October 20th , 2016

Missing out on Magnesium?

Low energy, muscular cramps and spasms, headaches, eyelid twitches, poor sleep and a decreased resilience to stress could all be signs of magnesium deficiency.


Magnesium is an important essential mineral that is used in over 300 biochemical processes in the body and is specifically required for proper muscle and nerve function. Magnesium plays a major role in regulating blood pressure and is essential for strong teeth and bones. Because it is so widely used by the body, it is not surprising that is can easily become depleted.


Magnesium deficiency is surprisingly common.

Some research indicates 60% of people have low levels of this vital nutrient. Poor diet, especially consumption of excess sugar and refined carbohydrates, stress and some medications are the most common causes of depletion, and these factors may increase your daily demand. Profuse sweating during intensive exercise of physical work can also be a factor as magnesium is a valuable electrolyte. In these circumstances it may be beneficial to use a magnesium supplement.


Which foods contain magnesium?

Of you are feeling stressed and are suffering from fatigue then upping your intake of green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds, avocado and whole grains is recommended as these foods are all good sources of magnesium. Good quality dark chocolate is also rich in this vital mineral giving you’re a great excuse to indulge once in a while! Unfortunately through, it can be difficult to get enough magnesium from food alone. When selecting a magnesium supplement, it is important to choose a form that is well absorbed. A well absorbed form will ensure the highest possible uptake of magnesium which means better results and less chance of the gastric upset which is commonly a result of taking poorly absorbed forms of magnesium.


So which magnesium supplement should I take?

There are many different forms of magnesium available which all have different rates of absorption. Magnesium diglycinate is a highly absorbed, nutritionally functional form of magnesium and is absorbed easily as an amino acid protein, rather than competing with other minerals for uptake. Clinical studies have shown that magnesium diglycinate is eight times more highly absorbed than magnesium oxide and is very well tolerated.

This month we have a special deal whereby you get a 20% discount on Ethical Nutrients Mega Magnesium products.

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October 31st , 2014

What is it about fish oil?











Omega-essential fatty acids are essential for human health. Every single cell in your body needs these good fats to work optimally. Fish oil is a plentiful source of omega-3 fats, particularly EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) which have many therapeutic benefits in your body. You can also obtain omega-3 from a variety of dietary sources; however the majority of people may not be able to effectively convert these fats into EPA and DHA. Some factors that may reduce this conversion include

  • diets high in sugar,  alcohol and processed foods
  • smoking
  • pollution
  • stress and ageing
  • viral infections and other illnesses

It is well known how important fish oil is in the long term management of joint pain and arthritis, but did you realise there is extensive research demonstrating the benefits of EPA and DHA for a wide range of health conditions including:

  • cardiovascular health
    • high blood pressue
    • elevated triglycerides
    • high cholesterol
    • coronary heart disease
  • brain development and cognitive functioning
    • in pregnancy to support neural development in infants
    • children’s growth and development
    • Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and age-related cognitive decline
    • mood disorders – depression, bipolar disorder.

Sources of Omega3 fatty acids in the diet

Whilst you are taking a high quality fish oil supplement, it is also beneficial to include foods high in good fats as part of a balanced diet:

  • oily deep sea fish e.g. salmon, tuna
  • nuts and seeds especially walnuts and flaxseeds / linseeds
  • avocados
  • beans e.g. soybeans, navy beans and kidney beans



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New market data shows that over half the German population has used homeopathic medicines and that the number of users has gone up from 53% of the population in 2009 to 60% in 2014.

This report paints a rich picture of the use of these medicines in Germany with some interesting highlights:
·        73% of German women have used homeopathy and 48% of German men.
·        95% of West Germans know of homeopathic medicines, and this number has increased from 76% in 1975.
·        67% of users first decided to use homeopathy because of a recommendation from a friend or relative.
·        The most popular use is for colds and ‘flu, followed by ‘to strengthen the immune system,’ and for sun burn and insect bites. Other popular uses are headaches, indigestion, sleeplessness and stomach ache.
·        The main reason for choosing homeopathic medicines is the very low side incidence of effects.

This data is the result of a survey of about 1500 people in the whole of Germany in May and June this year, by the Institut  für Demoskopie Allensbach. A similar survey was last carried out in 2009.

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A new study has found a link between low iron intake by mothers and autism spectrum disorder in their babies.

Low iron intake was associated with a five-fold increase in autism risk when combined with other risk factors such as the mother being older or obese, the California-based study found.

The study, by the University of California’s Davis Mind Institute, was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (22 September online).

Researchers studied mothers and children enrolled in a population-based, Californian case-controlled study, the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment Study, from 2003 to 2009.

A total of 866 children were involved in the study, 520 with autism and 346 with typical development.

The average maternal daily iron intake was calculated on the basis of frequency, dose and brands of supplements and cereals consumed each month by the mother, from three months before pregnancy, through the pregnancy to breastfeeding.

Mothers of children with autism were less likely to report taking iron-specific supplements and they had a lower average daily intake than mothers of typical children.

“The association between lower maternal iron intake and increased autism spectrum disorder risk was strongest during breastfeeding, after adjustment for folic acid intake,” lead researcher Rebecca Schmidt says in a media release.

Further, the risk of autism increased five-fold if the mother had low iron intake combined with other risk factors, such as being 35 or older, or metabolic conditions such as obesity, hypertension or diabetes.

Iron deficiency common, researcher says

Iron is critical for early brain development, Dr Schmidt says.

“Iron deficiency, and its resultant anaemia, is the most common nutrient deficiency, especially during pregnancy, affecting 40 to 50% of women and their infants,” she says.

“Iron is crucial to early brain development, contributing to neurotransmitter production, myelination and immune function. All three of these pathways have been associated with autism.”

The study is the first to examine the relationship between maternal iron intake and having a child with autism spectrum disorder.

More research is needed to confirm the link, Dr Schmidt says.

“Iron deficiency is pretty common, and even more common among women with metabolic conditions. However we want to be cautious and wait until this study has been replicated,” she says.

Other links to nutrition in pregnancy and autism

In 2011, Dr Schmidt and her colleagues were the first to identify a significant association between maternal vitamin intake and a reduced risk of autism.

Their research into the link between folic acid supplementation and reduced autism risk was later replicated in larger-scale investigations.

Until more research is done, Dr Schmidt encourages pregnant women to follow healthcare recommendations.

“Take vitamins throughout pregnancy, and take the recommended daily dosage. If there are side effects, talk to your doctor about how to address them,” she says.

Iron deficiency common in mothers who drink milk

Meanwhile, a New Zealand study has found iron deficiency is common in newborns whose mothers drank three or more servings of milk a day in pregnancy.

Pregnant women who drink a lot of milk are being urged to take iron supplements to protect their babies from iron deficiency, the study published in New Zealand Medical Journal says.

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September 22nd , 2014

Tongue and pulse diagnosis workshop

tongue diagnosisNZCH are pleased to announce that we will be running the Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis seminar in Wellington.

The seminar was well received and had great feedback from the 40 attendees in Auckland. This is a great way to get your CPD, network and learn something new.



When: Saturday 8th November
Where: Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay
Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Cost: $45 per person
What: A seminar on the use of TCM Tongue and Pulse diagnosis in Homeopathy; very practical, hands on (and tongues on…)Presented by Dr Joe Rozencwajg.


Please rsvp to admin-nzch@xtra.co.nz if you would like to attend.

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