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Health & Nutrition Articles: March 2014

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.
What is Biotin and what does it do?
Mar 17, 2014 | 3 min read
Biotin is part of the B-Complex vitamins and is also known as Vitamin B7 - it is part of many important functions in the body including a healthy nervous system, macronutrient metabolism and maintenance of healthy skin and hair.
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.
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?
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 ....
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.
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.
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...