Month: April 2018

 

MSG – Is it safe for men

MSG

I stumbled on this research MSG and was shocked about the hamful effects of food seasoning on male fertility. If these researches are true, then a lot of boys that eat food containing this food seasoning would have fertility challenges in future.

INTRODUCTION

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a sodium salt of glutamic acid is one of the main flavor enhancer used in various food products associated with food in Chinese restaurants. The flavor enhancer comes in common names such as Vedan, Sasa, Ajinomoto, Miwan and Weichaun, among others (Geha et al., 2000).

MSG gives a feeling of special taste (Leung and Foster, 1996). It stimulates taste, enhances and improves appetite (Eweka, 2007).

In large amount it may cause chest pain sensation, facial pressure, headaches, burning sensation, excessive fluid retention and sweating (Xiong et al., 2009), resulting in a condition called “Chinese restaurant syndrome”.

Most Nigerians use MSG to remove stains from fabrics (Kondoh and Torii, 2008). Reports indicated that Mis toxic to human and experizmental animals (Eweka, 2007). Harmful or toxic effects of MSG have been reported in experimental animals and man (Hayes, 1982; Eweka, 2007).

According to Igwebuike et al. (2011), the oral administration of MSG results in lower serum testosterone levels and reduction in the caudal epididymis sperm reserves of male rats. MSG causes testicular hemorrhage, degeneration and alteration of sperm population and morphology (Oforofuo et al., 1997;Das and Ghosh, 2010), hence could lead to infertility. MSG can severely destroy testicular tissues and affect spermatogenesis also causing a decrease in their testicular weight and testicular diameter, reduction in germinal epithelium height, decrease in sperm count and increase in abnormalities of sperm morphology (Das and Ghosh, 2010; Nosseir et al., 2012).

The best advice for men is to avoid food seasoning if they still want to become fathers.

Good lifestyle, Good health

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11 food to eat if you want to control High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure simply means that the pressure (force) your heart is  using to pump blood through your blood vessels to different parts of the body is consistently higher than normal.

High Blood Pressure is also know as Hypertension.

High blood pressure often may not show any  symptoms. That is why it is called the SILENT KILLER.

Over time, if it is not treated, it can lead to other health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke.

Read Also 7 ways to reduce the risk of hypertension

High blood pressure (BP), or hypertension, is defined by two levels by 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines.

(1) Elevated BP, with a systolic pressure (SBP) between 120 and 129 mm Hg and diastolic pressure (DBP) less than 80 mm Hg,

(2) Stage 1 hypertension, with an SBP of 130 to 139 mm Hg or a DBP of 80 to 89 mm Hg.

(3)

DASH DIET

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The DASH diet is a lifelong approach to healthy eating that’s designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension).

The DASH diet plan was developed to lower blood pressure without medication in research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

  1. Eat foods that are low in fat, salt and calories
  2. Use spices (eg curry) and herbs instead of salt to flavor foods.
  3. Use less oil, butter, margarine, and salad dressing
  4. Eat low fat dairy it. such as skinless chicken and turkey
  5. Avoid foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol such as fried foods.
  6. Eat plenty of whole grain products, fish, poultry, and nuts
  7. Eat less of red meat and Sweets.
  8. Eat foods that are high magnesium, potassium, and calcium e.g. fruits such as banana.
  9. Eat low salt, ready to eat Cereals.
  10. Eat plenty of vegetables
  11. Eat prepared convenience foods that has low salt.

Disclaimer: The medical information provided is for information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

10 healing benefits of eating Mango

  • Mango fruit (Mangifera indica) is a very popular and  nutritionous tropical fruit packed with a lot of health benefits.

A lot of people are not aware of the benefits of the Plant.

Every part of the tree is used to treat different types of ailments.

The leaves are used to

The bark  it is used in diphtheria and rheumatism.

Studies indicate mango possesses antidiabetic, anti-oxidant, anti-viral, cardiotonic, hypotensive, anti-inflammatory properties. Various effects like antibacterial, anti fungal, anthelmintic, anti parasitic, anti tumor, anti HIV, antibone resorption, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antidiarrhoeal, antiallergic, immunomodulation, hypolipidemic, anti microbial, hepatoprotective, gastroprotective have also been studied. These studies are very encouraging and indicate this herb should be studied more extensively to confirm these results and reveal other potential therapeutic effects.

Mango fruit Health benefits.

  1. Improve food digestion because it contains digestive enzymes which help in the break down of protein
  2. Reduces cholesterol due to its high content of fiber, pectin and Vitamin C
  3. Improve sex due to the Vitamin E content

Read also 7 Healing benefits of Soya Beans

  1. Improves memory and ability to concentrate due to the adequate amount of Glutamate acid
  2. Helpful in the treatment of acne
  3. Has high iron content
  4. Good for people suffering from diabetes
  5. The anti oxidants in mango helps to prevent and protect against Colon, breast, Leukemia and prostate cancer  and other heart disease
  6. Good for improving eye sight because it contains Vitamin A

References

1. Stylecraze.com. (2020). 10 Amazing Benefits And Uses Of Mango Leaves That You May Have Not Known. [online] Available at: https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-and-uses-of-mango-leaves/?amp=1 [Accessed 20 Jan. 2020].

7 ways to reduce the risk of hypertension

Hypertension simply means having a consistent blood pressure above 120/80mmHg.

Hypertension is also called High Blood pressure.

You can only determine your blood pressure using a measuring equipment called Sphygmomanometer

Clinical Mercury Sphygmomanometer

Clinical Sphygmomanometer image from Wikipedia

A normal blood pressure is less than 120/80mg.

Hypertension Categories

How Often Should you check your Blood Pressure ?

This depends on your blood pressure reading.

Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. The first number, called systolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart rests between beats

1. If your blood pressure is normal (less than 120/80), you can check every year or more depending as your health care provider.

2. With elevated blood pressure is elevated — systolic blood pressure between 120 and 129 or diastolic blood pressure of less than 80 — check it every 3-6 months.

Health care provider will probably recommend lifestyle changes like more exercise and a better diet.

3. Stage 1 hypertension — 130-139 over 89-90 — the health care provider might suggest lifestyle changes and see you again in 3-6 months. Or he could tell you to make the changes and give you medication, then recheck your condition in a month. It depends on what other health conditions or risk factors you have.

4. Someone with stage 2 hypertension — 140/90 or higher — will likely get medication.

You’ll also be asked to make lifestyle changes and see the health care provider again in a month.

Read also 11 food to eat if you want to control High Blood Pressure.

How to reduce risk of developing Hypertension.

Reducing the chances of developing hypertension is a matter of lifestyle.

What you goes into your mouth and how’s you treat your body.

Basically, this includes

  • Check your blood pressure regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be physically active
  • Limit the quantity of alcohol you consume.
  • Don’t smoke and if you have started, it is better if you stop completely
  • Prevent diabetes by watching what you eat. The best bet is to follow a diet known as DASH DIET
  • If you have diabetes,  try and ensure your blood sugar is under control. This is very important because diabetes blood sugarf you have.

Disclaimer: The medical information provided is for information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

7 Healing benefits of Soya Beans

 Soya bean is one of the most useful and popular legumes in the world. It has high level of protein, which makes it very nutritious.

It improves health greatly and can be used in both children and adults, irrespective of sex, age, occupation etc.

  •  Children
    1. Cures many childhood allergic reactions
    2. A good substitute for babies with intolerance to cow milk in infant formula
  • Women
    1. Maintain hormonal balance in women.
    2. Guards against loss of Calcium and bone density which leads to Osteoporosis.
    3. Helps to regulate menstrual cycle.
    4. Alleviate symptoms associated menopause.
    5. Protects against breast and uterine cancers.
  • Men
    1. Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
    2. Reduces the risk of heart attack
    3. Boost sperm count
  • Soya Contains a fairly large amount of carbohydrates and would be beneficial to diabetic patients
  • Soya is rich in iron and is beneficial in the treatment of anaemia.
  • Helps to boost immunity in Sickle cell patients and prevent relapse of crisis.

Rich in Vitamin B and would stimulate the growth of intestinal bacteria

Disclaimer: The medical information provided is for information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

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