SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder I’m looking out of the window and it’s a grey, cold, overcast day. Just the sort of day that encourages Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is associated with a lack of energy and depression. In some 8% of people it’s serious enough to need treatment, but in some degree it […]
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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 you need a supplement even if you eat healthily The short answer is that there is a big difference between adequate nutrition and optimum nutrition. Most of the food we eat will adequately support life. But it does not necessarily sustain ideal health. Witness the latest alarming data (2015) from the UK’s Office for […]
Read labels carefully I’ve got two top-selling “daily” multi-nutrient nutritional supplements in front of me. BRAND A One announces: ‘Lutein helps maintain healthy eyes’. That’s true, it does. And it’s a “health claim” permitted to be reproduced on a food label. But when I check the level, it says: Lutein: 250 µg Now µg stands […]
Lose 14lbs/6kg by drinking 2 extra glasses of water a day The simple act of drinking more water is associated with reduced intakes of sugar, sodium (salt) and saturated fat – and easier weight control. A study, published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, showed that people who increased their consumption of plain water […]
Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark! As this is the Season of Goodwill and shortly the start of a New Year, I thought I would be a little less serious this week! A friend of mine sent me this the other day. I thought it was a good life philosophy! So […]
This Times (UK) headline on November 30th 2016 is a stark warning. According to the Office for National Statistics, men can now expect 16 years of poor health in their life – and women as many as 19 years. I believe that just living longer is not most people’s real aim. What we seek is […]
Food Synergy is where two or more foods combine to give a health boost greater than if the foods were eaten separately. For example a perfect combination is Salmon + Turmeric + Black pepper. Turmeric + Salmon + Black Pepper Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has many benefits that include being a powerful anti-inflammatory. […]
I compiled these thoughts for my own family, because life today is not easy for the younger generation. (And never really was!) I research and write on nutrition and health. The following collection of wise words is possibly the best nutrition of all: food for the mind. Take a break and be refreshed! Put your […]
Arthritis is portrayed as a rather simple disease. In fact there are several interlinked causes of arthritis. Once you understand them better, you’ll understand why some food supplements fail and why effective treatment and relief is really possible. It’s not age! The chances of suffering with osteoarthritis may increase with age, but it is clearly […]
You are almost certainly not getting enough vitamin D, according to the latest medical evidence. Along with other health researchers in the field, I am concerned that most people have far too little vitamin D for their best health – especially in the winter. Research shows that Vitamin D at an optimum level has many […]
Despite the fact that millions of people take an Omega 3 supplement or cod liver oil, neither the UK nor the USA have an official recommended daily intake (RDA/RNI) for these beneficial polyunsaturated fatty acids. That’s despite the fact that Omega 3 has been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced risk of depression, […]
What do you want from an all-in-one vitamin and mineral nutritional health supplement? To make sure you are not deficient in any important vitamin or mineral? A one-a-day A-Z supplement pill at 100% of the RDAs will do that. On the other hand deficiency diseases like scurvy and rickets are rare. Or do you want […]
Have you ever forgotten a place name or even your PIN number? Walked upstairs for something – but then forgotten what you went for? We call these temporary memory lapses ‘senior moments’, and they do become more common with age. But what’s happening? Should you be worried? Can you reverse the process? Researchers at Columbia […]
Scientific medical research shows that optimal levels of Vitamin D have the potential to: Reduce the risk of many cancers Lower the risk of dementia Reduce asthma symptoms Reduce the risk of bone fractures … and even increase life span Yet, according to the leading vitamin D researchers, the majority of us have well below […]
You’ve probably read articles about the dangers of chronic inflammation. If not, this comment by Russell Tracy, Professor of Pathology and Biochemistry, at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, sums up the medical consensus: “Inflammatory factors predict virtually all bad outcomes in humans … having heart attacks, having heart failure, becoming diabetic … becoming […]
I must confess to a sneaky liking for the occasional pork pie. Now it will have to be VERY occasional! Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, reporting in Annals of Neurology, identified the ratio of unsaturated fats to saturated fats as a key factor in Alzheimer’s. Women in their 6,000 person study who […]
A one-a-day A-Z vitamin pill similar to the one below will ensure that you get the RDA/RNI (Recommended Daily Amount/Reference Nutrient Intake) of most standard vitamins and minerals. Many people take them as a sort of insurance. Since your body tends to absorb nutrients from food rather less efficiently as you get older, and since […]
Anyone interested in heart health should be aware of the little known, but powerful nutrient betaine. Betaine is a vitamin-like nutrient whose name comes from the fact that it was first found (in the 19th century) in sugar beet. Other names for betaine are betaine anhydrous and TMG or trimethylglycine. Research shows that betaine in […]
University research shows that certain health supplements and combinations of foods and nutrients can not only improve overall mood but even reduce the incidence, length and severity of depression. Omega 3 People who are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids are generally more susceptible to depression and low mood. The brain has a high component of […]
Keep your brain sharp and stay free of dementia Experts on brain health agree that there are proven ways to stay mentally sharp and cut the risk of cognitive decline as we get older. And regularly solving puzzles and brainteasers like this is one: 5 = 10 6 = 18 7 = 28 8 = […]
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