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Turmeric extract may support blood flow to the brain

This new study adds to the ever-growing body of research into the health supporting properties of turmeric. Rio-based participants took part in a scientific study to see if supplementation with turmeric affected the flow of oxygen to the brain. Read on to discover more.

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What is mental health?

Mental health problems are common, says the mental health charity Mind, and statistics support this as they show 1 in 4 people in England experience some kind of mental health problem each year. Thankfully, valuable resources, services and support for emotional, social and psychological wellbeing are readily available nowadays. If this resonates with you or someone you know this article is a filled with excellent advice.

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Diet high in inflammatory foods found to triple cognitive health risk

The Diet Inflammatory Index (DII) was developed for classifying foods based on their ability to influence inflammation in the body. Over a three-year study of 1059 participants, researchers discovered the greater the inflammatory diet the higher risk there was of developing dementia. A compelling read.

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Ashwagandha: herbal support for stressed adults

Research indicates that the number of us feeling stressed is on the incline. As stress adversely affects cognitive ability, quality sleep and overall psychological wellbeing it is important to find ways to mitigate its impact on our lives. This study-based article gives good cause to supplement with an Ayurvedic favourite, Ashwagandha.

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Brain acts on nutritional state to schedule growth and puberty, study finds

In this study scientists from the University of Cambridge have shown that nutritional health is the catalyst for growth and sexual maturity. This discovery may explain why humans have been growing taller and reaching puberty earlier over the past century. A fascinating must-read.

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What are live cultures?

Inside the gut is a community of trillions of microorganisms – bacteria, viruses, fungi and other life forms, collectively known as the microbiome. Probiotics, good bacteria or live cultures, as they are known, are a useful way to keep the gut healthy and have myriad roles in our wellbeing. Read on to find out more about theses fascinating organisms.

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The supplement shown to support cognitive function

The vagus nerve is a communication highway sending information from the brain to tissues and organs, including the gut. The gut, and other organs, signal back to the brain via this pathway. This article looks into how live bacteria can support cognitive health and contribute to the preservation of mental acuity.

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Why do we need vitamin A in our diet?

Eggs, milk and oily fish are all food sources of vitamin A - an essential vitamin that contributes to a number of body functions. But what does vitamin A do for the body? And what happens when we don’t get enough? Get reading for the 101 on this vital vitamin.

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