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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Feeling good with nutritional therapist Nikki Dake ]

Feeling good with nutritional therapist Nikki Dake

Keep the kids safe this summer – feed ’em right!

Children really are what you feed them and experts now say poor nutrition puts children’s health most at risk

According to a recently commissioned study, parents are more likely to be worried about their children being hit by a car than damaging their health by eating too much sugar. It’s a sobering thought but, given what we know today about reducing health risks in children through good nutrition and diet, this should become as important as teaching them to cross the road safely.

The omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) continue to emerge as the most important nutrients for human brain health; they have a positive, life-enhancing effect on learning and behaviour in children. EFAs are long-chain polyunsaturated fats as opposed to the short-chain saturated fats found in junk food. Oily fish is the main source of Omega-3 EFA nutrients, so it’s confusing that ‘added omega-3’ appears on supermarket products from eggs to cereal bars; but, you’d need to eat 50 omega-enriched eggs to obtain a beneficial amount of Omega-3, equivalent to one dose of a supplement like Higher Nature’s Omega 3 Fish Oil or their orange-flavoured SmartStart, particularly formulated for children (readily available in local pharmacies: for stockists call Best Life 25 871080).

In 2003 the UK’s Durham Education Authority reported that huge improvements in learning ability, particularly reading and writing, were achieved by fish oil supplementation; moreover that children with ADHD (attention deficit disorder) were also considerably helped. Certainly I’ve seen a huge difference in hyperactive children who have followed specialist fish oil protocols; one teenager now calls them his “concentration pills!”

EFAs can be broken down further into EPA and DHA – the two critical omega-3 oils available from oily fish. Some manufacturers disrupt the natural ratio (3:2) of these two oils because of their different functions: DHA supports brain development while EPA supports brain function. Ideally any child will benefit from a balanced supplement at the natural ratio, but pregnant and breast-feeding mums and children from six months to five years might be best to look for a high DHA supplement while mums of school-age children should select a higher EPA formula. Manufacturers like Eskimo 3 offer a full range of specialised supplements for children of all ages, up to adulthood (for information visit; to purchase go to

There are vegetarian sources of EPA, coming from its precursor ALA (short for Alpha Linolenic Acid) in natural plant and seed oils like flax (linseed), hemp and green vegetables. It’s not as readily metabolised/assimilated as fish oil but, for vegetarian/vegan families, the new oil PureOmega from North American Herb & Spice, is a real step in the right nutritional direction (mail order Tigon UK Tel: 0044 1664 485001 or

About 20 per cent of the dry weight of the brain and some 30 per cent of the eye retina are made from long-chain fatty acids, which are crucial for most processes of our life. Taking a balanced, branded supplement therefore makes sense for everyone, even into middle age and beyond, to support brain and eye function and vascular health. For adults and the elderly, I recommend Yasoo brand Omega-T available in pharmacies (, for its balance of cold water marine oils, natural Vitamin E complex and CoQ10.

Back to the kids and the clear fact that what children eat can affect their behaviour, mood and learning, both positively and negatively. Parents feeding their kids junk food - E-numbers, sweeteners like aspartame, flavour enhancers like MSG – and empty calories with no nutritional value are inadvertently making life very difficult as their kids struggle with poor health, behavioural problems and learning difficulties. Kids really ARE what you feed them!

In May, Ilia Georgiou’s column featured a question: ‘I am an 18-year-old guy with acne and have angry red spots all over my face. Can I use something to disguise them?’

Ilia wisely advised staying away from camouflage make-up and I’d like to take her reply one step further. The acne comes from within, not just the skin’s surface; spring-cleaning the system helps enormously with problems like spots, because the skin is the body’s biggest detox organ and spots are just that – signs of the body getting rid of toxins. Look for Higher Nature Herbal Springclean in local pharmacies and follow the directions. Milk Thistle is also another good idea, to help support the liver.
Topically, there is a fabulous range of French skin cream specially formulated for skin which breaks out with red, irritating blotches; called Arubix, it’s available online from I met one of the company’s directors at the Brighton show this year and he told me that the active ingredient is golden camomile, grown in Burkina Fasso, and which is hyper-effective in dealing with skin complaints. There have been a number of studies conducted in Germany, France and Greece and you can find a hyperlink to these results on the BComBio website. If the spots appear infected, I’d recommend P73 cream, made with high strength oregano, to put paid to any bacteria ( – as main article).
Diet is hugely important, too – read above how Omega fatty acids can boost your system.

Nikki’s column appears every four weeks. Please address your questions to PO Box 21144, Nicosia. Tel: 22 818585

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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