New in store: Blooms vitamins and mineral supplements

Blooms Olive Leaf 1500 60 capsulesWe’re thrilled to announce the arrival of Blooms supplements on Echolife’s Natural Health virtual shelves. Blooms is an Australian-owned company that has been providing quality products to support and boost the health and wellbeing of Australians since 1936. Blooms has evolved from a small Sydney health-food store to a medium-sized company that manufactures 70% of its products locally (from growing to harvesting to packing).

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The Healing Benefits of Vitamin D and Sunlight

Now that we are heading towards summer in Australia, most of us think about slathering our bodies with sunscreens, but if we were to expose at least 20% of our skin to sunlight all year round for up to 10 minutes a day without any sunscreen, then many of us would ensure adequate amounts of vitamin D (remember to do this before the hottest part of the day – early morning or late afternoon).

The liver and kidney help convert vitamin D to its active hormone form. Those who have impaired liver or kidney functions would require more vitamin D synthesis either from direct sunlight or good quality supplements.

(Note: a simple blood test may be required to check your current levels of vitamin D before considering any supplementation.)

Deficiency of natural sunlight and vitamin D has been associated with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Dr. Norman Shealy, M.D.,Ph.D wrote that Vitamin D has long been known to enhance immune function and to benefit many other health conditions. Continue reading

Zinc: an Essential Mineral

Zinc is found in almost every cell of the human body. It promotes a healthy immune system, healthy skin, supports wound healing and assists normal growth during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence.

Zinc and the immune system:

The immune system is affected by even moderate degrees of zinc deficiency – and severe zinc deficiency actually depresses the immune function. Adequate amounts of zinc are required for the development and activation of T-lymphocytes, a white blood cell that helps fight infection. If running low on zinc, you may be more susceptible to colds, flus and other viruses.

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