Keep zinc and magnesium levels up to avoid hair loss

Do you know which minerals you need for your health? Take this test to see how much you know…

Everyone knows calcium is important for healthy bones, but did you know that zinc and magnesium are too? They are especially important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; also, growing children, menopausal women and the elderly need extra calcium, zinc and magnesium for changing bodies too.

Hair loss
Hair loss is one of the results of magnesium deficiency

One of the well known problems if you’re lacking these minerals is hair loss. It’s easy to keep topped up in zinc and magnesium by munching pumpkin seeds and the like. Alternatively, you can enjoy the ease of a daily dose of Floradix Saludynam which provides the right balance of magnesium, zinc and calcium plus Vitamin D in a fruity liquid form. There’s no additives, preservatives or colourings, no gluten, just a perfect formula for strong bones, teeth and hair.

One last word of advice. because the balance of these vitamins in your body can be so vital, it is worth having a chat with your doctor before using a zinc/magnesium supplement.

Interesting heat treatment for ear aches…

Have you ever had a blocked ear? It’s not nice.

Heat draws out the ear wax
Heat draws out the ear wax

It can effect your hearing and balance, and cause itchiness, whistling and buzzing. The pain can be quite bad at times. But people’s methods of dealing with it can make matters worse, pushing ear wax further into the ear canal.

Bizarrely enough, an ancient treatment of burning a specially made “candle” in the ear contributes to the safe removal of the wax while re-balancing the painful pressure in the ear.

Otosan ear cones combine the benefit of heat treatment on ears with a chimney-funnel effect which draws wax out of the ear. But, because of the use of a tapered flame, safety is paramount, so they’ve developed safety devices which protect the user from any danger.

Otosan also produce natural ear drops made from essential oils and propolis. Another nod to traditional methods of dealing with ear ache.

If you are left with any doubt, visit their medical pages to read about doctors’ tests using Otosan.

Have you tried Tideford Organics? Competition to win a hamper

One of the highlights of last week’s Free From Awards was Tideford’s Butterscoth Rice Pudding which, as you can tell from the name, is absolutely scrummy.

Tideford Organics Butterscotch Rice Pudding
Tideford Organics Butterscotch Rice Pudding

Tideford make organic foods that are so divinely delicious that they taste home made. They make soups and sauces, pestos and puddings, all gluten free and wheat free, with many vegetarian and vegan options to choose from.

They believe in good, honest convenience food. So they deliberately make all their products in small batches to retain the authenticity of the recipe without additives or preservatives. It has won them over 50 awards from around the country and a big following.

But, just in case you haven’t heard of Tideford Organic, they’d like to send you a hamper of their goodies. For your chance to be the lucky winner of a hamper send me an email with your name and address and I’ll pick a random winner on 4th May 2012 (UK addresses only).

Announcing the winners of the Free From Food Awards 2012

Once again, Lesley Cutts, GoodnessDirect manager, had the privilege of helping to judge for the Free From Food Awards 2012. She really loves tasting new and innovative food – it’s in her job description!

Hot off the press, here are the awards – top ‘free from’ food and drink in a diverse range of categories. Well done to everyone who won recognition for all their hard work.

Full details of the judges’ verdicts can be found on the Freedom Food Awards website.

FAIR Trophy for the best free-from food 2012
Vegusto – Mild Aromatic Dairy-Free Cheese
Runner up: Anila’s Sauces – Goan Green Sauce
Runner up: Bob’s Red Mill – Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
Runner up: Daas – Ambre Beer
Runner up: Gluten Free Kitchen – Ovencrust Chicken & Bacon Pie
Runner up: inSpiral – Raw Dehydrated Kale Chips: Cheesie Purple Corn

Innovation Award
Winner: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Lemon
Highly Commended: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Chocolate
Highly Commended: CoYo – Coconut Yoghurt Natural
Highly Commended: Foodswild – Cornish Stingers Nettle Beer
Highly Commended: Tofutti – Ricotta Soya Cheese Alternative
Commended: The Foodamentalists – Brown Bread Mix
Commended: Provamel Botanicals – Alternative to Yoghurt Apple & Green Tea

Dairy and/or lactose free animal milk, butter and yogurt
– Sponsored by Swedish Glace
Winner: Woodlands Dairy – Gooseberry & Elderflower with Natural Sheep Milk Yoghurt
Highly commended: Delamere Dairy – Natural Goats Yoghurt
Commended: Delamere Dairy – Goats Butter

Plant (soya, rice,oat, nut) ‘milk’, spread and ‘cheese’
– Sponsored by Pure Dairy Free
Joint Winner: CoYo – Coconut Yoghurt Natural
Joint Winner: Vegusto – Mild Aromatic Dairy-Free Cheese
Highly commended: Kara Dairy Free – Alternative to Milk Original + Calcium
Highly commended: Vegusto – Melty Dairy-Free Cheese
Commended: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Chocolate
Commended: Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Co. – Lemon
Commended: Higher Nature – Omega Excellence Organic Virgin Coconut Butter
Commended: Vegusto – Dairy-free cheese sauce

Breakfast cereals
– Sponsored by Fria Gluten Free
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Oaty Granola
Commended: Bob’s Red Mill – Pure Traditional Oats
Commended: Groovy Food Company – Choco Crispies
Commended: Juvela – Fibre Flakes

Breads and bread mixes
– Sponsored by Genius Gluten Free
Winner: Fria – Grova Dark Seeded Sliced Loaf
Highly commended: Finax – Oat Bread Mix
Highly commended: Fria – Grov Minibaguette Dark Seeded Roll

Pasta and pizza bases/mixes
– Sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Farabella – Acini di Pepe/Pasta Grains
Highly commended: Bob’s Red Mill – GF Wholegrain Pizza Crust Mix
Highly commended:
Co-operative Foods – FreeFrom Fusilli
Molino di Ferro – La Veneziane Penne

Foods manufactured for food service
– Sponsored by Livwell
Joint Winner: Red House Foods – Gluten Free Chicken Bites
Joint Winner: Sauces of Choice – Sauces for Kids Tikka Sauce
Highly commended: Costa Coffee – Gluten Free Fruit Cake
Highly commended: Doves Farm Foods – Gluten Free Plain White Flour Blend without Buckwheat
Highly commended: Foodamentalists – Golden Batter Mix
Doves Farm Foods – Organic Brown Rice Penne
Triano Brands – Tofutti Grated Mozzarella Soya Cheese Alternative

Ingredients: flour, stock, pastry, sauces
– Sponsored by Juvela
Joint Winner: Anila’s Sauces – Goan Green Sauce
Joint Winner: Bob’s Red Mill – Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
Highly commended:
Mesquite Company – Pure Mesquite Pod Flour
Clearspring – Kuzu Gluten Free Starch Thickener

Raw foods and superfoods
– Sponsored by Asda
Winner: inSpiral – Raw Dehydrated Kale Chips: Cheesie Purple Corn
Highly commended:
Mesquite Company – Pure Mesquite Pod Flour
Commended: Pulsin’ – Beond Organic Acai Berry Bar
Commended: James White Drinks – Beet It Organic Stamina Shot

Savoury pies, flans, pizzas  and ready meals
– Sponsored by Delamere Dairy

Meat-based meal centres:
Winner: Co-operative Foods – Truly Irresistible Minted Lamb Burgers
Highly commended: Black Farmer – Pork Meatballs
Commended: Co-operative Foods – Truly Irresistible Pork Sausages

Pies, flans, pizzas, one pot meals:
Winner: Gluten Free Kitchen – Ovencrust Chicken & Bacon Pie
Highly commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Gluten Free Vegetable Lasagne
Highly commended: DS-gluten free – Gluten Free Bonta d’Italia Margherita Pizza
Highly commended: The Food Resource – Fusilli al Funghi
Commended: Easy Bean – New Mexican Chilli Fairtrade Red Bean with Sweet Pepper One Pot Meal
Commended: Foodamentalists – Pork, Black Pudding & Caramelised Red Onion Pie
Commended: stewed! – Chickpea, Sweet Potato & Feta One Pot Meal

Savoury biscuits and snacks
– Sponsored by Genon Laboratories
Joint Winner: Darling Spuds – Tomato, Olive & Oregano Crisps
Joint Winner: Juvela – Crostini Bites
Highly commended: Conscious Foods – Millet Crackers with Rosemary
Highly commended: Darling Spuds – Sour Cream with a hint of Mexican Chilli

Scones, sweet tarts and brownies
– Sponsored by the Tesco
Joint Winner: Sugargrain – Almond, Apricot and Tahini Flapjack
Joint Winner: Sweetcheeks – Almondies
Highly commended:
Asda – Gluten-free All Butter Lemon Sicilian Shortbread
Highly commended:
Co-operative Foods – FreeFrom Triple Chocolate Cookies
Commended: Heavenly Cakes – Gluten & Wheat Free Millionaires
Commended: Molino di Ferro – La Veneziane Coconut Biscotti
Commended: Tesco – FreeFrom Ginger Cookies

Cakes and cake mixes
– Sponsored by Mrs Crimble’s
Joint Winner:
The Cake Crusader – Gluten, Wheat and Dairy Free Carrot Cake
Joint Winner: Sweetcheeks – Maple & Pecan Cupcakes
Highly commended:
Incognito Cakes – Choc Fudge Cake
Highly commended: The Cake Crusader– Rich Fruit Cake
Commended: Cakes Divine – Dairy & Gluten Free Carrot Cupcakes
Commended: Fria – Kladdkaka Chocolate Brownie Cake
Commended: Steph’s Free From Cakes – Lemon Drizzle Cake

Puddings, sweet pies, desserts and cheesecakes
– Sponsored by Hale & Hearty
Winner: Food Heaven – Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake
Highly commended: Mamma Cucina – Mango & Passionfruit Non-Dairy Cheesecake
Commended: Tideford Organics – Butterscotch Rice Pudding

Chocolate and sweet snacks
– Sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Booja Booja – Rum Sozzled Sultana Chocolate Truffles
Highly commended: Kinnerton – Dairy, Egg, Gluten and Nut Free Bar
Conscious Chocolates – Essential Orange
Eskal Foods – Gluten-free Chocolate Coated Pretzels
Commended: Tickety Boo Cakes – Roo’s Crunch

Christmas products
– Sponsored by Produced in Italy
Winner: Foodamentalists – Gluten, wheat and dairy-free Frangipane Mince Pies
Highly commended:
Christine’s Puddings – Gluten-free Rum and Ale Pudding
Highly commended:
Livwell – Iced Christmas cake
Highly commended:
Morrison’s – FreeFrom Christmas pudding
Conscious Chocolates – Cherry Christmas
Commended: Friendly Food and Drink – Xmas chutney
Commended: OK Foods – Freefrom mince pies
Commended: Pyman Pates – Chicken liver with port, brandy and cranberries

Gluten-free beer
– Sponsored by Asda
Winner: Daas – Ambre Beer
Highly commended: Daas – Blond Beer
Highly commended: Green’s – Bottle Refermented Dark Ale
Commended: Green’s – Bottle Refermented Blonde Ale
Commended: Green’s – Premium Golden Ale

Ways to cut your cholesterol

It’s not easy to know if you have high cholesterol. So, particularly if your family has a history of heart disease, it is wise to check your cholesterol levels with your doctor.

There are things you can do to reduce the risk of developing bad cholesterol levels.

Cut the bad fats
Foods with saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, and cholesterol (such as animal products, fried foods, and baked snacks) can raise cholesterol

Consider a more vegetarian diet
Vegetarian meals reap the rewards of avoiding animal fats and increasing fibre and other cholesterol-stabilising nutrients (see Lecisun below)

Slim down
Aim for a healthy body weight to avoid problems with blood lipids and other heart disease risk factors

Get fit
Use a regular programme of aerobic exercise to maintain optimal blood lipid levels and lower heart disease risk

Kick the habit
Maintain healthy HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and low heart disease risk by avoiding cigarette smoke

Protect with anti-oxidants
Daily vitamin C and vitamin E help to protect the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from damage that can increase heart disease risk

Take Lecisun
Lecisun comes from the same makers as Lecigran, a soya food supplement for those seeking to maintain normal cholesterol levels. Lecisun offers the same benefits but comes from non-genetically modified sunflowers.

Both these products contain the ingredient lecithin. Popularly described as a fat buster, lecithin is technically a natural “phospholipid” which consists of fatty acids and a phosphate group linked to choline and inositol.

As a product Lecisun actually offers more phosphatidyl choline per serving than its soya based counterpart. It is also a rich source of linoleic acid which also plays a vital role in helping maintain normal cholesterol levels.

Your chance to win eco-friendly goodies

Earth Friendly, makers of eco friendly domestic products, are celebrating because they’ve now installed enough solar panels and other devices to run their manufacturing totally on renewable energy.

The award winning ECOS 2-in-1 laundry detergent
The award winning ECOS 2-in-1 laundry detergent

The family firm make a huge range of household cleaners including the award-winning ECOS 2-in-1, a concentrated laundry liquid made from plant extracts with a built-in coconut-based fabric softener. All of their products are sustainable, pure, plant-based formulas which are pH neutral, vegan, not tested on animals, and free from environmentally damaging ingredients.

To invite you to celebrate with them Earth Friendly are giving away 10 prize starter kits consisting of trial sizes of ECOS Laundry detergent, Dishmate Washing-Up liquid, Parsley Plus Surface cleaner and Wave Dishwasher Gel.

To enter the competition send me an email with your name and address and I’ll announce the winner in this week’s newsletter. (Closing date: Thursday 19th April 2012. UK addresses only.)

The ‘free from’ times, they are a changing… for the better!

Everyone’s getting excited about this year’s Allergy & Free From Show this May. It’s the biggest event yet for everyone affected by an allergy or intolerance with the latest products, information and up-to-date support.

Tickets are free so come and see us there.

Tom Treverton, Event Director at The Allergy & Free From Show, tells us how it’s going…

As our team enters the home straight towards this year’s Allergy & Free From Show (18 – 20 May, Olympia, London), our third edition as organisers, the excitement in the office is really building.

This is an event that we all love working on. Since we took it on in 2010, year-on-year growth (in terms of visitors, exhibitors and sponsors) has been staggering. 2012 is set for another record year; pre-show ticket registrations are already 4,000 higher than they were at this stage in 2011 (and last year’s show ultimately attracted over 10,000 visitors!).

Naturally, these kinds of trends will make any event organiser very happy, though they are certainly not the only reasons we enjoy working hard to progress this show each year.

Another massive reason: this is an extremely important event to our visitors, because it’s the only UK public-facing show that exists for people living any kind of ‘free from’ life, for reasons of health (i.e. due to allergies, intolerances, coeliac disease, chemical sensitivities) or lifestyle. Our job is to provide the best possible live forum, where visitors can discover product / treatment solutions and take control.

In direct contrast to the woefully inadequate UK provisions of skilled healthcare professionals in this space (supply still nowhere near demand!), we are constantly amazed by the incredible number of fantastic ‘free from’ products that are emerging – seemingly on a daily basis – and are becoming part of the show! These are positive changes; this constant influx of improved products and new choices can only enrich the visitor experience.

We’ve instigated a few changes of our own. The show will take residence in the larger, recently completed West Hall at Olympia, London. We’ve also tweaked our show name, replacing ‘gluten free’ with ‘free from’, in order to better reflect what the show has become. Yes, we are (and will always remain) 100% committed to serving those that need to exclude gluten from their diets, BUT we also exist for those living free from… nuts, dairy, eggs, soya, wheat, pet hair, dust mites and pollen (to name just a few!).

A final change… there will be two editions of the show in 2012! Alongside the London show in May, we are launching a northern edition of the event, taking place later in the year in Liverpool from 27 – 28 October. We can’t wait to replicate the buzz of the London show on Merseyside.

The UK ‘free from’ market is rapidly maturing, and is undoubtedly one of the best on the planet. We relish working on a show that’s right at the heart of that market and delivering a multi-sensory, exciting live event that places the leading brands alongside the thousands of people that are looking to discover them!

See you on the show floor!

Tom Treverton, Event Director, The Allergy & Free From Show

London show: 18 – 20 May 2012, West Hall, Olympia, London
Liverpool show: 27 – 28 October, BT Convention Centre, Liverpool.
Tickets: Access FREE tickets for either show at
Exhibiting enq: / +44 (0)1442 289927