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Almonds help clear cholesterol from the blood

A daily almond snack not only increases levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, it makes it more active, helping to reduce overall levels of cholesterol in the body.

Yoga keeps your brain going strong

Regular practice of yoga can improve the structure of areas of the brain associated with attention and memory, suggesting that yoga could help protect against cognitive decline in old age.

Nettle plant extract protects skin from photo-ageing

A member of the nettle family, Urtica thunbergiana, or Japanese nettle, has been show to boost collagen and help prevent skin-ageing associated with UVB exposure.

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Gluten-free products – not as healthy as we think?

There’s more to a healthy gluten-free lifestyle than avoiding gluten. Studies show that gluten-free products can be less nutritious than conventional ones, often higher in fat, salt and sugar and lower in fibre.

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What happens to your body when you’re stressed

These are stressful times and stress can cause physiological and emotional havoc in your body. Many of the ‘coping strategies’ we use only make it worse so learn to manage your stress, before it manages you.

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Are nightshade vegetables bad for you?

Some argue that nightshade vegetables cause various health issues, but how strong is the evidence? A nutritionist takes an interesting look at the research for and against.

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Antidepressant effects of yoga are hitting the mainstream

It may not be a ‘cure-all’, but yoga has real potential to work effectively alongside other approaches to bring genuine relief to those suffering from depression.