Vitamin B6 Health Benefits: Can It Reduce Depression Symptoms?

Here’s what we know about this essential vitamin’s effects on well-being.

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He Used to Run Several Times a Week. Now He Could Barely Stand.

Could an unusual drug habit account for such a rapid decline?

#nerves-and-nervous-system, #tests-medical, #vitamin-b12, #vitamins

What’s in Your Prenatal Vitamin?

Doctors recommend them before, during and even after a pregnancy. But regulation is spotty and finding the right pill can be hard.

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Do Prepackaged Salad Greens Lose Their Nutrients?

Some greens lose more nutrients than others with washing and storage.

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A Young Mother Found Herself Cripplingly Weak. Did Her Operation Cause This?

Three months after having bariatric surgery, she was vomiting several times a day and couldn’t even move her eyes.

#autoimmune-diseases, #bariatric-surgery, #eyes-and-eyesight, #tests-and-examinations, #vitamins

Are Plant Milks Good for You?

They can be, but in most cases, they should not be considered a nutritional substitute for dairy.

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‘Pure’ nutritional supplements startup Feel closes $6.2M investment, led by Fuel Ventures

Earlier this year we covered the launch of Heights, a new supplements startup in an increasingly hot category. Feel, is a year-old UK startup with another twist on this world: pure nutritional supplements. It’s now closed a $6.2 million investment, led by Fuel Ventures, with participation from TMT Investments, Sova VC, Richard Longhurst (founder of LoveHoney.com) and Igor Ryabenkiy (founder and GP of Altair Capital).

Feel founder Boris Hodakel says he spun his startup up after looking at the UK’s big health and retail brands including Graze, Tesco, Bulk Powders and Simba Sleep.

In many ways Feel is very akin to Graze. The supplements arrive in a post-box-friendly box and is available in a range of subscription packages. This is basically ‘Graze nuts, but for supplements.’

Feel has a direct-to-consumer subscription model, and is claiming a 60x growth in its first year and 21,000 active subscriptions.

Hodakel’s contention is that while Feel provides higher grade supplements to consumers which cost more to produce, it manages to keep costs down for consumers via direct-to-consumer model.

Hodakel, founder and CEO of Feel said: “Not all vitamins are created equal and the majority you find on retail shelves have a dirty formula that is difficult to absorb by the body, missing natural elements. We’re the cleanest alternative in the market – backed up by science –  and continually invest in making our formulas as effective as possible while still affordable.”

He says he started Feel because, having a skin problem, supplements were part of his health routine, but “the aha moment” happened he realized how many fillers were in normal supplements. “All our formulas are researched and formulated in-house, and we keep updating them, like our flagship multivitamin in just two years is already in its 3rd version,” he said.

Mark Pearson, managing partner at Fuel Ventures added: “The growth and the expansion of Feel’s product line present a really exciting time for Feel and we are supporting them in becoming a significant disruptor to the health supplement market.” 

Alexander Chikunov, Partner at Sova VC added, “Feel is in the process of disrupting consumer habits around vitamin intake, and changing a marketplace worth $144bn by providing its customers with top-quality products, combined with flawless and friendly service.”

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Heights raises $2M for its subscription supplements aimed new ‘braincare’ category

New wellness startup Heights is formally launching this week, focusing on a category it describes as ‘braincare’. The startup will market “ultra high quality, sustainable plant-based supplements that feed your brain” based on what it says is scientific data.

It has raised a $2 million Seed funding round (£1.7M) via the Seedrs crowdfunding platform, with the round also including the institutional investor Forward Partners. Angel investors include Tom Singh (founder of New Look), Damian Bradfield (WeTransfer), Dhiraj Mukherjee (Shazam), Renee Elliot (Planet Organic), and celebrity investor Chris Smalling (an England and Manchester United professional footballer).

The funds will be used for customer growth and new product development, including soon-to-launch a ‘psychobiotic‘ probiotic aimed at cognition and mental health.

Customers first take a ‘brain health’ survey, then sign up for a monthly, quarterly, or annual subscription.

Customers need only take two capsules a day, thus hugely decreasing the complexity of juggling regular vitamin taking.

The product fits through a letterbox and the unusual bottle was designed by the well-known product design agency Pentagram. A content and coaching program included in the subscription helps customers, and another brain health survey happens after a month. Heights claims that “93%” improve their brain health score within one month.

Heights is not alone in this new market for what some describe as ‘designer vitamins’ and the arena is already populated by the likes of Hims / Hers, MotionVitabiotics and Bulletproof.

These companies broadly fall into the “Nootropics” category — vitamins and minerals designed to improve cognitive function, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals. But the market is not small. The ‘self care’, ‘healthcare’, and ‘personal development’ market is worth over $1Trillion but supplements alone is worth at least $100BN+.

Heights founders Dan Murray-Serter and Joel Freeman, with adviser Dr Tara Swart.

Heights founders Dan Murray-Serter and Joel Freeman, with adviser Dr. Tara Swart.

However, co-founder Dan Murray-Serter says Heights is aiming to do something different to the aforementioned players.

In a text-based interview, he said: “Nootropics as a category really focus on quick fixes, which is why we’re working on the category creation of ‘braincare’ because there are no ‘quick fixes’ in life, and that terminology and category have essentially set people up with the same false hopes as ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes do. We’re set up differently — aka, starting with scientifically researched articles and journal references.”

He said Heights will be positioned more like a skincare or haircare brand, “because people understand that the daily habit/practice is what creates the longevity and impact, not just a one-day miracle.”

Murray-Serter says there are 20 key nutrients science says our brains need to thrive, and these are mostly found in a combination of buying multivitamins, omega 3s, and ‘nootropics’. He says Heights has sourced the “highest quality” ingredients in the most ‘bioavailable form’ in a patented capsule which makes it easier to digest for the body.

“One of the most common reasons the habit of taking vitamins doesn’t stick for people is that the bottle goes into a cupboard and gets ignored. So we started with design alongside quality,” he says. The Heights vitamins come in a distinctive, recyclable bottle which Heights will also aven recycle if you send it back to them.

Murray-Serter, who previously founded the mobile startup Grabble, says he came up with the idea for the startup after a bout of chronic anxiety and a 6 month-long period of insomnia. The problem was solved by high-quality, high-density vitamins and supplements, as opposed to normal supplements which usually only have the lowest recommended daily levels of vitamins inside them.

After starting a newsletter on the subject of optimizing cognitive performance with cofounder Joel Freeman, the pair amassed a following of 60,000 readers www.yourheights.com/sundays

and then came up with the idea of launching the actual product.

The company now has a ‘Braincare‘ podcast that has reached 100,000 downloads, and the founders have also been joined by key team member Chief Science Officer, Dr Tara Swart (pictured).

Two things may help Heights. Firstly, in the era of Covid-19, public health authorities and governments around the world have recommended taking Vitamin D to boost the body’s immune system should someone fall prey to the disease. It’s not insignificant that two Heights capsules contain 400% of the ‘Nutrient Reference Value’ (formerly known as Recommended Daily Allowance) of Vitamin D3, as well as many other supplements. Theoretically, one could take four normal tablets of this, but the customer experience and other added vitamins in Heights will appeal to many. Secondly, the growing awareness of mental health and interest in maintaining good mental health is now a regular subject of public discourse. So Heights appears to be well-positioned to ride both those waves.

#bulletproof, #co-founder, #cofounder, #designer, #disease, #europe, #food-and-drink, #forward-partners, #founder, #health, #healthcare, #heights, #insomnia, #manchester-united, #new-look, #nutrition, #tc, #united-kingdom, #vitamins

Vitamins C and E Tied to Lower Risk for Parkinson’s Disease

Consuming foods high in vitamins C and E may help protect against the onset of Parkinson’s later in life, a Swedish study suggests.

#diet-and-nutrition, #neurology-journal, #parkinsons-disease, #vitamins

Zinc: It Helps With Colds, But Not Coronavirus

Maybe! It may help with the common cold. There is no definitive scientific evidence suggesting it will help Covid-19.

#colds, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #vitamins, #your-feed-selfcare, #zinc

Are Mushrooms the Future of Wellness?

Long thought to have medicinal benefits, fungi including reishi, lion’s mane and chaga are gaining popularity in the wellness world.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #anxiety-and-stress, #diet-and-nutrition, #fungi, #herbs, #mushrooms, #sleep, #vitamins

Exploring the Links Between Coronavirus and Vitamin D

Sales of vitamin D to promote immune health have soared, but studies of vitamin D and Covid-19 have yielded mixed results.

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Coronavirus Meets a Drive to End Malnutrition in Africa

A way has been found to enrich the unfortified flour that Tanzanians eat as a staple. But the pandemic is getting in the way.

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Let the Sunshine In

Sunlight is not a cure for coronavirus, but it does have other benefits for mind and body.

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Can I Boost My Immune System?

Fears about coronavirus have prompted online searches and plenty of misinformation about how to strengthen the immune system. Here’s what works — and what doesn’t.

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Is Celery Juice a Sham?

There are claims that the staid, crunchy workhorse usually found beside Buffalo wings can heal autoimmune diseases, among other benefits. Is that true?

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Supplements and Diets for Heart Health Show Limited Proof of Benefit

Some supplements may actually be harmful for cardiovascular health.

#blood-pressure, #diet-and-nutrition, #dietary-supplements-and-herbal-remedies, #folic-acid, #heart, #iron-nutrient, #oils-and-fats, #omega-3-fatty-acids, #preventive-medicine, #salt, #vitamins

Does Sunlight Through Glass Provide Vitamin D?

You can’t get adequate UVB exposure sitting indoors or in a car.

#glass, #sunlight, #ultraviolet-light, #vitamin-d, #vitamins, #windows

Do Cruciferous Vegetables Really Fight Cancer?

You cannot go wrong incorporating a lot of cruciferous vegetables, which include broccoli and brussels sprouts as well as dark leafy greens like kale and arugula, in your diet.

#breast-cancer, #cancer, #colon-and-colorectal-cancer, #diet-and-nutrition, #dietary-supplements-and-herbal-remedies, #head-and-neck-cancer, #lung-cancer, #prostate-gland, #throat, #vegetables, #vitamins

What Are the Effects of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

A deficiency of B12, if left untreated, can lead to irreversible neurological problems.

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Are Calcium Supplements Safe?

Kidney stones are a known risk, but studies have investigated other potential safety concerns, including an increased risk of death, cancer and heart disease.

#bones, #calcium, #dietary-supplements-and-herbal-remedies, #medicine-and-health, #osteoporosis, #preventive-medicine, #vitamin-d, #vitamins, #womens-health-initiative

Older Americans Are ‘Hooked’ on Vitamins

Sixty-eight percent of those 65 and older take vitamin supplements. Much of what we once believed about the benefits is wrong.

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Do I Get Enough Vitamin D in the Winter?

In higher-latitude cities like Boston, inadequate UVB limits vitamin D synthesis for at least a few months during the winter.

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What Is the Health and Nutritional Value of Mushrooms?

Mushrooms are a “powerhouse of nutrition” and not a white food to be avoided, said one nutritionist.

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Ask Well: Red Cabbage vs. Blueberries?

Red cabbage is not as high as blueberries in the antioxidants that give these foods a blue or purple color, but it contains other healthful nutrients.

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Should I Take a Vitamin for Brittle Nails?

Most splitting nails can be healed with a simple moisturizer, although nail problems can also be a sign of an underlying medical problem.

#dietary-supplements-and-herbal-remedies, #nails-body-part, #vitamins