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A large shot of whisky can help protect against heart disease, scientists have claimed.

Researchers claim that drinking the equivalent of three or four pub measures of the spirit can boost the body's defences against disease.

However, the bad news is that scientists found that the benefit was achieved by drinking just once a week.

The research, led by the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen and part sponsored by the Scotch Whisky Research Institute, found that both whisky and red wine helped to protect against coronary heart disease by raising the body's level of anti-oxidants.

However, it was the whisky drinkers who absorbed a greater proportion of the "phenol" chemicals that provide the protective effect.

The findings, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed research on nine healthy men aged 23 to 47, free from clinical disorders and taking no vitamin or mineral supplements.

Source BBC News

Cuppa a day is a lifesaver

A cup of tea a day could help save your life if you suffer from an iron overload disease that affects millions around the globe.

Researchers in Germany have found that a daily cup of black tea can help stop excess iron damaging the bodies of people who suffer from haemochromatosis.

It is estimated that around 1.5m Americans suffer from the disease, which is thought to be passed on through the genes.

The US Centers for Disease Control calls it by far the most common genetic disease in the USA.
One in nine people is a carrier while one in 300 is affected.

It can prove fatal since severe iron overload can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, heart failure and diabetes.

It is also linked to impotence and arthritis.

The disorder is also thought to be common in Britain.

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A curing cup of tea

The great British cuppa is being hailed by US scientists as a medical miracle with the potential to save thousands of lives.

Experts from the world's biggest coffee-drinking nation are now urging citizens to turn to tea in an attempt to help prevent cancer and heart disease.

New research shows that tea, the second most consumed beverage worldwide after water, has amazing disease-fighting capabilities.

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'Lower cancer risk' for wine drinkers

Wine drinkers might be at a lower risk of contracting cancer than beer or spirit drinkers, Danish scientists claim.

A substance found in grapes, called resveratrol, is thought to inhibit the progression of cancer.
The research team from the Copenhagen Centre for Prospective Population Studies believes this may explain why moderate drinkers of red or white wine have a lower incidence of cancer of the upper digestive tract than those who consume other types of alcoholic drinks.

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'Eat bananas and live longer'

Bananas, raisins and potatoes can help to lower blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.

For the first time, the association is recommending that people with high blood pressure should eat a diet which is high in minerals and low in fat, in addition to cutting back on salt.

Its Nutrition Committee says research shows a diet high in potassium, calcium and magnesium and low in fat and salt can reduce systolic (top number) blood pressure by an average of 5.5mm of mercury and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure by 3mm of mercury.

Research shows that reducing diastolic pressure by as little as 2mm can lower a person's risk of stroke by 15% and their risk of heart disease by 6%.

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Memories stimulated by herbs and flowers

Sage and daffodils may be able to help the thousands of people in the UK who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease.

A report by leading charity, the Alzheimer's Disease Society, for Alzheimer's Awareness Week says that research at a Newcastle hospital shows that sage has similar affects on dementia to drugs such as Aricept.

Scientists claim Aricept slows the progression of Alzheimer's by reducing the activity of an enzyme which attacks the chemical acetycholine.

This chemical is thought to play an important role in brain cells which control learning and memory. These are gradually destroyed as the memory disease advances.

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Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies are different from alternative therapies. Alternative therapies are usually used instead of conventional medicine, but complementary therapies are usually used together with conventional medicine. That said, there are a lot of complementary therapies out there:-

Acupressure | Acupuncture | Alexander technique | Amatsu therapy | Aromatherapy | Applied kinesiology | Anthroposophic medicine bullet | Autogenic training | Ayurveda | Chiropractic | Cranial osteopathy | Environmental medicine | Healing bullet | Herbal medicine | Homoeopathy | Hypnosis | Massage | Meditation | Naturopathy | Nutritional therapy | Osteopathy | Reflexology | Relaxation and visualisation | Shiatsu | Therapeutic touch | Yoga

Confusion and controversy surrounds the subject: Which ones work? Which ones are hype? Who knows?

As we come across any interesting news articles about herbs and all thing herbal I will publish them, without fear or favour, here.