Co­coa, a pow­er­house for good health and skin

HT City - - ENTERTAINMENT - (With in­puts by Dr Meenu Beri and di­eti­cian Palak Mathur) ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Co­coa is truly a mir­a­cle of na­ture, feel ex­perts. It has sev­eral ben­e­fits; take a look.

The brown coloured pow­der is full of flavonoids, which makes it a great source of an­tiox­i­dant. In fact, it has even bet­ter an­tiox­i­dant con­tent than green tea. Also, Flavonoid en­hances mem­ory and learn­ing.

It con­tains high level of al­ka­loids, which helps in cur­ing chronic al­ler­gies. Co­coa is great for those who are suf­fer­ing from prob­lems like asthma.

Re­ally good for heart health, co­coa pow­der pre­vents fa­tal blood clots from block­ing blood vessels. Also, the flavonoid in co­coa beans low­ers blood pres­sure and im­proves the elas­tic­ity of veins and blood vessels. Its an­tiox­i­dants cause stim­u­la­tion of ni­tric ox­ide and con­trol the pres­sure of blood vessels.

Co­coa is great for your skin. That is the rea­son why co­coa is used for mak­ing skin care prod­ucts. Be­sides, it also smells amaz­ing. It also de­creases the haz­ardous ef­fects of ul­tra­vi­o­let rays and also re­duces scal­ing and rough­ness of the skin. It even im­proves skin elas­tic­ity, den­sity, and brings a healthy glow to the skin.

The bit­ter-tast­ing pow­der also helps in fight­ing con­sti­pa­tion. It en­hances the bowel func­tion and pro­vides re­lief from gas­troin­testi­nal dis­com­fort.

Even pa­tients of di­a­betes can ben­e­fit from it. It im­prove in­sulin re­sis­tance and level of glu­cose in the body. Co­coa has hypoc­holes­terolemic and hy­po­glycemic ef­fects. There is a re­duc­tion in LDL choles­terol, glu­cose level, and triglyc­erides in the blood.

It can help up­lift your mood and deal with sud­den up­surges of mood swings. Its an­tide­pres­sant prop­erty helps to re­lieve men­tal ex­er­tion. Its an­tide­pres­sant ef­fect fa­cil­i­tates cer­tain phys­i­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses, which helps in el­e­va­tion of mood.

The prop­erty is just 600 me­tres away from Taj Ma­hal. Every room and pub­lic area of­fers an un­in­ter­rupted view of the monument.

With nine acres of elab­o­rate gar­dens, ter­raced lawns, foun­tains, and re­flec­tion pools, the clas­si­cal de­sign of the lux­ury ho­tel is a trib­ute to the legacy of Moor­ish and Mughal ar­chi­tec­ture. You can have din­ner on your room’s bal­cony. In­dulge in Taj Ro­mance at Amar­vi­las, a re­ju­ve­nat­ing spa ex­pe­ri­ence for cou­ples. Devour Chicken in 24 Carat Gold, a house spe­cial­ity. It is a slow­cooked chicken in a saf­fron-flavoured gravy with aro­matic spices and 24 carat gold leaves; served with wild mush­room kedgeree, saf­fron jus de lie, ap­ple and fen­nel salad.

This idyl­lic re­treat evokes the spirit of royal Ra­jasthan with lux­ury vil­las and royal tents in a fort-like set­ting. It’s sur­rounded by 32 acres of lush gar­dens and cas­cad­ing foun­tains.

Old ar­mours, mounted on the walls, is a treat for the eyes. Restau­rants Surya Ma­hal of­fers In­dian, Asian and Con­ti­nen­tal cuisines; Raj Ma­hal spe­cialises in In­dian cuisines and has the Ra­jwada li­brary bar. Also, you can ex­pe­ri­ence the ro­man­tic Chaarbagh Din­ner. There is a 280-year-old Shiva tem­ple and a Ra­jasthani haveli (man­sion) within the premises of the ho­tel. The haveli serves as the spa.

PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

Co­coa is full of an­tiox­i­dants and flavonoids

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