By Chioma Obinna
Nigerians suffering from hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases can now heave a sigh of relief as scientists have discovered a locally formulated product, Ganoderma coffee and green tea that can help in the management of high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis.
The products, according to the scientists were carefully researched and meticulously formulated and backed fully by 20 years corporate experience in the study and development of natural products for health, food and cosmetics.
Explaining how the products touch the roots of the various conditions, a renowned professor of Pharmacognosy, Professor Maurice Iwu, however warned against consumption of imported supplements, adding that, there is an inherent risk in taking any supplement made outside Nigeria.
Iwu who is also the President, Bioresources Development Group said Ganoderma mushroom (G. lucidum) is used in various systems of traditional medicine for treatment of a plethora of diseases.
Further on health benefits, he hinted that a lot of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by taking Ganoderma. “People know why they take tea and coffee but instead of taking just tea and coffee, what we now have is added Ganoderma and it helps modulate a lot of disease state. It is chemo-preventive; it prevents cells from being attacked by ordinary normal environmental mutants, things that can affect your health.”
“Consuming Ganoderma green tea overtime will also help you to lower the risk of high blood pressure. It works at the cellular level. It prevents the body deterioration that will lead to the disease in the first place.
“The physiological benefits of coffee and green tea are well-known and include stimulant and antioxidant effects. What IHP has achieved in these two products is to develop synergistic formulations that maintain the integrity of the biologically active triterpenoids and polysaccharides of Ganoderma with high quality coffee and green tea.
Unveiling the products from the stable of Intercedd Health Products, IHP, Iwu explained that systematic pharmacological and clinical studies suggest that Ganoderma is useful in the treatment of coronary heart diseases, arteriosclerosis, hepatitis, arthritis, nephritis, bronchitis, asthma, hypertension, cancer and gastric ulcer.
He said the products were developed through IHP’s research organisation. “It is the first such product by IHP”.
“In each package of our products we endeavour to capture, as much as is humanly possible, the best of nature without inorganic pesticides and harmful fertilizers, excellence in science within a healthy ecosystem and optimization of health using simple but effective natural supplements.
“We want to be able to use the traditional medicine and then use it as a cultural way of treatment rather than use it as historic because we have put a lot of science into it.”
He warned: “Any supplement that is made outside Nigeria has inherent risk because you do not know the additives in them. You do not know how they are prepared. You do not know how they were transported down here. So you cannot guarantee the quality of the products.
Iwu who is also the President, Bio-resources Development Group added that most of the supplements are preserved with chemicals that increase the risk of disease like cancer and others that cause ill health. “Packaging is not everything. Most of those overseas products come with sleek packages but you do not know how much of heavy metals are in them. Anyone buying supplements made overseas is taking a very high risk,” he added.