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 Senior Nutritionist Alex Shalet
BSc (Hons) in conjunction with the Nutri Centre.
Q. My husband and
I still enjoy a close relationship but the physical side has
dwindled. We both find ourselves lacking in energy sometimes and
my husband’s libido is not what it was. It’s getting us down a
bit so can you suggest what we can do to revive things?
A. Maca is an
Andean root vegetable extract often called ‘Peruvian ginseng’,
used back to the time of Incas for men’s sexual health. It
appears to improve both libido and sexual performance without
changing serum reproductive hormone levels. This means it can be
safely used by men with normal testosterone levels, unlike
testosterone therapies, which have been linked to an increased
risk of prostate cancer in normal men.
These benefits have been confirmed in human scientific trials;
in one study a test group of fifty-six 21-56 year old healthy
men were assessed using a self reporting subjective measure over
a twelve week period – and reported a 42.2% increase in sexual
desire. Importantly, it appears to have none of the side effects
associated with Viagra™ and testosterone therapy.
Maca is a nutritional powerhouse containing high levels of amino
acids including L-Arginine, which is known to increase blood
vessel dilation which contributes a beneficial effect for those
with erectile dysfunction. Calcium makes up 10% of Maca’s
mineral count -which also includes magnesium, iron, potassium,
phosphates, silica, and traces of iodine. Vitamins found in Maca
include thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2) and vitamin C.
Maca belongs to a class of herbs that herbalists refer to as
adaptogens. These optimise body function in a non-specific way,
allowing improved adaptation to stress. The effect of Maca is
most evident on the endocrine system of the body, helping to
tonify amongst other things the adrenal glands, hypothalamus and
pituitary. By supporting these glands it is able to optimise
their functioning, resulting in enhanced energy and libido.
Q I've quit smoking as a New Year’s resolution but in the
last few weeks have found myself eating more and putting on
weight. Is there anything that can suppress my appetite?
smoking can cause changes in eating habits and people find that
they eat more because their appetite increases, food replaces
the hand to mouth behaviour that is associated with smoking. Try
to get more active - walk instead of driving or taking the bus
and use the stairs instead of the lift when possible. This will
not only increase the amount of exercise you do which will help
with weight management but also alter your routine to break the
association of smoking with certain times of day or places. If
you miss having something in your mouth, try toothpicks, or
carrot or celery sticks not sugary and fatty foods and calorific
We tend to have food cravings when blood sugar levels fall.
Often a vicious cycle develops when we have too much sugary food
which causes a rapid rise in blood sugar swiftly followed by a
crash and the desire for more of the same food. A good
supplement for stabilising blood sugar levels is the mineral
Chromium. Chromium is even more effective when taken as part of
a complex of nutrients. These complexes often contain magnesium,
B – vitamins and zinc.
Lamberts Chromium Complex provides all these ingredients in a
one a day formula. Also cut down on stimulants like coffee and
alcohol which may also have a psychological association with
smoking. But drink plenty of fluids - keep a glass of water or
fruit juice by you and sip it steadily.
Rio Health Peruvian Maca costs ?15.99 for 90
Chromium Complex by Lamberts ?9.95 for 60 tabs
All products are available from The Nutri Centre at
or by ‘phone on 0207 436 5122 where you can also get free advice
from a qualified nutritionist.
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'
herbs in the UK?
a nutritionist employed by Bioforce, manufacturer of the
UK’s best-selling range of fresh herbal remedies, names
her favourite herbs.
Atrogel Arnica Gel has quickly made arnica one of the UK’s
best-selling herbs, here as a gel to soothe stiff joints and
aching muscles. The Gel is made from freshly harvested,
organically cultivated Arnica flower tincture.
Devil’s Claw or Harpagophytum is valued for its
anti-inflammatory properties which make it a popular and
effective herbal remedy for problems such as rheumatism,
arthritis and sports injuries.
Echinaforce is more popular than ever, since scientists have at
last agreed that it definitely does help in the annual fight
against colds and flu.
Ginkgo biloba is also known as the memory tree and is one of the
world’s oldest medicinal herbs. It improves arterial circulation
to the extremities and the brain.
The Aesculus range of tinctures, tablets and gel are made from
the fruit of the horse chestnut, perhaps more familiar as
conkers. Aesculus is beneficial for varicose veins.
Also known as St John’s Wort, Hypericum is traditionally used
for relief of mild to moderate depression, including SAD.
Milk Thistle’s benefits for the liver mean it’s especially
popular over the festive season to help with over-indulgence and
in the spring to support detoxing.
Salvia or Sage is helpful when women approach the menopause. A.Vogel
Menosan relieves hot flushes and is an excellent gargle for sore
throats, which is why it may also be found in the new Echinacea
A.Vogel Prostasan is made from the berries of Saw Palmetto, a
herb which is clinically proven to be as effective for prostate
problems as pharmaceutical preparations. It is the only licensed
medicine available without prescription for BHP or enlarged
This combination of Valerian root and unpollinated hops is very
good for helping with sleep problems as it is fast-working and
doesn’t cause drowsiness on waking.