A new clinical trial showed that consuming crickets can help support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and that eating crickets is not only safe at high doses but may also reduce inflammation in the body. The clinical trial, which was carried out in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States, documented for the first time the health effects of eating insects. The co-corresponding author of the study, Prof. Tiffany Weir, of the Colorado State University, USA, said, “This study was important because insects represent a novel component in western diets and their health effects in human populations haven’t really been studied. “With what we now know about the gut microbiota and its relationship to human health, it is important to establish how a novel food might affect gut micro
An expert in vitreo retina services and cataract says eating habits could help protect the eyes against blindness. This is designed to awaken the level of awareness among Nigerians, regarding retinal disorders and diseases. According to Zennat Shah, consultant Vitreo Retina Services at Skipper Eye–Q Super Speciality Eye Hospital, most people complain of eye pain, double vision, decrease of vision, redness of eye but do not know what is going on inside of the eye. Many a time, they are given glasses and yet not corrected. “Eating right is simple and best solution to protect the vision. Avoid too much carbohydrate especially those suffering from diabetes; it increases the progression of the disease. Nigeria has lots of local fruits available that are good for the eye, such as: pawpaw, tom
As the world claims to be getting more and more sophisticated in its social and material development, so, it is getting to lose its grip on certain rules that should guide this development. One of the ways this has happened to him is in this tragic understanding of the rules of diet. As I had said before, most of the diseases that afflict many of us are as a result of the violation of the rules of diet. That is what we eat and what we drink. The cravings of many people for pleasure and indiscriminate gratification have made them ignore the important fact of life that even nutrition and diet are subjected to use and when this rules are ignored or violated, they can lead to serious health implications that could manifest many diseases. The seriousness of this issue is manifested in the f...
Fruits are really important for everyone’s diet and good healthy living. Fresh fruits are a great option for breakfast, snack or dessert. Most fruits are sweet and ready for you to eat without preparing a recipe or cooking. Take an apple for instance, you don’t have to be a nutritionist to realise that apples are healthy. The proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, further address the health effects of the fruit. Delicious and crunchy, apple fruit is one of the most popular and favourite fruits among the health conscious, fitness lovers who firmly believe in the concept of “health is wealth”. An apple is a sweet, edible fruit produced by an apple tree (Maluspumila). Apple trees are cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree. From research, there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples
Researchers say there is little or no effect of omega 3 supplements on our risk of experiencing heart disease, stroke or death.A new systematic review by Cochrane, an independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health, combines the results of seventy-nine randomized trials involving 112,059 people. These studies assessed effects of consuming additional omega III fat, compared with usual or lower omega III, on diseases of the heart and circulation. Omega III is a type of fat. Small amounts of omega III fats are essential for good health, and they can be found in the food that we eat. The main types of omega III fatty acids include alphalinolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA, colle
A new study has noted that pregnant women who form the habit of eating fish every week stand the chance of benefitting the brains of their future children and reducing the latter’s risk of having early symptoms of autism. Scientists in Spain followed about 2,000 mothers and their children, beginning in the mothers’ first three months of pregnancy and continuing until the children turned five. The results showed that the children, whose mothers ate three to four servings of fish a week, had IQ scores that were 2.8 per cent higher than those whose mothers ate less fish. According to livescience.com, the study also showed that children, whose mothers ate an average of 21 ounces of fish every week during their pregnancy, showed no signs that mercury in fish negatively affected their d
Some things just don’t mix well. But what you eat or drink can affect how some drugs you take work. You may not find time to read medical information that details contraindications, but you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if there’s anything you should avoid. Grapefruit- This citrus changes the way certain cells in your intestine take in and move medication through your body. It can affect more than 50 drugs. It can make some less effective and make others too strong. Milk- Milk can make it harder for your body to process certain antibiotics. Minerals in milk like calcium and magnesium are part of the reason, along with the protein casein. If you’re taking antibiotics, make sure to find out about the foods or beverages you should stay away from. Chocolate- Dark chocolate
When most of us think of calories, we think of how fattening a food is. In dietary terms, calories are the amount of energy that a food provides.If we consistently take in more energy than we need, we will gain weight. If we take in too little energy, we will lose weight, fat, and eventually muscle mass. The definition of a calorie is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram (g) of water through 1° Celsius. The type and amount of food we eat determine how many calories we consume. For many people on a weight-loss diet, the number of calories in a food is a deciding factor in choosing whether or not to eat it. How and when we eat can also make a difference, as the body uses energy differently throughout the day. Our body’s energy use will depend on how active we are
We always hear about nature calling. You strain on the toilet for so long with no results. You are constipated. Almost everyone goes through it at some point. In fact as much as 27 per cent of adults experience it, studies have revealed. Sometimes constipation stems from stress, experts say. And at other times, it is brought on by a medical condition. Still, other times it is believed that what you eat goes a long way towards relieving or preventing the unpleasant condition. The fact is, we are eating too much of junk/processed food nowadays. Generally, some of these foods are deficient in healthy nutrients. And they contain a lot of salt and unhealthy fats. This habit is slowing down our digestive system and ruining our long term health. Thus, they contribute to poor digestion and can ca...
Eating nuts “significantly” boosted the number and health of sperm in young men in a scientific trial, researchers at the Rovira i Virgili University in Spain said Wednesday. The findings “support a beneficial role for chronic nut consumption in sperm quality,” they said, but stressed the study participants were all healthy, apparently fertile men. The potential benefits of nuts for men struggling with fertility have yet to be probed. For the study, researchers recruited 119 men aged 18-35, who they divided into two groups. One group ate 60 grammes of almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts daily on top of their usual “western-style” diet, while the second group got no nuts. After 14 weeks, the nut group “had significant improvements in their sperm count, vitality, motility (movement) and mor
Cashew is widely cultivated in tropical climatic regions. The cashew nut itself is used as a popular ingredient in savoury dishes worldwide. Known as “kwayoyi” in Hausa, “eso” in Yoruba, and mkpuru cashew in Ibo, the cashew nuts are loaded with powerful nutrients. Experts suggest that nuts generally are some of the healthiest snack options, and cashew nut is easily available and found in the local markets all year round. According to the book Healing Foods by DK Publishing, some of the highest antioxidant levels of all plant foods are found in nuts. Consumption of cashew and its nut can greatly help in weight management and prevention of gallstones. A study conducted on gallstone showed that nuts rich in vitamins and minerals such as cashew nuts, offer protective factors against this chr
Looking for a natural way to enhance your fertility, then a daily intake of African Walnuts leaves and nuts may be all you need to solve all these problems. Notably, experts in a new study suggest that African walnut leaves like its nuts also can significantly boost libido or erectile function. It helped boost sperm count and quality. Walnut is called Asala or Awusa in Yoruba; Ukpa in Ibo; and Okhue or Okwe in Edo. In fact, walnut leaf extract at the highest concentration showed a more pronounced effect than the standard drug in test animals under laboratory conditions. Researchers had set out to validate walnut leaf as one of the many medicinal plants used in folklore as male fertility enhancers as well as its possible mechanism. The study which involved Dr Seun Akomolafe at the Ekit...
To avoid any possible outbreak of salmonella, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning and typhoid fever, no fewer than 200 million eggs are being recalled in the United States (U.S.). Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind., is voluntarily recalling the eggs due to possible contamination with the bacteria. According to the Food and Drug Administration, 22 illnesses have been reported so far. The eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, and reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants. They were sold under the brand names Country Daybreak; Crystal Farms; Coburn Farms; Sunshine Farms; Glenview; Great Value; as well as at Walmart and Food Lion stores The ...
A vegetarian diet involves abstaining from eating meats, poultry and seafood. Many people adopt the vegetarian diet for different reasons. Some people do it out of an ethical feeling towards animals. For others, it’s all about the health benefits such as reducing their risk of heart diseases, diabetes and some cancers. While we typically think that a vegetarian diet totally excludes meat, seafood and poultry, many vegetarians have different compositions in their diets. Lacto-Vegetarian: A lacto-vegetarian diet excludes meat, fish, poultry and eggs and all foods containing them. However, this diet includes dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghourt and butter. Ovo-Vegetarian: An ovo-vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but it includes eggs. Lacto-Ovo-Vegeta
Ginger is an age-old world renowned spice, and has been highly valued for its numerous health benefits. Zingiber officinale, as it’s originally known is incorrectly referred to as “ginger root”. The section of the plant that we use to spice up dishes, experts say, is in reality the stem or the rhizome; it is native to the Indo-Malaysian rain forests. In terms of cultivation, ginger thrives in lush, wet, tropical soils. The Asian cultures of mainly China, India and the Middle East have evolved many uses for ginger including incorporating it into sweets, and beverages such as tea and coffee. Ginger is well valued and cherished for its alluring fragrance as well as its essential oil which since ancient times have been extracted and used by perfumers. For over 2,000 years ginger has been used