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Taking vitamins during pregnancy linked with reduced risk of autism

A new study, published today in JAMA Psychiatry[1], has found that women who took multivitamins and folic acid either before or during pregnancy were significantly less likely to have a child who went on to develop autism spectrum disorder.   The study followed 45,300 Israeli children (of which around half were girls) born in 2003-2007 and checked for a diagnosis of autism up until January 2015. During this time, 572 (1.3%) children received a diagnosis of autism. Commenting on the…

Simple shadow test signals when vitamin D becomes a concern

Simple shadow test signals when vitamin D becomes a concern Six in 10 people in the UK unaware of changes in vitamin D advice more than 12 months on from announcement Simple shadow test helps to show when vitamin D supplements needed 40% of people say they eat lots of fruit and vegetables to get vitamin D, despite them containing none of this essential nutrient Less than 40% take a vitamin D supplement through autumn and winter, as advised by…

Insta-Sham Diets: Rise of the 'Inflexitarian'

INSTA-SHAM DIETS: RISE OF THE ‘INFLEXITARIAN’   More than one in ten Britons know dieting restricts their nutritional intake, but a fifth do nothing about it Millennials yo-yo’ing between extreme diets such as souping, juicing, Whole30, Teatoxing and others, glamourised on social media platforms Nearly half (48%) of girls have iron intakes below the lower reference nutrient intake (LRNI)   Despite the growing popularity of a healthier ‘flexitarian’ approach to diet – where meat or fish is only eaten occasionally…

Nutritionist, Dr Emma Derbyshire shares her views on the importance of nutrition in the middle years

Given the demographic shift in the UK towards an ageing population and the future cost impact of complex medical needs, it is important to adopt a preventative approach in the middle years to help alleviate the twin burdens in later life of infirmity and chronic disease. Nutrition plays a crucial role in healthy ageing, yet while dietary sources for most important nutrients are available and recommended as part of a healthy, balanced diet, NDNS data clearly shows UK population intakes…

Taking a Multivitamin is Shown To Fill Nutrient Gaps in our Diet

  Taking multivitamin and mineral supplements significantly increase nutrient intakes and decrease nutrient deficiencies, new study finds Well-meaning advice to get nutrients from diet alone ignores how people actually eat Adequate micronutrients essential for good health across lifespan A major new study published in Nutrients[i] confirms that regularly taking multivitamin and mineral supplements (VMS) is the best way to ensure you are getting sufficient essential nutrients, versus diet alone. Research in America analysed data from 10,698 adults from the National…

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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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