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The mushroom that benefits the brain and fights cancer

An edible mushroom I came across lately, has intrigued me because of the number of its medicinal properties, and especially as a cognitive enhancer. His Latin name is Hericium erinaceus, but is known by many other names including Lion’s Mane, Pom Pom, Bear’s Head, Yamabushitake (in Japanese) and Houston ( Chinese).

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Sardines: the cornerstone of Mediterranean cuisine

A humble fish that feeds your brain. Few diets or lifestyle meal choices can claim the benefits that the Mediterranean diet offers:the promotion of longevity and the reduced risk of cognitive decline, diabetes and some type of cancers.

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Eating like our primitive ancestors

The ever-growing preoccupation with finding a diet for a fit, long and healthy lifestyle has convinced some people of eating like our Palaeolithic ancestors. It is called Paleo or Primal diet and it is essentially a hunter and gatherer diet based on animal proteins (meats and fish) and their products (eggs, honey, etc.), vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts.

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The secret power of chocolate

It’s four in the afternoon and you have that report to go through and you keep repeating to yourself: “If I could just lie down for a pennichella (an afternoon nap…).” Now, before you go to the office’s kitchen to make yourself another cup of coffee, or fall asleep at your desk, try a small dark chocolate bar instead. In fact, according to a new research published on “NeuroRegulation”, cacao has the ability to boost the brain’s alertness.

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Scientific research proves garlic's natural healing powers

The Christmas and New Year period are for most of us, an opportunity to overindulge on food, like Pandoro and Panettone, accompanied by some bubbles, if you are Italian. With the festive season over for another year, the New Year comes with the usual ritual of putting together a list of many promises we make to better ourselves. Shedding some pounds, saving money, drinking less coffee and alcohol, exercising more, and reading more are the usual suspects.

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From botany to medicine: revealed the extraordinary faculties possessed by rosemary

When I was a student in high school and I had to spend the better part of my afternoons translating ancient Greek texts into Italian, I was always hoping to work on something interesting such as Pliny, Heraclitus or Dioscorides as I enjoyed learning about their herbal remedies for ailments.

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Tumeric: that yellow spice that ticks all the boxes

It is time to make most of Turmeric, that yellow spice you may have bought to make curry from scratch to impress family and friends, and that it’s still in your dispenser unused.Turmeric is extensively used in many Indian regional cuisines. Its use has a mild flavour and its vivid colour adds a visual effect to the dishes.

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The health benefits of fermented food

The intake of carbohydrates (“carbs”) remains a controversial subject of discussion. According to some health authorities, they are not essential and a potential source of many diseases ranging from cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes.

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Melissa's healing power

If you spent your childhood somewhere in Italy you may remember your Nonna giving you a cup of “Melissa” tea to calm your upset stomach.

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The noxious facts about trans fats

Artificial trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils, are vegetable oils converted into solid fats at room temperature through a chemical process called hydrogenation