Rice bran oil, a medically significant lipid containing drug is obtained from husk of paddy and consist of embryo (germ) and endosperm of Oryza sativa, family Graminae. You can obtain this oil as a byproduct in rice mill during polishing of rice after dehusking. India is the leading manufacturer and seller of rice bran oil. United States (RITO) produces this edible oil since 1994.
Walnut was introduced by ancient Romans in the 4th century AD, into several western countries and since then it has been started growing there. Walnuts found in North America acquired the name “English Walnuts”. Walnut oil health benefits are not as wide spread as that of other more popular necessary cooking oils, as it is quite expensive and manifests a short life. It has acquired Juglans Regia as scientific name.
Okra, also popular as ladies fingers, Bendi or Gumbo, seems to be first found and used in the West Africa and it is one of the most popular and pervasively used for medicinal benefits. It has earned scientific names like "abelmoschus esculentus" and "hibiscus esculentus". It is rich source of several nutrients like iron, Vitamins A, C, B6, K, folate and calcium.
People often reach for their cucumber salad in hot summers. With 95% water content and a temperature that is almost 20 degrees cooler than the outside atmosphere , it is one of the healthiest options to cool yourself. And it is not just effective when taken inside; it is as good when applied topically too. It is common knowledge that cucumber soothes irritated skin and is an excellent remedy for tired eyes and dark circles. Apart from these age old beauty secrets, there are a lot more to cucumbers.
Cucumbers are believed to have originated in India. Today we get several varieties of cucumbers such as Persian, English and Pickling cucumbers. Persian cucumbers contain edible seeds and English cucumbers are seedless. English cucumbers are also called ‘burpless’ as they remove the susceptibility to burping.
There are a few counted fruits that are available in a great spectrum of colors and plum is one such fruit. The season of plum stretches from May till October and the Japanese plum spearhead the market followed by the European varieties that comes in the fall season. Plums hail from the Prunus genus and are said to be "drupes," fruits having a hard stone pit covering the seeds. Dried plums are called as prunes. This sweet juicy fruit is scientifically called as Prunus domestica.
Musk oil is a rare and expensive commodity, especially if the has been originally obtained from the glands of Musk deer. The species is found in forests of south Asian countries like India, China, Siberia, Mongolia, Machuria etc. Hunting of these animals for musk oil has led to an ecological imbalance with the species nearing extinction. Later musk oil was synthetically derived in laboratories to be used in perfumes and otherwise. It was first chemically synthesized in 1888 and was named Musk Baur. This high fragrance oil is also derived from plant sources. Foliage such as Angelica archangelica, Mimulus moschatus, seeds of Abelmoschus moschatus and Olearia argophylla produce musky aromatic compounds such as macrocyclic lactone, which are responsible for the scent similar to that of Musk oil.
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that is also a powerful antioxidant . Since the body does not store it, we must get a regular supply from foods rich in vitamin C or from supplements.
Cherries are good source of minerals, nutrients and vitamins that are beneficial in combating several diseases. They are very delicious, strikingly attractive and quite easy to consume in the form of snack. Health benefits of cherries are many to those who can eat regularly and in different ways.
There are several types of cherries, of which many are associated with the subgenus Cerasus family. Cherries grows for a very limited time, mostly in summer season. In West Indian cherry is also termed as aserola. It is rich in vitamin-C and also in vitamin-A.
Edamame is another name for the soybeans that are traditionally grown in East Asian countries such as Japan, China and Korea since almost two thousand years. With increasing awareness of the edamame health benefits, these beans are now a major crop in North and South American countries, too. Edamame are the seeds of the plant Glycine max of the family Fabaceae. These beans are harvested when they fully ripen and just before they grow hard and then parboiled and frozen to keep them fresh.
Manganese, a trace mineral is found in small quantities in the bones, kidneys, liver and pancreas. As a component of superoxide dismutase – an antioxidant enzyme – manganese fights free radicals that attack body cells . As a coenzyme, manganese also helps in the body’s metabolism progression .