Thursday, 28 April 2016

Blitz Nitz with Euky Bear! (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED)

THIS POST IS SUPPORTED BY EUKY BEAR

Today was one of those good days, a day when you feel like you are Mum-ing real good. I got up, got my kids breakfast and fed them, packed lunches, got to school on time and got out playing with the little ones. The day was nice and we got back to school in time for bell and little Miss P was beaming with excitement as we arrived at the gate. We got in the car and got home. Then we unpacked the school bag; just the normal stuff like dirty lunch box, a bit of craft and a school note. I sat down to read the school note and then it hit me… This was not ANY school note, this wasn’t an exciting event coming up, this was one of those notes that a parent never wants to receive, a note that makes your skin curl and your head itch. A note that, I quote, said; “there seems to be signs that some students in class KV have head lice.”

The memories started flashing back of my little sisters constant nit infestation and the way my mum used to have to pull her hair through with a tiny come every night as my sister cried and my mum screamed with frustration; WHY WON’T THEY EVER GO AWAY?”
It was a constant battle of the nits and she seemed to find a new one in her hair, which felt like, at least every day. It wasn’t a fun time and being a lot older, I seemed to by-pass them only ever finding one in my hair. The thought of these little creatures infesting my own children’s heads and our house was enough to freak me out and take action. The thought of constantly washing bed linen, clothing, hats, toys and accessories just to get these little buggers out wasn’t good in the lead up to having a new baby. I just don’t want that extra work. 

So first step in this, avoiding nits all together, solution was to look for the culprits. We had to search the hair and find a solution. 
Another thing about getting rid of nits is the chemicals that are in a lot of the head lice products, they smell so toxic and mustn’t be good for little people's hair and scalp, especially if they need to do the treatment more than once. 
I went searching for a more natural treatment and was very excited to be introduced to Blitz Nits as it is both natural and clinically proven, this isn’t the case with some other brands.
They have some amazing products including the two newest treatment alternatives to the range including Blitz Nitz Mousse and Blitz Nitz Spray & Go.

I knew it would be easy to blitz nits on our big girl as she can sit still for longer than five minutes but the thought of her passing them onto our Mr 2 that can’t do much but run wild was really freaking me out. If he were to get them, just how would we get them gone?


We decided to check the kids heads and use the product, Blitz Nitz Solution (with its new & improved formula), just to be safe, we didn’t want to miss any and this product is known as being the fastest acting head lice treatment on the market – only taking 5 minutes. This is great for a little boy too, with long hair as he can’t sit still for very long at all. Made with only natural ingredients, I could be rest assured that I wasn’t burning the scalp of my little ones precious heads and the beautiful smell of eucalyptus oil, lemon eucalyptus, tea tree oil are so fresh, and natural fragrances the children actually love.

During the treatment phase of 5 minutes, I could set up my iPhone with the free app from Blitz nits with the fun, 5-minute Euky Bear Blitz Nitz game that can be downloaded. My kids don’t get to use my phone often so this was a real treat for them which made them sit there so perfectly as I got through their hair. Such a winner.

After this I would wash all the linen and be rest assured that we are nit free for the time being. We also know now that there is a range of Blitz Nitz Detective (a comb-through conditioner), and Blitz Nitz Shampoo, which can be used as part of a ‘total treatment plan’ which can be used after the main treatment to keep those little critters away. 

Boom! Nits be gone! I highly recommend checking out the Blitz Nitz range here: www.blitznitz.com.au

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GUEST RECIPE: Hot Chocolate Cake with Honeyed Cream By Brenda Janschek



Inspired by the success of my Date and Cinnamon muffin recipe, I set out to recreate something similar in the form of a cake, something “softer or wetter” as my daughter has requested. Apparently she is kinda over the muffin-thang and has decided that she would prefer a different texture in her cakes.
First world problems to the max.
So together we set to task and created this delectable cake and she assures me that this time the texture is “just right”. Phew!
I had planned on using dates but had run out (a rare thing in this house). Having seen a few recipes around using prunes, I was inspired to give it a go.
Verdict: Prunes and chocolate = match made in cake heaven

Hot Chocolate Cake

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup prunes, deseeded
1 1/4 cups boiling water ( I used from the kettle)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
60 grams butter, chopped
1/2 cup coconut or rapadura sugar
1 cup spelt flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
100 grams dark chocolate, chopped (I used 90% Lindt but you may like to go for 70% as it may be too intense if you’re not used to it)
thick cream
raw honey
Preparation
Preheat oven to 175 degrees
Butter and line cake tin
Pop prunes, hot water and bicarbonate of soda into a food processor with the lid on and let it stand for 5 minutes
Add the butter and sugar and pulse until just combined
Add flour and eggs and pulse again until just combined (careful not to overpulse)
Add chopped chocolate and pulse a few more times
Pour the mixture into the prepared bake tin and pop in the oven for approx 50 mins – 1 hour, test is ready with a skewer
Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in  pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack
While it’s cooking whip together your cream with some raw honey to taste with a spoon
Serve cake warm with some honey cream and berries
Eat the cake within 3 days or store in the freezer
These Thermomix and Gluten-Free Instructions  were sent to me by my clever friend Sarah from CleverCook
250g pitted prunes in
250g boiling water
1 teas bicarb
Speed 1/no temp.
Add 
60g butter
80g rapadura
100g dark chocolate
SP 4/30 secs, scrape down
Add
2 eggs
120g GF flour
2 teas baking powder
SP 5/15 secs. Pour into lined muffin tins and cook 25-30 mins. Thanks Brenda, they are lovely!
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About Brenda:
I’m a certified health coach, wellness blogger, freelance writer, recipe creator, passionate advocate for women’s and children’s health and a busy mum of two! Through my writing, coaching, kids cooking classes, kitchen makeovers and popular eCourses, it’s my mission inspire and empower positive well being in families across Australia and beyond.
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

One on One with Queen Elsa From Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival


One on One with Queen Elsa
From Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf the snowman are headed to Sydney for the FIRST TIME EVER with Disney On Ice! They will joined by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, as well as Belle, Ariel, Rapunzel, Flynn and more!  Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival opens in Sydney on July 13 this year and will feature the magical winter wonderland of Frozen. The 2016 ice spectacular will also present the enchanting adventures of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast, presented by popular hosts Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy!

Tickets on sale now: Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival
Sydney from July 13 to 17 (Wednesday to Sunday – during the school holidays) 
Sydney Allphones Arena. Tickets start from $34.50 on 132 849 or 


We've been lucky enough to chat with one of the stars, here's our fun One on One with Queen Elsa

What is your name? 

Queen Elsa of Arendelle. It’s very nice to meet you. And may I ask your name?

Do you have any hobbies? 

Well, being Queen does keep me busy but I do really enjoy exploring my new found snow and ice powers. There’s a fountain in our town square where I like making ice sculptures for everyone to enjoy. 

Do you have a favourite food?

I’m going to guess that if you asked my sister, Anna, she would say chocolate. I would too. We have that in common.

Who is your best friend?

My little sister, Anna. We were very close when we were little and are even closer now. 

 How important are your friends and family to you?

My parents were always so careful to make sure Anna and I felt loved and safe; their example is what first taught me how important family is. After I was able to truly let go and embrace who I was as an individual, I was able to appreciate them even more. You see, what makes family and friends so important is the fact that they are always there for you, even when you pull away. 

We know you and Anna are close, what are some of your favourite things to do together?

Do you mean besides eating chocolate? Well, I’m teaching Anna to ice skate and I really just love getting to do all the things we couldn’t for so long.

Can you tell us your favourite part about living in Arendelle?

I think it’s the people. They’ve shown me so much patience and kindness, even when they had every right not to. Their example is truly inspiring.

What is it like living in a castle?

While I do like the castle Anna and I live in most of the time, I also love spending time in my ice palace in the mountains. There’s something so satisfying about making something yourself and then enjoying it. I don't think there’s a view of the Northern Lights like it anywhere in the world.

We know Olaf’s favourite season is summer, what is yours?

I do like winter very much; There’s so much calm and quiet – and time to be close with the ones you love. I just feel at peace in winter. But of course I think part of what makes winter so great is how much it helps you appreciate summer. Now that the castle gates are open, summer brings such fun festivals and I love to see how happy that makes everyone.


Monday, 18 April 2016

How to get fit as a new mum. Losing weight and getting fit the safe way post baby By Rosemary Marchese


How to get fit as a new mum
Losing weight and getting fit the safe way post baby
GUEST POST By Rosemary Marchese

Mums give birth all over the world every day. They just do it. You can read every book there is but one way or another you just end up giving birth. But the exercise and ‘getting back into shape’ part that comes afterwards can be a little trickier. 

You’ve just had your body go through this mammoth effort to give life to this human miracle. Your body, and even your mind, needs time to recover from that. But long gone are the days where we encourage mums to do no exercise with the fear of it being ‘bad’ for them.

While it is super important to not rush into any inappropriate exercise too soon, a lot of mums I meet live in unnecessary fear of exercise after giving birth. Postnatal exercise has so many potential benefits, including:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • improved mental and emotional wellbeing of the mother
  • improved lipid profiles and insulin response. 

And weight loss?

 One of the reasons I started writing my latest book ‘The Fit Busy Mum: Seven habits for success’ was because lots of mums ask me about how to lose weight. My answer is ‘Focus on the twin powers of health - fitness and nutrition - and the right weight loss will come’. What do I mean by that? Well, so many mums focus just on the ‘eating right’ part so that their baby gets the right nutrients if they are breastfeeding or simply because they want to ‘lose weight’. This is great and should definitely be applauded. However what these mums are not realising is that by avoiding exercise they are actually doing their body harm. 

Yes, they may ‘lose weight’ on the scales. But this is just a number. What you are losing when you just focus on eating right is muscle. So, on the scales your ‘number’ might reduce but you are not necessarily doing this in a healthy way. Muscle weighs more than fat so it’s only natural that the number on the scales will drop as you eat right but are doing nothing to maintain a healthy level of muscle tone. 

If you have had an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery, and your body is recovering day-by-day quite nicely, then you should speak to your doctor about starting some appropriate light-to-moderate exercise, such as walking and some light resistance exercise. Without exercise your muscles are wasting away. Muscles use energy and contribute to the prevention of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. One of the biggest contributors to these diseases is one that the media don’t find too fascinating to report. What is that? Lack of fitness. 

Got no time to exercise?

I’m hearing you! Far out. Having a baby is exhausting. And you may have other children to tend to and perhaps even a job to go to. But I can’t stress the following point enough: exercise needs to be scheduled into your diary first. 

The good news is that it can be lots of little short bursts of exercise during the day, especially if time or fatigue is providing little obstacles. My tips for including exercise in your day as a new mum include:

  1. Use the pram and walk whenever possible. 
  2. Do 5-10 minutes of exercise straight after a feed while the baby is playing. Floor-based strengthening exercises can be great because you can be close to your baby. 
  3. Use opportunities to make daily tasks a bit of an exercise. Try squatting when you hang out the clothes. Rather than bend over from your back to get the clothes, protect your back and squat down using your legs and butt to get you back up. If you find the floor too low to squat down to, then place the clothesbasket on a small step beside you so you don’t squat down as far. Keep your legs about shoulder width apart as you do this. If you hang 20 items of clothing that’s 20 squats! That’s a good start!


About the author:
Rosemary Marchese is a physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry. She has 'trained the trainers' having written many fitness courses and the new fitness standards for Australia in 2015. 
Rosemary is a successful author, with her first book The Essential Guide to Fitness now in third edition. She is a highly sought after fitness professional and presenter, both nationally and internationally, and is a subject matter expert for the Australian Institute of Fitness.
Rosemary has now released her first book for busy mums, The Fit Busy Mum: Seven Habits for Success, to inspire and empower busy mums to acknowledge that taking care of themselves is important. 
Living her life by example to her three fit kids and husband, Rose knows how to keep it real and realistic and her book is designed with that in mind. In her book Rose acknowledges the role of today’s ‘superwoman’ mum and how easy it is for mums to fall into what she calls ‘The Fat Trap of Motherhood’. Through her seven habits for success Rose shares her insights into how she makes it all work so that she can be as fit as she can be within the realms of the life she chooses to lead. 

The Fit Busy Mum: Seven habits for success by Rosemary Marchese RRP: $29.95

Available from Berkelouw Books and online at www.thefitbusymum.com.au

You can also find Rosemary at:
https://www.facebook.com/MarcheseRosemary/?fref=ts 
https://www.facebook.com/fitbusymum/ 
Instagram is @rosemarymarchesefitbusymum 

Thursday, 14 April 2016

GUEST RECIPE: Leftover BBQ Chook Salad By Sara Keli


Leftover BBQ Chook Salad

You know those nights when you really can’t be bothered to cook but you have a family of hungry faces glaring at you as though they haven’t been fed a proper meal in their lives? I know my two-year-old would happily order a pizza on those occasions, or any night really, but as tempting as it is, I try and keep takeaway for those special nights where I really, really can’t be bothered to cook!

My can’t be bothered go to is a BBQ chook. Hubby can pick it up on the way home from work and I can toss together a salad, or maybe some homemade chips, to serve with it. That’s dinner done! But unless you have teenage boys in the house, you are unlikely to finish it with one meal. 

As a kid, my mum always made a dish called “chicken goo” with her leftover chook. It was a combo of corn soup mix, onion, pineapple, leftover chook and served on rice. The name didn’t add much to the appeal but let’s just say it wasn’t my favourite dish. As much as my dogs would give their right paw for some chicken in their dinner bowl, I prefer to be a bit creative with my leftovers and that’s why I cam up with this simple recipe. It is fresh, easy and delicious!

Serves 3 as a main meal or more as a side dish

Ingredients
1 ½ cups quinoa
300g leftover BBQ chicken
1 cup sultanas
juice and rind of 1 orange
juice and rind of 1 lime
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup flaked almonds

Method

Cook the quinoa following the packet instructions. Set aside to cool when cooked. 

Shred the chicken into smaller pieces or chop into 1cm cubes. Add all the ingredients, except the flaked almonds into a bowl and stir well to combine.

Serve onto plates and sprinkle with the almonds. 





Sara Keli is the Editor and Chief Kid at Kid Magazine. She lives in Sydney with her husband, their two-year-old daughter plus two dogs and a cat. When she isn’t writing, designing, blogging and creating, Sara can be found on the back deck playing in the sunshine with her family or seeking refuge in the kitchen where she loves to cook.

You can find Sara @
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Monday, 11 April 2016

5 changes that helped me drop weight, tone up and live healthier

5 changes that helped me drop weight, tone up and live healthier
GUEST POST BY KYLIE TRAVERS

After my second daughter I hit over 100kgs. I stopped weighing myself because I did not want to know. My body ached, I couldn’t run or play with my kids and my self-esteem plummeted. I unhealthy, unhappy and no longer loved myself. My self-esteem is no longer so intricately entwined with my weight. My weight fluctuates, however my health and how I feel about myself has improved drastically. I am fitter, healthier, toned and much happier.  

How did I drop weight, tone up and create a healthy lifestyle? 
Firstly, as I mentioned in this post, I had major health scares last year causing me to change my lifestyle. I had already dropped some weight since having children and was trying to live a healthier lifestyle, but it didn’t have a significant impact until I got serious. 

1.) Changed my eating habits
I was introduced to the 4 hour body, by Tim Ferriss last year and I love it. It is a slow carb diet with a cheat day once a week. I don’t stick to it religiously, however it combined with a paleo/fresh healthy eating plan has made a huge difference. Changing how I eat, experimenting with favourite recipes of mine to make them slow carb and healthier as part of an overall approach to my lifestyle instead of viewing it as a diet made a big impact. 

A diet is typically counting calories or depriving yourself for a limited period of time. I don’t want to go back to how I was eating so none of my changes have been classed as a diet. That change in how I spoke about what I was eating make a difference. We underestimate the effect our thoughts and words have on our actions. Change your eating habits to be healthy. Don’t diet.

On top of this, I switched a few things around and have made sure I always have healthy snacks and food ready.Items like pouches from Sinchies make it easy to shakes, yoghurt, dips and all sorts of food I like on the go. They save me money, are reusable and environmentally friendly as well as healthy. I have a few friends into body building who use these pouches for pure vegetable smoothies as well. Synchs have 20% off if you use the code OE20 when checking out.

2.) Increased exercise
This has been a slow process, recovering from my back injury. I started small and have been working my way up to rowing, running and exercises I have loved for a long time.

If you can’t do much exercise kettle bell swings are great, swimming is a gentle all over exercise as is yoga. Alternatively, check out free classes in your area and give different types of exercise a go. 

3.) Used my health insurance
See what you are covered for with your policy and use it. Some include gym memberships and food plans, dietician visits and more if you meet certain criteria. Get regular dental check ups, massage, chiro, use a naturopath and take a holistic approach to your health. You might be surprised to see what extras are included and how much you can get back. If you don’t have these options and want to start using them, a good idea is to use a service like Compare The Market to assess your options and get the best one for you.

Using my health insurance for preventative health instead of only when I need help ensures I am fitter and stronger for longer.


4.) Sleep
Sleep is heavily underrated. We get accustomed to not sleeping when we are pregnant, even more once baby arrives. We stay up late finishing the cleaning/the costume for book week/cupcakes for the birthday party. Sleep deprivation is exceedingly common, and yet we cannot function this way. Sleep deprivation is a form of torture and is a tactic used in some circumstances by certain governments to get information.

Once you are in the cycle of late nights and no sleep it can be hard to break it and get into a good sleeping habit. Try things like a warm bath, chamomile tea, no electronics for 2 hours before bed, read a book, meditate or anything that will relax you before bed. When you have gotten into bed you could try some deep breath techniques or guided meditation to drift off. 

During sleep your body recovers, heals and cells renew. Without sleep you are waging yourself and not giving your body the time it needs to recoup.

I know this can be easier said than done, especially with young kids. If you can afford it get a babysitter occasionally so you can have a rest or have someone come in and clean so you can nap when baby naps instead of trying to keep up with housework.

5.) Drink more
Water cleanses the body, aids blood flow, cognitive abilities and assists in digestion. Most of us are not drinking enough water. We are dehydrated, yet think we are hungry. Aim for 2L to 3L of water a day. Drink a big glass before breakfast to get you started. Carry a drink bottle with you everywhere you go and sip from it when you can. 
Keep track of how much water you drink. When you first increase your water consumption you will need to go to the bathroom a lot, but your body will adjust. 


What tips do you have for dropping weight, toning up and being healthier?


About Kylie Travers:
Kylie Travers is CEO of Occasio Enterprises, a writer, author, speaker and loves helping people create a life they love. She has overcome domestic violence, homelessness and many health issues to now have a life she loves, working around her kids, travelling and marking things off her bucket list. You can find out more about her at www.kylietravers.com.au or follow her on social media - Facebooktwitter and Instagram







NOTE: I was not compensated by Compare The Market for my opinions, everything here is my true and honest thoughts. However, the site owner has been paid to be in a campaign for them. 

Thursday, 7 April 2016

GUEST RECIPE: Rich and Delicious Chocolate Muffins (with vegetables!) By Brenda Janschek


A lovely friend of mine runs the most awesome kids cooking classes in Melbourne. If you haven’t already heard of it yet, it’s called Mish’s Dishes. We first discovered each other through Facebook (as you do!) and have stayed in touch over the last couple of years, offering support, ideas and sharing recipes.
The following recipe is inspired by Mish and is a recipe she shared with me for one of my kid’s cooking classes. It is just so decadent and delicious that even my conservative mother-in-law and teen nephew inhaled them. What’s really special about them is not only do you get an extra burst of goodness by adding the zucchini and carrot, but they combine to produce the most wonderfully moist, rich texture. So they aren’t just in there for the ‘healthy factor’!
Who’ d have thought that combining chocolate and vegies in this way would be so delicious?
Try it and find out! (The recipe makes a lot, so you can also halve the recipe and make smaller muffins, just perhaps reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes).


Rich and Delicious Chocolate Muffins (with Vegetables!)
Makes 12 – 14 large “cafe size” muffins.


Ingredients
275 grams butter, room temperature
1 cup rapadura sugar
2 eggs
2 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarb of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup yoghurt
1/2 cup milk (optional, use if mixture is too dry)
1 zucchini, grated and squeeze out the moisture
1 carrot, grated and squeeze out the moisture

Preparation
Preheat oven to 175 degrees celcius
Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases
In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
Stir in the yoghurt and milk if using
In a separate bowl combine the flour, cacao, baking powder, bicarb of soda and salt
Pour into the creamed mixture and fold ingredients together until just combined
Fold in zucchinis and carrots
Fill the paper case until 2/3 full
Bake for approximately 2o – 25 minutes or when toothpick comes out clean
Cool in the tray for 10 minutes then turn out onto wire rack.

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About Brenda:
I’m a certified health coach, wellness blogger, freelance writer, recipe creator, passionate advocate for women’s and children’s health and a busy mum of two! Through my writing, coaching, kids cooking classes, kitchen makeovers and popular eCourses, it’s my mission inspire and empower positive well being in families across Australia and beyond.

Find her @
http://brendajanschek.com/
https://www.facebook.com/bjhealthandlifestyle/
https://twitter.com/bjanschek
The latest Tweets from brenda janschek (@BJanschek). 
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Monday, 4 April 2016

7 REASONS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT AGED GARLIC EXTRACT




7 REASONS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT AGED GARLIC EXTRACT
By Dr Karin Ried, Director of Research at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, Melbourne.

Garlic has long been used for health but now mounting clinical research shows that ageing garlic may have even greater benefits for good health. 
Studies now show that specially formulated Kyolic aged garlic extract has the potential to improve our health on several levels. 

Here’s seven good reasons to consider aged garlic extract in your health regime.
  • Cardiovascular Health
Coronary heart disease claims the lives of one Australian every 26 minutes. Each year, around 55,000 Australians suffer a heart attack or that’s one heart attack every 10 minutes.
International research shows aged garlic extract has the potential to improve cardiovascular health on several levels.

The findings from a multitude of studies are now pointing to the beneficial effect of aged garlic extract for cardiovascular health. 

It helps to improve blood pressure, maintain healthy cholesterol and may halt or reverse the build-up of dangerous plaque in our arteries. 
  • Blood Pressure 
High blood pressure is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is linked to 70 per cent of heart attacks, strokes, and chronic heart failure.,
Research shows that aged garlic extract has the potential to reduce high blood pressure and can help with maintaining normal blood pressure. 
My team, at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne, conducted a study which was published this year in the Journal of Integrative Blood Pressure Control
Interestingly, we found aged garlic extract may significantly lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.
The 12-week study found aged garlic extract reduced systolic blood pressure compared to a placebo by 5mm Hg2 for about 50-60 per cent of participants. 
Two-thirds of the participants had a family history of cardiovascular problems and three-quarters were already taking standard blood pressure medication for uncontrolled hypertension.
  • Cholesterol Support
There is also evidence that aged garlic extract controls cholesterol concentrations when they are slightly elevated. 
We know that aged garlic extract may help maintain cholesterol within the normal range and improve the good and bad cholesterol ratio. 
  • Healthy Arteries
Our arteries play an important role in our cardiovascular health. Hard and soft plaques can build up over time and can narrow our arteries. This is a major predictor of a future acute coronary event like a heart attack or stroke.

Aged garlic extract was found to halt or even reverse the build-up of soft plaque in the arteries in a new American research studyv published in the Journal of Nutrition.
  • Immunity
Garlic has traditionally been used for the relief of colds, flu and coughs. Aged garlic extract helps to support and maintain healthy immune function.
Studies show aged garlic extract boosts immunity more effectively than fresh garlic, enhancing immune cell numbers and activity.
  • Antioxidants
Garlic has potent antioxidant activity which helps to protect heart cells against free radical damage. The ageing process means the antioxidant effect is enhanced.
Kyolic® Aged Garlic Extract is made from organic fresh garlic aged for over 20 months. This process increases its content of antioxidants. 
  • High Tolerability
One of the best things about the ageing process is that aged garlic extract is well tolerated in comparison to other forms of garlic, in particular fresh raw garlic. Aged garlic extract is odourless, and has improved tolerability.
Aged garlic extract has active compounds that aren’t found in fresh garlic. 
These include S-allyl cysteine (SAC), a water- soluble sulfur compound that is characteristic of Kyolic® Aged Garlic.


Kyolic® Aged Garlic Extract™ can be taken preventatively, particularly in the cold and flu season to help maintain your immune system.  

If you’re taking prescription medication or about to have surgery, consult your healthcare practitioner before you use this product.


ABOUT A/PROF DR KARIN RIED 
 PhD, MSc, GDPH, Cert Integrative Medicine 
A/Prof Dr Karin Ried is Director of Research at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine. 
Dr Ried is Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bond University, Queensland, and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, South Australia. 
Dr Ried has over 15 years’ experience in medical and public health research, and research interest in complementary and integrative medicine with a focus on nutritional health. 
Her research projects encompass nutritional medicine, cardiovascular health, bone health, gastrointestinal health, cancer, women's health, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr Ried received a Masters Degree in Chemistry (1993) and PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany in the Department of Human Molecular Genetics (1997). 
Her PhD and early postdoctoral work in human genetics at the Centre of Molecular Genetics, University of Adelaide, culminated in the discovery of various genes, one of which is involved in the development of cancer. In addition, Dr Ried completed a Graduate Diploma of Public Health at the University of Adelaide (2001), and a Certificate in Integrative Medicine at the University of Queensland (2009). 
Dr Ried is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Her research has been featured on national radio, television, and in the print media in Australia and overseas. She has mentored and supervised 30 early career researchers, MBBS students, Honours, Masters, PhD and summer research scholarship students. Prior to her current position at NIIM, Dr Ried has been the Program Manager of the government funded capacity building PHCRED program at the University of Adelaide between 2006 and 2012 and at Flinders University in South Australia between 2003-06. 




References:
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