Synthetic folic acid, food folate and 5-MTHF are not the same thing

MEDICAL CHRONICLE DECEMBER 2018 CPD 1 of 3: The terms folic acid, folacin, folinic acid, pteroylglutamic acid and folate seem to be used interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing.

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CoQ10 in diabetes and high cholesterol patients

MEDICAL CHRONICLE DECEMBER 2018 CPD 2 of 3: The demand for CoQ10 as a dietary supplement has dramatically increased in recent years due to its reported beneficial effects in cardiovascular diseases and other conditions.

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Should patients take supplements during chemo?

MEDICAL CHRONICLE NOVEMBER CPD 1 of 3: There is compelling evidence for the importance of supplementation during cancer treatment. Vitamin D, zinc and magnesium supplementation appears to be particularly beneficial.

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The effect of diabetes on vitamin B

MEDICAL CHRONICLE AUGUST CPD 3 of 4: The relationship between vitamin B12 deficiency and diabetes-induced peripheral neuropathy has been clearly demonstrated in a number of studies.

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Protein requirements & oral nutritional supplementation

The effect of disease related malnutrition can be detrimental on physical & clinical health.

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Nutrition in pregnancy

A healthy, balanced diet is strongly recommended before, during, and after pregnancy.

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More to a healthy lifestyle than just healthy eating

WHO estimate NCDs linked to lifestyle choices kill about 16 million people prematurely worldwide annually.

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Herbs: Nature’s medicine

Herbalism is probably the oldest, most tried and tested form of medicine in the world.

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Active ageing

Ageing is the accumulation of physical, psychological and social changes in a human being over time.

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Discovery welcomes sugar tax

n response to the proposed sugar tax, Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness said: “We believe that action is required to reduce the intake of sugary drinks, and support the proposed sugar tax.

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Exploring anaemia

Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anaemia.

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Vitamin D deficiency “epidemic” can be reversed

Ascencao was responding to a recent international study which found Cape Town residents, in particular, were at risk of vitamin D deficiency in winter when UVB exposure from sunlight was extremely low, making it harder to fight disease and infection. The study said vitamin D supplementation may reverse deficiency and even slow down HIV infection.

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Osteoporosis isn’t inevitable

Bone resorption is primarily due to an activation of osteoclastogenesis and an increase in receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL) expression, a cytokine involved in the final pathway of the osteoclast cycle.

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STUDY: Probiotics and diarrhoea caused by antibiotics

A Rand Corporation study found that taking probiotics can reduce the risk of developing the diarrhoea that is a common side effect of taking antibiotics.

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Iron deficiency 101

Broccoli is an excellent source of iron.

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The benefits of bromelain

Enzyme Technologies is a South African-based biotechnology company that manufactures bromelain from waste pineapple stems.

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency Indicators

Vitamin B deficiency is common, affecting up to 10 % of adults.  As the symptoms can be variable, subtle and non-specific, the deficiency often goes unrecognised and if left untreated can have serious consequences.

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The Role of Vit D and Zinc in BP control

Hypertension was the number 1 risk for death in 2010, estimated to cause 500 000 deaths and 10 million years of life lost. There was a 67% increase in hypertension between 1990 and 2010.

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