Top 5 health benefits of Pecan Nuts

Pecan nut looks similar to walnut kernel. It has rich buttery taste. It is eaten raw or cooked.

Pecans are often used in preparation of deserts to enhance the taste.

Pecans generally fruits during mid-October. Pecan trees may live and bear edible seeds for more than 300 years.

It is rich in dietary fiber and Magnesium. It has zero cholesterol and sodium.

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Health benefits of Pecan Nuts:

It lowers the risk of gallstones. The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans reduce high cholesterol by reducing the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.

Clinical research published in the Journal of Nutrition (September 2001) found that eating about a handful of pecans each day may help lower cholesterol levels similar to what is often seen with cholesterol-lowering medications. Eating pecans daily may delay age-related muscle nerve degeneration.

Pecans are an excellent source of vitamin-E, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membranes.

Add hand full of pecan nuts in your diet to keep your diet meter complete with sufficient levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein.

It is abundant in U.S and found in Himalayan regions as well. Thanks to the technology as one can now order premium quality pecan nuts procured from Himalayan region at doorstep by just placing your order at http://www.puremart.in/premium-pecan-nuts/114/

 

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How to make Almond Kesar Thandai @Home

 

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Thandai (Chilled Almond Drink)
Source: Sanjeev Kapoor

Ingredients

Full cream milk- 750
Premium Almonds blanched and peeled- 12-14
Cashew nuts- 10
Pistachios blanched and peeled- 15
Melon seeds- 1-1/2 tablespoons
Poppy seeds- 1-1/2 tablespoons
Kashmiri Saffron- a few strands (5 for a cup)
Sugar- 1/2 -3/4 cup
Green cardamoms- 4-5
Rose petals- 10-15
Cinnamon- 1″ stick
Black peppercorns- 4-5

Method

Soak the cashews, poppy seeds and melon seeds in a bit of water. Keep aside for at least 15 minutes.
Grind green cardamoms, dried rose petals, cinnamon and black peppercorns to a fine powder. Keep aside.
Grind the soaked cashew mixture along with almonds and pistachio with a little milk to a smooth, fine paste.
Bring the milk to a boil in a pan. Add the saffron and sugar and mix till sugar dissolves. Add the almond paste and mix well. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Add the powdered masala to the milk and mix well. Switch off heat and allow to cool. Chill the milk before serving.

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Recipe of Saffron and Potato Flat Bread (Chappati / Parantha)

Last few days were the craziest with office deadlines and added to that my little one was not doing well. When i was little offloaded from my routine stuff the first thing i tried was the the Kadhai Jalfrazie Masala. Just loved the fresh aroma of the unique spice blend. Very much different from other commercial stuff we get from market. I paired them with some saffron potato flat bread. These yeasted flat breads were super soft because of the potato flakes added to it. They went really well with the spicy kadhai chicken.

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Ingredients:

For Saffron and potato flat bread :

1.5 to 2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup boiling water
1/8 cups dry potato flakes
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1/8 cup milk
large pinch of saffron
1 tbsp oil

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Saffron and Potato Flat Bread :
1. Place 1 cup of flour in to a bowl. Pour the boiling water over the flour and stir till smooth.Cover the bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile warm milk and add saffron to it.Let the saffron infuse in milk before adding other ingredients.
3.In a separate bowl whisk together potato flakes,half cup remaining flour,salt,sugar,yeast and oil.
4.Add the dry mixture to the flour paste and Knead until a smooth elastic dough is achieved.
5.The dough will be little sticky but can be easily handled with oiled hands.So add extra flour only if necessary.
6. Place the dough covered in an oiled bowl and let it rise for a hour or so.
7.Once the dough is doubled in volume,punch the air out by kneading it for a while.
8.Divide the dough to equal sized balls and let it rest for 15-20 minute covered.
9.Roll each dough to a circle ( the breads will puff once cooked,so keep the thickness in mind while rolling).
10. Heat a flat grid pan and cook the breads covered for 1 minute.flip them and cook for another minute uncovered till you see brown spots appearing on the bread.
11. Store the breads stacked until served to keep them soft.

Note: cooking on very high heat may leave the bread under cooked, while cooking slowly will dry them. So adjust the heat accordingly.

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Health Benefits of Kashmiri Almond oil

One of the best skin care agent is Pure, organic #Almond oil which is often called as ‘Kashmiri badaam oil’, ‘Badaam Rogan’, ‘Rogan e badaam’. One of best and purest Almond oil available in India is ‘Kashmiri Almond oil’ which is often adulterated with bitter apricot kernels due to cheaper cost.

Almonds are used since ages for health and culinary purposes. It can be eaten in the raw form or used in various food preparations. Almond oil is extracted from almonds. There are 2 types of almond oil; sweet and bitter.

Sweet Almond oil is rich in vitamin A, B and E which makes it highly beneficial for Skin and Hair.  It is used in various cosmetics. Bitter almond oil is used as an essential oil.

Almond oil for skin: Apply after taking shower to get maximum benefits. It gets absorbed into the skin quickly without blocking the pores. Almond oil is a light and less greasy substitute for hand and foot creams.

  1. Improve the complexion and retaining glow
  2. Moisturize better and deeper
  3. Soothe skin irritation and skin inflammation
  4. Relieve dry and irritated skin
  5. Nourishes skin, making it softer and smoother
  6. Cures chapped lips and body rashes.

Reduces Dark Circles: Apply the oil before going to bed and allow it to work while you sleep for few week and see the results.

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Delay Signs of aging: Almond oil is excellent to reverse and prevent signs of ageing by renewing skin cells and ensuring younger, fresher and more radiant skin.

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Removes Impurities and Dead Skin Cells: Due to pollution your skin gets dull and dead. You can make your own almond oil scrub by mixing a tablespoon of almond oil and a teaspoon of sugar. Apply to your face in a circular motion and get rid of dead cells and blackheads.

Almond oil helps reducing inflammation, itching and redness of the skin: Mix 2 tablespoons of almond oil with 5 drops of lavender essential oil and apply to the affected area several times for relief.

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How to use Saffron in Pregnancy

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Many a times we get this question from our customers about the safety of using Kashmir saffron (kesar, zaffran) in milk during pregnancy. Yes, it is completely safe to use saffron during pregnancy as it is an herb which maintains body temperature and improves digestion which is very important during pregnancy. Some clinical studies have also discovered that use of saffron in pregnancy is helpful for Blood Pressure and relives mother from stress.  A pinch of saffron (around 5-8 threads) in boiling milk is recommended during pregnancy.

As per Indian Mythology, saffron is believed to be healing in nature. It is also used as a muscle relaxant in many herbal preparations. It may also help relieve stomach aches too, helps increase appetite (hunger). In ancient times saffron was also used as an herb to manage cold and cough by rubbing a pinch of saffron in palm and applied on nasal cavity (nose).

Another question we usually get is from which month saffron is advisable for a pregnant woman. You can start taking saffron milk at any time during your pregnancy. Milk is a great source of proteins and calcium. It is best to add just one or two strands of saffron to a glass of milk during pregnancy. It is also safe to use a few strands of saffron in your cooking. Many use this herb to flavour biryanikheerlassi and other foods.

You should very careful while buying saffron. One of the best saffron for health is Kashmiri saffron and is now a days available online at many stores. Please note that being a costliest herb in planet it is very much prone to adulteration. We have provided detailed & simple steps to test saffron for purity.

Link: http://www.puremart.in/blog/?p=65
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How to Test Purity of Saffron (3 Steps)

Many a times people are worried of being cheated with adulterated Kashmiri Saffron at low cost available at local retail stores and online.

In this post we will be sharing couple of simple yet powerful steps to #check #purity #of #saffron before purchasing.

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The major producers of antiquity Iran, Spain, India, and Greece continue to dominate the world trade. Of which #Kashmiri #Saffron often called as “Lachha” or “Guchhi” is world famous for its health benefits and fragrance.

The high cost of #Pure #Kashmiri #Saffron is due to the difficulty of manually extracting large numbers of minute stigmas, which are the only part of the #crocus (threads) with the desired aroma and flavor. An excessive number of flowers need to be processed in order to yield marketable amounts of saffron.

Obtaining 1 lb (0.45 kg) of dry saffron requires the harvesting of some 50,000 flowers, the equivalent of football pitch’s area. We at Pure Mart take full care of Quality, standards and adulteration free strands for your well being..

Climate Change Blamed For Low Saffron Yield

There are quite a few #simple and #genuine tests which you can do at home while buying saffron to #test purity of saffron:

1. Kashmiri Saffron contains Croccus compound (i.e. Crocin) which make its taste bitter. You can take 1 or 2 strand in between your teeth and taste for bitterness and hence serves a active agent to maintain body temperature. Adulterated saffron may be sweet in taste.

2. Kashmiri Saffron once mixed with hot milk or water shall not leave its original (reddish color) color but should give golden color. Adulterated saffron threads will turn white and give more colour.
3. Kashmiri Saffron should have low moisture and should not be dried and crisp.

#Storage of Saffron: Place it into a air tight box (Prefer Plastic container)and keep it in a cool, dark, and dry place, away from sunlight. It helps strand to retain Croccus compound for longer use.

You can buy 1 gms of saffron from www.puremart.in and check for any of above mentioned tests. We are here for a healthy cause and with a mission to eliminate adulteration and one source directly from Kashmir.

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Secret for Beautiful Skin Revealed

In today’s world getting a #beautiful skin is just a blink away.

Science and medicine has reached new heights to provide you the skin you always desired for. There are various chemical skin treatments available in market to make your skin look good from outside and Of course there is a considerable amount of cost associated to these unhealthy chemical treatments.

 

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In the busy life which we have today, we tend to opt for these chemical skin treatments as these are quick, less time consuming and gives you relief temporarily when needed.

Even after so much of awareness by the media, newspapers and internet about the harmful chemicals used in the cosmetics, creams, lotions etc,; we still fail to understand the risks outweighs the benefits provided by unhealthy skin chemical treatments, chemical based creams, lotion, face washes and chemical cosmetics. There are several side effects as well.

There are several herbal and organic remedies and cosmetics which give you healthy skin not only from outside, but from inside without any side effects.  Many people always complaint about their #oily skin and #pimples. To get rid of those a complete range of #organic #herbal award winner herbal cosmetic range from NEEV is a absolute buy for your healthy skin.

Recommendations for oily and acne (pimple) prone skin is #NEEV Alow bueaty Skin Cream & #Neev Aloe Neem Face Wash to make your skin acne free & healthy.

An amazing herbal cosmetic rage based on Ayurveda is available at www.puremart.in

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Himalayan Pine Nuts

Name Alias: / Chilgoza / Nejje/ Pine Seeds

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Do you know #PineNuts are the favorite nut of monkeys and Squirrels? These animals are responsible for the cultivation of the #Pinetrees in the forests.

#Pine #nuts are available throughout the season and are savored by Monkeys and Squirrels. They hide the nuts in the soil for the later use. Few nuts which are left in the soil germinate and grow into huge pine nuts trees.

#PineNut is Crunchy, sweet and delicious edible seeds of cone in a pine tree.

Pine trees grow in Himalayan forests, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Afghanistan.

The flowers of pine tree develop into a cone. The female cones take about two–three years to mature after pollination. Once mature and dry the cones naturally split to release the seeds.

#Pinenuts are slightly more expensive than other nuts, due to a labor-intensive harvesting process. The pine cones that contain the nuts are collected from the tree or forest floor. The cones are then heated, which opens up their scales and loosens the nuts. Raw pine nuts are also available which are not roasted. These are available throughout the year at many online website. One can easily buy pine nuts online from Kashmir and inherit them in their daily life for excellent nutrient beefits. 

#PineNut have a dark-brown outer coat or shell. Inside, its edible kernel has cream white, colour.

There are enormous Health Benefits of Pine Nut, around 100 g of dry-kernels provide 673 calories. They comprise of numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

Pine Nuts are rich in oleic acid that helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good-cholesterol” in the blood. Eating Pine Nuts regularly also helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by maintaining healthy blood lipid profile.

Pine Nuts contain essential fatty acid; pinolenic acid, which helps in weight loss by curbing the appetite.

Pine Nuts are an excellent source of #vitamin E which is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining and protecting skin from harmful oxygen-free radicals. Pine Nuts have emollient property protects the skin from dryness.

Pine nuts are rich in Vitamins A and lutein, which supports sharper vision.
It is rich in vitamin D which helps in building healthy bones. Its rich vitamin C content boosts immunity. Pine nuts are a good source of iron.

Always try to buy fresh season nuts from authentic sources. Unshelled nuts have long shelf life and can be stored for a longer time. Kindly note that shelled kernels deteriorate soon if exposed to warm, humid conditions. Therefore, store shelled nuts in airtight jars and store inside the refrigerator. There are very common questions about how to remove shell of pine nuts: They can be eaten by peeling outer shells like peanuts.

There are many herbal remedies derived from pine nuts. Pine nuts, often considered exotic, are now rarely available in supermarkets as well as specialty health food stores. However as technology advances you can buy it online from the range of stores from all over the world. One stop shop like Pure Mart www.puremart.in is a perfect place to get your healthy needs delivered straight from Jammu and Kashmir.

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Healthy Figs

Forget Viagra! Check out how a tiny FIG will make you ‘perform’ better.

So let’s admit it, every man wants to increase his sex drive and some of us will do anything, buy anything for it.

Little do we know that the secret to great sex is in our kitchen.

Erm… not the kitchen floor…

Ever heard that Mughal royals had many wives and sex slaves. It is said that fig helped them in their sexual escapades.

Here are 10 Amazing Benefits Of Natural Figs For Sex, Skin, Hair And Health

1. Mouth:

Chew 2-3 tender fig leaves and gargle with water to overcome bad breath and ulcer.

2. Sexual Vitality:

Fig is an orthodox remedy to increase sexual weakness. Soak 4-5 figs in milk overnight and eat in the morning to overcome weakness.

3. Kidney Stones:

Boil 6 figs in a cup of water. Consume this daily up to a month to remove kidney stones.

4. Acne:

Apply mashed fresh figs all over your face and let it dry for 15-20minutes. This remedy is useful for curing acne.

Also milky juice of fig stem and leaves can be applied daily several times to cure warts.

They also have anti-ageing properties.

5. Diabetes:

Since figs are high in potassium, they help reduce insulin. Daily, consume fig seeds with one teaspoon of honey to control diabetes. Try doing this for a week to see good results.

Also Fig leaves can be consumed for anti-diabetic properties

6. Healthy Bones:

Figs have good amount of calcium in it. This helps to strengthen bones.

7. Chicken Pox:

Early stages of chicken pox can be treated with figs.

8. Weight Loss:

Figs include good amount of dietary fibers, which are helpful for reducing body weight.

9. Sore Throat:

Mix dries fig and honey in water to get rid of sore throat.

10. Constipation:

Consume 2-3 soaked dried figs with a tablespoon of honey. Use this continuously for a month every morning to relive constipation.

Now a days figs are readily available in Market. You can also buy them online at www.puremart.in for a healthy start.

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All you must know about tiny sweet healthy Raisins

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Health Benefits of Himalyan Kashmiri raisins

With all the sweet taste and health benefits that Kashmiri raisins have to offer, it’s no wonder they have earned the title of natural candy. Kashmiri raisins are a healthy and delicious way to satisfy any sweet tooth. The best part is that these little dried grapes are packed with essential nutrients like dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium, along with a wealth of others. Kashmiri raisins may be small in size, but they pack some big health benefits!

Lower Cholesterol Levels

Adding a handful of Kashmiri raisins to your diet can be a heart-healthy choice. Kashmiri raisins are naturally low in calories and high in soluble fiber, which regulates blood sugar levels and reduces your body’s absorption of cholesterol. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut found that consuming one cup of Kashmiri raisins per day and walking regularly reduced both total and LDL “bad” cholesterol levels and suppressed the appetite of participants.

Strong Bones

Calcium is well-known for its ability to build and maintain strong bones, but a lesser known mineral present in Kashmiri raisins is calcium’s trusted sidekick, boron. Boron is a mineral that aids the absorption of calcium and magnesium into the body, and supports bone formation. Preliminary research suggests that boron may play an important role in the prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

Healthy Eyes

Here’s something that will raise your eyebrows. The polyphenolic phytonutrients present in Kashmiri raisins can actually protect your vision. Vitamin A and carotenoids protect the eye’s retina and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration. They also act as powerful antioxidants to prevent cell damage by free radicals. Kashmiri raisins are an excellent food source of the antioxidants that can support normal eye health.

Regulate Blood Glucose Levels

Since Kashmiri raisins are a fairly low glycemic index food with a high fiber content, they are much better at moderating blood glucose levels than refined and processed foods. Research presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 72nd Annual Scientific Session examined the effect of raisin consumption on adults with slightly elevated glucose levels. The participants were split into two groups; the first group snacked on Kashmiri raisins three times a day for 12 weeks, while the second group snacked on other pre-packaged snacks which did not contain fruits or vegetables. The study found that consuming Kashmiri raisins reduced average post-meal glucose levels by 16% whereas the other snacks did not reduce glucose levels.

Oral Health

Reaching for a piece of candy to satisfy that sweet tooth? Consider Kashmiri raisins instead. Kashmiri raisins contain phytochemicals like oleanolic acid that can fight cavities and gum disease. Research presented at the American Society for Microbiology identified five compounds in Kashmiri raisins that fight several species of oral bacteria related to cavities, tooth loss, and periodontal disease. Kashmiri raisins just might be the sweetest food your dentist will approve of.

Which health benefits of Kashmiri raisins are most important to you?

 

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