Monthly Archives: March 2023

Overthinking Nutrition: Antioxidants

Nutrition is a complex subject and it is sometimes apparent that people can become confused as to how to eat to remain healthy. Despite the complexity of the subject, much of the confusion stems not from this complexity, but the … Continue reading

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The Phytochemistry of Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are a commonly eaten tree nut. Hazelnuts are perhaps best known for their high oil content, which comprises about 60 % of the total weight of the nut. This provides the consumer with a significant intake of energy. The … Continue reading

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Goji Berries

Goji berries have recently become popular within the health food industry. Originally called wolberries or boxthorn (Lycium barbarum), the plant belongs to the Solanaceae family of plants. The wolfberry has been used as a traditional medicine in Asia. Goji berries … Continue reading

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Tribulus terrestris: Pharmacology

Tribulus terrestris is a plant that belongs to the Zygophyllaceae family of plants. Traditional uses for the plant include improving vitality, sexual function and physical performance in men. The active principles in Tribulus terrestris extract are thought to be flavonoids … Continue reading

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DHEA Supplements and Weight Training

As individuals age there are hormonal changes that result in diminishing muscle mass. One of these changes for both men and women are falling testosterone levels. Muscle mass is inversely associated with mortality and although the cause and effect is … Continue reading

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Is Alcohol Fattening?

The ethanol in drinks comes from the fermentation of vegetable sugars and has been present in the human diet for as long as records go back. Consuming alcohol is therefore a natural part of the human diet and energy can … Continue reading

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Vitamin D: Supplements, Food or The Sun?

Vitamin D is an important hormone that is metabolised to a number of important metabolites that have a wide range of cellular effects. Obtaining enough vitamin D is important because low levels of vitamin D may damage the immune system, … Continue reading

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Cod Liver Oil As A Food Supplement

Cod liver oil is the oil from the livers of the cold water fish species referred to colloquially as cod. Cod liver oils is a totally unique food that is often taken as a supplement for various reasons. Many studies … Continue reading

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Post-Workout Meal Timing

Following training there are significant metabolic shifts. In particular, protein synthesis increases and fat oxidation is upregulated. This means that there is a requirement for protein to allow the regeneration of skeletal muscle and this requirement remains high for a … Continue reading

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Boiling Versus Roasting Vegetables

Vegetables are an important source of nutrients and regular consumption of vegetables has been shown to be beneficial to the health. Most vegetables require some form of cooking, as although many vegetables can be eaten raw, their taste and texture … Continue reading

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