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Do you really need to take a vitamin? 5 things to know before you buy – CNET

Supplements: To take them or not?

It seems like every corner of the internet is overstuffed with ads for vitamins, herbal remedies, fat-loss supplements, muscle-building shakes and sleeping pills.

As someone who's worked in the health fitness industry for years, I know that much, if not most, of it is just clutter. It's charlatans and hustlers trying to make a quick buck off of your pain points. It's great marketers who know that phrases like "lightning fast weight loss" and "banish cellulite forever" sell products that may or may not be straight-up flimflam.

In the largely unregulated supplement industry, many products are ineffective, full of fillers or undisclosed ingredients. Some are downright dangerous. Who can you trust? How do you know which supplements are best for you? What products are actually effective -- and safe to take?

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I want to preface the rest of this article with two very important disclaimers:

First, it's impossible to cover everything you need to know about choosing safe and effective supplements in one article. If you want to learn more, you should read official information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the US National Library of Medicine. While I cite many primary studies in this article, you can browse the PubMed database for more information on specific supplements., their uses, benefits and risks.

Second, although I have training in nutrition, anatomy and physiology, I am not a registered dietitian nor a doctor of any sort. If you are interested in taking supplements for a particular symptom or medical condition, please, please, please consult a registered dietitian or your doctor before doing so.

Now onto what you should know about supplements before you waste your money.

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Currently, the supplement industry is largely unregulated, especially compared to the food and drug industries. The FDA still uses an act passed nearly 20 years ago -- the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) -- that only has one real stipulation: "Manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements and dietary ingredients are prohibited from marketing products that are adulterated or misbranded."

This means the manufacturers themselves are responsible for testing the safety and efficacy of their products, as well as for labeling their own products. The FDA can crack down on a supplement after it hits the market if it's incorrectly labeled or unsafe, but by that time, damage may already be done.

You can learn more about what's required of supplement manufacturers by reading the FDA's FAQ on dietary supplements. However, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb did announce in a February 2019 statement that he plans to implement stricter regulations, so things are definitely looking up for the supplement industry.

Nonetheless, here are a few examples of what has happened in the past because of the low-level regulation:

Personalized vitamins are better than taking whatever you find on the shelf, but you should still consult a doctor or dietitian about supplements for particular concerns.

If your diet, lifestyle, fitness routine, sleep habits and health status aren't the same as anyone else's, why would it make sense to take the same supplements as everyone else?

For some supplements, this is obvious: You probably wouldn't feel inclined to take a calorie-dense, high-protein and high-carb post-workout shake if you weren't trying to build muscle. You also probably wouldn't reach for sleep aids if you don't have trouble sleeping at night.

For other supplements, the disconnect isn't so conspicuous. Everyone needs vitamins, right?

Yes, everyone does need vitamins and minerals and other certain nutrients (here's a very helpful PDF chart from the FDA on the main nutrients, their functions and RDAs), but not everyone needs the same amount of the same nutrient.

Take vitamin B12 as an example: People who eat a vegan or vegetarian diet may benefit from supplementing with B12 because this vitamin is found primarily in animal products or fortified products. If you eat eggs, dairy products, chicken, seafood or steak, you likely don't need additional vitamin B12.

If you're interested in learning more about which vitamins you actually need, I highly recommend reading The Vitamin Solution by Dr. Romy Block and Dr. Arielle Levitan, two doctors who founded Vous Vitamin, a personalized multivitamin company.

I found this book to lay out all of the essential knowledge on vitamins, minerals and other supplements in a way that's easy to understand and can help you determine which supplements are best suited to you -- or at least open up a helpful discussion with your doctor.

Supplements will never be as good as eating whole, nutrient-dense foods like fruits and vegetables.

It's unfortunately a myth that taking vitamins and supplements can replicate a healthy diet. Just like you can't "out-exercise" a poor diet, you can't "out-supplement" one either. Vitamins can certainly help bridge the gap between what you get from your diet and what you don't, but using supplements as a way to "fix" your diet won't work.

There are so many nuances at play here. For example:

That list is far from comprehensive, but you can see that vitamins and supplements don't just magically undo poor eating habits. Scientific conclusions vary greatly -- from "we don't need vitamins at all" to "the benefits outweigh the risks" -- but the general consensus seems to be that vitamins and supplements can help prevent nutrient deficiencies in certain populations and when taken correctly and support health in conjunction with a nutritious diet.

Taking too many vitamins can result in dangerous side effects, so be careful to check the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for each vitamin you take.

One common vitamin myth is this: "If I take too many vitamins, it's fine, because my body will only keep what it needs and get rid of the rest as waste."

This is a pervasive mindset but a dangerous one. You can, in fact, overdose on vitamins. The term is "vitamin toxicity" and it can happen with any vitamin. For almost every vitamin, there is an established Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) or Adequate Intake (AI), as well as a Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL).

The RDA or AI signifies an ideal daily intake while the UL indicates the high end of what's safe to consume. RDAs, AIs and ULs are all values under Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), the set of reference values assigned to foods and supplements for consumption.

Recently, experts have seen an increase in vitamin D toxicity, likely related to the touting of vitamin D's benefits on immune function, bone health and mood.

It's not just vitamins that can be toxic either: Minerals taken in high doses can be toxic, as can electrolytes, herbs and sports supplements. Zinc, for example, a mineral known and loved for its immune-boosting properties, can actually cause immunosuppression in extremely high doses.

Pre-workout supplements high in caffeine can cause abnormal heart rhythms and severe overdoses can be fatal. Potassium, a well-known electrolyte found in foods such as bananas and spinach and in sports drinks, can also cause toxicity. Called hyperkalemia, this condition can lead to muscle weakness, fatigue, nausea and, in severe cases, life-threatening heart arrhythmias.

Surpassing the UL of any vitamin, mineral, electrolyte or other supplement can cause harm, so be careful to do your research on any supplements you intend to take.

Some supplements can reduce the effectiveness of certain medications or result in side effects -- talk to your doctor about supplements if you take medications.

If you currently take prescription or over-the-counter medications regularly, you should talk with your doctor about drug-nutrient interactions.

A drug-nutrient interaction is any reaction that occurs between a vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, electrolyte or other nutrient and a medication. A drug-supplement interaction is any reaction that occurs between a supplement and a medication.

Good intentions to supplement your diet with vitamins, minerals and herbs can backfire and cause complications. Take these examples:

Supplementing smartly can optimize your health and fitness, but supplementing poorly can potentially be dangerous.

If you're generally healthy and want to take supplements for overall health, I think the best bet is to use a personalized multivitamin service, such as Vous Vitamin, Baze or Persona Nutrition. This isn't as good as going to a doctor or dietitian, but it's far better than just swiping the first multivitamin bottle you see into your cart at the grocery store.

Some of these companies have more thorough personalization processes than others, but in general, with a personalized multivitamin, you can feel confident that you're not getting too much of a specific vitamin or consuming a vitamin that may be necessary or actually harmful to you.

If you don't go that route (and even if you do), you should always (always!) look for signs that a supplement is legitimate. By legitimate, I mean it's undergone third-party testing and/or evaluation, and it is certified not to include any ingredients other than what's on the label (aka it doesn't have any shady fillers). Those signs are:

Even better yet, look for a nutrition facts label versus a supplement facts label. A nutrition facts label means the product is sold as a food product, not a supplement, which means it has been evaluated and approved by the FDA for human consumption. A whole-food supplement with a nutrition facts label, an NSF certification, a USP Verified Mark and GMP certification is the best of the best.

To avoid vitamin toxicity, check the labels of every supplement you take. If you take multiple supplements every day and also get vitamins from food, you can put yourself at risk for vitamin toxicity -- for instance, if your protein shake is fortified with vitamin B12 and your multivitamin contains 250% of the DRI for vitamin B12, you may want to alternate them or choose a different protein shake that isn't fortified.

Finally, I'll end with the same sentiments I opened with: Please consult your doctor or a registered dietitian if you're interested in taking vitamins or supplements for a specific symptom or medical condition.

Not only can supplements dangerously interact with medications you may be taking already, it's important to rule out any medical conditions that may need to be treated with prescription medication.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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Global Astaxanthin Market to Expand as Dietary Supplements Become a Part of the Food Industry: TMR – Yahoo Finance

- Rise in demand within the global astaxanthin market can be attributed to advancements in biochemical research. Several new chemical compounds used in key industries have been researched across leading research laboratories. Terpene compounds, of which astaxanthin is a key classification, have gained traction from several researchers.

- The use of Terpene compounds in chemical research has gained momentum in recent years. Several applications of these compounds in food and non-food industries have come to the fore. This trend has reflected in the growth of the global astaxanthin market.

ALBANY, New York, June 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The demand for astaxanthin has increased alongside advancements in the field of chemical research. Compounds containing oxygen, hydroxyl, and ketone groups have gained popularity across the globe. These compounds are constantly being studied to explore their properties and applications. It is important for the chemical industry to acknowledge the effectiveness of these compounds in key industries. This would help in popularization of the benefits and applications of these compounds. In light of the factors stated herein, the global astaxanthin market is projected to grow along a lucrative trajectory. Astaxanthin occurs naturally in freshwater micro algae, adding to its utility and purity. Attempts to artificially synthesize the compound have also been made in the recent past. The growing relevance of the compound in key industries has created a plethora of opportunities for market growth.

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Despite the accepted usage of astaxanthin in feeds for aquaculture, several medical research organizations have contested the effectiveness of the compound. The compound is still under preliminary research across several research labs. The European Food Safety Authority, in the past, has asked for safety certifications from manufacturers of the compound. Vendors operating in the global astaxanthin market are looking for ways to bypass the odds to market expansion.

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Maintaining health and nutrition while staying at home – WSAW

(WZAW) -- The disruption to everyday life has impacted our mental and physical health. Focusing on ones health is more important than ever, and now is the right time to evaluate and improve your diet and learn more about what vitamins and supplements are needed and where to get them.

A new survey conducted by Life Extension reveals 39% of American supplement takers are motivated to take vitamins because they believe their diet is lacking and vitamins and/or supplements help them make up for it, but while nearly 92% of the users believe the ingredients are important when purchasing, 42% dont research the ingredients when considering which product to choose. Additionally, many respondents 74% are concerned the benefits of supplements are not backed by trustworthy research.

On Tuesday, registered dietitian Maya Feller joined NewsChannel 7 at 4 to share tips to help Americans live their healthiest lives, including supplement recommendations for specific deficiencies.

The best ways to get your nutrients from food is to really look to foods that are in whole or minimally processed form. So, things like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, with limited added sugars, salt and synthetic fat, Feller explained. Its going to give your body a plethora of access to vitamins and minerals.

If you arent eating those foods, Feller said its important to fill those nutrient gaps. Thats when you can introduce supplements.

When were thinking about supplementation, safe supplementation is key.

She said people can learn if a nutrient or supplement is right for them by is to get a lab test done.

They can go to lifeextension.com and request a lab panel right there. They can then take that result back to a Life Extension wellness expert, or they can take it to their primary care provider or dietician, Feller explained. That way the supplementation can really be individualized, so that people are taking the correct dosage at the right frequency in intervals over the right period of time.

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Lycopene Market by Source, Application, Form, Property, and Region – Global Forecast to 2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.com – Business Wire

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Lycopene Market by Source (Synthetic and Natural), Application (Dietary Supplements, Food, Pharmaceuticals, and Personal Care Products), Form (Beadlets, Oil Suspension, Emulsifiers, and Powder), Property, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The lycopene market is estimated to be valued at USD 126 million in 2020 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.0%, recording a value of USD 161 million by 2025.

The increasing number of benefits offered by lycopene in preventive healthcare and its rising applications in various industries across the globe are driving the lycopene market. The rising application in dietary supplements and food products, resulting in the prevention of human health-related diseases is leading to an increased demand for lycopene. However, its variety of functionalities in industries such as personal care & cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, helping in treating various diseases and skin-related issues, also contributes to the overall demand for lycopene. Furthermore, the increasing usage of lycopene as a food colorant is exposing its widespread properties, thus, empowering manufacturers to bring in more and more innovation to the products to increase the market share.

The beadlet form is projected to dominate the global lycopene market during the forecast period.

The beadlet form is estimated to account for the largest market share in the global lycopene market. Among the other forms of lycopene available, the beadlet form of lycopene projects to witness the highest CAGR between 2020 and 2025. The factors determining its largest share is its content of lycopene concentration and mass availability, because of major lycopene manufacturers producing lycopene in this form. In addition, majority of the end-industry users consume lycopene in their line of products coming from the beadlet form. Hence, all these factors are driving the growth for this form, resulting in its dominance in the global market.

The market for synthetic source is estimated to dominate the global market in 2020.

The synthetic lycopene segment dominated the market, since it is lower in price and offers the same benefits as that of natural lycopene. Also, the availability of raw material for natural lycopene is restrained, since high-quality tomatoes are directly used for processing in other food industries. Thus, the demand for synthetic lycopene is higher.

The market for dietary supplement application is projected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period.

The antioxidant properties of lycopene have been used extensively by manufacturers of dietary supplements. Hence, the consumption of lycopene has been the highest by this industry. The use of lycopene by the food industry remains high due to both its properties of colorants and health benefits. Hence, the food segment is estimated to account for a major market share, followed by the dietary supplements segment in 2020.

Asia Pacific to grow at the highest CAGR in the lycopene market between 2020 and 2025.

The European region dominated the market in 2019, and the Asia Pacific region is projected to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period. Factors driving the Asia Pacific market growth include the increasing adoption of lycopene-based products in the region, growing number of manufacturing facilities, and the rising number of research & development centers in the regions. Due to the developing economic conditions across the majority of the countries, consumers in the region prefer the consumption of natural products, and hence, mostly opt for organic ingredient-based products, which is further bolstering the market growth in Asia Pacific.

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Evergreen Medical Acupuncture is now offering its own supplement and herbal products, Dr. Ficks Functional Farmacy! – TippNews DAILY

EVERGREEN, Colo., June 9, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) Combining the use of Eastern and Western philosophy of Holistic Medicine, Dr. Christina Fick, of Evergreen Medical Acupuncture, has created a carefully selected offering of CGMP (certified good manufacturing practice), and organic certified supplements and herbal products that provide a well-balanced approach to healing.

Evergreen Medical Acupuncture, a locally owned and operated Colorado Business located in Evergreen, Colorado, has always offered the best of Eastern and Western Medicine to its customers, and is happy to announce the new online store for these offering, Dr. Ficks Functional Farmacy, at https://www.drchristinafick.com/functional-farmacy.

With a wide variety of hand-picked, quality herbal supplements with a focus on some of the best practices of Eastern Medicine, Dr. Ficks Functional Farmacy provides clients the ease of online information and recommendations, and the ability to order products from home. Products such as Phyto-Multiplex, a multi-vitamin + phytonutrient + trace mineral supplement, Premium Choline for brain, gut, and general health, and Nutra-Absorb for digestive support, are now ready for the online audience.

Dr. Ficks Functional Farmacy is also offering an exclusive cosmetic line, Skin for Life, and a selection of specialty luxury soaps, called My Soap Box. Skin for Lifes ingredient formulas are in a nutritional nano bio-emulsion sphere that delivers vitamins, minerals, and essential lipids to protect the skins immunity integrity, and the beautifully scented, exotic body and facial bar soaps of My Soap Box are a perfect way to provide an escape from the days stresses, or to provide a truly unique gift for someone dear to you.

We offer the best of Eastern and Western Medicine to our clients The Chinese now see the benefit of modern medicine, and how it can be applied to the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, stated Dr. Christina Fick. By combining the best of both worlds, we can achieve sustainable results for our clients using Acupuncture, Specialty Needle Techniques, and our custom-built Acupuncture Clinic. These herbal supplements and new products represent some of our best recommendations, and compliment these techniques, and are now available to clients with a mouse-click.

About Evergreen Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Ficks Functional Farmacy, and Dr. Christina Fick

Located in both Evergreen, Colorado, Evergreen Medical Acupuncture is locally owned and operated. The company and its employees live and work in Colorado, and also offer phone or video chat appointments for consultation to anyone in the nation. The acupuncturists on in the Clinic work closely under Dr. Fick, have been hand-selected and vetted, and go through rigorous ongoing training to provide highest standards of service and customer care.

Dr. Christina Fick is the owner and founder of Evergreen Medical Acupuncture, LLC, first opened in 2012. She holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Masters degree in Herbology, and is certified in Functional Medicine. She has worked globally in her specialized field, in hospitals both in China, and in New York.

For more information about Dr. Ficks Functional Farmacy, and Evergreen Medical Acupuncture, including details about their services and new custom built Acupuncture Clinic, please visit the company website: https://www.drchristinafick.com/, or call to book an appointment or learn more at 303-594-8348.

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There’s Little Evidence That Probiotics Help Most GI Symptoms – Healthline

Probiotics are a booming business, consumed by millions of health-conscious Americans in pill form, fermented foods like yogurt, or other food products.

But a new guideline by the American Gastroenterological Association cautions that theres not enough scientific evidence to recommend using these so-called good bacteria and yeasts to treat most digestive diseases.

While our guideline does highlight a few use cases for probiotics, it more importantly underscores that the publics assumptions about the benefits of probiotics are not well-founded, and there is also a major variation in results based on the formulation of the probiotic product, said guideline panel chair Dr. Grace L. Su, a gastroenterologist at the University of Michigan, in a news release.

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to provide health benefits. Some probiotics are available by prescription in certain countries, but most are sold over the counter.

In the United States, probiotics marketed as dietary supplements dont need preapproval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but companies arent allowed to make health claims about these products.

Although we sometimes think of bacteria as harmful germs, our stomach and intestines actually contain millions of helpful bacteria and yeast. Together, they form a community known as the gut microbiome.

The human gut contains an estimated 300 to 500 different bacterial species. These interact in complex ways, both with each other and with the human body.

In addition to the guideline, the AGA released a technical review of existing scientific studies on the link between probiotics and gut health. This review found that probiotics may be beneficial for some GI (gut-related) conditions.

Certain probiotics may be helpful for preterm, low-birthweight infants shortening the number of days they spend in the hospital and reducing the time for them to take full feeds.

Specific probiotics may also reduce the risk of Clostridium difficile infection in adults and children taking antibiotics. C. difficile is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and inflammation of the colon.

Likewise, the review found that certain probiotics may be helpful in the management of pouchitis, a complication of ulcerative colitis that has been treated surgically.

For other conditions, the review found that there was a shortage of scientific evidence to support the use of probiotics.

Patients taking probiotics for Crohns, ulcerative colitis or [irritable bowel syndrome] should consider stopping, said Su in the news release.

The supplements can be costly and there isnt enough evidence to prove a benefit or confirm lack of harm.

The review also found that probiotics dont appear to be helpful for children with acute gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the digestive tract that can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

However, the review only looked at research done in North America. Some research carried out in other countries has shown that certain probiotics were effective in reducing the duration of diarrhea in children with acute gastroenteritis.

One strength of the AGAs review is that it considered the effect of single-strain or multistrain probiotics on gut health separately, rather than lumping them all together as probiotics.

Dr. Daniel J. Merenstein, a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University, and his colleagues wrote recently in the Journal of Family Practice that the benefits of probiotics depend on the strain, dosage, and condition being treated.

Just as we know that not all antibiotics are equally effective for all infections, so, too, effectiveness among probiotics can and often does vary for any given condition, they wrote.

Effectiveness also may vary from patient to patient.

Interest in probiotics has grown as more research has shown how the gut microbiome can affect health, both negatively and positively.

This extends beyond GI health, with some studies finding a link between which bacteria are present in the gut and mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression.

However, most studies use specific single-strain or multistrain probiotics usually high-quality probiotics that arent available over the counter. Thats why taking just any probiotic may not be helpful.

Merenstein and his colleagues wrote that physicians recommending probiotics for their patients should look to the scientific evidence, where available, for which probiotics to use.

Simply recommending that a patient take probiotics is not particularly helpful when the individual wants a product that will aid a specific condition, they wrote.

While probiotics are generally safe, as living bacteria they can cause harm in some circumstances, especially in people with compromised immune systems. Anyone with a health condition should talk to their doctor before taking probiotics.

Some people use probiotics to improve their gut health, but research also shows that diet can modify the composition of the gut microbiome.

In particular, low-fat, high-fiber diets can have a beneficial effect, not just on the microbiome but also on your overall health two aspects of your body that are intimately connected.

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Outlook on the Worldwide Tea Polyphenols Industry to 2025 – North America Holds a Prominent Share of the Market – ResearchAndMarkets.com – Business…

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Global Tea Polyphenols Market - Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020 - 2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Global Tea Polyphenols market is forecasted to grow by registering a CAGR of 8.5% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

The market growth is attributed by the increasing application areas of the component because of its various benefits. Tea polyphenols consists of aflavins, tannins, catechins, and flavonoids etc.

The increasing aging population across the globe is fueling the production and consumption of tea polyphenols in various end-usage such as ready-to-drink teas, nutraceutical supplements, teas, and functional beverages. Tea polyphenols are also finding a growing space in the cosmetic industry with its beneficial biological properties, which has a great impact on anti-aging.

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Increasing Usage Of Plant Based Polyphenols In Nutraceuticals

Plant polyphenols have potential health benefits, leading to high demand from pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. Thus, the increased demand for nutraceuticals among consumers is driving the global polyphenol market. Polyphenol possesses numerous beneficial therapeutic properties. Hence, the usage of polyphenols as nutraceuticals is gradually emerging, and is gaining considerable attention from consumers. There are evidences that strongly support the role of polyphenol in preventing major chronic diseases, such as Type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, osteoporosis, and neurodegenerative diseases. Moreover, polyphenol-based nutraceuticals help in body weight regulation. Some of the other neutraceutical implications of tea polyphenols are cancer chemotherapy of digestive and urinary tract organs, respiratory system, skin cancer etc.

North America Holds a Prominent Share

The demand for tea polyphenol, especially in the form of functional foods, has increased substantially in the past five years, owing to the paradigm shift of consumer preference toward super foods over the supplements. Epidemiological evidence has linked the habitual consumption of tea with reduced risk of cardiovascular disorders and cancer. Green tea has been known to prevent dental caries for decades. EGCG present in tea has received significant attention for its effects on inhibition of HIV infection and multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in the region. Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States. Studies have shown that 30-40% of all cases of cancers can be prevented by combining a healthy diet, exercise etc. These factors have led to the growth of the market in the region.

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4.1 Market Drivers

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4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

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4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION

5.1 By Application

5.1.1 Food and Beverage

5.1.2 Cosmetics

5.1.3 Dietary Supplements

5.2 Geography

5.2.1 North America

5.2.2 Europe

5.2.3 Asia Pacific

5.2.4 Rest of the World

6 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

6.1 Most Active Companies

6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

6.3 Market Share Analysis

6.4 Company Profiles

7 MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Do you really need meat to build muscle? – New Food

Vivo Lifes nutritionist, Charlotte Cliffe, explains the science behind building muscle on an entirely vegan diet.

One of the key factors in building muscle is your diet. The amount of protein you consume, for instance, is crucial. Many people think this equates to how much meat you eat, as meat and fish are a great source of protein. However, they are not the only source. With a solid understanding of the science behind how you build muscle, you can easily bulk up even on an entirely vegan bodybuilding diet!

Firstly, its important to understand how you build muscle. Muscle growth or hypertrophy, to give it its technical name comes from an increase in a certain type of long protein (myofibrils). This increase can be stimulated through working out. Weightlifting, for example, can stimulate this increase by damaging the muscle tissue on a small scale. It is not the damage that causes hypertrophy, but rather, the recovery process.

Our body goes through several changes during exercise; minute muscle damage is just one of them. It can also lead to an increase in temperature, dehydration, and a disruption to the nervous and cardiovascular system. This is because exercise puts the body under stress. Having the right diet ensures that you recover from these things efficiently. You should also take other steps to encourage recovery, such as stretching, drinking lots of fluids, and getting sufficient rest.

As mentioned, protein is key. But protein is a complex term that encompasses many different amino acids. Some of these amino acids are essential meaning your body cannot produce them itself. Others are non-essential meaning your body can produce them. It is important that your diet includes the essential amino acids your body cannot synthesise itself. These essential amino acids are:

One reason meat is often considered essential for muscle growth is that it contains all of these essential amino acids. Many plant based protein sources, such as nuts and beans, do not. However, by carefully researching vegan bodybuilding recipes, you can ensure you do get the amounts you need. Soy, buckwheat, and quinoa all contain these amino acids with soy being the most efficient per portion size.1 You can also eat a mix of incomplete sources, as long as, between them, they provide all the essential amino acids.

Soybeans contain essential amino acids

Protein alone is not enough to ensure muscle growth. As with many biological processes, it is a complex balance. Other important nutrients include:

Most people think of calcium as being related to strong bones and teeth (which it is), but it is also important for building muscle. This is because it contains actin and myosin which can stimulate muscle growth. A lack of calcium can cause your body to store more fat than it should. Dark, leafy greens are a good source of calcium in plant-based diets particularly spinach.

Iron helps ensure your body can maintain energy levels during exercise. It helps get oxygen to your muscles, as well as assisting in the repair process. Like protein, most people think of meat as the best source, but it is possible to have a sufficient iron intake on a plant-based diet. Again, dark leafy greens like kale or spinach are good sources, along with lentils, nuts, and seeds.

Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron more effectively. If you are getting your iron from plant sources, then this is even more important. You want to be absorbing the iron you are getting as efficiently as possible! Luckily, plant-based diets excel at containing vitamin C fruit and vegetables are key here.

Vitamin D is not as directly impactful as the above three, nonetheless, it still has a role to play in muscle growth and many people are deficient without realising. The best source of Vitamin D is sunlight, but in some areas of the world this can be hard to obtain. There are not many foods containing high amounts of vitamin D, and most of them are meat-based oily fish, liver and red meat. However, its very easy to add a supplement to your diet for this. Many vegan supplements will contain Vitamin D sourced from lichen.

B12 is often overlooked, but it helps your body produce red blood cells. These, in turn, help bring oxygen to your muscles. This is one nutrient that is not usually found in plant-based foods, but that does not mean you need to add meat to your diet. Instead, fortified yeast or breakfast cereals have high levels of B12 and are easy to incorporate into your diet.

It is possible to build muscle on a plant-based diet it just requires a little more research and careful meal planning, but there is plenty of help available!

It is important to make sure your nutrition is spread regularly throughout the day, so eating five or six meals instead of the usual three can help with this. Switching to snacks with high levels of protein or other vital nutrients can ensure your intake is high. Pumpkin seeds, pistachios, and other nuts and seeds are good for this.

Whilst eating meat does have health benefits eating fish and poultry can be associated with a lower risk of heart disease and strokes, for example so too, does a plant-based diet. In fact, it can help you achieve improvements in cholesterol and blood pressure.

The most important thing is to eat a healthy, balanced diet with all the essential nutrients, regardless of whether it is meat or not! But those looking to investigate plant-based diets can certainly still work on building muscle.

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Charlotte Cliffe is the marketing manager and in-house nutritionist at the leading plant-based protein and vegan supplement brand, Vivo Life. The company was voted as the UKs best vegan superfood and supplement brand in the VegFest awards.

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Coronavirus: Why the pandemic has to be a wake-up call for Scots when it comes to diet – The Courier

Leading dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton says Scots add risk upon risk upon risk amid calls for obesity levels to be tackled.

One of Scotlands most prominent dietitians says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the health risks Scots face through poor diet, heavy drinking and inactivity.

Mortality rates from the coronavirus in the UK have been among the highest in the world.

The government has been accused of not implementing lockdown fast enough and of failing to protect care home residents who account for a large proportion of the fatalities. But there is also evidence to suggest high levels of obesity and related conditions in Scotland and the rest of the UK could have played a role.

Dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton believes poor diet and unhealthy lifestyles put us at an increased risk from coronavirus. She said: Im seeing a lot of people blaming the government, saying they should have shut down the country earlier, organised more PPE [protective equipment] and I do sympathise and agree, but I also think, What about all of us?.

If you look at countries where they havent had so many deaths, were looking at healthier populations, lower rates of obesity. Look at Greece, a poorer country compared with us, but they do better because they have a better diet, more sun, more outdoor and less sedentary work, so theyre less overweight. We have to have a real look at our weight and our diets and ask, What changes could I make to protect myself from health threats in the future?

A study of 99 countries by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found obesity is the biggest risk factor for death from coronavirus among under-50s and those aged between 50 and 64.

Covid-19 patients in England with type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to being overweight or inactive as well as family history, account for around 31%. In Scotland, figures suggest almost of fifth of deaths were linked to diabetes, though there isnt a breakdown between types 1 (which is not preventable) and type 2, linked to lifestyle.

Last week the charity Obesity Action Scotland said tackling the nations weight problem must be central to the Scottish Governments recovery plans when it comes to the pandemic. Epidemiologist Professor Tim Spector, of Kings College London, also said recently: Obesity and poor diet is emerging as one of the biggest risks factors for a severe response to Covid-19 infection that can no longer be ignored. Dr Ruxton agrees.

She said: Scotland has the biggest obesity problem in the world after America. We have a culture where people dont tend to do a lot of exercise at all so theres a huge amount of inactivity, a huge amount of obesity which causes type 2 diabetes, we have a drinking culture we go to the pub and neck it back theres so much going on there.

Ill health is multi-factorial and [unhealthy lifestyle] adds layer upon layer upon layer of risk. You dont eat fibre, fruit and veg, you dont exercise, you smoke, youre adding risk upon risk upon risk. Theres a solution there. Try and scrape off some of those layers of risks dont smoke, drink moderately, eat more fruit, veg and wholegrains, be more active it will help.

Its about having a healthy weight not skinny malinky, but in a healthy range and staying active. You can still be quite big and healthy. People shouldnt think, Im a size 16, Ill never be a size 8 so Ill give up. If you are a size 16 and youre active and eating better and you drop down to a size 14 thats going to make a difference.

Dr Ruxton, who is a dietitian with the Health and Food Supplements Information Service, says the best starting point when it comes to what we eat is to move towards a diet high in fibre and rich in vitamins and minerals.

There are two key areas. Theres the fibre, the non-digestible carbohydrates like inulin [a type of dietary fibre found naturally in plants], that feed the good, positive bacteria in the large intestine.

Then there are polyphenols, plant compounds found in foods including red wine, dark chocolates, orange juice, tea and they arent absorbed in the small intestine, they go to the large intestine and get broken down by the bacteria there and absorbed into the blood. Polyphenols are linked with protecting against cancer and heart disease and even the effects of aging.

Other important aspects of the diet are the vitamins and minerals, and they often get forgotten about. In rich Western society we talk about over nutrition and we say, Eat less of this and avoid that, but we dont say anything about vitamins and minerals. If you look at the Scottish diet theres considerable numbers of people who arent getting enough vitamins and minerals.

Take vitamin D; the Government advice has always been to consider a supplement from autumn to spring but people arent doing it. People in care homes should be given routine vitamin D supplements and that isnt happening. People should be saying to their grandparents to take vitamin D and this [pandemic] has raised awareness like never before.

Studies show that 54% of people in Scotland on average do not have sufficient vitamin D levels by the end of winter, a figure that is significantly higher among those in deprived areas.

Dr Ruxton added: Obesity makes a lot of vitamin D in your body unavailable. Your fat cells trap it, so it doesnt go into your blood to be used. Overweight and obese people can increase levels simply by losing weight. These things need to be highlighted more.

She also points to common low levels of important minerals such as zinc (thought to help regulate immune function) and selenium (which has antioxidant properties with multiple health benefits) in the general population.

Eating frequently, smoking, high-fat diets, these increase free radicals in the body, and our body deals with them by having antioxidants in its back pocket so when we have illnesses or inflammation our body can re-balance it again. If youre not eating those things, if you dont have fish or brazil nuts [good sources of selenium] much, then you will have a lack of antioxidants and your cells get damaged.

With vitamin D [derived mainly from sunlight] natural food sources are oily fish, eggs and some mushrooms, but supplements are highly effective and if you take the recommended amount of 10mg a day you will increase your vitamin D levels. We want people to get outside too, so its about having a look at your overall lifestyle.

If you dont eat oily fish things like mackerel, herring, trout then think about an omega 3 supplement. Theyre an anti-inflammatory and from an immune function perspective they have an important role in keeping the balance right in your body. If I caught an influenza or another bug, my immune system reacts and in reacting it creates a burst of inflammation in our bodies which can be damaging in itself.

The aches and pains are caused by inflammation a by-product of the virus and omega 3s calm that down. Theyre a very helpful nutrient so I think thats important. If youre looking for a vitamin D and Omega-3 supplement, ask your pharmacist because you could get a combined supplement. Cod liver oil is very inexpensive and has vitamins D, A and Omega-3 all together so you might not have to take another supplement on top.

If you know your diet is rubbish then something like a multivitamin and mineral is good and thats a good idea for teenagers who can be very resistant to healthy eating for a period of time.

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The global gelatin market size is provided based on a detailed analysis of food and pharmaceutical industry as well as enlightens about the rapid product demand in different geographies. Gelatin market 2018 also elucidates about the latest trends and future estimations as well as the key strategies adopted by leading players in the value chain.

The report also provides elaborative market estimates for a period of 2015 to 2025 and a deep down detailed analysis of the market segmentation along with the ongoing trends for key geographical markets and untapped countries.

The global gelatin market size is projected to be valued USD 2.39 billion by 2025, driven by its increasing deployment in food industry owing to its elastic consistency, the ability to hold water and air and inhibiting sugar crystallization. Gelatin is widely used as a food constituent since it is highly nutritious, easily digested and absorbed. Gelatin is widely used as a base in food industries for the production of jams and jellies, artisanal pastry, ice cream and as a setting for specialty food products. The growth of the functional food industry and rising consumer preference for high-quality food products has been observed as some of the emerging gelatin market trends.

Also, the growth of the pharmaceutical sector has provided massive opportunities for the growth of the global gelatin market size. Gelatin is witnessing increasing application scope as a coating for capsules and some surgical dressings. Gelatine capsules are also witnessing increasing traction since they are most favorable dosage forms for drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) products and food supplements.

Gelatin, originally harvested from the collagen of the animal bones is widely employed among the pharmaceutical sector to manufacture the shell/outer body of the capsules. Other principal raw materials include cattle bones, cattle hides, pork skin, poultry, and fish. Bones accounted for nearly 30% of the revenue share of the global gelatin market in 2017. Gelatin recovered from bones is widely utilized by meat processing companies and used in cans for storing frozen food.

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On the basis of application, confectionery application held a valuation exceeding USD 250 million in 2017, growing with a CAGR of 5.9% from 2018 to 2025. Texture plays a major role in which confectionery finished products are perceived by consumers. Gelatin-based confectionary products melt gently in the mouth since it improves the chewiness (elasticity) of the end product. Also, gelatin acts as a binder and thickener in the multitude of confectionary products. For instance, it is used to coat centers before chocolate or sugar panning takes place. It prevents soil and/or moisture migration from the inner layer and in turn preserving the freshness of the center.

Asia Pacific has emerged as the most lucrative regional market for the collagen and is projected to be the fastest growing segment in the forecast period with a CAGR of 5.5% from 2018 to 2025. Rising disposable incomes, the growth of the end-user industries along with rapid population growth are the key factors escalating the gelatin market growth. Also, growing consumer concern regarding proper healthcare, nutrition, and aesthetics have led to diverting attention towards gelatinous sports drinks and supplements, driving the growth of food and beverage market and in turn supplementing demand for gelatin in this region.

The global gelatin market is highly competitive owing to the presence of numerous players. Some of the key players operating in the gelatin market include Nitta Gelatin Inc., Rousselot S.A.S, PB Gelatins, Capsugel Inc., Norland Products, Sterling Gelatin, Roxlor LLC and Weishardt Group.

Key segments of the global gelatin market

Raw Material Overview, 2015-2025 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)

Pig SkinBovine HidesBonesOthers

Function Overview, 2015-2025 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)

StabilizerThickenerGelling AgentOthers

Function Overview, 2015-2025 (Kilo tons) (USD Million)

ConfectioneryDairy ProductsMeat & Poultry ProductsDessertsBeverageF&B OTHERSNutraceuticalsPharmaceuticalsPhotographyPersonal CareOthers

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North AmericaU.S.CanadaEuropeUKGermanyRest of EuropeAsia PacificIndiaJapanChinaRest of APACLatin AmericaBrazilRest of Latin AmericaMEASaudi ArabiaRest of MEA

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Global Astaxanthin Market to Expand as Dietary Supplements Become a Part of the Food Industry: TMR – PRNewswire

ALBANY, New York, June 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The demand for astaxanthin has increased alongside advancements in the field of chemical research. Compounds containing oxygen, hydroxyl, and ketone groups have gained popularity across the globe. These compounds are constantly being studied to explore their properties and applications. It is important for the chemical industry to acknowledge the effectiveness of these compounds in key industries. This would help in popularization of the benefits and applications of these compounds. In light of the factors stated herein, the global astaxanthin market is projected to grow along a lucrative trajectory. Astaxanthin occurs naturally in freshwater micro algae, adding to its utility and purity. Attempts to artificially synthesize the compound have also been made in the recent past. The growing relevance of the compound in key industries has created a plethora of opportunities for market growth.

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In recent times, production and extraction of astaxanthin has become a matter of discussion across global research circles. It has become evident that the uses of astaxanthin in leading industries have prompted researchers to look into its chemical and physical properties. Several trends and factors have played a formative role in popularizing astaxanthin across key industries.

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The growth of the global astaxanthin market mainly depends on the use of this compound in commercial industries. Some of the leading driver of demand within the global astaxanthin market are:

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Everything You Need To Know About The Best Daily Supplement – Popdust

While working from home, self-care needs to be a priority. Mindfulness routines and healthy foods are go-to options for people looking to improve their daily lifestyle, but maintaining a consistent routine can also be incredibly difficult. For those who are looking to make a meaningful update to their health and lifestyle, Sakara Life offers the perfect solution to get you started.

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What is Sakara?

Sakara Life is a wellness company anchored in food as medicine. They offer organic, whole-food based meals and functional products designed to help people feel like the best version of themselves. Recently Sakara launched their line of vitamins called SakaraRX with the first vitamin pack called The Foundation.

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18 of the Best Stress-Relieving Foods – Healthline

If youre feeling stressed, its only natural to seek relief.

While occasional bouts of stress are difficult to avoid, chronic stress can take a serious toll on your physical and emotional health. In fact, it may increase your risk of conditions like heart disease and depression (1, 2, 3, 4).

Interestingly, certain foods and beverages may have stress-relieving qualities.

Here are 18 stress-relieving foods and beverages to add to your diet.

This vibrant green tea powder is popular among health enthusiasts because its rich in L-theanine, a non-protein amino acid with powerful stress-relieving properties.

Matcha is a better source of this amino acid than other types of green tea, as its made from green tea leaves grown in shade. This process increases its content of certain compounds, including L-theanine (5).

Both human and animal studies show that matcha may reduce stress if its L-theanine content is high enough and its caffeine is low (6).

For example, in a 15-day study, 36 people ate cookies containing 4.5 grams of matcha powder each day. They experienced significantly reduced activity of the stress marker salivary alpha-amylase, compared with a placebo group (7).

Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable thats packed with stress-fighting nutrients.

Just 1 cup (175 grams) of cooked Swiss chard contains 36% of the recommended intake for magnesium, which plays an important role in your bodys stress response (8, 9).

Low levels of this mineral are associated with conditions like anxiety and panic attacks. Plus, chronic stress may deplete your bodys magnesium stores, making this mineral especially important when youre stressed (10).

Eating whole, nutrient-rich carb sources like sweet potatoes may help lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol (11).

Although cortisol levels are tightly regulated, chronic stress can lead to cortisol dysfunction, which may cause inflammation, pain, and other adverse effects (12).

An 8-week study in women with excess weight or obesity found that those who ate a diet rich in whole, nutrient-dense carbs had significantly lower levels of salivary cortisol than those who followed a standard American diet high in refined carbs (13).

Sweet potatoes are a whole food that makes an excellent carb choice. Theyre packed with nutrients that are important for stress response, such as vitamin C and potassium (14).

Kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish thats typically made with napa cabbage and daikon, a type of radish. Fermented foods like kimchi are packed with beneficial bacteria called probiotics and high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (15).

Research reveals that fermented foods may help reduce stress and anxiety. For example, in a study in 710 young adults, those who ate fermented foods more frequently experienced fewer symptoms of social anxiety (16).

Many other studies show that probiotic supplements and probiotic-rich foods like kimchi have beneficial effects on mental health. This is likely due to their interactions with your gut bacteria, which directly affect your mood (17).

Artichokes are an incredibly concentrated source of fiber and especially rich in prebiotics, a type of fiber that feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut (18).

Animal studies indicate that prebiotics like fructooligosaccharides (FOSs), which are concentrated in artichokes, may help reduce stress levels (19).

Plus, one review demonstrated that people who ate 5 or more grams of prebiotics per day experienced improved anxiety and depression symptoms, as well as that high quality, prebiotic-rich diets may reduce your risk of stress (20).

Artichokes are also high in potassium, magnesium, and vitamins C and K, all of which are essential for a healthy stress response (14, 21).

Organ meats, which include the heart, liver, and kidneys of animals like cows and chickens, are an excellent source of B vitamins, especially B12, B6, riboflavin, and folate, which are essential for stress control.

For example, B vitamins are necessary for the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which help regulate mood (22, 23).

Supplementing with B vitamins or eating foods like organ meats may help reduce stress. A review of 18 studies in adults found that B vitamin supplements lowered stress levels and significantly benefited mood (22).

Just 1 slice (85 grams) of beef liver delivers over 50% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin B6 and folate, over 200% of the DV for riboflavin, and over 2,000% of the DV for vitamin B12 (24).

Eggs are often referred to as natures multivitamin because of their impressive nutrient profile. Whole eggs are packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants needed for a healthy stress response.

Whole eggs are particularly rich in choline, a nutrient found in large amounts in only a few foods. Choline has been shown to play an important role in brain health and may protect against stress (25).

Animal studies note that choline supplements may aid stress response and boost mood (25).

Shellfish, which include mussels, clams, and oysters, are high in amino acids like taurine, which has been studied for its potential mood-boosting properties (26).

Taurine and other amino acids are needed to produce neurotransmitters like dopamine, which are essential for regulating stress response. In fact, studies indicate that taurine may have antidepressant effects (26).

Shellfish are also loaded with vitamin B12, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium, all of which may help boost mood. A study in 2,089 Japanese adults associated low intakes of zinc, copper, and manganese with depression and anxiety symptoms (27).

Acerola cherries are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C. They boast 50100% more vitamin C than citrus fruits like oranges and lemons (28).

Vitamin C is involved in stress response. Whats more, high vitamin C levels are linked to elevated mood and lower levels of depression and anger. Plus, eating foods rich in this vitamin may improve overall mood (29, 30, 31).

Although they can be enjoyed fresh, acerola cherries are highly perishable. As such, theyre most often sold as a powder, which you can add to foods and beverages.

Fatty fish like mackerel, herring, salmon, and sardines are incredibly rich in omega-3 fats and vitamin D, nutrients that have been shown to help reduce stress levels and improve mood.

Omega-3s are not only essential for brain health and mood but may also help your body handle stress. In fact, low omega-3 intake is linked to increased anxiety and depression in Western populations (32, 33, 34).

Vitamin D also plays critical roles in mental health and stress regulation. Low levels are associated with an increased risk of anxiety and depression (35, 36).

Parsley is a nutritious herb thats packed with antioxidants compounds that neutralize unstable molecules called free radicals and protect against oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is associated with many illnesses, including mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. Studies suggest that a diet rich in antioxidants may help prevent stress and anxiety (37).

Antioxidants can also help reduce inflammation, which is often high in those with chronic stress (38).

Parsley is especially rich in carotenoids, flavonoids, and volatile oils, all of which have powerful antioxidant properties (39).

Garlic is high in sulfur compounds that help increase levels of glutathione. This antioxidant is part of your bodys first line of defense against stress (40).

Whats more, animal studies suggest that garlic helps combat stress and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Still, more human research is needed (41, 42).

Tahini is a rich spread made from sesame seeds, which are an excellent source of the amino acid L-tryptophan.

L-tryptophan is a precursor of the mood-regulating neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Following a diet high in tryptophan may help boost mood and ease symptoms of depression and anxiety (14).

In a 4-day study in 25 young adults, a high tryptophan diet led to better mood, decreased anxiety, and reduced depression symptoms, compared with a diet low in this amino acid (43).

Sunflower seeds are a rich source of vitamin E. This fat-soluble vitamin acts as a powerful antioxidant and is essential for mental health.

A low intake of this nutrient is associated with altered mood and depression (44).

Sunflower seeds are also high in other stress-reducing nutrients, including magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc, B vitamins, and copper (45).

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are renowned for their health benefits. A diet rich in cruciferous vegetables may lower your risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and mental health disorders like depression (46, 47, 48).

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are some of the most concentrated food sources of some nutrients including magnesium, vitamin C, and folate that have been proven to combat depressive symptoms (48).

Broccoli is also rich in sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has neuroprotective properties and may offer calming and antidepressant effects (49, 50, 51).

Additionally, 1 cup (184 grams) of cooked broccoli packs over 20% of the DV for vitamin B6, a higher intake of which is tied to a lower risk of anxiety and depression in women (52, 53).

Chickpeas are packed with stress-fighting vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, zinc, selenium, manganese, and copper.

These delicious legumes are also rich in L-tryptophan, which your body needs to produce mood-regulating neurotransmitters (54).

Research has found that diets rich in plant proteins like chickpeas may help boost brain health and improve mental performance (55).

In a study in over 9,000 people, those who followed a Mediterranean diet rich in plant foods like legumes experienced better mood and less stress than those who followed a typical Western diet rich in processed foods (56).

Chamomile is a medicinal herb that has been used since ancient times as a natural stress reducer. Its tea and extract have been shown to promote restful sleep and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression (57, 58).

An 8-week study in 45 people with anxiety demonstrated that taking 1.5 grams of chamomile extract reduced salivary cortisol levels and improved anxiety symptoms (59).

Blueberries are associated with a number of health benefits, including improved mood (60, 61).

These berries are high in flavonoid antioxidants that have powerful anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. They may help reduce stress-related inflammation and protect against stress-related cellular damage (62).

Whats more, studies have shown that eating flavonoid-rich foods like blueberries may safeguard against depression and boost your mood (60, 63).

Numerous foods contain nutrients that may help you reduce stress.

Matcha powder, fatty fish, kimchi, garlic, chamomile tea, and broccoli are just a few that may help.

Try incorporating some of these foods and beverages into your diet to naturally promote stress relief.

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Sports and Fitness Nutrition Supplements Market 2019 Break Down by Top Companies, Countries, Applications, Challenges, Opportunities and Forecast 2026…

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Grow Food and Supplements at Home – TNT Magazine

Proper nutrition is critical to our survival and healthy living. However, many of us tend to endanger our and our familys health and well being by neglecting it. In todays changing lifestyle, people often rely on survival food or supplies instead of nutritious food.

Survival foods such as meals ready to eat (MREs) dont contain the necessary nutrients for maintaining a healthy body for a sustained period of time.Most of these foods are created for short-term survival. Also, long-term sustenance foods such as dried, frozen, and canned foodsare extremely low on nutritional content.

People often want to make up for these deficiencies with the help of multivitamins and health supplements. Unfortunately, most of these supplements dont work because they contain substances such as magnesium stearate and sodium selenite. Magnesium stearate blocks nutrient absorptionin the digestive system by creating a biofilm. On the other hand, sodium selenite is a toxic substance.

Growing at Home:

Growing our own food and supplements at home is probably the best solution to the current crisis. Manysuperfoodscapable of addressing our nutritional needs can be grown at home without much difficulty. Most importantly, the cost of growing these foods and supplements is negligible compared to what we spend on practically useless stuff at present. These items can be grown at home by almost anyone because all the guidance you need is available online.

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It is possible to grow a wide range of healthy food and supplements at home without much fuss.

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Digestive Enzymes and Weight Loss: Do They Help? – Healthline

Digestive enzymes are often used to support healthy digestion and increase nutrient absorption.

Studies show that they may benefit conditions like lactose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (1, 2).

In addition, many people wonder if digestive enzymes could help them lose more weight.

This article reviews whether digestive enzymes can promote weight loss.

Digestive enzymes are compounds that help break down foods into smaller components that your body can absorb (3).

The three main types are:

Your body naturally produces digestive enzymes, but theyre also available in supplement form.

These supplements are often used to improve conditions like lactose intolerance and other digestive issues like celiac disease and IBS (1, 2).

Digestive enzymes help break down proteins, fats, and carbs into smaller components. Theyre produced naturally by your body and are also found in supplement form.

Some studies show that digestive enzymes may enhance the health of your gut microbiome the microorganisms that live in your digestive tract (4).

In one study, administering digestive enzymes to mice promoted the colonization of beneficial gut bacteria (5).

Plus, a test-tube study showed that pairing a probiotic supplement with digestive enzymes could help protect against changes in the gut microbiome caused by chemotherapy and a type of antibiotic (6).

Interestingly, some studies have found that the gut microbiome may play a role in weight control (7).

In fact, one review of 21 studies reported that enhancing the beneficial bacteria in your gut may reduce body mass index, fat mass, and body weight (8).

That said, more studies on the effects of digestive enzyme supplements on weight control in humans are needed.

Some test-tube and animal studies show that digestive enzymes may improve the health of your beneficial gut bacteria bacteria that may be involved in weight control.

Lipase is a digestive enzyme that boosts the absorption of fat in your body by breaking it down into glycerol and free fatty acids (9).

Some studies show that supplementing with lipase may decrease feelings of fullness (10, 11).

For example, one study in 16 adults found that those taking a lipase supplement before consuming a high fat meal reported significantly decreased stomach fullness after 1 hour, compared with a control group (10).

On the other hand, lipase inhibitors which decrease lipase levels have long been used to promote weight control by increasing the excretion of fat (12).

While more research is needed, increasing your lipase levels by taking digestive enzyme supplements could potentially increase fat absorption, thus contributing to weight gain.

Lipase may decrease feelings of fullness. On the other hand, decreasing lipase levels can promote weight loss by reducing fat absorption.

Although research shows that digestive enzymes may or may not directly increase weight loss, they could improve gut health and digestion.

They may also alleviate bloating and promote regularity, especially for those with conditions like IBS (3, 13).

Most digestive enzyme supplements contain a combination of lipase, amylase, and protease. Some types also contain other specific enzymes that can be beneficial if you have difficulty digesting certain ingredients.

Other common enzymes found in digestive enzyme supplements include:

Supplements are derived from microbial or animal sources. Although animal-based digestive enzymes are more common, microbial-based supplements may be an effective, vegan-friendly alternative (14, 15).

To ensure quality, check the ingredients label and steer clear of supplements high in fillers, additives, and preservatives. Plus, opt for supplements that have undergone third-party testing and are certified by organizations like the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).

Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before taking a new supplement, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking any medications.

Additionally, note that you should always take digestive enzymes with food to maximize their effectiveness.

Most digestive enzymes contain a combination of protease, lipase, and amylase, but they may also contain other specific enzymes to promote healthy digestion. Supplements are derived from both animal-based and microbial sources.

While digestive enzymes may not directly boost weight loss, research shows that enzyme inhibitors might.

Digestive enzyme inhibitors decrease the absorption of certain macronutrients and are sometimes used in the treatment of obesity to increase weight loss (16).

According to a review of 14 studies, supplementing with an amylase inhibitor extracted from white beans may increase both weight loss and fat loss in humans (17).

Another study showed that blocking the effects of trypsin, a protease enzyme that breaks down proteins, decreased food consumption and weight gain in rats (18).

Additionally, lipase inhibitors are used to reduce the absorption of fat, which could also result in significant weight loss (19, 20).

In particular, the lipase inhibitor called orlistat may reduce fat absorption by 30%. It does this by decreasing the production of lipase in the stomach and pancreas, resulting in weight loss (19).

One study in 40 women with obesity also found that long-term use of orlistat increased levels of certain hormones that suppress hunger and appetite (21).

However, other studies have found that orlistat could decrease these hormones and instead speed up the emptying of the stomach (22, 23, 24).

Aside from potentially affecting hormone levels, other common side effects of lipase inhibitors include diarrhea, stomach pain, and fat in the stools (19).

Enzyme inhibitors block the activity of digestive enzymes, which could promote weight loss and fat loss. However, studies have had contradicting results.

Digestive enzymes are substances that help break down macronutrients into smaller compounds to promote their absorption.

Some test-tube and animal studies show that they could improve the health of your gut microbiome, which may affect weight control.

On the other hand, digestive enzyme inhibitors have been shown to reduce food intake and increase weight loss and fat loss.

While digestive enzyme supplements may or may not directly boost weight loss, they could promote healthy digestion and regularity, especially for those with certain gastrointestinal conditions.

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CBD in medicine: relief and regulation – Health Europa

MCN speaks to Dr Philipps about the science behind the health benefits of CBD and the need for standardised regulation of CBD food supplements.

Dr Elisabeth Philipps is a neuropharmacologist and practitioner in Functional Medicine with over 18 years experience. She operates a thriving health consultancy in the UK specialising in CBD, brain and gut health; where she provides expert opinion for private clients, corporate business programmes, the national media, specialist healthcare publications and health companies.

Im a neuropharmacologist by training, so Ive been aware of the medicinal therapeutic benefits of cannabis for a number of years. The endocannabinoid system was only discovered in the 1990s so its actually a relatively recent system that weve known about in the body, but its only been in the last two to three years that my focus has become much more intense on the endocannabinoid system, medicinal cannabis and CBD oil supplements; because of the rise in profile of those products.

The two products are quite different: hemp is extract of the whole plant, so the dietary benefits of hemp normally come from the hemp seed you could have the seeds ground or sprinkled on top of your food, for example; maybe hemp seed oil which makes a good salad dressing. Hemp oil extracts are rich in very beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids; you also find things like protein and fibre as well as minerals and vitamins: magnesium and phosphorus, for example, are found within the hemp seeds themselves.

CBD is an even more refined extract from the hemp plant flowers rather than the seeds, so theres not so much [in the way of] dietary benefit; but it contains the compounds such as the phytocannabinoids, and other compounds such as flavonoids and terpenes, which can confer health benefits; so you get the dietary benefits from hemp seeds and hemp seed oil and you get other health benefits from consuming CBD.

[There are] three primary areas that people find CBD works for them: the sleep area, to help improve the quality of sleep; people report being able to [get to] sleep more easily, stay asleep and feel more refreshed when they wake up. [The second area is] pain, which comes in many different forms it can be nerve pain or neurogenic pain or inflammatory pain, so conditions such as arthritis, for example, or more acute conditions such as sporting injuries or general inflammatory injuries. People report taking CBD oil as helping to reduce the response to pain. Whats been very interesting in the study of CBD and phytocannabinoids in pain pathways is that not only is it blocking the pain pathways themselves in the spinal cord and brain, but also CBD acts within the parts of the brain that helps change our perception of pain. Thats really key, because its how we respond to the pain signals in our bodies that gives us the intensity of the experience; so CBD is an important component of a programme to help manage different types of pain.

The third area that I find CBD can really help is in mood, in particular [for patients who are] feeling anxious or stressed. CBD has this ability, through various pathways in the brain, to help balance the systems that help us feel better, to improve wellbeing, to improve our mood. CBD works at the neurotransmitter level, transmitting chemicals in the brain that send signals to help provide a balance. There are a number of studies coming in: theyre relatively small scale, but theyre looking at CBD oil for anxiety and for sleep and they have showed improvement in those areas; but the science is beginning to play catch-up now as well.

CBD interacts with our own endocannabinoid system and I think thats really key, because when you take a medicine its a very blunt tool: it either turns something on or turns something off; it blocks a response or it produces a response. CBD is lot more subtle than that within the body, because it works within the endocannabinoid system and that system is spread throughout our body the endocannabinoid system is in the gut, the brain, in the immune cells, in the lungs, in the skin so thats why CBD can have such a diverse number of effects.

We produce our own cannabinoids within the body to stimulate and produce effects; and CBD helps balance the bodys production and the bodys ability to activate the endocannabinoid system through its own naturally produced mediators. Theres a lot of science showing how CBD acts within the endocannabinoid system and produces its responses.

This can be a very confusing area, because there are so many products that have hit the market. First of all, a CBD food supplement is legal in the UK if it contains less than 0.2% THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. That is the cannabinoid which causes the commonly associated high or buzz that you get from marijuana; its only present in hemp in very low levels anyway and its been stripped out of CBD oil. You need to ensure that youre taking a legal product that contains less than 0.2% THC; and you can do that by asking the company for a certificate of analysis.

Every batch of CBD oil that a reputable company receives will have had a third-party laboratory testing [conducted] on that particular batch of oil, which will have a batch number so it can all be traced. That will show the breakdown of the different cannabinoids and the different constituents of that particular oil so youll be able to see not only that it contains the legal limit or less of THC, but the amount of CBD that it says on the label as well thats where the product can vary drastically, so you need to have a look at that certificate of analysis to show that it contains the CBD that you want. You will find some companies selling 0% THC products, which are very useful especially if you are drug tested for work or if youre a professional athlete. The Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG) can test for THC and other banned substances and can provide a certificate to show that you dont have any of those substances within your product. Reputable companies should have their certificates of analysis on their websites; or have a chat with them and they should provide that information for you.

This is a very interesting time for CBD and medical cannabis: theres obviously a lot going on and theres a lot in the news. I think there needs to be more CBD regulation within the industry, because theres a wide range of products on the market that differ in terms of their CBD content and what they purport to have in them; so there needs to be more CBD regulation, theres no doubt about that. Equally [there is a question of] how that CBD regulation is brought in: the industry is playing catch-up in a way because the popularity of the product has grown exponentially in the last few years.

What we need to see is regulation, working with food standards agencies and [other regulators] at a government level. I think that will evolve over the next few months and years; and its going to be [because of] FourFive and other reputable companies that are working with the regulators, to help the industry in a way that protects it and still provides consumers with quality products.

There is no doubt that the CBD regulation will change; and that it needs to protect the industry in terms of protection of products and protect consumers as well. I think its a case of companies and experts working with both agencies and the regulators: the impact on patients is our primary concern; and we are working towards avoiding any impact so there is seamless availability of quality products on the market. That is a goal that everyone is working to at the moment: every country is different and were just going to have to keep working together to make sure that high quality products [are going] to be readily available.

Brexit will potentially free up time and space for this topic to be higher up agendas. I believe that Brexit has possibly moved discussions of CBD and medical cannabis off the table or further down the list [of priorities]. I do think well see more discussions happening in the next few weeks and months as Brexit resolves. At the moment were still working under European guidelines, in terms of the food supplement side at least, but it will be interesting to see how that pans out as we leave Europe; and as with many different areas of Brexit its still a bit of an unknown as to how EFTAs [the European Free Trade Association] regulations and rules will affect the Food Standards Agency on the UK side. There will definitely be more discussion around this, certainly in the groups that Im involved with; and we know that there are greater discussions to be had in the next few months.

Dr Elisabeth PhilippsNutritional Therapistwww.hartwellnutrition.co.uk

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Caviarlieri: The World’s Only Caviar Food Supplement with the Latest Innovation in Swiss Cellular Therapy Technology – Yahoo Finance

SINGAPORE, April 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Encapsulating the potent bioactive nutrients of Caviar into a supplement has been a dream and a formidable challenge for the Anti-Aging Medical World for several decades. Caviarlieri Limited, through its global panel of Anti-Aging medical experts has been able to create after 20 years of intensive research, this Age-Defying Caviar Supplement, Caviarlieri.

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Unlike other food supplements, Caviarlieri provides essential nutrition directly at the cellular level, thereby enabling its optimal absorption into the cells because of its bioavailability. These caviar proteins and peptides are able to easily enter into the cells, triggering enhanced cell activity and stimulation, resulting in immense energy, ageless performance, enhanced vitality and timeless beauty.

Backed by extensive research, Caviarlieri has scientific studies which are published in peer-reviewed journals. It also has a empirical double blind placebo controlled studies on its key ingredients. Further research is still ongoing in the US, Switzerland and Europe on genetic expression in key biomarkers which defy the aging process.

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Researched, developed and made in Switzerland, Caviarlieri works on multiple levels of the human body and its benefits are diverse, extensive and its effects vary among individuals. Almost all of our customers are unanimous when they report improved energy levels, better sleep quality, enhanced skin complexion, significant reduction in joint pain, mood elevation, increased sexual desire and libido.

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Caviarlieri Limited is committed to the development and creation of Anti-Aging Swiss Cellular Therapy products through significant investment in research and clinical studies. Caviarlieri is manufactured by Swiss Caps Inc (a USA-FDA approved and inspected facility) with cGMP certification. Certified and approved by the Swiss Public Health Authority, Caviarlieri complies with the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. Caviarlieri is also certified by the German Sport University Cologne as a supplement free of steroids and stimulants.

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Axonics Submits PMA Supplement to U.S. Food & Drug Administration to Expand Full-Body MRI Labeling for 3T Scans – Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXNX), a medical technology company that has developed and is commercializing novel implantable sacral neuromodulation (SNM) devices for the treatment of urinary and bowel dysfunction, today announced the submission of a premarket approval (PMA) supplement to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the purpose of gaining full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) conditional labeling for 3.0T MRI scans.

In September 2019, the FDA approved the Axonics r-SNM System with full-body conditional labeling for 1.5T MR scanners. Axonics has since performed all the required tests to support a PMA supplement for full-body conditional labeling on 3.0T MR scanners for the implantable components of its r-SNM System. The FDA review timeline for labeling expansion PMA supplements is 180 days.

Raymond W. Cohen, Axonics CEO commented, The Axonics r-SNM System is already approved for 1.5T and 3.0T full-body MRI scans in Europe. While only approximately 15% of MRI scanners operating in the U.S. are 3.0T, we believe it was a worthwhile investment to conduct the testing and analyses required for this filing and we are confident our PMA supplement will meet all criteria for FDA approval. This submission further demonstrates Axonics commitment to continuous innovation for the benefit of patients, clinicians and the healthcare system.

About Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc.

Axonics, based in Irvine, Calif., has developed and is commercializing novel implantable SNM devices for patients with urinary and bowel dysfunction. These conditions are caused by a miscommunication between the bladder and the brain and significantly impacts quality of life. Overactive bladder affects an estimated 87 million adults in the U.S. and Europe. Another estimated 40 million adults are reported to suffer from fecal incontinence/accidental bowel leakage. SNM therapy has been employed to reduce symptoms and restore pelvic floor function for the past two decades. Reimbursement coverage is well established in the U.S. and Europe. The Axonics System is the first long-lived rechargeable SNM system approved for sale in the world, and the first to gain full-body MRI conditional labeling. For more information, visit the Companys website at http://www.axonics.com.

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Statements made in this press release that relate to future plans, events, prospects or performance are forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as planned, expects, believes, anticipates, designed, and similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. While these forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations and beliefs of management, such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in this press release, including the risks and uncertainties disclosed in Axonics filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are available online at http://www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, Axonics undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, changed circumstances or unanticipated events.

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Foods to boost your health while living through the pandemic – Belfast Telegraph

In the coming months, lots of us will be looking at all areas of our life to help protect our own bodies. The overall function of the immune system is to prevent or limit infection. The immune system is good at differentiating between normal healthy cells and unhealthy ones. Infectious microbes release signals that the immune system recognises causing a response to deal with the problem. Infection arises when the bugs get ahead of the immune system. When it comes to nutrition, there are some areas that you could focus on in a bid to better support your immune system.

First and foremost, it's important to eat enough. Calories are needed to feed all systems in the body, including our immune system. On average women need about 2,000 calories a day while men require about 2,500 calories a day. It's important to try and eat enough, which may be challenging if you are sick. If sick and off your food, the 'little and often' approach is advisable as well as eating foods that you feel you can eat. Trust your gut! You may find it helpful to eat dry, plain and cold foods. Additionally, consuming calories through fluids may be easier. However, if you are not sick, it's a good idea to avoid calorie-restricted diets, especially those with large calorie deficits. A healthy diet does support the immune system. Some nutrients are worth focusing on.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant vitamin with many roles including supporting normal immune function. Additionally, vitamin A helps to keep our skin healthy as well as the mucous membranes in our mouth, stomach, intestines, and our respiratory system healthy. As our skin and mucous membranes act as one of the first barriers to infection, it's important that we nourish them. A supplement is often not required. There are two types of vitamin A: vitamin A from animal produce such as meat, dairy and eggs, and vitamin A from plants such as oils, leafy greens and yellow/orange vegetables. Aim to eat these foods often.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin that plays an important role in immune function. Since the 1930s, vitamin C has been proposed for treating respiratory infections. It became particularly popular in the 1970s when it was suggested to prevent and treat the common cold. Lots of trials have been completed since. A review from 2013 which included 29 trials and over 11,000 people stated that vitamin C supplementation had no effect on the incidence of the common cold in the general public. A review of five trials and nearly 600 participants showed that a vitamin C supplement halved the risk of the common cold in athletes. However, a regular supplement had a modest and consistent effect in reducing the duration of common cold symptoms, with results being higher in children. This is based off results from 31 studies with nearly 10,000 episodes of common cold.

The trials within this review didn't support taking vitamin C once you got a cold as it didn't impact duration or severity. Like all supplements, and despite being a water soluble vitamin, vitamin C is not healthy in large doses. As fruit and vegetables are such great sources, it may be beneficial to focus on eating your seven-a-day instead. For example, requirements are easily met if you eat red peppers.

Vitamin E is another antioxidant vitamin that has a role in supporting immune function. Naturally occurring vitamin E occurs in eight different chemical forms with varying levels of biological activity. Alpha-tocopherol is the one us humans need to focus on. Generally, a supplement isn't needed. Nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils are among the best sources of alpha-tocopherol, as well as green leafy vegetables. For example, sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts and peanut butter are rich sources.

Zinc has an important role in supporting immune function. Although zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in our foods, it is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter drugs.

This is because researchers suggest that zinc could reduce the severity and duration of the common cold by inhibiting rhinovirus in the nasal passage and by suppressing inflammation. Studies have provided conflicting results.

Nevertheless, zinc does appear to help in certain circumstances. Lozengers and zinc-containing syrups may be the preferred choice as they spend more time in the mouth. Oysters are an incredibly rich source of zinc. However, beef, pork, baked beans and pumpkin seeds are everyday foods that will help you meet your zinc requirements.

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is naturally present in few foods. Researchers have suggested that taking Vitamin D supplements may enhance resistance to respiratory infections such as Covid-19, or limit the severity of the illness for those that do become infected.

The opinion of Dr Daniel McCartney and Dr Declan Byrne was published in the Irish Medical Journal last week. They recommended that adults living in this part of the world take 20-50 micrograms of vitamin D per day for the next three to six months as a short-term measure to specifically address the risk of COVID-19. Vitamin D deficiency is common here. Those at greater risk include older people, nursing home residents and hospital in-patients.

This level of supplementation should only be considered as a short-term measure which may potentially help those who are deficient in vitamin D or potentially deficient in vitamin D.

It is advisable that a person should only take this amount of vitamin D under the guidance and supervision of their doctor. The current recommended dose is 200-400 IU. Oily fish and eggs are sources.

Echinacea is widely used to reduce the risk and symptoms of a common cold, despite having limited evidence for it.

A big problem with the studies that have been conducted is that one echinacea product differs quite greatly to the next one. Like other supplements, sometimes other herbs are also added.

A review of the literature was done. However, due to all the differences in supplements being tested, it was difficult to draw any strong conclusions.

Nonetheless, it does seem that some echinacea products may be effective at treating colds. Although, the overall evidence is weak.

There have been a number of studies investigating the impact of particular strains of probiotics on upper respiratory tract infections and the immune system in athletic cohorts ranging from healthy active people to elite athletes.

Unfortunately, it's hard to draw guidelines from these studies, even though the evidence for use is building, as different types of probiotics are used within these studies. Additionally, differences in the effectiveness relate to the type of sport, the training history of the person, and the training load they're undertaking. For the general population, it's important to note that the gut appears to play an important role in immune function.

One of the most important areas to focus on when trying to improve your gut microbiome is to aim for a varied diet with lots of different types of plants. However, it's likely with time that more specific guidance will emerge.

Eating a healthy varied diet is the best way to support your immune system with food. Supplements can sometimes be referred to as the 'sprinkles on the icing of the cake'.

Covid-19 is new so no research has been completed on diet, nutrients and the likeliness of infection, severity of infection or duration of infection. Therefore, nutritional practices for the common cold are simply nutritional practices for the common cold. The most important steps with regards to Covid-19 remain hand hygiene and social distancing.

However, it will certainly do no harm to focus on eating lots of the foods mentioned above, taking your vitamin D supplement to prevent deficiency and eating a variety of plants to support a healthy gut microbiome.

BROWN BREAD

Ingredients: 350g wholemeal flour;125g plain flour; 20g wheatgerm; 20g wheat bran; 1 tsp bread soda; 1 tsp salt; 500ml buttermilk.

METHOD:

1. Preheat your oven to 200C.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

3. Add the buttermilk & mix well. 4. Grease a bread tin. Spoon in the contents. Bake for 10 min then turn down the heat to 180C and bake for another 40 mins.

BAKED EGGS IN RED PEPPER CUPS

Ingredients: 1 red pepper, oil spray, 2 eggs

METHOD:

1. Preheat the oven to 175C.

2. Slice the pepper in half.

3. Place on a baking tray.

4. Crack an egg into each half.

5. Bake until your eggs are cooked to your preference.

Approx 20-30min.

POSH BAKED BEANS

Ingredients: 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds;

2 slices of brown bread; 200g baked beans; olive oil; half a garlic clove.

METHOD:

1. Heat a frying pan. Dry fry pumpkin seeds.

2. Toast brown bread.

3. Meanwhile heat your beans in a pan.

4. Brush your toast with olive oil and rub with garlic.

5. Place beans on top.

6. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

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