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4/08/22

CoQ10 and Sport

What is CoQ10? No doubt you’ve heard of CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 (or 2,3 dimethoxy-5 methyl-6-decaprenyl benzoquinone) is a fat-soluble quinone, commonly known as ubiquinone. It is considered nature’s sparkplug and occurs naturally in the human body, most abundantly in the heart. Supplements have been around for a long time and there’s a continually growing body […]

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26/07/22

What is Xanthohumol?

Xanthohumol is a powerful flavonoid found in hops, but how did we come to find out about it? The History of Hops The joy of drinking beer and art of brewing is over 5500 years old. Historical findings concluded that the origin of hops was in Asia, and from a botanical point of view, China […]

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30/06/22

Zinc and Sporting Performance – Should You Supplement After a Workout?

In those who take sport and exercise seriously, zinc is probably a mineral which is supplemented after a workout; either through sports drinks, individual food supplements or as part of a multivitamin. Like most micronutrients though most people don’t always understand why they are taking them, especially if the person was just told to do […]

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17/06/22

The Role of Vitamin D in the Health of Athletes

Vitamin D is an essential fat soluble vitamin micronutrient that contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and muscles.* It is used to support the normal function of the immune system and the process of cell division.* Vitamin D also is required for the normal absorption and utilisation of calcium and phosphorous, and normal blood […]

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25/05/22

Considered Taking Curcumin When Exercising?

The term ‘curcumin’ is often used interchangeably with the golden spice ‘turmeric’, but what is it? Curcumin (the best bit) is extracted from turmeric and is sold as a food supplement. Curcumin is actually the name given to a group of powerful anti-inflammatory* and antioxidant* polyphenols called curcuminoids. Antioxidants help to remove damaging free radicals […]

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15/03/22

Banish smartphones and turn WIFI and TVs off for better quality sleep

The artificial blue light emitted by our smart phone screens is too stimulating for our brains at bedtime, but did you know that there are also plenty of other electronic devices which can impact sleep? WIFI emits Electromagnetic Frequency radiation (EMF).  In 2013, the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne published […]

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13/03/22

Why 5 a day?

It’s Nutrition and Hydration week 2022 from Monday 14th – Sunday 20th March, so to help raise awareness of the importance of eating and drinking well, here’s a few facts and tips to help you understand why 5 a day is important. One part of a healthy diet for most people is ensuring enough fruit […]

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17/02/22

Male Fertility and Health Tips

It takes two to make a baby. Infertility is a major clinical concern, affecting 15% of all reproductive age couples.  Whilst it’s crucial to focus on boosting female fertility, it’s also equally important to see how nutrition can support male fertility. Surprisingly, approximately 40-50% of so called ‘infertile couples’ are attributable to male infertility. Male […]

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7/02/22

Look After Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

With all the chocolate and roses in the air, it’s easy to get swept up in the lovey-dovey atmosphere and neglect yourself. This Valentine’s Day, give your heart some love and care by taking some simple steps to keep your heart healthy. Many medications aim to help people with cardiac issues, but what if we […]

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18/11/21

Men’s Health at 50 Years Old

Thanks to an excellent healthcare system, men in the UK are living longer (Still not as long as women but you can’t have everything!) Fifty years ago, most men died early in their retirement. Now the average 50-year-old can look forward to about 30 or more years of life. It’s important to make sure you’re […]

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19/10/21

Are you at risk of osteoporosis?

What exactly is it? Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a fall or sudden impact causes a bone to break (fracture). Osteopenia is the stage before this happens and is the point when lower bone […]

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16/10/21

The Signs of an Unhealthy Gut

What is the gut? The gut, a long tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus is responsible for transporting your food from A to B, absorbing what its needs on the way. It is part of a hugely complex digestive system aided by other organs and there is so much we […]

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9/08/21

Why do women take magnesium in the menopause?

Magnesium is an essential mineral and plays a role in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Beyond helping to maintain normal muscle and nerve function,* this mineral supports normal psychological function* and protects bones and teeth.* Magnesium also contributes to energy metabolism,* as well as supporting the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.* Most […]

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3/08/21

Scalp psoriasis associated with deficiency of zinc and selenium

Psoriasis can flare up on any part of the skin. When it appears on the scalp, it’s known as scalp psoriasis. But wherever it appears, the cause is the same. It happens when faulty signals in the immune system tell the body to fight an infection (even if infection is not present). This releases inflammatory chemicals as […]

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29/07/21

Should I take vitamin D all year round?

Vitamin D is an essential fat soluble vitamin and hormone that contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, teeth and muscles through utilising calcium and phosphorus.* It is also used to support the normal function of the immune system and the process of cell division.* Over the past few years the importance of maintaining normal […]

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20/07/21

Worried about skin ageing?

Beer is one of the earliest beverage inventions, originating from the middle east around 5000 years ago, and globally is now the most consumed alcoholic beverage in terms of volume. The extracts of beer ingredients, especially hops, contain an abundance of polyphenols such as xanthohumol. Xanthohumol has been shown to possess various effects such as […]

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13/07/21

Top 4 Curcumin Benefits

Despite the whole spice, turmeric, being used across Asia for centuries, popularity of turmeric’s active extract, curcumin, is still growing in the West. Curcumin is the collective name given to the group of curcuminoids within turmeric. Curcumin supplements are now one of the most popular food supplements out there. Below are the top 4 curcumin […]

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6/07/21

Improving Fertility in Male Smokers

Cigarette smoking has long been known to have adverse effects of male reproductivity. Naturally, in the human body, there is a balance between free radicals and the antioxidant system. Cigarette consumption increases free radicals and decreases antioxidant vitamins and minerals in the body. Zinc contributes to normal fertility and reproduction* and in regards to male […]

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18/05/21

Is Green Tea for Me?

Green tea is thought to have various beneficial health effects, including feeding bacteria and maintaining a healthy gut flora.

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14/05/21

Magnesium, for Body and Brain

Several studies have been undertaken on the effects of low magnesium levels within certain populations with mental health problems.

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23/03/21

Hop Extracts and Air pollution

Following regular headlines about the damage air pollution has on our health, we increasingly want to avoid sources of pollution if we can. Although we can reduce our risk by wearing masks etc, we cannot fully prevent inhalation for example, especially if we have to live and work in an area where the pollutant is […]

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22/03/21

Happy Tum: The Sensitive Gut Supplement

Designed for those who have tried everything. Gut symptoms make up a large proportion of appointments with GP’s. If problems persist, a referral to a gastroenterologist is made, but when nothing serious is found people often try a variety of probiotics, medications, diets and supplements. Altruvita Happy Tum is a vitamin and botanical extract formulation […]

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22/03/21

If you’re not taking Vitamin D daily – then it may not be working

It’s like trying to get all the exercise you need this month. You decide to get up, head out for a 40 mile run and then sit on the sofa for 4 weeks until the next one. Ridiculous – right? So then why do many research studies use what is called ‘bolus’ dosing or dosing […]

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22/02/21

Selenium and the Thyroid Gland

What is selenium? Selenium is an essential mineral micronutrient found in soil, and although it is required only in tiny amounts, it is vital to our health. Selenium, known primarily for the antioxidant properties of some enzymes, is obtained mainly from meat, seafood and grains. Intake varies across the world owing largely to differences in soil […]

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