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11 Amazing Health Benefits Of Sardines

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Sardines health benefits includes maintaining blood sugar levels, maintaining psychological health, providing the body with minerals and vitamins, reducing inflammation, preventing heart diseases and supporting weight loss. Other health benefits include enhancing the skin, boosting the immune system, and reducing the risk of macular degeneration.

What is Sardines?
Sardines are tiny oily-fishes packed with a huge amount of nutrients. They are normally available in cans and are notorious for their strong smell and taste, but this seafood is worth all the hassle because of its nutritional value. The good news is that the smell and strong taste can be toned down with various cooking methods, because this seafood is a must for a healthy diet.

1.Rich in Macronutrients

Macronutrients are substances an organism requires in a large quantity for sustenance. Humans require three main types of macronutrients, namely carbohydrates (sugar), lipids (fats), and proteins. In almost four ounces of Sardines, you can get almost 23 grams of protein, 10.5 grams of fat and 1.4 grams of saturated fat. Therefore, we can say that they are perfect for people who are dieting with the intention to lose weight. Research shows that Omega-3 fatty acids lower the cholesterol to healthy levels, which makes sardines important for the cardiovascular system.

2. Maintaining Blood Sugar Levels

The healthy fats and proteins in sardines help regulate the sugar in our bloodstream. Consuming sardines with foods that are rich in carbohydrates, such as bread, slow down the release of sugar in our bloodstream. Foods that are rich in essential fats and proteins are important for people who have diabetes or other insulin related problems.

3.Maintaining Psychological Health

Adequate mental health is just as important as solid physical health for a person to be healthy. As Sardines are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, they prevent mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. The brain comprises of 60% fats and therefore Omega-3 fats can play a vital role in keeping it healthy. Many studies conclude that the right ratio of these fats can help in maintaining our mental health. Research shows that a decline in Omega-3 fatty acids leads to elevated depression and anxiety.

4.Loaded with Minerals and Vitamins

You can get Vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, and Selenium, which are some essential nutrients for our body, easily through Sardines. These nutrients play a great role in maintaining your overall health.

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that helps our brain and nervous system function. It aids in keeping the nerves and cells healthy while also supporting the process of making DNA in cells. It prevents megaloblastic anemia, which makes people tired and weak. Selenium, also known as the “master antioxidant”, prevents radical damage. It also helps prevent different types of cancers, like colon and prostate cancer

5.Sardines Are Bone-Friendly

Amongst other minerals, Calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus, are especially vital for maintaining healthy bones. Sardines are rich in these three minerals that help in preventing mineral loss in bones and healing them after injuries.

Almost 99% of our calcium is stored in our bones, which acts as a storage area and when it’s needed, the calcium is released into the bloodstream. Calcium is not just important for our bones but it is vital for our nervous systems as well. Calcium plays an important role in preventing blood clots, maintaining hormonal balance, transmitting nerve signals, ensuring muscle contractions, and helping the body maintain an adequate pH level.

Vitamin D is vital for our bone structure as it helps in absorption of calcium. A Vitamin D deficiency can also cause a calcium deficiency, which in turn can result in osteoporosis and tooth decay.

6.Reduction of Inflammation

Inflammation is the root of many diseases, for example, it is known that inflammation in joints causes arthritis. You can prevent a number of conditions by dealing with inflammation promptly. Sardines contain the fatty acids, namely EPA and DHA, which the body needs for reducing inflammation. These are essential Omega-3 Fatty acids that greatly reduce the risk of heart disease. According to studies, around 3 ounces of sardines contain approximately 835 milligrams of Omega-3 fats.

Their ability to act as an anti-inflammatory agent leads them to be effective in the treatment and prevention of numerous diseases. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids defend the body against depression, anxiety, ADHD, different types of Cancers, asthma and Heart diseases.

7.Preventing Heart Diseases

Keeping sardines in your diet can keep you safe against various cardiovascular problems. The good fats sardines contain can bring down the harmful levels of triglycerides, raise protective HDL, reduce inflammation and decrease heart arrhythmias, which can be fatal.

8.Sardines Help in Weight Loss

Sardines are high in Proteins; around 3 ounces of sardines can provide 23 grams of protein to our body. This low-calorie protein is helpful for people who need to lose weight. As they are rich in nutrients and help maintain a healthy metabolism, these tiny fish make sure our body is not starved of what it needs to function properly.

9.Healthy Skin

Since sardines help our bodies on a cellular level, they also improve the cells of our skin and have rejuvenating properties if used well. They don’t just reduce skin inflammation in our skin but also improve your appearance.

10.Boosts Immune System

As we have discussed before, Sardines are rich in Selenium and if the body becomes deficient in selenium, it can result in a poor immune system, heart diseases, mood disorders, damaged thyroid and reproductive issues. Therefore, consuming sardines can help in warding off numerous diseases.

11.Reduces the Risk of Macular Degeneration

AMD, or age related macular degeneration, is a condition that occurs after the age of 50. AMD and retinal degeneration over the years result in poor vision or loss of vision. Studies show that consuming Sardines can lower the risk of developing these problems.

You can broil, grill or roast sardines. Mostly, people buy them canned at grocery stores but they can be eaten fresh as well, and fresh is always better. It is better to eat wild fish as opposed to farmed as farmed fish contain fewer nutrients and have more toxins. Farmed fish is raised on grains and anti-biotics, which takes away a lot from their nutritional value.

These tiny fish are cost-effective and highly nutritional, with the rise of mood disorders and other health issues caused by nutritional deficiencies, sardines are the best and the most natural way to keep our bodies and our minds healthy. They are referred to as natural multivitamins in different cases, and rightly so.

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Saudi Arabia To Build Medical University, 42 Senior High Schools for Ghana – Dr. Bawumia

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The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has announced that following an appeal by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the King of Saudi Arabia, the Goverment of Saudi Arabia has agreed to assist Ghana in the construction of a Medical University and 42 senior High Schools.

The Medical University will be established in northern Ghana.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which would fund the construction of the Medical School, would also provide funds for the construction of 42 senior high schools throughout Ghana to increase access to education for the youth, especially girls.

Vice President Bawumia underscored Government’s commitment to providing more opportunities to disadvantaged communities in Ghana, including the Zongo community, when he addressed Muslim faithful on the occasion of 2019 Eid al Adha celebration at the Independence Square in Accra on Sunday August 11, 2019.

The proposed construction of the Medical School comes a few weeks after Vice President Bawumia secured an agreement with the Government of Cuba for the training of 40 qualified students, drawn from the Zongos and other deprived communities, as medical doctors in Cuba.

“There are many brilliant students from the Zongo and other deprived communities who have had their dreams of becoming doctors shattered due to lack of funding. This programme would come as a welcome opportunity for such students to realise their God-given talents. And Insha Allah, this partnership between the Governments of Ghana and Cuba will produce more doctors from Zongo and other deprived communities in the country” he explained.

“I'm also glad to announce that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has accepted another proposal by the Government of Nana Akufo-Addo to establish a Medical School in the Northern Region of Ghana.

“Establishing a Medical School will significantly reduce the scarcity of doctors and other medical personnel in the northern part of the country. This giant step to advance the health needs of the Ghana, together with Government's other initiatives on education, vocational skills, sanitation and infrastructure development in the Zongo communities, which are being driven through the Zongo Development Fund, clearly underscore Government's vision for the Zongo community.”

Vice President Bawumia urged Ghanaians to be on the lookout for any persons who might seek to destroy the peace and unity Ghana enjoys, saying “We should remain vigilant in our communities and neighbourhoods. We must watch out for agent provocateurs, who will want to breach the peace in order to undo all the successes that we have chalked in our developmental journey this far.

“Ghana continues to remain an island of peace in a troubled region. We must not let that slip from our hands. Let us report any suspicious characters in our communities to the security agencies, so that the name of Islam is not soiled on the altar of some political goal that misguided elements may seek to achieve.”

Vice President Bawumia commended the organisers of this year’s Hajj Pilgrimage, noting that they have done such a good job that “not many people even know that some of our brothers and sisters are in Mecca for the Hajj,” unlike previous years when organisational challenges were the order of the day.

The Vice President called for prayerful support for the nation, emphasising, “As I have always done, I wish to, once again, request your support and prayers for President Akufo-Addo, myself and the government so we will continue to remain focused in our quest to successfully steer the affairs of our beloved country for the well-being of citizens.

“On behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Government of Ghana, I wish all Muslims across the country the very best as we mark the sacred occasion of Eid Al Adha.”

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Scientists Create Fabric That Smells Better The More You Sweat.

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It isn't a sure-fire way to make your sweaty gym clothes smell like roses, but a new fabric might be able to give off a pleasant lemony aroma at the very least.

Processes already exist to embed fabric with scents like those from aromatherapy essential oils, but now researchers have combined the idea with concepts taken from advanced smart fabrics.

A team of engineers from the University of Minho in Portugal have developed two ways to modify cotton fabric so that it lets off a citronella aroma when it comes in contact with sweat. Their methods for using sweat against itself are outlined in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

The scientists used a protein found in pigs' noses (yes, hog snouts could be the key to sweet-smelling sweat) that binds to scent molecules. They also attached what's known as a carbohydrate-binding module, which binds to cotton. They used a second method involving fat-like liposomes rather than proteins to bind the pleasant scent to the fabric.

The tweaked cottons released the citronella scent when they came in contact with an acidic sweat solution. The pig nose protein-treated fabric emitted a "quick burst of scent," while the liposomes cleared the air with a slower, more controlled release. 

"Both strategies revealed high potential," the engineers' paper reads. "Functional textiles incorporating fragrances could be an effective clothing deodorizing product."

As a bonus, citronella is also a popular insect repellent. Keeping both the mosquitoes and bad body odor away could soon be as simple as reeling off 50 quick jumping jacks. 

(Source: CNET)

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Multimedia And Adom FM Visit Cecilia Dapaah To Render Unqualified Apology.

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The Hon. Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources Hon. Cecilia Abena Dapaah on Wednesday July 24, received in her office, a delegation from the Multimedia Group led by Mr. A.C Ohene, the senior editor of Adom FM to formally render their profound apology to the Hon. Minister following a recent Adom FM publication which attracted a lot of negative publicity for the Hon. Minister.

Mr. A.C. Ohene stated that the incident was quite unfortunate and an error on the part of Multimedia and Adom FM and wish to assure the Hon. Minister that utmost diligence and care would be observed to forestall any such occurrences in future.

The Acting Chief Director, Mr. Joseph Obeng-Poku, explained that at the time that the Minister received the call, he was with the Hon Minister in a meeting and that the Minister sounded cool and collected. He expressed surprise that it would be reported that the Minister allegedly showed disrespect. This issue according to the Acting Chief Director was not about the lady being an intern, but rather about the due protocols being followed.

The Honorable Minister for her part accepted the apology in good faith and indicated her preparedness to continue to work with Journalists for the good of mother Ghana.

The Senior Editor, Mr. A. C. Ohene reiterated that the Multimedia Group has learnt a lot of lessons from the unfortunate incident and would work hard to ensure a strict adherence to their time tested protocols. He indicated that an apology had already been placed on their websites, Adom FM online and Joy FM online.

The intern, Miss Rahinatu Abdul Bach indicated her admiration for the Hon Minister and considers her as her role model and therefore regrets the incident, and accordingly rendered an unqualified apology to the Honorable Minister who in return offered madam Rahinatu a box of chocolate.

The multi media delegation included; Mr. A.C. Ohene, Senior Editor, Mr. Nii Dowuona News editor and Rahinatu Abdul Bach, an intern.

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Cuba To Train 40 Medical Students A Year From Zongo And Deprived Communities.

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The Government of Cuba has accepted to train forty (40) brilliant but needy medical students a year from Zongo, inner city and other deprived communities in Ghana.

This follows a proposal by the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, to the Government of Cuba to extend the special arrangement between the two countries for the training of health personnel in deprived communities .

Vice President Bawumia made the proposal when he held bilateral talks with the President of Cuba, H.E. Miguel Diaz-Canel as part of a two day official visit to the Caribbean country.

According to officials, the programme will begin next year. Gender parity will be ensured in the selection of the students to be trained as medical doctors, with a proposed selection of 20 males and 20 females.

The President of Cuba noted that over the years the government of Cuba has tried to dymistify the training of doctors by making sure the study of medicine is not the preserve of the elite. Cuba has 80,000 doctors as a result.

He lauded Ghana's efforts to offer medical training to brilliant but needy students from poor communities like the Zongos and inner cities and said that Cuba is ready to support Ghana in achieving its goal.

The training of the doctors and other professionals from poor communities will not only lift them out of poverty but also provide important role models for other children in the communities.

Vice President Bawumia also witnessed, as part of the visit, the graduation ceremony of 221 newly-trained medical personnel at the University of Medical Sciences, Cuba. Ghanaian Doctor, Ahmed Ayebeng Owusu, was adjudged the overall best foreign student.

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