Vitamin D is being recognised more and more as an essential vitamin that is found to be beneficial in building stronger bones and teeth, modulating cell growth, supporting immune system function and contributing to normal muscle function. Vitamin D deficiency has been documented in many populations worldwide, including children. The main source of vitamin D […]

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‘Allo Vera!’ – Joking aside – aloes are very special plants. These distinctive, robust succulents belong to an abundant botanical family, the Liliaceae. There are about 400 species of plants in the Aloe genus, with some, like the well-known Aloe vera and Aloe ferox, being indigenous to Africa. Although it may be the striking flowers […]

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Some diseases and conditions are commonly considered to be exclusive to the domain of women. Who would ever think of men getting breast cancer, or osteoporosis for that matter? Men often think that their bodies should work like a well-oiled machine, and thus find it difficult to cope when they malfunction – even more so […]

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The human microbiome, which is comprised of all the microorganisms (the microbiota) that live on and in humans, plays an essential role in determining good health. Microbes cover every surface of our bodies, inside and out. They’re on our skin, inside our noses, mouths, whole respiratory tract, plentiful in our digestive tract, reproductive system, and […]

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Intestinal flora form a major part of our physiology and play a pivotal role in our health – some friend, and some foe. There are more bacteria in our intestinal tract than cells in our entire body. One hundred trillion bacteria live in the human digestive system. The majority are found in the colon, followed […]

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Q: I think I am anaemic and have heard that you can take an iron supplement to help remedy the condition. I would like to know if I can simply embark on a three- month course, or should I have my iron levels tested first? I have heard that some people can’t absorb iron – […]

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