Ingredient Focus Articles

In this folder you will find Ingredient Focus articles from past newsletters.

  • Did Omega-3 Shape the History of the Human Race?

    Read through the history of Omega-3 and why we humans need to boost our intake to make sure we’re receiving adequate levels for crucial brain development.

  • Top 10 Reasons to Give Your Kids Omega-3

    Read the top 10 reasons that kids should have plenty of Omega-3- an essential fatty acid- including for depression, brain function, sleep & reading/maths skills

  • Are Fermented Foods Really That Easy To Make?

    We challenged Nutri Advanced gut health novices to make fermented foods for the first time.  Read how they got on and the pitfalls to avoid when fermenting food.

  • Fermented Foods Explained: Benefits & Recipes

    Read more about fermented foods and why they are so good for you & your gut health, and can even offer relief for Irritable Bowel Symptoms.

  • New Trial Shows Magnesium is an Effective Treatment for Depression

    A new study carried out by researchers from the University of Vermont in the U.S. and published in the journal, PLOS One, has found magnesium to be an effective treatment for depression.

  • Leptin & Ghrelin: The 2 Hunger Hormones You Need To Keep Balanced to Prevent Overeating

    Leptin & Ghrelin are 2 crucial hormones that influence hunger. Learn how to keep them balanced and reduce your resistance to prevent overeating.

  • Vitamin B12 Injections, Supplements & Food Sources

    Find out more about B12 injections, supplements & food sources. Vitamin B12 is needed in smaller amounts than other vitamins but is still very important...

  • Vitamin D Supplements May Prevent Colds and Flu

    A new analysis published just yesterday showed that vitamin D supplements may help to prevent colds and flu in as many as 3 million people every year.

  • Fats Explained

    The subject of fats still causes massive confusion.  People are unsure whether to avoid or include fats in their diet, and if they should include them, which ones are the right ones; and how much should they eat? 

  • What Does Serotonin Actually Do?

    Most people know serotonin as the ‘happy neurotransmitter’ – a substance found in the human body that helps to regulate mood.  And whilst serotonin certainly does have an important role to play in mental balance it has many other jobs too, that most people are completely unaware of.

  • Omega-3 Levels Halved in Farmed Salmon

    A new study has revealed that, on average, omega-3 levels in farmed salmon have halved over the past 5 years...

  • Choosing The Right Curcumin Supplement...

    Most people know curcumin as the compound that gives turmeric its characteristic bright yellow colour.  Turmeric has a long history of use in India both as a culinary spice and for its health promoting properties too...

  • 10 Proven Benefits of Curcumin

    Have you heard of all of the amazing ways that curcumin - which is from turmeric - can positively help our health?

  • Why Is Curcumin So Difficult to Absorb?

    Turmeric has been used medicinally for more than 4000 years, going back to ancient times in India but its active constituent Curcumin has a low absorption rate. We look into why curcumin is so hard to absorb.

  • Why Are Probiotics Better Than Yoghurt?

    Many people choose to add ‘probiotic yoghurt drinks’ to their diets in a bid to boost the good guys.  And in theory this is a good idea.  However, it’s unlikely that this habit is doing your health as much good as you might think...

  • If You've Ever Taken Antibiotics You Need To Read This

    Whilst antibiotics can be a real lifesaver, they can also bring with them unwanted side effects.  Antibiotics cannot distinguish between good and bad bacteria so indiscriminately wipe out both...

  • Confused about Probiotics? Here's What You Need To Know...

    The world of probiotics can be a confusing one, and it’s easy to get completely baffled with all the alien-sounding terminology! So we've put together a quick guide to the main terms to get you started...

  • Curcumin: The Story Behind The Latest Health Wonder

    Turmeric is a plant whose history of medicinal use stretches back over 4000 thousand years. It has a long history of use throughout India and the Asian subcontinent, and ancient Ayurvedic texts sing the praises of Turmeric over 2500 years ago...

  • The surprising history of probiotics in animals

    Most people nowadays have heard of probiotics, thanks probably to mainstream yoghurt drinks that claim to improve your digestive health.  Not many people know however, the interesting history that probiotics were first used as a dietary supplement in animals!

  • The Positive Effect of Probiotics on Animals

    Did you know that we have a whole other microscopic world living inside us? Throughout much of our gastrointestinal tract, we have a huge mass of bacteria that actually contains more cells than there are in our entire body! Read on to discover how the use of probiotics in animals has produced positive outcomes for their health, growth, immunity and wellbeing...

  • Why is the stability of fish oil so important?

    Omega-3 fats EPA & DHA are easily damaged by heat, light and air.  That’s why the process of extracting oil from fish, purifying it and packaging it into a form that can be taken as a daily supplement is such a difficult one...

  • EPA & DHA - Why you need to supplement...

    It now seems unlikely that people with a typical Western diet and lifestyle will have optimal levels of EPA & DHA. Here we find out why you need to supplement...

  • Omega 3 & Child Development

    The more we learn about the growth and development of us as humans, we are coming to realise the enormous impact of the mother’s health and nutritional status, and the effect that this will have on her baby. Did you know that the food a pregnant mother eats before and during pregnancy, and when breastfeeding, can affect her child’s health well into adulthood?

  • Plant based eating - Protein-rich veg

    Most people can quickly identify meat, fish and dairy products as protein foods, but many aren’t aware that protein is found in plants too.  Not just for vegetarians and vegans, plant proteins are highly beneficial for your health at any age, and regardless of your dietary preferences.

  • Zinc - Know when you're low

    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the global prevalence of zinc deficiency is 31%.  Zinc is an essential trace element, needed for health and used as a cofactor in more than 300 different enzymes.

  • Myo-inositol : The little known B vitamin that supports fertility

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormone problem and the leading cause of female infertility in women of reproductive age, worldwide.  PCOS currently affects 1 in 15 women (of reproductive age), and is set to worsen...

  • New food supplement may help reduce cravings for high-calorie foods

    Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic in recent years. Causes include the constant availability of tasty highly calorific foods which leads to overconsumption and as a result weight gain. Reward-based eating behaviours also contribute and are in turn influenced by signals such as gut hormones...

  • Choosing The Right Live Bacteria

    The world of probiotics is one that’s worth getting your head round because many health professionals now agree that a daily probiotic supplement may be even more important than a daily multi...

  • Timing of folic acid is key for healthy pregnancy

    The link between folic acid and healthy pregnancies is now well established.  Most women will receive a prescription for folic acid supplements when their pregnancy is confirmed by their GP.  However, the timing of folic acid supplementation is absolutely key...

  • The case of the luminous wee!

    If you’ve ever taken a high quality multivitamin & mineral supplement you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about and if you haven’t – well, you’re in for a real treat!

  • Why multivitamins are so much more than just expensive urine...

    Hardly a week goes by without another headline bemoaning the uselessness of taking a multivitamin.  It doesn’t seem to matter how many studies show that incorporating a daily multi into your routine is a really good thing to do, yet still the naysayers stick to their guns and talk about expensive urine and not much else.

  • 5 Good Reasons to Take a Daily Multi

    Most people are aware that taking a high quality daily multivitamin and mineral supplement can help to bridge the gap from any shortfalls in the diet.  Here's 5 facts taken from research and studies... 

  • Vitamin E - This Little Known Fact Might Surprise You and Could Change Your Health

    There is much written and talked about the benefits of vitamin E.  It is well known for its diverse roles in our health - as an antioxidant, for skin health, immune function and cardiovascular protection.  These benefits are widely publicised but what many people don’t know is...

  • Body Ready Forms of B Vitamins & Folate

    Most B vitamins, with the exception of B12, are not stored in the body; so they must be acquired daily from the diet in order to maintain optimal health.  They are found in rich supply in whole, unprocessed foods and lacking in foods that have been refined and processed...

  • 10 Reasons why omega 3 fats are the best food for your brain

    It is now recommended that a daily supplement containing a high level of omega 3s is an important strategy to protect brain health.  Here's 10 reasons why...

  • Confused about the different types of vitamin C?

    The health benefits of vitamin C are well documented and you can now pick up a supplement for next to nothing in your local pharmacy or supermarket.  So why would you bother to go to the time or trouble of ordering one that costs a bit more?

  • Taking a closer look at vitamin C

    The history of vitamin C is an interesting one.  Most animals can produce their own vitamin C, yet somewhere along the evolutionary line, humans and other higher primates, guinea pigs, most bats, and some species of birds or fish lost their ability to synthesise this important nutrient. 

  • Friendly bacteria - Fast facts

    There are both beneficial and pathogenic bacteria in your gut and it’s crucially important that the good guys outnumber the bad.  When this balance is disrupted, physical, mental and emotional health can all suffer...

  • Significant Breakthrough: Vitamin D May Mend Broken Hearts

    An exciting new study funded by the Medical Research Council has shown a significant increase in heart function in participants suffering from heart failure. More than 160 heart failure patients were involved in a 5-year trial at Leeds Teaching Hospitals where they were given either a 100µg vitamin D tablet or a placebo daily for a year.

  • Omega 3: Feed Better Behaviour

    Omega 3s have been in the dietary spotlight for many years now.  Public opinion has finally shifted away from the ‘all fat is bad’ standpoint and has moved towards welcoming these special fats for the unique role they play in our health.  Omega 3s are important at any age, and not least for growing children.

  • Can I Take Eskimo-3 & Vitamin D Together?

    Some of our Eskimo products also contain vitamin D, so we are frequently asked whether it’s safe to take our Eskimo oils and vitamin D products together.  The answer is yes, but here’s what you need to know. 

  • Omega-3s: Not Just for Winter

    Awareness around the importance of getting plenty of good fats into the diet has grown dramatically in the last decade or so.  Once unheard of, the term omega 3s is now a household name.

  • Vitamin D FAQs

    Read on to find out more about Vitamin D

  • Thinking of Supplementing with Vitamin D? …Think Vitamin K2 Too!

    Much has been written about vitamin D in recent years.  The nation’s eyes have finally been opened to the idea that epidemic levels of deficiency may be having a significant effect on our long-term health outcomes.

  • Get Clear on Vitamin D & Sunlight Exposure

    Vitamin D is one of the few essential nutrients needed by the body that isn’t naturally present in many foods.  Our main source of vitamin D is sunlight – bare skin produces vitamin D in response to the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.

  • Supplementing with Vitamin D – Getting it Right Part 2: How Much Should I Take?

    It is now generally agreed that UK Reference Nutrient Intakes (RNI) are based on outdated studies and are set too low to make a difference, hence the question of how much vitamin D to take causes much confusion.

  • Why Choose Nutri Advanced Vitamin D Products?

    Nutri offers one of the most comprehensive vitamin D product ranges available.  With a increasingly high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, our main aim is to cater for vitamin D needs across all ages.

  • Supplementing with Vitamin D – Getting it Right Part 1: Absorption

    If you live in the UK, it’s near impossible for the skin to make enough vitamin D all year round, especially when you consider all the different factors that can get in the way of the body’s vitamin D production processes.

  • Magnesium: Know when you're low

    Magnesium deficiency is commonly referred to as a modern day silent epidemic or the ‘invisible deficiency’.  And this is because it is known to be difficult to detect in a clinical setting.  

  • Top 10 Magnesium-Rich Foods

    If you want to increase your dietary intake of magnesium make sure you include as many of the following foods as possible.  These 10 foods contain the highest levels of magnesium per average serving...

  • Glucosamine Sulphate v Natural Eggshell Membrane

    Here we take a closer look at Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM) and Glucosamine Sulphate – two fantastic natural ingredients which both offer something unique for your joints.  Read on to make sure you understand the difference and the unique applications for each...

  • Super Food Swaps

    If you’ve decided that it’s time your diet had a bit of a health shake up then here’s some perfect ideas to get started with!  I’ve always loved the idea of food swaps.  Replacing one food with another is much easier to do than changing your whole diet. 

  • Magnesium: Why Aren't We Getting Enough?

    In an ideal world, all of our nutrients would come from a well-balanced diet.  However, the food that we eat has changed dramatically over the course of the last 50 – 80 years.

  • Eat More Almonds to Improve your Gut Health

    Nuts and seeds are often lacking from a typical Western diet, yet these nutrition powerhouses are just about as easy as you can possibly get for a speedy snack.  Now a new study, published in Nutrition Research has found that almonds in particular are the nuts you should be reaching for if you want to really boost your health. 

  • Thyroid Problems & Iodine Deficiency

    It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of how many people in the UK are suffering from thyroid problems and that’s simply because so many go undiagnosed. 

  • Cartilage Health In An Eggshell – The Power of NEM

    A new study has demonstrated significant benefits of supplementing with natural eggshell membrane for reducing inflammation and improving cartilage health...

  • Ingredient Focus: Vitamin C

    We've come a long way since the early days of scurvy, and the later identification of vitamin C. We now know that vitamin C is not only important for the prevention of scurvy, but for many other different aspects of health too. Here's a reminder of some of its major functions...

  • Ingredient Focus: Vitamin D3 and K2

    Awareness around vitamin D deficiency has increased significantly in recent years; fortunately people are beginning to realise just how important this nutrient is for optimal health. There’s another piece of the puzzle though that many aren’t familiar with, and that relates to vitamin K2...

  • Ingredient Focus: Pureed Papaya

    Commonly seen as an exotic fruit rather than a weekly shop staple, perhaps we’re missing a trick with papaya  – the flesh, skin, seeds and stem of this exotic fruit have been used in traditional medicine for many years...

  • Ingredient Focus: Vitamin E

    Vitamin E is found in rich natural supply in sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, swiss chard, avocado, asparagus and peanuts, but what else do we know about this super vitamin?

  • A Closer Look at Theanine

    At this time of year, when exam stress is at an all time high, it’s important to have effective strategies at hand to support a healthy stress response before it gets out of control.  Theanine has gained much attention in recent years as...

  • Trouble Sleeping? Pass the L-Theanine

    Traditionally those looking for a sleep aid have reached for the sedative herbs which are useful in cases of insomnia such as hops, or amino acids that support serotonin and melatonin production such as tryptophan but did you know that there is another amino acid that you just might like as part of your night time regime too?... L-theanine!

  • The Natural Power of Garlic

    Used medicinally all over the world for more than 5000 years, with evidence of its use dating as far back as Hippocrates, garlic is often referred to as ‘nature’s wonder drug!’  Here’s a quick reminder of what makes garlic so special and a summary of its potential therapeutic benefits.

  • Quercitin and Bromelain: A Formidable Force Against the Spring & Summer Sneezes

    Stuffy, runny nose?  Watery, itchy eyes?  Frequent sneezing?  
    These are all the signs of the start of spring/summer for some people as it brings with it the dreaded pollen.

  • Ingredient Focus: Do you need a B Vitamin Boost?

    Essential for energy production, B vitamins are fundamental for optimum health; however, many of these essential vitality nutrients are stripped away in modern day food processing techniques.

  • The Importance of Iodine

    Iodine has been known for more than 100 years as the element that is necessary for thyroid hormone production. But how do you know if you are getting enough?

  • Ingredient Focus: Iodine

    Iodine is an amazing mineral!  Much of the scientific research however has focused on its key role in the environment rather than its role in human health.  Here's some interesting facts for you...