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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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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Iberogast is a unique combination of 9 herbs that act together to provide relief of many different gut symptoms. This multi-targeted action is achieved by combining bitter herbs such as caraway fruit, celandine, chamomile flower and peppermint leaf.
Iberogast is one of the most extensively researched natural medicines worldwide, and proven effective in 19 clinical studies involving more than 45,000 patients. It has been fully evaluated for quality, safety and effectiveness and has been registered as a medicine.
Iberogast works on the muscular tone and movement of the intestines, it also reduces acid production and helps to protect the inner lining of the stomach. The anti-inflammatory and calming action helps reduce hypersensitivity in the stomach.
Iberogast is used for treating symptoms associated with gastric and abdominal discomfort such as bloating, reflux, flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and stomach cramping. These multiple symptoms are often associated with gastrointestinal disturbances such as dyspepsia or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Dyspepsia is an upset stomach (also known as indigestion) with feelings of discomfort coming from the upper abdomen. IBS (on the other hand) affects the lower part of the gut namely the colon (also known as the large bowel) with symptoms of abdominal pain, stomach bloating and altered bowel habits (e.g diarrhoea or constipation). In IBS, the abdominal pain or discomfort is often relieved by passing wind or going to the toilet. Other gut symptoms with IBS may include heartburn, feeling sick (nausea) and excessive burping or belching. IBS is very common with 1 in 5 Australians experiencing these unpleasant range of symptoms.
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Dark Chocolate For Your Heart!
Sometimes nutritionists can seem like spoilsports, telling us our favourite treats are bad for our health and should be avoided. If you're a chocolate lover, there is nothing to fear in a recent study that recommends a daily serving of dark chocolate for your heart. How can our favourite indulgence be good for us? Here's what the study discovered:
Dark Chocolate an Effective Preventive Therapy
In a research paper published in the British Medical Journal, Monash University researchers concluded that "blood pressure and cholesterol lowering effects of dark chocolate consumption are beneficial in the prevention of cardiovascular events" in high risk populations. Since cardiovascular disease is responsible for 29 percent of deaths worldwide, it is safe to say it is something all Australians should be concerned about.
Noting that no long-term, controlled studies of dark chocolate had been undertaken, the research team used the available data and a sophisticated "Markov model" to analyze the probable outcome of a diet that included 100 grams of dark chocolate consumed daily over a ten year period versus a chocolate-free diet.
How Dark Chocolate Can Prevent Heart Disease and Strokes
The purpose of the Monash University study was not to determine which specific ingredients in dark chocolate were responsible for potentially preventing cardiovascular diseases. Many earlier studies have indicated that polyphenols, particularly a group of polyphenols calle flavonoids, which "exhibit antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, and metabolic effects" are probably responsible for dark chocolate's effectiveness. In the body, flavanoids (or flavanols) stimulate the production of endothelial nitric oxide, a substance that causes dilation of blood vessels, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
High levels of flavonoids are found in cocoa beans, the main ingredient in high quality chocolate products. This is part of the reason why dark chocolate, which contains more cocoa than milk chocolate, is emphasised. Researchers also recommend "premium quality" dark chocolate with not less than 70 percent cocoa be consumed. While premium quality chocolate is more expensive than cheaper chocolate bars, their research also determined that "chocolate therapy" was a cost-effective form of preventive therapy.
In a summary of the study published by Monash University (A dark chocolate a day keeps the doctor away), lead researcher Ella Zomer said: "We're not suggesting that the high-risk group use dark chocolate as their only preventative measure, but in combination with sensible choices, such as exercise." The ideal or "best case scenario" as indicated by their study model was the consumption of "100g of dark chocolate every day over a 10 year period."
Some habits are easier to get into and stick with than others. It's nice to know that, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, a little daily "chocolate therapy" can help prevent heart disease as well.
Read more: http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/study_dark_chocolate_for_your_heart#ixzz212h4yI5x
Article by Rob Schneider for natural therapy pages
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