Vitamins and minerals are vital to good health. Whether we get them from our daily diet, through sunshine or in the form of capsules or liquid - there is no mistaking their importance to our body and it's ability to work efficiently. Entering into the New Year our bodies and minds have been overworked and unappreciated - now is the time to do something about it! But did you know that 98% of supplements on the shelves are synthetic, not natural? Many of us buy these with good intentions and they are far from cheap, but do they really work? The answer, unfortunately is proving to be no. Synthetic vitamins do not come straight from their natural sources but are made from chemicals to mimic the way natural vitamins act in our bodies. As humans we carry an inherent enzymatic capacity to convert complex plant nutrients into bioactive compounds, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all of which are utilised by the body through a tight feedback control. We cannot however easily recognise inorganic isolated vitamins made from chemicals and often these vitamins can cause more toxicity or ill health to the body. When examining products labelled as natural vitamins, note that labels of truly natural food based vitamins, should indicate the exact natural source from which each of the vitamins is obtained. Simply put, if the vitamin concentrations are high and/or their natural sources aren't listed, most likely these vitamins are synthetic. Chemical sources for synthetic vitamin supplements include petrochemicals, coal tar, chemically manipulated sugar and inorganic minerals.
So, why Food State? The 'Food State' process was developed 30 years ago to ReNature™ vitamins, minerals and trace elements back to whole food structures, so that in this Food State form, vitamins, minerals and trace elements are recognisable to the body as whole food, rather than chemical isolates. Thus Food State nutrients are much more bioavailable; their absorption is markedly increased; and in research they are found to be the preferred and superior nutrient form. Each supplement we make is as close as possible to its original whole food food form and great care is taken throughout every stage of production, from growing the ingredients, to manufacturing the product, testing, and quality control. Here's our pick of the top three supplements for repairing and renewing your body this month:
Most probiotics available in the commercial market are not capable of surviving the journey to the gut once consumed, which means they are unable to reach the part of the digestive tract where they are needed the most. The more active strains there are present, the more they are able to complement each other’s activity and the more beneficial activity will take place. In modern living and working environments, there are many different factors which can have a detrimental effect on the balance of probiotic bacteria in our intestines. To counteract this, it is best to have as many strains present as possible, which is why ECO 500 was developed with nine different types for maximum diversity. The formula remains stable at room temperature so you don’t need to store it in the fridge, is perfect for both children or adults, is vegetarian/vegan friendly and dairy free.
Vitamin D is important for strong and healthy bones and teeth, and is obtained from exposure to sunlight as well as foods such as eggs and oily fish. It defends your body against osteoporosis (brittle bones) and Osteomalacia (softened bones), regulates levels of calcium and phosphate, and can also help to protect the cardiovascular, muscular and immune systems. Most vitamin D supplements are actually inactive, as the vitamin precursors are processed in the kidneys and liver to form 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), which is the inactive "storage" form. Our supplement is different, as it contains potent active metabolites in the form of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D), the biologically active form. This has been verified by the Linus Pauling Institute. Vitamin D is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant.
Most antioxidants are regarded as being beneficial for slowing down some aspects of the ageing process.This Food State nutrient is an antioxidant formula containing Coenzyme Q10. It has been formulated to protect cells from damaging free radicals, while also maintaining the health of brain cells.The formula contains natural food ingredients to provide the nutrients, including pulp of citrus fruits, vegetable oil, carrot concentrate and bakers yeast. Research has also shown that levels of coenzyme Q10 in the heart reduce as we age & taking Coenzyme Q10 may help to regulate the heartbeat.
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