Essential oils have long been used to improve health and wellbeing including preventing and reducing cellulite, the dimpled, orange-peel skin commonly seen on the thighs, buttocks and hips of women. With the current knowledge in herbal medicine, aromatherapy has gained a tremendous respect from medical practitioners.
Also known as ubiquinone, coenzyme Q10 plays a key role in generating energy and protecting our body from free radicals. Topical application of coenzyme Q10 protects skin cells from various ageing factors. It also provides energy for cellular repair, increases the skin's ability to regenerate and replace the damaged cells.
Studies showed that frankincense essential oil promotes healthy skin. It speeds up wound-healing process, prevents scar formation, reduces inflammation and signs of ageing. The main active component of frankincense essential oil, alpha-pinene, is thought to be behind its various health and anti-ageing benefits.
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient for the maintenance of healthy nervous system and brain function. Our body also needs this water-soluble vitamin to produce DNA and blood cells. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause depression, poor memory and confusion. We can't get it from fruits, vegetables or other plant foods.
Heart diseases are the number 1 cause of death globally, including in the US, UK and Singapore. Every year, about 17.9 million people die from heart disease. A study in Australia based on the data collected from 9,206 adults age 20 to 69 showed that Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR) can be used to predict the risk for death from heart disease.
A 20-year study in France involving 3,200 healthy participants age 32 to 62 showed there is a link between wrinkles and heart disease. Wrinkles on the forehead signal a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack. People who have moderate and deep wrinkles on their forehead are 10 times more likely to die from heart disease.
Finasteride is often used in conjunction with minoxidil for hair loss treatment for men. Studies showed the efficacy of finasteride, however, there have been growing number of reported adverse effects associated with the use of finasteride such as problems with ejaculation, erectile dysfunction and lack of libido.
Due to new coronavirus variant known as Omicron, many countries have reinstalled restrictions on social gathering and travel. The efficacy of the existing Covid-19 vaccines against Omicron is yet to be seen. To boost our immunity against coronavirus and improve our mood, eat plenty of these foods regularly.
Polluted air contains mixtures of toxic particles and gases including free radicals. Studies showed that air pollution increases hair fall, reduces hair growth and triggers the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation spots. Inhaling polluted air is as bad as smoking, causing the skin to lose its elasticity.
Around 4 million people in the UK and 30 million people in the USA live with diabetes. Diabetes is one of the major causes of premature death worldwide. Diabetics are particularly prone to organ failures, heart disease and accelerated ageing. Diabetes also increases the risk of dying from Covid-19.
Chamomile flowers contain alpha bisabolol and bisabolol oxides, the substances that have anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Blue chamomile essential oil is very soothing for the skin and particularly good for sensitive skin. Studies showed that chamomile is effective for eczema.
Around 75% of covid-19 deaths are among people with cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Covid-19 vaccines are widely available, however, with new variants such as omicron, delta, beta, gamma, lambda and mu; the world has witnessed the mutation of coronaviruses that make them more resistant to the existing vaccines.
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