Month: June 2019

Benefits Of Tumeric Tea: The New Health Craze On The Block

Turmeric is a popular spice made from the rhizome or root of the Curcuma longa plant.

Turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and is a member of the Zingiberaceae or ginger family. It has been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years in Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

India grows 78 percent of the global supply of turmeric. A range of turmeric teas are available for purchase in health stores or online. In this article, we look at a range of potential health benefits.

Fast facts on turmeric tea:

  • The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin.
  • Curcumin gives turmeric its characteristic yellow color.
  • Curcumin is proven to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

What is turmeric tea?

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The most effective way to consume turmeric may be as a tea.

Curcumin has low bioavailability, which means the body has a hard time accessing and absorbing the compound. For this reason, turmeric supplements, with their guaranteed high concentrations of curcumin, are popular.

Turmeric tea, brewed using grated turmeric root or pure powder, is considered one of the most effective ways to consume the spice.

There is no specific recommended daily intake of turmeric. Based on available research, the suggested daily intake depends largely on the condition it is being used to treat.

Most research in adults supports the safe use of 400 to 600 milligrams (mg) of pure turmeric powder three times daily, or 1 to 3 grams (g) daily of grated or dried turmeric root. Grating the turmeric yourself is the best way to ensure a pure product.

Benefits

Drinking turmeric tea is believed to bring about several benefits, nine of which are described in more detail here.

1. Reduces arthritis symptoms

As an anti-inflammatory, curcumin may help reduce the most prominent symptoms of arthritis.

A 2017 study found that out of 206 American adults with self-reported rheumatoid arthritis, 63 percent used non-vitamin supplements to manage their symptoms, with turmeric being the most popular product that was taken.

2. Boosts immune function

Curcumin is proven to improve immune function with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.

Curcumin has also been shown to act as an immune modulator, helping regulate immune cell function against cancer.

3. Helps reduce cardiovascular complications

Several studies have shown curcumin to have beneficial heart health properties by acting as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

A 2012 study found that taking 4 g per day of curcumin 3 days before and 5 days after coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, reduced the risk of acute myocardial infarction or heart attack by 17 percent.

4. Helps prevent and treat cancer

One of the most clinically established therapeutic properties of curcumin is its anti-cancer action.

As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, curcumin is thought to lower the risk of cells in the body becoming damaged, reducing the risk of cell mutations and cancer.

Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that curcumin has anti-tumor properties, limiting the growth of tumors and spread of cancerous cells.

According to a 2014 medical review, more than 2,000 articles have been published using the keywords “curcumin” and “cancer.” The use of curcumin as a cancer treatment alongside chemotherapy and radiation therapy is currently being investigated.

5. Helps manage irritable bowel syndrome or IBS

Curcumin has long been used in traditional medicines as a treatment for many digestive conditions.

Several studies have found that curcumin may help reduce the pain associated with IBS and improve the quality of life of those people with the condition.

2012 study in rats found that curcumin helped decrease the time it took for food to empty from the stomach to the small intestine, otherwise known as gastric emptying.

6. Prevents and treats Alzheimer’s

Studies have shown that curcumin may help reduce the chances of several neurodegenerative conditions. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers are thought to reduce cellular damage, inflammation, and amyloid deposits or plaques that occur with these conditions.

Curcumin may also be able to slow down or prevent some of the age-associated protein changes linked to neurodegeneration.

7. Protects against liver damage, gallstones, and manages liver conditions

Several studies have shown that curcumin can protect against liver damage. Potential liver and gallbladder benefits of curcumin include increasing production of the digestive fluid bile while also protecting liver cells from damage from bile-associated chemicals.

8. Helps prevent and manage diabetes

Traditional medicines have used turmeric for diabetes for thousands of years. Several studies using animal and human models have shown that curcumin supplementation may have anti-diabetes properties.

9. Helps treat and manage lung conditions

Researchers suspect that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin may help reduce the symptoms of chronic or long-lasting lung conditions.

A 2017 medical review concluded that although the clinical evidence is limited, curcumin might help treat asthma, pulmonary and cystic fibrosis, lung cancer or injury, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Preparation

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To make a turmeric tea, a person can add ground, grated, or powdered turmeric to boiling water.

Turmeric tea can be prepared from either pure turmeric powder or grated or ground, dried turmeric. Fermented turmeric preparations, commonly sold as tea products, claim to have higher concentrations of biologically available or absorbable curcumin.

The steps to follow for making turmeric tea are:

  • boil 4 cups of water
  • add 1 to 2 teaspoons of ground, grated, or powdered turmeric
  • allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 10 minutes
  • strain the tea into a container and allow it to cool for 5 minutes

Many people put additional ingredients into their turmeric tea to improve the taste or help with its absorption. Common additives include:

  • Honey, to sweeten the tea and give the mixture more anti-microbial properties.
  • Whole milk, cream, almond milk, coconut milk, or 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee (unclarified butter) to help with absorption, as curcumin requires healthy fats to dissolve properly.
  • Black pepper, which contains piperine, a chemical known to help promote curcumin absorption, and that can add a spice flavor to the tea.
  • Lemon, lime, or ginger, to enhance antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in the mixture and improve taste.

A range of turmeric teas are available for purchase online.

 

Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com

Marriage Matterz

2 Wrong Uns…

I just received a distress call from a married friend who joined a whatsapp group called “single & searching”🤔🤔🤔🤔

Well that’s not the problem..

The problem is she found out her husband is the group admin
😱😱😱😱😱😱


Many beautiful relationships have been destroyed because an erring partner has been too proud to say

“Honey. Im sorry, I f****d up”


Your marriage is your life

Sadly, many married folks I see today don’t seem to know the meaning of “husband & wife” They live as rivals & competitors, and in some cases as co lodgers, strangers or even as enemies

Sholdn’t your spouse be your very heartbeat? Your best friend?? Your lover?
So many couples are living together without love, without friendship and without connected hearts. It makes my heart weep.

Many are desperate to have what you have….yet you have it, but choose to squander it. Like a woman who had a baby and flushed it down a toilet…when her very next door neighbour cries herself to sleep every night because of her barreness

Enjoy your marriage. Cherish it. Work at it. Make the best of it.

Life is too short

BJ💋🌺
Baronessj.com

Man Dragged Away By Brown Bear And Hidden In Cave For Future Food Found Alive After 1 month

A man who was dragged away by a wild bear and feared dead has been found alive.

The man who was rescued after surviving a month in the den of a brown bear drank his own urine to survive.
The man who gave his name only as Alexander was dragged into the den of a brown bear.
Alexander broke his spine fighting the bear, and survived in the den for a month by drinking his own wee.
Brown bears usually drag their prey into their lair and save it for later, meaning Alexander was likely its next meal.
But a group of Russian hunters found him after their dogs refused to move on past the den.
Hunters checked inside the cave and saw what they thought was a mummy, only to find Alexander in an emaciated state.


On death’s door, he was rushed to hospital where they found his shocking injuries.
He told doctors: “The bear preserved me as food for later.”
It is believed the bear overpowered Alexander before dragging him off.
The bear bait can be seen in footage with a long beard, struggling to open his eyes.
His severely rotting flesh and severe injuries also make for grim viewing.
Doctors added: “The man remembers his first name but not his age and was reportedly in the den for around one month until he was released alive.
Local medics say they cannot explain how the man survived such injuries.”
Medics also said it is a miracle he survived.

The Tuva region, where Alexander was found, is known as a favoured holiday destination for Vladimir Putin.
The exact location where he was found has not been revealed.

Culled from DailyStar

Nigerians In The UK To Meet With High Commissioner Oguntade To Decry Abysmal Passport And Visa Service

Following the violent rampage last Monday at the Nigerian High commission by a disenfranchised and frustrated member of the Nigerian community in response to the utterly inefficient and outdated passport renewal and visa issuance services rendered to Nigerians in the country, a consortium of influential Nigerians and community leaders from across the UK have formed to meet and discuss the problem affecting and faced by thousands of Nigerians.

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On Monday, the footage emerged of the violent rampage embarked upon by Jeffrey Apkovweta Ewohime, 32, following the “awful and inconsiderate” treatment he allegedly experienced at the hands of staff of the Consulate’s Visa office.

In all, a total of 7 vehicles belonging to the Consulate and members of the public were very seriously damaged by Ewohime’s violent outburst.

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The video immediately that went viral, attracting a nationwide response of condemnation of the Nigerian High Commission by thousands of Nigerians from allover the United Kingdom who have been on the receiving end of gross ineptitude and poor customer service at the Consulate.

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The only response from the High Commission was the publication of Ewohime’s passport with all the details exposed on social media, contravening all known General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and further demonstration of the Nigeria High Commission’s disregard of standard operating procedures

The group, equally and understandably enraged at the long existing myriad of issues such as backwards and archaic operating procedures, dreadful customer service, confusing online application and appointment booking systems, lack of booklets to mention just a few, is also working towards urging the High Commission to acknowledge these problems and make a full admission of failure in the provision of the consular services rendered to her clients.
The group is also drawing up a list of recommendations towards the overhauling of the passport services unit of the Consulate, These are to be presented to the High Commissioner Hon Retd Judge Oguntade CFR, CON at a meeting scheduled to take place at Nigeria House,Northumberland Avenue early next month.

Also expected to be present at the meeting is the Chairperson Diaspora Commission Hon Abike Dabiri

Five men have been found guilty of hacking into an e-mail account and attempting to steal more than £3 million from a London businessman.

All five suspects were convicted at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, 22 May following a five-month trial.

Anthony Oshodi, 49 (1.1.1970) of Dumbreck Road, SE9 was found guilty of one count of money laundering, one count of possession of a false identify document and three counts of possession of articles for use in fraud.

Oshodi fled three weeks into the trial but was convicted in absence.

Foyjul Islam, 51 (20.12.1967) of Aberfeldy Street, E14 was found guilty of one count of money laundering.

Mohammed Siddique, 32 (12.10.1986) of Chancellor Way, Dagenham, RM8 was found guilty of three counts of money laundering.

Mohammed Rafeek, 34 (13.7.1984) of Hockley Avenue, E6 was found guilty of two counts of money laundering.

Meharoof Muttiyan, 35 (27.8.1983) of Hockley Avenue, E6 was found guilty of money laundering

They will all be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 21 June.

The group were convicted following a complex investigation carried out by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU) over four years.

The suspects carried out their scam by altering the email account of a single victim, enabling them to send emails without his knowledge and preventing him from viewing messages from his accountant and bank.

In January 2015 the group sent several emails from the victim’s account to his bank requesting payment be made to a number of people. Payment was requested through fraudulent invoices containing account numbers belonging to the suspects.

Between 8 and 13 January 2015 approximately £1.3 million was transferred into three accounts, one of which belonging to Muttiyan.

He made a series of further transfers in an effort to mask the money.

Detectives managed to identify each suspect through the examination of banking, phone and computer records. Over the course of several months they pieced together key evidence of the money trail, patterns of communication and the ownership of individual devices linked to the offences.

Officers carried out searches on the home addresses of each suspect. They seized more than 50 electronic items including computers, mobile phones and digital storage devices.

Examination of the devices revealed messages between Oshodi and Siddique discussing the stolen money and Siddique and Islam exchanged instructions on how to launder the money and evade law enforcement.

The investigation revealed Oshodi’s links to the hacking of the victim’s e-mail account and his outsourcing of the laundering of £600,000 of the funds to Siddique.

He was linked to additional laundering offences. Two envelopes were seized from his address during the search – one containing five stolen cheques, the largest of the three being worth £51,000 – and the other containing five stolen bankcards, one with a balance of £28,000.

His computer also contained copies of 1000 third party passports and bank cards which were used to create false identities.

Muttiyan acted as a primary money mule, transferring cash through the bank accounts of a petrol station, an insurance claims company, and a computer business owned by the group. Siddique organised the distribution of £600,000 and was found to be involved in two separate money-laundering offences.

Muttiyan was also linked to additional money laundering offences and was found in possession of a fraudulent £28,000 cheque.

Rafeek had led the process of receiving and distributing more than £250,000 while Islam sourced accounts to receive the stolen funds, and facilitated the transfers to evade detection.

Detective Constable Barry Steel from the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit said: “This was a complicated and protracted investigation which uncovered a network of apparently legitimate businessmen involved in large scale laundering of the proceeds of online criminality.

“This case should demonstrate how determined the Met is in identifying, disrupting and prosecuting those intent on committing crime online and protecting people and businesses across the city.

“Officers on this case spent years tracing the actions of this group in order to bring them before the courts. They trawled through thousands of pieces of evidence, and linked each suspect to this fraud.

“Oshodi fled three weeks into this trial, but due to the level of evidence produced against him, the jury were able to convict in his absence. We will continue to pursue Oshodi and bring him to justice for his part in this crime. I would ask anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact the Cyber Crime Unit directly on 0207 230 8475. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Mohammed Asif, 30 (1.1.1989) of Marshal Road, Sheffield, S4 was found not guilty of money laundering.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on Muhammed Rashaduzzaman, 48 (2.2.1971) of Fanshawe Crescent, Dagenham, RM9 charged with money laundering.

seems to spend a lot of time trolling people on social media. It’s either that or he’ll diss one of his enemies, update fans on the show “Power,” or display one of his pricey vehicles.

But on Friday he posted something that didn’t involve a beef, the popular crime drama or a new Rolls-Royce. Instead, he shared a message about donating money to low-income communities.

“I wrote a check today for G-Unity foundation to distribute to other non-profit organizations that focus on academic enrichment in low income areas,” wrote 50 next to a photo of himself writing the actual check. “I feel good about it. Positive vibes.”

The check, which was made out for $3 million, is just the latest effort by 50 to help those in need.
For example, when the rapper started his Street King drink a while back, he bought a meal for a child with the proceeds from every bottle sold. He also did the same with the company SMS Audio and Feeding America years ago with the sale of each set of headphones.

And in 2012 50 traveled to Africa with ABC News reporter Dan Harris to give away one million meals to impoverished countries.
“I’m in Somalia this week to show the world the devastation that is taking place,” he wrote on Facebook back then. “Children going hungry everyday, even dying everyday from hunger. I am going to keep sending through images from out here. I need you to take these photos and re-post to your friends. The world needs to see what is going on.”

With regard to the check for education enrichment, a lot of fans acknowledged the good 50 is doing.
“That’s what’s up. Proud of you, Curtis,” someone wrote using 50’s real name. “Keep pushing, baby.”

“Show ’em you do more than just stunt,” wrote someone else.

Daniel Was An Angel Compared To Amosun – Chief Alani Bankole

Front line Nigerian politician and Egba businessman, High Chief Alani Bankole, has broken his silence on the installation of 75 Obas in one swoop by the administration of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, describing the action as “pure madness.”

Chief Bankole who is a traditional kingmaker in Egbaland, said a governor is not elected to disrupt the social and cultural system of a people, lamenting that even in a community where the residents were less than 200, Amosun, allegedly, appointed an Oba there, wondering the rationale behind such decision.

The father of former Speaker Dimeji Bankole, who spoke with reporters at his residence in Oluwo area of Abeokuta, the state capital, on Wednesday evening, said as a Kingmaker, he has a duty to promote, protect and defend the sanctity and sacredness of the culture and traditions of Egba people.

The Seriki Jagunmolu of Egbaland added that the traditional precept is that if a community begins to experience growth in population, the Baale in such community is usually recommended for upgrading to an Oba by the Alake to further drive development and enhance maintenance of peace, but noted that in the present circumstance, some of the people appointed as coronet Obas, were never Baales.

The Oluwo of Iporo Ake also cited the recent experience of Ogun state as a reason he would not support any call for restructuring that could confer enormous power to the States and Local Governments in the country, saying should that happened, nobody would be able to tame or hold state Governors and Local Government Chairmen accountable.

He lamented that in the last four or more years, the immediate past administration of Governor Amosun spent the state’s resources only on two Local Governments – apparently referring to Abeokuta North and Abeokuta South Local Government Areas (LGAs) respectively, to the grim neglect of the 18 other LGAs.

According to him, while these anomalies lasted, nobody could rein – in the hands of the Governor because he neither listens to others’ advice nor was there anybody known that could persuade him to adopt options different from his.

The 79 year old Bankole recalled that he was an ardent critics of Otunba Gbenga Daniel and his administration between 2003 and 2011, believing that he was the worst Governor to happen to the Gateway State, but said given the experience of the citizens in the last four years, “Daniel has turned out to be an angel in comparison with Amosun.”

The former Chairman of West African Aluminum Products(WAAP) expressed fears over what he considered as an emerging pattern in Ogun state where the incumbent end up worse than the predecessor at the exit gate, praying that Governor Adedapo Abiodun could learn from the history of his predecessors and “change the curve.”

“Can you imagine somebody upgrading and installing 75 Obas, Is that not madness? For instance, there is an Oba in my local government called the Oluga of Oluga, the population of that place is less than 200 and he installed an Oba there and we are talking about development.

“What we agreed in Egbaland was that, whenever we have a town developing and the Baale can no more effectively control them, then we would recommend that such baale be upgraded to an Oba.

“But the question again is that, Were many of these Oba-elect baales before they were installed as Obas?. In fact, so many of them do not live in the town, all they are interested in is to sell the lands in the communities to foreigners and farmers from other parts of the country. That is one of the abnormalities the politicians brought to the system,” Bankole said.

He, however, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to return the country to the parliamentary system of government if he meant business with his anti-corruption crusade, saying the Presidential system being practised today in the country has not only reversed the nation’s gains from the previous Parliamentary system but also choking since it is prone to an endemic corruption and wastage of resources.