New research links FOS and Bone Health

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition suggests a link between fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and bone health. It indicates that combining a calcium supplement with FOS is more effective than taking a calcium supplement alone (1).

The two-year study followed 300 post-menopausal women and measured markers of bone health. The women were randomly [...]

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Choosing the Best Supplements: Part Two

In Part One I discussed some guidelines to help ensure that you are getting the best out of your supplements. Read on for more pointers.

Mineral Bioavailability There isn’t much point in taking a supplement in a form that your body cannot use. Mineral bioavailability simply refers to the proportion of a mineral that [...]

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Choosing the Best Supplements: Part One

Choosing the right kind of supplement is extremely important, and yet the choice available can create lots of confusion. I am frequently asked about how to select the most suitable type of supplement. Will the supplement be absorbed properly, and is a ‘natural’ form always better than a synthetic form? Are capsules better than [...]

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Optimising supplements for managing joint pain and inflammation

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of musculo-skeletal disability in the elderly and, within the secondary care system, its management is primarily focused on palliative relief using pharmaceutical drugs such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and analgesics. As with many pharmaceutical drugs, there are potential side effects, with treatment regimens also failing to address [...]

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The importance of bone health

Bone health is an issue which is becoming increasingly more prominent in today’s society. According to the National Osteoporosis Society (1), one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 in the UK will suffer with a bone fracture. This is mainly due to poor bone health which means [...]

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10 Tips for Hay Fever Sufferers

10 Tips for Hay Fever Sufferers

If you missed last week’s bodykind newsletter about Hay Fever and some effective and natural ways to manage the symptoms, you may be interested in the “10 Top Tips” that bodykind’s Nutritional Therapist Nadia Mason came up with below:

Fruits such as Blueberries, Blackberries and Elderberries are [...]

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Calcium and Vitamin D may reduce abdominal fat

A new trial has found that calcium and vitamin D may decrease levels of abdominal fat in overweight adults.

Abdominal fat is linked with a higher risk of several diseases, including heart disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Reducing excess levels of this type of fat is crucial for those wanting to improve their [...]

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The importance of vitamin D for calcium utilisation in the body

 In January  I wrote about the benefits of combined calcium and vitamin D supplements for fracture prevention.  Many adults, particularly women, are interested in eating for bone strength and prevention of osteoporosis (or brittle bones).

Many people still assume that a higher calcium intake is key for osteoporosis prevention.  As you can see from the [...]

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Combined vitamin D and calcium supplements for fracture prevention

Vitamin D and calcium are important for bone health.  With regards supplementation with these nutrients to prevent fracture the research to date has often been conflicting and inconclusive.  However, very recent evidence published in the British Medical Journal (1) has found that supplementation with both of these nutrients together is effective in fracture prevention.

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Calcium supplements may help women who suffer from PMS

Specific figures vary but it has been estimated that anywhere between 80-95% of the western female population experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) to some level with up to about 35% seeking some kind of medical help.  Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is the presence of physical and/or psychological symptoms 1-2 weeks prior to the start of [...]

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