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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 […]

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 […]

New study raises questions about the birth of new neurons in human adult brain.

A new research published in Nature this month has cast a shadow over a 20-year-old research that showed evidence of neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons) in the adult human hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the human brain that is responsible for processing memory. A second paper published in 2003 by Jonas Frisén and colleagues supported […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]