The human brain

Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking about brain health and the role of basic nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as key natural extracts play in the maintenance of a healthy brain, specifically looking at the role they have in the prevention of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease. Read the first articles in the series here ‘Factors affecting the health of your brain’ and ‘Curcumin: a preventative compound for Alzheimer’s Disease?


Treat Mum or have fun making this guilt-free, chocolate mousse dessert with the kids this Mother’s Day.

Watch people’s reactions after eating it when you tell them the main ingredient was avocado! They never would’ve guessed!



When Daniel King’s mother was diagnosed with a serious blood ailment, he decided there was more that he could do than simply be a supportive son. As a scientist he began researching and before long About Health was born…


Keeping our brain healthy and functioning to its full potential requires many factors – such as balanced nutrition, clean environment and minimal bumps to the head – which we covered in our recent article ‘Factors affecting the health of your brain’.
Due to the increasing age of the global population and the rising incidence of dementia and other neurological conditions, there is a lot of research going on in the field of brain health – both with a view towards treatment, and increasingly, towards prevention. Many natural extracts have been studied for their potential ability to influence the health of our brains – while there is some encouraging work with a few extracts showing treatment potential in animals, the real strength of natural extracts at this stage is proving to be more in the area of prevention.

winter cold

Normally we don’t talk about the financial side of health, or ill health; but with winter rapidly approaching I’m reminded of a phrase that I hear a lot at this time of the year “I just can’t afford to get sick”. Usually people are referring to being so busy or not being able to take time off from work or looking after their family, some of this concern is related to finances (i.e. not enough sick leave) but most of it is related to inconvenience. That’s the perspective as an individual. When we look at the cost to the New Zealand economy as a whole you can see a significant impact on the economy – in 2012 workplace absence cost us $1.2 billion dollars. Interestingly, most of the absence from the workplace – up to 84% each year in fact, is due to minor illnesses, such as colds, ‘flu, stomach bugs and headaches.

GF hot cross buns

Hot cross buns have been a household tradition for decades over Easter. This gluten free Easter buns are easy to make and simply delicious served warm with a little bit of butter.

The human brain is vastly complex; it is made up of an estimated 10 billion interconnected neurons as well as blood vessels and other cells that support the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is made up of the brain as well as the spinal cord; the peripheral nervous system (PNS) comprises of nerves throughout the body. Together the CNS and PNS control every function in the body from the subconscious such as breathing, the cognitive such as learning and memory and the physical such as walking. Signals from the brain (CNS) to the body (PNS) are carried on nerve fibres, so healthy neuronal cells and nerve conduction is essential for the efficient functioning of the body.


We already know, and I have talked before about antidepressants increasing the risk of young people committing suicide, the risk increase is as much as 8 times. One drug Paxil (from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)) was only ‘indicated’ for treatment of depression in adults, but a loop-hole allows doctors to prescribe a drug for anything they like, and so the drug company sent its reps around and recommended to doctors to prescribe it to young adults as well. GSK was aware of 3 studies that demonstrated it did not work and also that these drugs can increase risk of suicide in young people. They bribed doctors with trips and tickets to sports events, in exchange for a conversation about Paxil. They took doctors on lavish holidays. And they got busted, eventually, to the tune of three billion dollars.


Multivitamin and mineral supplements are often the subject of a lot of media scrutiny; some reports tell how they extend our life and others talk about how they’re simply unnecessary and a waste of money.  So which argument is correct?


By now many people know the key benefits of Lester’s Oil and Res-V Ultimate such as joint, heart, brain, cellular health and more.  While on the surface it is easy to think that these two products are doing the same thing, they actually work in the body in different ways, providing a both complementary and synergistic activity.  Let’s first look at some of the benefits of the key individual nutrients, and then we’ll look at how they work together.

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