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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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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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Egg consumption and cancer risk

Many people like eggs. It is an indispensable part of their diet. In Singapore, for example, every person, on average, ate 323 eggs in 2015. Amount to almost one egg per day per person in this small country [1]. Not surprisingly, since egg is a good source of inexpensive, high-quality protein and many vitamins and […]

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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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Nine types of cancer-fighting greens

Higher intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is known to reduce the risk of cancer with available evidence from more than thirty years of research [1]. Green vegetables, particularly, are an integral part of any anti-cancer diet, and were found to have protective effects against cancers in many studies [2]. Green vegetables are nutritionally rich, […]

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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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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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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 […]