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Diet-Drinks-No-Better-for-our-Heart-than-Full-Sugar-Drinks (002)The popularity of sugary soft drinks has rapidly increased worldwide over recent years, but with growing research and awareness into the dangers of a diet high in #sugar, particularly in regards to #cardiovascular disease, we see more people reaching for #artificially #sweetened #beverages.   A study recently published in the Science Direct Journal has shown that despite claims they are the healthier option, artificially sweetened drinks may be just as bad for our heart as their sugar filled  counterparts.

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Linking-Low-Zinc-Levels-to-a-Higher-Risk-of-Death-from-COVID-19In a major new study, researchers have found a link between lower #plasma #zinc levels and an increased risk of death in #Covid-19 patients. The study was led by Dr Roberto Güerri-Fernández from Hospital Del Mar, Barcelona, and the results presented at the 2020 ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (#ECCVID).  The study involved a retrospective analysis of symptomatic Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital between 15th March and 30th April 2020.

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Detecting Coronavirus Antibodies

Friday, 23 October 2020 by
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Detecting-Coronavirus-AntibodiesCurrent #antibody tests for #coronavirus are conducted using samples of blood. Relatively little research has been done into the presence of any antibody responses in #saliva. These tests are crucial to determining whether we have had the virus already and even more importantly, if and for how long we may be protected from contracting it again. Researchers from the University of Toronto have just had their study published in Science Immunology (October 2020) which compared the antibody levels from both blood and saliva samples from #COVID-19 patients for three months after initial symptoms.

Sleep And The Gut Microbiome

Friday, 09 October 2020 by
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Sleep-and-the-Gut-MicrobiomeWe all know that lack of #sleep can leave us with feelings of lethargy and in a bad mood, but if this becomes prolonged it can be to the detriment of our overall physical health.  Continuous lack of sleep can put you at risk of serious illness including #obesity, #heart disease and #diabetes, all impacting upon life expectancy. New research from the University of Missouri has now shown that lack of sleep is also altering our #gut #microbiome and may be promoting the aforementioned morbidities.

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Hello, Ivy. So Long, Cough.

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Ivy Leaf for Lung Health By Erica Zelfand, ND Rattle, click, puff, inhale. So goes the pithy song of the rescue inhaler. By mimicking the effects of epinephrine and norepinephrine, β-agonist drugs cause the smooth muscles lining the airways to relax and allow more air to pass into the lungs.1 In conditions like asthma, acute

Immune Polyphenols

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Quercetin, Naringin, and Berry Polyphenols Provide Powerful Immune Protection In 2020, the year of “all things immune,” it often feels like we have listened to or read research on just about every imaginable topic surrounding the immune system. In FOCUS, between the fall and winter of 2020, we’ve covered essential vitamins and minerals, glandulars, antiviral

Dead Probiotics for Respiratory Health?

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The Benefits of Dead Probiotics for Balanced Immune System Function and More At this point, pretty much everyone has a basic familiarity with probiotics and the general digestive and immune benefits they may offer. Functional foods spanning far beyond the dairy industry are now enhanced with probiotics; at retail stores, we even see probiotic-enhanced snack

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FOCUS Discusses Key Aspects of Supporting Healthy Immune Function with Antony Haynes, RNT, BA(Hons), Dip ION Antony Haynes, RNT, BA(Hons), Dip ION, has been in private practice as a nutritional therapist since 1992, working each week from Harley Street, London. He is one of the most experienced registered nutritional therapists in the UK, and he

Medieval Mixture Effective Antibacterial

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Medieval-Mixture-Effective-AntibacterialInfections associated with #biofilms are notoriously difficult to treat and play a large role in #antibiotic resistance, a significant emerging health problem. It is estimated that Antimicrobial resistance will kill 10 million people per year by 2050. Scientists from Warwick University have recognised the need for new #antimicrobials to fight antibiotic resistance and have had their work published in the Nature Journal in July 2020. In conjunction with medievalists the team of microbiologists, chemists, pharmacists, and data analysts recreated a 1000-year-old medicinal preparation called Bald’s eye salve using extracts of “onion, garlic, wine, and bile salts” and found it to have strong antibacterial activity.

The Healing Power of Colostrum

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 by

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From Infants to Top-Notch Athletes to the Critically Ill, this “First Milk” Provides Immune and Gastrointestinal Benefits What’s the nutritional superfood that almost all of us have had at some time in our lives, and that new mothers, dairy farmers, and OB/GYNs know best? It is colostrum, the first milk that comes at birth. It