Abuja – Mr Philip Amiengheme, the President, Advocacy for the Prevention and Treatment of Non-Communicable Disease Initiative, an NGO, on Thursday advised people to consume groundnut to prevent hemophilia, a bleeding disorder.
Amiengheme, who is also a nutritionist, gave the advise in an interview in Abuja.
He said people with hemophilia condition experienced prolonged bleeding or oozing following an injury, surgery, or having a tooth pulled.
“People suffering from nose bleeding benefit from eating groundnut. It is also helpful in reducing excessive menstruation in women. “Groundnut contains vitamin B3 that boosts memory and helps lower cholesterol; it also contains vitamin A, B, C and E.”
According to him, groundnut contains essential minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc and boron. “Groundnut helps in brain function and development and also provides resistance and immunity against dangerous infections like hepatitis and tuberculosis,’’ he said.
Amiengheme said groundnut was also rich in anti-oxidants, a chemical called resveratrol that helped in reducing the risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases.
The nutritionist said consumption of groundnut could reduce cancer risk, help in anti-aging by keeping the body young and fit.
“It contains adequate levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids, especially oleic acid, which helps to lower bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol level in the blood.
“This, in return, prevents coronary artery disease and strokes by taking care of the healthy blood lipid profile,’’ he said. (NAN)