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Friday 1 March 2019

Supplement of the year: turmeric

On 9 February 2019 it was finally time for the National Health Trade Fair. During this enormous event, turmeric, also known as yellow root or curcuma longa, was named the supplement of the year.  Visitors to the trade fair were given the chance to vote for their favourite supplement and had the opportunity to explain why. It was found that people use turmeric “to follow a healthy lifestyle”, “to help improve the immune system” and “for stronger...

Friday 1 March 2019

Hazelnuts the new multivitamin?

Hazelnuts, we don’t eat enough of them. Researchers have recently discovered that eating hazelnuts significantly increases the vitamin E and magnesium levels in older adults. In their recent article published in the Journal of Nutrition, the researchers described that this is associated with health benefits.  In the Netherlands, it is recommended that at least 15 grams of unsalted nuts are eaten daily. Food consumption surveys have revealed that just six percent of the...

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Five for your body: supplements for depression

Mainstream antidepressants still have numerous side effects, including affecting driving abilities, a dry mouth, constipation and sexual dysfunction. But even aggressive behaviour and suicidal tendencies are reported. Furthermore, over time some patients no longer respond to antidepressants. This ‘Five for your body’ article shows that there is another way.   Crocus sativus Several double-blind clinical studies involving people with mild to moderate depression...

Friday 4 January 2019

Vitamin D deficiency in the mother linked to schizophrenia in the child

Australian and Danish research has revealed that new-born babies with a vitamin D deficiency are at an increased risk of schizophrenia later in life. In some cases, vitamin D supplementation can help prevent the development of this brain disease.    Vitamin D is not only important for healthy bones, but as a neurosteroid also plays an important role in the growing and adult brain. Its role includes stimulating and protecting nerves and it can change neurotransmission and...