The secret to male birth control may lie in this poisonous herb extract

The secret to male birth control may lie in this poisonous herb extract

A plant extract, traditionally used by African warriors as a heart-stopping poison on their arrows, may be used to develop birth control pill for men, a study in mice suggests. Women have many options for oral contraceptives that are safe, effective and reversible, but despite decades of research, men have none. Two types of African plants make the poisonous compound called ouabain. Mammals also produce it in their bodies, though at lower levels that are thought to help control blood pressure; doctors sometimes prescribe small doses of the compound to…

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Coconut oil: are the health benefits a big fat lie?

Coconut oil: are the health benefits a big fat lie?

Is coconut oil ‘the little black dress of wellbeing’? Photograph: Alamy It wasn’t that long ago that the closest most Britons got to a coconut was at the fairground or on the inside of a Bounty bar. Yet in the past three years, this hard, hairy drupe (that’s the official term) of the coconut palm tree has emerged as the latest “superfood” extolled by celebrities and health food shops for its nutritional, healing and mind-enhancing powers. Aisles of health food shops are packed with bags of flour, snacks, milk, sugar…

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Everything you know about healthy food is a lie

Everything you know about healthy food is a lie

 (iStock) In September, the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine publication revealed that many of Americans’ most prevalent beliefs about nutrition might be bunk. The sugar industry financed nutritional studies, released in 1967, that downplayed the sweetener’s relation to heart disease, placing the blame on saturated fats instead. Those highly influenced findings have stuck for five decades. One of the scientists involved even helped develop the government-issued nutrition guidelines most of us grew up with, which contained cautions on the evils of red meat while scarcely mentioning the…

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Grapeseed Oil blessings: truely healthy or a large, fat Lie?

Grapeseed Oil blessings: truely healthy or a large, fat Lie?

some days move by way of and a new “fitness food” arrives within the market. In plenty instances, the fitness claims are spurious and don’t have any real studies to assist them. The same appears to be the case with grapeseed oil, a leftover ed81d2c1d705861968d8963ac974ba36 of wine-making. Grapeseed oil is a polyunsaturated oil this is chemically extracted from the seeds of grapes after wine is made. The 5 “benefits” of Grapeseed Oil Grapeseed oil blessings are primarily based at the supposedly high quantities of nutrients, antioxidants and polyunsaturated fat of…

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