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vitamins

Food & nutrition
October 7, 2019

Celery juice: fad or science?

A tall glass of cold, green vegetable juice may not sound appetising, but celery juice is the latest health trend that has most people reaching for a glass.
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Tests & investigations
October 8, 2018

Prevent illness with these top health tests

Blood testing can help catch potential health risks early, before they progress to serious health problems. Blood tests are recommended on an annual basis for people over the age of 40. Keep an eye on your overall health with these tests. Thyroid function Your thyroid regulates how your body uses energy. It influences the way your respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems function. It also influences brain function, cholesterol levels, menstruation, body temperature, muscle tone and strength, and skin conditions. When your thyroid function is too high or too low, you could have serious health complications. Tests for... A thyroid-stimulating hormone…
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Hair & nails
October 8, 2018

The best vitamins for hair growth

Your hair is your crowning glory. If you want long, thick hair, but struggle with thin hair, and slow growth, these vitamins can help stimulate luscious locks. Vitamins are essential nutrients that help your body perform different duties. This is what allows you to function properly. Vitamins can help heal wounds, keep your bones strong and boost your immune system. Vitamin A All the cells in your body need Vitamin A for growth, including your hair. If you lack this vitamin, you may notice you’re losing hair. Vitamin A helps your skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum…
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Food & nutrition
July 11, 2018

Supercharge your diet by pairing these foods

Wine and chocolate, burgers and fries…we’re all familiar with pairing food for taste (whether healthy or not). Now here’s something you probably haven’t tried: pairing food for their nutritional value. Combining certain foods may be more helpful than eating them separately as some nutrients work better side by side. Food synergy Food synergy means combining two nutrient-rich foods in one dish to maximise the dietary impact. Certain components in foods and drinks (like minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals, fibre, and fats) interact with each other to boost health benefits. Sometimes, those benefits may include weight loss! Research from The American Journal…
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Food & nutrition
November 13, 2017

The vitamins and minerals your body needs most

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, says the old English proverb. Is there any truth to this? Well, if you consider the fact that apples are loaded with antioxidants and fibre, there’s definitely value in an apple each day! But the truth is, your body needs more than an apple to survive and thrive. You need carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The miracle protein in your body Your body is an operational machine that works 24/7. It’s made of cells and in each of them are enzymes that keep it functioning. Your body's enzymes (special proteins) allow…
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Food & nutrition
August 24, 2016

Healthy snacks to boost your memory

And the answer is… The majority of us have had that moment during a test or exam when that fact or calculation that you studied – just last night! – vanishes from your memory. So, is there an answer to this problem? Yes, it’s FOOD! (more…)
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Vitamins & Supplements
April 23, 2015

Should you be taking multivitamin supplements?

Adverts tell us we can’t live without them. Pharmacies stock hundreds of different brands, each claiming to be the best…but, are multivitamins as effective as they are claimed to be? Does it matter at which time of the day you wash one down? (more…)
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Food & nutrition
October 2, 2014

Best vitamin C foods

We know that Vitamin C is good for us – when you think of it, you probably picture a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice, half a ruby grapefruit or a fizzy supplement. But there are a plenty of sources of natural Vitamin C that you can eat at any time of the day, and your body will absorb and use as it needs. Here are some you may not even know about. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
May 28, 2014

Are you wasting your money on supplements?

In the UK, it’s a £175 million a year industry, and South Africa isn’t far behind. We’re talking about antioxidant supplements – from daily doses of vitamin A and C, to super-foods such as blueberries and almonds. (more…)
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