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Health Benefits Of Eating Banana

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Bananas have no season, hence they are available anytime of the year. Just like its cousin plantain, this succulent long fruit has lots of health benefits from curbing ulcers and soothing the stomach.
Botanically known as “Musa sapientum”, researchers have found that banana contains phytochemicals. Its regular intake reduces blood pressure significantly.
A study published in the journal, “Medical Science” titled “Effect of Banana on Blood Pressure of Hypertensive individuals: A Cross Sectional Study From Pokhara, Nepal”, indicated that it can reduce blood pressure in few hours after being consumed.
Bananas are an old folk remedy for many gastrointestinal problems according to a notable naturopath,Dr James Duke.
Duke noted that “bananas may be another useful addition to such well-established anti-ulcer foods as raw cabbage, green tea, garlic and legumes”.
The use of banana is well known for diarrhea, especially the unripe ones. It’s also good for dysentery, intestinal lesions and for diabetes (unripe), in uremia, nephritis, gout and cardiac and heart related problems.
Bananas exhibit atherosclerosis and gallstones. The effect is usually on the gallbladder where it inhibits cholesterol crystallisation.
The action of banana on blood pressure according to study is due to its high potassium content. Approximately, 300mg-1100mg fresh weight can reduce high blood pressure and heart palpitation.
Eating two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch can sustain blood sugar and protect one from muscle cramps.
Experimental evidences suggest that potassium is an important regulator of blood pressure. Altered vascular sensitivity to vasoactive hormones and alterations in divalent cation metabolism-playing a key role in mediating blood pressure.
After an extensive review recently newer studies showed more evidence on banana reduction of blood pressure in humans.
One thing that marks bananas out among many herbs for hypertension is that it can help combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers and relieve morning sickness.
It can also protect the kidney from cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness. There is one claim that banana can even cure the itch of a mosquito bite and put a great shine on your shoes.
On a final note, you can improve your mood and reduce stress by eating bananas daily, but be careful if you are diabetic, especially with overripe ones.

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Immunization: Health Board Targets Rural Communities

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Towards ensuring that immunization campaign achieves its target of over 90 percent, the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, says it has provided modalities for trained health care providers to reach the interiors of the state.
Making this known in an exclusive interview, the Health Education / Coordinator, Rivers State Social and Behavioural Change Communication Committee, Dr Daris Nria, said provisions have been made to take the free immunisation exercise to the rural areas of the state.
Because immunisation programe will be running concurrently in all the local government areas, and these areas will be empowered with boats or other means of transport, as well as logistics.
She used this opportunity to call on the public especially parents and women of child bearing age to avail themselves the opportunity of being immunized against tetanus and other diseases.
In another development, the Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) Focal Person, Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Emen-Jaja stated that the MNCH week slated to commence from 20th – 24th September will provide health care services for children under the age of five years, pregnant women as well as their spouses.
Such services, according to her, include administration of vitamin A, deworming exercise, nutritional screening, general health checks, child spacing and birth registration.
“Both women of reproductive age and their spouses who visit the health care centres would also have free services within the week.

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CSO Wants Cancer Treatment Centres In Rivers

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The Rivers State Chapter of the Civil Society organsation (CSO) has called on the state government to establish cancer treatment centres in the state to address the current growing cancer cases in the state.
Making the call recently, chairman of the organisation, Mr Dennis Otobo, said going by the status among the community of states in the country, Rivers State needs such centres in strategic areas of the state.
He stated that “going by the position of Rivers State among other states in the country, we are over due to have enough cancer treatment centres, especially considering the State Government’s focus on the health of her people”.
According to him, “taking some of our cancer patients to other neighbouring states does not tell well of our health services, no matter how we look at it.
“Government should establish cancer treatment centres in the state, at least a one hub treatment centre in each LGA”, he said.
Otobo explained that for now, about 99 per cent of treatments for cancer and related services are provided by donor agencies and patients are taken outside the state for treatment, which requires a lot of fund that is mostly not available.
“If government can provide cancer treatment centres in the state, it will not only lessen the impact of the ailment in the state but will also alleviate the suffering of patients who cannot afford going for treatment outside the state”, he said.

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To Much Salt Consumption, Bad For Kidney – Expert

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A Nephrologist, specialist in Kidney disease, Dr Manda David-West, says excessive salt consumption is one key cause of kidney disease.
Stating this in a recent interview, she said in-take of too much salt is capable of damaging one’s kidney, in addition to raising blood pressure.
“Too much salt can raise up the Blood Pressure (BP), and once the BP is raised, if you are not on medication, It can damage the kidney over time, she said.
In order to prevent this, Dr David West, who is a Consultant Nephrologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) called for limitation in salt in-take.
She further stated that to prevent kidney disease, there was the need to cut down on carbohydrate and callory intake, alongside checking food in-take capable of increasing chances of developing diabetes mellitus.
Dr David West continued that enough intake of fruits and vegetables, alongside exercises with a view to keep fit also prevents kidney diseases.
Contrary to wide spread belief that food supplements are good for the body, Dr David West said too much intake of food supplements is not good for the body.
Accroding to her, besides taking fruits and vegetables, “they should engage in daily exercise, try and keep fit and be active as much.
“Even (food) supplement has not been proven to be good to the kidney, especially when it is taken for a long time.

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