SUPPLEMENTS & MORE

Updated: Feb 26

See below our recommended supplements (links to Amazon) and other items such as Epsom Salts. For general health maintenance we only recommend short term use of supplementation except B12 and perhaps Vitamin D in some scenarios (read my book), in most cases you can get fully nourished by food, the nutritional data in my book provides great information and evidence on this topic. However, specific disease and health conditions may affect a person to the degree that they may require supplements longer term. For this reason we have decided to list those that we recommend. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made from the links I provide.



GENERAL


B12 - This essential vitamin is involved in every biochemical and metabolic process in the body. It enables the body to form healthy red blood cells and to make DNA for new cells, it helps prevent fatigue as it assists the conversion of the food into energy. It is necessary for the normal functioning and development of the central nervous system and brain impacting cognitive functions including learning, memory, concentration and reasoning.

B12 (cyanocobalamin) supplements vary, so I suggest you take one that provides around 400 mcg per day. As you age you can increase your intake to 1000 mcg. Although cyanocobalamin has been used for many years and is proven to reverse B12 deficiencies it is a synthetic form of B12 and metabolism of B12 is dependent on various pathways in the body. Some people may find the more expensive active forms (methylcobalamin, adenosylcobalamin and hydroxycobalamin) more suitable. If you are concerned about your B12 levels then you should ask your GP for a test and speak with a nutritionist.


B12 - CYANOCOBALAMIN 1000mcg - CLICK HERE

Manufactured within the UK in an FDA and MHRA approved facility for your highest level of safety, GMP certified and ISO accredited. A full years supply (365 Tablets - 1 Per Day).


B12 - ACTIVE FORM - CLICK HERE

METHYLCOBALAMIN & ADENOSYLCOBALAMIN 2400MG - 10 DROPS (1 DROP = 240MG)

No Artificial Colourings or Flavourings - In only reverse osmosis water. Manufactured in the UK in violet glass for maximum UV protection to prolong the life of your Vit B12.



BALANCED IRON COMPLEX - CLICK HERE

Do get a blood test to check your iron levels before ordering/taking iron supplements. Too much iron in the body can be dangerous. One capsule provides: Iron (bisglycinate) 15mg Vitamin B12 (cyanobalamin) 50ug Folic acid 100ug Magnesium ascorbate 107mg Providing: Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) 100mg/Magnesium 7mg In a base of alfalfa, spirulina & bilberry. Gentle on digestive system



MAGNESIUM - CLICK HERE

Magnesium is often easy to get through your diet, we reviewed our diets at IYL and found we had 3 x the RDA on some days just through food. No supplements needed then! Generally yes this is the case, however some health conditions can reduce the amount of magnesium in your body and other supplements such as vitamin D can also do this.

Magnesium supplementation in those with a low status may also benefit sleep and exercise recovery. This supplement contains an active form of vitamin B6 which is especially important for mental health and cognition enabling enzymes to produce an array of neurotransmitters including Dopamine, Serotonin, GABA and Norepinephrine. It assists with the production of melatonin and may also help with sleeping problems. Other roles include supporting your immune system and heart. Active B6 is not suitable during pregnancy.




MINERALS - SEAWEED SEASONING - CLICK HERE

  • High in iodine, potassium, magnesium, iron, protein, fibre



VITAMIN D3 - 400IU - CLICK HERE

Vitamin D3 (400iu) 10ug in a base of alfalfa. Suitable for vegans

A suitable dosage to maintain vitamin D levels during the darker months or for those working indoors and rarely receive sunshine. I must state here it's better and cheaper to receive some sunshine and eat plenty of mushrooms!!! (read my book)


VITAMIN D3 - 1000IU - CLICK HERE

Vitamin D3 (1000iu) 10ug in a base of alfalfa. Suitable for vegans

A suitable dosage to improve vitamin D levels if you have been tested and your result is the low side of good. Make sure you are also getting enough magnesium in your diet, to understand why this important read my book.


VITAMIN D3 - 2000IU - CLICK HERE

Vitamin D3 (2000iu) 10ug in a base of alfalfa. Suitable for vegans

A suitable dosage to improve vitamin D levels if you have been tested and your result very low/deficient . Make sure you are also getting enough magnesium in your diet, to understand why this important read my book.


VITAMIN D3 - 1000IU LIQUID (Drops) - CLICK HERE

1 Drop = 1000IU, can be mixed into water or juice.

A suitable dosage to improve vitamin D levels if you have been tested and your result is the low side of good. Make sure you are also getting enough magnesium in your diet, to understand why this important read my book.



ZINC - There are so many conditions that zinc contributes towards and there are also certain diseases such as Wilson's diseases where Zinc is used a a drug, in this case it would be without copper. The reason to take a zinc supplement is really down to whether you have seen a nutritionist or dietitian and had your intake assessed. If you eat a plant-based diet you may wish to aim higher than the daily recommended amount as some of the zinc you eat will bind with phytates and will not be absorbed. That being said many vegans can easily increase their intake by sprinkling Nutritional Yeast Flakes on meals, they are often a great source of zinc!


ZINC COMPLEX (Balanced with copper) - CLICK HERE

Zinc (picolinate) 15mg Copper (citrate) 1mg Natural beta carotene / carotenoid mix 900ug in a base of alfalfa, spirulina and bilberry.




ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SUPPLEMENTS

These supplements can often thin the blood, if you are on any medication, especially medication which also thins your blood please speak with your health practitioner before taking any of these.


ORGANIC AMLA - CLICK HERE

Amla (also known as Indian Gooseberry) is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the world. It is very rich in Vitamin C and also contains Tannins, Phosphorus, Iron, and Calcium. In studies it been shown to reduce blood glucose levels and cholesterol.



BOSWELLIA SERRATA (Frankincense) - CLICK HERE

100 capsules x 400mg, No Fillers, suitable for Vegans

Boswellia has been used along side turmeric in studies to reduce inflammation for various conditions, one of these is Osteoarthritis. It is not an over-night cure and can take 6-8 weeks to take full effect. Recommended dosage is 2 capsules per day.

Studies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7368679/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5761198/



GINGER (350mg) - CLICK HERE

This nutritional product is enhanced with its own synergistic complex of botanicals and phytonutrient rich foods, called Magnifood. The MAGNIFOOD advantages: Providing synergistic enzymes and co-factors crucial to the utilization and functions of the product's nutrients. Helping to support the stability and activity of the product's nutrients.


Ginger may be helpful for mild nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, menstrual cramps and may contribute towards reduced pain in osteoarthritis.


Studies

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11710709/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24390893/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11275030/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4871956/



TURMERIC - CLICK HERE

High quality turmeric & curcumin supplement, no excipients. Turmeric root providing 95% curcuminoids - the highest concentration available. Contains black pepper extract to increase turmeric absorption.


Turmeric is very popular to combat many conditions including Osteoarthritis, High blood fats, Liver disease and even mental health and you can certainly find evidence for these conditions and much more in published medical literature. Not all evidence is convincing but it's not hard to include more turmeric in your diet and some people find the supplement very effective. It is not an over-night cure and can take 6-8 weeks to take full effect.


Studies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5761198/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29020971/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26610378/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27270872/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30653773/



NATTOKINASE - CLICK HERE

Nattokinase is an enzyme (a protein that speeds up biochemical reactions) that is extracted from a popular Japanese food called natto. Natto is boiled soybeans that have been fermented with a bacterium called Bacillus natto. It may benefit those with heart disease and high choleseterol. Recommended dosage is 1 to 2 capsules per day.


Studies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6043915/




DIGESTION


BETAINE HCL & PEPSIN - CLICK HERE

Promotes increased stomach acidity, protein digestion and enzyme activity.

Digestive issues can be caused by poor stomach acidity, in an optimal acidic stomach enzymes become active to help digest food, the acid also assists with the absorption of nutrients including B12, iron and forms of magnesium, zinc and calcium. Acid secretion in the stomach can decline as you age and can also be affected by medication and excessive intake of protein.


INTERACTIONS/CONTRAINDICATIONS

Check with your GP or health practitioner before taking. Do not take if you have peptic ulcer disease. Do not empty the capsules into food or drink as the contents can irritate sensitive tissue and be corrosive to teeth. Only take with a meal of sufficient size, around 500 calories or more.


Studies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7238915/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4991651/



SKIN/SLEEP/STRESS


ICEHERBS SLEEP - CLICK HERE

POWERFUL & NATURAL
 - ICEHERBS Sleep consists of Magnolia bark & Iceland Moss. Magnolia bark contains natural, bioactive compounds which are potent and effective to help promote deep restorative sleep, stress-reduction, memory protection & mental health. Iceland moss has many antiviral properties. It is rich in minerals, particularly iron and calcium and is used in treatments of infections and digestive disturbances.


Magnolia bark may assist with anxiety and depression, sleep, stress reduction, weight management, memory protection, and brain health. It has also been shown to have strong anti-cancer properties. Capsules are vegan friendly, with no additives and are never tested on animals.


Studies

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30103472/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27671820/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22628265/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28817221/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19505549/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16957676/



MAGNESIUM - CLICK HERE

Magnesium is often easy to get through your diet, we reviewed our diets at IYL and found we had 3 x the RDA on some days just through food. No supplements needed then! Generally yes this is the case, however some health conditions can reduce the amount of magnesium in your body and other supplements such as vitamin D can also do this.

Magnesium supplementation in those with a low status may also benefit sleep and exercise recovery. This supplement contains an active form of vitamin B6 which is especially important for mental health and cognition enabling enzymes to produce an array of neurotransmitters including Dopamine, Serotonin, GABA and Norepinephrine. It assists with the production of melatonin and may also help with sleeping problems. Other roles include supporting your immune system and heart. Active B6 is not suitable during pregnancy.



ORGANIC EPSOM SALTS - CLICK HERE

Generally used by very active people or those experiencing cramps or aching muscles. It may also help you to sleep and improve skin health.. Magnesium may be absorbed via the skin (transdermal), this requires good saturation so we recommend buying Epsom Salts in a large bag, it is much cheaper this way and you could also share with friends. Use about 1kg for a bath and 200g for a foot soak.


Studies: Can magnesium be absorbed via the skin?

There are very few studies on this, there are critics, lots of anecdotes and money to further confuse. However the below study suggests that dermal absorption of magnesium may occur but we need more and better studies to prove this.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579607/



NATURAL DEAD SEA SALTS - CLICK HERE

Useful to improve many skin conditions including dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. The magnesium content is lower then Epsom salts because of the presence and quantities of other minerals. This may be advantageous for skin health and their are some good studies to support its use.


Studies

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15689218/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31094942/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22503590/



HERBal TINCTURES

We order these from specialist suppliers. We use them for a variety of reasons and have found some to work wonders especially with cardiovascular and digestive disorders, plus urinary health. However herbs can also produce side effects and therefore we don't just sell to everyone. Please send us a message if you would like us to recommend herbs, please include any health issues and a list of any other supplements or medications you are taking. We can then provide you with information, a risk assessment and information on placing an order.

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