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Omega-3 found to help Lou Gehrigs (ALS) disease
Thursday August 21, 2014 at 9:54am

Have you heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge? It's all over social media at the moment - a worldwide trend in which people either pledge £60 to ALS research or record themselves getting drenched by freezing cold water, then post the stunt online and challenge others to do the same. ALS is a neurogenerative disease that can strike anyone and has no known risk factors however a recent study has linked higher dietary consumption of omega-3 fatty acids with a reduced risk for ALS.

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UK childrens misconceptions about food
Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 4:57pm

A national pupil survey conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation of over 13,000 children between 5 and 16 has revealed some alarming results - with children believing fish fingers to come from chicken and bread from animals. With childhood obesity on the rise could poor food knowledge be a causal factor?

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Food businesses take action to reduce salt and fat
Monday August 18, 2014 at 8:43am

You may be aware from recent news reports that Tesco has banned products such as sweets and chocolate from checkout aisles in a bid to help parents avoid nagging pleas from their children to buy unhealthy snacks. A voluntary scheme called the Public Health Responsibility Deal has now been launched asking businesses to help remove billions of calories from the foods and drinks market. The UK Department of Health has since praised the efforts of UK businesses so far.

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The importance of Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Friday August 8, 2014 at 8:36am

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential to human health, they cannot be manufactured by the body therefore they have to be obtained from the food we eat. Research has shown numerous health benefits from a diet rich in omega-3 including preventing risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease.

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Take magnesium before bed for restorative sleep
Thursday August 7, 2014 at 8:17am

Magnesium is a mineral essential for maintaining a healthy body and is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Due to the fact that it is notoriously difficult to absorb, combined with modern day lifestyles and dietary patterns, instances of deficiency is on the increase. Deficiency in magnesium can adversely affect a number of bodily functions including sleep, so if you're having trouble nodding off at night magnesium may hold the answer!

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The NHS advice on probiotics underestimated
Tuesday August 5, 2014 at 10:33am

The Probiotics association has voiced concern the the UK's updated NHS advice on probiotics underestimates the potential health benefits of probiotics outside the digestive tract. Scientists from the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics believe the NHS are ignoring significant advances and evidence of their benefits despite strong results from scientific studies.

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Obesity to blame for an increase in knee replaceme
Monday August 4, 2014 at 8:34am

Obesity related health problems are on the rise - one such issue is the increased wear and tear suffered by knee joints. In 2013 almost 10,000 obese people had replacement knee surgery - a 150% increase over 4 years. Funded by the NHS knee replacement surgery has cost the tax payer over £50million a year! It's time to take note and make an effort to reverse the trend.

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Pycnogenol® helps prevent UV damage and ageing
Friday August 1, 2014 at 8:34am

It would be fair to say that most of us crave a summer full of sunshine, while that might be too much to ask from the UK, we'll get our fix from holidaying abroad with thoughts of sandy beaches and serious tanning hours. However very often the quest for a bronzed body results in one that looks more like a lobster - in addition to responsible application of sunscreen those sun seekers out there will be pleased to read that the supplement Pycnogenol® can help to protect against the damaging effects of sun exposure.

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Probiotics may help prevent obesity
Thursday July 31, 2014 at 8:11am

A scientific study into the effects of probiotics on the diet has shown that it may help to prevent obesity and help treat chronic diseases. Probiotics are 'hot' property in the supplements business with a huge wave of studies and benefits being discovered recently. It appears that the health of the bacteria in our gut has a very influential part to play in the smooth running of our body.

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Try omega-3 fatty acids to help quit smoking
Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 8:24am

Cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK - approximately 100,000 people in the UK die each year due to smoking. There is good news though - if you quit the health benefits are striking and the sooner you give up the greater the reduction in risk of death from smoking related diseases such as cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease. A recent study has shown that omega-3fatty acids are an effective, safe and affordable way to help you quit.

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