THE BLACK CUMIN SEEDS

NIGELLA SATIVA!!!
THE BLACK CUMIN SEEDS: AN AGE-LONG IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST

“Your days are measured by your Immunity”
Grace Bulley

The strength of a castle is not just in the Structures but in the level of tightness of Security protecting it…This is simply like the immune system!

More than ever, these are times to strengthen our immunity of cause in the most natural way.

From the last article on Black seeds, I mentioned that it contains THYMOQUINONE (>40%) & PHYTOSTEROLS (>25%), which are the two major constituents of this mysterious age-long therapeutic seeds.

The major pharmacological activities exerted by Thymoquinone include Anticonvulsant, Antimicrobial, Anti-cancer, Antihistaminic, Anti-diabetic, Anti-inflammatory, and Antioxidant properties…
And all of these properties are potent in the Black Cumin Seeds.

The seeds transcend Ancient times, talked about in the Bible, Koran & Middle East for ages.
In fact, the Black Cumin Seeds is cataloged in the list of UNITED STATES FOOD & DRUGS ADMINISTRATION as “Generally Recognized as Safe”.

Briefly, I will touch on the medicinal abilities of the seed in Prevention or Curative (along with other therapies) effects on some diseases conditions

  1. PULMONARY INFLAMMATIONS: Thymoquinone in the black seeds has been demonstrated to have high potential in inhibiting the inflammatory changes associated with asthma.
    The bronchial relaxation effects of the boiled extract of N.sativa in contrast with Theophylline were accessed.

It was found that black seeds caused SUBSTANTIAL RISES IN ENTIRELY MEASURED RESPIRATORY FUNCTION TESTS & prevented the aggregation of inflammatory cells in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in lung tissue.

  1. ANTIVIRUS ABILITY
    Black seeds display antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiparasitic actions.

Also, 30 patients with Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection, who were not legible for Ribavirin therapy, when given black seeds oil; 16.17% became seronegative & 50% showed significant improvement in HCV viral load.

In addition, a 27yrs old HIV infected woman diagnosed during antenatal care, she was not eligible for anti-retroviral therapy but was therefore placed on black Cumin oil and honey mixture (10mls/3x daily).
Her repeat serology for HIV infection became negative with undetectable viral load, a whopping CD4 count of >750cells/πL!!! [Onifade et al]

Here, you see the effect of Black Seeds on microbes like Viruses is next to none.

  1. DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION
    The combination of N.sativa and Cinnamon cassia extracts to experimentally induced diabetic rats, showed significantly stabilized serum glucose levels (HbA1c), improved lipid profile, and better renal function parameters.

Phytosterols, abundant in black seeds, has huge benefits in lowering the low-density lipoprotein and cholesterol levels.

Black Seeds (2g daily) was used on 57 patients for one year, it resulted in reduced systolic, diastolic, and mean arterial heart rate. Although a trend failed to show a significant reduction of BP in elderly patients until dosage and duration were increased for an additional 6wks!

A substantial reversal of histopathological pancreatic cell injury was also observed in animals using the combined Black seeds and Cinnamon extracts.

  1. NEUROLOGY & BRAIN TUMORS
    Flavonoids in Black Cumin seeds have been shown to modulate critical neuronal signaling paths involved in the process of memory and synapses.

The main components of Black Seed Oil on brain damage (from sodium nitrite in preservatives), results showed reduced oxidative stress and retrieving of Glutathione cell-regenerating factor restored Cytochrome and remarkable reduction of tumor spread in the brain tissues.

  1. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS & AUTOIMMUNE INFECTIONS
    Thymoquinone in Black seeds prevents the severe signs of joint pains & swellings in Rheumatoid arthritis.

Inflammations as we all know, have a keynote in several Medical conditions, osteoarthritis, fibroids, asthma, allergies, cancer, all diseases associated with pain.
And the existing anti-inflammatory agents commonly used comprise of drugs that produce severe adverse effects like Ulcers, Salt/water retention, etc

However, Medicinal herbs like Cumin are safer with lesser side effects than conventional drugs.

  1. ANTIOXIDANTS ABILITY
    N.sativa was found to neutralize the toxicity of aflatoxins. 9mg/kg of body weight protects Liver injury induced by aflatoxins.

In fact, Thymoquinone has been found to protect the brain from radiation-induced nitrosative stress!

  1. ANTI CANCER & ANTI TUMOUR ABILITY
    Many researchers provided evidence of the chemotherapeutic activity of black seeds on Cancer

This has been found useful as dietary supplements to enhance the effects of Anticancer drugs.

Let me stop here, with all of the above research pieces of evidence, it is evident that Thymoquinone in black seeds has a wide spectrum of effects on IMMUNITY BOOST & ALL-ROUND NUTRITION!!!

NB:
Only under a Registered Dietitian’s supervision alongside your Physician or Clinical Pharmacist, should you use black seeds IF you are living with any Chronic Disease Condition.

Also, those suffering from all forms of Ulcers, GERD, and other GIT disorders should endeavor not to use black seeds on an empty stomach.
Black Cumin Seeds is quite acidic in nature.

Lastly, as precaution, avoid ‘abuse’ or overuse of black seeds, I mean taking it continuously for too extended period, or beyond any prescription stated in this article!
Yes, try to combine it with other therapies like Honey, (do not use honey if you are diabetic) Cinnamon and Garlics etc.

Eat to live, don’t live to Eat – FASEHUN OYETOLANI, RD.

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Leadership through the Lens of a Young African

There is a problem of questionable public leadership across many African countries. Not many of us are proud of the “leadership” in our country. While strong leadership exists in the private sector, it is still largely individualistic and not communal; that is, the benefits from such strong leadership are not felt by the wider society. Similarly, there’s a boom in the population young people across the continent (one-fifth or 20% of the population) but this has not translated into the capacity of young persons to occupy leadership roles that actually move the needle. The largest concentration of young people on earth is in Africa, but why are we not leading the change that we want to see? Why has the majority of young people been relegated to the background of commentary and road-side agitation?
Most of the great (popular) leaders we’ve had on the continent emerged in times of crisis. It would seem that the leadership foundation on the continent is reactionary; this is why when liberation is achieved, we all went back to being normal. One of the things I want us to achieve in this conversation is to identify triggers that have the potential to activate the pursuit of leadership among young people that is proactive. I’d want to see young people develop and execute leadership in non-crisis moments.

WHO IS A LEADER?

To lead is to cause people to go in a certain direction

A leader can cause people or society to move forward or backward. So it’s important to note that a leader may seem to have good intentions but is actually leading the society backward. This is why intentions are not enough to make one a leader, it is causative in nature. Let us not confuse leadership to DICTATORSHIP. Similar to it, a leader is not a “boss”. Leadership is a chain; there are leadership positions at different levels of the society such as family, street, community, state/region, country, and others. As a result, a good leader acknowledges that where his/her leadership ends is where another begins. A leader is someone with exemplary attributes; someone to emulate or to follow.
The problem today is that Africa cannot agree on who a leader is in real life. There’s a lack of or inadequacy of leadership education. As an overview, good leadership education should posit that:

  • Nobody is born a Leader
  • Because it is not innate (no one is born with it), leadership is acquired. Africa must begin by seeing leadership as another body of knowledge that must be passed on from one generation to another.
  • A good leader acknowledges and respects other good leaders.

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP?

Here’s an example of what leadership is NOT:

A young person that wants to provide clean, potable water to a community BUT s/he has been conditioned to believe that it requires being rich to achieve that.

Leadership requires you to mobilize the people and their resources to co-fund and co-develop the water project. It requires you to create a compelling vision of why this project essential; so compelling that majority of the members of the community can share in, become passionate about, and actively participate in bringing to fruition. Example of what leadership IS:

  • Leadership is developing oneself to such an exemplary status that other people in society begin to emulate your values and fighting to mainstream it (leadership is exemplary).
  • Leadership requires that the bearer transfer his/her own qualities to the next generation (leadership is educational).

“If you want to lead 1000 persons, lead by developing yourself very well (in mind, empathy, knowledge, and body); then do it 1000 times.”

Now, replace “person” with a farmer, student, child, families, village, town, nations, women, girl child, boy child, small business owner, orphan, widow, and on and on. That’s how we lead the change we want to see on the continent.
Attributes of good leadership

  • Servitude
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Ethical
  • Effectiveness
  • Academic qualification should come last

AREAS OF LEADERSHIP YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD ASPIRE TO FILL ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

  • Prosperity based on inclusive growth: To succeed, you don’t need other people to fail.
  • Pan-Africanism: Lead with how your role integrates with other African nations.
  • Good governance: Begin with respect for human rights, and the rule of law
  • Peace & Security: How we can de-escalate tensions before they turn into crises (and often, into wars)
  • Empowerment of women and young people: Always remember that society is originally designed to be a man’s world. So, you must fight with every fiber of your being to unleash the potential of African women and young persons. Many studies have shown that two-thirds of a child’s learning outcome is determined by things learned at home; one-third is learned in schools and other formal learning centers. In many African societies, women are responsible for two-thirds of the child’s development; while teachers get paid for doing one-third of the work, mothers get nothing.

TOP CHALLENGES FACING AFRICA
Challenges are natural opportunities for the emergence of great leadership. Any young person aspiring to lead should consider one or more of the following themes:

  • Quality education (Inter-personal development / socialization)
  • Poverty reduction (through rural development)
  • Gender equality (through socio-economic empowerment)

These three (3) themes can be further broken down into the following sub-theme:

  • Food security (climate change)
  • High-quality education
  • Heath services (primary healthcare/volunteerism)
  • Gender equality
  • Equal opportunity for all (social, racial, religious)
  • Infrastructure (transport, energy, water, and ICT)

Young persons in Africa make up one-fifth of her African population, why are we not moving the needle of positive change enough in our respective communities? We need a change!

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VIRUSES, IMMUNITY, AND NUTRITION; ANY RELATIONSHIPS?

Are you getting enough Vitamin A?!

Could your constant suffering from Night blindness, Excessive dry skin, total blindness, poor growth, or impaired Immune system be due to a deficiency in vitamin A?

Ancient Greek and Egyptian physician Hippocrates recommended the consumption of Beef liver as a preventive and cure for Night blindness, a cure that still works up till today!
90% of body Vitamin A is found in the beef liver.

Although vitamins per se, was not discovered until the 20th century, Vitamin A was known for more than 3500 years as a factor NEEDED TO PREVENT NIGHT BLINDNESS.

As far back as the 1920s, researchers recognized that Vitamin A (mostly known as retinoic acid) was important for immune system functions.

They recognized that increased incidence of Infections was one of the first symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency.

This may be due, in part, because Vitamin A helps maintain the Epithelium, a barrier that protects the body against the entry of disease pathogens.

Vitamin A refers to preformed retinoids and provitamin A carotenoids, that can be converted to Vitamin A activity.
Kidney disease also increases the risk of its toxicity.
Therefore, it is advised you reduce Vit A intakes or supplements if you have kidney disease.

Although Vit A is mostly excreted in the urine if it reaches toxic levels in the body. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for Vit A is 900πg for men and 700πg for women daily.

Carotene found in most Orange fleshed fruits e.g plums, carrots, orange, yellow yams, sweet potatoes, etc, is a good source of provitamin A.

Take a plate full Vitamin A rich foods today, boost your immune system to prevent the risk of viruses, Pathogens, and all forms Infections.

Till we catch up on our gist again,
Go, eat to live, don’t live to eat.
Ciao!

Afro-Bloggers Convention (ABC) 2020

“The Danger of a single-sided story” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My story has been one of ups and downs. It inspires me every day to move because I have no room for negative energies, and do not let people define me.

As the Great Chinua Achebe said “Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – is something I have to find out myself.”

Avoid letting people tell you who you are, the fact is, they know only a small piece from their own perspective which is one-sided and putting you in a confined box. This is a major reason to take part in the Afro-Bloggers convention and get yourself well informed. 

The Afro-Blogger Convention (ABC) is the coming together of bloggers of African descent from all over the world, who tell their story from their perspective, protecting the image of the continent and speaking with one voice to discuss and proffer solution to the issues of our community.

The second Afro-Bloggers Convention will take place online, on the 19 – 20 June 2020. The Topic is Re-information. It will be an interactive session with various speakers which will end with a panel discussion for both days. This is an event you cannot afford to miss!

The breakdown of the event is attached below.

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5 Golden Benefits of Home Office

Working from home has its implications and can be multifaceted like every decision we embark on. On the one hand, working from home enables the employee to manage time and spend more of it with family, creating a balanced life. On the other hand, it can become boring. From the perspective of the employer, it can save cost in the long-run of office space or extra expenses for location change of the employee, while contrary to the benefit of cost-saving, the employer can not tell what the employee is doing or if they are on track with the assignment given.
Today’s technology has provided the opportunity to benefit in a world of ever-changing flux. If you or your firm do not adapt to the changes, you may cease to exist as change is the only constant. I, therefore, present 5 golden benefits of the home office.

  1. Reduced Micromanaging: If you employ someone to do a job, let the person deliver on the assignment. Of course, you as an employer can expect updates on the progress report, the employee is bound to fill you in with updates and seek advice and information on matters that can lead to success in the implementation of assigned jobs or duties.
  2. Higher productivity: with the feeling of responsibility comes high productivity. Depending on what perspective you look at, the productivity rate is increased when each party (employer, employee, clients, stakeholders, etc) know what is expected of them. With the reduction of asymmetric information comes increased productivity as employees can effectively execute the job remotely or at home with available resources – in this case, technology.
  3. Time Management: A very important aspect of life is how you manage your time. Proper planning can improve home office success as you can allocate time for research, calls, meetings, appointments (teleconference or video-conference), care for the home-especially family time as children if applicable need attention too. Family time increases the likelihood of a balanced life as well as reduces stress in some cases.
  4. Increase in vital communication: As I mentioned above, communication can take various forms such as teleconferencing, video conferencing, chats/texts to improve work processes. The home office reduces the number of chitchats we would have as compared in the office setting.
  5. Geographic Limitation is removed: A company can employ staff from around the world/globe who do not need to travel from their location, thereby reducing relocation costs and saving money for the company. From an employee perspective, the employee can relax in his or her comfort zone and focus on work. Less travel time (save time), reduced rush hours and traffic on the roads or in trains, the environment gains with less pollution from public and private transportation systems as people reduce their carbon footprints.

However, one very important negative impact of home office that should be avoided at all costs is ISOLATION. Since humans are social beings and not computers, too long isolation can lead to a negative effect on health. A balance of human contact and connection is necessary (I do not mean social media). For example, go for a run, or a walk, take in the sunlight and fresh air, drop your gadgets, and talk to someone else in person.

Working from home is a great opportunity to manage your time and succeed in any aspect of life if the advantages are properly utilized.

GARLIC: Right or Fad?

Please kindly ignore a recent noise from BBC pidgin and co, accusing age-long dietary measures, that has salvaged many life’s from untimely death since time immemorial…

Garlics, Beets, Apples, Carrots, and English Pears are of the Pectin class. Pectins and Gums are included among Glycoproteins which are a major constituent of INTERFERONS found in the T-cells.

They are found in Non-specific immune responses in the body, hence they “interfere” with and destroy virus growth in the body.

They help build Immunity by destroying pathogenic growths in the body…

What about Ginger and Tumeric?
Two powerful Antioxidants, enriched with Anti-inflammatory properties.
They stop inflammations from viral and bacterial infections.

No wonder, Viral growths are no match to a combination of GARLIC, Tumeric, Ginger, and Black seeds…
Stay Safe Friends!

NB: Now, should you take too much Garlic simply because it is highly medicinal? No! Measure is everything, even too much of a good thing is injurious… Therefore, avoid excess intakes of these herbs, fruits, and spices.

Dosage: Take 4g (1 or 2 cloves) of Garlic per day, if in powdered form, 300mg of dried garlic is okay and about 7.2g of aged garlic if in extract form, per day is okay.

At this Covid 19 outbreak, if u feel mild symptoms, You may empower your immunity by combining it with Tumeric and ginger in moderate quantity, 2spoonful of all in a cup of Black seed tea/ Honey… and you are good to go!

If you are going for surgery or on any anticoagulants, reduce garlic intakes drastically because of its blood-thinning and antithrombotic effects.

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COVID-19, IMMUNITY AND NUTRITION; ANY RELATIONSHIPS?

“The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it”

‘An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”

Ben Franklin

To start with, what is the Immune System? The immune system is a network of Organs, Tissue, Cells, and Secretions that protect the body from foreign organisms (pathogens) such as Bacteria, Viruses, Parasites, Fungi and Toxins.

The Immune system includes two basic types:

  1. The Innate Immune System
  2. The Acquired Immune System

The innate immune system is present from birth, It is the 1st barrier of the body’s protection against Antigens, It comprises of one, the Physical barriers like the Skin, which secrets Sebaceous glands that secrets sebum. This sebum is antiseptic in nature and destroys specific pathogens like bacteria and toxins, preventing them from entering the bloodstream, same goes to the mucous membrane that lines the orifices of the body, I mean openings from inside the body to the outside; they include the Nostrils, the ears, the mouth, and the genital openings.

 Secondly, the innate immune system also comprises of Chemical secretions such as HCL in the stomach, Acidic urine in the urinary tract, Tears in the eyes, Saliva in the mouth which is rich in Lysosomes, with strong antibacterial, antiseptic nature that is volatile against some toxins and pathogens that the body senses as harmful. Thirdly, we have Physiological barriers, which come as Fever, growths, tumors, Pus from injuries etc.

Now, the innate immune system is limited in ability to recognize Antigens (Antigens are pathogens that previously attacked the body system with infections and diseases). On the other hand, the Acquired Immunity initiated by a recognition of a specific Antigen, it is acquired over a person’s lifetime. This type of immunity is LIMITED in Babies and Infants, hence Nutrition experts recommend more breastfeeding because Human milk has a high concentration of Microbiota and probiotics which has great protective immune components e.g. Immunoglobulins, Lactoferrin, etc.

 All these secretions are strategic barriers that the body puts up to fight off external harmful agents from coming in and damaging the body. Some are signals that the white blood cells and Antibodies which include the Neutrophils, Macrophages and of cause the T and B cell, are fighting major infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens from the body.

In concise conclusion, the immune system can be likened to a Castle with 3 mechanisms of defense, 1st Floor are the Gatemen (Physical & Chemical barriers) of the Skin and Orifices of the body, 2ND Floor is the Sentries & Archers of Neutrophils, Macrophages and Physiologic barriers. The 3rd floor is Soldiers of B and T cells which chiefly engulf and destroy viruses in the body. IF THE VIRUS GETS PAST THE 1st, 2nd & 3rd BARRIERS INTO THE BODY; THE LINES OF DEFENCE ARE BREACHED & WE THEREFORE FALL SICK.

What role does Nutrition play in Immunity and Viral/ Pathogenic infections prevention generally?

First, it is good to note that Nutrition is important in Maintaining both Acquired and Innate immunity, Secondly, NUTRITION DEFICIENCY CAN SUPPRESS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM’S ABILITY TO PREVENT INFECTIONS & DISEASES!!!

Covid-19, Immunity and Nutrition Relationship

Nutrition deficiency which could also be termed as Malnutrition is a cellular imbalance or state of deficiency of Nutrients & Energy sufficient for the body’s demand for growth, maintenance and specific functions which leads to adverse effects on the body tissue. Malnutrition results in reduced production of immune cells, MALNUTRITION RESULTS IN A BREAKDOWN OF THE BODY’S BARRIERS TO ANTIGENS, THIS INCREASES SUSCEPTIBILITY TO INFECTIONS, DISEASES, AND DEATH.

Malnutrition could be under-nutrition or over-nutrition, even though over years, Malnutrition has been known more as Undernutrition of Kwashiorkor, PEM, Edema, Cachexia, Oral changes and Skin changes. But Over-nutrition can be injurious too, as a person could also be Obese, Overweight or be suffering from Nutrient toxicity or micronutrient deficiency. Fact is, a wealthy person with enough wherewithal for food can yet suffer from a macro or micronutrient deficiency because they consume Quantity and not Quality!

The following are the Nutrient needs for stronger Immunity, they include:

  1. PROTEINS:

The relevance cannot be underestimated, Proteins are a chief constituent of Muscles, Organs and the Endocrine. All body fluids except bile and urine contain proteins. All antibodies, which are necessary for antibodies are proteins by nature. REMEMBER, RESISTANCE TO DISEASES IS AN IMMUNOLOGICAL RESPONSE.

Example; Animal proteins such as Lean meat, Egg, Fish, Poultry and Plant proteins like Legumes and Pulses such as Beans, Peas, Lentils, runner beans, green peas, and Nuts.

Note that the more fats on a protein, the less the protein value of the protein. Also, the plant proteins (incomplete proteins) can be upgraded to a high biological value by adding Animal proteins to it e.g. spice up beans with crayfish/ fish. This increases the biological impact of proteins on the body tissues.

2. IMMUNO-MODULATORS

These ones promote protein synthesis and immune responses, they include Arginine and Glutamine. They maintain intestinal mucosal integrity and prevent pathogens from entering the blood stream. Examples include Omega 3 and Omega 6 mono & polyunsaturated fatty acids found;

Extra virgin olive oil (which is good for salads, sauté and low heat cooking), Salmon, Mackerel, Herrings, Titus fishes. Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acid is present in Canola Oil, Soy Oil and Nuts like Almond nuts, Cashew nuts, and Walnuts. NUTRIENT FORMULAS AND SUPPLEMENT CAN GIVE OMEGA 3 ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S A MAJOR NUTRIENT NEED.

3. INTERFERONS:

Interferons are naturally occurring Glycoproteins found in T-cells.

They are found in Non-specific immune responses, THEY INTERFERE WITH AND STOP VIRAL GROWTH. Glycoproteins include Pectin and Gums which is chiefly found in foods like Apple, Pear, Citrus, Garlic, Carrots, Tomatoes. Whole grains like Oats, Whole wheat, Brown rice, Red wine are also a good source. RIPE FRUITS HAVE MORE GLYCOPROTEINS THAN UNRIPE FRUITS.

4. MICRONUTRIENT DEFICIENCY

It is possible to be more concerned about a balanced diet, about macronutrients such as Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals that we lose focus on the smaller or Micronutrient such as Zinc, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Sodium to mention a few.

The essence of the nutrients as minute as they can be, cannot be underestimated in enabling a strong immune system. Zinc is known for its strong Prostate health-boosting, Iron helps in blood hemoglobin levels and Potassium is strong support for hypertensive patients. Micronutrients are seen in Seafood like Prawns, Snails, all forms of Crayfishes, Shrimp and Mushrooms.

5. VITAMIN C

Vitamin C like the other Vitamins and Minerals are not to be relegated factors that guard the body and improve immunity. Vitamin C is potent in its contribution, converting Cholesterol to bile, it helps in Collagen synthesis which is critical to bone repair, blood vessels and wound healings. It helps in Iron Absorption (non-heme iron).

Now in this context, it improves immune functions because WHITE BLOOD CELLS CONTAIN THE HIGHEST VIT C IN ALL THE BODY CONSTITUENT. This may protect against OXIDATIVE STRESS associated with Cellular Respiration. Little wonder Vitamin C IS VALIDATED MEDICATION FOR COMMON COLDS AND RESPIRATORY ISSUES. Examples include Pawpaw, Pepper, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Green leafy vegetables, Broccoli, Lemons, and Citrus family generally.

Note that Vitamin C can be easily lost in processing and cooking to about 40% of it, Athletes and Smokers have a higher requirement (About 35mg/day is needed, as they lose it to increased Oxidative stress), Women also using Contraceptives require higher Vitamin C. Men need 95mg/day of Ascorbic acid and Women need about 75mg/day.

6. VITAMIN A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, it occurs as Preformed retinoids and Provitamin A carotenoids.

As early as the 1920s, researchers have recognized that Vitamin A (mostly as Retinoic acid) was important for immune system functions. They observed that INCIDENCE FOR INFECTION WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SYMPTOMS OF VIT A DEFICIENCY. Many studies have shown that Vitamin A deficient individuals have a greater susceptibility to illness and Infection. This may be in part because Vitamin A helps maintain the Epithelium, A BARRIER THAT PROTECTS THE BODY AGAINST ENTRY OF DISEASE PATHOGENS.

Vitamin A supplementation has been shown to reduce the severity of some Infections, 900microgram and 700microgram is the RDA for men and women respectively. Kidney disease increases Vitamin A toxicity because the body flushes excess of the vitamin through the urine. But in a diseased Kidney, the urinary route is compromised.

Examples of Food rich in Vitamin A include Liver, which is still one of the greatest sources, Fortified milk, Orange colored fruits like Carrots, Plum, Strawberries, and Orange, Red, plus Dark Green Vegetables.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, the immune system is a complex network that guards the body against viruses and all forms of pathogens and Nutrition is a strong factor that enhances the effort of the immune system. Nutrition is more result prone as Preventive Medicine rather than Curative Medicine; hence it is advised that a Lifestyle of Good and Adequate Diet, Timely Rest and Quality Exercise should be a lifestyle imbibed by all on day to day basis, and essentially at this period of Covid19 outbreak.

FASEHUN OYETOLANI, RD.

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References:

Wardlaw’s Perspective in Nutrition [8th Edition]                                                                                                 

Human Physiology [from Wiki Books Contributors]                                                                                         

Merriam Webster Dictionary

Update on “Talent Mine” Project.

Talent Mine is a project in Nigeria where out-of-school children are offered free-tuition school. A basic education center to bridge the gap that exists. We currently have 26 children between the ages 3 and 16 whose parents are unable to pay for their school and the number is growing as they see the gains in mentorship and we have experienced a huge mind-shift with these kids as they have the opportunity to make better-informed decisions and add value to the world in their own capacity.

Through our on-going crowdfunding, we provide the basics to make the education process interesting. The first pay-out was used to purchase schoolbags for the children. You need to see the joy on their faces. We say thank you to those who have donated and request others to also donate.

We are happy to recieve your used laptops, tablets and old smart phones to teach and link the children to online training platforms like Afrolynk and others who wish to come on board, to enable them partake in the wealth of knowledge.

we will keep you informed of the every progress. In the main time, stay safe and healthy!

Below is a video of the children in a joyful mood. You too can add smiles on others, no matter how little.

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Service to Humanity

What better way to solve a problem than to eliminate the root cause?

In The Genius in Every Child, I stated that every child is unique in their own way and should be given the creative space to grow and know themselves by being curious and practicalize their knowledge.

Aramide Akintimehin @_aralola is building future leaders doing just that and in a special way too. She created a Free-tuition school for out-of-school children in Nigeria. She is the founder of Talent Mine Academy which provides basic education for children whose parents are unable to afford school fees.

In Nigeria, there are more than 10.2 – 13.2 million out-of-school children (UBEC Report). These children are from low-income communities of the country. 

In order to reduce the number of out-of-school children, and to give these children a chance to basic education, Aramide is giving her time to educate them on Saturdays. The children are eager to learn and she is ready to teach, providing the basic education they require to improve their chances for a better future.

According to Aramide, education should be less of a mechanical or industrial process and more of engaging with human curiosity, imagination, and creativity.


Talent Mine Academy (TMA) is a free-tuition school that focuses on life skills, digital skills, basic numeracy, and mentorship programs. The aim of Talent Mine Academy is to provide quality and inclusive education to out-of-school children in low-income communities, with hopes to close the gap that exists in our current education system. To grow this initiative, more volunteers, collaborators, and facilitators are required to enable these children to become better versions of themselves. People learn better with ease when they have mentors to guide them, and so far we have had volunteers come to mentor these children, we are indeed grateful.

“The child that was once identified as a dullard, slow learner and one having ‘spiritual issues’ is now one of the most confident pupils in my classroom and also one of the teaching assistants in class just because he had a teacher who paid attention to his learning needs and most importantly believed in him. I believe every child; if given the right combination of tools, love, support, attention, and motivation can thrive in this dynamic world.” – Aramide Akintimehin

Below is a video from League of extraordinary Nigerians about Aramide’s story detailing her experience and success stories. To enable Talent Mine Academy (TMA) acquire stationaries, laptops, different furniture and other equipment to boost the learning experience of the students, donations will be appreciated.

As we know, the best way to predict the future is to create it.

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You are Limitless

Do you realise that you can achieve more, when you do not limit yourself?

Here is a Medical doctor who shows us that there is more to life than living a routine. His name is Dr. Gbadamosi Adefemi popularly known through his art work as Fola David.

Like every Nigerian parent, his parent made sure he went to school and focused on becoming a medical doctor. While at medical school, he found out his talent in drawing and dived into it, continously practicing and attending shows to boost his skills.

You can be a project manager, a HR personnel or manager, an accountant, a Tech wiz, a Sales personnel, and so on, in any company and still have a passion for something entirely different from your job. It could be a hidden talent, you need to find out by hannessing that skill, perhaps it could add some joy to your life (Monitizing your passion or build a business) or you can use it to help people around you (a solution to a problem).

Never limit yourself by allowing anyone to limit or define you. Take the lead and show the world the greatness within you.

Below is a video of Fola David the Artist and Doctor.

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