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Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Docosward(m): 2:38am On Jun 03, 2011
Studies have shown that intake of fruits contributes immensely to our healthy living. Fruits is a huge source of vitamins which is needed by our body. As we look at the top ten fruits that can be commonly found in Nigeria, we hope you will take note of its benefits and make it a duty to include fruits has part of your daily meals.

(1) WATER MELON
Source of Energy Production
Watermelon is concentrated with b-vitamins. B-vitamins are responsible for a lot of your body’s energy production. This means eating watermelon can give you substantial energy. It also has high amounts energizing nutrients of magnesium and potassium.
Eating watermelon is a safe alternative to taking energy drinks prior to exercise. It also hydrates you due to its high water content as opposed to caffeine filled energy drinks that dehydrate you.

Antioxidants
Watermelon is a natural source of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.
It is a good source of the antioxidant vitamins C and A.
It is also a good source of the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene.
Watermelon’s antioxidants can help prevent a number of things.
It reduces the risk of colon cancer, asthma, heart disease, osteoperosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate cancer.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Docosward(m): 3:00am On Jun 03, 2011
Kidney Disorders: Water Melon contains a lot of potassium, which is very helpful in cleaning or washing off the toxic depositions in the kidneys. Moreover, it is helpful in reducing concentration of uric acid in the blood, thereby reducing the chances of kidney damages and formation of renal calculi in it. Added to these, being high in water content, it induces frequent urinating, which is again helpful for cleaning of kidneys. Also, the anti oxidants present ensures good health of kidneys for a long time.

High Blood Pressure: A good amount of Potassium and magnesium, present in water melons, are very good in bringing down the blood pressure. The carotenoids present in them prevent hardening of walls of arteries and veins, thereby helping reduce blood pressure.

Diabetes: Diabetes patients, who are supposed to have low energy and low sugar diet, often complaint about starving since they don’t get to eat their staple diet to their full, giving them a feeling of keeping half fed. Water Melons can be a good supplement for them.
In spite of being sweet in taste, a thick wedge will give you very few calories, since ninety nine percent of its total weight is composed of water and roughage. Moreover, the various vitamins and minerals such as potassium and magnesium help in proper functioning of insulin in the body, thus lowering the blood sugar level. Arginine, another component found in water melons, is very effective in enhancing impact of insulin on sugar.

Heart Care: Lypocene, a carotenoid found in abundance in water melon, improves cardiac functions. Beta carotene, known for its remarkable anti oxidant and anti aging properties, also keeps you young at the heart and prevents age related cardiac problems.
The roughage in water melon and its very low energy, with help from vitamin-C, Carotenoids and potassium (potassium cuts the risk of a heart attack), help reduce cholesterol and keep your heart safe.

Impotence: Arginine, present in water melon, is beneficial in curing erectile dysfunctions.
Arginine seems to improve sexual function in men with impotence. Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels.
A study of 50 men with impotence reported significant improved sexual function after arginine supplementation.

Macular Degeneration
Eating watermelon can protect against the negative effects of macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is just a fancy word for loss of vision.
Leave your worry of eyes on that beta carotene, that vitamin-C and those Lutein and Zeaxanthin.
They will ensure protection of your eyes from macular degeneration. They are experts in that.
These anti oxidants will protect your eyes from other age related ailments such as drying up of eyes and optical nerves, glaucoma etc.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Docosward(m): 3:07am On Jun 03, 2011
Cancer Prevention
Watermelon is a rich natural source of lycopene, a carotenoid of great interest because of its antioxidant capacity and potential health benefits. Dietary consumption of the carotenoid lycopene has been associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. Data from studies provides evidence that increased consumption of lycopene-containing foods might reduce the occurrence or progression of prostate cancer. The results of a study suggest that vegetables and fruits rich in lycopene and other carotenoids may be protective against prostate cancer.

To determine whether dietary intake of lycopene and other carotenoids has an etiological association with prostate cancer, a study was conducted of 130 prostate cancer patients. The prostate cancer risk declined with increasing consumption of lycopene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Nutrient Profile Per Serving
Vitamin A: 10%
Vitamin C: 25%
Vitamin B6: 10%
Vitamin B1: 10%
Magnesium: 7%
Potassium: 5%
That is the end of fruits one, our next fruit to look on next will be PAWPAW
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Docosward(m): 3:11am On Jun 03, 2011
Welcome back dude, at this time we will look on Pawpaw.

(2) PAWPAW

Paw-paw has many nutritional and health benefits. It is easily digestible and aids in the digestion of other foods.
It is rich in vitamin A and C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, and soluble vegetable fiber.

It is recommended that paw-paw be taken regularly. Paw-paw is much desirable and enjoyed when eaten fresh and ripe. Taking it in this way makes it to become an excellent breakfast and desert. Paw-paw juice mixed with milk is an excellent blood tonic, dessert and appetizer. Paw-paw prevents stomach troubles, such as indigestion, constipation, and peptic ulcers.

Paw-paw is rich in enzymes called pa-pain, which help in the breakdown of protein into amino acids and digestion.
Eating paw-paw after a meal aids digestion and prevents bloating and chronic indigestion.
Paw-paw is very good in treating infective diarrhea, due to its emollient action. Paw-paw is rich in vitamin A, which helps in the prevention of skin problems like eczema, pimples, and acne. Paw-paw with its vitamin A helps to protect the eye.

Paw-paw is also very good for the skin because of the amount of vitamin A it contains, and not only does it make the skin soft and tight, but it also deals with skin disorders such as acne, pimples and eczema. The vitamin A in paw-paw is also good for the eyesight, muscles, and nerves. It known that paw-paw helps to tighten and smooths the skin, due to the presence of enzymes.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Docosward(m): 3:12am On Jun 03, 2011
According to the DIY treatment recommended by spa expert Stella Cray can be tried thus: using a spoon, scoop out papaya seeds and throw away. Then scoop out the pink flesh and put in a blender with 6 ounces of plain yogurt, blend for about one minute until smooth. Stand over and old towel and using a circular motion, massage the mixture over problem spots like the stomach and thighs.
Wrap the area strongly with cellophane tape. Then grab a good book and read, relaxing for about 30 minutes before peeling off the plastic and rinsing skin with water.

It works because papaya’s enzymes called pa-pains stimulates collagen production band slough off the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal softer smoother, and firmer skin. The warmed from the plastic wrap allows moisturizing yogurt to penetrate more deeply into the skin.

Massaging the body helps circulation, causing hydrating blood to flow to cellulite prone areas, plumping skin and reducing dimples. With repeated use, the vitamin C in the fruit strengthens the skin to further reduce cellulite. Paw-paw therefore can give you a cellulite free thighs.

Paw-paw improves digestion of protein and expels worms. The ripe fruits are rich in vitamin A, B, and C. Vitamin A is excellent for a good eyesight, muscles, nerves. The vitamin C is generally known to strengthen the immune system and assist in combating diseases.
As a worm expeller, chew two tablespoons of seeds of unripe paw-paw fruit, first and last thing in the morning and night respectively, for about three days. For malaria fever and jaundice, squeeze some yellow paw-paw leaves in water and take a glassful three times daily for seven days.

For stomach ulcer, cut a big unripe fruit of papaya and put in a bottle with water, store for four days, sieve and take half a glass, thrice daily for two weeks. For chronic external ulcers or sores, cut a piece of unripe pawpaw fruit and tie directly to the wound. Do this four times daily. Continue till the wound has dried, which will be in few days or weeks. To make the wound heal faster, eat plenty of ripe pawpaw.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Docosward(m): 3:15am On Jun 03, 2011
For Asthma, burn the dry leaves of papaya and inhale whenever there is an attack. Also prevent further attacks by inhaling the smoke every night. The vitamin C in paw-paw fruit reinforces the entire immune system and gives the body the support that is required to overcome many diseases.

Malaria fever- Squeeze some yellow pawpaw leafs in water. Take a glassful three times daily for seven days. This preparation is also good for jaundice. The dosage is the same.

Diabetes- The green leafs of pawpaw are good foe diabetes-induced hypertension. Squeeze the green leaves in water and take a glass thrice daily. This preparation is also good for constipation.

Bronchitis- The root of the pawpaw plant is a good remedy for respiratory problems especially bronchitis. Bring some pawpaw roots to boil and take ½ a glass thrice daily. For cough, simply chew a tender pawpaw root and swallow the juice.

Piles- Pawpaw root is effective for the cure of piles. Prepare as for bronchitis. The dosage is half a glass twice daily.

Impotence- Cut two unripe pawpaw fruits into pieces (seeds and peel inclusive). Bring to boil in eight bottles of water. Take half glass thrice daily.

To be continued…,

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Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by kevoh(m): 7:35am On Jun 03, 2011
This should make frontpage!
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Docosward(m): 11:00am On Jun 03, 2011
i will be posting the next fruits this weekend, stay tune.


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Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by cchioke: 12:00pm On Jun 03, 2011
nice one doc,pls keep this up, God will surely reward you for helping people stay healthy,can i hv ur email addy? ccprimus2001@yahoo.com
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by cchioke: 12:03pm On Jun 03, 2011
nice one doc,pls keep this up, God will surely reward you for helping people stay healthy,can i hv ur email addy? ccprimus2001@yahoo.com
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by JUO(m): 12:05pm On Jun 03, 2011
good job
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Harpesin(m): 12:16pm On Jun 03, 2011
Thanx a lot for this, awaiting more
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by mallorca(m): 12:36pm On Jun 03, 2011
nice one
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by dominique(f): 12:44pm On Jun 03, 2011
nice thread. a good reminder to those of us that hate certain fruits.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by dipotech: 12:49pm On Jun 03, 2011
Good job, please keep it up.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Nobody: 1:17pm On Jun 03, 2011
This is gr8. I leave n d north, there s nt much f pawpaw here but watermelon s widespread and cheap, so t feels like dere s somthng fo everybdy!
That one on impotency using pawpaw, is it strictly fo impotency or can it also be used just to boost sexual perfomance?
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Evans5050: 1:26pm On Jun 03, 2011
Thanks for such a rich cnotribution
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Nobody: 1:58pm On Jun 03, 2011
nice one. personally i like fruit raw rather than buying package or processed fruit juice
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by molola(f): 2:27pm On Jun 03, 2011
i feel so relieved reading your artiplease i need some help on how to get a good diet that will help me shed some weight.

i need some thing gradual that will not only help me shed weight but make me healthier.

i know its a tall order but any kind of help will be appreciated.

thanks.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by abubaka(m): 2:39pm On Jun 03, 2011
@doc,

honestly,i really appreciates ur contribution on this topic and it wld go along way in helpin many of us and others, God bless and pls never hesitate to continue givin us healthy tips
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Nobody: 2:52pm On Jun 03, 2011
please lets be mindful of imported fruits like apple from europe. i heard there is an outbreak of deadly E.coli in some countries in europe found in some fruits.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by mystikal(m): 2:55pm On Jun 03, 2011
I nneed to be forced to eat fruits. #badhabit
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by olorilaide(f): 3:31pm On Jun 03, 2011
nice one. i love water melon so much grin
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by MMM2(m): 3:34pm On Jun 03, 2011
biscuit
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by snthesis(m): 4:03pm On Jun 03, 2011
nice
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by leffects(m): 4:15pm On Jun 03, 2011
God bless you.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by Ibime(m): 5:21pm On Jun 03, 2011
Doc, abeg give us the breakdown for Udala / Agbalumo
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by temmytanny(m): 5:22pm On Jun 03, 2011
you are richly blessed
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by REMMEI(m): 5:25pm On Jun 03, 2011
what more can i say?. . .,doc.,keep it coming,can't wait fa banana,orange et other fruitz!.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by boardmem(m): 5:28pm On Jun 03, 2011
@poster, hope dis works 4 all pple? b'cus our body response 2 certain drugs differ!, anyway good job.
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by eridah2007(m): 5:53pm On Jun 03, 2011
Thanks for d info doc
Re: Top Ten Fruits In Nigeria And Its Benefits by vislabraye(m): 6:27pm On Jun 03, 2011
Sour sop; Bananas; mangoes; oranges and citrus foods; Bush mango; abalumo grin abi na sheri dem dey call am e got others sha

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