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Vitamin D – The Seasonal Supplement

When it comes to vitamins and minerals, we all need a certain amount each day to meet our requirements. Sometimes this amount changes-for example as we age, change our level of physical activity or when women fall pregnant. But for Vitamin D, the amount we need actually changes with the seasons. If this is all sounding a bit astrological then bear with us! Read on to find out exactly why you need more Vitamin D during the winter months and what you can do to get enough.

What is Vitamin D and why do I need it? Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble vitamins that are used in the body to regulate levels of calcium and phosphorus. These are minerals which are super important for teeth, bone and muscle health. So, it makes sense that Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to muscle weakness, as well as skeletal problems such as Osteomalacia and Rickets. Low levels of Vit D have also been linked with depression and Alzheimer's Disease.

Vitamin D in the Diet Good food sources of Vitamin D are relatively few. Things such as oily fish, red meat, liver and egg yolks all provide a good dose. However, if you follow a plant-based diet or don't have meat, fish or eggs with every meal, it's likely you're not meeting requirements with diet alone. Some foods are fortified to contain more Vitamin D, but again these are usually animal-based products such as meat and cheese. The Sunshine Vitamin The good news is that by the wonder of Mother Nature we can actually get all the Vitamin D we need from sunlight! UVB rays from the sun provide the cholesterol in our skin cells with the energy it needs to synthesize Vitamin D3. This is the active form which can be utilized in the body. For this reaction to happen UVB rays have to be of a certain strength and must fall on the skin which is directly exposed to sunlight, so it doesn’t work if your skin is covered by clothes. From around April to September most of us should be able to meet our Vit D requirements with sunlight alone. But from October to March, when the dark nights are cutting in and we begin to hibernate from the cold, our exposure to sunlight falls drastically. Vitamin D During the Winter Months It’s autumn - the days are short and the nights are long. If you do venture out you’re covered from head to toe in scarves, hats and gloves. Sunbathing is a distant memory and if you want a tan you’ll have to get it out of a bottle! The Great British summer is officially over – and so are your chances of getting enough Vitamin D from sunlight. But it’s vital that you continue to meet your requirements – studies have shown that Vitamin D deficiency affects almost 20% of adults in the UK in the winter. Aside from sunlight, there are two other ways to make sure you get enough Vitamin D – dietary intake or supplements. Natural Nutrients Vegan Vitamin D3 As mentioned earlier, it’s difficult to meet Vitamin D requirements through diet alone. Taking a daily supplement is often the most convenient and reliable way to make sure you’re getting enough. Our Vitamin D3 supplement offers 1000IU or 25mcg in each capsule, which is 250% RDA for Vitamin D. We use a plant sourced Cholecalciferol making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians and providing you with Vitamin D in the active form – ready to be absorbed and do its magic in the body. We recommend taking 3 capsules per day with food to support bone and muscle maintenance, boost immune function and ward off the winter blues. As Vitamin D is fat-soluble, taking with a source of fat can help to better absorb your supplement. Healthy sources of fat include olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds. One more thing… Remember, you need Vitamin D year-round. Whilst UVB rays will help meet requirements in the summer, getting too much sun puts you at risk of sunburn, aging of the skin, eye damage and even skin cancer. What’s more, factors such as time of day, skin color, location and keeping skin covered can all inhibit synthesis of Vitamin D from sunlight. References Thanks for reading, Steph Natural Nutrients Nutritionist

Micronutrients, Maximum Effect: Organic Wholefood Multi-Vitamin

It is hard to ensure that we are getting all of the nutrients we need through diet alone. In the modern world there’s barely enough time in the day to fit our meals in, let alone ensure they’re nutritionally complete. Throw in the temptation of convenience food, a diet that varies from day-to-day and individual taste preferences – and you’ve got a challenge on your hands to meet your requirements! The good news is that supplements are there to do just as they suggest, supplement the diet and provide a convenient safety net for a whole spectrum of nutrients. Taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement supports overall health and wellbeing, by providing the micronutrients your body needs to function and thrive. Read on to find out how taking a daily multivitamin can improve energy levels, protect against disease and provide a wide range of health benefits.  What are Vitamins and Minerals? Vitamins and minerals are naturally occurring substances found in food which are essential for our bodies to function. They are micronutrients (needed in small amounts), rather than macronutrients (fat, carbs, protein) which are needed in large amounts. Vitamins are needed for growth, development, repairing damage and for processing the macronutrients from the food we eat – there are 13 essential vitamins (A, C, E, D, K and 8 B vitamins). Minerals are needed in tiny quantities and are responsible for hundreds of chemical reactions occurring constantly in the body. They play a huge role in metabolism and also in the making and breaking down of body tissue. The minerals we need most of are calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and sodium. Do I need a Supplement? In an ideal world we’d get all of the nutrients and micronutrients we need from a normal diet. In reality, this is simply not possible for most of us. Because of our busy lifestyles, our diet varies daily and it is hard to consistently meet nutritional requirements. There are numerous factors which affect our intake of micronutrients. For example, vitamins are damaged by heat and light – which means that the cooking process can deplete fresh foods of their vitamin content. Processing foods also removes mineral content – refining grains strips them of their potassium, iron and chromium, and processing rock salt into table salt removes every mineral but sodium. The irony is that minerals are often separated from foods to be sold on to the supplement industry! In short, whilst you will survive without them, taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement will help to optimise your nutritional status and support overall health. Vitamin and mineral deficiency is rare these days, thanks to availability and fortification of foods. But optimising nutritional status is about preventing disease, promoting health and slowing down the ageing process. Natural Nutrients Organic Wholefood Multi We’re thrilled to introduce a new and improved addition to the Natural Nutrients range – Our Organic Wholefood Multi. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to create a multivitamin and mineral supplement that is rivalled by no other – and we think we’ve nailed it! Natural Nutrients Wholefood Multi is certified organic and made from 100% natural ingredients, helping you to meet your daily requirements in the best way possible. Because these ingredients are plant-based, they’re full of antioxidants and phytochemicals that protect against disease. Let’s take a closer look at our wholefood organic ingredients…
  • Amla Fruit – also known as the Indian Goosberry, amla fruit is extremely high in vitamin C and is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also contains potassium, phosphorus, iron, sodium and beta-carotene. Studies have linked alma fruit consumption to reducing blood sugar levels and improving heart health.
  • Guava – rich in vitamins, carotenoids, polyphenols and antioxidant pigments. This subtropical fruit is a source of vitamins A, C and many B vitamins, as well as phosphorus, magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium and calcium. Guava has been shown to help lower and blood pressure, as well as neutralise free radicals which can protect against cancer.
  • Holy Basil Leaves – this is a sacred plant for Hindus and is often planted around shrines – which is where the ‘Holy’ name comes in. The nutrients in holy basil have been shown to alleviate inflammation and joint pain, as well as help to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms. It is a rich source of Vitamins A and C, as well as the minerals calcium, zinc and iron.
  • Curry Leaves – contain Vitamins A, B, C and E as well as masses of minerals. We’ve extracted organic iron from curry leaves to enrich our Organic Multivitamin for Women, providing an extra dose of iron to support menstrual cycle losses and prevent deficiency. Iron helps us to absorb energy from food and so is important for preventing tiredness.
  • Lemon Extract – rich in vitamins including folic acid, vitamins A and C. Lemon peel is rich in phytonutrients – chemical compounds found in plants that protect them from cellular damage. As with all citrus fruits, lemons are extremely high in Vitamin C – which boosts the immune system and helps fight infection.
We’ve extracted all of our vitamins and minerals from fruits, vegetables and botanicals – using only water to do so. This means that they’re free from the additives, solvents and excipients frequently found in synthetic multivitamin products. Our new multi capsules have been polished and perfected to provide optimum doses of nutrients for him and for her. Whilst we all have near enough the same macronutrient requirements, it has been shown that micronutrient needs vary between men and women. So we’ve scientifically formulated two different blends to better meet these needs. The health-conscious of us will always endeavour to eat a diet that is varied and rich in nutrients. But in reality our daily intake of micronutrients fluctuates greatly, so we can never guarantee that a whole spectrum of requirements is being met. As with all of our products, we’ve utilised what nature has given us and extracted this in the best possible way, to give you a convenient and reliable source of nutrients. Our vegan capsules contain the organic co-factors and co-nutrients of their plant source, which helps to stabilise the vitamins. This helps them to be absorbed into the bloodstream with minimal to no stomach irritation. Take 2 Organic Wholefood Multi capsules with food to support overall health and wellbeing each day.
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Natural
  • Non-synthetic
  • Non-GMO
  • Wholefood Source
Find out more about each multi-vitamin using the links below: Male - https://naturalnutrients.co.uk/our-range/organic-natural-male-multivitamin Female - naturalnutrients.co.uk/organic-natural-female-multivitamin Thanks for reading, Steph Natural Nutrients Nutritionist

When’s The Best Time To Take Magnesium?

There's been lot's written about the best time to take magnesium supplements, and it's a very common question we get asked from our customers all the time, but before we give our opinions and suggestions - let's first understand what magnesium is and why we actually need it.

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium is an essential mineral and present in large amounts within the human body (we are all around 0.05% magnesium!). It's functions are critical to our survival and over 300 enzymatic reactions depend on magnesium. The downside is that the content of magnesium within our food varies greatly – so making sure you're getting adequate levels of magnesium from food can be somewhat hard to monitor. Some of the better sources of magnesium include nuts, shellfish, bananas and vegetables, which offer enough magnesium to contribute towards the Recommended Daily Allowance for magnesium which is now 375mg per day for adults. Given the demands and stresses of modern lives - many believe that RDA is relatively low, and many surveys in the US and Europe suggest that consumption by a lot of adults can often be below the recommended levels – particularly that of females. If you tend not to consume many of the above food groups, this could well be one reason for a lower magnesium intake. Yet even if you do - the poor quality of soil used to grow the crops we eat nowadays could also have an impact. At one time, the soil contained a lot more minerals than they do today and it's believed that both vitamins and minerals have declined over time with the reduction in soil quality. A combination of this, along with the bodies constant demand for magnesium which increases during  stress and exercise, and is depleted a lot faster when consuming too much caffeine and alcohol, may well mean our magnesium reserves are put under more pressure today than ever before in history. We'd always suggest that that the best way to improve your intake of magnesium (or any nutrient for that matter) is to make sure you eat a diet rich in nutrients, but for some people that's not always financially or practically viable. And if you happen to be an athlete or keen recreational exerciser (who loses a lot of magnesium via sweat) – then you may benefit from magnesium supplementation to keep up with the bodies demand.

Different Types (Forms) of Magnesium:

There are different types of magnesium supplement available and most do an o-k job, with the exception of Magnesium Oxide which studies show may only have an absorption rate as low as 4% even though it's so widely used in supplements due to it being relatively inexpensive. Some magnesium forms have much higher absorption rates but often come at a premium, so if you're looking for something that absorbs well and is cost-effective, then our Super Magnesium supplement is an excellent place to start. We offer a 90 and 180 capsule option which provides a 30-day or 60-day supply respectively and delivers 100% of the RDA in every serving. Magnesium Bisglycinate Citrate Supplement

The Best Times To Take Magnesium

Although there are some instances where nutrient timing is critical - I should stress that when you take supplements is only a very small piece of the puzzle and certainly a much more "advanced" protocol that most of us shouldn't worry too much about. And because magnesium is such an important mineral - even if you’re not taking it at the "ideal time" – just taking it on a regular and consistent daily basis is more than adequate. There are some theories to suggest we take magnesium in the evening due to the calming effect magnesium has on the muscles and nervous system, with experts suggesting we take magnesium within an hour of going to sleep. Whilst it's a very logical theory and one that I'm sure has its benefits over time - there's no concrete evidence to suggest this is necessary, although I have clients who have reporting anecdotal benefits from following this advice. Another theory often given to support taking magnesium before you sleep is the fact that magnesium (and calcium) are best utilised by the body at night and are involved in so many repair processes. It would make sense then to supply the body with magnesium just before it depletes what you already have stored during the repair cycle that happens when we're snoozing! Whilst there's no conclusive evidence to support the above claims - it is one easy way to remember to take them, especially if you take other supplements or remedies in the morning. As long as you remember - then you're halfway there!

Conclusion

To conclude, we've learnt that magnesium is such a useful and important mineral within our body, and due to modern day lifestyles - there's a good chance many of us are seemingly deficient in it, so whenever or however you decide to obtain more magnesium in your diet (whether food or supplement), it's safe to say that as long as you do take or eat enough of it, when you take it is definitely way less important. Thanks for taking the time to read my article - feel free to leave any questions or comments below. Steph Natural Nutrients Nutritionist

Product Focus: Vitamin C

Vitamin C is arguably the most researched nutrient of all time. It’s discovery in the 1930s put an end to scurvy and opened a world of understanding into how food directly effects health. The more we learn about this nutrient – the more we love it! That’s why as part of our rebrand, we didn’t only change how it looked but optimised the product itself. Our new Vitamin C complex is 100% natural, 100% organic and 250% of your recommended daily intake. Read on to discover the many functions and benefits of this essential nutrient – and how you could benefit from taking a Vitamin C supplement.   What is Vitamin C and why do I need it? Ascorbic acid, more commonly known as Vitamin C, is a water-soluble vitamin which cannot be stored in the human body. This means regular intakes of the nutrient are essential to prevent deficiency. Signs of Vitamin C deficiency include brittle nails and hair, dry scalp and lips, bruising easily, weakness and poor wound healing. Deficiency is fairly uncommon in the modern world thanks to our varied diets and accessibility to fresh fruit and veg. However, it is thought that many of us do not have optimal levels of Vitamin C – that is the amount which is needed to reap its many benefits.   Vitamin C: A Cure for the Common Cold? When asked about Vitamin C two things spring to most people’s minds: oranges and colds! That’s right, it is commonly believed that colds can be cured by oranges and other citrus fruits because of their high Vitamin C content. Interestingly, perhaps one of the most well-known nutritional-health interactions is not all its cracked up to be – and this has been a subject of controversy for over half a century. More recent research has shown that whilst taking Vitamin C at the onset of a cold may lessen its severity, routinely taking Vitamin C each day will likely have no effect whatsoever on whether or not you get a cold in the first place! So if Vitamin C won’t ward off colds, what can it help you with? The answer is…a hell of a lot more than the common cold!   The Health Benefits of Vitamin C · Vitamin C is a powerful Antioxidant – Antioxidants work to neutralise oxidative reactions in the body which can be harmful. These reactions produce free radicals which attack and damage DNA and cell membranes, resulting in mutated cells. These cells are thought to be the trigger for all cancers. Free radical damage has also been linked to Parkinson’s Disease, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s and Stroke. Given this, perhaps the most powerful role of Vitamin C is that of an antioxidant. What’s more, it is also vital for regenerating Vitamin E, also an antioxidant.   · Healthy skin, teeth, hair and bones – Vitamins C is required for over 300 metabolic processes in the human body, one of those being the production of collagen. Collagen is a structural protein needed for the growth of hair, skin, teeth and bones. Over 30% of our bone mass is made up of collagen. Studies have shown that those with diets rich in Vitamin C are less likely to develop osteoporosis – a degenerative disease of the bones. This can be explained by the Vitamin’s role in stimulating calcium absorption and Vitamin D activity.   · Lowering Cholesterol – Diets high in fat cause the liver to produce harmful levels of cholesterol. Mostly found in meat, eggs and prawns, some cholesterol is beneficial. However, a diet high in these foods can lead to a build-up of the substance in the blood stream. Over time, this puts us at risk of hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis – which in turn can result in high blood pressure, blood clots and heart disease. In the role of an antioxidant, Vitamin C prevents cholesterol in the bloodstream from oxidation. Research has shown that only oxidised cholesterol causes atherosclerosis, and so Vitamin C plays a vital role in reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.   · Type 2 Diabetes Complications – When blood sugar levels are high, as with Type 2 Diabetes, glucose is converted into something called sorbitol – a sugar alcohol which is more slowly metabolised than glucose. High levels of this have been linked to diabetic complications such as numbness and nerve damage (neuropathy) and damaged eyes (retinopathy), which – left untreated – can cause vision loss. As Vitamin C inhibits (stops) the enzyme which converts glucose to sorbitol, those with high intakes reduce the likelihood of developing these diabetic complications.   Getting Enough Vitamin C We hope we have explained the importance of Vitamin C – and it’s astounding potential to improve health above and beyond the common cold! There’s no question about it, regular intake of this nutrient is absolutely essential. · Food Sources – Vitamin C is found abundantly in fruit and veg – namely citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, peppers and peas. Paprika is also a great source of Vitamin C, as it is derived from sweet peppers. · Vitamin C Supplements – The Department of Health advises that a healthy, balanced diet should allow us to meet our daily requirements of Vitamin C and so prevent deficiency. However, as discussed, many studies show that much of the health benefits of Vitamin C are achieved at high doses. So those with a less varied diet, or a diet low in fruit and/or veg are unlikely to achieve these levels. What’s more, because we do not synthesise or store the nutrient in our bodies, regular daily intake is essential. Taking a daily supplement is a convenient and reliable way to optimise your levels of Vitamin C   Natural Nutrients Organic Natural Vitamin C We hope you’ve had a chance to take a look at our fresh new look and love it as much as we do! For us, making sure our products are the best they can be was just as important as upgrading the packaging in our rebranding process. We’ve invested a lot of time and energy into perfecting our Vitamin C complex, and couldn’t be happier with the result! Here’s why…   · 100% Natural Most Vitamin C supplements are made up of a synthetic form of ascorbic acid, which is made in the lab. Our new Vitamin C capsules contain natural ascorbic acid, extracted directly from the Amla fruit, or ‘Indian Gooseberry’ – a fruit celebrated for its antioxidant properties and numerous health benefits. What’s more, this natural source has a higher bioavailabilty of ascorbic acid – meaning it is more readily absorbed by the body.   · 100% Organic The Amla fruit we extract our Vitamin C from are produced by methods which comply with organic farming standards. This means that they are free from pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and fertilisers which are harmful to human health. We strive to ensure all of our products are as pure and clean as possible, choosing organic ingredients is one way we can meet this aim.   · 250% of your Recommended Intake per Capsule The British Nutrition Foundation and Department of Health recommend daily intakes of 40mg Vitamin C per day to prevent deficiency. Our research has shown that a high dose of Vitamin C is optimal to facilitate health benefits, and this is supported by many studies. Each of our capsules contain 200mg ascorbic acid, which is 250% of your nutrient reference value (NRV). As doses of up to 1000mg Vitamin C are safe, our capsules offer a potent, reliable dose well within the safe range.   · Vegetarian and Vegan Certified Our slow-release veggie caps are vegan-friendly and designed to offer protection from stomach acid, ensuring bioavailability of the vitamin as it is absorbed. We don’t add any bulking agents or fillers to our products. We use natural rice bran and rice concentrate to stabilise the ingredients, and nothing else but real alma fruit.   Vitamin C is an essential nutrient necessary for maintaining healthy skin, teeth and nails and for protecting against damage from free radicals which can cause cancer. Studies have shown that a daily high dose of Vitamin C is the most effective way to ensure the body is well equipped to carry out these functions. Supplementing your diet with our Organic Natural Vitamin C is a convenient, reliable and effective way to ensure your Vitamin C stores are optimal. We recommend taking one capsule per day with food for maximum effect. Visit our website to find out more about our Organic Natural Vitamin C and to explore the rest of the Natural Nutrients range! Thanks for reading, Steph Natural Nutrients Nutritionist References: P. Scartezzini, F. Antognoni, M. A. Raggi, F. Poli, C. Sabbioni (2006) Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Volume 104, issues 1-2, 8 March 2006, Pages 113-118. S. Milunalini, M. Krishnaveni (2010) Therapeutic potential of Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla): The Ayurvedic Wonder. Anderson TW, Suranyi G, Beaton GH (1974) The effect on winter illness of large doses of vitamin C. Can Med Assoc J 111: 31–36. Webb, A. and Villamor, E. (2008). Update: Effects of Antioxidant and Non-Antioxidant Vitamin Supplementation on Immune Function. Nutrition Reviews, 65(5), pp.181-217. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Douglas RM, Hemilä H (2005) Vitamin C for Preventing and Treating the Common Cold. 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Product Spotlight: Vitamin D3

Product Spotlight: Vegan Vitamin D3 Vitamin D is a nutrient unlike any other, as it is the only Vitamin which can be produced from a non-food source: sunlight! Amazingly, our bodies have evolved to convert UVB rays from the sun into an active form of Vitamin D. In fact, it is only when sunlight exposure is insufficient that a dietary source is required at all. At Natural Nutrients we are fascinated by this entire process, and how important Vitamin D is to our health. That’s why during our rebrand we focused not only on our fresh new look but also on optimising our product range. We are thrilled to present to you our new and improved Vegan Vitamin D3, read on to discover more…   What is Vitamin D and why do I need it? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that naturally occurs in five different forms. The most important of these forms are D2 (Ergocalciferol) and D3(Cholecalciferol). These are the forms of Vit D that function in the body.
  • D2– Produced by some plants when they are exposed to the UVB rays of the sun. Cereals, mushrooms and some grains are often fortified with D2 as an inexpensive way to improve nutritional value. D2 is also used to supplement the diets of those with chronic liver disease, intestinal malabsorption and thyroid conditions – all of which affect absorption of Vitamin D.
 
  • D3– Made in our skin when UVB rays from the sun react with receptors in the skin to produce a prohormone. This then enters the bloodstream and is converted to the active form of Vitamin D. Dietary sources of D3 include oily fish, egg yolks, cow’s liver, cheese and fortified foods. Given this, you’ve probably guessed that vegetarians and vegans are especially at risk of deficiency.
There has been much debate over the decades as to which form, D2 or D3, is best for us. Most research agrees that it is Cholecalciferol, more commonly known as Vitamin D3, that provides the best benefits to health. Research has shown that D3 is more readily absorbed and utilised than D2, and has shown D3 to be over 300% more effective than D2. A recent meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials – that is a study to conclude all previous studies – found that D3 supplementation had a significant and positive effect in raising serum Vitamin D stores when compared with D2. What’s more, the analysis concluded that D3 should be the recommended choice when it comes to Vit D supplementation. It is widely accepted now that D3 is the wonder nutrient, and that which we must ensure we’re getting enough of.   Getting Enough Vitamin D There are 3 ways to improve your nutritional status when it comes to Vitamin D: 1) Diet 2) Sunlight Exposure 3) Supplementation. There are relatively few dietary sources of Vit D, especially D3. For those following a plant-based diet, there are even fewer. So, it’s a godsend that we can make our own Vitamin D stores using the power of the sun, right? Well, yes, it is - but… there are many reasons why most of us cannot and do not absorb enough sunlight to meet our Vitamin D requirements. For those of us at NN headquarters, being in the UK means we get less sun exposure due to cloud cover, lower altitude, northern latitude and seasonal weather. For those of you lucky enough to live in a warmer, sunnier climate, things such as clothing, sunscreen, shade and having darker skin can also reduce how much Vitamin D your body can make from sunlight. In addition to this, there have also been concerns about the benefits of UVB exposure to Vitamin D levels versus the risks of sun damage to skin, including skin cancer.   The Health benefits of Vitamin D3 Studies have shown that adequate Vitamin D levels are imperative to a whole spectrum of functions in the human body.
  • Vitamin D is essential for Bone Health – Your body needs Vitamin D to absorb dietary Calcium. D3 functions in the body to: absorb dietary calcium in the small intestine, reduce calcium excretion in the kidneys, reduce the release of calcium from bones and stimulate the production of connective tissue and joints. An Institute of Medicine report in 2010 conducted an extensive review on the role of Vitamin D in promoting bone mineral density (BMD) – a measure of bone strength and quality. It found conclusive evidence of the protective effect of Vitamin D supplementation to promote Calcium absorption.
 
  • Diabetes – There is growing evidence to suggest Vitamin D deficiency puts us at risk of impaired glucose tolerance. This is a condition where blood sugars are high, but not high enough to present with a diagnosis of Diabetes, hence why it is sometimes referred to as ‘pre-diabetes.’ Vitamin D plays a physiological role in the secretion of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas to metabolise glucose and so control blood sugar levels.
 
  • Brain Health – The human brain contains numerous Vitamin D receptors, hormone receptors which act as ‘transcription factors.’ These are proteins which regulate gene expression, and have been shown to protect against conditions such as Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
 
  • Cardiovascular Health – Vitamin D has been proven to protect against heart disease. This is also down to its role in calcium metabolism. When we consume a diet high in fat, fatty deposits can build up in our arteries and over time harden and become calcified. Having sufficient levels of Vitamin D can support your body’s natural defence mechanisms in breaking down and removing calcified plaques, which if left to worsen would eventually lead to heart disease.
 
  • Cancer – Vitamin D functions in the body to boost the activity of immune cells. These are the cells which fight infection and target mutated cells which, left to their own devices, can turn into cancer. Research has also found that Vitamin D functions to alter gene expression in cancer cells, increasing the likelihood that the body tells these cells to self-destruct before they become dangerous.
Natural Nutrients Vegan Vitamin D3 Whether by diet, sunlight, supplementation or a combination of the three, we hope we have explained the necessity of achieving an adequate Vitamin D status. As explained, there are many reasons why a lot of us are deficient in this essential nutrient – lack of sunlight and plant-based diets being the main factors. Supplementation is a convenient, easy and reliable way to ensure you ae meeting your daily requirements of Vitamin D. We have researched and perfected our own Natural Nutrients Vegan Vitamin D3 capsules, and are confident they’re the best out there to help you meet your intake, here’s why…
  • Our Vitamin D3 supplement offers 1000IU or 25mcg in each capsule – That’s 250% RDA for Vitamin D. Studies have shown that high-dose supplementation of Vitamin D is entirely safe and necessary to build up stores of Vitamin D in fatty tissue. This can help to prevent deficiency in winter months, when sunlight is scarce and so we can’t synthesis Vit D ourselves.
 
  • Plant sourced Cholecalciferol –As most sources of D3 are animal-based, we have gone the extra mile to obtain a vegan friendly, plant-based source of entirely natural D3 – making our capsules suitable for vegans and vegetarians
 
  • 100% Natural Ingredients – Our plant-based Vitamin D contains no bulking agents, chemicals or additives. These are commonly found in supplements to bulk out the product and make it cheaper to produce. We do use rice bran and concentrate to stabilise the Vitamin, but these are entirely natural and wholly necessary.
  As Vitamin D is fat soluble, we recommend taking 3 capsules per day with food. This will aid in absorption of D3, ensuring it is readily available for you to absorb and utilise. What’s more, it will provide a potent dose of 3000IU/75mcg D3 – which is 1500% of your daily Nutrient Reference Value. Visit our website to find out more about Natural Nutrients Vegan Vitamin D3 and to learn more about our revamped and perfected supplement range! References
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Product Spotlight: Digestive Health

Probiotic Complex & Digestive Enzyme Complex

We hope you’ve had a chance to take a look at our fresh new branding and love it as much as we do! You may not realise but our supplements have changed both inside and out. That’s why our Probiotic and Digestive Enzyme Complexes are better than they’ve ever been. With extra ingredients, 100% natural excipients and new delayed-release veggie capsules, they aWe’ve been working hard behind the scenes to ensure our research and development is as up-to-date as our new look. re polished, perfected and raring to go! Read on to find out how two of our best sellers just got better… Probiotic Complex Our Probiotic Complex is a potent supply of healthy bacteria which work to support the digestive system. This in turns helps to reduce digestive problems such as bloating, gas, diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome, whilst promoting maximum absorption of nutrients from the food you eat. Poor fluid intake, excess alcohol consumption, low fibre and high fat diets all contribute to poor digestive health, and medications – especially antibiotics – can deplete your body’s natural stores of healthy bacteria. Whereas some nutrients are plentiful in day-to-day foods, sources of probiotics are harder to come across. Including things such as pickles, sauerkraut, live yoghurt and miso into your diet will provide some healthy bacteria. But if these aren’t things you’d typically eat often, supplementation may be the best way to support your digestive health. Our New and Improved Probiotic Complex The beneficial potential of probiotics is something which is highly researched. As part of our rebranding process, we made it our mission to ensure our probiotic complex was the best it could be in line with the most recent evidence. We found that the best supplements should a) Provide multiple strains of probiotics, and b) Reach the digestive system live. So, we reformulated our capsules to ensure they did just that!
  • Multi-Strain Formula – Healthy adults produce a range of intestinal bacteria. A good probiotic supplement should mimic this multispecies combination to encourage digestive health. Our complex contains a highly potent probiotic blend of 6 active strains, having recently added the Streptococcus Thermophiles strain. Studies have shown multi-strain probiotics to be far more effective than mono-strain in encouraging the body to produce healthy bacteria.
  • Delayed Release Capsules – Another upgrade to our Probiotic Complex is the capsules they come in. Probiotics need protection as they travel from the stomach to the intestinal tract where they are colonised. Without this, the acidic environment may cause premature activation of strains, which can destroy the bacteria before it gets to the gut. The World Health Organisation defines probiotics as “live micro-organisms which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host” – the key word being live! Our new capsules have been designed to offer 30 minutes protection from stomach acid, ensuring your probiotics are still live when they arrive in the intestinal fluid.
  • Potent Dosage – Probiotic supplement doses are measured in ‘Colony-Forming Units’, or CFUs. The number of CFUs can be used to estimate how may bacteria in the probiotics have potential to form beneficial colonies. Numbers over 1 billion indicate that bacteria are live and so active in the gut. Our 6-strain formulation provides 10 billion CFUs, which is more than sufficient to benefit digestive health.
  Digestive problems are common and brought on by variety of factors such as illness, medication, lifestyle and diet. Look after your gut by ensuring you get plenty of fluids and fibre, whilst avoiding fatty foods and cutting down on caffeine. Supplementing your diet with our Probiotic Complex is a convenient way to replenish your body’s natural healthy bacteria and so support digestive health.   Digestive Enzymes Complex We eat food but absorb nutrients – so how do we turn food into nutrients? Well, our digestive system works to break down the large molecules found in food into smaller ones which can be absorbed and utilised in the body - nutrients. None of this could happen without digestive enzymes. Found in the mouth, stomach, pancreas and small intestine, digestive enzymes work from the moment you start eating to separate food into its component parts – fat, protein and carbohydrate – before moving on to help absorb vitamins and minerals. These enzymes are super important, if we don’t have enough we could be eating the best diet in the world but failing to absorb all that good nutrition. Poor digestive health, poor diet, disease and even stress could hinder your body’s ability to produce digestive enzymes. Symptoms of not producing enough enzymes include common ailments such as IBS, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, fatigue and allergies. Those who do not produce enough may end up deficient in nutrients regardless of having an adequate intake. Our New and Improved Digestive Enzyme Complex As with our Probiotics, we have been working hard to ensure that our Digestive Enzyme Complex is the best it can be. That’s why we’ve added a further 5 enzymes to the complex and encapsulated them in our new acid resistant capsules. We’ve upgraded our formulation and couldn’t be happier with the end result. Here’s all you need to know about our new and improved Digestive Enzymes Complex…
  • 13 Active Enzymes –We’ve added a further 5 enzymes to our previous complex of 8, giving you a broad spectrum of benefits - 13 is your new lucky number! Each enzyme contributes to a different digestive process, breaking down protein, fat, carbohydrate and even DNA. This makes it easier for the body to extract and absorb nutrients, helping to promote optimal nutritional status and so protect against deficiency.
  • Now Contains Bromelain and Papain – Bromelain is an enzyme extract which has been linked to anti-inflammatory processes and is even thought to have an anti-ageing effect. Found in pineapple stems and juice, the effect of Bromelain on reducing swelling and aiding recovery is thought to be good for your skin and even protective against osteoarthritis. We’ve also added Papain to our complex – an enzyme derived from papaya which has been shown to be very effective in breaking down protein in foods.
  • Delayed Release Veggie Capsules – Protecting enzymes from stomach acid is crucial as the acidic pH denatures them and stops them from working. Our Digestive Enzymes are now encapsulated in acid-resistant capsules, ensuring they are active when they pass through your system. Our new capsules are also vegetarian, unlike most delayed-release capsules which are derived from Gelatine – an animal-based product which can leave an unpleasant after taste.
Our new formulas, extra ingredients and delayed-release veggie caps mean that our digestive health range is better than ever. Our Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes contain nothing but active ingredients and 100% natural excipients (rice bran and rice concentrate). We hope you love our rebranded, reformulated products as much as we do – they are available NOW on the Natural Nutrients website!   References KAJANDER, K., KROGIUS-KURIKKA, L., RINTTILÄ, T., KARJALAINEN, H., PALVA, A. and KORPELA, R. (2007), Effects of multispecies probiotic supplementation on intestinal microbiota in irritable bowel syndrome. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 26: 463–473. The efficacy of probiotics in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review. Moayyedi P, Ford AC, Talley NJ, Cremonini F, Foxx-Orenstein AE, Brandt LJ, Quigley EM. 2010 Mar;59(3):325-32. Nopchinda S, Varavithya W, Phuapradit P, et al. Effect of bifidobacterium Bb12 with or without Streptococcus thermophilus supplemented formula on nutritional status. J Med Assoc Thai. 2002 Nov;85 Suppl 4:S1225-31. Hale LP, Greer PK, Trinh CT, James CL (April 2005). "Proteinase activity and stability of natural bromelain preparations". International Immunopharmacology. 5 (4): 783–93. Ménard R, Khouri HE, Plouffe C, Dupras R, Ripoll D, Vernet T, Tessier DC, Lalberté F, Thomas DY, Storer AC (July 1990). "A protein engineering study of the role of aspartate 158 in the catalytic mechanism of papain". Biochemistry. 29 (28): 6706–13

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