Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that we all require for overall health and well-being.
Whilst we need these benefits all year round, when it comes to maintaining a healthy immune system, staying warm and fighting the winter (and lockdown) blues, health supplements can be even more beneficial.
Here we round up our top health supplements to see you through winter and keep you on top of your game throughout lockdown.
Wicked Gummy Co has concocted a delicious sunshine gummy that packs in 1000% of your minimum recommended daily intake of Vitamin D when taken twice daily. In addition to benefitting the immune system, these gummies also help to maintain normal teeth, bones and blood calcium levels as well as supportingnormal muscle function. The Vitamin D gummies are part of a range of 9 vitamins including Apple Cider Vinegar, Immunity and Multivitamin
Recent research published in PLoS One Journal suggests that women aged 60+ who sit down for too long are at a heightened risk of suffering from urinary incontinence.
Movement and exercise can help but Femaxeen offers another solution to live leak-free this lockdown! Simply take Femaxeen twice daily and reap the benefits of taking back control of your bladder. Say goodbye to embarrassment and stress caused by abnormal urine flow and hello to a better quality of life!
A survey study found that after 4 weeks’ use, average daily caffeine consumption reduced by 20% and participants reported a 33% increase in productivity. Includes brain-fuelling amino acids, vitamins and minerals and micronutrients that improve your mental alertness and productivity, boosts energy and helps to keep your day-time stress at bay, with a healthy dose of Vitamin D.
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom is an adaptogen that supports stress recovery, good mood and memory, and has powerful antioxidant properties that support overall brain health
- Korean Panax Ginseng reduces mental fatigue so you can think more clearly
- L-Tyrosine is used by military personnel and beneficial for those working under stressful conditions to improve the brain’s ability to cope with stress
- Gotu Kola improves circulation in your brain for better concentration and mental performance
- B vitamins provide a long-lasting and caffeine-free energy boost that doesn’t leave you crashing in the afternoon, so great for long, stressful days
- Vitamin D with 500% RDA to keep your bones, teeth and muscle healthy all year round
- 100% natural, filler-free, made with organic ingredients, suitable for vegans, and comes in plastic-free packaging.
Aguulp for Gut is a new liquid food supplement that has been clinically proven to improve gut health by 27%. Gut health is the cornerstone of overall immune, mental and physical health.
It contains a powerful blend of prebiotics, amino acids, collagen, vitamins and minerals that support digestion, improve mood and boost energy. It can also alleviate gut ailments like bloating and IBS by promoting increased microbiome diversity and short-chain fatty acids, which are important biomarkers of gut health.
The health shot uses liposomal technology that delivers 98% nutrient absorption directly into our cells in just four minutes, making it a super-fast, targeted and potent supplement.
Aguulp’s nutrients are wrapped in liposomes – tiny fat-like particles that bind around nutrients like a life jacket, shielding their journey through the body and delivering them to where they’re most needed, directly into our cells.
The Clinical Trial Results
- 27% increase in overall gut health
- 116% increase in Propionate (helps reduce anxiety)
- 100% increase in Butyrate (helps protect against cancer and IBS)
- 58% increase in Acetate (boosts immune system and controls weight loss)
- 75% increase in key metabolites (help cellular function)
Acetate, butyrate and propionate are forms of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), which are the most abundant by-products of gut microbial activity and play a key role in gut health. The amount and types of SCFA you have provides an insight into your bacterial diversity and function aka how ‘healthy’ your gut is.
Back by popular demand mineral experts Wassen are reintroducing their popular Wassen Silica-OK: Hair, Skin & Nails food supplement. As the seasons change from summer to autumn, give your beauty regime a boost and include Silica-OK: Hair, Skin & Nails with a new improved formulation and increased levels of nutrients.
Wassen Silica-OK: Hair, Skin & Nails has been formulated with a bio-available form of Silica extracted from bamboo, which is the richest source of natural Silica, containing over 70%. Found in Indian bamboo extract, this Silica is prepared from the Tabashir bamboo leaves and stem. Silica is a source of Silicon, a component of hair, skin and nails.
Wassen Silica-OK: Hair, Skin and Nails contains a balanced combination of three minerals and seven vitamins, including Vitamin C, which contributes to the formation of collagen for healthy skin function as well as Selenium and Zinc for healthy hair and nails. In addition to this, Wassen Silica-OK: Hair, Skin and Nails contains Vitamin E, which helps to protect cells from oxidative stress and Vitamin B6, which contributes to regulating hormonal activity in the body.
Unlock the potential of beautiful and healthy hair, skin and nails with this comprehensive supplement to support, repair and supercharge growth – for both men and women. This supplement contains essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including 2000mcg biotin, MSM, Vitamin A, silica and even hyaluronic acid which all help prevent and treat hair loss, brittle and flaky nails and improve skin conditions from the inside out. Unlike most beauty supplements on the market that contain animal derived ingredients to support collagen formation, the BioAdvanced Hair, Skin and Nails is suitable for vegans, as it is made with food derived antioxidants.
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bioniq, have developed bioniq IMMUNE; a special edition formulation, containing essential vitamins and micronutrients to boost immunity.
Containing the highest grade essential antioxidants and vitamins manufactured in Swiss, including vitamin D, K2 and C, bioniq IMMUE provides people with an immunity boost at a time when they need it most. The components and dosages of bioniq IMMUNE have also been carefully selected to ensure they are safe to take without the need for a check-up or blood test, but still positively impact the immune system.
The first supplement in the world to combine four strains of beneficial bacteria with zinc to target both stressed gut and skin and is a total ‘maskne’ saviour. The patent-pending formula is specifically created for problem and stressed skin, harnessing the benefits of microbiome technology to balance and clear the skin from deeper within. The supplement was specifically researched and formulated by our R&D team to work from the inside out to clarify complexion, balance the skin’s natural barrier, brighten skin, support skin health, immunity and calmed gut flora.
Glutathione is a naturally occurring and powerful antioxidant found in every cell in our body. It fulfils many vital protective tasks including immune defence, nutrient metabolism, DNA repair, cell division and cell metabolism. It also neutralises toxins and harmful substances that enter our body from pesticides, air-pollutants, environmental toxins, many food additives and alcohol.
Common symptoms of glutathione deficiency include:
- Difficulty concentrating/foggy brain
- Feeling stressed
- Low immunity/susceptibility to illness
- Rapid ageing
Glutathione is vital for immunity and energy levels but is quickly depleted by ageing, stress, a hectic lifestyle and the ever-increasing impact of toxins in our every-day lives.
Upping the levels of glutathione in your body can be done through supplementation. However, it’s not straightforward as the common form of glutathione (GSH or reduced glutathione) quickly oxidises and disintegrates within minutes of being introduced to the body and before it can take effect.
MitoGive glutathione is different as it has a unique active component – S-Acetyl Glutathione (SAG) – which is readily absorbed into the blood where it remains active for sufficient time to positively affect your metabolic process.
Available in handy MitoGive Capsules and MitoGive Powder, it’s easy to top up your glutathione levels to ensure your energy, immunity and anti-ageing defences stay nicely on track.
MitoGive Capsules – 60 capsules/£145
The recommended daily dose is two capsules per day for the first month to boost your glutathione levels and then one capsule each day thereafter for maintenance. They can be taken with or without food making them easy to add into a daily routine.
MitoGive Powder – 24g/£175
The recommended daily dose is two level 1ml spoons daily for the first month to boost your glutathione levels and then one level 1ml spoon each day thereafter for maintenance. You simply dissolve the powder in water to make a drink, sprinkle it on cereal or add to your morning smoothie.
CBD is fast becoming one of the most popular supplements in the UK and for good reason. It helps with both mental and physical health issues, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain and insomnia. All of these have become more prevalent in society over the past year due to the restrictions imposed by COVID. We are aiming to raise awareness of CBD and the benefits it can bring on our scientifically backed blog!
NaturalWorks CBD is also organically produced, and vegan – indeed we are proud supporters of Veganuary at NaturalWorks, and we’re looking to use the month of January to raise awareness of how natural products can help people
Formulate Health is a fantastic range of 100% natural supplements to help boost your immune system, give you energy, treat common illnesses and get you back feeling yourself during the winter months.
For many of us, getting back into the groove since the start of the New Year has been a real challenge. And with lockdown upon us, all sense of routine seems to have gone out of the window, making it really difficult to get up for work in the mornings and keep our energy levels up throughout the day. If this sounds like you, the Formulate Health Co-Energize formula may be just the thing you need. With a specially formulated blend of Co-Enzyme Q10, BioPerine® and Vitamin B12, this supplement will have you springing out of bed each morning and get you back feeling yourself in no time.
Be gorgeous naturally with this high strength blend of skin firming active anti-ageing ingredients in this collagen drink.
- Collagen helps to improve the strength of hair and nails.
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. In addition, your body needs Vitamin C to create collagen — an important part of hair structure. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.
- Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly. Hair loss is a common symptom of zinc deficiency. Studies show zinc supplements reduce hair loss caused by zinc deficiency.
- Copper contributes to normal hair pigmentation.
‘Collagen Shots is the most palatable collagen supplement I’ve tried, with the most obvious results. And the packaging is compostable. It’s awesome.’ Alexia Inge, Co Founder of Cult Beauty.
Comes in a 30 serving pouch or 24 individual sachets
Ideal for anyone trying to balance stress levels naturally. Studies suggest that ashwagandha can help our bodies to restore balance by providing adrenal support and balancing the stress hormone cortisol. Ashwagandha is an ancient adaptogenic herb that helps to promote a feeling of calm by helping to reduce stress, and helping to bring the body back into balance. It also balances hormonal levels and provides potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help to support the immune system.
Ashwagandha also fights fatigue, providing adrenal support to boost energy levels, and increase stamina and endurance. A high-potency supplement, designed to help you fight the stressors of modern life. Link Nurtition Ashwaganda is made from over 13.5 grams of ashwagandha root and provides 32.5mg of withanolides, the active component.
Calm anxiety and stress support supplements- This formula contains 8 beneficial ingredients- Lemon balm aids with relaxation and decreases tension, while passion flower increases the body’s resistance to stress. Magnesium contributes to normal psychological function and to the normal function of the nervous system which is especially beneficial in periods of stress and depression. Rhodiola is an adaptogen which means it work with the body to balance its functions, and may increase resistance to physical and environmental stress, which can lead to improved anxiety and moods. It also contains Lion’s Mane mushroom which is shown to help anxiety (3) and Royal jelly which is helpful for stress and mood symptoms (4).”
‘Collagen Zooki is a ground-breaking collagen drink for whoever is looking to maintain or restore a young-looking hydrated skin and healthy body.’ With a surge in Cosmetic treatments and anti-wrinkle treatments, the £1.64 a day supplement is a popular and more cost efficient way of maintaining youthful skin.
Dr Nina Bal explains that whilst collagen is a protein formed naturally in the body, from the age of 25, it starts to deplete. In fact, after 26, we lose 1% of collagen every year and then 4% every year after menopause so it is important we replenish our Collagen levels.
- YourZooki are the first in the UK to introduce a Liposomal Hydrolysed Marine Collagen formula to their popular range of supplements, which are recommended by The Official Pharmacist to the Queen, John Bell and Croyden
- Their marine collagen supplement uses “Liposomes” that have long been used in the pharmaceutical industry to increase absorption and effectiveness
- The new beauty supplement is also dairy, gluten & soy free, non-GMO, made with 100% natural ingredients and free from alcohol
- The family-run British brand has a cult celebrity following including Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and Jungle Queen Georgia Toffolo
Vegan Nights is their advanced nootropic formula that helps you relax and have the perfect night’s sleep with naturally-sourced ingredients. Including 5-HTP, L-Glycine, L-Theanine, with Magnesium, Zinc, Chamomile and BioPerine, it puts your mind and body at rest so you have complete sleep.
DR VEGAN is formulated by expert nutritionists, and derived only from the world’s most sustainable producers, designed to be compatible with every type of diet. All packaging is biodegradable or recyclable with first orders receiving a refillable DR VEGAN pill tin to minimise waste. We know half of Brits are finding their sleep more disturbed since the start of the pandemic (Global Sleep Study, Zepp October 2020); and DR VEGAN’s own research confirms increased stress, lockdown anxiety and financial worries are all contributing to the problem. When it comes to diet 45 per cent of those who eat everything suffer from poor sleep and while its less for those who’ve adapted to a flexitarian, pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan diet, still 34 per cent are struggling to sleep.
Whilst all Vegetology products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, the Opti3 Omega-3 EPA & DHA supplement is particularly popular, as it provides all of the Omega-3 nutritional benefits of fish oil without needing the fish! Fish obtain Omega-3 by eating algae and Vegetology has cut out the middleman (fish) and gone straight to the algal source. The unique Opti3 Complex provides the body with proven levels of EPA & DHA, the active forms of Omega-3, together with a dose of plant-source Vitamin D3, to help support joints, the brain, and the heart. As a result, a bottle of Opti3 saves at least approximately 35 fish compared to an equivalent bottle of fish oil omega-3! Opti3 is available in capsule and liquid form.
Taking Vitashine this winter will help to support your immune system and fight off the sniffles, plus provide general healthy body and mind benefits.
Vitamin D is produced in our skin when exposed to summer sunlight. During the autumn and winter months we do not get enough sun to produce the Vitamin D our body needs. Vitamin D is essential for supporting our immune system, which during a pandemic has never been so important. It is also essential for healthy bones, joints, heart and blood. With less daylight and less time spent outdoors, our mental health can also come under added strain, and Vitamin D has strong links with helping with depression and improving mood. Most Vitamin D supplements available are from animal-sources, but Vitashine is Vitamin D3 (the correct form the body needs) from a 100% plant-source taking away concerns about its origin or purity. Vitashine is available in a selection of different strengths and is suitable for the whole family.