What is Astaxanthin?


September 25, 2018

Astaxanthin is a reddish pigment belonging to the family of carotenoids. Carotenoids are the pigments that give many of the foods we eat their beautiful colors. The ripe, red tomato is red because of a carotenoid called lycopene. Corn is yellow because of another carotenoid called zeaxanthin and carrots are orange because of beta carotene. The...

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Cod Liver Oil – A Forgotten Supplement?


June 28, 2018

Is cod liver oil a health trend of the past that has recently fallen out of favour or have we missed something in it that’s worthy of our attention?

Cod liver oil was esteemed as a nutritional powerhouse as well as both an internal and external remedy. Back in the 1830s, cod liver oil was being used to treat tuberculosis, rickets, bone diseas...

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11 things you may not know about Vitamin D


April 28, 2018

A pretty intense molecule made right under our skin in broad daylight. But little do we know that Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin but a hormone.  This means it does exponentially more than a nutrient nourishing our cells. Vitamin D binds to receptors in the body to produce certain functions and in fact, it is so important to our bodies that it regulates its ow...

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Supplementing with Evidence – Lutein


March 6, 2018

In Singapore, Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the third most common cause of blindness and low vision for people aged over 60. Locally, the overall risk of AMD is 4.7%, climbing to 8% at 60 years old and hitting 16.3% for those aged 70 to 79 years old.

What can help?

According to the American Optometric Asso...

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Is your Spirulina clean, pure and safe?


January 29, 2018

Spirulina, if grown in unsafe conditions may be contaminated with harmful bacteria, toxins produced by some algae strains and toxic metals. It is therefore important to get your spirulina from a trusted source. Make sure that the spirulina is cultivated in pure, clean waters which are free of toxic pollutants. Also ensure that the spirulina has been rigorously tested to be f...

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7 Things that make your hand eczema / eczema worse


December 8, 2017

  1. Waterless, antibacterial cleansers

    These often contain ingredients like rubbing alcohol and solvents that are harsh on your hands, upsetting your skin especially during flare-ups. Go for mild, fragrance-free and soap-free cleansers instead, and always blot dry and slather on your moisturizer generously immediately after washing.
  2. Rubber/latex gloves

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    Finding The Better Sunscreen


    November 9, 2017

    Beyond violet is what Ultraviolet (UV) means in Latin - just beyond what our eyes can see on the violet side of the rainbow.

    The sun is our main source of ultraviolet, with the more dangerous wavelengths of ultraviolet absorbed by the atmosphere, particularly the Ozone Layer. The sun has made life on earth possible...

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    The Considerations of Omega-3 in Pregnancy and Lactation


    October 6, 2017

    Omega-3 fatty acids have positive effects on many aspects of pregnancy. An increased intake of EPA and DHA during pregnancy has been shown to prevent pre-term labour and delivery, lower the risk of preeclampsia and may increase the birth weight. EPA has also been postulated in research to bring positive effects to the mood of the mother and subsequent developm...

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    The Shark Squalene Controversy


    August 23, 2017

    The shoguns called it “Tokubetsu no Miyage”, which means precious gift. The coastal residents and fishermen in Micronesia referred to it as the “miraculous oil”. In ancient times, deep-sea sharks’ liver oil has been hailed as a source of power, force, energy, vitality and a “cure-all”. Sharks’ liver oils have been harnessed to cure a wide range of conditions e...

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    Is Your Fish Oil Filled With Goodness, Or Only Part Of It?


    July 6, 2017

    Quality products are the pride to a maker’s workmanship and labels are supposed to be windows to a product, bringing assurance and promises of quality to consumers. However, many product labels have distracting information and fish oil soft gels may not be filled to the brim with goodness as expected.

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