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HomeMade Ketchup!

No nasties for this very popular condiment Ketchup can be a very healthy and tasty condiment. However the industrially produced versions you find in supermarkets are often loaded with refined sugars, preservatives and other health defeating ingredients. This simple homemade

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One cup of blueberries a day to improve blood pressure

The power of blueberries to improve hypertension A new study on post-menopausal women published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2015, doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2014.11.001) reports that just one cup of blueberries per day could reduce blood pressure

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Consumption of polyphenol rich peach and plum juice protects cardiovascular health

New research, Feb 2015 Polyphenols from fruits and vegetables have been reported to play a role in the prevention of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.  A very recent study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry investigated the impact of the consumption

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Amaranth beneficial for cardiovascular health

Health properties of a great little grain What is amaranth? Amaranth is a grain very similar to quinoa, and to the untrained eye they might be mistaken as the same thing.  Both of the grains are small and bead-like, and

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Choco-Coco cookies!

Tasty treat with lower GL and plenty of nutrients The biscuits are a tasty in-between meals snack or can be a quick breakfast on those days when the time is tight – they are very nutritious, keep you full for

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Grain free bread with sun-dried tomato and herbs

Gluten free, low GL, nutrient packed bread recipe! This bread is so delicious, that, having baked it on a Sunday evening, it hardly made the breakfast table! It has also a low glycemic index (no grains in it), it is

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The anti ageing properties of basil

Benefits of basil: anti ageing and more Basil is such a great tasting herb, but unfortunately not the easiest to grow in the UK climate (you probably need a hothouse). This herb is an excellent source of vitamin K, which

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Grapefruit, an ally for our cardiovascular health

Health benefits of grapefruit GRAPEFRUIT has been shown to protect arteries from hardening – it was shown to reduce plaque build-up even if eating a high fat diet. Grapefruit contains a powerful food component called naringinin a flavonoid which is

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The most powerful anti-ageing intervention and why it works

And what caloric restriction, resveratrol and berries have in common The most powerful anti-aging dietary intervention scientifically proven so far is caloric restriction. Several studies have reported that caloric restriction is very helpful to improve cholesterol levels, has anti-inflammatory effects,

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Dos and Don’ts to lower blood pressure – beyond low salt intake

Treat hypertension with nutrition High blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease as the higher your blood pressure, the greater the strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and brain. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes, dementia and

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