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.

Melatonin – Much More than Meets the Eye

It has been described as the “superhero of the night” and is now considered to be one of the most important hormones and antioxidants in the body – Melatonin.

Indeed, recent research is suggesting that the health benefits of melatonin supercede what was previously considered to be simply the ‘regulator of the sleep cycle’.

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Dry Eye Syndrome – An Insight into the Importance of Omega 3

As mentioned on the NHS website, dry eye syndrome is a “common condition that occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly”. In turn this leads to the eyes drying out and with it the onset of inflammation (swollen, irritant and red eyes). It is estimated that around 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 suffer from dry eyes, and it is more common in women than men.

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Is it a Summer Cold or Hay Fever?

“The number of hay fever sufferers is expected to reach 20 million this summer – up five million from last year. And by 2030, that figure is predicted to reach 31.8 million”, reported the Daily Telegraph only last week alongside commenting that the pollen count is – surprise, surprise – currently soaring.

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Juices and Smoothies for a Healthy Life

It is a frightening statistic that in the UK on average we are consuming around 2.7 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, which is  in stark contrast to the UK Government ‘5 A day’ message that we are all aware of. Each portion of fruit and vegetables eaten a day gives 20% of our daily needs of antioxidant and protective nutrients so it is essential that we optimise this intake for our own individual well-being. Juices and ‘Smoothies’ provide one alternative method to help optimise ones nutritional intake on a daily basis.

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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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Omega 3 Supplements – Fish, Krill or Algae?

For a non vegetarian food supplement source of EPA and DHA the ongoing debate this past few years has been ‘which is better – fish or krill oils?’. Fish oils traditionally dominated the EPA and DHA supplement market but the arrival of krill oil a few years ago has shifted this popularity substantially. This is a weighty nutritional debate for both professional health practitioners (and their patients) and the public in general looking for a suitable Omega 3 supplement. Continue reading  ▶