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Rooibos research gets R3-million boost

The South African Rooibos Council (SARC) will invest a further R3-million this year to commission additional research into rooibos’ health-enhancing properties, which could yield some of the most exciting new discoveries yet. Already known for its myriad of health benefits, most of the research done on rooibos has been limited to laboratory work and animal […]

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The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. It is about the health risks men may face, how to prevent them, what symptoms to look out for, and where to get medical assistance. Here are 8 products […]

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Vitamin D deficiency “epidemic” can be reversed

Vitamin D deficiency affects about two in three South Africans and may be a major underlying cause of illness and serious infections, according to top SA nutritional consultant, Vanessa Ascencao. Ascencao was responding to a recent international study which found Cape Town residents, in particular, were at risk of vitamin D deficiency in winter when […]

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The plague that is cold sores

Depending on demographics, about 50-90% of the population gets cold sores. Affecting such a large segment of the population, cold sores is one of the most common complaints you’ll face from frustrated customers over the winter season. Cold sores are described as “small, painful, fluid-filled blisters or sores that appear on the lips, mouth, or […]

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Know your products: Joint health

A joint is the connection between two bones. Smooth tissue called cartilage and synovium and a lubricant called synovial fluid cushion the joints so bones do not rub together. But increasing age and injury can wear and tear your cartilage. This can lead to a reaction that can damage your joints and lead to arthritis. […]

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Sleep quality vs quantity

Studies have assessed whether measures of health, wellbeing, and sleepiness are better related to sleep quality or sleep quantity. Sleep breaks down into three forms: light sleep, rapid eye movement sleep (REM), which nourishes our emotional and creative abilities; and deep sleep, which is when the brain and body rebuild and when our bodies secrete […]

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Real men have regular health checks

Some health needs are specific to men. As such it’s important for them to take their health seriously and be proactive about it. TYPE 2 DIABETES Type 2 diabetes is one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century. Worldwide, it is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and stroke), blindness, […]

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Atopic dermatitis: risk factors

Atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as atopic eczema, is a chronic, pruritic, inflammatory dermatosis that affects up to 25% of children and 2-3% of adults. Atopic individuals are predisposed to skin infections because of a compromised physical barrier, coupled with diminished immune recognition and impaired antimicrobial peptide production. AD follows a relapsing course and is […]

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CPD: Diabetes – Managing a monster

Diabetes is a life-long disease that affects the way the body handles glucose, a sugar in the blood. CLICK HERE TO ANSWER THE CPD QUESTIONS Most people with diabetes have type 2. Type 2 diabetes has been increasing substantially over the last 20 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that about 8.5% of the […]

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What’s causing your cough?

As irritating as it may be, coughing is the body’s way of ridding the lungs and airways of foreign substances and mucus.  Coughs can make breathing difficult and irritating. Being aware of the cause of your cough will help you treat it quickly and effectively, and help restore health. The first step? Knowing whether the […]

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