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Federal University Dutse ‘develops’ herbal anti-diabetic, anti-cancer drugs



Salihu Ibrahim Isma’il, department of biochemistry, Federal Unversity Dutse, Jigawa, has developed herbal anti-diabetic and anti-cancer drugs.

Fatima Batul-Muktar, the vice-chancellor of the university, disclosed this in Dutse on Monday.

“I am glad to inform you that one of our staff, Dr Salihu Ibrahim Isma’il of the Biochemistry Department has developed a herbal anti-diabetic and anti-cancer drugs,” Fatima-Batul said.

The vice chancellor said the anti-diabetic drug has successfully passed a pre-clinical stage.

She said it has also gotten ethical approval for a clinical trial by Kano State Hospitals Management Board (KSHMB).

According to her, the clinical trial will soon commence at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital (MAWSH), Kano.

Batul-Muktar, who identified research as one of the important works of a university, said the varsity’s academic staffers have successfully completed 16 research works in different fields since its establishment in 2011, adding that “19 research works are currently ongoing”.

Meanwhile, she also disclosed that fifty four students of the institution graduated with first class.

Batul-Muktar said of the 427 graduating students, 223 made second class upper, 149 had second class lower, while only a student made third class.

“At inception in 2011/2012 academic session with five academic departments and three faculties, the university has now increased its academic departments to 19 and five faculties,” she said.

According to her, the students’ population has steadily increased from 202 to 5,963.

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Eat Me: Five benefits of consuming milk and honey together



Eat Me: Five benefits of consuming milk and honey together

Individually, milk and honey pack a punch when it comes to health benefits.

But consumed together, the pair can do wonders in your body.

Here are five ways the consumption of milk and honey can improve your health.

Anti-ageing properties

A milk and honey combination impacts the whole body, by making it agile and youthful.

The antioxidant properties that occur when milk and honey are combined are important because antioxidants attack the free radicals which cause skin degradation, wrinkles, and blotches.

Aids digestion

Honey has long been known as a source of prebiotics, which are nutrients that stimulate the growth and development of our intestines and digestive system.

Prebiotics have demonstrated a stimulatory effect on bifidobacteria, a type of probiotic found in milk.

The carbohydrates and oligosaccharides in honey promote a healthy and proper function of these beneficial bacteria that are essential for the healthy maintenance and function of the GI tract.

Boosts stamina

A glass of milk and honey every morning may improve a person’s stamina.

While milk contains protein, honey contains the necessary carbohydrates required for the effective stimulus of the metabolism.

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Milk and honey together provide strength to everyone from children to the elderly.

Bone health

Honey is integral in the body’s uptake of calcium, of which milk is a rich source.

Therefore, consuming honey and milk together will not only give your body the necessary nutrient to benefit your bone health but will also maximise its absorption.

Proper calcium levels can prevent conditions like osteoporosis and inflammation of the joints.

Prevents insomnia

Honey and milk have both been traditionally used as remedies for insomnia and sleeplessness.

Honey causes an increase in the amount of insulin being secreted, which also promotes tryptophan to be released into the brain.

Tryptophan is normally converted into serotonin, which induces a feeling of relaxation.

Furthermore, serotonin is commonly converted to melatonin, a well-researched sleep aid.

Through that complicated chemical pathway, honey and milk can be used to reduce sleeplessness.

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HEALTH TIPS: Here Are the Secret Dangers of Sleeping Too Much



HEALTH TIPS: Here Are the Secret Dangers of Sleeping Too Much

By now, we’re all well aware that not getting enough sleep has serious health consequences. Getting less than the recommended 7 to 9 hours will ruin your mood, destroy your next-day workout, increase your risk of heart disease and dementia , inhibit your ability to retain memories and learn new skills, and even make you gain weight . But, given how beneficial sleep is for you, you’d think that the more you get of it, the better it is right?

Strangely—and this surely comes as a shock to us—that’s not entirely right. A new paper published in the Journal of the American Heart Association recently analyzed 74 studies on the quality and length of sleep of over 3.3 million people, and found that those who slept for 10 hours were 30 percent more likely to die prematurely, were 49 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, and had a 56 percent increased risk of stroke than those who slept for 8 hours. This puts a bit of a hole into Gwyneth Paltrow ‘s “Clean Sleeping” routine , which recommends getting a full 10 hours to those who are able to do so.

Of course, the study has its limitations, chiefly in that the results were self-reported rather than observed. Additionally, the study did not control for other factors that could cause both “extreme sleep” and a heightened risk for premature death, such as feeling depressed after losing a job or getting a divorce.

Plus, a study released last May found that you can counteract the negative impact of not getting enough sleep during the week by sleeping in on the weekends, though this method is still hotly debated by scientists.

Still, the consensus in the scientific community is that the best possibly thing you can do for your sleep is to maintain a regular bedtime, be consistent, and stick to the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night.

In short, if you’re unlike us—and able to consistently sleep upwards of ten hours a night—consider splashing out for an alarm clock. But if you’re still struggling to get to 8 hours, check out This Is the One Thing You Should Never Do Before Bed .

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9 Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger



9 Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger

When it comes to superfoods, ginger ranks high on the list thanks to its powerful health benefits.

The plant’s flavor is anything but subtle. Many of us love to use this spice to add a nice zest to our home-cooked meals. But ginger’s incredible abilities to soothe everything from digestive problems to inflammation is the reason it deserves plenty of love on your spice rack.

What Is Ginger?

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Ginger is a flowering plant from the family Zingiberaceae, which is native to the tropical rainforest in Southern Asia. People around the world have been using it for thousands of years, both for its culinary and medicinal benefits.

What most of us think of as ginger is actually the rhizome (stem) of the ginger plant, which runs underground (1). Depending on which kind of ginger you buy, the flesh can be yellow, white, or red. Fresh ginger is covered in a brownish skin.

Ginger is native to Southern Asia, and has been used medicinally for centuries.

Because ginger adds a pungent and distinct spice, it’s extremely popular in stir-friesand fruit and vegetable dishes.

Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is a delicious, all-natural spice that offers a great way to kick up the flavor in your Paleo foods.

But that’s not all: the health benefits of ginger are too numerous to ignore. Modern-day research is starting to catch up to ancient wisdom passed on through the ages, with some exciting results.

Here are some of the most incredible ways the health benefits of ginger can change your daily life:

1. Ginger Eases Nausea

nausea-1.jpgSailors have long used ginger root to fight seasickness, and with good reason. One study divided naval cadets (who were inexperienced with sailing in rough seas) into three different groups. The first received anti-nausea medicine, the second a placebo, and the third ginger root. The researchers found that the group who’d had ginger experienced fewer symptoms of nausea and vertigo than the placebo group (2).

Ginger doesn’t just work better than a placebo, either. A comprehensive review of six different studies concluded that ginger was “equally effective” as over-the-counter nausea remedies (3). So you get all the benefits – without the potential for negative side effects.

Ginger cures nausea and vertigo in sailors and pregnant women alike.

Ginger also has been shown to relieve morning sickness symptoms among pregnant women. One study found that it reduced feelings of nausea, although the frequency of vomiting remained the same (4). To be safe, make sure to get the green light from your doctor before adding ginger while pregnant.

Next time you’re driving up a mountain road, on a boat, or expecting a little one, consider ginger. You can chew a bit of the root, take capsules, or even make a simple tea by steeping a small root in a few cups of hot water. It only takes a gram or so to significantly reduce nausea symptoms.

2. Ginger Increases Insulin Sensitivity and Protects Against Diabetes

ginger.jpgResearch here is still in the early stages, but there’s evidence that ginger can actually increase insulin sensitivity and ease diabetes symptoms.

Most people following the typical American diet are insulin resistant, which is the gateway to chronic inflammation, weight gain, and all the other complications that come with it (metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, etc.) Restoring insulin sensitivity is key!

One study of type 2 diabetics found that just two grams of ginger powder daily lowered the participants’ blood sugar by 12 percent (5). It also improved key markers for long-term blood sugar levels like HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin), resulting in a 10 percent reduction in just 12 weeks.

A 2006 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that ginger can even protect against the serious complications of unmanaged diabetes, like diabetic retinopathy (6). This study identified five ginger compounds that suppressed the build-up of sorbitol (a sugar alcohol) in red blood cells. The researchers even suggested that ginger has potential applications in anti-diabetes medications.

3. Ginger Lowers Inflammation

joint-inflammation.jpgGinger’s most remarkable compound, gingerol, has a potent anti-inflammatoryeffect.

That makes ginger a great choice if you’re experiencing pain in your joints, no matter the severity. Numerous studies found ginger effective even for people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, resulting in less pain and better mobility (78).

Got arthritis? Try a little ginger. The anti-inflammatory properties will go a long way!

These benefits are long-term and very real. One year-long study of people with arthritis pain in the knees compared a control group to those taking ginger every day. The ginger group reported much less subjective pain (9). But the circumference of the knees was also measured, and it began to drop in the ginger group by week 12! This offers an objective metric that ginger lessened the swelling.

Researchers are still working to understand just how ginger’s anti-inflammatory effect works. However, a 2005 study revealed a plausible explanation: ginger suppresses cytokines and chemokines, pro-inflammatory compounds produced within the lining of joints, joint cartilage, and immune cells (10).

4. Ginger Can Lower Cholesterol Levels

Poor cholesterol markers – high levels of LDL, low levels of HDL, and high triglycerides – put you at a greater risk of serious heart problems.

Ginger can help. A study published in the Saudi Medical Journal found that, in a clinical trial performed in heart clinics, people who took three grams of ginger capsules daily over a 45-day period significantly reduced their triglycerides, LDL, and other dangerous cholesterol markers (11).

A 2013 rat study found that when rats were given ginger extract for 30 days, their LDL, triglycerides, and total cholesterol levels decreased (12). Their HDL levels also increased, resulting in much improved cholesterol markers overall. This backs up an earlier Israeli study that found similar cholesterol-lowering effects and even less development of atherosclerotic lesions (13).

5. Ginger Prevents Bacterial and Fungal Infections

woman-smiling.jpgGinger isn’t just a great spice to turn to when you’re nauseous and sick. It can keep you from getting sick in the first place! Its gingerol compounds lower your risk of multiple infections.

Just how good is ginger at strengthening your immune system?

A group of Nigerian researchers found that ginger was even more effective at killing Staphylococcus aureus (staph infections) and Streptococcus pyogenes than conventional antibiotics (14)! This has important implications if you’re recovering in a hospital after an illness or surgical procedure, where bacterial infections are extremely common among the immune-compromised.

Don’t fear the dentist: a bit of ginger will help keep gum disease at bay.

Ginger also promotes a cleaner, healthier mouth. It inhibits the growth of oral bacteria linked to gum diseases, like periodontitis and gingivitis (15).

Besides preventing bacterial infections, ginger has also been proven effective against fungal infections, like Candida albicans, and others resistant to antimicrobial treatments (16).

6. Ginger Relieves Heartburn, Ulcers, and Other Digestive Problems

shutterstock_271299290.jpgGinger’s anti-inflammatory effects can relax the muscles within your gut lining and help food move through your digestive system smoothly.

It works especially well for people with chronic indigestion, a condition where it takes people longer for their stomachs to empty into their small intestines. Many researchers think that it’s this delayed emptying of the stomach that causes so many indigestion symptoms. One study found that just over one gram of ginger powder before a meal can speed up the stomach emptying process by 50 percent (17).

Two rat studies explain how this works. Researchers found that ginger improved bile secretion and stimulated trypsin and pancreatic amylase, both important enzymes for digestion. They said that regular consumption of ginger and other spices is an important part of healthy digestion (1819).

If all that wasn’t enough, a 2007 study found ginger multiple times more effective than over-the-counter acid blockers (like Prevacid) in treating heartburn and ulcers (20).

7. Ginger Soothes Muscle Pain

muscle-pain-2.jpgIf you exercise, you’re all too familiar with the soreness that comes later. It can be painful, and tough, to motivate yourself to stick with your routine if you’re already hurting.

Ginger helps. It all comes down to gingerol’s anti-inflammatory effects. Gingerol doesn’t just lessen the condition that results in pain (inflammation). It also works on the pain receptors themselves (21). Like when you eat peppers, the spicy taste of ginger burns for a second, but it ultimately relieves pain and creates other beneficial effects.

One study found that daily ginger supplementation for 11 days led to around a 25 percent reduction in muscle pain after exercises (22).

The results are promising, no doubt! But the key word here is daily. While ginger definitely eases muscle pain, it doesn’t happen right away. It’s best to have some every day because you won’t notice the pain relief until 24 to 48 hours later (23).

8. Ginger Promotes a Healthy Mind

Inflammation and oxidative stress accelerate aging. That’s why many scientists believe it is largely responsible for Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive issues (2425).

Ginger fights inflammation and acts as an antioxidant, so it can help us maintain healthy cognitive function as we age.

One study examined ginger’s effect on middle-aged women and found that daily ginger supplements resulted improved working memory and reaction time (26).

Another study found that, in both normal rats and in rats with chemically-induced memory deficits, ginger extract improved performance on a novel object recognition test (27). There were improvements in learning and memory, as well as increased activity in the hippocampus – a portion of brain heavily involved in memory.

9. Ginger Clears Congestion

shutterstock_340377677.jpgWe’ve already touched on ginger’s incredible infection-fighting abilities. But if you still end up sick, you can rely on it for another reason.

Ginger is a natural expectorant, which means it loosens up phlegm in your lungs and air passages and helps you cough it up.

It’s helpful for a host of respiratory issues. Columbia University researchers found that ginger helps relax the muscles surrounding your body’s airways, which can constrict and make breathing difficult for those with allergies or asthma (28).

Next time you’re dealing with stubborn chest congestion or a persistent cough, try whipping up some warm ginger and lemon tea and having it a few times a day. You’ll find yourself breathing easier in no time.



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