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from non-swimmer to Apolima Straight finisher in Samoa! By Claire Sykes

I have enjoyed the past 2 years following the progress of a friend of mine, from non-swimmer to Apolima Straight finisher in Samoa!… http://www.samoaevents.com/apolima-strait.html Being an endurance athlete of sorts it stuns me to think of myself being in the water for 12 hours let alone trying to actually swim for that time! Starting a […]

NZ Blackcurrants speed up fat burn in women by 27%

Recent scientific study supports that NZ blackcurrant extract can speed up fat burn in women. Professor Mark Willems, from the University of Chichester, said: ‘It is great to know that there are now observations of enhanced exercise-induced fat oxidation by New Zealand blackcurrant extract in endurance trained women and men. Prof. Williems has published several […]

Dietary fibers extracted from Blackcurrant pomace could add functional ingredients to and enhance the fiber content of foods.

Processing fruit, vegetables and cereals creates a large amount of agricultural waste in the form of pomace. The wine and juice industries, for example, discard about 15% of grapes and 20% of soft berries as pomace. However, instead of waste, pomace could be used in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. How? A study carried out […]

Remember not to tip the scales.  By Claire Sykes

Have you got that work/ life balance sorted yet?… What about the sport/ life balance?? Autumn makes me ponder these things as I prepare for a change in the season; I blame it on the subtle crispness in the air and the lovely stillness (apart from the two recent cyclones which caused havoc all around […]

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 […]

Vitality® New Zealand at the Summer Sarau Festival in Upper Moutere

The Summer Sarau Festival & Country Market at Upper Moutere on Sunday, 28 of February was a big success in the community. The heat, delicious foods, cold drinks, as well as arts & crafts brought a good sized crowd to the Moutere Community Centre, where the event took place. And Vitality® New Zealand‘s team made their […]

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 […]

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, […]

Black currant (Ribes nigrum)

Synonyms / Common Names / Related Terms Alpha-linolenic acid, anthocyanin, anthocyanidin glycosides, anthocyanoside, astragalin, BCA, BCSO, black currant, black currant berry, black currant juice, black currant power, black currant seed oil, cassis (French, Spanish), cassistee, European black currant, European black currant, Feuilles de Cassis, gamma-linolenic acid, Gichtbeerblaetter, groselha preta (Portuguese), groselheira preta (f) (Bot.), Grossulariaceae […]