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Where to get Omega-3 essential fatty acids from
Friday October 28, 2016 at 9:48am

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 play a role in preventing/treating.

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Walnuts - great for a healthy brain
Friday August 5, 2016 at 1:32pm

Have you ever noticed that a wrinkly walnut looks remarkably like a brain? Everyone knows the saying "you are what you eat", in the case of walnuts how true is it?

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Why you should never drink tea near a mealtime...
Friday April 1, 2016 at 2:21pm

Did you know that drinking tea can severely inhibit your body's ability to absorb vitamins and minerals - especially iron? There are three categories of tea - black, green and herbal. Each has very different properties which affect vitamin and mineral absorption in different ways.

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Vitamin E - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Friday February 5, 2016 at 11:57am

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and known as a powerful antioxidant. Deficiency is very common. Find out what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin E from as well as the potential for deficiency, what can cause deficiency and with the symptoms of deficiency include.

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Vitamin K - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Wednesday February 3, 2016 at 11:57am

Vitamin K (Phylloquinone) is a fat-soluble vitamin which can be obtained from dairy and plant sources. In the UK all newborns receive Vitamin K just after delivery to prevent the possibility of any serious blood disorders. Find out what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin K from as well as the potential for deficiency, what can cause deficiency and with the symptoms of deficiency include.

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Vitamin C - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Friday January 29, 2016 at 2:55pm

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is an antioxidant. It also helps rebuild skin, gums, build cartilage and bones, and maintain blood vessels. Find out the potential for deficiency, what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are and what other things the body needs it for. The orange is the 'poster boy' for Vitamin C, however there are many fruits and vegetables which are richer sources of Vitamin C - find out which ones.

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Vitamin A (Retinol) - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Thursday January 28, 2016 at 8:55am

Vitamin A (Retinol) is a fat-soluble vitamin which can be obtained from animal and plant sources. Deficiency is uncommon and over-consumption can be harmful. Find out what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin A from as well as the potential for deficiency, what can cause deficiency and with the symptoms of deficiency include.

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Vitamin B12 - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Monday January 25, 2016 at 6:32pm

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. It is the largest and most complex of all the vitamins. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, along with what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin B12 from.

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Folic Acid - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Friday January 22, 2016 at 7:42am

Vitamin B9 (Folate/Folic Acid) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. It plays a vital role in growth of a foetus and infants, playing a part in cell growth and producing DNA. A supplementary intake for pregnant women is recommended by the NHS. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, along with what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get folic acid from.

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Biotin - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Wednesday January 20, 2016 at 11:42am

Vitamin B7 (Biotin) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family and is a key nutrient for healthy hair, skin and nails. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Biotin from.

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Vitamin B6 - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Tuesday January 19, 2016 at 8:33am

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Pyridoxine from.

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Vitamin B5 - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Monday January 18, 2016 at 6:22pm

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Pantothenic Acid from.

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Vitamin B3 (Niacin) - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Friday January 15, 2016 at 7:57am

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin B3 from.

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Vitamin B2- Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Thursday January 14, 2016 at 8:25am

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin B2 from.

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Vitamin B1 - Function and Deficiency Symptoms
Wednesday January 13, 2016 at 12:47pm

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) is part of the 8 vitamins in the B-Vitamin family. Find out the potential for deficiency and what can cause deficiency, what some of the symptoms of deficiency are, what the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Vitamin B1 from.

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Why do you need supplements?
Wednesday July 1, 2015 at 7:38am

If you consume a healthy and balanced diet, plentiful in fresh fruit and vegetables which are full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants then you may think you don't need supplements. Shouldn't your healthy diet be sufficient for all your body's needs? There are many reasons why our bodies can benefit from supplements to support our healthy eating, we've covered three of these in this article.

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 What does Maltodextrin do to the body?
Monday June 15, 2015 at 1:33pm

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 meal replacement shakes. Many people believe it is not safe to consume but there are two sides to every ingredient, and maltodextrin is no different.

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Selenium Can Boost a Woman's Fertility
Friday March 6, 2015 at 5:31pm

Scientists have known for some time that selenium is important in male fertility but it has only been fairly recently that it's role in healthy reproduction in women has been investigated. The research conducted in Australia has found selenium to play a crucial role in the development of healthy ovarian follicles.

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Did you know our intake of zinc has fallen?
Friday February 20, 2015 at 8:30am

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.

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10 interesting nutrition facts!
Friday February 6, 2015 at 6:04pm

Did you know that Broccoli is good for your bones, or that Kale is good for your eyes? Find out more interesting food facts in this post!

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The humble Sprout - the Christmas 'Superfood'
Thursday December 4, 2014 at 5:22pm

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 deserve to be on your plate more than once a year!

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Cranberries - Not just for Christmas!
Monday December 1, 2014 at 5:27pm

Remember - Cranberries are not just for Christmas! The humble cranberry is an antioxidant rich 'super food' topped only by blueberries. As well as being high in Vitamin C and fibre, they are low calorie and delicious! Scientific studies have shown a range of potential health benefits including fighting aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes and urinary tract infections (UTI).

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Is there mush-room for another type of Vitamin D?
Monday November 17, 2014 at 6:24pm

It is estimated as many as 70% of British citizens suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency, which is believed to be caused by our dietary habits, poor weather and short winter days. Now you can get your Vitamin D dose from a new revolutionary source - the mushroom!

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The importance of Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Friday August 8, 2014 at 8:36am

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 chronic diseases such as heart disease.

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Probiotics may help prevent obesity
Thursday July 31, 2014 at 8:11am

A scientific study into the effects of probiotics on the diet has shown that it may help to prevent obesity and help treat chronic diseases. Probiotics are 'hot' property in the supplements business with a huge wave of studies and benefits being discovered recently. It appears that the health of the bacteria in our gut has a very influential part to play in the smooth running of our body.

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Try omega-3 fatty acids to help quit smoking
Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 8:24am

Cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK - approximately 100,000 people in the UK die each year due to smoking. There is good news though - if you quit the health benefits are striking and the sooner you give up the greater the reduction in risk of death from smoking related diseases such as cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease. A recent study has shown that omega-3fatty acids are an effective, safe and affordable way to help you quit.

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Alternative Insect bite prevention - thiamine
Monday June 9, 2014 at 4:51pm

Vitamin B1, also called Thiamine is a water soluble vitamin that when taken in excess is excreted in your urine or through your skin when you sweat. Sweating out excess thiamine through the skin may offer some protection against mosquitoes and other insects. Find out more.

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Vitamin E deficiency increasing
Tuesday May 27, 2014 at 7:56am

Consumption of vitamin E is in decline and the impact of low vitamin E intake globally is a serious public health concern. Vitamin E is essential to health and the European Commission has authorized a health claim stating that ‘vitamin E contributes to the protection of cell constituents from oxidative damage’, read more..

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Questions to ask before taking a supplement
Monday May 26, 2014 at 4:06pm

There are many factors to consider when deciding to supplement your diet with vitamins, minerals or herbs including age, existing physical and mental health, lifestyle and current or previous health conditions. Read this post to find out more or ring our free and confidential supplement advice line on 024 7669 5115.

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Positive outcome glucosamine High Court hearing
Thursday May 22, 2014 at 3:04pm

We all recognise glucosamine as a supplement - it's possibly the worlds most popular. Recently a Chinese Pharmaceutical firm has fought the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to try and force glucosamine to be classified as a medicine. The claim was struck out of High Court very quickly and it remains classified as a food supplement. Should the attempt have succeeded it would have made glucosamine far more expensive and harder to buy, and reduced consumer choice considerably.

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Are your vitamins from outer space?
Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 5:57pm

NASA-funded research suggests the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts. Further research supports this theory by identifying an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites.

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How and when should I take my supplements?
Thursday April 10, 2014 at 9:28am

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?”

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The importance of magnesium to the body
Friday March 28, 2014 at 4:51pm

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 steady decline in dietary intake. Find out why it's so important to ensure you're getting enough.

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How to fight your spring allergies without drugs
Friday March 21, 2014 at 1:00pm

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, including a fascinating use for an onion!

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What are Macronutrients?
Sunday March 16, 2014 at 7:46am

'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.

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Is Vitamin D the same as Vitamin D3?
Friday March 7, 2014 at 7:15am

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 looking for a Vitamin D supplement.

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What is melatonin?
Wednesday March 5, 2014 at 9:10am

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 only be obtained by prescription. Learn more about its purpose, why some people are affected by a lack of it, and what natural food sources can help boost melatonin levels.

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What are Fat-Soluble Vitamins?
Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 10:15am

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.

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What are Water-Soluble Vitamins?
Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 10:15am

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.

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What does oxidative stress mean?
Tuesday February 25, 2014 at 4:21pm

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......

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Thyroid Gland
Sunday February 16, 2014 at 4:00pm

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.

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Interesting facts about lecithin
Thursday February 13, 2014 at 8:00am

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.

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Flaxseed oil is high in Omega-3 and 6
Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 7:18am

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 acids - here you can learn about the main ones.

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Zinc for colds
Thursday February 6, 2014 at 1:30pm

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 supplement which has a far greater effect.

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Amino Acids are key building blocks
Monday February 3, 2014 at 7:39am

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 have to consume through the food we eat.

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What are catechins
Sunday February 2, 2014 at 12:15pm

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 can get them from.

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L-Theanine - the mystery ingredient in tea
Saturday February 1, 2014 at 8:18am

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 influence.

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Glucosamine sulphate vs Glucosamine hydrochloride
Friday January 31, 2014 at 8:20am

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 decide which form is most suitable for you.

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What does highly bioavailable mean
Wednesday January 29, 2014 at 8:55am

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.

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Statins Lower Cholesterol
Tuesday January 28, 2014 at 9:03am

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 disease. Read and understand more about statins.

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Is there such a thing as bad cholesterol and good
Monday January 27, 2014 at 9:15am

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 cholesterol you have in your blood is linked to the amount of saturated and unsaturated fats you eat. Understand how they differ to help you change your diet and improve your health.

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