With Great Nutrition

28 Nov 2020 no comments Paul

It was previously thought that supplementing our diets with calcium was sufficient to support bone health, but we’re now discovering that it’s not as simple as that. Our bodies require a whole collection of macro and micronutrients, as well as having distinct biochemical and physical movement requirements in order to maintain bone health(1).

In addition to weight bearing exercise, adequate management of stress levels and balanced hormones, there are some key dietary requirements which include: 

  1. Adequate mineral intake (Including calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, manganese, and boron) (2),(3)
  2. Fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K) (4),(5),(6),(7)
  3. Water-Soluble vitamins (particularly B vitamins and vitamin C) (8),(9),(10),(11)
  4. Amino acids (12),(13),(14)
  5. Essential fatty acids (15),(16),(17)

Today’s diet and lifestyle leaves many people lacking in key bone supporting nutrients and it is becoming increasingly necessary to ‘top up’ our nutrition. Our  wholefood Spirulina contains an impressive variety of some of the key nutrients, known to be needed for bone health and may help to close the gap in making sure you are getting your essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids on a daily basis (18),(19).

Vitamin K 

One of the nutrients in Spirulina that is attracting a lot of research attention in the world of bone health is vitamin K. In the past the role of vitamin K in maintaining bone health has gone unrecognised, but we are now discovering that it is one of the key compounds in bone health (20).

Vitamin K  may prove difficult to supplement effectively, as there are various forms that are known to be needed. Consuming a diet that contains different varieties and pre-cursors for this key vitamin seems to be the best way to go in ensuring a balanced and adequate intake. 

Raw and ALIVE, not powdered!

Spirulina is a great way of plugging gaps in your nutrition, through providing a diverse array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. Our Spirulina is a whole, raw and living food, that has been laboratory tested to ensure that it does not contain harmful levels of pathogens, or contaminants.

Order HERE and quote BONEHEALTH for a 5% discount on your first order.

References:

  1. https://theros.org.uk/information-and-support/bone-health/nutrition-for-bones/vitamins-minerals-and-nutrients/ 
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3330619/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17092827/#:~:text=The%20process%20of%20bone%20formation,D%2C%20potassium%2C%20and%20fluoride
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4810759/
  5. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/vitamin-a-and-your-bones
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566462/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6471965/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4446754/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5133110/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425139/
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4833003/
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4832262/#:~:text=On%20the%20basis%20of%20previous,of%20osteoporosis%20and%20higher%20BMD 
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4832262/ 
  14. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28686536/ 
  15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7046483/
  16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5754356/
  17. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3834626/
  18. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/spirulina
  19. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/509/1/012031 
  20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5726210/

New Spirulina Research

12 May 2020 no comments Paul

Recent research points the way toward a practical nutraceutical strategy for coping with RNA virus infections including influenza and coronavirus

Philadelphia, February 24, 2020

In a compelling article in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, published by Elsevier, Mark McCarty of the Catalytic Longevity Foundation, San Diego, CA, USA, and James DiNicolantonio, PharmD, a cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO, USA, propose that certain nutraceuticals may help provide relief to people infected with encapsulated RNA viruses such as influenza and coronavirus.

Both influenza and coronavirus cause an inflammatory storm in the lungs and it is this inflammatory storm that leads to acute respiratory distress, organ failure, and death. Certain nutraceuticals may help to reduce the inflammation in the lungs from RNA viruses and others may also help boost type 1 interferon response to these viruses, which is the body’s primary way to help create antiviral antibodies to fight off viral infections.

The authors draw attention to several randomized clinical studies in humans that have found that over the counter supplements such as n-acetylcysteine (NAC), which is used to treat acetaminophen poisoning and is also used as a mucus thinner to help reduce bronchitis exacerbations, and elderberry extracts, have evidence for shortening the duration of influenza by about two to four days and reducing the severity of the infection. The authors also note several nutraceuticals such as spirulina, beta-glucan, glucosamine, and NAC have either been found to reduce the severity of infection or to cut the rate of death in half in animals infected with influenza. Furthermore, one clinical study in humans testing spirulina noted significant reductions in viral load in those infected with HIV.

“Therefore, it is clear that certain nutraceuticals have antiviral effects in both human and animal studies. Considering that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and treatments for influenza are limited, we welcome further studies to test these nutraceuticals as a strategy to help provide relief in those infected with encapsulated RNA viruses.”
commented Dr. DiNicolantonio.

“Considering the recent interests directed at serious viral infections, especially coronavirus and influenza, this material should be of interest to specialists in cardiovascular diseases but also to a wide range of clinicians outside of our typical readership.”
Editor-in-Chief of Progress Cardiovascular Diseases Carl “Chip” Lavie, MD, Ochsner Clinical School-The University of Queensland School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA,

Full article “Nutraceuticals have potential for boosting the type 1 interferon response to RNA viruses including influenza and coronavirus,” is available here and published in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases published by Elsevier.

Put our Fresh Spirulina on your Vegan shopping list

25 Nov 2019 no comments Paul

If you are thinking about making the switch to a Vegan diet or already follow one currently why not make our nutrient-rich Spirulina part of the meal plan.

Take a look at the wide range of benefits regular consumption can provide.

Why not give our Spirulina Subscription a try today.

Check out the full recommendation on republicworld.com

The recovery benefits of adding spirulina into your diet

18 Jul 2019 no comments Paul

Because of spirulina’s high source of protein, it’s a great product to add to your post-workout snack.

Spirulina is so dense in nutrients that NASA has calculated that one kilogram of spirulina contains just as many nutrients as a thousand kilograms of fruits and vegetables.

Read the full article in the Triathlon Magazine

Katies Winter Favourites

03 Feb 2019 no comments Paul

One of our great friends, Katie Kookaburra has been working with us for a while to give us some feedback on our Fresh Spirulina. If you love your cycling and keeping fit her channel is worth a look.

Check it out here.

See what she had to say in the video below.

Immune Support Through Great Nutrition

22 Nov 2018 no comments Teri

Power up your immune system with great nutrition.

I’m a big supporter of giving my body what it needs, to allow it to function optimally. There are many foods, herbs, supplements and homemade potions I make this time of year for keeping my body and immune system in top condition.

My winter immune plan

Elderberry Juice

My first go to for winter is homemade elderberry juice. Just a teaspoon of this three times a week tops me up with antiviral and anti-oxidant goodness. Scientific studies on the commercial product Sambucol  have proven the anti-viral effects of elderberries, so science now validates what our ancestors have known all along. If you don’t have access to your own homemade syrups, then Sambucol, (available in most stores is a handy go to).

Echinacea Extract

My next immune system cheerleader is a six week course of Echinacea extract (not recommended for children), as this increases the number of immune cells and primes the immune system to eliminate infections before they take hold. We don’t ‘challenge’ our immune systems like we used to, owing to more sanitary conditions and washed foods, so it’s supportive to use an immune stimulant like Echinacea.

Vitamin C

My absolute, couldn’t be without, life saving supplement is vitamin C. I take a controlled release preparation of 1000mg twice daily as well as eating vitamin C rich foods such as spinach, broccoli, and kale. Vitamin C is crucial to our immune function and kills many pathogens. We have the genes to produce vitamin C, but they are switched off and dormant. During an infection or times of stress, animals produce much larger amounts, however…..we can’t. So whenever I’m stressed out, or heading into ‘cold’ season  I up my dose.

Vitamin D

This is not really a vitamin at all and is actually a master hormone that is involved intricately with most functions in the body. This includes bone health, hormone regulation and  immune function. There is much controversy over dosage, so I would advise checking with your healthcare professional to see what doses you personally need. I take 1000 units per day, but my Vitamin D levels are good, (as I eat lots of foods rich in vitamin D and get out in the Sun a lot with growing my own food).Most people will need more, but in high doses it can cause problems with calcium, if there is not adequate Vitamin K being consumed in the diet.

Biodiversity is always at the core of all my nutritional choices

I make sure I include as much biodiversity in my diet as possible throughout the year, but during the winter months I really go to town and add in loads of herbal teas, particularly green tea, berry teas and lemon balm leaves.

MY BEST  IMMUNE SUPPORT SAVED FOR LAST……

My best nutritional support is the Worlds most nutrient dense food…..raw  unprocessed Spirulina . The reason I choose to eat Spirulina on a daily basis is that it contains a powerhouse of compounds incomparable to anything else I have ever  researched. I have written a very brief overview of the benefits below, ( all of which support optimal immune function):

Spirulina Nutrients That Support A Healthy Immune System:

  • Phycocyanin – is an extremely powerful anti-oxidant, capable of supporting the activity of superoxide dismutase and catalase as well as reducing the effect of free radicals. It also contains a huge complex of other powerful anti-oxidants.
  • Calcium-Spirulan – has antiviral properties scientifically validated against a range of viral infections through interfering with viral RNA injection into the host cell
  • Gamma linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that is very hard to obtain from the diet usually. This helps to regulate the immune system and keep inflammation in check.
  • Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EHA and DHA) – anti-inflammatory
  • B-Vits – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 as well as Vitamin A, E, C, K
  • 70% protein, the protein in Spirulina is a complete protein, so it gives your body every amino acid it needs. The immune system needs good doses of protein to keep immune cell production at it’s optimal.
  • Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium,Zinc,Copper, Manganese, Selenium

where I get my RAW, quality assured, Spirulina from….

It’s not hard to see why, after over a decade of looking into what constitutes a healthy diet, I was super excited about including Spirulina in my nutritional plan. But what didn’t excite me was the powdered, processed stuff that tastes terrible and runs the risk of quality assurance issues. Powdered stuff just doesn’t provide the level of bioavailability, phycocyanin and fatty acids that I are possible with the raw version.

I found a way to get a laboratory tested, quality assured supply of fresh raw Spirulina that has very little taste or smell….. here’s the link to where you can get it HERE

Look after yourself this winter and remember to load up with extra vitamin C and nutrients during the hectic festive period to keep yourself ready to fight off any bugs.

Advisory note

As with all changes to diet and with taking supplements, always check with your healthcare provider (your GP or regular Pharmacist), that it is safe for you to go ahead.

Be The Boss of Your Life

19 Nov 2018 no comments Teri

In this blog I want to share a bit about my story, why I am the boss of my life and how I keep up with myself!

It’s been a hectic year, as I’ve totally renovated a house from top to bottom,  putting up with no kitchen for several months and cooking out of a table top oven in my lounge. We have been the source of much gossip in our village and our goings on seem to be the most interesting thing happening, (judging by the rubber necking that goes on). My favourite moment by far was sitting in our blue and white striped garden reclining chairs in our lounge,  as the neighbours looked on in horror. Then a very close second was when we discovered we had earnt the title in our village of ‘the house with the curtains’.  I laughed so hard because we really did deserve this title, after using bed sheets as curtains for the past year with no curtain poles. The third moment was when my electrician rang me at work on the first day of works and anxiously asked if I was prepared for some bad news, I said yes, (but inside was thinking ‘no’)…….before he explained that the plaster had ‘fallen’ off the wall and the fireplace had near enough fallen over. I laughed as I knew it was going to be a tricky build, as the house is old. The electrician said, good your laughing, that’s a good sign, that’s a really good sign.

Laughter, good health and energy get me through most challenges

It’s taken big doses of humour, tolerance and quick thinking to live in the house, maintain our lives and come out the other side, grateful for the experience and the end result. I am now tasked with decorating and it’s a tedious old job that I’m not the biggest fan of.  After spending the day filling, sanding and painting today, it got to midnight and I wanted to catch up with some paperwork. I went to wash up my paint brushes and rollers, which usually takes me forever, (I’m a stickler for clean brushes and rollers), but I stopped myself. I remembered a trick my Dad had used where he wrapped his paint brushes/rollers in an airtight bag, so they could be used to re-coat the paintwork the next day.  I thought I’m going to do that and save myself some time. It brought to mind the importance of optimising our choices in life to make best use of our time and energy.

Make use of all your resources – value your time

Life is so hectic today, there’s so many plates to spin, that effective management of your key resource ‘time’ is essential. It’s the reason I use raw Spirulina daily as a way to fill all gaps in my nutrition (and to keep me powered for longer).

I will be up super early in the morning to get on with another coat of paint, to make sure I make the most of my day. My energy levels and ability to manage several projects are most certainly attributed to my diet and the super-dose of nutrition I get from Raw Spirulina. It’s the results I got from Raw Spirulina that saw me jumping on board with the company to get this product ‘out there’ for everyone to really benefit from.

Just one shot of Spirulina per day is one of the ways that allows me to declare that I am the boss of my life.

Get the food of The Boss here

Let us know how you make the most of your time and energy, we’d love to hear from all you Bosses out there.

Happy World Vegan Day

01 Nov 2018 one comment Teri

Let’s celebrate with the oldest known sea vegetable…..

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Every year on the 1st of November, people that have adopted a vegan lifestyle celebrate World Vegan Day and share their passion with fellow vegans, or those whom are just curious about making the leap.

It offers vegans the opportunity to celebrate and share their fulfilment in finding a lifestyle that feels great to them. People choose veganism for a whole number of reasons, namely that it’s better for the planet to eat more vegetables and less meat, it reduces unnecessary cruelty and suffering and there also appear to be health benefits, if the right nutrient intake is maintained.

At pure foods fresh, we have been on our own journey to discover how we can do our bit to help the planet maintain food supplies without destroying the environment. Our mission is to ensure people have access to the most nutrient dense and sustainably grown food on the planet in its raw and unprocessed form…..Spirulina.

The super thing about our Spirulina when it comes to supporting vegans is that is made from 70% protein and is a complete protein source, (it contains all the essential amino acids). It is also rich in iron, to support building healthy blood cells.

What’s even more fabulous about our raw unprocessed Spirulina is that it is over 95% bioavailable and requires very little digestion due to it’s very delicate cell wall

We are super excited to be supporting people in the UK and Europe to maintain great health through great nutrition and even more excited that we can do it in a way that supports the environment and all dietary choices.

Order your Spirulina here and make sure you are getting all the protein and nutrients you need in one convenient daily shot of the worlds oldest and most nutrient dense food.

https://purefoodsfresh.co.uk/products/

Sssssh……My Little Secret (it’s raw)

22 Oct 2018 no comments Teri

My Little Secret  – It’s Not What You’re Doing That’s Holding You Back!!

I had a brilliant life altering insight the other day, it makes a great lifestyle SO MUCH EASIER!

Because I know that we’re all looking for ways to get the most out of life, I’m sharing my little secret with you…..a quick hint it’s ‘RAW’.

My insight allowed me to understand that it’s not what I’m doing that’s holding me back……It’s what I am  NOT doing.

What I have to do is ADD IN the things that will improve my lifestyle. Let’s look at exercise as an example….I don’t need to worry about the fact that every morning, I have pressed the snooze button and skipped my morning jog. I don’t need to feel guilty and beat myself up based on my actions. Instead I can focus on what exercise I CAN add in to my day if i’ve missed the morning slot. Bingo! Now instead of telling myself how s*#t I am, I can move on to what I CAN do.

NO WILLPOWER NECESSARY

The next example is nutrition, we all know how hard it is to make dietary changes for the better. If i’m too strict and change my diet too quickly, my willpower won’t see me through a day. My solution is  not to take anything out of my diet, but instead to add healthy stuff in.

The magic here is that as I started to add healthier foods in, I automatically ate less of the rubbish stuff. I haven’t tried to cut stuff out, nor have I deprived myself and yet I’ve started eating better.

So, there is a way to make great changes in your life, without having to be so hard and exacting of yourself. There is a way to ALLOW your life to improve.

APPLY THIS TO YOUR LIFE

You can apply this to every area of your life, ask yourself what you’d like to improve……..then forget about what you do and ask yourself what is it you don’t do?

‘What is it you don’t do, that you could start doing in your life?’

My little secret is RAW Spirulina. To improve my diet, I didn’t cut anything out, I just added a shot of raw Spirulina into a smoothie each day. I naturally just stopped eating some of the rubbish because I simply didn’t want it…..no will power required.

The reason I added raw Spirulina is simple…..it is the most nutrient dense food on the planet. In terms of nutrients in my diet, it means I can get pretty much everything I need from adding in one simple thing.  How very awesome and easy is that!

So give yourself the nutrients you are not getting,  order some raw spirulina HERE and discover what my little secret will do for you!

PS: RAW SPIRULINA IS NOTHING LIKE POWDER. THERE IS BARELY ANY TASTE/SMELL AND THE NUTRIENT LEVELS ARE FAR HIGHER, WITH INCREDIBLE BIOAVAILABLITY AT OVER 95% ABSORPTION !!!!

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Food – Let’s Make Things Simple!

10 Oct 2018 one comment Teri

Here at Pure Foods Fresh, we believe in keeping things simple.

As a Pharmacist, I used to play the role of an accessible healthcare professional. I was frequently asked about what diet is the best for health. It is all too apparent that a one size fits all approach just doesn’t cut it anymore. What I have noticed, however, is that there is an underlying simple rule that cuts out all the complexity.

Eat as broad a range of foods as Nature makes them as possible, preferably locally and sustainably grown.

Leading by example

We at Pure Foods Fresh grow some of our own foods, buy from local producers and consume food as nature makes it. We avoid processed foods as much as possible and to top it off we consume RAW Spirulina each day. With the exceptional protein, omega 3, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and gamma-linoleic acid content coupled with the unrivaled bioavailability of raw Spirulina, we know we are making the best choice.

It’s really that simple! Eat food as Nature makes it and ensure you’ve plugged any gaps in nutrition with the help of the worlds most nutrient dense superfood – SPIRULINA…..get your simple goodness HERE.

As with any change in diet, please consult with your healthcare professional if you take medication, or if you have a medical condition.

Let us know how you get on with keeping things simple!