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Soursop – A natural anti-cancer remedy

I was asked by my cousin to comment about the use of soursop as an anti-cancer remedy, which is a very popular complementary and alternative medicine for cancer in Malaysia. The dry leaves of soursop are either taken in powder form or as a tea made from boiling dry soursop leaves. I love to eat […]

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Selenium and health

Selenium is a trace mineral that our body cannot do without. It is present in most body tissues, with the highest concentration at internal organs and glands such as kidney, liver, spleen, pancreas, heart, brain thyroid, and lungs [1]. Selenium presents in the body in the form of a class of proteins called selenoprotiens. Many […]

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What’s so special about Manuka honey?

Manuka honey has grown in popularity worldwide. It is often referred to as therapeutic honey and thus commands a premium price. Is this merely a marketing spin? How different is Manuka honey compared to traditional honey? From a specific type of flowers Honey is produced by bees with the nectar of flowers. Honey derived from […]

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The health benefits of Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba or yin xin (银杏) in Chinese is a large tree with fan-shaped leaves. This species is famously known as the “living fossil” due to its longevity with some trees survive over a thousand years. Originally found in Eastern Asia, especially China, Japan, and Korea, this tree has been planted throughout the world. The […]

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Natural treatment for autism

I received an enquiry to suggest any suitable nutritional supplement for a child with Asperger syndrome, a type of neurodevelopment disorder classified within the spectrum of autism. What is autism? Autism is a general term for a group of complex disorders due to the impaired development of the brain. The key characteristics of autism include […]

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Five plant-based supplements for managing cholesterol levels

A friend lost her father recently in his sleep. A sudden heart attack was the determined cause of death. A silent killer indeed. However, this is not uncommon. Sixteen people die from heart disease or stroke every day. Nearly 1 in every 3 deaths in Singapore is due to heart disease or stroke according to […]

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Managing menopause with flaxseeds

Menopause is a natural age-related physiological change that every woman will experience. Normally occurs around age 50, it is the time of life when a woman’s ovaries stop producing sex hormones (oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). Oestrogen, together with progesterone, regulate menstruation. With the ovaries stop producing these sex hormones, the menstruation cycle comes to an […]

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Do you really need calcium supplementation during menopausal age?

“All my friends around my age are all starting to take calcium supplements, must I take as well? They all say we need it for menopause”, asked a client in her late forties.  Indeed, such concern is common, and not without merits. During menopause, oestrogen levels in the body naturally decline. Besides its important effects […]

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Should I take iron supplements?

“Should I take iron supplements?” This is a common question that I get from ladies. My simple answer to them is, “Don’t take unless you are diagnosed with iron-deficiency anaemia.”  Although iron-deficiency anaemia is considered as one of the most common conditions among women, it does not mean that ladies should all start popping iron […]

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A rice bran derivative proven to improve chance of cancer survival: Study

For many years, I have been recommending Biobran/Lentin Plus for cancer patients to improve their immune system to fight cancer. While many patients benefited from this amazing fermented rice bran supplement in their healing journey, not all patients gave credence to my advice. Not surprisingly, since cancer patients often receive many recommendations of dietary supplements, […]