Daily Archives: March 20, 2013

Chocolates are Good

Chocolates in moderation are good for health. They contain cocoa which is storehouse of thousands of good chemicals which benefit our health. It contains organic chemicals called poly-phenols. These chemicals have been proven to reduces the bad LDL Cholesterol and boosts HDL Cholesterol. This is good for our heart and arteries.

 

A chocolate bar and melted chocolate. Chocolat...

A chocolate bar and melted chocolate. Chocolate is made from the cocoa bean, which is a natural source of theobromine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The benefits of these poly-phenols do not stop here. They are very active compounds and catch the free radicals which are very harmful to our body. Free radicals are atoms, compounds which have free unpaired electrons on them and are very reactive and can oxidize many useful compounds in the body and cause diseases like cancer, Alzheimer and other deadly diseases. These phenols render them ineffective and harmless.

 

Similarly chocolates contain a chemical called “Anadamide” which boost the mood and removes the gloominess. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word “Ananda” which means bliss.

 

Chocolate acts as a stimulant. It contains two compounds namely Caffeine and Theobromine whicha re stimulants. They also contain poly-phenols class called Catechins. These compounds help in reducing the risk of stroke in humans.

 

It contains Cortisol a chemical which boost the morale and reduces the stress levels. 1.5 ounces per day for two weeks have been found to do the trick.

 

But chocolates have a downside to health. They contain a lot of sugar which is bad for health. And also there are many other foods which contain many of these useful compounds but so many of these are collectively found in cocoa. So in moderation chocolates are good for health.

 

Bottlebrushes in Bloom

It is the spring season here. The nature has broken its hibernation of freezing cold and there is a thaw in the season. The plants and trees after shedding the old leaves are adorning themselves with fresh light green leaves. Within days the skeleton branches are covered with leaves. The days are becoming longer and hot. Soon it will become very hot and unbearable.

The weather in India are not uniform and every 3 months weather changes. This is why the natives here are in continuous struggle with the weather. There are extremes of weather in North India. This gives India a vast variety of vegetation.

The bottlebrush trees also called Callistemon so called because their shape resembles the brush used to clean the bottles. These days the trees are laden with these flowers of red color. There is a strong contrast between the rich green leaves and these flowers which hang like garlands on the tree.

All day long different animals and birds visit these trees to lick the pollen from the flowers. First in the morning are monkeys especially their kids which can easily reach the ends of the branches where the flowers are located. They eat the nutritious pollen and then snap the flowers from the branch. After this parrots come in big groups. They chatter, make noise and lick the pollen. They are the worst and break most of the flowers and the ground beneath is littered with fresh broken flowers.

Nightingales also come. If you look closer you will find the honey bees hovering around the flowers. There is a continuous buzz. They are the gentlest and use the flowers to make honey-one of the nature’s best gift to us.

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