Be safe in the sun, can nutrition help? Part II

In Part I I mentioned that UV light can cause damage to the skin and contribute to photo-ageing through the initiation of inflammation.  The long chain omega 3 fatty acids EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) found in oily fish such as salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel as well as the shorter chain alpha-linolenic […]


Hay fever update – a newly published study

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, have just published a study(1) indicating that probiotics (‘good’ bacteria) may help to keep hay fever symptoms at bay. The researchers of this small study wanted to investigate whether the ‘good bacteria’ Lactobacillus casei Shirota (found in many probiotic supplements, yoghurts and drinks) played a role […]


Be safe in the sun, can nutrition help? Part I

In my last post I wrote about the importance of vitamin D and sensible sunlight exposure.  This led me to start investigating natural ways to prevent skin damage from the sun (photo-damage) and sunburn.  The concept of photo-protection by dietary means is gaining increasing amounts of attention from the scientific community.  Sun exposure leads to […]


Studies show that good bacteria in the gut do more than just protect our digestive systems

Whilst writing my last post about zinc and the common cold I came across some interesting research and evidence about probiotics and how they may be useful in enhancing the function of our immune system.  Probiotics are supplements containing ‘beneficial’ or friendly bacteria which inhabit the intestines.  These friendly bacteria produce various substances in our bodies, such as […]


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