Category Archives: Antioxidants

In brief Antioxidants are nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that may protect and repair cells from damage caused by ‘free radicals’. Many experts believe fighting ‘free radical’ damage is essential to help prevent chronic diseases and helps boost the immune system. Antioxidants are almost exclusively associated with Fruit and Vegetables. So for example foods rich in Beta- Carotene, Vitamins C & E such as apricots, carrots, berries, broccoli, peppers, etc. etc. The minerals Zinc (found in nuts, oysters, red meat etc.) and Selenium (found in Brazil Nuts, beef etc.) are also good antioxidant sources.

Make a healthy start to 2017 – Hints and tips for the perfect smoothie

With the period of over indulgence now over our shoulders for another year, many will be looking to January and February as a period of recovery to make up for the guilt of having one too many mince pies!

To start off the year, we thought we would give you some smoothie tips to assist a healthy start to 2017, and to help you on your way to getting your 5-or-more-a-day. Whether you eat healthily all year round, or are looking to 2017 for a fresh start and have made a New Year’s Resolution, this blog will provide you with a few hints and tips to assist in making a healthy and nutritious smoothie.

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Mitochondrial function and male fertility

Mitochondria are organelles inside every cell which are responsible for energy production, they are essential for all living processes. In this week’s article, we are discussing the importance of mitochondria for male fertility. It is thought that infertility, or subfertility, affects 6% of men aged between 16 and 50. This blog will explore the factors which contribute to low fertility and how you can support mitochondrial function to promote sperm production.

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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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The Mediterranean diet: a naturally occurring model of multi-supplementation – Part 1

Our blog this week comes in two parts, with the second to follow next week, written by Miguel Toribio-Mateas. Miguel is an experienced nutrition practitioner and researcher with a specialisation in ageing and particularly brain ageing, having completed a MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at Roehampton University along with extensive professional development in this subject, including a fellowship in metabolic and nutritional medicine with the Metabolic Medicine Institute (US) and a US Board Certification in Clinical Science of Anti-Ageing. Continue reading  ▶