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Joints & Muscles

Broccoli Prevents Osteoarthritis?

A compound found in broccoli has been found to slow down and prevent the progress of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and usually affects hands, knees and hips. This condition destroys the cartilage between joints, causing swelling and pain. Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as wear and tear. According to Arthritis Research,...

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How to keep your bones healthy

How to keep your bones healthy

Osteoporosis is a degenerative illness of the bones that is becoming more common than before, affecting more than 2 million people in the U.K. This condition causes the bones to become weaker and increases the risk of fracture, especially in old age. But how should we keep our bones healthy? There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from poor diet, lack of...

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Health Benefits of Vitamin K

Vitamin K is known as such because of its German name, Koagulations-vitamin. This may give you a clue as to one of its major roles in the body, namely, blood clotting (coagulation). Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning that the body is able to store it in adipose (fat) tissue and in the liver. However there are lots of benefits of vitamin K. Deficiencies in...

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Vitamin K Supplements

Vitamin K Supplements

Who’s at Risk of Vitamin K Deficiency? There are many people who could benefit from vitamin K supplements. People on restricted diets are thought to have a higher risk of deficiencies of vitamin K due to lower food intake and poorer variety of foods, as well as malabsorption issues and possible interaction with medications. People who have problems absorbing...

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Glucosamine: The New Aspirin?

Glucosamine: The New Aspirin?

This nutritional supplement is commonly used to help arthritis and joint pains. New research has found that glucosamine can have a much more influential affect on general health. This latest research indicates that this supplement could have a similar protective action similar to aspirin, but without the risk of side effects such as stomach ulcers that are common...

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Health Benefits of Copper

Health Benefits of Copper

The financial value of copper is constantly on the increase, but this essential mineral also (and more importantly) has many health benefits ranging from the production of blood cells to the formation of bone. This mineral is required for production of red and white blood cells. so what else are the health benefits of copper? Copper is not as popular a supplement as...

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Essential minerals: The benefits of magnesium

The health benefits and the actions of magnesium have been well documented recently. I have talked to various nutritional experts who are using more magnesium supplements in their practice in recent years. The updated RDA (recommended daily allowance) is 375mg a day. According to data produced by Lamberts Healthcare 72% of women and 42% of men in the UK fail to...

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Boost Your Calcium Levels

Boost Your Calcium Levels

Calcium is an essential constituent of bones and teeth, and is important for maintaining healthy gums. This essential mineral is also important for maintaining a healthy heartbeat, blood clotting and is required for muscle contraction. As you can see, calcium has a number of various bodily functions. Read on to find out more about how to boost your calcium...

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Massage: A Natural Painkiller!

A massage is usually interpreted as a luxury and something to help people relax. Scientists have now discovered that a massage has a deeper effect than to just relax muscles. Research has found that it reduces inflammation at a deep molecular level. This has the same effect as pain killing drugs and is often referred to as a natural painkiller These results were...

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Tai Chi Reduces Osteoarthritis Pain

Tai Chi Reduces Osteoarthritis Pain

A team of reviewers have found that Tai Chi is an effective non-drug way to help people cope with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis.  The team reviewed nine randomised clinical trials (RCT’s) that involved over 250 patients who suffered with osteoarthritis pain. The results of this review suggested that Tai Chi is effective at improving physical movement and...

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Arnica – The Must Have Home Remedy

Arnica – The Must Have Home Remedy

Arnica Montana is the most popular natural remedy that is in use today. Most people recognise this remedy, even if they have no knowledge of natural remedies or homeopathy. This is partly due to the positive results that people have with Arnica, and that many pharmacies now regularly stock this remedy. The positive effects of this natural remedy have also been...

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Natural Supplements for Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps can be very uncomfortable and painful. This condition is very common and is caused by muscles going into involuntary spasm due to a shortage of oxygen and build up of lactic acid. Muscle cramps can affect anyone, from the elderly, pregnant women, athletes through to young children and there are available supplements for muscle cramps. As you can see...

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