Top 5 Products at London Health Show 2016

I had a fun day yesterday at the London Health Show – seeking out new products, or at least ones I hadn’t come across before, to see what could help extend my life or at least increase my healthspan.

There were plenty more interesting products, lots of which I’m talking to regarding discounts for club members, but here are the top 5 products that caught my eye.

Camel’s Milk from Desert Farms

Walid Abdul-Wahad setup Desert Farms in California to bring the health benefits of camel’s milk to the wider world and is now setting up in the UK and Europe.

I’ll do some research into the claimed nutritional benefits and do a dedicated blog – but for now the main claims are easier to digest, high levels of GABA,  anti-bacterial properties and also being anti-inflammatory.

ColoDan Colostrum by Biodane Pharma

I’ve not come across colostrums before but it’s the first milk that is secreted by a cow and is packed with nutrients and immune stimulating substances because calves are born without an immune system.

I’ve got some sample packages so will try them out and report back.

LubrisynHa – Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronan (or Hyaluronic Acid) is a major component of the synovial fluid where its it acts as both a lubricant and a shock absorber. LubriSynHA is the only hyaluronan supplement available in liquid form allowing it to be readily absorbed by the body.

Synovial fluid can deteriote from age or exercise resulting in joint pain from bone-on-bone friction and inflammation.
According to the US charity Arthritis Foundation hyaluronic acid injections are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating osteoarthritis of the knee – so this might be an cheaper and more comfortable option.

Prime Fifty – nutrition for over 50s

I had a very interesting chat with the founder Max Gowland who has developed a range of supplements specifically for over 50s. He was the Global R&D Director for Reckitt Benckiser so a man who knows a thing or two about nutrition – including a PhD in amino acid chemistry.

He’s absolutely passionate about muscle wastage in over 50s and explained how we lose around 1% muscle mass each year. Many studies have shown how mobility is close indicator of morbidity.

Reg’Activ Cholesterol from VF Bioscience

High cholesterol is a key risk indicator of heart disease with is one of the big killers so anything that aims to reduce it is worth a look. Some of the scientific research that back up their claims have shown reduced LDL-cholesterol and increased HDL-cholesterol after just 2 weeks.

I’ve got a sample pack which I’m looking forward to trying – but am currently monitoring my cholesterol changes due to a lower fat diet – once its stabilised I’ll be seeing if I can improve it even more with this product

Not yet available in the UK but is available in Europe.

Open Air Factor – the free and simple life extender

Want to live forever but you’re short of time and money to invest in your immortality? Well here are a couple of free and simple tips for staying healthy long enough for medical technology to catch up with biological aging. Pull back those curtains (or raise those blinds) and open the windows – plenty of fresh air and sunlight kills more bugs than a deep clean.

To you and me, it seems obvious that a good dose of fresh air clears out the lungs and must have health benefits. To scientists they call this the Open Air Factor (OAF). It was first discovered at Porton Down – the UK military’s chemical and biological research centre. And for those interested the effect comes from hydroxyl radicals produced by the natural reaction of ozone and olefins in the air.

Even at extremely low concentrations these hydroxyl radicals are able to kill microorganisms suspended in the air. And that includes bacteria that get mixed up in the air when beds are made and curtains are drawn. In fact, one company produced a machine that produced the Open Air Factor and showed it reduced the bio-burden in the air by 80%. Unfortunately that company (Aerte , previously Inov8) has now gone bust – but I will be trying track down a similar system that could be used at home.

Open Air Factor

In addition, ultraviolet light has been shown to kill bacteria lurking on surfaces – with some hospitals utilising robots that UV disinfect rooms between patients. But UV is also present in sunlight – so as well as boosting vitamin D when it lands on your skin it’s also good for cleaning the home.

For the best results, at least do this in your bedroom. You spend about a third of your life in bed so make sure you’re benefiting from the natural disinfection characteristics of fresh air and sunlight. And it doesn’t cost a penny!

Air pollution – a significant killer

Last year Public Health England (a UK government body) published a report titled “Estimating Local Mortality Burdens associated with Particulate Air Pollution”- basically how many people die from illnesses causes by air pollution, broken down by region. Although individual deaths cannot be attributed to man-made particles in the air it attempts to determine how many deaths each year are caused by air pollution. And they came up with significant numbers.

Air pollution 3x more deaths

Remember, this isn’t just some academic public health issue, the flip side of deaths caused by air pollution is that some deaths can be avoided. The report assumes an average loss of 12 years per attributable death. And 12 years is a long time in the exponentially growing field of medical technology. Avoiding death by air pollution may not save you from aging, but another 12 years of life might keep you around long enough to benefit from new life saving drugs and procedures.

PHE found that the fraction of mortality attributable to long -term exposure to PM2.5 air pollution (that is, caused by man-made particles smaller than 2.5um) ranges from under 3% to over 8% – so living in a polluted city is three times as dangerous as living in the countryside.

Two plausible ways to reduce the harmful effects of air pollution would be to reduce air pollution or to reduce exposure. You can help reduce air pollution across the country by campaigning for cleaner air (for example join or finding a local group – there are surprising pollution hot spots even in quite rural areas. Then to reduce your own exposure (because option 1 is going to take some time to happen) consider masks, filtering air in your own home or even moving somewhere with lower pollution. Since reading this report I’ve already started job hunting outside of London to minimise the time I spend breathing killer air.

Here’s a small section of towns and cities through-out the UK – to see your own location the full table starts on page 10 of report –

Town or City Particle Concentration Attributable deaths Fraction of all deaths
London, including 12.7 3389 7.2 %
– Westminster 14.9 88 8.3 %
– Bromley 11.1 161 6.3 %
Newcastle upon Tyne 8.6 124 4.9 %
Northumberland 6.9 128 3.9 %
Manchester 10.4 219 5.9 %
Carlisle 6.7 43 3.8 %
Leeds 9.7 350 5.5%
Nottingham 11.4 150 6.4 %
Derbyshire Dales 8.2 33 4.7 %
Birmingham 11.4 520 6.4 %
Worcester 9.5 43 5.4 %
Cambridge 10.2 47 5.8 %
Ipswich 10.0 63 5.6 %
Reading 10.5 62 5.9 %
Southampton 11.1 110 6.2 %
Oxford 10.6 55 6.0 %
Bristol 10.2 196 5.8 %
Cornwall 6.7 221 3.8 %
Cardiff 9.5 143 5.4 %
Isle of Anglesey 5.5 26 3.2 %
Glasgow 8.3 306 4.7%
Aberdeenshire 5.6 70 3.2 %
Belfast 9.2 141 5.2%