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Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnancy – Which Iron is Best?

InterClinical eNews August 2018, Issue 83 Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) represents a major health concern during pregnancy. IDA is associated with increased risk of preterm pregnancy, low birth weight and restricted intrauterine growth rates.(1)  A number of types of iron supplementation exist such as ferrous fumarate, ferrous sulphate, ferrous gluconate and amino-chelated forms such as ferrous bis-glycinate. Amino chelated forms are considered superior due to their ability to transit the intestines still...

Do Hair Iron & Body Iron Correlate?

InterClinical eNews July 2018, Issue 82 Iron deficiency is one of the most common metabolic conditions in Australia. It induces symptoms of lethargy, poor concentration, shortness of breath and heart palpitations that can impact severely on human health. (1) Being able to accurately estimate iron stores is crucial to identifying anaemia as a causative agent. This study sought to investigate if hair iron correlates with specific serum iron markers and whether or not it can be employed as a non-invasive marker of bodily iron...

Signs & Symptoms of Copper Deficiency

InterClinical eNews June 2018, Issue 81 Copper has been recognised as an essential mineral since the mid 19th century when copper deficiency anaemia was first identified. In this issue we take a closer look at daily copper needs, the symptoms people with copper deficiency can experience, identify at-risk populations and discuss how the symptom picture can be easily mistaken for other conditions Copper Requirements The Australian national adequate daily intake (AI) for copper...

Brahmi for Memory & Concentration in Children

InterClinical eNews May 2018, Issue 80 Bacopa monnieri has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as a cognitive enhancing agent. These learning enhancement effects have been validated in healthy adults, but only recently has this herb been trialed in younger cohorts. In clinical settings, Bacopa polyherbal formulations have demonstrated improvement in children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) potentiating it as an alternative treatment. This month we look at the safety and effectiveness...

Aluminium – It’s everywhere… but is it safe?

InterClinical eNews April 2018, Issue 79 Aluminium is ubiquitous in the environment. In recent years, it has increasingly been incorporated in consumer products, foodstuffs and drinking water with a presumption of safety. This presumption is based on the belief that as is not overtly toxic in acute low dose ingestion, cumulative consumption must also be benign. This month we review the research to shed light on this assumption. Aluminium in Water To date, no...

Liquorice – Wide-Ranging Effects on Adrenal Hormones

InterClinical eNews March 2018, Issue 78 With the increasing incidence of adrenal fatigue in the general population, we felt it was timely to take a look at an adrenal-sparing herb. In this month's issue, we investigate the diverse effects of liquorice on adrenal hormones. Liquorice has been acknowledged for its ability to raise cortisol and researchers at the Queen's Medical Research Institute in Edinburgh sought to examine the broader range of its effects on adrenal hormones. In...

An Unexpected Cause of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

InterClinical eNews February 2018, Issue 77 In this month's issue, we look at recent research examining what might cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and in patients with none of the usual risk factors. Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a serious condition which is on the increase and has now become the most common liver disease in industrialised countries. A diagnosis of NAFLD involves a tissue biopsy or medical imaging. The factors leading to...

Ginger: The Digestion All-Rounder

InterClinical eNews January 2018, Issue 75 In this month's issue, we look at ginger's use as a digestive tonic. The rhizome of Zingiber officinale Roscoe, commonly called ginger, has been used for thousands of years for a wide range of digestive benefits and in more recent times it has proved an invaluable digestive herbal tonic in Western traditional herbal medicine. Preclinical trials show ginger can assist gastric emptying and decrease gastrointestinal transit times. (1, 2)  In vivo studies demonstrate a significant increase...