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.
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.
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.
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…
A stand out food that people miss the most when they move to a gluten-free diet is, bread. There are some nice gluten-free breads that you can buy, but they are very expensive. Below are two variations of bread recipes to ensure that your gluten-free diet is not making you miss out on your favourite meals – pizza and burgers of course!
Gluten-free diets have become very popular in the last few years. In some people, gluten sets off a reaction in their gut that interferes with digestion, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, lethargy, headaches, muscle and joint aches, mood swings or low mood and a reduced ability to absorb essential nutrients, particularly iron (resulting in anemia). In many cases eliminating gluten can alleviate these symptoms and increase energy and general well-being.
Eczema is an autoimmune response that manifests as a skin rash that can be itchy, dry, red, flaky or blistered. Sometimes it can be triggered (but not caused) by external irritants such as pesticides, soaps, cosmetics, and can show up on various parts of the body (not necessarily where it comes into contact with the irritant).
Once again, a new study shows that eating a Mediterranean-style diet means a reduced chance of Alzheimer’s, as outlined in a recent article in the NZ Herald by Victoria Allen. The article specifically focuses on memory loss and brain atrophy associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, quoting the author of the study as saying that a Mediterranean diet slows down the aging of the brain whereby “the brain shrinks and we lose brain cells, which can affect learning and memory”.