Nutrition Link Newsletter December 2011

Nutrition Link Newsletter December 2011 December, 2011 As 2011 draws to a close, we take a look a the brittle bone disease - osteoporosis and challenge some of the long held beliefs about this condition ands why it comes about. We have also got a fabulous Christmas recipe plus a summary of the latest health and nutrition … [Read more...]

Silybum Extract Comparable with SSRI for Treatment of OCD

In a recent randomised double blind pilot study silybum extract demonsrated a similar level of efficacy in the treatment of OCD to fluoextine (an SSRI). In the study, 52 adults with OCD took silybum (3 x 200mg seed extract / day) or fluoextine (3 x 10mg / day) for 8 weeks. Both were effective in ameliorating symptoms and effected a comparable … [Read more...]

New Data Suggests Link Between Childhood Obesity and Allergies

  A study published in the May issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology indicated that there may be a link between obesity and increased incidence of allergies. The study analysed data from 4,111 children and young adults aged 2-19 years of age. It looked at antibody       levels to a … [Read more...]

Stay Well This Winter – November Newsletter

            Nutrition Link Newsletter November 2011  November, 2011 Staying healthy this Winter is the theme of this month's newsletter and we will be giving you lots of hints and tips to help protect you from the nasty colds flu and stomach bugs that are inevitably doing … [Read more...]

Oral Bacteria May Provide Link To Pancreatic Cancer Risk

 A small study published in the journal 'Gut' has indicated that certain types of mouth bacteria some of which are linked to gum disease are associated with the       development of pancreatic cancer. This interesting finding helps move us further forward in finding clues to stop the progress of one of the … [Read more...]

Vitamin D: 77% of Cancer Patients Sub – Optimal or Deficient

A number of studies have associated vitamin D with cancer, but until recently studies have not looked at whether vitamin D has any impact on the prognosis or development of the disease. One recent US study sought to establish the vitamin D levels of patients at a community Oncology practice. The study involved 160 patients with a … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Seed Oil May Offer Benefits to Post – Menopausal Women

 Pumpkin seed oil is rich in phytoestrogens (plant based oestrogens) which are thought to mimic some of the effects of hormones in the   body and may be useful during the menopause or for post menopausal women. A recent pilot study looked at the benefit of pumpkin seed oil in post memopausal women and found that women receiving … [Read more...]

Red Wine May Inhibit Breast Cancer Cell Growth

New Research published in October this year suggests that resveratrol the active ingredient in red wine stops breast cancer cells from growing by blocking the growth effects of oestrogen. Although it has been thought for some time that resveratrol may be significant in the war against breast cancer, this new evidence suggests … [Read more...]

Could Drinking Caffeinated Coffee keep Depression At Bay?

 Is it possible that drinking coffee might help keep depression at bay? A recent study suggested exactly that. 50,000 women were monitored over a 10 year     period to evaluate their coffee consumption and the study found that those who drank 2-3 cups of coffee a day were 15% less likely to get depressed while … [Read more...]

Could FOS Help With Weight Loss?

 FOS, otherwise known as fructo-oligosaccharide is a type of prebiotic fibre found in chicory and is used primarly as a supplement to help feed friendly bacteria in       the gut. In a recent study, researchers at the University of Mastricht suggested that it might have a role to play in weight loss.  31 … [Read more...]

Omega 3 Levels in Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Obesity Risk

 A low intake of omega 3 fatty acids coupled with high levels of omega 6 fats has been suggested as one of the risk factors for obesity. Now, a new study published in the     American Journal of Clinical Nutrition hypothesizes that a mother's intake of omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy might affect her child's … [Read more...]

Coeliac Disease Link With ADHD

 There have been a number of reports of a possible link between coeliac disease and diseases associated with psychological disturbances such as ADHD. In a recent study researchers attempted to establish whether a gluten free diet could allevaite behavioural symptoms in patients with both coeliac disease and ADHD. 67 subjects … [Read more...]

Vitamin D Link to Male Fertility

It has been known for a while that vitamin D deficiency in animals results in low sperm count and motility. Now a new study by the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hoispital  looking at 300 men has shown that vitamin D could play a key role in improving male reproductive health especially sperm quality.  In the study … [Read more...]

Leaky Gut Link to Fat Around Your Organs?

Visceral fat (or the fat around your organs) is known to have a strong link with  metabolic dysfunctions such as insulin resistance, hepatic steatosis and inflammation. One theory as to why this might be is that increased intestinal permeability(also known as leaky gut) may help to increase this fat around the organs. … [Read more...]

Can Flaxseeds Fight Breast Cancer?

A number of studies have attributed a cancer protective effect to plant hormones known as phytoestrogens. One group of phytoestrogens known as lignans are contained in seeds especially flaxseeds     (or linseeds as they are often called). In a recent study women who ate a diet high  in lignans had a 40% lower … [Read more...]

Can Green Tea Help Reduce Risk Flu Risk?

 Green tea has long been associated with a number of  health benefits, but recent research suggests that it may also play a role in helping us to fight infections such as influenza. In a study which was written up in the Journal of  Nutrition, more than 2000 school pupils were given anonymous questionnaires regarding their tea … [Read more...]

Breakfast Frittata

 Eggs are a fantastic protein source and are known for keeping hunger at bay for a long time. This recipe makes a tasty change to boiled, fried or poached eggs and can equally be served for lunch or dinner with a   salad instead of for breakfast. To make the recipe dairy free use soya yoghurt instead of dairy yoghurt. … [Read more...]

Do aubergines hold the key to a healthy heart?

                  Recent research has demonstrated that aubergines contain certain compunds that are cardioprotective. These compounds work by their ability to increase left ventrical function and to reduce myocardial infarct size and cardiomyocyte apoptosis. … [Read more...]

Salmon and Broccoli Risotto

 Salmon is very rich in the healthy omega 3 fatty acids which most of us need to eat more of. However I know from speaking to a lot of my clients that many of them are not that keen on fish or need ideas to inspire them. This recipe combines the fish with onion, brown rice and broccoli to make a delicious meal that would tempt the … [Read more...]

Sweet and Not So Sour Chicken Stir Fry!

  Sweet and Sour Chicken is a firm favourite, but is not generally considered very healthy due to the high sugar and fat content. This rejigged version of the original uses a natural  sugar alternative called xylitol which contains nearly 50% fewer calories than sugar, is suitable for diabetics and promotes healthy teeth too! … [Read more...]

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