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Ginger Lowers Blood Pressure

Ginger supplements lower blood pressure The blood pressure lowering effects of ginger have been confirmed in a recent systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal, Phytotherapy Research. The review was comprised of six randomised trials with a total of 345 participants, and found that ginger supplementation can reduce systolic blood pressure (mean difference: -6.36


Managing Cold and Flu Symptoms Despite your best efforts at preventing infection through diet, exercise and supplementation, at some stage this winter you may succumb to a cold or flu. This can occur particularly if stress or life events get in the way of maintaining the healthy habits that help keep your immune system strong.

Giving your baby the best start

The microbiome undergoes marked changes during pregnancy; an active biological response to facilitate the metabolic and immunological adaptations required during pregnancy. Recent research has shown that the maternal microbiome has a significant influence on the baby’s microbiome in utero (Figure 1),5 with the transfer of organisms affecting a wide range of organ systems beyond the


Fish Oil Supplementation Can Slow Muscle Loss During Periods of Immobilization Researchers enrolled 20 healthy young women (age range, 19-31 years) who were recreationally active (ie, active but engaging in structured exercise 2 days/week or fewer). They randomly assigned women to two groups: one group received an omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil) supplement (active group) and the other group


More Evidence Prenatal Vitamins Reduce Risk for Autism Taking vitamins during the first month of pregnancy may reduce the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in siblings of affected children by half, according to findings published online today in JAMA Psychiatry. Although some investigations have associated maternal use of folic acid supplements during early pregnancy

Low immune function and recurrent infections

Recurrent infection – The Cause and Consequence of Ineffective Immunity Infectious diseases are usually attributed to the virulence of a pathogen,6 however recurrent infections are a clinical red flag for an ineffective immune response.7 Patients who fall into a repeating cycle of ear, nose, throat or respiratory infections of bacterial or viral origin, have reduced

Child Enterovirus Infection – Celiac Disease Risk

Child Enterovirus Infection May Up Risk for Developing Celiac Disease Correlation seen for infections after introduction of gluten; no link for adenovirus. A higher frequency of enterovirus infections in early childhood is associated with an increased risk for developing celiac disease, according to a study published online in the The BMJ. Christian R. Kahrs, M.D.,

Yoga May Help With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Yoga May Help With Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms, Severity Rheumatoid Arthritis patients assigned to yoga plus disease-modifying antirheumatic drug therapy also had a drop in depression symptoms. Yoga may be effective as a complementary or adjunct therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis taking disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, according to a study published online Feb. 1 in Restorative Neurology

Exhaustion and Iron

Tired All the Time Fatigue is a very common clinical presentation and can be due to a myriad of issues including stress, infection, inflammation, hormonal imbalance – the list goes on and on. That said, arguably one of the first things any clinician will think of when faced with a patient complaining of being “tired

Allergies and Eczema: How to reduce the risk for your baby

A recent study analysing past trials involving over 1.5 million subjects and 400 studies found that taking fish oil (omega 3) during pregnancy and breastfeeding may reduce your child’s risk of allergies. The risk of egg allergy in the child was reduced by 30%. Taking probiotics reduced the risk of eczema by 22%. Allergenic food

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