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Why is magnesium important for menopause?

Why is magnesium important for menopause?

The menopause transition is a natural progression in a woman’s life when her reproductive system gradually slows until she hits “menopause”; when she has had an absence of periods for 12 months. For many women, this natural stage in life, which typically affects women between the ages of 45-55, can become a time of physical and emotional discomfort, and common symptoms can include hot flushes, insomnia, mood imbalances and weight gain.

The good news is that consuming a nutrient dense diet with optimal intake of specific nutrients can make a real difference to your health and how you feel. The mineral magnesium is one such nutrient – and here we are going to look at how magnesium can help women to support a healthy menopause.

25 March 2024
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What are the health benefits of dark chocolate?

Chocolate comes from the cacao plant, which provides a high level of minerals and antioxidants. In contrast to the cacao rich drinks of the Aztecs and Maya people, commercial milk chocolate today consists of cocoa butter, sugar, milk and a small quantity of cacao. In contrast, dark chocolate has much larger levels of healthful cacao, as well as less milk and sugar. Not all dark chocolate is created equal - solid cocoa content ranges from 47% (sweet dark) to 70%, 75%, or even above 90% for highly dark chocolate – so always check the cocoa content, as the higher the percentage of cocoa, the higher level of nutrients the chocolate is likely to deliver.

13 March 2024
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I suffer with allergies, are there any natural antihistamines that can help?

Are there any natural solutions to allergies? We look at the natural antihistamines that can help with environmental and seasonal allergies.

7 March 2024
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Special edition: 'The Brains Behind the Formulations': Amanda Williams answers the questions on life and health we've always wanted to ask this International Womens Day

In the week of International Womens Day, we are bringing you our own Cytoplan women and some of their stories around their own specific life, work and health journeys.

Starting with our ultimate Woman of Cytoplan and expert, Amanda Williams. She is the brains behind our formulations; which we believe are the best in the world. We’ve asked Amanda some questions we’ve always wanted to ask, and we know you’d like to read about, in this special edition of ‘Ask the Expert’.

6 March 2024
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Are gut shots healthy and can they boost your immunity?

Now a frequent sight in the supermarkets, gut shot drinks claim to boost your immunity. But can they really help your gut and support your wellbeing? Find out what our Nutritional Therapist, Ruth, thinks.

How to improve heart health naturally?
28 February 2024
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How to improve heart health naturally?

Our cardiovascular (CV) system carries out many essential functions within the body. It is a complex system of veins, arteries, and capillaries, along with the heart, that transport nutrients, oxygen and hormones to cells throughout the body whilst also removing waste products from the cells for detoxification and excretion. It offers protection to the body by transporting white blood cells and antibodies in the blood to defend against pathogens. Clotting mechanisms are also present that protect the body from blood loss after injuries and our CV system even regulates body pH and temperature, so it is easy to understand why supporting a healthy heart is essential for our wellbeing.

31 January 2024
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How can I manage my perimenopause symptoms naturally?

Perimenopause, or the menopause transition, is a natural progression in a woman’s life when her reproductive system gradually slows until you hit “menopause”; when you have had an absence of periods for 12 months. The length of perimenopause differs between individuals, and can occur over just a few months, or up to 10 years – but 4 years is the average duration.

During our “premenopausal” reproductive years, our levels of the sex hormone oestrogen, made by the ovaries rise and fall fairly predictably throughout the menstrual cycle. In perimenopause, your oestrogen levels begin to decrease, which effects the levels of another sex hormone, progesterone. These hormones are responsible for ovulation and menstruation and start to fluctuate greatly during perimenopause before your ovaries stop producing oestrogen altogether at menopause.  

17 January 2024
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How do I implement a natural detox?

Detox is a hot topic when January rolls around; the festivities of Christmas and new year are over, and you may feel like you have overindulged in the party food and drink. Instead of throwing yourself into a strict (and ultimately unsustainable) regime, have you thought about a natural detox to start the new year off right?

3 January 2024
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What is a superfood?

For those of us striving for optimal health, the idea of “superfoods” is likely to be very appealing. While there isn’t a scientifically based or regulated definition of what makes a food super, as a general rule it refers to a food that offers a rich source of desirable nutrients, is linked to the prevention of particular health conditions or is considered to offer several desirable health benefits beyond its nutritional value. According to Collins English Dictionary, a superfood is “a food that contains many vitamins and other substances that are considered to be very good for your health” -which doesn’t really help to narrow it down

20 December 2023
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Veganuary: pros and cons of a vegan diet

As a brand-new year dawns, many of us will be looking to the year ahead and making resolutions. Here in the UK, improving our health consistently tops the list of resolutions, be it through improving fitness, losing weight or improving our diets1. It will come as no surprise, therefore, that in 2023, over 700,000 Britons signed up to taken part in Veganuary; a movement which encourages people to eat vegan in January (and beyond). People may follow a vegan diet for ethical or sustainability reasons, but many do so to improve their health, seeing it as a healthier way of eating – and it is this aspect we are going to explore further here:

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