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How to ease arthritis: Evidence suggests this popular fruit could keep flare-ups in check



Researchers have found that eating at least ten cherries a day protected people with existing gout from recurrent attacks. The positive effects are from anthocyanins – plant pigments that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In a retrospective study of 24 patients presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism, researchers saw a 50 percent reduction in flares when gout patients took one tablespoon of tart cherry extract – the equivalent of 45 to 60 cherries – twice a day for four months.  Link to article

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Best supplements for cholesterol: Fish oil can boost ‘good’ cholesterol levels says study



Cholesterol falls into two categories – LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) and HDL (‘good’ cholesterol). Too much ‘bad’ cholesterol can increase the risk of serious health problems, such as narrowing of the arteries, heart attack and stroke, whereas ‘good’ cholesterol can protect against these risks. Evidence suggests that the omega3s found in fish oil may play a role in lowering triglycerides and raising HDL cholesterol. Read more about a 12-week-long intervention study in 2007 in this article. Link to article

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Vitamin E deficiency: The sign in your eye that could mean you are deficient


  
Developing a vitamin E deficiency is rare unless you have an underlying health condition. The body needs vitamin E to function and is mainly stored in the liver before being released into the blood stream for use. If you are having problems with vision, it could mean that they are vitamin E deficient and should try and eat certain foods to keep the deficiencies at bay. Other symptoms of vitamin E deficiency to watch out for include muscle weakness, walking difficulties, and numbness and tingling. Link to article
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High blood pressure: Three supplements that could help lower your reading



High blood pressure is a common condition in the UK and the only sure way to find out you have it is to have your reading checked on a regular basis. If high blood pressure is left untreated, the arteries can thicken and harden, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke, which can be life-threatening. Some studies suggest the addition of a supplement can help lower blood pressure. Three supplements proven effective are garlic, fibre and CoQ10. Another article this week on blood pressure and how using garlic can help lower readings. Link to article

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How to sleep: Three drinks to have before bed to help you get a good night’s sleep



Sleep is an important part of a person’s health, and a lack of it can lead to serious health problems. Not only can it make a person feel grumpy, it can increase the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Most people need around eight hours of good quality sleep a night to function properly. The article focuses strongly on the nutrients needed to enhance sleep; tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin. Link to article

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Best supplements for bloating: Could this natural supplement soothe your tummy swelling?



Evidence suggests that ginger supplements may speed up stomach emptying, relieve digestive upset, and reduce intestinal cramping, bloating, and gas. Human studies suggest that taking one to 1.5 grams of ginger capsules daily in divided doses may relieve nausea. This supports the body of evidence that says ginger brings myriad health benefits to the digestive system. An interesting read on ginger and how it helps digestion. Link to article

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Best supplements for the brain: Three vitamins and minerals to maintain cognitive function

The brain requires certain nutrients in order for it to stay healthy. Many people may not start to think about their brain health until they begin to see cognitive changes such as memory loss in later life. Eating a healthy diet is important for all areas of the body, not just the brain. But research has shown three particular vitamins and minerals the brain requires are vitamin B12, choline and lutein – supplements that are good to have in your nutritional regime, not just if you are struggling with memory loss. Link to article
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Best supplements for arthritis: Could this popular plant powder ease your joint pain?

As reported by the Arthritis Foundation, several studies show that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation. This article mentions how a 2010 clinical trial found that a turmeric supplement provided long-term improvement in pain and function in 100 patients with knee osteoarthritis. Link to article




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How to ease arthritis: Evidence suggests this popular fruit could keep flare-ups in check

Researchers have found that eating at least ten cherries a day protected people with existing gout from recurrent attacks. The positive effects are from anthocyanins – plant pigments that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In a retrospective study of 24 patients presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism, researchers saw a 50 percent reduction in flares when gout patients took one tablespoon of tart cherry extract – the equivalent of 45 to 60 cherries – twice a day for four months.  Link to article

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Best supplements for cholesterol: Fish oil can boost ‘good’ cholesterol levels says study

Cholesterol falls into two categories – LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) and HDL (‘good’ cholesterol). Too much ‘bad’ cholesterol can increase the risk of serious health problems, such as narrowing of the arteries, heart attack and stroke, whereas ‘good’ cholesterol can protect against these risks. Evidence suggests that the omega3s found in fish oil may play a role in lowering triglycerides and raising HDL cholesterol. Read more about a 12-week-long intervention study in 2007 in this article. Link to article