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We all know about Genetics, understanding that we are all born with genes composed of DNA and made up of a sequence of nucleotide bases in a particular order that we inherit from our parents. We are all familiar with the concept that our genes are responsible for our eye colour, hair colour and predisposition towards disease states such as breast or prostate cancer.

Scientists once believed that genes were fixed from the moment of conception but research since 2004 has demonstrated that genes can be turned on or off and are subject to environmental influences such as nutrition, stress and emotions.

Epigenetics literally means “On Top of the Gene” ,so the DNA that you have inherited remains in the same sequence but these other factors such as nutrition and the chemicals produced by stress and emotions determine whether that gene that you have inherited is expressed and the disease manifest.

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Supplements To Improve Memory

What Is Memory?

Both learning and memory are a result of complex biochemical reactions.

The main processes involved in memory are encoding, storing and retrieving of information.

When a new memory is created the information is encoded and then stored in the brain. When the memory is recalled, the retrieval process brings that stored information back into conscious awareness. The capacity of the brain to change with learning is known as plasticity. Changes in Long Term potentiation ( increased action potential along a nerve) and changes in strength of synapse connections may last weeks or months. 2 types of receptor allow the influx of calcium ( regulated by magnesium) resulting in a strengthening of the synapse.

In 1968, Atkinson and Shiffrin proposed the stage model of memory. This theory involves the 3 different stages of memory, sensory memory, short-term memory and long-term memory.

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The human body absorbs approximately 400kg zinc over the average 70-year lifespan and at any one time there should be 2-4 gm zinc in the body. It is the second most abundant mineral ion ( Magnesium is the first) in the body and is the only metal that appears in all enzyme classes The body absorbs 20-40% of zinc in food, zinc from animal foods being more readily absorbed (twice as much ) than zinc from plant foods. Zinc is also more readily absorbed with a protein meal and although the body cannot store zinc and it is needed every day in small amounts (50mg or less), it may be held in metallothionine reserves and transferred in metal transporter proteins. Metallothionines in the intestinal cells are capable of adjusting the absorption of zinc by 15-40%. Thus control of cellular zinc homeostasis is maintained by zinc proteins and zinc binding metallothioneines.Zinc is needed for over 300 enzymes in the body and makes up part of 3000 different proteins in the body. Muscles (60%)and bones (30%) contain 90% of the body’s zinc. High concentrations of zinc are found in the prostate gland and semen and the choroid of the eye.

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I've decided to produce a short blog post this week on the best forms of B12 found within supplements. There are 4 supplemental forms of Vitamin B12 which can be found below.

Hydroxycobalamin: Is not a form normally found in the human body, primarily produced by bacteria but can be converted in the body to useable, coenzyme forms of B12, methylcobalamin and adenysylcobalamin, the only forms able to cross the blood brain barrier. Interestingly, Hydroxycobalamin attaches itself to cyanide and is therefore used for smoke inhalation victims If glutathione is low the conversion from hydroxycobalamin will be blocked and methylcobalamin would be the preferred form of B12

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Energy is supplied to all cells in the body including muscle cells by ATP generated from carbohydrates, fats and proteins .The unit of energy in the cells is called ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate)

The body has 4 methods to create ATP, they vary by speed and whether they burn oxygen or not.

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OptimEyes formula has been designed to provide nutrients that may provide protection against the development or advancement of the common conditions that affect the eyes. In order to better understand the different conditions of the eye, and how certain nutrients may help, I will briefly review the anatomy of the eye.

Light passes through the cornea, at the front of the eye, through the pupil, (the space at the centre of the coloured iris), through the lens to hit the tissue at the back of the eye, the retina and then a message is sent through the optic nerve to the brain to tell the brain what it is looking at. The lens is suspended and held in position by zonules, which are small fibres that pull on the ciliary muscles. When we naturally focus (or accommodate) the ciliary muscles contract and pull on the zonules which then pull on the edges of the lens and change its shape.

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Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, 99% of calcium in the body is in the teeth and bones. The other 1% is found in the blood and extracellular fluid and it is vital to maintain these calcium levels t a particular concentration range for normal physiological functions.

In order for calcium to be absorbed from the gut and utilised correctly, adequate Vitamins D and K, Magnesium and Phosphorus are necessary (See Metabolic Vitamin D, K and Magnesium)

Calcium cannot be manufactured by the body and must be obtained from food. Food sources of Calcium are milk and cheese products, some nuts and dark green leafy vegetables

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Royal Mail Strike ActionFollowing much speculation, the Communication Workers Union has announced that Royal Mail have voted in favour of strike action.

Strike action was confirmed yesterday 16th October with a 24-hour strike taking place on Monday 4th November. The union will be in talks with Royal Mail over the next two weeks to try to prevent the strike, but is also considering further strike action.

Any customers placing an order online or over the phone on Saturday 2nd , Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th of November will experience a slight delay in receiving their orders through the post.

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Magnesium & Magnesium SupplementsI have created what I would consider to be a definitive guide to magnesium and magnesium supplements. I hope you find this post informative and interesting. 

Magnesium is the second most abundant mineral inside our cells and the second most common deficiency, next to Vitamin D.

Recently scientists have discovered the ‘Magnesome’, a protein encoding gene incorporating Magnesium, suggesting that the levels of Magnesium in the body may epigenetically alter the expression and behaviour of some of the proteins in our bodies, so altering the expression of health or disease of tissues.

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Following on from our women’s health seminar I thought I would write a blog post documenting some of the interesting research that originally lead me to investigate whether or not it is possible to positively support menopause through diet and nutrition.

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The skin is the largest organ in the body, making up 15% of total body weight. It protects the body from bacteria, viruses, funguses, parasites, chemicals and the sun. It is important as a sensory organ, for temperature regulation, preventing water loss and storing water and fat.

The skin is made up of 3 layers, the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutis (subcutaneous fat layer). The epidermis contains melanocytes that are cells that produce skin pigment known as melanin. The dermis is the middle layer of skin containing blood and lymph vessels, hair follicles and sweat glands, nerves, collagen and special cells called fibroblasts, which make collagen. The subcutis is a network of collagen and fat cells conferring protection, strength and insulation against heat loss.

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The government has now publicly recommended that many people should be taking a supplement containing Vitamin D. This has come as quite a refreshing surprise for several reasons.

It is currently extremely difficult to tell consumers anything about supplements thanks to restrictions from the EFSA.  Regardless of what the wider scientific community believes the effects of certain nutrients are, if the EFSA don’t agree then you’re not allowed to say it. 

This means that we are often not allowed to tell consumers why they would take a specific supplement, or even provide them with the information they would need to make an informed decision themselves.

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In this blog post I’ll be looking at some of the research that has been conducted to evaluate whether osteoporosis can be supported through good diet or nutritional supplements.

First of all though it is a little easier to understand the research with a bit of background knowledge:Bone is a dynamic tissue being continually broken down and rebuilt in a process known as “remodelling”. Cells called osteoclasts, made in bone marrow break down and reabsorb bone tissue liberating calcium and other minerals stored in the bone matrix. Bone stores calcium phosphate and growth factors.

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I wanted to thank everyone that joined us on Saturday 3rd of November at the Royal College of Physicians for the great talks that were delivered by our speakers.

It was certainly one of the best CPD seminars I have ever attended and I’m very proud to have had two such distinguished guests to present at a Metabolics seminar.

It was also a real pleasure to catch up with so many friends and colleagues that I haven’t seen for so long, as well as to make some new friends too, especially in such a wonderful venue.

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We’ve achieved so much as a company in the last 18 months that we wanted to reflect that by updating our logo and branding.

We feel that the new logo is more contemporary and the branding is fresh whilst continuing to look clean and clinical.

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Metabolics: The Practitioners Choice

As a practitioner we know that you want the best for your patients. Many practitioners that use Metabolics products do so simply because they get the most positive results for their patients. We believe this is because of the purity of our products.

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