Give Your Exercise Routine a Helping Hand

You have a healthy balanced diet, so you’re probably all set with vitamins and minerals, right? If you’re hitting the gym on a regular basis, or even taking brisk walks, that may well not be the case.

Certain vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C and D, are vital for your muscles to work efficiently while moderate to vigorous exercise can increase the loss of some essential minerals – mostly through sweat. Being active could mean that you are lacking these essential nutrients.

Vitamins, minerals and superfoods can help your body adapt to the demands of your workout session more effectively. If you have a vitamin deficiency, this may cause more body system impairments than improvements. Taking additional supplements can help ensure that your body is getting all the essential nutrients it needs to support physical activity.

To help you with your fitness regime and give you a vitamin boost, Allcare are offering a full range essential multivitamins, minerals, superfoods and probiotics from cutting edge brands including Natures Aid.

Here are some of the essentials to try, and how you can benefit from them:

Quantum Optimum Performance RRP: €11.95 (Natures Aid)

We all live busy lives, juggling work, family commitments and fitting in time for ourselves – and carving out that all important exercise time can be a real challenge. So, we need all the help we can get and you can make it easier, by taking a potent daily multi-vitamin and mineral formula, to support optimum performance through all aspects of your life – including sport.

What is it good for? Designed to suit the needs of those looking for extra support, because of a demanding daily schedule.

How does it help? Contains ingredients to combat negative effects of stress and high energy loss. Contains high doses of the full vitamin B family. High in antioxidants such as Selenium; Vitamin C and Vitamin E plus carotenoids. Contains Magnesium in its highly absorbable citrate form in addition to Vitamin D3.

Joint Support Plus RRP: €29.95 (Natures Aid)

Every day, our bodies endure a certain amount of wear and tear, resulting in joint pain and inflammation – which only increases when you follow a fitness regime and as you get older. It’s important to recognise that and do what you can to look after your joints and help maintain joint suppleness and flexibility, throughout all stages of your life.

What is it good for? Joint Quality, Pain Relief, Inflammatory Damage Reduction. Designed to make choosing a joint support regime easier, by providing many of the important nutrients in one easy-to-take product.

How does it help? Contains Glucosamine, a key component of cartilage. Contains MSM which helps binding together chondroitin and keratin which are found in connective tissues. Contains Chondroitin & Hyaluronic Acid, which gives the cartilage shock-absorbing properties. Contains Celadrin which Inhibits pro inflammatory fatty acids and reducing the immune factors responsible for inflammation.

Beetroot RRP €9.95 (Natures Aid)

Beetroot is one of the many cultivated varieties of beets (Beta vulgaris). Most of us, when we think about beetroot, think about the pickled variety that is eaten with salad. However, a lot of recent publicity about this root vegetable has focused on its potential for supporting the cardiovascular system and help exercise and performance.

What is it good for? Helps support the liver.

How does it help? Contains Betaine for Cardiovascular support. Can have positive effects on human exercise and performance.

CherryXtra RRP €12.95 (Natures Aid)

Who would have thought that cherries which you might pop into your cereal could actively help with sleep, jet lag, muscle pain and inflammation, such as arthritis and help you recover quicker from sports?

Scientists have discovered high levels (3.5 ng/g) of the antioxidant melatonin in Montmorency cherries. Melatonin, which is produced naturally by the body’s pineal gland, is a potent free radical scavenger and broad-spectrum antioxidant that also helps regulate the sleep cycle. The aging process and other factors reduce the amount of melatonin that the body produces. Consumption of Montmorency cherries can significantly increase the level of melatonin in the body.

What is it good for? Gout, Arthritis, Sleep, Jet Lag, Sports Recovery

How does it help? Montmorency cherries contain anthocyanins which are antioxidant flavonoids that protect many body systems. They have some of the strongest physiological effects of any plant compounds. They are a rich natural source of melatonin, a hormone that controls our normal sleep patterns; low levels of melatonin can lead to difficulties sleeping. Powerful antioxidant anthocyanins are the reason people find Montmorency Cherry helpful, when suffering with pain and inflammation, as well as speeding up post-exercise recovery from sore muscles.

Ultimate Superfoods RRP: €18.95 (Natures Aid)

Superfoods are all the rage but, in the real world, who has time to put together all the necessary ingredients to make up your own bowls of Superfoods every day? It’s something most people aspire to do but rarely do with time being a big impediment.

Nature’s Aid Ultimate Superfoods is an incredible blend of organic superfoods which encompasses a wide range of fruits and berries, vegetables, greens, mushrooms and bio-active plant enzymes. This is the most complete superfood supplement available, containing 31 unique organic superfoods.

What is it good for? Maintain energy levels, General wellbeing

How does it help? They provide an easy and convenient way of ensuring your body gets the nutrients it needs to help maintain optimum health. Is 100% organic and contains no fillers, binders or other non – active ingredients. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.