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Mental health is one of the most prominent illnesses present in society today, even more so than heart disease and even diabetes. Disruptions to mental wellness can have a significant impact on people’s work and social lives and overall quality of life. There is a huge focus in healthcare on reducing the burden of mental illness specifically depression, anxiety and stress. Poor sleep may also be linked to mental health, as it can weaken the immune system and in turn increase levels of anxiety and depression.   A large emphasis on treating mental illness is focused on prescription medication that works to increase levels of natural circulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine that work synergistically to balance mood....

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World Sleep Day - 17th March 2017

With World Sleep Day upon the horizon on March 17th 2017, the focus in healthcare has turned towards the importance of a good nights sleep and what we can do to improve general sleep quality. Studies have shown that poor sleep can weaken the immune system and affect mental health, increasing levels of anxiety and depression. New research from Australia has recently discovered that an extract from the food spice saffron is an effective natural way to improve sleep, without side effects. Saffron, a commonly used cooking spice derived from the Crocus sativus flower, has shown to have significant benefits in improving sleep, helps balance mood and reduces nervous symptoms associated with stress. The Naked Pharmacy has developed a natural food...

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Our New Guest Health Writer, Denise Barrett, on Saffron and Saffrosun

Precious spice I’ve always been fascinated by exotic saffron, so often referred to as ‘worth its weight in gold’. Actually, ounce for ounce, good quality saffron costs more than gold and it’s the world’s most precious spice. Harvesting saffron is a labour of love. From planting and picking the flowers, to plucking the tiny golden filaments (stigmas) at the heart of the flower and drying them to make the spice, it’s a centuries-old, handcrafted process.Saffron is famed for its use in cooking. Its distinctive flavour and aroma comes from the deep golden ‘threads’ or dried stigmas of the beautiful purple flower, Crocus sativus. But now, thanks to The Naked Pharmacy there is a new way to access the wonder of...

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Nutraceuticals in conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise can be an effective addition to weight loss regimes

It is becoming increasingly evident that the UK is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. Our lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary to the point that not even a morning coffee requires exercise, I recently experienced my first drive through Costa Coffee! My routine morning latte can now be ordered, collected and consumed all without the removal of my seat belt. Convenience focussed lifestyles have made weight gain far easier than ever, resulting in 44% of men and 33% of woman in the UK being classed as clinically obese. In addition, the incidence of childhood obesity has dramatically increased, with 31.2% of children aged 2 to15 being classed as either obese or overweight in 2004.  It is well understood that...

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