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The Benefit of Herbs
Holy Basil : used in natural remedies, is known to relieve gastric problems, muscular pain, chest pain, and abdominal pain as well as improving digestion.
A single Holly Basil leaf contains 0.35% aroma oil as well as other varieties of organic acid. This knowledge, gained from traditional Thai medicine, practiced in herbal treatments, is shown to cure minor ailments

Lemon Grass: Until recently, lemon grass, or Takrai as it is known in Thailand, was primarily grown in India, Indonesia, and South East Asia. But as the popularity of Thai cuisine grows around the world, the demand for it has increased. It is used to combat depression and bad moods, fight fever and as well as nervous and digestive disorders. Studies show that lemon grass has antibacterial andanti-fungal properties.
Lemon Grass also helps to relieve gastric trouble, improves digestion and enhances the appetite.

Galingale : expels wind and strengthens the bowels. It eases colic, provokes urine and the terms and prevents dropsy. Good for giddiness and is sometimes used in gargles for mouth ulcers.

Lesser Galingale : comprises all of the properties of Galingale; to summarise it helps to ease abdominal pain, diarrhoea and gastric trouble.

Ginger has also been used for centuries in Chinese herbal medicine for the positive effects it has on the body, as well as to enhance herbal combinations. Ginger is most commonly known for its effectiveness as a digestive aid. By increasing the production of digestive fluids and saliva, ginger helps relieve indigestion, gas pains, diarrhoea and stomach cramping. Ginger is also used to treat nausea related to both motion sickness and morning sickness.

Coriander: In literature, coriander is mentioned as an aphrodisiac in The Tales of the Arabian Nights. Mostly used to settle the stomach, its warm, fragrant taste does make it preferable to some of the more pungent, powerful herbs like savoury. In fact, coriander is often used commercially as an ingredient to make medications more palatable. Coriander is well known to reduce the suffocating effect that is experienced as a result of indigestion and also helps to nourish the digestive system.

Cinnamon : was probably the first spice used by man. Ancient records reveal that it was used for more than 5,000 years. Native to southern Asia, the cinnamon tree has provided a spice known the world over. Cinnamon is used by herbalists to relieve nausea and vomiting. Cinnamon also produces a mild astringency that is helpful for combating diarrhoea and is found to improve freshness by reducing exhaustion that is experienced in every day life.

Chili : helps in the absorption of fat, protein and carbohydrates contained in other foods, it cooperates with the organism to improve the digestion because it increases the production of gastric juices and stimulates the intestines in their movements.
However, people with gastric problems, ulcers, or altered gastric mucus (such as the one created by a over-consumption of acid substances such as alcoholic beverages, coffee, etc) should avoid eating chilli, since its irritating effect can aggravate their condition.

Konyakku : is a carbohydrate containing high fibre, which cannot be digested by enzymes High fibre food contains very low calories and because of digestion and minimal absorption into the body weight loss is a natural result as well as helping the bodys evacuation process. Fibre also relates to the glucose level and cholesterol in the blood stream, by encouraging the absorption of glucose into the blood stream and then swift movement to the digestion system. The glucose level is then slowly increased, which is beneficial for sufferers of Diabetes who need to control their glucose levels. Furthermore, fibre can help to convert bad cholesterol into good cholesterol.

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A
helps in the formation and maintenance of healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it generates the pigments in the retina. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in dim light. It may also be required for reproduction and lactation. Beta-Carotene, which has antioxidant properties, is a precursor to Vitamin A.

is a substance from plants that the body converts into vitamin A. It also acts as an antioxidant and an immune system booster. Other members of the antioxidant carotenoid family include cryptoxanthin, alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, and lycopene. However, unlike beta-carotene, most of these nutrients are not converted to vitamin A in significant amounts. Pro vitamin A is transformed into Vitamin A, which is important for the growth and development of the human body and preserves the organ tissues of the body.

is essential for muscles, nerves and the heart, it helps muscles contract and keeps blood pressure stable. Potassium maintains fluid balance, maintains mineral balance of blood, metabolism of glucose (for energy) and the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. It assists Protein distribution and helps regulate heartbeat.

Phosphorous combines with calcium to develop and maintain proper skeletal growth, strong bones and tooth development It enhances other nutrients, assists Kidney functioning and the transfer of nerve impulses. Phosphorous utilizes carbohydrates, fats and proteins for growth, maintenance, repair of cells, and energy production.

is the most abundant mineral in our body, and accounts for around 1.5% of total body weight. The distribution of calcium is mainly in the bones and teeth (99%), with a little found in soft tissues and the blood. In children, the bodys calcium is completely renewed annually, and every ten years in adults, and so regular input is essential. Calcium is required for the structure of bones and teeth, and is also involved in normal muscle function, nerve function, as well as blood clotting.
It is the most abundant mineral in the body, comprising over 1.5% of the total body weight, of which about 99% is found in the bones. The remaining 1% of calcium is found in the soft tissues.

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