Thursday, January 13, 2011

Amazing protective properties of green tea

I am a green tea buff. I got hooked on to it from my very first sip years back in Munnar. I have initiated many to the delights of sipping green tea and I closely follow every bit of news about green tea.

It was with great pleasure that I read in journal Biology and Nature the latest on green tea. Scientists have discovered that drinking green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

The researchers from Newcastle University wanted to find out whether the protective properties of green tea were still active once the tea had been digested. They found that when green tea is digested by enzymes in the stomach, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer's development than the undigested form of the tea. Digested compounds also had anti-cancer properties, significantly slowing down the growth of the tumour cells.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Watermelons - Yummy and Functional Fruit

    I have a weakness for watermelons. The other day I was munching delectable watermelon that my friend Ramesh from wynad had procured. After polishing off the watermelon I told Ramesh about the medicinal properties of watermelon. Ramesh was all ears and wanted me to put the info in my blog. 

So guys here it comes.    Watermelon is an excellent fruit that can ward off ill effects of prehypertension. Watermelon is the richest edible natural source of L-citrulline, which is closely related to L-arginine, the amino acid required for the formation of nitric oxide essential to the regulation of vascular tone and healthy blood pressure.   

When university of Florida researchers administered six grams of the amino acid L-citrulline/L-arginine from watermelon extract there was improved arterial function and consequently lowered aortic blood pressure in all nine of their prehypertensive subjects. Watermelon has vasodilatory effect, and this may prevent prehypertension from progressing to full-blown hypertension.   

Watermelon is also a rich source of vitamin A, B6, C, fiber, potassium and lycopene. So guys go ahead and eat watermelons when the season comes. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Declaration of 17,066.49 Acres of KDH Area as Reserve Forest

The declaration of 17,066.49 acres of KDH area as reserve forest is the best thing that could have happened in Munnar. This was a long overdue process. We congratulate Forest Minister Benoy Viswom and the officers at the top echelons of the forest department for the ceaseless efforts that they have made to make this demand from environmentalists come true. It is actions like this that are the need of the hour.

Stale things like my tree, your tree, their tree are Ok to garner attention for some time. They pale in to insignificance in the long process. It should not be the number of seedlings that matter. What matters should be the seedlings that grow on to become trees. I am sure that if all the seedlings that were planted to date had grown to become trees we would have needed dredging the Arabian Sea to find the required land. So go for quality instead of harping on clich├ęd words and sentences. 

We wish you the very best in your endeavours.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Some Random Thoughts

The increasing thrust of ecotourism in wildlife reserves makes me squirm. While the tour operators makes merry and their cash registers keep ringing, there is absolutely no mechanism to routinely monitor the negative impacts of tourism in wildlife areas. Is it a deliberate turning the face away from the facts? I doubt so.

Many policy makers think that prefixing the three letters ECO is the panacea for all the evils affecting us. Very little thought is given to implications. Why is it that we cannot have a mechanism for monitoring the reserves on a regular basis? In the mad rat race for mega bucks the eyes of the administrators seem to get blighted.

Forethought has become a rarity among our administrators. Look at the recent strike of auto workers in Kerala. It was clear as day light that a strike was round the corner with the increase in fuel prices. Instead of living in fools’ paradise and giving sermons the minister and administrators should have come up with well thought out plans. This did not happen. Many foreign tourists were put to lot of bother by the strike. Some of them even missed their flight. A state that calls itself God’s own country meted a devils own treatment to the foreign and domestic tourists.

I feel that the Indian Institute of Management should come up with a short term courses for ministers and administrators that are rooted in emergency fire fighting. The ministers and administrators seem to forget that it is the common man’s tax money that they fritter away. 

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Happy New Year

We wish you the very best in your conservation mission for 2011.
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.