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How are your cholesterol levels?

Posted by mapphess on 15 October 2015

Is your cholesterol under control?

It's important to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, including a healthy cholesterol balance (HDL/LDL ratio) as it helps support a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.

Nuvexa is a new product to the Australian market, but it has been researched overseas for over 10 years. Each tablet binds up to 9g of dietary fat, helping to prevent it from being absorbed by the body. Nuvexa contains FBCx®, an innovative fibre which has been shown to preferentially bind to trans & saturated fats.

If your body cannot absorb the fats from your diet, then it can help prevent dietary fat being converted into cholesterol. Nuvexa can help reduce up to 54g of fat from being absorbed form your diet each day. This is equivalent to over 480 calories!

Clinical trials have shown this product helps maintain healthy blood lipid levels. It is also very well tolerated with no know drug interactions.

If you are concerned about your cholesterol levels, come in to Mapp & Hession Pharmacy and have a talk to our pharmacists Paul, Colin or Greg. 

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Is It OK To Use The "C" Word?

Posted by mapphess on 7 July 2014
Is It OK To Use The "C" Word?

A word reviled by so many people, we get more complaints about this word than any other!
Cholesterol!! There, I’ve said it. A lot of people don’t understand what it is, they’ve just been told they have too much of it. There’s no symptoms, but suddenly you have to watch it and, for a lot
of people, take medication for the rest of your life because of it.
Too much cholesterol in your blood stream starts to park itself in your arteries. More and more builds up forming a lump on the inside of your blood vessels making it narrower. Now blood has a harder time getting past this build-up so the blood pressure starts to rise putting more stress on your heart. If part of this build up comes loose, then it can lodge in the smaller vessels in you brain or lungs and this causes a stroke!
So, cholesterol is important! The good news is there are two types, “good” and “bad”. Just as the “bad” cholesterol lays cholesterol down in you arteries, “good” cholesterol has the opposite effect. You can raise your “good” cholesterol by exercising more, cutting down on the “bad” fats in your diet (remember, cholesterol-free food can still increase your cholesterol!) and increasing whole grains such as oats.

A good quality fish oil is essential for anyone watching their cholesterol and there is heaps of research to back this up. Just be careful, as “oils aint oils”. Cod liver oil is the wrong type for this purpose, the studies we’ve seen show, in our opinion, krill oil still requires more research, and ask to see the heavy metal (mercury and lead) levels in the product you are buying.
Coenzyme Q10 is another important supplement as is bergamot.
Cholesterol is a divisive and confusing subject, but a very important one. If you would like more information, please come in and talk to
us. As pharmacists and naturopaths, we have extensive information on traditional and alternative therapies

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Don't Be A Heartbreaker!!

Posted by mapphess on 17 May 2012
Don't Be A Heartbreaker!!

Do you have high cholesterol or heart disease? Have you been prescribed a drug to lower your cholesterol?

Recent studies have shown these medications can lower your levels of Coenzyme Q10 in your body by up to half.

What does Coenzyme Q10 do?

It is associated with the manufacture of the basic energy molecule of cells. Coenzyme Q10 is important for energy production and is a powerful antioxidant to help maintain the health of cells in the body.

The heart muscle contains the greatest concentration of Coenzyme Q10 in the body and can have a role in preventing certain types of heart disease such as

  • stroke
  • congestive heart failure
  • high blood pressure
  • angina
  • atherosclerosis

It also has a protective effect on the cells of the haert and helps to keep the blood thin, allowing it to flow easily to all areas of the heart.

Coenzyme Q10 can also help prevent cholesterol from becoming harmful by oxidising in the body and forming plaques in the artery.

The good news

Supplementation with Coenzyme Q10 (as a simple daily dose) can restore or increase  these levels so you get all the benefits of this important nutrient.

Coenzyme Q10 is reported to increase stamina and endurance, has positive effects on the immune system and can also help the nervous system, menopausal symptoms and weight control.

Coenzyme Q10 is not just for heart disease. It plays an important role if you are undergoing an exercise program and can help your heart to work more efficiently, ensuring you get the most out of your workout. Almost all athletes competing at higher levels are already taking this supplement because it allows the body to utilise oxygen and nutrients better. This can work for weekend warriors and people trying to get fit, because it enables you to potentially get results faster.

There are many different formulations and sources of Coenzyme Q10 and not all are equal, so it is important to get the right formulation for you.

Call into Mapp and Hession Pharmacy and talk to Paul, Greg or Colin to find out more about this supplement and if it is right for you. Some medications can be affected by Co Q10, so talk to us first.

You can also get more information at our website and for regular tips and updates go to our facebook page

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The Benefits of Walking

Posted by mapphess on 29 April 2012
The Benefits of Walking

The Benefits of Walking

When we think of getting fit, we almost automatically associate it with vigorous activities. Sports, going to the gym, attending yoga or pilates classes or some other activity that requires a certain level of fitness to begin with or that involves a complicated learning curve come immediately to mind. In the meantime, one of the best fitness exercises of them all is one that comes naturally to all of us:  walking.

With obesity and heart disease rising to epidemic levels, it's important for all of us to find ways to prevent these and other modern diseases from occurring. A change to a healthy diet will certainly help, but combining that with a daily walking routine will help even more. Just some of the benefits of walking include:

  • Reducing the risk of heart disease by 30 to 40 percent.
  • Reducing the risk of stroke by up to 50 percent.
  • Losing weight and increasing lean muscle mass.
  • Improving good cholesterol levels while reducing bad cholesterol levels.
  • Reducing the pain and inflammation of arthritis.

How to Get Started Walking

Unlike other exercise programs, all that's really needed to get started on a regular walking program is to simply start walking. One way to do this is to walk to work and back. If this is not possible, you can get off the bus or train or park your car further from your place of work and walk from there. Another possibility is to replace that heavy lunch with a lighter lunch and a short walk.

Once you start walking, you'll quickly notice the difference. You'll feel lighter, brighter and more cheerful. You'll probably find yourself sleeping better at night, too. This will motivate you to walk even more and you can begin a regular walking regimen. To get the most out of walking, fitness experts recommend half an hour per day of uninterrupted vigorous walking. By "vigorous," they don't mean huffing, puffing and sweating profusely. You just want to walk fast enough to elevate your metabolism and burn more kilojoules than you consume. As a rule of thumb, if you are walking hard enough to still be able to carry on a conversation but not sing, that is enough.
Walking: The Best Way to Lose Weight

Extreme diets and exercise programs are one way to lose weight fast, but they can backfire on you. Your body stores fat in order to have energy reserves for heavy activity. When it burns fat fast, it gets the message that it needs to replace the fat just as quickly. Low intensity exercise, like walking, burns carbohydrates first, telling the body to replace carbohydrates instead of fat.

As you continue with your walking program, your body will gradually adapt and you'll need to walk with great intensity in order to get the same benefits. Climbing stairs or hills, walking with weights, taking longer walks or stepping up the pace are all ways to do this. All the while, you will be getting stronger and healthier than ever before, without feeling like you're on a strenuous weight loss program.

When walking:

  • Start off at a leisurely pace and pick up the pace gradually.
  • Cool down by slowing the pace towards the end of your walk.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself based on your current level of fitness rather than an athlete's fitness level.
  • Wear comfortable, arch supporting and shock absorbing shoes and walk on a soft surface like grass whenever possible.
  • Watch your stride: your heels should touch the ground first, followed by the rest of your foot in a rolling motion.
  • Drink plenty of water before and after your walk.


Other than that, there is little technique involved in walking other than to enjoy its many benefits.

Article by Rob Schneider

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No Guts No Glory

Posted on 22 August 2011

Are you bloated after a meal? Suffer abdominal pain? Constipation or diarrhoea? Flatulence? Heartburn or indigestion? Itchy or inflamed skin?

Your gut could be lacking essential nutrients required for optimal health.

Ever since probiotics were discovered over 100 years ago, researchers have been fascinated by the relationship between the gut and our general wellbeing. They have moved on from a supplement you take after a course of antibiotics, to reducing the symptoms of a range of medical conditions:-

• Prevention and treatment of a range of diarrhoea
• Symptomatic relief of candidiasis
• Manage allergies, including eczema
• Prevent respiratory infections
• Reduce dental caries
• Support and strengthen the immune system
• Maintain healthy urogenital flora and manage urinary tract infections

There are several new and different strains of probiotics now available to treat gastrointestinal symptoms. There is a multitude of products, and professional advice is needed to make sure you get the right one for your particular symptoms.

Probiotics are not the only solution to the complex problems that your digestive system can produce. Supplements with strange names such as Glutamine or Quercetain as well as Fish Oil are important in the three stages of healing the gut.

1. Healing the inflamed intestinal mucosa
2. Preventing further damage
3. Re-establishing healthy intestinal flora

For further information log on to and click on the “Health” link for a range of gastrointestinal conditions.

Better still, call into the pharmacy in King St Murwillumbah and have to chat to Paul, Greg or Colin about the best way to get you back to feeling your best. Remember, “No guts, no glory!!”

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