Vitamin B12 – the modern day deficiency

Simon Cowell, Katy Perry and Madonna all apparently have injections of B12, the nutrient which helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anaemia called megaloblastic anaemia that makes people tired and weak. The total amount […]

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Nutrition in pregnancy and lactation

Pregnancy is a time for substantial changes in a woman’s body in many ways, including hormonal, mental and physical. This growth and development process needs fuel and constant support, and the overall nutritional status of the mother is central to the outcome of the pregnancy and health of the baby. Birth defects, birthing complications and […]

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An introduction to Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease (CD) is a common autoimmune disorder where the body attacks itself.  It occurs as a consequence of gluten intolerance and affects approximately 1% of the population. Gluten is found in all food and non-food products that are made from wheat, barley and rye. Oats contain some lower levels of gluten but the levels are […]

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Is gluten intolerance on the increase?

According to Professor Markku Mäki, head of a research project in the Academy of Finland’s Research Programme on Nutrition, Food and Health (ELVIRA), the occurrence of gluten intolerance in the Finnish population has doubled in the past 20 years (1).  Although this study took place in Finland it is relevant to look at since many […]

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