Monthly Archives: April 2015

Nutrigenomics and Genetics – We are Pioneers!

“We are perhaps pioneers” so observed Dr Ben Lynch to an audience of over two hundred health practitioners in London earlier this month. He was commenting on the exciting times we live in from a health perspective, where our understanding of our individual genes and how nutritional plays a critical role in our long term health, is growing rapidly.

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Last updated on 5th March 2020 by cytoffice

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – A Frequently Unnoticed Condition

The NHS  defines Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as: a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.”

The three main features of the condition are: cysts that develop in the ovaries (polycystic ovaries), ovaries do not regularly release eggs (ovulate) and having high levels of “male hormones” called androgens. Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless cysts up to 8mm in size. The cysts are under-developed sacs in which eggs develop. Often in PCOS, these sacs are unable to release an egg, meaning ovulation doesn’t take place.

PCOS is considered the most common reproductive endocrine condition among women of childbearing age. It is estimated that about 1 in every 5 women in the UK has polycystic ovaries, but more than half of these have no symptoms. The exact cause of PCOS is considered unknown, but it’s thought to be related to abnormal hormone levels. Continue reading  ▶

Last updated on 28th April 2015 by Cytoplan

Can Yoga Ease Stress?

Sarah Jane Wilson is the editor of Spectrum, the official magazine of the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). The BWY is a voice in the UK, dedicated to promoting yoga teachers, students and members within a professional and inspiring union. The BWY is recognised by Sport England as the National Governing Body for Yoga. For 50 years it has promoted the practice and enjoyment of yoga for all those who are interested, whether they are students or teachers.

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Last updated on 15th April 2015 by

New permitted claims

New approved claims for Zinc, Vitamin D, Calcium and Selenium

This week’s article gives an overview of the latest permitted claims authorised by the European Commission and two claims that are currently pending authorisation, including; Calcium and Vitamin D contribute to a reduction in the risk of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) and thus a reduction in the risk of bone fracture; vitamin D contributes to a reduction in the risk of falling (further information for this claim on a recent Cytoplan blog – please follow the link); Zinc contributes to normal growth and finally, Selenium contributes to the protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage.

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Last updated on 8th April 2015 by cytoffice