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Digestase (£15.10 / 90 veg caps)
A broad spectrum range of high-strength digestive enzymes, combined with soothing herbs and natural digestives (including ginger, peppermint and apple cider vinegar) that are well-known for their food digesting actions.
The digestive enzymes in this herbal supplement are derived from plant, fruit and vegetable sources. Combined with the active herbals, DIGESTASE offers ideal support for efficient digestive function and a healthy intestinal system.
More about enzymes:An enzyme is a substance produced in the body, which acts as a catalyst to trigger a particular chemical change in another substance.
Complex substances are broken down in this way into simple compounds to facilitate assimilation and absorption, as in the case of digestive juices.
The human body makes more than 3,000 kinds of enzymes, which help to speed up chemical reactions and save energy.
More about digestive enzymes:Digestive enzymes, which are only a few of the thousands of known enzymes, are complex proteins that are found in the digestive tract. As mentioned above, they stimulate chemical changes in other substances and are used by the body to break down food into:
- Nutrients, which are then digested
- And waste, which is then expelled.
Digestive enzymes are also found naturally in fruits, vegetables and other raw foods. Without them, we could not exist. Our body's reactions would be far too slow for life to be possible, because they are involved in almost everything that happens inside it.
Unfortunately, the number of digestive enzymes produced by our bodies decreases as we age - enzyme production in the body decreases by as much as 30% in most adults over 50! Caffeine, alcohol, illness, pregnancy, stress, severe weather and exercise can also all take their toll on our finite enzyme reserves.
Digestive enzymes work optimally at a specific temperature and pH. They are secreted by different glands in the body, including the salivary glands, the stomach and pancreas glands and the glands in the small intestines. They also each have specific sites of action, including the mouth, the stomach, the duodenum and the jejunum.
When we don't produce enough digestive enzymes to complete the process of digestion efficiently, gas, bloating, and more serious health issues may occur.
Hepatoklense - Liver & Gall Clear (£13.98 / 60 veg caps):A detox support formula with a unique blend of 14 active herbal and food-based ingredients, including globe artichoke extract (part of the milk thistle family) beetroot, dandelion, fennel, ginger, garlic, cayenne and more!
Liv & Gall Clear is a concentrated extract and powder supplement, which provides full-spectrum support of the major detox organs and systems of the body, including the liver and gallbladder. It provides ideal support for internal congestion and ideal for those who over-indulge.
Formulated to stimulate, flush, cleanse and protect these two important organs, the actions of this supplement also support whole body to detox to some extent. If you thought milk thistle worked well, this formula will ‘blitz’ internal toxins!
More about the liver and body detoxification:We are continually exposed to toxins - in the air we breath, in the water we drink and bathe in and in the food we eat.
Our bodies are continually trying to remove these toxins through our natural detoxification systems. The primary detox organ in the body is the liver - vital for cleansing the blood of impurities and keeping the body working well - it performs over 500 vital functions, including:
- Providing immunity against infection
- Regulating blood clotting
- Excreting wastes via bile
- Cleaning the blood of toxins and chemicals
- Acting as a 'factory' for proteins and cholesterol
- Converting excess glucose to starch
- Excreting bile for fat digestion.
The liver works in harmony with the body's other detox organs
Waste products are eliminated from the body via the:
- Gallbladder: using bile and bowel actions
- Skin: through sweat
- Kidneys: through urine.
Top Tip:Alcohol is a hormone disruptor because it taxes the liver, which is responsible for eliminating excessive or waste hormones from the body. If the liver is busy dealing with breaking down alcohol, it is unable to fulfil the important role of ridding the body of waste hormones.
L-Glutamine (£11.98 / 100g powder):A pure amino acid powder, required by the body for a wide range of repair and maintenance functions, such as wound healing, muscle and bone growth, digestive health and gut wall integrity. It is also widely used by people with various forms of digestive and intestinal complaints, an exhausted immune system, as well as by athletes following gruelling training routines.
More about L-Glutamine and amino acids:Glutamine is one of the 20 amino acids, or “building blocks” of protein. It is a vital molecule that our body stores in the bloodstream and converts into glucose (blood sugar) when it is needed.
L-Glutamine, the natural form of glutamine, is one of the few amino acids that directly crosses the blood-brain barrier - a separation of circulating blood and the brain extracellular fluid in the central nervous system. It is synthesized from 3 other amino acids, namely ornithine, arginine and proline.
In the body, L-Glutamine is found circulating in the blood, as well as stored in the skeletal muscles. It is a very important amino acid, required by the body for many repair and maintenance functions, such as:
- Tissue integrity of the digestive system
- The proper function of the immune system
- Efficient brain function
- Wound healing
- Muscles and bone growth, repair and maintenance.
- People with various forms of digestive and intestinal problems
- People with an overtaxed immune system
- Athletes, following gruelling training sessions
- Bodybuilders, for muscle repair and growth
- People with joint conditions or arthritis.
Vitalasim (£16.98 100 veg caps):An organic multivitamin and multi-nutrient blend, with 14 superfood and superfruit ingredients, including green tea leaf, barley grass, pre-sprouted activated barley, beetroot, spirulina, wheatgrass and more! Helps change a Live blood Analysis rouleaux picture which shows 'sticky' red blood cells stacked together like coins.
The 100% organic herbal ingredients are nutrient-dense and in balanced true “food state” for easy absorption and utilisation by the body. They support natural cleanse and detox processes, immunity, energy levels and an alkaline pH in the blood.
Vitalasim comes in easy-to-take capsules, so that you can quickly and easily access a broad spectrum of organic nutrients, phyto-chemicals, amino acids, dietary fibre, beneficial oils, vitamins, minerals and trace elements that are required by the body on a daily basis.
More about the superfood and superfruit ingredients:Alfalfa: Also known as purple medick, lucerne, California clover or Buffalo herb and Medicago sativa in Latin, alfalfa is native to Asia, but is now found in temperate regions. This sprout contains alkaloids, isoflavones, coumarins and sterols. It also contains 8 essential enzymes: - amylase (digests starches), coagulase (coagulates milk), invertase (converts sugar into dextrose), emulsin (acts upon sugars), peroxidase (oxidases blood), lipase (fat-splitting enzyme), pectinase (forms a vegetable jelly from pectin) and protase (digests protein). Together with its rich content of enzymes, alfalfa offers a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals including pro-vitamin A (B-carotene), B6, C, D, E, K and P. Alfalfa yields 10 times more mineral value than average grains. The root penetrate sub-soil as far as 125 feet, thereby enabling it to absorb vital mineral nutrients beyond the reach of other vegetation (including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium).
Barley grass:Barley (Hordeum distichon in Latin) is considered to be a near-perfect food. It is high in fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and lysine (an essential amino acid). Young barley contains concentrated levels of vitamins, mineral nutrients, amino acids, enzymes and chlorophyll. It is 7 times richer in vitamin C than oranges, 5 times richer in iron than spinach and has 25 times the potassium found in wheat.
Beetroot:Beetroot Known as Beta vulgaris in Latin, beetroot has a high iron content and is rich in silicic acids, dietary nitrate, selenium, betaine, vitamins A, C and E, flavonoids, antioxidants and fibre.
Bilberry:Also known as a huckleberry and European blueberry (and Vaccinum myrtillus in Latin), bilberry is a herb that is rich in vitamins (including vitamins A, C and P), bioflavonoids, antioxidant compounds called anthocyanosides and resveratrol, and minerals (such as manganese).
Carrot:Technically referred to as Daucus carota, carrots are an under-estimated source of essential nutrients. These root vegetables are rich in beneficial compounds such as carotenes, vitamin A, B-vitamins, vitamin C, minerals (like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus) and antioxidants.
Dandelion root:Referred to as Taraxacum officinais, dandelion contains active carotenoids, sesquiterpene lactones, vitamins A, B and C and is rich in nutrient minerals.
Green tea leaf:Camellia thea, or green tea is a rich source of potent polyphenols - active compounds that may have beneficial health properties. Some studies have shown green tea polyphenols to have a stronger antioxidant action than vitamins C and E - two of the most powerful antioxidants.
Kelp:A natural food that is very low in cholesterol and is a good source of dietary fibre, riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, zinc, copper, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese.
Lemon peel:Lemon, or Citrus limonum, contains flavonoids, coumarins, mucilage, vitamin C and citric acid. Lemon peel, in particular, is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, and is an excellent source of vitamin B6, dietary fibre and calcium.
Pre-sprouted activated barley:A slow-release, low glycemic index, healthy carbohydrate source and all-round superfood. It is rich in beta glucan, dietary fibre, highly bioavailable proteins, essential fats, enzymes and minerals.
Spinach leaf:Spinacia oleracea has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, B2, B6, B9 C, E, and K, lutein, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and Omega 3 oils. More recently, opioid peptides called rubiscolins have also been found in spinach.
Spirulina:A highly nutritious food derived from plant plankton; a blue-green micro-algae, spirulina contains no less than 18 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids which the body cannot produce from its own resources and have to be replaced daily by food. Rich in beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin F factor (GLA) and iron, it grows naturally on alkaline lakes for its high level protein, vitamins and mineral. 100g of spirulina yields 50-70% protein. Its exceptional levels of vitamin B12 is of special interest to vegetarians, vegans and non-meat eaters who, unless they study their diets carefully, may be deficient in this important vitamin.
Turmeric root:Curcuma longa is a spice which contains volatile oil, a wide range of vitamins and minerals and the yellow pigment, curcumin.
Wheatgrass:The crop from germinated seed of wheat grains, wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll, plant protein, enzymes and a broad spectrum of vitamins (including vitamins A, C, K, E and all the B vitamins) and trace minerals (including iron, phosphate, boron, copper, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chromium, manganese and zinc). It is also an important source of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme which may play an important role in detoxification of the body.
CherryBeet (£13.98 / 60 vege capsules):A highly concentrated combination of beetroot extract (10:1) and beetroot powder, with Montmorency cherry extract (10:1) and Montmorency cherry powder - 4500mg per capsule!
Together, these powerful food form ingredients make it easy for you to access a high level of antioxidants, phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals on a daily basis.
CherryBeet can be used as a gentle iron, mineral and antioxidant supplement on a daily basis, to support immunity, general health and well-being.
Due to the high concentrations of dietary nitrate found in beetroot and the antioxidants found in both Montmorency cherry and beetroot, these capsules are also ideal for athletes during times of extreme training, when high energy levels and speedy recovery are required.
More about beetroot:Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) is widely considered to be a superfood vegetable because it is naturally high in dietary nitrate, silicic acids, flavonoids, carotenoids (particularly lutein and zeaxanthin), soluble fibre, antioxidants (anthocyanadins) and bioavailable vitamins and minerals. Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its rich purple / red colour, is also a powerful antioxidant.
It is virtually fat free, low in calories and has an extremely low Glycaemic Load (GL) of 2.9, which means that it is converted into sugars very slowly and therefore helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.
Beetroot is also naturally rich in alkaline elements, making it an ideal addition to cleanse and detox programs - supporting the spleen, kidneys, liver and gallbladder.
Betaine (Trimethylglycine (TMG):Betaine is a naturally-occurring substance, found in plants and particularly in beetroot. Betaine is an excellent source of methyl groups, molecules consisting of one carbon atom and three hyrdrogen atoms. In a process called methylation, methyl groups may help to deactivate harmful substances in the body, converting them into helpful substances.
Homocysteine:An amino acid in the body, is one of the potentially harmful substances that is controlled by methyl groups. As we age, methylation in the body declines, which means that homocysteine levels are allowed to rise.
Betanin (Beetroot Red):Beetroot is a unique source of both vulgaxanthin and betanin. Both of these nutrients are classified as betanins (plant pigments), which may support lower levels of inflammation in the body, as well as detoxification in the liver.
Dietary nitrate:The recent spike in interest in beetroot as a dietary supplement arises in large part as a result of the research carried out by Professor Andy Jones and colleagues (University of Exeter, UK) which highlighted beetroot juice as a rich source of nitrate.
The Professor has stated that "Nitric oxide (NO) is vitally important in human physiology and it modulates many of the processes that are essential to exercise performance. Recent evidence indicates that NO availability can be enhanced by dietary supplementation with inorganic nitrate which is abundant in green leafy vegetables and beetroot."
More about Montmorency cherries:Montmorency cherry (or sour cherry) is a nutrient-rich fruit, which contains exceptionally high levels of beneficial natural compounds, vitamins and minerals, which is why it is generally considered to be a "superfruit".
In an ideal world, people would be able to enjoy the health benefits of Montmorency cherry by eating the fresh fruit or by drinking its fresh juice. However, for the vast majority of people this is simply not possible - particularly in the required quantities. Even juices available from the supermarket are not ideal, due to the pasteurisation process which destroys many of the essential enzymes.
Antioxidants:Montmorency cherries are rich in antioxidants, which help the body to fight free radicals and support the immune system. In fact, research indicates that Montmorency cherries have very high ORAC (oxygen radical absorption capacity) values - you would have to eat more than 20 average portions of other fruit and vegetables to get the same amount of antioxidants as you get in one portion of Montmorency cherries! In particular, they are one of the few natural food sources of:
the potent antioxidant, melatonin, which is thought to help support the body's natural circadian rhythms and sleep cycles
and the class of compounds, Superoxide Dismutases, which act as super scavengers of free radicals.
These cherries also contain potent phytonutrients, including anthocyanins (natural colourants) and other phenolic and flavanoid compounds. Among other things, anthocyanins help to support healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility. They are also thought to support healthy urate levels in the body.
Nutrient-dense Montmorency cherries are notable, in that they:
- Have concentrated levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients
- Support joint health and muscle function
- Can be used by athletes to support energy levels and muscle recovery
- Support heart health
- Support healthy uric acid levels in the body
- Support healthy brain function
- Support restful sleep (because of their high levels of melatonin)
- Are low in sugar, sodium and calories
- Are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A), e.g. they contain 19x the beta carotene of blueberries and strawberries
- Are rich in vitamins C and E
- Are a good source of potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fibre.
Sea & Soil Organic (£18.98 / 100 vege capsules):An organic alkalising, cleansing and detox formula, which combines the best of nutrient-dense foods from both the sea and Earth’s soil. The organic ingredients that have been blended in these capsules include: Seagreens® food approved seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum and Fucus vesiculosus), artichoke, chlorella, green tea leaf, spirulina, rhubarb and cayenne.
This food supplement provides a unique blend of nutritious foods, rich in a broad spectrum of nutrients such as iodine, antioxidants, phyto-chemicals, vitamins, minerals and enzymes - daily nourishment made easy!
About the organic Seagreens®
Ascophyllum nodosum:This is a large, common brown alga (Phaeophyceae) in the family Fucaceae, being the only species in the genus Ascophyllum. It is seaweed of the northern Atlantic Ocean, and is also known as rockweed, Norwegian kelp, knotted kelp, knotted wrack or egg wrack. It is common on the north-western coast of Europe (from Svalbard to Portugal) including east Greenland and the north-eastern coast of North America. Seagreens® Ascophyllum nodosum is sourced from the Scottish Outer Hebrides and is the highest of Seagreens’® species in terms of iodine levels - typically 700mcg iodine per 1g.
Ascophyllum nodosum is rich in both macro-nutrients (e.g. nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulphur) and micro-nutrients (e.g. manganese, copper, iron, zinc etc). It is also host to cytokinins, auxin-like gibberellins, betaines, mannitol, organic acids, polysaccharides, amino acids and proteins, which are all highly beneficial.
Fucus vesiculosus:Known by the common name bladder wrack or bladderwrack, Fucus vesiculosus is a seaweed found on the coasts of the North Sea, the western Baltic Sea and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It also known by the common names black tang, rockweed, bladder fucus, sea oak, black tany, cut weed, dyers fucus, red fucus and rock wrack.
The main active constituents of this plant include mucilage, algin, mannitol, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, bromine, potassium, volatile oils, iodine and many other minerals. It was the original source of iodine, discovered in 1811.
Iodine is an essential mineral, required for normal thyroid function, mammary gland development and foetal and infant neurological growth. It also has a powerful antioxidant, immunity support and alkalising effect.
Overall, seaweeds form an essential source of natural iodine and are described as an ideal food-safe natural source of this important mineral.
Iodine in seaweeds contributes to:
- The normal growth of children
- Normal cognitive function
- Normal energy-yielding metabolism (and therefore weight management)
- Normal functioning of the nervous system
- The maintenance of normal skin
- The normal production of thyroid hormones and normal thyroid function.
Antioxidants in seaweeds:These seaweeds provide a natural, nutrient-dense food with multiple potential health benefits. In particular, research from Newcastle University, which compares the antioxidant capacity of Seagreens® to fruit and vegetables, demonstrates the high antioxidant capacity of the seaweeds still available in the gut after digestion. This research concluded that Seagreens®:
could be more effective free radical scavengers than green teas
are a comparable source of polyphenols to other polyphenol-rich sources
are a concentrated source of antioxidants.
Seaweeds, or ‘kelps’ as the wild brown algae are sometimes called, are also known to support:
- The body's acid/alkaline balance
- Healthy levels of gut flora (through their prebiotic effect)
- Protection of the gut lining
- The secretion of digestive enzymes
- Efficient nutrient absorption and metabolism
- And immunity.
Spirulina:A highly nutritious food derived from plant plankton and a blue-green micro-algae, spirulina contains 18 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids which the body cannot produce from its own resources and have to be replaced daily by food. Rich in beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin F factor (GLA) and iron, it grows naturally on alkaline lakes and is used for its high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals. 100g of spirulina yields 50-70% protein. Its exceptional levels of vitamin B12 is of special interest to vegetarians, vegans and non-meat eaters who, unless they study their diets carefully, may be deficient in this important vitamin.
Chlorella:An edible, single-cell marine algae (a sea-moss or sea lettuce), chlorella contains more chlorophyll than many known foods, more vitamin B12 than liver, along with beta-carotene, polyunsaturated fatty acids and 19 amino acids (including the 8 essential amino acids). It is also a rich source of calcium, iron, selenium and zinc. It provides useful detoxification support because it can bind with heavy metals and pesticides (such as PCBs), which can accumulate in the body. It is also a fibrous material, which means that it supports healthy digestion and overall digestive tract health. Chlorella's high nutrient content, cleansing actions on the bowel and other elimination organs, as well as its protection of the liver, help to keep the blood free from impurities and the immune system strong.
About the soil ingredients
Artichoke:Artichokes have traditionally been used in alternative therapies to support a healthy liver, heart health and an efficient digestive system. One of the primary active constituents in artichoke is cynarin, the close botanical cousin of the herb milk thistle.
Green tea:Camellia thea, or green tea, is a rich source of catechin polyphenols. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), in particular, is a powerful antioxidant. Polyphenols are active compounds that have potential health properties. For instance, some studies have shown green tea polyphenols to have a stronger antioxidant action than vitamin C and vitamin E - two of the most powerful antioxidants. Green tea may also support healthy weight management.
Rhubarb:Rhubarb rhizomes and roots contain anthraquinones and tannins, along with some vital phyto-nutrients, such as dietary fibre, poly-phenolic antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. What's more, rhubarb's petioles contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. Rhubarb stalks are rich in several B-complex vitamins (such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid) and minerals (such as iron, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus). As with other greens like kale and spinach, rhubarb stalks also provide good amounts of vitamin K, which supports healthy bones.
Cayenne:Also known as red pepper, chillies and Capsicum minimum in Latin, cayenne are bright red dried ripe pods. The powder is known as cayenne pepper and it is used to support a healthy circulatory system, natural warmth, a healthy appetite and efficient digestion.
Candida & yeast control
Sporcydil (£13.98 / 60 veg caps)An all-in-one yeast balance, digestion and colon health support supplement.
This complete, high-potency formulation contains 15 hand-picked ingredients, designed to support the correct balance of gut microflora (bacteria and yeasts), integrity of the gastrointestinal tract and the growth of friendly bacteria (probiotics) for efficient digestion and bowel health.
Sporcydil is best taken in conjunction with a low yeast and low sugar diet, or as part of a cleansing program. It is a best-seller and a must-try product!
More about the ingredients in this yeast balance and digestive health support supplement...
Caprylic acid:A short chain fatty acid, also known as octanoic acid, caprylic acid is found naturally in human breast milk and coconuts and may support gut health.
Garlic powder:Allium sativum or garlic contains allicin, amino acids, volatile oils, B group vitamins, iodine, selenium, quercetin, beneficial sulphur compounds and other minerals.
Aloe vera:Aloe barbadensis is a spiky cactus-like plant of the lily family. Traditionally used for purposes of moisturising (i.e. in skin creams), aloe vera may also help to support the body's natural detox systems and processes.
Cinnamon bark:Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume or cinnamon bark powder contains the active constituents tannins, essential oil and coumarin.
Quercetin:Closely related to rutin (one of several bioflavonoids that provide colour and taste to fruits and vegetables) and hesperidin, quercetin is fast becoming a superstar among the bioflavonoids (also referred to as vitamin P).
Beetroot:Beta vulgaris, or beetroot, is a vegetable that is naturally high in dietary nitrate, silicic acids, flavonoids, antioxidants (anthocyanadins) and bioavailable vitamins and minerals. It is also naturally rich in alkaline elements, making it an ideal addition to cleanse and detox programmes.
Thyme:This aromatic herb contains active tannins, gum, flavonoids, volatile oil and caffeic acid.
Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotic:In Latin, 'Lactobacillus acidophilus' means acid-loving milk-bacterium. It is a species in the genus Lactobacillus and a type of probiotic or friendly bacteria / good bacteria, which occurs naturally in the gut. As a probiotic, Lactobacillus acidophilus may support a healthy balance of intestinal microflora, efficient digestion and a strong immune function.
Bifidobacteria probiotic:Bifidobacteria are one of the main types of friendly bacteria that make up the colon flora in humans. As with Lactobacillus acidophilus (see above), some bifidobacteria are used as probiotics and, as such, may support a healthy balance of intestinal microflora, efficient digestion and a strong immune system.
Cloves:A fragrant spice, Eugenia caryophyllus Spreng or cloves contain a heavy volatile oil, a camphor resin, flavonoids and sterols.
Grapefruit seed:Grapefruit seed extract, not to be confused with grapeseed extract, contains beneficial bioflavonoids including hesperidin.
Glucosamine:An amino sugar, glucosamine is one of the most abundant monosaccharides and a natural precursor of glycosaminoglycans. It occurs naturally in the body, where it plays a role in the efficient operation of joints and helps to maintain healthy connective tissue.
Rosemary leaf:Rosmarinus officinalis or rosemary contains flavonoids, diterpenes, volatile oil and rosmarinic acid.
Oregano:True oregano (known by the botanical name Origanum vulgare) contains a number of active compounds, including carvacrol and thymol.
Zinc:An essential mineral, zinc is involved in cellular metabolism, enzyme activity, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis and cell division.
Paraklense (£13.98 /90 veg caps)A broad-spectrum herbal gastro-intestinal cleanse formula for support of a balanced lower digestive tract.
Paraklense contains 12 active herbs and concentrated foods (including carrageenan, magnesium caprylate, grapefruit seed, olive leaf, chicory root, clove and more) to support digestive tract health, in an easy-to-take capsule form.
This cleansing formula is popular with naturopaths, colon hydrotherapists and herbalists as part of detox programmes.
More about the ingredients in this healthy gastrointestinal support supplement...
Paraklense is an all-natural cleansing formula with a blend of herbs traditionally used for their internal purifying effect:
Magnesium caprylate:Magnesium is an important mineral, essential for the use of vitamins B1 and B6, for bone, protein, fatty acid formation and a number of other body functions. Magnesium caprylate is a medium chain fatty acid. Caprylic acid (as magnesium caprylate) is best taken in conjunction with a low yeast and low sugar diet.
Cinnamon bark powder:Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume or cinnamon bark powder contains the active constituents tannins, essential oil and coumarin.
Clove powder:A fragrant spice, Eugenia caryophyllus Spreng or cloves contain a heavy volatile oil, a camphor resin, flavonoids and sterols.
Shiitake mushroom powder:Lentinus edodes are widely eaten as a food and used for health purposes in the Far East and South America. They have more recently grown in popularity in the West as a result of their general classification as a so-called "superfood" because of their high nutrient-to-calorie ratio. Active constituents include triterpenes, polysaccharides and lentinan.
Garlic powder extract:Allium sativum or garlic contains allicin, amino acids, volatile oils, B group vitamins, iodine, selenium, sulphur and other minerals.
Glucomannan:A form of soluble fibre derived from the konjac root.
Pumpkin seeds:Pumpkin seeds (Cucurbita pepo. Cucurbita maxima, Duch.) are a rich source of vitamin A, B vitamins, minerals (such as calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc) and other nutrients such as linoleic acid and cucurbitacins.
Chicory root:Also known as Cichorium intybus, the root of this garden vegetable has a long and well-documented history of being used to support the liver and the other cleansing systems and organs of the body. It contains vitamin A, B-vitamins and vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), as well as minerals such as potassium. It is also rich in fibre and contains probiotic oligosaccharides.
Grapefruit seed:Grapefruit seed extract, not to be confused with grapeseed extract, contains beneficial bioflavonoids including hesperidin.
Cayenne:Also known as red pepper, chillies and Capsicum minimum in Latin, this "hot" herb comes from the bright red dried ripe pods. The powder is known as cayenne pepper. Regarded by professional herbalists as the purest and safest stimulating herb known.
Fenugreek seed:Trigonella foenum-graecum or fenugreek is a herb which contains flavonoids, volatile oil, saponins and alkaloids.
Olive leaf:Olea europea or olive leaves contain a biologically active compound called elenolic acid.
Certain foods, such as cinnamon bark, garlic, pumpkin seed, fenugreek seed and grapefruit seed, have a natural internal cleansing effect on the body. Paraklense is therefore an ideal supplement to help support healthy gut flora (friendly bacteria). It is also the ideal natural food supplement to accompany you on your exotic travels abroad or to use on your return from countries where water quality and/or hygiene standards are not ideal.
Slimming AidsAcai Berry 1065mg (£16.98 100 veg caps) - Freeze-dried acai berry capsules - Powerful antioxidants - High in dietary fibre - Helps to support energy levels - Useful during slimming and weight loss programs - Supports general health and well-being.
A high-potency acai berry supplement packed with 1065mg of concentrated acai berry powder, plus 465mg added antioxidants (including anthocyanins) from 3 other hand-picked ingredients: resveratrol, grape seed extract and pomegranate.
These unique acai berry capsules provide a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients, as well as high levels of antioxidants. In capsule form, the goodness of these berries can very easily be incorporated into your daily diet. Their nutrients may be useful for supporting:
- High energy levels
- Healthy weight loss
- Athletes and others with an active lifestyle
- A healthy heart
- A strong immune system
- General health and well-being
- Healthy cholesterol levels
- Stable blood sugar levels (suitable for diabetics).
More about acai berries:Acai berries are considered to be a superfruit (it was Nicholas Perricone MD who first announced acai berries as one of the top 10 superfoods of the world), because they are rich in antioxidants and other important nutrients, such as potassium, iron, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E and Omega oils (including essential fatty acids).
In fact, pure acai berries have 15-20 times the antioxidants (anthocyanins) that red grapes have! Anthocyanins are incredibly powerful antioxidants, derived from the same essence that gives acai berries their amazingly deep purple colouring.
More about anti-oxidants:Acai berries are high in antioxidants, plus we have added other antioxidant-rich foods and herbs into these acai berry capsules to create an even more more powerful antioxidant supplement. Why?
Well, antioxidants are natural compounds and potent nutrients that may help the body to fight the harmful effects of free radicals - unstable molecules that can lead to cellular damage. They are produced as a result of the everyday stresses facing the body, including exposure to pollution, poor diet, alcohol intake, illness, exercise and inflammation.
It is thought that, by helping to stabilise free radicals and thereby prevent a damaging chain reaction where healthy cells also become unstable, antioxidants can help to support a healthy immune system, as well as general health and vitality.
Resveratrol:Resveratrol is a nutrient that is found in the skin of red grapes and certain other fruits, but it is mainly derived from Japanese knotweed. It is a type of natural phenol, which has been known to the natural health industry for some time, but attracted wider attention in 1992, when it was suggested as the explanation for the claimed cardio-protective effects of wine. The full effects and potential health benefits of resveratrol are a topic of continued scientific investigation.
Grape seed extract:Grape seed extract contains a broad spectrum of nutrients, including protein, lipids, carbohydrates and polyphenols. It is also rich in proanthocyanidins, which are similar to flavonoids. Studies have shown that the antioxidant power of polyphenols is 20 times greater than vitamin E and 50 times greater than vitamin C, which makes grape seed extract an ideal means of supporting the body against oxidative and free radical damage. One particular type of phenol found in grape seed is called procyanidin, which also supports eye health, joint flexibility and the circulatory system.
Pomegranate:Native to Iran, the Himalayas and northern India, the pomegranate is packed with vitamins A, C, E and iron and is often referred to as a “fruity panacea” because of its high nutrient content. As such, it is widely used by natural health practitioners. In Ayurvedic medicine, for example, the rind of the fruit is used to support digestive health and a clean gastro-intestinal system. It is now also known that the rind contains ellagitannins. The polyphenols present in this so-called “superfruit” have been studied, and continue to be studied, for their role in supporting health and beauty. For instance, many cosmetic preparations include pomegranate polyphenols, because they have been proven to protect the skin from sun damage and to promote the production of collagen.
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Krill Oil (£15.96 / 60 marine gelatine capsules (500mg):Also known as Euphausia superba, krill oil is a pure and natural source of Omega 3 oil (an essential fatty acid) and provides high levels of phospholipids - a fundamental component of human cell membranes.
Why does Krill oil help with Rouleaux formation of red blood cells in Live Blood Analysis? Because they help to build the stronger red blood cell membrane and that membrane is functional since it contains the good/right fats. So it counteracts partially the hemolytic bacterial toxins and oxidative stress. Also the omega 3 fatty acids help the liver and the process of repairing the intestinal wall. Therefore the liver can detoxify the blood and whole body more efficiently and the intestines don’t allow so many toxins to leak into the body.
Also omega 3 fatty acids improve the brain functions (since the brain is 60% fat) = better mood and less stress.
Krill oil also contains the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, which sets krill oil apart from traditional fish oils.
People tend to use krill oil for the same reasons that they use fish oil, flaxseed oil or other Omega 3 fatty acids. However, unlike fish oil, krill oil does not cause fishy burps or leave an after-taste - common side effects of fish oil.
Our high grade Antarctic Krill Oil capsules contain krill oil that is sourced exclusively from sustainable fisheries in the Antarctic, through our partners Aker BioMarine™, who work with World Wildlife Foundation Norway to ensure sustainable krill harvesting.
More about krill oil, antioxidants and essential fatty acids...
Krill oil is derived from small shrimp-like marine crustaceans found in oceans around the world, but they are most common in cold-water oceans, such as the Antarctic and North Pacific. There are 18 species and an estimated 500 - 750 million tonnes of krill worldwide. This makes them the most significant biomass of animals in the world! They are a staple food for fish, whales, sharks, seals, penguins and other sea birds.
Krill eat phytoplankton (microscopic plant life). Unlike many fish, one of the key benefits of krill is that they are low enough on the food chain so that they do not pose a threat of containing mercury.
More about Omega 3 and essential fatty acids (EFAs):Omega oils are a type of "good" fat that is required for a healthy body and mind, but which tends to be missing from the typical Western diet.
There are 2 types of essential fatty acids (EFAs): Omega 6 fatty acids and Omega 3 fatty acids. They are referred to as "essential" because the body is unable to manufacture them itself and so your EFA requirements must be met through your diet or through supplementation.
Essential fatty acids are currently one of the most researched health products and science has demonstrated their wide-ranging potential health benefits. In particular, they are important because they are instrumental in many body functions, including in relation to hormones, blood pressure, heart function, cholesterol, body temperature, weight management, skeletal health, cognitive function, mood, skin, hair, nails and more.
Provided they are eating a balanced diet, most people tend to get adequate amounts of Omega 6 from their food, but not enough Omega 3. Omega 3 oils are generally found in coldwater fatty fish, deep green vegetables and some grains and seeds.
Our hunter/gatherer ancestors had a ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 of about 5:1, but because of modern food processing and changes in our diet, the ratio today is closer to 24:1. It is also very difficult to get enough Omega 3 fatty acids from food alone, and to compound the problem, Omega oils are very fragile and can easily be destroyed by heating / cooking and processing.
Antioxidants, astaxanthin and free radicals
Antioxidants are natural substances, which are believed to help stabilise highly reactive molecules referred to as "free radicals".
Free radicals are unstable molecules that want to achieve a stable state and have 2 ways of doing this: they can either steal an electron from other substances, or an antioxidant can donate an electron to them.
If there is a shortage of antioxidants in the body, the free radicals have no choice but to steal electrons from other substances, turning them into free radicals as well, and thereby creating a viscious circle of free radical production.
Free radicals occur naturally in the body and we are learning more and more all the time about the damaging effects that they can have on our cells. Other external factors, such as pollution, chemical additives, stress, exercise, sunlight and illness can also all increase free radical production. At the same time, our diet tends to contain fewer fresh fruits and vegetables than previously, both of which are natural sources of antioxidants.
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, which belongs to a larger class of phytochemicals known as terpenes. It is also one of nature’s most potent antioxidants. Like many carotenoids, astaxanthin is a colorful pigment (red / pink) and is found in microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, crustaceans and the feathers of some birds.
Gastrogenic Max (£19.98 / 30 Veg caps):An 8 strain probiotic with a massive 20 billion live friendly bacteria per capsule, which offers full-spectrum support of the small and large intestine. This high strength, multi-strain probiotic supplement supports a healthy balance of gut microflora, a healthy digestive system and strong immune system.
If you want to increase your live friendly bowel bacteria intake by a fantastic 20 billion, you can either eat around 40 small pots of probiotic yoghurt or take just 1 capsule of ProBiotic MAX - minus all the added sugar, dairy, fats and calories of yoghurt!
This practitioner-strength probiotic can be taken during and following a course of antibiotics, when travelling abroad and to support a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut at any time. It provides the ideal environment for efficient digestion and bowel regularity. Also available in 4 billion maintenance strength.
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ProBiotic MAX has been specifically manufactured to be heat-resistant and, as such, does not require refrigeration, which makes it perfect for travel. It is also micro-encapsulated for acid-resistance and is able to withstand stomach acid, helping the friendly bacteria to reach the colon alive and in optimal condition and therefore able to colonise in the digestive tract.
More about probiotics:The term 'probiotic' refers to beneficial live micro-organisms which are used as a dietary supplement. Almost all probiotics are bacteria (although some are also yeast organisms, such as Saccharomyces boulardii), and the most popular bacteria used in probiotic supplements come from the Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium family.
Why we need good bacteria:Good health begins with balance, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract, where probiotics can help to support healthy levels of friendly bacteria. Inside our bodies are 20 times as many bacteria as living cells and the role they play in supporting good health is critical. Having the right bacteria helps us to, for example, digest and absorb proteins, produce B vitamins, protect the gut wall, support the immune system and prevent harmful micro-organisms from flourishing and establishing themselves.
The balance of good and bad bacteria:The delicate balance of healthy gut flora can quite easily be disrupted by any number of factors, which can then lead to poor digestion, stomach pain, bloating, constipation, wind and other unpleasant symptoms.
Such factors include: the use of antibiotics, excessive intake of alcohol, stress, illness, poor diet and high toxic load. Such circumstances can provide opportunistic pathogens with the perfect environment to grow and spread, while numbers of beneficial organisms are lower. These bad bacteria can either cause infection directly or produce toxic substances that contribute to inflammation or other diseases, particularly of the digestive tract. In these circumstances, it is important to support the replenishment of healthy levels of good bacteria.