Male Infertility : Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

Male Infertility : Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment
In Indian couples seeking treatment for infertility, problem lies with men in 23% cases and within that 23% cases, nearly 50% of infertility is due to anomalies or disorders in male reproductive organ.

Infertility is on a rise in India.  Based on reports from All India Institute of Medical Sciences every year in India, over 12–18 million couples are diagnosed with infertility. Let me break two myths right away, Infertility is not a women’s problem and also it’s not an urban problem.  Research says that, in Indian couples seeking treatment for infertility, problem lies with men in 23% cases and within that 23% cases, nearly 50% of infertility is due to anomalies or disorders in male reproductive organ. 

Before going into the blog post in depth, let me introduce to you a wonderful product from Zenith nutrition to tackle men’s Infertility and Sexual problems. This product named Mens Vigo & Vita is a superior formulation made with extracts from ashwagandha, shwetha musli, kapikacchu,shilajith,akarakaraba, kokilaksha and trivanga bhasma. This product will do good for anyone with Erectile Dysfuncation, Premature Ejaculation, Oligospermia, Azospermia, Inferitlity, Loss of Libido and Impotency.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to maintain penis erection during sexual activity. Erectile dysfunction happens because blood flow to penis reduces due to health problems or due to damaged nerves in the penis. Stress and emotional reasons can lead to ED. Heart disease, high blood pressure and high blood sugar can also cause ED.

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Is Humble Beetroot a Superfood ?

beetroot is a superfood
How many of you know the fact that Beetroot has Aphrodisiac power

Serve more beetroots on your table –  raw, roasted, steamed, pickled, grated or juiced. Beetroot is rich with iron and naturally occurring folic acid (for pregnant moms). It holds in it nitrates, betaine (betaine gives it red color), magnesium and other antioxidants. They are also loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. Research says that beets can boost energy, help lose weight,  fight cancer, reduce pain and enhance immunity.  Though its high on glycaemic index, it contains no fat, very few calories and is a great source of fiber. Let’s explore some less known good facts about ‘Humble Beets’.

Beets have aphrodisiac power

Beets are high in Boron, which is directly involved in the production of human sex hormones. Also  beets due to its high nitrate content, can increase blood flow. Should be noted that drugs like Viagra and other similar products too act by increasing blood flow to the genital areas.

Gives Athletes Competitive Edge

Beetroot is a superfood
Beetroot juice is the most popular health supplement among athletes

 Beetroot juice is the most popular health supplement among athletes.  Study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism suggests  that drinking beetroot juice can enhance stamina, strength, and endurance. The whole credit goes to nitrates present in beets. Body converts these nitrates to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide widens, relaxes, and dilates blood vessels. This allow more blood and oxygen to reach muscles.

Detoxify Liver with Beets

The main function of liver is to remove toxins. Hence it is of utmost importance to cleanse this organ of all these toxins at regular intervals. Beets improve liver function mainly by thinning the bile and allowing it to flow more freely through the liver and from there into the small intestine.

Natural product to lower blood pressure

Research says drinking a glass of beetroot  juice can lower blood pressure. The study showed that within hours of drinking it, beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure  by an average of 4-5 points among a small group of healthy men. Beet root is rich in potassium and magnesium and also have high content of nitrates – together they work to reduce blood pressure.

Great Blood Builder

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Garlic: Fun, Trivia and Facts

Garlic: Fun, Trivia and Facts
Try out Super Garlic 1000 from Zenith Nutrition

The health benefits of garlic are countless.  Garlic helps to fight fight cold, cough, cancer, heart ailments, blood pressure. People have been using this magic herb for more than 3000 years. If I list all its benefits, the list will grow several pages long. Also it would turn into the umpteenth blog on Garlic benefits.

I would like to share with you some interesting properties or stories related to garlic, before I introduce to you a wonderful product called ‘Super Garlic’ from Zenith Nutrition.

  • April 19 is celebrated as National Garlic Day ! You knew this
  • During World War I, for treating war wounds, medical surgeons used the garlic juice as an antiseptic
  • Builders of the Great Pyramid in Egypt was fed with Garlic as they thought it gave them strength and endurance
  • Supposedly Garlic can be used to fight off evil spirits, and keep vampires away.  No wonder you would find garlic mentioned 21 times in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, whereas only mentioned four times in all of Shakespeare’s novels together
  • China is the leading producer and exporter of garlic in the world making around 80% of total product followed by India, South Korea, Egypt and Russia
  • Garlic is also known as  ‘stinking rose’ because of its overpowering pungent smell and taste
  • The city of Chicago is named after garlic. The name Chicago comes from ‘Chicagaoua’ an Indian word, which means wild garlic.

Try out Super Garlic 1000 from Zenith Nutrition

Garlic: Fun, Trivia and Facts
Zenith nutrition have packaged Super Garlic into vegan capsules, so that you can get all the benefits of garlic and have it without the awful taste.

The only negative aspect of garlic is its pungent smell and taste that leaves a bad breath.  Other than that, garlic is a medicinal boon for mankind. This problem is solved by Zenith nutrition. They have packaged Super Garlic into vegan capsules, so that you can get all the benefits of garlic and have it without the awful taste.

Zenith Nutrition started in 2010 and is a division of Medizen Labs.  They are leading manufacturers of wellness products in India. The company makes superior quality Nutritional supplements and Dietary supplements.

Super Garlic 1000
Zenith nutrition is a leading manufacturer of wellness products in India
  • Products are developed through intensive research and development process
  • Products are manufactured at GMP certified plants and all products are 100% natural
  • Products does not contain any artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, yeast or starch, and is gluten free
  • Products are free of any toxins or chemicals
  • Since capsules are made using vegetable cellulose it suits pure vegetarians and vegans. The capsule is fast dissolving in the stomach and easily digestible
  • In case someone finds difficulty in swallowing capsule, they could open the capsule, dissolve the content in water and then drink it
  • Filler Dicalcium Phosphate used in the capsule is safe for human consumption

 

 

All about Super Garlic 1000 – 90 capsules

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How Sugar is Killing Us : 20 ways you didn’t know Sugar ruins your Health

How Sugar is Killing Us
The scary thing about sugar is that, it’s difficult to weed it out from us, It’s addictive and toxic…. like a drug

Fat is no longer the food villain, it’s Sugar. Number of people getting sugar-related disorders like diabetes, obesity and heart disease is sky rocketing. The scary thing about sugar is that, it’s difficult to weed it out from us,  It’s addictive and toxic…. like a drug.

How many of you know what all qualifies as ‘Sugar’?

Sugar in general refers to sucrose.  Sucrose is obtained from sugar cane or sugar beets. Other sugars include high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), crystalline fructose, and glucose.  The term “sugar-sweetened” refers to those food to which  sucrose or one of the above named sugars is added during manufacture. Please note that sugars that are naturally occurring in foods such as fructose in fruit or lactose in milk are not “added sugars”. Sweeteners are classified mainly into two – nutritive or nonnutritive. Nutritive or caloric sweeteners are naturally occurring ones, made by fruits, sugar cane, and sugar beets and on average they provide 4 calories per gram, whereas Nonnutritive or high-intensity sweeteners obtained from plant sources, such as monk fruit or stevioside, or synthetically made, such as acesulfame K, aspartame, sucralose, or saccharine provide sweetness to food but contribute towards very little or no calories.

Sugar is indeed Deadly…do you know why ?

How Sugar is Killing Us
In Children sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity. This is because sugar reduce levels of orexin in the brain

Sugar is rapidly converted in the blood to fat or triglycerides. This then increases obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. We all know this. But did you know that sugar has much more damaging effects on our body. You will be surprised reading below list.

  • Sugar is an “empty food”. Sugar is devoid of vitamins, minerals, or fiber
  • Eating larger portions of sugar can make immune system completely helpless. This effect can last for about 4-5 hours. This would mean weakened defense against diseases and infection.
  • In Children sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity. This is because sugar reduce levels of orexin in the brain, which reduces levels of physical activity. As a result our kids get fat and sleepy simultaneously
  • Sugar can lead to kidney damage, especially when one has diabetes
  • Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency
  • Sugar can speed up the aging process, causing more wrinkles and gray hair. Sugar reacts with protein, creating advanced glycation end-products(AGEs). These AGEs cause skin to be wrinkled and cell structures to harden
  • Sugar can meddle with absorption of calcium and magnesium
  • Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, gall bladder and rectum
  • Sugar increases chance for colon cancer in women
  • Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin
  • Sugar can lead to an acidic stomach
  • Sugar raise the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Sugar increase the risk of varicose veins
  • Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis
  • Sugar can deteriorate eyesight
  • Sugar can reduce growth hormone
  • Sugar causes food allergies
  • Sugar can impair the DNA structure
  • Sugar can raise the amount of fat in the liver
  • Sugar may lead to increase in headaches, including migraines
  • Sugar can cause Alzheimer Disease

 

Prevention is always better than getting Chronic Illness

How sugar is killing us
Be knowledgeable about processed foods – Read food labels and don’t be fooled

Sugar is cheap, sugar tastes good and sugar sells in the market, so companies are not going to stop adding this unhealthy ingredient.  Only option left is to limit sugar intake and bring some corrections to your life to live longer and stay well. 

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Vitamin B6 Benefits, Sources and Supplement

Vitamin B6 Benefits
Vitamin B6 supplements could reduce PMS symptoms, like moodiness, irritability, forgetfulness, bloating, and anxiety

Are you a woman or an elderly person, probably you would be needing Vitamin B6 supplement. Try out Vitamin B6 from Zenith Nutrition

Body needs Vitamin B6 every single day. Vitamin B6 takes part in more than 100 enzyme reactions in our body. This vitamin plays a significant role in immune function, blood cell formation and in brain development during pregnancy and infancy.  This vitamin is also required for the synthesis of mood hormones- serotonin and norepinephrine and for myelin formation.

Interesting facts about Vitamin B6

  • Vitamin B6 is water soluble
  • The human body absorbs vitamin B6 in the jejunum part of colon
  • It is involved in making antibodies, our defense molecules
  • It is involved in Protein building

Vitamin B6 deficiency

Even though Vitamin B6 is not linked directly with any major disorder, a low level of VitB6 can lead to

  • Changes in mood, such as irritability
  • Confusion, Depression
  • Muscle pains
  • Scaling on the lips and cracks at the corners of the mouth
  • Low energy or Tiredness
  • Swollen tongue
  • Worsening of PMS symptoms
  •  In infants, vitamin B6 deficiency can cause irritability, acute hearing problem, and convulsive seizures

Major sources of vitamin B6:

Vegetables  like carrots, spinach, peas, potatoes, milk, Cereal grains, legumes, cheese, eggs, fish, liver, meat, and flour.

Vitamin B6 supplement and Health Benefits

  • Supplemental doses of Vitamin B6 helps to reduce heart disease risk
  • Patients who took vitamin B6 supplements had a 20% lower risk of colorectal cancer
  • Vitamin B6 supplements might help to prevent or treat cognitive decline or memory loss in elderly people
  • Vitamin B6 supplements could reduce PMS symptoms, like moodiness, irritability, forgetfulness, bloating, and anxiety
  • Vitamin B6 helps to reduce Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Try out Vitamin B6 from Zenith Nutrition

Zenith Nutrition started in 2010 and is a division of Medizen Labs.  They are leading manufacturers of wellness products in India. The company makes superior quality Nutritional supplements and Dietary supplements.

Vitamin B6 Benefits
All products are 100% natural and does not contain any artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, yeast or starch, and is gluten free
  • Products are developed through intensive research and development process
  • Products are manufactured at GMP certified plants and all products are 100% natural
  • Products does not contain any artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, yeast or starch, and is gluten free
  • Products are free of any toxins or chemicals
  • Since capsules are made using vegetable cellulose it suits pure vegetarians and vegans. The capsule is fast dissolving in the stomach and easily digestible
  • In case someone finds difficulty in swallowing capsule, they could open the capsule, dissolve the content in water and then drink it
  • Filler Dicalcium Phosphate used in the capsule is safe for human consumption

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Clean air is no longer available if you are in India

Air Pollution in Indian cities
Based on data published on the World Air Quality Index website, Faridabad, Lucknow, Muzaffarpur, Agra, Pune and Rohtak too fall in the hazardous range.

It’s not Delhi alone struggling with air pollution.  Based on data published on the World Air Quality Index website, Faridabad, Lucknow, Muzaffarpur, Agra, Pune and Rohtak  too fall in the hazardous range. All these cities have an air quality index of greater than 300. The Air Quality Index is calculated based on PM2.5, PM10, Ozone, NO2, SO2 and CO levels as hourly measurements. This is a continuous monitoring system and values will vary on an hourly basis and in India they collect data from 62 centers. The surprising fact is that out of this 62 centers, Haldia in West Bengal and Saneguruvanahalli in Bangalore alone has good air quality index. Remaining all cities fall within moderate to very unhealthy range.

Indeed scary. You can check data for yourself here.

The Villains in Air

If Urban air pollution is the contribution of combustion of fossil fuels, In rural areas Household air pollution (HAP), is a serious area of concern. The main villains are particulate matter (PM), measured as particles which have an aerodynamic diameter lesser than 10 μm (PM10) and lesser than 2.5 μm (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone. It’s not that others are not harmful, mostly these four are measured as in indicator to determine air quality. The WHO guideline values for particulate matter are 20 μg/m3 for PM10, 10 μg/m3 for PM2.5, 40 μg/m3 for NO2 and 20 μg/m3 for SO2.

Air Pollution Facts at quick glance:

  • India has higher air pollution levels than China
  • As per Greenpeace Report, 1.2 million deaths take place every year due to air pollution in India
  • First place goes to Delhi, Faridabad, Lucknow, Muzaffarpur, Agra, Pune and Rohtak

Air Pollutants and Health Impact

Air quality in Indian city
Air quality in Indian city

Nitrogen dioxide

NO2 is increasing at an alarming rate in Indian cities, thanks to increase in number of vehicles. NO2 is extremely detrimental to lungs. Exposure to NO2 over a period of one to three years increases incidence of bronchitis, emphysema and also adversely affects lung performance. Exposure to excessive NO2  affects the defense mechanism too.

Carbon Monoxide

80-90% of absorbed CO binds with Haemglobin and from Carboxyhaemoglobin. The scary fact is affinity with CO binds to Haemglobin is 200-250 times more strongly than that with oxygen. The symptoms of CO poisoning may include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea. At next stage  vomiting and  loss of consciousness is observed.  If prolonged exposure continues, it may lead to coma or even death.

PM2.5

Though  PM2.5 is too small in size, it can cause an array of health problems, including premature mortality, chronic respiratory disease,  asthma and decrease in lung function. Another critical point is that, it contains large proportion of metals and acids, and also it can penetrate into the respiratory tract deeper because of its size.

Ozone

Exposure to Ozone again can lead to  bronchitis, emphysema and also adversely affects lung performance. The impact of ozone is all the more high on sunny days. Children are at high risk as their lungs are still developing. Also people with reduced intake of  nutrients like vitamins C and E, are at greater risk from ozone exposure.

SO2

SO2 is hygroscopic in nature. SO2 reacts with humidity and forms sulphuric and sulphurous aerosol acid. These acids are extremely hazardous as these compounds enter the circulatory system directly through the airways. SO2 can also irritate the skin and mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.

Ways to Purify Air at Home

Get your Air Purifier

Market is crowded with Air purifiers. From Philips to Kent, everyone has come to market with new air purifiers. But before you go ahead and buy one for your home, just understand the technology that drives the purifier. One could find four types of air purifiers

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5 Top Rated Home based Lab tests providers from India

5 Top Rated Home based Lab tests providers from India
In summary it would mean, sit at home and relax and get your health report delivered at home with actionable insights.

This is the age of getting services delivered at home, whether its grocery or beauty treatment or even education. Healthcare is fast catching up with this mode of delivery. Now one need not go to hospital, wait in long queues to get blood tests done, nor need to run from lab to lab to get all the reports. In addition to these benefits many a times consultation with doctors come along with this package as free.

In summary it would mean, sit at home and relax and get your health report delivered at home with actionable insights. Works well for new generation people who have no time to spare.

Advantages of opting for Home based Lab tests

  • Sample Collection happens at Home
  • Results are easy to understand and include actionable insights to improve health
  • Consultation with an expert doctor based on consumer’s convenience
  • Can access the report anytime from anywhere
  • The ease of using this service helps to monitor health at regular intervals without hospital visits

At the same time one need to understand that, Lab test is not like buying clothes or groceries. One need to understand the fact that laboratory tests play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and disease treatment. It is said that 70% of all decisions regarding a patient’s diagnosis and treatment, hospitalization and discharge are based on lab tests. So one need to choose the best one and not just the cheapest one.

Let me list out for you best Home based Lab Test Services from India

5 Top Rated Home based Lab tests
Let me list out for you best Home based Lab Test Services from India

Portea

Portea is one among the pioneer firm to offer Home based Lab Test Services in India. There phlebotomist comes home to collect blood and urine sample and send the report back through email. One can access the report anytime by logging into own account from their browser page. They provide various packages to suit different needs of people like Diabetes Health Check up Package, Executive Health Check up for Men, Executive Health Check up for Women etc. They get their tests done in Govt accredited labs and one can avail their services in tier I and tier II cities. They have packages with 70-80 tests and starts at around 1600 Rs.

Thyrocare

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How To Make a Simple Lava Lamp At Home

How To Make a Simple Lava Lamp At Home
How To Make a Simple Lava Lamp At Home

The best way to get your child interested in science is by doing SCIENCE stuff with them…

This is the second post by me under Fun with Science’ section

Have you seen a Lava Lamp. Is it not wonderful to see large colored bubbles sinking, rising and transforming. If you go to a shop to buy the same it will come at around Thousand bucks. The better the look and feel, higher the price. If I tell you, you can make this at home with your kitchen stuff (temporary one), won’t you be excited. All the more it’s a simple kitchen experiment which you can do with your kids. It’s easy to do, safe, and looks very cool.

Let’s get started

Take an empty glass and to it add water with food color added to it.

DIY Lava lamp
Water + Food color

To this now add vegetable oil. Add approximately double the amount of oil to water.

Lava Lamp
Water + Food color + Cooking Oil

Closely watch to see how two immiscible liquids behave.

Let the two layers settle and now add to it a pack of Eno salt and see the magic unfold.

 It will look much beautiful, if you place a flash light underneath it.

Ingredients Used:

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All about ‘Magic Scissors’ : Power of CRISPR

CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Technology
This post is all about this ‘Magic Scissors’, a new gene editing technology, known as CRISPR-Cas9 and what it can do to science and how it can impact common man’s life.

Wouldn’t it have been good if we had  ‘Magic Scissors’ that could eliminate disease, solve world hunger problem, create unlimited clean energy…..it’s no longer a future technology…..the technology is already among us. Discovery of this technology has been hailed as ‘monumental moments in the history of biomedical research’ by David Baltimore a Nobel laureate.

This post is all about this ‘Magic Scissors’, a new gene editing technology, known as CRISPR-Cas9 and what it  can do to science and how it can impact common man’s life. This Scissors  promises myriad of wonderful opportunities as well as frightening ethical challenges .

 What is this ‘Magic Scissors’

What we are, what we look like or how healthy we are , all are dependent on genetic material DNA. DNA is  like a record of instructions which tells the cell what its job is going to be. In simple way, DNA is to human cells, as codes are to computers. As codes control the functioning of computer, Genes present within  interwined DNA regulates the functions of the cell. So if there is an error in these codes or some external organism like virus attacks cells, the normal programming of cells gets affected and the cells won’t function normally. This is what leads to diseases. The best option to make the cell up and running, would be to erase or alter the corrupted codes from Genes. This is what CRISPR-Cas9 does with high precision.

Little deep into CRISPR CAS9…for curious minds

CRISPR-CAS9 Gene editing tool
The CRISPR-CAS9 system comprises of two components – Guide RNA and CAS9 endonuclease: image

CRISPR  or “Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”  was isolated from bacterial system. The CRISPR-CAS9 system comprises of two components – Guide RNA and CAS9 endonuclease. Guide RNA can be tailor-made to perfectly match a sequence of DNA  (the mutated or corrupted DNA) and CAS9 will do slicing act with precision. So one end binds to the target gene or wrong gene,  and the other end delivers a DNA-cutting enzyme, which will remove with accuracy the wrong gene.

 

CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Technology
Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley demonstrated for the first time the full potential of CRISPR in 2012 : image

Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley and Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in German demonstrated for the first time the full potential of CRISPR in 2012.

CRISPR, ‘The Magic Scissors’,  is worth the hype. This technology will help to fight cancer, treat Alzheimer’s and eradicate Malaria. It’s an exciting development and scientists from across the globe from different fields are gung ho about this ‘new editor’.

What could CRISPR Do ?

Time for Super Plants

Imagine we can get mangoes all around the year or can make strawberries to grow in deserts. Researchers are currently experimenting with ways to improve crop disease resistance and environmental stress tolerance using CRISPR. CRISPR would steer an era of super plants with yields higher than ever.

Let’s Treat HIV

HIV has been eluding scientists for a long time. But no longer.  In 2015, scientists used CRISPR to cut HIV cells out of living cells of patients in a laboratory – proving that it is possible. By injecting CRISPR into the rats with HIV, they were able to remove 48 per cent of the virus from the DNA of their body cells. Although the experiments are still in their infancy, it looks like CRISPR could be the ultimate solution to cure HIV and ultimately AIDS.

Could it help cure cancers?

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The Curious Case of ‘Purple Food’

Purple Food
Anthocyanins are generally found in the skin of the vegetable, so don’t peel it off

Add to your food plate some purple, they are good for health. Purple foods include grapes, eggplant, blackberries to the not so popular purple cauliflower and cabbage. The purple color in itself is the healthy component — the pigment that give food their purple color are a family of potent antioxidants known as anthocyanins It is also said, darker the color, higher the anthocyanin concentration, and greater its nutrition benefit.

They are ‘Super Healthy’

Research have found that anthocyanins can lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. They can also help to control obesity and diabetes. They have anti-inflammatory properties, and hence also linked to most chronic diseases.

Do you know how to eat ‘Purple Veggies’

There are a few rules to be kept in mind while cooking Purple food

  • Anthocyanins are generally found in the skin of the vegetable, so don’t peel it off
  • Like vitamin C, these nutrients are water soluble, hence don’t boil it
  • It’s ideal to eat it by roasting or steaming

8 unusual ‘Purple Foods’

Can your bread be purple ?

Purple bread is hailed as ‘First Superfood from the world of baking. According to inventor of purple bread,  Professor Zhou Weibiao,  purple bread is rich in cancer fighting antioxidants and is digested 20% slower than regular white bread.

Try some Black Rice from China

Black rice
Black rice is also known as purple rice, forbidden rice, heaven rice and prized rice.

The kernel of black rice is black in color due to a pigment known as anthocyanin. Black rice is also known as purple rice, forbidden rice, heaven rice and prized rice. This rice is also known as long life rice as it can increase the longevity of life. China cultivates the most black rice followed by Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Philippines. This rice does not contain gluten, free of cholesterol, low in sugar, salt and fat. Black rice can be prepared with ease like any other rice and do not need any sophisticated ingredients.

Purple Cauliflower

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