Apple is the most commonly eaten fruit in the world, as apple production is largest among all fruits in the world. There are several health benefits of apple. Apple is a health fruit (as most of the fruits are) with many benefits and apple has the following health benefits:
- Apple contains large quantities of vitamins and minerals, which can strengthen immune system of our body. Vitamins and minerals are the essential components of our immune system and they are also required in routine body function.
- Apple is very rich in antioxidants like, flavonoid, polyphenols etc. which are mainly present in the skin of apple. 100 gram of whole apple (including skin) can provide antioxidant which is equivalent to the antioxidant effect of 1500 mg of vitamin C. Antioxidants are the most effective fighter against development of cancer in humans.
- The tartaric acid and malic acid that are present in apple in high amount can help in preventing liver problems and digestion problems.
- Eating of at least one apple a day can help in controlling blood cholesterol level to normal limit. By keeping blood cholesterol level under control, apples can prevent many heart diseases from emerging and keep us healthy. Read more…
Fibromyalgia is something you know all about. The weakness, the pain, and the chronic fatigue are getting to you. You’ve tried drugs, or you’ve been told that they’ll help. You’re skeptical. While there is no known cure for this illness, there are things you can do to try and ease the pain.
Vitamin D, called “the sunshine vitamin,” is known to be low in many people with fibromyalgia. According to doctor Laura J Martin, contributor for WebMD, not getting enough vitamin D in your system may be linked to chronic pain. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2009 showed that vitamin D levels are really low in the majority of people living in the U.S.
Some experts believe that, in some people, it may trigger some symptoms of fibromyalgia. To get the benefit of sun exposure, you will need to go outside when the UV index is high (i.e. greater than “3″), since UVB light is what is responsible for vitamin D production. The UVB light hits your skin, and your body starts converting cholesterol to the hormone we call “vitamin D.” Read more…
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We all are aware of the health benefits of exercise, but very few of us know the exact benefits of regular physical exercise. Although we all know and aware of the health benefits of regular physical exercise only few of us are engaged in regular physical exercise. Only small percentage of population does regular physical exercise to keep them fit and healthy. Knowing the exact health benefits of regular physical exercise may help people to adapt the healthy living by doing regular physical exercise.
The health benefits of regular physical exercise are enormous and include improvement of mental health (psychological health) too along with physical health. Regular physical exercise improves mood, reduce depression and anxiety and also help to cope with stress better.
Some of the important health benefits of regular physical exercise are:
- Regular physical exercise increase chance of living longer and healthier life, in compare to people who do not do regular physical exercise.
- Regular physical exercise improves quality of life by reducing risk of several chronic diseases and also by preventing several diseases. Read more…
Deficiency of vitamin K
Deficiency of vitamin K is mostly seen in infants. In adults the deficiency of vitamin K is not common. The causes of vitamin K deficiency in infants and adults are different.
In adults the deficiency of vitamin K is mainly due to chronic small intestinal disease like celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, in patients with obstruction of biliary tract or due to resection of small intestine. Treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics like tetracycline, chloramphenicol etc. can lead to aggravation of vitamin K deficiency by reducing the intestinal flora which synthesize menaquinones, and by inhibiting the metabolism of vitamin K. In patients with warfarin (an anti coagulant) therapy, the hypoloipidemic drug Orlistat can lead to INR (international normalized ratio) changes due to vitamin K mal absorption.
The diagnosis of vitamin K deficiency is usually made on the basis of an increased prothrombin time, reduced clotting factors and also by directly measuring vitamin K level in blood. Read more…
Menorrhagia is a presenting symptom in many endocrine diseases. In patients with hyperthyroidism, menorrhagia is a frequent symptom, especially in early stage of the disease. In advance stage of hyperthyroidism patients usually have amenorrhea (absence of menstruation). In hypothyroidism menorrhagia is generally seen in the advanced stage of the disease. Menorrhagia is a common symptom in myxedema (disease of hormonal disturbance), especially in women above 40 years of age. In acromegaly (due to excess production of growth hormone in adults) menorrhagia can be a symptom in early stage and in the late stage usually there is amenorrhea.
Iatrogenic causes of menorrhagia:
Menorrhagia may also develop due to use of estrogen for prolonged period for non gynecological condition (especially use of synthetic estrogen prescribed by dermatologists, for relief of symptoms which is not a gynecological problem). The use may be for long duration and at a dose that may be of high. Estrogen is also frequently prescribed by many doctors for menopausal symptoms, and this prescription (of estrogen) may itself cause menorrhagia. Both of the above instances can be regarded as iatrogenic (caused by doctor’s prescription or hospital acquired). Read more…