If you're living in the UK, the answer is yes (at least for the next 6 months). If you're someone who enjoys a couple of sun holidays each year, you might think you're covered for vitamin D. The truth is, you're probably not. The basics Vitamin D is actually a hormone, not a vitamin. It's main … Continue reading Do you need a vitamin D supplement?
For thousands of years turmeric has been used in Indian and Ayurvedic medicine to treat cuts, sprains and swelling. Around the 1940’s, scientists worked out that the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits were down to curcumin – the pigment in turmeric responsible for it’s bright golden hue. So far so good. Turmeric or curcumin? The problem however, is harnessing … Continue reading Can a daily teaspoon of turmeric help prevent cancer?
Most of us eat more protein at dinner than any other meal, but if you're exercising regularly, trying to improve muscle mass or lose weight, research suggests its better to spread your intake through the day. In a recent US study researchers took a group of healthy adults and compared the effects of eating protein mostly at dinner, or spaced … Continue reading Spread your protein intake through the day
If your breakfast of choice is cereal, here's why you might want to upgrade to eggs... To breakfast, or not to breakfast? There's always a lot of debate about breakfast. Some studies have shown a link between skipping breakfast and an increased risk of being overweight; other studies have found no effect of eating breakfast on weight loss. Despite what you may have … Continue reading Why swapping cereal for eggs might stop you snacking
If you’re still avoiding nuts because of their fat content it’s time to get over it. Numerous studies have demonstrated the health benefits of nuts from reducing overall mortality to improving blood glucose control and reducing the risk of diabetes. Put simply, eating nuts can help you live longer. Interestingly studies also show nut eaters tend … Continue reading Eat some almonds
Ever wonder how your diet affects your mental health? Me too.... This week I popped down to the Feed Your Mind festival at Kings College London to listen to neurologist Dr Sandrine Thuret give a lecture on diet and brain health, with a focus on two areas of research - omega 3 and calorie restriction / fasting. Here's … Continue reading Omega 3, fasting & brain health