Turmeric has many health benefits, particularly related to lowering chronic inflammation, which have been known in some parts of the world for thousands of years. The active component in turmeric is curcumin, which is a known anti-inflammatory. Now modern scientists are finding evidence in study after study for what traditional practitioners have known for centuries, and what drug companies don’t want to admit: this natural plant product can treat and prevent a huge range of diseases and ailments, from arthritis to dementia to digestive complaints, to heart disease. It can be more effective than aspirin or ibuprofen. The problem is, it’s hard to patent. In March 2018 the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry released a study showing that curcumin can also improve memory and stabilise mood in healthy adults not suffering from dementia or depression. The placebo-controlled trial was conducted over 18 months. Healthy participants aged between 50 and 90…
It is already fairly well documented that resveratrol can effectively treat insulin resistance. A placebo-controlled human trial conducted in Iran in 2016 suggested that resveratrol lowered insulin levels and insulin resistance in diabetics (with type 2 diabetes).
A potential new antibiotic has been discovered by scientists scouring soil samples, which may be able to treat ‘super bugs’ (drug-resistant diseases) and provide a solution to the antibiotic crisis we are already facing.
Selenium, iodine and chromium – each of these essential minerals plays an important role in human nutrition. They support the immune system and thyroid function, regulate metabolism and blood sugar levels, and play an important role in women’s reproductive health. New Zealand’s soil is lacking in all three.
Vitamin C and other plant-derived vitamins are well known as an important part of our diets, but a group of lesser known compounds, known as flavonoids or bioflavonoids, have more recently received recognition for their central role in supporting human health. They are not only vital for the absorption of vitamin C but have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and slow the effects of aging, with their anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
Withania (Withania somnifera), also commonly known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is part of the nightshade family. In Ayurvedic medicine it is known as ashwagandha, and traditionally used as a nerve soother and rejuvenator.
A lot of people have trouble with trying to swallow capsules, so you’re not alone. Whether it is life-saving medication you have to administer to a child, or you just want to be able to take your daily supplements with ease, don’t give up! The following techniques have proved very effective.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was first commercially produced in the late nineteenth century in the US. Deemed safe by the FDA in 1976, it nevertheless raised health concerns early on. HFCS became prevalent in the US as a sweetener from the 1970s, especially in soft drinks.
One of the world’s oldest cultivated plants, the olive has shaped the culture, landscape and economy of the Mediterranean region for over five thousand years. Economically valuable for the oil extracted from its fruits, the olive has long been a symbol of long life, prosperity and peace, in many cultures and religions.