Category Archives: Selenium

Selenium is a natural antioxidant that protects against free radicals and appears to preserve elasticity of tissue, which becomes less elastic with ageing. Selenium is a key nutrient in helping support the functions of the immune system and maintains certain energy-producing cells, including those of the heart, by ensuring an adequate oxygen supply. Selenium is necessary for the production of ‘prostaglandins’ and as such plays an important role in maintaining thyroid functions and male fertility/ reproductive functions.

What are Food State™ and Wholefood Nutrients?

Since conception in 1990, Cytoplan’s philosophy has been that nutrients are best delivered to the body “in the same form as food” hence our range of Food State™ and Wholefood supplements. But we are often asked “what are Food State™ and Wholefood supplements, and what does this mean?”. So in this week’s blog we are going to explain what these terms mean and outline some of the research that has been done on Food State™ and Wholefood products.

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Fertility and Pregnancy – The Importance of Nutrition

It is estimated that around one in seven UK couples experience difficulty in conceiving, with a poor diet being one of the major contributory factors. Unfortunately, despite its importance for conception and fertility, a lack of nutrition can often be over looked with the most common cause of infertility frequently being labelled as ‘unexplained’.

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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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Metabolism & Thyroid Function

Dr Alyssa Burns-Hill PhD is a leading holistic hormonal health specialist who has previously provided us with two fascinating articles on ‘Thyroid Health’ and ‘Support for Disturbed Sleep’. This week she has been kind enough to supply us with another excerpt from her book “Weight Loss Winners and Dieting Downfalls”, concerning the influence that  thyroid function and metabolism can have on ones ability to lose weight.

As Alyssa highlights in her book, “Supporting your thyroid hormones is a major influence in your metabolism that will enhance many positive areas of your health and wellbeing. This can mean a huge difference in your success – both short and long term – in achieving your weight loss goals”. Continue reading  ▶

Antibiotic Resistance – ‘The Ticking Time Bomb’

“The danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked along with terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the government’s chief medical officer for England has said. Professor Dame Sally Davies described it as a “ticking time bomb”. She warned that routine operations could become deadly in just 20 years if we lose the ability to fight infection.” Continue reading  ▶

New Year Health Tips 2015

The formalities of the Christmas period are essentially wonderful, with time off work, nice food and spending time with your family and friends. But in reality it is also a stressful time of year for many people. Then we have the excitement of the New Year and the psychological impact of a new calendar year and perhaps the post seasonal ‘blues’ as winter sets in.

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