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Many women are not applying sun creams in high enough quantities to get the full benefits, it has been claimed.

Organic beauty products such as sunscreens are now available in very high factors due to improvements in mineral sunscreen technology.

However, the British Skin Foundation has indicated that many people are leaving themselves open to skin damage because they are not using enough sun cream when sunbathing.

The charity's Bevis Man explained that all adults should be using a sunscreen of at least SPF30, with a UVA rating of four or five stars.

Ms Man noted: "Apply the sunscreen generously, as the majority of us simply don't apply enough sunscreen for it to be effective to the level that it says on the packaging, and don't forget to re-apply."

Her comments follow recent findings published in the online journal BMC Public Health, which show that young people at a high risk of skin cancer are still ignoring sun cream safety advice.

The research by scientists at the Centre Cance Prevention and Control Program found that many people with a family history of melanoma - the most dangerous form of skin cancer - do not feel it necessary to use any form of sun protection.

This is despite their awareness that sunscreen would protect them against the risk of getting melanoma or some other kind of skin cancer themselves.

Commenting on the findings, lead researcher professor Sharon Manne explained: "To reduce the incidence of melanoma we need to reduce the perceived benefits of sunbathing and to increase the use of sun protection."

Organic sun creams from the Organic Pharmacy come in SPF25, SPF30 or SPF50 and protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

The formulations are rich in shea butter - which has natural sun protection properties - and rosehip, rich in essential fatty acids and helps to reduce scarring and wrinkles. Both of these symptoms are commonly associated with sun exposure.

Extract: Many women are not applying sun creams often enough, or in high enough quantities, it has been claimed.

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Selecting an organic moisturiser could be even more important for those with allergies than they think. Recent research has strengthened the case against using synthetic skin care products that use formaldehyde and quaternium-15.

Preservatives such as quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydrantoin commonly found in non-organic skin care products are all harmful chemicals, capable of causing allergies. The skin can absorb some of these toxins - along with others, such as parabens - which may even make it into the bloodstream.

Now, a group of researchers at the University of Groningen Department of Dermatology has found that people with a contact formaldehyde allergy are often allergic to quaternium-15, and vice versa.

Patients with strong patch test reactions to formaldehyde are more likely to react to quaternium-15. Meanwhile, over half of those allergic to quaternium-15 also had a bad reaction to formaldehyde.

The implications for women with formaldehyde allergies who opt for synthetic creams containing quaternium-15, rather than organic beauty products, could be even more pronounced.

Researchers indicated that, compared to men, women with a stronger reaction to formaldehyde were more likely to have positive quaternium-15 patch tests.

Those with sensitive skin or chemical allergies that are brought on by skincare products should try changing their routine. Rose oil is rich in antioxidants and complements the soothing, anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile. Begin with a cleansing massage, perhaps with Rose and Chamomile Cleansing Milk, before hydrating and then applying an antioxidant Face Firming Serum or Antioxidant Face Gel to facilitate the repair of damaged cells. The Antioxidant Face Gel can also be used at night, applied as an alternative to night cream.

Finish by applying moisturiser, such as a Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream, perhaps with specialist Lip and Eye Cream for more sensitive areas.

Extract: Two chemicals have been linked to causing similar reactions in the same patients, strengthening the case for using organic moisturiser.

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Rose and Chamomile Cleansing Milk, Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream, Lip and Eye CreamAntioxidant Face Gel

 

The antioxidant properties of many plants and foods help to repair and rejuvenate skin, making them great for an organic beauty routine. Essential oils from certain plants are found in organic skin care products because they have characteristics that the body loves.

Our Organic Pharmacy Lemon and Eucalyptus Shower Gel, for example, contains aloe, marigold, aloe, lemon and eucalyptus to cleanse, nourish and repair the skin. The last of these, eucalyptus, is known to have certain health benefits, such as for treating coughs.

Research published last year in the Journal of Lipid Research showed why eucalyptus and five other essential oils may be perfect for organic skin care as well. Scientists found that the essential oils of thyme, clove, fennel, rose, bergamot and eucalyptus suppress the COX-2 enzyme that causes inflammation – the cause of many skin and general health problems. The researchers noted that the oils act in a way similar to those of red wine or tea in reducing inflammation.

Many of these oils are found in organic skin care products. Our Organic Pharmacy Peppermint, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus Face Wash combines eucalyptus with other natural ingredients to cleanse the skin, while Herbal Toner harnesses the anti-inflammatory power of eucalyptus to prepare the skin for moisturisation.

The scientists also identified another key ingredient in our Organic Pharmacy moisturisers – rose. Double Rose Ultra and Rose Plus Face Cream are just two examples of where the anti-inflammatory power of rose helps to calm and soothe the skin, reducing redness and irritation while helping to protect it from the elements.

Bergamot can also be found in our organic body products. It is a key ingredient in Rose Plus Face Cream, which helps to leave the skin nourished and hydrated while restoring elasticity. Our Organic Pharmacy Blemish Gel also contains bergamot as part of a potent mix of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory natural ingredients that reduce spots quickly without drying or irritating the skin.

Finally, thyme, which was found to have the strongest effect on the COX-2 enzyme, is found in organic health products, like Immune Tonic. This works to boost the immune system and fight off infection, harnessing the anti-inflammatory action of thyme and other natural ingredients, including astralgus, cat's claw and elderberry.

Extract: Eucalyptus has many properties that make it ideal in organic skin care.

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Organic supplements designed to boost the body's immune system and make skin look healthy and glowing may lower people's chances of suffering from Parkinson's. New research indicates that the flavonoids in the berries in these organic health products may be of vital importance in staving off the condition.

Flavonoids are already known to help keep skin healthy, as they are powerful antioxidants that limit the oxidative damage of free radicals. Benefits include reducing wrinkles and other signs of ageing, as well as making the skin glow and look healthy.

The new study, which is to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu, suggests that the flavonoids contained in berries, tea and other fruits have an effect on Parkinson's.

For men, the top 20 per cent who consumed the most flavonoids were 40 per cent less likely to develop Parkinson's than the bottom 20 per cent. In women, there was no overall difference noted. However, it was found that regular consumption of anthocyanins, a sub-class of flavonoids found mainly in berries, resulted in lower rates of Parkinson's in women.

"This is the first study in humans to examine the association between flavonoids and risk of developing Parkinson's disease," said study author Xiang Gao, MD, PhD, with the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "Our findings suggest that flavonoids, specifically a group called anthocyanins, may have neuroprotective effects. If confirmed, flavonoids may be a natural and healthy way to reduce your risk of developing Parkinson's disease."

Organic supplements like Superantioxidant Capsules and Skin Radiance capsules harness these anthocyanins in fruits like bilberry, acai and goji. Superantioxidant Capsules are designed to ward of the effects of ageing, protecting the body from the inside from cell damage caused by free radicals.

Skin Radiance capsules, meanwhile, are specifically for boosting the skin's appearance. These are particularly good as part of an organic skin care routine. Also contained in these is rose hip extract, which has been shown to reduce wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

Extract:Taking organic supplements may lower people's risk of Parkinson's.

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As awards season gets into full swing, there has been no shortage of pregnant celebs on the red carpet, whether it's Natalie Portman or Holly Willoughby. Black Swan star Portman dazzled at the Golden Globes in a bespoke Viktor & Rolf dress and some classic make-up, while Willoughby was joined by fellow mothers-to-be Emma Bunton and Myleene Klass at the National Television Awards recently.

Thankfully, according Becky Goddard-Hill, blogger at Baby Budgeting, "you don't need fame or money to be a gorgeous pregnant lady, just look your best with what you have and let your baby bump take centre stage". She says of her pregnant beauty routine: "I relied on a big smile, clear eye drops, brushing my hair till it shone, a slash of lippy."


Organic Glam Lipstick is great, as it adds a touch of red carpet glamour with the benefits of natural ingredients like shea butter, castor oil, green tea, grape, lemon and orange.

Meanwhile, the team at That's Yummy Mummy suggest going easy with organic make-up. "Keep your make up subtle, with lots of flushing and redness during pregnancy, an over-made up face can suddenly look clown-like," they advise. Organic Glam Sheer Tint is great for producing a lovely even skin tone that will make the most of that natural healthy glow.

They also suggest getting lots of sleep and taking on plenty of water - good advice for any organic skin care routine. One way to relax and unwind is Mother & Baby Massage Oil, which contains lavender and chamomile to calm and soothe.

When it comes to organic moisturiser, one beauty expert reckons the more the better. Nixdminx blogger Eva Keogan says: "Keep make-up and hair simple and skin moisturised 24 hours a day. Shea butter and cocoa butter are the best."

Our Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser is the perfect combination of these two natural emollients. They soften the skin while carrot, rosemary, chamomile, lavender and jojoba oil work to decongest the skin of all the daily dirt and grime that builds up. And it comes highly recommended, as this organic moisturiser the favourite of gorgeous Aussie pop princess Kylie Minogue.

Extract: Some tips have been offered on how to look great when pregnant.

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Organic Glam Lipstick, Carrot Butter Cleanser

 

The importance of organic skin care and sunscreens has been highlighted by a new study that shows sun exposure is linked to multiple sclerosis (MS). A study carried out in Australia found increased sun exposure and vitamin D levels meant people were less likely to contract the condition.

However, coupled with this study, which seems to confirm the theory that people further away from the equator are more likely to suffer MS, there is a rising problem of ultra violet radiation leading to skin cancer and other health problems.

Latest figures from the US show a worrying increase in the number of skin cancer cases. According to scientists at the University of Cincinnati, there were an estimated 3.7 million non-melanoma cases in 2009, up from 3.5 million in 2006. In Australia, which has some of the highest skin cancer rates in the world, last year saw around half a million non-melanoma cases, according to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

The new research on sun exposure and MS, however, suggests that it is still important for people to be getting sunshine. Not only is this important in helping the body's production of vitamin D, but it undoubtedly lifts people's spirits.

Published in the journal Neurology, the study from the Australian National University in Canberra highlights just one of the health benefits of sunshine. However, the researchers are quick to point out that limiting sun exposure remains important due to skin cancer risks, and the dangers of tanning beds outweigh any benefits of reducing the chances of MS.

To get the benefit of the sun's rays and still protect the skin from UV damage that leads to health problems like cancer, organic sunscreen is ideal. Our Organic Pharmacy Sunscreen SPF30 or SPF50 is particularly good at providing a barrier against UV radiation.

Using the protective qualities of zinc oxide, these organic sun creams also contain vitamin A-boosting rose hip, aloe, which is rich in vitamins A and E, and the natural emollient shea butter.

Meanwhile, another way to boost the body's vitamin D content is take organic supplements. Our Organic Pharmacy Daily Nutrients, for example, have vitamin D2, as well as a host of other essential nutrients.

Extract: Sun exposure and vitamin D may reduce people's chances of MS.

Extract: A lack of vitamin D may impact the onset of certain lung diseases.

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Chocolate may not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about organic skin care and maintaining good overall health. It seems, though, that organic chocolate is even richer in antioxidants that combat free radical damage to the skin and other parts of the body than people have previously thought.

New research published in the Chemistry Central Journal reveals that chocolate is not only a rich source of antioxidants, but contains more polyphenols and flavanols than fruit juice. Dr Debra Miller, the senior author of the paper, said: "Cacao seeds are a super fruit, providing nutritive value beyond that of their macronutrient composition."

Our Organic Pharmacy Chocolate Bar not only harnesses the antioxidant capacity of cocoa to keep people beautiful and healthy, but also a range of other super fruits that have been proven to have multiple health benefits.

Containing no sugar or dairy products, the organic chocolate uses agave nectar to provide sweetness, as well as containing blueberry, acai, goji, and cranberry.

Sally Penford, from the International Dermal Institute, explained why these are such good things to be eating for helping to look after skin: "A lot of the red fruits particularly provide us with great antioxidants; any highly coloured fruit, pomegranates, red berries, blueberries, anything with a strong colour in nature is usually rich in antioxidants that will help to protect your skin against free radical damage."

Acai is full of iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, omega 6 & 9, B1, B2, B3, vitamin C and vitamin E, and is high in fibre and protein, all of which help to keep the skin glowing and healthy.

Aside from being high in antioxidants, research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that blueberry can help lower blood pressure, thanks to the presence of anthocyanins.

"Our findings are exciting and suggest that an achievable dietary intake of anthocyanins may contribute to the prevention of hypertension," said lead author professor Aedin Cassidy of the University of East Anglia Medical School.

Cranberry is known to contain antioxidants, while goji is one of the world's most nutrient-rich ingredients. It contains B-complex vitamins, which are vital for skin repair, and essential fatty acids to help keep skin soft and smooth.

Extract: Organic chocolate is richer in antioxidants than fruit, according to new research.

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Antioxidant Goji, Acai & Blueberry Chocolate Bar

 

To achieve the bronzed goddess look without the hassle of jetting off for a sneaky week in the sun, or to make sure of a nice tan before hitting the beach, organic skin care products are ideal. Our Organic Pharmacy Self Tan has all the goodness of natural ingredients like aloe and shea butter without all the harmful effects of ultra violet (UV) radiation.

The problems with UV radiation are well known - premature ageing, wrinkles and the threat of skin cancer. And these problems are not confined solely to the sun's rays - fake tanning devices like sun beds can be just as harmful. One recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology showed that around a fifth of US women use indoor tanning devices.

Research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed artificial tanning devices may contribute to the incidence of two common types of skin cancer. Tanning lamps and sun beds were identified by scientists from Dartmouth Medical School in the US as potentially causing basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

The team found that people who use tanning devices were two-and-a-half times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and one-and-a-half times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than people who did not use such methods. The chances of developing these two types of skin cancer also increased with each decade of use.

"Other factors, including past sunburns, sunbathing, and sun exposure, did not appear to explain the excess risk of either type of skin cancer associated with tanning lamps," the authors of the study said.

For a glowing, uniform tan without the risks associated with sun beds or UV radiation, our Organic Pharmacy Self Tan is ideal. Ecocert approved and derived from sugar beet, the ingredients in this light cream are 100 per cent natural. It also features aloe, shea butter and jojoba oil to nourish and moisturise the skin.

If being out in the sun is must, or unavoidable, then our Organic Pharmacy sun creams will protect the skin naturally, thanks to a combination of zinc oxide, rose hip, shea butter and aloe.

Extract: Organic tanning lotions are a natural way to achieve the bronzed goddess look.

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Winter is the worst time of year for the body, according to Dr Tamara Griffiths from the British Skin Foundation, who has given some tips to avoid dry, flaky skin. Speaking to the Ecologist, she explained that it is important to avoid any type of cleanser that will dry the skin.

"The combination of low temperatures and strong winds can strip away the skin's moisture levels, stopping the skin from functioning as the body’s natural barrier," Dr Griffiths said. "Regularly applying moisturisers and lip salves can reduce these effects as they restore some much-needed moisture to dehydrated skin."

Organic skin care creams are designed especially to help the skin recover from the effects of winter. The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Ultra face cream is a perfect solution to the cold weather

The Times gave it ten out of ten and pointed out that it "worked wonders while skiing in cold weather", and that it is "good for dry skin or for braving the elements".

Aloe, rose hip, shea butter, jojoba oil and rose water combine in this organic moisturiser to leave the skin hydrated and glowing no matter what the weather.

Extract: Winter is the harshest time of year for people's skin.

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To get the most out of organic skin care moisturising, it is important to first exfoliate. This is the advice from Dr Claudia Aguirre from the International Dermal Institute, who points out that moisturiser is more able to penetrate the body's outer layer once dead skin cells are removed.

She explains that the body naturally gets rid of these skin cells as they have an "internal clock" that decides when they can move up to the surface to be sloughed off. "However, a build-up of dead cells on the surface can result in dull, ashy or lacklustre skin. Choosing the proper exfoliating agent is key to achieving polished results without irritation," Dr Aguirre notes.

The expert suggests opting for a gentle technique if skin is sensitive, while very dry or irritated skin needs to heal before exfoliation to minimise sensitisation. If a scrub is too harsh, then there are natural ingredients that can help, she explains.

"Enzymes from papaya, pineapple and rice bran are also great methods to promote skin renewal," Dr Aguirre said.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Brightening Complex contains papaya among its ingredients. It forms part of a unique combination of enzymes and natural chemicals that smooth the skin's surface and reduce pigmentation.

It is the proteolytic enzyme in papaya that exfoliates and removes dead skin cells. Meanwhile fruit acids from hibiscus, cucumber and mulberry tackle pigmentation by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase, as well as delivering a second exfoliation action.

The complex also contains rose hip, which several pieces of research have indicated is excellent at protecting the skin from free radical damage. For a fuller, deeper exfoliation, the Organic Pharmacy's Flower Petal Deep Cleanser and Exfoliating Mask will go even further.

"A good exfoliation can ease winter woes when done properly and combined with a good moisturising regimen," Dr Aguirre added.

For moisturising, The Organic Pharmacy has several all-natural creams that will nourish the skin. Rose Plus Face Cream combines the properties of cucumber, pine bark and mulberry, tamanu and rose to tone skin and reduce wrinkles, while also helping to even out pigmentation.

Extract: Organic skin care using papaya as an ingredient can rejuvenate skin.

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Grape seed, which is used in a range of organic skin care and beauty products, helps limit ultra violet (UV) radiation damage caused by the sun, according to a study from New Zealand. AgResearch found that the extract from grape seeds left over from the wine-making process works as an effective organic sunscreen.

The researchers looked at the oxidative damage of the sun to food and fibre proteins, in particular assessing the UV effect in wool keratins and meat collagens. It was noted that damage at molecular level was reduced or lessened when the grape seed extract was applied.

"We were surprised by how effective grape seed extracts are at combating protein damage from UV rays on skin. A protective effect was observed right down at the protein level, with mitigation of oxidative damage," said AgResearch senior scientist Dr Jolon Dyer. He added that the discovery could be of huge benefit as concerns around UV rays increase.

Grape seed is used in our Organic Pharmacy skin care and make-up products, from Antioxidant Face Cream to all our foundations and concealers.

Extract: Grape seed extract can limit skin damage caused by the sun, research shows.

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Kim and Kourtney Kardashian's sophisticated approach to make-up is the envy of women the world over. Following the premiere of their new show, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, the pair's make-up artist Troy Surratt explains some of the ways they use cosmetics to accentuate their features.

Speaking to Us Magazine, Surratt underlines the sisters' adherence to the basic rules of lip make-up. All lip make-up should be defined by a lip liner, he claims. Those concerned about health risks associated with makeup could opt for the Organic Glam Mineral Lip Pencil, which is the first organic make-up of its kind to be released with no hydrogenated fats. Instead it uses beeswax to give the pencil its solidity, with the absence of toxicity risks.

Using lip liner prior to applying lipstick is necessary, notes Surratt, "otherwise, your lips will disappear into your skin". This is particularly important with nude lip styles. Choosing an Organic Glam Lipstick will do more than make your lips look fabulous: infusions of shea butter, castor oil, green tea and fruit extracts will also protect and nourish skin during use.

In addition, Surratt told the publication that what makes the Kardashians stand out is that they are not afraid to "accentuate and capitalise on every feature". Making use of a good foundation, such as Organic Glam Foundation, enables women to accentuate their natural look, while helping to protect skin from pollution and free radical damage with incorporated antioxidants.


Surratt also points out that Kim Kardashian frequently goes to great lengths to accentuate her eyes. Organic Glam Mascara and Mineral Eye Pencil can be used in combination to help emulate Kim's long and full lashes, which are both "flirtatious and feminine", according to the make-up artist. As a bonus, this particular organic make-up mascara includes vitamins A, E and C to help curl, lengthen and condition lashes, while protecting eyes from irritation.

Extract: You can get Kim and Kourtney Kardashian's look by using organic cosmetics and makeup.

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For a truly all-round organic skin care regime, simply relying on moisturisers and lotions to nourish the body's outer layer is not enough. Organic supplements can play an important role in not only supplying the body with the nutrients needed by the skin to stay healthy, but also giving a boost to the body's immune system.

Organic Pharmacy Skin Radiance capsules protect and nourish the skin and promote the formation of collagen and repairing of cells. Acai, bilberry and goji combine to leave the skin glowing from within thanks to high levels of antioxidants.

Goji's properties are manifold, with research indicating a range of characteristics that could promote skin health. A study from scientists at the University of Hong Kong into the neuro-protective qualities of goji highlighted its anti-ageing properties. "Natural plant extracts of Lycium barbarum [goji] are well known to exhibit anti-aging effects," they said.

In addition, health-report.co.uk cites evidence from Dr Albert Leung that shows how good goji is for the skin. It states: "The beautifying property of goji fruit may have some scientific basis after all which may justify its use in skin care cosmetics, as recent laboratory studies not only demonstrated its antioxidant effect but also its ability to increase dermal hydroxyproline level in mice, indicating increased collagen synthesis."

Meanwhile, there has been much evidence on the antioxidant properties of bilberry and acai. Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2008 showed that consuming acai resulted in higher levels of antioxidants in the body, which may in turn provide the skin with a boost.

As Sally Penford from the International Dermal Institute points outs: "Any highly coloured fruit, pomegranates, red berries, blueberries, anything with a strong colour in nature is usually rich in antioxidants that will help to protect your skin against free radical damage, and free radicals are something that contribute towards the aging process."


Organic Pharmacy Skin Radiance capsules also contain vitamin C to nourish the skin, which is one of the first organs of the body to suffer from low levels of this nutrient.

Extract: Organic skin care it not just about creams and lotions.

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Skin Radiance Capsules

 

As the cold weather lingers, now is the time to start thinking about how organic beauty can give people a lift. It will not be long before spring is here, and according to beauty expert Zara Rabinowicz, "make-up will be more playful and brighter".

Certainly Kylie Mingoue's appearance on Australian TV this week suggested a brighter, bubblier look for the summer. The gorgeous singer, who is already a fan of the Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser, wore a playful pink lipstick, with blue eye shadow to match her dress.

Ms Rabinowicz, the editor of beauty blog Kiss & Makeup, suggests that people's beauty choices will be changing as winter ebbs away. For the summer, she says there will be "less ruby red and more cherry pink, with liner used to create the perfect Cupid's bow. People are going to be more playful with colour".


Organic Glam lipstick comes in eight colours, from fuchsia and pink shimmer to dark pink and peach to get that playful look. They are infused with shea butter and green tea to nourish and protect. Shea butter is a natural emollient, while green tea is rich in antioxidants that protect skin from oxidative damage from free radicals.

For the Cupid's bow effect, the Organic Pharmacy Mineral Lip Pencil comes in either nude or dark nude. These are free from the usual hydrogenated fats in lip liner, instead relying on beeswax to give a natural, long-lasting finish.

Extract: Organic beauty may be taking on a more "playful" look.

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As half term approaches and the ski season gets into full swing, the importance of good organic skin care is even more important. A combination of cold weather and bright sunny skies can make a winter sports holiday in the Alps a nightmare for skin care.

For the low temperatures, there is nothing better than the Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Ultra face cream. The Times gave it ten out of ten and pointed out that it "worked wonders while skiing in cold weather," and that it is "good for dry skin or for braving the elements".

One of the ingredients of this cream is rose hip. Research from the University of Michigan has shown that the retinoic acid - the active form of vitamin A - in rose hip helps to limit and even reverse the effects of cellular damage that causes broken skin and wrinkles by. In addition, the nourishing cream is rich in shea butter, a natural emollient.

However, while January is generally a time for skiers to wrap up and face the cold, it is not unusual for mid-February to see the Alps basking in sunshine. This means an effort to protect the skin from the harmful effects of ultra violet (UV) radiation is vital.

Organic sun creams have been shown not only to be effective, but to perhaps even be better for skin than synthetic versions. Research from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) showed that three commonly-used UV filters found in synthetic sun creams make worse the process of "oxidative damage" to cells. UV causes this when it is absorbed by skin molecules and produces reactive oxygen species (ROS)

The three UV filters in synthetic sun creams isolated by the UCR team - octylmethoxycinnamate, benzophenone-3 and octocrylene - actually generate ROS in skin themselves, this making worse the process of cell damage.

Our organic sun creams contain none of these and instead rely on zinc oxide to protect the skin from UV radiation. Organic Pharmacy Sunscreen SPF50, SPF30, SPF25 and SPF 18 all contain rose hip. The University of Michigan research also pointed the role of retinoic acid in rose hip being used to pre-treat skin against UV damage.

Finally, Cellular After Sun Cream helps to nourish and soothe skin after exposure to UV. It again contains rose hip, as well as the vitamin A-rich jojoba oil and marigold, which is known for its ability to stimulate cellular regeneration.

Extract: Cold weather and sunny skies can make winter sports a problem for skin.

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Lavender is used as an ingredient in organic skin care as it helps to soothe and calm the body's outer layer. The Organic Pharmacy Lavender and Chamomile Milk Bath is designed to be gentle on the skin and leave it soft, smooth and delicately fragranced.

Suitable for babies as well as adults, this milk bath also helps people to sleep better. The reason may not just be the relaxing effects of laying in the bath, as there is evidence that scent of lavender relaxes and soothes stress.

Scientists in Japan have reported that inhaling certain natural fragrances alters gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that can reduce stress levels. In a study published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers noted how people have inhaled plant scents for centuries to lower stress levels, fight inflammation and depression, and induce sleep.

The reason is linalool, a chemical compound found in lavender that soothes away stress. In a statement, the researchers said: "Linalool returned stress-elevated levels of neutrophils and lymphocytes - key parts of the immune system - to near-normal levels. Inhaling linalool also reduced the activity of more than 100 genes that go into overdrive in stressful situations."


Findings from this study "could form the basis of new blood tests for identifying fragrances that can soothe stress", the scientists added.


The Organic Pharmacy Flower Petal Deep Cleanser and Exfoliating Mask also harnesses the relaxing scent of lavender to soothe and calm inflammation. It contains clay to help draw out impurities and remove dead skin to leave the face refreshed.

Meanwhile there is further of the anxiety-reducing properties of lavender in research carried out in 1995 by a team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust in Reading. Published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, the paper found that lavender oil helped lower stress levels in patients.

The study notes that "those patients who received [lavender oil] aromatherapy reported significantly greater improvement in their mood and perceived levels of anxiety. They also felt less anxious and more positive immediately following the therapy".

Extract: Organic skin care containing lavender can help people relax.

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The causes of dermatitis are everywhere - from metal in jewellery to chemicals used in synthetic cosmetics. Dermatitis is an unpleasant condition characterised by skin inflammation resulting in swollen, reddened and itchy skin.

"Patients with contact dermatitis can get a very itchy rash from head to toe, or in a confined area," says Mark Davis, a dermatologist at the Mayo Clinic in the US. "If it's on the hands and feet it can be disabling, and patients at times can't do their jobs."

It is sparked by contact with allergens, and the most common of these have been investigated by Mr Davis and his team. Ingredients in synthetic cosmetics and everyday personal care products dominate the top causes of dermatitis. First of note is neomycin sulphate, a topical antibiotic used in first aid creams and ointments, this is alsosometimes found in cosmetics, deodorant and soap.


Fragrance mix, a group of the eight most common fragrance allergens found in foods, cosmetic products, insecticides, antiseptics, soaps, perfumes and dental products, was found to be a key cause of dermatitis. The Organic Pharmacy fragrances are free from these chemicals that lead to itchy, sore skin.

Another major allergen is formaldehyde, a chemical that is found in all kinds of personal care products and is not just dangerous to skin. The US Environmental Protection Agency has this compound classified as a probable cancer-causing chemical, while a study published last year in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed a link between human exposure to formaldehyde and myeloid leukemia.

Quaternium 15, a preservative found in cosmetic products such as self-tanning lotions, shampoo, nail polish and sunscreen is another dermatitis allergen identified by the Mayo Clinic team.

At The Organic Pharmacy we steer clear of these chemicals in our products. Our organic skin care and sun cream products use natural ingredients from aloe and jojoba to shea butter and rose hip, which are rich in the kinds of nutrients that the skin craves - antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A and E. Many of these natural ingredients also have antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, all helping to repair and nourish the skin.

Aside from the multiple benefits of natural ingredients, they are also free from the allergens that cause dermatitis, while also having soothing properties. The Organic Pharmacy Ultra Dry Skin Cream combines the emollient effects of shea butter with the antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties of marigold to soothe and heal dry, itchy skin.

Extract: The causes of dermatitis are everywhere, but organic skin care can help.

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Organic skin care relies on natural ingredients that are full of chemicals that in some way boost the skin. Acai is one of the most potent of all antioxidants and therefore is a key element of organic skin care.

The Brazilian acai berry is rich in important nutrients for the human body. It is full of iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, omega 6 & 9, B1, B2, B3, vitamin C and vitamin E, and is high in fibre and protein. Importantly, it also has more antioxidants than red wine.

Research from Dr Susanne Mertens-Talcott of Texas A&M University pointed to the role of acai as an antioxidant. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2008 showed that consuming acai resulted in higher levels of antioxidants in the body. The research, conducted by Dr Suzanne Talcott, found higher levels antioxidant anthocyanins in the blood of subjects who had consumed acai pulp and juice.

The importance of antioxidants in organic skin care is not simply about creams and lotions that are applied to exterior of the body. As the International Dermal Institute points out, what foods and nutrients people consume is as important to skin health.

"Your skin is a living organ. It is constantly changing, evolving, growing, regenerating and so much like all of the other cells in the body, it requires a whole variety of nutrients in order to be able to do that," noted the institute's Sally Penford.

She added; "A lot of the red fruits particularly provide us with great antioxidants; any highly coloured fruit, pomegranates, red berries, blueberries, anything with a strong colour in nature is usually rich in antioxidants that will help to protect your skin against free radical damage."


Acai is just such a strongly-coloured fruit high in antioxidants. The Organic Pharmacy Skin Radiance capsules contain acai to help repair and nourish the skin from within by boosting collagen and reversing the effects of free radicals. Acai is also present in Rose Plus Marine Collagen Complex, which is a serum that helps to reduce wrinkles by stimulating collagen and elastin production.

Extract: The Brazilian acai berry has great potential in organic skin care.

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Carrot, an ingredient in our organic skin care, has some important properties that make it perfect for making skin glow. It is rich in beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which protects the body's from the oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

A key cause of this oxidation that leads to skin damage, wrinkles and other signs of ageing is ultra violet (UV) radiation. University of Michigan studies have shown vitamin A not only protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun, but may also reduce wrinkles.

The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser, Antioxidant Face Gel and Antioxidant Face Firming Serum all harness the power of beta carotene in carrots to nourish, repair and protect skin.

Meanwhile, it is not only application of antioxidants and vitamins on the skin that protect the body's outer layer from UV damage. Evidence shows that organic supplements also play a role in skin protection.

Research published in the the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that beta carotene modifies sunburn damage, and vitamin E may add to that effect. Sunburn intensity was significantly reduced in subjects who took vitamin supplements over a 12-week period while being exposed to UV radiation, the study noted.

Volunteers were exposed to UV radiation that induced mild sunburn every four weeks. Those taking a combination of carotene supplements and those who were also taking vitamin E both showed a "significant reduction" in sunburn intensity. It was also found that the reduction in sunburn was improved towards the end of the 12-week period. The authors of the article concluded that "the duration of supplementation with carotenes and vitamin E is probably of greater consequence in protecting against sunburn than the dosage".

The Organic Pharmacy Phytonutrient Capsules contain carrot, a key source of beta carotene. This is combined with a host of other superfoods such as cranberry, bilberry and alfalfa to provide the all the nutrients for healthy skin, hair and nails, as well as supporting the digestive system. These are specifically designed for women, while beta carotene is also present in Daily Nutrients, which are aimed at men.

Extract: Vitamin A in carrot helps to protect the skin.

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There are lots of different organic skin care options for treating spots and beating acne. One ingredient that is found in cleansers and gels designed to reduce blemishes is tea tree.

Spots, blemishes and acne are all caused by bacteria. Tea tree has been shown to have strong anti-bacterial properties that kill the germs that lead to skin problems.

As the Daily Mail points out, tea tree is used to treat all manner of problems because of this property. The newspaper notes research from professor Tom Riley of the University of Western Australia that shows tea tree is a good antiseptic and disinfectant.

"The chemical composition of tea tree oil means it has the ability to penetrate the skin extremely well, which previous antiseptics and disinfectants have not done," said Professor Riley. "It also has some anaesthetic effects, which may help to stop it stinging."

It is also noted by the newspaper that tea tree is as effective at reducing blackheads, whiteheads and acne spots over a three-month period as benzoyl peroxide, adding that "tea tree oil was also far better tolerated by facial skin".


Further evidence of the anti-bacterial properties of essential oils like tea tree comes from research conducted by scientists at the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands in Greece. Looking at eight essential oils that can fight superbugs, they noted the use of tea tree by Australian aborigines to treat skin infections.

"Not only are essential oils a cheap and effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimise the risk of new strains of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms emerging," said Professor Yiannis Samaras, who led the research.

The Daily Mail again reports on evidence from the University of Western Australia and the University of East London, which shows the positive effects of tea tree on bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics.

Organic skin care for oily skin prone to spots can make use of this anti-bacterial property to kill the blemish-causing bugs. The Organic Pharmacy Peppermint, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus Face Wash can be used every day to keep skin clean and clear. Blemish Gel is another organic skin care product that harnesses tea tree to reduce spots quickly without irritating or drying out the skin.

Extract: Tea tree is an important anti-bacterial agent in organic skin care.

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The natural ingredients in organic skin care have been shown time and again to contain certain properties that give the skin a boost, helping to repair and rejuvenate the body's exterior. Much of this has been attributed by scientists to the presence of flavonoids - antioxidant phenolic chemicals occurring naturally in plants.

Flavonoids are present in everything from propolis cera and pine bark to purple fruits like bilberries and blackcurrants. They are also found in high concentrations in organic chocolate and green tea.

There has been much research on the effects of these chemicals on cardiovascular health. In addition, various studies have found flavonoids inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

However, they also play an important role in organic skin care. It is the flavonoids in green tea and pine bark that are active ingredients in the Organic Pharmacy Firming Body Cream. This works to firm the skin, reducing the signs of ageing and reversing sun damage. Flavonoids are also essential ingredients working in Rose and Bilberry Toning Gel, which refreshes the skin and repairs broken veins.

There are many more organic skin care creams that harness flavonoids. But looking after skin is more than just about what people put on it - equally important are the chemicals and nutrients that are taken in.

Tinctures and supplements can help to reinvigorate the skin from within by cleansing the system, removing toxins and giving the immune system a boost. Here flavonoids can play an important role in the form of silymarin, which is found in milk thistle.

"Silymarin, a naturally-occurring polyphenolic flavonoid antioxidant, exhibits preventive and anti-cancer effects against skin cancer. For example, silymarin strongly prevents both photo-carcinogenesis and skin tumour promotion in mice, in part, by scavenging free radicals and reactive oxygen species and strengthening the antioxidant system," according to researchers at the University of Colorado.


In organic health products, milk thistle is used in tinctures to help the body's toxin-removing organs work better, which in turns results in tired, grey skin becoming healthy and glowing.

Extract: Flavonoids are key chemicals in organic skin care.

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An organic skin care routine helps to leave the face feeling healthy and refreshed. One journalist who sampled a facial from the Organic Pharmacy has been left impressed. Writing for Westside Today, Amy Sommer said the "unique facial" she received from the Organic Pharmacy in Beverley Hills "is a great way to start off the New Year with glowing skin".

The treatment involved four masks, which combine to deeply cleanse and moisturise the skin to leave the face feeling fresh, hydrated and uplifted. The Organic Pharmacy Honey and Jasmine Mask was one Ms Sommer enjoyed.

Ingredients in this organic skin care treatment are specifically designed for people dehydrated by travel, sunbathing or the harsh winter weather. While people will not be needing a sunbathing treatment too soon, the effects of winter are a topical concern.

The mask has rose hip, jojoba oil, aloe, evening primrose, shea butter and marigold, in addition to honey and jasmine. The properties of these natural ingredients are well known for being beneficial to skin.

Shea butter has been used for centuries in Africa as a natural skin remedy because of its moisturising properties. Research carried out by a Swedish refiner of vegetable oils in 2009 confirmed this.

Cosmetics Design reported on AAK's study of shea, which tested the effects of the ingredient by applying it to volunteers who were washed with ethanol, resulting in trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). The news provider reports that patients' skin "rapidly recovered" after the application of shea butter and returned to basement levels after two hours. "After three and four hours the barrier properties of the skin were improved on pre-treatment levels," it was noted.

Meanwhile, there has been lots of research from the University of Michigan on the anti-ageing effects of rose hip, thanks to the presence of retinoic acid. This not only helps to reduce wrinkles, but scientists have noted that pre-treating skin with this form of vitamin A can limits ultra violet damage.

Jojoba oil is also rich in vitamin A, while aloe has been shown to have multiple properties that result in the skin being soothed and repaired.

Extract: An organic skin care facial has left one woman with "glowing skin".

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Organic skin care harnesses the properties of natural ingredients to heal, nourish and protect the skin. One of these, propolis cera, is an important element in The Organic Pharmacy range, thanks to its potent antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties.

Derived from honey bees, the resinous substance, which literally means "defender of the city" in Greek, is known to be highly effective in treating skin complaints from psoriasis and eczema to acne. This is considered to be a result of its strong antimicrobial characteristics.

Research carried out in Spain that looked at the effects of propolis on a range of microorganisms showed it to be highly effective in killing bacteria. This was thought to be thanks to its high content of phenolic, flavonoid compounds.

Meanwhile, propolis is also extremely rich in antioxidants, which have time and again been shown to the fight free radicals that damage and age the skin. "To date, in the literature consulted, no antioxidant capacity values have been found greater than those obtained for propolis, for any of the products/foods analysed, using this type of methodology," according to the Spanish scientists at Neiker-Tecnalia.

They added: "Notable amongst its [propolis] properties are its antioxidant and anti-microbial action, its activity as a stimulant and its healing, analgesic, anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory activity."

Anti-bacterial, anti-mycotic, antifungal, antiviral, anti-tubercular, cytostatic, anti-allergic, antioxidant, antitoxic, hypotensor, haemostatic, immunogenetic and anti-parasitical properties in propolis were all noted as being a result of the flavonoid content.

Propolis cera is one of the main ingredients in the Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Cream. This is a light cream rich in herbal extracts that works to clear away free radicals and reduce the signs of ageing.

Another key ingredient in this wrinkle-reducing cream is rose hip. Studies from the University of Michigan have shown that this contains chemicals that promote vitamin A, which is known to protect against ultra-violet radiation. In addition, it contains bilberry, which is another natural ingredient rich in antioxidant flavonoids.

Extract: Propolis has some amazing properties for use in organic skin care.

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Antioxidant Face Cream

 

A group of chemicals found in fruits that are components of organic supplements and health products have been shown to lower blood pressure. Anthocyanins, which belong to the flavonoid family of chemicals, are key compounds in fighting off high blood pressure, according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Anthocyanins are found in high quantities in bilberries/blueberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, aubergines and blood oranges. The findings, to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reveal that people who consume one portion of blueberries a week were ten per cent less likely to develop high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

Other flavonoids found in tea and dark chocolate have already been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, the scientists behind the research point out.

"Our findings are exciting and suggest that an achievable dietary intake of anthocyanins may contribute to the prevention of hypertension," said lead author professor Aedin Cassidy of the UEA's Medical School.

"Anthocyanins are readily incorporated into the diet as they are present in many commonly consumed foods. Blueberries were the richest source in this particular study as they are frequently consumed in the US. Other rich sources of anthocyanins in the UK include blackcurrants, blood oranges, aubergines and raspberries," he added.


This is not the first piece of research on the health benefits of richly-coloured fruits like blueberries. Research from Ohio State University showed that anthocyanins "appreciably slow" the growth of colon cancer cells in laboratory tests. Findings published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2008 showed that consuming acai berries resulted in higher levels of anthocyanins in the body.

It is the rich antioxidants from fruits like these that are present in organic supplements designed to promote health and reverse the process of oxidation caused by free radicals. The Organic Pharmacy Skin Radiance capsules is one example of how these antioxidants help to boost health, while also repairing skin tissue.

Extract: Chemicals in blueberries help to prevent high blood pressure.

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Women can take organic supplements to significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), new research has shown. A pill containing a mix of essential oils was found by scientists to alleviate PMS in 120 individuals taking part in trials, without any adverse side effects.

Edilberto Rocha Filho from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil said: "The administration of one or two grams of essential fatty acids to patients with PMS resulted in a significant decrease in symptom scores. Furthermore, the administration of the dietary supplement did not result in any changes in the total cholesterol in the patients evaluated."

Women given capsules containing two grams of a combination of gamma linolenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, other polyunsaturated acids and vitamin E reported "significantly eased" PMS symptoms both three and six months after they began the treatment, the researchers said.

The Organic Pharmacy Omega 3,6,7 & 9 Superantioxidant Oil Blend is just such a combination of essential fatty acids to keep the body nourished and healthy during menstruation. It comes as an oil, though there other essential fatty acid (EFA) blends that can be taken in capsule form, such as EFAs + B Complex capsules.

Extract: New research shows organic supplements can prevent premenstrual syndrome.

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Organic skin care uses a host of different natural ingredients that work together to nourish, repair and protect the skin. There is one ingredient in particular that is essential to an organic moisturiser - jojoba oil.

The Organic Pharmacy moisturising face creams all contain this essential plant oil. There is good reason for this, as jojoba oil is so similar to the skin's own sebum that it makes for a perfect moisturising agent.

It is rich in vitamin A and E. Research has shown that applying vitamin A to skin can reverse the visible signs of ageing like wrinkles. This is because ultra violet radiation causes damage to skin, at least in part, by causing a deficiency of vitamin A.

In addition, there is evidence that jojoba has anti-inflammatory qualities. A study from Ain Shams University in Cairo tested jojoba oil, finding in experiments that this reduced inflammation.

It is also considered to be a useful ingredient in the treatment of psoriasis. Dr Bernardo Mosovich from Ben-Gurion University in Israel produced the first ground-breaking research on the potential for jojoba oil in treating skin ailments like psoriasis. Jojoba treatment produced "no adverse effects on the skin", with it helping "in all cases".

In his findings, he said: "Patients willingly returned as they felt that the facial treatments were useful." Dr Mosovich concluded: "It seems, therefore, that jojoba ointment could be a good medication for psoriasis in addition to other recognised medications against the disease."


Jojoba is an ingredient in the Organic Pharmacy Ultra Dry Skin Cream. This body moisturiser is designed specifically to relieve dry, flaky skin and is calming and soothing.

For dry skin on the face, Double Rose Ultra cream is a luxurious option that will re-hydrate and restore elasticity. Jojoba is one of several natural ingredients in this organic moisturiser, alongwith aloe and shea butter.

The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Ultra comes highly rated. The Times gave it ten out of ten, saying that "it worked wonders while skiing in cold weather," and that it is "good for dry skin or for braving the elements".

Extract:Jojoba oil is an essential element to a good organic moisturiser.

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Rose hip is a key ingredient in anti-ageing organic skin care. There is good reason for this, as it is rich in retinol, which is a form of vitamin A - vital to the skin's overall health.

Ageing can take many forms, but wrinkles are a common sign of tired skin that has been exposed to the weather. Sunlight in particular can make people look older than they are, as ultra violet (UV) radiation affects the skin.

Research has shown that one of the key reasons that UV light causes so much damage to skin is linked to vitamin A deficiency. "We found that ultraviolet irradiation blocks the ability of skin cells to recognise and respond to an essential nutrient called retinoic acid, which skin cells make from vitamin A or retinol," explained John J Voorhees from the University of Michigan Medical School.

"The inability to respond to retinoic acid triggers a cascade of biochemical changes that upsets the normal balance between healthy and dying skin cells. In essence, UV causes a functional vitamin A deficiency in human skin." He continued: "We also found that pre-treating skin with retinoic acid - the active form of vitamin A - before UV exposure limits the extent of the harmful biochemical changes."

A later study from the same university found that applying vitamin A to the skin seems to improve wrinkles associated with ageing and may promote the production of skin-building compounds. This piece of research focused on the use of retinol - the vitamin source of rose hip. "Topical retinol improves fine wrinkles associated with natural aging," the authors concluded. They also stated that retinol-treated aged skin is more likely to withstand skin injury and ulcer formation, as well as showing an improved appearance.

The Organic Pharmacy Virgin Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Serum is specifically designed to harness the vitamin A within the ingredient to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and reverse sun damage. It also is aimed at reducing scarring caused by acne and surgery.

Extract: Rose hip is a key ingredient in anti-ageing organic skin care.

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At this time of year, poor circulation can be a real problem for many as the cold sets in. Older people in particular can suffer from their circulatory system becoming less effective and efficient. But other circulation issues are prevalent in all ages.

Raynaud's is a condition that the NHS says affects ten million people in the UK. This is characterised by a feeling of pins and needles brought on by a narrowing of the blood vessels, resulting in less oxygen getting to the extremities.

One ingredient in organic skin care that has been shown to promote better vein health is horse chestnut. The Organic Pharmacy Resculpting Body Gel contains the ingredient to help promote better circulation. It is also designed to smooth the skin and reduce the size of fat cells.

Horse chestnut is again used in organic health products to give the skin a lift. Cellulite Tincture combines the circulatory-boosting ingredient with garcinia, which reduces fat, and guta kola to help cellular congestion.

Circulation Tincture is another horse chestnut-rich product that can be taken to improve blood flow, thereby helping to keep skin, particularly on the vulnerable extremities like the hands, in great condition.

Extract: There are plenty of uses of horse chestnut in organic skin care.

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There is no easy cure for acne, but a combination of organic skin care and supplements can help to ease the symptoms and kill the bacterium which causes the condition. Especially prevalent in teenagers, acne can affect anyone and lead to issues of self-confidence.

New research points to the acne bug being responsible for a whole lot more than just red, blotchy skin. Previously, it was thought that the presence of propionibacterium acnes at the site of an infection was due to contamination.

However, a study from Aston University contradicts this theory and suggests that the acne bug already inside the body may be the cause of infections. It could be vital that people recognise the effect of the acne bug, as wrong diagnosis can lead to complications.

Professor Peter Lambert from Aston University said: "It is important to recognise that this organism has the ability to grow slowly inside our body cells as well as on the surface of medical devices in the body.

"It has long been associated with common acne, where it contributes to the inflammation and pain. Recent studies show that it might also be involved in other important conditions such as prostate cancer."

How can acne sufferers lessen the symptoms of the problem? There are a range of organic health products that help to boost immunity, detoxify the body and rebalance hormones to reduce the signs of acne.

Red clover, burdock, agnus castus, saw palmetto, yellow dock and echinacea are all useful herbs to set the body up to fight the infection more effectively.

Organic skin care can also help. Although many acne sufferers would not like to apply oil-based moisturisers, oil-free creams can dry out the skin. This can increase the activity of the body's sebaceous glands, the oil from which is the primary cause of acne.

Antibacterial manuka and tea tree, antiseptic lavender and the healing nature of aloe can all be harnessed to good effect in organic skin care creams. Other ingredients that may help include cedarwood, which balances the body's oil production and the antiseptic qualities of rose geranium.

These ingredients are found in many of the Organic Pharmacy's skin care range, such as Manuka Face Cream, Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream and Antioxidant Face Cream.

Something to avoid are parabens, which studies have shown disrupt the body's natural hormonal balance. These chemicals are present in many synthetic skin care products.

Extract: The acne bug may the cause of other infections.

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Rosacea is a common condition that affects many people without them even realising it. The effect of blotchy, red skin is more than just a physical complaint. Surveys by the National Rosacea Society in the US have shown that three-quarters of sufferers say the condition lowers their self-confidence, while 41 per cent of people said it had made them shun public appearances.

There are, however, many organic skin care options available to treat rosacea and keep it under control. Herbal tinctures, which can be taken with water, are a way of reducing rosacea triggers and relieving symptoms.

The Organic Pharmacy Bilberry Tincture works by opening dilated blood vessels, one of the causes of rosacea. The tannins in bilberry act as an astringent to achieve this. Meanwhile, the anthocyanin and high vitamin C content help protect blood vessels from free radical damage.

Milk Thistle Tincture is another option. This contains silamarin, which cleanses the liver and reduces inflammation. Pine bark and red clover are also useful. Pine bark inhibits inflammatory enzymes, thereby reducing redness on the skin. Red clover also works on the inside, clearing toxins from the body.

Organic skin care creams can also be used to reduce the appearance of rosacea. The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Face Cream is rich in a range of natural ingredients that are high in antioxidants, which help to repair and protect damaged skin cells.

This cream contains tamanu, the oil from which has been used for centuries by South Sea islanders to treat skin conditions. The reason is that tamanu oil contains a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent called calophyllolide.

A study from scientists at the King George's Medical College in Lucknow found that the ingredient's use was warranted in different inflammatory disorders. In a study on mice, "calophyllolide, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent, was found to be effective in reducing the increased capillary permeability", the researchers noted.

Extract: There are plenty of organic skin care options for rosacea.

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Some people will already be well underway with their New Year detox, successfully avoiding unhealthy habits for the last week and cleansing their system in the process. For others, however, a kick start of organic supplements may be necessary to get their regime going and on the road to better health.

The Organic Pharmacy Detox Kit is specifically designed as an all-in-one programme to improve sluggish digestion, help a grey, tired complexion, remove toxins from the body and make people feel lighter and fresher. As the Times points out, there is no fasting, just a requirement to eat wholesome food.

Reviewing the kit for the newspaper, Sarah Vine said her greatest challenge was to take 12 capsules every day, though this did mean she was easily downing the recommended two to three litres of water a day. The effects were seen quickly, she pointed out.

"The results were a lighter diet, relaxation — thanks to the breathing exercises — and reduced bloating. My skin looked clearer after ten days," Ms Vine said.

Detox capsules (colon cleanse & gut repair), Liver & Kidney Detox Tincture, Superantioxidant Capsules, Phytonutrient Capsules and Essential Fatty Acids + B Complex Capsules are included in the Organic Pharmacy Detox Kit. These work in complementary ways to both remove toxins from the body and repair cells damaged after weeks of partying and abuse.

A key ingredient is clay, which takes harmful chemicals out of the body because it is negatively charged, while toxins are negatively charged. The clay therefore attracts and binds to the toxins before passing out of the body.

Clay has also been shown to have antibacterial properties. An Arizona State University study found one type of clay killed bacteria responsible for a range of human illnesses, including; staphylococcus, MRSA, PRSA, and e-coli.

One organ that will no doubt have taken some abuse over the festive period is the liver. This processes alcohol, as well as other harmful toxins. Liver & Kidney Detox Tincture helps the liver to repair itself with a combination of potent antioxidants like milk thistle, astragalus, marshmallow, berberis, artichoke and shizandra to ensure this organ is supported during detoxification.

Milk thistle has been found to have anti-cancer properties. A study published in the Integrative Cancer Therapies (ICT) journal revealed the potential role of the ingredient in protecting the liver. ICT editor Dr Keith Block said: "The clinical potential for a liver-protective supplement in cancer care is significant."

Extract: Organic health products can help the body recover from Christmas excess.

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Organic supplements help to boost the immune system in various ways, and new research indicates that vitamin D is a key component. A study published in the Lancet reveals that the vitamin helps to accelerate recovery from tuberculosis (TB), speeding up antibiotic treatment.

Vitamin D is best known for its positive benefits on bones, helping to prevent rickets and osteomalacia, explained lead author of the study Dr Adrian Martineau, who added that "it also has important effects on the immune system".

Another study from the Interstitial Lung Disease Center at the University of Cincinnati showed that vitamin D can help to reduce people's chances of suffering from autoimmune lung diseases. The Lancet findings relate to TB, which is bacterial infection. Dr Martineau and his team found that people with a certain type of vitamin D receptor were particularly responsive to supplementation.

The Organic Pharmacy Calcium and Magnesium Complex contains vitamin D as part of a combination designed to boost the body's nervous and immune systems, as well as bones and muscles.

Extract: New research into tuberculosis has found vitamin D boosts the immune system.

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Organic supplements containing green tea may protect against both Alzheimer's and cancer, new research indicates. A Newcastle University study has found that that the healthy properties of green tea are enhanced when digested by the human body.

Green tea is widely known as being rich in antioxidants, and is used in a variety of organic health products as well as traditional remedies.

The team wanted to know whether the undigested health-boosting properties of the ingredient are absorbed by the body during the digestion process. Dr Ed Okello, who led the study, explained that simply because something is accepted to have health benefits, these compounds may not always be transferred by the body.

"What was really exciting about this study was that we found when green tea is digested by enzymes in the gut, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer's development than the undigested form of the tea," explained Dr Okello.

"In addition to this, we also found the digested compounds had anti-cancer properties, significantly slowing down the growth of the tumour cells which we were using in our experiments."

The scientists looked at two compounds known to have a significant impact on the development of Alzheimer's - hydrogen peroxide and beta-amyloid protein. Studies have shown that polyphenols present in green and black tea bind with the toxic compounds and protect the brain. When ingested, polyphenols break down to produce a mix of compounds, which Dr Okello and his team examined.

"It's one of the reasons why we have to be so careful when we make claims about the health benefits of various foods and supplements," noted Dr Okello. "There are certain chemicals we know to be beneficial and we can identify foods which are rich in them but what happens during the digestion process is crucial to whether these foods are actually doing us any good."

Green tea is an active ingredient in several organic supplements from the Organic Pharmacy. Superantioxidant Capsules, Daily Nutrients and Joint Maintenance pills all contain the health-boosting properties of green tea, as well as a range of other essential nutrients.

Extract: Green tea has been found to protect against Alzheimer's and cancer.

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Taking organic supplements rich in vitamins C and E could help to prevent the onset of metabolic syndrome, a condition that raises a person's susceptibility to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems. According to new research, there is a link between incidence of this condition and low blood levels of the two vitamins.

Scientists from Tufts University in the US studied a group of people in Ecuador to examine the relationship between the metabolic syndrome and a range of micronutrients, including folate, zinc and vitamins C, B12 and E. The team found that 40 per cent of the population had the metabolic syndrome, with women accounting for four out of five cases (81 per cent).

People with the syndrome are generally obese and have at least two of the following: raised triglycerides, reduced high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, raised blood pressure and higher levels of plasmas glucose.

Lead author of the study Simin Nikbin Meydani PhD explained that there was a high proportion of this group who were not consuming enough micronutrients. "After adjusting for age and sex, we observed significant relationships between the metabolic syndrome and two of the micronutrients, vitamins C and E," she added.

"The association suggests that having higher blood levels of vitamin E may protect against the metabolic syndrome."


Potatoes, white rice, white bread and sugar were the main source of calories for the participants in the study. These are low in micronutrients, which the study shows are essential to overall health.

One of the risk factors for the metabolic syndrome, reduced levels of HDL cholesterol, has also been linked with age-related neurological conditions. Scientists from Columbia University in the US noted that high levels of omega 3 oil combat this.

Organic health products and supplements are one way to increase levels of micronutrients that may be missing from people's diets. The Organic Pharmacy Superantioxidant Capsules are a potent all-in-one mixture that help to repair cells and rejuvenate the body from the inside. As well as vitamins C and E, these contain zinc, green tea and vitamin A for an all round daily boost.

Extract: Low levels of vitamins C and E is linked to the causes of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

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France is removing certain hair care products containing formaldehyde from the market, warning that they exceed accepted safety levels. The country's health authority Afsapps is cautioning people against the use of these products, saying they could be hazardous to health.

Eight products that exceed the stated limit of 0.2 per cent have been removed, with the authorities saying there could be detrimental effects to salon workers from the use of the chemical. The move follows investigations carried out in the US, Canada and Ireland on products that are thought to contain higher levels of formaldehyde than allowed. Reports of burning eyes, throat and nose, as well as hair loss were received from people who had used the Brazilian Blowout hair smoothing product.

Afsapps says formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, and is concerned about the effects that continued exposure may have on people. It suggests that inhalation of the chemical during treatments may lead to a range of health problems.

Research from 2009 published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed a link between human exposure to formaldehyde and myeloid leukemia.

Exposure to formaldehyde may also put people at an increased risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - motor neurone disease. A 2008 study found that while exposure to the majority of chemicals, including pesticides and herbicides, did not increase the chances of developing ALS, people who had regular contact with formaldehyde were 34 per cent more likely to develop the degenerative condition.

The study's lead author Marc Weisskopf PhD, from Harvard University, explained that people with regular exposure to formaldehyde were 34 per cent more likely to develop the condition. He added: "This finding was somewhat surprising, because formaldehyde has not been raised as an issue in ALS before."

Organic hair care products are free from dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde. They are made from 100 per cent natural ingredients that nourish and protect the hair, while making sure users are not exposed to the dangers of synthetic products.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Conditioning Shampoo, for example, is made from rose, aloe, arnica, sage, green tea and a range of other natural ingredients. These are packed with antioxidants and natural moisturisers to help repair hair and rebalance natural oils.

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There are "serious shortcomings" in animal skin testing methods for coloured ingredients in cosmetics, according to the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). It says an alternative method may be needed as coloured ingredients could be interfering with the assay testing methods.

The SCCS has looked at the efficacy of the Episkin testing method and its sensitivity to certain substances such as hair dyes. Industry submitted data to the committee on two classes of cosmetic chemicals, including UV filters, preservatives and skin conditioning agents, as well as hair colouring ingredients.

"Overall, the SCCS is of the opinion that the results obtained in the two submissions that cover 26 hair dye substances/colour ingredients, do not provide sufficient proof that the MTT test can be used as a suitable endpoint when colour ingredients/hair dye substances are tested for their potential skin irritative properties," the committee said.

It also noted that only two of the three irritating substances in the class of UV filters, preservatives and skin conditioning agents could be identified by Episkin.

As the committee calls in to question the ability of the testing method, consumers can be safe in the knowledge that organic beauty products contain natural ingredients that are carefully selected to avoid skin irritation.

Organic body care products like Vanilla Body Lotion, for example, help to soothe, protect and condition the skin. In this particular lotion, aloe, honey, shea butter and jojoba oil combine to nourish the body's outer layer.

Meanwhile, Skin Rescue Oil from the Organic Pharmacy helps to repair damaged cells and flaky skin - a particular problem in winter. One ingredient in this is oil of tamanu, which contains neutral lipids, glycolipids, and phospholipids. The oil also has a unique fatty acid called calophyllic acid, an antibiotic lactone and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent calophyllolide.

The SCCS recently ruled that a certain type of chemical associated with a range of health concerns can remain in synthetic cosmetics and hair care products. Parabens, which are endocrine disruptors and have been linked to breast cancer, will continue to be used in many non-organic cosmetics in Europe as a result of the ruling.

Extract: Mums may like organic fragrances for Christmas as they are free from harsh chemicals.

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Organic supplements rich in vitamins could help to reduce the chances of developing certain types of lung diseases. According to new research published in the journal Chest, vitamin D deficiency is linked to the development and severity of certain autoimmune lung diseases.

Brent Kinder MD, director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Center at the University of Cincinnati and lead investigator on the study, explained that vitamin D deficiencies have in the past been found to affect the development of autoimmune diseases such as lupus and type 1 diabetes.

The researchers looked at people with autoimmune interstitial lung disease (ILD), which affects the tissue of the lungs. ILD can be very difficult to diagnose and is often fatal.

Many ILD patients first discover they have an undifferentiated connective tissue disease, a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects multiple organ systems such as lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis, vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's syndrome. The team found that patients with connective tissue-related ILD were more likely to have a deficiency of vitamin D than people with other forms of lung fibrosis.

"These findings suggest that there is a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in patients with ILD, particularly those with connective tissue disease," said Dr Kinder. "Therefore, vitamin D may have a role in the development of connective tissue disease-related ILD and patients' worsening lung function."

"One of the next steps is to see if supplementation will improve lung function for these patients."


Vitamin D, which is known to be a critical factor for healthy skin and bones, is contained in certain organic health products and supplements. Daily Nutrients, Calcium & Magnesium Complex and Pre & Post Natal Nutrients from the Organic Pharmacy all contain vitamin D2.

Daily Nutrients is complete all-in-one nutritional supplement that is rich in essential vitamins and minerals to help promote a healthy body. They are also packed full of essential fatty acids and antioxidants from ingredients like green tea and alfalfa. Alfalfa is a highly nutritious herb that contains a host of healthy vitamins like B6, E, K and minerals like iron and calcium.

Extract: A lack of vitamin D may impact the onset of certain lung diseases.

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The threat of wrinkles rather than the risk of developing skin cancer may be the best way of encouraging younger generations to take precautions against skin damage, such as using organic sun care products. The threat of ageing skin has proved the best way to encouraging young women to be more cautious when it comes to tanning, in a recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology.

Researchers set out to get women to cut back on the number of visits they make to indoor tanning salons, which hikes the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Warnings about the effect of tanning salon visits on the appearance of skin, rather than the risk of cancer, caused a 35 per cent drop in indoor tanning visits among women in the study, who were aged between 18 and 22 years old.

Professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and senior author of the study, June Robinson, indicated that research subjects were "worried about getting wrinkled and being unattractive".

She added: "The fear of looking horrible trumped everything else. It was the most persuasive intervention, regardless of why they were going to tan." Organic sun creams are one option for women keen to protect their skin from the effects of ageing by the sun, as well as reduce their exposure to harmful cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays.

The researchers found that their deterrent approach was generally as effective on patients with seasonal affective disorder as those who suffered from a kind of body dismorphia which means they do not like their skin colour.

Aloe vera and shea butter are just some of the organic ingredients used in The Organic Pharmacy's sun care products, which have key moisturising properties and skin repair properties as well as protecting against sun damage. These organic alternatives to traditional sun care products also vary from SPF18 to SPF50, ensuring a full range of protection.

Extract: The threat of wrinkles rather than that posed by cancer may be the best way to encourage young women to take appropriate skin protection precautions.

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Totally avoiding sunlight is not good for people, the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has said. Lack of vitamin D, production of which is stimulated by the sun, can lead to other health problems, the association has warned.

Instead, the BAD recommends people "get to know" their skin type to avoid the dangers associated with over-exposure to UV rays. "Our advice remains that small amounts of incidental sunlight on a regular basis will help the body to produce vitamin D, but this should never be sufficient to cause your skin to redden or burn," noted Kimberley Carter from the BAD.


She added: "Burning remains the major risk factor for melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer." Melanoma, Ms Carter went on to explain, is the fastest growing cancer in the UK and kills 2,000 people each year.

For anyone heading off for some winter sun in exotic locations this Christmas or jetting off to the Alps, organic sun cream can be used to protect against UV radiation. These could be a healthier alternative to synthetic sunscreen, as research has indicated that certain UV filters used in traditional products can actually make worse the process of oxidative damage that can lead to cancer.

Research from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) showed that three widely-used UV filters found in sun creams - octylmethoxycinnamate, benzophenone-3 and octocrylene - speed up damage to skin cells by producing reactive oxygen species (ROS) and can "do more harm than good".

Kerry Hanson, a senior research scientist in the Department of Chemistry at UCR who led the study, explained that one answer "may be to mix the UV filters with antioxidants since antioxidants have been shown to reduce UV-induced ROS levels in the skin".

Organic sun creams not only contain none of the synthetic UV filters identified as potentially harmful, but are also made from ingredients that are rich in antioxidants. The Organic Pharmacy sunscreens range from spf 18 to spf 50 and contain red and green tea - both known to have a high concentration of antioxidants. These sun creams also have shea butter, jojoba oil and rose hip to help nourish and protect the skin.

Extract: People should get to know their skin type, the British Association of Dermatologists has said.

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A chemical in peppermint and chamomile - two ingredients in organic health products - helps to boost people's memory functions in old age, a study shows. Luteolin, which is also found in carrots, peppers, celery and olive oil, was identified by scientists from the University of Illinois as a way of reducing age-related memory problems.

The research, published in the Journal of Nutrition, shows that luteolin reduces inflammation in the brain that leads to memory loss. Illness spurs immune cells called microglia to produce cytokines, which cause chemical changes in the brain. These inflammation molecules also induce "sickness behaviour", such as sleepiness, loss of appetite and depression.

"We found previously that during normal aging, microglial cells become dysregulated and begin producing excessive levels of inflammatory cytokines," said the study's lead author professor Rodney Johnson. "We think this contributes to cognitive aging and is a predisposing factor for the development of neurodegenerative diseases."

Peppermint and chamomile are ingredients in a range of organic health products, including Digest Aid Tincture. This is designed specifically at helping the body's digestive system to work effectively - particularly important over the holidays.

Extract: A chemical in peppermint and chamomile reduces age-related memory problems.

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So-called designer probiotics can reduce obesity, new research has found. These organic supplements can modulate the physiology of host fat cells, according to scientists from the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC), Cork, University College Cork and Teagasc, who are hopeful the development could lead to the use of probiotics to treat conditions like obesity.

A strain of lactobacillus was engineered by the research team to produce a version of a molecule called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). The scientists, whose work is published in the journal Microbiology, then fed this engineered strain to mice. The fat tissue of the mice was found to be significantly altered, demonstrating, the team says, that live bacteria can influence metabolism at remote sites of the body.

The results of the study are further evidence of the health benefits of probiotics. They are also associated with boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation. Additionally,the same team of scientists have previously found that CLA can inhibit colon cancer by up to 92 per cent.

Dr Catherine Stanton from Teagasc, who led the study, explained just how significant these results are. She said: "CLA has already been shown to alleviate non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that often accompanies obesity. Therefore, increasing levels of CLA in the liver by ingestion of a probiotic strain is of therapeutic relevance."

"Furthermore, fat is not an inert layer around our bodies, it is active and pro-inflammatory and is a risk factor for many diseases, including cancers. She went on to explain that the research shows a potential to influence this through "diet-microbe-host interactions in the gut".

This latest piece of research comes after a 2009 study from the University of Turku in Finland suggested that women could avoid the most dangerous kind of obesity by taking probiotics in the first trimester of their pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York have found that talking probiotics along with a course of antibiotics encourages people to finish their treatment.

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Anyone after that little something extra to make them sparkle this Christmas can try organic make-up for an original and glamorous look. There are all sorts of organic beauty products to choose from, so narrowing down the search can be helpful.

Organic beauty products have a distinct advantage in being made from natural ingredients that not only make a woman look stunning, but protects and nourishes her skin at the same time. Antioxidants contained in the likes of green tea, lemon and grape, as well as vitamins A and E combine to give a radiant glow and rejuvenate the skin.

One item that contains all of these is Organic Glam Concealer. This also has arnica, known for its ability to reduce swelling, to help counter puffiness. The compact comes with a choice of four colours, which according to one celebrity makeup artist is essential.

Ariane Poole, who has worked with Penelope Cruz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman and Yasmin Le Bon over the years, argues that a concealer with more than one shade is a must. She explains that even at the height of the party season it possible to look at one's very best simply by applying makeup in the right way.

"You can definitely look fresh faced even if you haven't had much sleep. First, give your skin a pick me up," Ms Poole advises. One way of achieving this may be to use Virgin Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Serum. This has a potent combination of natural ingredients that helps to lift and rejuvenate the skin - perfect before applying foundation and concealer.

Once these are sorted, Ms Poole suggests lining the eyes with a navy pencil. "The navy will make the whites of your eyes look white and more awake," she claims. Organic Glam Mineral Eye Pencil comes in a choice of three colours - black, dark brown and navy.

Next up is to give the cheeks "a flush of colour". The makeup artist advises "something in an apricot or rose pink shade would be best", which fits in nicely with the Organic Pharmacy range. Organic Glam Blusher is available in two skin brightening colours - apricot and pink - that instantly bring life to a tired face that is over-partied.

To finish, all that is needed is to give some life to the lips and it will look as though the night before never happened.

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Turkey, mince pies, boiled ham, Christmas pudding and a lot of chocolate and alcohol - the festive season can be hard on your body. The British Dietetic Association reported earlier this month that the average person in the UK will consume 6,000 calories on Christmas Day, three times the guideline amount for women. In addition, people are consuming 500 calories extra a day over the entire festive period.

The Boxing Day hangover often turns into a New Year resolution to be a bit healthier in the future. A detox kit from the Organic Pharmacy could be the ideal way to solve this. Antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients all help to cleanse the system and rebuild the body's defences.

One of the organic health products in this kit is Liver and Kidney Detox Tincture, which is a combination of herbs to support the body's organs that remove poisons from our bodies.

At Christmas these two organs get more of a workout than normal, as they are the key defences against toxins. This tincture contains dandelion, milk thistle, astragalus, marshmallow, berberis, artichoke and shizandra to ensure these organs are supported during detoxification.

Milk thistle is one ingredient in the tincture that has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. A study published in the Integrative Cancer Therapies (ICT) journal revealed the potential role of the ingredient in protecting the liver. "No other medications or supplements are currently available that preserve liver function and provide clinical benefits," the study's authors said. ICT editor Dr Keith Block added: "The clinical potential for a liver-protective supplement in cancer care is significant."

Colon Cleanse and Gut Repair Capsules are also in the detox kit. These are a powerful combination of burdock root, alfalfa, yellow dock, slippery elm and clay to clear out the system and allow the body the opportunity to rejuvenate.

Meanwhile, at the same time as detoxifying after the Christmas indulgence, the body needs to get the nutrients to repair itself at a cellular level. Superantioxidant Capsules have a combination of natural ingredients that act as a powerful anti-ageing agent. Green tea, bilberries and vitamins A and C work to combat free radical damage.

Extract: Detoxing may be on people's minds after over-indulgence at Christmas.

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Four brands of lipstick in New Zealand have been found to be toxic. The Ministry of Health is recalling the products after it was established they contain barium and lead.

Retailers in the country have been asked to voluntarily withdraw the items, which are designed for children. Ministry of Health spokesperson Dr John Holmes said the measure is precautionary.

He explained: "These lipsticks contain low levels of toxic substances which should not be used in cosmetics at all. People who have purchased these products should immediately dispose of them or return them to the retailer."

Tiny levels of antimony, arsenic, cadmium and chromium were also identified in the lipsticks. New Zealand has stringent laws in place to prohibit the use of these chemicals in cosmetics, and this case highlights how easy it is for toxic substances to slip through into synthetic cosmetics.

Organic make-up , on the other hand, use predominantly natural ingredients such as shea butter, castor oil, green tea, grape, lemon and orange to protect and nourish whilst looking glam.

Lead is a serious health hazard and according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the current situation is nothing new. In October 2007 the organisation tested 33 popular brands of lipsticks on the market, finding 61 per cent of them contained lead.

In 2009, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study found lead in all brands of lipstick it tested. Despite this, the FDA says the levels found in these cosmetics is not harmful to health.

However, research seems to point in the other direction. "Lead builds up in the body over time and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels. The latest studies show there is no safe level of lead exposure," Mark Mitchell, MD, MPH, president of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, told the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

The US is, however, trying to address this discrepancy. Democrat Senator Frank Lautenberg told the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health recently that current laws on the use of potentially harmful ingredients are not tough enough.

He said the current legislation does not allow the Environment Protection Agency to distinguish between chemicals that are safe and those that are toxic. The senator also explained that just one per cent of the 84,000 chemicals used in everyday products have been tested for safety.

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High levels of so-called good cholesterol are associated with a reduced risk of a debilitating neurological condition, research shows. People who have large quantities of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published in the Archives of Neurology.

Alzheimer's is a growing concern in western countries, the researchers from Columbia University in the US note. In the UK, the Alzheimer's Society estimates that there are 750,000 people living with the condition. Moreover, over 50 per cent of the US adult population has high cholesterol.

"In this study, higher levels of HDL cholesterol were associated with a decreased risk of both probable and possible Alzheimer's disease," the authors noted.

Organic supplements may be able to help boost people's HDL levels and ward off Alzheimer's. The key, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, is the presence of omega-3 oil. Omega 3,6,7 & 9 Superantioxidant Oil Blend, is one form of organic health products that is rich in this ingredient.

The research institute points out that Inuit Eskimos, who eat high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids from fish, also tend to have increased levels of HDL cholesterol and decreased triglycerides - fats in the blood. "Several studies have shown that fish oil supplements reduce triglyceride levels," the university notes. It goes on to offer a range of other health benefits that can be derived from omega-3.

The university adds that clinical studies suggest that fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids lower blood pressure in people with hypertension. "An analysis of 17 clinical studies using fish oil supplements found that taking three or more grams of fish oil daily may reduce blood pressure in people with untreated hypertension," it explains.

Organic chocolate has also been shown to reduce levels of unhealthy cholesterol. Heart UK has said that the flavonoids found in dark chocolate act as antioxidants that promote better vascular health by preventing the build-up of fat deposits in blood vessels.

Meanwhile, a study from the University of Hull and the Hull York Medical School found that dark chocolate has significant health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes by helping to reduce cholesterol.

Extract: A certain type of cholesterol has been linked to a lower chance of developing Alzheimer's.

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Pomegranate, a key ingredient in certain organic supplements , has been found to halt the spread of prostate cancer. The research from the US indicates that components in pomegranate juice could be used to treat other types of cancer.

Scientists from the University of California, Riverside identified compounds in the fruit that both inhibit the movement of cancer cells and weaken their attraction to a chemical that promotes the spread, or metastasis, of prostate cancer to the bone. This type of cancer is a growing concern, the researchers note, as it has no cure and is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men in the US.

If surgery and radiation therapy fail, the usual course of action to suppress the hormone testosterone. However, over time the cancer cells find a way of resisting this treatment and become aggressive, spreading to other parts of the body.

The team, led by professor of cell biology Manuela Martins-Green, found that hormone-resistant tumour cells treated with pomegranate juice were less likely to break away and spread. They identified phenylpropanoids, hydrobenzoic acids, flavones and conjugated fatty acids as the key chemicals in pomegranate that stopped cancer mestastasis.

"Having identified them, we can now modify cancer-inhibiting components in pomegranate juice to improve their functions and make them more effective in preventing prostate cancer metastasis, leading to more effective drug therapies," professor Martins-Green said.

The genes and proteins involved in prostate cancer cells are "essentially the same" as those involved in the movement of other types of cancer cells, she explained, adding that this means the same components of pomegranate could have a wider impact in cancer treatment.

Professor Martin-Greens went on to say that a protein in bone marrow causes cancer cells to break away and form new tumours. "We show that pomegranate juice markedly inhibits the function of this protein, and thus this juice has the potential of preventing metastasis of the prostate cancer cells to the bone," she added.

Pomegranate is an active ingredient in Omega 3,6,7&9 Superantioxidant Oil Blend from the Organic Pharmacy. An organic blend of cold-pressed unrefined plant oils and antioxidants, this supplement helps to keep the skin, digestive, immune, brain and cardiovascular system in tip top condition.

Extract: Compounds found in pomegranate juice can halt the spread of cancer, a study claims.

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Younger people are more likely to apply the organic sunscreen as the skin cancer message is "getting through". This is the view of the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), after figures showed a tripling in the mortality rate from the most dangerous kind of skin cancer in over 65s.

Data from the East of England Cancer Registry reveal that the over 65s are more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma at a late stage compared with younger people. ICR spokesperson Dr Elizabeth Rapley believes that older people need to be educated about the signs and symptoms of malignant melanomas.

"Malignant melanoma is largely preventable by reducing exposure to the sun and in recent generations this message appears to be getting though," said Dr Rapley. "Additionally, melanoma is easily treated when diagnosed in the early stages but advanced disease is almost always fatal."

Cancer Research UK reported last month that failure to get moles and skin changes checked out is leading to a rise in the number of deaths from malignant melanomas among pensioners.

Extract: Younger people are more aware about skin cancer risks.

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Organic sun creams rich in antioxidants help to limit skin cancer, a new study has indicated. Scientists have identified how pre-treatment of the skin with antioxidants can help to limit the effects of ultraviolet (UV) on the skin.

UV radiation is the prime cause of skin cancer, which affects millions of people around the world every year. The study published in Oncogene suggests that antioxidants, found in many organic skincare products, could be an effective way of reducing UV radiation effects.

Scientists from the Medical College of Georgia found that UV activates an enzyme that helps skin cancer cells to flourish. This enzyme - protein kinase D - is made by the body as a means of regulating the growth of replacement skin cells as part of normal functions. UV exposure increases kinase D activity.

Lead researcher Dr Wendy Bollag explained that kinase D is good under normal circumstances, but it can start "misbehaving". "If the damage caused by UV is relatively minor, so the cell can repair it, that's good. You wouldn't want to walk across the street, your skin gets hit by UV, all the cells die and your skin sloughs off," she said.

However, by promoting skin survival, the protein can enable skin cells with a lot of DNA damage to become cancerous by reducing the ability of these cells to naturally die off.

Dr Bollag's team also found that pre-treating skin cells with antioxidants appears to reduce protein kinase D activation by UV. This suggests that reactive oxygen species - free radicals - also play a role.

Sunscreen SPF25 from the Organic Pharmacy contains natural ingredients to protect the skin from the sun's rays. It also has green tea, which is known to be rich in antioxidants.

In addition, many organic skincare products have high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidant Face Cream contains natural ingredients that are known for their skin rejuvenating and repairing properties, like ginseng, rose hip and propolis cera. It also has bilberry, which is high in antioxidants and gentle fruit acids that help stabilise cell membranes, strengthen capillaries, reduce redness, tone and rejuvenate the skin.

Extract:A study has shown the effects antioxidants can have on skin cancer cells.

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People looking to keep their face in tip-top condition may be turning to organic skincare products. Manuka Face Cream is one example of organic skincare that combines a wide range of natural ingredients to nourish and protect the face from all that the winter weather can throw at it.

A key ingredient is manuka - a honey from New Zealand with amazing health benefits. There is all kinds of evidence that this particular type of honey has strong healing properties.

Dr Peter Molan, professor of biochemisty at Waikato University in New Zealand, has been leading research on honey for years. He has said: "The remarkable ability of honey to reduce inflammation and mop up free radicals should halt the progress of the skin damage like it does in burns, as well as protecting from infection setting in.

At the moment, Dr Molan has pointed out, people turn to honey when nothing else works. But there are "very good grounds" for using honey as a therapeutic agent of first choice, he added.


Extract: Organic body products containing Manuka honey can heal the skin.

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Changing people's lifestyles is the only answer to lowering the risk heart disease, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has said. The organisation is calling for the "complete alignment" of guidelines, clinical practice and public health policies before the problem of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is dealt with.

"It is shocking that the vast majority of the four million or so deaths in Europe each year from CVD can be attributed to lifestyle issues rather than underlying medical conditions," said Ian Graham, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, at the ESC's European Summit on CVD Prevention.

People wanting to change their lifestyle may want to look to organic health products to help. Antioxidants, which are found in many types of organic supplements, have been associated with lowering people's risk of CVD.

Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta found that high serum levels of the antioxidant alpha-carotene were associated with a lower chance of suffering CVD and cancer. This particular carotenoid is found especially in dark green vegetables like broccoli.

Carotenoids in the human body are obtained mainly through eating fruits and vegetables rich in the nutrients, or through antioxidant supplements, the researchers noted.

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Organic supplements that help to alleviate stress may reduce cardiovascular conditions, after a new study linked social stress to the development of a process that leads to a range of heart problems.

Scientists from Sweden examined the effect of social stress on genetically engineered mice, noting that stress activates the immune system and accelerates the development of atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is initiated when cholesterol enters the blood vessel wall, forming plaque. This is the major underlying cause of cardiovascular disease, such as angina, myocardial infarction and stroke. Diseases related to atherosclerosis cause 40 to 50 per cent of deaths in Sweden, where the study took place.

"The aim of my thesis was to study the underlying mechanisms by which stress leads to atherosclerosis and subsequent cardiovascular diseases," said Evelina Bernberg, researcher at the Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

"We found that situations that disrupt the social environment in which the mice normally live increased atherosclerosis, while more physical forms of stress did not." The researchers discovered that social stress increased blood levels of different markers of inflammation, which have been shown to accelerate the development of atherosclerosis.


"When the sympathetic nervous system is activated, adrenalin is released and this increases the heart rate. We also found some evidence that the sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the release of these inflammatory markers," Ms Bernberg added.


The Organic Pharmacy has a range of organic health products and supplements that can help to alleviate stress. Calcium and Magnesium Complex, for example, harnesses the anti-stress properties of these minerals to provide a boost for the body.

Sleep Tincture, meanwhile, has ingredients that are known to reduce stress, including passionflower. This natural ingredient was recently highlighted by research from the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, which found it to be effective in treating anxiety.

The study, which was published in the Nutrition Journal, revealed that certain herbal remedies can calm the nerves without the risk of serious side effects. Research carried out by the Agricultural Research Service in the US has also indicated that passionflower can help to reduce inflammation.

Extract: Social stress can lead to heart disease, a study has found.

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Ginseng has a huge range of properties that make it ideal in organic health products. Contained in Men's Tincture, ginseng is well known for helping to rejuvenate the body and mind.

Researchers in the US have found a way of masking the bitterness of the ginseng, in a new study that highlighted the health benefits of the ingredient. Consumers like to see ginseng on a product's ingredient list, noted Soo-Yeun Lee, a University of Illinois associate professor of food science and human nutrition, because of its multiple positive effects.

"Studies show that it improves memory, enhances libido and sexual performance, boosts immunity, and alleviates diabetes. But the very compounds that make ginseng good for you also make it taste bitter," he added.

Siberian ginseng can be found in all kinds of tinctures that help to boost the body's defences at this time of year. Men's Tincture, for example, has a combination of damiana, oats, Siberian ginseng, ashwagandha and astragalus to help maintain stamina and energy.

Extract: Ginseng has a range of properties that help keep the body healthy.

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A chemical found in a wide variety of personal care products, soaps and toothpaste has been linked with brain damage to babies in the womb. Scientists have expressed concern over new research that suggests women exposed to high levels of triclosan could be endangering their unborn children.

Researchers from the University of Florida found that triclosan can disrupt blood flow to the uterus, potentially starving an unborn child of the oxygen it needs to survive. The scientists are now calling for further studies to investigate the extent of the effects of the chemical on babies in the womb.

Professor Margaret James of the University of Florida said: "We know it's a problem. But we just don't know how much of a problem. Triclosan can affect blood flow to the uterus, meaning the baby's brain does not get the oxygen it needs."

The news follows in the wake of a University of Michigan (UM) study that linked the presence of the chemical to an increased chance of children developing allergies such as hay fever.

Triclosan in an active ingredient in antibacterial soaps and also some facial washes. Organic beauty products, on the other hand, contain only natural ingredients. Moreover, there is evidence that chemicals such as triclosan may not even be as effective as first thought.

One UM study from back in 2007 showed that plain soap is as effective as antibacterial soaps. Allison Aiello of the UM School of Public Health explained that triclosan in antibacterial soaps may react with cells in such a way as to make some bacteria resistant to commonly used antibiotics. "What we are saying is that these e-coli could survive in the concentrations that we use in our (consumer formulated) antibacterial soaps," she said.


"What it means for consumers is that we need to be aware of what's in the products. The soaps containing triclosan used in the community setting are no more effective than plain soap at preventing infectious illness symptoms, as well as reducing bacteria on the hands."

One way of avoiding triclosan is to go for organic skincare products such as Carrot Butter Cleanser. This has a combination of jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil to dissolve dirt and grime, while leaving the skin hydrated and healthy.

Extract: There is growing evidence that triclosan is harmful to health.

Related products to this article: Carrot Butter Cleanser

Taking organic supplements during winter can be a way to boost the immune system and help fight off infections. A key herb found in many of these organic health products, such as Immune Support Tincture, is echinacea.

Used for centuries in herbal remedies, scientific research has found that echinacea does indeed boost the immune system. A University of Florida (UF) study found that the natural ingredient stimulates the production of white blood cells, which fight infection.

UF nutritional scientist Susan Percival said: "I expected to find what I found. The literature is scarce, mostly German or Chinese, but cell culture and animal studies indicated this would happen.

"If for years we've been saying echinacea does this, it's nice to know that it does," she added. Her research found a threefold increase in the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria after just four days of taking echinacea supplements.

She also pointed out that echinacea should not be taken for a prolonged period of time. Immune Support Tincture, which also contains cat's claw, golden seal and olive leaf, should be taken for a maximum of two weeks at a time.

Extract: Echinacea is one way to boost the immune system in winter.

Releted produtcs to this article: Echinacea Tincture, Immune Support Tincture

A chemical found in a wide variety of synthetic personal care items may cause allergies, a study says, in what is further evidence of the value of organic beauty products. Researchers from the US found that young people exposed to triclosan may suffer more allergies, in a study published online in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Triclosan is a chemical compound used in a range of products, such as antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, face washes and deodorants. Scientists from the University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Health examined the effects of triclosan and bisphenol A, a compound used in plastics.

Both of these are endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) - chemicals that upset the body's natural hormonal balance. There is widespread evidence that these are harmful to humans. The researchers say that now, however, there is "growing concern" among scientists that EDCs are dangerous to humans at levels lower than previously thought.

The results of the study show that children aged under 18 with higher levels of triclosan were more likely to suffer from hayfever and allergies. "The triclosan findings in the younger age groups may support the hygiene hypothesis, which maintains living in very clean and hygienic environments may impact our exposure to micro-organisms that are beneficial for development of the immune system," said Allison Aiello, associate professor at the UM School of Public Health and principal investigator on the study.

She and her colleagues explain that triclosan may play a role in changing the micro-organisms that people are exposed to in a way that affects the development of the immune system during childhood.

This latest study comes after another from the same research institute published last year that looked into the effects of another type of EDC called phthalates, which are found in synthetically manufactured personal care products like shampoo. A UM team examined levels of phthalates in pregnant women, finding a link between exposure to the chemicals and a higher risk of premature birth.

Organic body products and shampoos are free from these types of hormone-disrupting chemicals, as they are made from natural ingredients. Rose Conditioning Shampoo, for example, is made from a combination of rose, aloe, arnica, sage and green tea.

Extract: A chemical used in a range of synthetic personal care items may increase allergic reactions.

Releted produtcs to this article: Organic Body Care, Organic Hair Care

People may be encouraged to take organic supplements containing omega 3, after new research points to its beneficial effects on eye health. Scientists from the John Hopkins School of Medicine in the US found that omega 3 can prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which results in loss of vision.

A team from the school's Wilmer Eye Institute examined how the risk of AMD would be affected in older people who regularly eat fish and seafood, which are good sources of omega 3 fatty acids.

The study corroborates earlier findings that eating omega 3-rich fish and shellfish can protect against advanced AMD, noted lead researcher Dr Sheila West. "While participants in all groups, including controls, averaged at least one serving of fish or shellfish per week, those who had advanced AMD were significantly less likely to consume high omega 3 fish and seafood," she added.

Omega 3,6,7 & 9 Superantioxidant Oil Blend from the Organic Pharmacy is rich in a range oils and antioxidants that can help to keep the body nourished and healthy.

Extract: Omega 3 can protect against blindness, a study has found.

Releted produtcs to this article: Omega 3,6,7 & 9 Superantioxidant Oil Blend, EFAs + B Complex

 

For fans of organic make-up, there are only two lipstick colours worth considering this winter. Red and nude shades are this party season's must-have for the ultimate in lip-appeal glam, according to beauty expert Ariane Pool.

The celebrity make-up artist and Pearl Drops spokeswoman explained that it does not matter whether what kind of day you have had or what kind of mood you are in, one of these shades will be "stunning". "When selecting a colour in either of these two hues go for ones that have more of a cool blueish undertone. These tones look better in winter light and they also help teeth look whiter," she advised.

New research from the University of Manchester has shown just why looking your best and paying close attention to your lips is so important. Apparently, men spend more than half (5.4 seconds) of the first ten seconds looking at a woman gazing at her lips, the Metro reported.

Organic make-up increases attraction levels. When pink lipstick is worn it increases to the first 6.7 seconds of the meeting spent looking at her mouth. If red lipstick is in evidence, this rises to 7.3 seconds.

Extract: Organic make-up fans should be looking to red or nude lipstick this winter.

Releted produtcs to this article: Organic Glam Lipstick

 

After recent scares over melanomas and skin cancer, organic sunscreen may be a way to avoid these health hazards. The England cricket team, which is Down Under for the Ashes series, has been rocked by the news that coach Andy Flower has had to have a melanoma removed.

Melanomas are a particularly dangerous form of skin cancer that causes the majority of deaths from the condition.

Now the England players are considering further skin cancer checks to see if they are at risk.Cricketers spending long days in the sun, particularly in Australia, are especially vulnerable to skin cancer.

Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) are beginning the largest ever study of skin cancer in Australia. Queenslanders have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, the scientists point out.

"Around 451,000 people will be newly diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia in 2010, and more than 2,000 will develop melanoma," said associate professor David Whiteman from QIMR's Cancer Control Group.

"With better knowledge of the causes, we can work towards better methods for preventing and treating these cancers.


The study will take a wide look at a range of factors that contribute to cancers, with the aim of developing a tool to predict someone's chances of developing skin cancer. Sunscreens remain, however, one of the key preventative steps that can be taken to avoid melanomas.

Research carried out in Northern Ireland back in 1998 showed that a chemical contained in many synthetic sunscreens could actually damage cells when exposed to light. Published in the Chemical Research in Toxicology, the study found that PBSA damages DNA when exposed to light in a test tube.

If a similar effect were to happen within skin cells, it could destroy them or initiate changes leading to skin cancer, noted biochemist R Jeremy Davies PhD of Queen's University in Belfast. He added: "This new information regarding the photosensitizing properties of PBSA sounds a cautionary note: it may be safer to replace it with another ultraviolet filter that does not attack DNA."

Organic sunscreen uses finely micronized minerals to protect the skin, as well as a combination of natural ingredients that are high in antioxidants, such as aloe and shea butter.

Extract: Organic sunscreen can help avoid skin cancer.

Releted produtcs to this article: Sun Creams

 

For every party girl out there, the next month is going to be a busy one. But keeping up with all the champagne-fuelled late nights can take its toll and The Organic Pharmacy has all the tools you need to stay beautiful.

Party Girl Gift Set has all the essentials any party girl will need to look good all night. Hangover pills will sort out that morning-after feeling, while super tonic will boost the immune system and make sure any party girl will get out of bed with a spring in her step.

Lifting eye gel will help tone and revitalise around the face, thanks to an all-natural combination of ingredients that are rich in antioxidants. One of these ingredients, pine bark, is thought to have anti-wrinkle properties thanks to being chock full of flavonoids - chemicals to known to help repair damaged skin and cells.

Recently, the Times rated Double Rose Ultra the essential face cream for the winter. Giving the product from the Organic Pharmacy 10/10, the newspaper desrcibed it as a "rich, thick cream that smells heavenly but is also very protecting. Good for dry skin or for braving the elements. Leaves a slightly oily barrier but doesn't cause spots. It worked wonders while skiing in cold weather".

Extract: Organic beauty products could be just the ticket this Christmas.

Releted produtcs to this article: Double Rose Ultra Face Cream

 

Snow has been falling early across the UK, with the winter well and truly set in. Early snow can also mean early bouts of seasonal flu, which can knock even the healthiest person for six.

The only real defence is to keep the body's immune system as strong as possible. One option for this is organic supplements that contain quercetin. An naturally-occurring ingredient found in fruits and vegetables, this has been shown to fight off flu.

A study from 2008 published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, revealed that mice given quercetin were less likely to contract flu. In the course of the research, the scientists found that stressful exercise increase the subject's susceptibility to flu. However, this was cancelled out by taking quercetin.

Lead author J Mark Davis explained: "Quercetin was used because of its documented widespread health benefits, which include antiviral activity, abundance in the diet and reported lack of side effects when used as a dietary supplement or food additive."

Quercetin & Vitamin C Complex Capsules may help to fight off the flu, while also proving to useful in reducing allergic and inflammatory reactions thanks to a potent blend of vitamins and herbs.

Extract: Organic supplements containing quercetin may fight off flu.

Releted produtcs to this article: Quercetin & Vitamin C Complex Capsules, Immune Tonic

 

For men this winter, the damage to the skin caused by exposure to cold weather and icy winds is no less than that for women. But while women will happily reach for organic moisturising creams, men may not be so keen to look after their skin.

Organic men's products like a moisture cream can be great at repairing and rejuvenating dry and damaged skin, thanks to a combination of natural ingredients including aloe, sandalwood and shea butter.

According to Dr Ian Tizard, a professor of immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, aloe is very good at healing the skin. He carried out research on the use of aloe back in 2002, saying at the time that when aloe vera is placed on many types of wounds and damaged skin, it can often heal the wound quickly, adding that "the likely reason why is the special polysaccharide in it".

He explained that while many plants contain this polysaccharide, the kind found in aloe vera works differently. "It seems to bind growth factors in wounds whereas normally they would be destroyed. Aloe vera polysaccharide seems to speed along the healing process much quicker," explained Dr Tizard.

While aloe has been used for centuries and its healing properties are well known, there is less on shea butter, which is used in a wide range of organic beauty products. One of the great things about this natural ingredient is that it is very high in unsaponifiables. This means that it cannot be broken down into acid, alkali or salt, helping it to retain its nourishing and emollient action and maintain the skin's natural moisture levels.

Shea butter is also high in anitoxidants, as well as vitamins A and E, which contribute to its skin-protecting action. In addition, the ingredient contains stigmasterol, which is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-stiffness properties.

Extract: Organic men's products containing aloe may help to heal the skin.

Releted produtcs to this article: Essential Men Products

Taking organic supplements rich in antioxidants could make people live longer. High levels of the antioxidant alpha-carotene in the blood appear to be associated with a reduced risk of dying over a 14-year period, according to research to be published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, explain that oxygen-related damage to DNA, proteins and fats have a role in the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. These effects are countered by carotenoids - beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lycopene - which act as antioxidants.

"Carotenoids in the human body are obtained mainly through eating fruits and vegetables rich in the nutrients, or through antioxidant supplements," the study notes.

The team found that the alpha variety is far more effective than beta-carotene as an antioxidant. Although chemically similar, alpha-carotene is thought to be more effective at inhibiting cancer cell growth in the brain, liver and skin. In addition, they found that consumption of yellow-orange and dark green vegetables, which have high levels of alpha-carotene, is associated with a lower risk of lung cancer.

Commenting on the findings, the authors wrote: "The association between serum alpha-carotene concentrations and risk of death from all causes was significant in most subgroups stratified by demographic characteristics, lifestyle habits and health risk factors." They also noted a reduced chance of cardiovascular disease in people with high levels of the antioxidant.

Much research has gone into how antioxidants can improve people's health and wellbeing. They are currently included in a range of supplements and organic health products to boost the immune system and help repair body tissue and cells.

Research back in 2002 suggested there may be a link between antioxidants and preventing diabetes. The study, carried out by the National Jewish Medical and Research Center and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, suggested that antioxidants may be useful against diabetes and other autoimmune diseases and organ transplant rejections.

One good source of antioxidants is bilberry, which is a main ingredient in superantioxidant capsules. An Ohio State University study found that the antioxidant properties from anthocyanins in bilberries can protect against colon cancer.

Extract: Taking organic supplements rich in antioxidants could make you live longer.

Releted produtcs to this article: Superantioxidants, Phytonutrients

 

As the nights get longer and it gets progressively darker each morning, making sure of a good night's sleep is increasingly important. Humans, like all living things, have an internal body clock that self-corrects based on the amount of daylight, according to a new study.

The University of Edinburgh research shows that the circadian rhythms are reset every day to adjust to the changing conditions. It is hoped the study will help scientists better understand the impact of jet lag and shift work.

Organic health products, particularly Sleep Tincture, can be helpful in bringing the body's natural rhythms back into equilibrium. A key ingredient in sleep tincture is passionflower, which was highlighted in research from the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation as being effective at reducing anxiety and stress.

Sleep is vital for the body to repair itself as overdoing things can take its toll, according to Dr Annabel Bentley, medical director at Bupa Health and Wellbeing. "When you have a cold, flu or are feeling generally under the weather, your body often forces you to slow down and rest so it can repair itself," she explained to Metro this week.

Extract: Using organic health products could be the answer for getting a good night's sleep.

Releted produtcs to this article: Organic Health products

 

Shopping around this Christmas will throw up the usual array of branded perfumes that are backed by a huge advertising budget. But the problem with these products, unlike organic fragrances, is that they may contain unspecified harmful chemicals.

A University of Washington (UW) study back in 2008 looked into how consumer goods containing fragrance can contain hazardous chemicals. Anne Steinemann, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering and of public affairs, carried out research on air fresheners and laundry detergents, pointing out that many of the same toxic chemicals that are present in these products are found in synthetic cosmetics.

"Fragrance chemicals are of particular interest because of the potential for involuntary exposure, or second-hand scents," Professor Steinemann said. "Be careful if you buy products with fragrance, because you really don't know what's in them."

Organic fragrances, on the other hand, contain natural ingredients that are far less likely to cause health risks. Organic Glam Citron, for example, uses Italian lemon and bergamot as well as Moroccan orange blossom to produce its unique scent.

Extract: It is hard to know exactly what is in synthetic perfumes.

Releted produtcs to this article: Organic Glam Fragrance Collection

 

Organic supplements, including superantioxidant capsules and phytonutrient capsules, contain bilberries. These fruits have been used for a long time in traditional remedies because of their antioxidant properties. Bilberries are chock full of anthocyanins, which protect body tissues like blood vessels from oxidising agents.

There is evidence that these compounds, which give bilberries and other red, blue and purple fruits their rich colour, may protect against cancer. Research from Ohio State University showed that anthocyanins "appreciably slow" the growth of colon cancer cells in laboratory tests.

Monica Giusti, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of food science at the university, said scientists are only starting to establish the beneficial effects of these types of chemicals. "All fruits and vegetables that are rich in anthocyanins have compounds that can slow down the growth of colon cancer cells, whether in experiments in laboratory dishes or inside the body," she added. The researcher explained that while very little anthocyanin is absorbed by the blood, most of it passes through the gut, where it is absorbed by body tissue.

Extract: Organic supplements using bilberries could be reducing cancer risks.

Releted produtcs to this article: Antioxidant Goji, Acai & Blueberry Chocolate Bar, Superantioxidants, Phytonutrients, Circulation Tincture

Skiers need to be just as careful when it comes to slapping on the organic sun cream as people escaping to the tropics for a winter getaway. A new report in the Archives of Dermatology suggests that people need to rely on the season and time of day when thinking about skin protection on the slopes. The study shows that ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels can remain high during winter months, and conditions can change rapidly from cloudy and overcast to bright and sunny.

The study authors explained that there will be 62,000 cases of melanoma this year alone, claiming 8,000 lives. In addition, there will be over a million cases of basal and squamous, two other forms of cancer. The primary cause of skin cancer, they noted, is exposure to UV radiation.

Skiers and snowboarders monitor the weather for two reasons - sun protection and cold protection. The authors said: "For sun protection, they rely mainly on clear skies as a UV cue. They correctly link clear skies with the need for UV protection and use and reapply more sunscreen because UV is present on clear days."

The importance of sun protection is not in doubt, but why should people opt for organic sun cream over synthetic rivals? The reason that was made clear as long ago as 2006 is that compounds found in synthetic sunscreens can actually cause damage to skin cells.

Research from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) showed that three widely-used UV filters found in sun creams make worse a process of "oxidative damage" to cells. UV causes this when it is absorbed by skin molecules and produces reactive oxygen species (ROS). These highly reactive molecules can react with cellular components like cell walls, lipid membranes, mitochondria and DNA, causing cell damage. The three UV filters in synthetic sun creams isolated by the UCR team - octylmethoxycinnamate, benzophenone-3 and octocrylene - actually generate ROS in skin themselves, thus making worse the process of cell damage.

Kerry Hanson, a senior research scientist in the Department of Chemistry at UCR who led the study, said: "If coverage at the skin surface is low, the UV filters in sunscreens that have penetrated into the epidermis can potentially do more harm than good." She added that one solution "may be to mix the UV-filters with antioxidants since antioxidants have been shown to reduce UV-induced ROS levels in the skin".


Extract: Skiers need to be just as diligent with their organic sun cream as beach lovers.

Releted produtcs to this article: Sun Creams, Ski Kit

 

Homeopathy, which covers a range of organic health products, can reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, according to new evidence from the University of Southampton. Published in the journal Rheumatology, the study showed that arthritis patients who were given a course of homeopathic consultation over a six-month period improved significantly compared with those who did not.

The scientists were keen to point out that the benefits are down to homeopathy's unique consultation process. "Homeopathic consultations differ from those in conventional medicine in that homeopaths focus on treating the patient, whereas conventional doctors tend to treat the illness," explained lead author Dr Sarah Brien, a senior research fellow in complementary medicine at the University of Southampton.

She added: "The homeopathic consultation process improves the health of these arthritis patients based on standard rheumatology measurements and does so safely and without side-effects."


Although the evidence from this study pointed to the consultation process over the remedies, research presented to the American Chemical Society demonstrated the positive impact of Devil's claw - contained in organic remedies like joint support tincture - in supporting the treatment of arthritis.

Extract: Homeopathy has been shown to benefit arthritis sufferers.

Releted produtcs to this article: Joint Support Tincture, Capsicum, Devil's Claw & Ginger Cream, Joint Complex

 

Lifestyle is more important than genetics when it comes to avoiding heart disease, according to two new studies from Northwestern University in the US. The research, it is claimed, shows that health behaviours "trump" genetics.

Lifestyle is more important than genetics when it comes to avoiding heart disease, according to two new studies from Northwestern University in the US. The research, it is claimed, shows that health behaviours "trump" genetics.

The five key factors to better cardiovascular health were highlighted as not smoking, low or no alcohol intake, weight control, physical activity and a healthy diet. So how can organic health products help someone maintain a healthy heart?

Dark organic chocolate is one way to lowering cholesterol, according to HEART UK. Dietetic advisor for the charity Linda Main explained that flavonoids in the cocoa solids could be acting as antioxidants, which help to prevent the build up of fatty deposits in the coronary arteries that can lead to heart disease.

Extract: Genetics play a secondary role to environmental factors in heart disease.

Releted produtcs to this article: Antioxidant Goji, Acai & Blueberry Chocolate Bar


In the event of succumbing to a bacterial infection, research has shown that probiotics are effective in helping the body recover. Scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York found that one in five patients taking antibiotics stop taking the full course because of diarrhoea. They found that this symptom can be avoided if people were to take probiotics alongside the antibiotics, which in turn lead to more effective overall treatment.

"With the level of evidence that probiotics work and the large safety margins for them, we see no good reason not to prescribe probiotics when prescribing antibiotics," commented Dr Benjamin Kligler, a co-author of the study.

There is a growing body of evidence that probiotics can do more than simply allow patients to complete their course of medicine. A study last year from University College Cork showed these organic health products can prevent diseases in their own right.

Researchers from the university made up probiotic preparations using safe bacteria such as lactobacillus. These were shown to help treat a number of diseases in animals, by introducing safe bacteria at the site of the infection.

"The results of these tests proved that administering these safe bacteria to an infected animal was as effective as the best available antibiotic therapies in eliminating the infectious agent and resolving the symptoms," said lead scientist Dr Colin Hill.

Probiotics, added Dr Hill, will appeal to at-risk individuals as "they are safe, non-invasive, do not create resistant bacteria and can even be administered in the form of tasty foods or beverages".

Meanwhile, a 2009 study from the University of Turku in Finland suggested that women could avoid the most dangerous kind of obesity by taking probiotics in the first trimester of their pregnancy. Just 25 per cent of women in the survey who had taken probiotics were classed as having central obesity - when overall obesity is coupled with a particularly fat belly - one year after giving birth, compared with 43 per cent of mothers who had not.

Extract: Probiotics can help the body rebalance following infection.

Releted produtcs to this article: Probiotics

Organic supplements such as Skin Radiance Capsules can help the body to age gracefully by maintaining a good complexion. Now it seems that these can also help the brain age in a healthy way, thanks to the presence of acai berries.

Research presented to the American Chemical Society earlier this year showed that eating blueberries, strawberries and acai berries can help an ageing brain to stay healthy. The study, carried out by Shibu Poulose from the US Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston, revealed that these natural ingredients activate the brain's "natural housekeeper" that cleans up toxic proteins linked to memory loss and other mental decline.

"The good news is that natural compounds called polyphenolics found in fruits, vegetables and nuts have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that may protect against age-associated decline," the study's author commented.

Skin radiance capsules harness the antioxidant properties of berries like acai, goji and bilberries not only to help protect body's outer layer, but also, it seems, to boost the brain's ability to stay young.

Extract: Berries in organic health products could be helping the brain to clear toxins.

Releted produtcs to this article: Antioxidant Goji, Acai & Blueberry Chocolate Bar, Skin Radiance Capsules

 

Skin Rescue Oil from The Organic Pharmacy has been featured in the national news as one of the best buys for winter. The organic skincare product featured in the Guardian's Buy of the Day on Monday (November 8th), being hailed by journalist Kate Carter as a "lovely, gentle nourishing oil".

The product is ideal for this time year, she explained, as the extracts of Chickweed and Evening primrose are "specifically designed for very dry skin". "Unfortunately now that is officially British Winter Time ... that might include rather a lot of us, as the cold and central heating does its worst," she added.

Also contained in Skin Rescue Oil are Olive oil, Tamanu, Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood and Vitamin E. Chamomile is known for its anti-inflammatory, soothing and calming action, while rose helps to strengthen the capillaries and purifies the skin.

Meanwhile, Tamanu oil from the South Pacific contains neutral lipids, glycolipids, and phospholipids. Also contained in the oil is a unique fatty acid called calophyllic acid, the antibiotic lactone and a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory agent called calophyllolide.

Extract: Organic Pharmacy's skin rescue oil has been praised in the national press.

Releted produtcs to this article: Skin Recue Oil

What to get mum for Christmas? The perennial question can be daunting for some, especially those who are not happy with giving a box of chocolates and like to find something quirky and unique. One old stalwart of the maternal gift range is perfume, and organic fragrances are one option that is a little bit different.

Made using no artificial fragrances or colours, no animal ingredients and no phalates, organic fragrances could be a healthier alternative. Phalates, or phthalates, are contained in a wide range of consumer products and cosmetics, from perfume and shampoo to children's toys.

Studies have pointed to the damaging effect of these compounds on people's health. A 2009 study from the University of Michigan School of Public Health found a worrying link between phthalates and premature births. Researchers noted that women who deliver prematurely have an average of three times the level of phthalates in their urine compared to women who carry their babies to the full term.

"We looked at these commonly used compounds found in consumer products based on the growing amount of animal toxicity data and since national human data show that a large proportion of the population are unknowingly exposed," according to professor John Meeker, who carried out the study.

"One of the problems for consumers is that you don't know exactly which products contain phthalates because the products do not have to be labeled accordingly."


Phthalates are endocrine disruptors - chemicals that affect the body's hormones. It is also thought that these compounds can affect fertility rates in men. Falling sperm counts over the last few decades have occurred simultaneously with rising exposure to phthalates.

A team from the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg looked into this link in 2004. The German Research Foundation, which funded the study, said at the time: "The rise in testicular cancer and male genital deformities has also been discussed in connection with phthalate exposure.

"The researchers from Erlangen have demonstrated that humans are exposed to phthalates in far greater quantities than had been previously believed."


This month, scientists looking at women who had given birth at the University Women's Hospital in Basel reported widespread exposure to toxic chemicals among mothers. Found in breast milk were a range of cosmetic UV filters, parabens and phthalates.

Extract: Mums may like organic fragrances for Christmas as they are free from harsh chemicals.


Releted produtcs to this article: Organic Glam Fragance Collection, Gifts

 

Dark organic chocolate can reduce cholesterol, HEART UK has said. The charity claims that where it is replacing other sources of saturated fat, it can help to reduce overall levels of cholesterol.

Dietetic advisor for HEART UK Linda Main explained that it is all down to the flavonoids in the cocoa solids acting as antioxidants - the vital chemicals that help the body to fight cell damage. She added that "these are believed to help prevent cholesterol in the blood from becoming embedded in the walls of blood vessels, and therefore prevent the progressive build up of fatty deposits in the coronary arteries that can lead to heart disease and heart attacks".

According to a study in the Archives of Medicine published this month, higher intakes of flavanoids are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, flavanoid-rich organic chocolate can reduce blood pressure and improve endothelial function.

Meanwhile, the University of Hull and the Hull York Medical School have found that dark chocolate has significant health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes by helping to reduce cholesterol.

Extract: Dark organic chocolate may lower cholesterol.

Releted produtcs to this article: Antioxidant Goji, Acai & Blueberry Chocolate Bar

 

As daily life gets more hectic and people worry about their finances, something that calms the nerves at the end of the day can be really useful. Chamomile tea is one natural remedy. Organic sleep remedies made from natural ingredients, including passionflower, can also be useful to unwind and help the body find its natural sleep pattern.

Passionflower was recently highlighted by research from the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, which found it to be effective in treating anxiety. The study, published in the Nutrition Journal, showed that certain herbal remedies can calm the nerves without the risk of serious side effects.
"Herbal medicines hold an important place in the history of medicine as most of our current remedies, and the majority of those likely to be discovered in the future, will contain phytochemicals derived from plants," explained researcher Shaheen Lakhan.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RC PSYCH) says that despite limited trials of passionflower, one study showed it to be as effective as man-made tranquilisers. "Passionflower is used to treat anxiety; it has also been suggested as a treatment in alcohol craving and opiate withdrawal," RC PSYCH adds.

Meanwhile, studies carried out by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in the US have revealed the beneficial effect of passionflower in natural health products and organic sleep remedies in reducing inflammation. The fruit of the blue passionflower contains the flavonoid chrysin, a compound also found in oranges, grapefruits and lemons. Chrysin acts like luteolin, which is found in celery, thyme and chamomile tea, in targeting a human enzyme that is responsible for inflammation.

Molecular biologist Daniel Hwang from ARS's Western Human Nutrition Research Center at the University of California, Davis, explained that certain types of inflammation can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and insulin resistance. Passionflower may even go further than simply reducing inflammation and anxiety. According to a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology last year, derivatives of chrysin may act to combat liver cancer. The research team, led by Dr Jian-Guo Cao from China, found that a certain derivative of chrysin "significantly inhibited the proliferation" of cancer cells.

Extract: Organic sleep remedies with passionflower can soothe stress.

Releted produtcs to this article: Sleep Tincture

 

Organic hair care products are free from numerous dangerous and toxic chemicals that are found in synthetic versions. One of these is formaldehyde, a compound used in a wide range of industrial products as well as cosmetics. Commonly used in nail varnish, the chemical can also be found in shampoos and children's bubble bath.

Formaldehyde is classed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a human carcinogen. The US Environmental Protection Agency has it classified as a probable cancer-causing chemical. A study published last year in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed a link between human exposure to formaldehyde and myeloid leukemia.

While the evidence is stacked against anything containing formaldehyde, there are plenty of organic hair care products and make up that are free from the toxic compound. Jasmine High Gloss Shampoo, for example, is rich in natural ingredients like aloe, arnica and sage, and has no synthetic chemicals.

Extract: Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that is not present in organic hair care products.

Releted produtcs to this article: Hair Care

Using Gingko Tincture is perhaps best known for its ability to thin the blood and boost circulation. Organic health products such as this may also serve to improve people's memory.

Research has pointed to the use of the ingredient in people suffering from age-related memory problems such as dementia. A seven-year-old study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Neuropsychiatric Institute found taking gingko biloba resulted in "significant improvement" in patients' verbal recall ability among a group of people with age-associated memory impairment.

"Our findings suggest intriguing avenues for future study, including using PET [positron-emission tomography] with a larger sample to better measure and understand the impact of gingko biloba on brain metabolism," said Dr Linda Ercoli, lead author of the study and an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.

Gingko's blood-thinning qualities and antioxidant properties are thought to protect nerve cells against damage. "All of these effects would suggest that gingko might slow down a degenerative process such as dementia," said Dr James Warner, a psychiatrist from Imperial College London and St Mary's Hospital, who led a study into gingko's effect on the condition in 2004.

Extract: Gingko in organic health products can improve memory.

Releted produtcs to this article: Ginko Tincture, Superantioxidants, Circulation Tincture

 

A range of ingredients that are found in organic supplements can help to ward off debilitating mental illnesses, new research has found. In a study published in the Archives of Toxicology, a leading scientist has shown that iron is a vital constituent in the body when it comes to fighting off toxins.

Professor of Bioanalytical Science at the University of Manchester Douglas Kell found that the majority of debilitating illnesses are in part caused by poorly-bound iron. This causes the production of dangerous toxins that react with and damage cells in the body. The toxins - hydroxyl radicals - cause degenerative conditions in lots of different parts of the human body, the research paper noted.

In order to combat this, it is vital to take on nutrients known as iron chelators that bind the iron tightly, professor Kell explained. Among the ingredients that are rich in iron chelators are brightly-coloured fruits and vegetables, with purple fruits such as bilberries the best of the lot. Green tea is also noted for its high chelator content.

Vitamin C, meanwhile, will only work effectively at boosting the body's defences when iron is sufficiently bound, or chelated, by the nutrients found in bilberries, green tea and the like.

The research is the first time that a link has been made between so many different diseases and the presence of what is effectively the wrong type of iron. Professor Kell argued that his work shows traditional thinking on how to combat debilitating illnesses could be flawed.

He said: "Much of modern biology has been concerned with the role of different genes in human disease."

"The importance of iron may have been missed because there is no gene for iron as such. What I have highlighted in this work is therefore a crucial area for further investigation, as many simple predictions follow from my analysis."

Professor Kell went on to say: "If true they might change greatly the means by which we seek to prevent and even cure such diseases."

Superantioxidant Capsules combine some of these most effective iron chelators, including bilberries and green tea, to protect the cells from the inside. Skin Radiance capsules also contain bilberries, as well as acai - another purple fruit that is widely-known for its beneficial health properties.

Extract: Bright coloured fruits like blueberries and green tea can protect against Alzheimer's disease.

Releted produtcs to this article: Superantioxidants, Daily Nutrients

 

Green tea, an ingredient used in organic health products and skincare products, has properties that can "dramatically" boost levels of vital enzymes that fight cancer-causing chemicals. Green tea is present in Superantioxidant Capsules, a health supplement that helps the body to repair its defences and expel nasty toxins.

A staple of Chinese herbal medicine, the use of green tea in organic health products has scientific backing. A 2007 study from researchers at the Arizona Cancer Center pointed to the ingredient having the ability to strengthen people's metabolic defence against toxins that can cause cancer.

The scientists found that concentrations of green tea equivalent to drinking eight to 16 cups boosted production of glutathione S-transferase (GST) enzymes by up to 80 per cent. These proteins are vital to the body's defence against chemicals that cause cancer, as well as other toxins. GST enzymes modify these cancer-causing molecules that can damage cells' DNA to leave them harmless.

Commenting on the study, lead research associate professor at the university Dr H-H Sherry Chow said the enzymes "actually convert known carcinogens to non-toxic chemicals, and studies have shown a correlation between deficient expression of these enzymes and increased risk of developing some cancers".

She explained that genetic variation and environmental factors mean that some people have low levels of GST enzymes to start with, which could leave them susceptible to developing cancer. "This is the first clinical study to show proof that chemicals in green tea can increase detoxification enzymes in humans," added Dr Chow.


Meanwhile, a study from the University of Texas published in Cancer Prevention Research last year backed up the findings of Dr Chow and her team. It was found that green tea extract has the potential to prevent mouth cancer in patients with a pre-malignant condition known as oral leukoplakia. Although a relatively small study, the Texan team said they were hopeful that this would give them more focus to direct their research efforts in future.

"While these are encouraging findings, much more research must be done before we can conclude that green tea may prevent oral or any other type of cancer," said senior author professor Vassiliki Papadimitrakopoulo.

Extract: Organic health products containing green tea can boost the body's defences.

Releted produtcs to this article: Superantioxidants

Milk thistle is a key component of some organic health products. The ingredient can help to cleanse the system and detox two of the body's most important organs for getting rid of toxins - the kidneys and the liver.

As the festive season approaches this is more important than at any other time of the year. Office parties, New Year's Eve and general over-indulgence of rich foods and alcohol make the Christmas period one when detox is particularly vital as many of us will be giving our livers a hard time.

Drinkaware has some tips on how to make the most of the party season without overdoing it. The charity advises having at least two booze-free days a week to detox the system and give the liver a chance to recover. While this may be sage advice, after a bout of drinking too much something to aid the liver's recovery may well be useful.

Organic health products containing milk thistle are one option to consider. Scientific research has shown that the plant, used as a herbal remedy for centuries, can boost the liver. A study from the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center found liver-protective effects for silymarin - the mixture of chemicals found in milk thistle - in children receiving cancer chemotherapy.

Published in Integrative Cancer Therapies (ICT) journal in 2007, the authors of the study said there is a potential role for milk thistle as an anti-cancer therapy. "No other medications or supplements are currently available that preserve liver function and provide clinical benefits," they explained.

ICT editor Dr Keith Block added: "The clinical potential for a liver-protective supplement in cancer care is significant."

Milk thistle's role in organic health products includes being a key component of Liver & Kidney Detox Tincture, which helps these organs remove toxins from the body. This remedy also contains Astragalus, which is used to boost the immune system.

Research published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology last year showed that this plant may have anti-cancer properties, particularly with respect to gastric cancer.

Extract: Organic health products containing milk thistle may protect the liver.

Releted produtcs to this article: Liver & Kidney Drops , Hangover Pills

 

Organic body products made from seaweed, or kelp, make a natural, healthy alternative to synthetically made skincare products. A detoxifying seaweed bath soak made from 100 per cent natural ingredients, for example, is free from harmful chemicals like sodium laureth sulphate, which strips the natural oil from the skin.

A 1983 study published in the Journal of the American College of Toxicology showed that this compound, an industrial detergent found in cosmetics and bath salts, can be dangerous even in low concentrations. It was found that the chemical can cause severe skin irritation. Other studies noted residual amounts found in the heart, liver, lungs and brain simply through skin contact.

In another report, researchers at Georgia Medical College indicated sodium laureth sulphate kept young eyes from developing properly, causing permanent damage.

Seaweed, on the other hand, is "especially suited to being used in cosmetics because it has evolved very clever techniques to protect itself from weathering", according to Dr Richard Blackburn, a natural products researcher at the University of Leeds.

He led a project last year looking at the benefits of organic hair care products made from seaweed. The main plus of seaweed, said the university team, is that it is free from p-phenylenediamine, which is present in synthetic hair dyes and has been linked to serious long-term health effects.

He led a project last year looking at the benefits of organic hair care products made from seaweed. The main plus of seaweed, said the university team, is that it is free from p-phenylenediamine, which is present in synthetic hair dyes and has been linked to serious long-term health effects.

Organic hair care products made from 100 per cent natural ingredients are free from this harmful chemical. Rose Conditioning Shampoo, for example, is made from a selection of organic ingredients, including rose, aloe, arnica and green tea.

Extract: Seaweed is well-suited to organic beauty products

Releted produtcs to this article: Shampoos , Seaweed, Lemon & Eucalyptus Body Scrub , Detoxifying Seaweed Bath Soak

 

Skin care products containing marigold can effectively treat a range of common foot complaints. Used by gardeners to get rid of flower-devouring insects, the plant has been shown to deal with conditions such as tendonitis, warts, bunions and other fungal infections.

A study by assistant professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Tracey Vlahovic showed that marigold treatment either cleared or greatly reduced the number and size of foot warts in patients after other methods had failed. Just four to six sessions were needed to see the benefits.

Commenting on the trial, the researcher explained that different mixtures of the plant worked in varying ways. She said: "One mixture will have antiviral properties, which works best for treating a wart. Another mixture will have kerolytic qualities, which work best in treating corns and calluses."

Hands, too, can benefit from the healing properties of the plant in organic body products. Marigold & Comfrey Hand & Nail Cream is one example of how the flower may be turned to good use.

Extract: Skincare products containing marigold extract are effective in healing foot problems.

Releted produtcs to this article: Marigold & Comfrey Hand & Nail Cream , Calendula, Hypericum & Propolis Cream

 

Acai, present in some types of organic chocolate, has high levels of antioxidants, the chemicals that help to limit cell damage and maintain a healthy internal system. Scientists have found evidence to suggest that the body is able to absorb these antioxidants, potentially enhancing their effects.

Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2008 showed that participants who consumed acai had higher levels of antioxidants in their bodies. The study was conducted led by Dr Suzanne Talcott, who found higher quantities of the antioxidant anthocyanins in the blood of subjects who had consumed acai pulp and juice.

Her husband and co-author of the study Dr Steve Talcott said researchers now "need to determine potential disease-fighting health benefits, so we can make intelligent recommendations on how much acai should be consumed"

Back in 2004, he produced the first paper in English looking acai benefits. Later, studies showed that the Brazilian berry even has a positive effect on cancer cells.

Organic chocolate can also contain the nutrient-rich goji berry, which incorporates 19 amino acids - vital for the body to repair damaged cells.

Extract: Organic chocolate containing acai may help fight free-radicals in the body.

Releted produtcs to this article: Skin Radiance Capsules , Antioxidant Goji, Acai & Blueberry Chocolate Bar

 

Using organic beauty products could lead to fewer harmful chemicals being present in breast milk, a new study has shown. Research published in Chemosphere reveals that internal exposure to a range of chemicals found in synthetic cosmetics is widespread among women. The chemicals were found to be present in their breast milk, suggesting that they may even be getting passed onto babies.

Carried out as part of the Swiss National Research Programme, the study saw scientists evaluate the chemical content of milk from mothers who had just given birth at the University Women's Hospital in Basel. Endocrine disrupters - which upset hormones - including cosmetic UV filters, synthetic musk fragrances, pesticides, phthalates, parabens, flame retardants and polychlorinated biphenyls were found in the samples.

The presence of UV filters in the milk was "significantly correlated with the use of cosmetic products containing these UV filters", the study authors noted. Meanwhile, parabens, have been associated with breast cancer and are widely used in synthetic cosmetics as a preservative.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute's Center for Environmental Oncology said in a 2006 paper investigating higher rates of breast cancer among African-American women that parabens have been shown to accelerate cancer cell growth in cultures.

In another paper, the same scientists suggested that the use of oestrogen and other hormone-containing personal care products by younger African-American women may be a cause of their increased risk of breast cancer.

Commenting on the new Swiss research, Margret Schlumpf and Walter Lichtensteiger, who led the investigation, said: "Research on the effects of endocrine disrupters (chemicals interfering with hormone actions) has shown that it is of utmost importance to obtain information on simultaneous exposure of humans to different types of chemicals because endocrine active chemicals can act in concert."

According to the Breast Cancer Fund, studies have found concentrations of six different types of parabens in breast tumours. These parabens were found in the relative concentrations that "closely parallel their use in the synthesis of cosmetic products", said the charity.

Organic make up products benefit from being free from these types of chemicals. An antioxidant face firming serum, for example, contains little more than citrus fruits, rose hip and concentrations of vitamins C and E.

Extract:Harmful chemicals from synthetic cosmetics found in breast milk, a study shows.

Releted produtcs to this article: Antioxidant Face Firming Serum , Antioxidant Face Gel

Organic health products like detox capsules can be a natural way to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an affliction that affects one in ten people in the UK. A combination of natural ingredients in detox capsules can help to cleanse the gut and repair its lining.

The problem with IBS is that scientists are still unsure exactly how it occurs, which makes getting to its root cause very difficult. Research has shown, however, that fibre, antispasmodics and peppermint oil are all effective in treating the condition.

A 2008 study published in the British Medical Journal demonstrated the effectiveness of these remedies when measured against a placebo and a lack of side effects.

The study should "reawaken interest in the pharmacotherapy of irritable bowel syndrome and stimulate further research", commented professor Roger Jones from King's College London. He stressed, however, that a holistic approach to treatment needs to be maintained.

Extract: Certain organic health products can help people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

Related products to this article: Detox Capsules

The case for organic beauty products has taken a further step forward after a US Senator told a hearing that just one per cent of the 84,000 chemicals used in many consumer goods have been tested for safety. Democrat Frank Lautenberg told the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health that the current law on the use of potentially harmful ingredients is too lax.

"Our current law does not allow EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] scientists to draw the right line between chemicals that are safe and those that are toxic," he told the committee.

Research into the use of chemicals in everyday products like hairspray, lipstick and shampoo in the US carried out by the Environmental Working Group revealed an abundance of hazardous chemicals. Over 750 personal care products sold in the US violate industry safety standards or cosmetic safety standards in other industrialised countries, the 2007 study noted.

"Our analyses also reveal that products sold in the US routinely contain chemicals that lack basic safety data and that have not been found safe for use in cosmetics," the authors said.

Extract: Just one per cent of chemicals in everyday products have been tested, a Senate hearing has been told.

Organic make-up free from harmful chemicals and pollutants can help women avoid the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Synthetic hairspray and lipstick are among several factors that can trigger the debilitating condition that affects millions of people around the world, with women three times more likely than men to be afflicted.

This is the view of rheumatologist professor Michael Ehrenfeld of Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine, who pointed out that while genetic factors cannot be altered, environmental causes of arthritis can be changed. He also explained that there is in fact only one type of arthritis that is associated with old age.

"Most of the other kinds of arthritis we see in the clinic, the debilitating and inflammatory types, usually occur in young women between the ages of 20 and 40 " said professor Ehrenfeld.

Rose hip which is commonly used in organic skin care and make up is also thought to help prevent rheumatoid arthritis when taken internally. Scientists have found that patients suffering from the condition can greatly improve mobility and reduce pain by taking a rose hip due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.

Extract: Lipstick and hairspray can lead to rheumatoid arthritis, but organic make-up could help, Rose Hip.

Related products to this article: Organic Glam, Skin Radiance Capsules

People suffering from skin infections and spots can turn to honey-based organic body products to help repair the damage. Skincare products that contain the natural ingredient have "potent anti-bacterial properties", owing to a protein it contains.

Defensin-1, which is added to honey by bees, acts as an antibiotic that scientists hope could one day be used to treat skin infections and develop new drugs to fight so-called superbugs that are resistant to man-made antibiotics.

A team from the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam isolated the protein this year, finally pinpointing why honey has been used in medicine and to heal skin complaints for centuries. Published in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the research found that virtually all of honey's antibacterial properties come from the defensin-1 protein.

"We've known for millennia that honey can be good for what ails us, but we haven't known how it works," commented the editor-in-chief of the FASEB Journal Gerald Weissmann.

"Now that we've extracted a potent anti-bacterial ingredient from honey, we can make it still more effective and take the sting out of bacterial infections."

One type of honey has proven to be especially effective as an anti-bacterial agent and is used widely in organic beauty products. Manuka honey has distinctive properties that make it particularly good at healing skin problems like spots.

A team from the University of Wales Institute found that this type of honey killed off key bacterial proteins in the superbug MRSA. Presented at the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the study's findings revealed that it was not just the high sugar concentration that destroyed these proteins, but something within the honey itself.

One vital protein, FabI, was shown to be completely absent. This compound is necessary for fatty acid biosynthesis, which supplies the bacteria with precursors for cellular components such as the cell wall.

Skincare products such as manuka face cream or certain types of blemish gels containing the ingredient harness this antibacterial power to reduce spots. These organic beauty products can be a more natural way of dealing with skin complaints.

Manuka is even used in foot creams and in combination with natural antifungals such as neem help keep the skin healthy.

Extract: Organic body products containing honey will have anti-bacterial properties that facilitate skin repair.

Related products to this article: Manuka Face Cream, Honey & Jasmine Mask, Blemish Gel

Organic health products such as Eye bright Tincture are one way to soothe and heal dry, itchy and irritated eyes this winter. People often neglect their eyes, thinking that dry skin and chapped lips are the only symptoms of cold weather. While there are many skincare products available to soothe eczema or other dermatological problems, it can be hard to get the right cure for the eyes.

Eye bright, a plant known to medicine for centuries, can be used to soothe and calm problem eyes thanks to the tannins it contains. A study in Germany and Switzerland, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, noted significant benefits from using eye bright, or euphrasia, eye drops for patients with conjunctivitis. In more than 85 per cent of cases the participating patients and general practitioners described the efficacy of the drops as good or very good.

None of the 65 patients showed any serious side effects from the Eye bright drops, though it is still unknown whether it is safe for use during pregnancy. The researchers concluded that Euphrasia - bright eye - single-dose eye drops can effectively and safely be used for various conjunctival conditions.

Eye bright Tincture should be diluted in sterile water or water that has been boiled and cooled and used as an eye bath.

Extract: Winter can lead to dry and itchy eyes that can be soothed by organic health products.

Related products to this article: Eye bright Tincture

Flavonoids, which are present in all sorts of organic health products, have multiple benefits. In addition to possessing anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, it seems they may also be able to inhibit prostate cancer.

These compounds, which are also antioxidants, are found in many natural ingredients, from honey and propolis to chamomile and lemon balm. A study from Case Western Reserve University noted that that apigenin, a plant flavonoid, can block the growth of cancerous cells.

In a study conducted on mice, apigenin was shown to slow tumour growth and produce no adverse side effects such as dietary changes or weight gain. In addition, the flavonoid presence caused a decrease in IGF-1, an insulin-like growth factor, which is associated with an higher risk of breast, prostate, colorectal and lung cancers.

One flavonoid-rich ingredient is Chamomile, is also proven to be effective in reducing anxiety, much in the same way as St John's wort does. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology earlier this year showed chamomile is effective in controlling generalised anxiety disorder.

Extract: The benefits of organic health products containing chamomile or propolis are many, including reducing prostate cancer risk.

Related products to this article: Propolis & Honey Linctus, St John's Wort Tincture, Sneeze Away Tincture

People suffering from anxiety or depression brought on by the winter months and dark nights can use organic health products such as St John's wort tincture to lift their spirits. Numerous scientific studies have pointed to the benefits of the plant, specifically for people suffering from mild forms of depression.

A Cochrane Systematic Review found that there are clear advantages to taking St Johns Wort for dealing with mild to moderate symptoms. Klaus Linde of the Centre for Complementary Medicine in Munich, who was the lead researcher on the study, explained that the extracts of the plant used in the trials were superior to placebos and as effective as synthetic antidepressants, but with fewer side effects.

The team reviewed 29 trials that included a total of 5,489 patients. All trials used the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression to assess the severity of patients' conditions. As well as being effective, those using the extract were less likely to drop out because of adverse effects.

In another report, the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care suggested that St John's wort can help alleviate pre-menstrual tension as well as depression.

Extract: Winter can be a time of depression, but St Johns Wort can help.

Related products to this article:  St Johns Wort Tincture

Organic health products containing honey and propolis can have a range of benefits, not least of which is their potential to fight off the common cold. According to research from the Universidad Miguel Hernandez in Alicante, Spain, these ingredients can help boost people's immune system as they have anti-viral properties.

Long used as a traditional remedy for a range of ailments, it seems honey, propolis and royal jelly possess anti-bacterial and antioxidant capabilities as well. The healing properties contained in these natural ingredients are attributed to flavanoids. These phenolic compounds possess the anti-viral, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic benefits that can provide a boost when people are feeling run down.

Flavanoids also inhibit peroxidation, the study published in the US National Library of Medicine notes. Peroxidation is the process by which free radicals attack and damage cells.

Breastfeeding mothers are also okay to use a honey and glycerin-based linctus to improve protection against the common cold, with the NHS noting it is safe for them and their baby.

Extract: Propolis & Honey Linctus can help fight colds in winter.

Related products to this article:  Propolis & Honey Linctus

Cocoa flavanols in organic chocolate have been shown to have a range of cardiovascular benefits for those with heart and circulatory problems.

Foods rich in flavanols include organic chocolate, tea and a number of fruits and vegetables, which may offer various cardio-protective benefits as a result, particularly for heart disease patients.

Participants in a University of California, San Francisco study who were given high concentrations of cocoa flavanols benefitted from a decrease in blood pressure and improved blood vessel health.

A recommended dosage has yet to be defined by the researchers, who published their findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, but a protective effect was produced by administering a cocoa drink with 375mg of flavanols.

Patients may also be able to reduce their heart failure risk by eating organic chocolate, which is rich in cocoa flavonols. Research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure in August found that middle-aged and elderly women who regularly ate small amounts of chocolate had a lower risk of heart failure.

Extract: Cocoa flavanols in organic chocolate found to protect against heart disease and other circularity problems.

Related products to this article: Antioxidant Goji, Acai & Blueberry Chocolate Bar

Maintaining a healthy digestive system using probiotic organic health products is increasingly being recognised as a great way of maintaining a healthy mind and body. However, recent research suggests that the benefits of probiotic organic health products may also extend to other bodily ailments.

Taking probiotic formulations, either in a daily or more intense formulation, are both associated with combating issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, indigestion and nausea.

The probiotic bacterial strain known as Bifidobacterium infantis has also been linked with anti-inflammatory and pathogen protection benefits in a study published in the Public Library of Science Pathogens.

Researchers studied the impact of the strain on inflammatory response by the human body, which is linked to causing damage in a range of conditions including bowel disease, arthritis, bacterial-induced colitis and organ transplantation. The study suggested that Bifidobacterium infantis could curb the damage caused by inflammation to healthy tissue.

Lead researcher Dr Liam O'Mahony said: "Past research has shown that the probiotic Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 can positively impact the body's immune defense, and this most recent data suggests that its benefits are not restricted to the gastrointestinal tract."

Additional research has shown that mothers that were able to cut eczema rates in their children by nearly half by drinking milk with a probiotic supplement during and after pregnancy.

"The results showed that probiotic bacteria reduced the incidence of eczema in children up to age two years by 40 percent. And the kids in 'probiotics group' who did have eczema, had less severe cases," explains Christian Kvikne Dotterud, a student in the Medical Student Research Programme at the Department of Community Medicine at NTNU.

"Our study is the first to show that certain probiotic bacteria given to the mother during pregnancy and breast-feeding prevents eczema,"
says Dotterud.

Extract: Probiotic organic health products may offer full-body benefits beyond the gut, such as reducing tissue inflammation damage, according to research, ecezema.

Related products to this article: The Organic Pharmacy Probiotics

Skincare products containing aloe vera are great for healing damaged skin because of its protective and regenerative qualities.

The aloe leaf is self-healing, and in the same way that it secretes a sealing liquid to prevent water loss from a tear or cut, it also forms a seal over damaged skin. Aloe is packed full of 200 important compounds with health giving properties. These include amino acids - which support cell maintenance and renewal - and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, selenium and zinc, which accelerate the skin's protective activity. A tropical plant Aloe needs a hot climate and cannot survive in the cold. What is most remarkable though is the fact that Aloe Vera is 96% water and it is the other 4 % which is so rich in a variety of compounds that gives aloe its truly miraculous capabilities.

One of the main studies carried out on human tissues was conducted by Dr Ivan Danhof of the University of Texas. He found several unique attributes that explain aloe’s activity. Firstly he found that aloe is able to penetrate several layers of the skin four times faster than water alone. The exact mechanism is unknown so whether it is the enzymes or amino acids or phytosetrols, the important fact is that this deep penetration allows all the other active constituents of aloe to reach deep into the tissues and take other actives such as vitamins with it. The skin forms a barrier to bacteria & microbes as well as preventing moisture loss. When an injury forms (whether solar, chemical or an abrasion) a complex set of reactions are put into place to keep the satus quo- namely bacteria, fungus & virus out, moisture in & the skin intact again as quickly as possible. A good wound healer will have the following properties:

Increase cell production Anti-inflammatory Prevent or repair connective tissue damage Reduce pain Skin mositurising & protecting Antibacterial, fungal & viral.

Aloe has all these attiributes and more. As a desert plant it is imperative that the plant protects itself from moisture loss so when damaged it mobilises polysaccharides to the surface of its leaf to form a protective barrier against microbe invasion and moisture loss. When applied to a wound it busily goes to work in the deeper layers whilst the polysacccarides form a protective barrier, preventing moisture loss & bacterial invasion. Its wound healing activity cannot be attributed to just one ingredient. For example studies have shown the polyscaccharide acemann and the amino acid arginine to stimulate collagen and glycosaminoglycane (GAG) synthesis (GAGs form an important component of connective tissue). The result rapid would healing. Growth factors and phytosterols support the repair mechanism whilst minerals & vitamins optimise cell function. Studies have shown its anti-inflammatory action is due to its ability to inhibit prostaglandins.

Dr Danhof also showed that aloe was able to increase fibrobalst cell production by six to eight times. When the skin is exposed to the sun or damaged or even during normal ageing fibroplast activity is reduced and collagen distrupted. Aloe not only offers protection to cells but also increased collagen production & moisture loss, making the skin more elastic, less dry & more youthfull ( so anti-ageing is an added bonus). A high level of Aloe vera in organic skin care is important and enhances the efficacy considerably.

Extract:Aloe vera skincare products are regenerative because of the self-healing properties of the plant.

Related products to this article: Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream, Herbal Toner, After Sun, Collagen Boost Mask, Antioxidant Face Gel

Doctors may soon be adding broccoli to the list of organic health products recommended to people to prevent cancer.

A powerful compound known as sulforaphane is found in broccoli and has been shown by scientists at the University of Illinois to release bacteria that can be absorbed into the gut.

However, adding the delicate enzyme responsible for creating the cancer-preventing compound into organic health products may prove more of a challenge.

The university's professor of human nutrition, Elizabeth Jeffrey explained that the enzyme can very easily be destroyed, because "many people overcook their broccoli, unwittingly destroying the plant enzyme that gives us sulforaphane".

She added: "The amount that you get in three to five servings a week - that's less than one daily serving of broccoli- is enough to have an anti-cancer effect."

Meanwhile, the Association for International Cancer Research recently mentined that there is sufficient evidence to indicate that using aspirin reduces the risk of developing bowel cancer.

Extract: Broccoli may have anti-cancer properties that are only just emerging, new research suggests.

Related products to this article: Phytonutrients Capsules and Pre & Post Natal Nutrients

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