Food vs Supplements

Have you ever wondered how your food stacks up against supplements? Sometimes we need a helping hand to fill gaps in our diets. Don’t be fooled by size, supplements can pack a powerful punch when it comes to nutritional value. Find out how supplements compare nutritionally to the food we eat.



Turmeric

Whether it’s curry or turmeric tea this spice is becoming more of a common feature within our diets.

Dr Sarah Brewer says: ‘Turmeric is an extremely powerful antioxidant. It also demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties.’

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Omega 3

Fish and chips, along with salmon, mackerel and pumpkin seeds are great sources of omega 3.

Dr Sarah Brewer says: ‘Omega-3 fatty acids act as building blocks for healthy cell walls, and are especially important within the brain.’

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Plant Sterols

Plant sterols reduce the absorption of dietary cholesterol and are often associated with heart health.

Dr Sarah Brewer says: ‘A sterol-rich diet can lower levels of harmful LDL-cholesterol by up to 15 per cent to significantly reduce the risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.’

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Vitamin C

Have you ever wondered how many oranges you would need to eat to get the same dose of vitamin C as a supplement?

You may want to consider a supplement if you’re not getting at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.

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Vitamin D3

UVB sunlight is crucial for Vitamin D3 production.

Dr Sarah Brewer says: ‘Public Health England recommends that everyone over the age of one year should take a daily supplement providing 10mcg vitamin D during autumn and winter. This is very much a minimum to prevent deficiency diseases.’

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Cranberry

Scientists have found cranberries, often referred to as a ‘superfood’, are packed with high antioxidant properties.

Dr Sarah Brewer says: ‘Naturally-sourced extract of fresh cranberries is packed with a unique type of antioxidant-rich polyphenols, called PACs, that may support a healthy bladder.’

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Ginger Extract

Best-known for supporting the digestive system.

Dr Sarah Brewer says: ‘Ginger has been used in medicine for centuries and has a number of health benefits. It contains gingerols, powerful antioxidants with an anti-inflammatory effect which may help to reduce pain and inflammation.’

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CoQ10

Co-enzyme Q10 is a biological ‘spark plug’ found in every cell in the human body. Highest concentrations are found in the energy-intensive cells of the heart, kidneys & liver.

Dr Sarah Brewer says: ‘Co-enzyme Q10 plays a vital role in energy production in cells, and is especially important for muscles and organs to function properly – including the heart.’

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