This website has the objective of telling the story of a herbal product that was developed from African folk medicine which had been in use for centuries by people of South Western Nigeria to treat and cure diseases of diverse origin including anaemia, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, arthritis and HIV. For a start, the story teller is Olajuwon Okubena. He was born at Ilese - Ijebu located in Ijebu North-East Local Government of Ogun State Nigeria three years into the second world war. My early life up to the age of 15 was spent in my home town.
By the year 1957, I left my home town to attend a Teachers’ College at Sagamu for a period of 4 years and qualified as a Grade Two Teacher in 1960. The first four years of my career was at Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State where I was a teacher at the Local Authority Secondary Modern School. I was quite aware that my parents could not afford to support me for a post-secondary education and therefore decided to explore the option of private studies to acquire some further education. The first three years of my teaching career was also spent on private studies which led to my being qualified as an incorporated secretary. I spent the year 1965 at Oyo town as one of the pioneer teachers in a newly established institution called Ladigbolu Grammar School, Oyo and by that time had commenced writing the exams of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (U.K.) . In 1966, I moved to Lagos to take up appointment as the vice-principal of Nigeria Premier College, Yaba (now Jibowu High School). In 1967, I completed the final examinations and by the time the institute has changed to Institute of Cost and Management Accountants. To gain practical experience in Accounting, I took up appointment with the United Africa Company (U.A.C.) and was posted to one of their associate companies, Guinness (Nigeria) Plc. I spent the next 7 years working for this company until 1974 when I took up appointment with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. ( now KPMG). Having worked for this company for about 10 years, I opted to go into private business and became a farmer producing day-old chicks and poultry eggs.
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African tribal culture has long touted the extract for its value in helping people who struggle with anemia, arthritis, stroke, Hiv/Aids, infertility, diabetes, cancer and poor immune system response. Today’s scientific studies are quickly confirming those folk uses. Yet, one must ask, “How can a single herbal ingredient help with such a broad range of conditions?”
The secret is the extract’s sky-high antioxidant rating and antiinflammatory effects. One company has made Sorghum bicolor leaf extract available to the U.S. market under the name Jobelyn™. Jobelyn’s inhibition of peroxyl free radicals per gram of product is 3,549 µmoleTE/g. That’s three times that of açai berries! Complementing that antioxidant rating is Jobelyn’s anti-inflammatory effect.
The extract has demonstrated selective COX-2 inhibition, providing effective reduction in inflammation without the side effects of common prescription medications.
In short, all the conditions that Jobelyn addresses look unrelated, but they actually have two major factors in common. They are all tied closely to underlying states of cyclical inflammation and oxidative damage. Let’s
take a closer look at oxidative and inflammatory processes in the body. Then it will be easier to understand how the extract supports such awide variety of systems and functions.