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Promising results with Brahmi for ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterised by symptoms like hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness.

Clinical diagnoses of ADHD and the use of prescription medications for its treatment have increased in recent years. Current treatments may involve amphetamine-type substances, a path not favoured by many parents. Therefore, alternatives are required.

Few nutritional or pharmacological alternatives that reduce ADHD associated symptoms (hyperactivity and inattention) have been subjected to rigorous clinical trials.

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Consumer understanding of immunity has evolved

The World Health Organisation might have declared that Covid-19 no longer constitutes a public health emergency, but consumer interest in immunity isn’t decreasing.

That’s the starting point of health, nutrition and beauty ingredients formulator dsm-firmenich’s latest Immunity Report.

But the report goes on to identify a move from short-term measures designed to boost defences to a greater emphasis on overall health and quality of life as a result of improved immunity.

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Climate warning on meat packaging?

Adding graphic warnings about health and climate change to meat products in a similar way to messages on cigarette packets could reduce consumption, a study suggests.

Researchers at Durham University found that a range of warning labels linking the consumption of meat to poor health, climate change and pandemics made people less likely to choose a meal that included meat.

They said between seven and 10% of people were swayed by cigarette-style messages and believe this could help people to eat healthier food and reduce their carbon footprint.

Menopause missing links

Almost half of women are worried their diets aren’t meeting their nutritional needs in menopause.

That’s according to a research report by the Health & Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS,

Menopause Nutrition: Challenges and Opportunities also found that too few women are taking the simple step of bridging nutritional gaps with a dietary supplement.

HSIS dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton says: “Around the menopause, women’s nutrient intakes need to adapt to support their changing health status. It’s more important than ever to have plenty of bone-strengthening vitamin D and calcium as well as heart-healthy omega-3 fats and B-vitamins, which also support cognition and mood. But too many are simply unaware.”

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The D factor

Everyone knows that vitamin D is vital for healthy bones and a stronger immune system but could low levels be a major driver of Alzheimer’s and age-related cognitive decline?

Research suggests that the levels of vitamin D commonly found in the UK are accelerating cognitive decline and increasing the risk of a dementia diagnosis and that supplementing with vitamin D, especially in the winter, can reduce future dementia risk.

Vitamin D deficiency is well known to increase future risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A further large-scale study earlier this year involving over twelve thousand dementia-free 70+ year-olds shows that supplementing with vitamin D had a 40% lower incidence of dementia.

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