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Acai Berry Fruit

Acai berry is a palm that grows naturally in the flood plains of Amazon basin mainly in Brazil. The acai tree is tall and grows to about 50 to 100 feet in height. The leaves are also long and about 10 feet in length. The fruits and products of the fruits are used as rich dietary supplements and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Acai berry diets are very popular in weight loss programs and extensively used world over.

The acai berry fruit is a small round, purple black, grape like fruit in size and shape and about an inch in diameter. The acai fruit contain a single seed in each fruit and it is about 80% of the fruit. Covering the fruit is the pulp called mesocarp and exocarp, the outermost covering and this exocarp is responsible for its purple black color (ripe fruits are purple black, it can vary according to the maturity of the fruit). Acai berry is one of the major foods in Amazon basin and constitute more than 40% of the food intake by the Amazon tribes.

Acai berry has large numbers of health benefits like supply our body with important vitamins and minerals, detoxifies and cleans our system of toxins that are harmful to our health, improves immune system, fights to prevent cancer (done by high antioxidants in acai berry), prevents diabetes from developing, regulates and normalizes body cholesterol, improves blood circulation, reduce inflammation, improves mental clarity and vision etc. It also helps in maintaining normal functioning of heart promotes sound sleep, it also slows down ageing process. Acai berry is responsible for the healthy life of Amazonian tribes for thousands of years, but it is now coming in a big way to the whole world by its quality food contents, especially for its obesity control and antioxidant properties. Acai berry juice is an excellent energy drink and is consumed by millions of people around the world every day.

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Posted by - January 23, 2009 at 11:30 am

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Diabetic Retinopathy: Treatment/Prevention

Diabetic Retinopathy is a very severe and common complication of long standing diabetes. There is no effective treatment available at the moment. The most effective therapy of diabetic retinopathy is prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy from developing.

Regular and complete examinations of eyes are required for the diabetic patients. If detected early the most eye complications including diabetic retinopathy can be treated successfully. Regular examination of the eyes by the diabetologist or primary care giver is not enough; the disease is required to be examined by ophthalmologist (eye doctor). If detected early laser photocoagulation is very successful in treating diabetic retinopathy and also in preserving vision. Proliferative type of diabetic retinopathy is treated with panretinal (entire retina) laser photocoagulation and that of macular edema is treated by focal laser photocoagulation (photocoagulation done on the focus of edema).

Most of the eye doctors (ophthalmologist) advice individuals with advanced diabetic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy and macular edema) to limit physical activities associated with repeated Valsalva maneuvers (blowing of the nose after closing the nose), but it has not been proved that exercise worsen proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

Prevention: Most effective therapy of diabetic retinopathy being prevention, patients of diabetes (both type1 and type2) should know how to prevent eye complications of diabetes. The best way to prevent complication (all complications including eye complications) is to have strict glycemic control (blood sugar within normal limit) and blood pressure control. This will delay the development or slow the progression of retinopathy in individuals with either type1 or type2 diabetes. Diabetics with known diabetic retinopathy can be given prophylactic (preventive) photocoagulation when initiating intensive therapy. During the first 6–12 months of improved glycemic control, established diabetic retinopathy may transiently worsen, but it is temporary in nature and in the long run there will be less chances of developing diabetic retinopathy. If advanced retinopathy develops, improved glycemic control will be less beneficial, although adequate ophthalmologic care will prevent most blindness’s due to diabetic retinopathy.

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Posted by - January 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm

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Treatment of Dark Circles Around Eye

Skin care is an important branch of medicine and it is an emerging branch. Due to peoples awareness on cosmetics and skin care the branch is growing very fast. Many skinproducts are available for treatment of skin problems. Skin products are mainly of herbal in nature and aloe vera is one of the main ingredients. Aloe vera based skin care products are very much essential in maintaining healthy skin. For healthy and glowing skin there are many skin care products like anti wrinkle cream, creams for removing dark circles around eyes, moisturizers, puffy eye creams, vitamin C renewal cream, stretch marks, skin rashes, eczema, spider veins creams, etc. to name a few.

Among the skin care products cream for removing dark circles under eyes is worth mentioning. The dark circles under eyes are due to discoloration of the skin (mainly to dark or pink color discoloration) in that area which is very richly supplied by blood vessels. The cream for removing the dark circles under eyes is based on natural ingredients and is devoid of substances/chemicals (mineral oil) that can clog the pores of the skin around the eyes. Mineral oil based products can make the problem worse by blocking the pores of the skin and making it a rich medium for growth of harmful bacteria. The ingredients of natural based creams for removal of dark circles under eyes can increase blood flow in that area and reduce pooling of blood in the area around the skin of the eyes.

Almost all the skin care products takes some time (about a month) to act and another month to get maximum result, that is why many products are available as one moth pack and another month’s pack is provided free of cost.      

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Posted by - January 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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