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
Fruit, vegetables and some other foods are rich in flavonoids, carotenoids and vitamins that provide antioxidant protection. The body also has mechanisms to produce its own ‘endogenous’ antioxidants including glutathione, coenzyme Q10, alpha lipoic acid, L-carnitine and melatonin.
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
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.
Do you often get ‘pins and needles’ and suffer from a lack of energy or fatigue? Well it could be something that you may not yet have considered – Vitamin B12 deficiency.
Vitamin B12 is one of the most documented and researched nutrient deficiencies in medical science, yet despite this it still prevails on a frequent level in the UK – “affecting around 1 in 10 people above the age of 75” as reported by the NHS. However, it is considered by many doctors that this statistic may actually be closer to ‘1 in 4’.
Our brain requires optimal levels of nutrition throughout all stages of life, just like the rest of our body. Many factors including age, illness, medication and stress can all affect the level of our cognitive function.
A healthy diet with the appropriate nutrients such as essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals is, of course, essential to maintaining cognitive health throughout life.