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RDA or NRV?
Thursday May 5, 2016 at 3:22pm

You will no longer see the term RDA on food and supplements in relation to vitamins and minerals. The term is now called NRV (Nutrient Reference Values). Find out what NRV means and what the difference to RDA is.

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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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The importance of Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Friday August 8, 2014 at 8:36am

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential to human health, they cannot be manufactured by the body therefore they have to be obtained from the food we eat. Research has shown numerous health benefits from a diet rich in omega-3 including preventing risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease.

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µg means microgram or mcg
Tuesday July 29, 2014 at 12:49pm

You have have seen the symbol µg on your vitamins and not know what it means. It is a unit of measurement but what is is equivalent to - find out!

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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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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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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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What does oxidative stress mean?
Tuesday February 25, 2014 at 4:21pm

Free radicals cause oxidative stress. What does this mean - is it good or bad? Contrary to common belief free radicals aren't actually all bad - they are necessary to our survival. Is oxidative stress good or bad and what causes it? Find out......

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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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Thyroid Gland
Sunday February 16, 2014 at 4:00pm

It is estimated that around 1 in 20 people has either a temporary or permanent thyroid disorder. A thyroid disorder can be debilitating but it is easily treatable. Learn about what the thyroid does, why this is crucial to your body and what can happen if it is not working properly.

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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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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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What are catechins
Sunday February 2, 2014 at 12:15pm

Most of us love a good old cuppa but did you know that tea contains a number of natural chemicals? Approximately 50% of these are called catechins which are essentially an antioxidant. There are different types of catechins - learn more about what they do and what other sources you can get them from.

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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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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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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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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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