Viridian become the World’s First Certified Palm Oil Free Vitamin Company

Viridian become the World’s First Certified Palm Oil Free Vitamin Company

Ethical company Viridian Nutrition has become the first vitamin company in the world to be Certified Palm Oil Free (CPOF). The Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme (POFCAP) is the first certification of its kind in the world. Managed by a not-for-profit organisation, the extensive certification process involves thoroughly exploring and tracing all potential palm oil (and its derivatives) ingredients of a product back to its source. Following rigorous assessment, all 200+ Viridian Nutrition’s supplements – the entire range –…

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Supplements for Period Problems

Supplements for Period Problems

By medical nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer, an expert in food, herbs and supplements Painful or heavy periods are among the most common reasons for women to consult their doctor. These problems are most common during the first few years after menstruation starts, and again as the menopause approaches. These problems are thought to relate to overproduction of hormone-like chemicals called prostaglandins, which cause womb muscles to go into spasm. In some cases, painful periods are due to a gynecological condition…

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Crazy about Collagen

Crazy about Collagen

Every now and then a supplement superstar emerges. Collagen has the centre stage, but what do you know about this biochemical wonder? By Esther Mills-Roberts. Every now and then, nutritional scientists research a health substance that they know can make a massive difference. From vitamin C, through to fish oils and glucosamine, time brings with it certain health substances that are too good to be missed. And the latest of these is collagen. A Humble Background From the days of…

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This Month’s Top Picks

This Month’s Top Picks

Advertisement 3 in 1 High Fibre Formula Lepicol is a multi-fibre source product containing gentle psyllium husk which contributes to maintaining normal bowel transit, as well as inulin together, these two ingredients can help ensure your recommended daily intake of fibre. The third key ingredient of Lepicol is 5 strains of live bacteria that are naturally present in a healthy person’s digestive system; Lepicol is available in powder or capsule format. Also available is Lepicol Plus+ which has the addition…

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Salt of the Earth – Rock Chick Sweet Strawberry Natural Deodorant

Salt of the Earth – Rock Chick Sweet Strawberry Natural Deodorant

Salt of the Earth was adopted by mother and son team, Sally and Thomas Laird, in 2005, and has since become a leader in the natural deodorant industry, starting with a single crystal stick and developing to a multi award-winning product range. Having tested their deodorants for men and women before, this time I had the delight of testing out their new product specifically designed for girls – Rock Chick Sweet Strawberries! I absolutely adore the packaging and so did…

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American Pancakes with Berry Compote

American Pancakes with Berry Compote

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey Children adore pancakes and these light and fluffy American-style ones are a healthy treat served with the berry sauce. Buckwheat flour adds a lovely rich, nutty flavour and provides plenty of fibre to support gut health. It is also rich in key minerals, including manganese, copper and magnesium that help to boost energy levels. It also provides quercetin, an antioxidant known for its antihistamine properties. You can make this egg free by using commercial egg…

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Chunky Veg Stew with Herby Dumplings

Chunky Veg Stew with Herby Dumplings

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey Veg and bean stews make a fabulous family dish on a budget. Carrots, spinach and sweet potato are all great sources of carotenoids and vitamin C to support a healthy immune system. (serves 4) Vegetarian, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 leek, shredded 1 red chilli, deseeded and diced 300g sweet potato, peeled and cut…

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Ginger Oaty Cookies

Ginger Oaty Cookies

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey These chunky cookies are a lovely lunch box filler or after school treat. Ginger is a natural antihistamine and can help lower the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE), antibodies associated with seasonal allergies like hay fever. (makes 16 cookies)  Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free Ingredients: 30g coconut flour 30g tapioca flour 30g arrowroot powder 1 tbsp xylitol 30g gluten-free rolled oats or quinoa or rice flakes 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder ½…

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Fish Bites with Homemade Low Sugar Tomato Ketchup

Fish Bites with Homemade Low Sugar Tomato Ketchup

By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey Crispy oven-baked fish fingers served with homemade low-sugar ketchup make this a popular meal for children. White fish, such as pollock or cod, is a great source of energy-boosting B vitamins and protein. The crispy oven-baked bites can also be enjoyed cold, so you can pack them into lunch boxes. (serves 4/makes 8 bites) Nut Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free Ingredients: 250g pollock, cod or haddock fillets (skinless and boneless) Juice of ½…

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Supplements for Kids

Supplements for Kids

By medical nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer, an expert in food, herbs and supplements When kids go back to school they inevitably come into contact with a new batch of common cold viruses. When children are in the peak of health they can fight off infections with few, if any, symptoms, but when they are under par they may develop one cold after another. Cold viruses are also involved in 40 percent of asthma episodes in school children. Boosting children’s immunity…

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