vitamins and supplements

Food & nutritionVitamins & Supplements
October 22, 2018

Can vitamins make you sick?

When it comes to staying healthy and strong, vitamins are important. They help your body function properly. Most of the vitamins you need can be found in the foods you eat, but if your diet doesn’t give you what you need, supplements can give you a helping hand. Supplements come in the form of powders, tablets, capsules and syrups. Although vitamins are good for you, an overdose can harm your health. Balance is vital. Too much of a good thing Just as you can overdose on drugs or alcohol, you can also go over the limit with things that are…
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October 17, 2018

Could this supplement extend your life?

We all long to be forever young, but unfortunately, our bodies aren’t quite up to the task! Body changes are inevitable and the ageing process affects not only biological systems, but psychological, behavioural, and social processes too. But… is there a way to preserve your fountain of youth? Well, scientists believe that one of these days, you may be able to boost and increase your lifespan with a supplement. NAD+ for a longer life NAD stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. It’s a molecule/co-enzyme found in all living cells in the body. It helps you derive energy from the food you…
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Food & nutritionVitamins & Supplements
September 17, 2018

Do you need more zinc in your diet?

Your body needs just a small amount of zinc for its everyday functioning, but this doesn’t make it any less essential. This element contributes to, among other things, wound healing, proper immune system functioning and normal growth and development during pregnancy. It can also help keep your vision healthy as you age, and your sense of smell and taste shipshape. But our bodies can’t hold on to the mineral and we need a daily “top-up” to maintain healthy levels. Where to get your zinc The recommended daily allowance *(RDA) for zinc for the average adult male is 11 milligrams (mg),…
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Food & nutritionInfectionsVitamins & Supplements
May 13, 2014

Beat the winter blues! Top 5 ways to boost your immune system

Winter’s just around the corner, and those nasty cold and flu bugs are already making their appearance. So, how can you fight them off? By boosting your immune system! These are my top 5 must-haves to help build immunity against colds and flu this season. Zinc Zinc is an essential mineral, and even a slight deficiency can negatively affect your immune function. People most at risk of zinc deficiency include: the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, breastfed babies older than 6 months, vegetarians, people with gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Supplementing your diet with zinc can help reduce…
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