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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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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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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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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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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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Pycnogenol® helps prevent UV damage and ageing
Friday August 1, 2014 at 8:34am

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 that looks more like a lobster - in addition to responsible application of sunscreen those sun seekers out there will be pleased to read that the supplement Pycnogenol® can help to protect against the damaging effects of sun exposure.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sustainability of Antarctic Krill Oil
Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 8:31am

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 Krill Oil is from a supplier that has the strictest sustainability protocols at its core.

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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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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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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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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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What is Biotin and what does it do?
Monday March 17, 2014 at 9:25am

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.

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

Vitamin D, as its commonly known, actually comprises Vitamin D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5. In supplemental form we take Vitamin D2 or Vitamin D3, however contrary to past beliefs, they have been found to be beneficial to the body to different degrees. Learn what you should look out for when looking for a Vitamin D supplement.

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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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Flaxseed capsules as an alternative to fish oils
Thursday February 27, 2014 at 5:22pm

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 whatever reason. Here we examine flaxseed as an alternative.

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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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What is L-Arginine good for?
Monday February 24, 2014 at 8:45am

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 performance as well as being beneficial for your immune system and cardiovascular health.

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What is Ginko Biloba?
Saturday February 22, 2014 at 7:19pm

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'.

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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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Green Coffee Extract
Tuesday February 18, 2014 at 10:30am

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.

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What is astaxanthin?
Monday February 17, 2014 at 6:25am

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...

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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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5 reasons to take Vitamin D
Sunday February 9, 2014 at 1:50pm

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.

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What are Beta Glucans?
Friday February 7, 2014 at 11:15am

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.

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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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Milk thistle can protect the liver
Wednesday February 5, 2014 at 8:28am

Milk thistle is an ancient traditional herbal medicine which is said to have the ability to prevent damage to the liver.

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

Amino acids are the compounds that make up proteins - the building blocks of life. They play a vital role in nearly all biological processes within the body. They can be classified into three groups: essential, semi-essential and non-essential. Some we can make ourselves the others we have to consume through the food we eat.

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Customer reviews for Rosehip
Saturday February 1, 2014 at 12:06pm

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. A summary of NHS opinion of scientific studies into rosehip is also included.

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

Glucosamine is probably the most popular supplement for helping to maintain healthy joints. There are two forms of glucosamine - sulphate and hydrochloride. Is one better than the other and what are the differences? Read our article and understand the differences so that you can decide which form is most suitable for you.

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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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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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Serotonin is a neurotransmitter
Saturday January 25, 2014 at 10:35am

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 increasing serotonin levels. Learn more about what serotonin is involved in within the body.

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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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Rose Hip helps arthritis
Thursday January 23, 2014 at 8:15am

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.

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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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Prebiotics - Chicory Root
Wednesday January 22, 2014 at 9:42am

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 you?

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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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