Category Archives: B-Complex Vitamins

The eight B vitamins function in many different ways to help enzymes carry out thousands of molecular conversions in the body, and are therefore known as ‘co-enzymes’. All B vitamins are water soluble substances.

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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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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A Christmas meal – through the eyes of a Functional Nutrition Practitioner

This weeks’ article is written by our guest blogger, Miguel Toribio-Mateas, who provides a light-hearted look at Christmas meals and his top five functional festive foods. Christmas can often be a time of overindulgence and we tend to be spoilt for choice at the dinner table. With an abundance of roasted vegetables, dark chocolate and steamed sprouts on offer, Miguel explores the nourishment which is found on many dinner plates during the festive season. Continue reading  ▶

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, five items comprising:

  • Characteristic chemical signature for chronic fatigue syndrome identified
  • Vegans should take vitamin B12 supplements ‘permanently’: German Nutrition Society
  • Parkinson’s protein test could lead to earlier diagnosis
  • Sleep ‘resets’ brain connections crucial for memory and learning, study reveals
  • Scientists study link between unhealthy pregnancy diet and ADHD

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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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