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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.

Powerful food combinations

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. […]

Thoughts to inspire and brighten your day

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 […]

Safe and effective arthritis relief

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 […]

Why you need more vitamin D

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 […]

How much Omega 3 should I take?

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 are the best all-in-one supplements?

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 […]

Reduce senior moments

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 […]

The case for optimum Vitamin D

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 […]

Inflammation is the silent killer

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 […]

Alzheimer’s link to animal fat in the diet

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 […]

1-a-day vitamin pills inadequate even for under 50s

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 […]

Betaine for heart health

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 […]

Nutrition can help depression

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 […]

Brain health – use it or lose it

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 = […]

Where are you on the happiness scale?

Are you a clergyman or a florist?  According to research, you are very likely to be happy. Or a roofer or a banker? If so you are probably at the opposite end of the occupational happiness scale. But assuming you are in none of these occupations, where are you on the happiness scale? The largest […]

Grapeseed protects the brain

Medical News Today mostly tracks developments in conventional medicines, but a recent article highlighted multiple impressive therapeutic benefits of grapeseed extract as a supplement.   Grapeseed benefits include: Preventing cognitive decline Because grapeseed extract is very high in the polyphenol group called proanthocyanidins, which are neuro-protective in the hippocampus, it may prevent cognitive loss with […]

Top natural immune boosters

Some 85% of your immune response is dictated by the bacteria in your gut, and even small changes in your diet can make a big difference to how well your body reacts to threats to your health. Just how big a difference is indicated by work by researchers at the Department of Medicine at the […]

6 Steps to Instant Relaxation

The following simple 6 steps help you get control over your body’s autonomous nervous system, reduce anxiety and deal with stress. 1. Stop what you are doing right now, sit up straight, look upwards, and take a long deep breath. 2. I’m sure that you already feel more relaxed and you probably wanted to smile. […]

Secrets of the Olympic Diet

The US Olympic Team Diet Carbohydrates are a major part of any Olympic athlete’s diet, making up 55 to 65 percent of their food. Because that’s what gives them access to the immediate energy they need. Dietitians who work with the US Olympic team have created a simple plate system. On easy training days, athletes […]

Reaction time is an indicator of brain health

Your diet is a major factor in how fast and well your brain – and reflexes – work. And research tells us which foods and nutrients keep your brain working at peak efficiency. The reaction time test at the end of this short article estimates your age, based on how fast you reacted in a driving […]

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