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Four reasons you should eat more mangoes

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If you grew up in Nigeria or any other African country, you’re probably familiar with the mango fruit. In Nigeria, this fruit is commonly available during the rainy season. It’s another mango season and you’re bound to come across vendors, stores, and markets selling these fruits more often than not.

Mangoes come in different colours and sizes depending on their species. Mangoes vary from bright yellow, dark green, pink-green, red, and peach colours and can be found easily.

German [Opioro], Cotonou, Sheri, Kerosene, Julie, Peter are names to the commonly found mango types in Nigeria. These mango types are probably very familiar to you, right?

So why should you eat more mangoes even though you’ve practically grown knowing them your whole life? The answer is simple; mangoes contain a large number of nutritional benefits for proper skin, body, and hair development.

What are these benefits you may ask:

Mangoes Are Great For Clear Skin
Vitamins A and C are major components which promote healthy skin. Mangoes are packed with lots of Vitamins A and C and when eaten habitually, promotes healthy skin.

Mangoes are equally known to exfoliate and eliminate dead pores on the skin.

In addition to the mentioned benefits, mangoes also help improve signs of ageing as it contains antioxidants which rejuvenate the skin.

Potassium and Vitamin E [both contained in mangoes] work alongside each other to keep cells hydrated to moisturize the skin. As well as working to hydrate the skin, Antioxidants also work to improve skin tone.

Mangoes Are Great For Weight Loss


Mangoes are fat-free and therefore, a great choice of food for people on the journey of shedding weight.

While the ability of mangoes in aiding weight loss has been considered by some to be factual or a myth, there’s an important truth to note. While mangoes might indeed aid in weight loss, eating only mangoes may not necessarily be a good way to go about it. However, replacing unhealthy snacks with mangoes and other fruits is the best way to go about this.

Mangoes Improve Eyesight
If you’re keen on improving your sight, mangoes might provide additional benefits to you. Certain nutrients found in mangoes are beneficial for the proper functioning of the human eyes.

Remember that mangoes are rich in vitamin A and this vitamin is a great preserver of eyesight reducing the risks of eye defects such as; night blindness etc.

Remember to combine mangoes with other food items such as oysters, seafood, carrots, etc for the best results in improving your eyes.

Mangoes Aid in Digestion
Battling with digestion issues? Then mangoes might be the answer for you as this fruit is known to aid in digestion. According to ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing, mangoes contain enzymes that aid the breakdown and digestion of protein.

Having read about these benefits, would you be eating more mangoes this season?

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7 reasons to appreciate excess body hair more

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What you need to know about hair growth in unwanted places like face, arms, legs, chest, back, and appropriate treatment.

There are three reasons to love hairy body:

It is a way your body tells you that it is going through something.

It is genetics.

It is beautiful.

Even when you want to get rid of it, you have to identify the issue before you get the razor out!

  1. It’s in your family
    Genetics play a major part in hairy bodie. Some ethnic groups, darker-skinned people usually have excessive hair.

Unfortunately, the most reliable way to get rid of hair on dark-skin affects melanin.

The laser targets melanin in the hair. But this includes melanin of the skin which can leave you covered in permanent white patches allover if done incorrectly.

  1. It fights back
    If you are going to cut it, make sure to leave nothing behind. But even then, there’s a chance you are only making it stronger.

Shaving cut the hair but doesn’t impact the hair pocket (follicle). Even invasive methods like waxing and tweezing can make it come back thicker and coarser.

The injury to the hair makes it respond by becoming thicker than the previously cut batch.

The solution is to get a cream that can slow down the growth rate between shaving, waxing or tweezing.

  1. You have sensitive follicles
    If a medical practitioner has ruled out medical causes, you might simply have sensitive follicles.

This means they overreact to even normal testosterone levels.

Medical conditions the excess hair might be telling you about

  1. Hormone imbalance
    “Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) usually have excessive growth of facial or body hair because the condition produces excessive amounts of androgens (excessive male sex hormones),” says Ghasak Amer Mahmood, MD, an endocrinologist at PIH Health in Whittier, California.

Treatment includes medicine to regulate ovaries function and decrease amount of androgens. These include: birth control pills and anti-androgen medicine.

  1. Adrenal gland issues
    “In Cushing’s syndrome, the major product of the adrenal gland, cortisol, is increased, but along with it, excess androgens are released as well. In congenital adrenal hyperplasia, there is a deficiency in one of the enzymes that produce cortisol. As a result, cortisol can’t be produced, and the precursors are diverted to producing androgens instead, leading to excessive hair growth,” says Mazen Abdallah, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist with McGovern Medical School at UT Health and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and medical director of the Houston Fertility Institute in Texas.

Surgery or medication should be able to restore normal levels.

  1. Weight gain
    Extra weight is linked to high levels of male hormones.

“Obesity alters the way that the body produces and processes hormones,” Dr. Ward explains. “When insulin levels in the body are high they stimulate the production of male hormones. This is also linked to PCOS and diabetes, a condition that also affects insulin levels,” the doctor adds.

Lifestyle changes including a diet low in sugar and fat and rich in antioxidants, and weight loss can lessen hair growth.

  1. Medication
    Treatment for endometriosis (a disease characterized by the presence of tissue resembling endometrium (the lining of the uterus) outside the uterus) can lead to excess hair growth.

It includes steroids like prednisone, danazol, which are created from androgens. Medicine for immune disorders or anti-seizure and drugs used to slow hair loss may cause hair in unwanted places.

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Fast with your sense, NAFDAC tells Nigerians

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The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has advised Nigerians against subjecting themselves to long-hour fasting, saying it was risky to their kidneys.

Prof. Adeyeye, who attributed the high rate of kidney problems in Nigeria to prolonged fasting by some religious adherents, insisted that those subjecting themselves to prolonged fasting on religious grounds must moderate the act.

She spoke in Abuja yesterday, while briefing the media on the breakthrough by her agency in tracking a high consignments of Tramadol and other pharmaceuticals to the Republic of Benin.

On the high rate of kidney problems in the country, she said: “Kidney failure, we are a very religious country- Muslims and Christians fast a lot and it is part of the kidney problem.

“Your body has to have homeomistatic balance, meaning that the water level in your body must be enough to make your organs to function.

“Some people will fast for 10 or 20 days and drink only little water, the kidney is being punished. Now, if you put chemicals in it, it triples in exponential manner, it damages the kidney because the kidney doesn’t have water to dilute and filter.”

Adeyeye, who tasked Nigerians to fast but with common sense, added: “I fast but with common sense. We have to fast with common sense, otherwise we will pay with our kidneys.”

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NAFDAC warns against use of ‘carcinogenic’ weight loss drug

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians against the use of a drug — Weight Rapid Loss Capsule.

Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC director-general, in a statement, said the drug has been found to have the potential to cause cancer.

Adeyeye said results of laboratory analysis showed that the drug, manufactured by Ingi Oman, contained a banned substance called “phenolphthalein”, which the US Food and Drug Administration recognised as unsafe.

She said the capsule, being marketed as “the most effective weight loss supplement” and sold through social media platforms like Instagram, also contains microbial growth above permissible limits.

“Phenolphthalein has been found to be toxic to genes, as it can cause damage or mutations in the DNA. Studies have also shown its potential carcinogenic risks,” the statement reads.

“NAFDAC implores consumers to stop the purchase and use of the product.

“Members of the public in possession of the product should discontinue use or sale, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.”

Adeyeye encouraged healthcare professionals and consumers to report any adverse effect experienced with the use of the product to the nearest NAFDAC office.

“Consumers are also advised to report adverse effects via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng or E-reporting platforms available at www.nafdac.gov.ng,” the statement reads.

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