Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Solgar Rhodiola Complex - Great for Stress

This is a new Botanical product from Solgar. It promises to be a brillant antidote to a stressful life and situations, containing a fabulous mixture of ingredients. Stress, of course, is everywhere. It can come from mental, emotional, or physical strain and can be caused by anxiety or overwork. We can all feel different degrees of stress at some stage. It is how we deal with it that counts. Balancing our lifestyles can prevent stress from leading to more serious health issues.

Solgar Balance Rhodiola Complex provides adaptogenic botanical herbs and nutrients that are well researched and have been shown to support human health.

As a food supplement for adults, 0ne(1) to Two (2) tablets daily, preferably at mealtime, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.

Each vegetable capsule provides:
Magnesium 50 mg (as bisglycinate), Pantothenic Acid 100 mg (as D-pantothenate, calcium), VEGETABLE CAPSULE SHELL: Hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, Vitamin C 50 mg (as Ester-C® calcium ascorbate), Rhodiola Root Extract 62.5 mg (Rhodiola rosea) (equivalent to 250 mg of root), Citrus Bioflavonoids 25 mg, Siberian Ginseng Root 50 mg Extract (Eleutherococcus senticosus) (equivalent to 200 mg of root), L-Tyrosine (free-form) 25 mg, Liquorice Root Extract 25 mg (Glycyrrhiza glabra) (equivalent to 100 mg of root), Roman Chamomile Extract 25 mg (Chamaemelum nobile) (equivalent to 100 mg of aerial), ANTI CAKING AGENTS: Silicon dioxide, vegetable magnesium stearate, Spinach Powder (leaf ) 10 mg Niacin (as nicotinamide) 5 mg NE Kelp 4 mg, Vitamin B6 2.5 mg (as pyridoxine HCl), Pumpkin Seed Powder 3 mg, Kale Powder (leaf ) 3 mg, Broccoli Powder (flower) 3 mg, Rosemary Leaf Extract 1 mg (Rosmarinus officinalis) (0.04 mg rosmarinic acid [4%]), Montmorency Cherry 1 mg Extract (Prunus cerasus) (fruit) (equivalent to 4 mg of fruit)

Further Information

Rhodiola rosea:

Many of rhodiola’s benefits are related to its function as an adaptogen, or a compound that increases the body’s resistance to any type of stress. Excessive release of stress hormones by the adrenal glands contributes to physical and mental fatigue, blood sugar imbalance, depression, immune suppression, sleep disturbance and cardiovascular dysfunction. Rhodiola has been shown to regulate the body’s hormonal response to stress.

Siberian ginseng root extract:
Although not a true ginseng, Siberian ginseng increases tolerance to various stressors. By regulating the manufacture and secretion of adrenal hormones, this herb helps to normalise the way in which the body responds to stress triggers.

Liquorice root extract:
Glycyrrhizin, a compound found in liquorice, is metabolised to glycyrrhetinic acid in the intestines. In studies, glycyrrhetinic acid has been shown to counteract the effects of adrenal hormone deficiency.

Roman chamomile extract (Chamaemelum nobile):
Chamomile has been used traditionally to relieve stress and anxiety and enhance feelings of calmness and relaxation.

A mineral that is found in whole grains, which is required for proper nerve and muscle function. A deficiency of magnesium may lead to tension and irritability, which exacerbates stress.

Pantothenic acid:
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is a precursor of coenzyme A, which is required for the synthesis of various hormones, including adrenal hormones.

Catecholamines (adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine) are synthesised from tyrosine and become depleted during stress. Studies support the use of tyrosine’s adaptogenic properties under extreme environmental conditions or psychological stress.

To buy this product click on the following link: Elixirhealth.co.uk. You can also view this product at our Solgar Health Store website.

If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Solgar VM 2000 Multivitamin - A Multinutrient with Umph

Solgar's Formula VM 2000 Multivitamin is the bee's knees among multivitamins! In Solgar's line up of excellent multivitamins, it takes its place as a high strength multivitamin with a surprise punch. Take one and your body is bathing in the key nutrients it needs, including a burst of fantastic antioxidants, digestive enzymes, as well as beta carotene and a carotenoid mix, superfoods such as spirulina and alfalfa and biofavonoids.

Take two multivitamin tablets and it's in a class of its own - providing the same brillant nutrients at "extra strength" levels. In other words when you take two the reserves kick in to top up your depleted levels. For the most part one-a-day is enough for most people. But if the use of a multivitamin depends upon the end-user's lifestyle, then Formula VM 2000 is especially useful for those who lead active lives or put their body under great strain, whether as a result of poor eating habits, or simply spend a lot of time on the field, gym - or always on the go.

So, Solgar Vm-2000 is a multivitamin with added umph

Here's the details from Solgar:

User Profile
Solgar Formula VM-2000 Tablets are designed for active men and women who are looking for a multivitamin containing antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and a high potency of other essential vitamins and minerals.

Key Features
Two-a-day formula
All essential vitamins and minerals
Multi-chelated minerals
Natural beta carotene/carotenoid mix
Digestive enzymes
Superfoods; spirulina, alfalfa
Herbal base

Free from
Free of yeast, wheat and dairy
products and are formulated
without the use of artificial
preservatives, flavours or colours.

How do you take it?
For adults, two (2) tablets daily, preferably at mealtime, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Do not exceed directions for use.

Two (2) tablets provide: Vitamin C (as Calcium Ascorbate)300mg Nutrient/Herbal Powder Base260mg (Providing Alfalfa, Rosehip Extract, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Rutin, Siberian Ginseng, Echinacea Purpurea Root, Suma Root, Spirulina, Lecithin, Dong Quai, Oat Fibre, Parsley,Watercress, Hesperidin Complex, Guar Gum) Isolated Soya Protein Powder200mg Vitamin E (200iu, as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate)134mg Calcium (as amino acid chelate+, carbonate)64mg Thiamin (Vitamin B1, as thiamine mononitrate)100mg Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)100mg Pantothenic Acid (as calcium pantothenate)100mg Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 100mg Niacin (as niacinamide)100mg Inositol100mg Choline (as bitartrate) 41mg Natural Source Beta Carotene (as prep.)2400ug Providing other carotenoids13ug Magnesium (as oxide, buffered amino acid chelate+)32mg Iron (as bisglycinate++)10mg Boron (as sodium borate, citric acid)1mg Betaine HCl25mg Zinc (as oxide, amino acid chelate+)15mg Manganese (as gluconate, amino acid chelate+)2mg Soya Lecithin20mg Vitamin B12 (as cobalamin prep.) 100ug Copper (as gluconate, amino acid chelate+)1500ug Biotin (as prep.)100ug Vitamin D (400iu, as D2, ergocalciferol prep.)10ug L-Orthinine HCl 6mg Selenium (as selenomethionine)25ug L-Glutathione 5mg Taurine5mg Folic Acid (as prep.)400ug lodine (as potassium iodide prep.) 150ug Chromium (as picolinate, yeast free, nicotinoglycinate amino acid chelate+)25ug
If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition, please consult your healthcare practitioner before taking this product.

To buy this product click on the following link: Elixirhealth.co.uk. You can also view this product at our Solgar Health Store website.

If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help.

L'Equip Juicer - Juicing for good health

It’s been said time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We need to hydrate and fuel our bodies ideally within an hour of waking up, in order to think clearly and perform effectively.

At Elixir, we believe in starting the morning with a freshly pressed smoothie believing it is a fantastic way to get the brain in gear and function at our best. So why not whizz up a smoothie? Fresh fruit and vegetables are full of wonderful antioxidants, which are free-radical scavengers.

So what does that mean?
Imagine cutting a fresh juicy apple in half. Within a few minutes, the fruit will rapidly discolour before your eyes. This is because you’ve cut complete cells in half, triggering a chain of decay as the cells die off. However, if you pour lemon juice on the sliced apple it will remain unspoiled. This is because lemon juice is an antioxidant, which slows down the oxidisation process and prevents this cell break-down.

This is exactly how antioxidants like vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E work in the body - by preventing these nasty free-radicals gained from stress, smoking, alcohol, pollution and lifestyle factors, from causing damage in the body. That’s why fresh fruit and vegetables, with their high vitamin content are often used in anti-ageing skin creams, as like lemon juice on an apple – they could keep the skin looking bright and healthy for longer. Drinking a fresh smoothie would be the ideal addition to your skin care routine – protecting you from the inside out.

Many customers in Elixir Health Foods report that after juicing every morning, their sensitive skin hasn’t burnt during summer as it usually would. Research shows us that antioxidants (particularly vitamin E) promote skin healing, which could make the skin more resilient to the suns harmful UV rays.

How do I go about juicing?
At Elixir, we’ve tried and tested many juicers since we first opened our doors in the year 2000. For fruit and vegetables our absolute favourite has to be the L’Equip 215 XL juicer. It leaves the pulp in the other end of the machine practically dry as it extracts the optimum amount of juice from the fruit or vegetables. Conveniently, you can bung all the elements of the juicer that need to be washed in the dishwasher – no scrubbing involved! This machine is incredibly robust and even comes with a six year warranty.

What do I juice?
We all have our favourites, and what you juice will depend on the season, your mood and the health benefits you want to receive. In spring, I may detox with apple, celery and parsley. Summer, I look forward to starting the day on a refreshing peach, grape and carrot cocktail. In autumn, I may forage for blackberries, add a few apples and maybe some live yoghurt. Winter may be a warming apple, clemintine and cinnamon.
I always add little extras to transform a healthy juice into a super-ultra healthy juice.

This is a wonderful iron supplement. It’s a concentrate of fruits, vegetables and herbs. It contains all sorts of other ingredients to help your body absorb the iron, such as B vitamins including folic acid and B12 and vitamin C. I add this one to give my energy levels a boost. Amongst other benefits, it’s also great for hair, skin and nails so you can physically see the benefits from adding this to your diet.

The digestive system is the root of good health, so it’s imperative to maintain a good balance between the ‘friendly’ and bad bacteria in the gut. Pushing a whole capsule of acidophilus through the juicer three times a week is great for keeping your bowel health in check. I personally love Solgar’s acidophilus, as the cleverly made capsules don’t need to be refrigerated, making it perfect for travelling.

Spirulina powder
This type of algae is full of micronutrients. Carol Vorderman made it popular for recommending it in her detox plan to lose weight and gain energy. It’s a perfect supplement for vegetarians, as it’s 58 times richer in iron than spinach and a great source of protein too. Don’t worry about the shocking green colour of the powder – it tastes fine.

MSM crystals
Methyl Suphonyl Methane, otherwise known as organic sulphur is a great addition to smoothies. Many swear by it for maintaining their joints, some for skin health and others for hayfever. A little goes a long way – just quarter of a teaspoon of the Higher Nature MSM crystals is all you need.
Happy juicing!

Products you may wish to follow up in this article, please click on the following links:

Acidophilus Digestive Aids
Spirulina and Green Superfoods
L'Equip Juicer

To speak to a customer advisor, telephone Elixir on 01208 814500 for further information.

By Harriet Wild
Elixir Health Foods