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    • What Is So Good About Zinc?

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      Zinc is a trace mineral that is so important. This special mineral must be consumed each day as there is no particular ‘storage system’ for it in the body. Unfortunately, there is virtually no zinc in Australian soils as it has been removed with high use of super-phosphate fertilisers.

      Health Benefits

      Zinc has a number of health benefits that includes the following:

      • Immune Support—zinc helps activate immune cells in the body. Having low zinc levels may make you more susceptable to the pathogens that make us sick.
      • Diarrhoea Prevention—zinc may help treat and prevent mild diarrhoea in individuals. It is assumed that this is due to the infection-fighting nature of zinc in the body.
      • Learning and Memory Support—research that has been conducted in America states that zinc plays an important role in regulating how neurons communicate with one another. This in turn affects how memories are formed and how we learn.
      • Hormone Balancing—zinc plays an important role in hormone production, including increasing testosterone naturally. Zinc may also help female sex hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) and is also involved in both the creation and release of eggs.
      • Cardiovascular Health—zinc is required to help maintain the health of cells in the cardiovascular system, while also lowering inflammation and oxidative stress. Zinc helps maintain heart health by supporting healthy circulation and cholesterol levels.
      • Liver Health—zinc can help with a liver cleanse to reduce inflammation in the liver, reduces free radical damage, helps with nutrient absorption and allows for proper waste elimination.
      • Muscle Growth and Repair—zinc plays a crucial role in both cell division and growth. This means that zinc helps repair and grow muscle by making the body able to heal itself and maintain strength in the muscular and skeletal systems.

       

      It is important to ensure you have the recommended daily intake of zinc to support your body during the year, especially during cold and flu season.

       

      You may find it useful to do a Zinc Test to see if you need any zinc supplementation.

    • Manuka Honey: Tell Me Something I Don't Know

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      Manuka Honey is produced in New Zealand by the bees that pollinate the native Manuka Bush. It has been said that this type of honey was used throughout previous generations to treat infections in wounds. Now, researchers are realising and delving into the benefits that have not yet been found.

      Healing Benefits

      Honey has been used for centuries for its natural healing qualities. It was not until the 19th century that researchers discovered honey also has natural antibacterial qualities also. Honey has been found to protect against damage caused by bacteria. Some honey stimulates the production of cells that can repair tissue that has been damaged by an infection/s. Honey has also been found to have anti-inflammatory qualities that may be able to reduce pain and inflammation when applied.

      What Makes Up Manuka Honey?

      • Hydrogen Peroxide—gives honey its antibiotic qualities (both normal and Manuka Honey, but Manuka Honey has higher levels)
      • Methylglyoxal (MG)—a compound found in most honey’s (only in small quantities). In Manuka Honey, MG is made by the conversion of dihydroxyacetone, which is found in high levels in the nectar of the Manuka flowers. Researchers believe that MG is the main ingredient that gives Manuka Honey its antibacterial power. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect. The levels of MG are measured by a rating called UMF (Unique Manuka Factor). A minimum UMF rating of 10 is required to be classified as a therapeutic dose.

      What Do the Facts Say?

      Some recent studies have shown that Manuka Honey may be effective when:

      • Used on top of wound and leg ulcers
      • Shortening the healing time of minor burns
      • Helping prevent gingivitis and other periodontal disease
      • Helping reduce inflammation in the oesophagus (cold and flu throat soreness for example)
      • Assisting with the treatment of high cholesterol.

      What Should I Be Careful of?

      Please note that allergic reactions can happen with Manuka Honey, so please take care when you are purchasing to ensure that you are not allergic.

      Manuka Honey may also cause a rise in blood sugar levels so be careful with that too if it is something you already suffer with.

      How Can I Take Manuka Honey?

      This may sound like an odd question, but it is worth asking. Many proven benefits of Manuka Honey involve external application, however, you can also:

      • Take a spoonful orally to help soothe the throat and digestive tract
      • Eat as you normally would to maintain general health and well-being.

       

      As you can see, Manuka Honey is FULL of different benefits to help you feel your best. If you have any concerns, questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you.

      Our best selling ranges of Manuka Honey include: Manuka Health and Comvita.

    • Hit of Zinc Smoothie Recipe

      Winter is fast approaching. Now is the time that we need that extra immune boost to stop us from coming down with a bad cold. The zinc in this recipe, hidden in the ingredients, will help keep you feeling in tip-top shape.

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      Ingredients

      1 piece of Dark Chocolate

      4 Pecans

      1 cup of Almond Milk

      1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds

      1 Medium-sized Banana (frozen)

      1/3 cup of Coconut

      1/4 cup of Oats

      Method

      Put all ingredients into a blender.

      Blend until smooth then serve.

       

      Recipe courtesy of Healthsomeness 2016

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