The Vitality A-Z of Health…Part 2

Niacin:  Niacin is a water-soluble vitamin which the body uses to release energy from carbohydrates, forming fat in the process.  It can be found naturally in meat, fish, peanuts and some whole grains. Supplements are often used for a number of conditions, although it can cause a red flush. 

Omega 3:  Omega 3 is the name of a type of fat that is found in oil-rich fish.  They are from the family of ‘good fat’ that are not only beneficial for health but are essential for health.  There are many different kids of fatty acids which are in the building blocks of fats.  Some of these can be made by the body and some cannot.  The essential fatty acids are vital substances that the body has to have to maintain optimal health, yet they cannot be made by the body, so a dietary supplement is essential. 

Protein:  Proteins are large molecules made up of long chains of amino acid subunits. some of these amino acids are nutritionally essential as they cannot be made or stored within the body and so must come from foods in our daily diet.  Although all animal and plant cells contain some protein, the amount and quality of this protein can vary widely.

Quality:  The quality of supplements can vary greatly.  For instance, a tablet must contain binding agents to hold the tablet together.  G&G has developed a method called Trufil(TM) which ensures the vitamin capsules that we produce are of the highest quality possible; which means you get ll the health benefits without the chemicals or binding agents. 

Royal Jelly:  Royal Jelly is secreted by honey bees as food for their larvae and their queen.  The bees make it by mixing pollen, honey, enzymes and an antibacterial agent called propolis.  This makes a superfood rich in protein, B-vitamins, vitamin A, C and D and antibacterial compounds.  Royal Jelly becomes contaminated easily, so taking it naturally is difficult.  Most supplements use a natural preservative – like honey.  The ancient Egyptians are reported to have used it to keep their skin soft and smooth.

Sunshine:  After one of th coldest winters on record, we all need a bit of sunshine; probably more than we think we do.  sunlight on our skin allows us to naturally produce vitamin D, which maintains blood levels of calcium.  It does this by increasing the absorption of calcium from food and reducing urinary calcium loss.  Both effects keep calcium in the body and therefore space the calcium stored in the bones.

Thiamine: Thiamine is also known more commonly as vitamin B1.  thiamine plays an important role in the body,helping metabolize carbohydrates and fat to produce energy and is essential for normal growth and development.  Thiamine helps to maintain proper functioning of the heart and the nervous and digestive systems. Thiamine can be found naturally in meat, yeast and the bran coat of grains.

Ulcers:  Mouth ulcers are very common.  Most people will have at least one during their lifetime.  They affect at least 20% of the population.  Studies have shown that mouth ulcers are more common in women and young adults. Mouth ulcers cannot be passed from person to person.  For example, you cannot get an ulcer from kissing someone or from sharing drinking glasses or cutlery.  According to the NHS they can be caused by deficiencies in vitamin B12 or Iron, as well as smoking and eating too much sugar.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements is found naturally in some foods, added to others and available as a dietary supplement.  ‘Vitamin E’ is the collective name fo a group of fat-soluble compounds with distinctive antioxidant properties.  Nuts, seeds and vegetable oils are month the best sources of vitamin E and significant amounts are available in green leafy vegetables and cereals.

Wormwood:  Wormwood is known as one of the truly bitter plants also known as absinthium which means without sweetness.  Wormwood was also one of the flavourings for vermouth in times past.  Wormwood has been known to stimulate the secretion of bile, used as an anti-inflammatory, eliminates worms, eases stomach paid and is also a mild natural antidepressant.

Xylitol:  Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate.  It is found in fibrous fruit and vegetables.  I also occurs naturally in our bodies – in fact, an average size adult manufactures up to 15 grams of xylitol daily during normal metabolism.  Pure xylitol is a shite crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar.  It can be found naturally i plums, raspberries and strawberries.  It is mainly used to fight tooth decay in toothpaste and chewing gum.

 Yin Yang: Yin Yang Skincare is a range of plant based, natural skincare products.  Free from harmful detergents, chemicals and parabins, Yin Yang was designed to wrok with the skin’s own systems of renewal and defence.  Yin Yang Skincare products have been formualated to nourish and hydrate the skin and to help maintain and restore the critical balances of acidity and microfloral cover that keeps the sking looking health and beautiful.  Because adidification is imporant for the mantenance of the skin’s barrier function, all Yin Yang skincare products have a pH value of 4.5 – 5.0 which is perfect for the health of the skin’s protective microflora.  Yin Yang products are available from G&G.

Zinc: Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism.  It is involved in the activity of approximately 100 enzymes and it plays a role in immunce function, creating protein and in wound healing.  Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food.  Red meant and poultry provide most of the zinc in a western diet.  Other good food sources include beans, nuts, certain types of seafood (such as crab and lobster), whole grains, fortified breakfast cerieals and dairy products.

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