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Type of Vitamin C and why is important to you

C vitamin is one of the most important vitamins for our health. It is very important during warm season as it works as a skin antioxidant as well during the cold season as it also protects our bodies from infections. It helps in the absorption of more vitamins as well as in the healing of wounds.

These are the foods you should add to your diet as they contain huge quantities of C vitamin.

Paw paw.

Just like most tropical fruits, pawpaw contains high percentage of antioxidants, C vitamin included.

Oranges and citrics.

Readily available in local markets, oranges are the most common source of vitamin C.


Blueberries, raspberries and blackcurrant, other than being very sweet, are full of nutrients and vitamins.

Red pepper.

There are many different ways of eating red peppers; fresh in a salad or cooked in a sauce. Irrespective of how they are taken, red peppers are a very good source of C vitamin and should be consumed more often.


Another food rich in vitamin C. We like this spice because it adds a lot of taste and colour to our foods, it can also be taken fresh in salads.


A common food and readily available in groceries. Eat it fresh in salads or cooked it as an accompaniment,rich in c vitamin.


Eating only one kiwi per day you would be taking more than half of the daily amount of c vitamin your body needs.


This food can be used in pies, sauces, salads etc. It has double of c vitamin as an orange.


Which of them will you start to take more often?


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Here is why you should always eat Bananas

Credit image: BBC GOOD FOOD

Bananas are effective at increasing sperm count, since they contain a rare enzyme called Bromelain.
Bromelain is also found in pineapples,and mostly in their sten…
Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory enzyme which also boosts greater production of the male sex hormone, testosterone.
Bananas are also a rich source of Vitamins B1, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
These essential vitamins help the body enhance its Sperm producing ability and increase stamina significant…

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15 Foods You Only Hate Because You’ve Been Eating Them Wrong

For a long time, I thought I hated mussels and clams. I thought they were rubbery, chewy, and tasted of wet dog. And I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, so this was nothing short of sacrilege! But one good meal of moules frites changed my mind forever, and I’ve never looked back. What’s more, I realize that my problems came not from my inherent inability to enjoy bivalves, but in the fact that I always ate them poorly cooked. All one needs is a good recipe, and nearly anything can be made delicious.

Here, 15 foods that many people dislike, and the proper preparation to allow you to appreciate their full splendor.

1. Brussels sprouts

For a long time, I hated brussels sprouts myself, even though my mother’s are objectively delicious, looking back. I think I got it in my head that they had this inexplicable, brussel-y quality that tasted… well… like farts. But how wrong I was! Brussels sprouts – when roasted with some brown sugar to a nice, slightly caramelled crisp (with maybe a sprinkling of crispy bacon or prosciutto) – is basically my favorite dish in the world. There are many ways to make them well, and basically the only way to force them into a mushy, farty submission is to over-steam them. It’s a crime for any vegetable, really, but it’s especially a tragedy for the delicious little sprouties.

2. Baked chicken

As a white person, I can confirm that a prominent element of White Culture is going to friends’ houses when you’re a kid and having fucking awful baked chicken. It’s all dry and uniform in texture and desperately, desperately lacking seasoning. If your parents were one of the Baked Chicken Assassins, I’m really, really sorry. But baking is one of the best ways to prepare chicken! You just have to load that shit up with some aromatics and seasonings, not to mention a little oil, (white wine never hurts, either), and control the temperature/cook time enough to leave it juicy on the inside and a little crisp on the top. Learning how to cook really good baked chicken is not difficult – here’s a great and easy recipe – and once you do, you’ll never need fried again. (Well, almost never.)

3. Canned tuna

Some people are traumatized by the gloopy, mayonnaise-smothered tuna salads that are more trans fats than fish, and I get that. But canned tuna can be a great and wonderful thing, you just have to put the right stuff in there! How about a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil, with some fresh herbs and salt and pepper? What about some nice garlic or chopped onion in there? How about mixing it into an actual salad, instead of the sad potluck “salads” in which the lettuce is Miracle Whip? The options are limitless, and canned tuna doesn’t have to be gross.

4. Broccoli

Yes, everything tastes better when sautéed with garlic. But nothing tastes as good as broccoli. There is no reason to hate broccoli, not in a world where we have access to sauté pans and olive oil.

5. Beer

I used to be one of those people who hated beer. And to a certain degree, I still do. But I hate it much less now! And that came from drinking monaco’s in France, which are a splash of grenadine in a blonde beer. Yes, to beer purists that sounds foul, but I don’t care. For people who would love to get into beer but can’t get past the bitterness, it’s a great way to ease into it. I started taking less and less grenadine until I genuinely started enjoying some of the very light beers, and now I’m working on enjoying heavier and more complex stuff. It’s training wheels for beer, but it’s worth it.

6. Asparagus

Of all the vegetables that need a light hand when cooking, asparagus might be the most delicate of all. Many times we are used to eating over-blanched, sad, smelly, bitter asparagus. It’s easy to hate when you get it that way. But one of the great things about asparagus is how easy it can be to cook when you get a nice, fresh bunch! Just quickly roast ‘em with some salt, pepper, and olive oil, don’t worry about blanching! Your asparagus should have a lil’ texture and bite. Eating something that tastes like a soggy piece of cardboard will make anyone sad.

7. Salads

There are way too many people who look at salads as a chore, instead of a delicious vehicle for the things you already love. There is no reason to separate food into “salads I am eating because I have to be good” and “foods I am eating to have fun and enjoy myself.” (This goes hand-in-hand with not having to drown your salad in heavy dressing just to get it down.) Start looking at a salad as an alternative to things like bread, tortillas, or crusts. Put your taco components on a bed of lettuce, or chop up a variety of sandwich fillings to go in one. Use it as a base where you would noodles, covered with things like sesame chicken, chopped veggies, and yummy peanut sauce. It is a healthier, more filling, much-less-calorie-dense alternative to almost all other food vehicles. Experiment with ways to include salad as part of a more “fun” meal, and never feel deprived again.

8. Tomatoes

Every time I see someone sliding a tomato off their hamburger in disgust, I feel a little weepy inside, because I know they’ve been exposed to a lot of grainy, salmon-pink, way-out-of-season tomatoes in their life. And that is sad, as an out-of-season tomato is a tomato that should never see a plate.

9. Whipped cream

I’ve met a surprising number of people who have a hard time with whipped cream, because it’s too sweet and they are used to eating the crappy pre-made stuff. But whipped cream is one of those things that is truly always worth making yourself, and takes almost no effort to do. You get to control the sweetness and vanilla levels, you get to add a pinch of salt, and you get to enjoy that real, wonderful cream flavor. (I personally enjoy whipping mine until it’s just a second or so shy of butter, because I love that extra-thick whipped cream. But to each his own.) There is no reason to eat the canned stuff again… unless you like squirting it in your mouth, which, yeah.

10. Melons

Two rules to start loving melons with the fire of a thousand suns: Always eat them in-season (like tomatoes, except instead of being mushy and awful, they will be all hard and flavorless), and sprinkle them with a little salt before eating. They become a juicy, incredibly flavorful wedge of nature’s candy.

11. Pan-seared fish

If you hate pan-seared fish – or never dare to make it – it’s likely for one simple reason: the pan wasn’t hot enough. If your pan isn’t at the temperature to make it hiss, sizzle, and brown up right away, you are going to be left with some soggy ass fish skin and overdone meat, which is a total crime. Crisped up, flaky-and-tender on the inside fish, with a perfect crust of seasoning, is a food fit for a God. And I say this as someone who never used to be a fan of fish other than tuna. I am becoming a white fish devotee, because that pan-seared perfection is just unbeatable.

12. Scrambled eggs

I feel genuinely bad for people who don’t like eggs because, come on, eggs are perfect?? But at the same time, I know a lot of households really mess scrambled eggs up, because they have been raised in a tradition of eating messed-up scrambled eggs themselves. It’s a self-perpetuating circle of weirdly chewy-yet-mushy eggs that leak that gross egg water. The important rules? Don’t add milk, keep the heat low, and don’t overcook. You want smooth, silky, flavorful eggs with a touch of salt, pepper, and butter. You don’t need those weird, orange clouds you get at the sad hotel breakfast buffet that taste like wet socks. No one does.

13. Eggplant

Salt. And. Squeeze. Your. Eggplant. Slices. Dry. Before. You. Cook. Them. Otherwise. They. Get. Bitter. And. Mushy. And. Gross.

14. Mushrooms

I have to be honest here and say that I am still very much in the beginning stages of learning to love mushrooms, but I have found that there are really two keys to doing this. One, as Julia Child says, never crowd the pan. That’s how you end up with little slimy mushrooms that make you feel like you’re eating rain-soaked garbage. And two, start yourself off slowly by integrating them into sauces for the flavor, but leaving the whole pieces out. The texture is the really tough part for a lot of people with mushrooms, myself included, but their flavor is hard to deny. Start enjoying that bit by bit, and integrate the texture after. You will eventually find yourself enjoying it, as I am now. And when you get a delicious, perfectly-balanced marsala sauce, you will know that it’s worth it.

15. Pasta

Okay, no one hates pasta. But a lot of people would love it more if they cooked and ate it the right way! The sad (often American, we need to do better) tradition of straining every bit of pasta water out and then dumping a clump of sauce on top of your noodles has got to go! Save a cup of that perfect, clingy pasta water and add a bit to your sauce pan, along with your fresh noodles. It makes for wonderful pasta with sauce that coats every bite, with enough of the starchy water to cling and feel thick in the mouth. None of those wet noodles with some sad red sauce dripping off of them – you deserve rich, evenly-distributed pasta with a wide variety of flavor profiles. Once you get used to saucing in the pan, everything becomes a possibility.

By Awoyemi Oluseye Abiodun

10 foods that increase your Sperm Count

Sperm count is one of the most important characteristics in male fertility. Research shows that in more than half of infertility issues in couples, low sperm count is the cause.
According to the World Hlealth Organization, sperm count of more than 15 million sperms per milliliters in considered normal. In semen analysis which is a test for sperm quality to find the underlying cause of male infertility, the following paramaters are measured: sperm count, sperm motility, sperm morphology, volume, fructose level and pH. Several environmental, lifestyle and medical causes can lower the sperm count significantly.

Here is a list of the most common causes of low sperm count:

  • Drugs such as cocaime and marijuana.
  • Drinking alcohol.
  • Exrented uses of computers and laptors.
  • Long-term sitting, such as driving and bicycling for a long time.
  • Smoking.
  • Stress.
  • Obesity.

Exercise and a healthy diet can help you to increase your sperm count.

Here are the ten food that can help you to boost your sperm count:


  • Bananas are effective at increasing sperm count in a rare enzyme called Bromelain. Bromelain is also found in pineapples, and mostly in their sten.. Beromelain is a natural antiinflammatory enzyme which also boost greater production of the male sex hormone, testosterone. Bananas are also a rich source of vitamins B1, A and C. These essential vitamins help the body enhance its sperm producing ability and increases stamina significantly.


    • Dark chocolate is not just used in seduction, but it also has enormous health benefits. According to a research published in the journal of the American Dietary Association, dark chocolate can increase the feeling of attraction between two people by releasing the same endorphins that are secreted during sex. Dark chocolate also contains L-arginine, which is also present in red meat, nuts, spinach and whole grains, soy, seafood and eggs. This amino acid is needed for sperm production and when consumed, increases sperm count and boots semen volume. According to The University of Michigan Health System, several months of L-arginine Supplementation increase sperm count, quality, and fertility. L-arginine is also known to improve the dilation of blood vessels, which increases blood flow to the genitals, which can help the joystick to enlarge, that’s the reason why men who consume dark chocolate everyday have reported stronger and more intense orgasms.

    2) GARLIC:

    • Garlic has the ability to increase blood flow in body. Garlic contains a chemical called allicin. Allicin is responsible for many of garlic’s amazing health benefits including its antimicrobial and anti-hypertension properties. This compound prevents plaques from building up in arteries and enhance blood flow to the genital area which increases the production of sperm. Garlic also contains nitric oxide synthase, which plays an important role in a healthy erection.Garlic provides the body with selenium and vitamin D which are responsible for the mechanism of healthy sperm production.

    4) BEEF: 

    • Beef is a rich source of zin which possesses protective properties that prevent free radicals from becoming part of sperm. Zinc stops testosterone from converting into estrogen which is responsible for low libido. According to Mayoclinic, daily consumption of 66 milligrams of zinc may increase sperm counts in subfertile men and 220 milligrams of daily zinc is helping for sexual dysfunction in men. If you’re vegetarian, don’t worry! There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan foods that are abundant source of zinc. Please make sure to check out Top 10 Signs of Zinc Deficiency.

    5) WALNUT:

    • As mentioned earlier, walnuts contain arginine that helps in the increased production of sperm and also boots semen volume. Walnuts also contain Omega-3 fatty acids which help increase blood flow to the joystick. They also possess twice the antioxidant power of other nuts. An amazing fact about walnut is that having 7 walnuts a day lowers cholesterol and the risk of heart attack.

    6) SPINACH:

    • Spinach has many health benefits and is easily available. Green leafy vegetable like spinach contain high amounts of folic acid. Vegetables enriched in folic acid help contribute to sperm count. They also make sperms healthier and increase their motility.


    • Fruits like oranges, strawberry, cherries, and other antioxidant-rich fruits are effective in boosting sperm count and preventing damage tosperm. Eating a fruit salad helps you absorb all the nutrients of fruit at one time. By making eating fruits a habit, it can help counteract free radical damage. The semen of men who take up to 1000mgs of vitamin C daily has less clumping than that of their deficient counterparts. This increases motility and the chances of fertilization.

    8) EGG:

    • Eggs help increase sperm count and improve fertility. Eggs are rich in vitamin E, a deficiency of which is responsible for testicular tissue degeneration. The antioxidant quality of vitamin E helps counteract the negative effects of free radicals on sperm and egg and therefore this vitamin is considered one of the most important nutrients for fertility.

    9) WATER:

    • The simplest way to improve your sperm count is to drink ample water each day. It’s necessary to keep your body hydrated in order to boost the functioning of cells, including sperm. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day can help your sperm to go a long way.

    10) TOMATOES:

    • Tomatoes can boost sperm count by 70% if the key nutrient that gives could boost fertility in men, according to a study.

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      What happens to your body if you start eating two Bananas a day

      Bananas are one of the most widely-eaten fruits. Not only are they tasty, but they also offer great benefits for the body. We invite you to try eating two bananas a day and enjoy the health improvements!
      As well as having a great flavor, bananas are also very healthy. If you don’t believe this, try eating two bananas a day and you’ll see how your body reacts.

      In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the many benefits of bananas.

      They lower blood pressure levels

      Bananas are capable of bringing your blood pressure back to normal levels. This is because they reduce high blood pressure thanks to the fact that they contain around 420 mg of potassium.

      They reduce excess weight

      Bananas are capable of reducing excess weight thanks to their high fiber content, which means they fill you up for longer.

      Bananas are a food that contains resistant starch. This is a substance that reduces appetite and helps prevent you gaining weight. This starch can also help reduce blood sugar levels.

      In addition, it increases your body’s sensitivity to insulin, which is very important. After all, if cells aren’t sensitive to insulin, they can’t absorb glucose. Then, you feel hungry. Hence,

      fat accumulation depends on insulin.

      They reduce the chances of suffering from anemia

      Bananas reduce the chances of suffering from anemia . Anemia is caused by the lack of iron in the blood and causes extreme tiredness as a consequence of the reduction in red blood cells and low hemoglobin.

      Bananas contain high levels of iron, and thus stimulate the formation of red blood cells. Plus, they’re also a source of vitamin B6, which is responsible for regulating the levels of glucose in the blood.

      They improve digestion

      Bananas are capable of improving your

      digestion . This fruit is easily digested without irritating the digestive tract.

      Bananas contain resistant starch which doesn’t get digested. Thus, it reaches the large intestine to support the growth of healthy bacteria.

      They reduce stress levels

      Bananas will reduce your stress levels and improve your mood . Bananas contain tryptophan, a substance that the body needs to produce serotonin, which is known as the happiness hormone.

      A banana also contains around 27 mg of magnesium, a mineral which is responsible for making sure we get to sleep, which is related to our mood.

      They compensate vitamin deficiencies

      Bananas are rich in vitamin B6: one banana contains 20% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin B6. Thanks to this vitamin, the body can produce insulin, hemoglobin and the amino acids needed to create healthy cells.

      Bananas also contain plenty of vitamin C. Actually, one banana contributes

      15% of the recommended daily intake.

      Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and is responsible for neutralizing harmful free radicals, that is to say active molecules that destroy the body.

      Thanks to this quantity of vitamin C in bananas, it is very easy for the body to maintain healthy blood vessels and participate in producing collagen.

      They give you energy

      Thanks to the potassium content of bananas, our muscles are much better protected from cramps. Also, thanks to the carbohydrates they offer our body, we obtain the energy needed to endure hard training.

      Recommendations to bear in mind

      When it comes to eating bananas, you should bear in mind that the ripeness of the banana directly affects its nutritional qualities. If you buy green bananas, you should know that they consist principally of starch.

      As we’ve mentioned, starch is a polysaccharide of glucose molecules which releases energy little by little. The starch makes bananas difficult to digest for the body.

      If you choose ripe bananas, they contain 90% sucrose and only 7% starch. Sucrose consists of one molecule of glucose and one of fructose. As a result, it’s absorbed more quickly and its impact on glycemia and insulin response is greater.

      Source: steptohealth.com

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      ​Best foods to eat when you have your period

      The monthly event of having one’s period can be a drag. From insatiable chocolate cravings to turbulent mood swings, not to mention excruciating lower back and abdomen pain, menstruation has the ability to wreak havoc on your social life and on your waistline.
      In an attempt to outsmart Aunty Flo, we’ve created a list of five PMS -fighting foods to eat when you’re on your period.

      Vitamin D

      • A natural painkiller, vitamin D3 supplements have the ability to stop period pain dead in its tracks. Can’t find the supplements? Try eating vitamin D3-rich foods like tuna, mackerel, mushrooms, and orange juice.


      • Found in bananas and coconut water, potassium has the ability to ease bloatedness and combat muscle pain. Try making a banana, date and dark chocolate smoothie, or add a banana to your cereal.


      • Because it contains healthy fat, potassium, magnesium, and fiber, eating half an avocado on a daily basis has the ability to balance hormones. So pop half an avo on toast and in salads, or eat as is with a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper.


      • Studies show that foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids help ease menstrual pain. So when it’s that time of the month, opt for a fillet of salmon, or take fish oil supplements.

      Plant Based

      • It’s been proven that women who eat a plant-based diet experience fewer symptoms of PMS. If you’re not willing to go vegan , simply up your intake of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts.

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      ​Brain foods that help you concentrate

      BRAIN FOODS THAT HELP YOU CONCENTRATE Ginseng, Fish, Berries, or Caffeine?

      Listen to the buzz about foods and dietary supplements, and you’ll believe they can do everything from sharpen focus to enhance memory, attention span, and brain function.
      But do they really work? There’s no denying that as we age, our body ages right along with us. The good news is that you can improve your chances of maintaining a healthy brain if you add “smart” foods and drinks to your diet.

      Caffeine Can Make You More Alert

      There’s no magic bullet to boost IQ or make you smarter — but certain substances, like caffeine, can energize you and help you concentrate. Found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and some medications, caffeine gives you that unmistakable wake-up buzz, though the effects are short-term. And more is often less: Overdo it on caffeine and it can make you jittery and uncomfortable.

      Sugar Cane Enhance Alertness

      Sugar is your brain’s preferred fuel source — not table sugar, but glucose, which your body processes from the sugars and carbs you eat. That’s why a glass of OJ or another fruit juice can offer a short-term boost to memory, thinking, and mental ability.

      Have too much, though, and memory can be impaired — along with the rest of you. Go easy on the added sugar, as it has been linked to heart disease and other conditions.

      Eat Breakfast to Fuel Your Brain

      Tempted to skip breakfast? Studies have found that eating breakfast may improve short-term memory and attention. Students who eat it tend to perform better than those who don’t. Foods at the top of researchers’ brain-fuel list include high-fiber whole grains, dairy, and fruits. Just don’t overeat; researchers also found high-calorie breakfasts appear to hinder concentration.

      Fish Really is Brain Food

      A protein source linked to a great brain boost is fish — rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are key for brain health. These healthy fats have amazing brain power: A diet with higher levels of them has been linked to lower dementia and stroke risks and slower mental decline; plus, they may play a vital role in enhancing memory, especially as we get older.

      For brain and heart health, eat two servings of fish weekly.

      Add a Daily Dose of Nuts and Chocolate

      Nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which has been linked in some studies to less cognitive decline as you age. Dark chocolate also has other powerful antioxidant properties, and it contains natural stimulants like caffeine, which can enhance focus.

      Enjoy up to an ounce a day of nuts and dark chocolate to get all the benefits you need with a minimum of excess calories, fat, or sugar.

      Add Avocados and Whole Grains

      Every organ in the body depends on blood flow, especially the heart and brain. A diet high in whole grains and fruits like avocados can cut the risk of heart disease and lower bad cholesterol. This reduces your risk of plaque buildup and enhances blood flow, offering a simple, tasty way to fire up brain cells.

      Whole grains, like popcorn and whole wheat, also contribute dietary fiber and vitamin E. Though avocados have fat, it’s the good-for-you, monounsaturated fat that helps with healthy blood flow.

      Blueberries Are Super Nutritious

      Research in animals shows that blueberries may help protect the brain from the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Studies also show that diets rich in blueberries improved both the learning and muscle function of aging rats, making them mentally equal to much younger rats.

      Benefits of a Healthy Diet

      It may sound trite but it’s true: If your diet lacks essential nutrients, it can hurt your ability to concentrate. Eating too much or too little can also interfere with your focus. A heavy meal may make you feel tired, while too few calories can result in distracting hunger pangs.

      Benefit your brain: Strive for a well-balanced diet full of a wide variety of healthy foods.

      Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements?

      Store shelves groan with supplements claiming to boost health. Although many of the reports on the brain-boosting power of supplements like vitamins B, C, E, beta-carotene, and magnesium are promising, a supplement is only useful to people whose diets are lacking in that specific nutrient.

      Some researchers are cautiously optimistic about ginseng, ginkgo, and vitamin, mineral, and herb combinations and their impact on the brain, but more proof is still needed. Check with your doctor.

      Get Ready for a Big Day

      Want to power up your ability to concentrate? Start with a meal of 100% fruit juice, a whole-grain bagel with salmon, and a cup of coffee. In addition to eating a well-balanced meal, experts also offer this advice:

      • Get a good night’s sleep.
      • Stay hydrated.
      • Exercise to help sharpen thinking.
      • Meditate to clear thinking and relax.

      Source: nigeriannewsdirect.com

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