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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 […]

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 […]

Healthy food goes beyond the label.

Marian Burros, retired New York Times food columnist spoke on 24th of April at a symposium honoring N.Y.U. food researcher Marion Nestle called Marion Nestle and the State of Food: Policy, Media, Education and More. Burros explains that what is changing in people’s eating and shopping habits nowadays is what can dictate improvements in how food is grown and manufactured for […]

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 […]