Manuka Honey and Cider Vinegar – a winning combination

manuka honey and cider vinegar
Healing combination

Some people would swear by cider vinegar for treating weight loss, rheumatism, blood pressure and more.

Others will tell you that manuka honey is the elixir of life, its antibacterial and antioxidant properties can be used to treat complaints internally and externally.

So, why not combine them together?

The wonderfully named Picklecoombe House are doing just that with an active 5+ Manuka Honey & Cider Vinegar.

I’m looking forward to hearing what folk are going to say about this!

Get the right nutrient mix for a power boost for your body

I don’t know if you’re a pill-type person…

My confession is that I am.

I don’t mind taking a vitamin or some other little tablet to boost my health, and the strength of the supplement industry shows I’m not alone.

Bioglan deliver unique mixes of nutrients for your health
Bioglan deliver unique mixes of nutrients for your health

Bioglan are a company who sell themselves on the basis of being “serious about health”. As I get older, their newest products are beginning to look more attractive.

For me their best selling points are the unique mixes of nutrients designed to help the body and the transparent information on their packaging.

Consider…

Super Fish Oil 30s 
Capsules designed to be high in EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids and deliberately coated for release in the intestines where they can be more easily absorbed. Also preventing a fishy after taste.

Red Krill Oil
Again designed to be better absorbed, krill oil is 10 times more powerful than a standard fish oil capsule.

Joint-Aid Triple Action
Combines three important and powerful nutrients help maintain healthy joints: glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane)

Probiotic Gastrohealth
Contains 4 strains of probiotic that can help sustain a healthy level of friendly bacteria.

Stat-Guard
Uses CoQ10, vitamin E and zinc to support cardiovascular health and  metabolism which can be affected by statins.

Tart Cherries: A Remedy for Arthritis?

A report on the usefulness of tart cherries by Jane Hart, MD

People with osteoarthritis often have pain and inflammation, even when using available therapies, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or they may experience side effects from long-term medicine use. This makes study findings published in the Journal of Food Studies of interest, as it found that a blood marker for inflammation known as C-reactive protein was reduced by nearly 50% in women with osteoarthritis who drank tart cherry juice.

Cherries linked to lower inflammation

In this study, 21 women with osteoarthritis were randomly assigned to drink 10.5 fluid ounces of tart cherry juice or a placebo cherry drink twice a day, for 21 days. The tart cherry juice was made from tart cultivar Montmorency cherries, and 10.5 ounces of juice contained the equivalent of as many as 60 cherries. The placebo drink contained 2 grams of unsweetened cherry flavoured fruit drink mixed with 1 litre of water, and cherry syrup and lemon juice were added for flavour. Blood tests assessing the level of inflammation in these participants were measured before and after the intervention.

Results showed that women who drank the tart cherry juice had a nearly 50% reduction in blood levels of C-reactive protein, a common indicator of inflammation.

According to the study authors, “Tart cherries, high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, may reduce pain and inflammation without the adverse side effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.”

While these findings show promise, keep in mind that it is still not clear whether the active treatment was truly beneficial or whether the placebo caused an adverse effect and the active treatment was beneficial just in comparison. Further research is needed on the role of cherries in osteoarthritis management.

Natural options needed for best results

Recommended: natural options. Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes inflammation in the joints, and people who suffer from this condition don’t always find complete relief from medications or shots. Integrating them with natural options, including regular exercise, healthy eating, and stress reduction, can significantly help relieve people’s pain. Complementary therapies such as massage, Tai Chi, and acupuncture have also been shown to help relieve pain and improve function in some people with osteoarthritis.

Recommended: nutritional options. One natural option includes turning to various nutrients and natural chemicals in foods that boost the body’s ability to fight inflammation and cell damage. Certain plant foods such as tart cherries and other foods such as fish are high in natural chemicals that may lower inflammation and help prevent cell damage.

Recommended: talk with a doctor. If you suffer from osteoarthritis and still experience pain, talk with a knowledgeable doctor about natural options that may complement your current treatments. Nutritionists knowledgeable about osteoarthritis can also be an important part of your healthcare team in advising about healthy eating for better health. Talk with a doctor before starting supplements to discuss the risks and benefits.

(Journal of Food Studies 2012;1:14-25)

Jane Hart, MD, board-certified in internal medicine, serves in a variety of professional roles including consultant, journalist, and educator. Dr. Hart, a Clinical Instructor at Case Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio, writes extensively about health and wellness and a variety of other topics for nationally recognised organizations, websites, and print publications. Sought out for her expertise in the areas of integrative and preventive medicine, she is frequently quoted by national and local media. Dr. Hart is a professional lecturer for healthcare professionals, consumers, and youth and is a regular corporate speaker.

Good reasons to drink cherry juice

Biona have come up with a great tasting organic tart cherry juice that is full of goodness for your body.

Did you know that cherries have at least 17 different antioxidants?  They contain antioxidants called anthocyanins which make the cherries so red, but are also very powerful fighters against free radicals (molecules responsible for aging and tissue damage).

Biona’s cherry juice is made out of five different types of cherries to ensure that you get the best from your juice and get the best out of you.

Not only is cherry juice full of antioxidants but it has also been known for the relief of pain and inflammation in the following:

Great tasting healthy cherry juice
Healthy cherry juice

Arthritis
Gout
Muscle pain
Back pain

And, if you are an insomniac tart cherries are also good for you as they are a natural producer of Melatonin which helps people fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling rested and refreshed in the morning.

But other than all of that… it tastes nice too!

Most people suffer from D-ficiency

Did you know that doctors prescribe Vitamin D?

The reason is that it is such an important vitamin in terms of calcium absorbtion and bone health, but in our later years our ability to produce the Vitamin D decreases. It also thought to help fight major diseases and can help with the pain of arthritis, muscle strength and coordination. Not to mention it ptobably keeps you thinking clearly in later life too.

However, different people need different amounts of Vitamin D (though most of us don’t get enough of the vitamin in the first place). So, it’s important to see a doctor about taking the right amount in the first place.

You can get Vitamin D from the sun, but the fact that so many doctors are prescribing it shows that our Vitmain D intake really does need supplementing.

The respected supplement company, Pharma Nord, produce Vitamin D capsules in various strengths. Once you have established how much you need and have started on a course, your Vitamin D levels could well return to normal.

Also, ask your doctor about which type of Vitamin D to take, because it come as both Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3.

 

Why we should always have some aloe vera gel in the medicine cupboard

My wife regularly gets heat rash (which is a bit embarrassing as a South Indian). The main remedy she uses is aloe vera gel, so I know from experience how incredibly soothing this stuff is.

The sap of the aloe vera plant contains minerals and proteins, vitamins and amino acids, which are essential for cell growth and renewal in the human body. That’s why it has been used for centuries to care for the skin. It deeply penetrates the skin and nourishes the skin from the inside out.

Life Stream Biogenic Aloe Vera Gel is not sticky and contains no parabens, artificial colourants or synthetic fragrances. It’s called biogenic precisely because of its ability to stimulate cell rejuvenation.

Alo vera - 'the medicine plant'
Aloe Vera – ‘the medicine plant’

In addition to using aloe vera on rashes you can use it on wounds, sunburn, scalding, blisters, cold sores, stings and bites. It also useful for scalp problems like dandruff and psoriasis, and can soothe the inflammation and pain associated with muscle strains and arthritic pain.

The lowdown on linseed

Linseed is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

It makes a useful alternative to fish oil as it is believed to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. However, it is not yet conclusive that linseed can help with arthritis as fish oil can.

Linseed is a very rich source of lignans which have antioxidant properties. Lignans are of great interest to the medical world at the moment as it is thought that they may be able to help control certain diseases.

The seed is also great for those who need more dietary fibre. It can be taken with yoghurt, breakfast cereals, milk, fruit juice or sprinkled over soups, vegetables, salads or desserts.

Linusit are proud to be producers of high quality linseed (or flaxseed). It is available in both organic and premium  seeds and is cherished for its high nutritional value. It’s also gluten and lactose free and a great source of omega-3 for vegetarians and vegans.