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Omega-3 pioneer and industry leader Nordic Naturals announced today that its commitment to producing only the natural triglyceride form of fish oil has been reconfirmed and heightened this week by new scientific research in this field. Dr. Jorn Dyerberg and Danish co-workers demonstrated that the bioavailability of omega-3s in the re-esterified triglyceride form was 70 percent higher than omega-3s in the ethyl ester form, according to new findings published in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids.
From its inception in 1995, Nordic Naturals has offered its concentrated fish oil exclusively in this form, citing that the re-esterified triglyceride form ensured optimal absorption and utilisation, thus improving efficacy. (more…)
The role of the amino acid homocysteine in the health of the brain has recived an interesting boost with the latest PLOS One publication from a team based at Oxford University. Plasma homocysteine levels are strongly influenced by diet, as well as by genetic factors. The dietary components with the greatest effects are folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12. Folic acid and other B vitamins help break down homocysteine in the body. Several studies have found that higher blood levels of B vitamins are related, at least partly, to lower concentrations of homocysteine. Other recent evidence shows that low blood levels of folic acid are linked with a higher risk of fatal coronary heart disease and stroke.
However, the latest developments suggest that homocysteine lowering strategies can reduce the rate of brain atrophy by as much as 50% in older people. This has positive implications for prevention of CNS disorders such as Alzheimers as these conditions are causally linked to atrophy. The Allergy Research Homocysteine Metabolite Formula, developed over 10 years ago provides the required nutrients at two per day to match the levels used in the study.
- Smith, A., Smith, S., de Jager, C., Whitbread, P., Johnston, C., Agacinski, G., Oulhaj, A., Bradley, K., Jacoby, R., & Refsum, H. (2010). Homocysteine-Lowering by B Vitamins Slows the Rate of Accelerated Brain Atrophy in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Randomized Controlled Trial PLoS ONE, 5 (9) DOI: View Abstract
We sponsor the efforts of ShelterBox by purchasing complete boxes to provide immediate and vital relief to families affected by international tragedy. Pakistan is facing one the world’s greatest environmental floods and people have lost everything. We know that this support will impact people directly and regularly support ShelterBox. Our new box will be on its way in just a day or so.
The boxes will be flown to Islamabad, Pakistan, where they will be distributed to displaced families by ShelterBox local partners, the NRSP (National Rural Support Programme).
Each ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, a stove, blankets and other items essential for survival.
This disaster is still evolving as the flood water moves further south towards the Arabian Sea displacing thousands more people as it spreads. Our hearts go out to everyone caught up in the disaster.
If you would like to contribute to ShelterBox and help these families cope, then visit their web site and donate whatever you feel you can manage.
Karen Devine, one of our long standing technical support team launched her new project ‘Devine Detox’ in Italy this summer. A week of naturopathic oriented cleansing, juice fasting, colon cleansing, and supplements to support detoxification and elimination made this a very successful week in terms of results.
Having been faciliting detox retreats for several years, I decided to launch Devine Detox to allow me to help address some of most common issues we find in our clinic such as stubborn weight gain, adrenal fatigue, hormonal and gut issues.
The largest range of supplements I used were from the Biotics range which I found supported the liver detoxification far better than I had experienced in the past. For many people who attend a retreat they often ‘expect’ side effects in order to feel their detox is working. However, with the correct support the body can do a great deal of work without you feeling you are being put through any unwanted and undesirable symptoms.
The beneficial effects were much greater than I anticipated as I ensured greater support in Phase 2 liver detoxification and adrenal support. The main ‘side effects’ from this week was the significant amount of weight loss, a lift in energy and a feeling of renewal experienced by all of the detoxers. The Biotics range of products are certainly staying in the Devine Detox programme.
My patients lost an average of 10lbs in the days enrolled, without feeling tired or distressed, their skin and breathing as well as clarity of thought and energy were all reported to greatly improve.
Due to the success in Italy other dates and a new venue are now being launched.
Have you visited storyofcosmetics.org yet? If not, you should! Learn about how major loopholes in U.S. federal law allow the $50 billion beauty industry to put unlimited amounts of chemicals into personal care products with no required testing, no monitoring of health effects and inadequate labeling requirements—making cosmetics among the least-regulated consumer products on the market. Think twice before putting on that lipstick, you might be putting on lead! Whilst aimed at the US market there are obvious paralells with products available in the UK.
The Emerson Quality ProgramSM (EQP) is a one-of-a-kind quality assurance program for the nutritional supplements industry, providing practitioners with manufacturer-specific quality information to assist in confidently recommending the best products.
Nordic Naturals was awarded the gold standard, the highest rating available for meeting the following standards and requirements.
- Compliance with current GMP’s, acceptable third party audit, raw material supplier qualification and raw material testing for identity and purity as evidenced on CoA.
- Use of most appropriate testing methodologies, potency testing and validated risk-based approach to testing adulterants and contaminants.
- Testing of every batch for identity, potency, microbiological and other applicable contaminants, a stability program, in place, plus demonstrated evidence of research and product development, clinical trial support and sustainable environmental practices.
Bringing forward a new definition of fish oil quality as it relates to purity, freshness, taste, dosage, and sustainability, Nordic Naturals’ leadership has also shifted the model of how to conduct business truthfully and authentically.
Nordic Naturals incorporates ethical and socially responsible practices with regards to environmental consciousness, corporate transparency, philanthropic partnerships, and education—all of which are integral to fulfilling our mission of correcting omega-3 deficiency around the world.
Nutri-Link is pleased to have been distributing the professional line of Nordic Naturals products since 2003
Our MD has contibuted a substantive chapter on the immune system from a gastrocentric perspective in this newly published text book. The role of the gut in health has long been appreciated by non orthodox practitioners, but modern science and research is bringing it straight into the 21st century, with its effects on autoimmunity, depression, skin health and others. This book can be purchased from Amazon.
Research shows that biochemical imbalances caused by nutritional deficiencies are a contributory factor in chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, auto-immune conditions and cancer. This handbook for practitioners explains how to identify and treat such biochemical imbalances in order to better understand and manage a patient’s ill-health. (more…)
What should I eat? is a common question faced by Nutritional Therapists and other health care practitioners. Working this out can take many hours of a practitioners time. The excellent software ‘FoodPharmacy®’ allows practitioners to prepare a detailed food plan to meet the unique requirements of each individual patient. All the relevant protocols are supported by cited studies and relevant laboratory research. This saves you time, creates less stress and can be converted into 26 different languages! Nutri-Link are able to provide a useful 10% discount on this software, learn more about the way this works from our dedicated FoodPharmacy® page.
On Saturday the 10th April Dr Jay Lombard a US certified Neurologist presented a Functional Medicine Approach to Mental Health at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on behalf of Nutri-Link’s education division. Over 110 practitioners were given a measured, research based approach to integrative thinking and clinical application of nutrients in the management of neurological and psychological disorders.
Blogging – the provision of information in small or large amounts on the web is incredibly popular, there are millions of them! However whilst some are of excellent quality others are, well, – perhaps in need of some TLC. By selecting a range of trusted blogs, you can create your own newspaper, collecting information across your interests, and screening out all the stuff you just don’t need.
Nutri-Link and in particular Michael Ash blogs every week in the NLeducation site, you can find his latest missives on the front page, just scroll down.Or look at the resources section to check it out. You will be amazed at the amount of information, videos, media, audio and other goodies that are there free for use.
As part of the science blogging community Michael reviews peer reviewed science papers and relates them to Nutritional Therapy, or other aspects of life he finds interesting. It is possible to follow these quite easily by using the RSS feed, or Google Reader, or if you use firefox as your browser we recommend Feedly a great application for keeping track of all those bits and pieces you find interesting.