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Green tea as sunscreen

Green tea is a much used cure for many ills. Now, a new scientific study demonstrates its positive effect on human skin. Sixty female volunteers (including a control group) took part in a study in Germany to investigate the effect of the active ingredients in green tea on skin.  For 12 weeks participants consumed either… Continue reading Green tea as sunscreen

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Eat chocolate and get thin?

How surprising! Cocoa extracts and antioxidant compounds called procyanidins in cocoa  can reduce the body’s ability to absorb fats and carbohydrates. In laboratory studies scientists in the US looked at the effects of Lavado, regular, and Dutch-processed cocoa extracts as well as cocoa procyanidins. They found that Lavado was the most effective in inhibiting the… Continue reading Eat chocolate and get thin?

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Dirty soap

Just when we thought we could kill germs by regularly washing our hands we find out that soap can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Yes that’s right. Whilst hand washing with soap and water is a universally accepted practice   to keep potentially harmful microorganisms at bay, a new study shows that washing with contaminated… Continue reading Dirty soap