IPL in UAE gave Gill, Siraj the confidence to shine, says India coach Shastri

Shubman Gill of Kolkata Knight Riders thrived in the UAE.
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Melbourne: Playing alongside top international players in the Indian Premier League in the UAE has developed a fearlessness in opener Shubman Gill and quick Mohammed Siraj, said India coach Ravi Shastri after the duo excelled in the second Test against Australia.

Both Gill and Siraj were making their Test debuts in an India side that had been thrashed inside three days in the Adelaide opener and they helped the tourists give Australia a taste of the own medicine with an eight-wicket victory.

Replacing an out-of-form Prithvi Shaw, Gill produced fluent knocks of 45 and 35 not out in the low-scoring contest at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Right-arm quick Siraj, coming in for injured seamer Mohammed Shami, bowled with relentless hostility to claim five wickets.

“That’s the way, that’s the brand of cricket we’ve been playing for the last three or four years,” Shastri said.

“I think a lot has to do with IPL. The fact that they share dressing rooms with international players, they rub shoulders with the best, that complex factor disappears very quickly.” Shastri was delighted with Siraj’s ability to bowl long spells and was particularly impressed by Gill’s flair.

“In the second innings, it’s very easy to get into a shell but he went out there and played his natural game. It was great from the team point of view,” the coach added.

Ajinkya Rahane, who took over the captaincy when expectant father Virat Kohli returned home after Adelaide, said Gill, 21, had showed a good mix of shotmaking and patience. “Shubman has done really well in first class career,” he added.

“Even in this game he showed that he can actually play shots and, at the same time, he can bat with composure.” He was also impressed by Siraj’s control and accuracy. “It’s very difficult for a debutant to show that kind of discipline,’ said Rahane.

Sydney hosts the third test from January 7.


Tennis: It’s time to shine the light on Dubai, says Tahlak

Dubai Tennis Championships Tournament Director Salah Tahlak
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Dubai: Dubai will continue to lead where others follow, according to Dubai Tennis Championships Tournament Director Salah Tahlak.

Speaking to Gulf News, Tahlak — who became the first Emirati to hold such a prestigious position when he was appointed Tournament Director of the two-week championships — mentioned that the honour and vote of confidence in Dubai could not have come at a better time.

“The world has been struggling to bounce back from nearly one year of lockdown and sad times. But in Dubai and the UAE, we want to be the first to show the world that there is hope for the future. Getting to host the qualifiers of our season-opening Grand Slam for women is a prestigious vote of confidence to us,” Tahlak said. “We have proved in the past that Dubai is capable of leading in any sphere, and now hosting the qualifiers of the Australian Open more than proves this all over again.”

The Australian Open qualifying for women will take place at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Al Garhoud while the men’s qualifying will be held in neighbouring Doha, from January 10-13. The plan after that is that players from both events will then travel to Melbourne to carry out the mandatory two-week quarantine period prior to the start of the 2021 Australian Open.

Last week, the WTA and ATP announced a tentative playing calendar for the first seven weeks of the 2021 season. The ATP activities are scheduled to take off with the ATP 250 Delray Beach Open alongside a new single-year ATP 250 license on hard court in Antalya, Turkey.

The Australian Open men’s qualifying will take place for the first time outside of Melbourne from January 10-13, in Doha, and the allocated dates of January 15-31 will then allow for travel along with a 14-day quarantine period for all players and support staff to Melbourne.

The controlled environment quarantine period will enable players to prepare ahead of the inaugural 12-team ATP Cup in Melbourne from February 1-5, that will be played alongside the relocated Adelaide International and an additional ATP 250 tournament from January 31 to February 6, all held in Melbourne itself.

Confirmed details of weeks 8 to 13 will be announced separately, while all subsequent sections of the 2021 calendar, beginning with the spring clay-court season from week 14, remain unchanged at this time as all tournaments are planned to take place as originally scheduled.

“The Dubai Tennis Championships fall in Weeks 10 and 11 with our WTA and ATP tournaments respectively. The tennis authorities from the WTA and ATP have assured us that the season calendar from Week 8 onwards will be made known to us in due course of time,” Tahlak said. “Everyone’s focus right now is to get the ball rolling. These are tennis professionals and they have been denied access to play for a long time. Perhaps, there was not much of good coming out of 2020, and now we have such a huge positive for tennis, for Dubai and the UAE and for sport in general. I am sure this is one of many positives that are to follow in the future.”

As per the initial calendar, the two-week Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships was scheduled to kick off with the WTA tournament on February 14 and conclude with the ATP men’s final on February 27.

In the women’s section, the WTA 250 tournaments scheduled for Auckland and Shenzhen will not be held in 2021 but have been pencilled in for a return on the WTA Tour calendar in 2022.

And for the first time, the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open will start the 2021 season at Zayed Sports City’s International Tennis Centre from January 5-13 followed by the Australian Open qualifying rounds in Dubai from January 10-13.

“It’s now time to look ahead with hope. Let us put the challenging times behind us and confidently look ahead to a bright future. This is going to be yet another success story for Dubai and the UAE,” Tahlak said.

The Australian Open, like the other three Grand Slams, consists of 128 competitors of which 16 will enter into the main draw as qualifiers while another eight get wild cards in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

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Five stars shine at American Music Awards gala

She didn’t sing, she wasn’t even at the show, but Taylor Swift still found a way to steal the show at the 48th American Music Awards on Sunday by being named Artist of the Year. She is not the only one who shone at this gala which annually rewards popularity more than the quality of the works.

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Here are the stars of the evening.

Taylor Swift

The transformation of the country-pop singer into an indie-folk artist has not lost her a single admirer. With the album Folklore, which won him three AMAs, Swift has proven that risk taking doesn’t mean business failure. Others take notes.

The Weeknd

Forget his three trophies. It was the bandages that covered The Weeknd’s head that made the talk. No, the Toronto artist is not injured or recovering from cosmetic surgery. Rather, it is a warning against drunk driving, a concept that has been developed since the release of his album. After Hours.

Megan Thee Stallion

Her success Body has all the attributes of an earworm and her viral duet with Cardi B, Wap, allowed him to win the first AMA of his career. Add to that, she gave one of the most electrifying performances of an over-ballading evening.

Doja Cat

Whether it was during her duet with Bebe Rexha or when she won the AMAs for Female Soul-R & B Artist and Breakthrough of the Year, Doja Cat turned heads on Sunday. His talent and his “bad ass” attitude herald great things.


The Universe’s staunchest admirers have earned their reputations. For a third year in a row, the massive vote from their ARMY saw BTS be named the favorite artist on social media. They also scooped up favorite pop-rock group AMA for a second year in a row.

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Gonzalo Plata, a pearl that begins to shine with the Ecuadorian senior team | The State

Gonzalo silver is a revelation within the absolute selection of Ecuador. He had been showing his talent in youth teams, but In the South American qualifiers it exploded and is the new pearl of the team.

At 18 he already looked for his dribbling and ability to drive the ball, He played for Independiente del Valle at that time, but his talent drew attention in Europe and he only played 13 games for the Rayados, as he was transferred to the Old Continent, where since 2019 he has played for Sporting de Lisboto.

The showcase that promoted him was the Copa Libertadores Sub-20, where he finished runner-up with the Ecuadorian team, which earned him a call to the U-20 team that represented Ecuador in the 2019 South American, in Chile, even where he played 9 games and, although he did not score goals, he left a very good taste in his mouth and He repeated with the national team at the World Cup in Poland, where it did make a difference, since he scored two very important goals that led the team to third place in the competition.

His goals with which La Tri beat Mexico 1-0 and Uruguay 3-1 made him the third best player in the U-20 World Cup.

In September of that same year he was summoned to play the friendly matches against Peru and Bolivia, it was against the latter that he made his debut as a scorer and paved a way in which he was predicted success with the national representative.

When Gustavo Alfaro took over the reins of La Tri two months ago, did not hesitate to call him again for the South American qualifying matches and Plata has responded well, as he scored a goal in the last two games: In the 4-2 against Uruguay and in the unforgettable 6-1 against Colombia.

Gonzalo Plata, “Mermeloso”, as he is also known, is one of the figures to follow for 2021 And if he and his team continue working as they have been doing and qualify for Qatar 2022, it will certainly be at the World Cup as well.


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Dia Mirza: I hope this Diwali gives us the opportunity to shine the light within

Dia Mirza has a special connect with the festival of lights because of her name. And this year, the actor is keeping it all low-key and planning to stay home and introspect, which she recommends others to do as well.

“Staying at home and spending time with family is what I’m going to do. It’s a good thing that there are no parties. It’ll be a peaceful Diwali. I hope it gives us the opportunity to shine the light within. We need to really draw our consciousness and awareness towards what it truly means to be blessed with light and knowledge,” the actor shares.

Talking about the importance of dispelling all the negativity around, the 38-year-old says, “I truly wish we realise how blessed we all are. I hope we can work together and come together collectively and make a difference in lives of other people.”


The actor-producer — also the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, adds that this year, one needs to be all the more careful and keep it a green Diwali because of the pandemic.

“It’s important to keep the environment and pandemic in mind because both aren’t mutually exclusive. This pandemic has been an indicator of what scientists have been telling us and that is health and environment are intrinsically connected to each other. With the pollution, which happens this time of the year, increasing and the fact that it makes people suffering from Covid even more vulnerable, it’s alarming. It’s something that we need to take stronger cognisance of now more than ever before,” she explains.

So, what’s the best way to celebrate the festival this year? “Now with the pandemic in mind maintain social distancing and keep it within family. Try and avoid too much interaction with people. This is a sensitive time and you need to remember that we are amid a pandemic,” she says.

Mirza has a word of caution for all those who are taking things lightly. “Escapism and apathy and ignorance isn’t going to help us. We’ve to be more responsible towards our own health and that of our families,” she concludes.

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Devin Haney can shine against Yuriorkis Gamboa and set up exciting rivalries

Devin Haney steps out of the shadow of Teofimo Lopez following the latter’s dethroning of Vasyl Lomachenko two weeks ago.

Haney had chased that privilege himself but Loma’s promotors at Top Rank elected to take on Lopez instead.

No disrespect to Lopez, who fought brilliantly, but given Loma’s lacklustre display Haney will have been screaming inside at the opportunity missed.

Haney’s date with Yuriorkis Gamboa in Miami is an opportunity to showcase his gifts in a division packed with talent, including Ryan Garcia, who he beat as an amateur, Gervonta Davis and Luke Campbell.

Devin Haney returns to action this weekend

Haney is obviously a talented fighter. He can box and fight. He is crammed into the weight, but is still a baby.

He is up against an old man in Gamboa, who, though still high class, is not big enough to trade above super featherweight.

Like many of his Cuban brothers who defected, Gamboa left a lot of himself behind in the amateur code.

When they turn over they discover much of their physicality was spent in 3 x three-minute round environment.

Besides there has to be a question mark over a 38-year-old who won flyweight gold in Athens 16 years ago and turned pro in 2007, especially after the awful Achilles injury suffered against Davis last December.

Hopefully Gamboa will be able to interrogate Haney properly. As he showed against Davis he knows his way around a ring and has lost only three times.

Lopez knocked a big hole in the division with the downing of Lomachenko, who it appears had difficulty with that shoulder again.

Yuriorkis Gamboa’s best days are behind him

Loma was holding back throughout the fight. He could not throw punches with his usual venom and did not win a round in the first half of the fight.

Ultimately this is a young man’s game. Lopez is 23, Garcia 22, Davis 25. Haney, who turns 22 next week, is waiting for his breakout moment.

The big fights are out there but they might not happen at lightweight. Both Haney and Lopez are talking about going to 140.

Neither will fill out until they are 27, 28. At 5ft 8ins both are big for the weight and ambitious. I’m not sure we’ll see Lopez fight at lightweight again.

So this a chance for Haney to really shine and to whip up those rivalries.

He will want to get the job done quicker than Terence Crawford (9) and Davis (12).

I’d be surprised if he doesn’t finish it by half way.

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Liverpool’s Gerrard generation shine as Klopp’s Reds 2.0 takes shape

The empty stands might make it seem as though the tournament could be taking place anywhere these days, but you can rest assured that Tranmere’s Prenton Park will not host a Champions League fixture any time soon.

It did host some Champions League players in the not-too-distant past though.

It was three years ago this week, in fact, that a Liverpool youth side containing defender Rhys Williams and midfielder Curtis Jones lined up there in a UEFA Youth League fixture against the Slovenians of Maribor, with Jones – a cocky midfielder with hair that stood out and a Scouse attitude that did as well – opening the scoring in a 3-0 win.

In the dugout was the figure that remains synonymous with Liverpool in the Champions League.

Steven Gerrard watched on as his Liverpool youth side – the first group he had ever managed at any level – played out a smooth win that would go on to be replicated by Jurgen Klopp’s first-team later that day.

Steven Gerrard cut his teeth in management with Liverpool’s under-18s

That now, three years on, Williams and Jones are part of that first-team owes a little to the former club captain, a little to Klopp and a lot to two players who are growing in stature with each passing week.

It was Jones who was the more well-known before the last month of course, with a dipping strike from the edge of the box against Everton in a televised FA Cup third round game likely to do that for you.

Whilst still on the fringes of things pre-lockdown last season, the midfielder has now firmly settled in to Klopp’s first-team plans, so much so that he has started three of the last five matches in all competitions to little surprise.

He was excellent at Atalanta.

Curtis Jones was excellent in Bergamo

Jones – wearing Gerrard’s old No.17 shirt he was sporting back in 2001 – was always wanting the ball and often demanding it off teammates with much greater reputations than his own.

One of the wonders of the teenager is that, in his head, no-one has a bigger reputation than he does. It is what makes him so exciting.

Williams, you suspect, thinks rather differently to that, with the centre-back still surely feeling as though he’s experiencing some kind of reality show in which you go from a loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers to the Champions League in just a few short months.

He’d have gone into the Atalanta game perhaps hoping that he wouldn’t have much to do, and although he didn’t, everything that was required of him was done with a minimum of fuss.

It is easy to see why the club think Williams has a higher ceiling than Nat Phillips, the rugged 23-year-old who started the win over West Ham but who isn’t eligible for the Champions League because the Reds thought he’d be leaving the club before they had to register their squad.

Rhys Williams was a composed figure at the back

We wouldn’t be talking about either defender if it wasn’t for what happened to Virgil van Dijk of course, but in injury comes opportunity, and the same can be said for Jones as he stakes his claim in the absences of Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita, although the latter returned here.

One of the standout things Klopp said when he signed his new contract until 2024 last December was that he couldn’t wait to mould his next great Liverpool team, his Reds 2.0.

Williams and Jones – two players born in the same week in early 2001, and mentored by a man who was in the thick of the action almost two decades ago – might well end up having big parts to play in that future.

They’ve got a part to play in the present too though, and more opportunities will deservedly come their way.

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IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad have to shine against Delhi Capitals

Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Delhi Capitals on September 29 in Abu Dhabi.
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Dubai: It’s approaching the end of the Indian Premier League group stage and every point counts for most teams. Things will be no different in Dubai on Tuesday as the Sunrisers Hyderabad take on the Delhi Capitals, who are all but qualified for the play-offs.

Delhi will be looking at completing some unfinished business and ending the group stage on a high, beginning with Hyderabad.

Delhi succumbed to back-to-back defeats against the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab in their last encounters. But, with two more points on offer on Tuesday, the Shreyas Iyer-led side will be looking to shrug off those losses and return to the top of the eight-team standings as prime position means an easier path in the play-offs.

On the other hand, the Sunrisers’ hopes of reaching the playoffs are hanging by a thread. David Warner and his men are in seventh place and just above former three-time champions Chennai Super Kings with eight points from 11 matches.

Their task hereon is rather simple, yet quite tricky as Hyderabad must win all three remaining matches and then wait to see if other results go their way.

But, the Capitals need not worry too much as their batting line-up — particularly opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Iyer — has been delivering time and again. After struggling for some consistency in earlier games, the Capitals have had different players come to the party on various occasions to make one of the stronger teams in IPL 2020.

The Capitals’ bowling, meanwhile, has been consistent and calm. Led by the South African duo of Kagiso Rabada (currently with the Purple Cap with 23 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (14 wickets), Axar Patel has done well to choke the run flow. The support bowlers such as Ravichandran Ashwin and Tushar Deshpande have been on and off, and will definitely be looking for some added consistency to turn the Capitals into a true tournament winner.

Not everything is well with the Sunrisers. The Warner-led side head into the clash after a demoralising loss that saw their strong-looking battling line-up fail to chase down a modest 127 against Kings XI Punjab last week.

The Hyderabad team were doing well in their chase until the departure in quick succession of Warner and Jonny Bairstow. What followed was a lesson in self-destruction as the former champions lost five wickets in the final two overs and suffered a humiliating defeat.

The Sunrisers have a pretty good bowling unit that includes Rashid Khan, among others. But, following the departure of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, they have struggled despite the inclusion of West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder.

Perhaps, the lone ray of hope for the Sunrisers could be that they had defeated the Capitals in their previous encounter earlier this season.

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Chelsea stars in no doubt that Petr Cech will shine if forced to return

Petr Cech can still play at the highest level, according to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

Jorginho admitted 38-year-old Cech being added to Chelsea’s 25 man Premier League squad came as a surprise even to the other players.

But Cech, who retired more than a year ago and has been added as emergency cover, is on the list along with Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.

Cech, who is the club’s performance and technical advisor, has still been training and has even helped the keepers in training this season.

Italy midfielder Jorginho said: “I think he can help a lot you know.

“He is a legend and he has so much experience so I really think he could help so much in the dressing room and if he has to play he could still do it.

Cech has been named in Lampard’s squad as an emergency option

“It would be a pleasure for me to play with him because I have only ever played with him on Playstation.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists it is only as emergency back-up and the club has had huge issues with the keepers as £71m record signing Kepa has had a nightmare and they signed Mendy in the summer to try and solve the problem.

Now Cech might just prove to be their best even though he retired more than a year ago.

Jorginho captained the side in Tuesday night’s draw with Sevilla

Jorginho also believes another veteran, 36-year-old defender Thiago Silva, will bring much needed experience to tighten up their defence and is a big influence even though he has yet to learn English.

Jorginho added: “He is a big personality, a big player. Big experience. He is helping all of us as a group, the younger players, everyone. He has personality and is happy to help everyone.

“He finds a way to communicate. Whether it is with his hands or he speaks to me and I give the information to the other guys. We find a way.

“He helped a lot, talking a lot.

“Defensively he has massive experience and he knows about football tactically so he is helping all of us so much.

“He has played at a high level for a long time.

“I think it is easy to see he is a great player on the pitch.”

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Maintain your energy without gaining weight: the 6 foods that shine for their content of B vitamins | The NY Journal

There are eight essential vitamins that belong to group B. Ensuring their consumption is an important measure of nutrition and health

It is well known that the vitamins are part of the most fundamental nutrients in the diet, they are substances that the body needs for cell function, growth and normal development. And they are key for the body get the energy you need of food and are involved in formation of red blood cells.

The truth is that the body needs 13 essential vitamins to function optimally and among the main ones are the famous vitamins of group B. They are the most extensive and complex category, since they exist eight variants essential: vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (rivoflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6, vitamin B7 (biotin), vitamin B12 and folic acid.

These vitamins are found in All kind of aliment among those who stand out whole grains, meat, dairy products, of animal origin and legumes. It is because of that various nutritionists agree the importance of following a diet balanced, including all the food groups is the key to avoiding any vitamin B deficiency A deficiency in this group of vitamins is often associated with the appearance of various diseases, among which conditions such as: the anemia, nutritional deficiencies, malnutrition, chronic fatigue, muscular weakness, skin changes, cognitive disorders and celiac disease.

The vitamins of group B are soluble, that is, the body needs continuous doses of the same then it does not have the capacity to store them. This is when get them through food it becomes so important and it is therefore key to review in detail the type of food that we consume the most. Known 6 of the natural ingredient alternatives richer in B vitamins, best of all, it is possible to obtain them through the consumption of both foods of animal and vegetable origin.

1. Whole grains

Consumption of whole grains is one of the main nutritional recommendations, of the World Health Organization (WHO). They are not only considered an extraordinary source of fiber and carbohydrates slow absorption, foods like oats, rye, quinoa, rice, and whole wheat; also stand out for their great content in vitamins of group B. Its consumption is important for get quality energy, promotes physical and mental performance, and are directly related to digestive and intestinal health.

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2. Meat products

It is well known that products of animal origin belong to the group of foods with the highest contribution in the whole range of vitamins of group B, especially of b12 vitamin and that has the peculiarity of not being obtained through vegetable sources. The truth is that not all meats provide the same proportions, however among the most recommended variants are beef, chicken and pork. Its consumption not only provides proteins of high biological value, are rich in vitamins and minerals, which keep the nervous and muscular systems in good working order.

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3. Fish

The fishes they are not only one of the variants of healthier, low-calorie animal protein; are considered one of the food groups with the highest contribution in vitamins of group B and minerals. The recommendation is to select those fatty fish options, distinguished by their high content in Omega-3 fatty acids, as is the case with trout, salmon and sardines. Eating this type of fish twice a week is a great habit to protect cardiovascular health, the nervous system and benefits weight loss.

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4. Egg

Eggs are not just one of the most essential foods in the basic basket of many places in the world, are characterized by being accessible, immensely versatile and what more nutritious. They are generous and satisfying and shine for their content in a wide range of vitamins (A, B2, biotin, B12, D, E and K), which are mostly found in the yolk. They also stand out for their contribution in minerals (phosphorus, selenium, iron, iodine and zinc). Biotin containing helps protect the skin and maintain bodily functions and riboflavin is important for body growth and red blood cells.

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5. Beans

Legumes are a wonderful vegetable platter of vitamins of group B, are characterized by being a great source of plant-based proteins, slow-absorbing carbohydrates, fiber, minerals and antioxidants. In a particular way black beans are an extraordinary alternative, since they provide folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. Best of all, they are inexpensive, accessible and very easy to integrate into your diet. They are a good ally of heart health, help you lose weight and fight any type of anemia, fatigue and nutritional deficiency.

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6. Green leafy vegetables

Without a doubt it is a pleasant surprise to know that the variants of green leafy vegetables, provide great levels of vitamins of group B. They are considered one of the richest vegetables in nutrients and integrate it into the everyday dishes is a nutritional success, in particular they are rich in folic acid, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Choose to generously integrate into your dishes spinach, chard, broccoli, watercress, endive, lettuce, kale, and arugulaBest of all, they are truly low in calories and benefit nerve and muscle function.

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