From the Aura Ring to mushroom coffee: the strangest secrets of Windsor Health

As it turned out, the royals do not ignore homeopathy, special jewelry, superfoods and expensive injections.

От кольца ауры до грибного кофе: самые странные секреты здоровья Виндзоров

A shot from the series “Force Majeure”; Duchess Camilla during a visit to Paris, 2013; Elizabeth II at Ascot races, 2019

Each person has his own recipe for preserving health and longevity. The royals also follow a certain list of recommendations, trying to try all the achievements of medicine and new technologies that can help in this difficult matter. So what tricks do the Windsors resort to, taking care of their health?

Elizabeth II

От кольца ауры до грибного кофе: самые странные секреты здоровья Виндзоров

Elizabeth II during a visit to Oman, November 26, 2010

The Queen travels with a small suitcase containing homeopathic remedies, including arnica cream for bruises. There is no medical evidence of its action, but Ainsworths has a royal warrant as Her Majesty’s official supplier. It is believed that arnica cream with a cost of 9 pounds acts on the cells involved in inflammation and improves blood circulation in the damaged area. However, experts often look at the remedy skeptically, advising to prefer vitamin K products and cold compresses.

Duchess Meghan

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The Duchess of Sussex at Hubb Community Kitchen in London, November 21, 2018

The Duchess of Sussex is said to be a fan of a special kind of latte. After moving from Britain, she invested in a California business related to organic drinks). Ads for Clevr products even appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s Instagram. There are very unusual products in the manufacturer’s line. It is claimed that drinks containing mushroom extracts, probiotics and “333 mg of adaptogenic ashwagandha herb”, priced from 20 pounds, “contribute to sustainable long-term energy without disruptions and nervousness.” The Daily Mail asked pharmacist Shabira Daya from Victoria Health to evaluate their effectiveness, and she said: “Adaptogens are a class of herbs that are said to provide energy and concentration, helping to calm the body. They act as a thermostat, returning the body to balance. Ashwag-andha is especially revered in Ayurvedic medicine, and studies have shown that taking it really helps to reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.”

Duchess Camilla

От кольца ауры до грибного кофе: самые странные секреты здоровья Виндзоров

The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to Paris, May 28, 2013

The wife of the Prince of Wales suffers from bursitis, a bony bulge that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. This means that she cannot wear tight shoes, and it is best to buy special orthopedic models. The Duchess was seen wearing shoes with a wide fit with a shock-absorbing insert near the thumb, but experts noticed that Camilla often chooses high-heeled shoes that are contraindicated in her case. University College London Hospitals orthopedic consultant Tariq Khan explained: “The inflammation caused by pressure on the joint then contributes to the accumulation of fluid, which causes the formation of a lump. Bursitis can be painful and aggravated by improper footwear, for example, with a narrow toe. Some models in this line have a heel above an inch and a half, which is the maximum that we would recommend to those who have bones, but in general I think they reduce pain.”

Prince Harry

От кольца ауры до грибного кофе: самые странные секреты здоровья Виндзоров

Prince Harry during a visit to Australia, 2018

In general, representatives of the male royal dynasty rarely wear jewelry: it is not customary to wear wedding rings in accordance with the old tradition, and only the Prince of Wales has a weakness for rings. Nevertheless, his youngest son wears two rings at once — an engagement ring and a second one, which intrigued royal fans. It turned out that the Duke of Sussex needed it to sleep. The Oura Ring (“aura ring”) has special sensors that measure body movements, its temperature and heart rate. Based on them, you can make an optimal “sleep schedule”. It is believed that the ring, which costs 215 pounds, makes more accurate measurements than bracelets with trackers.

Duchess Catherine

От кольца ауры до грибного кофе: самые странные секреты здоровья Виндзоров

The Duchess of Cambridge in Blackpool, March 6, 2019

It turned out that Kate was wearing germ-fighting gloves. Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cambridge prefer to wear Cornelia James gloves, some of which are made of fabric treated with an antimicrobial coating called HeiQ Viroblock. Their manufacturer “uses a combination of silver and vesicle technology to promote the rapid destruction of viruses and microbes upon contact.” The technology was demonstrated by the Australian Doherty Institute in Melbourne, and it turned out that it took only 30 minutes to reduce the presence of the Covid-19 virus on tissues by 99.99%. According to experts, the coating damages the outer membrane of viral cells upon contact. The cost of such gloves starts about 95 pounds.

Prince Philip

От кольца ауры до грибного кофе: самые странные секреты здоровья Виндзоров

Elizabeth and Prince Philip watch a polo match in Windsor, June 24, 2018

In the past, the Duke of Edinburgh was seen wearing a copper bracelet for osteoarthritis on his wrist. It is believed that after an injury during a polo game, one of His Highness’s joints makes itself felt. The cost of a copper accessory, like Philip’s, starts from 25 pounds, but experts still do not find evidence of its effectiveness. Dr. Rod Hughes, consultant rheumatologist at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals, noted that “the bracelets are safe to wear – plus, there is a placebo effect,” and recommended paying attention “to fish oil or rosehip supplements that really help with arthritis.”

Princess Michael of Kent

От кольца ауры до грибного кофе: самые странные секреты здоровья Виндзоров

Princess Michael of Kent at Ascot Races, June 20, 2018

One day, Princess Michael of Kent told about her visit to a clinic in the Bahamas for the treatment of shoulder pain with stem cells. The procedure involves extracting fat from the abdomen, which is processed to separate stem cells later injected into other areas of the body to “accelerate tissue regeneration” and “reduce inflammation.” Ali Mobasheri, professor of musculoskeletal physiology at the University of Surrey, says that the evidence for the effectiveness of the procedure, which costs from 7.5 thousand pounds, is “very limited”, although injections can reduce pain.

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