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Ashwagandha, also known by its botanical name Withania Somnifera is a small shrub with yellow flowers that is native to India and North Africa. It has been used in in Ayurveda for more than 6000 years. Adaptogen it is known as an adaptogen  http://www.dnaindia.com/health/report-ashwagandha-the-wonder-herb-2583565

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Is There a Safe Level of Smoking?

There is NO Safe Level of Smoking Many people, most especially smokers are under the impression that smoking only a few cigarettes a day poses only a negligible risk to their health. They reason that it’s not like they’re smoking a pack or two a day, so what’s the problem? A study conducted by researchers of…

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How Probiotics Promote a Healthy Gut Microbiome

How Probiotics Promote a Healthy Gut Microbiome

What Is the Microbiome? Your body is host to many trillions of bacteria, fungi and viruses, which are collectively known as the microbiome, and the individual constituents thereof are called microbiota. Your gut acts as the frontline of your immune system, and it is continuously exposed to new microbes and molecules that come from the…

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Natural Treatments for Eczema

What Causes Eczema? As yet, the medical community appears to have no definitive answer as to what causes eczema. People who have atopic dermatitis, otherwise known as eczema, have a compromised skin barrier that is less able to retain water and stay hydrated and is more likely to become irritated and unable to fight infection-causing…

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MSM For Arthritis: Does it Help?

What is Arthritis? Arthritis although very common isn’t particularly well understood. The term comes from the Greek words arthro which means joint and itis which translates as inflammation. Arthritis is a term used to describe a variety of disorders that affect joints, typically causing joint pain and stiffness. While it primarily is a disease of the…

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The Health Benefits of Carnosine

What is Carnosine? Carnosine, otherwise known by its scientific name beta-alanyl-L-histidine is composed of a single molecule of the amino acids histidine and beta-alanine and is known in chemical terms as a dipeptide. The L isomer of carnosine is found throughout the bodies of animals, is most concentrated in the brain and muscles, and is biologically…

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Is Resveratrol an Effective Treatment for Diabetes

Is Resveratrol an Effective Treatment for Diabetes?

Resveratrol is a supplement most people haven’t even heard of, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that science is taking this substance very seriously. So, is resveratrol an effective treatment for diabetes? We’ll examine the available research to so that you can decide. What is Resveratrol? Resveratrol belongs to a group of compounds called…

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Top 12 Pesticide Infused Groceries

Pesticide Alert! The Dirty Dozen Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases its annual Dirty Dozen List, a list of foods with high pesticide loads, or in other words pesticide infused groceries. With this in mind, these are the foods that one should most seriously consider buying organic. The group analysed data from the…

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What is Glyphosate?

What is Glyphosate? According to Wikipedia, “Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. It was discovered to be a herbicide by Monsanto chemist John E. Franz in 1970. Monsanto brought it to market in 1974 under the trade name Roundup, and Monsanto’s last commercially relevant United…

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The Juicing Revolution

If you aren’t already an active juicer, getting started might seem a little intimidating, but we’re here to tell you that it’s easy, convenient and amazingly healthy too! For those that aren’t vegan or vegetarian, it’s a fantastic way to get more fruit and veg into your system, and for those that are, the multitude…

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The Benefits of Organic Sunscreen

We know that the sun can cause serious damage to our skin during the summer months, which is why you should consider the benefits of using an organic sunscreen. Sunscreens made without organic ingredients contain harmful chemicals that can be as damaging to your skin as the sun itself. By using an organic sunscreen that…

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Is Your Shampoo Harming Your Health?

Most people use a shampoo to wash their hair on a regular basis, however, many people aren’t aware that this common hair care product may contain ingredients that could be harming their health. For many, their choice of shampoo comes down to cost, brand, perceived effectiveness or even fragrance, however, a growing number of consumers…

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Junk Food Really is Killing Us

Junk Food Really is Killing Us

Junk Food Really is Killing Us 20% of Global Deaths are the Result of Poor Diet That’s according to a new study conducted at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) HealthData.org at the University of Washington, and published in The Lancet Medical Journal. In the same league of genocide as the tobacco industry, junk food really…

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Take Vitamin Supplements to Reduce Infant Autism

Take Vitamin Supplements to Reduce Infant Autism

Researchers from universities and hospitals in Stockholm, Bristol and Philadelphia recently conducted a study published in the British Medical Journal, which found that consuming vitamin supplements during pregnancy lowered the risk of infant autism by over 50%. The researchers  analysed the data of over 273000 mothers and children in Stockholm, Sweden, recording the mother’s use of…

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Eat Organic Food to Reduce the Risk of Infant Cancer

Eat Organic Food to Reduce the Risk of Infant Cancer

A team of scientists recently published a gestational study in the International Journal of Cancer which found that pregnant women consuming foods containing pesticides increased the infant’s risk of brain cancer by over 40%. They further stated that this is a result of the prolific use of insecticides in the production of inorganic produce. The study found…

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Dangerous Food Choices

Dangerous Food Choices

Dangerous Food Choices We are often aware of the dangers that lurk in our groceries and products, but have no idea how to go about changing them. We have highlighted some of these dangerous food choices and have also look at a solution to the problem. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Fructose is often claimed to…

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Why Go Organic?

Why Go Organic?

Eating organic has become quite the hot topic these days. People are starting to insist on it despite costing more than conventionally produced foods. So why go organic? Let’s talk about some of the benefits. It’s Healthy Organic foods tend to contain higher levels of vitamins and essential minerals as well as cancer-fighting antioxidants, as…

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Get Your Spice On with Organica’s Organic Culinary Package

Get Your Spice On with Organica’s Organic Culinary Package

Organica’s Organic Culinary Package is a bundle of natural organic, kitchen herbs, spices, oils and condiments which are non-irradiated, non-GMO and free from pesticides and other harmful chemicals. They are a simple drop-in replacement for all those products that you’re currently using that contain harmful chemicals, which are a red-flag health risk for you and…

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Is Sugar Really That Bad for You?

Is Sugar Really That Bad for You?

These days, sugar is the latest bad guy in town and experts are now claiming that it’s actually a poison, saying that the stuff that we have been eating and feeding to our children in abundance on a daily basis, is really that bad for you. On an anatomical level, our bodies actually need sugar, it’s our…

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Can CBD Help with PMS?

PMS or Pre-Menstrual Syndrome is no joke. Women who deal with the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome know exactly how awful they can be. Period cramps probably rate number one on the list of effects that women loathe about PMS, followed closely by mood swings and headaches. For some women, the breast pains, cramping, and emotional strife…

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Household Cleaning Products Could be Making You Sick

Practically no human studies have been done on most of the chemicals in cleaning products. It has been generally been assumed by the industry that they are safe until proven toxic, and the thought has prevailed until recently that if a product is available on the store shelf, it is safe. However, many people have…

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Is Cooking with Aluminium Foil a Health Risk?

Cooking and baking with aluminum foil is fast and convenient, and makes cleaning up so much quicker, but it’s not without health risks. The first use of foil in was in the early twentieth century, when it was used to wrap sweets and chewing gum. Inevitably, aluminum foil made its way into kitchens as a…

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The Low Down on Vegetable Oils

What are Vegetable Oils? Vegetable oils are oils that have been extracted from various seeds such as rapeseed (canola oil), soybean, corn, sunflower, sesame, peanut, etc. Unlike coconut oil or olive oil that can be extracted by pressing, these oils are extracted in very unnatural ways. Have We Been Misled? For many years, the general perception was…

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The One Type of Fat You Do Want in Your Body

When it comes to fats, there’s one type that you don’t want to cut back on, Not only does your body need these fatty acids to function, but also they are essential for good health, yet eating enough of the right foods to get the amounts you need can be difficult. They are critical for cell…

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Use This to Protect Your Liver, Gallbladder and Prostate

This flowering herb is related to the daisy and ragweed family, and is native to Mediterranean countries. Several scientific studies have suggested that this substance can protect your liver from toxins and the damaging effect of certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs which can cause liver damage in high doses. It is a therapeutic herb with a…

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The Therapeutic Role of CBD in Epilepsy

Once again, we scoured the US National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health archives for research into the the effects of CBD, one of the major cannabinoids in hemp, cannabis or marijuana to find this gem at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4707667/ that investigates the role of CBD in epilepsy entitled “Cannabidiol: Pharmacology and potential therapeutic role in…

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Discover How Broccoli Fights Cancer

Broccoli Fights Cancer It’s good to know that three servings of broccoli per week may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by more than 60 percent. Broccoli, and to an even greater degree broccoli sprouts, have gained a reputation as a potent cancer-fighter, and recent research sheds new light on the actual mechanics behind its…

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Coconuts For a Healthier Life

Coconuts For a Healthier Life Coconut oil benefits the body in many different ways and is arguably one of the healthiest foods at our disposal. Researchers have uncovered the secrets to this amazing fruit; namely healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which include Caprylic, Lauric and Capric acids. They are healthy fats that make…

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What Is Bioavailability?

Bioavailability is Usability So what is Bioavailability? According to the FDA, bioavailability is defined as the rate and extent to which the active ingredient or active moiety is absorbed from a [drug or supplement] product and becomes available at the site of action. In more simple terms, it is the proportion of the total amount…

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7 Reasons We Love Vitamin C

Why Do We Love Vitamin C? Known as the father of all antioxidants, Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid is an electron donor, which accounts for all its known functions. Vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of collagen, L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters, and is also involved in protein metabolism, and an acute vitamin…

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How High Dose Vitamin C Kills Cancer

How High Dose Vitamin C Kills Cancer Let’s examine some of the history, facts and research that support the hypothesis that high dose Vitamin C kills cancer, and also delve a little into the theory.  History In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Linus Pauling a Nobel Prize winner together with surgeon Ewan Cameron pioneered the use…

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Apricot Kernels for Cancer?

Apricot Kernels for Cancer? The substance Amygdalin which is found in apricot kernels and laetrile contains four potent substances: benzaldehyde and cyanide. Yes, you heard right, cyanide is one of the substances that purportedly makes apricot kernels a cancer fighter. Amygdalin is a compound that is found in over 1200 edible plants in nature and unsurprisingly, is…

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The Health Benefits of Golden Berries

Goldenberries (Physalis peruviana), also known as Golden Berry, Incan Berry, Uchuva, Aguaymanto and Cape Gooseberries, are native to Brazil, but they are also grown in countries such as Ecuador, Columbia, Peru, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Interestingly, golden berries are more closely related to tomatoes and eggplants than other berries, and are approximately the…

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Camu Camu the King of Natural Vitamin C

Camu camu is a low-growing shrub found throughout the Amazon rain forests. Botanically named Myrciaria dubia, it produces a light orange to purple fruit with a yellow pulp. One of its notable features is that this fruit is packed with more natural vitamin C than any other food source recorded in nature, in addition to…

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Moringa the Miracle Tree

In 2008, the National Institute of Health named Moringa Oleifera the plant of the year, acknowledging that this plant deserves its reputation of being one of the most important natural sources of nutrition and healing. To date, well over a thousand studies have focused on its benefits and healing abilities, and according to a report…

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Synthetic vs Natural Vitamins

Synthetic vs Natural Vitamins We get them from sunshine, our diet, or from the store in the form of capsules or liquids. Vitamins are vital to our health and to the proper functioning of our bodies, whereas vitamin deficiencies can lead to a wide range of problems spanning from obesity to anorexia, depression or fatigue.…

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Organica Beauty Category Launch

Onwards and upwards! The Organica team is working extremely hard to make Organica your Favourite Online Organic Shop, and we’re highly focused on making the site more relevant to you and giving you more of what you want. With that in mind, we are so pleased to announce the Organica Beauty Category launch. Thank YOU…

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Organic Skin Care is Not Just a Trend

Organic beauty products are becoming prolific to the point where some of the best products out there are organic. So apart from the whole environment thing, why go with organic skin care products in the first place? Perhaps the number one reason is that people with sensitive skin often find that organic skin care products…

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The Benefits of Using Organic Soap

Many people are proactively trying to minimise the amount of toxins that enter their body; they eat good food, they drink purified water, they breathe purified air, and some even take added measures to detoxify their body. However, what many people don’t realize is that a great many harmful toxins can be absorbed through the…

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The Facts About Organic Skin Care

The Facts About Organic Skin Care There’s no question that natural skin care products are a must. We’re constantly bombarded by pollution and harmful chemicals in our environment that are absorbed by our skin, so being mindful to understand the facts about organic skin care and avoid unnecessary additional toxins can do wonders for your…

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Your Workout Clothes May Be Poisoning You

Your Workout Clothes May Be Poisoning You Exercise improves your health and lifts your mood, but were you aware that toxins in your workout clothes may be poisoning you? Research has shown that some sportswear contains harmful toxins such as chemical dyes, polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC’s), and solvents, and companies such as Nike have been quick to…

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Why Use Organic Makeup?

Why Use Organic Makeup? Choosing to wear makeup may help enhance one’s personal appearance and self-esteem, but it also exposes the wearer to a range of health concerns. So why use organic makeup? Research reveals that some ingredients in beauty and personal care products may be linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, but fortunately effective…

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The Ugly Truth About Chemicals in Beauty Products

Chemicals in Beauty Products The beauty industry has many ugly secrets, and one of them is that there are often harmful chemicals in beauty products. When it comes to cosmetics, no authority regulates what “organic” or “natural” means, and while your makeup, face cream, cleanser or skin moisturizer may deliver on their short term promises, the…

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The Unpalatable Facts About Potable Water

Using Chlorine to Treat Water This chemical is used in most countries to treat potable water, but how safe is it? We consume it daily and give it to our children, but what are the long-term effects and should we rely on the authorities to make these decisions for us? We consider these issues and…

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Natural Epilepsy Supplements

Natural Epilepsy Supplements Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterised by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Many people with epilepsy have more than one type of seizure and may also have other neurological symptoms. The seizures associated with epilepsy can affect one’s safety, relationships, work, driving and much more. The good news is that there are treatments available that can…

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Are Microwaves Safe?

Cooking with Microwaves The reason it’s called a “microwave” is because it emits microwaves, a type of electromagnetic radiation, to heat your food. Microwaves from a magnetron within the appliance bombard the food, causing the molecules to rotate at the same frequency millions of times a second. All this agitation creates molecular friction, which heats up…

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5 Alarming Toxins in Makeup

5 Alarming Toxins in Makeup Using products that are supposed to improve your appearance can sometimes do more harm than good, which is why it’s important to know about the toxins in makeup that you might not be aware of, that can compromise your health. Aluminium In addition to the potential for aluminium poisoning, a recent report claims that…

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5 Harmful Chemicals in Sunscreen

Harmful Chemicals in Sunscreen Your skin is the largest organ of your body so protecting your it from radiation and harsh environmental contaminants is crucial to your wellbeing. Sunscreen helps to protect the outer layer of your skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation however, it often contains a number of chemical ingredients that…

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The Benefits of Organic Washing Powder

To live an environmentally friendly and healthy life, changing what you eat and how often you exercise makes a big difference, but why stop there? Certain household products might be damaging your health, and one of those may be your washing powder, as many commercial varieties contain chemicals and artificial preservatives, all toxic to human…

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