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  1. Weekly Tip - L Carnitine

    4 benefits of L Carnitine
     
    L-carnitine is a type of amino acid. There are several different types of L-carnitine. It’s mostly found in animal products, so vegetarian and vegans are at a high risk of becoming deficient. Luckily it is available in supplement form! 
     
    Increasing exercise endurance
    Many studies done over the years have shown L-carnitine to be beneficial to energy production and the endurance. L-carnitine carries fatty acids into our  cells mitochondria where they can be burnt and used for energy. Think of the mitochondria as the cells engine. Supplementing with L-carnitine can be beneficial for endurance sports.
     
    Increases fat-burning and weight loss
    With L-carnitines ability to carry fatty acids to our cells mitochondria this leads to increased fat burning during exercise. Studies h
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  2. Weekly Tip - Three supplements to benefit your health during the cold and flu season

    The below supplements can help support your body during the cold and flu season.
     
    Propolis - containing over 300 natural compounds that work along side the immune system as complimentary agent helping it be more effective when fighting illness. Studies have shown it to help treat and shorten the length of colds. Take it at the first sign of illness.
     
    Vitamin C - Most peoples ‘go to’ vitamin at the first sign of a cold. Studies have shown that it can help reduce the length of illness and helps with the absorption of other important vitamins and minerals.
     
    Zinc lozenges - can help reduce the length of a cold. The lozenges allow the the zinc to be absorbed closer to the effected nasal passage preventing the virus from spreading.
     
    When taking a supplement you need to make sure you are taking it correctly and
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  3. Blog - Probiotics

    Probiotics are the beneficial live bacteria and yeasts found in our bodies.They 
    have several characteristics - Probiotics are able to be isolated from the
    human body, resistant to the acidity in our stomachs when consumed, and 
    safe to include in our daily diet. Probiotics help us to absorb nutrients and 
    maintain healthy gut flora, which keeps our immune system healthy.
     
    If you are lacking in beneficial bacteria you might find yourself with condition known as gut dysbiosis. Dysbiosis occurs when the bacteria in your digestive tract becomes unbalanced. Symptoms can include anything from diarrhoea, bloating, heartburn, stomach ache, nausea to anxiety and depression. Low levels of beneficial bacteria can also lead to conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory conditions in the body.
     
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  4. Weekly Tip - Top 3 benefits of bilberries

    Bilberry are very similar to blueberries, they are native to Europe so often referred to as European blueberries. They are one of the richest sources of naturally occurring anthocyanosides. Anthocyanosides are chemicals found in some plants that provide the plant with their dark purple/blue pigment and gives it its high antioxidant status. Bilberries also contain numerous other phytochemical providing it with a powerhouse of all the antioxidants needed to fight off free radicals in the body. It also contains iron chelators which can help remove heavy metals from the body.
     
    There are many benefits from including them in your diet or taking them in supplement form, but below are my top 3.
     
    Circulation - Research shows that supplementing with bilberries can help improve circulation (CVI chronic venous insufficiency) varicose veins and decreased blood flow to the veins.
     
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  5. Weekly Tip - Vitamin D Reminder

    It’s that time of year again, the days are getting shorter, it’s getting colder and we are wearing more layers and because of this we are having less sun exposure. Our main source of vitamin D is the sun, so as winter starts approaching it is an important time to start supplementing with vitamin D.
     
    Vitamin D deficiency can cause many different symptoms throughout the body from weakened bones, poor immune function, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, fatigue, hormone imbalances, poor cognitive function and even making us more susceptible to certain cancers. Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and respiratory track infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
     
    There are many different types of Vitamin D supplements available which will prevent you becoming deficient in the winter months. I personally prefer FSC’s vitamin D3 drops as all you need is a few drops on yo
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  6. Top 7 benefits of CoQ10

     Top 7 benefits of CoQ10

     

    CoQ10 is short for Coenzyme Q10 is a compound that our body produces naturally and found in some of the foods we eat. (beef, chicken, rainbow trout, sardines, mackerel, sesame seeds, pistachio nuts, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges, strawberries and eggs.) In some cases a supplement form is needed to increase levels of CoQ10 as the food only contain small amounts. 

     In its active form it goes by the name ubiquinol and it is in every cell of our body with the most concentrated forms in our heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas.

     

    See below for my top 7 benefits of CoQ10

     

    • Treat symptoms of fybromaliga - Supplementing with CoQ10 has shown to help decrease the symptoms associated with fybromaliga.

     

    • Required for our cells to produce ATP energy from the foods we eat.

     

    • Slow down ageing - supplementing
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  7. Weekly Tip - L Carnitine Benefits

    Amino acids are the building blocks for protein and make up a large part of our muscle and tissue. L-carnitine is formed from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Both of these amino acids are essential, meaning our body cannot make them so we need to make sure we are getting them though our diet or supplement form. Examples of food groups that contain L-carnitine are Dairy, meat and poultry.
     
    • Helps regulate blood sugar - studies have shown that L- carnitine can help improve insulin sensitivity.
    • Helps prevent muscle damage - a study done on athletes taking L- carnitine showed that those who took L-carnitine vs the placebo were found to have lower levels of the markers that indicate muscle damage.
    • Increasing exercise endurance - L-carnitine carries fatty acids into our cells mitochondria where they can be burnt and used for energy.
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  8. Weekly Tip - Collagen

    Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, it can be found in our connective tissue and is essential to the health and function of our muscle, skin, cartilage, digestive system and tendons. It’s the glue that holds our body together. It is what gives our skin elasticity and keeps our joints moving smoothly. There are 28 different types of collagen, with the main one being type 1 - which is found in our skin, bones, tendons and ligaments. Followed by type 2 which is found in our cartilage and type 3 which can be found in our skin, intestinal wall and blood vessels.
     
    Our body makes collagen by combining different amino acids from the foods we eat. Eating a varied diet containing lots of amino acid rich foods is key to maintaining our collagen levels. Although that being said when we reach our mid to late 20s our body’s collagen production slows down which is all part of the ageing process.
     
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  9. Important supplements during pregnancy

    Taking a pre natal supplement is the best way to ensure that you are getting all the correct vitamins and minerals during pregnancy to support your health and the growth and development of your baby. Most pre natal supplements contain everything you need, but always do your research first to make sure they contain all your essential nutrients. 
     
    If you have decided to start trying for a baby I would recommend taking a folic acid supplement straight away. Ideally all woman of childbearing age should supplement with 400mcg of folic acid every day regardless if they are trying for baby or not as neural tube defects occur in the first month of pregnancy - which is often before many woman even know they are pregnant.
     
    Other vitamins and minerals to take into consideration are…..
     
    Calcium - Calcium deficiency can occurs during pregnancy when the m
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  10. Vitamin A Benefits

     
    Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin which can be found in two primary forms Retinol or beta-carotene.
    Retinol is found in animal products (dairy, meat and fish products) and I'm sure you would have seen it listed as the star ingredient on loads of anti-ageing creams. Beta-carotene comes from colourful fruit and vegetables. It needs to be converted to retinol by the body for it to be used. If you are taking vitamin A in capsule form the label will probably be called Vitamin A Palmitate.
     
    The most well known benefit of Vitamin A is eye health. I’m sure you have heard when you were a child that eating carrots will help you see in the dark…well it’s true! Carrots contain beta-carotene which keep your eyes healthy and helps prevent macular degeneration. Vitamin A improves eyesight as it is a critical component of the rhodopsin molecule (“a biological pigment found in the rods of the
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