I don’t mind taking a vitamin or some other little tablet to boost my health, and the strength of the supplement industry shows I’m not alone.
Bioglan are a company who sell themselves on the basis of being “serious about health”. As I get older, their newest products are beginning to look more attractive.
For me their best selling points are the unique mixes of nutrients designed to help the body and the transparent information on their packaging.
Super Fish Oil 30s
Capsules designed to be high in EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids and deliberately coated for release in the intestines where they can be more easily absorbed. Also preventing a fishy after taste.
Red Krill Oil
Again designed to be better absorbed, krill oil is 10 times more powerful than a standard fish oil capsule.
Joint-Aid Triple Action
Combines three important and powerful nutrients help maintain healthy joints: glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane)
Contains 4 strains of probiotic that can help sustain a healthy level of friendly bacteria.
Uses CoQ10, vitamin E and zinc to support cardiovascular health and metabolism which can be affected by statins.
The fatty acids from breast milk are key to healthy baby development. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is well known for promoting a healthy brain, eye, and nervous system for example. But other fatty acids in breast milk may also help protect from allergies.
Could the sharp rise in allergic diseases like asthma, eczema, food allergies and hayfever be explained by a shift in the fatty acid balance in our diets? It’s possible that the widespread use of vegetable oils and the a low intake of omega-3 fatty acids (mostly from fish) are contributing to inflammation in the body.
Does breast milk affect eczema?
310 mothers and babies were examined according to their various lifestyles, (particularly noting the eating of organic diets and extended breast feeding) to see how the fatty acid composition of their breast milk compared with mums who ate a more conventional diet.
Mums with an ‘alternative’ lifestyles had somewhat higher concentrations of the omega-3 fatty acids in their breast milk (EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DPA (docosapentaenoic acid), and DHA). They were also higher in ruminant fatty acids (derived primarily from dairy fat), including the all-important immune-enhancing fatty acid, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid).
By the time they were aged two, 31% of the babies had experienced eczema (almost half of these also had allergies). But (at one year) the risk of eczema and allergies was lowest among babies whose mothers’ milk was highest in omega-3. That risk was also seen to decrease as concentrations of ruminant fatty acids increased (regardless of the effect of the omega-3 fatty acids).
This suggests that ruminant fatty acids from dairy fat and organic dairy and, possibly, unpasteurized milk might have an effect on how much a baby can develop a strong immunity in early life.
How to protect your baby from eczema…
Breast-feed, if you can. For some women breast-feeding isn’t feasible, but it’s worth it for your baby’s health if you’re able to.
Eat more fatty fish. This is important during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Avoid high-mercury fish including albacore tuna and king mackerel.
Make it creamy. The latest study adds to a growing body of evidence of the inflammation-fighting potential of full-fat dairy products.