A Range of High Quality Probiotics that are also good value for money

 What are MicroLife probiotics?

MicroLife is a new range of high potency probiotics that compare in potency and quality to any of the market leaders in probiotic supplements. The difference with MicroLife is the price, in other words the benefits are comparable with, for example , Natren, but at much less cost.

How is the low cost achieved?

Well for one things many brands of probiotics are inflated in price, we do not do that. Some brands are also manufactured abroad and imported into the UK as fully prepared and packaged products. This vastly increases importation and shipping costs. In the case of MicroLife the high quality powder is imported in bulk and shipped in refrigerated containers to preserve the live organisms. Then the formulas are created and it is packaged right here in the UK. This greatly lowers the cost which is passed onto the customer WITHOUT affecting quality.

What  types of Probiotics are in the MicroLife range.

There are a few types of Probiotic bacteria on the market, but the main ones, the ones that appear to give the most benefit are Acidophilus, Bifidus and Bulgaricum. Acidophilus and Bifidus are available widely as a supplement and are also present in some yogurts and yogurt drinks, Bulgaricum is difficult to create as a supplement and therefore usually is of poor quality and potency. It is Bulgarian style yogurts are rich in this probiotic.

In addition to the three types of probiotics there are different strains of these probiotics and some are better than others.

Why do we recommend the MicroLife range?

There are a nbumber of reasons why we recommend the MicroLife on the Best Probiotics website, even though it is new and it might be easier to offer a more well known brand.

  1. Value for money:

As explained above, we strive to keep costs down without skimping on quality.

  1. Potency

The MicroLife range uses the most potent probiotics in it’s products. For example, the Acidophilus supplements use the DDS1 strain of Acidophilus, Each of the capsules in both the Acidophilus and Bifidus supplement provide 4 billion viable organism. The DDS1 strain has been proven to survive well in the gut, meaning more of the valuable probiotic reaches your digestive system.

  1. Absorption

MicroLife probiotics use the most absorbable strains of probiotics, without using gimmicks like coating the ingredients in oil like some other brands.

  1. Potent formulasAll of the MicroLife range is potent but the the Advanced Micro Formula, which is the most potent formula uses contains over 15 billion live organisms per capsule. The formula also includes a prebiotic, Vitamin C and L-Glutamine that works in harmony with probiotics to improve digestion. It also contains Acidophilus DD1 strain and 3 different strains of Bifidus. Colostrum Plus is a potent formula of colostrum with probiotics.
  1. Pure prodducts

The MicroLife range contains no preservatives, no gluten, no additives and is GMO free. It uses a vegetable cellulose capsule that make the range suitable for vegetarians.

What are the formulas exactly?

All of this information is available here.

All in all I  strogly recommend this probiotic range if you are interested in probiotic supplements.

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Antioxidants, Oxidation and Free Radicals made simple

An Antioxidant is a nutrient, found in food that neutralises free radicals in the body. All sorts of different types of nutrients are antioxidants of varying potency.

Oxidising is a natural process in the body that produces harmful molecules called free radicals. Oxidising in the biological sense is when the chemical structure of oxygen in the body is changed by the process of normal metabolism, and environmental poisons. The resulting altered molecule is called a free radical and in their altered form they damage other cells. They are thought to contribute to the onset of many degenerative diseases and affect how quickly your body ages in appearance.

Antioxidants are nutrients that are believed to restore the electron balance in these oxygen cells, thus making them non toxic. Poor diet and poor food quality due to growing methods therefore add to the problem in the modern era. The drive for plentiful food has led to growing methods that exhaust the soil, reducing the quantity and quality of nutrients in the food. Many of these nutrients have antioxidant qualities. The increase of chemicals in the environment from factors such as car exhausts and pesticides draining into the water supply has increased this problem. Many people also do not eat enough fresh fruit and vegetables which are the richest source of antioxidants.

There are essentially three ways to deal with this problem. The first is to ensure that your diet includes plenty of ORGANIC fruit and vegetables, preferably the supplier should be certified by The Soil Association. Ensure you eat plenty of coloured vegetables that are rich in a potent antioxidant called Beta Carotene. The second is to take good quality supplements to increase your antioxidant intake, the third way is to eat natural super-foods rich in antioxidants. I would recommend blue green algae supplements such as Klamath Lake, Spirulina or Chorella.

The most potent Antioxidants are Astaxanthin (the most potent of all), Beta Carotene and Vitamin E. But there are many other nutrients that act as Antioxidants.

A varied and balanced organic diet is the best way to ensure you are consuming enough antioxidants but supplements will help if you cannot afford this are too busy to manage such a diet.

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What are Amino Acids?

It is quite common to see Amino Acids sold as a health supplement but many people do not understand what amino acids are and why it would be beneficial to take them as a supplement. I will attempt to explain.

Amino Acids are the building blocks of proteins. The when we eat food containing protein, the body breaks the protein down and utilises the amino acids to form all sorts of proteins for a huge number of bodily functions. While we usually only associate proteins with the building of muscles this is only a small part of their story. Thousands of very surprising chemical processes depend on proteins, and you probably did not realise just how much more tha the bodily structure consists of protein.

There are eight types of protein in the body, which are:

Hormonal

Hormones trigger chemical processes in the body. They are secreted by the glandular system and are proteins. The most well known example of this is Insulin, which is a type of protein.as are all hormones.

Enzymatic

Enzymes are p[roteins that accelerate chemical processes in the body. They help with processes like blood clotting and the most well known examples digestive enzymes.

Structural

These are also called “fibrous proteins” this is the most wello known type of protein and includes the muscles, skin, collagen (the connective tissue in skin) and keratin as the most well known examples.

Defensive

Antibodies and White Blood cells are examples of. these

Storage

These mainly store essential mineral ion in the body for later use.

Transport

These transport vital materials to the cells. Haemoglobin is a protein, tis transports oxygen around the blood stream

Receptor

These proteins control what enters and leaves the cells, some of them activate enzymes.

and.

Contractile

Control the speed and frequency of heart muscle contactions.

So as you can see practically every part of the body, every organ and every function depends in some way on proteins, that require complex combinations of amino acids to be formed by the body. Although amino acids are split into essential and non essential amino acids very little research has been done on what they actually do. It is thought there are around 500 different amino acids in the body, all ensuing the proper functioning of our complex systems.

I hope this helps to explain what this supplement is and how it might help you.

 

 

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Vitamin B complex

 

What Are B Vitamins?

The B Vitamins are a group of water soluble nutrients that are found commonly in the same types of food. They all have unique and distinct benefits,but the fact that they are found in the same food leads many people to believe that the natural way, that most benefits human health is for them to be consumed together. These group of vitamins have a huge range of benefits related to nervous and hormonal systems, they affect every other system in your body, making them vital for your health and wellness.

A List of the B Vitamins

There is some debate on what classifies as a B Vitamin. There follows in this blog a list of all the B Vitamins but to avoid argument I have listed them in 2 categories, the nutrients that everyone agrees are a B Vitamin and a second category containing the nutrients that are in dispute. It is worth noting that, while the significance of this may be important to some purists, it does not really matter that much. What is important is that the balance is roughly the same as the B Vitamins found in good quality food.

Vitamin B1 Thiamine

Vitamin B2 Riboflavin

Vitamin B3 Niacin or Nicotinic Acid

Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine

Vitamin B7 Biotin

Vitamin B9 Folic Acid

Also considered by some as B Vitamins but not everyone agrees:

Vitamin B12: Methylcobalamin

Vitamin B15 Pangamic Acid

PABA

Choline.

What Vitamin B Complex Supplement should I buy?

When considering a B Complex supplement to purchase there is no point in going for a cheap supplement. It should have as many of the above B Vitamins in it as possible and care should have been taken to buy a good quality supplement which preferably contain all of the above list but at least the first 6. Asd these nutrients are all found together in the same foods try to find a supplement with all 10 of these vitamins. Care should also be taken to check that the manufacturing has been careful in the formula balance and this is also as close to nature as possible.

Summary

For general health a good Vitamin B Complex supplement can be very beneficial. A B complex is the best way under normal circumstances to supplement B Vitamins. If you choose to take individual B vitamin supplements or have been advised to do so by a qualified health practitioner always follow the usage instructions on the label. Exceeding the dose of some B Vitamins can sometimes cause adverse reactions.

In these days of poor food quality taking a supplement to boost your vitamin intake can be very beneficial to health, but it is worth spending the extra money for a really good brand.

 

 

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Vitamin B12

vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin found in eggs milk cheese milk products meat fish shellfish and poultry, some foods are enriched with vitamin B12. It is a true vitamin in that it cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from food.

Vegans and some vegetarians often suffer a deficiency in vitamin B12 as the richest sources are all animal products that are not eaten by vegans. Some vegetarians may also need to supplement with this vitamin if they exclude dairy products from their diet.

Vitamin B12 is involved with red blood cell formation, cell function, and DNA synthesis it is also involved in the proper functioning of many other processes in the human body.

A common result of deficiency in vitamin B12 is a form of anaemia .Another potential health condition resulting from a deficiency of vitamin B12 is atrophic gastritis, this is a thinning of the stomach lining resulting in problems with digestion. It has also been linked with other digestive diseases such as  Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease. Proper levels of B12 are needed for a properly functioning Immune System and may also be linked to other red blood cell related diseases.

Older people may find themselves with a deficiency of this vitamin as the body finds it harder to absorb it as a person gets older.

If you cannot consue the types of foods listed above, for whatever reasomn, or are having difficulty absorbing this vitamin because from food because of age, you may wish to supplement in order to prevent suffering from a deficiency.

If you have a reasonably healthy diet containing dairy products poultry, fish or shellfish you should have enough of this vitamin keep body healthy.

The deficiency diseases above are for information only, it ids nt intended as a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment of a medical condition. If you have any of these adverse health conditions or suspect you may be developing them you must consult a doctor.

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All about enzymes

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Enzymes, along with hormones and the nervous system are the control mechanisms of the body. Hormones are the chemical signals that dictate all biochemical activity in the body, the nerves carry the electricity that powers the boy, and enzymes accelerate chemical reactions so that metabolism can occur quick enough in the cells for the body to function. It is important to know about enzymes as many of them can only be obtained from raw healthy vegetables, another reason why this is an essential part of a balanced diet.

Enzymes are a type of protein that accelerates chemical reactions. Bacteria produce a lot of enzymes in nature and they play an important role in millions of chemical reactions.

Metabolism simply means the process by which chemical reactions occur in the human body. The word is derived from the Greek words metabolē, meaning “change” and  metabolismos, “outthrow”).

Every cell in the human body is engaged in metabolism and every day the human body engages in thousands of metabolic processes. It is extracting nutrients from food and converting it into energy, it is engaging in respiration and pumping blood round the body, the list is too long to record in full here in this article.

These chemical processes are vital for life and without enzymes to speed them up the body is unable to function.

Enzymes are derived from 2 sources, the glands in the body and food. If you are healthy and have a reasonable diet your body will produce a lot of your enzymes from the glands.

Not enough research has been done on enzymes derived from food to determine if they have a role in human health , there are about 2,000 known enzymes that can be obtained from raw vegetable matter. Only a fraction of these have been studied by scientists but in my opinion their importance will become more and more clear as they are researched into the future. The sensible person may decide to “cover all their bases” in the meantime by ensuring they have as many as possible in their diet. Many of these enzymes may perform a vital role in human health. Time will tell.

One thing we do know about enzymes are that each has a very specific function as regards a specific metabolic process. It is also known that metabolic disorders such as arthritis, diabetes and dementia (to name a few) have a number of possible causes but one of the triggers can definitely the deficiency of a specific enzyme.

The most researched of the dietary enzymes are the digestive enzymes, these are enzymes that specifically involved in metabolism of food so it can be properly utilised by the body. There is quite a long list of these enzymes that each metabolise a different type of food. They need to be present in the mouth, small intestine and stomach so food can be digested properly. The effect of a deficiency in these enzymes can cause a wide range of ailments as efficient digestion is central to the overall health of the body.

Enzymes can be damaged or destroyed by a number of factors.

  1. All enzymes, whether from food or produced by the body tend to decline with age.
  2. From a dietary viewpoint all enzymes are affected by an over acidic bodily system, this is mainly caused by eating the wrong foods like too much sugar, trans fats and grains.
  3. Chemicals in the food and environment can destroy enzymes.
  4. Enzymes that are normally obtained from food can be depleted by poor growing methods (intensive farming that reduce the health of the plants), poor harvesting methods, poor storage and food processing. Cooking food destroys them as enzymes are destroyed by heat.

It is therefore essential to eat a healthy diet that alkalizes the body and to eat food that is organic, healthy, grown in rich soil and free from chemicals.

Digestive enzymes are widely available as a health supplement but raw fruit and vegetables are rich in these types of enzymes. Therefore raw fruit should be eaten for digestive enzymes and many vegetables are rich in enzymes. Not all vegetables are best eaten raw but a proportion of your diet should also consist of appropriate raw vegetables that are healthy and organic.

Spirulina and Seaweed supplements are very rich in enzymes, take the raw powder but make sure it is produced in a way to preserve as many of the enzymes as possible. Your supplier should be able to tell you how their brand is produced.

Both the above are the highest sources of natural enzymes that I am aware of.

In summary, we cannot obtain optimum health without enzymes as they are basic to every metabolic process in the body. It is not enough to just eat the right food to do this, what is needed is the right type of food that has been grown and processed in the right way. Adjust your diet accordingly.

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The truth about health through proper diet and nutrition

Welcome to this article about healthy eating. Many people reading this article will be pretty clued in and nothing I tell you will be much of a surprise, but I am also aware that a lot of this information is not freely available and, frankly, you won’t get the full benefits from food or health supplements without knowing these facts.

A good diet cannot GUARANTEE you good health in the future but it does reduce your chances of falling foul of the so called “silent killers” (heart disease, strokes and cancer).

In this article I hope to show you what and how you need to eat to be really healthy and the role that health supplements can play in this.

Some Basic Facts

The following statements are absolutely and categorically FALSE.

a) The only way to achieve health and longevity is through good diet and exercise.

Health and longevity is achieved through a combination of diet, good genetics, the degree to which the body is able to cope with mutation and damage from environmental poisons that the body ingests from food, the air and in water (the most common being pesticides, herbicides, pollution and radiation) and mental or spiritual factors (how happy you are, how free of guilt you are etc.).

Other lifestyle factors apart from diet also play a role, such as exposure to STD’s via a promiscuous lifestyle or engaging in casual sex, unnecessary exposure to harmful microorganisms by failing to keep yourself and your living spaces clean, etc.

As we are only really scratching the surface in understanding the health effects of some of these factors, then anyone who promises GUARANTEED health and longevity through one or more of these is at best misguided and at worst a con man. You can of course reduce the risk of poor health by improving one or more of these factors, but that’s an entirely different statement.

b) Health supplements can be used as a substitute for a balanced diet for health and longevity.

There is no single health supplement; multivitamin or even super food that provides every single nutrient that has an important role in human health. The closest yet discovered, that is commercially available,  are Spirulina and blue green algae (such as Klamath Lake, Chorella and edible seaweed is a type of blue green algae also), but even though that food gets pretty close it does not provide everything the body needs. The body needs vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients to be properly fed. There are over 60000 enzymes that are obtained from plants, over 60 antioxidants, (though some are also classed as vitamins, co enzymes, herbs and other types of nutrients, but we only know the importance of a few of them), and over 600 phytonutrients or phytochemicals in total have been discovered (including antioxidants that are also classed as phytonutrients).

It is not possible for a manufactured health supplements to duplicate this highly complex system that has taken billions of years to develop. We also know that enzymes, vitamins and different phytonutrients work together complimenting and increasing their benefits to health and this is important for the absorption and effectiveness of nutrients but not enough research has been done to really understand these complex processes and relationships.

Suffice to say that this also means that, for this reason, a manufactures health supplement or single food or natural health supplement cannot get even close to substituting for a varied diet rich in different types of fruits and vegetables.

c) All of the necessary nutrients for health and longevity can be achieved simply by purchasing food in the regular shops.

Now this is interesting because it is the mantra I hear from doctors, nutritionists and “experts|” on the internet.

You will notice I use the expression “from regular shops” The reason I say this is because if you are prepared to go to a lot of effort you can in fact get all the nutrition you need from food and this is a very valid route to go but it depends on the following:

a) The foods is grown in good soil conditions.
b) The plant is allowed to fully mature.
c) The plant is as fresh as possible.
d) The plant is free of artificial chemicals, poisons, heavy metals and radiation (yes this is a problem in some parts of the world).
e) You ensure 50-60% of what you eat is plant food (fruit and vegetables) and at least 50% of THAT should be appropriate raw plant food.

In other words the health of the plant you are eating will determine how much nutrition you receive, the plant also absorbs whatever is on the soil or is sprayed on it, passing it onto your body. The raw food ensures you are getting the maximum vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients.

Most food is grown intensively, using artificial fertilisers and chemical insecticides and herbicides. As the crops are grown year on year without resting the soil or allowing nitrogen fixing plants like grass to grow on it and replenishing it with rotting vegetation or manure the plants a deficient in minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients.

So why should I take Health Supplements?

When I talk about health supplements I am referring to nutrition products that created by companies to provide boost of healthy nutrients to a person’s diet. I am not including herbs in this as they are natural medicines rather than health supplements. Health supplements can be man made, as in vitamin supplements or a natural raw food such as Spirulina or Seaweed or can be a combination of any of these two types/ While, as we have already covered, supplements cannot replace a varied and balanced diet they do have their uses:, which are:

Man made vitamin and nutrition formulas:

These are vitamins, minerals and other supplement formulas that have be made by companies or isolated in a non natural way.

a) To boost a healthy balanced diet by ensuring that the body is getting enough of the essential nutrients.
b) To provide extra essential nutrients where food quality, harvesting and storage reduces the amounts that can be obtained from normal diet ( as in much of the supermarket fruit and vegetables).
c) To remedy a deficiency in an essential nutrient as advised by a qualified health practitioner.
d) To remedy a specific health problem or support a medical program as prescribed by a qualified health practitioner.
e) To provide the need for extra specific essential nutrients due to a specific genetic requirement of your body.

Natural Nutrition Supplements

Natural Nutrition Supplements are FOOD or combinations of foods or natural products like probiotics that provide essential vitamins minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients or a specific health benefit. They are therefore the best supplements for overall health and wellness, containing hundreds if not thousands of different healthy nutritional compounds including enzymes, vitamins minerals, antioxidants and other phytonutrients that it is impossible to replicate in man made supplements.

Using supplements badly

None of the above supplements will be of any use if you have a diet consisting mostly of processed food and laden with bad fats and refined carbohydrates like refined sugar. Boosting your diet with supplements won’t help much if you are on a suicide course with your diet, so if that’s a problem, handle THAT as a priority.

A word about natural essential nutrients.

Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids obtained from food are absorbed more readily into the system and utilised by the body when they are obtained from food, as that is the natural way to take them. Bodies have evolved over billions of years and have developed a complex relationship with food that we have only really scratched the surface of in terms of understanding. For this reason natural nutrients are best for general health.

Certain types of super foods are available that are extremely rich in enzymes and phytonutrients; there are quite a few on the market. They are not what you would choose to eat for dinner but the best ones in my opinion are Spirulina Blue Green Algae and Seagreens. All of these foods or even a combination of them will give a tremendous boost in Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients. Spirulina is particularly rich in phytonutrients including many antioxidants and it is the richest source of several of them including beta carotene. Spirulina has a huge nutrient profile but is particularly high in complete protein, amino acids (which are used by the body to form enzymes) and iron.

Summary

The body requires the natural food and a diet containing all the food types, protein, unrefined carbohydrate, natural oils of all types, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Research into the complex relationship between food and the body is in it’s early states, there are possibly 6-8,000 different phytonutrients and enzymes that are either obtained form food or are manufactures using compounds found in food. The point being that, even when a nutrient is not essential, is made by the body, some sort of phytonutrient or enzyme that IS derived form food is involved in the manufacturing process.

Eat fruit and vegetables, avoid refined carbohydrates, manufactured fats, sugar and eat lots of vegetables, a lot of it raw. That’s the way to reduce health risks through diet and nutrition.

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