Sunday, 5 April 2020 | Editor
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a huge increase in demand for dietary supplements that help support the immune system and fight viruses. This has led, unfortunately, to a lack of supply. There is considerable confusion about what works best in maintaining a healthy immune system. Some people simply search out supplements that have the word "immune" in their name. This is far too simplistic; it doesn't reflect there ingredients but simply the supplement brand's decision as to what name is likely to be most popular. We have found also that other people are fixated on certain, nutrients, for example Vitamin C or zinc.
The truth is that there are many vitamins and minerals that support immune health. If we were to suggest one above all, it would be vitamin C, however, as you will see below, because of the large range of nutrients that support the immune system, you may instead want to think about a multivitamin and mineral. Here are supplements with science to support their role in immune health.
Monday, 9 March 2020 | Editor
By now most of us will be aware that Coronavirus thrives, as do other viruses, on the health of those unfortunate enough to contract it. The elderly, the very young and those with underlying health issues will be more susceptible to having difficulty fighting it just as with the common cold or any other type of influenza.
Much has been published about the need to bolster your immune system and there has been such a demand for immune health supplements that many suppliers are running short or even out of stock. Here's how to bolster your general health and guard against future problems
Monday, 9 March 2020 | Editor
Dietary fibre is a term that is used for plant-based carbohydrates that, unlike other carbohydrates (such as sugars and starch), are not digested in the small intestine and so reaches the large intestine or colon.
Fibre helps to keep our digestive system healthy and helps to prevent constipation. The European Food Safety Authority says that including fibre rich foods in a healthy balanced diet can improve weight maintenance. Dietary fibre can reduce your risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) and
- type 2 diabetes
Tuesday, 3 March 2020 | Editor
This article is not an attempt to advise you of safeguards against Coronovirus.
Nevertheless, what we do already know is that for the vast majority of people that are already healthy, this is likely to be a mild illness and more of an inconvenience than something that can be life threatening. Many of those affected by coronavirus develop only a mild illness, while some develop no illness at all. That may be an indication of what happens when the virus meets a well-functioning immune system.
Friday, 16 November 2018 | Editor
It’s that time of year again, when we all seem to be coming down with something: coughs, colds, flu, sneezes, tonsillitis or worse… And we all know how disruptive and uncomfortable it can be. So how can we make sure we defend ourselves against those nasty viruses and bugs?
Supporting our immune system seems more important than ever during winter. And there’s lots we can do, like reducing stress, or ensuring we get enough vitamin D. But did you know that research shows that the most important supplement you can take to support immunity is actually a probiotic?
Thursday, 11 January 2018 | Editor
This is a video by the BioCare Clinical Nutrition Team. It discuses natural ways to help support your immune system. It's well worth a look.
Seema, from the team, talks about the various nutrients you need and why they help. Beneath the video you'll find links to some of there nutrients she mentions.
Thursday, 30 March 2017 | Editor
Flu can be associated with a variety of symptoms, some of which are common with other viral infections such as the common cold. However, flu symptoms are inclined to be more severe and prolonged, and there is a risk of developing complications such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Here we describe the different symptoms and complications of the flu, and when you need to seek help from your doctor.
Monday, 13 June 2016 | Editor
Disorders of the immune system can result in autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases and cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. HIV is in fact short for "Human Immunodeficiency Virus”, which, as if progresses it interferes more and more often with the immune system. Of course, our immune system also helps to protect us from more minor conditions such as common colds.