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GET READY FOR THE SUMMER BY TOPPING UP ON VITAL NUTRIENTS

Summer means outdoor time; BBQs, holidays, day trips and picnics in the park. This busy social season also means we tend to pay more attention to our diets and the condition of our skin, hair, nails and eyes – and find ways to guard them against excess sun, swimming pool chlorine and sea water, which can all take their toll. And it is also a time many may turn to fad diets to get ready for holidays - leading to…

SKIPING MEALS LEAVES TIREDNESS & STRESS AS THE DISH OF THE DAY

    New research from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) reveals that three in 10 people worry that their diet might not be providing all the nutrients they need for their health and wellbeing. Yet 64% admit to skipping meals through the week. Missing meals means missing important vitamins and minerals that could be zapping the nation’s health and wellbeing, leaving people feeling stressed, run down and tired.   The HSIS survey of 1,000 adults from across…

Vitamin D in Food Supplements for Children

A UK survey of 67 vitamin D-containing food supplements for children concluded that the doses in some products could be higher.[1]   Commenting on the research, Dr Carrie Ruxton from the Health & Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) notes: “Food supplements are meant to supplement the diet, not replace the nutrients obtained from foods. In that respect, and since there are varying recommendations across different age groups of children, it is right that different supplements offer different doses. Smaller doses…

Young Adults Are Risking Their Health And Fertility

New study reveals significant nutrient gaps MILLIONS of young adults have such low levels of vitamins and minerals they are jeopardising their fertility and long-term health, new research has revealed. An in-depth analysis of data from the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) shows that adults in their 20s are falling short of recommended intakes of 12 key micronutrients, and levels for seven micronutrients are so low they pose a threat to health.   A similar picture emerged for…

The Health and Food Supplements Information Service's Response to the Cochrane Omega-3 Review

Dr Carrie Ruxton, from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service, said: “Early studies of omega-3 fats, involving thousands of participants, found a protective benefit for the heart but in our highly medicalised age, where many older people are maintained on statins and blood pressure medication, it is much harder to pick up the modest effects of dietary change. "This doesn’t mean that it’s not worth taking omega-3s as we currently consume just half of the 400mg DHA and EPA…

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What is an NRV and why is it important?

NRV is an abbreviation of ‘Nutrient Reference Value’. NRV’s are set for 13 vitamins and 14 minerals for the purposes of food labelling and are EU guidance levels on the daily amount of vitamin or mineral that the average healthy person needs to prevent...

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