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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 … Continued

Vegetarian and Vegan Trends Pushing More People Into Deficiency Risk

NEW RESEARCH FROM HSIS REVEALS LACK OF DIET KNOWLEDGE LEADING TO SERIOUS NUTRIENT GAPS AND RISK OF POOR HEALTH A new survey[1] commissioned by the Health and Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) has highlighted worrying gaps in knowledge leading to an enhanced risk of nutritional deficiencies. The OnePoll survey interviewed 1000 vegetarian and vegan adults … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

The Health and Food Supplements Information Service’s Response to Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes Journal Report

A meta-analysis of 18 studies published in Circulation[1] has evaluated the association between taking vitamins and various aspects of cardiovascular disease.   Dr Emma Derbyshire, Public Health Nutritionist and adviser to the Health and Food Supplements Information Service commented; “Vitamins and minerals are not intended for the prevention of chronic conditions like heart disease which … Continued

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 … Continued

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