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There’s recently been an abundance of discussion around a powerful substance. Recommended by sports nutritionists, doctors, and endocrinologists all over, resveratrol is known to have antioxidant properties that can help protect the body against the risks of cancer and heart disease. It is commonly found inside the skin of red grapes—explaining its presence in red wine—as well as some berries, peanut butter, and even pine nuts. However, while it’s been described as a healthy food and great for many ailments, few people know of the exact benefits that it can offer. Resveratrol can serve many purposes in boosting the strength of your mind and soul.

As An Antioxidant – Resveratrol is a strong antioxidant that assists in boosting the immune system and also helps to fight many pollutants that get into the body from the external conditions. These pollutants can cause the immunity system of the body to lower by damaging the body on a cellular level. The use of resveratrol can stop that from happening, and even reverse damage.

Cleaner Blood – Resveratrol can be used as a blood thinner, which will inevitably lead to a healthier heart. When blood clots form in blood vessels, they can be deadly; therefore blood thinners are useful. However, a word of caution: one should always talk to their doctor when taking any other medications to make sure the resveratrol does not work against their body.

Hormonal Improvement – Good hormone function is essential for a healthy body. When the hormones are not in balance, the body is out of equilibrium and can cause many ailments such as fatigue, mood swings, weight fluctuations, and more. A benefit of resveratrol is that it assists in regulating and bringing hormone functions back into a healthy balance.

Alzheimer’s Disease – As most people know, Alzheimer’s is a condition seen mostly in elderly people that assaults brain cells. People affected by the condition can gradually lose their memory as well as many of their cognitive skills. This makes life and work difficult and increasingly challenging to them. Resveratrol is used in this case as a preventative measure to help fight the onset of Alzheimer’s. Additionally, increasing the effect of the resveratrol can be accomplished by also using vitamins C and E.

Cancer Prevention – Where cancer is related, resveratrol has a surprising number of benefits. It has been known to help reduce the odds of getting breast cancer, as well as keeping other cancers from spreading and moving to other parts of the body. With cancer being one of the major killers today, proper prevention methods should be implemented.

Diabetes Prevention – Resveratrol can assist in preventing insulin resistance, which is the origin and cause of diabetes. However, the best prevention plan is one that also ensures that only quality, low-GI foods are consumed. A great recommendation is the paleo diet, and many books and articles on the plan can be found online.

Studies have successfully demonstrated that resveratrol can lead to longevity in life. While the exact reasons behind its success is unknown, the resveratrol is believed to activate the gene known as SITR1. This is a gene that helps to guard the body from destructive effects of obesity and aging diseases. Regardless of how it works, it has been shown to prevent some of the problems that come with age, and fight off other diseases that arise as a result of poor lifestyle choices.

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How to Choose Natural Hair Products Like a Pro

The natural hair industry is booming. That’s good news for curly- and kinky-haired women, but it can also be really overwhelming! There are so many brands, and every brand has multiple lines of products for different things. If you feel paralyzed by the sheer number of options, here are a few guidelines to help simplify things.

Learn to decipher the ingredients

This is the most empowering thing that you can do as a consumer of hair products. Don’t just buy products based on what they claim that they’ll do — check out the ingredients on the back. Pay special attention to the first five ingredients, since those are the most highly concentrated.

You don’t have to learn all about hair chemistry to figure out which ingredients to look for. If you have a few products that have worked well for you—or, conversely, products that you hated—you can start there. Which ingredients are in those products? Some specific things to look for include:

  • Does the product contain oil, and if so, what kind?
  • Is there glycerin?
  • Is there protein? Is it one of the main ingredients or further down?

These are just 3 of the most common love/hate ingredients. Figure out what your hair loves and hates, and branch out from there.

Get to know your hair

A lot of women have multiple curl patterns on the same head of hair, but knowing your overall location on the hair type spectrum is helpful. If you have a very loose curl pattern, creams and butters will wreak havoc on your hair. Conversely, if you have tight coils, you can skip any conditioner that comes in a spray bottle—chances are, it simply won’t pack enough oomph.

Aside from how your hair looks, how does it usually feel? Most hair falls into the “high porosity” or “low porosity” camp. Low porosity hair needs tons of moisture, preferably with heat. High porosity hair needs less moisture but with plenty of oil to seal it in.

Does your hair become frizzy a lot? If so, a strong conditioner or gel is your new best friend. Do your strands break off easily or become limp? Then you may actually need less moisture. Instead, go for a product with protein.

Knowing what your hair needs will help you target your search.

Experiment, experiment, experiment!

Still, it’s impossible to know what results you’ll get until you’ve gone through the whole routine. Even the same products can have different results on different days. Curly hair is mysterious if nothing else!

You might be thinking, “I don’t have the money to spend on products I might end up hating!” I feel the same way. A couple tips for experimenting on a budget:

  • Buy travel sizes at your local beauty store.
  • Let other folks experiment for you. Read or watch some online reviews to get a head start.
  • Start exchanging products with friends so you each get to try new things.

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