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HEALTH BENEFITS OF PLANTAIN

HEALTH BENEFITS OF PLANTAIN

At first glance, it looks like a banana. But when you pick it up, you realize it’s bigger, firmer and has a thick skin. It’s not a banana—it’s a plantain. Most people are confused because it looks so much like a banana but it doesn’t 

Welcome to my Kitchen! Learn about me and my life!

Welcome to my Kitchen! Learn about me and my life!

Akwaaba (meaning ‘Welcome!’ in my native language, Twi!’), I have been cooking professionally since the age of 15 in Ghana, West-Africa.  Cooking delicious meals happens to be my gift.  I loved cooking so much that I opened and managed an African-Caribbean Restaurant called “Zubee’s International”, 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ACHEAMPONG

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ACHEAMPONG

For most people, perhaps including you, will not be familiar with the name of this leaf. Different from when you see other leaves such as cengkir mango. Moreover, there are many other names for these leaves aside from chromolaena odorata. This plant is actually one of the weeds plants or parasites that comes from the Asteraceae family. (Also known as (CHROMOLAENA ODORATA)

As for the characteristics of the leaves they come in the shape of oval and jagged on the edges. Not only that, the leaves have a rather rough texture, different from the other types of leaves. The leaves will have flowers at first and will bloom every summer season.

Usually, chromolaena odorata can be found on the height from 1000 to 2800 above the sea level. But, it is a different case in Indonesia. In Indonesia, chromolaena odorata as opposed, can be found in lowland about 500 above the sea. The plenty of sunlight will contribute to the fast growth of this plant, therefore, the plant will be most-likely slow to grow when it doesn’t get enough light. However, the fast growth of this plant can potentially damage cultivation plants and cost the farmers.

With the last fact being said, it is no surprise that the chromolaena odorata plants usually get thrown away. But, not many people know that the chromolaena odorata can actually contribute some benefits in the farming sphere. As of the details about the nutrition in the chromolaena odorata leaves are:

Nutrition Content in Chromolaena Odorata Leaves

Phenol, Alkaloids, Triterpenoid, Tannin, Flavonoid, Limonene

With the nutrition contents as mentioned above, the chromolaena odorata then can give benefits to not only farming but also the body’s health. Usually, chromolaena odorata is also used a lot as traditional herbal medicines. This has been practiced since a long time ago where people only knew physicians and nurses. Because it is very effective to cure many types of disease, the people from back in the day used to plant and grow these leaves a lot. Here are the health benefits of Chromolaena Odorata leaves:

Benefits of Chromolaena Odorata Leaves

However, as the time went by, people began to know chemical medicines and doctors. The chromolaena odorata then started to get abandoned and considered as weeds plants. For those of you who wonder what are actually the benefits of chromolaena odorata, below we will give the full explanations of them.

Cyst Medicine: There are many health benefits of Chromolaena Odorata leaves. The chromolaena odorata is very useful for those of you who want to heal cyst effectively.

Pain Reliever: Taking half a glass cup in the morning and evening for a week, will definitely deliver anyone from body/back pain.

Prevent Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer is one of the diseases that is very dangerous for women. To prevent yourself from developing the disease, you can drink the chromolaena odorata tea.

Maintain the Health of Reproduction Organ on Women: The health of reproduction organs is one of the very important things that needs to be aware of. To maintain the health of it, you can drink the chromolaena odorata brewed water.

Prevent Diabetes: Not only to maintain the health of the reproductive organ of women, the chromolaena odorata leaves can also prevent diabetes.

Vertigo Medicine: Vertigo is one of the diseases that can not be underestimated. This disease can not only send you to hospital but can also cause death. You can cure the disease by drinking the chromolaena odorata brewed water when your chromolaena odorata is relapsing. See also: Health Benefits of Daikon Leaves

Ulcer Medicine: Not only that it can help when your ulcer is relapsing, it is also believed to be able to cure your ulcer if consumed routinely. See also: Health Benefits of Moringa Leaves

Maintain the Heart’s Health: It is important for us to maintain the health of our heart to make sure it can always work well. To avoid the diseases that are related to the heart, you can consume the chromolaena odorata leaves. 

Decrease the Cholesterol Level: For those of you who want to decrease the cholesterol level in your body, you can drink the chromolaena odorata brewed water when your cholesterol level is increasing or when you just consumed seafood. See also: Health Benefits of Dandelion Leaves

Uric Acid Medicine: The chromolaena odorata can also be used as the medicine for chromolaena odorata. See also: Health Benefits of Young Barley LeavesDecrease the Blood Pressure: Not only can it decrease the cholesterol level, the chromolaena odorata leaves are also capable of decreasing your blood pressure. This is especially useful for those of you who have hypertension.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ABEDURU (TURKEY BERRIES)

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ABEDURU (TURKEY BERRIES)

Turkey Berries (Solanum torvum) a sought-after commodity can be found in Ghana, China, Thailand, The Caribbean, South America, Indonesia, Florida, Alabama, Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico and other places in the world. In Ghana, we usually refer to it as Abedru. It 

Fonio

Fonio

Fonio is native to African regions and comes in multiple varieties, most commonly, white and black. It has a long history of use and an even longer list of health benefits. There are two major groups that stand to benefit from incorporating this grain into 

BaoBab

BaoBab

Baobab fruit is a genuine ‘super-fruit’ chock full of antioxidants and vitamins. The benefits of Africa’s ‘upside-down’ tree are widespread on the continent, passed on from generation to generation.

Baobab fruits take some time to grow, ripening only in the dry season. Once harvested and dried the white floury pulp has many different uses.

And the fruits’ seeds pressed for oil. Luckily you don’t have to wait for the dry season thanks to BFCS organic oils and powders.

10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF BAOBAB

IMMUNE SYSTEM: The human body cannot make or store its own vitamin C (unlike other animals), so we need to make sure we get a good supply from the foods we eat every day. 

A single serving of Baobab powder (10g or 2-3 teaspoons) provides 33% of your daily vitamin C requirement (NRV)

One of the key benefits of vitamin C is that it helps to keep our immune system strong, supporting our body’s defence against viruses, infections, diseases and other illnesses. Try shaking baobab powder into your orange juice or water bottle for an extra dose of vitamin C on-the-go!

SLOW ENERGY RELEASE: We know what you’re thinking… ‘slow? I need energy fast!’. Vitamin C contributes to normal energy release – this slow, and steady release sustains us for a longer period of time and prevents us from feeling tired all of a sudden. Therefore, it helps the reduction of tiredness and fatigue as well as supporting a normal energy-yielding metabolism which is “needed for all functions and activities of the body, including physical activity and exercise” (EFSA, 2012).

Sub your morning coffee for a sprinkle of baobab powder on your breakfast to keep you energised and awake throughout the day. We like ours stirred into porridge or blended into our morning smoothies.

BLOOD SUGAR: Baobab Powder contains 34% soluble fibre, this helps to slow down the release of sugars into the bloodstream, reducing energy spikes. Soluble fibre can also help to control blood glucose levels, improve blood cholesterol and reduce visceral fat (body fat that is stored around the organs in your abdominal).

The Functional Food Centre of Oxford Brookes University conducted a trial using Aduna Baobab Powder and found that human participants who consumed milk containing baobab had a lower blood glucose response than those who had a control drink with no baobab.

A later study by Oxford Brookes University also showed that baobab significantly reduced the rate at which sugar was released into the blood after digestion. As such, baobab is considered ideal for those following a low GI diet. It could also be beneficial for people with Type 2 Diabetes. 

ABSORPTION OF IRON: Over 30% of the world’s population are deficient in iron – making it the most common nutritional disorder (World Health Organisation, 2017). Many turn to various iron supplements to increase their intake (we like to use moringa powder as a natural alternative). A less known fact is that vitamin C is needed to help the body absorb iron so pairing iron with vitamin C actually increases absorption.

Our bodies require two types of iron; heme iron (found in fish, poultry and red meat) and nonheme iron (present in plant foods, eggs, milk and meat). Compared to the former, non heme iron is not easily absorbed by the body. One of the ways in which absorption of both types of iron can be increased is by combining the consumption of iron with vitamin C.

As baobab is a rich natural source of vitamin C, it is easily accessible to the body and is better absorbed than artificial supplements. Sprinkle some baobab onto your iron-rich foods for a lemony zing or shake it into your water when taking your iron supplements.

DIGESTIVE HEALTH: Approximately 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time (NHS, 2016). Despite the growing awareness of the role of fibre in improving our digestive health, 80% of people in the UK don’t eat enough of it.

There are two types of fibre that our body needs: soluble and insoluble – and baobab contains both. Soluble fibre dissolves in the water found in your digestive system and can help to reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood.

Insoluble fibre doesn’t dissolve, it passes through your gut and enables other foods to move through your digestive system easily. It also helps to keep your bowels healthy and prevents digestive problems.

PREBIOTIC / GUT HEALTH: Most people are familiar with probiotics – good bacteria found in foods such as yoghurt, kefir and kimchi which have beneficial effects to your health, particularly your digestive system. However, very few are familiar with prebiotics which play an equally important role in gut health. Prebiotics are indigestible dietary fibres, also known as soluble fibres, made up of non-living organic matter.

The soluble fibers of baobab fruit pulp are prebiotics: non-digestible food components that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and activity of beneficial microflora (Journal of Food Research, 2016).

It’s these prebiotic qualities that could explain how baobab might just be the secret to having the world’s healthiest gut. Studies of the Hadza Tribe in Tanzania, some of the planet’s last remaining hunter gatherers, found they have 40% more diverse gut microbiomes than the average Westerner! “According to scientists, the Hadza have the most diverse gut bacteria of anyone anywhere in the world” (Independent, 2017). One of their key staples? That’s right you guessed it – the baobab fruit. 

The benefits of including prebiotics in your diet don’t stop there, a study by the University of Colorado Boulder suggested that prebiotics can improve sleep after a stressful event, suggesting that adding baobab into your diet can also help support a good night’s sleep.

RADIANT SKIN: According to The Journal of Nutrition, Baobab has the highest antioxidant content of any fruit. Baobab powder has twice the antioxidants gram per gram of goji berries and more than blueberries and pomegranates combined. 

Baobab is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C which supports collagen formation – helping to give you radiant, glowing skin as well as preventing wrinkles.

In fact, baobab’s skin benefits are so impressive that Aduna Baobab was the first ever food item to be sold in the beauty halls of prestigious London department store Liberty where it is listed as “must-have” thanks to its exceptional beauty from within properties. 

PREGNANCY: It is generally advised that pregnant women should consume 85mg of vitamin C per day (a 10g serving of Aduna Baobab Powder contains 26mg) as it helps the body produce collagen. Collagen is a structural protein that is needed for your baby’s normal growth during pregnancy. It plays a vital role in structuring a baby’s body and supporting their developing organs.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, helps your body fight infections and protects cells from damage – helping to keep you healthy. Another key role that vitamin C plays during pregnancy is its ability to increase the absorption of iron – a vitamin that most pregnant women are deficient in. Iron is needed to help our bodies produce red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body and to the baby.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you of baobab’s super-powers, it is also a good source of fibre. Nutritional Therapist, Eve Kalinik explains how this helps to “support bowel movements and a great addition for new mums to help fight fatigue that comes with having a newborn”.

ALKALINE: Baobab is considered to be one of the highest alkaline foods available as it has a PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load) rating of -52. Eating highly alkaline foods helps to balance our body’s pH levels.

The Journal of Environmental Health (2012) found that alkaline foods can also help defend our bodies from chronic diseases and ailments (such as hypertension, arthritis and deficiency in vitamin D). Have you tried adding Aduna Baobab to your green juices? 

PRE/POST WORKOUT: Physical exercise increases oxidative damage to cells and muscle tissues so it’s important to increase your intake of vitamin C to reduce its negative effects. This is supported by a study conducted by the University of North Carolina (2006) who found that participants taking doses of vitamin C before exercise and for 4 days after reported less muscle soreness compared to the group who took a placebo.  

Another study by the University of Birmingham found that volunteers who took vitamin C exhibited 75% more post exercise recovery than those who consumed vitamin E or a placebo. 

Health Benefits & Uses of Prekese

Health Benefits & Uses of Prekese

PREKESE or TETRAPLEURA TETRAPTERA:  is a native of west tropical Africa and belongs to the pea family. The fruits of the plant have a pungent aromatic odor due to which it also possesses insect repellent properties. It is primarily used as spices. The fruit in 

Benefits of DawaDawa

Benefits of DawaDawa

Honestly, most of the best seasonings in Ghana have a strong smell from garlic, onions, chili powder, powdered shrimp, powdered fish, salted fish to Dawa Dawa among others; The Locust bean, when boiled and fermented, is known as Dawadawa in the Hausa language, and Kolgo 

Health Benefits of Palm Oil

Health Benefits of Palm Oil

Palm oil also known as Red palm oil is a strong, savory and earthy tasting vegetable oil which is derived from the palm fruit of Elaeis guineensis. It is often used for cooking purposes. Naturally, it is reddish in color due to the high content of beta carotene. It is rich in saturated vegetable fats and becomes semi solid at the room temperature. Due to the saturated vegetable fats, it helps to increase LDL cholesterol and prevent the risk of cardiovascular disease. It consists of fatty acids along with cholesterol. It has high content of saturated fat. As it is versatile, it is used in detergents, food products and cosmetics. Nowadays it is highly used as biofuel.

History: Palm trees originated from West Africa (from Angola to Senega). As far as 5000 years ago, humans started to use palm oils. In the late 1800s, archaeologists discovered palm oil in a tomb. It is considered that palm oil was brought by Arab traders to Egypt. In Central and West African countries, it was recognized as cooking oil. In 1870, the primary export took place in Nigeria and Ghana.

Health Benefits of Palm oil

Palm oil is loaded with various nutrients that enhance the level of energy, promote vision, enhance immune power, prevent cancer, premature aging and health ailments. It has 40 percent of monounsaturated fatty acids, 50 percent of saturated fat and 10 percent of polyunsaturated fatty acid. The presence of lycopene and beta carotene provides it the reddish color. The carotene content is 300 times higher in comparison to tomatoes and 15 times more than carrots.

Provides energy: Palm oil has beta carotene in it which provides them an orange to red color. Beta carotene assists in promoting the level of energy and enhances the balance of hormones in the body.

Enhances Vision: Palm oil is loaded with antioxidants that act as the defensive mechanisms in the body. It prevents free radicals as they are beneficial byproducts of cellular metabolism. Free radicals cause mutation and breakdown of cells that result in vision problems. This oil could be used as a substitute for other oils that helps to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.ergy and enhances the balance of hormones in the body.

Treat cancer: It has tocopherols which are natural antioxidants that help to prevent cancer by eradicating free radicals. Free radicals cause the mutation of healthy cells into cancerous cells.

Cardiovascular problems: Palm oil is rich in LDL and HDL cholesterol level which helps to maintain balance in the body. The high content of LDL cholesterol that helps to increase the chances of atherosclerosis, heart attack and strokes. It maintains a balance in cholesterol level that ensures the cardiovascular healthomen as well as unborn children. Palm oil has Vitamin D, A and E which is beneficial for health. Pregnant women should add Palm oil to the diet to prevent the vitamin deficiencies.

Traditional uses

  • It prevents neurological degeneration.
  • It inhibits the chances of cancers such as stomach, skin, lung, pancreas, breast, liver, lung, colon and prostate cancer.
  • It helps to promote immunity power.
  • It promotes the healing process of injuries.
  • It is used to cure malaria, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cyanide poisoning.
  • It is used for losing weight and increasing the metabolism of the body.
Health Benefits & Uses of Raw, Unrefined Shea Butter

Health Benefits & Uses of Raw, Unrefined Shea Butter

An oil rich in fats that is derived from the karite tree (also known as the shea tree) is your solution for many skin, health, and hair health issues. Fairly recently, this butter has gained huge popularity in the western world due to its widespread 

Health Benefits of Red Rice

Health Benefits of Red Rice

Red Rice is a special variety of rice that gets its colour red from its anthocyanins content. Gone are those days when we only used to look up brown rice as a healthy alternative to rice. Here we have another variety that will add taste