3 reasons why you should consider using a supplement

3 reasons why you should consider using a supplement

1. It will boost essential nutrients in areas where your diet has failed to keep these levels regulated.

2. Improved athletic performance through accelerating tissue repair and nourishment.

3. Enhanced immune system through the use of naturally occurring substances that fight toxins.

The following supplements are sourced from Metagenics who pride themselves on their superior quality and continuing research, and are only available through certified practitioners. With the correct dose and duration of use, you will notice the many benefits of treating your body well from the inside out.

If you owned a Ferrari, would you use E10 or Vortex98? Your body is a most impressive machine, more so than a Ferrari, so treat it well too.

1. Endura – endurance and rehydration formula

An advanced electrolyte formula developed for use during strenuous activity or illness. It contains electrolyte ratios that parallel those found in muscle cells. Its use by professional athletes has demonstrated the effectiveness of the advanced technology found in Endura. Mild non-sugary tasting.

2. Endura Opti – protein energy nutrition with electrolytes

Provides the correct ratios of protein and carbohydrate for improved endurance and recovery during prolonged exercise. It reduces the risk of weight loss and promotion of muscle gain. It contains the highest bioavailable form of protein and carbohydrate with rapid absorption. It contains the full complement of essential amino acids and more.

3. Biopure – undenatured whey protein isolate

Undenatured whey protein has been shown to be superior to denatured lactalbumin (eg. exposed to heat, acid/alkali Obtained from the milk of a pristine dairy herd in New Zealand. This ensures it is free from disease, injected hormones, genetic alteration and environmental contamination. Whey protein has the highest biological value of any protein food source and provides the body with all the essential and non-essential amino acids. It contains branched-chain amino acids [BCAAs] which are an important source of fuel for muscle function and rapid repletion of muscle tissue after exercise.

4. Metapure EPA/DHA liquid – fish oil

A very surprisingly taste free form of high quality purified fish oil. Fish oil helps maintain normal healthy triglyceride (fat) and cholesterol levels. In doing so fish oil assits with excellent cardiovascular health. In addition, it also improves mood and cognition as well as temporarily relieving pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

5. Inflavanoid intensive care – acute pain relief

Specifically designed for rapid effective relief of acute muscular and arthritic pain and inflammation. It contains turmeric and the powerful anti-inflammatory herbs, cayenne, willow bark and ginger. Turmeric has been proven in numerous clinical trials to exert anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.

These supplements and all others in the Metagenics range are available at Cartwright Physicaltherapy. Get your stash today!

*DISCLAIMER: This discussion does not provide medical advice. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained in this discussion are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this discussion is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog.

Food supplements

Food supplements

Best food supplements for general health and sporting performance

Today, there are perhaps enough food supplements on the market to get all of your nutritional needs through pills, powders and capsules. It is of course cheaper, and often tastier to get these nutrients through normal food consumption. The average Joe fills their car with regular unleaded, whilst a minority chooses premium, knowing that the higher octane count will keep their spark plugs carbon-deposit free and grant more mileage. Most people aren’t looking to turn their bodies into performance machines, but there are at least three nutritional supplements you should consider taking to reinforce your general health.

1. Fish Oils

Fish oils contain the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. They are considered essential fatty acids as our bodies cannot synthesise them independently, and are vital for normal metabolism. The benefits were discovered in the 1970s by researchers studying the Greenland Inuit Tribe. The Greenland Inuit people consumed large amounts of fat from fish, but displayed virtually no cardiovascular disease. The high level of omega-3 fatty acids consumed by the Inuit reduced triglycerides, heart rate, blood pressure, and atherosclerosis. Not all Omega 3s will provide you with DHA and EPA. This is because these essential fatty acids are not present in a lot of Omega 3 products. For example, ground flax seed is an excellent oil for certain uses and contains omega 3s, but contains no DHA or EPA.

In short, fish oils support every system in your body, mostly your nervous and cardiovascular system. In particular, fish oils are known to reduce exercise-induced joint tenderness and early morning stiffness associated with arthritis.

2. Multivitamin

A 2002 report published in the journal of the American Medical Association recommended that all adults take one multivitamin daily. This is based on the known and suspected benefits of vitamin supplements in correcting vitamin levels and assisting in the maintenance of general health.

As the name suggests, multivitamins contain multiple nutrients (vitamins and dietary minerals) needed by the body. These are most beneficial when the nutritional needs of the body are not being met by the diet alone or when dietary demands are high. Whilst one might have adequate levels of vitamin C, they may be deficient in vitamin D3 – a common scenario. Taking a multivitamin is an easy way of ensuring you are getting the necessary range of dietary vitamins and minerals into your body.

3. Glucosamine and chondroitin

These two nutrients are found in cartilage. Cartilage acts as a cushion between the bones of a joint. Glucosamine and chondroitin can be thought of as “cartilage food”. Throughout our lives, the joints in our bodies are subjected to large mechanical forces. Joint pain affects most people at some point in their lives, you don’t necessarily have to be an elite sportsman to be a candidate for joint pain. Your work as a labourer or mechanic, or gardening or jogging interests may lead to joint pain in your knees, low back or hips.

Taking “cartilage food” can fatten up your “joint cushions” and slow the effects of osteoarthritis and join pain. Glucosamine and chondroitin are not limited to people over 50 years of age, most people from 20 years upwards can benefit from this supplement.

For those people who take their sport or training a little more seriously, below are some other supplements worth considering.

4. Aminoacids (protein)

Athletes can benefit from the use of protein supplements because intensive physical activity uses up protein resources. Increasing protein intake assists muscle recovery and faster growth. In addition, people attempting to lose weight may want to take protein to help them maintain a good blood sugar level balance. A protein supplement will help maintain good energy levels and accelerate fat loss, whilst simultaneously helping reduce a desire to overeat.

There are numerous forms of protein on the market. Below are some of the more commonly known forms:Whey protein: derived from the process of making cheese from milk, contains high levels of all the essential amino acids (protein building blocks) and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), has the highest content of the amino acid, cysteine. Egg-white protein: lactose and dairy free proteinRice and Pea protein: both highly digestible and allergen free forms of protein, ideal for vegetarians and vegans.

5. Magnesium

It has been estimated that magnesium intake has declined by more than half during this century, primarily due to food processing. Magnesium is involved in a wide range a biological functions and is thus an essential mineral in human health. If training for an event, an elite athlete, or simply a very active person, can benefit greatly from taking a magnesium supplement. Magnesium is important for muscle function as it regulates muscle tension and is required for muscle relaxation. It is invaluable for relief of muscular cramps and spasms, and also benefits those suffering fatigue as it is involved in the body’s process of energy production.

6. Electrolytes

Electrolytes are solutions of acids, bases or salts. In oral rehydration therapy, electrolyte drinks containing sodium and potassium salts replenish the body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration caused by exercise or excessive alcohol consumption, vomiting, intoxication or starvation. Athletes exercising in extreme conditions (for three or more hours continuously eg. marathon or triathlon) who do not consume electrolytes risk dehydration. Electrolytes are commonly found in fruit juices, coconut water, sports drinks, milk, and many fruits and vegetables.

Many of the sports electrolyte drinks on the market have a high sugar content – probably to keep you coming back for more. Endura is a dynamic and advanced electrolyte formula developed for use during strenuous activity or illness. It is a special formula that actually contains electrolyte ratios that parallel those found in muscle cells. Its use by professional athletes has demonstrated the effectiveness in muscle recovery and endurance.

Warning

If you’re going to spend money on supplements, ensure they are high-quality. Many over-the-counter supplements are not readily absorbed by the body. There are a range of ‘practitioner only’ supplements which have been shown to provide better results.

Taking too much of a supplement or abusing the recommended dosage may overload your liver and cause damage. Taking certain supplements in combination with other prescribed medications may have detrimental effects to your health. With all supplements be sure to use them only as directed and consult a practitioner for advice before taking.

*DISCLAIMER: This discussion does not provide medical advice. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained in this discussion are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this discussion is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog.