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Neurological disorders are on the rise in New Zealand and worldwide.

According to an article by Professor Valery Feigin, the director at The National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at the University of Auckland. Neurological disorders such as stroke, meningitis, encephalitis, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis migraine and many others have ranked as the leading cause group of disabilities in 2015, […]

Brain disorders have a genetic link and can be inherited.

The relationship among psychiatric disorders is very narrow, at least from the molecular level. That is what has been detected by an international research about brain disorders. The genetic variables were analysed in over 800,000 people (both patients and healthy people) from all over the world. The result showed that psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, […]

Good gut bacteria could help in cancer treatment.

The fact that a balanced gut microbiome is important for overall health is no secret. Over the past decade, scientists have linked gut bacteria to several illnesses, including depression and obesity. More recently, researches have turned their minds to studying the relationship between gut bacteria and how cancer patients respond (or don’t respond) to treatment. […]

Science tries to find what’s really behind gluten sensitivity.

Based on the original article published in Science on 23/05/2018. Over the past decade, the number of people who report some level of gluten sensitivity has continuously increased all over the world. In 2014, around 3 million people in the USA have weaned off of gluten even though they have not been diagnosed as celiacs. This […]

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 […]

Research indicates a close link between menopause and dementia.

You are more than just a pretty face! Most medical research in women’s health revolves around cosmetics, reproductive fitness and breast cancer. Little research is dedicated to women’s brain health, according to Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D, the associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College. There are studies that show a relationship […]

Blackcurrants turn from commodity to value-added.

Excerpt from article published in NZ Grower by Anne Hardie, April 2018. Just 20 or so commercial blackcurrant growers remain in the industry which is based mainly in Canterbury, with a few in Nelson, and after years of struggling for good returns, they’ve become innovative out of necessity. Hamish Rush is fourth generation on the […]

Happy thoughts and a Positive Attitude to keep Depression and Alzheimer’s at bay.

A research published in Nature Communications has demonstrated that the human brain needs to produce a specific substance in the the hippocampus (the part of the brain that is responsible for memory, especially long-term memory) in order to keep unwanted thoughts at bay. This finding shows that this substance may be artificially reproduced in a […]

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 […]

Understanding the difference in Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies.

Ever wondered what Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies mean and how they can be used? Based on the article written by Dr. J.E. Gellis, MD and published in Pain Medicine in 2017. Looking at what has been experimented on and scientifically tested around the world, the author compiled several studies that can provide scientific support to beneficial effects […]

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