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Health & Nutrition Articles - Terminologies Explained

May 5, 2016 | 2 min read
You will no longer see the term RDA on food and supplements in relation to vitamins and minerals. The term is now called NRV (Nutrient Reference Values). Find out what NRV means and what the difference to RDA is.
 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....
The importance of Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Aug 8, 2014 | 3 min read
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential to human health, they cannot be manufactured by the body therefore they have to be obtained from the food we eat. Research has shown numerous health benefits from a diet rich in omega-3 including preventing risk factors associated with chro....
µg means microgram or mcg
Jul 29, 2014 | 1 min read
You have have seen the symbol µg on your vitamins and not know what it means. It is a unit of measurement but what is is equivalent to - find out!
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.
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....
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.
What does oxidative stress mean?
Feb 25, 2014 | 2 min read
Free radicals cause oxidative stress. What does this mean - is it good or bad? Contrary to common belief free radicals aren't actually all bad - they are necessary to our survival. Is oxidative stress good or bad and what causes it? Find out......
What is astaxanthin?
Feb 17, 2014 | 2 min read
Astaxanthin (pronounced "asta-ZAN-thin") is a naturally occurring pigment that is responsible for the pink flesh of salmon, lobster and prawns. It is also thought to be a powerful antioxidant - found out out it can help the human body...
Thyroid Gland
Feb 16, 2014 | 2 min read
It is estimated that around 1 in 20 people has either a temporary or permanent thyroid disorder. A thyroid disorder can be debilitating but it is easily treatable. Learn about what the thyroid does, why this is crucial to your body and what can happen if it is not working properly.
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....
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....
What are catechins
Feb 2, 2014 | 1 min read
Most of us love a good old cuppa but did you know that tea contains a number of natural chemicals? Approximately 50% of these are called catechins which are essentially an antioxidant. There are different types of catechins - learn more about what they do and what other sources you ca....
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.
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....
Prebiotics - Chicory Root
Jan 22, 2014 | 2 min read
Prebiotics and probiotics are very often advertised on television as yoghurt supplements, little shot drinks and even in margarine spreads. Lots of us buy these supplements in this form but do you actually know the difference between them, how they work together and how they benefit y....
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?