HEALTH TALKS

Health Benefits of Kiwi, Moringa & Spinach With Miss Adeseye Precious

So we’d be diving a little deep on the listed items below. Seeing their contents and Health benefits.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพ “`KIWI ๐Ÿฅ“`

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพ “`MORINGA“`

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพ “`SPINACH“`

KIWI

Kiwi fruit is not often considered a โ€œsuperfoodโ€, but in fact, itโ€™s a fruit that is full of important vitamins and minerals and can have a very positive effect on your health. These brown fuzzy fruits have a sweet and slightly tangy taste with green flesh on the inside that lends a unique flavor and tropical zing.

Kiwi boasts a whole range of nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C, folate, copper, potassium, antioxidants, vitamin E, and vitamin K. The skin and seeds are edible, though many people choose to peel it off because of its fuzzy texture. Kiwis are a tough-growing fruit and are readily available throughout the year in supermarkets.

1. Kiwi Prevents Blood Clotting
Kiwis were found to prevent blood clotting and manage blood pressure by reducing the amount of fat in the blood. It was found that this happened without negatively affecting blood cholesterol levels.Aspirin is usually the recommended drug to prevent those from cardiovascular events.However, Aspirin can
cause inflammation and ulcers in the GI tract.Studies show that consuming 2 to 3 kiwi fruits a day can replace a daily aspirin to help thin the blood and improve heart health over a period of time.

2. Kiwi Can Help Asthma
Asthma can be debilitating. Wheezing and breathlessness are some of the most common symptoms relating to this condition. The presence of high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants in kiwis can help control symptoms of asthma. A
study demonstrated that lung function was improved in those who consumed kiwi regularly.

3. Kiwi Improves Digestion
Kiwi contains a good amount of dietary fibre making it useful for improving digestion. Apart from the fibre content, kiwi also contains an enzyme, actinidin which can effectively break down proteins in the gut. After eating a large meal, itโ€™s advised to eat a kiwi because it can help break down tough proteins from
meat and fish that often can cause bloating. Kiwis also have a mild laxative effect that can help a slow digestive system.

4. Helps Regulate Blood Pressure
Kiwis can help reduce high blood pressure and prevent
diseases such as heart attack and stroke. A study showed that those who ate 3 kiwis a day for 8 weeks had a reduction in their diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Kiwis contain an antioxidant, lutein that may be the cause of its blood pressure regulating ability. Vitamin C in kiwis can also contribute to a reduction in blood pressure.

5. Supports Immune Function
Vitamin C is important for cellular function and protects cells from free radical damage in the body. Itโ€™s responsible for the growth and repair of tissues and provides support for the immune system.
The high concentration of vitamin C in kiwis can do wonders for the immune system. At 103% of your recommended value of vitamin C per 1 cup, eating kiwis can effectively ward off
infection, common cold, and flu when eaten regularly.

6. Reduces DNA Damage
Oxidative stress is the imbalance of free radicals and
antioxidants in your body. This process can also cause strand breakage of DNA. This can lead to health problems, some of which can be hard to detect or treat.
Kiwi fruit contains antioxidants that can reduce oxidative stress. A study that tested peopleโ€™s cells by damaging them with peroxide, showed that those who supplemented with kiwi
showed an improved ability of the DNA to repair itself after
applying the peroxide. This means that kiwi might help prevent long-term cancers and lifestyle diseases such as colon cancer, which is closely linked to DNA damage.

7. Prevents Vision Loss
Kiwis can prevent macular degeneration and ultimately, vision loss. Kiwi contains zeaxanthin and lutein (or the โ€œeye vitamin).
These two compounds perform the same function as antioxidants and help to form vitamin A, an essential nutrient for your eyes. They also absorb excess light that may damage our retinas and protect the eye from cataracts and other eye- related diseases.
A healthy nervous system can have positive effects on your
retina, which contains the highest concentration of nerves and is essentially the center of communication of the eye. Kiwis also contain a good amount of copper, which is an essential nutrient that supports the nervous system and therefore supports the healthy functioning of the eyes.

8. Fights Inflammation
Bromelain is an enzyme found in kiwis, pineapple, and green
papaya which can break down proteins and heal inflammation.
Upon consuming the kiwi, bromelain is released into the
bloodstream where it breaks down inflammatory complexes.
Kiwi has also shown to lower the inflammation relating to
arthritis and prevent it from leading to other diseases such as heart disease and stroke.
High amounts of vitamin C can also curb inflammation by
fighting against free radicals that can cause an inflammatory response in the body. Since Kiwis have a high concentration of vitamin C, it can promote the healing of inflammation when consumed regularly.

9. Improves Skin Health
Collagen is an essential nutrient that supports the structure of the skin and strengthens bones. Vitamin C in kiwi is a key component in the synthesization of collagen in the body.
Eating kiwi can help support the structure of your skin and
keep it hydrated and healthy.
Acne is an inflammation of the skin and can cause
embarrassing pimples on the face and body. The anti-
inflammatory properties and vitamin C in kiwis can be
beneficial for those dealing with acne and can greatly reduce sebum production in pores. Just apply kiwi extract mixed with aloe vera to your skin and leave overnight for best results.

CONCLUSION ON KIWIS

Kiwis are not only delicious to eat in fruit salads, smoothies, and as a snack, but they are also packed with vitamins,minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and fiber. All of these nutrients are essential for our health and the optimal
functioning of our bodies. Kiwis contain an extremely high amount of vitamin C when compared to an orange. Because of this, kiwis are effective for immune support, blood pressure regulation and they can even help diseases such as asthma and macular degeneration.
Kiwi also contains bromelain, a special enzyme that can fight inflammation and improve digestion in the body. Kiwi is low in calories, high in fiber, and contains protein digestive enzymes, and vitamin C, which means it can effectively promote weight
loss. Eating 1 or 2 kiwis is a great idea if you want to improve your cardiovascular and digestive health. Incorporate kiwis into your
diet through a daily smoothie or small snack and watch how it affects you in a positive way.

MORINGA

Moringa oleifera is a plant that is often called the drumstick tree, the miracle tree, the ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree.*

Moringa has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties and health benefits. It also has antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Moringa contains many healthful compounds such as:

vitamin A
vitamin B1 (thiamine)
B2 (riboflavin)
B3 (niacin), B-6
folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
calcium
potassium
iron
magnesium
phosphorus
zinc
It is also extremely low in fats and contains no harmful cholesterol.

What are the benefits?

Moringa is believed to have many benefits and its uses range from health and beauty to helping prevent and cure diseases. The benefits of moringa include

1. Protecting and nourishing skin and hair

Moringa seed oil is beneficial for protecting hair against free radicals and keeps it clean and healthy. Moringa also contains protein, which means it is helpful in protecting skin cells from damage. It also contains hydrating and detoxifying elements, which also boost the skin and hair.

It can be successful in curing skin infections and sores.

2. Treating edema

Edema is a painful condition where fluid builds up in specific tissues in the body. The anti-inflammatory properties of moringa may be effective in preventing edema from developing.

3. Protecting the liver

Moringa appears to protect the liver against damage caused by anti-tubercular drugs and can quicken its repair process.

4. Preventing and treating cancer

Moringa extracts contain properties that might help prevent cancer developing. It also contains niazimicin, which is a compound that suppresses the development of cancer cells.

5. Treating stomach complaints

Moringa extracts might help treat some stomach disorders, such as constipation, gastritis, and ulcerative colitis. The antibiotic and antibacterial properties of moringa may help inhibit the growth of various pathogens, and its high vitamin B content helps with digestion.

6. Fighting against bacterial diseases

Due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, moringa extracts might combat infections caused by Salmonella, Rhizopus, and E. coli.

7. Making bones healthier

Moringa also contains calcium and phosphorous, which help keep bones healthy and strong. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties moringa extract might help to treat conditions such as arthritis and may also heal damaged bones.

8. Treating mood disorders

Moringa is thought to be helpful in treating depression, anxiety, and fatigue.

9. Protecting the cardiovascular system

The powerful antioxidants found in Moringa extract might help prevent cardiac damage and has also been shown to maintain a healthy heart.

10. Helping wounds to heal

Extract of moringa has been shown to help wounds close as well as reduce the appearance of scars.

11. Treating diabetes

Moringa helps to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood, as well as sugar and protein in the urine. This improved the hemoglobin levels and overall protein content in those tested.

12. Treating asthma

Moringa may help reduce the severity of some asthma attacks and protect against bronchial constrictions. It has also been shown to assist with better lung function and breathing overall.

13. Protecting against kidney disorders

People may be less likely to develop stones in the kidneys, bladder or uterus if they ingest moringa extract. Moringa contains high levels of antioxidants that might aid toxicity levels in the kidneys.

“`And Yes, it also has a few risk…“` ๐Ÿ“Œ๐Ÿ“Œ

Risks
Some of the medications to be particularly aware of are:

1. *Levothyroxine:* Used to combat thyroid problems. Compounds in the moringa leaf may aid the thyroid function, but people should not take it in combination with other thyroid medication.

2. *Any medications that might be broken down by the liver:* Moringa extract may decrease how quickly this happens, which could lead to various side effects or complications.

3. *Diabetes medications:* Diabetes medications are used to lower blood sugar, which moringa also does effectively. It is vital to ensure blood sugar levels do not get too low.

4. *High blood pressure medication:* Moringa has shown to be effective at lowering blood pressure. Taking moringa alongside other drugs that lower blood pressure may result in it becoming too low.

“`I do hope we have learnt something New about MORINGA and we can use it according regarding our health….“`

Now we move to the next item… And last for tonight ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

SPINACH

So,

the Yoruba man calls it efo tรจtรจ

the Igbo man says it is akwukwo nri

the Hausa man calls it alayyafo

For other tribes ๐Ÿค” we will know with time ๐Ÿ˜

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPINACH

1. *Spinach is nutrient-rich*
Three cups of raw spinach provides just 20 calories, no fat, 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbohydrate, with 2 grams as fiber.

Though it has so fee calories, spinach is packed with nutrients. A portion provides over 300% of the daily need for bone supporting Vitamin K.

Spinach also provide over 160% of the daily goal for Vitamin A and about 40% for vitamin C, which both support immune function and healthy skin.

2. *Spinach may help manage blood pressure*

Spinach is a source of naturally occurring nitrates, compounds that open up blood vessels to improve blood flow and ease the workload on the heart.

3. *Spinach protects eye health*

One of the antioxidants in spinach, called lutein, has been shown to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that can blur the sharp, central vision required for activities like reading and driving. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for people age 50 and older.

4. *Cancer prevention*

Spinach contains two components, MGDG and SQDG, which may slow down cancer growth.

In one study, these compounds helped slow tumor growth in a personโ€™s cervix. They also decreased the size of the tumor

Several human studies link spinach consumption to a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
Eating this leafy green may also help prevent breast cancer.

There is no doubt that Spinach has a host of benefits, that many of us were not aware of before now. ๐ŸŒ

So, when next you’re offered a meal with spinach, please ask for more ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‹

So…. We’ve come to the end of today’s session๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

And I know for sure that we all have “Learnt Something New”๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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