Why Do We Need Nutritional Supplements
Though it is well recognised that most people should get their recommended daily allowance of vitamins, minerals and protein through a healthy well-balanced diet, there is a huge amount of factual data from many international diet and nutrition studies showing that many people are not getting near the recommended intake and some are even deficient in a number of key vitamins and some minerals. This is even more common with older adults. One way of ensuring that we get enough...
Fibre-Fructo Oligosaccharide (FOS)
FOS is simply a long chain carbohydrate that occurs naturally in various plants. They are typically considered a non-soluble dietary fibre, in that they contribute to healthy bulk in our digestive tract and also are believed to act as a healthy ‘food’ to our intestinal microflora.
Fibre is a very healthy additive to any food and this is why Prime Fifty have utilised FOS in their Muscle maintenance product.
Protein is the most important nutrient for our muscles. Our muscles are always in a state of flux, both breaking down and also reforming new tissue. Protein is needed as the main building block of all our muscles, but also of other key tissues such as bones, blood and also hormones. Protein is made up of individual amino acid building blocks. Whey protein, which is extracted from milk, is considered to be the ‘best’ and most complete protein compared to...
Milk contains around 5% protein and milk protein is simply a concentrated extract of this milk protein. Milk protein is approximately 80% casein protein and 20% whey protein, both of which contribute to the maintenance of muscle mass in younger and older adults alike. According to many scientific studies, milk derived proteins have a higher digestibility and also are a higher quality than other proteins like soy, pea, rice etc and this is the reason why Prime Fifty have used...
Flax seed is a rich source of EFAs (essential fatty acids), which are needed for optimal health. One such EFA found in flax seed is a key Omega 3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid or simply ALA. This particular Omega 3 can be converted into larger Omega 3’s as those found in oily fish (EPA and DHA to be exact). Omega 3 ‘s such as DHA and EPA have proven heart health benefits both in blood pressure and also in...
Protein is composed of building blocks called amino acids. Our body needs twenty such amino acids, some of which can be synthesised within our own metabolism, while other aminos need to come from our diet. These aminos are called ‘essential’ amino acids for obvious reasons. All of us, as we age, will tend to lose up to a quarter of our muscle mass by the time we are 60-65, which can lead to loss of strength, stability and induce a...
Collagen is one of the most abundant compounds in our bodies and represents around 30% of our body’s protein content. It makes up the skin, bones and also that very important cartilage, that holds tissue and the skeletal system together. Also it is present in blood vessels, the cornea of the eye and in the gut too. It is in effect like a biological ‘glue’ that holds us together. As we age our body is less able to make collagen...
Grape Seed Extract
Grape Seed Extract comes from the seeds of red grapes and is full of a variety of polyphenolics ingredients. These belong to a group of plant substances called flavonoids, that are in essence powerful anti-oxidants. Fruit and vegetables are typically rich in such polyphenolics and have been pushed as a key part of our diet by all the health experts. Initial studies are showing that GSE may even lower fat levels in the blood and also help contribute to heart...
Glucosamine is well recognised and accepted across the world as a front line, joint health ingredient. It is found naturally in quite high concentration in joints and is a basic building block of certain constituents of cartilage. Glucosamine is important for maintaining elasticity, strength and resilience of cartilage, helping to reduce damage to joints. In such supplements (as with Prime Fifty), it is used in conjunction with chondroitin, also found naturally in joint tissues. The way in which glucosamine works...
Co-Enzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)
This material is naturally occurring co-enzyme present in all our cells and is embedded deep within our cell’s mitochondria, which are the cell’s energy powerhouses. CoQ10 is used to produce energy needed for cell growth, metabolism and maintenance. It is thought to also function as a cell protecting anti-oxidant too, especially with proteins. CoQ10 is being evaluated in studies on heart health but there are many studies which still appear controversial. CoQ10 levels in our cells is also known to reduce...