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

One of the most common themes for questions asked through the Just Vitamins Nutrition Advice line is related to getting the maximum benefit from a supplement, and more specifically “when in the day should I take my supplement?”

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

'Macronutrients' is simply the scientific term used to describe the three nutrient groups essential to our survival. Learn how much of each of the three different types you should consume per day and the different roles they play in our body.

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

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

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

Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain which helps regulate your sleep cycles and we all know how important sleep is to our bodily functions. It is widely used by people to help overcome jet lag and sleep disorders such as insomnia. In the UK it is a prohibited substance and can only be obtained by prescription. Learn more about its purpose, why some people are affected by a lack of it, and what natural food sources can help boost melatonin levels.

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

Did you know that fat-soluble vitamins must be consumed with a little bit of fat or they cannot be absorbed into the body? They can also be stored by the body for future needs. We explain which Vitamins are fat-soluble and what they do.

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

Did you know that water-soluble vitamins cannot be stored in the body and need to be obtained daily via our food or supplements. We explain which Vitamins are water-soluble and what they do.

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

The word 'fat' probably has an instant 'oh no' reaction in people but it's not all bad and is actually essential in the body. Our body needs essential fatty acids to survive and they must be obtained in our diets via food or supplements. There are different types of essential fatty acids - here you can learn about the main ones.

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Monday February 10, 2014 at 1:21pm

If you've researched your vitamins and supplements you will have almost certainly come across at least one of these terms: 'polyphenols', 'flavanoids', 'flavanols', 'catechins', 'isoflavones' or 'anthocyanins'. They aren't the easiest of terms to digest admittedly and they are by no means the same thing but to help you visualise the link between them all and the hierarchy they fit into we have created this infographic for you.

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

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

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

The bioavailability of a nutrient is a crucial factor and the higher the better. If you have a poor quality supplement then your body could end up excreting a large proportion of its benefits because the body is not able to absorb it efficiently.

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

High cholesterol is, unfortunately, a prolific problem in today's society. Recently, the UK has been dubbed the 'statins capital of Europe' ! Along with regular exercise and a low fat diet, statins are now being frequently prescribed to help lower cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease. Read and understand more about statins.

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

The answer is yes! Most people will know that having 'high cholesterol' is bad and is a major cause of heart disease and clogged arteries. What most people don't know is there are two types of cholesterol - good (HDL) and bad (LDL). Cholesterol is fat and the levels of good and bad cholesterol you have in your blood is linked to the amount of saturated and unsaturated fats you eat. Understand how they differ to help you change your diet and improve your health.

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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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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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