Every year, approximately over 75% of our body is reconstructed from the intake of the nutrients we eat or supplements we take - incredible but true - this includes the DNA of our cells. Therefore, the quality of foods we eat, the vitamins, minerals, omega-3s, antioxidants, and other nutrients we consume are a determinant of how well our cells function (therefore, the body and its organs), and their ability to prevent disease and keep us safe and healthy.
Amino acids are divided into three categories - Essential amino acids - Nonessential amino acids - Conditionally essential amino acids. There are 20 forms of amino acids that make up the protein (protein is the major constituent of the human body, making muscles, internal organs, skin, blood, etc.), 9 of which are not made in the body, therefore are known as essential amino acids. Essential amino acids must be procured from outside sources, either through diet or supplementation.
Amino acid supplements work best when they are free amino acids; in other words, amino acids found in their purest form, that don’t need digesting before being able to be utilised by the body. Instead, they are directly absorbed into our bloodstream and immediately used by our body. Importantly, our body needs Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) to metabolise most amino acids supplements.
Antioxidants help protect the body’s cells and tissue from free radical damage - known as oxidative stress. Free radicals are molecules created in our body by various reactions that occur naturally, like breathing, and creating energy, but they also come from outside sources more so than ever before, such as from television screens, mobile phones, computer screens, hairdryers, aeroplane trips, microwaves, toxic exposure, etc...today we must protect ourselves even more.
When the amount of free radicals in our system outnumbers the amount of antioxidants, we see more tissue damage, more disease, and faster ageing. Examples of antioxidants are Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Selenium, Zinc, and coenzyme Q10.
Omegas and Fish Oils
Omega-3s, in the simplest terms, are healthy fats, often known as ‘essential fatty acids (EFAs), basically, because they are essential to our health - we cannot live without them. The body cannot make them so has to get them from diet or supplementation. There is an abundance of research which substantiates omega-3’s wide-range of health benefits, including supporting mental health, promoting cognitive agility, decreasing cardiovascular risk, lowering systemic inflammation. It is well known that inflammation is the common denominator of all age-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
We have classified essential nutrients as nutrients that don’t ‘fit’ into any specific category but are important to our overall health and wellbeing.
They all play a part in building and sustaining human life and health itself - growth and development, organs, muscles, bones, teeth and blood; cognitive function and agility; cardiovascular health; energy production and vitality; gut health; and in keeping our body in good working order. These nutrients include CoQ10, Phosphatidylserine, Can-C, Collagen, CartiShield, Probiotic Advanced, ProGreens, Beta Glucan, ProBoost, Prostahealth, and many more.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) / CoQ10
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble nutrient that is acquired from the diet but is also made in all of our body’s tissues; this fact alone emphasises how important this nutrient is for good health. It is responsible for producing cellular energy, specifically the energy our cells need to function correctly and keep us up and running. CoQ10 supports basic life processes, such as growth, repair, and regeneration, which are so important to overall wellbeing.
CoQ10 declines with age, so supplementation is a perfect way to boost levels. CoQ10 promotes cardiovascular health.
Collagen - Collastine
Collagen supplementation has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and there is no doubt why. Collagen supports skin, hair, nail, and bone health, helping you glow, shine, and have stronger bones from the inside out. As we age collagen production fades, bring with its fine lines and wrinkles, dull hair, brittle and weak nails, and weaker bones. Collagen also supports strong joints and healthy ageing.