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Poverty goes beyond lack of food, shelter, healthcare — UNGA President

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…As Nutritionist harps on efficacy of parsley leaf in treating Arthritis, Cancer***

 President of the United Nations General Assembly, Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, says poverty is beyond lack of access to food, shelter, healthcare and sanitation.

He stated this in a message on Thursday to mark the 2019 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

According to him, poverty includes “a persistent feeling of distress and hopelessness, declining self-esteem, social exclusion, and exclusion from decision-making structures, and unequal access to justice”.

“We have the means to eradicate poverty; it is simply a matter of getting the policies right.

“We must address the underlying causes of poverty within and across countries,” Muhammad-Bande said.

He identified the drivers of poverty as corruption, conflict, cross-border crime, extreme climate changes, and a shortfall in financing for development.

He urged member states to rededicate themselves to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development geared towards poverty eradication.

Muhammad-Bande, however, noted that the world had made progress in lifting people out of poverty.

“Today, there are fewer people living in slums; and more people than ever before, have access to electricity but 10 per cent of our population lives in extreme poverty.

“This year, the International Day focuses on Acting Together to Empower Children, their Families and Communities to End Poverty.

“Poverty disproportionately affects children. One out of five children in the world today lives in poverty,” he stated.

The UNGA president identified specific measures to be taken to end poverty including equal access education, which he said had the potential to chart a course out of poverty for children.

“If economic growth is to be sustainable, it must be inclusive. Investing in women’s empowerment is a direct investment into the development of societies.

“Deepening inequalities are detrimental to economic growth and social cohesion.

“We have, through Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, agreed on the ambitious Goal of eradicating poverty.

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“We will soon enter into the Decade of Implementation. My role is to mobilise stronger commitment to action to lift people out of poverty.

“We must mobilise resources to raise the $2.6 trillion required to reduce inequalities to promote conflict prevention and sustain peace

“I am confident that by striving together, we will succeed in delivering for all. We should get on with this critically important task,” he said. 

In the meantime, Mr Paul Okoh, a Nutritionist based in Abuja, says Nigerians can reap immense  benefits from parsley leaf in the treatment of arthritis, cancer prevention and other ailments.

Okoh said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the ongoing annual National Health Dialogue, organised by Premium Times, an online paper, Project for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFH), Project Pink Blue and the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF).

NAN reports that the two-day event had “Universal Health Coverage: The Role of State and Non-State Actors in Healthcare funding” as its theme.

Parsley or garden parsley is a specie of flowering plant in the family of Apiaceae that is native to the central Mediterranean region, but has naturalised elsewhere in Europe.

It is widely cultivated as a herb, a spice and a vegetable.

The nutritionist said that the plant has a variety of applications for medicinal benefits and is  packed with vitamins and minerals that makes it valuable for health.

He said that a person suffering from chronic aches or pains, particularly those related to arthritis could get immense relief from parsley.

He added that the herb contains a significant level of antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and many others that could help combat pain,  inflammation and other symptoms associated with arthritis.

He further explained that the diuretic properties of parsley could also speed the evacuation of uric acid, which could cause pain if allowed to deposit within the joints.

He said “it only takes one teaspoon of parsley mixed with one cup of boiling water to create an effective treatment for pain.”

Okoh noted that  because of its antioxidant compounds, parsley could also be effective in the fight against cancer.

“The antioxidants help to protect the body’s cells from damage, whether it is caused by the environment or harmful substances.

“This allows the cells to survive and divide correctly, as opposed to flaw replication that might occur with damaged cells, ultimately leading to cancer.”

He noted that the antioxidants could also prevent the growth of cancer cells by limiting their ability to replicate and  preventing them from migrating throughout the body

Okoh said that folate, a “B” vitamin, is also found in parsley.

According to him, it has proven to be a great contributor to heart health because it protects blood vessels.

Furthermore, he stated, the leaf reduces the risk of heart attack because it convert homocysteine, a potentially dangerous compound, into other forms that are harmless.

He stressed that the herb provides an abundance of potassium, another heart helping mineral.

“Potassium strengthens the blood vessels by making sure that they stay flexible and stretchable, so that blood may pass more easily through them.

“This reduces the chances of blood clot, which can lead to heart attack or stroke.”

He said that the herb is rich in vitamins A, C and K, which all contribute to immune health.

“vitamin A directly empowers white blood cells, while other anti-bacterial factors of the plant prevent the development of infection.”

The nutritionist said that a number of components of the immune system rely on the vitamin C found in parsley and other sources to function efficiently.

He said that “the herb also looks promising for people with diabetes and for the control of diabetic complications.”

He indicated that myricetin, a nutrient that occurs naturally, could decrease the odds of developing type two diabetes.

“Parsley could provide this nutrient.

“Additionally, another natural compound called flavonol has been inversely related to diabetes, those who regularly consume flavonol, also commonly found in parsley, are less likely to have diabetes.”

The nutritionist said that the fiber content of the plant helps the body’s digestive system to work more effectively, thereby helping to shape waste for a more streamlined evacuation.

“Essentially, it is a herb that can help to flush waste and various toxins from your body, contributing to lower blood pressure,” he explained.

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