A lot of dieters stick to the mantra of no food after 5pm. Research from 1976 backs this up. The study gave two groups of people an single identical 2000kcal meal every day. However, one group had their meal at breakfast and the other had their meal at dinner. At the end of the trial the group who had their meal at breakfast lost weight, whereas the other group gained weight. Further research has shown
If the choice is between a New Age effect that works or sickness in the world of Dawkins, I’ll take the meaningless pill. Another day, another homeopathic smackdown. This time it was the turn of Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, who informed the Commons Science and Technology Committee in no uncertain terms that homeopathy was “rubbish”, that homeopaths were “peddlers” and that homeopathic pills themselves were no more effective than a placebo.
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