How to be happy

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A cross-sectional study examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in Britain finding happiness and mental health are highest among those eating 7 portions of fruit and vegetables/day. Only a tenth of the population achieve this, whilst a quarter eat just one or no portions/day.

An apple a day does another thing…

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A study of healthy, middle-aged adults has found consumption of an apple/day for a month lowered by 40% the blood levels of oxidized LDL (the “bad” cholesterol), a substance linked to hardening of the arteries.

Which’s Brew?

Which's Brew Report on Nutritional Therapists

Which? magazine has just published a headline scoop “Are Nutritional Therapists Gambling With Your Health?”. Martina examines the science behind the claims.

Link between nutrient levels, cognition and brain shrinkage

Elderly people with higher blood levels of vitamins B, C, D, E and omega 3 fatty acids performed better in mental acuity tests and suffered less brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer’s disease – while “junk food” diets had the opposite effect.

There are none so blind as the double blind !

evidence-based medicine

I absolutely loved this article in CAM magazine on “blinkered” scientists and was laughing out loud as I read it. It was written by my good friend and colleague Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride in her own direct conversational style and deserves all the attention it can get. We live in an age of evidence based medicine. […]

Inulin

Both Jerusalem and globe artichokes contain inulin, a fructose-based indigestible starch which has prebiotic effects linked to several health benefits. Inulin ferments in the large intestine, stimulating the selective growth of beneficial gut bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.

Fish Oil Controversy

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Is Something Fishy Going On? If you find yourself thoroughly confused about the recent fishoil controversy, you are not alone. One minute we are told to eat oily fish, then media headlines scream essential fats offer no health benefits at all. Let’s sort out fact from fiction. Omega 3 is an “essential” fat, our bodies […]

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