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.
NATURAL SOLUTI0NS May 2007
Q: I have brown spots on the backs of my hands and they
won’t go away. My mother began getting them in her 50s and now I
have them. I am very self conscious of my hands and always wear
gloves to cover them up when possible. I don’t know what causes
them, is it just age? Is there anything I can do or take to get
rid of them?
A: The spots you are describing are known as liver or age spots,
medically termed lentigos. They are like large freckles on the
backs of hands, measuring up to 1 inch in size. They are very
common after middle age and are caused by exposure to the sun
over many years. Many people have a hereditary predisposition to
Improving the liver function is also important to prevent and
manage skin conditions of any description, including liver
spots. The liver is the major filter of the blood, clearing it
of toxins that can build up in the system and create free
radicals which promote cell damage in the skin. The key to
keeping free radical production to a minimum is to consume foods
and supplements rich in antioxidants. The liver is the primary
organ in the body for disarming harmful oxidants, so eat plenty
of fresh fruit and vegetables, organic if possible, drink at
least 1.5 litres of water daily and have fibre-rich foods like
beans, whole grains such as brown rice and vitamin C (2g a day).
Your liver could also do with some support, as these spots can
be a sign that it’s not coping with its detoxification load. A
highly recommended supplement to give your liver a boost is Milk
Thistle complex which ensures that its daily tasks are carried
out and that it has the ability to rejuvenate itself. This
supplement not only protects the liver from toxins but it also
plays an important healing role, helping to repair liver cells
and promoting the regeneration of new cells.
Milk Thistle Complex by Biocare - ?17.65 for 90 Veg capsules
Q: I am a 58 year old man and have been suffering from hair loss
for some time now, but the last few months have got worse. I
have been suffering from stress recently and I don’t want to end
up bald. Are there any supplements that can help with excess
thinning and to prevent it from falling out?
A: Stress is at the root of many illnesses, and hair loss is no
exception to this. Your hair has a way of telling you if your
body is in balance. Premature hair loss in men is linked to
three things: hormones, circulation and nutrition. The body
makes the sex hormone testosterone and stress hormones from the
same raw material. Too much stress can upset the balance and
encourage hair loss.
Food rich in the B vitamins (green vegetables, whole grains,
peas and beans, fish, cheese and eggs), vitamin A (spinach,
broccoli, tomatoes parsnips and melons) and vitamin C (citrus
fruits, tomatoes and strawberries) are vital to the health and
well being of your hair and scalp, as are calcium rich foods
such as canned fish, cheese, yoghurt and oysters. Other minerals
that contribute to full rich hair are zinc (in mussels, nuts,
brewer's yeast, wheat germ and whole grains) iodine (in seafood,
sea salt and onions) and sulphur (in eggs, fish, garlic, onions
Most men are too rough with their hair; it’s better to use a
comb, not a brush and to avoid tightly fitting caps or hats.
Hair is more fragile when it’s wet, so handle it with care. Some
shampoos and conditioners can make your hair look thicker and
fuller, so seek professional advice from a good hairdresser.
An effective natural food supplement for the prevention of
thinning hair in men is Nourkrin Man. The results of a number of
studies carried out using Nourkrin show an improvement in 75% of
cases. Nourkrin was recently voted the leading brand for hair
loss by the European Medical Journal ECM. This product is
fortified with vitamins and is designed to supply your body with
the specific nutrients needed to promote good, natural hair
growth from the follicles.
The key ingredient is a protein compound of marine extracts,
including the cartilage of deep-sea fish. This is blended with
an organic, soluble silica and vitamin C. The product has been
recently reformulated to include new key ingredients - Omega 3
Fatty Acid and the natural herb, Fenugreek, to reduce the
miniaturisation of the hair follicles and to reduce the natural
transformation of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT),
which prevents nutrients reaching the hair follicle and inhibits
hair growth. Fenugreek is proven to reduce the DHT inhibitors,
increase the dilation of blood vessels to the scalp and improve
circulation and nutrient supply.
Nourkrin Man by Lifes2Good - ?49.95 for 60 Tablets
Paul Joseph studied at the University of Leeds where he took a
course in Broadcasting and Advertising. He has worked in the
West Indies at a leading spa resort where he developed a keen
interest in complementary therapies. He currently writes about a
wide range of natural health topics as part his work providing
information to the media on behalf of The Nutri Centre.
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medication or health-related matter.
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