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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 […]

Happy New Year! by Claire Sykes

I have a very special place, which I can go to, anytime… north western Golden Bay…Here nestled in the beautiful podocarp forest teeming with birds, there sits a little wooden bach with a cosy fire. Staying here provides a very simple lifestyle, as there is no Wi-Fi, limited cell phone reception, gas hot water, rainwater […]

More hope of recovery after a stroke, new studies say.

Victims of cerebral venal thrombosis, or cerebral stroke, require the fastest intervention they can get in order to increase their chances of recovery. Thrombectomy, the surgical removal of a thrombus* from a blood vessel, is the normal procedure that a patient has to undergo within six hours after s/he had a stroke. However, two new studies published […]

NZ Blackcurrant may be beneficial for people who suffer from Type-2 Diabetes, new study says.

A new research done by Dr. Mark Willems, from the University of Chichester, and collaborators has led to the conclusion that regular intake of New Zealand blackcurrant extract can help blood sugar levels to return to normal levels more quickly in type-2 diabetes sufferers. Their conclusion is based on a 7-day trial during which healthy participants […]

Why do we get more forgetful as we age?

A study published by Dr. Helfrich and colleagues suggests that sleep and long-term memory are connected. Our brains don’t rest while we sleep. Instead, the neurons continue working, sending electrical waves to each other. A full night’s rest is, therefore, necessary for the good functioning of the brain waves. When we don’t sleep properly, these brain […]

Weekend…”GODzone” style (by Claire Sykes)

Claire…..”Hey what time do you recon we finish Saturday?” Brent…you mean Sunday?… Claire…”what!…ah Sunday??”…awkward silence…”tell me you’re joking” Brent…nervous laugh… “Umm no…” Claire…”mmm…Crap…” Brent…”come on you’ll be fine! It’ll be of heaps of fun, and… we even gonna have a little bit of sleep!!” This was a conversation a few days before a Godzone style […]

Finding the right balance between Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids in your diet

Both omega-6 and omega-3 are essential fatty acids, that is fats our body cannot produce from other substances. The balance of these particular fats plays a big role in modulating cellular inflammation, heart health, and brain function. Anthropological research indicates that ancient hunter-gatherers were free of the modern inflammatory diseases, like heart disease, cancer, and […]

Health Benefits associated to Anthocyanins Consumption

During the last years increasing consideration has been placed in plants and foods which can contain antioxidant properties. This particular attention in fruits and vegetables is due to multiple reports indicating their effectiveness in the reduction of risks of chronic diseases in humans (Steinberg, 1995; Olsson et al., 2004; Yi et al., 2006; Hassan and Abdel-Aziz, […]

Blackcurrant Anthocyanins can Aid in the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Diseases

The use of plant-based supplements as an alternative to preventing and treating several ailments is increasingly gaining market. Plants have a group of phytochemicals, responsible for their coloration, called anthocyanins, which have been shown to improve some symptoms and the progression of diseases such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes, cataract, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and […]

The growing worldwide resistance to synthetic antibiotics. Can plants help us?

The frequent (and rather often) overuse of synthetic antibiotics to fight common infections has led us to an alarming worldwide growth in antibiotic resistance. The so called “superbugs” are believed to infect more than 2 million people and kill at least 23,000 in the USA alone (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC). […]