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Rosemary...
According to the Journal ‘Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology’, the scent of rosemary can help boost your brain power and improve your mood. After exposing 20 volunteers to varying levels of rosemary aromas, their cognitive performance, concentration, speed and accuracy and mood had all improved.

The antioxidants in rosemary can also be used for cancer prevention. A 2008 study found that adding rosemary to chicken for instance was shown to break down potentially cancer-causing compounds that form when meat is cooked.

If You Do One Thing For Your Health Avoid...
Taking sleeping pills. According to a recent study published in the  BMJ, commonly prescribed sleeping pills like benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepines, barbiturates and sedatives are linked with higher death risk.

The study found that people who took between 18 and 132 doses of the pills per year were 4.6 times likelier to die than people who don't take them. Older research about sleeping pills found they are linked to night-eating syndromes (bingeing on food), car accidents, serious falls and peptic ulcer disease.

Calcium Supplements...
Evidence has been found that calcium supplements are not safe nor particularly effective.

The latest study which followed 24,000 middle-aged and elderly Germans for 11 years, found calcium pills roughly doubled the risk of having a heart attack.

Note - Calcium must always be taken with magnesium and depending upon the form of each at least twice the amount of magnesium to calcium.

Check Your Guts Transit Time...
70% of your immune system is located in the gut so if it is sluggish it comprises immunity. The ideal transit time in the gut is 12-24 hours. Here is a simple way to check yours - take 5-10gms of charcoal (tablets) two hours before eating and again five hours before bed.

Check how long it takes for your stool to come out black. Anything longer than 24 hours then your sluggish gut movement causes toxic build up and anything less than 12 indicates nutrients are not being absorbed properly.

The Viagra® Effect of Pomegranates...
A study by researchers from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, on volunteers aged between 21 and 84 concluded after just two weeks that “both sexes had seen significantly increased testosterone levels”. All the volunteers did was to drink one glass of pure pomegranate fruit juice!. Pomegranate also contains a range of antioxidants that help ward off heart diseases, help blood circulation, mood and memory.

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