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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The average adult will get 2-4 colds a year.
The average young child will get 6-8 colds are year
There are thousands of different viruses that cause the common cold making immunisation
Most colds will last about a week and we get over them and go about our daily lives. If you
have other conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma or are older, then they can be very
We recommend increasing fluid intake, resting as much as possible, limiting alcohol and caffeinated drinks and practising good hygiene
to limit the spread of the infection to your loved ones. See your doctor if it goes on too long or you develop more serious symptoms!
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I don’t want to get sick 2-4 times every winter, so I take action every April!
Andrographis has become one of our favourite herbs for treating and preventing the dreaded lurgies that are coming our way with
the colder weather. Research has shown that it can not only reduce the severity of cold symptoms, but it may also help to prevent colds
when taken regularly.
Combined with other immune boosting herbs such as Echinacea and Olive Leaf, these ancient herbal therapies can be a very useful
addition to our modern way of life.
Depending on your preference, we can provide these herbal preparations in either the convenience of a high quality, standardised
extract in a tablet, or we can personalise a herbal formula just for you from our extensive herbal dispensary
For more information about this or any natural remedies, see Paul, Colin or Greg at Mapp & Hession Pharmacy in King St
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If you suffer from muscular cramps, particularly at night, or restless legs while sleeping, you may
need to supplement with magnesium.
If you have a physical job, do regular exercise, or just perspire a lot in the warmer weather, then
you may need to increase your magnesium intake.
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain
normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heart beat
steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein.
There is ongoing research into the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as high blood pressure,
heart disease, and diabetes.
The daily recommended dose of magnesium for adults is 300-400mg a day. Unfortunately, magnesium is an irritant to the stomach
(think magnesium sulphate, known as epsom salts!) so it is very difficult to take enough without causing diarrhoea.
Most supplements found on supermarket shelves contain about 60-200mg of pure magnesium, so it is difficult to obtain the required
dosage and absorbability to exert a noticable effect.
We have partnered with several natural therapy companies that produce high potency and highly absorbable magnesium
supplements for different conditions.
Call in to the pharmacy and speak to Greg, Colin or Paul if you want to talk about this or any other issue.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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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 www.mappandhession.com.au 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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