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9/08/21

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 […]

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3/08/21

Scalp psoriasis associated with deficiency of zinc and selenium

Psoriasis can flare up on any part of the skin. When it appears on the scalp, it’s known as scalp psoriasis. But wherever it appears, the cause is the same. It happens when faulty signals in the immune system tell the body to fight an infection (even if infection is not present). This releases inflammatory chemicals as […]

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6/07/21

Improving Fertility in Male Smokers

Cigarette smoking has long been known to have adverse effects of male reproductivity. Naturally, in the human body, there is a balance between free radicals and the antioxidant system. Cigarette consumption increases free radicals and decreases antioxidant vitamins and minerals in the body. Zinc contributes to normal fertility and reproduction* and in regards to male […]

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14/05/21

Magnesium, for Body and Brain

Several studies have been undertaken on the effects of low magnesium levels within certain populations with mental health problems.

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15/04/20

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. […]

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26/03/20

Why is Vitamin D so important for our health?

At a time when it’s crucial to have a healthy immune system, both to help prevent infections and support our body in recovering when we do get ill, we wanted to share some facts and important information with you about vitamin D.  How do our bodies get vitamin D? In humans, around 90% of the […]

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19/03/20

How to support your immune system

There has never been a more important time to be proactive with our nutrition, with the aim of supporting the very best immune system defence. Our immune systems play a role not only in fighting off infections, but also in promoting tissue repair to recovery. To function properly, our immune system requires plenty of both […]

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9/03/20

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 […]

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19/02/20

Eating well for a winter health boost! Altruvita’s favourite winter dinner recipes for older adults.

Winter is always a tough time of year for older people, especially those suffering from poor health. The lack of sunlight inhibits our body’s production of Vitamin D, an essential micronutrient for immune system function as well as bone and muscle health. The cold and damp weather can exacerbate join stiffness (though, interestingly, the reasons […]

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14/02/20

Could curcumin support patients with liver disease?

Between 2015 and 2017 there were 26,265 premature deaths due to liver disease in England, a rate of 18.5 per 100,000 population under the age of 75. Liver disease includes cirrhosis, which is the scarring and hardening of liver tissue in response to damage. The causes of cirrhosis include drinking lots of alcohol for many years, hepatitis C infection and non-alcoholic fatty […]

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24/01/20

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 […]

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16/01/20

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 […]

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9/01/20

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 […]

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22/12/19

Xanthohumol+ SKIN

The quest for clear, glowing and youthful skin has obsessed people for centuries. People invest in lotions and potions, swear by their favourite skincare routines and turn to medical intervention to try and achieve the perfect complexion. Altruvita’s Xanthohumol+ Skin food supplement contains hop extract in a carefully formulated concentration which works synergistically to support problem-skin. The […]

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11/12/19

Tiny particulates from emissions are causing diabetes

It has been suggested for some time that PM2·5 (the smallest type of particulates found in emissions which go unfiltered into the lungs) are associated with increased risk of diabetes; however, nobody really knew how big the effect was.  To really dig down on what was happening, last year scientists took a group of 1,729,108 US veterans […]

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4/12/19

Alternative treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) remains a common and difficult to manage gastrointestinal condition. There is growing interest in the use of traditional medicine to manage IBS, as prescribed drugs often fail after time and revolve around symptom management of cramps and diarrhoea rather than addressing the cause of the problem. In particular, curcumin, a biologically […]

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2/12/19

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 […]

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4/11/19

Suffering from stiff and creaky joints?

Stiffness and aching joints are often associated with winter, in particular the dropping temperatures and increase in wet weather. The exact science behind why colder weather increases joint pain is still slightly unclear, but there’s plenty of evidence to show levels of discomfort rise when it’s cooler. For those living with arthritis or stiff, aging […]

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30/10/19

Banish smartphones and turn WIFI and TVs off for better quality sleep

You may remember the news from last year that the artificial blue light emitted by our smart phone screens is too stimulating for our brains at bedtime, but did you know that there are also plenty of other electronic devices which can impact sleep? WIFI emits Electromagnetic Frequency radiation (EMF).  In 2013, the Department of Electrical […]

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15/08/19

Air pollution is as bad for respiratory health as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

New research unveiled this week reveals that air pollution in some major cities is as bad for us as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. Scientists from the University of Washington monitored the levels of fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, ozone and black carbon in the air outside the homes of over 7,000 adults (aged 45- […]

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11/07/19

MagnEASY sleep

What’s the truth about magnesium and sleep? You may have read in the past that taking a magnesium supplement can help aid a more restful night in the land of nod, but is there any truth in this? We know that magnesium contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, and is required for normal […]

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4/07/19

Most fragrances cause indoor air pollution

From our hand soap to our surface spray, our body wash to our perfume, air fresheners and candles, household cleaners and laundry liquid; scents are all around us. This may not make any sense according to gathering research. Contrary to popular belief, most exposure to hazardous pollutants that affect health and well-being occurs indoors. A primary […]

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4/07/19

Multi-tasking plants in combating air pollution

Air pollution is on the rise. When indoor and outdoor air pollution are combined, WHO estimates that in 2012, some 14% of deaths were due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or acute lower respiratory infections, and 14% of deaths were due to lung cancer. Emissions from vehicles are a major contributor to air pollution. […]

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2/07/19

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 […]

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