Q: Please advise what I can take to reduce my cholesterol naturally? Thank you. G.M. DR DAVID NYE REPLIES: Firstly, we need to put cholesterol as a risk factor into context. High cholesterol does not cause heart attacks. The main causes of a heart attack are stress combined with inflammation. Inflammation of the arteries causes […]

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Chocolate and coffee provide a luxurious and indulgent element in the lives of many. Some call them foods, others drugs; some deem them to be healthy, others a risk. Whatever your perspectives, these two products, each derived from a bean of sorts, provide endless fascination and debate. Let’s take a look at what makes these […]

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Vitamin B12 is one of the most commonly deficient vitamins and affects your whole body, from your brain to your bones. The older you are, the more you need. B12 deficiency is extremely common among people over the age of 60, but it appears that even slightly lower than normal levels may be detrimental. B12 […]

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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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Q.: My memory is not as good as it used to be. I’m wondering if I just have a lot on my mind or am just overtired. What can I do to sharpen my mind? Fish oil supplements are proven to help children with ADHD but what about adults without attention or behaviour issues? Andrew […]

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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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