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Natural Solutions
                           March 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 Paul Joseph in conjunction with the Nutri Centre.




Q:  My doctor has confirmed that I am in good health, but I often get a pain in my chest after eating. Is it heartburn, or indigestion? And what is the difference between the two?

A:  Heartburn is a burning pain in the front of the chest, behind the breastbone. It is often accompanied by discomfort when swallowing and also an acidic taste in the mouth when the sphincter (valve) joining the oesophagus (food pipe) relaxes when it shouldn’t, or becomes weak. When this happens, the stomach is not working properly and allows stomach acid to rise back up into the oesophagus.

Causes include overeating certain foods (fatty, spicy, caffeine, tomatoes), particularly before bedtime. Alcohol, smoking, restrictive clothing and excessive weight gain are also implicated.

Indigestion is a pain that occurs after eating in the upper abdomen or chest. It often comes with bloating, flatulence, belching and nausea. Causes include overeating and irregular mealtimes, improper chewing of food, stress, anxiety, alcohol, smoking and certain foods or drinks (fatty, spicy foods, oranges).

To prevent both, follow a few simple rules. Eat slowly and chew properly, sitting upright both during and after eating. Avoid trigger foods as above, reduce or quit smoking and drinking, avoid eating late at night. For heartburn, add the following to the list: sleep with an extra pillow, wear loose clothing and avoid lying down immediately after eating.

A good product for you to take is 'Ceasefire' by Vitamin Research.  It's formulated with DGL (deglycyrrizinated licorice) and mastic gum to alleviate ulcers, heartburn, indigestion and inflammatory bowel conditions. DGL helps to coat and protect the oesophagus, stomach and intestinal lining.

In a study of 120 patients with dyspepsia, after 4 weeks, 43.3% of those treated with a licorice-based herbal preparation reported complete relief of symptoms. Other randomised trials substantiate this effect. Ceasefire's other important ingredient, mastic gum, has been used for centuries by traditional healers for stomach upsets, ulcers and heartburn. Modern research supports its use to restore and maintain proper gastrointestinal and digestive function.

Q: My husband has a rather embarrassing problem for which he does not want to see the doctor: his libido and 'performance'. Are there any natural supplements that have a Viagra-like effect?

A: There is a supplement called Ashwa Sx, formulated with a herb called safed musli, often referred to as 'viagra without side effects'. It can help to boost libido, sperm and testosterone. It contains saponins and alkaloids. Two of the key saponins are hecogenin and stigmasterol, the latter being very similar in structure to testosterone.

This can consequently occupy the testosterone receptor sites (doorways to the cells) which can act like an aphrodisiac. Ashwa Sx also contains gokshur, a herb with a long history of use in Indian and Chinese medicines. This herb is valued for its ability to boost testosterone, by increasing secretion of luteinizing hormone produced by the pituitary gland which in turn stimulates the testes to produce more testosterone.

When given to laboratory rats, this herb increased blood flow to the muscles in the penis. Ashwaganda is also included in this supplement, a very well-documented aphrodisiac for improving impotency, stress, infertility and premature ejaculation.


Mastic Gum Ceasefire  -  by Vitamin Research Products

?19.95 for 60 wafers, or ?36.25 for 120


Ashwa Sx  - by Nutrition Herbs

?29.99 for 30 capsules




Nutricentre Discount for laterlife visitors


If you would like to ask a question, please send an email to

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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