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Melissa Usher Dietician View profile

Hi Debra Many thanks for your query. Malt sugar or maltose is a disaccharide made up of 2 units of glucose, produced when starch is broken down. You are correct, it is found in germinating seeds, including barley. Barley does contain the protein gluten, but their are only trace amounts of gluten found in the malt sugar. I would encourage those with a marked, diagnosed gluten intolerance or with diagnosed Coeliac Disease to avoid malt sugar. Those aiming to reduce or minimalize their gluten intake should not be effected by the very small amounts of gluten found in malt sugar. I hope this helps. Kind regards, Melissa

Melissa Usher Dietician View profile

Many thanks for your query.

Acai Berry contains flavanoids, shown to have great antioxidant properties. Future studies need to be performed to determine the actual level of antioxidants found in the berries. Wellness Warehouse sells the frozen Acai Berry pulp as well as Acai Berry in powder and capsule form.

Wellness Warehouse stocks many different Colon Cleansing Products. Try Body Cleanse from Good Health. It consists of two products - one Multi-Cleanse (herbal cleansing component) and one Multi-Fibre. These are both capsules, that one can use either as a 7 day quick cleanse or a 1 month maintenance cleanse. It also contains an eating plan and detox suggestions.

Remember to drink plenty of fluids and to take a probiotic while on the detox products.

Kind regards, Melissa

Melissa Usher Dietician View profile

Hi

Many thanks for your query.

There are two products that you may be interested in:

Amipro, produces a range of “All Vegetarian Supplements,” which you may find useful as a lunchtime meal replacement.

The range is wheat-free, gluten-free, corn protein-free, dairy-free, egg-free and contains no stimulants, artificial colours, flavours or sweetener.

Their product, Ultra Meal Orginal is a nutritional blend of superior soya, isoflavones and dairy-free calcium as well as fibre and other vitamins.

If you are looking for a protein powder specifically, this should be used as a meal supplement to be taken between meals/ after excercise, rather than a meal replacement. Super Foods has a great Organic Hemp Seed Protein Powder.

Kind regards, Melissa



Melissa Usher Dietician View profile

Flaxseeds are a great source of fibre and omega 3 fatty acids. They have been shown to reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, heart diease and some cancers. The seeds are less concentrated than the flaxseed oil. The recommended dosage for the oil is 1-2 tablespoons per day and the raw seeds is 2-4 tablespoons per day (1 tablespoon, 2-3 times per day). Flaxseeds have a great nutty flavour and can be added to cereals, juices, yoghurt, cottage cheese, salads, cooked vegetables, etc. The nutrient density of the flaxseeds reduces when heated, therefore try to add them to food once cooked. Something to bare in mind is that the ground form of the flaxseeds go rancid quite quickly, so try to use immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge. As the flaxseeds are so high in fibre, increase your water intake to 2-3 litres per day. Regards Melissa

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

The Acai Berry comes from Brazil, and has been touted as one of the latest “super foods”, competing with the Goji berry. As you say, it has become very popular in recent months, as it was mentioned on the Oprah show.
It is very high in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and anti oxidants-which is probably why a lot of people notice an improvement with the hair, skin and nails-as well as the other health benefits.

Some of the benefits that have been claimed:

Boosts energy levels, Improves digestive function, Improves mental clarity/focus, Promotes sound sleep, Provides all vital vitamins, Contains several important minerals, Is an extremely powerful free radical fighter, Acai has very high levels of fibers
Cleanses and Detoxifies the body of infectious toxins, Strengthens your immune system, Fights cancerous cells, Slows down the aging process, Promotes healthier and younger-looking skin, Alleviates diabetes, Normalizes and regulates cholesterol levels, Helps maintain healthy heart function, Minimizes inflammation, Improves circulation, Prevents artherosclerosis, Enhances visual acuity.

In order to lose weight you need to have a calorie controlled diet and exercise regularly. Energy out needs to be greater than energy in. Please read our our other posts in the weight loss category.

Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD


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