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Feeling lacklustre? Perhaps you are Coenzyme Q10 d
Friday December 2, 2016 at 10:39am

Has a busy year and the onset of the festive season leaving you with dipping energy levels? If you're feeling the need for a pick me up then you may also be showing signs a nutrient deficiency. Find out how Coenzyme Q10 could be playing a part.

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Muscle strength with fish oils
Tuesday November 29, 2016 at 12:45pm

New research has shown that older women can double their muscle strength by taking fish oils. This could offer hope of a much improved quality of life into old age and is of particular importance because women live longer than men and, because of their lower starting strength, cross the disability threshold earlier.

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Vitamin D - a potential life saver?
Thursday November 24, 2016 at 10:35am

Acute respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and influenza are known to have higher death rates among older people due to their weakened immune system. While not a treatment, vitamin D is thought to help reinforce the first line of defence as we age to prevent respiratory infections.

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Vegetarianism linked to malnourishment
Monday November 21, 2016 at 11:21am

In spite of the argument that there are plenty of alternatives, many vegetarians are not receiving adequate nutrition thanks to their meat-free diet. A recent article published by the Express has reported on a study revealing that just under a quarter of those surveyed admitted they believe they are malnourished and of those 79% experienced negative health effects.

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UK teens are not meeting adequate vitamin D levels
Monday November 14, 2016 at 9:01am

A new study finds high prevalence of vitamin D inadequacy in 14 to 18 year olds at a time of the year when vitamin D levels should be at their peak (post-summer). The research identifies the level of vitamin D intake needed by adolescents to avoid vitamin D deficiency and ensure adequacy. It is clear more emphasis needs to be given to the nutritional intake of vitamin D - a vital nutrient for the body.

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Wednesday November 9, 2016 at 2:35pm

Video: Just Vitamins Asks… Registered Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert “What vitamins give you more energy?”

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What vitamins give you more energy?
Wednesday November 9, 2016 at 2:34pm

Fatigue isn’t just tiredness, it’s a lack of energy that can often be a symptom of issues like depression, anaemia, or thyroid problems. But when you've ruled out any medical issues, you should consider supplementation. Some of the most common cause of fatigue can be significantly alleviated through supplements.

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Boost an aging brain with a fish oil supplement
Tuesday November 8, 2016 at 10:13am

Supplements rich in DHA from fish oils might help to slow mental decline research has shown. The omega 3 fatty acid helps nerves to communicate with each and can be seen in markedly reduced amounts in people with Alzheimer's disease. With just one third of Britons eating the recommended one portion of fish per week it's time to look at how to boost your intake.

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Half the UK take a vitamin a day
Tuesday November 1, 2016 at 10:43am

Research has revealed that half the country take at least one vitamin supplement per day, with occasional usage estimated at around 65%. Are you one of the pill popping brits? If so, then do you know which ones you should really be taking? Here are our top 3...

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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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Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 9:10am

Video: Just Vitamins Asks… Registered Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert “What are the vitamins we're not getting enough of?”

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What Are The Vitamins We're Not Getting Enough Of?
Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 9:00am

As you age, you need more of certain vitamins and minerals than when you were younger. Eating more natural whole foods will serve your health much better but still, we often still are in need of boosting vital vitamins and minerals. The three most common vitamins we are deficient in are Calcium, Vitamin D and Iron.

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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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Can you get Omega-3 from chicken?
Tuesday June 14, 2016 at 1:54pm

Getting Omega-3 from eating chicken? No we aren't mad - incredibly this is true!

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Co Q10 - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Friday June 10, 2016 at 1:10pm

Coenzyme Q10 is found in the energy-producing part of our cells and is a powerful antioxidant. Clinical research on its benefits is extremely promising, showing supplementation could have benefits for a wide range of medical problems. Find out more about its benefits and the risk for deficiency.

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The Vitamin D vs sun protection debate
Wednesday June 8, 2016 at 9:34am

Vitamin D is vital to our well-being and our primary source is from sunlight. During the winter in the UK, it is impossible to get enough vitamin D from the sun in the UK, and during the summer we are strongly advised to use sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. Most people are unaware of the effect of SPF has on the amount of vitamin D we can absorb - this article makes for essential reading.

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Can starflower oil stop a hangover?
Friday May 27, 2016 at 9:34am

A hangover is your body withdrawing from alcohol, the most common complaints include headache, nausea, and generally feeling bad all over. Some people claim to not suffer from hangovers, but those who do won't have any positive memories of them! Can a little known supplement called Starflower Oil help prevent a hangover?

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Rosehip for arthritis
Wednesday May 25, 2016 at 4:30pm

Osteoarthritis is a debilitating condition affecting an estimated 8.75 million people in the UK, significantly effecting peoples quality of life. Over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are not desirable to take long term so people are seeking natural alternatives. Clinical trials give strong evidence showing rosehip is more effective than glucosamine for osteoarthritis treatment, and can help significantly improve quality of life.

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Vitamins to help feed your way to healthy skin
Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 5:14pm

Skincare will never be as simple as any single ingredient - just as no single food or nutrient can keep your body healthy, you need more than just one ingredient to keep your skin in good shape. Find a list of skin boosting vitamins and nutrients, along with information about what they do to keep your skin healthy.

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activated charcoal for intestinal gas buildup
Thursday May 5, 2016 at 2:35pm

Bloating and intestinal gas can be both a painful and embarrassing problem but activated charcoal is a simple and effective remedy. Here’s how you can use it to greatly reduce stomach gas problems and remove toxins from your digestive tract.

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Why do people take CoQ10?
Tuesday April 12, 2016 at 5:08pm

Coenzyme Q10 is one of the most popular supplements for the over 40's in the UK. It is a substance similar to a vitamin, found in every cell of the body. Find out why people are taking CoQ10 and how it may be able to contribute to your health and well-being.

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proven to help you lose weight - Glucomannan
Friday April 8, 2016 at 4:32pm

The search for a miracle weight loss potion or pill continues to elude us, there are regular crazes and new supplements which reach the market but rarely do they have any proven claims or research backing them. There is however a supplement which has genuine claims based on scientific evidence - Glucomannan.

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Green-lipped mussel for rheumatoid arthritis
Wednesday April 6, 2016 at 1:29pm

Green-lipped mussel is a nutritional supplement taken from a type of mussel native to New Zealand. The joint healing properties of green lipped mussels were first noticed more than 100 years ago by Maoris in New Zealand. There is now good clinical evidence this kind of supplementation helps people with mild to moderate osteoarthritis.

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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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Hyaluronic acid a supplement to keep wrinkles away
Friday February 26, 2016 at 11:12am

When it was recently suggested that film star Olivia Munn has undertaken cosmetic surgery due to her seemingly ageless complexion and changed appearance, she explained it is all simply down to eating Japanese sweet potatoes. These special sweet potatoes are the same as we reported in 2014 in the story of the Japanese Village of Long Life. They contain high levels of Hyaluronic Acid which evidence strongly suggests is excellent for wrinkle free skin and flexible joints.

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Magnesium - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Monday February 15, 2016 at 8:07am

Magnesium is an essential mineral for all living cells, responsible for more than 300 chemical reactions in the human body. Find out what else the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Magnesium from, as well as what damaging symptoms a Magnesium deficiency can cause.

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Calcium - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Wednesday February 10, 2016 at 6:07pm

Calcium is the must abundant mineral in the human body, making up our bones and teeth. Deficiency is very common with half of us believed to consume less than half the recommended amounts. Find out what else the body needs it for and what food sources you can get Calcium from.

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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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Ubiquinol and Gum Disease
Tuesday January 26, 2016 at 8:44am

Gum disease is one of the most common diseases affecting between 50% and 80% of all adults. It starts with gingivitis but if left untreated progresses to periodontal disease. While combating the first signs of gingivitis is straight forward reversing the damage caused by periodontitis requires specialist attention so it's important to stop the damage when you can. Research has shown that a key nutrient leading the fight is called Ubiquinol - it really works.

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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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Need help to stop middle age spread? Try fish oils
Tuesday January 5, 2016 at 3:54pm

Millions of people carrying a middle age spread could help burn it off by taking cod liver oil or Omega 3 fish oil capsules with their meals. Research has found that fish oil transforms 'bad' white fat cells that store calories into 'good' beige ones that burn calories – this finding that could be of particular interest to those whose waistlines are increasing as they age.

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Thiamin (vitamin B1) deficiency in diabetics
Tuesday December 22, 2015 at 5:51pm

According to research the low cost and readily available supplement Thiamin could benefit most people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes as between 70% and 90% of people with diabetes are thiamine deficient. Find out more in this post.

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Vitamin D as a treatment for MS
Thursday December 10, 2015 at 3:57pm

Research is actively looking into the protective role of vitamin D in MS with evidence growing that vitamin D supplements could be part of an effective strategy in the management of MS. Read more in this post.

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Avoid festive discomfort this Christmas
Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 5:00pm

Bad bacteria thrive on the sorts of food and drinks we like to consume at Christmas resulting in uncomfortable and sometimes painful digestive problems. The good news is that the imbalance can be offset to some extent by taking a supplement. Find out more in this post!

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3 key things you should know about Omega 3 foods
Friday December 4, 2015 at 10:57am

It is commonly known that omega 3 foods are great for a healthy body. As an essential fatty acid, omega-3 must be consumed through our food since it cannot be made in the body. While it's widely known that omega 3s are associated with reducing inflammation, the equation is not as simple as 'omega 3's equal anti-inflammation'. Read on to find out more.

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Cherry extract for gout
Tuesday December 1, 2015 at 5:52pm

Gout is a common type of arthritis, sufferers are hit with sudden and very severe attacks of pain and swelling in the joints. It affects about one in 100 people, with men two to three times more likely to be affected than women. Cherries are a long thought and popular remedy for the agonising condition which scientists are now putting to the test - with promising results.

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Suffer from winter colds? Try Echinacea
Monday October 12, 2015 at 1:42pm

Echinacea is one of the most popular herbal products in the UK. It is a flowering plant that grows throughout Europe and north America - the root, seeds leaves, stems and flowers of which are used in herbal remedies. People have used echinacea as a traditional cold remedy for centuries - new research suggests it can help shorten the duration of the common cold as well as reduce the symptoms.

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The best vitamins for skin collagen
Monday October 5, 2015 at 10:37am

Collagen is an essential protein. It is responsible for the formation of skin and other tissues in your body. To help boost the production of collagen, consider supplementing your diet with a variety of nutritious foods, all rich in specific vitamin substances that work together to ensure that your skin is healthy and that collagen is being produced.

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Vitamin D may improve seasonal anxiety and depress
Friday September 11, 2015 at 5:45pm

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to numerous health conditions including increased risk of asthma, reduced bone density, chronic pain and muscle weakness, among others. Now, a new study led by researchers from the University of Georgia associates low vitamin D levels with greater risk of seasonal affective disorder. Find out more in this post.

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GLA as treatment for MS
Monday September 7, 2015 at 5:54pm

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong condition that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). More than 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS) and more women than men are diagnosed with it. Linoleic acid is a naturally occurring omega-6 essential fatty acid which has been shown by trial results to slow the progression of MS, especially in people who are newly diagnosed. Find out more in this post.

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Getting the most from your probiotics
Wednesday August 26, 2015 at 1:51pm

Prebiotics and probiotics represent essential aspects of a wholesome, nourishing diet. Though not the same, prebiotics and probiotics complement one another and work together to improve overall health and wellness. Simplistically, a prebiotic encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria while probiotics contain live beneficial bacteria that help to recolonize your gut. Both prebiotics and probiotics work in harmony with one another so a diet deficient in either prebiotics or probiotics may severely impact health and immune function in particular.

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Vitamin B can help fight depression
Monday August 24, 2015 at 2:10pm

Supplements of vitamin B could be used to help treat people with depression, researchers believe. Scientists found that people suffering from depression responded better to treatment if they had higher levels of B12 in their blood. Find out more in this post.

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Feeding your child salmon could protect them again
Friday August 21, 2015 at 8:05am

The daily mail has recently reported on new research suggesting that a diet rich in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel before the age of 8 halves the risk of developing hayfever in later life. Find out more about the study in this post.

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Vitamin D Supplements recommended for everyone
Wednesday August 19, 2015 at 8:25am

According to a recent report from Public Health England, over one in five people have low levels of essential vitamin D. The bleak British weather is stopping much of the population from receiving healthy amounts of the essential vitamin from sunlight and natural food sources alone are not enough to boost levels. Government health advisers are now recommending people across the UK increase their daily intake of vitamin D to 10 micrograms.

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Iodine is vital for brain development
Monday August 17, 2015 at 6:06pm

When it comes to listing vitamins and minerals required for optimal health, it's not often people think about iodine. In fact the lack of iodine affects intelligence, hair and skin health, hormone related issues and depression. Learn about food sources of iodine and make sure you and your family are getting enough of this important mineral.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids - A Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Monday August 10, 2015 at 5:55pm

Chronic inflammation contributes to many painful conditions, including osteoarthritis and back pain - while treatment with drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and diclofenac work well there are extreme side effects associated with their use. An alternative treatment with fewer side effects that also reduces the inflammatory response and thereby reduces pain is believed to be omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish oil.

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Turmeric Extract for Osteoarthritis Pain Relief
Friday August 7, 2015 at 6:31pm

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the joints to become painful and stiff and is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. Many people with the condition depend on non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen to manage the symptoms, but the regular, chronic use of these types of medications is associated with significant, and very serious, side effects. A safe and natural remedy comes in the form of turmeric extract, which has shown to as effective for pain relief as ibuprofen.

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Iron deficiency - the most common mineral deficien
Monday August 3, 2015 at 7:53am

Iron deficiency is the most common mineral deficiency in the world affecting nearly 1 billion people (15% of the world’s population). Iron deficiency usually arises by any factor or a combination of three factors which are: low iron diets, poor absorption and excessive loss of blood. Common symptoms include lethargy, feeling weak and fatigued, excessive hair loss, a weakened immune system and a short attention span. Find out which people are more likely to be at risk.

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Selenium - a mineral that is crucial to health
Monday July 6, 2015 at 8:45am

As recently as three decades ago, Selenium was considered an irrelevant nutrient however scientists have now discovered that it's nutritionally essential for humans and plays a key role in helping to protect the body against many damaging diseases and conditions.

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Turmeric keeps you looking young
Friday July 3, 2015 at 7:23am

The proven health benefits of turmeric are well known however new research coming to light is also showing that turmeric may keep you looking young, possibly slowing down the rate at which the skin ages.

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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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8 ways to build strong bones
Friday June 26, 2015 at 7:31am

Bones are quite literally the support system of the body, so it’s very important to keep them strong and healthy. Bones are continuously being broken down and rebuilt in tiny amounts. Before the age 30 (when bones typically reach peak bone mass) the body is creating new bone faster but after the age 30 the bone building balance naturally shifts and more bone is lost than gained. What can you do to ensure that you're doing everything you can to keep your bones strong and healthy?

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Tips for swallowing bulky pills
Tuesday June 23, 2015 at 8:59am

While it seems like an easy task, swallowing a pill is something that many of us have great difficulty doing. The fear of gagging causes the throat to tighten up so that the pill stays in your mouth until you spit it out. Here we look at various ways to approach the problem so that you can relax and just let the pill slide down!

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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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Can CLA provide salvation from cellulite?
Friday June 12, 2015 at 5:06pm

If you’re one of the 85% of women in the UK affected by the dreaded orange peel then you'll be pleased to hear there is new hope for an effective treatment! Recent scientific studies have identified a special kind of fatty acid known as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) as being effective in lowering body fat levels and improving the visual appearance of cellulite.

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Natural treatment for acid reflux
Monday June 8, 2015 at 8:31am

Acid reflux (or heartburn) is a common condition afflicting many people. Most people believe it is caused by excess acid in your stomach and are prescribed acid-blocking drugs. It is believed by many medical professionals that reducing the amount of acid in the stomach is a serious medical misconception that adversely affects hundreds of millions of people, as the problem normally results from having too little acid in your stomach.

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UK pregnant women found to be iodine deficient
Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 8:18am

The UK is a first world country however pregnant women have been found to suffer from an iodine deficiency which "is the world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage". Iodine is crucial for neuro-development in the womb and through infancy, with deficiency causing many issues with metal health, developmental problems and hypothyroidism (an under active thyroid).

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Coenzyme Q10 for gum disease
Friday May 29, 2015 at 8:27am

Gum disease is an increasing issue in western countries, but scientific studies have found an important link between gum disease and Coenzyme Q10 deficiency. Clinical experiments have shown that supplementation with as little as 50mg per day of Coenzyme Q10 resulted in a reduction of inflammation and faster healing of gum tissue.

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More evidence of Omega-3 Fish Oil benefits
Monday May 18, 2015 at 5:24pm

Most people know that we are advised to eat at least two portions of fish a week but statistics show our total daily Omega-3 intake is still declining. We may however not necessarily know why we are told to do this and what the potential heath benefits of eating fish are. Read 6 reasons to take an Omega-3 fish oil supplement.

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Dietary Supplements Help Keep Bodies in Motion
Friday April 17, 2015 at 6:02pm

It's fair to say that it's important that we keeping moving for as long as we can as we age, physical activity is known to give long term benefits with respect to health and wellness but there are other contributing factors to consider including dietary supplements. Find out more in this post.

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Allergy Fighting Supplements
Monday April 13, 2015 at 8:04am

We already know that good nutrition is required for good health and that it can be strategic in beauty and fitness regimes for example but did you know that you can also use certain foods to help fight your seasonal allergies?

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Pycnogenol® Shown to Improve Perimenopause Symptom
Monday April 6, 2015 at 6:38pm

Perimenopause is the transitional period into menopause and can last for up to four years. It is characterised by many unpleasant symptoms which can seriously affect quality of life. Pycnogenol® Pycnogenol®​ supplementation has been shown to be effective at reducing hot flushes and night time sweating and therefore may help women interested in controlling climacteric symptoms with a more natural approach.

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Herbs and Spices for Weight Loss
Friday March 20, 2015 at 7:50am

Not only do herbs and spices provide extra flavour to meals, they also bring a host of health benefits. They contain antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and in some cases unique medicinal properties. Find out how they can benefit your health and your waist line!

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Pycnogenol for Osteoarthritis
Monday March 16, 2015 at 6:41pm

A majority of people over the age of 65 years show signs of osteoarthritis. Essentially all joints may be affected, but the most commonly affected are hips, knees, fingers and the spine. Osteoarthritis is the leading medical condition for which people use alternative therapies. The primary goal is the relief from joint pain and stiffness and with time the restoration of mobility. Following 3 separate clinical trials, Pycnogenol® has been found to potently inhibit inflammation in arthritis.

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Nuts for Heart Health
Wednesday March 11, 2015 at 8:12am

We're an ageing population, in fact a quarter of Europe's population will be over 65 by 2050. However, while people are living longer, quality of life can vary greatly so it's becoming increasingly important to understand how diet and nutrition can help us to enjoy our older years. One such nutrient dense food group with proven heart health benefits is nuts!

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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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Omega-3s may help protect against inflammation
Monday February 16, 2015 at 7:03pm

There is growing evidence to suggest that particular omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (the ones found in oily fish) may reduce some of the pain and inflammation of arthritis.

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The forgotten vitamin
Thursday February 12, 2015 at 8:48am

Yes? Then it's important that you're also getting plenty of Vitamin K2. These three nutrients have a synergistic effect to improve bone health. A study published in Osteoporosis International has found that lifetime supplementation with vitamin K1 or, even better, K2, vitamin D3, and calcium is likely to reduce fractures and increase survival in postmenopausal women.

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Pycnogenol - a natural way to boost memory and men
Monday February 2, 2015 at 8:51am

A new study has shown participants who supplemented daily with Pycnogenol® demonstrated stronger performance in daily mental tasks such as dealing with money, managing people, and coping with stress - suggesting mental performance benefits for home life, the workplace and even in a classroom environment.

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Magnesium may help slow progression of prediabetes
Friday January 23, 2015 at 6:59pm

Magnesium is an extremely important mineral that helps your body maintain blood glucose levels. Research has found that increasing magnesium intake may be important for improving insulin sensitivity, reducing systemic inflammation, and decreasing diabetes risk and may be particularly beneficial in offsetting risk of developing diabetes among those at high risk.

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Blueberries reduce risk of heart disease in women
Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 6:14pm

Research conducted by a team of nutrition and exercise scientists from Florida State University, has shown how introducing blueberries to the diet can help reduce high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women. Once women go through menopause, they are put at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

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Can a fish oil supplement help prevent Alzheimer's
Friday January 16, 2015 at 8:51am

Alzheimer's is an incurable disease and the most common type of dementia. It's main symptom is memory loss, among many others, which can cause significant disruption to a person's daily life. While it cannot be cured many new studies have identified key lifestyle and nutritional risk factors which when modified can help prevent Alzheimer's from developing and slow its progression in people already suffering from it.

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Reduce your waist line with tomatoes
Wednesday January 14, 2015 at 7:50am

Research published in the journal Nutrition suggests that a daily glass of tomato juice (a source of lycopene) can reduce both waist circumference and body fat. The study was conducted on young healthy women of normal body weight.

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Pycnogenol may reduce symptoms of a common cold
Monday January 12, 2015 at 8:22am

A new study has indicated that daily supplementation of Pycnogenol®, at the first signs of a common cold, not only reduces the total number of days affected by illness but also the severity of associated symptoms. Pycnogenol® contains extracts from French maritime bark which contains natural anti-inflammatory properties and it's ability to boost our immune system has been extensively researched to date. Read more in this post.

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Treating a magnesium deficiency with a supplement
Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 5:06pm

Magnesium is an essential mineral for our health so any concerns over a potential deficiency should not be ignored. Due to soil conditions and food processing methods the levels of magnesium in the foods we eat has dropped 35% in the 50 years preceding 1991. It is also important we consume the right balance of calcium and Vitamin D in our diet so that we are able to absorb and make best use of it. Learn more in this post, and about conditions that can be caused by a magnesium deficiency.

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Could depression be an allergic reaction?
Friday January 2, 2015 at 6:01pm

Depression has always carried the stigma of being a mental illness, however new research suggests that it could be as much about the body as the mind. The claim is that it is a result of inflammation caused by the body's immune system. Find out more 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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Vitamin C increases physical activity in men
Friday November 21, 2014 at 7:40pm

Low levels of Vitamin C in the body has been shown to lead to decreased immune system strength so it's important, especially at this time of year, to ensure you're getting enough. A new study has shown that not only did it help to fight off the sniffles but it also boosted physical activity.

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Fishy and nutty - trust us it's a good thing
Tuesday November 4, 2014 at 8:53am

The health benefits of omega fatty acids is widely reported however a further study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids may help lower a person's risk of dying from an inflammatory disease by more than 30%.

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The UK is set to suffer prolonged hayfever misery
Friday October 10, 2014 at 5:43pm

British scientists are fearing an extended season of hayfever misery for suffers this autumn due to particularly high levels of weed pollen. To blame is the US invader common ragwort - a highly allergenic plant that has managed to survive longer into the year due to unusually warm and settled weather last month.

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Turmeric and aromatic turmerone research
Monday October 6, 2014 at 6:42pm

New research has discovered a compound in the aromatic spice turmeric may hold the key to repairing the brains of people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. In laboratory tests, aromatic turmerone promoted the proliferation of brain stem cells and their development into neurons.

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Cure for a tension headache
Monday September 15, 2014 at 8:12am

Trying to keep on top of your to do list both at work and at home can feel like a juggling act for many of us - there is always too much to do and too little time! If this sounds like a familiar story then your stressful life might be causing you a tension headache - instead of popping a painkiller, try a natural remedy in the form of Magnesium!

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Are multivitamins worth it?
Friday September 12, 2014 at 7:28am

Are you worried it's a waste of money taking Multivitamin supplements as they just go straight through you? Your concern is not entirely unfounded but have a read of our thoughts and tips to get the most out of your Multivitamin Supplement

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Nutrition to combat post summer blues
Wednesday September 10, 2014 at 5:15pm

As always getting the right foods into your diet is essential but supplement can be a great way to boost your mood. Magnesium and B vitamin supplements are also great for energy production, and a short course of 5-HTP (a form of L-Tryptophan) can help boost mood and sleep if you are feeling really down post-summer.

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Try Hyaluronic Acid to treat Dry Eyes Syndrome
Monday September 8, 2014 at 7:43am

Dry Eyes Syndrome is a medical condition which affects almost one third of the adult population, typically middle aged females. It is one of the leading causes of visits to the optician. Symptoms such as redness, blurred vision and dry, gritty sensations in the eyes can be very distressing. Find out the leading factors which cause dry eyes syndrome and how a Hyaluronic Acid supplement may be able to help.

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Omega-3 found to help Lou Gehrigs (ALS) disease
Thursday August 21, 2014 at 9:54am

Have you heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge? It's all over social media at the moment - a worldwide trend in which people either pledge £60 to ALS research or record themselves getting drenched by freezing cold water, then post the stunt online and challenge others to do the same. ALS is a neurogenerative disease that can strike anyone and has no known risk factors however a recent study has linked higher dietary consumption of omega-3 fatty acids with a reduced risk for ALS.

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UK childrens misconceptions about food
Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 4:57pm

A national pupil survey conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation of over 13,000 children between 5 and 16 has revealed some alarming results - with children believing fish fingers to come from chicken and bread from animals. With childhood obesity on the rise could poor food knowledge be a causal factor?

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Food businesses take action to reduce salt and fat
Monday August 18, 2014 at 8:43am

You may be aware from recent news reports that Tesco has banned products such as sweets and chocolate from checkout aisles in a bid to help parents avoid nagging pleas from their children to buy unhealthy snacks. A voluntary scheme called the Public Health Responsibility Deal has now been launched asking businesses to help remove billions of calories from the foods and drinks market. The UK Department of Health has since praised the efforts of UK businesses so far.

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Take magnesium before bed for restorative sleep
Thursday August 7, 2014 at 8:17am

Magnesium is a mineral essential for maintaining a healthy body and is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Due to the fact that it is notoriously difficult to absorb, combined with modern day lifestyles and dietary patterns, instances of deficiency is on the increase. Deficiency in magnesium can adversely affect a number of bodily functions including sleep, so if you're having trouble nodding off at night magnesium may hold the answer!

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The NHS advice on probiotics underestimated
Tuesday August 5, 2014 at 10:33am

The Probiotics association has voiced concern the the UK's updated NHS advice on probiotics underestimates the potential health benefits of probiotics outside the digestive tract. Scientists from the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics believe the NHS are ignoring significant advances and evidence of their benefits despite strong results from scientific studies.

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Obesity to blame for an increase in knee replaceme
Monday August 4, 2014 at 8:34am

Obesity related health problems are on the rise - one such issue is the increased wear and tear suffered by knee joints. In 2013 almost 10,000 obese people had replacement knee surgery - a 150% increase over 4 years. Funded by the NHS knee replacement surgery has cost the tax payer over £50million a year! It's time to take note and make an effort to reverse the trend.

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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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Eating Avocados helps Vitamin A absorption
Monday July 28, 2014 at 4:30pm

Vitamin A (also known as retinol) has been called the "miracle vitamin" because of its positive impact on immunity and growth. Beauty-conscious women have been known to favour this vitamin because it is believed to slow the ageing process and improve overall skin condition. Vitamin A is fat-soluble and research has shown consuming it with avocado can increase its absorbtion by up to 1200%. Learn more about vitamin A and the study.

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Natural Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Monday July 14, 2014 at 9:53am

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions in the UK, affecting an estimated 10-20% of the UK's population at any one time. Symptoms vary greatly but all relate to a disturbance of the large bowel (colon). There is no cure for IBS but there are a variety of natural supplements which have a wealth of research backing their use to help ease certain symptoms. Read about what vitamins and minerals may be able to help you if you suffer from the condition.

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Just Vitamins stance backed by BBC Watchdog
Wednesday July 9, 2014 at 8:38am

Over 6 months ago during the height of the annual health regime thousands of people embark on, we wrote a blog post about one of the most prevalent 'slimming' products of 2014 - Raspberry Ketones. We undertake a great deal of responsible research on the supplements that we sell and could clearly see there is absolutely no evidence or research backing Raspberry Ketones for any kind of slimming purpose. Our stance has just been backed by a televised BBC documentary.

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Pycnogenol® Found to Improve Psoriasis Symptoms
Monday July 7, 2014 at 6:06pm

Psoriasis (pso·ri·a·sis, pronounced suh-rahy-uh-sis) affects around 5% of the population and is now considered a cardiovascular risk factor - mild symptoms include localised itching however severe symptoms can lead to the painful and debilitating condition known as arthritis. Pycnogenol®, a French maritime pine bark extract, has been shown to improve control of the most common clinical aspects of psoriasis as well as reducing oxidative stress.

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Inositol - a natural treatment for OCD
Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 10:01am

OCD is a serious anxiety related illness which affects around 750,000 people in the UK. Globally it is ranked in the top 10 most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation. Numerous scientific studies have shown Inositol to be effective in the treatment of OCD and other psychological disorders. It is a natural substance which is part of the vitamin B complex group and is not a pharmaceutical drug. We explain more about OCD and how natural treatment with Inositol is proving to be so effective.

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Over 55's with vitamin D deficiency
Monday June 23, 2014 at 7:44am

The Daily Mail has recently reported on a research by the University of California’s San Diego School of Medicine which found that middle-aged people who don’t get enough exposure to sunshine are twice as likely to die.

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Research shows Krill lowers triglycerides
Monday June 16, 2014 at 9:44am

Recent research has concluded that the management of high triglyceride levels represents a crucial step to reduce cardiovascular risk, and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation represents a valid approach to correct triglyceride levels, which are an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

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Bovine Collagen vs Marine Collagen
Saturday June 14, 2014 at 8:48am

Collagen makes up one third of all the protein in our body and is most commonly known for skin health and helping to prevent wrinkles. After the age of around 25 years our ability to synthesise it from our diet declines but supplementation can help promote synthesis and restore collagen levels. There are 3 main sources of collagen: bovine (cows), porcine (pigs) and marine (fish) - bovine and marine being the widest used. Is one more superior than the other? The answer is yes and unsurprisingly it is the more expensive to produce.

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Scientific breakthrough shows omega-3 potential
Thursday June 12, 2014 at 1:33pm

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. Read about the latest scientific breakthrough..

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Lycopene shown to help heart health
Tuesday June 10, 2014 at 5:42pm

Statistics show that the Mediterranean region has a reduced the risk of heart disease - this is largely credited with the diet rich in fruit, vegetables, olive oil and perhaps even the odd glass of red wine (optional!). Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer therefore it is no wonder research is being undertaken to identify what in the Mediterranean diet may contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease. Recent clinical research is pointing towards lycopene which is predominantly found in tomatoes.

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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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Nutrition for healthy aging
Wednesday June 4, 2014 at 5:09pm

There is no escaping the fact that we all grow old, no quantity of vitamins or supplements can stop that. There is however increasing evidence and clinical research showing that certain vitamins and supplements can help improve our health in older age and possibly help prevent certain age related diseases. Read about a selection of currently prominent supplements and their effects on the body in the longer term.

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More reports about children's consumption of junk
Friday May 30, 2014 at 9:15am

Awareness of the importance of diet when it comes to health has, arguably, never been greater - consequently the food industry is under constant pressure to educate it's consumers. Health compromised by dietary factors is on the increase and this is driving many people to change their eating habits, however in the case of childrens' diets why are some parents seemingly burying their heads in the sand?

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Flaxseed Found to Benefit High Blood Pressure
Thursday May 29, 2014 at 8:14am

High blood pressure dramatically increases with age and is a fast growing health risk across the planet. A recent study has been published demonstrating the benefits of flaxseed in reducing blood pressure, with researchers claiming it represents a major advance in the treatment of hypertension.

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Help protect your mind from ageing
Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 6:25pm

Modern times sees an ever increasing ageing population, with this should come increased awareness in ways to fight both the physical and mental decline associated with the process. Here we look at the importance of nutrition in keeping an agile mind.

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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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Pycnogenol® found to enhance mental performance
Friday May 23, 2014 at 12:01pm

Supplementing a healthy diet is just as important to maintaining mental performance as it is to maintaining a healthy body. Natural supplements are an easy, effective way to manage mental focus, memory and overall mood. A recent clinical trial has shown Pycnogenol® to enhance mental performance in healthy college students.

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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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Omega-3 fatty acids help to manage triglycerides
Thursday May 22, 2014 at 7:00am

The first thing that probably springs to mind when thinking about how to best prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease is to to lower levels of bad cholesterol in the body. However another very important measurement is triglyceride levels - read about the crucial role Omega-3 fatty acids play in their management.

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Majority do not meet healthy eating targets
Wednesday May 21, 2014 at 8:11am

A recent report by Public Health England has revealed the UK population is consuming far too much saturated fat, sugars and salt and far too few fruit, vegetables and oily fish. This is a major cause for concern and highlights the need for the UK population to make dietary changes for the sake of their health.

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Strong evidence Ubiquinol boosts sports performanc
Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 3:44pm

Scientific studies into the effects of Ubiquinol on sports performance have shown that it is able to increase sports performance, power output and recovery time. The study was conducted on medium to intensive athletes in a double-blind study. Ubiquinol is not categorised as a performance enhancing supplement therefore can be safely taken by amateur and professional sports people. Learn more about Ubiquinol and its benefits to sports people.

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How to improve joint aches and pain
Monday May 19, 2014 at 3:53pm

Whether it be arthritic aches and pains or sports injuries, one of the most common health complaints concerns joint health. Is there anything that can be done to get your joints in shape without having to rely on over the counter pain relief and anti-inflammatories? The answer is yes there is plenty. There are many natural anti-inflammatory supplements, your diet is very important and the right type of exercise is also crucial. Read the full article and learn more.

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Children may benefit from vital vitamin D suppleme
Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 5:10pm

Vitamin D is crucial to maintenance of strong bones, healthy muscle function and efficient immune system functioning. However a recent survey by the HFMA has reported very worrying statistics - 64% of children are not getting enough vitamin D from their diet alone. Experts are now claiming Vitamin D deficiency is behind the return of Victorian diseases such as rickets.

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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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Nutritional therapy for Acne
Saturday April 26, 2014 at 9:03am

Research to date shows that acne (and general skin health) is tied strongly to diet. In fact traditional indigenous cultures have little acne, but as soon as they adopt a Western diet they see increasing levels of acne. Read more about which vitamins and minerals may be particularly effective at combating the condition.

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Is the Bradley Wiggins effect damaging prostates?
Thursday April 24, 2014 at 5:06pm

Figures show membership for British Cycling has doubled since 2012 following the success of Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2012 Tour de France and Team GB at the London Olympics, with it the sales of prostate products have quadrupled for customers aged 40-45. Prostate health should be high on the agenda for all men over 30 but if you're a firmly appointed MAMIL then the importance is even greater.

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A herbal approach to the menopause
Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 11:58am

The menopause is a natural point in every woman’s life, a sign that the childbearing years are drawing to a close. This ‘change of life’ can cause some difficult physical and emotional symptoms. Here we look at evidence supporting a natural approach to treatment could be effective.

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Pycnogenol® Naturally Reduces Hay Fever Symptoms
Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 5:59pm

Hay fever affects many millions of people in the UK, some may suffer fairly mild symptoms including itchy eyes and a runny nose but for some the symptoms can significantly affect quality of life. A study into the efficacy of Pycnogenol® as a natural alternative treatment to hay fever has shown very promising results.

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Supplements from a responsible retailer
Monday April 7, 2014 at 5:48pm

Many of us love to believe there is a miracle weight loss secret out there just waiting to be uncovered (even though deep down we know the only way is through hard work in the gym and a healthy diet), sadly this has meant many have fallen victim to the latest fad 'Raspberry Ketones', which is now illegal to sell in the UK. If you're one of these people and purchased the product from your favourite supplement website, ask yourself the important question 'can I trust them to be a responsible and ethical retailer?'

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Nutritional therapy for gum disease
Saturday April 5, 2014 at 1:17pm

Gum disease is extremely common with more than half of all adults in the UK suffering the condition. Mild cases cause bleeding gums and bad breath but if left untreated can progress to periodontal disease. As well as causing pain and general discomfort it is also associated with a higher risk of heart disease, respiratory disease and nutritional deficiencies. Find out how nutrition can help.

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Natural supplementation to support eye health
Thursday April 3, 2014 at 8:28am

Age-related macular degeneration is the most commonly diagnosed eye condition in the over 50's with around 26,000 new cases emerging each year. It has a profound effect on the sufferer's life, affecting central vision to the point where light, shapes and colour no longer exist. This post focuses on a supplement that may be able to help.

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Is there a supplement to help morning sickness?
Wednesday April 2, 2014 at 8:43am

Morning sickness is the most common medical condition of early pregnancy - characterised by nausea and vomiting. The severity of the symptoms varies from woman to woman but all will agree that it is an unpleasant experience to say the least and makes everyday life more difficult to deal with. Help is at hand in the form of Vitamin B6 and Ginger - both of which have been shown to reduce the symptoms of morning sickness.

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Turmeric - a cure for back pain?
Tuesday April 1, 2014 at 5:41pm

Turmeric has been used medicinally for thousands of years. As an increasingly popular natural alternative to traditional drugs for back pain, we examine what makes turmeric such a good natural anti-inflammatory and an effective alternative treatment for back pain.

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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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Vitamin B12 Deficency Explained
Thursday March 27, 2014 at 5:55pm

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 putting you at risk of deficiency.

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Rosehip as an approach to painful joints
Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 6:07pm

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-inflammatory and a possible alternative treatment for joint pain.

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Osteoporosis - The Silent Epidemic
Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 5:36pm

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 vitamins and minerals important for preserving your bone health.

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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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Raspberry Ketones are now a 'Novel Food'
Thursday March 20, 2014 at 8:39am

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 no history of their use i.e. safety to consume and their marketing is believed to be misleading to consumers. There is no such thing as a 'miracle weight-loss' product!

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Pycnogenol and L-Arginine for Male Sexual Health
Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 6:15pm

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.

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Facing the Menopause and its symptoms
Saturday March 15, 2014 at 10:45am

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.

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5 reasons to take a Multivitamin supplement
Friday March 14, 2014 at 7:32am

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 deficient in more than one vitamin or mineral. 33% of people in the UK are thought to take a daily multivitamin, if you're not in that group then here are 5 reasons you might decide to be.

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Stress and anti-stress supplements
Thursday March 13, 2014 at 8:23am

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 helping to deal with stress and boost stress resistance. Find out what stress does to you and what nutrition is important to consider.

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18 proven reasons to take a Zinc Supplement
Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 11:21am

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 benefits and roles in the body which is backed by scientific evidence.

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What does Traditional Herbal Remedy (THR) mean?
Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 5:28pm

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 Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have decided that herbal supplements should be regulated in order to receive classification as a Traditional Herbal Remedy (THR).

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Coconut Oil Supplements
Saturday March 8, 2014 at 8:25am

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?

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Peppermint oil capsules for IBS
Thursday March 6, 2014 at 12:29pm

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.

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Saw Palmetto can help an enlarged prostate
Sunday March 2, 2014 at 9:15am

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.

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What is Hyaluronic Acid used in the body for?
Saturday March 1, 2014 at 3:26pm

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...

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Do plant sterols help lower cholesterol?
Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 7:30am

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 disease.

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Health benefits of Turmeric
Friday February 21, 2014 at 7:28am

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.

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Starflower Oil vs Evening Primrose Oil
Wednesday February 19, 2014 at 1:15pm

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 Oil or Starflower Oil considered to be better?

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Pycnogenol shown to improve fitness and recovery
Saturday February 15, 2014 at 7:39am

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 stress.

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Krill Oil - why is it a superior source of Omega-3
Friday February 14, 2014 at 7:15am

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.

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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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Ubiquinol and CoQ10
Wednesday February 12, 2014 at 9:30am

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 the body into ubiquinol before it can be utilised.

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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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5 reasons to take a cod liver oil supplement
Tuesday February 4, 2014 at 7:58am

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.

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Could peanut allergies soon be cured?
Thursday January 30, 2014 at 11:47am

Peanut allergies now affect more 1 in 50 children and can potentially be life threatening. Scientists in the UK now believe that they have devised a way to stop a life threatening reaction.

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Cherry extract can help prevent gout
Thursday January 30, 2014 at 9:09am

Cherry extract or fresh cherries have recently become popular as a way of preventing gout. Is there any evidence behind this? We take a look at the scientific research so far and explain why cherries have become popular for gout treatment and prevention.

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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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Pineapple contains bromelain
Sunday January 26, 2014 at 9:00am

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 to work to break down food. If you have trouble digesting food then a supplement may be beneficial for you.

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Synthetic cod liver oil
Friday January 24, 2014 at 11:19pm

A fish-less fish oil - cod liver oil that doesn't come from cod! Would you take it as a supplement? It's not yet a reality but have a read about the proposition and its potential issues and benefits.

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Can probiotics help behavioral problems?
Friday January 24, 2014 at 10:09am

Recent findings have begun to back up long held theories that there are strong links between brain function and stomach bacteria. This article reports on some of the most recent studies and theories.

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Vitamin D and rickets
Wednesday January 22, 2014 at 12:20pm

The NHS have reported that cases of rickets is on the rise with 833 admissions to hospital in 2012-13. We take a look at what rickets is and what may have caused this increase in suffering. We recommend that everyone read this article but especially those with young children who are predominantly affected by the disease.

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Raspberry Ketones - do they work?
Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 12:40pm

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.

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What are free radicals?
Monday January 20, 2014 at 4:00pm

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.....

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What are Antioxidants?
Monday January 20, 2014 at 4:00pm

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?

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