Vine Vera on Super Foods for Life

the word superfood made up of superfoodsOver recent years, seeing the topic of super foods has become commonplace across the internet. There are advertisements that show up on our screens for them, and blogs and websites dedicated to them. You might be asking yourself, “What exactly are super foods, and why do I need them?”

Super foods are categorized by their impeccable nutrition value. They are jam packed full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They keep us healthy, prevent disease, and even alleviate pain and suffering from pre-existing medical conditions. They are pretty incredible, in short, and offer a great deal of good health to us.

There are many foods which are considered super foods. The list below shows a mere few of the many fruits and vegetables which are pleasing to the palate, and even more pleasing to your body:

  • Berries – berries are full of antioxidants, which fight cancer and heart disease, as well as vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy all over. Berries also contain components which keep our hair, skin and nails healthy. The types of berries you should eat for optimal health are blueberries, acai berries, raspberries, and boysenberries.
  • Chlorella – a natural form of beneficial algae which provides high doses of antioxidants such as Vitamin C and carotenoids, which help keep you healthy and also from getting sick. This amazing super food is also a fantastic detoxifying agent, targeting and removing toxins and metals from the body and eliminating them by removal.
  • Black Soybeans – not often talked about or heard of, black soybeans gained great popularity when featured on the Dr. Oz show. These fantastic beans provide more protein than their counterparts, and also offer more antioxidant protection than many other beans do. They also help you to lose weight. Brilliant!
  • Tumeric – Tumeric is a much used and much loved spice in Indian cuisine. Tumeric is a fantastic super food, because it gives incredible flavor to food, has antiseptic properties, is packed with antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Researchers believe turmeric may be able to prevent certain cancers, and also ward off Alzheimer’s disease. This is a great addition to any kitchen.
  • Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has become a favorite of many foodies and home chefs due to its ability to cook food as well as butter or oil, with far less fat. It is packed with Omega 3 Fatty acids, which are actually a good fat, and help keep your calories down. Aside from that, it helps ward off infection and sickness, aids in digestion, helps keep diabetes in check due to metabolism support, and also helps regulate the thyroid. It can also help reduce high cholesterol, and help you lose weight due to its ability to keep your metabolism running in optimum condition.

These are just a mere few of the fantastic super foods you should be incorporating into your every-day life. Like these, all super foods have the ability to keep you healthy, prevent sickness and disease, and provide benefits you can’t get from other foods.

Try and incorporate these awesome foods into your life, and watch your health soar!

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Vine Vera Brings You Super Food Smoothie Recipes

Various smoothiesWhen it comes time for fast, healthy nutrition in a snap, look no further than a healthy, delicious smoothie. Smoothies are an incredible and creative way to get more nutrition into your day. You can toss just about anything you like into your smoothie to make it your own, but we wanted to share a couple super food smoothie ideas with you to give you some guidance if you’ve never tried one before.

Super foods are foods which naturally contain the most healthy, vital nutrients to protect us from various ailments, such as various forms of cancer, heart disease, malnutrition, joint problems and arthritis, inflammation, and more. They are found in fresh, natural ingredients such as leafy greens, various fruits and other vegetables.

Super food smoothies are packed with vitamin rich nutrients, vitamins, flavonoids, minerals, and even protein. They are a delicious way to start any day, and they also make a great snack. Instead of opting for the late night ice cream, why not give one of these healthy, awesome smoothies a try?

Pineapple Delight

Contained within this incredible smoothie is packed with a serious nutrition punch. So much is to be said for the two main ingredients, but to narrow it down, here’s a breakdown of the main nutritional components:

  • Pineapples contain Vitamin C, dietary fiber, Copper, Folate, B1 and B6, among other nutrients and vitamins. They prevent inflammation, act as a digestive aid, provide a healthy immune system, and prevent myriad diseases. Aside from that, they taste incredible!
  • Chlorella is a plant based nutrient rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll works as a cleansing agent and rids the body of toxins while promoting better oxygen flow. It also helps repair and regenerate tissue within the body.


  • 1 C Coconut water (no added sugar is best)
  • ½ C fresh pineapple, chunked
  • 1/3 of a small avocado, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ C Yogurt, plain or flavored – up to you (full fat yogurt is recommended, but you can use any variety you like)
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 TSP chlorella
  • 1 TSP chia seeds
  • 1 TSP Maca
  • 1 TSP Bee Pollen (optional)
  • 1 TSP lemon juice
  • Pinch of good quality sea salt
  • 1 TBSP honey, stevia, or cane juice to sweeten

Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Typically, this takes anywhere from 45 seconds to one minute.

NOTE: You can add protein powder, coconut flakes, and or cocoa powder or dark chocolate pieces to give it that extra ‘something’ and make it your own. Be creative, and add what makes you happy!

Drink. Be healthy. Enjoy!

Blueberry Chocolate Heaven Smoothie

So much can be said for the nutritional value found in blueberries. They provide a great antioxidant boost, strengthen your immune system, provide needed vitamins and minerals, and help you to feel full. It goes without saying that they taste fantastic, as well. There are many reasons to enjoy blueberries, and this recipe adds all of the wonderful things blueberries are to the mixture of chocolate. Chocolate also incorporates an added antioxidant boost to the mix as. Now, you can have your cake (well, chocolate, in this case) and eat it too! Dreamy? We certainly think so!


  • 1 C any type of milk you like (almond, rice, coconut, cow’s milk, lactose free, etc)
  • ½ C Yogurt (any flavor you like, we chose plain; fat content doesn’t matter, however full fat works best)
  • ½ Small Avocado, chopped into cubes or mashed
  • ½ C Blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 3 Brazil nuts, chopped into small pieces (food processors work fabulous for this)
  • 1 TBSP organic cacao powder
  • 1 TBSP Cacao nibs OR dark chocolate pieces
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 TSP Vanilla extract (you could substitute vanilla for another flavor, like rum, or almond)
  • 1 serving of protein powder, any kind you like
  • ½ TBSP Coconut oil (optional)
  • ½ TBSP Flax seeds (optional)


Add all ingredients to your blender, and blend until smooth – about 45 – 60 seconds.

Drink to your health!

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Vine Vera Explains How a Healthy Diet Can Lead to Great Skin

Young woman eating a healthy saladReports state that at least 1/3rd people suffering from skin blemishes or acne find a connection between the food they eat and the condition of their blemishes. Although there are no studies to prove the connection between certain food items and skin condition, dermatologists across the world believe that the diet definitely has a major effect on the skin. But, exactly how can a healthy diet lead to great skin?

Well, in most cases, skin blemishes occur because of problems with the turnover of your skin cells. This leads to things like retained cells, which cause your oil glands to block and ends up trapping the sebum under your skin. This sebum triggers skin conditions such as acne. There are a number of ways to improve your skin, one of which is to eat the right kind of food. Since the human body is constantly under construction, it requires the necessary nutrients and vitamins on a regular basis. However, despite its importance, a healthy diet accounts for just 25% when it comes to great skin. The other 75% depends on things like the environment, sun damage, stress, sleep patterns, skin care routines and hormonal changes.

Despite accounting for just 25% of the problem, regulating your diet can go a long way in preventing skin problems. The more you eat junk food and fatty food items, the less vitamins and nutrients your body has to play with. This leads to health and skin issues and causes infrequent breakdowns and skin issues. To keep the skin properly nourished and protected and to ensure that you look younger and healthier, you need to focus on offering your body with the following nutrients.


Beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant that is extremely critical for the overall health of your skin, gets converted into Vitamin A and involves itself in the process of repairing and growing your body tissues. Beta-carotene can also go a long way in protecting the body from sun damage. Some of the best sources of beta-carotene include mangoes, carrots, apricots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, red bell peppers and cantaloupes.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps your body to increase the protection of collagen which allows your skin to look healthy and beautiful. It also acts as an antioxidant and protects your body from free radical damage. According to studies, Vitamin C fortifies the food and gives the skin enhanced protection to fight oxidative damage. Therefore, offering the right amount of Vitamin C to your skin is extremely important. The best way of doing that is to eat things like oranges, broccoli, snow peas, bell peppers, mangoes, watermelons, strawberries and tomatoes.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is responsible for protecting the cell membranes and guarding the skin from the damage caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun. According to studies, Vitamin E works best when combined with Vitamin C when it comes to offering the body with anti-aging protection. The best way to obtain Vitamin E is by eating food items such as wheat germs, olive oil, spinach, nuts, whole-grain cereals and Swiss chard.


Selenium is an antioxidant that protects the skin from the damage caused by the UV rays of the sun and maintains the elasticity and fairness of the skin. Selenium can even help the skin to protect itself from some types of skin cancers. Some of the best sources of selenium include crabs, whole-wheat pasta, whole-wheat bread, eggs, mushrooms, oysters, tuna, turkey, eggs and wheat germs.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 Fatty Acids help your skin to maintain its cell membranes and build barriers to allow the water and nutrients to come into the skin, but keep the toxins out. Omega-3 fatty acids also help in reducing inflammation, reducing the number of skin breakouts and protecting the skin from sun damage. According to studies conducted for skin cancer, people who had diets that were rich in omega-3 fatty acids lowered their risks of getting squamous cell skin cancer by 29% compared to those who did not have adequate quantities of omega-3 fatty acids in their body. Some of the main sources of omega-3 fatty acids include soybeans, wild salmon, mackerel (except king mackerel), herrings, sardines, walnuts and anchovies.

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Vine Vera on Caring for Your Lips

Lovely lips

Your lips play an extremely important role in determining the way your face looks. Bright pinkish colored lips are considered to be visually appealing. There is no doubt that the lips are also known to be an important part of a person’s charm. Some of the most common reasons behind dark colored lips are smoking and sun damage. Dark lips can become a source of embarrassment and tarnish one’s personal image as well. Luckily, there are a number of ways and remedies that can help you to take care of your lips and ensure that they retain their pink shape for a long time to come.

Limit the use of your lipstick

Lipsticks generally contain alcohol, wax, fragrance and pigments. Some of them also contain a number of chemicals that are known to be harmful for your skin. The best way to protect your lips from lipstick is to only use them when you must. Try to stay away from lipsticks for everyday use, and restrict their usage to those parties and functions. You can choose an SPF lip balm to substitute your lipsticks for regular use.

Look out for certain ingredients in your lip balms

There are a number of natural ingredients like Aloe Vera that are known to be extremely useful for your lips. It always helps to stay away from cinnamon flavoring and things like Vitamin E and Oxybenzone, because they can lead to allergies or irritation.

Always keep your lips hydrated

Water plays an important role in ensuring that your lips stay hydrated and moisturized. Since your lips are the least equipped to protect themselves, water isn’t going to be enough when it comes to hydrating them. Apart from drinking plenty of water, you also need to use SPF lip balms and save your lips from sun exposure as much as possible. Another solution is to add high water content food items like lemons, cucumbers, oranges, watermelons and grapefruits to your diets.

Protect your lips from the sun’s rays

Exposing your lips to the UV rays of the sun can lead to darkening of your lips. The best way to protect them is to use lip balms that contain SPF when you need to be outdoors during the daytime. There are a number of brands that offer lip balms and glosses that offer sun protection as well.

Exfoliate your lips at regular intervals

Exfoliating your lips at regular intervals helps you to replace the dead skin cells with a fresh layer of skin. This allows your lips to look soft, supple and beautiful. You can use natural lip scrubs once a week to exfoliate your lips. You can also gently brush your lips with a toothbrush and toothpaste to exfoliate them. Brushing your lips also allows you to make them look plumper.

Moisturize your lips regularly

Moisturizing helps you to maintain the moisture content of your lips and allows them to stay hydrated. Look for natural oils in your moisturizers. Petroleum jelly and Vaseline also helps you to keep the lips moisturized.

Stop licking or biting your lips

Stop biting and licking your lips with immediate effect. Things like biting and licking lead to dry and chapped lips. Avoiding this terrible temptation helps you to prevent your lips from becoming dull and dry.

Restrict your caffeine intake

Although coffee might be the first thing you think of every morning and the last thing you need before leaving work, you need to really restrict your caffeine intake to 2 – 3 coffee cups (maximum) each day. Not only is caffeine harmful for your skin, it also hurts your lips. Caffeine ends up dehydrating your lips. An ideal solution is to switch to decaf versions or drink herbal tea instead. Herbal tea is believed to be extremely beneficial for the body, the skin as well as your lips.

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Vine Vera on Plastic Surgery

The popularity of plastic surgery has exploded in the recent past. One of the main reasons behind this increase is the image created by countless celebrities around the world who go under the knife to transform the way they look. Stories of tummy tucks, face lifts, anti-aging procedures, and lip enhancement procedures are all too common nowadays. With more than 14 million plastic surgeries being performed in the US alone, you can only imagine the kind of popularity these procedures enjoy. Surprisingly, the number of cases where patients haven’t been satisfied with the results have gone up as well. This is mostly not because of a fault on the part of the surgeon, but because of the fact that people mostly get plastic surgery because they wish to look like the celebrities who inspired them to get the surgery done in the first place.Body with marking showing plastic surgery plans

Quick facts

Before discussing the pros and cons of plastic surgeries, we thought it would make more sense to show you some of the facts about plastic surgeries.

  • About 15.1 million people underwent the knife in the year 2013, leading to a 3% increase in the number of plastic surgeries.
  • Face-lifts, neck lifts and eye lift surgeries saw the biggest rise (6% each) in terms of the number of people getting these procedures done in the year 2013.
  • The number of Male breast reduction procedures saw a whopping increase of 11% in the year 2013.
  • Among the cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures, soft tissue fillers saw the most increase in terms of popularity, signalling a 13% increase from the year 2012.
  • $12.6 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in the year 2013 in the US.
  • Hispanics underwent the maximum number of cosmetic procedures (1.7 million people) and they were closely followed by African Americans (1.2 million people).
  • Repeat patient business increased by 4% in the year 2013.
  • Facial rejuvenation procedures saw the most growth in the year 2013.
  • The highest number of botulinum toxin type A injections were used in 2013. (6.3 million injections in a single year).
  • A total of 4.4 million tumor removal procedures were performed in the year 2013.

These figures might be a major source of happiness for anyone associated with the plastic surgery industry, but not so much for people who get them done. After all, the most common reason why people get plastic surgeries done is because they are not happy with their body image.

Advantages of plastic surgeries

You might think of plastic surgeries as the devil, but they do have their own advantages. After all, 15 million people are not fools to try out these procedures!

  • Improving the Appearance One of the main advantages offered by plastic surgeries is that they can help a person to boost his/ her appearance. Many people, irrespective of their race, geographic location or sex, feel that something is wrong with their nose, eyes, lips, breasts or some other part of their body. If these body parts can be made to look better through cosmetic surgeries, they can go a long way in helping people fall in love with their body image all over again.
  • Correcting Physical Issues – There are a number of plastic surgeries that are actually performed to help improve physical problems. One of the most common examples of such procedures is the breast reduction procedure. This procedure helps a woman to balance out her proportions and also allows her to reduce her back pain. Furthermore, many surgeries also help to restore the function of different body parts. This is particularly common among car accident patients.
  • Building Confidence – A person can regain his/ her confidence with the help of a plastic surgery. If a person feels that a particular aspect of the body is holding him/ her back in life, the confidence gradually goes down and ends up with depression. By altering the physical appearance, the person can restore his/ her confidence levels and have a fresh go at life.
  • Improve Relationships – The newly found confidence can also help to build social skills, which in turn helps to make new friends and forge strong relationships. For example, a person undergoing plastic surgery might not feel shy to approach strangers any longer. This makes it easier to break the ice and also prevents one from feeling insecure.
  • Convenient – Plastic surgeries can prove to be extremely convenient, provided one earns enough to afford them. They are particularly useful when it comes to things like reducing excessive fat from the arms or legs. It also offers a quicker way of getting rid of extra fat without having to commit to rigorous dieting or exercise regimes.
  • More Psychological Satisfaction – The physical appearance fails to live up to the mental image for a number of people around the world. The nose could be a bit too big, the chin could seem to be a bit weak, the lips might feel too thin or the breasts might not appear to have the right size. This can have a major bearing one a person’s psyche. If people manage to undergo a successful procedure, they should be able to derive a lot of psychological satisfaction and completely transform the way they approach life.
  • Improves the Health – A number of people get plastic surgeries done for health benefits. As weird as this might sound, it is actually true in some cases. For example, if a person gets a skin graft done after suffering a major burn, his/ her healthy will automatically improve after the procedure.Face with markings showing plans for plastic surgery

Disadvantages of plastic surgeries

We have put in a lot of effort in trying to offer you with the clear-cut picture of what you can expect from plastic surgeries. Our discussions might make you believe that these procedures are the best way out. Truth be told, they are anything but so. Here are some of the main disadvantages of plastic surgeries.

  • Confidence – Building your confidence might be one of the main reasons why you might be thinking of getting a plastic surgery done in the first place. But, if these surgeries don’t offer you with the results that you initially expected, your already low self esteem could get completely shattered. The outcomes might be exactly as described by the surgeon, but you still might not be satisfied with the results. This shatters your confidence completely and throws you into serious depression.
  • Painful – Most plastic surgeries are extremely painful processes. They are invasive in nature and also involve a lot of pain medications. Furthermore, the recovery period also varies from one procedure to the other. Some might just require a few days, but some might also need up to 6 months. Similarly, depending on the type of procedure that you choose, the level of pain can vary from slight to intense to extreme.
  • Risky – There are a number of risks associated with most plastic surgeries. There’s the risk of error, risk of infection or the risk of adverse reactions to certain medications. There are a number of processes that go terribly wrong as well. This causes permanent damage.
  • High Maintenance – Most plastic surgeries involve a lot more than the procedures themselves. You need to visit the physical for several sessions or “maintenance surgeries” every once in a while. This requires time, money and patience.
  • Scarring – One of the major problems of procedures like tummy tucks is that they leave scars behind. There are times when these scars are discreet, but scarring is inevitable for such procedures.
  • Cost – Finally, plastic surgeries require a huge financial involvement. Minor procedures such as Botox and Microdermabrasions start from the $4000 mark and keep going up as the procedures become more complicated. To make things worse, medical insurance doesn’t cover plastic surgeries. Moreover, it’s not just about the procedure. You also need to invest in medications, maintenance procedures, etc.

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Vine Vera’s Body Care Tips

Young woman with fabulous skinWe spend so much of time in taking care of our face and neck area that we end up completely ignoring our bodies most of the time. Beauty products might help to enhance the look, but they cannot take care of the body. And not taking proper care of the body is likely to lead to results that you won’t be particularly proud of. Remember, the better you feel on the outside, the better you’re likely to feel on the inside as well. So indulge your body with these simple body care tips and improve your natural splendor.

Regulate your diet
Regulating your diet is extremely important. Food is one of the most important parts of body care. Having a proper diet that gives you the essential vitamins and nutrients that is required for the healthy functioning of the body. The occasional junk food is acceptable, but make sure that you maintain a healthy and nutritious diet on an everyday basis. Don’t forget to add greens and fresh fruits into your diets either. The more you eat them, the healthier you’re likely to become.

Stay hydrated and drink lots of water
Make sure that you’re drinking at least 10 – 12 glasses of water every single day. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep your skin hydrated. This allows you to take care of your body properly. Staying hydrated from the outside is as important as staying hydrated on the inside. While water takes care of your internal hydration, you need a proper moisturizer to hydrate your skin from the outside. Oil based moisturizers are easily absorbed into the skin and they also help in protecting the natural barrier of the skin.

Exfoliate your skin at regular intervals
Exfoliation allows you to get rid of the dirt, grime and dead skin cells that accumulate on the outermost surface of your skin. Getting rid of the dead skin cells also allows your new skin cells to shine through, thereby giving you healthier and younger looking skin. Always exfoliate in circular motions as this helps to boost circulation. Don’t forget to use a hydrating moisturizer after exfoliation.

Indulge in breathing exercises
Breathing exercises can help you to strengthen your immune system and improve your respiratory functions. Hitting the gym is definitely important to stay in shape, but regular deep breathing exercises are equally important. One of the best breathing exercises is abdominal breathing (where your belly inflates while inhaling). This helps to relax the body, strengthen the immune system and improve blood circulation.

Get enough sleep
Sleeping for 7 – 8 hours every night is very essential to allow the body to renew and regenerate itself. A good night’s slumber is imperative to for the overall health of your body. Lack of proper sleep can show on your skin and make you look duller. Try sleeping properly for a few nights and you should feel brighter, fresher and healthier. Apply a hydrating moisturizer just before sleeping to transform the way you look the next morning.

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Vine Vera Brings You the Hottest Antioxidants Right Now

From some of the most ordinary to some of the most extraordinary ingredients, this article talks about the hottest antioxidants being used in the world of skin care right now. You have most probably heard of the evergreen ingredients like Vitamins A, C and E, Resveratrol and Green Tea Extracts time and again. But, what about something more exotic? Something more unique? After all, what better place to create a niche than your skin! So, without further adieu, here is a list of some of the hottest antioxidants in the world of skin care.

Bowl of cherriesTart Cherry
Tart Cherries are unlike sweet cherries as their benefits far outweigh those offered by sweet cherries. Tart cherries are very beneficial for people suffering from sleep issues and joint pains because of the fact that they are very rich in melatonin. Melatonin is both water soluble and fat soluble and this makes it different from most other antioxidants. Furthermore, tart cherries also contain quercetin and kaempferol. According to a study conducted in the year 2012 by the Oregon Health and Science University, tart cherries are similar in terms of their anti-inflammatory compounds to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines and drugs. This study showed that people who at tart cherries two times every day were less susceptible to gout attacks and also had reduced signs of inflammation. Furthermore, tart cherries were also accredited with reducing exercise related pain among athletes.

Astaxanthin is believed to be one of the strongest lipophilic antioxidants in the world. Astaxanthin has a number of unique properties and is believed to be more effective than most other antioxidants. This makes Astaxanthin very effective in treating age related conditions that are attributed to oxidative stress. Furthermore, Astaxanthin can also cross the blood – retinal barrier as well as the blood – brain barrier in order to offer anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection to your eyes as well as your brain. It also makes other antioxidants like Vitamins A and E stronger and naturally complements Vitamin C. According to recent research, Astaxanthin can also help in protecting the skin from the damage caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun and reduce the presence of UV related fine lines and wrinkles.

Sea Buckthorn
Sea Buckthorns are little berries which contain more than 190 bioactives such as flavanoids, minerals, amino acids, vitamins and carotenoids. Popularly termed as a super-antioxidant, Sea Buckthorns are one of those very few antioxidants that contain essential fatty acids such as Omega 3, Omega -6, Omega -7 and Omega -9. In fact, Sea Buckthorns contain more Omega -7 than any other source in the world, and this is one of the main reasons why it has become so famous in the world of skin care. This antioxidant doesn’t just help with anti-aging. It is also known to be highly effective in weight loss, supporting cardiovascular health, improving the body’s immunity, supporting gastrointestinal health and being beneficial for the hair and the nails.

Cocoa beans and powderCocoa
Cocoa is considered to be the healthiest substance after water. It boasts of extremely high antioxidant powers and has always been linked with things like immunity, the human brain and energy. Cocoa can easily be used to replace countless psychiatric drugs as it produces a similar chemistry in the brain as falling in love. Furthermore, cocoa is very beneficial for heart health and studies have shown that eating chocolate can increase the blood flow to the brain and heart, thereby reducing blood pressure and ensuring that the blood platelets are less stickier.

Ozone Therapy
As surprising as this might sound Ozone Therapy has become extremely popular in the world of antioxidants. This therapy is most popular in Europe and it uses Ozone Gas to treat all sorts of medical conditions. Some experts believe that small doses of this ozone gas can also help in increasing the natural antioxidants that are found in the human body. However, we would like to warn you that the side effects and safety issues of Ozone therapy as well as the actual benefits offered by this therapy hasn’t been properly studied as of now.

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