Category Archives: Cardiovascular/ Heart Health

In the News – Health and Nutrition Research

In this week’s article we provide our usual monthly roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles to be in the news, four items comprising:

  • Kids with vitamin D deficiency more likely to develop asthma: 10 year study
  • Landmark chronic fatigue trial could treat two-thirds
  • Test cholesterol of one-year-olds to prevent early heart attacks, study suggests
  • High resting heart rate and blood pressure linked to later mental health disorders

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Cholesterol – Functions, sources and metabolism

October is Cholesterol Awareness Month – and this is a subject that is rarely out of the headlines. Not everyone agrees on the clinical significance and management of high cholesterol. And of course cholesterol does have important functions in the body – so in this week’s blog we are going to review the topic of cholesterol and outline some natural ways to manage high cholesterol.

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National chocolate week – The benefits of eating dark chocolate

Many of us can relate to the stress easing benefits that a square of our favourite chocolate can bring. For some it’s a guilty pleasure, for others, chocolate is that treat at the end of a hard week and we’re sure many would say that it’s the ultimate comfort food.

We’re on the topic because last week the UK celebrated national chocolate week in a number of creative ways, before culminating in the Chocolate Week Festival in London over the weekend.

Whilst we didn’t go above and beyond to recognise the week, we thought we would take the opportunity to reflect on the beneficial aspects of eating dark chocolate – that is 70% or more cocoa solids.

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In the news – Health and nutrition research

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

  • Illnesses associated with lifestyle cost the NHS £11bn
  • Probiotics may ease severity of multiple sclerosis: Study
  • Could Turmeric really boost your health?
  • Mediterranean diet ‘could prevent 19,000 deaths a year in UK’
  • Feeding babies peanuts and eggs can reduce risk of developing allergies in later life, study shows

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Leading a sedentary lifestyle – Could sitting really be the new smoking?

Have you ever considered how much time a day you spend sitting down? And what impact this may be having on your health? Well the average person living in the United Kingdom now spends approximately 8 to 9 hours sitting down every single day. This is quite a staggering statistic and a major health concern, one that carries distinctly separate health risks to those associated with a ‘lack of exercise’. But what are the negative impacts that a sedentary lifestyle has on our health? And how is it different from simply not exercising enough?

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Nutrient Support for Cardiovascular Health

Due to medical advancements, death rates from heart disease are falling. Nevertheless, it was reported in 2014 that cardiovascular disease accounted for 27% of all deaths in the United Kingdom, which was only 2% less than cancer. However, the WHO (World Health Organisation) have estimated that more than ‘80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable’, with a healthy diet and other lifestyle factors being central to this.

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