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Black pepper and turmeric aid weight loss
Jun 30, 2020 | 3 min read
The active ingredient within turmeric is curcumin and it's known for its prowess as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Unfortunately though, it is also known for its very low bioavailability. This means that you can consume turmeric but can't actually absorb it into the body in ord....
Can healthy gut bacteria help protect against coro
Jun 17, 2020 | 2 min read
As reported in the Daily Mail recently, more than 120 of the UK's most prominent scientists have written to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, asking him to investigate the link between the gut microbiome in coronovirus citing a growing body of compelling research that puts those wit....
Best supplements for women over 50
Jun 4, 2020 | 10 min read
If you're in your 50's then its a good time to look at how dietary support can help you to be as healthy as you can be. As your body gets older your nutritional requirements change, you need more of certain vitamins and minerals and less of others.
Will sunscreen stop me absorbing vitamin D?
May 28, 2020 | 3 min read
We've had some fantastically sunny spring weather recently and while summer holiday getaways are no longer on anyone's agenda we have some more sun filled months coming up (hopefully). Therefore minds may be turning toward stocking up on sunscreen. But does sunscreen stop vitamin D ab....
Screen time surge risks eye health
May 19, 2020 | 4 min read
Lock down has meant a lot of us are spending more time in front of digital devices, whether this is because we are professionals working from home, students using e-learning platforms or just keeping in touch with friends and family using our computers and smart phones. It's important....
Gut health is key to a strong immune system
Apr 24, 2020 | 3 min read
The human gastrointestinal tract houses an huge and complex community of bacteria - collectively known as the gut microbiota. This community of bacteria provides a number of benefits to our health including the regulation of the body's immune system.
Should I be taking a vitamin D supplement?
Apr 17, 2020 | 3 min read
The COVID-19 pandemic has left a lot of us spending more time indoors than we normally would and for high risk individuals and the elderly the guidelines are to self isolate for 3 months meaning no time at all can be spent outside. Due to the fact that vitamin D is converted to its ac....
Is your diet influenced by social media
Mar 17, 2020 | 3 min read
A new study has shown that people's food choices are influenced by what they see their friends eating on social media. This is great if you're among of group of people that eat healthily however not so much if most of your friends are regularly guzzling foods that are bad for your hea....
Aker BioMarine launches data drone
Mar 10, 2020 | 2 min read
Aker BioMarine is a biotech innovator and Antarctic krill-harvesting company, and the supplier of Just Vitamin's Krill Oil. As a further step in its quest to improve human and planetary health it has launched a unmanned solar-powered ocean data drone in an effort to support the scienc....
Doctors look to Vit C to combat coronovirus
Mar 3, 2020 | 2 min read
All over the world vitamin C is known as a health saviour, in fact we spend more than £880 million on vitamin C supplements globally. Now doctors in China are looking into it's effectiveness against coronavirus.
Industry deadline for CBD authentication now set
Feb 27, 2020 | 2 min read
A statement has been issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) saying that the CBD industry has until 31st March 2021 to submit valid novel food authorisation applications. After that date on products that have submitted a valid application will be allowed to remain on the market. Thi....
Can I improve my immune system?
Feb 18, 2020 | 4 min read
It's a question a lot of us must be asking ourselves following a winter of widespread illness. So far its been a season of coughs, colds and full blown flu. If you've avoided it thus far well done, you're in a minority!
How can I be happier in life?
Feb 11, 2020 | 5 min read
Stress and anxiety has a huge impact on our emotional well being and unfortunately it has become synonymous with modern day life. It impacts on our ability to be happy, which of course can never be a permanent state of being, but something we all strive to feel more frequently. So how....
What vegan friendly foods contain vitamin B12?
Feb 4, 2020 | 3 min read
One of the most well-known challenges for vegans is getting enough vitamin B12, which is only found in animal products like eggs and meat. What foods could you include more of in your diet in order to up B12 levels if you're a vegan?
What supplements are good for high blood pressure
Jan 29, 2020 | 2 min read
If you suffer from high blood pressure there is a strong chance you will develop cardiovascular disease therefore leading a lifestyle that takes care of your heart is the best defence against developing high blood pressure. There are a number of supplements that can certainly help you....
Ginkgo biloba - the tree that never grows old
Jan 15, 2020 | 2 min read
The Ginkgo biloba tree can live for thousands years and scientists have recently discovered just how they manage to do it.
Vision loss associated with western diet
Jan 8, 2020 | 3 min read
A study conducted over a period of 18 years looked at dietary patterns and the development of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and found that poor diet is associated with AMD.
Snack on pistachios for gut health
Dec 31, 2019 | 2 min read
Eating pistachios could be beneficial to your gut bacteria according to research. There is a growing evidence supporting the idea that intestinal health has an important impact on our overall health and it seems that pistachios may play a small part in the the beneficial modification ....
Elderberries fight seasonal illness
Dec 17, 2019 | 2 min read
Many of us look to stock up on supplements at this time of year in an attempt to help our bodies fight off cold and flu bugs that are doing the rounds. One such seasonal saviour comes in the form of Elderberry.
How to get the most out of your supplements
Dec 3, 2019 | 2 min read
If you opt to take vitamins and supplements on a regular basis you are proactive about your health and well being which is great but you could do even more by arming yourself with the knowledge of how and when to take them to optimise their benefits.
Low Vit D in over 60's impairs muscle strength
Nov 26, 2019 | 2 min read
If you're over the age of 60, not having enough vitamin D could have a significant impact on how well your skeletal muscle functions. These findings come from an analysis of 4000 older adults that showed low blood markers of vitamin D impaired muscle strength and performance.
Worried about the health of your brain as you age?
Nov 19, 2019 | 3 min read
Astaxanthin is a super powerful antioxidant, the wonders of which we have previously purported. Research has linked it to healthier skin, heart health, joint pain improvement and now research is suggesting it may reduce depression and stress as well as improve memory in people with mi....
Just Vitamins' Krill Oil supplier A rated
Nov 12, 2019 | 2 min read
Krill harvester Aker Biomarine, supplier of Just Vitamins' Antarctic Red Krill Oil has received an A rating for its fishery sustainability for a fifth year in a row.
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.
Over 50's have highest rates of vit D deficiency
Oct 29, 2019 | 2 min read
A team of researchers are suggesting that more than a quarter of adults over the age of 50 are deficient in vitamin D and therefore urge supplement uptake and mandatory food fortification as policies most effective in combating deficiencies.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease shockingly common
Oct 22, 2019 | 3 min read
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a term used to describe two long term conditions known as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, both of which can lead onto a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer. According to new research the number of sufferers is three times higher than....
Nuts could halt inevitable ageing weight gain
Oct 15, 2019 | 2 min read
Nuts are good for you, that is not breaking news, however a new study has revealed that replacing unhealthy food with nuts could stop the inevitable weight gain as you get older.
Eat your way to lustrous locks
Oct 8, 2019 | 4 min read
The human scalp contains approximately 100,000 hair follicles which require essential elements, such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals, to efficiently produce healthy hair. Micronutrients, including vitamins and trace minerals, are therefore crucial components of our diet.
The brain diet 'slows mental decline'
Oct 2, 2019 | 2 min read
The MIND diet was developed specifically to help the brain work better as well as reduce the likelihood of developing dementia. It is in fact, a combination of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, designed to lower blood pressure. An earlier study of the MIND diet found participa....
Tea drinkers have better organised brains
Sep 25, 2019 | 2 min read
A paper published in the journal Aging and conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore, Wuyi University in China, the University of Essex in the UK and the University of Cambridge looked at the difference between the brain structure of tea drinkers v. non tea dr....
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....
Worried about Osteoporosis? Supplements to take
Sep 4, 2019 | 3 min read
Being diagnosed with osteoporosis would require treatment with prescription medication however the body still needs certain vitamins and minerals to aid in the absorption of nutrients required to build strong bones so if your dietary intake is lacking then supplementation is worth con....
Vegans must supplement with B vitamins
Aug 28, 2019 | 3 min read
To all the vegans and vegetarians out there, be aware that the best food source of B vitamins is meat, so it’s very important for non-carnivores to supplement with them. B vitamins are important for a wide range of functions, including heart health, metabolism and cognitive function. ....
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.
Protein powder isn't just for gym goers
Aug 7, 2019 | 3 min read
Protein is an important part of a healthy diet for anyone but as we get older it becomes more and more important to get sufficient amounts. This is because it's key to preventing age related muscle loss (sarcopenia).
Supplements could prevent dementia
Jul 31, 2019 | 2 min read
While dementia has no known cure, some experts believe that a certain plant supplement could help those diagnosed with a mild form of dementia.
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.
Vitamin D can reduce risk of dying from cancer
Jul 17, 2019 | 2 min read
Taking vitamin D supplements can reduce the risk of dying from cancer by 13% say researchers. Modern lifestyles, which see many of us hauled up indoors, are to blame for people not getting enough sunshine. In fact a fifth of Britons are estimated to be low in vitamin D, which could be....
Tart cherry reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
Jul 10, 2019 | 2 min read
British researchers are now suggesting that consuming montmorency tart cherries improves certain conditions known to be precursors to type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. These set of conditions is known as metabolic syndrome, global rates of which are on the rise.
Skipping breakfast higher risk of heart disease
Jul 3, 2019 | 3 min read
Missing breakfast is associated with a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease says a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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....
Trying to lose weight? 5-HTP could help
Jun 20, 2019 | 3 min read
Trying to get rid of weight whether its just a few pounds or a whole lot of pounds is an effort. And while diet and exercise have to form the basis of your weight loss plan if you're going to be successful, a bit of extra help can speed things along.
Did you know sleep detox's your brain?
Jun 12, 2019 | 4 min read
Science hasn't yet discovered exactly why we need to sleep, yet we do know about the health benefits good quality sleep brings. An optimal sleep routine detox's the brain, consolidates memory, improves weight loss, and puts you in a better mood amongst many other things. So how can we....
The best supplements for tiredness
Jun 5, 2019 | 2 min read
Feeling tired could just be down to too many late nights or a disrupted sleep routine however perpetual tiredness could also be a symptom of a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals. Taking these supplements could help to beat that foggy feeling.
Supplements that fight stress
May 22, 2019 | 3 min read
Regardless of whether you're good at managing stress or not, it affects each and every one one of us. There is an argument to say that modern day living has increased the amount of stress we feel, with mental health issues such as anxiety becoming more and more commonplace. So whether....
Top supplements for a healthy spring
May 15, 2019 | 2 min read
We've left behind the cold weather and bleak landscape of winter and ushered in the sunshine, chirping birds and green hedgerows of spring. Sound idyllic? Not so much when you're struck down with illness that comes with seasonal change. However, primed with the right nutrients your bo....
Looking for a holistic remedy for hayfever?
May 8, 2019 | 2 min read
Following the sudden rise in both temperature and pollen count are you suffering from an onslaught of hayfever symptoms? Tried everything and nothing seems to help alleviate the incessant sneezing and itchy eyes? Well a new research has suggested that CBD oil could be an effective new....
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.
Vegans are advised to supplement daily with vitami
Apr 24, 2019 | 3 min read
Guidelines issued by a non-profit organisation increase an adult's vitamin B12 intake from 3 micrograms to 4 micrograms per day, paying special attention to those following a vegan diet by saying that they must take a permanent vitamin B12 supplement to avoid a deficiency.
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....
Link between arterial stiffening and dementia
Apr 10, 2019 | 3 min read
New research has found that those people with arterial stiffening have an increased risk of dementia - this may lead to more research into vitamin K2 supplementation as a possible treatment.
Take Vitamin C before exercise to aid recovery
Apr 3, 2019 | 2 min read
New research is suggesting that women who take vitamin C before performing half an hour of moderate intensity cycling showed increased antioxidant capacity post exercise.
Sage studied for its brain boosting properties
Mar 28, 2019 | 3 min read
Did you know that sage is a well known medicinal herb that has a long history of traditional use in cognitive improvement? In fact, it's an old wives tale that sage boosts the powers of memory, however scientists have now proved they were right.
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.
Top supplements to rely on throughout the year
Mar 11, 2019 | 9 min read
Supplements are not a wonder cure but they can do a lot to help to support our general health and well being and can be useful in bridging nutritional shortfalls if we're not eating as well as we should. Here are some that should be worth your consideration if you're thinking of suppl....
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.
UK government plans folic acid fortification
Feb 25, 2019 | 3 min read
The UK government is setting out new plans to fortify flour with folic acid which will bring the country in line with fortification guidelines in the EU that prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.
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.
Britain's Food Standards Agency looking to ban CBD
Feb 15, 2019 | 3 min read
CBD oil has been making big waves in the wellness world recently and has become a very popular supplement with many people, its taken to help manage anxiety, insomnia, muscle and joint pain. However a decision by British and European food watchdogs mean it now has to be reclassified a....
Nestle on global fight against iron deficiency
Feb 11, 2019 | 2 min read
Food giant Nestle is on a global fight against iron deficiency and has recently stepped it up by acquiring a new food fortification technology. The World Health Organisation (WHO) thinks iron deficiency is one of the most severe nutritional deficiencies globally with woman and childre....
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....
Elderberries are excellent for seasonal wellness
Jan 28, 2019 | 2 min read
The popularity of elderberries is on the rise and is quite rightly so! Elderberries are one of the most widely used medicinal plants in the world thanks to their particularly rich flavanoid and anthocyanin content which help fight the common cold, as well as bladder infections, allerg....
Chromium Picolinate helps preserve lean body mass
Jan 21, 2019 | 2 min read
A new study published in the journal Nutrients last month suggests that the trace mineral chromium picolinate may pip other weight management ingredients to the post because of it's ability to help users preserve lean body mass.
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?
Amplify wellness with these powerful pairings
Jan 7, 2019 | 5 min read
Certain nutrients make dynamic duos by amplifying each other's benefits while others work to compliment and enhance the effects of another. This is great to know if you're keen to achieve optimal well being and get more bang for your buck.
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.
Pycnogenol helps men manage enlarged prostate
Dec 27, 2018 | 2 min read
As men get older it's more common for them to suffer from an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostate hypertrophy or BHP. This causes bladder obstruction and a weak urinary stream and means in many cases annoying trips to the bathroom every night. However, results of a new tri....
What's the difference between Turmeric & Curcumin
Dec 19, 2018 | 3 min read
By now you'll have heard of the many health benefits of turmeric and curcumin and may have noticed that in some cases the terms are used interchangeably in the same article. So what's the difference? Is one better than the other?
Feeling anxious? Take magnesium
Dec 12, 2018 | 4 min read
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in your body, in fact every organ in the body uses it. It keeps your heart, immune system, nervous system, and mind health and happy. And it also one of the top supplements to take for managing stress and easing anxious minds.
Pycnogenol prevents age related cognitive decline
Dec 5, 2018 | 2 min read
Pycnogenol is a supplement made from the extract of antioxidant rich French maritime pine. New research suggests that it may improve mild cognitive impairment, which in many cases leads to dementia.
Young British women are lacking vital nutrients
Nov 28, 2018 | 3 min read
Experts are warning of a rising number of young women who are becoming deficient in vital nutrients including iron, calcium and iodine. The insight come from official health data and shows that while most Britons lack key minerals including potassium, magnesium and copper, the picture....
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.
Pycnogenol improves blood circulation
Nov 19, 2018 | 2 min read
A six year long study of 815 individuals has provided results supporting Pycnogenol's blood circulation benefits. Pycnogenol is an anti-oxidant rich extract from French maritime pine bark manufactured by Horphag Research.
Eat more fibre to feel less stressed
Nov 12, 2018 | 2 min read
With modern stressful lifestyles, westernised diets, and medications such as antibiotics, the bacteria living in your gut can be thrown off-balance. This has lead to growing interest in the link between gut bacteria and stress related disorders such as anxiety and depression. New rese....
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.
Women needs more nutrients for a happy mind
Oct 30, 2018 | 2 min read
New research has suggested that women needs a greater variety of nutrients in their diet to support mood, compared to men. These findings go some way to explain why women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety and depression than men.
Pycnogenol seen to benefit travel health
Oct 22, 2018 | 2 min read
Research out of two universities in Italy has found that supplementation with Pycnogenol - French maritime pine bark extract - resulted in less swelling in the lower legs during travel compared to control groups who used stockings or did standard in-flight exercises.
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.
What to look for in a collagen supplement
Oct 8, 2018 | 4 min read
Collagen is without doubt a trendy ingredient in the wellness world at the moment - some of us take it for it's touted beauty benefits while others swear by it's gut health boosting properties.The fact that it's good for our bodies is not up for debate but we can ask the questions: ar....
What is the DASH diet?
Oct 1, 2018 | 3 min read
DASH stands for Dietary Action to Stop Hypertension and is recognised for reducing blood pressure. Interestingly, the success of the diet may be down to the action of the bacteria located in your mouth.
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....
Is CBD oil legal in the uk?
Sep 10, 2018 | 2 min read
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil the hot new product in the health and wellness world but is it legal? Yes, it is both 100% legal and safe to use. Cannabidiol is a natural extract obtained from the flowers of the hemp plant. It is one of 100 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant but....
Apple cider vinegar liquid or capsules
Sep 6, 2018 | 3 min read
Apple cider vinegar has grown fashionable for its supposed weight loss benefits, studies have also found it can help diabetes sufferers manage their blood glucose levels, and it is said to help reduce risk of heart disease. But is it as effective to consume a supplement as it is to co....
Mood boosting foods may depend on your age
Aug 31, 2018 | 2 min read
We all know that a balanced life that combines regular exercise, a healthy diet (and the odd indulgence!) promotes a happy body and a happy mind. Research has also shown that there are specific nutrients that are particularly good at boosting our mental state including omega 3's, sele....
What is CBD oil?
Aug 28, 2018 | 3 min read
The cannabis plant contains chemical compounds called cannabinoids, one of which is CBD or cannabidiol (pronounced cann-a-bid-EYE-ol). Manufacturers of CBD oil use different methods to extract the compound, which they then add to a carrier oil such as hemp or coconut oil to create CBD....
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....
Acai could be an important prebiotic
Aug 17, 2018 | 2 min read
Polyphenols found within Acai have been shown to survive through the entire digestive system, thereby potentially offering prebiotic benefits throughout the gastrointestinal tract, according to researchers in the UK.
Sperm counts plunging in the developed world
Aug 7, 2018 | 6 min read
The UK's fertility could be under threat as sperm rates continue to plunge in a “shocking” downward spiral, a study has warned. Scientists recorded the concentration of sperm in the ejaculate of men in western countries has fallen by an average of 1.4% a year, leading to an overall dr....
Add turmeric to your beauty regime
Jul 30, 2018 | 4 min read
Scientific research has already firmly establishing turmeric as protective of the cardiovascular system, a supporter of healthy cholesterol levels and a potent free radical scavenger but new research is now coming to light to show that it may keep you looking young, possibly slowing d....
Ubiquinol proven heart health benefits
Jul 23, 2018 | 6 min read
Ubiquinol is the reduced form of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This is the form your body naturally uses, and research shows ubiquinol is superior for your health in a number of ways, primarily due to its superior bioavailability. It's particularly beneficial for your heart health by reducing....
Top 3 supplements for your brain
Jul 17, 2018 | 3 min read
Brain health is of increasing concern as we're living long and longer longer lives - dementia in particular is an ever more prevalent health issue in the UK. So what supplements could we be taking to boost cognition and help protect the brain from dementia? Here we look at 3 top suppl....
Chilli peppers appear to speed up metabolism
Jul 10, 2018 | 2 min read
Chemicals found within chilli peppers appears to speed up the metabolism, according to research published in the journal Advances in Nutrition.
Foods scientists claim will keep a diet on track
Jun 12, 2018 | 2 min read
Even the most strong willed dieter may give in to temptation when the hunger pangs are hitting hard therefore foods that help keep us feeling fuller for longer are a key to keeping a diet on track. Scientists from the University of Warwick have, for the first time, identified cells in....
Rejuvenate your skin with Astaxanthin
May 4, 2018 | 2 min read
Daily supplementation with astaxanthin may improve the health of facial skin in middle-aged subjects, suggests research from scientists in the UK and Russia.
Supplement recommendations depending on your diet
Mar 23, 2018 | 8 min read
Even though it's the ultimate goal, getting all the nutrition required for optimal health from food alone is quite difficult. So whether you're just trying your best to eat healthy or you're adhering to a strict vegan, paleo or gluten free diet, chances are you need some help from sup....
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....
Almonds boost 'good' cholesterol
Mar 9, 2018 | 2 min read
A handful of almonds, 43 grams in fact, eaten every day helps to increase levels of good cholesterol while also helping to eliminate the body of bad cholesterol, new research has revealed.
Heart failure linked to vitamin D deficiency
Mar 2, 2018 | 2 min read
Heart failure among the elderly is strongly associated with vitamin D deficiency leading researchers to suggest we need more trials to test vitamin D for the prevention of heart disease.
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?
Why is being healthy so hard?
Feb 9, 2018 | 4 min read
Hard choices make us feel like we are being pulled in two directions - doing healthy things can feel like a battle between the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other. The wicked devil impels us to give in to the burger for lunch while the virtuous angel is nagging us to opt ....
A diet inspired by the world's healthiest village
Feb 2, 2018 | 4 min read
The Pioppi diet is one that has been inspired by a village in Southern Italy that is famously known as the healthiest place in the world - residents live 10 years longer than average and don't appear to suffer from chronic diseases that plague the western world. The diet does not invo....
Ways to ensure your get-fit regime doesn't fail
Jan 26, 2018 | 7 min read
It's not just the new year that brings with it a new health regime, according to a study the average adult starts a health kick every three months. However more than half give up with a few hours of starting and over 60% say they never follow through with their goals. Here is a look a....
olive oil helps with weight loss
Jan 19, 2018 | 1 min read
Olive oil is a Mediterranean diet staple and has been long praised for it's health benefits, including those relating to cardiovascular health, reducing osteoporosis fracture risk, reducing depression and protecting the brain from dementia. Olive oil has also been linked to weight los....
Tips to help recovery after a gruelling workout
Jan 12, 2018 | 6 min read
Have you started 2018 with a new gym membership? If it's a yes then chances are your muscles are aching from all the lunges, squats, press ups and bench pressing you've been doing. This can not only interfere with daily life but can also stop you from getting the most out of your next....
Beetroot boosts your muscles and helps recovery
Jan 8, 2018 | 3 min read
Scientists at the University of Northumbria have discovered that beetroot helps muscles recover after intense exercise. So if you're looking for a post-gym snack, then beetroot may be the answer.
Walnuts - a dieter's new best friend!
Jan 5, 2018 | 2 min read
According to research walnuts boost brain activity in the region associated with control and discipline meaning this wrinkly little nut could help you stay strong in the face of cravings - a dieter's nemesis!
Overdone the booze lately? Try turmeric.
Dec 29, 2017 | 3 min read
In the Western world, alcohol consumed in large amounts is the main cause of liver disease, and even excess over a short period of time can cause damage to the liver. However, turmeric may provide a way or offsetting the damage if you’ve overdone the drinking recently.
Turmeric could prevent weight gain after menopause
Dec 22, 2017 | 2 min read
Research to date, in both menopausal women and animals, has shown that once ovulation ceases significant changes to the composition of gut bacteria occurs. Curcumin (the active component of Turmeric) has been shown in previous studies to demonstrate weight-gain prevention effects in m....
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.
Supplementation with hyaluronic acid reduces wrink
Dec 8, 2017 | 2 min read
Supplementation with hyaluronic acid improves the luster of skin and reduces wrinkles says new research from Japan, with the authors going on to say that hyaluronic acid should be used as a method to maintain healthy skin.
Health benefits of red wine
Dec 1, 2017 | 3 min read
You've got to love stories about red wine being good for you! Researchers at Washington University in Missouri have found that drinking at least one glass of red wine per week boosts fertility in women, while other scientific research has also found it's good for your heart, your teet....
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.
We don't consume enough omega 3s
Nov 17, 2017 | 4 min read
We all know how healthy omega 3 fatty acids are, in fact while we often hear the claim supplements are unnecessary and that all nutrients can be obtained from a healthy diet, the general consensus by the health professionals is that we need to be taking omega 3 fish oils.
Women vitamin D deficient 43% higher risk of MS
Nov 13, 2017 | 3 min read
Women with low levels of vitamin D are nearly 50% more likely to develop multiple sclerosis than those who get enough, according to a new study published in Neurology. This strengthens findings of existing research showing a link between vitamin D status and MS.
Almonds improve cognitive ability
Nov 6, 2017 | 2 min read
Almonds could improve cognitive ability and prevent memory loss according to new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
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....
Coffee - it's rise from sinner to saint
Oct 27, 2017 | 3 min read
For years coffee has been considered a vice and we've been told we should drink less of it but now studies into its health benefits are elevating it from sinner to saint!
Supplement with astaxanthin for beautiful skin
Oct 23, 2017 | 2 min read
Dietary supplementation with astaxanthin may protect women against wrinkles and loss of skin moisture, as well as improving skin elasticity, says a new study.
Men who eat vegetables smell better!
Oct 18, 2017 | 2 min read
Researchers in Australia have analysed the link between food and attraction and found that women prefer the body odour of men who eat a fruit and vegetable-packed diet to those who eat a lot of refined carbohydrates! Another reason to pack in your five a day!!
A wine a day keeps the doctor away!
Oct 11, 2017 | 2 min read
Moderate drinking, i.e a glass of wine or a bottle of beer a night, could reduce your risk of an early death by a fifth, says new research.
Over 65s need 4,000 IU vitamin D daily
Oct 6, 2017 | 3 min read
As we get older our bodies have less of the vitamin D precursor in our skin which means that we become less efficient at producing vitamin D through exposure to the sun. Research has shown that low vitamin D status is associated with cognitive decline, a decreased ability to perform a....
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....
Research supports multivitamin supplementation
Sep 30, 2017 | 3 min read
A study published last month has added support to the ability of multivitamins to fill in the nutrition gaps of a poor diet. While this is something that many experts in the world of dietary supplements take for granted, it's still commonplace in mainstream press and media to hear the....
Turmeric & black pepper need to be taken together
Sep 25, 2017 | 5 min read
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has low bioavailability meaning that it's difficult for the body to absorb and use. However when it's combined with black pepper it works like magic!
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....
Caffeine stops the body from absorbing calcium
Sep 13, 2017 | 2 min read
A lot of us opt to take supplements as part of our daily regime but we may be failing to reap all the benefits of what we're taking because we're swigging them down with the wrong drink.
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!
Improve your brain age by eating more of this
Aug 28, 2017 | 2 min read
Dementia affects a huge number of people in the UK, 850,000 in fact. It is a general term for a long term decline in mental ability severe enough to impede daily life, with common symptoms including memory loss and decreased ability to think and reason. However a recent study has foun....
Prediatbetic? Magnesium pills could help
Aug 21, 2017 | 2 min read
Those with insulin resistance and prediabetes are at an increased risk of high blood pressure but magnesium supplements may lower blood pressure says new research.
Marmite to prevent miscarriage? Really?
Aug 15, 2017 | 3 min read
Every year 7.9 million babies are born with a birth defect worldwide and in the UK, it's estimated that 1 in 6 pregnancies end in a miscarriage. No wonder then that one of last week's news headlines caused such a stir - eat Marmite to prevent miscarriage. But is there any truth behind....
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?
Curcumin plus piperine means better heart health
Jul 31, 2017 | 2 min read
Type 2 diabetes is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, however new research is indicating that supplements containing both curcuminoids and piperine from black pepper may improve heart health for diabetics by improving the levels of good cholesterol and reducing the levels o....
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 ....
Omega 3's and heart disease - prevention not cure
Jul 10, 2017 | 2 min read
Sometimes it's difficult to know if you're getting the health benefits you want from the supplements you're taking, and this in large part might be due to the fact it's about prevention not cure. There are a lot of health claims surrounding omega-3's and it's pretty safe to say they'r....
Vitamins may play larger role in slowing brain dec
Jul 3, 2017 | 2 min read
A new review study is suggesting the role of the B vitamins in slowing down age related decline in brain functioning, as well as age related depression, has been underestimated. These findings are highly relevant to a world that already sees a high number of dementia sufferers and an ....
Could vitamin D help manage pain?
Jun 28, 2017 | 2 min read
New research is suggesting that vitamin D combined with good sleeping habits might help manage chronic pain, menstrual cramps and arthritis. Find out more in this post.
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.
High blood pressure? Eat chocolate!
Jun 6, 2017 | 3 min read
Are you a chocolate lover? Well we've got some good news, you may be inadvertently keeping high blood pressure at bay! Foods such as dark chocolate, bananas and avocado are high in magnesium and research suggests a high magnesium intake lowers your hypertension risk by regulating bloo....
Worried about the side effects of Ibuprofen?
May 29, 2017 | 3 min read
Painkillers such as ibuprofen are widely used and available over the counter. However recent studies have brought attention to the potentially serious side effects these drugs have when taken regularly over long periods so it's a good time to look at natural alternatives.
Pycnogenol provides a natural cure to osteoarthrit
May 24, 2017 | 2 min read
Osteoarthritis is a painful condition affecting joints and preventing them from moving smoothly. It causes misery to around 8.5 million Brits and there is no known cure. It is mistakenly thought to affect only the elderly population however it it can affect much younger people leading....
Turmeric helps to build and repair bones affected
May 18, 2017 | 2 min read
Osteoporosis is the most common bone diseases and is responsible for around 65,000 potentially fatal fractures each year in the UK. Promising new research suggests the active compound in turmeric called curcumin may prevent bone cells being removed before they are replaced thereby imp....
Is Lutein or Zeaxanthin better for eye health?
May 10, 2017 | 5 min read
It is common place to take vitamins to protect joints, bones or heart health but do you know how important it is to take eye health supplements? Lutein and zeaxanthin act as filters for your eyes, blocking out harmful UV rays and other high-energy wavelengths. As antioxidants, these i....
Cyanocobalamin V Methylcobalamin
May 3, 2017 | 3 min read
There are two forms of vitamin B12 that you’re likely to come across – methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin. Cyanocobalamin is the most commonly supplemented form of vitamin B12 and is chemically synthesised. Methylcobalamin is found in animal-based foods and is a naturally occuring for....
Top Health Benefits of Turmeric
Apr 26, 2017 | 4 min read
The surging interest in turmeric is largely due to turmeric’s myriad of purported health benefits – there is a staggeringly long list! Although much of the research on turmeric focuses on curcumin, there are over 50 different molecules in turmeric thought to have numerous benefits to ....
Natural way to lowering blood pressure
Apr 19, 2017 | 2 min read
High blood pressure is known to affect 1 billion people worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates that it is responsible for at least 51 per cent of deaths from stroke and 45 of those from heart disease. New research has shown that consuming foods rich in potassium may be as ....
It's time for a cuppa!
Apr 17, 2017 | 3 min read
New research has shown that drinking tea lowered the risk of developing dementia by 50% and by 86% for those with a genetic risk. The health benefits are down to the bioactive compounds found in tea which improve memory and prevent brain cells from dying.
Can Marmite boost your brain power?
Apr 14, 2017 | 2 min read
Marmite could boost brain activity, according to scientists, and the reason is down to the amount of vitamin B12 it contains. Find out more in this post.
Melatonin is important for healthy ageing
Apr 11, 2017 | 3 min read
While you might know Melatonin as a sleep supporting supplement did you also know it's a potent antioxidant, helping to fight off free radical damage that comes with aging?
Is Krill Oil better than Fish Oil?
Apr 4, 2017 | 2 min read
Just like other fish oils, krill oil is loaded with omega 3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. These essential fatty acids support cardiovascular health, healthy cognitive function, joint health and more but which is a better source, krill oil or fish oil?
Vitamin K is catching the attention of researchers
Mar 24, 2017 | 2 min read
​Vitamin K as a family plays a critical role in blood coagulation, this is it's most well-known function, however K2 in particular plays a very specific role in bone health and, in a related manner, it may also impact cardiovascular health. For this reason it’s catching the attention ....
March is when vitamin D levels are the lowest
Mar 17, 2017 | 4 min read
Spring officially starts on March 20th for the northern hemisphere which means that everyone should be able to start receiving adequate vitamin D from safe exposure to the sun. However March is actually when vitamin D levels are at their lowest. Have you been topping up your vitamin D....
Turmeric found to drastically improve memory in de
Mar 10, 2017 | 3 min read
Turmeric has been the subject of many scientific studies in recent years and it seems that the circulatory, digestive, and neurological systems of the body, are all positively impacted by turmeric. There is a significantly lower rate of Alzheimer's disease amongst Asian populations th....
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.
Why Probiotics are a hot topic
Jan 24, 2017 | 3 min read
Probiotics are already widely considered to an important part of a daily health regime as they offer fantastic support to the health of your digestion, immunity, brain health and emotional well being. As researchers continue to study probiotics, they uncover additional benefits to a h....
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.
Mediterranean diet prevent neurological degenerati
Jan 18, 2017 | 2 min read
Recent research to come out of the University of Edinburgh has suggested that the traditional Mediterranean diet of foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, fish and wine could prevent neurological degeneration in later life.
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.
Eat oily fish to reduce heart disease risk
Jan 10, 2017 | 2 min read
Coronary heart disease is responsible for more than 73,000 deaths a year in Britain, killing about one in six men and one in 10 women however new research has shown that ensuring oily fish is part of your diet could both slash the risk of heart disease by almost a fifth and reduce cho....
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.
Brussels sprouts - you've got to love them all yea
Dec 28, 2016 | 2 min read
Unfortunately many of us fall into the sprout hating camp and what a shame that is as Brussels Sprouts are actually packed full of two very important antioxidants - lutein and zeaxanthin. These two antioxidants are proven to be important for keeping your eyesight sharp in later life.
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.
Crohn's disease vitamin therapy
Dec 8, 2016 | 4 min read
Crohn's disease affects about 120,000 people in Britain. The damage the disease itself causes to the digestive tract as well as the damage done by surgery and medication used to treat it make it hard for the body to absorb nutrients.This means that sufferers should be aware of shortag....
Feeling lacklustre? Perhaps you are Coenzyme Q10 d
Dec 2, 2016 | 2 min read
Has a busy year and the onset of the festive season leaving you with dipping energy levels? If you're feeling the need for a pick me up then you may also be showing signs a nutrient deficiency. Find out how Coenzyme Q10 could be playing a part.
Muscle strength with fish oils
Nov 29, 2016 | 3 min read
New research has shown that older women can double their muscle strength by taking fish oils. This could offer hope of a much improved quality of life into old age and is of particular importance because women live longer than men and, because of their lower starting strength, cross t....
Vitamin D - a potential life saver?
Nov 24, 2016 | 2 min read
Acute respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and influenza are known to have higher death rates among older people due to their weakened immune system. While not a treatment, vitamin D is thought to help reinforce the first line of defence as we age to prevent respiratory....
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 | 1 min read
Video: Just Vitamins Asks… Registered Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert “What vitamins give you more energy?”
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....
Boost an aging brain with a fish oil supplement
Nov 8, 2016 | 2 min read
Supplements rich in DHA from fish oils might help to slow mental decline research has shown. The omega 3 fatty acid helps nerves to communicate with each and can be seen in markedly reduced amounts in people with Alzheimer's disease. With just one third of Britons eating the recommend....
Half the UK take a vitamin a day
Nov 1, 2016 | 5 min read
Research has revealed that half the country take at least one vitamin supplement per day, with occasional usage estimated at around 65%. Are you one of the pill popping brits? If so, then do you know which ones you should really be taking? Here are our top 3...
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....
Vitamins we not getting enough of
Oct 25, 2016 | 1 min read
Video: Just Vitamins Asks… Registered Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert “What are the vitamins we're not getting enough of?”
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?
Can you get Omega-3 from chicken?
Jun 14, 2016 | 2 min read
Getting Omega-3 from eating chicken? No we aren't mad - incredibly this is true!
Co Q10 - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jun 10, 2016 | 2 min read
Coenzyme Q10 is found in the energy-producing part of our cells and is a powerful antioxidant. Clinical research on its benefits is extremely promising, showing supplementation could have benefits for a wide range of medical problems. Find out more about its benefits and the risk for ....
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....
Can starflower oil stop a hangover?
May 27, 2016 | 3 min read
A hangover is your body withdrawing from alcohol, the most common complaints include headache, nausea, and generally feeling bad all over. Some people claim to not suffer from hangovers, but those who do won't have any positive memories of them! Can a little known supplement called St....
Rosehip for arthritis
May 25, 2016 | 3 min read
Osteoarthritis is a debilitating condition affecting an estimated 8.75 million people in the UK, significantly effecting peoples quality of life. Over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are not desirable to take long term so people are seeking natural alternati....
Vitamins to help feed your way to healthy skin
May 11, 2016 | 3 min read
Skincare will never be as simple as any single ingredient - just as no single food or nutrient can keep your body healthy, you need more than just one ingredient to keep your skin in good shape. Find a list of skin boosting vitamins and nutrients, along with information about what the....
activated charcoal for intestinal gas buildup
May 5, 2016 | 2 min read
Bloating and intestinal gas can be both a painful and embarrassing problem but activated charcoal is a simple and effective remedy. Here’s how you can use it to greatly reduce stomach gas problems and remove toxins from your digestive tract.
Why do people take CoQ10?
Apr 12, 2016 | 2 min read
Coenzyme Q10 is one of the most popular supplements for the over 40's in the UK. It is a substance similar to a vitamin, found in every cell of the body. Find out why people are taking CoQ10 and how it may be able to contribute to your health and well-being.
proven to help you lose weight - Glucomannan
Apr 8, 2016 | 2 min read
The search for a miracle weight loss potion or pill continues to elude us, there are regular crazes and new supplements which reach the market but rarely do they have any proven claims or research backing them. There is however a supplement which has genuine claims based on scientific....
Green-lipped mussel for rheumatoid arthritis
Apr 6, 2016 | 2 min read
Green-lipped mussel is a nutritional supplement taken from a type of mussel native to New Zealand. The joint healing properties of green lipped mussels were first noticed more than 100 years ago by Maoris in New Zealand. There is now good clinical evidence this kind of supplementation....
Why you should never drink tea near a mealtime...
Apr 1, 2016 | 3 min read
Did you know that drinking tea can severely inhibit your body's ability to absorb vitamins and minerals - especially iron? There are three categories of tea - black, green and herbal. Each has very different properties which affect vitamin and mineral absorption in different ways.
Hyaluronic acid a supplement to keep wrinkles away
Feb 26, 2016 | 2 min read
When it was recently suggested that film star Olivia Munn has undertaken cosmetic surgery due to her seemingly ageless complexion and changed appearance, she explained it is all simply down to eating Japanese sweet potatoes. These special sweet potatoes are the same as we reported in ....
Magnesium - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Feb 15, 2016 | 2 min read
Magnesium is an essential mineral for all living cells, responsible for more than 300 chemical reactions in the human body. Find out what else the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Magnesium from, as well as what damaging symptoms a Magnesium deficiency can cause.
Calcium - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Feb 10, 2016 | 2 min read
Calcium is the must abundant mineral in the human body, making up our bones and teeth. Deficiency is very common with half of us believed to consume less than half the recommended amounts. Find out what else the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Calcium from.
Vitamin E - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Feb 5, 2016 | 2 min read
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and known as a powerful antioxidant. Deficiency is very common. Find out what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin E from as well as the potential for deficiency, what can cause deficiency and with the symptoms of deficienc....
Vitamin K - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Feb 3, 2016 | 2 min read
Vitamin K (Phylloquinone) is a fat-soluble vitamin which can be obtained from dairy and plant sources. In the UK all newborns receive Vitamin K just after delivery to prevent the possibility of any serious blood disorders. Find out what the body needs it for and what food sources you ....
Vitamin C - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jan 29, 2016 | 3 min read
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is an antioxidant. It also helps rebuild skin, gums, build cartilage and bones, and maintain blood vessels. Find out the potential for deficiency, what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are and what other things the body needs it f....
Vitamin A (Retinol) - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jan 28, 2016 | 3 min read
Vitamin A (Retinol) is a fat-soluble vitamin which can be obtained from animal and plant sources. Deficiency is uncommon and over-consumption can be harmful. Find out what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin A from as well as the potential for deficiency, w....
Ubiquinol and Gum Disease
Jan 26, 2016 | 4 min read
Gum disease is one of the most common diseases affecting between 50% and 80% of all adults. It starts with gingivitis but if left untreated progresses to periodontal disease. While combating the first signs of gingivitis is straight forward reversing the damage caused by periodontitis....
Vitamin B12 - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jan 25, 2016 | 2 min read
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. It is the largest and most complex of all the vitamins. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, along with what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for an....
Folic Acid - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jan 22, 2016 | 3 min read
Vitamin B9 (Folate/Folic Acid) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. It plays a vital role in growth of a foetus and infants, playing a part in cell growth and producing DNA. A supplementary intake for pregnant women is recommended by the NHS. Find out the potential for d....
Biotin - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jan 20, 2016 | 2 min read
Vitamin B7 (Biotin) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family and is a key nutrient for healthy hair, skin and nails. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sour....
Vitamin B6 - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jan 19, 2016 | 2 min read
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Pyridoxine from.
Vitamin B5 - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jan 18, 2016 | 2 min read
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Pantothenic Acid from.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jan 15, 2016 | 2 min read
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin B3 from.
Vitamin B2- Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Jan 14, 2016 | 2 min read
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin B2 from.
Vitamin B1 - Function and Deficiency Symptoms
Jan 13, 2016 | 2 min read
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin B1 from.
Need help to stop middle age spread? Try fish oils
Jan 5, 2016 | 2 min read
Millions of people carrying a middle age spread could help burn it off by taking cod liver oil or Omega 3 fish oil capsules with their meals. Research has found that fish oil transforms 'bad' white fat cells that store calories into 'good' beige ones that burn calories – this finding ....
Thiamin (vitamin B1) deficiency in diabetics
Dec 22, 2015 | 3 min read
According to research the low cost and readily available supplement Thiamin could benefit most people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes as between 70% and 90% of people with diabetes are thiamine deficient. Find out more in this post.
Vitamin D as a treatment for MS
Dec 10, 2015 | 3 min read
Research is actively looking into the protective role of vitamin D in MS with evidence growing that vitamin D supplements could be part of an effective strategy in the management of MS. Read more in this post.
Avoid festive discomfort this Christmas
Dec 8, 2015 | 3 min read
Bad bacteria thrive on the sorts of food and drinks we like to consume at Christmas resulting in uncomfortable and sometimes painful digestive problems. The good news is that the imbalance can be offset to some extent by taking a supplement. Find out more in this post!
3 key things you should know about Omega 3 foods
Dec 4, 2015 | 3 min read
It is commonly known that omega 3 foods are great for a healthy body. As an essential fatty acid, omega-3 must be consumed through our food since it cannot be made in the body. While it's widely known that omega 3s are associated with reducing inflammation, the equation is not as simp....
Cherry extract for gout
Dec 1, 2015 | 3 min read
Gout is a common type of arthritis, sufferers are hit with sudden and very severe attacks of pain and swelling in the joints. It affects about one in 100 people, with men two to three times more likely to be affected than women. Cherries are a long thought and popular remedy for the a....
Suffer from winter colds? Try Echinacea
Oct 12, 2015 | 2 min read
Echinacea is one of the most popular herbal products in the UK. It is a flowering plant that grows throughout Europe and north America - the root, seeds leaves, stems and flowers of which are used in herbal remedies. People have used echinacea as a traditional cold remedy for centurie....
The best vitamins for skin collagen
Oct 5, 2015 | 3 min read
Collagen is an essential protein. It is responsible for the formation of skin and other tissues in your body. To help boost the production of collagen, consider supplementing your diet with a variety of nutritious foods, all rich in specific vitamin substances that work together to en....
Vitamin D may improve seasonal anxiety and depress
Sep 11, 2015 | 3 min read
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to numerous health conditions including increased risk of asthma, reduced bone density, chronic pain and muscle weakness, among others. Now, a new study led by researchers from the University of Georgia associates low vitamin D levels with greater ....
GLA as treatment for MS
Sep 7, 2015 | 3 min read
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong condition that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). More than 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS) and more women than men are diagnosed with it. Linoleic acid is a naturally occurring omega-6 essential ....
Getting the most from your probiotics
Aug 26, 2015 | 3 min read
Prebiotics and probiotics represent essential aspects of a wholesome, nourishing diet. Though not the same, prebiotics and probiotics complement one another and work together to improve overall health and wellness. Simplistically, a prebiotic encourages the growth of beneficial bacter....
Vitamin B can help fight depression
Aug 24, 2015 | 2 min read
Supplements of vitamin B could be used to help treat people with depression, researchers believe.Scientists found that people suffering from depression responded better to treatment if they had higher levels of B12 in their blood. Find out more in this post.
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....
Iodine is vital for brain development
Aug 17, 2015 | 4 min read
When it comes to listing vitamins and minerals required for optimal health, it's not often people think about iodine. In fact the lack of iodine affects intelligence, hair and skin health, hormone related issues and depression. Learn about food sources of iodine and make sure you and ....
Omega-3 Fatty Acids - A Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Aug 10, 2015 | 2 min read
Chronic inflammation contributes to many painful conditions, including osteoarthritis and back pain - while treatment with drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and diclofenac work well there are extreme side effects associated with their use. An alternative treatment with fewer side effec....
Turmeric Extract for Osteoarthritis Pain Relief
Aug 7, 2015 | 3 min read
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the joints to become painful and stiff and is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. Many people with the condition depend on non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen to manage the symptoms, but the regular, chronic use of these ....
Iron deficiency - the most common mineral deficien
Aug 3, 2015 | 3 min read
Iron deficiency is the most common mineral deficiency in the world affecting nearly 1 billion people (15% of the world’s population). Iron deficiency usually arises by any factor or a combination of three factors which are: low iron diets, poor absorption and excessive loss of blood. ....
Selenium - a mineral that is crucial to health
Jul 6, 2015 | 4 min read
As recently as three decades ago, Selenium was considered an irrelevant nutrient however scientists have now discovered that it's nutritionally essential for humans and plays a key role in helping to protect the body against many damaging diseases and conditions.
Turmeric keeps you looking young
Jul 3, 2015 | 2 min read
The proven health benefits of turmeric are well known however new research coming to light is also showing that turmeric may keep you looking young, possibly slowing down the rate at which the skin ages.
Why do you need supplements?
Jul 1, 2015 | 4 min read
If you consume a healthy and balanced diet, plentiful in fresh fruit and vegetables which are full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants then you may think you don't need supplements. Shouldn't your healthy diet be sufficient for all your body's needs? There are many reaso....
8 ways to build strong bones
Jun 26, 2015 | 4 min read
Bones are quite literally the support system of the body, so it’s very important to keep them strong and healthy. Bones are continuously being broken down and rebuilt in tiny amounts. Before the age 30 (when bones typically reach peak bone mass) the body is creating new bone faster bu....
Tips for swallowing bulky pills
Jun 23, 2015 | 2 min read
While it seems like an easy task, swallowing a pill is something that many of us have great difficulty doing. The fear of gagging causes the throat to tighten up so that the pill stays in your mouth until you spit it out. Here we look at various ways to approach the problem so that yo....
 What does Maltodextrin do to the body?
Jun 15, 2015 | 3 min read
Maltodextrin powder is used as a stabiliser, sweetener and thickener in many packaged foods. It is found in condiments like salad dressings, spice mixes, soups and sauces, baked goods, yoghurt, nutrition bars, sugar-free sweeteners (take a close look at your Stevia sweetener!) and mea....
Can CLA provide salvation from cellulite?
Jun 12, 2015 | 3 min read
If you’re one of the 85% of women in the UK affected by the dreaded orange peel then you'll be pleased to hear there is new hope for an effective treatment! Recent scientific studies have identified a special kind of fatty acid known as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) as being effectiv....
Natural treatment for acid reflux
Jun 8, 2015 | 3 min read
Acid reflux (or heartburn) is a common condition afflicting many people. Most people believe it is caused by excess acid in your stomach and are prescribed acid-blocking drugs. It is believed by many medical professionals that reducing the amount of acid in the stomach is a serious me....
UK pregnant women found to be iodine deficient
Jun 3, 2015 | 2 min read
The UK is a first world country however pregnant women have been found to suffer from an iodine deficiency which "is the world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage". Iodine is crucial for neuro-development in the womb and through infancy, with deficiency cau....
Coenzyme Q10 for gum disease
May 29, 2015 | 2 min read
Gum disease is an increasing issue in western countries, but scientific studies have found an important link between gum disease and Coenzyme Q10 deficiency. Clinical experiments have shown that supplementation with as little as 50mg per day of Coenzyme Q10 resulted in a reduction of ....
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....
Dietary Supplements Help Keep Bodies in Motion
Apr 17, 2015 | 2 min read
It's fair to say that it's important that we keeping moving for as long as we can as we age, physical activity is known to give long term benefits with respect to health and wellness but there are other contributing factors to consider including dietary supplements. Find out more in t....
Allergy Fighting Supplements
Apr 13, 2015 | 2 min read
We already know that good nutrition is required for good health and that it can be strategic in beauty and fitness regimes for example but did you know that you can also use certain foods to help fight your seasonal allergies?
Pycnogenol® Shown to Improve Perimenopause Symptom
Apr 6, 2015 | 2 min read
Perimenopause is the transitional period into menopause and can last for up to four years. It is characterised by many unpleasant symptoms which can seriously affect quality of life. Pycnogenol® Pycnogenol®​ supplementation has been shown to be effective at reducing hot flushes and ni....
Herbs and Spices for Weight Loss
Mar 20, 2015 | 3 min read
Not only do herbs and spices provide extra flavour to meals, they also bring a host of health benefits. They contain antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and in some cases unique medicinal properties. Find out how they can benefit your health and your waist line!
Pycnogenol for Osteoarthritis
Mar 16, 2015 | 3 min read
A majority of people over the age of 65 years show signs of osteoarthritis. Essentially all joints may be affected, but the most commonly affected are hips, knees, fingers and the spine. Osteoarthritis is the leading medical condition for which people use alternative therapies. The pr....
Nuts for Heart Health
Mar 11, 2015 | 2 min read
We're an ageing population, in fact a quarter of Europe's population will be over 65 by 2050. However, while people are living longer, quality of life can vary greatly so it's becoming increasingly important to understand how diet and nutrition can help us to enjoy our older years. On....
Selenium Can Boost a Woman's Fertility
Mar 6, 2015 | 2 min read
Scientists have known for some time that selenium is important in male fertility but it has only been fairly recently that it's role in healthy reproduction in women has been investigated. The research conducted in Australia has found selenium to play a crucial role in the development....
Did you know our intake of zinc has fallen?
Feb 20, 2015 | 2 min read
Our zinc intake has declined over the last 60 years, due to changed eating habits, including a reduction in red meat intake - in fact it's lower than during rationing in World War II.
Omega-3s may help protect against inflammation
Feb 16, 2015 | 2 min read
There is growing evidence to suggest that particular omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (the ones found in oily fish) may reduce some of the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
The forgotten vitamin
Feb 12, 2015 | 2 min read
Yes? Then it's important that you're also getting plenty of Vitamin K2. These three nutrients have a synergistic effect to improve bone health. A study published in Osteoporosis International has found that lifetime supplementation with vitamin K1 or, even better, K2, vitamin D3, and ....
Pycnogenol - a natural way to boost memory and men
Feb 2, 2015 | 2 min read
A new study has shown participants who supplemented daily with Pycnogenol® demonstrated stronger performance in daily mental tasks such as dealing with money, managing people, and coping with stress - suggesting mental performance benefits for home life, the workplace and even in a cl....
Magnesium may help slow progression of prediabetes
Jan 23, 2015 | 2 min read
Magnesium is an extremely important mineral that helps your body maintain blood glucose levels. Research has found that increasing magnesium intake may be important for improving insulin sensitivity, reducing systemic inflammation, and decreasing diabetes risk and may be particularly ....
Blueberries reduce risk of heart disease in women
Jan 20, 2015 | 2 min read
Research conducted by a team of nutrition and exercise scientists from Florida State University, has shown how introducing blueberries to the diet can help reduce high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women. Once women go through menopause, they are put at a....
Can a fish oil supplement help prevent Alzheimer's
Jan 16, 2015 | 3 min read
Alzheimer's is an incurable disease and the most common type of dementia. It's main symptom is memory loss, among many others, which can cause significant disruption to a person's daily life. While it cannot be cured many new studies have identified key lifestyle and nutritional risk ....
Reduce your waist line with tomatoes
Jan 14, 2015 | 2 min read
Research published in the journal Nutrition suggests that a daily glass of tomato juice (a source of lycopene) can reduce both waist circumference and body fat. The study was conducted on young healthy women of normal body weight.
Pycnogenol may reduce symptoms of a common cold
Jan 12, 2015 | 2 min read
A new study has indicated that daily supplementation of Pycnogenol®, at the first signs of a common cold, not only reduces the total number of days affected by illness but also the severity of associated symptoms. Pycnogenol® contains extracts from French maritime bark which contains ....
Treating a magnesium deficiency with a supplement
Jan 7, 2015 | 2 min read
Magnesium is an essential mineral for our health so any concerns over a potential deficiency should not be ignored. Due to soil conditions and food processing methods the levels of magnesium in the foods we eat has dropped 35% in the 50 years preceding 1991. It is also important we co....
Could depression be an allergic reaction?
Jan 2, 2015 | 2 min read
Depression has always carried the stigma of being a mental illness, however new research suggests that it could be as much about the body as the mind. The claim is that it is a result of inflammation caused by the body's immune system. Find out more in this post.
The humble Sprout - the Christmas 'Superfood'
Dec 4, 2014 | 3 min read
Sprouts are being hailed as this seasons 'superfood'. Rich in immune boosting Vitamin C & K its perfect for keeping bugs at bay this winter. As well as folic acid, calcium and magnesium sprouts also contain sulforane which to helps to lower cholesterol. These nutritious little gems de....
Cranberries - Not just for Christmas!
Dec 1, 2014 | 2 min read
Remember - Cranberries are not just for Christmas! The humble cranberry is an antioxidant rich 'super food' topped only by blueberries. As well as being high in Vitamin C and fibre, they are low calorie and delicious! Scientific studies have shown a range of potential health benefits ....
Vitamin C increases physical activity in men
Nov 21, 2014 | 3 min read
Low levels of Vitamin C in the body has been shown to lead to decreased immune system strength so it's important, especially at this time of year, to ensure you're getting enough. A new study has shown that not only did it help to fight off the sniffles but it also boosted physical ac....
Fishy and nutty - trust us it's a good thing
Nov 4, 2014 | 2 min read
The health benefits of omega fatty acids is widely reported however a further study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids may help lower a person's risk of dying from an inflammatory disease by more than 30%.
The UK is set to suffer prolonged hayfever misery
Oct 10, 2014 | 2 min read
British scientists are fearing an extended season of hayfever misery for suffers this autumn due to particularly high levels of weed pollen. To blame is the US invader common ragwort - a highly allergenic plant that has managed to survive longer into the year due to unusually warm and....
Turmeric and aromatic turmerone research
Oct 6, 2014 | 2 min read
New research has discovered a compound in the aromatic spice turmeric may hold the key to repairing the brains of people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. In laboratory tests, aromatic turmerone promoted the proliferation of brain stem cells and their development in....
Cure for a tension headache
Sep 15, 2014 | 2 min read
Trying to keep on top of your to do list both at work and at home can feel like a juggling act for many of us - there is always too much to do and too little time! If this sounds like a familiar story then your stressful life might be causing you a tension headache - instead of poppin....
Are multivitamins worth it?
Sep 12, 2014 | 2 min read
Are you worried it's a waste of money taking Multivitamin supplements as they just go straight through you? Your concern is not entirely unfounded but have a read of our thoughts and tips to get the most out of your Multivitamin Supplement
Nutrition to combat post summer blues
Sep 10, 2014 | 3 min read
As always getting the right foods into your diet is essential but supplement can be a great way to boost your mood. Magnesium and B vitamin supplements are also great for energy production, and a short course of 5-HTP (a form of L-Tryptophan) can help boost mood and sleep if you are f....
Try Hyaluronic Acid to treat Dry Eyes Syndrome
Sep 8, 2014 | 2 min read
Dry Eyes Syndrome is a medical condition which affects almost one third of the adult population, typically middle aged females. It is one of the leading causes of visits to the optician. Symptoms such as redness, blurred vision and dry, gritty sensations in the eyes can be very distre....
Omega-3 found to help Lou Gehrigs (ALS) disease
Aug 21, 2014 | 3 min read
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 ....
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....
Food businesses take action to reduce salt and fat
Aug 18, 2014 | 2 min read
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 ....
Take magnesium before bed for restorative sleep
Aug 7, 2014 | 2 min read
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 ....
The NHS advice on probiotics underestimated
Aug 5, 2014 | 3 min read
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 ar....
Obesity to blame for an increase in knee replaceme
Aug 4, 2014 | 4 min read
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 ov....
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....
Try omega-3 fatty acids to help quit smoking
Jul 30, 2014 | 3 min read
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 ....
Eating Avocados helps Vitamin A absorption
Jul 28, 2014 | 3 min read
Vitamin A (also known as retinol) has been called the "miracle vitamin" because of its positive impact on immunity and growth. Beauty-conscious women have been known to favour this vitamin because it is believed to slow the ageing process and improve overall skin condition. Vitamin A ....
Natural Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Jul 14, 2014 | 6 min read
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions in the UK, affecting an estimated 10-20% of the UK's population at any one time. Symptoms vary greatly but all relate to a disturbance of the large bowel (colon). There is no cure for IBS but there ar....
Just Vitamins stance backed by BBC Watchdog
Jul 9, 2014 | 3 min read
Over 6 months ago during the height of the annual health regime thousands of people embark on, we wrote a blog post about one of the most prevalent 'slimming' products of 2014 - Raspberry Ketones. We undertake a great deal of responsible research on the supplements that we sell and co....
Pycnogenol® Found to Improve Psoriasis Symptoms
Jul 7, 2014 | 2 min read
Psoriasis (pso·ri·a·sis, pronounced suh-rahy-uh-sis) affects around 5% of the population and is now considered a cardiovascular risk factor - mild symptoms include localised itching however severe symptoms can lead to the painful and debilitating condition known as arthritis. Pycnogen....
Inositol - a natural treatment for OCD
Jun 25, 2014 | 2 min read
OCD is a serious anxiety related illness which affects around 750,000 people in the UK. Globally it is ranked in the top 10 most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation. Numerous scientific studies have shown Inositol to be effective in the treatment of OCD and other p....
Over 55's with vitamin D deficiency
Jun 23, 2014 | 3 min read
The Daily Mail has recently reported on a research by the University of California’s San Diego School of Medicine which found that middle-aged people who don’t get enough exposure to sunshine are twice as likely to die.
Research shows Krill lowers triglycerides
Jun 16, 2014 | 2 min read
Recent research has concluded that the management of high triglyceride levels represents a crucial step to reduce cardiovascular risk, and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation represents a valid approach to correct triglyceride levels, which are an independent risk factor for cardiovasc....
Bovine Collagen vs Marine Collagen
Jun 14, 2014 | 2 min read
Collagen makes up one third of all the protein in our body and is most commonly known for skin health and helping to prevent wrinkles. After the age of around 25 years our ability to synthesise it from our diet declines but supplementation can help promote synthesis and restore collag....
Scientific breakthrough shows omega-3 potential
Jun 12, 2014 | 2 min read
Research to date has identified that DHA omega-3 fatty acids are very important for brain function, however exactly how the substance is absorbed has remained a mystery, if unlocked this information could be used to formulate a nutritional agent targeting more effective absorption. Re....
Lycopene shown to help heart health
Jun 10, 2014 | 2 min read
Statistics show that the Mediterranean region has a reduced the risk of heart disease - this is largely credited with the diet rich in fruit, vegetables, olive oil and perhaps even the odd glass of red wine (optional!). Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer therefor....
Alternative Insect bite prevention - thiamine
Jun 9, 2014 | 3 min read
Vitamin B1, also called Thiamine is a water soluble vitamin that when taken in excess is excreted in your urine or through your skin when you sweat. Sweating out excess thiamine through the skin may offer some protection against mosquitoes and other insects. Find out more.
Nutrition for healthy aging
Jun 4, 2014 | 6 min read
There is no escaping the fact that we all grow old, no quantity of vitamins or supplements can stop that. There is however increasing evidence and clinical research showing that certain vitamins and supplements can help improve our health in older age and possibly help prevent certain....
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....
Flaxseed Found to Benefit High Blood Pressure
May 29, 2014 | 2 min read
High blood pressure dramatically increases with age and is a fast growing health risk across the planet. A recent study has been published demonstrating the benefits of flaxseed in reducing blood pressure, with researchers claiming it represents a major advance in the treatment of hyp....
Help protect your mind from ageing
May 28, 2014 | 3 min read
Modern times sees an ever increasing ageing population, with this should come increased awareness in ways to fight both the physical and mental decline associated with the process. Here we look at the importance of nutrition in keeping an agile mind.
Vitamin E deficiency increasing
May 27, 2014 | 4 min read
Consumption of vitamin E is in decline and the impact of low vitamin E intake globally is a serious public health concern. Vitamin E is essential to health and the European Commission has authorized a health claim stating that ‘vitamin E contributes to the protection of cell constitue....
Questions to ask before taking a supplement
May 26, 2014 | 4 min read
There are many factors to consider when deciding to supplement your diet with vitamins, minerals or herbs including age, existing physical and mental health, lifestyle and current or previous health conditions. Read this post to find out more or ring our free and confidential suppleme....
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....
Positive outcome glucosamine High Court hearing
May 22, 2014 | 2 min read
We all recognise glucosamine as a supplement - it's possibly the worlds most popular. Recently a Chinese Pharmaceutical firm has fought the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to try and force glucosamine to be classified as a medicine. The claim was struck o....
Omega-3 fatty acids help to manage triglycerides
May 22, 2014 | 2 min read
The first thing that probably springs to mind when thinking about how to best prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease is to to lower levels of bad cholesterol in the body. However another very important measurement is triglyceride levels - read about the crucial role Omega-3 fatty....
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....
Strong evidence Ubiquinol boosts sports performanc
May 20, 2014 | 2 min read
Scientific studies into the effects of Ubiquinol on sports performance have shown that it is able to increase sports performance, power output and recovery time. The study was conducted on medium to intensive athletes in a double-blind study. Ubiquinol is not categorised as a performa....
How to improve joint aches and pain
May 19, 2014 | 3 min read
Whether it be arthritic aches and pains or sports injuries, one of the most common health complaints concerns joint health. Is there anything that can be done to get your joints in shape without having to rely on over the counter pain relief and anti-inflammatories? The answer is yes ....
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....
Are your vitamins from outer space?
Apr 29, 2014 | 3 min read
NASA-funded research suggests the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts. Further research supports this theory by identifying an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-ric....
Nutritional therapy for Acne
Apr 26, 2014 | 4 min read
Research to date shows that acne (and general skin health) is tied strongly to diet. In fact traditional indigenous cultures have little acne, but as soon as they adopt a Western diet they see increasing levels of acne. Read more about which vitamins and minerals may be particularly e....
Is the Bradley Wiggins effect damaging prostates?
Apr 24, 2014 | 3 min read
Figures show membership for British Cycling has doubled since 2012 following the success of Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2012 Tour de France and Team GB at the London Olympics, with it the sales of prostate products have quadrupled for customers aged 40-45. Prostate health should be hig....
A herbal approach to the menopause
Apr 15, 2014 | 4 min read
The menopause is a natural point in every woman’s life, a sign that the childbearing years are drawing to a close. This ‘change of life’ can cause some difficult physical and emotional symptoms. Here we look at evidence supporting a natural approach to treatment could be effective.
Pycnogenol® Naturally Reduces Hay Fever Symptoms
Apr 8, 2014 | 3 min read
Hay fever affects many millions of people in the UK, some may suffer fairly mild symptoms including itchy eyes and a runny nose but for some the symptoms can significantly affect quality of life. A study into the efficacy of Pycnogenol® as a natural alternative treatment to hay fever ....
Supplements from a responsible retailer
Apr 7, 2014 | 3 min read
Many of us love to believe there is a miracle weight loss secret out there just waiting to be uncovered (even though deep down we know the only way is through hard work in the gym and a healthy diet), sadly this has meant many have fallen victim to the latest fad 'Raspberry Ketones', ....
Nutritional therapy for gum disease
Apr 5, 2014 | 6 min read
Gum disease is extremely common with more than half of all adults in the UK suffering the condition. Mild cases cause bleeding gums and bad breath but if left untreated can progress to periodontal disease. As well as causing pain and general discomfort it is also associated with a hig....
Natural supplementation to support eye health
Apr 3, 2014 | 3 min read
Age-related macular degeneration is the most commonly diagnosed eye condition in the over 50's with around 26,000 new cases emerging each year. It has a profound effect on the sufferer's life, affecting central vision to the point where light, shapes and colour no longer exist. This p....
Is there a supplement to help morning sickness?
Apr 2, 2014 | 3 min read
Morning sickness is the most common medical condition of early pregnancy - characterised by nausea and vomiting. The severity of the symptoms varies from woman to woman but all will agree that it is an unpleasant experience to say the least and makes everyday life more difficult to de....
Turmeric - a cure for back pain?
Apr 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Turmeric has been used medicinally for thousands of years. As an increasingly popular natural alternative to traditional drugs for back pain, we examine what makes turmeric such a good natural anti-inflammatory and an effective alternative treatment for back pain.
The importance of magnesium to the body
Mar 28, 2014 | 6 min read
Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a very important role in many bodily functions - in fact it regulates over 300 biochemical reactions in the human body. However some experts have referred to it as 'The Forgotten Mineral' as the population of the western world is seeing a s....
Vitamin B12 Deficency Explained
Mar 27, 2014 | 3 min read
Vitamin B12 is actually produced by bacteria and micro-organisms therefore paradoxically our unnaturally hygienic modern lives (compared to those of our ancestors) mean we consume less of this vitamin! Vitamin B12 is vital to maintaining good health, find out what factors may be putti....
Rosehip as an approach to painful joints
Mar 26, 2014 | 3 min read
Many millions of people in the UK suffer from joint pain, the most common conditions being rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis - both are characterised by inflammation of the joints which causes swelling, stiffness and pain. Research has identified Rosehip as a natural anti-inflam....
Osteoporosis - The Silent Epidemic
Mar 25, 2014 | 4 min read
Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by severe bone thinning which leads to painful fractures. It affects half of woman and a fifth of men over 50 in the UK - amounting to nearly 3 million people. Sadly sufferers don't realise they have it until it's too late - find out about the....
How to fight your spring allergies without drugs
Mar 21, 2014 | 3 min read
With spring now here in the UK there is an increase in pollen in the air. With that comes the onset of allergies for many people. Itchy eyes, runny noses and bouts of incessant sneezing are no fun! We look at the importance of good nutrition and how natural food supplements can help, ....
Raspberry Ketones are now a 'Novel Food'
Mar 20, 2014 | 2 min read
Yesterday the Food Standards Agency completed its review of Raspberry Ketones and they have now officially been given a 'Novel Food' status. This means until an application to authorise the supplement is made and granted then it is not legal to sell within the European Union. There is....
Pycnogenol and L-Arginine for Male Sexual Health
Mar 18, 2014 | 4 min read
When combined with L-Arginine there is solid scientific evidence that says yes! We look at five clinical studies that show the combination of Pycnogenol® and L-Arginine restores sexual function, enables erections, boosts libido, performance, sperm motility, viability, and quantity.
Facing the Menopause and its symptoms
Mar 15, 2014 | 3 min read
Menopause generally occurs in women at around 50 years old, there are many unpleasant symptoms associated with this stage of life including hot flushes, headaches and tiredness, as well as more serious conditions such as Osteoporosis. Find out which supplements can help.
5 reasons to take a Multivitamin supplement
Mar 14, 2014 | 3 min read
You may have noticed that Multivitamins have come under fire in the press recently. The messages are very mixed - one day vitamins are no good for you, the next day they are! Facts tell us that geographical and dietary influences mean many people, even in 1st world countries, are defi....
Stress and anti-stress supplements
Mar 13, 2014 | 3 min read
Stress is likely to affect nearly everyone on an almost daily basis. High levels of stress can lead to poor health so it's important to learn how we can arm ourselves against this very prevalent modern day issue. This is where diet and nutrition comes in - both are very important in h....
18 proven reasons to take a Zinc Supplement
Mar 12, 2014 | 3 min read
Zinc is involved in over 300 important bodily functions and is a crucial trace mineral for the body. There are many ongoing scientific studies into the role of Zinc in fighting colds and wound healing and the results are very positive, however this blog posts talks only about proven b....
What does Traditional Herbal Remedy (THR) mean?
Mar 11, 2014 | 2 min read
Herbal remedies have been used to treat a variety of ailments for centuries. In most cases their use is well documented and they have become available for commercial purchase. Herbs can have a very potent effect on the body so it is important you know what you are buying. The Medicine....
Coconut Oil Supplements
Mar 8, 2014 | 4 min read
You may have noticed that Coconut Oil is very much in the nutritional spotlight. Once condemned for its high saturated fat content it is now being hailed by scientists, physicians, and nutritionists as the next best thing for your health. Are the claims substantiated?
Peppermint oil capsules for IBS
Mar 6, 2014 | 3 min read
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an extremely common disorder - it is characterised by chronic abdominal pain and alteration of bowel habits and can be debilitating for the sufferer. There is no known cure for the condition but help comes in the form of Peppermint Oil.
Saw Palmetto can help an enlarged prostate
Mar 2, 2014 | 4 min read
Prostate health is extremely important for men of all ages - particularly so for those over the age of 50, in fact by the age 60 most men will be suffering the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Find out how Saw Palmetto can help.
What is Hyaluronic Acid used in the body for?
Mar 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Hyaluronic acid is now considered more important than Collagen for preventing the signs of skin ageing. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water therefore its the perfect natural moisturiser - but it doesn't end there...
Do plant sterols help lower cholesterol?
Feb 26, 2014 | 2 min read
We can get plant sterols from our diet but not in sufficient quantities - you may have heard of Benecol and Flora Proactive? Well these have plant sterols added to them - 'why is this?' well because plant sterols can help lower cholesterol levels and therefore reduce the risk of heart....
What is L-Arginine good for?
Feb 24, 2014 | 3 min read
L-Arginine is an amino acid. Amino acids in the fitness world are associated with lean muscle growth therefore it would be natural to think of L-Arginine being good for muscle development. L-Arginine is actually ineffectual for building muscle but it has numerous benefits for physical....
Health benefits of Turmeric
Feb 21, 2014 | 4 min read
If you've ever cooked a curry from scratch then you know what Turmeric is - and the stains on your clothes are probably a permanent reminder! What you probably don't know is the medicinal properties of Turmeric are widely used for a variety of health issues.
Starflower Oil vs Evening Primrose Oil
Feb 19, 2014 | 2 min read
Evening Primrose Oil has been around for a very long time and is widely known of. The active ingredient is an Omega-6 fatty acid called Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). There is another plant that contains GLA and has very similar properties called Starflower or Borage. Is Evening Primrose....
Pycnogenol shown to improve fitness and recovery
Feb 15, 2014 | 2 min read
A recent study on Pycnogenol has shown significant improvements in training and performance in both normal and semi-professional athletes. The results demonstrated its effectiveness in boosting muscle performance, increasing endurance and reducing cramping by controlling oxidative str....
Krill Oil - why is it a superior source of Omega-3
Feb 14, 2014 | 2 min read
Krill Oil is different from fish oils because it is naturally pure and contains phospholipid omega-3s and astaxanthin. The difference between Krill Oil and other marine fish oils is considerable, and it is fast being considered a superior source of Omega-3s for a variety of reasons.
Interesting facts about lecithin
Feb 13, 2014 | 2 min read
Lecithin is a complex fat molecule needed by every living cell in the body. It has a variety of uses and benefits for health. Find out where it comes from and how it benefits you.
Ubiquinol and CoQ10
Feb 12, 2014 | 2 min read
Many people will have heard of Coenzyme Q10 which is called ubiquinone. There is a new kid on the block called ubiquinol - they are very easy to confuse! Ubiquinol is a reduced form Coenzyme Q10 which is already in a form which the body can use - Coenzyme Q10 needs to be converted by ....
Zinc for colds
Feb 6, 2014 | 2 min read
When you catch a cold one of the first things you're probably told by friends and family is to get some Vitamin C in to help fight it (oranges aren't actually a great source of Vitamin C by the way!). Research has proven that one of the best things you can take is actually a Zinc supp....
5 reasons to take a cod liver oil supplement
Feb 4, 2014 | 2 min read
The use of cod liver oil for general health and wellness has been long documented but scientific research now backs up real health claims, read on to find out more.
Could peanut allergies soon be cured?
Jan 30, 2014 | 1 min read
Peanut allergies now affect more 1 in 50 children and can potentially be life threatening. Scientists in the UK now believe that they have devised a way to stop a life threatening reaction.
Cherry extract can help prevent gout
Jan 30, 2014 | 1 min read
Cherry extract or fresh cherries have recently become popular as a way of preventing gout. Is there any evidence behind this? We take a look at the scientific research so far and explain why cherries have become popular for gout treatment and prevention.
Is there such a thing as bad cholesterol and good
Jan 27, 2014 | 2 min read
The answer is yes! Most people will know that having 'high cholesterol' is bad and is a major cause of heart disease and clogged arteries. What most people don't know is there are two types of cholesterol - good (HDL) and bad (LDL). Cholesterol is fat and the levels of good and bad ch....
Pineapple contains bromelain
Jan 26, 2014 | 1 min read
Food is a major part of everyone's lives and the body expends a lot of energy digesting it. Digestive enzymes help to break down food and aid in absorbing nutrients into our blood stream. Enzymes are found predominantly in raw foods and generally the more we have the less the body has....
Synthetic cod liver oil
Jan 24, 2014 | 2 min read
A fish-less fish oil - cod liver oil that doesn't come from cod! Would you take it as a supplement? It's not yet a reality but have a read about the proposition and its potential issues and benefits.
Can probiotics help behavioral problems?
Jan 24, 2014 | 2 min read
Recent findings have begun to back up long held theories that there are strong links between brain function and stomach bacteria. This article reports on some of the most recent studies and theories.
Vitamin D and rickets
Jan 22, 2014 | 2 min read
The NHS have reported that cases of rickets is on the rise with 833 admissions to hospital in 2012-13. We take a look at what rickets is and what may have caused this increase in suffering.We recommend that everyone read this article but especially those with young children who are pr....
Raspberry Ketones - do they work?
Jan 21, 2014 | 2 min read
You may have heard of a 'miracle weight-loss' but as you know with vitamins and supplements there is no such thing as a 'miracle' product. We explain all about raspberry ketones in this blog post and put the myths in the spotlight.
What are free radicals?
Jan 20, 2014 | 1 min read
You may have heard of the term "free radicals" and the importance of protecting the body against them. In reality free radicals are essential to important bodily functions but too much exposure is bad for you. Read more about free radicals in the full blog post.....
What are Antioxidants?
Jan 20, 2014 | 1 min read
When buying supplements we will all have seen terms such as "powerful antioxidant" and "high in antioxidants" but do you know what an antioxidant actually is and why they are beneficial for you?