Sunday, 12 November 2017 | Editor
Children between the age of six months and five years should take vitamin A, C and D supplements, government advice says - do you find this surprising?
If you do, it seems you're not alone.
Researchers in Wales found only 30% of parents and carers said they had ever been given advice by a health professional about giving young children vitamin supplements.
Friday, 27 October 2017 | Editor
As we are now approaching winter where our exposure to sunlight will be very limited, it is important to ensure that our vitamin D levels are kept within optimum levels. This is particularly important as vitamin D can enhance our immune response against various infections which are more common during winter such as tuberculosis, influenza and viral upper respiratory tract infections. It is also supportive of mental health conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD) and depression, whereby vitamin D supplementation portrayed effectiveness in reducing depressive symptoms in SAD patients. It is suggested that vitamin D may enhance serotonin production hence its mood-enhancing effects. Due to the Western diet and an indoor lifestyle, it is becoming harder for us to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D in our body.
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 | Editor
Unhealthy joints can cause a host of problems. And they can be very debilitating even up to the point that you have to start using knee pads or other accessories that provide knee support to be able to walk or do other everyday activities. Which is why you need to take care of your joints and knees and try to prevent any problems from occurring in the first place. One of the ways in which you can do this is through the consumption of the right vitamins and minerals.
Friday, 20 October 2017 | Editor
To the average person the market appears to be saturated with multinutrient supplements and we can become easily confused by all of the bus banners and A-boards telling us about the next best thing.
As a rule of thumb, if you can buy them from a supermarket or chemist as a ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ they are not the right supplement for you. It is much better to purchase them from specialist online retailers or local independent health-stores to get the most therapeutic products on the market.
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 | Editor
A mother’s levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids during pregnancy can impact upon childhood emotional and behavioural issues, a study has reports.
The study, published in the journal Pediatric Research, examined maternal levels of the long chained polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and omega-6 AA (arachidonic acid) alongside the 3/6 ratio in mid-pregnancy. Once the children reached the age of 6, behaviour and emotional problems were assessed using a combination of school teacher reports and parental behaviour checklists.
Monday, 16 October 2017 | Editor
Statins are touted as the heart wonder drugs with over 5 million people in the UK taking statins prescribed for high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. However a recent study has shown that side effects of statins experienced by women could outweigh the benefits of the drug. particularly for women. here's why and what you can do about it.
Saturday, 14 October 2017 | Editor
Stress is an unavoidable part of modern life, which if left unmanaged has a negative effect upon health. Chronic stress is implicated in the onset or progression of most diseases including heart disease, strokes, auto-immune conditions and digestive problems. You can't avoid it but you can manage it.
Thursday, 12 October 2017 | Editor
antioxidants range from carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin found in yellow and green veggies which offer protection to the macula in the eye, to flavonoids like quercetin in onions and apples with their anti-histamine effects and polyphenols in green tea which offer anti-ageing benefits.
Minerals like zinc citrate and selenium also offer Antioxidant benefits, protecting cells against toxin and free radical damage and enabling enzymes to work properly.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 | Editor
Krill oil is the number 1 choice in the UK for omega 3 essential fatty acid (EFA) supplementation and there’s good reason: The omega 3 EFAs in krill oil are in phospholipid form and are proven to have 47% greater bioavailability compared to triglyceride forms of omega 3 EFAs found in fish oil.
Thursday, 5 October 2017 | Editor
In today’s more stressful lifestyle, with snatched meals, hectic schedule and pre-packed, badly designed, packaged food, we don’t get what we need. That’s why such a high proportion of people now take multivitamins to top up the deficiency in their diets.
At different times of life and at times of more specific needs, we need to examine what nutrients are necessary and a “one size fits all” multivitamin just won’t cut it. So you need two special multivitamins: one for women and one for men. This article shows where they are different and why.