The Indian Gooseberry

Botanical name: Emblica officinalis The fruit is very high in Vitamin C (higher than lime) at 478 mg/ml. The fruit is known as Amala in India The fruit is used in complementary medicine to be protective against or helpful in recovery from many conditions including diabetes, pancreatitis, cancer, inflammation of various types, and gastritis. It... Continue Reading →

Two Birthdays – 14 November

Today is the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, in 1922, discovered insulin along with Charles Best. Prior to this, there was no treatment for Diabetes, so people did not survive for long as they were unable to utilise the energy from food they ate. Research is always a bit of serendipity, luck, observation, and lots... Continue Reading →

Can fasting lead to longer life?


Don’t clean your plate – and live longer!

Caloric restriction means taking around 70% of your normal energy requirement, daily for a prolonged period of time. Eat less, live longer… Is it really that simple? When is it too late to start? Can one eat any kind of diet? How long does one continue? How much longer can one possibly live? So many questions pop into the mind… but remain largely unanswered. Much research has been done on yeast, flies, worms, rodents and even on primates to see the effects of energy restriction on lifespan. The results of decades of experiments have generally agreed on one point: fewer calories = longer life.

Fasting rituals are part of many religions and have long professed (anecdotally) many positive effects on health and wellbeing. The very first recorded scientific study on caloric restriction’s direct effect on lifespan was in 1935, by Dr Clive…

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Vitamins and disease-part 1

Can vitamin supplements increase chances of lung cancer? “The enduring theme in health is that more doesn’t mean better. What’s healthy for one person may be unhealthy for another. The fact of a product being sold without a prescription does not mean it is exempt, or that it’s good or even harmless. Any ingested bioactive... Continue Reading →

The fitness paradox

With the overflow of information available on fitness: from how to exercise to when and how much, it has become impossible to know what is right for you... In the era of personalized care, fitness and nutrition too deserve personalization- it is likely the one-size-fits-all is not a workable model. In fact, we each know... Continue Reading →

Platelets aggregate less in those who regularly walk

Walking is good for the heart… here’s another reason why!


A recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology shows that in sedentary individuals recruited in a randomised 6 month trial, absence of regular exercise increased Platelet aggregation with monocytes. This would likely abet the formation of atherosclerosis. In contrast, the individuals who walked for the 6 months, 3 times a week for 50 mins, did not exhibit an increase in these aggregates, suggesting that walking regularly can be cardioprotective due to less formation of thrombotic aggregates.

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Researchers report four new insights into diet and health

What we eat plays a significant role in our health. The Experimental Biology 2018 meeting (EB 2018) will showcase new research into how diet could be used to fight cancer and how specific eating patterns can encourage weight loss. Source: Researchers report four new insights into diet and health

Laughter is the best medicine

We all sometimes need a reminder to laugh. This study is from 2009, but a good lesson to us always....keep laughing! Researchers at Loma Linda University tracked people with diabetes every month for over a year who watched 30 minutes of a funny programme (laughter group) versus a second group that did not. All patients... Continue Reading →

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