So… fat cells aren’t necessarily bad! Is that it?

According to a research recently published in Developmental Cell, fat cells help with the wound healing process in fruit fly.
 
When the fly pupae has a wound, immune cells called hemocytes arrive to the site first and fat cells follow. Then, hemocyces are brushed aside by the fat cells, which take over the healing process.
 
Fat cells in humans and other vertebrates probably have the same function, according to the researchers.
 

Blackcurrants 101: Where do essential fatty acids and anthocyanins come from?

In this video produced by Mountain Edge Video Production, Vitality™ New Zealand’s Director Jim Grierson explains the process of extracting the anthocyanins and essential fatty-acid oils Omega 3, 6 and 9 from the New Zealand blackcurrants. Blackcurrants have been used for centuries to make concentrate juice, jams and compotes, but its health benefits are basically … Read moreBlackcurrants 101: Where do essential fatty acids and anthocyanins come from?

Harvesting Blackcurrants in New Zealand

It’s another Blackcurrant harvesting time in New Zealand!

In this video produced by Mountain Edge Video Production, Vitality™ New Zealand’s Director Jim Grierson shows the process of harvesting one of three blackcurrant varieties (suitable for BC extract production) grown in New Zealand: Ben Ard.

According to research carried out by Plant & Food Research, Ben Ard has the highest levels of anthocyanins among all blackcurrant varieties found in the market today. Hence, Ben Ard is Vitality™ New Zealand‘s top choice of Blackcurrant variety to be used in all of its products.

We thank Bruce and Mandy Hamilton for allowing us to film the entire operation at their farm in Lakeside Leeston, Canterbury (January 2018).

A simple and cheap blood test may determine if you can develop dementia.

Australian and Japanese researchers are on to develop a simple, easy and cheap test that can detect spots of Dementia in the brain. Scientists have been investigating the use of blood tests in the search of a biomarker for dementia and other neuro-degenerative diseases for over a decade. However, this may be the first time … Read moreA simple and cheap blood test may determine if you can develop dementia.