Supplement Trends for 2016

From fashion to food, every New Year welcomes a selection of new trends and the world of supplements is no exception to this rule. Here’s a guide on what’s set to be hot for 2016 in the supplements industry:

Creatine and Amino Acid chains

Creatine is useful for boosting the intensity of a workout and improving performance so it will definitely be in vogue at the start of the New Year as people head back to the gym to lose their holiday weight. It works by increasing ATP production, which helps to transport energy to the muscles and maximise training. Creatine is especially beneficial during high intensity exercise, such as interval training, spinning and boxing, because it pushes the body to go that little bit further with each workout. Creatine Hybrid Matrix from the XFN range is a blend of 6 types of creatine that make it suitable for a varied training program that combines cardio with weights. Amino BCAA Pro is Creatine’s ideal partner because it helps to create and retain new muscle mass after exercise and speed up recovery.

Protein powders

Protein is vital for creating new muscle and fuelling the body, which is why many bodybuilders eat lots of lean meat, eggs and chicken. Whey protein, that’s mixed into a milkshake, is designed to increase the body’s strength, power, muscle recovery and performance. Protein powders that are made with soy are set to be very popular among vegan and vegetarian consumers in 2016.

Superfoods

If you love superfoods you’ll already be eating plenty of kale, raw cacao powder, goji berries and chia seeds but get ready to add some new superfoods to your grocery list in 2016, such as:

  1. Baobab fruit powder, which is derived from the fruit of an African tree, has excellent probiotic qualities that make it perfect for maintaining a healthy gut.
  2. The bitter Gubinge pear, which is high in Vitamin C, is ideal for adding a kick to cereals and smoothies.
  3. Gluten-free Teff grains that contain more calcium, iron, fibre and protein than wheat.

It’s fantastic if you can adjust your diet with supplements and superfoods to obtain all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. However, it’s also good to top your body up with general A-Z multivitamin’s to fill any nutritional holes that act as a safety net that guarantees that you’re getting everything you need with virtually zero leg work.

 

Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers

High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and dementia. However, it’s very common for hypertension to show no symptoms at all, which is why it’s described as ‘the silent killer’.

The only way to know if your blood pressure is in the normal range is to get a blood pressure test and this week is the ideal time to start because the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing event, Know Your Numbers!, is running across the UK. The charity event offers everyone the chance to get a free check at Pressure Stations at GP surgeries, gyms, leisure centres, malls and hospitals. This check will record one measurement for when your blood pressure is at its highest (known as systolic pressure) and one measurement for when it’s at its lowest (diastolic pressure). Together these two figures create your blood pressure reading.

A young healthy adult should have a blood pressure of around 120/80. If your reading shows 140/90 or higher it is likely you have hypertension and need to make some changes to your diet and lifestyle to help lower this. Taking 30 minutes of exercise five times a week, losing weight, reducing alcohol intake and eating less saturated fat and salt can all help to naturally lower your blood pressure. It can also be useful to reduce your stress levels as too much worry and anxiety can lead to physical ailments like chest pain, an irregular heart beat and rise in blood pressure.

A supplement such as Co-Enzyme Q10, which curbs cholesterol and supports cardiovascular function, can help to reduce blood pressure and fight against the oxidation process. Omega 3 Fish Oils, found in mackerel and fresh tuna, and essential fatty acids, found in Flaxseed Oil, are also ideal for stabilising the body’s cholesterol levels and in turn lowering the blood pressure.

If your reading shows 90/60 or lower you have low blood pressure, or hypotension. Hypotension can result in dizziness and fainting, and although it can be a sign of an underlying health condition, it is more likely the result of being active and healthy. A low blood pressure reading may also be the result of other factors such as; the time of day it was checked, whether or not you have just eaten, the temperature at the time and even how relaxed the body was during the check.

The bottom line is that it’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly so that you can detect any problems early on and make the relevant changes to your lifestyle. Why not visit a Pressure Station today and make sure you’re blood pressure is in the healthy range? It won’t cost you a penny but it might save your life.

Our Private Labelling Service

ParkAcre is one of the UK’s largest fully integrated contract manufacturers of Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements. We provide high quality ‘Private Label’ and ‘Own Label’ supplement manufacturing for  retailers small and large worldwide.

All our products are manufactured in our factory near Lincoln to meet guidelines of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GPM) and ISO 9001 certification, providing our clients with the highest quality products.

You can specify the ingredients, shape, size and quantity of your Vitamins, Minerals or Supplements, and choose from a range of packaging sizes, designs and materials to meet your needs. Then create your perfect label with the guidance of our design templates created by our in-house expert design team.

Private Labelling offers you custom solutions that fit the diverse needs of your business ultimately helping to  drive your brand forward, and take your business to the next level.

Contact us today to discuss your private label requirements, and to find out how the services we offer can help your business.

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Four Top Tips for Healthy Ageing

A dash of exercise, a dollop of healthy eating and a sprinkling of supplements make the perfect recipe for healthy ageing. Here are a few simple tips to help combat wrinkles, slow the onset of age-related diseases and prevent memory loss:

  1. Exercise the Stress Away

Exercising is a fantastic way to keep the body feeling and looking young. Regular activity that gets the blood pumping releases ‘happy chemicals’, called endorphins, into the body that help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Exercise also keeps the heart healthy, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease.

Lighter types of exercise, such as Pilates and Yoga, are especially kind on the joints, using only body weight to strengthen the core stomach muscles, lengthen the body and encourage a leaner figure. Any form of regular exercise boosts longevity and lowers the risk of contracting diseases like cancer, hypertension and dementia. Gentle walking, swimming and jogging are perfect options for cushioning the body.

Supplements, such as Vitamin D and Garlic are a great addition to exercise, as they reduce hypertension and aid in maintaining a healthy heart.

  1. Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight puts less pressure on the joints, helping to alleviate painful symptoms of arthritis and osteoporosis, which can be triggered by old age. Regular exercise such as walking is perfect for helping with weight management. Supplements such as Metabolism Formula are a handy tool to boost the metabolism, helping to manage weight more effectively.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating a balanced and varied diet will encourage healthy ageing. Fibre is important for maintaining and improving digestive health. Probiotics are the perfect supplement for warding off infections in the digestive system and maintaining a healthy gut.

Diet also plays an important role in skin health. Fish Oils help to keep skin looking soft and smooth, and can be found naturally in oily fish such as mackerel and fresh tuna, but can also be taken as a supplement alongside a balanced diet.

Flaxseed Oil, Soy Beans, Canola Oil, and Omega 3 Fish Oils can also improve memory function and slow the onset of Alzheimer’s.

  1. Antioxidants for Wrinkles and Circulation

Co Enzyme Q10 is a supplement that can be combined into a healthy diet to achieve healthy looking skin. This supplement is a common ingredient in many skin care products, and is a great antioxidant that reduces lines and wrinkles, improves blood circulation and encourages skin repair and regeneration. Plus it helps to neutralise harmful free radicals that trigger ageing, control blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels!

It’s important to invest in the health and wellbeing of the mind and body at an early age – even the smallest of changes to diet and exercise routines can have a positive effect over the years

Vitamin D supplements – everyone should take them!

Health experts are now recommending that everyone should be taking vitamin D supplements.

In the UK, we are at risk of becoming Vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight during our winter (and summer) months … and unlike many other vitamins, we do not get enough vitamin D from food.

Recent advice is mostly aimed towards ‘high risk’ groups such as children under 5, pregnant women and 65+ adults to take vitamin D tablets regularly. However, experts are now saying that vitamin D supplements result in health benefits for all. The National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence (NICE) has advised the NHS that vitamin D should be given more widely to prevent Vitamin D deficiency. This is also supported by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). Vitamin D deficiency can lead to serious health problems, such as rickets and brittle bones. Why take the risk?!

Here are four major health benefits of taking the supplement;

1. Staying Strong

Around 99% of the calcium in our bodies belongs inside of our bones and teeth but day-to-day we can lose this calcium through skin, hair, nails, sweat etc. but our bodies cannot produce new calcium. If we don’t get enough calcium for what our body needs it then begins to take it from our bones. Vitamin D plays an important role as it helps the body to absorb calcium and replace what has previously been lost. If you don’t get enough in your body you are more likely to develop bone deformities and diseases such as osteoporosis, osteomalacia and rickets.

2. During and After Pregnancy

It has been known that low levels of Vitamin D are common in pregnant women with a recent study showing that up to 90% of pregnancies were Vitamin D deficient. Low Vitamin D levels in childhood may cause excess thickening of the arterial lining leading to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases in adulthood. Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy has shown a slight, but significant increase in birth weight that can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in adults.

3. Cognitive Functions

Recent research results have shown the connection between older adults who are severely deficient in Vitamin D and the likelihood of developing dementia. It has been established that people with low levels of the nutrient are more likely to experience cognitive problems and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. As people age their skin becomes less efficient in absorbing Vitamin D through sunlight making them more dependent on other sources. Consuming supplements or a diet rich in Vitamin D can help to delay or even prevent the onset of cognitive diseases.

4. Healing Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease (CD) is a lifelong chronic relapsing and remitting gastrointestinal condition and is associated with abdominal pain, diarrhea and fatigue. In recent studies it has shown that supplementation of Vitamin D may help to impact the intestinal barrier dysfunction associated with the disease and could play a role in the treatment of the condition. The study also showed that people with high blood levels of Vitamin D had signs of reduced inflammation, and the patients reported this gave them a better quality of life.

We offer a wide selection of vitamins that help support a healthy lifestyle:

For more information about the full selection of products we offer, visit our website at www.parkacre.co.uk or call us on +44(0)1427 666 000

5 Tips for a Healthy Digestive System

A poor digestive system can lead to issues like bloating, constipation, heartburn and even abdominal pain. But the good news is that although these ailments are very common, they can also be easily prevented with some simple lifestyle changes. Here’s how:

1. Pep up the gut with probiotics

Probiotics are a type of bacteria that live in the gut and help to keep it healthy. They aid digestion by improving nutrient absorption, boost the immune system and can even alleviate symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) like bloating and cramps. Yoghurt is a familiar source of probiotics, but studies have shown that probiotic supplements can be swiftly delivered into the system and may be more effective for improving digestive health.

2. Feast on fibre

Eating fibre-rich foods like oat bran, wheat, beans and berries can help other foods to move through the digestive system more easily, reducing bloating and other digestive problems. Soluble fibre is digested by the body and is known to reduce cholesterol and is found in oats and root vegetables . Insoluble fibre, found in wholemeal bread and seeds, is not digested by the body but it’s very useful for maintaining a healthy weight because it helps the body to feel fuller for longer, preventing snacking and overeating. Taking natural plant extract supplements like Konjac Fibre, which contain lots of fibre, keeps the digestive system moving along unhindered.

3. Eat a healthy diet

Choose lean meats, leafy green vegetables and wholemeal grains over high fat foods that can slow down the digestive process. Drink plenty of water to dissolve fats and soluble fibre, which help to prevent constipation, and avoid drinking too much caffeine and alcohol that can cause heartburn and stomach ulcers.

4. Take L-Glutamine

 This amino acid protects the lining of the digestive tract and supports the stomach and intestine. It’s found naturally in the body but is available in supplement form too, which is especially useful for cancer patients who have unfriendly bacteria in their system and require extra digestive support following treatment.

5. Choose healing herbs

 The soothing qualities of Peppermint help the gut by relaxing the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, easing pain and discomfort. Ginger is also believed to relieve nausea, stomach ache and indigestion too.

 

These simple lifestyle changes can be all the body needs to maintain a healthy digestive system, producing clearer skin, greater energy levels and a boost to general wellbeing.

Supplements for Summer Skin

Summer provides the perfect opportunity to finally flaunt those pins and enjoy the uplifting weather without the need for a fussy sweater and overcoat. Using supplements can help to prepare the skin by encouraging collagen production and a healthy glow, helping people to feel more confident within their own skin. Supplements can also protect the skin from the damaging effects of harmful UV rays. Here are three that fit the bill perfectly:

Vitamin E

Found in a variety of skincare products, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from sun damage, reduce premature ageing and prevent inflammation. It cleverly absorbs some of the harmful UV rays from the sun when applied topically, helping to safeguard the skin from cancers, scars, wrinkles and acne. However, Vitamin E isn’t a sufficient replacement for sunscreen – it can counteract cell damage caused by sunlight but it does not offer full protection.

Vitamin E is found in green leafy vegetables, oils, nuts and seeds but is also available in supplement form. Taking a supplement can add a healthy glow to the skin by keeping it hydrated and looking young, supple and soft.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another antioxidant that is believed to reverse wrinkles, age spots and discolouration caused by sun damage. It helps to boost the body’s skin repair system and encourage collagen formation, which speeds up recovery and brightens the appearance of the skin.

Tanning tablets

Staying out in the sun for long periods of time without sunscreen can lead to sunburn, skin cancers and wrinkles. But lots of people still like to get a little colour on their skin over the summer or before a holiday abroad. Tanning tablets provide a safer alternative to sunbathing and sun beds by dissolving pigments, known as canthaxantin, under the epidermis, which gradually tint the colour of the skin to achieve a gentle, sun-kissed glow.

Safeguard the skin from the summer sun by taking the right supplements, applying topical skincare creams and wearing sunscreen when out and about. Investing in the health of the skin today will help to keep it looking young, healthy and refreshed for the future.