Feb 11, 2020 | 5 min read
Stress and anxiety has a huge impact on our emotional well being and unfortunately it has become synonymous with modern day life. It impacts on our ability to be happy, which of course can never be a permanent state of being, but something we all strive to feel more frequently. So how....
Feb 4, 2020 | 3 min read
One of the most well-known challenges for vegans is getting enough vitamin B12, which is only found in animal products like eggs and meat. What foods could you include more of in your diet in order to up B12 levels if you're a vegan?
Jan 29, 2020 | 2 min read
If you suffer from high blood pressure there is a strong chance you will develop cardiovascular disease therefore leading a lifestyle that takes care of your heart is the best defence against developing high blood pressure. There are a number of supplements that can certainly help you....
Jan 8, 2020 | 3 min read
A study conducted over a period of 18 years looked at dietary patterns and the development of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and found that poor diet is associated with AMD.
Dec 31, 2019 | 2 min read
Eating pistachios could be beneficial to your gut bacteria according to research. There is a growing evidence supporting the idea that intestinal health has an important impact on our overall health and it seems that pistachios may play a small part in the the beneficial modification ....
Dec 17, 2019 | 2 min read
Many of us look to stock up on supplements at this time of year in an attempt to help our bodies fight off cold and flu bugs that are doing the rounds. One such seasonal saviour comes in the form of Elderberry.
Dec 3, 2019 | 2 min read
If you opt to take vitamins and supplements on a regular basis you are proactive about your health and well being which is great but you could do even more by arming yourself with the knowledge of how and when to take them to optimise their benefits.
Nov 26, 2019 | 2 min read
If you're over the age of 60, not having enough vitamin D could have a significant impact on how well your skeletal muscle functions. These findings come from an analysis of 4000 older adults that showed low blood markers of vitamin D impaired muscle strength and performance.
Nov 19, 2019 | 3 min read
Astaxanthin is a super powerful antioxidant, the wonders of which we have previously purported. Research has linked it to healthier skin, heart health, joint pain improvement and now research is suggesting it may reduce depression and stress as well as improve memory in people with mi....
Nov 5, 2019 | 2 min read
Recent research found wrinkle width and severity to be reduced in postmenopausal women who snacked on almonds on a daily basis. Almonds are already associated with an array of health benefits due to the fact they're full of vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre.
Oct 29, 2019 | 2 min read
A team of researchers are suggesting that more than a quarter of adults over the age of 50 are deficient in vitamin D and therefore urge supplement uptake and mandatory food fortification as policies most effective in combating deficiencies.
Oct 22, 2019 | 3 min read
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a term used to describe two long term conditions known as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, both of which can lead onto a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer. According to new research the number of sufferers is three times higher than....
Oct 15, 2019 | 2 min read
Nuts are good for you, that is not breaking news, however a new study has revealed that replacing unhealthy food with nuts could stop the inevitable weight gain as you get older.
Oct 8, 2019 | 4 min read
The human scalp contains approximately 100,000 hair follicles which require essential elements, such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals, to efficiently produce healthy hair. Micronutrients, including vitamins and trace minerals, are therefore crucial components of our diet.
Oct 2, 2019 | 2 min read
The MIND diet was developed specifically to help the brain work better as well as reduce the likelihood of developing dementia. It is in fact, a combination of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, designed to lower blood pressure. An earlier study of the MIND diet found participa....
Sep 25, 2019 | 2 min read
A paper published in the journal Aging and conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore, Wuyi University in China, the University of Essex in the UK and the University of Cambridge looked at the difference between the brain structure of tea drinkers v. non tea dr....
Sep 16, 2019 | 3 min read
The complex colony of organisms that live in the gut is called our gut microbiome. You may have heard that term banded about a lot in recent years and that is because those in the wellness world are seeing more and more evidence supporting poor gut health as a cause of disease and chr....
Sep 4, 2019 | 3 min read
Being diagnosed with osteoporosis would require treatment with prescription medication however the body still needs certain vitamins and minerals to aid in the absorption of nutrients required to build strong bones so if your dietary intake is lacking then supplementation is worth con....
Aug 28, 2019 | 3 min read
To all the vegans and vegetarians out there, be aware that the best food source of B vitamins is meat, so it’s very important for non-carnivores to supplement with them. B vitamins are important for a wide range of functions, including heart health, metabolism and cognitive function. ....
Aug 21, 2019 | 2 min read
Back in 2011 a voluntary self- regulating pact, called the Public Health Responsibility Deal, was made between the government and the food industry. The pact saw to curb the salt content of food however new research shows that it's fallen short in it's goals, in fact, it has slowed do....
Aug 14, 2019 | 6 min read
Stress impacts all of our day to day lives, it impossible not to feel it and to be unaffected by it. Rather than popping pills to deal with the side effect of stress it might be wiser to tackle the route cause by nourishing the part of the brain where stress originates.
Aug 7, 2019 | 3 min read
Protein is an important part of a healthy diet for anyone but as we get older it becomes more and more important to get sufficient amounts. This is because it's key to preventing age related muscle loss (sarcopenia).
Jul 31, 2019 | 2 min read
While dementia has no known cure, some experts believe that a certain plant supplement could help those diagnosed with a mild form of dementia.
Jul 23, 2019 | 4 min read
A new study by UK researchers claims that the use of sunscreen on sunny days doesn't stop the body from producing vitamin D.
Jul 17, 2019 | 2 min read
Taking vitamin D supplements can reduce the risk of dying from cancer by 13% say researchers. Modern lifestyles, which see many of us hauled up indoors, are to blame for people not getting enough sunshine. In fact a fifth of Britons are estimated to be low in vitamin D, which could be....
Jul 10, 2019 | 2 min read
British researchers are now suggesting that consuming montmorency tart cherries improves certain conditions known to be precursors to type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. These set of conditions is known as metabolic syndrome, global rates of which are on the rise.
Jul 3, 2019 | 3 min read
Missing breakfast is associated with a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease says a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Jun 26, 2019 | 2 min read
Back in February of this year we reported on the UK government's plans to fortify flour with folic acid, an attempt to bring the country in line with fortification guidelines in the EU that prevent birth defects such as spina bifida. Well, ministers have now revealed that they are mov....
Jun 12, 2019 | 4 min read
Science hasn't yet discovered exactly why we need to sleep, yet we do know about the health benefits good quality sleep brings. An optimal sleep routine detox's the brain, consolidates memory, improves weight loss, and puts you in a better mood amongst many other things. So how can we....
Jun 5, 2019 | 2 min read
Feeling tired could just be down to too many late nights or a disrupted sleep routine however perpetual tiredness could also be a symptom of a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals. Taking these supplements could help to beat that foggy feeling.
May 22, 2019 | 3 min read
Regardless of whether you're good at managing stress or not, it affects each and every one one of us. There is an argument to say that modern day living has increased the amount of stress we feel, with mental health issues such as anxiety being more and more commonplace. So whether yo....
May 15, 2019 | 2 min read
We've left behind the cold weather and bleak landscape of winter and ushered in the sunshine, chirping birds and green hedgerows of spring. Sound idyllic? Not so much when you're struck down with illness that comes with seasonal change. However, primed with the right nutrients your bo....
May 8, 2019 | 2 min read
Following the sudden rise in both temperature and pollen count are you suffering from an onslaught of hayfever symptoms? Tried everything and nothing seems to help alleviate the incessant sneezing and itchy eyes? Well a new research has suggested that CBD oil could be an effective new....
May 1, 2019 | 2 min read
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has highlighted the importance of magnesium for optimising vitamin D in the body, suggesting the nutrients work together to boost your health.
Apr 24, 2019 | 3 min read
Guidelines issued by a non-profit organisation increase an adult's vitamin B12 intake from 3 micrograms to 4 micrograms per day, paying special attention to those following a vegan diet by saying that they must take a permanent vitamin B12 supplement to avoid a deficiency.
Apr 10, 2019 | 3 min read
New research has found that those people with arterial stiffening have an increased risk of dementia - this may lead to more research into vitamin K2 supplementation as a possible treatment.
Apr 3, 2019 | 2 min read
New research is suggesting that women who take vitamin C before performing half an hour of moderate intensity cycling showed increased antioxidant capacity post exercise.
Mar 28, 2019 | 3 min read
Did you know that sage is a well known medicinal herb that has a long history of traditional use in cognitive improvement? In fact, it's an old wives tale that sage boosts the powers of memory, however scientists have now proved they were right.
Mar 20, 2019 | 3 min read
According to the UK's latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey intakes of vitamins and minerals have decreased drastically since 2008 and this is leading to deficiencies of important nutrients including vitamin A, fibre and iron.
Mar 11, 2019 | 9 min read
Supplements are not a wonder cure but they can do a lot to help to support our general health and well being and can be useful in bridging nutritional shortfalls if we're not eating as well as we should. Here are some that should be worth your consideration if you're thinking of suppl....
Mar 4, 2019 | 2 min read
Vitamin D has overtaken vitamin C as Britain's favourite vitamin supplement. Last year saw a 7% increase in vitamin D usage and today it is used by 33% of vitamins, minerals and supplements (VSM) users.
Feb 25, 2019 | 3 min read
The UK government is setting out new plans to fortify flour with folic acid which will bring the country in line with fortification guidelines in the EU that prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.
Feb 18, 2019 | 2 min read
New research is suggesting that if you are deficient in magnesium it may render the metabolism of vitamin D supplements ineffective.
Feb 4, 2019 | 3 min read
Studies investigating vitamin D status in children and adults appear to find a link between it's deficiency and schizophrenia in newborns and depression in older adults. These findings suggest the importance of taking the vitamin for healthy ageing of the brain as well as physical fun....
Jan 28, 2019 | 2 min read
The popularity of elderberries is on the rise and is quite rightly so! Elderberries are one of the most widely used medicinal plants in the world thanks to their particularly rich flavanoid and anthocyanin content which help fight the common cold, as well as bladder infections, allerg....
Jan 21, 2019 | 2 min read
A new study published in the journal Nutrients last month suggests that the trace mineral chromium picolinate may pip other weight management ingredients to the post because of it's ability to help users preserve lean body mass.
Jan 14, 2019 | 3 min read
The benefits of fish oil and it's healthy omega-3 fatty acids are widely studied and it a popular supplement choice for the health conscious among us. Recently however, both researchers and consumers are turning their heads towards krill oil. So what's the difference?
Jan 7, 2019 | 5 min read
Certain nutrients make dynamic duos by amplifying each other's benefits while others work to compliment and enhance the effects of another. This is great to know if you're keen to achieve optimal well being and get more bang for your buck.
Jan 1, 2019 | 5 min read
Nutritionists are warning against serious nutritional deficiencies and irreversible illnesses brought about by trendy diets publicized on social media.
Dec 19, 2018 | 3 min read
By now you'll have heard of the many health benefits of turmeric and curcumin and may have noticed that in some cases the terms are used interchangeably in the same article. So what's the difference? Is one better than the other?
Dec 12, 2018 | 4 min read
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in your body, in fact every organ in the body uses it. It keeps your heart, immune system, nervous system, and mind health and happy. And it also one of the top supplements to take for managing stress and easing anxious minds.
Nov 28, 2018 | 3 min read
Experts are warning of a rising number of young women who are becoming deficient in vital nutrients including iron, calcium and iodine. The insight come from official health data and shows that while most Britons lack key minerals including potassium, magnesium and copper, the picture....
Nov 23, 2018 | 3 min read
As we already know, your body needs a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy. During the winter months it's even more important to add foods to your diet that are high in immune health vitamins and nutrients.
Nov 19, 2018 | 2 min read
A six year long study of 815 individuals has provided results supporting Pycnogenol's blood circulation benefits. Pycnogenol is an anti-oxidant rich extract from French maritime pine bark manufactured by Horphag Research.
Nov 12, 2018 | 2 min read
With modern stressful lifestyles, westernised diets, and medications such as antibiotics, the bacteria living in your gut can be thrown off-balance. This has lead to growing interest in the link between gut bacteria and stress related disorders such as anxiety and depression. New rese....
Nov 5, 2018 | 3 min read
Summer time is over and autumn has arrived - a time to enjoy cosy jumpers and pumpkin lattes! However the changing season can also spell an outbreak of coughs and colds so it's even more important to look after your health.
Oct 30, 2018 | 2 min read
New research has suggested that women needs a greater variety of nutrients in their diet to support mood, compared to men. These findings go some way to explain why women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety and depression than men.
Oct 22, 2018 | 2 min read
Research out of two universities in Italy has found that supplementation with Pycnogenol - French maritime pine bark extract - resulted in less swelling in the lower legs during travel compared to control groups who used stockings or did standard in-flight exercises.
Oct 15, 2018 | 2 min read
By consuming omega-3's regularly during pregnancy women could boost their baby's brain function and eyesight say researchers from Finland.
Oct 8, 2018 | 4 min read
Collagen is without doubt a trendy ingredient in the wellness world at the moment - some of us take it for it's touted beauty benefits while others swear by it's gut health boosting properties.The fact that it's good for our bodies is not up for debate but we can ask the questions: ar....
Oct 1, 2018 | 3 min read
DASH stands for Dietary Action to Stop Hypertension and is recognised for reducing blood pressure. Interestingly, the success of the diet may be down to the action of the bacteria located in your mouth.
Sep 25, 2018 | 2 min read
A study conducted by researchers in the US and China has found that a chemical compound in cinnamon activated thermogenesis (the process of heat production in organisms) and chronic metabolic remodeling, providing a promising therapeutic strategy in the fight against obesity.
Sep 19, 2018 | 2 min read
It's the perfect season to enjoy a leafy salad, however with many of us concerned about maintaining our summer bodies you may be tempted to save a few calories by skipping the dressing. However new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has revealed that addi....
Sep 6, 2018 | 3 min read
Apple cider vinegar has grown fashionable for its supposed weight loss benefits, studies have also found it can help diabetes sufferers manage their blood glucose levels, and it is said to help reduce risk of heart disease. But is it as effective to consume a supplement as it is to co....
Aug 31, 2018 | 2 min read
We all know that a balanced life that combines regular exercise, a healthy diet (and the odd indulgence!) promotes a happy body and a happy mind. Research has also shown that there are specific nutrients that are particularly good at boosting our mental state including omega 3's, sele....
Aug 28, 2018 | 3 min read
The cannabis plant contains chemical compounds called cannabinoids, one of which is CBD or cannabidiol (pronounced cann-a-bid-EYE-ol). Manufacturers of CBD oil use different methods to extract the compound, which they then add to a carrier oil such as hemp or coconut oil to create CBD....
Aug 24, 2018 | 4 min read
Antioxidants are essential to your health and they are thought to help control how fast you age by combating damage done by free radicals, which are at the heart of age related deterioration. The fact that antioxidants are so complex can lead to confusion, so which are the best ones t....
Aug 17, 2018 | 2 min read
Polyphenols found within Acai have been shown to survive through the entire digestive system, thereby potentially offering prebiotic benefits throughout the gastrointestinal tract, according to researchers in the UK.
Jul 30, 2018 | 4 min read
Scientific research has already firmly establishing turmeric as protective of the cardiovascular system, a supporter of healthy cholesterol levels and a potent free radical scavenger but new research is now coming to light to show that it may keep you looking young, possibly slowing d....
Jul 23, 2018 | 6 min read
Ubiquinol is the reduced form of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This is the form your body naturally uses, and research shows ubiquinol is superior for your health in a number of ways, primarily due to its superior bioavailability. It's particularly beneficial for your heart health by reducing....
Jul 17, 2018 | 3 min read
Brain health is of increasing concern as we're living long and longer longer lives - dementia in particular is an ever more prevalent health issue in the UK. So what supplements could we be taking to boost cognition and help protect the brain from dementia? Here we look at 3 top suppl....
Jul 10, 2018 | 2 min read
Chemicals found within chilli peppers appears to speed up the metabolism, according to research published in the journal Advances in Nutrition.
Jun 12, 2018 | 2 min read
Even the most strong willed dieter may give in to temptation when the hunger pangs are hitting hard therefore foods that help keep us feeling fuller for longer are a key to keeping a diet on track. Scientists from the University of Warwick have, for the first time, identified cells in....
May 4, 2018 | 2 min read
Daily supplementation with astaxanthin may improve the health of facial skin in middle-aged subjects, suggests research from scientists in the UK and Russia.
Mar 23, 2018 | 8 min read
Even though it's the ultimate goal, getting all the nutrition required for optimal health from food alone is quite difficult. So whether you're just trying your best to eat healthy or you're adhering to a strict vegan, paleo or gluten free diet, chances are you need some help from sup....
Mar 16, 2018 | 5 min read
By now most of us have heard of antioxidants and know about their health benefits but it's still important to be savvy about how powerful the antioxidant is that you're consuming and how much you have to consume for it to have any actual effect on the free radicals within your body. C....
Mar 9, 2018 | 2 min read
A handful of almonds, 43 grams in fact, eaten every day helps to increase levels of good cholesterol while also helping to eliminate the body of bad cholesterol, new research has revealed.
Mar 2, 2018 | 2 min read
Heart failure among the elderly is strongly associated with vitamin D deficiency leading researchers to suggest we need more trials to test vitamin D for the prevention of heart disease.
Feb 23, 2018 | 3 min read
The popularity of dairy free milk alternatives has soared in recent times but a new study published by the British Journal of Nutrition has reported that they are not a suitable substitute for cows' milk when it comes to iodine content.
Feb 16, 2018 | 3 min read
As a nation we are getting more health conscious it seems and this has let to certain buzz words doing the rounds, one of which is "refined sugar free". Products are using unprocessed alternatives instead but does that really mean it's healthy or are we getting duped by hype?
Feb 9, 2018 | 4 min read
Hard choices make us feel like we are being pulled in two directions - doing healthy things can feel like a battle between the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other. The wicked devil impels us to give in to the burger for lunch while the virtuous angel is nagging us to opt ....
Feb 2, 2018 | 4 min read
The Pioppi diet is one that has been inspired by a village in Southern Italy that is famously known as the healthiest place in the world - residents live 10 years longer than average and don't appear to suffer from chronic diseases that plague the western world. The diet does not invo....
Jan 26, 2018 | 7 min read
It's not just the new year that brings with it a new health regime, according to a study the average adult starts a health kick every three months. However more than half give up with a few hours of starting and over 60% say they never follow through with their goals. Here is a look a....
Jan 19, 2018 | 1 min read
Olive oil is a Mediterranean diet staple and has been long praised for it's health benefits, including those relating to cardiovascular health, reducing osteoporosis fracture risk, reducing depression and protecting the brain from dementia. Olive oil has also been linked to weight los....
Jan 12, 2018 | 6 min read
Have you started 2018 with a new gym membership? If it's a yes then chances are your muscles are aching from all the lunges, squats, press ups and bench pressing you've been doing. This can not only interfere with daily life but can also stop you from getting the most out of your next....
Jan 8, 2018 | 3 min read
Scientists at the University of Northumbria have discovered that beetroot helps muscles recover after intense exercise. So if you're looking for a post-gym snack, then beetroot may be the answer.
Jan 5, 2018 | 2 min read
According to research walnuts boost brain activity in the region associated with control and discipline meaning this wrinkly little nut could help you stay strong in the face of cravings - a dieter's nemesis!
Dec 29, 2017 | 3 min read
In the Western world, alcohol consumed in large amounts is the main cause of liver disease, and even excess over a short period of time can cause damage to the liver. However, turmeric may provide a way or offsetting the damage if you’ve overdone the drinking recently.
Dec 22, 2017 | 2 min read
Research to date, in both menopausal women and animals, has shown that once ovulation ceases significant changes to the composition of gut bacteria occurs. Curcumin (the active component of Turmeric) has been shown in previous studies to demonstrate weight-gain prevention effects in m....
Dec 15, 2017 | 4 min read
Ensuring you are achieving adequate nutritional and vitamin intake is important all year round but there are a few supplements that are particular important to stock up on during the winter season.
Dec 1, 2017 | 3 min read
You've got to love stories about red wine being good for you! Researchers at Washington University in Missouri have found that drinking at least one glass of red wine per week boosts fertility in women, while other scientific research has also found it's good for your heart, your teet....
Nov 24, 2017 | 3 min read
Experts are warning of an increase in strokes suffered by young people, including those in their 20's, 30's and 40's. The cause of which appears to be down to too much salty food in our diets.
Nov 17, 2017 | 4 min read
We all know how healthy omega 3 fatty acids are, in fact while we often hear the claim supplements are unnecessary and that all nutrients can be obtained from a healthy diet, the general consensus by the health professionals is that we need to be taking omega 3 fish oils.
Nov 13, 2017 | 3 min read
Women with low levels of vitamin D are nearly 50% more likely to develop multiple sclerosis than those who get enough, according to a new study published in Neurology. This strengthens findings of existing research showing a link between vitamin D status and MS.
Nov 6, 2017 | 2 min read
Almonds could improve cognitive ability and prevent memory loss according to new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Nov 2, 2017 | 3 min read
Led by the Vitamin D Society, Vitamin D Council and GrassrootsHealth, Vitamin D Day is a day marked to recognize vitamin D deficiency as a world health problem. Researchers has agreed that at least one third of the world is deficient in vitamin D, and some scientists think it's even g....
Oct 27, 2017 | 3 min read
For years coffee has been considered a vice and we've been told we should drink less of it but now studies into its health benefits are elevating it from sinner to saint!
Oct 23, 2017 | 2 min read
Dietary supplementation with astaxanthin may protect women against wrinkles and loss of skin moisture, as well as improving skin elasticity, says a new study.
Oct 11, 2017 | 2 min read
Moderate drinking, i.e a glass of wine or a bottle of beer a night, could reduce your risk of an early death by a fifth, says new research.
Oct 6, 2017 | 3 min read
As we get older our bodies have less of the vitamin D precursor in our skin which means that we become less efficient at producing vitamin D through exposure to the sun. Research has shown that low vitamin D status is associated with cognitive decline, a decreased ability to perform a....
Sep 30, 2017 | 3 min read
A study published last month has added support to the ability of multivitamins to fill in the nutrition gaps of a poor diet. While this is something that many experts in the world of dietary supplements take for granted, it's still commonplace in mainstream press and media to hear the....
Sep 25, 2017 | 5 min read
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has low bioavailability meaning that it's difficult for the body to absorb and use. However when it's combined with black pepper it works like magic!
Sep 19, 2017 | 3 min read
Colds and flu seem to be rife when the seasons change - its down to a combination of shifts in temperature that allow a different group of viruses to flourish, and it's these viruses that make people ill. The daily nourishment of your immune system can make a huge difference to how yo....
Sep 13, 2017 | 2 min read
A lot of us opt to take supplements as part of our daily regime but we may be failing to reap all the benefits of what we're taking because we're swigging them down with the wrong drink.
Aug 28, 2017 | 2 min read
Dementia affects a huge number of people in the UK, 850,000 in fact. It is a general term for a long term decline in mental ability severe enough to impede daily life, with common symptoms including memory loss and decreased ability to think and reason. However a recent study has foun....
Aug 21, 2017 | 2 min read
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.
Aug 15, 2017 | 3 min read
Every year 7.9 million babies are born with a birth defect worldwide and in the UK, it's estimated that 1 in 6 pregnancies end in a miscarriage. No wonder then that one of last week's news headlines caused such a stir - eat Marmite to prevent miscarriage. But is there any truth behind....
Aug 14, 2017 | 2 min read
Pregnant women with a deficiency in vitamin D may be putting their children at risk of developmental issues according to new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Aug 7, 2017 | 3 min read
It is pretty well known that the best source of vitamin D is the sun, however we are also told that we need to slather on the sunscreen to protect against sunburn and skin cancer. If we do this are we depriving ourselves of necessary vitamin D?
Jul 31, 2017 | 2 min read
Type 2 diabetes is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, however new research is indicating that supplements containing both curcuminoids and piperine from black pepper may improve heart health for diabetics by improving the levels of good cholesterol and reducing the levels o....
Jul 18, 2017 | 3 min read
There are two types of vitamin D, D2 and D3. Up until this latest study, which will be published in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it's been largely thought that both perform well as a supplement. However for the first time scientists aset out to find out if one ....
Jul 10, 2017 | 2 min read
Sometimes it's difficult to know if you're getting the health benefits you want from the supplements you're taking, and this in large part might be due to the fact it's about prevention not cure. There are a lot of health claims surrounding omega-3's and it's pretty safe to say they'r....
Jul 3, 2017 | 2 min read
A new review study is suggesting the role of the B vitamins in slowing down age related decline in brain functioning, as well as age related depression, has been underestimated. These findings are highly relevant to a world that already sees a high number of dementia sufferers and an ....
Jun 28, 2017 | 2 min read
New research is suggesting that vitamin D combined with good sleeping habits might help manage chronic pain, menstrual cramps and arthritis. Find out more in this post.
Jun 23, 2017 | 3 min read
The summer time puts a lot of stress on the body, in fact the time you spend out in the heat can actually deprive your body of certain important vitamins and minerals that you need. By learning about the best vitamins and supplements to take, if you are planning on travelling to very ....
Jun 6, 2017 | 3 min read
Are you a chocolate lover? Well we've got some good news, you may be inadvertently keeping high blood pressure at bay! Foods such as dark chocolate, bananas and avocado are high in magnesium and research suggests a high magnesium intake lowers your hypertension risk by regulating bloo....
May 29, 2017 | 3 min read
Painkillers such as ibuprofen are widely used and available over the counter. However recent studies have brought attention to the potentially serious side effects these drugs have when taken regularly over long periods so it's a good time to look at natural alternatives.
May 24, 2017 | 2 min read
Osteoarthritis is a painful condition affecting joints and preventing them from moving smoothly. It causes misery to around 8.5 million Brits and there is no known cure. It is mistakenly thought to affect only the elderly population however it it can affect much younger people leading....
May 18, 2017 | 2 min read
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....
May 10, 2017 | 5 min read
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....
May 3, 2017 | 3 min read
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....
Apr 26, 2017 | 4 min read
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 ....
Apr 17, 2017 | 3 min read
New research has shown that drinking tea lowered the risk of developing dementia by 50% and by 86% for those with a genetic risk. The health benefits are down to the bioactive compounds found in tea which improve memory and prevent brain cells from dying.
Mar 10, 2017 | 3 min read
Turmeric has been the subject of many scientific studies in recent years and it seems that the circulatory, digestive, and neurological systems of the body, are all positively impacted by turmeric. There is a significantly lower rate of Alzheimer's disease amongst Asian populations th....
Mar 2, 2017 | 3 min read
While eating the recommended five a day still helps reduce disease risk, the highest benefits are seen when people consume double that, researcher has found. Doubling our recommended intake could save 7.8 million lives a year globally.
Jan 24, 2017 | 3 min read
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....
Jan 23, 2017 | 2 min read
It is well known that keeping vitamin and nutrient levels up during pregnancy is essential for a healthy baby but new research suggests failing to take multivitamins during pregnancy could set a child back by a year by the time they reach secondary school.
Jan 18, 2017 | 2 min read
Recent research to come out of the University of Edinburgh has suggested that the traditional Mediterranean diet of foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, fish and wine could prevent neurological degeneration in later life.
Jan 16, 2017 | 4 min read
Iron is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the UK, with almost half the girls aged 11 to 18, and more than a quarter of working-age women, falling short of intakes needed for good health.
Jan 10, 2017 | 2 min read
Coronary heart disease is responsible for more than 73,000 deaths a year in Britain, killing about one in six men and one in 10 women however new research has shown that ensuring oily fish is part of your diet could both slash the risk of heart disease by almost a fifth and reduce cho....
Jan 6, 2017 | 9 min read
The official advice given by the government and NHS experts is that we should be able to get all our nutritional requirements from eating a healthy and balanced diet however new research has found vitamin deficiencies are common place across all ages.
Dec 14, 2016 | 3 min read
While it’s widely known vitamin D is vital for maintaining healthy bones, there’s also a solid body of evidence linking it to brain growth. A recent study has found that women who have a lack of vitamin D while pregnant are more likely to have a child with autism.
Dec 8, 2016 | 4 min read
Crohn's disease affects about 120,000 people in Britain. The damage the disease itself causes to the digestive tract as well as the damage done by surgery and medication used to treat it make it hard for the body to absorb nutrients.This means that sufferers should be aware of shortag....
Nov 29, 2016 | 3 min read
New research has shown that older women can double their muscle strength by taking fish oils. This could offer hope of a much improved quality of life into old age and is of particular importance because women live longer than men and, because of their lower starting strength, cross t....
Nov 24, 2016 | 2 min read
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....
Nov 21, 2016 | 2 min read
In spite of the argument that there are plenty of alternatives, many vegetarians are not receiving adequate nutrition thanks to their meat-free diet. A recent article published by the Express has reported on a study revealing that just under a quarter of those surveyed admitted they b....
Nov 17, 2016 | 1 min read
Video: Just Vitamins Asks… Registered Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert “What are the three chill pills that we've never heard of?”
Nov 9, 2016 | 1 min read
Video: Just Vitamins Asks… Registered Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert “What vitamins give you more energy?”
Nov 9, 2016 | 3 min read
Fatigue isn’t just tiredness, it’s a lack of energy that can often be a symptom of issues like depression, anaemia, or thyroid problems. But when you've ruled out any medical issues, you should consider supplementation. Some of the most common cause of fatigue can be significantly all....
Nov 8, 2016 | 2 min read
Supplements rich in DHA from fish oils might help to slow mental decline research has shown. The omega 3 fatty acid helps nerves to communicate with each and can be seen in markedly reduced amounts in people with Alzheimer's disease. With just one third of Britons eating the recommend....
Nov 1, 2016 | 5 min read
Research has revealed that half the country take at least one vitamin supplement per day, with occasional usage estimated at around 65%. Are you one of the pill popping brits? If so, then do you know which ones you should really be taking? Here are our top 3...
Oct 28, 2016 | 4 min read
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 pl....
Oct 25, 2016 | 1 min read
Video: Just Vitamins Asks… Registered Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert “What are the vitamins we're not getting enough of?”
Oct 25, 2016 | 3 min read
As you age, you need more of certain vitamins and minerals than when you were younger. Eating more natural whole foods will serve your health much better but still, we often still are in need of boosting vital vitamins and minerals. The three most common vitamins we are deficient in a....
Jun 8, 2016 | 3 min read
Vitamin D is vital to our well-being and our primary source is from sunlight. During the winter in the UK, it is impossible to get enough vitamin D from the sun in the UK, and during the summer we are strongly advised to use sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. Most people are unaware of....
May 27, 2016 | 3 min read
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 St....
May 25, 2016 | 3 min read
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 alternati....
May 11, 2016 | 3 min read
Skincare will never be as simple as any single ingredient - just as no single food or nutrient can keep your body healthy, you need more than just one ingredient to keep your skin in good shape. Find a list of skin boosting vitamins and nutrients, along with information about what the....
May 5, 2016 | 2 min read
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.
Apr 12, 2016 | 2 min read
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.
Apr 8, 2016 | 2 min read
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....
Apr 6, 2016 | 2 min read
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....
Feb 26, 2016 | 2 min read
When it was recently suggested that film star Olivia Munn has undertaken cosmetic surgery due to her seemingly ageless complexion and changed appearance, she explained it is all simply down to eating Japanese sweet potatoes. These special sweet potatoes are the same as we reported in ....
Oct 5, 2015 | 3 min read
Collagen is an essential protein. It is responsible for the formation of skin and other tissues in your body. To help boost the production of collagen, consider supplementing your diet with a variety of nutritious foods, all rich in specific vitamin substances that work together to en....
Sep 7, 2015 | 3 min read
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong condition that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). More than 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS) and more women than men are diagnosed with it. Linoleic acid is a naturally occurring omega-6 essential ....
Aug 19, 2015 | 4 min read
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 ar....
Aug 17, 2015 | 4 min read
When it comes to listing vitamins and minerals required for optimal health, it's not often people think about iodine. In fact the lack of iodine affects intelligence, hair and skin health, hormone related issues and depression. Learn about food sources of iodine and make sure you and ....
Aug 10, 2015 | 2 min read
Chronic inflammation contributes to many painful conditions, including osteoarthritis and back pain - while treatment with drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and diclofenac work well there are extreme side effects associated with their use. An alternative treatment with fewer side effec....
Aug 7, 2015 | 3 min read
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the joints to become painful and stiff and is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. Many people with the condition depend on non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen to manage the symptoms, but the regular, chronic use of these ....
Aug 3, 2015 | 3 min read
Iron deficiency is the most common mineral deficiency in the world affecting nearly 1 billion people (15% of the world’s population). Iron deficiency usually arises by any factor or a combination of three factors which are: low iron diets, poor absorption and excessive loss of blood. ....
Jul 3, 2015 | 2 min read
The proven health benefits of turmeric are well known however new research coming to light is also showing that turmeric may keep you looking young, possibly slowing down the rate at which the skin ages.
Jun 29, 2015 | 1 min read
When pregnant there are some foods you should give up or cut down on because they could cause food poisoning or harm your baby. Some are very obvious but some are not - find out more by reading the full article.
Jun 26, 2015 | 4 min read
Bones are quite literally the support system of the body, so it’s very important to keep them strong and healthy. Bones are continuously being broken down and rebuilt in tiny amounts. Before the age 30 (when bones typically reach peak bone mass) the body is creating new bone faster bu....
Jun 19, 2015 | 2 min read
Yes and no! It is important to know the differences between different types of fish oil supplements.There are two categories of fish oil supplement, one of which is safe to take in pregnancy, the other is not.
Jun 12, 2015 | 3 min read
If you’re one of the 85% of women in the UK affected by the dreaded orange peel then you'll be pleased to hear there is new hope for an effective treatment! Recent scientific studies have identified a special kind of fatty acid known as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) as being effectiv....
Jun 8, 2015 | 3 min read
Acid reflux (or heartburn) is a common condition afflicting many people. Most people believe it is caused by excess acid in your stomach and are prescribed acid-blocking drugs. It is believed by many medical professionals that reducing the amount of acid in the stomach is a serious me....
Jun 3, 2015 | 2 min read
The UK is a first world country however pregnant women have been found to suffer from an iodine deficiency which "is the world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage". Iodine is crucial for neuro-development in the womb and through infancy, with deficiency cau....
May 29, 2015 | 2 min read
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 ....
May 18, 2015 | 2 min read
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 reaso....
Apr 6, 2015 | 2 min read
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....
Mar 20, 2015 | 3 min read
Not only do herbs and spices provide extra flavour to meals, they also bring a host of health benefits. They contain antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and in some cases unique medicinal properties. Find out how they can benefit your health and your waist line!
Mar 16, 2015 | 3 min read
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 pr....
Mar 6, 2015 | 2 min read
Scientists have known for some time that selenium is important in male fertility but it has only been fairly recently that it's role in healthy reproduction in women has been investigated. The research conducted in Australia has found selenium to play a crucial role in the development....
Feb 12, 2015 | 2 min read
Yes? Then it's important that you're also getting plenty of Vitamin K2. These three nutrients have a synergistic effect to improve bone health. A study published in Osteoporosis International has found that lifetime supplementation with vitamin K1 or, even better, K2, vitamin D3, and ....
Feb 2, 2015 | 2 min read
A new study has shown participants who supplemented daily with Pycnogenol® demonstrated stronger performance in daily mental tasks such as dealing with money, managing people, and coping with stress - suggesting mental performance benefits for home life, the workplace and even in a cl....
Jan 23, 2015 | 2 min read
Magnesium is an extremely important mineral that helps your body maintain blood glucose levels. Research has found that increasing magnesium intake may be important for improving insulin sensitivity, reducing systemic inflammation, and decreasing diabetes risk and may be particularly ....
Jan 20, 2015 | 2 min read
Research conducted by a team of nutrition and exercise scientists from Florida State University, has shown how introducing blueberries to the diet can help reduce high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women. Once women go through menopause, they are put at a....
Jan 16, 2015 | 3 min read
Alzheimer's is an incurable disease and the most common type of dementia. It's main symptom is memory loss, among many others, which can cause significant disruption to a person's daily life. While it cannot be cured many new studies have identified key lifestyle and nutritional risk ....
Jan 14, 2015 | 2 min read
Research published in the journal Nutrition suggests that a daily glass of tomato juice (a source of lycopene) can reduce both waist circumference and body fat. The study was conducted on young healthy women of normal body weight.
Jan 12, 2015 | 2 min read
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 ....
Jan 7, 2015 | 2 min read
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 co....
Jan 2, 2015 | 2 min read
Depression has always carried the stigma of being a mental illness, however new research suggests that it could be as much about the body as the mind. The claim is that it is a result of inflammation caused by the body's immune system. Find out more in this post.
Dec 1, 2014 | 2 min read
Remember - Cranberries are not just for Christmas! The humble cranberry is an antioxidant rich 'super food' topped only by blueberries. As well as being high in Vitamin C and fibre, they are low calorie and delicious! Scientific studies have shown a range of potential health benefits ....
Nov 11, 2014 | 3 min read
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.
Nov 7, 2014 | 3 min read
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 ....
Sep 19, 2014 | 3 min read
Menopause is commonly associated with hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings however another common side effect is hair loss. Hormone replacement therapy is commonly prescribed to address the problems associated with the menopause including hair loss however it is not without wide ....
Sep 8, 2014 | 2 min read
Dry Eyes Syndrome is a medical condition which affects almost one third of the adult population, typically middle aged females. It is one of the leading causes of visits to the optician. Symptoms such as redness, blurred vision and dry, gritty sensations in the eyes can be very distre....
Aug 4, 2014 | 4 min read
Obesity related health problems are on the rise - one such issue is the increased wear and tear suffered by knee joints. In 2013 almost 10,000 obese people had replacement knee surgery - a 150% increase over 4 years. Funded by the NHS knee replacement surgery has cost the tax payer ov....
Jul 30, 2014 | 3 min read
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 ....
Jul 14, 2014 | 6 min read
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions in the UK, affecting an estimated 10-20% of the UK's population at any one time. Symptoms vary greatly but all relate to a disturbance of the large bowel (colon). There is no cure for IBS but there ar....
Jul 9, 2014 | 3 min read
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....
Jun 14, 2014 | 2 min read
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....
Jun 10, 2014 | 2 min read
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 therefor....
Jun 4, 2014 | 6 min read
There is no escaping the fact that we all grow old, no quantity of vitamins or supplements can stop that. There is however increasing evidence and clinical research showing that certain vitamins and supplements can help improve our health in older age and possibly help prevent certain....
May 28, 2014 | 3 min read
Modern times sees an ever increasing ageing population, with this should come increased awareness in ways to fight both the physical and mental decline associated with the process. Here we look at the importance of nutrition in keeping an agile mind.
May 27, 2014 | 4 min read
Consumption of vitamin E is in decline and the impact of low vitamin E intake globally is a serious public health concern. Vitamin E is essential to health and the European Commission has authorized a health claim stating that ‘vitamin E contributes to the protection of cell constitue....
May 21, 2014 | 3 min read
A recent report by Public Health England has revealed the UK population is consuming far too much saturated fat, sugars and salt and far too few fruit, vegetables and oily fish. This is a major cause for concern and highlights the need for the UK population to make dietary changes for....
May 20, 2014 | 2 min read
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....
May 19, 2014 | 3 min read
Whether it be arthritic aches and pains or sports injuries, one of the most common health complaints concerns joint health. Is there anything that can be done to get your joints in shape without having to rely on over the counter pain relief and anti-inflammatories? The answer is yes ....
Apr 26, 2014 | 4 min read
Research to date shows that acne (and general skin health) is tied strongly to diet. In fact traditional indigenous cultures have little acne, but as soon as they adopt a Western diet they see increasing levels of acne. Read more about which vitamins and minerals may be particularly e....
Apr 15, 2014 | 4 min read
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.
Apr 5, 2014 | 6 min read
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....
Apr 2, 2014 | 3 min read
Morning sickness is the most common medical condition of early pregnancy - characterised by nausea and vomiting. The severity of the symptoms varies from woman to woman but all will agree that it is an unpleasant experience to say the least and makes everyday life more difficult to de....
Mar 25, 2014 | 4 min read
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....
Mar 15, 2014 | 3 min read
Menopause generally occurs in women at around 50 years old, there are many unpleasant symptoms associated with this stage of life including hot flushes, headaches and tiredness, as well as more serious conditions such as Osteoporosis. Find out which supplements can help.