New research has established a clear link between autism and maternal vitamin D deficiency. Two new studies by the University of Queensland Brain Institute have shown that vitamin D supplementation in the first trimester of pregnancy can prevent the development of autism-related traits.

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Once you start making your own mayonnaise, you’ll never look back. It’s easy, as long as you have a food processor or blender, and tastes so much better than the stuff from the supermarket. The best thing is, it’s free of preservatives, and lasts up to a week in the fridge.

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As we head into summer,  weekend BBQs are inevitable, so if you’re looking for a sweet treat to wow your guests then try this simple and delicious orange almond cake recipe. It is also nutritional and high in protein. The oranges provide vitamin C and almonds are high in vitamin E and healthy fats.

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Inflammation is a normal and healthy response to infection and injury. It is your immune system sending white blood cells to the area to repair it and kill the invading infection. The swelling and redness you often see around sites of infection is your immune system doing its job. But problems arise when our immune system is not operating as it should and attacks our own cells, leading to chronic inflammation when there is no external threat. This leads to autoimmune responses such as allergies, and diseases like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s, as well as serious autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and crohn’s disease.

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I thought it was about time I do an update on resveratrol research. When About Health started, we were very likely the first in the world to see the potential of resveratrol and sell it as a supplement. That was back in 2005, New Zealand was the number one country per capita for resveratrol searches for years before the rest of the world caught up, and that was solely due to us as we were the only company selling it.

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Migraines affect an estimated 1 billion people each year worldwide. Medical professionals have not been able to isolate a single cause for migraines, but it has generally been thought to be a combination of genetic bad luck, hormonal fluctuations, diet, and lifestyle. New research indicates that diet may play a more significant role than previously thought.

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The story of About Health is different to most other companies. While most businesses start with an entrepreneur who has an idea for a product or service, About Health is really the result of two stories, what happened to my mother and what happened to my father.

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As you probably know, there are 101 reasons you should include omega-3 fats in your diet. Omega-3s are essential for heart and brain health and for reducing inflammation, which is a cause of many health problems related to the aging process. But omega-3 fatty acids are not created equal. It’s important to know which forms of omega-3 are the most beneficial. Omega-3s come from two main sources – plants and marine animals. There is an important difference between the two and they actually provide two different types of omega-3.

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Around 30% of New Zealanders are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for aiding in the absorption of many minerals that our bodies need, especially calcium and phosphorus. Deficiency can lead to a number of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain and weakness, weight gain, sleep problems, migraines, depression, high blood pressure, as well as joint pain and reduced bone density. You can get tested for vitamin D deficiency – 25-hydroxy-vitamin D is the main form of vitamin D tested for. Blood levels below 25 nmol/L (10ng/ml) are considered low and 50 nmol/L is generally considered normal.

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Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. The key component in turmeric is curcumin, a compound also found in small amounts in ginger. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and multiple studies have shown it to be more effective than either ibuprofen or aspirin in relieving pain caused by inflammation.

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