Why everyone in Britain should take Vitamin D

spoon-full-of-vitamin-pills-200x300Everyone in the UK should consider taking vitamin D supplements to counter the lack of sunshine government experts are proposing.

The draft Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition guidelines suggest, from the age of one, 10 microgram vitamin D pills be taken to ensure people get enough.

Current advice is that only at-risk groups, such as pregnant women, under-fives and over 65s, should take supplements.

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Coffee drinkers have ‘cleaner’ arteries

coffee1People who drink three to five cups cups of coffee a day were less likely to have early signs of heart disease according to a Korean study published in the journal Heart The findings reopen the debate about whether coffee is good for the heart.

Some studies have linked consumption to heart risk factors, such as raised cholesterol or blood pressure, while others suggest the beverage may offer some heart protection.

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Children more familiar with beer brands than biscuits

Aaron-Lennon-004Campaigners are calling for stricter alcohol marketing regulations to protect children and young people after research has found that primary school aged children as young as 10 years old are more familiar with beer brands, than leading brands of biscuits, crisps and ice-cream.

The research also found half of children associate their favourite football teams and tournaments with the beer brands they are sponsored by, with 3 in 5 children associating Chang beer with Everton football club.

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