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Inflammation During Pregnancy Increases Autism Risk

Autism is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with autism with an average prevalence of about 1%. A recent study in South Korea reported a prevalence of 2.6%. The causes of autism are not clear, but it is likely that both genetics and environment play a ... Read More »

Does Nutrogenomics Give the Answer for Better Dietary Interventions

Every now and then, dietitians come across clients who do not respond to conventional dietary interventions; very often we have the tendency to assume there has been non-compliance. Are there any other reasons for these non-repondents? Nutritional sciences are discovering that there are people who are genetically different from the norm in some way, and they may have some specific ... Read More »

Nutritious Ways to Relieve Your Stress

Everyone has stress – from work, family, relationship… Some attempt to relieve their stress through drinking, smoking or eating junks. However, they may end up with worsen health conditions due to side effects from alcohol, nicotine, sugar and bad fats! Recent scientific research suggests good nutrition is important for our mental health. Here are some healthy tips for you! Eat ... Read More »

Antioxidants for Heart Health

The National Heart Foundation (NHF) of Australia has recently released a position statement that provides  recommendations for the consumption of antioxidant-rich food, drinks and supplements for cardiovascular heart health. They advise health professionals not to recommend Australian adults to use chocolate, coffee, red wine or antioxidant supplements for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) 1. NHF recommends all Australian adults to ... Read More »

Green Tea and Cancer Prevention

Green tea contains the active ingredient polyphenol, which has a subgroup known as catechins. Catechins are powerful antioxidants and may have cancer-preventative effects. A large study in Japan found that males aged between 40 and 69 who drank five cups of green tea daily were less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than those who drank only one1. However, despite ... Read More »

Vitamins and Breast Cancer

A Swedish study found that women who regularly took multivitamins were 19% more likely to develop a breast cancer than those who did not take multivitamins1.  35,329 women aged 49 to 83 years old took part in that study and were followed up for 10 years. The research found that women who had taken multivitamins for three years or more ... Read More »

Diet and Dementia

Dementia is an acquired brain disease, affecting a person’s mental ability, personality and behaviour. People with dementia commonly experience problems with memory and skills needed to carry out everyday activities. In Hong Kong, one in 10 people aged over 65 are diagnosed with dementia, with increase in incidence with advancing age1. There are many different causes of dementia but Alzheimer’s ... Read More »

A Touch of Magical Spice to Control Your Diabetes

To most of us, cinnamon has been known as one of the stable spice in our household. It is often used to lift up the flavor of our desserts or appears as the warm and familiar scent dispersing from the candles throughout the living room. Who would ever imagine cinnamon beyond just an ordinary flavor or scent and can be ... Read More »

Two Eggs for Breakfast Enhances Weight Loss

Recent study shows that eating two eggs for breakfast, as part of a calorie-restricted diet, helps overweight adults lose more weight and have greater reduction in BMI, waist circumference and percent body fat than those who ate a bagel breakfast of equal calories1. Further, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, did not differ between the groups. This study ... Read More »

Miracle Foods for Your Heart

Scientific evidence suggests red wine, dark chocolate, almonds, fish, garlic, fruits and vegetables to be protective. A study1 found that combining these foods in a meal called Polymeal would reduce cardiovascular disease events by 76%. Taking the Polymeal daily showed an increase in total life expectancy of 6.6 years for men and 4.8 years for women. Wine & Alcohol Red wine ... Read More »