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Childrens Health Posts

Another reason to eat nuts. They reduce wrinkles
Nov 5, 2019 | 2 min read
Recent research found wrinkle width and severity to be reduced in postmenopausal women who snacked on almonds on a daily basis. Almonds are already associated with an array of health benefits due to the fact they're full of vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre.
Why is your gut so important to health?
Sep 16, 2019 | 3 min read
The complex colony of organisms that live in the gut is called our gut microbiome. You may have heard that term banded about a lot in recent years and that is because those in the wellness world are seeing more and more evidence supporting poor gut health as a cause of disease and chr....
Salt reduction failure tragedy for public health
Aug 21, 2019 | 2 min read
Back in 2011 a voluntary self- regulating pact, called the Public Health Responsibility Deal, was made between the government and the food industry. The pact saw to curb the salt content of food however new research shows that it's fallen short in it's goals, in fact, it has slowed do....
Beat stress by nourishing your brain
Aug 14, 2019 | 6 min read
Stress impacts all of our day to day lives, it impossible not to feel it and to be unaffected by it. Rather than popping pills to deal with the side effect of stress it might be wiser to tackle the route cause by nourishing the part of the brain where stress originates.
Use of sunscreen doesn't impact vitamin D status
Jul 23, 2019 | 4 min read
​A new study by UK researchers claims that the use of sunscreen on sunny days doesn't stop the body from producing vitamin D.
Government go ahead with folic acid fortification
Jun 26, 2019 | 2 min read
Back in February of this year we reported on the UK government's plans to fortify flour with folic acid, an attempt to bring the country in line with fortification guidelines in the EU that prevent birth defects such as spina bifida. Well, ministers have now revealed that they are mov....
Magnesium is important for optimising vitamin D
May 1, 2019 | 2 min read
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has highlighted the importance of magnesium for optimising vitamin D in the body, suggesting the nutrients work together to boost your health.
Vitamin D fortification urgently needed
Apr 17, 2019 | 3 min read
Many parents may expect that by opting for a multivitamin they’ll be able to meet all their children’s needs, but the latest study shows that belief could be misplaced. Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Southampton, found only 25-36% of children's supplements provide the....
Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies are on the rise
Mar 20, 2019 | 3 min read
According to the UK's latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey intakes of vitamins and minerals have decreased drastically since 2008 and this is leading to deficiencies of important nutrients including vitamin A, fibre and iron.
Vitamin D is Britain's favourite vitamin
Mar 4, 2019 | 2 min read
Vitamin D has overtaken vitamin C as Britain's favourite vitamin supplement. Last year saw a 7% increase in vitamin D usage and today it is used by 33% of vitamins, minerals and supplements (VSM) users.
Inadequate magnesium renders vit D ineffective
Feb 18, 2019 | 2 min read
New research is suggesting that if you are deficient in magnesium it may render the metabolism of vitamin D supplements ineffective.
Vitamin D deficiency linked to brain faults
Feb 4, 2019 | 3 min read
Studies investigating vitamin D status in children and adults appear to find a link between it's deficiency and schizophrenia in newborns and depression in older adults. These findings suggest the importance of taking the vitamin for healthy ageing of the brain as well as physical fun....
What's the difference between fish oil & krill oil
Jan 14, 2019 | 3 min read
The benefits of fish oil and it's healthy omega-3 fatty acids are widely studied and it a popular supplement choice for the health conscious among us. Recently however, both researchers and consumers are turning their heads towards krill oil. So what's the difference?
Trendy diets are leading to dangerous disorders
Jan 1, 2019 | 5 min read
Nutritionists are warning against serious nutritional deficiencies and irreversible illnesses brought about by trendy diets publicized on social media.
Vitamins and nutrients for immune support
Nov 23, 2018 | 3 min read
As we already know, your body needs a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy. During the winter months it's even more important to add foods to your diet that are high in immune health vitamins and nutrients.
Autumn Health Tips
Nov 5, 2018 | 3 min read
Summer time is over and autumn has arrived - a time to enjoy cosy jumpers and pumpkin lattes! However the changing season can also spell an outbreak of coughs and colds so it's even more important to look after your health.
Omega-3s during pregnancy boost infant brain
Oct 15, 2018 | 2 min read
By consuming omega-3's regularly during pregnancy women could boost their baby's brain function and eyesight say researchers from Finland.
Cinnamon boosts metabolism
Sep 25, 2018 | 2 min read
A study conducted by researchers in the US and China has found that a chemical compound in cinnamon activated thermogenesis (the process of heat production in organisms) and chronic metabolic remodeling, providing a promising therapeutic strategy in the fight against obesity.
Adding oil to salad boosts health benefits
Sep 19, 2018 | 2 min read
It's the perfect season to enjoy a leafy salad, however with many of us concerned about maintaining our summer bodies you may be tempted to save a few calories by skipping the dressing. However new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has revealed that addi....
Omega-3 associated with better executive function
Sep 14, 2018 | 3 min read
Executive functioning issues are weaknesses in a set of important mental skills that are key to learning, including working memory, flexible thinking and self-control. Recent research conducted on children aged between 2 and 6 years old has shown that those with higher Omega-3 Index l....
the best antioxidants to take
Aug 24, 2018 | 4 min read
Antioxidants are essential to your health and they are thought to help control how fast you age by combating damage done by free radicals, which are at the heart of age related deterioration. The fact that antioxidants are so complex can lead to confusion, so which are the best ones t....
The number one supplement you should be taking
Mar 16, 2018 | 5 min read
By now most of us have heard of antioxidants and know about their health benefits but it's still important to be savvy about how powerful the antioxidant is that you're consuming and how much you have to consume for it to have any actual effect on the free radicals within your body. C....
Milk alternative drinks leads to iodine deficiency
Feb 23, 2018 | 3 min read
The popularity of dairy free milk alternatives has soared in recent times but a new study published by the British Journal of Nutrition has reported that they are not a suitable substitute for cows' milk when it comes to iodine content.
Are sugar alternatives actually healthy?
Feb 16, 2018 | 3 min read
As a nation we are getting more health conscious it seems and this has let to certain buzz words doing the rounds, one of which is "refined sugar free". Products are using unprocessed alternatives instead but does that really mean it's healthy or are we getting duped by hype?
Three supplements you should be taking this winter
Dec 15, 2017 | 4 min read
Ensuring you are achieving adequate nutritional and vitamin intake is important all year round but there are a few supplements that are particular important to stock up on during the winter season.
Young people suffering strokes is on the rise
Nov 24, 2017 | 3 min read
Experts are warning of an increase in strokes suffered by young people, including those in their 20's, 30's and 40's. The cause of which appears to be down to too much salty food in our diets.
2nd November is Vitamin D day!
Nov 2, 2017 | 3 min read
Led by the Vitamin D Society, Vitamin D Council and GrassrootsHealth, Vitamin D Day is a day marked to recognize vitamin D deficiency as a world health problem. Researchers has agreed that at least one third of the world is deficient in vitamin D, and some scientists think it's even g....
Improving cognitive performance of school children
Oct 2, 2017 | 4 min read
Well the kids are back in school (a collective phew from parents), but learning is hard work for our children and it’s a parents job to do everything they can to help them succeed academically and otherwise. After all promoting happiness, health, and focus at a young age can only stan....
Changing seasons require immune system boost
Sep 19, 2017 | 3 min read
Colds and flu seem to be rife when the seasons change - its down to a combination of shifts in temperature that allow a different group of viruses to flourish, and it's these viruses that make people ill. The daily nourishment of your immune system can make a huge difference to how yo....
Breakfast is key for childrens nourishment
Sep 4, 2017 | 4 min read
The old saying goes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it's something that nutrition and health experts have been going on about for years but new research has revealed that it is actually vital for the overall health of children and teenagers. According to the ....
Lutein can improve a child's academic performance
Sep 4, 2017 | 3 min read
A new study has found that high levels of lutein in children will lead them to perform better in school regarding of IQ and other academic and personal factors. Lutein is found in leafy green vegetables so here we have another reason kids need to eat their broccoli!
Maternal vitamin D vital for childhood development
Aug 14, 2017 | 2 min read
Pregnant women with a deficiency in vitamin D may be putting their children at risk of developmental issues according to new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Vitamin D and safe sun exposure
Aug 7, 2017 | 3 min read
It is pretty well known that the best source of vitamin D is the sun, however we are also told that we need to slather on the sunscreen to protect against sunburn and skin cancer. If we do this are we depriving ourselves of necessary vitamin D?
Teenagers with diets lacking in fatty acids may be
Jul 24, 2017 | 2 min read
Low omega-3 levels in adolescence leads to behavioural problems in adulthood, a new study suggests. Those on a diet lacking the nutrient had slower brain development as teenagers according to results. Find out more in this post.
Vitamin D3 is twice as effective as vitamin D2
Jul 18, 2017 | 3 min read
There are two types of vitamin D, D2 and D3. Up until this latest study, which will be published in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it's been largely thought that both perform well as a supplement. However for the first time scientists aset out to find out if one ....
Vitamins & supplements to take in the summer
Jun 23, 2017 | 3 min read
The summer time puts a lot of stress on the body, in fact the time you spend out in the heat can actually deprive your body of certain important vitamins and minerals that you need. By learning about the best vitamins and supplements to take, if you are planning on travelling to very ....
Men with good vitamin D levels will have strong he
Jun 19, 2017 | 2 min read
According to a new study by University College Dublin men with good levels of vitamin D in their bachelor years are more likely to have healthy children when they start a family. The scientists found paternal vitamin D intake directly impacted their child's height and weight in their ....
Omega 3's may protect children against type 1 diab
Jun 13, 2017 | 2 min read
New research has brought attention to the role of omega 3 fatty acids and milk feeding in helping to reduce children's risk of type 1 diabetes. Find out more in this post.
Forget 5 a day we need 10 a day!
Mar 2, 2017 | 3 min read
While eating the recommended five a day still helps reduce disease risk, the highest benefits are seen when people consume double that, researcher has found. Doubling our recommended intake could save 7.8 million lives a year globally.
Take pregnancy vitamins to boost child's IQ
Jan 23, 2017 | 2 min read
It is well known that keeping vitamin and nutrient levels up during pregnancy is essential for a healthy baby but new research suggests failing to take multivitamins during pregnancy could set a child back by a year by the time they reach secondary school.
Iron deficiencies in the UK
Jan 16, 2017 | 4 min read
Iron is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the UK, with almost half the girls aged 11 to 18, and more than a quarter of working-age women, falling short of intakes needed for good health.
Vitamin deficiencies now commonplace across UK
Jan 6, 2017 | 9 min read
The official advice given by the government and NHS experts is that we should be able to get all our nutritional requirements from eating a healthy and balanced diet however new research has found vitamin deficiencies are common place across all ages.
Autism could be linked to lack of vitamin D during
Dec 14, 2016 | 3 min read
While it’s widely known vitamin D is vital for maintaining healthy bones, there’s also a solid body of evidence linking it to brain growth. A recent study has found that women who have a lack of vitamin D while pregnant are more likely to have a child with autism.
Vegetarianism linked to malnourishment
Nov 21, 2016 | 2 min read
In spite of the argument that there are plenty of alternatives, many vegetarians are not receiving adequate nutrition thanks to their meat-free diet. A recent article published by the Express has reported on a study revealing that just under a quarter of those surveyed admitted they b....
UK teens are not meeting adequate vitamin D levels
Nov 14, 2016 | 3 min read
A new study finds high prevalence of vitamin D inadequacy in 14 to 18 year olds at a time of the year when vitamin D levels should be at their peak (post-summer). The research identifies the level of vitamin D intake needed by adolescents to avoid vitamin D deficiency and ensure adequ....
What vitamins give you more energy?
Nov 9, 2016 | 3 min read
Fatigue isn’t just tiredness, it’s a lack of energy that can often be a symptom of issues like depression, anaemia, or thyroid problems. But when you've ruled out any medical issues, you should consider supplementation. Some of the most common cause of fatigue can be significantly all....
Where to get Omega-3 essential fatty acids from
Oct 28, 2016 | 4 min read
No type of fat has been getting more recent publicity than Omega-3s, you're very likely to have heard that they play an important role in support of our health. Find out what animal foods, seafoods, vegetables, seeds and nuts are rich in Omega-3, and what health conditions Omega-3s pl....
What Are The Vitamins We're Not Getting Enough Of?
Oct 25, 2016 | 3 min read
As you age, you need more of certain vitamins and minerals than when you were younger. Eating more natural whole foods will serve your health much better but still, we often still are in need of boosting vital vitamins and minerals. The three most common vitamins we are deficient in a....
Walnuts - great for a healthy brain
Aug 5, 2016 | 2 min read
Have you ever noticed that a wrinkly walnut looks remarkably like a brain? Everyone knows the saying "you are what you eat", in the case of walnuts how true is it?
The Vitamin D vs sun protection debate
Jun 8, 2016 | 3 min read
Vitamin D is vital to our well-being and our primary source is from sunlight. During the winter in the UK, it is impossible to get enough vitamin D from the sun in the UK, and during the summer we are strongly advised to use sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. Most people are unaware of....
Feeding your child salmon could protect them again
Aug 21, 2015 | 2 min read
The daily mail has recently reported on new research suggesting that a diet rich in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel before the age of 8 halves the risk of developing hayfever in later life. Find out more about the study in this post.
Vitamin D Supplements recommended for everyone
Aug 19, 2015 | 4 min read
According to a recent report from Public Health England, over one in five people have low levels of essential vitamin D. The bleak British weather is stopping much of the population from receiving healthy amounts of the essential vitamin from sunlight and natural food sources alone ar....
More evidence of Omega-3 Fish Oil benefits
May 18, 2015 | 2 min read
Most people know that we are advised to eat at least two portions of fish a week but statistics show our total daily Omega-3 intake is still declining. We may however not necessarily know why we are told to do this and what the potential heath benefits of eating fish are. Read 6 reaso....
Beta-glucans and the immune system
Nov 11, 2014 | 3 min read
Beta-Glucans are crucial weapons in the fight to stay healthy and naturally boost the immune system. The body doesn't produce Beta-Glucans so the only way to get the compound is through external sources. Learn more about Beta-Glucans and how they work to boost our immune system.
UK childrens misconceptions about food
Aug 20, 2014 | 3 min read
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 know....
Probiotics may help prevent obesity
Jul 31, 2014 | 2 min read
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 th....
More reports about children's consumption of junk
May 30, 2014 | 3 min read
Awareness of the importance of diet when it comes to health has, arguably, never been greater - consequently the food industry is under constant pressure to educate it's consumers. Health compromised by dietary factors is on the increase and this is driving many people to change their....
Pycnogenol® found to enhance mental performance
May 23, 2014 | 2 min read
Supplementing a healthy diet is just as important to maintaining mental performance as it is to maintaining a healthy body. Natural supplements are an easy, effective way to manage mental focus, memory and overall mood. A recent clinical trial has shown Pycnogenol® to enhance mental p....
Majority do not meet healthy eating targets
May 21, 2014 | 3 min read
A recent report by Public Health England has revealed the UK population is consuming far too much saturated fat, sugars and salt and far too few fruit, vegetables and oily fish. This is a major cause for concern and highlights the need for the UK population to make dietary changes for....
Children may benefit from vital vitamin D suppleme
May 13, 2014 | 4 min read
Vitamin D is crucial to maintenance of strong bones, healthy muscle function and efficient immune system functioning. However a recent survey by the HFMA has reported very worrying statistics - 64% of children are not getting enough vitamin D from their diet alone. Experts are now cla....
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