New nutritional medicine journal launches

A brand new peer-reviewed journal has launched. The Nutritional Medicine Journal is the brainchild of Dr Benjamin Brown ND, who's passionate about high quality peer-reviewed research and countering the growing corruption of scientific publications by big business and the pharmaceutical industry. The new journal will specialise in publishing papers related to the application of personalised dietary interventions, foods, dietary factors, and nutritional supplements in clinical practice and aims to be a reliable and authoritative source of clinically relevant research for health professionals practicing nutritional medicine. The journal will be free to authors wishing to publish their material as well as those who wish to access its content. With the birth of the journal, Dr Brown hopes to re-establish trust in scientific publications and the scientific publishing process.

A new model for assessing risk and benefit of vitamins and minerals for food supplements

The proposed harmonisation of maximum permitted levels (MPLs) of micronutrients in supplements by the European Union could significantly harm people's health. Without appropriate intervention, the proposed new rules, which have been ongoing for 20 years, will be based on flawed models that only focus on the risks of micronutrients, ignoring any benefits conferred by vitamins and minerals. If these regulations are adopted, it will lead to catastrophically low levels of micronutrients, food supplements that aren't therapeutically beneficial and could also lead to many food supplements being effectively banned for exceeding the new, harmonised, threshold levels. ANH International (ANH-Intl) has been at the forefront of advocating for the use of a new assessment model that takes both the risks and the benefits of micronutrients into consideration for the past decade. In collaboration initially with the Dutch research institute, TNO, and latterly, Jaap Hanekamp PhD from the University College Roosevelt in The Netherlands, ANH-Intl has developed a new, scientifically valid, micronutrient assessment model, called the Micronutrient Risk Benefit (MRB) Model that takes both risks and benefits into account. ANH Europe is hosting a free online meeting taking place on Tuesday 11th October 2022 at 3.30pm CET (2.30pm BST) for anyone interested in learning more about the MRB model from Robert Verkerk PhD and Dr Jaap Hanekamp; and how it can help maintain acceptable and effective levels of micronutrients in both food supplements and functional foods. There will be adequate time for questions and discussion.

Eating sugar damages the immune system

Eating sugar can damage the gut microbiota, which indirectly damages the function of the immune system in mice. Researchers publishing in Cell found sugar consumption promotes the growth of pathogenic bacteria that out competes beneficial species leading to the development of metabolic dysfunction, weight gain, insulin resistance and a reduction in immune function. Although conducted using mice, the study supports previous studies showing the disruption to the microbiome caused by higher consumption of sugary foods. The health of our gut microbiome is particularly important as it contains 70% of our immune cells. Eating a plant rich, nutrient dense, wholefood diet is at the heart of our book RESET EATING turning what we eat into powerful medicine for not just for the microbial community in our gut but our body as a whole.

Omega 3 oil supplementation can help lower blood pressure

Taking omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) can help reduce high blood pressure thereby reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. A new umbrella meta-analysis published in Frontiers in Nutrition analysing ten meta-analyses considering the effect of omega 3 supplements on blood pressure, found a significant reduction in both measures of blood pressure. The new analysis provides a comprehensive review of the potential for omega 3 supplements to be used as part of treatment plans to combat high blood pressure. Omega 3 fats are well known for their ability to reduce inflammation and levels of triglycerides. Consumption of oily fish is also strongly associated with a reduction in CVD risk. Supplementation of micronutrients should take place alongside positive changes to your diet and lifestyle to help achieve excellent health outcomes. Always seek the guidance of a suitably qualified health professional if you are suffering from a medical condition.

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