Friday, November 2, 2012

Natural Remedies to Lower Cholesterol

The buildup of cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis and heart disease,the main cause of mortality in the Western world. The sedimentation of cholesterol in the coronary arteries,such blockages that cause heart strokes,and the carotid artery, which if blocked, causes a cardiovascular accident.Eating antioxidants like fruits and vegetables is one of the ways to fight the buildup of cholesterol on the artery walls.

Which fruits and vegetables should we eat?
Most effective antioxidants to be in pomegranates, red wine, olive oil and licorice root. Drink half a cup of olive oil a day. Cholesterol will decrease remarkably after only one week.Benefits of different foods, as pomegranates, red wine and olive oil are the main ingredients often used in the traditional Mediterranean diet.

Pomegranates as Ayurvedic medicine
In the Indian subcontinent's ancient Ayurveda system of medicine, the pomegranate has extensively been used as a source of traditional remedies for thousands of years. The rind of the fruit and the bark of the pomegranate tree is used as a traditional remedy against diarrhea, dysentery and intestinal parasites. The seeds and juice are considered a tonic for the heart and throat, and classified as a bitter-astringent (pitta or fire) component under the Ayurvedic system, and considered a healthful counterbalance to a diet high in sweet-fatty (kapha or earth) components. The astringent qualities of the flower juice, rind and tree bark are considered valuable for a variety of purposes, such as stopping nose bleeds and gum bleeds, toning skin, (after blending with mustard oil) firming-up sagging breasts and treating hemorrhoids. Pomegranate juice (of specific fruit strains) is also used as eyedrops as it is believed to slow the development of cataracts. Ayurveda differentiates between pomegranate varieties and employs them for different remedies. Pomegranate has been used as a contraceptive and abortifacient by means of consuming the seeds, or rind, as well as by using the rind as a vaginal suppository. This practice is recorded in ancient Indian literature, in Medieval sources, and in modern folk medicine : Wikipedia Link

Liquorice  as Ayurvedic medicine
The compound glycyrrhizic acid, found in liquorice, is now routinely used throughout Japan for the treatment and control of chronic viral hepatitis, and there is a possible transaminase-lowering effect.Hepatoprotective mechanisms have been demonstrated in mice.Recent studies indicate that glycyrrhizic acid disrupts latent Kaposi's sarcoma (as also demonstrated with other herpesvirus infections in the active stage), exhibiting a strong anti-viral effect.The Chinese use liquorice to treat Tuberculosis.
Liquorice affects the body's endocrine system as it contains isoflavones (phytoestrogens). It might lower the amount of serum testosterone slightly,but whether it affects the amount of free testosterone is unclear. Consuming liquorice may prevent the development of hyperkalemia in persons on hemodialysis.Large doses of glycyrrhizinic acid and glycyrrhetinic acid in liquorice extract can lead to hypokalemia and serious increases in blood pressure, a syndrome known as apparent mineralocorticoid excess. These side effects stem from the inhibition of the enzyme 11ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (type 2) and subsequent increase in activity of cortisol on the kidney. 11ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase normally inactivates cortisol in the kidney; thus, liquorice's inhibition of this enzyme makes the concentration of cortisol appear to increase. Cortisol acts at the same receptor as the hormone aldosterone in the kidney and the effects mimic aldosterone excess, although aldosterone remains low or normal during liquorice overdose. To decrease the chances of these serious side effects, deglycyrrhizinated liquorice preparations are available. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Windows 8 Photos viewing options

In Windows 8 there are two ways 1) Start screen’s Photos app 2) Desktop app’s Photo Viewer .The Start screen’s Photos app works best for quickly showing off photos. It pulls in photos from your social networks such as Facebook and Flickr, making it easy to display all your photos from within one program. What the Photos app lacks, however, are options. It won’t rotate a sideways photo so it’s right-side-up. You can’t see the date you snapped a photo, or which camera snapped it. It’s awkward for managing photos. It can’t print, nor can it crop. But when you want to show off your photos without a lot of fuss, follow these steps:
1. From the Start screen, click the Photos tile. 
The Photos app quickly appears,  showing tiles representing your main photo storage areas:

• Pictures Library: These photos live in your own computer, inside your Pictures library. You can see these photos even if you’re not connected to the Internet. Photos stored in the other areas, by contrast, can’t usually be seen without an Internet connection.
• SkyDrive: These photos live on Microsoft’s huge Internet-connected computers. You can access them from any Internet-connected computer after you enter your Microsoft account and password.  
• Facebook: This area shows all the photos you’ve uploaded to your Facebook account  
• Flickr: These photos come from your account on Flickr (, one of many photo-sharing sites.

2. Click a storage area to see its photos; while inside any storage area, right-click the screen to see its App bar, which offers that screen’s particular menus. 

Click or tap a storage area to see the photos and folders hidden inside. The Photos app shows photos in a long horizontal strip across your screen, 
On a touchscreen, slide your finger up from the screen’s bottom edge to see the App bar. Depending on what you’re viewing, you’ll see icons to Delete, Select All, Browse by Date, or see a Slide Show. 
To navigate between folders, click the left pointing arrow in the screen’s top-left corner. (Click or tap the photo to bring a missing arrow into view.) 
To delete a photo, right-click it and then click the Delete icon (shown in the margin) from the App bar along the screen’s bottom edge.

3. Click a photo to see it full-screen.
When a photo fills the screen, an arrow appears on its left and right edges; click the arrow to
move from photo to photo. On a touchscreen, tap a photo to view it full screen, and then tap the side arrows to navigate between photos. Viewing a photo that a friend has to see? E-mail it to her.  Fetch the Charms bar, click the Share icon (or press +H), and click Mail. To return to the strip view of your photos, click the left-pointing arrow at the top-left corner. (You may need to click the photo to see the arrow.)

4. To view a slide show of the current folder, right click any photo and then click the Slide Show icon on the App bar.
5. To exit the slide show, click any photo.
To exit the Photos app, head for the Start screen: Press the key or fetch the Charms bar and click the Start icon.

Gmail's rolls out new interface for "Compose Mail"

Life is getting more faster than ever. Even Google thinks the same. So they are tying to save the time for each and every thing. So the new option for compose email launched on Nov 1st 2012. When you click the compose button , now there will be a new pop up which ask you one time , whether you want to try the new compose option , I just gave a try. Looks good to me. Now when I click Compose , I am in a feeling  whether its a Chat or Email Compose. Its looks similar to the Gtalk Chat message which is embedded in Gmail . The new message will just come to the right bottom corner , as usual , there will be a To , CC, BCC ,subject , send , Font , attach , there is '+' sign , When you move over the mouse on that '+' then you can see then Insert photo, link and smileys. One new thing that I saw is there is an "Insert invitation" , which will roll out soon . Insert invitation is nothing, but you can invite multiple number of people for an event etc. It looks like Google want to have every thing in one. What I think more interesting is , after writing you may save to draft, then opening and old email , reopening your draft etc... will waste your time . So this feature will save those time . Still if you think that you want to open in a separate window there is an option in the top right middle icon , that is left the close button. Lets wait for roll out of Insert Invitation . 
Gmail updates email interface