Vitamin D news from ISENC 2016

Once again I attended the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference, this time as a PhD student running around with microphones, taking coats and packing bags. As with last year, and the year before, the speakers were brilliant, with experts flying in from Australia and America to talk in Newcastle. My outstanding lecture of the […]

FAB research seminar, 25th June

Last week I went along to a seminar by FAB research: feeding better behaviour, learning and mood: the gut, brain and nutrition connection. Being a member of the Association for Nutrition allows me to attend seminars like this and they are usually ones that haven’t been on my radar. This means that I always end […]

Salt Awareness Week

It is Salt Awareness Week (as you are all aware I’m sure!) so what better time to take a step back and assess our daily salt intake. These days, stroke is the third biggest killer in Britain and a high blood pressure increases the risk of a stroke occurring. Regularly consuming too much salt can […]

The ISENC 2014

Last week was a very exciting one for me (I don’t mean Christmas) as I attended the international sport and exercise nutrition conference. It was a jam-packed programme of speakers from all over the world covering topics from gut and brain health and exercise to blood lipids to managing type 1 diabetes in athletes. I […]

Mineral round-up

As I have done a few posts on vitamins recently, I thought I should do the same for some of the most important minerals to our health. Minerals work alongside vitamins in the maintenance of a strong immune system and a healthy circulatory system. They enter the food chain by being integrated into the soil […]

Vitamin D

The sunshine vitamin. Chemical name: calciferol RDA: 5 micrograms Top sources: cod liver oil, herring, mackerel, sardines, trout, salmon, fresh tuna (all oily fish), eggs, cheddar cheese Absorption: enhanced by fat or oil, so most sources stated above will have good absorption rates Cautions: fat-soluble so excessive intakes will be stored Use in sport: low […]

Vitamin C

That well known vitamin and the reason we are told to eat our oranges. Chemical name: ascorbic acid RDA: 60mg Top sources: guava, blackcurrants, green pepper, broccoli, strawberries, papaya, kiwi fruit, oranges and cabbage Absorption: enhanced by bioflavonoids found in fruit and vegetables Cautions: mega-doses can cause diarrhoea Use in sport: studies are inconclusive regarding […]

Vitamin A

This week I’m going to do a series of posts on individual vitamins; covering uses, sources and recommended intakes. We will start right at the beginning, with vitamin A… Chemical name: retinol or beta-carotene RDA: 800 micrograms Top sources: calves liver, butter, egg yolk, cream cheese, oysters, whole milk, herring and mackerel Absorption: best with […]

Nutrition for runners

Saturday saw me back in the borders and giving a talk to the running club I used to train with as a youngster. The Gala Harriers hold their annual presentation night at this time of year and I was asked to come along to give a little sports nutrition advice. I kicked off with a […]