Category Archives: Health & Environment

Eating healthy can get tricky sometimes…

That’s what I learned throughout the years and this is what I get asked by people when I tell them I’m a pescatarian. I have been a pescatarian for over 20 years and it hasn’t always been easy. I’m originally from Brazil where meat plays a huge part in the culture, the cuisine and socializing. […]

No Pain No Gain (by Claire Sykes)

Do we need to feel Pain to get the Gain…. At the age of nineteen I discovered the sport of rowing. It was a harsh way into the world of fitness and “getting into” a competitive sport, to keep oneself out of mischief. Three times a day, running, rowing plus hours at the gym, I […]

Recent study shows that prolonged intake of NZBC extract can speed up fat burn

Countless researches have been showing the health benefits of complimenting your diet with berries. Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) has been shown to have the highest concentration of the polyphenol anthocyanin. Polyphenols naturally occur in plants (hence, called phytochemicals) and they are responsible for the coloring in plants. Polyphenols also protect plants from the attack of insects […]

New research by Matthew David Cook, Stephen David Myers, Mandy Lucinda Gault, Victoria Charlotte Edwards and Mark Elisabeth Theodorus Willems, published in June 2017 in the European Journal of Applied Physiology journal, tested the effects of New Zealand Blackcurrant extract on speeding up fat and carbohydrate oxidation in human bodies.  Fat and carbohydrates are oxidized (broken down) and transformed into triglycerides and fatty acids, which are smaller molecules that can be more easily absorbed by […]

Vitality® New Zealand and the 2017 Spring Challenge Adventure Race!

Vitality® New Zealand going to be at the Spring Challenge Adventure Race in Geraldine, South Island, on 29th of September! We will be there at the Geraldine Farm Shop Café to congratulate these amazing women on their achievement. So come and take part in this challenge or grab a bite and a cuppa with us! […]

Talk About Obvious: Health Benefits of Physical Activity

It is talking about the obvious when we say that physical exercise is good for your health. But as statistics of obesity-related diseases and death grow all over the world, it makes you wonder if the message gets through to people, or the facts related to the health benefits of an active life are explained […]

Blackcurrant can Reduce Eye Blood Pressure in Open-Angle Glaucoma patients

A study carried out by a group of scientists from Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine and the Yagi Hospital of Jiko Medical Association in Japan, have found that the daily consumption of blackcurrant anthocyanins slowed down the visual field deterioration and elevation of ocular blood flow (high eye blood pressure) in patients with open-angle […]

Growing Avocado Seedlings from Seed

Growing Avocado Seedlings from Seed

Being from a tropical country, it’s no wonder that I miss some of our beautiful fruit trees. My parents have a huge avocado tree in their backyard, which was given to them as a sapling by a friend. There are avocado trees everywhere in Brazil, on the streets, in people’s backyards. You can eat avocados […]

Allergies and Asthma

Asthma

At the lung level, an “asthma attack” occurs with the flow of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) to the site of inflammation. When a person has an allergic reaction, there is an overflow of eosinophils to the lungs, which causes mucus cell hyperplasia (swelling). The excess mucus blocks the alveoli (Figure 1), thus […]

Is New Zealand blackcurrant a new ergogenic aid in sport?

Is New Zealand blackcurrant a new ergogenic aid in sport? The daily consumption of fruit and vegetables in appropriate amounts will provide health benefits. Fruit and vegetables are multi-ingredient foods with the anthocyanin content potentially linked to the health benefits due to its known anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity. Anthocyanins are responsible for the colours in […]

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