Many women suffer severely from premenstrual syndrome with period pain, but there aren’t many GPs or gynaecologists who really take these problems seriously. Nutritional and lifestyle changes, as well as neutriceuticals and herbal remedies, provide many options to manage your health challenge. DEFINITION OF PMS A varied group of physical and psychological symptoms, including abdominal […]

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Q What foods are most beneficial for the brain – and what is best avoided? WC A SALLY-ANN CREED REPLIES: Brain food is found in various places. Sunshine is one interesting source – the vitamin D3 your body forms when you are in the sun contributes to better memory and an improved mood, quite apart […]

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‘If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.’ – Emerson M Pugh. This article attempts to explain how this complex and precious organ works and suggests how we can keep it working optimally. The human brain is one of the largest organs in […]

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Birth control pills or oral contraceptives (including those used to treat acne) frequently lead to deficiencies of the following nutrients: folic acid, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, vitamin C, and minerals including magnesium, selenium, zinc and the amino acid tyrosine. Dr Arien van der Merwe looks at the effect of low levels of these […]

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