The papaya has been called “Fruit of the angels”
by Christopher Columbus. The papaya is a very nutritious
fruit, containing high amounts of vitamins (A,
C and E),
and minerals (potassium
In fact, weight for weight, papayas have more vitamin C
content that oranges. 100 gm of papaya has 71mg of vitamin
C, while 100gm of orange has only 40mg of vitamin
Papayas also contain lycopene (normally associated with
tomatoes), which is believed to lower the risk of prostate
The papaya fruit is also a good source of dietary fiber.
A cup of the cut papaya fruit (approx. 150 gm) has the dietary
fiber equivalent of half a cup of cooked barley, or 4 cups
of cooked white rice.
Papayas also contain papain and chymopapain. These are
protein-digesting enzymes, commonly used as meat tenderizers.
These enzymes are found in the unripe papaya fruit, and
in the papaya leaves. Wrapping meat in papaya leaves before
cooking, helps to tenderize the meat.
Scientific name: Passiflora incarnata
Passion flower has mild sedative and calmative properties.
Taken internally, passion flower is usually combined with
other sedative herbs for various types of nervous conditions,
including insomnia and other related disorders.
The Polypill strategy involves taking a a combination pill
that may reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease
by over 80 per cent.
Polypill strategy involves the combination of six active
components into one pill (called the polypill) normally
prescribed to people aged 55 and over, or people who have
been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, or diabetes.
The polypill is the combination of a statin, three blood
pressure lowering agents (in half dose), folic
acid (a B vitamin), and aspirin. This polypill
is believed to simultaneously reduce the four key cardiovascular
risk factors: LDL (the bad cholesterol), high blood pressure,
serum homocysteine, and platelet function.
The cost and possible adverse effects of the polypill are
still the main obstacles for people to go this route. However,
there is a (tastier) alternative - the Polymeal.
A polymeal is an alternative to the Polypill strategy.
The medical communty has identified and supported the polymeal
strategy, and could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
by more than 75 percent. This percentage is close to the
So what is the polymeal strategy? You may be happy to note
that it consists of the following:
150 ml of wine daily (specifically red wine)
120 grams of fish, 4 times a week (particularly oily fish.
Eg. salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines, tuna, anchovies,
herring, pilchards, eel ...)
100 grams of dark chocolate daily
400 grams of fruits and vegetables daily
2.7 grams of fresh garlic daily
68 grams of almonds daily
Definitely sounds a lot better than the polypill.
Category: Nutrient / Mineral
Potassium is a nutrient mineral important for maintaining
proper cellular pH levels and fluid balance. Potassium is
also important for muscle function, regulation of heartbeat,
proper nerve and kidney functions.
Deficiency symptoms include poor reflexes, nervous disorders,
irregular pulse, constipation, general weakness and insomnia.
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Category: Nutrient/ Mineral
Phosphorous is a nutrient mineral that works with calcium
to build healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorous
is also involved in energy production andmuscle contraction.
Deficiency symptoms include loss of weight and appetite,
irregular breathing, fatigue, nervous disorders.
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