Health Features

Viva! Health unravels the most recent scientific research and makes it easy to understand. Here we update you on the latest findings...

Antioxidants protect our health but you don’t have to spend lots of money on expensive supplements or exotic fruit extracts as there’s a plentiful supply – and powerful ones at that – hiding in a fruit and veg shop near you.
Vitamin B3 was the third B vitamin to be discovered – hence the name! It is also known as niacin and there are two forms: nicotinic acid and nicotinamide and both are found in food.
A surprising number of people still think you need to combine different types of protein-rich plant foods to get a ‘complete’ protein. Allegations that vegans are therefore missing out are seriously outdated – but what does the science say? 
Scientists are convinced we have little more than 10 years to get climate change under control! The government have been advised to aim for zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But what can you do as an individual? What if there was one simple change you could make that would be more effective then never flying, buying an electric car and switching to a green energy supplier. Well, there is!  
Only about one in 10,000 people live to be 100 years old. What’s their secret?                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Folate occurs naturally in some plant foods but in its synthetic form, it’s known as vitamin B9 and folic acid. It mostly tends to be talked of in relation to pregnancy but despite this, it is a vitamin vital for everyone – and many people in the UK are at risk of deficiency.  
Coconut oil is everywhere these days, used in baking, smoothies and beauty treatments. Enthusiasts claim it can help you lose weight and fight all manner of illnesses. But is it really a panacea for good health or is it just the best of a bad bunch?
Vegans don't need to combine different types of protein-rich plant foods to get a ‘complete’ protein, that type of thinking is considered outdated. A varied vegan diet provides plenty of healthy plant protein, the type we need! 
The pro-fat lobby are determined get butter, cheese and beef back on the menu. Bad science, poor journalism and commercial interests are at the heart of this issue which has left many people confused.   
Whether you’ve just taken up jogging or are a seasoned athlete, your body needs the same set of nutrients as everyone else’s to keep fit – the only difference is in the quantity.

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