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The Health Benefits of Carrot

The Health Benefits of Carrot

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Sweet and crunchy, carrots are the second most popular vegetable after potatoes. Carrots are basically root vegetables belonging to the Apeaceae or Umbelliferrous family. Whether you refer to carrots as a fruit or vegetable, there is no doubt that carrots are delicious. Besides their delicious flavour, carrots from documented evidences contain high amounts of health-benefitting compounds such as vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants. Carrots offer several health benefits and are particularly beneficial for organs like the eyes, skin, digestive system and teeth. China is Carrot production King of the World. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reports that world production of carrots for the calendar year 2013 was 37.2 million tonnes, with China contributing about 45%...
Eat Me: Egg, Avocado, Garlic… 10 Foods for a Healthy Liver

Eat Me: Egg, Avocado, Garlic… 10 Foods for a Healthy Liver

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The liver is the largest and heaviest internal organ. It is called the powerhouse of the body because of its many functions needed for a healthy life. The liver processes anything you eat or drink for your body to use or eliminate it. The liver also stores vitamins and helps detoxify the body. It plays a crucial role in relieving indigestion, regulating blood sugar levels, and keeping you focused. For an organ that does so much for you, below are 10 healthy foods to give in return. Coffee Coffee increases antioxidant levels in the liver and reduces chances of inflammation. It also lowers the risk of developing liver disease, cancer, and fatty liver. According to a British Liver Trust report, drinking a moderate amount of coffee lowers the risk of cirrhosis, or permanent liver damag
Fruit Juice ‘As Bad’ As Sugary Drinks, Say Researchers

Fruit Juice ‘As Bad’ As Sugary Drinks, Say Researchers

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Two medical researchers writing in one of The Lancet journals argue that because of its high sugar content, fruit juice could be just as bad for us as sugar-sweetened beverages like carbonated drinks and sodas. Naveed Sattar, professor of Metabolic Medicine, and Dr. Jason Gill, both of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, call for the UK government to change the current ‘five-a-day’ guideline to exclude a portion of fruit juice from the list of fruits and vegetable servings that count toward it. In their paper, published in the The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, they propose that including fruit juice as one of the five a day is “probably counter-productive,” because it leads people to consider fruit juice as a healthy food
Good Eating Habit, Lemon Water Keeps Cancer Away  –Nutritionist

Good Eating Habit, Lemon Water Keeps Cancer Away –Nutritionist

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Expert nutritionists say one way you can stay fit and healthy all year round is by maintaining healthy natural and informed dietary behaviour. Also, maintaining a regular relationship with your popular yellow oval citrus with juicy acidic flesh – Lemon (water) should be a habit you must choose not to ignore. According to renowned nutritionist and medical expert with the Osh State Medical University in Moscow, Russia, Dr. Guruprasad Reddy B V, Lemon water is able to stave off cancer if you make a habit of it. According to Guruprasad Reddy, drinking hot lemon water on a regular basis is capable of keeping you free of all forms of cancer, adding that you do not need to add sugar to it. You must have also heard of cold lemon water; but you should understand that for this purpose, hot lemon wa
Amazing Health Benefits of Taking Honey

Amazing Health Benefits of Taking Honey

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Honey has become incredibly popular among health conscious individuals. The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. Honey might add sweetness to your food, but it also keeps your body healthy. Honey is certainly a product that has won over the hearts of many. There is almost no part in the world where honey is not widely used and celebrated as a part of the cultural diet. If you are not taking full advantage of the nutritional and medicinal properties of honey, it is time to begin doing so. Even biblical scriptures in Proverbs 24: 13 reads “My son, eat thou honey, for it is good”. This passage supports the goodness of honey. According to new research, if you can switch out your intake of refined sugar and use pure raw honey instead, the health benefits can be enormous. Honey contai
Healthy Eating: How Balanced Is Your Diet?

Healthy Eating: How Balanced Is Your Diet?

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Have you ever heard the phrase you are what you eat? Bearing in mind that consider this, have you asked yourself this question, am I eating a balanced diet? I am sure some of you will agree with me that if we do a study of our regular eating habits, the findings will not be somewhat too good. As an individual the way you balance your meals is important. A balanced diet will not be the same for everyone. Everyone is different, and often individuals will require a different amount and type of nutrients. A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively. Without good nutrition your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance. Nutritionists say that you can improve your health by keeping a balanced diet. A balan...
Sweet Potatoes – Abundant In Fibre, Vitamins and Minerals

Sweet Potatoes – Abundant In Fibre, Vitamins and Minerals

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All fruits and vegetables have particular times of the year when they are at their peak. As a matter of fact, in Nigeria, rarely would you see a fruit out of season on display in the markets – for the reason of unavailability. In the case of sweet potatoes, not only are they readily available and delicious, they have many benefits for your health. Sweet Potatoes are tuberous crops with the scientific name Ipomoea Batatas. In Nigeria, sweet potatoes are kind of house hold tubers, quite cheap, and readily available most of the year round. It is tropical herbaceous plant which, by the nature of its temperature requirement, can be grown throughout the country. In fact, Nigeria is the third largest producer of sweet potato in the world after China and Tanzania. The colour of the tuber varies f
Impressive Health Benefits of Crab

Impressive Health Benefits of Crab

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Crab is more than a popular item on a seafood menu; it also offers us a number of impressive health benefits, such as its ability to increase cognition, protect the heart, reduce inflammation, strengthen bones, boost the immune system, stimulate circulation, and detoxify the body. Crabs are crustaceans from an intraorder called Brachyura and possess a hard exoskeleton and two claws. Its meat is packed with essential fats, nutrients, and minerals that the human body needs to function normally. From selenium and omega-3 fatty acids to protein and vitamin B, crab meat is a very good addition to your diet. Now, let’s crack open this story and find out a bit more about the health benefits of crab. Promotes bone health Following calcium, phosphorus is the most commonly found mineral in the h
Health Benefits of Oily Fish

Health Benefits of Oily Fish

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Oily fish is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and potentially lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Both white and oily fish are good sources of lean protein. White fish contains fatty acids, but only in the liver, and in smaller quantities. Cardiovascular disease Consuming oily fish can help protect against cardiovascular disease, according to the AHA. A study published by the American Physiological Society suggests that fatty fish oils can also protect the heart during times of mental stress. Rheumatoid arthritis A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases journal linked an average daily intake of at least 0.21 grams (or 210 milligrams) a day of omega-3 with a 52 per cent lower risk of developing...
Foods That Help Lower Blood Pressure

Foods That Help Lower Blood Pressure

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Several million Nigerians suffer from high blood pressure. Experts have said that adding certain foods to one’s diet could help lower blood pressure. Below are some foods experts and medical studies have identified could help keep your blood pressure under control: Mangoes Studies in Hypertension Research showed that adding mangoes which are a great source of fiber and beta-carotene is an effective way to lower blood pressure. Apples Apples contains fiber and quercetin which is seen as an effective antihypertensive. According to a study by the Complutense University of Madrid’s School of Medicine eating an apple a day help people struggling with high blood pressure to keep the doctor away Carrots Carrots contain beta-carotene and vitamin C, and helps put your blood pressure in a he
Fish Meals Protects Against Sight Loss

Fish Meals Protects Against Sight Loss

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Eating plenty of salmon, sardines and mackerel may protect against sight loss, new research reveals. A chemical in oily fish boosts the survival of cells that are critical to vision, protecting against age-related sight decline, a United States (U.S.) study found. Omega-3 oils ‘precondition’ cells in the eye to withstand ‘stress’, such as a loss of blood supply, according to researchers. The discovery, published in the journal Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, could lead to new treatments for a host of degenerative diseases of the retina. In laboratory tests, human eye cells exposed to constant light withstand damage if they are supplemented with such oils, the research adds. Results reveal the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which is abundant in oily fish, ‘preconditions’ different ty
Health Benefits of Having Lemons

Health Benefits of Having Lemons

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Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemons have enormous health benefits. Lemon is a species of small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family - Rutaceae, native to Asia. The tree’s ellipsoidal yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, which has both culinary and cleaning uses. The health benefits of lemon include treatment of throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problems, and fever. Others are - internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure, while it also benefits hair and skin care. Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemons help to strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and it is considered a blood
Eating Too Fast Leads to Weight Gain

Eating Too Fast Leads to Weight Gain

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*Gene prompts cells to store fat, fueling obesity Eating too fast may be bad for both your heart and your figure.Eating too quickly may add an extra size to your waistline, as well as raise your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, according to new research. The results of a new study — recently presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, held in Anaheim, CA — suggest that gobbling down your food may seriously harm your cardiometabolic health. Dr. Takayuki Yamaji — a cardiologist at Hiroshima University in Japan — is the lead author of the study, which examined more than 1,000 participants over a period of five years. The study focused on the relationship between eating speed and the incidence of metabolic syndrome, which is the collective name given
Why Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart

Why Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart

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Eating chocolate has been tied to a reduced risk of heart disease. Now scientists have uncovered one possible reason. Using data from a large Danish health study, researchers have found an association between chocolate consumption and a lowered risk for atrial fibrillation, the irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure and other serious problems. Scientists tracked diet and health in 55,502 men and women ages 50 to 64. They used a well-validated 192-item food-frequency questionnaire to determine chocolate consumption. During an average 14 years of follow-up, there were 3,346 diagnosed cases of atrial fibrillation. After controlling for total calorie intake, smoking, alcohol consumption, body mass index and other factors, they found that compared with people who ate no c...
Nutritional Value of Pineapples

Nutritional Value of Pineapples

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Pineapple, a delicious tropical fruit, has been celebrated for centuries not only for its unique taste but also for its miraculous health benefits. The health and medicinal benefits of pineapple include improving the immune system, respiratory health and digestion, strengthening bones, reducing inflammation, curing coughs and colds, and weight loss. Aside from the interesting story and appearance of this fruit, it is also a storehouse of huge health benefits due to its wealth of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta carotene, thiamin, B6, and folate, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber, and bromelain. A pineapple fruit is known to offer a lot of benefits, which include a stronger immune system, weight loss, impro...