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Soy and joint pain – The truth

I have heard many times from patients who suffered from joint pain that they were warned by well-wishing friends and family to avoid taking soybeans and soy products. There is a common belief that soy can cause inflammation and exacerbate the pain. In fact, this is a myth. Soy isoflavones and inflammation Soy and soy […]

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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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Do away with pre-hypertension naturally

A friend was told by his doctor that he has pre-hypertension recently. The doctor will start to prescribe him with hypertension medication if he cannot get his blood pressure (BP) in check soon. My friend was worried and seek my advice. Age is associated with an increased risk of hypertension. In Singapore, about one in […]

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Nature Cure – Harnessing the self-healing power of the body

The body heals itself. Obviously, without such ability, we will not be able to recover from any injury or infection. The self-healing ability of the body is the basis of all healing. The body’s ability to be well or ill depends on both internal resources and external factors. Given the right external and internal conditions, […]

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Recovering from a serious illness – What to eat?

A friend was hospitalised with a serious illness recently. He was slipping in and out of coma and had to be kept in the intensive care unit for 10 days. Luckily, he manages to weather through this difficult time and now he is in rehabilitation. I was asked to provide some advice on the most […]

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Gut microbiota and cancer prevention

Do you know that there is a link between cancer and the bacteria in your gut? Scientists have found out that the gut bacteria can influence the development of cancer in the body as well as how a cancer patient response to the treatment. This has been an active area of research in recent years. […]

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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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Seven common food items that can lower your blood sugar naturally

Diabetes is now a global public health problem with over 425 million adults affected by this condition worldwide, according to the International Diabetes Federation [1]. In Singapore, 1 in 3 residents are at a lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes and the risk is forecasted to increase to 1 in 2 by the year […]

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Sweet potato – the ultimate wonder food

Steamed sweet potato is one of my favourite breakfast items, it is easy to prepare (just wash and steam the whole tuber until soft), delicious to eat, and most importantly, packed with energy and loads of nutritional value! Sweet potato is the tuberous root of a plant scientifically known as Ipomoea batatas.  The edible root […]

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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 […]