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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A study just published today the 22th August, tells a tale of how our health is being affected by pollution, in particular particulates. Teams from across the globe recorded their daily data on mortality (number of deaths) and their air pollution levels. Teams were located in 652 cities in 24 countries or regions. Although there are dangers […]
7 key facts about turmeric
Have you heard about the purported healing and health benefits of turmeric and are keen to find out more? Perhaps you’ve been told by friends or read online that you ought to include turmeric in your diet, and you’d like to know a little more about its properties and benefits before heading out to buy […]
Vitamin D and IBS
Over the past few years there has been a renewed interest in vitamin D as it has been found to be strongly associated with many diseases. For example intestinal inflammation, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and some cancers cancer have strong associations with vitamin D deficiency. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the […]
Most fragrances cause indoor air pollution
From our hand soap to our surface spray, our body wash to our perfume, air fresheners and candles, household cleaners and laundry liquid; scents are all around us. This may not make any sense according to gathering research. Contrary to popular belief, most exposure to hazardous pollutants that affect health and well-being occurs indoors. A primary […]
Multi-tasking plants in combating air pollution
Air pollution is on the rise. When indoor and outdoor air pollution are combined, WHO estimates that in 2012, some 14% of deaths were due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or acute lower respiratory infections, and 14% of deaths were due to lung cancer. Emissions from vehicles are a major contributor to air pollution. […]
CurCuring Oral inflammation
Curcumin has been highlighted for use in many health problems- from cancer to heart disease, but we don’t often think about potential benefits which don’t involve consuming the stuff. We know it’s a great anti-inflammatory agent, so there has been particular interest in using it to decrease signs of inflammation around the body. The latest […]
Curcumin, an extract from the spice turmeric, can help to control the inflammatory responses within the body.