Oct 8, 2014

Benefits of Safflower Oil

Safflower is a plant. The flower and oil from the seeds are used as medicine. Safflower seed oil is used for preventing heart disease, including “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis) and stroke. It is also used to treat fever, tumors, coughs, breathing problems, clotting conditions, pain, heart disease, chest pain, and traumatic injuries. Some people use it for inducing sweating; and as a laxative, stimulant, antiperspirant, and expectorant to help loosen phlegm. Women sometimes use safflower oil for absent or painful menstrual periods; they use safflower flower to cause an abortion. In foods, safflower seed oil is used as a cooking oil.

This oil contains healthy fats and may even help prevent cardiovascular disease. All oils are pure fat, however, which means they're high in calories. Use safflower oil sparingly to help avoid unwanted weight gain.

Safflower oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, which may help protect against heart disease. Unlike saturated fats from meat and dairy, which are linked to unhealthy cholesterol levels, monounsaturated fat may help reduce "bad" LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream that can lead to plaque buildup in the arteries, narrowing the passageway. Sometimes, the plaque can break open, causing a blood clot that completely blocks the artery. This may cause a heart attack or stroke, which is why cholesterol management is vital for your cardiovascular health.

Safflower oil is also an excellent source of vitamin E, as each tablespoon provides 4.6 milligrams of this nutrient, one-fourth of the daily value. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from free-radical damage from sun exposure, cigarette smoke and other pollutants. You also need vitamin E for a healthy immune system and cell signaling, and the nutrient may even play a role in maintaining plaque-free arteries, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements.

Not only is safflower oil good for you, but it's versatile enough to fit into just about any recipe that calls for oil. It has a mild flavor, and it works well in baked goods as well as salad dressings or marinades. The refined variety has a high-smoke point -- meaning you can heat it to high temperatures before it burns -- so it's suitable for sauteing or frying. Just look for "high heat" on the label, as some safflower oils don't hold up well in the frying pan.

Safflower Oil is possibly effective for:
Reducing cholesterol. Taking safflower oil as a dietary supplement seems to lower total and “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. However, it does not seem to lower other blood fats called triglycerides or raise “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.




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Sep 8, 2014

Meditation During Pregnancy

Meditation is an integral part of yoga. It aims to help you achieve a harmonious balance between your body and mind.

Meditation relaxes your mind and eliminates feelings of restlessness. Meditation improves your concentration and creates an awareness about the power of your body.

Meditation can be safely practiced in all stages of pregnancy, even the last trimester when the growing body may hinder you from completing asanas or other exercises.

While you can practice meditation throughout your pregnancy, it is best to follow a prenatal yoga class to choose the postures and breathing techniques most suited to relax your growing body without straining your back or abdominal muscles. The type of meditation you prefer may depend on your personal beliefs and the time available.

Benefits of meditation

Meditation:
  • helps you deal with mood swings
  • increases your sense of self-awareness
  • helps you focus thereby improving concentration
  • calms you down and relaxes you as well
  • helps you connect with your inner self
  • brings you closer to your baby and helps you bond with your little one.
Tips on how to meditate effectively
1. Choose a well ventilated area in your house. You can even choose to meditate outdoors in a park.
2. Ensure that the place is calm and quiet where you will not be disturbed.
3. Follow a set routine – you may start with a few minutes at a preset time and gradually increase its duration.
4. Avoid meditating after a heavy meal or when you are tired.
5. Follow up your meditation with a session of Yog nidra to feel rejuvenated

Initially your mind may wander while you focus within, but you will be able to gradually focus with practice and a good dose of patience.

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Buy Garba Raksha (Pregnant Women) Audio CD

Take some time out to relax and get inspired with some soothing Garbha sanskar music made especially for pregnant women. 

These songs have been composed in traditional ragas that create a particular mood and atmosphere.

For four of these recordings, Mahua Mukherjee, the composer and singer, has selected some of the most commonly chanted pregnancy shlokas.


Garba Raksha (Pregnant Women)

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