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The latest news, research and events from the world of natural health

Vitamin D and brain health

A study from the University of South Australia shows a direct link between dementia and lack of vitamin D. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, mentions that low vitamin D status is associated with lower brain volume and an increased risk of dementia and stroke. The study is based on data from 294,514 participants from the UK Biobank, a comprehensive biomedical database and research resource with in-depth genetic and health information about half a million UK participants. The researchers mention that in some populations, up to 17 per cent of dementia cases could be prevented simply by raising people’s vitamin D in the blood to 50 nmol/L, which is considered to be the normal level.

There is widespread vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency worldwide. More and more people take a daily supplement to be on the safe side. It is always a good idea to choose a vitamin D supplement that is documented in published studies.

Donate to the Hygiene Bank

The Hygiene Bank Ireland is a grassroots organisation, which tackles hygiene poverty by delivering donated hygiene and household cleaning products to community partners who work with vulnerable and marginalised communities.

In a new partnership with Boots, The Hygiene Bank is providing drop-off points in ten stores where people can donate hygiene products to those in need. People are invited to donate unopened and unused products such as dental products, deodorants, body wash, nappies, baby wipes, razors and shaving foam, period products, hairbrushes, shampoo and conditioner.

The stores in the initial phase include five locations in Dublin – Dundrum, Carrickmines, Swords, Liffey Valley and Blanchardstown, Letterkenny Retail Park, Letterkenny, two locations in Cork – Blackpool and Half Moon Street – as well as Shop Street, Galway and Abbey St., Wicklow Town. Find out more about how you can get involved by visiting

November events

MS READaTHON lasts the whole month. Thousands of readers young and old will take part in raising awareness and vital funds to support people living with MS in Ireland.

World Vegan Month

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