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Features

Manuka honey makes bacteria less resistant to antibiotics

Research is showing that humble, natural manuka honey could yet become one of the more powerful weapons in our medical arsenal.

Fantastic fungi – the nutritional and medicinal benefits of mushrooms

Mushrooms have nutritional as well as medicinal benefits. Here’s our rundown of some of the most interesting and promising varieties.

Food

Chickpea shakshuka

This classic Middle Eastern dish is spicy, hearty, uses inexpensive and healthy ingredients and can be made in a single pan. What’s not to love!?

Harmony juice

Perfect for when you’re feeling hot and bothered (and not necessarily with the weather!).

GMOs

Is Roundup killing our honeybees?

Evidence is growing of a link between the world’s most widely used herbicide – Roundup – and Colony Collapse Disorder in bees. Is there a human health threat too?

Q&A: Why should I worry about non-food GMOs?

It’s a question that needs to be asked: if you don’t eat them are GMOs OK? The answer is definitely NO!

Health Tips

Love mangoes? Here’s how to get the best from them

Mangoes are rich in carotenoids and other vital nutrients, so they don’t just taste good, they are good for you as well.

Memory and attention are affected by much lower levels of dehydration than previously thought

New research shows that our brain functions can be compromised by just a minor degree of dehydration.

Herbs

Herbal relief: Pregnancy and birth

Several herbs can help relieve uncomfortable symptoms that are common to pregnancy and birth. Here’s what you can – and can’t – use.

Herbal relief: Women’s health

Herbal remedies have a long history of use in treating a range of discomforts and health problems that women experience throughout their lives.

Life Lessons

Change your life: Busy vs. Productive

There’s a very clear distinction between being ‘busy’ and being ‘productive’ – can you spot it in your own life?

Change your life: Emotional bank account

A thought for ‘Blue Monday’: Depression is just one of many things that can result from a denial of the interdependent nature of our relationships.

Q and A

Q&A: Does St John’s wort interfere with the Pill?

Potential interactions between herbal and conventional medications mean you should always tell your healthcare practitioner what you are taking.

Q&A: Fluoride in tea?

Tea plants naturally accumulate fluoride as they grow – but is it the fluoride or something else that we should be worrying about?