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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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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 ♦ […]
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 ♦ […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Definitive guide to benefits of glucosamine DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO GLUCOSAMINE AT A GLANCE ♦ GLUCOSAMINE has been proven to help improve joint health, but it needs the addition of vitamins C, D3 and K2 to be truly effective ♦ GLUCOSAMINE is also helped by Omega 3 in cases of osteo-arthritis ♦ Pain relief from […]
Bilberry helps eye health – and more DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO BILBERRY AT A GLANCE There is scientific evidence that bilberries and bilberry extract have health benefits beyond just the best-known effect on eye health. ♦ BILBERRY improves circulation and helps lower LDL cholesterol ♦ BILBERRY helps contribute to vision health ♦ BILBERRY may ‘significantly’ slow […]
Omega 3 on its own doesn’t help heart health. But this does. In 2015 Dr Paul Clayton, the former chair of the Forum on Food and Health at the Royal Society of Medicine, stated: “Taking fish oil on its own as a magic-bullet single supplement for heart health just doesn’t work.” This conclusion has now […]
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 helps reduce blood pressure in hypertensive people ♦ OMEGA 3 is a vital brain nutrient and optimum levels are linked to better mental health and clarity ♦ OMEGA […]
The multiple health benefits of lutein, lycopene, beta carotene, zeaxanthin – a definitive report DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CAROTENOIDS AT A GLANCE The four key carotenoids are lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene and beta carotene. ♦ LUTEIN and ZEAXANTHIN can significantly cut the risk of vision loss through macular degeneration ♦ LUTEIN is linked to reduced cancer risk […]
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