The call came as the organisers of the 2015 HERBFEST unveiled activities to mark this years herbs, health foods and Natural Products Expo billed to hold next month. They also cautioned against consumption of imported food products as many may have been contaminated in the process of shipping the products into the country. Speaking in Lagos to herald this years Herbfest with the theme: Food as Medicine: Utilisation and sustainable Exploitation of African Medicinal Plants and Natural Products, a professor of Pharmacognosy and CEO, Bioresources Development Group, BDG,Prof. Maurice Iwu, said foods like bitter kola, coconut oil, zobo, bitter leaf, Moringa oleifera, tomato, sour sop, African bush mango, among others are essential for the body. Iwu who regretted that Nigerians do not eat enough of these foods, said his outfit developed dietary supplements based on these same local foods for managing chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, HIV, etc. It is dangerous for you to eat any fruit not produced in Nigeria. There is no way fruits from Ghana or any other country imported into Nigeria without being contaminated. Imported chicken is already preserved with chemicals, imported bananas, are not natural and not the best and that is why people are coming down with cancers. Iwu who noted the need for Nigeria to tap into the many benefits of herbs disclosed that while Nigeria has no records, the US statistics show that the global market value for herbal medicine is about $200 billion annually. Iwu said the HerbFest, billed to hold October 7 to 9, 2014, at the Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency, NNMDA, in Lagos, is targeted at bringing different traditional medicine practitioners and the researchers together, would improve the herbal medicine sector. We will also see how much we can tap from the $200 billion global market value. Speaking, Director General of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, FIIRO, Dr.
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