Refined carbohydrates linked again with increased risk of heart disease

In February this year I wrote about the links between refined carbohydrate and heart disease and mentioned some studies which suggested that sugary carbohydrates and those which increased blood sugar levels quickly (carbohydrates with a high glycaemic index, or GI) seemed to be a greater risk for heart disease than fat.

A recent study (1) [...]


Replacing dietary fat with sugar and refined carbohydrates is probably damaging to health

Heart disease is a topic I have written extensively about here in these blog posts.  In 2008 I wrote two posts entitled ‘Do you know how to look after your heart’ part 1 and part 2.  In part two I wrote extensively about refined carbohydrates and blood sugar levels and how these appear to [...]


National Cholesterol Week

This week is National Cholesterol Week, HEART UK’s annual event to raise awareness of the dangers of high cholesterol. Heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer, accounting for around a quarter of all deaths. The good news is that if you have raised cholesterol alongside other markers of heart disease, it can in almost [...]


Natural Immune Support for Children

Children frequently pick up and pass on common bacterial and viral infections, often through interaction with others at school which can manifest into sore throats, colds, flu, sinusitis and more. Unfortunately large numbers of these children are prescribed antibiotics repeatedly. With the current concern over antibiotic resistance, it is natural to want to avoid [...]


Migraine and Magnesium

Medical specialists have recently recommended that all migraine sufferers should be treated with magnesium supplementation (1).

Research shows the benefits of magnesium (citrate) supplementation in preventing and reducing migraines.

A migraine is more than just a headache, it has a huge impact on the lives of sufferers and costs the UK more than [...]


Echium Seed Oil – Beauty from Within

Composed of several types of tissue, and functioning to protect the body from the everyday environmental barrage of abuse, the skin serves as our largest organ. The outer layer, known as the epidermis, is made up of a fibrous protein called keratin and numerous types of fat, including various omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty [...]


Acne Diet Link – New Evidence

A new study has confirmed the important role that diet plays in acne. The link has been a topic of discussion since it was first noted that acne is rare in non-westernized populations such as the Inuit and tribal populations. Genetics alone does not account for this difference. Environmental factors such as diet have [...]


Beat the winter blues: Supplements and SAD

In Parts 1 and 2, I wrote about the impact of light therapy and diet on managing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and its milder form, the ‘winter blues’. In Part 3 we’ll look at further nutritional support for this common disorder.

Evidence suggests that people with SAD who have low [...]


Diabetes epidemic on a global scale

The number of people dignosed with Type 2 diabetes has more than doubled since the 1980s, and this number continues to grow in almost every part of the world.

In a large-scale study published in The Lancet last month, researchers found that rates of diabetes have either risen or at best remained the same [...]


Monounsaturated fats may help to boost ‘good’ cholesterol levels

High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (‘good’ cholesterol) are considered a risk for cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke).  Previous evidence suggests that including good amounts  of monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil and avocado oil, in the diet may raise HDL cholesterol levels in [...]