5 Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

    Many people look forward to the holidays of Chinese New Year. While this time of year is meant to bring feelings of love and celebration, it's also the harbinger of holiday stress for many. In fact, according to some polls, more than 80% of people find the holiday season to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful. The combined effort of money spending, attending social events, and entertaining guests can quickly become too much to cope. In some cases, the increasing stress and anxiety may even lead to depression. Here are five tips to help you deal with holiday stress and anxiety so you can get through this festive time of year a lot easier. 1. Know Your Limit and Set A Realistic Budget Although spending money during the holiday season may be unavoidable, you can control how much you spend. Some of the stress you feel over the holidays may have a lot to do with financial pressure. To help prevent stress over money, plan ahead, review your finances, and come up with a realistic budget. Buying gifts shouldn’t affect your ability to pay your bills, nor should it result in costly credit card debt. Besides, don’t let the red envelope tradition during the Chinese New Year stress you out. Don’t be cheap on the red envelopes, but don’t bite off more than you can chew neither. You might get creative and think of ideas that don't involve too much money to show your love to the family, such a s spend more quality time with your parents or kids. 2. Stay Active and Keep Exercise Too often at the holidays you let regular exercise go by the wayside along with the rest of self-care. What you may not realize is that being active can elevate your mood and help you cope with stress. Exercise is recognized as an important stress-management tool that can keep your body and mind more stress-tolerant all the time. It stimulates the production of endorphins in the brain, which are brain chemicals that can trigger a positive feeling in the body, boosting mood and reducing feelings of anxiety and stress. Understandably, you might be too busy to exercise during the holidays. However, a 30-minute of workout three times a week to maintain a calm mental state is surely worthwhile. 3. Don’t Over-Commit  The holiday season is particularly stressful when you have too much on your plate. This might be the case if you're welcoming out-of-town guests and hosting family festivities. No one expects you to do it all, so don’t expect it of yourself. And everything doesn’t have to be perfect. Get your family involved and share the duties. Select those things that matter most and politely decline the things that don’t; know your limitations and learn how to say “no” For example, instead of taking on the responsibility of preparing an entire meal alone, ask everyone to help. Or, if you feel that hosting an event at your home is too much, don't feel obligated to entertain relatives and friends. 4. Prepare for Conflict and Take Time for Yourself If you usually have conflict when you get together with your family, it's a good idea to be prepared for it. I'm not suggesting that you go looking for trouble, but rather, approach the situation with a sense of humor and remind yourself what you love about them. Remember that if you let every remark get under your skin, you’ll be miserable and stressed out the entire time. Set aside your differences, and learn to agree to disagree. It’s also important to make time for yourself so you can take a breather and clear your mind. You can go for a walk, listen to relaxing music, or get a massage to take your mind off while you juggle family obligations and social events. 5. Extra Support from Nutrition Foods can help tame stress in several ways. A healthy diet can help counter the impact of stress by shoring up the immune system and lowering blood pressure. Besides, if you are one of those individuals who often gets sick during the holidays, you should know immune function and stress are a double-edged sword. When you are under stress, your immune system might not function optimally to protect you from common germs. If you know your body are this kind, you should take extra care to wash your hands frequently, exercise and rest regularly, and adopt a nutrient-rich diet to boost your immune system, you might be able to get through the holiday stress and illnesses easier.    
2020-01-22

減緩假期壓力的五種方法

    大多人期待著農曆新年假期的到來。每年的這個時候原應是充滿愛和喜慶的感覺,但它同時也為許多人預示著壓力的到來。實際上,根據一些民意調查,超過 80% 的人認為新年假期是 “有點” 或 “非常” 有壓力。金錢的支出,加上頻繁的社交活動和人際互動,很快就會累積成難以承受的壓力。在某些情況下,壓力和焦慮的增加甚至可能導致憂鬱等身心症。以下的五個技巧可幫助您應付假期的壓力和焦慮,讓您較輕鬆度過這一年中喜慶的節日。 1. 知道自己的極限,設定可行的預算 儘管在假期期間花錢是不可避免的,但是您可以控制花多少錢。您在假期中感到的一些壓力常與財務壓力有很大關係。為了避免金錢壓力,請提前規劃,清楚您的財務狀況,並了解切實可行的預算。購買禮物不該影響您的帳單支付能力,也不該導致昂貴的信用卡債務。此外,在農曆新年期間,不要讓紅包傳統帶給您過度的壓力。包紅色不宜小氣,但也不要打腫臉充胖子。您也可以使用創意,用不花大錢的方式向家人表達愛意,例如多花時間陪伴您的父母或孩子。 2. 保持活躍,維持運動 在假期裡,您經常把常規運動與其餘的自我保健擱在一旁。您可能沒有意識到的是,運動可以保持好情緒並幫助您對抗壓力。運動被認為是重要的壓力管理工具,可以使您的身心保有更大的壓力承受能力。它刺激大腦中內啡肽的產生,內啡肽是一種大腦化學物質,可以誘發人體內的正能量,提升情緒,減輕焦慮和壓力感。在假期忙得不可開交是可以理解,但透過每週 3 次 30 分鐘的運動就得以保持良好穩定的精神狀態,肯定是值得的。 3. 不要把責任強加在自己肩上 當您手上的事過多,假期壓力肯定特別大。如果您還需要招待外地來的客人並操辦家庭種種聚會活動,可能就是這種情況。沒有人期望您能做到一切,所以不要給自己過多的壓力。事事不見得一定要完美,讓您的家人參與並分擔責任。選擇重要的事物,禮貌地拒絕無關緊要的事物;了解您的極限,並學習如何說 “不”。例如,與其單獨承擔準備一頓飯的責任,不如要求家人提供幫助。或者,如果您覺得在家裡舉辦活動太麻煩,招待親戚和朋友其實不是您的義務,別給自己太大的壓力。 4. 為衝突做準備,留點時間給自己 如果您在與家人團聚時常起衝突,不妨為此做好準備。並不是建議您去找麻煩,而是可提前準備好以幽默的態度去應對,並提醒自己家人間的愛才是最重要的。請記住,如果讓每句話都可以激怒您,那麼您將一整個假期都感到痛苦和壓力。拋開人與人之間的歧見,學習同意不同意。此外, 騰出時間給自己也很重要,這樣可以喘口氣使頭腦清醒。您可以散步,聽聽輕鬆的音樂,或者做做按摩,在兼顧家庭義務和社交活動之中,得空放鬆身心。 5. 補充營養,增強免疫系統 食物可以以多種方式幫助壓力的舒緩。健康的飲食可以透過增強免疫系統和降低血壓來幫助緩解壓力。此外,如果您是那些經常在假期中生病的人之一,那麼您應該知道免疫功能和壓力是一把雙刃劍。當您承受壓力時,您的免疫系統可能無法發揮最佳功能來保護您免於受到常見細菌的侵害。如果您知道自己是這種體質,則應格外小心,要經常洗手,規律運動與作息,並採用營養豐富的飲食來增強免疫系統,如此,您也許得以較輕鬆的對抗假期中的壓力和疾病。    
2020-01-22

天然形式的活性維生素B12 – 您吃對了嗎?

    維生素 B12,又稱為鈷胺 (cobalamin),是一重要的水溶性維生素,有助於紅血球的生成,增進神經系統的健康,以及其他身體重要的生理機能。若 B12 缺乏,對於人體會產生重大的衝擊。因此,為避免身體缺乏,藉由營養品補充為一有效預防的方式。 然而,市面上的維生素 B12 營養補充品,主要可區分為兩大形式,包含甲鈷胺(methylcobalamin) 與氰鈷胺 (cyanocobalamin) 。兩種形式的差異甚大,也決定了食用後的成效。此兩種形式有著大致相同的結構,都包含金屬鈷離子在結構中,但有著不同的分子鍵結於鈷離子上。甲鈷胺 (methylcobalamin) 有著甲基化 (methyl) 的結構,氰鈷胺 (cyanocobalamin) 則是氰化物 (cyanide) 的結構。 氰鈷胺 (cyanocobalamin) 是一人工合成形式的維生素 B12,並非天然存在於食物中的形式。 此一形式的維生素 B12,為市面上大多數營養補充品的形式,成份穩定而且廉價。 當氰鈷胺 (cyanocobalamin) 進入體內後,需要經過轉化為甲鈷胺 (methylcobalamin) 或是線嘌呤胺素 (Adenosylcobalamin),此兩種形式才是人體內的活化形式維生素 B12。而氰鈷胺轉化時,需3種不同生化步驟反應,並且此步驟的反應仍依賴其他的維生素與輔酵素,因此為了轉化作用,會消耗更多的體內其他營養素。氰鈷胺在體內轉化為甲鈷胺所需的甲基,部分會從 SAM 而來,SAM 分解後就喪失原本其所肩負的功能。事實上,維生素 B12 的其中之一功能就是促進 SAM 的生成,而非消耗 SAM。 不像氰鈷胺,甲鈷胺 (methylcobalamin) 是一天然形式的維生素 B12,能經由食物中或是高品質的營養補充品來獲得。甲鈷胺 (methylcobalamin) 與氰鈷胺 (cyanocobalamin) 的另一重要差異性,在於食用後的吸收率以及在體內的利用率。研究發現,氰鈷胺 (cyanocobalamin) 食用後經由尿液流失的速度是甲鈷胺 (methylcobalamin) 的三倍,代表甲鈷胺 (methylcobalamin) 更能被人體所利用以及保存。甲鈷胺與氰鈷胺相比較,更能大幅為人體細胞所吸收利用。食用氰鈷胺後,一開始血液中上升的速度有可能比甲鈷胺快,但短時間內,其大部分會流失,而甲鈷胺在能穩定地提供細胞中的 B12 含量上升以及供人體所持續利用 (1)。 根據這些研究的結果證實,天然的活性形式維生素 B12 – 甲鈷胺 (methylcobalamin),才是營養品中最佳的 B12 來源。而甲鈷胺的維生素 B12,在許多的臨床治療上,更發現有獨特的作用,而這些功能是氰鈷胺 (cyanocobalamin) 所沒有的功效 (2) (3) (4)。 研究文獻參考: (1). Okuda K, Yashima K, Kitazaki T, Takara I. Intestinal absorption and concurrent chemical changes of methylcobalamin. J Lab Clin Med. 1973 Apr;81(4):557-67. PubMed PMID: 4696188. (2). Kelly G. The co-enzyme forms of vitamin B12: Toward an understanding of their therapeutic potential. Alt Med Rev. 1997;2(6):459-471. (3). Tsao C, S, Myashita K, Influence of Cobalamin on the Survival of Mice Bearing Ascites Tumor. Pathobiology 1993; 61:104-108. (4). Tetsuya Watanabe, Ryuji Kaji, Nobuyuki Oka, William Bara, Jun Kimura, Ultra-high dose methylcobalamin promotes nerve regeneration in experimental acrylamide neuropathy, Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Volume 122, Issue 2, April 1994, Pages 140-143, ISSN 0022-510X.    
2020-01-03

保健食品聰明吃

    現代人普遍外食,除了高油、高鹽、高糖的飲食陷阱外,營養攝取也不易均衡。同時,再加上工作壓力,慢性疲勞、疼痛、精神萎靡都是常見症狀,這也造就了現代人習慣以保健食品來補足身體所需。若老是感到疲倦、睡不飽,經常感冒、生病不容易好,這些可能都是身體發出的警訊。建議首要向專科醫師診斷諮詢,了解個人健康狀態,以利對症下藥。 許多民眾認為只有西藥才會產生副作用,保健食品很溫和不會對身體有害,這觀念不完全正確。台灣人愛吃保健食品,根據統計,一年可吃掉 1 千億元保健食品。常見民眾「求好心切」每天吃進多種保健食品,但保健食品大部分是複方,許多基礎成分容易重複出現,營養素攝取過量的結果,對身體反而是一種負擔。且保健食品多數已經經過濃縮、萃取等加工程序,濃度已高於天然食物,多食無益。尤其是患有特定疾病及固定服用藥物民眾,如要補充保健類或健康食品,最好先詢問醫療專業人員,依照個人身體狀況及需求來選擇。建議民眾吃保健食品時掌握兩大原則: 原則 1:適量適時 – 保健食品有劑量高低區分,很多人以為既然要吃,劑量愈高愈好,實則不然,還是要依照每個人的需求和日常飲食習慣而定。可藉由營養師或藥師的專業諮詢,針對個人飲食習慣與生活型態進行綜合性評估,選擇合適且必要的保健食品類型與劑量,符合身體所需才是維持健康的關鍵。此外,保健食品食用的時間點依特性不同,有的適合空腹吃,有的飯後食用較佳,請依照使用說明,才能達到最好的吸收效果。許多強調國外醫療等級的營養品,給予非常高劑量,吃了短時間有感,但長時間會於身體的影響卻無法評估。營養補充品是在正常飲食下,給予額外不足的補充,但不應該一昧的崇尚高劑量,需在醫療人員評估下使用才是正確的習慣。 原則 2:清楚含量及用量 – 市售的保健食品都有營養標示,一定要看清楚營養標示的含量,以及一天吃的量為多少。在選購時,檢視產品包裝標示各項維生素與礦物質含量、每日攝取參考值等;另可以參考國民健康署訂定「國人營養素參考攝取量」表。或經由專業醫療人員給予個人健康狀況評估後,給予適合個人健康狀況的補充建議,以避免攝取過量。 營養師與醫師皆強調,營養保健食品是食品。聰明吃保健食品,才能吃得健康又安心。  
2020-01-03

Natural, Active Form of Vitamin B12 – Methylcobalamin

    Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is an important water-soluble B vitamin involved in red blood cell production, and neurological health. A deficiency in this key vitamin can cause serious symptoms. Therefore, many people turn to vitamin B12 supplements to help meet their needs and prevent a deficiency. Vitamin B12 supplements are typically derived from two sources : cyanocobalamin or methylcobalamin. Both are nearly identical and contain a cobalt ion surrounded by a corrin ring. However, each have a different molecule attached to the cobalt ion. While methylcobalamin contains a methyl group, cyanocobalamin contains a cyanide molecule. Cyanocobalamin is a synthetic form of vitamin B12 that is not found in nature. It’s used more frequently in supplements, as it’s considered more stable and cheaper than other forms of vitamin B12. When cyanocobalamin enters your body, it’s converted into either methylcobalamin or adenosylcobalamin in three distinct steps. This reaction is partly dependent on other vitamins and coenzymes and uses up the body’s resources; a clear disadvantage. Part of the cyanocobalamin obtains its methyl group from SAM, through which the latter is broken down and can no longer fulfill its aforementioned tasks. However, vitamin B12 is actually responsible for the formation of SAM. Unlike cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin is a naturally occurring form of vitamin B12. A study comparing the two forms reported that about three times as much cyanocobalamin was excreted through urine, indicating that methylcobalamin may be retained better within your body. Methylcobalamin is significantly better absorbed into the cells than cyanocobalamin. Although B12 blood values initially rise higher with cyanocobalamin than with methylcobalamin, shortly thereafter a large portion of the cyanocobalamin is excreted, whereas methylcobalamin reliably increases the vital cellular B12 level (1).  In light of these factors, natural, bioactive methylcobalamin proves to be a much better choice of active ingredient in vitamin B12 supplements than the synthetic cyanocobalamin. (2) (3) (4).  References: (1). Okuda K, Yashima K, Kitazaki T, Takara I. Intestinal absorption and concurrent chemical changes of methylcobalamin. J Lab Clin Med. 1973 Apr;81(4):557-67. PubMed PMID: 4696188. (2). Kelly G. The co-enzyme forms of vitamin B12: Toward an understanding of their therapeutic potential. Alt Med Rev. 1997;2(6):459-471. (3). Tsao C, S, Myashita K, Influence of Cobalamin on the Survival of Mice Bearing Ascites Tumor. Pathobiology 1993; 61:104-108. (4).Tetsuya Watanabe, Ryuji Kaji, Nobuyuki Oka, William Bara, Jun Kimura, Ultra-high dose methylcobalamin promotes nerve regeneration in experimental acrylamide neuropathy, Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Volume 122, Issue 2, April 1994, Pages 140-143, ISSN 0022-510X.  
2020-01-03

The Smart and Safe Use of Dietary Supplements

    Modern people generally eat outside, in addition to the risk of high-oil, high-salt and high-sugar diets, well-balanced nutrients is not easy to reach. Meanwhile, due to work stress, chronic fatigue, pain and listlessness are all common symptoms; people use to depend on dietary supplements to meet the needs of the body. If you always feel tired, cannot sleep well, frequent catch a cold or have slow recovery when gets sick, these may be some warnings your body tries to send. It is recommended first to consult doctors to understand your health condition in order to facilitate the right medication. Many people assume that only Western medicine can cause side effects. Dietary supplements are mild and should not be harmful to the body. This notion is not entirely correct. Taiwanese like to take dietary supplements. According to statistics, Taiwanese spend NTD 100 billion on dietary supplements every year. Often, we see people take a variety of dietary supplements daily. The problem is most dietary supplement made of two or more ingredients, many basic ingredients are easy to be repeated. The result of excessive intake of nutrients put a burden on our body. Most dietary supplements are concentrated, extracted and processed in a higher concentration than natural foods; therefore, the excessive intake in not beneficial at all. Especially for people have specific diseases with fixed medications. If you want to take supplementations, it is better to ask medical professionals to choose according to your physical condition and needs. The following two principles are what you should know when before taking any dietary supplement : 1. Right Time + Right Amount – Dietary supplements come in different doses. Many people think the higher the dose, the better. This isn’t true, it should depend on each personal needs and eating habits. Choosing the right and necessary dietary supplements and dosages to meet your body's needs is key to staying healthy, so a comprehensive assessment of personal eating habits and lifestyles should be done through professional counseling by a dietitian or pharmacist beforehand is necessary. In addition, what time of the day to take the supplement is varied, some are good with foods and some are better after meals. Please follow the instructions for the best absorption. Many supplementations that emphasize on meeting the foreign medical standard use very high-dose. The effect of the high-dose supplement seems effective for a short period of time; however, the long term effects on human’s body cannot be evaluated. Nutritional products are given to supplement nutrients your body might still lack under the normal diet. You should not endorse high-dose dietary supplements blindly without the right knowledge. Taking supplements under the evaluation of medical personnel is the correct habit everyone should have. 2. Read Labels Clearly – Dietary supplements on the market are all labeled, so be aware of the information printed on the packaging. At the time of purchase, please read carefully about the contents of the product, supplement facts and ingredients. You could also use “Recommended Dietary Allowance, RDA” and “Tolerable Upper Intake Level, UL” as the references. Otherwise, to get an assessment of personal health conditions through practitioners and professionals, and then follow the supplementary recommendations that suitable to you to avoid overdose. Nutritional experts and doctors emphasize that dietary supplements are another form of food. Understand the advantages of dietary supplements, so you can take them smart and safe.
2020-01-03

How Does Realpromise’s Supplement Get Its Form And Size?

    The major of adults in Taiwan take one or more dietary supplements either every day or occasionally. Today’s dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, fish oil, probiotics, glucosamine and many other products. Take a deep look at your daily supplements, you would find out they come in different forms and sizes. Your ACTIVFOLATE is in a capsule format, which is much smaller than the height of the NTD one coin. Although your MCH ELITE capsule is also in the form of capsules, it’s about the height of the NTD five coin. Meanwhile, the BABE D3 for your baby is designed to be in liquid form. These forms and sizes are determined by a number of factors, although each one has a similar goal: to help you absorb the optimal dose of nutrients from the fewest number of supplements to achieve health goal, and without any side effects. 1. The Form – Not only do supplements come in various sizes, they also come in different shapes, colors, and forms:tablets, capsules, powders, gummies, as well as drinks and energy bars. Among these formats, tablets and capsules are the most popular ones. However, tablet format requires high pressure to help with molding. The pressure and temperature at the time of making could potentially damage the activity of the sensitive components. Moreover, the tablet form has to be coated with a film coat to increase moisture resistance; the composition of the coating contains a lot of chemical additives, including titanium dioxide and talcum powder. All of which have pointed out potential risks and harms. Some cheaper tablet products also used to add artificial colors on the coating, which burden our body in a big way. Capsules generally refer to capsules made from special film-forming materials (such as gelatin, cellulose, polysaccharides, and pure natural plant starch, etc.), which is used to enclose ingredients in a relatively stable shell, allowing them to be taken orally. The two main types of capsules are hard-shelled capsules and soft-shelled capsules. The hard-shelled capsules contain dry, powdered ingredients whereas the soft-shelled capsules primarily used for oils and for active ingredients that are dissolved or suspended in oil. The ingredients placed in the soft capsule are more restricted. In addition, the material of the capsule shell can also be made of plant material. The plant-based capsule shell is very commonly used in products for vegetarians. Generally speaking, the cost of the plant-based shell is higher than that of the animal-derived gelatin shell. Capsules are considered to be the best form for the highest quality dietary supplements. They have several advantages over other formats: ▪  Within the capsule capacity range, the various components are used in a relatively large degree of freedom and can be mixed in various ratios. ▪  Protect sensitive raw materials. Have the ability of being effective oxygen barrier and excellent chemical stability, which could improve product stability. ▪  Capsules are smoother, which makes them easier to swallow, especially for Asian female. ▪  Capsules are often tasteless and odorless. ▪  A capsule breaks down faster than a tablet, for a quicker release time in the body once you consumed. ▪  Capsules are gentle on your stomach. ▪  For someone who have difficulty to swallow capsules, a capsule can be pulled apart and mixed its powder into a beverage. ▪  Capsules, unlike tablets, do not require binders, coatings, and other agents to produce them. ▪  Capsules can deliver oil or fat soluble nutrients. Aim at the multiple advantages of capsules, realpromise’s products chose the capsule format purposely. We also emphasize on using plant-based capsules, because it has better taste due to plant-derived ingredients and natural ingredients compared to animal-derived gelatin capsules. The plant-based capsule shell is stable at low humidity levels, have low moisture content, and low static charge, and is more suitable for oxygen-sensitive and immediate-release drugs. These characteristics make the contents safer, better dissolution, and more remarkable impact on the users. 2. The Size – Some people may find it troublesome to take various kinds or multiple dose of dietary supplements. Although you can take one large, highly concentrated tablet/capsule of vitamins and minerals one time a day, but this is not ideal. Think in this way; when it comes to food, you don’t eat your recommended daily amounts of fruits, vegetables, meat, and protein all in one meal, right? The same concept goes to supplements. Your body needs nutrients throughout the day, not in one massive quantity first thing in the morning. This means taking more capsules throughout the day, but it is much better for absorption overall. So yes, realpromise could choose as much vitamins and minerals into a smaller as we want, more compact tablet/capsule – but then we have to use the unnecessary binders and other manufacturing agents that might decrease nutrient absorption and nutrient breakdown in the body. Besides, it goes against our rules and original intention. In some case of minerals, form matters – even though it might need for a larger capsule. When you are taking an iron, magnesium, or another mineral supplement, the mineral’s chemical structure also plays an important factor. Minerals come in many different forms in the market, and often the structure that is most absorbable, and efficient by the body is less concentrated, which can result in a bigger capsule size. For example, magnesium oxide is much more concentrated than magnesium glycinate (a form of magnesium used in realpromise’s products). Magnesium oxide is slightly more than 60% magnesium, whereas magnesium glycinate is only 11% magnesium. Therefore, you can get more magnesium from magnesium oxide than from magnesium glycinate into the same size capsule. But magnesium oxide is poorly absorbed in the body, which means that while you would be taking smaller capsules, you would be absorbing only a smaller part of magnesium from its oxide form, thus affect the results. Magnesium bisglycinate has much better absorption rate than Magnesium Oxide, about 5 to 8 times. But magnesium bisglycinate is about 11% of magnesium, so using it in capsule form might require more capsules than the magnesium oxide. At realpromise; we try to make a balance between absorption and concentration. The efficacy of our products and how much they could benefit your health are what we care most. The balance between absorption, concentration and capsule size is taking into account for every product realpromise makes. For example, FERROPRO (Iron bisglycinate) capsule is smaller than the height of the NTD one coin, you can easily take one micro-capsule with highly adsorption iron. Take one to two capsules easily with adequate amounts of iron according to your need, with no side effects. Furthermore, in the case of iron, the more poorly absorbed it is, the more likely it is to cause the side effects – constipation, bloating, and other symptoms of GI upset. Therefore, next time when you begin to take your supplement every day and you see those different forms and sizes, please remember that each realpromise’s product is thoughtfully designed to provide your body with the best absorbable forms of the nutrients, along with the minimal side effects and moderate swallow size. That is the difference between realpromise and other brands. realpromise always think best for your health, we try to stand on the perspective of the consumer, and provide the best nutritional supplements.      
2019-08-28

我們如何決定營養保健食品的形式及尺寸?

    台灣大多數成年人每天或偶爾服用一種或多種營養保健食品,包括維生素、礦物質、魚油、益生菌、葡萄糖胺及許多其他產品。當您將每日的保健食品一字排開時,您會注意到它們有不同形式及各種尺寸。您的孕喜葉酸是膠囊形式,其比 1 元硬幣的高度還要小得多;您的韻佳鈣雖然也是膠囊形式,但其高度大約跟 5 元硬幣差不多。而您給寶寶的馨貝比維生素 D3 則是以液體的形式來呈現。 這些形式及尺寸的決定可歸結於多種因素,然而每種因素都有著一致的目標:幫助您從最少數量的保健食品中吸收最佳的營養素,而且沒有任何副作用。 1. 形式的選擇 – 營養保健食品不僅有各種尺寸,它們還有不同的顏色、形狀和形式:從錠劑、膠囊、粉末、軟糖、飲料到能量棒。在這眾多的形式中「錠劑」和「膠囊」是最普遍的。 然而錠劑,在打錠上需施以高壓力以幫助成型,但在打錠時的壓力與溫度,則有潛在性破壞敏感成分活性的風險。錠劑產品的外表還會包裹膜衣(coating)以增加防潮性,但膜衣的成分則有許多化學添加物,包括二氧化鈦與滑石粉,都有研究指出具有潛在性的可能風險與危害。而廉價錠劑產品,膜衣上更添加許多人工色素,對人體不啻為一大負擔。 膠囊,通常指的是用特種成膜材料(如明膠、纖維素、多糖及純天然植物澱粉等)製成的囊狀物,把成分按劑量密封在內的一種形式,以便於吞服。膠囊還可以再劃分成硬膠囊與軟膠囊,一般來說硬膠囊裡面放的內容物是粉末;軟膠囊則是液態的成分,像是魚油、亞麻仁油等,可以放入軟膠囊的成分限制較多。此外,膠囊殼的材質也可以以植物原料製成,植物來源的膠囊殼很常用在素食者使用的產品上,一般來言植物殼的成本會比動物來源的明膠殼高。 膠囊可以說是最高品質營養保健食品的典型代表形式。其優點如下: ▪  在膠囊容量範圍內,各種成分使用的自由度比較大,能以各種不同的比例混在一起 ▪  良好的氧氣阻隔能力,穩定性佳,能提高內容物的穩定性;如對光敏感、遇熱不穩定的成分均可裝入膠囊 ▪  膠囊比較光滑,使它們更容易吞嚥,特別是對於亞洲女性 ▪  膠囊通常無味無臭 ▪  一旦吃進體內,膠囊比錠劑更快地分解,進而更快地在體內釋放與吸收 ▪  膠囊通常較緩和且不傷胃 ▪  對於無法吞嚥膠囊的人,可以將膠囊拉開並將其內容物混合飲料飲用 ▪  與大多數錠劑不同,膠囊不需要粘合劑,膜衣,賦形劑和其他輔助化學成分來製造它們 ▪  能遞送油或脂溶性營養素 realpromise 的產品選用膠囊,即是看重膠囊的多重優點。realpromise 更嚴選植物性膠囊,因為相較於動物源性的明膠膠囊,植物膠囊如成分天然而穩定性更佳。且植物性膠囊殼的分子結構穩定,含水量低,更適合氧敏感性、速釋性的成分,其特性使內容物更加安全,食用效果顯著。 2. 尺寸的選擇 – 也許有些人會對於一天需食用多種或多顆的保健食品覺得很麻煩;的確您可以服用一顆含有一整天所需的維生素和礦物質的大顆高濃縮營養品,但這並不理想。讓我們換個角度思考;當談到食物時,您不會一次性的在一餐吃掉每日建議食用量的所有水果,蔬菜,肉類和蛋白質吧?這道理同樣適用於保健食品。您的身體一整天都需要營養補充,而不是在一早吃進大量的營養素 供身體一整天利用。雖然這意味著需服用更多膠囊,但整體吸收效果要好得多。 所以,的確 realpromise 可以將更多的維生素和礦物質強制用於更小更濃縮的膠囊 – 但這樣做就必須使用不必要的粘合劑、賦形劑和其他對於生理沒有助益的額外成分,這些都可能阻礙營養素的吸收和體內營養成分的分解吸收。此外,它違背了我們最重要的原則與初衷。 如在礦物質的情況下,形式很重要 – 即使這意味著可能需要更大的膠囊。無論您是服用鐵、鎂還是其他礦物質補充品,礦物質的化學結構也是影響營養品成效的一個重要因素。礦物質有多種形式,通常人體最容易吸收的形式,其濃度較低,這可能導致膠囊尺寸變大或是需食用更多顆。以鎂為例,氧化鎂比甘胺酸鎂(一種在 REAL PROMISE 產品中使用的鎂)更濃。氧化鎂含有約 60% 的鎂離子,而甘胺酸鎂僅為 11%。因此,經相同大小膠囊,您可以從氧化鎂中獲得更多的鎂,而不是甘胺酸鎂。但氧化鎂在體內吸收效果很差,這意味著當您即使服用較小的膠囊時,您可以從氧化鎂得到營養素鎂離子卻相對少很多,效果也會受到影響。甘胺酸鎂比氧化鎂具有更好的吸收率,差距可達 5-8 倍。但甘胺酸鎂只有 11% 的鎂,因此以膠囊形式使用它有可能需要比氧化鎂更多的膠囊。 在 realpromise,我們嘗試在吸收和濃度之間取得平衡。產品食用後的成效和對您的健康的幫助是我們最在乎的。 生產的每種產品都考慮了吸收率、濃度和膠囊尺寸之間的平衡。例如,我們的馨韻鐵膠囊 (含有甘胺酸亞鐵) 使用微型膠囊,比台幣 1 元硬幣的高度還要更小,您可以服用較小的膠囊,同時獲取高吸收率的鐵。而每顆適中的鐵含量,讓您更容易依據自己需求彈性增減食用量,進而避免一次性服用高量鐵而導致的不舒服副作用。以鐵來說,吸收率越差,食用量越大,其引起的副作用可能性就越大 – 便秘,腹脹和胃腸不適的其他症狀。 下次當您開始食用營養保健食品時並看到不同的形式及大小時,請記住每一個 realpromise 的產品都經過精心設計,為您的身體提供最易吸收的所需營養素,以及提供最佳吸收形式、副作用最少,而且適中的吞嚥尺寸。這就是 realpromise 的與眾不同之處。realpromise 真正用心真心誠意,一切為您的健康著想,從食用者的角度出發,提供最佳營養保健食品。    
2019-08-28

Nutrition for Women at Every Age

    At every stage of women's lives, well-balanced nutrition and regular exercise are the cornerstones of good health and optimal energy. But certain vitamins and minerals become especially important at particular times of life. From youth to the childbearing years and into senior years, each life stage may require different nutrients to help women’s body get what it needs for optimal wellness. 1. Nutrition for Girls in Childhood and Early Teens – Growing girls should eat more natural foods rich in various nutrients, including a diet abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean sources of protein, in order to lay a solid foundation for their health in the future. In addition, girls should keep being active, while reducing the intake of high-calorie foods. Establishing good eating habits from the early stages of life would be beneficial for a lifetime. Two nutrients are particularly important for this stage: Calcium : Getting enough calcium is important for all ages, but it is especially important during adolescence and early adulthood, when bones are absorbing calcium. The more calcium you get, the stronger your bones will be. Calcium helps maintain the healthy development of bones and teeth, and also helps the blood maintain normal clotting. In particular, pairing with vitamin D3 could enhance calcium absorption. Natural sources of calcium, such as low-fat dairy products, are the smartest choice for calcium supplementation because they also contain vitamin D and protein, both of which are required for calcium absorption. Iron : Iron is important for young women, as menstruation is one of the ways this mineral is depleted from the body. Symptoms of low iron include fatigue, and poor performance at school or work. Red meat without fat provides animal iron that is easily absorbed by the body. Proper iron supplementation helps the formation of normal red blood cells. Iron is also an important component of heme and myoglobin and contributes to the delivery and utilization of oxygen. 2. Nutrition for Women During Childbearing Years – Adult women often juggle between multiple roles, and are often overwhelmed between job and parenthood. On one hand, women at this age use up a lot of energy and strength; on the other hand, they often have no time to eat well-balanced. Over years, many women suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Several nutrients are particularly important for women during adulthood, especially for pregnant women: Folic Acid : If you want to get pregnant, it is wise to increase folic acid intake before pregnancy. There is evidence that taking folic acid before pregnancy and the first trimester into pregnancy is beneficial to the healthy development of the brain of the fetus. Some doctors recommended that women take folic acid supplements during pregnancy to ensure they reach the recommended 400 to 800 micrograms. Vitamin B12 : Lacking of vitamin B12 may cause anemia and fatigue. B12 is essential for healthy nervous system development and function. Pregnant women who are vegans or vegetarians may be deficient in B12, since it is present in animal protein and to a lesser extent in dairy. B12 supplementation is usually recommended during pregnancy because during pregnancy, the body's demand is gradually increasing. Choline : Choline is an important nutrient for women's health in their lifetime, especially during pregnancy. Choline is also beneficial for early fetal development. Omega-3s : EPA and DHA play many roles in the body. Even women who don’t plan to have children should be sure to get plenty of amount of Omega-3s. Vitamin D : Vitamin D promotes the release of bone calcium to maintain blood calcium balance. It also helps to maintain the normal physiology of nerves and muscles. Calcium : Getting enough calcium in adulthood is still important for women. To protect bone calcium, we must pay careful attention to "calcium supplementation", "sun exposure" and "sports". Adult women in their childbearing years should aim for between 1,000 mg and 1,300 mg of calcium a day. Calcium is also important for fetal development. Iron : The volume of blood almost doubles when women are pregnant, which dramatically increases the demand for iron. After giving birth, the baby can absorb the rich iron from the breastmilk, so the iron supplement during breastfeeding time is also very important. 3. Nutrition for Women During the Senior Years – As menopause nears, women’s body change again. The estrogen levels decline. Under the premise of a balanced diet, it is recommended to moderately supplement the following nutrients, along with regular exercise to relieve stress and taking Calcium supplement, and also reduce menopause discomfort: Calcium and Vitamin D : Although calcium loss is inevitable with aging, women can slow down the process by taking in enough calcium and vitamin D. In addition, as the age is increasing, the skin is also less efficient in converting sunlight into vitamin D. Thus, senior women need to supplement more vitamin D to help maintain the normal physiology of nerves and muscles. Vitamin B Complex : Vitamin B Group keep normal energy metabolism and help maintain the normal function of skin, heart and nervous system. It also contributes to body fat, cholesterol synthesis and metabolism of amino acids. Vitamin C, E : It’s more important for women at menopauseto eat balance diet and taking enough supplement. Vitamins C and E both have antioxidant effects, which not only promote the formation of collagen, but also improve the health of the skin and blood cells, and make the skin healthier.    
2019-07-08

女性一生的營養需求

    在女性生活的每個階段,均衡營養和適當運動是健康和最佳能量的基石。 但某些維生素和礦物質在特定的生命時期變得尤為重要。從青少年到育齡期到更年期,女性的每個生命階段需要補充不同的營養素,以幫助身體獲得最佳健康所需的一切。 1. 女童和青少女的營養需求 – 成長中的女孩應多吃富含各類營養素的天然食物,包含水果,蔬菜,全穀物,低脂乳製品和瘦肉蛋白質的均衡飲食,以為往後健康生活打下紮實的基礎。此外,女孩們也應積極的活動,同時減少攝取高熱量食,由早期開始建立良好的飲食習性,將終生受益。以下兩種營養素對此階段的女性特別重要: 鈣:獲得足夠的鈣對所有年齡段都很重要,但在青春期和成年早期,鈣質的需求很高,這一點尤其重要,此時攝取的鈣質愈多,身體將更強壯。補鈣有助於維持骨骼與牙齒的正常發育及健康,並幫助血液維持正常的凝固功能。特別是與維生素 D3 配對可以增強鈣吸收。 天然鈣源如低脂乳製品或牛骨鈣補充品,是補鈣最明智的選擇,因為它們還含有維生素 D 和蛋白質,這兩者都是鈣吸收所必需的。 鐵:鐵對年輕女性很重要,因為月經是這種礦物質從身體中流失的原因之一。鐵不足的情形包括容易累,在學校或工作中表現不佳。沒有脂肪的紅肉提供身體容易吸收的動物性鐵質。適當的補充鐵有助於正常紅血球的形成。鐵是構成血紅素與肌紅素的重要成分,有助於氧氣的輸送與利用。 2. 育齡女性的營養需求 – 成年期的女性常身兼數職,往往在工作與母職之間忙碌。這個年齡層的女人一方面消耗大量的體力,一方面經常忽略飲食的重要性,長期下來身體的營養素處於大量流失且不足的狀態。下列幾種營養素對此階段的女性尤其重要,尤其是對懷孕的女性: 葉酸:如果您正在考慮懷孕,在懷孕前增加葉酸攝入是明智的 – 有證據表明在懷孕前和懷孕的前三個月服用葉酸,對胎兒的正常發育有益。一些醫生建議女性服用含有葉酸的孕期補充劑,以確保它們達到推薦的 400 至 800 微克。 維生素 B12:B12 對增進神經系統的健康很重要。純素食者或素食者的孕婦可能 B12 不足,因為它存在於動物蛋白中,而在乳製品中則較少。通常建議在懷孕期間補充,因為在懷孕期間,身體的需求逐漸增加。 膽鹼:膽鹼是女性一生中健康的重要營養素,特別是在懷孕期間。膽鹼對胎兒早期發育也有益。 Omega-3s:EPA 和 DHA 在體內發揮著許多作用,包括調整體質,調節生理機能。即使是不打算生孩子的女性也應該確保獲得大量的 Omega-3 脂肪酸。 維生素 D:維生素 D 促進釋放骨鈣,以維持血鈣平衡。亦有助於維持神經、肌肉的正常生理。 鈣:在成年後,獲得足夠的鈣對女性來說仍然很重要。保護骨鈣要注意「補鈣」、「日曬」、「運動」,三項缺一不可。育齡期的成年婦女每天應攝入 1,000 毫克的鈣,但不同的鈣質來源會影響到補充後的結果,挑選好的鈣質補充品,才能獲得最高的效益。鈣對於胎兒發育也至關重要。 鐵:當女性懷孕時,血量幾乎翻倍,這大大增加了對鐵的需求。分娩後,寶寶可以從母乳中吸收豐富的鐵質,因此,在哺乳期間的補鐵也非常重要。 3. 更年期女性的營養需求 – 隨著更年期的腳步接近,女性的身體會再次發生變化。在均衡飲食的前提下,建議適度補充下列營養素,同時配合運動抒解壓力和特別補充鈣質以降低更年期的不適: 鈣和維生素 D:雖然隨著年齡的增長,鈣質流失是不可避免的,但女性可以通過攝取足夠的鈣和維生素 D 來減緩這一過程。此外,由於隨著年齡的增長,皮膚在將陽光轉化為維生素 D 方面的效率也降低,更年期女性可能需要補充更多的維生素 D,有助於維持神經、肌肉的正常生理。 維生素 B 群:B 群有助於維持能量正常代謝,幫助維持皮膚、心臟及神經系統的正常功能,也有助於體脂肪、膽固醇的合成及胺基酸的代謝。 維生素C, E:更年期的女人,均衡的飲食與作息,以及足夠的營養素補充,將更為重要。維生素 C 具抗氧化作用,能促進膠原蛋白的形成,有助於傷口癒合。維生素E增進皮膚與血球的健康。    
2019-07-08