Nigerians have been advised by Oge Agu, a retired Chief Nursing Officer to take more organic food because of its high level of nutrients.
Agu gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Akwa.
She said nutrients deposited in organic food contain more health benefits than what is obtainable in non-organic food.
According to Agu, it is very important that people should develop personal hygiene for long active life, and eat natural foods for longevity, adding that most diseases that affect man are due to either nutritional deficiency or excess of one type of nutrient or the other in the body.
“Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said may your food be your medicine and may your medicine be your food, which means that daily food intake of people contains curative properties.”
Agu added that scientific evidence had recently shown that some nutrients in our diets are agents that caused or cured certain diseases in the body.
“The Biblical statement that life comes from trees supports the fact that humans should eat many fruits and vegetables for healthy living.
“God said I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruits with seed in it, they will be yours for food. Genesis 1 verse 29” she said.
She also advised the public to always eat fruits during the seasons so that they are always available and within their economic means.
“ We can cultivate more fruits and vegetables in gardens of our homes instead of planting more flowers as they will add more life to our lives and eating these organic foods will help us,” saying, “prevention is better than cure,”
She noted that the incidence of sudden death in society is on the rise, saying “most times an individual may stop in the middle of his daily activities only to slump and die.
“Most times, the causes of such deaths are due to excessive blood cholesterol with its numerous implications, wrong feeding pattern and general lack of exercise, which contribute to the high levels of cholesterol in the blood.
"The modern era of Western lifestyle has contributed to this wide spread of clinical conditions; unless the present trend in people’s life changes, there will be an alarming increase in cardiovascular diseases in the next decade because of the growing cases of obesity among the entire human population.
“Cholesterol is one of the major food nutrients that constitute the components of all body cells which is a major class of lipids which is manufactured by all animal cells as plant cells do not manufacture cholesterol,” she said.
Agu explained that “plants cells manufacture phytosterols which human bodies need very much for a healthy living.
“For disease prevention and treatment, we must develop the useful habit of eating a good quantity of these plant products because they are very important for healthy living.”
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