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.
‘Vitamin D supplements advised for everyone’, ran the BBC headline back in July, citing the government backed research now recommending that everyone should be getting at least 10 micrograms of the nutrient every single day.
However, as we have frequently referred to in previous blogs, it may not be achievable to get 10 micrograms of vitamin D from your diet alone, which is why supplementation of ‘the sunshine vitamin’ is now advised for everyone.
In this week’s blog we provide a timely recap on why vitamin D is so important for our health and how best to source it, in light of the new government guidelines.
It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to the summer and the new school term gets underway. It is also the time of year when due to season changes and numbers of children grouped together inside that there is an increase in common infections such as coughs, colds and flu.
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.
“The health of the gut and its immune system is a fundamental factor for me to assess with every patient. Why? The gut and immune system are intimately related in their interactions and if they are not performing as they should then this can negatively influence the overall health of the person.” Continue reading