Groundnuts are among the best sources of protein in the plant kingdom. They contain phenols in generous quantity (a very important anti-oxidant). They have been condemned by some to be high in fat, but this is mostly mono-unsaturated fat (the good kind of fat). They also contain vitamin E, copperr, folate, magnesium, arginine and fibre which are very heart friendly. Here are some other benefits of Groundnuts that are quite less than obvious:

1.) Reduces the risk of colon cancer: A number of studies have discovered Groundnuts to have folic acid, phytosterols, phytoc acid and resveratrol which have caancer cancelling effects. Just eating the stuff two or more times a week has been associated with a 27% lowered risk of colon cancer in men and about 54% in women!

2.) Update on its Phytochemical Contribution: Groundnuts haave been found to contain P-cuomaric acid and oleic acid which protect the heart and prevents infections. They also lessen the risk of stomach cancer by preventing the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines in the stomach.

3.) Memory Boosters: Vitamin B3 which is abundant in Groundnuts not only boosts memory but also controls and reduces cholesterol levels. Their omega-3 fatty acid content is also a wonderful nourisher of the brain.m

4.) Helps prevent Blood Related Problems: Groundnuts are beneficial in treatment of hemophilia and nose bleeding.. women suffering from excessive menstrual bleeding also benefit from its consumption5.) Combatting Depression: Groundnuts haave tryptophan which are precursors of serotonin (the happy hormone). Tryptophan may raise serotonins’ anti-depressant effect when ingested.

6.) Lowers Risk of Weight Gain: Research has shown that people who eat nuts at least two times weekly are much less likely to gain weight than others. With this in mind, it is also very important you know this: a handful of peanuts (50g) contains about 250kcal; if you are on a weight loss regimen, its best you let your dietitian give you alternatives to peanut or workout a plan that’ll accommodate peanuts.

7.) Skin Protection: Vitamin E in peanuts help in maintaining the integrity of mucous membrane and the skin. It also protects the skin from free radicals. The effect of Groundnuts on the skin is a whole new article on its own, just stay tuned.

Side Effects of Eating Too Many Peanuts:
1.) Peanuts are high in calories (viz their oil content). This could cancel their weight loss effect.
2.) Phytic acid in Groundnuts could interfere with the absorption of minerals.
3.) Salted peanuts are high in sodium which are not heart friendly.
4.) Groundnuts if excessively consumed can cause acne and pimples. They contain fatty acids which enter the sebum of blocked sebaceous glands and trigger inflammation of these glands, causing pimples.
5.) They are frequently contaminated withh a carcinogenic mould called aflatoxin.

Tip: To improve the protein in peanut, brewers yeast can be mixed into it. This is especially useful for vegetarians.

Serving Suggestion:
1.) Add peanuts to steamed vegetables for great flavor.
2.) Serve your popcorn with Groundnuts for a complete and delicious snack.
3.) Toast to enhance flavor. Bake for 5-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
4.) Top hot or cold cereal with peanuts for a nourishing breakfast.
5.) Sprinkle peanuts on top of non-fat yoghurt.

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This is for those broke ones like me that may not be able to afford a dentist appointment for a teeth bleaching. Here are some valid, affordable home remedies to that brown/yellow teeth (as the case may be). Your sparkling dentition is just inches away from grasp.
well, these first group of tips i’m going to recommend only when an immediate need for a bright smile is imminent. It has been widely publicized and advocated but their risks on persistent use are as well obvious.

1.) Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide: make this mixture into a paste and use to brush the teeth. Baking soda is a wonderful cleaning agent and hydrogen peroxide is an anti-bacterial agent that works great to keep the teeth and gum clean and germ free. Make sure this mixture is runny and not gritty to minimize enamel loss.
Warning: Baking soda is acidic and on continuous use can erode the enamel and gums.

2.) Apple Cider Vinegar: This makes aalot of sense, especially for nicotine and coffee.. Itt works excellently. But it takes at least a month to see its wonders.
Warning: it’s acidic nature spells doom for the teeth, therefore after use, be sure to brush with preferably a non-flouride tooth paste or rinse the mouth out really well.

3.) Straw berry treatment (lol, not for we in Naija anyway): I found out strawberries contained malic acid which does wonders for the teeth. Just rubbing it on the teeth alone . Mixed with baking soda too is awesome and would work just after two days of usage
Warning: malic acid (being an acid) would destroy the enamel as well if used for too long a period.

These are much safer but may take a longer time
1.) Fruits and Vegetables: This is the one millionth reason to eat ur veggies. Research shows that eating nuts, raw carrots, apples and cauliflower can help keep the teeth clean by removing surface stains andd plaques that lead to cavities.

2.) Hydrogen Peroxide: Bleaching the teeth with hydrogen peroxide is acknowledged by the American Dental Association to be safe and hygienic. Brush with hydrogen peroxide and your toothpaste once a week or mix with equal quantity of water and use in rising the mouth.

3.) Lemon Juice and Hydrogen Peroxide: Squeeze half a lemon or lime and mix with a quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide, dab with aa cotton swab and apply on teeth thoroughly. Leave for a minute and brush. Don’t leave too long because the acidic nature of the lemon/lime could wear away your precious pearly whites.

4.) Coconut oil Pulling: Simply put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish between your teeth for 5-20 minutes or add to ur brush and tooth paste when brushing. As coconut has anti-microbial properties, it’d be good for your gum as well.

5.) Activated Charcoal: Charcoal is very powerful. (an article on this is underway). Charcoal has the ability to pull out stains, bacteria and toxins from the mouth. It is quite safe and takes at most three days to give u that dashing smile u desire. Please endeavour not to ingest.. at least not too much.
So there, after much research here are tips to give you that heart warming charm u desire on ur lips. Hope this has been helpful. 
Have a smileful week!

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Amazing Benefits of Banana

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Okay, well everybody knows the creamy, rich
and delicious fingers of joy are abundant in vitamin B6 and a good
source of manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, biotin, and
copper. I however went into an in-depth search of further findings as to how the yellow beauties help maintain health and here is what I found:

1.) According to the latest Japanese Scientific Research, a full ripe
banana with dark patches on the yellow skin produces a substance known
as TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) which has the ability to combat abnormal
cells. The darker the patches it has, the higher the immunity
enhancement quality; hence the riper the banana, the better the
anti-cancer quality!. A yellow skin banana with dark spots on it is 8
times more effective in enhancing the property of white blood cells than
a green skinned version.
Eating just one banana a day increases immunity!
2.) The unique mix of vitamins, minerals, and low glycemic
carbohydrates in bananas has made them a favorite fruit among endurance
athletes.Bananas have long been valued by athletes for prevention of
muscle cramps. Since bananas are a good source of potassium, and since
low potassium levels are known to contribute to risk of muscle cramps,
it is logical to think about the potassium content of bananas as being
the reason for fewer muscle cramps after consumption of bananas.
*This high potassium content also has cardiovascular benefits.
2.) A second type of cardiovascular benefit from bananas involves their
sterol content. While bananas are a very low-fat food (less than 4% of
their calories come from fat), one type of fat that they do contain in
small amounts are sterols like sitosterol, campesterol, and
stigmasterol. As these sterols look structurally similar to cholesterol,
they can block the absorption of dietary cholesterol. By blocking
absorption, they help us keep our blood cholesterol levels in check.

3.) Taking just one finger of banana provides enough energy for an
intense 90 minute work out!, no wonder it’s soo sweet; it’s packed full
of calories.

4. Bananas contain Resistant Starch which helps make you full easily and helps with metabolism.

Bananas could reduce your appetite.

How To Enjoy:
In addition to being eaten raw, bananas are a wonderful addition to a variety of recipes from salads to baked goods.
* A peanut butter and banana sandwich drizzled with honey is an all-time favorite comfort food for children and adults alike.
*Add chopped bananas, walnuts and maple syrup to oatmeal or porridge.
You could actually make a purely natural banana flavored ice-cream with
mashed bananas, skimmed milk and chocolate flavor. Yummy, try it!

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Eat That Onion: Health Benefits of Onions

Onions Do More Than Make You Cry! ( A Brief Insight into Recently Discovered Health Benefits).
Onions have been used for ages as an ingredient in various dishes in
mmany cultures. They can be eaten raw, cooked, fried, dried or roasted
and are commonly used as a flavoring or
seasoning agent in many dishes.
The WHO have recently validated the use
of onions in treating poor appetite and preventing atherosclerosis. A
brief look at other health benefits include:

1.) Onions fight cancer: they are rich in sulfides which provide protection against tumor growth.

2.) Cardiovascular improvement: Regular consumption of Onions have been
shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.This is
attributed to the sulfur compounds, chromium and vitamin B6 which
prevent heart diseases bt lowering homocystein levels.

Reduction of blood sugar levels: Onions contain Allyl Propyl Disulfide
that helps reduce glucose levels by increasing insulin levels.

4.) Good for the skin: Onions help in stimulating the circulation of
blood in the mucous membrane. It can be applied as poultice to boils,
bruises, wounds e.t.c. Onion juice mixed with honey is about the best
home made remedy to acne.

5.) Stimulates hair growth: Sulphur in Onions is an essential nutriient for hair growth.

6.) Prevents blood clot: Onions is considered a natural anti-clotting agent because of the high sulphur content.

7.) Treats Urinary disorders: Onions have diuretic properties, which is
useful in treating urinary disorders. For those suffering from burning
sensation during urination, drink water boiled woth 6-7grams of onions
for relief.

8.) Remedy for cold and Flu: The WHO have
recognised onions for its ability to help relieve flu symptoms such as
cough, bronchitis, congestion and respiratory infections.

Protects against Allergies: Onions are rich in Quercetin, an antioxidant
which has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. Flavonoids
contained in them block the allergy creating histamine.

Promotes Bone Health: A study conducted on April 2014 revealed that
onions also build connective tissues and bone health due to a newly
identified substance in it called Growth Plate Chondrocytes (GPC’s).
Hence onions are very beneficial for women who are at a high risk of
osteoporosis. There is also evidence that the risk of hip fracture in
menopausal women may be lowered through regular consumption of onions.

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Mortal Enemies of the Immune system

You may
not know this but just as there are foods and nutrients that boost
immune functions and the bodies resistance to diseases, there are also
those that break down and militate against quick response to diseases
and foreign body.

1.) Refined Sugar: Sugar has been vilified by the health community for good reason. It is a zero nutrient substance that has been linked
to corroding the teeth and even the brain!. A high blood sugar level
greatly reduces the
ability of germ fighting white blood cells to kill
bacteria and viruses. It is advisable to therefore substitute candy,
cookies and soda for less refined, more complex and high fiber
counterparts such as brown rice, lentils, garri which stabilize blood
sugar levels and leaves the immune system.

2). Fatty Food: LOL, there are many
reasons to eliminate fried food from your diet and here is another;
Researchers found out that obesity and high-fat diets “depress host
resistance to infectious diseases and apparently influence
susceptibility to some forms of cancer”.

3) Alcohol: Relax,
you don’t have to give up the occasional glass of red wine, but
researchers urge casual drinkers to reduce their indulgence during flu
season. Studies have proven that excess alcohol may lead to immune
deficiency and increased susceptibility to certain diseases.. Experts
define one drink ( 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or one ounce of
hard liquor) will nor disrupt immune function, but three or more drinks
Taking these items once in a while or moderately won’t give
you an immune deficiency syndrome, but loading your diet with them would
make you much more susceptible to invasion from foreign bodies. Just
thought you should know though.

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Harmful Effect Of Alcohol on the Male Reproductive System

Alcohol and Reproductive health (exclusively for men)
Many studies have shown that excessive alcohol intake is bad for
general health, but a few have shown it’s impact on reproductive health,
except at very high levels.. A study conducted by the dept of Urology
at the University of Stanford School of medicine confirmed that although
men drinking the most alcohol- 40 units or more- had lower sperm counts, the most surprising finding was seen even in men drinking as little as five units a week.

A second study found that drinking a lot of alcohol was linked to a
higher risk of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually
transmitted disease. HPV can lead to head, neck, penile and anal cancers
in men according to the U.S National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Alcohol also affects the immune system adversely, leading to increased susceptibility of viral infection.
Given the known health impacts of excessive drinking, these new studies
provide newer risk factors for alcohol consumption, therefore
moderation is probably best.

Also, alcohol can also affect the Leydig cells in the testes. This is responsible for the production of testosterone hormone.

Studies found that heavy alcohol consumption results in reduced testosterone levels in the blood. Alcohol also impairs the function of the testicular Sertoli cells that play an important role in sperm maturation. In the pituitary gland, alcohol can decrease the production, release, and/or activity of two hormones with critical reproductive functions, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone. Finally, alcohol can interfere with hormone production in the hypothalamus.



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Health Benefits Of Snails

Our crawly neighbour’s are more than just slimy reservoirs of protein. They make a great substitute for regular red meat. Here are some recently discovered reasons to gobble them up!:
1.) Recent studies have found that an average snail contains a glycoprotein which is believed to have cancer fighting properties.
2.) The mucous exuded by these creatures contain a copper compund which helps in healing after an injury or scalding and also helps in preventing heart disorders.
3.) An average snail is comprised of 80% water, 15% proteins and 2.4% fat (unsaturated fats).

 4.) It contains essential fatty acids, calcium (well that’s mostly in d shell), magnesium and phosphorus.
 5.) They are highly and incredibly packed with vitamins E, K, A and B12.
6.) Snails are an ideal weight watchers diet because they are good sources of proteins but low in calories and fat. For a 100 gram serving of snail, u get about 90 kcals only!. In addition to these health benefits, snails are tasty, juicy, delicious and cheaper than any red meat and can be prepared in a variety of forms including boiling, drying, cooking and used in a variety of soups and with vegetables.

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