Nectar of Life

Kalyan is a prestigious Hindi title published by the Gorakhpur Press. It has special issues devoted to the deities, mantra and spiritual issues. Few years back, my friend Kaushal took me to the Marine Lines-based shop who stock Gorakhpur Press titles. I picked up Kalyan’s issue on health. The 500-page long book is modestly priced at Rs 175 and has gems of information gathered over the years by the editors from ayurvedic and naturopathy practitioners.
Here is one I would like to share. It’s for agelessness and ushering of good health. No, not the anti-ageing cream variety which promises you wrinkle-free complexion at a price. Whether the cream is effective or not only time will tell (By then Madhuri Dixit, Sushmita Sena, Karishma Kapoor and other good-looking women will no more be around. And if around will not be of interest to us). We know what happened to the users of whitening creams. I heave realised that nature’s secrets are easy but not advertised during prime time. That’s why we don’t realise their importance. We all have become suckers of prime time—from what we put in our mouth to what we apply on our skin and hair.
• Take 40g of wheat and 10g of methi (fenugreek) seeds and immerse them in a half glass of water. After 24 hours take the seeds out and hang them inside a piece of coarse cotton cloth.
• Don’t throw the half glass of water in the sink but add juice of a half cut lemon, 2g dry ginger powder and 2 tbsp of honey. Stir it well and drink.
• 24 hrs later, by then the seeds in the cloth may have germinated. Spread them in a plate, add powdered black pepper and a pinch of rock salt for taste. Eat it after chewing it thoroughly.
Why this is called ‘nectar of life’ and why it keeps age at bay?
Two tablespoons of raw wheat germ have about 1.5g of unsaturated fat, 9g of carbohydrates, 4g of protein, 2g dietary fibre, 2g of sugars, no cholesterol and about 60 calories. This is plenty of protein and fibre. Unfortunately, this kernel, which includes the wheat germ, is tragically removed during the refining of whole wheat grains to white flour. In the manufacturing process, it is removed because its healthy oils can go rancid quickly, so removing it makes it easier for food production companies to keep wheat in storage longer. The germ itself only makes up about 3% of the kernel, and you need over 50 pounds of wheat to get one pound of wheat germ. While most of us get more than enough wheat in our diet, because the wheat germ is removed, we are usually not getting the best part of the wheat.
Additionally, it has B and E vitamins, Phytosterols, Omega-3 fatty acids, minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, selenium and manganese. Our body needs minerals to repair itself and run the chemical reactions that keep us healthy.
Fenugreek appears to slow absorption of sugars in the stomach and stimulate insulin. Both of these effects lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Fenugreek is also used as a folk or traditional remedy for diabetes and loss of appetite, and to stimulate milk production in breastfeeding women. It is also applied to the skin for inflammation.

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