Homocysteine a marker for heart attack

Research has shown that high levels of homocysteine in the blood can predict who will suffer a heart attack. High levels of homocysteine prevent dilation of blood vessels. Research showed that homocysteine levels were a better indicator of heart attacks and strokes than high cholesterol levels. The research on the amino acid homocysteine and heart disease is over ten years old. Following men with heart problems for six years, Norwegian researchers found that the higher the homocysteine levels, the greater the risk of death following a heart attack. Another study showed that the risk of a fatal heart attack increased four-fold in those with high homocysteine levels in the blood. Several nutrients have been shown to lower blood homocysteine and the associated risks. Continue reading…

Quercetin Reduces Blood Pressure

One of the reasons high fruit and vegetable consumption is thought to reduce cardiovascular risk is because of a high concentration of flavonoid, in particular the flavonoid Quercetin. A study published in the British Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that Quercetin supplementation can reduce blood pressure and plasma oxidised LDL concentrations in overweight, high risk individuals. Continue reading…

St John’s Wort Effective in Treating Depression

The plant hypericum perforatum, popularly known as St. John’s Wort, has long been considered a natural alternative to Prozac, but now new research from St. James’ University Hospital in Leeds, has confirmed its mood-boosting properties. Scientists have found that it is just as effective at treating depression as Prozac. It also has fewer side effects than standard drugs given to those battling depression. Continue reading…

IHS Taster Workshop – Fun Event

IHS hosted a free taster workshop on Saturday December 12th. The event was an introduction to the certificate courses in Dietary Coaching: Nutrition & Health and Sports Nutrition. This interactive workshop was a great success, evaluating individual health and exploring how health conditions can be managed and improved using food and nutrients rather than pharmaceutical intervention. Heather Leeson of Positive Nutrition demonstrated how health-giving superfoods can be used in delicious and simple dishes. The chocolate-free treats were definitely the favourite of the day!

The IHS certificate in dietary coaching starts on January 9th 2010 and there are still a few places available. Contact us to receive a course prospectus.

Competition Winner – Certificate in Dietary Coaching

Congratulations to our competition winner Mr. Gay Dolan!
To celebrate the launch of the Institute of Health Sciences at the Rude Health Show in September, we ran a competition with a prize of a place on our new certificate course in Dietary Coaching. This is a fantastic prize worth €2,500. Mr Gay Dolan is the lucky winner and we hope that he enjoys and benefits from this course for a long time to come!

Welcome back to term at new look IHS!

Welcome to the Institute of Health Sciences

After months of hard work we are thrilled to unveil our new name and the new look of the college. We officially launched at the Rude Health Show in Dublin this month and have had a great response from those of you we saw there. If you haven’t already, then check out our new website at www.instituteofhealthsciences.com. We love the new look and feel and hope you will too. Please let us know your thoughts.

As well as the new name we have introduced some exciting new certificate courses (see below) which have already been accredited by ITEC. These year long courses are an extension of our popular Naturopathic Nutrition course with many practical new elements added.

Never ones to let a potential summer holiday get in the way of work, We have used the last few months, and all your comments from Polldaddy, to incorporate a number of changes into the diploma course, all of which will help to ensure that our graduates’ knowledge and skills are second to none.
We hope you all enjoy this newsletter. As ever, we are always interested to hear from you if you have any suggestions for additions (or omissions!) for this publication, so please let us know!

Organic Food

The answer to this question is yes according to a recent article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which found that there was little or no nutritional benefit to eating organic foods and which has been widely reported in the Irish press.
However, as with all research, it is vital to take a closer look at the source of this information (as our diploma students are always being told!!) and evaluate for yourselves whether the reported findings are indeed the full facts! Continue reading…

New ITEC Certificate Course in Dietary Coaching

In January 2010 IHS is launching 2 new ITEC accredited certificate courses. Both courses are 1 year in length, with lectures, workshops and field trips one weekend per month. We are really excited about both courses, which have been specifically designed to offer students a really practical yet information packed look at nutrition and health. The courses are written with the average Western lifestyle in mind and use current health issues and eating habits as a central point from which to discuss food and health. So whether you are interested in how to effectively combat obesity, how to read and understand a food label, how to cook different health foods or who is in charge of your food from farm to fork, these courses can help ensure you understand all the current issues around diet and health. Both courses are suitable for anyone wanting to expand their knowledge for personal use, however they are also designed with the healthcare professional in mind. Dietary Coaching: Nutrition and Health is perfect for complementary practitioners looking to expand their practice by giving high quality, easily achievable, basic nutrition advice to their clients., whilst coaching them towards change (which is always a challenge!). Likewise, our Dietary Coaching: Sports Nutrition certificate course offers the same basic nutrition principles but with an additional focus on nutrition for the sports enthusiast.
For more details and to view full lecture plans for both courses go to: