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Health & Nutrition Articles: February 2014

Flaxseed capsules as an alternative to fish oils
Feb 27, 2014 | 3 min read
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids which must be obtained from our diets. Fish/marine sources are the first to come to mind however there are plant based alternatives which are excellent options. They are also an excellent alternative for people who don't want to consume fish oils for....
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 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 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 is Ginko Biloba?
Feb 22, 2014 | 2 min read
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the most popular medicinal herbs in the world. It is actually the oldest living tree species in the world and has no living relatives. Read about more Ginkgo related 'wonders'.
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....
Green Coffee Extract
Feb 18, 2014 | 3 min read
People often look to food supplements to support their weight loss and one of the newest products is green coffee bean extract. We look at the science behind the product (it has nothing to do with caffeine!) and examine some studies into its effectiveness.
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.
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 ....
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....
5 reasons to take Vitamin D
Feb 9, 2014 | 3 min read
It is thought that 25% of the population has a Vitamin D deficiency in the blood - this poses many dangers. The body can make its own Vitamin D so why are so many people deficient? Read about Vitamin D sources and 5 reasons why should may choose to take a supplement.
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....
Milk thistle can protect the liver
Feb 5, 2014 | 1 min read
Milk thistle is an ancient traditional herbal medicine which is said to have the ability to prevent damage to the liver.
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.
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....
Customer reviews for Rosehip
Feb 1, 2014 | 1 min read
Rosehip is a long used supplement which has a variety of uses - we believe that first hand use and experience provides a good resource for people researching the product. This article summarises some customer feedback from people who have purchased and used our rosehip extract tablets....
L-Theanine - the mystery ingredient in tea
Feb 1, 2014 | 2 min read
When you have a stressful moment or a shock why is a 'cup of tea' one of the first things that come to mind? The mystery ingredient in tea (particularly green tea) is now thought to be an amino acid called L-Theanine. L-Theanine works to offset caffeine's effect with a calming influen....