Saturday, May 12, 2018

Retired Inspector, 18 Others Arrested Over Child Molestation

The Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense said it has arrested 19 persons, including a retired police inspector for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old child.


The corps’ spokesman in the state, SC Adamu Shehu, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Saturday.

Shehu said the said the suspects were arrested on Thursday at about 4 p.m., in Kiyawa village, in Kiyawa local government area of the state.

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He explained that the arrest followed a complaint received by men of the command from the victim’s brother-in-law.

“A complaint was lodged by the brother-in-law of a 13-year-old girl at our Divisional office in Kiyawa LGA, on Thursday at about 4 p.m., that his sister in-law, who is an orphan and living with her mother, was being molested.

“Our officers immediately swung into action and started investigating the matter, and in the process were able to arrest 19 people aged between 25 and 60, including a retired police inspector,” he said.

“The young girl, who is a street hawker, told us that some of the men took advantage of her while selling porridge popularly known as “Kunu”, by giving her extra money and others by making unfulfilled promises,” he said.

The spokesman added that three of the suspects have confessed to have committed the crime while the rest denied it.

According to him, three of the suspects, who confessed to committing the the offence, have already been arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Dutse and were remanded in prison.

He added that rest are still being investigated while the girl was taken to the hospital for medical tests and care.

SOURCE: PUNCH

NAFDAC Lifts Embargo on Emzor, And Two Others

NAFDAC on Saturday lifted the shutdown on three companies who were locked down on 7th,  May for production of codeine cough syrups have been lifted and normal business activities of the company operations resume.


The companies include the Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd, Lagos, Peace Standard Pharmaceutical Limited and Bioraj Pharmaceutical Limited in Ilorin, Kwara.

According to a statement from the agency, the Director-General, NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye gave the directive following meetings held with the companies and its directorates of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E), Drug Evaluation Research (DER) and Narcotics and Controlled Substances (NCS).

According to NAFDAC, the production of codeine syrup is to be stopped immediately until further notice while investigations continue.

“Therefore, the hold placed on the active pharmaceutical ingredient and the already made codeine syrups stands. NAFDAC will monitor the compliance.

“All codeine products are to be recalled and the process verified through audit trail verified by NAFDAC

“Embargo has been placed on new applications for permit or renewals for the importation of codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations, i.e., NAFDAC will not issue any permit until further notice

“The companies have been charged with administrative fees that are commensurate with the respective violations,” the statement said.

NAFDAC said that it would hold a stakeholders meeting on the codeine crisis in a few days to develop a roadmap for the supply chain distribution and the future of codeine syrup manufacturing.

The agency also noted that the stakeholders meeting was in line with the Minister of Health pronouncements in his press release on the codeine crisis.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NAFDAC said it had clamped down on the three companies due to their inability to provide required documents for NAFDAC officials during an inspection of the facilities on May 2 and 3 at Ilorin and Lagos.

Earlier, the Federal Ministry of Health had announced a ban on the production and import of cough syrup containing codeine.

SOURCE: PUNCH

Brazilian Police Seize Tonnes Of Cannabis

The Police in South America, Brazil on Saturday seized two tons of cannabis being transported in a refrigerated truck near the southeastern town of Pirai.


The Civil Police in Rio de Janeiro state confirmed the operation, first reported by the G1 news site in a statement, adding that assault rifles were recovered but not state the exact amount of drugs seized.

However, a police captain interviewed by G1 spoke of “at least two tonnes” of drugs.

Both drugs and arms had been secreted within the body of the truck.

The city of Rio de Janeiro, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Pirai, is a center of the illicit drug trade in Brazil, with powerful gangs of narcotraffickers controlling some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

In late February, President Michel Temer put the army in charge of public security in Rio state, in an attempt to quell an upsurge of street crime and drug-related violence.

SOURCE: PUNCH

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Early Symptoms Of Diabetes

There are some signs that may issue warnings that you are leaving with diabetes, you should see your medical doctor if you are  experiencing any of the following signs or need to have your blood glucose levels measured.

Thirst

Do you find that you are constantly thirsty and need to hydrate very often?

Blurred vision

Having blurred vision or visual disturbances are one of the symptoms of diabetes. Have your eyes checked if you find that you cannot see clearly or experience changes to your eyesight.

Wounds Healing

Be aware of how long it takes for your sores as well as cuts to heal and get better. Slow healing is another sign of diabetes and skin infections often result because of this.

Itchy Skin

Skin may become itchy and many women who are diabetic often experience itchy skin.

Vaginal Thrush

Women can have the symptoms of vaginal itch which shows signs of diabetes.

Eating patterns

You may notice that your eating patterns have changed whereby you feel hungry more than usual.

Weight loss

Diabetes may bring about weight loss. So if you find that you are losing weight without doing anything to warrant it (such as engaging in more calorie burning activities), see your doctor.

Energy levels

You may experience a change in your energy levels whereby you may feel weak and constantly tired.

Use of toilet

People who have diabetes tend to urinate more than usual so be sure to see your doctor if you experience these symptoms, to test for diabetes.

Benefits Of Tiger Nuts, Dates And Coconut

Yoruba call it OFIO, Hausa call it AYA, Igbo call it AKI AWUSA. There are lots of benefit of tiger nuts that should come to mind.

The homeland of the plant is North Africa and the Mediterranean. The reason tiger nuts are very useful for pregnant women.

Eating it regularly, you get a lot of vitamins and prevent many diseases.

It’s interesting that during the excavation, archaeologists discovered this plant near Thebes (the capital of Ancient Egypt). It was in tombs formed in the II-III millennium B.C. In addition, Pliny, Theophrastus and Herodotus mentioned the plant in their works. Thus, tiger nut is a plant with a centuries-old history. How can it be useful for us today?

Benefits of tiger nuts

It is a valuable food product with medicinal properties. Actually, there are a lot of advantages of tiger nuts. It helps to activate brain cells, increases energy has positive impact on immune system and much more, tiger nut tea cleans the body from toxins.

It’s a source of natural protein, vitamins, minerals. Tger nuts are eaten raw or recycled into butter. By the way, it’s not worth than olive oil in quality and nutritional value. It smells like almond. It is used in cooking and in cosmetic industry too.

Tiger nuts are rich in fiber

This is one of the main reasons why you should eat tiger nut. The product has high fiber content. It consists about 33%. A study conducted in 2009 showed that 100g tiger nut flour has about 60 g dietary fiber. There is predominantly the insoluble dietary fiber that is higher unlike other well-know fiber sources. For example, oats, carrots, jack beans, apple, rice and so on.

Health benefits of tiger nuts in case of lactose intolerance

The good new for those who can’t take cow milk. If it is contraindicated for you, tiger nuts milk will help you. The benefits of tiger nuts milk are rather significant. It doesn’t contain lactose and everyone can drink it. This type of milk is rich in calcium and good for children because it contributes to bone building. It has high nutrition value and fat content.

High content of E and C vitamins

Studies showed that tiger nuts contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C, E, and also potassium and phosphorus were founded in this food product. The doctors recommend to drink yogurt made of tiger nut milk and cow’s milk because of high content of E and C vitamins.

Source of magnesium

Magnesium is very important for good functioning of our body. It’s scientifically proved. It’s also known that 100 g flour of tiger nuts has about 15% of magnesium. Due to this tiger nuts are useful for nervous system, muscle function, maintain the level of sugar in body, and also has positive impact on bones.

Rich in Arginine

The tiger nuts are also rich in amino acids. One of them is Arginine. It helps to normalize blood vessels functioning and good blood flow as a whole. The doctors recommend to eat tiger nuts in heart diseases, muscle cramps, clogged arteries, headaches and so on.

High content of potassium

Potassium is an inherent part of our health. We should eat food that contains these minerals. In this case, tiger nut is very good. It provides normal functioning of our organs and cells. Please note, that this is also very good for heart.

Benefits for diabetics

As we said earlier, tiger nut flour contains insoluble dietary fiber. It means that tiger nut helps to regulate blood sugar level. It’s very important for people who suffer from diabetes. Are tiger nuts fattening? If they are useful for diabetics, they can’t be harmful for those who want to be in form or lose weight. The main rule is to eat them in moderation.It’s also due to high content of monounsaturated fatty acids.

Benefits for digestion

Tiger nuts are used for treatment of different digestive problems. If you have some irritable bowels, stomach upsets or something yet, eat tiger nuts.

Benefits of tiger nuts in pregnancy

Tiger nuts are very useful for pregnant women. This food product helps to fight lethargy and apathy during pregnancy. It gives a charge of vivacity and saturates a body of pregnant woman with all necessary vitamins. Tiger nuts reduces blood sugar level, immune system and has positive impact on nervous system. To avoid negative consequences, it’s better to consult a doctor.

You can also make drink from tiger nuts, dates and coconut. It contains a lot of vitamins and saturates the body with all necessary substances. Here you will find one of the recipes you can use to make this drink. It’s good for those who can’t drink cow’s milk. Some Nigerians say that it’s even more delicious than usual milk.

Benefits of dates and coconut

We can talk about benefits of dates and coconut for a long time. These plants has not less benefits than tiger nuts. The coconut, for example, also contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin E, C, folate and fiber. The pulp of coconut improves digestion and vision, restores strength, increases immunity. It also prevents the occurrence of cardiovascular and oncological diseases. It has an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effect. The coconut is useful for skin. Women often use coconut cream and oil to improve, refresh and tone up their skin. The benefits of coconut is invaluable.

As for dates benefits, they contain a large amount of dietary fiber (6.7 g per 100 g of product). Dietary fibers normalize digestion, clean a body from toxins, have positive impact on immunity. They are recommended as a substitute of sugar. They are useful with rich energy value - 277 kcal in 100 grams. They are nutritious give energy and strength. Due to calcium, dates provide strength of bones, skeleton and teeth.

Now you know about health benefits of tiger nuts, dates and coconut. The proper nutrition is an important part of health. The previously mentioned food products can help you to keep yourself in good form and feel good. Besides, healthy food is more delicious than junk food. You just need to realize their benefits and see the result. Eat right!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Offa Robbery Crime: Policemen Accept N400,000 Bribery From The Underworld Men Before Operation – Report

According to the report, the owner of Xontec Hotel on Igosun Road, Offa, where the suspects stayed before hitting the banks, Kadir Surajudeen, had reported to the police that there were suspicious people lodging there before the operation

Policemen attached to the Divisional Police Station in Offa, Kwara State have been accused of collecting N400,000 bribe from the robbers who hit five banks in the town, killing nine policemen and eight civilians in the process, Vanguard newspaper is reporting.
According to the report, the owner of Xontec Hotel on Igosun Road, Offa, where the suspects stayed before hitting the banks, Kadir Surajudeen, had reported to the police that there were suspicious people lodging there before the operation.
Surajudeen was said to have told the Divisional Police Officer of the discovery of some incriminating materials as the robbers checked into the hotel.
The DPO and the Divisional Crime Officer were said to have sent some officers to the hotel.
Vanguard said it learnt that instead of arresting the suspects, the policemen negotiated with them and were offered N400,000.
On their return to the station, they reportedly told the DPO and DCO that those Surajudeen reported were Yahoo boys and not robbers.
Vanguard quoted a source as having told it: “It was not surprising that the robbers visited the police station the following day and killed about nine policemen in retaliation for collecting N400,000 from them.”
Surajudeen, who has since been arraigned for harbouring the armed robbers alongside some of his state has challenged the DPO and DCO in Offa to deny if he did not informe them about the development.
In a related development, Vanguard said the robbers were arrested through the tracking of mobile phones the robbers collected from their victims.
Vanguard said it gathered that after the robbery operation, the suspects took away the handsets of the victims, which they later gave out to their girlfriends.
Officials of the robbed banks were also said to have given the Police all handsets found within their premises after the robbery.
Vanguard said the interrogation of the girlfriends with whom the phones were found led to the arrest of the suspects in Ibadan, Oyo State; Lagos State; and Abeokuta, Ogun State.
It said further checks revealed that the suspects had been in and out of jail several times and that they regrouped for that operation.

SOURCES: EAGLE ONLINE

Friday, April 06, 2018

Early Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer


"Cancer" is a word that can scare and make you tremble each time you come across it.

It is the leading cause of mortality among people around the globe.

There are different types of cancer but ovarian cancer is the greatest threat to women's health.

This kind of cancer are not easy to identify as it shows less symptoms.

Most women experience this terrible disease after menopause but some women can suffer from ovarian cancer in their thirties.

You should know that ovarian cancer is not a death sentence, if it is detected at an early stage you will have a good chance to beat it.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often mistaken for symptoms of other diseases.

If a patient does not get treatment immediately he will reach stage three after which it can be really difficult to cure it.

You should know that the early symptoms of this disease should be prevented it and act immediately.

The following shows the signs of cancer.

Pain in the lowerabdominal and pelvic area

If you suffer from menstruation cramps it is easy to miss if this pain will bother you more than just these three to seven days.

Pain in your lower back, lower abdomen or pelvic area can be one of the symptom of ovarian cancer.

Frequent Urination

Frequent urination in women can be a symptom of ovarian cancer.

If you pee more often than usually but drink the same amount of water you always did you should examine your health immediately.

Bloating Abnormally

Bloating can be caused by improper nutrition, excessive consumption of water and bowel problems.

But if you bloat for more than three weeks it is time to consult your doctor.

Reduction In Appetite

The loss of appetite can be the sign of both bowel problems and ovarian cancer.

If you have no appetite for three weeks or more you should visit your doctor.

The Miraculous Health Benefits of Bitter Leaf

It is no news to people to note that bitter leaves should always be taken fresh in other to enjoy its miraculous health benefits, except you are living in the past without the knowledge of the health benefits of the bitter leaves.

Apart from cooking, bitter leaf is rarely used for any other use because most people lack the knowledge of its miraculous benefits to the body.

And the negative part is that whenever it is used for cooking, almost all the nutrients are washed off. 

Even the leftovers are further lost to the cooking process: Therefore leaving just a minute portion of its richness for our consumption.

Bitter leaf has a bitter taste and it is true that most people can’t withstand it's taste but remember that the best of medicines comes with a bitter taste; and bitter leaf is ranked high among them.

From treating malaria, typhoid, diabetes, diarrhea, tuberculosis, gallstones and kidney disease, to the prevention of cancer and lowering of hypertension, the health benefits of bitter leaf is uncountable.

The following are some of the health benefits of this miraculous plant.

1. It relieves stomach ache

Almost everybody knows this because it is a well-known remedy for stomachaches. All you need do is to chew the tender stem of the plant like a chewing stick and swallow the bitterness and the ache will stop within few minutes.

An alternative is to pound the fresh leaves in a mortar and press out the juice. Add a pinch of salt to three tablespoons of the undiluted juice and drink. You will experience relief in no time.

2. It fights prostate cancer

Research has shown that prostate cancer is common among men who are over forty years old. And one of its known symptoms is difficult and painful urination.

Bitter leaf, on the other hand, is very good for this ailment.  It increases the flow of urine and reduces the pain, as well as regulates the spread of the cell.

To fight prostate cancer with bitter leaf, simply squeeze the fresh leaves in water and take a glassful four times daily while you constantly go for a checkup. You’ll urinate frequently, but don’t worry about that because it is part of the cleansing process.

3. It fights pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung inflammation disease caused by bacterial or viral infection, in which the air sacs fill with pus and may become solid. Inflammation may affect both lungs (double pneumonia ) or only one ( single pneumonia.

However, the miraculous plant is powerful enough to combat this condition.

And tackle it, squeeze the fresh leaves of the plant in water and take a glass-full thrice daily. Always remember to warm the solution on fire each time before drinking.

Do not boil, just warm. And continue the medication for a month.

4. Insomnia

Insomnia is a condition that promotes habitual sleeplessness. And as funny as it may sound, there are a lot of people experiencing this condition.

This group of people finds it impossible to sleep at night and no matter how hard they try, their effort is always met with wakefulness.

However, studies have shown that Bitter leaf extract has done wonders for those suffering from sleeplessness. Simply take two glasses of bitter leaf solution every night and you will experience a calmness that comes with relaxation and sleep.

5. It enhances fertility

Studies have shown that bitter leaf boosts the chances of pregnancy among women who are finding it difficult to conceive. And this because the detoxification power of bitter leaf helps prevent the pollution of the antibodies that fight diseases, initiate tissue repair and regeneration.

This is known to boost the fertility of the ovaries, significantly; as well as eliminating ovarian cyst and premature ovarian failure.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Early Signs of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure has been one of the symptoms affecting most people, but people overlook how dangerous the condition can truly become. 

Matured people are more proned to hypertension; though this does not imply that the condition will not influence youngsters also. Right now, it is the main hazard of disability and death around the world. 

The number of individuals living with high blood pressure by the year 2025 is anticipated to reach 1.56 billion globally.

When does high Blood Pressure Occur?

The hypertension happens when the pressure of the blood pumping through your veins is excessively high. Family history, race, age, eating regimen, habits, and weight would all be the possible causes of the spread of this condition. However, the most well-known reason is the development of blood vessel plaque caused by a high-sodium and high-fat diet.

What are the Early Warning Signs of High Blood Pressure?

Majority of people find that they have the problem of high blood pressure probably either when they get a heart attack or during a random checkup by the doctor. And, it is not frequently that individuals go to specialists for the routine check-up particularly for the blood pressure. Hypertension is constantly considered to be the chief reason for the heart diseases such as stroke, chronic heart failure and even adds to diabetes, eye problems, and morbidity.

Much of the time, a person with the high blood pressure encounter no indications, notwithstanding when their hypertension readings achieve an abnormal level. However, here are some early signs that may propose you have a high blood pressure.

Blood Spots in the Eyes: Subconjunctival hemorrhage or eyes having blood spots are more typical in a person with high blood pressure or diabetes. However, neither one of the conditions always leads to the blood spots. A person with hypertension may encounter vision issues too. As the blood pressure rises, their vision ends up hazy and they feel trouble in observing things appropriately or see things contorted.

Nosebleeds: Hypertension may likewise make your nose bleed. A person who has hypertension may encounter customary nosebleeds in the prior phases of the high blood pressure. Thus, it is really a sign that you may have hypertension.

Neurological Issues and Cerebral Pains:The most widely recognized signs that are identified with million different things are headaches, confusion, and fatigues. It is regularly suspected that a person with normal blood pressure does not have blinding cerebral pains. In case that you have shooting pain in your brain or consistent headaches, you should go for checkup to doctor for high blood pressure.

Other Causes: Irregular heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, pounding in your ears, neck or chest and sometimes blood in urine can be other factors of hypertension.

Precautions

High blood pressure has been known as the "silent killer". Undiscovered—and all the more, untreated—high blood pressure is risky as it is the cause of heart diseases. On the other hand, controlling high blood pressure, finding a way to monitor weight to keep it in the target ranges ultimately decreases your relative danger of coronary illness.

Obviously, if your doctor informs you about your high blood pressure readings you need to take care of this problem. You will likely be recommended the different lifestyle changes to control it contingent upon exactly how high the target range has risen. Weight reduction is a prime objective. Overweight issue unavoidably connects with raised hypertension levels. To naturally diminish hypertension, you ought to remain physically active and reduce the stress levels. You can likewise utilize essential oils as they have a relaxing and antioxidant impact on your body.

Foods That Help Reduces Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects nearly 55 million American adults. 

There are over 100 different forms of arthritis and relative diseases. The most common types being osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia, and gout.

There is one common denominator between all of them: joint pain. Aching, dull, hot, throbbing joint pain. As anyone who has suffered from the condition can attest, joint pain is among the worst types of pain out in existence. The inflammation of intersecting bone, cartilage, and ligaments defines the aches and pains associated with arthritis.

Why Food May Be The Best Option for Arthritis

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates

Per WebMD, prescription medications for arthritis work for about 2 out of every 3 arthritis sufferers. Worse still are the costs: “…the drugs are expensive,” states WebMD, “they cost about $1,000 to $3,000 a month.”

One to three grand for arthritis treatment?! That’s more than most peoples’ mortgage! Even after taking health insurance into account, out-of-pocket costs are likely to reach into the hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars.

As a result of these exorbitant prescription drug costs, many seniors turn to high doses of over-the-counter meds (e.g., NSAIDs, aspirin) known to cause health problems ranging from headaches and dizziness to liver failure. Take into consideration the fact that many seniors are on a fixed income, and it’s clear that we have a big problem on our hands.

Perhaps the most feasible way to manage arthritic pain is through nutrition. According to The Brisbane Clinic of Nutritional Medicine, “Diet has been strongly implicated as a cause and therapy for many forms of arthritis. Unfortunately, this aspect is often overlooked and underestimated.”

5 Foods That Can Help Reduce Arthritis Pain

To start with, it is crucial to be aware of and steer clear from “trigger foods.” Trigger foods are those that produce an allergic or otherwise unfavorable bodily response (usually inflammation). Common trigger foods include dairy, red meats, wheat, corn, beef, and nightshade vegetables. Once you’ve identified and are actively avoiding your food triggers, you can turn your attention to nutritional healing.

With that in mind, here are 5 foods that may help significantly reduce arthritis pain.

1. Apples

Apples are loaded with two powerful bioflavonoids, quercetin and rutin. Both inhibit the release of histamine; protect the body from inflammation; boost blood circulation, and promote cellular health.

Other excellent sources of quercetin and rutin include chamomile tea, celery, capers, citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime), cranberries, green peppers, and onions.

2. Almonds

Make that a second non-meat source! Almonds are the most abundant source of vitamin E at 7.3 milligrams (mg) per ounce. Vitamin E helps stabilize cell membranes and, together with zinc, promotes the growth of cartilage.

Other top sources of vitamin E include spinach, sweet potatoes, avocado, wheat germ, palm oil, butternut squash, and sunflower seeds!

3. Cold water fish

Cold water fish contain abundant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-3’s contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), also known as marine fatty acids. EPA and DHA suppress the body’s inflammatory response by interfering with immune cells and enzymes involved in it.

The best marine omega-3s are salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. Vegans and vegetarians can acquire omega-3s through flaxseed, chia seeds, soy, kale, and other plant-based sources.

4. Eggs

The protein in eggs can significantly increase the levels of tryptophan in the blood. Tryptophan is the building block of serotonin; the brain chemical that both stabilizes mood and boosts pain threshold. Tryptophan also raises endorphin levels in the brain and body!

Cheese, salmon, and turkey are also excellent sources of tryptophan. Vegan and vegetarian options include nuts and seeds, pineapples, and tofu.

5. Lamb

Lamb is an excellent source of zinc, an essential mineral with many functional roles in the human body. According to the Arthritis Association, “Studies show significantly lower zinc levels in people with rheumatoid arthritis compared to those without it.” Individuals whose tests revealed “the lowest levels (of zinc)” tended to have it worse off.

Other meat sources of zinc include seafood, red meat, and poultry. Fortified cereals; bean, nuts, seeds (especially pumpkin!), and whole grains are good non-meat sources of the mineral.

Foods That Help Reduces Arthritis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects nearly 55 million American adults. 

There are over 100 different forms of arthritis and relative diseases. The most common types being osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia, and gout.

There is one common denominator between all of them: joint pain. Aching, dull, hot, throbbing joint pain. As anyone who has suffered from the condition can attest, joint pain is among the worst types of pain out in existence. The inflammation of intersecting bone, cartilage, and ligaments defines the aches and pains associated with arthritis.

Why Food May Be The Best Option for Arthritis

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates

Per WebMD, prescription medications for arthritis work for about 2 out of every 3 arthritis sufferers. Worse still are the costs: “…the drugs are expensive,” states WebMD, “they cost about $1,000 to $3,000 a month.”

One to three grand for arthritis treatment?! That’s more than most peoples’ mortgage! Even after taking health insurance into account, out-of-pocket costs are likely to reach into the hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars.

As a result of these exorbitant prescription drug costs, many seniors turn to high doses of over-the-counter meds (e.g., NSAIDs, aspirin) known to cause health problems ranging from headaches and dizziness to liver failure. Take into consideration the fact that many seniors are on a fixed income, and it’s clear that we have a big problem on our hands.

Perhaps the most feasible way to manage arthritic pain is through nutrition. According to The Brisbane Clinic of Nutritional Medicine, “Diet has been strongly implicated as a cause and therapy for many forms of arthritis. Unfortunately, this aspect is often overlooked and underestimated.”

5 Foods That Can Help Reduce Arthritis Pain

To start with, it is crucial to be aware of and steer clear from “trigger foods.” Trigger foods are those that produce an allergic or otherwise unfavorable bodily response (usually inflammation). Common trigger foods include dairy, red meats, wheat, corn, beef, and nightshade vegetables. Once you’ve identified and are actively avoiding your food triggers, you can turn your attention to nutritional healing.

With that in mind, here are 5 foods that may help significantly reduce arthritis pain.

1. Apples

Apples are loaded with two powerful bioflavonoids, quercetin and rutin. Both inhibit the release of histamine; protect the body from inflammation; boost blood circulation, and promote cellular health.

Other excellent sources of quercetin and rutin include chamomile tea, celery, capers, citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime), cranberries, green peppers, and onions.

2. Almonds

Make that a second non-meat source! Almonds are the most abundant source of vitamin E at 7.3 milligrams (mg) per ounce. Vitamin E helps stabilize cell membranes and, together with zinc, promotes the growth of cartilage.

Other top sources of vitamin E include spinach, sweet potatoes, avocado, wheat germ, palm oil, butternut squash, and sunflower seeds!

3. Cold water fish

Cold water fish contain abundant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-3’s contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), also known as marine fatty acids. EPA and DHA suppress the body’s inflammatory response by interfering with immune cells and enzymes involved in it.

The best marine omega-3s are salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. Vegans and vegetarians can acquire omega-3s through flaxseed, chia seeds, soy, kale, and other plant-based sources.

4. Eggs

The protein in eggs can significantly increase the levels of tryptophan in the blood. Tryptophan is the building block of serotonin; the brain chemical that both stabilizes mood and boosts pain threshold. Tryptophan also raises endorphin levels in the brain and body!

Cheese, salmon, and turkey are also excellent sources of tryptophan. Vegan and vegetarian options include nuts and seeds, pineapples, and tofu.

5. Lamb

Lamb is an excellent source of zinc, an essential mineral with many functional roles in the human body. According to the Arthritis Association, “Studies show significantly lower zinc levels in people with rheumatoid arthritis compared to those without it.” Individuals whose tests revealed “the lowest levels (of zinc)” tended to have it worse off.

Other meat sources of zinc include seafood, red meat, and poultry. Fortified cereals; bean, nuts, seeds (especially pumpkin!), and whole grains are good non-meat sources of the mineral.

While Sugar Consumption During Pregnancy Is Not Safe

It is no news that pregnancy shows the stages of motherhood that is just about to begin.

However, during pregnancy, you need to be careful regarding your consumption, dress code and the products you use! Women need to be particularly careful about what they consume after conceiving.

Discarding junk food and taking foods with key nutrients is important as it is consuming  at the right time and in the right amounts.

The development of the foetus and future health prospects depends a lot on diet followed by the mother.

Is the consumption of Sugar good While Pregnant?

Women consume a good amount of sugar through various dishes and drinks they consume due to the fact that they believe that men should not consume more of sugar because of malfunctioning while for women they have no issues.

However, sugar intake needs to be kept within limit after a woman has conceived.

Excessive sugar consumption can be counter-productive both for the woman and the foetus she is carrying in her womb.

Drawbacks Of Excess Sugar Consumption In Pregnancy:

1. Aggravation Of Pregnancy Symptoms:

Eating too much sugar during pregnancy can be harmful. When you get pregnant, occasional vomiting, heart burn and mood swings are natural.

However, when you keep on consuming excessive sugar through foods the symptoms can persist and become aggregated.

The best way is keeping them under check by eating small amounts of sugar after you conceive.

2. Nutritional Deficit:

During pregnancy, it is normal for women to develop a craving for specific foods. These include pickles, Ice creams, burgers and so on. Most of these are laden with extra fat and sugar.

When you indulge in sugary foods, the nutritional intake takes a nosedive. It is detrimental both for the mother and fetus.

3. Aggravates Feeling Of Tiredness:

It is commonplace among pregnant women to feel lethargic and devoid of energy at times. Eating much sugar can only heighten this feeling. Sugary drinks and foods generally contain sucrose, which causes blood glucose level surge followed by a fall in energy.

4. It Can Make Baby Craving For More Sugar:

Research has shown women who crave for sugary foods in pregnancy, have kids who grow up as sugar craving lot too. This actually paves way for obesity and related ailments in the long run.

5. Weight Gain:

Eating sugar during pregnancy causes weight gain.While all women gain some amount of weight during pregnancy, those who intake, excess sugar put on more weight than usual. They also find it harder to shed the excess flab after childbirth.

Tips To Reduce Sugar Consumption In Pregnancy:

Doctors advise low-sugar intake when you are pregnant. It helps in keeping blood sugar levels in check and promotes a healthier weight gain.

It also helps battle gestational diabetes – a condition, some women get afflicted with during pregnancy.

This however does not mean you should stop taking sugar in any forms when you conceive.

Below listed are a few helpful tips women can use to consume sugar safely in pregnancy:

1. Limit Consumption Of Sugary Snacks And Foods:

It will be tough for women with a fetus in womb to stop eating sugary foods altogether, owing to strong cravings that can arise. However limit eating pastries, cakes, ice creams and sweet snacks as much as possible.

2. Include Sweet Fruits In Your Diet:

When a sugar craving hits you in pregnancy, eat sweet fruits like mango, strawberry and pineapple. They contain natural sugar, but you will also get a lot of vitamins and minerals in the process. These are beneficial for the health of both mother and fetus. You may also make fruit juice at home but do not add sugar and be content with the natural sweetness of the fruits.

3. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners:

Pregnant women need to evade using artificial sweeteners. They can be harmful and some studies have shown the reasons Using healthier alternatives like coconut sugar and honey is a better idea for them.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How To Make Ginger Juice Extract From Home

Find out how to make ginger drink at home and add some difference to your everyday menu.

Little did most people know the health benefits of Ginger juice. For every vegetables created by God, there's always advantage. This is why there's always a reason why people research for ways to improve the body immune system.

We will start with ginger and in our subsequent article we will bring more to you.

We’ll share with you two ways on how you can make the tastiest ginger juice at home

Making ginger drink at home

Ingredients to be used:

Ginger – fresh root (several pieces)


Dishes (bowl and a piece of cloth, grater)


The guide is simple:

Wash the ginger roots.


Carefully peel off the root skin.


Find a flat surface and place grater on it. Use it for grating your ginger piece by piece.


Use a piece of cloth and put everything you have just grated into its center.


Use your hands to help to squeeze the juice. Make sure to do this above the bowl.


Do your best to extract as much ginger juice as you can.


Remove the leftovers from the cloth. You can wash this cloth to use later on when you want to make another cup of fresh ginger juice.


Enjoy drinking the healthy and tasty drink.


Making ginger juice using juicer

List of ingredients:

Ginger root – several pieces


Honey or sugar (optional)


Juicer


Piece of cloth


Bowl


Quick instruction:

Cut the ginger into pieces.


Put all the pieces into your juicer and turn it on.


Place the blended mixture on the cloth and squeeze with your hands collecting the liquid into a bowl.


Serve the fresh juice alone or with some flavors (honey or sugar).


Benefits of ginger drinks

The following are the benefits of juicy ginger:

Healthier joints due to ginger’s anti-inflammatory effect


Better blood flow thanks to the ginger’s antioxidant effect


Nice way to treat high blood pressure


Helping with headaches and teeth ache


Better hair


Better digestion


Nice method of fighting with cold and flu


Additional help in reducing excessive weight


Ginger drink recipe can make various things as it can be mixed with liquors, rum, syrups, and other interesting extras.

You will definitely like the combination of ginger juice with lemon, honey, pineapple.

You can warm it and enjoy in the cold days or put in the freezer to refresh yourself in the summertime.

Things That Damage The Kidney

We have a non challant attitude towards our health. There are things we do that can be quite detrimental to our health. The following are steps that affect the life of our kidney:

Shortage of Water In The Body System

Drinking lots of water can help prevent kidney stones. This is because the kidney depends on liquids to function properly.

More Intake Of Salt

Reduce foods and snacks that are high in salt (sodium). Instead, replace these meals with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Low Exercises

Exercising the body can go a long way in keeping the body and cardiovascular system in perfect working conditions. It is very good to exercise on a regular basis. Not for rigorous exercises but Instead, opt for walking instead of driving, do stretches and many more. 

Insomnia

Sleep is very important for the body to heal and renew itself. If the quality of your sleep is not good, it could block your arteries and increase your blood pressure; thus, increasing the likelihood of kidney damage. Note: you should have 7-8 hours sleep daily.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Interesting Things You Can Do With Toothpaste



Toothpaste is widely known to be used in cleaning your teeth and to maintain fresh breath.

Well for your information you will come across amazing information on what it is been used for.

The following shows what it's used for

It can fixed cracked phone screen

It is one of the few things you can apply to either clean or fix your cracked/scratched phone screen. Just apply a little onto a soft cloth or cotton swab and apply gently on affected areas of your screen until the scratches seem to be gone. Then use a dumb cloth to clean excess toothpaste.

To Clean iron

Have you seen that strange build-up that forms under your iron after using it for a while? Using some toothpaste to rub the plate of the iron and wiping it off with a damp can make it look very new. Just make sure the iron is unplugged and cooled down before you attempt it.

To Polish jewellery

Toothpaste can make your jewellery sparkle and shine more. You can do this by putting some toothpaste on an old—but clean—toothbrush and gently scrubbing away any dirt and grime. When you’re done, clean off excess toothpaste with a damp cloth.

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Cleanse Kidneys Of Toxins, Diabetes, Asthma And Cholesterol With Easy Recipe

Let me go straight to the point.

This article is to educate on how cleansing of the kidney can be done through taking some of the fruits.

Read on as I share some of the interesting facts:

Okra is popular in the United Kingdom, the Philippines and the United States. In most English-speaking countries it is referred to as ‘Lady’ fingers.’

It has an excellent nutritional value, and a cup of okra provides 30 calories, 2g protein, 3g fiber, 21mg vitamin C, 0.1 fat, 7.6g carbohydrates, 80mg folate and 60g magnesium. It is easily available throughout the whole year, and don't be surprised with its health benefits.

Okra is an extremely healthy vegetable, but you have to pick a healthy way to prepare it as well. Some people like it boiled, raw, pickled, fried and even stewed.

Its benefits ranges from relieving asthma symptoms, boosting immunity, reducing bad cholesterol, treating kidney problems and to control diabetes. It also enhances glucose related absorption in the stomach.

Drink okra water in the morning, preferably before your breakfast. This will help you cut off your cravings throughout the day.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Amazing Facts Of Avocado Pea

It's no news that fruits (vegetables) are good source to the body suit me. Most of these fruits are said to prolong human life when good fruits are consumed. Pea is no exception to advantage in regulating the body systems.

The following are attractive benefits of Avocado Pea

1. It Regulates Blood Pressure

The important risk factor related to heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease, is a fact that the rising blood pressure of the body lacks enough potassium.

While bananas are rich in potassium, research shows that the avocado pea has higher potassium value than that of banana.

2. Arthritis Eradication

Arthritis is a painful condition that is caused by swelling and inflammation of the joints. This pain could often be worsened by staple foods such as wheat, corn, sugar, etc.

However, avocado is one fruit scientifically renowned for it anti-inflammatory properties and painkilling.

Laced with a substantial amount of mono-unsaturated fats, phytosterols and antioxidants like vitamin E, vitamin C, and carotenoids, the evergreen fruit have a palliative effect on arthritis symptoms.

3. It Prevents Cancer

Research shows that adequate intake of folate from food tends to protect against colon, stomach, pancreatic, and cervical cancers.

Although the mechanism behind this apparent reduction in risk is currently unknown, researchers believe that folate protects against undesirable mutations in DNA and RNA during cell division.

It has also been suggested that avocados may even have a role to play in cancer treatment, with some research finding that phytochemicals extracted from avocado can selectively inhibit the growth of precancerous and cancerous cells and cause the death of cancer cells.

In addition, the delicious food has also been shown to decrease chromosomal damage caused by cyclophosphamide, a chemotherapy drug.

4. Eye Protection

According to recent studies, certain antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin are needed for a healthy eye.

And avocado pear is particularly notorious for extracting such antioxidants from other food sources, while it also has them in high quantities.

These nutrients are front liners in addressing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, especially among the folks.

5. Reduces Bad Breath

More often than it is known, bad breath is not an exclusive issue of an unhealthy mouth, but also an imbalance in your stomach and intestinal system.

Well, if you're suffering from this condition, the avocado juice is a natural cleanser for both your mouth and intestine. 

It also helps to remove the microbes that are the cause of bad breath.

6. Excellent Food For Pregnancy

For expectant mothers, the health benefits of avocado pear cannot be overemphasized.

Loaded with folic acid, avocado pears does not only help in forming the nervous system of the unborn child, it also ensures healthy brains, cells, and blood.

In addition, it helps to reduce the cholesterol levels of the pregnant mother and reducing the risk of depression as well.

In conclusion, it is important to note that the health benefits of avocado pear are almost endless.

With its cancer-protecting features, skin care potentials, helping on weight loss, and normalizing sugar levels, it has been discovered that people who consistently eat avocados are usually blessed with robust health.

SOURCE: pulse.ng

Interesting Benefits Of Marijuana

The American public largely supports the legalization of medical marijuana. At least 84% of the public believes the drug should be legal for medical uses, and recreational pot usage is less controversial than ever, with at least 61% of Americans in support.

Even though some medical benefits of smoking pot may be overstated by advocates of marijuana legalization, recent research has demonstrated that there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and strong reasons to continue studying the drug's medicinal uses.

Even the NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse lists medical uses for cannabis.

There are at least two active chemicals in marijuana that researchers think have medicinal applications. Those are cannabidiol (CBD) — which seems to impact the brain without a high— and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — which has pain relieving properties and is largely responsible for the high.

But scientists say that limitations on marijuana research mean we still have big questions about its medicinal properties. In addition to CBD and THC, there are another 400 or so chemical compounds, more than 60 of which are cannabinoids. Many of these could have medical uses. But without more research, we won't know how to best make use of those compounds.

More research would also shed light on the risks of marijuana. Even if there are legitimate uses for medicinal marijuana, that doesn't mean all use is harmless. Some research indicates that chronic, heavy users may have impaired memory, learning, and processing speed, especially if they started regularly using marijuana before age 16 or 17.

For some of the following medical benefits, there's good evidence. For others, there's reason to continue conducting research.

Jennifer Welsh contributed to an earlier version of this story.

The best-supported medicinal use of marijuana is as a treatment for chronic pain.

A medical marijuana display.  (REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn)

A recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said there was definitive evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids (which are found in the marijuana plant) can be an effective treatment for chronic pain.

The report said that is "by far the most common" reason people request medical marijuana.

There's also strong evidence medical cannabis can help with muscle spasms.

Medical marijuana is displayed in Los Angeles, California, U.S. August 6, 2007.  (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)

That same report said there's equally strong evidence marijuana can help with muscle spasms related to multiple sclerosis.

Other types of muscle spasms respond to marijuana as well. People use medical marijuana to treat diaphragm spasms that are untreatable by other, prescribed medications.

It doesn't seem to harm lung capacity, and may even improve it.

It doesn't seem to harm lung capacity, and may even improve it.  (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

There's a fair amount of evidence that marijuana does no harm to the lungs, unless you also smoke tobacco. One study published in Journal of the American Medical Association found that not only does marijuana not impair lung function, it may even increase lung capacity.

Researchers looking for risk factors of heart disease tested the lung function of 5,115 young adults over the course of 20 years. Tobacco smokers lost lung function over time, but pot users actually showed an increase in lung capacity.

It's possible that the increased lung capacity may be due to taking a deep breaths while inhaling the drug and not from a therapeutic chemical in the drug.

The smokers in that study only toked up a few times a month, but a more recent survey of people who smoked pot daily for up to 20 years found no evidence that smoking pot harmed their lungs, either.

The National Academies report said there are good studies showing marijuana users are not more likely to have cancers associated with smoking.

It may be of some use in treating glaucoma, or it may be possible to derive a drug from marijuana for this use.

It may be of some use in treating glaucoma, or it may be possible to derive a drug from marijuana for this use.  (thematthewknot via Flickr)

One of the most common reasons that states allow medical marijuana use is to treat and prevent the eye disease glaucoma, which increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and causing loss of vision.

Marijuana decreases the pressure inside the eye, according to the National Eye Institute: "Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma."

For now, the medical consensus is that marijuana only lowers IOP for a few hours, meaning there's not good evidence for it as a long term treatment right now. Researchers hope that perhaps a marijuana-based compound could be developed that lasts longer.

It may help control epileptic seizures.

It may help control epileptic seizures.  (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

Some studies have shown that cannabidiol (CBD), another major marijuana compound, seems to help people with treatment-resistant epilepsy.

A number of individuals have reported that marijuana is the only thing that helps control their or their children's seizures.

However, there haven't been many gold-standard, double-blind studies on the topic, so researchers say more data is needed before we know how effective marijuana is.

It also decreases the symptoms of a severe seizure disorder known as Dravet's Syndrome.

Charlotte Figi has Dravet's Syndrome, and her parents are giving her marijuana to treat her seizures.  (CNN/WEED)

During the research for his documentary "Weed," Sanjay Gupta interviewed the Figi family, who treated their 5-year-old daughter using a medical marijuana strain high in cannabidiol and low in THC.

The Figi family's daughter, Charlotte, has Dravet Syndrome, which causes seizures and severe developmental delays.

According to the film, the drug decreased her seizures from 300 a week to just one every seven days. Forty other children in the state were using the same strain of marijuana to treat their seizures when the film was made — and it seemed to be working.

The doctors who recommended this treatment said the cannabidiol in the plant interacts with brain cells to quiet the excessive activity in the brain that causes these seizures.

Gupta notes, however, that a Florida hospital that specializes in the disorder, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Drug Enforcement agency don't endorse marijuana as a treatment for Dravet or other seizure disorders.

A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading, at least in cell cultures.

A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading, at least in cell cultures.  (crafty_dame via flickr)

CBD may help prevent cancer from spreading, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported in 2007.

Other very preliminary studies on aggressive brain tumors in mice or cell cultures have shown that THC and CBD can slow or shrink tumors at the right dose, which is a strong reason to do more research.

One 2014 study found that marijuana can significantly slow the growth of the type of brain tumor associated with 80% of malignant brain cancer in people.

Still, these findings in cell cultures and animals don't necessarily mean the effect will translate to people — far more investigation is needed.

It may decrease anxiety in low doses.

It may decrease anxiety in low doses.  (KieferPix/Shutterstock)

Researchers know that many cannabis users consume marijuana to relax, but also that many people say smoking too much can cause anxiety. So scientists conducted a study to find the "Goldilocks" zone: the right amount of marijuana to calm people.

According to Emma Childs, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an author of the study, "we found that THC at low doses reduced stress, while higher doses had the opposite effect."

A few puffs was enough to help study participants relax, but a few puffs more started to amp up anxiety. However, people may react differently in different situations.

THC may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

THC may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.  (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Marijuana may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, a study led by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute suggests.

The 2006 study, published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, found that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques kill brain cells and are associated with Alzheimer's.

A synthetic mixture of CBD and THC seems to preserve memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Another study suggested that a THC-based prescription drug called dronabinol was able to reduce behavioral disturbances in dementia patients.

All these studies are in very early stages, though, so more research is needed.

The drug eases the pain of multiple sclerosis.

Customers shop for "Green Friday" deals at the Grass Station marijuana shop on Black Friday in Denver  (Thomson Reuters)

Marijuana may ease painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Jody Corey-Bloom studied 30 multiple sclerosis patients with painful contractions in their muscles. These patients didn't respond to other treatments, but after smoking marijuana for a few days, they reported that they were in less pain.

The THC in marijuana seems to bind to receptors in the nerves and muscles to relieve pain.

It seems to lessen side effects from treating hepatitis C and increase treatment effectiveness.

It seems to lessen side effects from treating hepatitis C and increase treatment effectiveness.  (Reuters)

Treatment for hepatitis C infection is harsh: negative side effects include fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and depression. Those side effects can last for months, and lead many people to stop their treatment course early.

But a 2006 study in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that 86% of patients using marijuana successfully completed their Hep C therapy. Only 29% of non-smokers completed their treatment, possibly because the marijuana helps lessen the treatment's side effects.

Marijuana also seems to improve the treatment's effectiveness: 54% of hep C patients smoking marijuana got their viral levels low and kept them low, in comparison to only 8% of nonsmokers.

Marijuana may help with inflammatory bowel diseases.

Marijuana may help with inflammatory bowel diseases.  (Bruce Bennett/Getty)

Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis could benefit from marijuana use, studies suggest.

University of Nottingham researchers found in 2010 that chemicals in marijuana, including THC and cannabidiol, interact with cells in the body that play an important role in gut function and immune responses. The study was published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

The body makes THC-like compounds that increase the permeability of the intestines, allowing bacteria in. But the cannabinoids in marijuana block these compounds, making the intestinal cells bond together tighter and become less permeable.

But the National Academies report said there isn't enough evidence to be sure whether marijuana really helps with these conditions, so more research is needed.

It relieves arthritis discomfort.



It relieves arthritis discomfort.

  (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

Marijuana alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain and discomfort for people with rheumatoid arthritis, researchers announced in 2011.



Researchers from rheumatology units at several hospitals gave their patients Sativex, a cannabinoid-based pain-relieving medicine. After a two-week period, people on Sativex had a significant reduction in pain and improved sleep quality compared to placebo users.

Other studies have found that plant-derived cannabinoids and inhaled marijuana can decrease arthritis pain, according to the National Academies report.

Marijuana users tend to be less obese and have a better response to eating sugar.

Marijuana users tend to be less obese and have a better response to eating sugar.  (Flickr)

A study published in the American Journal Of Medicine suggested that pot smokers are skinnier than the average person and have healthier metabolism and reaction to sugars, even though they do end up eating more calories.

The study analyzed data from more than 4,500 adult Americans — 579 of whom were current marijuana smokers, meaning they had smoked in the last month. About 2,000 people had used marijuana in the past, while another 2,000 had never used the drug.

The researchers studied how the participants' bodies responded to eating sugars. They measured blood-sugar levels and the hormone insulin after participants hadn't eaten in nine hours, and after they'd eaten sugar.

Not only were pot users thinner, their bodies also had a healthier response to sugar. Of course, the study couldn't determine whether the marijuana users were like this to begin with or if these characteristics were somehow related to their smoking.

While not really a health or medical benefit, marijuana could spur creativity.

While not really a health or medical benefit, marijuana could spur creativity.  (Getty Images / Marc Piscotty)

Contrary to stoner stereotypes, marijuana usage has actually been shown to have some positive mental effects, particularly in terms of increasing creativity, at least in some contexts. Even though people's short-term memories tend to function worse when they're high, they actually get better at tests requiring them to come up with new ideas.

Researchers have also found that some study participants improve their "verbal fluency," their ability to come up with different words, while using marijuana.

Part of this increased creative ability may come from the release of dopamine in the brain, which lowers inhibitions and allows people to feel more relaxed, giving the brain the ability to perceive things differently.

Cannabis soothes tremors for people with Parkinson's disease.

Cannabis soothes tremors for people with Parkinson's disease.  (Walter Hickey / BI)

Research from Israel shows that smoking marijuana significantly reduces pain and tremors and improves sleep for Parkinson's disease patients. Particularly impressive was the improved fine motor skills among patients.

Medical marijuana is legal in Israel for multiple conditions, and a lot of research into the medical uses of cannabis is done there, supported by the Israeli government.

Marijuana may help veterans suffering from PTSD.

Marijuana may help veterans suffering from PTSD.  (Walter Hickey / BI)

In 2014, the Colorado Department of Public Health awarded $2 million to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (one of the biggest proponents of marijuana research) to study marijuana's potential for people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Naturally occurring cannabinoids, similar to THC, help regulate the system that causes fear and anxiety in the body and brain.

Marijuana is approved to treat PTSD in some states already — in New Mexico, PTSD is the number one reason for people to get a license for medical marijuana.

But there are still questions about the safety of using marijuana while suffering from PTSD, which this study — which has taken a while to get off the ground — will hopefully help answer.

Animal studies suggest that marijuana may protect the brain after a stroke.

Animal studies suggest that marijuana may protect the brain after a stroke.  (.v1ctor. via http://www.flickr.com/photos/49699516@N06/4752171903/in/photolist-8eW89k-aEAm15-aEAm13-aEAkZW-aEAm17-bAXGYV-afXms2-7D8UyM-bmqtbF-bpFMB9-8Q8SYA-a4gLEC-aeYEGc-bZb9p7-8r1Jfg-9hspKG-dtZHQE-bbTetz-7EjqEn-7C9Afb-7STdyH-ase3oo-9Ki7D3-7ZA1a8-7KdkWz-dCLkd7-9D7hiy-bCxzqo-c67WSy-7KLGkS-eaHQeW-8gfZd2-agj1U4-8wZx1d creative commons)

Research from the University of Nottingham shows that marijuana may help protect the brain from damage from a stroke by reducing the size of the area affected by the stroke — at least in rats, mice, and monkeys.

This isn't the only research that has shown neuroprotective effects of cannabis. Some research shows that the plant may help protect the brain after other types of brain trauma.

Marijuana might even protect the brain from concussions and trauma.

Marijuana might even protect the brain from concussions and trauma.  (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lester Grinspoon , a professor of psychiatry at Harvard and marijuana advocate, recently wrote an open letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. In it, he said the NFL should stop testing players for marijuana, and that the league should start funding research into the plant's ability to protect the brain instead.

"Already, many doctors and researchers believe that marijuana has incredibly powerful neuroprotective properties, an understanding based on both laboratory and clinical data," Grinspoon wrote.

Goodell said he'd consider permitting athletes to use marijuana if medical research shows that it's an effective neuroprotective agent.

At least one recent study on the topic found that patients who had used marijuana were less likely to die from traumatic brain injuries.

It can help eliminate nightmares.

It can help eliminate nightmares.  (AP)

This is a complicated one, because it involves effects that can be both positive and negative. Marijuana disturbs sleep cycles by interrupting the later stages of REM sleep. In the long run, this could be a problem for frequent users.

However, for people suffering from serious nightmares, especially those associated with PTSD, this can be helpful, perhaps in the short term. Nightmares and other dreams occur during those same stages of sleep. By interrupting REM sleep, many of those dreams may not occur. Research into using a synthetic cannabinoid — similar to THC but not the same — showed a significant decrease in the number of nightmares in patients with PTSD.

Additionally, even if frequent use can be bad for sleep, marijuana may be a better sleep aid than some other substances that people use. Some of those, including medication and alcohol, may potentially have worse effects on sleep, though more research is needed on the topic.

SOURCE: pulse.ng

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