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Oranges are not the only fruit

Boiled sweets can be good for you. Each rather tasty Sunkist C pack of sweets provides a useful dosage of vitamin C. The sweets are available in orange, lemon, pineapple and citrus-mix flavours.

And if you fancy your vegetables in a convenient package, then try Green Essence, a vegetable juice powder containing 14 vegetables and herbs. Mix with water or cold juice to create a "salad in a glass".

Sunkist C boiled sweets are available from newsagents, supermarkets and chemists at 25p per pack. Green Essence costs pounds 14.95 and can be bought by mail order on 0181-874 5631.

Grey matter

If your hair is prematurely grey, reaching for the dye should not be your first priority. Recent research suggests that hair that is 50 per cent grey by the time you are aged 40 may indicate that you are more likely to develop osteoporosis later in life.

So check your bone mass, have a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, and exercise regularly. Then go get some highlights.

Mouthing off

Hollywood stars are the inspiration behind a new range of Lorac lipsticks, created by Carol Shaw, the make-up artist who counts more than one "A-list" star among her clients. No Oscars for guessing that "Farrah" is light pink, "Anjelica" a deep burgundy, "Demi" a rich brick-red and "Geena" a becoming shade of peachy brown.

The Lorac make-up line is available from November at Space NK, 41 Earlham Street, Thomas Neal's, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9LD (0171-379 7030).

Go fish

If you are plagued by period pain, you may need to boost your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish. A Danish study found that menstrual pain was worse in women who had low levels of both this and vitamin B12. You can boost your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids by eating sardines, pilchards and salmon.

Abreast of the times

The Polar Heart Bra is designed to hold a heart monitor, thus enabling you to keep both your heart rate, and your breasts, firmly in check.

The Polar Heart Bra is available in black or white, sizes s-xl, pounds 29.99. Tel: 01926 851404.

Coming unstitched

Most people who run, swim or do a regular aerobic workout will have suffered from a stitch. New research suggests that this pain is linked to the contents of your stomach pulling on your ligaments. Solutions include not exercising for at least two hours after a meal, and breathing through pursed lips as the pain occurs. Or you could slump in front of the TV and just forget about working out altogether.

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