Millions of years ago, Indian plate collided with Eurasian plate leading to formation of the great Himalayan mountain range. During the impact, Tropical forests got crushed and compacted. These forests transformed into highly nutritious mineral-rich biomass over millions of years. Popularly known as Shilajit (Asphaltum or Mineral wax), this resinous biomass comes out of high Himalayan fissures every summer. True to its name “Yoga Vahi”, Shilajit enhances effects of anything consumed with it as it has property to assimilate nutrients into solution and transport it into cells. Ayurveda considers Shilajit the most efficient energy and nutrient carrier into body. In a study on Coenzyme Q10 effects, it was found that when Coenzyme Q10 was taken with Shilajit, its energy boosting effects on heart, kidney and liver improved by twenty nine percent. Shilajit contains more than 85 minerals in ionic form, phyto-nutrients, vitamins, Fulvic acid, and Humic acid. Traditionally accepted as an important remedy for several ailments, Shilajit has only recently been accepted in modern science due to recent finding that Fulvic acid and Humic acid are main substances responsible for production of energy within cells.

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Ghee, also known as clarified butter comes from India. It is a simmered butter; usually made out of cow's milk. In the process of making of Ghee, simmered butter is separated from white residal liquid (Mattha) which has very less fat content. The simmered butter is then heated to separate Ghee from residue. Ghee is used in traditional Indian, Arabic and South East Asia kitchens. Ghee is not only used in kitchens, but also is associated with other health benefits, and it is also a part of several religious rituals.

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Makka or Maize (Zea Mays) is believed to be originated in Central America. It has been a staple food since ancient era and mythological civilizations of Incan, Aztec and Mayan were believed to consume Maize. Presently, Makka is consumed in several forms such as pop corns, Makka Roti (Indian Bread), Tortillas, Cornmeals, Bhutta and boiled corn. Available mostly in yellow, Makka is also available in white, black, blue, pink and red colors. Maize is a good source of Phytonutrients, Fiber, Vitamins and Manganese. Makka or Corn is locally known as Mokka jonna pindi in telugu; Cholam in Tamil; Makai chi Peet in Marathi and Jolade Hittu in Kannad.

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Yogurt is named after "Yoghurmark" which means "to thicken" in Turkish. This thickened product is a derivative of milk prepared by adding bacterial cultures to milk. These bacteria transform lactose present in the milk into lactic acid. In this process milk thickens and gets transformed into Yogurt. Yogurt is a fermented milk product in an easily digestible form. It is nutritious and is a good source of Iodine, Calcium, Phosphorus, Protein, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Tryptophan, Potassium, Molybdenum and Zinc. Its availability throughout the year makes it a ready-to-eat healthy food. In some countries, it is taken with every diet.

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Honey has healing properties which are known to cure many diseases. Ancient Ayurveda and Yunani medicine have been utilizing health benefits of honey to heal ailments for centuries. Scientists of modern day accept effectiveness of honey in curing health related ailments and enhancing health in general. In its issue dated 17 January 1995, Weekly World News, brought forward a list of health conditions for which honey is very effective.

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From early 1970s onwards, Yoga, meditation and various other stress lowering techniques have been researched and studied as natural cures for anxiety and depression. In a recent survey in the US, it was found that approx. 7 to 8 percent adults have tried Yoga at least once in their lifetimes. Although Yoga has achieved greater popularity in recent years, very less has been written on its benefits in treating depression and anxiety. Yoga techniques vary from gentle to challenging depending on body strength and preferences. In the US, the most popular kind of Yoga is “Hatha Yoga” combines breath control with asanas and meditation. In 2000s, several studies following most rigorous standard of research, randomized control trial (RCT), have indicated that yoga provides therapeutic benefits in curing anxiety and depression. Effects of yoga are comparable to other soothing techniques such as meditation, exercise and socializing. As per widely available review data, practicing yoga effectively reduces exaggerated stress responses.

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For centuries garlic is considered a remedy for a number of ailments. Garlic has been a part of many food recipes as well as medicines across different geographies around the world for thousands of years. We will evaluate health benefits of garlic, its medicinal uses and ways it can be consumed without any negative side effects.

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Almost every part of a coconut tree is useful for human beings in one or the other form. Right from the tree to leaves and to fruit each part serves some purpose. The coconut fruit is consumed in different forms -from coconut water used as refreshing drink to coconut oil which is used for cooking or for external application. Let us review the health benefits of coconut oil, its constituents and ways it is consumed. Coconut oil has been an integral part of south Indian/ south east Asia or coastal cuisine. In the Indian medicinal science called ‘Ayurveda’, coconut is an important medicinal food. Modern science has showed that coconut is a source of naturally occurring healthy saturated fat.

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Quinoa is a grain native to South America. "The Gold of Incas" as it was popularly called, Quinoa was used for increasing stamina of warriors. Quinoa has many health benefits. It is an excellent source of high quality protein that contains all of nine essential amino acids. A good balance of amino acids makes Quinoa an excellent choice for vegans as it fulfills their protein requirements. Quinoa is a rich source of Lysine amino acid which is essential for repair and growth of tissues. Quinoa has been well-endowed with other nutrients such as Magnesium, Phosphorus and Folate. Quinoa is known to benefit in conditions of migraine, atherosclerosis and diabetes.

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Aloe Vera has amazing health benefits. The herb is known for its medicinal properties and is useful in several health conditions. It helps in halting growth of cancer tumors, eases inflammation, helps in arthritis, lowers cholesterol, prevents kidney stones, soothes ulcers, lowers blood pressure in people suffering from high blood pressure, hydrates skin, provides essential minerals to the body, helps in preventing colon cancer, heals intestine, lubricates digestive tract and ends constipation. Aloe Vera is also helpful in stabilizing sugar levels in diabetics. Aloe Vera could be easily obtained from Aloe Vera plant. The gel oozes out of the its leaf when it is broken. This gel could be directly consumed or added to desserts, smoothies, Aloe Vera juice etc.

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