Yellow & Orange, this season’s latest colours…

With the sun out and vitality levels surging, now is the time of year we all become a little more health conscious.

And with this week’s flurry of super-food studies, it seems we’re not short of advice on how to keep our bodies in tip-top condition this summer and beyond.

Reading them all back-to-back may just be enough to make your head explode, so we’ve compiled a simple and succinct round-up for you.

‘Av a banana, or three…

Research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests eating three bananas a day could cut your risk of a stroke by around 21%.

This is thanks to their potassium content, which controls the levels of fluid in the body and helps lower blood pressure.

Scientists found that if people were to increase their intake of potassium-rich foods (fish, spinach and milk) and lower their intake of salt, then the number of annual global deaths from strokes could be cut by more than a million.

Report by Daily Mail 7th April 2011.

Trusty Tangerines

Nobiletin, a flavonoid in tangerines, has this week been found to prevent obesity and protect from type-2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, the underlying disease often responsible for heart attacks and strokes.

Though boasting hopeful results, the study has currently only been performed on mice 🙁  and is yet to be tested on humans.

Report by ScienceDaily 6th April 2011.

Carrots against cancer

A study presented to the American Association for Cancer Research this week hailed Retinoic acid as a potential weapon against breast cancer in its early stages.

The Vitamin A derivative, found naturally in carrots and sweet potatoes, has been found to reverse early changes in cells that lead to cancer.

Retinoic acid is however only effective up to a certain point in the cells’ development.

Courtesy of the UK Press Association.

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Sarah is the founder of Pai Skincare, an organic skin care line for sensitive skin.

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