On the surface it will seem unheard of that anyone should be encouraged to consume sugarcane for ‘its health benefits’. And the irony of it all is the fact that there is a big difference between sugarcane and cane sugar! It is very important we make this clear because most people will normally misconstrue the subject matter. And whatever be the case, the truth is that sugarcane as it is, contains empirical proof of abundant natural nutrients that your body requires for healing and great health. By the time we are able to answer the simple question: “What is the difference between Cane Sugar and Sugarcane?” we would have been very close to our objectives here – health benefits of eating sugar cane. You may also be thinking that sugarcane is just a natural snack for children and rural farme
Study reports and arguments emerging from the use of microwave oven calls to question – the claims by the food processing industries about the safety of the popular device. The scientific breakthrough which gave birth to the sophisticated generation of ovens used for cooking and heating up foods was born out of the successful application of, or adaption of electromagnetic fields in domestic cooking. For about thirty years since the advent of this device researches have been on concerning its implications on (public) health. Microwaves are high frequency radio waves (radiofrequency fields) and, like visible radiation (light), is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Microwaves are used primarily for TV broadcasting, radar for air and sea navigational aids, and telecommunications - includ
The ‘African walnut’ known botanically as Tetracarpidium conophorum, has been described as a good remedy for infertility, dreadful cholesterol, poor brain or mental function and cardiovascular diseases, among others. According to a natural medicine practitioner, Dr Gilbert Ezengige, people do not take advantage of the nut known as Ukpa in Igbo, Asala (Yoruba), Okhue or Okwe among the Edo people. Walnut, he said, has a spermatogenic property, which makes it promote formation of sperm cells in the testicles. “Walnut improves the quality and count of sperm produced. We often prescribe it as a form of treatment for infertility. Its leaf extract has been found to boost female fertility. The African walnut can also help to reduce bad cholesterol level in the blood,” he said. The nat
Bee keeping and honey production can be a very serious and lucrative business venture for anyone who cares while it can also be an enjoyable past time. In this last part of the three part Honey Series, Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA exposes the tricks and skills you require to start raising bees and producing honey either as a business or just for your family healthful consumption. To most Nigerians beekeeping is rather a strange and crazy phenomenon, but what they might not be thinking about is the fact that honey is actually ‘cultivated’ and harvested for consumption by people like you and me. Having dealt with the many health benefits derivable from consuming honey and then the ways in which you can determine good and original honey, it is important to now open you up to how you can equally b
Bitter leaf, popularly known for its natural bitter taste, foamy nature while being washed and largely regarded as a good condiment for soup preparation in the Eastern part of Nigeria, not leaving out some parts of the South-southern parts as well, is one plant that has been identified as a wonder vegetable over the years. Bitter leaf is a vegetable that is now known to be one with adequate medicinal and healing properties, which can be used to treat different ailments such as in the reduction of high blood sugar levels in diabetic patients amongst others. Many a Nigerian is adopting the use of natural herbs and plants these days as perhaps their last resort in taking care of their health challenges, as well as improving on their health and well-being. One of such popular herbs is the bit...
* Researchers say content are below WHO/FAO permissible limits, safe for consumption Two independent studies have shown that most polyherbal preparations sold in Lagos State are of poor microbiological standards which may be due to poor sanitary and inappropriate hygienic measures; and that the heavy metals content of most poly-herbals sold in Lagos State are below World Health Organisation (WHO)/Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) permissible limits and are safe for consumption. The researchers are from the departments of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, and Science Laboratory Technology, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State. The first study titled “Microbial Load of Some Polyherbal Products from Lagos State, Nigeria” was published in International Journal of Ethnobi
In this second part of the Honey series, the Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA takes you into the home laboratories you can set up yourself to examine your honey and be able to ascertain whether it is natural or fake. Having become conversant with all the great natural ingredients and healing effects that this ‘liquid gold’ offers, it becomes very important too that you should equally be equipped with the skills necessary for identifying your original pure and natural honey. This has become increasingly very important in that we know that many people have equally discovered that honey has a whole lot of economic as well as health importance; for this reason a lot of fakers and greedy quacks have also arisen in order to make inordinate profit from the lucrative business of the product of the bees.
Trendy world, trendy people & trendy drink - that is what energy drinks have become in today's life style. Now the question in mind is: Is it just a harmless craze, or is there some real health concern with energy drinks? Energy drinks can have a drawback if they won't be drunk properly. You all might be aware that energy drinks can do so much for you. As they not just help in increasing your level of enthusiasm in your work but your confidence too. In a motion entitled: “Urgent Need to Proscribe the Sale, Distribution and Consumption of all brands of Caffeinated Energy Drinks in Nigeria”, the House of Representatives in Abuja directed its Committee on Health and Commerce to investigate the importation, distribution, sales and health implications of caffeinated energy drinks in Nigeri
There are three things that should make any food item worthy to be called edible: taste, smell and the overall look. Unfortunately, ‘iru’ doesn’t meet any of these criteria and this makes some food enthusiasts like myself cringe at the thought of eating it. Locust bean commonly referred to as iru by Yorubas, ogiri by Igbos, dawa dawa by Hausas, Ugba by Igalas, is a local seasoning or condiment used in soups and stews. A very popular soup ingredient, globally, it is referred to as African locust bean with the botanical name as Parkia biglobosa. It can be found in a wide range of environments in Africa and is primarily grown for its pods that contain both a sweet pulp and valuable seeds. The yellow pulp, which contains the seeds, is naturally sweet “and is processed into a valuable carboh
Honey is a natural food that many have come to love for various reasons; this product of the bees has been with us for centuries and is regarded as a nutraceutical of some sort hence it has been highly recommended in traditional medicine as well as finding its way into modern medicine today. In this three parts feature, Health Editor MORGAN NWANGUMA focuses on three major sides of Honey, starting with the many healing benefits inherent in this awesome natural food. For centuries so many have recognised this natural wonder food produced by the bees, while at the same time so many have neglected it only because they are not aware of the numerous health and nutritional benefits contained in this liquid that is capable of healing your entire body. Honey is not only used as food, it is also u...
by Morgan Nwanguma The people of ancient Egypt had associated onions with eternity due to its unique healing potentials among other attributes. Even more so today this vegetable has continued to spring up amazing surprises due to the life saving properties that modern scientific research and discoveries have come to attach to it. According to a Los Angeles-based homeopathic doctor and author of the book “Natural Pregnancy”, Dr. Lauren Feder, onions do indeed have healing powers. She says, “For colds, an onion pouch in (a) room can help with congestion.” Stating further she says “In addition to treating colds, ‘onion socks’ can be used for earaches, teething, and bladder infections.” Amongst nutritional and herbal experts, much consensus has been reached regarding the healing powers o
Morgan Nwanguma This fruit goes by the funny name – Soursop; it is also what is scientifically known as annona muricata. But studies have revealed that this somewhat strange looking exotic fruit is indeed a miracle fruit that is loaded with multifarious health benefits. The health benefits and healing properties embedded in this wonder (plant) fruit are immense and varied; they are found in almost every part of the soursop plant – the fruit, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, etc. The plant which is native to tropical Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, is also native to Sub-Saharan Africa, including Eastern Nigeria - according to a Wikipedia publication. The soursop plant is also referred to as Guyabano, Graviola, Guanabana, etc. in certain climes, has remained largely untapped i
Why men tend to have stronger odour Victoria Haruna One of the reasons some men smell more might be because they have higher testosterone levels; testosterone influences apocrine sweat production. Then again, some guys who emit bad body odour is simply due to poor hygiene. Middle-aged men produce a substance called noneal which adds to the production of bad odour. Another reason men tend to have stronger body odour might be due to the fact that they are more physical, and so tend to sweat more as well. For example, athletes tend to perspire more because pores get bigger with use, so guys who work-out a lot are more prone to have body odour. Recommendations Bathe more often Bathing and washing your clothes more often is a good way to reduce the odour around you; showers are ...
Food and Nutrition Managing Food Sensitivity -Victoria Haruna Have you ever bothered to know how sensitive you are to certain foods? Do you experience intestinal gas, abdominal pains or diarrhoea, after eating some foods? Or your system seem intolerant to such foods? The fastest explanation for this feeling is called sensitivity or allergic reaction to these foods. Food intolerance means that individual elements of certain foods cannot be properly processed and absorbed by the digestive system. Those affected frequently suffer from inability to digest fructose or lactose; histamine or gluten intolerance (celiac disease) is less common. Food intolerance occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food. According to the Founder, Amelia’s Organics, Titilayo Oduye,
Dental Health Want a Bright Smile? Maintaining a bright smile comes with a lot of guts. You wouldn’t want to smile and people see your yellow teeth, so, watch what you eat and drink. Certain foods and beverages can discolour your teeth. If you want to protect your pearly white teeth, try avoiding the followings, or better still, have a thorough brush after you have eaten. Pasta Sauce Because of their acidity, bright red hue and tendency to cling to the teeth, the tomatoes in pasta sauce can leave your teeth vulnerable to staining. Dine on some dark green veggies, such as broccoli, kale and spinach, beforehand to create a protective film over the teeth. The film will ward off tomatoes' staining effect, so spring for a green salad as an appetizer.