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Seven reasons to consume mushrooms regularly

Edible mushrooms have been treasured as not only as culinary delicacies, but also medicine since ancient times. Warriors in ancient Greece took mushrooms to gain strength for battle; to the Romans, the mushrooms were the “Food of the Gods”.  Similarly, in ancient China, mushrooms were considered the “elixir of life” [1]. Once considered to be […]

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Do I need to go gluten-free?

In recent years, following a gluten-free diet has become increasingly popular in Western countries. In the United States for example, the estimated population adhering to a gluten-free diet without celiac disease has more than tripled to 1.69% in 2013-2014 compared to only 0.52% in 2009-2010 [1]. Another survey conducted in Australia found 7.3% of the […]

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Fasting and health

Fasting is defined as ingesting minimal or no food during a limited period time, forcing the body to use exclusively its energy reserves without endangering health [1]. During the month of Ramadan in Islamic calendar, healthy adult Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset. No food, water, beverages, or smoking is allowed during […]

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Healing eczema

Eczema, or Atopic dermatitis, is a chronic or recurring inflammatory skin disease that affects both children and adults. It usually begins in childhood and can last until adulthood, or even manifests the first time in adulthood. This condition is getting more common now as it affects up to 20% children and 3% of adults worldwide […]

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Fluoride: a hero or a villain?

Fluoride is a naturally present compound in our environment. It comes from fluorine, a toxic chemical element that exists as a gas in a pale-yellow colour. Since fluorine is highly reactive, it never exists by itself in nature. It reacts with other elements to form minerals with fluoride compounds in rocks and soil [1]. Fluoride […]

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Quch! I sprained my ankle!

Ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries of the lower leg. A simple misstep can twist the ankle unnaturally, damage the ligaments in the ankle, causing swelling and pain. While most ankle sprains are mild, with no ligament tears involved, some can be quite severe with torn ligaments and unstable ankle [1]. Healing […]

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Iron deficiency anaemia and vegetarian diet

Iron is an essential nutrient that the human body cannot do without. It is needed by the body to synthesize haemoglobin (red blood cell) as well as myoglobin (iron-binding protein in muscle) which are important proteins for cells respiration and energy production [1]. Deficiency in iron can lead to anaemia, i.e. insufficient haemoglobin concentration in […]

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Meditation lowers blood pressure

Regular practice of meditation can lower blood pressure (BP). This is the finding of a recent meta-analysis study that is slated to be published in April 2017 in the Journal of Hypertension, one of the most prestigious medical journal on hypertension [1]. Meta-analysis is a type of research study that combined data from multiple clinical […]

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Take the right magnesium supplement to relieve night cramps

A recent news article on Channel New Asia reported that “Magnesium may not ease nighttime leg cramps” [1] has prompted me to write on this topic to provide a more balanced view on the use of  magnesium supplements to relieve night cramps. Inaccurate news coverage This news article was based on the results of a […]

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Why I choose to go organic?

Going organic has become a lifestyle choice for an increasing number of health-conscious consumers. The global organic food market is projected to grow at an annual compounded rate of 16% between 2015 to 2020 [1]. In Singapore, for instance, organic food is now easily available on the shelves of neighbourhood supermarkets like Sheng Siong and […]