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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.

The Library NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsDr 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).

The Library NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsColin 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.

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Plant flavonoids help prevent cancer and heart disease

Study reveals powerful health-protective fruit and vegetable nutrients One obvious way to live healthier for longer is to avoid heart disease and cancer. The Edith Cowan University in Australia just issued an analysis of the diets of more than 53,000 Danish people over a 23-year period. They found that people who regularly ate foods rich […]

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How Vitamin D cuts the risk of cancer

Health Benefits of Vitamin D As you’ll know, the NHS recommends that we all supplement with vitamin D – specifically vitamin D3 – in the winter to help boost our immune system against colds and flu. But there is another very important reason to take extra vitamin D. Vitamin D is a vital factor in […]

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How you can avoid Alzheimer’s

Cut your risk by 53% – or more You can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by 53%, according to new research from Harvard University. And by adding just three more common nutrients to their dietary recommendations – you can cut the risk even further. You’ve probably read that ageing is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s […]

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Is drinking wine good for your health?

Moderate – note MODERATE! – wine consumption does appear to have health benefits – especially red wine. Red, white or pink? That’s because red wine is fermented together with the skin of the grapes, and grape skin contains beneficial compounds called flavonoids. Because its fermentation process includes these grape skins, red wine contains 10 times […]

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Probiotics may help reduce child obesity

Research shows antibiotics may be the trigger One in five of UK school age children is actually obese – a significant risk factor for long term health. But new research suggests it may not just be for the obvious reasons – too much food and too little exercise. An unexpected trigger may be antibiotics. We […]

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What’s the environmental impact of your diet?

The best and worst ways to get the protein you need Improving your own health and improving the health of our planet are entirely compatible. But you do need to know: Which foods – and especially meats – have the highest adverse environmental impact How to choose sustainable fish products How to ensure you are […]

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How to choose a probiotic that really works

Why an effective probiotic MUST include multiple strains A good probiotic supplement will help create a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut. It increases the ratio of good to ‘bad’ bacteria in what’s called your microbiome. This can improve your health in many ways, including improving digestion, stronger immune response, addressing issues like yeast […]

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Clear out ‘zombie cells’ and live healthier, longer

And do it with food, not expensive pharma medicines Investors in biotech companies are putting billions into a new category of drugs that promise to extend the number of years you can stay healthy – and improve the quality of life in later years. Dr Richard Miller is a leading gerontologist at the University of […]

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10 ways to lower blood pressure naturally to meet new guidelines

What to do when your blood pressure simply won’t go down Researchers have identified a condition called Resistant Hypertension – high blood pressure that simply doesn’t respond to medical treatment – even when a combination of drugs is used. But a recent study from Johns Hopkins University in America shows that Resistant Hypertension can be […]

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Over 50? The health facts every man should know

Over 50, men face health challenges From the 50s onwards, men face health challenges they do need to address. Yet, most men pay less attention to their health than women do. And a lot less thought than on creating a financial plan for their retirement. And staying healthy is the key to benefiting fully from […]

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Over 50? The health facts every woman should know

Over 50, women’s body changes bring health challenges From about age 50 onwards, changes in a woman’s body bring health challenges you do need to address. The good news is that – if you do – your energy and health can be better than ever. Reduced oestrogen can lead to loss of bone density and […]

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Buying organic – when is it worthwhile?

Are you eating the Dirty DozenTM? When it’s worth buying organic – and when it’s probably not Organic produce is more expensive. But is it worth the extra cost? Which is averagely 47% more than conventionally produced fruits, vegetables and meat. Since a main reason to buy organic is to avoid pesticide residue, you need […]

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Set a goal instead of a New Year’s Resolution

Almost half of the population makes New Year’s Resolutions The 4 top resolutions – according to Statistica – are: Save money (53%) Get in shape (45%) Eat healthier (31%) Have more sex (25%) But less than 30% of people stick to their resolution for more than 30 days. And just 8% accomplish them! So here […]

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Yogurt for gut health ☹ – prefer probiotic supplements

Yogurts don’t have enough probiotics to deliver gut health benefits Yogurts in supermarkets do not contain anywhere near enough probiotics – ‘friendly bacteria’ – to have the health benefits you might be looking for. That’s the conclusion of a major study from University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences. As lead researcher Mary Scourboutakos puts […]

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Soy anti-cancer, good for menopause, heart and bone health

DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO SOY AT A GLANCE ♦ SOY and its isoflavones are linked to lower breast cancer risk ♦ SOY and its isoflavones can reduce negative symptoms experienced during the menopause and help alleviate PMS symptoms for younger women ♦ SOY and its isoflavones can help lower blood pressure and improve heart health ♦ […]

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Green tea definitive guide to super antioxidant

DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO GREEN TEA AT A GLANCE ♦ GREEN TEA can help cut the risk of cancer ♦ GREEN TEA can lower blood pressure – and hence the risk of heart attack and stroke ♦ GREEN TEA can help reduce LDL (the dangerous form of) cholesterol and increase HDL – the beneficial form ♦ […]

The secret of healthy longevity

Irina Papidakis is in her 60s, but she looks younger. She is likely to live in robust good health well into her late 80s or early 90s. So will most of the people in Ikaria, the Mediterranean island where she lives. Yuzo Nishimura is nearly 80. But he too looks less. He lives in an […]

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RDA levels of vitamins and minerals are not enough

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCES It is a misunderstanding that the RDAs – also called RNIs (Reference Nutrient Intakes) or RDVs (Reference Daily Values) – for vitamins and minerals are set so that if you take them, you will achieve the best health status. Here are some enlightening facts about RDAs. ♦ RDAs were […]

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CoQ10 definitive guide to the energy co-enzyme

DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO COQ10 AT A GLANCE ♦ CO-ENZYME Q10 can reduce high blood pressure ♦ COQ10 can improve survival after heart failure ♦ COENZYME Q10 can counteract free radical damage along with other anti-oxidants ♦ CO-Q10 supplementation can make up for declining amounts made in the body linked to ageing, thus improving mitochondrial efficiency […]

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Betaine – the essential heart health nutrient

Definitive guide to benefits of betaine   DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO BETAINE AT A GLANCE ♦ BETAINE can help cut the risk of heart attacks ♦ BETAINE can reduce the risk of cancer – especially when combined with optimum B complex vitamins ♦ BETAINE can improve digestion ♦ BETAINE can help reduce anxiety Chances are you […]

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