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Vitamin A-Z

  • GR8 Health Cold and Flu Prevention Pack

    GR8 Health Cold and Flu Prevention Pack

    Posted by Gillian Day BHSc. Comp Med, Adv Dip Nat, AFMCP Grad

    I love winter! Outdoor fire pits, winter fashion, turning on the slow cooker at every possible opportunity and hot chocolates…..the list goes on. Unfortunately, winter is also the season of...

    I love winter! Outdoor fire pits, winter fashion, turning on the slow cooker at every possible opportunity and hot chocolates…..the list goes on. Unfortunately, winter is also the season of sneezing, body aches, raw and sore throats and hacking coughs.

    Bacteria and viruses that can cause colds and flu are all around us, and at this time of year, sadly it’s near impossible to avoid being exposed to them. On average, we suffer between 2 to 4 colds each year, which can be caused by more than 200 viruses . The body becomes more vulnerable to pick up bacterial...

  • Stress: Why does it happen and how to manage it?

    Stress: Why does it happen and how to manage it?

    Posted by Gillian Day BHSc. Comp Med, Adv Dip Nat, AFMCP Grad

    Stress is a very common challenge for so many of my clients where they feel overwhelmed, under a great deal of strain and unable to cope with the daily pressures...

    Stress is a very common challenge for so many of my clients where they feel overwhelmed, under a great deal of strain and unable to cope with the daily pressures in life. These pressures then manifest as physical symptoms – e.g. bad digestion, insomnia, anxiety and so much more.

    Whilst we all feel stressed from time to time, so many people are living with chronic (long-term) stress. Where they are repeatedly exposed to different stressors for an extended period of time. The body's stress response system is simply not designed to be constantly activated and when this occurs, the...

  • Vitamin E - Our Most Potent Antioxidant

    Vitamin E - Our Most Potent Antioxidant

    Posted by Dr Julie Douglass

    Vitamin E (alpha Tocopherol) is a fat soluble vitamin responsible for the strength and stability of each and every one of our cell walls. It is also a potent antioxidant...

    Vitamin E (alpha Tocopherol) is a fat soluble vitamin responsible for the strength and stability of each and every one of our cell walls. It is also a potent antioxidant.

    Vitamin E can assist in reducing LDL cholesterol (the type that puts your heart at risk). It also helps to maintain healthy eggs, or oocytes for female reproduction. Vitamin E is a compound with distinctive antioxidant activities. Antioxidants protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals that come from things such as alcohol, pollution, medications, smoke and even our own natural body processes, including the by-products of...

  • Nutrition During Breastfeeding

    Nutrition During Breastfeeding

    Posted by Dr Julie Douglass

    Pregnancy and the delivery of a baby demands a great deal from a women’s body, and breastfeeding is no exception, in fact the recommendation is to consume an extra 2000kj...

    Pregnancy and the delivery of a baby demands a great deal from a women’s body, and breastfeeding is no exception, in fact the recommendation is to consume an extra 2000kj per day of specific nutrients, including carbohydrates, protein, fatty acids, dietary fibre and many functional vitamin and minerals. Many women consider that after a child is born it is time for them to get their bodies back into shape, by limiting kilojoules. This can limit required nutrition to the baby in one of the most rapid growth phases of life. It’s a demanding time for both the mother and baby...

  • Vitamin B12 Cobalamin

    Vitamin B12 Cobalamin

    Posted by Gillian Day BHSc. Comp Med, Adv Dip Nat, AFMCP Grad

    Vitamin B12, Cobalamin has the highest B number of 12, as it has the largest molecular structure of any vitamin and contains the mineral Cobalt. This points to its incredible...

    Vitamin B12, Cobalamin has the highest B number of 12, as it has the largest molecular structure of any vitamin and contains the mineral Cobalt. This points to its incredible importance as a conversion co factor for gaining energy from carbohydrate, protein and fat. It is essential for our red blood cell production from bone marrow, for daily cellular replication and to retain nerve health through maintaining its protective sheath.

    Vitamin B12 is only found in foods of animal origin, predominantly; red meat, poultry, fish and shellfish such as clam and oyster, egg and milk products (although dairy is...

  • Niacin B3

    Niacin B3

    Posted by Dr Julie Douglass

    Niacin was first discovered through the investigation into a condition called pellagra (pelle = pale, agra = sour) in humans and black tongue in dogs and occurs as a result...

    Niacin was first discovered through the investigation into a condition called pellagra (pelle = pale, agra = sour) in humans and black tongue in dogs and occurs as a result of vitamin B3 Niacin deficiency. It was first discovered in Southern United States in populations which consumed a high corn diet. It is a progressive disease that can be identified by the four D’s – dermatitis, diarrhoea, dementia and finally death, which if not treated which occurs within 4 – 5 years.

    The corn (maize) diet consumed in Southern United States is traditionally lower in vitamin B3 Niacin. This...

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