Denzel’s chews things over
Denzel’s has created a range of 100% natural hand-baked dog chews, which reflect the boom in popularity of human health snacks such as protein bars, superfoods and natural spreads.
Denzel’s Dog Chews are available in three initial variants: High Protein – made with real chicken, spinach and chickpeas; Superfood – using salmon, fresh banana, berries and apple to pack the chews with vitamins and minerals; and Nut Butter – blending peanuts, cashews and coconut oil to provide a source of healthy fats and fibre.
"With UK families becoming increasingly health conscious and aware of the dangers of a high-calorie and high-sugar diet, parents are looking for healthier alternatives for themselves, their children and their pets each day. This is why Denzel’s snacks are grain-free as well as naturally low in sugar and under 50 calories per chew,” explains brand co-founder Nathan Perry.
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Turmeric benefits more pronounced when eaten in food
by Jim Manson on September 20, 2016 in Industry News, News, Nutrition News
A small study commissioned by the BBC programme Trust Me I’m A Doctor has shown that the health benefits of turmeric may be more pronounced when it is cooked, or eaten with food.
Mediterranean diet "better than statins” at treating heart disease
In one of the first large studies of the Mediterranean diet as a ‘treatment’, Italian researchers have shown that a diet rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and oils worked better than statins in reducing the risk of early death.
We are now fully stocked up with moogoo.
Product DescriptionAvailable in 270g Pump or 75g Airless Travel Pump
This is a "creamier" version of the original Udder Cream moisturiser. It is designed to moisturise easily irritated skin using natural ingredients. The base oil of the cream is Sweet Almond Oil. This is high in the types of fatty acids needed for troubled skin.
Also raw Coconut Oil which naturopaths often use as a skin soothing oil. Other ingredients include pasteurised honey (so safe for babies). The pH is balanced to the skin through the use of Apple Cider Vinegar. Naturally, the apple and honey give the cream a wonderful fragrance and there is no need for us to add any other fragrance.
Aqua,Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil,Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,Cetearyl Alcohol,Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,Squalene (Olive),Hydrolized Milk Protein,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera),Allantoin,Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E),Piroctone Olamine,Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Gum),Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier),Mel (Honey),Acetum (Apple Cider Vinegar),Pyrus Communis (Pear) Extract,Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract.
|Aqua||When we were told that we have to call our purified water "Aqua” we thought they were kidding. But we can’t fight bureaucracy. So we aren’t trying to be fancy, but we do need to call our water "Aqua” sometimes.|
|Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil||High in the types of fatty acids needed for troubled skin.|
|Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil||Wonderfully healthy for the skin. So many benefits, it might be best to Google "Olive Oil Skin" instead.|
|Cetearyl Alcohol||Creams are made from a mix of purified water and oils so as to be more moisturising than oil alone. To hold water and oils together, they need an emulsifying wax. We use a plant based wax that allows the water and oils to stay together.|
|Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil||We used coconut oil as a stabiliser, it also helps to moisturise the skin|
|Squalene (Olive)||One of our favourite moisturising oils. It helps leave your skin moisturised and dewy. It is good for all skin types, including acne prone skin.
Our body produces a small amount of squalene, but the amount diminishes when we get older, starting in our twenties. Squalene is required for our skin to keep it moisturised and fight aging. It is also a unique antioxidant from olives that protects our skin from free-radical damages.
Since Olive squalene's composition is very similar to human sebum, it can penetrate our skin very quickly to help our skin to fight dryness. It enhances skin elasticity and moisture retention.
|Hydrolized Milk Protein||Cognis research found that milk protein in a cream increased skin elasticity by around 20% compared to the same cream without. Skin elasticity ensures lines and wrinkles are minimized after any movement of the skin.
For people with Lactose intolerance this is no problem. However for people that are allergic to Milk Protein itself, this ingredient would not be suitable. If in doubt, all natural products should be patch tested before use.
|Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera)||Aloe Vera. Most people already know the healing and soothing benefits of Aloe Vera. We loved it before we made skin care, and we love it in our creams.|
|Allantoin||Comfrey Root has long been known as a healing plant. Allantoin was identified as the part of the plant that performed this function and it has since been synthesised to make it more concentrated and effective. So the allantoin we use is the pure ingredient. Allantoin has been termed a cell proliferant in texts such as the "United States Dispensatory". It is said to clean away dead tissue, hastening the growth of new healthy tissue. Allantoin has been also termed a counter irritant. Allantoin produces its desirable effects by promoting and speeding up the healthy, natural processes of the body. It helps the skin to help itself. It is also promoted as preventing lines and wrinkles by assisting skin repair.|
|Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E)||We use the more expensive, natural Vitamin E in our creams, not synthetic. Natural Vitamin E has up to twice the bioavailability of synthetic forms. Vitamin E has antioxidant action as well as free radical scavenger properties. Abundant assortments of researchers from diversified medical fields have theorized that this can slow the aging process. (Sources: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, November-December 2001, and Free Radical Biology and Medicine, October 1999).|
|Piroctone Olamine||Piroctone Olamine is an anti-yeast ingredient. Non-irritating, it also helps keep the cream free from bacteria and mould.|
|Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Gum)||The Guar bean is a legume. We use a modified guar ingredient sometimes called Guar Silk. It helps make the skin nice and smooth after using our creams.|
|Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier)||A lot of our customers are small. So small in fact that they have sometimes mistaken the creams their mums or dad’s put on the nappy change table for food. So we always choose the most edible ingredients we can. Polysorbates are used in a lot of foods like Mayonnaise, Ice-cream etc to hold the cream and water together. We use them to help with the same thing.|
|Mel (Honey)||Honey is great for the skin and a natural anti-bacterial. However, we love it most for the balance it gives to the Apple Cider Vinegar which we also use. This makes for a beautiful smelling cream without fragrance.|
|Acetum (Apple Cider Vinegar)||We added this originally to lower pH to that of the skin. But we also love the smell of the cream with this and honey.|
|Pyrus Communis (Pear) Extract||We have learned over the years that although Essential Oils can be great for some people, some people are highly sensitive. For this reason we tend to avoid them in our creams. We add Pear Extract instead. This is especially to help parents who use our creams on their children. They tend to be much more willing if they like how something smells.|
|Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract||Although some claim skin firming properties, we choose to use this as an edible scent for our products.|
|Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract||Cosmetic creams need to stay pure from bacteria. That is why ingredients like Parabens etc are used by a lot of companies. These work great at achieving their aim, but a lot of our "customers” are very young children. Sometimes accidents happen and so we aim to make our creams as food like as possible. We worked for over a year to develop a preservation system based on Hop Extract. All our creams have now been checked for preservative efficacy using the British Pharmacopeia test. We are very proud that we are probably one of the first companies to develop this natural and edible anti-bacterial system into our creams.|
Now that we are no longer afraid to include coconut in our diet, we have found we can eat the meat, drink the water, turn it into milk, and squeeze out the oil. Every part is a great source of nutrition. But that's not the only benefit.
Coconut oil is also antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. It has a world of uses, from body care to health to household. Here are a just a few:
Coconut Oil and Body Care
- Oil pulling. Swish a tablespoon or so of coconut oil through your mouth for 15-20 minutes the first thing in the morning. This is a great practice for oral health and many claim other health benefits as well.
- Brush your teeth with it. Use it plain, add a few drops of essential oil (peppermint, cinnamon, tea tree, oregano), or make your own DIY toothpaste.
- Use as a carrier oil. Most of the essential oils are too strong to use full strength. They should be diluted with a carrier oil and coconut oil works very well for this purpose. Just add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to a tablespoon of coconut oil and rub it on your skin.
- Use as a moisturizer. Plain coconut oil is great for the skin. It is said to lighten dark spots and help prevent stretch marks.
- Make-up remover. Removes all make-up, including eye make-up.
- Diaper cream. Use on baby's butt!
- Hair conditioner. Rub it into dry hair and leave it in for a few hours.
- Use as a shave cream.
- Use as a deodorant.
Coconut Oil and Health Care
- Nail fungus. Add 5 drops of tea tree oil to 1tablespoon of coconut oil. Rub into nails.
- Personal lubricant. Does not disrupt natural vaginal balance.
- Cracked heels. But remember this can be a sign of diabetes. Check your blood sugar and change your diet!
- Sunburn. Use after the burn cools off.
- Bug bites. Stops the itching and promotes healing.
- Chapped lips. Instant moisture. And it tastes good!
- Use on abrasions. Helps skin heal faster. (Also for perineum post birth).
- Hemorrhoids. Stops the burning and itching.
- Prevents and may help reverse Alzheimer's.
- Kills topical yeast infections.
- Kills lice.
- Soothes eczema and psoriasis.
- Helps to heal acne.
Household Uses for Coconut Oil
- Season cast iron pots and pans.
- Polish metals.
- Polish furniture.
- Use on scuffed leather.