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Five Top Tips to Maximise Your Health

Five Top Tips to Maximise Your Health

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Five Top Tips to Maximise Your Health

  • Food Science of Vermont’s Mega Probiotic ND

    Take probiotics. Most people have only 50 per cent of the good bacteria we should have in our system. Without healthy gut bacteria you can’t be healthy. Eighty per cent of our immune system is controlled by the gut as its bacteria help trigger the immune response. It aids detoxification and absorbs nutrients from food. Buy a good acid-resistant bacteria (Food Science of Vermont’s Mega Probiotic ND, £18.50) – other types simply don’t survive digestion.

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    Life Extension’s Super Ubiquinol CoEnzyme Q10

    The antioxidant Co-enzyme Q10 is needed by every energy-producing cell in the body. On top of that it aids oxygenation of the tissues – which can help the heart but also reduces risk of gum disease (the bacteria that cause this can’t survive in an oxygen-rich environment). Most Q10 supplements contain a form called ubiquinone, which our body then converts to ubiquinol, the form it can use, but as we get older our ability to carry out that conversion is impaired. Take an ubiquinol supplement instead (such as Life Extension’s Super Ubiquinol CoEnzyme Q10, £20.75).

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    Futurebiotics’ High Potency Astaxanthin

    Astaxanthin, one of the most powerful antioxidants, is 400 times more potent than vitamins C and E. It also seems to be highly anti-inflammatory and, because it is fat and water-soluble, can enter glands such as the spleen that many other antioxidants (mostly water soluble) don’t really help. It may also help stimulate collagen production. Try Futurebiotics’ High Potency Astaxanthin, £17.

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    Pukka Mushroom Gold

    More exotic mushroom types such as reishi, shiitake and maitake have powerful medicinal properties that we are only just discovering. They are antibacterial and antifungal and can help stabilise blood sugar and reduce the aggregation of platelets that leads to cardiovascular disease. While you can, and should, add the natural formsto your diet, it’s hard to get the amounts shown to have therapeutic doses by food alone, which is why I suggest a supplement. Try Pukka Mushroom Gold, £21.95.

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    Power of Krill

    Take krill, not fish oil. When we think of taking in omega-3 we usually think of fish-oil supplements – but these normally come from large fish, which can be contaminated by toxins. Krill, as the first part of the food chain, doesn’t have the same toxicity issues. It’s a smaller molecule than the fats in fish oils, which means it can enter cells more effectively. Try Life-flo’s Power of Krill, £24.95.

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