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Natural Solutions
                           May 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.



Liver Spots


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 develop them.

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

Hair Loss

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 and cabbage).

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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