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Winter is coming, and we are excited to bring you the May issue of Go Magazine, which is filled with great tips and information to help you prepare your immune system for the season ahead. As the leading health food group retailer in Australia, we understand how important it is to stay healthy and well, especially during the colder months. In this issue, you will find a range of articles on immune health, including some delicious winter wellness recipes that are packed with immune-boosting ingredients to help keep you feeling your best. For those who are looking to improve their brain health, we have an article on the benefits of protein and MCTs, which are known to support cognitive function and mental clarity. We also take a closer look at some key kitchen oils and their health benefits, including olive oil, sacha inchi oil, and avocado oil. On the cover this month, we are delighted to have the fabulous Kerri-Anne Kennerley, who is known for her fit and healthy lifestyle. Inside, you can read all about how she keeps in shape and maintains her health and wellbeing. At Go Vita, we are passionate about helping people to live their healthiest lives, and we hope that this issue of


Go Magazine will inspire you to take care of yourself and your loved ones. As always, we welcome your feedback, so please do let us know what you think of the magazine. Thank you for your continued support of Go Vita, and we wish you all a happy and healthy winter season.

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Zinc, vitamins A & B6 maintain immune system health.*

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H ow do you stay fit and healthy? I have always kept active and eaten a healthy, balanced diet. I also include key supplements, to take extra care of my body and health. I started playing golf 20 years ago, when my sister married a keen golfer – and I loved it as soon as I started! Golf has a great social element, and you can meet and play with so many different people from all walks of life. Plus, it’s a game that can take you around Australia and the whole world, to so many glorious places. Sometimes, when I can find a window of time, I often just love to walk and play alone. Each shot is different, and each day brings something new. W hat made you interested in working with Natural Life ™ ? While travelling in Europe, I noticed propolis products were available just everywhere. Back then, I didn’t know much about this stuff that bees made, but then I had the pleasure of learning about how it supports healthy immune system function. More recently, I was made aware of Natural Life™, an Australian brand supplying the very same propolis, and I jumped at the opportunity to support them. W hat is your favourite product? I absolutely love Natural Life™ Propolis & Manuka Spray, which contains propolis, manuka and peppermint oil. I have been told that propolis is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to relieve symptoms of sore throat. In my work, I need to ensure that my voice is not impaired, and we all know how travel can really damage our immune health, especially during winter. Natural Life™ Propolis & Manuka Spray is an absolute staple piece in my handbag for use when required. A re there other products you take? Manuka Honey is another favourite, with wonderful antioxidant properties. People use it with cereal, yoghurt and smoothies, but my favourite is just straight off the spoon – delicious! I hear it’s also great for soothing dry skin when applied directly. The folks at Natural Life™ have a wonderful network of hardworking Australian beekeepers who only practise sustainable methods. They look after the bees, so the bees can look after us! PROFILE Kerri-Anne Kennerley This iconic media personality has the glowing looks and energy of someone half her age. What is her secret?


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Better Together: Discover why manuka honey and propolis are more effective when taken at the same time. Q&A

What is Manuka honey? Manuka honey is produced by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush in Australia and New Zealand. When bees pollinate from the Manuka bush, they produce honey that is more potent than standard honey, with more methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO is found in the nectar of Manuka plants, and its levels are used to measure Manuka honey potency. While most honey contains this compound, Manuka honey contains it in higher concentrations. Natural Life™ offers various strengths of Manuka honey - the higher your MGO number, the more potent the honey will be. What is propolis? Propolis is popular in Europe and Asia for its health benefits and is now attracting attention in Australia. It is an antiseptic resinous substance from plants, collected by bees and then used in the beehive to create structure, regulate heat, and protect against predators. Propolis has been traditionally used in naturopathic and Western herbal medicine to soothe and relieve mouth irritation, sore throat, pharyngitis and mouth ulcers. An antioxidant, propolis also supports

healthy immune system function, by reducing the formation of inflammatory free radicals. Scientific research is not only confirming these traditional uses of propolis, but also discovering many other exciting potential health benefits. Why is propolis therapeutic? Studies show that propolis initiates its potent therapeutic effects via its unique composition - it contains resin, wax, essential oils, pollen, and potent organic compounds called flavonoids, including quercetin, acacetin, rutin, luteolin, apigenin, and naringenin, just to name a few. Is all propolis the same? No. Its constituents vary depending on the area of origin. It is important to ensure that the propolis you select contains a certain composition of flavonoids and other compounds to ensure its therapeutic efficacy. Australian-made Natural Life™ ensures that each product containing propolis is batch-tested to contain a minimum of eight percent quercetin, along with particular compositions of other important flavonoids, so that each product is therapeutically potent.

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Upgrade Your Immunity Encourage your body to fight germs, feel stronger and enjoy enhanced overall wellbeing with these six smart tips.

1. Don’t suffer a snuffle Stuffed-up nose? The sharp, head- clearing scents of breezy lavender, tea tree and peppermint respiratory tract congestion. All three have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and modern research continues to discover more therapeutic properties of these powerful oils. Go Vita loves … Springfields Essential Oil Ezi-Breathe , a refreshing, effective and all-natural nasal decongestant inhalant. essential oils have long been used as staple medicines in traditional aromatherapy for helping to ease symptoms of nasal and upper

2. Work up a sweat Physical activity

3. Reach out

When you

spend time

performed most days of the week

with friends, family or neighbours, you’re not just chatting

reduces your risk of coming down with a cold or flu; it also is one of the most effective strategies in preventing and treating many far worse options – heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some forms of cancer, to name a few. Add some oomph to your usual exercise routine by booking in regular sauna sessions every month or so. Apart from being relaxing, taking a sauna has been shown to result in a significant increase in the body’s production of infection- fighting lymphocytes, as well as improving sleep and helping to manage stress.

about what you’ve all been up to or what book someone is reading for book club this month – you are actually improving your immunity and potentially lengthening your life. Staying connected to other people has been shown to have a variety of related health benefits: improved recovery times from illness or surgery, better sleep, lower incidences of depression and, interestingly, fewer coughs and colds as well as fewer stress-related diseases, such as high blood pressure. This is because lonely people produce more cortisol, a stress hormone which is known to suppress immune function.

4. Zap bugs with zinc Zinc is an antioxidant

5. Keep it clean

6. Echinacea

Even though

This pretty purple-

the impact of CoVid-19 has made us more conscious of the importance

mineral which improves immune function by supporting and strengthening

flowered herb has enjoyed a long and distinguished

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NOT ALL FOLATES ARE EQUAL the growth and development of the important immune cells – lymphocytes, neutrophils and macrophages – which are your body’s first line of defence against viruses and bacteria. Zinc has been shown to actively fight off pathogens, and to reduce the duration of infections that have actually taken hold. It is of particular importance for the elderly or immune-compromised, who are more susceptible to opportunistic infections that may not concern an otherwise healthy person so much. Zinc also supports hair, skin and nail health, and plays a positive role in reducing the impact of acne, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

of good hand hygiene, many people still don’t do it thoroughly or for long enough. Remember, in order to be effective in stopping disease-causing germs and bacteria from hitching a ride on your warm hands and onto your face, along with any surfaces or people you may touch, it is important to use warm water – it is far more effective at eliminating germs than cold. Lather up well with a good quality mild soap and take your time, massaging in well between each finger and around the backs and sides of the hands, and pay particular attention to finger tips. Keep your fingernails clean and trim – bacteria love hiding under nails and cuticles.

medicine in American First Nations cultures, being used for everything from headache and strained muscles to wound healing and snake bite. Many new clinical studies confirm its efficacy in boosting immunity, as well as in benefiting hormonal balance, reducing inflammation, and countering viral

and bacterial infections, including colds and flu. Always take echinacea supplements with food. May help reduce the severity and duration of the symprtoms of colds and flu.

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Folate vs. Folic Acid

BioGenesis Natural Australia

Optimum folate levels are vital for fertility and pregnancy development. But which form of supplement is better?

If a woman is planning a pregnancy, or is already pregnant, one of the first things she will do is to start taking a folic acid supplement. However, if she is one of the 40 percent of the global population with a specific gene mutation called MTHFR polymorphism that reduces the metabolisation of folic acid, taking this all- important supplement may not provide the daily required dosage of active folate. What is folate? Folate is the generic term for vitamin B9, a water-soluble vitamin that includes compounds essential for rapid cell growth and division, maintaining new cells, and making DNA and RNA. Recent data suggest the need to distinguish between naturally occurring folates and folic acid (FA), terms often used interchangeably, both by practitioners and consumers, causing confusion. People cannot synthesise folate and, due to its water-soluble nature, the body stores are limited and must be obtained from the diet or supplementation. Folate includes a group of structurally related compounds: Naturally occurring folates Found in green leafy vegetables, sprouts, fruits, brewer’s yeast and animal liver, it is exceedingly difficult for most people to get the

daily recommended amount of folate through food alone. Further, food folates are unstable and can be oxidised (by heat, light, and/or metal ions), so cooking reduces bioavailability. Folic acid (FA) The synthesised form added to dietary supplements and fortified foods. 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (methylfolate, 5-MTHF, or (6S)-5-MTHF) The biologically active form, available in small amounts in foods and as a food ingredient. Methylfolate has been examined as a better alternative to folic acid supplementation, especially for those expressing MTHFR polymorphism. What about folic acid? Although used interchangeably, folic acid and active folate are different. To become biologically active, biologically inactive folic acid must undergo several transformation steps where the body uses specific enzymes to convert it into 5-MTHF, the biologically active form that the body uses.



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A better option Quatrefolic ® , (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate glucosamine salt, is the biologically active form of folate that completely bypasses the potentially impaired MTHFR conversion step, therefore overcoming

If, however, the person has MTHFR polymorphism, this means they produce an unstable MTHFR enzyme with reduced activity, which is the final step in the conversion process. People with MTHFR polymorphism therefore have a lower ability to convert inactive forms of folate and folic acid into the biologically active 5-MTHF form. This results in a significant variation in how efficiently folic acid is converted to the bioactive form, meaning that even people who take folic acid can be deficient in folate, increasing the risk of adverse health outcomes. Cutting-edge research shows how much MTHFR polymorphism is implicated in chronic disease states and how folate nutrition may contribute to replacing adequate methylation and overall health. However, active folate 5-MTHF supplements are optimally absorbed to exert biological activity, and directly bypass the entire folate metabolisation which is potentially impaired by MTHFR polymorphism.

the problem of people with polymorphisms in the folate- related enzyme, and can better guarantee health benefits. It passes the gastric barrier and is absorbed mainly in the small intestine by a carrier-mediated mechanism, which ensures a higher folate uptake. References available on request.

Quatrefolic ® is considered a “finished” folate, meaning the body can use it immediately without any kind of metabolisation.

Cold & Flu Strike

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Life’s golden formula

Always read the label and follow the directions for use.


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Health benefits of Manuka honey

M anuka honey is a health benefits for its potent antibacterial properties. Let’s explore how Manuka honey can improve your overall health and wellbeing. Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand and Australia from the nectar of the Manuka tree, which is known for its medicinal properties. It has gained popularity over the years due to its numerous health benefits and is now widely used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. unique type of honey, known amongst other One of the most important components of Manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MGO), which is responsible for its antibacterial properties. MGO is found in varying amounts in different batches of Manuka honey, and the level of MGO is used to determine the quality and potency of the honey. The higher the level of MGO, the stronger the antibacterial properties of the honey. In addition to MGO, Manuka honey is also rated based on its non-peroxide activity (NPA) and unique Manuka factor (UMF). NPA measures the honey’s ability to kill bacteria without the presence of hydrogen peroxide, while UMF is a rating

Treating wounds and burns: Manuka honey is effective in treating wounds and burns due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to promote wound healing and prevent infection. Treating sore throat and cough: Manuka honey has been shown to be effective in treating sore throat and cough due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Improving digestion: Manuka honey has been shown to improve digestion and alleviate symptoms of digestive disorders such as acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Boosting immunity: Manuka honey has been shown to boost immunity and help fight off infections and diseases. Promoting oral health: Manuka honey has been shown to promote oral health and help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Manuka honey is a unique and beneficial ingredient that can be used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties make it effective in treating a wide range of health conditions, while its delicious taste makes it a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. When purchasing Manuka honey, it is important to pay attention to the MGO, NPA, and UMF ratings to ensure that you are getting a high-quality and potent product.

system that takes into account both MGO and NPA. UMF ratings range from 5 to 20+, with higher ratings indicating a higher level of antibacterial activity. The health benefits of Manuka honey are numerous and have been well-documented. It has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti- inflammatory properties, making it effective in treating a wide range of health conditions. Some of the health benefits of Manuka honey include:

Manuka honey is a unique and beneficial ingredient that can be used for both medicinal and culinary purposes.


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Aussie owned BeePower Established in 2006, BeePower started with just one product, the much sought after ‘Bee Pollen and Honey Fusion’. Since then, BeePower has grown to now providing top quality Australian and New Zealand honey products, such as – certified organic honey, Eucalyptus honey, Manuka honey, Jarrah honey and much more. Situated in Mudgee, BeePower’s property and factory are 261 kilometres north-west of Sydney, alongside the fertile Cudgegong River valley. Mudgee’s name meaning “Nest in the Hills’ is known for its clean and green farming of honey and wine. BeePower’s New Zealand Manuka Range is made using only the finest Manuka honey from New Zealand, and their honey is independently tested and certified to ensure its quality and potency. BeePower’s New Zealand Manuka honey is available in a range of different grades and strengths, so you can choose the honey that best suits your health needs. They also offer a range of other honey-based products, such as honeycomb and honey spreads, which are all made with the same high quality Manuka honey.


All About Oils

N atural oils like just delicious; they prevent disease, slow ageing and improve immunity. coconut, sesame and olive are not

Avocado oil An exceptionally rich source of vitamin E, which is needed for neurological function and heart

Sunflower oil Sunflower oil contains monounsaturated fat and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are linked

health. It decreases blood lipid peroxide concentrations, which in turn prevents premature ageing and inflammation. High in monounsaturated fats that maintain levels of HDL (‘good’) cholesterol, adding a little to carotene- rich fruits and vegetables (anything red, yellow or orange) helps the body absorb more vitamins A, E and K.

to a reduced risk of heart disease. It also supplies magnesium, which the body’s enzymatic and neural systems require to function properly.

Apricot kernel oil This is rich in oleic and linolenic fatty acids, and vitamins A and E. It is valued in skin and hair products

Ghee This is a form of clarified butter, made by removing milk solids, and is used in Indian cuisine and as a

for its softening, moisturising and deeply nourishing benefits, along with its anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant prowess. Taken internally, it promotes skin healing from within.

Coconut oil Contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs) to support skin, heart and digestive health. One MCT in particular, lauric

medicine in Ayurvedic practice. It is rich in protein, vitamins A, D and E, and butyric acid, which reduces gut inflammation and improves digestion.

Sweet almond oil A delicate-textured oil that provides vitamin E and the B-group vitamin biotin, which are essential for smooth, dewy skin.

Sacha inchi Also known as ‘the Inca nut’, this South

acid, acts as an antifungal and antibacterial agent and boosts resistance to skin diseases characterised by inflammation, like eczema. Research shows that MCTs fat- burning properties assist weight loss, along with providing energy.

American native plant has highly nutritious and large, nut-like seeds.

It acts as a vasodilator within the body, relaxing blood vessel walls and increasing blood flow. It can be applied topically to treat dry, itchy or flaking skin, stretch marks, eczema, psoriasis or brittle nails, and is mild enough to use on a baby’s skin.

Both these seeds and the oil made from them are rich in protein, omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, and vitamin E, which all lower inflammation, improve lipid profiles and lower blood pressure, as well as support cognitive function.

Pumpkin seed oil This provides zinc, which assists prostate health and supports immune function, wound healing and

Olive oil A staple in Greek, Italian and Spanish cuisine, research into ‘the Mediterranean diet’ has found olive oil is

infection resistance. Marginal zinc deficiency is common, especially in the elderly.

Walnut Rich in antioxidants, this provides essential fatty acids, including alpha- linolenic acid (ALA), and is a good source of

Sesame oil A prime source of iron, making this a smart choice for vegans and vegetarians. Sesame oil also supplies essential

linked to a significantly reduced risk of heart disease in those countries. Olive oil increases HDL (‘good’) cholesterol and contains oleocanthal, an anti- inflammatory agent which counters oxidative damage to tissues and organs.

plant sterols, which improve memory, mood and cognition as well as helping maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels. Walnut oil contains polyunsaturated fats, plus copper, magnesium and folate.

omega-3 and -6 fatty acids.


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Bursting with flavour, thanks to creamy coconut milk and zingy feta, this is a great way to boost veggie intake. Serves 4. Loaded Greens Frittata by Steph Lowe, The Natural Nutritionist

Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons Melrose Organic Coconut Oil & Ghee • 4 spring onions, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes, optional • 200 g broccoli, diced • 1 zucchini, sliced into ribbons • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Method: 1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. 2. Add oil and ghee to a large saucepan, bring to medium- high heat, and add spring onions, garlic and chilli; stir for 2 minutes. Add broccoli, zucchini, basil and parsley; stir for a further 2 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, whisk eggs, coconut cream and greens powder together and stir through cooked vegetable mixture. Season and spoon into the tray. 4. Crumble feta over the top and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve warm.

• ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped • 2 cups baby spinach • 6 eggs, beaten • ½ cup coconut cream • 2 teaspoons Melrose Health Essential Greens Powder • ¼ cup feta cheese • sea salt and black pepper


Our range of kitchen oils are 100% natural and cold-pressed to retain their beneficial nutrients. Every dash adds a depth of flavour and additional health benefits to your everyday meals.

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Food for Thought

O ne of the best ways to guard your brain health is to nourish it with essential nutrients, especially plant-based protein and MCTs. When we talk about proteins and healthy fats, the first thing that comes to mind is probably muscle building, weight management and physical performance. However, there is so much more to these powerful macronutrients than just the physical gains they provide. Here, we will explore the fascinating connection between plant-based protein sources, such as pea protein, and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) for promoting optimal brain health and cognitive function. Let’s dive in and learn how to nourish our minds with these powerful nutrients.

dopamine. Serotonin regulates mood, appetite, and sleep, while dopamine influences motivation, reward and focus. Consuming adequate protein helps ensure the availability of these amino acids, supporting the synthesis of neurotransmitters essential for proper brain function. Cognitive performance: Protein intake is closely associated with cognitive performance because it provides the building blocks necessary for brain structure and function. Studies show that a diet with good protein content positively impacts memory, learning and overall cognitive function, particularly in children and older adults, who may be more susceptible to protein deficiencies. Proper protein intake is crucial for maintaining optimal brain health and supporting cognitive processes throughout life. Reducing brain fog: This term refers to the experience of mental fatigue, confusion, or lack of focus. Amino acids derived from protein play a vital role in reducing brain fog by supporting energy metabolism in the brain and helping to eliminate toxins. For example, the amino acid glutamine is a precursor for the antioxidant glutathione, which protects brain cells from oxidative stress and damage. Moreover, branched-chain amino acids like leucine, isoleucine and valine help maintain healthy brain energy metabolism by fuelling the brain during times of stress or intense mental activity. By consuming an adequate amount of protein, you

Plant-based protein Protein plays a vital role in maintaining and enhancing brain health. Plant-based sources like pea or brown rice protein are an Earth-friendly way to fuel the brain, providing all the benefits without any drawbacks associated with animal whey proteins. Here are some key benefits of plant-based protein for brain health:

Building neurotransmitters: Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that transmit signals across neurons, enabling the brain to communicate and function effectively. Amino acids derived from proteins, such as tryptophan and tyrosine, serve as precursors for vital neurotransmitters like serotonin and Amino acids derived from protein play a vital role in reducing brain fog by supporting energy metabolism in the brain and helping to eliminate toxins.


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can supply your brain with the necessary amino acids to promote mental clarity and cognitive function. Choose high-quality sources like organic pea or brown rice protein powders to reap the full benefits of plant-based protein for your brain. These options are not only Earth-friendly, but they are also easily digestible and hypoallergenic. MCTs - the brain’s favourite fuel Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are unique fats with exceptional brain- boosting properties. Derived from sources like coconut or palm kernel oil, MCTs are quickly absorbed and converted into ketones, an efficient fuel source for the brain. Here are the key reasons why you should include MCTs in your regular nutrition routine: Enhanced cognition: MCTs have been shown to support memory and cognitive function, especially in individuals with mild cognitive impairment. They are rapidly absorbed and metabolised by the liver, providing an immediate energy source for the brain. This enhanced energy

availability can lead to improved cognitive function, memory and mental acuity. Studies suggest that MCT supplementation may even help delay or manage the progression of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. Ketone production: MCTs are an excellent source of ketones, which can cross the blood-brain barrier and provide the brain with energy, promoting mental clarity and focus. Reduced inflammation: MCTs possess anti-inflammatory properties that protect the brain from oxidative stress and neurodegenerative diseases.

Nourish your mind Incorporating plant-based protein and MCTs in your diet can positively impact your brain health and cognitive performance. By supplying essential building blocks for neurotransmitters and an efficient fuel source, these powerful nutrients can help you:

improve memory and learning enhance focus and mental clarity reduce brain fog protect against neurodegenerative diseases

Whether you are an on-the-go professional, a busy parent or simply someone looking after yourself, you can embrace the power of plant-based protein and MCTs to unlock your brain’s full potential and boost your cognitive performance. References available on request.


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Go Vita loves … Nutra Organics Beef Bone Broth concentrates , providing easy-to-use, tasty and trusted wholefood nutrition for the whole family – choose from Native Herbs, Natural Beef or Lemon Ginger ACV.


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A healthy digestive system is a prerequisite for a long and healthy life, and if your gut is in good shape, then the rest of your body will benefit. Your Guts


Slow-cooked Beef Stew Ingredients: • 2 tbsp Nutra Organics Beef Bone Broth Concentrate – Native Herbs • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1½ kg stewing beef, trimmed of fat and cubed • 3 carrots, cut in 1.5 cm slices • 1 large onion, peeled and diced • 6 cloves garlic, minced

When your gut works optimally, it is easy to take it for granted. However, given that it is around four metres long, that provides plenty of opportunities for problems to occur, including indigestion, heartburn and acidity, constipation, flatulence, bloating and even compromised immune function, due to poor nutrient absorption via the gut walls. Gut function can be affected by environmental factors, ageing, poor bacterial balance in the bowel, allergies, stress, inadequate diet and overindulgence in alcohol, food sensitivities and illness. A healthy diet containing probiotic and prebiotic foods (to support healthy gut flora), soluble and insoluble fibre (to improve bowel function and stool transit time), and a concentrated bone broth (to nourish and balance the gut) are all effective, soothing and natural ways to keep your digestive system in top form. Bone broth The health of your gut has a powerful and potentially positive knock-on effect on the health of every other organ and bodily system. Gut function directly affects your whole body function and wellbeing, including your immunity, mood, digestion, sleep, and the health of your brain, heart and skin. One of the most effective - and delicious! - ways to support your gut health is to add high- quality bone broth to your diet. You might be surprised to learn that the consumption of bone broth dates back to prehistoric times. It then gained wider use as both a food and a remedy for illness from its use in traditional Chinese medicine. Its numerous health and healing benefits have resulted in it being known as ‘liquid gold’.

Helpful gut bacteria thrives when it is fed high quality fruit, vegetables, protein, good fats and amino acids. Bone broth concentrates contain naturally- occurring essential amino acids, collagen and glycine to soothe the gut, as well as improve the tissue that lines the gut. The new Nutra Organics Beef Bone Broth concentrates boost immunity, promote gut wellbeing, speed wound healing, improve bone strength and protect antioxidants. They are also Paleo and Keto diet-friendly, and gluten-free. These bone broth concentrates contain Australian-sourced beef bones, zinc and over 40 percent collagen protein. This protein contains the amino acids glutamine and glycine, which play a vital role in rebuilding and strengthening the lining of the digestive tract. Nutra Organics aim to find naturally- sourced vitamins and minerals to enhance their products’ efficacy. For example, their concentrates contain guava leaf extract, which is a rich source of zinc, making the concentrates even more nutritious as well as strengthening the immune system. Nutra Organics concentrates also contain apple cider vinegar, which increases the extraction of collagen and other nutrients from the original bones. As a bonus, both collagen and zinc provide specific beauty benefits, helping to improve the health of skin, hair and nails. The best part about Nutra Organics Beef Bone Broth concentrates is that they are not only as delicious as homemade stocks, but they are also extremely convenient and easy to add to soups, stews, gravy or just mixed with hot water for a hearty, soothing and warming mug of savoury, nourishing broth.

• ½ tsp sea salt • ¼ tsp pepper • 2 tbsp flour • 2 cups red wine • 3 cups boiling water • 2 tbsp tomato paste

• 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves • 2 tbsp chopped parsley, plus extra to serve • 2 bay leaves • 500 g small washed potatoes Instructions: 1. Pat beef dry with paper towel. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large saucepan, and sear beef in batches until browned on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside. 2. Add remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan and sauté carrots, garlic and onion until softened. Return beef to pan and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with flour, toss well and cook until browned. 3. Add wine, Nutra Organics Beef Bone Broth Concentrate, water, tomato paste and herbs and bring to a simmer. Cover, transfer pot to the lower shelf of the oven and cook for 2½ hours. 4. Add potatoes and cook

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Underwater Harvest



S ea vegetables may be the wave of the future, but they have been used in Asian medicine and cuisine for 10,000 years. Medicine from the Sea Wakame and kombu offer numerous health benefits, being rich in essential micro-nutrients and important trace elements. Whether you follow a plant- based diet or not, seaweeds like these can give you minerals and vitamins which are simply not available from land vegetables. Seaweeds perform an essential cleaning function in the ocean and will do the same in our gut, holistically supporting the endocrine, nervous and digestive systems to eliminate toxins. With a rich umami flavour, wakame and kombu are the perfect base for nourishing broths, soups and stews to fight colds and flu. When using kombu, you may notice a white powder on the dried surface – this contains the naturally occuring amino acid

Zucchini, Edamame and Wakame Fritters Serves 3 Ingredients: • 2 zucchinis, grated • 1 onion, diced • 1 cup edamame beans, podded • handful of chopped parsley or Pacific Harvest Sea Lettuce Flakes • 2 eggs • 1 clove of garlic, minced • dash of apple cider vinegar • salt and pepper, to taste • 1 tablespoon Pacific Harvest Wakame Flakes • ½ cup brown rice flour Directions: 1. Place zucchini in a strainer and sprinkle with salt. Set aside to drain. Squeeze to remove most of the liquid. 2. Place edamame in a large bowl and mash lightly. 3. Add zucchini, onion, sea lettuce or parsley, eggs, garlic, vinegar, wakame, salt and pepper, and mix well. 4. Add flour and mix thoroughly. 5. Form palm-sized fritters with your hands and cook in a lightly oiled pan until golden.

glutamine, which rises to the leaves’ surface as they are air-dried. Heat and light can damage nutrient density in seaweed. Pacific Harvest only offers air dried seaweeds to maximise nutritional value. Cooking with Wakame and Kombu Use kombu to create hearty soups and bean dishes. Think of a kombu leaf (the frond of kelp) as being like a bay leaf: soaking it provides delicious flavour. When finished, chop the leaf and add it to the dish, or pop it in the compost. Wakame is a tasty and nutritious seasoning to sprinkle over grains, toss with cooked rice and give zing to salads and vegetables. Add flakes to food as you would add herbs.

Go Vita loves … Pacific Harvest Wakame Flakes , harvested from kelp from the pristine waters of New Zealand, and winner of the silver medal at New Zealand’s 2023 Outstanding Food Producers Awards.


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A little-known red sea algae is a rich source of many minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, boron and selenium. Lithothamnium calcareum is a mineral-packed marine algae with incredible potential to support health. Its unique benefits have been well-studied, and show consistent improvements in human bone and gut health as well as acting as an antiviral and anti- inflammatory agent in the body. An unusual plant Plant based calcium and multi mineral supplements made with this special algae have numerous health benefits from not just the calcium but other minerals present. The algae is found in the cold, deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where it collects ocean minerals and secretes them to form a mineral-rich exoskeleton of sorts, an exterior shell of ‘fronds’ that are composed of 34 percent calcium and 2.4 percent magnesium, plus dense amounts of 70 other trace minerals.

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Magnesium is required for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, yet it is a common nutritional deficiency. Low magnesium can result in fatigue, loss of appetite, poor sleep, muscle spasms and difficulty with cognitive function. Studies show that marine-sourced magnesium is far more bioavailable than other supplements, and may also be less likely to cause gastrointestinal upset. Calcium is essential for strong bones and preventing osteoporosis. Calcium is also needed for blood clotting and nervous symptom regulation. These vital functions help muscles to contract, the heart to beat regularly and the body to protect itself from injury. Red algae is a much- needed solution for both plant-based and omnivorous eaters with low calcium intakes, and is a much more bioavailable and balanced supplement than synthetic or even bone-based alternatives. Tests on the effects of the algae on bone health show impressive results. It is capable of increasing bone density, helping to prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, increasing bodily mobility, and even relieving symptoms in people already suffering from these conditions. Gut and brain benefits A surprising effect that is specific to this type of algae are its multiple benefits for repairing and improving gut health and function and preventing gut-related illnesses. It lowers gastric acidity, which prevents the development of stomach ulcers. It also acts as both a mineral prebiotic to improve the vitality of gut- repairing bacteria, and as a synbiotic, meaning it contains bacteria that directly repopulate the gut flora. Taking ocean plant calcium can increase production of anti-inflammatory short-chain fatty acids, which maintain the integrity of the gut barrier and potentially prevent irritable Tests on the effects of the algae on bone health show impressive results. It is capable of increasing bone density, helping to prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, increasing bodily mobility, and

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A surprising effect that is specific to this type of algae is its ability to repair and improve gut health.

bowel syndrome (IBS) and other gut dysbiosis problems. Ocean plant calcium supplementation has also been shown to improve brain health. Chronic brain inflammation can cause ‘brain fog’, unclear thoughts and mental fatigue. Worst of all, it damages the brain and increases the risk of other neurological degenerative illnesses. Many factors lead to brain inflammation, including chronic stress, poor circulation, diabetes, environmental pollutants and eating certain foods. Ocean plant calcium has anti-inflammatory properties that impede the biochemical reaction that causes inflammation, giving it a valuable role in preserving brain health along with many other health-boosting functions. Ocean plant calcium supplementation can actively improve the health of an individual by ensuring they get the right amount and balance of bioavailable essential minerals. This can improve energy, focus, sleep, cognitive function,


gut health, bone density, and many other health parameters. The fact that it may be able to heal and prevent gut-related disorders shows that it also supports overall wellbeing and longevity in a broader way. Overall, there is ample evidence to support taking a ocean plant based calcium supplement and enjoying the massive potential health benefits. References available on request.

even relieving symptoms in people already suffering from these conditions.


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D id you know that wine? Read on … Just like all chardonnay tastes different, not all maple syrup tastes the same: some have strong hints of caramelised sugar, while others have vanilla undertones. Wine producers know that terroir – the soil and environment that their grapes grow in – gives them a taste of their own. Similarly, a syrup connoisseur can tell the unique flavour of a particular maple grove. Meet the Hargroves Zac and Karen Hargrove, owners of South Ridge Maple Company and the Canadian Organic Maple Company, have adapted this phenomenon to maple syrup, by promoting the unique taste of their single source, organic and environmentally friendly products. maple syrup has a lot in common with “Most commercial maple syrup is a blend of different syrups from dozens, even hundreds of different producers,” says Zac Hargrove. “However, since we have control over the entire process we know where 100 percent of our syrup comes from. It’s the difference between having a house wine or a bottle from a winery.” The Hargroves are stewards of the forest. Their respect and care for the land is evident in how they bury their network of pipes and hoses to tap syrup from the trees, which keeps the sap cold and does not impede moose, deer or bears in the woods. The gentleness of the evaporation also

Buckwheat Pancakes with Maple Syrup Ingredients: • 1 cup Organic Road buckwheat flour (120g) • 1 tablespoon sugar (12g) • 1/2 tsp Organic Road Cinnamon (2.5g) • 2 teaspoons baking powder (10g) • 1/4 teaspoon salt (1.5g) • 1 cup milk (240ml) • 1 large egg • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (30ml) • Organic Road Maple syrup, to serve Instructions: 1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the buckwheat flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt until well combined. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and vegetable oil until smooth. 3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the batter, as this can make the pancakes tough. 4. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high

imparts a unique flavour to the syrup. South Ridge has a carbon neutral evaporator, using recycled wood pellets to fire its burners. This means the syrup is gently boiled to drive off excess water, bringing forth pleasant vanilla and caramel notes. When you buy a single source syrup, the taste tells the tale and you know it was made with care and love for the land, the trees and the product: its provenance can be traced from table right back to the trees. Organic Road Maple Syrup, an Aussie owned company, sources their maple syrup from the South Ridge Maple Company.

DID YOU KNOW? Maple trees are usually tapped for their syrup beginning at 30 to 40 years of age!! The average maple tree will produce 35 to 50 litres

of sap per season, up to 12 litres per day! Maples can continue to be tapped for sap until they are over 100 years old.

heat. Once hot, spoon about 1/4 cup (60ml) of the batter into the pan for each pancake. 5. Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. 6. Serve the pancakes warm with warmed maple syrup drizzled over the top.

Zac and Karen Hargrove


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Chocolate Superfood for Life I mprove your heart health, boost brain power, decrease stress beneficial phytochemical compounds in chocolate can change them all – for the better. Chronic disease prevention

and fatigue – all with a cup of hot chocolate.

Cacao is not only good for your heart; it has favourable effects on blood pressure, insulin sensitivity and your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of risk factors – tummy fat, elevated cholesterol, hypertension and elevated glucose – which can lead to many chronic

Well, here’s the best news you will receive today – you need to eat chocolate to be fit and healthy! Chocolate’s many health benefits are due to the cacao it contains,

rather than the milk or sugar usually added to make most conventional chocolate.

diseases, including diabetes and heart attack. Cacao plays a role in prevention because of its beneficial effects on cholesterol, blood pressure and fasting glucose. Chocolate consumption has also been shown to reduce the risk of stroke in women.

Natural chocolate bars and chocolate drink mixes containing unprocessed raw cacao pack a powerful nutrition and energy punch, thanks to the flavonoids, theobromine, epicatechin and antioxidants they contain. Cacao is also available in whole beans, and in small pieces (nibs) and powder. Eating cacao-rich chocolate products has multiple protective effects on your body, brain, and mood: Heart health High total cholesterol, high LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol), and low HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) levels are high on the list of diet-related cardiovascular risk factors. However, all three of these numbers are significantly affected by diet, and the

Brain booster Chocolate contains phenylethylamine and anandamide, which are the chemicals released when we are in love and feel relaxed, hopeful and happy. The brain can also naturally release extra anandamide as a neurotransmitter when we need focus and motivation. No wonder chocolate makes us feel good! Go Vita loves … White Wolf Sweet Dreams chocolate drink mix comes in two varieties - Hot Chocolate and Cookies and Cream.


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