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Magnesium may help slow progression of prediabetes
Friday January 23, 2015 at 6:59pm

Magnesium is an extremely important mineral that helps your body maintain blood glucose levels. Research has found that increasing magnesium intake may be important for improving insulin sensitivity, reducing systemic inflammation, and decreasing diabetes risk and may be particularly beneficial in offsetting risk of developing diabetes among those at high risk.

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Blueberries reduce risk of heart disease in women
Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 6:14pm

Research conducted by a team of nutrition and exercise scientists from Florida State University, has shown how introducing blueberries to the diet can help reduce high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women. Once women go through menopause, they are put at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

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Can a fish oil supplement help prevent Alzheimer's
Friday January 16, 2015 at 8:51am

Alzheimer's is an incurable disease and the most common type of dementia. It's main symptom is memory loss, among many others, which can cause significant disruption to a person's daily life. While it cannot be cured many new studies have identified key lifestyle and nutritional risk factors which when modified can help prevent Alzheimer's from developing and slow its progression in people already suffering from it.

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Reduce your waist line with tomatoes
Wednesday January 14, 2015 at 7:50am

Research published in the journal Nutrition suggests that a daily glass of tomato juice (a source of lycopene) can reduce both waist circumference and body fat. The study was conducted on young healthy women of normal body weight.

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Pycnogenol may reduce symptoms of a common cold
Monday January 12, 2015 at 8:22am

A new study has indicated that daily supplementation of Pycnogenol®, at the first signs of a common cold, not only reduces the total number of days affected by illness but also the severity of associated symptoms. Pycnogenol® contains extracts from French maritime bark which contains natural anti-inflammatory properties and it's ability to boost our immune system has been extensively researched to date. Read more in this post.

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Treating a magnesium deficiency with a supplement
Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 5:06pm

Magnesium is an essential mineral for our health so any concerns over a potential deficiency should not be ignored. Due to soil conditions and food processing methods the levels of magnesium in the foods we eat has dropped 35% in the 50 years preceding 1991. It is also important we consume the right balance of calcium and Vitamin D in our diet so that we are able to absorb and make best use of it. Learn more in this post, and about conditions that can be caused by a magnesium deficiency.

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Could depression be an allergic reaction?
Friday January 2, 2015 at 6:01pm

Depression has always carried the stigma of being a mental illness, however new research suggests that it could be as much about the body as the mind. The claim is that it is a result of inflammation caused by the body's immune system. Find out more in this post.

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The humble Sprout - the Christmas 'Superfood'
Thursday December 4, 2014 at 5:22pm

Sprouts are being hailed as this seasons 'superfood'. Rich in immune boosting Vitamin C & K its perfect for keeping bugs at bay this winter. As well as folic acid, calcium and magnesium sprouts also contain sulforane which to helps to lower cholesterol. These nutritious little gems deserve to be on your plate more than once a year!

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Cranberries - Not just for Christmas!
Monday December 1, 2014 at 5:27pm

Remember - Cranberries are not just for Christmas! The humble cranberry is an antioxidant rich 'super food' topped only by blueberries. As well as being high in Vitamin C and fibre, they are low calorie and delicious! Scientific studies have shown a range of potential health benefits including fighting aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes and urinary tract infections (UTI).

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Vitamin C increases physical activity in men
Friday November 21, 2014 at 7:40pm

Low levels of Vitamin C in the body has been shown to lead to decreased immune system strength so it's important, especially at this time of year, to ensure you're getting enough. A new study has shown that not only did it help to fight off the sniffles but it also boosted physical activity.

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