Articles on Nutrition and Health
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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.
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 […]
Curcumin is one of the safest and most powerful bioactive plant compounds DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CURCUMIN AT A GLANCE Curcumin is a remarkable nutrient. Clinical evidence shows that: ♦ CURCUMIN is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant ♦ CURCUMIN can be as effective as Prozac in lifting depression ♦ CURCUMIN contributes to heart health by […]
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 […]