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Vitamins and minerals especially for women during the monthly cycle

Magnesium is a really important nutrient for our bodies.

But did you know that 51% of teenage girls have a magnesium deficiency?

This is usually down to a poor diet through eating too many processed foods,  though magnesium counts are also low among women who have particularly heavy periods.

Magnesium helps balance our hormones which is particularly useful for helping women through their monthly cycle. It also helps our bodies absorb vitamin D which we are also often deficient in.

Wassen Magnesium

Wassen supplements, especially for women

Wassen are a group who make a number of supplements helpful to women. Magnesium OK comes with folic acid and vitamin D to support women in their reproductive years. It is gluten and dairy free. In particular the supplement combines magnesium and zinc with vitamin B6 which all work to enable maintenance of hormonal balance.

Research has shown that a natural magnesium supplement could reduce premenstrual mood changes, significantly improve symptoms associated with fluid retention (including weight gain and bloating) and help treat PMT and premenstrual migraines.

Other Wassen products include Coenzyme Q10, Selenium and Silica.

This is why your mum fed you hot blackcurrant when you fell ill

Are you looking forward to the winter?

My wife’s just invested in a new woolly jumper.

Meanwhile, call me boring, but I’m thinking of investing in some flu prevention tablets. I normally only fall ill when I’ve been working hard and run down. But if I do I can get over it in about a day, especially with a good supplement.

Sambucol boosts the immune system

Sambucol helps to support the immune system

So here’s an option… Do you remember your mum giving you a hot blackcurrant when you fell ill? There’s a natural remedy you can buy which delivers all those same powerful antioxidant benefits from a related berry – It’s called Sambucol and it hits colds hard with the equivalent antioxidants of up to 1000 black elderberries per dose. Black elderberries also contain a potent compound which helps to prevent viruses from spreading – perhaps the hot blackcurrant begins to make sense now?

Better still, Sambucol can add a further health boost by combining zinc and vitamin C into the mix, helping to prop up the immune system and keep colds and flu at bay. Plus there are further supplement options like adding multivitamins, iron and selenium.

Studies even suggest black elderberries antioxidants help 90% of people recover from flu within 3 days.

Not bad when you’re preparing for winter.

Get the right nutrient mix for a power boost for your body

I don’t know if you’re a pill-type person…

My confession is that I am.

I don’t mind taking a vitamin or some other little tablet to boost my health, and the strength of the supplement industry shows I’m not alone.

Bioglan deliver unique mixes of nutrients for your health

Bioglan deliver unique mixes of nutrients for your health

Bioglan are a company who sell themselves on the basis of being “serious about health”. As I get older, their newest products are beginning to look more attractive.

For me their best selling points are the unique mixes of nutrients designed to help the body and the transparent information on their packaging.

Consider…

Super Fish Oil 30s 
Capsules designed to be high in EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids and deliberately coated for release in the intestines where they can be more easily absorbed. Also preventing a fishy after taste.

Red Krill Oil
Again designed to be better absorbed, krill oil is 10 times more powerful than a standard fish oil capsule.

Joint-Aid Triple Action
Combines three important and powerful nutrients help maintain healthy joints: glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane)

Probiotic Gastrohealth
Contains 4 strains of probiotic that can help sustain a healthy level of friendly bacteria.

Stat-Guard
Uses CoQ10, vitamin E and zinc to support cardiovascular health and  metabolism which can be affected by statins.

Keep zinc and magnesium levels up to avoid hair loss

Do you know which minerals you need for your health? Take this test to see how much you know…

Everyone knows calcium is important for healthy bones, but did you know that zinc and magnesium are too? They are especially important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; also, growing children, menopausal women and the elderly need extra calcium, zinc and magnesium for changing bodies too.

Hair loss

Hair loss is one of the results of magnesium deficiency

One of the well known problems if you’re lacking these minerals is hair loss. It’s easy to keep topped up in zinc and magnesium by munching pumpkin seeds and the like. Alternatively, you can enjoy the ease of a daily dose of Floradix Saludynam which provides the right balance of magnesium, zinc and calcium plus Vitamin D in a fruity liquid form. There’s no additives, preservatives or colourings, no gluten, just a perfect formula for strong bones, teeth and hair.

One last word of advice. because the balance of these vitamins in your body can be so vital, it is worth having a chat with your doctor before using a zinc/magnesium supplement.

Cod liver oil makes a come back

There was a time when cod liver oil was feared by children the world over. Forced to gulp down horrid spoonfuls of the vile tasting liquid, they would do anything to avoid it, and all in the name of health.

Healthy oils for body and mind

Healthy oils for body and mind

But life has changed a lot since then. Most importantly it was realised that the Omega Fats in fish oil are excellent for strengthening the brain and heart and decreasing blood pressure. Add to this the benefit of being able to swallow doses in small capsules (thus helping with the taste) and children everywhere began to breathe a smile of relief.

Now Seven Seas are taking the revolution one step further combining a range of healthy oils, vitamins and minerals renowned for their beneficial properties. They’ve got some snazzy names too:

Radiant You
- Fish Oil blended with Biotin and Zinc for healthy hair, skin and nails.
Perfect Harmony
- Fish Oil with Primrose and Starflower Oils for hormonal balance.
Healthy Heart
- Fish Oil with Garlic and Vitamin B1 for the cardiovascular system.
Energetic You
- Fish Oil with B vitamins and CoQ10 for daily health and vitality.
Immune Defence
- Fish Oil with Vitamin C and Zinc keeps you fighting fit.
Flexible You
- Fish Oil with Calcium and Vitamins D & K for healthy bones, muscles and joints.
Active Mind
- Fish Oil blended with Ginkgo and Zinc for mental performance.

With advances like these, once tormented children can say hello to a daily dose of health without fear.

How to get rid of your cold faster

While there is still no cure for the common cold, taking zinc could shorten the duration of the pesky infection by up to 42%, according to a review published in The Open Respiratory Medicine Journal.

Super nutrient

Zinc is a mineral with a host of roles in the human body, from supporting fertility and proper growth and development to boosting immune function. A deficiency of zinc can make the body more prone to infections. In developing countries where deficiencies of the nutrient are more common, supplementing with zinc helps prevent the common cold, diarrhoea, and pneumonia in children.

Fact or fiction?

Some people maintain that zinc help keep their colds in check, but sceptics argue that evidence for their use is lacking.

In an attempt to sort out the confusion over whether zinc can really help clear up the common cold more quickly, investigators from the Department of Public Health at the University of Helsinki, Finland conducted a review of studies published on the topic.

Thirteen trials were included in the analysis:

  • five trials used zinc lozenges providing less than 75 mg of elemental zinc per day, and
  • eight studies used lozenges that provided more than 75 mg of zinc per day; three used zinc acetate, and five used other forms of zinc.

None of the studies using less than 75 mg of zinc per day had an effect on the duration of the common cold. However, in seven of the eight studies using more than 75 mg of zinc per day, cold durations were significantly shorter.

Zinc acetate seemed to have the most profound effect on shortening the common cold, with a 42% reduction in the number of sick days. Other forms of zinc supplements also helped people get better faster, shortening the duration of the cold by 20%.

Some people don’t like the taste of zinc and others may develop nausea from them, but there have not been reports of long-term side effects associated with their use. “More research is needed on zinc lozenges to find optimal lozenge compositions and treatment strategies,” commented the study’s authors.

Best bets for cold season

When you feel the familiar signals of an impending cold, try these tips to nip it in the bud for a faster return to your healthy self.

  • Moisturise your insides. Viruses like the ones that cause the common cold thrive in dry environments. Dry air also takes a toll on the mucous membranes, worsening a sore throat and nasal congestion. Use a vapourizer or humidifier to add moisture to the air, but make sure to clean it regularly and use new water each day. Also, keep up the fluids to breathe easier and prevent dehydration.
  • Give zinc a try. Look for zinc acetate and aim for a total of at least 75 mg per day.
  • Enjoy a bowl of chicken soup. Grandma’s remedy has stood up to the rigors of scientific investigation, with solid evidence to support the use of chicken soup in treating the common cold. When it’s loaded with vegetables, chicken soup seems to decrease inflammation and ease cold symptoms.
  • Boost your C. Taking 500 mg of vitamin C three times per day at the start of a cold may reduce the duration of illness.

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!