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How dates increase sperm count and why men should eat them regularly

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Chock full of nutrients, people eat dates mostly for energy; but there’s more to these dry fruits.

During Ramadan, Muslims break their fast with dates. Since fasting deprives your body of strength, eating calorie-dense dates helps boost your energy. But apparently, dates are capable of revving up more than just your energy levels.

Science says that date fruits can even crank up your libido; improve your sperm quality and save your marriage. Research has proven what traditional wisdom has been saying all along. Dates boost your sex life by increasing your libido and improving your sexual performance. Also according to science, dates increase sperm count, and this is another reason why men should eat dates often.

How do dates increase sperm count? Have a look at what the research has revealed below.

Traditional medicine practitioners used the pollen of the date palm to make an antidote to male infertility. With that background, some researchers decided to investigate the substance of the local antidote.

There was an experimental study led by Bahmanpour et al. in 2006. The researchers discovered that dates did impact sperm and the reproductive system of adult male rats, who were the subjects of the experiment.

The scientists noticed that eating dates greatly improved the count, the motility and DNA quality of the rats’ sperm. It also increased the weights of the testes and epididymis. The credit went to estradiol and flavonoid; components in dates that seem to have a positive effect on the quality of sperm.

Also, in November of 2016, two experts in sexual health in Lagos advised men to eat dates; saying its consumption would enhance their sexual performance and increase their libido.

The man told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) that when men took dates appropriately, they could also improve their health conditions in many other ways. It could save them the shame of not satisfying their sexual partners, the experts said.

One of the men, Dr. Aminu Kazeem, a sexual health therapist who works at Energy for Sex Clinic in Lagos; said men who had performance problems should incorporate dates in their diet.

“Eating dates will promote sperm quality and quantity as it is one of the best natural fruits used for male fertility. It also increases the size of the testes in men and the size of breasts in women. Consuming the fruit can help to treat sexual disorders because it is a natural aphrodisiac.”

He further confirmed that dates contained high levels of estradiol and flavonoid which aid sperm motility and increase sperm count.

Dates do more than increase sperm count and motility. They are good for your all-round health and vitality. Here are some other health benefits of eating dates below:

Want to satisfy your sugar craving? Instead of gorging on candies coated with sugar, have a few pieces of dates or sweets made out of it to beat your sugar craving in a healthy way. They are a good substitute for white sugar as they are free of sodium, cholesterol and fats. But remember, their calorific value is higher than other fruits so too much can lead to weight gain.

These little nuggets are rich in fibre, which means they are good for your digestive system and bowel movements. It also means they prevent the build-up of LDL cholesterol; which can put your heart health at risk by increasing your chances of getting hypertension, stroke, heart disease, etc.

Iron is an essential nutrient your body needs to prevent anaemia. It helps your red blood cells carry oxygen better to various body parts which help in their better functioning. Lack of iron can leave you feeling fatigued even after doing the smallest of tasks. Eating dates can beat this deficiency.

Dates contain about 656 mg of potassium per 100g which makes them a powerhouse of potassium. According to WHO guidelines, an adult should consume 3,510 mg of potassium every day. Lower levels of potassium can make one more susceptible to high blood pressure, stroke, etc.

Apart from all the above goodness, dates are also rich in other essential nutrients like calcium, magnesium and vitamin B6. The body needs both magnesium and calcium for proper bone growth; while vitamin B6 is needed to break down protein, and maintain normal levels of nerve function.

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Bald young men at higher risk of heart disease, study claims

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Researchers say men who go bald or have grey hairs at a young age are more likely to have heart disease.

According to the study, both male-pattern baldness and premature greying pose a stronger risk factor for heart disease than obesity.

Sachin Patil, researcher of the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre in India, said: “The incidence of coronary artery disease in young men is increasing but cannot be explained by traditional risk factors.

“Premature greying and androgenic alopecia – or male-pattern baldness – correlate well with vascular age irrespective of chronological age and are plausible risk factors for coronary artery disease.”

To arrive at the findings, an analysis was carried out on 790 men with coronary artery disease under the age of 40, and 1,270 age-matched healthy men.

The participants went through electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiography, blood tests, and coronary angiogram, after which they were scored based on levels of male-pattern baldness and grey hair.

Researchers found that young men with coronary artery disease were significantly more likely to be prematurely grey or balding than the healthy individuals.

Also, male-pattern baldness was associated with six times greater risk of coronary artery disease while premature greying was associated with a higher risk, five times more.

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Seven tips to improve ear health

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Most people often prioritize the wellness of their skin, eyes, and other organs, while overlooking one of the most vital parts of the body; the ears. Meanwhile, paying attention to the health of your ear is crucial for our overall well-being.

According to the World Health Organization, about 360 million people suffer from some degree of hearing impairment ( 328 million adults and 32 million children). With prevalence to sub Saharan Africa and 8.5 million Nigerians.

However, taking the right steps henceforth can help reduce your risk of hearing loss.

Without further ado, here are the essential dos and don’ts of maintaining good ear health.

  • Practice safe listening habits

In this age, most people now use headphones or earbuds to distract themselves from reality.

However, while using these buds, make sure to keep the volume at a moderate level to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

Listening to loud music or volume can damage your hearing, especially when using earbuds that sit directly next to your eardrum.

So reducing the volume and limiting prolonged usage can improve your ear health.

  • Avoid inserting objects into the ear canal

Never insert cotton buds, hairpins, or any other objects into your ear canal.

When you want to clean your ears be extra conscious, careful, and avoid using sharp or pointed objects. As these objects may injure the ear canal or eardrum and can even push wax deeper, irritate the ear canal, or cause injury.

Also using cotton buds is a common but inadvisable way to remove earwax. Earwax is normal and self-cleans the ear, preventing dust and particles from getting in.

So inserting buds or tissues in the ear could cause serious harm to the ear drum and canal with the potential for temporary or even permanent damage.

  • Keep the ear dry

It is also important to always keep the ear dry to prevent ear infections called otitis media.

Otitis media is an outer ear infection that is caused when there is water residue inside the ear canal, so it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.

To avoid this, always dry your ears thoroughly after bathing or swimming, as excess moisture can cause bacterial build-up, compromising the ear canal.

If you sense water residue, drain your ear by tilting your head to one side.

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to loud noises

Loud noises that emanate from power tools, concerts, construction sites, and firearms can all gradually lead to hearing loss, especially when you’re exposed to them on a regular basis.

Be sure to always use ear protection such as earplugs and earmuffs if you are constantly going to be in a noisy environment. As exposure to these noises can lead to noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus.

Also, be mindful of the noise levels in your environment and take necessary precautions.

  • Avoid ignoring any ear pain or discomfort

Whenever you experience ear pain, fullness of the ear, drainage, or signs of infection; don’t hesitate to seek medical attention promptly.

Treatment for ear problems should not be delayed as the pain won’t improve without the right treatment.

The longer you leave an ear problem, the longer it may take to treat it. So seek professional help and avoid self-medication.

  • Give your ears a break

You read right, just like the other part of the body, the ears also need breaks to function well.

This is mostly related to people who are constantly exposed to loud noise from environmental sources, concerts, and so on.

The noises from these sources have the potential to cause temporary or permanent hearing loss.

So when in a very loud environment, take frequent breaks by stepping outside to separate yourself from the noise, even if it is just for five minutes.

After the event, try to spend time in a quiet environment for at least one day to allow your ears to rest and recover.

Research has found that you need about 16-48 hours of quiet rest to recover from the previous noise.

  • Visit the doctors for regular ear check-ups

Just like every other part of your body, your ears also need a periodic check-ups by professionals.

Hearing screening and exams are important as they help quickly detect hearing loss and promote instant treatment.

You should get recommendations and advice from your medical professional as hearing tests are done according to the person’s risk and environment.

Take care of your ears. Always take preventative measures to stay ahead of hearing loss.

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Even one alcoholic drink a day can increase risk of stroke, study says

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A new study has shown that even light-to-moderate consumption of alcoholic drink increases blood pressure and the chances of having a stroke.

Published in the Lancet medical journal, the study contradicts previous findings that suggest moderate drinking could prevent health diseases.

Researchers from Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and the University of Oxford followed the effects of alcohol on stroke in 500,000 Chinese people for 10 years.

The researchers said Chinese formed the study group because of their distinct gene combination which reduces their alcohol tolerance level. This genetic variant can make consuming alcoholic drink an unpleasant experience and lead to flushing.

The scientists were able to study the impact of alcohol on people drawn from health, lifestyle and genetic data.

The study found that some didn’t drink because of their genetic mutation, while female-participants drank little despite their genetic variance.

The men on average drank four drinks a day and were at a far higher risk of suffering high blood pressure and strokes.

At the end, the study revealed that one glass of alcoholic drink a day increased stroke risk by 10 per cent to 15 per cent and that four drinks a day increased the risk of having a stroke by 35 per cent.

It means no matter the type of alcoholic drink you reach for, don’t expect it to protect you from stroke or other disease.

For the purposes of the study, one drink was a small glass of wine, a bottle of beer, or a single measure of spirits.

Zhengming Chen, co-author of the study, said in a press release that “there are no protective effects of moderate alcohol intake against stroke. Even moderate alcohol consumption increases the chances of having a stroke.”

Although many leading scientists agreed with the study’s findings, Stephen Burgees, a researcher at the University of Cambridge noted the study was limited to Chinese and focused on spirits, beer and not wine.

Burgees further agreed with the study’s findings “that risk of stroke increases even with moderate light alcohol consumption.”

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