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Natural Solutions
                           January 2007



Nutri Centre’s Q & A section 

Suppliers of complementary medicine, Nutri Centre (now offering their range of products in a number of larger Tesco stores), are providing laterlife visitors with the opportunity to ask questions on health issues.  

The Q & As are produced by Jo Rawlinson in conjunction with the Nutri Centre. Jo is a trained complementary health practitioner who regularly works with and writes on behalf of the Nutri Centre.




  My husband has been diagnosed with early Alzheimers. Are there any supplements that might help delay progression or ease symptoms of the disease?

A:    I am sorry to hear of your husband’s diagnosis of this cruel disease.
There have been some recent scientific developments that you may find helpful.

Scientists have now developed powerful scanning technology to enable clinicians to detect and plot the progress of Alzheimer’s. This indicates certain measures taken could minimise and retard its brain-destroying effects.

Research shows a balanced diet along with regular physical and mental exercise and combined with certain supplements can slow down the progress of the disease. Your husband should take Ginkgo Biloba, Omega 3 and Folic Acid.

Controlled studies show Omega 3 fatty acids help maintain mental acuity, improving memory and concentration. Similarly, Ginkgo demonstrably aids blood flow to the brain, for improved memory, whilst Folic Acid, taken daily, will improve general brain function.

*Do not use Ginkgo biloba if already taking anticoagulant or blood pressure medication

Q: Please help me to overcome my awful mood swings! I’m well past the menopause, so can’t think it’s hormonal, but every morning I wake up in a vile mood. I feel better after my first coffee, but then slump mid-morning, and then after lunch and again at tea time.

A:   What you describe is likely to be severe fluctuations in blood sugar glucose levels. It’s quite a common problem, largely due to excess carbohydrates in the diet. Stimulants like tea, coffee and refined sugar can all rapidly elevate blood sugar levels, followed by the slump experienced as a bad mood. Caffeine stimulates adrenaline release, in turn raising blood sugar levels.

You need to start with dietary changes to help regulate your blood sugar levels. Avoid refined sugars, and be sure to combine a little protein, fibre and carbohydrate at each mealtime.

Breakfast could be unsweetened yoghurt with fresh fruit, or poached eggs on rye toast, either of which will provide slow, steady glucose release and consistent energy source. Eat small, frequent meals to avoid wild fluctuations and a small snack at night-time – fruit and cottage cheese, for example – will also regulate blood sugar levels throughout the night.

Biotics Research makes a suitable combination supplement, Glucobalance. It contains anti-stress B vitamins, antioxidants (A, C and E vitamins), chromium, selenium, magnesium and zinc. Take two at breakfast, and two again at bedtime, to work overnight, leaving you in fresh humour first thing.


Omega 3 1000mg (fish oil), Higher Nature, from ?7.30 for 90 Capsules
Folic Acid 400mcg, Lamberts, ?3.75 for 100 tablets
Lamberts High Strength Ginkgo Biloba ?11.95 for 90 tablets
Glucobalance by Biotics Research Corporation, ?25.04 for 90 capsules



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The information above is provided by the Nutri Centre. Laterlife cannot endorse any information presented and recommends that you consult your doctor if in doubt about any medication or health-related matter.

* Please note questions cannot be answered personally but will be selected for inclusion in future editions of 'Natural Solutions'


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