I do hope 2015 has been kind to you thus far. Wherever you are in South Africa you probably have also experienced some of the recent heat waves but
hopefully not as bad as we have in scorched Somerset East. It’s jolly hard to put fingers to keyboard when you have been reduced to a puddle. I hope that explains this very late newsletter. If not then will someone please tell me how I am supposed to work with an over-sized feline lying between my keyboard and screen ? This is Thomas who rules over all humans and dogs in our household.
Reinvented summer smoothies
Getting back to the weather, some days by the time we have breakfast the temps are already so high that I have had to reinvent our breakfast smoothies. I have taken to freezing some of the ingredients such as bananas, strawberries and blueberries so that the end result is an ice cold refreshing and nutritious drink. When I remember, I even freeze the yoghurt or kefir for tomorrow’s smoothie in ice trays. ‘n Boervrou maak ‘n plan - and one that works well so give it a try.
New Product Offerings
It’s a fresh new year and with it some fresh new products! I’ve added some exciting new lines to the supplements already on offer:
For the vegans amongst you always requesting a vegan alternative to the omega-3 fish oil, we now have Omega Pure Vegicaps. Each capsule contains 200mg of DHA (read brain food) derived from algae. The capsule is of 100% vegetable origin.
For those of you wishing to add more protein to your diet without having to pig out on pig, we have the following which can be used any way you like but I find them an excellent additional protein source in my smoothies: Pea and Hemp Protein and Hempton's hulled hemp seed. Since I wrote about the benefits of hemp seed and hemp seed oil in the August 2014 newsletter, I have had numerous requests for these products so have added Hempton's organic hemp seed oil as well. I have chosen the Hempton's brand, which is a bit more pricy, however the quality cannot be matched and it’s all organic. You can read more about Hempton's products here.
At last a range of supplements for children
So many parents have asked me to recommend a good quality supplement for children that is easy for them to take. I also know it is really difficult to find kiddies' supplements that aren’t loaded with sugar, colourants and preservatives. I first did a test run of these chewables on my grandchildren and since they absolutely loved them I have added them to my product list:
Animal Parade Gold Multicontains the full range of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotics required by a growing child! So a one stop shop if your child is healthy and you wish to keep him/her that way. The list of ingredients includes:
All essential vitamins and minerals
Vitamin D3 and K2 for optimal bone support and immune system health
Complete intestinal, oral and dental probiotics
Live enzymes and bioflavonoids for increased absorption of nutrients
Lutein for eye and skin protection
Nothing missing from this list except the omega-3 essential fatty acids which are easily obtained by the addition of just one DHA Essentials softgel - a supplement you know well by now.
Animal Parade Immune Booster for the child who is just not thriving and needs a pick-me-up.
Animal Parade Acidophikidz Chewable is packed with all the right probiotics that a kiddie needs
Animal Parade Sugar-free Vitamin C to build resistance against colds and other infections.
Animal Parade Inner Ear Support - I decided on this one as a result of the numerous queries I received after I wrote about ear infections in children in the November newsletter . This is the probiotic supplement we’ve all been waiting for. It brings the power of billions of live probiotic cells to the inner ear, mouth and throat right where children need it most! Includes S. salivarius K12 which confers amazing benefits in children’s inner ears and has a delicious cherry taste.
All the above chewables are in a fun animal shape, contain only natural flavours and are sweetened with xylitol which may reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Doctor Oz and the Magic Beans
Sound like a fairy story? Well it's not!. You may have heard some of the amazing claims being made by guests on the Dr Oz show. I have to say I have often wondered how a cardiothoracic surgeon could not know some of these are just too good to be true or perhaps he just has a financial interests. Well I rest my case. Lately, it seems the famous doc has been busted on a number of counts and the magic beans diet scam is one of note. Read more about this here.
Yes you have guessed it - I am not a fan of Dr Mehmet Oz.
The statin debate
(Yip, she's gnawing on her favourite bone of contention again...haha)
In spite of there still being no evidence that statins save lives and yet lots of evidence of serious side-effects, even diabetes, the campaign to push statins continues. Although there is some evidence that someone with established heart disease may benefit from statins, this is clearly not the case for healthy people. Yet many a healthy person is being prescribed statins and I fail to understand this. It is no different to giving a person chemotherapy when they don’t have cancer or insulin when they’re not diabetic. Here are two interesting quotes from doctors which give us some food for thought: Dr Malcolm Kendrick, GP and member of the British Medical Association’s General Practitioner’s sub-committee: “Who knew that millions of people in the UK now suffer from statin deficiency syndrome? Mass statination is the triumph of statistics over common sense. Treating millions at a cost of billions, all based on data we are not allowed to see, is another example of the corporatisation of medicine and will result in a public health disaster.” Dr David Newman, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of clinical research at Mount Sinai School of medicine, New York said: “I am always embarrassed when I have to tell patients that our treatment guidelines were written by a panel filled with people who stood to gain financially from their decisions. The truth is for most people a statin will give them diabetes as often as it will prevent a non-fatal heart attack—and they won't live any longer taking the pill. That’s not what patients are looking for.”
The best doctors give the least medicines – Benjamin Franklin
Never statins without CoQ10
I still come across so many people who have been prescribed statins for their “high” cholesterol and have not been told that it is imperative that they now take 50-100mg Coenzyme Q10 daily - in spite of all the evidence supporting this. Statins work by blocking an enzyme involved in the production of both cholesterol and coenzyme Q10, so as cholesterol falls, so falls CoQ10, probably the most essential nutrient needed by the heart.
Why do we all need to consider supplementing CoQ10?
Supports cardiovascular health and heart function
Promotes physical energy and stamina
Fights free-redical damage throughout your body
Promotes immune and cellular health
Supports normal blood pressure levels
Supports healthy blood vessels and endothelial lining
Helps reduce the normal signs of aging
So with the start of this spanking new year let’s give our hearts something worth pumping for:
Announcing this months specials:
1. See Yourself Well Coenzyme Q10
Until 28 Feb you can purchase:
One bottle of See Yourself Well CoQ10 for R320 – so R60 off
Two bottles for R600 – a saving of R160.
Each bottle contains 60 x 100mg CoQ10 softgels. Read more here.
2. See Yourself Well Omega-3 softgels (30:20)
This special is only on the stock which expires end June 2015 as I need to move it out to make way for a new shipment. So...
While stocks last you can purchase:
One bottle for R370 - so R40 off
Two bottles for R690 - a saving of R130
Read more about this product here. (It's the third one down on that page. You may be confused by the different label to the one you see in the image alongside. Nutratec Life Sciences have adopted a new look and all the labels have changed so as the old move out the new will move in. Labels may change but the content is exactly the same.)
And life keeps on getting better.... We are now shipping orders exceeding R2000 free of charge!
Why can’t I grow garlic from the garlic I buy at the supermarket?
Simple. China is the world’s leading exporter of garlic, with over 75% of the world’s garlic production coming out of China. Thus, most garlic found on our shelves is imported from China and before it can come into this country this garlic needs to be irradiated to ensure that no live soil-borne pathogens arrive with it. This is the sole reason why your shop bought garlic does not grow. It's Dead. The process of killing off any potential soil-borne pathogens also destroys the viability of the garlic you have bought.
So why would you want to grow garlic? Besides the fact that there are reports and claims of garlic curing all sorts of diseases from cancer to the common cold, your own home grown garlic is much like a home grown heirloom tomato... it just tastes so much better! I recently lifted my crop of beautiful heirloom garlic with the pink paper skins (remember them?) and will start planting again end of February. If you’re placing a supplement order and would like a few garlic cloves for planting I will gladly include a few to your parcel.
Folic acid or Folate?
If you’re eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, legumes, asparagus, broccoli, whole grains and calf’s liver on a regular basis you should not need to supplement this nutrient. However despite the wide occurrence of folic acid in food, apparently folic acid is the most common vitamin deficiency in the world! For one thing, alcohol and many prescription drugs impair folic acid metabolism and folic acid is also easily destroyed by light or heat. Some of the symptoms of deficiency are poor growth, diarrhea, gingivitis, depression, insomnia, irritability, forgetfulness, loss of appetite, fatigue and shortness of breath. The most reliable way to find out if you are deficient is to test your homocysteine levels. High levels indicate a deficiency in both folate and vitamin B12.
But there are two kinds of supplement : folic acid and methyl-folate (5-MTHF).
The question is which is better?
Methyl-folate (5-MTHF) is the metabolically active form of folate in the body, and studies are showing that a vast number of people (up to 60% of the population) may carry a defective gene that reduces our body's ability to convert folic acid to methyl-folate. Furthermore people with intestinal or liver disorders may not convert efficiently since the conversion occurs in the intestines and liver. Based on these two factors, if you have been told you are deficient and need to supplement folic acid, I would recommend you look for the methyl-folate form. Pregnant women, especially, to be on the safe side, should look for prenatal vitamins containing methyl-folate instead of folic acid, especially since there is some evidence that methyl-folate may be useful to prevent post-pregnancy anemia.
Women planning on becoming pregnant should consume between 800 and 1200 mcg of folate per day for several months before the start of pregnancy. It’s difficult to obtain this amount from diet alone, so if pregnant or trying to fall pregnant, supplementing with 600-800 mcg of folate per day, depending on your dietary intake, may be good insurance.
Those of us who are not pregnant (haha) do be aware that there are dangers of excessive intake of folic acid, one of the major risks being the development of cancer, in particular, colon and prostate cancers. In fact researchers have hypothesized that the excessive consumption of folic acid in fortified foods may be directly related to the increase in cancer rates.
Furthermore, a high intake of folic acid might mask detection of vitamin B12 deficiency (a common problem for many older adults) and lead to a deterioration of central nervous system function, anemia and cognitive decline in the elderly.
It never ceases to amaze how the supermarket shelves are still groaning with products labelled “low fat”. This in spite of all the evidence coming to light that fat restriction is not more healthful and does not facilitate weight loss. I wrote in detail in my September 2014 newsletter about a trial which has produced the most credible evidence to date and concluded "The low-carbohydrate diet was more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than the low-fat diet."
Keep in mind this trial was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a well-respected, peer-reviewed, scientific, medical journal. With such powerful science, why is there still so much misunderstanding about what is healthy and specifically regarding what type of diet will favor weight loss? Always pay attention to what unbiased science is telling you rather than myths perpetuated by manufacturers of low fat products in order to sell their outdated products. You do know that the only way they can get consumers to enjoy their foods is to add more sugar, don’t you?
Please remember proponents of high fat diets are talking about good fats such as coconut oil with its high percentage of medium chain triglycerides and the omega-3 fatty acids with EPA and DHA which exert a protective effect against the development of tumours as opposed to omega-6 fatty acids and trans fats as found in corn oil, margarine etc, that are known to be pro-inflammatory. Leave margarine and cooking oils on the shelves where they can do no harm and beware of fat from feedlot animals as that is where all the growth hormones, antibiotic residues and other nasties are lurking.
List of all nutrients in all foods
In case you're interested in knowing what is in what, here is a very comprehensive list that you may find useful: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list. Click on any food in the list and get the complete run down.
Dumbed down and drugged up
That is what most anti-depressants will do to you - keep you dumbed down and drugged up so that you won't even know you're still sad. Fortunately there are very effective natural anti-depressants and you just need to find one that works for you. Here are a few suggestions:
1000mg magnesium glycinate at bedtime may be all you need
Fish oil that gives you up 2000mg DHA per day
Chromium polynicotinate - 400mcg 2 -3 times daily
Cut out all sugar, even that disguised as pasta, doughnuts, icecream, nutella.
Follow a low carb diet
Did you know?
80% of oncologists, when asked, said they would not give the standard medical treatments for cancer to their families or themselves, which they give to their patients. Makes you think, doesn't it?
Wishing you a blessed year ahead and we'll chat again soon. Please don't let our chats be one-sided - I need to hear from you too.
Nutritional Therapist (BSc (Hons) HDE, Dip Clin Nutr) The Orchards Nutrition Centre - Somerset East Tel: 042 243 0339 Cell: 084 531 0786 Email: email@example.com
The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. It is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or in any way replace qualified medical supervision. For any medical conditions, consult with your healthcare provider before using any products. Abundant health to you all.