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Why 5 a day?
It’s Nutrition and Hydration week 2022 from Monday 14th – Sunday 20th March, so to help raise awareness of the importance of eating and drinking well, here’s a few facts and tips to help you understand why 5 a day is important. One part of a healthy diet for most people is ensuring enough fruit […]
Are you at risk of osteoporosis?
What exactly is it? Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a fall or sudden impact causes a bone to break (fracture). Osteopenia is the stage before this happens and is the point when lower bone […]
Why do women take magnesium in the menopause?
Magnesium is an essential mineral and plays a role in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Beyond helping to maintain normal muscle and nerve function,* this mineral supports normal psychological function* and protects bones and teeth.* Magnesium also contributes to energy metabolism,* as well as supporting the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.* Most […]
Can Vitamin D help you right now?
As governments around the world battle the COVID-19 pandemic, public health measures that can reduce the risk of infection and death in addition to lockdowns and social distancing are desperately needed. Here at Altruvita we’re constantly reading about the latest clinical trials and studies looking at the impact of micronutrients, nutrition and vitamin deficiencies on health. An […]
Red meat – BBQ bliss or a health hazard?
After a bright and sunny Easter weekend there’s no doubt that, even in these restricted times, many BBQs will have been lit for the first time this year. For those of us lucky enough to have private gardens and outdoor spaces, a BBQ will have been welcome light relief from the time spent stuck inside. […]
Answering the 3 most common vegan nutrition questions
Both in the UK and across the Western world veganism is rapidly growing in popularity. The number of people who signed up to take part in ‘veganuary’ between from 2014 to this January is an excellent demonstration of just how quickly dipping a toe in veganism is gaining in popularity: 2014 – 3,300 2015 – 12,800 […]
Super selenium, the lesser-known immune system hero
At the moment we are all keen to maintain good health and do our best to support our immune systems. There’s adhering to lockdown rules, washing our hands, not touching our faces and getting plenty of sleep. But what are the nutrients and vitamins hidden in our food which enable our bodies to effectively fight […]
A startling fact about British wintertime and vitamin D…
Do you feel a little gloomy and run down in the winter? It might interest you to know that the lack of sunshine during those colder months of the year doesn’t just impact our mood, it actually can impact on our physical health too. Direct sunlight acting on the skin provides the majority of our […]
Weighing Up Veganuary
2020’s Veganuary is set to be the biggest yet. This initiative aims to inspire people to go vegan for the first month of each year, spreading the word about veganism and educating people on plant-based ingredients and recipes. But is going vegan actually good for our health? Let’s take a closer look by weighing up […]
Add a green tea extract to your new year health kick for additional benefits!
If you’ve made a commitment to kick off the brand-new decade with focus on a healthy diet and more exercise, this blog will certainly be of interest! You’ve probably heard of green tea and know that it’s good for you, but do you know why? Altruvita’s expert nutritional team takes a look at how adding […]
Xanthohumol now used in IBD research
Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two most common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and together they affect more than 300,000 people in the UK. IBDs can trigger a wide range of symptoms including pain, cramps, weight loss, extreme tiredness, diarrhoea and swelling of the stomach. Due to the high prevalence of nutrient deficiencies in patients with IBD, routine monitoring of nutrient […]
Air pollution – can changing your diet help?
With studies on the impact of air pollution on our health being released on a weekly basis now, it’s no wonder we’re all starting to pay attention. It’s especially emotive when children and babies are at risk too. The latest research shows that children living next to a main road will not have developed lungs […]
Frighteningly Good Tomato and Pumpkin Soup
Halloween is nearly upon us and although the temptation may be to have lots of ‘treats’, scary can be healthy too! Here we have a soup which is full of carotenoids, bursting with beta-carotene from pumpkins and lycopene from tomatoes. Here are some cool facts! 1. Lycopene is found in many forms Your body works […]
How much vitamin D?
Official estimates suggest one in five adults and one in six children in England may have vitamin D3 deficiency. Vitamin D is an essential fat soluble vitamin that contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, teeth and muscles*. It is used to support the normal function of the immune system and the process of cell […]
Indoor air pollution getting on your wick?
The stresses of daily life are continuing to take their toll on many of us, so it’s little wonder that candles are as popular as ever. This week I even saw scented Christmas candles being advertised on prime time TV. There’s nothing like turning the lights out and breathing in the smell of vanilla and […]
Vitamin E is one of your most powerful fat-soluble vitamin which relies heavily on fat absorption to get sufficient blood levels. The majority of vitamin E is stored in your fat cells with smaller amounts found in the heart, muscles, reproductive organs, and the adrenal and pituitary glands. D-alpha-tocopherol is the natural form, and the […]
Know the facts on air pollution?
Statistics show that 1.25 million deaths are caused by road traffic accidents per year, 3.5 million are caused by diabetes, and 7 MILLION are the consequence of air pollution. (Reference, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari.) Shocked? Environmental pollutants are a global health problem, associated with the development of […]
We all need vitamin D, not only to live but to help prevent a variety of medical conditions and diseases including osteoporosis, depression, brain functioning problems, bowel inflammation and related issues. If people exposed their skin to daily sunlight there would be no need for a dietary or supplementary intake, however as our skin ages, […]
Xanthohumol and ageing
Aging is associated with a deregulation of biological systems that lead to an increase in oxidative stress, among other effects. Xanthohumol is the main preylated chalcone present in hops, whose antioxidative properties, amongst others, have been shown in recent years. In the most recent study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, the possible protective effects of xanthohumol on liver […]
Choose Curcumin For a Boost to Mind and Body
Have you ever tried to get rid of a turmeric stain from clothes or your kitchen counter? It resists the fiercest scrubbing. But it may be some consolation to know that the power of turmeric is not limited to its colour. Part of the ginger family, turmeric has been used for generations, not only to […]
Happy Brain, Happy Tum
If you’ve ever uttered the words, ‘I’ve got a gut feeling about this’ or ‘I’ve got butterflies in my stomach’, you’ll understand the connection between your gut and your brain. What you may not know is that there is a real biological link between them. The gut is home to an important part of the […]
Our 10 Top Tips for Digestive Comfort
If you’ve ever suffered from bloating after a big meal, you’ll know how uncomfortable and unpleasant it is. Bloating happens when the gut stores up excess gas, produced by bacteria. It can affect anyone, but it needn’t make you change your plans or affect every day activities. Take a look at our top tips to […]
What we eat affects all our organs, but it’s the gut that has to deal most directly with our dietary choices. A poor diet, high in processed foods, can cause constipation and inflammation, and could lead to more serious conditions. How do we look after our gut? The traditional Mediterranean diet (without the processed meats) […]