1. Weekly Tip - FSC Gentle Iron

    Following on from my last blog on iron…
    Iron is essential, meaning we need to get from our diet. It’s found in every cell of our body, majority being in our red blood cells. It’s needed for the formation of haemoglobin which is the primary transporter of oxygen from our lungs to our body tissue.
    Iron is usually more beneficial when taken on an empty stomach which can lead to stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. Which is why FSC Supplements “Gentle Iron” is formulated to be gentle on the stomach, but still delivers the benefits of the iron. It contains 20mg - which is an adequate amount for preventing anaemia.
    Remember to eat or drink a vitamin C rich food/drink after taking an iron supplement as it plays an important role in synthesising and enhancing the absorption of the iron.
    Always check wit
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  2. Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is probably the most known about and popular vitamin to the general public…and probably the first one you think about when feeling under the weather. For good reason too. It is also one of the safest and most effective vitamins to add to your diet. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin found in fruit and vegetables. It also goes by the name ascorbic acid.
    Vitamin C has many benefits, and definitely an important one to make sure you are getting enough of whether through supplementation or diet. The most popular use of vitamin C is ‘boosting’ our immune systems, and is most peoples first go to supplement at the start of a cold or other illness. Studies have shown that it can help reduce the length of illness. It acts as an antioxidant in our bodies fighting off those pesky free radicals and boosting our immune system. Some studies have shown that high levels of vitamin C in the diet can help prevent chronic health conditions.
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  3. Vitamin B12 foods

    As promised in my vitamin B12 blog, here is a list of the top vitamin B12 foods that we can included in our diet to help prevent a deficiency occurring.
    There are so many benefits to making sure we get regular amounts of vitamin B12 in our diets from more energy, to the formation of healthy red blood cells, to preventing impaired mental function.
    Some of the foods listed below won’t be everyones cup of tea, but if you are struggling to get enough vitamin B12 through food speak to your doctor about using a supplement instead.
    Top Vitamin B12 Foods
    Beef Liver
    Chicken Liver 
    Wild caught salmon
    Nutritional Yeast
    Feta Cheese
    Cottage Cheese
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  4. Benefits of Vitamin B12

    Vitamin B12 is one of the most common deficiencies in the world, It’s a water soluble vitamin that we need small amounts of for our body to function optimally. It plays an important role in so many bodily functions if you have a read below. Symptoms can range from the following
    • fatigue
    • depression
    • behavioural changes
    • heart palpitations and shortness of breath 
    • numbness or tingling in hands and feet
    • weakness
    • diarrhoea or constipation
    • pale skin
    • smooth tongue
    • poor dental health
    Benefits of Vitamin B12
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  5. Weekly tip - Low in energy? You may be lacking in these nutrients

    Often when we are low on energy it can be a sign of a deficiency in iron, vitamin B12, magnesium, vitamin D, and potassium. These can easily be checked by doing a simple blood test. 
    Iron is usually the most common deficiency (and more common in woman than men) causing us to feel fatigue. Iron boosts the formation of haemoglobin which is the primary transporter of oxygen from our lungs to our body tissue. 
    Deficiency in vitamin B12 is another one of the most common deficiencies - making sure you are getting enough in your diet is important for maintaining energy levels as it’s needed to convert the carbohydrates we eat into glucose which provides our body with energy. It additionally helps with the formation of red blood cells!
    Magnesium deficiency can leave us feeling fatigued, weak and cause muscle cramps. We need it to support m
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  6. Weekly Tip - Vitamin D

    Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient and our main source of it comes from the sun, however we can get a small amount from our diet. It’s stored in the liver and fatty tissues and plays a vital role in regulating the absorption of calcium which prevents weak and brittle bones which can lead to osteoporosis. Additionally vitamin D is important for keeping our immune system balanced.
    With the days getting shorter and the weather colder we are spending less time outside and covering up more to keep warm. This is preventing us from absorbing vitamin D from the sun. Now is a good time to introduce a vitamin D supplement to prevent a deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency can cause many different symptoms throughout the body from weakened bones, poor immune function, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, fatigue, hormone imbalances, poor cognitive function and even making us more susceptible to certain cancers. As you can see it is a crucial n
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  7. Weekly Tip - Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is probably the most known about vitamin out there and probably the first one you think about when feeling under the weather. For good reason too. It is also one of the safest and most effective vitamins to add to your diet. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and is water soluble. It can be found in many of the fruit and vegetables we eat.

    Vitamin C has many benefits and can be used topically in creams and face oils, as well as taken in supplement form. Always try get the most from your diet though!

    Excellent antioxidant

    Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant in our body fighting off free radicals which cause oxidative stress and damage to our cells. Oxidation is the route cause of most chronic illness, so definitely something to work on reducing as much as possible - and vitamin C can help with that!

    Increases iron absorption

    Vitamin C plays an important role in synthesising other vitamins and minerals, in particular iron. Vitamin C enhances

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  8. Weekly Tip - Vitamin D

    With this cold snowy weather we are all wearing more layers when we leave the house, and this  leaves less skin exposed to the rare sunshine that might pop through the clouds.

    Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient and our main source of it comes from the sun. So during the winter months when sun exposure is at the absolute minimum it’s important to take a vitamin D supplement.

    Vitamin D has many important health benefits. Studies have shown vitamin D can help strengthen and keep our immune system balanced. It may help reduce the risks of respiratory infections and limit the effect of colds and flu.

    Being deficient in vitamin D can make you more susceptible to illness! It’s also important for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus - which keeps our bones and teeth healthy!

    FSC’s Vitamin D3 liquid can be added to drinks or taken direct - it has a delicious orange flavour!

    If you are unsure about your vitamin D levels you can get a blood test to ch

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  9. Weekly Tip - Ginger Root

    Ginger Root and the benefits Ginger (zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant, but we mostly know it for it’s root (rhizome) which has been used for hundreds of years for its health benefits and as tasty ingredient when cooking. You can find it in many forms, including the whole root, powder, capsules or even essential oil. Ginger contains a wide range of important vitamins and minerals. It also contains gingerol an active chemical component that is related to capsaicin and pipeline, and it’s what gives chilli peppers and black pepper their spiciness. Gingerol is a potent antioxidant with anti inflammatory benefits.

    Some of the benefits of ginger root:-

    • Ginger root contains powerful anti fungal properties, and this makes its excellent for helping to kill off fungal infections.
      Helps treat nausea - a natural remedy for motion and morning sickness. Some studies have shown it to be as effective as anti-nausea medication. Ginger has been shown to calm you
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  10. Omega-6 Fatty Acids

    As promised from my last blog here is the next one on omega-6 fatty acids…

    Omega fatty acids are essential to a healthy diet and play a crucial part in so many bodily functions. There are two main types of fatty acids we get in our diet, saturated and unsaturated fats. Omega-6 fatty acids are unsaturated fats called polyunsaturated (PUFAs) fats. These fats usually are liquid form at room temperature. Omega-3 and omega-6 fall under the polyunsaturated fats.

    You might have heard over the years that omega-6 is bad for you and that it causes inflammation in the body which can lead the a whole host of other illnesses. But the depends where you are getting them from and how much of them you are getting. As mentioned above they are essential - our bodies need them and we need to get them though our diet or supplement form in the healthiest way possible. Cutting them out of your diet would do more harm then good! 

    Omega-6’s can

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