With this year’s summer predicted to be one of the hottest in recent history, it is only natural that persons are concerned about effectively protecting their skin. Ultraviolet rays—particularly UVA and UVB—are major contributing factors to skin damage, sunburn, and even skin cancer, as they promote the emergence of free radicals within the body. Beach-goers and sunbathers are particularly at risk as the likelihood of skin damage increased with prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays. Continue reading
Many of us spend the majority of our time outdoors when summertime rolls around each year. And with good reason! Who has time to be cooped up inside when there are bikes to ride, mountains to climb, and bikinis to wear? Let’s face it; the sun makes us feel incredibly good! Continue reading
Hair. We know it’s important. Those who don’t have it want it; and those who have it spend countless hours and thousands of dollars trying to get it just right. But while science continues to reveal an ever expanding list of the benefits of natural oils such as grapeseed oil, rosemary oil, argan oil and olive oil for hair care, too many of us are still overwhelmed (and confused?) by the hundreds of manmade chemicals available.
With this in mind, perhaps we’d all benefit from learning a bit more about our hair. The article below contains a number of facts (each in italics) about our hair, and over the next few weeks we will be learning several easy but effective tips for excellent hair care. Continue reading
Jams. Jellies. Wines. These are, perhaps, the things that usually come to mind when we think of quickly and conveniently incorporating grapes into our everyday meals. However, as we know, the best health benefits are derived from using whole fresh grapes and grape seeds in our daily diet. The truth is that grapes can easily be used to elevate our snacks, appetizers, main courses and desserts. They can also be roasted to concentrate sweetness and release their natural juices. Clearly then, if we want to make the most of the abundance of fresh grapes we have available while still promoting healthy eating within our family, then creativity is key.
A delicious chicken grape salad with fresh apples and chopped nuts is a fantastic way to provide a tasty meal that is packed with nutrients. Here’s how you can make it at home in just 25 minutes: Continue reading
As grape seeds are widely known to contain essential vitamins and health boosting antioxidants, it is perhaps surprising that grape seed tea is less utilized around the world. GOLOB’s Rejuvenating Grape Seed Tea contains a flavorful blend of ground grape seeds, grape leaves and sun dried grape berries which is perfect for soothing the mind and body. But there is much more to GOLOB’s Rejuvenating Grape Seed Tea than simply sipping a hot cup of its delicious brew. Continue reading
While it is true that not every woman has her own personal supply of grape seed oil stashed neatly away in a secret cupboard somewhere in her home, please let the record show that every woman should. Why is this particular oil so important? Consider 3 beneficial uses of this healthful, affordable and 100% all natural product: Continue reading
Is drinking alcohol good or bad for your long term health? At first the question might seem quite easy; health institutions, the government, schools and the media often launch public campaigns geared toward reducing excessive alcohol consumption. But while overindulging in alcohol consumption can definitely lead to disastrous consequences, scientists have come to appreciate that moderate alcohol intake can actually promote a healthy heart. So as it turns out, a glass of wine can do much more than simply help us to have a good time if it is consumed in moderation.
New breakthroughs in bowel (colorectal) cancer research show that grape seed extracts increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy treatment. These reports are encouraging for both patients and doctors as they combat one of the most common and one of the most lethal cancers in the world. Continue reading
Sulphur dioxide, though used for thousands of years, is still regarded as the most important additive in modern day winemaking. History indicates that the compound was first used by Roman winemakers over 2000 years ago, who recognized that if sulphur candles were first burnt inside empty wine containers, then the wine they held would last longer, keep their colour and not take on a sour vinegar-like taste. Today, sulphur dioxide is usually added in the form of sulphite or bisulphite, and it plays many roles in the making of rich, distinctive wines.
One of the most important uses for sulphur dioxide is to help prevent wine spoilage by bacteria and oxidation. Due to its significant antibiotic and antioxidant properties, the compound is very effective in maintaining wine freshness. Without the additive, wines would only last a few months. Sulphur dioxide’s antimicrobial action is also instrumental is preventing the development of volatile acidity (VA), which is essentially the act of turning wine into vinegar. It accomplishes this by inhibiting the activity of bacteria, yeast and other microbes. While volatile acidity is a part of the fermentation process and has even been described as a part of the character of old Italian wines, too much VA can definitely ruin the flavour and aroma of even the most excellent wines. Continue reading
As an essential mineral, zinc has been described by doctors K. M. Hambidge and N.F. Krebs as being of “exceptional biological and public health importance.” Biochemical studies have shown that there are several hundred enzymes in the human body which have a zinc atom in the reactive center. Zinc has been linked to increased immune response, reduced risks of cardiovascular diseases and countless others health benefits. The prostate gland contains a high concentration of zinc and the mineral is significantly involved in the reproductive process — particularly the transport of sex hormones in both genders. Continue reading