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21/11/22

Zinc Deficiency Symptoms

We all know that zinc is something our body needs. But, what are the signs and symptoms of Zinc deficiency? And what does it mean? What does zinc do? Zinc is a mineral that is involved in hundreds of chemical reactions within your cells and you can’t live without it. Amongst a variety of roles, […]

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7/11/22

What does Vitamin C Do for your Skin?

What does vitamin C do for your skin? You may have noticed the increased number of products on the market which contain vitamin C. At Altruvita we provide a range of premium food supplements, one of which is vitamin C. In this post, we discuss what vitamin C can do for your body and, more […]

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17/10/22

Why Take a Multivitamin?

Multivitamin or multivitamin and mineral supplements are the most commonly consumed food supplements worldwide. These range between specific needs of population groups eg pregnant women, to specific age groups eg over 60’s. Why Take a Multivitamin? In an ideal world, we would get the nutrition we need from our diet alone. We would have access […]

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30/09/22

Magnesium and Sports Performance

Magnesium and sports performance – can Magnesium help to enhance sports performance? What is it used for? And how much should I take? What is magnesium required for? Magnesium is an essential mineral which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue*, and to normal balance of energy, metabolism and electrolytes.* Magnesium is required for […]

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31/08/22

Vitamin C and exercise- how much is too much?

Can vitamin C be used to support exercise? And what happens if we take too much? What is Vitamin C? Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant vitamin that acts in numerous biochemical reactions in the body. Vitamin C plays important roles within enzymes involved in collagen biosynthesis (required for connective tissues). Vitamin C also aids […]

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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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