs packed with Omega-3 fatty acid which helps to keep blood pressure balanced and cholesterol in check. Eggs are also good to improve symptoms of ADHD(Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

3. Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Eggs contain good cholesterols. One egg has 200 milligram of cholesterol which lowers bad (LDL) cholesterols and elevates the level of good (HDL) cholesterol. Decades of research have confirmed that dietary cholesterol does not affect blood cholesterol or increase heart disease risk. This helps to prevent heart disease and keeps blood arteries supple and efficient for long-term health.

4. Improves Eyesight

Egg contains powerful antioxidants which enhances vision and promote eye health. Consuming egg daily also lowers the risk of eye diseases like cataract and macular degeneration.

5. Gives Anti-ageing Properties

Egg contains Vitamin A, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin these three powerful antioxidants which help to keep your skin healthy. Antioxidants in the egg that can prevent free radical damage and slow down the aging process. If you have egg on a daily basis then definitely, your skin will be wrinkle free and glowing day-by-day.

Egg also contains organic pigments like carotenoids which can slow down aging. To get the full benefit from them you need to eat the boiled eggs since they contain more carotenoids.

6. Keep Bones Healthy

Eggs are rich in vitamin D and calcium, these both nutrients are essential for strong bones. Vitamin D and calcium are crucial for growth and development of bones.

7. Reduce risk of Cancer

Amino acids like tryptophan and tyrosine present in the egg, which has potent antioxidant properties to help prevent cancer. According to "Breast Cancer Research" journal, eating eggs every day can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 18 percent. Furthermore, eggs contain a lot of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that will stabilize your estrogen levels which is responsible for breast cancer.

8. Improves facial glow

Egg contains two types of collagen- type I and type V.  Egg white are commonly used as a beauty treatment. Collagens in egg prominently improves skin texture by promoting collagen level in the skin. Use of egg white facemasks brings a clear glow to the face.

9. Decreases Joint Pain and Stiffness

Egg naturally contains collagen and collagen-promoting nutrients like vitamins B, E, amino acids and sulfur. The high collagen content of egg's membranes makes it especially helpful in the treatment of Connective tissue disorders.

The most prevalent form of arthritis is Osteoarthritis which currently affected millions of individuals worldwide. In osteoarthritis protective cartilage in between the joints wears down over time and causes severe joint pain. Eggshell membranes containing a good amount of collagen which has shown to reduce arthritic pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis.

10. Reduces Anxiety and Stress

Eggs hold essential amino acids like tryptophan which regulate the release of serotonin. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter which is derived biochemically from tryptophan. Serotonin which is responsible for relaxation of the brain, calmness and for good mood. Vitamin-D presents an egg helps to combat depression and makes the happy mood. Hence, egg helps in reduction of stress and anxiety.

11. Enhances Cognitive Functions

Egg contains choline, an important neurotransmitter in the brain. Neurotransmitter like choline sends stimuli to the brain. Cognitive effect impairs due to its deficiency. Consuming egg daily provides sufficient amount of choline to the brain.

12. Boost Immunity

An egg or two can help you fight infections, as an egg is the rich source of selenium. Each egg holds 15.40 mcg of selenium. Selenium is an element which is extremely beneficial for a healthy and strong immune system.

Author's Take

As you know eggs are incredibly healthy. Eggs helps the body to function and regulate properly. This why experts recommend eating 2-3 eggs a day, except in cases of diabetes or heart problems, when you should eat only 3 eggs a week.


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