The essential fatty acids you can’t get enough of – a definitive guide to Omega 3 DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO OMEGA 3 AT A GLANCE ♦ OMEGA 3 is linked to improved heart health due to its proven anti-inflammatory properties ♦ OMEGA 3 helps reduce blood pressure in hypertensive people ♦ OMEGA 3 is a vital […]
Articles on Nutrition and Health
See our latest articles on nutrition and health below or check out archived categories by using the menu above. Our main article authors are Dr Paul Clayton and Colin Rose BSc.
Dr Paul Clayton is a former President of the Forum on Food and Health at the Royal Society of Medicine. He is Fellow of the Institute of Food, Brain & Behaviour (Oxford) and Visiting Professor at the University of Pecs (Hungary).
Colin Rose is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine. Colin is also an educational advisor and a main contributor to EduScience, an EU programme to enhance the teaching and learning of science in schools. Go straight to Colin’s blog here.
The multiple health benefits of lutein, lycopene, beta carotene, zeaxanthin – a definitive report Carotenoids are the pigments that give vegetables and fruits their red, yellow or orange colour. There are many carotenoids, but the best studied and most protective are beta carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin (pronounced pronounced zee-uh-zan-thin) According to the US Physicians […]
Curcumin is one of the safest and most powerful bioactive plant compounds It has many proven medical benefits for brain, heart, joint health and even cancer risk reduction. Curcumin is both anti-inflammatory and a powerful anti-oxidant. Derived from the bright yellow root of turmeric, curcumin has only one disadvantage – it is not well absorbed […]
B vitamin complex halts brain shrinkage that precedes Alzheimer’s If you or any family member is at risk of Alzheimer’s, a new study by Oxford, Warwick and Oslo universities brings hope. Alzheimer’s and dementia are possibly the most feared ‘age-related’ diseases today. They rob sufferers of memories and so much that makes a normal life […]
What if getting older didn’t mean getting ill? That’s the question that Professor Linda Partridge posed at the latest New Scientist conference in London. Professor Partridge is the Director of the Institute of Healthy Ageing at University College London. Her answer to the question is that: “Ageing is a malleable process.” You can directly affect […]
The extraordinary secret of the seeds in grapes The lifetime risk of getting cancer is about 53% for men and 48% for women. So good news on ways to cut that risk is important to every one of us. Grape seeds or grapeseed extract may not be your first thought as part of a cancer […]
Avoiding sarcopenia can help you draw your pension for 30 years Who doesn’t want to enjoy their retirement to the full? Savouring the fact of having “outsmarted” the pension provider by living healthier and longer than the actuarial tables predicted. To do that, you need to avoid sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is loss of lean muscle mass […]
Chia seeds are a nutrient-dense superfood ‘Chia’ means strength in the Mayan language, and in Mexico – where they originally come from – they were once even used as currency. They are the dried seeds of the Salvia hispanica plant. Chia seeds are high in fibre, very ‘nutrient dense’ and can give you a low-calorie […]
It’s safe to take 2,000 IU of D3 with or without K Many positive reasons to take D3 We strongly recommend taking an extra vitamin D3 supplement in the winter months – because an estimated 85% of us are well below the optimum blood levels of vitamin D. Extra vitamin D3 (which is twice as […]
Are you deficient in Vitamin D? Vitamin D deficiency is now a problem on a vast scale. Which is why Public Health England recommends that everyone should take a vitamin D supplement in the winter months. People nowadays simply do not get enough sun exposure to achieve an optimum level of vitamin D. Not only […]
Why a bronze medal makes you happier than a silver Who doesn’t want to be happier? Yet how much time do you devote to what makes you really happy? I write on the science of staying well – and the following 6 ways to become happier are based, not just on centuries of wisdom, but […]
Clinical trials support use of food supplements To realise that you are beginning to lose your sight is a truly frightening experience. A condition called macular degeneration is the leading cause of loss of vision. And because it occurs most often after the age of 60, it’s usually referred to as Age-related Macular Degeneration – […]
Coconut oil? Olive oil? Avocado oil? Butter? What’s the healthiest? Here’s the skinny on healthy fats. With such a range of oils and fats in the stores and conflicting advice – often from biased sources – choosing the healthiest is not easy. The 3 main criteria for healthy oil or fat choice are: The ratio […]
Because few people – perhaps only 1 in 10,000 – actually die of ‘old age’ For most, what are (wrongly) called ‘age-related diseases’ will rob them of a full quality of life, years before their time. Illnesses like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. In his bestselling book Health Defence, Dr Paul Clayton (a […]
The big difference between adequate and optimum nutrition Most of the food we eat will adequately support life. But it does not necessarily sustain ideal health. Witness the fact that UK national statistics show the average person will live the last 10 years of their life in ill health and some level of dependency. We […]
Big city air pollution is a killer, so defend yourself If you work in a city, you don’t need to be told that air pollution is bad for your eyes – but it is also one of the world’s biggest killers. Air pollution causes more than 5 million premature deaths a year worldwide, an estimated 40,000 […]
Healthier longer with better dietary choices We are living longer – but we are NOT living healthier longer. In fact, the average person will live their last 12 years in poor health and at some level of disability and dependency (UK Office of National Statistics). [See see data here.] Who wouldn’t want to avoid that? […]
Why NO is a big YES NO – Nitric Oxide – is a vital chemical messenger which relaxes otherwise constricted and stiff blood vessels, increasing both oxygen and blood flow. So it’s vital for reducing blood pressure and therefore heart health. Improved blood and oxygen flow is also critical for better brain function as the […]
Nutrients which reduce chronic inflammation The biggest single risk to your long term health is what’s called ‘chronic sub-clinical inflammation’. It’s a continuous, damaging level of inflammation of body tissues that tends to build up as we age, but is normally not noticeable. So it’s an insidious, but major threat. How major? VERY major! “Inflammation […]
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