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Making the vegetarian option a healthier choice
Canadian based company Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR) has launched Vegetarian Booster, a supplement designed to help those on vegetarian or vegan diets to get their full share of nutrients that are only, or mainly available from animal products.

Current figures show that 10% of girls between the ages of 15 - 18 and 1% of boys in the same age group claim to be vegetarian or vegan. This is exactly the age when the highest nutritional demands are being made by the body. It is at this age that the body needs to have access to the type of complete amino acids and enzymes that are, by and large, only available through a diet that includes animal protein. Meat, meat products and fish provide a major contribution to intakes of iron, zinc and vitamins B12 and D. Iron in particular is extremely important for the overall health of teenage girls.

Vegetarian Booster is the one of the few supplements of its kind designed to support a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle by supplying key nutritional elements mainly available through animal protein sources. . The formulation includes vitamins B2, B12, choline, zinc, l-cystine, taurine, l-carnosine, creatine monohydrate and l-carnitine tartrate. AOR includes only artificially synthesised amino acids and amino acid derivatives in its line of supplements.

Vegetarian Booster retails at £19 for a one month supply and is a available from selected independent health food retailers. For stockists please telephone: 0208 744 8050

FUNCTIONS OF THE INGREDIENTS IN VEGETARIAN BOOSTER
* B12 (cyanocobalamine) is mainly sourced from animal protein and can sometimes be missing in a vegetarian diet. It is needed for proper nerve and brain function and for the prevention of pernicious anaemia (B12 deficiency).

* B2 (riboflavin) is mainly sourced from animal protein. Although it is found in green vegetables, it is easily destroyed by heat and light and can leach out into cooking water. It is required by the body for the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and carbohydrates.

* Zinc is an important mineral mainly found in animal protein and shell fish that has over 200 roles in the body. It acts as an antioxidant and combines with vitamin A to build skin protein. A deficiency can lead to lack of taste and sense of smell.

* L-Cystine occurs in animal proteins and some plant matter. The body can break down cystine to cysteine when required. Cystine spares methionine - which is often missing in a vegetarian diet. Too much methionine raises homocysteine levels (not good) and supplemental cystine helps eliminate excess methionine. Cystine also protects the liver from toxins such as alcohol and oxidative stress (free radical damage).

* Taurine is only produced by humans in very small amounts and the balance required generally comes from animal protein. As an amino acid it has no structural role but is found in the platelets, nervous system and muscle.
It is an important antioxidant - especially for the lens of the eye. It also supports the detoxification properties of the liver, helps prevent the formation of gall stones and is important for the health of the nervous system.

* L-Carnosine is a natural antioxidant found predominately in animal proteins and has an anti-aging effect on cells. High concentrations are found in brain cells and muscles where it plays a role in muscle contraction.

* Creatine monohydrate is a non protein amino found predominantly in animal protein. A lack of creatine reduces energy levels in the muscle and can result in fatigue setting in. Vegetarians are likely to be low in creatine and so produce less energy, especially when it is needed in short bursts.

* Although L-Carnitine tartrate is found in every cell in the body, it is only available in the diet from animal sources. The functions of carnitine include the support of liver detoxification, healthy heart function and it may play a role in oxygen uptake in athletes. *************This status is given to those companies and organisations that have demonstrated to the Complementary Medical Association that their products and services are exceptional and in many ways unique and ground breaking.

Posted : 26/04/2006 15:21:05

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