“While our interest in health and wellbeing is increasing, it’s clear from the consumer research conducted by AQUA Carpatica that more information is needed around even simple, everyday products like drinking water – how many people know that in many European countries, for example, legislation means nitrate content in drinking water shouldn’t exceed 10mg per litre, whilst in the UK the limit is 50mg per litre for adults, with no legislation in place for children? Few people are aware that nitrates, which can leach into water from fertilisers, manure and septic tanks, have been linked to potentially serious health issues including breathing problems for newborn infants, thyroid and circulatory problems, and headaches. Some people may prefer to choose a water that is nitrate-free.”

dr. Sarah Brewer

Dr Sarah Brewer MSc (NutrMed), MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, RNutr, MBANT, CNHC, qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working as a hospital doctor and in general practice, she recognised that many illnesses have a dietary basis and studied for a Master’s degree in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. As well as being a registered doctor, Sarah is also a Registered Nutritionist, a Registered Nutritional Therapist and an award winning health writer. Sarah writes widely on all aspects of health and nutrition and is the author of over 60 popular self-help books.

“This survey shows that people don’t find it easy to identify vitamins, minerals and other ingredients.  That is why it is so important to read the labels on your food and drinks.  It is crucial to know what you are putting in your body as this affects your health both physically and mentally. The lack of understanding about nitrates, particularly in water, shown in the survey was of concern.  And also for me, as a nutritionist, to learn that in many European countries, the legislation requires that the nitrate content in water should not exceed 10mg per litre. But in the UK the limit is 50mg per litre for adults and there is no legislation in place for children.”

dr Marilyn Glenville

Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD is the UK’s leading nutritionist specialising in women’s health. She is the former President of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine, a registered nutritionist, psychologist, author and popular broadcaster who obtained her doctorate from Cambridge University. For over thirty five years Dr Glenville has studied and practiced nutritional medicine specialising in the natural approach to female hormone problems.  Dr Glenville is a popular international speaker and the author of 14 internationally bestselling books, many of which have become the standard reference books for healthcare practitioners and have sold over 1 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 20 languages. As a respected author on women’s healthcare she gives regular talks on radio and frequently appears on television and in the press.

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Clinical studies have shown a connection between high nitrate levels during pregnancy and various health issues in newborns. These include blue-baby syndrome, oral cleft defects, neural tube defects and limb deficiencies:

Blue-baby syndrome

Risk for Neural Tube Defects

Oral Cleft Defects and limb deficiencies in offspring


Thyroid disease

Ovarian Cancer

Bladder Cancer