Ginger tea could banish bad breath, reveal scientists

It's all down to a single chemical which gives the root its spicy flavour

Drinking ginger tea could help people to avoid bad breath, according to research.

Gingerol, the chemical which gives ginger its spicy flavour, stimulates an enzyme in the mouth which breaks down the substances which make breath smell bad, according to Daily Mail.

Sulfur-containing compounds from food can create an unpleasant smell in people's mouth, contributing to halitosis – the medical name for bad breath.

But gingerol, which can get into the body from eating or drinking the root, boosts the level of the enzymes needed to get rid of the smell by 16 times in just seconds.

Being obese as a teenager raises risk of heart disease in later years

Carrying too much weight thickens cardio muscles and raises blood pressure in adults

Being overweight as a teenager raises a person's risk of heart disease in later life, new research suggests.

Carrying too much weight at 17 is linked to having higher blood pressure and thicker heart muscles at 21, a study found.

High blood pressure damages the heart's arteries, which, along with thick cardio muscles, makes it harder for blood to be transported around the body, leading to coronary disease , according to Daily Mail.

How turmeric could offer hope for millions with glaucoma

Researchers find a compound in the yellow spice can be used in eye drops to halt vision loss

Turmeric could offer hope for millions of people battling the common eye condition glaucoma, researchers believe.

Scientists have found a derivative of the spice used in curry - curcumin - can be used in eye drops to halt vision loss , according to Daily Mail.

Trials showed eye drops containing curcumin, responsible for turmeric's yellow colour, slashed the loss of crucial retinal cells in rats.

Warning over suntan lotion application

People are getting less than half the sun protection they expect from suntan lotions, according to research.

But the problem isn't the lotion, it's our slapdash application of it, King's College London scientists say, according to BBC.

In theory, using sun protection factor (SPF) 15 sunscreen should be enough to stop sun damage.

But in reality, people need SPF 30 or 50 to be safe, say the study authors, who carried out experiments with volunteers in their lab.

Adding just two-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar to your tea DAILY increases your risk of Alzheimer's by 54%, study finds

Adding less than three teaspoons of sugar to your tea every day increases your risk of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

Sweetening food or drinks with just two-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar makes people 54 per cent more likely to develop the condition, according to Daily Mail.

Indulging in just one can of sugary soda a day increases the risk of dementia by 47 per cent compared to those who only consume such beverages around once every three months, the research adds.

Speaking of the findings, Dr Doug Brown, said: 'Too much sugar is linked to type 2 diabetes and previous research has identified type 2 diabetes as a risk factor for dementia.