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Lipids and Nutraceuticals: A Focus on Mental Health and Cognition October 2021 Mike Eyres and Laurence Eyres FNZIFST

Lipids and Nutraceuticals: A Focus on Mental Health and Cognition October 2021 Mike Eyres and Laurence Eyres FNZIFST   Introduction Modern life is becoming increasingly stressful particularly in these times of COVID. This is resulting in an increase in mental health problems globally. There has been a huge surge in prescriptions for drugs for mental health including antidepressants, anxiolytics, and sleep aids. Whilst these prescriptions appear to be a necessary evil there are obvious dangers with these prescriptions and the resulting dependency that can occur…

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Oils and Fats Update Laurence Eyres FNZIFST September2021

Oils and Fats Update Laurence Eyres FNZIFST Sepetember2021 Margarines and Spreads Just to recap, Margarine was invented in France by Hippolyte Mèges-Mouries in response to Napoleon III’s call for a cheap alternative to butter for French workers and for his armies in the Franco-Prussian war. The first margarine, consisting of beef tallow churned with milk, was patented in 1869. Since then, there has been a lot of change globally with the ongoing battle with butter and innovation techniques covering fat content, ingredients, flavour and nutritional claims. In…

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Lipids and Nutraceutical News July 19th, 2021

Lipids and Nutraceutical News July 19th, 2021 Laurence Eyres and Michael Eyres   Natural Bioactives and Antibiotic Resistance One of us had a recent bad experience with an infection that turned to sepsis and whilst the heavy use of antibiotics was life- saving, the resulting adverse reaction led to hepatitis and liver damage. Because the antibiotic therapy went on for several months, antibiotic resistance was begging to occur, and a superinfection was narrowly avoided. This event spurred us to look at what is happening in…

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Lipids and Nutraceuticals June 2021

  NEW RESEARCH AVENUES FOR PALMITOYLETHANOLAMIDE (PEA) Palmitoylethanolamide  (PEA)  is  a  modern  lipid  nutraceutical.  We  have  reported  previously  on this  naturally  occurring  lipid  that  has  been  found  to  have  anti-inflammatory  properties  and analgesic.  We  have  personal  experience  of  the  efficacy  of  this  compound  in  alleviating  the pain from aching knees and joints. It  has  also  been  used  in  the  past  for  immunity.  The  story  of  PEA  as  a  nutraceutical  to  prevent and  treat  infectious  diseases  dates  to  the  1970s  where  the  molecule  was  branded  under  the…

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Lipids and Nutraceuticals March/April 2021

Lipids and Nutraceuticals March/April 2021 by Laurence Eyres FNZIFST and Mike Eyres AGM This  year’s  AGM  for  the  Oils  and  Fats  Specialists  Group  and  social  dinner  will be  postponed until much later in 2021 due to COVID and other issues in Auckland. Marine Omega 3 supplements: How to choose a quality supplement   Omega-3   supplements   have   been   around   for   over   50   years.   The   early   products   were composed  of  fish  oil  which  had  been  refined  and  deodorized  and  then  filled  into  soft  gel capsules.  The  most  popular …

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Lipids and Nutraceuticals January 2021

Lipids and Nutraceuticals January 2021 by Laurence Eyres FNZIFST and Mike Eyres   Lipid technology being utilized in Covid-19 Vaccines It has been interesting to read recently about the use of lipid and liposome technologies that we commonly see in the world of nutraceuticals being utilized in the new Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna mRNA Covid-19 Vaccines. The technical problem that appears to have been solved is that mRNA is very fragile. Hence the need for keeping these vaccines cold. Charged lipid nanoparticles have been found to…

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Lipids and Nutraceuticals January 2021

Lipids and Nutraceuticals January 2021 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST and Mike Eyres   Lipid technology being utilized in Covid-19 Vaccines It has been interesting to read recently about the use of lipid and liposome technologies that we commonly see in the world of nutraceuticals being utilized in the new Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna mRNA Covid-19 Vaccines. The technical problem that appears to have been solved is that mRNA is very fragile. Hence the need for keeping these vaccines cold. Charged lipid nanoparticles have been found to be…

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Lipids and nutraceuticals August 2020 Laurence Eyres and Mike Eyres

W E L C O M E Welcome to the new look for the newsletter. It was a suggestion from the late Bernie Radford that we branch out from straight oils and fats into the interesting world of natural compounds and  health. So, we have changed the name to reflect this perspective and we have been looking at compounds such as CBD, antioxidants, and vitamins in recent newsletters A N N U A L D I N N E R A N D    A G…

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Oils and Fats News April 2020

Oils and Fats News April 2020 Laurence Eyres FNZIFST COVID-19 As the disease begins to dominate all aspects of our day to day lives it’s hard to envisage that one day we will return to normal and get back to other issues. Whilst not giving medical advice I have been giving some thought as to how we can support our natural nutrition and resistance to this type of RNA virus. There are several well documented articles in the literature that point to certain natural ingredients…

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Oils and Fats News September 2019

OBITUARY FOR BERNIE RADFORD We  are sad to report the passing of one of our enthusiastic and active members. Bernie was always full of ideas and was the first to suggest that we branch out into other areas that encompassed natural products and were not fats by strict definition. We have followed this direction and have now widened the scope to include hemp extracts, antioxidants and other lipid-like molecules. Bernie was always a supporter of dairy products and defended any attacks on milkfat or dairy protein. This was probably since…

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