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Prediatbetic? Magnesium pills could help
Mon, 21 August, 2017
Those with insulin resistance and prediabetes are at an increased risk of high blood pressure but magnesium supplements may lower blood pressure says new research.
Turmeric helps to build and repair bones affected
Thu, 18 May, 2017
Osteoporosis is the most common bone diseases and is responsible for around 65,000 potentially fatal fractures each year in the UK. Promising new research suggests the active compound in turmeric called curcumin may prevent bone cells being removed before they are replaced thereby imp....
Is Lutein or Zeaxanthin better for eye health?
Wed, 10 May, 2017
It is common place to take vitamins to protect joints, bones or heart health but do you know how important it is to take eye health supplements? Lutein and zeaxanthin act as filters for your eyes, blocking out harmful UV rays and other high-energy wavelengths. As antioxidants, these i....
Cyanocobalamin V Methylcobalamin
Wed, 3 May, 2017
There are two forms of vitamin B12 that you’re likely to come across – methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin. Cyanocobalamin is the most commonly supplemented form of vitamin B12 and is chemically synthesised. Methylcobalamin is found in animal-based foods and is a naturally occuring for....
Top Health Benefits of Turmeric
Wed, 26 April, 2017
The surging interest in turmeric is largely due to turmeric’s myriad of purported health benefits – there is a staggeringly long list! Although much of the research on turmeric focuses on curcumin, there are over 50 different molecules in turmeric thought to have numerous benefits to ....
Melatonin is important for healthy ageing
Tue, 11 April, 2017
While you might know Melatonin as a sleep supporting supplement did you also know it's a potent antioxidant, helping to fight off free radical damage that comes with aging?
Is Krill Oil better than Fish Oil?
Tue, 4 April, 2017
Just like other fish oils, krill oil is loaded with omega 3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. These essential fatty acids support cardiovascular health, healthy cognitive function, joint health and more but which is a better source, krill oil or fish oil?
Vitamin K is catching the attention of researchers
Fri, 24 March, 2017
​Vitamin K as a family plays a critical role in blood coagulation, this is it's most well-known function, however K2 in particular plays a very specific role in bone health and, in a related manner, it may also impact cardiovascular health. For this reason it’s catching the attention ....
March is when vitamin D levels are the lowest
Fri, 17 March, 2017
Spring officially starts on March 20th for the northern hemisphere which means that everyone should be able to start receiving adequate vitamin D from safe exposure to the sun. However March is actually when vitamin D levels are at their lowest. Have you been topping up your vitamin D....
Why Probiotics are a hot topic
Tue, 24 January, 2017
Probiotics are already widely considered to an important part of a daily health regime as they offer fantastic support to the health of your digestion, immunity, brain health and emotional well being. As researchers continue to study probiotics, they uncover additional benefits to a h....
Co Q10 - Deficiency Risk and Symptoms
Fri, 10 June, 2016
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 ....
Suffer from winter colds? Try Echinacea
Mon, 12 October, 2015
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 centurie....
Pycnogenol® Shown to Improve Perimenopause Symptom
Mon, 6 April, 2015
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 ni....
Vitamin C increases physical activity in men
Fri, 21 November, 2014
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 ac....
Take magnesium before bed for restorative sleep
Thu, 7 August, 2014
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 ....
Pycnogenol® helps prevent UV damage and ageing
Fri, 1 August, 2014
It would be fair to say that most of us crave a summer full of sunshine, while that might be too much to ask from the UK, we'll get our fix from holidaying abroad with thoughts of sandy beaches and serious tanning hours. However very often the quest for a bronzed body results in one t....
Just Vitamins stance backed by BBC Watchdog
Wed, 9 July, 2014
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 co....
Pycnogenol® Found to Improve Psoriasis Symptoms
Mon, 7 July, 2014
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. Pycnogen....
Inositol - a natural treatment for OCD
Wed, 25 June, 2014
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 p....
Over 55's with vitamin D deficiency
Mon, 23 June, 2014
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.
Research shows Krill lowers triglycerides
Mon, 16 June, 2014
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 cardiovasc....
Bovine Collagen vs Marine Collagen
Sat, 14 June, 2014
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 collag....
Alternative Insect bite prevention - thiamine
Mon, 9 June, 2014
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.
Flaxseed Found to Benefit High Blood Pressure
Thu, 29 May, 2014
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 hyp....
Omega-3 fatty acids help to manage triglycerides
Thu, 22 May, 2014
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....
Strong evidence Ubiquinol boosts sports performanc
Tue, 20 May, 2014
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 performa....
Children may benefit from vital vitamin D suppleme
Tue, 13 May, 2014
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 cla....
A herbal approach to the menopause
Tue, 15 April, 2014
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.
Sustainability of Antarctic Krill Oil
Wed, 9 April, 2014
Omega-3s are in worldwide demand, however with the majority derived from marine-based sources and over-fishing becoming an increasingly important conservation issue consumers are starting to question their Omega-3 options. We are pleased to report that our chosen source of Antarctic K....
Pycnogenol® Naturally Reduces Hay Fever Symptoms
Tue, 8 April, 2014
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 ....
Nutritional therapy for gum disease
Sat, 5 April, 2014
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 hig....
Natural supplementation to support eye health
Thu, 3 April, 2014
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 p....
Turmeric - a cure for back pain?
Tue, 1 April, 2014
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.
The importance of magnesium to the body
Fri, 28 March, 2014
Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a very important role in many bodily functions - in fact it regulates over 300 biochemical reactions in the human body. However some experts have referred to it as 'The Forgotten Mineral' as the population of the western world is seeing a s....
Vitamin B12 Deficency Explained
Thu, 27 March, 2014
Vitamin B12 is actually produced by bacteria and micro-organisms therefore paradoxically our unnaturally hygienic modern lives (compared to those of our ancestors) mean we consume less of this vitamin! Vitamin B12 is vital to maintaining good health, find out what factors may be putti....
Rosehip as an approach to painful joints
Wed, 26 March, 2014
Many millions of people in the UK suffer from joint pain, the most common conditions being rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis - both are characterised by inflammation of the joints which causes swelling, stiffness and pain. Research has identified Rosehip as a natural anti-inflam....
Osteoporosis - The Silent Epidemic
Tue, 25 March, 2014
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....
Raspberry Ketones are now a 'Novel Food'
Thu, 20 March, 2014
Yesterday the Food Standards Agency completed its review of Raspberry Ketones and they have now officially been given a 'Novel Food' status. This means until an application to authorise the supplement is made and granted then it is not legal to sell within the European Union. There is....
Pycnogenol and L-Arginine for Male Sexual Health
Tue, 18 March, 2014
When combined with L-Arginine there is solid scientific evidence that says yes! We look at five clinical studies that show the combination of Pycnogenol® and L-Arginine restores sexual function, enables erections, boosts libido, performance, sperm motility, viability, and quantity.
What is Biotin and what does it do?
Mon, 17 March, 2014
Biotin is part of the B-Complex vitamins and is also known as Vitamin B7 - it is part of many important functions in the body including a healthy nervous system, macronutrient metabolism and maintenance of healthy skin and hair.
5 reasons to take a Multivitamin supplement
Fri, 14 March, 2014
You may have noticed that Multivitamins have come under fire in the press recently. The messages are very mixed - one day vitamins are no good for you, the next day they are! Facts tell us that geographical and dietary influences mean many people, even in 1st world countries, are defi....
18 proven reasons to take a Zinc Supplement
Wed, 12 March, 2014
Zinc is involved in over 300 important bodily functions and is a crucial trace mineral for the body. There are many ongoing scientific studies into the role of Zinc in fighting colds and wound healing and the results are very positive, however this blog posts talks only about proven b....
Coconut Oil Supplements
Sat, 8 March, 2014
You may have noticed that Coconut Oil is very much in the nutritional spotlight. Once condemned for its high saturated fat content it is now being hailed by scientists, physicians, and nutritionists as the next best thing for your health. Are the claims substantiated?
Is Vitamin D the same as Vitamin D3?
Fri, 7 March, 2014
Vitamin D, as its commonly known, actually comprises Vitamin D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5. In supplemental form we take Vitamin D2 or Vitamin D3, however contrary to past beliefs, they have been found to be beneficial to the body to different degrees. Learn what you should look out for when ....
Peppermint oil capsules for IBS
Thu, 6 March, 2014
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.
Saw Palmetto can help an enlarged prostate
Sun, 2 March, 2014
Prostate health is extremely important for men of all ages - particularly so for those over the age of 50, in fact by the age 60 most men will be suffering the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Find out how Saw Palmetto can help.
What is Hyaluronic Acid used in the body for?
Sat, 1 March, 2014
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...
Flaxseed capsules as an alternative to fish oils
Thu, 27 February, 2014
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids which must be obtained from our diets. Fish/marine sources are the first to come to mind however there are plant based alternatives which are excellent options. They are also an excellent alternative for people who don't want to consume fish oils for....
Do plant sterols help lower cholesterol?
Wed, 26 February, 2014
We can get plant sterols from our diet but not in sufficient quantities - you may have heard of Benecol and Flora Proactive? Well these have plant sterols added to them - 'why is this?' well because plant sterols can help lower cholesterol levels and therefore reduce the risk of heart....
What is L-Arginine good for?
Mon, 24 February, 2014
L-Arginine is an amino acid. Amino acids in the fitness world are associated with lean muscle growth therefore it would be natural to think of L-Arginine being good for muscle development. L-Arginine is actually ineffectual for building muscle but it has numerous benefits for physical....
What is Ginko Biloba?
Sat, 22 February, 2014
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the most popular medicinal herbs in the world. It is actually the oldest living tree species in the world and has no living relatives. Read about more Ginkgo related 'wonders'.
Health benefits of Turmeric
Fri, 21 February, 2014
If you've ever cooked a curry from scratch then you know what Turmeric is - and the stains on your clothes are probably a permanent reminder! What you probably don't know is the medicinal properties of Turmeric are widely used for a variety of health issues.
Starflower Oil vs Evening Primrose Oil
Wed, 19 February, 2014
Evening Primrose Oil has been around for a very long time and is widely known of. The active ingredient is an Omega-6 fatty acid called Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). There is another plant that contains GLA and has very similar properties called Starflower or Borage. Is Evening Primrose....
Green Coffee Extract
Tue, 18 February, 2014
People often look to food supplements to support their weight loss and one of the newest products is green coffee bean extract. We look at the science behind the product (it has nothing to do with caffeine!) and examine some studies into its effectiveness.
What is astaxanthin?
Mon, 17 February, 2014
Astaxanthin (pronounced "asta-ZAN-thin") is a naturally occurring pigment that is responsible for the pink flesh of salmon, lobster and prawns. It is also thought to be a powerful antioxidant - found out out it can help the human body...
Pycnogenol shown to improve fitness and recovery
Sat, 15 February, 2014
A recent study on Pycnogenol has shown significant improvements in training and performance in both normal and semi-professional athletes. The results demonstrated its effectiveness in boosting muscle performance, increasing endurance and reducing cramping by controlling oxidative str....
Krill Oil - why is it a superior source of Omega-3
Fri, 14 February, 2014
Krill Oil is different from fish oils because it is naturally pure and contains phospholipid omega-3s and astaxanthin. The difference between Krill Oil and other marine fish oils is considerable, and it is fast being considered a superior source of Omega-3s for a variety of reasons.
Interesting facts about lecithin
Thu, 13 February, 2014
Lecithin is a complex fat molecule needed by every living cell in the body. It has a variety of uses and benefits for health. Find out where it comes from and how it benefits you.
Ubiquinol and CoQ10
Wed, 12 February, 2014
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 ....
5 reasons to take Vitamin D
Sun, 9 February, 2014
It is thought that 25% of the population has a Vitamin D deficiency in the blood - this poses many dangers. The body can make its own Vitamin D so why are so many people deficient? Read about Vitamin D sources and 5 reasons why should may choose to take a supplement.
What are Beta Glucans?
Fri, 7 February, 2014
Beta-Glucans have benefits to blood cholesterol levels and your immune system. The body cannot make Beta-Glucans therefore it must be consumed in your diet via food or a supplement. Learn about dietary source and the benefits of consuming them.
Zinc for colds
Thu, 6 February, 2014
When you catch a cold one of the first things you're probably told by friends and family is to get some Vitamin C in to help fight it (oranges aren't actually a great source of Vitamin C by the way!). Research has proven that one of the best things you can take is actually a Zinc supp....
Milk thistle can protect the liver
Wed, 5 February, 2014
Milk thistle is an ancient traditional herbal medicine which is said to have the ability to prevent damage to the liver.
5 reasons to take a cod liver oil supplement
Tue, 4 February, 2014
The use of cod liver oil for general health and wellness has been long documented but scientific research now backs up real health claims, read on to find out more.
Amino Acids are key building blocks
Mon, 3 February, 2014
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....
Customer reviews for Rosehip
Sat, 1 February, 2014
Rosehip is a long used supplement which has a variety of uses - we believe that first hand use and experience provides a good resource for people researching the product. This article summarises some customer feedback from people who have purchased and used our rosehip extract tablets....
Glucosamine sulphate vs Glucosamine hydrochloride
Fri, 31 January, 2014
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 decid....
Cherry extract can help prevent gout
Thu, 30 January, 2014
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.
Pineapple contains bromelain
Sun, 26 January, 2014
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....
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter
Sat, 25 January, 2014
Serotonin also known as 5-hydroxytryptamine or abbreviated to 5-HT. It is found in many parts of the body and is thought to have many different influences and purposes. There have long been links between serotonin levels and depression with many antidepressant treatments working by in....
Synthetic cod liver oil
Fri, 24 January, 2014
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.
Rose Hip helps arthritis
Thu, 23 January, 2014
Rose hip supplements have been the subject of much scientific research which backs their use to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Read more about rose hip and the medical research conducted in the full article.
Vitamin D and rickets
Wed, 22 January, 2014
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 pr....
Prebiotics - Chicory Root
Wed, 22 January, 2014
Prebiotics and probiotics are very often advertised on television as yoghurt supplements, little shot drinks and even in margarine spreads. Lots of us buy these supplements in this form but do you actually know the difference between them, how they work together and how they benefit y....
Raspberry Ketones - do they work?
Tue, 21 January, 2014
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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