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Why eating greens is good for your gut

Eat your greens and you will grow up to be big and strong, parents are fond of telling their children.

Scientists believe they have found an extra reason why sprouts and broccoli are so good for us.

A sugar molecule found in cabbage, spinach and other leafy greens has been discovered that helps the good bacteria in our stomachs flourish.

And when good bacteria are plentiful in our stomach, it leaves little room for ‘bad’ bacteria to grow.

How eating avocado could save your life

They are a great addition to a salad or smoothie.

But for many, the avocado has come to be seen as a guilty pleasure.

Though classed as a fruit, it is not typical in the fact that rather than being high in carbohydrate, avocados are high in fat.

Fat has long been hailed the dietary enemy number one, but as the tables turn and the scientific spotlight shines more acutely on sugar, so the benefits of the humble avocado are being realised.

A new study has revealed adding the green fruit to your diet can aid weight loss.  

Furthermore, the fruit reduces a person’s risk of heart disease, according to scientists.

Excitement at new cancer treatment

A therapy that retrains the body's immune system to fight cancer has provoked excitement after more than 90% of terminally ill patients reportedly went into remission.

White blood cells were taken from patients with leukaemia, modified in the lab and then put back, according to BBC.

But the data has not been published or reviewed and two patients are said to have died from an extreme immune response.

Poor mental health care 'ruining lives'

Mental health care is so poor and underfunded that "lives are being ruined", a review in England says.

The report - by a taskforce set up by NHS England - said too many people were getting no help or inadequate care.

It set out a number of recommendations, including improving access to talking therapies and crisis care, according to BBC.

Ministers and health bosses immediately accepted the findings, promising to treat a million more people by 2020 with £1bn extra to tackle the problems.

Vinegar could potentially help treat ulcerative colitis

Vinegar is the perfect ingredient for making tangy sauces and dressings. Now, researchers report that the popular liquid could also help fight ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that research suggests is related to the gut microbiome. They found that vinegar suppressed inflammation-inducing proteins while improving the gut's bacterial makeup in mice.

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that affects millions of people around the world. Although its cause isn't completely understood, research suggests that bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract play an important part.