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  • DASH Diet and Regular Exercise Lowers Treatment-Resistant High Blood Pressure

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr October 1, 2021

    A structured dietary approach to stop hypertension (DASH) diet plan with regular aerobic exercise can significantly lower blood pressure in people with treatment-resistant high blood pressure (hypertension), a new randomised clinical trial (NCT02342808) suggests.  Notably, regular behaviour change counselling sessions were equally essential because participants who had regular counselling sessions with the structured diet and exercise programme reduced their blood pressure by over 5 mm Hg more than participants who…

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  • Curried Cod Coconut Rice

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr September 30, 2021

    Can’t get your kids to eat fish? Then you must try this kid-approved curried cod coconut rice recipe, specifically engineered for optimum flavour with minimal fishiness! Fish is a very controversial food in my household. Some of us love it, while the others can’t stand it! Generally, the adults are agreeable. But the kids? Another story entirely! I know how crucial fish is to health, so I’ve been concerned about…

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  • Ogbono Nutritional Value and Health Benefits

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr September 27, 2021

    Always wondered what the nutrition and health benefits of Ogbono are?  In a nutshell, ogbono seeds, also known as dika nut or African mango, are mainly made up of saturated fat with small amounts of carbohydrates and protein. They are rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. They are also good sources of antioxidants, including polyphenols, carotenoids and flavonols.  Keep reading to learn more about ogbono. What is ogbono? Ogbono,…

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  • MIND Diet May Preserve Cognition in Older Adults Despite Existing Brain Disease

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr September 24, 2021

    The MIND diet may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease dementia and preserve cognition in older adults despite existing brain disease, a new observational study suggests.  According to the findings, study participants who adhered closely to the MIND diet had better overall cognitive performance than less-adherent participants despite existing brain diseases. “In this study of autopsy findings from 569 well-characterised community-dwelling older adults, a higher MIND diet score was associated…

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  • Sumac Stir-Fried Veggies with Bulgur Wheat

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr September 21, 2021

    If you haven’t tried Middle-Eastern spices, you really want to give sumac a go! Its tart, lemony flavour makes it extremely versatile. You’ll love these sumac stir-fried veggies, which I’ve paired with bulgur wheat. It works well with rice and potatoes too. Never tried sumac?  That’s okay; it’s relatively new to me too! I wish I’d found out about it sooner, though, but rather late than never, right? Native to…

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