Monthly Archives: March 2017

The prevalence of Vitamin B12 deficiency – An interview with Dr Ayan Panja

Vitamin B12 is a class of chemically related compounds, also called cobalamins that contain cobalt. It is considered the most important factor in the maintenance of nerves and also has a number of other important functions within the body, however deficiency and depletion of B12 are prevalent around the world.

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Last updated on 29th March 2017 by cytoffice

The link between stress and brain health

The effects of stress are well reported in relation to many health conditions, for example, cardiovascular health. What has received less media attention are the effects of stress on brain health.

Stress begins in the brain. As information comes in through our ears and eyes it travels to several parts of the brain. When an individual perceives stress (anything from pain to a maths test) the body interprets and processes the threat in an area of the brain called the amygdala. From there the amygdala switches on two other systems – the hormone system and a branch of the nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system.

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Last updated on 24th May 2017 by tarryn

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 to be in the news, four items comprising:

  • Gut bacteria impacts intestine behaviour in IBS patients
  • Omega 3 could decrease mortality rate in postmenopausal women, study suggests
  • Low gluten diets linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes
  • B vitamins may have ‘protective effect’ against air pollution

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Last updated on 16th March 2017 by cytoffice

The case for diet as a contributor to non-specific chronic low back pain

Our blog this week is written by nutritional therapist, physiotherapist and exercise specialist Kieran Macphail. In the article, Kieran discusses how diet can influence lower back pain and how dietary and lifestyle changes can help relieve it.

Kieran will be speaking at our Practitioner Education Day in May. To find out more about the event; ‘Nutritional applications for musculoskeletal health and sports performance’, please follow this link.

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Last updated on 16th March 2017 by cytoffice

Research surrounding the benefits of CoQ10

“Functioning on low levels of Coenzyme Q10 would be similar to running a car on low-octane fuel. The energy available to drive the car would be inadequate, and would result in misfiring pistons and sluggish, undependable performance”, a quotation taken from Stephen Sinatra’s book ‘The Sinatra Solution’ on the importance of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) for the optimal functioning of the human body.

Indeed, there are believed to be in excess of 30,000 citations on the internet alone attesting the benefits of CoQ10 in supporting a wide variety of diseases. In this week’s blog, we look at these benefits, the role that CoQ10 plays at cellular level and some of the research and factors that can often lead to an increased need.

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Last updated on 2nd March 2017 by cytoffice