• 5 Amazing health benefits of Monkey sugarcane ( Costus afer)
    Autoimmune diseases

    5 Amazing Health Benefits of Monkey Sugarcane

    Monkey sugarcane (Costus afer) has five amazing health benefits that would surprise you. The plant, which is always greenish and perennial, is usually found in West African countries ad beers white and yellow flowers. Every part of Monkey sugarcane offers an amazing health benefits. Other common names of Costus afer include Okpete, Tete-egun, or Mbritem. The plant contains some bioactive compounds that have nephroprotective properties on the kidneys. It also protects against neurodegenerative diseases as well as protection of the pancreatic beta cells.   Phytochemical Components of Costus afer   Costus afer contains several phytochemicals in their roots, stems, rhizomes and leaves. Some of the phytochemicals include: Alkaloids Tannins Phenols…

  • Black cumin fruit and seeds
    Autoimmune diseases

    Effect of Black Seed Thymoquinone on Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Thymoquinone (2-isoprpyl-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone) is the most active component of Black cumin (Nigella sativa) seed oil. It is widely used in traditional medicine to treat a wide range of illnesses. According to various research findings, thymoquinone exert important health-beneficial effects including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. As an antioxidant agent, thymoquinone normalizes glutathione levels and increases the activity of antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase, catalase, and superoxide dismutase.   Black Cumin Tea Contains Thymoquinone Black cumin seed is made into a tea and served as an antioxidant agent. Since it contains thymoquinone and other biologically active phytochemicals, black cumin seed tea should be recommended for patients who suffer rheumatoid arthritis. It…

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    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, which is characterized by chronic inflammation at the skeletal joints. Most times, the bone and cartilage of the joints affected are destroyed, and tendons and ligaments weakened. As the disease progresses, it eventually affects the skin, eye, heart, kidneys and lungs. According to reports, RA affects more females than males, and is predominantly observed in the elderly. The prevalence rate of RA reported in 2002 ranged from 0.5% to 1% of the population. It also has regional variation. It primarily affects the lining of the synovial joints and can cause progressive disability, premature death, as well as socioeconomic burdens.   Symptoms of Rheumatoid…

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    What is the Mechanism of Action of Corticosteroid?

      Corticosteroid is synthetic drug that mimic the adrenal hormone, cortisol, used in the management of many inflammatory and autoimmune health conditions. They modify the functions of epidermal and dermal cells and of leukocytes involved in proliferative and inflammatory diseases of the skin. Corticosteroids can be used in treating several health conditions, such as: Asthma Allergies Eczema Hives Psoriasis Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Gout Lupus Multiple sclerosis Autoimmune diseases Types of corticosteroids Corticosteroids come in different forms. Some of the corticosteroids used in treating inflammations include cortisone, prednisone and methylprednisolone. Prednisone is the most commonly used type of steroids used in treating certain rheumatoid diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.…