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Chelated iron supplements hold the key to addressing iron deficiency without the harmful side effects.

Chelated iron supplements hold the key to addressing iron deficiency without the harmful side effects.

For centuries, scientists, philoophers and doctors of all kinds have prescribed iron as a cure for just about every ailment known to man. As early as the 1700s, iron was found to be a vital component of blood, and used as a treatment for anaemia. Iron is a trace mineral essential for human health. Unfortunately, iron is very poorly absorbed by the human body with as much as 95% of our iron intake being eliminated.

However, the iron that is absorbed is very efficiently used within the body. The body’s iron supply isn’t depleted or destroyed – it is used and reused. Minute amounts of iron are lost through physical activity and menstruation, and this needs to be replaced regularly.

Iron is found in our diets in meat, legumes, dates, nuts, spinach, apricots, tofu, rice, oatmeal and other foods. Alarmingly, modern food processing techniques and decreased soil richness have resulted in adecline in the iron content of our food. Surprisingly, the growing tendency not to use iron cook ware has also impacted the quantity of iron we take in on a regular basis.

Why do we need iron?

Iron functions primarily as a component of haemoglobin, the coloured substance in red blood cells. Haemoglobin and iron transport oxygen from the lungs to the  cells. There oxygen is used to sustain life. In muscle cells, oxygen forms part of a chemical reaction that cause contraction. Iron is also present in the enzymes that digest protein.

Iron deficiency – a global trend
Around the globe there has been an alarming increase in iron deficiency symptoms, which include:

  • lack of energy or tiredness;
  • extreme fatigue and a feeling of weakness;
  • light-headedness;
  • decreased concentration, inability to focus and trouble completing tasks;
  • headaches;
  • pale skin on the lining of the eyes, the inner mouth and the nails;
  • rapid and forceful heartbeat;
  • low blood pressure with position change from sitting to standing up;
  • finger nails that become thin, brittle and white – they may grow abnormally and get a spoon-shaped appearance;
  • tongue may become sore, smooth and reddened;
  • decrease in appetite;
  • shortness of breath during exercise;
  • brittle hair;
  • reduction in immunity and increased vulnerability to infection;
  • a strong desire to eat nonfoods such as ice, paint or dirt (a condition called Pica);
  • disturbed sleep;
  • abdominal pain.

Depression and uncharacteristic impatience may also point to an iron deficiency. Studies show that more than 55% of all children are iron deficient.

But I’ve heard iron supplements can cause health complications. Is that true?

There has been scientific and anecdotal evidence of side effects to taking oral iron supplements, especially when taken by very young children in large quantities. These symptoms include:

GNLD's patented chelation process bonds two amino acids to one iron molecule to maximise the body's absorption.

  • Digestive difficulties;
  • Abdominal pain and cramping;
  • Constipation and diarrhoea;
  • Heartburn;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Blackened stools.

How can a health supplement be harmful, and what can I do about my iron deficiency?
First of all, ALWAYS ensure that your children’s supplement intake is carefullymonitored. Never allow children to administer their own nutritional supplements: they are too young to be given that responsibility and the results of doing so can be severe.  Treat nutritional supplements as medicine and keep them far out of reach of children.

The symptoms described above are the result of poor absorption of iron into the body. GNLD’s Chelated Iron has been bonded to specially selected amino acids in a 2:1 ratio during a process known as chelation, which ensures maximum absorption. Each tablet contains 25mg of iron, the ideal amount for adults. We recommend breaking a tablet in two for children under the age of 12.

Vitamin C has been shown to have a dramatic effect on the uptake of iron in the body, improving absorption from both supplements and food sources. Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant component of GNLD’s Carotenoid Complex.

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Bone Idle

Calcium-Magnesium supplements: not just a “Lady Thing”

Over 200 million people worldwide suffer from osteoporosis, resulting in debilitating fractures.

By the time a woman reaches her 50s, she has a 50% chance of being struck by the illness. 90% of ladiesaged 75 and older are affected. And as the figures above show, men are becoming affected at a far more frequent rate than has been the case in the past.

It should come as a relief, then, to know that osteoporosis is easily preventable. However, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, studies have shown that the average woman consumes less than 500mg of calcium per day – less than half the recommended daily intake. Preventing osteoporosis starts in childhood (if not before).  Bones are living tissue, and the skeleton grows continually from birth to the end of the teen years, reaching a maximum strength and size (peak bone mass) in early adulthood, around the mid-20s. After that, we gradually lose bone tissue. By age 35, we lose an average of 1% of our bone massevery year. For 5 – 10 years after reaching menopause, women lose a 2 – 5% of bone loss per year. That adds up to 20 – 23% bone loss over the course of a man’s lifetime; 40 – 50% bone loss over the course of awoman’s life time.

Children and adolescents should:

  • Make sure their nutrition meets the daily calcium requirements of their bodies (1200mg of calciumfor teenage girls: that’s about 4 full glasses of milk).
  • Avoid undernutrition and protein malnutrition. Being underweight increase the risk of osteoporosis in later life by almost 100%! (For improved nutrition and complete protein, takeFormula IV Plus and Nutrishake – the perfect solution for your entire family).
  • Ensure that they get enough Vitamin D in their diets and through exposure to the sun. (Formula IV Plus contains an optimal daily dose of Vitamin D).
  • Participate in regular physical activity (at least 30 minutes of exercise three times per week).
  • Avoid smoking (well, let’s just say it: don’t smoke at all. It’s bad for you, your friends, the environment – and please save your children if the other reasons don’t appeal!)
  • Limit alcohol consumption, or avoid alcohol altogether.

The same is true of adults, who should also take part in stress-reducing activities, such as breathing exercises, physical activity and hobbies that relax the mind, since stress has been implicated in calcium deficiency. Stress of any kind can affect the level of calcium in the body. The most probable cause of this is its affect on the adrenal glands and glucose metabolism. Stress can increase blood sugar through the action of cortisol, which leads to reduced sugar tolerance. Vitamin B has been shown to be extremely effective in improving the body’s response to stress.

We cannot have a single nerve impulse, or even a thought, without calcium. Our bodies need calcium every day to

  • regulate our heartbeats;
  • contract our muscles;
  • build bone tissue;
  • reduce blood pressure;
  • reduce the risk of colon cancer;
  • work with Vitamin C to form collagen;
  • assist with the digestion of protein.

GNLD's Cal-Mag is suspended in magnesium and bonded 2:1 with amino acids for maximum absorption.

How can I get the calcium I need each day? What if I’m lactose-intolerant and can’t have milk?

GNLD’s Cal-Mag is the ideal solution. Containing the complete amount of calcium for optimal nutrition, Cal-Mag meets the entire family’s requirements. For calcium to be adequately absorbed by the body it needs to be held in suspension bymagnesium. Magnesium also supports connective tissue such as tendonshairand the reflexes. Magnesium aids the thyroid in manufacturing a hormone thatregulates the heartbeat. It regulates breathingPregnant mothers who take magnesium supplements during pregnancy have been shown to have infants and young children with fewer breathing-related concerns in their early years.

In addition to bonding the calcium to magnesium, GNLD’s unique chelation process binds the mineral molecules to two amino acids in a 2:1 ratio that ensure bioavailability, meaning that you get the maximum possible absorption of thishigh-purity calcium supplement.

For optimal bone health and stress reduction, regular exercise is essential. Studies show that at least 30 minutes of exercise three times a week improve bone density and overall health and well-being significantly.

Read the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s comprehensive article on bone health and the importance of optimal nutrition, Bone Appetit.

* Cooper C, Campion G, Melton LJ 3rd. Hip fractures in the elderly: a world-wide projection. Osteoporos Int. 1992 Nov;2(6):285-9.

** Gullberg B, Johnell O, Kanis JA. Worldwide projections for hip fracture. Osteoporosis Int. 1997;7:407-13.


Beat colds and ‘flu

Protect your children this winter with the potency of GNLD's All C chewable Vitamin C tablets

Protect your children this winter with the potency of GNLD’s All C chewable Vitamin C tablets

As the icy Winter wind blows away the last of the colourful Autumn leaves, and tress stand naked against the elements, our thoughts inevitably turn towards our health and that of our children. How can we keep those pesky colds and debilitating flu bugs at bay?

Your first port of call in a winter flu storm is Vitamin C. GNLD’s chewable All C with NeoPlex concentrate contains the complete phytonutrient spectrum of whole oranges. This means you get Vitamin C the way nature intended you to. We’ve added valuable phytonutrients from rosehips (download a tasty rosehip jam recipe here), acerola cherries and other whole food sources, so that you get the maximum possible value in each Vitamin C tablet.

GNLD's chewable All-C tastes great and contains the perfect blend of vitamin C to protect you and your family from colds and fluOne delicious All C chewable tablet provides the nutritional equivalent of four whole, freshly picked oranges. GNLD uses each element you’d find in a freshly grown orange (except the water) to enhance the absorption of Vitamin C in your body – without the chapped lips you’d get from actually eating four whole oranges in one sitting!

Great tasting, easy to chew and swallow, and nutritionally complete, your kids will love their daily dose of Vitamin C – and so will you!

GNLD takes health seriously. Every product they manufacture has been researched by the best scientific minds in the world, and the research never stops! What’s more, all nutritional supplement ingredients are sourced purely from whole food sources – and the best quality whole foods, at that. What does that mean for you and your family? Well, basically, if it’s not a food people normally eat, it’s not considered a source of ingredients for GNLD’s nutritional product range. It’s as simple as that. Get yours today in our store. (Read more about whole food sources here).