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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
How to support your immune system
There has never been a more important time to be proactive with our nutrition, with the aim of supporting the very best immune system defence. Our immune systems play a role not only in fighting off infections, but also in promoting tissue repair to recovery. To function properly, our immune system requires plenty of both […]
Add a green tea extract to your new year health kick for additional benefits!
If you’ve made a commitment to kick off the brand-new decade with focus on a healthy diet and more exercise, this blog will certainly be of interest! You’ve probably heard of green tea and know that it’s good for you, but do you know why? Altruvita’s expert nutritional team takes a look at how adding […]
Can Vitamin C guard against colds?
Vitamin C is often touted as a natural cold remedy. The nutrient is featured in supplements aimed at the immune system. About vitamin C Our bodies can’t make vitamin C, but we need it for protection of cells from oxidative stress.* It contributes to normal nervous system, psychological function, and helps reduce tiredness and fatigue […]
Happy Brain, Happy Tum
If you’ve ever uttered the words, ‘I’ve got a gut feeling about this’ or ‘I’ve got butterflies in my stomach’, you’ll understand the connection between your gut and your brain. What you may not know is that there is a real biological link between them. The gut is home to an important part of the […]
What we eat affects all our organs, but it’s the gut that has to deal most directly with our dietary choices. A poor diet, high in processed foods, can cause constipation and inflammation, and could lead to more serious conditions. How do we look after our gut? The traditional Mediterranean diet (without the processed meats) […]