Just 10 minutes of meditation does wonders for your brain

Sitting down to clear your mind for just 10 minutes is enough to overcome stress and anxiety, a study claims.

New research revealed that a short stint of meditation will help block out the internal thoughts of restless people and allow them to concentrate. The report from the University of Waterloo in Canada is the latest to demonstrate the benefits of meditation. Past studies have found self-reflection and deep thinking can even slow ageing and help to fight off disease.

Source  - Daily Mail

Students can boost their exam grades by smelling Rosemary

Children facing exams could enhance their recall by inhaling the smell of rosemary.

The woody herb often used to add flavour garnish lamb has long had a reputation as being helpful to the memory. In ancient Greece, scholars wore sprigs of rosemary when taking tests to give their recollection a boost. Shakespeare also credited the herb with memory - enhancing powers, writing the line 'Rosemary, that's for remembrance' in Hamlet.

Now researchers at Northumbria University found that rosemary essential oil is helpful to children's recollection, following on from previous research that it boosts adult memories. Dr Mark Moss and Victoria Earle will outline their findings at the British Psychological Society's annual conference in Brighton later this week.

Dr Moss said: 'Our previous study demonstrated the aroma of rosemary essential oil could enhance cognition in healthy adults. Knowing how important working memory is in academic achievement we wanted to see if similar effects could be found in school age children in classroom settings.'

Source  - Daily Mail

High doses of vitamin C weaken tumours

High doses of vitamin C could be a safe and potentially effective form of cancer treatment, scientists claim.

By injecting patients with it, they are able to get up to 1,000 times the amount than they would through eating. This amount of the nutrient, found in oranges, kale and peppers, actively hunts tumours when it enters the blood stream, research suggests.  It worked by weakening the cancerous cells, leaving them vulnerable to the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. 

Despite evidence showing the opposite, the high doses produced only mild side effects of frequent bathroom trips and a dry mouth. Vitamin C has been studied internationally as a potential treatment for cancer patients for more than four decades. Despite being known to help boost the immune system, proven results for its effects on cancer have been relatively scarce.

Previous research has even shown that it increases the risk of the disease by triggering a biological process that damages DNA.  Eleven brain cancer patients were given three infusions of vitamin C a week for two months for the study, which was published in the journal Cancer Cell.

Source  - Daily Mail