25 Sep 2018 BANT Confirms that Supplements Should Only Be Taken When Recommended By a Trained Health Professional
Following publication of research by the University of Hertfordshire, highlighting the possible risks of combining prescription medication with food and herbal supplements, BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) confirms that supplementation of vitamins, minerals and herbal remedies should only be taken following a consultation with a health professional, who has been trained specifically in this area. BANT Registered Nutritional Therapists are specifically trained to recommend quality supplements to individuals where indicated, only after thorough assessment of case history, prescription medications and any relevant test results. BANT Nutrition Practitioners are, in particular, trained in supplement/medication interactions and are professionally insured to recommend supplements.
For people looking for nutrition advice, BANT Nutrition Practitioners will always recommend dietary support first for clients. BANT member practitioners are also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) a PSA Accredited Register.
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The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioners. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy; and the registered nutrition practitioner.
BANT continues to promote its Wellbeing Guidelines campaign to encourage the British people to eat more individual ingredients and unprocessed food. Going back to some old-fashioned values, such a family meal times and improving the nations cooking skills to use fresh ingredients, will go a long way to help the obesity targets and health of the individuals.
BANT experts carefully developed these Wellbeing Guidelines, based on the latest science and research in the field of nutrition for optimal health. The BANT Wellbeing Guidelines were specifically designed to provide clear, concise, easy to understand information, avoiding outdated information and research, and addressing some of the most common health concerns. The most frequent reasons people seek nutritional advice is for weight management and/ or for general health and wellbeing. These issues are addressed by BANT with these guides:
- THE WELLNESS SOLUTION (https://bant.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/WELLNESS-SOLUTION-IMAGE.jpg)
- FIGHT THE FAT / BEAT THE BLOAT (WEIGHT LOSS) (https://bant.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FIGHT-THE-FAT-IMAGE.jpg)
BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners are regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) that holds an Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). A recent report by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Professional Standards Agency made a key recommendation that AVR practitioners have the authority to make direct NHS referrals, in appropriate cases, to ease the administrative burden on GP surgeries.
As members of the CNHC Accredited Register, BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners and other CNHC registrants, are the key workforce asset to harness 21st century lifestyle medicine to tackle the rising tide of stress related fatigue, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, dementia and other chronic diseases.
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