Excessive potash consumption can set off untimely supply, hypertension, nutritionist warns


Angela Onwuzoo

A Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist on the Alex Ekwueme Federal College Educating Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nwabumma Asouzu, has urged pregnant girls to keep away from meals laden with potash.

Asouzu acknowledged that meals excessive in potash may set off hypertension in addition to induce abortion and untimely supply throughout being pregnant.

Based on her, research have revealed that potash is the second most popularly used salt in Nigeria.

Talking in an interview with PUNCH Healthwise, the dietician mentioned potash, typically used to seek advice from a gaggle of potassium-bearing minerals and chemical compounds, has a lot of well being dangers when consumed in extra.

She famous that potash has excessive sodium content material and little or no potassium, including that potash is extensively utilized in Nigeria as a tenderising agent for native dish preparation, and in addition to alleviate toothache, even because it serves as a preservative as a result of its antifungal properties.

Potash, she mentioned, can also be used for medicinal functions, including that some individuals use it as an natural concoction for cough therapy, to alleviate constipation and abdomen ache, amongst others.

The dietician defined, “Consumption of potash can set off hypertension amongst those that in any other case don’t have the situation, whereas a hypertensive particular person is suggested to avoid consuming meals ready with excessive potash. 

“Consumption of potash in excessive amount will increase the uterine contraction in girls, which may induce untimely supply or abortion through the early levels of being pregnant. It additionally reduces the protein worth within the weight loss program.

“Potash has additionally been related to lack of urge for food, weak point, decreased exercise stage and weight reduction in Wistar rats.”

Citing some revealed articles on the well being danger of potash, Asouzu cautioned that its consumption must be decreased to the barest minimal, including {that a} excessive consumption of the substance may additionally result in liver issues.

“In an article entitled Peripartum Cardiac Failure revealed within the Bulletin of World Well being Organisation, potash was implicated within the incidence of peripartum cardiac failure (a kind of coronary heart failure that happens over the past months of being pregnant or inside a number of months after childbirth) amongst nursing moms, particularly within the Northern area of Nigeria.

“It is usually mentioned that extreme consumption of potash by males predisposed them to low sperm manufacturing.

“The excessive sodium content material makes it accumulate within the blood and will set off hypertension, and in addition makes it unfit for consumption by hypertensive people,” she mentioned.

Based on her, earlier research have additionally indicated that the excessive stage of potash in meals and ingesting water might be detrimental to human well being.

Asouzu known as on public well being nutritionists to at all times educate the populace, particularly the agricultural dwellers on the tendencies in meals and well being to make sure they keep away from some conventional dangerous practices referring to their meals consumption.

She mentioned consciousness must be inspired every so often to coach the populace on some trivial and silent points surrounding consumption of some substances associated to meals equivalent to potash”.

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