Pineapple Really Improves Fertility?

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Pineapple Ananas comosus(scientific name), also known as “Pinya”, is a delicious tropical collective fruit (a cluster of flowers mature into a single mass that produces into a fruit). That’s belongs into one of Bromeliacea family which consist of have one healthy and important compound called bromelain enzyme that was used for medical and culinary purposes.In addition pineapple juice which can be found in tropical countries has many byproducts, have been created through innovation of time from pineapple. It does not only limit its wide array in cuisines but byproduct  from this fruit may include many beverages such as “piñacolada” as one of the main ingredient use in cocktails also vinegar’s and wines. Pineapples is also use as fiber material in  textile manufacturing for Barong Tagalog and Baro’tSaya, commonly known as piña that can be found here at the Philippines.

According to Megan Ware in her written article titled Pineapple Health Benefits, Recipes, Health Risks, that consumption of antioxidant-rich diets have been shown to improve fertility. Since free radicals can damage the reproductive system, foods with high antioxidant activity like pineapples that battle free radicals are recommended for those trying to conceive. The antioxidants in pineapple such as vitamins C, beta-carotene and the vitamins and minerals and copper, zinc and folate have properties that affect both male and female fertility.Moreover, fruits that contain bromelain enzymes like pineapple helps reduces or fight inflammation in the body, including in the uterus. It is also a mild blood thinner which some believe can aid in implantation. But take note that many doctors prescribe baby aspirin, a blood thinner, to help with implantation.  In addition humans implantation is the very early stage of pregnancy at which the product of conception at any point between fertilization and birth adheres to the wall of the uterus.

Another written article from Ashley Bravo entitled Does Pineapple Increase Fertility, tells that the common beliefs of women  regarding  about pineapple is that it helps with the implantation process when in  becoming pregnant. However, there is no scientific proof in this belief. On the other hand, men can also helped in regards to fertility by eating an increased amount of Vitamins C. This has been shown to help with the quality of their sperm and is especially helpful for men who are heavy smokers. While it is best to avoid smoking altogether when you are trying to conceive, adding vitamin C to your diet can help if you continue to do so. In some studies according to pineapple can also help with fertility because it is a common source of pregnancy. Adding it to your diet can help to allow you to lose weight, which can hinder your ability to become pregnant. So, while pineapple doesn’t have any direct ties to fertility, it can definitely be something that will help in a number of other ways.

On the other hand  the truth behind  that eating pineapple gives a great deal of Vitamin C it helps women to become pregnant. Vitamin C helps fight the symptoms like PCOS, (Poly cystic Ovary Syndrome – Symptoms) that one of the common symptoms of this PCOS is having an irregular periods or no periods at all that leads to a difficulty  of getting pregnant, it is because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate.


PALAYAMANAN: Organic Farming in Agpangan, Cabilauan, New Lucena

One of the people wanted and prayed is to have a good and healthy lifestyle but how could we ever attain this if most of or food are synthetic or came from unnatural one. Our government had an ordinance which is the R.A NO. 10068.

Republic act no. 10068 is known as “AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE IN THE PHILIPPINES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”. It is hereby declared the policy of the State to promote, propagate, develop further and implement the practice of organic agriculture in the Philippines that will cumulatively condition and enrich the fertility of the soil, increase farm productivity, reduce pollution and destruction of the environment, prevent the depletion of natural resources, further protect the health of farmers, consumers, and the general public, and save on imported farm inputs. Towards this end, a comprehensive program for the promotion of community-based organic agriculture systems which include, among others, farmer-produced purely organic fertilizers such as compost, pesticides and other farm inputs, together with a nationwide educational and promotional campaign for their use and processing as well as adoption of organic agriculture system as a viable alternative shall be undertaken. The State recognizes and supports the central role of the farmers, indigenous people and other stakeholders at the grassroots in this program. Then lets define Organic refers to the particular farming and processing system, described in the standards and not in the classical chemical sense. The term “organic” is synonymous in other languages to “biological” or “ecological”. It is also a labeling term that denotes products considered organic based on the Philippine National Standards for organic agriculture. Organic agriculture includes all agricultural systems that promote the ecologically sound, socially acceptable, economically viable and technically feasible production of food and fibers. In addition, organic agricultural dramatically reduces external inputs by refraining from the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and pharmaceuticals. It also covers areas such as, but not limited to, soil fertility management, varietal breeding and selection under chemical and pesticide-free conditions, the use of biotechnology and other cultural practices that are consistent with the principles and policies of this Act, and enhance productivity without destroying the soil and harming farmers, consumers and the environment as defined by the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movement (IFOAM): Provided, That the biotechnology herein to shall not include genetically modified organisms of GMOs.Our government mandated the Department of Agriculture to give more amounts in supporting the organic farming. It has been proven that organic farming could help in achieving a sustainable lifestyle and it also environment friendly. Organic farming has been practiced by many and it needs a lot of effort to make it more successful.
Organic production system is a system designed to:
(1) Enhance biological diversity within the whole system;
(2) Increase soil biological activity;
(3) Maintain long-term soil fertility;
(4) Recycle wastes of plant and animal origin in order to return nutrients to the land, thus minimizing the use of nonrenewable resources;
(5) Rely on renewable resources in locally organized agricultural system;
(6) Promote the healthy use of soil, water and air as well as minimize all forms of pollution thereto that may result from agricultural practices;
(7) Develop and promote the use of biotechnology in agriculture;
(8) Handle agricultural products with emphasis on careful processing methods in order to maintain the organic integrity and vital qualities of the product at all stages; and
(9) Become established on any existing farm through a period of convention, the appropriate length of which is determined by site-specific factors such as the history of the land, and type of crops and livestock to be produced.
Agpangan, Cabilauan, New Lucena has been one of the many that practice the organic farming their Mayor Lizell Sivelle Mondejar has been so supportive in achieving this. The name of the farm is “PALAYAMANAN”. There are 30 members and seven groups on the organization in Agpangan in each group there are 5-7 members and they have 500sq meters of land that they could culture. Most of their plants are “Marguso” or also known as bitter melon, “Pepino” or cucumber, “Karbasa” or Squash, “Petchay” or Cabbage, “Kamatis” or Tomato, “Talong” or Eggplant and “Rabanos” or Raddish. The Department of Agriculture had been benefited by the people in New Lucena, Iloilo City. They have Technical Group Training which aimed to inform and teach the people especially the farmers the proper way of organic farming. They taught the people on how they can produce good crops without giving harmful effects on the environment.
The Department of Agriculture is the one providing the seeds and the farmers will be the one to do the initiative in planting the seeds in a due process. According to Mrs. Gina Sols they have a demo every Friday. And every Friday all of them were there in Apangan to take care of their crops. She also said that the Agricultural Technician has a five months training and after the training what they learned will be relay to the other members. And from time to time the dept. of agriculture will visit their plantation.
As their fertilizer, they do Vermicasting which is also known as Vermicomposting it is the product or process of composting using various worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms to create a heterogeneous mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast. Vermicast, also called worm castings, worm humus or worm manure, is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by an earthworm. These castings have been shown to contain reduced levels of contaminants and a higher saturation of nutrients than do organic materials before vermicomposting. They also do the Decomposting which means that it is the process by which organic substances are broken down into simpler forms of matter. The process is essential for recycling the finite matter that occupies physical space in the biome. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. Although no two organisms decompose in the same way, they all undergo the same sequential stages of decomposition. They also use the dried leaves of “Madre Cacao”, “Ägho”,Rice Straw and “Saging”. Mrs Solas said that “ ang lukait sang itlog pwede mo man mahimo nga fertilizer, una sanlagon mo ini kag pag katapos imu nga bukbokon kag ihulom mo sa langgaw, pwede mo don na ma fertilizer”. She even said that it could also be done on the bone that has no longer have purpose. They have been practicing organic farming for almost three years now and they very much glad that they are doing it so well in the last three years. They also tried to convince everybody especially the farmers to start practicing organic farming.
The municipality of New Lucena implemented the Organic Vegetable Landscaping in every school and in every barangay. Through this youth could also be more aware about the project of Department of Agriculture about organic farming. We could clearly see that organic farming is very helpful; to each one of us so say YES TO ORGANIC FARMING.