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Becoming a non-smoker is without doubt one of the most powerful choices you can make to improve your health and reduce your risk of a wide range of serious, life-threatening health conditions including several cancers, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, emphysema and dementia.

There are many ways to go about giving up. The most effective approach by far for many people appears to be a combination of expert support and medications that reduce your cravings (either nicotine replacement therapy or medi...

There was a time when tanned skin was looked down upon, reflecting the hard, outdoor labouring of the working classes.

And then in 1923, Coco Chanel returned from the Rivera with a golden brown complexion and a new fashion was born. 

However, as the suntan’s popularity grew over the following decades, so did the scourge of skin cancer - to the point where it is now the most common type of cancer in the world.

Three main forms of skin cancer exist. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcin...

For a long time we’ve heard that having too much salt in our diets is a bad thing - and rightly so, as a high salt intake is a significant risk factor for stomach cancer as well as one of the most powerful influences on blood pressure - and with it your cardiovascular and dementia risks.

Sodium

Salt is made up of two substances – sodium and chlorine - and it’s the sodium that can affect your blood pressure. This is because the sodium you eat affects how much water your kidneys extract from your bl...

You may already be aware, but March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in the UK. However, did you know that an increasing volume of research is confirming tomatoes and tomato-based foods as a key weapon in the fight against prostate cancer?

As if tomatoes weren’t already healthy enough, prostate cancer risk shows a clear drop as tomato-based consumption increases. This is believed to be due to the presence in tomatoes of a substance called lycopene - the pigment that gives tomatoes their familia...

Caffeine is a bitter substance derived from the leaves, fruit and seeds of various plants and acts as a natural pesticide against threatening insects.

Caffeine is of course found in high amounts in the seeds of the coffee plant and the leaves of the tea bush but it’s also commonly found in:

  • kola nuts – used to flavour cola drinks

  • guarana berries - which contain about twice the amount of caffeine as coffee beans

  • cacao pods – used to make chocolate products

The effects of caffeine on...

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