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Don't miss out when you go vegetarian or vegan

While around 5% of the UK population is vegetarian or vegan, plant-based eating has taken off as a dietary trend with more and more of us experimenting with vegan foods as an alternative to our favourite meat dishes. There are lots of great things to say about plant-based foods, such as beans, peas, tofu and soya. They tend to be higher in fibre and lower in fat while still providing lots of protein. However, they can be lower in other…

Folic acid could reduce risk of stroke

Folic acid could help to reduce the risk of stroke in people with high levels of homocysteine and a low platelet count according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.[1]    Commenting on the study, Dr Gill Jenkins a GP and advisor to the Health & Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS), notes: “Most strikingly, in this large analysis involving over 10,000 people with high blood pressure, those with a low blood platelet count…

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…

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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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