February 1, 2013 by  
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Graviola fruit is also known as Soursop or Guanabana. The evergreen tree is native to tropical regions of the world. The fruit is prickly green and is enriched to kill cancer up to 10,000 times more effectively than strong chemotherapy drugs, all without the nasty side effects and without harming healthy cells.

Scientific Name of graviola is Anona Muricata Linn. The white pulp of the fruit is eaten when ripe, can be consumed in the form of juices too. The ripened fruit pulp is used for making desserts, when combined with sugar adds taste. Unripe fruit is cooked along with meat.

ayurveda health benefitsGraviola is prominently known for being a cancer remedy in the following ways:

  • Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss
  • Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections
  • Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment
  • Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life
  • Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.

The biggest advantage is that unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells. It does not harm healthy cells!

The other health benefits of the fruit are :

  • broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections,
  • Graviola is an anthelmintic . It is effective against internal parasites and worms,
  • lowers high blood pressure
  • used for depression, stress and nervous disorders.
  • Used as an astringent. Reduces bleeding from minor abrasions and cuts.

Soursop or Graviola fruit is packed with vitamins and other healthy ingredients. These include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B 1
  • Vitamin B12
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Healthy fats
  • Protein
  • Healthy carbohydrates

natural health benefits of fruitIn addition, soursop fruit is cholesterol free and low in calories, making it an ideal snack or flavorful addition to a dessert.

Caution: Restrict the quantity of fruit intake as large quantities may cause indigestion.

The entire tree is having medicinal properties. There are no scientific evidence to support the claim. Some of the traditional treatments of graviola fruit and tree that has been in use for centuries are:

  • Graviola  root bark is used to treat poisoning.
  • Graviola leaves are made into a poultice (paste)and used for treating skin disorders.
  • Graviola fruit pulp is applied directly on wounds to help speed up healing. It soothes inflammation and swelling too.
  • Graviola fruit seeds are used to treat vomiting.
  • Graviola leaf tea or decoction applied topically is used to get rid of head lice and bed bugs.
  • The tea made out of graviola leaf is helpful for individuals suffering with insomnia (sleeplessness ),  diarrhea and in cases where grown up kids have bed wetting problem.

Note: One leaf is sufficient to make a cup of decoction as it makes it adequately strong. The duration you retain the leaves in the tea also increases strength.

Lots of research is in progress by renowned pharmaceuticals. The benefits of the graviola tree and fruit may become a  be a great replacement for medicine in future.


September 17, 2012 by  
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Ayurvedic diet doesn’t mean eating only legumes, rice and vegetables. Know your dosha type ( Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and balance the food intake by making right choices and decisions.

Ayurveda recognizes six tastes and it’s quite important to have all of these 6 tastes in your diet every day. The six tastes are:

  • Sweet – sugar, honey, rice, pasta (made from the dough of wheat rava/semolina), milk, etc.
  • Sour – lemons, hard cheese, yogurt(curd), vinegar, etc.
  • Salty – salt, any salty food
  • Pungent – chili peppers, red chilli , ginger, any hot spice
  • Bitter – leafy greens, turmeric, lettuce (salad leaves),bitter gourd etc.
  • Astringent – pomegranate, beans, lentils (dhals), etc.

These six tastes are listed in the order they are digested in your body.

The pattern in Indian meals is that we start the course with starters, salads, main course and then dessert / sweet dish or fruit. Common observation is that in Indian meals we have a reverse pattern – salad is taken in the beginning and sweet dish at the end of the meal. Ayurveda Diet has a very holistic-medicine-point of view on diet.

Including all six tastes in your diet contributes to feeling satisfied at the end of a meal. Cravings are often caused by not having all of the six tastes in your daily diet. Many people often omit the bitter and astringent tastes (don’t be one of them!). When you have something bitter or astringent at the end of a meal, it actually reduces your desire for sweets.

Including all six tastes is a great way to incorporate Ayurvedic diet into your lifestyle and at the same time improve your health (not to mention a great way to shed off some pounds-effortlessly).

“You are what you eat” is a saying that you have probably heard before. It holds true not only on the physical but also on the psychological level.

Ayurveda recommends that food should be taken fresh (without pesticides, additives and other chemicals), seasonal, and as often as possible local. Fresh doesn’t, however, mean raw. The best are freshly cooked, whole meals.

You can make a good start when you know what is healthy food . Cook more with fresh produce and start playing with some basic Ayurvedic spices, such as turmeric, ginger, cumin and coriander. No matter what you cook, you can almost always add these spices to your dish. Not only are those excellent flavor and digestion enhancers, but they also have many medicinal properties.

Some right choices you can make while eating out: drink warm water instead of cold water, it enhances digestion. Similarly it is better to have a warm soup than going for ice cold salad during start uo of a meal course.

Eat only when you are hungry, but when you are not don’t eat. Although this seems over simplistic, this practice is the key to conquering most cases of obesity.

Eat light meals , include ginger tea – two times a day and stay healthy!!