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Digestive Enzymes for a Baby

I’ve been searching everywhere for information! On what you ask? Well you probably guessed by the title, I’ve been trying to find information about administering a baby with digestive enzymes. Unfortunately we have had to put our little man on formula (at 5 weeks of age) as a result of his silent reflux. I read…

Omega-3 Diet Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk

In yet another study showing the benefits of consuming foods high in Omega-3, Akira Sekikawa (MD) and colleagues found that rather than genetic factors contributing to the lower heart disease risk in Japan’s population, the actual Omega-3 content of Japanese diets may be responsible instead. The study, cited in the August edition of the Journal…

Cookies benefit breast milk

Who would’ve thought that “The Health People” might advocate the consumption of cookies, huh?Ok there’s a slight catch, these aren’t ordinary cookies, they are enriched with CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). As a result of eating these enriched cookies, researchers found these healthy fatty acids to be present in breast milk at a higher level (46% ~…

Cure for Hay fever

At the beginning of every spring (or summer for some), you start hearing a lot of sniffling and sneezing. This is usually as a result of people suffering from hay fever also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis. A condition which is caused by an allergy to grass or hay pollens. Common symptoms are a runny…

Acne – My Story, Part 3: Vitamins, Antibiotics and Herbs

Read: Acne – Part 1: Introduction, Acne – Part 2: Skincare After having tried the myriad of products for my skin and not getting the results I wanted – i.e. clear skin – I was told by a friend that she had known someone who had really bad acne and had been prescribed some tablets…

Nutrigenomics: The new way forward for your nutritional needs?

It sometimes confusing when one is bombarded with disparate views on various health topics. For example, one minute we are told that coffee is good for us, the next we are told that it is bad. What the…!? Okay, confusing is not the right word…maybe frustrating? Annoying? Sort it out Mr. Scientist? You get my…

Effects of caffeine on productivity and mental fatigue

A new study from the Journal of Nutrition shows that caffeine has a positive effect on productivity. The study involved testing the efficacy of two antifatigue substances, caffeine and d-ribose. Seventeen healthy volunteers were randomised to oral caffeine (200 mg/d), D-ribose (2000 mg/d), or placebo for 8 d. The candidates were subjected to fatigue-inducing mental…

Probiotics ease gut problems in people with HIV/AIDS

Yet another study and benefit on the use of probiotic cultures has emerged. This time the study focuses on the positive results derived from the use of probiotics by those who suffer from HIV/AIDS. The study (a joint project by African and Canadian researchers) suggests that taking gut-friendly bacteria may ease suffering from diarrhoea and…

Folic acid intake may reduce premature births by half.

According to new data, the risk of having a premature baby could be halved if women supplement with folic acid for at least one year before conception. The study on folate supplementation was conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. 38,033 women participated in the first and largest U.S. study on folate…

Patients die after taking probiotics!

In the last week this story has been quite shocking, though many have yet to understand the whole story and full implications of what actually happend. Twenty-four patients with acute pancreatitis (a rare and very serious disease) were taking part in a trial procedure to treat their condition. The study was conducted as a result…

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