Gastric viruses

In July, it was reported that due to the easing of restrictions following the Covid19 pandemic, gastric viruses such as norovirus, which have been supressed due to social distancing, may become a  significant issue this winter, with numbers already increasing. Human noroviruses in the family Caliciviridae are a major cause of epidemic gastroenteritis, and pre-pandemic they were responsible for at least 95% of viral outbreaks and over 50% of all outbreaks worldwide. Norovirus infections can sweep through families and communities. They are especially likely to spread among people in confined spaces, causing fever, vomiting, diarrhoea and gastritis. In most cases, you pick up the virus from contaminated food or water, although person-to-person transmission also is possible.

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The benefits of prebiotics and latest research

The influence of the gut microbiome on health has gained great interest and evidence in recent years. Much research has focused on the use of live bacteria supplements or probiotics for influencing and supporting the growth and diversity of the microbiome. However, an important adjuvant to probiotic use is the practice of including prebiotics in the diet and supplementation. This blog looks at the benefits of prebiotics and latest research for their influence on the microbiome and wider physiology.

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Agnus Castus: Herbal support to help balance female hormones the natural way

Agnus Castus is an aromatic shrub of the Verbenaceae family, which is notable for spikes or clusters of flowers that have an aromatic scent. The plant can grow up to 9 metres tall and is native to Europe and Central Asia. It has violet or rose-coloured flowers and small dark brown to black hard fruits the size of peppercorns. In herbal medicine, it is the fruits that have traditionally been used for a wide range of problems (mainly those associated with female hormonal imbalance), and its use can be dated back to the days of Hippocrates 2,500 years ago.

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Teen mental health and sleep

According to the Mental Health Foundation, 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year. 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

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Nutrients to support male reproductive health

Male infertility is a significant an issue as female infertility however, it is much less highlighted in the public eye. Infertility or sub fertility is a problem for many couples in the UK, affecting 1 in 7 heterosexual couples. Unexplained infertility occurs in 5-10% of couples trying to conceive this is thought to be due to one third female causes one third male causes and one third combined cause.

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The benefits of NAC to human health

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a supplement form of the non-essential amino acid, cysteine and is associated with antioxidant capability, immune support, detoxification and much more. NAC has received a lot of positive attention recently, particularly in light of the pandemic and vaccination roll out, and in this week’s blog we explore some of the evidence in relation to this and also its wider application.

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