Vitamins and Supplements

Should I Take a Daily Multivitamin?

Feb 10, 2012

Much research has been done on the health benefits of taking a daily multivitamin.  Whilst it is true that a daily multivitamin is highly recommended should the person not be getting enough nutrients through their food intake, this may not ring true...

Why Women Need Calcium

Dec 16, 2011

Calcium is a mineral important to everyone, especially women.  Calcium plays an important role in bone health.  The body stores most of the calcium that it consumes in bones and teeth, while some of it is stored in blood and the tissues of your body.  Our...

What is the Purpose of a Protein Supplement?

May 27, 2011

Protein supplements were once the exclusive commodity of body builders and other fitness fanatics. Although they’re becoming increasingly mainstream, some people are still confused about how protein supplements can benefit them.  While some diets...

Liquid Iron

May 21, 2010

What is Liquid Iron? Liquid Iron is an important dietary mineral regularly prescribed by nutritionists and naturopaths as a form of supplementation to those with low blood-Iron levels. It is often sold as a complex that contains other herbs, vitamins...

What You Need to Know About Boron & Boron Deficiency

May 20, 2010

What is Boron? Boron is a trace element and is thought to prevent calcium loss and the demineralization of bones. For this reason it is used in the treatment of arthritis, osteoporosis and the menopause; amongst others. It is thought to facilitate...

All You Need to Know About Animal Supplements

Jul 10, 2009

There are now many natural products and treatments available for your favourite pet, cat or dog.  A range of herbal and homeopathic supplements have been developed to alleviate many ailments that affect your cat or dog, including joint pain, digestive...

Understanding Calcium

Jul 10, 2009

Calcium is usually identified with strong bones. What many people are not aware of is that calcium plays an important role in other bodily processes such as blood clotting, cell division, muscle contractions, brain function, hormonal balance and a regular...

Fighting Depression With Omega 3

May 04, 2009

What is depression? Depression can be defined as a mental state characterised by low moods, and affects one in five people at some point in their lives. This state typically persists and tends to interfere with everyday life and normal social functioning.  Clinical...

Sea Kelp

Apr 23, 2009

Sea kelp is an important substance that can have a whole range of health benefits and it is particularly helpful for the thyroid gland.  Read on to find out more about how sea kelp can be of benefit to your health. What is Sea Kelp? Sea kelp contains...

Vitamin C: The Basics

Apr 08, 2009

What is Vitamin C? Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient for the healthy growth and development of cells and tissues.  Ascorbate is an anti-oxidant, effectively nullifying the damage volatile oxygen free radical molecules do to our DNA.  It...

Iron 101: What is Iron?

Apr 07, 2009

Iron is an element of haemoglobin, the primary constituent protein of red blood cells.  Haemoglobin is responsible for the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Iron is also a component of myoglobin, a protein that stores oxygen in the...

What is Iodine?

Apr 06, 2009

Iodine is a crucial constituent of hormones produced by the thyroid gland, chemical messengers that regulate the development of the central nervous system and metabolic processes in the body.  As the body does not produce or store iodine, a balanced...

All You Need to Know About Carnitine

Mar 31, 2009

Carnitine is a substance that is used within the body for many things.  But what exactly is it and what does it do?  Read on for more. What is Carnitine? Carnitine is generally classed with amino acids, even though it is not an amino acid.  This...

What is Potassium?

Jan 11, 2009

Potassium is a mineral that is necessary for keeping the body’s pH in balance and is also essential for maintaining the body’s normal fluid balance.  Read on to learn more about these roles and the other roles that potassium plays in the body. What...

Understanding Alanine

Jan 08, 2009

Alanine is an amino acid that helps the body to convert glucose, a simple sugar, into energy and also helps the body to eliminate excess toxins from the liver.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  Alanine is a non-essential amino acid, meaning...

Vanadium

Jan 07, 2009

Vanadium is an ultra-trace mineral that is found in both the diet and the body.  It is essential for some animals but vanadium has not yet been proven to be an essential mineral for humans.   What Does Vanadium Do? Vanadium may play a role in building...

Understanding Sulfur

Dec 10, 2008

Sulfur is a mineral that is found in every cell in the body, with the greatest concentration being in the hair, skin and nails. It has the ability to promote circulation and decrease inflammation. Read on to learn more. Why do we Need Sulfur? Sulfur...

What is Allicin?

Nov 29, 2008

Allicin is the major compound in garlic that is responsible for its hot taste and many of its health benefits.  Read on to learn more. What is Allicin? Allicin is the major biologically active compound of garlic, and it was first reported by Cavallito...

Magnesium

Oct 29, 2008

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and performs a host of important health functions.  Read on to find out why magnesium is so important for the body. The Role of Magnesium Magnesium is called a macromineral, which means that...

What is Selenium?

Sep 25, 2008

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that is required for a number of functions in the body. Read on to find out more about its properties and how you can ensure that you are getting the right levels. What Selenium Is Selenium is a trace mineral that...

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