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Mar 25 2015

Discover the secret of yacon syrup

100% Pure Peruvian Yacon Syrup

What is Yacon Syrup?

HealthSpark, famous for bringing the latest weight loss supplements to the UK, is delighted to bring 100% pure Peruvian Yacon to the UK market, this scrumptious syrup offers pure sweet indulgence without the guilt.

Most comparable to molasses or honey, Yacon syrup is the latest craze to hit the US media and Neutraceutical market by storm.

The syrup, extracted from the Peruvian yacon root, is a natural source of Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), an indigestible fibre, sold in concentrated form as a popular food supplement.

This 100% PURE Peruvian Yacon syrup contains negligible amounts of fat and saturates, is free from all major allergens, colours, preservatives and other nasty’s. It is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

At just 14 calories per teaspoon this is a must have cupboard staple. Use as required to sweeten drinks, foods, baking, or straight from the spoon. With half the calories of sugar, if used as a sugar replacement, it may contribute towards weight loss as part of a balanced diet.

Sold as a 320g jar this provides a whopping 64 x 5g servings, so it’s easy on the pounds too.

Yacon is LOW in carbohydrates:

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HIGH in fibre:

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and HIGH in protein:

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Dec 24 2014

Tis the season: to be healthy!

Yesterday, Google wished its users a happy holiday season with a Doodle on its front page.

Tis the season google doodle

The cheerful cartoon features a Santa like character dressed in a red ski suit, dragging a bundle across the snow on a sledge. Google’s logo has also been transformed, with its primary-colours replaced with a festive blue banner.

All over the world, a wide range of religions and groups hold celebrations in December and January. Christians will be preparing gifts and feasts to celebrate Christmas on 25 December – four days after pagans celebrated the  Winter Solstice.

Looking forward to January, Muslims will remember the life of the Prophet Muhammad during Eid Milad ul-Nabi on 2 January, while on 6 January Orthodox Christians will celebrate epiphany.

So, whatever your background, this is a great time to celebrate time with the family. We’ve started our annual sale, so that you can get everything you need to stay healthy and happy this holiday season.

We’d like to take the opportunity to wish you and your family a happy holiday and healthy new year.

Thank you,


The Healthspark team.

May 27 2014

What’s happening to raspberry ketone?

Raspberry ketoneRaspberry Ketone has fallen foul of EU legislation (Nigel Farage we need you!), called Novel Food Approval.

On the face of it, it sounds like good common sense:

The Commission considers foods and food ingredients that have not been used for human consumption to a significant degree in the EU before 15 May 1997 novel foods and novel food ingredients.
They must be:
Safe for consumers;
Properly labelled to not mislead consumers.

So, is raspberry ketone safe? Yes, it’s been approved by the EU as food ingredient for decades?

So, is it properly labelled? Yes – our labels are fully compliant with all legislation.

We think that a compliant from a pharmaceutical company (no hidden agenda there!) was issued in Portugal, which started the whole process. In a space of just two months the industry was then required to prove that raspberry ketone has been on sale as a food supplement for over thirty years (!). The industry was able to demonstrate ketone has been on sale in the EU for that period, but not as a food supplement.

There are no known food safety issues. This is simply EU bureaucracy gone mad. We will continue to legally supply raspberry ketone from outside of the EU, and we’re working on a new compliant formula that will keep the bureaucrats happy.

Nov 26 2013

Modern Life, Sex And The Viamino Maca Root Supplement

Whoa there erection, where do you think you’re going!?! So you think you’re getting ready for a night in on fantastically blended chemicals from branded pills which get the old boy in the mood? Not at HealthSpark you won’t be! Not on your Aunt Nelly! It’s more Viamino than Viagra here. More Maca Root than Sildenafil citrate.

According to today’s news from the British Boobie Centre (BBC) and the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, we’ve all stopped having sex or at least cut down on an healthy dose of wham bam, thank you ma’am. All because of technology – clearly a lot more are currently singing to Justin Timberlake and 50 Cent’s Ayo Technology, than I had previously thought.

Viagra isn’t always the answer, nor is any of the other equally upSTANDing similarly chemically induced blood flow pills on the market. There’s a vast difference in the loss of libido to not getting it up, although most men may feel it is the same thing. The female of the species may beg to differ as they lose their libido too.

It’s about wanting it and doing it, the need for sex, a reason. A recession is a good time to let everything fall apart. And while some of us resolve our stress levels in the bedroom, often for others that means we’re less interested in a bit of nookie but a sexual health supplement like Viamino may help change all of that!

Viamino National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

Modern Life, Medicine And Its impact On Sexual Life

Above is an image (half hitched from the BBC) and a bar chart showing the British interest in bonking over a ten year period. The decline is almost 20%, a phenomenal rate and we are led to believe this is due to PlayStation Three coming out, Steve Jobs creating iPhone and iEverything else and the recession.

Dr Cath Mercer, from University College London, said: “People are worried about their jobs, worried about money. They are not in the mood for sex.”

“But we also think modern technologies are behind the trend too. People have tablets and smartphones and they are taking them into the bedroom, using Twitter and Facebook, answering emails.”

What naughty men Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were, putting an halt to sex in the bedroom and elsewhere all with the motivation of more profit for their company. Does extra curricular porn activity play a part though? Via the aforementioned devices?

That certainly seems the case, with the amount of people fessing up as couples aged 16 to 44 who may be using online porn as a substitute for sex. The difference between Viagra and the Viamino sexual health supplement in solving this situation is one gets to the root of the problem, while one uses a root, the Maca Root, to assist with the problem in an entirely different location.

The Viamino Maca Root Supplement And Its Faithful Following

Why is Viagra not always the answer? I hear you ask. Well I know there’s one side effect I’m looking to welcoming more than others. A British stiff upper lip followed by a British good seeing too is what an healthy sex life is all about. We all know Viagra provides that but with a great big WARNING on the length of the four inch packet.

With Viamino you don’t get that warning. OK you’re advised to take one a day and that side effects are rare and to consult your doctor as per the usual recommendation when beginning a course of nutritional supplements.

However no dizziness, no four hour erections caused by external chemical reactions added to the mix. No additional liver, kidney or heart disorders, just a plain old traditional remedy of how’s your father straight from mother nature.

Modern Life, Sex And The Viamino Maca Root Supplement

Viamino contains a natural blend to get your blood pumping and generally make you feel more relaxed. It contains Maca Root which may help promote sexual desire and also has zinc as an ingredient which again promotes fertility, reproduction and maintains testosterone levels. Amongst other ingredients such as Fenugreek extract, L-Arginine 100mg, L-Lysine 100mg and Acetyl L-Carnitine 100mg.

The Benefits of The Maca Root AKA Lepidium Meyenii Root

With a 20% decline over ten years of people having sex regulary I am more pleased to hear that 42% of women and 60% of men aged 65 to 74 had sex in the past year. Good for them, and good for all of us. To hear that sexual supplements like Viamino and others may well help us have sex well past the age of 69. Snigger, snigger. Is good news for us all!

With Viamino getting such a good outing, are there any other products you should be aware of? Of course, that’s the point of the article, silly!

  • Maca Root 1000mg 60 Capsules 1000mg
  • Viamino 30 Capsules
  • Male Sexual Support 60 Capsules
  • Female Sexual Support 60 Capsules
  • MACA XL 60 Capsules

The majority of the above all contain Maca extract. The Maca root has been growing for thousands of years in Peru and the Andes Mountains. Historic tales show that even when invading forces were about to retreat, they were advised to consume the Maca root and give it as feed to cattle so reproduction rates were upped alongside energy levels.

Previously soldiers had been told not to eat the Maca Root as they became a little randy and started being frivolous with the local population. So there must be a little truth in the Maca root extract properties and its ability to deliver a form of Viagra in the Viamino formula.

It is also reported in WebMD that that it may help with “anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility. Women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and symptoms of menopause. Maca is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression, stomach cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction (ED), to arouse sexual desire, and to boost the immune system.”

If you’re one of the 20% getting it on with technology instead of your other half, never fear. Try Viamino, Maca root capsules or male sexual support supplements and view the wider range of sexual supplements here. AYOOO…

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Nov 25 2013

Multivitamin & Mineral Supplements For Absorbing Life’s Essentials

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For anyone entertaining the idea of taking nutritional supplements to better aid their body’s functions. It can often be simply down to personal choice over personal need at first glance. Often the best way to start a revolution is to seek out multivitamin supplements and additional mineral supplements.

Each and every one of us are created differently. OK, we’re all human – most of us anyway – yet our DNA structures and the way we use our bodies day in day out, mean we require differential food intakes and use minerals and vitamins in differing quantities.

This leaves the majority of us a little perplexed as to how we can make the most of our diet and any nutritional supplements that we might wish to take. A lot of sales of supplements are based on little research and we wish to try something extra to help give our body a push in the right direction.

We may be trying to combat mood swings, keep a positive outlook on life, cure tiredness, alleviate pain on aching joints and any other number of ailments and an attempt at boosting the body’s processes. While it can be hit and miss, certain sections of society take a different approach.

Some patients are recommended certain nutritional supplements for specific ailments and diseases, simply because the body can’t take what’s required in a sufficient amount from digesting foods. Others are more proactive and take blood tests and DNA tests. The former helps you to discover what your body is lacking, which minerals and vitamins you may benefit from.

The latter helps you ascertain the threats your body may face in the future and currently. With recommendations on best diet and vitamin intake. In both situations it may be recommended to take a sole dietary supplement if anything at all or an all encompassing multivitamin supplement and mineral supplement.

Multi Vitamin & Mineral Supplements For Absorbing Life's Essentials

National Health Studies With MultiVitamin Supplements

Studies are showing all the time that there are slight increases in the rate of illnesses and terminal illnesses affecting participants. Take for instance the study by the The Physicians’ Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

This study found that men who took a regular multivitamin supplement decreased the rate of cancer amongst their test group, when compared to those on the placebo trial. The difference in men with an average age of 65 was 1.8%.

Another study published in Nature reveals that a regular dosage of multivitamin supplements may reduce the risk of colorectal adenoma. With data ascertained from 40,000 women, results showed a 14% reduction in the chance of developing this ailment for an irregular in take of multivitamin supplements.

The rate of deterrence increased substantially when taking multivitamins pills over a medium and longer period of time. A ratio of 20% was seen in those who had taken vitamin supplements for twenty years or more. While this is just two studies out of hundreds and only focusing on two benefits of multivitamin supplement intake over time.

These are benefits which are replicated across the board. If you’re tired, suffer from minor injuries, don’t get out much and are lethargic, don’t exercise and can’t keep a diet and skin or hair is dry, then multivitamin capsules could aid your body’s effectiveness when struggling against the daily grind of life.

The Benefits Of Multivitamin Supplements And Mineral Supplements

At certain points in our lives, our bodies fail to take on board the right amount of vitamins and minerals. This has knock on effects as to how many certain types of cells, neurotransmitters and other bodily functions work on a daily basis. Which is where a multivitamins top up can be of use.

Some of the benefits of multivitamins are:

  • Omega-3 fat deficiency – supports brain function, mood, metabolism, preventing diabetes, reducing inflammation etc.
  • Folate – for those not on a good diet of veg and fruit.
  • Vitamin D – no longer hunter gatherers, our time outside is less than it used to be, the majority lack the right amount of Vitamin D.
  • Magnesium – low levels due to caffeine, alcohol and stress.

Lacking in this vitamins and minerals leads to future complications and may make us feel a little less good about life than we would if had the right amounts in our body for our bodily process to work better.

The fall out of low levels of the above can be:

  • Muscle Cramps
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Tiredness
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Generally feeling under the weather

Amongst other issues, a dosage of multivitamin supplements can help readdress the balance and may help your body function better. to understand further about how multivitamin and mineral supplements can help your bodily functions, view our multivitamin supplements here.

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Nov 22 2013

A Nut’s Nutrition May Contribute To Longer Life Span

Today we’re going a little nuts, in a good way! A recent study by the US National Institutes of Health and the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation has seen their scientists go absolutely nuts over the findings of their latest research.

They claim through results from a 30 year study involving a very large test group and the monitoring of 120,000 people. That eating nuts, even a handful a day may contribute to a healthier life style and provide longevity and a longer life span.

The ingredients and nutritional benefits of nuts have long been held in high esteem by many people, with different varieties of nuts each contributing to different aspects of our health over time. However such a large test group over such a large time span is welcome news for anyone looking to stay on the planet a little longer and stave off their eventual departure.

The Benefits Of Nuts And Findings Of The Thirty Year Study

The findings of the nut study are various and have been reported in the New England Journal Of Medicine this week. A few noticeable discussion points are:

  • Those who consumed nuts seven or more times per week had a 20% lower death rate.
  • Up to four portions was linked to a 13% reduction in deaths.
  • A reduction of 29% in deaths from heart disease.
  • 11% reduction in the risk of dying from cancer.
  • People 11% less likely to have died than those who never ate nuts.
  • A noticeable and vast difference in mortality rates between those who did eat nuts regularly against those who did not.
  • 40% difference in prevalence between those who eat nuts seven or more times per week over those who never consumed nuts.

The report continued to state the health benefits of nuts “Observational and intervention studies of nut consumption have also shown reductions in various mediators of chronic diseases, including oxidative stress, inflammation, visceral adiposity, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance and endothelial dysfunction.”

“In prospective cohort studies, increased nut intake has been associated with reduced risks of type 2 diabetes mellitus, the metabolic syndrome, colon cancer, hypertension, gallstone disease, diverticulitis and death from inflammatory diseases.” Overall the health benefits of nuts can be put into perspective when compared against the data retrieved from most test groups.

The nutritional benefits of  nuts, range from unsaturated fatty acids, high-quality protein, fibre, vitamins (e.g., folate, niacin, and vitamin E), minerals (e.g., potassium, calcium, and magnesium), and phytochemicals, which contribute cardio protective, anti carcinogenic, anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

The Response To The Nut Research Findings Is Welcoming However…

Tracking the eating habits of 120,000 people over a thirty year time span is no mean feat but the results are finally in. However a Senior Dietician at the British Heart Foundation, Victoria Taylor has responded by suggesting “This study shows an association between regularly eating a small handful of nuts and a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease”

“While this is an interesting link, we need further research to confirm if it’s the nuts that protect heart health, or other aspects of people’s lifestyle.” It’s worth noting also that the text group excluded people with a history of cancer, heart disease, or stroke.

It is also worth noting that the participants who enrolled thirty years previous were all health professionals. So may have been more inclined to be aware of keeping an healthier lifestyle and therefore eating nuts contributed to a healthier lifestyle while eating an healthier diet than most Americans.

Having observed these minor details however, against the pane of data used to compare mortality rates, the results are beneficial in suggesting that nuts may help defer cancer, high cholesterol and fight off the causes of contracting heart disease.

The Nutritional Benefits Of Nuts And Varieties

It’s no secret that people on a Mediterranean diet usually have long life spans and a healthier lifestyle. Though another contributing source could be access to heightened levels of exposure to the sun and Vitamin D intake.

Many varieties of nuts have nutritional benefits higher than others, for example:

  • Almonds: High levels of Vitamin E
  • Cashews: Iron, zinc and balanced proteins
  • Brazil Nuts: Contains the mineral Selenium
  • Walnuts: High omega-3 levels, antioxidant and heart friendly fats
  • Pistachios: Utein and zeaxanthin and high B6 levels
  • Hazelnuts: A healthy balance of folate
  • Chestnuts: Fibre, carbs and vitamin c, lowest fat and calorie level
  • Pecans: High oleic acid and antioxidant levels
  • Macadamias: Magnesium, calcium and potassium with highest mono-unsaturated fat

Many of the vitamins and minerals found in nuts can be found in nutritional supplements which use extracts and combination formulas from different sources such as plants, fruits and vegetables. The benefits of nuts and eating them regularly, may also help in lowering cholesterol, inflammation and insulin resistance.

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Nov 21 2013

Ayurvedic Detox At The Soukya International Holistic Health Centre

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If you’re Royalty you get to do things many of us normal unwashed people don’t. Meet the Queen, stay in Buckingham Palace, sleep with Prince Charles and meet heads of state from around the world. But being forced to be sick by way of induced vomiting?

Who could bring us to write about such things? None other than the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Rosemary Mountbatten-Windsor. Who was recently on tour with her husband and future King, Prince Charles in India.

While visiting Bangalore, Camilla has stayed at the Soukya International Holistic Health Centre for a week. An infamous retreat for the wealthy where you can get all worked up and have miraculously liquids and medicated oils worked in.

Soukya International Holistic Health Centre And Complementary Therapies

A place where you can receive massages, spas and mud baths, experience true Yoga techniques and oriental healing techniques like Reflexology, Acupressure, Acupuncture and Auriculotherapy. It’s a world of relaxation but also a place to rejuvenate and cleanse the body of life’s ills.

Which of course you can do anywhere in the world but Soukya and Dr Mathai’s International Holistic Health Centre in Bangalore, India has built up a reputation over many years for offering an holistic approach which envelops Naturopathy, Homoeopathy, wellness programs and a range of historic and traditional Indian medical practices including Ayurvedic detox.

No matter what your beliefs there are scientific facts and theories behind your body’s use of proteins and vitamins and how DNA forms and cell structures work. There is overwhelming evidence that just as your body’s skin can get dirty, so to can your inner self, from tobacco and caffeine, to alcohol and a over ridding attack by free radicals.

Recent studies have also suggested that sleep rids the brain of bad toxins and from other areas of the body, so sleep patterns and adequate amounts are important too. Travelling to Bangalore for a spa session may seem a little excessive but for a total body cleanse… I think you’d have to experience it to understand the benefits.

Ayurvedic Detox At The Soukya International Holistic Health Centre

Ayurvedic Detox And Other Detox Treatments For A Healthy Body

In spas up and down the country there area variety of treatments that resolve issues with toxicity in your body. At Souyka International Holistic Health Centre the methods are simply more Indian centric and have that oriental appeal that of going down Streatham High Street probably won’t provide.

For treatments that stem back over 5000 years, there has to be something in them for people to keep coming back. After all the Spice Girls and Teletubbies probably wont last longer than twenty years. 5000 years points to some very holistic and happy people. The names of Detox are very inspiring too.

The Ayurvedic Panchakarma Rejuvenatory treatment practised today is the treatment which will have Camilla underground induced vomiting, should she take up that option. The five action plan revolves around the following parts:

  • Vamana: Induced vomiting for kapha related illnesses.
  • Nasya: Nasal / nostril cleansing.
  • Virechana: Elimination of Pita related toxins via induced bowel movements.
  • Vasti: A medicated enema .
  • Rakthamokshana: Blood impurities removed via leech therapy.

On the other hand an authentic ayurvedic massage is a lot more pleasing and enjoyable, involving several variations of massages all over your body. There are also a variety of other wonderfully sounding procedures.

Padhabhyanga, Shirodhara, Ellakizhi, Choornaswedam, Nethra Tharpanam, Thalam, Pichu, Ksheera Dooma, Vasti, Pizhichal, Navarakizhi/shastika Shali Pinda Sweda, Shirolepam and Avagaha Swedam, all alongside Westernised face treatments which don’t sound nearly half as good when spoken in English.

Nutritional Detox Supplements And Aiding Natural Detoxification Processes

Unless you’re looking for a long holiday or are swimming in money, you probably won’t be heading to Bangalore and the Dr Mathai’s Soukya International Holistic Health Centre any time soon. So what else can you do to cleanse your body that doesn’t involve a nine hour flight and mosquito cream?

Well it’s funny you should ask as it just so happens that several nutritional detox supplements at HealthSpark may just do the trick. In offering an inner cleanse and offer detoxification to your skin and other parts of your body.

Take a closer look at our Detox supplements and Detox pills and find something to cater for your inner needs and external detoxification remedies.

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Nov 19 2013

Artichoke Extract Benefits And Supplements For Cholesterol

“Eat your greens” mother always used to say, which is quite easy for me to do as I find vegetables tasty. When I read about the enormous quantities of nutrients, compounds, vitamins and minerals found in veg I’m always astounded that we don’t take more advantage of so called alternative medicine.

A little over one hundred and twenty years ago, doctors went around the world with a saw in their pocket and a bottle of alcohol with two aims. One, to cut your limbs off, the second as an anaesthetic. Yet for nigh on several centuries, alternative medicine has been used in some of the longest running cultures.

Now, finally, Western society is waking up and your average green veg and red fruit to naturally harvested plants is now being utilised in health systems such as the UK’s NHS, worldwide. For fifty years humans have mixed dangerous chemicals, unnatural to the human body to alleviate pain but turned its nose up at so called hippy medicine.

What Is Artichoke Extract And Artichoke Tablets

Yet here we are today, marvelling at a European plant which contains such marvellous properties as quercetin, rutin, gallic acid and cynarin. All vital ingredients with which your body knows exactly what to do with when ingested.

Artichoke is a part of the Thistle family and nominally cultivated before flowering. Its use dates back to Roman times and long before and has been heralded by many cultures, Arabia and European and is also grown in vast quantities in America. Having been introduced by the Spaniards in the 1600s.

Most of the plant is edible but more notably the flower head and leaves and the stem can also be pulped for extract. Artichoke has a high antioxidant level, the highest of the vegetable family thanks to its flower bud being crammed full of the free radical fighting elements.

Its uses vary from country to country, but it can be used as a sweetener, making water and tea taste sweet. The vegetable can be used as the primary element of making tea (Tisane) in Vietnam and Mexico. And as a liquor in Italy called Cynar. Alongside it’s natural cooking and side dish uses.

The Artichoke leaves, root and bud are all pulped for use in the nutritional supplements industry which gives us Artichoke extract tablets, artichoke tablets and most of the nutrients come from the leaves of the vegetables. Which leads us on to the Artichoke table benefits.

What Are The Many Artichoke Extract Benefits?

The Artichoke primarily helps the fight against high cholesterol and indigestion, however there are many more claims that require additional study. Science is not exact and takes many many years to ascertain the eventual composition of extracts and their exact use within their body.

That said, artichoke is said to be able to assist in the placating of nausea and vomiting, stomach gas and pain – namely indigestion and help with irritable bowels, anaemia, liver problems and the prevention of gallstones. The majority of scientific trials and evidence points to the main Artichoke extract benefits being with reducing cholesterol levels.


Artichoke Extract Benefits And Supplements For Cholesterol

Artichoke Supplements For High Cholesterol And Indigestion

Take artichoke extract tablets to alleviate indigestion and reduce high cholesterol levels. The artichoke leaf extract can be found in HealthSpark’s Artichoke Extract 3150 mg 60 capsules which contains Artichoke Extract 7:1 900mg (6300mg equivalent) supplying min 22.5mg Cynarin per two capsules taken.

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Nov 18 2013

What Is Glucosamine? Benefits And Healthy Joints

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As we get older and approach our senior years, it has become a naturally evident fact that our body is unable to create certain vitamins and minerals. Which as we may find out in the future, could be a cause of old age in the first place. It is also a fact that the body stops creating Glucosamine at a certain point.

Some people, like myself, believe old age to be a disease that can be thwarted. Whether that discovery can actually stave off death altogether is a different topic but should getting old mean the depletion of an active life?

Nutritional supplements are at an early stage in development as an aid to assisting normal bodily functions in the longer term. Figuring out DNA and how our body works in relation to mineral intake, vitamin usage and the ability to deliver the correct doses per individual is a long term goal of the industry as a whole.

What Is Glucosamine And Where Does It Come From?

I often wonder why the body creates certain proteins and components until a certain age and then suddenly stops or there is a vast reduction. Naturally in the case of growth and development each play their part and certain functions need to cease or we would end up twelve metres high.

However that doesn’t explain why Glucosamine, which is thought to be used by joints to stay fit and and healthy with quality cartilage becomes less apparent. The body creates this through being an amino monosaccharide produced by chondrocyte cells and used to make glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans. As described by the Dynamic Chiropractic.

The main focus of Glucosamine benefits in this instance is the use of chondrocyte cells and collagen in the creation and make up of cartilage, which of course the body uses within joints and bones. A replenishment and maintenance of which keeps our joints in good working order.

The body cannot replenish normal levels of this cartilage wonder drug through the intake of normal dietary habits as it simply does not exist in our food chain even though it is an amino sugar. However where it can be sourced is in the shells of crustaceans like shellfish, crabs and shrimp.

What Is Glucosamine? Benefits And Healthy Joints

Glucosamine Benefits For Healthy Joints In Older People

However at some point Glucosamine creation and the development of cartilage drops off in most people, leaving the onset of arthritis, osteoarthritis and temporomandibular joint problems to plague the older generation.

It is believed and it is also prescribed by physicians, that Glucosamine from shell fish as a top up orally and through the delivery of a Glucosamine tablets. That the result is a stimulant to faster fibrotic articular tissue healing and a foundation drug to better motivate a healthy cartilage environment.

The intake of such a vital component of the body is also thought to act as a natural anaesthetic, although it is not classed as such.  Further glucosamine benefits point to it offering relief and acting as an anti inflammatory within joints, in effect suppressing pain. However what is actually believed to happen, is the creation of healthier cartilage and therefore less pain in joints.

Different Glucosamine Supplements As Nutritional Aids

There are a variety of different Glucosamine supplements at HealthSpark and below we briefly review, what each may offer.

Buy Glucosamine Tablets In Our Cheap Glucosamine Sale

You can currently buy Glucosamine capsules at a cheaper price in our Joint Health Sale which is running for a limited period.

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Nov 17 2013

Should Businesses Get Active In Employee Weight Loss?

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There is surely an EU law suit awaiting the Business that deploys the ideas from this article in the wrong manner. However if ushered out correctly both employee and employer should benefit greatly from a combined effort.

I read recently that companies in Florida are tackling Obesity head on, for a variety of reasons with discounted gym memberships and money off weight loss programs. The main one being that health care costs can be driven down dramatically if their staff are healthier. Also absenteeism can be vastly reduced if employees aren’t off ill every other week.

A healthy body is an healthy mind but for a business that also equates to a healthy profit, if the work force is in the right frame of mind and equipped with the body to see out their daily tasks.

Now of course no one is about to suggest any discrimination should occur in the work place, quite the opposite. Any program that seeks to assist an employee in losing weight should only be offered and not enforced. The benefits of an employer seeking to make their employees more fit and healthy should only be seen as a plus.

Florida And England Have A Lot In Common – Can UK Business Learn?

While the article in the Orlando Sentinel is focused on company health care costs which form a part of any American employment scheme and of course the UK has the NHS which offsets any nominal company offering.

And while America may seem a different planet at times to that of the British way of life. The dietary aspects of both populations are similar in comparison, so too is the cost to business and employers.

In Florida, the sunshine state, they consider that 25% of residents are obese and that the cost of such an unstable health condition costs the state a phenomenal $6.6 billion. Contrast that to England and the Government reports that at least 61.3% of England’s adult population are overweight or obese and this costs the UK tax payer £5 billion a year.

Corporate manager of prevention and wellness for Orlando Health, Lee A. O’Donnell said “Every employer, regardless of size, should support employees interested in improving their health through personal weight loss.”

“Companies should provide opportunities, not obstacles. Employees weighing in on the heavier side are more frequently absent, get injured more, can potentially be less productive and tend to cost more in health-care.”

Can Business Help Do What Government And The Nanny State Is Loathed To Do?

In the UK Members of Parliament have certainly indicated that they would love to be more tough on those people who seek to harm themselves through being overweight, smoking and drinking excessively.

Tax fat people more for flying, make people who drink or smoke pay to use the NHS and so many other ideas. However if businesses and employers were pro-active in the UK, perhaps half the battle can be won in the work place!

In America, with statistics gleamed from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 62% of public companies, 34% of non profits and 25% of  private companies offer weight loss programs to their employees. Are the stats as high in the UK I wonder? Probably not, due to the backbone of most people’s health being a reliance on the NHS, leaving businesses healthcare cost free.

But the burden is also on a company when an employee takes time off work due to being ill. NHS costs can be translated as taxes on businesses also. Can British business help keep the British population fit and healthy through discounted gym memberships, weight loss programs and even perhaps offering nutritional supplements to fight weight gain or help weight loss?

Should Business Offer Free Weight Loss Supplements & Gym Memberships?

I feel the answer is yes. Obesity leads to tiredness and contracting illnesses more frequently. Smokers and drinkers are also contributory in an employer needing to find cover when a staff member goes AWOL for a few days.

It would be great to see a government incentive that asks business to get involved in the battle of the bulge. A few such ways could include:

  • Discounted gym memberships – organise office meetings and exercise sessions
  • Dance exercise parties in the morning – go Japanese
  • Discounted weight loss programs – human nature is contagious
  • Change diet offerings in the staff canteen
  • Free nutritional supplements in the canteen for staff with full information distributed and an advisor on hand
  • Company incentives to fight absenteeism, weight gain and to promote a healthier lifestyle – some of which can be funded by government incentives.

While the make up of the UK’s health care system is wholly different to America’s burden of responsibility with regards to business paying health care costs for employees. That’s not reason alone to shun such a concept that could well reduce taxes in the UK and make the work place, which is where most of us spend our time, an area which helps employees and the nation stay healthy.

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