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Friday 30 June 2017

Link between the immune system and brain function

Insights from clinical PNI are increasingly finding their way to mainstream medicine. A recent study published in Nature Communications reveals, for example, that there is a link between immune functions in the blood and brain function.   Scientists at the University of Basel in Switzerland have proven in two independent studies that there is a link between the brain and immune cells in the blood. The results have been published in the scientific journals Nature...

Monday 26 June 2017

Prevention and treatment of homocysteine

Elevated homocysteine is a greater risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease than cholesterol. This risk can be reduced through the diet and supplementation with vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid. But which diet is best? And what quantities of supplements should be given?   At high doses, homocysteine is a toxic metabolic product of the amino acid methionine and is a powerful initiator of free radical reactions. The discovery of the role that this substance plays in our...

Saturday 24 June 2017

The importance of dietary fibres

Until a few years ago, it was thought that dietary fibres simply acted as ballast in the diet. But because of soluble fibres, resistant starch and especially prebiotics, we now look at that very differently. A brief overview about the importance of fibres.   Dietary fibres are carbohydrates and are subdivided into digestible and indigestible fibres. Indigestible fibres are mainly found in vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grain products, potatoes and nuts. Digestible fibres...

Thursday 22 June 2017

Five for your body: B12 deficiency

Many neurological symptoms, from depression to dementia, have been linked to vitamin B12. But a vitamin B12 deficiency is also relatively common in Coeliac disease.  We have listed the five main disorders relating to vitamin B12 for you.   1 – Pernicious anaemia People who suffer from pernicious anaemia often develop a B12 deficiency. Many years can pass before symptoms are evident, but when the vitamin B12 stocks are depleted, rapid treatment with high doses...