The menopause is a natural part of ageing that typically affects women between the ages of 45 and 55, and is triggered as a woman’s oestrogen levels begin to decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman affected by the menopause is 51. However, it has been known for women to experience it before they reach 40 years of age. Figures suggest that 1 in 100 women suffer from this early menopause which is also known as premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.
Magnesium was back in the spotlight last week when Dr Michael Mosley was discussing the importance of the essential mineral on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show. Dr Mosley talked about some of the numerous proposed benefits of magnesium, including how he has used it to support his own insomnia, and how 10% of the population may be “noticeably deficient” in the essential mineral. The therapeutic use of magnesium may not be news to nutritional therapists, but this provides a good opportunity to review magnesium, its benefits, and the latest research.
Serialised in the Daily Mail and featured in a long review article in The Saturday Times, a new book called The Alzheimer’s Solution, written by neurologists Dr Dean Sherzai and Dr Ayesha Sherzai, has generated a huge amount of interest in the British press. Perhaps this is a reflection of our concern in the UK with this disease; many of us being touched by it directly or through friends and loved ones. Dementia is now the leading cause of death in the UK and Alzheimer’s disease is the main form of dementia.
It is now widely understood that good digestion within the gut is directly linked to brain function and behaviour. Indeed, this is so much so that the gut is often referred to as the ‘second brain’ and is revolutionising our understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way we think.
Ayurvedic medicine and philosophy has been around for over 3000 years and herbs have been part of this therapy for centuries. Herbs such as Ashwagandha and Bacopa Monnieri have been a robust part of this Ayurvedic medicine for this time and are traditionally used as a Rasayana (tonic) for their wide-ranging health benefits. Rasayana is described as an herbal or metallic preparation that promotes a youthful state of physical and mental health and expands happiness.
In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:
- Plant-based power: Med-style diet effective in tackling acid reflux
- Nutrition has benefits for brain network organization
- Moving every half hour could help limit effects of sedentary lifestyle, says study
- Vitamin D levels may predict MS risk
- Could artificial sweeteners raise diabetes risk?