The second meeting of the Micronutrients and Health All Party Parliamentary Group, has highlighted the fact that teenagers have the worst diets among all age groups, making them an ‘at risk’ group in nutritional terms. The meeting, which took place on 13 September, focussed on ‘Improving teenage nutrition: new research and future policy’. Carolyn Harris, […]
The latest nutrition and research news for the natural and organic products industry.
A study by scientists from Zhejiang University has found that consumption of berries and anthocyanins may lead to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
A study commissioned by the BBC programme Trust Me I’m A Doctor has shown that the health benefits of turmeric may be more pronounced when it is cooked.
Durham-based natural supplement company Natural Nutrients has announced it has received an investment of £125k.
Researchers from the University of South Carolina and the University of Queensland find that an anti-inflammatory diet may reduce depression in women.
A randomized controlled trial has found that women who take high dose vitamin D supplements during breastfeeding also increase the vitamin D status of their infants.
In one of the first large studies of the Mediterranean diet as a ‘treatment’, Italian researchers have shown that a diet rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and oils worked better than statins in reducing the risk of early death. Researchers followed 1,200 people with a history of heart attacks, strokes and blocked arteries over seven […]
A leaked draft copy of the Childhood Obesity Strategy indicates that the UK Government has shrunk from a number of public health promises.
In a recent review of global vitamin E status, researchers found that only a fifth of the population have the recommended serum level of vitamin E.
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that marine and plant-based omega-3 fatty acids are associated with a lower risk of fatal coronary heart disease (CHD).
Patrick Holford’s new book The Chemistry of Connection sets out to add another layer to the meaning of ‘holistic’ living.
Victoria Sims has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Bio-Kult Student Bursary, receiving £1,000 to spend on her nutritional career goals. Naturopathic nutrition student, Victoria has had a life-long interest in wellbeing and the role of nutrition. She plans to set up her own practice, offering a holistic service to clients with a […]
A panel of scientists has accused the supplements industry of “heavily marketing” pregnancy multivitamins to mothers-to-be who, they argue, do not in the main need them. Writing in Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, the scientists say they reviewed a wide body of research and found that specialist pregnancy supplements did not boost the health of mothers […]
A major new study into diet and health shows that people who eat more saturated fat have a higher risk of an early death. The findings seem to contradict the argument being advanced by some doctors and nutritionists that saturated fat may be protective against heart disease and that ‘butter is back’. The new study, […]
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition by researchers in Iran have found that adherence to healthy eating is inversely associated with a lower chance of anxiety and depression. Although many studies have shown a protective association between healthy eating and mental health in Western countries, data from the Middle East has so […]
A global survey of the levels omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood stream of healthy adults reveals worryingly low levels in most regions.
A study by the University of Chichester reveals how athletes supplemented with blackcurrant extract experience improved cardiovascular responses. The research was unveiled last week at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Boston. The trained athletes showed a significant dose-response effect to blackcurrant extract supplementation, which could offer a natural, nutritional strategy for improving […]
A new risk-benefit method for evaluating micronutrient intake developed by Dutch scientists could help end the reliance on outdated approaches to the setting of vitamin and mineral levels, says the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH). The ANH commissioned the Dutch study in an effort to cut through the “considerable confusion” over what levels are optimum […]
‘Clean eating’ diets are fuelling a growing eating disorders crisis, doctors and even some former proponents are warning. Last week Dr Mark Berelowitz, an eating disorder specialist at the world-renowned Royal Free Hospital, warned that the clean eating regimes promoted by popular food bloggers and websites can be a “catastrophe”. Berelowitz told the Sunday Times […]
Viva!Health has published The Incredible Vegan Health Report, investigating how a plant-based diet positive impact on health and wellbeing.
Juiceburst rebrands, reformulates, extends range
January 16, 2018 Jane Wolfe
Soft drinks brand Juiceburst has reformulated and rebranded across its entire portfolio, as well as creating two new additions to its core range.
OTB receives £1.73m in funding
The Organic Trade Board (OTB) is to receive a loan from Triodos Bank, Europe’s leading sustainable bank, to help grow organic sales in the UK in 2018 and beyond.
Forest Whole Foods named Best New Business
Online organic retailer Forest Whole Foods has been awarded Best New Business in the New Forest Business Partnership’s Brilliance in Business Awards.
Gove charms audience at the Oxford Real Farming Conference
Michael Gove became the first Defra minister to address the rebel Real Farming Conference in Oxford, usually a prerogative of the established Oxford Farming Conference.
November 21, 2017 Jane Wolfe
With mounting research emphasizing the crucial part the microbiome plays in preventing and fighting disease, Jane Wolfe takes a look at the best ways to optimize gut health (more…)
Food of the gods
Regularly consuming a little of what you love could have long-term health benefits – even where chocolate is concerned, discovers Rosie Greenaway (more…)
A significant rise in job insecurity since the UK’s decision to leave the EU means people are loath to take time off work – and with an increase in colds and flu, this is leading to higher demand for OTC remedies. Jane Wolfe reports (more…)
Let’s do lunch!
Sharna Waid has been taking a look at how natural products retailers and brands are maximizing the crucial two-hour lunchtime selling period (more…)
Natural beauty made in Cyprus
Sharna Waid has been finding out how passionate producers in Cyprus are using the fruits of the land to create natural beautifying cosmetics. According to the ancient myth, Aphrodite – the goddess of love and beauty, pleasure and procreation – was born out of the waves off the coast of Cyprus. Aside from attracting three […]
As Europe braces itself for a winter flu outbreak, protect yourself with Sambucol and the power of black elderberry.
Experts across Europe have warned the EU to brace itself for a bad flu season this winter. A new vaccine has been produced which is effective in fighting H3N2, the flu strain likely to hit the region this year; however, the vaccine is generally available for free to over 65s, pregnant women, those with an […]