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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Is Green Tea for Me?
Green tea is thought to have various beneficial health effects, including feeding bacteria and maintaining a healthy gut flora.
Magnesium, for Body and Brain
Several studies have been undertaken on the effects of low magnesium levels within certain populations with mental health problems.
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 […]
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 […]
One in eight deaths is linked to pollution, says EU
One in every eight deaths in Europe can be linked to pollution, according to a new report by the EU’s environment agency (EEA). Air and noise pollution, as well as poor water quality and exposure to chemicals, contributed to 13% of all deaths across Europe. The report also noted who were hardest hit by pollution: […]
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 […]
Could curcumin support patients with liver disease?
Between 2015 and 2017 there were 26,265 premature deaths due to liver disease in England, a rate of 18.5 per 100,000 population under the age of 75. Liver disease includes cirrhosis, which is the scarring and hardening of liver tissue in response to damage. The causes of cirrhosis include drinking lots of alcohol for many years, hepatitis C infection and non-alcoholic fatty […]
Super selenium, the lesser-known immune system hero
At the moment we are all keen to maintain good health and do our best to support our immune systems. There’s adhering to lockdown rules, washing our hands, not touching our faces and getting plenty of sleep. But what are the nutrients and vitamins hidden in our food which enable our bodies to effectively fight […]
Xanthohumol now used in IBD research
Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two most common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and together they affect more than 300,000 people in the UK. IBDs can trigger a wide range of symptoms including pain, cramps, weight loss, extreme tiredness, diarrhoea and swelling of the stomach. Due to the high prevalence of nutrient deficiencies in patients with IBD, routine monitoring of nutrient […]
The quest for clear, glowing and youthful skin has obsessed people for centuries. People invest in lotions and potions, swear by their favourite skincare routines and turn to medical intervention to try and achieve the perfect complexion. Altruvita’s Xanthohumol+ Skin food supplement contains hop extract in a carefully formulated concentration which works synergistically to support problem-skin. The […]
Living in a polluted area is as bad for your health as smoking 150 cigarettes a year
Living or working in the UK’s most polluted cities and towns increases the risk of an early death by the equivalent of smoking three cigarettes a week, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has warned today. The BHF has called for air pollution to be declared “a public health emergency” following the starling results of a […]
Alternative treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) remains a common and difficult to manage gastrointestinal condition. There is growing interest in the use of traditional medicine to manage IBS, as prescribed drugs often fail after time and revolve around symptom management of cramps and diarrhoea rather than addressing the cause of the problem. In particular, curcumin, a biologically […]
Suffering from stiff and creaky joints?
Stiffness and aching joints are often associated with winter, in particular the dropping temperatures and increase in wet weather. The exact science behind why colder weather increases joint pain is still slightly unclear, but there’s plenty of evidence to show levels of discomfort rise when it’s cooler. For those living with arthritis or stiff, aging […]