Mostly, women are aware of reproductive facts and something called a biological clock ticking away. This comes into prominence especially when couples plan their pregnancy. One should keep in mind that fertility is age-related for both men and women and this understanding is pivotal because it helps in conceiving, the baby's health depends on it and one can make informed choices during pregnancy.
How age affects a women's fertility as compared to men?
Fertility with age has a different effect on men and women. A woman is born with certain number of eggs that only get depleted over a period of time, and after some time she can't produce any more eggs. But in the case of a man, he can produce sperms his entire life. Therefore, it signifies the women's pregnancy health window is short as compared to a man's, who can even father a child in their 60s and 70s. So, let's have a look at the fertility across different age groups:
Fertility in their 20s:
According to the experts, this is the perfect age group for a woman to have a healthy pregnancy. This is the age when women are most fertile. The difference in fertility in their early 20s and late 20s is almost negligible.
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Some of the great advantages of pregnancy during this age group are:
* As your eggs have lesser odds of carrying genetic abnormalities, the chances of your child having any genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome, Thalassemia, etc. is minimal.
* The risk of miscarriage lays only 10 per cent.
* Less likely that you will have premature baby or baby with low birth weight.
* Even the mother has lower risk of any health complications like gestational diabetes or hypertension.
The disadvantages of this phase are:
* In first pregnancy, the risk of pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication, becomes higher
* If you have PCOD or uterine fibroids or any underlying medical condition, achieving a pregnancy is complicated.
* When it comes to male fertility, they don't have to worry at all. If at all infertility has been diagnosed in a man, then it's all because of his lifestyle choices that lead to obesity, hypertension, contraction of any sexually transmitted infection and diabetes. This can be reversed in the case of men by altering lifestyle choices. Sexually Transmitted Infections in men affect the motility and concentration of sperms.
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Fertility in their 30s:
If a woman wants to conceive in this phase of her life, then the chances of expecting are between 15 and 20 per cent each month provided they don't have any underlying health conditions. A study has confirmed that women in 30s have 30 per cent chances of conceiving in their first try. But, fertility tends to decline when a woman reaches 35 because of the decreased quality and quantity of the eggs. Even the chances of conceiving naturally after 35 are also minimal. The increased level of the follicle-stimulating hormone in a female body makes her more prone to having twins or triplets.
The risks of conceiving in 30s are:
* Higher C-section rates
* Higher chances of genetic issues in the newborn
* Increased rates of miscarriages and stillbirths
* Elevated risks of ectopic pregnancy
Fertility in your 40s and beyond:
In case of a woman, it's not impossible to conceive in this age but one should take notice of the fact that during each ovulatory cycle, pregnancy rate dips to 5 per cent between 40 and 44, whereas beyond 45 it gets reduced to 1 per cent. According to Center for Disease Control, half of women across the globe undergo fertility issues in 40s.
The risk factors of conceiving remains the same as it is in their 30s. Since there are risk factors involved, there is no guarantee that a female can conceive for sure. Even a man's fertility also declines in this age group as the sperm count and semen volume also decreases. But, one should not give up hope and consult a fertility expert at the right time.
Ultimately, the perfect time to get pregnant is when you feel it's the right time for you. It's completely fine if want to feel more confident in your career and finances to start building your family. If you do choose to wait, do consult with your doctor or a fertility specialist to make sure no health issues will come as surprise once you're ready. The fertility expert will not only help you know your ovarian reserve but can also suggest ways and means to preserve your fertility till you are ready to become a mother.
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Are you dealing with the stressful symptoms of PCOS? Be it missed periods, excessive hair growth on the face or body, weight gain, acne, and fertility issues. The pandemic made it all the more difficult to consult our doctor face-to-face to deal with these problems, but digital healthcare platforms have made it easier for women dealing with such queries to consult the right doctor.
The Covid-19 pandemic may have accelerated the shift towards digital healthcare practices in India, but its adoption among women in 2020- especially in non-metro cities- has been significant. Registering an overall growth of more than 212 per cent from the previous year, online consultations emerged as one of the preferred modes of consulting doctors by women in India, according to data from Practo.
According to Practo, more women in non-metro cities opted for online consultations in 2020- growing at an average rate of 550 per cent, compared with 400 per cent recorded among women in metro cities. This means that even as the majority (65 per cent) of the total number of online consultations done by women in 2020 were from metro cities, there has been a steady increase in the percentage of women from non-metro cities adopting telemedicine. In fact, this trend has been developing over the past three years.
PCOS, skin allergy, weight loss, thyroid, depression, hair fall, and UTI were some of the most discussed queries by women from non-metro cities last year, says the health platform.
Women with PCOS have numerous cysts in their ovaries, caused by an overproduction of hormones called androgens. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that prevents the ovaries from functioning properly. PCOS is also a red flag for the inception of type 2 diabetes, explains Prabha Acharya, Homeopath, who also consults on Practo.
For few women, gaining weight can influence their hormones. If you're obese or overweight, this might help get your hormones back to normal. Losing 10 per cent of your body weight may help your menstrual cycle become more predictable. This should help you get pregnant.
Therefore, weight loss prior to conception helps improve the live birth rate in obese women with or without PCOS. In simple words, living a healthy lifestyle and following the diet, with regular exercise, no smoking, less stress, and control of diabetes and other medical conditions prescribed by your doctor should improve your fertility odds. To lose weight on a PCOS diet, re-frame your thinking to eating to live, not living to eat.
Quick tips from the doctor:
1. Drink a lot of water and keep yourself well hydrated.
2. Eat foods low on the glycemic index. Low glycemic index foods are carbohydrates that break down slowly in the body, not causing a dramatic spike and then drop in insulin levels. Eat oats, brans, whole grains, broccoli, apples, etc. Avoid foods that are sugary and starchy such as syrups, sugar, jams, scones, white bread products, etc.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables for good fiber intake. Fiber helps promote healthy estrogen metabolism which aids in the reduction of elevated levels of androgens. E.g. whole grains, apples (with skin), green leafy vegetables, etc.
4. Eat small frequent meals in a day and avoid skipping any meal and especially the first meal of the day i.e. breakfast.
5. Include lean protein in your diet. E.g. lean chicken, fish, egg, nuts, legumes, pulses, low-fat dairy products, skimmed milk, etc.
6. Eat healthy Omega-3 fats in your diet. Sources: fatty fish, olive oil, walnuts, flax seeds, etc. And avoid foods that are high in saturated fat, such as meats, cheeses, and fried foods.
7. Get some sun rays for 10-15 mins for your Vitamin D requirement. Great food sources of vitamin D are cod liver oil, eggs, salmon, etc.
8. Exercise daily. Exercise plays a huge role by keeping weight in check, this helps regulate the hormones and increases chances of ovulation.
9. Distress yourself. Try yoga.
10. Avoid drinking aerated drinks. Avoid processed, junk food. Quit smoking and alcohol. A regular visit to the doctor for follow-up.
Follow your plan and most importantly believe in yourself, because only you have the potential to change your circumstances! (Siddhi Jain)
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New Delhi- A state unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA) has turned against the national body over its sharp criticism of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for endorsing Patanjali's Coronil tablet.
The Delhi Medical Association (DMA), a state branch of IMA, has called out its national executive body's statement against Harsh Vardhan defamatory and an act of garnering cheap publicity. Incidentally, Harsh Vardhan is a past President of the state branch
"The IMA has fabricated the facts to make a sensational case against the Health Minister only to achieve cheap publicity by abusing a sincere dedicated and honest member of IMA who has brought laurels to whole medical community by occupying the position of the Union Minister of Health by his sheer hard work, sincerity and integrity," the DMA said in a statement.
"The Delhi Medical Association strongly condemns the press release from Indian Medical Association dated 22-2-2021. The contents of the press release are baseless, unauthorised, illegal and defamatory for the clean and honest image of Hon'ble Union Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan," the association stated.
On Monday, the IMA had questioned Harsh Vardhan about promoting Patanjali's "unscientific" ayurvedic tablet Coronil as the first evidence-based medicine for Covid-19 and sought a public explanation from him.
"Being the Health Minister of the country and a modern medicine doctor, how ethical is it to promote an unscientific product before the country? How justified is it to release a false, fabricated and unscientific product? If Coronil is so effective, why spend Rs 35,000 crore on vaccinations?" IMA had asked Harsh Vardhan in a letter.
The apex body of doctors also accused the minister of violating the Medical Council of India's Code of Ethics by promoting a drug with unsubstantiated claims of treatment. The IMA had also said that it would write to the National Medical Commission about the "blatant disrespect" for the MCI code.
The issue started when Harsh Vardhan, along with Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari, attended an event on Friday called by Patanjali wherein it presented a research paper for its drug Coronil which it touted as an effective medicine in prevention and treatment of Covid-19.
The drug firm also publicised that it has received Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (CoPP) as per World Health Organisation (WHO) certification scheme, which the UN body denied publicly.
DMA said that Harsh Vardhan attended Patanjali's event in his capacity as the Union Health Minister and not as a modern medicine practitioner.
"Harsh Vardhan didn't speak a word about the CORONIL, where is the question of promoting it. He only emphasised time and again that we intend to develop Ayurveda into an evidence based medical system of treatment in Modern India," the state body said while vouching for Harsh Vardhan.
It added that the IMA has no authority to take action against the members as it is a voluntary body. "Even the medical council can take action against its members only in regard to their professional conduct and not for any Ministerial action," the DMA claimed.
Meanwhile, the state unit asked its national organization to not interfere in trail of any drug and advised the IMA to focus on its fight against "mixopathy".
"IMA has no business to question the methodology of trial of an Ayurvedic Drug. How was it conducted? Where was it conducted? How many patients were involved is to be seen by the certifying authority and not the IMA," it added.
Responding to DMA, IMA national president, J.A. Jayalal said that the DMA has expressed its opinion based on the input from the past state President of the unit while his statement expressed the professional scientific view as a collective consciousness of 3.5 lakh doctors.
"IMA has expressed the ethical view of professional breach of code of ethics as it will make scores of citizens go culpable by the unscientific claim of the Patanjali corporation on the efficacy of Coronil as a cure for Covid-19. It is appropriate to explain and make it known to the citizen by the Health Minister that he is not endorsing the trade of corona as curative medicine and not party to the false claim on the certification of the WHO and DCGI on the efficacy of the drug," he stated.
"Apart from the professional propriety issue, IMA has no comments on our Hon Health minister and IMA HQ stands by our view," Jayalal added. (IANS)
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) The Shariah Council of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Thursday issued guidelines on the permissibility of using Covid-19 vaccines under Islamic law following some reports that pork fat was used in them."The source of ingredients of the popular vaccines, which have been made public, is not yet known with certainty. After becoming fully aware of it, guidelines regarding its use or non-use will be issued," the JIH said in a statement.Noting that various pharmaceutical companies worldwide are finalising Covid-19 vaccines and even several countries have started their mass immunisation programmes, while Indian health authorities has also announced that vaccination will begin soon and multinational companies have requested the government to allow them to use the vaccine, it said that the reports of the extract of pork fat in vaccines have raised concerns among Muslims.The guidelines, issued by Sharia Council's President Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari and Secretary Maulana Dr.Raziul Islam Nadvi, said that "according to some sources, the corona vaccine contains ingredients derived from pork fat. From an Islamic point of view, a pig is completely impure and unclean."However, these noted that experiments are taking place in various countries and many companies are working on developing the vaccine, and it is not sure that pork fat is used in every vaccine. Muslims are too involved among the scientists and doctors who are preparing the vaccines, it said, citing the example of a doctor couple in Turkey.Among other guidelines were that "Islam gives great importance to human life and also emphasizes on its protection", "Allah says: 'And do not kill each other or yourselves' (Quran- 4: 29), and that "Islam instructs proper treatment of illness.""Islam has clearly outlined limits of permissible and impermissible things. It is mandatory to abide by these limitations even during ailments or while taking precautionary measures. That is why the use of any forbidden substance as a medicine is prohibited.""If an impermissible object is transformed into another thing, totally different in properties and characters, may be considered as clean and permissible. On this basis, the use of Gelatine derived from the body part of a haram animal has been considered to be permissible by Islamic jurists. Same is the opinion of some jurists about pork Gelatine.""Even those jurists who disagree with the above transformation rule, too sanction a vaccine which contains prohibited substances in case of unavailability of halal vaccines, in dire and emergency situations to protect human life," said the guidelines.--IANSmiz/vd
Soybean Health Benefits: Soybean is a leguminous crop that contains high amounts of proteins and fibers, which are considered extremely beneficial for health. It is commonly known as Soy due to its commercialized nature. Soybean is high in oil content and contains other minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, etc. It can be eaten in different preparations and ways and is a staple food in many cultures worldwide in some way or another.
How did 'soybean' originate?
Soybeans originated in Southeast Asia and have been around for more than 8000-9000 years. Chinese farmers first domesticated it around 1100 BC. It is economically the most important bean in the world due to its nutrient content and commercial applications. The word 'soy' or 'soya' is believed to have been derived from the Japanese word- 'Shoyu.'
Soybean seeds first came into North America in 1765 as a gift from a Japanese sailor to the state of Georgia. Then it became the commercial hit it is today. Soybean is easy to cultivate and harvest. The industrial processing of soybeans into its different products is far cheaper than any other bean. There are over 10,000 varieties of soybeans now.
Historical uses of Soybean
Soybeans have been given the "miracle crop" accolade for being the world's foremost provider of vegetable protein and oil. It has been used as a protein supplement for ages as it was easy to cook and cultivate. Soybeans were used when meat was scarce as a major source of protein in ancient diets. Most of the commercial avenues were explored by United States America when they domesticated the plant first in 1804.
Since then, massive industries were made to process soybeans commercially as they were found to be rich in protein and a much cheaper option than meat. In 1904, Soybeans were produced so much that they had to be used as animal fodder, which resulted in healthier cattle and more milk production, leading to better businesses.
Most traditional dishes prepared in Southeast Asia involve soybean's use in one way or another. It became a secondary staple to such regions along with rice. Its paste has been used to treat skin infections and burns ever since it came under Ayurveda's purview under Shushrut Samhita.
Benefits of using Soybean in medical treatment
Soybean improves the metabolism, which can be helpful in weight management and quick recovery of muscles. It helps in managing blood sugar levels by facilitating insulin secretion because of its antioxidant property. Soy milk prepared from Soybean can be drunk by people who cannot drink normal milk due to lactose intolerance; soy milk is completely lactose-free. Thus, it is often used as an able replacement of milk in many products as well.
Soybean is rich in isoflavones, which prevent fat build-up in the body and reduce the chances of obesity or manage it to a certain extent. Studies have suggested that isoflavones can also lead to a lesser risk of hormone-associated cancers, including prostate cancer and breast cancers.
Soybean is considered a valuable food as it has anti-aging properties that help in the regeneration of skin cells and prevent wrinkles and fine lines in the skin for a prolonged period. Soybean oil's application on the skin has a rejuvenating effect on the damaged areas due to scars or wounds. As it is rich in high-quality protein, a Soybean oil application on hair might prevent hair damage and improve hair growth.
Soybean Health Benefits: Treating diseases/disorder using Soybean
1. Breast cancer:
There is an absence of conclusive evidence to suggest soybean's effects on breast cancer patients. Some studies suggest that the consumption of Soybean might be beneficial in curbing cancer symptoms due to the presence of isoflavones in it.
2. Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1 and 2)
Soybean is rich in antioxidants, which can help in managing diabetes. It reduces the extensive breakdown of carbohydrates, prevents free radicals from damaging pancreatic cells, and enhances insulin secretion by the same. More insulin results in lower blood sugar levels and thus, helping in managing diabetes.
In type 2 diabetes, the cells cannot absorb the glucose in the bloodstream resulting in the residual sugar harming the other tissues. Soy isoflavones improve insulin sensitivity, helping curb the problems associated with type 2 diabetes to a great extent.
Tips: Take roasted soybeans (seasoned or unseasoned) and grind them to make a powder. This powder can be added to various meals of your diet to maintain normal blood sugar levels daily.
3. High cholesterol:
Soybean or Soybean oil's regular consumption helps in managing cholesterol levels due to its hypolipidemic property. It contains antioxidants that lower the total cholesterol, LDL (bad cholesterol), and triglyceride levels in the blood.
Tips: The use of soybean oil in cooking daily meals can help maintain cholesterol levels that usually arise due to food consumption.
4. Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Soybean is rich in saponins that help manage blood pressure levels by regulating the hormonal interaction of renin-angiotensin, which controls the blood pressure. Thus, regular consumption of soybean could curb the problems caused by hypertension.
Soybeans and the products based on it can help in treating osteoporosis due to its anti-resorptive properties. This helps in slowing down or blocking the resorption of the bone, maintaining its density and quality. In women, osteoporosis is caused due to a deficiency in estrogen hormone. The presence of phytoestrogens regulates hormone secretion and balance in the blood leading to a reduced risk of osteoporosis. This results in stronger bones, and the symptoms of osteoporosis do not show up.
Tips: Take sprouted soybean seeds and take the sprouts with cooked vegetables and add to a soup. This will fulfill the daily nutrition requirement and keeps your bones healthy and strong, providing respite from osteoporosis.
6. Inflammatory bowel disease:
Soybeans and soy supplements help in inflammatory bowel disease by curbing inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) due to proteins and isoflavones in it. These constituents have an anti-inflammatory effect inhibiting the release of inflammatory mediators and reducing inflammation naturally. They prevent intestinal cell damage due to their antioxidant properties as well.
Even though menopause will happen at a certain age, its onset can be prolonged by regular consumption of Soybean and its products. This is because soybeans are rich in phytoestrogens that are quite similar to the naturally occurring hormone estrogen and help maintain hormonal balance and action. Phytoestrogens act as natural facilitators for the secretion of estrogen by the endocrine glands, preventing menopause symptoms from occurring.
8. Metabolic syndrome:
Metabolic syndrome is a chain of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease. It includes factors like obesity, insulin resistance, increased triglyceride levels in blood, hypertension, etc. Soybean helps manage these problems due to its high fiber content and phytoestrogens that help manage body weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. Therefore, it is usually used as a preventive diet for maintaining cardiovascular (heart) health.
In vaginitis, the walls of the vagina become thin, dry, and inflamed due to low levels of estrogen in the body. It might help in managing vaginal atrophy due to the presence of isoflavones. Application of Soybean gel on the vaginal area provides relief from drying, inflammation, and thinning of walls of the vagina.
Soybean is rich in anti-aging properties, which help prevent the occurrence of wrinkles, fine lines, and scars caused because of age. The antioxidants present in Soy destroy the free radicals that hamper the body's tissues and skin. These antioxidants further protect the skin from harmful UV rays that destroy the outer skin layers.
Tips: A few drops of Soybean oil are mixed with a few drops of coconut oil. This mixture is applied to the affected area once or twice every week to get rid of aging symptoms on the skin.
Forms of soybean with the recommended dosage
1. Soybean- as per need.
2. Soybean seeds
3. Soybean oil- 1-2 teaspoons for individual preparation or as per need.
4. Soybean milk
5. Soy tofu
6. Soy isoflavone capsule- 1 capsule, twice a day or as directed by the physician.
7. Soy sprouts
Types of treatments using soybean:
1. Soy isoflavones Capsule:
Take 1 Soy isoflavones capsule with normal water after breakfast and after dinner. This will cure vitamin D deficiency, depression, stress and provide relief to diabetic patients.
2. Soybean oil:
This can be used in multiple ways but mostly during cooking (as per requirement) daily meals to manage cholesterol levels in the blood. It can also be applied to the skin with coconut oil to get rid of aging symptoms in wrinkles and fine lines.
3. Non-fermented soy food:
i) Soy milk
This is to be prepared by heating water extract f ground soybeans and filtering it. This can be served hot or cold as a beverage in breakfast or after workout sessions to fulfill daily nutritional needs. This preparation helps in maintaining good digestion and, it is also beneficial in diabetes.
This is a white protein curd prepared from soy milk with salt or acid. This can be eaten in place of meat as a protein source and can also be added in vegetable seasonings and served as a main dish.
iii) Soy sprouts:
The germination of soybean seeds forms them. It can be characterized as dark yellow cotyledons in the form of outgrowths. This can be used in cooking as a vegetable or as an additive in soups. It helps in fulfilling the nutritional content that is to be met daily during bodybuilding or recovery days.
iv) Roasted soybeans:
Roasted soybeans (seasoned and unseasoned) can be used as a snack. It can be used by grinding it to make a powder and sprinkled on top of seasonings to add to its overall nutritional value during meals.
4. Non-fermented Soy food:
Soya sauce can be used in food preparation or seasonings to add color and taste to the food.
5. Hair oil solutions:
Soybean oil can be added to coconut oil and olive oil and heated to a warm temperature. This mixture of oils is to be applied on the scalp and massaged for 5 minutes gently. This is to be left overnight or 45 -50 minutes before washing the head. This exercise will reduce hair fall and prevent premature greying of hair.
Precautionary guide while using Soybean
Soybean might cause allergic reactions in people with allergic rhinitis. So, it is recommended that such people's soybean intake is monitored under the supervision of a physician or to avoid using it completely.'
Soybean and soymilk are safe to take during breastfeeding when taken in normal amounts.
3. Diabetic people:
Excessive consumption of soybean might decrease blood glucose levels. It is advisable for patients taking anti-hypersensitive drugs to constantly monitor blood sugar levels and consult a physician before consuming soybeans.
4. Kidney disease:
The consumption of soybeans and its various forms can increase the risk of kidney stones as it contains a high amount of oxalates (that cause kidney stones). So, it is advisable for people susceptible to the kidney process to avoid its use as much as possible.
The consumption of soybeans and its products is considered safe when taken in food amounts during pregnancy. It is advisable to avoid excessive consumption of soymilk in place of normal milk. It might lead to a deformity in the bones due to an absence of nutrition caused by a deficiency in Vitamin D and calcium.
Side effects of Soybean
When consumed, soybean and its byproducts can decrease the effectiveness of warfarin, which is used to prevent blood clotting or slow it down. So, it generally leads to blood clotting areas of impact, leading to a fatal heart attack when the clot reaches the heart. Moreover, over-consumption of soybean can lead to constipation, bloating, and nausea or dizziness. It can also cause allergic reactions in rashes, itching, irritation of the skin, and anaphylaxis in people with several such allergies.
Soybean is rich in phytoestrogens, a build-up of which can cause infertility in both males and females. It also causes tiredness due to its depressive effect on the CNS (central nervous system), which could, in turn, affect thyroid function. The isoflavones present in soybean can trigger premature puberty and disrupt fetuses and children's development when taken in excessive amounts.
FAQs about Soybean
1. Is Soybean good for anemia?
Yes, soybeans are rich in minerals like iron, which is good for treating anemia. Soy's consumption balances an iron-deficient diet and improves hemoglobin levels in the blood plasma. This helps in managing anemia.
2. Is Soybean good for bodybuilding?
Yes, soybeans are naturally rich in protein content per 100g. It is low on carbohydrates and fats that are the two factors to cut during bodybuilding. The protein in soybeans help in muscle formation, recovery, and increases muscle building.
3. Is soybean good for babies?
Modern scientific research suggests that soybean could be good for babies when taken in food or as an ingredient in infant formulas. Some studies also suggest that soybean milk might not be ideal for babies as its regular consumption of milk can result in a nutrient deficiency of vitamin D and calcium. These nutrients are considered building blocks of bones and the factors that affect growth. So, it is recommended that the use of soymilk be monitored under a physician's direction or to avoid its use completely for consumption in babies.
4. Is Soybean good for constipation?
There is an absence of conclusive scientific evidence to suggest soybean's effect in managing constipation. However, soybeans consumption in significant amounts can saturate its laxative properties in the body, and thus, it could help in clearing bowels; thus, helping in constipation.
Yes, Soy or soybean oil helps manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis due to its anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. These factors inhibit the production of inflammatory mediators responsible for the inflammation caused during this type of arthritis. It also reduces joint pain and swelling associated with the same.
6. Is Soybean good for GERD?
Yes, soybean helps manage gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) due to its antisecretory and antioxidant properties. These factors present in Soybean suppress gastric acid secretion and provides relief from acid reflux. It protects the intestinal walls from cell damage and damage caused by acid.
7. Is Soybean good for herpes?
Yes, soybean might help in managing herpes due to its anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits the growth and multiplication of the herpes virus. This prevents the virus from infecting and affecting external genitalia, mucosal surfaces, and the skin around the lips.
8. Is soybean good for the liver?
Yes, soybean is rich in antioxidants and hepatoprotective properties. These factors present in soy milk destroy free radicals and prevents the liver from extensive cell damage.
9. Is soybean good for the heart?
Yes, soybean consumption is considered good for the heart as it is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants present in soybean help destroy free radicals, which cause cell damage in the heart and lead to the thinning of its walls. Moreover, soybean also lowers LDL levels (bad cholesterol) in the blood, thereby preventing plaque build-up in the blood vessels leading to the heart. All of these factors promote healthy heart functioning.
10. Is Soybean good for PCOS?
Yes, soybean is considered good for PCOS as it contains phytoestrogens, which are similar to estrogen (female sex hormone). It improves the levels of reproductive hormones and keeps them balanced. It also maintains the lipid profile; thus, curbing the problems caused by OCOS.
11. Is soybean good for a sore throat?
There is an absence of conclusive scientific evidence to suggest soybean's effect in managing a sore throat. However, soybean with ginger has been used traditionally to manage sore throat and provide relief.
12. Does Soybean cause bloating?
Yes, soybean can cause bloating. The phytic acid present in it combines with other minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron in the digestive tract and prevents its absorption into the bloodstream. This makes it difficult to digest and might lead to gastrointestinal issues and other side effects.
13. Does soybean cause infertility?
There is an absence of conclusive scientific evidence to suggest soybean's effect in causing infertility. However, the phytoestrogens content in soybeans can result in elevated levels of estrogen hormone in the male bodies causing multiple situations that, if not treated, could result in infertility. In females, overconsumption of soybeans could lead to hormonal imbalance and lead to fertility issues.
14. Does soybean cause weight gain?
No, the soybean does not cause weight gain; in fact, it might result in weight loss due to certain constituents like isoflavones that improve the metabolism of the body. It lowers LDL levels and triglycerides, which are the factors that cause weight gain typically in people.
15. Does Soybean cause thyroid problems?
Soybeans are naturally rich in iodine minerals when taken in significant amounts. Iodine levels in the blood help in the formation of the Thyroxine hormone produced by the thyroid gland. Thus, soybean constituents interfere with the normal production and utilization of thyroxine.
16. Can we eat raw soybean seeds?
No, raw soybean should not be consumed as it does not help in utilizing the nutrients present in the same. Raw soybean seeds can cause harmful effects in the digestive tract. Thus, soybeans should be cooked properly before consumption to digest and unlock their nutrients more effectively easily. This can easily fulfill the daily requirement of nutrients and protein essential for your body's growth.
17. Is soybean good for the skin?
Soybean has anti-aging properties that cause quicker cell regeneration and healing of scars and wounds. It also prevents the onset of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin and protects them from harmful UV rays under the sunlight. The antioxidants present in soybean improve collagen synthesis and help shape skin cells improving skin tone and preventing cell damage.
18. Is Soybean good for the hair?
Yes, soybean is rich in high-quality proteins that are otherwise absent in many oils. These proteins help in scalp cell repair and facilitate the formation of new cells and tissues in the body, including the hair follicles. Thus, applying soybean oil prevents hair loss and provides nourishment to the scalp improving hair growth to a great extent.
Potato Health Benefits: The botanical name of Potato is Solanum Tuberosum. It is from the family Solanaceae, which is otherwise called the "Nightshades." Potatoes are the most highly consumed vegetable by everyone globally, especially in the United States Of America. It is regarded as the fourth food crop consumed in the world after the food crops like wheat, corn, and rice. Potato is something that people enjoy eating right from young kids to old adults. Kids like to consume potatoes in the form of French Fries or fried in oil, while the Adults love any form of Potatoes.
Potatoes are considered to have many medicinal properties, and excessive consumption of Potatoes is not good for health.
How did the word “Potato” Originate?
The etymology of the word "Potato" is from the Spanish language. It is derived from the Spanish word "Patata." This is how the potato is addressed in the Spanish language. This name was used to refer to another type of potato, which is sweet potato. There are numerous and different types of Potato available across the world. The Potato is usually called with different names in different languages. It is known as "Aloo" in Hindi and "Urulai Kizhangu" in Tamil.
Historical Uses of Potato
The potato has been used in the past by our fellow people. It has been used to treat various diseases and health problems that one suffers from. Due to its great medicinal properties, it was and is still used in the Scientific treatments and Ayurvedic Treatments to treat various kinds of diseases.
In the past, the potato has been used to treat and cure diseases like high blood pressure, low brain function, inflammation, weak digestion, heart problems, and many more. These are also used to brew alcoholic beverages such as Vodka, akvavit, and all. It is also used as a thickener for soups and sauces.
The potatoes are also used to treat any burns. The skin of the potato helps in healing burns. For livestock, the potatoes have been used as fodder in the past. Historical uses of Potato are so many, and it is beautifully and cleverly used in the treatment of diseases.
Potato Benefits: Benefits of Using Potato in Ayurvedic Treatment
There are many benefits that one attains with the consumption of Potato and even more when used in the Ayurvedic treatments. Many studies have proven and shown that the consumption of potatoes, both internally and externally, helps in the treating and healing process of health issues. The Solanum tuberosum has healing properties.
The potato benefits a person by treating high blood pressure, burns, inflammation, heart problems, and a lot more. It helps gain various nutrients like Vitamin C, protein, fiber, potassium, iron, etc. In Ayurvedic treatment, the potatoes are mostly used in treating burns, boils, infections, and inflammations. Apart from all these benefits, it is also a very tasty and likable vegetable by most people worldwide.
Treating Diseases Or Health Problems Using Potato
The potato or the Solanum Tuberosum is used to heal and cure too many diseases and health problems. We will now know how these potatoes are being used to treat diseases in both science and Ayurvedic treatment and what are all the diseases are cured with the help of potatoes.
According to Science experts, the potato aids in the healing of acidity. It acts as an antioxidant and controls the acid in the stomach, and relieves one from acidity.
In Ayurveda, there are not many studies or sources to prove the potato’s effects on acidity. But then, it is used in a little amount to treat acidity.
● High Blood Pressure
Potato is used to treat people with High blood pressure in scientific treatments. The presence of fiber, potassium, and the kukoamines chemical in a Potato, helps a person balance and lower the blood pressure.
Since the mineral potassium in potatoes quickly and efficiently lowers the blood pressure.
According to the Ayurvedic experts, high blood pressure happens due to an excessive amount of Vata dosha.
The potato helps lower and balance the doshas- Vata, Kapha, and pitta and does not allow the blood pressure to rise and thus remain balanced.
● Improper Brain Function
According to the Science experts, due to the presence of Potassium and Vitamin B6 in potato, it aids one by correcting the brain function and nervous system. It relieves one from stress, anxiety and helps in regulating brain function.
The Ayurvedic experts believe that potatoes, due to its medicinal qualities and the presence of nutrients, help regulate brain function.
The science experts believe that consuming not excess but a required amount of boiled and baked potatoes can help in weight loss.
According to science experts, the fried potatoes are the ones that cause weight gain.
Ayurvedic experts advise the obese to have a little amount of baked or boiled potato as it helps by firing away from the extra fats and calories.
Potatoes also help in maintaining a proper balance of all three doshas.
The science experts say that they believe potatoes might help control and prevent inflammation in a person due to their medicinal properties.
In Ayurveda, the ayurvedic experts use these potatoes to treat and cure burns and boils. The potato's skin is used to treat these.
● Improper Digestive System
The science experts believe that due to the high level of fiber content in potatoes, the digestive system is repaired and makes it proper.
The ayurvedic experts say that carbohydrates at a high level in potato regulate the digestive process by balancing the Vata Dosha.
● Skin Diseases
Due to the excessive nutrients such as zinc, potassium, vitamin C, Vitamin B6, the potatoes used on the skin will protect one from pimples, acne, and skin problems.
When the potato is applied to the skin, it cures all the burns, inflammation, and other skin issues. The Ropan property present in potato heals the skin.
● Low Immunity
The science experts believe that Vitamin C in potato increases the immunity power in a person.
According to ayurvedic experts, potatoes are given in boiled forms to increase a person's immunity level.
Forms of Potato in Ayurveda With Recommended Dosage
The herb potato is available in so many forms. Each form of potato has been used to treat each kind of diseases or health problems. The potatoes are available in the form of powder, paste, and raw potatoes. All these forms are used in the Ayurvedic treatment to treat health issues such as burns, boils, high blood pressure, and many more. All these various forms have to be taken in a limited amount and not more than that. The recommended dosage is as follows:
● Raw potato: Take a single potato for a day
● Potato powder: Take ½ to 2 tsp of Potato powder twice a day
● Potato paste: 1-2 tsp of paste to be used in the affected area
If you have not consulted a physician, you may follow the recommendations mentioned above. But if you have consulted a doctor, then you could better follow as prescribed to you.
Types of Ayurvedic Care with Potato
1. Raw Potato
The raw potato has been used to treat diseases such as skin burns, boils, and inflammations. It is not advisable to consume this form of potato internally.
- 1- 2 slices of potato can be taken
- Rub them on the affected area gently
- Wash it with clear water
- Do it twice a day for better results
2. Potato powder
The powdered form of potato is highly used in ayurvedic treatments. This can either be mixed with water or honey and consumed easily. This form of potato is what people like after the cooked form of potatoes.
- Take ½ - 2 tsp of potato powder.
- Add water or honey
- Consume it twice a day
3. Potato paste
This form of potato is being used to treat skin diseases and problems. The potato paste can be applied to the affected area twice a day for better results.
- Take 1-2 tsp of potato paste
- Apply in on the affected area
- Do it twice a day
Side Effects of Potato
Although many benefits and advantages of potatoes were mentioned above, numerous side effects can occur due to excessive potatoes. Due to the presence of a high level of carbohydrates in potatoes, it can cause the below-mentioned side effects:
These are the side effects that are possible to occur if potatoes are consumed excessively. It is better if one consults with his doctor before consuming potato either internally or externally.
Precautionary Guide while using Potato
For Diabetic patients
- View of science experts
The potatoes can increase the blood sugar levels of a person if consumed. Due to the presence of carbohydrates at high levels, there can be a rise and fall in sugar levels. It is advised that one keeps a constant check on his or her sugar levels.
People with High Blood Pressure:
- View of science experts
Due to the presence of a high level of carbohydrates in Potato, there is a chance that it can increase the level of blood pressure. Consuming potatoes in little quantity is not harmful, but if consumed excessively, then it could be harmful.
Frequently Asked Questions About Potato
Can potatoes be consumed by people suffering from gastritis?
- View of Science Experts
No, potato is not to be consumed by people suffering from gastritis as it has a high level of fiber, carbohydrates, and potassium in it. When one consumes the potatoes in large amounts, this can lead to the formation of gas, which will further increase the person's problems with gastritis.
Is potato good for health?
- View of science experts
Absolutely yes, the consumption of potatoes is very good for your health. Potatoes have numerous nutrients present in it. Those nutrients are potassium, carbohydrates, Vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, zinc, and many more. Potatoes are said to be good only when consumed in limited amounts. An excessive amount of potatoes can be harmful.
Does potato have numerous names?
Yes, potatoes do have a lot of names. The botanical name of the potato is Solanum Tuberosum. It is from the Solanaceae plant family. The names of potatoes differ according to the language. In Hindi, it is known as "Aloo"; in Tamil, it is called "Uralakazhangu." Thus the names of potatoes differ according to the language.
Are there toxic chemicals present in potatoes?
Yes, there is certain toxicity in potatoes. It has toxic chemical Glycoalkalides. The most prevailing of them are solanine and chaconine. It is advisable to consume potatoes in the cooked form as this will help destroy all the toxicity present in potatoes.