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Healthy Diet A-Z Of Vitamins

NUTRIENT NECCESSITIES Thousands of people in Britain are at risk of nutrient deficiencies according to the Health & Food Supplements Information Service.[1] Shortfalls of vitamins and minerals across the board are evident, increasing the risk of poor health.   And while nutrients should be obtained from eating a balanced diet, sourcing optimal amounts of nutrients from the diet alone is a challenge. Where people need additional support to meet their nutritional needs, vitamin and mineral supplements provide a reliable source…

Get Nutrient Savvy

Lacking energy levels? Want to make sure your immune system and memory functions are getting all the vital nutrients they need? Dr Carrie Ruxton from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) has pulled together five top tips to update your diet.       Dr Carrie Ruxton, from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS), says: “No diet or nutrient will cure or protect against illnesses but there are ways we can update our diets to get…

Nutrition And The Immune Function: Sorting Fact From Fiction

Dr Gill Jenkins, Health & Food Supplements Information Service   Diets fuelled with the right vitamins and minerals are essential for our immune systems, whatever our age, to function at their best. However, the relationship between nutrition and our immune functions is highly complex. Overall nutritional status and dietary patterns (food, nutrients and non-nutritive bio-active compounds) impact the immune function. And the immune function also impacts on how our bodies metabolise vitamins and minerals from the diet, together with nutrient…

How Can Good Nutrition Optimise Our Immune Function?

Dietitian, Dr Carrie Ruxton   The global pandemic has shone a light – as never before – on how each of us manages our health and immunity. While we don’t yet know enough about the Covid-19 virus and how it operates, there is growing evidence from researchers and medics that our own health and lifestyles create a particular risk profile, with type 2 diabetes, inflammation, obesity and poor immune function all putting us at greater risk of worse health outcomes…

British Diets Not Ready For Winter

Decline in vitamins, minerals, fruit and vegetables could affect defence against winter bugs Low fruit and vegetable intakes, combined with a steady decline in levels of vital nutrients in the diet since 2000, could mean that Brits are facing a greater chance of ill health over the winter months. According to the European Food Safety Authority, folate, iron, selenium, and the vitamins A, C and D are all important for normal functioning of the immune system[1]. Yet, as a recent…

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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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