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SCIENTOON COMPETITION AND LECTURE National Science Day 2010 Celebrations PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 February 2010 22:29



National Science Day 2010 Celebrations


UP Association for Science and Technology Advancement (UPASTA) in collaboration with Regional Science City , Lucknow, India organized a lecture on scientoons, on the topic: "How to live Young Active Dynamic and Healthy: Your food is the secret" and a scientoon competition for children was also organized on February 24, 2010 in Regional Science City, Lucknow, India.

More than 250 children attended the lecture which I delivered in Regional Science City, Lucknow.


 Lecture was mainly focused on role of antioxidant in our body which if taken in right quantity can make us young, active, dynamic and healthy. He told that The FRENCH PARADOX: The French exhibit an astonishing 42% lower incidence of heart disease than Americans while consuming one of the highest fat diets on the planet. The World Health Organization indicates that Resveratrol, an organic compound found in red wine, is one of the active ingredients which reduces the risk of coronary heart disease in red wine drinkers by up to 40%. One of the highest concentrations of the Resveratrol molecule is found in the Muscadine grape. Muscadine wine has 10 - 12 times higher resveratrol concentration compared to French red wine. According to one theory, antioxidants may impede the excessive formation of free radicals that probably play a part in the wrinkling of skin, loss of muscle elasticity, reduced immunity, and memory failures. So although you can't completely prevent aging, you may be able to minimize some of its effects with antioxidants.

The antioxidants are found in green vegetables like broccoli, green, yellow and red pepper and also in the fruit juices of orange, mausambi, grapes, apple and pomegranate. Lycopene, a red compound found in tomato (which comes out more after boiling the tomatoes) is also a good source of antioxidants. Ginger which is called as DEVINE MEDICINE in Ayurveda is very much rich in antioxidants and saves us from arthritis, several cancers, Ginger is also antibacterial and fever reducer. It has anti nausea properties. Tea is also a great source of antioxidants which saves us from various cancers and also diabetes. It is estimated that by the year 2030 more than 360 million people in the world will be suffering from diabetes. He explained that green tea without sugar and milk is found to be more effective in keeping us slim and trim. Talking to children he further added that extracts of the flower Hibiscus is very useful in keeping healthy and saving us from many diseases. It reduces cholesterol and lipid build-up in the arteries of rats. This is the first study to show that Hibiscus extract has the same effect as tea has.  Guava has got the Super fruit reputation among the fruits and is a very rich source of antioxidants. Peanuts contain antioxidants more than those are found in strawberries. Among these CATECHINS EPI GALLOCATECHIN GALLATE (EGCG) which are found in green tea, have been reported to exhibit chemo protective/therapeutic properties and is potent inhibitor of human breast cell proliferation. A study reported powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer effects from apple polyphenol extract. The newest research clearly shows that apple polyphenol extracts can prevent, and possibly treat, the oxidative damage associated with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other neurodegenerative conditions.

The ripe fruit of Bael (wood apple) is rich in beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A; it also contains significant quantities of the B vitamins thiamine and riboflavin, and small amounts of Vitamin C. The tannin in bael has an astringent effect that once led to its use as a general tonic and as a traditional cure for dysentery, diarrhea, liver ailments, chronic cough and indigestion. In fact, Vasco da Gama's men, suffering from diarrhea and dysentery in India, turned to the bael fruit for relief. The root juice was once popular as a remedy for snakebites.


A number of children asked some very interesting questions. In the beginning Dr. D.S.Bhakuni, former very senior scientist of CDRI and the man behind UPASTA, a past recipient of most prestigious SS Bhatnagar award also gave lots of tips to children. He said more important is that children must enjoy whatever they do. Finally S. Kumar, who is the project coordinator of Regional Science City, Lucknow thanked all the participants. Around 40 children participated in the scientoon competition and some of them had made very impressive scientoons.


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