Herbal Bitters

Bitter herbs are one of the most important groups of herbal medicines. The picture on the left is a bed of greens on my allotment which has an assortment of leaves for use in salads and stir-fries, including chicory, dandelion, kale, rocket and mizuna. The bitter...

New study shows the effect of moderate drinking on health

A small study (Coghlan, 2014) reported in New Scientist this month and carried out on 14 of its staff members suggests that moderate drinking can have significant negative effects on measures of health and that giving up for a short time can conversely have...

Lyndale Cancer Support Centre

I spent an enjoyable evening at the Lyndale Cancer Support Centre in Knowsley this evening, talking the breast cancer support group about how herbs and diet can be used to promote a healthy body that is in the best of health for fighting or preventing cancer. The...

Is your salad well dressed?

A recent study (Shellen etal., 2012) published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research has investigated how salad dressings aid absorption of fat-soluble carotenoids (such as lutein, beta-carotene, lycopene, and zeaxanthin) from the salad ingredients....

Raisins and blood sugar

Consuming raisins three times per day may reduce postprandial (post-meal) sugar levels significantly, according to a new study. presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 72nd Annual Scientific Session. The study (not surprisingly) funded by a grant from...