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Best Natural Antibiotics

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We are daily bombarded with lots of disease-causing agents. We suffer cough, pain, and other infections that surround us daily, either from the environment, food, chemicals and air. Therefore we need natural agents to help ward off these disease-causing agents. Antibiotics are very essential to fight diseases. Normally, antibiotics are disease- fighting agents that can be natural or man made as obtained in drugs. Below are naturally sourced antibiotics:

  1. Garlic
    Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which it releases when crushed or chopped. Previous studies showed that allicin has antibacterial effects against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. In fact, allicin is effective against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections.
    When inhaled in aerosol form, allicin can also kill bacteria that target the lungs. It’s also a promising treatment for antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis. Note that garlic should be eaten fresh to reap the benefits of allicin. The compound is destroyed when garlic is cooked. To use this natural antibiotic, crush fresh garlic until you extract oil from the cloves. You can also incorporate raw garlic into dressings, sauces and salads.
  2. Honey
    Honey has a long history of use in traditional medicine. It goes all the way back to the Ancient Greeks, who had made extensive use of honey as an ointment for wounds.
    Today, experts know that honey helps treat wounds because it provides a protective coating. Plus, certain types of honey, like manuka honey, have potent antimicrobial properties that help prevent infection. Honey’s antimicrobial properties are usually attributed to its hydrogen peroxide content.
    Honey is a versatile ingredient you can use in a variety of dishes. To add honey to your diet, add it to smoothies or shakes for a touch of sweetness, spread it on bread and homemade muffins or stir it into oatmeal.
  3. Ginger
    Ginger is renowned for its antibacterial properties. In fact, many studies have shown that ginger has antimicrobial activities against two serogroups of Escherichia coli (E. coli). Most strains of E. coli are harmless, but some can cause digestive issues like severe stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea.
    Ginger’s antimicrobial properties are attributed to its numerous potent compounds, such as borneol, camphene and linalool.
    You can brew freshly sliced ginger to make an immune-boosting herbal drink or add sliced ginger root to soups and curries. You can also stir-fry ginger slices with vegetables, meat and noodles.
    Onions: Onions are of the garlic family but highly effective as antibiotic, especially when eaten fresh or lightly cooked. Onions have varieties; white and deep blue colour and are emulcifent.
    One good aspect of onions is the ability to make us teary and that is one function that makes it antibacterial and antibiotic. It is also a cleanser.
  4. Clove
    Cloves are the dried flower buds of the clove tree, a tropical evergreen tree, native to Indonesia. They are widely used in India’s Ayurvedic medicine as a natural treatment for toothaches. In fact, clove has been used traditionally in dental procedures. Some studies suggest clove is effective against E. coli.
    Ground or whole, cloves are used to flavour meat, sauces and rice dishes. Cloves are often used with nutmeg and cinnamon in sweet dishes, especially “pumpkin pie” flavoured foods for the fall, and in drinks like cider and mulled wine.
  5. Oregano
    Oregano, a staple ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, which can be attributed to carvacrol and thymol. These two compounds are among the major components of oregano essential oil. Oregano, particularly its essential oil, is among the more effective natural antibiotics.
    Oregano is typically used in tomato-centric recipes, such as pizzas and pasta dishes. Oregano is also commonly combined with olive oil to make delicious oregano oil, vinaigrette and marinades for meat.
    Adapted from Food.News

By: Kevin Nengia

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55 Million Battle Dementia as WHO PLANS To Check Disease

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The World Health Organisation(WHO) says currently, more than 55 million people have dementia worldwide with over 60%  living in low- and middle income countries.

It also revealed that every year, there are nearly 10 million new cases.

The revelation came as WHO Assembly endorsed a global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025.

The goal of the action plan is to improve the lives of people with dementia, their carers and families, while decreasing the impact of dementia on them as well as on communities and countries.

The action plan includes seven strategic action areas, including one on dementia risk reduction,as  there is no cure for dementia currently.

The body stressed that risk reduction for dementia remains critically important with potentially modifiable risk factors means that prevention of dementia is potentially possible by implementing a set of key interventions. This would, in turn, offer opportunities to influence future dementia incidence.

To this end, WHO released guidelines for risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia in 2019. The guidelines provide health care providers as well as governments, policy-makers and other stakeholders with evidence-based recommendations on health  behaviours and interventions to delay or prevent cognitive decline and dementia.

Since the initial release of the guidelines, the field has evolved significantly, with more evidence now being available. In line with WHO standard procedure, the Department of Mental Health, Brain Health and Substance Use has started the process of updating the guidelines for risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia with the advice of a Guideline Development Group (GDG).

Meanwhile, experts are proposing to join the GDG for updating the guidelines for risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia based on their technical expertise, diverse perspectives, demographic background, lived experience and geographic representation

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 NAFDAC Intensifies Action to Check Paraquat, Hazardous chemicals

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The National Food Food Drug Administration and Control(NAFDAC) has  reiterated its ban on Paraquat agrochemicals, pledging rigorous enforcement, and urges the public to report suspicious activities or products to its nearest office.

The agency during a raid at markets in Sokoto  stated that goods worth over N20 million, including Paraquat were seen around the old market, kara market and central market.

According to the agency, the operation conducted by its Investigation and Enforcement/Federal Task Force on fake drugs and unwholesome processed food led to the arrest of four suspects.

The agency said during the operation it screened 17 shops, seized cartons of “endocoton super containing banned Paraquat.”

“Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide that poses significant health risks and environmental hazards,” it said.

NAFDAC’s raid resulted in the seizure of 2,096 cartons of SF MOE Soap, 223 cartons of SF Oxxo Purest Soap, and unregistered herbal preparations with pornographic pictorials, posing public health risks.

“The arrested individuals are under investigation, and the confiscated products will be processed according to regulations for substandard and falsified products,” the agency said.

NAFDAC had banned Paraquat agrochemicals, pledging rigorous enforcement, and urges the public to report suspicious activities or products to its nearest office.

 

 

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Who Warns On Lack Of Exercise

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of the consequences of lack activity and exercise by adults.
In a recent data, WHO showed that nearly one third (31%) of adults worldwide, approximately 1.8 billion people, did not meet the recommended levels of physical activity in 2022.
It warned that inactivity puts adults at greater risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes, type 2 diabetes, dementia and cancers such as breast and colon.
” The finding is a worrying trend of physical inactivity among adults, which has increased by about 5 percentage points between 2010 and 2022,” the body said in a statement.
WHOs Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared that ,” the new findings highlight a lost opportunity to reduce cancer and heart disease, and improve mental health and well-being through increased physical activity,” as he insists that “We must renew our commitment to increasing levels of physical activity and prioritizing bold action, including strengthened policies and increased funding, to reverse this worrying trend.”
If the trend continues, levels of inactivity are projected to further rise to 35% by 2030, and the world is currently off track from meeting the global target to reduce physical inactivity by 2030.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults have 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or equivalent, per week.
The study was undertaken by researchers from WHO together with academic colleagues and published in The Lancet Global Health journal.
The highest rates of physical inactivity were observed in the high-income Asia Pacific region (48%) and South Asia (45%), with levels of inactivity in other regions ranging from 28 percent in high-income Western countries to 14 percent in Oceania.
Of concern is the disparity between gender and age. Physical inactivity is still more common among women globally compared with men, with inactivity rates of 34 percent compared to 29 percent. In some countries, this difference is as much as 20 percentage points. Additionally, people over 60 are less active than other adults, underscoring the importance of promoting physical activity for older adults.

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