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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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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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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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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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L-theanine reduces physiological responses to stre
Tuesday December 15, 2015 at 4:03pm

Diet, exercise, stress-management techniques such as yoga, and even psychological counselling can all help in the battle against stress but in addition to this an effective way to help ourselves is to take nature's own chill pill L-theanine. Research shows that L-theanine is effective at helping to promote relaxation while reducing feelings of stress and anxiety - this might be particularly useful advice right now given the stress many of us experience over the festive period.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beta-glucans and the immune system
Tuesday November 11, 2014 at 5:47pm

Beta-Glucans are crucial weapons in the fight to stay healthy and naturally boost the immune system. The body doesn't produce Beta-Glucans so the only way to get the compound is through external sources. Learn more about Beta-Glucans and how they work to boost our immune system.

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Supplements to beat Seasonal Affective Disorder (S
Friday November 7, 2014 at 12:28pm

According to the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association (www.sada.org.uk), winter depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition which affects 20% of the UK adult population. As our energy levels undergo a gradual change from summer to autumn it's common to feel like you've lost your get up and go. Find out what treatments and natural supplements can help beat the symptoms of SAD

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

When you have a stressful moment or a shock why is a 'cup of tea' one of the first things that come to mind? The mystery ingredient in tea (particularly green tea) is now thought to be an amino acid called L-Theanine. L-Theanine works to offset caffeine's effect with a calming influence.

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