Importance of Children catching up on lost growth

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In this post I will talk about the importance of children catching up on lost growth.

Importance of Nutrition

As parents, we always look out for the best available options and choices for our child. However, as working parents with full-fledged careers, it becomes difficult to spend as much time with out child as we may want, although we may try our best. Especially when a child is 3-4 years or older, we wonder whether he is getting enough food at home, whether he is getting the right food and whether he is getting the desired amount of nutrition.

Many a times when parents come home late in the evening, they order in food – perhaps a pizza or Chinese food, which the child also has with the parent. Or sometimes along with his parents the child has burgers and pani-puris, and develops a distaste for milk, traditional food, vegetables and fruits and becomes fussy about his food habits. How does one ensure proper nutrition in such a scenario?

Nutrition is the most important aspect of social and economic development of a country. As per Panigrahi and Das [1]:
Adequate nutrition is necessary in early childhood to ensure healthy growth, proper functioning of organs, strong immune system, and neurological and cognitive development … Undernutrition manifests itself in different forms in children such as wasting (indicator of acute undernutrition) or stunting (indicator of chronic undernutrition) or underweight (combined indicator for both acute and chronic undernutrition).

As per World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, childhood stunting was “a great unrecognised disaster”, adding that countries which failed to invest in early child development would be left behind in an increasingly complex, digital world [3].

Another reason for lagging behind in terms of weight and height could be because of “fussy eating, illness or for several other possible reasons. Growth lost in early childhood requires specialised nutrition in order to catch up, but parents must make sure that adequate nutrition is provided so that catch up growth happens.”[2]

Catching up on Lost Growth

Lost growth leads to psychological and confidence issues in a child, and also to a lot of anxiety for parents. At a global level, as much as $ 177 billion could be lost because of poor child growth, as per a recent scientific study by Harvard University.[3] Therefore it is important that children catch up on lost growth as this will be beneficial across the board at all levels – to the child, his parents and to the nation.

A child who is lagging behind on growth requires more nutrition to catch up on their lost growth. Is there any solution to this problem of loss growth?

Yes there is. It is a solution we all know but in a new and advanced avatar – Horlicks Growth+.

Catching up on Lost Growth Horlicks Growth+

Some of the unique features of Horlicks Growth+ are given below[4]:

  • Horlicks Growth+ offers advanced nutrition for growth and development of children aged 3-9 years.
  • Horlicks Growth+ has been designed and tested by experts, and is clinically proven to increase height & weight in 6 months.
  • Has been developed to optimise growth without causing obesity in children.
  • Contains essential amino acids and immunity boosting nutrients like Vitamin A, C and D.
  • Contains high quality whey protein.
  • Contains essential amino acids Arginine, Glutamic acid, Leucine and Lysine

All these factors ensure that a child does not lag behind in terms of height and weight, and that he catches up on lost growth.


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  1. Undernutrition and Its Correlates among Children of 3–9 Years of Age Residing in Slum Areas of Bhubaneswar, India
    Ansuman Panigrahi and Sai Chandan Das
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11 Types of Chinese Green Tea

11 Types of Chinese Green Tea

In this article I will talk about 11 different kinds of Chinese green tea, their characteristic features and their associated health benefits.

Green tea is known as lu cha is China. The people of China have been drinking green tea for centuries. Green tea is made from un-fermented leaves and is believed to contain the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols which help to slow-down ageing process. Many studies indicate that green tea also helps prevent many coronary artery diseases.

Green tea is grown mainly in China and Japan. In an earlier post I had talked about the 10 Types of Japanese Green Tea, and in this post I shall focus on Chinese green tea varieties.

Type of Chinese Green Tea

Zhu Cha (Gunpowder) Green Tea

  • Once gunpowder tea is processed, it is transformed into small pellets, which when placed in hot water during the brewing process, open up.
  • High quality gunpowder tea will have small, tightly rolled pellets.
  • Gunpowder Tea has a slightly smoky flavor.
  • This tea is high in fluoride and prevents many dental problems.
  • Gunpowder tea is exported to the Maghreb (western region of North Africa) where it is used to prepare traditional North African mint tea.
  • There are two type of gunpowder Chinese green tea – Pingshui gunpowder (Temple of Heaven Gunpowder or Pinhead Gunpowder) and Formosa gunpowder.

Long Jing (Dragonwell) Green Tea

  • Dragon Well (Longjing green tea) is one of the most popular Green Tea varieties in China as well as in the West.
  • True Long Jing Chinese Green Tea is grown only around Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province.
  • When pocessed, the leaves become flat and have the color of jade. When prepared the tea produces a yellow-green color.
  • Dragonwell green tea has one of the highest concentrations of catechins among teas.
  • Longjing green tea was granted the status of Gong Cha, or imperial tea, in the Qing dynasty by the Kangxi Emperor.
  • Longjing green tea comes in 6 varieties – Xihu Longjing, Pre-Qingming Longjing, Shi Feng Longjing, Meijiawu Longjing, Bai Longjing, Qiantang Longjing, Tiger Spring Longjing and Lion Longjing.

Pi Lo Chun (Green Snail Spring) Green Tea

  • Pi Lo Chun Chinese Green Tea (Biluochun) is grown among plum, apricot and peach trees, which allows it to absorb their fragrance.
  • It is renowned for its delicate appearance, fruity taste and floral aroma.
  • As per a famous Chinese legend, a tea picker girl accidentally discovered Pi Lo Chun tea. She ran out of space in her basket and put the tea between her breasts. The tea, on being warmed by her body heat  started emitting a strong aroma that surprised the girl.

Snowy Mountain Jian Green Tea

  • Snowy Mountain Jain green tea has a full body flavor similar to black teas.
  • It is a good body, full flavored, tending herbaceous with satisfying sweetness.
  • It is grown in the high mountains of Yunnan Province of China.
  • This tea is quite pungent and is good tea for someone who is normally drinks black tea but would like to try a green tea without sacrificing too much taste or texture.

Hyson Lucky Dragon Green Tea

  • Hyson Lucky Dragon is a premium Chinese green tea.
  • It comes from the Anhui province of China.
  • It has a more full-bodied flavor as compared to other green tea. Hyson tea has been described as light, warm, smooth, good-bodied, earthy, sunny, and spring-like in flavor.
  • During the Boston Tea Party hyson tea represented 15 of the more than three hundred chests of tea that were destroyed.

Kai Hua Long Ding Green Tea

  • Kaihua Longding is an orchid style green tea, bright and lively with a unique sharpness accented with bouquet and a slight touch of herb.
  • The leaves of Kai Hua Long Ding Green tea are stocky but short.
  • They are mostly grown in the Zhejian Province of Tiantai County. “Long” is the word “dragon”, and “ding” means “the top” referring to the place where the tea is grown.
  • It is said that the tea was developed as recently as the 1950’s, but in a short while of 60 years it has achieved global acclaim.

Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea

  • Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea has a light, sweetish and delicate taste and grown mainly in Tian Mu mountains of Zhejian Province.
  • The flavor is light yet deep and sweet to the nose and on the tongue. It is said to be vivid yet gentle flavor, springtime fresh and hard to resist.

Xin Yang Mao Jian Green Tea

  • Xin Yang Mao Jian Green Tea is also known as green tip.
  • It is grown in the Henan Province of China.
  • It is often designated as a China famous tea.

Hou Kui Green Tea

  • Hou Kui Green Tea is also known as Monkey tea. It has an orchid flavor taste and is grown in the Anhui Province of China.
  • Houkui tea has a delicate orchid fragrance with a mellow taste.
  • In a glass, the leaf gracefully sways in the water which is described as the “Phoenix dances”.

Anji Bai Cha Green Tea

  • Anji Bai Cha is a high quality green tea in which the leaves are arrow shaped and feathery in appearance. It is called “white” tea although it is a green tea.
  • According to a 2010 study, Anji white tea is high in polysaccharides which can inhibit the hemolysis of blood cells.

Mao Jian Green Tea

  • Mao Jian is a high quality variet of Chinese green tea mainly produced in Xinyang, Henan Province.
  • It has a wett and nutty flavor.
  • Also known as downy tip tea, it is characterized by small slightly downy sea-green colored leaves with silver tips.


There are a lot of varieties of green tea, each having their own signature taste, texture, flavor and benefits. In this article I have talked about 11 varieties of Chinese green tea, some of which have been in use since ancient times while some are as recent as 60 years.

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10 Types of Japanese Green Tea

10 Types of Japanese Green Tea

In this article I will talk about 10 different types of Japanese green tea that are available and list some of their characteristics and health benefits.

We all know the benefits of green tea. But what many of us do not know is that green tea comes in many varieties. There are two main categories of green tea – Chinese green tea and Japanese green tea. In fact in Japan 99.99% of all tea produced is green tea. Green tea means tea that has not been fermented  – to produce green tea, oxidation of the tea leaves is stopped as soon as possible after they have been picked and in Japan this is done by heating using water vapor.

Types of Japanese Green Tea

Matcha Green Tea

Matcha Green Tea is a popular Japanese variety of green tea. It is a powdered green tea variety grown in the Uji region of Japan. Dark Matcha (Koicha) is used in Japan’s traditional tea ceremony. Matcha green tea is also used to make traditional Japanese confections and various savory dishes. Matcha is considered to be one of the most powerful super foods on the market today.

Some of the health benefits of Matcha Green Tea are as below:

  • They are high in antioxidants and hence better able to fight many diseases
  • High content of catechin / EGCg has anti-cancer properties
  • L-theanine in Matcha boosts memory
  • Makes one calmer
  • Detoxifies the body

Shincha Green Tea

Sencha Green Tea is the most commonly consumed variety of Japanese green tea. Its leaves are steamed and rolled to make crude tea. It undergoes minimal processing and no fermentation. There is a huge variation in types and quality. Shincha tea is the first picking of the season. Its major feature is the fresh flavor of new leaves, and because of its lower catechin and caffeine content it is only mildly astringent.

Some of the important health benefits of Sencha green tea are as follows:

  • Antioxidants decreases risk of certain diseases
  • Helps fight against heart diseases
  • Potential cancer fightig benefits

Fukamushi Sencha Green Tea

Fukamushi Sencha Green Tea is one that has been steamed for a longer time than ordinary sencha tea. It is powdery and the tea takes on a stronger taste and darker green color.

Gyokuro Green tea

Gyokuro Green tea is the best variety of Japanese green tea, having smooth tatse with a light fragrance. One of the unique characteristics of GYokuro tea is an aroma similar to nori seaweed. It is very rich in flavor and low in astringency and is one of the most expensive kinds of Japanese tea. It is produced essentially in Kyoto and Fukuoka prefectures.

Bancha green tea

Bancha green tea has a comparatively weaker flavor than other green teas. It is high on antioxidant and low on caffeine and is popular for its mellow flavor.

Houjicha green tea

Houjicha green tea is brown in color on account of being roasted. Hojicha is easy to drink for children as well as elderly because of its lower caffeine content, savory aroma and clear light taste.

Kabusecha green tea

Kabusecha green tea is similar to gyokuro in how it is made, but has a mildly sweet flavor. the largest kabuse-cha producing area is Mie Prefecture.

Tencha Green Tea

Tencha green tea is the main ingredient of Matcha.

Genmaicha Green Tea

Genmaicha green tea is a mixture of brown rice and Sencha tea is 50:50 ratio. It is famous for its savoriness on account of roasted brown rice and the refreshing taste of Shincha. Because of lower caffeine content it is suitable for you children and elderly. Genmaicha is popularly known as popcorn tea.

Kukicha green tea is made from white stalks (kuki) produced by harvesting one bud and three leaves. It has a chestnut like flavor, mildly astringent but vibrant.


There are a lot of varieties of green tea, each having its own signature taste, texture, flavor and benefits. While Matcha is the most popular green tea, especially in the west, it is by no means the only one and there are 9 other varieties of Japanese green tea.

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15 Facts about Slimming Green Tea

Amazing Facts about Slimming Green Tea

In this post I will share 15 Amazing Facts about slimming green tea.

Green Tea is tea that is light in color and made from leaves that have not been oxidized before drying. As per Wikipedia, green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation applied when processing Camellia sinensis into oolong tea and black tea.

Drinking green tea everyday has a lot of benefits. While the taste of green tea sucks, it is good for health – that we all know. But what most people don’t know is that green tea may also be conducive to slimming when combined with other healthy habits.

Please note that drinking 10 cups of green tea alone will not make you lose weight – but if you regularly have it and follow certain practices, you will definitely see some good results.

Slimming green tea is a type of slimming tea. The other types of tea’s are:

  • Chinese slimming tea
  • herbal slimming tea
  • wu long slimming tea

Facts about Slimming Green Tea

  1. Green tea contains caffeine – but in much milder dose than coffee. Caffeine has been shown to help in  burning fat (1) (2)
  2. Green tea has a useful substance called anti-oxidants of type catechins like ECGC (Epigallocatechin gallate) which boost metabolism. (3)
  3. ECGC in green tea inhibits an enzyme which causes a hormone norepinephrine to increase which in turn cases more fat cells to break down. (4) (5)
  4. Catechins in green tea increase body temperature which in turn helps one burn more calories. (11)
    Caffeine and ECGC together have a synergistsic effect in breaking down of fat. (6)
  5. For those who exercise regularly, burning of fat increases upto 17% when people regularly take slimming green tea extract. (7)
  6. Green tea can boost metabolic rate by upto 4% which in turn helps in burning more calories and weight loss. (8)
  7. The most harmful type of fat in our body is belly fat (visceral fat). Green tea helps in breaking down the harmful stomach fat. (9)
  8. Tulsi green tea is the healthiest slimming green tea option as it has a lot of anti-oxidants. And additionally the Tulsi also helps in prevent cough and cold infections. (10)
  9. Among green tea varieties, Match green tea is supposed to be the most effective weight loss variety. (14)
  10. One should drink 2-3 cups of green tea everyday to reach the desired level of caffeine and catechins which will cause weight loss. (12)
  11. Green tea in combination with honey or sweetener does not help  in slimming because of extra calories. (11)
  12. One can drink green tea directly or use green tea supplements. (13)
  13. You don’t have to drink too much green tea to lose weight – 2.5 cups approximately per day should be sufficient.(14)
  14. Green tea because of caffeine may cause dehydration, hence one should drink plenty of water, when one is on a green tea weight loss program. (13)
  15. Some experts advise that whenever you have a craving for something sweet or unhealthy, you should instead have a little bit of green tea. This will temporarily curb your hunger, and indirectly assist in maintaining your weight.(15)


As we can see, green tea helps in weight management in a number of direct and indirect ways. But as I have mentioned earlier, green tea alone is not a solution to weight gain problem. With a bad lifestyle, no amount of green tea will help. In fact too much of green tea is actually bad, so one should have it in moderation. However for someone who has a health lifestyle and consumes green tea regularly, weight control and weight loss can be achieved easily.

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Health Benefits of Honey

Health Benefits of Honey

My son’s recurring common cold problem, again sparked the usual family debate – whether to give him honey on a regular basis or not. My father insists that a little bit of honey, tulasi leaves, ginger etc. are essential on a regular basis, to help build immunity in a child. My uncle is a Chwanprash guy. Others including me hold no position. Plus over the last few weeks there has been a lot of biased debate on Baba Ramdev’s Ayurveda products. This got me thinking and I decided to do some research on the health benefits of honey.

Honey contains a treasure chest of hidden nutritional and medicinal value for centuries. (1) Over four thousand years ago, honey was used as a traditional Ayurveda medicine, where it was thought to be effective at treating material imbalances in the body. (4) Honey was considered to be nature’s gift to mankind and was prescribed as an essential ingredient of every kitchen. It was seen as an important part of the diet for anyone over 12 months of age. Almost 30% of the Sumerians’ medical treatments included honey. (7)

Honey is a natural cough remedy. (4) Honey’s scientific super powers contribute to its vastly touted health benefits for the whole body. Honey acts like a natural vaccine. (1) A tablespoon of raw honey contains 64 calories, is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free, says the National Honey Board. (2) Honey is believed to be as effective as the common cough suppressant ingredient dextromethorphan. It can be used in treating upper respiratory tract infections. Honey is a natural antibiotic that can act both internally and externally. Honey has been utilized for its medicinal properties for over 2,000 years and continues its legacy as a multipurpose health aid. (1)

The United States National Honey Board recommends consumption of honey because it contains many vitamins and minerals in small amounts. A list of these include: niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. (7)

List of Health Benefits of Honey

  1. Anti-allergy
    Honey’s anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe coughs can also reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. (1) One placebo-controlled study which included 36 people with ocular allergies, found that participants responded better to treatment with honey compared to placebo. (4)
  2. Energy Drink
    Honey is an excellent source of all-natural energy, and this natural unprocessed sugar — fructose and glucose — directly enter the bloodstream and can deliver a quick boost of energy. (1) This is particularly true for athletes looking for a “time-released fuel” to provide energy over a longer duration. (5)
  3. Boosts Memory
    Honey has antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. (1)
  4. Cough Suppressant
    A persistent cough that won’t go away can easily be remedied with two teaspoons of honey, according to a 2012 study published in the journal Pediatrics. (1) (3) According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, which compared honey to placebo in helping children with cough during night time, it was found that honey was superior and that parents rated the honey products higher than the silan date extract for symptomatic relief of their children’s nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to URI (upper respiratory infection). (4)
  5. Sleep Aid
    honey can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin — a neurotransmitter that improves mood and happiness. The body converts serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and the quality of sleep. (1)
  6. Acid Reflux
    As honey is 125.9 more viscous than distilled water at 37 celsius (body temperature), honey may be helpful in preventing GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux). (4)
  7. Infantile gastroenteritis
    Honey shortens the duration of bacterial diarrhea in infants and young children, does not prolong non-bacterial diarrhea duration, and may safely be used as a substitute for glucose in oral rehydration solution containing electrolytes. (4)
  8. Honey can Treat Wounds
    Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidants activities that make it ideal for treating wounds. Honey releases hydrogen peroxide through an enzymatic process, which explains its general antiseptic qualities. (5) Honey helps in promoting autolytic debridement, deodorizes malodorous wounds, speeds up the healing process by stimulating wound tissues, helps in initiating the healing process in dormant wounds and helps in promoting moist wound healing. (6)
  9. Anti-Dandruff
    Honey diluted with a bit of warm water was shown to significantly improve seborrheic dermatitis, which is a scalp condition that causes dandruff and itching. (5)
  10. Cure for Herpes Symptoms
    A study concluded, that for labial herpes, the mean healing time was 43 percent better, and for genital herpes, 59 percent better than an antiviral drug. Pain and crusting was also significantly reduced with the honey, compared to the drug. (5)
  11. Weight Loss
    When honey is consumed with warm water, it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly, honey and lemon juice as well as honey and cinnamon help in reducing weight.(6)
  12. Improves Immunity
    Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are very effective for the removal of free radicals from the body. As a result, our body immunity is improved against many conditions, even potentially fatal ones like cancer or heart disease. (6)
  13. Good for Yoga Practitioners
    For those doing yogic practices, consuming honey brings balance to the blood chemistry and is especially recommended. Regular intake of honey makes the system more vibrant. Taking tepid water mildly laced with honey in the morning before beginning the practice can open the system up. (7)

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Green Tea Memory Benefits

Green Tea Memory Benefits

In this post I will talk about green tea memory benefits.

Green tea is very popular for its various health benefits like reducing the risks of cancer, heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. Green tea has also been shown to aid in weight loss.

But what many are not aware is that green tea also has significant positive impact on brain functioning. Studies have shown that green tea helps in increasing focus and concentration, in making people more alert and in improving overall memory.

In the next few paragraphs we will try to understand green tea memory benefits in terms of underlying chemical constituents like caffeine, L-theanine etc. We will take up each such component and analyze its impact on brain functioning.

1. Green Tea Memory Benefits from Caffeine

Green tea contains caffeine which helps to improve memory and increase focus and concentration.

Adenosine is nucleoside that is naturally found in all cells of the body. Adenosine has lots of useful functions. In the brain adenosine acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. While this is useful in promoting relaxation and sleep, being a central nervous system depressant it can lead to lethargy. Source.

Caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine and aids in the increased firing of neurons, and increased levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Source 1. Source 2.

Caffeine therefore helps to improve brain functions.

2. Green Tea Memory Benefits from L-Theanine

Green tea (and tea in general) contain an amino acid called L-theanine that positively impacts brain functions in humans.

As per this study, L-theanine, a natural constituent in tea, and its effect on mental state: L-theanine significantly increases activity in the alpha frequency band which indicates that it relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness.

As per this study, The neuropharmacology of L-theanine(N-ethyl-L-glutamine): a possible neuroprotective and cognitive enhancing agent: L-theanine has been historically reported as a relaxing agent …  Behavioural studies in animals suggest improvement in learning and memory.

3. Green Tea Memory Benefits from Caffeine and L-Theanine

Studies have shown that Caffeine and L-Theanine combination which naturally occurs in green tea has a synergistic effect and positively impact brain function.

As per this study, The effects of l-theanine, caffeine and their combination on cognition and mood,
In addition to improving RVIP accuracy and ‘mental fatigue’ ratings, the combination also led to faster simple reaction time, faster numeric working memory reaction time and improved sentence verification accuracy. ‘Headache’ and ‘tired’ ratings were reduced and ‘alert’ ratings increased.

4. Green Tea Memory Benefits from epigallocatechin-3-gallate

As per this study, Green tea extract enhances parieto-frontal connectivity during working memory processing, drinking green tea increases connectivity between “right superior parietal lobule and the frontal cortex of the brain. This activity correlated with improved performance on the working memory tasks.” Source.

As per one of the researchers, “Our findings suggest that green tea might increase the short-term synaptic plasticity of the brain”. Source.

In neuroscience, synaptic plasticity is the ability of synapses to strengthen or weaken over time, in response to increases or decreases in their activity. Synaptic plasticity is an important driver of learning and memory.

Please note that the researchers used green tea extract. The active ingredient that’s most likely responsible for the effects is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Source.

That’s it. Hope you enjoyed it. If you can think of any additional green tea memory benefits, please share them via your comments.

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