With branded blenders and an enticing variety of colours and flavours, blending fruits and vegetables into juices is a popular health & wellness trend. Many sweet fruits are popular ingredients to add, but even without sugary fruits, blending plant materials make more sugar content bioavailable [1,2]. On the up-side, each different vegetable and fruit contain several thousand types of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants with a plethora of clinically demonstrable health benefits [2,3,4]. So is juicing worth it, or should we just eat fruits and vegetables un-processed?

Pure Fruit Juice Power. A thorough review by Dianne Hyson explores the many times…


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Significant exercise generates oxidative stress as the body burns more fuel than when at rest. This has naturally generated interest in anti-oxidants to counter the effects of exercise-related oxidative damage, including abundant damage to various cellular components and premature muscular fatigue from sustained muscle contraction during exercise [1]. Antioxidant supplementation is routine amongst athletes, and although some supplement combinations may actually be inhibitive for certain exercise goals, many types of antioxidants offer profound effects on exercise performance [1]. Multiple studies have established how cherry supplementation improves athlete performance in a diverse range of sports and exercises. …


Preview the Researched Benefits Against Infections and Cancer

Our current times have people legitimately wondering if it is possible to boost their immune system. Obviously no one wants a hyperactive or hyper-sensitive immune system, but there is good reason to identify ways to make sure you maintain “textbook”, normal responsiveness and optimal functioning of your body’s natural defences. Considering the numerous classes of immunosuppressant toxins such as phthalates, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) like bisphenol A, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and others circulating all-too-intimately in our modern environment [1] (and in many people’s bloodstreams [2] and urine [3]), this context gives serious validity to the desire to “boost” our immunity…


Although pollutants pervade modern life, lifestyle choices serve as measurable mitigators

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In our daily lives we routinely “dose” ourselves with an innumerable variety of different chemicals. Our food, drink, air quality and all environmental chemicals we use and are exposed to have to be processed, circulated through or trafficked out of our bodies. As such the types of chemicals that reach us from our environments have the ability to affect our health in many different ways. Even in a diet or skincare regimen free from additives, everyday foods are highly complex chemical mixtures, and so the quality of our food choices guide the quality of repeated “chemical inputs” that our meals…


Improving Mental Health with Each Meal

Could happiness (or a better mood) be found in a bowl? (Photo: Pixabay / 95839)

Throughout the hustle and bustle of life, from education to employment and finding a personal life in the mix, life asks us constantly what we prioritise. Even if we remember to improve our physical health, mental health may often be at the back of our minds at best. Obviously many already interface directly with mental health issues, personally or with a loved one, on a day-to-day basis. Physical exercise and meditation are among many accessible approaches to boost mental health and elevate mood [1]. …


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Avocados serve as a versatile addition to a wide range of recipes, as a quick look online will show! Regular avocado consumption also tends to boost diet quality compared to the recommended American diet by increasing fibre, magnesium, potassium and fat-soluble vitamin intake [1].

More than just Tasty Salad, Salsa and Guacamole. Eating avocado has great “side-effects”. An experiment that measured the amount of vitamins absorbed from a salad showed that adding avocados increased α-carotene, β-carotene, lutein and lycopene absorption [2]. Adding avocado oil alone to the salad also increased the absorption of these nutrients. Avocado has also been shown…


Could thy food be thy medicine?

Potent Plant Prescriptions (Photo: kerdkanno / Pixabay)

The largest population studies on diet and risk of death implicate a vegan diet as the most protective from many chronic diseases [1]. These population studies help identify food and diet habits that lower the risk of disease complications, and potentially developing those disease in the first instance, as detailed earlier. Many indicators of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disease have been shown to start improving after just 7 days of adopting the plant-based diet itself [2]. But is there any evidence that food can reverse the progression of diseases that people already have?

High blood pressure is a fairly prevalent…


Are these foods tasty? (Photo: this_is_jne / Pixabay)

Many health enthusiasts are becoming aware of how many benefits a vegan/plant-based diet can provide. Whether you’re interested in improving your health with a plant-based diet, or want to protect animals and our climate, the numerous health benefits switching to a vegan diet are many, and have been thoroughly collated by Rachel Krantz. But could a plant-based diet be able to improve your ability to taste?

An omnivorous diet creates and exacerbates inflammation [1, 2], an immune response that can circulate through the body and be destructive when intense or prolonged. Chemically reproducing inflammation with the relevant biomolecules (i.e. IFNs…


Burning more than just your Tongue! (Photo: PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay)

There’s been a long-standing interest in the health benefits of peppers such as jalapeños and chillies. Besides the mystical capacity to “heal” any bland meal (personal opinion), a comparison of studies shows that eating chilli pepper produces an increase in background metabolism rate (thermogenesis) and fat burning (lipid oxidation) [1]. Thermogenesis, which can also be induced by cold temperatures, can result in increased fat burning (lipid oxidation) within a specific type of fat cells (brown adipose tissue) [2]. …


Context is king.

Is a survey of diet, disease and risk of death enough to advise the public? (Photo: vvaniasantoss / Pixabay)

In the field of population health statistics (i.e. epidemiology), context allows scientists/medics to confidently assign explanation(s) for the trends they discover. Context is needed in all research fields, but is especially important in epidemiology. Otherwise we could mistakenly conclude that everyone who gets gum disease tends to have teeth, so teeth cause gum disease, as an extreme example.

From the start of modern epidemiology to the surveys on the effects of a vegan (plant-based) diet, context remains crucial.

John Snow, the recognised founder of modern epidemiology (i.e. population health statistics), famously tracked down the spread of a…

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