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Technical Reviews

An in-depth review of all the current research surrounding a nutrient or group of nutrients. These documents really go into the nitty gritty of how certain nutrients work and give you detailed evidence of safety and efficacy.

NB: These documents are available to health professionals only. 

  • Technical Review - Weight Loss

    What Makes a Successful Weight Loss Programme?

    It’s the eternal question that sparks much interest and debate; yet the problem of overweight and obesity continues to grow in the Western world.  Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, recently highlighted the scale of the epidemic...

  • Technical Review - Magnesium

    Introduction

    Magnesium is the second most abundant intracellular cation yet deficiency is remarkably common and may result in a wide range of clinical symptoms and disorders that are, at least in part, due to alterations to magnesium dependent enzyme systems. Magnesium plays a critical role in over 300 enzyme functions and subsequently a large number of vital cellular...

  • Technical Review - Probiotics

    Introduction

    The human gut is home to an immense population of bacteria that play an important role in determining health due to their critical role in nutritional, immunological and other physiological functions. Some 100 trillion bacteria populate the human gut, a number that is 10 times greater than the number of cells in the human body. Thus because of the sheer size and...

  • Technical Review - Fish Oils and Fatty Acids

    Fish Oil: A Review of Clinical Uses and Application

    Dietary supplementation with fish oil has emerged as an important strategy for the management of several chronic diseases and the promotion of optimal health. Fish oils are a source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFA), in particular eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). After consumption ω-3 PUFA are rapidly...

  • Technical Review - Vitamin D

    Vitamin D Technical Review

    Vitamin D deficiency is a very common and widespread problem in the United Kingdom with important health consequences. The major reason for deficiency is lack of sunlight exposure. Identification of vitamin D deficiency requires a blood test, however suspicions based on risk factors for deficiency are likely to be correct and enough to warrant treatment...