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SEA CUCUMBER benefits

Sea cucumber is highly nutritious. It contains no cholesterol and is rich in nutrients such as protein, vitamin B1, B2, nicotinic acid, calcium, phosphorus, iron, iodine, vanadium, zinc, potassium,
chromium, chondroitin sulphate and mucopolysaccharides acid. Its protein contains amino acid needed by our body such as orginine, cystine and histidine.
A BREAKTHROUGH IN TODAY’S SCIENCE
Luxor Serigama Gamat Jelly is the best way to benefit from the miraculous properties of the sea cucumber.
Luxor Serigama Gamat Jelly is Certified HALAL by JAKIM, prepared and bottled in our very own GMP factory with the latest technologically advanced equipment and methods. The whole manufacturing process is overseen and monitored by a panel of Scientists who are experts in this field.
As testament to Luxor’s commitment to quality, we only use the golden sea cucumber in our products.
The golden sea cucumber is proven to have the highest therapeutic value – ensuring the best for our customers.
The Chinese has an old saying “On Land there is Ginseng, the sea is Sea Cucumber”. The oldest medicinal book, crowned Sea Cucumber as the “The King among the Seng.”
Gamat The Traditional Healer from The Sea.
Gamat has been used by the Malay community as a Traditional Medicine for more than 500 years.
Till today, gamat is renowned for its miraculous healing powers.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SEA CUCUMBERS
When cut into half, the sea cucumbers can survive as two separate animals or it can rejoin back as one again within 15 minutes. When sea cucumber is cut horizontally into half and with all the intestines remove, it can still survive as two separate animals. Within 3 to 6 months, it can grow back into a
full sea cucumber with all the intestines and internal organs in tact.
This is because the sea cucumber contains a CELL-GROWTH FACTOR which has the ability to accelerate the regeneration of cells, bones, collagen and skin.
Imagine how wonderful it would be if you CONSUME sea cucumbers and these miraculous properties are YOURS TOO !!!
LUXOR JELLY GAMAT CONTAINS :
86.6% Protein (80% of which is COLLAGEN)
Your body needs protein to build and repair tissues.
Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.
Collagen makes up 75% of our skin, collagen is required to beautify the skin and
increase the healing process of wounds.
. beautifies the skin
. slow down aging, reduce the formation of facial lines
and wrinkles
. increases the healing process of wound
. relieves gastric pains
. is good for the lungs
. Strengthen the immune system
8% Mucopolysaccharide (MSP)
. helps in blood circulation
. “pain-killer” agent
. Adds elasticity and resiliency to
skin and other connective tissues.
relaxes the mind
. Important for the healty function of a joints.
Chondroitin Sulphate and Glucosamine (GAGs)
. These are substances found naturally in the body,
glucosamine is a form of amino sugar that is believed to play
an important role in cartilage formation and repair.
Chondroitin Sulphate is part of a large protein molecule that
gives cartilage elasticity.
. Relieve/eases osteoarthritic pain
eases pain in the joint
. Stimulates the formation and repair of cartilage.
. Helps bone and teeth growth.
. increases the insulin level
Omega 3
Omega 3 protects the heart and decreases the cholesterol level.
. Lowers/decreases blood cholesterol level
. Protects arteries
. Protect and prevents heart diseases
. Improves mental health
Active Element
. Prevent bacteria, yeast & fungus growth
. Anti-tumour
6 Types of Minerals – produces red blood cells, decreases the
glucose level
Calcium
. Build bones and teeth
. Maintain blood circulation
. Regulate heart beat.
Iron
. Important in oxygen transportation
and metabolism
Needed to form healthy red blood cells
Selenium
. Acts as an antioxidant
. Protects cells against the effects of free radicals
. Prevent cell damage
Iodine
. Essential for normal thyroid function
Vanadium
. Reducing the production of cholesterol
. Involved in catecholamine and lipid metabolism
and red blood cell production.
Chromium
. Increases the number of insulin receptors on
the cell membrance and enhances insulin binding to cells
. Lowers blood sugar level
. Improves diabetic problem

 

HEALTH WONDERS
The sea cucumber is so renowned for so many breakthroughs, that it can benefit everyone – young and old. It has proven breakthroughs for the following medical problems :
Pain Relief : Great relief for arthritis, rheumatism, gastric and other pains.
Improvement in condition : Diabetes, High blood pressure, hypertension, heart problems, high
cholesterol.
Respiratory problems : Asthma, Allergy, Cough, Sinusitis
Healing : Excellent for diabetic wounds. Fast recovery, healing from illness, whether surgical or after operation and after birth. Used to treat cut, sores, open wounds and any inflammation. Treatment for internal injuries like peptic ulcers, etc
Beauty : Amazing results from various skin problems, skin
looks younger and is free from acne, scars,
pigmentation and wrinkles.
As reported by Ethan Evers, author of “The Eden Prescription, previous research on sea cucumber has demonstrated its ability to kill lung, breast, prostate, skin, colon, pancreatic, and liver cancer cells.
These extracts have also proven effective in killing leukemia and gioblastoma cells. Looks like we can
add yet another food to the list of anti-cancer foods.
Scientists believe a key compound known as frondoside A to be responsible. Frondoside A is a triterpenoid, diverse organic compounds found in the essential oils and oleoresins of plants.
This latest study, published in PLoS One, has confirmed just how powerful frondoside A truly is.
Researchers found it to kill 95% of ER+ breast cancer cells, 95% of liver cancer cells, 90% of melanoma cells, and 85-88% of three different types of lung cancer.
As Evers reports:
“But the benefits of this compound don’t just stop at directly inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis). It also inhibits angiogenesis (the ability of tumors to grow new blood vessels to get their food) and stops cancer metastasizing by impeding cell migration and invasion. Even more intriguing is the ability of frondoside A to activate our immune system’s natural killer cells to attack cancer cells.
This has been shown for breast cancer in particular but may also apply to all cancers, because it involves the immune system and not cancer cells directly. This may partially explain why frondoside A was so effective at shrinking lung tumors in mice that it rivaled chemo drugs in performance.”
When given to mice with non-small cell lung cancer, frondoside A was found to shrink tumors by 40% in only 10 days. Traditional chemo drugs shrunk the tumors by 47 percent, but the risks of chemo treatment are far greater than any side-effects or risks of sea cucumber. (Namely because there are no known risks associated with sea cucumbers). In addition, the amount of frondoside A needed to achieve such results was miniscule—less than a single milligram for an adult weighing 165 pounds.
“Journal of Neuroendocrine Tumours and Pancreatic Diseases and Sciences” states that “extracts from an edible, non-toxic sea cucumber effectively caused cell damage and cell death in human pancreatic cancer cells”. The results of this study are encouraging for the potential use of sea cucumber extract as a dietary supplement which may be used in the treatment or prevention of pancreatic cancer. Sea cucumber extracts potently kill multiple cancer cell lines
“Many of these regenerative mechanisms are the same as those being used by other animals to heal and repair – this includes us humans,” “Sea cucumbers will probably provide us with the key to deciphering how to regenerate our tissues, or at least find out what is needed to do this.”
There have been many promising advances in regenerative tissue growth, but work has been heart-breakingly slow for people suffering from kidney failure or macular degeneration. Much of the
work has been done with salamanders, but the paper’s authors argue that sea cucumbers could be a goldmine of information.
“Sea cucumbers should be viewed as the tissue regeneration equivalent of the squid for our knowledge of nerves and Drosophila for genes and the genome,” said García-Arrarás. “They can help us learn to fix ourselves.”

 

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10 Things to Know About Thyroid Disease and Fatigue

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1. Fatigue and Hypothyroidism

Fatigue is a very common symptom of hypothyroidism – an underactive or low thyroid — in many patients. When the treatment for hypothyroidism is optimized , many patients report that their fatigue is lessened or even fully resolved.

2. Fatigue and Hyperthyroidism

Fatigue is a symptom of hyperthyroidism — an overactive or high thyroid — in some patients. In some cases, fatigue is present even after you’ve gotten a sufficient amount of sleep. In other cases, fatigue in hyperthyroidism may result from insomnia, anxiety, or disrupted sleep patterns. Typically, appropriate treatment for Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism will help resolve fatigue associated with an overactive thyroid.

3. Fatigue and Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Even when thyroid function tests show that the thyroid is “normal” and hormone levels fall within the reference range, the presence of elevated thyroid antibodies indicative of autoimmune Hashimoto’s disease or Graves’ disease can cause fatigue as a symptom in some patients.

4. Dietary Changes

Some thyroid patients — including those who do not have celiac disease or gluten intolerance — have reported a reduction in fatigue when they switch to a gluten-free diet , free of wheat and gluten products. Others have reported similar effects by eliminating sugar, or other inflammatory foods from the diet.

5. Unrefreshing Sleep

Some people experience fatigue due to what’s known as unrefreshing sleep. This means you’ve had enough sleep — usually seven or more hours — but you wake up and still feel tired, because the sleep was of poor quality, interrupted, or did not reach restorative levels. Unrefreshing sleep may be associated with adrenal dysfunction, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia .

6. Iron

Some thyroid patients experiencing fatigue may be low in iron, in particular, the stored form of iron known as ferritin. It’s worth having ferritin levels checked by your physician, and if they are not optimal, talk to your doctor about supplementing with iron, or adding more iron to your diet through foods.An excess of iron, in particular a hereditary condition known as hemachromatosis, can also be associated with fatigue.

7. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

If you have long-term, debilitating fatigue, and the fatigue is accompanied by other symptoms such as enlarged lymph nodes, a chronic sore throat, and/or body/muscle aches pains, you may have other conditions, known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or fibromyalgia . these conditions are more common in thyroid patients than in the general population.

8. T3 and Natural Thyroid

Some thyroid patients on thyroid hormone replacement have reported an improvement in their fatigue levels when switching from a T4 only treatment (i.e., levothyroxine), to a T4/T3 treatment–for example, the addition of synthetic T3–or use of a natural desiccated thyroid drug .

9. Sleep Apnea

Thyroid patients are at greater risk of sleep apnea , where breathing stops for short periods during sleep. Sleep apnea can contribute greatly to fatigue. Thyroid patients experiencing fatigue should talk to a physician about having a sleep study or evaluation done to determine if sleep abnormalities — including apnea — may be contributing to the fatigue.

10. You Can Get Better Sleep

In addition to making sure you get optimal thyroid treatment for your condition, and address any sleep disorders , food sensitivities, and imbalances in iron levels, there are many other ways to ensure that you get sufficient sleep.But first, how much sleep do you need? According to the National Sleep Foundation most adults need a minimum of seven to eight hours per night, and a substantial percentage of us are not getting this amount of sleep on a regular basis.

Here are some tips to get to sleep, and get better sleep:

  • Try to keep the same sleep schedule weekdays and weekends
  • Keep your bedroom cool
  • Don’t watch television or work in your bedroom
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the afternoon, and before bedtime
  • Don’t take naps.
  • Don’t exercise after dinner time
  • Take a hot shower or bath before bedtime
  • Use a sound conditioner or earplugs to block noise
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime
  • Increase light exposure during the day
  • Minimize light in your bedroom — Use blinds or blackout curtains, turn off television and computer at night, avoid illuminated clocks, and don’t read from backlit devices at night
  • Listen to relaxation or guided imagery tapes to help fall asleep
  • Don’t drink too much liquid in the evening
  • Limit changes in your work shifts
  • Drink an herbal or relaxation tea at bedtime
  • Have a bedtime snack with protein

Cricket snack bars and love bug salads

Cricket snack bars and love bug salads

It’s apparently the next big food trend in the western world. Eating insects may be good for our health and the environment, but do they taste good?

Jacky Chung, co-founder of Ento, can foresee a time when hungry office workers regularly reach for one of his company’s ready-made bento boxes for lunch, or dip into one of its healthy, protein-rich snacks during long afternoons. He realises that some of us might take some persuading, but he’s certain that the health benefits, and most importantly the taste, of Ento’s food cubes, pâtés, seasonings and more will win many of us round eventually.

“We want to be very honest with our foods to consumers in that they are predominantly made from insects, but we try to present it to them in a way that is culturally acceptable in the western diet, thereby redefining insects as a food and not as an animal,” says Chung.

Eat insects, save the planet

It seems that the idea of eating insects is creeping up on western society like a mosquito in the night. Many societies around the world eat insects as a matter of course, but westerners have long had a squeamishness about consuming anything they’d normally shoo out of the window. It’s a squeamishness we may have to get over, if a growing band of experts are to be believed. In the not-too-distant future it may be a case of eating insects or eschewing meat altogether.

We may be well advised to get over our distaste for creepy crawlies sooner rather than later, says Pat Crowley of Chapul, an American company that makes a range of snack bars based on a protein-rich flour milled from crickets.

“The majority of our freshwater resources worldwide go to agriculture, with the majority of that used for livestock production. Insects, however, are incredibly efficient at converting plant matter into a very healthy source of protein for humans, while emitting very few greenhouse gases and not requiring nearly as much land resources.”

And closer to home, Bug Grub is a UK site that sells specialised snacks, bars, dips and flour in its quest to get us eating insects.

Let’s be clear. This isn’t just the view of extremists and cranks. Last year the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation weighed into the debate in a comprehensive 200-page report.

“It is widely accepted that by 2050 the world will host nine billion people. To accommodate this number, current food production will need to almost double,” reads the report.”We need to find new ways of growing food.”

The report estimates that insects already form an important part of the diets of two billion people worldwide. There are very good reasons to believe that they will have to form part of the diet of many more in the next few decades.

Insects are good for us

One reason is that it takes 10lbs of feed to produce 1lb of beef, and the same amount of feed to produce 8lbs of edible crickets. In an increasingly thirsty world, it’s also worth noting that 100 gallons of water produces 19g of protein from chicken, and 71g from crickets.

On top of that, insects may not be appealing, but they are healthy. They tend to be low in fat, high in protein and a good source of vitamins and minerals. Put it all together and it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that insects would be a very good food source indeed, if they weren’t – well – insects.

Which is where companies like Ento and Chapul come in. They’re not simply trying to get us to fight back the gag reflex and swallow crickets, beetles and meal worms as a kind of personal and environmental medicine. They’re convinced the little blighters can be made to taste nice, too.

A marketing problem

In fact, Chung believes that the problem is one of marketing and packaging as much as anything else. Britons have learned to love sushi, after all, and 30 years ago eating raw fish wrapped in seaweed was seen as a similarly exotic foreign eccentricity that would never catch on.

“Insects are delicious, with each insect possessing their own unique flavours. For example, honey caterpillars taste like a combination of milk and pistachio nuts when roasted,” says Chung. “From a culinary standpoint we believe insects offer many new and exciting opportunities – it’s just a matter of making this more accessible and approachable for people so that they can begin to appreciate these excellent ingredients.”

Insects are also starting to creep and crawl onto restaurant menus. Archipelago in London has been serving them for a number of years. The restaurant’s Love Bug Salad features pan-fried locusts and crickets seasoned with chilli and garlic. Its Bushman’s Cavi-Err dessert includes caramel encrusted mealworms.

Meanwhile, the fashion for insect cooking is catching on in the home of gastronomy. Le Festin Nu in food-loving Paris offers palm weevils with beetroot and truffle oil, water scorpion with preserved peppers and black garlic, and grasshopper with quail eggs. The menu of Aphrodite in Nice features mealworm and crickets.

In fact, in terms of flavour, texture and cooking there is no reason not to enjoy insects, say those in the know. Grasshoppers and crickets are said to impart a satisfying crunch, and are great for taking on flavour when roasted with garlic, lime juice, chilli and salt. Witchetty grubs – a favourite torture for jungle-bound celebrities – actually taste like almonds, while their skin when cooked takes on the texture of roast chicken. Termites can be enjoyed steamed, smoked or sun-dried. Mealworms are comparable to beef in terms of protein content, but have a greater number of healthy, polyunsaturated fats.

If you’re still not convinced, the good news is that you don’t have to eat them whole. Like Chapul bars and Ento grasshopper pâté, it could be that our first introduction to insect eating will come in heavily disguised form. The consensus, though, is that whether whole, powdered or in some other way processed, eating insects may soon be all but unavoidable.

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SWEET POTATO (Kamote)

SWEET POTATO (Kamote) far exceeds the nutrition and health values of rice.
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Here are the benefits of substituting rice with kamote:

 

    1. Sweet potato is more filling and suppresses hunger pangs longer. It is also cheaper than rice.

 

    1. Unlike rice, it is  easy to grow. It grows in backyards with or without fertilizers. Local government executives can provide their poor communities with idle government land for planting kamote which the entire community can share.

 

    1. Unlike rice which needs to be eaten with a dish, Sweet Potato tastes good and can be eaten by itself. Thus, substituting rice with sweet potato saves money for other needs.

 

    1. Rice cannot match the nutritional values of potato. Because rice converts to sugar in the body, the Philippines registers as a top producer of diabetics in the world. The poor tends to load up on rice and less on the dish which are more expensive. That makes them vulnerable to diabetes, an ailment known in developed countries as a rich man’s disease.

 

    1. The nutritional values of a 3 oz. baked sweet potato are: calories 90, fat 0 g, saturated fat 0 g, cholesterol 0 mg, carbohydrate 21 g, protein 2 g, dietary fiber 3 g, sodium 36 mg

 

    1. Too much rice consumption can make you sick, but sweet potato (kamote) can bring you to health and keep away some health problems. These have been proved medically.

 
Sweet Potato (kamote) lowers hypertension, bad cholesterol and even blood sugar when eaten as as a substitute to rice! The purple sweet potato (kamote) is particularly effective for lowering hypertension.

The Korean medical documentary credits the sweet potato (kamote) as high fiber and is one of the best foods that one can eat to prevent cancer!

The 7 Dangerous Acts after meal

The 7 Dangerous Acts after meal

 

* Don’t smoke- Experiment from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of cancer is higher).

 

* Don’t eat fruits immediately -When you eat your fruits with meals, the fruit is stuck in the stomach along with the contents of the meals and cannot reach the intestines in time. Lying there they get spoilt and spoil the remaining food in the stomach too. Thus it is recommended that you eat a fruit at least one hour after eating a meal or before your meal and preferably in the morning with empty stomach. It is in the morning that the body can best use the nutrients in the fruit and get enough energy to start the day.

 

* Don’t drink tea – Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the Protein content in the food we consume to be hardened thus difficult to digest.It is preferable to drink tea an hour after meals.

 

* Don’t loosen your belt -Fiction, not particularly bad for you!

We generally have an attitude that a good meal is that which forces us to loosen our belts. However, loosening the belt is bad, not because it causes the intestines to twist or block but because it means that you have over eaten to a level that you are uncomfortable. Loosening of the belt may also cause you to feel comfortable once again which means you may continue overeating.

So eat only to the extent that you can be comfortable without loosening your belt!

 

* Don’t bathe – Bathing after meal will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs & body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.

 

* Don’t walk about -Fact, it is bad for you! Walking directly after meals is a bad idea, it can result to acid reflux and indigestion. However, walking about half an hour after meals is known to be good for you. Researchers in the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina, have found that walking after exercise is a good way to burn energy.

 

The point to note is when to walk, you should ideally walk for about 10 minutes and only 20-30 minutes after meal to prevent acid reflux and stomach upsets.

 

* Don’t sleep immediately – The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine.

 

 

What is EECP? Enhanced External Counter Pulsation EECP

What is EECP?

Enhanced External Counter Pulsation EECP

For people with angina or heart failure, even simple activities — such as going to the mailbox or walking the dog — can be challenging.

If you are one of these people, take heart. There is a non-invasive treatment called EECP® Therapy that clinical experience has shown to be safe and to have benefit for the treatment of angina and heart failure. Approximately 80% of patients who complete the 35-hour course of EECP® Therapy experience significant symptom relief that may last up to three years.

EECP® Therapy is an outpatient treatment for angina and heart failure. Treatments are usually given for an hour each day, five days a week, for a total of 35 hours. During the treatment, you lie on a comfortable treatment table with large blood pressure-like cuffs wrapped around your legs and buttocks. These cuffs inflate and deflate at specific times between your heartbeats. A continuous electro cardiogram (ECG) is used to set the timing so the cuffs inflate while the heart is at rest, when it normally gets its supply of blood and oxygen. The cuffs deflate at the end of that rest period, just before the next heart beat. The special sensor applied to your finger checks the oxygen level in your blood and monitors the pressure waves created by the cuff inflations and deflations.