Kale as a Superfood

July 25, 2018

Kale is a leafy vegetable from the cabbage (Brassica oleracea) family, that is related to other vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. It can come in many different colours and varieties, with one of the most common being curly kale, or Scots kale, which is distinguished by green, curly leaves, and a hard, fibrous stem. Kale grows best in cooler climates, especially Mediterranean regions, but is also found in many other areas of the world. Kale leaves can be flat or curly, and grow up to 6 feet in height, with colours including green, purple, white, and lavender. It is an extremely nutrient dense food, full of important vitamins and minerals that the body requires to function on a cellular level. It also contains very low amounts of calories and fats, with a large portion of the fat amount being the healthy omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha linoleic acid.   When it comes to buying

April 5, 2017


B Vitamins are a group of 8 water soluble vitamins that are essential for certain bodily functions, such as metabolism, energy production, and nervous system function.  

  • Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin): Aids with cellular energy production and is important for protein metabolism. It also affects the metabolism of iron in positive ways, and produces important antioxidants which help to prevent free radical cells. It is also needed to change Vitamin B-6 and folate into forms the body can use. Food sources include: almonds, brewer’s yeast, wholegrains, wheat germ, mushrooms, soy beans, wild rice, dairy, eggs, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, beet greens, asparagus, turkey, beef liver, salmon, and lamb. Riboflavin is destroyed by light so foods containing the vitamin should be stored away. It can also be lost in water when foods are boiled or soaked. It is best absorbed when taken in between meals. Riboflavin is considered safe, even at high doses. Possible side effects include: itching, numbness, burning or prickling sensations, bright yellow urine, and sensitivity to light. Taking only certain vitamin B supplements at one time can upset the balance of the other important B vitamins. This vitamin can interact with other medications so it is best to seek medical advice before taking any supplements.


December 29, 2016


Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for the growth, repair, and development of all body tissues. It plays a key role in many bodily functions including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, functions of the immune system, and the maintenance of bone health. Its antioxidant properties allow this Vitamin to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals*, toxic chemicals, and pollution. Unlike most other mammals, the human body is not capable of making Vitamin C itself, and so must be ingested via food or supplements in the form of tablets, capsules, drink mixes, and crystalline powders. Because Vitamin C is not stored in the body and excess amounts are secreted, there is no danger of overdose, making it one of the safest supplements to take. If too much Vitamin C intake happens to occur, symptoms such as stomach irritation, nausea, and diarrhea may be present. Vitamin C deficiency is rare and can lead to scurvy in extreme cases, which is a condition characterized by dry skin, weakness, anemia, bleeding, bruising, gum disease, and loose teeth.

October 31, 2016

  Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that is caused by the immune system attacking healthy cells and tissues. The immune system produces excessive amounts of antibodies compared to a normal person, and these antibodies can attach themselves to various bodily structures, causing inflammation and pain as a result.   This disease is quite rare and affects women more than men. Women of childbearing age are also more commonly affected. Statistically, Lupus affects over 20, 000 Australians, and 90% of those affected are women aged 15–45.   For the full article go to Lupus

September 15, 2016

Therapies aim to increase intake of iron and improve its absorption into the blood Western Herbalism – A practitioner may suggest adding iron rich herbs such as parsley, dandelion and watercress to salads and soups.  Infusions of raspberry, burdock and nettle may also be prescribed.  Caution: do not take medical doses of raspberry in early pregnancy. Chinese Herbalism – As well as a diet of iron rich foods, a practitioner is likely to prescribe herbal remedies to help the process of iron absorption.  Malabsorption may be attributed to a failure of the spleen to process. You may be asked to take “Return Spleen” tablets.  The Tang Kuei Four formula may also be suggested for blood deficiencies along with a qi (life energy) tonic such as ginseng. Caution: do not take ginseng during pregnancy or if you have high blood pressure. Ayurveda  – In Ayurveda, anaemia is thought to be due to an imbalance of pita, one of the three “vital energies”.  Purging is the usual treatment and Punarvara Mandura, a mild laxative rich in iron, is often given.  Sour or fried foods that might impair liver function are prohibited and iron-rich green vegetables and til seeds are recommended. Nutritional Therapies – Practitioners tread anaemia with dietary advice and supplements of iron, folic acid or v

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September 12, 2016

Anaemia is defined as a deficiency in either the number of red blood cells or the level of haemoglobin protein. This could be due to: the body not making enough blood cells, body loses blood cells at a rate faster than that of which it makes them, or the red blood cells are destroyed faster than they can be replaced. The main function of red blood cells is to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. These cells contain the protein Haemoglobin, a respiratory pigment, which binds to either oxygen or carbon dioxide. Haemoglobin is mainly composed of Iron, which gives blood its red colour when combined with oxygen.   There are 8 main types of anaemia. These are:

  • Iron deficiency Anaemia: This is where the lack of iron in the body prevents it from being able to make enough red blood cells. This is the most common form of anaemia. The causes of this condition include: insufficient iron intake (via diet), sudden blood loss, chronic blood loss (due to heavy menstruation), increased use of iron (in pregnancy due to the growth of the foetus and in children undergoing rapid growth spurts), internal bleeding, and inability to absorb iron (certain diseases such as Celiac disease or some surgeries such as partial removal of the stomach can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb iron).
  • Sickle Cell Anaemia: This is an i

January 7, 2016

Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that help to suppress the immune system. These drugs are effective in treating many ailments, particularly autoimmune diseases, and have been used effectively for many years. Corticosteroids (cortisol, corticosterone, cortisone, and aldosterone) are produced naturally in the body by the Cortex, which is the outer portion of the adrenal gland, and can be broken down into two categories:

  1. Glucocorticoids: These act to suppress the immune system and lessen inflammation, while also assisting in the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins
  2. Mineralocorticoids: These regulate the balance of salt and water in the body

Synthetic corticosteroids mimic the actions of naturally occurring corticosteroids and are often used as a replacement in people with dysfunctional adrenal glands which are unable to produce adequate amounts of the chemicals. Systemic corticosteroids refer to corticosteroids given orally, or via injection, and distributed throughout the body. These do not include corticosteroids used in the eyes, ears, nose, on the skin, or that are inhaled. Examples of synthetic corticosteroids:

  • Betamethasone
  • Budesonide
  • Cortisone
  • Hydrocortisone