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Spiced Elderberry Cordial

Elder is a sovereign remedy for all sorts of respiratory tract problems, from coughs and colds to sinusitis, chest infections and sore throats. The berries are ready for harvesting now, and if you make them into a cordial or syrup, they are a useful source of vitamin C in the winter months as well as a comforting and delicious drink when you’re dealing with an infection. Note that the raw berries can be laxative, but this effect is lo...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 22 Sep 2017

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Flu prevention

A lot of older people nowadays opt to have the flu vaccine before winter sets in. While it does reduce your statistical risk of getting flu, it can only prevent the strains of flu included in the vaccine, so it’s a bit of a lottery; and it certainly won’t stop you getting colds. If you’re worried about flu, it makes sense to make sure your immune system is working as well as possible, so that you’ll ...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 15 Sep 2017

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Omega 3,6,9

Are you confused about these? You’re not the only one. So here is a very simple breakdown of the facts. Omega 3, 6 and 9 are shorthand terms for fatty acids needed by the body for various processes. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are ‘essential fatty acids’, meaning that we can’t produce them ourselves, so we have to get them in the food we eat. And it’s not just the amounts we take in that matters; it&rs...

Posted by Su Bristow on Sat, 9 Sep 2017

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Omega 3,6,9

Are you confused about these? You’re not the only one. So here is a very simple breakdown of the facts. Omega 3, 6 and 9 are shorthand terms for fatty acids needed by the body for various processes. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are ‘essential fatty acids’, meaning that we can’t produce them ourselves, so we have to get them in the food we eat. And it’s not just the amounts we take in that matters; it&rs...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 8 Sep 2017

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Probiotics and prebiotics

There’s a lot of focus on healthy gut bacteria these days, and how we can achieve and maintain a healthy balance. And that, of course, creates an opportunity for the supplement makers. But how useful are the products they sell? First of all, probiotics are foods or supplements containing bacteria that are beneficial to gut health, help us to digest our food, or keep potentially harmful micro-organisms in check. Foods ...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 1 Sep 2017

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