Reasons why Amala (Yam Flour) is good for you

Amala (Yam flour) is a common food consumed in Nigeria especially the Yoruba Clan. This food can be consumed with ewedu (jute) and stew (made from pepper, tomato, palm oil, water). Uknown to many people, Amala is gotten from yam peels. The peels are dried and thereafter grinded to flour. The full health benefits of this kind of meal is good for the well-being of humans. These health benefits are; Good for diabetes management Diabetes is a metabolic disease inflicting the society. It has led to deaths of many people…

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Amazing Health Benefits of Breadfruit (Ukwa) that will make you eat it everyday

Breadfruit (Ukwa) is a very nutritious food commonly eaten in southeastern Nigeria primarily by the Igbos. It is also called afon in Yoruba; ize in Benin, Jekri and Sobo; izea in Ijaw; and ediang in Efik. Breadfruit (Ukwa) is the seed of the African Breadfruit. Ukwa could be cooked with potash and just eaten like that or it could also be separated from the water for just the seeds to be mashed with some ingredients and thereafter served with the extract (water). Despite the many health benefits of breadfruit, investigations…

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Reasons why Onions is good for you

Do you like onions? Most people do. The reason is so simple. Onions are among the healthiest foods you can eat. Rich in the most essential nutrients onions are so healthy it’s perfectly appropriate to remark that an onion a day may help keep the doctor away! If you know your onions, you’ll know they are very high in the group of health beneficial compounds known as polyphenols, which play an important role in preventing and reducing the progression of diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. What are polyphenols?…

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Reasons why Ewedu Soup is good for you

Jute or saluyot leaves (called ewedu among the Yorubas and rama among the Hausas) are used as a food source in many parts of the world. It is a popular vegetable in West Africa and is not just rich in nutrition but also has a lot of health benefits, including protecting us from various diseases. Ewedu leaf is low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. The fiber-rich stem of the jute plant has been dismissed as just a source for bags and ropes. The reason for this probably…

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SoyBeans – It’s Importance and Health Benefits

Soybeans are high in protein, and are also a decent source of both carbs and fat. Soy foods are rich in vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium and fiber. Soybeans have a wealth of health benefits, including the ability to improve the metabolism, help people gain weight in a healthy way, protect heart health, defend against cancer, reduce the effects of menopause, improve digestive health, promotes bone health, protect against birth defects, increase circulation, decrease the risk of diabetes, and generally tones up the body. It helps to regulate a…

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Reasons why Bitter-Leaf is good for you

Bitter-Leaves (Family Name: COMPOSITAE, Botanical name: Vernonia amygdalina, English Name: Bitter leaf,  Igbo Name: Olugbu, olibi, olubu, onugbu. Hausa Name: Chusar doki) as popularly called in different languages can usually be found on various gardens and even in bushes but a lot of people despise that leaf and refuse to even add it to their meals due to it’s bitter taste. In this article, we are going to be discussing about the Amazing Health benefits that are associated with bitter-leaf after which am sure many people will start consuming it…

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Amazing Health Benefits of Pineapple Peels

Pineapple peels has more to offer? Just like other fruits, there’s awesomeness in the skin. We don’t mean for you to eat it like candy, but there are a host of benefits that the spiky exterior has to offer. Don’t throw it away, because below we’ll show you why it’s good for you and what you can do with it. Pineapple peels also contain beneficial effects to the body’s health.. Pineapple doesn’t contain any cholesterol, as well as fat and it is very low in sodium too, which makes it…

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Health Benefits of Waterleaf that will make you eat it everyday

Waterleaf (Talinum triangulare), is popularly called ” Efo Gbure ” in Yoruba dialect in the South Western Nigeria and it is one of those underrated and undervalued plants in Nigeria. Some people even regard waterleaf as a nuisance, a stubborn weed that grows all year, though it flourishes more during the rainy season. In many scientific studies and trials, water leaf showed that it can inhibit proliferation of cancer cells and shrink tumours. Other studies have been focused on its cerebral-protective potential and it indicates that the consumption of waterleaf…

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You Better Stop Drinking Garri too much from Today! Why?

I enjoy drinking Garri a lot especially with very chilled water, groundnut, milk and a lot of sugar, I never knew a day like this will come when I will even be the one advising my friends to reduce their level of Garri intake because of it’s health implications. Well am sure am not the only one who loves Garri because in Nigeria, one very staple food is garri. Made from cassava tubers, it has been nicknamed ‘garry’, ‘African ican an cornflakes’, ‘garium sulphate’, ‘garrison’ and so many other funny…

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Do you know that Instant Noodles can kill faster than a Poison?

Instant Noodles and Reasons why it can kill faster than a Poison Instant noodles are a fast, cheap and easy to cook food for the man on the go but do you know they can kill you? Instant noodles is a common food in most people’s kitchen, This is because its a fast, cheap and easy to cook food for the man on the go but it is important to note that this food can kill faster than known poison. This is because they contain few nutrients and high amounts…

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Berberine – Importance and Health Benefits

Berberine is a natural alkaloid that’s found in a variety of traditional herbs, including barberry, goldenseal and turmeric. It’s sold as an extract that can be used to fight bacteria, helping to treat conditions that are conventionally treated with antibiotics. Berberine also works as a natural remedy for diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, lung inflammation, SIBO and cancer. Berberine has been shown to regulate glucose and lipid metabolism in vitro and in vivo. This pilot study was to determine the efficacy and safety of berberine in the…

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Eat your vegetables (and fish): Another reason why they may promote heart health

Fish and gut bacteria-produced compound both protect hypertensive rats from heart disease Elevated levels of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) a compound linked with the consumption of fish, seafood and a primarily vegetarian diet may reduce hypertension-related heart disease symptoms. New research in rats finds that low-dose treatment with TMAO reduced heart thickening (cardiac fibrosis) and markers of heart failure in an animal model of hypertension. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology and was chosen as an APSselect article for November.…

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Plant-based or vegan diet may be best for keeping type 2 diabetes in check

It is linked to improved well-being, quality of life, weight loss and lower blood glucose. This diet is associated with improved psychological well-being, a reduction in some of the known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, and possibly some of those linked to cardiovascular disease, one of the main causes of early death in people with the condition, the findings indicate. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 642 million people will be living with diabetes by 2040. In the UK around 4.5 million people have been diagnosed with it; in…

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Bay Leaf – Importance and Health Benefits

Bay leaves come from the ancient tree Laurus nobilis, and it’s often used in cooking because of its distinctive savory flavor. Bay leaf has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. It can be used to help fight cancer, improve insulin function, improve cholesterol levels, prevent candida, treat dandruff, improve skin infections and support wound healing. Bay leaves (Laurus nobilis) have been shown to improve insulin function in vitro but the effects on people have not been determined. The objective of this study was to determine if bay leaves may be important…

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Basil – Importance and Health Benefits

Basil is an aromatic herb in the mint family that anti-inflammatory, anti-stress and antibacterial properties. It also works as a pain reliever, blood vessel protector, immune booster and cancer fighter. Basil contains essential oils that are rich in antioxidants and are responsible for the many benefits of basil as discussed below: What Are the Proven Benefits of Basil? Scientific studies show the following benefits of basil: (2) Anti-inflammatory Antioxidant Cancer-fighter Pain-reducer (analgesic) Fever-reducer (antipyretic) Diabetes-preventer Liver-protector (hepatoprotective) Blood vessel-protector Anti-stress solution Immune-booster Basil contains antioxidant-rich volatile essential oils, which are considered hydrophobic. This…

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