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HSIS reaffirms the health benefits of vitamin D and calcium

In response to an American study[1] looking at whether there is any link between calcium supplementation with or without vitamin D and bowel health, Dr Carrie Ruxton, an advisor to the Health & Food Supplements Information Service notes:   “Calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone health. NICE advises a daily intake of 700-1200mg of calcium for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.[2] Whilst average intakes of calcium fulfill the Reference Nutrient Intake (RNI) for calcium of 700mg daily,…

Fish oil and probiotic supplements during pregnancy slash infant risk of food allergy by a third and risk of eczema by a fifth

  Researchers from Imperial College call for pregnancy dietary advice to be updated in light of findings   A study published today in the journal, PLoS Medicine,[1] has confirmed the benefits of taking fish oil and probiotic supplements during pregnancy. [2] Dr Carrie Ruxton, from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service (www.hsis.org) said: “This latest study showed that when pregnant women took a daily fish oil capsule from 20 weeks pregnancy, and during the first three to four months…

Shake off the winter months with a nutrient spring clean

  March sees the first day of spring, but in the UK it can often still feel like winter!  The dark, cold months at the beginning of the year can have an impact on our energy levels, immune system and cognitive function, so the start of spring is the perfect time to shake off the winter with a nutrient spring clean.   Dr Carrie Ruxton, from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS), says: “We can’t magic up more…

HSIS reaffirms need for fish oil in the diet

HSIS responds to a study[1] published in the Journal of Biochemistry, which examined the long-term consumption of virgin olive, sunflower and fish oils and damage to the liver.   Dr Carrie Ruxton from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service said: “In this study[1], rats were fed an extreme high fat diet consisting of around 70% fat by weight. In comparison, the human diet is only 35-40% of daily calories from fat. “The study has no bearing whatsoever on human health,…

The Health and Food Supplements Information Service welcomes green light for folate safety

A new study published by Queen Mary University of London and the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has called for official limits on folate in the diet to be scrapped. These are currently set at 1mg daily to prevent any risk to neurological health in elderly people. The researchers also called for all white flour used in the UK to be fortified with folic acid, a form of folate, to help prevent ‘neural tube’ birth defects. Commenting on…

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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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