Although neurogenesis inevitably slows as we get older, scientists are discovering that growing new brain cells can be stimulated in…
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.
Schisandra, also known as Schizandra or Schisandra chinensis, comes from a vine native to northern China and eastern Russia. Its sometimes referred to as the ‘five flavor berry’ because it supposedly encapsulates the five major flavours – sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy.
Magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium is especially important for muscle and nerve function, helping to convert food into the cellular energy needed to transmit nerve impulses. Which types do you need?
Got too many feijoas from the neighbours? It’s nearing the end of the season – don’t let them go to waste! Use feijoa in these yummy antioxidant rich smoothie recipes.
Astaxanthin is a uniquely broad-spectrum antioxidant capable of protecting many of the body’s systems from oxidative damage to the cells. It is harvested from an algae called Haematococcus pluvialis, which produces astaxanthin to protect itself from harsh ultraviolet and extreme changes in its environment.
Did you know polar bear liver is high in Vitamin A – making it poisonous for humans? Or that nutmeg can cause hallucinations? Fascinate your friends and family with these 31 health facts!
Echinacea is most often touted for its immune system support, not only in helping to prevent infections, but also clearing up some of the symptoms of colds, flus and other infections, and speeding up recovery time. Ehinacea also has a few other tricks up its sleeve, with surprising benefits in other areas of health.
About one billion people each year are affected by migraines around the world. Doctors and research scientists have, as yet, no definitive answer as to exactly what causes them. We know that it is probably partly genetic, partly due to dietary deficiencies and lifestyle as well as hormone imbalances.
The regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids is now pretty widely accepted as being a good insurance policy for your long-term heart and brain health. This is largely because of their powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. But how does that effect depression?
The long list of health benefits from pine bark extract just keeps getting longer! The medicinal use of pine bark has its roots in East Asian and North American traditions, dating back many centuries.
Antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the ones causing the infection. Plus, their overuse is causing resistant strains of bacteria to become widespread. Research has shown that essential plant oils may be able to target many drug-resistant diseases, where conventional antibiotics are failing us.