16.2% of people will suffer from depression at some point in their life. Unfortunately, current medications have little effect with slow recoveries times and side-effects. Our brains use 20% of our bodies energy, despite only accounting for 2% of our body mass. We know that brain energy metabolism is impaired in depression due to post-mortem investigations. Energy or ATP is made in the mitochondria of our cells. Recent research has found that creatine, which helps
We’ve been conditioned think of antioxidants as the nutrients that protect us from damage and rightly so. But now it seems that probiotics may provide better protection when it comes to stroke. Researchers have found that having an altered or compromised gut flora could be linked to stroke and symptomatic atherosclerosis. It seems that a healthy balance of gut bacteria produce carotenoids, which are a type of antioxidant. Past research has investigated the benefits of
As a nutritional therapist, patients tell me that they are taking supplements from the local high street shop. It is great that they have identified need for additional supplementation as they understand there are health benefits to vitamins, minerals and herbs. However, many of these products amount to nothing more in your body than expensive urine. Why? The form of the product is not bioavailable (easily absorbed). E.g., vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, has
New research has found that Triclosan, an antibacterial agent widely used in hand soaps and personal care products could harm health. It is commonly found in mouthwashes, deodorants, clothing and toys. It has been found to impair the ability of heart cells to contract. Furthermore, it appears to impair muscle strength, reducing grip by 18%. For individuals with heart conditions it could be a real concern.
A team of researchers at the Arizona State University have found that when there are variations in the macronutrient content of our diet, the structure of the gut bacteria can change within a few days. These altered gut bacteria have been found to be involved in energy extraction and energy regulation. They help us break-down foods we’re unable to digest. However, this help leads to increased energy absorption and, therefore, weight gain.This interesting research is