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    Herb: ASHWAGANDHA

      Uses? Degenerative disease Reproductive health Insulin resistance Fibromyalgia Hypothyroid Emaciation Low libido Longevity Insomnia Arthritis Anxiety Fatigue Asthma Stress Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? Up to six months appears to be safe for most people Side effect? Stomach lining Stomach upset Diarrhoea Vomiting Abortion     Available forms? Capsules Tincture Extracts Powder Tablets Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Root Leaf Berries Comes from? Native to South Asia, Middle East and North Africa Other names? Winter Cherry Amagura Withania Asana Asoda    

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    High risk of vitamin D toxicity due to self-prescribing

    There is a common advice, as soon as the winter comes, especially in countries with the lack of sunshine. Taking vitamin D, also known a sunshine vitamin, is a must. As we know, vitamin D is produced in the skin when it is exposed to the sun. Everyone is aware of vitamin D benefits and also of consequences in case of deficiency. Bone loss, muscle pain, hair loss, depression, fatigue, tiredness or getting sick often can be some of symptoms of low vitamin D levels. But, what about if someone has too much of it? What are the side effects?   Although it is very rare, Vitamin D toxicity can…

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    Herb: ASTRAGALUS

    Uses? Immune boosting Minor infections Tonic properties Antibacterial Antiviral Cold Flu Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? Up to 60mg daily for up to four months appears to be safe for most people Side effect? None known     Available forms? Capsules, tablets, extracts, tinctures and Chinese formulas Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Root Comes from? Native to north-eastern China Other names? Milkvetch Huang qi    

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    Plant based drinks are not “milk” and may not be a healhier option

    Almond, coconut, soy, cashew, tiger nut and rice, among the others, don’t have nipples. It is a universal truth which is difficult to debate. However, a debate around milk and what milk is has taken place recently due to the boom of alternatives to cow’s milk. Like in any war there are always two sides. In one trench there is a dairy lobby industry with a white flag. In the other one there is a multi colour flag that represents variety of sources: seeds, nuts, legumes or grains. All of them lead an alternative movement to traditional milk. Mammary secretions The dairy industry considers that plant based drinks are not milk…

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    Herb: ARNICA

    Uses? Internally: – Seldom used because its primary active constituents are considered very toxic Externally: – Anti-inflammatory. Muscular aches, pains and stiffness – Pain reliever – Insect bites – Antiseptic – Sprains – Bruises – Acne Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor People with open wounds or broken skin Pregnant or breast feeding ( internal use) How long? Externally: Not more than 2 weeks Side effect? Dry skin Itching Rash     Available forms? Creams, ointments, gels, tinctures and homeopathic preparations Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Whole plant, flower Comes from? Native to Europe, most…

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    Does cow’s milk increase risk of type 1 diabetes?

    Health authorities recommend breastfeeding for at least first six months of a child’s life because it may prevent type 1 diabetes. After this initial period, solid food is usually introduced alongside breast milk. However, the reality is far from this ideal breastfeeding period. Moreover, the UK has some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world. In the UK only 34% of babies receive any breast milk at six months according to the UNICEF United Kingdom. On the contrary Norway has a high rate, 71%. There is not doubt that the breastfeeding is a healthier option for both – the new born and the mums. It helps the new born…

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    Herb: ALOE

    Uses? Internally: – Constipation – Inflammation – Diabetes Externally: – Moisturises hair and scalp – Skin irritation – Cold sores – Abrasions – Psoriasis – Sunburn – Wounds – Rashes – Burns Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with a health care professional Children under 12 years old (for internal use) Pregnant or breast feeding women People with haemorrhoids Irritable bowel syndrome Intestinal obstruction Crohn’s disease Abdominal pain Diarrhoea Colitis How long? Internally: Juice: no more than 10 days. High dose may produce laxative effect Tablets/capsules: up to 3 months. If symptoms don’t improve after 3 months, check with a health care professional Externally:…

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    Herb: AGNUS CASTUS

    Uses? Premenstrual symptoms (PMS) Heavy or frequent menstruation Menstrual cramps Breast tenderness Mood swings Irritability Infertility Bloating Who? Woman experiencing premenstrual symptoms (PMS) Who can’t? People under 18 years old Pregnant and nursing women People under any type of medication How long?  No immediate results Best results: to be taken for up to 3 months If symptoms don’t improve after 3 months, check with a professional health care practitioner Side effects? Swelling of the face Abdominal pain Breathlessness Dizziness Headache Urticaria Nausea Rash     Available forms? Capsules, tinctures, tablets, teas and mixed formulas Dose? Follow health professional advice or indication on the package Part used? Fruit (berries) Comes from?…

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    Magnesium, a big unknow mineral for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis

    There is a mineral that always comes first to mind when someone is diagnosed with osteoporosis – calcium. But, what about magnesium? People with osteoporosis are advised to increase their dairy intake and also to take some calcium supplements. Has this “calcium-universal” remedy been helping people? Possibly, it has done more harm than good (1) (2). Too much calcium causes hypercalcemia and some side effects are constipation, abdominal cramps, kidney stones or stroke.     The picture is not clear and there aren’t enough scientific studies that would show how cow’s milk or calcium supplementation support those who suffer bone deterioration, not even as prevention. Even though, from time to…

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    Can pumpkin soup revitalise my skin?

    Winter is around the corner and after nourishing our bodies with fresh recipes during summer months, the time has come for hot and delicious food. With so many options, pumpkin soup is a great seasonal choice for freezing months. Apart from keeping you warm, your skin can also benefit from a high content of carotenoids in pumpkins, such as beta-carotene, that our body converts into Vitamin A. Carotenoids may have some protective effect against the damage by harmful UV rays because it acts as a natural sunblock. Summer is past now, but even after being exposed to the sun, Vitamin A will helps to nourish and feed our skin with…

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    Addiction to junk food could be passed to offspring and lead to obesity

    Everyone knows that junk food is harmful for health. However, unhealthy fast food chains are spreading here and there as a plague every day. As a consequence, the world is becoming sicker and sicker and health care systems are collapsing. In this scenario, the most worrying situation is that newborns can have greater predisposition to be obese and preference for junk food. It is clear that what mothers eat during pregnancy matters. But how can junk food have such as big impact on babies? So, could it be an addiction to junk food? A study showed that pregnant rats that love junk food can pass the addiction to their offspring…

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    Blueberries beat muscle soreness and optimise recovery after workout

    Inflammation and sore muscles is a sign of a hard workout. Anyone who works out regularly may understand the feeling of a burning sensation in a particular part of a body. As a consequence, thousands of synthetic sport supplements are out in the market promising great results to beat swollen muscles and faster recovery. However, the Mother Nature provides a wide variety of foods that do the same job as synthetic pills. Welcome to the fruit world of anti-inflammatory berries: blueberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, cherries…

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    Tomatoes and green tea may prevent Alzheimer

    A diet rich in plants may reverse and prevent Alzheimer symptoms according to a study from the University of Southern California published recently. Researchers focused their attention on two ingredients, found mainly in plants: EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) and FA (ferulic acid). Green tea is very rich in EGCG while tomatoes, rice, wheat, oats and carrots contains a huge amount of FA.

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    Unknown “vitamin ET” in Mushrooms fights free radicals

    American and British researchers simultaneously discovered, isolated and named cobalamin or vitamin B12 in 1948. Since then, no more news about new vitamins. However, Johns Hopkins University studied the unusual amino acid “ergothioneine” (ET) in deeper detail and it showed up an interesting update (1). Ergothioneine could be a new vitamin due its characteristics and role in the body. Humans cannot make ET and the only possible way to get some of the “new vitamin” is through food. “Because of its dietary origin and the toxicity associated with its depletion, ET may represent a new vitamin whose physiologic roles include antioxidant cytoprotection”, extract from Johns Hopkins University’s study. So many…

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    Watermelon, natural viagra without side effects?

    Imagine having a drink with a group of friends and suddenly you ask them to name some aphrodisiac foods. Probably oysters and chocolate would come up first in the list. However, there is a refreshing and delicious spring/summer fruit that is not very popular in the aphrodisiac ranking, but actually it should be in the top 3. It is watermelon.

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    The cheap, healthy and “miraculous” flaxseed against breast cancer

    From time to time, a particular food becomes very popular and trending. It is like magic. But magic has always a trick and when it comes to food industry, the trick is called marketing, money, guru nutritionists and misconception of information. For example, not long time ago inulin was almost out of stock in every single health store after someone described its benefits in a TV program.

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    Is white bread a villain and whole grain bread a superhero?

    We have been told that foods made of complex carbohydrates are much better and healthier, because they contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and are also a good source of fibre. This is partially true, but when it comes to bread, the reality is not that clear. White bread is considered the villain in this story, while whole wheat bread is a superhero. But, things are not so black and white. They are almost the same! Understanding our bread Most bread is made from either white (simple carbohydrates) or whole grain (complex carbohydrates) flour and both come from wheat. The first one is digested quickly and released into the bloodstream,…