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Health & Nutrition Articles - Technical Info

Where to get Omega-3 essential fatty acids from
Oct 28, 2016 | 4 min read
No type of fat has been getting more recent publicity than Omega-3s, you're very likely to have heard that they play an important role in support of our health. Find out what animal foods, seafoods, vegetables, seeds and nuts are rich in Omega-3, and what health conditions Omega-3s pl....
 What 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....
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....
How and when should I take my supplements?
Apr 10, 2014 | 2 min read
One of the most common themes for questions asked through the Just Vitamins Nutrition Advice line is related to getting the maximum benefit from a supplement, and more specifically “when in the day should I take my supplement?”
What are Macronutrients?
Mar 16, 2014 | 5 min read
'Macronutrients' is simply the scientific term used to describe the three nutrient groups essential to our survival. Learn how much of each of the three different types you should consume per day and the different roles they play in our body.
Is Vitamin D the same as Vitamin D3?
Mar 7, 2014 | 2 min read
Vitamin D, as its commonly known, actually comprises Vitamin D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5. In supplemental form we take Vitamin D2 or Vitamin D3, however contrary to past beliefs, they have been found to be beneficial to the body to different degrees. Learn what you should look out for when ....
What is melatonin?
Mar 5, 2014 | 2 min read
Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain which helps regulate your sleep cycles and we all know how important sleep is to our bodily functions. It is widely used by people to help overcome jet lag and sleep disorders such as insomnia. In the UK it is a prohibited substance and can....
What are Fat-Soluble Vitamins?
Mar 4, 2014 | 2 min read
Did you know that fat-soluble vitamins must be consumed with a little bit of fat or they cannot be absorbed into the body? They can also be stored by the body for future needs. We explain which Vitamins are fat-soluble and what they do.
What are Water-Soluble Vitamins?
Mar 4, 2014 | 3 min read
Did you know that water-soluble vitamins cannot be stored in the body and need to be obtained daily via our food or supplements. We explain which Vitamins are water-soluble and what they do.
Flaxseed oil is high in Omega-3 and 6
Feb 11, 2014 | 2 min read
The word 'fat' probably has an instant 'oh no' reaction in people but it's not all bad and is actually essential in the body. Our body needs essential fatty acids to survive and they must be obtained in our diets via food or supplements. There are different types of essential fatty ac....
The Polyphenolic Family
Feb 10, 2014 | 1 min read
If you've researched your vitamins and supplements you will have almost certainly come across at least one of these terms: 'polyphenols', 'flavanoids', 'flavanols', 'catechins', 'isoflavones' or 'anthocyanins'. They aren't the easiest of terms to digest admittedly and they are by no m....
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.
Amino Acids are key building blocks
Feb 3, 2014 | 2 min read
Amino acids are the compounds that make up proteins - the building blocks of life. They play a vital role in nearly all biological processes within the body. They can be classified into three groups: essential, semi-essential and non-essential. Some we can make ourselves the others we....
Glucosamine sulphate vs Glucosamine hydrochloride
Jan 31, 2014 | 1 min read
Glucosamine is probably the most popular supplement for helping to maintain healthy joints. There are two forms of glucosamine - sulphate and hydrochloride. Is one better than the other and what are the differences? Read our article and understand the differences so that you can decid....
What does highly bioavailable mean
Jan 29, 2014 | 1 min read
The bioavailability of a nutrient is a crucial factor and the higher the better. If you have a poor quality supplement then your body could end up excreting a large proportion of its benefits because the body is not able to absorb it efficiently.
Statins Lower Cholesterol
Jan 28, 2014 | 1 min read
High cholesterol is, unfortunately, a prolific problem in today's society. Recently, the UK has been dubbed the 'statins capital of Europe' ! Along with regular exercise and a low fat diet, statins are now being frequently prescribed to help lower cholesterol levels and prevent heart ....
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....
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter
Jan 25, 2014 | 1 min read
Serotonin also known as 5-hydroxytryptamine or abbreviated to 5-HT. It is found in many parts of the body and is thought to have many different influences and purposes. There have long been links between serotonin levels and depression with many antidepressant treatments working by in....
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?