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Vitamin D - What's all the fuss about?

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Vitamin D - What's all the fuss about?

Vitamin D - also known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced when our skin is exposed to enough sunlight. Since we don't have the best weather here in the UK, most of us are deficient. According to recent studies, it is estimated that one in five adults and one in six children in England may have low levels. We cannot achieve the required level of the vitamin through diet alone, therefore it is recommended to take a supplement, especially coming into the Autumn & Winter. Limited amounts of the vitamin D are found in foods such as oily fish, eggs and...

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Are you taking enough Fish Oil?

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Are you taking enough Fish Oil?

Fish oil is found in oily fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines or anchovies. It’s naturally rich in omega 3 fatty acids including EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are important for many aspects of health. Our bodies can't produce omega 3 by themselves, so we need to get it by eating certain foods or taking a supplement.You may be asking yourself, why do I need to take fish oil? Well it offers a wide range of health benefits; * It supports the development of the brain, eyes and nerves, and may help verbal learning and memory...

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Why we all need more magnesium...

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Why we all need more magnesium...

Did you know? 74% of women and 50% of men in the UK do not have the recommended levels of Magnesium in their bodies. Reasons for magnesium insufficiency may include eating too much dairy, regular alcohol intake, chronic stress, certain medications, and eating processed foods. If you are low in Magnesium, signs may include fatigue, muscle cramps, pre menstrual syndrome, asthma, insomnia, depression, palpitations, constipation, hypertension, twitching and blood sugar control issues. By supplementing magnesium, it can help your bone density and strength, increase your energy levels, glucose metabolism, protein production, may reduce anxiety or depression, relieve headaches and muscle...

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Feeling stressed and depressed?...

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Feeling stressed and depressed?...

Everybody gets down in the dumps sometimes, but persistent low mood and anxiety can be very debilitating and limit life enjoyment. Many factors can be at play, but sometimes the chemical 'soup' of neurotransmitters in our brains can use a little rebalancing. A trip to a GP might result in a prescription for antidepressant medication and these most definitely have their place, however some natural alternatives might be sufficient to put a smile back on the face.For example, 5HTP is a supplement which comes from the amino acid L-Tryptophan, which helps to produce Serotonin in the body, an important neurotransmitter,...

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Can a curry really treat inflammation?

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Can a curry really treat inflammation?

We're asked about turmeric in the shop quite a lot & it really has become popular recently, even making some appearances on TV health programmes. So what's all the fuss about?......Turmeric is a herb which has been used in India for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. The active ingredient within turmeric, Curcumin, is a powerful anti inflammatory and anti oxidant, which offers many health benefits.Curcumin is a natural anti inflammatory, as it helps fight against foreign cells and repairs cell damage. It's a brilliant treatment for symptoms of arthritis and every day aches and pains. Research shows that...

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