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HEALTHY EATING PART 14 (FOOD HYGIENE)

 Food hygiene are conditions and measures necessary to ensure the safety of food from production to consumption. Food can become contaminated at any point during harvesting, processing, storage, distribution, transportation and preparation.

Also, food hygiene has to do with all kind of food products, its covers all conditions needed to control food threats and ensure that people will get healthy food to eat.

Importance of Food Hygiene

Cleanliness related to food starts with the preparation of food. The raw substances used for cooking should be washed thoroughly with water before being cooked.

Greater attention is needed for something which would be consumed raw.

Examples are Fruits and Salads.

In other words, the essence of food hygiene is to know the preventive measures on how to avoid things like cross contamination, microbes, bacteria, in order to avoid diseases and deaths.

FOOD HANDLING

When handling food we are being faced with some threats, such as physical threats, microbiological threats etc.

Physical threats: these are objects seen with the optical eyes (foreign bodies).

Examples of physical threats are (1) plastic (2) stone (3) hair (4) metal, etc

Microbiological threats: they are food damaging microbes and water and food borne

pathogenic microbes.

Most harmful animals and food pest can also cause these threats in foodstuff

                      GENERAL SAFE FOOD HANDLING TIP

1)Do not wipe your hands on your clothing as this can easily transfer microbes and bacteria

2) Wash and sanitize flatware or other utensils, which fall to the floor

3) Change gloves, utensils and dishes when changing functions. For instance use one pair of gloves for handling raw meat, and another pair for handling fresh vegetables

4)Prepare and cook only as much food as you intend to use.

5)Try to have just one person serve food that is about to be eaten.

6)Store tableware away from dust.Be careful when lifting lids from hot food.

7)Turn handles of saucepans away from the front of the stove when cooking

CONCLUSION: THE AIM OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM FOOD THREATS AND ECONOMIC LOSSES THAT COMES WITH BAD FOOD.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (FOOD GIANTS POUR MONEY INTO STARTUPS)

Changing tastes and stiffening competition have forced big food companies to look for new ways to grow. The newest strategy to
promote growth is investing in innovative startups. Among the companies capitalizing on this trend are General Mills ( GIS), Kellogg Co (K), Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) and Campbell Soup Company (CPB).

And based on recent deals, this funding craze motivated by the
need to speed up innovation and develop new products doesn’t seem to be abating any time soon, reported the Wall Street Journal. (For more, see: Tyson Foods Facing
Class Action Suit.)
For example, this past January, Kellogg’s Eighteen 94 Capital fund led a $4.2 million investment in Kuli Kuli, which makes snacks
with moringa, a leafy green tree common in Asia, Latin America and Africa. And General Mills’ venture-capital fund, 301 Inc., made a second investment of $6 million in Rhythm Superfoods, maker of “zesty nacho”- flavored kale chips.

Gobbling Up the Startups Food giants are splurging on these
investments because the startups specialize in one best practice that the legacy companies could use a few lessons in mastering how to be entrepreneurial and innovative. Due to this lethargy toward
developing new products, many big food companies have either found themselves at an impasse or tossed aside by finicky consumers eager to sample the latest choice products churned out by the young upstarts.

But the titans are trying to rectify this mistake, hence, the investing in startups. Last year Campbell Soup Co. and Tyson Foods Inc. committed $125 million and $150 million, respectively, toward their in- house venture funds, said the Journal.

Venture funds made 66 food and beverage related deals in 2016, a 20% leap from the previous year. And about a fifth of these
transactions were backed by big food companies, according to Dow Jones Venturesource.

Stealing Trade Secrets?
However, not all food companies are attempting startups. Some are deliberately taking a time out to focus and re-strategize their next move. In the case of Nestlé SA, the
world’s largest packaged food company, it’s dropping its sales growth forecast for the next three years because it needs more time to play catch up with the changes in the industry.

Getting up to speed could take longer than expected for these food giants. Speaking to the Journal, Ryan Caldbeck, founder and chief executive of CircleUp, which connects private equity firms with food startups, said, “It’s hard for consumer companies to
step out of what they’ve been locked into for 60 or 80 years.”

According to CircleUp and cited by the Journal, “large consumer-goods companies lost $18 billion in market share to smaller competitors between 2011 and 2015.” The surge of interest in them notwithstanding, some emerging brands can’t help but feel skeptical.

“If I tell you all our trade secrets, what’s going to stop Kellogg from making their own moringa bar?” Kuli Kuli founder Lisa Curtis told the Journal, as she recalls asking
Simon Burton, the head of Kellogg’s venture capital fund.

Burton countered by adding that even though Kellogg does indeed need some help when it comes to marketing and recipe ideas for its older brands, it’s also “looking for a mutual benefit on top of the
return on investment.” Time will tell.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (CHARTING WAY FOR NIGERIA’S SELF- SUFFICIENCY IN RICE PRODUCTION)

Nigeria’s rice self-sufficiency
struggle has been on for a long
time now, yet the country remains
the largest importer of the staple
food commodity with an average
annual spending of about $2
billion with the bulk of the imports coming from Asian countries, mainly Thailand and India.

According to the Federal Ministry
of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) estimated
rice demand in Nigeria reaches 6.5
million MT in 2015, but less than
half of it is produced locally leading to a deficit that is being filled by imports which cost the country over $2 billion of foreign exchange per annum. This local production shortfall leave a gap 4.0 million MT that is currently being filled through formal importation of rice or illegal imports over land borders.

To address such an untenable
situation, the government of
Nigeria has proposed policy
incentives, including under its
Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) that encourages
investment in domestic paddy
production and milling with the
objective of making Nigeria self-
sufficient in rice.

The federal government of Nigeria
policy direction coincides with the
mission of the Dangote group
which has always focused on the
provision of basic need that touch
the lives of peoples. In line with
this mission and encouraged by
the clear policy commitment of the Buhari Administration, the Dangote Group are committed to making significant investment in the Nigeria Agricultural sector
including the Rice Value Chain
established the Dangote Rice
Limited (DRL) as its vehicle for the
execution of its strategy in this
regard.

Dangote Rice has a mandate to
locally produce high quality milled, parboiled rice for the Nigeria market. This goal will be achieved by sourcing the raw material (paddy) requires from the Dangote Rice Outgrower Scheme.

In ensuring this, Dangote Rice, a
subsidiary of Dangote Group multi- million naira 25,000 hectares of rice Outgrower Scheme in Sokoto State having a prospect of hundreds of thousand of employment opportunities for the rural communities inhabitants.
Sokoto state is the second after
Jigawa out of the 14 states spread
across the state where Dangote
Rice plans to operate outgrower
scheme to empower local farmers
and create job opportunities for
community dwellers and reduce
migration to the cities.

Dangote Rice Projects in the 14
states, when, operational, will
generate a significant number of
jobs and increase take-home
income for smallholder farmers, all while diversifying Nigeria’s
economy and reducing the nation’s food import bill.

By year-end 2017, Dangote Rice
plans to produce 225,000 MT of
parboiled, milled white rice. This
will allow the company to satisfy
4% of the total market demand within one year. The company’s model can then be successfully scaled to produce 1,000,000 MT of milled rice in order to satisfy 16% of the domestic market demand for rice within the next few years.

The president of Dangote Group,
Aliko Dangote never relent in its
chart for paving way for the country to become rice self sufficiency. It would be recalled
that Dangote said, Nigeria would
be self-sufficient in rice, sugar and
other commodities in 2019.
Speaking at the launching of
Sokoto rice Outgrower scheme,
Dangote said, “Agriculture remains
an important sector in our economy despite the neglect it has suffered over the years. The
uniqueness of the agricultural
sector in our economy is buttressed by crucial role it can pay in addressing the challenges of unemployment, rural-urban
migration, low level of our
industrial capacity and poor living
standards of Nigerians.”

According to him, within the next
three years Dangote Rice Limited
(DRL) is aiming to produce at least
one million tonnes of high quality
parboiled rice which will be made
available to the Nigerian market,
making the commodity affordable
to ordinary Nigerians.

“To achieve this, objective, our
plans include cultivating about
160,000 hectares of irrigable rice
farmland in selected states,
including Sokoto State that will be
cultivated to grow paddy during
two cropping-seasons per year
and achieve a minimum yield of
five to six tons per hectare.
“DRL is committed to off-taking not less than 80% of the paddy
produced by the outgrowers.

We will also develop our own farm operations to include seed
multiplication capabilities. With this ambitious programme, DRL aims to boost the local economy, create jobs along the value chain and make a significant contribution to the transformation of subsistence farms into market-oriented agribusinesses.”

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (NIGERIA NOW 2nd LARGEST RICE PRODUCER IN THE WORLD)

Nigeria is now the second largest rice producer in the world, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, has proclaimed.

He said this at a special interactive session with the youths organized by Citizens Support for Good Governance in Nigeria (SGGN) in Abuja during the weekend.

“No country will develop when you have to import virtually everything, including tooth pick and tissue paper. All the food we eat in this country was being imported.

So, all of the money earned was just going to buy food.
“But as I speak to you now, Nigeria just achieved the record of the second largest producer of rice in the world.

The rice revolution just started a year ago. Some of you from Nasarawa know the kind of things
going on there. A newspaper did an investigation in Kebbi and they found out that there were 48,000 new millionaires in Kebbi state alone last year for growing rice.

“This over-reliance on oil has killed this country and we cannot continue like this. So, the diversification of the economy means more money will be in the hands of ordinary Nigerians. And there will be widespread prosperity all over the country.”

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HEALTHY EATING PART 13 (5 HIDDEN FACTS ABOUT SUGAR PROCESSED FOODS)

OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
“NEVER WITHOUT HELP”
I will not leave you as orphans comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come back.

In today’s article i will be discussing on “5 Hidden Facts About Sugar Processed Food” under “Healthy Eating”.

The excessive amount of hidden sugar in processed food has quite become alarming in the Sub-Sahara region, including Nigeria.

1. SUGAR MASQUERADING FOODS:
It is difficult to know the exact amount of natural sugar versus added sugar by just looking at their label, most foods that are typically considered “healthy” can contain shocking amounts of added sugar or fructose, in form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) according to Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of clinical pediatries in the Division of Endocrinology at UC San Francisco, its important to distinguish between Natural Food-Base Sugar Versus Added Sugar.

He notes that a small serving cup of plain yogurt has about seven grams of sugar in the form of Lactose a natural sugar found in dairy which does not cause any major harm.

While, a Fruit Flavored yogurt on the other hand contains about 19 grams of sugars 12 grams of which is added sugar, this is equivalent to eating a small cup of plain yogurt with a bowl of frosted corn flakes.

2. SODA INCREASES TASTE:
Soft drinks contain caffeine, a mild diuretic that makes you urinate more, thereby eliminating water from your body. It also contains about 55mg of salt, and when you take in salt and excrete water you get thirstier.

The reason why soda contains so much sugar is because they have to mask the taste of the salt. Sugar has also been found to be 8 times as addictive as cocaine which also ensures that you will stay hooked on processed foods and sweet drinks.

3. THE BODY CAN ONLY HANDLE LIMITED AMOUNT OF SUGAR:
The facts that your liver has very limited capacity to metabolize processed fructose does not mean you should not be watchful. Excess sugar is metabolize into body fat and leads to all the chronic metabolic diseases, e.g Cardiovascular Disease, High Blood Pressure, Cancer, etc.

According to a study published in JAMA3, Americans get on average about 350 calories a day from added sugar in die diet. (This is equivalent to 22 teaspoons of sugar, which amounts to 25% of the average American’s daily calorie intake). In reference to the case study people who consumed 21% or more of their daily calories in the form of sugar were twice as likely to die from heart disease compared to those who got 7% or less calories from added sugar.

The risk was nearly tripped among those who consumed 25% or more of their daily calories from added sugar. Approximately 30% of Africans consumed added sugar at a very high rate level. It is strongly recommended limiting your daily fructose intake to 25 grams or less from all sources, including natural ones like fruits that equate to just over 60 spoons of sugar a day.

4. SUGAR & CANCER CONNECTION:
Cancer cells needs glucose to thrive, and Carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body. In order to starve the cancer cells you have to eliminate its primary food source (The sugars) which includes all none-vegetable carbohydrate.

Otto Warburg actually received a noble prize back in 1934 for his research on Cancer Cell Physiology, which clearly demonstrated Cancer Cells require more sugar to thrive. The latest World Cancer report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), predict world wild cancer rate to rise in the next 2 decades. But the reports also note that half of all cancers are preventable and can be avoided if current Medical knowledge is acted upon diet and exercise inclusive.

5. SUGAR ALSO INITIATES CANCER GROWTH:
According to a study published in the journal of clinical investigation, sugar also appears to initiate cancer growth. As reported by greenmedinfo.com, this study provides evidence that increased glycolytic activation itself can be an oncogenic event.

This implies that the activation of sugar-based metabolism in a cell driven by both the presence of increased quantities of glucose on the cell membrane surface drives cancer initiation.

As the Christmas and New Year is by the corner my take home advice to all readers/viewers, is the reducing sugar and processed food consumption is part and parcel of the long term answer to remain healthy.
MERRY CHRISTMAS IN ADVANCE!

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HOW TO MAKE APPLE BANANA AND CARROT COMBO (ABC JUICE)

OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
“HE’S RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE” (You Won’t Be Swallowed Up).

The Lord can solve whatever challenges you may be facing
right now, no matter how difficult they seem.

Maybe you’re
experiencing some difficulty with your studies, and you feel
overwhelmed. Or perhaps, you’re
concerned about that nagging situation in your family, and you
don’t know what to do.

It may even seem as though the devil has you drowning in the mire of a terrible habit. Don’t despair!
The Lord is with you to bring you out of that trouble.

All you have to do is put your trust in Him. Don’t give up. God has made a way of escape for you, and
you’re coming out on top of that situation. Halleluyah!

In today’s post i will be discussing on how to make “Apple Banana and Carrot Combo Juice”.

Apple Banana Carrot Juice is one juice you can always find in all fruit juice stalls.

It is quite a filling juice and it taste delicious, I usually pick Apple Banana Carrot Combo (ABC) or Watermelon and Banana juice if I do not feel like drinking tea.

I mostly make this for breakfast along with sandwich for a
delicious and a satisfying meal as well.

RECIPES

i. Apple (2 medium size)
ii. 2 Ripe Banana
iii. 2 Medium Carrot
iv. Sugar/Honey – To Taste (I used Honey while making mine)
v. 1 Cup of Water ( if you are using juicer,
ignore using water)
vi. Few Ice Cubes

PROCEDURES

1. Peel, core and chop the apple, peel and the chop carrot and the banana into small cuts.

2. Add everything in a blender or in mixer along with little quantity of water
and ice cubes then blend until very smooth.

3. In the case of using a juicer, you will have to add the apple, banana and the carrot in the juicer and later mix honey/sugar, ice cubes together.

4. Sieve the juice and serve. But preferable i love to take it without sieving it cause of the color it will later get to give you when being sieved.

So my advice to you all is after blending all together serve it immediately the way it is rather than sieving it. Inorder to avoided the colour to be dark.
HAPPY DRINKING!!!
AND HAVE A NICE DAY AHEAD!

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HEALTHY EATING PART 12 (HOW TO MANAGE FOOD INTOLERANCE)

OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
“ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE SPECIAL”.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man,
seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it (Matthew 13:45-46).

There are people who like to tell us that we’re not very special. People make such statements out of ignorance, and
a seeming show of humility.

You are peculiar. You are special to God. You’re His pearl of
inestimable value. It’s not pride to acknowledge and affirm that you are special.
Remember, God gave birth to you. James 1:18 says, “Of his
own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

It’s absolutely
impossible for God to give birth to “nonentities” or “unworthy servants” that some Christians
unwittingly arrogate to themselves, because He reproduces after His own kind.

You are the crown of God’s creation, the best of all that He
made. Therefore, Be conscious and be bold of your real personality; you are royalty, a peculiar treasure, a king priest
unto God, appointed to reign and rule in the earth.

Welcome back dear readers to this wonderful segment on “Healthy Eating”, In todays’ article i will be discussing on “HOW TO MANAGE FOOD INTOLERANCE”.

As we all know, eating is a pleasant experience. However, there are some, who treat certain food as “Worse Enemy” owing to the previous experience and this might be as a result of Food Intolerance.

The question is,
WHAT IS THIS SO CALLED FOOD INTOLERANCE?
Well, to my understanding, Food Intolerance is an adverse reaction of food in the digestive system.

It can also be a situation whereby the needed enzymes is unable to break food particles in the intestine.

SOME COMMON FOOD INTOLERANCE ARE,
1. Wheat
2. Yeast
3. Dairy
4. Gluten
5. Alcohol

POSSIBLE CAUSE OF FOOD INTOLERANCE
1. Enzymes Deficiency.

2. Chemical Content In Food (Both Natural & Processed).

3. Consumption Of Too Much Red Wine.

SYMPTOMS
Generally, food intolerance are less alarming, since they are not life threatening, but is associated with stress, pains and discomfort.
Due to this, serious attention is necessary.
1. Stomach Pain
2. Bloating
3. Headaches
4. Gas
5. Tiredness
6. Cramps
7. Constipation
8. Recurrent Diarrhea
9. Sleep Disturbance

POSSIBLE WAYS TO MANAGE FOOD INTOLERANCE
1. Keep a food diary inorder to detect suspected food.

2. Suspected food should be avoided for few weeks (2-5 weeks).

3. Eating food that is low in fibre can be helpful.

4. Eat small amount of food (at least more frequently)

5. Seek for a specialized health professional.

In other words, if you had experience food intolerance, you may find comfort to know that most affected persons have learned to manage their conditions and still enjoy wide variety of nutritious and delicious food.
SEE YOU @ THE TOP!
HEALTH IS WEALTH!

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HEALTHY EATING PART 11( HOW WHEAT IS HARMFUL TO HUMAN BODY)

OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
“SET YOUR FOCUS ON ETERNITY”.

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable (1 Corinthians 15:19).

God always connects everything He does with eternity, because He thinks in terms of eternity.
He’s the eternal God, and always, He deals with things that last
forever. In Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV), the Bible says, “He has made
everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the
hearts of men. He brought eternity to men so they can see
beyond this world.

Everything God is
interested in, and all that He does, is connected to eternity. So, set your focus on eternity. Set your mind on God’s purpose for your life.

That’s what counts! It
has to be a revelation that you accept, endorse and imbibe into your spirit; a knowledge that’s a
controlling principle in your life.

Today i am bringing in one of my popular segment “HEALTHY EATING PART 11”. The topic is “HOW WHEAT IS HARMFUL TO HUMAN BODY”.

As we all know, wheat is one of the most commonly known grain in the world. It is used for many purpose such as, Biscuit production, Bread production and Meal (Swallow). Among this three i will throw more light on wheat meal.

Wheat flour is now the preferred swallow in many homes (In Nigeria), Mostly in Urban area.
Though wheat is rich in fibre and some other nutrients, but is a food anybody that desire wellness should keep at arm length.

Reasons, wheat contain “gluten” a protein that causes inflammation, gluten is harmful to all the organs in the body including the brain, heart and eyes.

According to report made by the journal of the American Medical Association shows that within 1969 – 2008, 30,000 patients that were diagnosed with gluten had higher risk of death from cancer and heart disease.

Another danger of wheat to human is an acid forming food, the negative effect of eating an acid forming food, is that it reduces the body PH and deplete oxygen level in the cell and tissues, thereby causing all forms of diseases such as, Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer etc, to attack the body.

Further more, the high rate of wheat consumption in this region of the world, people can accept poison as food due to lack of knowledge.

In conclusion, other flour meal such as yam flour, corn flour etc, can replace wheat flour for a healthy meal.

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HEALTHY EATING PART 10 (TOP 10 HEALING FOODS)

OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
“SATAN HAS LOST HIS POWER”
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name (Luke 10:17).
Satan has lost his right to this world! You never have to fight or struggle with him! When he shows up, or you perceive that he’s stirring trouble around you,
cast him out! Thats what James 4:7 says. Wow! What authority have has been given unto Us of Our Father.

To the main subject of the day, today is another day inwhich i will be discussing on “Healthy Eating Tips (Part 10)”

Eating variety of foods does not guarantee all the nutrients you need, in the body, Rather, Eat foods that prevent disease and aid Healing.

Start the year by filling your kitchen with these “Top 10 Healing Foods”

1. CHICKEN BREAST: (WITHOUT SKIN), FOR MORE ENERGY AND PROTEIN AND WEIGHTLOSS.
The protein in this staple diet can prevent you from the negative effect of Serotonim. The vitamin B in Chicken breast is a great source of energy which helps in burning fat in the body.

2. BLACK BEANS:TO FIGHT TYPE 2 DIABETES.
Beans are rich in resistant starch, a carb your body can not break down, so it does not raise blood glucose levels. Besides, as the bacteria in your gut ferment resistant starch, they produce compounds that appear to improve insulin resistance. Black beans is also good for cancer protection, digestion.

3. TOMATO SAUCE: FOR STURDIER BONES.
Giving the banana a run for its money, 1 cup of tomato sauce serves 17% of your daily quota of potassium, which supports your skeleton by buffering acid that can leach calcium from your bones. Also good for, cancer protection and heart health.

4. FAT-FREE OR 1% MILK: FOR STURDIER BONES.
Calcium and vitamin D are its most lauded nutrients, but milk is also rich in potassium, protein and other nutrients needed to break-proof your bones. Its good for, Muscle growth and weightloss.

5. APPLES: TO PROTECT YOUR HEART.
A daily apple delivers a double dose of heart disease protection. Fiber .sweeps out cholesterol, and polyphenols shield remaining cholesterol from free-radical assaults. A 40% decrease in “bad” LDL cholesterol. Also good for, Asthma, digestion and weightloss.

6. UNSWEETENED COCOA: TO PROTECT YOUR HEART.
Cocoa is a superstar source of flavonols, which relax arteries and reduce blood pressure. Mix some into yogurt for a healthy kick. Also good for Brain health.

7. EGGS: FOR YOUR VISION.
For am omelet that earns its eye health halo, go whole. The yolks store the bulk of nutrients, such as zeaxanthin, lutein, vitamin D, iron and zinc. Also good for Blood sugar control and Brain health.

8. STRAWBERRIES: TO PREVENT CANCER. The magic ingredient in these berries is fisetin, which halts the growth of cancerous cells while diminishing tumors’ blood supply. Also good for blood sugar control and brain health.

9. COLLARD GREENS: FOR YOUR VISION.
These leafies are packed with two antioxidants-zeaxanthin and lutein that are abundant in the retinas of your eyes. Eating more of these nutrients may help protect against macular degeneration and cataracts. Also its good for Bone health and cancer protection.

10. PLAIN YOGURT: TO PREVENT CANCER.
A 2011 International Journal of Cancer study revealed that people who ate the most yogurt were 35% less likely to develop colon cancer. Other research finds that dairy has a protein that encourages DNA repair. Also its good for Digestion and Healthy blood pressure.