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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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…

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The perfect Easter Treat! These tasty hot cross buns can be served cold, warm or toasted with a little bit of butter, mmmm!

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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!

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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.

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