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Plantain: Why you need to eat it regularly

Plantain

Plantain

Plantain

by Mustapha Temidayo

One of the most nutritious fruit is Plantain.

Alot of people are not fully aware of its health benefits.

Medicinal Benefits

This is one’s of the sought after tropical food crops in terms of demands, while some like it because of the nutritional benefits especially in the provision of iron, some do like it because of its sweet taste especially when ripe.

 It’s an energy giving food
Plantain is a good source of carbohydrate especially when ripe; therefore it is an energy giving food. And the good news is that the carbohydrates it contains are considered as “complex carbohydrate” which includes starch, fibre and sugar.

The breaking down and absorption of such carbohydrates are slow which gives fullness thereby reducing appetite and making one lose weight. Therefore constant eating of plantain provides your body with enough energy.

Treatment of anaemia and neuritis
Plantain contains the mineral iron (when unripe) and vitamin B6 which plays a major role in the adequate production of red blood cells in the body and as well prevent anaemia and neuritis which manifest when they are deficient in the body.

Helps in digestion
Plantain is very rich in fibre which makes it good for consumption as it will help to prevent conditions that irritate the bowel and also preventing constipation, bloating and other related health condition associated with improper digestion and also reduce appetite by increasing fullness. Plantain consumption can greatly help in preventing constipation.

Helps in treating diabetes
Unripe plantain, when compared with the ripe one, has low sugar which makes it a good diet for diabetic patients because it cannot trigger or worsen their already high blood sugar level. Psyllium contained in plantain can help to control blood sugar, therefore constant eating of unripe plantain can aid in prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Prevention of  Stomach ulcer
Unripe plantain also contains manganese, potassium and leucocyanidin which is one of the phytochemical properties found in food, its presence in the plantain makes it a source of food for those who suffer or wishes to prevent an ulcer. The dry form of plantain provides ulcer healing and reduces the risk of developing gastric ulcers. Plantain goes a long way treatment and prevention of ulcer when taken regularly.

Learn more about  Stomach ulcer

Promotes sexual health
Because of the nutrients contained in plantain, it contributes greatly in sexual health performance. Regular eating of plantain helps in improving male fertility. It boosts sexual health and it helps increase libido, and the vitamins and other minerals it contains helps to improve the general health as well. For good sexual performance, you need more unripe plantain with ginger and garlic.

Helps in strengthening stronger bones
Unripe plantain which is very rich in calcium and that makes plantain to aid in strengthening our bones and also enhances stronger muscles, teeth, and nails.

A meal with unripe plantain helps in preventing diseases like osteoporosis which means weakening of bones and also causes fractures. For you to have a strong bone, you need to start eating plantain regularly.

Promotes healthy heart
Unripe plantain contains some amount of serotonin which expands the arteries, promotes blood flow and reduces the risk of homocysteine which involves a disease condition that leads to coronary artery diseases and stroke.

Potassium contained in plantain also plays a great role in preventing heart attack and hypertension. Also fiber contained in plantain aids in decreasing cholesterol level, thus decreasing the risk of heart disorders.

Develops the immune system
Plantain which contains a whole lot of vitamin A which is another antioxidant that helps your immune system to function properly. Vitamin A has a great role in enhancing the growth of the cell and improves the health of the skin.

Therefore constant intake of plantain can help to develop the immune system due to vitamin A contained in it.

Helps in weight loss
Plantain which contains a lot of fiber which makes one feels satisfaction even for a long time after eating the food.

Plantain is also low in fat. It is advisable for people trying to lose weight to eat plantain regularly as it will be of great help in weight maintenance.

Helps in Menstrual discomfort
Plantain which is rich in potassium and vitamin B6 will help greatly in relieving menstrual pain. Eating plantain aids in controlling the symptoms of premenstrual such as bloating and depression. Also the presence of vitamin B6 in plantain lowers the risk of miscarriages in women.

Nutritional values

It contains minerals and vitamins, as well as other essential nutrients which include potassium, carbohydrates, vitamin c, iron, rich in fibre, magnesium, calcium, vitamins A and B6, and more.

It is also good to know that some of the nutritional values of nutrients in plantain vary as it contains more of these essential nutrients when unripe than when ripe.

Eating it especially when unripe is beneficial but notwithstanding, plantain generally is power packed with essential minerals, vitamins and phytochemical components which makes it good for consumption and medicinal as well.

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Understanding Stomach ulcer

With these videos, I hope you will understand Stomach ulcers better 

 

If you want more videos on other health condition, pls let me know in your comment. 

 

Thank you

 

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Hypertension – Act now

Hypertension is called a “silent killer”. Most people with hypertension are unaware of the problem because it may have no warning signs or symptoms.

For this reason, it is essential that blood pressure is measured regularly.

The only way to detect hypertension is to have a health professional measure blood pressure. Having blood pressure measured is quick and painless.

Coconut oil – Effective Home Remedy for Dental Plaques.

Now learn a very simple and effective way to reduce all those horrible dental plaques attached to our teeth without visiting your dentist.

Dental plaque is the main cause of cavities and gum disease, and can harden into tartar if not removed daily.

Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless or pale yellow film that is constantly forming on your teeth. When saliva, food and fluids combine, plaque – which contains bacteria – forms between your teeth and along the gum line.

Dental plaque begins forming on teeth 4-12 hours after brushing, which is why it is so important to brush thoroughly at least twice a day and floss daily.

Plaque is the root cause of many oral health issues. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel causing cavities. The bacteria in plaque can also cause the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis.

Plaque can also contribute to bad breath and can make your teeth look dingy and yellow.

Brushing our teeth twice a day, observing oral hygiene and using some of the most effective toothpaste has not being effective in reducing dental plaques.

A study carried out confirmed the efficacy of Coconut oil in reducing dental plaques.

Coconut oil Remedy

All the chosen subjects had a habit of brushing once or twice a day with toothbrush and paste. Six subjects had the habit of flossing once in the night along with brushing twice a day.

Coconut oil

The subjects were advised to routinely perform oil pulling with coconut oil every day in the morning in addition to their oral hygiene routine.

“It involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, in your mouth for about 5 – 20 minutes and then spitting it out.”

The effect was noticeable from day 7.

In the study there was a 50% decrease in the plaque in 4 weeks which is comparable to the decrease produced by chlorhexidine.

Studies show that coconut oil also has substantial antimicrobial activity. This is attributed to the presence of monolaurin in coconut oil. It is shown to have significant antimicrobial activity against Escherichia vulneris, Enterobcater spp., Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida spp., including C. albicans, C. glabrata, C. tropicalis, C. parapsilosis, C. stellatoidea and C. krusei

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4382606

10 Secrets Of A Lasting Good Health

Good health is not by accident but as a result of simply following basic feeding plan that is easy to follow. 

Due great improvement in medicines and break through in production of effective antibiotics, more people are living longer than previous years.  

Funny enough, more people are suffering from non communicable dieases like hypertension, diabetes, cancer. This can be attributed to the fact that quality of life inspite of progress in health care is very low.

 

Causes of poor health

  1. Junk food. More people now eat fast (junk) food due to its convience, marketing pressure of manufacturer, societal pressure,etc.  Fast food, though convienent, actually leads to poor health.
  2. Lack of exercise. According to WHO, lack of exercise is a major of health challenges like diabetes, hypertension, some cancers. More people living sedentary lives and work more in offices.
  3. High fat diet. Thanks to fast food and use of vegetable oils, the quantity of fast food eaten increased dramatically. Obesity increased with its attendant health problems.

 

 

Secrets of good health

  1. Eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, Whole cereals, tubers, legumes, nuts
  2. Reduce the amount of junk foods like white sugar,cakes, sweets, biscuits, and minerals as much as possible
  3. Don’t smoke and if you do stop smoking
  4. Avoid as much as possible alcoholic drinks
  5. Eat less of animal products like meat, turkey etc
  6. Limit the use of milk and milk products as much as possible
  7. Rest. It helps the body to cleanse itself of waste products and repair itself
  8. Reduce the amount of salt in your food
  9. Go for regular medical check up at least once in a year
  10. Exercise.
  11. It makes the body stronger. Lowers blood pressure. Reduce cholesterol. Reduce risk of heart attack, stroke. Helps control diabetes

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.

Coconut oil – Discover the cure for chronic diseases.

Coconut oil may be the solution people suffering from chronic diseases like Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases may be looking for.

According to Wikipedia,

“A chronic condition is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time.

The term chronic is often applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months.

Common chronic diseases include arthritisasthmacancerchronic obstructive pulmonary diseasediabetes and some viral diseases such as hepatitis C and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. An illness which is lifelong because it ends in death is a terminal illness.”

Chronic (prolonged) diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease are very expensive to manage and can punch a deep hole in your funds.

Not only that, medically, there is no  cure.

So, the quality of life depends on access to good health Care system and ability to pay for the treatment and drugs.

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This is where the problem is, most people especially in the villages, poor and third world countries don’t have access to see specialist.

Coconut milk

Health benefits of Coconut oil

According to webmd, People use coconut oil by mouth for diabetesheart diseasechronic fatigueCrohn’s diseaseirritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Alzheimer’s diseasediarrhea, quality of life in people with breast cancerthyroid conditions, energy, and boosting the immune system.

The health benefits of coconut oil include improving heart health by increasing the HDL cholesterol levels, promoting weight lossrelieving symptoms of yeast infections, skin and hair care, improving digestion, and boosting immunity.

Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera)

Coconut oil holds the promise of helping to improve their health greatly.

This video shows that Coconut oil may actually help in improving the health conditions to people suffering from chronic diseases.

Coconut oil – Effective home remedy for Epilepsy.

Coconut and epilepsy

Coconut oil is used in many communities as cooking oil, body oil and treatment of skin diseases but not in the treatment of epilepsy.

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera).

Coconut oil

Coconut oil

It is obtained from the water of Coconut by hot or cold press method.

It is a highly medicinal oil due to the presence of Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which is responsible for its antimicrobial properties.

Various studies have shown that Coconut oil is as effective as ketogenic diet in the treatment of seizures in children and ad

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy also known as seizure disorder is a nervous system disease originating from the brain that causes people to loss consciousness and or have uncontrolled movement of different parts of the body.

These seizures can be brief and nearly undetected or long period of shaking (Seizures).

Causes of Epilepsy

In most cases, the cause is unknown but some people develop epilepsy as a result of brain injury, drug and alcohol misuse etc

Seizures starting before age 2 are mostly caused by high fevers or metabolic disorder such as abnormal blood sugar level.

Epilepsy cannot be cured but can be controlled in most cases.

For some people, the seizures do not respond to drugs only.

Some studies have shown that MCT a major component of Coconut oil is as effective and similar to classic ketogenic diet.

By taking Coconut oil as part of the daily diet, a patient who had drug-resistant epilepsy had a reduction in the number of seizures. A patient had a reduction in seizures by taking four tablespoonfuls twice daily of MCT oil.

A more convenient way is to replace your vegetable oil with Coconut oil.

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References

1.Soltani, Danesh., Gaffar, Majid., Tafahkori, Abbas., Sarraf, Payam., and Bitarafan, Sama. (2016). Nutritional aspects of treatment in Epileptic patients. Iranian journal of Child Neurology, 10, (3), 1-12. Retrieved from https:/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4928610

2. Ewa, T., Kieraszewicz, Z., & Czerwionka-Szaflarska, M. (2016). Medium chain triglycerides formulas in paediatric and allergological practice. Gastroenterology Rev, 11 (4), 226-231. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

3. Christiana Liu, Y., & Wang, H. (2013). Medium chain triglycerides ketogenic diet, an effective treatment for drug resistant epilepsy and a comparison with other ketogenic diets. Biomed J, 36 (1).

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.

Fast and live longer and healthier

FastingFasting is part of many religions and is usually done for spiritual reasons or at specific period of the year.

It involves abstaining from food for a period of time which could be range from 12 hours, alternate days, etc.

It has a lot of potential health benefits, such as weight loss, improved blood sugar control, heart health, brain function and cancer prevention.

According to research conducted by neuroscientist Mark Mattson and others, cutting your energy intake several days a week might help your brain ward off neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s while at the same time improving memory and mood.

Types of fasting

Depending on how creative one can be and lifestyle, there are different kinds ranging from water to intermittent fasting.

  1. Water fasting: Involves drinking only water for a period of time
  2. Juice fasting: drinking only. vegetable or fruit juice for a certain period.
  • Intermittent fasting: Food is partially or completely limited for a few hours up to a few days at a time and a normal diet is resumed on other days.
  • Partial fasting: Specific foods or drinks like processed foods, animal products or caffeine are removed from the diet for a given period.
  • Calorie restriction: Calories are restricted for a few days every week

Studies have shown that there are some health benefits and could actually prevent some diseases.

Also, It help people lose weight, it may equally boost human metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and help reverse some effects of aging.

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Health Benefits

  1. Promotes Blood Sugar Control by Insulin Resistance
  2. Promotes Better Health by Fighting Inflammation
  3. Improve Blood Pressure, Triglycerides and Cholesterol Levels
  4. May Boost Brain Function and Prevent Neurodegenerative Disorders
  5. Could Delay Aging and Extend Longevity

Safety

When fasting, drink plenty of water, eat a lot of healthy food and get plenty of rest.

Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any health challenges or are planning to fast for more than 24 hours.

References

1. University of California – Irvine. (2019, January 15). How fasting can improve overall health: Protects against aging diseases. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 17, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190115111928.htm

2. Link., R. (2018, July 30). 8 Health Benefits of Fasting, Backed by Science. Retrieved February 18, 2019, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fasting-benefits#section9

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.

Staying healthy with Coconut oil

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has a lot of benefits that have been known for years.

But due to marketing pressure from drug companies, its use have declined greatly and replaced with products containing chemicals that may be injurious to your health in the long run.

No man-made product can replace pure Coconut oil in its wide range of health benefits both internally and externally.

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Coconut oil- Effective home remedy for epilepsy

Coconut oil – discover the cure for chronic diseases

8 Simple Effective home remedies for Malaria

no more malaria

Malaria kills children every year in Africa and is responsible for a lot of miscarriages and death of pregnant women. Children under 5 are particularly susceptible to infection, illness and death; more than two thirds (70%) of all malaria deaths occur in this age group. Malaria remains a major killer of children under five years old, taking the life of a child every two minutes.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable

Despite all measures taken to overcome this disease, it has proven to be an uphill task. Coupled with the fact that Resistance to anti-malarial medicines is a recurring problem.

The good news is that researchers have discovered herbal remedies that can clear malaria parasites in the blood within 3 days.

These remedies have different combinations of herbs.

Home made Malaria remedies

Remedy 1

A combination of

  1. Mango(mango),
  2. Pawpaw,
  3. Vernonia amygdalina (bitter leaf),
  4. Guava
  5. Sweet basil,
  6. Lemon grass,
  7. Neem,
  8. Citrus aurantifolia (lime) seeds,
  9. Nauclea latifolia (African peaach tree) egbesi in Yoruba, uburu inu or mbitinu in Igbo,and
  10. Morinda lucida commonly called Brimstone tree. It is oruwo or erewo in Yoruba, eze-ogwu or njisi inIgbomarga in Hausa.

Produces 100 per cent elimination of malaria parasites, even drug-resistant strains, in humans. Take a glass of the extract three times a day.

Remedy 2

Hot infusion from the boiled

  1. Green leaves of pawpaw,
  2. Leaves of neem tree,
  3. Lemon grass,
  4. Guava,
  5. stem bark of Pattern wood (Alstonia boonei);

Taken as one wine glass full three times daily provided effective treatment for drug-resistant malaria.

Remedy 3

This is a combination of

  1. Neem tree (Azadirachta indica),
  2. Pattern wood (Alstonia boonei);
  3. Tropical almond (Terminalia catappa);
  4. Pawpaw (Pawpaw);
  5. Akuamma plant (Picralima nitida);
  6. Pentaclethra macrophylla (African oil bean tree);
  7. Phyllanthus niruri (stonebreaker);
  8. Euphorbia hirta (asthma herb and eczema drug);
  9. Newbouldia laevis (Chieftaincy leaf).

Remedy 4

Also, a herbal preparation made predominantly with

  1. Garlic,
  2. Ginger,
  3. Onions,
  4. Scent leaf,
  5. Lemon grass,
  6. Unripe pawpaw,
  7. Lime/lemon,
  8. African pepper (Uda in Igbo),
  9. Clove,
  10. Gongronema latifolium (Utazi in Ibo, arokeke in Yoruba)
  11. West African Black pepper (Uziza in Igbo)

has been effectively used to stop malaria and typhoid.

Remedy 5

  1. Morinda lucida, It should consist half of the whole concoction.
  2. Nauclea latifolia,
  3. Lemon grass,
  4. Male Pawpaw leaves,
  5. Moringa oleifera leaves because of it is high nutritional content and immune boosting properties,
  6. Mangifera indica, leaves and bark (Mango), which boosts red blood cells,
  7. Garcinia kola, (bitter cola) and
  8. Psidium guajava (guava) in equal quantity

Is effective in the treatment of malaria.

Remedy 6

In mild malaria, leaves of

  1. Vernonia amygdalina (bitter leaf) and
  2. Occimum gratissimum (sweet basil/nchuanwu in Ibo, effirin in Yoruba)

taken in a handful were macerated in 350ml of water, and the liquid strained ready to use. A glass (200ml) of the stained liquid was taken twice daily for two to three days.

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Remedy 7

  1. Leaves of Citrus sinensis (sweet orange),
  2. Mango,
  3. Pawpaw,
  4. Vernonia amygdalina (bitter leaf),
  5. Guava,
  6. Sweet basil,
  7. Lemon grass,
  8. Neem and
  9. Citrus aurantifolia (lime) seeds.

The leaves of guava (P. guajava), paw-paw (C. papaya) lemon grass (C. citratus), neem (A. indica) were all washed thoroughly and boiled together without cutting them into tiny pieces, until there was a colour change. The liquid (decoction) was strained into bottles ready for use.

A full glass (200ml) of the decoction was taken three times daily for three days.

When the malaria fever appeared severe, with the patient very weak, the roots of A. barteria and M. lucida were boiled together with the above concoction (to increase the patient’s blood level –according to the herbalist).

The dosage remained the same.

In cases of very high fever, dried fallen leaves of paw-paw (C. papaya) were put incold water, and the patient asked to take a cold bath with the water. This is in addition to the oral therapy.

Remedy 8

  1. Guava,
  2. Neem,
  3. Pawpaw,
  4. Mango,
  5. Tilia europoea (Common lime),
  6. Cashew
  7. Lemon grass

are very effective in the treatment of chloroquine resistant malaria.

Reference

Muanya, C. (2018 ) ‘Local herbal cures for malaria validated’, The Guardian , Nigeria, 26 April

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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