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Proganic’s unique fruit juices are good for your body

proganic  honeydew melon juice

Proganic – simply good for you

Fancy some Mulberry Juice?

Or perhaps Bilberry or Honeydew Melon Juice?

Proganic, the organic, 100% pure fruit juice range, is gaining recognition for its unusual fruit flavours.

They’re very keen on the organic stuff too. There’s absolutely nothing artificial in these drinks, each fruit juice is free from any sweeteners and undiluted – totally pure. They even go to the extent of using glass bottles to keep the taste of the juices toxin free.

But there’s a reason for this. Our bodies get bombarded with chemical substances at every turn, whether it’s in the plastic packaging or pesticides or preservatives. Proganic set out to offer something different. The fruit juices they  produce are full of antioxidants which helps the body protect itself from the pollutants that threaten to diminish our health.

Juices such as pomegranate or sour cherry are perfect for keeping our bodies healthy.

That’s why they’re called Proganic – positive benefits with every drink.

Finally, a great tasting liquid source of iron

My wife will tell you that blood is the body’s vital source of energy. 4.5 to 6 litres of the red liquid are pumped through an adult’s veins without ceasing. This is vital because the red blood cells transport oxygen around your body, but to do this they need one particular substance: iron.

My wife suffers from iron deficiency. Iron loss occurs every day though the body’s organs and in women as part of their regular cycle.  What is more, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers need even more iron.

If you frequently feel  tired or listless, or if your skin is pale, it may be that your body also has an unbalanced iron supply (though there can be other reasons). Without iron, your blood cells and organs suffer, there is nothing to kickstart your energy metabolism and so no vital energy.

A more pleasant source of iron

A more pleasant source of iron

A pleasant solution
Many people turn to iron tablets, but my wife complains that these cause unpleasant side effects (I won’t go into the details – you can read them here). So now she’s trialling something called Iron Vital F which offers a more pleasant means of replenishing the body’s iron deposits.

As a liquid it contains iron in an organic form which is readily absorbed by the body. This is combined with vitamin C and B to enhance the effects of the iron. Perhaps best of all Iron Vital F has a great tasting natural fruit flavour. Because it is made from fruit and vegetables it is non-constipating and suitable for vegans. It is also yeast, gluten and lactose free, made without preservatives or alcohol.

Tired of being tired?

Floradix – for more energy and vitality

Women in particular need a sufficient daily supply of iron to help keep them feeling energetic – but sometimes diet alone may not be enough. Our bodies need iron for the formation of red blood cells which transport oxygen to all body cells. insufficient iron levels are often the reason for feeling tired all the time, having pale skin or brittle hair and nails. Women require more iron due to blood loss during menstruation or increased blood volume during pregnancy.

This is when Floridix or Florivital, the yeast and gluten-free version can help.

  • Non constipating liquid formula
  • Highly absorbable iron gluconate
  • Vitamin C to increase iron absorption
  • No preservatives, colourings or flavours
  • Suitable for vegetarians

So if your feeling a little on the sleepy side and it’s not even the afternoon yet then why not give this a try? You might find that this is just the ticket to boosting those energy levels.

Bounce Balls – nutrition on the go

You don’t need extra protein if you eat well.

That is… the average man can get all the protein he needs if he drinks his milk, eats tuna for lunch and steak for dinner. Even vegans get all the protein they need from a good selection of plant foods.

But, if your diet isn’t as perfect then you may need a boost, especially if you enjoy exercise.

A little bundle of natural nutrition

A little bundle of natural nutrition

Keeping a few Bounce Balls in the cupboard will help. They are delicious healthy snacks, in a ball, made from 100% natural ingredients. They offer health–conscious people a convenient and tasty, top quality nutrition treat which you can eat at any time.

They are also gluten free, low carb, naturally sweet and cholesterol free.

Bounce Balls come as the Peanut Protein Blast or the Almond Protein Hit, they are loaded with whey protein and perfect as a snack. There’s also a Spirulina & Ginseng Defence Boost aimed at helping the immune system – Spirulina is a complete protein and a rich source of iron & fibre.

A great source of nutrition on the go.

Alternatives to milk

Possibly 75% of people around the world are lactose intolerant – which might go some way to explaining why there are so many alternatives to milk.

But there are numerous other reasons too, it might be simply be beneficial to health, or autism related, or asthma, or galactosaemia, or a sensitivity to casein or one of many other problems with drinking milk.

Whatever your reason it’s important to make sure you’re still getting the calcium, iodine and vitamins that you need.

Here are some of the alternatives…

Goat’s milk
Rich in nutrients and easier to digest (even though it still contains lactose). It has less casein but almost as much fat and calories as cow’s milk. However, it can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency in children.

Sheep’s milk
Sheep’s milk has twice as many minerals, eg. calcium, phosphorus and zinc and the vitamin B-complex, as cow’s milk. But it is also higher in calories and fat. Like goat’s milk, it is easily digested. And it’s also a good source of iodine, which helps if you suffer with thyroid problems.

Camel’s milk
Five times as much Vitamin C as cow’s milk. Helps with diabetes. Contains some lactose. Not easy to source.

Buffalo’s milk
Higher in calcium, protein and iron and contains more vitamins and minerals (including calcium and iron) and 43% less cholesterol than cow’s milk. But it also has twice as much fat and still contains lactose. Not easy to source.

Hemp milk
Half the amount of protein of cow’s milk, and calcium is often added. Rich in Omega 3, minerals and vitamins, hemp milk also has a creamy consistency. No lactose.

Quinoa milk
Quinoa is a very digestive food and nutritionally well balanced. It’s protein contains all essential amino acids and it is rich in unsaturated fatty acids. No lactose.

Spelt milk
A good source of fibre and B-complex vitamins. Cholesterol free. No lactose.

Oat milk
Rich in fibre, lowers cholesterol and low-GI. It’s actually the preferred energy drink of many athletes. A pleasant milky taste. No lactose.

Barley milk
Has a higher phosphorus and potassium content than regular milk. Helpful in repairing the body, though it doesn’t contain calcium. No lactose.

Kamut-wheat milk
Highly recommended for its milk-like taste. No lactose.

Millet milk
Lower in fat, higher in fibre and less calories than cow’s milk. Rich in protein and minerals. No lactose.

Rice milk
Compared to soya, rice milk is considered closer to cow’s milk in taste and texture. It is naturally sweet, low in fat and high in fibre. But it’s also low in calcium and protein. No lactose.

Soya milk
Soya milk is high in protein so it’s useful for cooking with. It is also comparatively cheaper than other milk alternatives due to its ubiquity. However, some avoid it because it can raise estrogen levels. No lactose.

Almond milk
Tastes great, and has some of the lowest calorie counts of all milk alternatives. No lactose.

Hazelnut milk
A thicker consistency. It also provides calcium and sulphur. No lactose.

Coconut milk
Lots of phosphorus, iron, magnesium and fibre makes coconut milk a superfood. It’s low in calories, boosts immunity and has a distinctive creamy taste.

Cashew nut milk
Delicious but not easy to find. Just as well it’s easy to make… Cashew’s are a good source of copper and magnesium.

Raw milk
The argument is that pasteurisation destroys some of the goodness in milk which would actually make it digestible for people with gut problems. It remains to be seen whether ‘green top milk’ is actually helpful for people with psoriasis and high blood pressure.

UV milk
Possibly the milk of the future: milk that is treated by UV instead of pasteurisation?

Lactose-Free milk
Or, of course, you could take the lactose out of the milk

You can also make milk from peas, peanuts, or seeds!

Sheep’s milk, often healthier for you than cow’s milk

Well, we knew that Sheep milk produces excellent cheeses (like the Italian Ricotta) and yogurts. But now there’s even more…

Woodlands Dairy, a family owned business engaged in rearing sheep in the beautiful Dorset countryside has already proved its mettle when it comes to developing sheep milk products by producing a range of wonderfully flavoured yogurts. Last year (among other kudos) they won a gold 1 Star in the Great Taste Awards with their yogurt range. They continue to be the pioneers  by introducing their Sheep Milk Powder which should ensure more versatile usage!

Sheep's milk can give you more vitamins than cow's milk

Sheep's milk can give you more vitamins than cow's milk

Lactose intolerance is a growing issue and most people who are allergic to cow milk products or who are lactose intolerant can use  sheep milk products. The lactose or protein in the milk is what usually causes the allergic reaction or intolerance.  Sheep milk has lactose and protein but it is of a different make up that doesn’t bother most people.

The proteins in cow’s milk are huge, fit for an animal that will one day weigh in over 500 lbs. The proteins in humans, sheep, and goats, are very short, which is why babies (the infirm, and arthritics) will often thrive on sheep’s milk, and sheep’s milk is also loaded with the enzymes that enable the metabolizing of calcium in our bodies.

Greater nutritional properties means sheep’s milk stays popular
Because of the higher nutritional properties of sheep’s milk when compared to cow’s milk, there is a possibility that it could corner a larger share of the health market as a source of essential vitamins and minerals.

Data from the British Sheep Dairying Association shows that although whole sheep’s milk has a higher fat content than cow’s milk, other nutritional elements are far more plentiful in sheep’s milk. Riboflavin B2, thiamine, niacin B1, pantothenic acid, B6, B12 and biotin all score better in sheep’s milk, often double the amount in cow’s milk. Folate content for both is the same.

In particular, calcium content in sheep’s milk is between 50% and 100% than cow’s, and phosphorous, sodium, magnesium, zinc and iron levels are also higher.

Given Woodlands Dairy’s knack for creating great products, it won’t be long before the sheep’s milk powder becomes another favourite!

But demand, of course, means upping production, and Woodlands may well have to put more sheep on the job – and fast.

Are you getting enough minerals? – Quiz

Our bodies can’t make minerals. We get them from what we eat and drink. You don’t need loads but they are as vital as vitamins are. They are needed for structural strength, fluid control and energy conversion.

So here’s a test: Count up the foods in each category (A,B,C etc.) that you eat on a regular basis (several times a week). Then compare your score with the guide at the bottom.

A Apples, Kale, Broccoli, Live yoghurt, Cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese, Sesame seeds, Whitebait, Sardines, Salmon (tinned)
B Tomatoes, Broccoli, Onions (raw), Liver, Chicken, Turkey, Oysters, Mussels
C Avocados, Asparagus, Chickpeas, Barley, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Pistachios, Sesame seeds, Walnuts
D Spinach, Apricots (dried), Chickpeas, Kidney beans, Lentils, Soya beans, Tofu, Liver, Beef, Lamb, Venison, Prawns, Anchovies
E Pumpkin, Lettuce, Spinach, Brown rice, Spelt, Whole wheat, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Pumpkin seeds, Scallops, Salmon
F Pumpkin, Seaweed, Peas, Beef, Lamb, Poultry, Game, Liver, Cheese, Yoghurt, Eggs, Pecans, Pine nuts
G Cabbage, Onions, Brussel sprouts, Peas, Red meat, Poultry, Eggs
H Potatoes, Avocados, Tomatoes, Sun dried tomatoes, Dried fruits, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Bananas, Celery, Lettuce (dark), Herring
I Pineapples, Sweet potatoes, Spinach, Peas, Leeks, Chickpeas, Kidney beans, Lentils, Soya beans, Tofu, Barley, Brown rice, Oat, Wild rice, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Sesame seeds, Walnuts


A = Calcium levels. You are: 1-3 probably deficient, 4-6 possibly deficient, 7-10 adequate
Maintains strong and healthy bones and teeth. Also aids blood clotting, muscle and nerve function, lowering blood pressure.

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