Tag Archives: Magnesium

Categories Cruciferous vegetables, Female Health, Menopause, Menopause, PMS, Soya, Wholegrains

International Women’s Day

As its International Womens day I wanted to urge all of the women out there with health concerns to stop for a moment and think about how they can take better care of themselves.

One of the ways you can do this is to eat well.
A Womans hormone cycle needs certain nutrients to function well. Magnesium  found in dark green leafy vegetables and wholegrains such as brown rice and wholegrain / wholemeal bread along with vitamin B6 found in wholegrains and natural yeast are known to balance the menstrual cycle whilst the herb agnus castus is best at regulating the menstrual cycle by acting on the pituitary gland which is responsible for  releasing the hormones that regulate ovarian function.

If you are menopausal try a Soya yoghurt every day as the phtoestrogens it contains help to balance your hormones, add some ground linseeds as the lignans in these also help hormone balance.

The best vegetables women should opt for are the cruciferous vegetables; cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and Brussel Sprouts, these help hormone balance and also support the liver in removing excess hormones from the body.

Of course making time for yourself away from the mayhem is the number 1 no brainer – you deserve it, go on give yourself a break.

Categories Children, Elderly, Healthy eating, In the news, Nutrient deficiencies, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Nutrient deficiencies are sweeping across Britain

Millions of adults and children in the UK are risking poor health and even serious illness because of major shortfalls in their nutrition, according to an important new report out today

The researchers found that a quarter of women have inadequate intakes of iron, more than 50% lack the antioxidant selenium and nearly one in 10 men are low in magnesium. Intakes of iron, magnesium, zinc, iodine and selenium are woefully low in adolescent girls and one in five pre-school children have abnormally low iron stores. A significant number of elderly people are also iron deficient. The team discovered that blood levels of vitamin D are too low to sustain normal bone health in a quarter of adults while fish intakes have declined in the last decade and are now too low to meet recommendations for omega-3 essential fatty acids.

The new report- ‘Towards a Healthier Britain 2010’ – reviewed the key areas where nutrition could be improved, with independent nutrition experts Dr Carrie Ruxton and Dr Pamela Mason examining the evidence from national dietary surveys. In addition, more than 70 scientific papers were explored looking at the potential role of vitamin supplementation.

Time to think about a multivitamin?