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Calcium – Uses, Benefits, Sources and Dosage Calcium is one of the most plentiful minerals that is found in our body. Most of the calcium is present in the bones and teeth. The rest of the calcium is found in the nerve cells, blood, body tissues and other body fluid. Importance of Calcium Calcium is an important mineral that is essential for the normal functioning of the human body. It helps form teeth and bones and keep them healthy. Even

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Sudarshana / Crinum latifolium

Sudarshana (Crinum latifolium) – Uses & Health Benefits Introduction about Crinum Crinum is a genus of about 180 species comprising family of various beautiful perennial plants. They are good for decoration, gardens, bouquets and also known as various types of Lilies like Spider lily, Trumpet lily, and Swamp lily and so on. Crinum is basically a tropical plant growing in Asia, South East Asia, Australia, Pacific islands and spread up to Caribbean, Florida and Louisiana. In Ayurveda, Crinum latifolium is

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Ajwain Junglee / Seseli indicum

Ajwain Junglee (Seseli indicum) – Uses & Health Benefits (Ref: Bhavaprakasa Nighantu)Introduction Ajwain Junglee is an herbaceous perennial plant sometimes woody at base with a conic type of taproots. Leaves are dark green in colour, leaf blades 1-3 pinnate covered with small and soft hair. Umbels of this plant are compounded, with absent or very less bracts. Flower are white or pinkish in colour and fruit of this plant is ovoid or ellipsoid in shape. Occurrence Seseli indicum is an

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Khadira / Black Catechu / Acacia Catechu

Khadira, Black Catechu (Acacia Catechu) Khadira (Black Catechu) is a deciduous tree which reaches the height up to 9 to 12 meters. This plant has short hooked spines and green leaves are bipinnately compounds with 50 pairs of leaflets which look like beautiful feathers. Color of the bark is greyish brown that exfoliate into long and narrow strips. Flowers of this plant are pale yellow in color with cylindrical spikes. Fruits are flat and glabrous with oblong pods. The sapwood

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Aluminium – Uses, Benefits, Sources and Dosage The word Aluminium is derived from the Latin word alumen which means bitter salt. It is the 3rd most abundant element in the earth. Exposure of Aluminium in high concentration leads to several health effects. It is therefore considered toxic metal. Aluminium can enter our body through food, or by breathing or by direct contact through the skin. Intake of High Concentration of Aluminium results in various Health Problems It leads to loss

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Rosary Pea / Abrus precatorius

Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius) Better known as Rosary pea, Crab’s eye and popularly known as Gunja in Hindi, Abrus precatorius is a slender, climbing herb with peculiar bright red seeds. It can be found growing over shrubs, trees and hedges. It is one of the most toxic herbal plants because of the presence of Abrin toxins present in plant seeds. Gunja occurs in two forms normally, the one with red seeds and the other one with white seeds. Purified Gunja

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Vacha / Sweet flag / Acorus Calamus

Vacha, Sweet flag (Acorus Calamus) – Uses, Benefits, Dosage and Properties Description of Plant It is soft plant of 2-4ft height found in moist edges of streams and lakes. Green colored leaves with wavering edges are 2-4ft long and 1inch in breadth. Flowers are small, dense and whitish in color. Fruits are pulpy with numerous seeds. Its underground hairy and brownish root resembles to ginger rhizome. Leaves and roots of this plant are aromatic. Plant with very strong aroma is

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Angoor / Grapes / Vitis Vinifera

Grapes (Vitis Vinifera) – Properties, Benefits, Uses, Dosage Description of Grapes plant Grapes are type of fruits berries of deciduous woody vines that grows in cluster of 15 to 300. With proper care and management vines can live for many years and can reach length in excess 30mt. Grapes Leaves are green, long and 5-7 lobed alternately arranged on woody stem. Grapes Flowers and fruits grow in cluster. Fruit berry is 6mm in diameter, more or less globular, seeds lie

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Pineapple / Ananas Comosus

Pineapple (Ananas Comosus) We all love our occasional pineapple dessert don’t we? Well I do and more so because of the amazing flavour of this fruit which is not just unique but amazingly refreshing and without doubt very healthy. Pineapple is also called botanically as Ananas Comosus and belongs to Bromeliacea family of plants. Pineapple originally flourished in South America from where it spread out to the rest of the world. Soon it was carried by sailors on long sea

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E – Uses, Benefits, Sources and Dosage It is fat soluble vitamin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant in nature and helps to protect the cell membrane from damage caused by free radicals and also prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. It is composed of a group of substances called tocopherols which are divided into different forms like alpha, beta, and gamma. Importance of Vitamin E It is necessary for maintenance of structure and functions of skeletal, cardiac and smooth

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