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Hi everyone,

We are one month into winter with only two more to officially go. Apart from that incredibly cold snap that we had recently I hope winter shows us a bit of leniency. To keep our immune systems fighting fit in the meantime, DP Herbals recommends having a follow up and/or Hemaview as a winter wellness check!  Book in for this month and receive a free blend of herbal tea designed to warm you up from the inside out.

For those of you who are on Facebook please look us up and “like” us. There is currently a competition running until the end of Sunday the 5th of July to win a beautiful “wholefoods” recipe book which includes recipes that are gluten free, dairy free and soy free. Email DP Herbals or post your favourite nourishing winter meal directly on DP Herbals facebook page to WIN. Easy!

In the meantime, be well, stay healthy and keep warm.

Until next month


Do you have enough zinc?

Zinc is a trace mineral - needed in only small amounts by our bodies but with many important enzymatic functions. Unfortunately our soils are deficient so we need to have a daily intake in order to keep up with our bodies demand. Zinc deficiency can cause loss of appetite, poor growth, loss of hair, a poorly functioning immune system (leading to constant illness), poor wound healing and changes in taste sensation.

Men and boys need nearly double the daily recommended amount of zinc (13-14mg daily) compared to women and girls (7-8mg daily) Elderly people as well as pregnant woman need slightly more. 

Vegetarians usually need up to 50% more as their higher intake of phytate, a plant component found in cereal grains, reduces zinc absorption from food. 

Sources of zinc include meat (which is a very good source of zinc) with darker meat being slightly better in zinc. Other sources include nuts, seeds, dairy products, whole grains, seafood, and dark leafy vegetable. While the daily RDI is not that hard to achieve men sometimes have a problem doing so. It is interesting that those who are deficient in zinc based on their condition respond very quickly and positively to zinc supplementation. 

If you are concerned about your zinc status, contact us today for a free zinc taste test.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to bone deformity

It is well known that vitamin D offers protection against osteoporosis and is given to women in particular who are in menopause. However rickets, once a public health problem of urgent importance, has largely fallen off the public radar. Nutritional rickets is a disease of improper bone mineralization caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate. Symptoms include bone pain, low blood levels of calcium, and the “bow leg” deformity classically associated with the disease.

Between 1994 and 2004, the number of individuals in the US with a vitamin D level below 30 ng/mL doubled (range is 50 – 150ng/ml). The increased use of sunscreen and increased avoidance of sun are cited as reasons for this trend. New Zealand children are now been identified as having the bone deformity rickets when checked by xray. So who are the most vulnerable groups for this deficiency?

Darker skin people tend to have lower levels of Vitamin D as are larger people, and those who work constantly indoor. Other groups include those who live in the South (particularly the South Island of NZ) as this part of the world sits at the wrong latitude for UV conversion to vitamin D. The last group are babies who are breastfed.  It is critical that pregnant women not only optimize their vitamin D levels during pregnancy, but that they take steps to ensure their infants’ adequate vitamin D status after delivery. Vitamin D is not reliably transferred in the breast milk until the mother’s 25(OH)D level is 45-50 ng/mL or higher as has been previously reported.

Natural foods high in vitamin D include fish oils, fatty fish, mushrooms, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.

Processed food may pay a role in depression


  • Researchers studied diet data from nearly 3500 London civil servants over five years and assessed participants for symptoms of depression. Those with the highest intake of whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables and fish, were less likely to report depression symptoms while those who ate a lot of processed meat, chocolate, sweetened desserts, fried foods, refined cereals and high fat dairy, were more likely to be depressed.
  • People with the highest intake of whole foods were less likely to report depression symptoms in comparison to those who ate a lot of processed food reported higher rates of depression.
  • The different effects of the 2 diets on depression were not related to other factors such as smoking, level of physical activity or weight. 

DP Herbals review: It appears that the daily loss of folate, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants will eventually affect the nervous system and brain biochemistry. Digestive capability will also be compromised so nutrient absorbency and probiotic protection is diminished leading to poor concentration and memory. I guess “an apple a day” really does work!