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WHATS HOT IN HEALTH

BIOAVAILABITY SAVVY

We all want to get the best out of our supplements. Bioavailability, or the ability of any nutrient to enter the body and be utilised effectively by the cells and tissues, is key to its therapeutic value. Some, such as turmeric, are known to be hard to absorb and rely on technology to improve their bioavailability, making the best extracts up to 40 times more absorbable than the root powder alone. Another way to enhance bioavailability is to use fermentation, this binds nutrients into food state, just like they would naturally exist in food so that the body can easily recognise and absorb them.

CBD AND THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

There is a definite buzz surrounding the use of this active extract from the industrial hemp plant. Unlike its cousin, marijuana, cannabidiol or CBD is not psychoactive as it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that makes you high. Therefore rather than causing a high or addiction, instead it is able to influence rather than stimulate the Endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex signalling system involved in keeping homeostasis or balance in the body.

The ECS is involved in regulating pain, immunity, inflammation, mood, stress response, appetite and more. CBD is able to influence important neurotransmitters such as dopamine, noradrenalin, serotonin and GABA. It is unsurprising that there is a developing interest in using CBD Oil for a wide range of common conditions.

To date research suggests benefit for sleep, as well as anxiety related disorders including social anxiety and panic attacks. It may also be useful for promoting feelings of wellbeing, activating receptor sites for the feel good neurotransmitter Serotonin. It has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects with additional benefits of altering pain perception in the brain.

MITOCHONDRIA AN ENERGY NECESSITY

Ever wondered how your body makes energy? Well the vast majority is produced in the mitochondria – the “powerhouses” of every cell. Here, the oxygen that we breathe in, along with the food that we eat, are turned into energy so that every cell can function. Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is required for this conversion. As we age, however, the mitochondria become less efficient and this is believed to be at the root of many age-related conditions including heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Type 2 diabetes.

The good news is that Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) can be supplemented, not only to support mitochondrial function but also to exert a protective antioxidant effect in the body.

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