Get the energy of an Azkal

A new Korean multivitamin is helping some of the country’s busiest athletes stay at the top of their game

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ARONAMIN Gold helps keep James and Phil Younghusband upbeat all day.

Phil Younghusband pops two or three of these pills everyday. On the other hand, his brother James says he’s okay taking it once to satisfy his fix—of energy, of course.

With days that start at 7 a.m. and end, at the latest, at 1 a.m., the Philippine Azkals’ midfielder (James) and forward (Phil) get their all-day-every-day energy from multivitamins Aronamin Gold. Originally from Korea, it is now locally available, and has been part of the Younghusbands’ daily regimen for the past year and a half.

The multivitamin was recently launched at E Bar in Edsa Shangri-La, with the Younghusbands as endorsers.

“What we’ve noticed is that it helps keep our energy levels steady,” says Phil. Apart from attending Azkals training, James and Phil also play for the Loyola Meralco Sparks Futbol Club. Two to three times a week, they’re grooming future football athletes, ages 4-16, at The Younghusband Football Academy (TYFA) at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, and Corinthian Gardens, Ortigas.

Phil sits on the TYFA board as chair; James is director.

“We’ve had more supporters this year. The parents (of the Academy’s students) have been very enthusiastic,” says Phil.

Then there’s their social life, too, “but only when there’s no training,” says James. “Aronamin Gold also helps with stress.”

Boosting energy

Aronamin Gold contains vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 (B-complex), plus vitamins C and E. Aside from boosting one’s energy (its most notable effect), the multivitamins help fight off infections, and maintain normal brain, nervous and cardiovascular functions, says Dr. Susan Thesalie Simon, medical director of Vizcarra Pharmaceutical Inc. (VPI).

“Vitamin B6 improves one’s immunity, B2 lessens headaches and migraines,” says Simon. “B1 aids one’s cardiovascular functions.” This lowers the risk of diseases like stroke and heart attack, because the multivitamin lowers levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which is linked to these diseases.

Aside from athletes and on-the-go individuals, the elderly can also benefit from taking Aronamin. B-complex helps with one’s memory and gastrointestinal problems, says Simon, and B12, in particular, is better absorbed by people ages 50 and up with the help of the multivitamin, reducing the risk of intestinal bacteria.

“It also facilitates sleep, which is important, because getting less than six hours of sleep everyday can be fattening,” she adds. The Younghusbands try to squeeze in seven to eight hours of sleep a day, as often as they can.

VPI, Aronamin Gold’s official distributor here in the Philippines, decided to bring in the product after “all the good feedback it received from doctors, whom we first asked to try the multivitamins,” says VPI president Francisco “Butch” Sales. “It is also included in Korea’s Top 100 pharmaceutical products.”

With all these benefits and positive reviews, “we’ll be introducing Aronamin Gold to our teammates soon,” says Phil.

Aronamin Gold is sold at P13 per tablet at selected South Star and Mercury drugstores. Call 6343333 for delivery.

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