Category: Science Blog

Fighting the common cold with nutrition

Having just delivered a lecture to Year 1 students regarding the influence of nutrition on the immune system, this seems like the perfect time to write a short blog piece on a related topic. At this time of year, many of us find ourselves struggling with a cold, or even perhaps the flu, particularly if […]

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How to manage depression and anxiety naturally

Depression is a common and debilitating condition that has become more prevalent in the 21st century. There are many explanations for this problem – social isolation, stressful lifestyle, Western diet, environmental issues, biochemical imbalances, genetics, etc. I have not been immune from depression myself. I know too well what it feels like feeling numb, despondent […]

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Do not get gout this Christmas!

Christmas is time of celebrations and indulgence, however, one must try to maintain some balance. Two dietary components contributing to gout and featuring during Christmas celebrations are excess alcohol and fructose (also known as fruits sugar). Considering that sugar is  fructose (Bray et al 2004), it is easy to overindulge on fructose intake, especially during […]

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Childhood Obesity

We are very proud to announce that our BSc graduate, Anja Sprigford is now officially a published author.  Please read her publication below. Childhood Obesity – Clinical Approach Aimed at Families Advances in Obesity, Weight Management & Control, Volume 5 Issue 2 – 2016 Anja Springthorpe, BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy, Dipl BCNH, mBANT Introduction Obesity […]

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Effect of Iron on Gut Flora

Iron and bacterial infections It is well known that iron should not be supplemented during an active infection as it can stimulate bacterial or fungal growth (Bruhn & Spellberg 2015). However, it is less common knowledge that iron affects the composition of gut flora too. Hence in the human body iron is tightly bound to various proteins that limit iron […]

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Omega 7 (n7) Fatty acids

From my experience very few people actually understand what n7 fatty acid (FAs) are beyond the fact that they are mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), where the site of unsaturation is 7 carbon (C) atoms from the end of the C chain (Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics 2014). Palmitoleic acid, an n7 FA, is a product of […]

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