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Amazing Benefits of Coconut Water


Coconut water helps improve blood circulation, lowers high blood pressure levels. It controls your blood sugar levels.

It reduces weight. Low in fat, drinking this beverage can help one feel full and reduce cravings.

Rich in nutrients and vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine, and folates, coconut water has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that can help increase your body’s immune system and fight viral infections like flu.

Doctors often recommend coconut water during pregnancy as it helps fight constipation, heart burn and slow digestion.

Due to its minerals, potassium and magnesium content, coconut water is beneficial to a person suffering from any kidney disease. This water also acts as a diuretic and increases the flow and production of urine.

Beauty tips:
If you have acne or pimple problems or want to retain its youthfulness, apply coconut water on your face and leave it overnight. Due to its repairing properties, it can even be applied to hands and nails.

Amazing Benefits of Cashew nuts


Cashews are ripe with proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that actually starve tumors and stop cancer cells from dividing. Studies have also shown that cashews can reduce your colon cancer risk.

Cashews are wonderfully cholesterol free and their high antioxidant content helps lower risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases.

The magnesium in cashews helps lower blood pressure, prevent heart attacks and diminish the frequency of migraine attacks

Their high copper content also endows the seed with the power to eliminate free radicals and they are also good sources of phytochemicals that protect us from heart disease and cancer.

Copper is the mineral which helps your hair get that color. So if you take cashews which are full of copper content, you can get that black hair that you always wished for.

Even though cashew nuts are considered as fats, it contains good cholesterol. So contrary to popular belief, those who eat cashews at least twice a week gain less weight when compared to those who eat less.
Daily intake of cashewnut can reduce the risk of developing gallstones up to 25%.

After menopause, these cashew nuts can give you relaxed and pleasant sleep during nights.

Cashew nuts have the ability to filter Sun’s UV rays and protect us from macular degeneration.



Health benefits of grapes


  • Home remedy for migraine is ripe grape juice
  • Grapes cure indigestion and irritation of the stomach
  • Grape can enhance brain health & prevent Alzheimer
  • Grapes have therapeutic value for asthma
  • A compound present in grapes helps lower the cholesterol level
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Anti-aging
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease
  • Grapes have anti-fungal agents that help protect cancer

A grape is a fruiting berry of the deciduous woody vines of the botanical genus Vitis. Grapes can be eaten raw or they can be used for making wine, jam, juice, jelly, grape seed extract, raisins, vinegar, and grape seed oil. Grapes are a non-climacteric type of fruit, generally occurring in clusters.

Amazing benefits of Dry Dates


Dry dates are considered to be a gold mine of vitamins. They contain a wide range of vitamins including Vitamin A, C, E, K, B2, B6, niacin and thiamin. These vitamins are vital for our health and wellness. Therefore, consuming dry dates is beneficial for improving our overall health.

The benefits of dates include relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia,  sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, abdominal cancer, and many other conditions. Dates are good for gaining weight also.

Dates have high iron content and are very useful in treating anemia. The patients can eat many dates for better advantages.

A  handful of dates in your daily diet will be a great choice to stay away from bone problems  (osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc.) and dental problems (tooth decay).

It helps increase one’s sexual stamina. Soak one handful of dates in goat’s milk overnight. In the morning grind the dates in the milk and add honey and cardamom powder and drink it.

Cures abdominal cancer.It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well.

Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researches have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke. Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol.

Amazing benefits of Dried Figs/Anjeer


Dried Figs improve fertility and libido because they are loaded with minerals like zinc, manganese and magnesium which play an important role in boosting reproductive health.

Dried figs is rich in dietary fibre. 3 pieces of dried figs contain 5 grams of fibre, which accounts for about 20% of our daily requirement. It’s a natural laxative for preventing constipation and other digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)..

Dried figs are a rich source of iron. One dried fig can give you 2% of your daily iron requirement. Iron is an important mineral that carries hemoglobin throughout your body.

One dried fig gives you 3% calcium of your daily calcium requirement. Along with other calcium rich foods, they can help to improve bone density and strength.

Their high potassium content may counteract the urinary excretion of calcium caused by high salt diets. This in turn helps to keep calcium in bones and lessens the risk of osteoporosis.

Figs contain a type of antioxidant called phenols, which may lower your risk for heart disease and cancer by preventing cell damage by dangerous free radicals.

Dried figs are low in calories. One piece of dried fig gives you just 47 calories. And, you obtain only 0.2 grams of total fat per dried fig. So, dried figs are an ideal snack for people who want to lose weight

Sundakai kozhambu


Sundakai – 1 cup
Big Onion – 2
Tomato – 2
Moong dhal – 2 tbsp
Sambar Podi – 3 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Coconut – 3tbsp
Tamarind juice – 1 lemon sized pulp

To Tamper
Curry leaves
Urad dhal
Fenugreek – 1tsp

Wash sundakai and cut into half. Fry them in a pressure pan with 1 tsp of oil for 3 minutes. Add moong dhal and 2 cups of water. Pressure cook for 4 whistels and keep aside.

In another pan, with little oil, add the items to tamper. Grind onions and tomatoes together and fry until raw smell goes. Add tamarind juice , sambar podi, turmeric powder, water and let it boil for 7 minutes.
Add the boiled sundakai with moong dhal and let it boil for 5 minutes. Finally add coconut paste and stir for 2 minutes.
The kozhambu is ready to serve.