Beautiful Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup

Ingredients 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into chunks Half a large bag of Spinach 1 stock cube (gluten free/ yeast free as required), fresh homemade stock or shop bought fresh stock Water (if using stock cube) Onion, peeled and finely chopped (optional) Onion salt and garlic salt (if not using onion Coconut oil To … [Read more...]

Exercise May Preserve Health of Mitochondria

                    We all know that exercise is supposed to be good for us, but perhaps one of the less well known benefits to emerge from recent research in the American journal of Physiology  is the potential impact that exercise may have for the health of our … [Read more...]

Antibiotics Given to Young Babies May Increase Risk of Later Obesity

Researchers have found links between babies given antibiotics in the first five months of life and later likelihood of developing obesity. The research which took place at New  York University State medical department analysed health records of 11, 552 children born in Avon UK between 1991 and 1992 and followed them for 7 years reviewing their … [Read more...]

Walnuts may help increase male sperm count and fertility

Research from the university of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has demonstrated that eating 75grams of walnuts daily for three months may help to increase men's sperm count and fertility. 117 health men consuming a typical wstern diet were enrolled in a single blinded randomised study. 59 men ate 75grams of walnuts daily, while 58 men avoided … [Read more...]

Statin Drugs May Increase the Risk of Diabetes

Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that statins (the family of cholesterol lowering drugs), may increase the risk of diabetes in postmenopausal women. In the study, those taking statin drugs were shown to have a 48% increased risk of developing diabetes. Statin drugs have also been linked to other health problems such … [Read more...]

Mangoes May Help to Ward off Diabetes

A new study conducted in the primary industry department of Queensland, Australia suggests that mango is a useful food in the fight against diabetes and may have a role to play in the treatment of metabolic disorder (although research is at an early stage). Eating a mango a day could help protect people against high cholesterol as well as … [Read more...]

Low Intake of Vitamin B6 is Associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

It is very common for there to be links between foods eaten by IBS sufferers and symptoms experienced. Intolerances to commonly eaten foods such as wheat and dairy are common, however less is known about links between intake of specific nutrients and IBS symptoms. In a cross sectional study carried out in May 2011 17 humans with IBS were … [Read more...]

Parasite Blastocystis Homini Associated with IBS

The parasite Blastocystis Homini has traditionally been considered a non- pathogenic organism with no role in gastrointestinal conditions such as IBS. This position is however beginning to change as Blastocystis and other parasites such as Dientamoeba fragilis have been linked to the aetiology of Irritable bowel syndrome. In a study published in … [Read more...]

Type of Carbs Eaten Affects Gas Production and Symptoms in IBS

It is not uncommon for patients with IBS to complain of symptoms worsening when eating foods rich in carbohydrate such as bread, pasta, rice, cereals or potatoes. However a recent study suggests that rather than avoiding this whole food group (which can be difficult for many patients to comply with), relief may be obtained by altering the 'types' … [Read more...]

October 2011

    Nutrition Link Newsletter October 2011 October, 2011 Hello and welcome to our October newsletter. This month we will be taking a look at that all too common problem - acidity in the digestive tract - why it occurs and what you can do about it. We will also be reviewing some of the … [Read more...]

Almonds Prevent Diabetes and Heart Disease

The latest research shows that a regular consumption of almonds reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  Over the course of a 16 week period, subjects who consumed 20% of their calories from almonds showed significantly improved LDL cholesterol levels and markers of insulin sensitivity - some of the important markers for … [Read more...]

Red Wine and Cranberries are Good for Your Teeth

Compounds found in red wine and cranberries can prevent cavities and plaque build up. This is because the compounds which are called polyphenols block a molecule made by the bacteria caled steptococcus mutans. Source: Live Science December 12 2010 … [Read more...]

Caffeine Negatively Affects Children

Caffeine consumption amongst children can cause sleep problems and other health issues. Recent research found that the more caffeine children consumed the less that they slept. Sources of caffeine include tea, coffee, chocolate and some fizzy drinks. Source: Science Daily December 17, 2010 … [Read more...]

Carrots and Broccoli Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Recent research has found that regular consumption of carrots and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and caulifower could reduce the risk of breast cancer. The researchers found that women who ate at least two servings a day had a 43% lower risk of oestrogen receptive negative breast cancer than those women who didn't Source: … [Read more...]

Drinking Water Proven To Help Weight Loss

Drinking water is a well known strategy for helping weight loss, but a new study may be the first hard evidence that drinking water does actually work. In the study obese dieters drank two cups of water before each meal. At the end of the study they were shown to have lost on average 5lbs more than those who did not drink the water. A year later, … [Read more...]

Friendly Bacteria Help Colicky Babies

New research has revealed that a daily dose of probiotics (also known as friendly bacteria) may help colicky babies cry less. After three weeks of treatment with probiotic bacteria, babies cried for an average of about half an hour a day - down from five or six hours at the outset of the study. This compared favourably with the babies who were … [Read more...]

Broccoli Consumption Might Reduce Arthritis Risk

Researchers are launching an exciting new study to investigate the benefits of broccoli after initial lab results showed that a compund in broccoli appears to block the enzymes that cause joint destruction. in osteoarthritis. This compound which is known as sulphoraphone is also found in other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and … [Read more...]

Citrus Compounds Reduce Cancer Risk

Recent research over a nine year period has revealed that daily consumption of citrus  such as oranges, lemons and limes could reduce the risk of a range of cancers especially pancreatic and prostate cancers. Consumption of citrus was associated with an 11 and 14 percent reduction in the incidence of all types of cancer for men and women … [Read more...]

Artificial Sweetener Link To Pre-Term Delivery

Recent research has revealed that pregnant women having one or more servings of artificially sweetened drinks a day were at a 38% increased risk of pre-term delivery. Consumption of four or more servings per day was associated with an increased risk of 78%  … [Read more...]

Vitamin D May Have A Role To Play In Gut Health

The digestive tract contains trillions of bacteria to help us digest food, produce certain nutrients and to keep bad bacteria in check. Recently scientists have discovered that vitamin D appears to have a role to play in gut health by helping to govern the activity of gut bacteria, responding to their cues and by sometimes counteracting their … [Read more...]

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