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.
If you didn’t know it’s British Heart Month. We don’t often think about protecting our heart but heart disease is the number one killer in the UK.
It’s important to consider your diet, have a good level of fitness, and keep an eye on your blood pressure. The British Heart Foundation is an excellent first point of reference for facts and advice.
There are also some interesting new supplements that have come onto the market.
The first is Red Yeast Rice. This contains a naturally forming statin found in fermented rice. As a food it is used for red colouring in Peking Duck but it has also been used in Chinese medicine for centuries.
Following a successfully study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, it has been concluded that red yeast is very useful for lowering cholesterol, but it only may help according to the NHS.
It sits here on my desk as a product called Rice Pure in capsule form and the description says “May help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.”
The other item is Krill Oil. The description here says “A potent source of Omega 3”.
In fact it’s 48 times richer in Omega 3 than regular fish oil and it has a sustainable source to boot. It’s taken from shellfish in the clear waters of the Antarctic.
Omega 3 has been found to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and improve heart health overall, so Krill Oil looks like a promising product. I’ve also heard that you don’t get the same smelly breath and after-taste effect as from fish oil which is a definite plus.
Statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs, are known to cut the risk of heart disease and are already prescribed to millions of people at high risk. This week a trial of rosuvastatin, whose brand name is Crestor made by AstraZeneca, was shown to dramatically reduce the risk even in people whose cholesterol level was normal or low.
Researchers had expected a reduction of around 25 per cent but the actual decline in risk among the treated group was almost twice that (47 per cent). The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, were so clear that the trial of 18,000 patients in 26 countries was stopped early so that all those on placebo could be offered the drug.