For the Grown Ups

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Good nutrition and a good quality of life go hand in hand (1,2) A healthy well balanced diet, enough exercise and a few helpful supplements could help you live a healthy active life. (1) We have compiled a list of foodstate supplements that could be used proactively to help you live a healthier and more active life now and as you grow older.

Antioxidant Formula: As the body ages, its processes change and slows down. Our metabolisms and blood circulation start to slow down, leading to health issues. (3,4) Waste products are staying in the body for longer as a result and leads to an excess of free radicals building up in the body, which speeds up the ageing process by damaging the body’s cells. (5)

What are “Free Radicals”? (5)

Free radicals are unstable electrically charged molecules in the body, which are formed during the natural chemical reactions in our bodies, and lead to oxidative stress and cell damage. Which in turn contribute to many diseases. We all have free radicals in our bodies, and the micronutrients essential to fighting off their effects, cannot be made by the body, making supplementing with an antioxidant so important. Antioxidants neutralises these free radicals and prevent them from causing harm to the body. Vitamins A, C and E, as well as Zinc, are important micronutrients that help protect the body against the damage caused by free radicals. (5,6)

Selenium Complex: Selenium is a trace element that is often ignored but is very important to the normal functioning of the body. It is also an antioxidant that helps fight illness, maintains the immune system and regulates thyroid function. (6)

Vitamin B Complex: Vitamin B deficiency is common – with one in every five people suffering from it, and those over the age of 50 are more at risk, because of them developing intestinal conditions which affects the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. (7) Vitamin B12 has to be ingested regularly because the body doesn’t make it. (8) The B vitamins assist in red blood cell production, convert food into energy, maintain brain function, cell metabolism and digestion. (6-8)

Zinc Complex with Copper: Zinc is required for the maintenance of a healthy immune system. (6) Your body cannot make or store zinc, so regular ingestion is necessary. A deficiency of this element leads to problems like diarrhoea, hair loss and a compromised immune function. (9) Copper is needed for nerve function, bone growth, and to help your body utilise sugar and iron. A lack of copper in your body will lead to weak bones. (10) You need a supplement that can give you the ideal zinc:copper ratio for you to get the benefit of both elements.

Calcium + Magnesium FormulaCalcium is the most abundant mineral in your body and gets absorbed into your body with the help of magnesium and vitamin D. (11) It is also essential for healthy bones and teeth, to regulate muscle contractions and help the blood clot normally. (11) As we grow older, calcium may be reabsorbed back into the body from the bones leading to a weakening of the bone tissue, leaving bones brittle and fragile – leading to a condition known as osteoporosis. (2,11) Osteoporosis may also come about in those who do not receive enough calcium over an extended period of time. (11)

Magnesium is important to the normal processes of your body, as it helps to regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure. (6,12) It is also useful in oxygen uptake, energy production and to maintain a healthy electrolyte balance in the body. (13)

Vitamin D helps the body absorb Calcium and plays a major role in maintaining a healthy level of Calcium in the blood, which helps build and keep bones strong. (6,11,14)

Help your bones stay healthy and strong with foodstate’s Calcium + Magnesium Formula,or foodstate’s Joint Formula.

Vitamin C Complex: Vitamin C is essential for the formation of collagen, which is needed to heal wounds the repair bones and teeth. It is also an antioxidant, helps your body to maintain healthy tissue and to absorb iron. (6,15,16)

Omega-3 Formula: Omega-3 is an important group of essential fatty acids, which is divided into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). (17) These acids are not produced by our bodies, so it is important to consume them as part of your daily diet or as a supplement. Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in reducing the risk of heart disease in adults. (17) Deficiency of this element may occur in people who do not eat fish, so if you don’t eat fish, it might be a good idea to use a supplement with both EPA and DHA, to help you maintain good health.

Multivitamin + Mineral Formulations

When you eat a healthy balanced diet, you will consume all the vitamins and minerals you will need on a daily basis. (18) However, this is not always possible. Our food choices as adults are sometimes very limiting and as we grow older we may even develop intestinal problems, which limits our bodies’ ability to absorb nutrients from food. (19) This results in deficiencies of many major nutrients our bodies need to sustain our good health and vitality.

Foodstate has a Multivitamin + Mineral range in three different formulations, each aimed at helping you maintain good health:

Foodstate’s range of vitamin and mineral supplements with its breakthrough foodstate technology is beneficial to everyone in the family, because it presents vitamins and minerals in a form that the body can recognise, absorb and use!

Further Reading

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