Monday, 19 March 2012

Spotlight on Supplements


I've been asked  a lot recently about supplements - what I would recommend and what I take myself. So when I was getting everything out this morning I thought I'd grab a quick picture and show you my current routine.

Left to Right:

Floradix - I've waxed lyrical about Floradix on here before. I was first put on Floradix 21 years ago by my midwife during my first pregnancy. I have Thalassaemia Trait which means I am permanently anaemic. When I'm pregnant or having my period its obviously worse. This single-handedly raised my HB levels 3 points. that is NO mean feat. I highly recommend this to anyone who has heavy periods, is low on energy, anaemic, pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are anaemic, or suspect you might be, ask your doctor for a blood test (while we still have an NHS). It's your right.

Beauty Works West YOUTH - I started taking these when they launched last year and I was working on a  project with BWW. They are essentially a brilliant blend of amino acids and marine plant extracts (superoxide dismutase). They were made by Dr Daniel Sister. I won't lie. I took them thinking they would help my face - you know - the post 40 saggy, baggy always-tired appearance? And they've actually done much more than that. I now notice my energy levels dip in the day if I have forgotten to take them in the morning. The huge amount of press that these have received recently is well-deserved.

Perfect for boys and girls 35+ who have lost their mojo a little! If you know what I mean when I say that - you need them.

Lambert's Starflower Oil -  This is my first bottle of Starflower Oil. I started taking it just over a month ago to help with CHRONIC breast pain. My breast pain HAS GONE. GONE.

If your boobs are so sore you have to carry them in your hands like a little bird and wince when you take your bra off - these have COMPLETELY fixed mine.

*the Lambert's website is really good for general information if you are interested in the area of supplements.

David Kirsch B12 Spray - David Kirsch is THE man when it comes to wellness and personal fitness.  The man who takes care of the bodies of Liv Tyler, Heidi Klum, Bobbi Brown and Anne Hathaway to name a few, coined phrases like: 'Keep it lean, clean and green' and my favourite - this one about people who have to eat meat: 'If it swims or flies, you can eat it'. I heard this the same week my father was diagnosed with heart disease and have drastically cut my red meat intake. And I mean drastically. Anyway: I digress.

The B12 Spray, I think, is the main reason I avoided getting any kind of real flu or heavy cold this winter. The one day I had a really bad scratchy throat was the one day I forgot to take it in the morning and travelled to Paris for work. I couldn't speak by 3pm (not handy for meetings) - I got home that night - took a double dose, another double dose in the morning and it had gone within 48 hours.

B12 is essential for energy, immune function and if you are female - it stops you going completely loopy at that time of the month. If you don't yet use it, you'll wonder how you functioned without it when you do.

Perricone MD Omega 3 - this one I have been taking almost as long as the Floradix, but I tend to dip in and out of how often I take these. I usually get back on the bandwagon when my skin goes bad (like now) and I crave crap food (like now). I try and take at least 6000mg a day. If I can I take 9000mg a day - a huge dose I know, but it really does kill off any food cravings alongside improving brain function and helping my hormonal acne breakouts.

Perfect for - any age, any sex, Omega oil (3) is recommended for literally anyone. If you are veggie, switch for flax oil.


That's it. My current routine that I keep coming back to. I would just mention that although trained in supplements, I am not a qualified nutritionist or doctor - this routine works for me. If you are interested in supplements, look at your lifestyle, health issues and if you are in doubt ask your doctor. Although for me, I have always found better advice on places like the Lambert's, Kirsch or Victoria Heath websites. Doctor's tend to be prescription happy - and I'm not....



*Although I have worked with BWW and DK I will not benefit financially from any links to the brands and websites listed. The above are a mixture of purchases and gifts from the companies involved.

18 comments:

  1. I think I need me the BWW - got a lot going on, and anything that helps with energy levels has to be good.

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  2. What a useful post, thanks Caroline. I've been a big fan of Floradix too since pregnancy. I really struggle to take large tablets as I've had a phobia of gagging on them (memories of Pregnacare did this), but have been forcing myself to take Evening Primrose Oil lately and do think it's helping (sore boobs & mood stability). Do you rate Starflower Oil more highly?

    Nic x

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  3. Morning Caroline

    Since starting on 3000mg omega fish oil my skin is blooming.They took a few months to kick in but wow!!, just startrd my Son on them to help his acne so am hoping they'll work as well for him. I also take a Spirulina powder mixed into beetroot juice for overall good health and I am bouncing.Might have a go on the BWW supplement too.

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  4. This is so useful. I have the recommendations you gave me, and a few of these too interesting too. *Heads off to boots*.... Thank you! xx

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  5. Oh god, I take Floradix too - it tastes like death warmed up and makes me want to die a little each time I have to dose it out, but goodness does it work! I'm much pleasanter to be around when I take it regularly, and less prone to fainting in embarrassing public places:)

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  6. Brilliant post. And come at just the right time.

    Thanks Caroline

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  7. That's so interesting - I need to start taking some supplements. Thanks for the info:)

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  8. I think I'll get some of that Beauty Works West YOUTH for the OH. Because yes, I know exactly what you mean, I'm sorry to say.

    I recently started taking a calcium supplement along with a B vit. complex to see me through what I hope is the tail end of peri menopause. Spatone works wonders for me in the iron department as I don't absorb it properly in any other form of oral intake.

    That's really interesting about the Omega-3 supplement. Can all Omega-3 kill food cravings or is there something about this particular brand of it?

    Ali

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  9. B-12 is also wonderful for help fighting against canker sores and cold sores. :) I get canker sores a lot so my dentist actually recomended I take B-12 vitamins twice a day.

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  10. that lambert and butler site is brilliant.
    i am fancying the selenium enriched with viamins a,c,e supplement x

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    1. I cannot even. LOL

      Someone tell her.

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    2. Hahaha this made me lol too!!

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  11. This post is really interesting, as I'll be honest I'm such a skeptic of multivitimins, but seeing that you've actually had results, and as in the case of Floradix, proven results, I might give them ago again.

    Thanks!! :)

    http://heroineinheels.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. Lauren Dunn Make-up9 December 2012 at 21:47

    Going to get my sister into the BeautyWorksWest supplements and I definitely need the Omega 3 for my hormonal acne breakouts!

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  13. i am not sure if you are even going to read this but i am hopping that you do:) ... i have wanted to take omega 3 supplements for some time now but its just so confusing out there which brand to purchase . is there any particular reason that u like perricone and are the other ones they sell at boots just as good or do you get what u pay for with the perricones they are really expensive so i just wanted to know your opinion before i went ahead with the purchase,

    many thanks ani xx

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  14. i am not sure if you are even going to read this but i am hopping that you do:) ... i have wanted to take omega 3 supplements for some time now but its just so confusing out there which brand to purchase . is there any particular reason that u like perricone and are the other ones they sell at boots just as good or do you get what u pay for with the perricones they are really expensive so i just wanted to know your opinion before i went ahead with the purchase,

    many thanks ani xx

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    1. If money was no object I'd only use Perricone - he has the purest oil from Wild Alaskan Salmon - my husband swears they are more easily digested and don't repeat on him like others. We also have Lamberts as favourites. 1100mg Fish Oil - regardless of make I take up to 9 a day. Plenty of information on both sites if you want further info. :)

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  15. Late to the party, but I have to agree with B12 and "that time of the month." I (or, my husband, rather) discovered it as a fortuitous side effect to taking them. That and having more darn energy in general. I can get by on less sleep -- and that's with two children under the age of four! And I don't bruise as badly. And I bruise when the wind blows. Seriously. Try it.

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