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Natural Solutions
                                   August 2006



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.



Q: I have been advised that I am osteopaenic in both the lumbar spine and arms. I have been unable to have cows’ milk products for 20 years, but do have some goat and sheep milk products. When I have tried calcium tablets in the past they have made me so unwell that I could not continue with them. Can you advise me of a calcium supplement that might be more acceptable to my system. I do eat broccoli, seeds etc. but obviously this is no longer enough.




A: You have several options. Avoid foods that leach calcium - fizzy drinks, acidic foods, which can also affect bone density. Aim for a ratio of 20/80 acidic/alkaline foods. How to achieve this? Load up on fruits and vegetables - raw or steamed - reduce roasting and avoid microwaves. Herbal teas, melon, live goats yoghurt, millet, amaranth and quinoa are particularly alkalizing, so have plenty of these. Avoid spinach, chard and rhubarb as they can block calcium absorption.

Some people find calcium carbonate difficult to digest, and this form of calcium is commonly found in calcium supplements. It is poorly absorbed, and better replaced by a bio-available form, such as calcium citrate - calcium citrate capsules by Allergy Research Group.

You can back this up with Calmag amino acid chelate by Nature's Plus. Also, consider incorporating calcium-rich foods tahini and kale in your diet.


Q: I'm having problems with rosacea but can't take the antibiotics that might help. Also, various prescribed ointments and gels haven't worked. Can you recommend anything that I could try?



A: There are certain nutrients that are particularly effective for acne rosacea. I would suggest you take a vitamin B supplement which is good for the skin, and also useful for reducing stress which can exacerbate acne rosacea. Vitamin A 25,000ius by Vitamin Research products will be useful. You can reduce this dosage to 7,500ius after two months.

Rosa Mosqueta is a rosehip oil that you can apply to your skin. Rich in essential fatty acids (EFA), necessary constituents of cell membranes, it will help to reduce inflammation and restore balance.

Finally, a lack of stomach acid can be an inflammatory factor of this condition, so you can take one and a half teaspoons of apple cider vinegar daily. Try to reduce spicy and hot foods and drinks which can also exacerbate the condition.



Calcium citrate capsules by Allergy Research Group,

?13.89 for180 capsules.

Vitamin A 25,000iu 100 gels by Allergy Research Group,


Rosa Mosqueta, by Rio Trading,

?9.99 for 20ml, ?23.99 for 60ml.



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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