Evidence-based beauty from within

 For this week’s blog, we have invited Miguel Toribio-Mateas to share with us his knowledge on the key natural ingredients known to have a tangible effect on skin.  “Everyone loves looking good, whatever their age” says Miguel, who also tells us that “nutrition, good moisturisation, and good supplements can help keep skin glowing and looking its healthiest, regardless of age”. And at 46, Miguel does seem to have been walking the walk as well as talking the talk. But apart from looking like he has been applying some of this knowledge to himself, he will also be substantiating these claims with some good quality scientific evidence.

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In the news – health and nutrition research

In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

  • Study looks into whether picky eating habits follow a child into adolescence
  • Top UK scientist urges people to take vitamin D supplements
  • Disrupted sleep patterns can lead to ‘deviant behaviour’, research suggests
  • Gut bacteria regulation a target for easing anxiety, suggests review
  • For the sake of our health, we need to kick the indoor habit

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Staying healthy when travelling

Holiday season is upon us and whether you are planning a short break or a month-long trip, travelling is a big change to the daily routine. Whilst away, later bedtimes, increased alcohol consumption and exposure to different microbes in food and water can result in problems – there is nothing worse than feeling run down with a cold or traveller’s diarrhoea spoiling plans. Being prepared can be useful, so here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your holidays.

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Collagen type II: what is it and how does it work in the body?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body; accounting for approximately 25% of the body’s protein mass. As a major component of connective tissue, it can be found in the skin, muscles and tendons. In the last few years, this protein has gained a lot of attention in the media due to the plethora of scientific studies revealing its ability to support gut integrity, ageing skin, bone mass and joint health.

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The sometimes forgotten but essential nutrient choline

We hear a lot about vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, B12, iron, magnesium, and so on, but one nutrient that is rarely discussed in the media is the importance of dietary choline. Choline is one of the newest nutrients to be added to the list of human vitamins and was officially recognised as an essential nutrient by the Institute of Medicine in 1998.1
Choline is a water-soluble compound that is often grouped with the B vitamin complex, since it has similar functions and properties. Its role in the body is complex and will be discussed in this blog.

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