A report commissioned by Food Supplements Europe has found that the EU could save billions on cardiovascular disease (CVD) healthcare if omega-3 supplements were taken daily by the over-55s. The aim of the Healthcare Cost Savings of Omega 3 Food Supplements in the European Union report was to determine if cost savings could be realised, […]
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A study published in the Journal of Nutrition has found that consuming as little as 0.7g of fish oil per day can reduce blood pressure.
A team of Danish researchers who reviewed several trials on probiotic supplements say they found “no convincing evidence” that the products changed the composition of faecal bacteria in healthy adults. Oluf Pedersen, who led the research at the University of Copenhagen, said: “While there is some evidence from previous reviews that probiotic interventions may […]
New research by a team at Northumbria University shows how particular herbs – peppermint, chamomile, rosemary and lavender among them – impact on mood and memory, with significant benefits displayed for older people Researchers from the University’s Department of Psychology have found that drinking peppermint tea improves alertness, while chamomile tea has a calming […]
Drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice significantly reduces high blood pressure at a level comparable to that achieved by medication, according to new research from Northumbria University, Newcastle. The findings, which are published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition today, found that men with early signs of hypertension – more commonly known as high blood […]
The UK Government has published a revised version of its Eatwell Guide – which has replaced the Eatwell Plate.
A study published in Nutrition Journal has found that magnesium levels correlate to a higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values (DRVs) for vitamin D for Europeans. The document, compiled by the EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), proposes dietary reference values for adults, children and infants, pregnant and lactating women. Using bodily […]
Maximum Permitted Levels for vitamins and the UK’s ability to “retain sovereignty over key policy areas like health” will be major areas of focus for Consumers for Health Choice in 2016. CHC’s latest quarterly newsletter sets out the activity taken by CHC so far this year and outlines the future activity it will take to […]
Babies and young children who are breastfed may not be getting enough vitamin D – especially if they live in northern parts of the world. That’s the conclusion of Canadian researchers who followed the progress of breastfed children, some of whom were given vitamin D supplements and some not. The researchers, from St Michael’s hospital […]
A Spanish study of over 2,000 people has found that those who increased how much they forked out for food made healthier diet choices, ate higher quality food and improved their weight management. The researchers used a questionnaire to collect detailed data about the subjects diet, vital statistics and activity level, in 2000 and again […]
A new study has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products. Analysing data from around the world, the team led by Newcastle University, reviewed 196 papers on milk and 67 papers on meat and found clear differences between organic and conventional milk and […]
In the first human clinical trial carried out on Ahiflower oil, researchers have confirmed that its consumption is safe and increases tissue long-chain n-3 fatty acid content to a greater extent than flaxseed oil. Researchers from the University of Moncton, Canada, led by Dr Marc Surette, carried out a 28-day trial during which 40 healthy […]
A specialized oral supplement regime cut the death rate of older malnourished patients with heart or lung disease by 50%, US scientists report. In a study carried out by researchers at Texas A&M University, the effects of a specialized nutrition supplement – containing high protein (2o grams), HMB (a muscle-preserving ingredient) and vitamin D – […]
In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, Finnish researchers have found that a Nordic diet may be beneficial for overall physical performance in older people. The investigation involved 1,072 participants from the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study who took part in a questionnaire about how often specific items of food were consumed. At […]
A new study has found that green oat (Avena sativa) extract can aid cognitive function such as speed of performance and episodic memory in healthy middle-aged adults. The double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study assessed the effects of single doses of the green oat extract across a broad range of cognitive domains in adults aged 40–65 years […]
With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) accounting for 10% of visits to GPs and one in five in the UK people develop IBS at some stage of their life, a new study has found that vitamin D may be the key to the debilitating disease. Researchers from the University of Sheffield discovered a significant association between […]
A German study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology has found that dietary intake of cocoa flavanols improves blood vessel function in patients with kidney disease. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involved 57 participants who were on chronic haemodialysis and undergoing dialysis treatment three times a week. During the study, […]
Patients with chronic heart failure who take coenzyme Q10 are 43% less likely to die of their disease, according to a new Q-Symbio study. 30-40% of patients diagnosed with heart failure usually die within a year, however the study found that heart patients given daily supplements of coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) in combination with conventional therapies […]
Research conducted by Michael Miedema MD of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and colleagues has found that increased consumption of fruit and veg in early life reduces risk of cardiovascular disease later on. The researchers set out to see if increased fruit and veg consumption at a young age positively impacted coronary atherosclerosis later in […]
Vegans warned about ‘unwittingly supporting animal exploitation’
January 22, 2018 Jim Manson
UK-based Ethical Consumer magazine has warned vegans that they could be “unwittingly supporting animal exploitation” as the companies behind many of the Britain’s leading vegan brands also have a heavy involvement in the meat and dairy industry.
British Homeopath Society takes NHS to court over CAM funding ban
The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) is taking the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to court over a recent decision to ban public funding of homeopathy and other alternative medicines.
Juiceburst rebrands, reformulates, extends range
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.
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 […]