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Many Health Benefits of Turmeric

Many Health Benefits of Turmeric

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Curried dishes around the world may not be delicious without turmeric. Turmeric,  an orange-coloured spice mostly sold by Hausa traders across the country, is revered for its culinary and therapeutic benefits. It gives the curry its bright yellow or orange colour and contributes to its peppery, warm, and mildly bitter taste. It also provides a tangy and ginger-like fragrance. According to a phytotherapists/herbalist, Dr Francis Elegbuo, turmeric is a root crop known for its tough brown skin and bright orange flesh. For more than 5,000 years, this root crop has been cultivated in the Northern part of Nigeria. “Bioactive ingredients found in this herb are pleiotropic in nature- the same molecule can bind to a variety of enzymes and other molecular targets in the body. Turmeric has basic ph
Health Benefits of Pawpaw

Health Benefits of Pawpaw

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Pawpaw, known botanically as carica papaya, is often called a wonder fruit for all its great properties. It is a nutritional storehouse and has effective digestive enzymes. Often nutritionists ask you to increase your fruit intake and papaya is often on that list. Papaya contains numerous minerals and chemicals, flavonoids as well as carotenoids. This fruit is believed to also promote improved cardiovascular health and protection from colon cancer. This fruit is considered so full of health benefits that it promotes digestion, builds the immune system, prevents constipation, lowers inflammation, reduces pain from burns, especially if the skin of the papaya is used, can prevent heart disease, complications from diabetes and atherosclerosis. Papaya is also a good source of fibre, which hel...
Sweetened Foods Responsible For Excess Sugar, Says Nutritionist

Sweetened Foods Responsible For Excess Sugar, Says Nutritionist

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A reputed nutritionist, Dr. Bisi Abiola, has explained that sweetened food, not fruit juice intake is responsible for excess sugar level, as some people erroneously assumed. Abiola, who is the Managing Director of Indulge Nigeria Limited, stated this in her monthly wellness dialogue series, which is supported by Chivita to boost public knowledge on the benefits of 100 percent fruit juice. Abiola said the simple sugar contained in whole fruit, and fruit juices are mostly in the form of fructose but also include glucose and sucrose. The amount contained in fruit juices is moderate and far less than the quantity considered as excessive. She said most often, the largest quantity of sugar in a diet tends to come from sweetened-processed products such as cakes, sweets, chocolates, puddings/de...
Top Reasons to Eat Walnuts

Top Reasons to Eat Walnuts

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Oftentimes, the simplest foods are best for your health, and this is certainly the case for nuts, in which Mother Nature has crafted a nearly perfect package of protein, healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, antioxidants, and many vitamins and minerals. Among nuts, the case may be made that walnuts are king, as research shows they may boost your health in a number of ways at very easy-to-achieve “doses.” Eating just one ounce of walnuts a day (that’s about seven shelled walnuts) may be all it takes to take advantage of their beneficial properties. Walnuts belong to the tree nut family, along with Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts. Each has its own unique nutritional profile. One-quarter cup of walnuts, for instance, provides more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-bas
Bitterleaf Healing Power

Bitterleaf Healing Power

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Bitterleaf is one of the widely use cooking vegetable in Africa and it can grow in any part of the world Very few people are aware that this vegetable is highly medicinal and can be used to cure diseases as well as help to keep our body in good health condition. The important thing this leaf does is to clean the blood, hence prevent sickness. This made by squeezing the fresh leaves to get the juice. Drink about a glass of the juice 3 times a day. •Bitter leaf also cleans the lymphatic system as well. •For smokers or those that are been exposed to secondary smoke, bitter leaf is useful by protecting the body against pollutants that come from cigarette smoke and some dangerous gas. •The juice prevents malaria sickness due to the presence of Natural Quinine.  Regular intake of this bitter
‘Garlic, Ginger, Thyme Are Immune Boosters’

‘Garlic, Ginger, Thyme Are Immune Boosters’

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Regular consumption of garlic, ginger, thyme and other natural antibiotics can boost the immune system and prevent infections, a naturopath, Dr Gilbert Ezengige, has said. He listed the antibiotics as goat weed (Imiesu-yoruba), Christmas bush (Èpa-Yoruba) and clove (Kanafuru-Yoruba), blue gum tree (eucalyptus oil) and aloe vera. According to Ezengige, sufferers of contagious diseases, sexually transmitted infections, airborne and water borne diseases require anti-microbial herbs. He said: “When meals are prepared with herbs, such as garlic, ginger, thyme, clove andxylopia aethiopica (Eru in Yoruba, Uda in Igbo), consumers may not be conscious of their healing potential in helping them to ward off infectious diseases. When they take fruits, such as lemon, grape, and melon (elegede in Yor
Five Health Benefits of Ginger

Five Health Benefits of Ginger

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Ginger is among the the healthiest spice on earth and its loaded with nutrients and bio-active compounds that have powerful benefits to our body. The most important bio active compound in ginger is the GINGEROL Gingerol is the main bio-active compound that have powerful benefits to our body and is the isometric compounds responsible for the heat of ginger Ginger can be used fresh, dried or as a juice. Although ginger is considered safe,it is advisable to talk to your doctor before taking large amount especially for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Below are five health benefits of ginger: 1. IMPROVES DIGESTION Ginger contains volatile oils that can help awaken your taste buds and gets the juice flowing.It purifies the mouth and stimulates the production of saliva which aids the...
Junk Food Tied To Higher Cancer Risk

Junk Food Tied To Higher Cancer Risk

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
*World Cancer Research Fund’s 10-point blueprint to beat disease People who regularly eat foods with a low nutritional quality have a higher risk of developing cancer. The study authors state that more countries should now enforce food labeling that clearly specifies nutritional value.Countries need to implement better policies for food labeling so that consumers understand what they are buying. The British Food Standards Agency developed their nutrient profiling system (FSAm-NPS) as a way to ensure that people are able to clearly see what the nutritional value is of any food product.The system allows people to make informed dietary choices and be able to tell healthful foods from those with fewer or no benefits. France and, more recently, Belgium have also adopted systems similar to t
Diet: Does 100% Fruit Juice Make Any Difference?

Diet: Does 100% Fruit Juice Make Any Difference?

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
If we are healthy, chances are that we will enjoy life to the full. If we are physically strong, we feel good and recover faster from illnesses or even resist them in the first place. The key is to eat the right foods in the right proportion. Under normal circumstances, we should find this easy to do. However, our desire to balance our diet may be constrained by low cash outlay, lifestyles, lack of know-how or ingrained negative societal values. Therefore, the smart thing to do is to evaluate and take advantage of readily available and affordable nutrients fillers. More so, in situations where we are aware of the benefits of eating fruits, but our culture does not recognise fruits consumption as satisfying enough while availability, convenience and affordability are key factors for fruit ...
Eating To Beat Depression, Suicidal Tendencies

Eating To Beat Depression, Suicidal Tendencies

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
*Diet with plenty of fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts slashes risk of depression by 33% *Doctors question claims fish oil can cut heart attack, stroke chances by 25% Eating a Mediterranean diet with plenty of fish, fruit, vegetables and nuts lowers a person’s risk of depression. A review of dozens of studies found pescatarians who eat lots of plant-based foods are a third less likely to develop the mental-health condition.Researchers today described the evidence to show there is a relationship between the quality of diet and mental health as ‘compelling’. Mediterranean diets, also rich in olive oil, lentils and even red wine, are thought to lower inflammation, which may benefit a person’s mental health.The University College London (UCL) researchers analysed 41 studies that investigated t
Rotten Tomatoes Can Cause Cancer

Rotten Tomatoes Can Cause Cancer

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday warned Nigerians against the consumption of rotten tomatoes to forestall cancer. Mrs Christiana Essenwa, a Deputy Director with the agency, gave the warning in an interview with tNews Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha. According to her, rotten tomatoes contain micro-organisms that induce cancer. She explained that “once tomatoes become rotten, it will have micro organisms, mostly fungi, and fungi in rotten tomatoes produce mycotoxins which are deadly and induce cancer, and cause immune deficiency in man and animals. “Mycotoxins are deadly, and can cause all sorts of poisoning in the body,” the director said. She said that some research suggested that mycotoxins could also cause kidney damage. Accordi
How Regular Fibre Intake Delays Brain Ageing

How Regular Fibre Intake Delays Brain Ageing

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
Fibre is a key element of a healthful diet.New research breaks down the mechanism by which it can delay age-related brain inflammation. Fibre can be found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, pulses, and whole-grain foods. If all the studies that urge people to consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for a healthy life haven’t convinced you yet to add more broccoli to your plate, perhaps this latest research will. Eating fibre-rich foods — such as broccoli, nuts, oats, beans, and whole-grain bread — might help delay brain aging by triggering the production of a short-chain fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. This the main takeaway of a new study that was recently published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology. Rodney Johnson
Foods to Eat For a Healthy Boost below the Belt

Foods to Eat For a Healthy Boost below the Belt

Food And Nutrition, Men's Health, NEWS
What we eat is extremely important to our physical and mental well-being. In fact there is no part of the body that does not benefit from healthy living including the penis. Some of the smallest blood vessels and nerves are found in the penis so if you eat a lot of junk food with high cholesterol you can be sure that the vessels in the penis will also get clogged. When the blood vessels in the penis are clogged with cholesterol it would restricts blood in the penis and this would in turn make it difficult for you to get an erection when you are ready for action, not to mention the heart issues that are involved. Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, a urologist at Orlando Health, USA advises that you treat your penis like a luxury car. To keep it riding smoothly you need to fill it with the recommended f...
Exploring the Health Benefits of Eating Green Vegetables

Exploring the Health Benefits of Eating Green Vegetables

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. The Greek physician Hippocrates may have been way ahead of his time in extolling the health-giving virtues of a good diet. It is noteworthy that the idea that vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet has been “hammered” into our collective consciousness by experts. Nutritionists will always recommend eating three to five servings of vegetables every day. For some people, the produce component of their diet consists chiefly of fruits. Popular fruits like bananas, apples, oranges, and raisins are sweet and delicious. The vegetables in the diet often tend to be the sweeter or starchier kinds, such as tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes. All of these foods are valuable, but if you avoid or limit leafy greens, you are missing out on ma
Heavy Caffeine Consumption May Extend Life Expectancy For People With Kidney Disease

Heavy Caffeine Consumption May Extend Life Expectancy For People With Kidney Disease

Food And Nutrition, NEWS
A new study in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation indicates that consuming more caffeine may help reduce the risk of death for people with chronic kidney disease.An inverse relationship between coffee consumption and mortality has been reported in the general population. However, the association between caffeine consumption and mortality for people with chronic kidney disease remains uncertain. The researchers hypothesized that caffeine consumption might be associated with lower mortality among participants with chronic kidney disease. The possible protective effect of caffeine might be related with effects at vascular level as caffeine is known to promote the release of substances, such as nitric oxide, that improve the function of the vessel. The results of the analysis suggest an i...