Food and Supplements

Vitamin D: S Pseudo-Vitamin For A Pseudo-Disease

By Tim Spector in The Conversation. We are still in love with vitamins a century after they were discovered, with half the US and UK population taking a supplement. Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin – is the favourite and is believed to have the most proven benefits. Governments, including the UK government, have said that the […]

Magnesium – The Underestimated Mineral

From Cytoplan Blog. Magnesium1 is one of seven macro minerals that needs to be consumed in levels of over 100mg a day. It plays an important role in over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. According to the Human Genome Project more than 3500 proteins have binding sites for magnesium, so it is essential for numerous […]

A Brief History Of Chocolate – And Some Of Its Surprising Health Benefits

By Liam Corr i The Conversation.   Chocolate in all its forms is something that I, along with many others like to indulge in on an almost daily basis. But chocolate as it’s enjoyed today is quite different from when it first arrived in Europe from South America around the 16th century. To the indigenous Aztec people, […]

The 5 Best Vitamins For Energy & Tiredness

Updated by Rachel Bartholomew BA (Hons), Dip ION, mBANT, CNHC, GHW in Nutri Advanced. Despite the best marketing efforts of a huge drinks company, energy is not something you can buy in a can. Energy is actually something that your body makes. You supply the raw ingredients (aka food) and your body quickly gets to work on […]

The Present (And Future) CoQ10 for Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. This blog is one of a continuing series of blogs that are attempting to peer into the future and see what treatments possibly await us. This blog provides an overview on CoQ10 – what forms work best and how to take it – and then takes a look at […]

Time To Add Some Sunshine (Vitamin D) To Milk And Bread

  By Jeremy Howick in The Conversation. Free vitamin D supplements will be sent to over two million clinically vulnerable people in England this winter. Over 80% of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 are vitamin D deficient compared with the general population. In a small study, a high dose of vitamin D appeared to reduce the severity of COVID-19. […]

Food Variety is Important For Our Health – But The Definition Of A ‘Balanced Diet’ Is Often Murky

By Rochelle Embling, Aimee Pink, Laura Wilkinson and Menna Price in The Conversation.   It’s well known that a healthy diet can help reduce disease risks that are related to overweight or obesity – such as some cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. As part of a healthy diet, experts around the world advise people to consume a […]

Correcting Britain’s Vitamin D Deficiency Could Save Thousands Of Lives

  From the Matt Ridley Online Blog.   A groundbreaking new study points to a cheap, safe, effective way of tackling Covid My article with MP David Davis, for the Telegraph: As we face six tough months of curfews, isolation and economic misery, with vaccines a distant hope, testing struggling to control the virus, and […]

Vitamin C Could Help Older Adults Retain Muscle Mass – New Research

  By Alisia Welch and Richard Hayhoe in The Conversation.   As we get older, our skeletal muscle mass, strength and power to move gradually decline, which may lead to a condition called sarcopenia. Sarcopenia affects more than 50 million people over the age of 50 years worldwide, and contributes to type 2 diabetes, frailty, physical disability, loss of independence […]

Ritalin (Methylphenidate) For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

  From Health Rising.   Ritalin Is… a central nervous system stimulant. Created in 1954, Ritalin has been in use for over sixty years. (Check out a History of Ritalin here). It was first FDA approved in 1955 to treat ‘hyperactivity’ and later was approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin increases extracellular levels […]

Coconut Oil Production Threatens Five Times More Species Than Palm Oil – New Findings

  By Erik Meijaard in The Conversation.   Born in the Netherlands and brought up in Germany, it wasn’t until I was 21 that I met my first coconut. It was on a beach in Thailand where I ended up during a one-year sojourn away from home, trying to grow up. With nothing better to do, […]

Does Vitamin D Ward Off Coronavirus ? Don’t Reach For The Supplements Yet

  By David C Gaze in The Conversation.   It has been suggested that taking vitamin D may protect people from getting COVID-19. But should we be using supplements to ward off the virus? We need to separate fact from fiction. Vitamin D is essential for maintaining overall health, especially for bones, teeth and muscle. It regulates the […]

The Impact Of Food On Cognition: Potential Implications For Brain Fog In ME

From Jisc R&D.   This study is looking to recruit both healthy individuals and those with a diagnosis of MILD ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue). The aim is to investigate how food impacts your performance on 2 short cognitive tests, a colour naming task and a memory task. Participants will be allocated to either a food […]

Healthier Food Can Contain More Contaminants – But There’s A Simple Way To Stay Safe

  By Ruth Fairchild in The Conversation.   A recent study found that brown and organic rice sold in the UK tends to contain significantly more arsenic than white inorganic varieties that are often considered less healthy. Arsenic is found in many foods but can be especially concentrated in rice, particularly in the husk, which is removed to […]

Drugging The Gut Microbiome

  By Clare Sansom in Chemistry World.   All disease begins in the gut. That saying is attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who gave his name to the oath that doctors still use today. It is undoubtedly a simplification, but an enormous range of diseases, many with no digestive symptoms, have been associated […]

Eating Meat: Links To Chronic Disease Might Be Related To Amino Acids – New Findings

    By Laura Brown and Kelly Jones in The Conversation.   Plant-based diets have been popular in the media recently, but research shows that going vegetarian or vegan isn’t only good for the environment, but for our health, too. Meat-rich diets are linked to a range of health problems, from heart disease and strokes to type two diabetes and some cancers. […]

Plant-Based Diet: Everything You Need To Know

    By Christine Byrne in Huffpost.   On the surface, a plant-based diet sounds simple. And although it’s been trending lately, the idea of eating “mostly plants” has been in the zeitgeist since Michael Pollan spelled it out in “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” in 2006. That said, anyone who has tried to move towards a […]

Do Drugs Go Off ? What Happens To Medicines After Their Use-By Dates

  By Michael Cole in The Conversation.   It is estimated that there is a staggering £300m worth of medicine unused in the UK every year. But is it safe to take these medicines if they are past their expiry date? Expiry dates are put in place after rigorous trialling and controlled experiments to ensure the safety […]

Huel: What Happens If You Replace Every Meal With This Vegan Meal Powder ?

  By J Bernadette Moore, Mark Hopkins and Matthew Campbell in The Conversation.   Imagine a synthetic product that can give your body all the essential nutrients it needs to survive, is easy to prepare, affordable, and has a low environmental impact. While it might sound too good to be true, this is what Huel, […]

Popular York Restaurant To Take Over City Centre Shop

    By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix. A popular city centre restaurant is set to expand into a neighbouring shop. Ate O’Clock on High Ousegate has applied for planning permission to take over the former Joy store next door to its entrance. If the proposals go ahead, the company would create a new deli shop […]

Older People Need To Stay Hydrated – Here’s How

  By Cini Bhanu in The Conversation.    Dehydration is associated with a higher risk of ill health in older people, from having an infection, a fall or being admitted to hospital. But an appetite for food and drink can diminish as people age, so older people should drink regularly, even when they’re not thirsty. Older women […]

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