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Health & Nutrition Articles - Immune System

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....
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.
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!
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.
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....
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....
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.
Vitamins and nutrients for immune support
Nov 23, 2018 | 3 min read
As we already know, your body needs a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy. During the winter months it's even more important to add foods to your diet that are high in immune health vitamins and nutrients.
Autumn Health Tips
Nov 5, 2018 | 3 min read
Summer time is over and autumn has arrived - a time to enjoy cosy jumpers and pumpkin lattes! However the changing season can also spell an outbreak of coughs and colds so it's even more important to look after your health.
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.
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....
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....
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....
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.
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 ....
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....
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....
Beta-glucans and the immune system
Nov 11, 2014 | 3 min read
Beta-Glucans are crucial weapons in the fight to stay healthy and naturally boost the immune system. The body doesn't produce Beta-Glucans so the only way to get the compound is through external sources. Learn more about Beta-Glucans and how they work to boost our immune system.
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 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....
What are Beta Glucans?
Feb 7, 2014 | 2 min read
Beta-Glucans have benefits to blood cholesterol levels and your immune system. The body cannot make Beta-Glucans therefore it must be consumed in your diet via food or a supplement. Learn about dietary source and the benefits of consuming them.
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....