Immense Health Benefits Of African Pear

Usually eaten in Nigeria with corn, the oval shaped fruit has its flesh in butter form when roasted or boiled.

African Pear
Africa Pear

The May/July fruit has been researched to have immense benefits more than what you could have ever imagined. Ube as it is called by many Nigerians has come to stay; as beyond the delicious taste of the fruit when boiled or roasted, many more unthinkable are needs to be known about this exceptional fruit.

The local pear grows mostly in the tropics. It grows up to 18 metres in height and exudes an odoriferous gummy substance called resins or exudates from injured or excised portion of the stem. It is cultivated in most rural communities by the peasants, farmers for its fruits.

The fruit is red, turning blue-black when ripe with unpleasant turpentine smell. Here is a list of the usefulness of this amazing fruit you, probably, did not know before now.

It aids the treatment of wounds and parasitic skin disease

From time immemorial, local doctors are always in need of African pear when there is a case of deep and parasitic wounds and it has always worked. The fleshy bark of the fruit after it is boiled has been said to cure ringworms, “craw-craw” (body rash) and many more.

It can also be used as an agent of formulation for toothpaste

Pharmacists have claimed that exudates of native pear can also be used as a part of the ingredients that formulates toothpaste. This is because scientific evaluation has it that the fruit has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. According to a study by D. E. Okwu and Fred U. Nnamdi of the Department of Chemistry, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, the high concentration of calcium and phosphorus in the fleshy areas of the fruit is known to improve the dentine formulation protecting the enamel from demineralisation. So, when next time you sense a need to make your teeth healthier and also the need to make any skin rash to disappear, grab as many local pears as possible!

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Things Everyone With A Vagina Should Know About Food

Ever heard that you are what you eat? As a woman, your body system and organ have been fashioned in a way that whatever food taken matters a whole lot.

 

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And amazingly, some of these foods go a very long way to determine how your vagina looks, and above all, what your vagina tastes like. YES, WHAT YOUR VAGINA TASTES LIKE.

YOGHURT

Overtime, doctors have recommended yogurts with probiotic supplements to women who suffer from severe yeast infections, caused by candida fungus. Probiotics are live microorganisms, often called “friendly bacteria,” that may help fight infections caused by “bad” bacteria and boost digestive health. They are sometimes added to yogurts and available in supplements. Although the evidence that yogurt can really stave off yeast infections is still inconclusive but, an uncoordinated set of studies done on small groups of women who were with varying infections, have shown that yoghurt might be good for you after all.


SUGAR

As a woman who cherishes her vagina, eating lots of sugar may make you more prone to yeast infections, especially If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic. Yeast infections are very common: According to the Office on Women’s health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 75% of women will get one at some point in their lives and nearly half will get two or more.

Pregnancy, taking antibiotics, or eating too much sugar are major potentials of yeast infection. “The idea is that the yeast will eat off of the sugar and that’s how they’ll grow, but while most women would need to consume a lot of sugar to make it the culprit, the bar is lower for diabetics and pre-diabetics. “I commonly see infections in my diabetic patients that don’t have good control over their blood sugar”, the health department revealed.


World Health Organization has however recommended that an adult’s daily sugar intake should not be more than 10% of your calories, which is about six teaspoons or 25 grams for most adults. Even if blood sugar is not a problem for you, your body will thank you for limiting your sugar consumption.

 

ALCOHOL, CHOCOLATE AND ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

This three listed above, can give your bladder a very irritating nature, especially if you suffer from Interstial Cystitis, a medical term for painful bladder syndrome. Many who suffer from this are always given a long list of bladder-irritating foods to avoid, including foods with caffeine, alcohol, histamine, artificial sweeteners, MSG, and nitrates.

Even if you don’t suffer from IC, if you’re running to the bathroom more than you’re supposed to, there might be the need to remove certain foods from your diet. Caffeine, for example, is a well-known diuretic, meaning it makes you pee more. Chocolate, which contains caffeine and other potentially IC-exacerbating ingredients, should also, sadly, be avoided. Health Organizations have also recommended that anyone with an overactive bladder should avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame and saccharin, which brings us to your favorite diet soda which study has shown that it poses  double threat since it probably contains both caffeine and artificial sweeteners.

GARLIC, CURRY AND OTHER STRONG SMELLING FOODS

Before we go any further, note that Vaginas can and will smell like whatever they want. They are not supposed to smell like roses; that concept is annoying. Although there are no too much research on how foods impact your vaginal smell, but it is related to the rest of your particular scent. Strong smelling foods like garlic and the likes can make your vagina smell more.

“It has not been extensively studied, it’s been inferred from other research,” because an important component of the odor is from sweat, foods that make your sweat more odiferous, will likely do the same for your vag. “If you ingest foods with very strong odors like asparagus or garlic or curry, it’s possible that that can translate to a smell in your vaginal area,”  health experts revealed.

As for the commonly repeated myth that inserting a garlic clove into your vagina can cure a yeast infection, don’t listen. “In reality, inserting any foreign object in the vagina may cause further complications or even worsen an infection. And there is no scientific proof that garlic can cure a yeast infection, so why risk it?

PINEAPPLES

Although it has not been scientifically proven, it has been said that taking pineapples can make your Vagina smell and taste better. We all want our vaginas to smell and taste as pleasant as possible, but while there are some stories floating around about how to do that, there is no real corresponding scientific research.

Dr. Lindsay has however advised that very woman’s vagina is going to be slightly different. The taste is also going to be different depending on who’s tasting it and their taste buds.” So don’t stress about it unless you have a reason to, like a particularly strong or pungent smell. And if that happens, see your doctor, don’t just stock up on pineapples.

WATER

Your vagina is a mucus surface, same as the inside of your mouth, so the better hydrated you are, the better hydrated those membranes are going to be,” Lindsay explained. And while some strong-smelling foods can translate into a stronger-smelling vagina, water can help bring things back to whatever is normal for you. “If you’re concerned, you can drink water and that can dilute out what you might perceive to be a bad smell from the food,” Lindsay said.

Finally, according to Dr. Lindsay, keep in mind that there’s only so much any one food can do. “Broadly, as long as you’re generally physically healthy, you should have a healthy vagina. But if you have specific concerns about your vagina, be sure to see your doctor.