Fish Oils and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

This next post from Dr Geoff is the second on the topic of Fish Oils and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: We should all know by now that eating too much fat or oil is bad for us and increases our risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Disturbing posters produced by the British Heart…

Did you know?

Did you know… that scientific interest in fish oils was sparked off by studies in the 1970s with traditional Greenland Eskimos who had much lower rates of heart disease and arthritis than even their geographical neighbours in Denmark; they also ate much more seafood than Danes. Since then very convincing studies have shown that in…

Health Benefit Claims of Probiotics and Prebiotics

So now we know what Prebiotics and Probiotics are, Dr Geoff looks at the health benefit claims: There are many claims for the health benefits of regular consumption of probiotics and/or prebiotics. For example they are claimed to: • Increase the availability of some vitamins and to reduce the bloating and diarrhoea that some people…

Probiotics, Prebiotics and the friendly kind of bacteria

Though we’ve all heard about ‘friendly bacteria’ (mostly from the yoghurt adverts..), do we really know what it all means? Dr Geoff aims to give you some background, or at least tell you what the yoghurt adverts don’t: The healthy human gut contains many millions of bacteria. Variations in the number and types of these…

Did you know?

Did you know… that, according to your ethic group, due to a genetic sensitivity to salt you could be prone to high blood pressure. For example, people of Afro-Caribbean origin seem to be genetically more sensitive to the effects of salt. Afro-Caribbean people are very prone to hypertension and are much more likely to have…

TABLE: Salt Content

If you’re like the large majority of us who find it difficult to lower our salt intake, Dr Geoff has created a table to show the salt content of some portions of food. It shows us precisely why it’s so difficult to keep below 6g/day: 2 medium slices bread 1g 60g (2ounces) cheddar cheese 1.1g…

Did you know?

Did you know… that throughout history salt has been highly prized and valued for its ability to flavour and to preserve food. Roman soldiers were partly paid in salt (their “salarium”) which is the origin of the English word salary and of the phrase “to be worth one’s salt”. Salt has also been used as…

So what’s wrong with eating too much salt?

We’re told it over and over again, from health professionals to nosy neighbours.. but are you aware of the facts? ———— There is now overwhelming evidence that high salt intake can raise blood pressure and lead to increased risk of hypertension. High blood pressure in turn leads to increased risk of strokes, heart attacks, renal…